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Utica-Rome Speedway Ready for Ambitious 2017 Schedule
 
VERNON, NY – After a 2016 season that saw Mother Nature take her toll on the Utica-Rome Speedway, owners Bill and Kim Shea are ready for a fresh start in 2017. The schedule for the speedway is jam packed with some new events as well as old as the track looks to diversify its offerings to reach a wider variety of race fans.

New for 2017 is the Chill Factor 40 for the Gates-Cole Auto Insurance DIRTcar Modifieds scheduled for April 2. This is one of the first events, if not the first, scheduled in New York for the Modified and 602 Sportsman divisions. The 40-lap feature offers a $3,000 to win purse with $300 going to drivers who qualify. Also on the docket that day is the DIRTcar 602 Sportsman. Their 30-lap feature is set to pay $1,000 to win with $100 reserved for any drivers that qualifies. Drivers from other divisions are welcome to attend with several open practice sessions scheduled throughout the day for them regardless of division. The nightcap for the race is the only appearance in 2017 by Kings Smash'em Crash'em Demolition Derby.

After the Chill Factor the speedway goes silent for two weeks before returning for the traditional season opener for the Gates-Cole Auto Insurance DIRTcar Modifieds, DIRTcar Sportsman and DIRTcar Pro Stocks on April 23. This year these divisions are joined by the Gladiator Twin 20's for the 360 Sprint Cars. For first time at Utica-Rome, Sprint Car teams have the chance to compete in a pair of $1,500 to win 20-lap features. Rules and qualifying procedures for the event will be announced in the coming weeks. This visit by the 360 Sprint Cars is the first of many as Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints return for their traditional dates on Memorial Day, July 4th and Labor Day weekends while the 360 Sprint Car open Cole Cup is set for October.

It was already announced over a month ago that the track is returning to the DIRTcar fold for weekly sanctioning. The opening round of points for the DIRTcar divisions begins on the April 23 date. When the announcement came it was revealed that the Super DIRTcar Series returns on July 2 for the New Yorker 100. Joining the Super DIRTcar Series big-block Modifieds are series events for the DIRTcar 358-Modifieds, DIRTcar Sportsman tour and DIRTcar Pro Stocks. Utica-Rome Speedway kicks off Super DIRT Week XLVI with the DIRTcar 358-Modified Series on Tuesday night October 3. They'll be joined by the Cole Cup for the 360 Sprint Cars as well as the 602 Sportsman division making it the only other time Sprint Cars are on the schedule during Super DIRT Week besides the World of Outlaws. The DIRTcar Sportsman and Pro Stock tours roll into town early in the season on April 30.

The DIRTcar King of Dirt Series for the Sportsman, Pro Stocks and new this year, the 358-Modifieds visits the track as well. The KoD 358-Modified Series has two dates including Victoria on July 9 and on August 20 as part of the Night of Legends program which offers quadruple 30 laps features, one each for Gates-Cole Auto Insurance DIRTcar Modifieds, KoD 358-Modifieds and the DIRTcar KoD Sportsman and Pro Stocks. Utica-Rome hosts the KoD Sportsman and Pro Stock series openers on May 14.

The Ultimate Sportsman Showdown is scheduled for July 23. Although the final details of the entire program are still being the finalized, the race is going to be worth $5,000 for the winner with $400 being reserved for feature starters. The race will be the highest Sportsman paying race in the history of the Utica-Rome Speedway. Everything is being finalized and will be released in the future.

Other touring series making visits to Utica-Rome in 2017 are the Go Nuclear Late Models on June 4 and the Capital Region Sprint Series which makes its only appearance on June 18.

The Rookie Sportsman division has joined the schedule on a semi-regular basis. They have 10 events slated for the 2017 season. Driver eligibility will be similar to other speedways in the area with only those with limited experience allowed to compete in the division.

If fans want the opportunity to take laps at the speedway the Kenny Wallace Driving Experience has two dates. On May 13 or August 12 fans can get behind the wheel any number of race cars and hit the half-mile to get the feel what our drivers experience week in and week out.

New for 2017 is the addition of Motocross racing to Utica-Rome. A course has been built behind the upper pit area off of turns one and two. Racing is set for the off-road course on June 11 (no circle track racing), September 17 and October 15. The track is still working out practice dates which will occur throughout the summer.


The popular truck pulling event returns to the track on August 25th for a second consecutive year. The track is hoping to secure a date to host a tractor pull as well. At this point no date has been finalized.

A kart track is in the stages of being built in the infield with completion expected come spring. A complete schedule of events for the kart track will be announced at a later

Several sponsorship opportunities are available for 2017 season, those interested should contact the speedway and see how Utica-Rome Speedway can help you market your business. For more information, call (315) 829-4557 or visit www.uticaromespeedway.com.
 
Date Divisions
4/2/2017 Chill Factor 40 for Modifieds ($3,000 to win $300 to start), 602 Sportsman, open practice all divisions

4/23/2017 360 Sprint Car Open Gladiator Twin 20's plus DIRTcar Modifieds, DIRTcar Sportsman, DIRTcar Pro Stocks (First Night of Points)

4/30/2017 DIRTcar Modifieds, DIRTcar Sportsman Series, and DIRTcar Pro Stock Series (Show up points for Sportsman and Pro Stocks)

5/7/2017 DIRTcar Modifieds, DIRTcar Sportsman, DIRTcar Pro Stocks and Rookie Sportsman

5/14/2017 DIRTcar Modifieds, King of Dirt Sportsman and King of Dirt Pro Stocks (Show up points for Sportsman and Pro Stocks)

5/21/2017 SPRING BREAK - No Racing

5/28/2017 Empire Super Sprints, DIRTcar Modifieds, DIRTcar Sportsman and DIRTcar Pro Stocks

6/4/2017 Go Nuclear Late Models plus DIRTcar Modifieds, DIRTcar Sportsman, DIRTcar Pro Stocks and Rookie Sportsman

6/18/2017  CRSA Sprint Cars, DIRTcar Modifieds, DIRTcar Sportsman, DIRTcar Pro Stocks and Rookie Sportsman

6/25/2017 DIRTcar Modifieds, DIRTcar Sportsman Martin Memorial, DIRTcar Pro Stocks and Rookie Sportsman (NYSSCA NIGHT)

7/2/2017 Super DIRTcar Series New Yorker 100 for DIRTcar Modifieds, Empire Super Sprints, DIRTcar Sportsman plus FIREWORKS

7/9/2017 King of Dirt 358 Modified Series Victoria plus DIRTcar Sportsman, DIRTcar Pro Stocks and Rookie Sportsman (no big-blocks)

7/16/2017 DIRTcar Modifieds, DIRTcar Sportsman, DIRTcar Pro Stocks and Rookie Sportsman

7/23/2017 Ultimate Sportsman Showdown ($5000 to win, $400 to start for 602 Sportsman) - one division program

7/30/2017 DIRTcar Modifieds, DIRTcar Sportsman, DIRTcar Pro Stocks and Rookie Sportsman

8/6/2017 DIRTcar Modifieds, DIRTcar Sportsman, DIRTcar Pro Stocks and Rookie Sportsman

8/13/2017 DIRTcar Modifieds, DIRTcar Sportsman, DIRTcar Pro Stocks and Rookie Sportsman plus Second Annual Bobby Page Backpack Givewaway

8/20/2017 Night of Legends, DIRTcar Modifieds,  King of Dirt 358-Modifieds, KoD Sportsman and KoD Pro Stocks

8/27/2017 DIRTcar Modifieds, DIRTcar Sportsman, DIRTcar Pro Stocks and Rookie Sportsman

9/3/2017 Empire Super Sprints, DIRTcar Modifieds, DIRTcar Sportsman, DIRTcar Pro Stocks and Rookie Sportsman (Championship Night)

10/3/2017 Super DIRT Week Kickoff 358 Modified DIRTcar Series, DIRTcar Sportsman plus 360 Sprint Car Cole Cup

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SHARON ANNOUNCES LAUNCH OF FAN FRIENDLY TICKETING PROGRAM FOR 2017 SPECIAL EVENTS; FANS CAN ALSO BUY OR UPGRADE TO VIP OR PATIO SEATING NIGHTLY
By Mike Leone

Hartford, OH February 16, 2017 With the 88th anniversary season about two months away, Sharon Speedway is excited to announce a new ticketing program for special events for the upcoming season. In addition, fans will have the ability to purchase tickets for VIP or patio seating on a nightly basis.

The 2017 season will get underway on Friday, April 21 with inaugural appearance by the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series. Tony Stewart's Arctic Car All Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Cars will make two appearance; the first on Tuesday, June 20 for Ohio Speedweek and then again on Saturday, July 8 for the ninth annual "Lou Blaney Memorial. The Super DIRTcar Series for Big-Block Modifieds return for the second straight year on Thursday, July 20.

General admission and reserved seating is $25 for the Lucas Oil, Ohio Speedweek and Lou Blaney Memorial, and $20 for the Super DIRTcar show. Fans will be able to log onto SharonSpeedway.com and click on the purchase tickets link. From there, you'll be able to purchase tickets and now be able to either print at home or download on your smartphones- a great new convenience! Fans will continue to be able to purchase advance general admission tickets as well.

Also, new VIP suite and patio seating will be available for the 2017 season. These can be purchased online as well for the special events or upgraded nightly at the track office. You may also call ahead of time to purchase for a particular night.

The VIP seating is an additional $20 over the cost of general admission ticket pricing and features an enclosed, climate-controlled suite that will have 16 seats available for purchase each night this year. This large suite is located on the third floor, and has a restroom exclusively for this level. This is the best seat in the house! There's eight chairs up front with a drink ledge and eight bistro-style chairs with tables behind.

Patio seating is just $5 over the cost of general admission ticket pricing. This is located at the top of the covered grandstand where you can sit comfortably with extra leg room in director chairs with arms and backs. The front row has a ledge for drinks, while the back row has high director chairs. There's eight seats in each patio.

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Huge Payout Set For Georgetown Speedway 2017 Northeast Modified Opener Melvin L. Joseph Memorial March 11

GEORGETOWN, DE – Historic Georgetown Speedway in Delaware is set to host the Northeast's season-opening dirt Modified race of 2017.

On Saturday, March 11, big-block/small-block Modifieds circle the half-mile clay oval for the 49-lap Melvin L. Joseph Memorial, held in memory of the speedway founder, motorsports pioneer and First State business icon. The Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By VP opens its eight-race Velocita-USA South Region at Georgetown.

Not only is the Melvin L. Joseph Memorial the season opener for STSS Modifieds in '17; it's also very lucrative!

A base payout of more than $27,000 has been set with a non-top-heavy structure rewarding drivers through the field.

In accordance with Melvin Joseph's lucky number of 49, the race winner receives $4,900.

The full purse breakdown is as follows: 1) $4,900; 2) $3,000; 3) $2,000; 4) $1,500; 5) $1,400; 6) $1,150; 7) $1,125; 8) $1,100; 9) $1,050; 10) $1,000; 11) $750; 12) $650; 13) $600; 14) $550; 15) $525; 16) $515; 17) $510; 18) $505; 19) $500; 20) $490; 21-28) $490 29-30) Alternate or Points Provisional.

Lap money, bonuses and contingency/product awards will "sweeten the pot" for competitors as well.

A pair of practice sessions will precede the opener, set for Saturday, March 4 and Saturday, March 10, respectively.

Complete Melvin L. Joseph Memorial times, rules and information can be found at the following link: http://www.thegeorgetownspeedway.com/?page_id=580

A rain date of Sunday, March 12 is in place if needed.

Overnight camping will be permitted on site and teams may leave their haulers in the pit area from Friday to Saturday.

