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Bedford celebrates 80th Anniversary

April 10th, 2016

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 www.bedfordspeedway.com.

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

April 8th, 2016

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….

February 26th, 2016

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 »

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. Read more »

Speedway releases 2016 Schedule; Opening Day Friday April 8th 

December 22nd, 2015

While winter continues to descend on Western Pennsylvania, Bedford Speedway is preparing for the 2016 racing season. The big fairgrounds track, which first featured racing in 1936, has 27 events on the schedule for next year. On track activity will commence 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 with the winner taking home $5055. In addition, the eighth annual Appalachian Mountain Speedweek will open its tour at Bedford on Friday night June 3rd.   Read more »

Tailgate spots and reserved seats now on sale 

December 4th, 2015

Tailgate Spots around the track and Grandstand reserved seats for the 2016 racing season are on sale now. Those wishing to renew the same spot that they had in previous years, at the same price, may now do so. Spots will be reserved for their previous year’s owners until February 1st 2016, at which time all remaining unsold spots will go on sale to the general public. If interested in reserving a spot please contact to the speedway office via email at joepadula07@gmail.com.  Fans wishing to reserve their spot/ seat from previous years please send a check made out to “B.A.C. Inc.” to PO Box 263, Bedford PA 15522.

With Christmas coming, individual race tickets and season tickets for next season are also on sale. Single race- general admission tickets are $12 a piece, and a season long general admission pass is $275. Tickets are good for any Speedway race with the exception of the Bedford Fair race. Tickets can be ordered by sending a check into the speedway mailbox.   Read more »

2016…

October 16th, 2015

With the 2015 Bedford Speedway racing season in the books, work begins preparing for the 2016 racing season. We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who supported racing at the Bedford Speedway this year. The positive response from racers and fans throughout the season has been absolutely amazing, and it is very much appreciated. We would also like to send a special thank you to the Bedford County Agricultural Society for providing us with a fantastic facility to race at. While rain and the threat of rain was a constant menace this season, Bedford completed 23 races this year, the most in 20 years at the track.

Moving forward to next year, many plans are in the works to continue to provide our fans and racers with a fantastic racing experience. Read more »

4th Annual Bedford Fall Fest

September 10th, 2015

The 2015 Bedford racing will come to a close on Friday night September 18th and Saturday Night September 19th with the Bedford Fall Fest.

Friday night racing action will feature the Super Late Models racing in a complete show with a 25 lap, $1500 to win feature, as well as qualifying heats for the Late Model Sportsman, Semi Lates, Modifieds, Pure Stocks and Four Cylinders. Read more »

Final Points Weekend

September 1st, 2015

kpThis Friday night will be the biggest race of the season at Bedford, the 28th running of the Late Model Labor Day 55 Lap Classic.  The winner of the 55 Lap feature will be earning a $6055 payday. Also in action will be the Semi Lates, Modifieds, and Four Cylinders, the four cylinders will be running their regular show plus their makeup feature from last Friday. 

This will be the 28th running of the Labor Day Classic at Bedford, run in various forms and distances. When Chuck Brannon won the first race in 1988 it a 40 lap affair. The following year the race expanded to its traditional 55 lap distance for the first time, and has been that way for most years since. Traditionally the 55 is the longest, richest, and most prestigious event of the year on the Bedford schedule. Kenny Pettyjohn is the defending champion of the 55, taking his first career Bedford win in last season’s event. Read more »

Charlie Walter 42

August 26th, 2015
This Friday night the speedway will honor the memory of the late Charlie Walter. Charlie was a four time speedway Pure Stock champion who tragically passed away over the winter.
In action will be the Pure Stocks, racing 42 laps. They will be joined by the Late Model Sportsman, Racesaver 305 Sprints, Semi Lates, and 4 Cylinders.
The Walter family will be donating trophies for the winner and the hard charger for the Pure Stock feature, Charlie’s racecar will also be on display.  Read more »