The Albany-Saratoga Speedway Honors 2013 Champions
For Immediate Release
March 9th, 2014
Saratoga Springs, NY - On Saturday evening March 8th the staff, fans and competitors who call the Albany-Saratoga Speedway home gathered at the Holiday Inn – Saratoga Springs to honor the accomplishments of the 2013 racing season. In all, 47 different drivers in six divisions brought home awards during the ceremony that was completed in just over three hours.
Veteran track announcer Dan Martin served as emcee for the event. He opened the evening with a review of the 2013 season and the unmatched success that Albany-Saratoga Speedway regulars had at Super DIRT Week XLII.
Following Martin’s lead off review, track promoter Lyle DeVore took to the microphone to give the annual state of the track address.
“First and foremost I would like to thank all of you for coming out and supporting this event and the performers of the 2013 racing season,” DeVore said. “My feeling is we had some unbelievable racing and that we have the greatest competitors there are. I am proud of each and every one of you who raced with us and supported us throughout the 2013 season.”
“I would like to give a special thanks to Shannon Donnelly for helping us out with the DJ service, the officials, the workers and everyone who on Friday nights make Albany-Saratoga what it is,” DeVore continued. “I want to give a big shout out to Jay Terry who handles our 50/50. The one person that I really want to send a big thank you to is my fiancée Marcy who lives with me and deals with the day to day operations both at Albany-Saratoga and Lebanon Valley. She is the one who coordinated this banquet.”
DeVore would continue with some changes and the big news that everyone was waiting for.
“The big news that came about in the off season was that we have extended our lease to the 2018 season. We are making the commitment not only to keep Albany-Saratoga where it is but to make it bigger and better. There are several improvements that we are looking forward to. We did resurface the race track and the backstretch is now wider. We are going to build a V.I.P. Tower which will house our sponsors. This is just another way of making it bigger and better for the future.”
“Another change that has happened is that Robin Yasinsac-Gillespie has stepped down from our public relations position due to personal commitments. I would like to welcome Toby LaGrange; he is the one who is going to be handling all of our public relations this year. For you racers he is a great tool and is open and willing to help anybody promote their sponsors and race team. He will do whatever he can do. I am just glad to have him on board, he has already done a remarkable job and we look forward to him being a part of our team.”
DeVore then mentioned a possible change in the way the restarts are held at the speedway. The track is considering utilizing the double file restart procedure that the Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints have made popular.
“We are considering this to try and make it a little more racier and enjoyable for the fans,” DeVore said. “It is a consideration and is not set in concrete. It would be just like the ESS, you would go double file but if you couldn’t restart you would go single file. Any input that anyone has I would surely appreciate.”
The third year promoter’s attention then turned to some special events for the upcoming season.
“We have a lot of exciting events on the schedule,” DeVore said. “We are going to once again have the Mike Ronca Memorial Race and be home to Brett Hearn’s Big Show. On June 6th we are going to have a race in memory of the late Marc Hughes. Derrick McGrew is willing to work along with the track and we are going to make this event bigger and better than anyone could ever imagine. On September 12th we are going to have the Northeast Nationals for the Sportsman class. It is a Grit Series event and we are looking forward to building it into maybe a weekend event in years to come.”
The first of the awards to be handed out were to division rookies. Taking the Rookie of the Year honors were Brian Gleason (DIRTcar Modified), Connor Cleveland (Sportsman), Byron Wescott (DIRTcar Pro Stock) and Damon Anderson (Street Stock).
Next up were the divisional point standings awards. The second through tenth place drivers in the final point standings were honored with plaques and point fund money. The second through tenth place finishers were as follows:
DIRTcar Modified – Kenny Tremont, Jr., Marc Johnson, Matt Delorenzo, Ronnie Johnson, Peter Britten, Stewart Friesen, Jeff Trombley, Jeremy Wilder and Keith Flach.
Sportsman – Derrick McGrew, Cody Bleau, Scott Duell, Andy Durie, Brett Wright, Robert Bublak, Frank Hoard, III, Connor Cleveland and Dave Baranowski, Jr.
DIRTcar Pro Stock – Ken Martin, Jr., Dan Older, Sr., Kim Duell, Brandon Emigh, Cale Kneer, Byron Wescott, Dean Charbonneau, Dave DePaulo and Jeff Washburn.
Street Stocks – Josh Coonradt, Randy Miller, Scott Lawrence, Justin Smith, Ken Conroy, David Shippee, Paul Braymer, Damon Anderson and Jody Thew.
The Novice Sportsman competitors were not racing for points however the top three drivers – Chris Murray, Timothy Davis and Ricky Davis were honored with Outstanding Performance awards. In 2014 the division will be called the Limited Sportsman.
There were three categories of special awards given out to drivers following the track awards.
The Spirit Award is a new award for the 2013 season. It is designed to honor the driver who helps promote the Albany-Saratoga Speedway and racing. The inaugural award winner was Colin Bokus. Bokus, a second generation driver endured a hard wreck at the track last season however that did not stop him and his team from putting the car back together so they could represent the track and our sport at the Saratoga County Fair a short time later. He would win his first ever event later in the season.
The Memorable Moments Awards were given to drivers in the DIRTcar Modified, Sportsman and DIRTcar Pro Stock divisions. They went to Marc Johnson and his underfunded team for winning twice during the season and finishing third in the final point standings despite missing one race due to mechanical issues. Connor Cleveland would earn the award in the Novice Sportsman division after bursting on the scene from the karting ranks in April and winning three of the first four Novice Sportsman feature events. The father-son duo of Kim (Pro Stock) and Scott Duell (Sportsman) won the award for both winning their respective divisions feature events on the final night of racing at Albany-Saratoga.
Kenny Martin, Jr. was honored as the Featherfoot Warrior Pro Stock Series champion. The four race series was put on by Ron Mensing, who operates one of the two trucks at the speedway. In 2014 the series will be held for the Sportsman division.
The final awards of the evening were the biggest as they crowned the 2013 Albany-Saratoga Speedway track champions.
Sussex, New Jersey super star Brett Hearn was crowned the DIRTcar Modified track champion for the seventh time. He visited victory lane four times including the Super DIRTcar Series event that he promotes, The Big Show. He scored nine top five finishes and 16 top ten’s.
“First and foremost I want to thank all of you guys for giving us a great place to race on Friday nights,” Hearn said. “It makes that long drive up the thruway that much more special. I want to say thank you to my teammates for their efforts, this championship catapulted us to the Super DIRTcar Series championship, which is our biggest goal of the year. I want to thank my girlfriend Melissa who drives up the thruway every week with us.”
“I am extremely excited about The Big Show,” Hearn continued. “For the first time we are going to include the Sportsman division in the show, it is going to be an interesting format – features only. I can go on the record tonight and say that we are going to pay $10,000 to win.”
In the Sportsman division Jeremy Pitts earned his first track title. He brought home the title on the heels of a pair of feature wins, nine top five finishes and 14 top ten finishes.
“I want to thank everyone who has made this possible,” Pitts said. “I want to thank Lyle and the staff for giving us a Friday night home and all of our sponsors and my crew who put in long hours in the shop. In this sport we are lucky enough to meet some good people, some people who you can call good friends, like Derrick McGrew, Andy Durie and Marc Hughes. Marc was a great guy – he was one of us, thanks Marc, rest in peace.”
The Albany-Saratoga Speedway will open their gates on Sunday afternoon April 13th with a practice session. The 2014 season will officially open on Friday evening April 18th. Please visit www.albany-saratogaspeedway.com for more details including the 2014 track schedule.
DIRTcar on display this weekend at Motorsports Expo 2014 in Syracuse
Stop by to enter ticket contests, pick up schedules and learn more about what’s coming up this racing season
WEEDSPORT, N.Y. - March 5, 2014 - The annual Gater Racing News Motorsports Expo - Exposition and Trade Show - kicks off this Saturday, March 8, as the region's biggest names in motorsports converge on the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse, N.Y. DIRTcar Racing will be joining the two-day show this year, ringing in the racing season with exciting ticket giveaways plus information for racers and fans alike.
Patrons of the 2014 Motorsports Expo in the Center of Progress Building can stop by the DIRTcar display and:
Enter to win a NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week prize package (including week-long admission!)
Purchase 2012 or 2013 race DVDs
Order tickets for several events, including NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week
Get a head start on the season and become a DIRTcar Member
Pick up schedules for the DIRTcar Northeast touring series
Learn more about DIRTcar Racing in the Northeast Region
For more information about the Gater Racing News 2014 Motorsports Expo, visit www.gaternews.com/expo.html. For more information about DIRTcar Racing, visit www.dirtcar.com.
Snow, Snow, Go Away! I Want Racecars Today
West Lebanon, NY: Well it’s March… and there is still snow, everywhere! But the good news is that it will only get better from here. With teams getting their hot rods together, and firing their motors for the first time this year, will only help ‘warm’ up the weather for the opening of the mighty high banks in just a few short weeks .
Lebanon Valley Speedway’s ½ mile dirt oval, known as the ‘Valley of Speed’, has set a date of Saturday April 5th, 2014 as Test and Tune Night for all competitors or local drivers looking to blow the dust off their hot rods for the 2014 season.
All cars are welcome to come out and take their turns around these famed high banks whether you’re a regular racer, or regular division or car type that runs at the Valley of Speed, it doesn’t matter – run whatcha brung!
Spectators are FREE to watch from the Grandstands where there ain’t a bad seat in the house, or go pitside where admission is a flat $15 for everyone.
Then, of course it Opening Day, Saturday April 12th, the 62nd Season Opener sponsored by L&M Motors and Funplex Funpark!
And since its still quiet at the speedway, now is also a great time to buy your 2014 Season Pass! Prices and availability are now posted on our website at www.LebanonValley.com and just click on “Speedway” for more information!
And lastly, as a reminder, the 2013 Points Championship Banquets are scheduled for March 21st and 22nd at the legendary ‘Club House at Lebanon Valley’. For more information, contact the LVAR Main Offices during normal business hours at (518) 794-9606 or (518) 794-9965.
UTICA-ROME SPEEDWAY TO HAVE STRONG PRESENCE AT MOTORPSORTS EXPO, INFORMATIONAL MEETING SET UP FOR SATURDAY
VERNON, NY-The Motorsports Expo, held annually at the New York State Fairgrounds, is just days away and again Utica-Rome Speedway will again have a strong presence at the preseason gathering. This year’s version, the 28th overall, will be held on Saturday March 8 and Sunday March 9 in the Center of Progress building.
Every year this is the first chance for fans in the Central New York region to see some of the cars that will be competing at their weekly tracks as well as picking up schedule cards from the various tracks in attendance. It will be no different in the Utica-Rome Speedway booth as fans will be able to obtain information on the rapidly approaching season such as the 2014 schedule and information on the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series that the Vernon oval will be a part of on a weekly basis,
The Utica-Rome Speedway Modified 2013 track champion is expected to have his car on display, fresh off a win and the overall DIRTcar National Modified title at Volusia Speedway in Florida. Also on hand will be the Sportsman rides of Mike Walton and Kyle Kiehn as well as the 360 Sprint of Jason Barney, who’s car will be displaying the logo of this year’s Cole Cup. Several other competitors will also have their cars on display throughout the expansive building.
With a lot of questions concerning Utica-Rome Speedway’s partnership with NASCAR and the Whelen All-American Series, a special session has been set up for Saturday of the show. Track officials will do their best to answer any question competitors may have and NASCAR licenses will be on sale so competitors will have an opportunity to avoid any lines on opening day. The meeting will take place in one of the rooms of the building and will start at 3 p.m.
Show hours are from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. More information on the show can be found at www.gaternews.com.
For more information on the Utica-Rome Speedway, log on to www.uticaromespeedway.com or call the speedway office at (315)829-4557.
Big Block Modifieds And 360 Sprints To Star In The Wings And Warriors Series At The Brewerton And Fulton Speedways In 2014
BALDWINSVILLE NY – FEBRUARY 25, 2014 (By Dave Medler) – Mark your calendars for three big events during the 2014 racing season at the Brewerton and Fulton Speedways.
In an exciting announcement the “Wings and Warriors” series is set to thrill the fans at both speedways featuring the high flying, methanol breathing 360 Sprints and ground pounding Tracey Road Equipment Big Block Modifieds.
The first date that the Sprints and Tracey Road Equipment Big Block Modifieds will share top billing will be Saturday, June 7th when the Patriot Sprint Tour invades the “High Banks” of the Fulton Speedway. On Saturday, July 5th there will be fireworks on the track and in the sky at the Fulton Speedway. On that date the SUNY Canton - Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints - CNY Speedweek will join the Modifieds capped off with a huge fireworks display. On Friday, August 15th the Brewerton Speedway will be part of the excitement when the popular Schneider Packaging night will present the Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints and Tracey Road Equipment Big Block Modifieds.
In a little over a week (March 8-9) the Brewerton and Fulton Speedways will have a presence at the Gater Racing News Motorsports Expo located at the Center Of Progress Building at the N.Y State Fairgrounds. Stop by and see us where you will be able to see new racing equipment, buy season passes, win tickets, pick up schedules and have all your questions answered about the new racing season.
Back by popular demand will be the “Blast-Off” racing show for both tracks at the Great Northern Mall on April 4-6. Just like the Motorsports Expo you will be able to see a large array of sharp racing equipment, win tickets, purchase season passes, pick up race schedules and be able to talk with track representatives to answer any questions you might have. The mall is located on route 31 in Clay, NY with easy access of route 481.
Race teams if you would like to display your car at the show and get your sponsors name out there is no charge to be in the show but space is limited. Please follow this link to participate. http:// http://fultonspeedway.net/?page_id=482 .
As the calendar turns to march, it’s now full speed ahead to the on track racing excitement. On Friday, April 18th the Brewerton Speedway will swing the gate open for the season opener. One week later April 26th the Fulton Speedway will start the 2014 season in a huge way. On that date the Big Block Modified Super DIRTcar Series will be in town to battle Fulton’s best in a 100-lap event.
