Newmanstown, Pa. - Racers and fans alike will benefit from some recent off-season decisions made by officials of Lanco's Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway.
Drivers competing in all five weekly classes (600cc, 270cc, 125cc, Sportsman, and 270cc Four-Stroke Micro-Sprints) are guaranteed $300 to win their respective 25-lap features in 2012, provided there are at least 24 cars entered (in the class) for that event.
The complete payout schedule, which was offered in the past only if a class had 30 or more cars entered, is posted on the track's website at www.lancomicrosprint.com. The purse structure includes a $40 payday to take the green in a main event.
There will be no increase in the cost of pit passes or car entry fees.
The payout will go even higher on nights when the event has a sponsor and the car count (per class) exceeds 30.
Fans, take note...the Board of Directors and Lanco Officers have decreed that Saturday, April 28, will be Fan Appreciation Night and there will be no admission charge to the spectator grandstands. It's Lanco's version of "Pack the Track Night" and it won't matter if you're young or old, male or female...you won't pay a dime for a spectator ticket.
Lanco membership applications need to be postmarked by March 15th in order to take advantage of the $35 membership fee. The applications can be printed from the track's website.
Car Inspection is scheduled for March 31 and April 1, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Bud's Spring Service in Lancaster, Pa. Race teams are reminded that cars must be inspected in order to participate on Practice Night (April 7) and in the April 14 season opener.
Only Lanco members, whose cars have gone through the inspection process, will be permitted to take part in the Practice Night on April 7 and the 56th season opener on April 14.
As in years past, the Clyde's 2012 racing schedule is sprinkled with several big events.
The Memorial Day Open Show, set for Saturday, May 26, will have a (wingless) twist this year. Lanco's Vice President for the past three years, Kerry Gilbert, recently lost a valiant battle with lung cancer. Kerry loved racing his 600, and he was especially fond of non-wing 600cc action. To honor his memory, not to mention his unwavering dedication to the Lanco club, the 600's will compete in a doubleheader of sorts on Memorial Day weekend. They'll run a complete show with wings, then come back later in the evening to twist 'em sideways without airfoils bolted to the top of the roll cages.
Another wingless event for the 600's will be presented as part of the track's traditional Labor Day Shootout in early September, and the two-day Shootout itself will have a new format.
Speaking of two-day spectaculars, the fourth running of MicroMania will now be contested over two nights, June 30 and July 1. And it will no longer culminate PA 600 Speedweek, but will instead kick off the week long gauntlet of 600cc competition. The 270cc Micros will join the 600's on both dates, with complete shows scheduled for each evening.
And the annual Clyde Martin Memorial Race, set for July 28, will have a guaranteed total purse of $12,000 to go along with double points and 35-lap features. The Clyde Memorial is just for Lanco members who have entered at least 50% of the regular point shows prior to July 28.
Additional details on the blockbuster season at the Clyde will be released in the near future, and all of the club's information is posted on www.lancomicrosprint.com.
More money, a free night in the grandstand, and plenty of big races can only mean one thing in 2012...you've just gotta come out and LIVE the excitement that is Lanco!