Berks / Lebanon Dirt Modified Series

With season four in preparation mode here is a look back at the beginnings of this growing Slotcar series. The series began as an idea Scott Bender had to join together two Slotcar groups. Little T’s Speedway in Myerstown (Lebanon County) and Randy’s Raceways (Berks County). Season one and two started with a four race schedule at Little T’s (second generation family) and both Randy’s Raceway’s 8 lane oval and 6 lane Tri-Oval. Also Randy’s Raceway II in Oley at Woodland Speedway. The third season saw the series expand to six races adding two shows at the Blandon tracks of Tom Wenner’s H.O. Raceways. Season four will again be 6 races adding Seigfried Speedway in Shillington to the mix. Track Pomoters are Tim Bowers Jr, Randy Haydt, Tom Wenner, Laudan Seigfried and Mark Williams. Co Race Organizers are Scott Bender and Mark Williams, Tech Inspector is Billy Decker, 50/50 is handled by Savannah Cunnius and the scorer is Jody Williams. We can’t wait to get started in October with season 4 as a lot of new interest is being generated.

LeVan Captures Sprint Title

Veteran racer from Reading Jim LeVan won the Sprint car Point Championship for the 2017/ 2018 season at Randy’s Raceway.  LeVan won the season opener on September 19th ans then closed out the year with a win on March 13th to take the title by a mear 3 points.  In between the two victories Jim was never lower than 3rd at the end of the night and finished with 18 segment wins.  Mark Williams was runner-up in points after scoring three feature wins in a row but having mechanical issues the last race and dropped out of the event.  Williams won 14 segments.  [Read more…]

Banquet Fast Facts and Driver Meeting Notes

BANQUET FAST FACTS

Here are some fast facts at Randy’s Raceway.

  1. We had 7 different feature winners this past season
  2. We had 24 drivers win segments and 8 of them had over 20 segment wins.
  3. Six drivers won segments in all 4 classes. Tony, Randy, Cory, Jim, Toby and Bob.
  4. Jim LeVan now has 35 career feature wins which is 5th highest.
  5. TCS now has 6 feature wins and 248 segment wins at Randy’s Speedways.
  6. Career segment milestones reached this year, Jim over 700, Billy over 400, Spoons, Toby and Cory all over 100.
  7. Last years banquet race winner was John Kosmoski and Randy Haydt took it this year.
  8. 81 drivers have now won segments at the tracks with 2 new ones added to the list this year.
  9. 15th place is a tie in all time segment wins with Bob Zelano Sr. and Little T at 108.

DRIVER MEETING NOTES

  1. For race stops that are beyond the 3rd segment we will minus 3 pieces from all scores except the winning car or cars.
  2. NASCAR will be on the Road Course 2 times this season
  3. Laudan will be sponsoring a Super Sprint Car series with single races at Randy’s Raceway, Woodland Spd and Seigfried HO Raceway.
  4. Entry fee has been adjusted Jody will fill drivers in at sign-in
  5. Inclement weather procedure- If Tuesday night is canceled we will run that Thursday.  If it’s Snowmaggedon we will lose that weeks show.
  6. IROC is back on the schedule we will run 4 lanes to keep the show moving.

17th Annual Banquet Well Attended

The 17th  Annual Awards Banquet at Randy’s Raceway was held last Tuesday and a crowd of 30 enjoyed the awards presentations as well as many giveaways and prizes.  This is the first time in many years that 4 different Point Champions were crowned.  Modified went to Mark Williams, Cup went to Randy Haydt, Sprint was won by Jim LeVan and the IROC title went to Brian Sponagle.

Mark Williams Modified / Jim LeVan Sprint Car / Randy Haydt NASCAR / Brian Sponagle IROC

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Randy Haydt More Than Just a Racer

In keeping with a tradition of writing a story each year about one of our Racers at Randy’s Raceway, I figured it was time to tell a bit of Randy’s story.  Randy like most of us started racing at his parents house when he was a kid, building his own track in the garage.  Remember that building part of the story for later.  Randy raced on the road course an 18×8 setup after transitioning away from trains.  His early group of neighborhood friends included Kenny Gilmore and Terry Meitzler and they had organized racing including keeping points averaging 10-15 kids each race.  Sometime around 1973 or so Randy raced at Beck’s Sportshop in Kutztown where he meet Tom Hiester and raced with his group in Reading a few times in those early days.  Racing with Tom’s group from the mid 70’s through the early 80’s when he built his second Road Course in Texlertown.  No organized racing there just for fun and that track still exists today at least we think.

