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Speedway releases 2021 Schedule; Opening Day Friday April 2nd

December 31st, 2020

The 2021 Bedford Speedway race schedule has been released and is available on the speedway website. A total of 30 races are planned for the new season. The big fairgrounds track, which first featured racing in 1936, will commence on track activity on Saturday afternoon, March 27th with an open test and tune session. The following Friday night, April 2nd, racing action will kick-off with a four division program featuring the Late Models racing for $3,000 to win joined by the Modifieds, Semi Lates and Pure Stocks.

Friday night racing continues throughout the summer, every week until September, with points racing concluding on Labor Day weekend.

As is tradition at Bedford the Super Late Models will headline Friday night racing events. The Late Models will compete weekly this year for a minimum of $2,000 to win regular feature events, part of a purse increase for every race. Holiday special events include the $4,000 to win Turk Burket Tribute on Memorial Day weekend and the $3,000 to win Milt Miller Tribute on July 4th weekend. Also on the schedule is the $8,500 to win “Billy Winn Classic” on April 30th in honor of the speedway’s 85th Anniversary and the $12,000 to win “Labor Day 55” on September 3rd. Both of those races will be sanctioned by the United Late Model Series.

The season will conclude on October 22nd and 23rd with the annual “Keystone Cup” weekend. The 60 lap Saturday main event will pay $21,000 to win in 2021. Each of the Friday night qualifying races will pay $2,500 to win, making for a very lucrative Late Model weekend.  
The 145th Annual Bedford Fair will again feature two days of racing, allowing all of the regular Bedford divisions a chance to race at the fair. The Sunday program will open the fair on July 25th, and the traditional Friday Fair Sweepstakes will be on July 20th.

Along with their stout weekly programs, each of the Bedford divisions can look forward to a mixture of several extra distance and extra purse shows during the season. In addition to purse increases for their regular feature events, the Late Model Sportsman will have six races paying at least $1000 to win. The Bedford modifieds have several special races scheduled in addition to two visits each from the Mid-Atlantic and Renegades of Dirt Modifieds Series’. The Semi Lates, Pure Stocks and Four Cylinders will also get boosted with a slate of special races to enhance their Friday night program. Each of the Bedford divisions has also received a pay increase for 2021. On an almost weekly basis, one of the Bedford divisions has a race designed to highlight them.

Special open wheel events, sanctioned by the All Star Circuit of Champions Sprints, URC Sprints, USAC East Coast Wingless Sprints, Laurel Highlands Racesaver Sprints, and for the first time ever the Wingless Super Sportsman Series are also planned.

Bedford fans can look forward to the usual array of upbeat and fun promotions next season. Parents are reminded that kids 12 and under are always free at Bedford and can look forward to such fun as the kids bike races, candy tosses, and kids racecar rides during the season.

On $5.00 Fan Night in July, the evening’s racing will be preceded by a car show & autograph session where racers are encouraged to bring their car to the midway to meet their fans, get pictures and sell merchandise. Following the racing action that night the speedway will be presenting its annual fireworks show.

For the 15th season in a row, prices for regular Friday night racing admission for spectators and in the pits will remain the same. In addition there are several $10 admission nights to go along with the annual $5 admission event.

As always, all speedway information, including schedule, rules, payoffs, and anything else related to the Bedford Speedway is available on the track website.

Bedford Speedway hosted its first auto race on September 5th 1936, with Great Depression-era star Billy Winn taking the win. Over the past 85 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. The large fairgrounds oval plays host to weekly Friday night racing, as well as a diverse mix of special events.

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