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Champions crowned at Bedford banquet, speedway prepared for new season.

February 7th, 2016

p1684884218-o783126285-3Bedford, PA – Nearly 300 Bedford Speedway drivers, crew members and fans gathered inside the Bedford Elks Ballroom on Saturday evening January 30th to bring an official close to the 2015 racing season with the annual Bedford Awards Banquet.

Honored at the banquet were the top finishers in the Late Models, Late Model Sportsman, Semi Late, Modified, Pure Stock and Four Cylinder divisions.

Late Model Champion DJ Troutman was presented with his awards and point fund check in recognition of his first Bedford Super Late Model title. Troutman, of Hyndman PA, won the championship over Jeff Rine on the basis of one win and a consistent string of top five finishes this season. Second generation racer Troutman was joined by his family, friends and crew at the head table.

Also claiming his first Bedford title was Donnie Farlling who took home the Late Model Sportsman honors. Farlling had two wins in 2015 in a very competitive division that featured 11 different winners. Farlling, who resides in Newville PA, was joined by his son Taylor who finished fifth in Sportsman points, making it a family affair.

Winning his first Bedford Semi Late title since 2009 was Jim Sayler. The ultra-competitive Semi Late division also came down to the wire, with Sayler taking the championship with one feature win to his credit. Sayler was one of 11 drivers who won a Bedford Semi Late feature this year. Sayler, of Meyersdale Pa. has been a top runner throughout the area for many years winning eight track titles at multiple tracks during his career.

For the second year in a row Brandon LaSalle was the Modified champion. As the young division continues to grow at Bedford it was Breezewood Pa’s LaSalle who was able to hold off the competition with a very strong Modified season.

Also winning their first Bedford titles were Brad Feight in the Pure Stocks and DacRon Powell in the Four Cylinders. Ten drivers claimed a win in the Pure Stock division with Breezewood, Pa’s Feight taking two of them. Powell, from Cumberland, Md,  had three wins this season in the Four Cylinder division.

Bedford now looks forward to the upcoming racing season with on track activity will commencing on Sunday afternoon April 3rd with the annual car show held at the track in conjunction with the Bedford Home & Garden Show. Immediately following the car show will be a test and tune session open to all racers. Opening Day will officially kick off on the 2016 racing season the following week on Friday April 8th.

Friday night racing continues throughout the summer, every week until September, with the occasional Sunday and holiday shows also on the schedule. As is tradition the Super Late Models will continue to headline Bedford racing, with a strong weekly program being augmented by several special events. Highlights include the “Johnny Grum Tribute” on Friday May 27th followed by the “Milt Miller Tribute” on Friday July 1st.  The speedway will celebrate its 80th anniversary on Friday July 15th with the “Billy Winn Classic” featuring a 50 lap late model feature paying $8000 to win. The season will wind down with the 29th Annual “Labor Day Classic”, on Friday night, September 2nd. The Late Model 55 lapper will feature an increased purse over last year. In addition, the eighth annual Appalachian Mountain Speedweek will open its tour at Bedford on Friday night June 3rd.

Also on the exciting Bedford slate in 2016 will be the Late Model Sportsman, Semi Lates, Modifieds, Pure Stocks, and Four Cylinders. The schedule includes a variety of special events for these Bedford divisions, rewarding them for their fantastic support and tremendous racing. In addition, appearances at Bedford will be made by the Laurel Highlands Racesaver Sprints, Penn- Mar Vintage cars and the classic racers of the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing.

Open wheel fans will be pleased with the two appearances of the All Star Circuit of Champions 410Sprints on April 17th and June 5th. Both of these shows will feature the best 410 Sprints from the PA Posse alongside the stars of the Western PA / Ohio tour. Greg Hodnett won the most recent Bedford sprint show, in June of this year in a thriller holding off Danny Dietrich for the win. The always exciting URC 360 Sprints will return in July with the, the Laurel Highlands Racesaver Sprints also making several 2016 appearances.

Bedford fans can look forward to the usual array of upbeat promotions next season. The wildly popular $5.00 fan appreciation night and fireworks will be in early August followed two weeks later by “Ladies Night”, where all women receive free admission to the grandstands. Flowers will be distributed to the Moms on Mother’s Day weekend. Parents are reminded that kids 12 and under are always free at Bedford and can look forward to two bike races and two frontstretch candy tosses during the year. There will also be a special “Kids Night” in June featuring games, giveaways and prizes, as well as kid’s car rides before the races.

The season will conclude with the fifth annual Bedford Fall Fest during the weekend of September 16th & 17th.

For additional information regarding developments at the Bedford Speedway, please refer to our website:www.bedfordspeedway.com