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With the 2016 Bedford Speedway racing season in the books, work begins preparing for the 2017 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. The speedway completed 20 shows this season, losing only six to Mother Nature.
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 »
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 the Four Cylinders racing a complete show with a 15 lap $150 to win feature. Also on Friday will be qualifying heats for the Semi Lates, Modifieds and Pure Stocks.
Saturday night’s program includes the Late Model Sportsman and Laurel Highlands Sprints running a complete show. Read more »
The 2016 Bedford racing season begins to wind down with the annual Labor Day 55 next week and Fall Fest on Friday night September 16th and Saturday Night September 17th.
Friday night, September 2nd will be the 29th running of the Late Model Labor Day 55 Classic presented by the SAC Inc. family of companies. Also in action that night will be the Semi Lates, Modifieds and Four Cylinders. As always, Labor Day weekend will conclude points racing for all divisions. Read more »
It will be a doubleheader weekend at Bedford with racing action on both Friday and Sunday night this week.
Coming Friday night August 19th will be the annual “Legends of Route 30 Night” featuring a car show and on track exhibition from the classic racers of the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing. The Late Models will be in action racing 30 laps for $2500 to win joined by the Semi Lates, Modifieds and Four Cylinders.
Friday general admission will be $15, kids 12 and under free and pit admission will be $25. Read more »
This Friday night, July 15th the Bedford Speedway will be celebrating 80 years of racing at the Fairgrounds oval. An exciting night of racing is planned with the Super Late Models racing 50 laps for an $8000 to win top prize.
Friday’s racing program is dedicated to the memory of Billy Winn, one of the top dirt racers of the 1930’s and the winner of the first auto race at the Bedford on September 5th 1936. Winn, a 2003 inductee of the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame in Knoxville was one of the most outstanding racers of the depression era AAA circuit. Not limiting himself to dirt, Winn also competed eight times at the Indianapolis 500. Read more »
This Sunday evening, July 3rd, before the evenings racing action, a news conference will be held at the speedway. A major announcement will be made about the proposed Bedford Auto Racing Museum to be built at the fairgrounds.
Before the nights racing activities begin, officials will host a news conference detailing plans about the museum project including the unveiling of large museum renderings. When completed, the Bedford Auto Racing Museum will showcase our rich local and regional auto racing heritage. Details about future plans for museum construction will be discussed at the news conference. Media will have the opportunity to ask questions and conduct Read more »
Bedford Speedway will be quiet this Friday, June 24th for summer break. Racing will return next Friday July 1st, kicking off a big doubleheader weekend of racing action.
Friday nights racing program will be highlighted by the annual Milt Miller Tribute for the Late Models, who will be joined by the Modifieds, Semi Lates and Four Cylinders. The Late Models will be racing 35 laps for a $3000 to win- $300 to start purse. The Late Models will be lined up utilizing the group time trial format on Friday. In addition the Modifeds will be racing as part of a shootout weekend with Path Valley the next day with extra money and contingencies on the line that night.
Racing will resume on Sunday July 3rd with the second annual 42 lap Charlie Walter Tribute race for the Pure Stocks. The speedway will be honoring the multi time track champion who tragically passed away last year. The Pure Stocks, with an average car count this year of 28 will be racing for a greatly increased purse in appreciation of their support. Sunday night will also feature the Late Model Sportsman running topless in their 20 lap feature. In an effort to let the Late Model Sportsman do something most have never done before, their starting lineup will also be determined by utilizing the group time trial format. Also in racing action Sunday night will be the Racesaver Sprints, Four Cylinders and Penn Mar Vintage Cars.
Friday night July 1st the gates will open at 5:00 with warmups at 7:00 and racing at 7:30. General Admission will be $18, with kids 12 and under free and pit admission $30.
Sunday night July 3rd the gates will open at 4:00 with warmups at 6:00 and racing at 6:30. General Admission will be $10, with kids 12 and under free and pit admission $25.
Bedford will be in racing action twice this holiday weekend, beginning on Friday night for the $4000 to win Late Model “Johnny Grum Tribute”. The Late Models will be racing 40 laps for a $4000 to win- $400 to start purse. Joining them will be the Modifieds, Semi Lates and Four Cylinders.
Fridays show will utilize the LM Speedweek format of group time trials setting the lineup for the heats, the top heat finishers will redraw for their feature starting position. LM Speedweek tire and body rules will also be in effect for this show. Read more »
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.