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Bedford celebrates 80th Anniversary

12974413_463833417156095_3385197137570595685_n (1)While the cold and wintry weather last weekend prevented any on track racing action, western PA’s Bedford Speedway was able to hold a celebration honoring the 80th anniversary of the opening of the speedway. The Bedford County Chamber of Commerce hosted a ceremony at the track last Thursday afternoon celebrating 80 years of racing. In attendance were representatives of the speedway, the Bedford Fair Association, owners of the speedway, local dignitaries including Bedford County Commissioners Josh Lang and Paul Crooks as well as numerous well-wishers. Bedford drivers Eric Zembower, Brandon LaSalle, and Wayne Dadetto graciously provided their racecars for display. Track promoter Joe Padula had the honor of cutting the ceremonial 80th anniversary cake to kick off the celebration.

Built in 1936 the first race at the track was held on September 5th 1936, which was won by depression era racing star Billy Winn. Since that time the speedway has been in nearly continuous operation becoming the oldest active speedway in Pennsylvania and one of the oldest in the country. Bedford currently hosts racing every Friday night, with special Sunday and holiday shows thrown in during the summer.

The Speedway “is part of the fabric of the sports and community industry of Bedford” said Kellie Goodman Shaffer, president of the Chamber of Commerce. “It also has a huge economic impact and it has been an important part of our heritage. It’s something special when you hear those race cars on Friday nights.”

In addition to celebrating the speedway’s 80th anniversary, promoter Joe Padula will be marking his fifth year overseeing the track. Padula discussed the importance of the tracks history, and the pride of everyone involved in working at the track. Looking forward Padula said he planned to be promoting the track “at least until its 100th anniversary”.

The Bedford season will kick off this Friday night with a five division show scheduled for opening night. In action will be the Late Models, Late Model Sportsman, Modifieds, Semi Lates and Four Cylinders. The track will also be in action on Sunday night with the first visit of the season by Tony Stewart’s Artic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions Sprints. The Sprints will be joined Sunday night by the Pure Stocks and Four Cylinders. For more information on Bedford racing please check the speedway website

Friday April 8th Cancelled due to snow and cold temps…

Speedway officials have been forced to move Bedford Opening Day to next weekend Friday April 15th due to the snow and cold weather. Racing for next Friday will feature the Late Models, Late Model Sportsman, Modifieds, Semi Lates and Four Cylinders. On Sunday April 17th the speedway will also be in action with the first visit of the season from Tony Stewart’s Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions Sprints. Joining the Sprints will be the Pure Stocks and Four Cylinders on Sunday night. We look forward to seeing everyone at next weekends doubleheader racing weekend.

Racers Note….

Beginning this season MyLaps (red) transponders will be mandatory for the Late Models, Late Model Sportsman and all Sprint Car divisions for every race at Bedford Speedway. Drivers may either purchase a transponder directly from MyLaps or they may rent one each night at the speedway. If drivers who do not wish to purchase a transponder prefer to rent one from the track the rental cost will be $10 per night and will be deducted from that evening’s payout.   Read more »

Latest Race Results


The All Star Circuit of Champions headlined the second night of Bedford’s 2016 opening weekend, and it was All Star Chad Kemenah scoring the big win. Travis Group scored the win in the Pure Stock season opener while Wayne Brenize won the 4 Cylinder nightcap.

Mark Smith and Cap Henry led the 25 car field to the green, but it was Kemenah at the front early. He opened a huge lead in the early laps as the front row, joined by Greg Hodnett and Lucas Wolfe joined in. Hodnett slecured second before halfway and began chopping into Kemenah’s lead. Read more »

Past Photo of the Week

Photo of Muss Weyant in the Morral 880 at Hagerstown in 1968- Courtesy of John Pittman.

Wanted: Old photos of the speedway, fair, or fairgrounds. Please send or email old photos to the speedway office. Photos may also be dropped off at the Fair Office. Please include name, address and phone number. Photos will be scanned and returned with all proper credits given to the photographer.

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