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Defending Super DIRTcar Series Champion Matt Sheppard Makes his Mark on 2018 with a DIRTcar Nationals Victory

BARBERVILLE, FL - February 16, 2018 - Super Matt Sheppard started the third Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modified DIRTcar Nationals Feature in third but wasted no time positioning himself in pole-sitter Danny Johnson's tire tracks.

Johnson lead the field for the first 17 laps until he caught up to lapped traffic. Johnson attempted to make a pass on the high-side.

Unfortunately for the no. 27j, he slid up and Sheppard made the best of the opportunity and set sail en route to his first victory of 2018 season.

Feature (30 laps): 1. Matt Sheppard; 2. Danny Johnson; 3. Max McLaughlin; 4. Tim McCreadie; 5. Justin Haers; 6. Ryan Godown; 7. Pat Ward; 8. Larry Wight; 9. Jimmy Horton; 10. Mike Mahaney; 11.Ryan Watt; 12. Brett Hearn; 13. Billy Decker; 14. Jimmy Phelps; 15. Billy Pauch; 16. Jessey Mueller; 17. Brett Kressley; 18. Erick Rudolph; 19. Tim Fuller; 20. Rick Laubach; 21. Joseph Watson; 22. Billy VanInwegen; 23. J.R. Heffner; 24. Tyler Siri; 25. Chad Brachmann; 26. Billy Whittaker; 27. Dave Rauscher; 28. Dillon Steuer; 29. H.J. Bunting.

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Super DIRTcar Series Opens Season with DIRTcar Nationals Double-Header
 
BARBERVILLE, FL - February 15, 2018 -  Horseheads, NY-native, Tyler Siri picked up his first Super DIRTcar Series victory and his first Gator in the postponed Big-Block Modified Feature on Night 10 of the DIRTcar Nationals. After starting on the outside pole, Siri battled hard and benefited from a high attrition rate among the leaders.

Feature (30 Laps): 1. Tyler Siri; 2. Tim McCreadie; 3. Jimmy Horton; 4. Danny Johnson; 5. Pat Ward; 6. Max McLaughlin; 7. H.J. Bunting; 8. J.R. Heffner; 9. Ryan Watt; 10. Larry Wight; 11. Ryan Godown; 12. Joseph Watson; 13. Mike Mahaney; 14. Brett Hearn; 15. Billy Decker; 16. Erick Rudolph; 17. Jessey Mueller; 18. Jim Britt; 19. Stewart Friesen; 20. Jeremy Smith; 21. Billy Pauch; 22. Justin Haers; 23. Rex King; 24. Jimmy Phelps; 25. Matt Sheppard; 26. Jim Rasey.
 
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Tim McCreadie Captures His Second Gator of the 2018 DIRTcar Nationals

BARBERVILLE, FL - February 15, 2018 - Tim McCreadie now has two Gator trophies to take home to New York State. Wednesday night McCreadie found himself in Victory Lane for the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series 50-lap Feature and Thursday he strapped into the Sweetners Plus Big-Block Modified and held off Stewart Friesen and hard-charger Danny Johnson for the win.

Feature (30 Laps): 1. Tim McCreadie; 2. Stewart Friesen; 3. Danny Johnson; 4. Justin Haers; 5. Mike Mahaney; 6. Matt Sheppard; 7. Billy Pauch; 8. Ryan Watt; 9. Brett Kressley; 10. Billy VanInwegen; 11. Pat Ward; 12. Larry Wight; 13. Jimmy Horton; 14. J.R. Heffner; 15. Ryan Godown; 16. Billy Decker; 17. Billy Whittaker; 18. Rex King; 19. Jimmy Phelps; 20. Jim Britt; 21. Tyler Siri; 22. Jeremy Smith; 23. Brett Hearn; 24. Erick Rudolph; 25. Joseph Watson; 26. Jessey Mueller; 27. Max McLaughlin; 28. H.J. Bunting.

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Modified Racers Have 45,833 Reasons To Head South For Georgetown Melvin L. Joseph Memorial

GEORGETOWN, DE – Modified competitors have 45,833 reasons to tow to Delaware next month.

The Northeast Modified opener is set for Friday-Saturday March 16-17 at Georgetown Speedway with the Melvin L. Joseph Memorial. On Saturday, the main attraction is the 49-lap event for the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco, the first of eight events on the Velocita-USA South Region.

STSS big-block/small-block Modified competitors will battle for a massive total purse structure of $29,789 – the largest payout so far for the division at Georgetown.

The pay breakdown is: 1) $6,949; 2) $3,000; 3) $2,000; 4) $1,500; 5) $1,400; 6) $1,150; 7) $1,125; 8) $1,100; 9) $1,050; 10) $1,000; 11) $750; 12) $650; 13) $600; 14) $550; 15) $525; 16) $515; 17) $510; 18) $505; 19) $500; 20-Last) $490.

This year, in a new twist, a Friday night "small-block-only" preliminary program has been added.

A $4,049 winner's share awaits the Small-Block victor after 30 laps from a posted purse of $16,044.

Combined, the Friday and Saturday Sunoco Modified payouts total $45,833!

Friday night's Small-Block breakdown is as follows: 1) $4,049; 2) $2,000; 3) $1,000; 4) $850; 5) $750; 6) $700; 7) $650; 8) $600; 9) $550; 10) $500; 11) $400; 12) $350; 13) $325; 14) $315; 15) $305; 16-Last): $300.

Friday night includes the Sunoco Small-Block Modifieds, RUSH Crate Late Models, Delmarva Chargers and Delaware Super Trucks. STSS Modifieds and L&J Sheet Metal Crate 602 Sportsman will be allotted practice time.

On Saturday, STSS Sunoco Modifieds top the card with STSS L&J Sheet Metal Crate 602 Sportsman and features only for Delaware Super Trucks, Delmarva Chargers, Southern Delaware Vintage Stock Cars and Little Lincolns.

The first official on-track activity on the new progressively banked half-mile oval is slated for Saturday, March 10. Pit gates open at noon. Practice is slated for 1-5 p.m. Grandstand admission is free and pit admission is $20.

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Mike Mahaney Releases 2018 Plans

By Mandee Pauch Relations
February 6, 2018

After a busy 2017 season, the hot shoe out of King Ferry, NY, Mike Mahaney, plans on tackling just as much, if not more races for the 2018 season.
 
Once racing season kicks off in the northeast, Mahaney plans on tackling a different route, unlike years past. Mahaney plans to once again race in four different divisions, but this year he has no plans to run for a track title.
 
“We’re going to hit enough shows with all of the special events that we really can’t be at weekly tracks, plus the special events pay more money, which helps us to keep racing,” Mahaney said. “I also feel that the special events give our sponsors more exposure as well.”
 
Mahaney’s northeast season will start at Georgetown Speedway on March 17th for the Short Track Super Series, which he plans on running, when time permits, in the Olum’s No.33 car.
 
After much success in Doug Emery’s No.33 sprint car last season, Mahaney and the team plan to chase even more races this year in honor of Emery’s 30th year with the ESS series. “We’re going to try and run the entire Empire Super Sprints series,” he said. “The first ESS race for us will be at Outlaw Speedway on April 20th.”
 
Mahaney and the Breitenstein Motorsports No.14 Small Block Modified team have big plans for their second season together at Grandview Speedway. After collecting his first career win at Grandview, the team will be chasing more Saturday night shows at the dirt oval as well as select Thunder on the Hill shows.
 
The Buzz Chew No.88 team plans to chase most Super DIRTcar Series races, some King of Dirt 358 races as well as a few Short Track Super Series races.
 
Mahaney plans to hit Action Track USA in Kutztown, PA with the No.33 SpeedSTR every chance possible in between his busy schedule.
 
“I’m really looking forward to hitting some of the big events this year – the Empire Super Sprints CNY Sprint Week, the World of Outlaws show at Weedsport Speedway and Fulton Speedway. For the Buzz Chew car we’ll once again hit the Fulton 200, Super DIRT Week, Eastern States 200 and World Finals. With Breitenstein’s our biggest events will be the Forrest Rogers and the Freedom 76.”
 
While Mahaney is eager to get the season started in the northeast, he’s currently in the process of getting the Buzz Chew No.88 Big Block Modified dialed in for the DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park for Feb.13-17th.
 
“We were at Volusia last year and two of the four races got rained out,” he added. “Both of the other nights we were struck by failures. This year we have five races lined up. We have two very well prepared cars – one new one and one that ran really well at Charlotte, which I feel is a very similar configuration track to Volusia so I’m hoping to have great results.”
 
After Volusia, Mahaney and the team will make the trek back to New York to prepare the Buzz Chew cars to go to the Fulton Highbank Holdup on April 28th with the Super DIRTcar Series as well as prepare the Olum’s No.33 for the Georgetown Speedway opener.
 
“Once we get back it’ll be time to start cranking everything out for the early openers,” he said. “It’s going to be a very busy year. A lot of friends and sponsors have come together to help me make all of this happen. I’m very thankful to have everyone’s support. I’m looking forward to the season starting.”

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FONDA SPEEDWAY BANQUET TO BE HELD AT MALLOZZI’S ON SATURDAY, MARCH 31

Fonda, NY

The 2017 Fonda Speedway Banquet will be held at Mallozzi’s Banquet Hall located at 1930 Curry Road in Schenectady New York in the Florentine Room on Saturday, March 31 with cocktails from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and dinner to follow. Tickets are on sale now thru March 25th. Ticket pricing for this year’s awards banquet will be $48.00 per person featuring a buffet style dinner and a cash bar.

Tickets may be purchased by mailing payment to Demitraszek Enterprises at 1 East Main Street, Fort Johnson, New York 12070.

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Tri-City (Pa.) Unveils 2018 Event Schedule

An action-packed slate of racing features nearly every form of oval track dirt car competing in the region

FRANKLIN, PA (February 1, 2018) — As the calendar pages turn ever closer toward Spring, thoughts of the sights and sounds of the Western Pennsylvania racing season start to come into view. Tri-City Raceway Park has an eye on the warmer days of the coming season with the release of their 2018 event schedule.

Tri-City, just north of Franklin, Pennsylvania unveiled an action-packed slate of racing this week that features nearly every form of oval track dirt car competing in the region. They even have a division on the 2018 schedule that has yet to turn a lap!

The action gets underway on Saturday, April 7, 2018 with “The Mudslinger.” The season opener will feature a four-division race card featuring Super Late Models, RUSH Late Models, Emods and Open Stocks. In a departure from the normal Sunday night racing at Tri-City, The Mudslinger is scheduled for a Saturday night. With no other local Saturday night tracks getting underway for another week or two, the early season Saturday presents itself with a built-in rain date of Sunday, April 8th. That said, with the weather being a bit of a gamble in early April, Tri-City will also hold both days of the following weekend to be used as rain dates if needed.