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McLaughlin and Hearn Team Up for 2017
 
By Mandee Pauch
DIRTcar Racing PR
 
CONCORD, N.C.- January 7, 2017 - The young gun from Mooresville, N.C., Max McLaughlin, has his site set on big things for this upcoming season as he will have a new crew chief by his side for his run with the Super DIRTcar Series.
 
Heinke-Baldwin Racing has added Matt Hearn to the team as crew chief of the No. 6H machine. McLaughlin's father, 'Magic Shoes' Mike McLaughlin, was his son's crew chief for his first season with the Series. 'Magic Shoes' will now be overseeing the entire HBR team in the shop and on the road.
 
Hearn, former crew chief for modified driver Tyler Dippel, will be following McLaughlin for the entire Super DIRTcar Series tour as well as select shows at Brewerton Speedway on Friday nights.
 
"I'm looking forward to the resources that they have," Hearn said. "They have an unbelievable team and have way more resources than anybody else. They're a good group of guys to work with."
 
The last time Hearn followed the entire Series was when he worked as the fulltime crew chief for his uncle, Brett Hearn  in 2012.
 
McLaughlin is excited to have the opportunity to work with Hearn. "He has a pretty successful background," said McLaughlin. "He's worked a lot with his uncle as well as Dippel and [Stewart] Friesen who's had a lot of success. So I'm excited to work with him. I think it'll be good for the both of us."
 
During mid-season last year, McLaughlin's teammate, Jimmy Phelps, made the big switch from Troyer Racecars to Teo Pro. "Once Al [Heinke] came down and got Jimmy's cars from us I started to go up there and help them test," Hearn said. "They mentioned they were looking for someone that'll go on the road and help Max that knows the car."
 
Teo Pro is Hearn's family run business and with Hearn's knowledge, McLaughlin is confident in him. "Matt's really smart and the connection with Teo works really well for us," McLaughlin said. "I think it will be good to have someone closer to my age to work with."
 
The new combination will have their first test and tune at  DIRTcar Nationals in February at Volusia Speedway Park. McLaughlin will be put to the test as he will have a new crew chief and a completely new car. "I've been to Florida a few times and I like that place a lot," McLaughlin said. "It'll be my first time in a Teo car so we'll see how it goes."
 
McLaughlin is very eager to get to DIRTcar Nationals with Hearn to see how they will work together. "I think it'll be a great deal for the both of us and hopefully we can come out with a win or two," stated McLaughlin.
 
Last year was McLaughlin's first full season with the Super DIRTcar Series, finishing 13th overall in the championship point standings. McLaughlin is getting a head start to the season, as he is one of the first drivers to sign up for the 2017 platinum agreement.
 
With Hearn's knowledge and McLaughlin's notes from his first season, the new team will be one to watch this upcoming season.

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Albany-Saratoga Crowns 2016 Champions At Annual Banquet

For Immediate Release

By Toby LaGrange/Albany-Saratoga Speedway PR

February 5th, 2017

Saratoga Springs, NY – The Albany-Saratoga Speedway officially concluded the 2016 racing season Saturday night just a few miles up the road from the fast, four tenths of a mile oval. The annual awards banquet was held at the Holiday Inn Saratoga Springs, which is located in the heart of historic Saratoga Springs.

The evening started with a message from track promoter Lyle DeVore. First DeVore gave thanks for the great evening.

"None of this you see here would be possible without the incredible hard work of Marcy," DeVore said. "She does an incredible job each year and each year she outdoes herself. I want to say thank you to Mia, Courtney, Denise and Jessica as well."

DeVore continued about the 2016 season. "The 2016 season was pretty incredible. We had some of the best racing we have had and we had some incredible finishes. Some would say that is hard to duplicate but I think the 2017 season will be awesome."

DeVore then looked ahead to the upcoming 2017 season. "We are really looking forward to this year. One guy, Mike Sowle has decided to join us for the upcoming season. We are going to have ten, $1,000 to win Sportsman events. We are doing what we can to make 2017 a monumental year."

Other special events mentioned were the Summer Showdown Triple 50 event on July 14th (Triple 50's for the DIRTcar Modified, Sportsman and DIRTcar Pro Stock divisions), Stan Da Man Night on July 28th (in honor of Lyle's father Stan, all divisions will run 32 laps with the DIRTcar Modifieds racing for $3,200 to win), the Northeast Crate Nationals and $2,500 to win Pro Stock Showdown (courtesy of Mike Sowle) on September 8th and the $1,000 to win Classic Muscle Parts Street Stock Nationals to round out the season on September 15th.

The 2017 season will also see Brett Hearn's Big Show return on June 27th (Super DIRTcar Series for Big Block Modifieds) and the inaugural appearance by Brett Deyo's Short Track Super Series (The Stampede at Togo) on August 11th.

Awards were handed out in each of the weekly divisions as well as the Greg's Towing and Repair Four Cylinder divisions.

Marc Johnson was crowned the Upstate GMC Dealers DIRTcar Modified Track Champion. Johnson claimed his first track title behind the wheel of the Johnson Family Troyer car. His four feature win propelled the Guilderland driver to the title.

""It was a hell of a season," Johnson said. "This is the best season that I have ever had; this is very special for me. My father was the glue that held our team together. It happened exactly as he would have wanted it to happen. I want to thank all of my friends and family who have gotten me here. We are going to be back next year better than ever."

Brett Hearn finished second in points with Stewart Friesen third, Kenny Tremont, Jr. fourth and Ronnie Johnson fifth. The remainder of the top ten included Keith Flach, Matt Delorenzo, L.J. Lombardo, Elmo Reckner and Don Ronca. Lombardo also earned the Rookie of the Year Award.

In the Sportsman division Jeremy Pitts claimed his third division title. Pitts visited victory lane five times during the season.

"I want to thank Lyle (DeVore) and everyone from the track," Pitts said. "I want to thank all of my crew."

Finishing in positions two through ten in the final points was Connor Cleveland, Tim Hartman, Jr., Chris Johnson, Chad Edwards, Cody Bleau, Robert Bublak, Scott Duell, Andrew Buff and Jason Gray.

The DIRTcar Pro Stock track championship went to Robbie Speed. Speed visited victory lane five times with six second place finishes and two thirds. He finished in the top five 14 times.

"To say that the 2016 season was just shy of a dream season would be an understatement," Speed said. The competition is the best that I have ever run against."

The remainder of the top ten point finishers included Walt Brownell, Brandon Emigh, Kim Duell, Dan Older, Sr., Dean Charbonneay, Nick Stone, Dave DePaulo, Norm Loubier and Gus Hollner.

Josh Coonradt dominated the Street Stock division at the Great Race Place. He was crowned 2016 track champion with eight feature wins and 13 top five finishes. He finished inside the top ten in all 18 races.

"We have never been able to put it together like this year," Coonradt said. "I want to thank everybody who helped, either a lot or a little, it went a long way."

Coonradt, who is moving into the DIRTcar Pro Stock ranks in 2017 was followed in the standings by Jason Meltz, Jeff Meltz, Sr., Paul Braymer, Damon Anderson, Scott Lawrence, David Shippee, Chase Aussicker, Hunter Sanchez and Mark Burch.

The Greg's Towing and Repair Four Cylinder division track champions were also honored. They were Steve Ryan (Dual Cam) and Mike Parodi (Single Cam). Parodi will be moving to the Limited Sportsman division in 2017.

While no point standings are kept in the Limited Sportsman division, Driver of the Year awards were presented to those drivers graduating from the division. A driver graduates when the win three feature events. The award winners were Jack Lehner, Zach Daurio and Nick Fretto.

Each season the Albany-Saratoga Speedway Spirit Award is handed out. This year it was awarded to Dick Hicks of HICO Fabrication.

"I am really honored by this award," Hicks said. "This is a great racing community, we all work hard and do our best to go to the front."

The Memorable Moment Awards were awarded to Ray Hoard (DIRTcar Modified), Tim Hartman, Jr. (Sportsman), Robbie Speed (DIRTcar Pro Stock) and Josh Coonradt (Street Stock).

It was also announced that the Street Stock division will continue to compete in heat races in 2017. The driver who wins the most heat races at seasons end will earn $300 courtesy of Damon Anderson. The remaining drivers will have their names entered into a draw with two winning $100 each, also courtesy of Damon Anderson.

For more information on the Albany-Saratoga Speedway log on to www.albany-saratogaspeedway.com. Updates on the 2017 racing season will be posted when available.

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Williams Returns To Bridgeport in 2017

Neal Williams will be returning to Bridgeport once again in 2017 after making a return in the middle of the season last year.  Williams, once again will be steering the wheel of the Overhead Door No. 0 for long-time car owner Sal Debruno.  "It felt so good to be back home last year.  I mean I grew up at Bridgeport and I've always run good there.  We got the car better and better each race, right to where I finally knew where we had to have it," relayed Williams.  "We didn't change much this winter at all.  I know how the car needs to be and we found it last year."

'The Wheel' will be driving a Teo-Pro car powered by a Morrison Big Block.  Neal's '17 schedule consists of all of Bridgeport's shows, Brett Deyo's South Series, and all of Georgetown and Delmar's races that don't conflict.  "Our goal is to win 5 races this year with this aggressive schedule.  I also want to win the Bridgeport championship as well.  Anything less than a top 3 in points would be disappointing to say the least."  Williams has modified wins at Bridgeport, Big Diamond, Georgetown, NES, and Volusia, while also claiming the 2011 Sportsman championship race at Syracuse.

Some of the sponsors on the Overhead Door car that can be seen will be Overhead Door of South Jersey, Williams Truck Parts, Jones Pulleys, Fox Shocks, DMI, and Teo.  "We're working on some more sponsors.  Some places want to be on board with us coming back to Bridgeport which is pretty neat.  I can tell you one thing:  There's gonna be a whole new look for the Overhead car this year," hinted Williams.  Some of the guys that can be found wrenching on the Neal's car are his father Ronnie Williams, Uncle Bob, Jimmy, Wayne, and Al (Gratto).  In 2015 Neal Williams won a 358 Small Block race and the Big Block Poker Series in just a few visits.  In 2016 his finishes were progressively improving.  The Williams-Debruno Team is looking to combine the past two seasons experiences and apply them to a successful 2017 year.

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Northeast Modified Opener Set For Georgetown Speedway Saturday, March 11; Short Track Super Series Melvin L. Joseph Memorial Kicks Off 2017

GEORGETOWN, DE – After a highly attended Motorsports 2017 Racecar & Trade Show in Oaks, Pa., and a pair of mild, sunny January days, fans and competitors have the itch to go racing.

For dirt Modified enthusiasts, their thirst for on-track action will be quenched by Georgetown Speedway on Saturday, March 11.

The Melvin L. Joseph Memorial, for the second consecutive year, launches the Northeast Modified season with the lid-lifter for the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By VP Velocita South Region. Big-block/small-block Modifieds headline the program in a 49-lap main paying $4,900 to win and $490 to start plus bonuses at the historic half-mile track.

The event honors the memory of Melvin L. Joseph, the founder of Georgetown Speedway and a Sussex County business icon who was also a pioneer in the NASCAR community as a car owner and builder of Dover (Del.) International Speedway. Mr. Joseph passed away in 2005 but his legacy continues.

Mr. Joseph's family will be present at the event and his lucky number '49' will be prominent throughout the day.

The Melvin L. Joseph Memorial is the first of eight STSS Velocita South Region events to be contested in 2017 and launches the series' lucrative championship battle.

