posted March 15, 2001 12:38 PM
DIRT MOTORSPORTS FIRST HEARING IMPAIRED DRIVER
TO BEGIN RACING CAREER AT LEBANON VALLEY SPEEDWAY
MARCH 14, 2001
WEST LEBANON, NY - Over its long, rich 49-year history Lebanon Valley
Speedway has enjoyed its share of first time events. The 2001-racing season
will be no different. Eighteen year old Ryan Larkin will climb into his
yellow number 39 Pure Stock at Lebanon Valley Speedway and become Dirt
Motorsports first hearing impaired driver.
Completely deaf since the age of two from spinal meningitis Ryan Larkin
is definitely no stranger to the world of dirt track racing. The Great
Barrington, MA resident is the son of two-time Lebanon Valley Speedway
Modified Champion ****ie Larkin. 2001 will mark the 30th anniversary season
for the elder Larkin.
Ryan is a freshman at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf at
Rochester Institute of Technology. The primary mission of NTID is to provide
deaf students with outstanding state-of-the art technical and professional
education programs, complemented by a strong arts and sciences curriculum. It
prepares them to live and work in the mainstream of a rapidly changing global
community and enhances their interest and skill in continuing lifelong
The Larkin team has assembled quite a list of sponsors to help out on Ryan's
rookie season in the Pure Stocks. Madsen Overhead Door's, T-Net, Taconic
Technologies, Munson Satellite, Risingdale Café, Formel Motorcar, Great River
Construction, M. T. Cavanaugh, Rolling Rock Farm, Domeney's Liquors, Moore
Builders, C. J. Jurgeson Masonry and Cheyenne Awnings along with a few other
yet to be named sponsors will all contribute to the young Larkin's efforts.
Ryan will hold off beginning his racing career until his classes are complete
in May. The teams goal for the season is to get Ryan as much seat time as
possible behind the wheel of the full fendered racecar. One thing is sure,
with the 30 years experience ****ie Larkin has piloting racecars around the
Lebanon Valley high banks, Ryan should have a well handling racecar. Could
this new second-generation driver fill his father's shoes as others such as
Kenny Tremont Jr. and Donnie Corellis have done so in the past? Come out and
see this unique young lion as he carries on the family tradition.
Lebanon Valley Speedway will kick off its 49th season on Saturday April 14th
with a special 50-lap Modified feature. The Pro Stock, Rookie Pro Stock and
Pure Stock divisions will also be in action as well as one cannonball. Gates
open at 5pm with racing at 6:15pm. Check us out on the world wide web at www.lebanonvalley.com.
WORLD OF OUTLAWS TICKET SALES BRISK FOR MAY 28TH
LEBANON VALLEY DATE GET YOUR TICKETS NOW!
MARCH 15, 2001
WEST LEBANON, NY - One of the most anticipated events at Lebanon Valley
Speedway each year is the annual Pennzoil World of Outlaws Sprint Car show
presented by CARQUEST Auto Parts. The "winged wonders" wheel their way into
the West Lebanon speed plant on Monday May 28th at 7 PM.
The display of speed that the World of Outlaws drivers put on at "The
Valley" is definitely something to see. The huge wings and big right side
tires help to glue these lightweight ground rockets to the racing surface.
The long Lebanon Valley straight-aways and high banked turns make the ˝ mile
clay oval the perfect playground for the Outlaws.
At the time of this release the Outlaws had just completed the Spring
Nationals at Devils Bowl Speedway in Mesquite, TX. Danny "The Dude" Lasoski
sits atop the point standings followed by Andy Hillenburg, Craig Dollansky,
Mark Kinser and Brad Furr. Lasoski is driving for car owner and Winston Cup
standout Tony Stewart. Stewart will attempt to be on hand for the Lebanon
Valley World of Outlaws date to support his sprint car teams efforts.
When the Outlaws visit Lebanon Valley it serves as sort of a homecoming
for one of the team members. Rob Hart from nearby Nassau, NY is a crewmember
on the #21W sprinter driven by Danny Wood. Wood recently won his first Outlaw
Feature at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Rob has also been a crewmember for Jeff
Swindell and helped Jeff win at Las Vegas in 1997 when Swindell had to start
from the rear.
Come see Rob Hart as he helps Danny Wood tackle the "The Valley" on
Monday May 28th. There are still plenty of great seats available but they are
going fast. The World of Outlaws haulers will once again be pitted on the
dragway allowing the west-end of the pit area for pick-up trucks to park and
tailgate. Bring along your lawn chairs and watch the races from the back of
your pick-up. This was a big hit last year.
The Lebanon Valley hometown hero's will also be on hand as the Modifieds
run a 30-lap feature. The masters of the high banks are a great compliment to
the Outlaw show and keep the fans on the edge of their seats with the
side-by-side racing. Many of the fans attending the World of Outlaws event
are from New England and come quite a distance to see the show. This makes
for a great opportunity to shine the spotlight on our regular competitors to
some fans that don't get to see them on a regular basis.
This show has drawn record crowds for the past couple of years and tickets
sales for this years May 28th date have been brisk promising for yet another
full house. You don not want to miss this show. Call the WOO Ticket HOTLINES
today at (518) 794-9606 or (518) 794-9965 to order your tickets. All seats
are reserved and cost just $22 each. The speedway office hours are 10 AM till
5 PM Monday through Friday.