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MATT SHEPPARD MUSCLES HIS WAY TO ANOTHER WIN AT UTICA-ROME SPEEDWAY
 
VERNON, NY- On Sunday, April 24th, Matt Sheppard won his second feature event in a row in the Modifieds, increasing his early point lead. He shared victory lane with Jason Rood in the 602 Sportsman, Claude Hutchings Jr. in the Open Sportsman, and Jim Normoyle in the Pro Street Stocks. The winner of the “Prelude to the Gnome Cup” was John Waters, as they prepare for the Gnome Cup at Utica-Rome on May 22nd.
 
Alan Johnson and Vinnie Vitale started on the front row to start the feature for the Modifieds. The race was stalled by an early caution as Matt Sheppard and Tim  Mayne spin in turn one. The race would see another yellow on lap two when Matt Hulsizer spun in turn two, but when it got back underway, Alan Johnson took advantage of his pole starting position by pulling away from Rob Bellinger and Larry Wight as the two battled for second. Wight won the battle by using the top side of the racing surface, getting by right before a third yellow flag was displayed for Stewart Friesen slowing with a flat tire.

The restart put Wight on the outside of Alan Johnson, using it to take the lead by hair on lap 7.
 
Johnson caught a break, however, when Wight went off the top of turns three and four on lap 9. With Johnson back in the lead, Wight now had to battle with Sheppard, who had clawed his way back to the top five after the mishap in the beginning of the race. With Wight still recovering from going off the speedway, Sheppard took the runner up

place away on the 13th circuit. With the final yellow flag of the race coming on lap 15 as Vitale goes over the top of the speedway. The restart saw Johnson try to pull away again, using the bottom of the speedway to put a little distance between himself and the field. Wight gave the top another shot, and found his way back to second with 10 to go.
 
Sheppard stuck to the leader’s groove, the bottom, and retook second from Wight with 7 laps left. With 5 to go, Sheppard was all over the leading Johnson. On the 26th circuit, Sheppard took advantage when Johnson slipped up

into the middle of the racing surface. From there, Sheppard checked out on the rest of the field, taking home a second victory of three events. In victory lane, Sheppard was slow to get out of his car and could barely move his arms. In the post-race interview, he explained that with 5 top go, his car lost power steering. Behind him in the feature, Wight found his way back to second before the checkered flag dropped, and Johnson settled for third. Tim Fuller and Vic Coffey filled out the top five. Following them were Friesen, Marc Johnson, Bellinger, Mike Mahaney, and Pat Ward.
 
The  602 Sportsman came to the green with Billy Trexler III and Daryl Nutting at the head of the field.

The first six laps were slowed by four cautions, but when the race picked up again, Nutting had the lead, followed by Kyle Kiehn. Behind them, Jason Rood was navigating his way to the front, driving through the five and finding the lead at the halfway point, going above Nutting on the high side.

Nutting stuck right with him on the bottom, using cautions on both laps 12 and 13 to stay right behind the leader. Behind them, Matt Janczuk had battled through the pack to the top five after starting in 16th.

With 5 to go, Janczuk was looking for any way past the top two, who battled on the top and bottom of the speedway. The final yellow on lap 17 lined up the field, giving Janczuk the chance he needed. The restart allowed Janczuk to pass by on the top, but Nutting got him again on the bottom.

Going into the final lap, Janczuk got a run off the top side of turns one and two, propelling himself past Nutting and allowing him to catch up to Rood. In the final two turns, Janczuk used his momentum and dove to bottom, sliding up and pulling alongside Rood as they exiting the turns, making a drag race to the finish. At the line, Rood edged out Janczuk for the win by the margin of .018. Trailing them was Nutting, Glenn Forward, and Rocky Warner.
 
The open sportsman came to the green with Jack Miller and Claude Hutchings Jr. as the duo on the front row.

Miller’s pole position allowed him to take the lead, with Hutchings trailing behind, using the top side to keep with the leader. Miller retained the lead at the halfway point, but a pair of cautions on lap 11 and 12 forced the field to gather, putting Hutchings on the rear bumper of Miller. Miller held off Hutchings for the first lap after the restart, but Hutchings used the top side to take the lead. From there, he never looked back. Heath Carney followed Hutchings past Miller, but settled for second. Miller, Steve Way, and Jeremy Vunk filled out the top five.
 
Next week, UR will present a normal show of Modifieds, 602 Sportsman, Open Sportsman, Pro Stocks, plus Mod Lites.
 
FEATURE FINISH (30 LAPS)- MATT SHEPPARD, Larry Wight, Alan Johnson, Tim Fuller, Vic Coffey, Stewart Friesen, Marc Johnson, Rob Bellinger, Mike Mahaney, Pat Ward, Danny Varin, Matt Hulsizer, Max McLaughlin, Tim Mayne, Ryan Phelps, and Vinnie Vitale.
 
PORSMAN FEATURE FINISH (20 LAPS)- JASON ROOD, Matt Janczuk, Daryl Nutting, Glenn Forward, Rocky Warner, JaMike Sowle, David Schilling, Kyle Kiehn, Chris Mackey, Brad Alger, Beth Bellinger, Corey Barker, A.J. Digsby, John Christian, Casey Williams, Rocco Leone, Geoff VanRiper, Billy Trexler III, Bobby Gage, Stephen Denton, Aaron Jacobs, Tye-Scott Rood, Alan Fink, and Chris Cunningham.
 
OPEN SPORTSMAN FEATURE FINISH (20 LAPS)- CLAUDE HUTCHINGS JR., Heath Carney, Jack Miller, Steve Way, Jeremy Vunk, Jim Rothwell, Mark Effner, Tom Tophoven, Craig Pope, Lucas Heintz, Todd Fey, Raymond Carey, and Randy Shantel.
 
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Delaware International Speedway rained out Saturday

Delmar, DE - A mid-day down pour washed out Saturday night's William J. and Juanita Cathell Memorial at the Delaware International Speedway. The event will be rescheduled at a later date.

This Saturday night will feature the Big Block Modifieds, the Super Late Models, the 602 Sportsman, the Crate Model and the Mod Lites plus the Delmarva Chargers. Gates open at 5 p.m. with hot laps at 7 p.m.

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BIG-BLOCK MODIFIEDS RETURN TO ORANGE COUNTY FAIR SPEEDWAY SATURDAY, APRIL 30
$5,000 TO WIN 30-LAP FEATURE RACE

MIDDLETOWN, NY (April 24)……..Following a week off, the 800-horsepower Big-Block Modifieds return to action on the five-eighths-mile Orange County Fair Speedway this coming Saturday evening, April 30. And they will be racing for an enhanced purse.

For this night only, the total Modified division purse will be increased by $5,000! The winner of the 30-lap feature race will see his prize money doubled from $2,500 to $5,000.

An additional $2,500 will be distributed to other feature race finishing positions, making this the largest payout for a 30-lap feature in the track’s 67-year history of weekly stock car racing.

In the spirit of cooperation with other Big-Block Modified races being held the same date, the regular point structure for this night will be suspended. All Orange County registered Big-Block Modified drivers racing either at Orange County or the Super DIRTcar Modified Series event at upstate Fulton Speedway will receive 25 “show up” points.

In addition to the headline Big-Block Modifieds, the highly competitive Sportsman, the unpredictable Rookie Sportsman, the full-bodied Street Stocks, and the Vintage Modifieds will be in competition. All divisions, except the Vintage Mods, will compete in qualifying races to set the fields for the evening’s feature events.  

The entire racing program has been designated Ralph Corwin Memorial Night in honor of the dedicated motorsports photographer and friend of the Orange County racing community who recently passed away. The sponsor for the evening is WALL Radio.

Adult admission for all Saturday night programs is $15, Seniors $13, and Children 12 and under $1.00. Racing gets underway at 6:30 pm.

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Bachetti Wins at I-88

Andy Bachetti grabbed the win in the Greg Page Construction Modified feature at I-88 Speedway on Friday might.

Bachetti, of Sheffield MA started seventh in the 21 car starting lineup and broke into the top five by lap three.

Opening night winner Mike Mahaney started on the pole by virtue of the draw and capitalized on the starting spot by taking the early lead. The first caution of the race came out on lap three and on the ensuing restart Norwich’s Alan Barker went high in turn two allowing Bachetti to slip under and move into third.

With Edmeston’s Paul Jensen running second, Bachetti dropped to the inside line in turns three and four and drove into second place on lap five. As Bachetti was working his way to the front Mahaney had pulled out to a five car length advantage. Jensen held on to third place, a half straightaway behind the leaders.

On lap ten Bachetti had caught Mahaney by using the outside line and lapped traffic began to factor into the race.

Bachetti used the slower cars to his advantage and slipped under Mahaney to take the lead. Two laps later Mahaney returned the favor moving back into the top spot.

Staying in heavy lapped traffic Bachetti took to the outside coming off turn two and made a three wide pass to take the lead for good on lap 16. Mahaney, of King Ferry finished second with Norwich’s Mitch Gibbs third, Masonville’s Mike Clapperton fourth and Jensen fifth.

“Car was really good. Mother Nature helped the track, it was really smooth all the way around. It was fast,” said Bachetti after the race.

Aaron Shelton took the early lead at the start of the Open Sportsmen feature from the pole.

Shelton, of Walton, held off second starting Claude Hutchings Jr. through the early laps of the race. After a lap two caution a three car battle for the lead developed between Shelton, Hutchings and Delanson’s Pat O’Hanlon, with Shelton maintaining the lead and O’Hanlon passing Sauquoit’s Hutchings to take over second. The caution would come out again after one lap was completed as Bainbridge’s Tyler Hart slowed on the speedway.

On lap 8 O’Hanlon worked under Shelton coming off turn two and held a half car length advantage at the line. By lap ten O’Hanlon had established the lead by one length over Shelton with Hutchings third, Walton’s Butch Klinger in fourth and Edmeston’s Jeremy Vunk fifth.

The caution would fly on lap twelve bunching the field for the restart with the top five unchanged. On the ensuing restart Delhi’s Dave Rosa broke into the top five while O’Hanlon began to pull away from the pack, opening a eight car length lead by lap 14.

At the finish it was O’Hanlon taking the win, Shelton crossed the line second with Hutching third, Rosa fourth and Klinger fifth.

“I had a real good race with that 391 (Shelton) for about ten laps. He ran a really good race and I was lucky to get by him,” said the winner after the race.

In the Crate Sportsmen division Nineveh’s Matt Roberts made it two for two in the inaugural season for the class. In a race that went flag to flag, Roberts started fourth on the grid and passed Fultonville’s A.J. Miller coming off turn two on lap 11. Miller started on the pole and led the first 11 laps before Roberts was able to work his way into the lead. Miller crossed the line second with Matt Brewer, of New Milford PA third, Harpursville’s Gary Card Jr. fourth and Harold Humphrey, of Norwich, fifth.

Modifieds (30 Laps) Andy Bachetti, Mike Mahaney, Mitch Gibbs, Mike Clapperton, Paul Jensen, J.R. Hurlburt, Brett Tonkin, Mike Decker, Nick Nye, Rusty Smith, Don Hart Jr., Jeremy Smith, Brandon Walters, Ken Titus, Jeff Sheely, Chris Bushnell, Kenny Sparks, Darwin Greene, Alan Barker, Kurt Decker, Steve Babicek
 
Open Sportsmen (20 Laps) Pat O’Hanlon, Aaron Shelton, Claude Hutchings, Dave Rosa, Butch Klinger, Jeremy Vunk, Ricky Ross, Charlie Hendrickson Jr., Rudy Roth, Lisa Williams, Jim Gould, Gary Card Jr., Dwayne Jackson, Tim French Jr., Tyler Hart, Skip Pickwick, James Christ, Travis Smith
 
Crate Sportsmen (20 Laps) Matt Roberts, A.J. Miller, Matt Brewer, Gary Card Jr., Harold Humphrey, Allan Hodge, Matt Priscott, A.J. Digsby, Craig Monroe, Art Priscott DNS Russell Hendrickson Jr.

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NEW ERA AT FONDA BEGINS WITH A FAMILIAR FACE IN VICTORY LANE

By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda NY – The 65th consecutive season of competition began at the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway on Saturday evening under the new management team of Demitraszek Enterprises. With over 100 race cars in the pit area and a good crowd on hand on a cool spring night it was Stewart Friesen who stood tall in victory lane at the conclusion of the 35-lap main event.

Other winners on Jeep Herbert Tribute Night at Fonda were Rocky Warner (sportsman), Luke Horning (pro stock), Josh Coonradt (street stock), Mike Peek (rookie sportsman), and Kyle Smith (CRSA Sprints).

During intermission promoter Pete Demitraszek stood on victory lane and thanked Jim King and Paul Szmal for their announcing expertise up in the tower where they will be weekly at both Fonda and Glen Ridge. He also thanked the crowd for coming out to the track on a cool night and also the Hall of Fame Committee for keeping the Fonda Museum going along with Dave & Jackie Lape and Ed & Betty Biittig for their contributions to the museum which will be open every Saturday this season from 3:00 p.m. until race time.

“There is a lot of history here at the Fonda Speedway and I don’t want to see it go the way of progress and close down like Flemington did,” Demitraszek said.

As stated Saturday night at Fonda was Jeep Herbert Tribute Night with a wonderful display of items on display at the Fonda Speedway museum as part of the tribute. Herbert was inducted into the Fonda Speedway Hall of Fame back in 1988 and was the track champion at Fonda back in 1959. Herbert is also 16th on the all-time modified win list at Fonda with a total of 25 victories in nine winning seasons with the first one coming on 7/11/1953 and the last on 8/10/1963.

During the offseason it was announced that four time and defending track champion Stewart Friesen wouldn’t be returning to defend his modified title at Fonda for the 2016 racing season and that he would be competing at the Orange County Fair Speedway this season. With the program at Orange County switching to 358 -modifieds for Saturday evening Friesen was labeled as an “invader” on Saturday at Fonda.

Friesen made the most of his role as an “invader” winning his heat race and because of the “heads up” start he began the 35-lap feature event on the outside of the front row next to Alton Palmer. At the drop of Joe Kriss’ green flag it was Friesen who took the lead in the event with the yellow out at the completion of lap one after Korey Wilder came to a stop in turn four with a broken front end. Brandon Walter and Vinnie Sanganetti were also involved with Sanganetti the only driver able to continue.

On the “Delaware” restart which allows the leader to start on his own in row one while the second and third place drivers get to start side by side behind them in the second row, Friesen again took the lead with third place starter Larry Wight taking the second position away from Palmer on the restart. Friesen pulled away to a straightaway lead by the lap five point in the event with Bobby Varin the new third place car after starting sixth and new Fonda Speedway regular Danny Johnson in fourth after starting ninth.

