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Utica-Rome Speedway Joins DIRTcar in 2017

Speedway set to sanction weekly action for the first time since 2004

Utica-Rome Speedway Press Release - Mike Mallett

VERNON, N.Y. (December 5, 2016) - After a three year run as a NASCAR home track, the Utica-Rome Speedway is making a change for the upcoming season. The owners of the facility, Bill and Kim Shea, have elected to make a move into the DIRTcar Racing fold. It is the first time in over 10 years that the facility will fly the DIRTcar banner.

"We had a great run with NASCAR but after looking at our options going forward Kim and I think it's time to try something different," said speedway owner Bill Shea. "Last season we ran a Super DIRTcar Series event and we had a great response from the fans and the drivers. We want to build upon that for this year. We look forward to furthering the relationship with DIRTcar going forward as we continue to grow Utica-Rome Speedway."

The speedway and DIRTcar officials have been working behind the scenes over the past few months to iron out the details of the deal. Mike Perrotte, the Director of Series and Sanctioning for DIRTcar Northeast, was excited about finally being able to bring Utica-Rome Speedway into the mix.

"I'm extremely happy that Utica-Rome Speedway will be DIRTcar sanctioned in 2017," stated Mike Perrotte. "DIRTcar has a successful record of Sunday night sanctioned tracks. Having this option available for big-blocks benefits everyone in Central New York. I look forward to working with Bill and Kim Shea during the upcoming year."

Utica-Rome has been sanctioned by DIRTcar at various points in its over 50-year history. It first fell under the sanctioned banner in 1981 and 1982. The speedway was again sanctioned from 1985 through 1987 before one final run as a weekly 358-Modified track from 1999 to 2004. Jack Johnson leads the all-time wins list in DIRTcar sanctioned action with 18 career victories at the facility while Stewart Friesen was the last driver to claim a DIRTcar title at the track. 2016 Modified champion Matt Sheppard earned a DIRTcar championship of his own back in 2002. Sheppard also claimed 2016's Super DIRTcar Series event.

By adding the sanction to weekly action, Shea now offers any drivers that plan on following the Super DIRTcar Series tour the opportunity to earn coveted home track points. Shea hopes this entices more drivers to compete weekly.

"I've heard from a lot of drivers that wanted us to join DIRTcar so they could get home track points," commented Shea. "We believe this decision will help our car count in the Modifieds. We already have a quality field of drivers that compete weekly and this move should entice other drivers to come to Utica-Rome as well."

In addition the Big-Block Modifieds, the 602 Sportsman are also going to fall under the DIRTcar umbrella. There is discussion about the Pro Stock division being sanctioned but no final decision has been made to date. Jessica Zemken was the last DIRTcar Sportsman champion while Jamie Christian leads all drivers with 23 career wins under the DIRTcar banner in the division. In DIRTcar Pro Stock action, Jerry Holmes leads all drivers with 24 career wins under the sanctioning body.

The speedway plans to continue the tradition of having the Super DIRTcar Series on Sunday, July 2nd of the fourth of July weekend with the Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints. In addition to the Super DIRTcar Series, the two sides are working to possibly bring the DIRTcar 358-Modifieds series to the Utica-Rome as well as the DIRTcar Sportsman and Pro Stock tours. They'll continue working in the coming weeks to see if an agreement can be reached.

Utica-Rome Speedway historian Doug Zupan also contributed to this story.

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New Ride, Winning Result: Anthony Perrego Wins 'Gobbler' Modified Event

ACCORD, NY – Armed with a new opportunity, Anthony Perrego closed out the 2016 Northeast dirt-track season in victorious fashion Saturday at Accord Speedway.

In a rare December dirt-track event, the Montgomery, N.Y., driver dominated the 'Gobbler' big-block/small-block Modified special at Accord Speedway, collecting $5,400 for his efforts. Perrego was driving for Brian Smith's Superior Remodeling team for just the second time.

For Perrego, the checkered was his second in the 'post-season' Gobbler. He won the inaugural version at Accord in 2013.

Perrego was thankful to the Superior Remodeling operation for the opportunity in Victory Lane.

"This is a big one to win," offered Perrego after climbing to the roof of the No. 44 Hig Fab Chassis mount. "I have to thank this team for giving me a chance. We had a great car today."

Perrego won before a healthy crowd with a pit-bulging 177 race teams taking part in the program.

The 50-lap main was a rough-and-tumble affair early on. Southern Tier driver Brian Malcolm launched off the pole via a redraw of top qualifiers and put his Chuck Grimm-backed No. 119 into the lead at the outset. In turn one, several cars spun to draw the yellow.

A grinding frontstretch pileup drew the red before the completion of lap one when Jerry Higbie was forced into the outside wall and several cars were collected. All drivers were okay.

Through the series of restarts, Malcolm held command. Mike Ricci, a perennial Accord contender, worked into second by the seventh lap before he was spun in turn one.

Perrego, who had originally started fourth, now took over second and began his pursuit of Malcolm, working both the outside and inside lanes of the quarter-mile oval.

On lap 15, Perrego powered around the outside of Malcolm to take a lead he wouldn't relinquish. Perrego negotiated lapped traffic flawlessly in the final laps en route to the win at the speedway where he claimed the 2016 track championship.

Malcolm, of Lake Ariel, Pa., held on for a runner-up effort. Malcolm, who chased the Short Track Super Series in 2016, was a feature winner at both Penn Can (Pa.) and Thunder Mountain (N.Y.) speedways.

"Anthony was fast," Malcolm said. "He's a good guy and I'm glad to see him win. This is a nice way to end the year for us."

Corey Lowitt of Wallkill, N.Y., placed a steady third in the United Pump & Tank-backed No. 716, with Accord, N.Y., driver Richard Smith, who started 20th, finishing fourth and Modified newcomer, third-generation driver Allison Ricci of New Paltz, N.Y., in fifth after starting 16th.

Completing the top-10 were Jimmy Horton of Neshanic Station, N.J., in the Halmar No. 43 recovering from early race tangles; Jeff Strunk of Boyertown, Pa., driving a Dave Zubikowski-owned car; multi-time Accord champion Rich Ricci Jr. of New Paltz, N.Y.; Mike Ricci of Tillson, N.Y., after his early race misfortune; and Mike Trautschold of Parksville, N.Y.

Heat winners were Ken Ferrier, Perrego, Danny Johnson and Trautschold. The consolations were split by Smith and Tyler Dippel.

Bloomingburg, N.Y., driver Joey Bruning scored the biggest win of his career in the 25-lap Sportsman main. Bruning earned $1,650 including a $150 bonus as the highest-finishing Crate 602 Sportsman in the main event.

Bruning launched off the outside pole and held Tyler Johnston at bay. Tyler Boniface, after starting 12th, rallied to finish third with a late-race pass of PA/NJ Sportsman standout Brandon Grosso, who held on for fourth. Cody Hunt, making his first Accord appearance, placed fifth in a steady drive.

Each of the top-three drivers utilized Crate 602 engines and received cash bonuses of $150 – Bruning and $125 – Johnston and Boniface.

'GOBBLER' RACE SUMMARY – ACCORD SPEEDWAY SATURDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2016

Modified Feature Finish (50 laps): ANTHONY PERREGO, Brian Malcolm, Corey Lowitt, Richard Smith, Allison Ricci, Jimmy Horton, Jeff Strunk, Rich Ricci Jr., Mike Ricci, Mike Trautschold, Scott Ferrier, Danny Creeden, Chris Stevens, Randy Green, Danny Johnson, Ryan Darcy, Tyler Dippel, Tyler Siri, Ray See Jr., Craig Hanson, Brian Krummel, Ken Ferrier, Larry Mekic, Jerry Higbie.

