Afton Motorsports Park News Releases & Promoter Updates
AFTON, NY – Racing will continue at the Afton Fairgrounds in 2018.
On Wednesday afternoon, Ron Ford confirmed he would continue as promoter of Afton Motorsports Park next season. Ford, with partner Leon Andrus, just concluded their first season operating the facility in successful fashion with a jam-packed American Racer Cup Short Track SuperNationals 10 weekend.
Ford met with fair board officials and extended his agreement into ’18. Andrus announced on Monday that he would not return for the second season.
Friday night racing will again be headlined by big-block/small-block Modifieds. A complete review of divisions will take place in the coming weeks, but all classes from ’17 are expected back on a regular basis.
The speedway will again host special events including Short Track SuperNationals 11 in October.
Watch for updates here and on facebook.
For over two decades there hasn't been a motorsports show in the Scranton area that was geared towards the racing community, but that is all going to change. The Speed Sport Showcase is in the beginning phases of returning to Northeast Pennsylvania in early 2018.
Tony Frable, current owner of Morgan'Z Pub & Eatery in Scranton, will head this operation. Frable, a popular entrepreneur in the area and an avid racing fan, is also a casual racer himself when the time permits. Bringing the car show back to life in "The Valley" has been on the mind of Tony's for a while and now it seems that it will become a reality.
Tony isn't alone however. There are two others who will have a part in the process of resurrecting the event.
The first is a very familiar name in the southern tier racing scene and one that is no stranger to victory lanes in both PA and NY. Nick Petrilak, from Greenfield, PA, will lend his talents with driving this promotion to new heights from outside the car. Petrilak is also well versed in business operations, as he is a current partner at Sleepy Hollow Golf Course in Carbondale, PA.
Rounding out the group is racing photographer Bryan Chase. Chase can currently be found at Penn Can Speedway every Friday night, but has also helped and traveled with the Grit Racing Series in the past. Bringing graphic design, photography, past promoting and public relations experience to the table, Chase is ready to get to work with the others.
Such a big show needs a big venue and one was found. The building formerly known as The Ice Box located at 3 West Olive Street in Scranton, PA will play host to the two day event. This venue has held numerous job fairs, trade shows and other large scale events in the past so size will most definitely not be a problem. After touring the facility, Frable said "we should be able to pack plenty of cars and vendors comfortably." There's also plenty of parking space for attendees and a commercial style bay door right on the show floor for convenient loading in and out. The floor space, when it is not utilized by an event, is occupied by Adventure Zone. This birthday party hot spot is famous for a variety of enormous themed bounce houses that the children can play in.
The Speed Sport Showcase was the creation of Dick Longstreet, but the promotion hasn't been active since the 90's. Dick is one of the original "50 Greatest Drivers of All Time" at the Five Mile Point Speedway (NY) and was also inducted into Penn Can Speedway's Hall of Fame. Dick was very active in the racing world with both late models and modifieds, collecting multiple track championships. Later, he even co-promoted at Penn Can Speedway. Sadly, Dick passed away in 2016, but left behind a legendary legacy in racing that will never be forgotten.
With the blessing of the Longstreet family, the name and history of the show will be in the hands of Frable, Petrilak and Chase. The three have nothing but success on their minds and are ready to get to work. "We want to be proud of it," said Chase "...but we also want the Longstreet's to be proud of it. This show means a lot to the family. Hearing the name is going to stir up some memories I'm sure. So we're going to do what we can to make it a success and build on it for years to come hopefully."
In the coming weeks more information will become readily available and more announcements will be made. Most of the details are still being worked out such as pricing, show layout, vendor information, show specials, so on and so forth. Show dates are currently being looked at, but March is the expected target.
You can follow updates for the Speed Sport Showcase on twitter @speedsportshow. A presence on Facebook will be established and also possibly a website.
For now, any immediate questions can be directed to Tony Frable: Email AnthonyFrable@gmail.com or call 570-498-1643.