WEATHER CREATES CONDITIONS THAT JUST DO NOT ALLOW FOR SCHEDULED PRACTICE AT GRANDVIEW
NEW SCHEDULE PUT IN PLACE TO KICK OFF THE 55TH SEASON AT GRANDVIEW
BECHTELSVILLE, PA March 24, 2017 . . . Despite all the efforts being made to be able to get the 2017 season started with a free-to-the-public practice session at Grandview Speedway on Saturday, Ma Nature has helped create different plans.
"Practice is postponed for tomorrow, due to wet grounds, and the forecast of more rain this afternoon," said track spokesperson Tina Rogers. "We do not want to take the chance of having drivers ruin their equipment, for a track that cannot be prepared properly.
"We have been monitoring the grounds, and track conditions all week. We were hoping we could get on the track and prepare a good racing surface, however with not much sun, and the melting snow, it has left us with unraceable conditions and grounds."
The practice session has been postponed until Saturday, April 1st following the same schedule for the day. Pit gates opening at 9 a.m. and practice, featuring a variety of different race cars, starting at noon. Pit admission is $30.
And the battle for the lucrative NASCAR and track titles at the one-third-mile, banked clay track will get the green on Saturday, April 8th when a tripleheader show featuring the T.P.Trailers 358 Modifieds, BRC Late Models and Sportsman stock cars will be presented. Spectator gates will open at 5 p.m. with racing starting at 7 p.m. At least 12 events of stock car racing will be presented.
Admission for the season opener will be $15 for adults with youngsters 11 and under admitted free.
The Mr. DIRTcar Championship Road Rolls Through Brockville Ontario Speedway
By Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media
Its an honour that has been bestowed on some of the most talented drivers in dirt track racing. Being named a Mr. DIRTcar Series champion is the crowning moment of a successful season in a highly competitive field. Since Tony Corcoran earned the first ever Mr. DIRTcar 358 Modified title in 1983, several drivers with strong ties to Brockville Ontario Speedway have received the same award.
Doug Carlyle won in 1986 and Pat O'Brien's name went into the record books on 4 different occasions, to go along with his fist full of track championships at The BOS. 1989 was Laurent Ladouceur's turn, with Tim Fuller taking the prize in 1993 and 2003. Dale Planck also has a pair of Mr. DIRTcar titles, earning the prestigious award in 2009 and 2012. Steve Paine – who was the 2006 Big Block Modified champ at Brockville – captured the Mr. DIRTcar 358 crown in 1999 and 2002.
The Brockville Speedway connection to one of the DIRTcar Racing's most prestigious prizes continued in 2016, when Chris Raabe – who won the Sportsman Modified track championship in 2006 and 2008 and Mr. DIRTcar titles in 2008 and 2009 – captured the 358 Modified honours. Shane Pecore – who was the best of the Sportsman class in 2013 and 2014 – added another home track triumph and the Mr. DIRTcar prize to his resume. Even though the stats are hard to explain, track owner and promoter Paul Kirkland says he's happy to see so many of the sport's award winners come from his facility.
"We've had very competitive fields in all of our weekly divisions over the years," Kirkland said. "And it isn't just our drivers who shine at the big events. Since its inception, different runners – including Dale Planck in 2009 and Erick Rudolph in 2013 – have been fortunate enough to clinch the Mr. DIRTcar Series championship here, during the Northeast Fall Nationals."
Kirkland says its also impressive to see the number of rookie of the year winners who've called the popular clay oval on Temperance Lake Road their home track over the years. Chris Herbison was the top Sportsman Modified freshman in 2006 and won track championships in 2011 and 2012. In the 358 Modified ranks, names like Randy Ritskes, Laurent Ladouceur, Chris Jones, Todd Stewart, Luke Whitteker, Chris Raabe and Ryan Arbuthnot captured the same prize. Lee Gill was the top first year small blocker in 1994 and claimed 5 track championships; including a streak of 4 straight from 2000 to 2003.
The list doesn't end there. Tim McCreadie was a Brockville 358 rookie in 1996 and claimed the Big Block prize a year later. Frankie Caprara mirrored T-Mac's performance in 1999 and 2001. Not to be outdone, Lance Willix made it a three-peat for the Empire State runners in 2006 and 2010.
Short Track Saturday Night Notes: Fans can pick-up a copy of Brockville Speedway's 2017 during the annual Racing Preview Show – Friday and Saturday, March 24th and 25th – at the Frontenac Mall in Kingston.
"GEEZER" FANELLI MOVING INTO NASCAR 358 MODIFIED STOCK CAR RACING AT GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY
BECHTELSVILLE, PA March 10, 2017 . . . When the 2017 NASCAR stock car racing season kicks off at Grandview Speedway Joe "Geezer" Fanelli will be moving from the BRC Late Models to the primary class of competition, the NASCAR T.P.Trailers 358 Modifieds.
The veteran racer will be fielding his own race car as he challenges some of the best in the business when the battle for the track and NASCAR titles gets underway on Saturday, April 1st at 7 p.m. Again this year the Saturday night action on the one-third-mile, banked clay over will feature the 358 Modifieds, BRC Late Models and Sportsman stock cars.
Fanelli, a veteran racer who has performed in many divisions of racing competition, will be making his first start in the T.P.Trailers 358 Modifieds. During his colorful auto racing career he has performed with Late Models, Sportsman, Legends, 600 Modifieds and more. He has three feature wins to his credit in the 600 Modifieds and was the winner of the 2010 Northeast Small Car Nationals.