Sportsman Feature Finish (25 laps): JOEY BRUNING, Tyler Johnston, Tyler Boniface, Brandon Grosso, Cody Hunt, Danny Tyler, Cole Hentschel, Greg McCloskey, Joey Bonetti, Jimmy Johnson, Corey Cormier, Kyle Van Duser, David Demorest, Chris Lynch, Shane Jablonka, Tommy Collins, Lenny Helmich, Nick Alberti, Richard Smith, Tommy Johnson, Stacy Jackson, Jim Kraus, Jamie Batzel, Eric Williams, Jimmy Zacharias, Larry Mekic.

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Utica-Rome Speedway Sets 2017 Weekly Divisions

VERNON, NY – Utica-Rome Speedway management is diligently working on the schedule for the 2017 season.  Although dates have yet to finalize for special events, the weekly program has taken shape over the past few weeks.  The speedway plans to feature a weekly program that includes the Modifieds, 602 Sportsman, Pro Stocks as well as a new to the speedway Novice Sportsman division.

As they've been the past several seasons at Utica-Rome, the Modifieds remain as the Sunday night highlight for weekly action at the half-mile facility.  Matt Sheppard captured his second consecutive track championship at the speedway, his third overall in 2016.  He dominated the season parking his self-owned No.9s in Victory Lane on five different occasions.  Larry Wight, Pat Ward, Rob Belling and Danny Varin also took home triumphs in the Modifieds last season.  Fans can expect the same quality field to compete at the track in 2017 with several new faces ready to add to the top division ranks.

Although the 602 Sportsman became a weekly division just two seasons ago, they've quickly become one of the most popular at the speedway.  The division saw strong weekly car counts averaging in the mid 20's with several nights seeing car counts break the 30-car threshold.  Matt Janczuk wrestled the 2016 title away from Rocky Warner as the chase for the title came down to the final night of action back in September.

New for 2017, the speedway has elected to add a Novice 602 Sportsman division.  This division will be open to drivers that don't have the seat time that others in the division have.  This will allow these drivers more track time to get their feet wet before hitting the track with their more experienced peers.  Rules for the division will fall in line with other tracks in Central New York.

Also, returning in 2017 are the Pro Stocks.  The Pro Stocks have been a staple at the speedway with some of the top drivers in Northeast competing weekly at the track including track champion Pete Stefanski.  Stefanski was able to hold off the always strong Mike Welch for his first ever title.

Unfortunately, the Open Sportsman division will not be returning for the 2017 season.  The division struggled to gain traction as more and more drivers have purchased crate power plants to compete with the 602 Sportsman division.  After the 2015 season, rule changes were made to gain more cars each week but, car counts remained stagnant.  As a result, the difficult decision was made by speedway management to drop the division.  Currently speedway officials are working to come up with viable option to allow those with open competition engines to compete with the Modified division.

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LUCAS OIL LATE MODELS, ALL STAR SPRINTS & SUPER DIRTCAR BIG-BLOCK MOD SERIES HIGHLIGHT NATIONAL EVENTS IN 2017 AT SHARON; 4 DIVISIONS TO BE FEATURED IN SATURDAY NIGHT WEEKLY "STEEL VALLEY THUNDER" PROGRAM
By Mike Leone

Hartford, OH November 29, 2016 While the 2017 racing season is still well over four months away, Sharon Speedway management has been busy making preparations for the 88th anniversary season. All of the major events scheduled in 2016 will return with some additional events in the works. The weekly Saturday night "Steel Valley Thunder" program has been reduced from six divisions down to four for the 2017 season.

After the 2016 season is officially closed out with the awards banquet and dinner on Saturday, February 25 at Yankee Lake (OH) Ballroom, all eyes will shift to 2017 with the season opener on Friday, April 21 as the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series will make their inaugural visit to Sharon in a $10,000 to-win event. After much anticipation, the 2016 event was rained out.

Tony Stewart's Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions have already been booked for two events. The 35th annual Ohio Speedweek will make a stop on Tuesday, June 20 for $5,000 to-win, and then the All Stars will return for the third consecutive year to sanction the ninth annual "Lou Blaney Memorial" on Saturday, July 8.

The Super DIRTcar Big-Block Modified Series will return once again on Thursday, July 20 for a $6,000 to-win event. A huge field of 51 ground-pounders invaded the Hartford, Ohio 3/8-mile oval this past season for the first time since 1983 on the old half-mile track. Jimmy Phelps will look to defend his 2016 victory.

Advanced tickets will go on sale soon for these events. Several other events with regional touring series and non-sanctioned Sprint Car events will also be held. The exact date of September's "Apple Festival Nationals" hasn't been set, and look for a reformatted event. Speaking of the "Apple Festival Nationals", the five rained out 2016 feature events will be made up throughout the spring of 2017 with the exact dates announced with the release of the 2017 schedule.

The weekly Saturday night "Steel Valley Thunder" program will get underway on Saturday, April 29 and will feature the Hovis Auto & Truck Supply Big-Block Modifieds, Lyden/Red Line Oil RUSH Sportsman Modifieds, Gibson Insurance Agency Stock Cars, and the HTMA/Precise Racing Products Econo Mods. Due to declining car counts, the (E) Modifieds and Mini Stocks will not be part of the weekly program. The Modifieds are slated to make monthly appearances.

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Changing Forecast, Significant Morning Rainfall Forces Accord Speedway 'Gobbler' Postponement To December 3

ACCORD, NY – A dramatically changing forecast press significant rainfall over Accord Speedway on Saturday morning, forcing the postponement of the 'Gobbler' until next Saturday, December 3.

The forecast on Friday night called for partly cloudy skies and temperatures in the high-40s. Saturday morning dawned with rain and frozen mix that lasted past the time pit gates were scheduled to open. The speedway, thoroughly soaked, would not have been able to be run in at a reasonable time for racing forcing the move.

The event will be run under the same format and rules on December 3.

A year ago, the event was run under sunny skies on the first week of December after a similar situation.

A "full plate" of racing will include the 'Mashed Potato' Modifieds in a 50-lap, $5,000-to-win contest, the 'Turkey 25' for Open vs. Crate 602 Sportsman, 'Sweet Potato' Slingshots and 'Pumpkin Pie' Pure/Street Stocks. After the completion of racing there will be some 'Enduro pudding' as a side, when the Four Cylinders battle for 100 laps.

For the 'Gobbler' event, pit gates will open at 10 a.m. Grandstand gates unlock at 11 a.m. Hot laps begin at 1 p.m. with racing to follow at 2 p.m.

Grandstand admission is $24 for Adults. Seniors (ages 65 and over) pay $22. Kids under 11 pay $5. Pit admission is $35. Limited indoor seating is $35 and can be reserved by calling 845.626.1142.

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Stout Field Set To Battle This Saturday At Accord Speedway As 'Gobbler' Event Closes Curtain On 2016 Northeast Dirt Track Season; Who Will Be The Day's Big Winner?

ACCORD, NY – Outdoor dirt-track racing in the Northeast for 2016 comes to a close this weekend in style.