It’s not too early to get your tickets for the “Salute To The King” Steve Kinser’s farewell tour when the STP World Of Outlaw Sprints visit the Fulton Speedway on July 23rd. Tickets are available by visiting http://dirtcar.ticketforce.com/ordertickets.asp?p=468&backurl=default.asp .The highly competitive Industrial Tire Of CNY Sportsman Shootout Series will also be on the Fulton “High Banks” that night.
SAVE THE DATE! MARCH 14, 15, & 16 FOR THE FONDA SPEEDWAY CAR SHOW!
By Ron Szczerba
On Friday, March 14 through Sunday, March 16 the "Track of Champions" Fonda Speedway will hold their annual car show at the Rotterdam Square Mall during normal mall hours. The car show is a great way for race fans to see the racing equipment "up close and personal" before it goes on the race track for the 2014 racing season.
At the mall fans can meet their favorite drivers, get their autographs, and have their pictures taken with the driver. Kids are able to sit in the race car as well if they choose to in most cases which is a big thrill for them. Season passes to the Fonda Speedway and Fonda licenses will also be available at the car show. The race cars will be pushed into the mall on Thursday, March 13 after 9:00 p.m.
Normally the car show opens the Fonda Speedway racing season but that is not the case this year as there have already been two snocross events held at the track back in January and February. So with that said the car show will be the third event of the 2014 season with the next event on the schedule being opening day Saturday, April 5 when the modifieds will compete for $4,000 to win in the 40-lap "Ice Melt 40" event. Pro stocks are also on the racing card on opening day as they will be racing in an $800 to win feature event and there will also be warm-ups for all of the other divisions.
For more information about the Fonda Speedway you can go to their website www.fondaspeedway.com
STEWART FRIESEN AND MATT SHEPPARD READY TO RENEW THEIR SUNDAY NIGHT RIVALRY IN 2014
VERNON, NY- Every summer, there are blockbuster movies that pit two opposing forces against each other when the stakes are high, with one coming out on top. Occasionally, after building to up to what should an exciting ending, the movie fizzles and the ending is a disappointment. The Modified division at the Utica-Rome Speedway had that look as its top two drivers battled back and forth for the rich Modified championship.
In 2013 at the Utica-Rome Speedway, the Modified point battle had two of the top stars in the region battle all season for the $10,000 to win championship and with one event to go, Stewart Friesen and Matt Sheppard were tied at the top of the standings. But Sheppard, despite his efforts to do both, had to fulfill his Super DIRTcar Series commitment at Rolling Wheels Raceway on the same night and miss the last event at Utica-Rome. Friesen would race off to nab the lucrative title in what had the look of a heavyweight bout going into the event to an anti-climatic finish to the point chase.
The 2014 season could be again be compared to the movie business as the same two stars will be pitted up against each, and like most sequels, the stakes will be even higher. With Utica-Rome Speedway now flying the NASCAR banner weekly and being part of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series, the 2014 Modified championship will be worth $13,000 to the victor with a possible $12,000 NASCAR New York State championship also hanging in the balance. And unlike last season, there will be no Super DIRTcar Series conflicts which will allow not only Sheppard to compete for the title, but anyone else who ran the series that may compete at the Vernon oval weekly.
When asked about the upcoming season, Friesen exclaimed, “I am super pumped up about Sunday nights at Utica-Rome. We are more prepared for this season than we ever have been so we should be ready to go.” Friesen will again be behind the wheel of the Tom and Roxann Cullen owned machine as he will be looking for his seventh Modified title at the speedway and his fifth consecutive with the Cullen’s.
With no conflicts this season, Sheppard was asked if he was looking for redemption this season. “Absolutely,” he commentated, “it sucked not being able to race for the title last year, and when we rained out at Rolling Wheels that night it made it even worse.” When Sheppard pulls into the gates this year at Utica-Rome Speedway, he will do so behind the wheel of an all new team. After parting ways with Jeff Brownell during the off season, Sheppard teamed up with Heinke-Baldwin Racing to become a teammate to Jimmy Phelps, forming a potent team.
Both Friesen and Sheppard got their Sunday night rivalry kicked off in Florida recently while competing in the DIRTcar Nationals as they both were able to collect a win each while Friesen was the overall champion in the four race series.
While Friesen and Sheppard may be the favorites for the 2014 title, there may several other players in the mix for the championship. Former champion Pat Ward is expected to return, along with Mike Mahaney. With the season still weeks away, it is hard to tell who else will be on hand every Sunday evening, but it will still be one of the most competitive fields in the area.
If a Modified driver that competes weekly at Utica-Rome Speedway has a stellar year and competes in the all the series and programs available, they will be close to $90,000 in point money and awards available. That includes winning the track title, NASCAR New York State title, American Racer Cup and bonus, Super DIRTcar Series title, and Race of Champions Series title. That total does not include purse money won or NASCAR National Whelen All-American Series point money.
With the partnership with NASCAR, all the weekly divisions at Utica-Rome Speedway will be racing for additional point money and a shot to take center stage in Charlotte as part of the NASCAR Home Tracks banquet.
The season will kick off in just two short months on April 27 with a full show for the Modifieds, Sportsman, Pro Stocks, and Pure Stocks. For more information on everything leading into the season opener, be sure to log on to www.uticaromespeedway.com. Utica-Rome Speedway can also be found in Facebook and Twitter.
Still Super: Matt Sheppard Puts his New Colors in Volusia’s Victory lane
Stewart Friesen takes home the “big gator” after finishing second Saturday
BARBERVILLE, FLA. - February 22, 2014 - Big-Block Modified racer Matt Sheppard, of Waterloo, N.Y., took almost no time to grow accustomed to his new car. Sheppard started driving the Heinke-Baldwin Racing No. 9H earlier this week, and already he has claimed victory in Saturday's finale for the DIRTcar Nationals presented by Summit Racing Equipment.
"To come down here and win the biggest race, come right out of the box, it means a lot to this team," Sheppard said of Saturday's 50-lap Super DIRTcar Big-Block Modified Series race at Volusia Speedway Park. "I can't thank all the guys over here with HBR enough. They've been working their tails off all week on both cars and I think it showed tonight. We got the cars better every night. We're going to be a force to be reckoned with this year."
Sheppard started the race from fourth and his HBR teammate Jimmy Phelps, of Baldwinsville, N.Y., started on the pole. Phelps led at the green flag, but Frenchtown, N.J. driver Billy Pauch was quick to make his move from second. Pauch cruised around the outside lane, passing Phelps before the leaders reached the backstretch.
An early caution in lap 1 slowed the momentum as Wednesday's Volusia winner Justin Haers was turned around in turn 1. Several cars, including Pete Britten's No. 21a and Darwin Green's No. 1g, collided with the No. 3. Haers and the other competitors involved were able to continue racing.
Pauch lead Phelps on the restart, but the No. 3 of Haers wasn't quite ready to keep racing and slowed on the front stretch before the lap was completed. Haers visited his pit crew and returned to the race track.
The second lap 1 restart led to a seven-car accident, with Rich Scagliotta, Britten, Greene, Billy VanInwegen, C.G. Morey, Kyle Sheldon and Yan Bussiere piled up in front of the flag stand. The red flag waved as track crews worked to pry the vehicles out of the wreck. Crews towed the 42 of Sheldon, 21a of Britten and 8 of Scagliotta to the pit area. Scagliotta's team worked quickly and sent the 8 back racing, but the 21a and 42 were out of commission for the rest of the race.
Phelps powered ahead at the restart to claim the lead from Pauch, but Pauch found extra speed on the high side of the track and cruised by Phelps in the backstretch in lap 2. With a stretch of green laps, Phelps was able to gain the momentum he needed catch up to Pauch, and he successfully went for the pass in lap 11. The challenge wasn't over for Phelps, who, by lap 20, was followed by a motivated Brett Hearn, fresh off claiming last year's Super DIRTcar Series Championship title.
Yellow conditions took over again in lap 22 when the No. 1wgc of Stewart Friesen slowed in turns 1 and 2. Friesen took a quick pit stop and returned to the track before the green flag waved.
"I thought it was just that the tire was dead, but we came in and were able to change the tire and fix the car," said Friesen, a two-time NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week Syracuse 200 champion from Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. "The boys did a good job, made a couple adjustments, and got this thing turned around. We weren't going anywhere for a little bit."
A three-wide battle for second place ensued off the restart, with Pauch, Hearn and Sheppard vying for the position. Sheppard pulled ahead and set his sights on Phelps in first. In lap 27, the HBR teammates raced side-by-side before Sheppard finally powered ahead to claim the lead.
Phelps continued to challenge Sheppard, even as the leaders reached lapped traffic in lap 38. However, it was Friesen who made the final charge. Friesen's new tire from lap 22 carried him over Volusia's half-mile well, and he worked his way through the ranks. In lap 47, Friesen pulled tight on the inside to overtake Phelps for second. He worked his way toward Sheppard, and raced alongside the 9H in the last lap, but wasn't able to make the pass before the checkered flag fell.
"I owe one to my team. That was a good team call down there to change that tire," said Friesen, whose second-place finish put him at the top of event point standings and won him the signature DIRTcar Natioanls presented by Summit Racing Equipment gator trophy. "It was a real cat-and-mouse game. We got up there and we were in a lane by ourselves, and it's really fun when you find something else like that."
Sheppard held off last-lap challenges from Friesen to pick up the win and the $5,000 winnings.
"It was a great win for us," Sheppard said. "We got that longer green flag run in the beginning and I felt like I was gaining on the leaders. And I got up there, and the car really felt good in the middle part of the race. I was able to get past all those guys and get the lead. The tires died a little bit and it felt like I was struggling a little bit, but we had a good enough car to hold on and bring home the win. It was really great for us."
Phelps finished the race in third, Hearn fourth, and Pauch fifth. Rounding out the top-ten are Mat Williamson in sixth, Tim Kerr in seventh, H.J. Bunting in eighth, Anthony Perrego in ninth and Justin Haers in tenth.
The Super DIRTcar Series kicks back into high gear Saturday, April 26, when the Big-Block Modifieds take on Fulton Speedway in Fulton, N.Y.
Super DIRTcar Big-Block Modified Series
DIRTcar Nationals Presented by Summit Racing Equipment
Volusia Speedway Park
February 23, 2014
A-Main (50 laps): 1. 9H Matt Sheppard / Waterloo, N.Y. ($5,000); 2. 1wgc Stewart Friesen / Niagara-on-the-Lake / Ontario; 3. 98h Jimmy Phelps / Baldwinsville, N.Y.; 4. 20 Brett Hearn / Sussex, N.J; 5. 1 Billy Pauch / Frenchtown, N.J.; 6. 6m Mat Williamson / St. Catharines, Ontario; 7. 07 Tim Kerr / Picton, Ontario; 8. 85 H.J. Bunting / Milford, Del.; 9. 55 Anthony Perrego / Montgomery, N.Y.; 10. 3h Justin Haers / Phelps, N.Y.; 11. 5 Jimmy Horton / Neshanic Station, N.J.; 12. 21k Randy Chrysler / Lewiston, N.Y.; 13. 54 Steve Bernard / Granby, Quebec; 14. 22J Jeremy Wilder / Fort Plain, N.Y.; 15. 7z Dale Planck / Homer, N.Y.; 16. 22c Mario Clair / Drummondville, Quebec; 17. 48Too Dave Rauscher / Waterloo, N.Y.; 18. 1G Darwin Greene / Susquehanna, N.Y.; 19. 323 Neal Williams / Pittsgrove, N.J.; 20. 14 C.G. Morey / Rutland, Vt.; 21. 3a Kevin Albert / Lebanon, Penn.; 22. 21 Yan Bussiere / Drummondville, Quebec; 23. 8 Rich Scagliotta / Hillsborough, N.J.; 24. 88 Dave Allen / Palmyra, N.Y.; 25. 30 Jamie Mills / Milford, Del.; 26. 10v Billy VanInwegen / Sparrowbush, N.Y.; 27. 21 Peter Britten / Brisbane, Queensland, Australia; 28. 42 Kyle Sheldon / Nassau, N.Y. DNQ: 8R Rob Bellinger / Dexter, N.Y.; 29 Chris Ostrowsky / Conklin, N.Y.; 64 Daniel Nadeau / Maryville, Quebec.
Race Leaders: Pauch (Laps 1-11); Phelps (Laps 12-27) ; Sheppard (Laps 28-50)
B-Main (10 laps): VanInwegen, Scagliotta, Bussiere, Bellinger, Morey, Nadeau
B-Main (10 laps): Sheldon, Bernard, Albert, Allen, Ostrowsky
Qualifying Heats (8 laps, top 5 transfer, to 3 to redraw)
Heat 1: Haers, Hearn, Mills, Friesen, Britten, VanInwegen, Bellinger, Bussiere
Heat 2: Pauch, Williamson, Chrysler, Clair, Rauscher, Nadeau, Scagliotta, Morey
Heat 3: Perrego, Phelps, Kerr, Wilder, Planck, Sheldon, Albert, Ostrowsky
Heat 4: Sheppard, Bunting, Horton, Wiliams, Greene, Bernard, Allen
Thunderstorm Sets Up Huge DIRTcar Nationals Finale on Saturday
World of Outlaws Late Models, Super DIRTcar Big-Blocks wrap-up two-week event
BARBERVILLE, Fla. - Feb. 21, 2014 - Rolling afternoon thunderstorms forced Volusia Speedway Park officials to cancel Friday night's action at the DIRTcar Nationals presented by Summit Racing Equipment, setting the stage for a huge finale to the two-week event on Saturday night featuring the World of Outlaws Late Models and Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds.
Four different dirt late model drivers have earned victories this week and two different big-block modified racers have won. The Big Gators to event champions are up for grabs on Saturday night with Scott Bloomquist leading the late model points and Justin Haers on top of the big-block modified field
Fans who purchased a ticket for Friday's night's races can exchange its value for a ticket to Saturday night's finale, or can apply the value to next year's DIRTcar Nationals, which will run Feb. 10-21, 2015, by calling the ticket hotline at 877-395-8606.
Grandstands will open at 5 p.m. on Saturday with hot laps at 6 p.m. and racing at 7:30 p.m.
