FLEMINGTON SPEEDWAY MEMORIES LIVE ON AUG. 19-23

Date: 8/9/2009 11:45:38 PM

 
FLEMINGTON SPEEDWAY MEMORIES LIVE ON AUG. 19-23
BY KEN KUHLMAN 

FLEMINGTON, NJ – The Flemington Fair Speedway weekly dirt track racing facility was just not another race track for over four decades on a regular Saturday evening ritual basis to thousands of area racing fans.

It was a speedway that garnered national attention for it always crowd pleasing racing presentations. It conducted more races there per racing season than any other northeastern race track.

Those events brought countless dedicated racing fans of the Hunterdon County area weekly there to enjoy many different types of auto racing events and more innovative racing programs than other race tracks have presented right up to the current day, period.

Then many hearts ended up being broken when the Flemington race track was suddenly closed and the one-time sacred grounds to so many were turned into the site of a shopping center. Even so, first and foremost, the Flemington Fair Speedway has retained its heritage as strong as ever as a haven for the finest ever dirt track modified stock car racing still recalled proudly as "Modified Country U.S.A."

Countless memories of those decades of dirt stock car racing during those Flemington heydays live on. Those will surely brought forth in abundance from Wednesday, August 19th through Sunday, August 23rd as part of the 10th Anniversary Hunterdon County 4-H & Agricultural Fair. A huge part of that annual five day event will be the Flemington Fair Race Car Show, Memorabilia & Vintage Race Car Show.

This race car show’s organizers, Wyatt Jacobus and Clint Bush, have opened the doors this time around to not only racing competitors from the past at Flemington but plan to present many vivid racing memories that once took place at the popular East Windsor Speedway in Hightstown, NJ along with former race tracks such as Old Bridge, Nazareth, Reading, Alycon, Hatfield and Dorney Park among others.

On Sunday, August 23rd from 10 am till 6 pm the fair, located at South County Park on Route 179 in Ringoes, will feature loads of vintage race cars housed under a huge tent and around 100 drivers who drove them during the glory days of Flemington, East Windsor and other area race tracks in the spotlight on that day.

Starting at 1 pm and for the preceding three hours noted MC’s Steve and Ed Pados along with Randy Kane are set to conduct numerous driver interviews on the fair’s main stage along with giving away many free prizes to the fans in attendance that day.

Among the noteable drivers expected to attend on Sunday, August 23rd are Stan Ploski, Jr., arguably the most popular racer with the fans ever in these parts. Joining Ploski will be such fan favorites as Frankie Schneider, Sammy Beavers, Billy Osmun, Bob Pickell, Carl Van Horn, Bob Rossell, Ken Brenn, Jr., Billy Pauch, Roger Laureno, Fritz Epright, Newt Hartman, Tom Gilman, Wyatt Jacobus, Nate Strunk, Red Coffin, Tighe Scott, Joe Poliachik, Phil Meisner, Ray neary, Archie Myers, Darryl Carman, Fred Dmuchowski, Johnny Leach, Ray Liss, Ed O’Neal, Stan Janiszewski and the list just goes on and on with some real big surprises expected in addition.

Numerous other racing related memorabilia and displays will be on display including Bob "Goop" Mondelli’s largest gathering in existence of Flemington Speedway racing memorabilia. It was Mondelli who first initiated this race car show. Fair admission is free but there is a $10 per car parking fee in effect.

For further details on the upcoming fair race car show contact Wyatt Jacobus at (908) 303-7942 or Bush at (908) 782-6809. The fair phone is (908) 782-6809.



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