Saturday's gloomy weather forced officials at Lanco's Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway to postpone the first event of 2011. The year's initial racing program at the high banked oval in Newmanstown, Pa. was pushed back one week, creating an Easter Eve Season Opener presented by RTS Chassis.
Saturday, April 23 will not only offer the first Micro-Sprint competition of the year at the Clyde, but it's also High School Night at the speedway. Students from any high school - anywhere - will receive free admission for themselves and one adult simply by supplying proof of current high school enrollment when they get to the ticket window.
Students have worked hard throughout the school year, and now, in the midst of a much-deserved break for the Easter holiday, Lanco's Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway would like to treat them (and an accompanying adult) to a night of action-packed, clay tossing excitement at the premier Micro-Sprint facility in the northeast. The rain date for High School Night at Lanco is Saturday, April 30.
Younger students will also have upcoming opportunities to attend events at the Clyde at no charge. The track's first Middle School Night, for students in grades six through eight, is scheduled for May 7. Elementary School Night will take place on May 21st. The rain dates for these special nights are May 14 and June 11, respectively.
This Saturday's Easter Eve Season Opener presented by RTS Chassis is open to those members of the Lanco club who put their cars through the inspection process on April 2nd and 3rd. New inspections will not be done on April 23, so only those members who have already gone through inspection are eligible to compete in the first race of 2011 this Saturday.
During those annual pre-season inspections, held at Bud's Spring Service in Lancaster, a total of 134 racecars were processed in the five classes that comprise the weekly program at Clyde Martin Speedway. That means, of course, that a banner field of Micro-Sprints will take part in the club's 54th season opener this Saturday.
Gates will open at 3:30, with warm-ups set for 5:00. The first heat race of the new season will take the green flag at 6 p.m.
General admission for adults is just $8.00, with discounts for Senior Citizens and Students. Youth between the ages of six and twelve are admitted for $2.00, and children under the age of six are free. And parking is always free at the Clyde!
The stage is set for an awesome season of thrilling action at Lanco's Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway...more than 130 of the mighty Micros will fill the pit area; during the practice session on April 9, Shane Lewis put down a lap of less than ten-seconds in his new 600cc machine; and a new 270cc point champion will be crowned this year, as three-time and defending point king Richie Hartman will not be defending his title. New handicapping rules will take affect, and the competition in all five classes will be off the charts as an outstanding roster of drivers have signed up for all five divisions.
There's just no doubt...in 2011, you've gotta come out and LIVE the excitement that is Lanco!