DELAWARE INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY DISTRIBUTES $45,000 AT 2016 BANQUET
By Charlie Brown, Laurel, DE – A sold out crowd of over 400 packed the Laurel Fire Hall on Saturday night to celebrate the champions in the five weekly divisions from the 2016 season at the Delaware International Speedway. $45,000 in cash plus contingencies were distributed to the top ten drivers in the five weekly divisions.
H.J. Bunting of Milford, Del. successfully defended his 2015 NAPA Big Block Modifed Championship in 2016 for his seventh overall crown in the division tying Bobby Wilkins for all-time championships. The division saw 11 different drivers score wins and Bunting's four wins and consistent finishes in the Jake Marine owed No. 85 was enough to earn him the crown. Bunting earned 1820 points and $5500 for winning the title over up and coming talent, Matt Hawkins of Hartley, De. Hawkins had two wins and earned 1705 points. Third went to Laurel, Del.'s Scott VanGorder who scored a win and totaled 1469 points.
Rounding out the top ten with their point totals were: 4. Dave Dissinger, 1418; 5. Howard, O'Neal, 1318; 6. Rookie of the Year Brandon Watkins, 1188; 7. Michael White, 1050; 8. Dale Hawkins, 1039; 9. Carson Wright, 986 and 10. Robert Dutton, 961. award. Trophies were presented by NAPA Auto Parts of Delmarva.
In the S.R Pete & Sons Super Late Models, Donald Lingo, Jr. of Millsboro, Del. increased his championship total to seven by successfully defending last year's crown. Lingo, Jr. drove his Lingo Marine Ford prepared by his father to four wins and battled right down to the final week to earn 1813 points and $5500. Nick Davis of Gumboro, Del. chased Lingo, Jr. to the wire for the second year in a row earning one win and 1658 points for second. Third went to former champion, Ricky Elliott who won three mains plus the modified/late model shootout and earned 1460 points.
Fourth through tenth were: 4. Dylan Evans, 1355; 5. Joe Warren, 1298, 6. Herb Tunis, 1034; 7. Kerry King, Sr. 889; 8. Amanda Whaley, 888; 9. Kellie Lewis, 760 and 10. Mark Pettyjohn, 588. Trophies were presented by S.R. Pete & Sons HVAC.
Earning his first championship in the AC Delco PSC Modifieds was Jordn Justice of Laurel, Del. Justice posted his first win of the season in week two and never looked back earning 4 more wins and 1905 points to clench the title. Dwayne Crockett of Laurel had his best year to date which included winning the Fall Championship for a total o 1690 points. Third would go to defending champion, Devin Dodson of Bishopville, Md. who's total was 1213 points with two season wins. Justice's championship was worth $1500.
Finishing fourth through tenth were: 4. Rookie of the Year Adam White, 1053; 5. Jason Rush, 984; 6. David Jenkins, 980; 7. Ryan Riddle, 961; 8. Brian Hitz, 905; 9. Matt Smith, 900 and 10. Ryan Mortimer, 862. Trophies were presented by Ronnie Holloway, Jr. of R.C. Holloway, Co.
Another driver earning his first championship title was Sparky White of Delmar, Del. Sparky became the third generation in his family to win a title at the track posting just two wins but earning a total of 1689 points to win $1500 and the Crate Model title. Former champion, Tyler Reed of Milton, Del. put together another great season posting one win and finishing just 40 points back with 1649. Robbie Walls, Jr. of Georgetown third place finish was his best to date with one win and 1579 points.
Fourth through tenth in the Crate Models were: 4. Charles Shawver, 1550; 5. Mike Wilson, 1499; 6. Zac Weller, 1247; 7. Rookie of the Year Wes Clifton, 1175; 8. Mike Wharton, 1034; 9. Billy Thompson, 1000 and 10. Derek Magee, 898. Trophies were presented by Fred Elliott of Gordon Food Services.
2016 was the break through season in a big way for James Hill of Laurel, Del. in the Mod Lites. Hill had come close to winning the title on several occasions but he was not to be denied this season. Right from the drop of the green Hill strung together seven consecutive wins. He posted 13 wins overall including the Fall Championship earning him 2086 points and $1100. Last year's champion, Tim White of Salisbury, Md. was the closest to Hill at the end earning a win and 1743 points for second. Returning to action in 2016 was former four time champion, Brandon Dennis who's two wins and 1599 points netted him third overall.
Finishing fourth through tenth were: 4. Ryan Dryden, 1541; 5. Aaron VanVorst, 1525; 6. James Wood, 1269. 7.Jake Nelson, 1250; 8. Nick Nash, 1122; 9. Curt Miles, Jr., 1096 and 10. Kirk Miles, 1076. Trophies were presented by Pepsi Bottling Ventures.
Mod Lite driver, Aaron VanVorst was the recipient of the "2016 Kyle Dixon Youth Achievement Award." Jean Powell received a plaque for 20 years of service and Hiram Littleton received a plaque for 10 years of service.
All champions received championship jackets from Lias Tire & American Racer plus Hoosier Tire provided jackets to Donald Lingo, Jr. and James Hill. Other contingencies included custom designed trophies from the Metal Shop and bracelets for a loved one. Big Block driver, Dave Dissinger won a John Deere pressure washer courtesy of Taylor & Messick John Deere of Harrington. All champions received "gold cards" good for free admission in 2017. Bunting, Justice and White received reserved pit parking spots while Lingo, Jr. got a second season pit pass and Hill received a night at the races for his family and friends.
Special thanks and plaques went to the 2016 Delaware International Speedway Money Trail sponsors including: AC Delco and RC Holloway, Co.; American Racer and Lias Tire Racing Division; Delmarva Drivers Club; Delmarva NAPA Auto Parts; Elliott Farms; GFS Marketplace; Hoosier Tire Mid Atlantic; Insinger Performance, Inc. K&B Auto; The Metal Shop; Pepsi Bottling Co. of Salisbury, Md.; Midlantic Machinery of Laurel; Pro Race Cars; S.R. Pete & Sons HVAC; Taylor & Messick John Deere and L&J Sheetmetal and Industrial Maintence of Laurel.
The 2017 schedule is near completion and will be available on the web at www.delawareracing.com in the near future.
2017 Super DIRTcar Series Buzz
By Mandee Pauch
CONCORD, N.C. - Jan. 13, 2017 - Over the course of the 117-day offseason, a lot can change - some of it surprising, and some far too predictable. One thing is for sure, the Super DIRTcar Series offseason has been abuzz.
The 2017 schedule will have a slightly different feel to it from previous seasons. The Super DIRTcar Series will cover 25 tracks, spanning over six states and two Canadian provinces. The Series will make its return to the 5/8 high-banked dirt oval Bridgeport (N.J.) Speedway and the 3/8 semi-banked clay oval Oshweken (Ont. Canada) Speedway. For the first time, the Big-Block Modifieds will take on the newly converted dirt track of Airborne Speedway (Plattsburg, N.Y.) and the fast four-tenths-mile Outlaw Speedway (Dundee, N.Y.).
The 2016 season was dominated by none other than the now five-time Super DIRTcar Series Champion Matt Sheppard. Sheppard collected 12 Series wins, breaking the Series record for the most wins in a season. The previous mark was set at 10 by Billy Decker.
The Waterloo native was recently recognized for his accomplishments with top honors as the Richie Evans Memorial Northeast Driver of the Year at the Eastern Motorsport Press Association (EMPA) Hall of Fame Banquet.
While drivers and crews have been working hard on their machines over the winter break, a look ahead on what to expect surrounding the 2017 Super DIRTcar Series season.
Tim Fuller, who placed third in points last season, has signed on with new Big-Block Modified car owner Ray Graham. Teammate Kody Graham will accompany Fuller as the driving duo tackle the 2017 Super DIRTcar Series schedule.
Big-Block Modified personality, Peter Britten, was recently released from HBR Racing in late-December. Britten was not without a ride for long as he landed a ride with veteran racer Andy Romano. Britten will make the haul south for DIRTcar Nationals to run with the Super DIRTcar Series in February, but thereon plans to race at Albany-Saratoga Speedway's weekly shows under the Friday night lights
One of the biggest Super DIRTcar Series standouts will be turning a new key. Earlier this week, last year's Bud Light 300 Champion Stewart Friesen announced that he plans to race full-time in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series for the 2017 season. Friesen, the runner-up in last season's point rankings, was quoted in a recent article that he still plans to race at least two nights of DIRTcar Nationals with hopes of running a third depending on his NASCAR schedule. With new Big-Block Modifieds currently being built, do not expect Friesen to shy too far away from the Super DIRTcar Series in 2017.
Joining The Series
The offseason allows teams to regroup and prepare for the upcoming season. While drivers and teams make their changes, two notable drivers will be joining the illustrious Super DIRTcar Series team this season.
The young gun from Fayetteville, N.Y., Mike Maresca, ran more than half of the Super DIRTcar Series races last year and is now looking to join the national tour.
"We visited a lot of the tracks last year in our first year with the Big Block and decided that it was time to compete on the highest level and try to get our program together," Maresca said.
Maresca's best finish with the Series came in October during Super DIRT Week as he collected an eighth place finish in the Bud Light 300 at Oswego Speedway.
The driver of the No. 96 Big Block Modified, J.F. Corriveau, will also be making the leap into the Series as he will be joining Maresca and other returning teams for the 2017 season.
Super DIRTcar Series Rookie of the Year, Max McLaughlin, will be one to keep your eyes on as he heads into his second full season with HBR Racing and the Super DIRTcar Series. The 16-year-old McLaughlin was recently awarded the John Blewett III Young Guns Award at the EMPA Awards Banquet for his efforts. The second-generation driver - the son of 'Magic-Shoes' Mike McLaughlin - is based out of Mooresville, N.C. came off of his first season with a strong 13th-place finish in the point's championship. McLaughlin's best finish of 2016 came in July at Sharon Speedway with a sixth-place finish.
Another challenger on the Series out of King Ferry, N.Y., Mike Mahaney, finished his first season on the tour with an 11th-place finish in the series championship point standings. The driver of the No. 88 Buzz Chew Racing has several Big-Block Modified wins under his belt but has his sites set on his first ever Super DIRTcar Series victory.
For the first time in 20 years, the Super DIRTcar Series winningest driver went winless in 2016. Despite Brett Hearn's unusual season, the Super DIRTcar Series eight-time champion is no stranger to victory lane. Hearn is just eightwinsaway from reaching the remarkable milestone of 900 career wins across his racing career. Hearn's first shot at adding to his win total will come at DIRTcar Nationals in February.
The Super DIRTcar Series regular, Larry Wight, is making his second appearance at the annual Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals this week and is making it known where his racing roots are from.