Sunday, May 13th is next up on the Tri-City agenda when they present “Modified Mania on Mother’s Day!” Nothing but open wheel modifieds will take to the track on Mother’s Day with Big-Block Modifieds, Emods, RUSH Sportsman Modifieds, Econ-Mods and Vintage Modifieds making for an action-packed night of racing! In the event of rain, the show will be moved to Sunday, May 20th.

The month of June transitions from honoring our mothers to honoring our fathers as Tri-City Raceway Park presents “The Father’s Day Shootout.” The June 17th event will feature the 410 Sprints and for the first time ever at Tri-City, the RUSH Wingless Sprint Cars. Also on the card will be the long-standing traditional “Bill Emig Memorial” for the RUSH Late Model Touring Series. The rain date will be Sunday, June 24th.

Sunday, July 15th brings “The Summer Sizzler” to Tri-City. The four-division show will feature the 410 Sprints, RUSH Sprints, RUSH Sportsman Modifieds and the Open Stocks. Rain date is the following Sunday, July 22nd.

The curtain will come down on the 2018 Tri-City season with the “End of Summer Showdown.” The event will be highlighted by the RUSH Late Model Touring Series, which will be competing on the wildly popular Manufacturer’s Night! Also on the schedule to wrap up the season will be 410 Sprints, Emods and Vintage Modifieds. Sunday, September 2nd will be held open as the rain date.

With the new season just 10 weeks away, Tri-City promoter Chad Wagner is excited about what is to come. “Although we have released the schedule, there are some other exciting things in the works to be announced, once all the details are finalized.  We are also excited to be able to host the Wingless RUSH sprints which are setting up to be a stellar first season!”

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Orange County Fair Speedway Kicks Off Short Track Super Series North Region For Fifth Consecutive Year Sunday, April 8

MIDDLETOWN, NY – For the fifth time, Orange County Fair Speedway will serve as the starting point of the Short Track Super Series  North tour.

The 'Hard Clay Open' on Sunday, April 8 waves the green flag on the STSS Halmar International North Region: a 50-lap tussle around the 'Legendary House of Power' offering $5,000-plus to the winner, $1,000 for 10th and $500 just to start the main event.

The 'Hard Clay Open' is the first of 10 North Region races on the road to a $12,500 championship.

Drama and excitement have been at the forefront of the 'Hard Clay Open' as big- and small-block combinations fight for supremacy on the five-eighths-mile track.

Last April, following a flat tire in heat-race competition, Andy Bachetti soared from 20th starting position to earn the 'Hard Clay Open' triumph. Bachetti caught – and passed – both Stewart Friesen and Brett Hearn in the final laps as the crowd rose to its feet.

Bachetti, a three-time STSS Halmar International North Region champion, is the only repeat 'Hard Clay Open' winner.

The 2016 edition offered a stunning turn of events after the checkered flag flew. Apparent winner Hearn refused post-race technical inspection and Tommy Meier took home the $5,000 winner's share for his Jeff Behrent-owned team.

Stewart Friesen utilized small-block power to score the '15 triumph after battling Pennsylvania star Rick Laubach for the lead in the early laps.

The inaugural 'Hard Clay Open' took place on April 6, 2014.  Bachetti recorded his first win in the event over a hard-charging Tim Hindley on a sunny Sunday afternoon.

Joining the STSS Modifieds on the 'Hard Clay Open' doubleheader are the Orange County Fair Speedway Crate 602 Sportsman racing for $1,000 to win and $100 to take the green under weekly track rules and procedures.

Crate 602 Sportsman entry form: http://bdmotorsportsmedia.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/2018HardClayOpenCrate602Entry.pdf

A practice session is on the docket at OCFS on Saturday, April 7 from 4-8 p.m.  Haulers may be left in the pit area overnight.

Short Track Super Series 2018 Schedule
North Region
Sunday, April 8 – Orange County Fair Speedway/Middletown, N.Y. – Hard Clay Open
Sunday, May 27 – Thunder Mountain Speedway/Center Lisle, N.Y. – Lightning on the Mountain
Tuesday, June 5 – Big Diamond Speedway/Minersville, Pa. – Anthracite Assault – COMBO
Wednesday, June 20 – Outlaw Speedway/Dundee, N.Y. – Outlaw Showdown
Tuesday, July 3 – Accord Speedway/Accord, N.Y. – Battle of the Bullring 6
Wednesday, July 25 – Afton Motorsports Park/Afton, N.Y. – Afton Action 50
Wednesday, August 8 – Woodhull Raceway/Woodhull, N.Y. – Hustlin' the High Banks 54
Tuesday, August 14 – Albany-Saratoga Speedway/Malta, N.Y. – Stampede at 'toga
Friday-Saturday, October 5-6 – Afton Motorsports Park/Afton, N.Y. – American Racer Cup Short Track SuperNationals 11
Thursday, October 18 – Orange County Fair Speedway/Middletown, N.Y. – Hard Clay Finale

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ALBANY-SARATOGA CELEBRATES 2017 CHAMPIONS
Special Award Recipients Also Honored

By Bob and JoAnne Davies

Malta, NY (January 27, 2018) – Albany-Saratoga Speedway closed the 2017 season with its annual banquet by honoring its division champions and several unique happenings at “The Great Race Place” on Friday, January 26.

The Holiday Inn Saratoga (Saratoga Springs, NY) hosted the event with approximately 300 guests in attendance with track announcer Dan Martin serving as emcee.  Over 40 drivers were on hand to receive their point fund payment from the Modified, Sportsman, Pro Stock, Street Stock and 4-Cylinder classes, in addition to the many individuals who received special recognition for accomplishments during the 2017 season.

Track Promoter Lyle DeVore was one of those recipients as he was recently announced as the 2017 ARPY/RPM Northeast Promoter of the Year.  The gathered group greeted the announcement with a round of applause and watched a video highlighting DeVore at work at the facility.  The video, as well as a gift from fiancé Marcy Mangino, were a complete surprise to DeVore and he received many good wishes as he is now one of six regional finalists for RPM Promoter of the Year.  That voting is currently taking place and the final announcement will be made during the RPM workshops held during Speed Weeks (Daytona Beach, FL).    

As Martin explained during opening remarks, the 2017 season was a “different” season, one of many challenges but also one of many highlights that will not be duplicated at any other speedway.  Martin explained how the track weathered five rainouts despite every attempt made to be able to open the gates.  It also successfully weathered a challenge with the Town of Malta Town Board regarding alleged noise concerns.

That challenge from the Town was met with a standing room only crowd of supporters at a Town Board meeting at which the topic was to be discussed.  The support group included racers, fans, officials and neighbors who spoke in favor of the speedway and its positive impact in the Town.  The final result was conversations between DeVore and the officials of the Town that resulted in improved lines of communication regarding future activities at the Speedway.

A highlight of the night was the presentation of the 2017 Modified champion’s trophy to Australian driver Peter Britten of Weedsport, NY, and his car owner, Andy Romano, of Johnstown, NY.  Britten had a fairly consistent season, holding the point lead during mid-season and reclaiming it with wins during the last two events of the year.  Britten thanked Romano for “his faith in me to represent the Romano family,” and also thanked his team that worked tirelessly throughout the year.

Speedway owner Howard Commander, who was unable to be in attendance, sent a letter of congratulations that was read by Martin and said, in part, “…to win a points championship in one of the most competitive divisions in all of motorsports is very special.  When I think of your journey and how far this sport has taken you, I am so grateful for drivers like you and their teams who travel such great distances to compete at our tracks.”

The “Ravena Rocket” Keith Flach was recognized for his second place Modified point finish followed by Brett Hearn, Ronnie Johnson, and Jeremy Wilder to complete the top five Modified point standings.  In 2017 Flach earned his first track win and had eight Top 5’s and 12 Top 10’s.

In the Sportsman ranks it was Rocky “The Flying Squirrel” Warner who was crowned the point champion.  Driving his Jake Spraker owned no. 1J, Warner had another very successful season of four wins, eight Top 5’s and 16 Top 10’s. Warner commented “…at A-S it is a high level of competition and there is a prestige to racing there…it makes you a better driver.”

Finishing in positions second through fifth were Connor Cleveland, Tim Hartman, Jr., Jeremy Pitts and Chris Johnson.

“Last season was some of the best racing I have seen at A-S,” stated DeVore and he continued with a commitment to more and different events to be held in 2018 including opening the track on April 8 for open inspection and swap meet, followed by April 13 for inspection and evening practice.  The first official race of the season will take place on Friday, April 20, sponsored by Bart Contracting and paying $5,000 to win.

There were several unique events on the 2017 schedule and all are returning this season including a tribute night to Stan ‘Da’ Man DeVore, Nostalgia Night (Grady Photos), the Short Track Super Series race to be held August 14, the highly anticipated “Brett Hearn Big Show 10” to be run on Tuesday, June 26, the Classic Muscle Parts “Street Stock Nationals” paying $1,000 to win, the Tom Clothier Trucking “Suicide Prevention Awareness” event paying $2,500 for small blocks and the “Mark Hughes Memorial.”
Tuesday, June 12, will be dedicated as a special night honoring two of the most popular drivers to have ever run the dirt at the Malta oval—Jack Johnson and CD Coville.  The racing will consist of 12 lap heats and a 61 lap feature event paying $6,112.   

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Volusia Speedway Park Gets a $300,000 Safety Upgrade for DIRTcar Nationals
 
BABERVILLE, FL - Jan. 23, 2018 - In honor of Volusia Speedway Park's 50th anniversary, the World's Fastest Half-Mile has received a major facelift over the winter months. When DIRTcar Nationals kicks off in two weeks, on February 6, racers and fans alike will benefit from over $300,000 of upgrades geared toward keeping them safe at the premier dirt racing facility in the country.
 
The bulk of the work done at Volusia Speedway Park went into securing the track's perimeter with over 1200 feet of new catch fence, concrete retaining wall and guardrail.
 
Immediately following last year's DIRTcar Nationals - in light of the unprecedented incidents that involved a pair of Sprint Cars clearing the existing catch fence in the pit area - speedway officials began exploring enhancements to provide a higher level of protection for both drivers and spectators.
 
"We have never before seen what we saw last year at the speedway," said DIRTcar Racing President Tom Deery. "Everyone agreed that it required action, and we've certainly delivered. We're excited to kick off the new season with the highest level of protection we have ever provided."
 
The renovation project began with replacing 850 feet of guardrail from turn 1 to turn 2 with a new 46-inch high concrete retaining wall at the track's edge. Built into the concrete wall sits a 17-foot catch fence with a two-foot kick out along the top. The new fence is comprised of two-by-four welded steel fence mesh and backed by a one-inch hex mesh with an additional half-inch square mesh along the bottom 30 inches. The entire fence is reinforced with steel cables running horizontally across the fence in 24- to 30-inch intervals.
 