Friesen was in lap traffic by lap 11 with the caution out on lap 12 for Jeff Trombley who came to a stop on the track. Varin was the new second place car on this restart with the caution out again one lap later for Jessey Mueller who spun in turn three with Bodie Bellinger also going to the hot pit at that point.

On the restart the lineup showed Friesen, Varin, Wight, Danny Johnson, Palmer, and 14th place starter Pat Ward chasing the victory.

The event stayed green for the remaining laps with Friesen lapping up to the sixth place car on his way to his 41st career win at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds facility in the Halmar #44 over Varin, Wight, Danny Johnson, and Palmer.

“This is just a great race car with Jeff Daley, Tadd Parks, and Halmar joining resources,” Friesen told Paul Szmal in victory lane. “We won’t be here at Fonda every week and I will miss it but we will be here when we can.”

The 25-lap sportsman event began with outside pole sitter John McAuliffe the early leader with two cautions coming out on lap four for two separate incidents. When it was all said and done Billy Gray, Mark Mortensen, and Jack Lehner were done for the night with damage from those incidents.

On the restart fourth place starter Rocky Warner took the second position away from JaMike Sowle with two more cautions out on lap six for two separate incidents involving Adam McAuliffe and Nick Scavia before everything settled down and some good racing resulted.

Warner moved to the top of the speedway to gain ground on McAuliffe and by lap 11 he was right on McAuliffe’s back bumper. On the outside coming down the front straightaway to complete lap 12, Warner was the new race leader but lap traffic changed the completion of the event with five laps to go allowing McAuliffe to challenge Warner for the win.

On lap 21 McAuliffe retook the lead from Warner on the inside of turn four with McAuliffe’s car working well on the inside of the track but not so well on the outside. When McAuliffe was blocked by a lap car going into turn one with only two laps to go Warner swept around both of them to take the lead and from there he went on for the win in the Jake Spraker owned #1J over McAuliffe, Chad Edwards, Dave Constantino, and Sowle.

For Warner it was his 14th career win in the division placing him in a tie with Constantino for second on the all-time win list.

“After losing the lead with only a couple of laps to go I was trying everything that I could do to get it back,” Warner said in victory lane. “But I got a break with that lap car and was able to get the win.”

Mike Peek took home his first career win in the rookie sportsman division in his third year of competition. Peek led every lap of the 15-lap event after

starting on the pole position but was pressured at the end by Willy Decker Jr. who was the second place finisher. Josh Neal, David Manchester, and Kyle Gray completed the top five in the event.

The 20-lap CRSA Sprint car feature was led at the start by outside pole position starter Mike Kiser with fourth place starter Kyle Smith moving past Kory Gurney for the second position on lap three. Smith was the new race leader on lap seven after a slide job pass in turn two to get by Kiser with Cory Sparks the new second place car at that point.

Seventh place starter Josh Pieniazek was making up ground on the front runners by lap nine as he was in the third position and two laps later he was the new second place car after getting by Sparks. The red flag was out on lap 12 when Josh Flint came to a stop on the front stretch with a collapsed front end.

While trying to slow down for the caution flag Pieniazek went over the wheel of Dustin Purdy and flipped his race car ending his great run. Pieniazek was not injured in the accident.

A single file restart restarted the field for the final eight laps of the event but Sparks couldn’t gain enough on Smith to challenge for the lead as Smith went on for the win over Sparks, 14th place starter Scott Goodrich, Gurney, and Kiser.

Racing continues at Fonda on Saturday, April 30 with a regular show in all divisions along with a tribute to Lee Millington. Starting time will be 7:30 p.m.

MODIFIED FEATURE – 35-LAPS – STEWART FRIESEN, Bobby Varin, Larry Wight, Danny Johnson, Alton Palmer, Pat Ward, Ronnie Johnson, Darwin Greene, Jeremy Wilder, Craig Hanson, Mark Kislowski, Jeff Rockefeller, Justin Boehler, Jessey Mueller, Bodie Bellinger, Jeff Trombley, Josh Hohenforst, Vinnie Sanganetti, Korey Wilder, Brandon Walters, Willy Decker, DNS Pep Corradi, DNS Scott Huber

SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 25-LAPS – ROCKY WARNER, John McAuliffe, Chad Edwards, Dave Constantino, JaMike Sowle, Connor Cleveland, Cody Clark, Tim Hartman Jr., Tony Farone, Brian Pessolano, Ricky Quick, Chris Schaffer, Kurtis Hohensheldt, Aaron Burton, Ivan Joslin, Dan Santabarbara, Doug Hancock, Josh DeMagistris, Harry Shaffer, Nick Scavia, Chris Curtis, Adam McAuliffe, Ray Zemken, Jack Lehner, Mark Mortensen, Billy Gray

ROOKIE SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 15-LAPS – MIKE PEEK, Willy Decker Jr., Josh Neal, David Manchester, Kyle Gray, John Stowell, A.J. Miller

CRSA SPRINT FEATURE – 20-LAPS – KYLE SMITH, Cory Sparks, Scott Goodrich, Kory Gurney, Mike Kiser, Dan Hennessy, J.R. Hurlburt, Tyler Jashembowski, Brett Jaycox, Thomas Radivoy, Christian Rumsey, Billy Jaycox, Dana Wagner, Emily VanInwegen, Dalton Herrick, Sydney Prince, Eddie Strada, Josh Pieniazek, Josh Flint, Brian Purdy, Art Kiser, Warren Alexson, DNS Danielle Dickenson
 
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SHEPPARD TWEAKED HIS WAY TO VICTORY NUMBER TWO ON THE SEASON

CANANDAIGUA, NY….Matt Sheppard said, “We have been tweaking this car to run better than it did last week.  Randy (Kassaky) and I have been hard at work to bring back all of the former Bicknell car data I have used in the past.”

Sheppard put that information to good use, picking up his second straight feature win in a row at the “Land of legends.” Last year’s sportsman champion, Dave Marcuccilli won the 25-lap Sportsman feature passing race leader, Tyler Meeks, with just two laps remaining. Marcuccilli’s margin of victory was just .019 seconds as the two cross the finish line in a photo finish.

Sheppard passed pole-sitter, Gary Tomkins on the fourth lap and quickly moved into a commanding lead.  He quickly caught the tail of the field and began lapping cars on lap 11.

Meanwhile back in the field Mat Williamson, Tim Fuller, Jimmy Phelps, Billy Decker and Tomkins were in a battle royal for the runner up position. With the race running green-to-checkers, Sheppard lapped half the field before the checkers flew. He averaged 84.033 mph around the fast half mile oval.

Fuller found his grove and grabbed second on lap 14 in lapped traffic. He finished a full five seconds behind Sheppard. Phelps came home in third followed by Tomkins and Decker. All 26 cars were still on the track as the checkers flew.

Kane Bristol took advantage of his feature redraw on the outside pole, to grab the lead of the Sportsman 25-lap main event as 24 sportsman cars took the green. The yellow quickly appeared when newcomer Sarah Johnson spun-out in the first turn.

On lap seven the yellow flew for another spin by Johnson.  The restart saw Tyler Meeks establish his lead over the field as he was able to get by Bristol.  

The race had to be yellow flagged again on lap 14 when Jeff Devoli hit the second turn concrete wall. From this point on the race remained green.

As the laps wound down Marcuccilli, running second was slowly closing on Meeks as they negotiated lapped cars. With the white flag flying Marcuccilli nosed into the lead around the lapped car of Doug Rohr.

Marcuccilli was then trapped behind Rohr in the first turn as Meeks sailed back into the lead. As the two leaders exited the fourth turn Marcuccilli inched to the low side and was able to grab the win by mere inches. Meeks came home in second followed by Bristol, Rob Bussey and Paul Guererri.

MODIFIED FEATURE (35-laps):  MATT SHEPPARD, Tim Fuller,  Jimmy Phelps, Gary Tomkins, Billy Decker, Mat Williamson, Vic Coffey, Justin Haers, Peter Britten, Mike O’Brien, Erick Rudolph, Dan Wiesner, Randy Chrysler, Alan Johnson, Ryan Arbithnot, Eldon Payne Jr., Derrick Podsiadlo, Max McLaughlin, Steve Paine, James Maier, Gil Tegg Jr., Mike Mahaney, Brian Sage, Justin Wright, Scott Kerwin, Dave Rauscher.

SPORTSMAN FEATURE (25-laps):  DAVE MARCUCCILLI, Tyler Meeks, Kane Bristol, Rob Bussey, Paul Guererri, James Sweeting, Matt Guererri, A.J. Lloyd, Kevin Root, Karl Comfort, Kevin Ridley, Nick Guererri, Ricky Newton, Adam Ashcroft, Tim Baker, Jessica Power, Ray Hendershot, Anthony Kimble, Sarah Johnson, Nathan Peckham, J.T. Sparring, Doug Rohr, Jeff Devoli, Doug Smith.

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“Pre-Season” Racing Kicks Off At Thunder Mountain Speedway: Geordie Decker Wins First In Open Sportsman

CENTER LISLE, NY – Geordie Decker will always remember April 23, 2016.

That’s the date Decker etched his name on the Thunder Mountain Speedway win list. Decker, of Berkshire, N.Y., led from start-to-finish in Saturday night’s “pre-season” 20-lap Open Sportsman main at the three-eighths-mile track, collecting the $700 top prize.

The win for Decker was his first at Thunder Mountain after several “near-misses” during the 2015 season.

Saturday’s event featured non-points events for all divisions minus the Modifieds, which took part in a number of practice sessions. The official Season Opener is slated for April 30 with a Sunday rain date if needed. Modifieds ($1,992 to win), Open Sportsman, Crate 602 Sportsman, Rookie Sportsman, Street Stocks, XCel 600 Modifieds and FWD Four Cylinders launch the ’16 championship battles.

Decker, by virtue of a redraw, launched off the pole starting position for the Open Sportsman main and led the entire distance, which ran caution-free. Decker was pressured heavily in the final laps by Nick Nye, who worked to his inside but wasn’t able to complete a pass.

Decker led Nye across the line by less than a car-length. Nye finished second, with Chance Spoonhower, 11th-starter Kevin Jordan and Duane Knapp in tow.

Groton, N.Y.’s Nick Nye earned a $500 payday in the Crate 602 Sportsman main. Nye led the entire distance to take the win. He will move into the Modified division for the remainder of the season, running weekly on the Mountain.

Defending Crate 602 champion Pat Jordan drove from 12th starting position to earn a runner-up finish, chasing Nye across the line. Brian Mady, Will Shields and Mike Nagel Jr., recovering from an early flat tire, completed the front five.

Second-generation driver Richie Hillis of Vestal, N.Y., won the 15-lap Rookie Sportsman feature, besting Street Stock graduate Jason Beebe, Connor Spoonhower, Dan Allen and Kerri Cook.

Open Sportsman Feature Finish (20 laps): GEORDIE DECKER, Nick Nye, Chance Spoonhower, Kevin Jordan, Duane Knapp, Chris Jordan, Dan Burman, Larry Hillis, Brian White, Jason Tuttle, Dayton Coney.

Crate 602 Sportsman Feature Finish (20 laps): NICK NYE, Pat Jordan, Brian Mady, Will Shields, Mike Nagel Jr., Andrew Smith, Rich Powell, Tom Collins, Tyler Ward, Bob Stahl, Daryl Krebs, Kinser Hill, Shayne Spoonhower, Dominic Fuller, James McIntyre, Pat Parker, Mike Decker, Dustin Jordan, Lee Foland, Matt Hynds, Brenton Miller, Hilary Ward.

Rookie Sportsman Feature Finish (15 laps): RICHIE HILLIS, Jason Beebe, Connor Spoonhower, Dan Allen, Kerri Cook, Anthony Rundell, Justin Cobb, Bill Reidenbach.

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Dom Roselli Ices Over Tough Accord Speedway Modified Field In Dominating Win
By: Steve Pados, Accord Speedway Media

Accord, NY- Scott Ferrier and Dom Roselli brought the United Pump & Tank Modified starting field to the line for the start of the 30-lap main grind. Roselli was shot out of a cannon as he seized the lead at the start and opened up distance at will over the remainder of the field. Ferrier kept pace but the strong field behind him were all trying to find the sweet spot on the raceway. A couple of cautions slowed the field on occasion but when the green appeared, Roselli was able to to open up a sizable lead the longer the event remained green.

Anthony Perrego was making the moves from 12th starting position and from scratch position "DC" Danny Creeden was moving forward with some nifty moves past those in front of him. Roselli was in the zone and raced to his first win at the speedway in some time. Scott Ferrier enjoyed a solid outing in a runner-up role. Anthony Perrego, Danny Creeden and Corey Lowitt completed the top five. Mike Ricci, Brad Rothaupt, Joe Judge, Allison Ricci and Richie Eurich completed the top ten.

The Healey Brothers Group Sportsman event was a true to life barnburner as a fast field of race cars highlighted another great event. A six car skirmish at the start would eliminate four cars but when the racing got rolling it was "The Rocket Man" Ryan Wood making fast tracks out on the speedway. Wood would lead the event through 23-laps but Ricci was behind him and working the racing channels to figure out a way around the Wood. A top-shelf move on the 23rd lap pulled Ricci close and he slipped past Wood as they exited turn two and heading for the white flag. Ricci would capture the win with Wood in the runner-up role in an excellent showing for the former 600 Sprint star. Phil Goetchius, Jimmy Wells and Chris Stevens rounded out the top five. Former Slingshot star "Kid Ice" Cole Hentschel headed up the second five with Robbie Knipe following.

