Big Block Modifieds




Short Track Super Series South Region Inaugural Event Set For Sunday, April 19 At Bridgeport Speedway With ‘South Jersey Shootout’ Special; Two Tracks In Action As Modifieds Battle For More Than $25,000!

BRIDGEPORT, NJ – The spacious and state-of-the-art Bridgeport Speedway is set to play its part in history next April.

The five-eighths-mile facility will host to the first-ever event in the Short Track Super Series Fueled By Hi-Tek Pioneer Pole Buildings Inc. South Region on Sunday, April 19, 2015 with the ‘South Jersey Shootout’ special. The tentative rain date is April 26.

The series, featuring big-block/small-block Modifieds will be comprised of five events run in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware. The Short Track Super Series South Region, under the direction of BD Motorsports Media LLC, will be launched in ’15 following a successful six-race northern version contested in ‘14.

The Short Track Super Series Fueled By Hi-Tek South Region will pay a minimum of $7,500 to its inaugural champion. The top-10 drivers will share in the series point fund which totals a healthy $19,800 for just five events.

Bridgeport Speedway’s Short Track Super Series South Region opening round will be headlined by a 40-lap Modified event offering $5,000 to the winner from a hefty purse. The event’s 10th-place finisher will receive $1,000, with $400 to take the green. There will be a long list of special awards, contingency prizes and bonuses, as well.

Bridgeport will not be in action on Saturday, April 18, meaning the Sunday event will serve as the weekend’s focal point at the track.

Unique to the ‘South Jersey Shootout’ event: both the outer five-eighths-mile track and inner quarter-mile will be in action on the same day. While the Modifieds, Sportsman and Outlaw Stocks will compete on the big track, Doug Borger’s XCel 600 Modified series is set to do battle on the inner oval. Fans will get to see action on two tracks for one price.

“Bridgeport Speedway is a premier Northeast venue,” said Short Track Super Series organizer Brett Deyo. “It’s an ideal location to start out South series. I expect a nice cross-section of drivers from New Jersey, Delaware and Pennsylvania, plus a good number of New York racers looking to chase points on both our North and South regions.”

Rules will be set to ensure competitive balance between big- and small-block engine combinations for the special event. Complete information will be announced as the event approaches.

Short Track Super Series South Region
Sunday, April 19 (Rain Date: April 26) – Bridgeport Speedway/Bridgeport, NJ: South Jersey Shootout
Tuesday, May 5 (Rain Date: May 6) – Big Diamond Speedway/Minersville, PA (Combo): Anthracite Assault
Thursday, June 11 (Rain Date: June 15) – New Egypt Speedway/New Egypt, NJ: Dirty Jersey 3 - $10,000 to win!
Tuesday, Aug. 4 (Rain Date: Aug. 5) – Delaware International Speedway/Delmar, DE – Diamond State 50
Tuesday, Sept. 1 (Rain Date: Sept. 2) – Georgetown Speedway/Georgetown, DE – Beach Blast 2 – Championship Points


Tradition-Rich Events, New Venues Highlight 2015 Super DIRTcar Big-Block Modified Series Schedule

First-time race at Ohsweken, plus returns to Canandaigua, Grandview, Five Mile Point, Utica-Rome, join annual specials for NortheastÂ’s premier dirt tour

INDIANAPOLIS - Dec. 11, 2014 - The Super DIRTcar Series announced today at the Performance Racing Industry tradeshow a combination of traditional events and races at new venues will make up its 2015 schedule.

The 29-race series kicks off during the DIRTcar Nationals presented by Summit Racing Equipment Feb. 18-21 at Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, Fla. The series championship begins April 25 with a 100-lapper at Fulton (N.Y.) Speedway before an exciting Wednesday night return on May 20 to Canandaigua (N.Y.) Speedway followed on Wednesday, May 27, to Brockville Ontario Speedway.

A four-race slate of events in June begins with the series' return Tuesday, June 16, to Grandview Speedway in Bechtelsville, Pa. for the first time since 2010, then rolls Wednesday, June 24, to Utica-Rome Speedway in Vernon, N.Y., for the first time since 2003; Sunday, June 28, at Cornwall (Ont.) Speedway; and June 30 at Ohsweken (Ont.) Speedway, where the series will race for the first time in its history.

July features five events, including the "Stars & Stripes" on Thursday, July 2, at Rolling Wheels Raceway Park in Elbridge, N.Y.; Brett Hearn's "The Big Show 7" on Tuesday, July 7, at Albany-Saratoga in Malta, N.Y.; the series' return to Five Mile Point Speedway in Kirkwood, N.Y., for the first time since 1997; and back-to-back nights in Quebec on Monday and Tuesday, July 20-21, at Autodrome Drummond and Autodrome Granby.

Tradition runs deep in August as the series competes three times in the first week with races on Monday, Aug. 3, at Merrittville Speedway in Thorold, Ont.; Tuesday, Aug. 4, at Ransomville (N.Y.) Speedway; and Thursday, Aug. 6 in the "Hall of Fame Classic" at Weedsport (N.Y.) Speedway. A week later on Thursday, Aug. 13, it's the annual "Mr. Dirt Track USA" event at Lebanon Valley Speedway in West Lebanon, N.Y.

Weekend events take center stage in September, with races on Friday, Sept. 11, at Autodrome Granby in Quebec and Saturday, Sept. 12, at Mohawk International Raceway in Akwesasne, N.Y., followed on Friday, Sept. 25, at Brewerton (N.Y.) Speedway and Saturday, Sept. 26, at Fonda (N.Y.) Speedway.

Major events highlight October, none bigger than the $50,000-to-win Syracuse 200 at NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week in Syracuse. Then the Sixth Annual Fall Nationals at Brockville Ontario Speedway and a second event at Weedsport Speedway will set the stage for the championship-deciding Bad Boy Buggies World Finals on Nov. 5-6-7 at The Dirt Track at Charlotte in Concord, N.C.