Continuing the project into turns 3 and 4, a length of 386 feet of steel guardrail has been replaced or rebuilt. New posts have been embedded every six feet for added support. Atop the 60-inch guardrail (consisting of five 12-inch steel bands) sits another 12-foot catch fence.
 
In addition to the measures taken to increase safety, visitors will notice new signage throughout the facility. A retro look and feel celebrates 50 years of racing at the Barberville, FL racetrack, while helping race fans and competitors better navigate the area.
 
The biggest event in DIRTcar racing kicks off the 2018 season as the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series, World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series, All Star Circuit of Champions, Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds, DIRTcar Late Models and DIRTcar UMP Modifieds take on the world's fastest half-mile at Volusia Speedway Park. Start 2018 with Florida in February! For tickets, click or call 844-DIRT-TIX or visit DIRTcarNationals.com
 
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Tentative 2018 Modified Tour Schedule (updated 1/19)

Sat., April 14 Tyler County Speedway, Middlebourne, WV(Rain date- April 21st)

Sat. April 28 Sharon Speedway, Hartford, Ohio

Sat. May 26 Sharon Speedway

Sun. May 27 Eriez Speedway, Erie, PA

Sat. June 23 Sharon Speedway

Fri. June, 29 Raceway 7, Conneaut, OH

Sat., June 30 New Stateline Speedway, Busti, NY

Sat. July 7 Sharon Speedway (Lou Blaney Memorial)

Thursday, July 12 Expo Speedway Trumbull County Fair, Cortland, OH

Fri., July 20 Lernerville Speedway, Sarver, PA

Sat., July 21 Sharon Speedway

Sat., Aug. 25 Sharon Speedway

Fri., Aug. 31 Thunder Mountain Speedway, Brookville, PA

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ACTION PACKED 2018 SEASON COMING TO BRIDGEPORT SPEEDWAY

If you are a racing fan (or even if you're not!) the Bridgeport Speedway is where you want to be when the 2018 racing season comes rolling around.

The Bridgeport Speedway will actually be three speedways this season – a feat unheralded in dirt track racing in the Northeast.  In addition to the lightning fast 5/8 mile track and the Spirit Auto Center quarter mile, a new 3/8 mile has been configured and will see its first racing action when the green flag waves on the 2018 season.

The 60 Over Special  - Doug Hoffman Memorial Race will open the season on Friday and Saturday, March 30th and 31st.  Friday night action will see the 358 Small Block Modifieds in action along with the first DA's Auto Body & Repair Rookie feature event of the season.  There will also be open practice sessions for the Big Blocks, Crates and Outlaw Stocks as they prepare for the first hand of the Colonial Pipeline Call Before You Dig 2018 Poker Series on Saturday night.

Doug Hoffman played such an important role at the Bridgeport Speedway both as a competitor and as a promoter.  Hoffman's multiple championships and ninety-two feature wins account for a large portion of the track's history.  Then in 2012, Hoffman came to the Bridgeport Speedway as the promoter and started what the Ramey family and Keith Hoffman, Danny Serrano and Dave Adams have continued every since – the rebirth of the Bridgeport Speedway.  Hoffman brought the Big Block Modifieds back to the 5/8 mile track and introduced his Poker  Series to the fans and competitors at Bridgeport.

The United Racing Club will appear at the Bridgeport Speedway for three shows during the 2018 season, including the club's season opener on Sunday, April 15th.  The season opener has been known to set the stage for the season.  The URC Sprint Cars have been growing in popularity at the Bridgeport Speedway where the race has frequently been determined by a last lap pass.

There will be a special Pre-Season Points chase on the new 3/8th mile track for the 602 Crates and Big Blocks.  In addition to cash awards, the top thirteen drivers will each receive an additional card for their 2018 Poker Series hand.  The opening of the 3/8th mile during the pre-season is certain to attract the attention of many invaders from the Tri-State area and beyond, many who will use the Pre-Season to prepare for the Small Track Super Series event  - the South Jersey Shootout on Sunday April 29th.

The first race of the Bridgeport 2018 Track Championships will take place on Saturday, May 5th.

The Super DIRTcars return to the Bridgeport Speedway after a tremendous outing last season.  "The Battle of the Bridge" is part of Bridgeport's Big Three events this season.  With Bridgeport's own Ryan Watt and Billy Pauch taking first and second place honors last season, you can bet that the boys from DIRT will be ready to protect their honor when they come to Bridgeport on Wednesday night, May 16th.

Just six days later, the Bridgeport Speedway will host the World of Outlaws (WoO) for the first time in some twenty years.  This is the only WoO appearance in the state of New Jersey this season and will be run on the 3/8th mile track.  The World of Outlaws show is the second show in Bridgeport's Big 3 this season.

On Saturday night, June 16th the every popular Pack the House night returns to the Bridgeport Speedway!!  With free grandstand admission, fans will have the opportunity to see eight divisions of racing!!

The Eastern Storm will pull into Bridgeport on Monday, June 18th for a first ever appearance of the wingless United States Auto Club (USAC)  Sprint Cars.  This show is the third leg of the Bridgeport Big 3 and will bring the likes of Justin Grant, Robert Ballou, Tyler Courtney, Dave Darland and Chris Windom to Bridgeport Speedway for an exciting night of wingless Sprint Car racing.

There will be two shows for the Misfits 4x4s full of mud, big trucks and demo cars and the people who drive them!

The second hand of the Poker Series will take place with the return of the All American 40 on Sunday July 1st.

The Three for All will move to the 3/8th mile speedway this season as it showcases the Small Block Modifieds (Spec heads), the USAC wingless 360 Sprint Cars and the one and only Bridgeport appearance of the  Super Late Models.

The Rumble of the River will take place in mid-August, the third hand of the 2018 Poker Series.

The ever popular Monster Trucks will return to Bridgeport Speedway this season with a Bigger and Better show.  Eight Monster Trucks will highlight the two day event that drew record crowds in the Bridgeport Speedway last season.  The Monster Trucks come to Bridgeport on Saturday and Sunday, September 15th and 16th.

The third running of the King of the Big Blocks will take place on Saturday, September 29th.  This show has become a "must see" for all race fans.  Billy Pauch and Ryan Watt have worn the crown so far.  Who will be the winner in 2018??

The 2018 season will come to a close with the Wildcard Weekend – a two day event and the final hand of the 2018 Poker Series.  On Friday and Saturday, November 9th and 10th the Bridgeport Speedway will close their season the same way they opened it – with a two day event.  The Small Block Modifieds and Outlaw Stocks take center stage on Friday night along with time hot laps for Saturday's show of Big Block Modifieds, Crates and Outlaw Stocks.

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BRIDGEPORT SPEEDWAY HONORS 2017 CHAMPIONS

Some three hundred people were in attendance as the Bridgeport Speedway honored their 2017 track champions, Colonial Pipeline Call Before You Dig Poker Series Champions as well as the top performers on the Spirit Auto Center quarter mile track.

Bridgeport Speedway owner, Brian Ramey, addressed those in attendance, celebrating Bridgeport's success as well as looking forward to the track's future that will include the opening of a third track - a 3/8th mile speedway that will offer even more competition opportunities for the Logan Township facility. Ramey credited his management team that includes Keith Hoffman, Danny Serrano and Dave Adams, Kolby Ramey and Hali Monroe. Ramey talked about the past struggles of the speedway and how his original goal was to prove that the facility could be profitable so that it could be sold.  "We aren't racers," Ramey stated, "but I have come to love this racing family.  We are committed to the future of the Bridgeport Speedway,"

Ryan Watt received the top honors in the Spirit Auto Center Big Block Modifieds with his Ron Roberts Racing No. 14w.  Watt is just one of six drivers to have collected back-to-back titles in the history of the 5/8th mile speedway.  "This was the best year I've ever had," Watt exclaimed.  "Who would have thought that a message on Facebook in 2009 would have led to this!"  Watt referenced the 2009 season when it appeared that a blown motor would side the Boyertown driver and his team for the remaining weeks of the season.  But a season ending message posted on Facebook by his wife, Lesley, led to a response from Ron Roberts and Fay Marion who offered Watt an engine to complete the season.  And, as the saying goes, the rest is history.  Watt has rewarded Roberts with three Big Block titles (plus a Crate Modified Championship in 2011) and numerous victories.  The walls of Watt's garage, lined with the big checks from prominent wins, are a testament the success that the Watt/Roberts combination has produced.  Watt collected nine Bridgeport wins this season including the Super DIRTcar event, King of the Big Blocks and Dirty Jersey.

Dominick Buffalino finished second in Big Block points, finishing outside the top ten on just three occasions during Bridgeport's 2017 season.  Buffalino went winless at Bridgeport during the 2017 season but his frequent runner-up finishes and week in and week out consistency, had him second only to Watt in the final tally.  Rick Laubach, Richie Pratt, Jr. and David Hunt finished in third through fifth in the final standings.

For the first time, Watt also claimed the Colonial Pipeline Call Before You Dig Poker Series Championship after winning three Poker series events.  Duane Howard, the 2016 Poker Champion, finished second with Laubach's finishes netting him a third place run.  Frank Cozze had four top ten finishes in Poker Series competition but his finishes didn't add up to a competitive Poker Series hand but he was able to collect the winnings for the Worst Hand of the 2017 season.

Young Matt Stangle raced to ten feature wins in the Stewart Stainless Crate Sportsman Division to collect his first Bridgeport Speedway championship in the Ace Materials No. 6. The Stangles celebrated the championship as a family that includes parents, grandparents and siblings - all who played a part in Matt's success during the 2017 season.

Brian Papiez collected seven wins during the season and kept the pressure on Stangle right up to the final nigh of racing.  Roger Manning had a single victory and seven second place finishes to finish third.  Eric Kormann's thirteen consecutive top five finishes placed him fourth with Adam Cox finishing fifth in his first full season as a Bridgeport competitor.

Stangle also collected the hardware for his first Poker Series Championship based on his three Poker Series wins.  Papiez won twice and his two Aces resulted in a runner-up finish. Manning's pair of eights placed him third.  Steven Kemery had five top ten finishes but finished with the Worst Hand in Crate/Sportsman Poker Series competition.

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Short Track Super Series Fifth Anniversary Season Gets Underway With Milestone 50th Series Race

MILLSBORO, DEL – From an idea to an experiment. Then experiment to success.

The Short Track Super Series (STSS) approaches its fifth anniversary season in 2018, which gets underway with the milestone 50th race in STSS history on Saturday, March 17 at Georgetown (Del.) Speedway.

The STSS was launched to provide big-block/small-block Modified teams with large purses, lucrative point funds and manageable travel schedules during the 2013-2014 off-season.

Five years later, mission accomplished.

On April 6, 2014, the first-ever STSS event took place on the 'Hard Clay' of Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown, N.Y., with Andy Bachetti earning the inaugural triumph.