Modifieds: Dom Roselli, Scott Ferrier, Anthony Perrego, Danny Creeden, Corey Lowitt, Mike Ricci, Brad Rothaupt, Joe Judge, Allison Ricci, Richie Eurich, Robbie Green, Rich Ricci, Billy Van Inwegen, Ed Dachenhausen, Jesse Marks, Ken Ferrier, Dan Humes, Chad Loidice, Danny Tyler, Lem Atkins (DNS)

Sportsman: Rich Ricci III, Ryan Wood, Phil Goetchius, Jimmy Wells, Chris Stevens, Cole Hentschel, Robbie Knipe, Dave Demorest, Collin DuBois, Conner Otten, Nick Johnson, Nick Plumstead, Jason Feinberg, Brandon McGill

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Britten Tops A/S 51st Seaon Opener
Friday April 22, 2016 Results

Malta, NY – At the 2015 awards banquet, Australian sensation Peter Britten told the large crowd news he did not want to have to share. The news was he would not be a regular at the Albany-Saratoga Speedway in 2016. He did say that he would be back whenever he could.On Friday night, he certainly was back at the Great Race Place as he picked up the season opening, $3,000 to win Upstate GMC Dealers DIRTcar Modified feature event win. The win was his first as an invader to the speedway.Other feature winners during the evening were Jeremy Pitts (Sportsman), Robbie Speed (DIRTcar Pro Stock), Jack Lehner (Limited Sportsman), Hunter Sanchez (Street Stock) and Steve Ryan (Greg’s Towing and Repair Four Cylinders).The winner on opening night in 1993, Don Ronca and Stewart Friesen led the Upstate GMC Dealers DIRTcar Modified field to the green with Ronca taking the early lead over Friesen, Matt Delorenzo, Peter Britten and Kenny Tremont, Jr. Britten would take third from Delorenzo on lap one as Friesen challenged Ronca for the lead. Friesen would take the lead soon after with Britten in second, Ronca third, Delorenzo fourth and Brett Hearn fifth. Tremont fell to sixth.The caution flag waved on lap seven when Brian Whittemore spun in turn four. On the restart rookie Ricky Davis spun and collected Neil Stratton and Kris Vernold. When racing resumed Friesen quickly opened up a ten car length lead over Britten, Ronca, Delorenzo and Hearn. By lap ten Ronca and Delorenzo battled for position number three as Tremont moved past Hearn for fifth. On lap 13 Keith Flach took sixth from Hearn.

Delorenzo moved past Ronca for third on lap 15, forcing Ronca to fourth. Tremont took fourth from Ronca on lap 18 with Marc Johnson following past. On lap 20 Friesen hopped over the cushion in turn four which allowed Britten to take over the lead. The caution waved on lap 21 when Kris Vernold came to a stop.

On the restart Britten held the lead with Tremont moving to second and Delorenzo third. Friesen slid through the pack and on lap 23 came to a stop in turn four. Friesen took the Halmar International machine behind the wall.

When racing resumed Britten held the lead over Tremont, Johnson, Delorenzo and Keith Flach. Whittemore would bring out the caution flag on lap 28 when he made contact with the outside wall exiting turn four. The restart would see the top five remain the same except for Delorenzo who took the BBL Companies mount to the top side. He quickly moved past Johnson for third and set his sight on Tremont in second. He took over second on lap 34 but that is where his charge would end.

Britten would pick up the win over Delorenzo, defending track champion Tremont, Johnson and Flach. Heat races for the 34 DIRTcar Modifieds were won by Ronca, Friesen and Delorenzo.

“I have to thank Al Heinke and everyone involved with the team,” Britten said. “This is a great deal. I want to thank all of the fans, I really appreciate it.”

A pair of young guns – Connor Cleveland and Chad Edwards led the 25 lap Sportsman feature event to the green. A caution before a lap could be completed would force an early restart. On the restart Cleveland took the lead over Edwards and Derrick McGrew. Adam Gage would bring out the caution flag on lap three, forcing a restart.

After a spin on the restart, racing resumed Cleveland held the lead with Edwards, Tim Hartman, Jr., Cody Bleau and David Schilling following. Schilling took over fourth on lap seven with Jeremy Pitts following to fifth. By the halfway point Pitts took over fourth from Schilling.

Edwards took the lead from Cleveland on lap 14 in heavy traffic. Hartman moved into second on lap 17 with Pitts following to third. Mike Ostrander spun on lap 19 forcing a restart. Edwards and Hartman would bring the field back to the green with Edwards now battling Pitts for the lead after a lap. The caution flag waved on lap 20 for a jingle in turn one.

On the restart Pitts held the lead over Edwards and Hartman. Dave Constantino spun in turn two on lap 21, forcing a caution. On the restart Pitts pulled away and would not be caught, picking up the win over Edwards, Hartman, Schilling and Cleveland. A total of 33 Sportsman entered the event with heat races being won by Cleveland, Edwards and McGrew.

“The track is perfect tonight,” Pitts said. “I like it. I have to thank all of my sponsors.”

“The guys gave me a super hot rod,” Speed said. “Lyle (DeVore) did a great job on the track tonight. We have dedicated ourselves to Albany-Saratoga, it is going to be our home track.”

Jack Lehner and Rob Lanfear, Jr. brought the Limited Sportsman field to the green with Lehner taking the early lead. On lap 13 Lehner closed in on slower traffic with Brandon Pitcher running a distant second. Pitcher took advantage of the slower traffic to close in on Lehner. John Stowell spun in turn two on lap 17 with Pitcher being involved after the spin. Lehner held the lead on the restart and would pull away for the win over Justin Severance, Zach Daurio, Randy Miller and Lanfear. With 19 Limited Sportsman pit side heat races were claimed by Lehner and Lanfear.

51st Season Opener
Modified Results (35 Laps) – 1) Peter Britten, 2) Matt Delorenzo, 3) Ken Tremont Jr, 4) Marc Johnson, 5) Keith Flach, 6) Brett Hearn, 7) Elmo Reckner, 8) Jessey Mueller, 9) Don Ronca, 10) Brian Gleason, 11) L.J. Lombardo, 12) Shaun Pangman, 13) J.R. Heffner, 14) Rich Ronca, 15) Bodie Bellinger, 16) Matt Depew, 17) Hector Stratton, 18) Neil Stratton, 19) Jimmy Cottrell, 20) Rob Pitcher, 21) Demetrios Drellos, 22) Ricky Davis, 23) Brian Whittemore, 24) Mark Kislowski, 25) Stewart Friesen, 26) Ray Hoard, 27) Bobby Hackel IV, 28) Kris Vernold, 29) Jim Nagle, 30) Todd Morey, 31) Justin Barber, DNS) Cass Bennett, DNS) Ryan Darcy, DNS) Ronnie Johnson

Sportsman Results (25 Laps) – 1) Jeremy Pitts, 2) Chad Edwards, 3) Tim Hartman Jr, 4) David Schilling, 5) Connor Cleveland, 6) Jason Gray, 7) Cody Bleau, 8) Rocky Warner, 9) Joey Scarborough, 10) Jon Miller, 11) Jamike Sowle, 12) Daryl Nutting, 13) Ken Conroy, 14) Jack Speshock, 15) Scott Duell,16) Chris Johnson, 17) John Proctor, 18) Floyd Billington, 19) Christopher Ronca, 20) Dave Constantino, 21) Jim Introne, 22) Nick Anatriello, 23) Andrew Buff, 24) Mike Coffey, 25) Mike Ostrander, 26) Justin Smith, 27) Nick Lussier, 28) Adam Gage, 29) Hunter Bates, 30) Jackie Brown, 31) Derrick McGrew, 32) Robert Bublak, DNS) Pat Jones

Limited Sportsman Results (15 Laps) – 1) Jack Lehner, 2) Justin Severance, 3) Zach Daurio, 4) Randy Miller, 5) Rob Lanfear, 6) Jacob Volpi, 7) Nick Fretto, 8) Gary Derocher, 9) Mike Block, 10) James Meehan, 11) Scott Bennett Jr, 12) Brandon Pitcher, 13) Derek Bornt, 14) Travis Billington, 15) Anthony Alger, 16) Stephen Kneer, 17) John Stowell, 18) Bob Schmidt, DNS) Diana Huyck

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Lernerville Speedway
Friday, April 22
DIRTcar Big Block Modified Feature: (25 Laps)
Jeremiah Shingledecker
Mat Williamson
Tim McCreadie
Dave Murdick
Rex King Jr.
Kevin Bolland
Jimmy Weller
Rick Regalski
Rex King Sr.
Rodney Beltz
Mike Turner
Brian Swartzlander
Steve Feder
Garrett Krummert
Shawn Kozar
Shawn Fleeger
Tom Winkle
JR McGinley
Jeff Miller
DNS Bob Warren
Heat Winners: Rex King Jr., Garrett Krummert

410 Sprint Feature: (25 Laps)
Brandon Spithaler
Jack Sodeman Jr.
George Hobaugh Jr.
Scott Priester
Carl Bowser
Brent Matus
Darren Pifer
John Garvin Jr.
Alex Paden
Mike Miller
Bob McMillano
Matthew Gardina
Bill Kiley
Dan Kuriger
Brandon Matus
AJ Flick
Cory Good
Heat Winners: Scott Priester, Brandon Spithaler

DIRTcar Late Models Feature: (25 Laps)
Kole Holden
Chelsie Kriegisch
Jerry Schaffer
Jeremy Weaver
Nick Ritchey
Darin Gallagher
Brian Schaffer
Steve Slater
Joshua Seippel
Jessica Shea
Jordan Ehrenberg
Jessica Kriegisch
Will Schaffer
Kyle Martell
Justin Shea
Heat Winners: Kole Holden, Nick Ritchey

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Mother Nature Knocks Out Outlaw Spring Nationals; ESS/$3K Mods/Grit Rescheduled For 5/20

(DUNDEE, N.Y.) – The stage was set, the pits and grandstands were packed to capacity.  Then Mother Nature reared her ugly head.

Rains began to fall at 5PM as expected per the forecast, but the rains did not stop as the forecast had outlined.  Rain only stopped briefly before firing back up in a storm that ended the night’s racing activity within a 15-minute period.

Those that purchased tickets to get in the grandstands or the pits have three options to use their rain stubs.  You can use your rain ticket for next Friday’s show on April 29th or for the May 20th show when the three headline divisions will run their rain dates.  No refunds in ticket price will be given if fans choose to use their ticket on April 29th.

Those who cannot use their rain stubs and request a refund may do so by mailing in your tickets to Outlaw Speedway c/o Ticket Refund 82 Main St. Dundee, NY 14837.  Outlaw Speedway’s ticketing department will get refunds back to those fans as soon as they possibly can do so.

The Grand Opening for Outlaw Speedway will now move to Friday April 29th with the scheduled American Legion night.  A full card of racing including Modifieds, Sportsman, Crate Late Models, Street Stocks, IMCA Modifieds, Four Cylinders and Bandits will fill the night’s action.

The Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints have been rescheduled for Friday May 20th, joining a regular card of racing.  The $3,000-to-win Modified Outlaw Spring Nationals will also move to the Friday May 20th show-creating a two-for-one special on the Dundee, NY clay.

The Outlaw Spring Nationals will be historic as the Modifieds will race for $3,000-to-win in leg number one of three for the Insinger Performance/Sunoco Race Fuels Outlaw Challenge.

If the Modified winner that night can also win the Outlaw Fall Nationals and Dutch Hoag National Open, they will take home an eye-popping $25,000.  The Friendly Dodge, Chrysler, Jeep and Ford Modifieds will also race for $2,000-to-win on a weekly basis and receive a minimum of $200 for taking the green flag.  The track champion of the division will receive a $5,000 championship for their efforts.

Joining the Modifieds during the Outlaw Spring Nationals will be the Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints, led by 6-time and defending tour champion Steve Poirier.  The ESS 360 sprints will take place on this night with the tour racing for $2,000-to-win, $250 to take the green and the dash being sponsored by longtime supporter Lane's Yamaha out of
Watkins Glen, NY.

In fact, Dundee, NY resident 'Mr. ESS' Malcolm Lane holds the all-time record for ESS wins at the facility known over the years as Dundee Raceway, Black Rock Speedway, Yates County Speedway and now Outlaw Speedway in 2016.  With other tour regulars Jason Barney, Sammy Reakes IV, Paul Kinney, Matt Tanner and Shawn Donath hungry for their first
wins of 2016, this show will be a cannot miss!  Outsiders confirmed for Friday night include Davie Franek, Mark Smith, Larry Kelleher and Jared Zimbardi.

The Super Gen Products Grit Series will also move to Friday May 20th for a thrilling 602 Crate Sportsman event titled the “Showdown at Sundown” that falls on their 2016 American Racer and Hoosier Tour schedule. Casey Pavlick looks to defend his recent Grit wins at Outlaw Speedway as well as his second-straight track championship in 2015.

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One Month until Huge Opener at "The Port"

 The Greatest Show on Dirt invades on Sunday May 22nd for the Second Annual Empire State Challenge

Weedsport, NY – April 22, 2016 - The anticipation is building because in just one short month the Craftsman World of Outlaw Sprint Cars will invade Weedsport for the only regular season appearance in New York State in 2016. The Greatest Show on Dirt has gotten off to a phenomenal start in 2016, and with the strength of the competition, Weedsport’s checkered flag is truly up for grabs.

Jeff Hachmann, World Racing Group Director of Events, agreed with that sentiment, stating “It’s been a great year to date.  The racing has been intense and very competitive while huge crowds have come out to many of the events on the most recent West Coast swing with standing room only at Cotton Bowl Speedway, Arizona Speedway and Placerville Speedway.  The momentum started back at DIRTcar Nationals and we look forward to bring the Greatest Show on Dirt to the Northeast and Weedsport Speedway."  Thus far, seven different winners have graced victory lane, underscoring the tenacity and toughness of the field.   Donny Schatz, last year’s Empire State Challenge winner and reigning series champion, has his sights set on another trip to Victory Hill. "We looking forward to making another trip to Weedsport. I've always enjoyed racing in New York and fortunately have had a good amount of success. Most of that is because of the team I am surrounded by. The Bad Boy Off Road/Chevrolet Performance guys have been doing an amazing job the last few years of putting me in a great car.

That was the case last May in Weedsport. To be able to come to a track for the first time and adapt that quickly says a lot about them. Weedsport is a racy place and the fans in central New York are some of the best in all of motorsports. They really supported the event last year, and I can't wait to get back there and see if we can make it two for two" commented the seven-time World of Outlaws Champion.

The newly renovated Weedsport Speedway has continued its transformation with a number of ambitious off- season improvements and is now in the final stages of completion to prepare for the gigantic 2016 opener. Fans on hand for the Empire State Challenge will witness history in the making as the sun begins to set:  for the first time ever, on any race track in the world, state of the art LED Lighting will illuminate all the action.   While Team Weedsport looks forward to the efficiency and safety provided by the new technology, the never- ending entertainment capabilities has them really excited. "These lights can do some really awesome stuff from a visual effects standpoint. It has been our goal to keep enhancing the fan experience here at Weedsport, and this Technology will certainly help us do that." stated speedway General Manager Jimmy Phelps.

The Speedway's commitment to enhance the fan experience is apparent with the acquisition and installation of a 27 foot digital video screen behind Weedsport’s Victory Hill. On this “Jumbo Tron, ” fans will be able to view live track action,  see instant replays, and witness behind the scenes interviews, all while enjoying premium seating in the grandstands.  Sponsors and marketing partners can take advantage of the live commercial and digital advertising capabilities, targeting their own customers in a non- traditional venue.   "We are so excited about the Jumbo Tron, and all of the entertainment capabilities it brings. We have a great team in place to produce the content, and we can't wait to see it in action." stated Phelps.