2015 Super DIRTcar Big-Block Modified Series Schedule
Date Track
Feb. 18 Volusia Speedway Park (NP)
Feb. 19 Volusia Speedway Park (NP)
Feb. 20 Volusia Speedway Park (NP)
Feb. 21 Volusia Speedway Park (NP)

April 25 Fulton Speedway

May 20 Canandaigua Speedway
May 27 Brockville Ontario Speedway

June 16 Grandview Speedway
June 24 Utica-Rome Speedway
June 28 Cornwall Motor Speedway
June 30 Ohsweken Speedway

July 2 Rolling Wheels Raceway Park
July 7 Albany-Saratoga Speedway
July 14 Five Mile Point Speedway
July 20 Autodrome Drummond
July 21 Autodrome Granby

Aug. 3 Merrittville Speedway
Aug. 4 Ransomville Speedway
Aug. 6 Weedsport Speedway
Aug. 13 Lebanon Valley Speedway

Sept. 11 Autodrome Granby
Sept. 12 Mohawk Int'l Raceway
Sept. 25 Brewerton Speedway
Sept. 26 Fonda Speedway

Oct. 11 New York State Fairgrounds
Oct. 17 Brockville Ontario Speedway
Oct. 24 Weedsport Speedway

Nov. 5 The Dirt Track at Charlotte
Nov. 6 The Dirt Track at Charlotte
Nov. 7 The Dirt Track at Charlotte

* Note: To be eligible to compete at the Ninth Annual World Finals a driver must attempt to qualify for a scheduled Super DIRTcar Big-Block Modified Series event during the 2015 calendar year (this includes the 44th Annual DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park).



Susquehanna, PA…After eighteen years at the helm of Penn Can Speedway in Susquehanna, Pennsylvania the promotional team of Reed Miller and Al Wilcox are stepping away from the day to day operation of the speedway.  During the last two months Miller and Wilcox have been talking with prospective operators to ensure the continued operation of the popular Friday night speedway. The transition to the new promoter is now complete and Dan Harpell of Kirkwood, New York will be the new promoter of the speedway in 2015.

“We spoke with quite a few people interested in running the speedway,” explains Miller. “We wanted someone to come in and seamlessly take over with as few changes as possible. Dan shared our thinking and with his knowledge of race track preparation and the business end of promoting, he was a natural fit.”

The Wilcox/Miller promotional team ran their first event in the spring of 1997. During their tenure at the helm of the speedway, Miller and Wilcox spent countless hours and money to completely rebuild the speedway. New buildings were constructed and new walls replaced the old dirt banks and tires. The grandstand was replaced and new lighting was installed. Miller and Wilcox also started bringing in new divisions and scheduling bigger higher paying events not previously run at the three eighths mile oval. The Patriot Sprints, URC Sprints, ARDC Midgets, Short Track Super Series Tour along with the Race of Champions Modified, Sportsman and Street Stock Tours have all competed at Penn Can. The Speedway was a charter member of the RoC Modified Tour and has run races every year and will continue to do so.

Wilcox and Miller will not be retiring from the sport completely. Wilcox, along with his wife Paula, is the owner of Trackside Products in Endicott, New York. Wilcox plans to continue the operations of his successful business. He will also be servicing local tracks with his parts trailer and will continue as the local dealer for American Racer Tires and VP Racing Fuels. Miller will continue on with Penn Can Speedway as a consultant to the new promoter. While not running the day to day operations at the track, Miller will be in the background assisting when needed. He will also be pursuing other interests in the sport.

Harpell has been involved in the motorsports industry his entire life. He also has previously worked at Penn Can serving as Race Director for a number of years before leaving last year to run Yates County Speedway in Dundee, New York. His promotional resume includes early years working for the DIRT organization as Director of Marketing and Public Relations before leaving to take over control of the family owned Five Mile Point Speedway, which he ran for 15 years. He recently became the new Promoter of Yates County Speedway where he completed a very successful first season. He also has been the man in charge of track preparation at the Utica Rome Speedway for the last several years.

“I am really excited about becoming the new Promoter of Penn Can Speedway and look forward to continuing the rich history and tradition of the track”, said Harpell.  “Reed and Al have done an outstanding job transforming the speedway into what it is today.  Racers and fans can expect a smooth transition with little or no changes.  There is a great staff in place and having worked there as Race Director for several years I am confident that we will pick up right where they left off and continue to provide a great night of racing for all to enjoy”, he added.

Harpell, who spent the 2014 season as Promoter at Yates County Speedway, plans to continue in that capacity as well in 2015.  His three sons, Tyler, Tanner and Tucker will all play an important role in the operation of both tracks.

“My sons have literally spent their entire lives around racing and have been doing track prep since they were old enough to see over the steering wheel.  They have worked on the track at Five Mile Point, Utica Rome and most recently Yates County”, said Harpell.  “They will play a huge, and significantly expanded, role at both tracks in 2015”, he added.

The 2015 Penn Can racing schedule is currently being constructed and will be announced in the near future.  Expect a very similar schedule as last year with a couple of exciting additions.  No significant rule changes are anticipated for the upcoming season, although as is the case every off season, they will all be reviewed to make sure they are up to date with industry standards.

While one chapter closes on the history of Penn Can Speedway, a new chapter begins.  The future is bright for the Susquehanna, Pennsylvania oval as a new era begins.


2014 Albany-Saratoga Speedway Season In Review

For Immediate Release
December 7th, 2014

Malta, NY -
The 2014 season was another successful one for Lyle DeVore and the Albany-Saratoga Speedway. The Saratoga County facility completed its third season under DeVore’s leadership and with the news breaking in November that the it has now been purchased by 2015 NYSSCA Hall of Fame inductee Howard Commander, many more seasons are sure to follow.

The DIRTcar Modified division once again saw Garden State icon Brett Hearn be crowned king of the fourth tenths of a mile oval. Hearn piled up nine feature wins in route to his seventh track title and third straight. This marks the second time that Hearn has won three straight titles at the track, he previously did it from 2004 through 2006.

Marc Johnson kicked off the 2014 season on April 18th with his fourth career DIRTcar Modified feature win at the track. Johnson would have a consistent season at the Great Race Place and followed up the opening day win with another on July 30th. His fifth feature win came as the companion 35 lap feature, which was part of the rescheduled Big Show event.

