Spectacular SpeedSTR Field Set For May 12 Opener At Action Track USABarry Angstadt
Kutztown, PA (April 28) – Thirty truckloads of new clay will greet an amazing array of talented drivers at the May 12 Goldie & Elton Meitzler Memorial at Championship Energy Action Track USA on the Kutztown Fairgrounds.
While all three of the weekly divisions boast “the best of the best” in local motorsports, this year’s USAC All Pro SpeedSTR roster is particularly interesting as it is loaded with names that fans far and wide will recognize and want to see.
All of the regulars are back, including last year’s champ Billy Pauch Jr., the 2017 point champion Tim Buckwalter, 2018’s big winner Briggs Danner, Ohio’s Matt Westfall, Steve Buckwalter, and others. Joining them will be standouts such as USAC Superstar and living legend Dave Darland, a returning Billy Pauch Sr. and Rick Eckert, Mike Mahaney (driving for a new team), Trevor Kobylarz, 410 Sprint Car ace Ryan Taylor, and Alex Bright (who will join Tom and TJ Mayberry on the Ralph Rehrig team). Alex Yankowski is also scheduled to return in the Bagel Rack No. 7.
In addition to the top notch throttle-jockeys listed above, the Hieber brothers plan to get back to SpeedSTR competition. Gary and Kyle Hieber, both graduates of the All Star Slingshots, competed (with great success) in SpeedSTRs when the class first formed and began to grow. They’ve sat out for a few years, but the itch has come back and the Hiebers will be in the field at Championship Energy Action Track USA.
Rick Lefever is also bringing his team back to Kutztown, with 358 Sprint Car star Chase Dietz set to make his SpeedSTR debut as a teammate to “T-Ross the Boss”, Tyler Ross.
Opening Day, May 12, will begin with an afternoon practice session that is open to all divisions scheduled to compete at Action Track USA during the ’19 season. Gates will open at 12 noon and cars will take to the track from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
The cost to practice is $25.00 per car. Everyone entering the pits needs to purchase a pit pass at regular price however…the pit pass is good for both practice and the Goldie & Elton Meitzler Memorial that evening.
It should be noted that practice is limited to a specific number of cars and will be assigned on a first-come, first-serve basis. Race teams need to contact Action Track USA if they plan to attend the practice session. Practice reservations can be made by sending $25 to Action Track USA (along with name, car number, and division) at 52A Woodside Ave., Temple, PA 19560.
Following the May 12 Meitzler Memorial Opener, the 7th Annual Dick Tobias Classic for SpeedSTRs will highlight the second Sunday of competition on May 19, with the 75-lap headliner paying a hefty $5,000 to the winner. Just like they will on Opening Night, the Hyper Racing 600 Sprints and All Star Slingshots will join the USAC All Pro SpeedSTRs on the 19th.
The 600 Sprints take center stage on Memorial Day Monday, May 27, with the running of the annual King of No Wing Shootout. The 40-lapper pays $1,000 to win (with Gambler’s Fee) and features four different winners in the four years of its existence. The SpeedSTRs and All Star Slingshots will also be in action in this holiday “showdown at sundown.”
The excitement continues to build as the new season is less than two weeks away…it is almost time to “Spray the Clay at Action Track USA”, where the superstars come to race!
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