At first glance, if you see names such as Billy Pauch, Dale Planck, Frank Cozze and Kenny Brightbill in the starting field, you might think it’s a big Dirt Modified race in the lower New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey area. All of those drivers have stolen numerous trophies from around that tri-state area racing scene.
Nowadays, those big names and more are racing every Wednesday night in the spring, summer and fall at the Action Track USA in Kutztown, PA. The 1/5 mile clay dirt track boasts more than a 100 cars in the pit area of the fairgrounds racetrack each week.
Operated by Doug Rose, the grandstands are packed on a regular basis. The tickets are reasonable and the operating costs of the race cars that compete pale in comparison to their big track brothers in the area.
Legendary Sprint Car racer Fred Rahmer told us the track’s feature division, the USAC Championship SpeedSTR’s cost approximately $17,500 complete (race-ready). Normally, the featured division competes in a 30-lap race at the small dirt track that pays $2,000 to the winner. By the way, second pays $1,100. That’s better than most big car tracks in the country; certainly not too shabby.
Wednesday night was an extra-distance big show at the Kutztown Fairgrounds. “The Flying Farmer 40” for the SpeedSTR’s paid $3,000 to the winner.
Kyle Weiss grabbed the lead from the start of the race, but shortly after the drop of the threatening skies opened up. Rain made the track slick and that played into the hands of Billy Pauch Jr. The son of one of the most legendary drivers in the Northeast took the lead before the halfway point of the 40-lap race and then romped to his fourth victory of the season.
Peter Michael (Wingless 600cc Sprints) and Travis Bieber (All Star Slingshots) were the other drivers to dance through the rain drops to pull into victory lane at the Action Track USA.
After all the talk about racetracks struggling these days, it’s nice to see one, such as this little track in Kutztown, PA, do it the right way and succeed.
By Bob Dillner – @bobdillner – Photo Credit: Speed51.com