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Bedford Keystone Cup News & Notes

October 2nd, 2020

The third annual Bedford Keystone Cup on October 23rd & 24th is fast approaching. The Keystone Cup will be the biggest race in Bedford Speedway’s 84 year history and is the largest unsanctioned Late Model race in Pennsylvania this year. The Late Models will be racing for $20,000 to win, out of a Late Model A-main purse of over $61,000. The 60 lap Late Model main event will pay $1000 just to take the green flag. Joining the Late Models in action will be Friday night shows for the Semi Lates and Pure Stocks, and Saturday night shows for the Late Model Sportsman and Modifieds.

When is it? Friday & Saturday, October 23rd & 24th 2020. Friday gates open at 4:00, warmups at 6:30 with racing at 7:00. Saturday gates open at 2:00, warmups at 5:30, racing at 6:00.

Are tickets available? Friday night spectator tickets are available for $15, and Saturday night spectator tickets are available for $30. Kids 12 and under are admitted free to the grandstands. Advance tickets can be ordered by calling the speedway office at 814-623-0500. Two-day advance spectator tickets ordered before October 15th are $5.00 off. After that date tickets will be available for purchase at the track on the day of the event. Pit tickets will not be sold in advance and are only available at the track.

Is Reserved Seating available? Yes. Reserved seating is available in the main grandstand. Reserved seats ordered in advance are $5 for the weekend, and can be ordered by calling the speedway office. The speedway seating chart can be viewed here:

Is camping available? The speedway has plenty of camping spots available both with electric and water hookups and without. Camping spots with hookups are available for $25 a night, and can be reserved until they sell out. Dry camping is available at no charge and no reservation is needed. Those who wish to reserve a camping spot can call the speedway office.

Racer bonuses: As is policy for Bedford events, there are no entry fees for competitors.
There will be a $300 fast time bonus on Friday night courtesy of The Saturday A-Main will have a bonus for the hard charger as well. Additional bonuses for racers will be announced as the event nears.

What is the format? On Friday night the Late Models will qualify via time trials and also run their Semi Features and a Dash. Saturday night will be Late Model B-Mains followed by the 60 lap, $20,000 to win main event.

Drivers will draw for time trial position and the field will be divided into a minimum of two, and a maximum of four groups, depending on car count, with driver’s timing only against the drivers in their group.

Following time trials, drivers will race in 16 lap Semi Features with the lineup set directly from the time trial order of each group. The top two (or three) finishers of each Semi Feature, will then race in a Dash to determine the top starting positions in the A-Main. The next top finishers in the Semi Features will transfer directly to the A-Main, with the remainder going to one of Saturday night’s B-Main features for a last chance to qualify.

The fast time drivers in each group will be locked into the A-Main, regardless of their finish in the semi features. The starting field will consist of 24 starters from qualifications with the 25th starter being the highest Bedford point driver not qualified.

The Late Model Purse: A-Main (60 laps): 1) $20,000 2) $7,000 3) 3,800 4) $3,000 5) $2,500 6) $2,000 7) $1,700 8) $1,500 9) $1,400 10) $1,350 11) $1,300 12) $1,250 13) $1,200 14) $1,150 15) $1,125 16) $1,100 17) $1,075 18) $1,050 19) $1,025
20) $1,000 21) $1,000 22) $1,000 23) $1,000 24) $1,000 25) $1000

Semi Features (16 laps each): 1) $1000 2) $400 3) $275 4) $200 5) $175 6) $150 7) $140 8) $130 9) $120 10) $110 11) $100 12) $100 13) $100 14) $100 15) $100 16) $100

What else is going on? On Friday night, the Semi Lates and the Pure Stocks will each be competing in a full racing program. The Semi Late will be racing 15 laps for $350 to win and the Pure Stocks 15 laps for $250 to win. On Saturday the Late Model Sportsman will be racing 20 laps for $800 to win and the Modifeds will also be racing 20 laps for $800 to win as well.

Friday night, following the racing program, enjoy live music by Fully Loaded on the stage outside of the Jordan Hall.

On both Friday and Saturday drivers are welcome to set up their merchandise, and sign autographs on the speedway midway behind the grandstand.

Where is the track located? Bedford Speedway is located on Business US Route 30, one mile west of Bedford, PA. The GPS track address is 702 W. Pitt St. Bedford, PA 15522.

Bedford Speedway hosted its first auto race on September 5th 1936, with Depression-era star Billy Winn taking the win. Over the past 83 years the track has hosted some of the greatest names in racing history. The speedway is located at the intersection of I-99 & US 30, with easy access from PA Turnpike exit 146, just blocks from beautiful downtown Bedford, PA.

Additional information on events at Bedford Speedway is available by calling the speedway office at 814-623-0500, at, or by checking out the speedway’s Facebook, Twitter or Instagram pages.