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WARNER WINS MID WEEK SPECIAL AT FONDA

By: Ron Szczerba

FONDA, NY – Wednesday evening was the first mid-week special event of the 2015 season at the Fonda Speedway featuring a very unique format for the 602 sportsman race named the “Spring Fever” by the race sponsor Pangman Outdoor Equipment in Cobleskill, NY. Heat race lineups were determined by time trials followed by two 30-lap segments with the driver with the best two finishes out of the two segments winning over $2,000 for his efforts.

When the checkered flag waved following the second segment it was defending 602 sportsman track champion Rocky Warner winning the big money in the Jake and Nancy Spraker #1J Troyer car. The event also featured points towards the “Troyer Cup” for the 602 sportsman which is a special point fund chase funded by Troyer race Cars.

Also on the racing card Wednesday evening at the “Track of Champions” were the CRSA Sprint cars with Josh Pieniazek taking home the feature win in the Warren’s Auto Body/Powdertech sponsored #3J. For Pieniazek it was his second career win in a CRSA Sprint car at Fonda.

Several bonuses were paid out for this event with Mike Romano’s Andy’s Speed Shop in Johnstown, NY sponsoring $100 to the 602 sportsman heat race winners which were Tony Farone, Connor Cleveland, and John Scarborough.

Bob & Darcy Gray who are the owners of the Your Way Café in Schoharie, NY sponsored a $200 bonus to the CRSA Dash for Cash winner who was Dan Hennessey, a $100 bonus to the “A-Main” CRSA winner who was Josh Pieniazek along with $50 bonuses to the second and third place finishers in the “A-Main” CRSA event which were Cory Sparks and Brett Jaycox. They also sponsored $25 bonuses to the winners of the CRSA heat race events which were Cory Sparks, Joe Kata, and Dalton Herrick.

Adam McAuliffe and Aaron Burton lined up on the front row for the first 30-lap segment for the 602 sportsman with McAuliffe the race leader at the drop of Joe Kriss’ green flag followed by Cody Clark who started third. Rocky Warner started the event in the sixth position and by lap six he was up to the fourth spot with McAuliffe now a straightaway ahead of Clark and in lap traffic where he was for most of the rest of the event.

At the lap 13 point in the event Clark closed in on McAuliffe who was in heavy lap traffic with Warner also closing in as he was now the third place car. Warner got by Clark for the second position on lap 19 and put pressure on McAuliffe as he was still trying to negotiate the lap cars in front of him. On the final lap on the inside of the backstretch Warner ducked under McAuliffe for the race lead and went on to win segment one in the Spraker Troyer mount.

McAuliffe settled in for a second place finish in segment one and was followed in the top five by Clark, fifth place starter Cody Bleau, and eighth place starter Mark Mortensen.

The top eight were inverted for segment two with Tony Farone and Connor Cleveland on the front row for this segment. Farone led lap one of the event before Cleveland got by him on the outside of the backstretch on lap two to take over the point. Chad Edwards started the event in the third position and on lap five got by Farone for the second spot with Cleveland now out to a straightaway advantage.

Rocky Warner started the event in the eighth position and on lap nine also got by Farone for the third spot with Edwards catching up to the leading car of Cleveland in lap traffic. Cleveland and Edwards spent most of the time side by side during laps 15 and 16 with Edwards finally wrestling the lead away from Cleveland on the inside of the front stretch at the finish line to complete lap 16.

The first yellow of the event came out on lap 18 when Cody Clark came to a stop on the backstretch and on the restart Edwards chose the outside line on the track and maintained the lead at the drop of the green flag with Farone getting by Warner for a brief time on the restart only to have Warner get back by him one lap later.

Another caution flag flew on lap 22 for Adam McAuliffe who slowed in turn one with suspension issues after riding the wall in turns one and two the lap prior to that one. On this restart Warner got by Cleveland for the second position and pressured Edwards over the final lap but it was Edwards who won segment two with Warner, Cleveland, Jeremy Pitts, and Farone completing the top five.

Pitts was disqualified for being underweight at the completion of the event which moved Farone to fourth and Cody Bleau into the top five.     

The overall results of the event showed Warner the winner over Edwards, Cleveland, Bleau, and Farone.

“This car was horrible in warm-ups, time trials, and the heat race but I have to thank Billy Colton and the guys from Troyer who were here with him as they were able to straighten the car out,” Warner said in victory lane. “Thanks to Jake and Nancy Spraker my car owners as well, we worked on this car all night long, it was a total team effort, and I couldn’t be happier.”

“We had a good car in the beginning of the first segment too but a chunk of mud in the right rear wheel screwed it up later in the race,” Edwards said. “The car was perfect for the second segment and I have to thank my car owner for everything.”