The 53-year-old Physical Plant Manager and former professional musician shows that he is multi-talented as he is also an undefeated boxer, an adult league golf champion and has earned a number of titles in hockey.
Nothing would make the Exton, PA married father of two happier than to be able to perform well and "hold his own" against such outstanding Grandview Speedway racing talents as defending champion Craig VonDohren, former champions Jeff Strunk, Duane Howard and Ray Swinehart and the long list of other talented racers that perform at the Bechtelsville, PA speed plant.
When asked what has changed in his life over the last ten years that can be attributed to auto racing, the popular racer said, "My waist is growing (a lot of donuts), my bank account is shrinking and my hairline is receding."
Because of his dedication to the sport and his attention to detail with regard to his sponsors, Fanelli has a long list of sponsors that support his racing efforts including JDT Construction, Horn Plumbing and Heating, Kistler Log Home Maine Vacation Rentals, Keystone Air, Kelly Security, Exton Beverage, Art Smith Landscaping, Weso's Italian Restaurant, Girgio's Pizza of Exton, Haly Oil, Great Valley Propane, Checkered Flag Bakery and Webmaster-E.
Crew help, always important to race teams, includes CJ, Cathy, Hunter, Al, JD, Ken, Dan, Bob and he always looking for more !!
Fanelli and many other area racers will be participating in the free-to-the-public practice session at Grandview on Saturday, March 25, 12 noon. And then the season for NASCAR racers will get the green flag on Saturday, April 1, 7 p.m. Spectator gates open at 5 p.m.
On Saturday, March 18, 1 p.m. the first Enduro and Blast from the Past Vintage racing doubleheaders will be presented. A March 19th, 1 p.m. rain date will be available in case of inclement weather.
There has been no increase in admission prices for the Saturday night NASCAR stock car racing events with adults paying just $15 and children under 12 being admitted free for the season opener on April 1st.
Mercer Raceway Park Car Show Coming Soon!
(Mercer, PA February 5, 2017): It won't be long for fans to see the cars that will compete at Mercer Raceway Park and other area speedpaths. Shenango Valley Mall will partner up with the Park to host the annual car show on March 2-5.
The show will be open to all classes of race cars. But it is anticipated that most of the cars on display will come from the divisions that compete weekly at Mercer Raceway Park: The 410 and 305 Sprints, 358 Modifieds, Modified Lites, and Mini Stocks. Other classes that will see action on the tricky oval will be the Late Models, e-Mods, Stock Cars, Micros, and Junior Sprints. Karts can also participate in the show.
Racers who wish to display their cars need to contact the Track Manager, Frank Benic, to make arrangements. He can be reached at 724-662-1310 or 724-699-1260. There is no fee to register a car for the show.
The cars will be move into the mall on Wednesday, March 1. They will be on display through Sunday, March 5.
The cars will hit the speedway for the first time on Saturday, March 18. There will be an open practice session for all classes, followed by the Snowflake 25, the biggest event on the Mini Stock docket, and the Jack Frost Enduro. The Chiller Thriller will be held on March 25, again being round one of the classic clash between the BRP Modified Tour Big Blocks and the track's own 358 Modifieds.
Remember that you can get alerts regarding the cancellation of any racing event at Mercer Raceway Park sent directly to your smartphone or other electronic device. To register, please go to the track's website, www.mercerracewaypark.com, click on the icon for RainedOut.com, and follow the easy steps.
There are still opportunities to become a marketing partner of Mercer Raceway Park for the 2017 season. Please call the track office at 724-662-1310 for further information.
Mercer Raceway Park Celebrates 2016 Season and Awards Championships
(Mercer, PA January 30, 2017): Over 230 members of the racing family from Mercer Raceway Park gathered Saturday night at the Normandy Banquet Hall of the Hickory V.F.W. to celebrate the 2015 season and to honor the track's biggest achievers. Taking the top honors were seven divisional champions. In addition, two special awards were conferred on second generation racers.
Jack Sodeman, Jr., from North Jackson, OH celebrated his third track championship in the 410 Sprint Car division that was presented by 4 Your Car Connection. Sodeman now occupies second place all by himself in that category, trailing only the legendary Ralph Quarterson. Brandon Matus, Michael Bauer, and A.J. Flick were second, third, and fourth, respectively. Finishing fifth in the final tally was The Martha Dionise car driven by Scott Priester, with some assistance from Arnie Kent after Priester sustained season-ending injuries at another area speedway.
Alex Paden, Brent Matus, John Garvin, Jr., Dennis Wagner, and duo of Gale Ruth, Jr. and Sr. completed the top ten.
Martha Dionise received a stranding ovation from the crowd in tribute to her ownership of a 410 Sprint for 45 seasons. Dionise announced her retirement from the sport just before the final point contest of the year.
In the Approved Toilet Rentals 358 Modified class, Tiona's Jimmy Holden claimed his fifth crown despite challenges from Lonny Riggs and Kyle Fink. Jeff Schaffer, Jr. and Sid Unverzagt, Jr. also received top five honors. Kevin Green, Tommy Kristyak, Tom and Kyle Holden, Richard Whitney, and Jeff Schaffer, Sr. were also honored for their accomplishments.
The Bonnell's Tod Shop Outlaw Sprint Warriors had the closest finish, with the outcome being decided on the final night of racing. George Hobaugh, Jr. and Jimmy Seger teamed up in the Lockhart 58 machine to edge out Andy Priest by only nine counters. Mike Marano, II, Gregg McCandless and Mike Miller completed the top five. Darin Gallagher, Eric L. Williams, Greg Doborsky, George Englert, and the Rod Jones/Justin Peck team received awards.
