Jennerstown Speedway (Nate Smallwood/NASCAR)

Track profile: Jennerstown Speedway

Jennerstown Speedway, which recently rejoined the NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series, welcomes back the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour this Saturday for the running of the Jennerstown Salutes 150.

Jennerstown has undergone numerous changes in nearly 100 years of operation, but the facility has maintained a vibrant short track culture that sees the best drivers in the region battle each other for a shot at a track championship.

Nearly every weekend from May to September features some form of on-track activity at Jennerstown. Along with once again host the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour on May 28, the track’s 2022 schedule also includes monster truck events and prestigious races like the Motor Mountain Masters and CRA Fall Brawl to close out the year on Oct. 1.

FLORACING: Catch the on-track action all year long at Jennerstown Speedway

A stout entry list is expected for Saturday’s Jennerstown Salutes 150. Defending Modified Tour champion Justin Bonsignore headlines the strong field of competitors alongside other notables in Patrick Emerling, Mike Christopher Jr. and Max McLaughlin.

Below is everything to know about Jennerstown Speedway

Jennerstown Speedway

Track Profile

The green flag waves for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour at Jennerstown Speedway on August 22, 2020. (Nate Smallwood/NASCAR)
Track Jennerstown Speedway
Location Jennerstown, Pennsylvania
Opened 1929
Length 0.522 miles
Banking Nine degrees in turns, six degrees on straightaways
Surface Asphalt

Constructed on the site of the old Jenners Fairgrounds, Jennerstown was subjected to a variety of different iterations before a major revitalization project in 1967 transformed the track into one of the fastest, half-mile dirt ovals in the United States.

Twenty years later, owner Piney Lanksy elected to turn Jennerstown into an asphalt track. This decision quickly brought NASCAR and other major touring series to the facility, where drivers like Ricky Craven, Steve Park, Johnny Sauter and Mike Stefanik all found their way to Victory Lane.

From a local standpoint, Awtey has been one of the most consistent Late Model drivers at Jennerstown with six track championships; the most of any driver. Other competitors that have multiple Jennerstown titles include Garry Wiltrout and Steve Peles, who briefly co-owned the facility during the early 2000s. 

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The brief closure of Jennerstown from 2009 until 2013 did little to impact the popularity of the track, as drivers from across the country regularly make the trip up to Pennsylvania for an opportunity to compete at the historic half-mile facility.

Now operating as a NASCAR-sanctioned track, another exciting evening of on-track action is ahead at Jennerstown as the seasoned veterans of the Modified Tour look to add their own chapter towards the track’s long and prestigious history.

Below are the complete lists of winners across all NASCAR divisions at Jennerstown Speedway along with the track champions.

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East Series races at Jennerstown Speedway

Year-Race No.  Date Winner
6/12/87
6/17/88
7/22/88
6/17/89
7/22/89
6/16/90
6/15/91
6/13/92
6/12/93
6/11/94
5/6/95
5/5/96
5/4/97
8/22/98
6/19/99
6/17/00

NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour races at Jennerstown Speedway

Year-Race No. Date Winner
6/28/87
5/1/88
7/10/88
4/30/89
7/8/89
7/7/90
7/6/91
7/15/95
6/8/96
6/14/97
6/13/98
6/19/99
7/9/05
6/13/06
6/21/20
8/22/20
5/29/21

NASCAR Southeast Series races at Jennerstown Speedway

Year-Race No. Date Winner
1992-11 7/19/92 Jeff Purvis

Jennerstown Speedway track champions

Year Track champion
1987 Steve Peles
1988 Steve Peles
1989 Steve Peles
1990 Steve Peles
1991 Green Gault
1992 Glenn Gault
1993 Charlie Cragan
1994 Charlie Cragan
1995 Jeff Dunmyer
1996 Jeff Dunmyer
1997 Jeff Dunmyer
1998 Mark Cottone
1999 Richard Mitchell
2000 Barry Awtey
2001 Neil Brown
2002 Neil Brown
2003 Barry Awtey
2004 Garry Wiltrout
2005 Tommy Beck
2006 Mark Smith
2007 Barry Awtey
2008 Jason Mignogna
2009 No champion
2010 No champion
2011 No champion
2012 No champion
2013 No champion
2014 Barry Awtey
2015 Matt Sever
2016 Barry Awtey
2017 Jeremiah Kuntz
2018 Garry Wiltrout
2019 Teddy Gibala
2020 Albert Francis
2021 Barry Awtey