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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.  

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.

The next event on the Bedford schedule will be the Annual Awards Banquet, honoring our racers for a fantastic race season. The Banquet will be on Saturday night, January 30th, 2016 at the Bedford Elks Ballroom, located one mile south of Bedford on Business Route 220. Receiving awards will be the top ten in LM, LMS, SL, M, PS & 4C points. Doors will open at 5:30, with dinner being served at 6:30. Dinner will be followed by the awards presentation and then dancing and music provided by our DJ. Tickets are $36.00 per person and must be ordered in advance, as space is extremely limited. To order tickets please send a check made out to “B.A.C. Inc.” to the speedway office.

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