One-Hundred Reasons To Love The Firecracker 100 Presented by GottaRace.com
World of Outlaws Late Model Series Spectacular Set For June 28-30 At Lernerville Speedway
SARVER, PA – May 23, 2012 – There’s a lot to love about the Firecracker 100 presented by GottaRace.com, which is set to rock Lernerville Speedway for the sixth consecutive year on June 28-30 Here’s, oh, 100 reasons... 1 – Three consecutive nights of World of Outlaws Late Model Series action.
With complete racing programs topped by 30-lap, $6,000-to-win A-Mains on Thurs., June 28, and Fri., June 29, leading into the featured Firecracker 100 presented by GottaRace.com on Sat., June 30, this is a race fan’s delight.
The 2012 Firecracker 100 marks the third year that the event has been contested using a three-night format. The pair of preliminary shows has pushed the weekend to new heights, giving fans more racing and racers more money-making opportunities. 2 – An awesome weekend ticket price.
Three-day reserved-seat ticket packages are value-priced at just $69 for adults and $19 for children (10-and-under) when purchased in advance – and include a free fan pit pass for the Thursday and Friday programs.
Three-day passes are available for purchase now at www.worldofoutlaws.com/tickets
or calling the event hotline at 724-353-1511. Single-day reserved seats will go sale on Mon., June 4, at 9 a.m. 3 – It’s a spectacular summer kick-off.
What could be better than three nights of WoO LMS racing with temperatures soaring, school out and the Fourth of July holiday on the way? 4 – It’s the biggest dirt Late Model event in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
No full-fender show in the Keystone State matches the $30,000 first-place prize on the line in Saturday’s 100-lap finale. 5 - It’s one of the country’s biggest dirt Late Model events.
Scott Bloomquist, the winner of the inaugural Firecracker 100 in 2007, perfectly described the future trajectory of the race moments after the checkered flag: “This is gonna be a race that builds into something larger. This is gonna be an event I’m gonna be proud to have on my list of victories.” 6 – Money, money, money.
The Firecracker 100 offers the second-richest winner’s payoff on the 2012 WoO LMS, and over the three nights of racing in excess of $170,000 will be distributed. 7 – The speedway.
Lernerville is widely regarded as one of the top dirt-track facilities in the country, boasting quality fan amenities and a four-tenths-mile oval that is known for producing exciting side-by-side racing. 8 – The clay.
The key to a great dirt track is the material that comprises its surface, and Lernerville has some of the best stuff around. The speedway was just replenished on May 20-21 with another 25 truckloads of new clay that should be worked in well come Firecracker 100 weekend. 9 – A hard-working track-prep crew.
Chad Alchier and David Baumann oversee the preparation of that famed Lernerville racing surface, which regularly draws raves from both fans and competitors. Alchier, Baumann and DIRTcar track preparer Larry Fink, who will join the Lernerville team for the Firecracker 100 weekend, will spend hours upon hours working the track with their equipment during the event, doing their best to ensure multi-groove racing from start to finish. 10 - Location, location, location.
Lernerville sits less than 45 minutes northeast of downtown Pittsburgh and is just a short drive from numerous hotels, restaurants and shopping malls. 11 – Nothing but dirt Late Models.
All three nights of competition are one-division shows, putting the focus on the full-fender stars. 12 – No early starts under the strong summer sun.
With no support classes to accommodate, hot laps are scheduled to begin at 6:50 p.m. each day of the Firecracker 100 weekend. Time trials will commence at 7:15 p.m. on Thursday and Friday with heat racing to begin at 8 p.m., and Saturday’s heat action will get the green flag at 7:30 p.m. 13 – No time trials on Firecracker 100 Saturday.
The grand-finale program kicks off with heat races aligned using each driver’s best finish from the pair of preliminary nights. 14 – A huge grandstand.
For Saturday’s Firecracker 100, a crowd numbering somewhere around 10,000 is expected to pack Lernerville’s wooden bleachers, which rise high, stretch the entire length of the front straightaway and provide great sight lines. 15 – The sprawling campgrounds.
Every year more campers turn out for the Firecracker 100 with their RVs and tents, forcing Lernerville general manager Gary Risch Jr. to clear additional areas to accommodate the influx. The vast expanse of campers – accompanied, of course, by the smells of barbeques and late-night campfires – accentuates the big-race atmosphere.