For more information and updates on the DIRTcar Nationals Presented by Summit Racing Equipment, clickDIRTcarNationals.com or follow on Twitter at Twitter.com/DIRTcarNats.
For any ticket questions, call the ticket hotline at 877-395-8606.
Stewart Friesen dominates Big-Block Modified feature at DIRTcar Nationals presented by Summit Racing Equipment
Strong finishes two nights keep Haers in event point lead
BARBERVILLE, FLA. - February 20, 2014 - Big-Block Modified driver Stewart Friesen made his way into Super DIRTcar Series victory lane early this year, picking up the win Thursday night at Volusia Speedway Park. The Niagara-on-the-Lake native dominated the second Super DIRTcar Series race of DIRTcar Nationals presented by Summit Racing Equipment, leading the 30-lap feature flag-to-flag.
"We were very happy to win tonight," said Friesen, whose last Super DIRTcar Series victory was the World of Outlaws World Finals finale last November. "We had a great race car."
Thursday's win launched Friesen's event point standing from seventh to second, putting him that much closer to winning the big gator trophy.
Friesen led from the green flag Thursday after winning his heat race and redrawing this first spot on the starting grid. Aussie driver Pete Britten, who gave Haers a run for his money Wednesday but finished seventh, shared the front row with Friesen at the initial start and held on to second as Friesen pulled ahead to lead.
Haers came up third and Billy VanInwegen fourth. Behind them, Billy Pauch, of Frenchtown, N.J., and Mario Clair, of Drummondville, Quebec, were quickly making moves to push their way forward. Pauch passed VanInwegen in lap 1 and by lap 4 Clair was close behind.
As Friesen pulled away from the field in the Tom Cullen No. 1 wcg, the battle between Britten and Haers heated up. Haers closed in on the second place Troyer No. 21a in lap 7, and the two raced side-by-side until Haers pulled ahead in lap 8. Britten quickly learned his lesson and overtook Haers in lap 10.
By lap 11, Friesen was lapping cars and by lap 14 he had put four lapped cars between himself in first and Britten in second. Britten made his way through the traffic, but was no match for Friesen, who darted three-wide between and around cars to stay ahead.
"I think we had a pretty smooth, consistent run going there," said Britten, who was second at the checkered flag. "Not quite good enough to run down Stewie or anything, but second, we'll definitely take it."
The lapped traffic may have been an extra obstacle for Britten, but it was a boon to defending series champion Brett Hearn, who started ninth in the feature. Hearn was able to use lapped cars to his advantage, deftly maneuvering forward and gaining positions. By lap 20, he was in third place, but Britten and Friesen had put too much distance on the rest of the field for him to advance further and the Madsen Motorsports No. 20 finished in third.
"It's just an awesome race track. We ran all over that thing tonight," Hearn said. "This is the way that most of us guys like it. It's just a blast, and if you're good, you're going to get near to the front. If you're not, you go backwards. It was a good strategy for us, a good setup."
Haers stayed steady in fourth after Hearn took over and, with his win Wednesday, is in the lead in event points. Matt Sheppard, of Waterloo, N.Y., worked his way from 14th to fifth through lapped traffic in the new Heinke-Baldwin Racing No. 9h. Pauch finished sixth, VanInwegen seventh and Clair eighth. Big-Block Modified rookie Anthony Perrego finished ninth. Jimmy Phelps started 11th and finished tenth.
The action at Volusia Speedway Park continues Friday, Feb. 21, and Saturday, Feb. 22., with the final nights of DIRTcar Nationals presented by Summit Racing Equipment. Both nights feature the Super DIRTcar Series and the World of Outlaws Late Models Series. For ticket information, visitwww.dirtcar.com/tickets. For information on pay-per-view live screening video coverage, visit www.dirtvision.com.
A-Main (30 laps): 1. 1w Stewart Friesen / Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario; 2. 21a Peter Britten / Brisbane, Queensland, Australia; 3. 20 Brett Hearn / Sussex, N.J.; 4. 3h Justin Haers / Phelps, N.Y.; 5. 9H Matt Sheppard, Waterloo, N.Y.; 6. 1 Billy Pauch / Frenchtown, N.J.; 7. 10v Billy VanInwegen / Sparrowbush, N.Y.; 8. 22c Mario Clair / Drummondville, Quebec; 9. 55 Anthony Perrego / Montgomery, N.Y.; 10. 98h Jimmy Phelps / Baldwinsville, N.Y.; 11. 5 Jimmy Horton / Neshanic Station, N.J.; 12. 07 Tim Kerr / Picton, Ontario; 13. 7z Dale Planck / Homer, N.Y.; 14. 6m Mat Williamson / St. Catharines, Ontario; 15. 54 Steve Bernard / Granby, Quebec; 16. 30 Jamie Mills / Milford, Del.; 17. 3a Kevin Albert / Lebanon, Penn.; 18. 323 Neal Williams / Pittsgrove, N.J.; 19. 21k Randy Chrysler / Lewiston, N.Y.; 20. 8 Rich Scagliotta / Hillsborough, N.J.; 21. 21 Yan Bussiere / Drummondville, Quebec; 22. 85 H.J. Bunting / Milford, Del.; 23. 42 Kyle Sheldon / Nassau, N.Y.; 24. 48Too Dave Rauscher / Waterloo, N.Y.; 25. 88 Dave Allen / Palmyra, N.Y.; 26. 22J Jeremy Wilder / Fort Plain, N.Y. DNS: 1g Darwin Greene / Susquehanna, Penn.; 8R Rob Bellinger / Dexter, N.Y.; 14 C.G. Morey / Rutland, Vt.; T21 Roger Chrysler / Lewiston, N.Y.; 29 Chris Ostrowsky / Conklin, N.Y.; 64 Daniel Nadeau / Maryvill, Quebec; 99 Steve Paine / Waterloo, N.Y.
B-Main 1 (10 laps): Bussiere, Wilder, Morey, Randy Chrysler, Bellinger, Greene, Paine
B-Main 2 (10 laps): Sheldon, Allen, Ostrowsky, Scagliotta, Nadeau, Chrysler
Qualifying heats (8 laps, top 5 transfer, top 2 redraw)
Heat 1: Haers, Perrego, Hearn, Albert, Rauscher, Morey, Wilder, Randy Chrysler, Greene
Heat 2: Williams, Pauch, Horton, Sheppard, Planck, Bussiere, Bellinger, Paine
Heat 3: Britten, VanInwegen, Phelps, Bunting, Kerr, Sheldon, Allen, Roger Chrysler
Heat 4: Friesen, Mills, Clair, Bernard, Willismons, Scagliotta, Ostrowsky, Nadeau
Haers Apparent: Justin Haers earns first career Super DIRTcar Series win
2014 Super DIRTcar Series season debut at DIRTcar Nationals presented by Summit Racing Equipment spell success for Phelps, N.Y., driver
BARBERVILLE, FLA. - Wednesday, February 19, 2014 - There's a first time for everything. For Super DIRTcar Series driver Justin Haers, of Phelps, N.Y., that time was Wednesday night during DIRTcar Nationals presented by Summit Racing Equipment. Haers picked up his first-ever series victory in a 30-lap nail-biter at Volusia Speedway Park.
"I'm so excited. This has been a long time coming," said the Super DIRTcar Series regular of ten years. "We've been close so many times, even down here last year. It's just awesome to get a win down here. We came down here just to be competitive, and to get a win is just awesome."
Haers started his night out right, timing second-fastest overall and picking up the win in his heat, claiming the top starting spot for the 30 lap feature. The Phelps Cement Products No. 3 took the lead at the green flag over Big-Block Modified rookie Anthony Perrego.
A lap-2 caution slowed the pace early in the race with Mario Clair off-pace. Clair pulled into the pits and Haers reclaimed the lead when the field returned to green. He quickly started to pull away from the pack, leaving Dale Planck, Pete Britten and defending series champion Brett Hearn in a three-wide battle for third.
Britten charged ahead from the battle in lap 4 and pulled up beside Perrego in second. He made the pass in lap 6, and by the lap 7 "Batman" Britten was closing in on Haers in the lead. Behind them, Billy Pauch darted between teammates Matt Sheppard and Jimmy Phelps for sixth.
In lap 9, Britten swung around Haers in turn two and cruised ahead of pack. Haers learned his lesson, and, with Britten high on the outside, Haers slid past him in lap 12.
"Peter passed me for the lead. He passed me on the top and I said, man, I've got to get up there and get up on the wheel," said Haers, who garnered two podium finishes out of four races last year during DIRTcar Nationals presented by Summit Racing Equipment. "When I got up there, there was just so much more traction on the top. I was able to reel him back in, and I was able to roll him on the bottom of one and two and clear him on the back stretch."
With the rest of the race caution free, Haers was left battling lapped traffic as he pulled further away from his runners up. Perrego, who sat behind the wheel of a Big-Block Modified for the first time Tuesday during practice, fell to third mid-race, but kept his cool and deftly maneuvered lapped traffic. He closed in on Britten in lap 19 and slid to the outside to pass him in lap 20. Perrego fumbled with 5 laps to go, but recovered quickly enough not to lose his position.
"I almost spun around there. I was a little nervous," Perrego said about the incident. "We got into (turn) one there, I was just trying to keep up with the lapped cars, and I got into one a little hard."
"It was just an awesome race. I'm so excited. It's just a great way to start the season," said Haers of Wednesday's race, the 2014 debut for the Super DIRTcar Series. "Tonight we were really good and, I told my guys, 'we're going to get a gator this year, we came so close last year."
Perrego came in second, and was pleased with his first Big-Block Modified feature race finish.
"This is amazing, to come out here and finish second out of the gate," said Perrego, who successfully battled veteran racer Hearn in his heat race.
Pauch, another seasoned driver, made the right moves to finish third. In lap 27, he swerved to the outside around Planck for the position and held on for the final three laps.
"We moved up pretty good, and for my team, coming all the way down and running with these guys, that's a pretty good finish," said Pauch, who hails from Frenchtown, N.Y. "My guys worked at it hard and I think we have some notes to go from tomorrow."
Matt Sheppard, of Waterloo, N.Y., took his new Heinke-Baldwin Racing / FX Caprara Car Companies ride from its starting spot in tenth to fourth by the end of the feature race's 30 laps. Planck, of Homer N.Y., finished fifth. Rounding out the top ten are Stewart Friesen in sixth, Peter Britten in seventh, Brett Hearn in eighth, Jimmy Phelps in ninth, and Jamie Mills in tenth.
DIRTcar Nationals presented by Summit Racing Equipment continues Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 20 through Feb. 22, featuring the Super DIRTcar Big-Block Modified Series and the World of Outlaws Late Models Series for all three of the remaining days. General admission tickets will be available for purchase at the gate and include a FREE Fan Pit Pass!
Super DIRTcar Big-Block Modified Series
DIRTcar Nationals presented by Summit Racing Equipment
Volusia Speedway Park
Wednesday, February 23, 2014
A-feature (30 laps): 1. 3h Justin Haers ($2,000), Phelps, N.Y.; 2. 55 Anthony Perrego, Montgomery, N.Y.; 3. 1 Billy Pauch, Frenchtown, N.Y.; 4. 9H Matt Sheppard, Waterloo, N.Y.; 5. 7z Dale Planck, Homer, N.Y.; 6. 1w Stewart Friesen, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario; 7. 21a Peter Britten, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia; 8. 20 Brett Hearn, Sussex, N.J.; 9. 98h Jimmy Phelps, Baldwinsville, N.Y.; 10. 30 Jamie Mills, Milford, Del.; 11.54 Steve Bernard, Granby, Quebec; 12. 5 Jimmy Horton, Neshanic Station, N.J.; 13. 07 Tim Kerr, Picton, Ontario; 14. 323 Neal Williams, Pittsgrove, N.J.; 15. 74 J.R. Heffner, Vatalie, N.Y.; 16. 8 Rich Scagliotta, Hillsborough, N.J.; 17. 21k Randy Chrysler, Lewiston, N.Y.; 18. 22J Jeremy Wilder, Fort Plain, N.Y.; 19. 85 H.J. Bunting, Milford, Del.; 20. 6m Mat Williamson, St. Catharines, Ontario; 21. 10v Billy VanInwegen, Sparrowbush, N.Y.; 22. 14 C.G. Morey, Rutland, Vt.; 23. 48Too Dave Rauscher, Waterloo, N.Y.; 24. 42 Kyle Sheldon, Nassau, N.Y.; 25. 22c Mario Clair, Drummondville, Quebec; 26. 99 Bruno Lepage. Maplegrove, Quebec. DNQ: 21 Yan Bussiere, Drummondville, Quebec; 1g Darwin Greene, Susquehanna, Penn.; 29 Chris Ostrowsky, Conklin, N.Y.; 64 Daniel Nadeau, Maryville, Quebec; 3A Kevin Albert, Lebanon, Penn.; 8R Rob Bellinger, Dexter, N.Y.; T21 Roger Chrysler, Lewiston, N.Y.; 88 Dave Allen, Palmyra, N.Y.
Qualifying Heats (8 laps, top 5 transfer)
Heat 1: Haers, Pauch, Mills, Bernard, Randy Chrysler, Bussiere, Heffner, Greene, Nadeau
Heat 2: Perrego, Hearn, Sheppard, Friesen, Bunting, Sheldon, Lepage, Ostrowsky, Allen
Heat 3: Clair, Scagliotta, Phelps, Kerr, VanInwegen, Rauscher, Albert, Bellinger
Heat 4: Britten, Planck, Horton, Williams, Williamson, Wilder, Morey, Roger Chrysler
B-Main Qualifying Races (10 laps, top 3 transfer)
B-Main 1: Sheldon, Heffner, Lepage, Bussiere, Ostrowsky, Greene
B-Main 2: Rauscher, Wilder, Morey, Bellinger, Albert, Allen, Roger Chrysler
Fresh Start: Matt Sheppard wheels new HBR ride to fast time in Florida
Super DIRTcar Series racing continues Wednesday at Volusia Speedway Park
BARBERVILLE, FLA. - February 18, 2014 - A new year means new beginnings, at least for many of theSuper DIRTcar Series racers at DIRTcar Nationals presented by Summit Racing Equipment. The Big-Block Modified tour opened its 2014 season Tuesday, Feb. 18, with practice laps at Volusia Speedway Park, and it was some newcomers that wowed the crowds in the grandstands.