Wight fended off a late-race charge by Zach Daum to finish second to Tyler Courtney in Tuesday nights A-Main after starting from the seventh starting position. The second-place finish locked Wight into Saturday's crowned jewel A-Main event.
"Me and (Tim) McCreadie are the only modified guys from the northeast," Wight said. "We're kind of hidden up there with our slick tracks and this is when it helps us. Normally we don't race until Volusia (DIRTcar Nationals) so to break the dust off the fire suit and the helmet in the beginning of the year helps get the ball rolling for the momentum."
Five nights of qualifying, more than 370 drivers competing in arguably one of the biggest dirt races of the year and Super DIRTcar Series regular, "Lightning" Larry Wight has locked it into Saturday Nights A-Main.
The Super DIRTcar Series first race of the season will kickoff at Volusia Speedway Park in February for the DIRTcar Nationals as Series regulars will take on invaders from all across the Northeast in hopes to bring home the coveted "Big Gator" trophy. The DIRTcar Nationals offers four nights of ground pounding, earth shaking, window rattling, Big Block Modified action-packed racing at the fast half-mile on February 22-25th.
Friesen's Big-Block Modified Roots Helped Create NASCAR Ride
By Clayton Johns
CONCORD, N.C. - Jan. 11, 2017 - One of the biggest stars of the Super DIRTcar Series will race full-time in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series come 2017. Sprakers, NY driver Stewart Friesen has partnered with Chris Larsen to create Halmar Friesen Racing for his first full-time foray into NASCAR Racing, he announced Monday. Tommy Baldwin Jr. will be the team's crew chief.
"We got our feet wet in it last year and the opportunity came to team up with Tommy Baldwin and his operation so it was a no-brainer for us. We combined forces and I'm really looking forward to it," Friesen said.
Friesen made his NASCAR Truck Series debut last July at Eldora Speedway, NASCAR's only race on dirt. The ride was supposed to be a one-time deal, but quickly blossomed into five more races for Friesen before the end of 2016. It led to the formation of his new team, which will be based in Mooresville, NC.
"We had just planned to do Eldora and have some fun with it, but it kind of lit a fire under everyone and the decision was made to try and do more," Friesen explained. "We really learned a lot and met some great people along the way. Now we've kind of upped our game to the next level."
Friesen's opportunities in the NASCAR Truck Series have come largely from his ability to develop a complete driver's skillset while racing 800-horsepower Big-Block Modifieds in the Northeast.
He's honed his skills with plenty of success in the process. Friesen has 23 career Super DIRTcar Series victories to his name and countless other weekly triumphs over the last decade. He also has one win with the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series, which came at Ohsweken Speedway in July 2015.
"Big-Block Modifieds are hard to drive. There's a lot of power, not a lot of grip and you're sliding around. It's really great racing. You really do develop a skillset to be well-rounded and adaptable into other cars," Friesen said.
Friesen's 2016 Super DIRTcar Series season was a successful one that included a second-place overall finish in series points and his fifth Super DIRT Week victory in the inaugural event held at Oswego Speedway last October. Friesen felt the offer to run the NASCAR Truck Series on a full-time basis was a natural progression and an offer he couldn't refuse.
While NASCAR is gaining one of dirt track racing's brightest stars, Big-Block Modified fans aren't losing one of their own. Friesen made it clear he has no intentions of slowing down to one race per week with NASCAR.
"We're still going to run a lot of Modified races. We're building two new cars in our shop and with some Sprint Car stuff, we'll be probably busier next year than we were this past year," Friesen said, adding his home will still be in Sprakers, NY.
"Once we get more of our travel schedule ironed out by the end of January, we'll be able to fill in the blanks on the Modified stuff. I'm hoping to do 40-50 races."
Already penciled in are Big-Block Modified races at Volusia Speedway Park during the DIRTcar Nationals in February. The Big-Blocks compete at the fast, Florida half-mile February 22-25. Friesen will race at least two of those nights with the possibility of a third depending on his NASCAR schedule at Daytona.
"We're bringing a new car down to Volusia so we're really looking forward to that," he added.
Friesen also confirmed that the NASCAR Truck Series schedule aligns perfectly to allow him to challenge for a sixth career Super DIRT Week victory when the event returns to Oswego on October 4-8, 2017.
Regardless of how far Friesen's NASCAR venture takes him, it's clear Big-Block Modified racing will be at the core of his love for racing.
"I'll always love Modified racing. It's awesome. It's pure, it's raw. It's a very even playing field. You can create your own results by hard work."
The Countdown is on to the 46th Annual DIRTcar Nationals
Super event to draw dirt racing's biggest names - and more!
CONCORD, N.C. - January 11, 2017 - In just a little more than 30 days, the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series will embark on a new season and renew the stakes at one of dirt racing's biggest shows. The 46th annual DIRTcar Nationals, from February 14-25, offers 12 action-packed days of racing featuring multiple series.
The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series, accompanied by the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions, will compete for the coveted Big Gator trophy through five days of sprint car racing. The World of Outlaws, succeeding the All Stars with three days of racing from February 17-19, will make its 34th appearance in 14 years at Volusia Speedway Park. The Outlaw sprint cars debuted there in 1981.
In the 34 races at the semi-banked half-mile course, eight-time series champion Donny Schatz has claimed eight victories. Notably, Schatz has earned one of the three nights consecutively since 2014; fellow series top-runner Brad Sweet shares his feat, capturing four of the last nine races since then.
Last season Sweet doubled his successes at the track, being the first to win multiple nights since all-time wins holder Steve Kinser in 2011. Though the Outlaws share the spotlight in the 410 division, another series driver has solidified his prowess in the series' annual grand introduction. Paul McMahan established the track record of 12.569 seconds the year Kinser doubled-down.
The historic DIRTcar Nationals is the most accessible motorsports event during the Florida in February jaunt. Every ticket is a hot pass, so fans can get up close and personal to all the action. Fans will be able to meet their favorite drivers from each of the competing series below.
Tickets for DIRTcar Nationals start at just $20 and are on sale now by calling 844-DIRT-TIX (347-8849), or by visiting http://www.DIRTcarNationals.com.
Visit http://www.DIRTcarNationals.com for the latest news and information from the event. Follow DIRTcar Nationals on Twitter at http://www.Twitter.com/DIRTcarNats.
DIRTcar Nationals Schedule
Tuesday, February 14, 2017
UMP Modifieds Sprint Car open Practice
Wednesday, February 15, 2017 All Star Circuit of Champions Sprints UMP Modifieds
Thursday, February 16, 2017 All Star Circuit of Champions Sprints UMP Modifieds
Friday, February 17, 2017 World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series UMP Modifieds
Saturday, February 18, 2017 World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series UMP Modified Gator Qualifying 1
Sunday, February 19, 2017 World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series UMP Modified Gator Qualifying 2
Monday, February 20, 2017 DIRTcar Late Models UMP Modified Gator Championship
Tuesday, February 21, 2017 DIRTcar Late Models UMP Modified triple 20's
Wednesday, February 22, 2017 DIRTcar Late Models Swamp King Champ SDS Big Block Modifieds
Thursday, February 23, 2017 World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Models SDS Big Block Modifieds
Friday, February 24, 2017 World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Models SDS Big Block Modifieds
Saturday, February 25, 2017 World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Models SDS Big Block Modifieds
PETER BRITTEN TO RUN WEEKLY AT ALBANY-SARATOGA
Andy Romano Returns as Car Owner
By Jo Ann Davies
Malta, NY (January 9, 2017) – "I've never seen him race—not once" declared Andy Romano, owner and retired driver of the famed no. 97 out of Andy's Service in Johnstown, NY.
The "him" Romano was referencing is competitor Peter Britten, the driver who will be behind the wheel of the Romano no. 97 Big Block Modified in 2017 at the four-tenths mile Albany-Saratoga Speedway (Malta, NY) on Friday nights.
Britten found himself without a ride in late December when he was released from the HBR team of Weedsport, NY and Romano had a Big Block Modified car to run but no driver. Romano's son Mike, who operates Andy's Speed Shop, was well aware of Britten's talents and thought the match would be a good one.
"Dad wanted to have fun once again being involved in racing," said Mike Romano. "He can do that with Peter. When I learned Peter was available, I wanted to make it happen. Wins are a bonus and we feel we can do both with Peter."
Mike, an accomplished race car driver himself, got to know Britten well during the 2013-14 seasons when Britten called the Malta oval his Friday night home and where Britten was a customer of Andy's Speed Shop.
Brothers Mike and A.J. Romano also had very successful careers in the family owned or sponsored car with well over 100 wins between them at tracks in the Northeast. Although it has been several years since the Romano name has appeared over the door of a no. 97 Modified, Andy Romano has not forgotten how much fun it is to race and win.
One of those more recent wins came in 2012 when area driver Bobby Varin powered the Andy's Service car to a DIRTcar Series win at Albany-Saratoga. Romano, who will be 80 years old in October, wants to experience that level of "fun" once again.
Romano owns race horses that run at Saratoga Harness. "They'll have to do without me on Friday nights now," he said while laughing, "...because I will be at the speedway with my team."
Romano has either owned or driven a winning race car every decade since 1957 when he first drove at Victoria Speedway (Esperance, NY). That's over 60 years of support and speaks to his level of commitment to the sport. In addition, Andy Romano also has the unique distinction of having won at Albany-Saratoga, Devil's Bowl and Plattsburgh on the dirt and asphalt surfaces of each track.
Britten, who hails from Brisbane, Queensland, Australia is a three-time Australian National Modified Champion and has raced Troyer Race Cars his entire racing career. So, although Romano had a Teo ready to go for 2017, he purchased a new Troyer for his new driver.
"My philosophy is that we need to run consistently versus looking for the next gadget that is supposed to make the car faster. I don't want to jump from car builder to car builder all the time. I know we can be consistent with a Troyer." Britten wants to be "...a part of everything as much as I can. A big part of that is the setup. I have always raced Troyer cars and am very comfortable with how to prepare a Troyer for the track."
The current plan is for Britten to travel the three hours from his Weedsport area home to the Romano shop and put the finishing touches on getting the car ready for Friday night racing. During the week work on the car will be done by Romano's two crew members--Tom Simek who has been with Romano his entire career and Christopher Sweeney.
"I've met with Andy and the crew and they're a great group. For them to include me as a team member is a great privilege," said Britten. He continued "I want this relationship to grow and be as strong as it can be. I want to continue the Romano tradition of piloting a winning no. 97."
The new car is currently being built at Troyer Race Cars (Rochester, NY) and should be delivered by mid-February to the Romano shop. It will be completed there and have a C.C. Performance Engine ready to go opening night carrying sponsorship from Andy's Service, Andy's Speed Shop and Troyer Race Cars.
