Tomorrow, Pittsburgh Raceway Park in New Alexandria holds the annual Nostalgia Day and Pittsburgh International Dragway reunion with a Southern twist.
Gates open at 11 a.m. for a reunion of drag racing the way it was in the 1960s and '70s. Funny Cars, Super Stockers and Front Engine Dragsters are coming from as far away as Indiana and Virginia. Time trials are slated for noon and admission is $10.
The Great Lakes Nostalgia Funny Car Circuit features classic, period-correct cars just like the ones that barnstormed the country in the '70s, from Bill Hallet's 1955 Ford T-Bird to "Sharkey's Machine," a '79 Dodge Omni owned by Lance Good of Jeannette. These fiberglass-bodied replicas of street cars are supercharged with engines that push more than 1,500 horsepower.
Also added to the schedule are the Southern Slingshots, a Front Engine Dragster group from the Southeast in their first appearance at PRP.
Former PID track announcer Jim Senkewitz will lead the reminiscing and area drag racing historian Bill Truby will have his collection of more than 8,000 photos on display from Pittsburgh International Dragway and Keystone Raceway Park (now Pittsburgh Raceway Park).
Tonight, the racing continues at Pittsburgh's Pa. Motor Speedway's Pittsburgher weekend. Racing begins at 7 p.m. with two sets of qualifying races for tomorrow's Pittsburgher21 and the Ultimate15.
Super Late Model driver and 2008 Pittsburgher winner Steve Baker is looking forward to the 102 laps and the possibility of taking home $30,000.
"We were real fortunate to win the Pittsburgher last year and are looking forward to the weekend," Baker said.
Former Pittsburgher winner Bart Hartman is also entered. Hartman won the World 100 at Tony Stewart's Eldora Speedway in Ohio.
Look for another past champion, Davey Johnson, his brother Mike Johnson and 2009 PPMS Late Model champion Brandon Burgoon to be in the hunt for the $30,000 along with Jared Miley and Tommy Beck.
Gates open at noon tomorrow with racing at 4 p.m. for support divisions. At 6:30 p.m., the green flag drops for UFo Super Late Models consolation events to determine the final qualifiers for the championship features.
Lernerville will be dark tonight, but the lights will be shining tomorrow for the Thrill Billy Country Bash. Country music, monster trucks, fireworks and a bonfire in the pits at the Sarver oval. ... Adam Kostelnik won his sixth consecutive Modified title at Motordrome. ... Carl Bowser nipped Ed Lynch Jr. at the finish line to win his first Western Pa. Sprint Championship at Mercer Raceway Park. ... Sharon Speedway hosts the BRP tour tomorrow and Tri-City Speedway has the Hall of Fame Classic for sprint cars paying $3,000 to win. ... WoO Sprint Cars return Sept. 26 to Lernerville.
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