Accord Speedway presents the fourth running of the 'Gobbler' event on Saturday (November 26) featuring a "full plate" of racing to include the 'Mashed Potato' Modifieds in a 50-lap, $5,000-to-win contest, the 'Turkey 25' for Open vs. Crate 602 Sportsman, 'Sweet Potato' Slingshots and 'Pumpkin Pie' Pure/Street Stocks. After the completion of racing there will be some 'Enduro pudding' as a side, when the Four Cylinders battle for 100 laps.

A potent and talented field is assembling in search of the 50-lap big-block/small-block Modified triumph. Last year's winner Danny Johnson of Rochester, N.Y., will be aboard the Gary Mann-owned No. 27J, with Mann's prior driver Anthony Perrego of Montgomery, N.Y., taking his talents to the Superior Remodeling No. 44.

Red-hot in November is Duane Howard, the Oley, Pa., driver who has won this month in Delaware at Georgetown Speedway and New Jersey at Bridgeport Speedway. Howard straps into the Norm Hansell-owned No. 357 at Accord Saturday.

The 'sensational' Jimmy Horton of Neshanic Station, N.J., has been a contender in Accord special events this season. Horton returns in search of post-Thanksgiving checkers in the Halmar-backed No. 43.

A winner in the Capital District this summer, NASCAR K&N East regular Tyler Dippel of Wallkill, N.Y., returns to Accord in search of retribution. Dippel was leading the 'Battle of the Bullring' in July when his car broke, sending him to the infield.

Just one month separated from his biggest career win during Eastern States Weekend, Middletown, N.Y., driver Brian Krummel straps back aboard the Dave Zubikowski-owned car at Accord searching for another high-profile conquest.

Taking the wheel of the United Pump & Tank-owned No. 138 is Jerry Higbie of Newburgh, N.Y., a past 'King of the Catskills' winner at the Ulster County facility.

Winners at their own home tracks this season, Brian Malcolm of Lake Ariel, Pa., who took victories at Thunder Mountain (N.Y.) and Penn Can (Pa.), and Craig Hanson of Johnstown, N.Y., a winner at Glen Ridge (N.Y.) and Fonda (N.Y.), look to wrap their season up on a strong note at Accord.

Always a threat in major events at Accord are the brothers Ricci, both Rich Ricci Jr., the 'King of the Catskills' winner in September and multi-track champion Mike Ricci will be poised for a $5,000 win. Third-generation talent Allison Ricci, a standout in the area's Sportsman scene, will be running with the Modifieds on Saturday.

Accord's tough field of regulars will look to keep the trophy on their home turf.

For the 'Gobbler' event, pit gates will open at 10 a.m. Grandstand gates unlock at 11 a.m. Hot laps begin at 1 p.m. with racing to follow at 2 p.m.

Grandstand admission is $24 for Adults. Seniors (ages 65 and over) pay $22. Kids under 11 pay $5. Pit admission is $35. Limited indoor seating is $35 and can be reserved by calling 845.626.1142.

Rules have been posted for all divisions and can be found at the following link: http://bdmotorsportsmedia.com/gobbler-rules-prices-general-information/

The order of events can be found at the following link: http://bdmotorsportsmedia.com/gobbler-order-of-events/

The 'Gobbler' is a co-promotion involving BD Motorsports Media LLC and Accord Speedway owners and promoters Gary and Donna Palmer.

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DIRTcar Northeast Champions Crowned

Drivers, Sponsors and Promoters Recognized at DIRTcar Banquet
 
SYRACUSE, N.Y - Nov. 22, 2016 - The 2016 season came to an end with the completion of the 2016 DIRTcar Northeast awards ceremony Saturday night. This year's banquet was full of familiar faces as drivers, sponsors and promoters were recognized and champions were crowned.
 
The Night of Champions kicked off with the recognition of the Mr. DIRTcar champions. Throughout the year, DIRTcar Racing distributed nearly $300,000 in point fund awards, thanks to contributions from Hoosier, VP Racing Fuels and all of the marketing partners. For the sixth year, the Mr. DIRTcar Home Track Points Championship pitted racers throughout the Northeast against one another based on their best 16 finishes in their respective division at any DIRTcar sanctioned track. Saturday night the 2016 champions were honored and recognized for their efforts and success.
 
Montreal, Quebec's Stephane Lemire clinched the 2016 Mr. DIRTcar Pro Stock Championship with eight wins, 22 top-five finishes and 26 starts towards the Mr.DIRTcar title. Lemire received $1,000 from the point fund and a $500 fuel certificate from VP Racing Fuels.
 
Brad Rouse captured the 2016 Mr. DIRTcar Sportsman Championship. With 13 feature wins coming from Merrittville and Humberstone Speedway, Rouse pocketed $1,000 from the point fund as well as a $750 in fuel certificate from VP Racing Fuels.
 
David Hebert picked up his fourth, third in a row, Mr. DIRTcar 358-Modified Championship this season. Hebert collected 10 wins on the season, which included triumphs at RPM Speedway, Autodrome Drummond and Autodrome Granby. Hebert received $3,000 from the point fund and a $1,000 fuel certificate from VP Racing Fuels.
 
The Mr. DIRTcar Big-Block Modified Championship went to Matt Sheppard as he took home his fifth win. Waterloo, New York's own collected 16 wins, 34 top-fives and 38 top-ten finishes in 45 starts towards the Mr.DIRTcar title. Sheppard also clinched the Canandaigua Speedway Track Championship. Sheppard received $7,500 from the point fund and a $2,500 fuel certificate from VP Racing Fuels.
 
"This one obviously feels good. It's very sweet for so, so many reasons," said Matt Sheppard. "[Shane Andrews was] talking a little bit about visionaries earlier, and last year I had a little vision of my own. That vision included crew guys, sponsors, manufacturers and people that want to win races, and have won races before. Those are the type of people we put together this year. We couldn't do it without those people. It just really was a storybook season from start to finish."
 
Following the Mr. DIRTcar champion recognitions, winners were chosen for the Motorsports Safety Systems / Number One Speed /G-Force Rookie of the Year Awards. These drivers are the next great stars in DIRTcar racing and were recognized for their talent this season.
 
The 2016 Pro Stock Rookie of the Year went to Justin Desrosiers as he competed in twelve events, finishing in the top ten five times.
 
Zach Sobtoka, from Mexico, N.Y., finished 23rd in the Sportsman series points and captured five top fives at his home tracks of Brewerton and Fulton Speedways. Sobtoka is this year's Sportsman Rookie of the Year.
 
Gary Lindberg competed in 21 DIRTcar 358-Modified starts, recording two 358-Modified feature wins. Lindberg was crowned the 2016 358-Modified Rookie of the Year.
 
The 2016 Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modified Rookie of the Year went to Max McLaughlin. McLaughlin, from Mooresville, N.C., took home five top-five's in 42 starts in the Mr. DIRT Modified point race this season. McLaughlin also finished 13th in the Series points, using Brewerton as his hometrack.
 
"I really learned a lot this year," said Max McLaughlin. "I can't thank HBR enough. This is one of the toughest series, competition-wise, you'll see. I'm just glad to be a part of it."
 
Jocelyn Roy, from St. Helene, Quebec, accepted his second DIRTcar Pro Stock Series title Saturday night. Roy may not have made it to Victory Lane in the series this season, but consistency was key as he picked up the championship not only with DIRTcar but also at his home tracks Autodrome Granby, LeRPM Speedway and Autodrome Drummond.
 
Accepting his first ever DIRTcar Sportsman Modified title, Shane Pecore, from St. Andrews, West Ontario, was all smiles in front of a packed house. Pecore was not only able to capture two DIRTcar Series wins this season towards the 2016 title, but he also picked up the Brockville Speedway and Cornwall Motor Speedway Championship.
 
