YORK HAVEN, Pa. – BAPS Motor Speedway owner Scott Gobrecht and general manager Kolten Gouse have worked hard to preserve the history of the Super Sportsman division.
When Gobrecht purchased the speedway at the end of 2015, the Super Sportsman class was brought on as the headliner. Two years ago, the duo instituted a Hall of Fame to honor the past and current greats who have made an impact on the division.
The management team wants to continue to tap into the past to move the division forward. To do so, Gobrecht and Gouse are announcing that they are bringing back the Super Sportsman Tour, which will be highlighted by an eight-race schedule in 2020.
“We were looking for a way to grow the division and give the guys a few more races,” Gouse said. “The Super Sportsman Tour was a popular series in the late 1990s and early 2000s, and we felt bringing that back would be a nice addition to the season.
“The Super Sportsman division has always been one of the most competitive classes in central Pennsylvania, and this is another way we can expose fans in the region to the great races these guys deliver.”
Marysville Motorcars has come on board as the title sponsor for the series. The winner of the series will receive $1,000, with second place receiving $500. The top 10 in points will receive money at the end of the season.
The eight-race series will be contested at four different tracks. Lincoln Speedway will host three events, with Big Diamond Speedway and Trail-Way Speedway holding one event each. BAPS Motor Speedway will also have three designated races.
“I’m really excited to be able to run more races with the Super Sportsman,” said 1986 Super Sportsman Tour champion Rich Eichelberger. “Growing up in the division, there were times we raced two nights a weekend, so to be able to travel around and see different places is going to be a lot of fun.
“I loved racing at Big Diamond Speedway. When you’re heading to the track and you see all of the neighbors sitting outside watching the trailers go by, it gets you excited to pull into the race track on race day.”
Eichelberger isn’t the only Super Sportsman driver looking forward to more races at speedways with different sizes and characteristics.
Frankie Herr is one of the best drivers to sit under a Super Sportsman wing. He’s won big races, track championships, and also owns five Super Sportsman Tour titles.
“I love running at BAPS Motor Speedway and having a home track weekly, but I’m also looking forward to some tour races,” said Herr, who won tour titles in 1996 and 2001 through 2004. “We always seem to run well at these tracks, and it will be good to get back at them.
“It’s good to have some Super Sportsman tour races next year. I really hope teams and fans support these races and the division.”
2020 Super Sportsman Tour Schedule
April 11 – Lincoln Speedway – Abbottstown, Pa.
April 25 – BAPS Motor Speedway – York Haven, Pa.
May 15 – Big Diamond Speedway – Pottsville, Pa.
June 6 – Lincoln Speedway – Abbottstown, Pa.
June 27 – BAPS Motor Speedway – York Haven, Pa.
July 18 – Lincoln Speedway – Abbottstown, Pa.
Aug. 14 – Trail-Way Speedway – Hanover, Pa.
Sept. 5 – BAPS Motor Speedway – York Haven, Pa.