Fulton Speedway Set To Host Modified And Sportsman Super DIRTcar Series April 24-25
FULTON, NY – April 1, 2015 – By Dave Medler – All the off-season car shows are over, race shops are busy with last minute details and race fans are beyond excited to put the long winter in the rear view mirror and start the 2015 racing season.
The Fulton Speedway will kick off the season in a huge way with the Super DIRTcar Series ‘Highbank Holdup Weekend’ April 24-25.
On Friday night the Tracey Road Equipment DIRTcar Modifieds will have a night to shake their cars down with heats and a 35-Lap feature leading up to Saturday's Super DIRTcar Series event. Also on the race card will be the exciting NAPA Late Models, Pro Race Cars Mod Lites and the holdover E&V Energy Novice Sportsman feature from the 2014 Outlaw Weekend.
On Saturday, April 25 the Fulton Speedway Big Block Modified regulars led by Track Champion Larry Wight, defending Super DIRTcar Modified Series Champion Billy Decker, Jimmy Phelps, Pat Ward, Rob Bellinger, Tom Sears Jr., Chad Phelps, and other Fulton Speedway talent will look to defend their home turf against series invaders. Invaders will include Brett Hearn, Matt Sheppard, Justin Haers, Erick Rudolph, Stewart Friesen and Peter Britten to name a few who will look to take the 100-Lap victory and bring the ‘High Bank Holdup’ cash out the Fulton pit gate at the end of the night.
To make Saturday’s event a home run and must-see the Sportsman Super DIRTcar Series will kick-off the 2015 season. The Fulton Speedway regulars will be ready for all on comers. In 2014 the SUNY Canton Sportsman fields were strong enough that a consi was run the majority of race nights to set the feature field.
DIRTcar Sportsman rules will be in effect for this race. Go to www.dirtcar.com for more.
Friday race action will get the green at 7:00 PM with Saturday starting at 5:00 PM.
Bridgeport Speedway’s Largest Payout Of The Spring Set For Sunday, April 19
‘South Jersey Shootout’ Special; $24,770 Modified Purse, Plus Bonuses, Lap Money & Awards Contribute To Rich Short Track Super Series Fueled By Hi-Tek South Region Opener
BRIDGEPORT, NJ – South Jersey’s largest payout of the spring will be offered on Sunday, April 19 (rain date: April 26) when Bridgeport Speedway plays host to the inaugural Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Hi-Tek ‘South Jersey Shootout’ event.
The first-ever race for the new STSS Pioneer Pole Buildings Inc. South Region presented by Scotty’s Speed & Diesel offers racers a lucrative, non-top-heavy purse structure for 40 laps around Brian Ramey’s spacious five-eighths-mile. The race winner will pocket $5,000 (no “Gambler’s Fee”), with $1,000 reserved for the 10th-place finisher and $400 to take the green flag.
The ‘South Jersey Shootout’ total big-block/small-block Modified pay structure totals $24,770 plus bonuses and contingency awards.
The Modified feature event payout is as follows: 1) $5,000; 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) $550; 14) $450; 15) $425; 16) $415; 17) $405; 18-24) $400.
63rd Season Opener Set for Famed High Banks at Lebanon Valley
March 30, 2015
by: Rodney Rescott
West Lebanon, NY: 63 Years of Dirt Track racing in upstate NY is something that most national tracks can only hope for. But the legendary ½ mile high banked dirt oval run by Hall of Fame Promoter Howard Commander, is set to start another historic year at what every racer knows as ‘The Valley of Speed’.
After another successful 2014 campaign at Lebanon Valley Speedway, handing out over $100,000 in Point funds to the division Champions, it is time once again to dig out your favorite teams t-shirts, sweatshirts and hats as the gates to the mighty High Banks are set to open again in a few short weeks.
The 2015 Schedule of events was released a short while ago, some of its highlights are expected to huge once again this year.
Optimistically, two warm-up nights are set for Saturday April 11th and April 18th, before the 63rd Season Opener set for April 25.
Though all weekly divisions will be on tap, the marquee Big Block Modifieds will be for ‘Appearance Points’ only since there is a Series Race scheduled on the same date.
May 2nd will be the lid lifter for the Small Block Modified division, while on May 16th features the 4th Annual $2,000 to Win Andrew Sherman Sportsman Cup.
May 30th is set for the Big Block Modified Eastern States Qualifier, while on June 6th is the 3rd Annual J.C. Flach Modified Memorial Event.
Midstate Vintage Modifieds return on June 13th, and June 20th sees the return of the ESS Super Sprint Series and the 10th Annual Bubba Tanner 23 Lap Pro Stock Classic.
The first mid-week spectacular is set for Tuesday June 30th for the “Eve of Destruction”, a night full of carnage, stunts, School Bus race, Tailor race, and much more.
Then a special 4th of July Celebration will be at the Valley of Speed this year with all fireworks in the sky as well as on the track!
Then starting Sunday July 12th, it’s the annual return of Monster Jam USHRA Summer Nationals for 4 nights of extreme Monster Jam Action through Wednesday July 15th
The World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series storms the high banks on Sunday July 26th with a $1,500 to win Small Block Modified feature.
Then, on a special night this year, the $17,500 to Win 100 Lap Mr. DIRT Track U.S.A. Super DIRTCar Series Event along with the “King of Dirt” Sportsman Shootout on Tuesday August 25th! Mark your calendars.
Then the schedule wraps up the points series for Big Block Modifieds and Pro Stocks on Saturday September 5th. Then on Saturday September 12th, the final night of racing and points for Small Block Mods, Sportsman, Purestock, Streetstock and 4 Cylinders.
New Egypt Speedway Set for Opening Day Saturday, April 4th
Easter Egg Hunt and Basket Giveaways Highlight Off Track Activities
New Egypt, NJ-- After a few weeks of postponing events due to the weather, New Egypt Speedway is ready for Opening Day on Saturday, April 4th. The 358 Modifieds, Crate Modifieds, Street Stocks, NEWS Sprints, and HCI/Spike N Go Rookie divisions will make their first starts of the season.
The first 358 Modified race of the season will see the return of “The Sensational One” Jimmy Horton to weekly competition in the Lou Cicconi owned number 43 to compete for the championship against defending champion Ryan Godown and perennial title contender Billy Pauch. The Crate Modified division will start off knowing they will have a new champion in 2015, as 2014 champion Mike Butler has moved up to the 358 Modified division. Look for two time champion Eric Palmer to be tough to beat again this season. The Street Stock division will kick off their season with last year’s champion Bill Liedtka looking to repeat against tough competition. The NEWS Sprint division will make its debut with both Neal Williams and Billy Pauch Jr. set to compete. The HCI/Spike N Go Rookies will have some pedigree with the debut of Billy Osmun racing a car identical to his father Willie Osmun’s Norcia 81 Modified entry.
To help celebrate the Easter holiday weekend, the Speedway will hold its annual Easter Egg Hunt in the picnic area at the start of Intermission. Children 12 and under are invited to participate. Throughout the night the Speedway will be giving away Easter Baskets filled with candy and toys from our drivers who generously donated. To be entered to win the baskets children should put their name in the giveaway bucket located on the front stretch next to the flaggers stand. Entry forms can be found at the main entrance of the Speedway.
Pit gates will open at 2 pm for early technical inspection, front gates will open at 3 pm, practice will start at 4:15 pm, and the first green flag will wave at 5 pm. Adults are $20, seniors 65 and older are $18, teens 12-15 and military and their spouses with ID are $10, and children 11 and under are free.
APRIL 11 ORANGE COUNTY FAIR SPEEDWAY OPENER MARKS
66 CONSECUTIVE YEARS OF WEEKLY STOCK CAR RACING
MIDDLETOWN, NY (March 29)……..The winning driver in the Small-Block Modified feature on Opening Night at Orange County Fair Speedway will continue a tradition that first began in 1950. While automobile racing traces its Orange County roots back to 1919, weekly stock car racing---the precursors of today’s Modifieds---began on April 16, 1950 and has continued uninterrupted since that memorable date.
The first weekly racing program was held on a small one-fifth-mile asphalt-surfaced track that was located inside the famed five-eighths-mile Hard Clay speedway. Tex Enright, who later gained fame as a colorful race starter was the day’s winner, his only Orange County victory of record. Since then, 38 other drivers have won season openers, led by all-time track record holder Brett Hearn, who has tasted first night victory champagne nine times.
The 66th consecutive season of weekly racing at Orange County is set for Saturday, April 11, with the first green flag waving at 7:00 pm. In a change from previous season openers, the Small-Block Modifieds will be the headline division. They’ll be joined by the Sportsman, Rookie Sportsman, Street Stocks, and for the first time the Four-Cylinder race cars. Fans can expect a full field of Small-Block Modifieds to be on hand, with many Orange County Big-Block Modified drivers---as well as some outside invaders---seeing action as well.