Initially the team will be committed to racing weekly at Albany-Saratoga where Andy and his sons have raced since the mid-1960's.
"I won my first Modified race at Malta (August 5, 1966)," said Romano. He recounted how he almost had a win the previous week but lost the lead coming off turn four.
"If things go good on Friday, we'll have to see where this goes. No arrangements have been made for anything yet, but, you never know where we will end up," stated Romano.
Britten is comfortable at Albany-Saratoga and has five wins at the speedway. "It's a three hour drive to the track and I don't mind doing it at all," said Britten. "I spend my time on the road looking forward to what I know is going to be a great night of racing."
He continued, "My goal is to win several times for Andy this year. I wouldn't have it any other way. If I don't feel that I can be competitive and win then I would retire from racing."
The split from HBR was unsettling to the young driver but to have a fresh new start at a track where he loves to race makes him excited for the start of the new season.
"I love the sport and want to enjoy myself as well as race well and not just because I want to win. Everything will come together being with a team that enjoys racing as much as I do...including wins," said Britten.
"I'm not looking for the magic button or the latest twist on a chassis," declared Britten, "...but for the consistency that a long-established team, chassis and engine can bring to the track week in and week out."
Track management is also looking forward to Britten's return to the track on a weekly basis. Lyle DeVore, promoter of the Albany-Saratoga Speedway, feels Britten has a strong fan base at the speedway and will raise the bar for the already high level of competition at the track weekly.
"Pete is a dynamic individual and driver," said DeVore. "He is people friendly—he is the whole package." DeVore continued, "He is the type of racer that any promoter would love to have at their track weekly."
Britten finished second in the track point standings in 2015 to multi-time track and DIRTcar champion Brett Hearn, establishing a friendly rivalry the fans love. "He reaffirms that Albany-Saratoga is 'The Great Race Place'—he is definitely going to elevate the level of competition driving for Andy," continued DeVore.
DeVore also stated, "It's good to have Britten with us and with a team that has been involved with the speedway for so many years. We have a great tradition of strong race team support and fan support—the Romano family and Britten exemplify that tradition. As a matter of fact, Andy was our Sportsman track champion in 1984 and is a Hall of Fame member of the NYS Stock Car Association."
In turn, Britten is highly supportive of the speedway and track management. "I love everything about it. Every Friday night is a good crowd and it's exciting to be there. It (A-S) has what a lot of tracks lack in that as soon as you get there it has that feel of excitement and anticipation.
The 2017 season for Britten will begin with the opening of the DIRTcar NE season, February 23 – 25, at Volusia Speedway Park in Florida. He will be running his own equipment for the opening races at Volusia with the support of long-time friend, Rich Scagliotta, driver of the no. 8.
"I want to run the entire DIRTcar Series but I need to find support for my efforts," declared Britten. "There are only a handful of $100,000 sponsorships out there and they are tough to come by. You can't do it alone. I'm hoping I can pull together a number of smaller sponsors, that when combined will allow me to make the Series shows."
Car owner Andy Romano and driver Peter Britten have each experienced the highs and lows of the sport and are well acquainted with the whole range of emotions that come with one's involvement. As a team they are ready to challenge on a weekly basis and anxiously awaiting opening night, Friday, April 21, at Albany-Saratoga Speedway.
Bridgeport Speedway has several marquee events scheduled for the 2017 race season
Several marquee events have been penciled onto Bridgeport Speedway's 2017 racing schedule. Fresh off an exciting '16 campaign, speedway management has been hard at work putting together another dynamic schedule for next season. Along with action-packed racing on Saturday nights, there are plenty of 'special' shows that will appear throughout the course of 2017. Theme nights, special promotions, additional division information and much more will be announced in January at the annual Motorsports show. Highlighted below are some of the key dates during 2017.
Two practice dates will be held for the 5/8 mile (also in conjunction with the 1/4 mile). Those dates are Saturday, March 18 and Saturday April 2.
The 5th edition of the '60over Special' Poker Series race in honor of Doug Hoffman will kick off the '17 season in grand style. This year's version will offer an additional race as Bridgeport will start the season with two-day event. The 358 small blocks have been added as part of a Friday, March 24 program. Then on Saturday, March 25 the Big Blocks roar into action along with a full racing card.
The blockbuster 'Pack the House Night II' will see its return on Saturday, June 17. The FREE general admission night certainly packed the stands in 2016, as Bridgeport is looking to top that in '17. The unique event will once again see action on both 1/4 and 5/8 mile racetracks.
The DIRT boys will be towing into town on Wednesday, May 17 to take part in a 60-lap affair for the powerful Big Blocks. DIRT hasn't visited the 5/8 mile in many, many years. If that's not enough to get the heart pumping, this will also serve as the Final Friends of Mikeevent. The 12th annual 'FOM' will be sent off in dramatic fashion as ALL the top name drivers will be on hand to be heralded as the last winner of this popular race.
The Brett Deyo-led Short Track Super Series 'South Region' will return for the third straight year with the 'South Jersey Shootout' on Sunday, April 23. High car counts and a well-received fan base have led Bridgeport to add a second series race on Saturday, September 30. Deyo's 'Dirty Jersey' tradition will continue in the Garden State at Bridgeport Speedway. Tentatively, this series race will take place on the all-new 3/8 mile track that has already taken on construction this past autumn.
The resurgence of the URC 360 Sprints has once again landed them three dates at Bridgeport. The club's opener will take place onSunday, April 9 as they 360s join the Big Blocks, and Crate/Sportsman. URC will make their second visit to the 5/8 on Tuesday, July 11along with the Super Late Models, and 358 small block modifieds for the 3rd annual 'Three For All'. The final appearance for the winged warriors will come at the 2nd Annual 'Big Track Classic' weekend on November 3 & 4.
The 2nd annual 'King of the Big Blocks' weekend will return on the fourth weekend in September (22 &23). The two-day program will be highlighting the 358 small blocks on Friday as the mighty Big Blocks will take center stage on Saturday. Once again this will be an event that needs to be circled on any race fan's calendar.
Three of the fan-favorite Poker Series races have been inked onto the schedule for Sunday, May 28, Thursday, June 8 and Monday, July 3.The Big Blocks will race in 40-lap features paying $4,000 to win each. The Crate/Sportsman will join the Modifieds in all three shows while the Outlaw Stocks will be in competition during the May and July events.
'Wild Card Weekend' will conclude the 2017 campaign as it usually does each November. The two-day late-autumn show always leaves the fans wishing the season didn't have to come to an end. The 358 small blocks will make their 4th appearance on Friday, November 10, while the Big Blocks finish the Poker Series on Saturday, November 11.
$65,600 Distributed At Short Track Super Series 'Night of Champions' Awards Banquet
Andy Bachetti (North Mod), Stewart Friesen (South Mod), Charlie Hendrickson Jr. (Sportsman) Honored
BETHLEHEM, PA – Many of the Northeast's most talented competitors gathered at the Lehigh Valley Hotel & Conference Center Friday night to close the curtain on the 2016 Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP campaign.
A massive $65,600 point fund was distributed to the top-12 drivers in the Halmar International North Region, top-10 Velocita USA South Region performers and champions of the Open Sportsman and XCel 600 Modified mini-series during the annual 'Night of Champions' Awards Banquet.
STSS organizer Brett Deyo opened the evening with some astounding numbers. During the recently completed season, the STSS distributed $390,025 in purse money, $13,875 in lap money, $9,251 in bonus money plus the aforementioned $65,600 point fund and assorted product and certificates. He thanked all those in attendance for the all-time high participation.
STSS announcer Jeff Ahlum served as master of ceremonies for the evening's awards ceremony.
For the second time in three years, Sheffield, Mass., star Andy Bachetti was recognized as a champion on the Short Track Super Series. Bachetti topped the nine-race Halmar North Region and picked up $12,000 in cash plus product awards for his efforts.
During the season, Bachetti achieved five finishes inside the top-five, including a best of second on two occasions (N.Y.'s I-88 – July and N.Y.'s Thunder Mountain – September). He clinched the title with a third-place finish in the Short Track SuperNationals at I-88 in October.
It was a stellar season for Bachetti, who took the STSS North Region points worth $12,000, an additional $11,000 from the American Racer Cup and $4,000 as the I-88 Speedway Modified champion for a total of $27,000-plus!
"I can't say enough about the Short Track Super Series, American Racer and all the series sponsors that allow us to run for this type of money," Bachetti said. "It's incredible to walk out of here tonight with $12,000 for nine races.
"We had a good year, a consistent year, on the series. I would have liked to end it with a win at I-88 in the SuperNationals, but we did what we needed to do to clinch the championship, that was the big goal for us."
Tommy Meier of Waldwick, N.J., finished second in the standings, his best effort to date in the STSS with Jeff Behrent's No. 3 and received $7,000 in point fund money. Meier won the opener at Orange County (N.Y.) and strung together five consecutive top-10 finishes to conclude the season.
Danny Creeden of Wurtsboro, N.Y., a winner at Thunder Mountain in September, was a career-high third in series points and received $4,000. Erick Rudolph of Ransomville, N.Y., placed fourth after a consistent season ($3,000) and Anthony Perrego of Montgomery, N.Y., was fifth for the second consecutive year ($2,500).
Finishing sixth through 12th, respectively, were first-year series follower Matt DeLorenzo of Cropseyville, N.Y., ($1,850); Craig Hanson of Johnstown, N.Y., ($1,750); Brian Malcolm of Lake Ariel, Pa., ($1,650); Jerry Higbie of Newburgh, N.Y., ($1,550); Nick Nye of Groton, N.Y., ($1,450); Ryan Godown of Ringoes, N.J. ($1,000); and Mike Mahaney of King Ferry, N.Y., ($1,000).
Stewart Friesen of Sprakers, N.Y., registered his second STSS championship in three years. His 2016 championship effort, however, came in the Velocita South Region. He received $8,500.
Friesen reached Victory Lane on two occasions in South Region competition, both in the First State of Delaware. He topped the Diamond State 50 at Delaware International Speedway in May and then, after an extended side-by-side battle with eventual point runner-up Ryan Watt, topped the 'Blast at the Beach 4' at Georgetown in August to clinch the title.
"Halmar International stepped up for our program and allowed us to travel more in the southern area," Friesen said. "It was a lot of fun going to Delaware, Susquehanna (Pa.) and those tracks down that way."
Friesen pointed to the York County Nationals event at Susquehanna as a key to his title. He crashed heavily in qualifying and his crew executed repairs in time to rally for a fourth-place finish in the 50-lap main.
In fact, Friesen finished no worse than eighth in any STSS South Region race.