(Reserved camping spots are already sold out for this year’s edition, but a waiting list is being maintained by Lernerville officials and a limited amount of unreserved camping space will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.) 16 – Creative campers.
Walk through the campgrounds and you’ll see many camp sites decorated in unique ways. Lernerville officials will judge everyone’s work and award a Best Campsite prize. 17 – Tailgating.
Lernerville officials will also comb the parking lots to find the Best Tailgate Party, giving fans who come by car, SUV or pickup an opportunity to show how much pre-race fun they can have. 18 – It’s a party!
If you want to find some late-night campground action, then you can’t miss the Firecracker 100 weekend. Just meander through the camping area – you’re sure to come across groups of fans hanging out and enjoying themselves. For the hard-core fun-seekers, check out the ‘Hole’ deep in the campground; there you’ll find the revelers who seemingly never sleep. 19 – It’s a family outing.
There is a designated Family Camping Area, where quiet hours are observed to provide a suitable environment for those with youngsters and fans who like to turn in early. 20 – Late-night bench racing.
Pop open a beverage, strike up a conversation with a fellow fan or racer in the campground...and after reliving past races and solving all of the motorsports world’s problems, you’ll look at the time and wonder how it flew by so fast. 21 – Cool transportation.
Keep your eyes open while walking through the pits and camping areas – there’s no telling what kind of specially-modified and/or decorated golf carts you might spot. 22 – Watching the races from your motorhome.
A drive-in camping section outside turn one is the most exclusive race-viewing area at Lernerville. There are just eight spots – all of which are already reserved – from which people can observe the on-track action from their RVs. 23 - Uncle Sam.
Yes, our nation’s No. 1 recruiter will make his annual appearance at Lernerville – played by WoO LMS announcer Rick Eshelman, of course. Eshelman will don his red, white and blue Uncle Sam outfit prior to the Firecracker 100 driver intros and spend the remainder of the night calling the races as his alter ego. 24 - The Uncle Sam 30.
An added attraction on Saturday night, the 30-lap race for the top 24 Firecracker 100 non-qualifiers pays a robust $3,000 to win. Former victors include Josh McGuire (’07), Mike Knight (’08), Robbie Blair (’09), Brian Birkhofer (’10) and Matt Lux (’11). 25 – Thursday-night music.
The post-race entertainment begins after Thursday night’s racing program with a performance by a local western Pennsylvania band. 26 – NOMaD in concert on Friday.
A popular country/rock band from the Pittsburgh area, NOMaD returns for the traditional free concert in the parking lot immediately following Friday night’s final checkered flag. This year’s show will be presented by Roush-Yates Performance Parts. 27 – Fireworks!
A formal show in the sky will be presented after Friday night’s racing action is completed, but fans will also see fireworks exploding as part of each evening’s pomp and circumstance. 28 – The Firecracker 100 Horseshoes Tournament.
At least a dozen drivers team up with fans to throw horseshoes in the Lernerville parking lot on Saturday at 12 noon with a cash prize on the line. 29 – The Firecracker 100 Cornhole Tournament.
A new addition to the Saturday-afternoon schedule last year, drivers pair up with fans to toss beanbags onto the Cornhole boards. The tourney runs simultaneously with the horseshoes competition. 30 – Ms. Firecracker pageant.
Girls will compete for the title of Mr. Firecracker on Saturday afternoon in a contest that immediately follows the horseshoes and Cornhole tournaments. The winner will make her first Victory Lane appearance on Saturday night. 31 – Parking lot stage.
Lernerville general manager Gary Risch Jr. is planning a new twist for this year’s weekend, erecting a full-fledged stage to handle the post-race concerts, Ms. Firecracker contest and, for the first time, interviews with drivers during the Saturday-afternoon tournaments. 32 – Weenie roast.
Hot dogs and other picnic fare will be served – for a nominal cost – following the Saturday-afternoon competitions. 33 - Driver autograph session.
A Firecracker 100 weekend tradition, all entered drivers will sit at tables under the speedway grandstand and sign autographs on Saturday from 4-5 p.m. 34 – The World of Outlaws Late Model Series merchandise trailer.
