Western PA Sprint Speedweek can be traced back to its inception in the summer of 1993. Challenger Raceway in Indiana, PA hosted the inaugural event on June 16th of that first year, and it was well-known racer Don Krietz, Jr capturing what would be his only speedweek win amidst its 8-year existence.
In total, eight different tracks hosted a total of thirty-two speedweek races, spanning from 1993-2000. Previously sanctioned by the All Star Circuit of Champions, these races often hosted a showdown between the travelers of “America’s Series” and the top invaders out of the Central PA region.
Dale Blaney lays claim to 7 Western PA Speedweek victories, making him the all-time winningest driver in speedweek history. The impressive mark accounts for nearly 22% of all speedweek races ever contested!
While eighteen different drivers have captured at least one checkered flag, only a handful remain active to this day as Chad Kemenah, Dean Jacobs, Joey Saldana, Lance Dewease and Tim Shaffer have continued actively racing in the 20+ years since.