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Four Drivers Within 39 Points For STS north Title

AFTON, NY – The championship race is on.

Four drivers now sit within 39 points for the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP Halmar International North Region championship entering the season finale Short Track SuperNationals 9 at I-88 Speedway October 7-8. The title race shook up following Friday night’s eighth round of the North Region held at Thunder Mountain Speedway in Center Lisle, N.Y.

The Wade Decker Memorial race at Thunder Mountain was the final 100-point-structure event of the season. Following Friday’s program, drivers were able to drop their worst finish and those with perfect attendance received a bonus of 75 points.

Andy Bachetti of Sheffield, Mass., who was the inaugural series champion in 2014, used a second-place finish at the Wade Decker Memorial to take over the point lead for the first time this season.

Bachetti holds a slim lead of just five points (604-599) over Erick Rudolph of Ransomville, N.Y., who has led the series since the May stop at Big Diamond Speedway in Minersville, Pa. Rudolph suffered his first DNF of the season Friday at Thunder Mountain after a first-lap tangle and two flat right-rear tires.

A resilient Tommy Meier of Waldwick, N.J., is third in the standings with 581 points. Meier drove from dead last at Thunder Mountain after the aforementioned tangle with Rudolph to finish sixth and has accumulated 581 points, 23 removed from the lead.

Danny Creeden of Wurtsboro, N.Y., put himself in contention with his Wade Decker Memorial triumph on Friday night. Creeden has amassed 565 points and is 39 behind the leader.

Of note, all four drivers in the battle already have a championship to their credit this year: Bachetti (I-88/American Racer Cup); Rudolph (BRP Modified Tour); Meier (N.Y.’s Orange County Fair Speedway big- and small-block divisions); and Creeden (Thunder Mountain).

The Short Track SuperNationals utilizes the increased “Championship Points” breakdown which is as follows: 1. 150; 2. 145; 3. 140; 4. 135; 5. 130; 6. 125; 7. 120; 8. 116; 9. 112; 10. 108; 11. 104; 12. 100; 13. 96; 14. 92; 15. 88; 16. 84; 17. 80; 18. 77; 19. 74; 20. 71; 21. 68; 22. 65; 23. 62. 24-last. 60; Did Not Qualify 35.

The series culminates with a 50-lap event, the Short Track SuperNationals, on Saturday evening, October 8, part of a busy two days of racing on the Afton Fairgrounds.

Short Track Super Series
North Region Standings (*after Thunder Mountain, Sept. 23)
Andy Bachetti 604
Erick Rudolph 599
Tommy Meier 581
Danny Creeden 565
Anthony Perrego 496
Matt DeLorenzo 479
Brian Malcolm 439
Craig Hanson 436
Mike Mahaney 431
 Danny Johnson 416
 Stewart Friesen 387
 Nick Nye 367
 Jerry Higbie Jr. 362
 Mike Ricci 327
 Billy Van Inwegen 316

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KEVIN SOCKRITER GETS 1ST MODIFIED WIN WITH SMALL BLOCK – CHAMPIONS CROWNED AT THE DELAWARE INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY

By CHARLIE BROWN, DELMAR, DE – Saturday night was not only Pepsi Night and Topless Night at the Delaware International Speedway but it was also the final night of the point season at the track. By the end of the night there was a first time winner in the NAPA Big Block Modifieds and three first time track champions out of the five weekly divisions.

H.J. Bunting came into the 25-lap NAPA Big Block Modified feature with his seventh championship a virtual sure thing. Rookie Westley Smith would lead his first feature laps in the division with Brandon Watkins and Kevin Sockriter battling for second.

On lap three the caution was out as Matt Hawkins, who had a long shot at the title coming into the race, slowed with a flat right rear. Smith controlled the restart and Sockriter worked by Watkins for second and one lap later took the lead.

Yellows on the next two circuits kept the field tightly bunched and allowed Howard O’Neal to move into second. At the halfway sign the top five were Sockriter, O’Neal, Brad Trice, Eric Vent and Bunting.

Sockriter had built over a second advantage over O’Neal when the yellow again flew with eight to go as Dale Hawkins came to a stop off turn two. On the restart Bunting got by Vent for fourth but that was as far as he would climb.

Sockriter maintained the high groove and drove his small block to his first win in the division. O’Neal finished a solid second with Trice third. Fourth and his seventh title went to Bunting with Vent turning in his best ride in fifth. Heats were won by Smith and Sockriter, drivers that had both moved from the AC Delco Sportsman during the season.

One of the best Late Model fields was on hand on Pepsi night. The topless Late Models looked extra fast and provided some great racing. Joe Warren in his small block Ford held off the field for the first six circuits before Ricky Elliott, who had started in eight, went three wide down the back straight with Warren and Kerry King to take the lead.

By the halfway point Elliott started to pull away from King while Hagerstown Speedway regular, Glenn Elliott worked his way from tenth into third. Warren was holding tight to the fourth spot and Mark Pettyjohn was up to fifth.

A close call came for Ricky Elliott with just two laps to go when Kellie Lewis got around just as he was about to move past. The yellow put the field back on his back spoiler but Elliott got a great restart and drove to his third win of the season.

King ended a great drive in second with Glenn Elliott third. Frouth went to Mark Pettyjohn and Amanda Whaley rounded out the top five. With his sixth place finish Donald Lingo, Jr. earned his second consecutive division title and his seventh overall. Heats were won by Elliott and Lingo, Jr.

Jordn Justice had wrapped up his first AC Delco 602 Sportsman championship before the start of Saturday night 15-lap feature. Freddy Massey would lead his first feature laps early on with Ryan Mortimer running in second.

Scott Hitchens took second on lap four and three laps later the yellow would fly as the leader, Massey lost the handle in the second turn and spun. Hitchens was now on top and Dwayne Crockett was running a tight second.

Justice moved in to challenge Crockett with five to go and with three to go took the spot. Hitchens wasn’t about to be caught as he drove to his second win of the year. Justice finished in the second spot with Crockett third. Fourth went to Matt Smith and rookie Ryan Riddle had his best finish in fifth. Heats were won by Hitchens and Crockett.

Big Block Modified Finish: 1. Kevin Sockriter; 2. Howard O’Neal; 3. Brad Trice; 4. H.J. Bunting; 5. Eric Vent; 6. Dave Dissinger; 7. Scott VanGorder; 8. Matt Hawkins; 9. Brandon Watkins; 10. Robert Dutton; 11. Dale Hawkins; 12. Dana Walker; 13. Kyle Fuller; 14. Westley Smith.

Late Model Finish: 1. Ricky Elliott; 2. Kerry King; 3. Glenn Elliott; 4. Mark Pettyjohn; 5. Amanda Whaley; 6. Donald Lingo, Jr.; 7. Danny Snyder; 8. Dylan Evans; 9. Joe Warren; 10. Nick Davis; 11. Herb Tunis; 12. Rob Schirmer; 13. Bob Geiger; 14. Kellie Lewis; 15. Kevin Scott, Jr.

AC Delco 602 Sportsman Feature: 1. Scott Hitchens; 2. Jordn Justice; 3. Dwayne Crockett; 4. Matt Smith; 5. Ryan Riddle; 6. Freddy Massey; 7. Jason Rush; 8. Ryan Mortimer; 9. Jeff Marker; 10. David Jenkins; 11. George Freeman; 12. Ted Reynolds; DNS: Adam White.

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Danny Creeden Defends Home Turf For Thunder Mountain Speedway Wade Decker Memorial

CENTER LISLE, NY – Danny Creeden capped his championship season in style Friday at Thunder Mountain Speedway.

The Wurtsboro, N.Y., driver turned back a talented field of 45 big-block/small-block Modifieds in the Wade Decker Memorial, the eighth round of the Short Track Super Series (STSS) North Region.

The race was run in memory of popular and respected Southern Tier racer Wade Decker, who passed away much too soon in December 2011.

Creeden earned $5,500 for his efforts in the 50-lap event at the three-eighths-mile oval where he earned the 2016 Modified championship.

“I never thought I’d win one of these (STSS) races,” Creeden said. “I was able to win the ‘Battle of the Bullring’ (at N.Y.’s Accord - then not a part of the series), the ‘Crazy 8s’ (at N.Y.’s I-88), the ‘Dirty Jersey’ (at N.J.’s New Egypt) and the SuperNationals (at I-88). I was starting to get worried I wouldn’t get one this year with only two shows to go.

“I can’t say enough about what this series does for working guys like me. The money that we get to race for is awesome.”

Creeden picked 31 out of a possible 60 through the gate and drove from sixth to win his 10-lap qualifier. A runner-up finish in the dash placed him outside Andy Bachetti on the front row for the main event.

Creeden stalked Bachetti through the race’s opening laps, ultimately working the inside to take command after an extended side-by-side battle.

Through a long stretch of green-flag racing in the race’s mid-portions and a number of late-race yellows, Creeden maintained control of the event for the fourth STSS victory of his career since the series’ inception in 2014.

Creeden received $500 cash in addition to his $5,000 winner’s share for leading the race’s halfway lap.

Bachetti, of Sheffield, Mass., closed on Creeden during several intervals but settled for a runner-up finish. Bachetti’s pay was boosted by his $500 Cash Dash conquest earlier in the night.

“To come here and finish second to Danny, we’ll take it,” Bachetti said. “He’s been fast here all year like we’ve been over at I-88. This is a big boost for us with the points.”

Bachetti, in fact, was able to inch ahead of Erick Rudolph by a mere five markers entering the Short Track SuperNationals 9 on Oct. 7-8 at I-88.

Alan Barker of Norwich, N.Y., authored a steady drive to finish third. Barker was thrilled with his effort.

“I didn’t qualify for this race last year and I didn’t even qualify for the (STSS) ‘Lightning on the Mountain’ here in May,” Barker said. “To be up here on the podium, I’m happy.”

Mike Mahaney of King Ferry, N.Y., placed fourth in the Jim Shear-owned No. 77X, while Johnstown, N.Y., driver Craig Hanson finished a stout fifth, his strongest STSS effort to date this season. Hanson ran inside the top-five for the entire distance.

Following a tangle on the opening lap, Waldwick, N.J., driver Tommy Meier charged through the field to recover for sixth with Jeff Behrent’s No. 3. Completing the top-10 were Cory Costa of Corning, N.Y., who – like Meier – rebounded from an early spin; Nick Rochinski of Dickson City, Pa., who started 20th (and received an Integra Shock Package bestowed upon him by the Decker family); a rim-riding Matt DeLorenzo of Cropseyville, N.Y., rallying from 24th in the BBL Companies No. 3D; and 25th-starting Brett Tonkin of Carbondale, Pa., in his self-owned No. 15.

Heat winners for the 45 STSS Modifieds were Bachetti, Creeden, Hanson, Barker and Anthony Perrego. The three consolations went to Erick Rudolph, Chad Cook and Brian Malcolm.

Brian White of Owego, N.Y., who was the Thunder Mountain ’16 champ, romped to a $750 payday in the accompanying 20-lap Open Sportsman event. White led Chance Spoonhower across the line. New Jersey’s Steve Davis recovered from a mid-race tangle for third, Eddie White and Kevin Jordan.

The 25-lap, $1,000-to-win Crate 602 Sportsman event went to Milford, Pa., driver Brian Mady, who wrestled the lead away from Pat Jordan mid-race and marched to the win, solidifying his championship season. Jordan finished second, ahead of an outside-running Shayne Spoonhower, Dustin Jordan and Kenny Hammond.

An emotional Mady dedicated his victory to the memory of close friend and true race chaser Pete Gardner, who passed away during the week.

Friday’s program completed the 2016 racing season at Thunder Mountain. A date for the Awards Banquet will be announced in the coming weeks.

Next up for the Short Track Super Series is the 2016 edition of the “Working Man’s Race” at I-88 Speedway with the two-day Short Track SuperNationals 9 Friday-Saturday Oct. 7-8, highlighted by the 50-lap championship round of the Halmar International North Region on Saturday night.

WADE DECKER MEMORIAL RESULTS SUMMARY – THUNDER MOUNTAIN SPEEDWAY SEPT. 23, 2016

Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP Halmar International Round No. 8 Modified Feature Finish (50 laps): DANNY CREEDEN, Andy Bachetti, Alan Barker, Mike Mahaney, Craig Hanson, Tommy Meier, Cory Costa, Nick Rochinski, Matt DeLorenzo, Brett Tonkin, Brian Malcolm, Darwin Greene, Mike Clapperton, Nick Nye, Jeremy Smith, Rusty Smith, Ryan Jordan, Brent Wilcox, Erick Rudolph, Steve Babicek, Anthony Perrego, Mike Ricci, Brad Szulewski, Chad Cook, Mike Decker, Geordie Decker, Kurt Decker, Byron Worthing, Nick Mady.

Open Sportsman Feature Finish (20 laps): BRIAN WHITE, Chance Spoonhower, Steve Davis, Eddie White, Kevin Jordan, Bill Deckelman, Dan Allen, Larry Mekic, Chris Jordan, Phil Vigneri III, Jim Gould, Dylan Robinson, Tony Pangrazio, Craig Pope, Thomas Ferguson, Billy Spoonhower, Eric Leet, Dayton Coney, Trey Palmer, Rob Loucks.

Crate 602 Sportsman Feature Finish (25 laps): BRIAN MADY, Pat Jordan, Shayne Spoonhower, Dustin Jordan, Kenny Hammond, Mike Nagel Jr., Mike Austin, Rich Powell, Kinser Hill, Adam MacGeorge, Cory Cormier, Ryan Alsdorf, Bob Stahl, Duane Knapp, Matt Sherwood, Rob Loucks, Robert Nober, Carl Bittenbender, Brenton Miller, Mike Decker.

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BRETT HEARN WINS 26TH SATURDAY NIGHT MODIFIED  POINT CHAMPIONSHIP

Hearn adds 11th Lebanon Valley Speedway title to his career racing record

SUSSEX, NJ (September 22)……..In 1978, after just three years racing in the dirt track Sportsman division, Brett Hearn moved up to the Modified ranks. In 36* of the 39 racing seasons since then, Hearn has competed for wins and championships at either Orange County Fair Speedway (Middletown, New York) or Lebanon Valley Speedway (West Lebanon, New York) virtually every Saturday night. And over those 36 years, he has won 26 track point championships---15 at Orange County and 11 at Lebanon Valley.  (*1988 NASCAR BGN, 2000 USNA, 2008 SDS on Saturdays)

Hearn raced for Modified division points 21 years at Orange County, winning 15 titles, a 71.4 percent winning record. At Lebanon Valley, Hearn has chased the Modified championship 15 seasons, winning 11 titles, a 73.3 percent winning record. This year’s Lebanon Valley title was his fifth consecutive in the ultra-fast Modified division.

“There is no magic formula for winning championships, other than hard work and dedication,” says Hearn. “We strive to be among the top cars every week, and when we do have an off night---a wreck or mechanical failure---we work even harder the next week to overcome it.”

With several races remaining in the 2016 season, Hearn’s career record included 893 feature race victories (552 Big-Block Modified, 339 Small-Block Modified/Sportsman, 2 Sprint Car) at 49 different tracks in 11 states and two Canadian provinces. He has won 89 track and series championships, and in 2013 year was named Area Auto Racing News “50 Years Greatest Driver.”

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THUNDER ALONG THE MOHAWK WEEKEND TO CLOSE OUT THE 2016 SEASON THIS FRIDAY AND SATURDAY AT FONDA

By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – After the exciting Sowle Showdown Triple 20’s racing program last weekend at the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway, the two day “Thunder Along the Mohawk Weekend” on Friday, September 23 and Saturday, September 24 will close out the 2016 racing season at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds facility.

On Friday, September 23 the Capital Region Sprint Car Agency (CRSA) Sprint Cars will highlight the racing program along with the 602 sportsman who will be competing in a 30-lap feature event. The street stocks, cruisers, and vintage cars will also be on the racing card with racing starting at 7:00 p.m. Modified hot laps will also be run on Friday evening for any race teams looking to get some track time in prior to Saturday’s race.

Grandstand admission prices for Friday will be $13.00 for adults and $5.00 for children 12 and under with a pit pass priced at $30.00. Grandstand gates will open at 4:30 on Friday afternoon. A combo ticket is also available for Thunder Along the Mohawk Weekend with a three-day pass for Thursday at Glen Ridge, Friday and Saturday at Fonda priced at $48.00. Two day passes are also available for Friday and Saturday at Fonda for $36.00 and a two day pass for Thursday at Glen Ridge and Friday at Fonda is $24.00.

Then on Saturday the Super DIRTcar Series Modifieds will be competing in a 100-lap feature event while the DIRTcar Pro Stocks will be competing in a 50-lap main event. The 360 Sprint cars from the Empire Super Sprints (ESS), the United Racing Club (URC), and the Patriot Sprint Tour (PST) will all be on hand competing in the 25-lap Kramer Williamson Memorial race with the street stocks also on the racing card.

Grandstand gates will open on Saturday at 3:00 p.m. with warm-ups beginning at 6:00 p.m. Adult grandstand admission on Saturday will be $28.00 with children 12 and under priced at $7.00. Pit admission with a DIRTcar license will be $40.00 and without a DIRTcar license it will be $45.00.