Hearn though would go on a tear that propelled him to the top of the standings early. He picked up the win on April 25th and then grabbed the checkered flag the next four weeks in a row. Hearn owns the record for most consecutive feature wins in a row at Albany-Saratoga; he set that record of six in 2002. He came up one win shy of equaling that record on June 20th, when Kenny Tremont, Jr. put the famous 115 in victory lane.

The Jet returned to victory lane on June 27th with Peter Britten winning the next two features on July 4th and 11th. In between Britten’s wins came the Brett Hearn promoted Big Show, which unfortunately fell to rain and was postponed to July 30th. Tremont returned to victory lane on July 18th while Pennsylvania’s Jeff Strunk picked up his first career track win on July 25th. The Doctor of DIRTcar Modified racing, Danny Johnson brought the lion’s share of the Big Show money back to his Rochester home when the race was completed on July 30th.

Over the final five week’s Hearn cemented his championship with three more feature wins. Tremont picked up another win on August 15th while Mark Kislowski brought the crowd to their feet with his second career win on August 22nd.

Hearn was crowned champion with Britten, Johnson, Tremont and Ronnie Johnson completing the top five in the final Upstate GMC Dealers DIRTcar Modified point standings. Kislowski finished sixth with Keith Flach, Matt Delorenzo, Don Ronca and Elmo Reckner completing the top ten. The 2014 Upstate GMC Dealers DIRTcar Modified division averaged 29.21 entries per event. A total of seven different drivers won events in 2014.

The Sportsman division once again saw huge car counts each and every week. On average 54 total sportsman competitors pulled through the gates each week and once again they were split into the regular Sportsman division and the Limited Sportsman division. The breakdown would see 33.75 drivers call the regular division home each week and 20.44 in the Limited division.

A total of 13 different drivers won Sportsman events during the 2014 season with Jeremy Pitts repeating as track champion. Cody Bleau finished second with Hunter Bates third, Derrick McGrew fourth and Jack Speshock edging Scott Duell for fifth. During the season three drivers picked up their first ever feature wins – those include Joey Scarborough (April 25th), Jake Scarborough (July 11th) and Jon Miller (August 29th). Joey Scarborough backed his spring time win with another on July 8th.

The Sportsman division highlighted the final event of the season on September 12th. The Northeast Crate Nationals is one of the biggest Sportsman events of the year for the division. In the end Tim Hartman, Jr. picked up the event win.

During the season the special Featherfoot Warrior Series for the Sportsman division was held. This series within the regular schedule would see Jeremy Pitts pick up the title over Connor Cleveland, Cody Bleau, Nick Lussier and Joey Scarborough.

In the Limited Sportsman division Pete Jeske, Rob Maxon and David Emigh all won three times during the season and had to move up to the regular Sportsman ranks. Colin Bokus won two times however it was his third overall in the division and likewise had to move up. A total of ten drivers won feature events in the Limited division.

Rob Yetman claimed his second straight DIRTcar Pro Stock track championship. On the heels of three feature wins, Yetman brought home the title over sophomore driver Byron Wescott, Kenny Martin, Jr., fellow three time winner Kim Duell and Dan Older, Sr. The division would see ten different drivers pick up feature wins with an average car count of 18.11. Only two drivers – Nick Stone and Bernie Companion were able to win back to back feature events.

In the Street Stock division Randy Miller won nine feature events however the track championship went back to Vermont with Bill Duprey. Miller finished second in the final standings with Jason Meltz, Scott Lawrence and Damon Anderson completing the top five. Joining Miller on the feature winners list for the 2014 season were Duprey, with five wins, Josh Coonradt with three wins and Frank Monroe with a single win. On average a total of 18.53 drivers were on hand weekly.

Dave LaBarge and Steve Ryan were crowned the Greg’s Towing and Repair Four Cylinder track champions. LaBarge claimed the Single Cam crown over Brett Horlacher and Robert Garney. Ryan was victorious in the Dual Cam division over Pete Vila and Ken Stager.


Short Track Super Series Set For 2015 Season With Expanded Schedule

North & South Regions Formed; $15,000 North Region Championship Set For Nine-Race Schedule, $7,500 Point Title For Five-Race South Region Schedule; $58,450 In Point Fund Cash Posted

BOYERTOWN, PA – After a successful inaugural effort that saw some 153 drivers take part in series events, the Short Track Super Series returns for an expanded second season in 2015.

Bolstered by new support of American Racer/Lias Tire and Hi-Tek Race Fuels, a rich Short Track Super Series Fueled By Hi-Tek schedule has been outlined for the ’15 campaign by series organizer Brett Deyo of BD Motorsports Media LLC and participating track operators in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware.

The series, primarily contested in New York State and the northern tier of Pennsylvania during its first season, has now grown and morphed into two regions: North and South.

The North Region includes nine total events in search of a $15,000 championship share. The series launches, for the second consecutive season, at the historic Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown, N.Y., with the ‘Hard Clay Open’ offering $5,000-plus to the winner and $500 to take the green flag on Tuesday, April 7 (rain dates: April 8 and 9).

Facilities joining the Short Track Super Series Fueled By Hi-Tek North Region this season are Pa.’s Big Diamond Speedway and New York-based Glen Ridge Motorsports Park and Woodhull Raceway.

Big Diamond’s ‘Anthracite Assault’ will be unique in that it will serve as the series’ only combination event, offering both North and South Region points. The track’s size, layout and geographic location allow this Tuesday, May 5 (rain date: May 6) event in the Coal Region of Pennsylvania to serve as a meeting point for northern and southern teams.

Glen Ridge Motorsports Park, the ultra-fast quarter-mile located in Fultonville, N.Y., will offer its richest event in history on Tuesday, June 2 (rain date: June 3) with the ‘Rumble on the Ridge’ special offering $5,000-plus to the winner for 60 laps of racing.

In celebration of 51 years of racing, the high-banks of Ted White’s Woodhull Raceway host the ‘Hustlin’ the High Banks 51’ paying a $5,100 share to the winner on Tuesday, Aug. 11 (rain date: Aug. 12).

