Big Block Modifieds



Modified Racers Have 33,202 Reasons To Compete At I-88 Speedway October 10-11

Short Track SuperNationals 7 Presented By Olum’s; Manmiller Electric Presents Friday Night Modified Dash for Cash; Complete Purse Structures Announced

AFTON, NY – If you’re a big-block/small-block Modified racer and like money, the Alpine Building Supply Short Track SuperNationals presented by Olum’s is for you!

As the seventh edition of the ‘Working Man’s Race’ nears on Friday-Saturday Oct. 10-11 at I-88 Speedway in Afton, N.Y., a mammoth base payout has been posted for the finale of the six-race Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP. Some $33,202 has been set aside for Modified racers competing at I-88. This number does not include lap money, contingency awards, bonuses and other incentives.

The Short Track SuperNationals, founded by Brett Deyo in 2006 at I-88 (then Afton, promoted by Pat Jordan), returns to the spacious Afton Fairgrounds this year as a co-promotion involving BD Motorsports Media LLC and I-88 track managers Jamie Page and Ron Ford.

The 50-lap Short Track SuperNationals 7 for the Modifieds will pay $5,000-plus to the winner. However, the strength of the $28,200 base purse is back through the field.

The complete payout is as follows: 1) $5,000; 2) $3,000; 3) $2,000; 4) $1,500; 5) $1,400; 6) $1,250; 7) $1,150; 8) $1,100; 9) $1,050; 10) $1,000; 11) $750; 12) $725; 13) $700; 14) $650; 15) $625; 16-24): $600; PROVISIONALS) $300. Total: $28,200

Additionally, Modified drivers unable to qualify will take part in a 17-lap B-Main event with a total purse of $5,002. The B-Main payout is as follows: 1) $777; 2) $600; 3) $450; 4) $350; 5) $300; 6) $275; 7) $250; 8) $225 9) $200; 10) $175; 11-Back): $100.

The B-Main winner will have the option of either keeping the $777 or starting at the rear of the main event field for the $600 green money.

While all heat races, consolations and the B-Main for Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP Modifieds take place on Saturday (Oct. 11), there is added incentive for Modifieds to attend on Friday night (Oct. 10) for open practice and the preliminary program.

On Friday night, Modifieds taking practice will have their times recorded by the I-88 Speedway transponder system. The five fastest Modifieds will be entered into a 10-lap Dash for Cash. The winner of the Dash will earn a redraw position in Saturday’s 50-lap feature. The other participants will receive $50 cash courtesy of Manmiller Electric.

The Dash winner will not have to run any qualifying events on Saturday! They will be locked into the redraw of top qualifiers.

Registration for the Modifieds is currently open at $15 through Oct. 1 and $20 from Oct. 2 through race day. The entry form can be found at the following link:

All registrants prior to Oct. 1 will be entered into a pair of $50 cash drawings to be held on race day at the drivers’ meeting.

The return of the SuperNationals at I-88 will feature two jam-packed days of racing!

Friday’s (Oct. 10) lineup includes the Open vs. Crate 602 Sportsman 35-lap event paying $1,500 to win and $125 to start (top-six Crate 602 bonuses of $300, $200, $100, $75, $50 and a free pass for Saturday), Street Stocks, Four Cylinder Cars and Empire Sport Trucks plus open practice for Saturday’s divisions and the Manmiller Electric Modified Dash.

On Saturday (Oct. 11), Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP Modifieds race 50 laps paying $5,000 to win, $1,000 for 10th and $600 to start from the richest Short Track SuperNationals payout in history. Also, non-qualifiers in the Modified division will compete in a 17-lap B-Main paying $777 to the winner, $175 for 10th and $100 to take the green flag. Also on the Saturday docket are Crate 602 Sportsman ($1,000 to win, $100 to start), IMCA-Modifieds and Empire Lightning Sprints.

Short Track SuperNationals Six-Year Event History

October 11, 2014 (I-88): ?
October 12, 2013 (Five Mile Point): CRAIG HANSON – Anthony Perrego – Jackie Brown Jr. – Pat Ward – Chad Phelps
October 6, 2012 (Five Mile Point): DANNY TYLER – Bobby Varin – Brian Weaver – Billy Pauch Sr. – Mitch Gibbs
October 7, 2011 (Five Mile Point): DUANE HOWARD – Danny Tyler – Billy Pauch Sr. – Jeff Strunk – Jeff Heotzler
October 9, 2010 (Five Mile Point): JUSTIN HOLLAND – Billy Pauch Jr. – Kevin Bates – Brian Weaver – Danny Tyler
October 10, 2009 (Five Mile Point): KEVIN HIRTHLER – Mike Ricci – Mike Gular – Sean Merkel – Joey Grammes
October 7, 2006 (Afton, Now I-88): MIKE RICCI – J.R. Hurlburt – Brian Weaver – Joey Grammes – Davie Franek


Matt Sheppard leads flag-to-flag at Mohawk International Raceway for fourth 2014 Super DIRTcar Series win

Victory for Sheppard expands his series point lead

AKWESASNE, N.Y. - Sunday, September 14, 2015 - Matt Sheppard, of Waterloo, N.Y., lead flag-to-flag to claim his third Super DIRTcar Big Block Modified Series point race of 2014, his fourth overall series win for the year. The 150-point feature race, scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 13, at Mohawk International Raceway, hit the track just after midnight Sunday morning, delayed by inclement weather earlier in the evening.

"I just want to thank the whole team, it was a great team tonight," the three-time Super DIRTcar Series champion said after Sunday morning's victory. "It was good, started on the pole and lead all 100 laps."

Sheppard started the 100-lapper on the pole after a inclement weather cut short qualifying rounds and caused officials to set the field according to Super DIRTcar Series point standings. He claimed the initial lead over Billy Decker, of Sidney, N.Y., who started on the outside front row.

A lap-1 caution for David Papineau, who slowed to a stop in turn 3, slowed the pace early on. Sheppard had the advantage at the restart as Decker and Larry Wight batted for second place.

The yellow flag wove a second time in lap 9 as smoke billowed from the S & W Service Centre No. 6m of Mat Williamson. Off the restart, a three-car collision in turn 3 brought another caution before the field could gain any momentum.

The field restarted in lap 18, Sheppard keeping his lead and Jimmy Phelps charging ahead of both Wight and Decker to pull into second place. Dexter Stacey's No. 66w flipped in lap 26 bringing the field to a stop under red flag conditions.

Sheppard made a switch on the next restart, choosing the outside front row rather than the inside, and the changed worked out well for him. He kept his lead over Phelps before the race slowed under in lap 42.

Strong on restarts all night, Sheppard powered ahead and reached lapped traffic in lap 53. Behind him, Phelps maintained second, and Wight and Decker were third and fourth respectively. Erick Rudolph, who started in a backup car from the rear of the field cracked the top-five in lap 55.

As the leaders maneuvered through lapped traffic, Phelps was able to gain some ground on Sheppard.

"That was probably the only thing that really shook it up," Phelps said. "A couple times there in traffic he'd get slowed up. The leaders had so many more miles per hour than the guys in the back that it really made it interesting coming into traffic how the guys were lined up in front of you."

Despite Phelps's gain in lapped traffic, he was unable to challenge Sheppard for the lead before the next caution brought the field back together.

"The lapped cars were a little tough. They were running side-by-side," Sheppard admitted. "The track went away enough that it was tough to tell which groove you were in, but when we were in lapped traffic it gave us a little bit better of an idea."

The yellow flag waved again in laps 59 and 72, giving Brett Hearn, who had fallen from his third starting position to tenth early in the race, the opportunity to gain positions off restarts. By lap 75, the eight-time Super DIRTcar Series champion was challenging Wight for fourth place.

In lap 82, leaders were again battling slower cars at the back of the pack. Hearn was able to leverage lapped traffic to get around Decker for third in lap 82.

Another collision in lap 95 brought the field to red, with the No. 74 of Matt Billings flipped in the backstretch.

With only five laps remaining, the top three runners clung to their respective positions, Sheppard finishing first, Phelps second and Hearn third.

"I think we were as good as he was for the better part of the end of the race. We were too even to really make anything happen," Phelps said. "Coming out of here with a second place is the start of what is hopefully going to be a good second half of the season."

Rounding out the top four are Rudolph in fourth and Mohawk's DIRTcar 358-Modified three-time track champion Billy Dunn, of Watertown, N.Y.

