Gasoline Alley TV/Internet Show Hosts Ed And Steve Pados Set To Host 5th Annual NAPA Auto Parts Dirt Track Heroes Show

Date: 3/3/2012 11:53:04 AM

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Pen Argyl, PA: Gasoline Alley TV/Internet Show Hosts Ed And Steve Pados Set To Host 5th Annual NAPA Auto Parts Dirt Track Heroes Show
By:Steve Pados, GA Motorsports Media

The extremely popular Gasoline Alley TV/Internet Show left the airwaves on November 7th after ten successful seasons of showcasing the top driving talent nationally and locally throughout the show's 546 editions. The popular show reached across the international boundaries with guests from Australia and New Zealand and a fan base that stretched around the world. Show hosts Ed and Steve Pados made some very tough decisions in regards to stepping away from some of the many events they were involved throughout the year and decided two years ago to halt the famous bus trip to the Reading Reunion show they did for 20 consecutive years. As they approached a new contract for the TV Show, the initial plans were to shut the show down at the end of the contract date in March. After taking two weeks off and receiving more than two thousand emails, phone calls and letters, the Gasoline Alley Gang decided to sign a new contract for six additional months to carry them through the current racing season in 2011. While it was sad to end the show, the Pados Brothers felt the time had come to ease the burden a bit and take some time off for some much needed rest and relaxation. That being said, the time off was well spent and the call to action has the popular broadcasting duo prepped and ready to go as they move into the friendly confines of the Garden State and kick off the 5th Annual NAPA Auto Parts sponsored Dirt Track Heroes event that is set to open on March 4th and will run until March 10th at the Phillipsburg Mall, located on Route 22 East in Phillipsburg, New Jersey. Co-Hosts Ed and Steve Pados will open the seven day run of the Mall festivities with two scheduled shows on Sunday, the first being a salute to Nazareth and Nazareth National Speedways from Noon until 3 PM and then following with a salute to the driving stars that once graced the Lake Mocatek Speedway. The opening of the show has legendary pavement driving greats Tony and Matt Hirschman and dirt racing legends Frankie Schneider and Paul Deasey on board along with NASCAR Whelen All American Series Champion David Polenz along with many of the great driving heroes that put on so many great driving exhibitions at all of the many racetracks that were once part of the local landscape.
The Pados Brothers coined the phrase "the past, present and future" of racing when they first hit the airwaves in 2002 and served the racing community for ten years with their well noted and much acclaimed "theme" show format with their novel approach and exciting look at the past, present and future of the short track world of motorsports. The Gang hosted 546 editions of their show and hosted 334 of those shows on the party channel at WALN Digital Cable and "Happy Jack" Burns on Channels 103 and 137. The popular show has seen the Gang interview more than 8,000 drivers, owners, engine builders, promoters and trophy girls along the way and took their show on the road to many venues including the Thunder on the Hill Shows at Grandview, the Reading Fairgrounds Nostalgia Nationals, the Hinchliffe Stadium, Reading Reunion, Flemington Race Show and all of the Dirt Track Heroes events. WALN will play an integral part of the show as the WLAN Girls Vicky Kidd and Layla Josie will be on hand from 11 AM until 1 PM on the opening day of the show to meet and greet their many adoring fans and will be doing a photo-shoot throughout the Mall confines during their stay at the show along with "Happy Jack" Jack Burns, the well noted Polka King of the Lehigh Valley.

