The Hostetter family recently sold Trail-Way Speedway and its adjacent property to John Rapasky, of Circle Oak Farm. There is no word of Rapasky looking to continue operation of the dirt oval in Hanover, Pennsylvania.
Motorcycle racer and sprint car team owner Armin Hostetter built the track on his 250-acre corn and soybean farm in 1972. He transferred his love for racing to sons Brad, Barry, and Perry, who continued to operate the track and the farm after Armin’s passing in 2015 at age 88.
The brothers, now in their 60s, put the track and farm up for sale in November and it quickly sold.
“If the track were to operate, it would be up to the new owner,” Brad Hostetter said. “He told us he has no plans for the track to race. But, you never know.”
Despite repeated attempts, the new owner, John Rapasky, did not return our calls.
“It has been tough for us to sell the farm,” said Brad. “It’s been in the family for seven generations. The one thing I feel good about is that the farm will remain a farm and the land won’t be used for housing.”
The Hostetter brothers own and operate Motorama Events, which produces a variety of automotive- and motorsports-related shows.
“We are all over 60,” Brad said. “It was time to get out. The track was labor-intensive.”
Their next event, their signature Motorama, takes place on February 19–20 at the PA Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. It boasts of being “the nation’s largest all-indoor racing event and live show, featuring one million square feet of action.”
“Our Motorama shows are very successful,” said Brad. “They do not demand the involvement that operating a dirt track outdoors does. The Motorama events require mostly planning and office work, rather than physical labor, which is great for us at this point in our lives.”
Many people expressed how they’ll miss Trail-Way Speedway.
“Fans and racers have been thanking us for the years we provided quality family entertainment,” Brad said. “I’m sorry they will have to travel a bit to race or see racing. There are several tracks nearby that have great programs — BAPS [Motor Speedway in York Haven, Pennsylvania], Lincoln [Speedway in Abbottstown, Pennsylvania], Path Valley [Speedway in Spring Run, Pennsylvania], Williams Grove [Speedway in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania], and Hagerstown [Speedway in Maryland] aren’t too far away.”
This year marks the Outside Groove Director of Photography’s 51st year of covering auto racing. Adaskaveg got his start working for track photographer Lloyd Burnham at Connecticut’s Stafford Motor Speedway in 1970. Since then, he’s been a columnist, writer, and photographer, in racing and in mainstream media, for several outlets, including the Journal Inquirer, Boston Herald, Stock Car Racing, and Speedway Illustrated. Among Adaskaveg’s many awards are the 1992 Eastern Motorsport Press Association (EMPA) Ace Lane Photographer of the Year and the 2019 National Motorsports Press Association (NMPA) George Cunningham Writer of the Year.