Randy stopped organized H.O. racing for a time until the mid 90’s when he got back into it this time with the Tyco’s.  He raced again with the Tommy Hiester group who was still going strong as well as Big T and Ed Reifinger.  During this time Randy also raced in the Berks Series as well as the PA Tyco Series and the Wizzard Road Course Racing Series.  At the Hiester and Big T tracks Randy meet many of the core group that would come to race in the next phase.  In 2000 Randy meticulously built his famous Tri-Oval in what most people would call a second floor apartment Dining Room.  The track building which over the years has number about 8 tracks including two that were designed and built as portable tracks which have been carried around the area and raced on by many.  This is what sets Randy apart in my opinion from someone in the hobby who is a racer because Randy takes great pride in building tracks  and maintaining them as well as promoting races at his house as well as other venues.  Randy is always helpful with other guys tracks and has become a go to guy in the area for wiring, lap counters and general help.  He is also well versed on the computer programs as we all know to well.

Randy opened that first track in the Dining Room for the 2001/ 2002 season and when asked did he ever think 18 seasons later that the group would still be going strong he said he never imagined.  He always hoped it would survive but never expected to meet so many good friends and see the support stay so strong over the years.  Randy has done a lot of slotcar racing including Oval racing with AFX, Tyco, Lifelike and T-Jets.  Road Course racing with Magnet cars, Tyco, Lifelike and Storms.  And maybe his true passion has become T-Jet racing with ECHORR.  This is a very professional group of guys which Randy has become an intrical part of.  Henry Harnish introduced Randy to this type of racing and lent him cars to get his feet wet over 10 years ago.

Randy the racer has won Championships at Randy’s Raceway, Ed Reifingers, Big T’s, Berks Series, Berks / Lebanon Series, ECHORR Nostaglia Race Championship, UFHORRA Novice Class Champion as well as Team championships with ECHORR Challenge in Kutztown and the Meet in the Middle in Kansas City.

Tracks where Randy has Raced include Randy’s Raceway, Hiester HO Raceway, Randy’s Raceway II Woodland SPD.,Big T’s, Little T’s, Ed Reifinger Speedway, Laudan Seigfried Raceway, Tom Wenner Raceway, Bob Zelano’s, Paul Barkaski’s, Fred McCollough’s, Rich Schmitz, The Fenton Brothers, Kevin Reimerts, Ted Van Pelts, Wizzard Raceway and many other tracks.  With ECHORR stops have include Randolph Raceway, Springfield Slotcar Club of NY, Hiram Durant’s tracks, Len-Jet H. O. Raceway in Ashland MA owned by Peter Lintros.

In addition to all that Randy does so much behind the scenes that many have no idea.  Randy is an avid toy and slot car collector and it is said that he even has a room where much of this is displayed. At Randy’s Raceway alone he has 8 championships and 66 career Features wins placing him 3rd all time.  Also third in all-time Segment wins with 759.  Randy is more than a Racer and many of us have people like him to thank for hours of fun and good competition over many years.  Thank you Randy from all of us.

Season Finale to Williams

Mark Williams defended his points championship this year and won the final Modified feature of the season at Randy’s Raceway.  Williams won all 8 lanes in his Gilmore Racing Orange Modified.  After drawing the 8 pill he finished the season strong.  Runner-up  went to Randy Haydt in his race ready modified.  Haydt won 2 segments and finished second in the season standings.  Third spot went to Cory Reinhard who won a single segment on lane 6 but had a consistent night.  The young racer from Boyertown also wound up third in the season ending championship.  Fourth spot in the event went to veteran Scott Bender followed by another veteran Bob Amore.  For Amore it was his best Modified run this year and he picked up 3 segments along the way.

