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Johnson, Wright & Yetman Lead The Way In Albany-Saratoga Practice

For Immediate Release
April 14th, 2014

Malta, NY – On a bright and sunny day the Albany-Saratoga Speedway opened the gates for the first time in 2014. On tap was an open practice session for anyone who wanted to take advantage of the season opening opportunity.

Over 90 drivers and cars representing nine divisions of racing took part in the afternoon test session. In addition to practice time, each race car had to go through technical inspection. The inspection process was mandatory before they could hit the track.

The Sportsman division led the way with about 23 entries while the newly named Limited Sportsman division had about ten entries. In seasons past the Limited Sportsman division was known as the Novice Sportsman division. Brett Wright turned the fastest time of the afternoon amongst the Sportsman competitors; the teenager from Chatham, New York circled the four tenths of a mile oval in 16.643 seconds. His J&D Waste Equipment/Brookside Equipment Sales/S&S Poultry Farm, Teo Pro Car looked smooth all afternoon.

The DIRTcar Modified division would see 14 drivers take advantage of the afternoon’s track time. Marc Johnson, of Guilderland, New York, would post the fastest time during the numerous on track sessions. Johnson’s plain white, Quality of Life/Andy’s Speed number 3J turned a quick lap of 15.888 seconds.

In the Pro Stock ranks Rob Yetman would post quick time amongst the 14 entries. Yetman circled the track in 18.944 seconds with his Lazzaro’s Auto Body/Boomer’s Performance/Herrington Farms number seven.

The Street Stock and Four Cylinder divisions would check in with about 20 total cars. There was also a good turnout of drivers from the Empire Lightning Sprint group as well as representation from the 360 Sprint Car and RaceSaver 305 Sprint Car divisions.

The 2014 season opener is scheduled for Friday evening April 18th.  For more information on the Albany-Saratoga Speedway, including the full 2014 schedule please visit the track website at www.albany-saratogaspeedway.com.

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Official Season Opener Saturday, May 3

CENTER LISLE, NY – It’s been a long road – and the destination has not yet been reached – but the resurgent season for Thunder Mountain Speedway is set to kick off on Saturday (April 19) with the first on-track activity of the 2014 season.

“We’ll be working on it right up to the time we open the gates for the first race of the season,” Thunder Mountain’s returning owner Karl Spoonhower, who reacquired the facility he built in the early 1990s after a seven-year absence from the sport last fall, said.

“But we’ve made a lot of progress. The new clay is in good shape. We are ready to race on the track.  We’ve been at the track every day for 12-15 hours a day freshening up the facility.”

The first of two open practices is set for April 19 starting at 1 p.m. Pit admission is $20 and grandstand admission is free. A second open practice takes place on April 26, with identical times and pricing in place.

Recent work at the facility has included the construction of a new Victory Lane, concrete footers poured for new light poles and lights and more. Behind the scenes, a clean-up and remodeling project of the concession stands, bathrooms and towers is underway.

“I am looking forward to everybody coming back to the track and seeing what we’ve done,” Spoonhower said. “We’ve had a ton of interest, that’s for sure.”

The official “Grand Reopening” takes place on Saturday, May 3 with a $1,992-to-win, 30-lap Modified feature headlining a program of Sportsman, Rookie Sportsman, Street Stocks, Four Cylinders, Empire Sport Trucks and Pure Stocks.

Despite the evening’s added payout, adult grandstand admission for the opener remains just $10. Seniors (65 and over) and Students (ages 10-17) pay $8. Kids nine and under are FREE. Pit admission weekly is $30 with no license required.  Gates open for the lid-lifter at 4 p.m. Hot laps begin at 6:30 p.m., with racing at 7 p.m.

Weekly Saturday night racing continues through Sept. 6.

This season, Modifieds at Thunder Mountain will compete for a $5,000 track championship: the most lucrative fund in track history.  Weekly events will pay $1,200 to win, $400 for fifth, $200 for 10th and $125 to take the green flag.

American Racer regional distributor Lias Tire of Indiana, Pa., has teamed with the speedway for a lucrative incentive program. Eight tires will be randomly distributed via draws during the season. At year-end, the champion will receive a set of four American Racer tires. Second in the point standings will take home two tires, with one tire reserved for the third-place points finisher. Fourth-place in points ($85 certificate toward the purchase of a tire) and fifth-place ($50 certificate toward the purchase of a tire) will also be rewarded.

Registration for the American Racer incentive program requires a one-time, $30 fee. Forms can be obtained by e-mailing the speedway at thundermtnspeedway@gmail.com.

The Modified drivers will take part in no less than five Saturday events paying $1,500 or more to win during the season, including the opener. There is one Sunday $2,500-to-win event (Aug. 31) and a pair of events paying $5,000 to the winner (Tuesday, May 20 and Sunday, July 13).

Sportsman will race for $700 to win weekly thanks to sponsor Howard Jones Logging & Firewood. Sportsman will earn $100 to take the green flag weekly.

Each of the track’s regular divisions will enjoy a special event during a busy ’14 campaign.

Marketing opportunities for the ’14 season are now available. To learn more about billboards, night sponsorships and other advertising, contact Brett Deyo of BD Motorsports Media LLC at 845.728.2781 or e-mail thundermtnspeedway@gmail.com.

For rules, general information and a complete schedule, visit www.thundermtnspeedway.com. A new website is currently in the works from Finish Line Web Design.  The speedway office number is 607.657.8202. On race day, call 607.849.7899. The speedway e-mail is thundermtnspeedway@gmail.com.  “Like” Thunder Mountain Speedway on Facebook or follow @thundermtnspeed on Twitter.

Thunder Mountain Speedway is located at 91 Hunts Corners Road Center Lisle, NY 13797, approximately 25 miles north of Binghamton. The three-eighths-mile clay oval features hillside concrete seating, free parking and camping, a variety of concession items and novelties, a family environment and more.

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WEATHER ISSUES DELAY PENN CAN SPEEDWAY OPENER

Susquehanna, PA…The harsh spring weather has taken its toll on many area race tracks and Penn Can Speedway can be added to the list. Work crews have been feverishly working on the wall reconstruction project but have faced setbacks with unexpected snow and  rain in the forecast. The entire facility is still saturated and without a promising forecast for the next several days, speedway officials have decided to move the schedule back one week.

“We need warmer weather, sun, and days without rain to get things in shape for the 2014 season,” explains Reed Miller. “We need ample time to get the equipment serviced and the buildings open along with finishing the wall. We don't want to rush the season and want the facility to be in top shape for our opener.”

The revised schedule will now have an open test and tune session on Friday April 18th. Gates will open at 5:30 with the first cars on the track at 6:30. 2014 Penn Can memberships along with all of the American Racer Cup forms will be available on test and tune night.

The annual “Can Opener” sponsored by Don’s Automotive Mall will now be held Friday April 25th with gates opening at 5:00, hot laps at 7:00 with the first heat schedule at 7:30. The modifieds will be competing in a thirty five lap feature paying $1500 to win. Also on the card will be the 602 sportsman, street stocks, factory stocks, and four cylinders. The Xcel Modifieds originally scheduled for opener will not be running because of a conflicting tour date. Those Xcels not running the tour are welcome to use this night for practice at the speedway.

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Donnie Corellis Takes 62nd Season Opener and $3,000

Saturday April 12, 2014

West Lebanon, NY:  A gorgeous afternoon in mid-April was just what the Doctor ordered at the legendary high banks of Lebanon Valley Speedway.

The 62nd Season opener packed the stands full of fans for a battle in all classes with Donnie Corellis taking home the Big Block Modified win, and Robbie Speed scored the win in the closing laps of the Pro Stock Opener.

This early in the season, dirt tracks biggest challenge is weather.  For a season opener after such a harsh winter, the ½ mile dirt oval alongside NYS Route 20 in West Lebanon was the best it could be for this time of year.

Earlier in the night, the track was a bit chunky, but a mid show grooming shaved it down to a smoother more manager track, but definitely, handling was at a premium.

As the green flag dropped on the L&M Motors Big Block Modified 30 lap feature event, Lorne Browe power his #10 out to the early lead.  With all racers searching around the high banks for a faster way around, everyone was scratching and clawing for every inch they could find.

Caution flew on lap 7 for the #42P of Matt Pupello as he suffered broken suspension and ended up in the turn 1 wall.  Then on lap 9, the #97 of Bobby Hackel IV and the #45 of Wayne Jelley hooked bumpers, spinning Hackel’s car into the path of the #55 of Mike King.  Both ended up hitting the turn 2 wall hard, ending both of their nights.

On the net restart, Browe was still out front, but left the inside lane open for the #57 of Donnie Corellis into turn 3, and he took full advantage to take over the top spot.

Caution flew again as Eddie Marshall’s #98 spun and rolled in turn 3 collecting the #17 of Rob Pitcher on just past halfway.  Kenny Tremont Jr suffered a broken fan and water pump ending his night just before the wreck.

A few more cautions flew which kept J.R. Heffner’s #74 and Brett Hearn’s #20H right on Corellis’ heals, but after each attempt and restart, Corellis had the handling to hold them off for the remaining laps, taking the win and an extra $3,000 for his troubles.

Heffner finished 2nd, Hearn was 3rd, followed by Loren Browe, Kolby Schroder, Keith Flach, Brian Berger, Kyle Armstrong, Kyle Sheldon and Rob Pitcher to round out the top 5 finishers.

The 20 Lap Funplex Funpark Pro Stock feature was much of the same as each driver struggled to keep the handling on their cars throughout the race.  The early leader was the #324 of Jason Casey.  But in the closing laps, Robbie Speed put on the pressure for the top spot.

With 2 laps remaining, the right rear tire let go on Casey car, handing the lead to Speed.  And with a 2 lap shootout, Robbie Speed powered his #24 to the win for his first on the year.

Paul LaRochelle finishing 2nd, Jon Routhier was 3rd, followed by Daniel Sanchez, Rick Duzlack, Chuck Towslee, Jason Meltz, Nick Hilt, Brian Walsh and Chad Jeseo.

Next Saturday April 19th, its Heavy Hauler presenting Big Block Mods, Pro Stocks, Purestocks, and the Season Opener for the Budget Sportsman!

Big Block Modified Feature (30 Laps): 1)Donnie Corellis, 2)J.R. Heffner, 3)Brett Hearn, 4)Lorne Browe, 5)Kolby Schroder, 6)Keith Flach, 7)Brian Berger, 8)Kyle Armstrong, 9)Kyle Sheldon, 10)Rob Pitcher, 11)Dave McFeeters, 12)Kyle Hoffman, 13)Kenny Tremont Jr, 14)Eddie Marshall, 15)Wayne Jelley, 16)Paul Gilardi, 17)Andy Bachetti, 18)Denny Soltis, 19)Alan Houghtaling (SB), 20)Bobby Hackel, 21)Mike King, 22)Matt Pupello, 23)Brett Haas (SB), 24)Chad Pierce (SB), DNS)Ken Aanonsen Jr.

Pro Stock Feature (20Laps): 1)Robbie Speed, 2)Paul LaRochelle, 3)Jon Routhier, 4)Daniel Sanchez, 5)Rick Duzlak, 6)Chuck Towslee, 7)Jason Meltz, 8)Nick Hilt, 9)Brian Walsh, 10)Chad Jeseo, 11)Jason Casey, 12)Jay Casey, 13)Frank Twing, 14)Chad Asenault, DNS)Tom O'Connor, DQ)Kevin Arnold

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H.J. BUNTING DRIVES TO OPENING NIGHT WIN AT DELAWARE INTERNATIONAL
 

By CHARLIE BROWN, DELMAR, DE – The 2014 Delaware dirt track season got underway on Saturday night at the Delaware International Speedway. Driving to the win in the 25 lap NAPA Big Block Modified feature was former five time champion, H.J. Bunting of Milford, Del.
 
Dana Walker and Matt Jester captured the qualifying heats placing them first and second at the start. Walker led going into the first turn but had to check up causing Jester who was following in second to do likewise. Bunting had shot to the outside groove and shot by both cars to lead going down the back straight.
 
Bunting almost gave up the lead on lap two when he jumped the cushion but he was able to recover and keep the point. Beau Wilkins worked into third by lap seven as Jamie Mills cracked the top five.
 
A multi-car tangle on lap nine involved the cars of Mills, Jordan Watson, Scott VanGorder, Art Valdesere, Jr., Shawn Ward and Mike White. Jester continued to chase Bunting and by halfway, Brad Trice had cracked the top five after starting in 11th, Mills charged back through the field and got by Trice for fourth with nine to go.
 
With the final 15 laps going caution free, Bunting was able to maintain a comfortable lead. However, on the final turn, Bunting got out of shape but was able to recover in time to hold on for the win. Jester finished in second with Wilkins third. Fourth went to Mills and Trice rounded out the top five.
 
“I was trying to slow down a little and be conservative on that final turn,” said Bunting. “It almost cost me.”
 
Greg Humlhanz made his move early as he shot to the outside at the drop of the green in the 15 lap AC Delco PSC Modified feature. Humlhanz got by Westley Smith then pole sitter Brandon Watkins to lead lap one. Bryan Brasure was on the move and climbed to second by lap six. At the halfway sign the top five were Humlhanz, Brasure, Watkins, Joe Tracy and Chad Clark.
 
Clark got by Smith with Tim Trimble following into fifth. A caution with two laps to go gave Brasure one final shot but Humlhanz was not to be denied as he drove to his first win in the division. Brasure finished a solid second with Watkins ending a good run in third. Fourth went to Clark and Trimble rounded out the top five. Heats were won by Watkins and Westley Smith.
 
In the 15 lap Mod Lite night cap it was Mike Stratton shooting by pole sitter Ray Gulliver to lead the first circuit. Nick Nash followed into second from fifth as Jimmy Wills quickly climbed from his seventh starting spot to third by lap three. Wills got by Nash one lap later and caught Stratton by lap seven. On lap later at the halfway sign Wills moved on to and would never look back. The only caution of the event came with five to go when Richard Rexrode spun in turn one.
 
Wills was able to open a small lead while James Hill pressured Stratton for second. At the checkered it was Wills getting the win followed by Stratton and Hill in the top three. Fourth went to Alan Passwaters and Tim White, who started in ninth rounded out the top five. Heats were won by Gulliver and Stratton

NAPA Big Block Modified Finish: 1. HJ Bunting; 2 Matt Jester; 3 Beau Wilkins; 4. Jamie Mills; 5. Brad Trice; 6. Jordan Watson; 7. Dana Walker; 8. Matt Hawkins; 9. Drew Simmons; 10. Bobby Watkins; 11. Scott VanGorder; 12. Michael White; 13. Shawn Ward; 14. Art Valdesere Jr; 15. Dale Hawkins; 16. Howard ONeal; 17. Norman Short Jr.
 
AC Delco Modified Finish: 1. Greg Humlhanz; 2. Bryan Brasure; 3. Brandon Watkins; 4. Chad Clark; 5. Tim Trimble; 6. Westley Smith; 7. Scott Hitchens; 8. Kyle Fuller. 9. Dwayne Crockett; 10. Kevin Sockriter; 11. Jeff Coffey; 12 Richie Wilson; 13. Matt Smith; 14. Jeremy Harrington; 15. Garrie Bostwick; 16. Robert Riley; 17. Kevin O'Neal; 18. Joseph Tracy; 19. Brandon Gallo; 20. Jordn Justice; 21. Brandon Blades; 22. Wesley Smack; 23. Jeff Brown.
 
Mod Lite Finish: 1.Jimmy Wills; 2. Mike Stratton; 3. James Hill; 4. Alan Passwaters; 5. Tim White; 6. Ryan Dryden; 7. Ty Short; 8. Brandon Sturgis; 9. Aaron VanVorst;; 10. Jake Nelson; 11. Richard Rexrode; 12. Harry Mears; 13. Ray Gulliver. 14. Nick Nash; 15. Curt Miles Jr; 16. Kirk Miles Sr.

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SHEPPARD WINS ON OPENING NIGHT AT FONDA

By: Ron Szczerba

With the new management of DeLorenzo Motorsports taking over the reins at Fonda, Saturday evening started a new chapter at the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway and it was Matt Sheppard who made a fantastic move on a green/white flag restart with one lap to go to take an exciting win over Fonda Speedway regular Danny Varin.

“That was a lot of fun,” Sheppard said. “What a last lap that was.”

Other winners on opening night at Fonda were Cody Clark (sportsman), Pete Broderson (pro stock), John Bradt (street stock), and Ken Hollenback (4-cylinder). Clark’s win in the sportsman event is unofficial until his motor is checked over and deemed legal after it was claimed following the feature event.

In the modified feature fan favorite Ronnie Johnson took a nasty tumble in turn one, flipping over several times before coming to rest on his wheels. Ronnie came full bore into turn one and hit the soft spot in the track just right that the wheels dug into it and sent him on a series of flips. Ronnie walked away from the crash and an update on Sunday morning from Fonda Speedway promoter Matt DeLorenzo who said that he had been in contact with Ronnie who said that he was okay but sore.

Johnson started the 30-lap modified feature event on the pole and took off and hid at the drop of the green flag as he led by a straightaway by the time lap four was completed. Danny Varin started the event in the fifth position and by the time Johnson was in lap traffic on lap seven Varin had already moved up to the third position and was challenging his father Bobby for the second spot.

On lap 11 the red flag was out for Johnson who flipped in turn one as described above and on the restart Bobby Varin inherited the lead with the caution coming out again on the next lap for Darwin Greene who came to a stop at the pit road entrance in turn three. On this restart Danny Varin got by his father for the lead while Matt Sheppard who started the event in the 12th position moved from fifth to third at the drop of the green flag. One lap later Sheppard survived a three wide challenge from both Billy Decker and Jeremy Wilder to keep the third position.

Caution flags slowed the field again on laps 16 and 19 for Jimmy Phelps and defending track champion Stewart Friesen respectively, Phelps with a right rear flat and Friesen with a collapsed from end. On the restart at lap 19, Pat Ward who started the event in the 18th position moved past both Decker and Sheppard for the third position going into turn one only to have Sheppard fight back and retake the third spot going into turn two with Ward now fourth.

With four laps to go Sheppard made his way past Bobby Varin for the second position while Danny Varin was driving a very impressive race to hold on to the lead through all of the restarts as he pulled away from the second place car on each of the restarts which now come out of turn four and not on the backstretch as they had in the past.

The event stayed under the green flag for a few laps allowing Sheppard to close in on the leader with Matt running the outside of the track while Danny was running down low. Just after lap 29 was completed Danny Varin and Sheppard were side by side for the lead when the caution came out for four cars who slowed on the front stretch setting up a green/white one lap dash to the checkered flag.

Danny Varin held the advantage on the restart but going into turn three Sheppard got a good run on the outside, got alongside Varin, and took the lead coming out of turn four with the checkered flag waving in starter Denny Tilison’s hand. Danny and Bobby Varin followed Sheppard across the finish line with Ward, and Jeremy Wilder completing the top five.

For Sheppard it was his second career win at Fonda and it came in his new ride for 2014 the FX Caprara sponsored/HBR Motorsports owned #9S.

“I actually thought that I had Danny one other time during the event but the caution came out so I just stayed on the outside and tried not to burn the tires off.”

Dan Santabarbara led early on in the 20-lap sportsman feature event after starting on the pole position but when lap one was completed Rocky Warner was the race leader after starting third. An early caution was out on lap two for defending track champion Dave Constantino who came to a stop on the backstretch.

Two consecutive restarts were necessary to get the event restarted one for Jon Miller who came to a stop in turn four and the other for a three car wreck on the back stretch involving Luke Munroe, Ray Zemken, and Chip Constantino. Nobody was hurt in the wreck and on this restart Cody Clark moved into the second position from his eighth place starting position with Tony Farone, Jeremiah Munson, and Mark Mortensen completing the top five.

Clark was closing in on Warner by the lap eight mark in the event with the top two of Warner and Clark now in lap traffic running a straightaway ahead of Farone. On lap 13 Clark got a run on the outside of both a lap car and Warner and took the lead coming out of turn four. Clark ran in lap traffic for the remainder of the event but held on for his first career win at Fonda with Warner, Munson, Farone, and Ricky Quick completing the top five.

“It’s nice to be here,” Clark said after the win in victory lane. “We ran behind Rocky all night and I said to myself I can do this so I moved to the outside and was able to get by.”

As described earlier in this release the win by Clark is not official until his motor is checked over and deemed legal.

Defending Fonda Speedway pro stock track champion Pete Broderson started the 20-lap pro stock feature event on the pole and took the lead at the drop of the green flag with Chuck Dumblewski moving from fifth to third by the completion of lap one. On a lap four restart after a caution Rob Yetman was going for the second position when he got sideways and out of shape in turn one but saved it and ended up all the way back in the 12th spot.

On the restart Broderson continued to lead and stretched out his advantage to a half straightaway by lap eight with Dumblewski and Nick Stone both getting by Kim Duell for the second and third positions at the halfway point in the event. With four laps to go Dumblewski closed the gap on Broderson and they were side by side for the lead on lap 18 when the caution came out again for a car in the turn one wall.

Broderson held on for the win in a great race to the finish after the restart with Dumblewski, Stone, Yetman, and Ivan Joslin completing the top five. The win for Broderson was the 15th of his career at Fonda in the Lazzaro’s Auto Body sponsored #53B.

“I wasn’t sure what to expect coming here today and was a little nervous on how the car was going to be because of all the rule changes,” Broderson said. “I ran my heat race and I really don’t care for these tires but we made changes to the car for the feature and it was a lot better than I thought it was going to be. I really don’t think that I would have won this race without the last caution as Chuck (Dumblewski) had a good run on me, we rubbed a little, and he was out to win just like I would have been.”

Dave Horning Sr. was back at the Fonda Speedway on Saturday evening and took the lead at the drop of the green flag in the 15-lap street stock event. By lap two Randy Miller had moved from his 12th place starting position into the second spot and was three wide with Horning Jr. and John Bradt for the lead on lap three which Horning was able to hold on to at that point.

After a great battle with Horning for many laps, Miller took over the lead on the front stretch on lap 6 and led the remaining laps for what was to be his first career win at Fonda. In post-race tech he was disqualified for tires and wheels while Jason Samrov was also disqualified for having an illegal carburetor after he finished fourth.

After the disqualifications Bradt was declared the race winner for the fifth time in his career at Fonda followed by Horning, Neil Cosselman, Ellis Shaffer, and Jerry Cohn.

Defending 4-cylinder track champion Ken Hollenback picked up right where he left off last year as he picked up the win in the 8-lap 4-cylinder feature event. For Hollenback it was his 23rd career win in the division. Shane Playford was second followed by Keith Tesiero Sr., Keith Tesiero Jr., and Kerrie Hollenback.

Next week April 19 at Fonda a regular show in all divisions plus the 4-cylinders is on the racing card with a starting time of 7:00 p.m. For more information about the Fonda Speedway you can go to their website www.fondaspeedway.com

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Brewerton Speedway Season Opener Now May 2

Fulton Speedway “Highbank Holdup” Becomes A Two-Day Weekend Event

FULTON, NY- APRIL10, 2014 (By Dave Medler) - Fans and teams will have to wait a couple of extra weeks this year for the much-anticipated Brewerton Speedway season to get underway. The longer than expected unseasonable weather has forced the season opener to be pushed back until Friday night, May 2. The April 15th test and tune has been rescheduled to Tuesday, April 29th at 6:30pm. However, Fulton Speedway will pick up the slack by expanding the April 26th Highbank Holdup” to a two day event.

All four of Brewerton’s weekly classes will anchor a newly scheduled “Preliminary Night” for the Highbank Holdup on Friday, April 25 at 7pm at Fulton. Tracey Road Equipment Modifieds will headline the Friday Night portion with a 35-lap feature event, which will serve as a valuable tune-up for the next day’s much anticipated 100-lap Super DIRTcar Series kick-off. Nationwide Insurance IMCA Modifieds and Four Cylinder Superstocks will also be in action on Friday Night. The Pro Race Cars Mod Lites will now race the Friday Night program instead of Saturday as previously scheduled. SUNY Canton Sportsman, NAPA Late Models and A-Verdi 305 Sprints will have dedicated hot lap sessions during the Friday night program as well for those that choose to.

 “With cold, wet and wintery weather lasting as late as it did, the Brewerton grounds are simply saturated. It has hampered our ability to get the facility race ready and we feel it’s best for us to let it dry and be ready for a grand 2014 opening on May 2”, said track Marketing Director, Cory Reed. “Fulton, on the other hand, is race ready and making the Highbank Holdup a two-day show we feel is a great compromise.”

Teams looking to shake down their cars will have an opportunity at the Fulton Speedway test and tune, scheduled for Saturday, April 19th at 4pm.

Joining the Super DIRTcar Series big blocks for the Saturday portion of the “Highbank Holdup” will be SUNY Canton Sportsman competing for a $1000 first prize and a guaranteed spot in the lucrative Outlaw Weekend Industrial Tire of CNY Sportsman Championship. American Racer and Hoosier tires are each permitted for Sportsman competition that day.

None of the Highbank Holdup features will award track points, though the race winners in the Mod Lite, IMCA Modified and Four Cylinder features will earn a guaranteed starting spot for the Outlaw Weekend Championship Weekend on October 3 and 4.

For more information contact Cory Reed by phone at (315) 668-6906 (Brewerton) or (315) 593-6531 (Fulton) or e-mail  cory@brewertonspeedway.com. Additional details and notes will be posted to the track Facebook pages, www.facebook.com/BrewertonSpeedway - www.facebook.com/FultonSpeedway. For DIRTcar modified rules and regulations log onto www.dirtcar.com or contact DIRTcar Director of Series and Sanctioning Joe Skotnicki at jskotnicki@dirtcar.com.

Detailed Highbank Holdup Weekend Schedule (effective 4/9 and subject to change)

Friday, April 25th
Tracey Road Equipment DIRTcar Modifieds
Pro Race Cars Mod Lites
Nationwide Insurance IMCA Modifieds
Four-Cylinder Open
Hot lap sessions for Sportsman, Late Models, 305s

Schedule:
Pit Gates open at 5pm
Grandstand gates open at 5pm
Hot laps 6pm
Racing at 7pm

Admission:
General Admission Adults - $15
General Admission for Ages 18 and Under – FREE
Pit Admission - $30

Saturday, April 26th
Super DIRTcar Series “Highbank Holdup 100”
Industrial Tire of CNY Sportsman Shootout Series
General Admission:
Adult General Admission - $25
Ages 18 and Under - $5
Pit Admission - $35

Schedule:
Pit Gates open at 3pm
Grandstand Gates Open at 5pm
Hot Laps at 5:45pm
Super DIRTcar Series Modified Group Qualifying at 6pm
Heats at 7pm

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Albany-Saratoga Speedway Ready For Open Practice

For Immediate Release
April 10th, 2014

Malta, NY – The Albany-Saratoga Speedway is all set to open their gates for the first time this season on Sunday afternoon, April 13th. The Great Race Place will host an open practice session for all divisions. The afternoon’s session is open to any race car.

The gates will open at noon with on track practice taking place from 3pm until 7pm. Pit admission will be $15 per person and grandstand admission will be free. Please remember that no race cars are allowed on the track until they are inspected for the first time this year.

The season opener is scheduled for Friday evening April 18th.  For more information on the Albany-Saratoga Speedway, including the full 2014 schedule please visit the track website at www.albany-saratogaspeedway.com.

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Record-Breaker: Huge, Record-Setting Purse Set For Tuesday, May 20 Olum’s ‘Lightning on the Mountain’ NDRL Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP Event At Thunder Mountain Speedway; Payout Tops $27,000, Plus Bonuses & Lap Money Offered For 50-Lap Modified Spectacular

CENTER LISLE, NY – Records will not only fall – they will be shattered – when Thunder Mountain Speedway hosts the Olum’s ‘Lightning on the Mountain’ presented by Rochinski Contracting Services and Husqvarna on Tuesday, May 20.

The National Dirt Racing League (NDRL) Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP big-block/small-block Modifieds invade the Center Lisle, N.Y., three-eighths-mile oval for a first-time 50-lap special boasting a record payout for the facility, which held its first event in 1992. More than $27,000 has been posted for the NDRL Modified division purse: $5,100 to win (including a $100 bonus from Simplicity Design of Middletown, N.Y.), $1,500 for fifth, $1,000 for 10th and $500 just to take the green flag.

Additionally, there will be lap money, contingency awards, bonuses and product certificates distributed at the unprecedented event promoted by Brett Deyo of BD Motorsports Media LLC and speedway owner Karl Spoonhower.

“No, we’ve never had a race like this before,” asserted Spoonhower, a 59-year-old Berkshire, N.Y., businessman who constructed the speedway from hillside farmland just outside of Whitney Point, N.Y., in the early 1990s. “We’ve had a few big races over the years – some midweek shows and our ‘King of the Mountain’ race – but this is unheard of for the track.

“I can tell you we’ve been working all winter on the place. We’ll have it nice for that night for sure.”
Spoonhower, who sold the speedway in 2006, reacquired Thunder Mountain last fall and has implemented countless improvement projects including the resurfacing of the track, new lighting, a reworked entry road, clean-up of the grounds and buildings and much more. Spoonhower brings the big-block/small-block Modifieds back as a Saturday night headliner after several seasons away in 2014.

The NDRL Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP kicked off its inaugural season April 6 at Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown, N.Y., with the ‘Hard Clay Open’ event won by Massachusetts driver and Lebanon Valley (N.Y.)/Accord (N.Y.) star Andy Bachetti over a 59-car field. Bachetti – in addition to other podium finishers Tim Hindley (defending Orange County champion) and Danny Tyler (a short-track ace who competes at Accord) have already set plans to “climb the mountain” for the May 20 special (rain date: May 21).

“This will be our first event at Thunder Mountain and I couldn’t be more excited,” said event co-promoter and Short Track Super Series organizer Deyo. “I’ve been to the track this off-season and seen the work Karl has done. The speedway has been resurfaced and many of the attendees from the last few years won’t recognize the place.
“The ‘Lightning on the Mountain’ will be one heck of a show. Many of the drivers planning to race that night have never even seen the track. I guarantee they will love it. Karl is known for having an awesome surface. The size, layout and banking should produce some up-on-the-wheel action.”

