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Opening Date: 1961
Track Type: High Banked Oval
Track Surface: Clay
Track Size: 3/8 Mile
Seating: 3,000 Capacity
Bleachers & Track Side Parking
Classes: Hesston Championship Point Series Classes:

Super Late Model, Late Model Sportsman, Street Stock, Hobby Stock & 4 Cylinders

plus…. 305 Sprints,  Pro-Late Model, E-mod, 305 Sprint & Pro-4

 Racing Nights: Saturday Nights with Special Events on other Nights as Scheduled
Cooler Policy 14″ Limit – No Glass

 

TRACK HISTORY

 

The 3/8 mile historic Hesston Speedway is one of the top high backed oval speedways in Pennsylvania.  It is located in the scenic Raystown Lake area of central PA, in Huntingdon County. This popular resort location provides a wonderful opportunity for race fans and race teams to make a complete weekend getaway when attending the racing events at Hesston.

The track was originally  built in 1961 and operated by Peggy and Sonny Ericksen until they closed it in 1979. It was reopened  in 1993 by the Grubb family who operated it until 2004.  Ryan Lynn purchased the track from  the Grubbs and operated it until 2009 when it was purchased by the original owners son, David R Eriksen, DR “the Dirt Doctor” and his wife,Cindy Eriksen . Unfortunately, the Dirt Doctor’s battle with cancer forced them to close the Speedway in mid-2013.

Over  4 seasons of ownership, the Eriksens made mass improvements to the facility to again bring it back to its position as one of the top dirt tracks on the Pennsylvania racing scene. The track became renowned for spectacular events featuring mega-car counts, huge crowds and spectacular high-speed, racing action.

The Current owner, JELT Enterprises, LLC purchased the track in 2014. JELT reopened the track in 2015 with a very successful 12 event racing season.

 

2016 RACING SEASON

Entering its second racing season under the ownership of JELT Enterprises, LLC,  the management team of JELT has continued to make improvements to the facility. It is planning an extended racing season of 20 races and events in 2016.  The operations of the track will be under the direction of Jon & Lois Claycomb.  The race day events will be managed by Kevin “Chetty’ Johnson.  The condition of the track was one of the highlights of the 2015 season. Track maintenance will again be managed by Kip Corle in 2016.

Hesston’s goal for the 2016 season is to position itself as one of the premier Late Model racing tracks in Pennsylvania and the four (4) state surrounding area. To achieve this goal,  Hesston plans to run 9 Super-Late Model events, highlighted by being a hosting track in the APPLALACHIAN MOUNTAIN SPEEDWEEK SERIES. the race is scheduled for two  days June 9 and 10.

Hesston also plans on featuring 14 Late Model Sportsman races.  In addition to offering very competitive win and tow purses,  it  plans to introduce the HESSTON CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS SERIES. The $10,000 Total Purse will be awarded across all five (5) of its features Classes, Super-Late Model, Sportsman Late Model, Street, Hobby and 4 Cylinder.

In addition to its feature class races, it also plans on hosting several 305 Sprint Cars, PaMS mini stock races  and a Tractor Pull.  What could be two of the most entertaining events of the year are the two (2) ENDURO 300 races that will be featured at the beginning and end of thru 2016 racing season.