Roaring Knob Hosting First Sprint Car Race


MARKLEYSBURG, Pa. – Sprint car enthusiasts throughout the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic and Mid-Ohio Valley regions will want to mark May 5 on their calendars.

For the first time in the history of the venue, Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex will host 410 sprint cars.

The 410 Showdown in the Laurel Highlands won’t be just any sprint-car race, but will boast a healthy purse featuring $4,000 to the winner, a strong $350 to take the green flag of the feature, and $100 to any non-qualifier. The payout will be higher than any weekly event throughout the Commonwealth, and is expected to be the richest non-sanctioned event in 2013 in western Pennsylvania.

“Going to Roaring Knob over the years, I always thought it would be a great place to see the sprint cars,” said Roaring Knob representative Mike Leone. “It’s kind of the best of both worlds as it’s still somewhat of small track at three-eighths-mile, but it’s wide sweeping turns gives it that big track feel. It’s a great place to watch the races with no obstructions whether it’s from the grandstands, hillside grass seating or drive-in parking. Plus it’s always fun to see sprints at a new place and The Knob’s location should draw an interesting field of car.”

Roaring Knob is one of the relative new tracks in Pennsylvania as it opened its gates for the first time in 1998. Current owner/promoter Rick Jones took over “The Knob” in 2010.

“I’ve always enjoyed the sprint cars,” said Jones. “I haven’t been in 410 Sprint Car country with the tracks that I’ve promoted over the years, but always wanted to try a show. I talked to Mike about it, and we came up with a good payoff that should give incentive to racers from all over the region to come. The other key was finding a date that didn’t conflict with anyone else, which wasn’t as easy it sounds. We wanted to get this announced early so people can make plans to be part of this historic, can’t miss event.”