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posted June 05, 2001 02:31 PM
TRI-CITY READY FOR ALL STARS VS. NCRA EASTERN SHOWDOWN ON JUNE 17
by Brian Spaid
June 4, 2001
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FRANKLIN, PA .... Tri-City Speedway hosts its first big race of the season
on Sunday June 17 as the All Star Circuit of Champions Sprints and National
Championship Racing Association (NCRA) Sprints visit the half-mile Venango
County oval for the final stop of their 2001 Eastern Showdown. It will be
the only appearance of the All Stars in Western Pennsylvania this season.
Replacing the Western Pennsylvania Sprint Speedweek, the All Stars vs. NCRA
Eastern Showdown is an extension of the joint efforts of the two sanctioning
bodies, who have combined forces for several seasons to present the Thunder
in the Plains each August.
The Eastern Showdown starts June 13 at The Fabulous Bedford Speedway in
Bedford, Penn. Afterwards, the teams travel to one of Central Pennsylvania's
top tracks, Lincoln Speedway in New Oxford, on June 14. Then, the Showdown
spends two consecutive nights in Ohio at Cannonball Motor Speedway in
Morristown and K-C Raceway in Chillicothe. Tri-City will round out the
Showdown action with a 30-lap, $5,000-to-win event.
Leading the All Stars to Tri-City will be two-time defending series
champion Kenny Jacobs of Holmesville, Ohio. Current All Star point leader
Chad Kemenah of Findlay, Ohio, will also compete with fellow Buckeye State
All Star drivers Dean Jacobs, Rodney Duncan and Byron Reed. Louisiana star
Jason Johnson, who won at Tri-City on April 29, will try to capture his
second win of the year. Local Allegheny Land & Lumber Super Sprint hotshoes
Brian and Brad Ellenberger, Jimmy Hawley, Ed Lynch Jr. and Scott Bonnell
will try to stave off the invasion.
Western Pennsylvania's best will also have to defend their turf against the
top NCRA stars, including eight-time champion Gary Wright of Hooks, Tex.
Among the other Midwestern stars will be Oklahoma's Aaron Berryhill, Mike
Goodman, Earnest Jennings, Michael Lambert and Donnie Crawford as well as
Kansas drivers Dan Oswalt and Steve King. Former NCRA star and current All
Star driver Travis Rilat of DeSoto, Texas, will also try to beat his former
racing foes. Even Minneapolis, Minn., driver John Sernett will travel east
for this event.
Joining the All Stars and NCRA sprint cars will be the York Triathlon E Mod
Series. Local RE/MAX E Mod stars Bob McCann, Holly Nelson, Todd Roncaglione,
Kari Petrosky, Rich Stiffler, Bill Taylor, Brent Rhebergen, Mike Hess, Bill
Watson and Jeff Taylor are expected to star in the York Triathlon event.
Gates open at 4 p.m. and racing starts at 7 p.m. on June 17. It is expected
that the All Star and NCRA time trials will commence at 6 p.m. Adult
grandstand admission is $19. Senior citizens receive $1 off the adult
ticket. The regular student and children ticket prices will remain in
For more information, please contact the track office at (814) 473-4038.