Along with the Craftsman World of Outlaws, the best Sportsman racers in the Northeast will be on hand for the inaugural 2016 NAPA Sportsman Shootout Series. The 9 race series, presented by NAPA Auto Parts, will showcase the talent of the sport’s future drivers, while providing these competitors with a strong purse structure and lucrative point fund. As announced in March, the Sportsman will compete with DIRTcar sanction in 2016, providing more opportunity for the competitors. For more info on the NAPA Sportsman Shootout Series visit weedsportspeedway.com.

Advanced tickets, reserved seating, and reserved camping are now available online at weedsportspeedway.com  For questions, please contact us at info@weedsportspeedway.com.  Follow along on social media at facebook.com/weedsportspeedway, twitter.com/weedsportspdwy and Instagram.com/weedsportspeedway.  

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Short Track Super Series South & Open Sportsman Circuits Featured At Big Diamond Speedway ‘Anthracite Assault’ Tuesday, May 10

MINERSVILLE, PA – Next stop, Minersville.

The Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By VP ventures to Big Diamond Speedway on Tuesday, May 10 for the ‘Anthracite Assault’ spectacular featuring the Halmar International North Region, Velocita South Region and new Open Sportsman inaugural: all in one night!

Only at Big Diamond in the Anthracite Region of Pennsylvania will the stars of the North and South regions collide at one venue in a lucrative 50-lap big-block/small-block Modified main event offering $5,000-plus to the winner, $1,000 for 10th-place and $400 just to take the green flag.

The total
​STSS
Modified purse structure tops $25,700 with additional lap money, bonuses, contingency awards and product to be distributed to racers.

Marketing support has been received from H.B. Steele & Co., a third-generation, family owned energy company in Orwigsburg, Pa., providing home heating oil delivery, fuel oil, diesel fuel, off-road diesel fuel, VP Racing Fuel, oil heating system service, ductless mini-split installation and more. H.B. Steele is online at www.hbsteeleoil.com.

The STSS South Region has completed two of its seven races entering Big Diamond. Anthony Perrego of Montgomery, N.Y., opened 2016 with a victory at Georgetown (Del.), while Wade Hendrickson of Lawrenceville, N.J., upset the Bridgeport (N.J.) field. Perrego narrowly leads the
​South
point standings over Ryan Godown and Stewart Friesen.

Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown, N.Y., was the site of the only STSS North Region contested this season. Tommy Meier of Waldwick, N.J., was credited with his first-ever series win in the 50-lap main.

Points for both series will be awarded at Big Diamond. Sail panels will be utilized on the Modifieds.

Last year Rick Laubach of Hellertown, Pa., won the ‘Anthracite Assault’ special under threatening skies. He bested Friesen in a final drive to the checkered.

The first event of the STSS Open Sportsman circuit takes place at Big Diamond. A $1,000-to-win, $125-to-start 25-lap main is on the agenda. Big Diamond kicks off the series which also includes two events at both Thunder Mountain Speedway in Center Lisle, N.Y. and I-88 Speedway in Afton, N.Y., plus single stops at Accord (N.Y.) Speedway and Utica-Rome Speedway in Vernon, N.Y.

XCel 600 Modifieds complete the program racing for $1,000 to win in a 20-lap main.

Pit gates unlock at 4 p.m. Grandstand gates will open at 5 p.m. Hot laps begin at 7:15 p.m. and racing gets underway at 7:45 p.m.

Adult grandstand admission is $25. Kids 12 and under and Military with ID are admitted FREE. Pit admission is $35 with no license required.

A rain date of Tuesday, May 17 is in place for this event.

2016  Short Track Super Series North Region Schedule
Saturday, April 2 – Orange County Fair Speedway/ Hard Clay Open – WINNER: Tommy Meier
Tuesday, May 10 (Rain Date: May 17) – Big Diamond Speedway/Minersville, PA – Anthracite Assault (Combo)
Sunday, May 29 (Rain Date: May 30) – Thunder Mountain Speedway/Center Lisle, NY – Lightning on the Mountain
Tuesday, June 7 (Rain Date: June 8) – Outlaw Speedway/Dundee, N.Y. – Ultimate Outlaw 50
Tuesday, July 5 (Rain Date: July 6) – Accord Speedway/Accord, NY – Battle of the Bullring 4
Wednesday, July 13 (Rain Date: TBA) – Rolling Wheels Raceway Park/Elbridge, NY – STSS vs. RoC Challenge (all drivers in attendance receive 60 points)
Wednesday, July 27 (Rain Date: July 28) – I-88 Speedway/Afton, NY – Crazy 8s Special
Tuesday, August 16 (Rain Date: August 17) – Woodhull Raceway/Woodhull, NY – Hustlin’ the High Banks 52
Sunday, September 18 (Rain Date: September 25) – Thunder Mountain Speedway/ Wade Decker Memorial
Friday-Saturday October 7-8 (Rain Date: October 9) – I-88 Speedway- Short Track SuperNationals 9 – Championship Points

2016 Short Track Super Series South Region Schedule
Saturday, March 12 – Georgetown Speedway – WINNER: Anthony Perrego
Sunday, April 17 – Bridgeport Speedway – WINNER: Wade Hendrickson
Tuesday, May 10 (Rain Date: May 17) – Big Diamond Speedway/Minersville, PA – Anthracite Assault (Combo)
Thursday, May 26 (Rain Date: TBA) – Delaware International Speedway/– Diamond State 50
Tuesday, June 14 (Rain Date: June 15) – New Egypt Speedway/ – Dirty Jersey 4 - $10,000 to win!
Sunday, July 31 (Rain Date: Aug. 7) – Susquehanna Speedway Park/– York County Nationals
Tuesday, Aug. 30 (Rain Date: Aug. 31) – Georgetown Speedway/– Blast at the Beach – Championship Points

2016 Short Track Super Series Open Sportsman Schedule
Tuesday, May 10 (Rain Date: May 17) – Big Diamond Speedway/Minersville, PA – Anthracite Assault
Sunday, May 29 (Rain Date: May 30) – Thunder Mountain Speedway/Center Lisle, NY – Lightning on the Mountain
Tuesday, June 21 (Rain Date: June 22) – I-88 Speedway/Afton, NY
Tuesday, July 5 (Rain Date: July 6) – Accord Speedway/Accord, NY – Battle of the Bullring 4
Sunday, July 17 (Rain Date: TBA) – Utica-Rome Speedway/Vernon, NY
Sunday, September 4 (Rain Date: September 5) – Thunder Mountain Speedway/Center Lisle, NY – Sportsman Sunday
Friday, October 7 (Rain Date: October 9) – I-88 Speedway/Afton, NY – Short Track SuperNationals 9 – Championship Points

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2016 Super DIRTcar Series Sponsors Announced

Regular season opens April 30 at Fulton Speedway

WEEDSPORT, N.Y. - April 19, 2016 - The Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds is pleased to announce a long list of marketing partners for the 2016 season. The 30 primary and contingency sponsors are the driving force to fuel the entire upcoming campaign - 29 action-packed races over the span of nine months.

The Super DIRTcar Series, the nation's premier touring big-block modified series, will kick-off its points season Saturday, April 30 at Fulton Speedway, where 17 full-time Platinum drivers will begin their pursuit toward the coveted series championship. The series will be joined by the DIRTcar NE Sportsman.

"We are extremely proud to have the support from our sponsors as we embark on the 2016 season," DIRTcar Northeast's Mike Perrotte said. "The Super DIRTcar Series delivers, week-to-week, the most exciting racing experience in the Northeast and beyond."

The Super DIRTcar Series secured partnerships for its 2016 tour with sponsors including: Beyea Headers, Chevrolet Performance, FX Caprara, G-Force Helmets, Impact Racing, Integra Racing Shocks, Intercomp, Motorsports Safety Systems, Number One Speed, Racing Electrionics, Sports Insurance Specialists and TNT Rescue.

Notably, Perrotte and the series approved exhaust headers by Beyea Headers in the 358 Modified and Sportsman divisions. Beyea has spent more than 15 years fabricating custom headers, catering to racing teams nationwide.

Dig Safely New York re-signed with the series to continue as a sponsor for the 2016 season. Dig Safely will reward a $100 bonus to the the driver who draws the eighth or 11th position in the redraw and wins the event.

Series contingency sponsors include: ASI Race Wear, Bicknell Racing Products, Bilstein Shocks, Comp Cams, Cometic Gasket, Edelbrock Racing, Dig Safely New York, FOX Shocks, Hoosier Tires, JE Pistons, JRI Shocks, KSE Racing, Mike's Racing Heads, MSD Performance, Pole Position Raceway, SuperFlow, VP Racing and Wrisco Aluminum.

Pole Position will again give $100 cash to the "Fast Time" award winner at all events and $1,500 cash to the Pole Award winner at NAPA Super DIRT Week.

Bilstein Shocks changed its contingency program for the series from 2015. Cash awards to teams using solely Bilstein Shocks will be given based on the following payout schedule:

June 30: the highest points finisher, post-event running Bilstein Shocks will receive a $500 cash award.

July 26: the highest points finisher, post-event running Bilstein Shocks will receive a $1,000 cash award. The second-highest points finisher, post-event running Bilstein Shocks will receive a $500 cash award.

September 17: the highest points finisher, post-event running Bilstein Shocks will receive a $1,000 cash award. The second-highest points finisher, post-event running Bilstein Shocks will receive a $500 cash award.

October 29: the highest points finisher, post-event running Bilstein Shocks will receive a $1,000 cash award. The second highest points finisher, post-event running Bilstein Shocks will receive a $500 cash award.
 
Bilstein Shocks product certificates to the driver 5th in overall series point standings after the following events: June 30, July 26, Sept. 17 and Oct. 29.

Grandstands for the Super DIRTcar Series 100 at Fulton Speedway will open at 2 p.m., with hot laps scheduled to start at 3:45 p.m. Saturday's event will be the finale of "Highbank Holdout" weekend. Visit FultonSpeedway.com to find more information and to learn how to purchase event tickets.

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FONDA SPEEDWAY READY FOR OPENING DAY ON SATURDAY, APRIL 23

By: Ron Szczerba

FONDA, NY – After a successful practice session on Saturday, April 16 the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway is set to begin the 2016 racing season this Saturday, April 23 at 7:30 p.m. It will be a special weekend in the Mohawk Valley for stock car racing fans as the Glen Ridge Motorsports park is also set to open for the season the night before on Friday, April 22. Both tracks will be managed and promoted under the Demitraszek Enterprises banner by Pete and Matt Demitraszek and their families in 2016.

With that said the 65th season of competition at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds track will begin this Saturday with all divisions in action including the modifieds, sportsman, pro stocks, street stocks, and rookie sportsman. Also in action at Fonda on opening day will be the CRSA Sprint Cars, which always put on a great show on the ½-mile track. Points will also begin in all divisions on Saturday.

Along with all the racing action on Saturday at Fonda, it will also be Jeep Herbert Tribute Night at the “Track of Champions”. Herbert was track champion at Fonda back in 1953 and is currently 16th on the all-time modified win list at the track with a total of 25 career feature victories in nine championship seasons, the first one coming on 7/11/1953 and his last one on 8/10/1963.

Some exciting news was announced this past weekend regarding the Fonda Speedway Museum which will be opened weekly from 3:00 p.m. until race time at 7:30 p.m. Newly inducted Hall of Fame member Dave Lape and his wife Jackie along with some friends were at the museum last Saturday afternoon for the practice session looking around the museum to see what could be done to preserve the long history of the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway.

Dave, Jackie, and their friends have volunteered to help operate the museum this year and plan to honor the long list of tribute drivers that are going to be honored this season by setting up a display of material on the different drivers that will be honored weekly with tributes this season. Through sharing stories at the museum with your friends to looking at all of the memorabilia which will be set up at the museum it will be a great place to gather each week to share memories of racing at the “Track of Champions” both past and present.

Local racing historians Ed & Betty Biittig will also be a big part of the museum this season, just as they have been in the past, with the many items they have in their collection to preserve the local history of stock car racing at Fonda currently being displayed at the museum along with new items, which will be added throughout the 2016-racing season.

There have been a total of 33 different winning drivers in a total of 64 opening day events held at Fonda from 1948 through 2015 with the exception of 1949 through 1952 when no events were held at the track.

Leading the way in victories in opening day events at Fonda held over the years is none other than Jumpin’ Jack Johnson who has a total of eight opening day victories in 1972, 1976, 1982, 1983, 1988, 1991, 1992, and 1994. Following close behind with seven opening day wins is Lou Lazzaro who won events in 1963, 1964, 1966, 1969, 1971, 1977, and 1978.

Two drivers have taken home five opening day wins as Dave Lape (1981, 1984, 1989, 1993, and 1995) and Pete Corey (1955, 1956, 1959, 1962, and 1967) both accomplished the feat. Jeff Trombley has four opening day victories in 1997, 1999, 2000, and 2002 while Bobby Varin has three in 2001, 2005, and 2010. Jim Luke (1954, 1957), C.D. Coville (1979, 1980), Danny Johnson (1990, 2007), Pat Ward (1996, 2009), and Matt DeLorenzo (2008, 2013) all have two wins apiece.

Drivers who have one victory in opening day events at Fonda are Buddy Shuman (1948), Chuck Kotwica (1953), Irv Taylor (1958), Bill Wimble (1960), Tom Kotary (1961), Ken Shoemaker (1965), Don Wayman (1968), Rene Charland (1970), Maynard Forrette (1973), Dave Pelczar (1974), Pep Pepicelli (1975), Jimmy Horton (1985), Bob McCreadie (1986), Mike Romano (1987), Dave Camara (1998), Brett Hearn (2003), Tim McCreadie (2004), Mitch Gibbs (2006), Ronnie Johnson (2011), Mike Mahaney (2012), Matt Sheppard (2014), and Stewart Friesen (2015).

So grab your family and friends and come and join us at the Fonda Speedway on Saturday evening April 23rd for an awesome night of affordable, family, fun!

More information about the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway is available on their website www.fondaspeedway.com

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DELAWARE INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY SEASON OPENER GOES TO H.J. BUNTING
 
By Charlie Brown, Delmar, DE – The residents of Delmar and the Delmar Chamber of Commerce were guests for Saturday night’s season opener at the Delaware International Speedway. While the temperature did get cool after sunset, the action remained hot throughout the evening’s racing.
 
The first night of the season has the drivers start heads up from their finishes in the heat.  Defending six- time point champion had his son draw for his starting position in the heat and the draw was the No. 1. Bunting took full advantage of the spot winning his heat and starting on the pole. Brad Trice captured the second qualifier and started inside row two in the Delaware Start with Scott VanGorder on his outide.
 
Bunting jumped on the throttle at the start of the green as did last year’s opening night winner, Jamie Mills who started in fifth. Mills wasted no time and had cleared the second place car of Trice by lap two.
 