The Super DIRTcar Series continues Sunday, Sept. 21, at Fonda Speedway in Fonda, N.Y. For more information about the Super DIRTcar Series, visit

Super DIRTcar Big Block Modified Series Statistical Report
Mohawk International Raceway
September 13, 2014
A-Main (100 laps):
1. 9H Matt Sheppard - Waterloo, N.Y.
2. 98H Jimmy Phelps - Baldwinsville, N.Y.
3. 20 Brett Hearn - Sussex, N.J.
4. 7z Erick Rudolph - Ransomville, N.Y.
5. 49 Billy Dunn - Watertown, N.Y.
6. 99L Larry Wight - Altmar, N.Y.
7. 84 Gary Tomkins - Clifton Springs, N.Y.
8. 91 Billy Decker - Sidney, N.Y.
9. 3 Justin Haers - Phelps, N.Y.
10. 21a Peter Britten - Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
11. 10v Billy VanInwegen - Sparrowbush, N.Y.
12. 63 Adam Roberts - Watertown, N.Y.
13. 8 Rich Scagliotta - Hillsborough, N.J.
14. 29 Tom Conklin - Gouverneur, N.Y.
15. 43 Keith Flach - Ravena, N.Y.
16. 777 Tyler McPherson - St. Catharines, Ontario
17. 5* Tyler Siri - Watkins Glen, N.Y.
18. 44 Kyle Jacobs - Hogansburg, N.Y.
19. 188 David Papineau - Akwesasne, N.Y.
20. 74 Matt Billings - Brockville, Ontario
21. 42p Pat Ward - Genoa, N.Y.
22. 22c Mario Clair - St. Edmond, Quebec
23. 55 Matt Woodruff - Bloomingdale, N.Y.
24. 66x Carey Terrance - Hogansburg, N.Y.
25. 07 Tim Kerr - Picton, Ontario
26. 93 Ryan Bartlett - Watertown, N.Y.
27. 35 Mike Perrotte - Plattsburgh, N.Y.
28. 55J Danny Johnson - Rochester, N.Y.
29. X Chad Phelps - Mexico, N.Y.
30. 16w Lance Willix - Theresa, N.Y.
31. m96 Danny O'Brien - Kingston, Ontario
32. 66w Dexter Stacey - Kahnawake, Quebec
33. R70 Ryan Arbuthnot - Renfrew, Ontario
34. 6m Mat Willliamson - St. Catharines, Ontario
35. 3m Bill Mullin - Iroquois, Ontario



By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – Three big days, three big races, and one huge season finale is the caption on the flyer which was put out for the 2014 Mohawk Valley Weekend at the Track of Champions Fonda Speedway which is set to take place on Friday, September 19 through Sunday, September 21.

It will be the closing event for the 2014 season at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds facility and will complete promoter Matt DeLorenzo’s first year as promoter of the facility.

“It’s been challenging at times. It’s new to me. I’ve always been on the other side of the fence – the race car driver – and now I’m dealing with both sides of the fence,” DeLorenzo said in a recent DIRTcar press release about the event. “Now that I’m almost to the end of the season, I’ve got a rhythm going.”

The big weekend will begin on Friday, September 19 with the Empire Super Sprints (ESS) along with street stocks, 4-cylinders, make up features from 8/16 for the modified and sportsman divisions, and an open practice for modifieds and 602 sportsman with a starting time of 7:00 p.m. Admission for the event will be $12 for adults, and $2 for children with pit admission set at $20 with a license and $25 without a license.

On Saturday, September 20 racing will begin at 6:00 p.m. and will include a 50-lap event for the modifieds along with a GRIT Series event for the 602 sportsman, the Capital Region Sprint Car Agency (CRSA) Sprint cars, and street stocks. Admission for Saturday’s events will be $18 for adults and $2 for children with a pit admission of $25 with a license or $30 without a license.

The 2014 season will conclude on Sunday, September 21 at 4:00 p.m. with a 100-lap feature race for the Super DIRTcar Big Block Modified Series, marking the first series race at Fonda since 2003. A Super DIRTcar Series event was also set for the 2004 season at Fonda but was rained out.

DeLorenzo is planning on racing in his track’s season finale, and is looking forward to competing against the region’s best Modified racers. Also on the Sunday racing card will be the 9th annual Hondo Classic for pro stocks in honor of the late Hondo Carpenter who ran the car #9.

“There’s going to be a lot of excitement. A lot of fans are going to see a lot of drivers they haven’t seen in a long time at Fonda racing all together,” DeLorenzo said. “I’m looking forward to seeing all the stars of the Super DIRTcar Series race. Billy Decker has been there, and Larry Wight, Matt Sheppard and Jimmy Phelps. They’ve all been there a few times this year, but we haven’t seen all of them there at once.”

Admission for Sunday’s events will be $22 for adults and $2 for children with pit admission set at $25 with a license or $30 without a license.

Just announced by the Hondo Carpenter Memorial committee is that the Carpenter brothers, along with giving the 9th place finisher a set of Hoosiers, will be covering the admission of the first 100 kids to Sunday’s event. This is to commemorate how much Hondo valued the fans, especially the kids. Also, one lucky admission ticket holder will receive $100 thanks to the Carpenter brothers.

A three day general admission pass is available for the entire weekend for $45 along with a three day pit pass with a license for $60 or $75 without a license. A two day general admission pass will also be available for $35 along with a two day pit pass for $48 with a license or $58 without a license.

Summarizing previously held Super DIRTcar Series events held at Fonda in the past there were a total of 32 events held with 16 different drivers winning those events led by Brett Hearn who has a total of six series event wins back in 1986, 1987, 1997, 1998, 2001, and 2002. Following behind Hearn in series wins at Fonda is Danny Johnson who has a total of four (1983, 1988, 1992, 1993); Jack Johnson with three 1976, 1979, 1980); Dave Lape (1973, 1991), Lou Lazzaro (1977, 1978), C.D. Coville (1981, 1982), Jimmy Horton (1984, 1996), Doug Hoffman (1989, 1999), and Kevin Collins (1990, 1994) all with two victories followed by Ralph Holmes (1972), Will Cagle (1974), Wayne Reutimann (1975), Bob McCreadie (1985), Bobby Varin (1995), Alan Johnson (2000), and Tim McCreadie (2003) who all have one victory apiece in series events held at Fonda.

The Hondo Classic has been held a total of eight times in the past with seven different drivers winning the event led by Nick Stone who won the event twice back in 2007 and 2008. Following behind Stone with single wins in the prestigious event were Jim Burton (2006), Kenny Gates (2009), Chip Smith (2010), Rob Yetman (2011), Pete Broderson (2012), and Kenny Martin Jr. (2013).

The Empire Super Sprints (ESS) have competed at Fonda a total of 15 times in the past with 10 different drivers winning those events led by Justin Barger with a total of five ESS event wins; Lance Yonge with two event wins; John Brutcher, Bobby Parrow, Tom Taber, Craig Lane, Doug Emery, Steve Poirier, Jessica Zemken, and Jeff Cook all who have one win apiece at Fonda.

The Capital Region Sprint Car Agency (CRSA) Sprint cars have competed at Fonda a total of eight times in the past with five different drivers winning those events led by Danny Varin with a total of four victories followed by Dylan Swiernik, John Matrafailo, Tyler Rice, and Josh Pieniazek who all have one victory apiece.

For more information about the Fonda Speedway you can go to their website or for more information on all the different series that will be running at Fonda on Mohawk Valley Weekend you can go to,, or


By Tom Coughlin
Fultonville, N.Y. – The Majestic Mohawk Valley of upstate New York greeted the packed grandstand with another one of its’ beautiful sunsets as the Glen Ridge Motorsports Park was about to say good night to its’ 2014 weekly point racing program for the season..

“The Ridge” will have one more “Grand Event” in October, but on this night it was all about the track championships.  

The evening air was cool and comfortable for the beginning of Johnstown, Gloversville NAPA and Quality Auto Body Night, but the racing would be anything but that, with the lucrative Glen Ridge track championship on the line every valuable point could make the difference. When the modifieds rolled out for their final chance to earn those points, it was a couple of hungry young drivers in Korey Wilder and Justin Boehler looking for their first wins of the season, with two veterans on their bumpers in Bobby Vedder and Bobby Varin. Starter Joe Kriss let them go and Boehler did not waste anytime getting to the point, fighting in one of many three wide battles with the cars of Wilder and Varin along side to complete lap one. Vedder, Josh Hohenforst, and Bobby Hackel IV were the top six for lap two. Varin would move up to Boehlers bumper on lap four, with Hackel also going three wide as he moved into the top five. Boehler was doing his best to stay in front, but points leader Varin was closing in around lap nine and would make the pass to complete lap ten. With the leaders flying at the front it did not take long for lapped cars to play into the mix. Willy Decker would soon join the fracas, putting pressure on Wilder. Varin would stretch his lead a little around lap 15, as Boehler was receiving heavy pressure from Decker, as they weaved in and out of the lapped traffic. Lap 16 would see Decker succeed in his efforts as he made the pass on Boehler and set his sights on the high flying Varin. Again the pack would be three wide in the front stretch on lap 17 and Dylan Scribner would end up on the back stretch infield. The yellow was out for JaMike Sowle on lap 19 as his S-T-R 11A sat against the outside wall between turns one and two.  This caution would give Decker the break he needed to close in on Varin in the Bloomfield Florist-85. With the race being past halfway Decker and his S-T-R 1x would have the chance to catch and pass Varin. Boehler and Wilder were also still in the mix, but Varin would leave no doubt that he wanted this win, as he opened up his lead. Decker was pulling away from Boehler and Wilder on lap 24 but was not gaining anything on Varin, who had a clear track for now. The crowd watched as lapped traffic would force Varin and Decker to weave inside and outside to hold their ground.. Varin would again open up some territory and take his first win in almost three months, making it five for 2014, over Decker, who was pulling away from Boehler and Wilder, with Hanson and Hohenforst a distance back. Heat race winners were Hohenforst, Wilder, and Varin. In victory lane Varin would say“I want to thank the fans, my car owners Bill and Erik Nelson, and my crew” Varin would later add that his crew consisted of Tim Clemons, Ann Diotte, Jeff and Katey Eckler, and his girl friend Brenda Worden. Second place Willy Decker said ”I was trying and I was o.k. in (turns) three and four, but the back of the car wanted to get loose in turn one”. Third place finisher Boehler said” The track started to slick up, but I am still happy with a good third’.

