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PENNSYLVANIA

The Keystone state

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From the travels and adventures of the “World’s #1 Trackchaser”

 

 

Highlights

 

 

All-Time Favorite Pennsylvania Track:

 

Empty Jug

 

 

 

Best Memories:

It has been said that Pennsylvania is really just Philadelphia and Pittsburg with Alabama in the middle. Yes, it is one of the most rural and picturesque states I have visited. Pennsylvania, along with maybe New York, is home to the most ardent racing fans I have ever seen. It almost seems as if that is the only interest in the state!

 

 

I have a lot of trackchasing memories from Pennsylvania. I am not a deer hunter. That’s what made my visit to the Empty Jug racetrack so much fun. Here were a bunch of deer hunters who used their lodge and associated grounds for a racetrack in the summer. I couldn’t have been any different from these guys than if the man in the moon had visited. Nevertheless, they invited me into their “secret” lodge and told me stories and we all drank some beer. Fun. Then I remember my visit to Big Al’s Racetrack. “Big Al” (above) is actually sort of a little guy. I am not a coal miner. Big Al is a coal miner. He has invited to take me down into the coal mines 300 feet below ground when I make my next stop there. I don’t know if I can take him up on that. I am “minorly” claustrophobic.

 

 

My first Pennsylvania trackchasing visit was to the venerable Reading Fairgrounds back in the 70s. To be honest I fell asleep. That had nothing to do with the racing. I was just so tired from a work visit I couldn’t keep my eyes open. I didn’t want to go to sleep because this was a special visit but I was just so tired. I saw some really good Worlds of Outlaws sprint car racing at the Lernerville Speedway back in the early 80s. I recall my buddy Jim Sabo leaving his sunglasses in the outhouse at Lernerville! I told you Pennsylvania was rural.

 

 

My visit to the Latrobe Speedway was most memorable not because of the racing but because I got to play golf at Arnold Palmer’s famous Latrobe Country Club. This was one of my top five most memorable rounds of golf ever. I’ve seen some of the best winged kart racing in the Keystone state. On the other hand, Pocono is one of my least favorite NASCAR Cup tracks. A major Pennsylvania highlight was getting an up close and personal tour of the Paul Weisel led Eastern Auto Racing Historical Society racing car museum.

 

 

