PITTSBURGH'S PENNSYVLANIA MOTOR SPEEDWAY
MID-ATLANTIC CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES (MACS) RETURNS TO PPMS FOR THE SILVER ANNIVERSARY, "NICK GARIN MEMORIAL" ON AUGUST 2
IMPERIAL, PA - After years of hard work, Nick Garin realized a dream in 1979, twenty-five years ago, when he opened what is now known as Pittsburgh's Pennsylvania Motor Speedway. On Saturday, August 2, the Mid-Atlantic Championship Series (MACS) invades Dirt's Monster Half Mile for the annual "Nick Garin Memorial", 40 lap, Silver Anniversary event paying $4,000 to win. This race, in honor of Nick, recognizes him as the founder and builder of the facility, a jumbo 1/2 mile measuring 100 feet wide all the way around with high-speed sweeping turns providing the opportunity for some of the best side-by-side action in the region.
The previous three MACS winners of the "Nick Garin Memorial" include Weston WV's Tim Hitt in 2002, Castle Shannon's Doug Crawford in 2001, and St. Clairsville OH's Mark Banal in 2000. In 1999, Greensburg's Davey Johnson swept both legs of the Nick Garin Memorial, when it was presented as Late Model Twin 20 lap feature events.
This year's presentation of the Silver Anniversary "Nick Garin Memorial" will include late model time trials, heats, dash, B-Main(s), and the MACS 40-lap A-Main. The $23,000 total purse includes several highlights in addition to the $4000 winner's share. Sixth place offers $1000, while tenth is $500, and the race will pay $300 to start. All drivers that fail to transfer to the A-Main will receive $100.
Pit gates open at 4:30 p.m. with the grandstands opening at 5:00 p.m. The mandatory driver's meeting is slated for 5:30 p.m. followed by hot laps at approximately 5:45. Time trials for the late models will commence at 6:30 with racing to follow. Also on the card with the MACS late models is a full program for the Advance Auto Parts Limited Late Models, E-Mods, Isiminger's Pennzoil Pure Stocks and the Amateur Strictly Stocks. Adult general admission for this special event is $19.00, students 13-16 are $14.00, Children 7-12 are $5.00, and under 7 are free. Pit passes are $29.00.
Pittsburgh's Pennsylvania Motor Speedway is located at the Noblestown exit of Route 22 West, and for more information, you can call the PPMS business office at 724-853-7223, or on race day call 724-695-3363 or 724-695-0393. The PPMS web site can be accessed at www.ppms.com. For information on the MACS series, call 724-465-2222, or visit the series on the web at www.macsracing.com.