The earth-shaking, 800-plus horsepower Big-Block Modifieds begin their weekly Orange County season on Saturday, April 18.
Veteran driver Tommy Meier won last year’s opening night Small-Block Modified feature race, while the overall season-long point title went to Chuck McKee. Both Meier and McKee are former multi-time champions in both Modified divisions.
It will all play out on Saturday, April 11, 2015 and the start of the 66th consecutive season of weekly stock car racing at Orange County Fair Speedway. Will a new Opening Night winner’s name be added to the long list of great Orange County drivers? Or will one of the previous victors take the checkered flag once again? Racing gets under way at 7:00 P.M at the historic Middletown, New York five-eights-mile “Hard Clay” surfaced speedway. Opening Night will include five divisions of race cars---Small-Block Modifieds, Sportsman, Rookie Sportsman, Street Stocks, and Four-Cylinder.
DELAWARE INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY RAMPS UP SCHEDULE FOR 2015
By Charlie Brown, Delmar, DE – The Delaware International Speedway has been busy over the winter months adding a new look to the 2015 schedule. Fans will get a taste of what is to come on Saturday night, April 11th with a “Tune and Test” Night. The event is free to all spectators on the spectator side. Gates open at 5 p.m. with the “Tune & Test” from 6 p.m. Until 9 p.m.
New events for this season include: the Monster Crush Off sponsored by The Metal Shop as part of the William J. & Juanita Cathell Memoral Night on April 25th; multiple Shoot-Outs consisting of five lap dashes between the NAPA Big Block feature winner and the S.R. Pete & Sons Super Late Model winner; St. Jude’s Charity Night sponsored by K&B Auto Sales on May 9th; “The Showdown” 30 lap feature putting 12 Big Block Modifieds against 12 Super Late Models for $3000 to win on June 6th; the TUSA Foundation 20 laps feature for Mod Lites on July 18th; the return of the United Racing Club Sprint Cars on August 29th and weekly “Bad Boyz Tug on the Shore” during intermission featuring fans’ two wheel and four wheel drive street trucks.
There will be three huge mid-week events at the speedway this season starting with the 43rd Annual Camp Barnes benefit on Tuesday night, June 23rd. Back after a 10 year absence will be the “Diamond State 50” Short Track Super Series Southern Regional for Modifieds on Tuesday night August 4th. The World of Outlaw Late Models return on Thursday night, August 13th for the “Fulton Bank 50”.
The season opener on April 18th. will be “Town of Delmar Night” in tribute to the town “too big for one state” that has played host to the racing facility since 1963. Any fan with a picture I.D. with a Delmar, Del. or a Delmar, Md. address will be admitted to the spectator side for free. And as always, all children 13 and under are admitted free to the spectator side when accompanied by an adult. The night will feature the NAPA Big Block Modifieds, S.R. Pete & Sons Super Late Models, Crate Models, AC Delco PSC Modifieds, Mod Lites and Vintage Cars. Gates open at 5 p.m. with hot laps at 7 p.m
Super DIRTcar Series Completes 2015 Tour Schedule with Addition of July 2 Event at Canandaigua Motorsports Park
Volusia tire test shows competitors clean; NAPA Super DIRT Week tickets on sale
WEEDSPORT, N.Y. - March 25, 2015 - The 2015 Super DIRTcar Series schedule was completed today with the addition of a second event at Canandaigua Motorsports Park on Thursday, July 2.
The Super DIRTcar Big-Block Modified event will be a doubleheader with the Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprint Series' annual speedweek stop at the half-mile fairgrounds oval.
"This will be a huge holiday week kick off event, combining the best in Big-Block Modifieds and 360 Sprint cars," CMS promoter Jeremie Corcoran said.
"The combination event will be one of the highlights of the summer."
Originally scheduled for Rolling Wheels Raceway Park, the event was moved to accommodate facility improvements planned by new track owners Pay Dirt Racing.
TIRES CLEAN: Tires from cars raced by Stewart Friesen, Matt Sheppard and Danny Johnson during the DIRTcar Nationals in February at Volusia Speedway Park were tested and all came back clean. Testing of tires will continue throughout the season.
NAPA SUPER DIRT WEEK: It might be spring but NAPA Super DIRT Week will be here before you know it. The 44th annual running of this huge week of DIRTcar action at the New York State Fairgrounds begins Oct. 7 and runs through Oct. 11 in Syracuse. Stay up to date on the event at www.SuperDIRTWeekOnline.com and call 877-395-8606 for all of your ticket and camping needs.
MOODY MILE: Make sure to check out www.SaveTheMoodyMile.com for several ways to reach elected officials to voice opinions about the proposed changes to the New York State Fairgrounds beginning in 2016.
Lebanon Valley Honors Champs by Handing Out Over $103k
March 16, 2015
by: Rodney Rescott
West Lebanon, NY: The ½ mile dirt oval positioned along NYS Route 20 in upstate New York has been celebrating its racing heritage for over 60 years. Howard Commander’s legendary high banks at Lebanon Valley Speedway raised the bar once again for the 2014 season, handing out just over a total of $103,000 in Point Funds to the champions in each of its 7 divisions.
But the lion share of the pot was handed out to the marque division, the Big Block Modifieds. This year’s take for the 2014 High Point Champion, Brett Hearn, his 9th career championship, was in the amount of $9,000!
JR Heffner’s 2nd place finish in the final standing garnered him just under $5,200, while 3rd place finisher Donnie Corellis received just over $4,900. Kyle Sheldon and Kolby Schroder took home $4,680 and $4,600 respectively.
The Small Block Modified 20114 Champion Wayne Jelley secured his share of the fund and took home a check in the amount of $2,835. Chad Jeseo cashed out for $2,220 for finishing 2nd while Brett Haas garnered $2,150 for finishing 3rd in points. Frank Hoard III and Frank Harper rounded out the top 5 finishers, each taking home just over $2,000 each.
Jeff Watson secured the 2014 Budget Sportsman Point Championship and took over $1,345 for his efforts. In the Pro Stock division, the 2014 High Point Champion Robbie Speed took home a check for $2,135. High Point Champ in the Purestock Division Al Relyea cashed out for $500.
Several special awards were handed out during the banquet’s 2 night affair. Among them was the Jeff Yansisac “Mr. Excitement” award handed out to them driver creating the most excitement throughout the respective division. This year’s recipient was Michael Sabia in the Budget Sportsman division.
Saturday night’s edition honored the induction of the newest member of the Lebanon Valley Speedway Hall of Fame, the 1980 Modified Point Champion Donnie Ackner. Ackner holds the title of being currently the only Rookie to win the Championship in the same year. His driving career spanned over 20 years, and now mentors many young, upcoming drivers with his wisdom and guidance.
With the 2014 season in the rearview mirror, it’s time to set our sights on the 63rd Season Opener set for Saturday April 25th, 2015. To see the 2015 schedule, visit our website and click on ‘Schedule’.
GLEN RIDGE LOOKING POSITIVE IN 2015
By Tom Coughlin
FULTONVILLE, N.Y.- With the 2015 stock car racing season just around the corner, promoter Pete Demitraszek of Glen Ridge Motorsports Park is busy finalizing plans for the 2015 season. Friday nights at The Ridge will see a program consisting of modifieds, 602 sportsman, rookie sportsman, 4 cylinder cruisers, and xcel 600’s.
The modified field will see cars using big block motors having to weigh 2,500 lbs. with those choosing to use small block motors needing to weigh 2,400 lbs. 361 c.c will be used as the cut off between determining big block vs small block. Hoosier will be the official track tire. Demitraszek stated that Glen Ridge will follow DIRTcar rules similar to Fonda Speedway and Albany-Saratoga Speedway to help teams with reducing the time and expense needed to allow them to be able to race at the other area tracks.
The vintage modifieds will be making monthly visits to Glen Ridge with tentative dates of April 10, May 15, June 19, July 3, and August 29. This is in addition to a planned visit from the Northeast Vintage Dirt Modified Club on July 31.
The Empire Lightning Sprints, Lucas Oil POWRi Midgets, and the Dig Safely New York 602 Grit Series will make appearances in 2015. Other activities being worked on are
the return of the Adirondac 602 Nationals, and a few Enduro’s.
Demitraszek said Glen Ridge is looking forward to working with many of the local youth organizations throughout the area to introduce more of today’s youngsters to the sport of auto racing.
The New York State Stock Car Association will also have their annual award night. The new website is almost complete. Demitraszek said at this time he is looking at a $ 27. back gate price with no license and a $10. admission for the front gate.
Glen Ridge Motorsports Park is using a tentative opening date of Friday, April 3, 2015.