A diverse field is expected to attend the Thunder Mountain event, as the battle continues for the $10,014 NDRL Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP championship. The Thunder Mountain event is round No. 2 of six on the first-year series which also includes the aforementioned Orange County event and stops at I-88 (N.Y., twice), Penn Can (Pa.) and Accord speedways.

For qualifying, drivers will draw for their starting positions upon entry to the speedway. Heat-race finishes utilizing staggered passing points will be calculated to set the redraw participants and qualified cars from 10-lap heat races.  Consolations, 10 laps each, will set the remainder of the starting field via their order of finish. The heat-race finish/passing point combination will set the starting lineups for the consolations.

The passing points system, new to Modified racing but widely used in other forms of racing including Sprint Cars and the famed ‘Chili Bowl’ in Tulsa, Okla., aims to satisfy the desires of both racers and fans by easing the consequences of a poor draw for competitors and providing heat-race excitement for fans. The system made its debut at Orange County.

Sportsman (Open vs. Crate) will also be featured on the ‘Lightning on the Mountain’ card in a 25-lap event paying a minimum of $1,000 to the winner and $100 to take the green flag. Sportsman will qualify via a traditional draw/redraw format.

Complete rules, general information and pricing have been posted on the BD Motorsports Media LLC website – www.bdmotorsportsmedia.com – under “Events” and “Lightning on the Mountain” from the main menu.

The ‘Lightning on the Mountain’ is the first major midweek event at Thunder Mountain since John Wight leased the speedway for a T3 All-Star Series event in August 2008.
Gates will open at 4 p.m. for the ‘Lightning on the Mountain’ special. A drivers’ meeting takes place at 6:20 p.m. Hot laps begin at 6:40 p.m. with a 7:15 p.m. start time planned. The rain date is Wednesday, May 21.

Adult grandstand admission is $20. Seniors (ages 65 and over) and Students (ages 10-17) pay $18. Kids nine and under are FREE. Pit admission is $35, with no license required.

Lap sponsorships, $20 per lap, are currently on sale by contacting Brett Deyo via e-mail at Deyo99H@aol.com.  All lap money collected will be distributed directly to the racers.

For further ‘Lightning on the Mountain’ information, contact Brett Deyo of BD Motorsports Media via e-mail at Deyo99H@aol.com or by phone at 845.728.2781. BD Motorsports Media is on the web at www.bdmotorsportsmedia.com. “Like” BD Motorsports Media on Facebook or “follow” @BrettDeyo on Twitter.

Thunder Mountain Speedway is located approximately 25 miles north of Binghamton at 91 Hunts Corners Road Center Lisle, NY 13797. The race day phone is 607.848.7899. To learn more, visit www.thundermtnspeedway.com, like “Thunder Mountain Speedway” on Facebook or follow @thundermtnspeed on Twitter. Fans will enjoy spacious concrete seating, a family atmosphere and a spectacular view off the backstretch as they ‘Feel the Rumble, Hear the Roar’ of Modified racing at Thunder Mountain!

Thunder Mountain Speedway ‘Lightning on the Mountain’ NDRL Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP Modified Payout (50 Laps): 1. $5,100; 2. $3,250; 3. $2,250; 4. $1,800; 5. $1,500; 6. $1,350; 7. $1,200; 8. $1,100; 9. $1,050; 10. $1,000; 11. $700; 12. $650; 13. $600; 14. $550; 15. $525; 16. $515; 17. $510; 18. $505; 19-Last: $500.
Note: Provisional starters, two highest in NDRL Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP points unable to qualify, receive $250 to start.

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62nd Season Opener Set for This Saturday April 12th

Tuesday April 8, 2014

West Lebanon, NY:  The 2014 LVS Schedule tells us its officially spring as the 62nd Season Opener is set to bring the mighty high banks back to life this Saturday April 12th, 2014.  The legendary 1/2 mile dirt oval known as the Valley of Speed will be it top form as L&M Motors and Funplex Funpark present a special $3,000 to Win Big Block Modified Shootout with a draw for positions!

Also on tap will be the Pro Stock full fendered division along with the Purestocks, 4 Cylinders and a Warm Up session for the Small Block Modifieds to prepare for their season opener on set for May 3rd.

Also in April, Heavy Hauler will present the Opening Night for Budget Sportsman on Saturday April 19th with another Hot-Lap session for the SB Mods.  Then on April 26th Contractor Sales and Slovak Excavating will present a night of all classes, including a return of the 4 Cylinders.

May 3rd is scheduled for Opening Night for the SB Mods presented by Boomer's Performance and Team Goewey Used Cars, along with the annual 20-Lap Boomer's Performance Purestock Clash!

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Bachetti Is Back: Former Track Champion Andy Bachetti Returns To Orange County Glory, Earns $5,637-plus In Inaugural NDRL Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP ‘Hard Clay Open’ Event Over Strong 59-Car Field; Brian Krummel Tops GRIT Series Sportsman Field

MIDDLETOWN, NY – Andy Bachetti shook off the bad luck that has plagued him at Orange County Fair Speedway in a big way Sunday afternoon.

The Sheffield, Mass., driver wired the field, leading from start-to-finish to win the inaugural National Dirt Racing League (NDRL) Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP big-block/small-block Modified event at the ‘Hard Clay Open’ presented by United Pump & Tank, East Coast Speed/ECS Auto and West Point Golf. The event was a co-promotion involving Brett Deyo of BD Motorsports Media LLC and track managers Michael Gurda IV and Howard Commander.

Bachetti, 38 years old, staved off the race-long advances of young Anthony Perrego, who succumbed to a flat right-rear tire in the final laps, and outdistanced defending Orange County track champion Tim Hindley, who drove from 19th to finish second in the Joe Sarvis-owned No. 94.

“Man, it feels good to be back in Victory Lane again at Orange County,” noted Bachetti, a former track regular who now competes weekly at Accord and Lebanon Valley (N.Y.) speedways. “With all these fans and cars here today, it’s even better.”

Bachetti – past three-time Orange County 358-Modified champion - earned $5,000 from the base purse, $400 cash as the Halfway Leader from Rock Fantasy Concert, Smoke Shop & Pinball Room and an additional $237 in lap money and contingency awards for a total of $5,637 plus.

A field of 59 NDRL Modifieds vied for 28 feature starting spots, with a large crowd filling the grandstands and drive-in section at the venerable fairgrounds oval.
Bachetti opted for big-block power in his No. 34 Teo-Pro car. Following a redraw of the top-12 passing-points earners from heat races, he started the 50-lap main from the pole.

Bachetti launched into the lead from the outset. But all eyes were on Perrego early on. The 20-year-old, who started eighth, cracked the top five on lap six in Gary Mann’s New York Truck Parts No. 55. Perrego drove to fourth on lap seven and vaulted to second at the 18th circuit. During the mid-portions of the race, Perrego closed to within a car-length of race-leading Bachetti.

Lapped traffic proved to be a scare for Bachetti at lap 31. In turn two, he briefly tangled with Darwin Greene. The yellow flew for Greene’s ensuing spin. Another quick caution for debris on lap 32 set the stage for a green-flag run.

Perrego chased Bachetti around the five-eighths-mile until his right-rear tire went down on lap 47 to draw the caution.

Hindley, the Fair Oaks, N.Y., driver who had methodically worked through traffic from his 19th starting spot, inherited second. Hindley’s bid ended one spot short, as Bachetti made history earning the first-ever NDRL Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP triumph.

Hindley’s second-place finish was worth $4,000, plus $500 in lap money, $250 from Simplicity Design as the highest-finishing track regular and an additional $210 from McGannon Excavating as the Hard Charger for a total of $4,960!

Accord Speedway short-track ace Danny Tyler of Cottekill, N.Y., finished a solid third, racing inside the top-three for the entire distance in his family owned No. 97T.

Tyler earned $2,500 for third, $200 in memory of Judy Tuit courtesy of the Tuit family and Mike Sparta Trucking and $323 in lap money for a total of $3,023 plus contingencies.

Danny Johnson of Rochester, N.Y., guided the Chris Gennarelli-owned No. 86 from 18th position to finish fourth and veteran Jeff Heotzler of Wallkill, N.Y., advanced from 15th to finish fifth in Mel Schrufer’s No. 2a small-block.

Completing the top-10 were track regular Billy Van Inwegen of Sparrowbush, N.Y. driving the Sherlock Motorsports No. TEN ($200 bonus in memory of Judy Tuit); Lebanon Valley regular J.R. Heffner of Valatie, N.Y. ($250 bonus in memory of Judy Tuit); Tommy Meier of Waldwick, N.J., who started 25th in Jeff Behrent’s No. 3 small-block; Stewart Friesen of Sprakers, N.Y., who recovered from a lap-18 restart tangle in Tom Cullen’s Westmoreland Golf Club No. 1WGC; and Capital District star Jimmy Davis of Ballston Spa, N.Y., who started 23rd.

Top passing points earners in the six, 10-lap NDRL Modified heats were Matt Billings (Brockville, Ont.), Heffner, Jeremy Markle (Port Jervis, N.Y.), Jerry Higbie Jr. (Newburgh, N.Y.), Donnie Corellis (Averill Park, N.Y.) and Tyler.

Consolation victors were Hindley, Friesen and Duane Howard (Oley, Pa.).

Bob McGannon of Garnerville, N.Y., nipped Chuck McKee at the line to earn the final, 28th, starting spot in the main via a 3-lap Last Chance Race of drivers missing a transfer spot by one position in the three consolations.

Defending track champion Brian Krummel of Middletown, N.Y., swept by Connor Cleveland on the 14th lap and was never headed en route to a $1,000 victory in the 25-lap Dig Safely New York GRIT Series Crate 602 Sportsman main event. Cleveland, of Corinth, N.Y., settled for second, followed by Rocky Warner of Gloversville, N.Y., Andrew Reeves of Stony Point, N.Y., and Chris Stevens of Cornwall, N.Y.

The NDRL Short Track Super Series resumes on Tuesday, May 20 (rain date: May 21) at Thunder Mountain (N.Y.) Speedway with the Olum’s ‘Lightning on the Mountain’ presented by Rochinski Contracting Services & Husqvarna. NDRL big-block/small-block Modifieds run 50 laps for $5,000-plus to win and $500 just to take the green flag: the richest night in Thunder Mountain history. Sportsman (Open vs. Crate 602) join the program in a $1,000-to-win, 25-lap event. Thunder Mountain Speedway is located in Center Lisle, N.Y., 25 miles north of Binghamton.

HARD CLAY CLIPS: The Orange County pit area was buzzing with 96 total race cars in the pit area: 59 NDRL Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP Modifieds and 37 Dig Safely New York GRIT Series Sportsman….

The traditional NDRL ‘Kings of Dirt’ four-wide pace lap made its debut in Modified racing Sunday much to the delight of the crowd. Jeff Ahlum and Leon Andrus handled the day’s announcing duties….

Delaware’s Matt Jester, making his first appearance in New York State, ran inside the top-five until contact on a lap-18 restart ended his day. Jester made the redraw in his Orange County debut….

Jimmy Horton’s Lincoln Auto Body No. 5 was done in hot laps following a plume of white smoke….

Stewart Friesen and Brett Hearn elected not to run sail panels for the main event, switching to conventional windows. The highest “non-sail panel” car belonged to track regular Billy Van Inwegen in sixth spot….

Canadian Matt Billings held second in his first OCFS effort until a flat right-rear tire sent him to the pits on the 28th lap. Billings, of Brockville, Ont., reported more than two feet of snow remained on the ground at home….

The use of passing points qualifying and sail panels were a first in Orange County’s long history….

All of the podium finishers stated their plans to attend the next NDRL Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP event at Thunder Mountain May 20….

‘HARD CLAY OPEN’ RACE SUMMARY – SUNDAY, APRIL 6, 2014
Feature Finish (50 Laps): ANDY BACHETTI, Tim Hindley, Danny Tyler, Danny Johnson, Jeff Heotzler, Billy Van Inwegen, J.R. Heffner, Tommy Meier, Stewart Friesen, Jimmy Davis, Brett Hearn, Bob McGannon, Ryan Watt, Matt Billings, Rich Eurich, Anthony Perrego, Jeremy Markle, Donnie Corellis, Darwin Greene, Danny Creeden, Duane Howard, Chris Whitehead, Matt Jester, Gary Edwards Jr., Tim Kerr, Michael Sabia, Jerry Higbie Jr., Craig Mitchell. 

Did Not Qualify: Chuck McKee, Gary Tomkins, Elmo Reckner, Marcus Dinkins, Peter Britten, Mike Ruggiero, Darrell Ford, Mike Mahaney, C.G. Morey, Bob Hamm Jr., John Siedlecky, David Van Horn Jr., Tyler Dippel, Rob Rowe, Tim Currier, Craig Hanson, Nick Nye, Rich Ricci Jr., Frank Doty, Dom Roselli, Willy Auchmoody, Tyler McKee, Rob Pitcher, Jackie Brown Jr., Eric Kormann, Ray Jashembowski, Bill Pascual, Clinton Mills, Chris Shultz, Nick Rochinski, Jimmy Horton.

602 Sportsman (25 Laps): BRIAN KRUMMEL, Connor Cleveland, Rocky Warner, Andrew Reeves, Chris Stevens. John Illanovsky, L.J. Lombardo, Dave Marcuccilli, Ivan Joslin, Brian Pessalono, Troy Arnold, John Scarborough, Jessie Leiby, Eric Giguere, Dave Constantino, Derrick McGrew, Anthony Stockman, Corey Lowitt, John Virgilio, Curtis Hohensholett, Alan Houghtaling, Frank Venezia, Matt Hitchcock, Dion Naples.

Did Not Qualify: Dave Hinsch, Mike Traver, Mike Folchetti, Jay Papp, Jim Introne, Ray Zemken, Scott Duell, Danny Cronk, Rich Ricci III, John Corry, Tim Barone. 

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WET GROUNDS FORCE SHARON TO POSTPONE OPEN PRACTICE & "SPRINGDURO 150" ENDURO TO A POSSIBLE LATER DATE

By Mike Leone

Hartford, OH April 4, 2014 Sharon Speedway has once again been forced to cancel this weekend's open practice and "Springduro 150" Enduro that was scheduled for Saturday (April 5) with a make-up of Sunday. The event was originally scheduled for March 22, and was also lost to the weather last year. Stay tuned for a possible make-up date later this season.

"We made progress earlier in the week with the warm and dry weather, but the last two days of rain on top of the saturated grounds from the harsh winter was just too much," explained GM Dave Willoughby. "CNB Raceway in Clearfield, Pa. has an enduro next Saturday (April 12) that many of the racers will be participating in so we'll just analyze everything and hope to bring the event back later in the season."

Up next will be the 85th anniversary season opener on Saturday, April 19 at 7 p.m. featuring the Hovis Auto & Truck Supply DIRTcar Big-Block Modifieds, Barris Supply RUSH Late Models, Summit Racing Equipment Modifieds, Gibson Insurance Agency Stock Cars, HTMA/Precise Racing Products Econo Mods, and the Deforest Used Parts Mini Stocks.

Fans don't forget that coming up on Saturday, May 17 will be Fan Appreciation Night with FREE grandstand admission! The event was a huge success last summer and has been moved up earlier in the season this year.

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UTICA-ROME SPEEDWAY PREPARES FOR 2014 SEASON AND REUNION WITH NASCAR WEEKLY SERIES, OPEN HOUSE SET FOR APRIL 16

VERNON, NY- With opening day of the 2014 season at the Utica-Rome Speedway coming in a few short weeks, track officials are busy preparing for another era in the speedway’s long and storied history.  During the offseason, it was announced the NASCAR banner would fly above the speedway once again.

Throughout the track’s fifty plus years of existence, NASCAR has had a huge presence in its history books with such heroes as NASCAR Hall of Famer Richie Evans and multi-time Hall of Fame nominee Jerry Cook in the 1960’s and 70’s.  More recently in the mid 1990’s, Dale Planck became a household name while winning regional titles as a regular at the then NASCAR sanctioned Utica-Rome Speedway.  After a nearly two decade absence, NASCAR and its weekly Whelen All-American Series is making a return to the Vernon oval along with the opportunity to win even more money than before.

This season, with the reunion with NASCAR and its Whelen All-American Series, the stakes are higher for all four weekly divisions this season at the Utica-Rome Speedway.  With all of them sanctioned by NASCAR, the top ten in each division will see an increase in point money at the season’s end, along with significantly higher insurance coverage while they race for that money.

The stakes are even higher for the headline Modified division, which already had one of the best point funds in the region.  Last year, Stewart Friesen collected a $10,000 check as the Modified track champion, but this year’s total is even higher as the 2014 champion will now earn $13,000.  As previously stated, all positions will have an increase from the 2013 money totals.  Also, race teams will be in contention for the NASCAR New York State title in which the champion nets another $12,000 making it possible for the 2014 Utica-Rome Championship worth a whopping $25,000.  This total does not include potential NASCAR National Championship money if a driver was able to place in a good finishing position in the final standings.

In addition to the potential NASCAR rewards, the Utica-Rome Speedway is also a participant in several other programs where, if a driver was to have stellar year, could even add more to the earnings of a Sunday regular.  Two Modified series go through the Vernon oval this season: the Super DIRTcar Series and the Race of Champions Modified Series.  Should a driver become the champion of both series, become the UR Speedway champion, plus the weekly American Racer Cup championship and accompanying bonus, a driver could potentially reach a point money total of over $90,000.  This total does not reflect purse money won or American Racer tire giveaways.

The three support divisions will also have the opportunity to race for a NASCAR State title, adding to their earning potential as well.

Last season’s point title chase was well documented as both Stewart Friesen and Matt Sheppard battled for the Modified title right down to the wire as the duo entered the last night of competition tied for the point lead.  Unfortunately, scheduling conflicts and weather hindered Sheppard’s chances and Friesen took his fourth consecutive title.  This season, they both look forward to starting where they left off, but will someone else rise to occasion and thwart their efforts?  Can previous champions Pat Ward or Willy Decker regain their past form and challenge for what could be a very lucrative year? Or will Mike Mahaney step up to the plate and be a challenger every week, or possibly someone else?  These are all story lines that will be played during the upcoming season which will start in less than a month.  On Sunday April 27, the doors will swing open for the first time to begin the 2014 campaign with gates opening at 3:30 p.m. and racing beginning at 6 p.m.

But before the on track activity begins, there will be an open house at the speedway office on Wednesday April 16 at 7 p.m.  This will give competitors and crews an opportunity to buy their licenses, as well pick up tires in advance of opening day.  Questions will also be answered concerning NASCAR and the upcoming season.  All competitors must have a NASCAR license to compete, and buying it during this event will help ease any issues on opening day.  Anyone who plans on attending must RSVP with Barb Clark at (315)725-5709.  The speedway office is located at 4580 Wood Rd, Vernon NY.

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All Hail the Sun, Dirt, and Gasoline!

Lebanon Valley Speedway Press

April 2, 2014
 
West Lebanon, NY:   The 2014 Schedule of events at the famed 1/2 dirt oval known as the Valley of Speed states that the 1st event up is '2014 Test and Tune' this Saturday April 5th!
 
The suns out, the air is warming up, but track officials are still on the fence on what kind of condition the mighty high banks will be in come this Saturday.  What that means is stay tuned to our website, facebook page, twitter feed, and be sure to sign up for "RainedOut" text notifier to the most up-to-date conditions!
 
Remember, Lebanon Valley welcomes ALL types of Cars for our Hot Lap session, so run whatcha brung.  Spectators who wann watch and take in all the thrills and spills are welcome to sit in the stands for FREE!  All competitors and crew, $15 to get in the Pits.  Gates open at 1:00pm, Warm-Ups are set to start at approximately 3pm till 7pm.
 
Then, the lid lifter is set for Saturday April 12th, as L&M Motors and Funplex Funpark present the 62nd Season Opener with a $3,000 to Win Big Block Modified Showdown!  4 Cylinders will be on tap along with Purestocks, Pro Stocks and  special hot lap session for Small Block Mods.

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A CHAT WITH NEW FONDA SPEEDWAY PROMOTER MATT DELORENZO
By: Ron Szczerba

Recently at the Fonda Speedway car show new promoter Matt DeLorenzo spoke about the car show, the 2014 schedule, and all of the improvements that have been done so far at the Track of Champions in between answering questions from numerous people at the car show each day. The only break that Matt had was when he and his family would take a break to get something to eat. Here is what he had to say.

Q: So how has your first official stock car event (the car show) been going this weekend?

MATT: It has been real busy here this weekend; really it has been busier than I thought that it would be. Saturday was real good with a steady flow of people for quite a few hours. There were consistently five people deep waiting to talk to me and I tried to get to talk to as many of them as I could. People thanked me for what we have done at the track so far and I explained to them that there is still a lot more that I want to do but we have to wait for Mother Nature to cooperate.

I am still on track to do what I want to do but due to the weather we are actually doing some things backwards from how I wanted to do them because of the cold weather. We want to paint the bathrooms but turning the heat on in the bathrooms just heats up the cold concrete blocks and causes them to sweat so we can't paint until it warms up a little. Another problem we have is that the water lines at the fairgrounds are only two feet below ground level so we can't turn the water on either. But people at the car show were really excited, some saying that they were coming back to the track after not being there for quite awhile. We sold season passes at the car show to people who haven't been to Fonda in six years! And the drivers are excited because the rule packages among all of the area tracks are the same so they can run all three tracks (Albany Saratoga, Fonda, Glen Ridge) if they want
to!

Q: With all of the improvements that you have done and still have to do; did you think at all that you had taken on more than you can chew with taking over as the promoter at Fonda?

Matt: When I used to work at BBL I handled a lot of multi million dollar projects there but what I have noticed is that my job is no longer a 7:00 to 5:30 position with a Saturday or Sunday here or there it is now a 24/7 any hours of the day and/or night position to try to keep up with everything. I am spending a lot of time on social media responding to peoples questions trying to keep any negativity down. I try to explain myself to the few people that have been negative and they thank me afterwards.

Q: Could you tell me some of the improvements that have been done at the track so far?
Matt: In no particular order:
1. The inside concrete wall in turn one has been removed and all of the jersey barriers have been taken out all around the inside of the turns.
2. The drainage has been dug up and repaired in turn one.
3. All of the buildings on the infield have been taken out to improve the visibility from the grandstands to both the backstretch and turn three.
4. New bathrooms have been built on the infield with VIP viewing on top of it.
5. Six foot of catch fencing is currently being added in turns three and four.
6. The pit shack has been moved more towards the cow palace.
7. Built a new paved tech area and fenced it in to make it fair to all competitors. The space is limited to three cars per class and we may not tech the third place car we may just randomly draw a car from the top 10 finishers and tech that car.
8. Gravel has been added in many areas and the area where the water truck is loaded in turn three has been paved.
9. Some of the old components to the sound systems in the grandstand are being used to redo the sound system in the pit area. The main grandstands will have a brand new sound system. The sound system will have an FM transmitter on it so the race fan can use a headset to listen in to the announcer while the races are going on. The FM transmitter will also allow the race teams in the pits to listen to the announcer as well.
10. Lighting in the pit area has been improved along with the lighting on the starters stand.
11. The main grandstand has been totally redone with all of the rotten boards where nails were popping out have been replaced along with any missing boards.
12. One of the main columns that held up the roof of the grandstands was replaced.
13. Mortar was patched in the concrete block in different areas where it was falling apart.
14. Gutted all of the concession stands and rewired them, put in new hot
water heaters, cleaned and certified all of the hoods, and purchased a lot
of new kitchen equipment for the concession stands.
15. 65% of the work has been completed in the bathrooms which were all gutted, floors were redone, new toilets and sinks, new hot water heaters in
both bathrooms, and hand dryers for both bathrooms will be installed as well. Because of the weather we will be right down to the wire with the
painting in the bathrooms which are all concrete block.
16. New chain link fence by the main entrance.
17. The pit shack has been moved and the pit ticket booth is all new.
18. Created a seating area under the grandstands so people can eat their food out of the dirt and the noise if they chose to.
19. TV monitors have been installed in the main grandstands and underneath the grandstands as well so people can watch the races and the
replays as well. And when racing isn't going on the track if there is a NASCAR race on TV at the time that can be put on the TV for fans to watch.
20. The VIP booths have all been redone along with the announcers and scorers tower as well with lexan windows in all booths.
21. New infrastructure has been put up along the back straightaway where new sponsorship billboards will be in place along with an all new Fonda
Speedway sign.
22. New sponsor signage will be placed along the guard rail on the infield and at the start finish line.
23. The fair ticket booth near the road will be used as the main ticket booth.
24. Re-entry will be allowed and fans can come and go as they please.
25. A six pack cooler will be allowed in the grandstand but no glass or alcohol will be allowed. Canned soda and/or water will be allowed in the coolers along with food if you so choose.
26. A Fonda apparel trailer will be on site at each race where new Fonda Speedway apparel will be sold along with any drivers that choose to sell
their apparel out of the trailer as well.
27. The beer booth has been totally redone.
28. There will be a tailgating area along the infield on the backstretch which will be limited to cars and pickup trucks. People can go to that area and tailgate just like they do at any other sporting events. You can set up an easy up tent and bring a grill as well but people will be required to go to that area before practice starts and they will have to stay until the racing program is completed. People from the tailgating section will also have access to the pit area and there will be five or six nights that tailgating will be allowed.
29. Adult ticket prices have been lowered $5 in the grandstand to $10 and the back gate has been lowered $5 as well to $20 with a Fonda or DIRT Car membership.

Q: What are you looking forward to as far as events on the 2014 schedule?

MATT: I got a lot of feedback and suggestions during the off season and tried to implement as much as I could this year. Next year I can do more to get stuff on the schedule that I didn't get on there this year so I tried to offer different packages to different people. Some of the highlights will
be:
1. There will be a Bikers Night where you come in on a motorcycle and you are admitted for free.
2. Cruise-In Night for hot rods and antique cars. The cars will be set up behind the grandstands during the day prior to the races. I want to let them do a parade lap on the track before the features and allow them to park on the infield to watch the races if they want to.
3. Ladies Night with a $2 discount.
4. Memorial Day Weekend active veterans or members of the military will be admitted for free for a racing program consisting of the ESS Sprints and the Lou Lazzaro Memorial race.
5. Fireman's Night
6. There will be a few Senior Nights with discounts or free admissions for seniors. There will also be various antique clubs during the season
along with an Old Timers Night.
7. CRSA Sprint cars.
8. The big mid week show will be the World of Outlaw Late Model show but I didn't schedule any 410 Sprints this year because I didn't want to do too much and not be able to handle it as I just wanted to tread lightly and work my way into everything. I also wanted to make sure that the late model show was going to be successful before I took on too much.
9. A Hawaiian Night which has never been done before at Fonda.
10. The Fonda weekend in September will be a three day event and a two and three day pass will be available. I wanted to close out the season in a big way and hope that people come out and camp at the fairgrounds all weekend and hang out with us the way Fulton does with their weekend and of course Syracuse as well. We will probably have a band in the entertainment building that weekend as well.
11.  I tried to do something different things with the schedule so that it is not just okay we are racing on Saturday night. There are still some other things I want to do with the racing program and as the year goes on I hope to get things all worked out.

Q: If there was one thing that you want to accomplish this year what would that be?

Matt: I want to get the fans back! I am a car owner and I race as well and everyone knows how much it costs to race. Sponsors put up a lot of money to put their names on these cars to support the drivers but if there isn't anybody in the stands to see the sponsor names on the car they aren't going to want to sponsor drivers at Fonda anymore.

I want to get the people back to Fonda that used to come to Fonda but don't now for whatever reason and also try to get the kids back and make it kid friendly. I want to win back the millennium kids with social media and get them to the track and away from whatever else they are doing, get them to see racing. I think if I can get them back to the track and get them hooked maybe they will stay and come back again. I also hope to have a Kid's Club at the track as well.

Q: For people who want to see you race where will they be able to do that?

Matt: I will be racing at Albany Saratoga on Friday's and will race at Fonda on Memorial Day weekend for the Lou Lazzaro Memorial race and also for the BBL Night of Features in August. I will also run the Super DIRT Series event in September at Fonda and will be traveling to Charlotte for the Finals in November.

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Southern Tier Saturday Hot Spot: 2014 Is A Great Season To Race A Big-Block/Small-Block Modified At Thunder Mountain Speedway; $5,000 Track Championship; Five Saturday Events Pay More Than $1,500; One $2,500 Event; Two $5,000 Shows; American Racer Incentive Program

CENTER LISLE, NY – 2014 will be an outstanding year to race a big-block/small-block Modified at Thunder Mountain Speedway.

Competitors calling the Center Lisle, N.Y., three-eighths-mile clay oval home on Saturday nights in ’14 will be rewarded handsomely as the division is back to headline the weekly card under the auspices of returning Thunder Mountain owner Karl Spoonhower.

The speedway hosts a pair of open practices on the agenda for April 19 and 26 before swinging open the gates for the official ‘Grand Reopening’ on Saturday, May 3.

Thunder Mountain is a “hot spot” for Saturday Modified racing in the Southern Tier.

The ’14 big-block/small-block Mod champion at Thunder Mountain will earn a hefty $5,000 champion’s share from the point fund. This is a record champion’s take for the Mod division at the facility located 25 miles north of Binghamton.

Weekly 30-lap Modified features at Thunder Mountain will offer $1,200 to win, with $400 reserved for the fifth-place finisher, $200 for 10th and $125 to take the green flag.

On five Saturday nights throughout the season, Modified racers will compete for $1,500 or more to win. The ‘Grand Reopening’ on May 3 offers an increased $1,992 winner’s share, reflecting on the speedway’s inaugural season in 1992. Other extra-money Saturday events are May 31: $1,500-to-win; July 5: $1,776; Aug. 23: $1,523 and Sept. 6, Championship Night: $1,500.

