Place Category: Attractions
In 1996, James (Jim) Michny began construction of a 4/10-mile clay dirt track 4 miles outside of Strongstown, PA. Two years later, Jim with the help of his brother John opened the track under the name Dog Hollow Speedway in the spring of 1998.
Over the years the track ran Friday night racing events hosting just about every class of cars as well as special racing events including the World of Outlaws Late Model Series in 2011. Super Late Model drivers Sammy Stiles and track record holder Shawn ‘Sheetz’ McGarvey raced at Dog Hollow for many years. Both drivers still hold records that remain untouched.
Jim’s right-hand man Terry ‘Mole’ Bassaro played a very important role throughout Dog Hollow’s past. Terry did a wide assortment of tasks from track maintenance, concession stand work, public relations and marketing. He became involved with all types of race cars at the track but he especially loved the Crate Late Model class even helping local Crate Late racer Mike Laughard for many years. Terry sadly passed away in early 2017. His hard work and dedication will always remain an important chapter of Dog Hollow Speedway’s history.
In June of 2013, Dog Hollow Speedway closed its doors and canceled the remainder of their race season due to economic constraints. A few months after closing, Dan Savino an avid racing enthusiast would seize the opportunity to bring the track back to its Friday night glory. Dog Hollow Speedway reopened in early May of 2014 and is now currently in its 5th year of racing under the new management of Mr. Savino.