In the sportsman division  points leader Rocky Warner was a late arrival which had the other top teams wondering if they had a chance to grab the title, but Warner did appear and soon made sure everyone knew he was there to win as he would run away with his heat race. It would be veteran Laudy Hoyenga and Ivan Joslin facing the crowd to start the sportsman feature, with Justin Auspulmyer and Kyle DeMetro on their bumper. Before one lap was on the counter the yellow would be out as some in the middle of the pack of the starting grid were trying to win on the first lap. Going three and four wide does not always go smooth and Justin Combs who has had some great runs in 2014 and Dana Palombo found out the hard way as they were left sitting in turn two. These two would join the rear of the filed for the restart, which saw Joslin grab the lead with Hoyenga and Auspulmyer in tow. As with the modifieds the sportsman were pushing the limits with three and four car wide racing and Aaron Burton would pay the price as he decided two was better than one when he sent two yuke tires out onto the track. On the ensuing restart the running order was now Joslin, Warner,, Hoyenga, second in points Mortensen, Auspulmyer, and third in points Shea Montgomery. Racing three wide again after taking the green would see Warner the leader on lap 3, with Mortensen third. Warner had a clear track which helped him a little as the three and four wide battles continued behind him. Montgomery and Hoyenga raced side by side in the pack, but would finish off the pace, at the same time Harry Shaffer and Greg Havlicek were battling behind them. On lap 12 lapped cars would begin to play into the event as Joslin and Mortensen were able to close in on Warner. The leader would take to the high side of the speedway to keep his advantage and hold on to the finish. Joslin would end with a fine second, over Mortensen, Auspulmyer, and Chris Schaffer. Heat race winners were Warner, Kurtis Hohensheldt, and Schaffer.    

Even though the prostocks have been light on numbers this year, they continue to to put on an amazing feature event with their highly competitive action. Gus Hollner and Jim Normoyle were up front at the beginning, but Luke Horning made sure that they remembered he was there, as he joined them, taking their full fender racers three wide through the turns. Horning was into second on lap 2, with Hollner, Horning , and Normoyle running nose to tail and side by side, close enough to reach out and touch the others car. Horning would pass Hollner on lap 5. There was a little space beginning to open up between everyone and then Normoyle would spin himself into the turn four infield on lap 9. After the ensuing restart coming through turn four again Normoyle was putting heavy press on Hollner and the two of them would spin out, bringing out another caution. Horning would go on to take the checkered flag for his first win in 2014 over Hollner, and Normoyle.

In the 4 cylinders Wayne Russell Jr. and Jamie Lee Warner had their hopes set on setting the early pace, but that was short lived as Pat McSpirit and Kenny Stager were moving up on the first lap. Second in points Pete Vila was into third on lap 3, when the yellow came out for the 30 of Mike Parodi , who had spun in the third turn. Vila would use the restart to grab the lead, with Stager and Russell in hot pursuit. That lasted for the next couple of laps until Stager got a little too aggressive with Vila, causing Vila to spin out. Russell held the lead again over McSpirit, Kenny Hollenbeck, and KeithTesiero Sr. The idea that yellows cause more yellows played out as going into turn one Hollenbeck, Vila And Dylan Laport were in a jingle that left Laport’s # 5 doing a balancing act on top of the outside wall. With a single file restart Russell, held the lead over McSpirit and Stager. Stager would move into second on lap 9 and challenge side by side with the leader on lap 12, before making the pass complete on lap 13 and going on to take his first win of the season.

The 2014 Glen Ridge Motorsports Park Champions are modified-Bobby Varin, sportsman-Rocky Warner, prostock-Nick Stone, and 4 cylinder-Keith Tesiero Sr.

Next on the calendar for “The Ridge”, will be the”602 Crate Adirondac Nationals” presented by Longhorn Trucking, Dodson Construction, Adirondac Leather, Don’s Towing, and Sowle Trailer Repair. Saturday, October 18, will begin with a Barbecue and band at 3:00 pm.

Racing will begin at 6:00 pm. The 60 lap feature will pay $3,000. for first place, $1,500. for second, and 10th. place will pay $500. with $250. to take the green flag. There is a minimum of $2,400. in lap money. Each heat race and consolation race winner will receive $100.  The companion Xcel and Prostock races will pay $1,000. to win. Sunday ,October 19, will serve as the rain date if necessary.

For more information about Glen Ridge motorsports Park, please visit their web site at

MODIFIED-35 lap-BOBBY VARIN, Willy Decker, Justin Boehler, Korey Wilder, Craig Hanson, Neil Stratton, Josh Hohenforst, Jeff Rockefeller, Jim Becker, Bobby Vedder, Bobby Hackel IV, Shaun Pangman, Al McCoy, Aaron Jacobs, Dylan Scribner, JaMike Sowle, Hector Stratton, Chuck Allen.

SPORTSMAN-20 lap-ROCKY WARNER, Ivan Joslin, Mark Mortensen, Justin Auspulmyer, Chris Schaffer, Kurtis Hohensheldt, Shea Montgomery, Cody Clark, Jason Greco, Laudy Hoyenga, Tony Farone, Kyle DeMetro, Harry Shaffer, Justin Combs, Greg Havlicek, Greg Pessolano, Dana Palombo, Aaron Burton, Steve Wagoner.

PROSTOCK-12 lap-LUKE HORNING, Gus Hollner, Jim Normoyle, Harley Shepard(DNS).INTAGE-10 lap-DON GRECO, Keith Tesiero Sr., Cliff Brunner Jr., John Constantino, Bill Liese(DNS).


Super DIRTcar Series invades Fonda Speedway Sunday, Sept. 21

New track promoter Matt DeLorenzo gearing up for Fonda’s season finale

WEEDSPORT, N.Y. - Thursday, September 11, 2014 - Big Block Modified driver Matt DeLorenzo spent this summer's Saturday nights at Fonda Speedway yet he has only raced there four times this season. As the track's new promoter, DeLorenzo has been keeping himself busy off the track.

"It's been challenging at times. It's new to me. I've always been on the other side of the fence - the race car driver - and now I'm dealing with both sides of the fence," said DeLorenzo, who has grown into his new role at the Fonda, N.Y. track. "Now that I'm almost to the end of the season, I've got a rhythm going."

Fonda Speedway concludes its season Sunday, Sept. 21, with a 100-lap feature race for the Super DIRTcar Big Block Modified Series, marking the first series race at Fonda since 2003. DeLorenzo is planning on racing in his track's season finale, and is looking forward to competing against the region's best Modified racers.

"There's going to be a lot of excitement. A lot of fans are going to see a lot of drivers they haven't seen in a long time at Fonda racing all together," DeLorenzo said. "I'm looking forward to seeing all the stars of the Super DIRTcar Series race. Billy Decker has been there, and Larry Wight, Matt Sheppard and Jimmy Phelps. They've all been there a few times this year, but we haven't seen all of them there at once."

Matt Sheppard, of Waterloo, N.Y., leads in Super DIRTcar Series point standings over Billy Decker, of Sidney, N.Y., by a narrow margin of 18 points. Defending series champion Brett Hearn, of Sussex, N.J., sits at third in points and Jimmy Phelps, of Baldwinsville, N.Y., is currently fourth.

Racing is scheduled to get underway at 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 21, at Fonda Speedway, capping off a full weekend of racing at the track. For more information about the Super DIRTcar Series, visit

DIRTcar 358-Modified Triple Crown Canadian Nationals 125
DATE : Sunday, September 21
LOCATION : Fonda Speedway, 21 South Bridge Street, Fonda, N.Y.
ABOUT THE TRACK: Half-mile, semi-banked clay oval
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Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP Point Standings
*After Penn Can Speedway, Sept. 9

Position Car No. Driver Orange Co. Thunder Mtn I-88 Accord Penn Can Attendance Total
1. Andy Bachetti 350
1. Danny Johnson  350
3. Jeff Heotzler 295
4. Tommy Meier 283
5. Danny Tyler 281
6. Stewart Friesen 280
7. Anthony Perrego 275
8. Danny Creeden 263
9. Ryan Watt 262
10. Matt Jester 227


Doctor’s Orders: Ultra-Competitive ‘Hot Summer Night’ Special At Penn Can Speedway For $5,240 Payday; Johnson & Andy Bachetti Tied For Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP Point Lead Entering October I-88 Speedway Short Track SuperNationals Finale; Rocky Warner (GRIT Series Sportsman)

‘The Doctor’ Danny Johnson emerged from a crowd-pleasing, back-and-forth 60-lap Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP event Tuesday night at Penn Can Speedway with a hard-fought victory.

