The 6th Annual Racing Green St. Patty’s Day Race is over and the snowy weather held off long enough to hold the event. KRP Racing Products ( Bryan “BK” Kisthardt ) was the sponsor of this years event. Unfortunately BK could not be here due to prior commitments, but a thank goes to KRP for the shirts, race prizes and supplying parts for the racers. KRP also put up a prize to anyone who could win all three of the classes, but more on that later. Also thank you Joe Rinn, he brought the Snicker Bars for me to have on hand when things get tense while hosting the race. On race day 32 racers came to Kutztown, PA to compete in one of the most well attended racing events on the East Coast. The friendship is great, you can learn a lot and the competition is always tough.
Twenty racers came by to take advantage of Saturdays practice and Tom Wenner supplied Philly Pretzel snacks for the day, thank you. Having food, snacks and drinks is always a good combination when it comes to racing. Sixteen stayed to go out for dinner Saturday night. Our usual place The Tavern was very busy because of the University’s college basketball game. We then went to a local Italian restaurant outside of Kutztown, which worked out great because we had a private room to ourselves.
8am came around quick on Sunday morning because of the time change, but everyone seemed to have that under control except ? We took a driver roll call, had the cars go through pre-tech and got started racing at 10am. We split the field into two groups running the Indy Cars on the 8-lane and Super Stock on the Tub. This year finishing both classes before lunch at1:30pm worked out real well.
Spud’s had lunch on the table and once again everything was great along with the traditional green beer on tap. The finish of the two classes was totaled and the top four were announced. The Super Stock 3 minute round robin on the Tub winner was defending champion Joel Lux ( New York ) Joel took the win and the new track record of 204.25 laps, also wining the 1st race going for the triple crown victory prize. Runner up Don Auriema ( New Jersey ) was 2 laps behind Joel. Third went to Derek Sheaffer ( Pennsylvania ). Forth was Marc Sevier ( Canada ).
Next the Indy Car finishers were announced running a 2 minute round robin on the 8-lane oval. Once again Joel takes the win and is now one race away from the Triple Crown. Joel still holds this track record of 225.37 laps from 2014. Don came home second, Derek in third and a good run by Warren Lux ( New York ) taking forth.
Everyone finished eating and the Nostalgia cars were called to tech. 28 racers stayed to take on the Tub in a 2 minute round robin race. Steve Dickison ( New York ) winning the race was the defending champion and track record holder with the new record this year of 108.6 laps. Steve stopped Joel’s run to win the Triple Crown finishing almost 2 laps ahead of Joel in second. Randy Haydt ( Kutztown ) in third and Marc in forth, both moved up in the finish after a few other cars had tech issues.
Joe Skylark had a few of his hand made very nice cigar box podium stand boxes on hand for sale. There is room enough for the top three finishers to be placed on different height stands. Robin Schroy and Steve Dickinson both had nicely detailed racing bodies for sale. You can see their work posted on Facebook pages.
Randy’s Raceway would like to thank everyone who made the event a success and to the racers that helped run the races from time to time when it was needed. I did not even open the Snickers bag this year.
Dates for the next St. Patty’s Day Race will be Saturday March 10 and Sunday March 11 2018.
Randy Jay Haydt