Inaugural ICON Memorial Tour Late Model Speedweek, Earl Hill Memorial, THURSDAY June 13th!

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EDGE Entertainment
May 30th, 2013
For Immediate Release:

Inaugural ICON Memorial Tour Late Model Speedweek, June 13th 16thApproaching!

(Middlebourne, WV) Dirt Late Model fans make your “racecation” plans now! The ‘EDGE’ is breaking into the eight hundred horsepower, fire breathing, intense world of dirt late model racing! Officials from the Eastern Dirt Grassroots Entertainment company are anxious to announce details of the inaugural Icon Memorial Tour Late Model Speedweek sure to give racers and fans alike a trip down memory lane. A nostalgic four day weekend where race fans will be treated to four electrifying nights of Super Late Model and Renegade of Dirt Modified Tour action in three different states. Over the course of the extended weekend four past legends will be honored and lots of old race stories will be shared at the following venues; Tyler County Speedway, Wayne County Speedway, Pittsburgh PA Motor Speedway, and West Virginia Motor Speedway. The unique twist to the traditional ‘speedweek’ will see racers compete Thursday to Sunday, June 13ththrough June 16thfor a chance at four prestigious memorial event titles which pay tribute to some of the regions most recognized names and our military heroes including the 25thEarl Hill Memorial, Freedom Fighters 40, 1stHerb Scott Memorial, & the Mark Balzano Memorial. Each night a$4,000 dollar payday and $400 to start money will be up for grabs for the Super Late Model division as the fastest stock cars on the planet battle it out where only one will claim the inaugural “ICON CROWN” ranking themselves among the regions legends and current greats. Joining the weekend long activities will also be the Renegades of Dirt Modified Tour “Duel on Dirt” Speedweek that will pay a generous $1200 to win and $150 to start while showcasing some of the east’s best open wheel modified wheelmen.

When the extended weekend of memorial events get underway it will be the high banked 1/4th mile Tyler County Speedway in Middlebourne, WV that will greet the eager participants. Racers will converge on the “Bullring” for a rare Thursday night running of the milestone twenty-fifth commemorative edition of the speedway’s most traditional race in its thirty-nine year history the “Earl Hill Memorial” honoring the former speedway legend most commonly known off the track for his unique handle bar mustache and red & white polka dotted welders cap. Area race fans will gather to once again honor Earl who made Tyler County Speedway his personal playground during the 70′s and 80′s with multiple track championships and a plethora of feature wins at the “Bullring” and throughout the Mid-Ohio Valley racing scene. South Park, PA’s Jared Miley has captured back to back running’s of the Earl Hill Memorial but a past winners list include the likes of Zack Dohm, Tim Dohm, Mike Benedum, Bobby Hill, Tim Hitt, Butch McGill, Gary Dalton and many others.

The race is in it’s 25th year so we wanted to do something new and big for the race fans” stated Tyler Promoter, John Watson. “We couldn’t think of a better and more unique way to truly showcase it than to make it a Thursday show and the first night of the Icon Tour. The stars are aligning and this should be an absolutely epic way to honor an true legend of the speedway. We wanted to race the 25th Annual “Earl Hill Memorial” on a day that no other track was competing against it so that any area driver and race fan can be part of the magical event and show their appreciation and support” concluded Watson. For more information on the Tyler County Speedway visit them online at

Attention will then turn to the 3/8th mile Wayne County Speedway in Orrville, OH where racer’s will cross over into the Buckeye state for Friday night’s portion of the tour. Another $4k will await the Super Late Model pilot’s who attempt to conquer the lightning fast dirt oval in honor of our current and past military heroes. The annual Freedom Fighters race will be changed from it’s usual fall date to the early summer event in order to be part of the “Icon Memorial Tour” Speedweek. Help support our nations armed forces by supporting this huge show, America’s military forces suffer and sacrifice their lives each day for our freedom. We ask the special help as we honor those men and women with forty laps of pure speed and power on Friday, June 14th on night #2 of the Inaugural Late Model Speedweek. For more information on the NAPA Auto Parts Wayne County Speedway visit them online at

Racers will then pack up and head into the state of Pennsylvania to the monster 1/2th mile Miley owned Pittsburgh Motor Speedway in Imperial, PA. Awaiting the participant’s will be the chance to honor yet another racing legend and earn the title as the first ever victor of the Herb Scott Memorial. The former Wexford, PA native Herb Scott was the true definition of a “racing legend” in the Pittsburgh area claiming ten Heidelberg Speedway track championships from 1956-1967. Herb was also a ten time Pittsburgh Racing Association Champion, had over 500 career feature wins to his name, and was inducted into the Dirt Track Hall of Fame in 2008. Passing in 2010, Herb Scott’s racing journey is now set to continue from above as fans will join participant’s and family in the remarkable night in which his memory will be carried on by anxious racers vying for the first spot on the events win list.