After a four wide salute to the fans the 20-lap CRSA feature event started with Brett Jaycox taking the early race lead as he ducked under the top two cars of Christian Rumsey and John Matrafailo in turn one with his left front wheel on the infield. Mike Kiser started the event in the fourth position and moved into the second spot on lap four with the caution flag coming out on lap six for a car which spun in turn four.

Jaycox maintained the lead on the restart before Kiser took over the race lead on lap seven as the lap was completed and by lap 11 Kiser was already in lap traffic as he was setting a torrid pace in the event. One final caution came out on lap 11 for Josh Flint who came to a stop in turn two and while under the caution Kiser suffered mechanical problems and was pushed back to the pit area handing the lead back over to Jaycox.

On this restart fifth place starter Josh Pienaizek was the new second place car and he was using the extreme outside of the track to perfection as he quickly closed in on Jaycox for the lead. With three laps to go in the event Pienaizek swept around the outside of both Jaycox and a lap car in between turns three and four to take the lead and led the remaining laps for the win over ninth place starter Cory Sparks who took the second spot over on the final lap, Jaycox, Rumsey, and Matrafailo.

“The car was overheating so the motor kept lugging down,” Pieniazek said in victory lane. “Once I moved up high and Brett (Jaycox) stayed low it made the car better and I knew I had a good chance at the win.”

This Saturday, May 16 a regular show in all divisions plus the Limited Sportsman and Modified Elimination Challenge is on the racing card at Fonda with a starting time of 6:45 p.m. There will also be free face painting from Jo Jo’s Fabulous Faces the same painter from last year! There are now 175 members of the Fonda Speedway Kids Club but it’s not too late to sign up so be sure you sign up your child in the upcoming weeks!

For more information on the historical “Track of Champions” you can go to their website www.fondaspeedway.com or you can also like them on Facebook!

SPRING FEVER SEGMENT #1 RESULTS – 30-LAPS – ROCKY WARNER, Adam McAuliffe, Cody Clark, Cody Bleau, Mark Mortensen, Chad Edwards, Connor Cleveland, Tony Farone, Jeremy Pitts, Aaron Burton, Harry Shaffer, Matt Janiak, Robert Bublak, Brian Pessolano, Adam Pierson, John Scarborough, Dave Marcuccilli, Ivan Joslin, Kevin Ward, Chris Murray, Derrick McGrew, Aaron Jacobs, Chris Ronca, Alissa Cody, Chris Cunningham, Andrew Buff, Ray Zemken, Chris Schaffer, DNS Ricky Quick, DNS Dave Constantino

SPRING FEVER SEGMENT #2 RESULTS – 30-LAPS – CHAD EDWARDS, Rocky Warner, Connor Cleveland, Tony Farone, Cody Bleau, Matt Janiak, Dave Marcuccilli, Mark Mortensen, Adam Pierson, Chris Schaffer, Harry Shaffer, Robert Bublak, Cody Clark, Ivan Joslin, Kevin Ward, Aaron Burton, John Scarborough, Aaron Jacobs, Alissa Cody, Chris Cunningham, Chris Murray, Adam McAuliffe, Brian Pessolano, Derrick McGrew, DNS Chris Ronca, DNS   Andrew Buff, DNS Ray Zemken, DNS Ricky Quick, DNS Dave Constantino, DQ Jeremy Pitts

SPRING FEVER OVERALL RESULTS – ROCKY WARNER, Chad Edwards, Connor Cleveland, Cody Bleau, Tony Farone, Mark Mortensen, Cody Clark, Matt Janiak, Harry Shaffer, Dave Macuccilli, Adam Pierson, Adam McAuliffe, Robert Bublak, Aaron Burton, Ivan Joslin, John Scarborough, Kevin Ward, Brian Pessolano, Chris Schaffer, Jeremy Pitts, Aaron Jacobs, Chris Murray, Alissa Cody, Chris Cunningham, Derrick McGrew, Chris Ronca, Andrew Buff, Ray Zemken, Ricky Quick, Dave Constantino

CRSA SPRINT CAR “A-MAIN” – 20-LAPS – JOSH PIENIAZEK, Cory Sparks, Brett Jaycox, Christian Rumsey, John Matrafailo, Scott Goodrich, Kyle Smith, Dalton Herrick, Warren Alexson, Brian Krummel, Jami Russell, Joe Kata, Chad King, Chad Miller, Dan Hennessey, Dustin Purdy, Thomas Radivoy, Dana Wagner, Mike Kiser, Josh Flint

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KOD SPORTSMAN DRIVER PREPARING FOR MALTA

How Top Tour Drivers Stack Up Heading Into The Great Race Place

May 4, 2015 By Rob Hazer (Fonda, NY) – Drivers came out in bunches to support the first ever Basement Systems King Of Dirt Crate Sportsman Series Presented By Dodson Construction, Kevin Koval’s Adirondack Basement Systems, and Driven By Hoosier Racing Tire event at Fonda Speedway back on April 18th.

