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Lernerville Speedway Public Relations
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Nostalgia Night to be highlighted by the $1,700-to-win Dave Hoffman Memorial

Sarver, PA (August 7, 2013) Lernerville Speedway will pay homage to its rich 40+ history on Friday, August 9 during the Annual Nostalgia Night coordinated by Don Gamble and hosted by the Pittsburgh Circle Track Club. The annual gathering of the former stars and cars of the Action Track is always a popular event and will carry extra significance this year as the Hoffman family will be on hand to remember their father’s 299 career feature wins. In addition to a memorial display of Dave and his long list of accomplishments, Dave’s son Bobby will be behind the wheel of Alex Ferree’s #10 car to take a victory lap that will serve as his father’s 300th career win. Dave’s daughter Saundi will be in the flagstand to give Bobby the green and then commemorative 300-win checkered flag she made for her father as he neared the milestone that he never was able to achieve. Dave’s wife Mary will also be on hand to award the feature winner an extra $300 to make the Dave Hoffman Memorial a $1,700-to-win race. 

The following retired drivers attended last year’s Nostalgia Night; Bob Axe, Dick Bailey, Ray Baselj, Banker Beach, Carl Bittner, Paul Brougher, Harley Chuba, Bud Daum, Howie Goss, Gene Habbyshaw, Doc Harmon, Kenny & Kevin Harris, Dick Hecker, Harry Hein, Gary & Jeff Henry, Dave Hoffman, Bob Lucci, Jim Magill, Jerry Matus, Dave Meloy, Jerry McDowell, Ron McIntyre, Dave McMillan, Dave Mohn, Carl Murdick, Barry Peters, Ron Piovesan, Bob Puz, Dave Rupp, Deek Scott, Smokey Schempp, Dick Schwartzlander, Jack Sodeman, Randy Stivason, Dick Swartzlander, Jim & Tom Valasek, Larry Walters, Blackie Watt, Bill Wheeling 

There will also be approximately two dozen vintage race cars on display, including the Western PA Vintage Modifieds that are also scheduled to compete in an exhibition race between the heats and features; time and weather permitting. The following cars were on display/exhibition racing last year; The following cars were on display: Paul Bacchus (#7A Deek Scott Modified), Al Byerly (#47 1939 Coupe), Lynn Geisler (# 3 PRA Ford Coupe), Howie Goss (1957 Chevy Late Model), Jim Kurpakus (#4 Coupe), Gary Mariani (#11 1937 Chevy Coupe), Dale McCandless (#1 Modified), Jim McDermott (#5 Big Block Modified), Jerry McDowell (#22 Sprint), Jim & Bob McMillin (#5 Sprint Car), Junior Radvansky (Midget Race Car), Darwin Stivenson (#0 Old Chevy Coupe), Don Tarr (#28 Six Cylinder Modified), and Mark Weigle (#68 Chevy Coupe). 

In addition to the Nostalgia Night pre-race festivities, Jackie Matus and friends will be hosting the MRO Injured Drivers Charity Benefit Auction Friday Night. Similar to the Cowboy Brian Steinman Benefit Auction held last summer, fans can purchase raffle tickets for a chance to win priceless and one-of-a-kind memorabilia, driver t-shirts and ticket packages from area speedways. Tickets can be purchased and bids can be placed before the races and through heat race action. All proceeds will be deposited into a fund to help injured drivers through Motor Racing Outreach Network. 

All of the Fab Four Racing divisions have different situations in the Budweiser Point Standings with just four races remaining of the 2013 schedule. In the Peoples TWP Sprints, it’s a four car race between Budweiser Points leader Brandon Spithaler, Eric Williams, Brandon Matus and last week’s feature winner Carl Bowser; all separated by just 21 points! In the Precise Racing Products DIRTcar Late Models it’s a three horse race between Alex Ferree, John Garvin Jr. and Jared Miley with just 20 points between first and third. Mat Williamson is running away with the Diehl Auto Group DIRTcar Northeast Modifieds points lead of more than an entire night’s worth of points over last week’s feature winner Brian Swartzlander. Finally, the Millerstown Pic-A-Part DIRTcar Sportsman title hunt is a battle between the division’s young guns in Budweiser Points leader AJ Flick and Defending Track Champion Corey McPherson. Flick holds a 10-point lead, but McPherson already has six feature wins to his credit. 

Nostalgia Night will be a complete Fab Four Racing show with the Precise Racing Products DIRTcar Late Models competing in the $1,700-to-win Dave Hoffman Memorial, the Peoples TWP DIRTcar Sprints, Diehl Auto Group DIRTcar Northeast Modifieds and Millerstown Pic-A-Part DIRTcar Sportsman all in action and chasing the 2013 Budweiser Track Championships. As always, gates open at 5:00 and heat racing will begin at 7:30 sharp. Fab Four Pricing will be in place at $14 for adults, $10 for seniors, $7 for students and kids 10 & under are admitted FREE! But again, we ask that you bring some extra money to donate to the MRO Injured Drivers Benefit Auction.