We are honored to be part of the ICON Memorial Tour, and are anxiously looking forward to honoring our childhood hero, Herb Scott, during this event” stated PPMS Promoter, Matt Miley. “When we recall heading to the WV BULLRINGS we remember Earl Hill, for fans in our area it was Herb Scott. The late models have been a mainstay at PPMS since we started and we are certainly looking forward to seeing some of the great drivers from the WV / Ohio Valley Area at PPMS to help us honor Herb and celebrate our 25th Anniversary Season” concluded Miley. For more information on the Pittsburgh PA Motor Speedway visit them online at

Lastly, after three nights of memorable racing action in three different states late model enthusiasts will take back to the Mountain state to round out the inaugural speedweek for what is sure to be yet another special night for race fans adorning the famous ‘hillside’ terrace. Playing host to the Icon Memorial Tour finale the suspenseful, high speed 4/10′s mile West Virginia Motor Speedway will look to finish the weekend off in the grand fashion that only the “Speedplant” can provide. The 2nd Annual “Mark Balzano Memorial” will honor the tragic loss of area racer and brother of Dirt Late Model great Mike Balzano of Parkersburg, WV. Family friend, Steve Shaver of Vienna, WV took the Balzano Memorial in a rain delayed make-up show on September 2010 that featured a plethora of late model talent and set the stage for this races great history to begin unfolding. The finale show will also crown the inaugural ICON Memorial Tour Late Model Speedweek Champion with a $1000 cash bonus and a huge one-of-a-kind trophy after their four nights of effort.

We are excited for the potential this tour has to provide great racing for our fans and to honor the racers who have traveled this area each writing their piece of history” stated WVMS Promoter, Brian Ferrell. “We are ecstatic to bring back the Mark Balzano Memorial to the season schedule and to have it be the finale show for the inaugural speedweek” concluded Ferrell. For more information on the West Virginia Motor Speedway visit them online at

Race fans are strongly encouraged to begin planning their “Racecations” today to join in all the fun of the inaugural Icon Memorial Tour, June 13th through the 16th . There will be a mandatory Super Late Model event entry fee during each race night of $40 dollars. However, racers can save on their entry and four day pit passes by pre-entering for the Icon Memorial Tour by June 8th. By purchasing a four night driver pass for just $240 dollars they will also receive one pit pass good for all four nights of racing action. (A savings of $60 dollars, making one event almost totally entry/pass FREE)


The ‘Icon Memorial Tour Late Model Speedweek’ has been in the works for over three years, to finally unveil it and get started promoting it is a dream come true” stated EDGE director, Cody Watson. “We hope these events allow fans to get together to reminiscence on past racing stories of their own and share in the past racing heritage during four straight nights of memorial races. Any race fan who grew up watching these racers or any who made racing what it is today we hope you will attend and join us in supporting the men behind shaping our local racing scene and as we shed some light on their great achievements.” concluded Watson.

Thur. June 13th
Tyler County Speedway
Middlebourne, WV

25th Earl Hill Memorial”
$4000 to win Late Models
$1200 to win Renegade Modifieds


Fri. June 14th
Wayne County Speedway
Orrville, OH

$4000 to win Late Models
$1200 to win Renegade Modifieds


Sat. June 15th
Pittsburgh Motor Speedway
Imperial, PA

st Herb Scott Memorial”
$4000 to win Late Models

$1200 to win Renegade Modifieds

Sun. June 16th
West Virginia Motor Speedway
Mineral Wells, WV

Mark Balzano Memorial”
$4000 to win Late Models
$1200 to win Renegade Modifieds

ICON Memorial Tour Late Model Speedweek Purse: 1. $4000, 2. $2000, 3. $1200, 4. $1000, 5. $700, 6. $600 7. $550, 8. $500, 9. $475 10. $450, 11. $425, 12. $400, 13. $400, 14. $400, 15. $400, 16. $400, 17. $400, 18. $400, 19. $400, 20. $400 —- Total Purse – $15,500

For more information on the Icon Memorial Tour please visit the tour’s online home at The tour will also maintain a solid presence on Facebook at You can also contact the Eastern Dirt Grassroots Entertainment Company anytime for further information by texting/calling 304.771.5051 or faxing 304.758.4411 with any further questions on rules, procedures, and more on the upcoming season. Renegade fans can receive up to the minute breaking news and live updates on our active media outlets which can be accessed via a variety of social media sites including Facebo0k at or on Twitter at

The EDGE thanks the following sponsors for their support in 2013: GRT Race Cars, Outlaw Graphics & Automotive, Arizona Sports Shirts,,,,,, Integra Shocks, Port City Racing, American Racer / Lias Tire, Tye Twarog Racers, Wasserbeck Speed Shop, Malcuit Race Engines, All-Star Grafix, 2Brothers Motorsports, Renegade Race Fuels and Schaeffer’s Oil.

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