By lap 11 Bunting was encountering traffic as he began to lap the back of the field. At the halfway sign Bunting almost tangled with Drew Simmons. Simmons did get around to bring out the first yellow. Bunting refused to give up the top groove but Mills was able to close on the bottom. The yellow would fly a final time on lap 18 as Simmons got around for the second time.
 
Mills was able to keep the pressure on Bunting and pulled even on one occasion with four to go. Bunting was up for the challenge and drove to his first checkered of the season. Mills finished just .545 seconds behind in second with Trice completing a good run in third. Fourth went to VanGorder and Beau Wilkins rounded out the top five.
 
The 20-lap Super Late Model feature was a thriller. Kerry King had looked impressive in his heat and the Delmar driver started on the pole in the main with Austin Hubbard, who had won the second heat starting in second.
 
King immediately went to the top groove and looked impressive as Hubbard held off Ricky Elliott to settle into second. Elliott hung on to the third spot while Nick Davis held fourth with Joe Warren and Donald Lingo, Jr. swapping fourth.
 
The race was all green until just past halfway when Dylan Evan and Staci Warrington got together on the back straight. The contact blew out Warrington’s tire sending her hard head on into the back straight wall. Warrington was dazed for a few moments but was able to walk to the emergency vehicle and was treated at the speedway.
 
On the restart Hubbard began to mount a challenge on King. The two ran side by side on several occasions will come light contact occurring more than once. On the final circuit, Hubbard pulled even on the back straight and the top pair ran that way through the final two turns. King bobbled just a bit as he came off the turn and Hubbard was able to shoot by for the win.
 
King finished a disappointing second but Hubbard recognized the great effort King had given in Victory Lane. Third went to Elliott with Davis fourth and Warren ending a great run in fifth.
 
A good field of 20 AC Delco PSC 602 Sportsman were on hand and winner the heats were Dwayne Crockett and Devon Dodson. Crockett led the first two laps before Dodson moved on top. On that lap Crockett got around in the second turn to bring out the caution.
 
Westley Smith was now giving chase from second with Jordn Justice in third. The final yellow would fly with only six laps of the 15-lapper in the books. Dodson was fast and pulled away from the field to start his 2016 season the way he ended 2015 and that was with a win. Smith made no mistakes to finish in second and Kevin Sockriter charged through the field to finish in third. Fourth went to Justice and Matt Smith drove a consistent race to round out the top five.

Block Modified Finish; 1. H.J. Bunting; 2. Jamie Mills; 3. Brad Trice; 4. Scott VanGorder; 5. Beau Wilkins; 6. Dale Hawkins; 7. Matt Hawkins; 8. Michael White; 9. Howard O’Neal; 10. Robert Dutton; 11. Richie Pratt, Jr.; 12. Carson Wright; 13. Clay Tatman;  14. Dave Dissinger; 15. Drew Simmons; 16. Bobby Watkins; 17. Carl Schirmer; 18. Norman Short, Jr.; 19. Brandon Watkins: DNS: Aaron VanGorder.
 
Late Model Finish: 1. Austin Hubbard; 2. Kerry King; 3. Ricky Elliott; 4. Nick Davis; 5. Joe Warren; 6. Donald Lingo, Jr.; 7. Herb Tunis; 8. Dylan Evans; 9. Staci Warrington.
 
AC Delco Finish: 1. Devon Dodson; 2. Westley Smith; 3. Kevin Sockriter; 4. Jordn Justice; 5. Matt Smith; 6. Adam White; 7. Nick Alberti; 8. Garrie Bostwick; 9. Ryan Tarr; 10. Dwayne Crockett; 11. Danny Smack; 12. Robert Riley, III; 13. Jeff Marker; 14. David Jenkins; 15. Gary Langenstein; 16. Ryan Riddle; 17. Trey Hicks; 18. Trent VanVorst; 19. Trevor Collins; 20. George Freeman.
 
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Wade Hendrickson Pockets $5,280 At Bridgeport Speedway in STSS Win

Written by Cody Manmiller

BRIDGEPORT, NJ - Wade Hendrickson used a front-row starting spot to conquer the ‘South Jersey Shootout’ at Bridgeport Speedway and lead all 40 laps in the second race of the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled by VP Velocita South Region.

The dominating effort was Hendrickson’s first career STSS victory in a limited amount of starts, and it was worth $5,280 including lap money and bonuses.

“I guess these old guys aren’t washed up after all,” Hendrickson said in Victory Lane with his car parked bumper-to-bumper with runner-up finisher Billy Pauch Sr.

Hendrickson, of Lawrenceville, N.J., advanced in the final heat race from third to second qualifying him for the redraw.

“We weren’t that good in the heat race,” said Hendrickson. “We probably wouldn’t have qualified if we started deeper.”

As the final driver to redraw, Hendrickson was left with the only number unpicked: one.

“Usually I’m not lucky drawing,” he said. “Then it was perfect that I didn’t have to draw. It worked out well.”

“The Flying Farmer” in the Craig Pondish Racing No. 6 took the early lead at the drop of the green flag ahead of Jimmy Horton, David Hunt, Pauch and John McClelland.

As the top-five began to settle in, it was Ryan Godown and Stewart Friesen wreaking havoc on the rest of the field from the eighth and ninth-place starting positions, respectively.

By lap three Friesen had already broken into the top-five after getting around McClelland, and Godown was sixth a lap later. Pauch, the next victim, quickly fell prey to the hard-charging duo as they both went around by lap eight. Meanwhile, Hendrickson built a significant lead over Horton and Hunt.

Hendrickson neared lapped traffic on lap 13 just as Hunt made his move on the bottom past Horton with Friesen and Godown lurking just behind. The group of four then rapidly drew closer to Hendrickson.

With Hunt and Horton using the bottom lane, Friesen and Godown worked the outside. Friesen finally raced around Horton on lap 15 after a pair of laps running side by side. Godown followed one lap later, and the trio of Hunt, Friesen and Godown were almost on Hendrickson’s bumper.

“My tire was too soft,” Hendrickson said, standing next to his flat right-rear. “I had to go easy in the middle of the race to save it.”

As the field reached the halfway point, Pauch began to get in on the action, creating a five-car battle for the top spot using all lanes on the track. Pauch passed Godown for fourth on lap 22, but a caution for a slowing Jordan Watson would give Godown the spot on the restart.

“I ran the bottom the whole way,” Pauch said. “I got by Godown when the yellow came out, but I wanted the bottom, so it worked out.”

On the ensuing restart, Hendrickson led Friesen, Pauch, Hunt, Godown and Anthony Perrego, the winner of the Velocita South Region opener at Georgetown Speedway.

Pauch passed Friesen a few laps later and made his final charge for the win.

“I should have pushed him a little harder,” Pauch said. “But finishing one-two with him is a pretty good night.”

Hendrickson, and his right-rear tire, rode to the checkered flag without too much trouble. Pauch settled for second.

Friesen rounded out the podium, crossing the line in third.

“We had a great race car and race team this weekend,” Friesen said. “It was a really racy track, and we were on the top, but the bottom just got too good too quick at the end.”

The defending Halmar International North Region champion was able build off his eighth-place finish at Velocita South Region-opening Georgetown (Del.) Speedway Melvin L. Joseph Memorial.

“I’m happy with tonight, and now we move on,” the Sprakers, N.Y. driver said. “Next stop is Big Diamond (Pa.) on May 10.”

Hunt grabbed fourth, his best career STSS finish.

Godown, of Ringoes, N.J., settled for fifth, his second top-five in as many races in the seven-race Velocita South Region.

Finishing sixth through 10th, respectively, were Perrego, aboard the New York Truck Parts No. 55 small-block after losing his big-block powerplant in hot laps; defending ‘South Jersey Shootout’ winner Rick Laubach of Hellertown, Pa. from 13th; Hard Charger Dominick Buffalino raced from 24th; McClelland settled for a solid finish after running in the top-10 for the duration of the event; Jeff Strunk, of Boyertown, Pa., completed the top-10 in the Glenn Hyneman No. 126.

A stout field of 52 Modifieds attempted to qualify.

Heat winners, pocketing $50 each, were David Hunt, Ryan Godown, Stewart Friesen, Jimmy Horton and Anthony Perrego. Consolation victors were Jamie Mills, Tommy Beamer and Brett Hearn.

In support-division action, Brandon Grosso of Montgomery, N.J., topped the 20-lap Sportsman main event, his second win of the weekend after scoring a Friday checkered at Big Diamond.

Brian Carber of Pipersville, Pa., utilized an outside pass with two laps remaining to win the $1,000 XCel 600 Modified top prize on the Spirit Auto Center Speedway inner quarter-mile track.

The Short Track Super Series to the Coal Region of Pennsylvania Tuesday, May 10 (rain date: May 17) for the Anthracite Assault combination North and South Region event at Big Diamond Speedway. Modifieds race 50 laps for $5,000 to win, $1,000 for 10th and $400 to take the green flag. Also in action: the inaugural STSS Open Sportsman event and XCel 600 Modifieds.

 SHOOTOUT SHORTS: A 70-degree, sunny afternoon kept the Keith Hoffman-led track crew busy throughout the program using both the quarter-mile and five-eighths-mile tracks. Despite the challenges, side-by-side racing prevailed throughout the afternoon and evening…The win for Wade Hendrickson occurred with a Ford small-block engine which had arrived during the week for the Craig Pondish team. Hendrickson had driven his own No. Z1 in the opening two events of the season at Bridgeport….Anthony Perrego arrived in South Jersey planning to utilize his Gary Mann-owned No. 55 big-block. However, the engine expired in that mount during hot laps relegating Perrego to a small-block, which he drove to a sixth-place finish….A late-arriving, but strong crowd took in the program, which featured more than 100 race cars in competition….Stewart Friesen (76) and Ryan Godown (89) both earned top-five finishes after initial poor draws through the gate. Both, in fact, won their heat events Godown’s qualifying victory came after a penalty of two rows during his eight-lap qualifier….A lengthy post-race tech inspection included a check of cubic inch for the top-three finishers of the main event. There was also a pre-race check of Tommy Meier, the most recent race winner at Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown, N.Y….The STSS Modified field included participants from New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland and New York….

‘South Jersey Shootout’ Race Summary – Bridgeport Speedway April 17, 2016

‘South Jersey Shootout’ Short Track Super Series South Region Event No. 2 Modified Feature Finish (40 Laps): WADE HENDRICKSON ($5,280), Billy Pauch Sr., Stewart Friesen, David Hunt, Ryan Godown, Anthony Perrego, Rick Laubach, Dominick Buffalino, John McClelland, Jeff Strunk, Jamie Mills, Brett Kressley, Ryan Watt, Duane Howard, Richie Pratt Jr., Craig Von Dohren, Billy Pauch Jr., Danny Creeden, David Van Horn Jr., Tyler Dippel, Tommy Meier, Ron Roberts, Jordan Watson, Brett Hearn, Jimmy Horton, Tommy Beamer, Andy Bachetti.

2016 Short Track Super Series South Region Schedule

March 12 – Georgetown Speedway Melvin L. Joseph Memorial – WINNER: Anthony Perrego

April 17 – Bridgeport Speedway – South Jersey Shootout – WINNER: Wade Hendrickson

Tuesday, May 10 (Rain Date: May 17) – Big Diamond Speedway/Minersville, PA – Anthracite Assault (Combo)

Thursday, May 26 (Rain Date: TBA) – Delaware International Speedway/Delmar, DE – Diamond State 50

Tuesday, June 14 (Rain Date: June 15) – New Egypt Speedway/New Egypt, NJ – Dirty Jersey 4 - $10,000 to win!

Sunday, July 31 (Rain Date: Aug. 7) – Susquehanna Speedway Park/Newberrytown, PA – York County Nationals

Tuesday, Aug. 30 (Rain Date: Aug. 31) – Georgetown Speedway/Georgetown, DE – Blast at the Beach – Championship Points

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Wight and Sheppard Kick-Off 2016 Season with Impressive Wins at Utica-Rome; Warner, Vunk and Horning Also Victorious
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
VERNON, NY- The Utica-Rome Speedway kicked off it’s 2016 season this past Sunday, April 17th, with a pair of 20-lap feature events for the Modifieds. The two events were won by familiar faces as Larry Wight picked up the win in the first and Matt Sheppard made an exciting pass at the end of the race for the win in the second. The night also saw Rocky Warner return to Victory Lane for the SUNY Canton 602 Sportsman, Jeremy Vunk for the Broedel Energy Open Sportsman and Luke Horning for the Pro Stocks.

The first 20-lap Modified feature of the season Wight got the win but it didn’t come easy.  Marc Johnson and Matt Hulsizer opened the race swapping the lead multiple in the first five circuits before Hulsizer finally settled in as the leader.  Hulsizer then began feeling the pressure from Wight.  Wight pressured him before finally getting by on lap eight.  Wight blasted by Hulsizer in traffic on the cushion in turns and four.

The only caution came on lap 12 when Vinnie Vitale had problems and slowed in turns three and four.  Once the race got back underway Wight felt some pressure from Tim Fuller.  Fuller worked every lane he could but it didn’t matter as Wight refused to give up the lead.  Wight picked up the $1,500 victory with Fuller and Hulsizer finishing out the podium.  Sheppard finished fourth while Pat Ward finished fifth.

The second 20-lap feature Chris Hile bolted from his outside front row starting position to the lead around Mike Mahaney.  Hile had constant pressure from Mahaney as they both worked the high-groove on the race track.  They remained in the top two spots while Sheppard was advancing from fifth to third.  Sheppard several efforts on the inside to get into the top two but couldn’t get it done early.

Just like the first feature, a caution bunched the field on lap 12.  The restart allowed action to pick up once again.  Hile held off Mahaney as much as he could but Mahaney pulled a classic slide job on lap 16 to secure the top position in turns three and four.  The action wasn’t done at this point.  Sheppard closed in on Mahaney and used a slide job of his own on lap 19 to take over the lead.  Sheppard led the final circuit for the 26th win of his career at Utica-Rome.  Danny Varin charged from 10th to finish in second.  Mahaney crossed the line third but was later disqualified after running out of fuel and coming up light on the scales.  This moved Hile back into third with Ward and Fuller rounding out the top five.

Warner picked up where he left off in the 2015 season by dominating the first SUNY Canton 602 Sportsman feature of the season.  Warner started on the pole by virtue of his win in the first heat and drove away from the competition.  Warner, who had a series medical issue during the off-season, was all smiles after his win in the 20-lap affair.  Matt Janczuk did all he could to get to Warner to no avail and end up second.  JaMike Sowle finished third while Dave Marcuccilli and Kevin Root completed the top five.

