Racing returns to Meshoppen

On Saturday afternoon, area race fans will be merely a short drive away from action at the Kiwanis Wyoming County Fairgrounds.

That’s because the ‘Hayfield 20′ race is making its second appearance at the fairgrounds, west of Meshoppen, to kick up some dust.
Racing starts at 1 p.m., and for those interested in joining in on the race, it is open to anyone with a four or six cylinder car (no all-wheel drive). Registration starts at 11 a.m. with a mandatory driver’s meeting taking place at 12:30 p.m.
There will be two types of racing going on, both oval track racing and back by popular demand is figure-eight track racing.
“The figure-eight track is an interesting race,” Kiwanian George Yuhas said. “A lot of people have been asking for its return.”
Four and six cylinder cars will be broken up into separate classes based on the size of engine, and there will be a 20-lap feature for each class.
“It’s hometown fun,” Yuhas said. “And a great opportunity for any racing enthusiast to give racing a shot.”
Yuhas said that the ‘Hayfield 20′ is a great chance for people in the area to get to watch a different kind of racing in the area.
“At the fairgrounds people traditionally think of demolition derby and tough trucks,” Yuhas said. “But this racing is all on the ground, and it’s very competitive.”
He said race coordinators enjoy bringing in new opportunities for local enthusiasts.
And he noted that with the population beginning to grow in the area because of the gas industry, Yuhas believes that a greater demand for ticketed events will come into play.
“There was a study done of the county that said there is a big demand for ticketed events,” Yuhas said. “And we’re looking to bring in some of those opportunities.”
The racing done at the fairgrounds’ motorsports arena is being kept at four and six cylinder racing because that way it stays affordable for locals to come race.
Yuhas said that people coming to the race can easily expect 20 to 25 racers, as that has been the average recently.
And attendance at motorsports events at the fairgrounds has ranged between 300 and 750 people. Admission price is $9 for adults and $7 for children. Kids under 5 are free.
A vendor will be on hand with food and drinks for those in attendance.
There will be trophies and cash prizes for winners in each class. For more information please contact Yuhas at 499-2739.