Summarizing previously held Super DIRTcar Series events held at Fonda in the past, there were a total of 34 events held with 17 different drivers winning those events led by Brett Hearn who has a total of seven series event wins back in 1986, 1987, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2002, and 2014. Following behind Hearn in series wins at Fonda is Danny Johnson who has a total of four (1983, 1988, 1992, 1993); Jack Johnson with three (1976, 1979, 1980); Dave Lape (1973, 1991), Lou Lazzaro (1977, 1978), C.D. Coville (1981, 1982), Jimmy Horton (1984, 1996), Doug Hoffman (1989, 1999), and Kevin Collins (1990, 1994) all with two victories apiece followed by Ralph Holmes (1972), Will Cagle (1974), Wayne Reutimann (1975), Bob McCreadie (1985), Bobby Varin (1995), Alan Johnson (2000), Tim McCreadie (2003), and Billy Decker (2015) who all have one victory apiece in series events held at Fonda.

The Empire Super Sprints (ESS) have competed at Fonda a total of 18 times in the past with 12 different drivers winning those events led by Justin Barger with a total of five ESS event wins; Lance Yonge and Steve Poirier both with two event wins; John Brutcher, Bobby Parrow, Tom Taber, Craig Lane, Doug Emery, Jessica Zemken, Jeff Cook, Chuck Hebing, and Stewart Friesen who all have one win apiece at Fonda.

The Capital Region Sprint Car Agency (CRSA) Sprint cars have competed at Fonda a total of 14 times in the past with nine different drivers winning those events led by Danny Varin with a total of four victories followed by Josh Pieniazek and Cory Sparks with two event wins apiece, Dylan Swiernik, John Matrafailo, Tyler Rice, Jordan Thomas, Mike Kiser, and Kyle Smith who all have one victory apiece.

The United Racing Club Sprint cars have competed at Fonda a total of 48 times, the last time being in 2005 when Ed Aiken was the winner of the 25-lap event. There have been 28 different winning drivers in those 48 events with Kramer Williamson, the driver who the memorial race at Fonda is named after this weekend, one of those drivers after he won a URC race at Fonda back on 5/23/92.

For more information about the Fonda Speedway you can go to their website www.fondaspeedway.com or you can also like them on Facebook. For more information on all the different series that will be running at the Thunder Along the Mohawk Weekend at Fonda you can go to www.superdirtcarseries.com, www.empiresupersprints.com, www.crsasprintcars.com, or www.unitedracing club.net

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Fulton Speedway Fast Friday To Lead Off The 31st Annual Outlaw 200 Weekend September 30 To Kick Off Super DIRT Week XLV

By Dave Medler

FULTON, NY – September 20, 2016 – In just 10 days all roads will lead to the Fulton Speedway for one of the crown jewels of Northeast racing, the 31st Annual Sunoco Fulton Ethanol Facility Outlaw 200 Weekend presented by SUNY Canton Friday September 30 and Saturday October 1.

The Friday night portion of the weekend annually sees the spacious Fulton Speedway pit area full of race cars with each competitor looking to put their name in the record books as Outlaw 200 weekend champion.

‘Fast Friday’ Night Of Speed.
15-lap Modified Qualifiers (Winners earn 17th – 20th starting spots in Saturday Outlaw 200) winners can improve their starting spot in Saturday heat races.
Industrial Tire of CNY Sportsman Shootout heats and consolations.
Pit Stop Convenience Stores Go Nuclear Late Model 50
Outlaw 200 Weekend TUSA Mod Lite Championship
JB Logging & Firewood Four Cylinder Open (Home track rules apply).
E&V Energy Novice Sportsman Championship.
Friday, September 30 Schedule

Ticket Sales Open 12 Noon.
Pit Gates Open 3pm.
Grandstands Open 5pm.
Hot Laps 6pm.
Heat Races Begin 7pm.
Adult General Admission (15 yrs. & Older) $22/ Youth (14 yrs. & Under) $8/ Pits $35

2015 race notes:
Over 200 cars filled the pit area for the Friday night portion of the Outlaw 200 weekend. Feature winners were Bryce Davis (Late Models) Joe Isabell (Mod Lites) Dan Ferguson (Novice Sportsman) Chuck Powelczyk (4-CYL Open). The Sportsman showed up in force with 80 entries that took eight heat races and four consolation races for Saturday’s lucrative Industrial Tire of CNY Sportsman Shootout. Friday Modified heat winners were Bob Henry Jr. Tim Fuller, Craig Von Dohren and Chad Phelps.

For Outlaw 200 weekend tickets (single & two-day), camping pricing, entry forms, nearby hotels, procedural & technical rules, weekend schedule, frequently asked questions and everything you need to know for a fun weekend go to www.fultonspeedway.com once there click on the Outlaw 200 tab at the top of the website.

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Short Track SuperNationals 9, October 7-8, Will Be Final Event At I-88 Speedway For Promoters Jamie & Denise Page; Couple Ending Seven-Year Promotional Run After “Working Man’s Race” 2016

AFTON, NY – The annual “Working Man’s Race” at I-88 Speedway will be bittersweet this October 7-8.

When the checkered flag flies on Short Track SuperNationals 9 at the Afton Fairgrounds, a seven-year run by promoters Jamie and Denise Page will come to a close. The couple has spearheaded the operations of the speedway since the 2010 season, instituting facility-wide improvements.

A simple Facebook post over the weekend confirmed their intentions to exit: “as most of you have heard, Jamie and Denise will not be continuing at I-88 Speedway in 2017.”

During their run at I-88, the Pages oversaw the renovation of concession stands, construction of a tech building and pit observation deck, the installation of a transponder system, increased lighting, widening the speedway itself, the development of two sponsor towers and a VIP deck in the grandstand area, the resurfacing of the speedway and much more.

Sponsorship and car counts both increased steadily during their reign at the track. The speedway is noted for its cleanliness and friendly, welcoming atmosphere.

Regarded as two of the hardest-working individuals in motorsports, the Pages were able to balance the management of their Algonkin Motel in Bainbridge, N.Y., while Jamie also worked full-time as a regional sales representative and they operated the speedway to its fullest potential.

Aside from their weekly Friday programs, I-88 Speedway and Denise Page have been key proponents of the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP.

The speedway has hosted the lucrative ‘Crazy 8s Special’ since 2013 each July. The event became a staple on the STSS and was annually the richest Modified race run in the Southern Tier. In 2014, the “Working Man’s Race” Short Track SuperNationals returned to its birthplace in Afton and the North Region champion will again be crowned at I-88 this October as it has been for the last two years.

The ’16 SuperNationals is the only event remaining under the watch of Jamie and Denise at I-88.

“Jamie and Denise have been outstanding partners to the Short Track Super Series and have become great friends,” STSS organizer Brett Deyo said. “I’ve always watched with admiration the hard work and passion they have for racing in the area and I-88 Speedway.

“I wish them only the best as they move on from I-88. They will be missed. I hope we can send them off in style at the SuperNationals in October with a full pit area and packed grandstand.”

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The ninth edition of the “Working Man’s Race” is set for the Afton Fairgrounds on Columbus Day weekend.

Short Track SuperNationals 9 takes place Friday-Saturday October 7-8 at the pristine I-88 Speedway three-tenths-mile oval. The weekend serves as the championship round of the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By VP Halmar International North Region amidst two full days of racing action.

The “Working Man’s Race” was first presented at I-88, then Afton Speedway, in 2006 and returned to the facility in 2014, taking advantage of a spacious, flat pit area and plentiful camping room.

Again in 2016, the STSS North Region crown will be decided at I-88. For the first time, the STSS Open Sportsman will decide a champion on Friday night.

The Friday (Oct. 7) program will be headlined by STSS Open Sportsman paying $1,500 to win (*with Gambler’s Fee) for 35 laps plus XCel 600 Modifieds, Street Stocks, Empire Lightning Sprints and Modified open practice rounds.

Friday admission prices are as follows: $15 for Adults, $13 for Seniors (ages 65 and up), $10 for Students (ages 9-14) with children eight and under FREE. Pit admission is $30, with no license required.

Pit gates open at 3 p.m. on Friday. Grandstand gates are unlocked at 4 p.m. Hot laps begin at 6 p.m., with racing at 7 p.m.

Saturday (Oct. 8) will again be a “split” program with racing in the afternoon and evening. Divisions to be featured on Saturday are STSS Modifieds in a 50-lap, $5,000-to-win main, GRIT Series Crate 602 Sportsman, XCel 600 Modifieds, Empire Lightning Sprints, Empire Sport Trucks and Vintage Cars.

Saturday admission prices are $22 for Adults, $20 for Seniors (ages 65 and up), $12 for Students (ages 9-14) and children eight and under are FREE. Pit admission is $35, with no license required.

Pit gates open at noon on Saturday. Grandstand gates are unlocked at 1 p.m. Hot laps begin for GRIT Sportsman, XCel 600 Modifieds, Lightning Sprints, Sport Trucks and Vintage Cars at 3 p.m., with heat races to follow immediately.

STSS Modified hot laps are scheduled for 6 p.m. with heat races to follow.

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This Week Ahead: Super DIRTcar Series is Set For Mohawk Valley 100

Makes first visit of the season to Fonda Speedway

By Mandee Pauch
 
WEEDSPORT, N.Y. - Sept. 18, 2016 - The Super DIRTcar Series makes their first trip of the season to Fonda Speedway for the Mohawk Valley 100 this Saturday, Sept. 24th for their 22nd series event of the season.
 
It was the "Franklin Flyer" Billy Decker who took the lead from Brett Hearn on lap 78 to capture the Mohawk Valley 100 back in 2015. Decker set fast time in qualifying and started fifth in the feature and was able to take home the victory. "The guys made great adjustments on the car. I'd go where they weren't in traffic. I love to race here and I want to thank all the Fonda fans for their support."
 
The top five finishers in the 2015 Mohawk Valley 100 respectively were Decker, Stewart Friesen, Larry Wight, Gary Tomkins and Tim Fuller.
 
Breaking Records
 
Super Matt Sheppard is on the verge of setting a new record with the Super DIRTcar Series Big Block Modifieds. Billy Decker currently holds the record for the most wins in one season with 10 wins back in 2008. Sheppard clinched his tenth victory of the season this past Friday night at Brewerton Speedway, tying himself with Decker. Sheppard only has to win one more race before the end of the season to break the record.
 
LAST WEEK IN REVIEW:
 
Sheppard Exorcises The Demon
BREWERTON, N.Y. - Sept. 16, 2016 - Super Matt Sheppard... is there anymore I need to say? He is the man to beat this year as he captured his fourth Super DIRTcar Series victory in a row and his tenth of the season Friday night at Brewerton Speedway for the Duel at the Demon Modified 100 lap main event... Read more, www.superdirtcarseries.com.
 
Billy Dunn Dominates DIRTcar 358-Modified Series Race at Mohawk
HOGANSBURG, N.Y. - Sept. 16, 2016 - Billy Dunn current and five time Mohawk track champion showed everyone why he is the man to beat at MIR as he dominated the St.Lawrence Radiology 75 event. ''The car was great and has been solid all year long.'' Read more, www.dirtcarump.com.
 
Ron Davis III Remains Red Hot On DIRTcar Sportsman Championship Tour With Third Straight Triumph After Brewerton Speedway Win
BREWERTON- NY - September 16, 2016 - Forty-one Sportsman signed into the Brewerton Speedway pits Friday for round eight of the DIRTcar Sportsman Championship Series. It would take four heats and two consolations to set the 30 car-starting field that would battle for 50 laps. Read more, www.dirtcarump.com.
 
Danny Johnson is King of the Hill
WEEDSPORT, N.Y. - Sept. 17, 2016 - Danny Johnson picked up his first Super DIRTcar Series victory of the season in the Shakelton Auto and Truck Parts No. 27J and collected his 80th series win Saturday night at Weedsport Speedway. Johnson battled Tim Fuller early for the lead but sailed away to take the King of the Hill 100 and take home the $10,000 payday over Matt Sheppard and Fuller... Read more, www.superdirtcarseries.com.
 
COMING UP NEXT
 
The Super DIRTcar Series will be off for the week after Fonda Speedway for teams to get ready for the 45th running of NAPA Super DIRT Week at Oswego Speedway October 5th-9th. For more information on Super DIRT Week, visit www.superdirtweekonline.com.
 
For more information on the Super DIRTcar Series, visit www.superdirtcarseries.com.
 
ABOUT THE TRACK:
 
Fonda Speedway is a ½-mile, flat, clay oval. For more information and to learn how to purchase tickets, visit www.fondaspeedway.com.

SEASON WINNERS: Matt Sheppard - 10 (Williams Grove Speedway on June 22, Utica-Rome Speedway on Jul 3, Five Mile Point Speedway on July 12, Grandview Speedway on July 14, Autodrome Granby on July 27, Merrittville Speedway on August 1, Lebanon Valley on September 2, Weedsport Speedway on September 5, Le RPM Speedway on September 9, Brewerton Speedway on September 16); Stewart Friesen - 4 (Cornwall Motorsports Park on June 26, Albany-Saratoga on July 6, Mohawk International raceway on July 7, Ransomville Speedway on August 2); Tim Fuller - 2 (Canandaigua Speedway on June 30, Eldora Speedway on July 19); Billy Decker - 1 (Fulton Speedway on April 30); Jimmy Phelps - 1 (Sharon Speedway on July 21); Frank Cozze - 1 (Autodrome Drummond on July 26); Gary Tomkins - 1 (Weedsport Speedway August 9); Danny Johnson - 1 (Weedsport Speedway on September 17)

2016 Super DIRTcar Championship Standings
1. Matt Sheppard 3,169
2. Stewart Friesen 2,902
3. Tim Fuller 2,784
4. Billy Decker 2,695
5. Larry Wight 2,597
6. Jimmy Phelps 2,576
7. Brett Hearn 2,540
8. Danny Johnson 2,394
9. Pat Ward 2,388
10. Pete Britten 2,360

2016 Super DIRTcar Series Schedule & Winners
No. / Day, Date / Track / Location / Winner (Number of Wins in 2016)
1. Saturday, April 30 / Fulton Speedway / Fulton, N.Y. / Billy Decker (1)
2. Wednesday, June 22 / Williams Grove Speedway / Mechanicsburg, Pa. / Matt Sheppard (1)
3. Sunday, June 26 / Cornwall Speedway / Ontario, Canada / Stewart Friesen (1)
4. Thursday, Jun 30 / Canandaigua Speedway / Canandaigua, NY / Tim Fuller (1)
5. Sunday, July 3 / Utica-Rome Speedway / Vernon, N.Y. / Matt Sheppard (2)
6. Wednesday, July 6 / Albany-Saratoga Speedway / Malta, N.Y. / Stewart Friesen (2)
7. Thursday, July 7 / Mohawk International Speedway / Akwesasne, N.Y. / Stewart Friesen (3)
8. Tuesday, July 12 / Five Mile Point Speedway / Kirkwood, N.Y. / Matt Sheppard (3)
9. Thursday, July 14 / Grandview Speedway / Bechtelsville, P.A. / Matt Sheppard (4)
10. Tuesday, July 19 / Eldora Speedway / Rossburg, O.H. / Tim Fuller (2)
11. Thursday, July 21 / Sharon Speedway / Hartford, O.H. / Jimmy Phelps (1)
12. Tuesday, July 26 / Autodrome Drummond / Drummondville, Q.C. / Frank Cozze (1)
13. Wednesday, July 27 / Autodrome Granby / Granby, Q.C. / Matt Sheppard (5)
14. Monday, August 1 / Merrittville Speedway / Thorold, Ont./ Matt Sheppard (6)
15. Tuesday, August 2 / Ransomville Speedway / Ransomville, N.Y. / Stewart Friesen (4)
16. Tuesday, August 9 / Weedsport Speedway / Weedsport, N.Y. / Gary Tomkins (1)
17. Thursday, September 1 / Lebanon Valley / West Lebanon, N.Y. / Matt Sheppard (7)
18. Monday, September 5 / Weedsport Speedway / Weedsport, N.Y. / Matt Sheppard (8)
19. Friday, September 9 / Le RPM Speedway / Quebec / Matt Shepprd (9)
20. Friday, September 16 / Brewerton Speedway / Brewerton, N.Y. / Matt Sheppard (10)
21. Saturday, September 17 / Weedsport Speedway / Weedsport, N.Y. / Danny Johnson (1)

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For the Second Consecutive Year, Orange County Fair Speedway’s 2016 Eastern States Weekend Offers Racers Big Prize Money

More than $60,000 awaits a driver who can win both Modified championship races

MIDDLETOWN, NY (September 19)……..Six times in Orange County Fair Speedway’s Eastern States history, one driver has won both the Small Block Modified championship race and the headline Eastern States 200 in the same weekend. Danny Johnson swept both races in 1992 and Brett Hearn took top honors in both races five times---1986, 2002, 2004, 2012, and 2014.  But neither Johnson nor Hearn ever won as much money as a double victor will this year.

With $35,000 going to the winner of the 2016 Eastern States 200, and $15,000 to the Small-Block Modified 100 victor, plus a $10,000 bonus for a sweep of the two races, one driver could leave the historic Middletown “Hard Clay” on Sunday evening, October 23 some $60,000 richer. And this doesn’t include special awards like $1,000 for fast time and the pole position in the 200 and $500 for the outside pole slot, nor the lap money in both races to the leader of each completed circuit.

The questions thus become, how many drivers will enter both races? And who has to best chance of winning the double?

During Orange County’s 2016 weekly racing schedule, 13 different drivers raced one or more times in both the Big-Block Modified and the Small-Block Modified divisions. Of the 13, the best overall record was turned in by Waldwick, New Jersey’s Tommy Meier, who won the point championships in both Modified divisions. Meier is also the defending Eastern States 200 winner, and finished second in the 100-lap Small Block Modified race. (Ironically, Hearn won the 2015 Small-Block Modified 100 and finished second to Meier in the Eastern States 200.) And based on his Orange County 2016 weekly performances in both divisions, Meier has to be considered among the favorites to join Johnson and Hearn in the exclusive weekend sweep club.

