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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.

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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.

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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

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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 woodhullracewaypr@gmail.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 woodhullracewaypr@gmail.com, 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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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."

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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

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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.

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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.
 
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Champions Crowned At Woodhull Raceway Awards Banquet

(WOODHULL, NY) – With over two hundred guests in attendance at the Watson Homestead Retreat & Conference Center in Painted Post, NY; Woodhull Raceway crowned the track champions of all of their divisions.  There were awards for the Top 10 in points along with point fund earnings as well as other bonuses earned from Woodhull's great partners at Lias Tire/American Racer as well as Insinger Performance/Sunoco Race Fuels.

Billy Van Pelt was crowned for the eighteenth time in his career as a 370 Modified track champion.  This was Van Pelt's third championship in a row and third and final driving for Grant Hilfiger Racing.  Hilfiger will scale back in 2017, with Van Pelt hired to drive again for Kevin Chilson Racing.  Van Pelt drove for Chilson prior to taking a ride with Hilfiger at the beginning of 2014.

Donnie Lawson was awarded the Sportsmanship Award as the Lawson family has been a positive contributor at Woodhull for decades.  Boyd McTavish, a rookie to Woodhull in 2016, received the Rookie of the Year honors driving for the Herrington Race Team.  McTavish and the Herrington family look forward to going after a Woodhull title together again in 2017.

The Dust to Glory Award was given to Mike Bills, who had a breakout year in 2016.  Bills gave Van Pelt everything he had in quest of his first Woodhull track championship.

Chris Daugherty was crowned as the Crate Sportsman division champion, on the heels of a fairly dominant year in the No. 22jz.  Josh Keesey finished in the second spot, earning the Sportsmanship Award.  While Jerry Aldrich earned Rookie of the Year Honors in his No. 89 machine.

'The People's Champ' Bruce Miller was crowned as the final track champion of the 360 Late Model division as well as receiving the Sportsmanship Award.  The 604 Crate Late Models will usher in a new era in 2017, with Miller considering a move to the new Crate division.  Rookie of the Year Kurt Stebbins has already purchased a Crate Late Model for next season.  Woodhull Raceway thanks every 360 competitor that has supported the track over a successful run for this division on the High Banks.

Kurt Stebbins picked up the hardware for his first Woodhull title in the Street Stock division.  Stebbins also won two extra-distance races in winning the $750-to-win program midseason and the annual $1,000-to-win Woodhull 100.  Dan Gardener made his first full run at the Street Stock points and picked up Rookie of the Year honors, while Branden Morseman received the Sportsmanship Award.

Chris Woodard earned his first track championship in the Mini Stock division and celebrated with his friend and crew chief, who will be celebrating for another reason at Watson Homestead next weekend.  Jeffery Daugherty earned one win and a top five finish in points, enroute to Rookie of the Year for 2016.  Faithful competitor and great guy, Brian "Corky" Grant Sr. earned this season's Mini Stock Sportsmanship Award.

Shawn Gleason earned his first career track championship in the Front Wheel Drive division, after winning a Championship Night thriller.  Gleason had to finish in front of Codie Baker to win the championship, which Gleason did by winning the race.  Baker received the Sportsmanship Award for a hard fought battle, while Dave Richmond earned Rookie of the Year honors by finishing sixth in points with one win.

Nate Freeland won the track title for the Quad C (RWD/FWD Mini Stocks) Challenge by winning 50% of the Quad C Challenges during the 2016 season.

Horseheads, NY youngster Ajay Potrzebowski Jr. earned his first track championship since moving up to full-size cars in 2016 in the Woodhull Warriors youth four-cylinder division.  Potrzebowski was a go-kart champion prior to moving into the Warrior class.  He will continue his progress in 2017, by moving up into the adult four cylinder divisions locally.

Other special awards included Mike Jackson receiving the Dedication to Motorsports Award for his work and years of service to Woodhull Raceway as the lead tech inspector.  Tom Newell received the annual Perseverance Award for his weekly work at Woodhull Raceway and continued contributions to the management team at the speedway.  Steven Ovens was awarded the Woodhull Raceway Media Award for his contributions to Woodhull as well as the coverage the speedway is provided through Race Chaser Online and the weekly dirt track racing program "Turn 5 Live" on the Performance Motorsports Network.

