I have always wanted to make it to Pennsylvania for the USAC Eastern Storm tour. Well this year we finally made it happen. Tammy and I headed to Lincoln Speedway early Wednesday morning for our first night of USAC Sprint car racing.
This would be the first time that we have been to a USAC Sprint car event, and Tammy’s first trip to Lincoln Speedway. Our trip was going to be just over 4 hours long. That’s not bad for a once a year opportunity to see a USAC race. Traffic was great so we made good time all the way there. We stopped a couple times to stretch, and get a bite to eat. Tammy will fill you in on our tasty lunch a bit later.
We pulled into the Speedway a little after 2pm wedsnday afternooon. There were a few campers scattered around the parking lot across the street from the track. 3 or 4 race haulers had parked next to the pit gate waiting for the doors to open at 5pm. Yes we waited 3 hours to get in. That’s not crazy 😜 at all. It’s a sprint car race lol. With our hunger at bay from the great lunch we had, we pulled out our lawn chairs and hung out in the 90 degree heat.
After sitting for awhile I decided to pull out my DJI drone to capture some cool overhead shots of the track. It was a perfect day for flying. Plus not too many people around to get freaked out about a drone flying around. I recorded some video, and snapped a few Still pics for my event coverage.
Through out the afternoon spectators and racers made their way into the Speedway. Five clock on the dot the gates opened. We packed up our stuff and headed into the pit area.
I still get excited when I walk through the gates at a race tack. It is a great feeling. We ran into our friend, and fellow photographer Steve Koleter as we were heading into the pits. One of the many good things about dirt tracks in PA is the infield access for the fans. With a general admission ticket you can sit in the grand stands or head into the infield with you chairs and coolers to get a bit closer to the action.
Tammy set up camp on the backstretch and I headed over to turn two to get hot laps shots from the outside of the track. The track was heavy, so I was pelted with red clay as the cars flew by.
At first I found it a bit tough to shoot. I was so close and the cars were so fast it took me a bit to catch up to the cars. The night’s racing got underway in time with time trials, heat races and the feature events.
Tammy watched in turn three from the infield. I was shooting just on the other side of the fence so we still hung out during the night.
As the night went on the tempetures cooled down a bit from the high 90’s earlier in the day. As far as the racing went it was a great race. T-Mez ran his way to the front passing Jarrett Andretti, Chad Boespflug on his way to the win.
This week john and I went to the iconic dirt tracks in Pennsylvania, williamsgrove, and lincoln motor speedway. This was a trip that took us outside CNY , and we got a little bit of sunshine too! You are not going to believe this, but there was actually minimum construction in PA! Whaaaat???!!! I know, I was pleasantly surprised too. 🙂
In route to Lincoln motor speedway, we stopped at this AMAZING pizza place. It is a nondescript place just on the side of 15* in Enola PA called Al’s pizza and subs. They have 40 beers on tap, with some specialty local brews. But for me the real story here is the food. Everything was made fresh and from scratch. They have pizza, subs, pastas, and a salad bar. it is a good size menu, and has something for everyone. I was ready to just grab a couple of slices, until I saw the table next to us getting a calzone from the waiter. This is what I do, I’m a bit of a copier, I look at the plates around me to see what looks good and copy them, the calzone looked wonderful, and it tasted even better! crunchy crust, fresh Parmesan on it, and just the right amount of ricotta! YUMMMMM . and of course the sauce to dip it in was homemade and fresh and chunky. This meal was simply well done, not too fussy, just delicious. John got cecilian pizza, and which was crunchy and puffy, and just so good. I’m wanting to make another trip to the racetrack while I’m writting this, just to eat there again. I’m sure john wouldn’t mind another trip to the track. 🙂 I skipped the homemade tiramisu (which I regret. ) because I was so full from eating 1/2 of my calzone. (yay leftovers!) Their portion sizes are very generous! I am attaching a link to their website in case any of our motor heads / roadside foodies are traveling in Pennsylvania. Stop in! Your taste buds will thank you.
we are giving this place 5 out of 5 trophies.
thank you for joining us on our adventures. See you on the road.