Johnson, of Rochester, N.Y., during the mid-portions of the Pioneer Pole Buildings Inc. ‘Hot Summer Night’ presented by Sharkey’s Fuels and NEP Wireless, appeared out of contention for the checkered. However, late-race speed and circumstances led the Chris Gennarelli-owned No. 86 to Victory Lane at the Susquehanna County three-eighths-mile oval.

Johnson earned $5,240 and enters the Alpine Building Supply Short Track SuperNationals presented by Olum’s Oct. 10-11 at I-88 Speedway in Afton, N.Y., the championship event for the Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP, in a dead tie for the point lead with Andy Bachetti of Sheffield, Mass. Both drivers have accrued 350 points.

“Chris gives me a great hot rod,” smiled Johnson, who teamed up with Gennarelli this season. “It all kind of worked out for us at the end. That was some hard racing tonight!”

Postponed by rain on its originally scheduled August date and rain date, Round No. 5 of the six-race Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP attracted an all-star field of 46 big-block/small-block Modifieds and a respectable crowd on a school night.

Johnson picked the worst of 10 available numbers following the post-qualifying redraw to start outside the fifth row for the main event.

From second starting position, track regular Alan Rudalavage paced the opening five laps. Brett Tonkin, the event’s pole starter, shot into the lead at the line for lap six. Meanwhile, Ryan Watt was on the move.

Boyertown, Pa.’s Watt, driving a brand-new Ron Roberts-owned No. Z14, raced into second at lap seven and claimed the lead one circuit later.

Tonkin capitalized on a lap-13 double-file restart to return the favor on Watt, reclaiming the lead. Watt again pressed into the top spot on the 16th lap.

As Watt led, the second-place battle among Johnson, Anthony Perrego and 17th-starter Matt Sheppard, driving the Norm Hansell-owned No. 357, raged.

Waterloo, N.Y.’s Sheppard took over third at lap 37 and moved into the runner-up position on the 39th tour. Racing into slower traffic, Sheppard rolled the outside past Watt to assume command at the exit of turn two on lap 43.

Then, the race took another twist. A yellow on lap 45 set up a double-file restart. After contact, Watt was back out front with Sheppard relegated to second.

Another caution slowed the pace at lap 47. When starter Steve Kellogg unfurled the green, Sheppard slowed with a flat right-rear tire.

Johnson now moved into second behind Watt.  On lap 48, using a turn-four slide job, Johnson took over a lead he would not relinquish, surviving a final double-file restart with five laps remaining.

Penn Can track champion Kevin Hartnett of Barto, Pa., arrived in second spot with three laps remaining and chased Johnson to the finish. Ironically, Johnson and Hartnett had tied in a June midweek show at Penn Can.

Watt, slowing with an apparent engine issue in the final laps, held on for third spot in a three-wide scramble for the position across the line. It was Watt by a nose over Montgomery, N.Y.’s Anthony Perrego, the race’s sixth starter who ran inside the top-five as a contender over the entire distance, and a charging Jeff Strunk of Boyertown, Pa., who started 16th in the Brad Grammes-owned No. 5J.

Finishing sixth through 10th were Erick Rudolph of Ransomville, N.Y., in a Randy Chrysler-owned car; Gary Tomkins of Clifton Springs, N.Y., driving the Tom Coar and Chris Clark No. 119T; a steady Mike Mahaney of King Ferry, N.Y., aboard the Jim Shear-fielded No. 77X; a resurgent Brian Malcolm of Lake Ariel, Pa., recovering from a lap-27 spin; and 15th-starter Shaun Walker of Masonville, N.Y.

Top passing-points earners, receiving $50 each from VP Racing Fuels, in the heat events were Tonkin, Rudalavage, Rudolph, Perrego and Mahaney.

Consolation victors were Strunk, Sheppard and Danny Creeden (Wurtsboro, N.Y.).

Trackside Products sponsored a 3-lap Last Chance Qualifier for drivers missing a transfer spot by one in the consolations. Ryan Jordan of Speedsville, N.Y., won the event to earn a feature starting berth, worth $400.

Capital District standout Rocky Warner of Gloversville, N.Y., rode the outside lane to victory in the accompanying 30-lap Dig Safely New York GRIT Series event. It was Warner’s first victory at Penn Can. Warner powered by Cory Costa on the outside with less than five laps remaining for the $1,000 payday.

Costa, who had taken the top spot from pole starter Pat Jordan earlier in the event, settled for second, followed by Paul Rooney, Connor Cleveland and Nick Guererri.

HOT SUMMER NOTES: The Chris Gennarelli car driven by Danny Johnson at Penn Can was a two-time winner at the track during the regular season with its Friday driver, Adam MacGeorge, at the wheel including the Sept. 5 Season Championship Night….Track conditions allowed for three-wide racing throughout the night, from the first lap of qualifying to the final feature circuit….Despite being postponed from its original date and rain date in August to a September school night, the ‘Hot Summer Night’ drew a stellar field of 46 Modifieds: 10 more than the last time the Modifieds topped the ‘Hot Summer Night’ event in August 2010 and 13 more than the Race of Champions event contested this year on a prime June date….Delaware’s Matt Jester and Vermont’s C.G. Morey were added to the feature field via the Mike’s Auto Detailing Longest Tow provisional. Since both competitors towed nearly five hours, officials granted both a feature starting berth. Jester was able to secure the Hard Charger Award by moving forward from 30th to 13th at the finish….The win was Johnson’s second in a BD Motorsports Media LLC co-promotion, the first coming during the 2012 running of the ‘Clash at the Can’ while driving for Mike Payne….The sixth and final round of the Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP takes place Oct. 10-11 at I-88 Speedway in Afton, N.Y., with the Alpine Building Supply Short Track SuperNationals presented by Olum’s. The ‘Working Man’s Race’ returns home to the same venue where it was launched in 2006. Sportsman headline the Friday (Oct. 10) card, while Modifieds top Saturday's (Oct. 11) program.

To learn more about the Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP, visit, e-mail Brett Deyo at or call 845.728.2781.  BD Motorsports Media is on Facebook and on Twitter: @BrettDeyo.


Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP Modified Feature Finish (60 laps): DANNY JOHNSON ($5,240), Kevin Hartnett, Ryan Watt, Anthony Perrego, Jeff Strunk, Erick Rudolph, Gary Tomkins, Mike Mahaney, Brian Malcolm, Shaun Walker, Bob Trapper, Andy Bachetti, Matt Jester, Matt Sheppard, Danny Creeden, Mike Colsten, Brett Tonkin, Bobby Varin, Tommy Meier, Billy Van Inwegen, C.G. Morey, Nick Rochinski, Ryan Jordan, Tyler Dippel, Billy Decker, Alan Rudalavage, Stewart Friesen, Joey Colsten, Danny Tyler, Tyler Siri.

Did Not Qualify: Mike Loney, Randy Chrysler, Darwin Greene, Dale Planck, Dan Hineline, Dan Pompey, Ken Titus, Jerry Higbie Jr., Bobby Trapper, Nick Nye, Dan Humes, Craig Hanson, Jeff Heotzler, Rich Eurich, Bob Henry Jr., Darrell Ford.

Dig Safely New York GRIT Series Crate 602 Sportsman Feature Finish (30 laps): ROCKY WARNER ($1,000-plus), Cory Costa, Paul Rooney, Connor Cleveland, Nick Guererri, Pat Jordan, Ryan Olsommer, Brian Krummel, Alec Gennarelli, Johnny Illanovsky, Ivan Joslin, Todd Titus, Rich Powell, Nick Mady, Jim Britt, Chris Stevens, Winter Mead, Randy Gates, Brian Mady, Jake Dgien, Craig Monroe, Ted Mills II, Dillon Groover.


By Tom Coughlin
Fultonville, N.Y. – It was another fantastic night of challenging and fast paced racing action at the Glen Ridge Motorsports Park.

With the start time air feeling like a typical New York summer night of dealing with the three H’s of hazy, hot, and humid, it seemed only natural that on Vern’s Auto and Egelston Energy Night that the on track action would not disappoint the fans with providing plenty of hot, heated, and highly competitive racing.

With 35 laps of feature racing ahead of them the open wheeled modifieds of Korey Wilder 21k and Bobby Vedder 53, would lead the pack of top notch drivers to the wave of starter Joe Kriss green flag. Wilder would take the initial lead with Vedder and the D.R. Lawn Care –816 of Jeff Rockefeller giving chase.

As the pack was completing lap one the battle for position behind the leaders was just heating up and with the three wide racing, there was contact that would see the Bloomfield Florist-85 of points leader Bobby Varin up against the outside wall. Also involved were Justin Boehler, Eric Mack, and JaMike Sowle.

Varin was able to get himself into the hot pit for repairs. Boehler would retire and Varin would return, but due to the extent of the earlier front end damage the 85 was not able to continue under racing conditions.

