Lock Haven, PA- Rain has impacted Clinton County Motor Speedway in 2018 and 2019 in a big way. This season the 3/8th mile oval is still looking to log the first laps of the year. The first limited late model race is one that couldn’t be completed last season.
Nearly two years after his untimely passing, family and friends take pause to remember former limited late model driver Lenny Stroud Jr in a fitting way.
The first Lenny Stroud Jr Memorial race will be presented for the Smith Excavation & Construction limited late models. A trophy and extra money awaits the winner. In addition to limited late models, classes in action include the Millers Automotive Machine pro stocks,Weaver’s Radiator & Auto Repair/Jay Coder Excavating & Construction 270 micro sprints, 600 micro sprints and TJ Shooters FWD 4 cylinder stock cars. Gates open at 5:00 pm with racing at 7:30.
Stroud’s interest in auto racing came honestly. He’s the third generation in his family to have campaigned the well known “Pink Lady” no. 18 named race car around PA ovals.
Stroud’s grandfather, George Moyer, started the tradition because of his love of a particular car model and colors produced in 1955. The Crown Vic Ford’s factory colors were Tropical Rose and Snowshoe white. Moyer chose to paint his race cars in those colors and the tradition began. It continued with Len Stroud Sr., and his son Lenny, who at one time alternated seat time while racing a limited late model at Clinton County Motor Speedway. Lenny Stroud Jr continued that tradition until his untimely death a at age 28 due to an enlarged heart.
Kim Zell and others came up with the idea of a memorial race which originally began as a secret to surprise Stroud’s parents.Ultimately the family and others have pitched in to help promote the special night.
A Lenny Stroud Jr Memorial Trust Scholarship Fund was established which primarily assists children with learning challenges or deceased parents.
Fund raisers take place frequently. The group have sold beef sticks on Friday nights at the racetrack and other fundraisers.
Family members are expected to attend. Race fans are encouraged to wear pink to the speedway Friday night.
Members of Yoder Nation lead the limited late models into the racing program. Yoder Nation consists of Jim, Dylan and Andrew Yoder. A strong field of fellow racers are expected including JR Toner, Mike Smith, Kevin Probst, Matt Cochran, Gary Mellott, Joe Lusk, Luke Hoffner, John Myers and others.
Lenny Stroud Sr returns to the drivers seat to campaign the Pink Lady car in this event.
Parents are encouraged to bring children to the track for the make up Easter candy scramble presented by GFY Racing Supply of Avis, PA. Owner Nick Loffredo will also award a random finisher in the Stroud Memorial with a fuel certificate. Loffredo and son compete in late model racing. GFY Racing Supply is a speedway sponsor and supplies racers with quality race fuels, tire and parts. They can be reached at (570)-295-6760 or on Facebook.
Regular admission prices are in effect for this event. Adults general admission is $ 12. Students 12-17, $ 10. Kids under 12 free! Pit admission is $ 30.
The second annual Lenny Stroud Jr Memorial race is slated for later this season on August 9.
Information on Clinton County Motor Speedway racing activities are available at www.clintoncountymotorspeedway.com and Facebook. The speedway is located off exit 178 of I-80. Raceday phone number is (570)-971-2126.