JENNERSTOWN SPEEDWAY TO OPEN FOR 2014 SEASON
Jennerstown, PA – Track owner David Wheeler is finalizing an agreement to sell the track to John Taylor, Bryan Smith, and Robert Beck of the Altoona area. The three are officers with the Allegheny Highlands Region of the Sports Car Club of America and have been running autocross events in the speedway infield for the last two years.
Part of the buying agreement was that the group had to run every Saturday night. Their plan is to run four divisions: Hobby Stock (4cyls), Street Stocks, Chargers, and Late Models. They are also hoping to bring in the occasional series such as ISMA (International Supermodified Association) and the Super Cup Stock Car Series. Beyond the Saturday night events, the trio have ideas to hold events year-round. Some of these events would include monster trucks, SCCA events, flea markets, swap meets, car shows, drive-in movies, and snowmobile races.
“We want to make it economical for the fans as well as the racers,” says Beck. “Our goal is to keep the prices similar to what a family would pay to go to the movies or other entertainment events.
The track has remained vacant since it closed in 2009. During that time, the track has been vandalized and thieves have stolen the cooper wiring from the buildings. And a fresh coat of paint is needed just about everywhere. In 2004, the half-mile banked oval received a polymer-based racing surface. “The track surface is still in excellent shape,” Taylor said. Wheeler had purchased the track in 2003. He had to give up on running the track because he took over Wheeler Bros. and needed to put his attention there.
“We have a long road ahead of us,” said Smith. “But I feel we have the resources, backing, and determination to be ready for our first event in May”.
The group plans to start the 2014 season in May with what they are calling Jennersfest. A four day event that may included a carnival, car show, Saturday night racing, fireworks, and a monster truck show. Mr. Wheeler plans to stay on as a consultant for the group.
The track opened in the late 1920’s as Jenner Fairgrounds. It originally started out as a dirt track and then was paved in 1987 by the late Piney Lasky. Racing greats like Dale Earnhardt, Darryl Waltrip, Ken Schrader, Sterling Marlin, and many others have ran at the track over the years. The group are buying the track as ZeroTime Entertainment. Until they have their website finished, you can follow upcoming activities on facebook at Jennerstown Speedway. They can also be reached at email@example.com or 814-629-RACE814-629-RACE (7223).