|Date: 6/11/2009 4:36:26 PM|
CENTRAL PA SPEEDWAY
PO Box 125
Osceola Mills, PA 16666
Al HAMILTON RETURNING HOME FOR CPS SPRINT SHOW
By Terry Whetstone
For immediate release June 11, 2009
CLEARFIELD, PA - Central PA Speedway will roar back to life this Sunday with the O'Reilly All Star Sprints, the PASS 305 Sprints and the street stocks, but the highlight will be the return of the legendary driver and car owner Al Hamilton as he returns to Clearfield County.
Mr. Hamilton, who had a successful driving career of his own before turning to the ranks of owner, retired from racing a few years ago, but has left a legacy that will not be forgotten anytime soon.
Central PA Speedway will honor Mr. Hamilton and his achievements on Sunday before he climbs to the top of the starters stand to start the All-Star Sprint feature event.
The racing itself will see the return of the super sprints for only the second time since it's opening in the early 1970's and this year two divisions of sprints will compete along with the street stocks in a brand new format.
The O'Reilly All Star Sprint Cars will be making their highly anticipated return to the Big Bear. Last season Mark Smith had the honors of taking home the Big Bear trophy, while Paul McMahan set a new track record of 13.698.
The Street Stocks will be running a Special "SHOWDOWN" format for this one event.
"As if the Street Stock Shootout isn't exciting enough, they will be running a special "Showdown" format." Dan Bainey, Director of Operations said. "We figured that this race is another way to showcase our local racers."
The race will be run in three segments; the first segment will be 10 laps, only the top 15 will continue. The second segment will be five laps. After the second segment another five cars will be cut leaving 10 for the final "Showdown."
The third and final segment - the SHOWDOWN will be an all out five-lap sprint to the finish. The Top-5 Finishing Cars in the Showdown will make at least $400.
The PASS 305 Sprint Car Series will be making its first trip ever to The Big Track.
"I think it will be exciting; the PASS guys have made this there only National Qualifying event of their season," Mr. Bainey said. "We should see a pretty good turnout from those teams as they try to lock themselves into the Nationals. They put on a great show and with the wide racing surface here I'd expect to see quit a finish."
"I'll be right up front with the fans," said Track Owner Tim Bainey Sr. "We had a great turnout for the first event. I told fans that if they packed this place out we'd reward them with the lowest ticket price in the country to see the kind of shows we are putting on this season including this ALL STAR Sprint Car Event and the Upcoming $10,000 to Win Yankee Doodle July 3rd."
He went on to say, "We'd like to be even lower, but we came to an $18 admission price for this sprint car event. It's $7 less than what it was last year, and we have to thank our great track sponsors for putting us in a position to do this."
The pit gates will open at 3 p.m. with the general admission gates opening at 4 p.m. and hot laps beginning at 5:30 p.m.
General admission is just $18 with those 6-15- $10 and 5 and under are free with an adult. The pit admission is $30" I've looked around - this is the best ticket price you will find to see them (All-Star Sprints) run and we have to two support races as well," Tim Bainey said.
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