The 55th Annual Eastern States Weekend presented by Halmar International, Arkel Motors, and WLR Construction Company, the oldest continuously-run championship race weekend for dirt track Modifieds, is set for Friday through Sunday, October 21-23, 2016 at the historic Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown, New York. Advance ticket information and weekend schedules are available by calling the track office at 845-342-2573 during business hours, or by visiting www.orangecountyfairspeedway.net.

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ERICK RUDOPLH REPEATS IN "RUSS KING MEMORIAL" TAKING $3000 BIG-BLOCK MOD TOUR SATURDAY AT SHARON

By Mike Leone

Hartford, OH September 17, 2016 Sharon Speedway brought down the curtain on the 87th anniversary racing season as the two-day "Apple Festival Nationals" was cut short by rain Saturday night. Despite a near 100% chance of thunderstorms in the forecast all day and night, the track was able to withstand some light showers throughout the day and dodge the heavy storms to get started on time. Two feature events were completed with Erick Rudolph ("Russ King Memorial" Big-Block Mod Tour) and Will Thomas III (RUSH Late Model Tour) celebrating in the Hovis Auto & Truck Supply victory lane before rain washed out the remainder of the program. The remaining feature events will be completed throughout the spring of 2017 with the dates to be announced in the offseason.

Eric Rudolph won the 2015 "Russ King Memorial" part of the "Apple Festival Nationals", which was actually made up back on April 16. On Saturday night, the Mod Tour point leader started back in 10th, but that only delayed the inevitable as he made the winning pass on lap 21 and went on to win the 32-lap rain-shortened event, worth $3,000.

After drawing the pole position, J.R. McGinley jumped to the early lead over Skip Moore. Seventh starting Rex King, a three-time winner of his father's memorial event, moved to third on lap 10 getting by Dave Murdick then took over second from Moore on lap 14 as Rich Richner and Rudolph followed in third and fourth.

Rudolph then snatched runner-up away from King on lap 20 before making the winning move one lap later following a restart as King followed past McGinley. Rudolph would then drive away from the field until two-time track champion, Rex King, Jr., brought out the event's final caution with 32 laps scored as his bid once again ended to win his first memorial event for his grandfather. At this point the intensity of the rain picked up and the cars were sent off the track. Too much rain would fall ending the event and the night. The race was considered complete as it was past the halfway point of the scheduled 35-lap distance.

Rudolph became the eighth driver to score multiple "Russ King Memorial" wins in the 31st running of the event driving the Randy Chrysler-owned #25R. King was second. After coming up a close second to Kyle Fink on Friday night in the Big-Block Modified non-winners event, McGinley, who has little Sharon experience, completed an excellent weekend in third after leading the first 20 circuits.

Richner was fourth as Jim Rasey, Rob Kristyak, Moore, Brad Rapp, Eric Gabany, and Kevin Bolland completed the top 10. Rapp received an extra $50 as the hard charger award winner compliments of Double Motorsports after starting 20th. King, Jr. set fast time in qualifying with a lap of 16.506 just 0.007 over his father. Heat winners over the 24-car field were King, Jr., King, and Jimmy Weller III.

Mod Tour
Russ King Memorial
Big-Block Modifieds (32 laps, shoretened): 1. Erick Rudolph, 2. Rex King, 3. J.R. McGinley, 4. Rick Richner, 5. Jim Rasey, 6. Rob Kristyak, 7. Skip Moore, 8. Brad Rapp, 9. Eric Gabany, 10. Kevin Bolland, 11. Justin Rasey, 12. Mike Turner, 13. Shawn Fleeger, 14. Eric Beggs, 15. Rodney Beltz, 16. Rick Regalski Jr., 17. Jimmy Weller III, 18. Bob Warren, 19. Rex King, Jr., 20. Dave Murdick, 21. Mark Frankhouser, 22. Jeremiah Shingledecker, 23. Shawn Kozar, 24. Tom Glenn.

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Wade Decker Memorial Rescheduled For Friday, September 23 At Thunder Mountain Speedway

CENTER LISLE, NY – Due to a threatening, wet forecast for Sunday, Wade Decker Memorial at Thunder Mountain Speedway has been rescheduled for Friday, September 23.

The event will be headlined by the penultimate round of the Short Track Super Series North Region, as the big-block/small-block Modified competitors battle in a 50-lap event offering $5,000-plus to win plus bonuses.

Also on the card: Crate 602 Sportsman, Street Stocks and now the Open Sportsman, replacing the XCel 600 Modified tour race.

The rescheduling of this event was made possible when, earlier on Saturday, I-88 Speedway in Afton, N.Y., management announced plans to cancel its ‘Fall 250’ weekend scheduled for Friday and Saturday.

The time schedule has been adjusted for Friday.

Pit gates will open at 3 p.m. Grandstand gates will unlock at 4 p.m. Hot laps will get underway at 6 p.m., with racing at 7 p.m.

Adult grandstand admission is $22. Seniors (ages 65 and over) and Students (ages 10-17) pay $15. Kids 9 and under are FREE. Pit admission is $35 with no license required.

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HAWKINS FAMILY DOMINATES IN ALL STAR 520 NIGHT AT DELAWARE INTERNATIONAL

By CHARLIE BROWN, DELMAR, DE – The Delaware International Speedway hosted it’s All Star 520’s format on Saturday night.

The event featured five 20-lap features for the five weekly divisions that were divided into five lap segments. At the end of each segment, cars were eliminated until only four cars remained for the final five laps.

Last year, Matt Hawkins won the NAPA Big Block Modified segment of the night and this year he ran second to his father making the race a family favorite.

Qualifying heats were eliminated and starting lineups were determined by the luck of the draw performed by a fan from the grandstands. In the 20-lap NAPA Big Block Modified feature, Dale Hawkins started on the pole and his son Matt started last in 15th.

Dale pulled away from the field right from the start and at the end of the first five lap segment, was followed by Brad Trice, H.J. Bunting, Scottie Ambruster, Jr. and Brandon Watkins in the top five.

By halfway the top three remained the same with Robert Dutton fourth and Matt Hawkins cracking the top five. The field was now down to eight cars and Matt was still on the charge. He took the third spot on lap eleven as Bunting dropped to fifth behind Dutton and one spot out of the transfer to the final five laps.

At the end of the third segment on lap fifteen, Matt had just pulled into the second spot and Bunting had gotten back by Dutton to get the final transfer. “Dad” was not to be denied and drove a flawless final five laps to post his third win of the season. Matt’s No. 38 was starting to whiff smoke and settled for second with Trice third and Bunting fourth.

“Last year Matt won this race,” said the elder Hawkins. “Tonight we kept it in the family. I would like to thank the fan who drew my number for the pole.”

Donald Lingo, Jr. was very appreciative of the fan who drew the pole starting position for him in the 20-lap S.R. Pete & Sons Super Late Model eliminator. Lingo was fast from the drop of the green while Nick Davis battle by Dylan Evans for second. Amanda Whaley got by Evans on lap four while Joe Warren held down the fifith spot at the end of the first segment.

Whaley and Davis went at it on the restart with Whaley taking second and Evans following into third. The caution would fly first for Herb Tunis and then for Warren on the next attempt. At halfway it was Lingo, Whaley, Davis, Evans and Tunis.

Davis kept up the intensity and regained the second spot while Tunis was able to wrestle the fourth and final transfer spot from Tunis by lap 15. The final five laps were all Lingo who picked up his fourth win of the season. Davis finished a solid second after starting in sixth with Whaley third and Tunis fourth.

Defending point champion, Scott Hitchens started on the pole of the 20-lap AC Delco 602 Sportsman feature and led the first four laps before current point leader, Jordn Justice took the spot after staring in tenth.

Jason Rush took over second at the start of the second segment while Brian Hitz and Dwayne Crockett filled fourth and fifth. Crockett would not make the transfer into the final segment and Justice would not make any mistakes as he recorded his fifth win of the season and did his sponsor, L&J Sheet Metal proud by winning on their sponsorship night. Rush finished a solid second with Hitz getting by Hitchens on the final lap for third.

NAPA Big Block Modified finish: 1. Dale Hawkins; 2. Matt Hawkins; 3. Brad Trice; 4. H.J. Bunting; 5. Dave Dissinger; 6. Scott Ambruster, Jr.; 7. Robert Dutton; 8. Brandon Watkins; 9. Scott VanGorder; 10. Kevin Sockriter; 11. Howard O’Neal; 12. Westley Smith; 13. Matthew Peck; 14. Shawn Ward; 15. Machael White.

Super Late Mdel Finish: 1. Donald Lingo, Jr.; 2. Nick Davis; 3. Amanda Whaley; 4. Herb Tunis; 5. Dylan Evans; 6. Kevin Scott, Jr.; 7. Kellie Lewis; 8. Joe Warren; 9. Robbie Emory; 10. Bob Geiger.

602 Sportsman Finish: 1. Jordn Justice; 2. Jason Rush; 3. Brian Hitz; 4. Scott Hitchens; 5. Dwayne Crockett; 6. Freddy Massey; 7. Nick Alberti; 8. David Jenkins; 9. Ryan Riddle; 10. Adam White; 11. Jeff Marker; 12. Chuck Sayers; 13. Garrie Bostwick; 14. Ryan Mortimer; 15. Ted Reynolds; 16. Matt Smith.

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BIG-BLOCK/358 MODIFIED $5,000 TO WIN MODS AT THE MADHOUSE AT GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY ON SATURDAY, OCTOBER 15

BECHTELSVILLE, PA – A frightening chill falls over the Grandview Speedway as the NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series presents MODS AT THE MADHOUSE on Saturday, October 15 -- a thrilling three-division show headlined by a Big-Block/358 Modified Monster challenge – plus action from the Sportsman and the TSRS Sprint Car Series.  Race time is set for 6 PM.

A staple of the Thunder Series calendar for over 15 years, the Halloween-themed event presented by Pioneer Pole Buildings will feature a 40-lap Big-Block/358 Modified feature event with a possible $5,000 top-prize going to the winner.  The treats don’t stop there, with tenth place offering a $1,000 payday and a possible $500 to start.  All area competitors are encouraged to attend, and there is NO ENTRY FEE.

Regular Grandview ghouls are expected to defend the Bechtelsville home turf including 2016 Track Champion, Craig VonDohren and recent Freedom 76 victor Jeff Strunk.  Outsiders expected to haunt the hill include Billy Pauch Jr., Ryan Watt, Rick Laubach and Ryan Godown.

There is no entry fee, but competitors are encouraged to pre-enter by October 10th by calling 443-513-4456.  Pre-entered competitors will compete for a $5,000 top prize and $500 to start.  While non-pre-entered competitors will compete for a $4,000 top prize and $400 to start.

A widened rules package allows participation from all area Modified competitors, including Big and Small Block engine packages and both American Racer and Hoosier tires.  For further rules information visit www.thunderonthehillracingseries.com

Joining the Modifieds on Saturday, October 15 will be the Sportsman, competing in a 25-lap feature event paying $1,300 to the winner plus qualifying events.    2016 Track Champion Jordan Henn and the 38-lap Freedom Sportsman winner Brandon Grosso are expected to compete.  The TSRS Sprint Car Series joins the action with a 25-lap event, and the Blast from the Past Vintage Cars are included in the night’s activities.

All Sportsman and 305 Sprint Car competitors are welcome to attend with full qualifying heat races and a consolation event on the schedule.

Race fans young and old are encouraged to dress in costume to be eligible for special Halloween treats, a tradition of this event for many, many years.  The Halloween Party remains a big part of this event.

General Admission ticket pricing for Saturday, October 15 is $25 for Adults, Children 6-11 are $10 and Kids 5 & under are FREE!   The pit fee is $35, and a license is not required.

Pit Gates open at 2:00 PM, Advanced ticket holders can enter at 3:30 PM; General Admission gates open at 4:00 PM, the first green flag flies at 6:00 PM.

Advance tickets are available by calling 443-513-4456.  Please provide your name, the number of tickets you will need and a phone number.  Tickets may be paid for and picked-up at the WILL CALL Window on race night after 3:00 PM.   Advance ticket holders may enter the grandstands at 3:30 PM a full half-hour before General Admission tickets go on sale.

Modified & Sportsman Tire Rules -- American Racer or Hoosier Tires are allowed. No mixing of tire brands, competitors must run four of one brand.  Any Track Stamp is welcome.  American Racer Compounds: Fronts - 33 or harder, Left Rear - 44 or harder, Right Rear - 48 or 50. No Harder than a 50 compound will be allowed. Hoosier Tire Compound must be D300.

Modified Rules - Weights: 358 on Gas: 2,275 lbs., 358 on Alcohol: 2,375 lbs., Big Block: 2,500 lbs. ** No oxygenated gasoline.  Standard body, NO Sail Panels, NO Open Small Blocks.

Sportsman Rules - Weights: Open Sportsman w/ Steel Wheels: 2,450 lbs., Open Sportsman w/ Aluminum Wheels: 2,500 lbs., Crate 604: 2,375 lbs., Crate 602 w/ Aluminum Wheels: 2,375 lbs.  SAIL PANELS ARE PERMITTED.

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Danny Johnson is King of the Hill

Picks up first series win of the season
 
By Mandee Pauch
 
WEEDSPORT, N.Y. - Sept. 17, 2016 - Danny Johnson picked up his first Super DIRTcar Series victory of the season in the Shakelton Auto and Truck Parts No. 27J and collected his 80th series win Saturday night at Weedsport Speedway. Johnson battled Tim Fuller early for the lead but sailed away to take the King of the Hill 100 and take home the $10,000 payday over Matt Sheppard and Fuller.
 
"We had a good race with Timmy Fuller. I love racing with Timmy, he's a good, clean racer," Johnson said. "We raced side-by-side and I was able to get ahead of him that lap there when I got to the bottom and was then able to pull away from him. I'd like to thank my car owner Chris Gennarelli, my engine builder as well as my boys for getting it ready and everyone who has helped us out."
 
Mat Williamson and Tim Kerr drew the front row in the Dig Safely redraw and brought the 31-car field to the initial green flag.
 
Kerr jumped out to an early lead over Fuller and Johnson. Just as Fuller and Johnson started to put pressure on Kerr for the top spot the first caution of the night came out on lap 11 due to a right rear flying off of sixth place starter Rob Bellinger's car.
 
Fuller took advantage of the lap 22 restart and took the lead from Kerr. Johnson then advanced into the second spot from Kerr and then snuck up to Fuller's rear bumper as he started to put pressure on Fuller.
 
Johnson took the lead over Fuller coming off of turn four on lap 28 but Fuller didn't give up as they battled side-by-side for several laps, swapping first and second.
 
Tenth starter Sheppard made his way into the top three by lap 33 and slowly gained ground on the leaders.
 
Six cars piled up going into turn one on lap 37 bringing out the second caution of the night. Brett Hearn and Ryan Phelps were two of the drivers involved that received extensive damage on their cars forcing them to go pit side.
 
Wight took advantage of the lap 45 restart as he took back the third spot from Sheppard. Wight drove by Fuller on the outside coming out of turn four for the second position the next lap by.
 
Johnson led his No. 27J small block modified to the halfway mark over Wight, Fuller, Sheppard and Peter Britten.
 
Fuller and Sheppard were knocking on Wight's doors as Sheppard took third from Fuller on lap 58.
 
Johnson caught the back of the field on lap 60 as he showed a straightaway over second place runner Wight.
 
Wight changed his lane and moved to the top in turns one and two allowing Sheppard to drive underneath and take over second on lap 63.
 
Sheppard soon found his way into lap traffic as he worked his way around the top of the track to gain ground on Johnson.
Wight fell off the pace allowing Fuller and Friesen to go by for the third and fourth spot.
 
Johnson edged his way through heavy lap traffic building a strong lead of 2.067 seconds over Sheppard.
 
After a hard wreck at Brewerton Speedway the night before Johnson made a strong comeback to capture his 80th Super DIRTcar Series victory and collect the $10,000 payday at Weedsport Speedway over Sheppard, Fuller, Friesen and Wight.
 
"I watched the 9s come up on the leader board into second. I didn't want to give him a chance so I went as fast as I could. I had no idea how much of a lead I had. All I knew was, whoever was in second, especially Matt, wanted to be first."
 
After a streak of four wins in a row Sheppard was disappointed with how the race turned out but was happy for Johnson and his team.
 
"We didn't draw a great number. It was kind of the same deal as last night and then worked our way through the front. We had a really good car but didn't have anything for Danny tonight. Hats off to Danny, he needed this win."
 
After a hard fought battle between him and Johnson for the lead early on, Fuller fell back a few spots but came back through late in the race to finish third.
 
"We were really good in the beginning then Danny lined up beside us with that small block and I think he was toying with us having a small block. We weren't that good. I would say around lap twenty or thirty he got us. I went back a few more spots then my car got good enough again towards the end of the race. I think the car was good enough to be second but not to beat Danny."
 
Race Notes: 40 modifieds attempted to qualify and 31 started the feature. Two cautions were brought out during the feature on lap 11 and lap 37. Johnson collected his 80th Super DIRTcar Series victory.
 