The annual 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 the 2017 schedule and returning sponsors will be forthcoming during the offseason.

For more information visit www.woodhullraceway.com or for the late breaking news, results and updates follow Woodhull Raceway on Facebook www.facebook.com/woodhullraceway or on Twitter @WoodhullPR.

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First Championship for Bailey leads to Driver of the Year and Crew Chief Awards at Merrittville 65th Anniversary Awards Night – Former racer Don Spiece introduced as new owner

For Immediate Release from Jim Irvine Merrittville Speedway Public Relations

905-685-7223 (Winter Office), 905-984-0608

merrittvillemedia@gmail.com or www.twitter.com/merrittville

THOROLD, Ontario (November 28, 2016) - Merrittville Speedway's 65th consecutive season officially came to a close with the Night of Champions Saturday November 26th honoring the 2016 Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series Champions and other award recipients.

A crowd of 300 drivers, race team members, fans, staff and sponsors gathered at Port Robinson's Club Castropignano where $40,000 in Cash and other awards were presented.

Former racer Don Spiece of Welland was introduced as the new owner of the Thorold facility that first opened in 1952.

Pete Bicknell of St. Catharines took home his 24th Merrittville Speedway Pinty's Delicious Foods 358 Modified Championship in a storied career that began from a high school shop project.

Cody McPherson, also from St. Catharines earned his 4th Title in the Yager Bros Trucking Sportsman Division while for the 6th time in 7 years – Josh Sliter of Ridgeway was honored as Champion in the Rev's Full Throttle Powersports Modified Lite Division.

Three drivers would be honored with their first career championship – Welland's Tyler Lafantaisie in the Van Raine Construction 4 Cylinder and Dave Bailey of Hagersville in the Hoosier Stock Divisions respectively.

Merrittville's Announcer Dana Curvin performed Master of Ceremony duties – presenting the points finishers from each division with point fund monies in addition to a wide variety of special awards.

From a runner-up finish overall in 2015, Bailey would best defending champion Mark Fawcett by 3 points in 2016 to win his first Hoosier Stock Championship earning Archer Truck Services Driver of the Year honours as well.

Bailey would take home 4 Feature Wins in his Jib's Action Sports/Window Werx/Club 54 Motorsports #49. Bailey's season also included Championships at Ohsweken and Humberstone Speedways in addition to a runner-up finish in the Duel on the Dirt Mini-Series involving his three home tracks and the Brighton Speedway.

One final accolade would involve Bailey as his Crew Chief – Mike Miller was awarded the Billy Matthews Crew Chief of the Year Award.

Pete Bicknell, who would finish in the runner up spot behind Chad Brachmann in 2015 would be one of 5 drivers who would take home 2 wins in 2016. Consistency has always been key for Bicknell's now 24 Championships since his first title in 1984.

Driving the Lucas Oil Products/Bicknell Racing Products/Merrittville Speedway/Integra Shocks/Pete's Automotive/Hoosier Tire Canada/Alex and Helen Bruce Photography #42, Bicknell would total 1040 points from 17 Top 10 finishes in 19 events.

Ransomville NY's Ryan Susice was the lone driver in the 358 Modified Division Top 10 without a Feature Win. A strong season would result in the second generation driver earning a third place finish and the 2016 Performer of the Year Award.

For the 4th time in his career, Cody McPherson would take home the Yager Bros Trucking Sportsman Championship. Another second generation driver – his 18 Top 10 Finishes in 18 Starts would include 5 Feature Wins.

2016 would also include another David Chevrolet King of the Crates Mini Series Title for McPherson in his St. Louis Bar and Grill/C McPherson Jr Trucking/Sommertyme Spray Foam Insulation/Brian's Tire Repair/Rosa Automotive/Hitch Man Trailers and Niagara Trailers #7.