Rich Vleck and Mike Emhof No Longer Affiliated with Rolling Wheels Raceway
Rich Vleck, ROCHESTER, NY, (March 12, 2015)- After a number of months working with the new management team at the Rolling Wheels Raceway Park, Rich Vleck and Mike Emhof have elected not to proceed forward with the speedway, effective immediately.
Vleck and Emhof were announced as part of RWR back in November 2014 as Media Director and Director of Racing Operations, respectively. Before that time, the pair had also assisted with planning for the Elbridge, NY facility.
“This was not an easy decision and one that took a lot of thought,” said Vleck of the collective decision. “This was an intriguing opportunity that we took very seriously and wanted nothing but the best for the fans, the teams and for Rolling Wheels, but ultimately this was the decision we had to make at this time.”
Both will continue with their lead positions with the Patriot Sprint Tour, with 26 touring dates across New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Ontario in 2015. Vleck will also continue to operate Hot Wings Media, producing dirt racing for television while Emhof will continue to sell sprint car chassis and parts through the Mike Emhof Motorsports brand.
New Egypt Speedway’s Cabin Fever Event to be Unsanctioned
Still Slated for Saturday, March 21st
New Egypt, NJ--New Egypt Speedway’s Cabin Fever event that’s scheduled for Saturday, March 21, 2015, will have a little different feel this year.
For the first time in many years it will be an unsanctioned event. After much discussion between the Speedway and Race of Champions both parties agreed that an unsanctioned event was the way to go for this season.
The event will still feature an open Modified and Sportsman division card. The Modified feature will be reduced to 50 laps for $5,000 to win and $300 to take the green. The Sportsman feature will be 30 laps for $1,000 to win and $100 to take the green. Bonuses and lap money are currently being collected to add to the purse as well as fan giveaways. As those are secured we will be making updates on www.newegyptspeedway.net. Any businesses looking to become a bonus or lap sponsor should call the Speedway office at 609-758-1900.
Pit gates for the event will open at 10 am for early technical inspection. All cars competing must go through tech before they hit the race track as is the New Jersey State law. Front gates will open at 2 pm with practice starting at 3 pm and the first green flag at 4 pm. Adults are $25, seniors 65 and older are $23, teens 12-15 and military with ID are $12, and children 11 and under are free. Pit admission is $35 with no license required. 2015 licenses, pit parking spots, etc. will be available for purchase in the Speedway office only.
For more information on the Cabin Fever event, visit www.newegyptspeedway.net, “Like” us on Facebook /newegyptspeedwayofficial, or follow us on Twitter @nesspeedway. New Egypt Speedway is 7/16th mile, family friendly dirt racing track located minutes from Six Flags Great Adventure on Route 539 in New Egypt, NJ.
Albany-Saratoga Closes Out 2014 With Banquet Celebration
For Immediate Release
March 8th, 2015
Saratoga Springs, NY – The 2014 racing season at the Albany-Saratoga Speedway officially came to a close on Saturday evening with the annual awards banquet. The event was held at the beautiful Saratoga/Wilton Elks Lodge located stone’s throw from the Saratoga Springs city line. For the first time in memory, the event was a sell out with every driver who had earned a season ending award in attendance. The banquet was emceed by track announcers Dan Martin and Mike Warren.
The festivities started at 7pm with a word from track promoter Lyle DeVore before a delicious buffet dinner was served.
“I would like to thank each and every one of you for coming out here tonight,” DeVore said. “To have this amount of racers and crew members show up is a pretty remarkable thing. I would like to thank all of the officials, all of our staff and the people who are working during the week that are in and out that nobody knows about.”
DeVore would continue. “Last year at this time we were excited about the fact that the lease for the Albany-Saratoga Speedway was going to continue and it looked like it was going to go for quite a few years. Fast forward to November and after several months of negotiations the track was sold.”
After a huge round of applause for 2014 New York State Stock Car Association Hall of Fame inductee and now track owner Howard Commander, DeVore went further.
“Howard Commander solidified racing at the Albany-Saratoga Speedway for the future. Thank you very much Howard. The 50h year of auto racing at Albany-Saratoga Speedway will take place this year. We have put together a lot of different marketing and promotional items on our schedule. This is going to be a yearlong promotion. We are also doing special events for each and every class.”
Danny Martin kicked off the awards portion of the program with a statement that many of us felt in our hearts and thankfully were wrong about.
“I walked out of the gate in 2011 after they turned the microphones off and it was like my pulse dropped,” Martin said. “We knew if it closed it would never reopen.”
The first awards to be handed out were the Newcomer of the Year Award winners for the DIRTcar Pro Stock and Street Stock divisions. Picking up the awards were Robbie Speed (DIRTcar Pro Stocks) and Jason Meltz (Street Stocks).
Next, Mike Warren took to the podium to introduce the second through tenth place points finishers in each of the four week weekly divisions.
In the Street Stock division the second through tenth place finishers were – Randy Miller, Jason Meltz, Scott Lawrence, Damon Anderson, Josh Coonradt, Paul Braymer, Frank Monroe, Matt Mosher and Jody Thew.
The DIRTcar Pro Stock division was next to be honored with point’s finishers two through ten. Those drivers included Byron Wescott, Kenny Martin, Jr., Kim Duell, Dan Older, Sr., Bill Smith, Robbie Speed, Brandon Emigh, Dave DePaulo, and Danny Wood.
Following picture of the DIRTcar Pro Stock competitors, the Sportsman division top point finishers were introduced. The top points finishers were – Cody Bleau, Hunter Bates, Derrick McGrew, Jack Speshock, Scott Duell, Jake Scarborough, Jon Miller, Connor Cleveland and Dave Baranowski, Jr.
The final division to be called up was the track’s headliners, the DIRTcar Modifieds. Finishing second through ten were Peter Britten, Marc Johnson, Kenny Tremont, Jr., Ronnie Johnson, Mark Kislowski, Keith Flach, Matt Delorenzo, Don Ronca and Elmo Reckner.
The Limited Sportsman division does not crown a track champion or even keep points however four drivers were honored for graduating to the Sportsman division. Once a driver reaches three feature wins they have to move up. The 2014 graduates were Colin Bokus (June), Pete Jeske (July), David Emigh (August) and Rob Maxon (August).
In 2013 the Spirit Award debuted at the Albany-Saratoga Speedway. It goes to a person who embraces the racing world as a whole and goes the extra mile to promote racing. The 2014 recipient was Shannon Donnelly. Among other things, Shannon volunteered for the kids program and her sponsor (Burt’s Tree Service) helped the track when a massive storm raged through the area on a Thursday afternoon, bringing down large trees.
The next awards to be presented were the Malta Memorable Moments Awards. These awards went to a driver who did something that sent everyone home talking about it. The DIRTcar Modified Award winner was Peter Britten after a hard battle with Brett Hearn. In the Sportsman division, the winner was Joey Scarborough who out battled Timothy Davis for a down to the line feature event win.
In the Limited Sportsman division, Donnelly picked up the award for her first career feature win on August 29th. It was her 16th season of trying. The DIRTcar Pro Stock division would see the award go to Kim Duell who out battled Byron Wescott for a win on August 22nd.
The next award to be presented was certainly a special one. Marcy Mangino, DeVore’s fiancé, was presented with a special award for going the extra mile at the Speedway. On August 22nd a big storm hit the track just before the gates were set to open. With all hands on deck, she got behind the wheel of a packer truck for the first time. She is a mainstay at the track and can be found doing whatever is needed on race day.
Long time track employee Ron Mensing was next up on stage to present the top five points finishers in the Featherfoot Warrior Series for the Sportsman division. The top five point’s finishers included – Jeremy Pitts ($1,000), Connor Cleveland ($500), Cody Bleau ($250), Nick Lussier ($150) and Joey Scarborough ($100).
The final awards winners of the evening went to the 2014 Track Champions.
Brett Hearn was crowned the UDIRTcar Modified Track Champion for the third consecutive season. The title was the New Jersey superstars seventh at the speedway.
“This year at Albany-Saratoga Speedway as a fantastic year,” Hearn said. “We had a very consistent year. I have to thank Madsen Motorsports with the help of Kevin Cross and my teammates. I have a great crew. We have some great race cars ready for 2015.”
Jeremy Pitts made is a clean sweep in the Sportsman division. He picked up the Featherfoot Warrior Series title earlier in the evening and then was crowned Track Champion for the second consecutive season.
“I want to thank all of my sponsors and everyone who made it possible,” Pitts said. “I have to thank Tom Conroy who put that thing on rails all year long.”
The back to back title theme continued into the DIRTcar Pro Stock division where Rob Yetman was crowned Track Champion.
“It was definitely the hardest championship to get,” Yetman said. “To get one is hard but this one was tough. We dug in and it was great to finish this.”
With five feature wins under his belt, Bill Duprey repeated as Track Champion in the Don Don’s Delight’s Street Stock division.