One of the centerpieces of an expanded concession/souvenir area for the weekend, it’s stocked with everything a WoO fan desires. 35 – The GottaRace.com merchandise trailer.
Pick up select WoO LMS driver t-shirts, GottaRace apparel and, of course, the exclusive Firecracker 100 shirts. 36 – Get your favorite driver’s t-shirt.
In addition to the WoO driver T’s available in the GottaRace.com trailer, the busy souvenir area include trailers selling apparel for dozens of other drivers competing during the weekend. 37 – A chance to see yourself on T.V.
The Firecracker 100 will once again be taped for later broadcast on the SPEED cable network – make a sign with a SPEED logo and the cameras might catch you! 38 – Top-notch racetrack food.
The concession stands serve everything from hot dogs and burgers to fries, fish sandwiches, chicken sandwiches, pork barbeques and sausage sandwiches. 39 – Breakfast at Lernerville.
For early-risers, the speedway concession stands will open at 8 a.m. throughout the weekend to serve breakfast sandwiches. 40 – The Lernerville Speedway Pizza Shop.
Hand-tossed pizza and home-made pepperoni rolls are popular items on the track’s food menu. 41 – The Sweet Stand.
Candy, Blue Bunny ice cream bars and Lernerville Speedway apparel are available under the grandstand. 42 – Beer Booth.
Lernerville Speedway sells Anheuser-Busch products at a stand that will remain open following the Thursday- and Friday-night races to accommodate those attending the concerts. 43 – Dirt Late Model simulator.
Parked in the concession area all weekend, the car and its computer screen provide fans a chance to race against the clock. 44 – A big 50/50 raffle.
Benefitting the Buffalo Township Volunteer Fire Company, the winning prize on Firecracker 100 Saturday is typically worth several thousand dollars. 45 – The monstrous Lernerville scoreboard.
Standing tall in the infield and displaying laps, top-five cars and the current time, it can’t be missed. 46 – Superb stadium-quality lighting.
There aren’t any dark spots at Lernerville – unless a driver slides over the wall-less backstretch and disappears into the night. 47 – Specialty food trailers.
Several will be on hand to provide the big crowd more food choices, including the popular Steak-on-a-Stick vendor. 48 - Predictably strong fields.
Average car count for the Firecracker 100: 60.2, based off fields of 60 (’07), 62 (’08), 61 (’09), 58 (’10) and 60 (’11). 49 - Drivers from all over the map.
The five previous Firecrackers have featured competitors from a total of 21 states and one Canadian province. 50 – Jimmy Mars.
The Menomonie, Wis., driver is not only the only two-time winner of the Firecracker 100 (2009 and ’11); he’s also usually in the middle of the action. His victories were memorable – in ’09 he roared back from an early pit stop to change a flat tire to take the lead with just six laps remaining, and last year he deflected a post-race protest about his tires from runner-up Scott Bloomquist with a colorful response that endeared him to fans. Meanwhile, in ’08 he was involved in a heat-race confrontation with John Blankenship that sent the West Virginia driver spinning, and in ’10 he tangled with Bloomquist during a preliminary-night heat and both slid off the track to roars from the big crowd. 51 – The Mars/Bloomquist rivalry.
It heated up with their heat-race scrape in ’10; it boiled over last year when Bloomquist protested Mars’s tires, delaying Mars’s payment for victory until lab tests on his rubber were completed two weeks later. Mars held nothing back when asked questions about Bloomquist in post-race interviews, assuring that all the drivers’ moves will be closely watched when they return for the 2012 Firecracker. 52 – Bloomquist’s sixth sense.
Who can forget Bloomquist’s winning move in the ’07 Firecracker 100? Demonstrating what he later claimed was just a case of racer’s intuition, he suddenly switched his line to the top side of turns three and four on lap 88 just as Shane Clanton appeared ready to complete a stirring late-race charge by executing an outside pass of Bloomquist for the lead. 53 – Shane Clanton’s triumph over Lernerville.
The Georgia driver won the 2010 Firecracker 100, erasing the bad memories he had of the track. “To get a win at Lernerville – the legendary Lernerville Speedway – it’s a pretty good feeling,” said Clanton. “The place has been bad to me (he suffered a separated left shoulder at the track in 2005), and now it’s good to me so I love it.” 54 – Darrell Lanigan’s chase of Firecracker 100 glory.