Vunk came up short a few markers short in 2015 to claiming a track championship.  On Sunday night Vunk showed that he wasn’t going to settle for anything less than a win in the Broedel Energy Open Sportsman.  Vunk won his heat and earned the pole.  From there wasn’t any doubt as Vunk cruised to the win in the 20-lap feature.  Steve Way finished second, Heath Carney was third with Randy Shantel and Lucas Heintz completing the top five.
 
Coming up next week at the Utica-Rome Speedway is another exciting event for the Gates-Cole Insurance Modifieds, SUNY Canton 602 Sportsman, the Broedel Energy Open Sportsman and the Pro Stocks.  They’ll be joined by the Go Nuclear Late Models in the Prelude to the Gnome Cup at 6pm.

MODIFIED FEATURE #1 FINISH (20 LAPS)- LARRY WIGHT, Tim Fuller, Matt Hulsizer, Matt Sheppard, Pat Ward, Ronnie Johnson, Chris Hile, Mike Mahaney, Marc Johnson, Danny Varin, Ryan Phelps, Danny Johnson, Rob Bellinger, Vic Coffey, Mat Williamson, Josh Hohenforst, Billy Whittaker, Ryan Bartlett, Max McLaughlin, Tim Mayne, Justin Haers, Mark Kislowski, Vinnie Vitale, and Shaun Pangman
 
MODIFIED FEATURE #2 FINISH (20 LAPS)- MATT SHEPPARD, Danny Varin, Chris Hile, Pat Ward, Tim Fuller, Larry Wight, Ronnie Johnson, Matt Hulsizer, Danny Johnson, Vic Coffey, Marc Johnson, Ryan Phelps, Mat Williamson, Josh Hohenforst, Billy Whittaker, Vinnie Vitale, Max McLaughlin, Ryan Bartlett, Katelyn Hile, Shaun Pangman, Mark Kislowski, Rob Bellinger, Justin Haers, and Mike Mahaney.
 
602 SPORSMAN FEATURE FINISH (20 LAPS)- ROCKY WARNER, Matt Janczuk, JaMike Sowle, Dave Marcuccilli, Kevin Root, John Christian, A.J. Filbeck, Chris Cunningham, Rocco Leone, Chris Mackey, Glenn Forward, Corey Barker, Jordan Bennett, Alan Fink, Beth Bellinger, David Schilling, Joey Scarborough, Kyle Kiehn, Stephen Denton, Chris Johnson, Todd Root, Tony Farone, Brent Joy, and Ronnie Davis III.
 
OPEN SPORTSMAN FEATURE FINISH (20 LAPS)- JEREMY VUNK, Steve Way, Heath Carney, Randy Shantel, Lucas Heintz, Tom Tophoven, Jim Rothwell, Craig Pope, Mark Effner, Claude Hutchings Jr., Jack Miller, and John DeForest.

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Rumble Of Stock Car Racing Returns To Thunder Mountain Speedway

Open Practice Set For April 16; Non-Points Event Scheduled For April 23; Championship Battles Begin April 30

CENTER LISLE, NY – The rumble of stock car racing at Thunder Mountain Speedway resumes this weekend.

On Saturday, April 16, the three-eighths-mile clay oval will host its first on-track activity with an open practice session. Pit gates open at noon. Track time is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. and will run through the afternoon. The practice session is open to all divisions.

Grandstand admission is FREE. Pit admission is $20, with no license required.

Practice turns to competition on April 23 with a special “non-points” pre-season event. The action will include Open Sportsman, Crate 602 Sportsman, Rookie Sportsman, Street Stocks, XCel 600 Modifieds and FWD Four Cylinders. There will also be practice time allotted for other visiting divisions.

Pit gates will open at 3 p.m. Hot laps begin at 5:20 p.m. and racing will take the green at 6 p.m.

Adult grandstand admission is $10 for April 23. Seniors (ages 65 and over) and Students (ages 10-17) pay $10. Kids 9 and under are FREE. Pit admission is $30, with no license required.

The official season opener on the Mountain takes place on Saturday, April 30. Modifieds race for $1,992 to win in a 30-lap event, with Open Sportsman, Crate 602 Sportsman, Rookie Sportsman, Street Stocks, XCel 600 Modifieds and FWD Four Cylinders completing the card. Point battles begin for all divisions at this event.

Pit gates will open at 4 p.m. Hot laps begin at 6:20 p.m. with racing at 7 p.m. on April 30.

Adult grandstand admission is $12. Seniors (ages 65 and over) and Students (ages 10-17) pay $10. Kids 9 and under are FREE. Pit admission is $30, with no license required.

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TYLER DIPPEL TO START SEASON AT LEBANON VALLEY

Fresh Off NASCAR K&N East Series Win Dippel Headed To High Banks

April 14, 2016 (West Lebanon, NY) – Tyler Dippel burst onto the dirt track scene in such frenzy it stirred mixed emotions from his fellow competitors. Some questioned his age, some envied his success, but most appreciated the talent that was developing before their eyes. Dippel found victory lane sooner rather than later and has since catapulted into the conversation of talented young guns in dirt track racing today.

Dippel’s quick success caught the attention of Teo Pro Car’s very own Matt Hearn, who helped guide the young wheelman to some impressive runs including one sick fast lap during the Finale At The Fairgrounds at Super Dirt Week 2015 that was ultimately validated. The success didn’t stop there, as Dippel has began an asphalt career and quickly found victory lane in the NASCAR K&N East Series recently in Mobile Alabama. He backed that up with an 8th place finish putting him just five points behind the leader.

Last year Dippel suffered injuries after a freak accident where the hauler door broke loose and fell on him. He did make a full recovery to jump back in the drivers seat and now according to promoter Howard Commander Dippel will begin the season on the high banks of Lebanon Valley Speedway.

The Wallkill, NY driver has visited victory lane at the valley of speed in the past and he’ll attempt to revisit that accomplishment when the season gets under way April 23rd when Modifieds race for $3,000 to win on L&M Motors and Sayer’s Auto Wrecking night. Also on the racing card are Pro Stocks, Pure Stocks, and 4-Cyl.

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EXTREMELY WET GROUNDS FORCES THE CANCELLATION OF THE 2016 SEASON OPENER AT GLEN RIDGE ON FRIDAY, APRIL 15 - FONDA

WILL HOLD AN INSPECTION AND PRACTICE SESSION THIS SATURDAY APRIL, 16

By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda/Fultonville, NY – “Friday April 15th at Glen Ridge Motorsports Park is cancelled due to the extremely wet grounds,” was the comment made on the Glen Ridge Motorsports Park Facebook page on Tuesday, April 12 by Demitraszek Enterprises.

All Glen Ridge racers are welcome at Fonda on Saturday for practice and inspection. Gates will open at 12 noon for inspection with practice from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The grandstands will not be open at Fonda this Saturday only the pit area will be open with a $15.00 admission and Fonda season passes will be honored.

Please note that food will not be available at Fonda due to the concessions not being open because of Department of Health water testing requirements.

The 2016 racing season will be the 13th consecutive championship season of competition for stock cars at Glen Ridge with the first season being 2004 when the highlight division was the Budget Sportsman where Frank Blanchard was crowned the track champion. 2005 was the first full season that the modifieds competed at Glen Ridge with Mike Ketchum the first champion crowned in that division at Glen Ridge.

An interesting note is that Demitraszek Enterprises own Matt Demitraszek was crowned the budget sportsman track champion at Glen Ridge back in 2005!

While Glen Ridge will be celebrating their 13th championship season of competition in 2016, the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway will be celebrating their 65th consecutive championship racing season in 2016!

With the cancellation of the Glen Ridge opener for this Friday, April 15 it creates a very special weekend on Friday, April 22 and Saturday, April 23 as both the Glen Ridge Motorsports Park and Fonda Speedways will both be holding their season openers weather permitting. More information on the history of both tracks will be coming out in press releases next week.

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Open Practice At Outlaw Speedway This Friday; Free Grandstands

For Immediate Release – April 13th, 2016

(DUNDEE, N.Y.) – Racers and fans looking to get their first taste of on-track action for the 2016 racing season has a great opportunity to do just that on Friday night in Dundee.

Outlaw Speedway will hold an open practice session on Friday night starting at 7PM, although practice may start just before 7 as the anticipation will be boiling over to start the new season.  The practice session is open to any race car competing on any tire.

The grandstands will be open to the public free of charge, while a pit pass to see the cars up close and personal will be $20.  There is no registration fee to practice, but all persons enter the pit area must pay admission for a pit pass.

While the surface hasn’t changed in configuration, new clay has been added to the speedway, which will get its first test on Friday night.  Meanwhile, the wholesale changes made to the physical property will be on display.

Fans in attendance will get to see what changes have taken place, and will be able to compare to even more changes scheduled to take place between practice night and opening night on April 22nd.

Outlaw Speedway will now feature the Modifieds, Crate Sportsman, Crate Late Models, IMCA Modifieds, Street Stocks, 4 Cylinders and Bandits. The opening Outlaw Spring Nationals on Friday April 22nd will be historic as the Modifieds will race for $3,000-to-win in leg number one of three for the Insinger Performance/Sunoco Race Fuels Outlaw Challenge.

If the Modified winner that night can also win the Outlaw Fall Nationals and Dutch Hoag National Open, they will take home an eye-popping $25,000. The modifieds will also race for $2,000-to-win on a weekly basis and receive a minimum of $200 for taking the green flag. The track champion of the division will receive a $5,000 championship for their efforts.

Joining the Modifieds during the Outlaw Spring Nationals will be the Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints, led by 6-time and defending tour champion Steve Poirier.  The first full points race for the ESS 360's will take place on this night with the tour racing for $2,000-to-win, $250 to take the green and the dash being sponsored by longtime
supporter Lane's Yamaha out of Watkins Glen, NY.

The Grit Series will also be on tap for a thrilling 602 Crate Sportsman event that falls on their 2016 American Racer Tour schedule.  Casey Pavlick looks to defend his recent Grit wins at Outlaw Speedway as well as his second-straight track championship in 2015.

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NIGHT 2 OF RESCHEDULED 2015 "APPLE FESTIVAL NAT'S" TO OPEN SHARON'S SEASON SATURDAY FEATURING "RUSS KING MEMORIAL" FOR BIG-BLOCK MOD TOUR ALONG WITH RUSH LM & MOD TOUR, STOCKS, MODS, ECONOS & MINIS; OPEN PRACTICE FRIDAY NIGHT

By Mike Leone

Hartford, OH April 12, 2016 With great weather predicted, Sharon Speedway will kick-off the 2016 season this weekend with an open practice on Friday evening (April 15) followed by the rescheduled night two of the 2015 "Apple Festival Nationals" on Saturday evening. Night one was completed back on September 11, but late afternoon rain washed out the scheduled night two on September 12 and then inclement weather on October 3 forced the postponement to this spring. Practice is from 5-9 p.m. Friday with racing on Saturday starting at 6 p.m.

The Mod Tour for the Hovis Auto & Truck Supply Big-Block Modifieds will run a complete show on Saturday, while the Sweeney RUSH Late Model Tour, Bicknell RUSH Sportsman Modified Tour, Summit Racing Equipment Modifieds, Gibson Insurance Agency Stock Cars for the Penn-Ohio Series, HTMA/Precise Racing Products Econo Mods, and Deforest Used Parts Mini Stocks will finish their program that has already included heat races that were completed on September 11.

Cars that didn't compete on September 11 are permitted to race in all of the divisions. New cars will draw pills to determine their starting order behind the qualified cars. Qualified cars that will have a driver change on Saturday will force that car to start behind all of the qualified cars, but ahead of any new cars. Two B mains are scheduled for the Stock Cars. If the amount of new cars exceeds a full field for any of the other divisions, a last chance B main will be run.

The Mod Tour will run in their first of three races scheduled in 2016 at Sharon. Saturday will be the "Russ King Memorial" in a complete show paying $2,000 to-win. Rex King, Jr. won the Tour's only appearance in 2015 in the "Lou Blaney Memorial". King, Jr. came up short to his father on repeating his Hovis Auto & Truck Supply championship, but has already started 2016 victorious winning the Mod Tour opener at Mercer Raceway Park.

To date, there have been 29 "Russ King Memorial" events run with 15 different winners. The late Lou Blaney leads the win list at five. The top active racers include King, Jim Rasey, and 2014 winner Jim Weller, Jr. with three wins each, which is tied for second with the retired hall of fame racer Bob Kraus. Steve Feder and Ricky Richner scored upset wins in 2012 and 2013 for their first career wins at the speedway. One of the biggest upsets took place in 2008 when the "358" small-block of Lonny Riggs won his first career Sharon feature!

Back on September 11, Max Blair set fast in $100 Bobby Lake Motorsports "Shock the Clock" Qualifying for the Sweeney RUSH Late Models in their Tour event with a lap of 16.419. Blair, Will Thomas III, and Steve Lowery earned $25 for their Bobby Lake Motorsports heat race wins. Charlie Duncan won the K&N Dash and earned the pole for the 30-lap, $2,000 to-win feature. Twenty-two cars were in the pits.

On Friday, pits open at 4 p.m. with practice from 5-9 p.m. Pit passes are $20, while grandstand admission is free. On Saturday, pits open at 3 p.m. with grandstands at 4. Warm-ups will get underway at approximately 5:30 p.m. followed by racing at 6.

For those without rain checks or two-day passes, Saturday grandstand admission is $15 for those 14 and other and pit passes are $35. As always, children under 13, parking, and camping is always FREE! Sharon has a no carry-in cooler policy.

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Short Track Super Series Travelers Square Off Against Bridgeport Speedway Regulars At Sunday’s (April 17) ‘South Jersey Shootout’ Special

More Than $25,000 On The Line In 40-Lap Main Event

BRIDGEPORT, NJ – Their guns are loaded and the stars of the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By VP are set for a “shootout” this Sunday (April 17) at Bridgeport Speedway.

The second annual ‘South Jersey Shootout’ at the five-eighths-mile clay oval – with more than $25,000 cash on the line – features a 40-lap big-block/small-block Modified main event, Round No. 2 of the STSS Velocita South Region. Drivers from across the Northeast will vie for a $5,000 winner’s share plus lap money, bonuses and more. Tenth-place offers $1,000, with $400 to take the green flag.

Also on the agenda: XCel 600 Modifieds battling for $1,000 to win on the inner quarter-mile Spirit Auto Center Speedway plus Sportsman and Outlaw Stocks joining the STSS Modifieds on the big track.

On Sunday, pit gates open at noon. Hot laps get underway at 3 p.m. and the first green flag flies at 4 p.m.

Admission for the grandstands is $25 for Adults (ages 16 and up), $10 (Students 10-15) and Kids 9 and under are FREE. Pit admission is $35, with no license required.