On Labor Day weekend, a ‘Sunday Showdown’ non-points event is set for Aug. 31. The 40-lap main will pay $2,500 to win and a guaranteed starting position in the Alpine Building Supply Short Track SuperNationals presented by Olum’s on Oct. 10-11 at I-88 (N.Y.) Speedway.

The ’14 Thunder Mountain schedule includes a pair of $5,000-to-win races.

On Tuesday, May 20, the National Dirt Racing League (NDRL) Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP heads to Thunder Mountain in the Olum’s ‘Lightning on the Mountain’ presented by Rochinski Contracting Services and Husqvarna. The 50-lap event pays $5,000 to the winner and $500 to take the green flag. There is a rain date of Wednesday, May 21. The ‘Lightning on the Mountain’ is a BD Motorsports Media LLC promotion.

The second $5,000-to-win event is set for Sunday, July 13 when MjH Oilfield Consulting presents the Wade Decker Memorial.

Lias Tire, the regional distributor for American Racer tires, has put together an attractive incentive program for Thunder Mountain Modified racers.

Via the program, Thunder Mountain drivers will be eligible for eight American Racer tires to be given away via random drawings throughout the season. Additionally, the track champion will receive a set of four American Racer tires. Second-place in the final points will receive two tires and third-place will receive one tire. Fourth-place earns a certificate worth $85 toward the purchase of a tire and fifth receives a $50 certificate toward the purchase of a tire.

Drivers need to only to register once to be eligible for the American Racer rewards program. The registration fee is $30. To enter, e-mail thundermtnspeedway@gmail.com for the form.

The first on-track activities are set for consecutive Saturdays April 19 and 26 with open practice sessions starting at 1 p.m.  Admission for practice is $20 for the pit area and FREE for spectators.

The ‘Grand Reopening’ on Saturday, May 3 is headlined by the $1,992-to-win big-block/small-block Modified 30-lap event. The Modifieds will be joined by Sportsman, Rookie Sportsman, Street Stocks, Empire Sport Trucks, Pure Stocks and Four Cylinders as the ’14 championship battles get underway.

For Saturday events, gates open at 4:30 p.m., with hot laps at 6:30 p.m. and racing at 7 p.m.

Admission is $10 for Adults, $8 for Seniors (ages 65 and over) and Students (ages 10-17), and kids nine and under are FREE. Pit admission is $30 with no license required.

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Johnson Set For 2014 Albany-Saratoga Season

For Immediate Release

March 29th, 2014

Malta, NY - The last name Johnson is as much a part of the history of Capital District racing as the tracks themselves. The tradition will continue in 2014 as fan favorite Ronnie Johnson returns to weekly DIRTcar Modified action at the Albany-Saratoga Speedway.

“We plan on racing at Albany-Saratoga every Friday night,” Johnson said. “It is one of my home tracks; I started my racing career there. I really like running there and the competition is about as high as it can get. We are really excited about it. Lyle (DeVore) and Howie (Commander) are doing a good job there, it is a fun place to go and we enjoy it.”

Johnson has been a regular at the Great Race Place for most of his racing career. It is the whole track package that keeps bringing the third generation star back each season.

“It’s a fun race track,” Johnson said. “It is really fun and you have to be aggressive. It is old fashion short track racing.”

The 2013 campaign for Johnson would see him put the Alton and Carole Palmer owned Teo Pro Car in victory lane two times on the way to a fifth place finish in the final DIRTcar Modified point standings.

“I won two races and ended up fifth in points,” Johnson said. “They have a good point fund at Albany-Saratoga and to finish fifth in points is not too bad. I would love to win a track championship there as that is the ultimate goal. There is so much competition there.”

The man known as “RJ” started all 17 feature events during the 2013 season. He would visit victory lane on May 17th and August 2nd and complete the season a mere ten points behind fourth place points finisher Matt Delorenzo. In all Johnson scored seven top five finishes and 12 top ten finishes and finished the season with an average finish of 8.29.

Johnson has a total of 26 feature wins at the Great Race Place. A total of 19 are in the DIRTcar Modified division with seven coming in the Sportsman division. Johnson won all seven Sportsman events in the 1997 season, a season which he was crowned the divisions track champion.

Like most racers Johnson is always on the lookout for ways to improve his weekly performance and in 2013 he learned a few things that could go a long way in improving the team’s weekly consistency.

“We are always trying something different on the race car,” Johnson said. “We are looking for something that will get us in position to win more than a couple of races per season. There are pros and cons to this because when you don’t hit the right set up your maybe a tenth place car. We learned some things last year; I think some of our set ups are going to carry over into this year.”

For the first time in his career Johnson will be running on Hoosier Racing Tires on both Friday and Saturday nights. While Johnson feels the tire consistency will help, he doesn’t see the end result changing.

“I think it will help us as a whole,” Johnson explained. “It will help with the amount of work that we have to do as the set ups are a little different between the different tire brands. I do not think it will change the outcome of the events as I think you will see the same guys run up front every week. I also think we will spend a little less money.”

Going into the 2014 season six time track champion Brett Hearn and 12 time champion Kenny Tremont, Jr. are the early favorites. Johnson feels he will be in the mix but it will not be easy.

“That is the goal,” Johnson said of challenging the first and third winningest drivers in the tracks history. “Those two are good at what they do and trying to knock them off the top two positions will be awful tough. Even if they have an off night they still finish close to the top five. I think we need to be more consistent. I don’t think anybody is going to go in there and win ten races in a season like Brett, Kenny or my father have done in the past. I think it is more about being consistent and being in the top five every week.”

Johnson was quick to thank everyone who makes competing weekly possible.

“I have to thank all of my sponsors and especially Carole and Alton Palmer,” Johnson said. “We have a whole slew of sponsors and I do not want to forget anyone. I have to thank my wife Shelley and my step daughter Nikki as they put up with my crazy life style and everybody involved with our team.”

The Albany-Saratoga is scheduled to open its gates on Sunday April 13th for a practice session. The season opener is scheduled for Friday evening April 18th.  For more information on the Albany-Saratoga Speedway, including the full 2014 schedule please visit the track website at www.albany-saratogaspeedway.com.

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WINTER COLD AND FROST CAUSES "ICE MELT" CANCELLATION AT THE FONDA SPEEDWAY

By: Ron Szczerba

The winter of 2013-2014 that seems like it just doesn't want to end caused the cancellation of the annual "Ice Melt" season opening event for the 2014 racing season at the "Track of Champions" Fonda Speedway for Saturday, April 5.

The opening day event at Fonda will now be held on Saturday, April 12 when all divisions will be in action as the start of the 2014 point season begins in all divisions. Starting time on April 12 will be 7:00 p.m. and it will also be the debut of Matt DeLorenzo and his staff as the new promotional team at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds facility.

"There is still too much frost in the ground and the long range forecast is still for below freezing temperatures at night," DeLorenzo said earlier this week.

It will be the first time since 2007 that the annual "Ice Jam" event as it used to be called had to be cancelled due to weather conditions.

Winning on opening day has had major consequences over the years as to who won the track championships in their respective divisions after taking home a win on opening night of the point's season in the same year.

In the modified division Bobby Varin (2008 & 2009) and Stewart Friesen (2012 & 2013) were winners of feature events on opening night and went on to win track titles in the same year while in the 358-modified division (back when they used to crown separate champions in the big and small block classes even though they ran together in the same feature event) new promoter DeLorenzo won on opening night and took home the title in 2004 & 2006.

In 2011 Mark Mortensen won the opening night event and took home the championship in the same year in the 602 sportsman division while in the pro stock division Butchie Irwin (2005), Rocky Warner (2011), and Pete Broderson (2012 & 2013) were opening night winners who took home championships.

Street Stock drivers who captured the same feat in their division were the late Bob VanAernam in 2004, Cassidy Wilson in 2009 and 2011 while in the former IMCA division it was George Catanzano in 2005 and Jeremy Cramer in 2009 who tied in an opening night victory with a track championship in the same year.

Ben Righi (2011 & 2012) and Ken & Kerrie Hollenback (2013) were the drivers who were able to accomplish the same thing in the 4-cylinder division.

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Delaware’s Matt Jester, Pennsylvania Star Duane Howard, New York Veteran Jeff Heotzler Latest To File Entries For April 6 ‘Hard Clay Open

Track Preparation Has Begun For Blockbuster Event At Orange County Fair Speedway

MIDDLETOWN, NY – The field planning to take part in the inaugural ‘Hard Clay Open’ at Orange County Fair Speedway continues to expand.

A roster of drivers representing seven states and one Canadian province has already registered to tackle the legendary five-eighths-mile oval on Sunday, April 6 for the inaugural 50-lap National Dirt Racing League (NDRL) Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP big-block/small-block Modified event. The $30,000-plus spectacular is a first-time co-promotion involving Orange County operators Michael Gurda IV and Howard Commander in conjunction with special events promoter Brett Deyo. The event is sponsored by United Pump & Tank, East Coast Speed/ECS Auto and West Point Golf.

The ‘Hard Clay Open’ at Orange County kicks off the NDRL Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP, a six-race big-block/small-block Modified series offering a recently increased $6,000 to the champion from a point fund of $25,000. The series visits Orange County, Thunder Mountain (N.Y.), I-88 (N.Y.), Accord (N.Y.) and Penn Can (Pa.) speedways. A long list of contingency and special awards has been assembled for the first Short Track Super Series season.

Snow has melted and equipment has been on the track readying Orange County for the special event. Track preparation is underway as the long winter has subsided, in addition to facility work.

Among the recent entries are Delaware’s Matt Jester, Pennsylvania’s Duane Howard and New York State veteran Jeff Heotzler.

Jester, the defending Delaware International Speedway big-block Modified champion from Milford, Del., embarks on his first-ever visit the Orange County for the ‘Hard Clay Open’ special. The 29-year-old won six events en route to the Delaware International title a year ago, the second of his career at the half-mile oval. He recorded his first championship in 2011.

Jester plans to make the four-hour-plus tow from his First State shop aboard his Clearview Farms-backed No. 62 Bicknell. Now armed with big- and small-block engines, ‘the Joker’ hopes to participate in a number of NDRL Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP events in ’14.

“We’re looking to get out more and hit some of these higher-paying shows,” noted Jester. “We’re all looking forward to traveling some more this year. We’re waiting on a few things now to finish the car. I’m planning to get to Orange County the day before (April 5) to practice since I’ve never seen the place.”

A dominant force on the Pennsylvania 358-Modified circuit, Howard heads to the ‘Hard Clay Open’ with a proven team at the Middletown track. The 50-year-old Oley, Pa., resident will strap into the potent Mike Petruska-owned No. 66 for the 50-lap special. The Wayne, N.J.-based Atlas Paving team is a past, three-time, Eastern States 200 winner at Orange County (with three different drivers: Heotzler, Danny Johnson and Jerry Higbie Jr.) from ’07-’09. Last year, Stewart Friesen recovered from a mid-race spin to place second in the Petruska ride at Eastern States.

Howard, incidentally, spent a single full season at Orange County during the formative years of his career. He competed regularly there with the BRB Racing operation in the early 1990s. He seeks his first-ever Orange County checkered flag.

Heotzler is no stranger to success at Orange County. The Wallkill, N.Y., 56-year-old driver owns six total championships at the fairgrounds track: four in big-block and two in small-block competition. Heotzler won the aforementioned ’07 Eastern States 200 in a Petruska car.

For the ‘Hard Clay Open’ Heotzler plans to bring a pair of cars to the track and make a decision on which to use based on track conditions. He’ll have a No. 14H big-block owned by Delaware’s Ron Roberts and Mel Schrufer’s No. 84 small-block at his disposal. 

The ‘Hard Clay Open’ is a lucrative Modified event paying $5,000 plus bonuses to the winner, $4,000 for second, $1,500 for fifth, $1,000 for 10th and $500 just to take the green flag. Lap money has been collected and will cycle through the top-seven running positions. The total has climbed to $2,439. A number of other cash awards and bonuses will add to the huge payday for competitors.

Joining the Modifieds are Crate 602 Sportsman in a 25-lap, $1,000-to-win event for the Dig Safely New York GRIT Series. Lap money and special awards are also adding up for ‘Hard Clay Open’ 602 Sportsman competitors.

In Orange County’s long and storied history, there have been eight different race events completed on or before April 6: March 18, 1984 won by Larry Brolsma; March 25, 1984 won by Charlie Rudolph; April 2, 1983 won by C.D. Coville; April 2, 1983 won by Gary Iulg (heldover from March 27, 1983); April 3, 1966 won by Bill Wimble; April 4, 1959 won by Carl Van Horn; April 4, 1964 won by Bill Wimble and April 6, 1984 won by Bob McCreadie.

For the ‘Hard Clay Open’ pit gates will open at 8 a.m.  Grandstand and drive-in section gates unlock at 10 a.m.  A drivers’ meeting is set for 12:45 p.m., with hot laps at 1:05 p.m. and racing at 2 p.m.

Admission for the ‘Hard Clay Open’ is $20 for Adults, $18 for Seniors and $2 for Kids 12 and under. Pit admission is $35, with no license required.

An open practice is set for Saturday, April 5, 12-5 p.m., with grandstand admission free and $25 pit admission. Camping is permitted on the speedway grounds.
Big- and small-block combinations are legal for this unique event with staggered minimum weights. American Racer and Hoosier tires are both legal, as well. Accepted tire compounds have been outlined in the race rules/information. 

For the first time ever at Orange County, sail panels are permitted for the ‘Hard Clay Open’ Modified event. Sail panels must be no taller than 65 inches when measured from the ground and must mirror each other in size and shape side-for-side. A four-inch roof spoiler is permitted, as well. All other Orange County/DIRTcar body rules will be in effect. Complete race rules, weights and tire compounds can be found online at www.bdmotorsportsmedia.com or www.orangecountyfairspeedway.net.

For qualifying, drivers will draw for their starting positions upon entry to the speedway. Heat-race finishes utilizing staggered passing points will be calculated to set the redraw participants and qualified cars from 10-lap heat races.  Consolations, 10 laps each, will set the remainder of the 28-car starting field via their order of finish. The heat-race finish/passing point combination will set the starting lineups for the consolations.

The passing points system, new to Modified racing but widely used in other forms of racing including Sprint Cars and the famed ‘Chili Bowl’ in Tulsa, Okla., aims to satisfy the desires of both racers and fans by easing the consequences of a poor draw for competitors and providing heat-race excitement for fans.

For further ‘Hard Clay Open’ information, contact Brett Deyo of BD Motorsports Media at Deyo99H@aol.com or by phone at 845.728.2781. BD Motorsports Media is on the web at www.bdmotorsportsmedia.com. “Like” BD Motorsports Media on Facebook or “follow” @BrettDeyo on Twitter.

Located at 239 Wisner Avenue Middletown, NY 10940 on the Orange County Fairgrounds, Orange County Fair Speedway is the oldest continuously operating dirt track in the United States. The first auto race was held at the speedway in 1919. The five-eighths-mile oval offers fully-covered and half-covered grandstands in addition to open bleacher seating on the frontstretch and turn one areas, with drive-in viewing on the backstretch. To learn more, contact the Orange County Fair Speedway office at 845.342.2573 or visit www.orangecountyfairspeedway.net.

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“THE CAN OPENER” KICKS OFF 2014 SEASON AT PENN CAN SPEEDWAY…INCENTIVES ANNOUNCED

Susquehanna, PA…The mighty modifieds will take center stage when the gates swing open at Penn Can Speedway on Friday April 18nd with the running of “The Can Opener.” The night will feature modifieds in action in a big thirty five lap feature event paying the winner $1500. Modified teams will draw for heat race starting positions with the top finishers redrawing for the feature event. Last season Grant Hilfiger beat out a very strong field to win “The Can Opener”. A strong field of modifieds is expected for the first of several big events on the 2014 schedule for the modified teams.

Kevin Hartnett, 2013 speedway champion, Billy Thornton, Mike Schane, Dan Pompey, Brian Malcolm, Bob Trapper, Alan Rudalavage, Joey Colsten, and Adam MacGeorge  were all strong runners at the speedway and are expected to contend for the win in the big “Can Opener.”  The winner of the race will be given a guaranteed starting spot in the 2014 King of the Can race in October.

Joining the modifieds on the opening night of racing will be the 602 sportsman, street stocks, factory stocks, Xcel 600 Modifieds, and four cylinders. The format all other divisions will be the same as the modifieds on this first night. All teams will draw for heat race starting spots and then redraw for the features. The winners of each division on this night will also receive guaranteed starting spots in their races on the King of the Can Weekend in October.

Speedway officials have been hard at work over the off-season with speedway sponsors and are pleased to announce a number of lucrative incentives to teams racing at Penn Can Speedway in 2014. The programs will benefit all racing divisions currently competing at the three eighths mile oval. The speedway has always paid one of the most lucrative purses in the area in all divisions. This will not change for the coming season. The track has also provided a very decent point fund to all the teams racing at the speedway. Over the years speedway management has spread the allotted money out over all divisions. Penn Can has also distributed the money throughout the top ten. This also will not change in 2014. With the help of speedway sponsors,Al Wilcox and Reed Miller are pleased to announce that the winner of the modified title in 2014 will again this season receive $5000. Other positions throughout the modified top ten will also be nicely rewarded. The other divisions at Penn Can will also be well compensated in 2014 for making Penn Can their Friday night home track. Both the 602 sportsman division and the street stock division winners will be paid a minimum of $1000 for their championships. The four cylinder, factory stocks, and Xcel modified winners will be guaranteed a minimum of $250 for their titles.

The speedway will also be part of the American Racer Cup for both modified and sportsman teams. The program has some changes from past seasons. In the modified division, race teams will not only be rewarded with the popular tire give-away, they will be part of a state wide completion. The sportsman program for 2014 has also been upgraded and will also feature state wide point system. Early membership bonuses are also available for teams registering early in the modified division. Entry forms are on the speedway web page.

The action starts at the speedway this season with an open test and tune sessions tentatively scheduled for Friday April 11th. This date is listed as tentative because the speedway crew is in the process of reconstructing the backstretch wall with hopes of having everything complete for the opening weeks of racing. Check the speedway web site for all of the updated speedway news.

The speedway is located on Route 171 in Susquehanna, Pennsylvania just a short drive from the Binghamton and Scranton areas. For more information call the speedway office at 570-585-9928 or check our website at www.penncan.com.

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$105k Handed Out LVS to Capp Off '13

LVS Press 3/23/14

West Lebanon, NY:  The High Banks at Lebanon Valley Speedway are beginning their spring thaw, but the Club House located just off the first turn wall, was already heated up with celebrations of the 2013 High Points Champions and cheers for a total of just under $105,000 in total Point Fund Money doled out.
 
With over 7 division High Point Championships to be honored, on Friday March 21, 2014, the lower divisions were giving their chance to shine on stage.  The Pro Stock Champ had the big honor of the night as Jay Corbin collected his well-deserved accolades and an impressive check of just over $2,100.

Also honored were the remainder of the top 5 finishers in the point standings, Jason Casey was honored for finishing 2nd, Robbie Speed finished 3rd, Victor Hopkins, and Frank Twing rounded out the top 5.

In Budget Sportsman, Tyler Dipple outlasted his contenders to take the Points title, and bring home a check for $1,290.00.  Tommy Johnson, Matt Pappa, Peter Carlotto and Ray Hall Jr all battled their ways to finish in the top 5 in the points standings.

JJ Hatch grabbed his check for $500.00 for taking the Purestock Championship over Ray Hall Sr, Al Relyea, Ed Hatch, and Daniel Sanchez.

Earlier in the night, a couple of special awards were handed out;  Daniel Sanchez received the Purestock Driver of the Year, while in Pro Stocks, driver Frank Twing, and car chief Jaime Scott received the Achievement of the Year for their outstanding support of the Pro Stock division.  Also, Tyler Dipple took home the Jeff Yasinsac Mr. Excitement Award.

Then on Saturday March 22, 2014, the Club House was abuzz with big money given out as the Modifieds and Small Block Modified Champions were honored. 

Steve Hough was honored for his hard work by capturing the High Point Championship in the SB Modifieds.  Along with the trophy, he also took home a check for $2,830.00.  Steve Meilleur who finished 2nd took home just under $2,300.00, and Brett Haas took home just over $2,200.00 for finishing 3rd.  Jason Herrington and Chad Jeseo rounded out the top 5 honorees in the SB division.

Then, in Big Block Modifieds, future Hall of Fame driver Brett Hearn captured his 8th High Point Championship.  He was also handed the lion’s share of the point fund, bring home a check for $9,000.00!

Andy Bachetti finished 2nd earning himself a check for $5,140.00, while JR Heffner brought home a check for $5,020.00 for finishing 3rd.  Ken Tremont Jr was 4th and Donnie Corellis battled to finish in the top 5 in points.

Special Awards handed on out on Saturday included Bobby Hackel IV earning the Big Block Modifieds Rookie of the Year.  Legendary driver, car chief, and crew member Jocko Martterer was honored by his induction into the Lebanon Valley Speedway Hall of Fame!   To round out the night, Earl Heath was honored with the Board of Directors Achievement Award for his commitment to the sport and his Quarter Century devotion to the LVS Board of Directors.

With all of the 2013 Season Accolades finally in the review mirror, it is time to set our attention on the 2014 Season!  With warmer weather on the way (eventually), and teams wrapping up all the finishing touches, we are but a few short weeks away from the 62nd Season Opener on Saturday April 12th.

For more information, to get your 2014 Season Passes, to complete you LVAR or DIRTCar License, or to get the full 2014 Schedule, visit our website at www.LebanonValley.com and click on “Speedway”.

For more information, the 2014 schedule, and links to what's on tap for 2014, visit our website at www.LebanonValley.com, and click on “Speedway”, or call the LVAR Offices during regular business hours at (518) 794-9606 or (518) 794-9965.

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DELAWARE INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY MAKES FINAL PREPARATIONS FOR 2014 OPENER

By Charlie Brown, Delmar, DE – All that seems to be needed for the 2014 season to get underway is for spring to finally kick in. Fans will get a taste of what is to come on Saturday night, April 5th with a “Tune and Test” Night. Last year 130 competitors turned out in multiple divisions for the event which is free to all spectators on the spectator side. Gates open at 5 p.m. with the “Tune & Test” from 6 p.m. Until 9 p.m.

The season opener on April 12th will be “Delmar Night” in tribute to the town that has played host to the racing facility since 1963. Any fan with a picture I.D. with a Delmar, Del. or a Delmar, Md. address will be admitted to the spectator side for free. And as always, all children 13 and under are admitted free to the spectator side when accompanied by an adult. The night will feature the NAPA Big Block Modifieds, Super Late Models, Crate Models, AC Delco PSC Modifieds, Mod Lites and Vintage Cars. General admission is $15 on the spectator side and $25 in the pits.

April 19th will host the Kyle Dixon Memorial which will include the five weekly divisions plus the Super Trucks and the first ever event for the Red Neck Slide. This new event is in the same format of a water soaked slick surface but the cars will be racing in reverse! The month of April rounds out on April with the William J. and Juanita Cathell Memorial Night April 26th will all weekly divisions plus the Little Lincoln Vintage Cars.

The United Racing Company Sprint Cars will make two visits to the fast half mile. The first will be on May 17th and will be the Kramer Williamson Memorial. The second visit will be on August 30th and R.C. Holloway Co. Night.

Other “must see” events are spread throughout the season. The nation’s best Super Late Model drivers will return for the “Fulton Bank 50” for the World of Outlaws on Thursday night May 29th along with the Little Lincoln Vintage Cars. Pepsi Night on June 7th will feature twin 20’s for the Super Late Models and the following week will be S.R. Pete & Sons Night with twin 20’s for the NAPA Big Block Modifieds.

The tradition continues with the Camp Barnes Benefit on Tuesday night June 24th. This annual favorite always produces a good field of invaders and a huge crowd that turns out to support a very worthy cause - Camp Barnes youth camp and the Delaware State Police. Other specials include the Tony Steele Memorial for Vintage Cars on July 12th and the return of the “Blast from the Past” Celebration honoring the rich history of the track on Sept. 6th.

The season will concluded with the two day Delaware State Dirt Track Championships on Friday night October 17th and Saturday night October 18th. 

For weekly Saturday night events gates open at 5 p.m. with hot laps taking to the track at 7 p.m. For more information log on to www.delawareracing.com.

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Super DIRTcar Series kicks off season at Fulton Speedway

Premier Big-Block Modified tour picks up momentum with new tracks, events, drivers

WEEDSPORT, N.Y. - Spring has sprung, and with it the Super DIRTcar Series is ready to kick into high gear. The Big-Block Modified tour kicks off Saturday, April 26, at Central New York's Fulton Speedway.

Last year, the series brought the best competitors to the best facilities in DIRTcar's Northeast Region as drivers duked it out for points supremacy. Veteran Brett Hearn, of Sussex, N.J., took home the crown after a season of surprises, upsets, record-breaking car counts and intense racing action.

Having already warmed up with pre-season racing at Volusia Speedway Park's DIRTcar Nationals presented by Summit Racing Equipment, the Super DIRTcar Series contenders are gearing up for another action-packed year. For the first time in years, the series will be running at Fulton Speedway, Utica-Rome Speedway, Big Diamond Speedway, Glen Ridge Motorsports Park, Weedsport Speedway , Ransomville Speedway and Fonda Speedway. These races are in addition to popular series events at New Egypt Speedway, Cornwall Motor Speedway, Rolling Wheels Raceway, Albany-Saratoga Speedway, Autodromes Granby and Drummond, Merrittville Speedway, Ransomville Speedway, Lebanon Valley Speedway and Mohawk International Raceway.

"I'm just excited overall about the whole picture," said Big-Block Modified driver and series regular Jimmy Phelps, of Baldwinsville, N.Y. "We're getting some tracks back in, we're getting some new tracks. We're getting to see the series get some real momentum and it's just real exciting to be a part of."

In addition to competing for some of the top spots in the series the last few years, finishing third in series points for 2012 and '13, Phelps will be traveling the tour with three-time series champion Matt Sheppard, of Waterloo, N.Y. Sheppard joined the Heinke-Baldwin Racing team early in 2014, and Phelps believes the former champion will bring valuable new perspective to the team.

"He's brought some insight to the table and a different outlook to possibly help our equipment, our decisions on setup and so on and so forth" said Phelps, whose No. 98h shared the lead with Sheppard's No. 9H during much of the last Super DIRTcar Series race February at Volusia Speedway Park. "It's a win-win. Hopefully we can help him improve, or at least stay on pace with where he's been; and hopefully he can help me improve."

Sheppard, Phelps and Hearn will have to stay on their toes this year to stay ahead of a competitive field of series racers. October's Syracuse 200 winner Billy Dunn, of Watertown, N.Y., will be in the running again this year, as will Pete Britten of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, Gary Tomkins, of Rochester, N.Y., Justin Haers, of Phelps, N.Y., among many others. With more events in the Central New York region, some of that area's strong contenders, including Billy Decker, Pat Ward, Larry Wight and Ryan Phelps are poised to make a splash in this year's point standings.

Highbank Holdup 100 takes hold in Central New York

Perhaps the most talked-about race on this year's Super DIRTcar Series schedule is the series point opener Saturday, April 26, at Fulton Speedway. The Highbank Holdup 100 marks the first time since 2010 that the premier Big-Block Modified tour roared onto the 3/8-mile high-banked oval at Fulton, and fans and racers couldn't be more excited.

"The track is probably one of my favorite tracks. The way it's shaped and with how wide it is you can run about four-wide at any part of the track," said Phelps, who is looking forward to returning to a track he hasn't raced regularly since 2011. "Anytime you can spice things up with something new and throw a huge event to kick things off, I think people are really excited about it."

"Huge event" might be an understatement for the Highbank Holdup, which is serving as both the Super DIRTcar Series northeast opener and the Fulton Speedway season opener. In addition to the 100-lap Big-Block Modified race, the track will be featuring the $1,000-to-win Industrial Tire Sportsman Championship Qualifier as well as Pro Race Cars Mod Lites.

Racing begins at 7 p.m. for April's Highbank Holdup 100 at Fulton Speedway in Fulton, N.Y. For more information about the event, visit www.fultonspeedway.com or call (315) 593-6531. For more information about the Super DIRTcar Series, including a complete 2014 schedule and results from past races, visit www.superdirtcarseries.com.

AT A GLANCE

Highbank Holdup 100

Date: Saturday, April 26, 2014

Time: Racing starts at 7 p.m.

About the Series: The Super DIRTcar Series is a traveling tour featuring the mighty, 800-plus horsepower Big-Block Modifieds. The series travels to the biggest venues and events in the Northeast region, culminating in the Syracuse 200 during NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week. The Super DIRTcar Series also makes appearances at large events outside the region, including the World of Outlaws World Finals at the Dirt Track at Charlotte and February's DIRTcar Nationals presented by Summit Racing Equipment at Volusia Speedway Park.

About the Track: Built into a hilly area on the banks of the Oswego River, Fulton Speedway's 3/8-mile, high-banked clay oval is a mainstay for Central New York's competitors and race fans.

