Beach returns to defend Pure Stock Pandemonium title
BUFFALO TOWNSHIP: Chicora’s Greg Beach jumped on the roof of his Pure Stock car and waved wildly to the Lernerville Speedway crowd.
“Winning here is like a win at Daytona for me,” Beach said after capturing the checkered flag at Pure Stock Pandemonium last September.
That was Beach’s first win at the local oval.
Since then, he has been on a tear.
This season at Lernerville, Beach (No. 33X) has won four features and finished third in the points race — just three points behind champion Joe Kelley of Mt. Pleasant.
On Saturday, Beach will compete in the event that started his emergence as a front-runner in Pure Stocks at Lernerville.
Pure Stock drivers from all over western Pennsylvania will roll into the Buffalo Township track for the 30-lap Pure Stock Pandemonium race, which is the 2003 season finale.
The winner will take home $600 plus lap money. The track has been accepting sponsors for each lap at $30 apiece. The pot could grow to $1,500.
Last year, Beach claimed $1,320 — which is more than four times the normal prize for a Pure Stock feature. The check was Beach’s largest ever for a win.
However, Beach, 26, said it was more than the money that caused his wild celebration in victory lane last year.
“Any time you can win at Lernerville, that’s a big deal, to me anyway,” said Beach, who lives about a half-hour drive from the track and grew up watching the action.
“It’s always been pretty much the premier track. If you can win there, you can win just about anywhere. I’ve run a lot of other places.”
Beach is looking to add to what has developed into his best season in the division. He has been racing Pure Stocks for about five years.
“I’m real pleased with how I’ve done,” Beach said. “Me and my dad would have been happy winning two races. As it turned out, we won four.
“Also, we were shooting for top five in points, so we did well there, too. As far as falling three points short of the championship, it really didn’t disappoint me. It wasn’t a goal of mine at the beginning of the year.”
Beach said he doesn’t plan to move to another division next season.
“Maybe in the future, but not right now,” he said. “It’s a money thing. As far as motors go, they’re pretty expensive.”
10th annual Autumn-Motive Fest
What: Pure Stock Pandemonium, paying $600 plus lap money to the winner. Also, Blue Bird school bus races, ‘powder puff’ school bus races, and a demolition derby.
When: Saturday. Gates open at 3:30 p.m. Racing starts at 5:30.
Where: Lernerville Speedway, Buffalo Township.
Tickets: General admission — $10 for ages 17-59, $8 for ages 60 and older, $6 for ages 13-16, $3 for ages 6-12, and free for ages 5 and younger. Add $1 for reserved seating. Pit passes for ages 16 and older are $20.
For more information: Call the track office, 724-353-1511.