“It was a rough go but we managed to get to victory lane a few times and get the championship,” Duprey said. “We will be back to go for a three peat.”
The Four Cylinder division crowned two Track Champions. Picking up the Single Cam title was Dave LaBarge while Steve Ryan won the Dual Cam title.
“It was a good year, with good competition,” LaBarge said. “It was tough out there. Thank you to those who helped all year.”
Ryan was equally as appreciative, “I want to thank my crew, it was a good season.”
The gates of the Albany-Saratoga Speedway will open for the first time in 2015 on Sunday afternoon April 12th for a practices session. The 50th season of auto racing at the Great Race Place will take the green on Friday evening April 17th.
FONDA SPEEDWAY TO PAY TRIBUTE TO ITS ALL TIME WINNINGEST DRIVER
By: Ron Szczerba
Fonda, NY – When the 2015 Fonda Speedway schedule cards are handed out at the Fonda Speedway car show which will be held at the Rotterdam Square Mall on Friday, March 13 through Sunday, March 15 you will notice a special midweek date on the schedule which will pay tribute to the all-time winningest driver at the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway, Jumpin’ Jack Johnson.
The event will be held on Wednesday, July 29 and will feature a 50-lap, $5,000 to win Modified event which will be titled the “Empire State Championship” with 12 lap heat races setting the starting grid for the big event. General admission to the event will be $15 or $12 if you are wearing any Jack Johnson apparel or anything in the color orange that he made famous. The vintage modifieds will also be on hand for the Johnson tribute event.
It will be the second year of the “Empire State Championship” event at Fonda which was named by current promoter Matt DeLorenzo with last year’s event being won by 2014 modified track champion Stewart Friesen.
“Brother’s John and Paul Lakata came up with the idea to hold the tribute event for Jack Johnson,” DeLorenzo said. “So I talked to Jack’s son Ronnie about it and he asked his father who gave the idea the thumbs up.”
Johnson’s record at the Fonda Speedway speaks for itself and it includes a total of 152 victories in the modified division (149 big block wins and three small block wins) in a total of 34 winning seasons, the first victory coming on 8/7/1971 and the last on 5/30/2009. Johnson also has a total of 11 modified track championships at Fonda in 1975, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1984, 1985, 1988, 1993, 1994, 1995, & 1996.
Johnson has opening day victories at Fonda back in 1972, 1976, 1982, 1983, 1988, 1991, 1992, & 1994 and was the winner of the Fonda 200-lap event in 1986 & 1988. He also has a total of 29 victories in events of 50-laps and over including Super DIRTcar Series victories in 1976, 1979, & 1980.
Johnson’s best seasons at Fonda were back in 1980, 1981, and 1985 when he not only won the track championship in those years but he also won a total of 11 feature events in both 1980 and 1981 and a record 12 feature wins in 1985 which is a record that still stands today!
Artist Paul Lakata drew up an artist’s rendition of Johnson and some of Jack’s race cars from the past which has been turned into a poster and will be available soon. The poster is absolutely beautiful and is something that every race fan and certainly every Jack Johnson fan will want to have!
CAR SHOW JUST AROUND THE CORNER
The car show will be the opening event of the 2015 Fonda Speedway season and will include for the first time a Pit Crew Challenge which will take place on Friday, March 13 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and also on Saturday, March 14 from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
While at the car show you can check out this year's race cars, buy a Fonda or Chix Gear T-shirt or sweatshirt, and you can also purchase a 2015 season pass! Racers can also get their Fonda or DIRTcar license along with your pit passes at the car show to avoid having to fill out the paperwork on the first race day!
Teams for the pit crew challenge will consist of no more than four crew members (car affiliation is not needed) and any team from any track is welcome to participate along with the fans! Entry fee for the event is $10 and you can do it as many times as you would like there is no limit! Out of the money collected from the pit crew challenge event, half will go to the drivers point fund and the other half to another new event called the “Elimination Challenge” with more details on that event coming later.
The pit crew challenge will consist of changing the front and rear right side tires as fast as possible with the teams being measured on time and the car will be in the air already when you start the challenge. Penalties will be handed out for loose lug nuts at two seconds per lug nut which will be measured by a torque wrench, missing lug nuts will cost you five seconds per missing lug nut, and tires or equipment being left behind which will cost you five seconds per each item left behind. A cordless ½ inch impact gun will be provided for you to use in the contest.
A full color Fonda Speedway schedule card will be available at the car show along with a King of Dirt (KoD) Basement Systems Crate Sportsman schedule card and a Lazzaro’s Auto Body King of Dirt (KoD) Pro Stock Series schedule card as well!
For more information on the upcoming 2015 racing season you can go to the official website of the “Track of Champions” which is www.fondaspeedway.com and for more information on the King of Dirt (KoD) Basement Systems Crate Sportsman Series or the Lazzaro’s Auto Body King of Dirt (KoD) Pro Stock Series you can go to www.speed-zone-online.org
44th NAPA Super DIRT Week A Go October 7-11, 2015, In Syracuse
DIRTcar Racing officials working with county, state executives on 2016 and beyond
CONCORD, N.C. - March 3, 2015 - As the 2015 racing season is kicking off around the country this spring, DIRTcar Racing is fully engaged in preparations for the 44th running of NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week on Oct. 7-11, 2015, at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse, N.Y.
Thousands of fans from across the United States and Canada are expected to return once again to the Moody Mile, with less than 30 reserved camping spaces remaining for what's quickly become known as Racing's Biggest Party each October.
DIRTcar officials also followed Tuesday night's presentation by Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney and her plans for the fairgrounds in 2016 and beyond. DIRTcar is eager to work with New York State and Onondaga County on the Empire State's biggest annual week of racing, and improvements to the fairgrounds in the future.
"We are certainly excited to see New York State and Onondaga County considering improvements to the New York State Fairgrounds," DIRTcar Racing CEO Brian Carter said. "NAPA Super DIRT Week has generations of history and tradition for DIRTcar Racing fans, improving the fairgrounds would ensure that coming generations could share in that tradition, too."
Albany-Saratoga Set For 2014 Awards Banquet
For Immediate Release
February 28th, 2015
Malta, NY – The 2014 season at the Albany-Saratoga Speedway officially comes to a close on Saturday evening March 7th at the Saratoga/Wilton Elks Cub with the annual awards banquet. The track champions and top point finishers in all divisions will be honored as competitors, fans and officials converge on the Saratoga County facility.
Taking top honors at this season’s banquet will be the six drivers who will officially be called track champion. Picking up the track championships in the tracks six competing divisions will be Brett Hearn (Upstate GMC Dealers DIRTcar Modified’s), Jeremy Pitts (Sportsman), Rob Yetman (DIRTcar Pro Stocks), Bill Duprey (Don Don’s Delights Street Stocks), Dave LaBarge (Greg’s Towing and Repair Single Cam Four Cylinders) and Steve Ryan (Greg’s Towing and Repair Dual Cam Four Cylinders).
Pitts will have the honor of being crowned champion not only once but twice. The Schaghticoke, New York resident also will be crowned champion of the Featherfoot Warrior Series, a series within the weekly schedule for the Sportsman division. This will be the second consecutive Sportsman track championship for Pitts.
The 2015 season will be a season of celebration as the four tenths of a mile, Lyle DeVore promoted speedway will celebrate its 50th anniversary season. The season will kick off on Friday evening, April 17th. For more information about Albany-Saratoga Speedway please log on to www.albany-saratogaspeedway.com.
Paul Kuhl Midget Highlights Flemington Speedway Historical Society Display at Dirt Track Heroes Show
Car owner and Flemington Speedway promoter Paul Kuhl congratulates his driver Stan Ploski after a 1983 victory. This car will be on display all week.
Phillipsburg, NJ -- Flemington Speedway Historical Society (FSHS) will once again provide an anchor display at Quaker Steak & Lube Dirt Track Heroes Car Show. For the eighth consecutive year, Phillipsburg Mall, Route 22 East, Phillipsburg, NJ is the venue for the week long extravaganza. It opens Sunday, March 1 and closes Saturday, March 7. Detailed information can be found at the promotion team’s web site: http://www.thunderonthehillracingseries.com.
It’s hard to ignore the irony here. For decades, such shopping malls have replaced many aging race tracks on a nationwide scale. Once a year, FSHS and similar anchors of this car show inhabit vacant stores in a once thriving mall, thus lending life support to the kind of entity that doomed the race tracks these historical organizations now represent.