Super DIRTcar Big-Block Modified Series
Potential Driver Entry List
1.) Matt Sheppard, Waterloo, NY
2.) Jimmy Phelps, Baldwinsville, NY
3.) Billy Decker, Unadilla, NY
4.) Pat Ward, Genoa, NY
5.) Larry Wight, Baldwinsville, NY
6.) Peter Britten, Brisbane, Queensland - Australia
7.) Rich Scagliotta, Hillsborough, N.J.
8.) Brett Hearn, Sussex, N.J.
9.) Matt Billings, Brockville, Ontario - Canada
10.) Gary Tomkins, Rochester, NY
11.) Dale Planck, Cortland, NY
12.) Justin Haers, Phelps, NY
13.) Keith Flach, Ravena, NY
14.) Erick Rudolph, Ransomville, NY
15.) Dave Rauscher, Waterloo, NY
16.) Ryan Phelps, Baldwinsville, NY
17.) Carey Terrance, Hogansburg, NY
18.) Rob Bellinger, Watertown, NY
19.) Billy Dunn, Watertown, NY
20.) Billy VanInwegen, Sparrowbush, NY
21.) Vince Vitale, Phoenix, NY
22.) Tim Sears, Clay, NY
23.) Tom Sears, Jr., Clay, NY
24.) Mat Williamson, St. Catherines, Ontario - Canada
25.) Lance Willix, Theresa, NY
26.) Dan Vauter, Forest City, Pa.
27.) Chad Phelps, Mexico, NY
28.) Chris Hile, Syracuse, NY
29.) Jim Witko, Jr., Clarks Summit, Pa.
30.) Matt Hulsizer, Stony Point, NY
31.) Roy Bresnahan, Palermo, NY
32.) Katelyn Kane, Syracuse, NY
33.) Chuck Bower, Lansing, NY
34.) Adam Roberts, Watertown, NY
35.) Stewart Friesen, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario
36.) C.G. Morey, Rutland, Vt.
37.) Jimmy Davis, Ballston Spa, N.Y.
38.) Joe August
39.) Tim Schneider, Jr.
40.) Tim Kerr, Picton, Ontario
41.) Mario Clair, Drummondville, Quebec
42.) Kevin Albert, Lebanon, Pa.
43.) Tim Currier, Waterloo, NY

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Marc Johnson Ready For Albany-Saratoga Title Run

For Immediate Release
March 22nd, 2014

Malta, NY - Too many, the epitome of a racer is someone who competes on a shoestring budget and does more with less. When such a driver beats the higher profile teams, it becomes a feel good story. If there was a feel good story of such a racer at the Albany-Saratoga Speedway last season it would clearly be Marc Johnson.

The veteran from Guilderland, New York will once again be calling the Great Race Place home for the 2014 season. He will have the same trusted Troyer chassis DIRTcar Modified in the pit area each week in search of his first track championship.

“We are going to run the same car that we had last year,” Johnson said. “It is a 2012 Troyer and everything else on the car will pretty much be the same that we had last year. We will have a small block under the hood as I no longer own a big block.”

To call the 2013 season a stellar one for Johnson would be a severe understatement. Johnson visited victory lane twice (May 10th and August 30th) and competed in 16 of the 17 events. He finished the season with ten top five finishes and 15 top ten finishes. Despite the lack major sponsor dollars Johnson had an average finish of 5.63 and ended the season third in the final point standings.

“It was an awesome season,” Johnson said. “I would be happy if this season was just as good as last year but you always hope for a better one. You couldn’t ask for much better of a season than last year, we didn’t get in too many jingles and the momentum carried over to Syracuse and hopefully the same thing happens this year, the momentum carries from Syracuse over to this year.”

His third place finish in the championship hunt is very impressive considering he missed one event (July 26th) due to mechanical issues that sidelined the team earlier in the evening. In the end he would finish ten points behind Kenny Tremont, Jr. and 42 behind track champion Brett Hearn. Assuming the rest of the season played out as it did, Johnson would only have needed to finish seventh on July 26th to win the track championship. 

On the heels of his successful 2013 season that included a top ten finish in the Salute to the Troops 150 DIRTcar 358 Modified Championship during Super DIRT Week and winning one of the twin 20 qualifying events during the week, Johnson is confident that he will be able to challenge Hearn and Tremont for the 2014 track championship.

“I really do think we have a shot,” Johnson said of his chances at being crowned track champion for the first time. “I wish we could have had a backup car or that someone would have let me take a backup car out and we could have seen what happened. It is what it is, we will take a third, I am still happy with that.”

As any good driver will tell you, the way to stay on top in racing is to keep learning. Johnson is no exception as he has learned some things that will carry over to the 2014 season.

“I learned that maintenance plays a big part of it,” Johnson said. “The harder you work in the garage it shows on the race track. If you work hard at it the results will show.”

Johnson would continue, “I got to thank my father, he puts his heart and soul in the motors. I have to thank Big Mann Painting who has helped in a big way, Rich Diamond (Diamond Fabrication) who has always trusted in me and Andy’s Speed Shop. It is pretty much a team effort, my family, my brother and my wife who puts up with my ridiculous hours in the garage. Maybe we will be able to land something big on the quarter panels this year.”

Marc Johnson has three career feature wins at the Albany-Saratoga Speedway. The 2013 season marked the first time he visited victory lane on the track’s dirt surface. His first feature win came on May 7th, 2010 on the pavement.

For more information on the Albany-Saratoga Speedway, including the full 2014 schedule please visit the track website at www.albany-saratogaspeedway.com.

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APRIL 12 ORANGE COUNTY FAIR SPEEDWAY OPENER MARKS 65 CONSECUTIVE YEARS OF WEEKLY STOCK CAR RACING

MIDDLETOWN, NY (March 21)……..The winning driver in the Modified feature on Opening Night at Orange County Fair Speedway will continue a tradition that first began in 1950. While automobile racing traces its Orange County roots back to 1919, weekly stock car racing---the precursors of today’s Modifieds---began on April 16, 1950 and has continued uninterrupted since that memorable date.

The first weekly racing program was held on a small one-fifth-mile asphalt-surfaced track that was located inside the famed five-eighths-mile Hard Clay speedway. Tex Enright, who later gained fame as a colorful race starter was the day’s winner, his only Orange County victory of record. Since then, 37 other drivers have won season openers, led by all-time track record holder Brett Hearn, who has tasted first night victory champagne nine times.

Other multi-time Opening Night winners include Carl Van Horn who captured four Modified features; three-time Opening Night victors Bobby Bottcher, Will Cagle, Rich Eurich, and Jeff Heotzler; with Frank Cozze, Danny Creeden, Bud Marl, Chuck McKee, Frankie Schneider, Al Tasnady, and Bill Wimble each winning two openers.

Drivers who have raced at Orange County on a weekly basis some or all of their careers have won the vast majority of Opening Night feature races. But that hasn’t always been the case. The first outside invader to take home the season opener top prize was Hartford, Connecticut driver Dick Fletcher back in 1954. Then in the 1960s, Flemington (New Jersey) Speedway great Al Tasnady won two Orange County openers, as did Fonda (New York) Speedway champion Bill Wimble.

In 1983, C.D. Coville, from Upstate New York, ushered in the DIRT Motorsports era by winning the first race under Glenn Donnelly’s reign. “Barefoot” Bob McCreadie, from Watertown, New York, took the local boys to task in 1985, while Jack Johnson, whose home track was also Fonda Speedway, won in 1995, the last outside invader to win on Opening Night.

Winning Opening Night Modified features the past six years were Brett Hearn (2008 and 2010), Danny Creeden (2009 and 2011), Chris Shultz (2012), and Jerry Higbie (2013). With early season bragging rights on the line, more than three-dozen top Modified drivers are looking to start 2013 weekly racing with a victory. And who knows, there’s always the possibility an outside invader will pull into the Orange County pits and win the Opening Night top prize money.

It will all play out on Saturday, April 12, 2014 and the start of the 65th consecutive season of weekly stock car racing at Orange County Fair Speedway. Will a new Opening Night winner’s name be added to the long list of great Orange County drivers? Or will one of the previous victors take the checkered flag once again? Racing gets under way at the new 7:00 P.M starting time at the historic Middletown, New York five-eights-mile “Hard Clay” surfaced speedway. Opening Night will include four divisions of race cars---Modifieds, Small-Block Modifieds, Sportsman, and Street Stocks---in qualifying races and main events with the evening’s program sponsored by Middletown Auto Wreckers.

Advance ticket sales and additional information is available at the Track Office. Call 845-342-2573 during business hours. Fans and competitors are reminded to visit the speedway website for the latest track news: www.orangecountyfairspeedway.net

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UTICA-ROME SPEEDWAY PLANS OPEN HOUSE ON WEDNESDAY APRIL 16
 
VERNON, NY-After a great showing at the Gater Racing News Motorsports Expo a couple weeks ago, the staff of the Utica-Rome Speedway is now preparing for the upcoming 2014 season.  With this being the first season under the NASCAR and Whelen All-American Series banner during the Gene Cole era, the staff has set a date for an “open house” for Wednesday, April 16 at 7 p.m.
 
Speedway staff will be on hand to answer questions concerning the upcoming 2014 season, including questions on the NASCAR sanction and what it means to the drivers.  This also will be a perfect opportunity for drivers and crew members to purchase their NASCAR licenses to avoid any issues on opening day.  Remember, all competitors will be required to have a NASCAR license when competing in a weekly event. This will exclude any Race of Champions Series event or Super DIRTcar Series event.
 
Tires will also be on sale so competitors can pick them as well while they are at the office.  The initial order will be going in at the beginning of April, so if you need anything specific, be sure to contact Barb Clark immediately.
 
At the Motorsports Expo, nearly two dozen NASCAR licenses were sold and a huge thank you has to go out to track employee Jolee Hodge for her help during the show.  Jolee worked the entire show, selling memberships and keeping the paperwork in order.
 
If you plan on attending the open house event, please RSVP with Barb Clark at (315)724-5709 so we can plan accordingly based on the number of attendees.  The location of the event will be at the speedway office at 4580 Wood Road, Vernon NY 13476 which is located off the backstretch of the speedway.
 
The season is set to get underway on April 27 with a regular show of NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing featuring Modifieds, Sportsman, Pro Stocks, and Pure Stocks.  Gates open at 3:30 p.m. with racing set to begin at 6 p.m.  For more information, please log on to www.uticaromespeedway.com or call the speedway office at (315)829-4557.

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Brewerton Speedway Highly Anticipated April 18 Season Opener Rapidly Approaching

BREWERTON, NY – March 21, 2014 (By Dave Medler) – The work is being completed in race shops and the fans are more than ready after the long off-season. Now the calendar turns to spring this week as everyone turns their attention to the Brewerton Speedway and the long awaited season opener at the “D-Shaped Dirt Demon” on Friday night April 18th.

Returning track champions Matt Sheppard (Tracey Road Equipment Big Block Modifieds) Kevan Cook (Nationwide Insurance IMCA Modifieds) Mike Mullen (Pro Race Cars Mod Lites) and Chuck Powelczyk (Four Cylinder Super Stocks) will lead the charge on opening night.

The Brewerton Big Block Modifieds known as one of the toughest fields anywhere in the Northeast will be returning to DIRTcar sanction and Hoosier tires. This will give race teams home track points and the opportunity to go out and chase the Super DIRTcar Series.

Along with great weekly racing here are some of the highlights on the schedule for 2014. The exciting NAPA Late Models will be back for four dates during the season. The highly popular SUNY Canton Sportsman $1,000 to win Industrial Tire of CNY Shootout Series will invade the speedway three times. Working with other Friday tracks look for a big field of IMCA Modifieds on May 9th with their Empire Series. If you have never seen the 600 Micro Sprints at Brewerton you owe it to yourself to check out the NY6A Tour on four trips to the Demon this season.

The high flying Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints will be tossing clay and burning methanol on two occasions. Wednesday, July 2nd the ESS-SUNY Canton Speedweek will have their first race at the Brewerton Speedway. Then mark your calendars for August 15th when Schneider Packaging will present “Wings and Warriors” featuring ESS and the ground pounding Tracey Road Equipment Big Block Modifieds on the same race card.

The season will end on Thursday, October 9th for one of the best races in Modified racing when SUNY Canton presents the 22nd Hurricane 100 358 DIRTcar Series and Pro Race Cars Mod Lites.

To view the entire 2014 schedule go to http://brewertonspeedway.net/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/2014schedule.pdf

To get everyone through till the cars hit the speedway the “Blast Off 2014” car show will be taking place at the Great Northern Mall located on Route 31 in Clay, NY on April 4-6. If you love race cars this is the place to be on that weekend.

Racers, this is the perfect opportunity to show off your new equipment and get your sponsors name out there and to also talk to mall visitors who could be future race fans. There is still limited space available and signing up is easy. Just go to www.brewertonspeedway.com and click on the link on the front page for the form to fill out and send in online.

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MARCH 22'S OPEN PRACTICE & "SPRINGDURO 150" ENDURO POSTPONED TO APRIL 5

By Mike Leone

Hartford, OH March 19, 2014 Sharon Speedway is forced to postpone this Saturday's (March 22) scheduled open practice and "Springduro 150" Enduro to Saturday, April 5 with a rain date of Sunday, April 6 due to the conditions of the track and parking areas. The new times for April 5 will be open practice from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. with the Enduro to follow.

(Note: Initially it was announced that April 12 would be the make-up, but that has since been changed to April 5 due to an Enduro at CNB Raceway Park in Clearfield, PA that many of the competitors would be participating in.)

"Today's (Wednesday) rains took away any hope at getting in Saturday's event," explained GM Dave Willoughby. "Things were beginning to dry up and if it would have stayed dry through Saturday we may have had a shot, but with frost still in the ground and inclement weather the next couple days there's just no way to be able to prepare the track. Cold weather is predicted through much of next week so we decided to just postpone the event until April 12."

A total of 42 cars have pre-entered for the Enduro, which pays $1,000 to the winner, $500 for second, $400 for third, $300 for fourth, and $200 for fifth. New entries are still being accepted and will be on race day at the cost of $100. Registration forms are available on the website by going to SharonSpeedway.com, clicking on the Drivers tab followed by the Registration link. The starting line-up is also posted on the website.

Following the Enduro, the 2014 regular racing season will get underway on Saturday, April 19 at 7 p.m. featuring the Hovis Auto & Truck Supply DIRTcar Big-Block Modifieds, Barris Supply RUSH Late Models, Summit Racing Equipment Modifieds, Gibson Insurance Agency Stock Cars, HTMA/Precise Racing Products Econo Mods, and the Deforest Used Parts Mini Stocks.

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Postponement Of Orange County Fair Speedway ‘Hard Clay Open’ Has Not Dulled Buzz For $30,000 Spectacular Even

Diverse Field Set To Embark On ‘Hard Clay’ Oval Sunday, April 6; Five States & One Canadian Province Represented On Early Registration List

MIDDLETOWN, NY – A two-week postponement has done little to deter the feverish buzz for the first-ever ‘Hard Clay Open’ at Orange County Fair Speedway.

A growing and diverse field is set to tackle the legendary five-eighths-mile oval on Sunday, April 6 for the inaugural 50-lap National Dirt Racing League (NDRL) Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP big-block/small-block Modified event. The $30,000-plus spectacular is a first-time co-promotion involving Orange County operators Michael Gurda IV and Howie Commander in conjunction with special events promoter Brett Deyo. The event is sponsored by United Pump & Tank, East Coast Speed/ECS Auto and West Point Golf.

Fans and racers alike expressed their enthusiasm for the event during the two-day Orange County Fair Speedway Motorsports Show held in the Fairgrounds Arena March 15-16.

The ‘Hard Clay Open’ at Orange County kicks off the NDRL Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP, a six-race big-block/small-block Modified series offering a recently increased $6,000 to the champion from a point fund of $25,000. The series visits Orange County, Thunder Mountain (N.Y.), I-88 (N.Y.), Accord (N.Y.) and Penn Can (Pa.) speedways. A long list of contingency and special awards has been assembled for the first Short Track Super Series season.
Five states and one Canadian province are already represented on the current list of ‘Hard Clay Open’ registrants.

Entries continue to be received by the BD Motorsports Media LLC office, led by Sussex, N.J., superstar Brett Hearn, who will be racing for his 300th career Orange County victory at the ‘Hard Clay Open’ event. Hearn currently owns 299 career Orange County checkered flags (173 big-block Mod; 124 small-block Mod; and two Sprint Car).

Hearn’s longtime rival Danny Johnson of Rochester, N.Y., has picked up the ride in Chris Gennarelli’s No. 86, typically driven by Adam MacGeorge at Penn Can. MacGeorge, a rising Modified star who won his first Penn Can main event last year, steps out of the seat at the ‘Hard Clay Open’ in favor of Johnson.

The winner of the 358-Modified Championship during Eastern States Weekend last October, Stewart Friesen of Sprakers, N.Y., readies for the ‘Hard Clay Open’ off the strength of Fonda (N.Y.) and Utica-Rome (N.Y.) championships in ’13. Friesen is already a winner this season, annexing a triumph at Volusia (Fla.) Speedway Park in February.

Rookie phenom, 19-year-old Anthony Perrego of Montgomery, N.Y., straps into Gary Mann’s New York Truck Parts No. 55 off a wave of momentum. Perrego, who moved into the Modified ranks last August, won the November ‘Gobbler’ spectacular at Accord (worth $7,732.11) and finished second in his very first big-block start at Volusia in February.

Bridgeport (N.J.) Speedway ’13 big-block Mod champion Ryan Watt, driving for Ron Roberts, plans to make his first Orange County start in more than a decade. Boyertown, Pa.’s Watt, who won a BD Motorsports Media LLC event at Penn Can last June, will chase the ’14 NDRL Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP title with plans to attend all six events.

A past champion at Orange County, Lebanon Valley (N.Y.) and Accord speedways, Sheffield, Mass., star Andy Bachetti will pilot the Steve Hough Motors No. 34 at the ‘Hard Clay Open’ event.  Bachetti, like Watt, has filed a full-season entry for the ’14 NDRL Short Track Super Series.

Former Mr. DIRTcar Modified champion Gary Tomkins of Clifton Springs, N.Y., a Canandaigua (N.Y.) Motorsports Park regular, will strap into the Ray and Debbie Tuit/Mike Sparta Trucking No. 673 for the ‘Hard Clay Open’ event. The Tuits and Sparta have a long history of racing at OCFS. Tomkins will be joined by fellow Canandaigua regulars Matt Billings of Brockville, Ont., Canada and Tim Currier of Auburn, N.Y.

New Egypt (N.J.) Speedway regular David Van Horn Jr. of Harmony, N.J., returns to his former home at Orange County, where he is both a big- and small-block past champion, for the ‘Hard Clay Open’ in the Harmony Sand & Gravel No. 71.

Second-generation driver Mike Mahaney of King Ferry, N.Y., the ’13 I-88 Speedway Modified champion, heads to Orange County in his family owned No. 33 big-block. Mahaney has very limited experience at the ‘Legendary House of Power’ turning only a handful of laps in borrowed rides during last October’s Eastern States Weekend.

Accord Speedway ’13 Modified champion Jackie Brown Jr., formerly an Orange County regular, returns to the Hard Clay for the April kickoff. Brown won the ‘King of the Catskill’s event at Accord last September with a pass of Danny Johnson.

The OCFS open-wheel champions from ’13 – Tim Hindley of Fair Oaks, N.Y., (big-block) and Danny Creeden of Middletown, N.Y., (small-block) are set to defend their home turf. Ironically, Hindley reported he will compete with the Joe Sarvis-owned No. 94 small-block, while Creeden will strap into a big-block powered car.

Tommy Meier of Waldwick, N.J., who has won big-block, small-block, Sportsman and Street Stock championships at Orange County, plans to drive a Jeff Behrent-owned No. 3 at the ‘Hard Clay Open’ to kick off his pursuit of the NDRL Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP point title.

Short-trackers looking to tackle the large and fast Orange County oval include Accord regular and previous Short Track SuperNationals winner Danny Tyler of Cottekill, N.Y., I-88 Speedway racer Brett Tonkin of Carbondale, Pa., short-track ace and 10-time Accord champion Rich Ricci Jr. of New Paltz, N.Y., past Five Mile Point champion Justin Holland of Kauneonga Lake, N.Y., and a veteran driver who has visited Victory Lane frequently at the quarter-mile Glen Ridge (N.Y.) Motorsports Park in recent seasons: Elmo Reckner of Ballston Lake, N.Y.

The ‘Hard Clay Open’ is a lucrative Modified event paying $5,000 plus bonuses to the winner, $4,000 for second, $1,500 for fifth, $1,000 for 10th and $500 just to take the green flag. Lap money has been collected and will cycle through the top-seven running positions. The total has climbed to $2,439. A number of other cash awards and bonuses will add to the huge payday for competitors.

Joining the Modifieds are Crate 602 Sportsman in a 25-lap, $1,000-to-win event for the Dig Safely New York GRIT Series. Lap money and special awards are also adding up for ‘Hard Clay Open’ 602 Sportsman competitors.

The ‘Hard Clay Open’ postponement has prompted changes in the Orange County Fair Speedway schedule. The open practice session, originally slated for March 29, has been pushed back to April 5, the eve of the ‘Hard Clay Open’ event. The regular season opener for 2014 will now hit the track on April 12.

In Orange County’s long and storied history, there have been eight different race events completed on or before April 6: March 18, 1984 won by Larry Brolsma; March 25, 1984 won by Charlie Rudolph; April 2, 1983 won by C.D. Coville; April 2, 1983 won by Gary Iulg (heldover from March 27, 1983); April 3, 1966 won by Bill Wimble; April 4, 1959 won by Carl Van Horn; April 4, 1964 won by Bill Wimble and April 6, 1984 won by Bob McCreadie.

For the ‘Hard Clay Open’ pit gates will open at 8 a.m.  Grandstand and drive-in section gates unlock at 10 a.m.  A drivers’ meeting is set for 12:45 p.m., with hot laps at 1:05 p.m. and racing at 2 p.m.

Admission for the ‘Hard Clay Open’ is $20 for Adults, $18 for Seniors and $2 for Kids 12 and under. Pit admission is $35, with no license required.
Big- and small-block combinations are legal for this unique event with staggered minimum weights. American Racer and Hoosier tires are both legal, as well. Accepted tire compounds have been outlined in the race rules/information. 

For the first time ever at Orange County, sail panels are permitted for the ‘Hard Clay Open’ Modified event. Sail panels must be no taller than 65 inches when measured from the ground and must mirror each other in size and shape side-for-side. A four-inch roof spoiler is permitted, as well. All other Orange County/DIRTcar body rules will be in effect. Complete race rules, weights and tire compounds can be found online at www.bdmotorsportsmedia.com or www.orangecountyfairspeedway.net.

For qualifying, drivers will draw for their starting positions upon entry to the speedway. Heat-race finishes utilizing staggered passing points will be calculated to set the redraw participants and qualified cars from 10-lap heat races.  Consolations, 10 laps each, will set the remainder of the 28-car starting field via their order of finish. The heat-race finish/passing point combination will set the starting lineups for the consolations.

The passing points system, new to Modified racing but widely used in other forms of racing including Sprint Cars and the famed ‘Chili Bowl’ in Tulsa, Okla., aims to satisfy the desires of both racers and fans by easing the consequences of a poor draw for competitors and providing heat-race excitement for fans.

For further ‘Hard Clay Open’ information, contact Brett Deyo of BD Motorsports Media at Deyo99H@aol.com or by phone at 845.728.2781. BD Motorsports Media is on the web at www.bdmotorsportsmedia.com. “Like” BD Motorsports Media on Facebook or “follow” @BrettDeyo on Twitter.

Located at 239 Wisner Avenue Middletown, NY 10940 on the Orange County Fairgrounds, Orange County Fair Speedway is the oldest continuously operating dirt track in the United States. The first auto race was held at the speedway in 1919. The five-eighths-mile oval offers fully-covered and half-covered grandstands in addition to open bleacher seating on the frontstretch and turn one areas, with drive-in viewing on the backstretch. To learn more, contact the Orange County Fair Speedway office at 845.342.2573 or visit www.orangecountyfairspeedway.net.

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New Egypt Speedway Set To Begin Season With ROC Cabin Fever Event

Modifieds and Sportsman Division Set To Headline

New Egypt, NJ- New Egypt Speedway is ready to kick off its 2014 season with the Race of Champions Cabin Fever 60 event featuring a 60 lap feature for the Modified division and a 40 lap feature for the Sportsman division.

The Speedway will once again welcome the Race of Champions series run by Andy Harpell to kick off our season. Both the Modified and Sportsman divisions will follow the Race of Champions rules for this event. Rules can be found at rocdirt.com or newegyptspeedway.net. There will be a fuel stop on lap 30 of the Modified feature to accommodate the many expected alcohol running Small Block Modifieds. Modified drivers expected to compete this coming Saturday include Billy Pauch, Ryan Godown, Stewart Friesen, Craig VonDohren, Neal Williams, Jimmy Blewett, and many more.

Drivers in both divisions will be competing for special bonus awards that were carried over from the cancelled March Madness Meltdown event. Bonus awards have been provided by Vahlco Racing Wheels, Wrisco Industries, MEG Wheels, Bob Hilbert Sportswear, RacersGuide.com, Lineman Racing, 4Star Lettering, RockAuto.com, Competition Products, PM3 Digital Imaging, Physical Therapy Associates of Mercer County, and Premio Foods. Fans will also be treated to giveaways both at the front gate and during the event from Herr’s Foods, TGI Friday’s Hamilton, Investors Bank, Physical Therapy Associates of Mercer County, and Bob Hilbert Sportswear. Drivers will also have a chance to collect lap money courtesy of many of our loyal and generous sponsors. The Modifieds will receive $20 per lap lead and the Sportsman will receive $10 per lap lead. Special sponsors for the event include Mercer Marine Supply, Fuccello’s Custom Exhaust, Hamilton Automotive, Mufflex Performance Exhaust, Bitner Automotive, N&B Marine Supply, and Haldeman Ford.

Pit gates will open at 10 am for early technical inspection, grandstand gates will open at 2 pm, practice begins at 3 pm, and the first green flag will wave at 4 pm. Adults are $25, seniors $23, teens 12-15 and active military and their spouses are $10, and children 11 and under are free. Pit admission is $35 with no license required.

For more information of the Cabin Fever event visit our website  www.newegyptspeedway.net, “Like” us on Facebook /newegyptspeedwayofficial, or follow us on Twitter @nesspeedway

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Britten Ready For Albany-Saratoga Return

For Immediate Release
March 16th, 2014

Malta, NY - The Albany-Saratoga Speedway is a mere few weeks away from dropping the green flag on the 2014 racing season. This season will be the third under the guidance of track promoter Lyle DeVore. When the green flag drops on Friday evening April 18th, the field will once again have an international flavor.

One year ago Australian driver Peter Britten declared his intentions to compete as a weekly regular at the fast Saratoga County oval. The man known as the Thunder from Down Under will once again call the Great Race Place home. He will once again be piloting the Jerry Darrah owned number 14B.

“Jerry and I will be coming back to Albany-Saratoga with the 14B,” Britten said. “We will start off the year running a big block and will be racing all season at Albany-Saratoga with Jerry (Darrah). I am looking forward to it, I am interested in seeing how the big block goes there in comparison to the small block. I think it should be fun; we had a great time last year. The track was really racey.”

Britten would continue, “We ran pretty good there last year and we are looking to build on that this year.”

In 2013 Britten won one feature event. That win came seven races in on June 21st and made history as Britten became the first driver born outside of North America to win a race at the track. Britten and Darrah started all 17 events last season and earned four top five finishes and 13 top ten’s. He finished sixth in the final point standings and had an average finish of 7.94.

As a track rookie in 2013, Britten turned some heads and of course learned a few things along the way.

“When you go to a track for the first time you just try and figure out where to run,” Britten said. “The more times you run there the more used to the track you get. You learn the little inconsistencies in the track and where the lines are, how to race certain people and more importantly how certain people race you. Once you get your basic package you just try to tweak it from there. The more laps you can run the better you will get.”

Britten’s goals for the new season aren’t that different from any driver, he wants to win.

“You always want to win,” Britten offered. “That is why you’re in racing. We want to win as many races as we can, if we can do that then the championship will take care of itself.”

Like all of us Britten is looking forward to the 2014 season. For Britten and other drivers, twisting his DIRTcar Modified around the racey four tenths mile is nothing short of fun.

“I look forward to the racing,” Britten said. “Albany-Saratoga is a fun track and racey. I just enjoy racing, it’s an enjoyable experience. I enjoy working with Lyle (DeVore); he is a great guy to deal with.”

Britten will not be only driver based in Central New York to make his way east on Friday nights. Britten’s friend and teammate away from the Great Race Place, Rich Scagliotta will also be calling the Albany-Saratoga Speedway home. The New Jersey resident will be a regular as his business schedule allows.

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After A Successful Motorsports Expo The Brewerton And Fulton Speedways Look To The Great Northern Mall Blast Off Show And Season Openers

BALDWINSVILLE, NY – MARCH 15, 2014 (By Dave Medler) – If the Gater Racing News Motorsports Expo at the New York State Fairgrounds last weekend was any indication, the Brewerton and Fulton Speedways are looking ahead to a fun and exciting 2014 season.

All weekend long there was constant traffic of fans and competitors picking up schedules, parents registering kids for the Jr. Fan Club, fans signing up for ticket giveaways and an overall enthusiastic upbeat mood with the racing season just over a month away.

Congratulations goes out to our Fulton Speedway ticket prize winner. Nancy Gable - Weedsport, NY – Two pairs of tickets for the April 26 “Highbank Holdup” 100-lap Super DIRTcar Series plus $1000 –to-win Industrial Tire Sportsman Championship Qualifier & Pro Race Cars Mod Lites and the July 23 Tracey Road Equipment presents “Salute to the King” STP World of Outlaw Sprints plus $1000-to-win Industrial Tire Sportsman Championship Qualifier. Bill Trexler- Parish, NY, Melanie Northrup -Cobleskill, NY and Hugh Bellen -Syracuse, NY won six pack general admission tickets to either speedway.

Now all eyes turn to the “Blastoff 2014” car show at the Great Northern Mall located in Clay, NY April, 4-6. This show is being brought back by popular demand from both racers and fans who have missed the popular show. For fans it’s a great way to see some of the new racing equipment that will do battle at the Brewerton Speedway (Fridays) and the Fulton Speedway (Saturdays). Like the Motorsports Expo it will be a chance to buy season tickets, grab schedules, signup for the popular Jr. Fan Club and enter to win tickets.

For race teams this is a great way to get your sponsors name out in the public eye, talk to current race fans and talk to people who could be future race fans due to your presence.

Already entered in the show to date are the Tracey Road Equipment Big Block Modifieds – Katelyn Kane and Chad Phelps. SUNY Canton Sportsman – Tony Finch II, Andrew Ferguson, Rocco Leone and Nick Krause. NAPA Late Models – Rick Miller, Shayne Tenace, Scott Ford and Brandon Ford. Nationwide Insurance IMCA Modifieds – Dane Keller, Chris Fleming and Tom Mackey. Four Cylinder Stock – Colby Herzog and the 600 Mini-Sprint – Dylan Zacharias.