Watt, of Boyertown, Pa., won in May at Pa.'s Big Diamond Speedway and earned five top-five finishes including a pair of second-place results at Susquehanna and Georgetown. He received $4,500.
Duane Howard of Oley, Pa., scored four top-10 finishes to place third in the standings, taking home $3,000. A winner at Susquehanna, Ryan Godown of Ringoes, N.J., was fourth and received $2,000. Craig Von Dohren of Oley, Pa., completed the front five and received $1,500.
Completing the top-10, respectively, were Jordan Watson of Milford, Del., ($1,250); Billy Pauch of Frenchtown, N.J., ($1,200); New Egypt (N.J.) Speedway $10,000 winner Billy Pauch Jr. of Milford, N.J., ($1,150); Rick Laubach of Hellertown, Pa., ($1,100); and David Van Horn Jr. of Harmony, N.J. ($1,050).
In the first season of the STSS Open Sportsman series, Cochecton, N.Y., driver Charlie Hendrickson Jr. took the title. He received $1,250 and a drum of VP Racing Fuel for his title. Hendrickson won a September event at N.Y.'s Thunder Mountain Speedway among five top-10 finishes.
The accompanying XCel 600 Modified mini-series Lebanon, Pa., driver Richie Hitzler received top honors and a $350 cash bonus as the driver accruing the most points at XCel events accompanying STSS races at I-88, Big Diamond, Bridgeport (N.J.) and Thunder Mountain.
A number of STSS special awards were distributed.
The annual Contribution to the Series Award went to announcer Jeff Ahlum, who puts in countless hours accumulating stats and information to portray the series and its drivers with professionalism on race night.
Sportsmanship Awards went to deserving recipients Matt DeLorenzo (North) and Ryan Watt (South), both of whom represent and promote the series both on and off the track.
An overall Outstanding Performer Award went to Ryan Godown, for his ability to succeed on both the North and South Regions of the series. Godown won races at N.Y.'s Woodhull, I-88 (twice) and Susquehanna during the season.
BANQUET BITS: Following a number of door prize giveaways, DJ Jammin' Jimmy Payne provided the musical entertainment for attendees. The Lehigh Valley Hotel & Conference Center staff provided a delicious buffet-style meal prior to the presentations....The 2017 STSS Modified schedule (North and South) was announced during the Awards Banquet including several new highlights including an event on the Bridgeport three-eighths-mile in September; $10,000-to-win at Susquehanna; the debut at N.Y.'s Albany-Saratoga Speedway; and, of course, the Eastern States Weekend championship event at Orange County Fair Speedway....The 10th annual Short Track SuperNationals, Deyo announced, would take place at Afton Motorsports Park in a combined effort with the American Racer Cup Weekend....
Champions received unique silver cup hardware and embroidered jackets courtesy of American Racer/Lias Tire....
Short Track Super Series Modifieds Return To Susquehanna Speedway For York County Nationals July 30
$10,000-To-Win Modified 50 On Tap; 358 Late Models & Central PA Legends Complete Card
NEWBERRYTOWN, PA – Not only will the Modifieds return to Susquehanna Speedway in 2017, they will do it in style!
On Sunday, July 30, the Newberrytown, Pa., oval will host the York County Nationals for the Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By VP big-block/small-block Modifieds the second time after a debut last summer. In the upcoming season, however, the event will be more lucrative.
Susquehanna owner Scott Gobrecht, general manager Kolten Gouse and STSS organizer Brett Deyo will offer the winner of the 50-lap event a massive $10,000 to win! This is an increase from the $5,000 winner's share offered a year ago.
The Susquehanna event will be the richest race of the 2017 STSS Velocita South Region.
"Hands-down, the most positive feedback we have received from racers and fans came from our inaugural event at Susquehanna last year," Deyo said. "The racing was second-to-none and the facility is top-notch.
"We believe a $10,000-to-win show, on neutral ground, at Susquehanna will be something to see!"
Gobrecht felt the boosted purse will spark the show.
"Last year, we were 'new' for the Modified supporters," he said. "They didn't know what to expect because it had been 10 years (since the last Modified appearance). After the show they saw last year, this event is ready to go to the next level."
Gouse, whose background is in Sprint Car racing, enjoyed the Modifieds at Susquehanna.
"It was three-wide racing, non-stop," he said. "The Modifieds put on a show that we've only heard great things about. We want to build on that and make this a race everyone looks forward to."
Joining the STSS Modifieds on the card are the 358 Late Models with an increased purse event: $1,000 to win and $125 to take the green flag, plus the Central PA Legends.
A year ago, Ringoes, N.J., driver Ryan Godown etched his name on the Susquehanna win list in a thriller over Ryan Watt, Jeff Strunk, Stewart Friesen and Jimmy Horton.
Georgetown Speedway Set For Active 2017 Season With Unique Special Events Planned; Melvin L. Joseph Memorial Kicks It Off March 11
GEORGETOWN, DE – After a highly successful resurrection of auto racing last season at Georgetown Speedway, plans have taken shape for 2017 at the historic facility.
Ushering in the new season with the theme 'the tide has turned' the historic oval is set for an ambitious '17 campaign featuring a number of high-profile, unique special events.
BD Motorsports Media LLC has signed a three-year lease extension to continue racing at Georgetown, securing the future of competition at the Sussex County track.
The season, as it did a year ago, gets underway in March with the running of the Melvin L. Joseph Memorial on Saturday, March 11, the opener for the South Region of the Short Track Super Series (STSS) for big-block/small-block Modifieds, a 49-lap main paying $4,900 to win and $490 to take the green flag.
The March 11 opener will be preceded by practice sessions on March 4 and March 10.
Thanks to a partnership with Potomac (Md.) and Winchester (Va.) speedways, Super Late Models take part in a Tri-State Challenge on May 11, a 40-lap event paying $4,000 to win and $400 to start. The three-race mini-series continues at Potomac May 12 and Winchester May 13.
Both NASCAR weekends at nearby Dover International Speedway are occupied with Friday night racing at Georgetown.
The annual Deron Rust Memorial takes place on June 2 offering Modified racers $3,396 to win. A $3,000-to-win program is set for September 29, the fall Dover weekend.
United Racing Club (URC) 360 Sprint Cars make the trek to Delaware to compete in a doubleheader with the Modifieds on Friday, July 21.
For the first time in speedway history, the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Models will invade Georgetown on Thursday, August 17 with the running of the Fulton Bank 40.
A trademark event in its fourth year, the 'Blast at the Beach' for STSS Modifieds is set for Tuesday, August 30, a 35-lap main offering $5,000 to win and $400 to start co-promoted by Eric Kormann.
A first-time event that was highly successful in its debut, the Mid-Atlantic Championship Weekend returns to Georgetown on Friday-Saturday October 28-29.
The two-day program will feature 10 divisions of auto racing headlined by the STSS Modified championship program ($5,000 to win), Super Late Models ($5,000 to win) and small-block Modifieds ($3,000 to win).
The schedule remains subject to change and additions/alterations are possible.
Georgetown Speedway 2017 Schedule
Saturday, March 4 – Open Practice
Friday, March 10 – Open Practice
Saturday, March 11 – Melvin L. Joseph Memorial Race: Short Track Super Series Modifieds 49 laps, $4,900 to win, $490 to start, Crate 602 Sportsman, Southern Delaware Vintage Stock Cars, Little Lincolns, Delmarva Chargers & Delaware Super Trucks
Thursday, May 11 – Super Late Model Tri-State Challenge: Super Late Models 40 laps, $4,000 to win, $400 to start – Georgetown/Potomac/Winchester Series plus Crate 602 Sportsman, Delmarva Chargers & Delaware Super Trucks
Friday, June 2 – Deron Rust Memorial Race: Big-Block/Small-Block Modifieds $3,396 to win, Crate 602 Sportsman, Southern Delaware Vintage Stock Cars, Delmarva Chargers & Delaware Super Trucks
Friday, July 21 – URC Sprint Cars, Big-Block/Small-Block Modifieds $2,500 to win, $250 to start, Crate 602 Sportsman, Southern Delaware Vintage Stock Cars, Delmarva Chargers & Delaware Super Trucks
Thursday, August 17 – World of Outlaws Super Late Model Series Fulton Bank 40 plus Delmarva Chargers & Delaware Super Trucks
Tuesday, August 29 – 'Blast at the Beach 4' Short Track Super Series Modifieds 35 laps, $5,000 to win, $400 to start, Crate 602 Sportsman, Delmarva Chargers & Delaware Super Trucks
Friday, September 29 – Big-Block/Small-Block Modifieds $3,000 to win, $250 to start, Crate 602 Sportsman, Southern Delaware Vintage Stock Cars, Delmarva Chargers & Delaware Super Trucks
Friday-Saturday October 28-29 – Mid-Atlantic Championship Weekend
Friday – Small-Block Modified Complete Program, Crate 602 Sportsman Complete Program, Delmarva Charger & Delaware Super Truck Complete Program, Southern Delaware Vintage Car Complete Program, Short Track Super Series Modified & Super Late Model Heat Races
Saturday – STSS Modified 40 laps, $5,000 to win, Super Late Model 40 laps, $5,000 to win plus Crate Late Models, Little Lincolns, Mid-Atlantic 305 Sprint Cars, Delmarva Chargers & Delaware Super Trucks
Schedule is subject to change. Additional classes could be added at a later date.
Outlaw Speedway Makes Large Investment For Brand New Surface In 2017
(DUNDEE, N.Y.) – Outlaw Speedway owner and promoter Tyler Siri knew when he purchased the ‘Fast Four-Tenths-Mile’ in early 2016, that one item that needed attention in the short-term was the racing surface.
It had been well over a decade since the speedway located in Yates County had seen fresh, new, rock-free clay. As the speedway went through several seasons of turnover at the Promoter level, it wasn’t financially advisable to the previous two promoters to invest in new clay for the racetrack without an assured future at the speedway.
So when Siri took over in 2016, the track was on his short list of immediate fixes- it just couldn’t happen in time for the 2016 season.
“We just didn’t have enough time to try and attempt this for the 2016 season,” said Siri. “I’ve wanted to do this from the get go, and we worked some new clay in here and there, but this track needed what we have given it as far as the surface goes.”
In lieu of having the time to completely resurface the entire track prior to 2016, Siri went to work on the physical nature of the property. He expanded the camping and parking area. His team cleaned up the scrap that littered the facility on both the South and East ends of the property.
Buildings and the historic covered grandstand were resided and new graphics with the Outlaw logo could be found all over the facility. With many of the superficial appearance items checked off the list, and a season of teams and fans showing patience with what surface Siri inherited- 2017 will see a completely new surface that should provide some of the most exciting racing in New York State.
