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posted March 25, 2001 02:25 PM UIN: 16262997

Indiana, PA (March 24) - The Challenger Raceway has announced their racing schedule for the 2001 season. The tenth season in owner-operators Jack and Donna Lentz history looks to be the biggest in the history of the four-tenths mile clay oval. Saturday night racing will once again headline action at The Challenger. Along with the monthly "Sunday Night Specials," excitement is high as the new racing season approaches quickly.

The opening race of the 2001 season will take place on Saturday night, April 7. Four division of competition will be presented weekly on Saturday evenings, featuring the Pittsburgh Crankshaft Late Models. The Townsend Gas & Oil Mideastern Modifieds, Stewart Bus Line Pure Stocks, and Strictly Stocks will also share in the weekly racing programs. Each week, the gates will open at 5:30, with the race time set for 7:30 PM.

The first on-track activity will take place on Saturday, March 31. "Test and Tune Day" is scheduled, to give the racing teams some practice sessions prior to the start of racing. The gates on this day will open at 3:00, with the track opening at 5:00. The General Admission Grandstands will be open free of charge on this day, with the pit fee being $10.

The highlight of the 2001 season will be "Fall Fest VII." Fall Fest has quickly grown as the biggest multi-day racing event in Western Pennsylvania. The kickoff to Fall Fest comes on Friday night, October 12, featuring the "Challenge of the Champions Classic" for MACS, the Mid-Atlantic Championship Series Late Models. Fall Fest VII will run over two days, Saturday and Sunday, October 13 and 14. Six divisions will be in competition over the two days, with the main event for the MACS Late Models running a distance of 75 laps, with the winner earning $15,000. Also racing over the weekend are the York Triathlon Series Mideastern Modifieds, the BRP Big Block Modifieds, DWARF cars, Open Pure Stocks, and Strictly Stocks.

Five "Sunday Night Specials" will appear in 2001, with one taking place each month through the regular racing season. The STARS Late Models have a pair of special shows, on April 29 and August 19. The MACS Late Models have three specials, and they will be on May 27, June 24, and July 22.

Saturday night racing will take place each week, except for July 7 when ATV racing will replace the cars. Point competition for the season will start on April 14, and will end on September 15.

Challenger Raceway is located 6.4 miles southwest of US 422 on SR 286, then one mile north on McIntyre Road. For more information, please call 724-726-5494 for the office, or 724-726-9808 for the track. For the most complete source of Challenger Raceway information, including the entire 2001 schedule, visit the track's web site at

2001 Challenger Raceway Schedule

A Regular Show consists of four division racing, with Pittsburgh Crankshaft Late Models, Townsend Gas & Oil Mideastern Modifieds, Stewart Bus Line Pure Stocks, and Strictly Stocks. Races are Saturdays, with Gates Opening at 5:30 and racing at 7:30, unless otherwise noted.

March 31 - Test and Tune Day, Gates at 3:00, starts at 5:00. Pits $10.00 - Grandstands Free.
April 7 - Opening Night, Regular Show
April 14 - Regular Show, First Night of Points
April 21 - Regular Show.
April 28 - Regular Show.
Sunday, April 29 - STARS Late Models, Spring Fling, $5,000 to-win plus Mideastern Modifieds.
May 5 - Regular Show, plus Pure Stock Mechanics Race, Indiana Co. Technology Center Night.
May 12 - Regular Show, plus Kids Bike Races.
May 19 - Regular Show, plus PCTC Senior Series.
May 26 - Regular Show.
Sunday, May 27 - MACS Late Models, $4,000 to-win, plus Stewart Bus Line Pure Stocks.
June 2 - Regular Show, plus Fan Appreciation and Driver Autograph Night for all divisions.
June 9 - Regular Show, plus Townsend Gas & Oil Mideastern Modified Mechanics Race.
June 16 - Regular Show, plus Strictly Stock Mechanics Race and ARCH Fan Club Night.
June 23 - Regular Show, plus Banner Night.
Sunday, June 24 - MACS Late Models $4,000 to-win plus Stewart Bus Line Pure Stocks.
June 30 - Regular Show, plus Pittsburgh Crankshaft Late Models Mechanic's Race.
July 6-7-8 - N.T.T. A.T.V. Nationals - No Auto Racing.
July 14 - Regular Show, plus PCTC Senior Series.
July 21 - York Triathlon Series Modifieds, plus Pure Stocks and Strictly Stocks. Scout and Little League Night, and Kids Bike Races. Twin State Fan Club Night. Free Candy Night for Kids.
Sunday, July 22 - MACS Thunder in the Mountains Tour, $5000 to-win, plus Stewart Bus Line Pure Stocks.
July 28 - Regular Show, plus PCTC Fan Club Night.
August 4 - Regular Show, plus DWARF cars.
August 11 - Regular Show, plus PCTC Senior Series.
August 18 - Regular Show.
Sunday, August 19 - STARS Late Models, $5,000 to win, plus Mideastern Modified E-Mods.
August 25 - Regular Show, plus PCTC Senior Series. Double points for all regular divisions.
September 1 - Regular Show, plus Strictly Stock Train Race.
September 8 - Christmas Tree Capital Challenge - Pittsburgh Crankshaft Late Models - $1,500 to-win plus Regular Show for all other divisions.
September 15 - Regular Show, Last Night of Points.
September 22 - Stewart Bus Line Pure Stocks $500 to win (your track rules for Pure Stocks)
plus Kid's Bike Races, Strictly Stocks and School Bus races with Powder Puffs.
Friday, October 12 - Fall Fest VII - M.A.C.S. Late Models - Challenge of the Champions Classic $4,000 to win, plus practice for Fall Fest divisions.
Saturday and Sunday, October 13-14 - Fall Fest VII. Saturday, Qualifying Heat races for MACS Late Models, T-USA DWARFS, York Triathlon Series Modifieds, BRP Big Block Modified Tour, Strictly Stocks and Open Pure Stocks. Plus "King of the Hill" for MACS Late Models, paying $3000 to win. Ox and Pig Roast after the races, plus musical entertainment. Sunday, Consolations and Features for all divisions, including MACS Late Models, $15,000 to win for 75 laps. Gates open at noon, with racing at 3:00 both days. Rain dates will be October 26-28.

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