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Howards Offseason Newsletter
December 4, 2014

I would like to skim over a few items that I think will be important for 2015, but before I start let me thank each and every one of you for your dedication to auto racing. We all have a lot of fun and it has become a way of life for a lot of us. I do believe the economy will turn up for the better in a while and there isn't a person or a business that can say they have not been affected in one way or another. Once again thank you for 2014 and let's move forward to 2015.

Let me get started with some of the improvements we have made at Lebanon Valley. First and foremost, the new lap counter arrived the week that we shut down and we built a new house for the lap counter in the same position up in lap one. This week, our dragstrip timing system porta tree fired it up and got it running. The letters are LED red and will be very visible. Secondly, we took the old wall from the lap counter to the starter stand down and replaced it with a new wall. The new wall is cement and I am planning to replace from the fourth corner to the starter stand next season. We put a new roof and a walkway on top of the sponsor’s tower and we are currently working on a new ceiling on the second floor of the tower. After that is completed we will do some work inside the clubhouse and office area as it gets colder outside. We also put a little new clay on the Speedway graded it and it is lying down nicely. We will shape the track in the spring and make it co plane which should keep a car from getting sucked into the wall in certain spots if you get too high. We also painted some bleachers and replaced a good number of bleacher boards.

RULES -
The modified’ s next year will have a another rule option. The option is that AIR FLOW RESEARCH oval 300 spec heads will be legal in the modified class. These heads sell for a little over 3000 dollars and Paul Gilardi modified number 87 X ran these heads at the Eastern states race in Orange County. They performed very well and we were happy with the results. We have at the track a parts list for this engine from top to bottom without assembly the total comes out to 15,480 dollars. The regular big-blocks will still have a weight of 2500 pounds while the spec engine will have a weight of 2400. If you can get your hands or already have a good bottom end input these heads on for a small amount of money. Even the richest of teams realize it will be harder and harder in the future to buy a high dollar engine. Lebanon Valley is a big block track and most of you that have an open wheel car should set a goal of someday being a modified. We put Paul's engine on the Dino and it produced in the low 800 horsepower with almost 700 foot-pounds of torque. I am predicting that next season we will see this combination in the modified winners circle hopefully a couple of times. The engine will be legal at Lebanon Valley, Albany Saratoga, and Orange County Speedway's. It will allow more cars to enter the class and compete at the Speedway's. We will also bring this low-budget modified into winners circle each Saturday wherever it finishes so that we can hear from the driver how the car ran and handled.

The small blocks 2450 and 2350 will be competing similar to what we had last season. I will have two or three 1500 dollar to win events and I will invite a few big block teams to compete on those nights. Those nights will be appearance points only and will have a heads up start or a modified heads up start. Here is the good news: Motor Mike, our tech inspector came to the office this week and he looks great from his operation. Mike will be back to look at the heads, the compressions and other items on the small blocks. He also will be the chief tech inspector for the new spec big block heads. We will in the small block class institute a rear tire size and I don't have to tell each of you what that is about.

The Sportsman division will remain about the same with a few rule changes that we will post as soon as possible. I have to get with Lyle and our tech inspectors to go over any proposed changes. We have a few Sportsman drivers moving up to our small block class and I am proud of all of you because you are all getting better with each race.

Pure stockers, you also will have a few rule changes to be discussed in the future. Lebanon Valley has one of the strongest pure stock classes in the United States. I thank each and every one of you for your support in a very competitive division. In 2015 we will be running a crate motor pure stock class. Once again details will be coming out as soon as I can give them to you. A side note- Capital Speed has received a large inventory of those hard to find front end parts from a California junkyard. Check with them to see if they might have what you can find that here in the East.

Four-cylinder cars I expect to have some notes from Lyle on your class shortly. I do know the fans enjoy the four-cylinder class as do I. The cars are very like what the average person drives on the street and they do identify with your class. I thank you for your support and we will be talking about different things as they come up over the winter.

YOURS in racing,
HOWARD COMMANDER


OUR 2015 SATURDAY NIGHT CLASSES WILL BE
BIG BLOCK MODIFIEDS
SMALL BLOCK MODIFIEDS
SPORTSMAN (LIMITED SCHEDULE)
PROSTOCKS
PURESTOCKS
STREETSTOCK CRATE ENGINE CLASS
4-CYLINDERS (LIMITED SCHEDULE)

ALL RULES FOR THE 2015 TO FOLLOW!!


CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR 2014 SEASON CHAMPIONS

2014 Big Block Modified Champion
Brett Hearn

2014 Small Block Modified Champion
Wayne Jelley

 

 

2014 Sportsman Champion
Jeff Watson

2014 Prostock Champion
Robbie Speed

 

 

2014 Purestock Champion
Al Relyea

2014 4-Cylinder Dual Cam Champion
Kenny Stager

 

 

2014 4-Cylinder Single Cam Champion
Jim Williams

 


 

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2014

The Valley of Speed put to bed its 62nd Season with awarding the remaining High Point Championships for all its divisions as the rain ended the night early presented by DiCarlo’s Autobody.  Wayne Jelley captured the title in the Small Block Mods, while Jeff Watson outlasted the field to take the Sportsman title, and Al Relyea survived to take the Purestock Championship. (Read More)


SATURDAY, AUGUST 30, 2014

A gorgeous night of racing took to the high banks at Lebanon Valley Speedway.  With Point titles on the line for both the Big Block Modifieds and the Pro Stocks, the fans packed in to the stands to see both Brett Hearn and Robbie Speed score the win, and take the titles to cap off their strong seasons. (Read More)

SATURDAY, AUGUST 23, 2014

The famed 1/2 mile dirt oval known as the Valley of Speed at Lebanon Valley was jam packed full of racing action this past Saturday night.  Young Gun Kyle Armstrong put his name in the history books by scoring his first career Big Block Modified win.  The Small Blocks saw Tyler Dippel take the checkered, but Frank Hoard III credited with the win after post-race inspection. (Read More)

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ATTENTION SMALL BLOCK MODIFIEDS
Pleaase be advised to the 2 additions to your rules:

  1. One spacer allowed between the carburetor and intake manifold.  Maximum height of the spacer will be 1”.  One gasket allowed on the top and bottom of the spacer.  Open or 4 hole spacer allowed.
  2. The only rear end allowed will be the quick change style that have movable quick change gears when the ring and pinion moves.  No rear ends allowed that in one piece without quick change gears that account for the final ratio.

ALL LICENSES CAN BE PICKED UP IN THE PITS FROM ASHLEY AT THE PIT SHACK


Please be advised that all drivers must have either an LVAR Membership or DIRTcar Membership in order to compete at the Valley or Malta during the 2014 season due to insurance regulations. There will be no exceptions. Thank you, LVAR Management


Small Block Modifies: As of June 27, 2013 There has been a gear change:
2350 & 2450lb options 5:44 max


Purestocks: Cylinder Heads For Purestocks
Screw in Rocker Studs are allowed. Must maintain stock diameter and height. Must use stock lock nuts. No other nuts or locking devices will be allowed!


 

 


 

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2015 Rules
Please Be Advised That If You Have Any Tech Questions Please Email Dan Bell
bell1862@aol.com

Small Block Modified

Sportsman

Prostock

Purestock

Streetstock

4-Cylinders

MODIFIEDS PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT WE ARE HIGHLY RECOMMENDING THE FOLLOWING DIRTcar RULE BULLETIN FOR THE 2015 RACE SEASON

15.9      Roll Cage  
F.) MANDATORY Frame/Roll Cage update by January 1, 2015: A piece of tubing, a minimum of 1-1/4” in outside diameter and .-095”-inches in thickness, must be installed vertically and must extend through the car into the bottom frame rail or extend back to the union at the top of the door and rear main hoop joint. The tubing must be installed in a manner that does not impede the driver exiting the cockpit. The tubing must be mounted a minimum of 9”-inches and a maximum of 12”-inches on the roof bar from the existing rear roll cage hoop. This must be installed symmetrically on both sides of the roll cage. Existing cars must be retrofitted with this piece of tubing.

 


Big Block Modifieds will run the DIRTcar Rules.

DIRT RULEBOOK 2013

DIRT RULEBOOK 2008-2009


Please be advised that if you are runnining in more than one division, you MUST inform the handicappers in the pits as to which division you will be running for the point fund in.

*There has been a revision to the
Small Block Modified handicapping
is based on the night's event schedule, weather, car counts, etc. All drivers need to check the board each week for the number of laps and number of handicapped cars
FEATURE LENGTH: Less Than 18 Cars The Feature Will Be 20 Laps
More Than 19 Cars The Feature Will Be 24 Laps

*Please Be Advised that the Big Block Modifieds will be permitted to run 400 or 500's

Please be advised that Modifieds & Prostocks must have a 2013 DIRTcar License. However, you must still fill out the LVS Membership (no fees applied) in order to receive your purse money. Thank you.

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