Race teams there is still limited space remaining for you to get your car in the show. Just go to www.brewertonspeedway.com or www.fultonspeedway.com right on the front page you will see a link that will take you to a form to fill out and send in online.

Just after the Great Northern show it will be time for what everybody has been waiting for, the 2014 season openers. On Tuesday, April 15 the Brewerton Speedway will hold their "Test And Tune” at 6:30. The practice is open to any dirt car. Then the long awaited season opener will be Friday, April 18 featuring the Tracey Road Equipment Big Block Modifieds, Nationwide Insurance IMCA Modifieds, Pro Race Cars Mod Lites and Four Cylinder Super Stocks. Gates will open at 5:30 with the first green flag to wave at 7:30.

On Saturday, April, 19 the Fulton Speedway will hold their “Test And Tune” at 4:00. One week later the season will kick off in a huge way with the High Bank Holdup 100” Big Block Modified Super DIRTcar Series. Also on the race card will be the $1,000 to win Industrial Tire Of CNY Sportsman Shootout Series and Pro Race Cars Mod Lites. Race time is set for 7:00.

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Harsh Winter Weather – Snow, Ice, Cold & Frost – Force Postponement Of Orange County Fair Speedway ‘Hard Clay Open’  $30,000-Plus Spectacular; Event Pushed Back Two Weeks To Sunday, April 6; Orange County Regular Season Opener Now April 12

MIDDLETOWN, NY – One of the harshest winters in recent memory will force competitors and race fans to wait an additional two weeks for the anticipated ‘Hard Clay Open’ presented by United Pump & Tank, East Coast Speed/ECS Auto and West Point Golf at Orange County Fair Speedway.

The inaugural event – originally scheduled for Sunday, March 23 – has been postponed to Sunday, April 6 due to frost in the ground, an abundance of snow and ice on the speedway property and a slow warming trend.

Event promoter Brett Deyo, in conjunction with Orange County Fair Speedway operators Michael Gurda IV and Howard Commander, firmed the decision to postpone on Thursday, March 13.

“With early season dates, you are either a hero or zero at the mercy of the weather,” Deyo said of the postponement. “The Northeast dirt Modified community has been very fortunate with March racing over the last several years. This winter has been among the worst for snow, ice and cold.

“Michael Gurda knows his facility better than anyone. He is certain – with the current amount of snow and ice left on the track and grounds, the deep nature of the frost, and the slow temperature climb – we will not be able to hold a quality event on the 23rd. With that said, we opted to make the decision now and allow drivers and fans to adjust their plans.

“We agreed it is unfair to our racers and fans to push the issue and try to race when the facility isn’t 100-percent ready. The ‘Hard Clay Open’ is shaping up to be a huge event with a large and talented field. The last thing we want is to damage cars on a rough track and have parking issues for spectators and competitors. Now, we have an additional two weeks to ready the track and grounds and we will have the benefit of a practice session on the track April 5.”

The entire show, as is, will move to April 6.  The event is headlined by the opening round of the National Dirt Racing League (NDRL) Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP for big-block/small-block Modifieds, a 50-lap main event paying a mammoth $30,000 purse plus special awards and bonuses (more than $35,000 in cash will be handed out that day). The event offers $5,000 to win, $4,000 for second, $1,500 for fifth, $1,000 for 10th and $500 to take the green flag.
Racers will compete for a long list of contingency awards and bonuses, in addition to $2,371 in lap money collected.

Joining the Modifieds are Crate 602 Sportsman in a 25-lap, $1,000-to-win event for the Dig Safely New York GRIT Series. Lap money and special awards are also adding up for ‘Hard Clay Open’ 602 Sportsman competitors.


The ‘Hard Clay Open’ postponement has prompted changes in the Orange County Fair Speedway schedule. The open practice session, originally slated for March 29, has been pushed back to April 5, the eve of the ‘Hard Clay Open’ event. The regular season opener for 2014 will now hit the track on April 12.

In Orange County’s long and storied history, there have been eight different race events completed on or before April 6: March 18, 1984 won by Larry Brolsma; March 25, 1984 won by Charlie Rudolph; April 2, 1983 won by C.D. Coville; April 2, 1983 won by Gary Iulg (heldover from March 27, 1983); April 3, 1966 won by Bill Wimble; April 4, 1959 won by Carl Van Horn; April 4, 1964 won by Bill Wimble and April 6, 1984 won by Bob McCreadie.

For the ‘Hard Clay Open’ pit gates will open at 8 a.m.  Grandstand gates unlock at 10 a.m.  A drivers’ meeting is set for 1 p.m., with hot laps at 1:20 p.m. and racing at 2 p.m.

Admission for the ‘Hard Clay Open’ is $20 for Adults, $18 for Seniors and $2 for Kids 12 and under. Pit admission is $35, with no license required.
Big- and small-block combinations are legal for this unique event with staggered minimum weights. American Racer and Hoosier tires are both legal, as well. Accepted tire compounds have been outlined in the race rules/information.

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THE PENN CAN SPEEDWAY TRADITION CONTINUES IN 2014

Susquehanna, PA……With the Penn Can Speedway season less than six weeks away, speedway operators Reed  Miller and Al Wilcox are getting ready to carry on the racing tradition for another exciting year at the Susquehanna County speedway. The 2014 schedule has been completed with the annual “Can Opener” slated for Friday April 18th. The opening night of racing will feature the popular modifieds competing in a thirty five lap feature paying $1500 to win. Joining the modifieds will be the 602 sportsman, street stocks, factory stocks, four cylinders, and the Xcel 600 modifieds.

Special events will spice up the already exciting 2014 Friday night racing program at the Susquehanna County oval. The always popular “Clash at the Can” will return in June. This race will be part of the tenth anniversary Race of Champions Modified Tour. The “Hot Summer Night Special” in August will return to its original format with modifieds and sportsman part of the Brett Deyo promoted VP Fuels sponsored Super Short Track Series.  The “King of the Can Weekend” also returns strong in October. Sprint Car racing will be added to the calendar along with the exciting Xcel modifieds. The Northeast Small Car Classic is slated in July. Many monthly specials will also be announced in the near future.

Miller and Wilcox have been hard at work over the off-season with speedway sponsors and are pleased to announce a number of lucrative incentives to teams racing at Penn Can Speedway in 2014. The programs will benefit all racing divisions currently competing at the three eighths mile oval. The speedway has always paid one of the most lucrative purses in the area in all divisions. This will not change for the coming season. The track has also provided a very decent point fund to all the teams racing at the speedway. Over the years speedway management has spread the allotted money out over all divisions. Penn Can has also distributed the money throughout the top ten. This also will not change in 2014.

With the help of speedway sponsors, Wilcox and Miller are pleased to announce that the winner of the modified title in 2014 will again this season receive $5000. Other positions throughout the modified top ten will also be nicely rewarded. The other divisions at Penn Can will also be well compensated in 2014 for making Penn Can their Friday night home track. Both the 602 sportsman division and the street stock division winners will be paid a minimum of $1000 for their championships. The four cylinder, factory stocks, and Xcel modified winners will be guaranteed a minimum of $250 for their titles.

The speedway will also be part of the American Racer Cup for both modified and sportsman teams. The program has some changes from past seasons. In the modified division, race teams will not only be rewarded with the popular tire give-away, they will be part of a state wide completion.  The sportsman program for 2014 has also been upgraded and will also feature state wide point system. Early membership bonuses are also available for teams registering early in the modified division. Entry forms are on the speedway web page.

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Albany-Saratoga Speedway Honors 2013 Champions

For Immediate Release
March 9th, 2014

Saratoga Springs, NY - On Saturday evening March 8th the staff, fans and competitors who call the Albany-Saratoga Speedway home gathered at the Holiday Inn – Saratoga Springs to honor the accomplishments of the 2013 racing season. In all, 47 different drivers in six divisions brought home awards during the ceremony that was completed in just over three hours.

Veteran track announcer Dan Martin served as emcee for the event. He opened the evening with a review of the 2013 season and the unmatched success that Albany-Saratoga Speedway regulars had at Super DIRT Week XLII.

Following Martin’s lead off review, track promoter Lyle DeVore took to the microphone to give the annual state of the track address.

“First and foremost I would like to thank all of you for coming out and supporting this event and the performers of the 2013 racing season,” DeVore said. “My feeling is we had some unbelievable racing and that we have the greatest competitors there are. I am proud of each and every one of you who raced with us and supported us throughout the 2013 season.”

“I would like to give a special thanks to Shannon Donnelly for helping us out with the DJ service, the officials, the workers and everyone who on Friday nights make Albany-Saratoga what it is,” DeVore continued. “I want to give a big shout out to Jay Terry who handles our 50/50. The one person that I really want to send a big thank you to is my fiancée Marcy who lives with me and deals with the day to day operations both at Albany-Saratoga and Lebanon Valley. She is the one who coordinated this banquet.”

DeVore would continue with some changes and the big news that everyone was waiting for.

“The big news that came about in the off season was that we have extended our lease to the 2018 season. We are making the commitment not only to keep Albany-Saratoga where it is but to make it bigger and better. There are several improvements that we are looking forward to. We did resurface the race track and the backstretch is now wider. We are going to build a V.I.P. Tower which will house our sponsors. This is just another way of making it bigger and better for the future.”

“Another change that has happened is that Robin Yasinsac-Gillespie has stepped down from our public relations position due to personal commitments. I would like to welcome Toby LaGrange; he is the one who is going to be handling all of our public relations this year. For you racers he is a great tool and is open and willing to help anybody promote their sponsors and race team. He will do whatever he can do. I am just glad to have him on board, he has already done a remarkable job and we look forward to him being a part of our team.”

DeVore then mentioned a possible change in the way the restarts are held at the speedway. The track is considering utilizing the double file restart procedure that the Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints have made popular.

“We are considering this to try and make it a little more racier and enjoyable for the fans,” DeVore said. “It is a consideration and is not set in concrete. It would be just like the ESS, you would go double file but if you couldn’t restart you would go single file. Any input that anyone has I would surely appreciate.”

The third year promoter’s attention then turned to some special events for the upcoming season.

“We have a lot of exciting events on the schedule,” DeVore said. “We are going to once again have the Mike Ronca Memorial Race and be home to Brett Hearn’s Big Show. On June 6th we are going to have a race in memory of the late Marc Hughes. Derrick McGrew is willing to work along with the track and we are going to make this event bigger and better than anyone could ever imagine. On September 12th we are going to have the Northeast Nationals for the Sportsman class. It is a Grit Series event and we are looking forward to building it into maybe a weekend event in years to come.”

The first of the awards to be handed out were to division rookies. Taking the Rookie of the Year honors were Brian Gleason (DIRTcar Modified), Connor Cleveland (Sportsman), Byron Wescott (DIRTcar Pro Stock) and Damon Anderson (Street Stock).

Next up were the divisional point standings awards. The second through tenth place drivers in the final point standings were honored with plaques and point fund money. The second through tenth place finishers were as follows:

DIRTcar Modified – Kenny Tremont, Jr., Marc Johnson, Matt Delorenzo, Ronnie Johnson, Peter Britten, Stewart Friesen, Jeff Trombley, Jeremy Wilder and Keith Flach.

Sportsman – Derrick McGrew, Cody Bleau, Scott Duell, Andy Durie, Brett Wright, Robert Bublak, Frank Hoard, III, Connor Cleveland and Dave Baranowski, Jr.
 
DIRTcar Pro Stock – Ken Martin, Jr., Dan Older, Sr., Kim Duell, Brandon Emigh, Cale Kneer, Byron Wescott, Dean Charbonneau, Dave DePaulo and Jeff Washburn.

Street Stocks – Josh Coonradt, Randy Miller, Scott Lawrence, Justin Smith, Ken Conroy, David Shippee, Paul Braymer, Damon Anderson and Jody Thew.

The Novice Sportsman competitors were not racing for points however the top three drivers – Chris Murray, Timothy Davis and Ricky Davis were honored with Outstanding Performance awards.  In 2014 the division will be called the Limited Sportsman.

There were three categories of special awards given out to drivers following the track awards.

The Spirit Award is a new award for the 2013 season. It is designed to honor the driver who helps promote the Albany-Saratoga Speedway and racing. The inaugural award winner was Colin Bokus. Bokus, a second generation driver endured a hard wreck at the track last season however that did not stop him and his team from putting the car back together so they could represent the track and our sport at the Saratoga County Fair a short time later. He would win his first ever event later in the season.

The Memorable Moments Awards were given to drivers in the DIRTcar Modified, Sportsman and DIRTcar Pro Stock divisions. They went to Marc Johnson and his underfunded team for winning twice during the season and finishing third in the final point standings despite missing one race due to mechanical issues. Connor Cleveland would earn the award in the Novice Sportsman division after bursting on the scene from the karting ranks in April and winning three of the first four Novice Sportsman feature events. The father-son duo of Kim (Pro Stock) and Scott Duell (Sportsman) won the award for both winning their respective divisions feature events on the final night of racing at Albany-Saratoga.

Kenny Martin, Jr. was honored as the Featherfoot Warrior Pro Stock Series champion. The four race series was put on by Ron Mensing, who operates one of the two trucks at the speedway. In 2014 the series will be held for the Sportsman division.

The final awards of the evening were the biggest as they crowned the 2013 Albany-Saratoga Speedway track champions.

Sussex, New Jersey super star Brett Hearn was crowned the DIRTcar Modified track champion for the seventh time. He visited victory lane four times including the Super DIRTcar Series event that he promotes, The Big Show. He scored nine top five finishes and 16 top ten’s.

“First and foremost I want to thank all of you guys for giving us a great place to race on Friday nights,” Hearn said. “It makes that long drive up the thruway that much more special. I want to say thank you to my teammates for their efforts, this championship catapulted us to the Super DIRTcar Series championship, which is our biggest goal of the year. I want to thank my girlfriend Melissa who drives up the thruway every week with us.”

“I am extremely excited about The Big Show,” Hearn continued. “For the first time we are going to include the Sportsman division in the show, it is going to be an interesting format – features only. I can go on the record tonight and say that we are going to pay $10,000 to win.”

In the Sportsman division Jeremy Pitts earned his first track title. He brought home the title on the heels of a pair of feature wins, nine top five finishes and 14 top ten finishes.

“I want to thank everyone who has made this possible,” Pitts said. “I want to thank Lyle and the staff for giving us a Friday night home and all of our sponsors and my crew who put in long hours in the shop. In this sport we are lucky enough to meet some good people, some people who you can call good friends, like Derrick McGrew, Andy Durie and Marc Hughes. Marc was a great guy – he was one of us, thanks Marc, rest in peace.”

The Albany-Saratoga Speedway will open their gates on Sunday afternoon April 13th with a practice session. The 2014 season will officially open on Friday evening April 18th. Please visit www.albany-saratogaspeedway.com for more details including the 2014 track schedule.

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DIRTcar on display this weekend at Motorsports Expo 2014 in Syracuse

Stop by to enter ticket contests, pick up schedules and learn more about what’s coming up this racing season

WEEDSPORT, N.Y. - March 5, 2014 - The annual Gater Racing News Motorsports Expo - Exposition and Trade Show - kicks off this Saturday, March 8, as the region's biggest names in motorsports converge on the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse, N.Y. DIRTcar Racing will be joining the two-day show this year, ringing in the racing season with exciting ticket giveaways plus information for racers and fans alike.

Patrons of the 2014 Motorsports Expo in the Center of Progress Building can stop by the DIRTcar display and:

Enter to win a NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week prize package (including week-long admission!)

Purchase 2012 or 2013 race DVDs

Order tickets for several events, including NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week

Get a head start on the season and become a DIRTcar Member

Pick up schedules for the DIRTcar Northeast touring series

Learn more about DIRTcar Racing in the Northeast Region

For more information about the Gater Racing News 2014 Motorsports Expo, visit www.gaternews.com/expo.html. For more information about DIRTcar Racing, visit www.dirtcar.com.

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Snow, Snow, Go Away! I Want Racecars Today

West Lebanon, NY:  Well it’s March… and there is still snow, everywhere!  But the good news is that it will only get better from here.  With teams getting their hot rods together, and firing their motors for the first time this year, will only help ‘warm’ up the weather for the opening of the mighty high banks in just a few short weeks .

Lebanon Valley Speedway’s ½ mile dirt oval, known as the ‘Valley of Speed’, has set a date of Saturday April 5th, 2014 as Test and Tune Night for all competitors or local drivers looking to blow the dust off their hot rods for the 2014 season. 

All cars are welcome to come out and take their turns around these famed high banks whether you’re a regular racer, or regular division or car type that runs at the Valley of Speed, it doesn’t matter – run whatcha brung!

Spectators are FREE to watch from the Grandstands where there ain’t a bad seat in the house, or go pitside where admission is a flat $15 for everyone. 

Then, of course it Opening Day, Saturday April 12th, the 62nd Season Opener sponsored by L&M Motors and Funplex Funpark!

And since its still quiet at the speedway, now is also a great time to buy your 2014 Season Pass!  Prices and availability are now posted on our website at www.LebanonValley.com and just click on “Speedway” for more information!

And lastly, as a reminder, the 2013 Points Championship Banquets are scheduled for March 21st and 22nd at the legendary ‘Club House at Lebanon Valley’.  For more information, contact the LVAR Main Offices during normal business hours at (518) 794-9606 or (518) 794-9965.

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UTICA-ROME SPEEDWAY TO HAVE STRONG PRESENCE AT MOTORPSORTS EXPO, INFORMATIONAL MEETING SET UP FOR SATURDAY
 
VERNON, NY-The Motorsports Expo, held annually at the New York State Fairgrounds, is just days away and again Utica-Rome Speedway will again have a strong presence at the preseason gathering.  This year’s version, the 28th overall, will be held on Saturday March 8 and Sunday March 9 in the Center of Progress building.
 
Every year this is the first chance for fans in the Central New York region to see some of the cars that will be competing at their weekly tracks as well as picking up schedule cards from the various tracks in attendance.  It will be no different in the Utica-Rome Speedway booth as fans will be able to obtain information on the rapidly approaching season such as the 2014 schedule and information on the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series that the Vernon oval will be a part of on a weekly basis,
 
The Utica-Rome Speedway Modified 2013 track champion is expected to have his car on display, fresh off a win and the overall DIRTcar National Modified title at Volusia Speedway in Florida.  Also on hand will be the Sportsman rides of Mike Walton and Kyle Kiehn as well as the 360 Sprint of Jason Barney, who’s car will be displaying the logo of this year’s Cole Cup.  Several other competitors will also have their cars on display throughout the expansive building.
 
With a lot of questions concerning Utica-Rome Speedway’s partnership with NASCAR and the Whelen All-American Series, a special session has been set up for Saturday of the show.  Track officials will do their best to answer any question competitors may have and NASCAR licenses will be on sale so competitors will have an opportunity to avoid any lines on opening day.  The meeting will take place in one of the rooms of the building and will start at 3 p.m.
 
Show hours are from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.  More information on the show can be found at www.gaternews.com.
 
For more information on the Utica-Rome Speedway, log on to www.uticaromespeedway.com or call the speedway office at (315)829-4557.

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Big Block Modifieds And 360 Sprints To Star In The Wings And Warriors Series At The Brewerton And Fulton Speedways In 2014

BALDWINSVILLE NY – FEBRUARY 25, 2014 (By Dave Medler) – Mark your calendars for three big events during the 2014 racing season at the Brewerton and Fulton Speedways.

In an exciting announcement the “Wings and Warriors” series is set to thrill the fans at both speedways featuring the high flying, methanol breathing 360 Sprints and ground pounding Tracey Road Equipment Big Block Modifieds.

The first date that the Sprints and Tracey Road Equipment Big Block Modifieds will share top billing will be Saturday, June 7th when the Patriot Sprint Tour invades the “High Banks” of the Fulton Speedway. On Saturday, July 5th there will be fireworks on the track and in the sky at the Fulton Speedway. On that date the SUNY Canton - Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints - CNY Speedweek will join the Modifieds capped off with a huge fireworks display. On Friday, August 15th the Brewerton Speedway will be part of the excitement when the popular Schneider Packaging night will present the Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints and Tracey Road Equipment Big Block Modifieds.

In a little over a week (March 8-9) the Brewerton and Fulton Speedways will have a presence at the Gater Racing News Motorsports Expo located at the Center Of Progress Building at the N.Y State Fairgrounds. Stop by and see us where you will be able to see new racing equipment, buy season passes, win tickets, pick up schedules and have all your questions answered about the new racing season.

Back by popular demand will be the “Blast-Off” racing show for both tracks at the Great Northern Mall on April 4-6. Just like the Motorsports Expo you will be able to see a large array of sharp racing equipment, win tickets, purchase season passes, pick up race schedules and be able to talk with track representatives to answer any questions you might have. The mall is located on route 31 in Clay, NY with easy access of route 481.

Race teams if you would like to display your car at the show and get your sponsors name out there is no charge to be in the show but space is limited. Please follow this link to participate.  http:// http://fultonspeedway.net/?page_id=482 .

As the calendar turns to march, it’s now full speed ahead to the on track racing excitement. On Friday, April 18th the Brewerton Speedway will swing the gate open for the season opener. One week later April 26th the Fulton Speedway will start the 2014 season in a huge way. On that date the Big Block Modified Super DIRTcar Series will be in town to battle Fulton’s best in a 100-lap event.

It’s not too early to get your tickets for the “Salute To The King” Steve Kinser’s farewell tour when the STP World Of Outlaw Sprints visit the Fulton Speedway on July 23rd. Tickets are available by visiting   http://dirtcar.ticketforce.com/ordertickets.asp?p=468&backurl=default.asp .The highly competitive Industrial Tire Of CNY Sportsman Shootout Series will also be on the Fulton “High Banks” that night.

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SAVE THE DATE! MARCH 14, 15, & 16 FOR THE FONDA SPEEDWAY CAR SHOW!
By Ron Szczerba

On Friday, March 14 through Sunday, March 16 the "Track of Champions" Fonda Speedway will hold their annual car show at the Rotterdam Square Mall during normal mall hours. The car show is a great way for race fans to see the racing equipment "up close and personal" before it goes on the race track for the 2014 racing season.

At the mall fans can meet their favorite drivers, get their autographs, and have their pictures taken with the driver. Kids are able to sit in the race car as well if they choose to in most cases which is a big thrill for them. Season passes to the Fonda Speedway and Fonda licenses will also be available at the car show. The race cars will be pushed into the mall on Thursday, March 13 after 9:00 p.m.

Normally the car show opens the Fonda Speedway racing season but that is not the case this year as there have already been two snocross events held at the track back in January and February. So with that said the car show will be the third event of the 2014 season with the next event on the schedule being opening day Saturday, April 5 when the modifieds will compete for $4,000 to win in the 40-lap "Ice Melt 40" event. Pro stocks are also on the racing card on opening day as they will be racing in an $800 to win feature event and there will also be warm-ups for all of the other divisions.

For more information about the Fonda Speedway you can go to their website www.fondaspeedway.com

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STEWART FRIESEN AND MATT SHEPPARD READY TO RENEW THEIR SUNDAY NIGHT RIVALRY IN 2014
 
VERNON, NY- Every summer, there are blockbuster movies that pit two opposing forces against each other when the stakes are high, with one coming out on top.  Occasionally, after building to up to what should an exciting ending, the movie fizzles and the ending is a disappointment.  The Modified division at the Utica-Rome Speedway had that look as its top two drivers battled back and forth for the rich Modified championship.
 
 In 2013 at the Utica-Rome Speedway, the Modified point battle had two of the top stars in the region battle all season for the $10,000 to win championship and with one event to go, Stewart Friesen and Matt Sheppard were tied at the top of the standings.  But Sheppard, despite his efforts to do both, had to fulfill his Super DIRTcar Series commitment at Rolling Wheels Raceway on the same night and miss the last event at Utica-Rome.  Friesen would race off to nab the lucrative title in what had the look of a heavyweight bout going into the event to an anti-climatic finish to the point chase.
 
The 2014 season could be again be compared to the movie business as the same two stars will be pitted up against each, and like most sequels, the stakes will be even higher.  With Utica-Rome Speedway now flying the NASCAR banner weekly and being part of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series, the 2014 Modified championship will be worth $13,000 to the victor with a possible $12,000 NASCAR New York State championship also hanging in the balance.  And unlike last season, there will be no Super DIRTcar Series conflicts which will allow not only Sheppard to compete for the title, but anyone else who ran the series that may compete at the Vernon oval weekly.
 
When asked about the upcoming season, Friesen exclaimed, “I am super pumped up about Sunday nights at Utica-Rome.  We are more prepared for this season than we ever have been so we should be ready to go.”  Friesen will again be behind the wheel of the Tom and Roxann Cullen owned machine as he will be looking for his seventh Modified title at the speedway and his fifth consecutive with the Cullen’s.
 
With no conflicts this season, Sheppard was asked if he was looking for redemption this season.  “Absolutely,” he commentated, “it sucked not being able to race for the title last year, and when we rained out at Rolling Wheels that night it made it even worse.”  When Sheppard pulls into the gates this year at Utica-Rome Speedway, he will do so behind the wheel of an all new team.  After parting ways with Jeff Brownell during the off season, Sheppard teamed up with Heinke-Baldwin Racing to become a teammate to Jimmy Phelps, forming a potent team.
 
Both Friesen and Sheppard got their Sunday night rivalry kicked off in Florida recently while competing in the DIRTcar Nationals as they both were able to collect a win each while Friesen was the overall champion in the four race series.
 
While Friesen and Sheppard may be the favorites for the 2014 title, there may several other players in the mix for the championship.  Former champion Pat Ward is expected to return, along with Mike Mahaney.  With the season still weeks away, it is hard to tell who else will be on hand every Sunday evening, but it will still be one of the most competitive fields in the area.
 
If a Modified driver that competes weekly at Utica-Rome Speedway has a stellar year and competes in the all the series and programs available, they will be close to $90,000 in point money and awards available. That includes winning the track title, NASCAR New York State title, American Racer Cup and bonus, Super DIRTcar Series title, and Race of Champions Series title.  That total does not include purse money won or NASCAR National Whelen All-American Series point money.
 
With the partnership with NASCAR, all the weekly divisions at Utica-Rome Speedway will be racing for additional point money and a shot to take center stage in Charlotte as part of the NASCAR Home Tracks banquet.
 
The season will kick off in just two short months on April 27 with a full show for the Modifieds, Sportsman, Pro Stocks, and Pure Stocks.  For more information on everything leading into the season opener, be sure to log on to www.uticaromespeedway.com.  Utica-Rome Speedway can also be found in Facebook and Twitter. 
 
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Still Super: Matt Sheppard Puts his New Colors in Volusia’s Victory lane

Stewart Friesen takes home the “big gator” after finishing second Saturday

BARBERVILLE, FLA. - February 22, 2014 - Big-Block Modified racer Matt Sheppard, of Waterloo, N.Y., took almost no time to grow accustomed to his new car. Sheppard started driving the Heinke-Baldwin Racing No. 9H earlier this week, and already he has claimed victory in Saturday's finale for the DIRTcar Nationals presented by Summit Racing Equipment.

"To come down here and win the biggest race, come right out of the box, it means a lot to this team," Sheppard said of Saturday's 50-lap Super DIRTcar Big-Block Modified Series race at Volusia Speedway Park. "I can't thank all the guys over here with HBR enough. They've been working their tails off all week on both cars and I think it showed tonight. We got the cars better every night. We're going to be a force to be reckoned with this year."

Sheppard started the race from fourth and his HBR teammate Jimmy Phelps, of Baldwinsville, N.Y., started on the pole. Phelps led at the green flag, but Frenchtown, N.J. driver Billy Pauch was quick to make his move from second. Pauch cruised around the outside lane, passing Phelps before the leaders reached the backstretch.

An early caution in lap 1 slowed the momentum as Wednesday's Volusia winner Justin Haers was turned around in turn 1. Several cars, including Pete Britten's No. 21a and Darwin Green's No. 1g, collided with the No. 3. Haers and the other competitors involved were able to continue racing.

Pauch lead Phelps on the restart, but the No. 3 of Haers wasn't quite ready to keep racing and slowed on the front stretch before the lap was completed. Haers visited his pit crew and returned to the race track.

The second lap 1 restart led to a seven-car accident, with Rich Scagliotta, Britten, Greene, Billy VanInwegen, C.G. Morey, Kyle Sheldon and Yan Bussiere piled up in front of the flag stand. The red flag waved as track crews worked to pry the vehicles out of the wreck. Crews towed the 42 of Sheldon, 21a of Britten and 8 of Scagliotta to the pit area. Scagliotta's team worked quickly and sent the 8 back racing, but the 21a and 42 were out of commission for the rest of the race.

Phelps powered ahead at the restart to claim the lead from Pauch, but Pauch found extra speed on the high side of the track and cruised by Phelps in the backstretch in lap 2. With a stretch of green laps, Phelps was able to gain the momentum he needed catch up to Pauch, and he successfully went for the pass in lap 11. The challenge wasn't over for Phelps, who, by lap 20, was followed by a motivated Brett Hearn, fresh off claiming last year's Super DIRTcar Series Championship title.

Yellow conditions took over again in lap 22 when the No. 1wgc of Stewart Friesen slowed in turns 1 and 2. Friesen took a quick pit stop and returned to the track before the green flag waved.

"I thought it was just that the tire was dead, but we came in and were able to change the tire and fix the car," said Friesen, a two-time NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week Syracuse 200 champion from Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. "The boys did a good job, made a couple adjustments, and got this thing turned around. We weren't going anywhere for a little bit."

A three-wide battle for second place ensued off the restart, with Pauch, Hearn and Sheppard vying for the position. Sheppard pulled ahead and set his sights on Phelps in first. In lap 27, the HBR teammates raced side-by-side before Sheppard finally powered ahead to claim the lead.