Now, the series rides a wave of momentum into '18 with an established Halmar International North Region offering $12,500 to the champion and Velocita-USA South Region paying $10,000 to the title winner.

Forty-nine STSS Modified races have been entered into the record books with 22 different drivers reaching Victory Lane.

Stewart Friesen leads the way with 10 career STSS victories, the most recent of which took place in October at Orange County as a kickoff to Eastern States Weekend.

Ryan Godown has six checkered flags to his credit, with Anthony Perrego and Danny Creeden taking four wins each. Ryan Watt, Bachetti and Matt Sheppard have each won on three occasions. Rick Laubach is a two-time winner.

Fourteen different drivers have scored one STSS victory: Rusty Smith, Duane Howard, Erick Rudolph, Jimmy Horton, Billy Pauch Jr., Chad Cook, Wade Hendrickson, Tommy Meier, Jordan Watson, David Van Horn, Brian Malcolm, Jackie Brown Jr., Shaun Walker and Danny Johnson.

Fourteen facilities in four states – New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware – have hosted the series since its inception.

New York's Afton Motorsports Park has presented more STSS events than any other venue, with eight races in the books at the fairgrounds track. Georgetown Speedway and Thunder Mountain Speedway in Center Lisle, N.Y., have played host to six races apiece.

Orange County Fair Speedway has opened the gates to STSS on five occasions. Both Bridgeport (N.J.) Speedway and Accord (N.Y.) Speedway have enjoyed four visits.

The series has made three stops each at Woodhull (N.Y.) Raceway, Big Diamond Speedway in Minersville, Pa., and Delaware International Speedway in Delmar, Del.

New Egypt (N.J.) Speedway and BAPS Motor Speedway in Newberrytown, Pa., have been the site of two visits while Albany-Saratoga Speedway in Malta, N.Y., Outlaw Speedway in Dundee, N.Y, and Penn Can Speedway in Susquehanna, Pa., have been invaded once by the STSS.

STSS Modified season openers are set for Georgetown on March 17 (Velocita-USA South) with the Melvin L. Joseph Memorial and Orange County April 8 (Halmar International North) for the 'Hard Clay Open' fifth annual event.

The '18 season is the most lucrative yet for the STSS due to its partnership with Sunoco Race Fuels and Insinger Performance. Should a driver win the affiliate 'home-track' American Racer Cup overall crown and the STSS North and South Series, that driver is in line for a $25,000 bonus. A driver winning the American Racer Cup and the STSS North or South Series will receive a $10,000 bonus. A 'grand champion' could pocket $57,500!

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Matt Sheppard Hired To Drive For Maryland's Shawn Ward Racing In 2018 With Emphasis On Short Track Super Series; New No. 9s To Debut At Motorsports Show

HURLOCK, MD – The hottest Modified driver on dirt is heading to the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco in 2018.

Matt Sheppard, who ended 2017 with a Northeast-leading 40-plus feature wins, has announced his intentions to compete for Hurlock, Md.-based Shawn Ward Racing on the Short Track Super Series in '18 plus other high-paying special events in Delaware and New Jersey.

Expect the debut of an all-new Hurlock Auto & Speed-sponsored No. 9s in the Sunoco Race Fuels booth at this weekend's Motorsports 2018 Racecar & Trade Show at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, Pa.

"We're excited to have Matt on board for 2018," Ward said. "We've been working on putting something together with him to run some of these races he hadn't been able to chase before because of the distance and logistics for his own team.

"Now, he'll have a team ready and waiting for him."

'Super Matt' will have a pair of Bicknell race cars at his disposal with a number of engine combinations suitable for events on the series. The cars will sport Sheppard's trademark No. 9s.

The team plans to focus on both the STSS Halmar International North Region, a 10-race series contested primarily in New York State with a $12,500 champion's share and the eight-race Velocita-USA South Region contested in Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania with a $10,000 point title awaiting.

The STSS South battle kicks off March 16-17 at Del.'s Georgetown Speedway with the Melvin L. Joseph Memorial and Sheppard will be on hand.

"Matt looked at all the schedules already," he said. "We don't see many conflicts with the Short Track Super Series so that will be our priority, taking it race-by-race. When he's able to do some of the other high-paying races in the area, we'll be there.

"We'll be available for whatever he wants to do. Having Matt around will only help our whole program."

March will be busy for the team with the aforementioned opener at Georgetown, unsanctioned events at New Egypt (N.J.), Delaware International (Delmar, Del.) and Bridgeport (N.J.) speedways before heading to New York State in April for the STSS North Region 'Hard Clay Open' at Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown, N.Y.

Ward, who has won in Modified competition at Delaware International, also plans to drive as his own personal agenda allows. He will take part in the STSS opener at Georgetown March 16-17 with his familiar No. 7w.

Ward is the operator of Hurlock Auto & Speed Supply, a growing auto and oval-track speed business on the Maryland side of the DE/MD border. Hurlock Auto & Speed Supply is the official parts truck provider of Georgetown Speedway and an authorized dealer of American Racer tires and Sunoco Race Fuels.

The '18 season is the most lucrative yet for the STSS due to its partnership with Sunoco Race Fuels and Insinger Performance. Should a driver win the 'home-track' American Racer Cup overall crown and the STSS North and South Series, that driver is in line for a $25,000 bonus. A driver winning the American Racer Cup and the STSS North or South Series will receive a $10,000 bonus. A 'grand champion' could pocket $57,500!

Sheppard, a year ago, won the American Racer Cup competing regularly at Outlaw Speedway in Dundee, N.Y., driving for Vic Coffey and pocketed $11,000 for his efforts.

Sheppard has three career STSS victories, all in North Region competition: Thunder Mountain Speedway in Center Lisle, N.Y., in 2014, Outlaw Speedway in 2016 and the series' debut at Albany-Saratoga Speedway in Malta, N.Y., last August.

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ALBANY-SARATOGA SPEEDWAY YEAR IN REVIEW

By Don and JoAnn Davies

Malta, NY (January 8, 2018) –   Although the 2017 season at Albany-Saratoga Speedway (Malta, NY) will go down as a season of reduced number of events due to five rainouts, it will also be relived as one of the most competitive to date and the crowning of Peter Britten as track champion.

Beginning in 2012 when Howard Commander purchased the famed 4/10 mile oval and Lyle DeVore began as the speedway promoter their combined talents have brought a new life to the speedway that has fans arriving in the early hours of every Friday to be one of the first through the gates when they open.

At the conclusion of 2017 it was a fan favorite, Peter Britten, who stood with the champion's trophy alongside his car owner, 1984 Sportsman track champion, Andy Romano.  For a driver who wasn't sure what 2017 would bring in terms of a weekly ride, it was the unlikely pairing of Britten's talent and Romano's desire to get back to having fun in racing that resulted in an extremely popular track championship.

Offering a highly competitive program that is strongly supported "The Great Race Place" has established itself as the place to be racing on a Friday night. whether you are a fan, a sponsor, or a race team.  Operating under the DIRTcar NE banner weekly, Albany-Saratoga averaged 31 Big Blocks, the largest weekly Big Block car count of all DIRTcar sanctioned Big Block tracks, and a pit area filled with 140-150 race cars weekly with the support classes.

That car count included some of the most impressive dirt racers that run in the modern era—names such as Brett Hearn, Peter Britten, Kenny Tremont, Ronnie Johnson, Matt DeLorenzo and Keith Flach.   Over the course of the 2017 season, including special events, 93 different drivers competed in the Big Block Modified class.

The track also boasts weekly some of the most talented up and coming drivers who are the future of not only Albany-Saratoga, but dirt racing in general—Marc Johnson, Jeremy Wilder, Bodie Bellinger, Demetrious Drellos, and Bobby Hackel IV to name a few.                

There was no single driver who dominated the feature wins in 2017 for the Big Blocks.  Fans stood and cheered for single event winners Stewart Friesen, Demetrios Drellos, Don Ronca, Ronnie Johnson, Matt Sheppard, Tim McCreadie and Keith Flach.  Those who won twice were Peter Britten, Jeremy Wilder, Marc Johnson, and Ken Tremont, Jr.  Brett Hearn garnered the most wins of the season at three.  Of those Big Block Modified winners, Demetrios Drellos found his way to victory lane for the first time in front of the home track crowd.

The point battle came down to the last few laps of the last feature and it was an impressive win by Britten on the last lap over DeLorenzo that won him the title.  The championship is Britten's first in the United States.  Britten, who hails from Brisbane, Queensland, Australia is a three-time Australian National Modified Champion.   His 2017 season at Albany-Saratoga record run was based on two wins, 10 Top 5's and 13 Top 10's.  Finishing in the Top 10 in points for the season behind Britten were Flach, Hearn, Ronnie Johnson, Wilder, Marc Johnson, Ken Tremont Jr., Neil Stratton, Bodie Bellinger and Matt DeLorenzo.

A singular significant event occurred at Albany-Saratoga Speedway this season when seven time track champion Brett Hearn won his 900th career feature at the historic oval, a win that has been well documented with national media coverage.  DeVore had been hoping that win might occur at his track and he was prepared with a special trophy and victory lane celebration.  The speedway name will always be connected to Hearn's win as though it were meant to be.

Week in and week out the Sportsman class was strong in car count and intensity of competition from mid-pack and on forward.  With weekly car counts typically in the 35 – 40 range in the Sportsman class, and an additional 25 - 30 cars in the Limited Sportsman class, fans were treated weekly to some of the most competitive Sportsman racing one would see anywhere.

Rocky Warner clinched his first track title for the Sportsman class in 2017 with five feature wins, nine Top 5's, and 17 Top 10's.  Other feature winners were Connor Cleveland (2), Tim Hartman, Jr. (1), Dave Constantino (2), David Schilling (2), JaMike Sowle (2), Jack Lehner (1), Robert Bublak (1), Scott Duell (1), Adam McAuliffe (1), Andrew Buff (1) and Adam Pierson (1).

The DIRTcar Pro Stock class saw 60 different drivers compete during the season with the full fender action a real weekly challenge to its competitors.  When the season was all over it was the ever popular Kenny Martin who was crowned the track champion for 2017.  For Martin, this was his second track championship and he achieved it with an impressive season record of three wins, 10 Top 5's and 15 Top 10's.    Martin also captured the Ron Mensing sponsored "Featherfoot Series" crown.

Rounding out the Top 10 in the Pro Stock class were Kim Duell, Chuck Dumblewski, Dave DePaulo, Brandon Emigh, Dan Older, Luke Horning, Jeff Washburn, Ernie Grenier and Nick Arnold.  Feature winners during the season were Dumblewski (2), Emigh (1), Horning (1), Robbie Speed (3), Dean Charbonneau (1), Brandon Gray (1) and Rob Yetman (1).