In the Precise Racing Products Stock Cars, William Hurrelbrink was a model of consistency in 2016, earning his first title. Ryan Moyer was gracious in passing the top spot to his rival. Curt Bish, Pat Fielding, and Russ Byler made for a competitive season. Shawn Smith, Andy Thompson, Steve Allison, Terry Wheeler, and Dan Fedorchak were other top runners in the class.
Doug Jones topped Mark Marcucci in the Rock Concrete Supply Modified Lites. Shane Webb, Vivian Jones, and Jason Johnson logged top fives, followed by Jacob Bova, the tag team of Levi Spinneweber/Chris Logan/Kenny Meadows/and Keith Smith, Kurt Eckstrom, Dusty Frantz, and Bill Stivason.
Tyler Fulton reigned in the Mini Stocks, which were under the twin banners of Eperthener's Auto Wrecking and Ray's Racing Collectibles. Isaac Paden, Shane Shook, Tim Callahan, and Jacob Rice were top five pilots as well. William Haylett, Karlee Longwell, Ed Haylett, Summer Pitts, and Josh Rathbun had positions six through ten nailed down.
The first Elder Junior Sprint title belonged to a third member of the Jones family, Roman Jones. He was chased to the line by Jordan Simmons, Ayden Cipriano, Sam Darby, and Chase Metheney. Austin Cavanaugh, Maddie Bova, Alivia Bish, Jaren Dye, Peyton Bova, an Ty Lance completed the top ten.
Vivian Jones was heralded as the most improved driver, and William Haylett was touted as the rookie of the year. These teens vowed to be back in action at the Park throughout the 2017 season.
Management presented the tentative 2017 schedule, which promises to be chock full of excitement and variety. The season will kick off on March 18, with a practice session, followed by the Snowflake 25 for the Mini Stocks and the Jack Frost Enduro 100. The Chiller Thriller will be up next on March 25, featuring the BRP Modified Tour in the first of two grudge matches with the track's 358 Modifieds. The return match will be the August 12 Smackdown! Other special events will be the ULMS Late Models on April 15; The All Star Circuit of Champions Sprints on May 6; the B.O.S.S. Sprints without wings on May 27; the Patriot Sprint Tour for 360 Sprints on July 1; the Putzy Kekich Memorial on August 5; and the FAST Summer Shootout for 410s and 305s on August 19. The Little Guy Nationals will have a Preview in July, and the finale in Late September or early October. Please note that these dates are tentative and subject to change.
KING OF DIRT RACING SCHEDULE SET FOR 2017
All Divisions Will Enjoy Expanded Summer Schedules
January 28, 2017 (Fonda, NY) – After much anticipation, multiple inquires, and some painstakingly patient months the 2017 King Of Dirt Racing schedule is finally set for the Small Block Modifieds, Sportsman, and Pro Stock divisions.
With King Of Dirt Racing pledging never to schedule more than eight races a season per division to keep travel costs to a minimum, the 2017 schedule is rather aggressive in volume of races. Where there is a possibility of 24 races over three division, KOD drivers, fans, and followers will enjoy a record setting 22 races during the summer months for the 3rd year series.
"We have great participating tracks again this year including Albany Saratoga, Lebanon Valley, Utica Rome, Devil's Bowl, and Fonda. We maxed out both the Small Block and Sportsman divisions at eight races and grew the Pro Stocks to six. I'm pretty excited about it and so are the tracks working with us," said KOD Promoter Rob Hazer.
The newly added Small Block Modified division will visit five different speedways in 2017 starting with the opener in West Haven Vermont at Devil's Bowl Speedway on June 13th. This will mark the return of the 358 Modifieds to 'the bowl' for a special Tuesday night show, with a rain date of Wednesday June 14th.
Another highlight on the schedule will be rebirthing the Victoria 200 at Utica Rome Speedway on July 9th. In years past this event close to the heart of former track promoter Gene Cole has been a Big Block event. In 2017 however, it'll feature Small Block Modifieds under the King Of Dirt Racing banner.
"This is going to be a special race for us. For Kim and Bill Shea to offer the opportunity to be part of something like the Victoria race is special and we'll work with them and marketing partners out West to make it a great experience for drivers and fans," continued KOD Promoter Rob Hazer.
Other highlights include a trip to the high banks of Lebanon Valley during Tony Stewart's All-Star Circuit Of Champions 410 Outlaw Sprints night Sunday July 30th, the Tom Clothier Trucking Small Block Nationals to raise awareness for Suicide Prevention and stop bullying on September 8th at Albany Saratoga Speedway, and a season finale at the track of champions Fonda Speedway accompanying the Super DIRTcar Big Block Modified Series on September 23rd.
"I'm very humbled the tracks we work with were so open to helping start this 358 Modified series up. We have some special races this summer and I think the Small Block guys will be pleased. I can't thank the tracks enough for allowing us to expand and offer this to the drivers," continued KOD Promoter Rob Hazer.
Once again the Sportsman Modified schedule grew, this time to a max eight-race schedule. The series will once again open at Utica Rome Speedway on May 14th in Vernon New York and then shift to their first ever appearance at Devil's Bowl Speedway in West Haven Vermont on Sunday May 28th.
Friday Night Lights has belonged to Connor Cleveland, as he won two strait years during that event. This year the champ will have to see if his magic carries over to Tuesday Night Lights, as KOD Sportsman will accompany the Brett Deyo Short Track Super Series at Albany Saratoga Speedway on Tuesday August 15th.