A year ago, Jeff Strunk appeared to have a victory in sight with the Glenn Hyneman No. 126 before an axle broke during the race's late stages. Anthony Perrego, the rising star from Montgomery, N.Y., earned the $5,229 Melvin L. Joseph Memorial victory over 17th-starting David Van Horn Jr., early leader Andy Bachetti, Ryan Godown and a charging Jordan Watson.

Joining the STSS Modifieds on the program are the Crate 602 Sportsman paying $1,000 to win and $100 to start plus Southern Delaware Vintage Stock Cars, Little Lincolns, Delmarva Chargers and Delaware Super Trucks.

On March 11, pit gates will open at noon. Grandstand gates will be unlocked at 1 p.m. Hot laps get underway at 3 p.m., with racing at 4 p.m.

Adult grandstand admission is $20. Seniors (ages 65 and up) and Students (ages 13-17) pay $16. Kids 9-12 pay $10 and Children eight and under are FREE. Pit admission is $35 (ages 13 and up), $10 (ages 6-12) and $2 (five and under).

A rain date of Sunday, March 12 is in place for the Melvin L. Joseph Memorial.

Two practice sessions will precede this event. The first is set for Saturday, March 4. The second takes place on Friday night, March 10.

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MEETING NOTES FROM FONDA/GLEN RIDGE COMPETITION MEETING ON JANUARY 18

Fonda, NY – On Wednesday January 18 a meeting for drivers and owners who plan to compete at the Fonda Speedway and/or the Glen Ridge Motorsports Park in the Modified, Sportsman, and Rookie Sportsman divisions was held at the Winners Circle Restaurant in Fonda, NY.

Discussed at the meeting by Demitraszek Enterprises management included the following:

March 17, 18, & 19 will bring the 2ND Annual Northeast Auto Racing Expo to the Via Port Rotterdam Mall and this year is of special importance as the management of Fonda and Glen Ridge will be celebrating the career of videographer Bob James of BOBCO VIDEO. His career has spanned 25 years at the “Track of Champions” and on Saturday the 18th Demitraszek Enterprises will honor Bob and his efforts of the last 25 years.

If you have interesting facts you would like to share about Bobco please join us and contribute to the celebration. The car show is now filled up with a total of 74 entries and the pit crew challenge will return with Shawn Pangman already working on that project.

Glen Ridge will keep the same rules as last year, going off the DIRTcar rulebook except for some motor options. Motors will be bubbled at both Fonda and Glen Ridge in 2017.

Ed Brassmaster will be the tech inspector at Fonda and also at Glen Ridge when time allows and he will also be working for DIRTcar as well. Mark Sullivan will join him in tech at Fonda.

Demitraszek Enterprises is trying to get permission to kick off the 2017 season on the first or second week of April with the annual Ice Jam event. If that is allowed it may be co-promoted by Danny Johnson.

Some 2017 schedule highlights:
7/8 – Twin 20’s for Sportsman. Each event will count separately for DIRTcar.

7/15 – URC Sprints will return.

8/5 – Jack Johnson Tribute race for Modifieds with Sportsman and Pro Stocks also on the racing card.

8/19 – Night of Features returns with triple 20’s for the Modifieds.

9/22 & 9/23 – Thunder on the Mohawk Weekend – Super DIRTcar Series for Modifieds on Saturday along with the Pro Stocks (not sure of what date the Pro Stocks will compete as of yet), and the DIRTcar Eastern Region King of Dirt Sportsman event.

6/4 & 9/24 the Kenny Wallace Driving Experience will be on track at Fonda. For more information you can go to their website www.dirtracewithkenny.com

The Bill Ag (Bill Anagnostopulos) race and the Hondo Classic event will return to Fonda in 2017 with no dates announced for those events as of yet.

Promoter Pete Demitraszek is trying to secure sponsors for each division at both Fonda and Glen Ridge for the 2017-racing season. The Fonda Speedway point fund will be paid to the top ten in the Modified, Sportsman, and Pro Stock divisions for 2017!

On Wednesday January 25th a meeting will be held for the Pro Stock, Street Stock, IMCA Modified and Cruiser division drivers and owners and it will take place at the Winners Circle Restaurant in Fonda, NY beginning at 6:30pm.

DIRTcar Racing and Hoosier Tire Extend Northeast Partnership

CONCORD, NC - (Jan. 20, 2017) - DIRTcar Racing is proud to announce a multi-year extension with Hoosier Racing Tire encompassing DIRTcar Racing's Northeast weekly racing divisions and touring series, including the Super DIRTcar Series, the premier traveling tour for Big-Block Modifieds in North America.

As part of the agreement Hoosier Tire will provide the same great products to racers at weekly DIRTcar sanctioned tracks competing in the Big Block Modified, 358 Modified, Sportsman Modified and Pro Stock divisions. Hoosier will also continue as the Official Racing Tire of the Super DIRTcar Series and Super DIRT Week.

"We have developed a great relationship with DIRTcar and are very happy to have them back on board for years to come," stated Hoosier Tire Business Unit Manager, Neil Cowman. "The dirt Northeast Modifieds tracks, which contain business in both the United States and Canada, have always been a core part of our business. We look forward to offering the same great products for all the drivers and teams."

"We are excited to extend the long-standing partnership with Hoosier Racing Tire," added Brian Carter, CEO of DIRTcar Racing. "We continue to build on the strength of both organizations and provide stability into the future to preserve the region's strong racing heritage."

DIRTcar is the world leader in the sanctioning and promotion of dirt track auto racing. Hoosier Racing Tire's mission is to be the dominant, customer driven, provider of racing tires to racing teams domestically and internationally.

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HBR Team Ready to Take on Volusia Speedway Park

All ducks are in a row as they plan to head south for the winter

By Mandee Pauch
 
After opting out of DIRTcar Nationals in 2016, one of the most notable Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modified teams will be going all out come February.
 
The Heinke-Baldwin Racing (HBR) team includes driver of the No. 98h Jimmy Phelps and driver of the No. 6h Max McLaughlin. Both drivers of the HBR stable will be making their first appearance of the season at the fast half-mile clay oval at Volusia Speedway Park, February 22-25.
 
Phelps' Crew chief, Kurt Wiegel, is looking forward to getting back to Volusia. "We took a break from it," said Wiegel about the 2016 DIRTcar Nationals. "We were doing a bunch of testing this time last year instead of going to Florida."
 
It was this time last year when 16-year-old McLaughlin, of Mooresville, N.C., made the move to run with HBR. "We thought it would be a good idea to go down and race with Max being onboard for a full year. Everyone's here, and we're all working together, so we're looking forward to going down there," said Wiegel.
 
Wiegel and the HBR team feel that DIRTcar Nationals is a great time to work through any kinks or adjustments that need to be made before racing kicks off in the Northeast.
 
McLaughlin's youthfulness and talent have sparked much interest throughout the past year as he wrapped up his first full season, finishing 13th overall in the championship point standings. Although this year will be his first time appearing at the track in a Big-Block Modified, McLaughlin is confident heading into DIRTcar Nationals.
 
"Volusia is one of my favorite tracks," McLaughlin said. "I ran a UMP Modified there the last two years. We were one of two cars in the top-10 every night last year out of eight nights. Laps on the track help being able to know when the track will change. I'm just looking forward to going down there and having some good runs."
 
Teammate Phelps is looking forward to getting back on the race track after a long winter break. "It's nice to take a little bit of a break when the season ends, but once you sit down you're itching to go again," Phelps said. The driver from Baldwinsville, N.Y. closed out his 2016 season with two Series wins and a seventh-place finish in the championship point standings.
 
Phelps is one of the few Super DIRTcar Series drivers who have yet to win at Volusia. "I've probably been down [to Volusia Speedway Park] a handful of times," said Phelps. "These guys are the best. You get down there, and it's a Series race, plus you get some really good guys that don't follow the tour, so it's hard to win. The track is challenging."
 
The HBR team is eager to get their hands dirty at DIRTcar Nationals.
 
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DELAWARE INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY DISTRIBUTES $45,000 AT 2016 BANQUET

By Charlie Brown, Laurel, DE – A sold out crowd of over 400 packed the Laurel Fire Hall on Saturday night to celebrate the champions in the five weekly divisions from the 2016 season at the Delaware International Speedway. $45,000 in cash plus contingencies were distributed to the top ten drivers in the five weekly divisions.

H.J. Bunting of Milford, Del. successfully defended his 2015 NAPA Big Block Modifed Championship in 2016 for his seventh overall crown in the division tying Bobby Wilkins for all-time championships. The division saw 11 different drivers score wins and Bunting's four wins and consistent finishes in the Jake Marine owed No. 85 was enough to earn him the crown. Bunting earned 1820 points and $5500 for winning the title over up and coming talent, Matt Hawkins of Hartley, De. Hawkins had two wins and earned 1705 points. Third went to Laurel, Del.'s Scott VanGorder who scored a win and totaled 1469 points.

Rounding out the top ten with their point totals were: 4. Dave Dissinger, 1418; 5. Howard, O'Neal, 1318; 6. Rookie of the Year Brandon Watkins, 1188; 7. Michael White, 1050; 8. Dale Hawkins, 1039; 9. Carson Wright, 986 and 10. Robert Dutton, 961. award. Trophies were presented by NAPA Auto Parts of Delmarva.

In the S.R Pete & Sons Super Late Models, Donald Lingo, Jr. of Millsboro, Del. increased his championship total to seven by successfully defending last year's crown. Lingo, Jr. drove his Lingo Marine Ford prepared by his father to four wins and battled right down to the final week to earn 1813 points and $5500. Nick Davis of Gumboro, Del. chased Lingo, Jr. to the wire for the second year in a row earning one win and 1658 points for second. Third went to former champion, Ricky Elliott who won three mains plus the modified/late model shootout and earned 1460 points.

Fourth through tenth were: 4. Dylan Evans, 1355; 5. Joe Warren, 1298, 6. Herb Tunis, 1034; 7. Kerry King, Sr. 889; 8. Amanda Whaley, 888; 9. Kellie Lewis, 760 and 10. Mark Pettyjohn, 588. Trophies were presented by S.R. Pete & Sons HVAC.

Earning his first championship in the AC Delco PSC Modifieds was Jordn Justice of Laurel, Del. Justice posted his first win of the season in week two and never looked back earning 4 more wins and 1905 points to clench the title. Dwayne Crockett of Laurel had his best year to date which included winning the Fall Championship for a total o 1690 points. Third would go to defending champion, Devin Dodson of Bishopville, Md. who's total was 1213 points with two season wins. Justice's championship was worth $1500.

Finishing fourth through tenth were: 4. Rookie of the Year Adam White, 1053; 5. Jason Rush, 984; 6. David Jenkins, 980; 7. Ryan Riddle, 961; 8. Brian Hitz, 905; 9. Matt Smith, 900 and 10. Ryan Mortimer, 862. Trophies were presented by Ronnie Holloway, Jr. of R.C. Holloway, Co.

Another driver earning his first championship title was Sparky White of Delmar, Del. Sparky became the third generation in his family to win a title at the track posting just two wins but earning a total of 1689 points to win $1500 and the Crate Model title. Former champion, Tyler Reed of Milton, Del. put together another great season posting one win and finishing just 40 points back with 1649. Robbie Walls, Jr. of Georgetown third place finish was his best to date with one win and 1579 points.

Fourth through tenth in the Crate Models were: 4. Charles Shawver, 1550; 5. Mike Wilson, 1499; 6. Zac Weller, 1247; 7. Rookie of the Year Wes Clifton, 1175; 8. Mike Wharton, 1034; 9. Billy Thompson, 1000 and 10. Derek Magee, 898. Trophies were presented by Fred Elliott of Gordon Food Services.

