Penn Can Speedway planning improvements
Penn Can Speedway in Susquehanna,Pennsylvaniawill be very busy in the months to come gearing up for what looks to be a very exciting 2012 season. Recent announcements at the speedway banquet have unveiled plans by the speedway owners to step up and help modernize the facility. While plans are not completely settled, the management team and ownership look to work together making the speedway much more fan friendly in the coming years. Improvements on the spectator side of the facility are in the works for this spring.
Co-promoters Al Wilcox and Reed Miller have indicated that a very exciting schedule for 2012 is in the works. They have been working hard finding new sponsors for the coming season and have plans to work with all of the divisions at the speedway to make racing special every Friday night. The speedway operators intend on continuing the lucrative point fund offered to the top competitors in each division along with providing extra paying events in all classes in 2012. New for 2012 will be the guarantee that any driver not qualifying for a regular Friday night show will receive compensation at the end of the night’s racing program.
Miller and Wilcox have been hard at work securing contingency sponsors for the 2012 season. While this is still a work in progress, they are happy to retain S&W Awards as the title sponsor in the street stock division. This will again allow the speedway to offer a minimum of $1000 to the point champion in the S&W Street Stocks in 2012.
As announced earlier this past off-season, the modified division at Penn Can will again compete for many lucrative payoffs during the season. Along with the traditional signature events, “The Clash at the Can” and the season ending “King of the Can”, the modifieds will also have a late season Night of Qualifiers with a healthy purse increase along with a special format for the night. Details will be posted on the speedway web page.
The 602 Sportsman (formerly called crate sportsman) are also in for a big year of racing with a number of special events added to the schedule. Hornbeck Chevrolet ofForestCitywill return as the title sponsor for the third year running. With sponsorship on the table, the 602 Sportsman Champions will earn a minimum of $1000 along with a very nice contingency package that the speedway plans to have in place with the support of American Race Tires, VP Fuels, and NEP Wireless. Alex Tonkin Racecar Fabrication has also come on board for the 2012 season adding his support to the 602 Sportsman divisions.
The most talked about division going into the 2012 season has to be the street stocks. Many new cars are being built and drivers have indicated they plan on being at Penn Can every Friday night. With the support of sponsors, Penn Can has redistributed purse money throughout the street stock purse. The goal is to make racing more affordable for the teams racing in the support divisions. With the new purse structure Penn Can will now pay the tenth place finisher $100 with a minimum of $50 to take the green. With S&W Awards sponsorship, the track will also up the winner’s share of the purse when over twenty cars sign in each night. Trackside Products will also return as a main sponsor in the street stock division. With this sponsorship in place, the street stocks will be running a number of lucrative high paying races during the coming season.
The four cylinder class and the factory stock class will also be returning in 2012. Sponsorship for each of these divisions is presently being sought and hopefully will be in place by the beginning of the new season. The speedway will continue its commitment to racers in these two divisions. Everyone racing in each division will receive purse money during the 2012 season. The point champion in each of these two divisions will receive a minimum of $250 for their efforts.
For more information about Penn Can Speedway call the track office at 570-585-9928 or on the web at www.penncan.com. The speedway is located on Route 171 in Susquehanna,Pennsylvaniajust a short drive from both theBinghamtonandScrantonareas. The speedway is sponsored in part for the 2012 season by great corporate partners including Don’s Automotive Mall,Gary’s U-Pull-It, Pump-N-Pantry Stores, Trackside Products, Pine Line Auto, Hornbeck Chevrolet, NEP Wireless, American Race Tires, and VP Race Fuels.