 

Modified Musings

Wow did Savvy Cunnius have a great night in the TCS Racing stable Modified.  Savannah won three segments in her first 4 races and wound up sixth in the main event.  Alex Amore had a nice run as well finishing eighth in the feature and grabbing a race win on lane 8.  Rookie Laudan Seyfreid had motor problems and was off the pace this week, but he ended a very good season.  Thank you to Chris Brubaker for donating the nice raffle prizes. Welcome to newcomer Andrew Z, thanks for Nick introducing him to the group.  19 racers on hand for the finale.  The Annual Awards Banquet will be held next Tuesday beginning at 6pm.

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Williams Wins Mod on Tri-Oval

WILLIAMS WINS MOD MAIN ON TRI-OVALMark Williams won his third feature in a row this time using the tricky Tri-Oval in the weeks highlighted Modified division.  A good field of 14 racers was on hand.  Williams won 5 segments on the evening and was followed by Brian Sponagle with his best Modified run of the season.  Spoons won 2 segments including an impressive win on lane one, bringing his season total of segment wins to 18.  This was the only lane one win on the evening which is proving to be a tough lane to win on this season.  Third spot went Jim LeVan who won 5 segments in a row after faltering a bit on lane one.  The segment wins brought the Reading Racers season total to 27 which is second most this year.  [Read more…]

BY THE NUMBERS

So as our season is coming to an end here are some numbers as compiled by Scott and Mark.  We have 3 Modified and single Sprint and NASCAR events left for the season.  We have had a good year as far as attendance and competition.  The myth surrounding the lane 2 pill is uncovered for Jim’s piece of mind.  Although he says he always gets #2 actually this season he did get it 4 times, Mark got it 3 times and Cory and Spoons got it twice.  10 drivers got it just once so it was fairly even. 

Also our numbers for driver entries in Modified are up almost 2 per week.  The season average in Modified is now 19.2.  In NASCAR numbers are up by almost 5 drivers per week to a season average of 18.3.  Sprint entries are up about 1 driver for a 14.3 per race average.

SOME NUMBERS REVISED

The lane two facts are although Jim has picked lane 2 four times in reality his % is much higher because he now waits until that number has been pulled so he really pulled it all most every time he drew this season.  Now if only he could pull the winning 50/50 every week…………………..

Williams Falls Short of Sweep

Mark Williams won his second Modified feature in a row this time on the smooth new 8 lane just missing a sweep scoring a 19.31 on lane one.  Williams won for the fifth time this season.  Randy Haydt scored 19 in all 8 lanes as he ran side by side with the eventual winner all evening.  Third spot in his best finish of the season was veteran Billy Decker.  Decker scored a segment win on lane three and had at least 19 laps on every lane but lane one.  Fourth spot went to Scott Bender in his fast Modified stocker winning a segment on lane two.  Rounding out the first five was Cory Reinhard who won 3 segments on the evening.  The rest of the top ten were, Mike Feltenberger (1 win), Bill Rowley (1 win),Laudan Seyfried (2 wins), Jim LeVan and Brian Sponagle.

 

Newsworthy-   Good having Mike Feltenberger in the field again this week keeping my string going of racing with him since around 1973.  He must be getting old.  16 racers signed in the pit area this week as Bruce and Bill made another start on the super 8 lane.  Bill had some strong runs going including a segment win on lane six and a fine 7th place finish in the main event.  Team TCS racer Cory Reinhard continued his great season with another top five in his family owned Modified.  Cory has been in contention almost every week this year.

Williams Wins 4th Modified Feature

Mark Williams won for the fourth time this season at Randy’s Raceway using the Tri-Oval to record a 6 pieces of track win over last weeks race winner Randy Haydt.  Williams won 5 segments after struggling on lane 1.  Haydt won a single segment on lane 3 in a torrid battle with Jim LeVan.  Third spot went to Toby Reinhard from Boyertown.  Reinhard won three segments in the ride normally driven by his son Cory.  TCS Racing had three in the top 8 this week.  Scott Bender finished fourth with a good ride despite breaking a nub in the final segment with just 2 laps to go.  Rounding out the top five was Jim LeVan who won his segment on lane one which is not an easy feat to do.  This was the only segment win on the night in lane one.  Six different drivers won segments including 2 by Savvy and 1 win for Laudan.

Back next week on the super speedway freshly repaved 8 lane for Sprint action.