Phelps continued to challenge Sheppard, even as the leaders reached lapped traffic in lap 38. However, it was Friesen who made the final charge. Friesen's new tire from lap 22 carried him over Volusia's half-mile well, and he worked his way through the ranks. In lap 47, Friesen pulled tight on the inside to overtake Phelps for second. He worked his way toward Sheppard, and raced alongside the 9H in the last lap, but wasn't able to make the pass before the checkered flag fell.

"I owe one to my team. That was a good team call down there to change that tire," said Friesen, whose second-place finish put him at the top of event point standings and won him the signature DIRTcar Natioanls presented by Summit Racing Equipment gator trophy. "It was a real cat-and-mouse game. We got up there and we were in a lane by ourselves, and it's really fun when you find something else like that."

Sheppard held off last-lap challenges from Friesen to pick up the win and the $5,000 winnings.

"It was a great win for us," Sheppard said. "We got that longer green flag run in the beginning and I felt like I was gaining on the leaders. And I got up there, and the car really felt good in the middle part of the race. I was able to get past all those guys and get the lead. The tires died a little bit and it felt like I was struggling a little bit, but we had a good enough car to hold on and bring home the win. It was really great for us."

Phelps finished the race in third, Hearn fourth, and Pauch fifth. Rounding out the top-ten are Mat Williamson in sixth, Tim Kerr in seventh, H.J. Bunting in eighth, Anthony Perrego in ninth and Justin Haers in tenth.

The Super DIRTcar Series kicks back into high gear Saturday, April 26, when the Big-Block Modifieds take on Fulton Speedway in Fulton, N.Y.

Super DIRTcar Big-Block Modified Series
DIRTcar Nationals Presented by Summit Racing Equipment
Volusia Speedway Park
February 23, 2014
A-Main (50 laps): 1. 9H Matt Sheppard / Waterloo, N.Y. ($5,000); 2. 1wgc Stewart Friesen / Niagara-on-the-Lake / Ontario; 3. 98h Jimmy Phelps / Baldwinsville, N.Y.; 4. 20 Brett Hearn / Sussex, N.J; 5. 1 Billy Pauch / Frenchtown, N.J.; 6. 6m Mat Williamson / St. Catharines, Ontario; 7. 07 Tim Kerr / Picton, Ontario; 8. 85 H.J. Bunting / Milford, Del.; 9. 55 Anthony Perrego / Montgomery, N.Y.; 10. 3h Justin Haers / Phelps, N.Y.; 11. 5 Jimmy Horton / Neshanic Station, N.J.; 12. 21k Randy Chrysler / Lewiston, N.Y.; 13. 54 Steve Bernard / Granby, Quebec; 14. 22J Jeremy Wilder / Fort Plain, N.Y.; 15. 7z Dale Planck / Homer, N.Y.; 16. 22c Mario Clair / Drummondville, Quebec; 17. 48Too Dave Rauscher / Waterloo, N.Y.; 18. 1G Darwin Greene / Susquehanna, N.Y.; 19. 323 Neal Williams / Pittsgrove, N.J.; 20. 14 C.G. Morey / Rutland, Vt.; 21. 3a Kevin Albert / Lebanon, Penn.; 22. 21 Yan Bussiere / Drummondville, Quebec; 23. 8 Rich Scagliotta / Hillsborough, N.J.; 24. 88 Dave Allen / Palmyra, N.Y.; 25. 30 Jamie Mills / Milford, Del.; 26. 10v Billy VanInwegen / Sparrowbush, N.Y.; 27. 21 Peter Britten / Brisbane, Queensland, Australia; 28. 42 Kyle Sheldon / Nassau, N.Y. DNQ: 8R Rob Bellinger / Dexter, N.Y.; 29 Chris Ostrowsky / Conklin, N.Y.; 64 Daniel Nadeau / Maryville, Quebec.

Race Leaders:  Pauch (Laps 1-11); Phelps (Laps 12-27) ; Sheppard (Laps 28-50)

B-Main (10 laps): VanInwegen, Scagliotta, Bussiere, Bellinger, Morey, Nadeau

B-Main (10 laps): Sheldon, Bernard, Albert, Allen, Ostrowsky

Qualifying Heats (8 laps, top 5 transfer, to 3 to redraw)

Heat 1: Haers, Hearn, Mills, Friesen, Britten, VanInwegen, Bellinger, Bussiere

Heat 2: Pauch, Williamson, Chrysler, Clair, Rauscher, Nadeau, Scagliotta, Morey

Heat 3: Perrego, Phelps, Kerr, Wilder, Planck, Sheldon, Albert, Ostrowsky

Heat 4: Sheppard, Bunting, Horton, Wiliams, Greene, Bernard, Allen

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Thunderstorm Sets Up Huge DIRTcar Nationals Finale on Saturday

World of Outlaws Late Models, Super DIRTcar Big-Blocks wrap-up two-week event

BARBERVILLE, Fla. - Feb. 21, 2014 - Rolling afternoon thunderstorms forced Volusia Speedway Park officials to cancel Friday night's action at the DIRTcar Nationals presented by Summit Racing Equipment, setting the stage for a huge finale to the two-week event on Saturday night featuring the World of Outlaws Late Models and Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds.

Four different dirt late model drivers have earned victories this week and two different big-block modified racers have won. The Big Gators to event champions are up for grabs on Saturday night with Scott Bloomquist leading the late model points and Justin Haers on top of the big-block modified field

Fans who purchased a ticket for Friday's night's races can exchange its value for a ticket to Saturday night's finale, or can apply the value to next year's DIRTcar Nationals, which will run Feb. 10-21, 2015, by calling the ticket hotline at 877-395-8606.

Grandstands will open at 5 p.m. on Saturday with hot laps at 6 p.m. and racing at 7:30 p.m.

For more information and updates on the DIRTcar Nationals Presented by Summit Racing Equipment, clickDIRTcarNationals.com or follow on Twitter at Twitter.com/DIRTcarNats.

For any ticket questions, call the ticket hotline at 877-395-8606.

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Stewart Friesen dominates Big-Block Modified feature at DIRTcar Nationals presented by Summit Racing Equipment

Strong finishes two nights keep Haers in event point lead

BARBERVILLE, FLA. - February 20, 2014 - Big-Block Modified driver Stewart Friesen made his way into Super DIRTcar Series victory lane early this year, picking up the win Thursday night at Volusia Speedway Park. The Niagara-on-the-Lake native dominated the second Super DIRTcar Series race of DIRTcar Nationals presented by Summit Racing Equipment, leading the 30-lap feature flag-to-flag.

"We were very happy to win tonight," said Friesen, whose last Super DIRTcar Series victory was the World of Outlaws World Finals finale last November. "We had a great race car."

Thursday's win launched Friesen's event point standing from seventh to second, putting him that much closer to winning the big gator trophy.

Friesen led from the green flag Thursday after winning his heat race and redrawing this first spot on the starting grid. Aussie driver Pete Britten, who gave Haers a run for his money Wednesday but finished seventh, shared the front row with Friesen at the initial start and held on to second as Friesen pulled ahead to lead.

Haers came up third and Billy VanInwegen fourth. Behind them, Billy Pauch, of Frenchtown, N.J., and Mario Clair, of Drummondville, Quebec, were quickly making moves to push their way forward. Pauch passed VanInwegen in lap 1 and by lap 4 Clair was close behind.

As Friesen pulled away from the field in the Tom Cullen No. 1 wcg, the battle between Britten and Haers heated up. Haers closed in on the second place Troyer No. 21a in lap 7, and the two raced side-by-side until Haers pulled ahead in lap 8. Britten quickly learned his lesson and overtook Haers in lap 10.

By lap 11, Friesen was lapping cars and by lap 14 he had put four lapped cars between himself in first and Britten in second. Britten made his way through the traffic, but was no match for Friesen, who darted three-wide between and around cars to stay ahead.

"I think we had a pretty smooth, consistent run going there," said Britten, who was second at the checkered flag. "Not quite good enough to run down Stewie or anything, but second, we'll definitely take it."

The lapped traffic may have been an extra obstacle for Britten, but it was a boon to defending series champion Brett Hearn, who started ninth in the feature. Hearn was able to use lapped cars to his advantage, deftly maneuvering forward and gaining positions. By lap 20, he was in third place, but Britten and Friesen had put too much distance on the rest of the field for him to advance further and the Madsen Motorsports No. 20 finished in third.

"It's just an awesome race track. We ran all over that thing tonight," Hearn said. "This is the way that most of us guys like it. It's just a blast, and if you're good, you're going to get near to the front. If you're not, you go backwards. It was a good strategy for us, a good setup."

Haers stayed steady in fourth after Hearn took over and, with his win Wednesday, is in the lead in event points. Matt Sheppard, of Waterloo, N.Y., worked his way from 14th to fifth through lapped traffic in the new Heinke-Baldwin Racing No. 9h. Pauch finished sixth, VanInwegen seventh and Clair eighth. Big-Block Modified rookie Anthony Perrego finished ninth. Jimmy Phelps started 11th and finished tenth.

The action at Volusia Speedway Park continues Friday, Feb. 21, and Saturday, Feb. 22., with the final nights of DIRTcar Nationals presented by Summit Racing Equipment. Both nights feature the Super DIRTcar Series and the World of Outlaws Late Models Series. For ticket information, visitwww.dirtcar.com/tickets. For information on pay-per-view live screening video coverage, visit www.dirtvision.com.

A-Main (30 laps): 1. 1w Stewart Friesen / Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario; 2. 21a Peter Britten / Brisbane, Queensland, Australia; 3. 20 Brett Hearn / Sussex, N.J.; 4. 3h Justin Haers / Phelps, N.Y.; 5. 9H Matt Sheppard, Waterloo, N.Y.; 6. 1 Billy Pauch / Frenchtown, N.J.; 7. 10v Billy VanInwegen / Sparrowbush, N.Y.; 8. 22c Mario Clair / Drummondville, Quebec; 9. 55 Anthony Perrego / Montgomery, N.Y.; 10. 98h Jimmy Phelps / Baldwinsville, N.Y.; 11. 5 Jimmy Horton / Neshanic Station, N.J.; 12. 07 Tim Kerr / Picton, Ontario; 13. 7z Dale Planck / Homer, N.Y.; 14. 6m Mat Williamson / St. Catharines, Ontario; 15. 54 Steve Bernard / Granby, Quebec; 16. 30 Jamie Mills / Milford, Del.; 17. 3a Kevin Albert / Lebanon, Penn.; 18. 323 Neal Williams / Pittsgrove, N.J.; 19. 21k Randy Chrysler / Lewiston, N.Y.; 20. 8 Rich Scagliotta / Hillsborough, N.J.; 21. 21 Yan Bussiere / Drummondville, Quebec; 22. 85 H.J. Bunting / Milford, Del.; 23. 42 Kyle Sheldon / Nassau, N.Y.; 24. 48Too Dave Rauscher / Waterloo, N.Y.; 25. 88 Dave Allen / Palmyra, N.Y.; 26. 22J Jeremy Wilder / Fort Plain, N.Y. DNS: 1g Darwin Greene / Susquehanna, Penn.; 8R Rob Bellinger / Dexter, N.Y.; 14 C.G. Morey / Rutland, Vt.; T21 Roger Chrysler / Lewiston, N.Y.; 29 Chris Ostrowsky / Conklin, N.Y.; 64 Daniel Nadeau / Maryvill, Quebec; 99 Steve Paine / Waterloo, N.Y.

B-Main 1 (10 laps): Bussiere, Wilder, Morey, Randy Chrysler, Bellinger, Greene, Paine

B-Main 2 (10 laps): Sheldon, Allen, Ostrowsky, Scagliotta, Nadeau, Chrysler

Qualifying heats (8 laps, top 5 transfer, top 2 redraw)

Heat 1: Haers, Perrego, Hearn, Albert, Rauscher, Morey, Wilder, Randy Chrysler, Greene

Heat 2: Williams, Pauch, Horton, Sheppard, Planck, Bussiere, Bellinger, Paine

Heat 3: Britten, VanInwegen, Phelps, Bunting, Kerr, Sheldon, Allen, Roger Chrysler

Heat 4: Friesen, Mills, Clair, Bernard, Willismons, Scagliotta, Ostrowsky, Nadeau

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Haers Apparent: Justin Haers earns first career Super DIRTcar Series win

2014 Super DIRTcar Series season debut at DIRTcar Nationals presented by Summit Racing Equipment spell success for Phelps, N.Y., driver

BARBERVILLE, FLA. - Wednesday, February 19, 2014 - There's a first time for everything. For Super DIRTcar Series driver Justin Haers, of Phelps, N.Y., that time was Wednesday night during DIRTcar Nationals presented by Summit Racing Equipment. Haers picked up his first-ever series victory in a 30-lap nail-biter at Volusia Speedway Park.

"I'm so excited. This has been a long time coming," said the Super DIRTcar Series regular of ten years. "We've been close so many times, even down here last year. It's just awesome to get a win down here. We came down here just to be competitive, and to get a win is just awesome."

Haers started his night out right, timing second-fastest overall and picking up the win in his heat, claiming the top starting spot for the 30 lap feature. The Phelps Cement Products No. 3 took the lead at the green flag over Big-Block Modified rookie Anthony Perrego.

A lap-2 caution slowed the pace early in the race with Mario Clair off-pace. Clair pulled into the pits and Haers reclaimed the lead when the field returned to green. He quickly started to pull away from the pack, leaving Dale Planck, Pete Britten and defending series champion Brett Hearn in a three-wide battle for third.

Britten charged ahead from the battle in lap 4 and pulled up beside Perrego in second. He made the pass in lap 6, and by the lap 7 "Batman" Britten was closing in on Haers in the lead. Behind them, Billy Pauch darted between teammates Matt Sheppard and Jimmy Phelps for sixth.

In lap 9, Britten swung around Haers in turn two and cruised ahead of pack. Haers learned his lesson, and, with Britten high on the outside, Haers slid past him in lap 12.

"Peter passed me for the lead. He passed me on the top and I said, man, I've got to get up there and get up on the wheel," said Haers, who garnered two podium finishes out of four races last year during DIRTcar Nationals presented by Summit Racing Equipment. "When I got up there, there was just so much more traction on the top. I was able to reel him back in, and I was able to roll him on the bottom of one and two and clear him on the back stretch."

With the rest of the race caution free, Haers was left battling lapped traffic as he pulled further away from his runners up. Perrego, who sat behind the wheel of a Big-Block Modified for the first time Tuesday during practice, fell to third mid-race, but kept his cool and deftly maneuvered lapped traffic. He closed in on Britten in lap 19 and slid to the outside to pass him in lap 20. Perrego fumbled with 5 laps to go, but recovered quickly enough not to lose his position.

"I almost spun around there. I was a little nervous," Perrego said about the incident. "We got into (turn) one there, I was just trying to keep up with the lapped cars, and I got into one a little hard."

"It was just an awesome race. I'm so excited. It's just a great way to start the season," said Haers of Wednesday's race, the 2014 debut for the Super DIRTcar Series. "Tonight we were really good and, I told my guys, 'we're going to get a gator this year, we came so close last year."

Perrego came in second, and was pleased with his first Big-Block Modified feature race finish.

"This is amazing, to come out here and finish second out of the gate," said Perrego, who successfully battled veteran racer Hearn in his heat race.

Pauch, another seasoned driver, made the right moves to finish third. In lap 27, he swerved to the outside around Planck for the position and held on for the final three laps.

"We moved up pretty good, and for my team, coming all the way down and running with these guys, that's a pretty good finish," said Pauch, who hails from Frenchtown, N.Y. "My guys worked at it hard and I think we have some notes to go from tomorrow."

Matt Sheppard, of Waterloo, N.Y., took his new Heinke-Baldwin Racing / FX Caprara Car Companies ride from its starting spot in tenth to fourth by the end of the feature race's 30 laps. Planck, of Homer N.Y., finished fifth. Rounding out the top ten are Stewart Friesen in sixth, Peter Britten in seventh, Brett Hearn in eighth, Jimmy Phelps in ninth, and Jamie Mills in tenth.

DIRTcar Nationals presented by Summit Racing Equipment continues Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 20 through Feb. 22, featuring the Super DIRTcar Big-Block Modified Series and the World of Outlaws Late Models Series for all three of the remaining days. General admission tickets will be available for purchase at the gate and include a FREE Fan Pit Pass!

Super DIRTcar Big-Block Modified Series
DIRTcar Nationals presented by Summit Racing Equipment
Volusia Speedway Park
Wednesday, February 23, 2014

A-feature (30 laps): 1. 3h Justin Haers ($2,000), Phelps, N.Y.; 2. 55 Anthony Perrego, Montgomery, N.Y.; 3. 1 Billy Pauch, Frenchtown, N.Y.; 4. 9H Matt Sheppard, Waterloo, N.Y.; 5. 7z Dale Planck, Homer, N.Y.; 6. 1w Stewart Friesen, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario; 7. 21a Peter Britten, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia; 8. 20 Brett Hearn, Sussex, N.J.; 9. 98h Jimmy Phelps, Baldwinsville, N.Y.; 10. 30 Jamie Mills, Milford, Del.; 11.54 Steve Bernard, Granby, Quebec; 12. 5 Jimmy Horton, Neshanic Station, N.J.; 13. 07 Tim Kerr, Picton, Ontario; 14. 323 Neal Williams, Pittsgrove, N.J.; 15. 74 J.R. Heffner, Vatalie, N.Y.; 16. 8 Rich Scagliotta, Hillsborough, N.J.; 17. 21k Randy Chrysler, Lewiston, N.Y.; 18. 22J Jeremy Wilder, Fort Plain, N.Y.; 19. 85 H.J. Bunting, Milford, Del.; 20. 6m Mat Williamson, St. Catharines, Ontario; 21. 10v Billy VanInwegen, Sparrowbush, N.Y.; 22. 14 C.G. Morey, Rutland, Vt.; 23. 48Too Dave Rauscher, Waterloo, N.Y.; 24. 42 Kyle Sheldon, Nassau, N.Y.; 25. 22c Mario Clair, Drummondville, Quebec; 26. 99 Bruno Lepage. Maplegrove, Quebec. DNQ: 21 Yan Bussiere, Drummondville, Quebec; 1g Darwin Greene, Susquehanna, Penn.; 29 Chris Ostrowsky, Conklin, N.Y.; 64 Daniel Nadeau, Maryville, Quebec; 3A Kevin Albert, Lebanon, Penn.; 8R Rob Bellinger, Dexter, N.Y.; T21 Roger Chrysler, Lewiston, N.Y.; 88 Dave Allen, Palmyra, N.Y.

Qualifying Heats (8 laps, top 5 transfer)

Heat 1: Haers, Pauch, Mills, Bernard, Randy Chrysler, Bussiere, Heffner, Greene, Nadeau

Heat 2: Perrego, Hearn, Sheppard, Friesen, Bunting, Sheldon, Lepage, Ostrowsky, Allen

Heat 3: Clair, Scagliotta, Phelps, Kerr, VanInwegen, Rauscher, Albert, Bellinger

Heat 4: Britten, Planck, Horton, Williams, Williamson, Wilder, Morey, Roger Chrysler

B-Main Qualifying Races (10 laps, top 3 transfer)

B-Main 1: Sheldon, Heffner, Lepage, Bussiere, Ostrowsky, Greene

B-Main 2: Rauscher, Wilder, Morey, Bellinger, Albert, Allen, Roger Chrysler

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Fresh Start: Matt Sheppard wheels new HBR ride to fast time in Florida

Super DIRTcar Series racing continues Wednesday at Volusia Speedway Park

BARBERVILLE, FLA. - February 18, 2014 - A new year means new beginnings, at least for many of theSuper DIRTcar Series racers at DIRTcar Nationals presented by Summit Racing Equipment. The Big-Block Modified tour opened its 2014 season Tuesday, Feb. 18, with practice laps at Volusia Speedway Park, and it was some newcomers that wowed the crowds in the grandstands.

For the first of three hot laps sessions, Anthony Perrego of Montgomery, N.Y., sat behind the wheel of a Big-Block Modified for the first time. Just a couple laps later Perrego claimed fast time with a 17.005-second lap.

"I was pretty nervous going out for that first one," Perrego recollected. "We were sitting out on the infield and I had Brett around me, and I had those guys around me. You get a little jittery when you see those guys."

Despite the stiff competition and the nerves, Perrego rose to the top in both the first and second practice sessions. He finished third in the final session after three-time series champion Matt Sheppard and eight-time series champion Brett Hearn.

"The first time in a Big-Block, I was pretty impressed to be able to get a fast time in one and two," said Perrego, who started in the Sportsman class and moved up to a small block mid-year 2013.

Defending Super DIRTcar Series Champion Hearn was strong all night, placing second in each practice session. Sheppard made fast time in the third round, showing off his new ride with Henke-Baldwin Racing (HBR).

"Everything's been good; the team's been good, the car has felt good," Sheppard said of the change. "I'm just excited to get into a real race and see how we stack up."

Sheppard racked up three consecutive Super DIRTcar Series championships before joining HBR and has been quick to acclimate to the FX Caprara Car Companies sponsored No. 9h. He finished 18th in time the first round and 15th the second, but made the right changes to claim fast time the final time around with a 18.018-second lap.

"The car wasn't so good in the second session, but we made a few adjustments and I think we'll be right there this week," said Sheppard, anticipating a strong showing for the 9h both at DIRTcar Nationals presented by Summit Racing Equipment and the remainder of the Super DIRTcar Series.

The Super DIRTcar Big-Block Modified Series returns to Volusia Speedway Park Wednesday, Feb. 19, for the first of four doubleheaders rounding out DIRTcar Nationals presented by Summit Racing Equipment. Tickets will be available for purchase at the gate and include a FREE Fan Pit Pass!

Live video coverage is also available for purchase on DIRTvision.com for $21.99 per night. DIRTvision also offers a special package including all four upcoming Super DIRTcar Series races, along with accompanying UMP Late Models and World of Outlaws Late Models races, for just $69.99. For more information, visit www.DIRTvision.com

Hot Lap Session 1 Best Lap Times:
1. Anthony Perrego  17.005
2. Brett Hearn 17.614
3. Mario Clair 17.753
4. Justin Haers 17.811
5. Dale Planck 17.865
6. H.J. Bunting 17.869
7. Steve Bernard 17.883
8. Jamie Mills 17.884
9. Pete Britten 17.984
10. Kevin Albert 18.016
11. Mat Williamson 18.107
12. Jeremy Wilder 18.138
13. Neil Williams  18.191
14. Rich Scagliotta 18.191
15. Billy VanInwegen 18.226
16. Jimmy Phelps 18.242
17. Yan Bussiere 18.323
18. Matt Sheppard 18.357
19. Billy Pauch 18.363 
20. J.R. Heffner 18.375
21. Daniel Nadeau 18.426
22. Tim Kerr 18.475
23. Darwin Greene 18.529
24. Bruno LaPage 18.544
25. Kyle Sheldon 18.628
26. Dave Allen 18.712
27. Dave Rauscher 18.764
28. Chris Ostrowsky 18.927
29. Jimmy Horton 18.938
30. C.G. Morey 18.956
31. Randy Chrysler 19.123
32. Rob Bellinger 19.376
1w  Stewart Friesen   NT
 
Hot Lap Session 2 Best Lap Times:
1. Perrego  17.350
2. Hearn 17.408
3. Friesen  17.617
4. Clair 17.640
5. Haers  17.660
6. Williams 17.704
7. VanInwegen 17.732
8. Planck 17.769
9. Pauch 17.848
10. Horton 17.850
11. Bernard  17.859
12. LaPage 17.910
13. Heffner 17.956
14. Kerr 18.066
15. Sheppard 18.115
16. Bunting 18.141
17. Bellinger 18.160
18. Britten 18.185
19. Scagliotta 18.193
20. Albert 18.201
21. Wilder 18.210
22. Williamson 18.217
23. Greene 18.329
24. Phelps 18.342
25. Nadeau 18.353
26. Chrysler 18.398
27. Rauscher 18.474
28. Ostrowsky 18.483
29. Bussiere 18.488
30. Sheldon 18.737
Allen NT
Morey  NT
Mills NT
 
Hot Lap Session 3 Best Lap Times:
1. Sheppard 18.018
2. Hearn 18.021
3. Perrego 18.074
4. Pauch 18.084
5. Planck 18.172
6. LaPage 18.267
7. Williamson 18.319
8. Clair 18.342
9. Bunting 18.381
10. Friesen 18.426
11. Wilder 18.464
12. Haers 18.466
13. VanInwegen 18.534
14. Greene 18.562
15. Britten  18.593
16. Williams 18.635
17. Bernard 18.664
18. Bussiere 18.671
19. Phelps 18.730
20. Heffner 18.742
21. Kerr 18.750
22. Allen 18.781
23. Horton 18.829
24. Ostrowsky 18.868
25. Chrysler 18.875
26. Scagliotta  18.879
27. Sheldon 18.961
28. Bellinger 19.069
29. Morey 19.318
30. Rauscher 19.348
31. Nadeau 19.372
Albert  NT
Mills NT

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Albany-Saratoga Season Set To Go Green On April 18th

For Immediate Release
February 16th, 2014

Malta, NY – The Albany-Saratoga Speedway is set to open for its third consecutive season under promoter Lyle Devore in just about two months’ time. The ultra-fast four tenths of a mile oval will take the green for the first time in 2014 on Friday evening April 18th.

The night will see all weekly divisions in action plus the Four Cylinders. As was the case in 2013, the weekly divisions at Albany-Saratoga will consist of the DIRTcar Modifieds, Sportsman, DIRTcar Pro Stocks, Novice Sportsman and Street Stocks. The full schedule will be released around the first weekend in March.

As an added attraction the band “Just Looking” will be performing on opening night. The band is based out of Saratoga Springs and offers Rock n Roll and some dance music. For more information on the band please search “Just Looking Band” on Facebook.  

One year ago Sussex, New Jersey’s Brett Hearn picked up the opening day feature win over a stout field of DIRTcar Modifieds. The win would propel him to the 2013 track championship. He, along with the other champions will be honored on Saturday evening March 8th at the Holiday Inn – Saratoga Springs.

“We are just carrying this thing over from last year,” Hearn said after last season’s season opener. “I really don’t know what it’s all about but it’s working for me. Once it went single file I was pretty confident that we were pretty good at that point. From what I have been told we were pretty good at the end.”

The 2012 season would see the season opener held over two days, in a double header format. On Thursday evening Spraker’s, New York hot shoe Stewart Friesen would claim the win for the late Marty Burdick while on Friday night Watertown’s World of Outlaw Late Model kingpin Tim McCreadie would bring home the checkered flag.

“It’s pretty cool to be the first dirt winner in the new era,” Friesen said following that 2012 win. “Tonight was good, track position was key along with being up front. It was a battle royal with Ken (Tremont, Jr.) – it was tight. I saw him get up on the outside and I tried to slide him and get his line. We were able to hold him off.”

“Kudos to the track crew, it’s as smooth as glass,” McCreadie said after the Friday night win. “In the hot laps before the feature we were off a little bit, so we turned it back to where we were in the heat. It felt good, I saw Brett once early in the race and never saw him again so I didn’t know if he was better than me or if I was better than him but I didn’t like seeing him at the end – that’s for sure.”

Derrick McGrew and Rob Yetman have swept the opening day victories in the Sportsman and DIRTcar Pro Stock divisions since The Great Race Place returned to the clay surface in 2012. Connor Cleveland won the Novice Sportsman event in 2013 while Joey Scarborough won the “rookie” feature in 2012.

In other full fender action Bill Dupree and Matt Mosher were victorious in the Street Stock division season openers in 2012 and 2013 respectfully. In 2012 Chris VanDeputte (Dual Cam) and Dan Older, Jr. (Single Cam) won the opening day events while last season Todd Goldstein (Dual Cam) and Mark Lindblade (Single Cam) were opening event winners. 

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Brewerton And Fulton Speedway Blast Off 2014 April 4-6 At The Great Northern Mall

BALDWINSVILLE, NY – FEBRUARY 13, 2014 (By Dave Medler) – By popular demand the Great Northern Mall with the Brewerton and Fulton Speedway are excited to announce the return of the “Blast-Off” show on April 4-6.


“The shows in the past were a great success and helped propel us into the new season. We expect nothing different this year,” said Cory Reed who is the marketing director for both tracks. “The amount of race fans that turned out has always been strong and the mall staff could not have been more accommodating. We are excited to bring the popular show.”

Throughout the weekend at the Brewerton and Fulton booth you will have a chance to win race tickets, buy season passes and have any questions answered about the 2014 season.

For race teams this is a way to show off your 2014 racing equipment and give great exposure to your sponsors. Not only is this for the race fans, it’s also way to attract potential fans to the great racing at the Brewerton and Fulton Speedway.

To put your car on display is free but space is limited. To register your car just go to this link to sign up. http://fultonspeedway.net/?page_id=482

The Great Northern Mall is located on Route 31 in Clay, NY with easy access of Route 481. To see all the stores and eateries they have to offer go to www.greatnorthernmall.com . Mall hours are Mon-Saturday 10am-9pm and Sunday 11am-6pm.

The long offseason will come to an end and the clay will fly on Friday, April 18th when the Brewerton Speedway will swing the gates open for the brand new racing season. One week later on Saturday, April 26th the Fulton Speedway will start the 2014 season in a huge way. On that date the Big Block Modified Super DIRTcar Series will be in town to battle Fulton’s best in a 100-lap event.

It’s not too early to get your tickets for the “Salute To The King” Steve Kinser’s farewell tour when the STP World Of Outlaw Sprints visit the Fulton Speedway on July 23rd. Tickets are available by visiting  http://dirtcar.ticketforce.com/ordertickets.asp?p=468&backurl=default.asp. The highly competitive Industrial Tire Of CNY Sportsman Shootout Series will also be on the Fulton “High Banks” that night.

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KING BACK BEHIND THE MIC AT FONDA FOR 2014

By: Ron Szczerba

When the 2014 racing season begins at the "Track of Champions" Fonda Speedway there will be many other changes to the staff at the speedway besides the change in promoter to Matt DeLorenzo. Back in the announcers tower for 2014 will be none other than Jim King who has spent many years in the announcer's tower at Fonda so this will be like a homecoming for the popular announcer.

