As a member of Lanco’s Board of Directors, Rich Fox is given the task – on a yearly basis – of putting together the annual Independence Day biggie at the Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway in Newmanstown, Pa. The race is run on the Saturday closest to the Fourth of July holiday, and this year, Fox made a promise to the 600cc and 270cc race teams: if additional sponsors could be enticed to lend their support to the big event, then the $50 entry fee would be reduced, thereby saving money for the racers. And Fox has made good on his promise…
Leach’s Automotive of Lemoyne and Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic have come on board as additional sponsors for the race, and, true to his word, Fox immediately reduced the entry fee to $40. He continues to work the phones in an effort to land even more sponsorship support so the entry fee can be reduced even further.
Dick and Leslie Leach have owned and sponsored 410 Sprint Cars for years, but in less than a month, their business, Leach’s Automotive of Lemoyne, Pa, will be associated with one of the biggest Micro-Sprint events of the season. Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic has supported big races for the 600cc and 270cc Micros for many years, and now Hoosier, along with Leach’s Automotive, will have their names associated with one of the area’s biggest events of the season…
July 5 is the date for the inaugural Firecracker Frenzy for the 600’s, and the methanol breathing, clay spewing, winged wonders will be joined once again by their 270cc brethren as they compete in the fourth annual Clash at the Clyde.
With 40 or more cars per class, each A-Main will pay a hefty $1,000 to the winner, while a fifth-place finish could be worth $400 (based on 45 or more cars; that’s more than many tracks pay to win the feature) and $100 to take the green (based on 30 or more cars). The “take the green” figure will go higher if the number of entries climbs to 45 or 50 or more.
Non-qualifiers in the B-Main will also be paid.
There is no pre-entry for this event; racers simply need to show up on July 5, pay the (new, lower rate of) $40 car entry and $25 for a pit pass, and go racing.
The 600cc Micros will compete in a dual heat race format with passing/finishing points awarded. Drivers will draw for their starting positions in the first round of heats; the lineups will be inverted for the second round of qualifying races.
And here’s a neat little twist…after both rounds of heats have been completed, the top 12 in points will run time trials…but not your ordinary, one-car-at-a-time run against the clock. Lanco officials are taking a page from this year’s highly successful and popular “knockout time trials” employed by NASCAR.
The top 12 in qualifying points will take to the track in the first knockout session, with the six fastest cars moving on to round two. The times recorded in the second round will determine the top six starting spots in the A-Main, with positions seven through twelve lining up according to their times in round one.
Drivers in the 270cc Clash at the Clyde will also draw for starting positions in their heat races, with just a single heat race format scheduled for the 270’s. There will be a redraw for top starting spots in the Clash at the Clyde among the top finishers in the heats.
In addition to Leach’s Automotive and Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic, lead sponsorship roles are being taken by Hollinger’s Sports & Turf; Hyper Racing; Dayton Parts; and Wayne Lesher IV, Inc. Design Build.
As mentioned, negotiations are still underway with other marketing partners, and, with an event as large as Firecracker Frenzy/Clash at the Clyde, there is always room for more businesses and individuals who would like to participate and have their name(s) associated with an event such as this; one that is sure to be a favorite of both racers and fans.
Those negotiations for added sponsorship, if fruitful, will provide some significant financial bonuses to the drivers. Stay tuned for upcoming Firecracker Frenzy/Clash at the Clyde news releases for updates regarding additional sponsorship and exactly what that will mean for the entrants. Information will be posted on the club’s website, www.lancomicrosprint.com, as well as its Facebook page, Facebook.com/ClydeMartinMemorialSpeedway. There is a link to the Facebook page on the home page of the website.
Pit gates will open at 3:30 on Saturday, July 5, with Grandstand gates unlocking at 4:30 p.m. Pill draw ends and the driver’s meeting begins at 6:00, with warm-ups following at 6:15. The first heat race goes green at 7:00.
Firecracker Frenzy for 600’s and the 270cc Clash at the Clyde? That only means two things…it’s gotta be the Fourth of July weekend at Clyde Martin and you’ve just gotta come out and LIVE the excitement that is Lanco!