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This week's schedule
Friday, July 25 - Friday Night at the Races, brought to you by Mike's Auto Body, Ionadi Auto Sales, The Lumber Store & More, Hartman & Hartman, and Campbell's Towing. 2 classes, 2 purses, 10.00 and up, and 9.99 and quicker. $35 to race, $600 to win, $200 runner up, $75 semis, $10 for spectators. Diesel pick up truck class, sponsored by Mumau Diesel Service, $25 entry, $200 to win, $100 runner up. Gates open 5pm, time trials start at 6:30pm.
Saturday, July 26 - Bracket racing (1/4 mile), PRP/Summit SuperSeries points day, plus Super Charged Thunder show. Spectator entry $15. Gates open at 11am, TCR at noon, junior dragsters following. Big car time trials start at 3pm. Our class run order is Modified, Top, Motorcycle, the remaining junior dragster rounds, Street, Trophy. Class descriptions and payouts are on the link:
Sunday, July 27 - Pittsburgh Gentlemen's Motorcycle Club track rental. Open to all motorcycles! Gates open at noon, racing starts at 1pm, ends by 8pm. $30 for Bike Shootout, with $1000 going to the fastest bagger! First place $500, 2nd place $250, 3rd place $50. First round buybacks, $20. Trophies for nicest Bagger/Sport Bike. $20 for spectators, kids 12 and under free. Riders must have helmet, gloves, and leather jacket to race.
Coming up next week:
Thursday, July 31 - test and tune
Friday, August 1, test and tune and Nitro Jam qualifying!
Saturday, August 2, bracket racing and Nitro Jam! Details on the Nitro Jam on the links at the top of the page!
We need to hire some good employees for the remainder of the season! Different responsibilities around the track, must be able to work flexible hours throughout the week. We are also looking to fill a sales position. Please contact Greg Miller if interested - firstname.lastname@example.org
Track status June 18
Dear racers and fans,
I apologize for not having an update until now. I had every intention of providing updates sooner, but 1) there was a lot of work to do, as you’ll see below, and 2) I wanted to provide as much information as possible that I knew would not change. This construction was completely unplanned, causing us to scramble to find available vendors and companies that could come in on such short notice, as many were already booked for other jobs. Details were not 100% set until this morning.
On Saturday, June 7, an absolutely beautiful day, the track surface started to literally break apart, and with the sun shining, not a cloud in the sky to be seen, I had to refund everyone their entry fees. The most brutal winter we have had in years, and the related freeze/thaw cycles, really took a toll on the asphalt, as I’m sure you’ve seen this spring in your daily travels. The track was quite simply unsafe to race on, and I will not jeopardize anyone’s body, be it human or automotive. We had to come up with a plan, quick, and did. Since June 7, construction at the track has included:
• Milling the existing asphalt from about 150’ from the starting line to 700’
• Paving that stretch with brand new virgin asphalt
• Adding 48 drains per side through the ¼ mile (after those hard rains last week on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, with the sun out Saturday and Sunday, we did not have even a single weeper!)
• Diamond grinding the new asphalt for a continued smooth race surface
The final grinding will be completed by Penhall this week, and once that is done, the track will be scrubbed and washed until the surface is clean and ready to be prepped for racing. There will be continued construction (on the drainage, not on the track) so please excuse our mess. Our main goal and focus was getting us back and running down the ¼ mile as quickly and safely as possible.
That is the good news. Rumors of our death have been greatly exaggerated, to paraphrase Mark Twain. The bad news is, with the amount of work to be completed, the racing events scheduled for this week have to be canceled. There just will not be enough time to complete the work and provide a safe race track. The Friday Night Street Drags will be rescheduled for Friday, August 8th, in addition to the one already scheduled for July 18. We WILL reopen on Thursday, June 26, for test and tune, followed by Night at the Races on Friday, June 27 (increased purses - $1000 to win!). And of course, the hottest night in drag racing, the Night of Fire, is Saturday, June 28. I look forward to seeing you all at the track, and thank you again for your patience and support.
I also want to make say a huge “Thank you!” to every of the companies below. I am truly grateful for all of the support and dedication to drag racing, the track, and our racers.
Cars Protection Plus (Michael & Cindy)
Syrek Electric (Ed)
Mike’s Auto Body (Mike)
Hard Metal Tooling (Jim)
B & R Speed Supply (Chuck)
Millerstown Pic A Part (Dave & Marylou)
Z & M Cycle (Jimmy)
Silver Mine (Larry)
GIS Automotive (Mark)
Hartman & Hartman Constructors (Ed)
Campbell’s Towing (Paul)
Latrobe Chevy/Ford (Hud/Dave)
Lumber Store and More (Bill)
Rossler Transmission (Carl & Marge)
Ultra Lite Brakes (Jerry)
Ionadi Auto sales ( Carmen/Tony)
VP Race Fuels (Jim)
NC AP Paving (Gene)
Tresco Asphalt (Sonny)
Scott C’s Auto Sales (Scott)
Lutty’s Chevy Warehouse (Darlene & Greg)
Zucco Vending (Guy)
Mumau Diesel (Lenny)
DB Motorsports (Brian)
Tees N Tops (Dan/Cutta)
Alpha Graphics (Joe/Jen)
Greg Miller, President, G&S Racing Services LLC, Pittsburgh Raceway Park
Dear racers and fans,
I just wanted to let everyone know the road to recovery is underway. As you can see in the picture below, the racing surface underwent milling today. Thank you all for the continued understanding and support. Please keep checking back here on the website for updates. We will see you back on the track soon!
Anyone trying to get in contact with Greg Miller, please note that he is currently out of the office, and will be unavailable for about a week. Greg appreciates the support, and understands that there is curiosity about the track status. As soon as there is news and information to post, it will be announced here. Please keep checking back for updates.
Dear racers and fans of Pittsburgh Raceway Park,
I met with our construction team and the management team from the BGR Championship Series today. We came to the unfortunate decision that we simply cannot provide a safe racing surface in time for this weekend’s Pittsburgh Showdown, the inaugural event in the BGR Championship Series. The test and tune scheduled for Thursday is cancelled as well. We will continue to work on the improvements, and provide updates as the progress continues. Please keep checking back, as we will update as soon as we know when we will resume our scheduled events. I sincerely apologize for the disruption and inconvenience, and truly appreciate your support and understanding. I hope to see you here at the track very soon.
President, G&S Racing Services, Pittsburgh Raceway Park
Opening day photos.
It was a beautiful day to start the 2014 drag racing season!
Jim Senkewitz sent us some of his photos.
They can be viewed here.
PRP Online Store
We are pleased to announce that the PRP e-store is now open.
You can visit it here.
How to order photos online
It has been a long time coming, and I know a lot of you have waited patiently, but photos from the 2013 season are now available for sale! I will continue to upload photo sets from the previous months, so if you do not see a particular weekend's photos, they will be uploaded shortly.
You can email me at email@example.com with any questions.
Jen has added a nice tutorial on how to order your photos online.
I've had a few questions on how to order photos from the new photo site, so I've made a simple tutorial with photos on how to order photos from the site. Hopefully the tutorial will answer any questions on ordering, and be sure to check back frequently for updates. I am currently working on the photo set from the last points day, so they will be available shortly.
Due to popular demand we are bringing back the Racer's Bios.
You need to register here.
Once registered you will then be emailed upon activation.
When you are activated you will be able to modify your profile and upload a photo.
Photos will be resized and a thumbnail generated. Once I have a few we will use them on the right side where the 3 temporary photos are now.
They will be picked randomly and rotated.
You can find them under the "MEDIA" on the top menu.
If you have any questions please feel free to email me.