Complete event information has been posted at the following link: http://bdmotorsportsmedia.com/south-jersey-shootout-rules-prices-general-information/

From the north, New York State will be represented by March 12 Georgetown (Del.) winner Anthony Perrego, 2015 STSS North Region title winner Stewart Friesen, short-track standout Danny Creeden, a past STSS winner, and Tyler Dippel, who will race on the high banks of Bristol, Tenn., Saturday in NASCAR K&N competition before flying in to do battle Sunday at Bridgeport.

The Sheffield, Mass., traveler – Andy Bachetti – plans to make the long tow south to Bridgeport. Bachetti has fired out of the box in 2016 with top-five finishes at Georgetown and N.Y.’s Orange County Fair Speedway.

Bridgeport’s weekly contingent will be led by reigning speedway champion Jamie Mills of Milford, Del., coming off a second-place finish in a “pre-season” event last Sunday. Among the other Bridgeport stars are defending STSS South Region title winner Ryan Watt, 2015 ‘Shootout’ winner Rick Laubach, Jordan Watson, Richie Pratt Jr., Wade Hendrickson, Dave Hunt, Sammy Martz, Mike Franz, Mike Barone and many more.

Both Bridgeport 2016 feature winners – Dominick Buffalino (March 26) and big-block rookie Brett Kressley (April 10) – are setting their sights on a $5,000 payday Sunday.

The Pennsylvania small-block Modified stars will be out in full force: Jeff Strunk in the Glenn Hyneman No. 126, Doug Manmiller at the wheel of the Jason Miller No. 44, Duane Howard piloting the Mike Petruska No. 66 and Craig Von Dohren driving for Dick Biever.

New Jersey drivers “invading” Bridgeport include the father-and-son tandem of Billy Pauch Sr. and Jr., the elder in Kevin Bifulco’s No. 1 and the younger driving for John Pakenham, Ryan Godown at the wheel of the Bill Hewlett No. 901, David Van Horn Jr. at the controls of the family No. 71 after a strong second at Georgetown in March, the sensational Jimmy Horton, youthful talent Ryan Krachun and more.

The First State invaders will be led to Bridgeport by defending Delaware International Speedway champion H.J. Bunting III, Brad Trice, Shawn Ward, Michael White and others, towing north for the Sunday Bridgeport special.

Last April, in the inaugural ‘South Jersey Shootout’ it was Hellertown, Pa., driver Rick Laubach guiding the No. 7 big-block to victory over David Van Horn Jr., Craig Von Dohren, a rim-riding Ryan Watt and Jack Swain.

Bridgeport serves as the second of seven races on the STSS Velocita South Region schedule with $8,500 reserved for the regional champion from a massive $25,000-plus point fund.

2016 Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP Velocita South Region Schedule

Saturday, March 12 – Georgetown Speedway/Georgetown, DE – Melvin L. Joseph Memorial – WINNER: ANTHONY PERREGO

Sunday, April 17 (Rain Date: April 24) – Bridgeport Speedway/Bridgeport, NJ – South Jersey Shootout

Tuesday, May 10 (Rain Date: May 17) – Big Diamond Speedway/Minersville, PA – Anthracite Assault (Combo)

Thursday, May 26 (Rain Date: TBA) – Delaware International Speedway/Delmar, DE – Diamond State 50

Tuesday, June 14 (Rain Date: June 15) – New Egypt Speedway/New Egypt, NJ – Dirty Jersey 4 - $10,000 to win!

Sunday, July 31 (Rain Date: Aug. 7) – Susquehanna Speedway Park/Newberrytown, PA – York County Nationals

Tuesday, Aug. 30 (Rain Date: Aug. 31) – Georgetown Speedway/Georgetown, DE – Blast at the Beach – Championship Points

Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP South Region Point Fund (*based on 7 events): 1. $8,500; 2. $4,500; 3. $3,000; 4. $2,000; 5. $1,500; 6. $1,250; 7. $1,200; 8. $1,150; 9. $1,100; 10. $1,050

*Drivers with perfect attendance outside the top-10 will receive $250 at year-end.

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FIVE MILE POINT SPEEDWAY READY FOR THIRD TRY TO OPEN THE 66TH CONSECUTIVE SEASON OPENER THIS SATUDAY AND SUNDAY, APRIL 16TH AND 17TH

23RD RUNNING OF THE SOUTHERN TIER OPEN FOR MODIFIEDS ON SATURDAY.

KIRKWOOD, NY…This Saturday and Sunday will serve as the 66th consecutive season opening weekend at Five Mile Point Speedway. The historic quarter mile oval is one of the longest and most storied in the United States.  Racing on Saturday will begin at 6 p.m. with the Sunday events set to get underway at 4 p.m.

After a mild winter the speedway has fallen to two early season attempts to begin the 66th consecutive year of racing. Early season on track testing has been wildly successful and the 2016 racing season looks to be outstanding in all areas.

This Saturday will officially start the point races for the new Crate Sportsman division along with the IMCA Modifieds, Factory Stocks, Lightning Cats and Slingshots.  The STAR Series Modifieds will headline the Saturday program of racing with the 23rd edition of the Southern Tier Open.  The 40 lap event will pay $2,000 to the race winner.  The race provides for open competition style rules for the Modifieds and should provide for a big field of the region’s top teams.  Racing on Saturday will begin at 6 p.m.  Danny Johnson is the defending race winner of the Modified Southern Tier Open.
 
On track testing will take place during the day from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.  The testing session benefits area food pantry CHOW.  All spectators are admitted free to watch the early day testing with the donation of a non-perishable food item to benefit CHOW.

Sunday will see the first green flag fly at 4 p.m. with a unique racing program slated.  The Late Models will make their first return to the speedway in almost ten years with the STAR Series Crate Late Model event slated.  Teams from as far away as Canada are expected to be in competition for this event which is one of only two slated for Late Models at the speedway this season.

The Sunday program will also be highlighted with an Open vs. Crate Sportsman 40 lap special, along with the STAR Series Street Stocks, STAR Series 4 Cylinders and Tommy Boy 20 for Factory Stocks. A full weekend schedule of events is posted below.

After the recent cold snap, the long term forecast shows for a dramatic warming trend for the April 16th and 17th weekend at Five Mile Point Speedway.  The action will certainly be intense on both days.  The STAR Series is a mini-series between Five Mile Point Speedway, Penn Can Speedway (Susquehanna, PA) and Skyline Raceway Park (Cortland, NY).

The 66th consecutive season opening weekend at Five Mile Point Speedway is set for this Saturday and Sunday.  Racing will get underway at 6 p.m on Saturday and at 4 p.m. on Sunday. For more information please phone the Five Mile Point Speedway offices at 607-775-5555 or log on to www.5milepointspeedway.com.  Complete pricing and race event rules can be found on our website.

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WEEKLY RACING AT ORANGE COUNTY FAIR SPEEDWAY GETS THE GREEN FLAG THIS SATURDAY, APRIL 16

MIDDLETOWN, NY (April 10)……..When Mother Nature didn’t cooperate, the originally-scheduled 2016 inaugural weekly racing program at Orange County Fair Speedway was postponed to this coming Saturday evening, April 16.

The 67th consecutive season of weekly racing at Orange County will find the first green flag waving at 7:00 pm. The headlining stars of the program will be the 800-horsepower Big-Block Modifieds in a 30-lap feature race. They’ll be joined by the Small-Block Modifieds, Sportsman, Street Stocks, and the Four-Cylinder divisions. All divisions, except the Four-Cylinders, will compete in qualifying races to set the fields for the evening’s feature events. In addition, the Orange County Kids Club has activities planned for the younger fans.

Will there be new Opening Night winners added to the long list of great Orange County drivers? Or will previous victors take the checkered flags once again? Racing gets under way at 7:00 P.M at the historic Middletown, New York five-eights-mile “Hard Clay” surfaced speedway. The evening’s program is sponsored by Howard Johnson-Super 8 of Middle-town and Smokers Choice. The Street Stocks will be competing in the Jeremy Michael Hedges Memorial feature race, while the Four-Cylinders go to the post in the JBM Truck Repair event.

Adult admission for either the homestretch stands of the backstretch drive-in for all weekly Saturday night racing programs is $15, Seniors $13, and Children 12 and under $1.00.

Advance and season 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.

UPCOMING:

April 23 --- URC Sprint Cars, Small-Block Modifieds, Sportsman, Rookie Sportsman

April 30 --- Modifieds, Sportsman, Rookie Sportsman, Street Stocks, Vintage Modifieds

May 07 --- Modifieds, Small-Block Modifieds, Sportsman, Street Stocks, CRSA Sprint Cars

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DELAWARE INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY OPENS 2016 SEASON SATURDAY NIGHT
 
By Charlie Brown, Delmar, DE – It is hard to believe that the 2016 racing season at the Delaware International Speedway is upon us. For nearly five decades the Cathell Family has presented weekly Saturday night dirt track racing on their tacky clay half-mile. This Saturday night, April 16th will kick off the 2016 schedule and will once again feature the five weekly divisions which include: the NAPA Big Block Modifieds; the S.R. Pete & Sons Super Late Models; the AC Delco PSC 602 Sportsman; the Crate Models and the Mod Lites. Weekly racing will be supported by a host of rotating club based classes including: the Super Trucks; Delmarva Chargers; Little Lincoln Vintage Cars; Southern Delaware Vintage Stock Cars and the new Street Stocks.
 
Opening night will be “Town of 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. 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, S.R. Pete & Sons Super Late Models, Crate Models, AC Delco PSC Modifieds, Mod Lites and the Super Trucks.
 
Three big mid-week shows are back on the schedule this season. Thursday night, May 26th will be the “Diamond State 50” Short Track Super Series Southern Region event for Big Block Modifies. June 21st the Delaware State Police will host the 44th Annual Camp Barnes Benefit and Thursday night, August 11th Fulton Bank will once again host the World of Outlaw Late Models.
 
The United Racing Club Sprint Cars will appear on two occasions this season sponsored by S.R, Pete & Sons on May 7th and by R.C. Holloway Co.  August 27th. Other “Delaware Money Trail” nights include: Elliott Farms Night May 14th; Midlantic Machinery, Inc. Night on July 23rd; and L&J Sheet Metal Night on September 3rd.
 
Memorial events this season include:  the William J. & Juanita Cathell Memorial Night on April 23rd; Kyle Dixon Memorial on June 4th; Tony Steele Memorial Vintage Car Race on July 9th and the Norris Bryan Memorial on August 6th.
 
Saturday night September 10th will be “Fund Raiser Night” open to all non-profit organizations. To participate contact the speedway office prior to the event. K&B Auto of Delmar will be sponsoring the Pace Truck for 2016. Entries to win the truck will be sold throughout the season will all proceeds going to St. Jude Children’s Hospital. The lucky winner will be picked from the entries at the end of season Delaware State Championship weekend on Oct. 21st and 22nd.
 
Gates open at 5 p.m. with hot laps at 7 p.m. For more information and a complete 2016 schedule log on to www.delawareracing.com. General Admission is Adult, $15.00; Kids 13 and under with adult free; Pit Pass Adult, $25.00; Kids Pit Pass (7-13 years old) $3.00; Kids Pit Pass (0-6 years old) free.

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DEMITRASZEK ENTERPRISES “DARE’S YA” TO RACE IN THEIR MODIFIED DIVISION AT FONDA AND GLEN RIDGE IN 2016

By: Ron Szczerba

FONDA/FULTONVILLE, NY – “Awesome news, we have just passed the $10,000 mark for the combined modified point fund between the Fonda Speedway and the Glen Ridge Motorsports Park and it's still growing,” promoter Pete Demitraszek said on the Glen Ridge Facebook page earlier this week.

“The top ten modified drivers racing weekly at both speedways will take part in the "DARE YA" point fund sponsored by Palmer Service Center, Morris Ford and now two other people who wish to remain silent. The "DARE YA" point fund is on top of both tracks regular point funds and any other sanctioning point funds.”

Although practice sessions had to be cancelled at both tracks for the weekend of April 8 & 9 because of an early week snow storm, Demitraszek hopes that he can catch a break with the weather so that he can hold the season opener at Glen Ridge on Friday, April 15 and an open practice session at Fonda on Saturday, April 16.

With the combined point fund also set for the sportsman division at both of his tracks, there was also a recent announcement about something special for the pro stock drivers who compete at Glen Ridge in 2016 as a crate motor will be given away to one lucky competitor at the season ending awards banquet.

A unique way to choose a winner of this crate motor will also result with 25 chips given to the race winners each week and one chip less per finishing position after that meaning that the person last in the point chase for 2016 will still have a chance at winning the motor!.

Pro stock driver Todd Hoffman put the unique format together along with help from Shultz Auto Care, Stone Motorsports, Mike Sowle, Longhorn Trucking, Boyd’s Motorworks.

While Morris Ford will provide a pace vehicle for the Fonda Speedway as they have for years now Demitraszek will continue his connection with the Fuccillo Autoplex of Nelliston as they will provide a pace vehicle for the Glen Ridge Motorsports Park.

According to Demitraszek rules will be a priority this year at both of his tracks. “We are going to be on top of tech but promise to be fair and consistent with everyone,” he said.

Another priority for Demitraszek this year will be the starting time at Fonda which will be 7:30 p.m. “We are looking at getting people out of there by 10:30,” he said. “Warm-ups will start at 7:00 p.m. with the first heat on track at 7:30. There will be no extra caution laps or anything to hold up the racing program and we will adhere to our schedule during the entire evening.”

The 2016 car show was recently completed and according to Demitraszek has already been scheduled for 2017. “The VIA PORT Rotterdam management were ecstatic with the car show and we are trying to help them put together an antique car show at the mall in the future.”

Demitraszek is excited about the 2016 racing season at both of his speedways but also couldn’t do it without the help of his family including his wife Cindy, his son Matt, and his daughters Christina and Charleen along with their husbands.

“In 2016 we are going to try to grow the attendance at both tracks and turn things around,” Demitraszek added.

For more information about the Glen Ridge Motorsports Park and the Fonda Speedway as Demitraszek Enterprises announces plans for the upcoming 2016 racing season you can go to their respective websites www.glenridgemotorsportspark.net and www.fondaspeedway.com

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Two Tracks, One Price: Bridgeport Speedway April 17 ‘South Jersey Shootout’ Combines Excitement Of Five-Eighths-Mile & Quarter-Mile Tracks; Short Track Super Series Invades With More Than $25,000 On The Line

BRIDGEPORT, NJ – Two tracks, one price.

On Sunday, April 17 in Bridgeport, New Jersey race fans will be treated to the high-speed thrill of Modifieds on the fast five-eighths-mile Bridgeport Speedway and tight confines of XCel 600 Modifieds battling on the inner quarter-mile oval, recently renamed Spirit Auto Center Speedway.