More than a dozen race cars will be part of the FSHS exhibit, highlighted by the former Paul Kuhl Midget. The purple and white #8 driven to Flemington Speedway victories by Stan Ploski is being restored by George Henshaw. Brother Joe Henshaw will bring his ’37 slant back Ford sedan, a living example of an early sixties era Stock Car. The #3 Sprint Car of late local hero Rich Polenz will be on hand, recently restored by brother Scott. A tribute to the 1976 Chevette Modified of Glenn Fitzcharles is expected to be unveiled by Microstock campaigner Harry Burd. Joe Opitz’s Hanchick & Lerch #44, Dennis Tretter’s #35 Brenn Midget, the Taylor-Made #93 of Dick Havens, Mike Everett’s Doug Hoffman 60OVER tribute, and Artie Conk’s #63 White Phantom are among the many historic race cars expected to be shown.
This year, the FSHS exhibit will feature vintage racing movies projected onto a big screen, along with the tables and walls filled with memorabilia. Flemington Speedway personalities will be visiting the FSHS display all week. Saturday, March 7, Flemington Speedway and FSHS will be among those featured by event organizers, as 1974 and 1976 Flemington Speedway Modified Gerald Chamberlain is saluted.
Black Rock 2015 Tentative Schedule Announced
The 2015 Black Rock Speedway tentative schedule has been released by Promoters Mike Jackson and Sue Foster. www.blackrockspeedway.com has the tentative schedule posted at this time.
The schedule consists of 23 points paying events with 26 race nights total on the schedule including the IMCA Empire Series event in September and the two-day Dutch Hoag National Open Weekend in October.
The talk of the town has been the return of the Modifieds for weekly competition. Along with weekly competition, the ‘Mighty Modifieds’ will also participate in the "SP Wilson, Inc Rumble At The Rock" 50 Lap $5,000 to win event on Tuesday June 2nd.
One lucky fan, Logan Kenyon, won a contest to name the Tuesday night special event. Logan will receive free admission on that night and have a personalized photo taken with the Modified winner in victory lane. Curtis Berleue Photography has also donated a free print for Logan fromVictory Lane.
The rest of the regular card for 2015 will consist of Crate Sportsman Modifieds, M&M Auto Sales and Service IMCA Modifieds, Street Stocks, 4-Cylinders and the ever popular Black Rock Bandits.
Black Rock will see several traveling series make multiple stops at the 4/10 mile Dundee, NY oval in 2015 including the Patriot Sprint Tour, the IMCA Empire Series and the SUNY Canton GRIT Racing Series 602 Crate Sportsman.
The Patriot Sprint Tour will make their first stop on Friday May 15th with their final stop taking place on their traditional date at Dundee during Race Weekend at Watkins Glen International. Celebrity Night is always a can’t miss event at the speedway and 2015 will carry on that tradition with the 360 sprints being paired with Black Rock’s weekly Modified competition.
Much like the return of weekly Modified competition, the return of the SUNY Canton GRIT Racing Series Sportsman is something that fans will have circled on their calendars. The Grit Series put on a fantastic 100 Lap race back in October with Rocky Warner coming from the back to the front to pick up the win. If that was any indication, their 50 Lap affairs on Tuesday June 16th and Tuesday August 4th will keep fans glued to the racing action. Rocky won’t have quite as much time to come from the back of the pack this time around!
The IMCA Empire Series will also make two stops at ‘The Rock’ in 2015 starting with an Empire Series race on Friday May 22nd. They will also be on the card with details and support classes to be determined for a September 18th show.
Dutch Hoag National Open Weekend will take place on it’s traditional weekend before Halloween to close out the oval track racing program for 2015 at Black Rock Speedway. More details on the card for each night of action will be forthcoming. Black Rock Speedway will close out the 2015 season with a Motorhome and Demo Derby taking place on Sunday November 1st, promoted by speedway ownership.
Brewerton And Fulton Speedway Winter Bash A Big Success; Up Next The Motorsports Expo
BALDWINSVILLE, NY – February 24, 2015 (By Dave Medler) – Despite the heavy snow, the 2015 Fulton and Brewerton Speedways ‘Winter Bash’ was a big success. A large crowd turned out for an evening of race talk, awards, and giveaways at the Radisson Ale House in Baldwinsville.
On the big screen was the final night of the DIRTcar Winter Nationals from Volusia Speedway in Florida. In an exciting Modified feature, Fulton Speedway Tracey Road Equipment Big Block Modified Champion Larry Wight was crowned the four race series champion.
Beyond their point money the 2014 Track Champions received a six-foot trophy and champion jacket while the rest of the top-ten received a sharp plaque along with their point money.
2014 Track Champions
Brewerton Speedway – Tracey Road Equipment DIRTcar Modifieds – Matt Sheppard. Pro Race Cars Mod Lites – (Open) Joe Isabell (Stock Spec) Nick Graziano. Nationwide Insurance IMCA Modifieds – Chris Fleming. Hilton’s Automotive Four Cylinders – Chuck Powelczyk.
Fulton Speedway – Tracey Road Equipment DIRTcar Modifieds – Larry Wight. SUNY Canton Sportsman – Ron Davis III. NAPA Late Models – Tim Sears Jr.. A-Verdi Storage Containers 305 Sprints – John Cunningham. Pro Race Cars Mod Lites – (Open) Joe Isabell (Stock Spec) Nick Graziano. Hilton’s Automotive Four-Cylinders – Chuck Powelczyk.
During the season Omni Services had the heat race winners challenge for the Tracey Road Equipment DIRTcar Modifieds. The competition at both tracks was tough and had the winners decided on the final point night. Ryan Phelps, Vinnie Vitale and Matt Billings shared the $250 award at Brewerton Speedway. Chad Phelps was the sole winner at the Fulton Speedway.
A few of the notable special awards from last season included:
Chris Mackey – Modified Horizon Award
Dave Talbot – Most Improved Late Model
Zack Babcock – Most Improved Mod Lite
Mike Button – Sportsmanship Award
Jim and Barb Witko – Promoters Award For Dedication
There was also a drawing for 15 Hoosier Tires for modified and Sportsman teams during the evening. The winners were Corey Barker, Jimmy Phelps Rocco Leone, Chris Hile, Joe Kline, Brandon Ford, Billy Clark, James Carlson, Pat O’Brien, Matt Hulsizer, Roy Bresnahan, Todd Root, Jordan Bennett, Dan Vauter and Mike Button.
The most anticipated giveaway of the night was for Brewerton or Fulton Speedway season pit passes with the winners making their choice of speedway. Brewerton Speedway – Chad Phelps. Fulton Speedway – Olivia Ford, Laurie Verdoliva and Janet Ford.
The entire Brewerton and Fulton Speedway staff would like to thank all of the fans and competitors for making it fun and successful.
Up next is the always popular Motorsports Expo at the New York State Fairgrounds on Saturday and Sunday March 14-15. Stop by our booth all weekend to see some of the new racing equipment, pick up schedules, season passes, pit passes and have any questions answered about the 2015 season by speedway staff.
The Great Northern Mall with the Brewerton and Fulton Speedways are excited to announce the return of the “Blast-Off” show on March 27-29.
For race teams this is a way to show off your 2015 racing equipment and give great exposure to your sponsors. Not only is this for the race fans, it’s also a way to attract potential fans to the great racing at the Brewerton and Fulton Speedways. The Great Northern Mall is located on Route 31 in Clay, NY with easy access off Route 481. To see all the stores and eateries they have to offer go to www.greatnorthernmall.com .
To put your car on display is free but space is limited. To enter your car please go to the online form http://www.brewertonspeedway.com/mallshow.htm .
After the long offseason the race cars will roar to life when the 2015 season kicks off at the Fulton Speedway with the Highbank Hold-up Weekend. Friday and Saturday, April 24 and 25. Two nights of Big Blocks, Sportsman, Mod Lites, the holdover Novice sportsman event from Outlaw Weekend, 4-Cylinders and Late Models will all be in action. The weekend will finish in a big way with a 100-Lap Modifed Super DIRTcar series race.
With one of the toughest Big Block Modified fields anywhere in the Northeast, the Brewerton Speedway will thunder back to life on Friday, May 1. On the race card will be the Tracey Road Equipment DIRTcar Modifeds, Pro Race Cars Mod Lites, Four-Cylinders and the highly anticipated weekly appearance of the Sportsman division.
Please visit the all new websites built by BC Designs at www.brewertonspeedway.com – www.fultonspeedway.com and like our Facebook pages to interact with race fans anytime www.facebook.com/BrewertonSpeedway - www.facebook.com/FultonSpeedway
UTICA-ROME SPEEDWAY REGULARS SHOW THEIR STRENGTH AT THE DIRTCAR NATIONALS IN FLORIDA
VERNON, NY- A winter trip to Volusia Speedway in Florida is something many race teams use as an excuse to escape the cold weather of the Northeast and try to build some momentum for the upcoming season. This past week, three of the top four point earners in the Utica-Rome Speedway made the journey and by the end of the week, fans knew that they were there as all three were competitive all week long.
