In less than three weeks, this year's edition of PA 600 Speedweek will kick off at the Trail-Way Speedway near Hanover, Pa.
The tour, featuring six high-paying events in eight days, pits the area's top talent in 600cc Micro-Sprint competition against one another on a variety of different race tracks in order to determine an overall PA 600 Speedweek Champion.
The week-long circus of speed will again culminate on July 2nd at Lanco's Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway in Newmanstown, Pa. And once again, the Speedweek finale is known as Micromania, with (dependent on car count) an even larger payout than the events that precede it.
Entry forms for Micromania are now available at www.pa600speedweek.com, and will also be posted on www.lancomicrosprint.com in the next few days.
Micromania's entry fee is $100.00 if postmarked by June 25, 2011. The fee increases by $50 after June 25, although entries will be accepted up to and including the day of the race.
Entries from the best 600cc wheel-twisters throughout the northeast are expected - not only for Micromania, but for the entire PA 600 Speedweek series as well - and the past four seasons have seen drivers from all over the U.S. travel to Pennsylvania to test their mettle and skills against the locals. For the past two years, a couple of drivers from Australia have even made the trip from "down under" to get a taste of the Keystone State's dirt track action.
The PA 600 Speedweek schedule begins June 25 on the one-third mile oval at Trail-Way, then makes a short hop to the three-eighths mile Lincoln Speedway in Abbottstown for race #2 on Sunday, June 26. The third installment of this year's grueling motorsports gauntlet takes place on Monday, June 27 at the Path Valley Speedway, a high banked quarter-mile in Spring Run.
After a two-day break (which also serve as built-in rain dates for any of the first three events), the tour resumes on Thursday, June 30 at Susquehanna Speedway Park in York Haven. Racers will see Speedweek's longest straightaways when they visit the four-tenth mile oval at Susky.
Friday, July 1st will find the Speedweek competitors on the quarter-mile of Linda's Speedway in Jonestown, before the 2011 series winds up on the high banks of the one-eighth mile at Clyde Martin oval.
Joining the 600cc throttle-jockeys on the Micromania menu will be the 270cc Micro-Sprints. Entry forms are now available to all 270cc teams in the northeast for the 270 Clash at the Clyde, a race that will pay $1,000-to-win and $100 to take the green provided the race day entry list hits 40 cars.
The Clash at the Clyde entry form is posted on www.lancomicrosprint.com and will also be available on www.microracing.com.
The cost to enter the 270 Clash at the Clyde is $50.00, and Lanco officials have decided to accept a maximum of 44 entries, with 40 needed to insure the maximum payout.
The Clash at the Clyde will see the 270cc racers split into four heat races, with a pill-pull determining the starting line-ups. The top three finishers from each heat race will re-draw to set the top twelve starting positions for the 25-lap feature. Everyone else who qualifies - 24 cars are slated to start the feature - will start "heads up" based on their finishing positions in the heat and consolation races.
Sunday, July 3, is the rain date for Micromania.
A.J. Bast emerged as the first PA 600 Speedweek Champion in 2007, with Brent Marks winning the title in '08. The 2009 tour ended in a tie, as Shane Lewis and Heath Hehnly concluded the week with the same number of points and were declared Co-Champions. Hehnly, from Manheim, came back to win last season's Speedweek title for his car owner, Sonny Cooke.
Lewis and Hehnly have registered for this year's Speedweek series, and they'll be joined by a bevy of the 600cc division's best.
For additional information on PA 600 Speedweek, Micromania, and the 270 Clash at the Clyde, log on to www.pa600speedweek.com, www.lancomicrosprint.com, and www.microracing.com.