Other highlights on the schedule include the ever-popular Mr. Crate Track USA event at Lebanon Valley Speedway on Thursday August 31st along side the Super DIRTcar Big Block Series and the prestigious Northeast Crate Nationals on Friday September 8th.
"We have a great Sportsman schedule set. With KOD also serving as the DIRTcar East Region for 2017, we're expecting the competition at each event ot be intense. Every race is important and we can't wait to get the season started. It'll be the biggest and best yet for Sportsman Modified drivers," said Rob Hazer, KOD Promoter.
Full Fender Pro Stock schedule grew to a full six point races in 2017, with the season opener planned for May 14th at Utica Rome Speedway. The series then shifts to Malta New York for a two-race swing at Albany Saratoga Speedway on Friday June 2nd and Friday July 7th.
From there the series heads back to Utica Rome Speedway on August 20th, then off to the valley of speed for another slobber knocker at Lebanon Valley. The season finale for the Pro Stocks will be very interesting and special, as KOD Pro Stocks head to Devil's Bowl Speedway in Vermont for the Carl Vladyka Memorial 29 lap championship showdown on neutral territory.
"For the first time the Pro Stock drivers will race for a title on neutral territory and that's pretty exciting. When Mike Bruno and Justin St. Louis asked about doing a race in memory of Carl Vladyka I said absolutely. I watched Super CV race Pro Stocks as a kid. I think the Pro Stock guys are in for their biggest season yet on KOD," Rob Hazer said.
With the schedule now set and the rules up on the website, it's only a matter of time before a very busy season of racing gets underway for King Of Dirt Racing.
2017 KING OF DIRT RACING SMALL BLOCK MODIFIED SCHEDULE
06/13/17 Devil's Bowl Speedway West Haven, VT 40 Laps
07/09/17 Utica Rome Speedway Vernon, NY 40 Laps
07/30/17 Lebanon Valley Speedway West Lebanon, NY 35 Laps
08/20/17 Utica Rome Speedway Vernon, NY 40 Laps
09/08/17 Albany Saratoga Speedway Malta, NY 40 Laps
09/09/17 Lebanon Valley Speedway West Lebanon, NY 35 Laps
09/15/17 Albany Saratoga Speedway Malta, NY 40 Laps
09/23/17 Fonda Speedway Fonda, NY 40 Laps
2017 KING OF DIRT RACING SPORTSMAN SCHEDULE (DIRTcar East Region)
05/14/17 Utica Rome Speedway Vernon, NY 30 Laps
05/28/17 Devil's Bowl Speedway West Haven, VT 35 Laps
07/15/17 Lebanon Valley Speedway West Lebanon, NY 30 Laps
08/15/17 Albany Saratoga Speedway Malta, NY 30 Laps
08/20/17 Utica Rome Speedway Vernon, NY 30 Laps
08/31/17 Lebanon Valley Speedway West Lebanon, NY 30 Laps
09/08/17 Albany Saratoga Speedway Malta, NY 100 Laps
09/22/17 Fonda Speedway Fonda, NY 30 Laps
2017 KING OF DIRT RACING PRO STOCK SCHEDULE
05/14/17 Utica Rome Speedway Vernon, NY 30 Laps
06/02/17 Albany Saratoga Speedway Malta, NY 30 Laps
07/07/17 Albany Saratoga Speedway Malta, NY 30 Laps
08/20/17 Utica Rome Speedway Vernon, NY 30 Laps
08/26/17 Lebanon Valley Speedway West Lebanon, NY 30 Laps
09/17/17 Devil's Bowl Speedway West Haven, VT 29 Laps
2017 Woodhull Arnot Mall Car Show sponsored by Swarthout Recycling Coming March 17th Through 19th
Media Contact: Steven Ovens
For Immediate Release - January 27th, 2017
(Woodhull, N.Y.) - 'New York's Toughest Bullring' is gearing up for their 2017 season- their 53rd consecutive season of racing at the Woodhull, NY facility founded by the Williams family and now owned and promoted by Ted and Brandi White.
But before any laps are turned on the Steuben County third-mile oval, racers and fans can look forward to the annual Arnot Mall Car Show, which will be sponsored once again by Swarthout Recycling for the 8th year in a row on Friday March 17th through Sunday March 19th. Woodhull's car show is one of the busiest weekends for the Arnot Mall, located directly off Interstate 86 in Big Flats, NY and the 2017 version expects to be no different.
Swarthout Recycling is a well-known supporter of local motorsports located in Beaver Dams, NY. They specialize in scrap metals including mixed steel, aluminum, copper, brass and cast iron. The recycling department accepts cardboard, newspaper, mixed office paper and junk mail, clear and green glass, tin and plastic.
Swarthout is also a race fan's go-to source for household and commercial refuse. Their large fleet of trucks and equipment has one of the area's largest assortments of roll-off canisters in various sizes. They can also provide front-loading trash dumpsters in 2, 4, 6, and 8 cubic yard sizes for commercial refuse.
As if those services weren't enough, Swarthout Recycling also can provide demolition, long haul trucking and a state-of-the-art mobile document destruction vehicle for safe and secure shredding of delicate records and documents.
The always-potent Woodhull racing community will line the halls of the Arnot Mall starting with move-in night on Friday March 17th as the mall closes business that evening. Saturday and Sunday will be the official car show with the raceway having a large display in center court.