Super DIRTcar Series Statistical Report; Sept. 17, 2016; Weedsport Speedway, Weedsport, N.Y.
A-Main (100 Laps) - 1. 27j-Danny Johnson, 2. 9s-Matt Sheppard, 3. 19-Tim Fuller, 4. 44-Stewart Friesen, 5. L99-Larry Wight, 6. 91-Billy Decker, 7. m88-Mike Mahaney, 8.    p42-Pat Ward, 9. 1-Justin Haers, 10. 8r-Rob Bellinger, 11. 6m-Mat Williamson, 12. X-Chad Phelps, 13. h98-Jimmy Phelps, 14. 43-Keith Flach, 15. 6H-Max McLaughlin, 16.   w19-Justin Wright, 17. 33-Ryan Arbithnot, 18. 07-Tim Kerr, 19. 1J-Mike O'Brien, 20. 8-Rich Scagliotta, 21. 7-Michael Maresca,
22. 02-Roy Bresnahan, 23. h18-Peter Britten, 24. 35-Frank Cozze, 25. 3B-Chad Brachmann, 26. 20-Brett Hearn, 27. 99-Ryan Phelps, 28.   56-Vince Vitale, 29. 84-Gary Tomkins, 30. 88-Dave Allen, 31. c32-Alan Johnson

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KYLE FINK'S "358" SMALL-BLOCK DEFEATS BIG-BLOCK MODS IN $1700 "JOHNNY ZDELAR MEMORIAL" FRIDAY AT SHARON
 
By Mike Leone

Hartford, OH September 16, 2016 Sharon Speedway kicked off the first of two nights of the annual "Apple Festival Nationals" on Friday night with 219 race cars filling the pit area in addition to the Vintage Auto Racing Club. Capturing their first wins and celebrating in the Hovis Auto & Truck Supply victory lane were Kyle Fink-Hovis Auto & Truck Supply Big-Block Modifieds in the "Johnny Zdelar Memorial", Mark Marcucci-Leader Chassis Mod Lites, Vivian Jones-Joe's Radiator Service-Sportsman Dwarf Cars, and Mike Lutz, Jr.-Junior Sprints. Heat races were completed for the RUSH Late Model Touring Series, Renegades of Dirt Modifieds, Penn-Ohio Stock Car Series, RUSH Sportsman Modified Touring Series, HTMA/Precise Racing Products Econo Mods, and Deforest Used Parts Mini Stocks.

Kyle Fink has won numerous "358" Small-Block Modified features over his career in western Pennsylvania at Mercer Raceway Park and Sportsman's Speedway, but has only run sparingly against the higher-powered Big-Block Modifieds. Fink though jumped at the chance to run his "358" small-block against the big blocks when the "Johnny Zdelar Memorial" event for non-winners was announced. And on Friday night, the 22-year-old Strattanville, Pa. driver led all 25 laps of the feature holding off good friend and big-block runner, J.R. McGinley, for the $1,700 win.

Fink took off in the lead from the pole, while McGinley passed Jeff Miller for second on the opening lap with sixth starting Rick Regalski, Jr. following in third. By lap three, the top three began to pull away from the pack. The "358" of Eric Gabany started in ninth and was on the move cracking the top five on lap seven when he passed Jimmy Holden, who was driving Kevin Hoffman's big-block. Gabany then took fourth from Miller's big-block on lap nine.

As the laps ticked off caution-free, lapped traffic came into play for Fink on laps 16 and 17, which allowed McGinley to close right in. The event's only caution was displayed when Tom Mattocks went up in smoke with 19 laps completed. When racing resumed, Gabany continued to move to the front getting by Regalski's big-block for third on lap 21.

McGinley and Gabany were all over Fink in the closing laps, but Fink's Sieg Homes/Commodore Homes/Unique Fabrication-sponsored #66F was able to hold on for the victory by 0.514 of a second over McGinley. Gabany, Regalski, and eighth starting Mike Turner were third through fifth. Bob Warren and Justin Rasey were sixth and seventh. Eric Beggs advanced from 16th to eighth and earned an extra $50 for the hard charger compliments of Double Motorsports. Tom Glenn and Kevin Green completed the top 10. Heat winners were Regalski and Holden over the 18-car field.

The balance of Friday night's program will be completed on Saturday night (September 17) at 6 p.m. along with a complete show for The Mod Tour in the $3,000 to-win "Russ King Memorial".

Big-Block Modifieds (Non-Winners) "Johnny Zdelar Memorial" (25 laps, $1,700 to-win): 1. KYLE FINK  2. J.R. McGinley 3. Eric Gabany 4. Rick Regalski Jr.  5. Mike Turner 6. Bob Warren 7. Justin Rasey 8. Eric Beggs 9. Tom Glenn 10. Kevin Green 11. Tom Holden 12. Shawn Kozar 13. Rusty Johns 14. Jason Sines 15. Jimmy Holden 16. Tom Mattocks 17. Jeff Miller 18. Larry Johns.

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KING OF THE CAN WEEKEND HIGHLIGHTED BY STAR SERIES CHAMPIONSHIP EVENTS OCTOBER 14TH AND 15TH AT PENN CAN SPEEDWAY

SUSQUEHANNA, PA…Penn Can Speedway is gearing up for the Annual King of the Can Weekend on its traditional Friday and Saturday, October 14th and 15th date with a Sunday, October 16th raindate. The weekend will feature several STAR Series Championship events and will be highlighted by the 50 lap King of the Can for Modifieds on Friday night.

Drivers in six divisions will be competing in STAR Series events over the weekend. Friday night’s show will consist of STAR Series events for the Modifieds, Crate Sportsman and Factory Stocks along with the Four Cylinders. The Sportsman will also be running for Grit Series points. Race time on Friday is 7:30 p.m. The action then swings over to Saturday highlighted by the CRSA Sprint Cars along with STAR Series events for the IMCA Style Modifieds, Street Stocks and Four Cylinders, along with the Excel 600 cc Modifieds.

Last year’s King of the Can for Modifieds saw Stewart Friesen notch the big win over Penn Can regulars Nick Rochinski and Joey Grammes in a hard fought battle. Friesen, coming off the win at the finale at Syracuse the week before, fought off continued pressure from Rochinski to score the victory. Anthony Perrego and Kevin Hartnett rounded out the top five last year.

This year’s Modified race is a STAR Series event for the first time. The STAR Series is a series of races run at Penn Can, Five Mile Point and Skyline. Danny Johnson is the current point leader and will be one of the favorites coming to Penn Can, where he is always a top runner.

The King of the Can Weekend is the second longest running special event in the region running on its traditional week after Super Dirt Week date. The inaugural King of the Can was held in 1999. Track regulars have won nearly half of the races run over the years beginning with Brian Weaver taking the 1999 win. Track regulars have won seven of the 16 races that have been held but have not won this race since Kevin Bates in 2010. Friesen joins Weaver and Jeff Rudalavage as the only two time winners of the race.

Here is the complete list of winners: 2015 Stewart Friesen, 2014 Matt Sheppard, 2013 Billy Decker, 2012 Ryan Godown, 2011 Stewart Friesen, 2010 Kevin Bates, 2009 Rain, 2008 Duane Howard, 2007 Jeff Rudalavage,  2006 Joey Grammes, 2005 Brian Weaver, 2004 Doug Hoffman, 2003 Jamie Shea, 2002 Jeff Rudalavage, 2001 Keith Hoffman, 2000 Kirk Horton, 1999 Brian Weaver.

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Sheppard Exercises The Demon

Wins tenth Super DIRTcar Series race of the year
 
By Mandee Pauch

Sept. 16, 2016
 
BREWERTON, N.Y. - Super Matt Sheppard... is there anymore I need to say? He is the man to beat this year as he captured his fourth Super DIRTcar Series victory in a row and his tenth of the season Friday night at Brewerton Speedway for the Duel at the Demon Modified 100 lap main event.
 
The driver of the FX Caprara No. 9s Big Block Modified is no stranger to victory lane this year. Counting Volusia and Eldora, each, as one event, Sheppard so far has maintained a 45.45% win percentage. That is a percentage unheard of in motorsports.
 
Coming from the 12th starting position, Sheppard was thrilled with his victory. "The car was so good. I wasn't in a hurry. That's a lot of fun when we have a racecar that good. I can't say enough about it. It's been huge. We had that big wreck there back in August but the month of September has been good for us. We're seven for seven in the month of September. I can't say enough about this car and this team. We have such a potent combination."
 
The start of the Duel at the Demon 100 saw front row starters Ryan Bartlett and Stewart Friesen duke it out back and forth before the first caution of the night was brought out on lap five as Danny Johnson hit the wall hard coming out of turn four, bringing out the red flag. Danny climbed out of the car and was fine.
 
Billy Decker took advantage of the lap six restart as he went three wide going into turns one and two splitting the two and taking over the top spot.
 
Seventh place starter Tim Fuller was already knocking on Friesen's doors by lap nine for the second spot. Fuller slid Friesen in turns three and four and took over the second spot on lap 11.
 
Twelfth place starter and point's leader Sheppard was in the top five by lap 12.
 
Decker was working his way around the bottom as Fuller planted his car on the topside and drove by Decker for the lead on lap 15.
 
Larry Wight started challenging Decker on the outside as he captured second spot on lap 17.
 
Sheppard took over fourth spot on lap 18 from Friesen.
 
Fuller had five car lengths over second place runner Wight when he caught the back of the field on lap 22.
 
Sheppard started challenging Decker on the bottom as Decker slid up in turns three and four allowing Sheppard to sneak by on lap 24 for the third spot.
 
Wight was driving hard on the outside as he was battling through heavy lapped traffic allowing Sheppard to close the gap. Sheppard dove under Wight and took over the number two spot on lap 35.
 
Fuller was running the top side of the track as Sheppard was digging low gaining ground on Fuller. Fuller got stuck behind a lapped car as Sheppard flew by on lap 39 to take the lead and immediately started to pull away.
 
Sheppard led the field at the halfway mark by a straightaway over Fuller, Wight, Decker and Friesen.
 
Decker took advantage of the lap 75 restart as he shot to the outside of Wight and took over the second spot on lap 76.
 
Sheppard was in his own league as he pulled away while Wight, Friesen and Sears Jr. battled for the third spot. Sears Jr. made a late race charge, took third spot then stalked down Decker to take the second spot with one lap to go.
 
As Dave Farney threw the VP Racing Fuels double checkered flags, it was clear that Sheppard and his team are one lethal combination. "I told these guys after that wreck that we needed to bounce back 100%. Within a matter of three of four days we were 100%. We got back to Lebanon Valley and it showed since then we've been on a tear. I can't thank everyone enough."
 
Eighth place starter Tim Sears Jr. made a late race charge as he patiently waited for the right time to make his moves and finish in the runner up spot.
 
"As the race went on the car kept getting better and better. It kind of just fell into place. Billy, Larry and Friesen all started sliding around so I knew I was going to be pretty good I just kept saving. All of the hard work in the shop and stuff, that's where these good runs come from. The harder you work, the better the results."
 
Billy Decker led early but fell two spots short once the checkered flag fell behind Sheppard and Sears Jr.
 
"The Page Transportation wasn't bad we just weren't good enough. So we just need to grin and bear it and claw at it and salvage a finish. I wasn't working good anywhere really. I just tried to roll and keep it straight but I didn't do a good job at that."
 
Race Notes: 41 modifieds attempted to qualify and 30 started the feature. Matt Sheppard received the Pole Position Raceway fast time award in time trials with a 14.105. There was one red on lap 5 and two yellows on lap 60 and lap 75 during the feature.
 
The Super DIRTcar Series will be in action at Weedsport Speedway, Saturday, Sept. 17th.

Brewerton Speedway
September 16
Duel at the Demon II
Super DIRTcar Series 100 Laps - MATT SHEPPARD, Tim Sears Jr., Billy Decker, Stewart Friesen, Larry Wight, Chad Phelps, Jimmy Phelps, Tim Fuller, Brett Hearn, Pat Ward, Rob Bellinger, Peter Britten, Bobby Varin, Mike Maresca, Frank Cozze, Max McLaughlin, Ryan Bartlett, Billy Whittaker, Rich Scagliotta, Chad Brachmann, Adam Roberts, Ryan Arbithnot, Mat Williamson, Keith Flach, Chuck Bower, Vic Coffey, Justin Wright, Justin Haers, Mike Mahaney, Danny Johnson.

DIRTcar Sportsman Championship Series 50 Laps - RON DAVIS III, Brad Rouse, Shane Pecore, Rocky Warner, Kevin Root, Todd Root, Dave Marcuccilli, Brianna Ladouceur, Billy Clark Jr., Matt Farnham, Martin Pelletier, Tyler Meeks, Corey Barker, Glenn Forward, Will Shields, Stephen Denton, Alex LaJoie, Zach Sobotka, Chris Cunningham, Louie Jackson Jr., Jackson Gill, Jessica Power, Chris Mackey, Earl Rudy, Nick Krause, Joe Sobotka, Tony Finch II, Jeff Stevenson, Jordan Bennett, Brent Joy

FONDA SPEEDWAY IS BACK IN ACTION THIS SATURDAY AFTER A BREAK FOR THE FONDA FAIR

By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – When the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway resumes racing action this Saturday after the annual Fonda Fair, only three racing dates remain on the 2016 schedule.

On Saturday, September 17 it will be Eion Hayes Memorial Night along with Back to School Night with all high school students getting free grandstand admission with a valid student ID.

Racing action will begin at 7:00 p.m. sharp with Triple 20 lap events for the modified, 602 sportsman, and pro stock divisions on the racing card along with the rookie sportsman and street stock divisions. Adult grandstand admission will be $15 for adults with a pit entry fee of $32.

Drivers in the modified, 602 sportsman, and pro stock divisions will draw at the pit gate for starting positions in their first 20-lap feature event with the winner of that race then drawing for an inversion of either 12, 14, or 16 for the second feature race.

The 2016 regular season at Fonda saw a total of five rain outs but a summary of the racing events that were held looks like this in each division.

In the modified division there were a total of 14 events held with eight different drivers winning those events. Leading the way with five wins on his way to the track championship was Ronnie Johnson who drove the Jake & Nancy Spraker owned #1RJ to his second career track championship after also winning it back in 2011.

Next in line was Bobby Varin with a total of three feature wins as he took over the fourth position on the all-time win list with a total of 55 victories, over taking the late Kenny Shoemaker for the spot. Single event wins in the modified division went to Stewart Friesen, Pep Corradi who scored his first career win at the track, Danny Johnson, Craig Hanson, Jeremy Wilder, and Matt Sheppard who scored the win in the prestigious Jack Johnson Tribute event in August, which was his third career win at the track.

In the 602-sportsman division there were 13 total events run with nine different winners led by Rocky Warner with four wins giving him the top spot on the all-time win list in the division with a total of 17. He also captured his third consecutive track championship in the division in the Jake & Nancy Spraker owned #1J giving Spraker Racing a sweep of the championships in the two premier divisions.

Following behind Rocky in the 602-sportsman division was John McAuliffe with two wins and the remainder of the events in the very competitive class were single event wins for Brian Pessolano, Cody Clark, Tim Hartman Jr., Connor Cleveland, Chad Edwards, Tony Farone, and Brian Calabrese who captured the first win of his career in the division at Fonda after moving up from the rookie sportsman division after two wins in that class.

In the rookie sportsman, division David Manchester had three feature wins on his way to the 2016 track championship in the class. Travis Billington also had three wins in 2016 and was followed by Brian Calabrese and Josh Neal who both had two feature wins; Mike Peek, Rob Lanfear, and Mike Block who all had one victory apiece. In total there were 13 events run in the division with seven different drivers winning those events.

The pro stock division held 14 racing events in 2016 with seven different winning drivers taking the checkered flag in the class. Leading the way with five feature wins was Kenny Gates who was also crowned the 2016 track champion in the division making him a five-time champion at Fonda after winning the title back in 2004, co-champion in 2007, 2008, 2009, & 2016. Gates is also the all-time win leader in the class at Fonda with 63 event wins.

Following behind Gates in 2016 at Fonda were Luke Horning with four feature wins, Shane Henderson, Chuck Dumblewski, Jay Casey, Nick Stone, and Tom Denton all with one feature win apiece. For Casey and Denton, it was their first career wins at the “Track of Champions”, while Stone’s single event win came in the prestigious 11th Annual Hondo Classic in honor of the late Hondo Carpenter.

The street stock division was dominated by Josh Coonradt who won 12 out of the 14 events held in the division in 2016 on his way to his first career championship at the Fonda Speedway. Coonradt also sits eighth on the all-time win list in the division after compiling 15 wins in only two seasons of competing at Fonda!

The other two events in the street stock division at Fonda this season were won by Johnny Young and Rob VanAernam, VanAernam’ s win coming on a night where a bounty was put on Coonradt if someone could take the win over him at Fonda.  

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Bud Light and Ricelli-Northern Join NAPA Super DIRT Week

Schedule Highlights and Format for Racing's Biggest Party

CONCORD, N.C. - (September 13, 2016) - DIRTcar Racing is pleased to announce partnerships with Bud Light and Riccelli-Northern for the naming rights of the two most storied events on the 45th Annual NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week schedule, now the Bud Light 300 and the Ricelli-Northern Salute the Troops 150.

"Bud Light is pleased to partner with DIRTcar Racing as the headline sponsor for one of the biggest races in New York State," said Dan Dorsey, Jr., owner of Eagle Beverage, Oswego, NY. "Super DIRT week is so rich in history, and we're glad to be a part of the event as it starts its next chapter with the new racing venue."

The Bud Light 300 will headline the week of on-track activities at the famed Oswego Speedway.

"Everyone at DIRTcar Racing is very excited to have Bud Light and Riccelli-Northern join an already great list of partners for NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week. Adding these brands truly shows that this is a world-class event. NAPA Super DIRT Week is bound to go down as one of the most exciting weeks in racing to date," said Chief Executive Officer of DIRTcar Racing Brian Carter.