Former DIRTcar Sportsman Series champion in 2008 and 2009, Chris Raabe made his way back on stage to be recognized for his accomplishments, but this time it was for the 2016 DIRTcar 358-Modified Series Championship. The driver out of Napanee, Ontario, who won six 358-Modified features throughout the season, was unable to park it in Victory Lane during any series event this season. He was persistent with two top-fives and four top-ten's. Raabe also picked up the 358-Modified Track Championship at Cornwall Motor Speedway.
 
Five-time Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modified Champion Matt Sheppard accepted his hardware Saturday for his second straight year. Not only did he pick up the Big-Block Modified Super DIRTcar Series Championship this year, the Mr. DIRTcar Big-Block Modified title and the Canandaigua Speedway Track Championship, but he also re-wrote the history for the most series wins in a season.
 
Sheppard, out of Waterloo, N.Y., had what many would call a dream season. His new self-owned team combination proved that they were a force to be reckoned with by winning 12 races with 21 top-fives and 22 top-ten finishes out of 26 starts. The No. 9s team also won 17-heat races, recorded fast time seven times, and had a total of 18 podium finishes.
 
The 2016 Promoter of the Year Award went to Weedsport Speedway for their hard work and extraordinary dedication this season. Al Heinke, Jimmy Phelps, Shannon Phelps and Andy Phelps were honored.
 
"This is a shock to us. We didn't expect this," said Jimmy Phelps. "We're all fortunate to be a part of this."
 
For the second year in a row there was a drawing for a 602 Chevrolet motor, the winner was Brianna Ladouceur, a competitor in the Sportsman Modified division. Ladouceur made history at the 45th Annual NAPA Auto Part Super DIRT Week when she became the first woman to win an event at Super DIRT Week, taking home a triple 15 qualifying event.
 
The Big-Block Modified Super DIRTcar Series will resume action in 2017 in February in Florida at the DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park with four non-point races. Tickets can be purchased now by visiting dirtcar.ticketforce.com.

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Past 'Gobbler' Winners Danny Johnson & Anthony Perrego In Different Seats For 2016 Edition; Northeast Dirt-Track Finale Set For November 26 At Accord Speedway

ACCORD, NY – Race fans, this is it.

The final 2016 shot to see outdoor dirt-track racing in the Northeast takes place at Accord Speedway on Saturday, November 26 with the fourth running of the post-Thanksgiving 'Gobbler' finale.

Fans will enjoy a "full plate" of racing to include the 'Mashed Potato' Modifieds in a 50-lap, $5,000-to-win contest, the 'Turkey 25' for Open vs. Crate 602 Sportsman, 'Sweet Potato' Slingshots and 'Pumpkin Pie' Pure/Street Stocks. After the completion of racing there will be some 'Enduro pudding' as a side, when the Four Cylinders battle for 100 laps. A weather date of Dec. 3 is in place for this event.

Two past 'Gobbler' Modified winners will pilot different rides for this year's event.

A year ago, it was Danny Johnson of Rochester, N.Y., who topped a rare December dirt-track race after rain postponed the 'Gobbler' by a week. On the 26th, Johnson will climb aboard the Gary Mann-owned New York Truck Parts mount for the first time. The car, which had been driven by Anthony Perrego with the No. 55 on its doors, will be re-lettered with Johnson's trademark No 27J for 'Gobbler' action.

Perrego, who won the 2013 'Gobbler' then driving for Mann, will have his own new ride ready for the season finale. The Montgomery, N.Y., star is set to pilot the Superior Remodeling No. 44 owned by Brian Smith. Perrego made his debut in the car during the small-block Modified portion of Eastern States Weekend at N.Y.'s Orange County Fair Speedway, placing a strong third.

For the 'Gobbler' event, pit gates will open at 10 a.m. Grandstand gates unlock at 11 a.m. Hot laps begin at 1 p.m. with racing to follow at 2 p.m.

Grandstand admission is $24 for Adults. Seniors (ages 65 and over) pay $22. Kids under 11 pay $5. Pit admission is $35. Limited indoor seating is $35 and can be reserved by calling 845.626.1142.

Rules have been posted for all divisions and can be found at the following link: http://bdmotorsportsmedia.com/gobbler-rules-prices-general-information/

The 'Gobbler' is a co-promotion involving BD Motorsports Media LLC and Accord Speedway owners and promoters Gary and Donna Palmer.

Accord Speedway, a neat-and-tidy quarter-mile clay oval nestled in the hills of Ulster County, is located at 299 Whitfield Road Accord, NY 12404. The speedway is on the web at www.accordspeedway.com.

To learn more about the Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP or BD Motorsports Media LLC, visit www.shorttracksuperseries.com or www.bdmotorsportsmedia.com, call 845.728.2781 during business hours, e-mail bdmotorsportsmedia@gmail.com, "like" Short Track Super Series on Facebook or follow @ShortTrackSS on Twitter.

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Fuller and Graham Ready to Take on 2017
 
Weedsport, N.Y. - Nov. 16, 2016 - Super DIRTcar Series Big Block Modified standout Tim Fuller is coming off one of his strongest seasons to date with a solid third-place finish in the championship point standings for car owner Dave Rauscher.
 
With two series wins and eleven top-five finishes for Rauscher, Fuller won't be behind the wheel of the familiar No. 19 Monadnock Disposal Service in 2017. The two have mutually agreed to part ways, leaving Fuller up for grabs in 2017. The unlikely source is Supermodified powerhouse Ray Graham, who will be fielding a new two-car team for the upcoming season.
 
Big-Block Modified veteran Fuller will be taking on a new roll come 2017 as he mentors Graham's son, Kody. Kody, a 25-year-old based out of Liverpool, N.Y., has very little experience with dirt racing.
 
"I went in early May to watch one of the races at Fulton Speedway, and that was my first dirt race I had ever even seen, so I had no idea what to expect. I've seen a total of one dirt race, and that's it," Kody said.
 
Kody started racing Supermodifieds for his father at the Oswego Speedway when he was 19 years old. "I used to race motocross. I told my dad that racing cars was easy. He told me to get in and try it, and it just took off from there."
 
Kody's only experience behind the wheel of a race car has been in a Supermodified. Supers are somewhat scarce in the Northeast, limiting Kody to a mere 10 to 12 races a year.
 
The idea of racing dirt started to float around in the Graham household early in the 2016 season. "We decided that with dirt you could pretty much race anytime, anywhere you want," said Kody. "I decided it was something I wanted to try."
 
"My dad asked me at the beginning of the year if I was interested in testing a dirt car, and I said yes." With Kody's tight work schedule at the Upstate Medical University and Fuller's non-stop racing schedule, it was a struggle for the two to find the time.
 
Fuller and Kody were finally able to get together and have a practice session over the summer at Rolling Wheels Raceway.
 
"For the first time in a dirt car, he wasn't horrible," Fuller said. "He wasn't used to the back end kicking out, so he always drove it with a push, trying to drive the car like a pavement car. He just needs more testing and more time."
 
Fuller has been a team mentor before and knows the ups and the downs of someone young coming into the series, but he is confident in Kody's abilities.
 
"He drives the car smooth like an asphalt car, and that's good for those tracks that are black and slippery to keep the car straight. I told him there's going to be times you have to cowboy it up," Fuller said. "There's a lot of different tracks and different conditions.  He has a huge learning deal ahead of him. There's no time limit on it. He's a young kid."
 