One twist for 2017 will feature educational seminars that will be completely free of charge. The seminars will feature representatives from the racing industry that support Woodhull each and every season such as American Racer Tire/Lias Tire as well as representatives from Sunoco Race Fuels/Insinger Performance. There will also be representatives from the American Racer Cup program on hand as well as a seminar for drivers planning to compete in the Woodhull Warrior youth mini stock division.
For the second year in a row, Woodhull Raceway is proud to bring back the Team Pit Stop Competition held in center court on Saturday evening, slated to begin at 6:30PM.
Teams of three will be accepted featuring a jack man, tire carrier and tire changer, with crew members being allowed to enter the contest on only one team. The competition will feature changing a right rear tire in the fastest amount of time without leaving any lug nuts loose. Teams may register at the show OR by emailing the team name and team members to email@example.com.
There is no entry fee to enter your race vehicle into the car show, but you must submit your entry by Friday March 10th, 2016. You may submit your registration to firstname.lastname@example.org, by sending a message to the Woodhull Raceway Facebook page, by calling Steve at (315) 729-3825 or by calling Brandi at (607) 857-1337.
Woodhull 2017 Opening Night Dates Set For April
For Immediate Release – January 20th, 2017
(WOODHULL, NY) – The much anticipated 2017 season schedule is still being ironed out and will be released in the coming weeks, but to hold fans and teams over for now is the opening dates for practice and opening night.The annual Swarthout Recycling Arnot Mall Car Show in Horseheads, NY is planned for St. Patrick's Day weekend, March 17th, 18th and 19th.
Move in night will be Friday night, with the show running through Saturday and Sunday. More information on the mall show and registration is open on Woodhull's website.
A free grandstand Open Practice night has been set for Saturday April 8th from 5:00pm-9:00pm. That will provide the first opportunity to get laps in for the upcoming season, in an event that Mother Nature has not allowed to happen the last several seasons. All divisions are open to participate and competitors outside Woodhull are also welcome to participate in the Open Practice Night.
Opening Night for all divisions except for the 370 Modifieds will take place just one week later on Saturday April 15th. The 370 Modified opener is set for Saturday April 29th, where everyone will be aiming for eighteen-time and defending track champion Billy Van Pelt.
April 15th will see the Crate Late Models and Hobby Stocks make their Woodhull debut as weekly divisions. All rules for these new divisions are finalized and posted online at www.woodhullraceway.com/rules.
370 Mods Staying At Woodhull For 2017; Track Contemplates Changes For 2018
Media Contact: Steven Ovens
For Immediate Release – January 20th, 2017
(WOODHULL, NY) – Competitors in the 370 Modified division at Woodhull Raceway again discussed the possibility of opening up the engine rules at the annual rules meeting held this past Sunday.
The opinions seemed to be split down the middle amongst the drivers in attendance. There has been a large movement in the Southern Tier Modified world to open up the rules to what is seen on the Short Track Super Series promoted by Brett Deyo. The "Deyo Rules" as they've been affectionately dubbed, would allow for several different engine combinations including Big Block engines.
Woodhull Raceway management and technical rules staff members opened the discussion to the drivers to see where the thinking was with the competitors. While the opinions seemed to be split, one driver brought up a concern about making a change like this in late January with only a few months left to prepare for the 2017 season.
It is with this concern that Woodhull Raceway has decided to table the discussion of rule changes until later this season in July. At that point in time, a meeting of all Modified teams and interested parties will be called to discuss any changes in engine for the upcoming 2018 season. Waiting until July to decided on changes would afford all teams and interested teams outside of Woodhull time to properly prepare to make the change to open rules.
"Our number one concern on this issue is assuring that if we make a change, we don't put anyone at an immediate disadvantage when we would do so," said Woodhull Raceway owner and promoter Ted White.
"This kind of change is one we don't take lightly, but understand the interest in making the change. We look forward to discussing this change throughout the season and revisit it with our drivers in July."
2017 will see the 370 Modifieds compete under the 2016 rules package with only minor changes, including the addition of the W-16 engine as an option. All rules for all divisions can be found on Woodhull Raceway's website www.woodhullraceway.com/rules
Woodhull Raceway Changes Qualifying Format For 2017
For Immediate Release – January 19th, 2017
(WOODHULL, NY) – During last Sunday's rules meetings held at the Woodhull Fire Department, Woodhull Raceway owners Ted and Brandi White and the technical rules staff were presented with the idea of changing up the draw format for the 2017 race season.
An active discussion took place between racers and track management, as each side wanted to come to an agreement on a solution that will support the interests of the weekly racer but also potential growth from the occasional Woodhull racer.
With those ideas in mind, Woodhull Raceway is proud to announce that for this coming season they will blend a draw/redraw format with a handicap system to line up the top twelve starters in each division feature during regular season points shows. The first three point races of the season and all non-point or show-up point events will still follow the draw/redraw format.
Once each division enters their fourth point show of the season, they will begin the new top twelve handicap system to line up the Feature event. Each driver will draw a number at the pit gate to determine their heat race starting position. Twelve cars will qualify out of the heat races and will be entered into the handicap, which will take an average of the money earned from the previous three weeks. Any handicap ties will broken based on the driver's finish from the previous event. This will line up the lowest average of the top twelve on the pole and the highest average earned starting twelfth.
Drivers who have not competed in the previous three weeks will be scored with wins, along with disqualifications being scored as wins. Positions thirteen through twenty-four will be lined up heads up from their heat race finish. Heat race points (1st- 3, 2nd- 2, 3rd- 3) will still remain in place for this season.