NAPA Super DIRT Week has a new home at the historic Oswego Speedway this year. The "Steel Palace" is a 0.625-mile asphalt-oval that will be transformed by nearly 600 truckloads of clay. The week will kick-off with early-parking for campers starting on Sunday, October 2. One of the many new additions to the schedule this year is the "Early Bird" tech inspection for all classes and competitors starting on Monday, October 3.

The format and schedule for NAPA Super DIRT Week at Oswego Speedway will remain the same as previous years with on-track action every day from October 5 through 9 at Oswego Speedway - including the return of Friday Night Lights. Friday evening's program will feature DIRTcar 358 Modified, DIRTcar Sportsman Modified, and Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modified Qualifying Races.

Several surrounding tracks will get in on the action with traditional nighttime events slated at Weedsport Speedway on Wednesday, October 5; Brewerton Speedway on Thursday, October 6; and Fulton Speedway on Saturday, October 8 featuring The Greatest Show on Dirt, the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series.

Saturday will feature a full morning of practice for the various divisions. The day-action at the Oswego Speedway will be sealed with the DIRTcar 358 Modified Riccelli-Northern Salute the Troops 150, scheduled to roll-off the grid at 2:00pm EST. The nightcap will follow as the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series invades Fulton Speedway. Also up for grabs at Fulton Speedway is the 41st spot in Saturday night's Big Block Modified feature with the "Win and You're In" race.

The Bud Light 300-lap main event is scheduled to go green at 2:00pm on Sunday at Oswego Speedway, with the infield hot pit gates opening at 8:30am and the grandstands opening at 10:00am.

Close to 300 competitors will be vying for the winner's share of the Bud Light 300 - $50,000 dollars. Stewart Friesen has taken the checkers the last two years, including The Finale at the Fairgrounds in 2015. A total payout of more than $350,000 in both cash and prizes will be awarded over the course of the week.

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This Week Ahead: Super DIRTcar Series Gears Up For Brewerton and Weedsport

By Mandee Pauch

WEEDSPORT, N.Y. - Sept. 12, 2016 - This Friday night Sept. 16th the Super DIRTcar Series will be making their first visit of the season to Brewerton Speedway. Last year it was Billy decker who won the McDonald's 100 over Brett Hearn, Danny Johnson, Matt Sheppard and Vic Coffey. Decker swapped the lead three times with Hearn before taking the lead for keeps on lap 76 with a hammer down move in the fourth turn that brought him close to the retaining wall. He withstood three late restarts and a green-white-checkered finish to record his fifth series win of the season.
 
The series will be making their third visit to Weedsport Speedway this Saturday, Sept. 17th. Their last visit to the track was on Monday, Sept. 5th as everyone witnessed Sheppard capture his eighth Super DIRTcar Series victory of the season over Danny Johnson, Tim Fuller, Alan Johnson and Erick Rudolph to take home the $7,500 payday.
 
With 19 Super DIRTcar races in the books lets take a look at the stats for the current top five drivers in the points chase:
 1. Sheppard has 9 wins, 15 top five finishes, 16 top 10 finishes in 19 starts.
2. Stewart Friesen has 4 wins, 14 top five finishes, 16 top 10 finishes in 19 starts.
3. Tim Fuller has 2 wins, 9 top five finishes, 15 top 10 finishes in 19 starts.
4. Billy Decker has 1 win, 7 top five finishes, 14 top 10 finishes in 19 starts.
5. Brett Hearn has 0 wins, 5 top five finishes, 13 top 10 finishes in 19 starts.
 
Last year the Super DIRTcar Series saw a slight difference in the top five at the end of the 2015 season:
1. Matt Sheppard had 4 wins, 15 top five finishes, 23 top 10 finishes in 24 starts.
2. Billy Decker had 5 wins, 10 top five finishes, 16 top 10 finishes in 24 starts.
3. Jimmy Phelps had 1 win, 9 top five finishes, 16 top 10 finishes in 24 starts.
4. Larry Wight had 1 win, 9 top five finishes, 12 top 10 finishes in 24 starts.
5. Brett Hearn had 2 wins, 12 top five finishes, 18 top 10 finishes in 24 starts

Coming Up Next: The Super DIRTcar Series will be back in action the following weekend at Fonda Speedway in Fonda, N.Y. Saturday, Sept. 24th.
 
For more information on the Super DIRTcar Series, visit www.superdirtcarseries.com
 
ABOUT THE TRACK: Brewerton Speedway is a 1/3-mile banked clay oval. For more information and to learn how to purchase tickets, visit www.brewertonspeedway.com
 
Weedsport Speedway is a 3/8 mile semi-banked clay oval. For more information and to learn how to purchase tickets, visit www.weedsportspeedway.com

SEASON WINNERS: Matt Sheppard - 9 (Williams Grove Speedway on June 22, Utica-Rome Speedway on Jul 3, Five Mile Point Speedway on July 12, Grandview Speedway on July 14, Autodrome Granby on July 27, Merrittville Speedway on August 1, Lebanon Valley on September 2, Weedsport Speedway on September 5, Le RPM Speedway on September 9); Stewart Friesen - 4 (Cornwall Motorsports Park on June 26, Albany-Saratoga on July 6, Mohawk International raceway on July 7, Ransomville Speedway on August 2); Tim Fuller - 2 (Canandaigua Speedway on June 30, Eldora Speedway on July 19); Billy Decker - 1 (Fulton Speedway on April 30); Jimmy Phelps - 1 (Sharon Speedway on July 21); Frank Cozze - 1 (Autodrome Drummond on July 26); Gary Tomkins - 1 (Weedsport Speedway August 9)
 
2016 Super DIRTcar Championship Standings
1. Matt Sheppard 2,854  
2. Stewart Friesen 2,637  
3. Tim Fuller 2,527  
4. Billy Decker 2,436  
5. Brett Hearn 2,373  
6. Jimmy Phelps 2,367
7. Larry Wight 2,339  
8. Danny Johnson 2,220
9. Pete Britten 2,194
10. Pat Ward 2,168
 
2016 Super DIRTcar Series Schedule & Winners
No. / Day, Date / Track / Location / Winner (Number of Wins in 2016)
1. Saturday, April 30 / Fulton Speedway / Fulton, N.Y. / Billy Decker (1)
2. Wednesday, June 22 / Williams Grove Speedway / Mechanicsburg, Pa. / Matt Sheppard (1)
3. Sunday, June 26 / Cornwall Speedway / Ontario, Canada / Stewart Friesen (1)
4. Thursday, Jun 30 / Canandaigua Speedway / Canandaigua, NY / Tim Fuller (1)
5. Sunday, July 3 / Utica-Rome Speedway / Vernon, N.Y. / Matt Sheppard (2)
6. Wednesday, July 6 / Albany-Saratoga Speedway / Malta, N.Y. / Stewart Friesen (2)
7. Thursday, July 7 / Mohawk International Speedway / Akwesasne, N.Y. / Stewart Friesen (3)
8. Tuesday, July 12 / Five Mile Point Speedway / Kirkwood, N.Y. / Matt Sheppard (3)
9. Thursday, July 14 / Grandview Speedway / Bechtelsville, P.A. / Matt Sheppard (4)
10. Tuesday, July 19 / Eldora Speedway / Rossburg, O.H. / Tim Fuller (2)
11. Thursday, July 21 / Sharon Speedway / Hartford, O.H. / Jimmy Phelps (1)
12. Tuesday, July 26 / Autodrome Drummond / Drummondville, Q.C. / Frank Cozze (1)
13. Wednesday, July 27 / Autodrome Granby / Granby, Q.C. / Matt Sheppard (5)
14. Monday, August 1 / Merrittville Speedway / Thorold, Ont./ Matt Sheppard (6)
15. Tuesday, August 2 / Ransomville Speedway / Ransomville, N.Y. / Stewart Friesen (4)
16. Tuesday, August 9 / Weedsport Speedway / Weedsport, N.Y. / Gary Tomkins (1)
17. Thursday, September 1 / Lebanon Valley / West Lebanon, N.Y. / Matt Sheppard (7)
18. Monday, September 5 / Weedsport Speedway / Weedsport, N.Y. / Matt Sheppard (8)
19. Friday, September 9 / Le RPM Speedway / Quebec / Matt Shepprd (9)
 
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Rudolph Scores Another BRP Tour Win

Rex King, Jr. and Rick Reglaski led the 27 car BRP Modified Tour main event to the green.  King, Jr. led the first 14 laps with Mark Flick, Rex King, Sr., Regalski, Erick Rudolph, Jim Rasey and Jeremiah Shingledecker battling for position two through seven.  

King, Sr. slowed to bring out the first caution and retired to the pit area.  Rudolph grabbed the second spot from Flick when the action resumed but the field was slowed twice on lap 16; the first caution waved for Dave Murdick and the second occurred when Flick and Kevin Bolland spun in turn two.

When the racing action resumed King, Jr. once again led the way.  Rudolph wrestled the top spot away from King, Jr. on the 18th lap.  Rudolph weathered six additional caution but went on to score the victory.  King, Jr. claimed the second spot with Rasey, Justin Wright and Shingledecker completing the top five.

Nineteenth starter Brad Rapp finished in the sixth spot with Eric Gabany, Chris Haines, Kevin Hoffman and J.R. McGinley rounding out the top ten.           
 
An invert four placed Justin Wright on the pole of the ten lap Oil Valley Shootout.  Wright went on to lead the entire distance and scored the win over Rasey, Rudolph, King, Jr. and Rapp.
 
Haines, Rudolph and King, Jr. were the winners in the prelims.
 
BRP Modified Tour Feature Finish: Erick Rudolph, Rex King, Jr., Jim Rasey, Justin Wright, Jeremiah Shingledecker, Brad Rapp, Eric Gabany, Chris Haines, Kevin Hoffman, J.R. McGinley, Bob Warren, Rodney Beltz, Randy Chronister, Shawn Kozar, Kevin Bolland, Rick Richner, Travis Walsh, Skip Moore, Shawn Fleeger, Mark Flick, Mark Frankhouser, Tom  Mattocks, Dave Murdick. Tom Glenn, Travis Shingledecker, Rex King, Sr.
 
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King of the Hill Weekend next up at the Port

Super DIRTcar Series Big Block Modifieds and NAPA Sportsman Shootout Series finale highlight the weekend

This Saturday, September 17th will mark the third and final Super DIRTcar Series event stop in 2016 at the famed 3/8 mile in Weedsport, NY. As previous 2016 Weedsport winners Gary Tomkins and Matt Sheppard hope for a second triumph, it will take 100 laps for the best dirt modified drivers in the country to determine who will be “King of the Hill”.

“The last two races at Weedsport have been excellent events for us. The track on Labor Day was great, and we are looking forward to returning one more time in 2016” stated series director Mike Perrotte. Along with a check for $10,000 to the winner of the “King of the Hill 100”, the event will pay $500 to take the green as well as a $1,000 dollar to win non-qualifiers event. Joining the big blocks will be the first of two NAPA Sportsman Shootout Series events of the weekend.

Saturday’s fun does not stop there. When the last checkered flag falls, the action heats up in the Weedsport Pavilion, as the music of Under the Gun highlights the second annual “Portside Party” presented by Bud Light.

On Sunday, September 18th, the NAPA Sportsman Shootout Series competitors will take center stage for the 50 lap "Sportsman Shootout Series Championship" presented by St. Lawrence Radiology. An amazingly tight points battle among several drivers has helped build the anticipation for this series finale. With only 5 points separating the top 4 drivers in series standings, the championship is certain to be a nail biter. The Go Nuclear Late Model Series as well as the NY6A 600 CC Micro Sprints also share in the Sunday line up.

For schedule and ticket information please log onto weedsportspeedway.com/king-of-the-hill/ or weedsportspeedway.com/tickets. General camping spots are still available, but filling up fast, so log on today and enjoy a great time at #theport!

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Chad Cook Earns Modified Victory On Championship Night

Eddie White (Open Sportsman); Bob Stahl (Crate 602); Corey Cormier (Rookie Sportsman);

CENTER LISLE, NY – Chad Cook used Saturday night’s Thunder Mountain Speedway Modified victory as a prelude to this coming Sunday’s (Sept. 18) Wade Decker Memorial.

Cook, of Deposit, N.Y., guided the Mike Costello-owned No. 222 to a $1,500 Championship Night 30-lap triumph. Cook won the May Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP visit to the Mountain and hopes to repeat this weekend.

Danny Creeden, meanwhile, locked up the 2016 Thunder Mountain Speedway championship by finishing second in Saturday’s main event. The Wurtsboro, N.Y., driver took the title in his first season running regularly on the Mountain.

Nick Nye finished third in a stout performance, with Butch Green fourth in his best outing of the year and Brian Malcolm completing the front five.

Eddie White of Candor, N.Y., won the 20-lap Open Sportsman feature capping a memorable night for his family. Eddie’s son, Brian of Owego, N.Y., clinched the division’s championship with a fifth-place finish in the feature.

Following Eddie White across the line was Eric Leet, Chance Spoonhower, Billy Spoonhower and title-winning Brian White.

Bob Stahl of Whitney Point, N.Y., broke into the Crate 602 Sportsman win column, earning a $500 payday. Stahl fended off T.J. Frost, Kinser Hill, a returning Kenny Hammond and Daryl Krebs.

Milford, Pa., driver Brian Mady locked up the division’s championship by placing 11th.

Corey Cormier of Middletown, N.Y., won for the first time at Thunder Mountain in the 15-lap Rookie Sportsman feature. Dan Allen of Berkshire, N.Y., took the title with a runner-up finish after a down-to-the-wire battle with Ryan Alsdorf, who finished the event in third.

THUNDER MOUNTAIN SPEEDWAY RESULTS SUMMARY – SEPTEMBER 10, 2016

Modified Feature Finish (30 laps): CHAD COOK, Danny Creeden, Nick Nye, Butch Green, Brian Malcolm, Colton Wilson, Ryan Jordan, Alan Barker, Jeremy Smith, Byron Worthing, Mike Clapperton, Jim Britt, Darwin Greene, P.J. Goodwin, Geordie Decker, Barry White, Brent Wilcox, Brad Shaffer, Chris Wood, Cole Price, Nick Mady, Dan Morden, Mike Trautschold, Sam Allen.

Open Sportsman Feature Finish (20 laps): EDDIE WHITE, Eric Leet, Chance Spoonhower, Billy Spoonhower, Brian White, Kevin Jordan, Chris Jordan, Dayton Coney, Jason Tuttle, Dan Burman, Daniel Burman, Larry Hillis, Alyssa Cody, Tommy Eiklor, Shawn Davis, Marshall Balzer.

Crate 602 Sportsman Feature Finish (20 laps): BOB STAHL, T.J. Frost, Kinser Hill, Kenny Hammond, Daryl Krebs, Pat Parker, Mike Nagel Jr., Shayne Spoonhower, Brenton Miller, Tom Collins, Brian Mady, Dustin Jordan, Jim Spano, Isaiah Forward, Jimmy Zacharias, James McIntyre, Kimberlee Morgan, Tyler Keener, Harold Humphrey, Alyssa Cody.

Rookie Sportsman Feature Finish (15 laps): COREY CORMIER, Dan Allen, Ryan Alsdorf, Willy Decker Jr., Chuck Wheeland, Dylan Robbins, Matt Sherwood, Chris Rundell, Beth Brokaw.

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OCFS
Saturday Sept. 10
MODIFIEDS FEATURE) Tommy Meier, Chris Whitehead, Andy Bachetti, John Lieto, Bob McGannon, Donnie Wilson, Chris Schultz, Rich Eurich, Jimmy Horton, Jimmy Spellmon, Joe Puzella, Corey Lowitt, LJ Lombardo, Jerry Higbie, Kyle Armstrong, Brendan Finley, Craig Mitchell, John Ferrier, Jeff Heotzler, Mike Ruggiero, Patrick Reiser, Stan Frankenfield

SPORTSMAN FEATURE) Frank Venezia, Jesse Leiby, Joe Conklin, Anthony Falanga, Jeff Hulseapple, Randy Sweetman, Joe Bonetti, Allison Ricci, Joey Falanga, Tony Kowalchuk, Daniel Morgiewicz, RJ Smith, Mike Travers, Pat Murphy, Mike Murphy, Steve Eubanks, Rob Wosyluk, Jamie Yannone, Tyler Boniface, Leo Fotopoulos, Aaron Doolittle, Nick Plumstead, Mel Schrufer, Johnny Illanovsky, Phil Johnson

ROOKIE SPORTSMAN FEATURE 1) Cole Hentschel, Rich Ricci III, Bobby Flood, Kyle Jashembowski, Ashley Rogosich, Rich VanOrden, Michael Giuliano, Don Smith Sr., Mark Connoly, Michael Bull, Mike Orlando, Rich Eggers, Paul Hyde, Colin Dubois, JohnGilroy

FEATURE 2) Danny Carlough, John Farissier, Cody Hunt, Matt Schultz, Connor Otten, Tommy Zwart, Dylan Smith, Jake Granacher, Brian Jones, Erin Paulison, Taylor Hurban, John Miller, Don Smith III, Jimmy Leiby
 
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EXCITEMENT ABOUNDS FOR 55th ANNIVERSARY EASTERN STATES WEEKEND

Big-Block Modifieds, Small-Block Modifieds, Sportsman, 305 Sprint Cars, and Street Stocks in three days of nonstop racing action

MIDDLETOWN, NY (September 11)……..It’s just over a month away and excitement is already building for the 55th  Annual Eastern States Weekend, October 21-23, 2016, presented by Halmar International, WLR Construction, and Arkel Motors at the historic Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown, New York. But the weekend’s headline race remains the Eastern States 200, the oldest consecutively-run championship event for dirt track Modified stock cars in the country. This year’s Eastern States has again been enhanced by huge increases in the purses for the Big- and Small-Block races, adding to the excitement of the entire weekend.