For the first of three hot laps sessions, Anthony Perrego of Montgomery, N.Y., sat behind the wheel of a Big-Block Modified for the first time. Just a couple laps later Perrego claimed fast time with a 17.005-second lap.
"I was pretty nervous going out for that first one," Perrego recollected. "We were sitting out on the infield and I had Brett around me, and I had those guys around me. You get a little jittery when you see those guys."
Despite the stiff competition and the nerves, Perrego rose to the top in both the first and second practice sessions. He finished third in the final session after three-time series champion Matt Sheppard and eight-time series champion Brett Hearn.
"The first time in a Big-Block, I was pretty impressed to be able to get a fast time in one and two," said Perrego, who started in the Sportsman class and moved up to a small block mid-year 2013.
Defending Super DIRTcar Series Champion Hearn was strong all night, placing second in each practice session. Sheppard made fast time in the third round, showing off his new ride with Henke-Baldwin Racing (HBR).
"Everything's been good; the team's been good, the car has felt good," Sheppard said of the change. "I'm just excited to get into a real race and see how we stack up."
Sheppard racked up three consecutive Super DIRTcar Series championships before joining HBR and has been quick to acclimate to the FX Caprara Car Companies sponsored No. 9h. He finished 18th in time the first round and 15th the second, but made the right changes to claim fast time the final time around with a 18.018-second lap.
"The car wasn't so good in the second session, but we made a few adjustments and I think we'll be right there this week," said Sheppard, anticipating a strong showing for the 9h both at DIRTcar Nationals presented by Summit Racing Equipment and the remainder of the Super DIRTcar Series.
The Super DIRTcar Big-Block Modified Series returns to Volusia Speedway Park Wednesday, Feb. 19, for the first of four doubleheaders rounding out DIRTcar Nationals presented by Summit Racing Equipment. Tickets will be available for purchase at the gate and include a FREE Fan Pit Pass!
Live video coverage is also available for purchase on DIRTvision.com for $21.99 per night. DIRTvision also offers a special package including all four upcoming Super DIRTcar Series races, along with accompanying UMP Late Models and World of Outlaws Late Models races, for just $69.99. For more information, visit www.DIRTvision.com
Hot Lap Session 1 Best Lap Times:
1. Anthony Perrego 17.005
2. Brett Hearn 17.614
3. Mario Clair 17.753
4. Justin Haers 17.811
5. Dale Planck 17.865
6. H.J. Bunting 17.869
7. Steve Bernard 17.883
8. Jamie Mills 17.884
9. Pete Britten 17.984
10. Kevin Albert 18.016
11. Mat Williamson 18.107
12. Jeremy Wilder 18.138
13. Neil Williams 18.191
14. Rich Scagliotta 18.191
15. Billy VanInwegen 18.226
16. Jimmy Phelps 18.242
17. Yan Bussiere 18.323
18. Matt Sheppard 18.357
19. Billy Pauch 18.363
20. J.R. Heffner 18.375
21. Daniel Nadeau 18.426
22. Tim Kerr 18.475
23. Darwin Greene 18.529
24. Bruno LaPage 18.544
25. Kyle Sheldon 18.628
26. Dave Allen 18.712
27. Dave Rauscher 18.764
28. Chris Ostrowsky 18.927
29. Jimmy Horton 18.938
30. C.G. Morey 18.956
31. Randy Chrysler 19.123
32. Rob Bellinger 19.376
1w Stewart Friesen NT
Hot Lap Session 2 Best Lap Times:
1. Perrego 17.350
2. Hearn 17.408
3. Friesen 17.617
4. Clair 17.640
5. Haers 17.660
6. Williams 17.704
7. VanInwegen 17.732
8. Planck 17.769
9. Pauch 17.848
10. Horton 17.850
11. Bernard 17.859
12. LaPage 17.910
13. Heffner 17.956
14. Kerr 18.066
15. Sheppard 18.115
16. Bunting 18.141
17. Bellinger 18.160
18. Britten 18.185
19. Scagliotta 18.193
20. Albert 18.201
21. Wilder 18.210
22. Williamson 18.217
23. Greene 18.329
24. Phelps 18.342
25. Nadeau 18.353
26. Chrysler 18.398
27. Rauscher 18.474
28. Ostrowsky 18.483
29. Bussiere 18.488
30. Sheldon 18.737
Hot Lap Session 3 Best Lap Times:
1. Sheppard 18.018
2. Hearn 18.021
3. Perrego 18.074
4. Pauch 18.084
5. Planck 18.172
6. LaPage 18.267
7. Williamson 18.319
8. Clair 18.342
9. Bunting 18.381
10. Friesen 18.426
11. Wilder 18.464
12. Haers 18.466
13. VanInwegen 18.534
14. Greene 18.562
15. Britten 18.593
16. Williams 18.635
17. Bernard 18.664
18. Bussiere 18.671
19. Phelps 18.730
20. Heffner 18.742
21. Kerr 18.750
22. Allen 18.781
23. Horton 18.829
24. Ostrowsky 18.868
25. Chrysler 18.875
26. Scagliotta 18.879
27. Sheldon 18.961
28. Bellinger 19.069
29. Morey 19.318
30. Rauscher 19.348
31. Nadeau 19.372
Albany-Saratoga Season Set To Go Green On April 18th
For Immediate Release
February 16th, 2014
Malta, NY – The Albany-Saratoga Speedway is set to open for its third consecutive season under promoter Lyle Devore in just about two months’ time. The ultra-fast four tenths of a mile oval will take the green for the first time in 2014 on Friday evening April 18th.
The night will see all weekly divisions in action plus the Four Cylinders. As was the case in 2013, the weekly divisions at Albany-Saratoga will consist of the DIRTcar Modifieds, Sportsman, DIRTcar Pro Stocks, Novice Sportsman and Street Stocks. The full schedule will be released around the first weekend in March.
As an added attraction the band “Just Looking” will be performing on opening night. The band is based out of Saratoga Springs and offers Rock n Roll and some dance music. For more information on the band please search “Just Looking Band” on Facebook.
One year ago Sussex, New Jersey’s Brett Hearn picked up the opening day feature win over a stout field of DIRTcar Modifieds. The win would propel him to the 2013 track championship. He, along with the other champions will be honored on Saturday evening March 8th at the Holiday Inn – Saratoga Springs.
“We are just carrying this thing over from last year,” Hearn said after last season’s season opener. “I really don’t know what it’s all about but it’s working for me. Once it went single file I was pretty confident that we were pretty good at that point. From what I have been told we were pretty good at the end.”
The 2012 season would see the season opener held over two days, in a double header format. On Thursday evening Spraker’s, New York hot shoe Stewart Friesen would claim the win for the late Marty Burdick while on Friday night Watertown’s World of Outlaw Late Model kingpin Tim McCreadie would bring home the checkered flag.
“It’s pretty cool to be the first dirt winner in the new era,” Friesen said following that 2012 win. “Tonight was good, track position was key along with being up front. It was a battle royal with Ken (Tremont, Jr.) – it was tight. I saw him get up on the outside and I tried to slide him and get his line. We were able to hold him off.”
“Kudos to the track crew, it’s as smooth as glass,” McCreadie said after the Friday night win. “In the hot laps before the feature we were off a little bit, so we turned it back to where we were in the heat. It felt good, I saw Brett once early in the race and never saw him again so I didn’t know if he was better than me or if I was better than him but I didn’t like seeing him at the end – that’s for sure.”
Derrick McGrew and Rob Yetman have swept the opening day victories in the Sportsman and DIRTcar Pro Stock divisions since The Great Race Place returned to the clay surface in 2012. Connor Cleveland won the Novice Sportsman event in 2013 while Joey Scarborough won the “rookie” feature in 2012.
In other full fender action Bill Dupree and Matt Mosher were victorious in the Street Stock division season openers in 2012 and 2013 respectfully. In 2012 Chris VanDeputte (Dual Cam) and Dan Older, Jr. (Single Cam) won the opening day events while last season Todd Goldstein (Dual Cam) and Mark Lindblade (Single Cam) were opening event winners.
Brewerton And Fulton Speedway Blast Off 2014 April 4-6 At The Great Northern Mall
BALDWINSVILLE, NY – FEBRUARY 13, 2014 (By Dave Medler) – By popular demand the Great Northern Mall with the Brewerton and Fulton Speedway are excited to announce the return of the “Blast-Off” show on April 4-6.
“The shows in the past were a great success and helped propel us into the new season. We expect nothing different this year,” said Cory Reed who is the marketing director for both tracks. “The amount of race fans that turned out has always been strong and the mall staff could not have been more accommodating. We are excited to bring the popular show.”
Throughout the weekend at the Brewerton and Fulton booth you will have a chance to win race tickets, buy season passes and have any questions answered about the 2014 season.
For race teams this is a way to show off your 2014 racing equipment and give great exposure to your sponsors. Not only is this for the race fans, it’s also way to attract potential fans to the great racing at the Brewerton and Fulton Speedway.
To put your car on display is free but space is limited. To register your car just go to this link to sign up. http://fultonspeedway.net/?page_id=482
The Great Northern Mall is located on Route 31 in Clay, NY with easy access of Route 481. To see all the stores and eateries they have to offer go to www.greatnorthernmall.com . Mall hours are Mon-Saturday 10am-9pm and Sunday 11am-6pm.
The long offseason will come to an end and the clay will fly on Friday, April 18th when the Brewerton Speedway will swing the gates open for the brand new racing season. One week later on Saturday, April 26th the Fulton Speedway will start the 2014 season in a huge way. On that date the Big Block Modified Super DIRTcar Series will be in town to battle Fulton’s best in a 100-lap event.
It’s not too early to get your tickets for the “Salute To The King” Steve Kinser’s farewell tour when the STP World Of Outlaw Sprints visit the Fulton Speedway on July 23rd. Tickets are available by visiting http://dirtcar.ticketforce.com/ordertickets.asp?p=468&backurl=default.asp. The highly competitive Industrial Tire Of CNY Sportsman Shootout Series will also be on the Fulton “High Banks” that night.
KING BACK BEHIND THE MIC AT FONDA FOR 2014
By: Ron Szczerba
When the 2014 racing season begins at the "Track of Champions" Fonda Speedway there will be many other changes to the staff at the speedway besides the change in promoter to Matt DeLorenzo. Back in the announcers tower for 2014 will be none other than Jim King who has spent many years in the announcer's tower at Fonda so this will be like a homecoming for the popular announcer.
Backing King up as the assistant announcer will be well known journalist for the Area Auto Racing Newspaper Toby LaGrange while in the race director position it will be Charlie (Tuna) Squires who has also been an employee at the speedway for a number of years.
1972 was the year that Jim King started his announcing career at Fonda and it happened very quickly according to King. The King name was tied in to the "Track of Champions" in other ways as well as Jim's father owned cars that raced at Fonda.
"I was the track photographer at Fonda back in 1972 and when the announcer at that time left the area for a different job promoter Jim Gage Jr. asked me to take over the announcing position," King said. "Since then I have been at Fonda on and off for 20 years between announcing at other Saturday night tracks including Orange County and Lebanon Valley."
Since the early seventies King has also announced at national snowmobile events, national motocross events, and national grass drag events as well. He is known for bringing up through the ranks various announcers including Fred Osmun, Shane Andrews, and Dan Martin. This year Toby LaGrange will be under the tutelage of King as he begins his new position as assistant announcer at Fonda.
Recently King was inducted into the New York State Stock Car Association (NYSSCA) Hall of Fame for his career in the announcing field and considered it a great honor.
"It is definitely a great feeling to be in the NYSSCA Hall of Fame with everybody who is anybody in the sport," King said. "I believe that I am only the second announcer to ever be inducted into the NYSSCA Hall of Fame so it is a great honor."
When negotiations began for DeLorenzo to take over Fonda Matt's father Tom asked Jim if he would come back if they did take it over and of course King said yes.
"I am looking forward to coming back to Fonda," King said. "It is going to be a lot of fun."
What started out as a conversation among friends ended up getting Toby LaGrange the assistant announcer's position at Fonda for the upcoming season.
"Last summer I was talking with a group of friends including Jim King and I made mention that I wouldn't mind doing the victory lane interviews at Fonda someday," LaGrange said. "In late December of last year Jim asked me to stop to his house and said to me that he had spoken to Matt (DeLorenzo) about offering me the assistant announcer's position, Matt was all for it, and of course I accepted."
LaGrange will be doing victory lane interviews along with some live interviews from the pit area on race day. At some point after learning from and watching Jim (King) LaGrange will also get the opportunity to announce some events during the racing program as well.
"I have never done any announcing before but to me that is a good thing as I can now learn from one of the best Jim King," LaGrange said. "With Jim's help I will learn the right way to do things the same way that Shane Andrews and Dan Martin did."
LaGrange has racing in his blood from both sides of his family as his father Mark LaGrange raced both late models and modifieds at Fonda and Toby's cousin from his mother's side Red Knoblauch is a member of the Fonda Speedway Hall of Fame. LaGrange started writing about stock car racing in 2002 and since 2009 has stayed exclusively with the Area Auto Racing News covering both Albany Saratoga and Fonda on a weekly basis.
"I really want to thank both Jim (King) and Matt (DeLorenzo) for the opportunity at Fonda," LaGrange said. "I started attending Fonda at age four and up until last season at the age of 34 I have only missed one event at Fonda which was not by my choice as my mother made me attend my high school graduation back in 1997 instead of going to the races at Fonda."
For the last 12 years Charlie (Tuna) Squires has worked at Fonda in various roles.
"I pretty much did whatever Marty (previous race director Marty Beberwyk) needed me to do from flagging in turn four, flagging on the backstretch, along with flagging the Empire Super Sprint race at Fonda," Squires said. "Matt (DeLorenzo) called and asked me if I would like to take the race directors positions and I gladly said yes."
Squires has been the pit steward at the Utica Rome Speedway for the last 10 years as he resides in Rome, NY. He has also driven and owned race cars as well.