Siri invested $70,000 to bring in 308 truckloads of New York State approved, rock-free clay to cover the four-tenths-mile facility. The banking in both corners has changed with the addition of the new clay. That will usher in a new era of racing at Outlaw Speedway without yuke tires, to the pleasure of many of Outlaw Speedway’s competitors.
The amount of clay added to the track was so great that the Outlaw team will be addressing the front stretch wall as the new surface shortened the height of the concrete barrier. Siri and the track prep team report that the clay worked in great as they prepared the surface for Winter.
Albany-Saratoga Speedway To Host Short Track Super Series For The First Time In 2017; Series Inaugural Scheduled For Tuesday, August 15
MALTA, NY – One of New York State's premier dirt tracks – Albany-Saratoga Speedway – will join the Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By VP.
Albany-Saratoga owner Howard Commander and promoter Lyle DeVore have reached an agreement with STSS organizer Brett Deyo to bring the series to the Malta, N.Y., oval for the first time in 2017.
The inaugural STSS visit takes place on Tuesday, August 15, a 52-lap event offering a minimum of $5,000 to the winner, $1,000 for 10th-place and $400 to take the green flag. Those numbers, of course, could grow with marketing partners and bonuses attained.
"We are always looking to offer something unique and different for our fans," DeVore said. "I've been watching the Short Track Super Series since it started and like the diversity of the fields. We're hoping to bring in some Pennsylvania and New Jersey teams from the south to race with our locals.
"The plan is to make this something special, something different than we have ever offered before."
Deyo stressed his enthusiasm for the new event at the 'Great Race Place' four-tenths-mile venue.
"There is no question, Albany-Saratoga is a leader in the industry right now," he said. "It's 'the place' to be on Friday nights. The crowds, the field, surface and facility are second-to-none. This is a huge positive for our series, racers and sponsors.
"I'd expect one of our most talented fields of the season on hand for this show."
Unique for the Capital Region, STSS standard sail panels will be utilized on the Modifieds in addition to American Racer tires. Provisions will be made to aid local teams looking to compete in the event.
Sportsman, under local rules, will serve as the support division.
A rain date will be announced if needed.
The Albany-Saratoga program will be part of the series' North Region, which is slated to begin and end at Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown, N.Y. Joining the traditional April 'Hard Clay Open' is a recently announced finale during Eastern States Weekend in October.
A complete STSS '17 schedule will be released at the series Awards Banquet this Friday (December 16) in Bethlehem, Pa.
Marketing partners looking to join this first-time event are welcome to contact the STSS office by phone at 845.728.2781 or via e-mail at email@example.com.
The Short Track Super Series completed its third season, with Andy Bachetti of Sheffield, Mass., topping the North Region point battle and Stewart Friesen of Sprakers, N.Y., winning the South Region championship. The STSS can be found on the web at www.shorttracksuperseries.com, on Facebook under Short Track Super Series and @ShortTrackSS on Twitter.
DEMITRASZEK ENTERPRISES CELEBRATES THE 2016 SEASON AT THE ANNUAL AWARDS BANQUET
By: Ron Szczerba
Fonda/Fultonville, NY - The management team of Demitraszek Enterprises recently celebrated the 2016-racing season with the annual awards banquet, honoring everyone for their successes this past season. The banquet was held on Saturday, December 3 at the Amsterdam Elks Lodge in Amsterdam, NY and this year for the first time ever was a joint effort between Demitraszek Enterprises two tracks, the Glen Ridge Motorsports Park and Fonda Speedways along with the Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modified Series (MVVMS).
The entire Demitraszek family, along with some other people who volunteered their help, put on a delicious homemade buffet style meal at the banquet with all of the food being made by the Demitraszek family and their volunteers! It was a huge effort put forth by the family to do all of that work for the large crowd on hand proving that the family isn’t afraid of a little “hard work” which is what racing is all about.
Pete Demitraszek welcomed the crowd to the banquet before the delicious meal was served saying: “We want to thank all people, the racers, the fans, the crews, thank you to everyone who helped to make the 2016 racing season a success at both Glen Ridge and Fonda. I want to also thank David and Jackie Lape along with their crew for all of their hard work on the Fonda Speedway Museum this year because without them preserving the history of racing at Fonda there wouldn’t be anything left. It is also the time of the year to think about the people that we have lost this year both in our regular families and our racing families and also to pray for the troops and support them while they are away from their families.”
Awards to the drivers in the point standings at both tracks were given out first after dinner was completed beginning with the Glen Ridge Cruiser division where Dan Haslun (third place points) and Chris Andrews (track champion) were present to accept their awards. For Andrews it was his first career title in the Cruiser division at Glen Ridge.
Next were the drivers in the pro stock division with Luke Horning (fourth place points), Jason Morrison (second place points), and John Roese (track champion) were on hand to accept their awards. For Roese it was his first career title in the division at the “Ridge”.
In the 602 sportsman division at Glen Ridge Brian Calabrese (10th place points), Harry Shaffer (seventh place points), Chris Curtis (fourth place points), Brian Pessolano (third place points), Dave Constantino (second place points), and Rocky Warner (track champion) accepted their awards. For Warner it was his third title at Glen Ridge after also winning it back in 2012, 2014, and 2016.
The entire top 10 in the Glen Ridge modified division were either present of had a representative on hand to accept their awards including Al McCoy (10th), Ritchie Price (ninth), John Lutes Jr. (eighth), Bobby Vedder (seventh), Jeff Rockefeller (sixth), Shaun Pangman (fifth), Craig Hanson (fourth), Josh Hohenforst (third), Bobby Varin (second), and Jeremy Wilder (track champion). For Wilder it was his second title at Glen Ridge after also winning it back in 2012.
Next up were the point standing awards for the Fonda Speedway with Brian Calabrese (fifth place points), Mike Peek (fourth place points), and track champion David Manchester on hand to accept the awards in the Rookie Sportsman division.
In the Fonda Street Stock division Jason Samrov (fifth place points), Jim Groncki (fourth place points), Bill Yager (third place points), Johnny Young (second place points), and first time champion Josh Coonradt were all on hand to celebrate their successes in 2016.
Pro Stocks were up next with James Normoyle Jr. (10th place points), Jay Casey (seventh place points), Shane Henderson (fifth place points), Jim Normoyle (fourth place points), Jason Casey (third place points), Luke Horning (second place points), and track champion Kenny Gates all accepting their awards. For Gates it was his fifth title in the division at Fonda with championships in 2004, co-champion 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2016.
602 Sportsman drivers celebrating their point standing awards were Mark Mortensen (10th place points), Nick Scavia (ninth place points), Brian Pessolano (fifth place points), Chad Edwards (third place points), Dave Constantino (second place points), and track champion Rocky Warner. For Warner it was his third title in the division at Fonda after winning it the last three consecutive years 2014, 2015, and 2016.
Good representation by the modified drivers in the top 10 in Fonda points at the banquet with Jessey Mueller (10th place points), Darwin Greene (ninth place points), Craig Hanson (eighth place points), Danny Johnson (seventh place points), Jeff Rockefeller (sixth place points), Bodie Bellinger (fifth place points), Josh Hohenforst (fourth place points), Bobby Varin (third place points), Jeremy Wilder (second place points), and track champion Ronnie Johnson the honorees. For Johnson it was his second title at Fonda after winning it back in 2011.
Jeremy Wilder was crowned the combined point champion between Glen Ridge and Fonda drivers with Bobby Varin, Josh Hohenforst, Craig Hanson, and Jeff Rockefeller completing the top five in the standings.
Next in line were staff awards with the Preservation Award going to Buck Gasner, Tom Coughlin, Randy Colegrove, Joe Achzet, David & Jackie Lape, and Ashley Abeling who is in charge of the Kid’s Club at both Glen Ridge and Fonda.
Individual awards given out at the banquet were as follows:
Rookie of the Year at Glen Ridge – Ashley Celebucki Cruiser division
No Luck award – Jeff Rockefeller
Nobody saw it Coming award – Pep Corradi
Dedication to Racing – Tom & Sharon Spencer
Car Owner of the Year – Jake Spraker
Hard Luck and Most Improved Driver @ Fonda – Darwin Greene
Track help awards – George Smith, Mike Parillo, Bob Lansing, Ray Sefrin, Dan Seal, Ray Halgas, Custom Bob, Paul & John Lakata, and for his 25 consecutive years of videoing racing at the Fonda Speedway without missing an event Bob James
Buck Gasner completed the awards ceremony by honoring the champions in the two divisions of the Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modified Series (MVVMS) as Don Greco (modified) and John Constantino (sportsman) were presented their awards.
In conclusion, Pete Demitraszek thanked his entire family for their help in the task of running both the Glen Ridge Motorsports Park and Fonda Speedways.
“To all of my family, you have been critical to our success at both tracks this year and there are no words to describe my gratitude to you,” he said. “Looking forward to the car show in March on St. Patrick’s Day weekend and I wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.”
For announcements concerning the 2017-racing season at both the Glen Ridge Motorsports Park and Fonda Speedways please go to their respective websites www.glenridgemotorsportspark.net and www.fondaspeedway.com
Major Event Dates Taking Shape For Brewerton And Fulton Speedways In 2017
By Dave Medler
BALDWINSVILLE, NY – December 7, 2016 – Brewerton and Fulton Speedways' exciting 2017 schedules are taking shape with major events at both speedways that will give race fans high-speed racing excitement in must-see events.
The 32nd annual Outlaw 200 Weekend, one of the crown jewels in all of modified racing, will be held at Fulton Speedway on Friday September 29th and Saturday, September 30.
The Super DIRTcar Series for Big Block Modifieds will again kick off at Fulton Speedway with the annual Highbank Holdup 100 on Saturday, April 29. The series returns to Brewerton Speedway on September 15 for the 3rd annual Highbank Holdup.
The Hurricane 100 will again be a stop on the DIRTcar 358-Modified Series chase on Thursday night, October 5th.
“The Race of the Week” will be a Super DIRT Week satellite event for the 25th time in 2017.
Fulton and Brewerton will again be a hot bed for the Super DIRTcar Sportsman Series. Brewerton will host Sportsman series events as part of the Duel at the Demon Super DIRTcar Series event on Friday, September 15 and again on Thursday, October 5 as part of the Hurricane 100. Fulton Speedway will kick off the Sportsman series during Highbank Holdup Weekend April 28 and 29 along with the huge Industrial Tire of CNY Sportsman Shootout at the 32nd Annual Outlaw Weekend.
The Craftsman World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series will make a second consecutive visit to the Fulton Speedway as part of Super DIRT Week. The Saturday, October 7 showdown will once again be a fan favorite.