In addition to the Overall Point Awards, three Mini-Series Champions were also honored with Andy Imbeault of Welland taking home the inaugural Eataly Foods Triple Truck Championship by Tomaski Racing while Kyle Rothwell took home his first career 4 Cylinder Triple Crown Series Title. Cody McPherson also won the David Chevrolet King of the Crates Series for the Yager Bros Trucking Sportsman Division.

Vincent Pagnotta, (Van Raine Construction 4 Cylinder Division), Tyler Winger, (Rev's Full Throttle Powersports Modified Lite Division), Tom Richau Jr., (Yager Bros Trucking Sportsman Division) and Gary Lindberg, (Pinty's Delicious Foods 358 Modified Division) received 2016 Rookie of the Year Awards. There were no eligible Rookie drivers in the Hoosier Stock Division in 2016.

Several history-laden awards were also presented during the event.

The Ed MacPherson Construction Kelley-Winger Sportsmanship Award was presented by the Merrittville Speedway Reunion Committee to Welland's Kyle Rothwell of the Van Raine Construction 4 Cylinder Division.

The Begolo-Little Award for the most improved driver went to Brent Begolo, 2nd in both the David Chevrolet King of the Crates Mini Series and the overall point standings for the Yager Bros Trucking Sportsman Division.

It seemed fitting that for the first time the Most Improved Driver Award went to a driver not in the 358 Modified Division – the recipient is the grandson of the Award's cofounder Jeno Begolo.

Rick Bellamy was presented the 3rd Annual Pete Cosco Car Owner of the Year Award.

Bellamy – a racer himself was instrumental in the efforts of fellow drivers Chad Brachmann, Darrell Farraway and John Babion as car owner.

The award initiated by former Cosco Racing Driver Chris Steele and his wife Sami honors the memory of Pete Cosco who passed away late in the 2014 season.

The Gordie Award named after former Merrittville Announcer and Wall of Famer Gordie Wilson goes to a person, or group of people who exhibit dedication to the sport.

The 2016 winner was Speedway Assistant General Manager Jim Irvine who has been involved with the facility for 30 years. Irvine dedicated the award to his dad Bryant – former racer, car owner, sponsor and Speedway Owner who is recuperating after recent surgery.

The Billy Matthews Crew Chief of Year Award went to Mike Miller who led Dave Bailey to the 2016 Hoosier Stock Championship.  

Pinty's Delicious Foods 358 Modified Division Top 12 in Points.

Pete Bicknell – 1040, Gary Lindberg - 995, Ryan Susice – 962, Chad Brachmann – 956, Chris Steele – 920, Mike Bowman – 974, Mark D'Ilario – 898, Tommy Flannigan – 880, Tim Jones – 868, Erick Rudolph – 840, Todd Gordon – 770,

Yager Bros. Trucking Sportsman Division Top 12 in Points.

Cody McPherson – 968. Brent Begolo – 892,  Paul Gaboury – 890, Brad Rouse – 866 Jay Mallory – 858, Justin Sharp – 856, Rob Knapp – 793, Joey Mastroianni – 728, Chris Bellamy – 646, Darrell Farraway – 637, Tom Richau Jr. – 590, John Babion – 494.

Novice Sportsman Division

Trevor Wright 614, Sean Dominey – 572, John Babion – 400.

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GODOWN & HENRY OPEN WILD CARD WEEKEND WITH WINS

Ryan Godown and TJ Henry set the pace in their respective divisions as the Bridgeport Speedway presented the first of two nights of racing to conclude their 2016 racing season.

Friday night's event was sponsored by Colonial Pipeline 8-1-1 Dig Safely and fans were treated to Colonial's heated tent where they received several giveaways and free hot dogs before the start of the racing events.

Godown, winner of two 358 Small Block Modified track championships during the 2016 season, took the lead from Ryan Krachun on lap five of the thirty lap event and then held off the challenges from 2016 Bridgeport Champion, Ryan Watt and Rick Laubach to capture the $3,000 payday.

Watt chased Godown through lapped traffic as the leaders caught the back of the field on lap eleven.  Watt closed in on Godown on several occasions but posed the biggest threat with just five laps to go when Godown battled with a lapped car in turns three and four.  Godown drifted up the track, leaving a hole that Watt quickly filled.  The lapped car made contact with Watt, allowing Laubach to make the pass for second.  The caution waved with four laps to go for the disabled car of Steve Young, setting up a single file restart.