Looking back at his first year on the series, Fuller was 26 years old.
 
"I got my ass handed to me," laughed Fuller. "When I started I was with the greatest guys that ever raced dirt, they were in their prime. The first time I ran with the series I went to all of these race tracks I had never been to. It was very difficult. You had all of the greatest guys in dirt in their prime and then I'm coming into it with a low buck team and trying to compete at that level. I took a beating. I saw it through though."
 
Fuller strongly believes that a good racer is the guy that can bounce back after getting his butt handed to him.
 
"There weren't a lot of ups when I first started... a lot of downs. It's obviously a team effort. You need money and good help. Money can only get you so far, though. Every track is different. You're going to go from the littlest tracks to the biggest tracks on the series. They're totally different animals. I think Kody will do fine if he can keep his chin up," stated Fuller.
 
Kody feels that in order to better yourself as a driver you have to race against the best.
 
"The [Super DIRTcar] Series has the best of the best," Kody explained. "It's definitely going to gauge where I'm at right away. If you want to get better you have to race against those guys. There's no point going to one weekly track and just racing against the same people. If you do well, beating up on the same people, you won't get any better. You want to go against bigger and the best there is, and that's where they're at."
 
Fuller explained he will maintain his own car separately at the start of the season. "Kody has his own crew. I'm basically showing him the ropes of racing on dirt. I will eventually help them and show them how to set up the car, but I don't have that kind of time when you're racing yourself to work on other people's cars. My car will be here with me. His cars will be in Fulton. Eventually, the plan is to build a shop and have everything together in Fulton."
 
Fuller and Kody are feeling confident with their new team combination going into the 2017 season.
 
"We have an owner that is focused on winning. It sounds like he will do whatever it takes," Fuller said. "Ray raced himself, so he understands racing. He knows you aren't going to win every race. He just wants to be in the hunt, and that's all you can ask for. He's hungry."

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HOWARD & PRATT RACE TO DRAMATIC FINISH IN BRIDGEPORT FINALE

It was the Wild Card Weekend with the final hands to be played in the 2016 Colonial Pipeline 8-1-1 Dig Safely Poker Series for all three divisions of Big Block Modifieds, Crate/Sportsman and Outlaw Stocks.  The final race date of the 2016 season was sponsored by Spirit Auto Center and in spite of the unseasonable cold temperatures, the racing action was HOT - leaving the fans with some great memories to recall during the off-season.

The Spirit Auto Center Big Block Modifieds raced in the Gone But Not Forgotten 40 lap finale with the Poker Series Champion to be determined by the race's outcome.

The race saw three different leaders and a half dozen lead changes that ended with a last lap pass, racing to the checkered win for Duane Howard in a race that was clearly dominated by Richie Pratt, Jr.  Pratt was wheeling a second Pat Michael owned No. 51m as a team mate to Dominick Buffalino.

Howard jumped into the early lead by outgunning pole sitter Craig VonDohren on the start.  After leading the first seven laps, Howard relinquished the race lead to Friday night winner, Ryan Godown and the Hewlett owned No. 901.  Howard was back on top for two laps before Pratt raced into the lead like a man on a mission.  Pratt not only took the lead but drove away from the field.  Unfortunately, Pratt's mount started to spew smoke through the corners at about the same time.

When Rick Laubach came to a stop on the backstretch, Pratt's advantage was erased and the field lined up double file with ten laps to go.  Pratt elected the outside for the restart but it was Howard who got to the green flag first.  Pratt chased Howard through turns one and two and came away with the lead as they exited turn two and headed down the backstretch.

Pratt held the advantage over Howard as the leaders took the white flag but his lead was reduce to a car length or two.  Howard shot to the inside as they came off of turn four.  With the checkered flag waving, it was Howard who edged ahead of Pratt for the win.

It was a tough race to lose but Pratt had an outstanding outing that left many fans commenting about how it was the best race they had ever seen.  Dominick Buffalino followed in third with the second 51m with Craig VonDohren charging through the top ten in the final laps to capture fourth.  Neal Williams won the battle for fifth after racing with Ryan Watt and Danny Johnson late in the race.

The win gave Howard his third Ace of the Poker Series and the 2016 811 Dig Safely Poker Series Championship for the former track champion.

Craig Whitmoyer picked up his second Bridgeport win of the season from a green to checkered victory in the Stewart Stainless Crate/Sportsman twenty lapper.  Whitmoyer drove away from the field and navigated his way through lapped traffic with the final sixteen laps run under green flag conditions.  Brian Papiez raced from his seventh place start to finish second with Chad Kohler ending his strong outing with a third place finish over Jared Umbenhauer.  Art Leidel rounded out the top five.  In spite of a rough outing, Stephen Kemery's Three of a Kind hand landed the 2015 Rookie Champion the Poker Series title for the Crate/Sprotsman.

The Bridgeport Speedway will honor their 2016 Champions at their Annual Awards Banquet on Saturday, December 3rd.  Tickets are available through the track office.

The Bridgeport Speedway would like to thank their sponsors, race teams and fans for their support during the 2016 season.  It was a good one and plans are underway for an even better 2017!

BIG BLOCK MODIFIEDS-GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN (40 laps)1 – Duane Howard, 2 – Richie Pratt Jr, 3 – Dominick Buffalino, 4 – Craig VonDohren, 5 – Neal Williams, 6 – Danny Johnson, 7 – Ryan Watt, 8 – Jeff Strunk, 9 – Ryan Anderson, 10 – Sam Martz, 11 – David Hunt, 12 – Billy Pauch Jr, 13 – Jimmy Horton, 14 – Ryan Godown, 15 – Bucky Kell, 16 – Ron Roberts, 17 – Rusty Smith, 18 – CJ Jones, 19 – Rick Laubach, 20 – Steve Davis, 21 – Bob Sarkisian, 22 – Brett Kressley, 23 – Clay Butler, 24 – Tommy Beamer, 25 – Billy VanInwegen, 26 – John Willman

CRATE/SPORTSMAN (20 laps)1 – Craig Whitmoyer, 2 – Brian Papiez, 3 – Chad Kohler, 4 – Jared Umbenhauer, 5 – Art Liedl, 6 – Eric Kormann, 7 – Frank Dorry, 8 – Billy Osmun, 9 – Brad Roberts, 10 – Ray Woodall, 11 – Matt Stangle, 12 – Cory Cormier, 13 – Tom Collins, 14 – Roger Manning, 15 – Bill Briggs, 16 – Clyde Cox, 17 – Kyle Lilick, 18 – Adam Cox, 19 – Jason Bittner, 20 – Matthew Peck, 21 – Steve Kemery, 22 – Dave Damiano, 23 – Scott Hulmes, 24 – Tom Sherby, 25 – Nick Nicotra, 26 – Ryan Grim

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Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP ‘Night of Champions’ Awards Banquet Set For Friday, December 16 At Lehigh Valley Hotel & Conference Center

BETHLEHEM, PA – Only one event remains on the 2016 Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP schedule.

The celebration.

On Friday, December 16 the annual STSS ‘Night of Champions’ will take place at the Best Western Lehigh Valley Hotel & Conference Center in Bethlehem, Pa.

Honored during the event will be the top-12 finishers in the STSS Halmar North Region and top-10 in the Velocita USA South Region for the Modifieds plus the champions of the Open Sportsman and XCel 600 Modified mini-series. There will be a number of special awards and door prize giveaways, as well.

