Race Guide

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Fast Facts

  • Opening year: 1979
  • Track type: .625 mile Semi-banked oval
  • Surface: Clay, Dirt’s Monster Half Mile!
  • Seating capacity: 10,000

First-Time Visitors: Things to Know

Welcome to PPMS! We hope you enjoy your night of family entertainment. Here are some things you should know if you’re visiting for the first time.

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Race Night

A typical race night follows this schedule:

  • 5:00 PM – Gates open
  • 6:00 PM – Hot laps (testing and tuning for drivers)
  • 6:58 PM – National anthem
  • 7:00 PM – Racing starts
  • 10:00 PM – Racing ends (approximate)

Throughout the night, you’ll hear the races narrated by our announcer, Jim Zufall. Bring a radio and some soundproof earbuds to listen throughout the night on 92.5 FM. Listen carefully for door prizes and giveaways!

Qualifying (or “heat”) races are held at the beginning of the night and include between 5 and 10 drivers each. Drivers draw numbered pills to determine their starting position, and their finishing position helps determine their starting position in their division’s feature race.

Feature races are the main events and feature all of the cars from each division. Winners of these races win both prize money and points. The driver with the most points in each division at the end of the race season is declared the Division Champion. You can see the current point standings here.

Food, Drink, and Souvenirs

Enjoy dinner during the races! The Checkered Flag Food Court has a variety of amusement-park-style food. Local pub-priced adult beverages are available at Ed’s Pub at PPMS. Stop by our gift shop for racing novelties and apparel for all ages. The Food Court, Pub, gift shop, and restrooms are located in the main building beneath the grandstands.

Cooler Policy

Coolers must be no larger than 14″ and contain no glass. No alcoholic beverages may be brought into the speedway.


green  Race is starting or restarting.
yellow An accident or debris on the track makes driving conditions dangerous. Drivers slow down and follow behind the pace car until the track has been cleared.
red A dangerous situation has occurred and drivers must come to a complete stop immediately until the issue has been resolved.
blue-yellow This flag alerts a driver at the back of the line that he is about to be “lapped” by a car at the front of the line and he must yield to that car.
black This flag alerts a driver that he must get off the track and go to the pits immediately. He did something wrong or his car isn’t fit to be on the track.
green  white
The race is halfway over.
white checkered
 Two laps to go.
 white   One lap to go.
 checkered  The race has ended.

Descriptions adapted from http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/what-the-nascar-race-flags-mean.html

Race Divisions

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Diehl Automotive Super Late Models are the fastest form of stock car racing PPMS, averaging at over 125 miles per hour! They weigh between 2175 and 2275 pounds (including the driver) and produce between 525 and 850 horsepower. The engines used in these cars allow them to run higher spoilers, which produce better aerodynamics and help reduce weight.

UFo, featuring the best Super Late Model Regional teams, and occasional national stars, join us at PPMS for the Herb Scott Championship & the Red Miley Rumble, two of the best regional Super Late Model Events.


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Precise Racing Products RUSH DIRT Late Model Series are fabricated cars similar to the Super Late Models. However, these cars use a limited horsepower engine that cannot be modified. Their average speed is about 110 miles per hour.


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Sunoco Race Fuels Sportsman are similar to 1970s-era late models. They have a stock frame, but have different combinations of engine, weight, spoiler, and tires. Drivers can use a crate engine or build their own. Their average speed is about 100 miles per hour.

The PENN OHIO Pro Stock series visits PPMS annually to take on the PPMS Sportsman Cars. These are very exciting highly competitive events.


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Miley Truck Rental Hobby Stocks are entry-level cars which are essentially street cars with safety equipment added. Most have 305 V8 Chevy engines. They weigh 3200 pounds. This is a trophy division, which means drivers don’t race for prize money.


Imperial Heights Garage Young Guns are four cylinder, front wheel drive cars which are modified for safety only. It is designed as an entry level class for teenagers starting at 13 years old. It is also a trophy division.



Tony Stewart’s Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Cars visit Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway July 30, 2016. These are the fastest dirt race cars on the planet, they have toured the monster half mile at over 148 mph! DON’T MISS THEM!


Track History

From the heritage of the Heidelberg Raceway came Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway.   The Heidelberg Raceway was the home of the Pittsburgher 250 and closed in 1973 as metro-Pittsburgh surrounded the area.  Most of the facilities were relocated to build PPMS in 1979 and 10 years later, in 1989 Miley Motor Sports began running PPMS, and THE Pittsburgher made its glorious return! The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Pittsburgher 100 featuring the number one dirt late model series in the world was ranked the 4th best event in the country in 2015 by www.dirtondirt.com.