The new qualifying format that will be implemented across all divisions will reward weekly drivers for their loyalty to the speedway, however occasional racers will still be able to draw for heat position and start no worse than the twelfth position if they qualify through their heat. Drivers amongst all divisions were supportive of the new format during their respective rules meetings, with many feeling that the hybrid format takes the best of both systems.
While the new system will lead to increased parity in Victory Lane, it will also spice up the heat races. Instead of the top three positions being the only spots that mattered based on points being awarded, a driver will now benefit in feature starting spot the higher they finish in their heat race if they do not qualify.
The annual Swarthout Recycling Arnot Mall Car Show in Horseheads, NY is planned for St. Patrick's Day weekend, March 17th, 18th and 19th. More information on the mall show and registration is open on Woodhull's website.
NEW CLAY SURFACE READY FOR 2017 SEASON AT GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY; A FEW MINOR RULE CHANGES IN PLACE AND A NEW DIVISION OF STOCK CAR RACING BEING CONSIDERED FOR 2018
BECHTELSVILLE, PA January 11, 2017 . . . When auto racing gets the green flag for the 2017 season at NASCAR sanctioned Grandview Speedway a fresh clay racing surface will be in place. "We had a window of opportunity during the second week of November and took advantage of it," said Assistant Event Organizer Kenny Rogers. "Bashore Trucking was called in to oversee the resurfacing project. With Bashore's support along with Bill Ryland and a few others we were able to lay down close to 100 truckloads of some of the best looking clay I have seen in a while."
The Outlaw Enduros and Blast from the Past Vintage racers will get to test the new surface when they open the 2017 season, the 55th consecutive racing season, on Sunday, March 19th.
Then on Saturday, March 25th the annual free to the public practice session will take place with the track open to all types of racing equipment. Action gets started at noon. Many of the T.P.Trailers Modifieds, Late Models and Sportsman stock cars will be using the practice day to ready for the official season opener set for Saturday, April 1, 7 p.m.
There is one correction to be made on the new racing schedule. A 40-lapper is listed for Sportsman on June 3rd and June 17th. Only the June 3rd date is correct for the 40-lapper.
The annual track rules meeting with track officials taking part was held recently. Only a few MINOR rule changes have been implemented for the 2017 season. The Modified division will not be permitted to use W-16 engines and Sportsman will be permitted to race using aluminum wheels.
Open Sportsman will aluminum wheels will have a weight restriction of 2500 pounds while open Sportsman with steel wheels will be allowed 2425 pounds. The 604 Crate Engine Sportsman with steel wheels will be allowed 2350 pounds and the 602 Crate Engine Sportsman will be allowed 2300 pounds.
However there was a discussion regarding a POSSIBLE new affordable division of stock car racing being put in place for the 2018 season. "We have been tossing this idea around for a while," said Rogers. "We hope to come up with an affordable and fun division in which someone can put a race car together for less than $2,000 to compete and have fun. Hopefully by the middle of the 2017 season we will have a plan in place for the new division."
GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY ANNOUNCES SCHEDULE FOR 55TH CONSECUTIVE SEASON OF AUTO RACING ENTERTAINMENT
BECHTELSVILLE, PA January 7, 2017 . . . Kicking off the 55th consecutive season of auto racing entertainment at NASCAR sanctioned Grandview Speedway will be the first of several doubleheaders featuring the Outlaw Enduro competition and Blast from the Past Vintage Racers on Sunday, March 18th.
Then on Saturday, March 25th the annual Free to the Public Practice Session will feature a variety of classes of auto racing with many using the afternoon as a final test and tune session before their season officially gets underway. The practice sessions will kick off at noon.
The practice day is a great opportunity for fans having or planning to have season passes to pick out their reserved seat for the season. Season passes covering all Saturday events from April through September, are priced at $350. A check payable to Grandview Speedway in an amount covering the cost of all passes being ordered can be sent to 87 Wilt Road, Bechtelsville, PA 19505. Please include a self-addressed stamped envelope to speed up the return of the passes. And season passes will be available on practice day.
NASCAR sanctioned stock car racing will be the main attraction on Saturday nights throughout the season and will feature 358 Modifieds, Late Models and Sportsman.
The season opener for the NASCAR racers will be Saturday, April 2, 7 p.m.
Admission prices will remain the same as last year with adults paying $15 for a regular Saturday night tripleheader.
Topping the season schedule will be the $25,000 to win Freedom 76 Modified Classic set for Saturday, September 16th with a rain date of September 23.
The first Bruce Rogers/Bob Miller promoted Thunder on the Hill show, one of several planned for the season, will take place on May 28th and will feature 358/Big Block Modifieds (40 laps), Sportsman and Mid-Atlantic Series Sprints.
Grandview Speedway continues to be one of the most successful dirt short track operations in the nation. The one-third-mile, banked clay oval is located on Passmore Road, just off Route 100 in Bechtelsville, PA, 10 miles north of Pottstown. For information telephone 610.754.7688 or check in at www.grandviewspeedway.com.
2017 GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY SCHEDULE (as of 12/27/2016)
Presenting Our 55th Consecutive Season!
