Also Announces 2009 Racing Schedule
By Scott Wolfe
CHILLICOTHE, OHIO-As Yogi Berra once said—“It isn’t over till it’s over.” Friday, March 13 it became official and the speculation is indeed over. The historic K-C Raceway near Chillicothe, Ohio has a new owner as longtime, successful businessman Jeff Schrader and wife Vickie officially took over the deed to the speedway after a successful six year tenure from the Jim Nier family. Great plans are in store for K-C Raceway this upcoming 2009 racing season with even bigger plans in the works for 2010.
Friday’s announcement ended a winter of speculation and rumors that K-C Raceway would not run in 2009. The wheels of progress turn slowly. Although plans for the purchase have been ongoing, it was hoped that an earlier announcement could be made. For those who are patient, however, it appears the long wait will be worthwhile as a promising 18-day race schedule for 2009 has been announced along with the changing of the guard.
Schrader said, “Officially at 1 p.m. Friday I became the proud new owner of K-C Raceway. This is a dream come true for me. It is an exciting day for me and my family. A lot people share in the excitement and hopes I have for this season and many more to come at K-C Raceway. I can’t wait to get started.”
Former owner Jim Nier said, “I’ve made a lot of new friends over the past six years while operating K-C Raceway. We made a lot of improvements and think we left the place a lot better off than when we found it. I’d like to thank all the many fans, friends, drivers, owners, and sponsors who supported us over the years and wish Jeff and Vickie the best of luck in their new endeavors.”
Schrader isn’t wasting any time. His 2009 racing season begins April 18 with the O’Reilly All Star Late Model Series headlining the racing card, paying $5000 to win for Late Models, plus E-mods & Hobby Stocks. Nearly twenty race dates are on the card including appearances from the O’Reilly All Star Circuit of Champion Sprint Cars, the World of Outlaw Sprint cars, and World of Outlaw Late Models. A big season-ending Late Model extravaganza is being planned for October 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. The event has been dubbed the K-C Raceway Presents “1st Annual Dirt Track World Cup Late Models Classic”.
The Late Model winner will receive $20,000 to win $1500 to start, while the E-Mod race pays $3000 to win, $200 start . The consy race for Late Models pays $3000 to win and says Schreader, “We may even add a sprint car race on Friday!” Details for this race will be announced as information becomes available.
Weekly racing will continue at K-C Raceway for the most part on Saturday nights with a schedule of 410 Outlaw Sprints, Late Models, Hobby Stocks, and E-Mods making up the regular weekly show as announced. “The Night the Stars Come Out” will again be a headlining event for the O’Reilly All Star Circuit of Champion Sprint Cars plus Late Models and E-Mods on July 3.
Below is schedule for the 2009 racing season at K-C Raceway.
K-C Raceway is located 12 miles South of Chillicothe, 3 miles out Blain Highway of SR 23 at Alma. Further details of the racing season will be announced via press releases and at the K-C Raceway website at <<< www.kc-raceway.com >>
2009 K-C Raceway Racing Schedule
April 18th All Star Late Models $5000 to win plus e-mods & hobby stocks
May 1&2 World of Outlaw Late Models $20,000 to win
May 9 Weekly racing program Sprints,late models,e-mods & hobb
May 23 Veterans Appreciation all Vets with ID get in free All Star Late Models $5000 to win, e-mods & hobby stock
June 6 Fan Appreciation Night Weekly Program
June 13 Kids Bike Night Weekly Program
June 20 Red Cross Blood Drive Night Weekly Program
July 3 The Night The Stars Come Out All Star Sprints $5000 to win Late Models $5000 to win and e-mods
July 11 Food Drive Night Late Models, e-mods & Hobby Stock
July 25 Sprint Car Special night TBA
August 1 World of Outlaws Sprints $10,000 to win and hobbie stocks
August 22 Breast Cancer Awareness Night Weekly Program
August 29 Championship Sprint Car and E-mod Championship Night
September 19 All Star Late Models $5000 also championship night for late models and championship night for Hobby Stocks
October 1,2,3 KC Raceway Presents “1st Annual Dirt Track World Cup Late Model Classic”
Rain Date: Oct. 4
** Weekly Race Program consists of 410 Sprint Cars, Late Models, E-Mods, Hobby Stocks
Monday, March 02, 2009
As the H&H Motorsports era gets underway at the Tri-City Speedway, new speedway
owners Rich Hetrick and Roy Hill are please to announce the addition of Marketing
Director Kristen Edelmann to the speedway staff. "We are very excited to welcome
Kristen to the Tri-City and Hetrick Families for the 2009 racing season. She will
work very closely with the marketing partners at the speedway as H&H Motorsports
begins their inaugural season," stated Hetrick.
Edelmann is a native of Rocky Grove, PA and currently lives in Oil City. In
addition, Edelmann recently graduated from Clarion University with a degree in Mass
Media Arts, Journalism and Communication Studies. "Although it has been several
years since I have attended a short track auto racing event I am looking forward to
working with the fans, drivers, car owners and marketing partners at the speedway, "
stated Edelmann. "Myself and everyone at H&H Motorsports encourage the business
owners in the Franklin/Oil City area to include a marketing partnership with
Tri-City Speedway as part of their marketing strategy for 2009. Our marketing
packages are affordable and will showcase area firms before several thousand
consumers each week. In addition, Tri-City's marketing partnerships include
additional print and internet exposure that will provide area businesses with a
presence that continues beyond the confines of the Speedway itself," continued
H&H Motorsports has also announced that Marcie Barlow will assume the Public
Relations duties at the firm. Barlow will succeed Brian Spaid, who will continue as
Tri-City's Roving Announcer. Barlow, who is a graduate of Thiel College, has
served as a scorer at the Franklin, PA oval for the past five years. "I am looking
forward beginning a new chapter in my professional career at Tri-City Speedway.
Rich and Roy have a very aggressive business plan for the speedway and I am honored
to be a part of their Tri-City family," stated Barlow. "The 2009 schedule will be
finalized very shortly and I look forward to working with the members of the media,
the car owners and drivers and especially the race fans to make Tri-City Speedway
the region's top Sunday night race track," stated Barlow.
Barlow plans to launch an e-newsletter for the Speedway in the next few weeks. Any
fans, drivers or media representatives that would like to be included in the mailing
are asked to send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org as the new Tri-City
Speedway employee e-mail addresses have not yet been finalized.
Hetrick and Hill will make their first public appearance as Tri-City's new owners at
the upcoming Cranberry Mall Show in Cranberry, Pa., which is scheduled March 5-8.
For more information, please contact the new track office at (814) 676-0477.
Tri-City Speedway is owned and operated by H&H Motorsports promoting Sunday night
racing at the popular facility in 2009. The DIRTcar Big Block Modifieds, FASTRAK
Late Models, E Mods, Pro Stocks and Thundercars race each week at the Venango County
half-mile dirt oval. Tri-City is located seven miles north of Franklin, Pa., off
State Route 417.