"I went to the Fonda Speedway for the first time when I was seven years old," Squires said. "Since that first race at Fonda I knew that racing was what I wanted to be a part of and now at age 64 I will be working for DIRT Car at Fonda and NASCAR at Utica Rome in the same year."
For more information on the upcoming 2014 season at the "Track of Champions" Fonda Speedway you can go to their newly updated by Bobby Chalmers of BC Designs website www.fondaspeedway.com
Albany-Saratoga Competitors To Be Honored At Banquet
For Immediate Release
February 1st, 2014
Malta, NY - The Albany-Saratoga Speedway will honor the accomplishments of the 2013 season on Saturday March 8th with the traditional season ending awards banquet. This year’s banquet will be held at the Holiday Inn – Saratoga Springs, which is located on Route 9 of the historic city.
The top ten drivers in the final point standings of the four weekly divisions will be recognized at the banquet. The champions in both Four Cylinder divisions will also be honored. It will be a cash bar with light hors d’oeuvres taking place at 6:00 pm and dinner at 7:00 pm. The awards will follow.
Tickets are $35 per person and must be purchased prior to the event and be in hand as none will be sold at the door. All ticket purchases must be postmarked by February 28th. Payment may be made by check, money order or credit card. Please call 518-587-0220 for more information or to order tickets by phone.
The exact location of the Holiday Inn is 232 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, New York 12866. Please log on to the tracks website at www.albany-saratogaspeedway.com for more information including the order form.
2014 Schedule BRP Modified Tour Schedule
Sunday, May 18, 2014 Allegheny Motor Speedway (Formerly Tri City Speedway)
Sunday, June 15, 2014 Allegheny Motor Speedway
Friday, July 4, 2014 TBA
Sunday, July 6, 2014 Allegheny Motor Speedway
Thursday, July 10, 2014 Expo Speedway (Ohio)
Saturday, July 12, 2014 Mercer Raceway Park
Sunday, July 13, 2014 Mercer Raceway Park
Friday, July 18, 2014 TBA
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 Sharon Speedway (Rain date July 31)
Sunday, August 24, 2014 Allegheny Motor Speedway
Saturday, August 30, 2014 TBA
Saturday, September 13, 2014 Sharon Speedway
Sunday, September 21, 2014 Allegheny Motor Speedway
2014 NYSSCA BANQUET HONORS ITS MEMBERS
ALBANY, NY (January 25, 2014) – Drivers, owners, crew members, media, and fans of the New York State Stock Car Association (NYSSCA) gathered at the Polish Community Center in Colonie, NY to recognize member track competitors and Hall of Fame inductees . The 45th annual awards banquet, held on January 25th, gathered approximately 450 celebrants with well-known radio and track personalities John Stanley and Dan Martin serving as Masters of Ceremony.
This year’s Hall of Fame Induction ceremony and the Awards Banquet were dedicated in memory of Peg Bedell and Rene “The Champ” Charland.
Earlier in the day the NYSSCA Hall of Fame Committee, chaired by John Keegan, inducted five members of the stock car community including veteran announcer Jimmy King and drivers Mike Colsten, Joe Messina, Jimmy Winks, and Bob Savoie. While the official ceremony had taken place earlier in the day at the Saratoga Auto Museum (Saratoga Springs, NY), the group was also introduced to the gathering at the banquet and recognized for their many years of service and great accomplishments in the stock car arena.
The 2014 NYSSCA Hall of Fame inductees are a strong and diverse group, representative of those who have achieved greatness in the world of racing.
Presenting Jim King’s varied involvement with racing that is beginning its 42nd year was fellow announcer Dan Martin. His announcing career began in 1972 at Fonda Speedway and has included such tracks as Glen Ridge Motorsports Park (NY), Utica-Rome (NY), Lebanon Valley (NY) and Albany-Saratoga (NY). In addition, King has been actively involved in recent years with ice racing and snowmobile racing in the winter season.
The 2013 season was the 45th season in which Modified driver Mike Colsten was involved. After overcoming mesothelioma (a form of cancer) in 2012 Colsten came back to Five Mile Point (NY) to win the track championship, his fourth at the track.
For Bob Savoie the wins were racked up at Utica-Rome Speedway, Albany-Saratoga, Devil’s Bowl (VT), Plattsburgh (NY) and most recently, in 2013, at Glen Ridge Motorsports Park. That win gave him over 60 victories in five consecutive decades.
Joe Messina’s racing career began in the late 1950’s when he ran at Pine Bowl (NY) and Empire Speedway (NY). He later ran the Ken Tremont, Sr. owned No. 115 at Lebanon Valley and Devil’s Bowl. He won the Devil’s Bowl track championship in 1970.
Hailing from the Syracuse, NY area, Modified and Super Modified driver Jimmy Winks won the track title twice at Rolling Wheels Raceway (NY) as well as five wins at Oswego Speedway (NY) and 37 career victories at Volusia County Speedway (FL). The versatile driver also had two Sprint Car victories. The popular driver passed away in early November at the age of 65.
Prior to the presentation of the organization’s special awards President Mark Krosky highlighted the many activities and fund raising events that occurred during 2013 to help raise funds to support the goal of NYSSCA—“racers helping racers.” Membership, which includes members of the Hall of Fame, is at approximately 900 and is representative of all groups involved in racing including drivers, owners, fans, and media.
Likening the leadership of the organization to the many components of a race car, Krosky thanked all those who play pivotal roles in the success of the organization including track representatives, members of the Board of Directors and officers, committee members and sponsors.
Krosky presented the “NYSSCA President’s Award” this year to the promoters of the member tracks for their support and dedication to the goals and activities of the organization. Receiving “President’s Award” plaques were Lyle Devore of Albany-Saratoga, Mike Perrotte of Airborne Park, Mike Van Dusen of CRSA, Mike Bruno of Devils Bowl, Pete and Matt Demitraszek of Glen Ridge Motorsports Park, Ron Ford and Jamie Paige of I-88, Howard Commander of Lebanon Valley, Mike Gurda of Orange County, Gene Cole of Utica-Rome and Ted White of Woodhall.
Barbara Clark, who received the Utica-Rome award on behalf of Gene Cole was given special recognition by Krosky for her devotion and dedication to her position which included helping to put out a generator fire on NYSSCA Night at the track. For her ‘service above and beyond the call of duty’ Clark was presented with a fire extinguisher and a personalized fire chief’s helmet by Krosky and asked to be on standby for the remainder of the night’s activities.
Also recognized by President Mark Krosky for their dedicated service as banquet emcees were Dan Martin and John Stanley. The very well-known local track announcers each dedicate many hours to the compilation of statistics and background information on each of the award recipients and the dynamic duo has done so for 25 consecutive years. Responsible for the delivery of each year’s banquet agenda, they are a key ingredient to the success of the night.
Annually NYSSCA presents several awards to honor and recognize past and present members. This year’s “Special Awards” were as follows:
The “Jim Langenback Memorial Award” to Rob Yetman of Castleton, NY who had an outstanding 2013 season in Pro Stock competition. The Langenback Award is presented to a NYSSCA member that has an exceptional season while representing himself in the manner likened to Hall of Fame member Jim Langenback. Yetman claimed the Albany-Saratoga track title as well as the overall Super DIRTcar Series Pro Stock title. His season totals included 8 wins at Albany-Saratoga, two wins at Lebanon Valley, setting fast time and pole sitter at Super DIRT Week (NY). Yetman joined retired Modified great Bill Wimble as the only two drivers in history to have won a championship at Albany-Saratoga, Fonda and Lebanon Valley Speedways.
Leon Andrus, columnist for the Gater Racing News, was recognized with the “NYSSCA Journalism Award.” Through his column “Positive News and Notes” and his announcing duties at Five Mile Point and I-88 (NY) Speedways Andrus provides his followers with up-to-date racing news as well as promoting NYSSCA.
The “Dedication to Racing in Memory of Harry Peek” award was presented to John Flach Sr. and the Flach Family who have been involved in racing since the 1959 spanning four generations. On stage to accept the award were John C., his wife Liz, son Keith and Nicole who was engaged to son J.C. at the time of his passing. The family’s commitment to the sport of racing serves us all as an example of family dedication and devotion. The Flach family truly exemplifies those worthy of the “dedication” award.
“Car Owner of the Year” accolades went to Tom Cullen owner of the WGC #1 driven by Stewart Friesen to 8 wins and a track title at Utica-Rome in 2013. In addition they bookended the Super DIRTcar Series season with a win at the opening show at Rolling Wheels Racing and ending with their win at the World Finals at the Dirt Track at Charlotte (NC). The title at Utica-Rome was the fourth consecutive and Cullen’s sixth in nine years at the Vernon, NY track.
The “Lifetime Contribution to Racing Award in Memory of Kenny Shoemaker” was presented to Mike Thoma, who is best known for his support of racing, racers and Speed Chasers (kid’s club) at the Lebanon Valley Speedway through Thoma Tire since the early 80’s. Until closing the front doors this past fall, Thoma fans traveling to the Lebanon Valley Speedway on Route 20 would look forward to the “Thoma Tire Sign” that would carry a catchy comment related to that night’s race.
The “Dedication to NYSSCA Award in Memory of Arty McCarty” was presented to a very deserving and surprised 25-year NYSSCA member Tom Remington. Kept in the dark that he was receiving an award, a humbled Remington was honored for his many years of dedicated service to NYSSCA with Motor Racing Mania (car show), the banquet, the Hall of Fame, the annual Yearbook and as a member of the Board of Directors.
The NYSSCA “Award of Excellence” was presented to two drivers whose achievements in 2013 were remarkable. The 2013 season was a milestone year for Kenny Tremont, Jr. who garnered his 300th career win in May and his August win became the 30th year Tremont had won a feature at the Lebanon Valley Speedway, the only driver to do so. For Vermont native Todd Stone the 2013 season included seven wins at Airborne Park Speedway (NY) and ten wins at Devil’s Bowl. As a result of his outstanding performance at Devil’s Bowl he was crowned the NASCAR Whelan All American Series National “Rookie of the Year” in addition to being named the NASCAR Vermont State Champion.
The NYSSCA “Lifetime Achievement Award” was presented to Alton and Carole Palmer of Howes Cave, NY. Their involvement in racing first began in 1978 when Alton started his driving career in a Late Model. Since that time the duo has supported several drivers including Dave Lape, Jack Johnson, Ricky Quick, John McAuliffe, John Constantino and most notable, their current driver, Ronnie Johnson. Quick to lend a hand to others, the Palmers have achieved much in the world of racing, including five titles (four with Lape and one with R. Johnson) at Fonda Speedway and multiple wins at several Northeast dirt tracks.
Topping off a 27-win season that included wins in a Modified (22), Sprint Car (4) and a Midget (1) earned Stewart Friesen now of Sprakers, NY the “NYSSCA Overall Outstanding Performance” award. His stellar season concluded with track titles at Fonda and Utica-Rome Speedways in addition to winning the season-ending Super DIRTcar Series event at the Dirt Track at Charlotte. The versatile driver had a winning percentage of over 25 per cent for the 107 races he ran in 2013.
NYSSCA’s track base covers Airborne Park Speedway, Albany-Saratoga Speedway, Devils Bowl Speedway, Fonda Speedway, Glen Ridge Motorsports Park, I-88 Speedway, Lebanon Valley Speedway, Orange County Fair Speedway, Utica-Rome Speedway, Woodhull Raceway and the Capital Region Sprintcar Agency. Established in 1969 with just eleven members, NYSSCA membership is open to anyone involved in the sport of racing. Today, membership includes over 900 people throughout the racing community. The organization’s most important function is to provide cash benefits for members injured during sanctioned racing events at recognized racing facilities. For more information visit their website at www.nyssca.com.
For 2014 NYSSCA officers include Mark Krosky as President, Cheryl Catman as Vice-President, Ashley Fisher as Secretary, JoAnn Flanigan as Treasurer and Andy Hickok as Sergeant-At-Arms. Members of the Board of Directors include Shari Pierson, Clem DaBiere, Dan Martin, Bob James, John Keegan, Christine Krosky and Bonnie Mortensen-Szczerba.
NYSSCA track awards were presented to:
AIRBORNE PARK SPEEDWAY: Driver of the Year: Todd Stone (Modified), Nick Heywood (Sportsman Modified), Lance Rabtoy (Renegades), Robin Wood (Limited Late Models), Jayson Criss (Mini Mods); Outstanding Performance: Leon Gonyo (Modified), Mike Phinney (Sportsman Modified), Robert Gordon (Renegades), Jamy Begor (Limited Late Models), Dale O’Neil (Mini Mods); Rookie / Newcomer of the Year: Keith Pelkey (Sportsman Modified), Josh Lecliare (Renegades), Danny Sullivan (Limited Late Models), Kaine Favro (Mini Mods).
ALBANY SARATOGA SPEEDWAY: Driver of the Year: Brett Hearn (Modified), Rob Yetman (Pro Stocks), Jeremy Pitts (Sportsman), Connor Cleveland (Novice Sportsman), Bill Duprey (Street Stock), Mark Lindblade (4 Cylinders Single Cam), Todd Goldstein (4 Cylinders Dual Cam); Outstanding Performance: Marc Johnson (Modified), Kenny Martin (Pro Stocks), Derrick McGrew (Sportsman), Matt Pappa and Timothy Davis (Novice Sportsman), Josh Coonradt (Street Stock), Dan Older (4 Cylinders Single Cam), David Frame (4 Cylinders Dual Cam); Rookie / Newcomer of the Year: Brian Gleason (Modified), Byron Westcott (Pro Stocks), Connor Cleveland (Sportsman), Damon Anderson (Street Stock).
CAPITAL REGION SPRINTCAR AGENCY: Driver of the Year: John Matrafailo; Outstanding Performance: Jordan Thomas; Rookie / Newcomer of the Year: Jordan Thomas.