Godown led the way without a further challenge as he took the checkered flag for his second career Bridgeport Small Block Modified win.  Laubach finished second with Watt holding on to third in spite of missing a right front shock after the incident in turns three and four.  Jeff Strunk raced from his eleventh place start to finish fourth with Brett Kressley rounding out the top five at the finish line.

Danny Bouc, Frank Cozze, Krachun, Ray Swinehart and Richie Pratt, Jr. finished sixth through tenth.

Timed hot lap sessions were run for the Big Block Modifieds and Crate/Sportsman during Friday night's event.  Brett Kressley and Ryan Anderson were awarded redraw positions in the Spirit Auto Center Big Block Modified event - Gone But Not Forgotten - on Saturday.  Stephen Kemery and Jeff Bubori were the recipients of the Sportsman and Crate redraw spots by virtue of their fast laps.

358 MODIFIEDS 1 – Ryan Godown, 2 – Rick Laubach, 3 – Ryan Watt, 4 – Jeff Strunk, 5 – Brett Kressley, 6 – Danny Bouc, 7 – Frank Cozze, 8 – Ryan Krachun, 9 – Ray Swinehart, 10 – Richie Pratt Jr, 11 – Rocco Infante, 12 – Billy VanInwegen, 13 – Ron Roberts, 14 – John Pakenham, 15 – Jason Bittner, 16 – Neil Huber, 17 – Scott Hulmes, 18 – Brian Hitz, 19 – Steve Young, 20 – Tom Sherby, 21 – Brandon Grosso, 22 – Dominick Buffalino, 23 – Matt Stangle, 24 – Chad Barney

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RANSOMVILLE SPEEDWAY FINALIZES 2016 SEASON

RANSOMVILLE, NEW YORK --Last Friday night, Ransomville Speedway put the finishing touches to its 2016 season. Nearly 200 people filled the Ransomville Fire Hall, drivers from the weekly five division program received $30,000 point fund money and hardware. The banquet completes the first season for the Atwal family ownership of the facility.

Ryan Susice of Ransomville grabbed his second consecutive 358 Modified championship. The points battle went down to the final points night with Pete Bicknell of St. Catharines, Ontario and Erick Rudolph of Ransomville, finishing second and third. Bicknell is a fourteen time Ransomville Speedway champion. Susice won three times in 2016 at Ransomville Speedway and Bicknell would have had two victories. Rudolph won five times including the Super DIRTcar 358 Modified Series event in May. Ryan leads a list of successful stock car drivers that learned from the Thursday night go-kart program.

Susice not only excelled in a 358 Modified at Ransomville Speedway. He also nearly won in a Patriot Sprint car in June. Tommy Flannigan of St. Catharines was fourth in points while Jeff McGinnis of Ransomville was fifth. Kenny Wills of Ransomville, NIck Joy of Lyndonville, NY Scott Kerwin would also also get plaques for taking feature wins.  

In the Sportsman, Matt Farnham of Tonawanda, NY is just twenty-one years old and completed his second season in the class winning the division championship. Matt would win three feature events in 2016, including the season ending King of the Hill 100. James Henry of Niagara Falls, NY was second in points while Kevin Wills of Ransomville was third in points, winning two feature events. Jesse Cotriss of Medina, NY was fourth in points winning three times. Greg Martin of Wilson, NY was fifth with also getting three wins. Chris Burek, Austin Susice, Brett Martin, Steve Lewis and Derrick Borkenhagen was won awards for winning feature events. Cotriss will be moving up the Krown Undercoating of Ransomville 358 Modifieds in 2017.

