Steve Smith Tribute Race Slated for June 3; $10,119 Prize, Plus $700 to Start

Abbottstown, PA (May 17, 2023) – The Inaugural Steve Smith Tribute Race was a huge success and Lincoln Speedway is excited to continue to honor the Hall of Fame career of Steve Smith. The 410 sprints are competing for $10,119 on June 3 in honor of the Black Bandit’s famous #19 sprint car and they will be utilizing the PA Speedweek format. In addition to the impressive top prize, it is $700 to take the green flag for the 410 sprints.

“We’re looking forward to honoring Steve with an amazing event at Lincoln again this year. Steve’s legacy is so important to Lincoln Speedway and sprint car racing as a sport,” said Jerry Parrish, General Manager at Lincoln Speedway.

“Steve enjoyed a successful racing career all across our PA tracks and beyond, but he called Lincoln Speedway his home track,” shared Brian Leppo on behalf of JoAnn and the family. “Thank you to Lincoln for hosting the Black Bandit Tribute race. Steve became a Legend with a tremendous amount of success at Lincoln. We are really looking forward to June 3rd.”

Smith moved from Florida to Pennsylvania in the early 1960s to start his racing career and what a career it would be. Smith’s first win at Lincoln came on May 22, 1971 and just two short years later he earned his first track championship. From 1973 to 1978 Smith rattled off six straight championships at Lincoln. By the end of his storied career he had added three more titles in 1985, 1987 and 1991 to make it nine championships in the Pigeon Hills.

Smith’s final win at Lincoln, win number 150, came on May 4, 1996.

Smith also saw success at Williams Grove, winning a track championship in 1989 and scoring three National Open wins. Steve’s 259 career feature wins came at a variety of tracks including Lincoln, Williams Grove, Port Royal, Hagerstown, Susquehanna and many more.

Smith represented the PA Posse well against the touring series, winning six World of Outlaw features and racking up 17 All Star Circuit of Champions victories to his name.

In 2000 Smith was inducted into the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame.

Steve Smith passed away at the age of 74 on June 5, 2021. Lincoln Speedway is honored to host this race in Smith’s memory.

Ticket prices for Saturday, June 3 are $25 for adult general admission, $15 for students (12-17 with photo ID) and pit passes are available for all ages at $35.

Located in Abbottstown, PA, the 3/8th-mile high-banked clay oval has been a staple in professional auto racing for 70 years. The Pigeon Hills oval is one of several famed Central Pennsylvania race tracks which represent the toughest, most competitive weekly sprint car racing in the nation. A family fun night to be had by all who visit the famed Lincoln Speedway! To get all the latest news, results, schedule changes and rule changes and to stay up-to-date on all the action or pending weather conditions at Central Pennsylvania’s “Premier” Saturday night racetrack – The Fabulous Lincoln Speedway – visit Lincoln Speedway’s website at