It is hard to believe Red Miley has been gone for six years.
Each year since its first run in 2007, the Red Miley Rumble at Pittsburgh's PA Motor Speedway adds more cars and, more importantly, more fans -- the reason he enjoyed promoting races at PPMS and at Motordrome Speedway in Smithton.
Miley was a race promoter, not just the track operator. He always was out with the fans, not behind an office door. He greeted them when they walked in the gate and thanked them for coming to the races on their way home.
That's an image I'll never forget and just one of my memories of Miley.
The Red Miley Rumble Saturday includes a 53-lap feature event for the Super Late Models from the UFo and ULMS organizations that pays $5,053 to the winner.
The prize money and lap number honor Miley's age when he died, 53.
Some of the best drivers from surrounding states are expected to attend, as well as the 2011 defending champ Davey Johnson from Greensburg. Johnson will have his hands full with competition from his brother Mike as well as Keith Barbara, Jared Miley, Gregg Satterlee and Alex Ferree and veterans Dick Barton, Lynn Geisler, Steve Baker and Red's brother, Ben Miley.
The winner of the Black Jack 21 for sprint cars will take home $2,153.
Ed Lynch Jr., winner of the Rumble last year, will look to hold off veterans Jack Sodeman Jr., Andy McKisson, Carl Bowser and Eric Williams.
Lynch is looking to rebound from a disappointing showing at the Knoxville Nationals, where the Apollo native suffered engine woes twice.
Danny Holtgraver, winner of the most recent sprint car event at PPMS, will miss the event. The North Hills resident follows the All-Star Circuit of Champions and is currently in fifth place for the Ohio region.
Gates open at 5 p.m. Preliminary events for the Red Miley Rumble begin at 7 p.m. for the six divisions in action.
World of Outlaws
The World Racing Group, owners of the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series, announced Tuesday that Goodyear will not continue as the official tire supplier of the WoO Sprint Car Series.
"Goodyear has been a tremendous supporter of sprint car racing both financially and in terms of product development," said Cranberry native Ben Geisler, chief marketing officer for the World of Outlaws.
"After three great seasons, though, we have both decided that it is in our best interest to pursue other opportunities for the 2013 season and beyond."
The traveling sprint-car series announced recently that STP Brands has signed on as the title sponsor for 2013 and beyond.
After losing several Friday nights of racing to Mother Nature, Lernerville Speedway hopes to return to action tonight with four divisions in action on Pittsburgh Circle Track Club Night. Good news came early after the rainout Friday for DIRTcar Late Model competitor Jared Miley as he sealed the 2012 championship with two races remaining. Miley has an 82-point lead. ... Motordrome Speedway in Smithton will be racing today after a rainout last week. ... Mercer Raceway Park hosts the BRP Mod Tour Saturday. ... Sunday, the 410 Sprint Cars return to Dog Hollow Speedway for a $3,000 to-win event. Carl Bowser will do double duty as the defending Lernerville Champ. He will drive his own 410 Sprint Car and a 305 Sprint car owned by Chris Archer.