Larry Wight, the hard charging youngster out of the Gypsum Express stable, overcame two nights of being the rear of the field to take home the 2015 DIRTcar Nationals Big Block Modified Championship and earning the âBig Gatorâ trophy that comes with the title. On the opening night of competition last Wednesday, Wight started 14th and made a late race pass of Billy Pauch to finish the evening in the fourth spot. Night two saw Wight score another top 10 finish as he posted a seventh place finish.
Things really got interesting in the final two nights as an incident with Pauch saw Wight having to restart in the rear. He didnât stay for long, however, as he roared through the field to net an impressive third place finish. Starting scratch on the final night for changing cars before the feature, the Phoenix NY native worked his way up to seventh at the checkered which provided just enough points for Wight to grab his first Florida title.
2014 and seven time Utica-Rome Speedway champion Stewart Friesen made his annual trek to the Sunshine State with the Tom and Roxann Cullen owned machine looking to make it two âBig Gatorsâ in a row, but by the end of the week, he would fall just three points shy of the title. Friesen opened up the four nights of action with a seventh place finish and then followed that up by a dominating victory on the second night. Night three saw Friesen challenge eventual winner Rick Laubach for the lead but he had to settle for the runner up position. The final night of action saw Friesen end his evening pit side which ended his shot the championship.
Matt Sheppard, the 2002 Utica-Rome Speedway champion and the runner up the past two seasons, also made the trip to Volusia. Although he showed the needed speed in all the events, he didnât get the finishes he was looking for or needed to grab the title. Sheppard opened up the four race series with a sixth place finish and chased Friesen to the line on night number two. A fourth place finish on night three would put Sheppard in the mix for the title going into the final night but mechanical issues ended his run prematurely and wiped out any thoughts of taking the title. Sheppard would ended the Florida series in the fourth spot in the points, just 12 markers back.
This trio of drivers are expected to continue to compete weekly at the Utica-Rome Speedway, along with a host of others, and battle for the lucrative NASCAR Whelen All-American Series track title. Last season, Friesen took home over $27,000 for winning the track title plus the NASCAR New York State title.
The Utica-Rome Speedway kicks off on April 19th with Twin 20âs for the Modifieds plus a regular show of 602 Sportsman, Open Sportsman, and Pro Street Stocks. For more information, log on to www.uticaromespeedway.com or call the speedway office at (315)829-4557. You can follow us on Facebook as well or on Twitter by following @UR_Speedway.
Williams a Surprise Winner of DIRTcar Nationals Finale at Volusia
Wight survives wild night to get his first 'Big Gator'
By Mike Mallett
BARBERVILLE, Fla. - Feb. 21, 2015 - Neal Williams shocked a capacity DIRTcar Nationals crowd on Saturday night by pulling off the upset win in the 50-lap Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modified finale at Volusia Speedway Park. It was the biggest win of the Pittsgrove, N.J., driver's career as he pocketed the $5,000 check and picked up his first Gator trophy.
"This is just unreal," Williams said. "To get my first Super DIRTcar series win down here against these boys is unbelievable."
Larry Wight had to go to a backup car prior to the feature, but he survived to finish in the seventh spot outlasting both Matt Sheppard and Stewart Friesen to win his first ever DIRTcar Nationals Big-Block Modified week championship and the coveted 'Big Gator.'
"We had to bring the backup car out because we had some motor trouble in the heat race," Wight said. "We didn't want to risk hurting it any worse. We started in the back again and had a great car. Maybe if we started in the top 20 we could have won it. Neal (Williams) had a great car, I could see it. He was able to hold his own."
Sheppard and Friesen redrew the front row for the final night of the Nationals. Sheppard jumped out in front at the green and led the first circuit. Before a second lap could be completed, the red flag was shown as Tyler Dippel and Rick Laubach got together coming down the frontstretch.
Over the next four laps a series of cautions slowed the pace of the feature. All the while, Sheppard was able to control the action at the front. Friesen was forced pit-side under one of the cautions periods after packing the right-rear wheel full of mud. After a few more green flag laps were run, Erick Rudolph slowed in turn four bringing out yet another yellow on lap nine.
When the race got back up to speed, Sheppard made it through turns one and two before he was forced to shut the car down in turn three with mechanical issues. Sheppard's bad luck and the subsequent caution handed the lead over to sixth-place starter Billy Pauch. Pauch, of Frenchtown, N.J., remained in front when the green flag got the race going once more.
When Pauch got back on the gas he was forced to deal with the challenges of fellow Garden State driver Williams. Williams, who started 10th, applied heavy pressure to Pauch over the next five laps. Williams nosed in front several times but each time Pauch was able to drive back by to remain out in front. At the halfway it was Pauch and Williams battling for the lead.
The traffic got thicker and thicker for Pauch which allowed Williams to stay with the veteran driver. Williams kept looking and waiting for his opportunity to get by Pauch and it came on lap 36. Williams worked by Pauch on the bottom of the second turn, taking the lead. He remained the leader as they reached the line. Yan Bussiere brought out the caution before another lap could be scored.
"Everyone talks about being in second when you reach lapped traffic and I just put that in my brain and it paid off," Williams said. "He (Pauch) made a couple mistakes and we were able to capitalize."
The field lined up nose to tail for the restart giving Williams a clear track in front of him. He moved out on Pauch as he had his hands full with Danny Johnson. One more lap clicked off before the final caution of the race was shown for Friesen who found himself nosed into the outside wall off of turn two after an unsuccessful attempt at a slide-job to get by Wight.
Williams was perfect on the ensuing restart and pulled away from Pauch and Johnson on the outside as they renewed their battle for second. Johnson worked low while Pauch worked high. Johnson dispatched of Pauch after two laps and set his eyes on Williams who already had amassed a half-straightaway lead.
"Once I got out in front I knew I had to just stay smooth and consistent," Williams said. "I didn't have any wheel spin, the car was on rails and I was able to pull away."
Over the final ten laps Williams worked some slower traffic but never made a mistake on his way to triumph in front of the capacity crowd at the 'World's Fastest Half-Mile.' Johnson ultimately brought his Chris Gennarelli-owned Bicknell to the line in the second spot at the checkered flag.
"My car was really tight," Johnson said. "I setup for a smooth, slippery race track and it got choppy. It was scary going in there a couple times because I didn't know if I was going to hit the fence or not. I didn't want to do that. I had to be gingerly going in there. We are happy to come out with a second place finish."
Pauch fell back to third in the final rundown after leading much of the first half of the race. It was the best finish for Pauch with his Bicknell No. 1 ride during the DIRTcar Nationals.
"I don't know if the tires sealed up or what," Pauch said. "Neal (Williams) had the car to beat tonight. He was good in the slick and up on the cushion so I have to hand it to him. We wanted to win tonight, but we'll go home with a third. It's tough when you come down here and race with these guys, there is no cherry-picking, it's a tough bunch. I'm proud to finish third with them."
Tim Fuller picked up a fourth place finish with his D.C. Rauscher Motorsports Bicknell and Quebec native, Mario Clair, worked by Brett Hearn in the late stages of the race to finish in the fifth position.
The Super DIRTcar Series stars return to action on April 25 at the Fulton Speedway. To keep up with the latest news about the series visit the website at www.superdirtcarseries.com or following along on Twitter at http://www.Twitter.com/SuperDIRTcar.
Super DIRTcar Series Statistical Report; Feb. 21, 2015; Volusia Speedway Park; Barberville, Fla.