On the ensuing restart the Apollo Rocket 6H of Josh Hohenforst would end up on the inside of turn two also done for the night. As the field would regroup for the restart Rockefeller would take the lead over Marc Johnson and Craig Hanson. Willy Decker in his 1X would begin to put pressure on the inside of Hanson, while at the same time Johnson was working on Rockefeller.

On lap 8 Hanson was trying to hold third by carrying his momentum high and Decker was doing his best to work the low grove. Meanwhile Rockefeller was riding high in front, but Johnson was chipping away on the inside. Traffic would be a factor throughout the race as the leaders were setting a blistering pace.

Johnson was able to get along side of and finally make the pass on the leader on lap 14. Decker had also completed his move to get past Hanson and dropped Rockefeller back to third on lap 18. Again traffic would play into the racing as Decker would try to slip inside of Johnson.

The fans were on the edge of their seats, as they watched to see which of these two time winners in 2014 would claim their third victory. Around lap 20 the top five were Johnson, Decker, Rockefeller, Neil Stratton, and Hanson.

It would stay that way for awhile as the leaders were weaving in and out of traffic while trying to maintain their position. Just after the 30 lap mark, Johnson would open a slight gap over the others as they worked the lapped cars of Sowle and Don Mattison. Johnson would take his third win of the season over Decker, Rockefeller, Stratton, and Hanson. Johnson commented “ this engine block is about seven years old, has nothing special in it and just keeps on going”.

Jim Introne Jr. and Aaron Burton set the front row for the beginning of the 25 lap sportsman feature for Vern’s Auto and Egelston Energy Night.

Burton who has had some great runs this year would grab the early lead , with Introne and Ivan Joslin in hot pursuit. the early laps would stay that way as the front two opened a small gap from the rest of the field, while in the middle of the pack Laudy Hoyenga and Justin Auspulmyer were beating on each other for position and at the same time Joslin and Justin Combs were running side by side, all having to work through heavy lapped traffic.

The caution flag was out on lap 13 for the disabled car of Frank Hoard Jr. in turn three, as the 54H of Kurtis Hohensheldt would also go pit side with front end issues.

Burton was looking to possibly having a breakout night according to track announcer Jim King, again only to have the yellow out for points leader Rocky Warner who was stopped at the pit road entrance and then the 15D of Kyle DeMetro who had slammed the front stretch wall. When green flag racing resumed it would be Introne leading over Burton, Shea Montgomery and Combs.

Montgomery who had scored his first win two months ago would take over second on lap 16 as Burton drifted high in turn four. Brandon Piastka would bring out the yellow on lap 17, setting up another chance for a restart challenge. Montgomery in his Shock Doctor 12s would get inside the leader to make the pass and take over the point. Chris Schaffer and Tony Farone were side by side as they tried to break into the top five.

Everything got out of hand on lap 22 when points leader Warner reentered the race as the field was at speed going through turn four. As the pack scattered to avoid the West End Towing-79 of Warner, Mike Jackson would end up on the infield, with enough damage to the Winner’s Circle Restaurant 1H to put an early end to his first time out in 2014, while Warner was told to park his ride for the remainder of the night.

Dana Palombo’s night was also done at this time. the leaders ran nose to tail to the finish, with Montgomery taking his second career win over Combs, Edwards, Pessoalno, and Joslin. Montgomery would say that he “was most proud of starting from the eighth position and getting the win”.

Please mark your calendars for the weekend of October 7-8, when “The Ridge” is planning to have a big 602 Sportsman – GRIT Series event. More information will be available soon. For more information about Glen Ridge Motorsports Park you may visit their website at

MODIFIED-MARC JOHNSON, Willy Decker, Jeff Rockefeller, Neil Stratton, Craig Hanson, Chris Mackey, Vince Vitale, Bobby Vedder, Hectoer Stratton, Don Mattison, Korey Wilder, Chad Miller, Bobby Hackel IV, Dave Herrick, Josh Hohenforst, Eric Mack, Bobby Varin, Justin Boehler, JaMike Sowle(DQ), Chuck Allen(DNS), Shaun Pangman(DNS).

SPORTSMAN-SHEA MONTGOMERY, Justin Combs, Chad Edwards, Brian Pessolano, Ivan Joslin, Mark Mortensen, Aaron Burton, Chris Schaffer, Tony Farone, Justin Auspulmyer, Chris Johnson, Greg Pessolano, Frank Hoard Jr., Dana Palombo, Mike Jackson, Laudy Hoyenga, Brandon Piastka, Rocky Warner, Kurtis Hohensheldt, Kyle DeMetro, Greg Havlicek, Jim Introne Jr.,(DQ), Cody Clark(DNS).


Final Night of Points Wraps Up Under Rainy Skies
Saturday September 6, 2014
By: Rodney Rescott

West Lebanon, NY:  The Valley of Speed put to bed its 62nd Season with awarding the remaining High Point Championships for all its divisions as the rain ended the night early presented by DiCarlo’s Autobody.  Wayne Jelley captured the title in the Small Block Mods, while Jeff Watson outlasted the field to take the Sportsman title, and Al Relyea survived to take the Purestock Championship.

Under threatening skies, the racing at the high banks of Lebanon Valley Speedway got under way with everyone knowing that not only did it have a chance of getting wet, but more importantly, that it was the last night of racing and points for the season at the legendary ½ mile dirt oval.

The Purestocks got 2 features in the books, but the 3rd and final feature got only 6 laps in the books before the skies opened up, subsequently cancelling out the first two events, and finalizing the points based on last weeks completed finishes.

With that, Al Reyea captured the High Point Championship in the Purestock division.  

The Budget Sportsman ran all their qualifying heat races to set the field for their 20 lap feature, but that race never made it to the high banks with the rain.  With the race being postponed to opening night of the 2015 season, the points were locked down.

A returning veteran racer Jeff Watson captured the High Point Championship in the Sportsman division for 2014.

And in the Small Block Modifieds, Wayne Jelley captured the High Point Championship after their feature was postponed as well to opening night of the 2015 season.  

Congratulations to all the 2014 High Point Champions and their teams!  For more information, complete points wrap up, and more, visit our website at and click on the ‘Speedway’ icon.

Thank you to all the Fans, Teams, and Management for another safe and successful racing season.  And we would like to wish all the teams Good Luck and success in any of the upcoming post-season special events!   Also a special thank you to Margaret Bedell for assistance throughout the year!

The last thing on the schedule for the 2014 season, the 31st Annual Super Swap Meet scheduled for Sunday November 2nd – Rain or Shine and over 500 Venders will be on tap from 8am to 4pm!

2014 Lebanon Valley Speedway High Points Champions:
Big Block Modifieds:  Brett Hearn
Small Block Modifieds:  Wayne Jelley
Budget Sportsman:   Jeff Watson
Pro Stock:  Robbie Speed
Purestock:  Al Relyea
Single Cam 4 Cylinders:  Jim Williams
Dual Cam 4 Cylinders:   Kenny Stager


Inclement weather forces cancellation of Saturday’s racing at Autodrome Granby

Super DIRTcar Series, DIRTcar Pro Stock Series events have been canceled and will not be rescheduled

GRANBY, QUEBEC - Saturday, September 6, 2014 - Due to inclement weather, Saturday's Super DIRTcar Series and DIRTcar Pro Stock Series races at Autodrome Granby have been canceled and will not be rescheduled.

The Super DIRTcar Big Block Modified Series heats up again next weekend when it invades Mohawk International Raceway in Akwesasne, N.Y., Saturday, Sept. 13. Mohawk will also host the DIRTcar 358-Modified Series Friday, Sept. 12, and the DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series Saturday, Sept. 13. The next DIRTcar Pro Stock Series is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 20, at Le RPM Speedway in St-Marcel de Richlieu, Quebec.


Help DIRTcar Racing Support the Military with a Ticket to NAPA Super DIRT Week's Salute to the Troops 150

DIRTcar Racing will match every ticket purchased by Sept. 30 on behalf of a military member at New York's Fort Drum Army base

WEEDSPORT, N.Y. - Sept. 4, 2014 -
DIRTcar Racing has teamed with Fort Drum in Watertown, N.Y., in an effort to send the troops to NAPA Super DIRT Week at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse. For every ticket a fan purchases for a military member to attend the Salute to the Troops 150 on Saturday, Oct. 11, DIRTcar Racing will match it.

Fans can call 877-395-8606 for tickets or more information. Tickets are $30, or for groups of 20 or more the tickets will be $20. Tickets must be purchased by Sept. 30.



By Mike Leone

Hartford, OH September 2, 2014 After a weekend off, Sharon Speedway is set to begin the final month of racing for the 2014 season this Saturday night (September 6). The "Steel Valley Thunder" program as part of the 85th anniversary season will include the Hovis Auto & Truck Supply DIRTcar Big-Block Modifieds, Barris Supply RUSH Late Models, Summit Racing Equipment Modifieds, Gibson Insurance Agency Stock Cars, HTMA/Precise Racing Products Econo Mods, and the Deforest Used Parts Mini Stocks. Race time is 7 p.m.

Saturday's promotion is the annual "Heroes Night" as all fire, EMS, police, doctors, and nurses will be admitted free into the grandstands for general admission!

