2020 PENN CAN SPEEDWAY BANQUET CONCLUDES SEASON AS 2021 APPROACHES
After having a record-breaking season in the first year since taking over as promoters, the Folk family is gearing up for the 2021 racing season. Gary Folk Sr. expressed great appreciation at the 2020 Penn Can Banquet, which was held at Montdale Country Club. He conveyed his many thanks to each employee who had helped make the year a success and is looking forward to the upcoming season.
The night kicked off with Alan Rudalavage, announcer for the evening, handing out a few small awards. A plaque went to the entire Folk family for their hard work, dedication, and restoration of the speedway to its former glory. From there, Alan handed it over to Gary Folk Sr. to make a few announcements. Gary talked about how the Folk family is dedicated to improving the track for everyone involved from drivers to the fans. One of the improvements the drivers will see across the seven divisions is an increase in payout for feature finishes. Also, Folk Sr. goes on to say, “If you don’t make your heat or feature for whatever reason, you’re still going to get tow money”.
Another upgrade that the drivers will see is more lighting exiting the pits from the track, along with a wider pit road to allow gridding to be simpler and faster. Fans will soon see less dust in the air as Gary Sr. has sent multiple samples from all over the track to a New Jersey testing location, which provided an 8-page report on how to reduce the cloud that seems to hang over the track. Gary Folk Sr. goes on to say, “I couldn’t understand it because there were too many big words, but we will do what they suggest and take it from there.” Safety has always been a concern when it comes to racing and the Folks are taking some steps to improve safety and save some equipment for drivers. The plan is to remove the infield concrete barriers between turn one and two to open it up. Thus, allowing drivers a chance to make a quick turn to the infield and do less damage to their cars. Some of those blocks will be moved to the dirt embankment between turn three and four. Gary Folk Sr. said, “We want to keep Brian Malcom in the ballpark this year and save some equipment for drivers”. Gary Folk Sr. is also open to any suggestions from anyone to help make the track a better place to be.
The Folk family is looking to break all the previous records set last year. They are also looking to make the environment more family friendly and have some additional plans in the works. The Penn Can speedway has been heavily involved with the community and working with several local and regional foundations. The Folks are planning to continue the tradition through local food pantries, breast cancer awareness, the Spalding Foundation, and the National Guard just to name a few. Gary and Eileen Folk would like to express their sincere gratitude to program sponsors: SUNOCO Race Fuel, American Racer, Frank Payne, Doug Lattner, Mirabito, Coke and Matthews Auto.
The highlight of the fun filled evening came when the 2020 track champions received their championship awards. Each champion received an American Racer champion’s jacket embroidered by Al Wilcox, a decorative helmet, a trophy which was engraved by Bruce Evans Jr., and SUNCO Race Fuel provided 8 gift certificates for $25.
Modified champion Brett Tonkin would like to thank his sponsors: Stafursky’s Auto Parts, Stafursky Paving, Castle Key, G & G towing, and Big Chief Market and is looking forward to the upcoming season. Final points standings saw Brian Malcom in second followed by Nick Petrilak, Mike Loney, Butch Getz, Nick Pecko, Richard Smith, Leo McGurrin, Byron Worthing, and Aleia Geisler. Concluding the Modified awards would be the rookie of the year which went to Nick Pecko.
Sportsman champion Jimmy Zacharias would like to thank his sponsors: Midstate Basement Authorities, Velocita and Trackside products. Mr. Zacharias thanks his brother and crew. Final points standings saw Mike Schane coming in second followed by Ray Leonard, AJ Miller, Mike Nagel Jr., Brandon Oleski, Frank Payne, Randy Brokaw, and Brett Tonkin. Finishing off the Sportsman awards Alan Komar received rookie of the year.
Street Stock Champion Tyler Yeagle would like to send his appreciation to a few of his sponsors: J&G Homes, Tioga Downs Casino, Yeagle Fab, and Chaeefe Constructions. Doug Polhamus would finish in second chased by Steve Polhamus, Travis Brockner, and Shane Wolf Jr. The rookie of the year award was given to Dusty Decker.
Factory Stock champion Tommy Groover wrapped up 2020 with the most features wins of any driver across Penn Can’s seven divisions. He would like to thank his sponsors including: Red Barrel Carbs, ZJF Welding and Fabrication, Wildside Graphic, and Donavan Custom Homes and more. CJ Swanson would come in second place followed by Alecia Towner and Amanda Brigham.
600cc track champion Dana Davis is eager to get the 2021 season underway and would like to thank the following people and sponsors: Bella for giving them animal crackers to keep the team going, his mom, dad and everyone who works on the C.K. contracting team, his crew, Ben, Travis and Tracey, Lattner Enterprises and Kithcart Motorsports. Davis also won a season pit pass for his perfect attendance during weekly shows. Following in second was Jared Green, Brett Gray, Doug Lattner and Casey Plummer rounding out the top five of the division while Sheldon Whitman received rookie of the year.
The track championship for the four cylinders went to Josh Wilder, who would like to thank his sponsors: Wildside Graphics, JR’s Automotive, Jimmy Diffulvis Construction, and Damasus Services. In second came Nick Kennedy, Andy Bolles, Cheyenne Bump, Brian Salmini, Mike Ferris, Jeff Sterling, David Fox Jr., Scott Miller, and Phil Clapper round out the top ten of the division. Cheyenne Bump also received the rookie of the year.
The junior division saw Trevor Houghton and Josh Landers take the stage, each accepted a decorative helmet and a SUNOCO gift certificate.
On behalf of Penn Can Speedway, we want to extend our appreciation to DJ Dave, our turn three flagger, who provided the entertainment for the evening and had the dance floor filled for hours. General Manager Joanne would like to express great gratitude to the Montdale Country Club for opening their doors to us and providing delicious food, an excellent service staff and some fun memories. Making an enjoyable night for all through their dedication. After kicking off 2021 with a successful 100 lap enduro race on January 1st, it was determined that there needed to be another one which will take place this Saturday, February 27th. The racing season will begin with practices taking place on March 28th, April 2nd, 3rd, and 4th.
The 66th season opener will be on Sunday April 11th,2021 where there will be a rededication ceremony for the VIP towers that will take place to honor the Beavan Family. To stay up to date on everything that is happening at the track follow us on Facebook: Penn Can Speedway.