Gary and Donna Palmer’s Accord (N.Y.) Speedway is the setting for the 53-lap, $5,300-to-win ‘Battle of the Bullring 3’ on the ’15 agenda, albeit in May instead of the traditional August date. The event is planned for Tuesday, May 19 (rain date: May 20).

Thunder Mountain (N.Y.) Speedway boasts two dates on the series: the ‘Lightning on the Mountain’ Sunday, June 28 (rain date: June 29) and ‘Wade Decker Memorial’ Sunday, Sept. 13 (rain date: Sept. 20). Both series events at Thunder Mountain will include the popular Speedway Entertainment SpeedSTRs paying $3,000 to win, setting up a potentially lucrative doubleheader for drivers completing in both classes.  This should attract star-studded fields for both the Modified and SpeedSTR events.

I-88 Speedway, the neat-and-tidy fairgrounds facility in Afton, N.Y., plays a key role on the Short Track Super Series again this year with two dates. The ‘Crazy 8s Special’ is set for its third running on Wednesday, July 22 (rain date: July 23). The series “championship event” will take place at I-88 with the eighth running of the Short Track SuperNationals at I-88 Speedway Oct. 9-10. The ‘Working Man’s Race’ again will determine the Short Track Super Series champion. The Short Track SuperNationals again offers increased championship points as the series finale.

Drivers will again be able to drop their worst finish entering the Short Track SuperNationals weekend in October. However, those with perfect attendance in the season’s first eight races will receive 75 bonus attendance points.

The five-eighths-mile Bridgeport (N.J.) Speedway opens the South Region title fight on Sunday, April 19 with the ‘South Jersey Shootout’ special, a 40-lap event offering $5,000-plus to the winner (rain date: April 26). This anticipated event will pay $1,000 for 10th-place and $400 just to take the green flag.

The aforementioned combination event at Big Diamond on May 5 is the second leg of the series.

The pristine New Egypt (N.J.) Speedway is in action on Thursday, June 11 with the ‘Dirty Jersey 3’ offering a mammoth $10,000 to the winner at the D-shaped facility owned by Fred Vahlsing. This event carries a rain date of June 15.

The final two legs of the South Region are contested in the First State.

Highly anticipated for Delaware fans is the return of the ‘Diamond State 50’ to Charlie Cathell’s Delaware International Speedway on Tuesday, Aug. 4 (rain date: Aug. 5). The ‘Diamond State 50’ paying $5,000 to the winner and $400 to start makes its return after an absence of 10 years.

The “Championship Event” of the 2015 South schedule takes place with the second ‘Beach Blast’ at Georgetown Speedway: a co-promotion involving BD Motorsports Media and driver Eric Kormann. The ‘Beach Blast 2’ is set for Tuesday, Sept. 1 (rain date: Sept. 2). Last year’s ‘Beach Blast’ event was an overwhelming success for the historic track, which has been shortened and covered with a layer of fresh clay for the upcoming season. Championship points will be on the line at the Georgetown event.

There will be no drop race permitted in the South Region standings.

All series events for the ’15 season have an established minimum purse of $5,000 to win, $1,000 for 10th and $400 to take the green. Many of the events will pay more than this; however, all events must adhere to this minimum to protect the drivers supporting the series.

Hefty total point funds have been posted: $38,650 for the North Region and $19,800 for the South Region (based on all events being completed).

Series backers Hi-Tek Race Fuels and American Racer/Lias Tire have instituted bonuses for all events.

At each Short Track Super Series event, Hi-Tek Race Fuels will provide incentives for the top-three finishers utilizing Hi-Tek or VP Racing Fuels. These drivers will receive $50 certificates toward the purchase of Hi-Tek or VP.

Hi-Tek Race Fuels, blended by VP, can be found on the web at BD Motorsports Media LLC is an authorized dealer of Hi-Tek Race Fuels. For pricing and information, contact Brett Deyo at 845.728.2781 or via e-mail at

Drivers finishing in positions 6-10 and 11-15 at each ’15 Short Track Super Series event will be entered into a drawing for a free American Racer tire courtesy of Lias Tire, the regional distributor in Indiana, Pa. American Racer/Lias Tire is online at

Andy Bachetti of Sheffield, Mass., is the defending Short Track Super Series Fueled By Hi-Tek champion. He earned $10,014 in cash plus a long list of contingency awards and product for his efforts.

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

Short Track Super Series Fueled By Hi-Tek 2015 Schedule

North Region
Tuesday, April 7 (Rain Dates: April 8 and 9) – Orange County Fair Speedway/Middletown, NY: Hard Clay Open
Tuesday, May 5 (Rain Date: May 6) – Big Diamond Speedway/Minersville, PA (Combo): Anthracite Assault
Tuesday, May 19 (Rain Date: May 20) – Accord Speedway/Accord, NY: Battle of the Bullring 3
Tuesday, June 2 (Rain Date: June 3) – Glen Ridge Motorsports Park/Fultonville, NY: Rumble on the Ridge
Sunday, June 28 (Rain Date: June 29) – Thunder Mountain Speedway/Center Lisle, NY: Lightning on the Mountain
Wednesday, July 22 (Rain Date: July 23) – I-88 Speedway/Afton, NY: Crazy 8s Special
Tuesday, August 11 (Rain Date: Aug. 12) – Woodhull Raceway/Woodhull, NY: Hustlin’ the High Banks 51
Sunday, September 13 (Rain Date: Sept. 20) – Thunder Mountain Speedway/Center Lisle, NY: Wade Decker Memorial
Friday-Saturday October 9-10 (Rain Date: Oct. 11) – I-88 Speedway/Afton, NY: Short Track SuperNationals 8 - Championship Points
Short Track Super Series Fueled By Hi-Tek North Region Point Fund (*based on 9 events): 1. $15,000; 2. $7,000; 3. $3,500; 4. $2,500; 5. $2,000; 6. $1,650; 7. $1,550; 8. $1,450; 9. $1,350; 10. $1,250; 11. $750; 12. $650.