2016 was the break through season in a big way for James Hill of Laurel, Del. in the Mod Lites. Hill had come close to winning the title on several occasions but he was not to be denied this season. Right from the drop of the green Hill strung together seven consecutive wins. He posted 13 wins overall including the Fall Championship earning him 2086 points and $1100. Last year's champion, Tim White of Salisbury, Md. was the closest to Hill at the end earning a win and 1743 points for second. Returning to action in 2016 was former four time champion, Brandon Dennis who's two wins and 1599 points netted him third overall.

Finishing fourth through tenth were: 4. Ryan Dryden, 1541; 5. Aaron VanVorst, 1525; 6. James Wood, 1269. 7.Jake Nelson, 1250; 8. Nick Nash, 1122; 9. Curt Miles, Jr., 1096 and 10. Kirk Miles, 1076. Trophies were presented by Pepsi Bottling Ventures.

Mod Lite driver, Aaron VanVorst was the recipient of the "2016 Kyle Dixon Youth Achievement Award." Jean Powell received a plaque for 20 years of service and Hiram Littleton received a plaque for 10 years of service.

All champions received championship jackets from Lias Tire & American Racer plus Hoosier Tire provided jackets to Donald Lingo, Jr. and James Hill. Other contingencies included custom designed trophies from the Metal Shop and bracelets for a loved one. Big Block driver, Dave Dissinger won a John Deere pressure washer courtesy of Taylor & Messick John Deere of Harrington. All champions received "gold cards" good for free admission in 2017. Bunting, Justice and White received reserved pit parking spots while Lingo, Jr. got a second season pit pass and Hill received a night at the races for his family and friends.

Special thanks and plaques went to the 2016 Delaware International Speedway Money Trail sponsors including: AC Delco and RC Holloway, Co.; American Racer and Lias Tire Racing Division; Delmarva Drivers Club; Delmarva NAPA Auto Parts; Elliott Farms; GFS Marketplace; Hoosier Tire Mid Atlantic; Insinger Performance, Inc. K&B Auto; The Metal Shop; Pepsi Bottling Co. of Salisbury, Md.; Midlantic Machinery of Laurel; Pro Race Cars; S.R. Pete & Sons HVAC; Taylor & Messick John Deere and L&J Sheetmetal and Industrial Maintence of Laurel.

The 2017 schedule is near completion and will be available on the web at www.delawareracing.com in the near future.

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2017 Super DIRTcar Series Buzz
By Mandee Pauch
 
CONCORD, N.C. - Jan. 13, 2017 - Over the course of the 117-day offseason, a lot can change - some of it surprising, and some far too predictable. One thing is for sure, the Super DIRTcar Series offseason has been abuzz.
 
The 2017 schedule will have a slightly different feel to it from previous seasons. The Super DIRTcar Series will cover 25 tracks, spanning over six states and two Canadian provinces. The Series will make its return to the 5/8 high-banked dirt oval Bridgeport (N.J.) Speedway and the 3/8 semi-banked clay oval Oshweken (Ont. Canada) Speedway. For the first time, the Big-Block Modifieds will take on the newly converted dirt track of Airborne Speedway (Plattsburg, N.Y.) and the fast four-tenths-mile Outlaw Speedway (Dundee, N.Y.).
 
The 2016 season was dominated by none other than the now five-time Super DIRTcar Series Champion Matt Sheppard. Sheppard collected 12 Series wins, breaking the Series record for the most wins in a season. The previous mark was set at 10 by Billy Decker.
 
The Waterloo native was recently recognized for his accomplishments with top honors as the Richie Evans Memorial Northeast Driver of the Year at the Eastern Motorsport Press Association (EMPA) Hall of Fame Banquet.
 
While drivers and crews have been working hard on their machines over the winter break, a look ahead on what to expect surrounding the 2017 Super DIRTcar Series season.
 
Changing Hands
 
Tim Fuller, who placed third in points last season, has signed on with new Big-Block Modified car owner Ray Graham.  Teammate Kody Graham will accompany Fuller as the driving duo tackle the 2017 Super DIRTcar Series schedule.
 
Big-Block Modified personality, Peter Britten, was recently released from HBR Racing in late-December. Britten was not without a ride for long as he landed a ride with veteran racer Andy Romano. Britten will make the haul south for DIRTcar Nationals to run with the Super DIRTcar Series in February, but thereon plans to race at Albany-Saratoga Speedway's weekly shows under the Friday night lights
 
One of the biggest Super DIRTcar Series standouts will be turning a new key. Earlier this week, last year's Bud Light 300 Champion Stewart Friesen announced that he plans to race full-time in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series for the 2017 season. Friesen, the runner-up in last season's point rankings, was quoted in a recent article that he still plans to race at least two nights of DIRTcar Nationals with hopes of running a third depending on his NASCAR schedule. With new Big-Block Modifieds currently being built, do not expect Friesen to shy too far away from the Super DIRTcar Series in 2017.

Joining The Series
 
The offseason allows teams to regroup and prepare for the upcoming season. While drivers and teams make their changes, two notable drivers will be joining the illustrious Super DIRTcar Series team this season.
 
The young gun from Fayetteville, N.Y., Mike Maresca, ran more than half of the Super DIRTcar Series races last year and is now looking to join the national tour.
 
"We visited a lot of the tracks last year in our first year with the Big Block and decided that it was time to compete on the highest level and try to get our program together," Maresca said.
 
Maresca's best finish with the Series came in October during Super DIRT Week as he collected an eighth place finish in the Bud Light 300 at Oswego Speedway.
 
The driver of the No. 96 Big Block Modified, J.F. Corriveau, will also be making the leap into the Series as he will be joining Maresca and other returning teams for the 2017 season.
 
Looking Ahead
 
Super DIRTcar Series Rookie of the Year, Max McLaughlin, will be one to keep your eyes on as he heads into his second full season with HBR Racing and the Super DIRTcar Series. The 16-year-old McLaughlin was recently awarded the John Blewett III Young Guns Award at the EMPA Awards Banquet for his efforts. The second-generation driver - the son of 'Magic-Shoes' Mike McLaughlin - is based out of Mooresville, N.C. came off of his first season with a strong 13th-place finish in the point's championship. McLaughlin's best finish of 2016 came in July at Sharon Speedway with a sixth-place finish.
 
Another challenger on the Series out of King Ferry, N.Y., Mike Mahaney, finished his first season on the tour with an 11th-place finish in the series championship point standings. The driver of the No. 88 Buzz Chew Racing has several Big-Block Modified wins under his belt but has his sites set on his first ever Super DIRTcar Series victory.
 
For the first time in 20 years, the Super DIRTcar Series winningest driver went winless in 2016. Despite Brett Hearn's unusual season, the Super DIRTcar Series eight-time champion is no stranger to victory lane. Hearn is just eightwinsaway from reaching the remarkable milestone of 900 career wins across his racing career. Hearn's first shot at adding to his win total will come at DIRTcar Nationals in February.
 
News Maker
 
The Super DIRTcar Series regular, Larry Wight, is making his second appearance at the annual Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals this week and is making it known where his racing roots are from.
 
Wight fended off a late-race charge by Zach Daum to finish second to Tyler Courtney in Tuesday nights A-Main after starting from the seventh starting position. The second-place finish locked Wight into Saturday's crowned jewel A-Main event.
 
"Me and (Tim) McCreadie are the only modified guys from the northeast," Wight said. "We're kind of hidden up there with our slick tracks and this is when it helps us. Normally we don't race until Volusia (DIRTcar Nationals) so to break the dust off the fire suit and the helmet in the beginning of the year helps get the ball rolling for the momentum."
 
Five nights of qualifying, more than 370 drivers competing in arguably one of the biggest dirt races of the year and Super DIRTcar Series regular, "Lightning" Larry Wight has locked it into Saturday Nights A-Main.
 
The Super DIRTcar Series first race of the season will kickoff at Volusia Speedway Park in February for the DIRTcar Nationals as Series regulars will take on invaders from all across the Northeast in hopes to bring home the coveted "Big Gator" trophy. The DIRTcar Nationals offers four nights of ground pounding, earth shaking, window rattling, Big Block Modified action-packed racing at the fast half-mile on February 22-25th.

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Friesen's Big-Block Modified Roots Helped Create NASCAR Ride

By Clayton Johns
 
CONCORD, N.C. - Jan. 11, 2017 - One of the biggest stars of the Super DIRTcar Series will race full-time in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series come 2017. Sprakers, NY driver Stewart Friesen has partnered with Chris Larsen to create Halmar Friesen Racing for his first full-time foray into NASCAR Racing, he announced Monday. Tommy Baldwin Jr. will be the team's crew chief.
 
"We got our feet wet in it last year and the opportunity came to team up with Tommy Baldwin and his operation so it was a no-brainer for us. We combined forces and I'm really looking forward to it," Friesen said.
 
Friesen made his NASCAR Truck Series debut last July at Eldora Speedway, NASCAR's only race on dirt. The ride was supposed to be a one-time deal, but quickly blossomed into five more races for Friesen before the end of 2016. It led to the formation of his new team, which will be based in Mooresville, NC.
 
"We had just planned to do Eldora and have some fun with it, but it kind of lit a fire under everyone and the decision was made to try and do more," Friesen explained. "We really learned a lot and met some great people along the way. Now we've kind of upped our game to the next level."
 
Friesen's opportunities in the NASCAR Truck Series have come largely from his ability to develop a complete driver's skillset while racing 800-horsepower Big-Block Modifieds in the Northeast.
 
He's honed his skills with plenty of success in the process. Friesen has 23 career Super DIRTcar Series victories to his name and countless other weekly triumphs over the last decade. He also has one win with the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series, which came at Ohsweken Speedway in July 2015.
 
"Big-Block Modifieds are hard to drive. There's a lot of power, not a lot of grip and you're sliding around. It's really great racing. You really do develop a skillset to be well-rounded and adaptable into other cars," Friesen said.
 
Friesen's 2016 Super DIRTcar Series season was a successful one that included a second-place overall finish in series points and his fifth Super DIRT Week victory in the inaugural event held at Oswego Speedway last October. Friesen felt the offer to run the NASCAR Truck Series on a full-time basis was a natural progression and an offer he couldn't refuse.
 
While NASCAR is gaining one of dirt track racing's brightest stars, Big-Block Modified fans aren't losing one of their own. Friesen made it clear he has no intentions of slowing down to one race per week with NASCAR.
 
"We're still going to run a lot of Modified races. We're building two new cars in our shop and with some Sprint Car stuff, we'll be probably busier next year than we were this past year," Friesen said, adding his home will still be in Sprakers, NY.
 
"Once we get more of our travel schedule ironed out by the end of January, we'll be able to fill in the blanks on the Modified stuff. I'm hoping to do 40-50 races."
 
Already penciled in are Big-Block Modified races at Volusia Speedway Park during the DIRTcar Nationals in February. The Big-Blocks compete at the fast, Florida half-mile February 22-25. Friesen will race at least two of those nights with the possibility of a third depending on his NASCAR schedule at Daytona.
 
"We're bringing a new car down to Volusia so we're really looking forward to that," he added.
 
Friesen also confirmed that the NASCAR Truck Series schedule aligns perfectly to allow him to challenge for a sixth career Super DIRT Week victory when the event returns to Oswego on October 4-8, 2017.
 
Regardless of how far Friesen's NASCAR venture takes him, it's clear Big-Block Modified racing will be at the core of his love for racing.
 
"I'll always love Modified racing. It's awesome. It's pure, it's raw. It's a very even playing field. You can create your own results by hard work."

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The Countdown is on to the 46th Annual DIRTcar Nationals

Super event to draw dirt racing's biggest names - and more!