The former WoO LMS champion and current points leader recorded three consecutive runner-up finishes from 2008-2010, earning him a cool $51,423 but leaving him a decidedly frustrated driver. “All I want to do is lead that last lap (on Saturday night),” is Lanigan’s oft-repeated refrain when asked about the Firecracker. Could this be the year for the Bluegrass Bandit? 55 – An underdog can become the darling of the crowd in the span of one heat race.
Never was this more apparent than in 2008, when then-50-year-old track regular Mike Blose made an amazing rally to qualify in a heat. He was bidding for the third and final transfer spot on lap nine when contact sent him spinning wildly over the third-turn bank at a high rate of speed. A red flag was thrown after he disappeared from the fans’ view, but moments later he drove his car back onto the racing surface and decided to continue racing. With the fans cheering his every move, Blose came back to snare a third-place finish and transfer to the Firecracker 100. What’s more, he had started the heat from the last spot after being disqualified from his time-trial run because his car weighed in 18 pounds light. 56 – Heat-race Cinderella stories.
The vast majority of Firecracker 100 heats have been won by established stars of the sport, so the fans love seeing the rare times when unsung racers sneak into the spotlight. It’s only happened twice – in 2009, Doug Horton and Jamie Lathroum (in his first-ever Lernerville start) scored surprise heat victories. 57 – Birky!
The 2008 Firecracker 100 winner, Brian Birkhofer, might hail from Iowa, but he’s pretty popular when he races in western Pennsylvania – and not merely because of his racing talent. Lernerville is always crawling with Pittsburgh Steelers fans – and no one loves the NFL team more than Birkhofer, whose black racing helmet sports the familiar Steelers logo. 58 – Emotions run high.
With so much on the line during the Firecracker weekend, competitors sometimes can’t hold back their emotions. Exhibit A came during the 2008 running of the event after WoO LMS regulars Clanton and Josh Richards tangled on lap 19 while battling for third. The two cars hooked together and slid to a stop at the top of turn one, and Clanton angrily climbed out of his car at the scene and leaned into Richards’s cockpit to offer his thoughts about the tangle. The two drivers exchanged words again after Richards exited his car – and Clanton also talked heatedly for a moment in the infield with Richards’s father and car owner, Mark Richards. 59 – Wild crashes.
The most spectacular accidents in Firecracker 100 history: Dutch Davies slid off the backstretch and rolled his car on lap eight of the Uncle Sam 30 in 2008; Tim McCreadie barrel-rolled his car twice in a tangle off turn four during an ’09 heat; and in ’11 Brady Smith’s car flipped onto its roof in the middle of a turn-four scramble on the opening lap of the Friday preliminary A-Main. 60 – No flag-to-flag wins.
A driver has never led the entire Firecracker 100 distance. There were three lead changes in ’07; one in ’08; four in ’09; two in ’10; and two in ’11. Ten different drivers have led at least one lap in a Firecracker A-Main: Lanigan (151), Bloomquist (107), Mars (53), Tim McCreadie (53), Birkhofer (31), Rick Eckert (30), Clanton (28), Brady Smith (19), Steve Francis (11) and Steve Shaver (seven). 61 – It’s a key event in the battle for the $100,000 WoO LMS championship.
In all five years of the Firecracker 100’s existence, the points leader after the race has gone on to win that season’s title. 62 – Ms. Motorsports 2012.
Samantha Legas, the winner of January’s Ms. Motorsports contest in Oaks, Pa., is scheduled to sign autographs and participate in Victory Lane ceremonies. 63 – World of Outlaws Junior Fan of the Race.
Kids can stop at the WoO LMS merchandise trailer each night to sign up for the program, which provides the winning child the opportunity to meet the race winner and post for pictures in Victory Lane. 64 – The A-Main redraw.
Each night the drivers eligible to redraw for A-Main starting positions will be brought in front of the grandstands and paired with youngsters, who will do the spot-drawing for the drivers and receive special WoO LMS prize packs. 65 – Driver introductions.
