Story By: GARY HEEMAN / LERNERVILLE SPEEDWAY – SARVER, PA – History will be made this weekend at The Action Track as the biggest Steel City Stampede closes out our 2018 season. A record 12 divisions will take part in the 10th annual edition of the three day festival of speed which will once again feature all three top classes, racing for $3,000 to win each.
It’s an opportunity for fans to take in one last weekend of racing, and a chance for drivers to score one more big win before the off season is upon us. Joining the action in 2018 for the first time will be the Elite Modified Series, RUSH Sprint Cars and 270cc Micro Sprints as they add their programs to the stacked lineup that includes Open Stocks, UMP/EModifieds, RUSH Late Models, RUSH Sportsman Modifieds, Allegheny Sprint Tour 305 Sprint Cars, and 4 Cylinders.
There’ll be several season ending points battles to keep an eye on as well in the RUSH Late Model touring championship as Jason Genco brings a four point lead over Jeremy Wonderling in the annual touring series standings. In RUSH Sportsman Modified touring action, there’s a three way battle atop the standings as leader Chas Wolbert, second place driver Garrett Krummert and third running Brandon Ritchey are separated by just six points entering the weekend.
In 2017, Carl Bowser, Matt Lux and Rex King Jr all took home the cherished belt buckles reserved for the Steel City Stampede feature winners, and while each will be looking to make it two in a row, there will be challenges for each with a variety of invaders set to make an appearance in each of the top three divisions.
The action kicks off on Thursday night as rotating hot laps for all divisions take place on our Test and Tune night. Then on Friday, after time trials for the RUSH Late Models, heat races for all divisions will set the lineups for Saturday’s B-Mains and features. Remember, Saturday will carry an early start time as consolation races will start at 4 PM with features tentatively slated to begin at 5:30 PM.
After the racing on Friday night, don’t forget to check out an evening of music presented by Y108 FM as Jackson Gardner takes the concert stage, delivering his mix of country, rock and blues for all to enjoy. The pit concession stand will offer a breakfast menu from 7 AM until 10 AM on both Friday and Saturday.
Come join us for one last weekend of racing! We look forward to seeing you there!
Here’s a glimpse of the 2018 payouts for this years Steel City Stampede:
410 Sprints: $3,000 to win; $200 to start
Super Late Models: $3,000 to win; $200 to start
Big Block Modifieds: $3,000 to win; $200 to start
Open Stocks: $1,000 to win; $125 to start
UMP Modifieds: $1,000 to win; $100 to start
RUSH Sportsman Modifieds: $800 to win; $125 to start
RUSH Sprint Cars: $800 to win; $160 to start
305 Sprint Cars: $800 to win: $100 to start
4 Cylinders: $500 to win; $75 to start
Elite Modified Series: $500 to win; $100 to start
270cc Micros: (at least 16 cars): $450 to win; $45 to start
Enduro 100: $1,000 to win
Wednesday, October 10:
12:00 Noon- Camping Opens
3 PM- Early Bird Pit Parking Opens (Gates Close at 9 PM)
Thursday, October 11:
3PM- Registration Opens- Pits Open
3PM-9PM- Early Bird Tech Inspection Opens
5 PM- Grandstands Open
7PM-9PM- Test and Tune for all divisions
Friday, October 12:
2 PM- Pits and Registration/Tech Inspection Open
5 PM- Grandstands Open
6:20 PM- Drivers Meeting
7:00 PM- RUSH Late Model Time Trials
7:25 PM- Opening Ceremonies
7:30 PM- Heat races for all divisions
Saturday, October 13
11 AM- Pit Pass sales and Registration Open
12 PM- Tech Inspection Open- Enduro Inspection Open In Parking Lot
3 PM- Grandstand Opens
3:15 PM- Drivers Meeting
4:00 PM- Last Chance Showdowns Begin
5:30 PM- Feature Events Begin
*Please remember that all times are subject to change if necessary.
Thursday, October 11th: General admission is FREE for our Test and Tune Session featuring rotating hot laps divisions.
Friday Only– October 12th: $20 Adults $15 Students
Two-Day General Admission (Friday and Saturday, October 12 and 13) : $40 Adults $30 Students
Saturday Only- October 13th: $25 Adults $20 Students
3-Day Pit Passes: $65 for DIRTcar Members; $75 for Non-Members
2 Day Pit Passes (Friday and Saturday) $60 for DIRTcar Members; $70 for Non-Members
Thursday Only: $25 for DIRTcar Members; $35 for Non-Members
Friday Only: $35 for DIRTcar Members; $40 for Non-Members
Saturday Only: $35 for DIRTcar Members; $45 for Non-Members