CONCORD, N.C. - January 11, 2017 - In just a little more than 30 days, the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series will embark on a new season and renew the stakes at one of dirt racing's biggest shows. The 46th annual DIRTcar Nationals, from February 14-25, offers 12 action-packed days of racing featuring multiple series.

The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series, accompanied by the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions, will compete for the coveted Big Gator trophy through five days of sprint car racing. The World of Outlaws, succeeding the All Stars with three days of racing from February 17-19, will make its 34th appearance in 14 years at Volusia Speedway Park. The Outlaw sprint cars debuted there in 1981.

In the 34 races at the semi-banked half-mile course, eight-time series champion Donny Schatz has claimed eight victories. Notably, Schatz has earned one of the three nights consecutively since 2014; fellow series top-runner Brad Sweet shares his feat, capturing four of the last nine races since then.

Last season Sweet doubled his successes at the track, being the first to win multiple nights since all-time wins holder Steve Kinser in 2011. Though the Outlaws share the spotlight in the 410 division, another series driver has solidified his prowess in the series' annual grand introduction. Paul McMahan established the track record of 12.569 seconds the year Kinser doubled-down.

The historic DIRTcar Nationals is the most accessible motorsports event during the Florida in February jaunt. Every ticket is a hot pass, so fans can get up close and personal to all the action. Fans will be able to meet their favorite drivers from each of the competing series below.

Tickets for DIRTcar Nationals start at just $20 and are on sale now by calling 844-DIRT-TIX (347-8849), or by visiting http://www.DIRTcarNationals.com.

Visit http://www.DIRTcarNationals.com for the latest news and information from the event. Follow DIRTcar Nationals on Twitter at http://www.Twitter.com/DIRTcarNats.

DIRTcar Nationals Schedule
Date
Series    Series
Tuesday, February 14, 2017
UMP Modifieds    Sprint Car open Practice
Wednesday, February 15, 2017    All Star Circuit of Champions Sprints    UMP Modifieds
Thursday, February 16, 2017    All Star Circuit of Champions Sprints    UMP Modifieds
Friday, February 17, 2017    World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series    UMP Modifieds
Saturday, February 18, 2017    World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series    UMP Modified Gator Qualifying 1
Sunday, February 19, 2017    World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series    UMP Modified Gator Qualifying 2
Monday, February 20, 2017    DIRTcar Late Models    UMP Modified Gator Championship
Tuesday, February 21, 2017    DIRTcar Late Models    UMP Modified triple  20's
Wednesday, February 22, 2017    DIRTcar Late Models Swamp King Champ    SDS Big Block Modifieds
Thursday, February 23, 2017    World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Models    SDS Big Block Modifieds
Friday, February 24, 2017    World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Models    SDS Big Block Modifieds
Saturday, February 25, 2017    World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Models    SDS Big Block Modifieds

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PETER BRITTEN TO RUN WEEKLY AT ALBANY-SARATOGA

Andy Romano Returns as Car Owner

By Jo Ann Davies

Malta, NY (January 9, 2017) – "I've never seen him race—not once" declared Andy Romano, owner and retired driver of the famed no. 97 out of Andy's Service in Johnstown, NY.

The "him" Romano was referencing is competitor Peter Britten, the driver who will be behind the wheel of the Romano no. 97 Big Block Modified in 2017 at the four-tenths mile Albany-Saratoga Speedway (Malta, NY) on Friday nights.

Britten found himself without a ride in late December when he was released from the HBR team of Weedsport, NY and Romano had a Big Block Modified car to run but no driver.  Romano's son Mike, who operates Andy's Speed Shop, was well aware of Britten's talents and thought the match would be a good one.

"Dad wanted to have fun once again being involved in racing," said Mike Romano.  "He can do that with Peter.  When I learned Peter was available, I wanted to make it happen.  Wins are a bonus and we feel we can do both with Peter."

Mike, an accomplished race car driver himself, got to know Britten well during the 2013-14 seasons when Britten called the Malta oval his Friday night home and where Britten was a customer of Andy's Speed Shop.

Brothers Mike and A.J. Romano also had very successful careers in the family owned or sponsored car with well over 100 wins between them at tracks in the Northeast.  Although it has been several years since the Romano name has appeared over the door of a no. 97 Modified, Andy Romano has not forgotten how much fun it is to race and win.

One of those more recent wins came in 2012 when area driver Bobby Varin powered the Andy's Service car to a DIRTcar Series win at Albany-Saratoga.  Romano, who will be 80 years old in October, wants to experience that level of "fun" once again.

Romano owns race horses that run at Saratoga Harness.  "They'll have to do without me on Friday nights now," he said while laughing, "...because I will be at the speedway with my team."

Romano has either owned or driven a winning race car every decade since 1957 when he first drove at Victoria Speedway (Esperance, NY).  That's over 60 years of support and speaks to his level of commitment to the sport.  In addition, Andy Romano also has the unique distinction of having won at Albany-Saratoga, Devil's Bowl and Plattsburgh on the dirt and asphalt surfaces of each track.

Britten, who hails from Brisbane, Queensland, Australia is a three-time Australian National Modified Champion and has raced Troyer Race Cars his entire racing career.  So, although Romano had a Teo ready to go for 2017, he purchased a new Troyer for his new driver.

"My philosophy is that we need to run consistently versus looking for the next gadget that is supposed to make the car faster.  I don't want to jump from car builder to car builder all the time.  I know we can be consistent with a Troyer."  Britten wants to be "...a part of everything as much as I can.  A big part of that is the setup. I have always raced Troyer cars and am very comfortable with how to prepare a Troyer for the track."

The current plan is for Britten to travel the three hours from his Weedsport area home to the Romano shop and put the finishing touches on getting the car ready for Friday night racing.  During the week work on the car will be done by Romano's two crew members--Tom Simek who has been with Romano his entire career and Christopher Sweeney.

"I've met with Andy and the crew and they're a great group.  For them to include me as a team member is a great privilege," said Britten.   He continued "I want this relationship to grow and be as strong as it can be.  I want to continue the Romano tradition of piloting a winning no. 97."

The new car is currently being built at Troyer Race Cars (Rochester, NY) and should be delivered by mid-February to the Romano shop.  It will be completed there and have a C.C. Performance Engine ready to go opening night carrying sponsorship from Andy's Service, Andy's Speed Shop and Troyer Race Cars.

Initially the team will be committed to racing weekly at Albany-Saratoga where Andy and his sons have raced since the mid-1960's.

"I won my first Modified race at Malta (August 5, 1966)," said Romano.  He recounted how he almost had a win the previous week but lost the lead coming off turn four.

"If things go good on Friday, we'll have to see where this goes.  No arrangements have been made for anything yet, but, you never know where we will end up," stated Romano.

Britten is comfortable at Albany-Saratoga and has five wins at the speedway.  "It's a three hour drive to the track and I don't mind doing it at all," said Britten.  "I spend my time on the road looking forward to what I know is going to be a great night of racing."

He continued, "My goal is to win several times for Andy this year.  I wouldn't have it any other way.  If I don't feel that I can be competitive and win then I would retire from racing."

The split from HBR was unsettling to the young driver but to have a fresh new start at a track where he loves to race makes him excited for the start of the new season.

"I love the sport and want to enjoy myself as well as race well and not just because I want to win.  Everything will come together being with a team that enjoys racing as much as I do...including wins," said Britten.    

"I'm not looking for the magic button or the latest twist on a chassis," declared Britten, "...but for the consistency that a long-established team, chassis and engine can bring to the track week in and week out."

Track management is also looking forward to Britten's return to the track on a weekly basis.  Lyle DeVore, promoter of the Albany-Saratoga Speedway, feels Britten has a strong fan base at the speedway and will raise the bar for the already high level of competition at the track weekly.

"Pete is a dynamic individual and driver," said DeVore.  "He is people friendly—he is the whole package."  DeVore continued, "He is the type of racer that any promoter would love to have at their track weekly."

Britten finished second in the track point standings in 2015 to multi-time track and DIRTcar champion Brett Hearn, establishing a friendly rivalry the fans love.  "He reaffirms that Albany-Saratoga is 'The Great Race Place'—he is definitely going to elevate the level of competition driving for Andy," continued DeVore.

DeVore also stated, "It's good to have Britten with us and with a team that has been involved with the speedway for so many years.  We have a great tradition of strong race team support and fan support—the Romano family and Britten exemplify that tradition.  As a matter of fact, Andy was our Sportsman track champion in 1984 and is a Hall of Fame member of the NYS Stock Car Association."

In turn, Britten is highly supportive of the speedway and track management.  "I love everything about it.  Every Friday night is a good crowd and it's exciting to be there.  It (A-S) has what a lot of tracks lack in that as soon as you get there it has that feel of excitement and anticipation.

The 2017 season for Britten will begin with the opening of the DIRTcar NE season, February 23 – 25, at Volusia Speedway Park in Florida.  He will be running his own equipment for the opening races at Volusia with the support of long-time friend, Rich Scagliotta, driver of the no. 8.

"I want to run the entire DIRTcar Series but I need to find support for my efforts," declared Britten.  "There are only a handful of $100,000 sponsorships out there and they are tough to come by.  You can't do it alone.  I'm hoping I can pull together a number of smaller sponsors, that when combined will allow me to make the Series shows."

Car owner Andy Romano and driver Peter Britten have each experienced the highs and lows of the sport and are well acquainted with the whole range of emotions that come with one's involvement. As a team they are ready to challenge on a weekly basis and anxiously awaiting opening night, Friday, April 21, at Albany-Saratoga Speedway.

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Bridgeport Speedway has several marquee events scheduled for the 2017 race season

Several marquee events have been penciled onto Bridgeport Speedway's 2017 racing schedule.  Fresh off an exciting '16 campaign, speedway management has been hard at work putting together another dynamic schedule for next season.  Along with action-packed racing on Saturday nights, there are plenty of 'special' shows that will appear throughout the course of 2017.  Theme nights, special promotions, additional division information and much more will be announced in January at the annual Motorsports show.  Highlighted below are some of the key dates during 2017.

Two practice dates will be held for the 5/8 mile (also in conjunction with the 1/4 mile).  Those dates are Saturday, March 18 and Saturday April 2.

The 5th edition of the '60over Special' Poker Series race in honor of Doug Hoffman will kick off the '17 season in grand style.  This year's version will offer an additional race as Bridgeport will start the season with two-day event.  The 358 small blocks have been added as part of a Friday, March 24 program.  Then on Saturday, March 25 the Big Blocks roar into action along with a full racing card.

The blockbuster 'Pack the House Night II' will see its return on Saturday, June 17.  The FREE general admission night certainly packed the stands in 2016, as Bridgeport is looking to top that in '17.  The unique event will once again see action on both 1/4 and 5/8 mile racetracks.

The DIRT boys will be towing into town on Wednesday, May 17 to take part in a 60-lap affair for the powerful Big Blocks.  DIRT hasn't visited the 5/8 mile in many, many years.  If that's not enough to get the heart pumping, this will also serve as the Final Friends of Mikeevent.  The 12th annual 'FOM' will be sent off in dramatic fashion as ALL the top name drivers will be on hand to be heralded as the last winner of this popular race.

The Brett Deyo-led Short Track Super Series 'South Region' will return for the third straight year with the 'South Jersey Shootout' on Sunday, April 23.  High car counts and a well-received fan base have led Bridgeport to add a second series race on Saturday, September 30.  Deyo's 'Dirty Jersey' tradition will continue in the Garden State at Bridgeport Speedway.  Tentatively, this series race will take place on the all-new 3/8 mile track that has already taken on construction this past autumn.