The Firecracker 100 pre-race ceremonies are an intimate affair, with all drivers reporting to a riser on the walkway in front of the grandstands to meet ‘Uncle Sam’ and Ms. Firecracker – and high-five the throngs of fans standing in front of them. 66 – The Firecracker 100 lineup.
The starting field will align Monza-style on the homestretch for the pre-race pageantry. 67 – Four-wide pace lap.
There’s no cooler sight in dirt-track racing than the A-Main starting field going four-abreast for a lap to salute the crowd. 68 - Banners everywhere.
The speedway takes on a new look with WoO LMS sponsor banners hung on seemingly every available piece of fencing around the property. At the end of the weekend, fans jockey for the opportunity to take one home to hang in their own garage. 69 - Dow Carnahan’s post-race interviews with heat-race winners.
Lernerville’s weekly announcer stations himself in the infield to chat with the qualifying-event winners over the P.A. system. 70 – Fan giveaways.
T-shirts and other goodies are tossed into the stands throughout the weekend. 71 – Heat-Race Girls.
Contestants in the Ms. Firecracker contest will be called on to parade in front of the stands with signs noting which qualifying event is rolling onto the track. 72 – Busy pit area.
The pits are a bee-hive of activity throughout the weekend. Fans with pit passes can watch teams maintenance their cars during the day in preparation for the racing action. 73 – The Valley-News Dispatch.
Reporter Tom Zuch’s Firecracker 100 preview and daily coverage in the local daily newspaper is some of the best stuff you’ll find anywhere in the country. 74 – Media crush.
In print and on the web, the Firecracker 100 is one of the most well-covered events of the year. The influx of media is evident by the non-stop flashing of cameras in Victory Lane and attendance at the post-race press conference in the media center outside turn four. 75 – SportsPlus Video.
Stop by Maryland videographer Steve Gigeous’s tent under the grandstand to purchase a race DVD from his extensive selection. 76 – Honorary starter.
Check out the green-flag-waving form of Arizona Sport Shirts/GottaRace.com’s Gerald Newton, who is slated to climb the flagstand and send the Firecracker 100 field on its way for the second consecutive year. 77 – Lernerville Speedway sign truck.
Where will the vehicle promoting the Firecracker 100 show up? 78 – Chub Frank.
The WoO LMS veteran from Bear Lake, Pa., has never won the Firecracker 100 (best finish: fifth, in ’07) despite his history of success at Lernerville, but he sits high on the list of pre-race favorites with his solid start to 2012. He’s also a guy who takes in the whole Firecracker 100 experience – he’s a two-time winner of the Horseshoes Tournament, and you’re likely to find him hanging out till the wee hours with family, friends and fans at his trailer or a campsite. 79 – Pennsylvania drivers chasing Firecracker 100 glory.
A racer hailing from the Keystone State has not yet won Lernerville’s big show; in fact, the only Pennsy drivers to even score a top-five finish in the 100 are Frank and Rick Eckert (third in ’11). 80 – Rick Eckert.
The defending WoO LMS champion from York, Pa., authored his best Lernerville performance in several seasons last year, recording runner-up finishes in both preliminary A-Mains and a career-best third-place finish in the 100. He carried that burst of power to the tour’s 2011 title and will try to do it again – only this time, he’d like to end up as the Firecracker 100 winner. 81 – Lynn Geisler.
The veteran driver ranks third on Lernerville’s alltime dirt Late Model win list with 108 victories, but he’s only started one Firecracker 100 A-Main, finishing 22nd
after gaining entry to the 2008 event through a track provisional. He’s hoping for a more successful outing this year with Roush-Yates power under his car’s hood – and he’ll also shoot for a record fourth victory in the Horseshoes Tournament. 82 – Smokey Schempp.
Lernerville wouldn’t seem like Lernerville without Smokey stationed near the pit board, tending to the pit steward duties he’s held for more than two decades. 83 – Sheetz convenience store.
The sponsor of Lernerville’s Victory Lane, Sheetz stores are staples in western Pennsylvania. There’s one just down the road from the track – and you can be sure that it will be filled all weekend with race fans stopping in before and after the races. 84 – Can a Lernerville regular pull off the upset of alltime?
A weekly competitor at the track has never even cracked the top 10 in the Firecracker 100 finish, but they all dream of experiencing the perfect night that carries them to Victory Lane. 85 – Jared Miley.
