Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Joey Logano are Coming
to New Jersey for Softball
The last two Daytona 500 winners will both be coming to New Jersey in April. No, you haven't been asleep for years, and the Garden State suddenly has a track which hosts NASCAR Sprint Cup races. Instead Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Joey Logano will be in Trenton as part of a celebrity softball game.
For the past two years Dover International Speedway and Pocono Raceway have played a softball game against each other as part of a friendly, promotional driven rivalry between the two tracks. Each year, a NASCAR Sprint Cup driver is chosen to captain each of the two teams, which are made up of national and local motorsports media, as well as other local media personalities, and maybe even some surprise guests from the NASCAR world.
This year the Pocono Raceway team will be captained by the 2014 Daytona 500 winner Dale Earnhardt Jr. Earnhardt has had plenty of success at Pocono, especially recently, winning both races run at the "Tricky Triangle" last season.
Heading up the Dover International Speedway team will be this year's Daytona 500 winner Joey Logano. The Middletown, Connecticut driver is a great choice for the "Monster Mile" with his four wins in 12 starts in the XFinity Series, and four straight top-tens in Sprint Cup.
The Annual Dover vs. Pocono Celebrity Softball Games is played in a different location every year. This year the game will be played at the home of the Trenton Thunder in Trenton, New Jersey on April 21st.
Access to the game is free with a ticket to the regularly scheduled Trenton Thunder game for that date. The Thunder will face the New Hampshire Fisher Cats in a game which is scheduled to start at 7 pm. Thunder single game tickets start as low as $11, with children 12 and under not only free, but receiving a complimentary hot dog, popcorn, and drink. It is also $1 Hot Dog Night sponsored by Black Bear Franks for all fans.
As an added bonus, representatives from both tracks will be on hand giving away tickets to the Sprint Cup race at each of their respective facilities. The Dover race will take place on Sunday, May 31, with the Pocono event the following Sunday on June 7th.
The celebrity softball game will start before the Thunder game at 4:30 pm. Gates will open at 4 pm. If time permits, both Earnhardt Jr. and Logano will throw out the first pitch of the game between the Thunder and the Fisher Cats.
Tickets for groups of 20 or more are currently on sale now. Tickets for individual games go on sale on March 14th. For more information fans can call 1-609-394-3300, or check out the Trenton Thunder website at www.TrentonThunder.com.
Flemington Speedway Historical Society Display
Will Anchor Quaker Steak and Lube Phillipsburg
When the doors of the Phillipsburg Mall open this Sunday, March 1st, it won't be sales attracting people to it's location just outside of Easton, Pennsylvania. It will be race cars, lots of them. And while they will be spread throughout the mall's walkways, it will certainly be the Flemington Speedway Historical Society display that will anchor the show.
Set up in an empty storefront, the FSHS display will feature the former Paul Kuhl Midget #8(pictured above), formerly driven by the great Stan Ploski. This will be only one of more than a dozen cars on display, which also includes one of the famous Doug Hoffman 60 over Dirt Modifieds.
Additionally, the FSHS display will feature vintage racing movies shown on a big screen, along with various track memorabilia from both the track's dirt, and asphalt days. The FSHS area has also become known as a gathering place for former drivers, crews, and fans, to share stories about the glory years of the famed "Square."
While the FSHS display may be the highlight of the Quaker Steak and Lube Dirt Track Heroes Show, it is far from the only reason to attend. Race cars from just about every division, including both asphalt and dirt, will be on display. There will also be several tracks represented with schedules, and highlights of their upcoming events.
The show takes place from Sunday, March 1st to Saturday, March 7th during regular mall hours at the Phillipsburg Mall located on Route 22 in Phillipsburg, New Jersey.
For an idea of what the show has to offer we have included several photos of last year's event at the bottom of this page.