Country Outdoors

Racing Heritage Festival Celebrates 50th Hillbilly Hundred


If you’re a racing fan you won’t want to miss the fun and excitement at the 3rd Annual West Virginia Racing Heritage Days. The festival returns to the Ritchie Country Fairgrounds in Pennsboro, West Virginia on Saturday, August 19 and Sunday, August 20.

This year the festival will be honoring the 50th Hillbilly Hundred by recognizing the original starting field from the race at Pennsboro Speedway in 1967 and winner, Don Gregory.

Over 120 drivers that have competed in the Hillbilly Hundred over the last 50 years will be on hand for the event including: Larry Moore, John mason, Denny Chamberlain, Don Gregory, Nathan Durabrow, Norman Jackson and many more. The festival will also present racing memorabilia, pictures, racing videos and vintage race cars for every to relive the history of racing at Pennsboro Speedway and other tracks throughout the Ohio Valley. Some of the race cars on display include the 1955 Ford that Ray Nece drove to win the 2nd Hillbilly Hundred out of Michigan and the Yenko sponsored Camaro of Bob Wearing from Pennsylvania that won four straight Hillbilly Hundreds.

The festivities start on Saturday, August 19 at 9am and include a Car Show from 10 am to 2 pm with FREE registration starting at 9 am. It is open to Street Rods, Muscle Cars, Trucks, Race Cars, etc. and everyone is welcome. Other events include autograph sessions, round table discussions, and interviews all day long. Then on Sunday, August 20, the day starts with church service at 10:30am followed by more driver interviews and autographs.

Also on Sunday, the Mini-Wedge Race will take place on the Pennsboro Speedway. Cleveland Country Magazine along with Dirt Track Weekly and Showdown Motorsports are teaming up to sponsor the trophy presentation for this historic race.

The West Virginia racing Heritage Festival is FREE (donations accepted) and camping is FREE, too. For more information call 1-304-659-1887 or visit their website at

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