Tickets for the event are $45 each and include a buffet-style dinner (flank steak and oven roasted chicken) plus dessert, coffee, iced tea and water. Cocktail hour begins at 6 p.m.

The hotel has a bar on-site that will be open until 2 a.m. for “post-banquet” celebration.

A race team representative must be in attendance to receive point fund money. The ticket order form can be found at the following link: http://bdmotorsportsmedia.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/2016AwardsBanquetForm.pdf

Discounted hotel room rates are available at an affordable $79 per night by calling 610.954.5034. Ask for Liz or mention BD Motorsports Media for the discount.

Nearly $70,000 in point fund money plus contingency certificates will be distributed during the evening.

In the North Region, Andy Bachetti of Sheffield, Mass., took the title for the second time in three years. Bachetti won over Tommy Meier, Danny Creeden, Erick Rudolph, Anthony Perrego, Matt DeLorenzo, Craig Hanson, Brian Malcolm, Jerry Higbie, Nick Nye, Ryan Godown and Mike Mahaney.

The South Region saw Sprakers, N.Y., star Stewart Friesen best Ryan Watt, Duane Howard, Ryan Godown, Craig Von Dohren, Jordan Watson, Billy Pauch, Billy Pauch Jr., Rick Laubach and David Van Horn Jr.

Charles Hendrickson Jr. of Cochecton, N.Y., was the inaugural STSS Open Sportsman champion and Lebanon, Pa.

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Accord Speedway To Host 2016 Northeast Dirt-Track Finale ‘Gobbler’ On Saturday, November 26

Full Plate Of Stock Car Racing Planned For Ulster County Quarter-Mile Oval

ACCORD, NY – The 2016 Northeast dirt-track finale takes place at Accord Speedway on Saturday, November 26.

The quarter-mile clay oval nestled into the Catskill Mountains of New York State is set to host the fourth edition of the ‘Gobbler’ on Saturday, November 26 (rain date: Dec. 3). The post-Thanksgiving event will serve up a “full plate” of stock car racing to put a period on dirt-track racing in the region for this season.

Leading the lineup is a 50-lap main for the big-block/small-block Modifieds, offering a $5,000 winner’s share and $300 just to take the green flag. Also on the program are Open vs. Crate 602 Sportsman in a 25-lap event offering a $1,500 winner’s share, Allstar Slingshots offering $350 to the winner, the Ron Wright Memorial for Street/Pure Stocks and, recently added, a Four Cylinder Enduro, to conclude the program.

Pit gates will open at 10 a.m. Grandstand gates unlock at 11 a.m. Hot laps begin at 1 p.m. with racing to follow at 2 p.m.

Grandstand admission is $24 for Adults. Seniors (ages 65 and over) pay $22. Kids under 11 pay $5. Pit admission is $35. Limited indoor seating is $35 and can be reserved by calling 845.626.1142.

A year ago, wet weather pushed the ‘Gobbler’ festivities into December, with a large crowd taking in the event. Danny Johnson of Rochester, N.Y., topping the Modified event after a wild, extended battle for the lead with Tyler Siri. Other winners included Capital District invader Tim Hartman (Sportsman), Ray Tarantino (Street Stock) and Matt Shultz (Slingshot).

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BRIDGEPORT PREPARES FOR WILD CARD WEEKEND

The Bridgeport Speedway will complete the 2016 season with the running of the Wild Card Weekend with support from season sponsors, Colonial Pipeline with their 8-1-1 Call Before You Dig campaign and Spirit Auto Center.

Colonial Pipeline will take center stage on Friday night at the 358 Small Block Modifieds and PennCo Tech Outlaw Stocks take to the 5/8th mile track.  With $3,000 to win up for grabs in the small block modifieds, a full field of competitors is expected.  2016 Bridgeport Champion, Ryan Watt was the winner when the small block modifieds last competed on Bridgeport's 5/8 mile track but he will have plenty of challengers like Dominick Buffalino, Ron Roberts, Brett Kressley, Duane Howard, Jeff Strunk, Craig VonDohren and Bridgeport's Winningest driver, Jimmy Horton.  The PennCo Tech Outlaw Stocks will compete in their fourth hand of the 811 Dig Safely Poker Series with Bridgeport Champion, TJ Henry leading the field that is sure to include Tom Wills, Jr., Scott Dugan, Brian Ludwig and more.  Racing gets underway at 7:15.

As the title sponsor of Bridgeport's 2016 Poker Series, Colonial Pipeline asks that anyone taking part in an excavation activity call 811 three working days before their planned project. By doing so all utility’s within their project limits will be notified and have adequate time to mark-out their utility’s location with paint, flags or stakes. Then you the excavator will be aware of each utility’s location and can begin your digging activity’s safely. That's why it is important for both the public and contractors alike to follow the law and to always call 811 before they you begin any digging project!  Be safe - dial 8-1-1 first!

There will be some added incentives this weekend for competitors displaying the 811 logo, courtesy of Colonial Pipeline.  $100 Visa gift cards will be awarded in each of the three divisions - Big Block Modifieds, Crate/Sportsman and Outlaw Stocks - to the winner of the feature in each division and to a random driver who does not finish among the frontrunners.  There will also be some special prizes for some lucky fans.  Fans are asked to visit the Colonial Pipeline 811 Dig Safely tent before the racing gets underway on Friday night to check out all of the event details.

On Saturday, Spirit Auto Center takes center stage for the final event of the season.

Since 1991, Spirit Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram has been serving the South Jersey area.  Their dealership is family owned and operated and in their second generation of ownership where the goal is to create a fun, relaxed car buying experience for all of their customers.  Members of Spirit's friendly staff will be on hand to greet fans and answer any questions they may have about the cars, jeeps and trucks that we will have on display.

Spirit Auto Center joined forces with the Bridgeport Speedway this season in promoting the quarter mile Spirit Auto Center Speedway as well as being the sponsor of the headlining, Big Block Modifieds.

Racing will get underway on Saturday at 4pm with the Spirit Auto Center Big Block Modifieds, Stewart Stainless Crate Sportsman and PennCo Tech Outlaw Stocks, all competing in their final, wild card hands for the 2016 811 Dig Safely Poker Series.

The Big Block Modifieds will close out their season with a forty lap, Gone But Not Forgotten that will pay $4,000 to the race winner.  The Crate/Sportsman will compete in a twenty lap final with the Outlaw Stocks circling the track for fifteen circuits.

Duane Howard leads the Big Blocks into the final night of competition with a pair of Aces and a ten to Rick Laubach's pair of Queens and a ten.  Dominick Buffalino and Sam Martz have each won a single event and an Ace but haven't been able to collect the right cards to go with their Ace.  Such is the case for Ryan Godown and Wade Hendrickson who each have a second place finish (King) to their credit.  But 2016 Bridgeport Track Champion, Ryan Watt, is sitting with the best outside chance - just one card away from a straight - that would ruin everyone else's night of cards.

Two Crate/Sportsman competitors are holding hands of Three of a Kind.  Stephen Kemery, the 2015 Rookie Champion, has collected three tens and an eight while Clyde Cox holds three-sevens and a five.  Scott Hulmes has a pair of deuces.

The Outlaw Stocks will compete in both Friday and Saturday night events, adding two more cards to their hands.  2016 Track Champion, TJ Henry leads the way with a pair of Aces and a Queen while Scott Dugan holds a pair of tens and a King, Billy Wroble has a pair of nines and an eight and Jeff Dirkes has a pair of eights and a nine.  Tom Wills, Jr. could be the spoiler as Wills goes into the final weekend with a King, Queen and Jack and the potential for a straight.

