Midway To Open May 19 Under AMRA Banner
Midway Speedway Signs with AMRA in 2012
By Scott Wolfe
MT. ALTO, WV-The American Motor Racing Association (AMRA) has announced that the newly re-opened Midway Speedway near Crooksville, Ohio will be joining the ranks of the Ohio Valley's most established open-wheeled sanctioning body, beginning with a tentative grand-opening date of Saturday, May 19. AMRA will sanction the exciting open wheel modifieds and the powerful Super Late Models in 2012.
Partners David Pryor and Phil Stalling, Jr. have joined forces to re-open the historic Mid-Ohio Valley bullring after having the facility sit idle for nearly a year and a half. A new website at http://www.midwayracing.com is up and running and will post up-to-the minute news as it is announced concerning the anticipation of opening day, and the 2012 schedule.
"We are shooting for mid-May opening date, tentatively setting Saturday, May 19 as opening night," said Pryor. "We are very excited to get the gates back open and racing restored to this track. We are equally excited to be sanctioned by the AMRA."
"Basically the whole reason for going AMRA was that we sat down, mapped the area out, and looked at both sides of the equation. Most of the cars that came to Midway were from the South. Geographically, we are one of the tracks right on the line (bordering other sanctions). Both the AMRA representatives and the AMRA drivers that we spoke to were nothing but supportive of us, and that meant a lot to me and my partner in deciding to go with AMRA."
"The AMRA is a strong organization and the fact that they have been around and have shown stability in the region is a plus. My partner and I want to do what is best for ourselves and what is best for our track."
AMRA President Larry Keefer said, "The folks at Midway are first class. We knew right away that Midway and the AMRA would be a good match, and to have them anchor our organization to the north is a great asset to us. Together, I think that Midway Speedway and the AMRA will thrive. I wish the new promoters and the staff at Midway the best of luck in the upcoming year."
Midway has long been a hot spot of area dirt track racing, featuring one of the biggest shows in the Midwest in the Jim Dunn Memorial for many years. The 3/8 mile speedplant has hosted numerous nationally recognized events both in Late Models and the open wheelers.
The new promoters hope to put a new face on the speedplant and combine that with the rich history of the facility. A general face lift and ongoing improvements will be taking place throughout the season along with the debut of an enthusiastic, dedicated crew and many new faces.
"We are trying to turn this place around, and take Midway Speedway in an all new direction. Fans will see all new faces," added Pryor. "We hope to open up a new door for our fans and for the AMRA guys."
As of this press release, K-C Raceway which reverted back to its old namesake of Atomic Speedway apparently will not open in 2012 unless a new owner steps forward. With Midway running on Saturdays, this strengthens the AMRA's hold in the region and gives drivers an even greater chance for season ending points' money. Drivers from Jackson and Skyline, two Friday night AMRA tracks, will now have a reasonably close Saturday night racing venue.
"We are extremely pleased to announce that Midway Speedway is back in the AMRA fold," said AMRA Racing Director Scott Wolfe. "It is an exciting time to see Midway Speedway back in action. Logistically, this gives our AMRA drivers along the Route 50/Route 32 corridor and north, a great two-night racing weekend. This no doubt will be good for Midway and good for our drivers, fans, and sponsors."
Midway Speedway will include the following classes: Super Late Models, Modifieds, Street Stocks, Outlaw FWD 4-Cylinders (allowing race tires), and the Kidís Mini-Wedge (ages 6 Ė 13).
Street Stocks, Outlaw 4-Cylinders FWD with racing tires, and Kidís Mini Wedge rules are being worked on and will be posted on the Midway website as they are completed.
"As I said before," noted Pryor, "The AMRA contingent was very supportive in this process. Right now our main goal is to get the gates open and the season underway. We are not going to re-invent the wheel; we just want to get it rolling again. We want everyone involved to have a positive experience and to feel like they are at a totally new track."
A 2012 Full Schedule will be released on Friday 2/10/2012 . Midway Speedway is located at 2317 State Route 93, Crooksville, Ohio 43731.
Octane Racing Products will be on board as a sponsor of AMRA in 2012 and will add $1000 to the AMRA National Points fund, again making the modified national points' $5000 to win. Octane will add contingency awards in random drawings at the banquet to racers displaying the Octane Racing Products decals.
Malta Doors and Windows is the Title Sponsor of the AMRA Modifieds and Tru-Tech Automotive for the Late Models. Other fine sponsors of the MALTA AMRA Modified series are Dave Poske's Performance Parts, Wrisco, Hoosier Racing Tire/Hoosier Tire Ohio Valley, Carthage Auto Parts, AERO Racing Wheels, Rocket Chassis, Lincoln Welders & Lincoln Electric, Hypercoils, Bazell Race Fuels, Alky Racing Alcohol and Sunoco Race Fuels, Impact Racing, ADP Rivets, RCI, OTR Filters, MSD Ignition, Wilwood, Kluhsman Racing Components (KRC), Evans Vinyl Signs, WV Tax & Bookkeeping, Winters Performance, Bilstein Shocks, PST Drive Shafts, Schoenfeld, Killer Bee Race Bodies, The Bumper Man, and Pike Street Lanes. Join the AMRA now!-America's Open Wheeled Modifieds Most Competitive Series!
Look for several big upcoming announcements concerning the 2012 series!
Please visit www.amramodified.com or http://www.midwayracing.com for more information.