Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Summer Sizzler Kicks off Weekend

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Summer Sizzler Kicks off Weekend

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Motordrome Speedway in Smithton, Westmoreland County, holds its first extended distance event tonight with the Summer Sizzler 100 for the NASCAR Late Models.

Todd Melfi, the new owner of Motordrome Speedway expects the field of late models to be between 14 and 16.

"We didn't do a pre-registration for this event," Melfi said. "We left it open for guys to come and register on-site. I'd be surprised if there were less than 14 [cars] and pleasantly surprised if more than 16 show up.

"We had 10 late models last week; guys came out to shake down their cars for the Summer Sizzler."

Garry Wiltrout, the 2013 track champion has dominated the Late Model division with three wins this season. Wiltrout's teammate, Bobby Henry was awarded a win several weeks ago when Wiltrout was disqualified for unapproved engine parts.

Glen Gault Jr., who has won multiple times at Motordrome in 2013 including a 100-lap special event, took the feature win last week at the Smithton oval.

Veteran pavement racer Colt James from North Carolina isn't expected to compete today due to a wrecked race car but plans on making the trip later this season.

All other divisions will run features only tonight with qualifying for the Summer Sizzler 100 to get underway at 7 p.m.

A complete schedule of the events today can be found at www.motordrome.com.

A Monster weekend at PPMS

Pittsburgh's PA Motor Speedway has a huge weekend planned with different shows Saturday and Sunday.

PPMS's weekly Action Event has been replaced Saturday with the yearly visit by Monster Mania featuring the monster trucks.

Six of the giant 4x4 trucks will be putting on a show at the Monster Half-Mile unlike any monster truck show held indoors.

According to promoter Matt Miley, you are in for a treat.

"If you like an indoor monster truck show, you will love the outdoor venue. …

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