South Region
Sunday, April 19 (Rain Date: April 26) – Bridgeport Speedway/Bridgeport, NJ: South Jersey Shootout
Tuesday, May 5 (Rain Date: May 6) – Big Diamond Speedway/Minersville, PA (Combo): Anthracite Assault
Thursday, June 11 (Rain Date: June 15) – New Egypt Speedway/New Egypt, NJ: Dirty Jersey 3 - $10,000 to win!
Tuesday, Aug. 4 (Rain Date: Aug. 5) – Delaware International Speedway/Delmar, DE – Diamond State 50
Tuesday, Sept. 1 (Rain Date: Sept. 2) – Georgetown Speedway/Georgetown, DE – Beach Blast 2 – Championship Points

Short Track Super Series South Region Point Fund (*based on 5 events): 1. $7,500; 2. $3,000; 3. $2,250; 4. $1,500; 5. $1,250; 6. $1,000; 7. $900; 8. $850; 9. $800; 10. $750.  


CBS Sports Network Returns World of Outlaws Racing to Primetime Spotlight on Sunday Evenings in December

NAPA Auto Parts Super Dirt Week kicks off coverage at 6 p.m. ET on Sunday,
Dec. 7, followed on consecutive Sundays by Bad Boy Buggies World Finals

CONCORD, N.C. - Dec. 3, 2014 - CBS Sports Network kicks off three consecutive weeks of broadcast coverage at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 7, with NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week featuring the Super DIRTcar Big-Block Modified Series.

Veteran play-by-play broadcaster Dave Rieff joins color analyst Shane Andrews, the voice of the Super DIRTcar Series, as well as reporters Tony Bokhoven and Bob Dillner to deliver all of action in a two-hour CBS Sports Spectacular showcase from Big-Block Modified racing's biggest annual event.

On Sunday, Dec. 14, and Sunday, Dec. 21, the Bad Boy Buggies World of Outlaws World Finals takes center stage at 5 p.m. ET for three hour shows. The World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series, World of Outlaws Late Model Series and Super DIRTcar Big-Block Modified Series invade the sold-out Dirt Track at Charlotte for the electric, crowd-rousing 2014 season finale weekend.

Rieff and Andrews are joined in the booth by sprint car hall-of-famer Brad Doty as Bokhoven and Bobby Gerould cover the action in the pits.

CBS Sports Network is available across the United States through local cable, video and telco providers and via satellite on DirecTV Channel 221 and Dish Network Channel 158. In Canada, CBS Sports Network is available on Cogeco (744), Bell Express Vue (HD 1432, SD 413), Rogers (416), BellAliant (479), Sasktel (425) and Eastlink (134). For more information, including a full programming schedule and how to get CBS Sports Network, go to

World of Outlaws and DIRTcar Sunday Broadcast Schedule on CBS Sports Network


Dec. 7, 2014    
6 p.m. Eastern
NAPA Auto Parts Super Dirt Week XLIII at the New York State Fairgrounds

Dec. 14, 2014
5 p.m. Eastern
Bad Boy Buggies World of Outlaws World Finals at The Dirt Track at Charlotte

Dec. 21, 2014    
5 p.m. Eastern
Bad Boy Buggies World of Outlaws World Finals at The Dirt Track at Charlotte



By: Ron Szczerba

The 2014 racing season at the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway was a season of change with Matt DeLorenzo taking over the reigns as promoter of the historic Montgomery County Fairgrounds 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 DIRTcar press release earlier this year. “Now that I’m almost to the end of the season, I’ve got a rhythm going.”

DeLorenzo wasn’t the only one that had a rhythm going at Fonda in 2014 as Stewart Friesen was the only driver in the modified division with more than one feature win as he took a total of nine winner’s trophies home with him to Sprakers, NY this season on his way to his third consecutive track championship.

Friesen’s nine feature event wins also moved him up to 13th on the all-time win list in the modified division at Fonda with a total of 29 wins in just four short seasons with the first one coming on 7/27/10!

The drivers with single event wins at Fonda in 2014 in the modified division included Matt Sheppard, Craig Hanson, Josh Hohenforst, six time track champion Bobby Varin (2000, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010), Jeff Rockefeller, 2011 track champion Ronnie Johnson, Jeremy Wilder, two time track champion Jeff Trombley (2001, 2002), Larry Wight, and Brett Hearn.

For Hohenforst, Rockefeller, and Wight it was their first career wins at Fonda.

All total there were 11 different winners in 19 total events in the modified division at Fonda in 2014.

In the 602 sportsman division at Fonda Rocky Warner was crowned the champion for the first time in the division with a total of two feature wins in 2014. For Warner it was his third career championship at the “Track of Champions” as he has track championships in every division that he has competed in at Fonda including street stock (2007), pro stock (2011), and now the 602 sportsman (2014) which is quite an accomplishment!

2013 track champion Dave Constantino led the way with five victories in the 602 sportsman division at Fonda in 2014 while 2011 track champion Mark Mortensen and Tony Farone both had two victories along with Warner. One of the victories for Mortensen was the prestigious first annual Danny Ody Memorial event back at the beginning of August.

Single event wins in the 602 sportsman division went to Cody Clark, three time open sportsman track champion John McAuliffe (2001, 2004, 2005), Adam McAuliffe, Chip Constantino, Floyd Billington, Connor Cleveland, and 2012 track champion Cody Bleau.

For Clark, Chip Constantino, Billington, and Cleveland the wins were the first of their careers at Fonda in the division.

All total there were 11 different winners in 18 total events in the 602 sportsman division at Fonda in 2014.

Nick Stone was a first time champion in the pro stock division in 2014 at Fonda with four victories carrying him to the title. Leading the way in feature wins in the pro stock division in 2014 was two time track champion Pete Broderson (2012, 2013) with a total of five victories including the prestigious Hondo Carpenter Memorial.

Stone was next with four wins followed by Chuck Dumblewski with three wins, Luke Horning and four time track champion Kenny Gates (2004, co-champion in 2007, 2008, 2009) both with two wins, and Jim Normoyle with a single victory.

All total there were six different winners in 17 total events in the pro stock division at Fonda in 2014.