45 Crate Sportsman strong went wheel-to-wheel to wear the first crown of the 2015 racing season, which put the King Of Dirt Racing Series standing side-by-side with the DIRTcar Sportsman series opener at Fulton Speedway as the two largest drawing crate sportsman events thus far in 2015.

Five racetracks reside prominent atop the KOD point standings after the first race.  Representatives from Fonda, Glen Ridge, Bear Ridge, Albany-Saratoga, and Lebanon Valley lead the way on the road to the Northeast Crate Nationals in September. Let’s take a look at how they stack up heading into the ‘Friday Night Lights’ 30 Lap KOD event at Albany-Saratoga Speedway on June 26th.

Rocky Warner is the defending Fonda Speedway track champion, which he represented as best a steel horse warrior could by claiming the KOD victory at the track of champions. His early season success is noted across the Northeast, as he visited victory lane five times so far between his West End Towing 79 and Spraker Racing 1J rides. Warner’s KOD win earned him a share of the point lead, however some scheduling conflicts may keep him from following the entire tour.

Glen Ridge has a few drivers who travel well and Chad Edwards is one driving the Dodson Construction number 14 Bicknell Chassis. Edwards a title contender at the Ridge, as well as feature winner battled to a 2nd place finish at the KOD opener. By virtue of his heat win earning a bonus three points, Edwards shares the point lead with the aforementioned Warner.

Bear Ridge Speedway had some of their top drivers representing at the KOD opener, which Josh Sunn led the way. Sunn powered to a 3rd place finish in the Gary’s Property Maintenance number 11 with Adam Pierson and Jason Gray also placing in the top six.  Sunn currently sits 3rd in points just a mere two points out of the top spot heading into the June 26th KOD event at Albany-Saratoga Speedway.

Robert Bublak Jr. is a high side hero who often rallies from deep to grab a top finishing position. As the highest finishing Albany-Saratoga driver throwing down for the crown he didn’t disappoint. Bublak stormed to a 4th place finish, which is where he currently sits in points with 57 just three points out of first. Bublak is a sure contender when the KOD Crate Sportsman series rolls into the great race place on Friday June 26th.

Michael Sabia leads all Lebanon Valley drivers in the KOD point standings after the first event. The Westfair Fish & Chips number 7 fought against the odds all evening, but ended up making the feature event and finishing. Currently sitting 20th in points, Sabia is poised to rebound with a solid run at Albany-Saratoga for the Friday Night Lights King Of Dirt Crate Sportsman race on June 26th.

Finding rookies takes a delicate balance of experience vs. wins vs. track titles to determine who would and wouldn’t qualify despite some drivers never following a full tour in the past. With that established Jason Gray leads all Rookie Honor contenders after a solid 6th place run. Gray is currently followed by Ricky Quick, Chris Schaffer, Greg Havlicek, and Adam McAuliffe rounding out the top five Rookie Honor contenders.

Current top 10 in King Of Dirt Crate Sportsman Points are as follows: ROCKY WARNER (60), Chad Edwards (60), Josh Sunn (58), Robert Bublak Jr. (57), Adam Pierson (56), Jason Gray (53), John Scarborough (53), Ricky Quick (52), Chris Shaffer (51), and Mark Mortensen (49).

The next King Of Dirt Crate Sportsman Series event will take place Friday June 26th at the great race place Albany-Saratoga Speedway. The ‘Friday Night Lights’ event will pay $1,000 to win and $100 to take the green. There is a $20 entry fee for all drivers taking part in the KOD event that night. It’ll be an all out slobber knocker on the road to the Nationals later this season at Malta.

Upcoming Sportsman Event
FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS – JUNE 26, 2015
Basement Systems King Of Dirt Crate Sportsman
Presented By Dodson Construction, Kevin Koval's Adirondack Bsement Systems, & Driven By Hoosier Racing Tires
30 Laps - $1,000 To Win - $100 To Take The Green
Warm Ups At 6PM - Racing At 7PM
Stands: $10 Adult, $2 Children Under 12
Pits: $20 With License, $25 Without License
$20 Driver Entry Fee For KOD Series
Draw / Re-Draw Procedures

Crate Sportsman Schedule
04/18 - Fonda Speedway ‘Ice Melt’ – Rocky Warner
06/26 - Albany-Saratoga ‘Friday Night Lights’
08/25 - Lebanon Valley ‘Mr. Crate Track LVS’
09/05 - Lebanon Valley ‘Battle On The Banks’
09/11 - Albany-Saratoga ‘Northeast Crate Nationals’
09/25 - Fonda Speedway ‘River Rage Crusade’

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Rouse Edges Friesen to Win DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Opener

'It was checkers or wreckers' in final corner at Fulton Speedway

By Tom Herzig

FULTON, N.Y. - April 25, 2015 - Brad Rouse passed fellow St. Catharines, Ontario, rival James Friesen twice on the final lap to win the DIRTcar Northeast Sportsman Series 30-lap opener Saturday night at Fulton Speedway.

