• Matt "Macie"Palyas Sr passed away

    It is with heavy hearts that we pass along the sad news that Matt "Macie" Palyas Sr passed away Saturday morning. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife Darlene, son Matt Jr, daughter Kayla, and granddaughter Ari. Macie scored a win in Top class May 11, and this is the pic from that night.

    Matthew “Macie” Palyas, 57 of Daisytown, PA passed away Saturday October 20, 2018 in Washington Hospital.

    He was born January 3, 1961 in Pittsburgh, PA a son of Matthew and Elizabeth Vihlidal Palyas of Bentleyville, who survive.

    Mr. Palyas was a 1979 graduate of Bentworth High School.

    He was a truck driver for R.C. Cola in Bentleyville and Cranberry for the past 38 years and was a member of Teamsters Local 261.

    Macie was an excellent mechanic and could fix most anything. He spent much of his time working with his son on various projects, passing down his mechanical abilities.

    Mr. Palyas was a lifelong Drag Racer who also enjoyed hunting and spending time with his family. He will always be remembered as a person who would help anyone needing his expertise.

    Mr. Palyas was a member of the Lithuanian Club of Bentleyville, the California Gun Club and a member of I.H.R.A..

    On May 16, 1987 he married Darlene Pinkney Palyas, who survives.

    Surviving in addition to his wife and parents are two children; Kayla Hess (Bob) of Smithton, PA and Matt Palyas of Daisytown; one granddaughter, Arianna Hess; one sister, Bethanne Yulens (Pat) of Frederick MD.

    Friends will be received Tuesday from 2 to 8pm in the Greenlee Funeral Home, 619 Main St. Bentleyville, PA where a Blessing Service will be held Wednesday October 24, 2018 at 10 am with Rev. Donald Chortos officiating. Interment will follow in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Monongahela, PA.

    In lieu of flowers, the family suggests Memorial Contributions be made to the Washington Area Humane Society, PO Box 66 Eighty Four, PA 15330 or the Thinking of Nikki Foundation, 303 Saw Mill Road, Greensburg, PA 15601.


  • Summit World Finals

    We wish our 2018 Summit SuperSeries competitors - Jaden Maze in Junior Dragster, Joe Tharp Jr in No Box, AJ Casini in Box - the best of luck for a safe trip to and from Memphis for the Summit World Finals, and that it is filled with great memories and a lot of win lights!! The best bracket racers from all around the country will be going for the $20,000 prize, trip to Aruba, Abruzzi converter, IHRA gold card, world champion Iron Man, and world champion ring (in both No Box and Box classes), and $3,000, Computech turn key junior dragster, IHRA gold card, world champion Iron Man, and world champion ring (Junior Dragster class). MotorManiaTV will have live coverage on Friday and Saturday of all the action! The livestream starts at 9:30am each day, with racing starting at 10:00am. Click the link below to watch!

    MotorManiaTV live coverage Summit World Finals Oct 19-20

    For more information on the Summit SuperSeries programs, please click the links below:

    IHRA Summit SuperSeries - Junior Dragster

    IHRA Summit SuperSeries - No Box  and Box program

  • Bracket finals 2018 results

    Thank you to all of the 2018 IHRA Summit Team finalists who came to KRP this past weekend to race for  their teams and their class championships. As always, there was  great racing, great camaraderie, and great memories being made. It was our honor and privilege to host you all, and we are happy to say we will be your hosts again for 2019. Congratulations to all the class winners (all posted on the Race Results link), and to Dragway 42 for their dominating, record setting team championship. Special tip of the cap to the team from Skyview, who may have been small in numbers, but huge in passion. Thanks to Team KRP for their efforts and support all season long, and the great idea of the Noah's ark theme for the granstands. And a special note from AJ Casper, thanking all of Team KRP for their efforts to get his Camaro going again after winning Thursday night, and to Matt Powell for use of his truck (which AJ took to the semis in Street in the main event).

  • IHRA Sportsman Spectacular

    The IHRA Summit Racing Equipment Sportsman Spectacular scheduled for May 18-20, has been rescheduled. The new date is June 22-24. The KRP points day scheduled for June 23 will not be contested; June 23 will be the Sportsman Spectacular race only. We are looking into another date to add a points day, if possible.

