Top finishers get early gifts from Wee-Bee
Some missing results delayed the final calculation of our final standings but with the holidays right around the corner our top 3 finishers will receive special gifts from WeeBee Audio and Video.
Logan Wagner will get a 40" flat screen TV, Kody Lehman a remote car starter (not for his sprint car) and Eric Parker an IPOD dock for scoring the top 9 average finishes.
Our thanks to WeeBee keep them in mind for all of your holiday giving.
Over $1000 in door prizes were distributed at the meeting from PANCHOS Racing Products along with coupons from Ron Aurand Web design.
22 Teams were on hand for our annual meeting at the Red Zone Bar and Grill Saturday. The annual presentation began with an explanation of a difficult season in which Regional Director Tom Worrick underwent heart surgery and considered retirement. Worrick was on hand and it was announced that Tom would continue in his role as regional director. Also teams were informed about the topics discussed at our recent meeting with local promoters and French Grimes.
Some other important changes were announced around reducing the workload for Worrick who has teched every engine in the 15 year history of the series. Dave Ort was on hand and has volunteered to begin doing engine tech and has been approved by French Grimes. Ort lives in Mechanicsburg and will begin doing tech once he has completed training with Grimes. Also it was announced that there will be a designated point man for Port Royal, Susquehanna and Lincoln which alleviates the need any one person to staff every race as well as giving these tracks a single point of contact. This all fits into a long term plan which allows the ability for managed growth in Central PA.
once again the presentation outlined series objectives for new and existing teams and reviewed the expected schedule for 2014 along with some examples of accountability within the series and it's volunteers.
The meeting wrapped up with 3 specific topics of conversation that were discussed specifically followed by any questions that attendees had. After the meeting teams that wished to remain participated in a presentation on sponsorship by Scott Still of The American Motorsports Marketing Group, LLC and was well received.
Complete meeting minutes will be published on the team section of the PASS web site later this week and new teams interested in the series can find us at the Farm Show flea market this weekend.
Meeting up next
With the 2013 season wrapping up yesterday it's now time to focus on our annual meeting Saturday at 10am.
Logan Wagner picked up the win Sunday at Hill Valley with Ryan Lynn second but we're still awaiting complete results from the track.
Teams interested in attending should register by logging on and registering through the team section. We have some new teams coming and limited space so we appreciate advance notice. We will have some door prizes from panchos and some cash door prizes as well.
If you are a new team and wish to attend the meeting please make sure we know via e-mail. It also helps if we have your team registered on the web site.
Hill Valley postponed
Hill valley has postponed till 3 pm Sunday. Gates open at noon
LOCAL PROMOTERS MEET WITH PASS & FRENCH GRIMES
Monday afternoon and unprecedented meeting was held locally at the Appalachian Brewing Company in Harrisburg. Several local promoters were invited by French Grimes to get more familiar with RaceSaver sprint racing and address concerns. Tom Worrick was also present from the PA Sprint Series as his first official work since having heart surgery in August as well as Rod Ort who volunteers for the series.
Alan Kreitzer (representing Lincoln Speedway) Steve O’Neal (Port Royal) and Todd Fisher (Susquehanna Speedway Park) joined in an active discussion about RaceSaver and its future locally and the importance of all of these tracks working together with each other as well as in concert with other tracks that have supported the series in the past.
RaceSaver Sprint Cars (often referred to locally as 305’s) are part of a nationwide series which focuses on “Recreational Racing” which utilizes a strict rules package which has remained unchanged since its inception in 1997. RaceSaver has grown across the country to nearly 1000 engines and has been well accepted in central PA where several other racing divisions also thrive. It’s been especially explosive in areas that don’t have an established Sprint Car base throughout the country. The PA Sprint series has had several popular drives come through the series including Rodney Westhafer who turned heads at this year’s National open and with many impressive runs throughout the year. They also have plenty of their own impressive talent including Mike II & Logan Wagner, Tyler Bear, Kody Lehman and Eric Parker. Recently Jake Waters of Mifflintown enjoyed his first ever win at Port Royal in the biggest race of the season along with his Dad. “I don’t know if Curt and Jake could afford to race in any other division, it was great to see Curt have that moment with his son” Stated Steve O'Neal
Grimes reviewed RaceSaver tech procedures and a thorough overview of the RaceSaver objective. Each of the promoters also conveyed some of their concerns as it applies to their tracks and concerns they heard from local drivers. Each of these items was reviewed by Worrick and some resolutions were proposed which was very well accepted by the attendees. All attendees agreed that the PA Sprint Series would continue to manage and oversee the region as tracks prefer a third party be in charge of tech and scheduling.
The PA Sprint Series is an organizational entity staffed by volunteers locally. The Series was established in 1998 and in its 15th year the series went through some turbulent times surrounding Worrick’s surgery. “I wasn’t adequately prepared to work without Tom" stated Rod Ort who was tasked with overseeing PASS when Worrick planned to retire after surgery. "As volunteers I felt we needed to work out some assignment of responsibility. The committee stepped up and staffed the races, I handled tech and the web site while Tom was recovering”.
Worrick realized after surgery that he was also not ready to retire so the meeting was called to ensure tracks of solid leadership and to establish a plan that allows the series to properly manage growth in the future. “Were going to review all of this with Todd Lynn, Gordy Lynn, Gerry Reinhart and Bill Irvine prior to next week’s annual meeting” continued Ort “Our plan will give stability within our current structure without overtaxing our personal schedules. The promoters there were very supportive of our series and the plan we presented going forward.
French Grimes has been long time friends with Alan Kreitzer but French had never discussed RaceSaver with Todd Fisher and Steve O’Neal “I was amazed how well these guys worked together behind the scenes” Ort said “as we discussed schedule; Steve, Todd and Alan were well aware of what each other was doing and had great co-operation between themselves and other tracks locally. I think that all of our local racing divisions have an awesome group of promoters in the area”
The meeting concluded after several hours with a very positive outcome. More details about 2014 will be communicated in the coming weeks as the schedule is worked out and the ongoing plan for 2014 is communicated with all of our tracks and local regions. Teams interested in racing with the series should keep an eye on pasprintseries.com for updates.