It's definitely been tough for drivers with last names other than King or Weller this season in the DIRTcar Big-Block Modifieds. In fact, the foursome has accounted for 13 of the 14 Hovis Auto & Truck Supply feature wins this season! Only non-regular Brian Swartzlander has been able to break into victory lane, and that was back on June 22. Five-time winner Rex King, Jr. leads his father by 14 points, while Jim Weller, Jr. took himself out of contention missing the last event on August 23 won by his son Jimmy. It's been a good season for Weller III, who has won the first two Modified races of his career at Sharon and worked his way up to fifth in points. Ahead of Weller III in points is Jim Rasey, who continues to search for his first win of the season.

The RUSH Late Models have had a similar dominance between Will Thomas III, Dennis Lunger, Jr., and Alan Dellinger. Dellinger was the most recent winner with his season's third win on August 23, while 2012 champion Thomas and 2013 champion Lunger are tied with four wins apiece. The only other winner was Rick Singleton on July 5 for the Sweeney Tour event. Thomas is nearing his second Barris Supply championship in three years as he leads Lunger by 78 points. Russ Byler continues to impress in his first full season in a Late Model as he's third in points over Jamie Wrightsman and Dellinger, who will look for his fourth win on Saturday.

The Stock Cars have seen a rise in car count at the last three completed events. It's a tight championship race as four drivers are still in the hunt, though it appears like it'll come down to Mike Clark and Paul Davis, who have been the division's hotshoes again. Both Clark and Davis are tied with four wins, and in the Gibson Insurance Agency standings it's defending champion Clark with a nine-point advantage. Brian Carothers and Bryan Wagner are still alive in third and fourth respectively. Brent Coleman is a distant fifth.

Pits open at 4 p.m. with grandstands at 5, drivers meeting at 6:30 and heat races slated for 7. Admission for those 14 and over is $13. Pit passes are $30. As always, children under 13, parking, and camping is always FREE!

Coming up on Friday and Saturday, September 12-13 is the annual "Apple Festival Nationals". Complete shows will be run each day featuring many of the region's divisions. Discounted two-day grandstand and pit passes are available.



MIDDLETOWN, NY (September 3)……..
While the point season concluded with Champions’ Night at Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown, New York, racing will continue Saturday evening, September 6, with a “no-points” bonus night. All four weekly racing divisions---Modified, Sportsman, Rookie Sportsman, and Street Stock---will see action, with the winner of the 30-lap Modified feature earning a guaranteed starting spot in the 53rd  Annual Eastern States 200 presented by Arkel Motors and Dupree & Monroe Attorneys, set for Sunday, October 26.

Added to the September 6 program will be the popular new Thunder Trucks division.

Sponsored by Superior Remodeling, this is also 9/11 Tribute Night.

Admission prices for the September 6 race meet remain at $14 adults, $12 seniors, and $2 for children 12 and under. The full night of racing begins promptly at 7:00 pm.

The final weekly program at Orange County will take place on Saturday, September 13 when All Steel & Aluminum and Middletown Auto Wreckers present the EVE OF DESTRUCTION!!! Folks that enjoy motorized mayhem won’t want to miss this thrill-packed evening that includes crashes of all sorts, an organized Enduro Race (if there is such a thing), and general destruction.

Advance sale tickets for the EVE OF DESTRUCTION!!! are available at the Speedway Office and online at the Orange County Fair Speedway website.

Tickets for the 53rd Annual Eastern States Weekend presented by Arkel Motors and Dupree & Monroe Attorneys, Friday through Sunday, October 24-26, are on sale. Be sure to check the official Orange County website,, or call the Track Office at 845-342-2573 Wednesday through Saturday during business hours.


Tri-City Raceway Park Sale Finalized

New Management Team Announces Spring, 2015 Reopening

Dempseytown, PA -- 
Crawford County businessman Mark Tatalovic has formally come to agreement with H & H Motorsports to purchase the former Tri-City  Speedway located in Oakland Township.  Tatalovic's son, Sam and his longtime friend and co-worker Chad Wagner will oversee the operations at the speedway.  

The speedway which has been closed since July, 2011 is currently undergoing extensive renovations and will reopen in the spring of 2015.  A name change to Tri-City Raceway Park will also enable the facility to host events such as car cruises and flea markets.
"We had every intention of opening on September 20th and 21st however this summer's rainy weather has delayed some of the renovations and forced us to postpone the opening until next year," stated Promoter Chad Wagner.  "We want to do our best to provide the fans and the race teams with a top notch facility and myself, Co-Promoter Sam Tatalovic and Owner Mark Tatalovic are just as disappointed as the fans that we have had to delay the opening until 2015."

The Tri-City Raceway Park promoters are planning to kick off the Tatalovic era in the Spring of 2015.  At this time a "Special Only" format is anticipated.  The new owner and promoters are currently evaluating which classes will be in action. 

Wagner and Tatalovic had been in contact with several regional Series and believe that area fans and teams will be happy with  the mix of open wheel and full bodied racing action that will make up the 2015 schedule. 

"We had contacted the BRP Modified Tour and were planning to have them on the card when we originally planned to reopen this fall and we anticipate that they will be part of our 2015 schedule," commented Wagner.  "In addition our Pro-Late Models will compete under the FASTRAK Northeast banner."  

The 2015 Tri-City Raceway Park schedule will also feature action on the infield go kart track.  Truck and Tractor Pulls and a variety of community oriented events will also take place at the Venango County facility. 

"We recognize that motorsports is changing and we need to provide our fans and the area's residents with a facility that provides affordable family oriented entertainment," stated Wagner.  "By providing other forms of entertainment at the facility we are hopeful that attendees at these events will also take in a racing event or two next summer."

"Sam and I have been friends for many years and we are also co-workers at P.M. Bus, Inc.  This was an excellent opportunity for the two of us to combine our business backgrounds and our love of motorsports into a new venture," stated Wagner.  "We both grew up at the speedway and recognize that it provides the region with some much needed revenue.  We also want to bring other forms of entertainment to the area so that the residents of Venango and Crawford Counties can enjoy them without travelling to Erie, Cleveland or Pittsburgh."

The Venango County facility was heavily vandalized since its closing and work has begun on replacing all of the grandstand seating.  In addition, copper wiring was taken from several buildings on the grounds and will be replaced before any racing action takes place. 

The restroom facilities will also be refurbished and new clay will be added to the racing surface before the track will open to the public. 

"We want to provide the fans and race teams with a top notch facility so we are taking our time and making sure the work is done correctly," continued Wagner.  "We also recognize that we need to attract new fans to the facility and a fan friendly atmosphere will be our number one priority."


Matt Hulsizer Holds Off Fulton Speedway's Best, Winning The Modified Feature; Larry Wight The 2014 Big Block Modified Track Champion

FULTON, NY – August 30, 2014 (By Dave Medler) –
Saturday night at the Fulton Speedway exciting final point race features were won and a season worth of hard work was celebrated in victory lane with track championships.

 In feature racing on Ingles Performance and VP Small Engines Fuels night the winners were, Matt Hulsizer, Tracey Road Equipment DIRTcar Modifieds,  Nick Webb, SUNY Canton Sportsman, Tim Sears Jr., NAPA Late Models, Haiden Burdick, E&V Energy Novice Sportsman, Gordy Button, A-Verdi Storage Containers 305 Sprints and Chuck Powelczyk, Hilton’s Automotive Four Cylinders.

Drivers and crews who celebrated 2014 Track Championships were:  Larry Wight, Tracey Road Equipment DIRTcar Modifieds, Ron Davis III, SUNY Canton Sportsman, Tim Sears Jr., NAPA Late Models, John Cunningham, A-Verdi Storage Containers 305 Sprints and Chuck Powelczyk, Hilton’s Automotive  Four Cylinders.

In the 35-Lap Tracey Road Equipment DIRTcar Modified feature there were two races to watch. The first was who was going to take the final checker flag of the season before the Outlaw 200 Weekend. The second was the three-car battle for the track championship. Billy Decker held a one point lead over Larry Wight and a twenty-five point advantage over Jimmy Phelps.

In the feature itself, Matt Hulsizer was on rails running the top of the speedway hitting his marks lap after the lap the entire distance. Drivers like Larry Wight and Tom Sears Jr. could get to Hulsizer but never mount a serious challenge. Tom Sears Jr., Larry Wight, Jimmy Phelps and Ryan Phelps finished second through fifth.

“This is a pretty good way to end the season. We struggled for the most part but can’t complain right now,” Matt Hulsizer said after putting his Thompson Road Tavern/Muddy Paws Dog Grooming/MBH Racing/No.55 in victory lane for the first time this season on the ‘High Banks.'

Hulsizer was asked if he felt any pressure knowing Larry Wight, Tom Sears Jr. and Jimmy Phelps were behind looking to take the win away from him. “I saw Larry (Wight) on the restart and I knew he’d try to get to the outside as hard as he could, so I knew I had to get up there (top) quick.

Hulsizer finished up how much the win meant after a hard two years and how the win Saturday sure carries momentum into the rest of the season and next season.