    IHRA and KRP postpone Sportsman Spectacular to June 22-24

    Racers (you do not need to be an IHRA member) can pay at the gate if you miss the pre-entry deadline, $150 for Saturday's $10K to win race, and $100 for Sunday's $5K to win race, open to box, no box, and bikes (combo race)! Juniors race for $700 on Saturday and Sunday, $50 entry each day! Get all the details on the link below:

    IHRA Summit Sportsman Spectacular June 22-24

  • Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

    From all of us at Keystone Raceway Park, we wish you joy and peace this Christmas, and best wishes for a happy, healthy New Year! May the gifts under your Christmas tree this December help you at our christmas tree in the 2017 season!

  • Stuff A Bus

    Racers are well known for supporting worthy causes, such as the Thinking Of Nikki Foundation. With the Christmas season here now, there were a number of racers who organized themselves to take carloads - and more - of gifts to donate to 96.1 Kiss Stuff A bus event this past week. A whopping 57 buses were loaded up with brand new gifts, and taken to the Marines Toys For Tots warehouse. Jenna and Joe Fisher, Chad Mudron, Shane and Jamie Mudron, Chris and Andrew Dutkewycz, Kelly Schuessler, Ryan and Kim Buechel, Parris Jacobs,Jeff Oppenheim, Matt and Tahishia Simmons, Joe Sharon, Wayne Castell, Sean Miller, and Tony Santercangelo filled up their cars, trucks, and even a toy hauler trailer, with so many toys, the crew was directed to skip the bus, and go right to the trucks that would take the toys to the warehouse. These are just a sample of the pics; more can be found on 96.1 Kiss FM's Facebook page. We know these folks didn't do it for recognition, but the story was too cool not to share, as it exemplifies the drag racing community and the nature of southwestern Pennsylvania generosity.












  • SBRA bracket finals team

    Below is the team roster for the SBRA Bracket Finals this coming weekend, to be held at Mason Dixon Dragway in Hagerstown, MD. Fro those participating, you should receive your information in the mail by tomorrow at the latest. It is our largest roster yet, in our third year attending the SBRA. Good luck to Team Keystone!


        SP=Super Pro
        FB=Footbrake MC=Motorcycle
        (Make, Model)
    613 FB * Scott Riggs Mannington WV Chevy Camaro
    617 FB* Josh Barnett Ford City PA Chevy Monte Carlo
    623 FB* Chad Coughanhour Grapeville PA Ford Mustang
    629 FB* Glenn Perrin Latrobe PA Chevy Luv Truck
    612 FB* Ken Reesman Punxsutawney PA Chevy Truck
    630 FB Mark Romeo New Salem PA Chevy Nova
    616 FB Barry Barnett Ford City PA Chevy Malibu
    611 FB Jake Battaglia Dubois PA Pontiac Grand Prix
    631 FB Don Kohlmyer Irwin PA Chevy Vega
    621 FB Craig Miller Elmora PA Chevy Nova
    632 FB Mark Vasbinder Punxsutawney PA Ford Mustang
    624 FB Chuck Turocy Apollo PA Oldsmobile Cutlass
    633 FB Tom Fredericks Wheeling WV Pontiac Firebird
    626 FB Robert Whalen Mt Pleasant PA Chevy Camaro
    634 FB Amy Romeo New Alexandria PA Pontiac Ventura
    625 FB Kevin Whalen Blairsville PA Pontiac Firebird
    635 FB Joe Fox Sr Portage PA Chevy Malibu
    622 FB Mark Coughanhour North Huntington PA Ford Mustang
    602 MC* Joe Devola Ruffsdale PA Suzuki
    628 MC* Matt Powell New Alexandria PA Bike
    636 SP* Frank Romeo New Alexandria PA Chevy Vega
    614 SP* Chris Thomas New Kensington PA Dragster
    627 SP* Mike Egan Greensburg PA Ford Mustang
    638 SP* Josh Rietscha Indiana PA Dragster
    637 SP* Nick Galderisi Baden PA Chevy Camaro
    619 SP Rich Zemrose Elmora PA Dragster
    639 SP Mike Raynish Elmora PA Dragster
    640 SP William Benson Bruceton Mills WV Chevy Luv Truck
    641 SP Scott Campbell New Alexandria PA Chevy Camaro
    620 SP Tom Scott Northern Cambria PA Dragster
    644 SP Brian McHattie Youngston OH Dragster
    642 SP Matt Rietscha Nicktown PA Roadster
    615 SP Bill Turk New Stanton PA Chevy Chevelle
    643 SP Mike Barnyk Level Green PA Chevy Camaro
    618 SP Tracy Talkington Mannington WV Chevy Chevelle
    645 SP Paul Burns Monroeville PA Oldsmobile Cutlass