Dave Horning Sr. won the 2014 street stock championship for the second time in his career after winning it back in 2006. Horning Sr. won a total of seven features during the 2014 season on his way to the title as he now sits second on the all-time win list with 45 victories as he chases his son Dave Horning Jr. who tops the all-time win list with a total of 51 victories.

That said the Horning family has a total of 96 wins in a total of 486 races held in the history of the division at the “Track of Champions” or a total of 20% of the victories over the 18 years the division has competed at Fonda starting in 1997 when it was known as the hobby stock division until 1999 through present when it was renamed the street stock division.

John Bradt was a four time winner in the division behind Horning Sr. in 2014 followed by Jason Samrov with three, Randy Miller with two both coming on the same Mohawk Valley Weekend in September, Neil Cosselman and John Young with one victory apiece.

For Samrov and Young is was their first career wins in the division which saw six different winners in a total of 18 feature events run in 2014 at Fonda.

Ken Hollenback continued his dominance of the 4-cylinder division at Fonda with his third consecutive track championship (2012, 2013 single cam, 2014) in the division in 2014 with a total of nine feature event wins. Two time track champion Ben Righi (2011, 2012 dual cam), Keith Tesiero Sr., 2013 dual cam track champion Kerrie Hollenback, and Art Clement (first career win in the division) were all single event feature winners with five different winners in a total of 13 events run in 2014 at Fonda.

It has already been announced that the 2015 Fonda Speedway car show will be held again at the Rotterdam Square Mall on March 13-15, 2015 and the 2015 season opener will take place on Saturday April 4, 2015. A special event called the 602 Spring Fever will be held on Wednesday May 13, 2015 with more details to follow on that along with the entire 2015 schedule of events.

For more information about the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway you can go to their official website


VERNON, NY- The 2014 season at the Utica-Rome Speedway officially came to a close this past Saturday, November 29, at the Turning Stone Casino and Resort in Verona at the annual Awards Banquet.  Nearly 400 attendees looked on as the top 10 were honored in the four weekly divisions of Modifieds, Sportsman, Pro Stocks, and Pure Stocks.
Before moving into the awards portion of the night, new track owners Bill and Kim Shea took to the stage with Bill introducing himself and his wife to the crowd and thanked them for supporting the speedway in the past and how much they looked forward to carrying on the rich tradition of the speedway.  He also thanked Gene and Gloria Cole building the speedway to what it is today.
Piloting the Tom and Roxann owned mount again in 2014, Stewart Friesen raced to his fifth consecutive Utica-Rome Speedway championship and his seventh overall.  Friesen grabbed seven wins on his way to the title which was worth $10,000 from the speedway and another $5,121.28 for being part of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series for a whopping total of 15,121.28, plus another $12,000 for claiming the NASCAR New York State title for a grand total of $27,121.28.  As part of the American Racer Cup, Friesen collected another $10,083.00 in cash and product for a huge grand total of $37, 204.28.  Matt Sheppard came just a few points shy from grabbing his second Utica-Rome Speedway title, but will still walk away a total of $11,810.64, including the NASCAR and Lias Tire cash and product contribution.  Sheppard finished the season with four victories.  Finishing in the third spot was two time winner Mike Mahaney, followed by another two time victor Larry Wight.  Rounding out the top five was Pat Ward, who was able to score one win this past season.  Ryan Phelps, Willy Decker (two wins), Danny Varin, Jason Rood, and Tim Mayne filled out the remaining top 10 positions.
In the Sportsman division, Jeremy Vunk was honored for his first ever Utica-Rome Speedway title which he won on the strength of his six wins of the season.  Vunk had to hold off three time winner Claude Hutchings, Jr. down the stretch to collect the title.  Finishing in third in the standings was Steve Way followed by Jack Miller and four time winner Mike Walton.  Following the top five across the stage was Randy Shantel, Mike Stiles, Heath Carney (one win), Craig Pope, and Kyle Kiehn.
Tom Denton was on hand to collect his third consecutive, and eight overall, Utica-Rome Speedway Pro Stock championship.  Denton led the division with six wins on the year.  Finishing in second was five time winner Glenn Forward followed by Mark Effner (one win), Chris Carr (two wins), and AJ Digsby.  Bret Belden (one win), Chris Cunningham, Ed Ostrander, Dana Camenga, and Ryan Lund filled out the top ten positions.
Russ Marsden returned to weekly Pure Stock competition in 2014 and was able to claim five wins on the season en route to the 2014 championship, which was his fifth overall.  In his best season to date with three wins, Bill Mason fell just short of the title to come home second in the standings.  Ricky Breed, Ron Hawker (three wins), and Chuck Cushman (three wins) rounded out the top five positions with the rest of the top ten filled out by one time winner Rob Thieme, Frank Hyatt, Jim Thomas, Ernie Staelens, and Bryan Owens.
After the top ten in each division were honored, a short video clip from NASCAR was played which included messages from NASCAR President Mike Helton, Whelen Engineering Vice President of Motorsports Phil Kurze, and NASCAR Vice President of Regional and Touring Series George Silberman.  They congratulated all award winners and thanked everyone for their support of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series and the top three in each division were all presented with a special plaque for their accomplishments.  Sportsman competitor Kyle Kiehn was also presented with the UNOH Youth Achievement Award.
Race Director John Tiff was the next on stage and touched a little on the 2014 season before moving on to the plans for the upcoming 2015 season.  He stated that the Modifieds will go back to the traditional body without the sail panels on them and said the decision on what tire brand to be used is still pending.  He also stated that the 602 Crate Sportsman will be a weekly division along, running separate from the Open Sportsman.  The Pro Stocks and Pure Stocks will be a combined division in 2015 and the rules for that division will be released shortly.  In closing, Tiff thanked Gene and Gloria Cole for everything they have done for local racing.
Closing out the night’s activities was Director of Operations Barb Clark as she took to the stage.  She then thanked everyone for their continued support and thanked all the speedway employees for their hard work and dedication.  Calling up each employee in attendance one by one, she had one final group photo taken with Gene and Gloria Cole.
In all, a total of $119,612.75 was paid out in season ending awards, which included track point funds, 2015 pit pass awards, tire rebates, NASCAR Whelen All-American Series payout, and Lias Tire cash and product payout.
The 2015 season will get underway on Sunday April 19 with many of the specials that have run in the past still on the schedule for the upcoming season.  To keep up to date with all the off season news, make sure to visit  The speedway office can be contacted by calling (315)829-4557.
Below is the 2014 top 10 payout by division, which includes the track point fund, NASCAR Whelen All-American Series payout, and any Lias Tire cash and product payout.  NASCAR and Lias Tire payouts were not distributed at the banquet.
1-Stewart Friesen           $37,204.28
2-Matt Sheppard           $11,810.64
3-Mike Mahaney            $7263.88
4-Larry Wight                 $5250.24
5-Pat Ward                    $3869.72
6-Ryan Phelps               $2868.20
7-Willy Decker               $2747.56
8-Danny Varin               $2190.92
9-Jason Rood               $1965.16
10-Tim Mayne                $1739.40
1-Jeremy Vunk              $3356.20
2-Claude Hutchings Jr.   $1742.60
3-Steve Way                 $1191.70
4-Jack Miller                  $932.85
5-Mike Walton               $851.05
6-Randy Shantel            $769.25
7-Mike Stiles                 $720.40
8-Heath Carney              $596.55
9-Craig Pope                 $555.65
10-Kyle Kiehn                $989.75
Pro Stock
1-Tom Denton               $1313.88
2-Glenn Forward            $806.94
3-Mark Effner                $670.73
4-Chris Carr                   $578.92
5-AJ Digsby                  $506.50
6-Bret Belden                $434.08
7-Chris Cunningham       $367.26
8-Ed Ostrander              $275.44
9-Dana Camenga           $239.24
10-Ryan Lund                $228.01
Pure Stock
1-Russ Marsden            $948.57
2-Bill Mason                  $599.28
3-Ricky Breed               $515.41
4-Ron Hawker                $427.09
5-Chuck Cushman         $359.34
6-Rob Thieme                $291.58
7-Frank Hyatt                $278.26
8-Jim Thomas               $264.95
9-Ernie Staelens            $256.07
10-Bryan Owens            $247.20