The second annual ‘South Jersey Shootout’ will have something for everyone.

Headlining the Sunday program are the big-block/small-block Modifieds of the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By VP, taking part in the second event of the Velocita South Region with a point fund of more than $25,000 on the line for seven races.

The STSS South Region got underway in mid-March at the renovated Georgetown (Del.) Speedway. Montgomery, N.Y., star Anthony Perrego drove the Gary Mann-owned New York Truck Parts No. 55 to victory over a stellar 43-car field in the Melvin L. Joseph Memorial. Perrego led David Van Horn Jr., Andy Bachetti, Ryan Godown and Jordan Watson across the line.

At the Georgetown STSS opener, four states – New York (Perrego), Massachusetts (Bachetti), New Jersey (Van Horn and Godown) and Delaware (Watson) – were represented among the top-five finishers. That same diversity is expected when the gates swing open to the spacious Bridgeport oval on the 17th of April.

STSS Modified competitors will battle for a huge payout at Bridgeport, with $5,000 going to the race winner of the 40-lap main, $1,000 for 10th and $400 to take the green flag. Lap money, contingency awards and other bonuses will sweeten the pot.

Doug Borger’s XCel 600 Modifieds will battle for a $1,000 payday on the inner quarter-mile oval. Last year, the XCel 600 Mods made their Bridgeport debut at the ‘South Jersey Shootout’ and were a popular attraction: so well received, in fact, that the division was invited back to the facility on more than one occasion.

Also on the ‘South Jersey Shootout’ program: Bridgeport Sportsman (track rules) and Outlaw Stocks.

Admission for the grandstands is $25 for Adults (ages 16 and up), $10 (Students 10-15) and Kids 9 and under are FREE. Pit admission is $35, with no license required.

Complete event information has been posted at the following link: http://bdmotorsportsmedia.com/south-jersey-shootout-rules-prices-general-information/

A ‘South Jersey Shootout’ rain date is in place for Sunday, April 24.

Last April, in the inaugural ‘South Jersey Shootout’ it was Hellertown, Pa., driver Rick Laubach guiding the No. 7 big-block to victory over David Van Horn Jr., Craig Von Dohren, a rim-riding Ryan Watt and Jack Swain.

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2016 AMERICAN RACER CUP BEGINS APRIL 15TH

Indiana, Pennsylvania… The popular American Racer Cup program will once again take center stage at premier northeast racing facilities in 2016. The program will be celebrating its seventh year rewarding participating drivers with a program where they never need to leave their home tracks. The ever evolving program will begin tracking members at their local speedways for twenty weeks where the twelve best finishes will be used to determine the season champions in both the modified and sportsman divisions. April 15th marks the beginning of the popular program that annually gives away $150,000 in money and product to the membership.

Registration is open to the last weekend in May for drivers interested in participation. Drivers can sign up at their home tracks by filling out the registration form and returning it to the contact person at each speedway listed below. They can also obtain a form at the American Racer Cup website at www.americanracercup.com and return it by mail to the address listed on the form. Last season over two hundred drivers were part of the program with Rick Laubach from Big Diamond winning the modified championship and pocketing $10,000 plus contingencies. Alan Barker from the Skyline Raceway was the winner in the sportsman division.

The American Racer Cup Program was designed by Lias Tire. They have teamed up with Sunoco Race Fuels, Insinger Performance, and Jones Racing Products to reward the weekend warriors that supports their weekly participating American Racer speedway. New for the 2016 season will be the Jones Racing Products Winning Edge Award. This program will award product certificate bonuses to the drivers in both the Modified and Sportsman division at season’s end to compile the most overall wins at one of the participating member tracks.  The top five drivers in the overall win category in both the Modified and Sportsman divisions will receive bonus product certificates from Jones Racing Products at season’s end.

The 2016 program will come to an end with the annual running of the American Racer Cup Weekend. This full weekend of racing will be held at Five Mile Point Speedway in Kirkwood, New York the first weekend in October. It will be highlighted by long-distance Modified and Sportsman features. Once again the American Racer Cup Champions Dash will take place. The American Racer Champion’s Dash will pit the highest finisher in the American Racer Cup points present at the event against one another for an exciting 15 lap dash for a cool $2,000 to win in the modified division and $1000 for the sportsman winner. All other participant will receive an American Racer Modified tire at no charge.

Participating Speedways and their contact people include Accord Speedway/East Coast Speed, Big Diamond Speedway/Mandee Pauch, Outlaw Speedway/Tyler Siri, Bridgeport Speedway/Danny Serrano, Delaware Speedway/Charlie Brown, Five Mile Point Speedway/Andrew Harpell, Grandview Speedway/Tina Rogers, I-88 Speedway/Jamie Page, New Egypt Speedway, Mandee Pauch, Penn Can Speedway, Dan Harpell, Skyline Raceway, Walt Allen, Thunder Mountain Speedway/Karl Spoonhower, Utica Rome Speedway/Bill Shea, Woodhull Raceway/Brandi White.

For more information about this year’s American Racer Cup program please visit the program’s website at  www.americanracercup.com where all information is listed in detail. You can also contact program administrators Andrew Harpell at (607)775-5555, Reed Miller at (570)499-2595, or Dustin Leverknight at (814)659-1170.

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WINTER WEATHER CANCELS UTICA-ROME SPEEDWAY PRACTICE, PRE-RACE PARTY TO HELD AT SPEEDWAY CLUB ON SATURDAY
 
VERNON, NY-After a very mild winter, snow returned to the Central New York region after a month long absence this past weekend.  With several inches of snow not covering the Utica-Rome Speedway, track management had little choice but to cancel the practice session that was scheduled for this Saturday, April 9.
 
“We were nearly ready to go,” stated track owner Bill Shea “but the new snow will not allow us to get on the track to get it ready for Saturday.  If the weather turns for the better, we may schedule a practice session late next week.  Either way, we plan on opening on next Sunday.”
 
Busch Beer will present the 55th Season Opener on Sunday April 17 with Twin 20 lap features scheduled for the Gates-Cole Insurance Modifieds, each paying $1,500 to win and $150 to start to kick off another season of NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing.  The SUNY Canton 602 Sportsman, Broedel Energy Open Sportsman, and Pro Stocks will also be on hand to begin another exciting season.
 
While the weather may put a damper on the on track activities, the off track festivities will continue as the Speedway Club, in the former Tombstone Saloon location, will be open for a pre season gathering.  Open from 4 p.m.-12 a.m., track officials will be on hand to sell NASCAR licenses plus have other the assorted paperwork to start the season.  The NASCAR Sprint Cup event from Texas Motor Speedway will be on TV throughout the night so fans and drivers alike can do some bench racing.  Whether a fan, crew member, family member, or driver, all are welcome to attend.

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Short Track Super Series South Region Heads To Bridgeport Speedway Sunday, April 17

BRIDGEPORT, NJ – The Velocita South Region of the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By VP stormed out of the gate at Delaware’s Georgetown Speedway in mid-March.

Now, the series ventures to South Jersey for Round No. 2 at Bridgeport Speedway.

The second annual ‘South Jersey Shootout’ is set for Sunday, April 17 at the spacious five-eighths-mile oval, standing out as the richest race of the spring in the Garden State. There is a rain date of April 24 in place.

A purse structure of more than $25,000 is on the line, including $5,000 to the winner, $1,000 for 10th-place and $400 just to take the green flag for 40 laps of big-block/small-block Modified action. And there is more: lap money, bonus awards and contingencies from more than 20 different companies are always part of the equation at STSS events.

New York’s Anthony Perrego was tops at Georgetown March 12 with a stout performance, besting a field of 43 Modifieds to snag the early STSS Velocita South Region point lead. Perrego finished second in the South standings to champion Ryan Watt a year ago.

Perrego’s Gary Mann-owned No. 55 led David Van Horn Jr., Andy Bachetti, Ryan Godown and Jordan Watson across the Georgetown stripe. All five drivers – and many more – plan to file through the Bridgeport gates on the 17th.

A busy day of racing will take place at Bridgeport on April 17, with the Sportsman (Bridgeport rules, $750 to win) and Outlaw Stocks racing on the five-eighths-mile and the XCel 600 Modifieds, $1,000 to win, racing on the inner quarter-mile.

The STSS Modified purse structure is noted as the strongest in the area. The complete ‘South Jersey Shootout’ breakdown is as follows: 1. $5,000; 2. $3,000; 3. $2,000; 4. $1,500; 5. $1,400; 6. $1,150; 7. $1,125; 8. $1,100; 9. $1,050; 10. $1,000; 11. $750; 12. $650; 13. $550; 14. $450; 15. $425; 16. $415; 17. $405; 18-last $400.

On the 17th, it gates will open at noon, with grandstand gates unlocked at 1 p.m. The drivers’ meeting takes place at 2:30 p.m., hot laps get underway at 3 p.m. and racing begins at 4 p.m.

Adult grandstand admission is $25. Students, ages 10-15, pay $10 and Kids 9 and under are FREE. Pit admission is $35, with no license required.

Last year, Rick Laubach of Hellertown, Pa., earned top ‘South Jersey Shootout’ laurels, with David Van Horn Jr., Craig Von Dohren, a rim-riding Ryan Watt and Jack Swain completing the front five.

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Technical Reminders Issued For Competitors For Hard Clay Open

MIDDLETOWN, NY – This Saturday, April 2, Orange County Fair Speedway hosts the third edition of the ‘Hard Clay Open’ presented by United Pump & Tank.

The event serves as the opening round of the Halmar International North Region for the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By VP Big-block/small-block Modifieds race 50 laps for $5,000 to win, $1,000 to start and $500 to take the green plus bonuses.

Crate 602 Sportsman race 25 laps for $1,000 to win and $100 to take the green under weekly Orange County rules.

Below, some technical reminders for race teams planning to attend this weekend.

STSS Modified Technical Reminders for ‘Hard Clay Open’ on Saturday, April 2
Weights: There are three weight classifications for Saturday’s event. Big-block weight is 2,500 lbs. A big-block is considered anything over 363 cubic inches. Small-block weight is 2,400 lbs. and encompasses engines up to 363 cubic inches. Orange County/Lebanon Valley legal spec head 358 engines, with no deviations from weekly rules, may weigh 2,350 lbs. Any alteration from weekly rules pushes this combination into the 2,400 lb. bracket.

Sail Panels/Windows: Cars in the 2,350 lb. and 2,400 lb. classification may utilize two, even sail panels no taller than 65 inches at the highest point. Cars in the 2,500 lb. big-block category must use traditional windows.

Tires: American Racer is the official tire of the Short Track Super Series. Approved compounds are as follows: right-rear: 48 or harder; left-rear: 44 or harder; right-front: 44 or harder; left-front: 33 or harder. To accommodate local teams, drivers MAY attempt to qualify on OCFS/DIRTcar Hoosiers (D400 or harder). Hoosiers may be run in heats and consolations but all cars starting the feature must be outfitted with at least three American Racer tires (left-front optional).

Note: East Coast Speed/ECS Auto Store is the official tire dealer for Orange County Fair Speedway and can be contacted by phone at 845.343.0688.

Lineups/Starting Field: Heat races will be determined via a draw for position. The top qualifiers from the heat races will transfer to the redraw with the remainder filled in before the consolation transfers. A last-chance dash will be run if needed. 28 cars will qualify through the heats, consolations and last chance dash (if needed). Two provisional starters from 2015 STSS point standings will bring the starting field to a minimum of 30 cars.

Transponders/One-Way Radios: Transponders are required for this event, as are one-way radios (frequency 454.000).

A complete information breakdown can be found on the STSS website at the following link: http://bdmotorsportsmedia.com/hard-clay-open-rules-prices-general-information/

Crate 602 Sportsman Technical Reminders for ‘Hard Clay Open’ Saturday, April 2
Weekly Rules: Orange County Fair Speedway weekly rules including tires (Hoosier D400), weight (2,350 lbs.) and gear rule (486 ratio). Complete Orange County Crate 602 Sportsman rules are online at: http://www.orangecountyfairspeedway.net/FILES/2015%20Sportsman%20Rules.pdf

Lineups/Starting Field: Heat races will be determined via a draw for position. The top qualifiers from the heat races will transfer to the redraw with the remainder filled in before the consolation transfers. 24 cars will qualify through the heats and consolations.

Transponders/One-Way Radios: Transponders are required for this event, as are one-way radios (frequency 454.000).

Time Schedule & Pricing
For the ‘Hard Clay Open’ pit gates will open at 11 a.m. Drive-in and grandstand gates are unlocked at noon. Hot laps begin at 3 p.m. and racing begins at 4 p.m.

Adult grandstand/drive-in admission is $22. Seniors pay $20 and Kids 12 and under are $2. Pit admission is $35, with no license required.

Limited reserved seating, the top-eight rows of the newly refurbished covered grandstand, is available for $25. Contact the speedway office at 845.342.2573 to reserve a seat.

Friday (April 1) features an open practice session from 4-8 p.m. Trailers may be left in the pit area overnight.  Pit admission for practice is $25 and spectators may watch from the grandstand for FREE.

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WEEKLY RACING AT ORANGE COUNTY FAIR SPEEDWAY

BEGINS ON SATURDAY, APRIL 9!

Four racing divisions headed by the Big-Block Modifieds to see action!

MIDDLETOWN, NY (March 28)…….. On Saturday, April 9, the 67th consecutive season of weekly racing at Orange County will find the first green flag waving at 7:00 pm. Headlining the program will be the 800-horsepower Big-Block Modifieds in a 30-lap feature race. They’ll be joined by the always exciting Sportsman, the young guns Rookie Sportsman, unpredictable Street Stocks. Qualifying races will set the fields for the evening’s feature events.

Young Modified star Anthony Perrego from nearby Montgomery, New York won the 2015 opening night Big-Block Modified feature race. He finished the season third in points behind defending track champion Jerry Higbie, who will be out to take home the laurels in the inaugural race of the season.

It will all play out in just two weeks when weekly stock car racing resumes at one of America’s oldest active speedways. Will there be new Opening Night winners added to the long list of great Orange County drivers? Or will previous victors take the checkered flags once again? Racing gets under way at 7:00 P.M at the historic Middletown, New York five-eights-mile “Hard Clay” surfaced speedway. Opening Night will include four divisions of race cars---Big-Block Modifieds, Sportsman, Rookie Sportsman, and Street Stocks---in qualifying races and main events with the evening’s program sponsored by MAACO of New Hampton and Middletown Auto Wreckers. The Street Stocks will be competing in the first Crane Golf Challenge Series point race.

Adult admission to Orange County Fair Speedway weekly races is $15, Seniors $13, and children 12 and under $1.00.

Advance and season 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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