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Pennsylvania Stars Dan Stone (Super Late Model), Rick Laubach (Big-Block Modified) & Duane Howard (Small-Block Modified) Lead Winners

For Immediate Release/November 6, 2016

GEORGETOWN, DE – Three Pennsylvania drivers stole the Delaware limelight at Georgetown Speedway during the Mid-Atlantic Championship Weekend.

Dan Stone (Super Late Model), Rick Laubach (big-block Modified) and Duane Howard (small-block Modified) led the list of winners during the Friday-Saturday Season Finale at the historic half-mile oval. An astounding 223 entries were filed by competitors during the weekend.

Stone, of Thompson, Pa., led from green-to-checkered in the 40-lap Super Late Model event.

Stone was strong in Friday qualifying, winning one of three Super Late Model heat races. By virtue of a Saturday redraw, the driver known as ‘Big Brother’ picked the pole for the 40-lap main.

Stone outgunned June Georgetown Ultimate Super Late Model Series winner Dale Hollidge at the outset of the main. Stone faced the challenges of several restarts, first with Hollidge at his flanks and later with Central PA star D.J. Troutman alongside.

During a long stretch of green-flag racing in the race’s second half, Troutman, eighth-starting Austin Hubbard and Hollidge closed, thrilling the crowd with a four-car battle in lapped traffic.

Stone negotiated the slower cars flawlessly and cruised to the win. Troutman exploded a right-rear tire on the final lap, allowing Hubbard to steal second and Hollidge third. Troutman limped across the line in fourth and Shaun Jones, who started 14th, finished fifth.

Donald Lingo Jr. earned the Hard Charger Award with his drive from 26th to finish eighth.

Super Late Model heat winners were Stone, Glenn Elliott and Ricky Elliott.

*****

Conservation, luck and a steady Gary and Lori Herrmann-owned No. 7 landed Rick Laubach in Victory Lane following the 40-lap big-block Modified main. Laubach, who started from the pole and lost the lead to Ryan Godown, regained the top spot with nine laps remaining.

It was an emotional victory for the Hellertown, Pa., driver, who dedicated the win to Lori Herrmann, who is battling health issues.

Laubach shot into the lead at the start of the event and led through lap 16, when Godown swept to the top spot. Meanwhile, Danny Johnson (up from eighth) and Howard, moved in for an intense battle for second.

The race’s complexion changed on the 31st lap. Howard’s Norm Hansell-owned No. 357 dropped off the pace on the backstretch. Under the ensuing yellow flag, Godown took his Bill Hewlett No. 901 to the pits with a punctured right-rear tire.

Laubach led the final nine laps, picking up $4,240 including lap money posted by Taylor & Messick.

Johnson, the Rochester, N.Y., invader, placed second in the Chris Gennarelli-owned No. 27J. Johnson complimented the facility improvements since his most recent visit to the track.

Making a late rally in the Halmar International No. 43, New Jersey legend Jimmy Horton finished third after starting 12th.  Neal Williams completed a steady weekend effort in the Sal DeBruno-owned No. 0W by placing fourth.  Richie Pratt Jr. picked up $250 as the race’s Blue Hen Dispose-All Hard Charger, driving forward from 22nd on the grid to finish fifth.

Heat winners were Jamie Mills, Jimmy Horton and Duane Howard.

*****

A flawless performance resulted in Duane Howard scoring the small-block Modified victory in Friday night’s 30-lap main event. Howard picked the pole via the redraw and led every lap driving the Norm Hansell Motorsports No. 357.

Howard, the Oley, Pa., driver who has admittedly struggled this season, complimented the Hansell team for their support in Victory Lane.

Ryan Godown, driving his own No. 26, chased Howard across the line as the runner-up, followed by Delaware’s Jordan Watson, Grandview (Pa.) Speedway champion Craig Von Dohren and Delaware International Speedway champion H.J. Bunting.

Howard and H.J. Bunting won the two heats.

*****

Mike Wharton of Greenwood, Del., took home a $2,000 payday in the Crate Late Model 20-lap main run on Saturday. Wharton inherited the lead when a pair of race leaders spun from contention, handing a top spot he would not relinquish. Wharton held Delaware hot-shoe Matt Hill at bay in the final laps.

Hill placed second, with Zac Weller in third, earning the $100 cash bonus as the first Crate 602 engine across the line. John Imler and Tyler Reed completed the front five.

*****

In perhaps the race of the weekend, Brett Ballard of Pennsville, N.J., outdueled fellow Garden State racer Brandon Grosso in a back-and-forth battle for Crate 602 Sportsman supremacy. Ballard and Grosso swapped the lead on several occasions before Ballard took command and survived a yellow with one lap remaining to score a $1,200 payday including lap money.

Grosso settled for second, followed by Steve Kemery, Scott Hitchens and Adam White.

*****

MID-ATLANTIC CHAMPIONSHIP WEEKEND NOTES: The Georgetown Speedway pit area was jammed to capacity with 223 unique entries filed over the nine divisions in two days of racing. The facility was alive with activity, campers and a festive Hurlock Auto & Speed after-party held after the racing activity on Friday night….A wide geographic cross section of competitors ranging from Massachusetts to Virginia took part in the program….Both programs were efficient despite the large congregation of race cars. Action was done before 11 p.m. Friday and at 8:38 p.m. Saturday. The Modified and Super Late Model events on Saturday were completed prior to 8 p.m. in rapid fashion…The 2017 Georgetown Speedway Season Opener is scheduled for Saturday, March 11 with the two-day Melvin L. Joseph Memorial event.

MID-ATLANTIC CHAMPIONSHIP SATURDAY RESULTS SUMMARY – GEORGETOWN SPEEDWAY NOVEMBER 5, 2016

Big-Block Modified Feature Finish (40 laps): RICK LAUBACH, Danny Johnson, Jimmy Horton, Neal Williams, Richie Pratt Jr., Brad Trice, H.J. Bunting, Jordan Watson, Kevin Sockriter, Ryan Godown, Andy Bachetti, Dillon Steuer, Shawn Ward, Norman Short, Scott Van Gorder, Kevin Gardner, Steve Young, Howard O’Neal, Duane Howard, Jamie Mills, Carson Wright, Mike White, Clay Tatman, Dale Hawkins, Robert Dutton.

Did Not Start: Matt Jester, Westley Smith.

Super Late Model Feature Finish (40 laps): DAN STONE, Austin Hubbard, Dale Hollidge, D.J. Troutman, Shaun Jones, Kyle Hardy, Mark Pettyjohn, Donald Lingo Jr., Danny Snyder, Nick Davis, C.J. Faison, David Pettyjohn, Joey Warren, Rob Schirmer, Dylan Evans, Amanda Whaley, Jason Dean, Glenn Elliott, Ross Robinson, Geoff Carey, Mark Williams, Zac Weller, Ricky Elliott, Dan Green, Bob Geiger, Dave Troutman.

Crate Late Model Feature Finish (20 laps): MIKE WHARTON, Matt Hill, Zac Weller, John Imler, Tyler Reed, James Sutphin, Allen Brannon, Matthew Tarbox, Brent Bordeaux, Jamie Eicholz, Scott Hitchens, Robert Smith, Geoff Carey, Chuck Bowie, Cody Dawson, Kelly Putz, Billy Thompson, Matt Glanden, Ben Bowie, Charles Schawver, Ross LeCates.