The resurgence of the URC 360 Sprints has once again landed them three dates at Bridgeport.  The club's opener will take place onSunday, April 9 as they 360s join the Big Blocks, and Crate/Sportsman.  URC will make their second visit to the 5/8 on Tuesday, July 11along with the Super Late Models, and 358 small block modifieds for the 3rd annual 'Three For All'.  The final appearance for the winged warriors will come at the 2nd Annual 'Big Track Classic' weekend on November 3 & 4.

The 2nd annual 'King of the Big Blocks' weekend will return on the fourth weekend in September (22 &23).  The two-day program will be highlighting the 358 small blocks on Friday as the mighty Big Blocks will take center stage on Saturday.  Once again this will be an event that needs to be circled on any race fan's calendar.

Three of the fan-favorite Poker Series races have been inked onto the schedule for Sunday, May 28, Thursday, June 8 and Monday, July 3.The Big Blocks will race in 40-lap features paying $4,000 to win each.  The Crate/Sportsman will join the Modifieds in all three shows while the Outlaw Stocks will be in competition during the May and July events.

'Wild Card Weekend' will conclude the 2017 campaign as it usually does each November.  The two-day late-autumn show always leaves the fans wishing the season didn't have to come to an end.  The 358 small blocks will make their 4th appearance on Friday, November 10, while the Big Blocks finish the Poker Series on Saturday, November 11.

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$65,600 Distributed At Short Track Super Series 'Night of Champions' Awards Banquet

Andy Bachetti (North Mod), Stewart Friesen (South Mod), Charlie Hendrickson Jr. (Sportsman) Honored

BETHLEHEM, PA – Many of the Northeast's most talented competitors gathered at the Lehigh Valley Hotel & Conference Center Friday night to close the curtain on the 2016 Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP campaign.

A massive $65,600 point fund was distributed to the top-12 drivers in the Halmar International North Region, top-10 Velocita USA South Region performers and champions of the Open Sportsman and XCel 600 Modified mini-series during the annual 'Night of Champions' Awards Banquet.

STSS organizer Brett Deyo opened the evening with some astounding numbers. During the recently completed season, the STSS distributed $390,025 in purse money, $13,875 in lap money, $9,251 in bonus money plus the aforementioned $65,600 point fund and assorted product and certificates. He thanked all those in attendance for the all-time high participation.

STSS announcer Jeff Ahlum served as master of ceremonies for the evening's awards ceremony.

For the second time in three years, Sheffield, Mass., star Andy Bachetti was recognized as a champion on the Short Track Super Series. Bachetti topped the nine-race Halmar North Region and picked up $12,000 in cash plus product awards for his efforts.

During the season, Bachetti achieved five finishes inside the top-five, including a best of second on two occasions (N.Y.'s I-88 – July and N.Y.'s Thunder Mountain – September). He clinched the title with a third-place finish in the Short Track SuperNationals at I-88 in October.

It was a stellar season for Bachetti, who took the STSS North Region points worth $12,000, an additional $11,000 from the American Racer Cup and $4,000 as the I-88 Speedway Modified champion for a total of $27,000-plus!

"I can't say enough about the Short Track Super Series, American Racer and all the series sponsors that allow us to run for this type of money," Bachetti said. "It's incredible to walk out of here tonight with $12,000 for nine races.

"We had a good year, a consistent year, on the series. I would have liked to end it with a win at I-88 in the SuperNationals, but we did what we needed to do to clinch the championship, that was the big goal for us."

Tommy Meier of Waldwick, N.J., finished second in the standings, his best effort to date in the STSS with Jeff Behrent's No. 3 and received $7,000 in point fund money. Meier won the opener at Orange County (N.Y.) and strung together five consecutive top-10 finishes to conclude the season.

Danny Creeden of Wurtsboro, N.Y., a winner at Thunder Mountain in September, was a career-high third in series points and received $4,000. Erick Rudolph of Ransomville, N.Y., placed fourth after a consistent season ($3,000) and Anthony Perrego of Montgomery, N.Y., was fifth for the second consecutive year ($2,500).

Finishing sixth through 12th, respectively, were first-year series follower Matt DeLorenzo of Cropseyville, N.Y., ($1,850); Craig Hanson of Johnstown, N.Y., ($1,750); Brian Malcolm of Lake Ariel, Pa., ($1,650); Jerry Higbie of Newburgh, N.Y., ($1,550); Nick Nye of Groton, N.Y., ($1,450); Ryan Godown of Ringoes, N.J. ($1,000); and Mike Mahaney of King Ferry, N.Y., ($1,000).

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Stewart Friesen of Sprakers, N.Y., registered his second STSS championship in three years. His 2016 championship effort, however, came in the Velocita South Region. He received $8,500.

Friesen reached Victory Lane on two occasions in South Region competition, both in the First State of Delaware. He topped the Diamond State 50 at Delaware International Speedway in May and then, after an extended side-by-side battle with eventual point runner-up Ryan Watt, topped the 'Blast at the Beach 4' at Georgetown in August to clinch the title.

"Halmar International stepped up for our program and allowed us to travel more in the southern area," Friesen said. "It was a lot of fun going to Delaware, Susquehanna (Pa.) and those tracks down that way."

Friesen pointed to the York County Nationals event at Susquehanna as a key to his title. He crashed heavily in qualifying and his crew executed repairs in time to rally for a fourth-place finish in the 50-lap main.

In fact, Friesen finished no worse than eighth in any STSS South Region race.

Watt, of Boyertown, Pa., won in May at Pa.'s Big Diamond Speedway and earned five top-five finishes including a pair of second-place results at Susquehanna and Georgetown. He received $4,500.

Duane Howard of Oley, Pa., scored four top-10 finishes to place third in the standings, taking home $3,000. A winner at Susquehanna, Ryan Godown of Ringoes, N.J., was fourth and received $2,000. Craig Von Dohren of Oley, Pa., completed the front five and received $1,500.

Completing the top-10, respectively, were Jordan Watson of Milford, Del., ($1,250); Billy Pauch of Frenchtown, N.J., ($1,200); New Egypt (N.J.) Speedway $10,000 winner Billy Pauch Jr. of Milford, N.J., ($1,150); Rick Laubach of Hellertown, Pa., ($1,100); and David Van Horn Jr. of Harmony, N.J. ($1,050).

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In the first season of the STSS Open Sportsman series, Cochecton, N.Y., driver Charlie Hendrickson Jr. took the title. He received $1,250 and a drum of VP Racing Fuel for his title. Hendrickson won a September event at N.Y.'s Thunder Mountain Speedway among five top-10 finishes.

The accompanying XCel 600 Modified mini-series Lebanon, Pa., driver Richie Hitzler received top honors and a $350 cash bonus as the driver accruing the most points at XCel events accompanying STSS races at I-88, Big Diamond, Bridgeport (N.J.) and Thunder Mountain.

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A number of STSS special awards were distributed.

The annual Contribution to the Series Award went to announcer Jeff Ahlum, who puts in countless hours accumulating stats and information to portray the series and its drivers with professionalism on race night.

Sportsmanship Awards went to deserving recipients Matt DeLorenzo (North) and Ryan Watt (South), both of whom represent and promote the series both on and off the track.

An overall Outstanding Performer Award went to Ryan Godown, for his ability to succeed on both the North and South Regions of the series. Godown won races at N.Y.'s Woodhull, I-88 (twice) and Susquehanna during the season.

BANQUET BITS: Following a number of door prize giveaways, DJ Jammin' Jimmy Payne provided the musical entertainment for attendees. The Lehigh Valley Hotel & Conference Center staff provided a delicious buffet-style meal prior to the presentations....The 2017 STSS Modified schedule (North and South) was announced during the Awards Banquet including several new highlights including an event on the Bridgeport three-eighths-mile in September; $10,000-to-win at Susquehanna; the debut at N.Y.'s Albany-Saratoga Speedway; and, of course, the Eastern States Weekend championship event at Orange County Fair Speedway....The 10th annual Short Track SuperNationals, Deyo announced, would take place at Afton Motorsports Park in a combined effort with the American Racer Cup Weekend....
Champions received unique silver cup hardware and embroidered jackets courtesy of American Racer/Lias Tire....

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Short Track Super Series Modifieds Return To Susquehanna Speedway For York County Nationals July 30

$10,000-To-Win Modified 50 On Tap; 358 Late Models & Central PA Legends Complete Card

NEWBERRYTOWN, PA – Not only will the Modifieds return to Susquehanna Speedway in 2017, they will do it in style!

On Sunday, July 30, the Newberrytown, Pa., oval will host the York County Nationals for the Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By VP big-block/small-block Modifieds the second time after a debut last summer. In the upcoming season, however, the event will be more lucrative.

Susquehanna owner Scott Gobrecht, general manager Kolten Gouse and STSS organizer Brett Deyo will offer the winner of the 50-lap event a massive $10,000 to win! This is an increase from the $5,000 winner's share offered a year ago.

The Susquehanna event will be the richest race of the 2017 STSS Velocita South Region.

"Hands-down, the most positive feedback we have received from racers and fans came from our inaugural event at Susquehanna last year," Deyo said. "The racing was second-to-none and the facility is top-notch.

"We believe a $10,000-to-win show, on neutral ground, at Susquehanna will be something to see!"

Gobrecht felt the boosted purse will spark the show.

"Last year, we were 'new' for the Modified supporters," he said. "They didn't know what to expect because it had been 10 years (since the last Modified appearance). After the show they saw last year, this event is ready to go to the next level."

Gouse, whose background is in Sprint Car racing, enjoyed the Modifieds at Susquehanna.

"It was three-wide racing, non-stop," he said. "The Modifieds put on a show that we've only heard great things about. We want to build on that and make this a race everyone looks forward to."

Joining the STSS Modifieds on the card are the 358 Late Models with an increased purse event: $1,000 to win and $125 to take the green flag, plus the Central PA Legends.

A year ago, Ringoes, N.J., driver Ryan Godown etched his name on the Susquehanna win list in a thriller over Ryan Watt, Jeff Strunk, Stewart Friesen and Jimmy Horton.

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Georgetown Speedway Set For Active 2017 Season With Unique Special Events Planned; Melvin L. Joseph Memorial Kicks It Off March 11

GEORGETOWN, DE – After a highly successful resurrection of auto racing last season at Georgetown Speedway, plans have taken shape for 2017 at the historic facility.

Ushering in the new season with the theme 'the tide has turned' the historic oval is set for an ambitious '17 campaign featuring a number of high-profile, unique special events.

BD Motorsports Media LLC has signed a three-year lease extension to continue racing at Georgetown, securing the future of competition at the Sussex County track.

The season, as it did a year ago, gets underway in March with the running of the Melvin L. Joseph Memorial on Saturday, March 11, the opener for the South Region of the Short Track Super Series (STSS) for big-block/small-block Modifieds, a 49-lap main paying $4,900 to win and $490 to take the green flag.

The March 11 opener will be preceded by practice sessions on March 4 and March 10.

Thanks to a partnership with Potomac (Md.) and Winchester (Va.) speedways, Super Late Models take part in a Tri-State Challenge on May 11, a 40-lap event paying $4,000 to win and $400 to start.  The three-race mini-series continues at Potomac May 12 and Winchester May 13.

Both NASCAR weekends at nearby Dover International Speedway are occupied with Friday night racing at Georgetown.

The annual Deron Rust Memorial takes place on June 2 offering Modified racers $3,396 to win. A $3,000-to-win program is set for September 29, the fall Dover weekend.

United Racing Club (URC) 360 Sprint Cars make the trek to Delaware to compete in a doubleheader with the Modifieds on Friday, July 21.