Justin McKay of North Tonawanda, NY moved into the Van Raine Construction Novice Sportsman class after spending time in the Four Banger class and responded with the division championship. Justin would win three feature events, all coming in the final four nights of the season. McKay and Andrew Spurback of Niagara Falls, NY came into the final points night tied at the top of the  Novice Sportsman points. Andrew would sell his race car in that final week, Spurback was unable to find a ride. Despite this, Andrew was able to hang on for second place in points getting three feature wins. Anthony Muscato of Lockport, NY had two wins and finished third in points. Darrell Borkenhagen of Sanborn was fourth with two wins. Garrison Krentz of North Tonawanda was fifth in points. Receiving winners plaques was Dustin Gorhan, AJ Custodi, Robbie Johnston, Chase Matteson, Chris Miller and Brandon Williams.

There was several individual awards handed out.

DRIVER OF THE YEAR: Matt Farnham...The Investors Services Sportsman Champion, King of the Hill winner and a Futures Feature winner at Super DIRT Week.  OWNER OF THE YEAR: Ray Coons, owner of the Kevin Wills driven Investors Service Sportsman. Ray has been a key part of the Ransomville Speedway pit area for several years. PAT SPINA MECHANIC OF THE YEAR: Roy Susice has been a major part in the career of his son Ryan as the second generation driver has won two straight Krown Undercoating of Ransomville 358 Modified championships.    

RAY MACIVER SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD: Pete Bicknell, made himself available to a new track preparation group at Ransomville Speedway after early season problems persisted after the new management team put on a new track surface. Pete Bicknell, responsible for putting the track in at Merrittville Speedway, has been part owner of that facility for the past fourteen years. His additional duties also include part owner of Bicknell Racing Parts, which include locations in St. Catharines, Ontario and NIagara Falls, NY. Pete also has a busy Friday/Saturday racing schedule.

BEST APPEARING-Krown Undercoating of Ransomville 358 Modifieds: Jeff McGinnis, Nick Joy; Investors Service Company Sportsman: James Henry, Jesse Cotriss; KI-Po Chevrolet Street Stocks: Chris Dziombra; Gippsters Collision Four Bangers: MIke Pahl, Anthony Guthrie; VAN RAINE CONSTRUCTION NOVICE SPORTSMAN: Robbie Johnston.

The Most Popular Driver was determined by a ballet process which could be found in the weekly Laps Program. Jeff McGinnis was the winner for the Krown Undercoating 358 Modifieds. Jesse Cotriss for the Investors Service Company Sportsman; Joey Zimmerman for the Ki-Po Chevrolet Street Stocks; For the Gippsters Collision Four Cylinders it was Cole Susice and Robbie Johnston for the Van Raine Construction Novice Sportsman.

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR-Krown Undercoating of Ransomville 358 Modifieds: Phil Vigneri III; Investors Service Company Sportsman: Austin Susice; KI-PO CHEVROLET STREET STOCKS: Ryan Hoolihan. MOST IMPROVED DRIVERS-Krown Undercoating of Ransomville: Kenny Wills; Investors Service Company Sportsman: Steve Lewis Jr; Ki-Po Chevrolet Street Stocks: Austin Hauser.

Ransomville Speedway gave out two Performance Awards. The first went to KI-Po Chevrolet Street Stock champion Cory Sawyer. Sawyer won a championship in 1996 and waited twenty years to repeat that performance. While he didn’t drive for several seasons, Sawyer could be in the Ransomville Speedway pits lending a hand to those needing it. Helping him get that second championship, Sawyer finished in top five thirteen times. Erick Rudolph kept his run at the Ransomville Speedway 358 Modified title going into the final night, despite missing three nights to run a BRP Modified Series event or something else, in which he won it’s championship. Erick was still able to finish third in Ransomville Speedway points, helped by having no finishes outside the top five and five victories.

With the change of management, The Key Player Award went to the entire staff of Ransomville Speedway, annually the award would go to one individual. The Atwal family and General Manager Tana Robinson realized the current staff has went over and beyond what has been asked of them. 

Tana Robinson addressed the gathering following and thanked everyone for it’s participation during the 2016 season.

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ALUMINUM WHEELS PERMITTED FOR NASCAR SPORTSMAN RACERS AT GRANDVIEW IN 2017

ANNUAL RACER FLEA MARKET READY FOR BUSINESS ON SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 6

BECHTELSVILLE, PA November 4, 2016 …….. The 2016 NASCAR stock car racing season was just recently completed at Grandview Speedway and changes are already being announced for 2017.