DEVIL’S BOWL SPEEDWAY: Driver of the Year: Todd Stone (Modified), Richie Turner (Renegades), Chris Bergeron (Late Models), Jake Noble (Mini Stock); Outstanding Performance: Hunter Bates (Modified), Robert Gordon (Renegades), Josh Masterson (Late Models), Chris LaVair (Mini Stock); Rookie / Newcomer of the Year: Jamie LaFountain (Modified), Brad Bushey (Renegades), Josh Masterson (Late Models), Chuck Bradford (Mini Stock).
FONDA SPEEDWAY: Driver of the Year: Stewart Friesen (Modified), David Constantino (602 Limited Sportsman), Pete Broderson (Pro Stock), Rob VanAernam (Street Stock), Ken Hollenbeck (4-Cylinder Single Cam), Kerrie Hollenbeck (4-Cylinder Dual Cam); Outstanding Performance: Matt DeLorenzo (Modified), Rocky Warner and Mark Mortensen (602 Sportsman), Kenny Martin (Pro Stock), Reuben Kennedy (Street Stock); Keith Tesiero, Sr. (4-Cylinder Single Cam), Keith Tesiero, Jr. (4-Cylinder Dual Cam); Rookie / Newcomer of the Year: Brian Gleason (Modified), Chris Schaffer (602 Limited Sportsman), John Bradt (Pro Stock), Bob Rose III (Street Stock).
GLEN RIDGE MOTORSPORTS PARK: Driver of the Year: Bobby Varin (Modified), Brian Pessolano (602 Sportsman), Aaron Burton (Rookie 602 Sportsman), Rob VanAernam (Street Stock), Shane Playford (4 Cylinder Cruiser); Outstanding Performance: Jim Becker (Modified), Korey Wilder (602 Sportsman), Blake Schwarting (Rookie 602 Sportsman), Jason Samrov (Street Stock), Keith Tesiero, Sr. (4 Cylinder Cruiser); Rookie / Newcomer of the Year: Jeff Rockefeller (Modified), Ivan Joslin (602 Sportsman), A.J. Prime (Rookie 602 Sportsman).
I-88 SPEEDWAY: Driver of the Year: Mike Mahaney (Modified), Alan Barker (Sportsman), Rich Green (Street Stock), James Cornell (IMCA), Tim Vandermark (Fwd 4 Cylinder), Rick Wagner (Empire Sport Trucks); Outstanding Performance: Shaun Walker (Modified), Nick Nye (Sportsman), Kurt Decker (Street Stock), Matt Roberts (IMCA), Bob Crandall (Fwd 4 Cylinder), Chris Sherman (Empire Sport Trucks); Rookie / Newcomer of the Year: Brett Tonkin (Modified), Travis Smith (Sportsman), Larry Truax (Street Stock), Billy Ward (IMCA), Alan Hodge (Fwd 4 Cylinder), Damon Decker (Empire Sport Trucks).
LEBANON VALLEY SPEEDWAY: Driver of the Year: Brett Hearn, (Modified), Steve Hough (Small Block Modified), Tyler Dippel (Sportsman), Jason Corbin (Pro Stock), James “JJ” Hatch (Pure Stocks), Ian Relyea and Brandon Ely (4-Cylinder Single Cam), Todd Goldstein (4 Cylinder Dual Cam); Outstanding Performance: Andy Bachetti (Modified), Steve Meilleur (Small Block Modified), Tommy Johnson (Sportsman), Jason Casey (Pro Stock), Daniel Sanchez (Pure Stocks), Jim Williams (4-Cylinder Single Cam), Steven Loomis (4-Cylinder Dual Cam); Rookie / Newcomer of the Year: Bobby Hackel IV (Modified), Chad Jeseo (Small Block Modified), Matt Pappa (Sportsman), Jason Meltz (Pro Stock), Hunter Sanchez (Pure Stocks).
ORANGE COUNTY FAIR SPEEDWAY: Driver of the Year: Tim Hindley (Modified), Danny Creeden (Small Block Modified), Brian Krummel (Sportsman), Jesse Leiby (Rookie Sportsman), Stephen Kammer (Street Stock); Outstanding Performance: Jerry Higbie (Modified), Bob McGannon (Small Block Modified), Anthony Perrago (Sportsman), Christian Rumsey (Rookie Sportsman), Charlie Donald (Street Stock); Rookie / Newcomer of the Year: Bobby Varin (Modified), Brian Krummel (Small Block Modified), Bryanna Hurban (Sportsman).
UTICA ROME SPEEDWAY: Driver of the Year: Stewart Friesen (Modified), Matt Janczuk (Sportsman), Tom Denton (Pro Stock), Ron Hawker (Pure Stock); Outstanding Performance: Matt Sheppard (Modified), Jeremy Vunk (Sportsman), Glenn Forward (Pro Stock), Ricky Breed (Pure Stock); Rookie / Newcomer of the Year: Mike Bowman (Modified), Robert Barker (Sportsman), Joe Palmer (Pro Stock), Keith Stevenson (Pure Stock).
WOODHULL RACEWAY: Driver of the Year: Donnie Lawson (Modifieds), Glenn Whritenour (Late Models), Chris Daugherty (Crate Sportsman), Brett Marlatt (Street Stock), Brandon Morseman (Mini Stock), Jaye McConnell II (Front Wheel Drive); Outstanding Performance: Billy Van Pelt (Modifieds), John Waters (Late Models), Ray Smith (Crate Sportsman), Teddy Morseman, Jr. (Street Stock), James Kreisler III (Mini Stock), Matt Prescott (Front Wheel Drive); Rookie / Newcomer of the Year: Josh Nobriga (Modifieds), Ray Bliss, Jr. (Late Models), Josh Sawyer (Crate Sportsman), Tracy Dunn (Street Stock), James Kreisler III (Mini Stock), Ryan Austin (Front Wheel Drive).
Thrilling Season of Racing Ahead in 2014 for DIRTcar Northeast Series
Classic tracks, new additions make for an action-packed racing schedule
WEEDSPORT, N.Y. - Jan. 21, 2014 - Another action-packed year of DIRTcar Racing is set to kick off soon, with the Northeast's premier traveling series taking on the region's most exciting tracks. For the 2014 season, the Super DIRTcar Big-Block Modified Series spans from Florida to Quebec, bringing the best of the Big-Block Modfiieds to their classic venues and adding some new ones to the mix.
The DIRTcar 358-Modified Series, DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series and DIRTcar Pro Stock Series are also revving up for one of their busiest seasons in years, boasting a total of more than 60 races among the four DIRTcar Racing Northeast Region series.
The Super DIRTcar Series begins its season earlier than the rest with four races at Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, Fla., bringing the cars and stars from the chilly northeast to warm Florida in February. The races, scheduled daily from Wednesday, Feb. 19, through Saturday, Feb. 22, may not be point races, but that won't stop recent series champions Brett Hearn and Matt Sheppard from trying to oust the defending DIRTcar Nationals presented by Summit Racing Equipment champion, Danny Johnson, from his throne.
Once the Super DIRTcar Big-Block Modified Series heads back north it kicks into high gear in spring, returning to Central New York's Fulton Speedway on Saturday, April 26, for the first 100-lap feature of the season. The Super DIRTcar Series then crosses the border to Brockville Ontario Speedway in Brockville, Ontario, for an early-season special event.
The DIRTcar Sportsman Series gets an early start in 2014 as well, with a Sunday, April 27, opener scheduled at Mohawk International Raceway in Akwesasne, N.Y.
The DIRTcar 358-Modified Series opens in May, with back-to-back races at Cornwall Motor Speedway on Sunday, May 18, and Merrittville Speedway on Monday, May 19. On Sunday, June 1, the DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series and DIRTcar Pro Stock Series invade Cornwall Motor Speedway for a two-series special at the Ontario quarter-mile.
The month of June heats up for the Super DIRTcar Series, with star-studded races set for Tuesday, June 17, at New Egypt Speedway, Wednesday, June 25, at Utica-Rome Speedway, and Sunday, June 29, at Cornwall Motor Speedway. The DIRTcar Pro Stock Series will spend the month in Quebec, racing at Autodrome Granby Friday, June 20, and Le RPM Speedway Saturday, June 21.
In early July, the DIRTcar 358-Modified Series swings westward for consecutive race nights at Humberstone Speedway Tuesday, July 1, and Ransomville Speedway Wednesday, July 2. Ransomville Speedway will also host the DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series for its infamous Battle at the Border. The very next night, the Super DIRTcar Series joins the Empire Super Sprints at Rolling Wheels Raceway Park in Elbridge, N.Y., for a spectacular night of racing action Thursday, July 3. From there, the series roars to the Capital Region for Brett Hearn's The Big Show 6 on Tuesday, July 8, at Albany-Saratoga Speedway, where once again it will be joined by the DIRTcar Pro Stock Series.
The Super DIRTcar Series returns Tuesday, July 15, to Big Diamond Speedway, marking the first time since 2009 the series has toured the track in Minersville, Pa. The series will then head to Glen Ridge Motorsports Park, in Fultonville, N.Y., on Wednesday, July 16. Both the Super DIRTcar Series and the DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series take a trip north of the border for doubleheaders Monday, July 21, at Autodrome Granby and Tuesday, July 22, at Autodrome Drummond.
Monday, Aug. 4, marks the classic Bob St. Amand, Sr. Memorial for the Super DIRTcar Series at Merrittville Speedway in Thorold, Ontario. Following at the heels is the return of the Super DIRTcar Series to Ransomville Speedway for the 30th Annual Alex Friesen Summer Nationals Tuesday, Aug. 5.
A couple nights later the Big-Block Modifieds will once again light up Weedsport Speedway in Weedsport, N.Y., for the annual Hall of Fame race. The DIRTcar Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will honor the sports best contributors Wednesday, Aug. 6, and the Super DIRTcar Series will take on the history-packed track Thursday, Aug. 7.
The thrilling "Mr. DIRT Track U.S.A" at Lebanon Valley Speedway caps off the month of August for the Super DIRTcar Series on Thursday, Aug. 14. The DIRTcar 358-Modified Series carries the DIRTcar Northeast Region to the fall post-season with a Sunday, Aug. 31, 125-lapper at Cornwall Motor Speedway.
While the weekly season winds down, the DIRTcar Northeast series speed up into their final rounds with several action-packed race weekends across the region. Friday, Sept. 5, and Saturday, Sept. 6, the Super DIRTcar Series, DIRTcar 358-Modified Series and DIRTcar Pro Stock Series invade Autodrome Granby, with the first highlighting Friday's racing and the latter two taking over Saturday. Meanwhile, the DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series is set to take on three tracks in as many days, starting at Ransomville Speedway Friday, Sept. 5, heading to Merrittville Speedway Saturday, Sept. 6, and concluding the weekend Sunday, Sept. 7, at Humberstone Speedway.
The following weekend, all four series trek to Mohawk International Raceway, with the DIRTcar 358-Modified Series and DIRTcar Pro Stock Series charging to the Frogtown Road track Friday, Sept. 12, and the Super DIRTcar Series and DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series arriving Saturday, Sept. 13. Next up, the Super DIRTcar Series heads to "The Track of Champions," Fonda Speedway, Sunday, Sept. 21.
The DIRTcar 358-Modified Series, DIRTcar Sportsman Series and DIRTcar Pro Stock Series polish off the last of their season before October's NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week XLIII at Brighton Speedway and Le RPM Speedway. Brighton celebrates Applefest Weekend Friday, Sept. 19, with the DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series and Saturday, Sept. 20, with the DIRTcar 358-Modified Series. Le RPM plays host to the DIRTcar 358-Modified Series Friday, Sept. 19, and, on Saturday, Sept. 20, both the DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series and DIRTcar Pro Stock Series invade the Quebec track.
All four series meet in October for "Racing's Biggest Party," NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week XLIII. One of the biggest weeks in DIRTcar Racing, NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week XLIII kicks off Wednesday, Oct. 8, at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse, N.Y., and runs through Sunday, Oct. 12, with satellite events taking over some of Central New York's premier motorsports facilities. Wednesday, Oct. 8, the DIRTcar 358-Modified Series returns to Weedsport Speedway along with the DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series to jump start the week of racing. The DIRTcar 358-Modified Series then heads to Brewerton Speedway Thursday, Oct. 9, for the week's second satellite event. Championship rounds roar onto the "Moody Mile" Saturday, Oct. 11, for the DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series and DIRTcar 358-Modified Series. The week concludes Sunday, Oct. 12, with championship races for the DIRTcar Pro Stock Series and the Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds.
The season doesn't end there. Brockville Ontario Speedway's 1000 Islands RV Fall Nationals features the DIRTcar 358-Modified Series finale Friday, Oct. 17, the DIRTcar Sportmsan Modifeid Series finale Saturday, Oct. 18, and the Super DIRTcar Series Sunday Oct. 19.
The season concludes for the Super DIRTcar Series at The Dirt Track at Charlotte in Concord, N.C. The thrilling World of Outlaws World Finals brings the best of the Big-Block Modified Super DIRTcar Series, the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series and the World of Outlaws Late Models Series to one of the biggest stages in the sport to crown each series champion. Qualifying begins Thursday, Nov. 6. Feature races for all three series light up the track Friday, Nov. 7, and Saturday, Nov. 8.