A-Main - (50 Laps) - 1. 323-Neal Williams ($5,000); 2. 27J-Danny Johnson; 3. 1-Billy Pauch; 4. 19-Tim Fuller; 5. 22c-Mario Clair; 6. 20-Brett Hearn; 7. 99L-Larry Wight; 8. 98H-Jimmy Phelps; 9. 54-Steve Bernard; 10. 7-Rick Laubach; 11. 3H-Justin Haers; 12. 30-Jamie Mills; 13. 21a-Peter Britten; 14. 22J-Jeremy Wilder; 15. 48T-Dave Rauscher; 16. 21k-Randy Chrysler; 17. 7-Tim Kerr; 18. 1W-Stewart Friesen; 19. 6m-Mat Williamson; 20. 96-Yan Bussiere; 21. 88-Dave Allen; 22. 14h-Jeff Heotzler; 23. 8-Rich Scagliotta; 24. 9H-Matt Sheppard; 25. 32c-Vic Coffey; 26. 7z-Erick Rudolph; 27. 1d-Tyler Dippel; 28. 1x-Dale Planck
Qualifying Group #1 - 1. 1-Billy Pauch, 17.303; 2. 19-Tim Fuller, 17.614; 3. 1x-Dale Planck, 17.636; 4. 14h-Jeff Heotzler, 17.71; 5. 21k-Randy Chrysler, 17.857; 6. 88-Dave Allen, 17.865; 7. 48T-Dave Rauscher, 18.114; 8. 21R-Roger Chrysler, 18.196; 9. 29-Chris Ostrowsky,18.712
Qualifying Group #2 - 1. 9H-Matt Sheppard, 16.983; 2. 1W-Stewart Friesen, 17.136; 3. 99L-Larry Wight, 17.312; 4. 323-Neal Williams, 17.342; 5. 7-Tim Kerr, 17.4; 6. 54-Steve Bernard, 17.827; 7. 97-Michel Chicoine, 18.356; 8. 1G-Darwin Green, 18.588
Qualifying Group #3 - 1. 20-Brett Hearn, 16.951; 2. 27J-Danny Johnson, 17.064; 3. 96-Yan Bussiere, 17.116; 4. 1d-Tyler Dippel, 17.229; 5. 32c-Vic Coffey, 17.263; 6. 8-Rich Scagliotta, 17.445; 7. 6m-Mat Williamson, 17.542; 8. 22c-Mario Clair, 17.639
Qualifying Group #4 - 1. 30-Jamie Mills, 16.754; 2. 7-Rick Laubach, 16.832; 3. 3H-Justin Haers, 16.987; 4. 55-Anthony Perrego, 17.147; 5. 98H-Jimmy Phelps, 17.272; 6. 21a-Peter Britten, 17.338; 7. 22J-Jeremy Wilder, 17.495; 8. 7z-Erick Rudolph, 17.507; 9. 5*-Tyler Siri, 17.546
Heat #1 (8 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) - 1. 1-Billy Pauch; 2. 19-Tim Fuller; 3. 1x-Dale Planck; 4. 14h-Jeff Heotzler; 5. 48T-Dave Rauscher; 6. 21k-Randy Chrysler; 7. 88-Dave Allen; 8. 21R-Roger Chrysler; 9. 29-Chris Ostrowsky
Heat #2 (8 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) - 1. 9H-Matt Sheppard; 2. 1W-Stewart Friesen; 3. 323-Neal Williams; 4. 99L-Larry Wight; 5. 7-Tim Kerr; 6. 54-Steve Bernard; 7. 1G-Darwin Green; 8. 97-Michel Chicoine
Heat #3 (8 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) - 1. 20-Brett Hearn; 2. 1d-Tyler Dippel; 3. 27J-Danny Johnson; 4. 96-Yan Bussiere; 5. 22c-Mario Clair; 6. 32c-Vic Coffey; 7. 6m-Mat Williamson; 8. 8-Rich Scagliotta
Heat #4 (8 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) - 1. 30-Jamie Mills; 2. 7-Rick Laubach; 3. 55-Anthony Perrego; 4. 21a-Peter Britten; 5. 3H-Justin Haers; 6. 98H-Jimmy Phelps; 7. 7z-Erick Rudolph; 8. 22J-Jeremy Wilder; 9. 5*-Tyler Siri
Last Chance Showdown #1 (10 Laps - Top 3 finishers transfer to the A-feature) - 1. 54-Steve Bernard; 2. 21k-Randy Chrysler; 3. 88-Dave Allen; 4. 1G-Darwin Green; 5. 21R-Roger Chrysler; 6. 29-Chris Ostrowsky
Last Chance Showdown #2 (10 Laps - Top 3 finishers transfer to the A-feature) - 1. 98H-Jimmy Phelps; 2. 7z-Erick Rudolph; 3. 32c-Vic Coffey; 4. 6m-Mat Williamson; 5. 22J-Jeremy Wilder; 6. 97-Michel Chicoine; 7. 8-Rich Scagliotta
44th Annual DIRTcar Nationals Big-Block Modified Championship Points Final - 1. 99L-Larry Wight, 198; 2. 1w-Stewart Friesen, 195; 3. 20-Brett Hearn, 190; 4. 9H-Matt Sheppard, 186; 5. 19-Tim Fuller, 181; 6. 7-Rick Laubach, 178; 7. 1-Billy Pauch, 174; 8. 27J-Danny Johnson,171; 9. 323-Neil Williams, 159; 10. 6m-Mat Williamson, 158; 11. 3H-Justin Haers, 151; 12. 21a-Peter Britten, 149; 13. 98H-Jimmy Phelps, 142; 14. 22c-Mario Clair, 140; 15. 30-Jamie Mills, 140; 16. 7z-Erick Rudolph, 120; 17. 32c-Vic Coffey, 114; 18. 1d-Tyler Dippel, 114; 19. 54-Steve Bernard, 113; 20. 22J-Jeremy Wilder, 107; 21. 55-Anthony Perrego, 104; 22. 21-Yan Bussiere, 96; 23. 21K-Randy Chrysler, 89; 24. 14H-Jeff Heotzler, 71; 25. 8-Rich Scagliotta, 71; 26. 07-Tim Kerr, 68; 27. 88-David Allen, 62; 28. 5*-Tyler Siri, 62; 29. 1g-Darwin Greene, 60; 30. 48too-Dave Rauscher, 58; 31. 1x-Dale Planck, 51; 32. 21R-Roger Chrysler, 40; 33. 29-Chris Ostrowsky, 40; 34. x97-Michel Chicoine, 40; 35. 5-Jimmy Horton, 35; 36. 96-Jean Francois Corriveau, 30
Facility Changes Highlight Albany-Saratoga Off Season
For Immediate Release
February 21st, 2015
Malta, NY – As we approach the final month of the offseason, all eyes turn to the 2015 season at the Great Race Place. When the 2015 season kicks off on April 17th, race fans, drivers and crew members alike will notice some physical changes to the fast, four tenths of a mile Lyle DeVore prepared oval.
The first thing that everyone will notice is the landscaping in front of the ticket area just outside the track’s front gates. The landscaping in front of the ticket area will be redesigned to give the area a newer look. In addition to the landscaping, patrons can expect to see a fresh coat of paint all across the facility. Other facility improvements include improving the public address system and paving certain areas.
On the track the improvements continue as more than 150 truckloads of clay have been added to the already fast racing surface.
“We have added 157 loads of clay to the track,” DeVore said. “This will enable us to not have to depend on the tires to keep drivers out of the infield, there will now be a drop off.”
In November it was announced that the Albany-Saratoga Speedway had been purchased by recent New York State Stock Car Association (NYSSCA) Hall of Fame inductee Howard Commander. Commander announced that DeVore would continue to serve as the track promoter and track manager. The track rose to prominence as a dirt surfaced facility under the guidance of the Richards family and it’s patriarch, the late C.J. Richards. The purchase of the facility from the Richard’s family will ensure racing along Route 9 for seasons to come.
The 2014 season officially comes to a close on Saturday evening, March 7th with the annual awards banquet. The 2014 banquet will be held at the Saratoga/Wilton Elks Club. The 50th Anniversary season opener will take place on Friday evening, April 17th. For more information about Albany-Saratoga Speedway please log on to www.albany-saratogaspeedway.com.
Pennsylvanian Laubach Holds Off New Yorkers to Win at Volusia
Friesen, Wight and Sheppard give chase, sets up showdown for 'Big Gator'
By Mike Mallett
BARBERVILLE, Fla. - Feb. 20, 2015 - Rick Laubach earned his first and only Gator trophy from the DIRTcar Nationals two years ago on Friday night. The Quakertown, Pa., driver held off the stars of the Super DIRTcar Series that evening to claim his one and only Volusia Speedway Park victory. Two years to the day later, Laubach repeated the feat.
"This feels good obviously," he said. "It didn't hurt that we started on the pole on a night like tonight. It's not easy to win down here with them guys all right there. I started second last night and fell back so far I can't even count that high."
Laubach managed to keep 2014 DIRTcar Nationals champion Stewart Friesen in check en route to winning the 30-lap Modified feature Friday night. He pulled away from Friesen in the final five laps to claim the winner's prize in front of several friends and family members.
"My family is from Florida," said the former New Egypt and Bridgeport Speedway champion. "We come down here to race and they come up from Ft. Lauderdale and we always tease them about gators and stuff. There is one sitting at my mom's house and my son always looks at it during the day when he goes there so now he can put one next to it."
Laubach started on the pole alongside Canadian standout Mat Williamson. At the green he quickly established himself as the race leader as he drove through the middle of turns one and two and then to the top-side to take the lead. Larry Wight and Billy Pauch gave chase as they battled for the runner-up position.
Then on lap two fireworks erupted between Pauch and Wight. They both dove to the bottom of turns one and two when contact was made that caused Pauch to spin, bringing out a caution. During the yellow, Pauch showed his displeasure with Wight by driving into him several times. Both drivers were sent to the rear of the field handing the second position to Matt Sheppard.
Action resumed with Laubach restarting from the inside lane and Sheppard next to him on the front row. Laubach outran Sheppard down the frontstretch to maintain the lead as they raced through the first two corners. Sheppard had his hands full with the ninth starter Friesen. Their battle allowed Laubach to run the cushion and stretch his advantage as Sheppard and Friesen swapped lanes in the race for second.