The Lernerville standout just might be the best hope for a breakout Firecracker 100 run by a track regular. Already a two-time winner at Lernerville this season, he’s started the last three Firecracker headliners, finishing 16th
in ’10 and 17th
twice (’09 and ’11). 86 – Tim McCreadie.
The former WoO LMS champion has experienced highs and lows during the Firecracker weekend, sandwiching his DNQ-flip in ’09 with finishes of eighth (’08), fourth (’10) and sixth (’11). He led laps 20-72 of the 100 in ’10 and won the second preliminary A-Main that year, so he’s proven he knows how to get around Lernerville. Oh, and the New Yorker was on the winning team in last year’s Cornhole Tournament. 87 – Alex Ferree.
The three-time Lernerville dirt Late Model champ dearly wants to carry the torch for his hometrack in the Firecracker 100, which he’s started four times but never finished better than 20th
(in ’07). 88 – Dave Hess Jr.
Lernerville’s champion in each of the last two years, he’s relinquishing his crown this year because he missed the first month of action while recovering from back surgery. But he hopes to be at full speed for the Firecracker weekend – and, with his career record in the event (four 100 starts, with a top finish of 11th
in ’07), he’ll be a driver to watch. 89 – The legacy of Don Martin.
Lernerville’s late founder and promoter would be proud to see the track he put on the map hosting a mega-event like the Firecracker 100. 90 – Steve Francis.
Aside from Mars and Lanigan, no driver has more top-five finishes in the Firecracker 100 than the former WoO LMS champ from Ashland, Ky. He placed fourth in ’08 and fifth in ’09. 91 – Gregg Satterlee.
The Rochester Mills, Pa., driver has won at Lernerville this season and run well against the Outlaws at several tracks. Can he shine in the Firecracker 100, which he’s started three times with a top finish of 16th
in 2008? 92 – Determined officials.
Mother Nature doesn’t win battles at Lernerville without a fight. Fortunately, only one Firecracker 100, in 2008, has had to be rescheduled due to rain, but on other occasions wet conditions have cropped up and Lernerville and WoO LMS officials have responded – most recently last year, when the start of Friday’s preliminary program was delayed nearly three but then spun off in rapid-fire fashion. 93 – Michael Rigsby.
reporter pulls out all the stops to provide his subscribers exclusive coverage of the Firecracker 100 – which means he departs the grueling DIRTcar Summer Nationals trail for a few days to set up shop at Lernerville. This year it appears he’ll cover the Summer Nationals show at Belle-Clair Speedway in Belleville, Ill., and head immediately to Lernerville – a 10-and-a-half-hour banzai, overnight drive. 94 - Tyler Bachman –
The 21-year-old, first-year WoO LMS pit steward will get a ‘home track’ date at Lernerville, where he’s worked in a variety of capacities (including flagman) for the past several years. He’ll be stationed on the inside of turn four during all WoO LMS races. 95 – Parking attendants.
With the big crowd expected, attendants keep the parking lot situation in order. 96 – Party Pavilion.
Rent out this structure near the grandstand entrance and have a big-time pre-race bash. 97 – The race caps two weeks of action in the Northeast for the WoO LMS.
The road to Lernerville blazes through World of Outlaws events at Hagerstown (Md.) Speedway on June 16; Eriez Speedway in Hammett, Pa., on June 17; Quebec’s Autodrome Granby on June 22; Cornwall (Ont.) Motor Speedway on June 24; and Canandaigua (N.Y.) Motorsports Park on June 26. 98 – Firecracker 100 Victory Lane.
Firecrackers, of course, will fly into the air as the race winner climbs out of his car amid a wave of confetti and has a floppy, patriotic Uncle Sam hat placed on his head. 99 – The Firecracker 100 trophy.
Weighing in at over 40 pounds, the race winner’s unique hardware is shaped like, well, a big firecracker. 100 – DIRTVision.
Even fans unable to make it to Lernerville can follow the action on-line at DIRTVision.com: live video of the Thursday- and Friday-night programs will be offered as a DIRTVision ‘Cybercast’ for a subscription price, and audio from Saturday’s show will be broadcast free of charge.
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