Al Relyea was crowned the track champion in the Street Stock division after finishing the season with one win.  Randy Miller finished second (7 wins) with Jim Duncan (1), Damon Anderson, Joey Wilson (2), Scott Lawrence (2), Chase Aussicker (1), Mark Burch, John Hayes, and John Filarecki (1) completing the top ten finishing spots.  Also scoring a win in 2017 was Paul Mulrain.

Will Ryan (Single Cam) and Ben Grant (Dual Cam) were crowned the champions in their respective Greg's Towing and Repair sponsored 4-Cylinder divisions.  Completing the Top 5 in the Single Cam class were Robert Garney, Allana Jordan, Tyler Burch and Johnny Bruno.  In the Dual Cam division PJ Bleau, Steve Ryan, Jared Powell and Jason Lang rounded out the Top 5 in points.

There were several special events held during 2017 in addition to the DIRTcar NE Big Block Modified Series event ("The Big Show 9") that brought 45 cars to the track and at which Tim McCreadie won the $10,000 first place money.   The mid-week Short Track Super Series event was won by Matt Sheppard who was one of 49 cars entered for the event.  The speedway also hosted the "Featherfoot Series for Pro Stocks" and the "King of Dirt (KoD) Series" races for Pro Stocks, Sportsman and Small Blocks.

Add to the above "Stan Da Man's 32 Night" memorial event held in honor of DeVore's father who passed in late 2016, as well as appearances at the track by the Mohawk Vintage Modifieds, the Short Track Super Series, Patriot Sprints, DMC USAC Midgets, and the Capital Region Sprint Association.  There was something for everyone all season long.  

Also a part of this year's program was the very popular "Sowle Summer Showdown" sponsored by Sowle Trailer Repair, consisting of Triple 50's for the Modifieds, Sportsman and Pro Stocks that paid $4,000, $3,000 and $2,000 respectively.   

DeVore would like to thank the many seasonal sponsors including Advance Auto Parts, American Tactical Systems, Adirondack Nationals, Trustco Your Hometown Bank, Mangino GMC, Saratoga Masonry supply, Saratoga Surveillance, Garones Concrete, Cleveland Brothers landscaping, Malta Asphalt Lawn and Landscape, Fairfield Inn and Suites, A-Verdi Containers, Albany Rods and Kustoms, and Lazzaro's Auto Body.    

Thanks also to the many marketing partners including Rifenburg Construction, Tremont Rentals, Team Goewey, Elmo's Autobody, Sowle Trailer Repair, GMC, Pallette Stone Corp, World of Life, Adirondack Nationals, Madsen Overhead Doors, It Works!, Benjamin Moore, Satch Sales, Larosa's, Wendy's, Race Pro Weekly, Rounds 623 Dirt,  Charlton Oil Co., Emerick Associates, Malta Asphalt, Rounds Paving, Malta Med Emergency Care, County Waste & Recycling, GA Bove Fuels, Senator Kathy Marchione, T & T Body King and Bart Contracting.

For the faithful who attend Albany-Saratoga weekly, the end of the 2017 racing season not only marked the end of another exciting year of dirt track racing at "The Great Race Place," but the beginning of a feeling of anticipation as to what will await them when the gates for weekly racing open on Friday, April 20, 2018.

For the 2018 schedule and up-to-date Albany-Saratoga Speedway information be sure to visit online at www.albany-saratogaspeedway.com or Twitter at http://twitter.com/Albany-Saratoga@Albany_Saratoga or out Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/Albany-Saratoga Speedway.

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BRIDGEPORT SPEEDWAY AND SPIRIT AUTO CENTER SPEEDWAY HONORS 2017 CHAMPIONS

Some three hundred people were in attendance as the Bridgeport Speedway honored their 2017 track champions, Colonial Pipeline Call Before You Dig Poker Series Champions as well as the top performers on the Spirit Auto Center quarter mile track.

Bridgeport Speedway owner, Brian Ramey, addressed those in attendance, celebrating Bridgeport's success as well as looking forward to the track's future that will include the opening of a third track - a 3/8th mile speedway that will offer even more competition opportunities for the Logan Township facility.  Ramey credited his management team that includes Keith Hoffman, Danny Serrano and Dave Adams, Kolby Ramey and Hali Monroe.  Ramey talked about the past struggles of the speedway and how his original goal was to prove that the facility could be profitable so that it could be sold.  "We aren't racers," Ramey stated, "but I have come to love this racing family.  We are committed to the future of the Bridgeport Speedway,"

Ryan Watt received the top honors in the Spirit Auto Center Big Block Modifieds with his Ron Roberts Racing No. 14w.  Watt is just one of six drivers to have collected back-to-back titles in the history of the 5/8th mile speedway.  "This was the best year I've ever had," Watt exclaimed.  "Who would have thought that a message on Facebook in 2009 would have led to this!"  Watt referenced the 2009 season when it appeared that a blown motor would side the Boyertown driver and his team for the remaining weeks of the season.  But a season ending message posted on Facebook by his wife, Lesley, led to a response from Ron Roberts and Fay Marion who offered Watt an engine to complete the season.  And, as the saying goes, the rest is history.  Watt has rewarded Roberts with three Big Block titles (plus a Crate Modified Championship in 2011) and numerous victories.  The walls of Watt's garage, lined with the big checks from prominent wins, are a testament the success that the Watt/Roberts combination has produced.  Watt collected nine Bridgeport wins this season including the Super DIRTcar event, King of the Big Blocks and Dirty Jersey.

Dominick Buffalino finished second in Big Block points, finishing outside the top ten on just three occasions during Bridgeport's 2017 season.  Buffalino went winless at Bridgeport during the 2017 season but his frequent runner-up finishes and week in and week out consistency, had him second only to Watt in the final tally.  Rick Laubach, Richie Pratt, Jr. and David Hunt finished in third through fifth in the final standings.

For the first time, Watt also claimed the Colonial Pipeline Call Before You Dig Poker Series Championship after winning three Poker series events.  Duane Howard, the 2016 Poker Champion, finished second with Laubach's finishes netting him a third place run.  Frank Cozze had four top ten finishes in Poker Series competition but his finishes didn't add up to a competitive Poker Series hand but he was able to collect the winnings for the Worst Hand of the 2017 season.

Young Matt Stangle raced to ten feature wins in the Stewart Stainless Crate Sportsman Division to collect his first Bridgeport Speedway championship in the Ace Materials No. 6.  The Stangles celebrated the championship as a family that includes parents, grandparents and siblings - all who played a part in Matt's success during the 2017 season.

Brian Papiez collected seven wins during the season and kept the pressure on Stangle right up to the final nigh of racing.  Roger Manning had a single victory and seven second place finishes to finish third.  Eric Kormann's thirteen consecutive top five finishes placed him fourth with Adam Cox finishing fifth in his first full season as a Bridgeport competitor.

Stangle also collected the hardware for his first Poker Series Championship based on his three Poker Series wins.  Papiez won twice and his two Aces resulted in a runner-up finish.  Manning's pair of eights placed him third.  Steven Kemery had five top ten finishes but finished with the Worst Hand in Crate/Sportsman Poker Series competition.

Danny Serrano presented five awards in appreciation for support and dedication to racing at the Bridgeport and Spirit Auto Center Speedway.  The recipients were Ken Andreas Sr. and Jr., Adam Cox, Don and Patti Thornton, Brian Ludwig and Whitey Kidd.

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2017 FONDA SPEEDWAY SEASON IN REVIEW

By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – The 2017 track championships at the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway were won by drivers in two completely different ways, either multiple victories or consistency brought the title to the drivers in the five different divisions run regularly during the 2017 racing season.

Tim Fuller led the consistent drivers with his first career Fonda Speedway championship in the modified division with only one feature win, which was the first win of his career at Fonda. Cory White was the limited sportsman champion at Fonda in 2017 with no feature victories but enough consistent finishes to bring him his first career title as well.

Drivers who had multiple victories bring them titles at Fonda in 2017 included Rocky Warner with eight feature wins in the sportsman division, Kenny Gates whose seven wins brought him the title in the pro stock division, and Johnny Young who captured his first street stock title with a total of five feature wins. Ken Hollenback was declared the 4-cylinder/cruiser champion even though the division did not run on a regular basis at Fonda in 2017.

For Warner it was his fourth consecutive title in the sportsman division after winning the title in 2014, 2015, 2016, & 2017. Warner’s impressive record at Fonda also includes track championships in the pro stock division in 2011 and street stock championships in 2005 and as co-champion in 2007.

Leading the way in feature wins in 2017 in the modified division at Fonda (with career win totals in parenthesis) was Stewart Friesen with six wins (47 career wins, eighth on the all-time win list) followed by Bobby Varin with five feature wins, which included the final three events of the season one of them being the Super DIRTcar Series season ending event (57 career wins, fourth on the all-time win list); Jeremy Wilder (eight career wins, tied for 25th on the all-time win list) and Josh Hohenforst (three career wins, tied for 29th on the all-time win list) both with two feature wins; Mike Mahaney (three career wins, tied for 29th on the all-time win list); Darwin Greene (two career feature wins, tied for 30th on the all-time win list); Justin Boehler, Tim Fuller, and Mike Maresca all had one feature win in 2017 which was the first of their careers at Fonda and all three drivers sit in a tie in 31st place on the all-time win list.

All total in the modified division there were nine different winning drivers in a total of 19 feature events with a double winner declared in one of those events due to scale issues in pre-race tech.

In the sportsman division Warner led the way as stated above with a total of eight wins in 2017 (25 career wins which is number one on the all-time win list) followed by Cody Clark with two feature wins (five career wins, seventh on the all-time win list); Mark Mortensen (18 career wins, second on the all-time win list), Dave Constantino (15 career wins, third on the all-time win list), Ray Zemken (seven career wins, fifth on the all-time win list), Tony Farone (five career wins, seventh on the all-time win list), Chad Edwards (three career wins, ninth on the all-time win list), Harry Shaffer, Aaron Burton, and Nick Scavia all eight drivers with one feature win in 2017. For Shaffer, Burton, and Scavia it was their first career win in the division at Fonda.

In summary there were 10 different winning drivers in a total of 18 racing events in the sportsman division at Fonda in 2017.

In the limited sportsman division William August led the way with four feature wins in 2017 followed by Mike Block, EJ McAuliffe, Larry Niemiec, and Kathy Bellen, all with two feature wins while Travis Billington and Devin Willis both had one feature win at Fonda in 2017.

Seven different drivers won feature events at Fonda in the limited sportsman division in a total of 14 events in 2017.

The CRSA, Patriot, URC, and ESS Sprint car groups all made appearances at Fonda in 2017 with Brett Jaycox and Kyle Smith (CRSA), Jared Zimbardi (Patriot), Cory Sparks (URC), and Danny Varin (ESS) were the winners of those events with Danny Varin also winning the prestigious Kramer Williamson Memorial in the final event of the 2017 season for his second ESS win of 2017 at Fonda.

