Action Track USA Gears Up for National Dirt Week AT Kutztown Fair August 13-19Barry Angstadt
Kutztown, PA (August 10) – After a wildly successful Dick Tobias Classic on August 5, the management and staff at Championship Energy Action Track USA on the Kutztown Fairgrounds needed an eight-day prep period to gear up for one final huge stretch of racing for the 2018 season.
It’s National Dirt Week during the annual Kutztown Fair, and it begins Monday, August 13 at 6p.m. with a practice night for the winged and wingless 600 Sprints, along with every other class of race car that will compete during National Dirt Week. The winged and wingless 600 Sprint drivers turning the fastest laps on Monday night will be locked in to the redraw for their respective A-Mains on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Tuesday the 14th will see a first-ever winged 600 event at Action Track USA, with 4-Cylinder Stock Cars and the STARS Mod Lites also on the card. The winged 600 Sprint winner will receive $1,500 (with Gambler’s Fee) and the winged warriors will run a 35-lap feature.
Brian Carber, who won the very first wingless 600 Sprint main at Action Track USA in 2013, has long been an advocate for a winged race at the speedway. While it’s hard to top the insanely competitive wingless competition at the Berks County oval, carber feels the size, layout, and banking of the track will lend itself to an equally impressive show with the wings bolted onto the cars’ roll cages.
Wednesday August 15 is the Kutztown Fair Nationals for the wingless Hyper Racing 600 Sprints, highlighted by a 60-lap main event paying $2,000 to the winner (with Gambler’s Fee). The USAC SpeedSTRs and Junior Slingshots join the wingless 600’s that night, with the SpeedSTRs going 30-laps and the Junior Slingers competing in a National Series race.
Past winners of the Hyper Racing 600 Sprints Fair Nationals include Alex Bright (2013), Billy Pauch Jr. (2014), Pat Bealer (2015, when the race was increased to 60 laps, and the first feature at the increased distance became an instant classic), Robbie Hocker (2016), and Kyle Spence came from way back in the field to register last year’s Fair Week Nationals victory. So far, no one has been able to repeat as a 600 Fair Week Nationals victor; will the trend continue this year or will one of the talented names mentioned above break the ice and win his second Nationals?
Past winners of the USAC All Pro SpeedSTR events held during Fair Week include Jeff Strunk & Freddie Rahmer Jr. (2013), Brad Brightbill (2014), Mike Mahaney (2015), Billy Pauch Sr. (2016), and Tim Buckwalter used last season’s Fair Week triumph to clinch his first SpeedSTR point title at the speedway.
Thursday the 16th is the Super Slingshot Fair Nationals, with the All Star Slingshots going 55-laps for $2,000 to win (with Gambler’s Fee). They will be joined, for the first time ever at Action Track USA, by the AMA Flat Track Motorcycles.
This will be the third year for the Super Slingshot Fair Week National. Dylan Hoch captured the first one in 2016 while young Cole Stangle walked away with the winner’s share of the loot last season.
All of the weeknight events will begin with warm-ups at 6 p.m. Qualifying activity will commence immediately following the hot lap sessions.
Saturday, August 18 is the Mark Naftzinger Daniel Boone 100 Stock Car Race and Demolition Derby.
An event has been added to the schedule on Sunday night, August 19. The final race of the season will crown the 2018 point champions in the SpeedSTR, 600 Sprint, and All Star Slingshot divisions. Sunday’s program starts out with warm-ups at 5 p.m., followed immediately by opening ceremonies and qualifying heats.
For all the details on these events, check out the speedway’s website at www.actiontrackusa.com. At Facebook.com, search for Action Track USA. You can also find links to all of the speedway’s news and results on Twitter.