Newly Independent/Unsanctioned Orange County Fair Speedway Will Host 2015 Short Track Super Series Opener With Rich ‘Hard Clay Open’ Tuesday, April 7

Big-Block/Small-Block Modified 50 & Crate 602 Sportsman Set For Doubleheader Program

MIDDLETOWN, NY – The questions have been answered surrounding the 2015 season at Orange County Fair Speedway.

Michael Gurda IV, the promoter of the historic five-eighths-mile fairgrounds oval, has confirmed that OCFS will operate as an independent facility for the ’15 campaign, effectively ending the speedway’s DIRTcar NorthEast sanction. Orange County first hosted auto racing in 1919 and the ’15 campaign will mark its 66th year of uninterrupted stock car racing.  

“At this time, we felt it was in the best interest of Orange County Fair Speedway, its drivers and fans, to operate fully on our own for 2015,” Gurda stated. “We’re working on a schedule of events that should be enticing for weekly racing and our traditional special events.”

The independent status will not prompt rule changes in any of the weekly classes.

The ’15 Orange County Fair Speedway season gets underway on Tuesday, April 7 with the second edition of the ‘Hard Clay Open’ event co-promoted by BD Motorsports Media LLC. The event will kick off the point chase for the Short Track Super Series Fueled By Hi-Tek $15,000 championship with a 50-lap Modified event paying $5,000-plus to win, $1,000 for 10th and $500 to take the green. Crate 602 Sportsman offering $1,000 to win and $100 to start will complete the doubleheader. Weather dates are planned for April 8 and 9.

Andy Bachetti (Modified) and Brian Krummel (Crate 602 Sportsman) are the defending ‘Hard Clay Open’ winners. Bachetti, of Sheffield, Mass., went on to win the inaugural $10,014 Short Track Super Series championship.

A full Short Track Super Series schedule will be released in the near future.

The ‘Hard Clay Open’ will be preceded by an open practice session on Saturday, April 4 from noon-5 p.m.

The first Saturday night event of the season is set for April 11 with small-block Modifieds, Sportsman, Rookie Sportsman and Street Stocks (Crane Golf Street Stock Challenge Event No. 1) on the card. The opening points-paying race for big-block Modifieds is planned for Saturday, April 18.

Weekly racing will continue through September 12 with the exception of May 23 (Memorial Day) and July 4 – the track will be silent for the holiday weekends. The speedway’s ‘Eve of Destruction’ will take place on September 19.

Orange County Fair Speedway’s “trademark event” take place on October 23-25 with the 54th running of the Eastern States Weekend, the longest consecutively run event for dirt-track Modified stock cars in the country. The ’15 edition of Eastern States Weekend will, of course, be highlighted by the $20,000-to-win Eastern States 200 for big-block Modifieds on Sunday.

For Short Track Super Series, contact Brett Deyo at 845.728.2781, via e-mail at, on the web at or on social media: “BD Motorsports Media” on Facebook and @BrettDeyo on Twitter.

Orange County Fair Speedway is located at 239 Wisner Avenue Middletown, NY 10940. For speedway information, contact the office at 845.342.2573 or visit


Tri-City Raceway Park Update
Dempseytown, PA --  The work on the grounds of the Tri-City Raceway Park may have been forced inside due to the impending arrival of winter but that has not deterred the new promoters Sam Tatalovic and Chad Wagner from continuing their work on the 2015 racing season.

"After several lengthy delays we have finally been able to get a dedicated telephone line for the speedway installed," commented Wagner.  The new Tri-City Raceway Park number is (814) 967-2175.

In addition Tatalovic and Wagner have been busy speaking with a variety of regional sanctioning bodies to determine which divisions will be on the 2015 racing schedule.  "We have already booked events with the Renegade Sprint Series for next season.  In addition. We met with Stan Lester at the FASTRAK Northeast meeting in Grove City, PA on November 16th.  Since speedway owner Mark Tatalovic is a loyal FASTRAK competitor we are looking at having at least one FASTRAK Northeast Touring Series event for the Pro-Late Models," stated Wagner.  "We have also talked to the BRP Modified Tour as the Big Block Modifieds have a rich history here at Tri-City Raceway Park and we want to see that continue in 2015 and beyond."

