Josh Richards won the Pittsburgher at
Pittsburgh's PA Motor Speedway on October 8, 2016.
PRACTICE ADDED, 2017 SCHEDULE AND
PROCEDURE UPDATES AT PPMS
Imperial, PA (April 19) With the beginning
of the 2017 racing season quickly approaching at Pittsburgh’s
Pennsylvania Motor Speedway, the final preparations for
the new season are being made.
A “Test and Tune” practice
session has been added to the schedule for this Saturday,
April 22. This will allow teams to get some laps on the
track to work on their cars, without the pressure of it
being a race night. The gates will open at 1:00, with on
track activity running from 2:00 until 6:00. The grandstands
will be open, free of charge. The pit fee will be $30 per
person, except for Hobby Stock, Young Gun, and Open Four
drivers which will be $15. Fuel and tires will be available
at the track.
2017 Blastoff Season Opener will take place on Saturday,
April 29, with the running of the 11th Annual Red Miley
Rumble. Presented by Diehl Automotive, the opening night
Super Late Model special event will feature the Zimmer’s
Service Center United Late Model Series. Though the theme
of the Red Miley Rumble is the number 53, the lap count
will be 35 laps, or 53 backwards. The winner will earn $3553,
with all starters earning at least $353. Moving from its
traditional August date, the Red Miley Rumble will now start
the season of point competition for the six weekly divisions,
Diehl Automotive Super Late Models, Precise Racing Products
RUSH Late Models, Sportsman, Hobby Stocks, Young Guns, and
latest addition to the 2017 schedule will be a pair of dates
for the new Ultimate Northeast Tour for Super Late Models.
The event dates will be on Saturday, July 15, and Saturday,
August 26. The two events will pay $3,000 to the winner,
with all starters earning $400.
two events, along with the ULMS races on April 29 and June
17, will be the focus of the brand new Diehl Automotive
Super Series for Super Late Models. The four events will
carry a separate point series using the track’s ultra
competitive point system, designed to reward attendance.
The highest point car in the Series that does not qualify
for the 29th Annual Pittsburgher 100 on October 6-7 will
receive a guaranteed starting position in the event.
registration procedure will be implemented this season.
There will still be a random draw for heat race starting
positions, and feature lineups will be calculated as they
have been in the past. However, the manual draw for numbers
is being replaced by a computerized random draw. The registration
program will constantly shuffle the draw numbers, and when
the registration process has been completed, a final shuffle
will take place and the heat race lineups will be instantly
set. Lineups will be immediately posted at the pit booth,
and will also be posted on the track’s Twitter account
for all to view, as will footage of the final shuffle. This
will greatly streamline the check in process, and eliminate
any possible flaws in the pill draw system.
the first completed race night, drivers in the Hobby Stock,
Young Gun, and Open Four divisions will have all of their
events calculated by Handicap Points. In this system, points
are earned for feature finishes with each feature winner
earning 40 points, with a one point drop per position. Drivers
that are in attendance but fail to start a feature event
will earn one point less than the last place finisher, and
drivers that are not in attendance for a race night will
earn 41 points. As the season progresses, handicap points
will be totaled for the last three race nights. All events
will be lined up by handicap point totals, with the lowest
handicap point totals starting at the front. Handicap point
totals will be posted in advance of each race night on the
teams planning to compete at the track this season are urged
to visit the track website at www.ppms.com where they can
download the 2017 track registration forms. Collecting their
registration forms and filling them out in advance will
make the opening night registration process easier for all.
top drivers from the 2016 season will be honored on Saturday,
May 13, as K&N Air Filters presents Hoosier Racing Tire
Champions Night. During intermission, a brief ceremony will
take place as the 2016 division champions will be interviewed
and receive their championship ring, championship trophies
and championship jackets. 2016 division champions were Brandon
Burgoon for the second time in the Super Late Models, and
first time champions John Mollick in the RUSH Late Models,
Dave McManus in the Sportsman, Casey Grumling in the Hobby
Stocks, and Ben Anton in the Young Guns. The top ten in
points from 2016 will receive trophies for their accomplishments,
the top six in the Young Guns, as the drivers must be present.
The prestigious “Sportsman of the Year” will
also be announced, and all first time feature winners from
2016 will also receive a trophy.
all racing programs, the gates open at 5:00, with warm-ups
at 6:00 and racing at 7:00. Follow us on Facebook at @PAMotorSpeedway
or on Twitter at @PAMotorSpeedway for timely information
updates. The Twitter account is used extensively on race
nights for live updates. Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania
Motor Speedway is located west of the city of Pittsburgh,
just south of the Noblestown exit of U.S. Route 22, or 170
Kelso Road in Imperial, PA, for GPS purposes. The track
phone is 724-695-3363 on race days, or call 412-279-RACE.
For complete information please visit the track website
at www.ppms.com .