For the first time in speedway history, the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Models will invade Georgetown on Thursday, August 17 with the running of the Fulton Bank 40.

A trademark event in its fourth year, the 'Blast at the Beach' for STSS Modifieds is set for Tuesday, August 30, a 35-lap main offering $5,000 to win and $400 to start co-promoted by Eric Kormann.

A first-time event that was highly successful in its debut, the Mid-Atlantic Championship Weekend returns to Georgetown on Friday-Saturday October 28-29.

The two-day program will feature 10 divisions of auto racing headlined by the STSS Modified championship program ($5,000 to win), Super Late Models ($5,000 to win) and small-block Modifieds ($3,000 to win).

The schedule remains subject to change and additions/alterations are possible.

Georgetown Speedway 2017 Schedule

Saturday, March 4 – Open Practice

Friday, March 10 – Open Practice

Saturday, March 11 – Melvin L. Joseph Memorial Race: Short Track Super Series Modifieds 49 laps, $4,900 to win, $490 to start, Crate 602 Sportsman, Southern Delaware Vintage Stock Cars, Little Lincolns, Delmarva Chargers & Delaware Super Trucks

Thursday, May 11 – Super Late Model Tri-State Challenge: Super Late Models 40 laps, $4,000 to win, $400 to start – Georgetown/Potomac/Winchester Series plus Crate 602 Sportsman, Delmarva Chargers & Delaware Super Trucks

Friday, June 2 – Deron Rust Memorial Race: Big-Block/Small-Block Modifieds $3,396 to win, Crate 602 Sportsman, Southern Delaware Vintage Stock Cars, Delmarva Chargers & Delaware Super Trucks

Friday, July 21 – URC Sprint Cars, Big-Block/Small-Block Modifieds $2,500 to win, $250 to start, Crate 602 Sportsman, Southern Delaware Vintage Stock Cars, Delmarva Chargers & Delaware Super Trucks

Thursday, August 17 – World of Outlaws Super Late Model Series Fulton Bank 40 plus Delmarva Chargers & Delaware Super Trucks

Tuesday, August 29 – 'Blast at the Beach 4' Short Track Super Series Modifieds 35 laps, $5,000 to win, $400 to start, Crate 602 Sportsman, Delmarva Chargers & Delaware Super Trucks

Friday, September 29 – Big-Block/Small-Block Modifieds $3,000 to win, $250 to start, Crate 602 Sportsman, Southern Delaware Vintage Stock Cars, Delmarva Chargers & Delaware Super Trucks

Friday-Saturday October 28-29 – Mid-Atlantic Championship Weekend

Friday – Small-Block Modified Complete Program, Crate 602 Sportsman Complete Program, Delmarva Charger & Delaware Super Truck Complete Program, Southern Delaware Vintage Car Complete Program, Short Track Super Series Modified & Super Late Model Heat Races

Saturday – STSS Modified 40 laps, $5,000 to win, Super Late Model 40 laps, $5,000 to win plus Crate Late Models, Little Lincolns, Mid-Atlantic 305 Sprint Cars, Delmarva Chargers & Delaware Super Trucks

Schedule is subject to change. Additional classes could be added at a later date.

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Outlaw Speedway Makes Large Investment For Brand New Surface In 2017

(DUNDEE, N.Y.) – Outlaw Speedway owner and promoter Tyler Siri knew when he purchased the ‘Fast Four-Tenths-Mile’ in early 2016, that one item that needed attention in the short-term was the racing surface.

It had been well over a decade since the speedway located in Yates County had seen fresh, new, rock-free clay.  As the speedway went through several seasons of turnover at the Promoter level, it wasn’t financially advisable to the previous two promoters to invest in new clay for the racetrack without an assured future at the speedway.

So when Siri took over in 2016, the track was on his short list of immediate fixes- it just couldn’t happen in time for the 2016 season.

“We just didn’t have enough time to try and attempt this for the 2016 season,” said Siri.  “I’ve wanted to do this from the get go, and we worked some new clay in here and there, but this track needed what we have given it as far as the surface goes.”

In lieu of having the time to completely resurface the entire track prior to 2016, Siri went to work on the physical nature of the property.  He expanded the camping and parking area.  His team cleaned up the scrap that littered the facility on both the South and East ends of the property.

Buildings and the historic covered grandstand were resided and new graphics with the Outlaw logo could be found all over the facility.  With many of the superficial appearance items checked off the list, and a season of teams and fans showing patience with what surface Siri inherited- 2017 will see a completely new surface that should provide some of the most exciting racing in New York State.

Siri invested $70,000 to bring in 308 truckloads of New York State approved, rock-free clay to cover the four-tenths-mile facility.  The banking in both corners has changed with the addition of the new clay.  That will usher in a new era of racing at Outlaw Speedway without yuke tires, to the pleasure of many of Outlaw Speedway’s competitors.

The amount of clay added to the track was so great that the Outlaw team will be addressing the front stretch wall as the new surface shortened the height of the concrete barrier.  Siri and the track prep team report that the clay worked in great as they prepared the surface for Winter.

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Albany-Saratoga Speedway To Host Short Track Super Series For The First Time In 2017; Series Inaugural Scheduled For Tuesday, August 15

MALTA, NY – One of New York State's premier dirt tracks – Albany-Saratoga Speedway – will join the Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By VP.

Albany-Saratoga owner Howard Commander and promoter Lyle DeVore have reached an agreement with STSS organizer Brett Deyo to bring the series to the Malta, N.Y., oval for the first time in 2017.

The inaugural STSS visit takes place on Tuesday, August 15, a 52-lap event offering a minimum of $5,000 to the winner, $1,000 for 10th-place and $400 to take the green flag. Those numbers, of course, could grow with marketing partners and bonuses attained.

"We are always looking to offer something unique and different for our fans," DeVore said. "I've been watching the Short Track Super Series since it started and like the diversity of the fields. We're hoping to bring in some Pennsylvania and New Jersey teams from the south to race with our locals.

"The plan is to make this something special, something different than we have ever offered before."

Deyo stressed his enthusiasm for the new event at the 'Great Race Place' four-tenths-mile venue.

"There is no question, Albany-Saratoga is a leader in the industry right now," he said. "It's 'the place' to be on Friday nights. The crowds, the field, surface and facility are second-to-none. This is a huge positive for our series, racers and sponsors.

"I'd expect one of our most talented fields of the season on hand for this show."

Unique for the Capital Region, STSS standard sail panels will be utilized on the Modifieds in addition to American Racer tires. Provisions will be made to aid local teams looking to compete in the event.

Sportsman, under local rules, will serve as the support division.

A rain date will be announced if needed.

The Albany-Saratoga program will be part of the series' North Region, which is slated to begin and end at Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown, N.Y. Joining the traditional April 'Hard Clay Open' is a recently announced finale during Eastern States Weekend in October.

A complete STSS '17 schedule will be released at the series Awards Banquet this Friday (December 16) in Bethlehem, Pa.

Marketing partners looking to join this first-time event are welcome to contact the STSS office by phone at 845.728.2781 or via e-mail at bdmotorsportsmedia@gmail.com.

The Short Track Super Series completed its third season, with Andy Bachetti of Sheffield, Mass., topping the North Region point battle and Stewart Friesen of Sprakers, N.Y., winning the South Region championship. The STSS can be found on the web at www.shorttracksuperseries.com, on Facebook under Short Track Super Series and @ShortTrackSS on Twitter.

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DEMITRASZEK ENTERPRISES CELEBRATES THE 2016 SEASON AT THE ANNUAL AWARDS BANQUET

By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda/Fultonville, NY - The management team of Demitraszek Enterprises recently celebrated the 2016-racing season with the annual awards banquet, honoring everyone for their successes this past season. The banquet was held on Saturday, December 3 at the Amsterdam Elks Lodge in Amsterdam, NY and this year for the first time ever was a joint effort between Demitraszek Enterprises two tracks, the Glen Ridge Motorsports Park and Fonda Speedways along with the Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modified Series (MVVMS).

The entire Demitraszek family, along with some other people who volunteered their help, put on a delicious homemade buffet style meal at the banquet with all of the food being made by the Demitraszek family and their volunteers! It was a huge effort put forth by the family to do all of that work for the large crowd on hand proving that the family isn’t afraid of a little “hard work” which is what racing is all about.

Pete Demitraszek welcomed the crowd to the banquet before the delicious meal was served saying: “We want to thank all people, the racers, the fans, the crews, thank you to everyone who helped to make the 2016 racing season a success at both Glen Ridge and Fonda. I want to also thank David and Jackie Lape along with their crew for all of their hard work on the Fonda Speedway Museum this year because without them preserving the history of racing at Fonda there wouldn’t be anything left. It is also the time of the year to think about the people that we have lost this year both in our regular families and our racing families and also to pray for the troops and support them while they are away from their families.”

Awards to the drivers in the point standings at both tracks were given out first after dinner was completed beginning with the Glen Ridge Cruiser division where Dan Haslun (third place points) and Chris Andrews (track champion) were present to accept their awards. For Andrews it was his first career title in the Cruiser division at Glen Ridge.

Next were the drivers in the pro stock division with Luke Horning (fourth place points), Jason Morrison (second place points), and John Roese (track champion) were on hand to accept their awards. For Roese it was his first career title in the division at the “Ridge”.

In the 602 sportsman division at Glen Ridge Brian Calabrese (10th place points), Harry Shaffer (seventh place points), Chris Curtis (fourth place points), Brian Pessolano (third place points), Dave Constantino (second place points), and Rocky Warner (track champion) accepted their awards. For Warner it was his third title at Glen Ridge after also winning it back in 2012, 2014, and 2016.

The entire top 10 in the Glen Ridge modified division were either present of had a representative on hand to accept their awards including Al McCoy (10th), Ritchie Price (ninth), John Lutes Jr. (eighth), Bobby Vedder (seventh), Jeff Rockefeller (sixth), Shaun Pangman (fifth), Craig Hanson (fourth), Josh Hohenforst (third), Bobby Varin (second), and Jeremy Wilder (track champion). For Wilder it was his second title at Glen Ridge after also winning it back in 2012.

Next up were the point standing awards for the Fonda Speedway with Brian Calabrese (fifth place points), Mike Peek (fourth place points), and track champion David Manchester on hand to accept the awards in the Rookie Sportsman division.

In the Fonda Street Stock division Jason Samrov (fifth place points), Jim Groncki (fourth place points), Bill Yager (third place points), Johnny Young (second place points), and first time champion Josh Coonradt were all on hand to celebrate their successes in 2016.

Pro Stocks were up next with James Normoyle Jr. (10th place points), Jay Casey (seventh place points), Shane Henderson (fifth place points), Jim Normoyle (fourth place points), Jason Casey (third place points), Luke Horning (second place points), and track champion Kenny Gates all accepting their awards. For Gates it was his fifth title in the division at Fonda with championships in 2004, co-champion 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2016.

602 Sportsman drivers celebrating their point standing awards were Mark Mortensen (10th place points), Nick Scavia (ninth place points), Brian Pessolano (fifth place points), Chad Edwards (third place points), Dave Constantino (second place points), and track champion Rocky Warner. For Warner it was his third title in the division at Fonda after winning it the last three consecutive years 2014, 2015, and 2016.

Good representation by the modified drivers in the top 10 in Fonda points at the banquet with Jessey Mueller (10th place points), Darwin Greene (ninth place points), Craig Hanson (eighth place points), Danny Johnson (seventh place points), Jeff Rockefeller (sixth place points), Bodie Bellinger (fifth place points), Josh Hohenforst (fourth place points), Bobby Varin (third place points), Jeremy Wilder (second place points), and track champion Ronnie Johnson the honorees. For Johnson it was his second title at Fonda after winning it back in 2011.