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$72,000 Distributed At Short Track Super Series Awards Banquet As Champions Andy Bachetti (North), Ryan Watt (South) & Corey Cormier (Sportsman) Lead Honorees


BETHLEHEM, PA – The Short Track Super Series (STSS) concluded its 2017 season on Saturday night by distributing a record $72,000 cash at its 'Night of Champions' Awards Banquet.

The Best Western Lehigh Valley Hotel & Conference Center served as the backdrop with approximately 200 guests on hand. Some 25 drivers were slated to share the huge cash payout plus thousands more in contingency awards and prizes.

STSS champions Andy Bachetti (Halmar International North Region), Ryan Watt (Velocita-USA South Region) and Corey Cormier (Sportsman) shared the limelight.

STSS announcer Jeff Ahlum served as master of ceremonies, with series organizer Brett Deyo handled the distribution of special awards and offered comments on the '17 season and future of the program.

Deyo outlined some astounding numbers from the recently completed campaign. A total of 445 drivers filed a registration at a series event in '17, while racing for $498,065 in payouts, not including any certificates or bonuses distributed. The $72,000 point fund pushed that number upward of a half-million dollars.

For the third time in four years, Sheffield, Mass., driver Andy Bachetti was lauded as the STSS Halmar International North Region champion. Bachetti received $12,500 in point fund cash for his efforts.

Bachetti won two events on the STSS circuit in '17, kicking off the season with a dramatic 20th-to-first drive at Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown, N.Y., to garner the 'Hard Clay Open' event, and taking the checkered first at Woodhull (N.Y.) Raceway in August.

The driver known as the 'Wild Child' was ultra-consistent on the circuit, placing inside the top-10 in eight of the nine events.

Two-time '17 North Region winner Anthony Perrego of Montgomery, N.Y., was recognized as the North Region runner-up, collecting $7,000. Perrego drove for Brian Smith's Superior Remodeling team, taking the checkered first at Accord (N.Y.) Speedway and Thunder Mountain Speedway in Center Lisle, N.Y.

Jeremy Smith of Triangle, N.Y., a first-year series regular, finished third and pocketed $4,000. Smith fielded a car for Sidney, N.Y.'s Billy Decker, fourth in points, earning $3,000. Danny Creeden of Wurtsboro, N.Y., capped another solid STSS season fifth in the standings, taking home $2,500.

Finishing sixth through 12th, respectively, in North Region standings were Stewart Friesen of Sprakers, N.Y., a winner at Afton (N.Y.) Motorsports Park and Orange County ($2,000); Tommy Meier of Waldwick, N.J., in the Jeff Behrent No. 3 ($1,750); Matt DeLorenzo of Cropseyville, N.Y. ($1,650); series newcomer J.R. Hurlburt of Otego, N.Y., driving for Jamie and Denise Page ($1,550); Nick Nye of Groton, N.Y. ($1,450); Craig Hanson of Johnstown, N.Y. ($1,000); and Jerry Higbie of Newburgh, N.Y. ($1,000).

For the second time, Boyertown, Pa., driver Ryan Watt was lauded as the STSS Velocita-USA South Region title winner. Watt, driving for Ron Roberts, received $10,000 for his efforts.

Watt won twice on the series – at Delaware International Speedway in Delmar, Del., in June and his home track of Bridgeport (N.J.) Speedway in September – and finished second on three other occasions.

Five drivers entered the season finale at Georgetown (Del.) Speedway with a shot at the title, but a runner-up effort was enough to bring home the crown.

Like Watt, runner-up Ryan Godown was a two-time winner on the series. The Ringoes, N.J., driver won at Big Diamond Speedway in Minersville, Pa., the series' annual North-South combo event, and ended the season in Georgetown Victory Lane. He received $5,000 in point fund cash.

Duane Howard of Oley, Pa., won his first STSS event at Georgetown in August driving for Norm Hansell and placed third in points, worth $3,000. David Van Horn of Harmony, N.J., was fourth and took home $2,000, while Georgetown Opening Day Melvin L. Joseph Memorial winner Jimmy Horton of Neshanic Station, N.J., finished fifth, receiving $1,500.

Drivers completing the top-12 were Billy Pauch Sr. of Frenchtown, N.J. ($1,400); Jordan Watson of Milford, Del. ($1,300); Rick Laubach of Hellertown, Pa. ($1,200): Billy Pauch Jr. of Milford, N.J. ($1,100); Jamie Mills of Milford, Del. ($1,050); Craig Von Dohren of Oley, Pa. ($1,000); and Stewart Friesen of Sprakers, N.Y. ($1,000).

Jim Britt of Broomall, Pa., attended every South Region event but wasn't able to crack the top-12. He received a $300 Attendance Bonus.

Corey Cormier of Otisville, N.Y., utilized consistency to win the STSS Sportsman title, with top-10 finishes in four of the five races. Cormier received $1,500 for the crown. Runner-up Larry Mekic of Moscow, Pa. ($750) and third-place Shayne Spoonhower of Berkshire, N.Y. ($500) were also present at the Awards Banquet.

The Outstanding Contribution to the Series Award went to Jamie and Denise Page, the former promoters of I-88 Speedway in Afton, N.Y., who were instrumental in the series' early years. After exiting the track promotional role at the end of the 2016 season, they took on a car owner role in '17, running the STSS circuit with driver J.R. Hurlburt.

Jeremy Smith was recognized as the Car Owner of the Year for his efforts chasing the STSS North Region as a driver and owner for Billy Decker, while entering many South Region events as well.

Sportsmanship Awards went to David Van Horn Jr. (South) and Nick Nye (North). Both were assets to the series in '17, presenting a positive attitude.

The unfortunate recipients of Hard Luck Awards were Billy Pauch Jr. (South) and Craig Hanson (North). For Pauch Jr., on-track incidents derailed his efforts, while Hanson suffered persistent engine issues that hindered his season.

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Weedsport Speedway's 2018 Special Event Schedule Highlighted with Mid-Summer Blockbusters

WEEDSPORT, NY (December 14, 2017) – Weedsport Speedway officially announced its 2018 special event schedule on Thursday, revealing an 11-race calendar that features visits from the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars, the All-Star Circuit of Champions, USAC's National Sprints Cars, the Super DIRTcar Series Big Block Modifieds, the Empire Super Sprints, and more.

With 11 race dates ranging from Sunday, May 20 to Wednesday, October 3; a blockbuster weekend set for the middle of July is likely to catch the eye of eager race fans.

The World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series, Super DIRTcar Series Big Block Modifieds, and DIRTcar Sportsman will join together at Weedsport on July 28-29 for a two day show that will no doubt set the tone for an exciting summer of action.

The annual Hall of Fame 100 for the Super DIRTcar Series Big Blocks will launch the weekend on Saturday, July 28 while the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars will keep fans on the edge of their seats as they highlight the Sunday, July 29 Empire State Challenge program along with the DIRTcar Sportsman.

"We have been wanting to put together a mid-summer show stopping event at Weedsport for a while now, and I think we have hit the mark with this weekend lineup," said Weedsport Speedway promoter, Jimmy Phelps.  "It will no doubt be a memorable weekend with two of the best dirt racing series in the country here in Weedsport.  We hope our fans join us for the duration."

More information on this can't miss special event will be provided at www.weedsportspeedway.com in the coming weeks.

Weedsport Speedway will first see cars on track during its test and tune session set for Sunday, May 6, which will be open to all divisions.

The first competitive laps on the 3/8-mile will take place during opening night on Sunday, May 20 featuring the Icebreaker 50 for DIRTcar Big Block Modifieds.  The DIRTcar Sportsman and 600cc Micro Sprints will join the night's action.

The Modified opener at Weedsport serves as a warmup for the first of three visits by the Super DIRTcar Series Big Blocks on Monday, May 28, as they compete in the Memorial Day 100 along with Sportsman.

The month of June will be Sprintacular as Tony Stewart's All-Star Circuit of Champions will take on The Port on Sunday, June 10 followed by a historic first visit by the USAC National Sprint Cars on Tuesday, June 19.

The ASCoC show on June 10 will be paired with yet another Big Block Modified event while the Sportsman and a 600cc Micro Sprint Invitational A-Main will join the USAC Sprinters on June 19.

A star-studded month of July opens with the crown jewel Sportsman Classic 75 for the DIRTcar Sportsman Tour on Tuesday, July 3 paired with the Rush Late Models and 600cc Micros.

The first ever visit by the American Flat Track motorcycle series on Saturday, July 7 keeps the momentum rolling before the aforementioned July 28-29 mid-summer weekend for the Super DIRTcar Series, World of Outlaws Sprints, and Sportsman.

The month of August features the always popular Empire Super Sprints for their ESS Legends Reunion, along with Sportsman on Sunday, August 12.

Labor Day Weekend will once again provide the Labor Day Double Play with the Super DIRTcar Series Big Blocks and the ESS Sprints, along with the return of the DIRTcar Pro Stock Series.

Then, the racing season on the 3/8-mile will draw to a conclusion with the Super DIRT Week Kickoff Party on Wednesday, October 3 joining the DIRTcar 358 Modified Tour and the DIRTcar Sportsman Tour.

"We're very proud to have put together a special event calendar that features the best of the best in multiple forms of motorsport," said Phelps.  "We have 410 and 360 sprint cars of multiple varieties, the best in Modified and Sportsman racing, full fender action with Late Models and Pro Stocks, lightning fast micros, even motorcycles.  We're constantly working to please our fans and make Weedsport Speedway the hub of all types of motorsports, and we will keep working to make that happen."    

New for the 2018 season, Weedsport Speedway will implement a "No Smoking" policy for the grandstands.  Smoking will be permitted in designated areas in the midway.

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Short Track Super Series Roars Into 2018 With Exciting Schedule

MILLSBORO, DE – The Short Track Super Series (STSS) is roaring into 2018.

On the heels of the most successful season to date for the series, STSS management has announced the 2018 big-block/small-block Modified schedule for the North Region and South Region.

The milestone 50th race in series history will kick-start '18 at Del.'s Georgetown Speedway on March 17 with the Melvin L. Joseph Memorial, a 49-lap event offering a minimum of $4,900 to win and $490 to start. A preliminary small-block Modified program has been added on Friday night (March 16), meaning teams will receive two paychecks for their trip south.

Georgetown, a "specials-only" half-mile oval, will host three total STSS Velocita South events in '18: the fifth annual 'Blast at the Beach' on Tuesday, August 28 and the title-deciding Mid-Atlantic Championship Weekend Friday-Saturday Oct. 26-27.

Bridgeport (N.J.) Speedway returns for the third consecutive season with the 'South Jersey Shootout' on Sunday, April 22.