Activity actually begins a day earlier: At 12:00 noon on Thursday, October 20 the pits open to competitors for hauler parking and inspections. Later, between 2:00 pm and 9:00 pm, the grounds will open for early arriving campers.

Racing begins on Friday, October 21. The Fairgrounds and pits open at 9:30 am, with the car inspection beginning at 10:30 am and spectator gates at 11:00 am. Following car inspections and drivers meeting, on-track practice for time trials for the Big-Block Modified and Sportsman division begins at 1:00 pm. After time trials are complete, Sportsman heats precede Modified heats, Sportsman consolation races, and a hot lap session for the Small-Block Modifieds. Friday’s Sportsman 50-lap feature race, paying $1,000 to win, caps off the day’s racing.

Saturday, October 22 the racing is virtually non-stop with the Small Block Modified and 305 Sprint Cars the featured divisions. The Fairgrounds and pits open at 8:00 am with the spectator gates at 10:00 am. The drivers meeting is at 11:00 am followed by hot laps for the Small Block Modifieds and 305 Sprint Cars.

After 305 Sprint Car timed hot laps and the Small Block Modified Time Trials, qualifying heat and consolation races for the two divisions will be run.

The first feature race of the day will be the 25-lap 305 Sprint Car main, and then the headline 100-lap Small-Block Modified championship race, which will see the winner take home $15,000 plus bonus and laps leader awards.

All this leads to the Sunday, October 23 finale, the 55th Annual Eastern States 200 Championship Race for Modifieds Presented by Halmar International, WLR Construction and Arkel Motors. The only true 200-lap race of its kind, the Eastern States 200 winner will earn $35,000 plus bonus and laps leader awards. Should one driver win both Saturday’s and Sunday’s championship races, his paycheck will be enhanced with a $10,000 bonus!

Following the Fairgrounds and pits opening at 8:00 am, spectator gates swing open at 9:00 am. Street Stock inspection also begins at 8:00 am, followed by the Street Stock drivers meeting at 9:15 am. On-track activities begin at 9:30 am with the annual Pit Party when all fans are invited to join the racers along the track’s historic homestretch. Cars from all Orange County’s racing divisions will be on display, and drivers will be on hand to greet fans and sign autographs.    

Following the Pit Party, racing gets underway with hot laps and qualifying heat and consolation races for the Street Stocks and last chance Modified consolation races. Next up will be the 25-lap Street Stock $250-to-win championship race. And then at 2:30 pm, it’s time for trackside ceremonies, driver introductions, and the headline Eastern States 200 for Modifieds Presented by Halmar International, WLR Construction, and Arkel Motors.

Advance tickets, camping, and parking permits are available at the Speedway Office during regular business hours, or credit card sales (Visa and MasterCard) by calling 845-342-2573. Additional information can be found at the official Orange County Fair Speedway website, www.orangecountyfairspeedway.net.

Media members may request Eastern States Weekend credentials by contacting Bobby Armbruster at barmbr9493@aol.com before October 8, 2016.

Race teams: An open practice at OCFS is scheduled for Saturday, October 15 from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

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Autodrome Drummond Has Been Canceled
 
DRUMMONDVILLE, QUE. - Sept. 10, 2016 - The Super DIRTcar Series has been forced to cancel tonight's festivities at Autodrome Drummond. Due to the high chance of wind and heavy rain in the forecast Mike Perrotte and track officials decided in the best interest of the teams and fans that they cancel tonight's event.
 
"We were really looking forward to coming here. It's a shame Mother Nature wasn't on our side tonight. Thank you to the track for giving us the opportunity to try and get the show in," said DIRTcar Series North East director Perrotte. "We looked at tomorrow as the rain date but there is a high chance of wind and rain into the early afternoon so we decided to cancel altogether. "
 
The series next stop will be at Brewerton Speedway this Friday Sept. 16th then to Weedsport Speedway on Saturday, Sept. 17th.

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Williamson, Eck, and Gurdak big winners on night one of Stateline Speedway's September Shootout!

Busti, NY (September 9, 2016): the BRP Big Block Modifieds made their visit to Stateline Speedway Presented by LiteHouse Auto with a full field of 24 of the ground-pounding racers with Matt Williamson prevailing in the 35-lap finale while Doug Eck was first to the Spanky Hall’s four-checkers finish in the Overhead Door of Jamestown UFo Super Late Model 38-lap feature.

It was Eck’s second feature win of the season. In the season-ending 25-lap feature for the Rusted Nutz ProMods it was newly crowned points champion Scott Gurdak winning are battling eight time winner Justin Carlson.

The Shults Auto Group RUSH Crate Late Models and the Sugar Grove Beverage Outlaw E-Mods ran qualifying heats for their season ending features Saturday, Day Two of the September Shootout. The Saturday portion will have the UFo Super Late Models competing in a 55-lap extravaganza to bring down the curtain on the 2016 season.

The BRP Modified feature event was for 35-laps and started 24 cars with Mike Bowman and Matt Williamson on the front row and J R McGinley and Rex King Sr on row two. Six cars failed to make it through turn two when Eric Gabany got into the retaining wall with five more cars piling into him, blocking the racing surface.

Bowman took the lead at the green then he and Williamson started pulling away from the rest of the field, setting a pace that allowed them to catch the rear of the field with only five laps in the books. Yellow flew at seven complete when Tom Glenn spun in turn two. On the double file restart Williamson grabbed the lead at green with Rex King Jr coming by Rex King Sr for third behind Bowman.

Yellow flew again at twelve complete when Tom Mattocks slowed on the back straight. Disaster struck on the restart when King Jr got into the turn two wall with nine more cars piling into the accident scene. Under the yellow the racer of Jimmy Holden caught fire, apparently battery issues, ending his run.

After green Ricky Richner and Rex King Jr got together in turn two and then got into the wall. Williamson and Bowman completed lap thirteen side by side with Williamson in front a lap later. Dave Murdick came to third with Chad Brachman getting next to him at the line at seventeen complete. Brachman was solidly in third  a lap later with eleventh starting Erick Rudolph up to fifth, then fourth at 22-laps.

Murdick and Gabany got together in turn three, both spinning with ten laps left. For this green it was Williamson, Bowman, Brachman, and Rudolph. Brachman got to second with Rudolph third at 28 laps finished.  Skip Moore spun in turn three with four laps remaining, again slowing the race.

Early leader Bowman had the right front tire deflate under the yellow, sending him pitside. Brachman got next to the leader with three left but slid wide coming to the two lap signal. Williamson went on to the win with Brachman second, Rudolph third, Brad Rapp fourth, and Kevin Boland fifth.

BRP Big Block Modified Tour Feature: Matt Williamson, Chad Brachman, Erick Rudolph, Brad Rapp, Kevin Bolland, JR McGinley, Mark Flick, Rex King Sr, Dave Murdick, Rick Regalski, Tom Glenn, Rick Richner, Skip Moore, Rex King Jr, Mark Frankhouser, Randy Chronister, Mike Bowman, Eric Habany, Rodney Beltz, Jimmy Holden, Shawn Kozar, Tom Mattocks, Shawn Fleeger, Kevin Hoffman

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SHARON FORCED TO CANCEL SATURDAY'S "410" SPRINT SHOW AGAIN DUE TO IMPENDING STORMS

"APPLE FESTIVAL NAT'S" NEXT FRI & SAT; KING JR, GABRIELSON, RITCHEY, DAVIS, HAEFKE & WALKER CROWNED 2016 CHAMPS

By Mike Leone

Hartford, OH September 10, 2016 After having great weather for both the Ohio Speedweek and Lou Blaney Memorial events in June and July for the "410" Sprint Cars, Sharon Speedway was forced to cancel the non-sanctioned Sprint Car event for the second straight time on Saturday. The "410" Sprints were scheduled back on August 13 and just like on Saturday, impending storms throughout the evening have forced the cancellation of events. Saturday was also to include the final night of points for the Big-Block Modifieds, Modifieds, Econo Mods, and Mini Stocks, to be cancelled. It marked the seventh rain out of the 2016 season.

With the rain out, Sharon Speedway will crown Rex King, Jr.-Hovis Auto & Truck Supply DIRTcar Big-Block Modifieds, Joe Gabrielson-Summit Racing Equipment Modifieds, Brandon Ritchey-Lyden/Red Line Oil RUSH Sportsman Modifieds, Paul Davis-Gibson Insurance Agency Stock Cars, Steve Haefke-HTMA/Precise Racing Products Econo Mods, and Steve Walker II-Deforest Used Parts Mini Stocks 2016 champions.

Sharon will wrap up the 87th anniversary season next Friday and Saturday, September 16-17 with the annual "Apple Festival Nationals". Friday will feature a complete show for Big-Block Modified drivers that have never won a big-block feature in their career paying $1,700 to-win in the "Johnny Zdelar Memorial". The Mod Lites, Sportsman Dwarf Cars, and Junior Sprints will also run a complete show. Preliminary action will take place for the RUSH Late Model and Sportsman Modified Touring Series, Renegades of Dirt Modifieds, Penn-Ohio Stock Cars, Econo Mods, and Mini Stocks. Then on Saturday, the Big-Block Modifieds are back for the "Russ King Memorial" for the Mod Tour along with the completion of the show for those divisions that ran heat races on Friday. Racing begins early at 6 p.m. both days.

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Super Matt is The Man To Beat

Clinches first Le RPM Speedway victory
 
By Mandee Pauch
 
ST. MARCEL DE RICHELIEU, QUE. - Sept. 9, 2016 - Matt Sheppard is no stranger to victory lane as he captured his third Super DIRTcar Series win in a row and his ninth overall Friday night at Le RPM Speedway.
 
"This car has been so good lately. We just unloaded it and it's been fast all night. We set fast time, won the heat and drew a good starting spot for the feature. When you have a car that good it makes your life pretty easy," Sheppard said.
 
Keith Flach and Sheppard led the 30-car field to the green. It didn't take long for Sheppard to jump to an early lead as he pulled away from the field on the initial start.
 
It didn't take long for Sheppard to catch lapped traffic on the ¼ mile as he caught the back end of the field on lap nine as he showed a comfortable lead over Flach.
 
A lap 21 restart saw Flach drive around the outside of Sheppard to take the top spot back.
 
Heavy lapped traffic got in the way of Flach as Sheppard took advantage and retook the lead off the bottom on lap 37.
 
Third place runner Mike Mahaney was digging on the bottom trying to close the gap between him and Flach.
 
The second caution of the night was brought out on lap 46 due to a spinning Billy Decker in turns one and two.
 
Sheppard led the way at the halfway mark over Flach, Mahaney, Phelps and Bernard.
 
Phelps took advantage of the lap 53 restart as he drove by Mahaney and Flach to capture the runner up spot.
 
Sheppard was running the cushion as Phelps hugged the bottom line. Phelps was soon knocking on Shepard's doors by lap 57.
 
Tenth place starter Tim Fuller made his way into the top five by lap 60. Fuller slipped under Flach for the third spot on lap 65.
 
Fourteenth starter Steve Bernard found himself into the top five chasing down Fuller in the third spot by lap 73.
 
Phelps and Fuller were slowly closing in on Sheppard in heavy lapped traffic until the third caution flag of the night was thrown on lap 77 forcing the field to close back up once again.
 
Sheppard caught the back of the field on lap 86 as Phelps started closing in.
 
Just as Phelps was getting ready to make the move on Sheppard the fourth caution was brought out on lap 95 as Friesen and Danny Johnson tangled together in turns three and four while both were running in the top ten.
 
The five-lap shootout was a close battle between Sheppard and Phelps as Phelps gave all he could but it was Sheppard who came out on top at the finish line.
 
Friday night was the Super DIRTcar Series first ever visit to Le RPM and Sheppard's ninth series victory of the season in his FX Caprara No. 9s machine..
 
"I could see Phelps underneath me. I switched my lines up a little bit and tried to keep him back there," Sheppard said. "I think I picked a little too soft of a right rear tire which might have hurt me in the end. This car is so good it didn't really seem to matter. It's a lot of fun coming to these series races right now."
 
Sheppard was ecstatic with his first trip to Le RPM Speedway. "I thought it was a really racy track; beautifully prepared and smooth from top to bottom. It was a lot of fun and I look forward to coming back here."
 
Race Notes: 34 modifieds attempted to qualify and 30 started the feature. Larry Wight flipped in group time trials. Matt Sheppard received the Pole Position Raceway fast time with a 13.273. Four cautions were brought out during the 100-lapper on laps 15, 46, 77 and 95.
 
The Super DIRTcar Series will head to Autodrome Drummond Saturday, Sept. 10th then to Brewerton Speedway Friday, Sept. 16th then to Weedsport Speedway on Saturday, Sept. 17th.
 
Follow the series on Twitter @SuperDIRTcar, or click www.SuperDIRTcarSeries.com.
 
Super DIRTcar Series Statistical Report; Sept. 9, 2016; Le RPM Speedway, Que.
 
A-Main (100 Laps) - 1. 9s-Matt Shepard, 2. 98h-Jimmy Phelps, 3. 19-Tim Fuller, 4. 54-Steve Bernard, 5. 1-Chris Raabe, 6. 88m-Mike Mahaney, 7. 6h-Max McLaughlin, 8. 42p-Pat Ward, 9. 1*-Steve Bernier, 10. 63- Dominic Dufault, 11. 20-Brett Hearn, 12. 99l-Larry Wight, 13. 43-Keith Flach, 13. 66x-Carey Terrence, 15. 91-Billy Decker, 16. 1 - David Hebert, 17. 21-Yan Bussiere, 18. 44 - Stewart Friesen, 19. 7m-Michael Maresca, 20. 2-Patrick Beaumier, 21. 27j-Damy Johnson, 22. 43f-Sebastien Fournier, 23. 71- Pierre Hebert, 24. 25m-Maxime Viens, 25. 35 - Frank Cozze, 26. 18h-Peter Britten, 27. 22c-Mario Clair, 28. 96 - Jean-Francois Corrivea, 19. 39x-Alain Therrien, 30. 13-Kevin Hamel
 
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Heated Short Track Super Series Halmar North Region Championship Battle Heads To Thunder Mountain Speedway Sunday, September 18; Annual Wade Decker Memorial Race On Deck

CENTER LISLE, NY – With a heated championship battle raging, the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By VP heads to Thunder Mountain Speedway on Sunday, September 18.

A 50-lap big-block/small-block event run in memory of fallen Southern Tier racer Wade Decker will serve as the eighth round of the Halmar International North Region for 2016. The annual Wade Decker Memorial headlines a Sunday season finale of racing at Thunder Mountain, the rejuvenated three-eighths-mile oval located just outside Whitney Point, N.Y.

The Wade Decker Memorial is run each year in memory of Decker, a talented competitor who progressed from the Street Stocks to race in the Modified division. Decker tragically lost his life on Dec. 5, 2011 in a logging accident. He was just 37 years old.

Just two events remain on the STSS Halmar International North Region schedule including the Wade Decker Memorial.

Ransomville, N.Y., driver Erick Rudolph holds a slim lead in the battle for the $12,000 championship. Currently, Rudolph has an advantage of 45 points over Sheffield, Mass., resident Andy Bachetti and 51 markers on Waldwick, N.J.’s Tommy Meier, who has rallied since mid-season in the Jeff Behrent-owned No. 3.

Point standings can be found at the following link: http://bdmotorsportsmedia.com/2016-halmar-north-region-standings/

The series began in April at N.Y.’s Orange County Fair Speedway with Meier reaching Victory Lane in the ‘Hard Clay Open’ event. Other winners have included Ryan Watt (Pa.’s Big Diamond); Chad Cook (Thunder Mountain in May); Matt Sheppard (N.Y.’s Outlaw Speedway); Stewart Friesen (N.Y.’s Accord); and Ryan Godown (N.Y.’s I-88 and Woodhull).

The North Region concludes Oct. 7-8 at I-88 Speedway with the ninth “Working Man’s Race” Short Track SuperNationals.

For the Wade Decker Memorial, pit gates open at 2 p.m. Grandstand gates are unlocked at 3 p.m. Hot laps begin at 5 p.m., with racing at 6 p.m.

Adult grandstand admission is $22. Seniors (ages 65 and over) and Students (ages 10-17) pay $15. Kids 9 and under are FREE. Pit admission is $35 with no license required.

Complete rules, prices and general information have been posted at the following link: http://bdmotorsportsmedia.com/wade-decker-memorial-rules-prices-general-info/

Joining the STSS Modifieds at the Wade Decker Memorial are GRIT Series Crate 602 Sportsman (American Racer Series), Street Stocks and XCel 600 Modifieds.