360 Sprint cars will visit the two tracks a total of six times in 2017. The Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints will visit Fulton Speedway three times in 2017 – Friday, April 28 as part of Highbank Holdup Weekend, ESS Speedweek on Saturday, July 1 and a new date on Saturday, September 2.
The Patriot Sprint Tour visits on Saturday, June 4. At Brewerton, two ESS Sprint dates will again be on the schedule. New this year, the traditional ESS Speedweek date will now be Friday, June 30. The series will also anchor Brewerton’s Labor Day weekend program on Friday, September 1.
Major Events at a glance:
Highbank Holdup Weekend – April 28 & 29
32nd annual Outlaw 200 Weekend - Friday and Saturday, September 29 and 30.
ESS Sprints and Big Blocks – Friday, April 28; Saturday, July 1; Saturday September 2
Patriot Sprints and Big Blocks – Saturday, June 3
Duel at the Demon – Friday, September 15
Hurricane 100 – Thursday, October 5
ESS Sprints and Big Blocks – Friday, June 30 & Friday, September 1
The Brewerton and Fulton Speedways “Winter Blast” and DIRTcar Nationals final night viewing party will take place Saturday, February 25 at RFH’s Hideaway located just south of the Fulton Speedway on Route 57. Point Money, trophies will be handed out, this year a buffet dinner will be available to those that want to purchase one. Dress for the event is casual and free to attend. Racers, race teams and fans are all invited for a night of fun, catching up with friends you haven't seen since the end of the 2016 season.
2017 DIRTcar and Super DIRTcar Series Schedule Announced
CONCORD, N.C. - December 8, 2016 - The Super DIRTcar Series announced today the 2017 racing schedule. The 2017 Super DIRTcar Series schedule features events spanning from mid-February through early November. The series will visit tracks in Florida, Ohio, North Carolina, New York, Ontario and Quebec.
The Super DIRTcar Series will once again kick off the season with its fourth annual trip south for the DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park in a non-points event. Series racing action will continue in late April when they take on the high banks of Fulton Speedway for the the High Bank Hold-Up.
New to the 2017 schedule, the Big-Block Modifieds will make their first-ever trip to the four-tenths mile oval of Airborne Park Speedway in Plattsburgh, N.Y. The Speedway recently laid down new clay in preparation for the new season.
After a 10-year absence, the Big-Block Modifieds returned to Eldora (Ohio) Speedway in 2016. The series will once again return to the half-mile dirt oval in 2017 on July 18th and 19th. During last year's events Tim Fuller and 2016 Series Champion 'Super' Matt Sheppard nabbed victories at the famed dirt track.
The series will venture north of the border when it visits Autodrome-Granby and LeRPM Speedway on back-to-back nights of September 8th and 9th.
The stars of the Big-Block Modifieds head to Fonda, N.Y. for a final tune-up before NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week on Saturday, September 23rd. NAPA Super DIRT Week will once again return to the famed Oswego Speedway in 2017 for the 46th annual event during the week of October 8th.
The series makes one final trip to Canada at Brockville Speedway on Friday, October 13th before heading south to Concord, N.C. for the Bad Boy Off Road World of Outlaws World Finals at The Dirt Track at Charlotte on November 2nd-4th.
DIRTcar Racing also announced the 2017 358-Modified final nine-race schedule, along with full schedules for the Sportsman and Pro Stock classes. The 2017 regional format and schedules for the 358-modifieds will be announced in the coming weeks.
2017 Super DIRTcar Series Schedule
*Tentative - Subject to Change
Wednesday, February 22, 2017 Volusia Speedway Park, Barberville FL
Thursday, February 23, 2017 Volusia Speedway Park, Barberville FL
Friday, February 24, 2017 Volusia Speedway Park, Barberville FL
Saturday, February 25, 2017 Volusia Speedway Park, Barberville FL
Saturday, April 29, 2017 Fulton Speedway, Fulton NY
Monday, May 22, 2017 Weedsport Speedway, Weedsport NY
Sunday June 11, 2017 Five Mile Point Speedway, Kirkwood NY
Tuesday, June 20, 2017 Outlaw Speedway, Dundee NY
Tuesday, June 27, 2017 Albany-Saratoga Speedway, Malta NY
Sunday, July 2, 2017 Utica-Rome Speedway, Vernon NY
Thursday, July 6, 2017 Airborne Park Speedway, Plattsburgh NY
Sunday July 9, 2017 Cornwall Motor Speedway, Cornwall Ontario
Tuesday, July 11, 2017 Weedsport Speedway, Weedsport NY
Wednesday, July 12, 2017 Rain Date
Tuesday, July 18, 2017 Eldora Speedway, Rossburg OH
Wednesday, July 19, 2017 Eldora Speedway, Rossburg OH
Thursday, July 20, 2017 Sharon Speedway, Hartford OH
Monday, July 24, 2017 Autodrome Drummond, Drummondville Quebec
Tuesday, July 25, 2017 Autodrome-Granby, Granby Quebec
Wednesday, July 26, 2017 Rain Date
Monday, August 7, 2017 Merrittville Speedway, Thorold Ontario
Tuesday, August 8, 2017 Ransomville Speedway, Ransomville NY
Thursday, August 24, 2017 Ohsweken Speedway, Ohsweken Ontario
Thursday, August 31, 2017 Lebanon Valley Speedway, West Lebanon NY
Monday, September 4, 2017 Weedsport Speedway, Weedsport NY
Friday, September 8, 2017 Autodrome-Granby, Granby Quebec
Saturday, September 9, 2017 LeRPM Speedway, St.-Marcel-de-Richelieu, Quebec
Friday, September 15, 2017 Brewerton Speedway, Brewerton NY
Saturday, September 16, 2017 Mohawk International Speedway, Hogansburg NY
Saturday, September 23, 2017 Fonda Speedway, Fonda NY
Sunday, October 8, 2017 Oswego Speedway, Oswego NY
Friday, October 13, 2017 Brockville Ontario Speedway, Brockville Ontario
Thursday, November 2, 2017 The Dirt Track at Charlotte, Concord NC
Friday, November 3, 2017 The Dirt Track at Charlotte, Concord NC
Saturday, November 4, 2017 The Dirt Track at Charlotte, Concord NC
2017 DIRTcar 358-Modified Series Schedule
*Subject to Change*
Friday, August 11, 2017 Autodromme-Granby
Sunday, September 3, 2017 Cornwall Motor Speedway
Friday, September 15, 2017 Mohawk International Speedway
Friday, September 22, 2017 LeRPM Speedway
Saturday, September 23, 2017 Autodrome-Drummond
Sunday, September 24, 2017 Airborne Park Speedway
Wednesday, October 4, 2017 Weedsport Speedway
Thursday, October 5, 2017 Brewerton Speedway
Saturday, October 7, 2017 Oswego Speedway
Saturday, October 14, 2017 Brockville Speedway
2017 DIRTcar Sportsman Series Schedule
*Subject to Change*
Friday, April 28, 2017 Fulton Speedway
Saturday, May 6, 2017 Autodrome-Drummond
Tuesday, June 20, 2017 Outlaw Speedway
Monday, July 3, 2017 Weedsport Speedway
Friday, August 11, 2017 Autodrome Granby
Sunday, September 3, 2017 Cornwall Motor Speedway
Friday, September 8, 2017 Ransomville Speedway
Saturday, September 9, 2017 Merrittville Speedway
Sunday, September 10, 2017 Humberstone Speedway
Friday, September 15, 2017 Brewerton Speedway
Saturday, September 16, 2017 Mohawk International Speedway
Friday, September 22, 2017 LeRPM Speedway
Saturday, September 23, 2017 Brighton Speedway
Saturday, September 23, 2017 Autodrome-Drummond
Fall Championship Challenge (150 point events)
Fri. - Sat., Sept. 29-30, 2017 Fulton Speedway
Wednesday, October 4, 2017 Weedsport Speedway
Thursday, October 5, 2017 Brewerton Speedway
Sunday, October 8, 2017 Oswego Speedway
Saturday, October 14, 2017 Brockville Speedway
Saturday, October 28, 2017 The Dirt Track at Charlotte
Utica-Rome Speedway Joins DIRTcar in 2017
Speedway set to sanction weekly action for the first time since 2004
Utica-Rome Speedway Press Release - Mike Mallett
VERNON, N.Y. (December 5, 2016) - After a three year run as a NASCAR home track, the Utica-Rome Speedway is making a change for the upcoming season. The owners of the facility, Bill and Kim Shea, have elected to make a move into the DIRTcar Racing fold. It is the first time in over 10 years that the facility will fly the DIRTcar banner.
"We had a great run with NASCAR but after looking at our options going forward Kim and I think it's time to try something different," said speedway owner Bill Shea. "Last season we ran a Super DIRTcar Series event and we had a great response from the fans and the drivers. We want to build upon that for this year. We look forward to furthering the relationship with DIRTcar going forward as we continue to grow Utica-Rome Speedway."
The speedway and DIRTcar officials have been working behind the scenes over the past few months to iron out the details of the deal. Mike Perrotte, the Director of Series and Sanctioning for DIRTcar Northeast, was excited about finally being able to bring Utica-Rome Speedway into the mix.
"I'm extremely happy that Utica-Rome Speedway will be DIRTcar sanctioned in 2017," stated Mike Perrotte. "DIRTcar has a successful record of Sunday night sanctioned tracks. Having this option available for big-blocks benefits everyone in Central New York. I look forward to working with Bill and Kim Shea during the upcoming year."
Utica-Rome has been sanctioned by DIRTcar at various points in its over 50-year history. It first fell under the sanctioned banner in 1981 and 1982. The speedway was again sanctioned from 1985 through 1987 before one final run as a weekly 358-Modified track from 1999 to 2004. Jack Johnson leads the all-time wins list in DIRTcar sanctioned action with 18 career victories at the facility while Stewart Friesen was the last driver to claim a DIRTcar title at the track. 2016 Modified champion Matt Sheppard earned a DIRTcar championship of his own back in 2002. Sheppard also claimed 2016's Super DIRTcar Series event.
By adding the sanction to weekly action, Shea now offers any drivers that plan on following the Super DIRTcar Series tour the opportunity to earn coveted home track points. Shea hopes this entices more drivers to compete weekly.
"I've heard from a lot of drivers that wanted us to join DIRTcar so they could get home track points," commented Shea. "We believe this decision will help our car count in the Modifieds. We already have a quality field of drivers that compete weekly and this move should entice other drivers to come to Utica-Rome as well."
In addition the Big-Block Modifieds, the 602 Sportsman are also going to fall under the DIRTcar umbrella. There is discussion about the Pro Stock division being sanctioned but no final decision has been made to date. Jessica Zemken was the last DIRTcar Sportsman champion while Jamie Christian leads all drivers with 23 career wins under the DIRTcar banner in the division. In DIRTcar Pro Stock action, Jerry Holmes leads all drivers with 24 career wins under the sanctioning body.
