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Another Motorsports show is in the history books.

Thousands of people filled the aisles of the 26th edition of the Motorsports 2011 Presented by SEF Race Car and Trade Show at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA this past weekend.

Despite bone chilling cold weather and some snow/ice conditions the show drew an impressive crowd with NASCAR Hall of Fame David Pearson, 15 time NHRA Funny Car champion John Force, Nationwide racer Kenny Wallace, former NASCAR Cup champion Rusty Wallace, Hall of Fame sprint car racing legends Rick Ferkel and Shane Carson, Partridge Family member Danny Bonaduce along with former Roger Penske Motorsports executive Don Miller attracting long lines of autograph seekers.

Many well known local and regional racers were in attendance mixing with fans and participating in autograph sessions.
“It was great to see the support given the show. We were very pleased with the fan turnout,” said show organizer Len Sammons. “Many vendors reported that they had a lot of traffic at their booths generating a large number of sales. Some have already requested their display space for the next show. All of us involved with the show were happy to see so much interest. We are all anxious to get started on plans for the 27th annual show.”

Always a highlight of the show the BPG Racing Ms. Motorsports Pageant had 23-year-old Karin Heisey of Middletown, PA being crowned the new Ms. Motorsports. The lovely lady represented Four Star Lettering. Her favorite track is Williams Grove Speedway and sprint racer Cody Darrah is her favorite racer.

As Ms. Motorsports she will represent the show in appearances at speedways and special events throughout the year. She won $1,500, a beautiful custom jacket from Design 500, jewelry from Golden Pleasures Jewelers in Bordentown, NJ and flowers from Jen Moore Florals.

First runner-up was 19-year-old Kelsey Johnson of Elmer, NJ. She will also represent national racing publication Area Auto Racing News at a variety of races and events throughout 2011.

Arynne Moody, a 24-year-old beauty from Ambler, PA, was the second runner-up.

Kimmie Trout of Reading, PA was tops in the interview caption while Arynne Moody was the top pick of judges in sportswear. Heisey took top honors in swimwear while congeniality honors were earned by Moody and Kelsey Johnson was the most photogenic.

Kasey Missimer, granddaughter of Grandview Speedway owners Bruce and Theresa Rogers, earned $500 from A-1 Racing Productss. The attractive 20-year-old was the Fans Choice award winner.

During the course of the evening Donna Miller, wife of Thunder on the Hill Series co-promoter Bob Miller, was presented with the prestigious Joey Pratt Award named in honor of the popular former show manager who passed away back in 2008. Ms. Miller has been an important part of the Motorsports show running the BPG Racing Ms. Motorsports pageant for a number of years.

On Friday evening Ms. Tiffany Skias of Reading, PA and Stephanie Reid, Macungie, PA each earned $500 as winners in the Pioneer Pole Building Model Search contest.

During the Metal Fab sponsored Sunday Family Day activities Alexis Nyce was able to win the 3-4 year old Big Wheel competition with Colin James and Julianna Exner following. In the 5-6 year old division Christian Bruno brought his big wheel home first in front of Ryan Brown and Bryce Smith. Evan Rothmann won the 7-9 year old big wheel race over Nicole Tobey and Becky Yerk.

The Silver Spring Speedway Reunion display earned the top award in the Vintage Car display competition. The Keizer Wheels Mark Bitner No. 15 sprint car took the top award for Open Cockpit displays. Radical Design’s Mike Iles No. 711 Modified earned the first place award for Stock Car displays.

First place in the Drag Car displays went to Derrick Townes’ 1969 Camaro while the Kenny Weld No. 91 Modified got top honors in amongst the Vintage Stock Car displays. The Phoenixville, PA Quarter Midget Club won the best display award for Quarter Midget organizations and the Vargo Offy No. 3 midget was the top display in the Vintage Open Cockpit division.

First place in the Speedway and Club division went to Brett Deyo Motorsports Media and the Overall Best Race Car display went to CJ Modifieds.

Thousands of show attendees were able to visit a variety of speedway display areas to learn what will be happening at their favorite speedway, get up close to more than 200 motorsports vehicles that were on display throughout the 250,000 square feet of show space, attend close to 20 different seminars (free) throughout the show weekend and see what is new in the sport by visiting with large number of vendors that were offering a variety of products and services.

Plans for the 2012 edition of the Motorsports 2012 Presented by SEF Small Engine Fuel Race Car and Trade Show will be announced in the near future.

Source: Ernie Saxton Communications, Inc. / Motorsports 2011
Posted: January 24, 2011

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