Laubach pulled away from the pair as the race reached the lap-10 mark. Friesen continued to work over Sheppard for the second spot and ultimately had the pass made on lap 14. Unfortunately a caution for a spin by Erick Rudolph negated the pass putting him back to the third position. The caution was proved pivotal for Laubach as he made adjustments to his Frank Boardwick-owned machine.
Green was displayed again as Laubach darted away from Sheppard and Friesen to lead at the halfway point. As Sheppard and Friesen continued to work one another over, Laubach used it to his advantage to get away from the duo. He continued to set a torrid pace as the race reached lap 20.
"The yellow on lap 13 meant everything," Laubach said. "That yellow really helped me, I made some adjustments and from there it was good for a couple laps which allowed me to stretch it out."
Only 10 laps remained when Laubach again found himself battling in traffic. As he attempted to navigate through the slower cars Friesen got by Sheppard and began to reel him in. Laubach saw the five to go sign as Friesen worked to his back bumper. Laubach upped the tempo, allowing him to open the advantage on Friesen.
At the checkered it was Laubach solidly out in front over Friesen, who did all he could to challenge for the victory in his Tom and Roxanne Cullen-owned car. The finish was good enough for him to take the points lead for the event going into the final night of competition for the DIRTcar Nationals.
"That is one of the coolest trophies in modified racing," said Friesen about the Gator trophy. "We were fortunate to pick it up last year and it could use a girlfriend so would love to have another one to take home."
Wight drove like a man possessed to work his way back up through the field to get by Sheppard on the final lap to take third. Wight's LJL Racing car was hooked up on the cushion allowing him grab the final spot on the podium.
"We have the best car we've ever had down here," Wight said. "This new Teo car is working really well and I think we got the Penske shocks dialed in. Hopefully we'll have a strong car for tomorrow. It's a shame what happened, not sure why we got penalized, we didn't retaliate none, but it is what it is and we came back to get third."
Sheppard struggled late in the race with a tight racecar, relegating him to the fourth position. Williamson drove his Bicknell car to a fifth-place finish after starting on the outside of the front row of the feature.
Going into the final night of racing, Friesen, Sheppard and Wight are separated by less than 15 points as they each go for the big Gator Trophy on Saturday night.
The DIRTcar Nationals concludes at the Volusia Speedway Park on Saturday with a 50-lap finale for the Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds and the World of Outlaw Late Models. Gates open at 5 p.m. with racing getting underway promptly at 7:30 p.m.
Super DIRTcar Series Statistical Report; Feb. 20, 2015; Volusia Speedway Park; Barberville, Fla.
A-Main - (30 Laps) - 1. 7-Rick Laubach ($2,000); 2. 1W-Stewart Friesen; 3. 99L-Larry Wight; 4. 9H-Matt Sheppard; 5. 6m-Mat Williamson; 6. 98H-Jimmy Phelps; 7. 323-Neal Williams; 8. 19-Tim Fuller; 9. 21a-Peter Britten; 10. 32c-Vic Coffey; 11. 1-Billy Pauch; 12. 22c-Mario Clair; 13. 1d-Tyler Dippel; 14. 1x-Dale Planck; 15. 54-Steve Bernard; 16. 20-Brett Hearn; 17. 96-Yan Bussiere; 18. 7z-Erick Rudolph; 19. 3H-Justin Haers; 20. 14h-Jeff Heotzler; 21. 5*-Tyler Siri; 22. 21k-Randy Chrysler; 23. 30-Jamie Mills; 24. 22J-Jeremy Wilder; 25. 27J-Danny Johnson; 26. 1g-Darwin Greene
Qualifying Group #1 - 1. 7-Rick Laubach; 2. 30-Jamie Mills; 3. 55-Anthony Perrego; 4. 27J-Danny Johnson; 5. 7z-Erick Rudolph; 6. 22J-Jeremy Wilder; 7. 14h-Jeff Heotzler; 8. 21a-Peter Britten; 9. 88-Dave Allen
Qualifying Group #2 - 1. 19-Tim Fuller; 2. 9H-Matt Sheppard; 3. 3H-Justin Haers; 4. 1x-Dale Planck; 5. 1g-Darwin Greene; 6. 97-Michel Chicoine; 7. 29-Chris Ostrowsky; 8. 21R-Roger Chrysler; 9. 96-Jean-Francois Corriveau
Qualifying Group #3 - 1. 98H-Jimmy Phelps; 2. 1W-Stewart Friesen; 3. 99L-Larry Wight; 4. 323-Neal Williams; 5. 20-Brett Hearn; 6. 7-Tim Kerr; 7. 22c-Mario Clair; 8. 54-Steve Bernard; 9. 21-Yan Bussiere
Qualifying Group #4 - 1. 1-Billy Pauch; 2. 6m-Mat Williamson; 3. 21k-Randy Chrysler; 4. 1d-Tyler Dippel; 5. 32c-Vic Coffey; 6. 8-Rich Scagliotta; 7. 5*-Tyler Siri; 8. 48T-Dave Rauscher
Heat #1 (8 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) - 1. 7-Rick Laubach; 2. 30-Jamie Mills; 3. 55-Anthony Perrego; 4. 27J-Danny Johnson; 5. 7z-Erick Rudolph; 6. 14h-Jeff Heotzler; 7. 22J-Jeremy Wilder; 8. 21a-Peter Britten; 9. 88-Dave Allen
Heat #2 (8 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) - 1. 19-Tim Fuller; 2. 9H-Matt Sheppard; 3. 3H-Justin Haers; 4. 1x-Dale Planck; 5. 1g-Darwin Greene; 6. 29-Chris Ostrowsky; 7. 97-Michel Chicoine; 8. 21R-Roger Chrysler; 9. 96-Jean-Francois Corriveau
Heat #3 (8 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) - 1. 98H-Jimmy Phelps; 2. 99L-Larry Wight; 3. 1W-Stewart Friesen; 4. 22c-Mario Clair; 5. 323-Neal Williams; 6. 20-Brett Hearn; 7. 54-Steve Bernard; 8. 7-Tim Kerr; 9. 21.-Yan Bussiere
Heat #4 (8 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) - 1. 1-Billy Pauch; 2. 6m-Mat Williamson; 3. 21k-Randy Chrysler; 4. 32c-Vic Coffey; 5. 5*-Tyler Siri; 6. 1d-Tyler Dippel; 7. 8-Rich Scagliotta; 8. 48T-Dave Rauscher
Last Chance Showdown #1 (10 Laps - Top 3 finishers transfer to the A-feature) - 1. 14h-Jeff Heotzler; 2. 21a-Peter Britten; 3. 22J-Jeremy Wilder; 4. 21R-Roger Chrysler; 5. 29-Chris Ostrowsky; 6. 88-Dave Allen; 7. 97-Michel Chicoine; 8. 96-Jean-Francois Corriveau
Last Chance Showdown #2 (10 Laps - Top 3 finishers transfer to the A-feature) - 1. 1d-Tyler Dippel; 2. 54-Steve Bernard; 3. 7-Tim Kerr; 4. 21-Yan Bussiere; 5. 20-Brett Hearn; 6. 8-Rich Scagliotta; 7. 48T-Dave Rauscher
44th Annual DIRTcar Nationals Big-Block Modified Championship Points - 1. 1w-Stewart Friesen, 167; 2. 9H-Matt Sheppard, 161; 3. 99L-Larry Wight, 154; 4. 20-Brett Hearn, 139; 5. 7-Rick Laubach, 137; 11. 27J-Danny Johnson, 114; 12. 30-Jamie Mills, 101; 13. 98H-Jimmy Phelps, 100; 14. 7z-Erick Rudolph, 100; 15. 323-Neil Williams, 98; 16. 32c-Vic Coffey, 94; 17. 55-Anthony Perrego, 93; 18. 22c-Mario Clair, 92; 19. 1d-Tyler Dippel, 91; 20. 22J-Jeremy Wilder, 77; 21. 54-Steve Bernard, 73; 22. 21-Yan Bussiere, 73; 23. 21K-Randy Chrysler, 62; 24. 5*-Tyler Siri, 52; 25. 8-Rich Scagliotta, 51; 26. 1g-Darwin Greene, 50; 27. 07-Tim Kerr, 42; 28. 88-David Allen, 40; 29. 5-Jimmy Horton, 35; 30. 14H-Jeff Heotzler, 33; 31. 1x-Dale Planck, 30; 32. 21R-Roger Chrysler, 30; 33. 29-Chris Ostrowsky, 30; 34. 48too-Dave Rauscher, 30; 35. 96-Jean Francois Corriveau, 30; 36. 97-Michel Chicoine, 30
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