The 'Diamond State 50' at the Cathell family's Delaware International Speedway in Delmar, Del., kicks off the holiday Memorial Day weekend on Thursday, May 24.

The only combined 'North-South' event on the schedule takes place at Big Diamond Speedway in Minersville, Pa., on Tuesday, June 5 with the 'Anthracite Assault' 50-lap event.

$10,000 cash awaits the winner of the York County Nationals on Sunday, July 29 at the newly renamed BAPS Motor Speedway (formerly Susquehanna Speedway Park) in Newberrytown, Pa.

For the first time since 1987, Modifieds roar around the 'Speed Palace' of Port Royal (Pa.) Speedway on Friday, October 12 with the 'Speed Showcase' featuring a doubleheader of 410 Sprint Cars and Modifieds.

The North Region will again start and end at the legendary Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown, N.Y. The 'Hard Clay Open' kicks it all off on Sunday, April 8, while the 'Hard Clay Finale' brings down the curtain on Thursday, Oct. 18, the eve of Eastern States Weekend. The 'Hard Clay Finale' will be the championship event of '18 for the North competitors.

Thunder Mountain Speedway in Center Lisle, N.Y., hosts the second round of the series on Memorial Day weekend, Sunday, May 27, with the 'Lightning on the Mountain' fifth edition.

Tyler Siri's Outlaw Speedway in Dundee, N.Y., returns to the schedule after an absence of one year on Wednesday, June 20 with the 'Outlaw Showdown' 50.

Accord (N.Y.) Speedway is the site to celebrate Independence Day on Tuesday, July 3 with the sixth 'Battle of the Bullring' on the quarter-mile oval.  The post-Thanksgiving, non-points 'Gobbler' will again close out Northeast dirt-track racing in '18 at the Gary and Donna Palmer-owned venue on Nov. 24.

Afton (N.Y.) Motorsports Park will see two visits by the STSS in '18. The first takes place on Wednesday, July 25 with the 'Afton Action 50' and the second is the American Racer Cup Short Track SuperNationals 11 on Oct. 5-6.

Woodhull (N.Y.) Raceway and Albany-Saratoga Speedway in Malta, N.Y., offer August stops on the series. Woodhull's 'Hustlin' the High Banks 54' takes place on Wednesday, Aug. 8, while the 'Stampede at 'toga' takes place on Tuesday, Aug. 14 at Albany-Saratoga, the 'Great Race Place' of the Capital Region.

Huge bonuses await STSS racers in '18. A driver winning both the North and South STSS regions and the 'home-track' American Racer Cup will receive a $25,000 bonus from Sunoco Race Fuels and Insinger Performance. Should a driver win the North or South STSS regions and the American Racer Cup, Sunoco and Insinger Performance will offer $10,000 cash.

Guaranteed championship amounts for '18 are as follows: $12,500 (North), $10,000 (South) and $10,000 (American Racer Cup).

Details of the STSS Sportsman program are being finalized, with a schedule release planned before the end of December.

Short Track Super Series 2018 Schedule
North
Sunday, April 8 – Orange County Fair Speedway
Sunday, May 27 – Thunder Mountain Speedway
Tuesday, June 5 – Big Diamond Speedway – COMBO
Wednesday, June 20 – Outlaw Speedway
Tuesday, July 3 – Accord Speedway
Wednesday, July 25 – Afton Motorsports Park
Wednesday, August 8 – Woodhull Raceway
Tuesday, August 14 – Albany-Saratoga Speedway
Friday-Saturday, October 5-6 – Afton Motorsports Park– American Racer Cup Short Track SuperNationals 11
Thursday, October 18 – Orange County Fair Speedway

South
Saturday, March 17 – Georgetown Speedway
Sunday, April 22 – Bridgeport Speedway
Thursday, May 24 – Delaware International Speedway
Tuesday, June 5 – Big Diamond Speedway
Sunday, July 29 – BAPS Motor Speedway
Tuesday, August 28 – Georgetown Speedway
Friday, October 12 – Port Royal Speedway
Friday-Saturday October 26-27 – Georgetown Speedway- Mid-Atlantic Championship Weekend

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New Super DIRTcar Series Dates and Changes to the DIRTcar Hometrack Program Strengthens Dirt Racing in the Northeast
 
Big-Block Modifieds, 358 Modifieds, Sportsman Modifieds and Pro Stock 2018 schedules announced
 
CONCORD, NC - Dec. 1, 2017 - The Super DIRTcar Series is excited to announce its 2018 schedule along with the DIRTcar 358 Modifieds, Sportsman Modifieds and Pro Stocks. A total of 27 tracks will see action in 2018 from February through November across the four DIRTcar Racing divisions.
 
Super DIRTcar Series
 
The premier dirt racing series in the Northeast, the Super DIRTcar Series, will make its annual pilgrimage to DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park to celebrate the Speedway's 50th year of racing and unofficially kick off the season with a non-points event. The Super DIRTcar Series will benefit from the new expanded  event schedule with the Big-Block Modifieds in action for five straight nights from Tuesday to Saturday, Feb. 13-17.
 
The quest for the Super DIRTcar Series championship will officially begin at Fulton Speedway on April 28 as the Big-Block Modifieds return to action at the High Bank Holdup. The Series heads to New Jersey on Wednesday, May 16 for a date at Bridgeport Speedway. Additional highlights on the Super DIRTcar Series schedule include a second date for Brewerton (NY) Speedway, now June 15 and Sept. 14. Brett Hearn's BIG Show 9 at Albany-Saratoga Speedway on June 26 is a can't miss event.
 
The end of July Weedsport Speedway hosts a monster back-to-back event when the Super DIRTcar Series visits the .337-mile oval for the Hall of Fame 100 on Saturday, July 28. The following night the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series take center stage. Last year at the Hall of Fame 100, Stewart Friesen narrowly edged out Tim McCreadie at the finish line to take home the trophy, making it one of the most exciting finishes of the season.
 
"We're really excited to do a back-to-back at the end of July," said Weedsport Speedway Promoter Jimmy Phelps. "We tried to do this event in the spring and the fall the past couple of years, but the weather killed us; we're just really excited to get a mid-Summer date where hopefully this can build a foundation of marquee events at Weedsport Speedway."
 
Coming off a big weekend at Weedsport, the Series will visit Fonda Speedway on August 1 for the fourth annual Jack Johnson Tribute race.
 
One change to Series schedule that will benefit race fans will be when Mr. DIRT Track USA switches from a Thursday night to Saturday, Sept. 1 at Lebanon Valley Speedway.
 
This year will mark the 47th annual NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week. Race fans all agree, last year's NAPA Super DIRT Week was one of the greatest events in recent history. A last-lap pass for the win brought the near capacity crowd to their feet wanting more.
 
All Dirt Roads will once again lead to Charlotte for the crowning of the 2018 Super DIRTcar Series champion on Thurs-Sat., Nov. 1-3 with the running of the Textron Off Road World Finals.
 
In addition to the release of the 2018 schedule, DIRTcar Racing is also announcing a change to the DIRTcar Hometrack program. Hometrack points will no longer be collected for the Big-Block Modifieds starting in 2018. Traditionally, in order to compete for the Super DIRTcar Series championship, drivers needed the bonus points they were able to collect from the DIRTcar Hometrack program. Without these points, teams outside of the Central New York hotbed, challenged by the lack of proximity to these weekly tracks, now have a chance to compete for the championship.
 
"After working with the teams and track promoters, we are confident this will bring positive change to the sport," said Super DIRTcar Series Director, Mike Perrotte. "One of the many benefits we see with this change is it will alleviate travel costs on teams from having to travel hundreds of miles to a DIRTcar-sanctioned track to collect Hometrack points."
 
Year-long discussions were finalized at the Northeast Promoter Meetings in November when DIRTcar Racing officials and track promoters sat down to discuss the change. At the conclusion of the meeting everyone was in agreeance that the elimination of Hometrack points will benefit fans, drivers, teams, and tracks all over the northeast.
 
Big-Block Modified teams will have the opportunity to try their hand at new tracks and challenge themselves with less familiar territory, while weekly racers can maintain their hometrack advantage against new invaders.
 
"The goal will be to create new stars in Modified racing and bolster the car counts not only on the Super DIRTcar Series but at weekly track," added Perrotte.
 
"A change to the [DIRTcar] Hometrack program will open up the door to new faces giving them the opportunity compete at their weekly tracks," added Jimmy Phelps. "This change will also allow for a few more weekend shows at weekly tracks that traditionally ran on a week night, you will also see new faces popping into various weekly events."
 
358 Modifieds
 
The 358 Modified schedule is split into two regions, North and South. The 2018 season kicks off with a Mother's Day special on Sunday, May 13 at Utica-Rome Speedway. The 358 Modifieds will visit Mohawk International Raceway (Aug. 9), Fonda Speedway (Sept. 21), and a host of other great tracks before the combo events begin.From Oct. 2 to 13, the 358 Modifieds will run five events at five separate tracks beginning with Utica-Rome Speedway and moving onto Weedsport Speedway, Brewerton Speedway and Oswego Speedway before closing out the season with the Loud & Dirty Northeast Fall Nationals at Brockville Speedway.
 
Sportsman Modifieds
 
For the second year in a row, the Sportsman Modifieds will once again have a regionalized schedule with Central, North and West regions. Each region will have six races spanning from late April to September. Points from every race will tally towards the Fall Championshipat Brockville Ontario Speedway on Friday, Oct. 12 before drivers head south to Charlotte for a non-points event in the popular OneDirt World Short Track Championship.
 
"Super DIRT Week and The OneDirt World Short Track Championship in Charlotte are obviously two of the best events in short track racing nationally, and the Sportsman Modifieds are a big part of each," said DIRTcar Racing Northeast Sportsman Director Cory Reed. "The Outlaw 200 at Fulton drew an astounding 111 entries this year, proving it's high on the list of big ones for our competitors."

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Champions Honored at DIRTcar Northeast Banquet
 
Yetman, Marcuccilli, Bernard and Sheppard Crowned
 
SYRACUSE, NY - Nov. 20, 2017 - The Northeast DIRTcar Racing industry gathered on Saturday night to celebrate the many accomplishments throughout the 2017 racing season, handing out over $200,000 dollars and special awards while honoring the champions for another great season.
 
The Night of Champions kicked off with the acknowledgement of the many tracks, sponsors and teams that gathered in the banquet hall at the Holiday Inn in Central New York.
 
A very special recognition was made for Bear Ridge (VT) Speedway and the Elms family were honored as Bear Ridge Speedway celebrated its 50th year of operation.
 
Following the warm reception, DIRTcar Racing honored and recognized the Mr. DIRTcar champions for their efforts and success. 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 Racing sanctioned track.
 
