WEST HAZLETON - The 1st NEPA Race Car Show at the Laurel Mall in West Hazleton is officially underway.

In the midst of yet another snowfall that hit the Hazleton area just as the cars were ready to enter the mall, race teams banded together to help each other get inside safely and the mall was transformed into a display of racing machines with an excellent variety of cars that compete throughout northeastern Pennsylvania.

Duane Mausteller's Harry's U-Pull It 360 sprint car that runs at Selinsgrove Speedway was the first car in. It is proudly parked in center court near JC Penney. From then on one after another trickled inward and took their assigned spots.

More than 40 of the scheduled 50 vehicles are in the show.

Race tracks and regional organizations are well represented including the NEPA SCCA, Weatherly Hillclimb Association, Selinsgrove Speedway, Hamlin Speedway, Evergreen Raceway Park, Greenwood Valley Action Track, Mahoning Valley Speedway, Pocono Raceway, Blue Mountain Quarter Midget Club, Shellhammer's Speedway and Fairway Motors.

The NEPA Race Car Show will run throughout the week from Monday through Saturday, Feb. 15.

Courtney Harrison, host of Inside Track on WNEP-TV 16 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, is the official judge for the best appearing car award that is sponsored by Franzosa Trucking of Hazleton. Harrison will be at the mall on Friday afternoon, Feb, 14, to make her selection. The winner will then be announced on Saturday, February 15 which will be a full day of activity.

Driver interviews will take place at center court starting at 2 p.m. Fans are encouraged to come out and meet all the racers for photos and autographs.