Date: 2/14/2016 7:08:24 PM





By Brad Vores for Racing Xtravaganza


            Race fans from all across the mid -state area filled the Utz Arena at the York Expo Center for the first annual  BAPS Auto Paints and Supply Racing Xtravaganza show Saturday and Sunday, February 6-7.


            The Expo Center was filled with 120 racing vehicles, ranging from 410 Sprints to go karts and 50 vendors lined the aisles of Racing Xtravaganza as the show rejuvenated the off season racing excitement in the hotbed for dirt track racing. 


            “I think it was fantastic that our whole sport rallied around this show,” Scott Gobrecht, owner of Racing Xtravaganza stated. “To fill the place with 120 race cars isn’t the easiest thing to do. It’s a testament to the car owners and drivers that were able to get their race cars ready in time for the show. The vendors did well and we were able to build a relationship with them going forward and the obvious turnout of fans shows just how passionate the fans are in this area for racing. Pretty much every aspect of the show was very positive and I cannot thank those that helped make the show a success enough.”


            Spring Grove, Pennsylvania’s Tianna Weaver won the Charlie’s Repair Service Ms. Racing Xtravaganza Contest on the WeeBee Audio-Video main stage.  Weaver is a York College graduate with a Bachelors in Criminal Justice, works full time at Tooling Dynamics and is a field hockey coach at New Oxford Middle School. 


            Bailey Kress, a 12 year old, sixth grade student won the Charlie’s Repair Service Jr. Miss Racing Xtravaganza contest, also held on the WeeBee Audio-Video main stage. Kress is a competitor in the Go-Karts at Hunterstown Speedway and finished runner--up the past two seasons in the Jr. Miss contest.


            The ServiceMaster Clean People’s Choice Award went to the Gary Kauffman Racing owned #48 410 Sprint car driven by Danny Dietrich. The team was presented with the $1,000 top prize.


            Judge-voted awards were also presented to a car in each division represented at the show. Awards went to: 410 Sprint--#48 Danny Dietrich; Other Open wheel (358 Sprint)--#4R Tyler Walton; Late Model--#112 owned by Dan Little; Legend Car--#93 Travis McClleland; Stock car--#FOUR Eddie Richards; Classic Car--#09 Ronnie Grove; Vintage Car--#21A Gary Stuhler Maverick; Micro Sprint/Midget--#21 Toby Blumeshine; Quarter Midget--#1M Morgan Miller; Go Karts--#29W Colton Campbell. 


            The Kids Zone was a huge hit for the future of the sport.


            “The kids zone went over real well for kids to do their own thing,” Gobrecht stated. “We have to engage our young fans to get involved and I think we accomplished that as there were a lot of kids having a good time all weekend long.”


            Dave Hare was the Meet and Greet emcee and did a great job getting many of the local drivers engaged in conversation during the weekend. 


            “I think Dave did an incredible job with the drivers that participated in the Meet and Greets and again, I think this really touched many of our young fans as they were able to meet the drivers, get their autographs and this created a lot of excitement for them as well,” Gobrecht added.


            Five seminars were presented in the Tom Rumsey, Inc. Seminar Room and all were very well attended and all relevant to the sport.


            Title sponsor BAPS Auto Paints and Supply has signed on as title sponsor once again for Racing Xtravaganza with 2017 dates being set as Saturday and Sunday, February 4-5 at the Utz Arena.


            Fans can keep up to date with the show by visiting


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