2014 season comes to an end
The red light and "closed" status on the top right corner of the site will be on for a little over 4 months, until the 2015 season kicks off. The 2014 season wrapped up with the 3rd annual GobbleFest race, and of course, Mother Nature had to exert her influence one more time in 2014. After a week of mid Janaury-like temps, the forecast for Saturday was decent, mid 40s and sun, turning cloudy. The, uh, witch couldn't let that happen, and sprinkled freezing rain around the area. That caused a little delay in the start of the action, and a switch to 1/8th mile, but couldn't diminsh the enthusiasm of all the racers who came out to have some fun. At the end of race #1, with the index set at 24.68, Mike Barnyk finished the year the way it started, getting the win. He and his timekeeper, Jacob Benish, picked up the win with his Ford pick up over Dave and Mary Lou Norris in their Jeep SRT. After a great lunch of turkey and all the trimmings from the Lamplighter, plus some pizza and hot dogs from Carmen's Cafeteria, with the food coma and the triptophan kicking in, the tree was changed from .500 bracket to .400 bracket for race #2, and the index 26.78. With no deep staging allowed, the challenge got a little tougher, but many racers adjusted well. In another 6 round race, Mike Kopko and his shotgun rider Kayla in their Pontiac G6 came out on top over Nick Bowman and Samantha in his Dodge Ram pick up. Congratulations to all, and thank you for coming out and having some fun.
Here are some dates already on the schedule for 2015:
January 23-25 - World of Wheels car show, David L. Lawrence Convention Center, downtown Pittsburgh, PA. http://autorama.com/
February 28 - 2014 season racer's banquet, Rizzo's Malabar Inn, Crabtree. Details to come
March 21 - Keystone Raceway Hall of Fame induction banquet, Rizzo's Malabar Inn, Crabtree. Details to come
September 30-October 4 - IHRA Division 3 North Star Bracket Finals (NEW DATES FOR 2015)
October 9, 10, 11 - Ghosts, Goblins, and Gearheads
REMINDER - PITS MUST BE EMPTIED!
November 22 will be the last day to remove trailers/cars/etc from your pit spot. Outdoor winter storage is available. Contact Greg Miller - firstname.lastname@example.org - for details.
VP Race Fuels Ghosts, Goblins, and Gearheads wrap up
What a great weekend of racing and Halloween fun at the VP Race Fuels Ghosts, Goblins, and Gearheads event! The racing all weekend long was incredibly tight, the costumes and trailers decorations were wonderfully creative, and folks came in from NY, WV, OH, and from all over PA at least! The PRP track crew worked hard all weekend long to keep things in shape and the program moving along. Thank you to all who came out and participated! We hope you had a great time! Results from the weekend's races are on the link: http://www.pittsburghracewaypark.com/race_results.php
A huge thank you to our Ghosts, Goblins & Gearheads Race sponsors. Their support for the weekend was invaluable, allowing us to give out the great prizes, pay the purse, give the Happy Gilmore checks, award Iron Man trophies, and give away a 5 day, 4 night trip to Las Vegas! Please support those who support us!
VP Race Fuels
Victory Automotive Group, Delmont, PA
ATI Performance Products, Baltimore, MD
93.3 The Wolf, Youngstown, OH
Gestner Automotive & Performance, Apollo, PA
Anthony L. Rosner, Attorney At Law, North Huntingdon, PA
Billy’s Pizza Shack, New Alexandria, PA
Latrobe Chevy Ford, Latrobe, PA
RJ’s Heating and Cooling, Loyalhanna, PA
Black Diamond Motorsports, Bridgeport, WV
Holiday Inn Express, Delmont, PA
Millerstown Pic-A-Part, Tarentum, PA
Bob Jones RV/ Jones Transmission Pumps, Eighty Four, PA
NAPA Auto Parts, Greensburg, PA
Lutty’s Chevy Warehouse, Cheswick, PA
Rizzo’s Malabar Inn, Crabtree, PA
AJ Casini Promotions / BGR Championship Series
G & S Racing Services, Avonmore, PA
Carmens Café / Ionadi Auto Sales, Verona, PA
IHRA, Norwalk, OH
Congratulations to Team PRP!
Pittsburgh Raceway Park is glad to have played host to the teams from Beaver Springs Dragway, Elegant Builders Raceway Park, Empire Dragway, Kanawha Valley Motorsports Park, Quaker City Motorsports Park, Skyview Drags, and Thompson Raceway Park this past weekend. There was a fantastic display of cars and competition, but more than that, the camaraderie between racers rose above all, as friends old and new made great memories.