Saturday, March 25 FREE to the Public Practice Session 12 Noon
Saturday, April 1 358 Modifieds, Sportsman & Late Models 7 PM
Saturday, April 8 358 Modifieds 35 laps, Sportsman & Late Models 7 PM
Saturday, April 15 358 Modifieds, Sportsman & Late Models 7 PM
Saturday, April 22 358 Modifieds, Sportsman, Late Models & Blast from the Past 7 PM
Saturday, April 29 358 Modifieds, Sportsman & Late Models 7 PM
Saturday, May 6 358 Modifieds, Sportsman & Late Models 7:30 PM
Saturday, May 13 358 Modifieds, Sportsman & Late Models 7:30 PM
Saturday, May 20 358 Modifieds, Sportsman, Late Models & Blast from the Past Vintage Racers 7:30 PM
Saturday, May 27 358 Modifieds, Sportsman & Late Models 7:30 PM
Sunday, May 28 THUNDER ON THE HILL RACING SERIES TRAFFIC JAM for 358/Big Block Modifieds (NASCAR points) 40 laps, Sportsman, Mid-Atlantic Series (MASS) Sprints 7:30 PM
Saturday, June 3 358 Modifieds, Sportsman 40 laps & Late Models 7:30 PM
Saturday, June 10 358 Modifieds, Sportsman, Late Models 7:30 PM
Tuesday, June 13 THUNDER ON THE HILL RACING SERIES Jesse Hockett Classic United States Auto Club (USAC) National Non-Wing Sprint Tour & 358 Modifieds (NASCAR Points awarded) 7:30 PM
Saturday, June 17 358 Modifieds, Sportsman 40 laps & Late Models
Saturday, June 24 358 Modifieds, Sportsman, MASS Sprints, Blast from the Past Vintage Racers, 7:30 PM
Saturday, July 1 358 Modifieds, Sportsman, & Late Models Firecracker 40 7:30 PM
Tuesday, July 4 THUNDER ON THE HILL RACING SERIES 7:30 PA 410 Sprint Speed Week Series & 358 Modifieds (NASCAR points)*
Saturday, July 8 358 Modifieds, Sportsman & Late Models 7:30 PM
Saturday, July 15 358 Modifieds, Sportsman & Late Models 7:30 PM
Saturday, July 22 358 Modifieds, Sportsman, Late Models & Blast from the Past Vintage Racers, 7:30 PM
Saturday, July 29 358 Modifieds, Sportsman & Late Models 7:30 PM
Saturday, August 5 FORREST ROGERS MEMORIAL For Modifieds (50 LAPS), Sportsman, Late Models 7:30 PM
Saturday, August 12 358 Modifieds, Sportsman & Late Models 7:30 PM (Forrest Rogers Rain Date)
Thursday, August 17 THUNDER ON THE HILL RACING SERIES- ALL STARS 410 SPRINTS THUNDER CUP and Sportsman 7:30 PM
Saturday, August 19 358 Modfieds, Sportsman, Late Models, Blast from the Past Vintage Racers 7:30 PM
Saturday, August 26 358 Modifieds, Sportsman & Late Models (30 LAPS) 7:30 PM
Saturday, September 2 358 Modifieds, Sportsman, Late Models, Blast from the Past Vintage Racers 7:30 PM
Saturday, September 9 Champion's Night, 358 Modifieds, Sportsman and Late Models, 7:30 PM
Friday, September 15 Sportsman 38 laps, MASS Sprints & Modified Practice 7 PM
Saturday, September 16 47th Annual Freedom 76 Modified Classic $25,000 to win + Cash Dash 7PM
Saturday, September 23 Freedom 76 Rain Date 7 PM
Saturday, October 14 THUNDER ON THE HILL RACING SERIES Halloween Party ,3rd Annual MODS at the MADHOUSE 358/Big Block Modifieds 40 laps, Sportsman and MASS Sprints 6PM
2017 Season starts with successful Driver Information for new Merrittville owners
For Immediate Release from Jim Irvine Merrittville Speedway Public Relations
THOROLD, Ontario (December 19, 2016} – "My wife and I are excited about the future of Merrittville Speedway going into the 66th Anniversary Season in April," said new owner Don Spiece on behalf of his wife Lorraine, "
Spiece of Welland, a former Pro Stock Division Champion at the Thorold and a second generation racer addressed each Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series Division December 18th at Port Robinson's Club Castropignano.
Drivers and crew from the Central Fabricating 4 Cylinders, Rev's Full Throttle Powersports Modified Lites, Hoosier Stocks, S & W Service Centre Sportsman and Pinty's Delicious Foods 358 Modifieds were in attendance in addition to staff members.
"Thank you to everyone for their interest in what we have planned for 2017," added Spiece who introduced Central Fabricating and S & W Service Centre as new Division Sponsors, "we are looking to move forward with little change."
Several changes that were introduced included:
- The 4 Cylinder Division will see a purse increase with Start Money increasing to $30 and the Feature Win on a regular night will increase to $150.00.
- The 358 Modified Division Regular Night Start Money will increase to $200.00.
- Drivers in the Hoosier Stock Division in attendance voted to have a Weekly Draw to determine line-ups in place of handicapping
- In 2017, each Feature Winner will draw in Victory Lane from a selection of Tech Inspection Areas to determine what will be inspected each night
- Drivers looking to compete in the Novice Sportsman Division will see a limited schedule in 2017. Drivers in the Novice Sportsman Division will not be able to compete in both classes and upon winning 3 Features ... Drivers will not be required to move up to the regular Sportsman Division.
A Tentative 2017 Schedule was released that will see Events focused on Saturday Nights with the Triple Header Season Finale Friday and Sunday Programs not returning.
The 100 lap Enduro that traditionally closes the Season will now close the month of August in addition to other events.
Two Mondays – the Victoria Day Brian Stevens Memorial will feature a 66 lap 358 Modified Main Event that will pay $2,666.66 to the winner and the Civic Holiday Bob St. Amand Senior Memorial will showcase the Big Block Modified Super DIRTcar Series.