Rob Yetman was awarded the Pro Stock Mr. DIRTcar Championship. Yetman tallied eight wins, 24 top-five finishes and 26 top-10s. The Castleton, NY driver collected $1,000 from the point fund and a $500 fuel certificate from VP Racing Fuels.
 
With 18 wins, 34 top-five finishes and 46 top-10s, Rocky Warner collected the Sportsman Modified Mr. DIRTcar Championship. Warner walks away with $1,000 from the point fund and a $750 fuel certificate from the VP Racing Fuels.
 
"We had an awesome year. [Dave] Marcuccilli ruined October for us, but we can't be disappointed with 25 total wins on the 2017 season," said Rocky Warner. "We came into the season with a goal of winning this championship."
 
In the 358 Modified ranks, a familiar face once again walked away with the Mr. DIRTcar Racing Champion. David Herbert was crowned champion for the fourth consecutive time, fifth overall. For his efforts, Herbert collected $3,000 from the point funds and $1,000 in VP Racing Fuels certificate.
 
Last year's Big-Block Modified Rookie of the Year winner, Max McLaughlin took home the 2017 Super DIRTcar Series Most Popular Driver presented by Speed51.com and took home a $1,500 check.
 
"I was asked earlier if I thought I could win the most popular driver, and I said no way, that guy [as McLaughlin pointed to Matt Sheppard] is definitely the most popular," said Max McLauhglin. "It's definitely an honor to be recognized by the fans. This means a lot to me."
Following a brief break for dinner, the Super DIRTcar Series champion, Matt Sheppard participated in some entertainment provided by magician, Magic Lou. The highlight of the skit was when Magic Lou made a $100 bill with Sheppard's signature disappear into the middle of an orange.
 
When the awards continued, Rob Yetman returned to the stage to collect his hardware for his stellar season which included a fifth consecutive NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week victory at Oswego Speedway.
 
"Everywhere we went it seemed like we had a little something at the end, but what a year!" said Rob Yetman, "There was non-stop digging in the garage; I can't thank everyone enough for their effort."
 
Dave Marcuccilli picked up the Sportsman Modified championship tallying two wins, three-five finishes and three top-10s. Marcuccilli edged out Ron Davis III for the honors.
 
Steve Bernard who calls Drummond and LeRPM home, racked up three wins, five top-five finishes and six top-10s scored the 2017 championship in the 358 Modifieds.
 
The night of celebration wrapped up with the Super DIRTcar Series. The top-15 in Series points were recognized but taking home the top honors was Matt Sheppard. In one of the greatest comebacks in Series history, the Waterloo, NY driver overcame a 185-point deficit to capture his sixth Super DIRTcar Series championship. During his stellar run through the summer months, Sheppard racked up five straight wins en route to his 12 overall; tying the single-season win recording that he set in 2016.
 
"It feels as good as the first one did," proclaimed Matt Sheppard. "We got to a point where we were taking a different approach on it. We put a lot of pressure on ourselves and worked hard night-in and night-out and [team] kept saying we need to win this championship. We kind of made the turn somewhere this Summer and said let's just have fun and go out and race and see what happens. I feel like we are having the most fun we've ever had and we're winning the most races we've ever had; I don't know if the two go hand-in-hand with each other but its working for us."
 
In front of a room full of talented drivers, Master of Ceremonies Shane Andrews asked Sheppard if he felt like he considers himself elite.
 
"I grew up a fan of this sport and as a kid I watched Alan [Johnson], Brett [Hearn] and Billy [Decker], it's just a pleasure to race with these guys but I can't classify myself as in the same category as those guys," added the six-time champion Matt Sheppard.
 
Following the Mr. DIRTcar champion recognitions, winners were chosen for the Number One Speed /Motorsports Safety Systems / G-Force Rookie of the Year Awards. These drivers are the next great stars in DIRTcar Racing and were recognized for their triumphs this season. This year's winners were: Cody Bleau in the Big-Block Modifieds, Jesse Cotriss in the 358 Modifieds, Tyler Thompson in the Sportsman Modifieds and Josh Coonradt from the Pro Stocks.
 
For the third straight year, a raffle for a new 602 Chevrolet Performance crate motor. Any Sportsman Modified driver that entered an DIRTcar Sportsman Modified event was entered in to the end of the year raffle. Kyle Wilson was the lucky driver going home with the new Chevrolet Performance crate motor.

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ALBANY-SARATOGA READYING FOR 2018

Malta, NY (November 19, 2017) – The 2017 season had not yet come to an official close when Promoter Lyle DeVore began to lay plans for the facility and program improvements at the popular dirt oval that runs weekly on Friday nights under the DIRTcar NE banner.

“The 2017 season was a great season for us despite five rainouts and threatening weather every week,” stated DeVore.  “Our car counts were great and the crowds were good weekly.  All in all we had a successful year.”

When fans and teams walk in the front gate on opening night in 2018 they will notice several improvements, all of which are designed to make their Friday night dirt racing experience a great one.

The tentative “to do” list consists of many “big ticket” items including additional paving in the grandstand area, a new pit building for technical inspections that would accommodate two cars, increased signage, updated electrical infrastructure, a revamped victory lane area, and an expanded pit area.  Long-term plans include expanding the suite areas to provide an enhanced experience for track sponsors.

“It’s a lengthy list,” said DeVore, “…and what we can accomplish will depend a lot on the weather conditions over the off season.  Mother Nature will have a major say in dictating what everyone will see come Spring.”

On the schedule for 2018 will be the return of two mid-week races--the Brett Hearn “Big Show” DIRTcar Series race that will be held on Tuesday, June 26 (rain date of July 3, 2017) as well as a Short Track Super Series race to be held on Tuesday, August 14, 2018.   

Peter Britten, 2017 track champion, will be returning to defend his title in 2018 with car owner and former track champion Andy Romano of Andy’s Speed Shop (Amsterdam, NY).  DeVore has been contacted by several drivers, across all divisions, who have indicated their interest in running weekly and an announcement will be made shortly regarding the season schedule, as well as returning and new competitors.

DeVore and his fiancé, Marcy Mangino, have several events planned that will make greater use of the speedway grounds such as car shows and craft/vendor fairs.  “Our fall craft / vendor fair held in early October was a success with limited exposure and we have been approached by several organizations that we are working with to accommodate their events,” said Mangino.  “It’s exciting to envision the potential we have as a location.”

"The best thing about promoting Albany-Saratoga is that it’s where I got my start in racing as a young kid cleaning up the parking lot.  Now, I’m the promoter and Marcy and I are working together to reach our goal of being one of the most successful dirt tracks in the Northeast,” commented DeVore.  

The 2017 banquet will be held on Friday, January 26, 2018 at Holiday Inn Saratoga Springs (NY).    Information on reservations and hotel accommodations will be posted shortly on the track web site at www.albany-saratogaspeedway.com.

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Short Track Super Series Modifieds Set To Debut At Port Royal Speedway In 2018; Speed Showcase Set For Friday, October 12

PORT ROYAL, PA – The rumble of Modifieds returns to Port Royal Speedway in 2018.

For the first time in more than 30 years, the rejuvenated fairgrounds facility known as the 'Speed Palace' will play host to a Modified race. The 2018 return will be sanctioned by the Short Track Super Series (STSS) as part of the tour's South Region.

The event is planned for Friday night, October 12 in conjunction with a 410 Sprint Car show.

It has been dubbed the 'Speed Showcase' with two headline divisions on the program.

Modifieds last competed on the fast Port Royal half-mile oval in 1987.

"We've been looking at adding a Modified race for the last couple seasons," Port Royal promoter Steve O'Neal said. "It's been a request from a lot of fans and even Modified racers to have an event at the track.

"We're looking forward to welcoming the Modifieds to Port Royal in what should be a great night of racing."

A rain date for the event has been set for Sunday, October 14.

The Port Royal stop will be the seventh of eight stops on the STSS South Region en route to the $10,000 series championship.

"I've heard and seen only good things about Port Royal the last couple years," STSS promoter Brett Deyo said. "Having this opportunity to spotlight our series at such a first-class venue alongside of the 410 Sprint Cars is something I am very thankful for."

Port Royal will make the second 'Central PA' appearance by the STSS in 2018. The series stops at BAPS Motor Speedway (formerly Susquehanna) in Newberrytown, Pa., on Sunday, July 29 with the $10,000-to-win York County Nationals.

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NEW 12-RACE "SUPER SERIES" TO DEBUT IN 2018 AT SHARON FEATURING SIX $3000 TO-WIN "410" SPRINT EVENTS & SIX $2000 TO-WIN BIG-BLOCK MOD TOUR EVENTS

By Mike Leone

Hartford, OH November 13, 2017 While the 2018 season is more than five months away with the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series opener on April 20, Sharon Speedway management has been hard at work crafting an exciting new program to the premiere "410" Sprint Car and Big-Block Modified divisions. The 89th anniversary season will feature a new 12-race program titled the "Super Series", which will include six events each for the "410" Sprint Cars ($3,000 to-win) and for the Big-Block Modifieds ($2,000 to-win) under the Mod Tour, Inc. banner.

Ever since the "410" Sprints ran weekly in 2010, Sharon has traditionally held Sprint shows as part of Ohio Speedweek and the "Lou Blaney Memorial". In recent years, some non-sanctioned events were added, which proved successful. Last year, Danny Holtgraver and Sye Lynch won these events, while NASCAR's Kyle Larson and Christopher Bell won the Ohio Speedweek and "Lou Blaney Memorial" shows respectively.

In effort to expand the "410" Sprint Cars presence at Sharon in 2018, the "Super Series" will feature an additional six $3,000 to-win increased purse events on May 12, June 2, June 30, August 4, August 11, and August 18.

Meanwhile, the headlining Hovis Auto & Truck Supply Big-Block Modifieds will also have their share of special events in 2018. The ground-pounders will battle for increased purses six times as $2,000 will be on the line for their April 28 opener along with May 26, June 23, July 7 for the "Lou Blaney Memorial", July 21, and August 25. After a year's hiatus, the Mod Tour will return to Sharon and will sanction these events.

"We're really looking forward to bringing these events to Sharon in 2018," expressed General Manager Dave Willoughby. "The Sprint Cars have always been an important part of our program. The drivers and fans have really supported our events well in recent years so we're excited to give them some additional higher paying events. Big-Block Modified racers have been clamoring for more higher paying races in the area so this will give them the opportunity to race for more money as well. Along with these events, we're excited about Lucas Oil Late Models returning, three All Star Sprint events, the $10,000 to-win Penn-Ohio Stock event on June 16, and more for 2018."

The HTMA/Precise Racing Products RUSH Sportsman Modifieds, Gibson Insurance Agency Stock Cars, and Summit Racing Equipment Econo Mods will continue to make up the balance of the weekly program in 2018. These divisions are coming off a strong 2017 season that saw an average of 32 Stocks, 24 RUSH Sportsman Modifieds, and 21 Econo Mods per night.  

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