For the 6th time in the last 8 years, and the third straight, Team PRP won the IHRA Division 3 North Stars bracket finals. Elegant Builders Raceway made a charge with 51.5 points, but finished second, 7.5 points behind. It was an all PRP final in the Street class, with Joe Tharp Jr getting his second Iron Man at the bracket finals, getting the win over cousin Chris Tharp. On Friday, in the Summit SuperSeries runoffs, Brandon Butler (junior dragster) and Mark Brewer (Box) punched their tickets to Memphis next month. In Thursday's gamblers races, Matt Powell won Bike, and Tom Scott won Box. Friday's gamblers races, Joe Tharp Jr started his winning streak by taking down No Box, Tyler Pennington got the win in junior dragsters, and Bob Brehm runnered up in Box, losing by .000x. After Saturday's main event, Josh Rietscha won the Box gamblers, and AJ Casper won the No Box gamblers. Thank you to all who attended this weekend, both from PRP and those who traveled in. We hope you had a great time, and will be able to visit us again. Full details of the weekend are on the link from IHRA:
Congratulations to the 2014 class champions!
In spite of what Mother Nature threw at all of us this spring and summer, there was a lot of great racing action. The points series ended yesterday, and these are the racers that ended up on top. Congratulations to all, and to all of Team PRP!
Silver Mine Coin & Collectible Junior Dragsters:
8-11 year olds:
Jamie McBride Jr
Great points battle with Tyler Pennington, Jamie comes out on top in his 2nd season of racing!
12-17 year olds:
Commanding points lead, 2nd straight championship!
Millerstown Pic A Part Trophy Class:
Kaleb Kelly, 1993 Mustang
First time champ!
Z&M Cycles Motorcycle Class:
Matt Powell, 2004 Honda 1000RR
Matt finished the season with 5 straight wins! Multi time points champ, 3 in a row, 4th overall!
B&R Speed Supply Street Class:
Rich Penn, 1999 Trans Am
After a number of 2nd and 3rd place finishes, Rich breaks through in a tough chase!
Hard Metal Tooling Modified Class:
Mike Balaska, 1989 Mustang
Just like Rich, Mike breaks through, riding a 31 round win streak to also be the Summit SuperSeries no box representative!
Mike's Auto Body Top Class:
Mark Brewer Jr, 1978 Mustang II
In an ultra tight points chase, Mark defies the odds again, with his mid 11 second door car, to get his 2nd straight championship!
2014 IHRA Pittsburgh Nationals
2014 IHRA Pittsburgh Nationals – Nitro Jam rain check information
Rain-affected Saturday tickets from the 2014 IHRA Pittsburgh Nationals will be good for an IHRA event at PRP in 2015
Following a rainout of the Saturday night show August 2nd at the 2014 IHRA Nitro Jam Pittsburgh Nationals, the International Hot Rod Association announced that all Saturday spectator tickets will be good for an IHRA event at Pittsburgh Raceway Park in 2015.
Those who attended this year’s Pittsburgh Nationals on Saturday August 2nd can hold on to their spectator tickets in a two-for-one deal where fans can bring their ticket back to an IHRA event at Pittsburgh Raceway Park next year and get themselves and a friend into the event.
For more information, please visit the Nitro Jam website at www.nitrojam.com or call the IHRA offices at (419) 663-6666
SPORTSMAN RACER INFORMATION:
For the sportsman racers who entered the bracket program on Saturday, August 2nd, the Pittsburgh Nationals Iron Man race is rescheduled for Saturday, September 6th. Special Nitro Jam Iron Man trophies will be awarded to the winners in Motorcycle, Street, Modified, and Top classes. Racers can bring the wristbands they received upon entry on August 2nd to one of the remaining events and use it as a rain check. Those who lost or discarded their wristbands can provide their car number, and it will be checked against the tech cards from August 2nd. Please note, the Pittsburgh Nationals Iron Man race is a bracket race, with our regular bracket racing elimination classes. There will not be any Nitro Jam show classes. Our apologies for the delay in getting the details posted.
Congratulations Mia Tedesco!!!
It doesn't seem that long ago that Mia Tedesco was starting in her junior dragster:
She moved on to Mike's Auto Body Top class just a few years ago, and for the last couple of years has been traveling to IHRA and NHRA national and divisional events, and big money bracket races, with great success. This season, she has been driving the A/Fuel Top Alcohol dragster for Hirata Motorsports in select NHRA events. Today she scored her first Wally in Top Alcohol at the NHRA Division 3 Lucas Oil Drag Series event. Congratulations Mia!
PRP Online Store
PRP e-store is open.
You can visit it here.
Due to popular demand we are bringing back the Racer's Bios.
You need to register here.
Once registered you will then be emailed upon activation.
When you are activated you will be able to modify your profile and upload a photo.
Photos will be resized and a thumbnail generated. Once I have a few we will use them on the right side where the 3 temporary photos are now.
They will be picked randomly and rotated.
You can find them under the "MEDIA" on the top menu.
If you have any questions please feel free to email me.