MID-ATLANTIC CHAMPIONSHIP FRIDAY RESULTS SUMMARY – GEORGETOWN SPEEDWAY NOVEMBER 4, 2016

Small-Block Modified Feature Finish (30 laps): DUANE HOWARD, Ryan Godown, Jordan Watson, Craig Von Dohren, H.J. Bunting III, Brad Trice, Dillon Steuer, Kevin Sockriter, Matthew Peck, Scott Van Gorder, Andy Bachetti, Trent Willey, Richie Pratt Jr., Randy Green, Duane Rust, Kevin Gardiner, Jimmy Horton, Ray Swinehart, Steve Young.

Did Not Start: Danny Johnson.

Crate 602 Sportsman Feature Finish (20 laps): BRETT BALLARD, Brandon Grosso, Steve Kemery, Scott Hitchens, Adam White, Chuck Sayres, Mike Hough, Brian Nailor, Duane Rust, Dwayne Crockett, Trent Van Vorst, Nick Alberti, Trey Hicks, Gary Langenstein, Andy Hammond, Jeff Marker, Tim Trimble, Trevor Collins, Jeff Brown, Matt Smith, Jordn Justice, Bobby Bracall, Brian Hitz, Matt Stangle, Ted Reynolds, Jeremy Harrington.

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Fulton Speedway Goes Over The $20,000 Mark Raised For Children’s Miracle Network, Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital

By Dave Medler

FULTON, NY – November 5, 2016 – A few years ago former Fulton Speedway competitor Joe Buske, and his family came up with the idea to raise money for the Children’s Miracle Network that is very near and dear to them. They chose the Fulton Speedway to put their idea in motion.

Through the kindness and generosity of the great fans and race teams at the Fulton Speedway over the years, by the end of the 2016 racing season over $20,000 has been raised for the Children’s Miracle Network.

In the Upstate New York area, all of your donations stay local at the state of the art Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital located in Syracuse with a world class Pediatric team, patient and family care services, child friendly atmosphere, and strong family support.  To learn more and to see all the services offered that are too many to mention, please visit their website at http://www.upstate.edu/gch/about/

For all the offseason news go to www.fultonspeedway.com and like the track Facebook page at www.facebook.com/FultonSpeedway .

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FIVE MILE POINT SPEEDWAY TO HOST FINAL SOUTHERN TIER RACING EVENT OF 2016.  RACING THIS SATURDAY AT 3 P.M. WITH THE GREAT CRATE RACE
 
KIRKWOOD, NY…The 2016 area racing season will officially conclude this weekend with the season finale event at Five Mile Point Speedway.  On Saturday Five Mile Point Speedway will host the biggest Crate Sportsman event in the northeast with the running of the “Great Crate Race”.  The event will pay $3,000 to win.  Racing begins at 3 p.m. and kids 12 years old and younger will be admitted free.
 
Race teams from multiple northeast states will be converging on the historic 66 year old race facility for the big Saturday afternoon of racing.  The “Great Crate Race” will pit the best northeast Crate Sportsman teams head to head for the special 66 lap event.  The race will pay $3,000 to the race winner.  Five Mile Point Speedway Track Champion Kyle Rohner will be looking to defend his home speedway on Saturday against the invaders coming to town.
 
Also on the racing card will be the “Fight Night Series” Street Stock finale.  That 25 lap race will see the championship of that series decided with the top New York State Street Stock drivers in competition.
 
The Front Wheel Drive Four Cylinder drivers have their richest pay day of the season this Saturday and teams are expected from as far as five hours away for this season ending event.  The 40 lap special feature will pay $1,000 to the winner.
 
Racing action will also take place in the Factory Stock, Slingshot and Rear Wheel Drive Four Cylinder divisions this Saturday.  
 
Make it a point to get to the Point this Saturday for the final race of 2016.  It will be a long winter so don’t miss out on this final opportunity to see the area’s best racing action.
 
For more information please phone the Five Mile Point Speedway offices at 607-775-5555 or log on to www.5milepointspeedway.com.

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811 DIG SAFELY POKER SERIES ON TAP FOR BRIDGEPORT'S FINAL WEEKEND

Colonial Pipeline's 811 Dig Safely Poker Series will wrap up the 2016 schedule at the Bridgeport Speedway on Friday and Saturday, November 11th and 12th.  

The Poker Series has become one of the most popular events during the course of the racing season since it was introduced to the Logan Township speed plant during the 2012 season by the late, Doug Hoffman.  Drivers earn the cards for the Poker hands based upon their finish in a series of select races.  A win gives a driver an Ace, a second a King, a third a Queen and so on.  The drivers with the top three hands as well as the driver with the worst hand at the end of the Poker Series win additional prize money.

In 2016 Colonial Pipeline asks that anyone taking part in an excavation activity call 811 three working days before their planned project. By doing so all utility’s within their project limits will be notified and have adequate time to mark-out their utility’s location with paint, flags or stakes. Then you the excavator will be aware of each utility’s location and can begin your digging activity’s safely. That's why it is important for both the public and contractors alike to follow the law and to always call 811 before they begin any digging project!  Be safe - dial 8-1-1 first!

Colonial Pipeline has added some extra exciting incentives for this final weekend.  $100 VISA gift cards will be awarded to eligible drivers in each division - Spirit Auto Center Big Block Modifieds, Stewart Stainless Crate/Sportsman and PennCo Tech Outlaw Stocks.  The winner of the feature in each division, who has met the sponsor's requirements of placing an 811 decal on their race car and posting a picture of it to Facebook or Twitter prior to the required deadline will be awarded a $100 VISA gift card!  The feature winner will also pull a random number in victory lane and a lucky participate finishing elsewhere in the field will also receive a $100 VISA dollar gift card!

Colonial Pipeline is also offering some special prizes for some lucky fans.   Fans are asked to post photos of themselves with one of several 811 Dig Safely logos that can be found around the speedway on Friday night.  Photos must be posted to Facebook or Twitter.  Prizes will include a future night of you choosing in a Skybox, Colonial Pipeline prize bags, autographed die cast , gift and cards for local restaurants. Details will be available during Friday night's event as you come through the gate and at the Colonial Pipeline 811 Dig Safely tent.  Fans are invited throughout the evening to visit the Colonials display tent for more free giveaways and free hot dogs with all the fixings!

Duane Howard leads the Big Blocks into the final night of competition with a pair of Aces and a ten to Rick Laubach's pair of Queens and a ten.  Dominick Buffalino and Sam Martz have each won a single event and an Ace but haven't been able to collect the right cards to go with their Ace.  Such is the case for Ryan Godown and Wade Hendrickson who each have a second place finish (King) to their credit.  But 2016 Bridgeport Track Champion, Ryan Watt, is sitting with the best outside chance - just one card away from a straight - that would ruin everyone else's night of cards.

Two Crate/Sportsman competitors are holding hands of Three of a Kind.  Stephen Kemery, the 2015 Rookie Champion, has collected three tens and an eight while Clyde Cox holds three-sevens and a five.  Scott Hulmes has a pair of deuces.

The Outlaw Stocks will compete in both Friday and Saturday night events, adding two more cards to their hands.  2016 Track Champion, TJ Henry leads the way with a pair of Aces and a Queen while Scott Dugan holds a pair of tens and a King, Billy Wroble has a pair of nines and an eight and Jeff Dirkes has a pair of eights and a nine.  Tom Wills, Jr. could be the spoiler as Wills goes into the final weekend with a King, Queen and Jack and the potential for a straight.  

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