Track spokesperson Tina Rogers has announced that with the start of the new season aluminum wheels will be permitted for use by the NASCAR Sportsman stock car division.

Rules regarding weight for the three divisions of stock car racing will be discussed at a forthcoming meeting.

Additional news, regarding the new season, including the schedule, the 55th straight season of stock car racing, at Grandview will be announced in the near future.

The annual Grandview Speedway Racer’s Flea Market is set for Sunday, November 6 starting at 6:30 a.m. and running until 1 p.m. The event at the Bechtelsville, PA clay oval is open to the public free of charge. However if you are planning to sell stuff then you will have to pay $15 for a space to set up shop. The flea market takes place rain or shine. It is open to all divisions of auto racing, vendors, collectors (who knows you may find a Honus Wagner collectible card) and dealers.

This is where race teams unload some parts and equipment left from the season and perhaps make a purchase of something that will be of help for 2017.

There will be food and refreshments available. For more information contact Joanne Bailey at 484.357.5506.

And you just never know what treasure you may come across at the flea market and it often turns out to be the opportunity to catch up with old friends or make some new ones.

Information on sponsorship of events, billboard advertising and track magazine ads may be had from Ernie Saxton at 215.52.7797 or esaxton144@aol.com.

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Airborne Headed to DIRT

PLATTSBURGH- Airborne Park Speedway has officially announced their transformation from an asphalt surface to a dirt surface for the 2017 season.

The official announcement comes after many rumors about the track changing over. Airborne Promoter, John Walker, made the announcement Tuesday afternoon.

“We have been waiting to make a final decision about this,” Walker said. “After exploring options and speaking with many people, this is the right decision and were moving forward with it.”

Airborne’s 2016 regular season came to a close on September 18. The track saw tremendous improvements last season after working to restore the local car count and fan base. The goals for 2016 were met and Walker was pleased with his first season as a promoter.

The need for change is to get Airborne in the best position for longevity. Dirt racing is a hot product and this opens an avenue for great success at the local racetrack. Airborne plans on working together with other tracks and building not only the local car count, but entertaining outsiders as well.

DIRTcar will be the new sanctioning for the progressively banked half-mile track. The DIRTcar rule book will be used to allow drivers from other DIRTcar tracks to race at Airborne without having to make any major changes to their equipment.

DIRTcar Northeast Director of Series and Sanctioning, Mike Perrotte, is a Plattsburgh resident and commented on the news from the local track.

“I’m very excited to have Airborne on board as a DIRTcar member.” Perrotte said. “Airborne has always been a special place for me, I started my racing career there and also ran the track for 9 seasons.”

DIRTcar has various touring series that Airborne will look to lineup for the 2017 season.

“I’m excited about the opportunities that DIRTcar can bring to Airborne.”

The 358 Modifieds will return as the headline division on a weekly basis. 602 Crate Sportsman Modifieds will be included in the weekly racing action. Track officials will be meeting with drivers in the former Renegade and Mini Mod divisions to discuss their alignment for next season.

“I think it’s imperative that we bring the 358’s back,” Walker noted. “The fans love them and a number of the 358 teams, old and new, have been in contact with us with the rumors out there.”

Airborne Park Speedway Media Director, Robby Knowles, had been receiving calls all weekend long inquiring about the potential change for next season. All those inquiries were positive and hopeful that the rumors were true.

In addition to the calls, Airborne drivers at the end of this season were extremely supportive about the possible switch and were committed to changing their setups over for the following season.

Talks with sponsors have already gotten underway for next season. The response and support has been extremely positive and has great momentum moving forward.

“Some sponsors have already renewed and increased their commitment in response to this decision,” Walked added. “Our sponsor’s input was vital in this decision.”
When Airborne first opened back in 1954, the track had a dirt surface. Since that time, the track has changed from dirt to asphalt, back to dirt, only to go back to asphalt in 1990. The last 26 years have been spent as an asphalt track and now a new chapter will begin with the surface change.

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