Super DIRTcar Big Block Modified Series Schedule
Date Track Laps
Wed., Feb. 19 Volusia Speedway Park 30 N/P
Thurs., Feb 20 Volusia Speedway Park 30 N/P
Fri., Feb. 21 Volusia Speedway Park 30 N/P
Sat.. Feb. 22 Volusia Speedway Park 50 N/P
Sat., April 26 Fulton Speedway 100
Wed., May 28 Brockville Ontario Speedway TBD
Tues., June 17 New Egypt Speedway 60 (Rain date June 18)
Wed., June 25 Utica-Rome Speedway 100
Sun., June 29 Cornwall Motor Speedway 100
Thurs., July 3 Rolling Wheels Raceway TBD
Tues., July 8 Albany-Saratoga Speedway 100 (Rain date July 29)
Tues., July 15 Big Diamond Speedway 75
Wed., July 16 Glen Ridge Motorsports Park 100 (Rain date July 30)
Mon., July 21 Autodrome Granby 100
Tues., July 22 Autodrome Drummondville 100
Mon., August 4 Merrittville Speedway 100
Tues., August 5 Ransomville Speedway 100
*** HALL OF FAME EVENT ***
(Wednesday, August 6 - DIRTcar Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony)
Thurs., Aug. 7 Weedsport Speedway 100
Thurs., Aug. 14 Lebanon Valley Speedway 100
Sat., Sept. 6 Autodrome Granby 100
Sat., Sept. 13 Mohawk International Raceway 100
Sun., Sept. 21 Fonda Speedway 100
*** SUPER DIRT WEEK XLIII **
Sun., Oct. 12 New York State Fairgrounds 200
*** 6th DIRTcar FALL NATIONALS ***
Sat., Oct. 18 Brockville Ontario Speedway 100
Sun., Oct. 26 Orange County Fairgrounds Speedway 2000
*** 8th ANNUAL WORLD FINALS ***
Thurs., Nov. 6 The Dirt Track at Charlotte (Qualifying)
Fri., Nov. 7 The Dirt Track at Charlotte (Race 1) 40
Sat., Nov. 8 The Dirt Track at Charlotte (Race 2) 40
* Note: To be eligible to compete at the 8th Annual World Finals a driver must attempt to qualify for a scheduled Super DIRTcar Big Block Modified Series event during the 2014 calendar year (this includes the 42nd Annual DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park).
DIRTcar 358 Modified Series Schedule
Sun., May 18 Cornwall Speedway 100
Mon., May 19 Merrittville Speedway 100
Tues., July 1 Humberstone Speedway 100
Wed., July 2 Ransomville Speedway 75
Sun., Aug. 31 Cornwall Speedway 125
Fri., Sept. 5 Autodrome Granby 75
Fri., Sept. 12 Mohawk International Raceway 100
Fri., Sept. 19 Le RPM Speedway 100
Sat., Sept. 20 Brighton Speedway 100
Wed., Oct. 8 Cayuga County Fairgrounds Speedway 75
Thurs., Oct. 9 Brewerton Speedway 100
Sat., Oct. 11 New York State Fairgrounds 150
Fri., Oct. 17 Brockville Speedway 100
* Note: To be eligible for the Series Championship in either the Super DIRTcar Big Block Modified and/or Mr. DIRTcar 358 Modified Series, a competitor must compete in 75% (percent) of the scheduled DIRTcar events at their selected DIRTcar Weekly sanctioned home track to earn the minimum portion (900) of their 'Bonus' points.
DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series Schedule
Sun., April 27 Mohawk International Speedway TBD
Sun., June 1 Cornwall Speedway 50
Wed., July 2 Ransomville Speedway 30
Mon., July 21 Autodrome Granby 30
Tues., July 22 Autodrome Drummond 30
Fri., Sept. 5 Ransomville Speedway 50
Sat., Sept. 6 Merrittville Speedway 50
Sun., Sept. 7 Humberstone Speedway 50
Sat., Sept. 13 Mohawk International Raceway 50
Fri., Sept. 19 Brighton Speedway 30
Sat., Sept. 20 Le RPM Speedway 30
Wed., Oct. 8 Cayuga County Fairgrounds Speedway 30
Sat., Oct. 11 New York State Fairgrounds 30
Sat., Oct. 18 Brockville Speedway 50
AFTER LOSING OUT ON SHARON'S 2013 DIRTCAR BIG-BLOCK MOD CHAMPIONSHIP TO JIM WELLER, REX KING, JR. DEFEATS WELLER TO WIN $1,010 "DRIVE TO BE A CHAMPION" TITLE
By Mike Leone
Hartford, OH January 13, 2014 With the western Pa./eastern Ohio region down to just two weekly speedways running Big-Block Modifieds, Sharon Speedway has worked hard in recent years to preserve the longstanding division that has been part of the weekly program since going back to dirt in 1981. Sharon joined with Lernerville Speedway under the DIRTcar sanction in 2012 and for the second straight year offered the separate "Drive to be a Champion" program in memory of Lou Blaney. The result has been increased car counts over the past two seasons.
In the inaugural 2012 season, Rex King topped Dave Murdick and Kevin Bolland to win the $1,010 "Drive to be a Champion" prize as those three racers shared $1,830. In 2013, thanks to additional sponsors (see list below), the pot grew to $2,300! The top 10 drivers will now share in the point fund that will be distributed during the 2013 Awards Banquet & Dinner at Yankee Lake (OH) Ballroom on Saturday, February 1. The program again used drivers' best 10 finishes during 2013 with the addition of 10 bonus points for competing in the August 20 "Lou Blaney Memorial".
For the second straight year a King earned the "Drive to be a Champion" title. Behind a career high five victories, Rex King, Jr. of Bristolville, Ohio took the $1,010 top honors in the KMB, Inc.-owned, Jim Brown Seed Sales/Bristol Disposal/Cedar Steel/Professional Heating & Cooling/Reese Services/King Sanitary Service-sponsored #165.
Jim Weller, Jr., who had a phenomenal season winning three features and recording five runner-up finishes that propelled him to the Governor Insurance Agency track championship, finished second in the program and will receive $310. The elder Rex King, who won 2012 the "Drive to be a Champion" program, dropped to third place this past season for $210.
The following drivers finished fourth through tenth in the program and will receive an extra $110: Dave Murdick, Ricky Richner, Jeremiah Shingledecker, Eric Gabany, Rob Kristyak, Jimmy Weller III, and Bob Warren.
The 2013 "Drive to be a Champion" sponsors included Colonial Metals (Bill Thomas), New Breed (Jerry Morell), Wedge Motorsports (Dave Willoughby), DB Racing (Dave Blaney), Carpenter's Towing (Rudy Carpenter), Tom Keir Family, Bob Morell, Dale Blaney, and Ryan Blaney Motorsports.
FINAL 2013 "Drive to be a Champion" DIRTcar Big-Block Modified Top 10 Points: 1. REX KING, JR. (165) 296 2. Jim Weller, Jr. (31) 282 3. Rex King (65) 276 4 Dave Murdick (61) 266 5. Ricky Richner (26) 250 6. Jeremiah Shingledecker (37MD) 236 7. Eric Gabany (3E) 218 8. Rob Kristyak (00) 186 9. Jimmy Weller III (23) 183 10. Bob Warren (96B) 181.
March 23 Orange County Fair Speedway ‘Hard Clay Open’ Taking Shape: United Pump & Tank Signs On As Leading Marketing Partner; East Coast Speed Joins List Of Sponsors; Rock Fantasy Provides $400 Halfway Leader Bonus; Lap 31 Now Worth $310; Registration Now Open For Lucrative $30,000-Plus Event With Craig Mitchell First Entrant
MIDDLETOWN, NY – One of the most highly anticipated events in recent memory for the Orange County Fair Speedway faithful continues to grow.
The inaugural running of the ‘Hard Clay Open’ at the Middletown, N.Y., facility – promoted by Brett Deyo of BD Motorsports Media LLC via an agreement with speedway operators Michael Gurda IV and Howard Commander – on Sunday, March 23 continues is building momentum. The event, which serves as the first on-track activity at Orange County in ’14, is slated to kick off the New York State Modified season and opens the 2014 Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP.
The ‘Hard Clay Open’ will be headlined by a 50-lap big-block/small-block Modified event paying a minimum of $5,000 to win. The strength of the purse is its balance through the field: second-place pays $4,000, with $1,000 reserved for the 10th-place finisher and $500 just to take the green flag. A base payout of $30,000 has been outlined for the first ‘Hard Clay Open’ Modified event. Crate 602 Sportsman run a 25-lap main event paying $1,000 to win in the lid-lifter of the Dig Safely New York GRIT Series.
United Pump & Tank signed on to support ‘Hard Clay Open’ as a leading marketing partner. United Pump & Tank, located in Newburgh, N.Y., serves New York’s Hudson Valley for all parts, service and installation needs in the petroleum/service station industry. United Pump & Tank can be reached by phone at 845.787.3984 or on the web at www.unitedpumpandtank.com.
East Coast Speed & Sport Shop/ECS Auto, 660 Route 17M in Middletown, N.Y., has joined as a supporting sponsor of the day’s activities. To learn more about East Coast Speed, visit www.ecsautostores.com or call 845.343.0688.
Rock Fantasy Concert, Smoke Shop & Pinball Room proprietor Stephen Keeler will reward the leader of the ‘Hard Clay Open’ halfway lap – 25 – with a healthy $400 cash bonus in the 50-lap main. Rock Fantasy is at 75 West Main Street in Middletown, N.Y., and is on the web at www.rockfantasy.com. To contact Rock Fantasy by phone, call 845.343.7300.
Lap 31 of the ‘Hard Clay Open’ Modified event will pay $310 thanks to Dave Zubikowski and Zubi’s Racing. At OCFS – as in all BD Motorsports Media events – all lap money is not distributed to the leader. During the ‘Hard Clay Open’ the extra cash will cycle through the top-seven drivers in the running order via the ‘Lucky 7’ lap money program.
Marketing opportunities for the ‘Hard Clay Open’ remain available. Lap sponsorships are on sale now at $20 minimum per lap (all lap money is distributed directly to the racers). To get involved, contact Brett Deyo at Deyo99H@aol.com or call 845.728.2781.
Pre-registration for the ‘Hard Clay Open’ is now open. The pre-entry fee is $15. Entry forms are available online at www.bdmotorsportsmedia.com and www.orangecountyfairspeedway.net. Track regular Craig ‘Hollywood’ Mitchell was the first official entrant for the program.
Big- and small-block combinations are legal for this unique event with staggered minimum weights. American Racer and Hoosier tires are both legal, as well.
Accepted tire compounds have been outlined in the race rules/information.
For the first time in Orange County history, sail panels are permitted for the ‘Hard Clay Open’ Modified event. Sail panels must be no taller than 65 inches when measured from the ground and must mirror each other in size and shape side-for-side. A four-inch roof spoiler is permitted, as well. All other Orange County/DIRTcar body rules will be in effect. Complete race rules, weights and tire compounds can be found online at www.bdmotorsportsmedia.com or www.orangecountyfairspeedway.net.
For qualifying, drivers will draw for their starting positions upon entry to the speedway. Heat-race finishes utilizing staggered passing points will be calculated to set the redraw participants and qualified cars from 10-lap heat races. Consolations, 10 laps each, will set the remainder of the 26-car starting field via their order of finish. The heat-race finish/passing point combination will set the starting lineups for the consolations.
The passing points system, new to Modified racing but widely used in other forms of racing including Sprint Cars and the famed ‘Chili Bowl’ in Tulsa, Okla., aims to satisfy the desires of both racers and fans by easing the consequences of a poor draw for competitors and providing heat-race excitement for fans.
The ‘Hard Clay Open’ will be contested on a date that is conflict-free on the dirt Modified landscape. The Sunday afternoon lid-lifter should attract a cross-section of cars from the north, south, east and west. On Saturday of the weekend (March 22), New Egypt (N.J.) Speedway hosts an event, setting up a potential two-day swing south for traveling teams from Central New York and further north.
For competitors planning to chase points on the Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP, the ‘Hard Clay Open’ serves as the first of six points-paying events. Orange County is joined in the Short Track Super Series by Thunder Mountain (N.Y.), I-88 (N.Y., two events including the championship-deciding Alpine Building Supply Short Track SuperNationals in October), Accord (N.Y.) and Penn Can (Pa.). A point fund of more than $17,000 has been posted for competitors in addition to a long list of contingency awards and incentives.
Fans can be assured pit-area parking will be laid out carefully to keep larger haulers toward the center, with only smaller trucks and trailers in the corners to ensure maximum visibility. The show will be fast-paced to allow fans and racers ample travel time on a Sunday night.
The GRIT Series 602 Sportsman will draw for starting positions with a redraw of top qualifiers for the main event. Heats and consolations will be eight laps. GRIT Series rules will be in effect on this event. Visit www.gritracingseries.com for further information.
For the 2014 ‘Hard Clay Open’ event, pit gates open at 10 a.m. Grandstand gates open at 11 a.m. A drivers’ meeting will take place at 1 p.m., with hot laps at 1:30 p.m. and racing at 2 p.m. Fans can expect a pre-race autograph session/meet and greet in both the grandstand and drive-in areas.
Admission for the ‘Hard Clay Open’ is $20 for Adults, $18 for Seniors and $2 for Kids 12 and under. Pit admission is $35, with no license required.
The ‘Hard Clay Open’ will mark the second earliest Orange County opener since the speedway began hosting stock cars regularly in 1948, eclipsed only by March 18, 1984 when Larry Brolsma drove to victory.
For further ‘Hard Clay Open’ information, contact Brett Deyo of BD Motorsports Media at Deyo99H@aol.com or by phone at 845.728.2781. BD Motorsports Media is on the web at www.bdmotorsportsmedia.com. “Like” BD Motorsports Media on Facebook.
Located at 239 Wisner Avenue Middletown, NY 10940 on the Orange County Fairgrounds, Orange County Fair Speedway is the oldest continuously operating dirt track in the United States. The first auto race was held at the speedway in 1919. The five-eighths-mile oval offers fully-covered and half-covered grandstands in addition to open bleacher seating on the frontstretch and turn one areas, with drive-in viewing on the backstretch. To learn more, contact the Orange County Fair Speedway office at 845.342.2573 or visit www.orangecountyfairspeedway.net.
In the event of inclement weather, the rain date is tentatively slated for Friday, March 28.
The regular season at Orange County is slated to get underway with an open practice on March 29 and the official Season Opener on April 5.
DELAWARE INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY DISTRIBUTES OVER $60,000 IN CASH AND CONTINGENCIES AT 2013 AWARDS BANQUET
By Charlie Brown, Dover, DE – The banquet room at the Dover Downs Hotel & Casino was filled on Saturday night for the 2013 Delaware International Speedway Awards Banquet. The top ten in the five weekly divisions shared the $50,325 cash point fund and over $10,000 in contingency awards.
Matt Jester of Lincoln, Del. topped the NAPA Big Block Modified standings to earn his second track championship in three year. Jester destroyed his primary car mid-season but recovered to total six feature wins and earn 2524 points. Three time champion, Jamie Mills of Milford, Del. was the runner-up also winning six features and 2451 points. Third through fifth were five time champion, H.J. Bunting of Milford with five wins, Beau Wilkins of Milford with three wins and Brad Trice of Parsonsburg, Md. who won the Camp Barnes Benefit.