    Junior Dragster
        (Make, Model)
    654 319X JR Karissa Tringhese Columbiana OH JR DRAGSTER
    610 408X JR Gianna Battaglia Dubois PA JR DRAGSTER
    650 296X JR Thomas Wybril Greensburg PA JR DRAGSTER
    601 J16X JR Jaden Robshaw New Kensington PA JR DRAGSTER
    653 J13X JR Jaden Maze Bairdford PA JR   DRAGSTER
    604 1028 JR Samantha Gestner Apollo PA JR DRAGSTER
    651 101X JR Frank Pennington Indiana PA JR   DRAGSTER
    652 019X JR Tyler Pennington Indiana PA JR DRAGSTER

    CLICK ME for SBRA schedule and payout information

    CLICK HERE for SBRA parking map at Mason Dixon Dragway

  • ALERT - entrance and pits

    ALERT on gate entrance, pits, and ticket booth:

    Upgrades have started on the right lane side of the track, from behind the tower to the ticket booth. The only entrance to the track Saturday will be through the front gate on Stone Jug Road. The right side of the track will not be open for pit spots, nor will the ticket booth. Please pit on the left side of the track, and only turn off the track to the left side.

  • 3rd annual Keystone Raceway Hall of Fame Inductees

    Saturday, March 12, at the 3rd Annual Keystone Raceway Hall of Fame banquet, 9 racers were inducted. Congratulations to (left to
    right, front row) Rich Paton Jr, Steve Roth, Don Ickes, Bill Truby, Marty Dougherty, Keith Bowman, (left to right, second row) Charlie
    "The Count" Maravich, Jim Lydon, Jim Johnson.


  • Welcome Back to Keystone Raceway Park: This Week's Schedule

    Friday, April 22 - Test and tune, open to all. Gates open 5:30pm, racing from 6:30pm-midnight. $25 for test and tune, $10 for spectators, $30 for a carload (4 or more), kids 10 and under free.

    Saturday, April 23 - Regular racing, all classes, 1/4 mile, points day #1 in IHRA/Summit Super Series, also Bud's Auto Nostalgia Stock/Super Stock eliminator combo. Gates open 11am, TCR at noon, follwed by junior dragsters. Big car time trials start at 3pm. Tech cards will be sold at the gate when you enter.

    Reminder - all entrance into the track is from directly off of Route 22 east; the Stone Jug Road gates are not being used. Coming from the west on Route 22, the entrance is shortly before Stone Jug. If you are coming from the east, proceed past the track, and make the left onto the jug handle that brings you back to Route 22 east.

  • Welcome (back) to Keystone Raceway Park!

    We are now less than 10 weeks before opening day of the 2016 season. I would like to thank the following racers that brought their cars, bikes, and junior dragsters to this past weekend’s World of Wheels car show in downtown Pittsburgh: Bob Jones, Nathan Chesler, Chris Dutkewycz, Reed Chapman, Rich Moore, John Camp, Dave Dominick, Scott and Amber Campbell, Bill Turk, Jordan Haase, Joe and Sonya Devola, Tom and Missy Evans, Don Kohlmeyer, Paul Gearhart, Dave Roeser, Rick and Jen Clay, Ashley Deniker, Maddie Sanderson and Courtney Sanderson. Mother Nature just had to make herself known – AGAIN! – but we all had a good time, and the support was tremendous.


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