TRACK CITY STATE COUNTRY DATE TRACK TYPE
1 Reading Fairgrounds Reading Pennsylvania United States Pre-1980 DO
2 Lincoln Speedway New Oxford Pennsylvania United States May 17, 1980 DO
3 Grandview Speedway Bechtelsville Pennsylvania United States May 20, 1980 DO
4 Nazareth Raceway  Nazareth Pennsylvania United States July 3, 1980 DO
5 Lernerville Speedway Sarver Pennsylvania United States October 12, 1982 DO
6 Penn National Speedway Grantville Pennsylvania United States July 14, 1991 DO
7 Williams Grove Speedway Mechanicsburg Pennsylvania United States August 2, 1991 DO
8 Big Diamond Raceway Minersville Pennsylvania United States May 28, 1993 DO
9 Silver Spring Speedway Mechanicsburg Pennsylvania United States May 29, 1993 DO
10 Pocono International Raceway  Long Pond Pennsylvania United States July 18, 1993 PO
11 Penn Can Speedway Susquehanna Pennsylvania United States August 12, 1994 DO
12 Tri-City Speedway Franklin Pennsylvania United States July 17, 1997 DO
13 Bedford Speedway Bedford Pennsylvania United States July 18, 1997 DO
14 Port Royal Speedway Port Royal Pennsylvania United States July 19, 1997 DO
15 Challenger Raceway Kent Pennsylvania United States July 20, 1997 DO
16 Susquehanna Speedway Newberrytown Pennsylvania United States June 17, 1998 DO
17 Linda’s Speedway Jonestown Pennsylvania United States June 19, 1998 DO
18 Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway Schaefferstown Pennsylvania United States June 20, 1998 DO
19 Borger’s Speedway  Saylorsburg Pennsylvania United States August 10, 1999 DO
20 Fairgrounds at Kutztown Kutztown Pennsylvania United States August 11, 1999 DO
21 Hamlin Speedway  Hamlin Pennsylvania United States August 13, 1999 DO
22 Pocono Mountain Speedway St. Johns Pennsylvania United States July 23, 2000 PO
23 Selinsgrove Speedway  Selinsgrove Pennsylvania United States July 23, 2000 OUTER-DO
24 Eriez Speedway Erie Pennsylvania United States June 10, 2001 DO
25 Allegheny Mountain Raceway Lamont Pennsylvania United States July 28, 2001 DO
26 McKean County Raceway East Smethport Pennsylvania United States July 28, 2001 DO
27 Bradford Speedway  Bradford Pennsylvania United States July 29, 2001 DO
28 Trail-Way Speedway  Hanover Pennsylvania United States July 20, 2002 DO
29 Trail-Way Speedway  Hanover Pennsylvania United States July 20, 2002 DRC
30 Trail-Way Speedway  Hanover Pennsylvania United States July 20, 2002 DF8
31 Latrobe Speedway Latrobe Pennsylvania United States July 21, 2002 DO
32 Stony Brook Raceway Stoystown Pennsylvania United States July 21, 2002 DO
33 Path Valley Speedway Spring Run Pennsylvania United States June 6, 2003 DO
34 Gambler’s Raceway Park Clearfield Pennsylvania United States June 8, 2003 DO
35 Bradford Speedway  Bradford Pennsylvania United States August 7, 2003 DF8
36 Lake Erie Speedway  North East Pennsylvania United States August 9, 2003 PO
37 Lake Erie Speedway  North East Pennsylvania United States August 9, 2003 PF8
38 Hill Valley Speedway Orbisonia Pennsylvania United States April 24, 2004 DO
39 Mahoning Valley Speedway Lehighton Pennsylvania United States April 24, 2004 PO
40 Shellhammer’s Speedway Leesport Pennsylvania United States April 24, 2004 DO
41 Pagoda Motorcycle Club Birdsboro Pennsylvania United States April 25, 2004 DO
42 Butler Farm Show  Butler Pennsylvania United States August 9, 2004 DF8
43 Pocono International Raceway – East  Long Pond Pennsylvania United States August 10, 2004 PRC
44 Motordrome Speedway Smithton Pennsylvania United States August 13, 2004 PO
45 BeaveRun Motorsports Complex  Wampum Pennsylvania United States August 14, 2004 PRC
46 BeaveRun Motorsports Complex – Wilson Circuit Wampum Pennsylvania United States August 14, 2004 PO
47 Jennerstown Speedway Jennerstown Pennsylvania United States August 14, 2004 PO
48 Sportsman’s Speedway Knox Pennsylvania United States August 15, 2004 DO
49 Farmington V.F.D. Speedway Farmington Pennsylvania United States August 26, 2004 DO
50 Selinsgrove Raceway Park  Selinsgrove Pennsylvania United States August 27, 2004 INNER-DO
51 Nazareth Speedway  Nazareth Pennsylvania United States August 28, 2004 PO
52 Dog Hollow Speedway Strongstown Pennsylvania United States August 29, 2004 DO
53 Mercer Raceway Park Mercer Pennsylvania United States October 1, 2004 DO
54 Bloomsburg Fairgrounds  Bloomsburg Pennsylvania United States October 2, 2004 DF8
55 Ace High Speedway Monroeton Pennsylvania United States October 3, 2004 DO
56 Empty Jug Hawley Pennsylvania United States May 6, 2006 DO
57 Thunder Mountain Speedway Knox Dale Pennsylvania United States June 21, 2006 DO
58 Dayton Fairgrounds  Dayton Pennsylvania United States August 14, 2006 DF8
59 Lawrence County Fairgrounds  New Castle Pennsylvania United States August 16, 2006 DF8
60 Hunterstown Speedway Hunterstown Pennsylvania United States July 7, 2007 DO
61 Shippensburg Speedway Shippensburg Pennsylvania United States July 7, 2007 DO
