Opening day photos.
It was a beautiful day to start the 2014 drag racing season!
Jim Senkewitz sent us some of his photos.
They can be viewed here.
This week's schedule
Thursday, April 17 - First Thursday night test and tune of the season, with a new time schedule! Gates open at 6pm, with racing from 7pm to 11:30pm! $25 to race, $10 for spectators, or $25 for a carload.
Saturday, April 19 - Test and tune with a gamblers race. Gates open 11am, racing from noon to 6pm. $25 for test and tune, $35 for gamblers race. $10 for spectators, or $25 for a carload.
Chassis certifications will be on Saturday, April 26. If your certification is out of date, you may race at the test and tunes at PRP prior to April 26. Please contact the track to get on the list!
Of course, we will be watching the weather, and updating this page and Facebook. If, and only IF, there is a rainout, the text alert will be sent out. If you haven't signed up yet for the text alert, please click the link: http://www.pittsburghracewaypark.com/text_alerts.php
Sonny Kruel passed away
We are saddened to hear the news that longtime Keystone/PRP racer Sonny Kruel passed away yesterday. Sonny drove the 1969 Dodge Coronet with "Color Me Gone" on the doors. From the entire PRP staff and racing community, we extend our deepest sympathies to Sonny's family and friends.
Stanley C. "Sonny" Kruel, 75, of Herminie No. 2, passed away Wednesday, April 9, 2014, in Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg. Per Sonny's wishes, a memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 26, 2014, in Arona United Methodist Church. A full obituary will follow on a date closer to the service. JOSEPH W. NICKELS FUNERAL HOME INC., 404 Sewickley Ave., Herminie, PA 15637, 724-446-7251, in charge of arrangements.
Tales From The Strip!
The first edition of Tales From the Strip is up, an interview with Greg Miller. You can find it under the Media tab above, or on the link:
2014 Pit Parking reminder/raffles/2014 schedule
Just a reminder, pit spot contracts with payments for the 2014 season are due by Friday, February 28.
Also, there are raffles available for both racers and spectators, that will go a long way towards covering a lot of entry fees for the 2014 season. Contact Greg Miller - firstname.lastname@example.org - for details
The full 2014 season schedule has been posted in the Schedule tab, or on this link - http://www.pittsburghracewaypark.com/schedule.php
Pittsburgh Raceway Park is happy to announce an increased sponsorship partnership with Syrek Electric. Syrek Electric (http://www.syrekelectric.com/ ) is a commercial and industrial electrical contractor located in Claysville, PA, and offers industrial controls, custom control panels, power distribution, high voltage distribution, fiber optics installation and repairs, and more in its range of services. Company president Ed Syrek was the general foreman for the cosntruction of 2 local landmarks, PNC Park, home field of the Pittsburgh Pirates, and the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in downtown Pittsburgh. Ed races a beautiful blue1971 Monte Carlo, and his son Eddie races a 2010 American dragster, both in Mike’s Auto Body Top class. Syrek Electric will be the right lane sponsor for the 2014 season, and their support is greatly appreciated.
Mike's Auto Body
Pittsburgh Raceway Park is very happy to announce that Mike Fiore, of Mike’s Auto Body, has extended his support and sponsorship! Mike’s Auto Body will continue to be the sponsor for the Top class, as well as one of the sponsors of the Night At The Races. Mike’s Auto Body is located in the Highland Park area of Pittsburgh’s east end, at 6223 Meadow Street (ZIP 15206), with a new facility that features comfortable seating, children’s play area, TVs, coffee, and free internet service. All of the technicians at Mike’s are ASE certified, and continue to learn the latest techniques and technological advances in order to provide the highest quality work. Thanks to Mike, and Mike's Auto Body for their continued support. Check out http://www.mikesautobodypgh.com/ to see their work, and please support those who are supporting us!
Off season outdoor storage available!!
Do you need a place to store your trailer, RV, or motorhome this winter? There are spots available here at the track! Contact Greg Miller for options and pricing details - email@example.com
PRP Online Store
We are pleased to announce that the PRP e-store is now open.
You can visit it here.
How to order photos online
It has been a long time coming, and I know a lot of you have waited patiently, but photos from the 2013 season are now available for sale! I will continue to upload photo sets from the previous months, so if you do not see a particular weekend's photos, they will be uploaded shortly.
You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Jen has added a nice tutorial on how to order your photos online.
I've had a few questions on how to order photos from the new photo site, so I've made a simple tutorial with photos on how to order photos from the site. Hopefully the tutorial will answer any questions on ordering, and be sure to check back frequently for updates. I am currently working on the photo set from the last points day, so they will be available shortly.
Bracket finals 2013
First, on behalf of Greg Miller, the entire PRP staff and crew, and the PRP racers, we would like to thank all of the tracks, their racers, and crews for traveling in for the bracket finals. We are proud to have been your hosts, and we hope you enjoyed yourselves as mush as we enjoyed having you here. The great racing, awesome collection of different cars, sportsmanship, and camaraderie makes for many special memories.
Congratulations to Team PRP on winning the track championship, the 3rd one in the last 4 seasons, and 5th in 7. Everyone on the team worked hard for their spot and absolutely deserved to be there. Steve Butler did an awesome job, putting the exclamation point on the team win when he won the final final of the weekend, getting the Iron Man in Top. PRP racers did fantastic in every class: Kara Jo Bowman made it to the semis in Top. Mike Balaska and Mike Egan both made it to the quarterfinals in Modified, Balaska losing by .0003, and Egan by .008. Rick Clay made it to the semis in Street, losing a tough round to his cousin and class winner Bruce Tharp. Bikes did great, all 4 advancing to round 2. Beaver Springs is always tough in Bike, and our guys knocked out 3 BSD bikes, which is an accomplishment in itself. Matt Powell and Joe Devola both made it to the semis. All 3 junior dragsters won round 1, with Brandon Butler and Thomas Vasbinder making it down to 5 cars.
Before eliminations started, IHRA presented Greg Miller with a plaque, naming PRP the IHRA Division 3 Summit SuperSeries track of the year.
2013 class champions!
Congratulations to our 2013 champions!!
Silver Mine Coin & Collectible junior dragsters:
8-12 year olds:
13-17 year olds:
Z&M Cycles Motorcycle class:
Millerstown Pick A Part Trophy class:
Al Novak Sr
B&R Speed Supply Street class:
Joe Tharp Jr
Hard Metal Tooling Modified class:
Mike's Auto Body Top class:
Jennifer has setup a youtube channel for PRP.
This from Jen.
ATTN RACERS: PRP now has a YouTube channel. I just got it up and running tonight, but...WE NEED VIDEOS!!! GoPro vids, Trackside/Standside vids, even videos from when it was still Keystone.
If you want your videos on the site, message me, and we'll work out how to get the video to me to upload (Probably just transfer at the track, seems easiest).
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.