The speedway plans to continue the tradition of having the Super DIRTcar Series on Sunday, July 2nd of the fourth of July weekend with the Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints. In addition to the Super DIRTcar Series, the two sides are working to possibly bring the DIRTcar 358-Modifieds series to the Utica-Rome as well as the DIRTcar Sportsman and Pro Stock tours. They'll continue working in the coming weeks to see if an agreement can be reached.
Utica-Rome Speedway historian Doug Zupan also contributed to this story.
New Ride, Winning Result: Anthony Perrego Wins 'Gobbler' Modified Event
ACCORD, NY – Armed with a new opportunity, Anthony Perrego closed out the 2016 Northeast dirt-track season in victorious fashion Saturday at Accord Speedway.
In a rare December dirt-track event, the Montgomery, N.Y., driver dominated the 'Gobbler' big-block/small-block Modified special at Accord Speedway, collecting $5,400 for his efforts. Perrego was driving for Brian Smith's Superior Remodeling team for just the second time.
For Perrego, the checkered was his second in the 'post-season' Gobbler. He won the inaugural version at Accord in 2013.
Perrego was thankful to the Superior Remodeling operation for the opportunity in Victory Lane.
"This is a big one to win," offered Perrego after climbing to the roof of the No. 44 Hig Fab Chassis mount. "I have to thank this team for giving me a chance. We had a great car today."
Perrego won before a healthy crowd with a pit-bulging 177 race teams taking part in the program.
The 50-lap main was a rough-and-tumble affair early on. Southern Tier driver Brian Malcolm launched off the pole via a redraw of top qualifiers and put his Chuck Grimm-backed No. 119 into the lead at the outset. In turn one, several cars spun to draw the yellow.
A grinding frontstretch pileup drew the red before the completion of lap one when Jerry Higbie was forced into the outside wall and several cars were collected. All drivers were okay.
Through the series of restarts, Malcolm held command. Mike Ricci, a perennial Accord contender, worked into second by the seventh lap before he was spun in turn one.
Perrego, who had originally started fourth, now took over second and began his pursuit of Malcolm, working both the outside and inside lanes of the quarter-mile oval.
On lap 15, Perrego powered around the outside of Malcolm to take a lead he wouldn't relinquish. Perrego negotiated lapped traffic flawlessly in the final laps en route to the win at the speedway where he claimed the 2016 track championship.
Malcolm, of Lake Ariel, Pa., held on for a runner-up effort. Malcolm, who chased the Short Track Super Series in 2016, was a feature winner at both Penn Can (Pa.) and Thunder Mountain (N.Y.) speedways.
"Anthony was fast," Malcolm said. "He's a good guy and I'm glad to see him win. This is a nice way to end the year for us."
Corey Lowitt of Wallkill, N.Y., placed a steady third in the United Pump & Tank-backed No. 716, with Accord, N.Y., driver Richard Smith, who started 20th, finishing fourth and Modified newcomer, third-generation driver Allison Ricci of New Paltz, N.Y., in fifth after starting 16th.
Completing the top-10 were Jimmy Horton of Neshanic Station, N.J., in the Halmar No. 43 recovering from early race tangles; Jeff Strunk of Boyertown, Pa., driving a Dave Zubikowski-owned car; multi-time Accord champion Rich Ricci Jr. of New Paltz, N.Y.; Mike Ricci of Tillson, N.Y., after his early race misfortune; and Mike Trautschold of Parksville, N.Y.
Heat winners were Ken Ferrier, Perrego, Danny Johnson and Trautschold. The consolations were split by Smith and Tyler Dippel.
Bloomingburg, N.Y., driver Joey Bruning scored the biggest win of his career in the 25-lap Sportsman main. Bruning earned $1,650 including a $150 bonus as the highest-finishing Crate 602 Sportsman in the main event.
Bruning launched off the outside pole and held Tyler Johnston at bay. Tyler Boniface, after starting 12th, rallied to finish third with a late-race pass of PA/NJ Sportsman standout Brandon Grosso, who held on for fourth. Cody Hunt, making his first Accord appearance, placed fifth in a steady drive.
Each of the top-three drivers utilized Crate 602 engines and received cash bonuses of $150 – Bruning and $125 – Johnston and Boniface.
'GOBBLER' RACE SUMMARY – ACCORD SPEEDWAY SATURDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2016
Modified Feature Finish (50 laps): ANTHONY PERREGO, Brian Malcolm, Corey Lowitt, Richard Smith, Allison Ricci, Jimmy Horton, Jeff Strunk, Rich Ricci Jr., Mike Ricci, Mike Trautschold, Scott Ferrier, Danny Creeden, Chris Stevens, Randy Green, Danny Johnson, Ryan Darcy, Tyler Dippel, Tyler Siri, Ray See Jr., Craig Hanson, Brian Krummel, Ken Ferrier, Larry Mekic, Jerry Higbie.
Sportsman Feature Finish (25 laps): JOEY BRUNING, Tyler Johnston, Tyler Boniface, Brandon Grosso, Cody Hunt, Danny Tyler, Cole Hentschel, Greg McCloskey, Joey Bonetti, Jimmy Johnson, Corey Cormier, Kyle Van Duser, David Demorest, Chris Lynch, Shane Jablonka, Tommy Collins, Lenny Helmich, Nick Alberti, Richard Smith, Tommy Johnson, Stacy Jackson, Jim Kraus, Jamie Batzel, Eric Williams, Jimmy Zacharias, Larry Mekic.
Utica-Rome Speedway Sets 2017 Weekly Divisions
VERNON, NY – Utica-Rome Speedway management is diligently working on the schedule for the 2017 season. Although dates have yet to finalize for special events, the weekly program has taken shape over the past few weeks. The speedway plans to feature a weekly program that includes the Modifieds, 602 Sportsman, Pro Stocks as well as a new to the speedway Novice Sportsman division.
As they've been the past several seasons at Utica-Rome, the Modifieds remain as the Sunday night highlight for weekly action at the half-mile facility. Matt Sheppard captured his second consecutive track championship at the speedway, his third overall in 2016. He dominated the season parking his self-owned No.9s in Victory Lane on five different occasions. Larry Wight, Pat Ward, Rob Belling and Danny Varin also took home triumphs in the Modifieds last season. Fans can expect the same quality field to compete at the track in 2017 with several new faces ready to add to the top division ranks.
Although the 602 Sportsman became a weekly division just two seasons ago, they've quickly become one of the most popular at the speedway. The division saw strong weekly car counts averaging in the mid 20's with several nights seeing car counts break the 30-car threshold. Matt Janczuk wrestled the 2016 title away from Rocky Warner as the chase for the title came down to the final night of action back in September.
New for 2017, the speedway has elected to add a Novice 602 Sportsman division. This division will be open to drivers that don't have the seat time that others in the division have. This will allow these drivers more track time to get their feet wet before hitting the track with their more experienced peers. Rules for the division will fall in line with other tracks in Central New York.
Also, returning in 2017 are the Pro Stocks. The Pro Stocks have been a staple at the speedway with some of the top drivers in Northeast competing weekly at the track including track champion Pete Stefanski. Stefanski was able to hold off the always strong Mike Welch for his first ever title.
Unfortunately, the Open Sportsman division will not be returning for the 2017 season. The division struggled to gain traction as more and more drivers have purchased crate power plants to compete with the 602 Sportsman division. After the 2015 season, rule changes were made to gain more cars each week but, car counts remained stagnant. As a result, the difficult decision was made by speedway management to drop the division. Currently speedway officials are working to come up with viable option to allow those with open competition engines to compete with the Modified division.
LUCAS OIL LATE MODELS, ALL STAR SPRINTS & SUPER DIRTCAR BIG-BLOCK MOD SERIES HIGHLIGHT NATIONAL EVENTS IN 2017 AT SHARON; 4 DIVISIONS TO BE FEATURED IN SATURDAY NIGHT WEEKLY "STEEL VALLEY THUNDER" PROGRAM
By Mike Leone
Hartford, OH November 29, 2016 While the 2017 racing season is still well over four months away, Sharon Speedway management has been busy making preparations for the 88th anniversary season. All of the major events scheduled in 2016 will return with some additional events in the works. The weekly Saturday night "Steel Valley Thunder" program has been reduced from six divisions down to four for the 2017 season.
After the 2016 season is officially closed out with the awards banquet and dinner on Saturday, February 25 at Yankee Lake (OH) Ballroom, all eyes will shift to 2017 with the season opener on Friday, April 21 as the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series will make their inaugural visit to Sharon in a $10,000 to-win event. After much anticipation, the 2016 event was rained out.
Tony Stewart's Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions have already been booked for two events. The 35th annual Ohio Speedweek will make a stop on Tuesday, June 20 for $5,000 to-win, and then the All Stars will return for the third consecutive year to sanction the ninth annual "Lou Blaney Memorial" on Saturday, July 8.
The Super DIRTcar Big-Block Modified Series will return once again on Thursday, July 20 for a $6,000 to-win event. A huge field of 51 ground-pounders invaded the Hartford, Ohio 3/8-mile oval this past season for the first time since 1983 on the old half-mile track. Jimmy Phelps will look to defend his 2016 victory.
Advanced tickets will go on sale soon for these events. Several other events with regional touring series and non-sanctioned Sprint Car events will also be held. The exact date of September's "Apple Festival Nationals" hasn't been set, and look for a reformatted event. Speaking of the "Apple Festival Nationals", the five rained out 2016 feature events will be made up throughout the spring of 2017 with the exact dates announced with the release of the 2017 schedule.
The weekly Saturday night "Steel Valley Thunder" program will get underway on Saturday, April 29 and will feature the Hovis Auto & Truck Supply Big-Block Modifieds, Lyden/Red Line Oil RUSH Sportsman Modifieds, Gibson Insurance Agency Stock Cars, and the HTMA/Precise Racing Products Econo Mods. Due to declining car counts, the (E) Modifieds and Mini Stocks will not be part of the weekly program. The Modifieds are slated to make monthly appearances.
Changing Forecast, Significant Morning Rainfall Forces Accord Speedway 'Gobbler' Postponement To December 3
ACCORD, NY – A dramatically changing forecast press significant rainfall over Accord Speedway on Saturday morning, forcing the postponement of the 'Gobbler' until next Saturday, December 3.
The forecast on Friday night called for partly cloudy skies and temperatures in the high-40s. Saturday morning dawned with rain and frozen mix that lasted past the time pit gates were scheduled to open. The speedway, thoroughly soaked, would not have been able to be run in at a reasonable time for racing forcing the move.
The event will be run under the same format and rules on December 3.