Sixth through tenth place drivers that received awards were: Howard O’Neal of Lincoln, Dana Walker of Sharptown, Md., Dale Hawkins of Dover, Del., Shawn Ward of Laurel, Del. and Scott VanGorder of Laurel. Dave Dissinger of Mohrsville, Pa. was awarded Rookie of the Year honors. Trophies were presented by NAPA Auto Parts.
In the Super Late Model division, Ricky Elliott of Seaford, Del. dominated the competition all season long as he rocketed to 17 wins including the Fall Championship and earning 2865 points and his first championship in the class. Five time champion Donald Lingo, Jr. of Millsboro took three feature wins and finished second in points with 2400. Third through fifth was Brandon Dennis of Harrington, Del. in his first full season in the division, second year driver Nick Davis of Gumboro, Del. and former five time champion Lou Johnson of Georgetown, Del.
Sixth through tenth in the standings were: Amanda Whaley of Millsboro who earned her first career win in 2013; five time champion David Hill of Trappe, Md.; veteran Bob Geiger of Laure; Staci Warrington of Milton, Del. and Kerry King of Delmar. Trophies were presented by U.S. Foods, Inc.
Jordan Watson of Milford successfully defended his 2012 championship in the AC Delco PSC Modifieds with 12 wins plus the Fall Championship and 2435 points. Former champion John Curtis of Harrington earned two victories and finished second with 1785 points. Third through fifth in the final standings were Trent Willey of Milton, Chad Clark of Bridgeville, Del. and Dwayne Crockett of Laurel.
Finishing sixth through tenth were: Danny Smack of Willards, Md.; Brandon Watkins of Harrington; Scott Hitchens of Gumboro; Westley Smith of Delmar and Eric Humlhanz of Chalfont, Pa. Richie Wilson of Laurel was Rookie of the Year. Matt Brandle of Lias Tire and American Racer presented Watson with an additional cash award for winning the American Racer Sportsman Cup over more the 200 other participants from several tracks in the Northeast.
Joe Warren of Georgetown made a late season charge totally six wins to earn his fifth title in the division with 2060 points. Michael Wharton of Greenwood, Del. posted two wins including the Fall Championship to finish in second with 1997 points. Third was defending champion Matt Hill of Georgetown with 8 wins. Sparky White of Delmar and former champion Tyler Reed of Milton rounded out the top five.
Sixth through tenth were; Reese Masiello of Centreville, Md.; Robert Walls, Jr. of Georgetown; Mike Wilson of Salisbury; Steven Baker of Georgetown and Derek Magee of Georgetown. Baker also received Rookie of the Year honors. Trophies were presented by Snookie’s Speed Parts.
All champions received championship jackets, “Gold Cards” for free admission in 2014, necklaces and beautiful one of a kind custom made marble and etched stainless steel trophies. They also drew for individual awards that included free pit parking spots, a season pass and a catered party for 20 people in the VIP lounge.
The $50,000 plus point fund was due largely in part to the following sponsors: Clark’s Swimming Pools, Inc.; Insinger Performance, Inc.; Lias Tire; Mar-Del Watermelon Association; NAPA; Pepsi; Pro Race Cars; R.C. Holloway Co.; S.R. Pete & Sons; Scott’s Furniture; Snookie’s Speed Parts; Sussex Scrap Metal; Taylor & Messick John Deere; US Foods, Inc. and Why Not Travel.
BRP Open House to feature Open Panel Discussion with Industry Leaders
ST. CATHARINES, Ontario – (January 2, 2014) With an every track … every race customer service philosophy, Bicknell Racing Products continues to lead the way with race team support that is second to none.
Drivers and Teams looking to get a head start on the 2014 season can do so at the annual Open House Saturday January 18th at BRP’s manufacturing and Canadian Retail Headquarters in St. Catharines Ontario beginning at 9 AM.
“At BRP – customer service is a priority,” relays Bicknell Racing Products’ Randy Williamson, “whether it’s during the off season at our Open House or at a Trade Show … week in and week out during the summer or at a Series or Special Event. We look forward to seeing everyone this year when we play host to an Open Panel Discussion featuring several Industry leaders. Everyone can look forward to learning as they share their vast knowledge and experience.”
FREE Seminars throughout the day begin at 10 AM when Scott Jeffrey, Scott Keyser, Billy Dunn and Mike Payne are featured in a Q&A Session. The four panelists alone bring a considerable amount to the event and combined - their insights will provide benefits to all attending.
- Scott Jeffrey is Team Manager of Gypsum Racing – one that fields Big Block and 358 Modifieds, Late Models and Sprint Cars for drivers including Billy Decker, Pat Ward and Larry Wight
- Scott Keyser … owner of Keyser Manufacturing – home of Port City Racing and Integra Shocks and Springs
- Billy Dunn – veteran Big Block and 358 Modified DIRTcar Northeast Driver who won 2013’s Syracuse 200 Main Event during Napa Auto Parts Super DIRT Week 42
- Mike Payne – Team Owner of Mike Payne Racing and Crew Chief for Dale Planck
“We are proud once again to be able to bring our distinguished panelists together,” said Williamson, “Scott (Keyser) looks forward to discussing the importance of shocks and when you combine that with the others – the time will be well spent and informative for all.”
Another FREE Session will feature Williamson, Ted Curvin and Pete Bicknell discussing Race Car Adjustments and balance with Bicknell himself sharing suggestions on topics including how to compensate for changing track conditions and ill-handling race cars.
“Our customers compete in a wide variety of divisions,” prides Pete Bicknell, “from entry level weekend warriors to professionals … we can’t thank everyone enough – drivers, car owners, crew members and team sponsors. The day’s events should have everyone learning something.”
Throughout the day - long event beginning at 9 AM at BRP’s St. Catharines Ontario retail and manufacturing headquarters, there will be many Open House Specials in conjunction with their family of suppliers in addition to a FREE Lunch.
Race Teams are encouraged to visit www.bicknellracingproducts.com and register to receive the E Mail newsletter which will keep you not only updated on special pricing during the day … but information on New BRP Products and more.
US Customers unable to make it to attend the Open House in Canada can look for the same Specials at the US Retail location – 1733 Maryland Avenue in Niagara Falls NY from 9 to Noon.
“Customers heading home after the Open House can also make arrangements to pick up purchases at our US location later in the day,” informs BRP US’ Pete Ames.
“With the Christmas Holidays just behind us … our event will get everyone back in the racing mode,” relates BRP’s Bob Slack, “it’s always a great day to catch up with all our friends – from dirt and asphalt alike!”
Team BRP drivers continue to win more features than any other Chassis Manufacturer in Big Block Modified … 358 Modified or Sportsman in DIRTcar … RoC and everything in between - scoring 679 wins – leading to more than 43 Track and Series Titles in 2013.
Danny Johnson was first to visit Victory Lane opening Speedweeks in Florida with a win during the DIRTcar Winternationals at Volusia Speedway Park leading to Team BRP’s final 2013 win December 21st scored by Peter Forbes at Perth Motorplex in Kwinana Beach in Australia.
It was in the land down under that David Clark scored Team BRP’s first 2014 Victory at the Supercheap Auto Archerfield Speedway in Queensland in the Paul Britten Memorial 44.
Johnson would ride the win to the DIRTcar Nationals Title and before season’s end – Brad Rouse would take a dominating Super DIRT Week Sportsman Win to his first Mr. DIRT Title. Jordan Watson and Duane Howard would be crowned Champions in the Sportsman and 358 Divisions in the American Racer Cup respectively while Chad Brachmann would take home the BRP Modified Tour Championship in 2013 with Claude Hutchings Jr. the RoC Sportsman Champion.
Bicknell Racing Products got its start when Pete Bicknell was in High School building his first racecar as a shop project. More than 30 years later, the St. Catharines Ontario Chassis manufacturer has developed into the industry leader with state of the art equipment and facilities producing Northeast Modified and Sportsman manufacturing with a reengineering and expansion of product lines with components applicable to Modified Lite, Sprint Car and Late Model and asphalt oval applications alike now available.
The newest designed and manufactured Bicknell Racing Products parts will be on display in the Retail Showroom and tours of the facilities including the body fabrication, welding and machine shop departments will be provided.
Bicknell Racing Products’ St. Catharines manufacturing and retail headquarters is at 117 Cushman Road in addition to a US location in Niagara Falls New York.
For further information on Bicknell Racing Products Open House or to find a dealer near you, call 905-685-7223, 905-685-4291 or 716-285-7502, or visit BRP on line at www.bicknellracingproducts.com or follow at twitter.com/bicknellracing.
About Bicknell Racing Products
Bicknell Racing Products offers full in-house machining, welding and fabrication departments and stocks all racing products from front to rear with retail locations in St. Catharines Ontario and Western New York in addition to on line shopping for US Customers. BRP also supports a dealer network across Canada, the United States and Australia.
PENN CAN SPEEDWAY BANQUET HONORS 2013 CHAMPIONS AND RACE TEAMS
Montdale,PA…The Montdale Country Club was the venue Saturday for the rescheduled Penn Can Speedway banquet where about two hundred fifty guests assembled on a snow free evening to honor the top drivers of 2013. Champions were honored in all of the divisions with many special awards being presented and point fund monies were also distributed courtesy of American Race Tires, VP Race Fuels, and Trackside Products of Endicott, New York.
In the modified division Kevin Hartnett was honored with his second Penn Can Championship picking up the $5000 top prize. After winning the title in 2011, Hartnett struggled in 2012 to finish fourth in points. With renewed energy, Hartnett put together a very consistent season picking up one win and many top five finishes to take home the title. In accepting the honor, Hartnett praised the competitors he raced with every Friday night while giving much of the credit for his success to his crew. He stated that he would return to defend his championship. Finishing second after a year-long battle was Billy Thornton, followed by Dan Pompey, Al Rudalavage, Bob Trapper, and Grant Hilfiger.
Alex Stanton fought off all challengers to win his second 602 Sportsman championship at Penn Can and claimed the $1000 check for the championship. Finishing behind Stanton were Butch Green, Grant Hilfiger, Dusty Barton, and Wes Campbell. Stanton stated that he would not be the champion without the support of his family and crew that provides him the car to drive every Friday night at Penn Can.
The street stock championship was claimed by Thompson Pennsylvania’s Jon Carpenter. Carpenter wrapped up a storybook season winning multiple track titles and the Race of Champion Series crown as well. For his super season Carpenter walked off with the $1000 check for the championship. Finishing behind Carpenter after a great season long championship battle were Steve Deinhardt, Earl Zimmer, Shane Wolf, and Ricky Davis.
Champions were also crowned in the factory stock division with Gary Cleveland edging out Nate Hill and Mark Andrus. Kenny Underwood was another multiple track champion in the four cylinder division beating out Josh Bailey and Mike Robinson. For the first season ever at Penn Can the Xcel modifeds competed on a regular basis with Nick Mady winning the crown over Brain Mady and will Eastman.
Adams Cable Service presented the modified Rookie of the Year Award to Mike Dougherty. The NEP Wireless Sportsman Rookie of the Year Award went to Nick Branning while the S&W Awards Street Stock Rookie of the Year went to Randy Fox. The Trackside Products Factory Stock Rookie of the Year was Phil Clapper with Josh Bailey winning in the Four Cylinders.
The Pit Steward Awards were presented by Brian Cochardo to Tara Palto of the Championship Hartnett Racing Team and Tom Oleski for their dedication and support of Penn Can Speedway. The annual Jane Kennerup Outstanding Performance Award went to modified driver Steve Babicek. Appeciation Awards were presented to Jon White, Bimmer Gulley, and Matt Spencer. Judy Wood, Dave Nixon, Bruce Evans, and Mike Barucky were presented Appreciation Award for their work at the speedway.
Banquet Notes: Al Wilcox and Reed Miller announced that the 2014 schedule will be released shortly. Many special events are planned for the speedway in 2014 in every division that competes weekly. Miller and Wilcox also announced that the Xcel Modifieds will return again in 2014. They also thanked everyone for coming out and supporting the drivers that made racing great in 2013.
PENN CAN SPEEDWAY GEARS UP FOR THE 2014 SEASON
Susquehanna, PA……With the Penn Can Speedway banquet less than one week away officials at the popular three eighths mile oval are gearing up for the 2014 racing season. After the very successful 2013 season in the books, co-promoters Al Wilcox and Reed Miller have set their sights on the 2014 racing season.
Wilcox and Miller, starting their seventeenth season, have a history of race track improvements and very special events with the fans in mind. This season will not be different with plans now in place for more facility improvement and another season of special events on tap.
Just before last season’s “King of the Can Weekend” the speedway experience two serious facility problems. The first was when the backstretch wall fell over, with the second being the track generator problem during the big weekend. Both problems have been rectified. A new backstretch wall will be installed during the off season. The generator problem has also been address and changes have been made so this situation will never happen again.
Race track superintendent Wilcox has worked feverously on making the track surface one of the best in the area. With the help of local environmentalists and the tireless efforts of the track crew, Penn Can has developed one of the better track surfaces with both race teams and race fans in mind.
“I have talked with our race teams and have tried my best to prepare them the best track possible,” explains Wilcox. “We have come up with a formula that gives the drivers a very tacky track with limited dust to make racing very competitive. Drivers coming in for our special have noticed the change and we are excited to continue with our track prep for the 2014 season.”
“Every year we get questions about our plans for the next season and the answer is always the same,” states Miller. “We will be back running the speedway and we have many special events planned for our loyal race teams. Friday nights in Susquehanna will again be an exciting place to be during the new season.”
Special events will spice up the already exciting 2014 Friday night racing program at the Susquehanna County oval. The always popular Brett Deyo co-promoted “Clash at the Can” will return in June with the “King of the Can Weekend” returning in October. Sprint Car racing will be added to the calendar along with the exciting Xcel modifieds. The Northeast Small Car Classic will also return in July. Many monthly specials will also be announced in the near future.
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