The 2017 Season is scheduled to kick off with a Test and Tune Day April 16th followed by the Spring Sizzler April 23rd.
Drivers looking to compete in 2017 are encouraged to purchase VIP Passes which are $250.00 and are only available until March 1st. For Pit Crew Members – Pit Season Passes are $375.00 until March 1st when they will increase in price.
Race Fans will also want to purchase Grandstand Season Passes which will remain at the same price as 2016. General Admission Grandstand Season Tickets are $245 for Students and Seniors and $265 for Adults. Reserved Grandstand Season Tickets are $265 and $295 respectively.
Up until Friday December 23rd at 12 Noon – Grandstand and Pit Season Passes are available for Christmas Gift Ideas from the Winter Office located at Bicknell Racing Products, 117 Cushman Road in St. Catharines.
"Race Fans will see and increase of $1 per ticket this season," said Spiece, "no one likes to see an increase ... but it's something I have to do to ensure I am able to maintain the Speedway Facility and keep it open for all of us to enjoy."
Projects that are being researched include a possible return of a Souvenir Program and the idea of having Driver TShirts available in the Novelty Trailer.
For all the news on Merrittville Speedway's 66th Consecutive Season in 2017 including Schedule and Rules Information – visit http://www.merrittvillespeedway.com Race fans and Race teams alike can follow Merrittville on Face Book (Facebook.com/Merrittville Speedway) and Twitter (Twitter.com/Merrittville
Merrittville Speedway's Winter Office is located in Bicknell Racing Products, 117 Cushman Road in St. Catharines and can be reached at 905-685-7223.
SMALL BLOCK MODIFIEDS COMING TO KOD
King Of Dirt Racing To Add Small Block Mods In 2017
December 13, 2016 (Fonda, NY) – When King Of Dirt Racing launched in December of 2014, promoter Rob Hazer laid out a five-year growth plan for the series that would ultimately wield the three major divisions of racing. After two successful years of Sportsman and Pro Stock racing, KOD will be adding Small Block Modifieds two years ahead of schedule.
King Of Dirt Racing consisted of nine races during the 2015 season between two divisions of racing including Sportsman and Pro Stocks. During this past KOD season there were 12 races between the two divisions. In 2017 there are tentatively 18 races already on the docket, with more possibly between three divisions of racing.
There were several discussions over the summer months about a KOD Modified series to join the Sportsman and Pro Stocks. Through further discussions with tracks involved with King Of Dirt Racing, the decision was made to add the Small Block Modifieds.
"I'm a fan of trying to keep cost effective racing in play. That means crates, spec motors, etc. When I decided the time was right to add Mods, it had to be Small Block Modifieds. I've always enjoyed Small Block racing, because I feel it has the potential to be more conducive to competitive and cost effective racing," said KOD promoter Rob Hazer.
Currently the King Of Dirt Racing plan for Small Block Modifieds is to start with about six races through the summer months in and around the Capital Region. Currently scheduled are appearances at Albany-Saratoga Speedway, Lebanon Valley Speedway, and Utica Rome Speedway. Other options are on the table as well, but nothing set in stone at this point.
King Of Dirt Racing maintains minimal travel expenses through the summer months for drivers on tour, which will also be the goal for Small Block Modifieds. With about 6-8 tracks available within a 2 ½ hour travel radius from KOD base of operations there is plenty of options.
All Small Block Modified races will be 30 laps in length, with heat race lineups set by timed hot laps. Top 12 qualifiers will redraw for the feature, which is a similar format all divisions will follow in 2017. The purse structure is currently being set with emphasis on balance through the field.
Rules for the King Of Dirt Small Block Modifieds will be a driver friendly combination of weights via engine packages similar to what was used at Malta during the Nationals. Currently the KOD Small Block Rules are being finalized, but will offer a competitive mix of packages including Spec/Spec, W-16, LS3, and ported options along with remaining rules that mirror DIRTcar 358 Modified rules.
"We've been working on the rules package and most guys I've spoken to are good with what we have in place. I'm sure it'll be a work in progress to find that competitive balance at all tracks we visit, which is important to me," continued Rob Hazer.
A short list of drivers who have expressed interest either at the Nationals or through communications with series promoter Rob Hazer include Ronnie Johnson, Marc Johnson, Matt DeLorenzo, Elmo Reckner, Brett Haas, Olden Dwyer, Jimmy Cottrell, Shuan Pangman, Joey Williams, Nick Lussier, Jeff Kelley, Brian Gleason, and more.
KOD promoter Rob Hazer concluded by saying, "There's been a lot of buzz since I discussed this on our Social Media pages. I've had a lot of calls and messages inquiring about it and I'm looking forward to the Small Block Modified guys enjoying the same rewarding programs we set forth for Sportsman and Pro Stocks. I must thank the track promoters for taking a chance and being part of our growth. Without them none of this would be possible."
Last year the King Of Dirt Racing Series packed the banquet hall at the Winner's Circle Restaurant and expects to do so again this year. With space being limited, everyone attending is asked to be prompt with ticket sales. Please send checks or money orders made out to King Of Dirt Racing along with a list of names in your party no later than January 2nd.
The KOD Night Of Champions Banquet Party is scheduled for January 14th at the Winner's Circle Restaurant in Fonda, New York. There will be dinner, dancing, fun, and friends to close out the 2016 season. Also announcements for the 2017 season will first be made at the banquet for those in attendance.