62 Blanket Hill Speedway Whitesburg Pennsylvania United States July 8, 2007 DO
63 Lycoming County Fairgrounds  Hughesville Pennsylvania United States July 17, 2007 DF8
64 Tioga County Fairgrounds  Wellsboro Pennsylvania United States August 9, 2007 DF8
65 Wyalusing Valley Motorsports Park Wysox Pennsylvania United States August 24, 2008 DO
66 Schenley Park Pittsburgh Pennsylvania United States July 19, 2009 STREET-RC
67 Marion Center Speedway Marion Center Pennsylvania United States May 29, 2010 DO
68 Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway  Imperial Pennsylvania United States July 17, 2010 DO
69 Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway  Imperial Pennsylvania United States July 17, 2010 DF8
70 Northeast Fair  Pittston Township Pennsylvania United States June 24, 2011 DF8
71 Clinton County Speedway  Mackeyville Pennsylvania United States June 25, 2011 DF8
72 Hesston Speedway Huntingdon Pennsylvania United States October 22, 2011 DO
73 Rolling W Ranch West Sunbury Pennsylvania United States October 22, 2011 DRC
74 Roaring Knob Motorports Complex Markleysburg Pennsylvania United States April 20, 2012 DO
75 Snydersville Raceway Stroudsburg Pennsylvania United States May 18, 2012 DO
76 Somerset County Fairgrounds  Meyersdale Pennsylvania United States August 20, 2012 DF8
77 Clinton County Speedway  Mackeyville Pennsylvania United States August 31, 2012 DO
78 Greenwood Raceway Seven Stars Pennsylvania United States August 31, 2012 DO
79 Baker Hill Motorsports Columbus Pennsylvania United States September 1, 2012 DO
80 Cove Valley Speedway Martinsburg Pennsylvania United States September 1, 2012 DO
81 Westmoreland County Fairgrounds Greensburg Pennsylvania United States August 21, 2013 DF8
82 Oreville Kart Club Oreville Pennsylvania United States August 25, 2013 PO
83 Borger’s Speedway  Saylorsburg Pennsylvania United States September 7, 2013 AO
84 Susquehanna Speedway Newberrytown Pennsylvania United States September 7, 2013 DF8
85 Penns Creek Raceway Middleburg Pennsylvania United States June 21, 2014 DO
86 Reading Fairgrounds Reading Pennsylvania United States August 4, 2014 DO
87 Sullivan County Fair Forksville Pennsylvania United States August 28, 2014 DF8
88 Blairsville Speedway Blairsville Pennsylvania United States May 23, 2015 DO
89 Hummingbird Speedway Reynoldsville Pennsylvania United States May 23, 2015 DO
90 Hidden Hills Sports Center – MX track Clifford Pennsylvania United States May 24, 2015 DRC
91 Red Rock Raceways Claysburg Pennsylvania United States May 24, 2015 DO
92 Race-1 Motor Speedway DuBois Pennsylvania United States May 24, 2015 DO
93 Big Al’s Racetrack Dornsife Pennsylvania United States October 25, 2015 DRC
94 Pocono International Raceway – SE  Long Pond Pennsylvania United States April 30, 2016 PRC
95 Greenwood Valley Action Tracks Orangeville Pennsylvania United States April 30, 2016 DO
96 West End Fairgrounds Gilbert Pennsylvania United States August 22, 2016 DO
97 Cove View Speedway Warfordsburg Pennsylvania United States August 27, 2016 DO
98 Outback Track Lock Haven Pennsylvania United States September 9, 2016 DO
99 Patsy Hillman Park Brownsville Pennsylvania United States October 22, 2016 DRC
100 Phoenix Raceway Phoenixville Pennsylvania United States October 23, 2016 DO
101 Pittsburgh International Race Complex Wampum Pennsylvania United States June 3, 2017 PRC-Full
102 Jefferson County Fairgrounds Brookville Pennsylvania United States July 22, 2017 DF8
103 Gratz Fairgrounds Gratz Pennsylvania United States September 17, 2017 DF8
104 Warrior Trail Greensboro Pennsylvania United States October 1, 2017 DRC
105 PPL Center Allentown Pennsylvania United States January 6, 2018 INDOOR-PO
106 Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex & Expo Center – Northeast Building Harrisburg Pennsylvania United States February 18, 2018 INDOOR-PO

 

 

If you see a track link in the above list simply click on it to be transferred to my Trackchaser Report. Here you will be able to read about my adventure at this particular track. Not only will you learn about my time at the track but you’ll hear about all of the interesting people, places and things I encountered during the entire trip, coming and going, to that speedway. Most of my Trackchaser Reports will also include a photo album and YouTube video. Check it all out. Don’t be afraid to use the “search” box in the upper right corner of my website’s home page. Just type in the track name or whatever and you’ll be directed to the place you want to be.

 

 

 

Below is a key to surface types and track configurations so you can understand the above list just a little bit easier.

 

 

Surface types:  D-dirt; P-paved; M-mixed

 

Configuration types:  O-oval; RC-road course; F8-figure 8 track

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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