Backing King up as the assistant announcer will be well known journalist for the Area Auto Racing Newspaper Toby LaGrange while in the race director position it will be Charlie (Tuna) Squires who has also been an employee at the speedway for a number of years.

1972 was the year that Jim King started his announcing career at Fonda and it happened very quickly according to King. The King name was tied in to the "Track of Champions" in other ways as well as Jim's father owned cars that raced at Fonda.

"I was the track photographer at Fonda back in 1972 and when the announcer at that time left the area for a different job promoter Jim Gage Jr. asked me to take over the announcing position," King said. "Since then I have been at Fonda on and off for 20 years between announcing at other Saturday night tracks including Orange County and Lebanon Valley."

Since the early seventies King has also announced at national snowmobile events, national motocross events, and national grass drag events as well. He is known for bringing up through the ranks various announcers including Fred Osmun, Shane Andrews, and Dan Martin. This year Toby LaGrange will be under the tutelage of King as he begins his new position as assistant announcer at Fonda.

Recently King was inducted into the New York State Stock Car Association (NYSSCA) Hall of Fame for his career in the announcing field and considered it a great honor.

"It is definitely a great feeling to be in the NYSSCA Hall of Fame with everybody who is anybody in the sport," King said. "I believe that I am only the second announcer to ever be inducted into the NYSSCA Hall of Fame so it is a great honor."

When negotiations began for DeLorenzo to take over Fonda Matt's father Tom asked Jim if he would come back if they did take it over and of course King said yes.

"I am looking forward to coming back to Fonda," King said. "It is going to be a lot of fun."

What started out as a conversation among friends ended up getting Toby LaGrange the assistant announcer's position at Fonda for the upcoming season.

"Last summer I was talking with a group of friends including Jim King and I made mention that I wouldn't mind doing the victory lane interviews at Fonda someday," LaGrange said. "In late December of last year Jim asked me to stop to his house and said to me that he had spoken to Matt (DeLorenzo) about offering me the assistant announcer's position, Matt was all for it, and of course I accepted."

LaGrange will be doing victory lane interviews along with some live interviews from the pit area on race day. At some point after learning from and watching Jim (King) LaGrange will also get the opportunity to announce some events during the racing program as well.

"I have never done any announcing before but to me that is a good thing as I can now learn from one of the best Jim King," LaGrange said. "With Jim's help I will learn the right way to do things the same way that Shane Andrews and Dan Martin did."

LaGrange has racing in his blood from both sides of his family as his father Mark LaGrange raced both late models and modifieds at Fonda and Toby's cousin from his mother's side Red Knoblauch is a member of the Fonda Speedway Hall of Fame.  LaGrange started writing about stock car racing in 2002 and since 2009 has stayed exclusively with the Area Auto Racing News covering both Albany Saratoga and Fonda on a weekly basis.

"I really want to thank both Jim (King) and Matt (DeLorenzo) for the opportunity at Fonda," LaGrange said. "I started attending Fonda at age four and up until last season at the age of 34 I have only missed one event at Fonda which was not by my choice as my mother made me attend my high school graduation back in 1997 instead of going to the races at Fonda."

For the last 12 years Charlie (Tuna) Squires has worked at Fonda in various roles.

"I pretty much did whatever Marty (previous race director Marty Beberwyk) needed me to do from flagging in turn four, flagging on the backstretch, along with flagging the Empire Super Sprint race at Fonda," Squires said. "Matt (DeLorenzo) called and asked me if I would like to take the race directors positions and I gladly said yes."

Squires has been the pit steward at the Utica Rome Speedway for the last 10 years as he resides in Rome, NY. He has also driven and owned race cars as well.

"I went to the Fonda Speedway for the first time when I was seven years old," Squires said. "Since that first race at Fonda I knew that racing was what I wanted to be a part of and now at age 64 I will be working for DIRT Car at Fonda and NASCAR at Utica Rome in the same year."

For more information on the upcoming 2014 season at the "Track of Champions" Fonda Speedway you can go to their newly updated by Bobby Chalmers of BC Designs website www.fondaspeedway.com

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Albany-Saratoga Competitors To Be Honored At Banquet

For Immediate Release
February 1st, 2014

Malta, NY - The Albany-Saratoga Speedway will honor the accomplishments of the 2013 season on Saturday March 8th with the traditional season ending awards banquet. This year’s banquet will be held at the Holiday Inn – Saratoga Springs, which is located on Route 9 of the historic city.

The top ten drivers in the final point standings of the four weekly divisions will be recognized at the banquet. The champions in both Four Cylinder divisions will also be honored. It will be a cash bar with light hors d’oeuvres taking place at 6:00 pm and dinner at 7:00 pm. The awards will follow.

Tickets are $35 per person and must be purchased prior to the event and be in hand as none will be sold at the door. All ticket purchases must be postmarked by February 28th. Payment may be made by check, money order or credit card. Please call 518-587-0220 for more information or to order tickets by phone.

The exact location of the Holiday Inn is 232 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, New York 12866. Please log on to the tracks website at www.albany-saratogaspeedway.com for more information including the order form.

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2014 Schedule BRP Modified Tour Schedule
Sunday, May 18, 2014  Allegheny Motor Speedway (Formerly Tri City Speedway)
Sunday, June 15, 2014  Allegheny Motor Speedway
Friday, July 4, 2014  TBA
Sunday, July 6, 2014  Allegheny Motor Speedway
Thursday, July 10, 2014 Expo Speedway (Ohio)
Saturday, July 12, 2014  Mercer Raceway Park
Sunday, July 13, 2014  Mercer Raceway Park   
Friday, July 18, 2014 TBA
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 Sharon Speedway (Rain date July 31)
Sunday, August 24, 2014  Allegheny Motor Speedway
Saturday, August 30, 2014  TBA
Saturday, September 13, 2014  Sharon Speedway
Sunday, September 21, 2014 Allegheny Motor Speedway

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2014 NYSSCA BANQUET HONORS ITS MEMBERS

ALBANY, NY (January 25, 2014) – Drivers, owners, crew members, media, and fans of the New York State Stock Car Association (NYSSCA) gathered at the Polish Community Center in Colonie, NY to recognize member track competitors and Hall of Fame inductees .  The 45th annual awards banquet, held on January 25th, gathered approximately 450 celebrants with well-known radio and track personalities John Stanley and Dan Martin serving as Masters of Ceremony.

This year’s Hall of Fame Induction ceremony and the Awards Banquet were dedicated in memory of Peg Bedell and Rene “The Champ” Charland.

Earlier in the day the NYSSCA Hall of Fame Committee, chaired by John Keegan,  inducted five members of the stock car community including veteran announcer Jimmy King and drivers Mike Colsten, Joe Messina, Jimmy Winks, and Bob Savoie.  While the official ceremony had taken place earlier in the day at the Saratoga Auto Museum (Saratoga Springs, NY), the group was also introduced to the gathering at the banquet and recognized for their many years of service and great accomplishments in the stock car arena.

The 2014 NYSSCA Hall of Fame inductees are a strong and diverse group, representative of those who have achieved greatness in the world of racing. 

Presenting Jim King’s varied involvement with racing that is beginning its 42nd year was fellow announcer Dan Martin.  His announcing career began in 1972 at Fonda Speedway and has included such tracks as Glen Ridge Motorsports Park (NY), Utica-Rome (NY), Lebanon Valley (NY) and Albany-Saratoga (NY).  In addition, King has been actively involved in recent years with ice racing and snowmobile racing in the winter season.

The 2013 season was the 45th season in which Modified driver Mike Colsten was involved.  After overcoming mesothelioma (a form of cancer) in 2012 Colsten came back to Five Mile Point (NY) to win the track championship, his fourth at the track.

For Bob Savoie the wins were racked up at Utica-Rome Speedway, Albany-Saratoga, Devil’s Bowl (VT), Plattsburgh (NY) and most recently, in 2013, at Glen Ridge Motorsports Park.  That win gave him over 60 victories in five consecutive decades.

 Joe Messina’s racing career began in the late 1950’s when he ran at Pine Bowl (NY) and Empire Speedway (NY).  He later ran the Ken Tremont, Sr. owned No. 115 at Lebanon Valley and Devil’s Bowl.  He won the Devil’s Bowl track championship in 1970.

Hailing from the Syracuse, NY area, Modified and Super Modified driver Jimmy Winks won the track title twice at Rolling Wheels Raceway (NY) as well as five wins at Oswego Speedway (NY) and 37 career victories at Volusia County Speedway (FL).  The versatile driver also had two Sprint Car victories.  The popular driver passed away in early November at the age of 65. 

Prior to the presentation of the organization’s special awards President Mark Krosky highlighted the many activities and fund raising events that occurred during 2013 to help raise funds to support the goal of NYSSCA—“racers helping racers.”  Membership, which includes members of the Hall of Fame, is at approximately 900 and is representative of all groups involved in racing including drivers, owners, fans, and media. 

Likening the leadership of the organization to the many components of a race car, Krosky thanked all those who play pivotal roles in the success of the organization including track representatives, members of the Board of Directors and officers, committee members and sponsors.

Krosky presented the “NYSSCA President’s Award” this year to the promoters of the member tracks for their support and dedication to the goals and activities of the organization.  Receiving “President’s Award” plaques were Lyle Devore of Albany-Saratoga, Mike Perrotte of Airborne Park, Mike Van Dusen of CRSA, Mike Bruno of Devils Bowl, Pete and Matt Demitraszek of Glen Ridge Motorsports Park, Ron Ford and Jamie Paige of I-88, Howard Commander of Lebanon Valley, Mike Gurda of Orange County, Gene Cole of Utica-Rome and Ted White of Woodhall.

Barbara Clark, who received the Utica-Rome award on behalf of Gene Cole was given special recognition by Krosky for her devotion and dedication to her position which included helping to put out a generator fire on NYSSCA Night at the track.  For her ‘service above and beyond the call of duty’ Clark was presented with a fire extinguisher and a personalized fire chief’s helmet by Krosky and asked to be on standby for the remainder of the night’s activities. 

Also recognized by President Mark Krosky for their dedicated service as banquet emcees were Dan Martin and John Stanley.  The very well-known local track announcers each dedicate many hours to the compilation of statistics and background information on each of the award recipients and the dynamic duo has done so for 25 consecutive years.  Responsible for the delivery of each year’s banquet agenda, they are a key ingredient to the success of the night.   

Annually NYSSCA presents several awards to honor and recognize past and present members.  This year’s “Special Awards” were as follows: 

The “Jim Langenback Memorial Award” to Rob Yetman of Castleton, NY who had an outstanding 2013 season in Pro Stock competition.   The Langenback Award is presented to a NYSSCA member that has an exceptional season while representing himself in the manner likened to Hall of Fame member Jim Langenback.  Yetman claimed the Albany-Saratoga track title as well as the overall Super DIRTcar Series Pro Stock title.  His season totals included 8 wins at Albany-Saratoga, two wins at Lebanon Valley, setting fast time and pole sitter at Super DIRT Week (NY).    Yetman joined retired Modified great Bill Wimble as the only two drivers in history to have won a championship at Albany-Saratoga, Fonda and Lebanon Valley Speedways.

Leon Andrus, columnist for the Gater Racing News, was recognized with the “NYSSCA Journalism Award.”  Through his column “Positive News and Notes” and his announcing duties at Five Mile Point and I-88 (NY) Speedways Andrus provides his followers with up-to-date racing news as well as promoting NYSSCA. 

 The “Dedication to Racing in Memory of Harry Peek” award was presented to John Flach Sr. and the Flach Family who have been involved in racing since the 1959 spanning four generations.  On stage to accept the award were John C., his wife Liz, son Keith and Nicole who was engaged to son J.C. at the time of his passing.  The family’s commitment to the sport of racing serves us all as an example of family dedication and devotion.  The Flach family truly exemplifies those worthy of the “dedication” award.

“Car Owner of the Year” accolades went to Tom Cullen owner of the WGC #1 driven by Stewart Friesen to 8 wins and a track title at Utica-Rome in 2013.  In addition they bookended the Super DIRTcar Series season with a win at the opening show at Rolling Wheels Racing and ending with their win at the World Finals at the Dirt Track at Charlotte (NC).  The title at Utica-Rome was the fourth consecutive and Cullen’s sixth in nine years at the Vernon, NY track.  

The “Lifetime Contribution to Racing Award in Memory of Kenny Shoemaker” was presented to Mike Thoma, who is best known for his support of racing, racers and Speed Chasers (kid’s club) at the Lebanon Valley Speedway through Thoma Tire since the early 80’s.  Until closing the front doors this past fall, Thoma fans traveling to the Lebanon Valley Speedway on Route 20 would look forward to the “Thoma Tire Sign” that would carry a catchy comment related to that night’s race.

The “Dedication to NYSSCA Award in Memory of Arty McCarty” was presented to a very deserving and surprised 25-year NYSSCA member Tom Remington.  Kept in the dark that he was receiving an award, a humbled Remington was honored for his many years of dedicated service to NYSSCA with Motor Racing Mania (car show), the banquet, the Hall of Fame, the annual Yearbook and as a member of the Board of Directors. 

The NYSSCA “Award of Excellence” was presented to two drivers whose achievements in 2013 were remarkable.  The 2013 season was a milestone year for Kenny Tremont, Jr. who garnered his 300th career win in May and his August win became the 30th year Tremont had won a feature at the Lebanon Valley Speedway, the only driver to do so.  For Vermont native Todd Stone the 2013 season included seven wins at Airborne Park Speedway (NY) and ten wins at Devil’s Bowl.  As a result of his outstanding performance at Devil’s Bowl he was crowned the NASCAR Whelan All American Series National “Rookie of the Year” in addition to being named the NASCAR Vermont State Champion. 

The NYSSCA “Lifetime Achievement Award” was presented to Alton and Carole Palmer of Howes Cave, NY.  Their involvement in racing first began in 1978 when Alton started his driving career in a Late Model.  Since that time the duo has supported several drivers including Dave Lape, Jack Johnson, Ricky Quick, John McAuliffe, John Constantino and most notable, their current driver, Ronnie Johnson.     Quick to lend a hand to others, the Palmers have achieved much in the world of racing, including five titles (four with Lape and one with R. Johnson) at Fonda Speedway and multiple wins at several Northeast dirt tracks. 

Topping off a 27-win season that included wins in a Modified (22), Sprint Car (4) and a Midget (1) earned Stewart Friesen now of Sprakers, NY the “NYSSCA Overall Outstanding Performance” award.  His stellar season concluded with track titles at Fonda and Utica-Rome Speedways in addition to winning the season-ending Super DIRTcar Series event at the Dirt Track at Charlotte.   The versatile driver had a winning percentage of over 25 per cent for the 107 races he ran in 2013. 

NYSSCA’s track base covers Airborne Park Speedway, Albany-Saratoga Speedway, Devils Bowl Speedway, Fonda Speedway, Glen Ridge Motorsports Park, I-88 Speedway, Lebanon Valley Speedway, Orange County Fair Speedway, Utica-Rome Speedway, Woodhull Raceway and the Capital Region Sprintcar Agency.  Established in 1969 with just eleven members, NYSSCA membership is open to anyone involved in the sport of racing.  Today, membership includes over 900 people throughout the racing community.  The organization’s most important function is to provide cash benefits for members injured during sanctioned racing events at recognized racing facilities.  For more information visit their website at www.nyssca.com. 

For 2014 NYSSCA officers include Mark Krosky as President, Cheryl Catman as Vice-President, Ashley Fisher as Secretary, JoAnn Flanigan as Treasurer and Andy Hickok as Sergeant-At-Arms.  Members of the Board of Directors include Shari Pierson, Clem DaBiere, Dan Martin, Bob James, John Keegan, Christine Krosky and Bonnie Mortensen-Szczerba.

NYSSCA track awards were presented to: 

AIRBORNE PARK SPEEDWAY:  Driver of the Year: Todd Stone (Modified), Nick Heywood (Sportsman Modified), Lance Rabtoy (Renegades), Robin Wood (Limited Late Models), Jayson Criss (Mini Mods); Outstanding Performance: Leon Gonyo (Modified), Mike Phinney (Sportsman Modified), Robert Gordon (Renegades), Jamy Begor (Limited Late Models), Dale O’Neil (Mini Mods); Rookie / Newcomer of the Year: Keith Pelkey (Sportsman Modified), Josh Lecliare (Renegades), Danny Sullivan (Limited Late Models), Kaine Favro (Mini Mods).

ALBANY SARATOGA SPEEDWAY:  Driver of the Year: Brett Hearn (Modified), Rob Yetman (Pro Stocks), Jeremy Pitts (Sportsman), Connor Cleveland (Novice Sportsman), Bill Duprey (Street Stock), Mark Lindblade (4 Cylinders Single Cam), Todd Goldstein (4 Cylinders Dual Cam);  Outstanding Performance: Marc Johnson (Modified), Kenny Martin (Pro Stocks), Derrick McGrew (Sportsman), Matt Pappa and Timothy Davis (Novice Sportsman), Josh Coonradt (Street Stock), Dan Older (4 Cylinders Single Cam), David Frame (4 Cylinders Dual Cam); Rookie / Newcomer of the Year: Brian Gleason (Modified), Byron Westcott (Pro Stocks), Connor Cleveland (Sportsman), Damon Anderson (Street Stock). 

CAPITAL REGION SPRINTCAR AGENCY:  Driver of the Year: John Matrafailo; Outstanding Performance:  Jordan Thomas; Rookie / Newcomer of the Year:  Jordan Thomas. 

DEVIL’S BOWL SPEEDWAY: Driver of the Year: Todd Stone (Modified), Richie Turner  (Renegades), Chris Bergeron (Late Models), Jake Noble (Mini Stock); Outstanding Performance:  Hunter Bates (Modified), Robert Gordon (Renegades), Josh Masterson (Late Models), Chris LaVair (Mini Stock); Rookie / Newcomer of the Year:  Jamie LaFountain (Modified), Brad Bushey (Renegades), Josh Masterson (Late Models), Chuck Bradford (Mini Stock).

FONDA SPEEDWAY:  Driver of the Year: Stewart Friesen (Modified), David Constantino (602 Limited Sportsman), Pete Broderson (Pro Stock), Rob VanAernam (Street Stock), Ken Hollenbeck (4-Cylinder Single Cam), Kerrie Hollenbeck (4-Cylinder Dual Cam); Outstanding Performance: Matt DeLorenzo (Modified), Rocky Warner and Mark Mortensen (602 Sportsman), Kenny Martin (Pro Stock), Reuben Kennedy (Street Stock); Keith Tesiero, Sr. (4-Cylinder Single Cam), Keith Tesiero, Jr. (4-Cylinder Dual Cam); Rookie / Newcomer of the Year: Brian Gleason (Modified), Chris Schaffer (602 Limited Sportsman), John Bradt (Pro Stock), Bob Rose III (Street Stock). 

GLEN RIDGE MOTORSPORTS PARK:  Driver of the Year: Bobby Varin (Modified), Brian Pessolano (602 Sportsman), Aaron Burton (Rookie 602 Sportsman), Rob VanAernam (Street Stock), Shane Playford (4 Cylinder Cruiser); Outstanding Performance: Jim Becker (Modified), Korey Wilder (602 Sportsman), Blake Schwarting (Rookie 602 Sportsman), Jason Samrov (Street Stock), Keith Tesiero, Sr. (4 Cylinder Cruiser); Rookie / Newcomer of the Year:  Jeff Rockefeller (Modified), Ivan Joslin (602 Sportsman), A.J. Prime (Rookie 602 Sportsman).    

I-88 SPEEDWAY:  Driver of the Year:  Mike Mahaney (Modified), Alan Barker  (Sportsman), Rich Green (Street Stock), James Cornell (IMCA), Tim Vandermark (Fwd 4 Cylinder), Rick Wagner (Empire Sport Trucks); Outstanding Performance:  Shaun Walker (Modified), Nick Nye (Sportsman), Kurt Decker (Street Stock), Matt Roberts (IMCA), Bob Crandall (Fwd 4 Cylinder), Chris Sherman (Empire Sport Trucks); Rookie / Newcomer of the Year:  Brett Tonkin (Modified), Travis Smith (Sportsman), Larry Truax (Street Stock), Billy Ward (IMCA), Alan Hodge (Fwd 4 Cylinder), Damon Decker (Empire Sport Trucks).

LEBANON VALLEY SPEEDWAY:  Driver of the Year:  Brett Hearn, (Modified), Steve Hough (Small Block Modified), Tyler Dippel (Sportsman), Jason Corbin (Pro Stock), James “JJ” Hatch (Pure Stocks), Ian Relyea and Brandon Ely (4-Cylinder Single Cam), Todd Goldstein (4 Cylinder Dual Cam); Outstanding Performance:  Andy Bachetti (Modified), Steve Meilleur (Small Block Modified), Tommy Johnson (Sportsman), Jason Casey (Pro Stock), Daniel Sanchez (Pure Stocks), Jim Williams (4-Cylinder Single Cam), Steven Loomis (4-Cylinder Dual Cam); Rookie / Newcomer of the Year: Bobby Hackel IV (Modified), Chad Jeseo (Small Block Modified), Matt Pappa (Sportsman), Jason Meltz (Pro Stock), Hunter Sanchez (Pure Stocks). 

ORANGE COUNTY FAIR SPEEDWAY:  Driver of the Year:  Tim Hindley (Modified), Danny Creeden (Small Block Modified), Brian Krummel (Sportsman), Jesse Leiby (Rookie Sportsman), Stephen Kammer (Street Stock); Outstanding Performance:  Jerry Higbie (Modified), Bob McGannon (Small Block Modified), Anthony Perrago (Sportsman), Christian Rumsey (Rookie Sportsman), Charlie Donald (Street Stock); Rookie / Newcomer of the Year:  Bobby Varin (Modified), Brian Krummel (Small Block Modified), Bryanna Hurban (Sportsman). 

UTICA ROME SPEEDWAY:  Driver of the Year:  Stewart Friesen (Modified), Matt Janczuk (Sportsman), Tom Denton (Pro Stock), Ron Hawker (Pure Stock); Outstanding Performance:  Matt Sheppard (Modified), Jeremy Vunk (Sportsman), Glenn Forward  (Pro Stock),  Ricky Breed (Pure Stock); Rookie / Newcomer of the Year:  Mike Bowman (Modified), Robert Barker (Sportsman), Joe Palmer (Pro Stock), Keith Stevenson (Pure Stock).

WOODHULL RACEWAY:  Driver of the Year:  Donnie Lawson (Modifieds), Glenn Whritenour (Late Models), Chris Daugherty (Crate Sportsman), Brett Marlatt (Street Stock), Brandon Morseman (Mini Stock), Jaye McConnell II (Front Wheel Drive); Outstanding Performance: Billy Van Pelt (Modifieds), John Waters (Late Models), Ray Smith (Crate Sportsman), Teddy Morseman, Jr. (Street Stock), James Kreisler III (Mini Stock), Matt Prescott (Front Wheel Drive); Rookie / Newcomer of the Year:  Josh Nobriga (Modifieds), Ray Bliss, Jr. (Late Models), Josh Sawyer (Crate Sportsman), Tracy Dunn (Street Stock), James Kreisler III (Mini Stock), Ryan Austin (Front Wheel Drive).

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Thrilling Season of Racing Ahead in 2014 for DIRTcar Northeast Series

Classic tracks, new additions make for an action-packed racing schedule

WEEDSPORT, N.Y. - Jan. 21, 2014 - Another action-packed year of DIRTcar Racing is set to kick off soon, with the Northeast's premier traveling series taking on the region's most exciting tracks. For the 2014 season, the Super DIRTcar Big-Block Modified Series spans from Florida to Quebec, bringing the best of the Big-Block Modfiieds to their classic venues and adding some new ones to the mix.

The DIRTcar 358-Modified Series, DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series and DIRTcar Pro Stock Series are also revving up for one of their busiest seasons in years, boasting a total of more than 60 races among the four DIRTcar Racing Northeast Region series.

The Super DIRTcar Series begins its season earlier than the rest with four races at Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, Fla., bringing the cars and stars from the chilly northeast to warm Florida in February. The races, scheduled daily from Wednesday, Feb. 19, through Saturday, Feb. 22, may not be point races, but that won't stop recent series champions Brett Hearn and Matt Sheppard from trying to oust the defending DIRTcar Nationals presented by Summit Racing Equipment champion, Danny Johnson, from his throne.

Once the Super DIRTcar Big-Block Modified Series heads back north it kicks into high gear in spring, returning to Central New York's Fulton Speedway on Saturday, April 26, for the first 100-lap feature of the season. The Super DIRTcar Series then crosses the border to Brockville Ontario Speedway in Brockville, Ontario, for an early-season special event.

The DIRTcar Sportsman Series gets an early start in 2014 as well, with a Sunday, April 27, opener scheduled at Mohawk International Raceway in Akwesasne, N.Y.

The DIRTcar 358-Modified Series opens in May, with back-to-back races at Cornwall Motor Speedway on Sunday, May 18, and Merrittville Speedway on Monday, May 19. On Sunday, June 1, the DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series and DIRTcar Pro Stock Series invade Cornwall Motor Speedway for a two-series special at the Ontario quarter-mile.

The month of June heats up for the Super DIRTcar Series, with star-studded races set for Tuesday, June 17, at New Egypt Speedway, Wednesday, June 25, at Utica-Rome Speedway, and Sunday, June 29, at Cornwall Motor Speedway. The DIRTcar Pro Stock Series will spend the month in Quebec, racing at Autodrome Granby Friday, June 20, and Le RPM Speedway Saturday, June 21.

In early July, the DIRTcar 358-Modified Series swings westward for consecutive race nights at Humberstone Speedway Tuesday, July 1, and Ransomville Speedway Wednesday, July 2. Ransomville Speedway will also host the DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series for its infamous Battle at the Border. The very next night, the Super DIRTcar Series joins the Empire Super Sprints at Rolling Wheels Raceway Park in Elbridge, N.Y., for a spectacular night of racing action Thursday, July 3. From there, the series roars to the Capital Region for Brett Hearn's The Big Show 6 on Tuesday, July 8, at Albany-Saratoga Speedway, where once again it will be joined by the DIRTcar Pro Stock Series.

The Super DIRTcar Series returns Tuesday, July 15, to Big Diamond Speedway, marking the first time since 2009 the series has toured the track in Minersville, Pa. The series will then head to Glen Ridge Motorsports Park, in Fultonville, N.Y., on Wednesday, July 16. Both the Super DIRTcar Series and the DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series take a trip north of the border for doubleheaders Monday, July 21, at Autodrome Granby and Tuesday, July 22, at Autodrome Drummond.

Monday, Aug. 4, marks the classic Bob St. Amand, Sr. Memorial for the Super DIRTcar Series at Merrittville Speedway in Thorold, Ontario. Following at the heels is the return of the Super DIRTcar Series to Ransomville Speedway for the 30th Annual Alex Friesen Summer Nationals Tuesday, Aug. 5.

A couple nights later the Big-Block Modifieds will once again light up Weedsport Speedway in Weedsport, N.Y., for the annual Hall of Fame race. The DIRTcar Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will honor the sports best contributors Wednesday, Aug. 6, and the Super DIRTcar Series will take on the history-packed track Thursday, Aug. 7.

The thrilling "Mr. DIRT Track U.S.A" at Lebanon Valley Speedway caps off the month of August for the Super DIRTcar Series on Thursday, Aug. 14. The DIRTcar 358-Modified Series carries the DIRTcar Northeast Region to the fall post-season with a Sunday, Aug. 31, 125-lapper at Cornwall Motor Speedway.

While the weekly season winds down, the DIRTcar Northeast series speed up into their final rounds with several action-packed race weekends across the region. Friday, Sept. 5, and Saturday, Sept. 6, the Super DIRTcar Series, DIRTcar 358-Modified Series and DIRTcar Pro Stock Series invade Autodrome Granby, with the first highlighting Friday's racing and the latter two taking over Saturday. Meanwhile, the DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series is set to take on three tracks in as many days, starting at Ransomville Speedway Friday, Sept. 5, heading to Merrittville Speedway Saturday, Sept. 6, and concluding the weekend Sunday, Sept. 7, at Humberstone Speedway.

The following weekend, all four series trek to Mohawk International Raceway, with the DIRTcar 358-Modified Series and DIRTcar Pro Stock Series charging to the Frogtown Road track Friday, Sept. 12, and the Super DIRTcar Series and DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series arriving Saturday, Sept. 13. Next up, the Super DIRTcar Series heads to "The Track of Champions," Fonda Speedway, Sunday, Sept. 21.

The DIRTcar 358-Modified Series, DIRTcar Sportsman Series and DIRTcar Pro Stock Series polish off the last of their season before October's NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week XLIII at Brighton Speedway and Le RPM Speedway. Brighton celebrates Applefest Weekend Friday, Sept. 19, with the DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series and Saturday, Sept. 20, with the DIRTcar 358-Modified Series. Le RPM plays host to the DIRTcar 358-Modified Series Friday, Sept. 19, and, on Saturday, Sept. 20, both the DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series and DIRTcar Pro Stock Series invade the Quebec track.

All four series meet in October for "Racing's Biggest Party," NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week XLIII. One of the biggest weeks in DIRTcar Racing, NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week XLIII kicks off Wednesday, Oct. 8, at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse, N.Y., and runs through Sunday, Oct. 12, with satellite events taking over some of Central New York's premier motorsports facilities. Wednesday, Oct. 8, the DIRTcar 358-Modified Series returns to Weedsport Speedway along with the DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series to jump start the week of racing. The DIRTcar 358-Modified Series then heads to Brewerton Speedway Thursday, Oct. 9, for the week's second satellite event. Championship rounds roar onto the "Moody Mile" Saturday, Oct. 11, for the DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series and DIRTcar 358-Modified Series. The week concludes Sunday, Oct. 12, with championship races for the DIRTcar Pro Stock Series and the Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds.