A year ago, the event was run under sunny skies on the first week of December after a similar situation.
A "full plate" of racing will include the 'Mashed Potato' Modifieds in a 50-lap, $5,000-to-win contest, the 'Turkey 25' for Open vs. Crate 602 Sportsman, 'Sweet Potato' Slingshots and 'Pumpkin Pie' Pure/Street Stocks. After the completion of racing there will be some 'Enduro pudding' as a side, when the Four Cylinders battle for 100 laps.
For the 'Gobbler' event, pit gates will open at 10 a.m. Grandstand gates unlock at 11 a.m. Hot laps begin at 1 p.m. with racing to follow at 2 p.m.
Grandstand admission is $24 for Adults. Seniors (ages 65 and over) pay $22. Kids under 11 pay $5. Pit admission is $35. Limited indoor seating is $35 and can be reserved by calling 845.626.1142.
Stout Field Set To Battle This Saturday At Accord Speedway As 'Gobbler' Event Closes Curtain On 2016 Northeast Dirt Track Season; Who Will Be The Day's Big Winner?
ACCORD, NY – Outdoor dirt-track racing in the Northeast for 2016 comes to a close this weekend in style.
Accord Speedway presents the fourth running of the 'Gobbler' event on Saturday (November 26) featuring a "full plate" of racing to include the 'Mashed Potato' Modifieds in a 50-lap, $5,000-to-win contest, the 'Turkey 25' for Open vs. Crate 602 Sportsman, 'Sweet Potato' Slingshots and 'Pumpkin Pie' Pure/Street Stocks. After the completion of racing there will be some 'Enduro pudding' as a side, when the Four Cylinders battle for 100 laps.
A potent and talented field is assembling in search of the 50-lap big-block/small-block Modified triumph. Last year's winner Danny Johnson of Rochester, N.Y., will be aboard the Gary Mann-owned No. 27J, with Mann's prior driver Anthony Perrego of Montgomery, N.Y., taking his talents to the Superior Remodeling No. 44.
Red-hot in November is Duane Howard, the Oley, Pa., driver who has won this month in Delaware at Georgetown Speedway and New Jersey at Bridgeport Speedway. Howard straps into the Norm Hansell-owned No. 357 at Accord Saturday.
The 'sensational' Jimmy Horton of Neshanic Station, N.J., has been a contender in Accord special events this season. Horton returns in search of post-Thanksgiving checkers in the Halmar-backed No. 43.
A winner in the Capital District this summer, NASCAR K&N East regular Tyler Dippel of Wallkill, N.Y., returns to Accord in search of retribution. Dippel was leading the 'Battle of the Bullring' in July when his car broke, sending him to the infield.
Just one month separated from his biggest career win during Eastern States Weekend, Middletown, N.Y., driver Brian Krummel straps back aboard the Dave Zubikowski-owned car at Accord searching for another high-profile conquest.
Taking the wheel of the United Pump & Tank-owned No. 138 is Jerry Higbie of Newburgh, N.Y., a past 'King of the Catskills' winner at the Ulster County facility.
Winners at their own home tracks this season, Brian Malcolm of Lake Ariel, Pa., who took victories at Thunder Mountain (N.Y.) and Penn Can (Pa.), and Craig Hanson of Johnstown, N.Y., a winner at Glen Ridge (N.Y.) and Fonda (N.Y.), look to wrap their season up on a strong note at Accord.
Always a threat in major events at Accord are the brothers Ricci, both Rich Ricci Jr., the 'King of the Catskills' winner in September and multi-track champion Mike Ricci will be poised for a $5,000 win. Third-generation talent Allison Ricci, a standout in the area's Sportsman scene, will be running with the Modifieds on Saturday.
Accord's tough field of regulars will look to keep the trophy on their home turf.
For the 'Gobbler' event, pit gates will open at 10 a.m. Grandstand gates unlock at 11 a.m. Hot laps begin at 1 p.m. with racing to follow at 2 p.m.
Grandstand admission is $24 for Adults. Seniors (ages 65 and over) pay $22. Kids under 11 pay $5. Pit admission is $35. Limited indoor seating is $35 and can be reserved by calling 845.626.1142.
Rules have been posted for all divisions and can be found at the following link: http://bdmotorsportsmedia.com/gobbler-rules-prices-general-information/
The order of events can be found at the following link: http://bdmotorsportsmedia.com/gobbler-order-of-events/
The 'Gobbler' is a co-promotion involving BD Motorsports Media LLC and Accord Speedway owners and promoters Gary and Donna Palmer.
DIRTcar Northeast Champions Crowned
Drivers, Sponsors and Promoters Recognized at DIRTcar Banquet
SYRACUSE, N.Y - Nov. 22, 2016 - The 2016 season came to an end with the completion of the 2016 DIRTcar Northeast awards ceremony Saturday night. This year's banquet was full of familiar faces as drivers, sponsors and promoters were recognized and champions were crowned.
The Night of Champions kicked off with the recognition of the Mr. DIRTcar champions. Throughout the year, DIRTcar Racing distributed nearly $300,000 in point fund awards, thanks to contributions from Hoosier, VP Racing Fuels and all of the marketing partners. For the sixth year, the Mr. DIRTcar Home Track Points Championship pitted racers throughout the Northeast against one another based on their best 16 finishes in their respective division at any DIRTcar sanctioned track. Saturday night the 2016 champions were honored and recognized for their efforts and success.
Montreal, Quebec's Stephane Lemire clinched the 2016 Mr. DIRTcar Pro Stock Championship with eight wins, 22 top-five finishes and 26 starts towards the Mr.DIRTcar title. Lemire received $1,000 from the point fund and a $500 fuel certificate from VP Racing Fuels.
Brad Rouse captured the 2016 Mr. DIRTcar Sportsman Championship. With 13 feature wins coming from Merrittville and Humberstone Speedway, Rouse pocketed $1,000 from the point fund as well as a $750 in fuel certificate from VP Racing Fuels.
David Hebert picked up his fourth, third in a row, Mr. DIRTcar 358-Modified Championship this season. Hebert collected 10 wins on the season, which included triumphs at RPM Speedway, Autodrome Drummond and Autodrome Granby. Hebert received $3,000 from the point fund and a $1,000 fuel certificate from VP Racing Fuels.
The Mr. DIRTcar Big-Block Modified Championship went to Matt Sheppard as he took home his fifth win. Waterloo, New York's own collected 16 wins, 34 top-fives and 38 top-ten finishes in 45 starts towards the Mr.DIRTcar title. Sheppard also clinched the Canandaigua Speedway Track Championship. Sheppard received $7,500 from the point fund and a $2,500 fuel certificate from VP Racing Fuels.
"This one obviously feels good. It's very sweet for so, so many reasons," said Matt Sheppard. "[Shane Andrews was] talking a little bit about visionaries earlier, and last year I had a little vision of my own. That vision included crew guys, sponsors, manufacturers and people that want to win races, and have won races before. Those are the type of people we put together this year. We couldn't do it without those people. It just really was a storybook season from start to finish."
Following the Mr. DIRTcar champion recognitions, winners were chosen for the Motorsports Safety Systems / Number One Speed /G-Force Rookie of the Year Awards. These drivers are the next great stars in DIRTcar racing and were recognized for their talent this season.
The 2016 Pro Stock Rookie of the Year went to Justin Desrosiers as he competed in twelve events, finishing in the top ten five times.
Zach Sobtoka, from Mexico, N.Y., finished 23rd in the Sportsman series points and captured five top fives at his home tracks of Brewerton and Fulton Speedways. Sobtoka is this year's Sportsman Rookie of the Year.
Gary Lindberg competed in 21 DIRTcar 358-Modified starts, recording two 358-Modified feature wins. Lindberg was crowned the 2016 358-Modified Rookie of the Year.
The 2016 Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modified Rookie of the Year went to Max McLaughlin. McLaughlin, from Mooresville, N.C., took home five top-five's in 42 starts in the Mr. DIRT Modified point race this season. McLaughlin also finished 13th in the Series points, using Brewerton as his hometrack.
"I really learned a lot this year," said Max McLaughlin. "I can't thank HBR enough. This is one of the toughest series, competition-wise, you'll see. I'm just glad to be a part of it."
Jocelyn Roy, from St. Helene, Quebec, accepted his second DIRTcar Pro Stock Series title Saturday night. Roy may not have made it to Victory Lane in the series this season, but consistency was key as he picked up the championship not only with DIRTcar but also at his home tracks Autodrome Granby, LeRPM Speedway and Autodrome Drummond.
Accepting his first ever DIRTcar Sportsman Modified title, Shane Pecore, from St. Andrews, West Ontario, was all smiles in front of a packed house. Pecore was not only able to capture two DIRTcar Series wins this season towards the 2016 title, but he also picked up the Brockville Speedway and Cornwall Motor Speedway Championship.
Former DIRTcar Sportsman Series champion in 2008 and 2009, Chris Raabe made his way back on stage to be recognized for his accomplishments, but this time it was for the 2016 DIRTcar 358-Modified Series Championship. The driver out of Napanee, Ontario, who won six 358-Modified features throughout the season, was unable to park it in Victory Lane during any series event this season. He was persistent with two top-fives and four top-ten's. Raabe also picked up the 358-Modified Track Championship at Cornwall Motor Speedway.
Five-time Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modified Champion Matt Sheppard accepted his hardware Saturday for his second straight year. Not only did he pick up the Big-Block Modified Super DIRTcar Series Championship this year, the Mr. DIRTcar Big-Block Modified title and the Canandaigua Speedway Track Championship, but he also re-wrote the history for the most series wins in a season.
Sheppard, out of Waterloo, N.Y., had what many would call a dream season. His new self-owned team combination proved that they were a force to be reckoned with by winning 12 races with 21 top-fives and 22 top-ten finishes out of 26 starts. The No. 9s team also won 17-heat races, recorded fast time seven times, and had a total of 18 podium finishes.
The 2016 Promoter of the Year Award went to Weedsport Speedway for their hard work and extraordinary dedication this season. Al Heinke, Jimmy Phelps, Shannon Phelps and Andy Phelps were honored.
"This is a shock to us. We didn't expect this," said Jimmy Phelps. "We're all fortunate to be a part of this."
For the second year in a row there was a drawing for a 602 Chevrolet motor, the winner was Brianna Ladouceur, a competitor in the Sportsman Modified division. Ladouceur made history at the 45th Annual NAPA Auto Part Super DIRT Week when she became the first woman to win an event at Super DIRT Week, taking home a triple 15 qualifying event.
The Big-Block Modified Super DIRTcar Series will resume action in 2017 in February in Florida at the DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park with four non-point races. Tickets can be purchased now by visiting dirtcar.ticketforce.com.
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