The plan was simple for Larry Wight to win the track championship. Finish ahead of Billy Decker. Wight drove a strong race finishing third to Billy Decker’s sixth place, winning the title by five points.

Anyone who watches Larry Wight race when he straps into his Gypsum Express/Tracey Road Equipment/NAPA Auto Parts/Saftey-Kleen/Syracuse Haulers/Industrial Tire Of CNY/LJL Kevlar Racing Engines/No.99L/Troyer/ knows there is no cruise control. It’s flat out racing green to checker.

When asked, knowing all he had to do was finish ahead of Billy Decker, were there any thoughts of playing scoring tower watching to see where Decker was? “No. We got into second and I started to run down Matt (Hulsizer) and I really didn’t want to see that caution. I think he was getting his right rear hot because he was slowing down and I was hoping to catch him in lapped traffic. As soon as we got the bottom (restart) I knew we were in trouble. We were able to fall in line in third and we were able to keep Billy behind us we were good.”

“It’s huge (track championship) crew chief- Rob (Hile), Jeff (Hadden) Jake (Pietrowicz) everyone has been working so hard on this car. We had a good point lead all year and then two weeks with some really bad luck. It almost took us out, but we were able to rebound and come out on top.”

Jeremy Pitcher led the opening 13-laps of the 25-lap SUNY Canton Sportsman feature before Beth Schneider took away the lead. Schneider knew coming in that she had to win the race and have point leader Ron Davis III finish 12th or below to win her second straight title.

Just when it looked like Schneider might do her part while running the top-side, Nick Webb had other ideas. Running a lane even higher than Schneider, Webb took the lead on lap 18 and never looked back for his first Fulton Speedway win. Beth Schneider, Jeremy Pitcher,Tony Finch II and Jason Occhino finished second through fifth.

In victory lane Nick Webb dedicated his win to his good friend and Sportsman driver Brandon Hagan who lost his life earlier in the day to a non-related racing incident.  

Ron Davis III final race to title started from the back of the pack after qualifying through the consi. During the feature he was on the defensive as it seemed most of the yellows happened right in front of him. In the end Davis brought home a sixth place finish and his first ever SUNY Canton Sportsman Track Championship.

“There was a couple close ones, I thought I messed up the front end after a hit it took. After that it wasn’t handling the way I wanted it to,“ Ron Davis said about his wild ride in Bratt Farms/Bibbens Sales/Oakland Acres Firewood/Brian McDeid Contracting/Advantage Plumbing & Heating/Brenda’s Diner/No.32R/Bicknell to the title."

“We took the gamble with the Hoosiers in the beginning of the year and it paid off,” Davis said, talking about how most race teams ran the American Racer tire until the mandatory July 1st switch to Hoosiers only. That gave Davis a jump on the competition how the car reacted to those tires and the best setup.

Davis finished up by saying with enthusiasm, “This was one of my goals to get a track championship and I can’t believe it.”

Tim Sears Jr. went out and won the 20-Lap NAPA Late Model feature and the Championship. The feature win wasn’t an easy one as he had to throw everything he had at Sean Beardsley as the two battled from lap-4 till Sears was able to make the winning pass on lap-16 with Sean Beardsley coming in second.  In final points AJ Kingsley, Dale Caswell and Dave Talbot finished second through fifth.

Sears knew coming into the feature all he really had to do was start the feature for the title. “Just finishing isn’t fun. You got to come right here (victory lane) then it’s fun.”

“He’s (Sean Beardsley) been really fast lately, it’s been a lot of fun racing with him,” Sears said, talking about the last two races when it has been a battle between the two of them right down to the checkers.

Gordy Button dominated the 15-Lap A-Verdi Storage Containers 305 Sprint feature over Track Champion John Cunningham. Cunningham will go in the record books as the first ever champion in the division.

Haiden Burdick was impressive once again in the E&V Energy Novice Sportsman winning his second feature in a row. Amy Holland, Joe Buonagurio, Mike Phelps and Trevor Lindsey chased Burdick across the line.

MATT HULSIZER, Tom Sears Jr., Larry Wight, Jimmy Phelps, Ryan Phelps, Billy Decker, Pat Ward, Chris Mackey, Vinnie Vitale,Adam Roberts, Rob Bellinger, Tim Sears Jr.,Chris Hile, Jim Witko Jr., Tim Currier, Chad Phelps, Tom Kinsella, Katelyn Kane, Brad Godshalk, Chuck Bower, Matt Fink, DNS Dan Vauter.

HEAT WINNERS) – Matt Hulsizer, Tom Sears Jr., Ryan Phelps.

NICK WEBB, Beth Schneider, Jeremy Pitcher, Tony Finch II, Jason Occhino, Ron Davis III, Earl Rudy, Jeremy Vunk, Brent Joy, Brandon Sweet, Chris Hulsizer, Wade Chrisman, Taylor Lamb, Jason Parkhurst, Todd Root, Jeff Hunter, John Christian, James Carlson, Joe Kline, Bill Clark Jr., Gregg Kimball, Mike Button, Rocco Leone, Corey Barker.

*Winners Engine Pulled For Tech At LJL Racing Engine Shop*


LATE MODELS 20 LAPS) – TIM SEARS JR., Sean Beardsley, AJ Kingsley, Dale Caswell, Dave Talbot, Harry Haliday, Kevan Cook, Bret Belden, Aron Backus, Alan Chapman, Steve Coit, Johnny Hill.

SPORTSMAN 15 LAPS – HAIDEN BURDICK, Amy Holland, Joe Buonagurio, Mike Phelps, Trevor Lindsey, Brady Gill, Dorian Wahdan, Shannon Pitcher, Brett Draper, Taylor Jackson, Josh Van Tassell, Rylee Gill, Kyle Hulsizer.

305 SPRINTS – GORDY BUTTON, John Cunningham, Doug Crews, Casey Williams, Tom Fletcher.
(2014 305 SPRINTS CHAMPION) – John Cunningham.


Brett Hearn Captures 9th Big Block Championship

Saturday August 30, 2014
By: Rodney Rescott

West Lebanon, NY: 
A gorgeous night of racing took to the high banks at Lebanon Valley Speedway.  With Point titles on the line for both the Big Block Modifieds and the Pro Stocks, the fans packed in to the stands to see both Brett Hearn and Robbie Speed score the win, and take the titles to cap off their strong seasons.

The Modifieds has come down to one final race for 2 drivers, J. R. Heffner and Brett Hearn to figure out the Point Champion for 2014 as the two were tied going into their 30 lap feature event.

At the drop of the green, the 55K of the King Fish, Mike King, powered away from 2nd place runner Brian Berger aboard the 115B.  King however was strong, and powered away.  But deep in the field, all eyes were on the contenders.

Heffner kept his 74 in front of Hearn until lap 3 when Heffner and the 42P of Matt Pupello made contact with each other, sending Pupello into the turn 4 wall, and causing suspension damage to Heffner’s car.

That pretty much sealed his fate, as Hearn powered his 20H around Heffner on the next restart and began to reel in the front of the field.  As Heffner struggled, Hearn got to Berger, and passed by lap 18.  But out front was King, and he was not gonna give up easy.

After several side by side laps, and a little pressure, King finally made a mistake in turn 3, jumping the cushion, and opened the door for Hearn with only 3 laps remaining.  And that was it, Hearn captured the win over King.  3rd at the checkers was Berger, followed by Rob Pitcher and Kyle Sheldon.

And with win number 8 on the season, Brett Hearn captured the 2014 Big Block Modified High Point Championship, his 9th in his career.

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Big Block Modified Feature (30 Laps):
1)Brett Hearn, 2)Mike King, 3)Brian Berger, 4)Rob Pitcher, 5)Kyle Sheldon, 6)J.R. Heffner, 7)Keith Flach, 8)Kolby Schroder, 9)Donnie Corellis, 10)Kyle Armstrong, 11)Eddie Marshall, 12)Kyle Hoffman, 13)Dave McFeeters, 14)Kenny Tremont Jr, 15)Andy Bachetti, 16)Matt Pupello, DNS)Paul Gilardi

Pro Stock Feature: 1)Robbie Speed, 2)Rob Yetman, 3)Jay Corbin, 4)Chuck Towslee, 5)Chad Asenault, 6)Nick Hilt, 7)Daniel Sanchez, 8)Victor, Hopkins, 9)Frank Twing, 10)Steven LaRochelle, 11)Jon Routhier, 12)Tom Harkins, 13)Chris Lunn, 14)John Denue, 15)Richard Spencer, 16)Milo Campbell, 17)Rick Duzlak, 18)Jeff Kelmel, DNS)Tom O'Connor, DNS)Paul Engwer