The season doesn't end there. Brockville Ontario Speedway's 1000 Islands RV Fall Nationals features the DIRTcar 358-Modified Series finale Friday, Oct. 17, the DIRTcar Sportmsan Modifeid Series finale Saturday, Oct. 18, and the Super DIRTcar Series Sunday Oct. 19.

The season concludes for the Super DIRTcar Series at The Dirt Track at Charlotte in Concord, N.C. The thrilling World of Outlaws World Finals brings the best of the Big-Block Modified Super DIRTcar Series, the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series and the World of Outlaws Late Models Series to one of the biggest stages in the sport to crown each series champion. Qualifying begins Thursday, Nov. 6. Feature races for all three series light up the track Friday, Nov. 7, and Saturday, Nov. 8.

Super DIRTcar Big Block Modified Series Schedule
Date  Track Laps
Wed., Feb. 19  Volusia Speedway Park 30 N/P
Thurs., Feb 20  Volusia Speedway Park  30 N/P
Fri., Feb. 21  Volusia Speedway Park 30 N/P
Sat.. Feb. 22  Volusia Speedway Park  50 N/P
 
Sat., April 26  Fulton Speedway 100
 
Wed., May 28  Brockville Ontario Speedway TBD
 
Tues., June 17  New Egypt Speedway 60 (Rain date June 18)

Wed., June 25  Utica-Rome Speedway 100
 
Sun., June 29 Cornwall Motor Speedway 100
 
Thurs., July 3 Rolling Wheels Raceway TBD
 
Tues., July 8 Albany-Saratoga Speedway 100  (Rain date July 29)

Tues., July 15 Big Diamond Speedway 75
 
Wed., July 16 Glen Ridge Motorsports Park 100 (Rain date July 30)

Mon., July 21  Autodrome Granby 100
 
Tues., July 22 Autodrome Drummondville 100
 
Mon., August 4  Merrittville Speedway 100
 
Tues., August 5  Ransomville Speedway 100
 
*** HALL OF FAME EVENT ***
 
(Wednesday, August 6 - DIRTcar Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony)
 
Thurs., Aug. 7  Weedsport Speedway 100
 
Thurs., Aug. 14 Lebanon Valley Speedway 100
 
Sat., Sept. 6 Autodrome Granby 100

Sat., Sept. 13 Mohawk International Raceway 100
 
Sun., Sept. 21 Fonda Speedway  100

*** SUPER DIRT WEEK XLIII **
 
Sun., Oct. 12  New York State Fairgrounds 200

*** 6th DIRTcar FALL NATIONALS ***
 
Sat., Oct. 18 Brockville Ontario Speedway 100
 
Sun., Oct. 26 Orange County Fairgrounds Speedway 2000
 
*** 8th ANNUAL WORLD FINALS ***
 
Thurs., Nov. 6  The Dirt Track at Charlotte (Qualifying)

Fri., Nov. 7  The Dirt Track at Charlotte (Race 1)  40
 
Sat., Nov. 8 The Dirt Track at Charlotte (Race 2) 40
 
* Note: To be eligible to compete at the 8th Annual World Finals a driver must attempt to qualify for a scheduled Super DIRTcar Big Block Modified Series event during the 2014 calendar year (this includes the 42nd Annual DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park).

DIRTcar 358 Modified Series Schedule
Sun., May 18 Cornwall Speedway 100
 
Mon., May 19 Merrittville Speedway 100
 
Tues., July 1 Humberstone Speedway 100
 
Wed., July 2 Ransomville Speedway 75
 
Sun., Aug. 31 Cornwall Speedway  125
 
Fri., Sept. 5 Autodrome Granby  75
 
Fri., Sept. 12 Mohawk International Raceway 100
 
Fri., Sept. 19 Le RPM Speedway 100
 
Sat., Sept. 20 Brighton Speedway 100
 
Wed., Oct. 8 Cayuga County Fairgrounds Speedway  75
 
Thurs., Oct. 9  Brewerton Speedway 100
 
Sat., Oct. 11 New York State Fairgrounds 150
 
Fri., Oct. 17 Brockville Speedway 100
 
* Note: To be eligible for the Series Championship in either the Super DIRTcar Big Block Modified and/or Mr. DIRTcar 358 Modified Series, a competitor must compete in 75% (percent) of the scheduled DIRTcar events at their selected DIRTcar Weekly sanctioned home track to earn the minimum portion (900) of their 'Bonus' points.

DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series Schedule

Sun., April 27  Mohawk International Speedway TBD
 
Sun., June 1 Cornwall Speedway  50
 
Wed., July 2  Ransomville Speedway 30
 
Mon., July 21 Autodrome Granby 30
 
Tues., July 22  Autodrome Drummond 30
 
Fri., Sept. 5 Ransomville Speedway 50
 
Sat., Sept. 6 Merrittville Speedway 50
 
Sun., Sept. 7 Humberstone Speedway 50
 
Sat., Sept. 13 Mohawk International Raceway 50
 
Fri., Sept. 19  Brighton Speedway 30
 
Sat., Sept. 20 Le RPM Speedway 30
 
Wed., Oct. 8 Cayuga County Fairgrounds Speedway 30
 
Sat., Oct. 11 New York State Fairgrounds 30
 
Sat., Oct. 18 Brockville Speedway 50

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AFTER LOSING OUT ON SHARON'S 2013 DIRTCAR BIG-BLOCK MOD CHAMPIONSHIP TO JIM WELLER, REX KING, JR. DEFEATS WELLER TO WIN $1,010 "DRIVE TO BE A CHAMPION" TITLE

By Mike Leone

Hartford, OH January 13, 2014 With the western Pa./eastern Ohio region down to just two weekly speedways running Big-Block Modifieds, Sharon Speedway has worked hard in recent years to preserve the longstanding division that has been part of the weekly program since going back to dirt in 1981. Sharon joined with Lernerville Speedway under the DIRTcar sanction in 2012 and for the second straight year offered the separate "Drive to be a Champion" program in memory of Lou Blaney. The result has been increased car counts over the past two seasons.

In the inaugural 2012 season, Rex King topped Dave Murdick and Kevin Bolland to win the $1,010 "Drive to be a Champion" prize as those three racers shared $1,830. In 2013, thanks to additional sponsors (see list below), the pot grew to $2,300! The top 10 drivers will now share in the point fund that will be distributed during the 2013 Awards Banquet & Dinner at Yankee Lake (OH) Ballroom on Saturday, February 1. The program again used drivers' best 10 finishes during 2013 with the addition of 10 bonus points for competing in the August 20 "Lou Blaney Memorial".

For the second straight year a King earned the "Drive to be a Champion" title. Behind a career high five victories, Rex King, Jr. of Bristolville, Ohio took the $1,010 top honors in the KMB, Inc.-owned, Jim Brown Seed Sales/Bristol Disposal/Cedar Steel/Professional Heating & Cooling/Reese Services/King Sanitary Service-sponsored #165.

Jim Weller, Jr., who had a phenomenal season winning three features and recording five runner-up finishes that propelled him to the Governor Insurance Agency track championship, finished second in the program and will receive $310. The elder Rex King, who won 2012 the "Drive to be a Champion" program, dropped to third place this past season for $210.

The following drivers finished fourth through tenth in the program and will receive an extra $110: Dave Murdick, Ricky Richner, Jeremiah Shingledecker, Eric Gabany, Rob Kristyak, Jimmy Weller III, and Bob Warren.

The 2013 "Drive to be a Champion" sponsors included Colonial Metals (Bill Thomas), New Breed (Jerry Morell), Wedge Motorsports (Dave Willoughby), DB Racing (Dave Blaney), Carpenter's Towing (Rudy Carpenter), Tom Keir Family, Bob Morell, Dale Blaney, and Ryan Blaney Motorsports.

FINAL 2013 "Drive to be a Champion" DIRTcar Big-Block Modified Top 10 Points: 1. REX KING, JR. (165) 296 2. Jim Weller, Jr. (31) 282 3. Rex King (65) 276 4 Dave Murdick (61) 266 5. Ricky Richner (26) 250 6. Jeremiah Shingledecker (37MD) 236 7. Eric Gabany (3E) 218 8. Rob Kristyak (00) 186 9. Jimmy Weller III (23) 183 10. Bob Warren (96B) 181.

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March 23 Orange County Fair Speedway ‘Hard Clay Open’ Taking Shape:  United Pump & Tank Signs On As Leading Marketing Partner; East Coast Speed Joins List Of Sponsors; Rock Fantasy Provides $400 Halfway Leader Bonus; Lap 31 Now Worth $310; Registration Now Open For Lucrative $30,000-Plus Event With Craig Mitchell First Entrant

MIDDLETOWN, NY – One of the most highly anticipated events in recent memory for the Orange County Fair Speedway faithful continues to grow.

The inaugural running of the ‘Hard Clay Open’ at the Middletown, N.Y., facility – promoted by Brett Deyo of BD Motorsports Media LLC via an agreement with speedway operators Michael Gurda IV and Howard Commander – on Sunday, March 23 continues is building momentum. The event, which serves as the first on-track activity at Orange County in ’14, is slated to kick off the New York State Modified season and opens the 2014 Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP.

The ‘Hard Clay Open’ will be headlined by a 50-lap big-block/small-block Modified event paying a minimum of $5,000 to win. The strength of the purse is its balance through the field: second-place pays $4,000, with $1,000 reserved for the 10th-place finisher and $500 just to take the green flag. A base payout of $30,000 has been outlined for the first ‘Hard Clay Open’ Modified event.  Crate 602 Sportsman run a 25-lap main event paying $1,000 to win in the lid-lifter of the Dig Safely New York GRIT Series.

United Pump & Tank signed on to support ‘Hard Clay Open’ as a leading marketing partner. United Pump & Tank, located in Newburgh, N.Y., serves New York’s Hudson Valley for all parts, service and installation needs in the petroleum/service station industry. United Pump & Tank can be reached by phone at 845.787.3984 or on the web at www.unitedpumpandtank.com.

East Coast Speed & Sport Shop/ECS Auto, 660 Route 17M in Middletown, N.Y., has joined as a supporting sponsor of the day’s activities. To learn more about East Coast Speed, visit www.ecsautostores.com or call 845.343.0688.

Rock Fantasy Concert, Smoke Shop & Pinball Room proprietor Stephen Keeler will reward the leader of the ‘Hard Clay Open’ halfway lap – 25 – with a healthy $400 cash bonus in the 50-lap main. Rock Fantasy is at 75 West Main Street in Middletown, N.Y., and is on the web at www.rockfantasy.com. To contact Rock Fantasy by phone, call 845.343.7300.

Lap 31 of the ‘Hard Clay Open’ Modified event will pay $310 thanks to Dave Zubikowski and Zubi’s Racing. At OCFS – as in all BD Motorsports Media events – all lap money is not distributed to the leader. During the ‘Hard Clay Open’ the extra cash will cycle through the top-seven drivers in the running order via the ‘Lucky 7’ lap money program.

Marketing opportunities for the ‘Hard Clay Open’ remain available. Lap sponsorships are on sale now at $20 minimum per lap (all lap money is distributed directly to the racers). To get involved, contact Brett Deyo at Deyo99H@aol.com or call 845.728.2781.

Pre-registration for the ‘Hard Clay Open’ is now open. The pre-entry fee is $15. Entry forms are available online at www.bdmotorsportsmedia.com and www.orangecountyfairspeedway.net. Track regular Craig ‘Hollywood’ Mitchell was the first official entrant for the program.
Big- and small-block combinations are legal for this unique event with staggered minimum weights. American Racer and Hoosier tires are both legal, as well.
Accepted tire compounds have been outlined in the race rules/information. 

For the first time in Orange County history, sail panels are permitted for the ‘Hard Clay Open’ Modified event. Sail panels must be no taller than 65 inches when measured from the ground and must mirror each other in size and shape side-for-side. A four-inch roof spoiler is permitted, as well. All other Orange County/DIRTcar body rules will be in effect. Complete race rules, weights and tire compounds can be found online at www.bdmotorsportsmedia.com or www.orangecountyfairspeedway.net.

For qualifying, drivers will draw for their starting positions upon entry to the speedway. Heat-race finishes utilizing staggered passing points will be calculated to set the redraw participants and qualified cars from 10-lap heat races.  Consolations, 10 laps each, will set the remainder of the 26-car starting field via their order of finish. The heat-race finish/passing point combination will set the starting lineups for the consolations.

The passing points system, new to Modified racing but widely used in other forms of racing including Sprint Cars and the famed ‘Chili Bowl’ in Tulsa, Okla., aims to satisfy the desires of both racers and fans by easing the consequences of a poor draw for competitors and providing heat-race excitement for fans.

The ‘Hard Clay Open’ will be contested on a date that is conflict-free on the dirt Modified landscape. The Sunday afternoon lid-lifter should attract a cross-section of cars from the north, south, east and west. On Saturday of the weekend (March 22), New Egypt (N.J.) Speedway hosts an event, setting up a potential two-day swing south for traveling teams from Central New York and further north.

For competitors planning to chase points on the Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP, the ‘Hard Clay Open’ serves as the first of six points-paying events. Orange County is joined in the Short Track Super Series by Thunder Mountain (N.Y.), I-88 (N.Y., two events including the championship-deciding Alpine Building Supply Short Track SuperNationals in October), Accord (N.Y.) and Penn Can (Pa.). A point fund of more than $17,000 has been posted for competitors in addition to a long list of contingency awards and incentives.

Fans can be assured pit-area parking will be laid out carefully to keep larger haulers toward the center, with only smaller trucks and trailers in the corners to ensure maximum visibility. The show will be fast-paced to allow fans and racers ample travel time on a Sunday night. 

The GRIT Series 602 Sportsman will draw for starting positions with a redraw of top qualifiers for the main event. Heats and consolations will be eight laps.  GRIT Series rules will be in effect on this event. Visit www.gritracingseries.com for further information.

For the 2014 ‘Hard Clay Open’ event, pit gates open at 10 a.m. Grandstand gates open at 11 a.m. A drivers’ meeting will take place at 1 p.m., with hot laps at 1:30 p.m. and racing at 2 p.m.  Fans can expect a pre-race autograph session/meet and greet in both the grandstand and drive-in areas.
Admission for the ‘Hard Clay Open’ is $20 for Adults, $18 for Seniors and $2 for Kids 12 and under. Pit admission is $35, with no license required.

The ‘Hard Clay Open’ will mark the second earliest Orange County opener since the speedway began hosting stock cars regularly in 1948, eclipsed only by March 18, 1984 when Larry Brolsma drove to victory. 

For further ‘Hard Clay Open’ information, contact Brett Deyo of BD Motorsports Media at Deyo99H@aol.com or by phone at 845.728.2781. BD Motorsports Media is on the web at www.bdmotorsportsmedia.com. “Like” BD Motorsports Media on Facebook.

Located at 239 Wisner Avenue Middletown, NY 10940 on the Orange County Fairgrounds, Orange County Fair Speedway is the oldest continuously operating dirt track in the United States. The first auto race was held at the speedway in 1919. The five-eighths-mile oval offers fully-covered and half-covered grandstands in addition to open bleacher seating on the frontstretch and turn one areas, with drive-in viewing on the backstretch. To learn more, contact the Orange County Fair Speedway office at 845.342.2573 or visit www.orangecountyfairspeedway.net.

In the event of inclement weather, the rain date is tentatively slated for Friday, March 28.

The regular season at Orange County is slated to get underway with an open practice on March 29 and the official Season Opener on April 5.
 
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DELAWARE INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY DISTRIBUTES OVER $60,000 IN CASH AND CONTINGENCIES AT 2013 AWARDS BANQUET
 
By Charlie Brown, Dover, DE –
The banquet room at the Dover Downs Hotel & Casino was filled on Saturday night for the 2013 Delaware International Speedway Awards Banquet. The top ten in the five weekly divisions shared the $50,325 cash point fund and over $10,000 in contingency awards.
 
Matt Jester of Lincoln, Del. topped the NAPA Big Block Modified standings to earn his second track championship in three year. Jester destroyed his primary car mid-season but recovered to total six feature wins and earn 2524 points. Three time champion, Jamie Mills of Milford, Del. was the runner-up also winning six features and 2451 points. Third through fifth were five time champion, H.J. Bunting of Milford with five wins, Beau Wilkins of Milford with three wins and Brad Trice of Parsonsburg, Md. who won the Camp Barnes Benefit.
 
Sixth through tenth place drivers that received awards were: Howard O’Neal of Lincoln, Dana Walker of Sharptown, Md., Dale Hawkins of Dover, Del., Shawn Ward of Laurel, Del. and Scott VanGorder of Laurel. Dave Dissinger of Mohrsville, Pa. was awarded Rookie of the Year honors. Trophies were presented by NAPA Auto Parts.
 
In the Super Late Model division, Ricky Elliott of Seaford, Del. dominated the competition all season long as he rocketed to 17 wins including the Fall Championship and earning 2865 points and his first championship in the class. Five time champion Donald Lingo, Jr. of Millsboro took three feature wins and finished second in points with 2400. Third through fifth was Brandon Dennis of Harrington, Del. in his first full season in the division, second year driver Nick Davis of Gumboro, Del. and former five time champion Lou Johnson of Georgetown, Del.
 
Sixth through tenth in the standings were: Amanda Whaley of Millsboro who earned her first career win in 2013; five time champion David Hill of Trappe, Md.; veteran Bob Geiger of Laure; Staci Warrington of Milton, Del. and Kerry King of Delmar. Trophies were presented by U.S. Foods, Inc.
 
Jordan Watson of Milford successfully defended his 2012 championship in the AC Delco PSC Modifieds with 12 wins plus the Fall Championship and 2435 points. Former champion John Curtis of Harrington earned two victories and finished second with 1785 points. Third through fifth in the final standings were Trent Willey of Milton, Chad Clark of Bridgeville, Del. and Dwayne Crockett of Laurel.

Finishing sixth through tenth were: Danny Smack of Willards, Md.; Brandon Watkins of Harrington; Scott Hitchens of Gumboro; Westley Smith of Delmar and Eric Humlhanz of Chalfont, Pa. Richie Wilson of Laurel was Rookie of the Year. Matt Brandle of Lias Tire and American Racer presented Watson with an additional cash award for winning the American Racer Sportsman Cup over more the 200 other participants from several tracks in the Northeast.
 
Joe Warren of Georgetown made a late season charge totally six wins to earn his fifth title in the division with 2060 points. Michael Wharton of Greenwood, Del. posted two wins including the Fall Championship to finish in second with 1997 points. Third was defending champion Matt Hill of Georgetown with 8 wins. Sparky White of Delmar and former champion Tyler Reed of Milton rounded out the top five.
 
Sixth through tenth were; Reese Masiello of Centreville, Md.; Robert Walls, Jr. of Georgetown; Mike Wilson of Salisbury; Steven Baker of Georgetown and Derek Magee of Georgetown. Baker also received Rookie of the Year honors. Trophies were presented by Snookie’s  Speed Parts.
 
All champions received championship jackets, “Gold Cards” for free admission in 2014, necklaces and beautiful one of a kind custom made marble and etched stainless steel trophies. They also drew for individual awards that included free pit parking spots, a season pass and a catered party for 20 people in the VIP lounge.
 
The $50,000 plus point fund was due largely in part to the following sponsors: Clark’s Swimming Pools, Inc.; Insinger Performance, Inc.; Lias Tire; Mar-Del Watermelon Association; NAPA; Pepsi; Pro Race Cars; R.C. Holloway Co.; S.R. Pete & Sons; Scott’s Furniture; Snookie’s Speed Parts; Sussex Scrap Metal; Taylor & Messick John Deere; US Foods, Inc. and Why Not Travel.


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BRP Open House to feature Open Panel Discussion with Industry Leaders

ST. CATHARINES, Ontario – (January 2, 2014) With an every track … every race customer service philosophy, Bicknell Racing Products continues to lead the way with race team support that is second to none.

Drivers and Teams looking to get a head start on the 2014 season can do so at the annual Open House Saturday January 18th at BRP’s manufacturing and Canadian Retail Headquarters in St. Catharines Ontario beginning at 9 AM.

“At BRP – customer service is a priority,” relays Bicknell Racing Products’ Randy Williamson, “whether it’s during the off season at our Open House or at a Trade Show … week in and week out during the summer or at a Series or Special Event. We look forward to seeing everyone this year when we play host to an Open Panel Discussion featuring several Industry leaders. Everyone can look forward to learning as they share their vast knowledge and experience.”

FREE Seminars throughout the day begin at 10 AM when Scott Jeffrey, Scott Keyser, Billy Dunn and Mike Payne are featured in a Q&A Session. The four panelists alone bring a considerable amount to the event and combined - their insights will provide benefits to all attending.  

-       Scott Jeffrey is Team Manager of Gypsum Racing – one that fields Big Block and 358 Modifieds, Late Models and Sprint Cars for drivers including Billy Decker, Pat Ward and Larry Wight

-       Scott Keyser … owner of Keyser Manufacturing – home of Port City Racing and Integra Shocks and Springs

-       Billy Dunn – veteran Big Block and 358 Modified DIRTcar Northeast Driver who won 2013’s Syracuse 200 Main Event during Napa Auto Parts Super DIRT Week 42

-       Mike Payne – Team Owner of Mike Payne Racing and Crew Chief for Dale Planck

“We are proud once again to be able to bring our distinguished panelists together,” said Williamson, “Scott (Keyser) looks forward to discussing the importance of shocks and when you combine that with the others – the time will be well spent and informative for all.”

Another FREE Session will feature Williamson, Ted Curvin and Pete Bicknell discussing Race Car Adjustments and balance with Bicknell himself sharing suggestions on topics including how to compensate for changing track conditions and ill-handling race cars.

“Our customers compete in a wide variety of divisions,” prides Pete Bicknell, “from entry level weekend warriors to professionals … we can’t thank everyone enough – drivers, car owners, crew members and team sponsors. The day’s events should have everyone learning something.”

Throughout the day - long event beginning at 9 AM at BRP’s St. Catharines Ontario retail and manufacturing headquarters, there will be many Open House Specials in conjunction with their family of suppliers in addition to a FREE Lunch.

Race Teams are encouraged to visit www.bicknellracingproducts.com and register to receive the E Mail newsletter which will keep you not only updated on special pricing during the day … but information on New BRP Products and more.

US Customers unable to make it to attend the Open House in Canada can look for the same Specials at the US Retail location – 1733 Maryland Avenue in Niagara Falls NY from 9 to Noon.

“Customers heading home after the Open House can also make arrangements to pick up purchases at our US location later in the day,” informs BRP US’ Pete Ames.

“With the Christmas Holidays just behind us … our event will get everyone back in the racing mode,” relates BRP’s Bob Slack, “it’s always a great day to catch up with all our friends – from dirt and asphalt alike!”

Team BRP drivers continue to win more features than any other Chassis Manufacturer in Big Block Modified … 358 Modified or Sportsman in DIRTcar … RoC and everything in between - scoring 679 wins – leading to more than 43 Track and Series Titles in 2013.

Danny Johnson was first to visit Victory Lane opening Speedweeks in Florida with a win during the DIRTcar Winternationals at Volusia Speedway Park leading to Team BRP’s final 2013 win December 21st scored by Peter Forbes at Perth Motorplex in Kwinana Beach in Australia.

It was in the land down under that David Clark scored Team BRP’s first 2014 Victory at the Supercheap Auto Archerfield Speedway in Queensland in the Paul Britten Memorial 44.

Johnson would ride the win to the DIRTcar Nationals Title and before season’s end – Brad Rouse would take a dominating Super DIRT Week Sportsman Win to his first Mr. DIRT Title. Jordan Watson and Duane Howard would be crowned Champions in the Sportsman and 358 Divisions in the American Racer Cup respectively while Chad Brachmann would take home the BRP Modified Tour Championship in 2013 with Claude Hutchings Jr. the RoC Sportsman Champion.

Bicknell Racing Products got its start when Pete Bicknell was in High School building his first racecar as a shop project. More than 30 years later, the St. Catharines Ontario Chassis manufacturer has developed into the industry leader with state of the art equipment and facilities producing Northeast Modified and Sportsman manufacturing with a reengineering and expansion of product lines with components applicable to Modified Lite, Sprint Car and Late Model and asphalt oval applications alike now available.

The newest designed and manufactured Bicknell Racing Products parts will be on display in the Retail Showroom and tours of the facilities including the body fabrication, welding and machine shop departments will be provided.

Bicknell Racing Products’ St. Catharines manufacturing and retail headquarters is at 117 Cushman Road in addition to a US location in Niagara Falls New York.

For further information on Bicknell Racing Products Open House or to find a dealer near you, call 905-685-7223, 905-685-4291 or 716-285-7502, or visit BRP on line at www.bicknellracingproducts.com or follow at twitter.com/bicknellracing.

About Bicknell Racing Products

Bicknell Racing Products offers full in-house machining, welding and fabrication departments and stocks all racing products from front to rear with retail locations in St. Catharines Ontario and Western New York in addition to on line shopping for US Customers. BRP also supports a  dealer network across Canada, the United States and Australia.

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PENN CAN SPEEDWAY BANQUET HONORS 2013 CHAMPIONS AND RACE TEAMS

Montdale,PA…The Montdale Country Club was the venue Saturday for the rescheduled Penn Can Speedway banquet where about two hundred fifty guests assembled on a snow free evening to honor the top drivers of 2013. Champions were honored in all of the divisions with many special awards being presented and point fund monies were also distributed courtesy of American Race Tires, VP Race Fuels, and Trackside Products of Endicott, New York.

In the modified division Kevin Hartnett was honored with his second Penn Can Championship picking up the $5000 top prize. After winning the title in 2011, Hartnett struggled in 2012 to finish fourth in points. With renewed energy, Hartnett put together a very consistent season picking up one win and many top five finishes to take home the title. In accepting the honor, Hartnett praised the competitors he raced with every Friday night while giving much of the credit for his success to his crew. He stated that he would return to defend his championship. Finishing second after a year-long battle was Billy Thornton, followed by Dan Pompey, Al Rudalavage, Bob Trapper, and Grant Hilfiger.

Alex Stanton fought off all challengers to win his second 602 Sportsman championship at Penn Can and claimed the $1000 check for the championship. Finishing behind Stanton were Butch Green, Grant Hilfiger, Dusty Barton, and Wes Campbell. Stanton stated that he would not be the champion without the support of his family and crew that provides him the car to drive every Friday night at Penn Can.

The street stock championship was claimed by Thompson Pennsylvania’s Jon Carpenter. Carpenter wrapped up a storybook season winning multiple track titles and the Race of Champion Series crown as well. For his super season Carpenter walked off with the $1000 check for the championship. Finishing behind Carpenter after a great season long championship battle were Steve Deinhardt, Earl Zimmer, Shane Wolf, and Ricky Davis.

Champions were also crowned in the factory stock division with Gary Cleveland edging out Nate Hill and Mark Andrus. Kenny Underwood was another multiple track champion in the four cylinder division beating out Josh Bailey and Mike Robinson. For the first season ever at Penn Can the Xcel modifeds competed on a regular basis with Nick Mady winning the crown over Brain Mady and will Eastman. 

Adams Cable Service presented the modified Rookie of the Year Award to Mike Dougherty. The NEP Wireless Sportsman Rookie of the Year Award went to Nick Branning while the S&W Awards Street Stock Rookie of the Year went to Randy Fox. The Trackside Products Factory Stock Rookie of the Year was Phil Clapper with Josh Bailey winning in the Four Cylinders.

The Pit Steward Awards were presented by Brian Cochardo to Tara Palto of the Championship Hartnett Racing Team and Tom Oleski for their dedication and support of Penn Can Speedway. The annual Jane Kennerup Outstanding Performance Award went to modified driver Steve Babicek. Appeciation Awards were presented to Jon White, Bimmer Gulley, and Matt Spencer. Judy Wood, Dave Nixon, Bruce Evans, and Mike Barucky were presented Appreciation Award for their work at the speedway.

Banquet Notes: Al Wilcox and Reed Miller announced that the 2014 schedule will be released shortly. Many special events are planned for the speedway in 2014 in every division that competes weekly. Miller and Wilcox also announced that the Xcel Modifieds will return again in 2014.  They also thanked everyone for coming out and supporting the drivers that made racing great in 2013.

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PENN CAN SPEEDWAY GEARS UP FOR THE 2014 SEASON

Susquehanna, PA……With the Penn Can Speedway banquet less than one week away officials at the popular three eighths mile oval are gearing up for the 2014 racing season. After the very successful 2013 season in the books, co-promoters Al Wilcox and Reed Miller have set their sights on the 2014 racing season.

Wilcox and Miller, starting their seventeenth season, have a history of race track improvements and very special events with the fans in mind. This season will not be different with plans now in place for more facility improvement and another season of special events on tap.

Just before last season’s “King of the Can Weekend” the speedway experience two serious facility problems. The first was when the backstretch wall fell over, with the second being the track generator problem during the big weekend. Both problems have been rectified. A new backstretch wall will be installed during the off season. The generator problem has also been address and changes have been made so this situation will never happen again.

Race track superintendent Wilcox has worked feverously on making the track surface one of the best in the area. With the help of local environmentalists and the tireless efforts of the track crew, Penn Can has developed one of the better track surfaces with both race teams and race fans in mind.

“I have talked with our race teams and have tried my best to prepare them the best track possible,” explains Wilcox. “We have come up with a formula that gives the drivers a very tacky track with limited dust to make racing very competitive. Drivers coming in for our special have noticed the change and we are excited to continue with our track prep for the 2014 season.”

“Every year we get questions about our plans for the next season and the answer is always the same,” states Miller. “We will be back running the speedway and we have many special events planned for our loyal race teams. Friday nights in Susquehanna will again be an exciting place to be during the new season.”

Special events will spice up the already exciting 2014 Friday night racing program at the Susquehanna County oval. The always popular Brett Deyo co-promoted “Clash at the Can” will return in June with the “King of the Can Weekend” returning in October. Sprint Car racing will be added to the calendar along with the exciting Xcel modifieds. The Northeast Small Car Classic will also return in July. Many monthly specials will also be announced in the near future.

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