Newmanstown, Pa. - This year, the mega-Micro-Sprint show known as Micromania is set for Saturday, June 30 and Sunday, July 1st, when the best 600cc and 270cc Sprint Car drivers invade Newmanstown, Pa. to compare their skills and attempt to go back home with some of the lucrative payout being offered for the 600cc Micromania and the 270cc Clash at the Clyde.
Now officially confirmed, 20-year-old Australian racer Charlie Brown has filed an entry form to test his skill against some of the best 600cc wheel-twisters in the northeast, as well as those headed to Pennsylvania from other sections of the country. Charlie, along with his father and sister, flew to the U.S. on Monday, June 25, and his entry form was received the following day.
Brown, from Beenleigh, Queensland, AU will compete in a new Hyper Racing 600 which the family then intends to buy and send back to their home "down under."
Additional last-minute pre-entries were received from some of the best 600cc and 270cc wheel-twisters in the northeast, including the one and only "Liquid" Lou Cicconi, who will steer Mike Dicely's back-up car out of the Hyper Racing stable.
Cicconi, well known for his prowess behind the wheel of Super Modifieds, TQ, ARDC, and NEMA Midgets, along with just about every other style of racecar under the sun, will take to the high banked Clyde Martin oval for the first time.
It should be noted that this year's Micromania, as well as the Prelude to the Mania and the entire PA 600 Speedweek series, will be run under the rules established by the U6SA group of car and engine builders, track reps., and car owners. Post-race tech will be performed after each of the Micromania and other Speedweek events, and all tech inspections will be done according to the rules set forth by the U6SA.
For more information on the rules, see the Forums at Microracing.com.
While the big buck Micromania and Clash at the Clyde will take the spotlight on Sunday, July 1st, the weekend of side-by-side and three-wide mayhem begins on Saturday, June 30th, with the Prelude to the Mania for the 600's and the Flash Before the Clash for the 270's. Both days will feature full programs for both the 600cc and 270cc Sprints, topped off by main events for each class. Saturday's feature races will send the top six (from the 600cc Prelude) and top four (from the 270cc Flash) directly to their respective Dash races and A-mains on Sunday.
Sunday's 600cc Micromania A-main will pay the winner $10,000 - provided Saturday's program is completed and at least 60 cars are entered on Sunday - and an astounding $300 to take the green in the 50-lap Micromania A-main.
The 270cc Clash at the Clyde will pay $1,000 to win and $170 to take the green, as long as Saturday's program is completed and at least 40 cars are entered on Sunday, July 1.
The complete purse breakdown and race format for each class is posted on the track's website at www.lancomicrosprint.com. The homepage includes a link to each of the entry forms and the payout schedule can be accessed by clicking on the PA 600 Speedweek logo or by going to the Clyde's schedule page and clicking on the date for this event.
It should be noted that both Saturday and Sunday's 600cc main events will award points toward the overall PA 600 Speedweek Championship.
Sponsors have been signing up to support this colossal event as news of the gigantic weekend of racing has spread. The list of marketing partners for Micromania and Clash at the Clyde is impressive, and it includes:
NPS Racing Engines
Dayton Parts of Harrisburg, PA
Hollinger's Sports & Turf
Bud's Spring Service
600 Pro Series
Shred Racing Products - B-Main sponsor
Spar Racing Engines
Susquehanna Valley Speed Shop
600Scene.com - $150 Hard Luck Award on Sunday
There will also be Hard Charger Awards on both days and in both classes; those awards will be sponsored by Shred Racing Photos. The driver who advances the most positions in Saturday's preliminary mains - in both the 600cc and 270cc divisions - will receive an extra $50.
That amount doubles to $100 for each division on Sunday.
Several generous contingency prizes, relayed to Lanco officials through Bob Auton, include the following...
Weld Racing - one pair of front hubs
Keizer Wheels - Four (4) $50 Gift Certificates
Saldana Racing Products - Two (2) $50 Gift Certificates
Competition Suspensions - Four (4) $50 Gift Certificates
Additional sponsorship opportunities for this not-to-be-missed weekend of high speed adventure are still available by contacting Richard Fox, 140 Southview Drive, York, PA 17402.
Saturday's car entry fee for the 600cc Sprints is $30, while the entry fee for Sunday is $200.
The entry fee for the 270cc Sprint event is $80.
Entries will be accepted up to and including race day.
The cost for pit passes is $30 per day.
While drivers from all over the United States have traveled to the Clyde for past editions of this prestigious event, the northeastern contingent has defended its turf since the first running of the Showdown (as it was formerly known) and Micromania at the Lanco facility in 2007. Previous winners include Mike Dicely, Robbie Kendall, Mike Rutherford, and Shane Lewis; all four will be in the field this weekend. Kendall, who has moved on to "big Sprint Cars" this season, has secured a ride for Micromania. He will buckle into the Esh Racing No. 5E normally driven by Travis Esh.
That 2008 edition of Micromania (referred to as "the 600 Showndown" at the time), won by Kendall, is often called one of the best races ever seen, anywhere, in any type of racecars, by many who were in attendance at the Clyde that evening.
The first running of the 270 Clash at the Clyde took place last season, and it was Lanco's own Billy Logeman, the Racin' Mason, claiming the lucrative victory.
Who will be basking in the limelight of victory lane this year? The entry lists are forming, and both classes are sure to be infested with a "who's who" of 600cc and 270cc hotshoes. It's a "can't miss" event, and you've just gotta come out and LIVE the excitement that is Lanco's Micromania and Clash at the Clyde!
Additional information, including the current entry lists for both classes, is available at lancomicrosprint.com.