Budget Sportsman Feature-Continued from 8/16/14 Rain Delay from Lap 7 (20 Laps):  1)Peter Carlotto,2)Whitey Slavin, 3)Jeff Watson, 4)John Virgilio, 5)Ray Hall Jr., 6)B. Krummel, 7)Matt Pappa, 8)Tommy Johnson, 9)Timothy Davis 2nd, 10)Colin Clow, 11)Alan Houghtaling, 12)John Miller, 13)A. Pierson, 14)Michael Sabia, 15)Mike Dutka, 16)Ricky Davis, 17)Chris Lynch, 18)Cody Hunt, 19)John Stowell, 20)Mike Middleton, 21)Brandon Pitcher, 22)Cody Ochs, 23)Diana Huyck, 24)Alissa Cody, 25)Mike Gramolini, 26)Jim Boardman, 27)Chris Curtis, DNS)Nikki Ouellette, DNS)Scott Duell, DNS)Bill Pelton, DNS)K. Chaffee, DNS)A Buff,  DNS)J. Fornwalt, DNS)M. Hitchcock

8/30/14 Budget Sportsman Feature (20 Laps): 1)Jeff Watson, 2)Michael Sabia, 3)Whitey Slavin, 4)B. Krummel, 5)Matt Pappa, 6)John Virgilio, 7)John Miller, 8)Chris Lynch, 9)Peter Carlotto, 10)Cody Hunt, 11)Ricky Davis, 12)Mike Dutka, 13)Alissa Cody, 14)Diana Huyck, 15)Mike Gramolini, 16)Brandon Pitcher, 17)Jim Boardman,18)John Stowell, 19)Ray Hall Jr., 20)Kyle Plumstead, 21)Chris Curtis, 22)Alan Houghtaling, 23)Cody Ochs, 24)Timothy Davis 2nd, 25)Colin Clow, DNS)Tommy Johnson, DNS)A. Pierson, DNS)Phil Woods, DNS)Robby Knipe, DNS)Chris  Kokosa



Matt Sheppard of Waterloo, NY won his sixth Big Block feature main of the season and his fifth over all Modified track championship at Canandaigua Motorsports Park.  Sheppard advanced from deep in the field to the point position on lap twenty of the thirty-five lap main and quickly pulled away from the remainder of field. Sheppard piloted his HBR owned Troyer Chassis entry to a second place finish in the main event held earlier in the night which provided him with a twenty-seven point lead over Steve Paine for the championship.  With double points on the line, Sheppard did what he had to do to secure the title by going out and winning the night capper. Brian Sage enjoyed his best finish of the season in second after leading early on.  
Billy Dunn, Chad Homan, and Erick Rudolph rounded out the field.

Erick Rudolph of Ransomville, NY captured his second in a row aboard the Big Block Modified division after taking the win in the rained out feature event from August 16th. After notching his first win at the Land of Legends the week prior, Rudolph would back that up this past Saturday with another trip to victory lane. Rudolph piloted the Mike Payne owned/ Pages Trucking sponsored #7z to the lead just past the half way point of the thirty-five lap main and held it the remaining distance.  Matt Sheppard advanced to second followed by Justin Haers, David Allen, and Steve Paine.  Allen led most of the early laps.  

Steve Gray of Middlesex, NY won his fifth win of the season  but more importantly – his very first track championship!  Gray came into the event second to Dave Marcucelli with double points on the line.  Gray did exactly what he needed to do and marched his way to the front, taking the lead on lap fifteen of the twenty-five lap event.  Gray would go on to win the main and the track title by just one point over Marcucelli. A rousing round of applause sounded in the grandstands and the fans showed their approval.  Piloting his Proctor Enterprises/Ayers Painting sponsored #29g, Gray was joined trackside by a very happy crew and family!  After leading through lap fifteen, Kane Bristol settled for second followed by Rob Bussey, Nick Guererri, and Marcucelli.

Darryl Ruggles of Hopewell, NY won his seventh feature of the season in the Dig Safely NY 305 Race Saver Sprint division.  His stellar season launched him into the points lead early on which he maintained through last Saturday, collecting the 2014 championship laurels. It was his second title run in a row as he was also the champion in 2013.  David Ferguson, Steve Doell, Steve Glover, and Alyssa Ruggles rounded out the top five in the twenty lap feature main.

Alysha Ruggles of Hopewell, NY captured her third win of the 2014 season in the Dig Safely NY 305 Race Saver Sprint division.  Ruggles took the lead on lap six of the twenty lap main event and held it the remaining distance.  Steve Doell, Lee Sanders, Nick Cooper, and David Ferguson rounded out the top five.

Pete Stefanski picked up the win in the twenty lap Parts Plus Pro Street main event.  Stefanski inherited the lead on lap six after contact between Mike Welch and Steve Pesarek sent the pair to the tail of the field. Stefanski went on to win the main in the Sunrise Racing #2.  Pesarek battled back to second followed by Welch, Blane Smith, and Ron Greek.  Winning thirteen events on the season, Pete Stefanski would also claim his first track championship at the Land of Legends.

Pete Stefanski of Wheatfield, NY won the rained out Parts Plus Pro Street feature event from August 16th. Stefanski took the lead away from Blane Smith just past the half way point and would hold off persistent challenges from veteran Steve Pesarek in the closing laps of the fifteen lap main.  Smith held on for third followed by Mike Welch and Ron Greek.

Derrick Excell picked up his sixth career win the Pure Stock ranks at Canandaigua Speedway Park last Saturday.  Excell enjoyed a outside pole starting position and quickly took control of the twelve lap main.  Excell would maintain the top spot through the checkered followed by CJ Guererri, Scott Smith, Nick Dandino, and Vance Vanderwall.  Guererri refused post race tech and lost all points for the season.  Minutolo and Dandino were dis-qualified in post race tech and removed from the finish of the feature main.

Marc Minutolo of Newark, NY was awarded his second championship in a row in the Pure Stock division.  Minutolo came into the event behind CJ Guererri for the points title.  As reported in the paragraph before, Guererri was stripped of all points for the season after refusing tech.  “I can’t thank my dad enough,” said Minutolo in a post race interview. “Winning back to back titles is pretty sweet.”

MATT SHEPPARD, Brian Sage, Billy Dunn, Chad Homan, Erick Rudolph, Alan Johnson, Justin Haers, Peter Britten, Gary Tomkins, Steve Paine, Matt Billings, Eldon Payne, Mike Bowman, Dan Wiesner, Dave Rauscher, Jeff Brownell, Mike OBrien, Jimmy Maier, Derrick Podsiadlo, Gil Tegg Jr., Rick Richner, Dave Allen, Justin Wright, Randy Chrysler, Henry Maier, and Tommy Keyes. Heat Winners – Brian Sage, Chad Homan, and

ERICK RUDOLPH, Matt Sheppard, Justin Haers, Dave Allen, Steve Paine, Peter Britten, Gil Tegg Jr, Gary Tomkins, Mike OBrien, Derrick Podsiadlo, Brian Sage, Billy Dunn, Eldon Payne, Mike Bowman, Alan Johnson, Chad Homan, Justin Wright, Dave Rauscher, Dan Wiesner, Jeff Brownell Jr., Jimmy Maier, Tommy Keyes, Henry Maier, and Matt Billings.

STEVE GRAY, Kane Bristol, Rob Bussey, Nick Guererri, Dave Marcucelli, Eric Giguere, Paul Guererri, Tim Baker, Ricky Newton, James Henry, Dave Conant Jr., Steve Barber, Matt Guererri, AJ Lloyd, Frank Guererri Jr., Kaitlyn Pashina, Ray Hendershot,  Matt Smith, Austin Fugle, Jimmy Morton, Dan West, James Sweeting, Tyler Meeks, Karl Comfort, Kevin Ridley, Jeremy Groescup, and Joe Cook. Heat Winners – Rob Bussey, Dave Marcucelli, and James Sweeting.

305 RACE SAVER SPRINT FEATURE FINISH – DARRYL RUGGLES, David Ferguson, Steve Doell, Steve Glover, Alysha Ruggles, Lee Sanders, Nick Cooper, Jonathon Preston, Josh Azzi, Tim Smith, Chris Preston, Dan Bennett, Jason Whipple, Lance Dusett, Edward Kelly, and Will Glover.  Heat Winners – Steve Glover and Alysha Ruggles.

305 RACE SAVER SPRINT FEATURE FINISH 8-16-14 – ALYSHA RUGGLES, Steve Doell, Lee Sanders, Nick Cooper, David Ferguson, Jason Whipple, Lance Dusett, Dan Bennett, Will Glover, Tim Smith, Steve Glover, Darryl Ruggles, and Jonathon Preston.

PARTS PLUS PRO STREET FEATURE FINISH – PETE STEFANSKI, Steve Pesarek, Blane Smith, Mike Welch, Ron Greek, Charles Harvey, Pat Hobbs, Bill Weller, and Keith Keuer. Heat Winner – Blane Smith.

PARTS PLUS PRO STREET FEATURE FINISH 8-16-14 – PETE STEFANSKI, Steve Pesarek, Blane Smith, Mike Welch, Ron Greek, Charles Harvey, Pat Hobbs, Bill Weller, and Keith Keuer.

NEW LEGENDS SPORTSMAN FEATURE FINISH – JOSHUA SZYMANSKI, Doug Smith, Steve Faulkner, Josh Cook, Randy Chrysler Jr, Jason Scales, and Bryan Faulkner. Heat Winner – Jason Sweeting.





























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