Jeremy Wilder was crowned the combined point champion between Glen Ridge and Fonda drivers with Bobby Varin, Josh Hohenforst, Craig Hanson, and Jeff Rockefeller completing the top five in the standings.

Next in line were staff awards with the Preservation Award going to Buck Gasner, Tom Coughlin, Randy Colegrove, Joe Achzet, David & Jackie Lape, and Ashley Abeling who is in charge of the Kid’s Club at both Glen Ridge and Fonda.

Individual awards given out at the banquet were as follows:
Rookie of the Year at Glen Ridge – Ashley Celebucki Cruiser division
No Luck award – Jeff Rockefeller
Nobody saw it Coming award – Pep Corradi
Dedication to Racing – Tom & Sharon Spencer
Car Owner of the Year – Jake Spraker
Hard Luck and Most Improved Driver @ Fonda – Darwin Greene

Track help awards – George Smith, Mike Parillo, Bob Lansing, Ray Sefrin, Dan Seal, Ray Halgas, Custom Bob, Paul & John Lakata, and for his 25 consecutive years of videoing racing at the Fonda Speedway without missing an event Bob James

Buck Gasner completed the awards ceremony by honoring the champions in the two divisions of the Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modified Series (MVVMS) as Don Greco (modified) and John Constantino (sportsman) were presented their awards.

In conclusion, Pete Demitraszek thanked his entire family for their help in the task of running both the Glen Ridge Motorsports Park and Fonda Speedways.

“To all of my family, you have been critical to our success at both tracks this year and there are no words to describe my gratitude to you,” he said. “Looking forward to the car show in March on St. Patrick’s Day weekend and I wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.”

For announcements concerning the 2017-racing season at both the Glen Ridge Motorsports Park and Fonda Speedways please go to their respective websites www.glenridgemotorsportspark.net and www.fondaspeedway.com

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Major Event Dates Taking Shape For Brewerton And Fulton Speedways In 2017

By Dave Medler

BALDWINSVILLE, NY – December 7, 2016 – Brewerton and Fulton Speedways' exciting 2017 schedules are taking shape with major events at both speedways that will give race fans high-speed racing excitement in must-see events.

The 32nd annual Outlaw 200 Weekend, one of the crown jewels in all of modified racing, will be held at Fulton Speedway on Friday September 29th and Saturday, September 30.

The Super DIRTcar Series for Big Block Modifieds will again kick off at Fulton Speedway with the annual Highbank Holdup 100 on Saturday, April 29. The series returns to Brewerton Speedway on September 15 for the 3rd annual Highbank Holdup.

The Hurricane 100 will again be a stop on the DIRTcar 358-Modified Series chase on Thursday night, October 5th.

“The Race of the Week” will be a Super DIRT Week satellite event for the 25th time in 2017.

Fulton and Brewerton will again be a hot bed for the Super DIRTcar Sportsman Series. Brewerton will host Sportsman series events as part of the Duel at the Demon Super DIRTcar Series event on Friday, September 15 and again on Thursday, October 5 as part of the Hurricane 100. Fulton Speedway will kick off the Sportsman series during Highbank Holdup Weekend April 28 and 29 along with the huge Industrial Tire of CNY Sportsman Shootout at the 32nd Annual Outlaw Weekend.

The Craftsman World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series will make a second consecutive visit to the Fulton Speedway as part of Super DIRT Week. The Saturday, October 7 showdown will once again be a fan favorite.

360 Sprint cars will visit the two tracks a total of six times in 2017. The Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints will visit Fulton Speedway three times in 2017 – Friday, April 28 as part of Highbank Holdup Weekend, ESS Speedweek on Saturday, July 1 and a new date on Saturday, September 2.

The Patriot Sprint Tour visits on Saturday, June 4. At Brewerton, two ESS Sprint dates will again be on the schedule. New this year, the traditional ESS Speedweek date will now be Friday, June 30. The series will also anchor Brewerton’s Labor Day weekend program on Friday, September 1.

Major Events at a glance:

Fulton Speedway
Highbank Holdup Weekend – April 28 & 29
32nd annual Outlaw 200 Weekend - Friday and Saturday, September 29 and 30.
ESS Sprints and Big Blocks – Friday, April 28; Saturday, July 1; Saturday September 2
Patriot Sprints and Big Blocks – Saturday, June 3

Brewerton Speedway
Duel at the Demon – Friday, September 15
Hurricane 100 – Thursday, October 5
ESS Sprints and Big Blocks – Friday, June 30 & Friday, September 1

The Brewerton and Fulton Speedways “Winter Blast” and DIRTcar Nationals final night viewing party will take place Saturday, February 25 at RFH’s Hideaway located just south of the Fulton Speedway on Route 57. Point Money, trophies will be handed out, this year a buffet dinner will be available to those that want to purchase one. Dress for the event is casual and free to attend. Racers, race teams and fans are all invited for a night of fun, catching up with friends you haven't seen since the end of the 2016 season.

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2017 DIRTcar and Super DIRTcar Series Schedule Announced
 
CONCORD, N.C. - December 8, 2016 - The Super DIRTcar Series announced today the 2017 racing schedule. The 2017 Super DIRTcar Series schedule features events spanning from mid-February through early November. The series will visit tracks in Florida, Ohio, North Carolina, New York, Ontario and Quebec.
 
The Super DIRTcar Series will once again kick off the season with its fourth annual trip south for the DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park in a non-points event. Series racing action will continue in late April when they take on the high banks of Fulton Speedway for the the High Bank Hold-Up.
 
New to the 2017 schedule, the Big-Block Modifieds will make their first-ever trip to the four-tenths mile oval of Airborne Park Speedway in Plattsburgh, N.Y. The Speedway recently laid down new clay in preparation for the new season.
 
After a 10-year absence, the Big-Block Modifieds returned to Eldora (Ohio) Speedway in 2016. The series will once again return to the half-mile dirt oval in 2017 on July 18th and 19th. During last year's events Tim Fuller and 2016 Series Champion 'Super' Matt Sheppard nabbed victories at the famed dirt track.
 
The series will venture north of the border when it visits Autodrome-Granby and LeRPM Speedway on back-to-back nights of September 8th and 9th.
 
The stars of the Big-Block Modifieds head to Fonda, N.Y. for a final tune-up before NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week on Saturday, September 23rd. NAPA Super DIRT Week will once again return to the famed Oswego Speedway in 2017 for the 46th annual event during the week of October 8th.
 
The series makes one final trip to Canada at Brockville Speedway on Friday, October 13th before heading south to Concord, N.C. for the Bad Boy Off Road World of Outlaws World Finals at The Dirt Track at Charlotte on November 2nd-4th.
 
DIRTcar Racing also announced the 2017 358-Modified final nine-race schedule, along with full schedules for the Sportsman and Pro Stock classes. The 2017 regional format and schedules for the 358-modifieds will be announced in the coming weeks.
 
2017 Super DIRTcar Series Schedule
*Tentative - Subject to Change
Wednesday, February 22, 2017 Volusia Speedway Park, Barberville FL
Thursday, February 23, 2017 Volusia Speedway Park, Barberville FL
Friday, February 24, 2017 Volusia Speedway Park, Barberville FL
Saturday, February 25, 2017 Volusia Speedway Park, Barberville FL

Saturday, April 29, 2017 Fulton Speedway, Fulton NY

Monday, May 22, 2017 Weedsport Speedway, Weedsport NY

Sunday June 11, 2017 Five Mile Point Speedway, Kirkwood NY
Tuesday, June 20, 2017 Outlaw Speedway, Dundee NY
Tuesday, June 27, 2017 Albany-Saratoga Speedway, Malta NY

Sunday, July 2, 2017 Utica-Rome Speedway, Vernon NY
Thursday, July 6, 2017 Airborne Park Speedway, Plattsburgh NY
Sunday July 9, 2017 Cornwall Motor Speedway, Cornwall Ontario
Tuesday, July 11, 2017 Weedsport Speedway, Weedsport NY
Wednesday, July 12, 2017 Rain Date
Tuesday, July 18, 2017 Eldora Speedway, Rossburg OH
Wednesday, July 19, 2017 Eldora Speedway, Rossburg OH
Thursday, July 20, 2017 Sharon Speedway, Hartford OH
Monday, July 24, 2017 Autodrome Drummond, Drummondville Quebec
Tuesday, July 25, 2017 Autodrome-Granby, Granby Quebec
Wednesday, July 26, 2017 Rain Date

Monday, August 7, 2017  Merrittville Speedway, Thorold Ontario
Tuesday, August 8, 2017 Ransomville Speedway, Ransomville NY
Thursday, August 24, 2017 Ohsweken Speedway, Ohsweken Ontario
Thursday, August 31, 2017 Lebanon Valley Speedway, West Lebanon NY

Monday, September 4, 2017  Weedsport Speedway, Weedsport NY
Friday, September 8, 2017  Autodrome-Granby, Granby Quebec
Saturday, September 9, 2017 LeRPM Speedway, St.-Marcel-de-Richelieu, Quebec
Friday, September 15, 2017 Brewerton Speedway, Brewerton NY
Saturday, September 16, 2017 Mohawk International Speedway, Hogansburg NY
Saturday, September 23, 2017 Fonda Speedway, Fonda NY

Sunday, October 8, 2017 Oswego Speedway, Oswego NY
Friday, October 13, 2017 Brockville Ontario Speedway, Brockville Ontario
Thursday, November 2, 2017 The Dirt Track at Charlotte, Concord NC
Friday, November 3, 2017 The Dirt Track at Charlotte, Concord NC
Saturday, November 4, 2017 The Dirt Track at Charlotte, Concord NC

2017 DIRTcar 358-Modified Series Schedule
*Subject to Change*
Friday, August 11, 2017 Autodromme-Granby

Sunday, September 3, 2017 Cornwall Motor Speedway
Friday, September 15, 2017 Mohawk International Speedway
Friday, September 22, 2017 LeRPM Speedway
Saturday, September 23, 2017 Autodrome-Drummond
Sunday, September 24, 2017 Airborne Park Speedway

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 Weedsport Speedway
Thursday, October 5, 2017 Brewerton Speedway
Saturday, October 7, 2017 Oswego Speedway
Saturday, October 14, 2017 Brockville Speedway
 
2017 DIRTcar Sportsman Series Schedule
*Subject to Change*
Friday, April 28, 2017 Fulton Speedway
Saturday, May 6, 2017 Autodrome-Drummond
Tuesday, June 20, 2017 Outlaw Speedway
Monday, July 3, 2017 Weedsport Speedway
Friday, August 11, 2017 Autodrome Granby
Sunday, September 3, 2017 Cornwall Motor Speedway
Friday, September 8, 2017 Ransomville Speedway
Saturday, September 9, 2017 Merrittville Speedway
Sunday, September 10, 2017 Humberstone Speedway
Friday, September 15, 2017 Brewerton Speedway
Saturday, September 16, 2017 Mohawk International Speedway
Friday, September 22, 2017 LeRPM Speedway
Saturday, September 23, 2017 Brighton Speedway
Saturday, September 23, 2017 Autodrome-Drummond
Fall Championship Challenge (150 point events)
Fri. - Sat., Sept. 29-30, 2017  Fulton Speedway
Wednesday, October 4, 2017 Weedsport Speedway
Thursday, October 5, 2017 Brewerton Speedway
Sunday, October 8, 2017 Oswego Speedway
Saturday, October 14, 2017 Brockville Speedway
Saturday, October 28, 2017 The Dirt Track at Charlotte

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