The first four editions of the popular Mall show have been an overwhelming success and the excitement level has been extremely high as the many fans of racing join together with the past, present and future stars of the motorsports world. This event bonds many familiar faces from the past years of the golden era racing to match up with today's current superstars and the future of the sport with the stars of tomorrow in a jam-packed week long show offering that is absolutely free to the public. Legendary racing names from the past including Ken Brenn, Carl "Fuzzy' Van Horn, Jimmy Maguire, Sammy Beavers, Tommy Hager, Ken Wismer Jr, "Rapid" Richie Smith, Gerald Chamberlain, Bill Wilson, Leroy Amey, Scott Kania, Ray Liss, Red Coffin, Earl Derr, Tighe Scott and Mares Stellfox to name just a few are expected to take part in the week long show with each day of the show focusing on another popular aspect of the racing community. Special guests during the week include the aforementioned Hirschman Family, Frankie Schneider and Paul Deasey and David Polenz on Sunday, March 4th and a special appearance by seven time AMA Flat Track Motorcycle Champion and former world land speed record holder for motorcycles, "The Warrior" Chris Carr on Tuesday night, March 6th. Another special edition of the 2012 show will be held on Friday, March 9th edition as legendary racing giants Bill Wimble and Freddy Adam will sell and sign their released books beginning at 4 PM on Friday afternoon and the Legends Showcase will have a host of driving stars joining them for this popular edition of the show. The nostalgia racing groups from Reading, Flemington, Tri State, Nazareth, Dorney Park and Harmony Speedways are expected to be front and center to display their vast collections of racing memorabilia from those memorable days of racing when one didn't have to travel out of the greater Lehigh Valley to witness the great competition that took place on those famous speedways that may be gone from the landscape but never forgotten from our treasured memories. Show co-host Ed Pados made this astute observation, "While we no longer have the weekly racing show, my brother Steve and I always look forward to this great gathering of racing personalities with this great show. While many of us do not see each other on a daily basis, this event becomes the universal melting pot to meet and greet friends, shake hands, tell stories and enjoy a great fellowship of camaraderie within the racing community". He further added, "It takes a great staff of individuals to bring a show like this together and truly the best in the racing business are spearheading and accomplishing this mission in Phillipsburg with Bob and Donna Miller, Greg Collins, all of the show sponsors, car owners, drivers, speedways, nostalgia groups and fans providing the labor and the inspiration for a show of this magnitude, and I must say my brother Steve has been an absolute whirlwind in coming up with another great game plan for this show as I really don't know how he does it but his work ethic speaks for itself with all he does within the racing community".
Joining the Pados Brothers throughout the week will be longtime popular Borger's Speedway announcer/starter Bobby Stull and former Lake Mocatek Speedway co-announcer Justin Beltrame to conduct the nightly interview sessions. IRCO Community Federal Credit Union Vice President and noted Harmony Speedway racing historian Greg Collins join the announcing team this season as the IRCO Group will sponsor the nightly stage area action. Guest announcers for the week long show are expected to include Wall Stadium announcer Earl Krause and Thunder on the Hill and Bridgeport Speedway announcer Jeff Ahlum and Orange County Fair Speedway Assistant Announcer Joel Murns. Invitations to all of the speedways in the immediate area have been sent out with favorable responses being returned as to each speedway's participation on their respective evening. NAPA Auto Parts of the Delaware Valley, Moe Pagni's Outten Used Cars, R&F International Muffler and Brake, Hamlin Speedway/S&S Speedways, Smith Fabrication and the Stage One Modifieds, Martocci's Automotive, Caffe Europa, PR Performance, IRCO, Speedway Promotions, Accord Speedway and GA Motorsports Media have all lent their assistance for what will be another successful event.
Additionally, collectibles, novelties, racing videos and driver's action and still racing pictures will be on sale throughout the week long show. The NAPA Auto Parts Dirt Track Heroes Show will once again be offering a fabulous souvenir T-Shirt and program book.
 
Race teams seeking to register their race cars for the event should go to the website at: www.thunderonthehillracingsseries.com The show flyer and entry form is located on the main page and the phone number is: 443 513 4456. This event provides a golden opportunity for race teams and their sponsors to receive mainstream exposure from the record number of fans who will be visiting the show. Last year more than 95,000 visitors came through the Mall doors for the show. A nominal fee of $25.00 covers the insurance for the week.

Join the Pados Brothers, Ed and Steve, each day and evening as the Phillipsburg Mall becomes abuzz with racing excitement once again as the 5th Annual NAPA Auto Parts Dirt Track Heroes show kicks off on March 4th and runs through March 10th.

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