2016 Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP North Region Schedule
Saturday, April 2 – Orange County Fair Speedway WINNER: Tommy Meier
Tuesday, May 17 – Big Diamond Speedway (Combo) – WINNER: Ryan Watt
Sunday, May 29 – Thunder Mountain Speedway WINNER: Chad Cook
Wednesday, June 8 – Outlaw Speedway WINNER: Matt Sheppard
Tuesday, July 5 – Accord Speedway WINNER: Stewart Friesen
Wednesday, July 27 – I-88 Speedway  WINNER: Ryan Godown
Wednesday, August 17 – Woodhull Raceway WINNER: Ryan Godown
Sunday, September 18 (Rain Date: TBA) – Thunder Mountain Speedway Wade Decker Memorial
Friday-Saturday October 7-8 (Rain Date: October 9) – I-88 Speedway – Short Track SuperNationals 9 – Championship Points

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A BUSY WEEKEND OF RACING PLANNED FOR UTICA-ROME SPEEDWAY COMING UP HIGHLIGHTED BY $10,000 TO WIN COLE CUP FOR 360 SPRINTS; RACE OF CHAMPIONS MODIFIEDS ALSO SEE ACTION IN $3,000 TO WIN EVENT
 
VERNON, NY- Utica-Rome Speedway plans to end the summer racing season with an exciting two-day show that will feature 360 Sprints, 305 Sprints, Dirt Modifieds, Crate Sportsman, and Pro Stocks.  On Saturday, September 10, the King of Dirt Sportsman and Pro Stock Series will return to the Vernon oval along with the CRSA 305 Sprints.  A practice session for the 360 Sprints and Modifieds will also be held, weather permitting, for drivers looking to prepare for the following day.  Then on Sunday, September 11, the rescheduled $10,000 to win 3rd Annual Cole Cup for the 360 Sprints will be joined by the Race of Champions Dirt Modifieds that will compete in the New Yorker 40, paying $3,000 to win.  The Race of Champions Crate Sportsman will also see action as well in a $1,000 to win affair.
 
Interest has been growing over the past several weekend from competitors alike for the 3rd edition of the Cole Cup.  The $10,000 top prize has gained the interest of PA Posse members Greg Hodnett, Lucas Wolfe, and Aaron Ott and as long as their weekend goes as planned, they plan on attending.  According to his website, Texas driver Sam Hafertepe Jr. will also be in attendance.  Add in the top drivers from the Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints such as Steve Poirier, Jason Barney, Chuck Hebing, Paul Kinney, Matt Tanner, and more plus Davie Franek from the United Racing Club and the field gets more and more impressive.  Add in Mark Smith and Bryan Howland plus Modified drivers Danny Varin, Bobby Varin, Larry Wight, and Mike Mahaney to the list of drivers expected with some more surprises still expected.  USAC’s Chris Windom has expressed interest as has some of the Sprint Cars of New England competitors.  Danny Varin won the last 360 Sprint event at the speedway, held this past Sunday as he held off Poirier to the checkered.
 
The New Yorker 40 for the Race of Champions Dirt Modifieds has been added to the schedule for Sunday, September 11, and with no conflicts a strong field of cars is expected.  The favorite going into the event to collect the $3,000 payday is track champion Matt Sheppard.  Runner-up in the standings, Larry Wight, will surely have something to say about that however, as he is a threat to win whenever he hits the track. Pat Ward, Mike Mahaney, Marc Johnson, Vic Coffey, Matt Hulsizer, Rob Bellinger, and Alan Johnson are just some of the track regulars that should be on hand.  Like the Sprints, some surprise entrants are expected as well in the Modifieds as several teams have called with questions.
 
With two $1,000 to win 602 Sportsman series events on tap with both the King of Dirt and Race of Champions Series both holding events this weekend, Rocky Warner has to be the favorite to sweep both days.  Whenever a larger purse event is in competition at the Utica-Rome Speedway, Warner has been in the mix to win the event.  Warner won the first King of Dirt event held back in early June, and was battling with eventual winner Brad Rouse for the win in the first Race of Champions Sportsman event in July.  Top Sportsman teams from the Central New York and Eastern NY are expected to be on hand for the chance at a double payday along as the Utica-Rome Speedway regulars such as track champion Matt Janczuk, Kyle Kiehn, Brent Joy, Chris Mackey, Rocco Leone, Jason Rood, Casey Williams, David Schilling, John Christian and more.
 
Joining the King of Dirt Sportsman Series is the King of Dirt Pro Stocks as they compete in a $750 to win main event.  A huge field was on hand back in June which saw Luke Horning take the win.  36 Pro Stocks were in attendance the last time around which saw a very competitive race take place.  2016 track champion Pete Stefanski will lead the charge of Utica-Rome Speedway regulars that should include Mike Welch, Horning, Jim Normoyle, Chris Carr, Bill Knapp, Gus Hollner, Frank Hyatt, and more.
 
On Saturday, the 305 Sprints of CRSA will return to the Route 5 oval and with them should be another awesome night of winged Sprint Car racing.  In the earlier stop by CRSA, Ed Strada III held off the furious challenges of Cory Sparks and Mark Kiser to score the win in his first ever visit to Utica-Rome Speedway.
 
At the conclusion of Saturday’s event, a short hot lap session is planned for the Modifieds and Sprints for anyone looking for track time in preparation for Sunday.
 
Gates will open at 3:30 p.m. with racing set to start at 6 p.m. on both days.  Full ticket information plus much more can be found at www.uticaromespeedway.com.  The speedway office can be contacted by calling (315)829-4557.

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This Week Ahead: Super DIRTcar Series Heads Back to Canada

Makes their final trip of the year to Quebec

By Mandee Pauch
 
WEEDSPORT, N.Y. - Sept. 7, 2016 - This weekend the Super DIRTcar Series makes their trek back into Canada. With all of the DIRTcar home track points rapped up for the 2016 season the series will now move to weekend racing. The series first stop will be on Friday, Sept. 9th at Le RPM Speedway and then on Saturday, Sept. 10th at Autodrome Drummond.
 
Friday night will be the Super DIRTcar Series first ever visit to Le RPM Speedway.
 
Mike Perrotte, DIRTcar North East Series Director, is looking forward to their first visit to Le RPM. "The fans up there are very enthusiastic and they know how to make us all feel welcome. We're anticipating a huge crowd as we make our first trip to Le RPM Friday night."
 
The series will be making their second visit this season to Autodrome Drummond this Saturday night. Their last visit was back on Tuesday, July 26th. It had been eight years since Frank Cozze had seen victory lane with the Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds and on that night Cozze made it back to the winners circle. Cozze proved that he still has what it takes as he came from his 19th starting position to take home the win over Larry Wight and Mike Mahaney.
 
"This track is about as challenging as you're going to get. I ran my butt off those 100 laps as best as I could," said Cozze in victory lane.
 
Coming Up Next
 
After the Super DIRTcar Series takes on Canada they will be making their first appearance of the season at Brewerton Speedway in Brewerton, N.Y. on Friday, Sept. 16th and then back to Weedsport Speedway in Weedsport, N.Y. for their third time this season on Saturday, Sept. 24th.
 
For more information on the Super DIRTcar Series, visit www.superdirtcarseries.com
 
ABOUT THE TRACK:
 
Le RPM Speedway - For more information on Le RPM Speedway visit, lerpmspeedway.com.
 
Autodrome Drummond - For more information on Autodrome Drummond visit, autodromedrummond.com.
 
This Past Week in DIRTcar Racing:
 
Super Matt Cashes in Lucrative Labor Day Weekend
WEEDSPORT, N.Y - Sept. 5, 2016 - Matt Sheppard captured his eighth Super DIRTcar Series victory of the season Monday night at Weedsport Speedway over Danny Johnson and Tim Fuller to take home the $7,000 payday.
Read More at www.superdirtcarseries.com
 
Local 358-Modified Star Gage Morin Captures Cornwall
CORNWALL, Ont. - Sunday, September 4, 2016 - Local star Gage Morin captured the biggest event of the year at his home track. The driver of the #16 machine took the lead on lap 13 and repeated the feature from 2015 by winning the DIRTcar 358-Modified series event at Cornwall... Read More at www.dirtcarump.com
 
Martin Pelletier Dominates The DIRTcar Sportsman Series Race at Cornwall
CORNWALL, Ont. - Sunday, September 4, 2016 - Sportsman star Martin Pelletier took the lead on lap 18 and never looked back, becoming the fourth driver to win on the tour in 2016.
Read More at www.dirtcarump.com
 
2016 Super DIRTcar Championship Standings
1. Matt Sheppard   1,689
2. Stewart Friesen 1,582
3. Tim Fuller          1,422
4. Billy Decker      1,361
5. Brett Hearn       1,268
6. Larry Wight       1,243
7. Jimmy Phelps   1,224
8. Danny Johnson 1,212
9. Pete Britten      1,189
10. Frank Cozze  1,090

2016 Super DIRTcar Series Schedule & Winners
No. / Day, Date / Track / Location / Winner (Number of Wins in 2016)
1. Saturday, April 30 / Fulton Speedway / Fulton, N.Y. / Billy Decker (1)
2. Wednesday, June 22 / Williams Grove Speedway / Mechanicsburg, Pa. / Matt Sheppard (1)
3. Sunday, June 26 / Cornwall Speedway / Ontario, Canada / Stewart Friesen (1)
4. Thursday, Jun 30 / Canandaigua Speedway / Canandaigua, NY / Tim Fuller (1)
5. Sunday, July 3 / Utica-Rome Speedway / Vernon, N.Y. / Matt Sheppard (2)
6. Wednesday, July 6 / Albany-Saratoga Speedway / Malta, N.Y. / Stewart Friesen (2)
7. Thursday, July 7 / Mohawk International Speedway / Akwesasne, N.Y. / Stewart Friesen (3)
8. Tuesday, July 12 / Five Mile Point Speedway / Kirkwood, N.Y. / Matt Sheppard (3)
9. Thursday, July 14 / Grandview Speedway / Bechtelsville, P.A. / Matt Sheppard (4)
10. Tuesday, July 19 / Eldora Speedway / Rossburg, O.H. / Tim Fuller (2)
11. Thursday, July 21 / Sharon Speedway / Hartford, O.H. / Jimmy Phelps (1)
12. Tuesday, July 26 / Autodrome Drummond / Drummondville, Q.C. / Frank Cozze (1)
13. Wednesday, July 27 / Autodrome Granby / Granby, Q.C. / Matt Sheppard (5)
14. Monday, August 1 / Merrittville Speedway / Thorold, Ont./ Matt Sheppard (6)
15. Tuesday, August 2 / Ransomville Speedway / Ransomville, N.Y. / Stewart Friesen (4)
16. Tuesday, August 9 / Weedsport Speedway / Weedsport, N.Y. / Gary Tomkins (1)
17. Thursday, September 1 / Lebanon Valley / West Lebanon, N.Y. / Matt Sheppard (7)
18. Monday, September 5 / Weedsport Speedway / Weedsport, N.Y. / Matt Sheppard (8)
 
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New York’s Stewart Friesen Claims Short Track Super Series Velocita South Region Championship, Will Earn $8,500-Plus; Series Averages 40 Modifieds During Seven-Race Schedule

GEORGETOWN, DE – Some 114 competitors tried their hand at a Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By VP Velocita South Region event in 2016.

One driver emerged as the champion: Stewart Friesen.

Last Tuesday night (August 30) at Delaware’s historic Georgetown Speedway, Sprakers, N.Y.’s Friesen locked up the STSS South Region championship in winning style, when he bested an all-star field to earn the ‘Blast at the Beach’ victory.

Friesen took the title by 54 points over Boyertown, Pa., star Ryan Watt, the 2015 South Region champ.

En route to the South Region crown – for which Friesen will earn $8,500 plus product and contingency awards – he finished every one of the series’ 314 feature laps. Friesen, driving Halmar International-backed No. 44 big- and small-block Modifieds, placed inside the top-10 in all seven races and won twice, first at Delaware International Speedway in May and again at Georgetown in the series’ finale.

The final spread for Friesen to Watt was 660-606 points.

Friesen had previously won the STSS North Region crown a year ago. He chased South points for the first time this season.

The top-10 drivers will share in the $25,250 cash posted point fund to be distributed in December.

They standings are as follows:

1. Stewart Friesen/Sprakers, N.Y. – 660
2. Ryan Watt/Boyertown, Pa. – 606
3. Duane Howard/Oley, Pa. – 568
4. Ryan Godown/Ringoes, N.J. – 525
5. Craig Von Dohren/Oley, Pa. – 524
6. Jordan Watson/Milford, Del. – 506
7. Billy Pauch/Frenchtown, N.J. – 480
8. Billy Pauch Jr./Milford, N.J. – 464
9. Rick Laubach/Hellertown, Pa. – 447
10. David Van Horn/Harmony, N.J. – 443

The STSS South program saw six different winners in its seven races: Friesen’s Georgetown/Delaware International scores; Anthony Perrego at Georgetown in March; Wade Hendrickson in April at Bridgeport (N.J.); Watt at Pa.’s Big Diamond in May; Pauch Jr. at N.J.’s New Egypt in June and Godown at Pa.’s Susquehanna in August.

The series averaged 40 big-block/small-block Modifieds per event during a successful STSS South Region season.

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Super Matt Cashes in Lucrative Labor Day Weekend

Photo Copyright Jay Fish

Captures eighth Super DIRTcar Series win of the season
 
By Mandee Pauch
 
WEEDSPORT, N.Y - Sept. 5, 2016 -
Matt Sheppard captured his eighth Super DIRTcar Series victory of the season Monday night at Weedsport Speedway over Danny Johnson and Tim Fuller to take home the $7,000 payday.
 
"We were kind of stalking him there. Danny was good. It seemed like we could roll there through three and four a little faster than he could but he was better in one and two," said Sheppard in victory lane. "He just got jammed up there with the lap cars and I was in the right place at the right time. I think that's what won it for us. We've been on fire with four in a row this weekend."
 
Erick Rudolph drew the 811 Dig Safely pole for the 100-lap main event alongside outside starter Tim Fuller.
 
Rudolph and Fuller battled side-by-side to the start but it was Fuller who took the early lead on lap two.
 
Fifth place starter Johnson moved his way into the third spot and soon chased down Rudolph. Johnson slid under Rudolph on lap six and took over the second spot.
 
The first caution of the night was brought out on lap eight with a slowing Larry Wight with a right rear flat.
 
Stewart Friesen running in sixth spot had a left front flat tire on his 44 machine and chose to stay out.
 
Fuller and Johnson battled side-by-side for the lead lap after lap as Fuller worked the topside and Johnson worked his way around the bottom.
 
Johnson was able to run down Fuller and capture the lead by just a car length on lap 20.
 
The field then slowed down as the second caution of the night was brought out on lap 22 due to Billy Decker who came to a complete stop on the front straightaway.

Sixth place runner Friesen then pitted to change his flat left front tire.
 
Ninth place starter, Matt Sheppard dove into turns three and four under Cozze and pulled away in the fourth spot as he soon hunted down Rudolph and blew by him on the bottom for the third spot on lap 34.
 
Sheppard made up ground in no time as he was already knocking on Fuller's doors by lap 36 and took over the second spot on lap 37.
 
Johnson encountered lapped traffic on lap 37 allowing Sheppard to close the gap.
 
Johnson tried to work his way through lapped traffic as Sheppard was soon at his bumper patiently waiting to make his move.
 
The third caution of the night was brought out on lap 49 due to a slow moving Mike Mahaney with a left front flat on lap 49.
 
Johnson remained the leader after the lap 55 restart over Sheppard, Fuller, Cozze and Rudolph.
 
Fifteenth starter, Alan Johnson, quietly worked his way into the top five by lap 60.
 
Johnson caught the back of the field once again on lap 64 as he showed a comfortable lead over Sheppard and Fuller.
 
As Johnson worked his way through lapped traffic Sheppard was searching high and low for the fast lane to gain ground on Johnson.
 
Johnson and Sheppard were then a straightaway ahead of third place runner Fuller as they soon got into heavy lapped traffic.
 
Johnson got caught up behind the lapped car of Vic Coffey as he was running on the bottom coming out of turn two leaving the door open for Sheppard to go flying by on lap 80 and take over the top spot.
 
Johnson was searching all over the track to try and gain back some ground on Sheppard but Sheppard soon pulled away in lapped traffic. Sheppard sliced his way through allowing him to put more distance on second place runner Johnson.
 
Sheppard then drove his FX Caprara No. 9s to his eighth Super DIRTcar Series victory of the season.
 
"These are the races you want to win. This is the time of the year you want to be hot when the big money is on the line. We're hot right now and it feels good."
 
Johnson gave a hard fought battle but fell one spot short in the 100-lap feature main event. Even though Johnson came one spot short he was happy with how well his small block ran.
 
"We were really excited. It's the first time the motor has been in the car. To bring the car here and have it perform this good we're really happy with it," Johnson said.

"I wasn't going to give up, I had to try. All of our big blocks are broken so we had to run our small block tonight. I lost my momentum. I didn't have the torque the big blocks have to get off the corner. If we get our big blocks back we'll be a little happier but right now we're doing great with our small block."
 
Fuller started on the outside poll and jumped out to an early lead, leading 20 laps of the main event. Fuller knew it was game over as soon as Johnson passed him and then saw Sheppard coming. Despite poor adjustments, Fuller crossed the finish line in third place.
 
"I think they were a little more versatile. This game Matt has going on, he just has to wait it all out. His car is that good right now. He just has to sit and wait for it to thin out. Congratulations to him," said Fuller about Matt Sheppard. "Danny was good there on the bottom there too. As soon as I saw Sheppard coming up through the field I knew it was lights out. I was stuck in the middle. We made some poor adjustments thinking the track was going to be different than what it was. I was tight
down the backstretch and lose down the front stretch. All in all it was a third."
 

Race Notes: 41 modifieds attempted to qualify. 30 cars started the main event. Sheppard set his third fast time of the season with a 15.487 in time trials. Sheppard was also fastest overall in the heats with a 15.891.  Rudolph drew the Dig Safely pole position for the main event. Three cautions were brought out during the main event on laps 8, 22 and 49.
 
The Super DIRTcar Series will head to Canada for their final appearance of the year on Friday, Sept. 9th at Le RPM Speedway and Saturday, Sept. 10th at Autodrome Drummond.
 
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Super DIRTcar Series Statistical Report; Sept. 5, 2016; Weedsport Speedway; Weedsport, N.Y.
 