The Tatalovics' and Wagner are also speaking with other sanctioning bodies as they finalize their schedules for the upcoming season.  "We anticipate that the 2015 Tri-City Raceway Park schedule and rules will be released in early January," stated Wagner.  "This will provide local teams with adequate time to complete their cars to meet the Tri-City Raceway Park rules for the support classes and of course it will also provide race fans with the dates they need to schedule their 2015 racing activities.

The staff and management of Tri-City Raceway Park would also like to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving.  We hope you have an enjoyable time with your family and friends and enjoy a delicious Thanksgiving dinner with all of the trimmings.

A new era in Venango County motorsports will kick off in 2015 as the Tri-City Raceway Park will reopen its gates and provide race fans and area residents with affordable motorsports action, Truck and Tractor Pulls, go kart action and much more; get ready for a "New Year, New Ownership and New Attitude at Tri-City Raceway Park!"

‘Diamond State 50’ Returns To Delaware International Speedway After 10-Year Absence Next Season

Short Track Super Series Fueled By Hi-Tek South Region To Invade Charlie Cathell’s Facility

DELMAR, DE – A Delaware dirt-track highlight will return next summer.

The ‘Diamond State 50’ – a marquee event anticipated by fans and coveted by competitors from Delaware and beyond for several years – is set for a comeback after a 10-year absence during the 2015 season at Delaware International Speedway. Tuesday, Aug. 4 (rain date: Aug. 5) will kick off a new era of ‘Diamond State 50’ memories at Charlie Cathell’s half-mile oval.  

Modifieds, big- and small-blocks, will headline the special event in a 50-lap main event paying a minimum of $5,000 to the winner, $1,000 for 10th-place and $400 to take the green flag from a $25,000-plus total purse. The support-division lineup will be announced as the event grows near.

The ‘Diamond State 50’ will be a co-promotion involving Cathell and Brett Deyo of BD Motorsports Media LLC.

The ‘Diamond State 50’ was run at Delaware International continuously for seven years starting in 1999. The most recent edition was contested in 2005. During the event’s first three years, Modifieds and Late Models competed together, against each other, in the main event. Beginning in 2002, the two divisions ran separate 50-lap features.

Cathell, the owner and promoter of the Delaware dirt track and adjoining drag strip, felt the timing was right for the return of the historic event.

“When Rick Laubach won our Championship show in October, he said in Victory Lane that he wished we would bring back the ‘Diamond State 50’ because he loves racing here,” Cathell said. “It got me thinking about trying to run a show like that again.”

Cathell’s interest was piqued when he read about the development of a South Region in the Short Track Super Series in the pages of Area Auto Racing News. The Short Track Super Series made its debut last season with a six-race series in New York and Pennsylvania. Andy Bachetti of Sheffield, Mass., won the inaugural championship, worth $10,014.

The Short Track Super Series Fueled By Hi-Tek South Region is in the works for the ’15 campaign with stops in southeastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. The series kicks off on Sunday, April 19 at N.J.’s Bridgeport Speedway with the ‘South Jersey Shootout’ special. The South Region will offer a minimum of $5,000 to its champion.

“We’re looking at doing some different things this year,” noted Cathell, adding that his son, Mark, and grandson, Chad, are working to integrate some fresh ideas into the track’s ’15 lineup.

Cathell knows the ‘Diamond State 50’ moniker will conjure up fond memories with the Delaware racing community.

“That race used to bring a good field of cars down,” Cathell said. “We had cars from New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania - it was a big event for us.”

The rules for the ‘Diamond State 50’ will be structured with varying weight categories for different engine combinations ranging from the Pennsylvania/DIRTcar small-blocks to the powerful “Delaware-style” big-blocks.

Marketing opportunities for the ‘Diamond State 50’ are available now by contacting Deyo at 845.728.2781 or via e-mail:

Deyo said he is thankful for the opportunity to present an event at Delaware International, a well-kept, respected facility.

“Charlie has 50 years of experience in managing a race track and promotion,” he said. “He is a top-notch promoter and his facility is first-class. I’m looking forward to being a part of this event and am optimistic we can work together on a huge event for the Delaware racing community.”

The Delaware Motorsports Complex, located on the First State side of the Delaware/Maryland border, includes Delaware International Speedway, the U.S. 13 Dragway and the U.S. 13 Kart Track. The Cathell family has operated the facility since 1963.

The ‘Diamond State 50’ will mark Deyo’s second promotion in the state of Delaware. Last season, together with driver Eric Kormann, he co-promoted the ‘Beach Blast’ at Del.’s Georgetown Speedway. The event attracted some 48 Modifieds and a capacity crowd with New York teenager Tyler Dippel earning the victory. The ‘Beach Blast 2’ has already been scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 1 (rain date: Sept. 2).

The ‘Diamond State 50’ is the second of two midweek Modified events on the track’s ’15 calendar. The annual Camp Barnes Benefit Stock Car Race is slated for Tuesday, June 23. This event is run to benefit the Camp Barnes, not-for-profit youth summer camp run by the Delaware State Police in Ocean View, Del.

To learn more about the Short Track Super Series or BD Motorsports Media, visit, call 845.728.2781 or e-mail  “Like” BD Motorsports Media on Facebook or follow @BrettDeyo on Twitter.

Delaware International Speedway, located at 37854 Sussex Highway Delmar, Delaware 19940, is on the web at and can be contacted by phone, Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., at 302.846.3911.

Past ‘Diamond State 50’ Winners
2005: Danny Johnson (Modified) & David Hill (Late Model)
2004: Ricky Elliott (Modified) & Kenny Pettyjohn (Late Model)
2003: Weather
2002: Jimmy Horton (Modified) & David Hill (Late Model)
2001: Jimmy Horton (Modified vs. Late Model)
2000: Kenny Brightbill (Modified vs. Late Model)
1999: Gary Stuhler (Modified vs. Late Model)

























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