A-Main (100 Laps) - 1. 9s-Matt Sheppard, 2. 27j-Danny Johnson, 3. 19-Tim Fuller, 4. 14j-Alan Johnson, 5. 25r-Erick Rudolph, 6. 35-Frank Cozze, 7. 20-Brett Hearn, 8. 8r-Rob Bellinger, 9. 99l-Larry Wight, 10. 18h-Peter Britten, 11. 99-Ryan Phelps, 12. 6-Max McLaughlin, 13. 5h-Chris Hile, 14. 98h-Jimmy Phelps, 15. 32c-Vic Coffey, 16. 63-Adam Roberts, 17. 3-Justin Haers, 18. 42p-Pat Ward, 19. 43-Keith Flach, 20. 44-Stewart Friesen, 21. 7m-Michael Maresca, 22. 8-Rich Scagliotta, 23. 34-Andrew Ferguson, 24. 02-Roy Bresnahan, 25. 3b-Chad Brachman, 26. 6m-Mat Williamson, 27. X-Chad Phelps, 28. 33-Mike Mahaney, 29. 49-Billy Dunn, 30. 91-Billy Decker.
 
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Victoria Conclusion Moved to Oct 4; Joins 360 Sprint Cars on the Schedule

VERNON, NY – Mother Nature has been more than unkind to the Utica-Rome Speedway in 2016, she’s been downright mean.  The Race of Champions Victoria event for the Modifieds was originally scheduled to go off on May 22.  Qualifying was completed when the rains decided to fall prior the start of the feature event.
A second attempt was made to run the feature as track officials were hoping to pull off a day night double-header on August 14 to coincide with the Night of Legends that was scheduled for that day.  Again, Mother Nature had other ideas as several inches of rain fell on Saturday into Sunday leaving the grounds saturated which resulted in a second cancellation.

After working with the officials at the Race of Champions Series, it was decided that the event will be moved to October 4 to run in conjunction with the 360 Sprint Cars.  On that date drivers in the starting line-up will keep their starting position with more drivers added to the tail of the field via a last chance event on that night.  The make-up 55-lap affair will be the only feature event run that evening for the Modifieds.   

The 55-lap feature joins the 360-Sprint Cars that are set to compete in a 25-lap A-Main which pays $3,000 to win.  Last season Stewart Friesen took home the money in the kick-off to Super DIRT Week while Danny Varin won the companion Modified feature.   

The Mod-Lites are also on the schedule after competing weekly at the Brewerton Speedway during the 2016 season.

Fans that were in attendance for the original event back in May are asked to bring their ticket stub from that race with them to receive a $7 discount on admission for this night making it just $13.  Any Modified driver and crew members that were in attendance will receive free attendance as long as they have their wristband from the event.

Prices for that night in the grandstands are $20 for adults, $18 for Seniors/Military Members with ID/Students while 16 and under is just $5.  The pit price will be a flat rate of $30 for everyone that wasn’t present in May.  Racing action is set to kick off at 7pm.

The last chance qualifying information will be finalized in a couple days with information being made available on the Utica-Rome Speedway website at www.uticaromespeedway.com.

Race of Champions “Victoria 200” Starting Line-Up to this point:1 Mike Mahaney 2 Vic Coffey 3 Matt Sheppard 4 Alan Barker 5 Danny Varin 6 Marc Johnson 7 Larry Wight 8 Rob Bellinger 9 Ryan Arbuthnot 10 Billy Decker 11 Ryan Phelps 12 Pat Ward 13 Alan Johnson 14 Bobby Varin 15 Matt Hulsizer 16 Billy Dunn 17 Vinnie Vitale 18 Kyle Coffey 19 Tim Fuller 20 Adam Roberts 21 Dave Moyer 22 Dave Allen 23 Colten Wilson 24 Tim Mayne 25 Kevin Bates 26 Mark Effner

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MATT SHEPPARD PUTS EXCLAMATION POINT ON SEASON AT UTICA-ROME SPEEDWAY, TAKES WIN AND 2016 TRACK TITLE
 
VERNON, NY- It was Championship Night at the Utica-Rome Rome Speedway this past Sunday, September 4, evening which also saw the Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints make a stop and when the craziness ended, some familiar faces found themselves in Victory Lane and crowned the champion in the respective division. 

The winners on Broedel Energy and Rasmussen Rents night were Matt Sheppard in the Gates-Cole Insurance Modifieds, Matt Janczuk in the SUNY Canton 602 Sportsman, Claude Hutchings Jr. in the Broedel Energy Open Sportsman, and Nick Stone in the G&I Homes of Vernon Pro Stocks.  Sheppard, Janczuk, Steve Way, and Pete Stefanski were the 2016 champions in their respective divisions.
 
When the Gates-Cole Insurance Modifieds took the green flag to begin their 30 lap main event, it was Matt Hulsizer and Tim Mayne leading the field with Hulsizer grabbing the point to lead lap one.  Bu but t it was seventh place starter Matt Sheppard, who was going for his second consecutive title and third overall, that was on the move early.  Sheppard blitzed by the front of the field using the bottom of the track to grab the lead by lap two.  Hulsizer tried to keep up with Sheppard’s pace early on, but Sheppard was too quick.  As the field approached the halfway point, it was Sheppard way out front with fourth place starter Vic Coffey up to second while Pat Ward, Alan Johnson, and Mike Mahaney rounding out the top five.
 
The best battle for position on the track was for the third spot as Ward, Johnson, and Mahaney ran nearly three wide around the track on several occasions for the final podium spot.  The first caution flag flew on lap 22 for a spun car, which brought Sheppard back to the rest of the field.  On the restart, Coffey kept pace with Sheppard, even taking a peek around the outside of Sheppard but would never have enough to slip by.  One final yellow flag on lap 29 gave the field one last shot at Sheppard but it would not matter as Sheppard raced off to his fifth win of the season with Ward, Johnson, Rob Bellinger, Danny Varin trailing in the top 10 spots.  Sheppard would be crowned the 2016 Gates-Cole Insurance Modified champion.
 
Young Charles Tibbitts would lead the first 12 laps of the SUNY Canton 602 Sportsman 20 lap feature, yielding it to fifth place starter Kyle Kiehn on lap 13.  Kiehn looked like he would be in position to win his first ever main event but point leader Matt Janczuk, from the 10th spot, would slide by on the outside of Kiehn to lead lap17.  Kiehn then battle back and regained the lead on lap 18, and as the duo entered turn three a half lap later, Kiehn made contact with a lapped car, causing damage to his car and ending his fine run.  Janczuk was handed the lead at that point, but had an issue of his own as his left front tire was losing air under the caution.  When the green flag waved, Janczuk held on to the lead and took the win and claimed the 2016 championship.  Casey Williams came home in the runner-up spot followed by David Schilling, title contender Rocky Warner, and Tibbitts.
 
Heath Carney would rocket off with the lead in the early portion of the 20 lap Broedel Energy Open Sportsman feature event from his pole starting spot, outpacing fellow front row starter Tom Tophoven at the drop of the green.  Two caution flags flew in the event, both on lap 10, and one of them involved point leader Steve Way.  Way’s mount survived the incident and was able to return to the fray to continue his quest for a back to back championship.  When the green lights blinked back on again, Carney continued to lead but now had Claude Hutchings Jr. to contend with as Hutchings was hoping to capitalize on Way’s misfortune and snatch the division title.  Lap 14 saw Hutchings take the lead away from Carney, a lead that he would never relinquish as he sped off to his division leading fourth win.  Carney, Jack Miller, Way, and Randy Shantel all chased Hutchings to the checkered flag.  Way’s fourth place run was enough for him to capture the 2016 Open Sportsman title, his second overall.
 
The final weekend event of the year at the Utica-Rome Speedway comes next week in the form of a two-day event.  On Saturday, September 10, the King of Dirt Series for both the 602 Sportsman and Pro Stocks return to the Vernon half-mile after a highly successful and competitive debut back in June.  Joining the King of Dirt will be the CRSA 305 Sprints plus practice for the Modifieds and 360 Sprints in preparation for the next day’s events.  The very next day, Sunday September 11, one of the biggest 360 Sprints events in the northeast is scheduled with the 3rd Annual Cole Cup, paying $10,000 to win and $500 to start.  This event has attracted the attention of the best Sprint drivers in the region, and as far away as Texas.  The Race of Champions will also see action in a $3,000 to win 40 lap affair being dubbed the “New Yorker 40” plus the Race of Champions 602 Sportsman Series.
 
BROEDEL ENERGY & RASMUSSEN RENTS RACE SUMMARY
 
MODIFIED FEATURE FINISH (30 LAPS)-MATT SHEPPARD, Vic Coffey, Pat Ward, Alan Johnson, Rob Bellinger, Danny Varin, Larry Wight, Marc Johnson, Mike Mahaney, Tim Mayne, Brandon Walters, Jim Nagle, Pete Taylor, Beth Bellinger, and Matt Hulsizer.
 
602 SPORTSMAN FEATURE FINISH (20 LAPS)-MATT JANCZUK, Casey Williams, David Schilling, Rocky Warner, Charles Tibbitts, Jason Rood, Brent Joy, AJ Filbeck, Rocco Leone, Brad Alger, Stephen Denton, AJ Digsby, Chris Mackey, AJ Miller, Kyle Kiehn, Jimmy Moyer, and John Christian. DNS-Daryl Nutting.
 
SHORT TRACK SUPER SERIES OPEN SPORTSMAN FEATURE FINISH (35 LAPS)-CLAUDE HUTCHINGS JR., Heath Carney, Jack Miller, Steve Way, Randy Shantel, Mark Effner, Tom Tophoven, Aaron Jacobs, Lucas Heintz, and Jeremy Vunk.
 
PRO STOCK FEATURE FINISH (20 LAPS)-NICK STONE, Pete Stefanski, Luke Horning, Bill Knapp, Chris Carr, Mike Welch, James Normoyle Jr., Andrew Walters, Mike Kazlauskas, Frank Hyatt, Ernie Staelens, Jerry Streeter, Chris Welch, Gus Hollner, Aaron Page, and Jim Normoyle.
 
EMPIRE SUPER SPRINTS A-MAIN FINISH (25 LAPS)-DANNY VARIN, Steve Poirier, Chuck Hebing, Bryan Howland, Larry Wight, Jeff Cook, Dylan Swiernik, Mike Mahaney, Justin Barger, Parker Evans, Ryan Turner, Jason Barney, Billy VanInwegan, Mark Smith, Bobby Varin, Brandon Kidd, Jordan Thomas, Chad Miller, Tim Axton, Matt Tanner, Paulie Colagiovanni, Cory Turner, Shawn Donath, Paul Kinney, Jessica Zemken.

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LUTES HOLDS ON TO CAPTURE FIRST GLEN RIDGE VICTORY OF 2016
By Tom Coughlin
 
FULTONVILLE, N.Y.-Going into the final point earning event at the Glen Ridge Motorsports Park for the 2016 racing season, 2012 modified track champion Jeremy Wilder held a 10 point lead over three time reigning modified track champion Bobby Varin and they would start along side each other in the fourth row to begin the 60 lap grind on ‘The Fastest 1/4 Mile on Dirt’. Both drivers, the crafty veteran Varin and the younger generation Wilder had sat in victory lane on four occasions this season. Would this be the fifth time to earn the checkered flag of flagger Joe Kriss ? or would one of the other competitors in the star studded field take the win on a beautiful end of summer night at the Montgomery County Bullring ? John Lutes Jr. had the answer to that question as he celebrated the win, with Dave Constantino-a-verdi storage container 602 sportsman, Nick Stone-pro stock, Josh Coonradt-street stock, Darral Hulbert-vintage, and Chris Andrew-cruiser all feature winner’s.

Bob Vedder and the Vedder Excavating no. 53 sat on the pole for the start of the modified main event, with John Lutes Jr. of Knox on the outside in his Tom Clothier Jr., Trucking no. 959.as Jeff Rockefeller and Shaun Pangman made up row two. When the green flew Vedder shot into turn one , with Lutes in hot pursuit. Rockefeller’s, Fairway’s of Halfmoon sponsored 816 and the Rhoades Excavating  34 of Pangman, along with Craig Hanson’s Sampson Motorcar 20C  made up the top five as the field charged around the tight 1/4 mile. Point leader Wilder was putting pressure on Hanson for the fifth position, while at the same time Pangman was inside of Rockefeller as they drove through turn 4. Vedder continued his  lead until he slowed coming out of turn two on lap 4, ending his night early and leaving him winless for the season. Lutes inherited the lead at this point followed by Rockefeller, Pangman, Hanson, Wilder, and Marc Johnson. Pangman would get around Rockefeller for second on the Delaware style restart and as the field completed lap 7 the Dover Brake 00 of Varin was still outside the top five as he was sitting eighth. Hanson continued to work the high side of Rockefeller with 10 laps on the counter and then it was Wilder’s J.J.S. Trucking 22J that put the D.R. & Son Lawn Care 816 of Rockefeller back another position, as Hanson was closing in on Pangman. In the meantime Varin was still trying to get around the 3J of Johnson, who was looking inside of Rich Price in the Peeper’s 23P.  With 1/3 of the race over Hanson was again closing in on Pangman and the 20C Ken Hanson Paving TEO chassis was in second on lap 22, with Pangman, Wilder, and Rockefeller third through fifth respectively. Varin was still locked in a tight group with Price and Johnson on lap 26, but Price was not able to hold the other two competitor’s off as they got around him for lap 27. At the halfway mark , the caution was out for Al McCoy in the McCoy Motorsports 4 and Lutes was your leader followed by Hanson, Wilder, Pangman, Rockefeller, Johnson, and Varin.Wilder would get a jump on Hanson \as they entered turn 1 on the restart and would set his sights on the high flying Lutes, while one lap later Varin had gotten around Johnson and would look inside Rockefeller going through turn 4. After a restart for a debris caution Hanson continued his challenge of Wilder for second as Varin was sitting in fifth and with 2/3 of the race complete Wilder was closing in on the leader as Lutes was on the high side and Wilder hung to the low grove.The front pair would run side by side down the back stretch and Wilder would gain the lead coming out of turn one and then it was Lutes and then Wilder, back and forth they raced as Varin was now up to giving Hanson a battle for third. Lap 49 and Hanson, Varin, and Johnson are close enough to ‘put a blanket over them’. On a lap 50 restart after Price slowed on the track Lutes leads Wilder, Hanson, Varin, and Johnson. Hanson gets the advantage on the restart as Johnson gets around Varin and then Wilder to move into third and challenge Hanson for second. Lap 55 and Varin is on the low side of Wilder as the top two in points battle in turns 3 and 4. Next lap and Johnson and Hanson are side by side in front of the grandstand and it continued as Lutes led Johnson and Hanson and then, Varin and Wilder fought side by side, until Johnson would have a miscue and drift high in turn one as they crossed the line for lap 59. Lutes would win his first of 2016 and fourth overall at ‘The Ridge’, with Hanson, Varin, Johnson, and Wilder rounding out the finish. Wilder would be crowned the 2016 modified track champion. Heat race winner’s were Jeff Rockefeller and John Lutes Jr.

The A-Verdi Storage Container 602 Sportsman were set to run a few extra laps this week as they lined up for a 30 lap feature with the # 7 Cyclone chassis of Dave Constantino and ‘Happy’ Harry Shaffer II in the Pro-Tech Scales # 21H leading the charge to the green flag of starter Joe Kriss, with ‘The Wild Child’ Billy Gray and Brian ‘The Dude’ Pessolano in row two. Gray would dart into second behind Constantino as they drove into turn one, but Shaffer would fight back as they raced side by side around the high banks, but it was not long before Pessolano was third with Shaffer back to fourth. By lap 6 the top five looked like this behind Constantino Gray, Pessolano, Rocky Warner who started 7th. and Shaffer, with JaMike Sowle getting around Shaffer on the next lap. Constantino continued to maintain his lead at the halfway point, with the same top five, as Shaffer and Derrick McGrew were a short distance behind in 6 and 7 respectively. Warner, who had already locked up the point title looked to the inside of Pessolano as they ran lap 17 and lap 21 would see the Jake Spraker Used Cars 1J on the inside in all four corners, before finally making the pass complete on lap 22. With five laps to go the front four were all showing some ground between themselves as Constantino held a comfortable lead over Gray, Warner, and Sowle, who still had Pessolano on his rear bumper. Constantino would hold on to take his second win of the season followed by Gray, Warner, Sowle, and Pessolano. Heat race winner’s were Dave Constantino and Billy Gray.

Glen Ridge Motorsports Park will take a short break before returning to action on Thursday, September 22 when they kick off the’ Thunder Along The Mohawk Weekend’ and present ‘The Grand Daddy 602 World Championship’ 75 lap feature event. Laps are available for sponsorship at $10. per lap.

To keep up with the latest happenings at Glen Ridge Motorsports Park, please check their website at www.glenridgemotorsportspark.com and also be sure to like their facebook page.

MODIFIED-FEATURE-60 LAPS-JOHN LUTES JR.,Craig Hanson, Bobby Varin, Marc Johnson, Jeremy Wilder, Shaun Pangman, Jim Becker, Jeff Rockefeller, Rich Price, Al McCoy, Justin Boehler, Bob Vedder, Jim Nagle, DNS Josh Hohenforst.

CONTAINER 602 SPORTSMAN-FEATURE 30 LAPS-DAVE CONSTANTINO-Billy Gray, Rocky Warner, JaMike Sowle, Brian Pessolano, Harry Shaffer II, Derrick McGrew, Chris Curtis, Brian Calabrese, Floyd Billington, Jim Introne Jr., Travis Billington, Tim Hartman Jr., DNS Kurtis Hohensheldt.

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