Rouse put his Rick's Delivery/St. Amant Auto No. 18R up at the top of the track and roared off the fourth turn to edge Friesen by a half car-length after Friesen had retaken the lead entering the third turn.

"It was checkers or wreckers," Rouse said. "I wasn't going to lift at that point. He's a good racer and he battled me, but I wasn't going to give in."

Rouse said he had difficulty as the leader on a restart following a lap-25 caution and was unable to hold Friesen at bay. "Once the tires warmed back up, I was able to get back up to him," he said.

Mathieu Desjardins of Sorel, Quebec, the 2014 Series champion, finished third after starting on the front row and being in contention throughout. Dave Marcuccilli of Cayuga, N.Y., and Todd Root of Warners, N.Y., were next in line. Desjardins swapped the lead with his front row partner Jack Meeks three times in the first four laps.

Friesen first took the lead by diving underneath Desjardins on lap 13. He made his getaway in lapped traffic while Rouse took over second. Rouse gained the point with nine laps to go, but the yellow flag was thrown two laps later.

Forty-five Sportsman were on hand for the Fulton opener. Friesen, Meeks, Desjardins, Ron Davis III and Mike Button were the heat winners.

The second event of the DIRTcar Northeast Sportsman Series is slated for CanAm Motorsports Park in Lafargeville, N.Y., on Wednesday, June 3.

DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series (30-Laps) - 1. Brad Rouse ($1,000), 2. James Michael Friesen, 3. Mathieu Desjardins, 4. Dave Marcuccilli, 5. Todd Root, 6. Alan Fink, 7. Shane Pecore, 8. Billy Clark Jr., 9. Martin Pelletier, 10. Dave Rogers, 11. Mike Button, 12. Jeremy Pitcher, 13. Ron Davis III, 14. Adam Hilton, 15. Tony Finch II, 16. Joey Ladouceur, 17. Chris Thurston, 18. Jessica Power, 19. Ryan Stabler, 20. Louie Jackson Jr., 21. Jack Meeks, 22. JJ Courcy, 23. Corey Barker, 24. Chris Cunningham, 25. Mike Taylor, 26. Nick Webb, 27. Sid Harmer Jr., 28. Mike Stacey, 29. Eric Giguere.

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Warner Heating Up as DIRTcar Northeast Sportsman Modified Series Kicks Off 2015 Tour Saturday at Fulton Speedway

Highbank Holdup weekend features Super DIRTcar Series plus Sportsman

By Tom Herzig

WEEDSPORT, N.Y. - April 20, 2015 - Rocky Warner of Gloversville, N.Y., served notice over the weekend he will be a force to be reckoned with when the 2015 DIRTcar Northeast Sportsman Modified Series gets underway on Saturday at Fulton Speedway as part of the Super DIRTcar Series Highbank Holdup event.

Warner, the 2014 Fonda Speedway and Glen Ridge Motorsports Park Sportsman champion also known as The Flying Squirrel, landed in victory lane three nights running at Albany-Saratoga, Fonda and Utica-Rome Speedway in the lead-up to the first of 13 DIRTcar Northeast Sportsman Modified Series point races.

"The crate sportsman division has become a really challenging class," Warner told Race Pro Weekly before Albany Saratoga's 50th Anniversary season opener. He completed his weekend sweep after starting third on the grid at Utica-Rome Sunday night.

Warner will go up against the likes of 2014 Fulton Sportsman Champion Ronnie Davis III of Cato, N.Y., Mathieu Dejardins of Sorel, Quebec, and Shane Pecore of Cornwall, Ontario. Dejardins and Pecore are the 2014 series champion and runner-up on the Fulton 3/8-mile high banks.

After beginning the season at Fulton Speedway, the Sportsman Series will make its next stop at CanAm Speedway in LaFargeville, N.Y., on Wednesday, June 3. Both tracks are new additions to the Sportsman Series schedule.

The Highbank Holdup Weekend at Fulton Speedway kicks off on Friday, April 24, with Big-Block Modifieds, NAPA Late Models, Pro Race Cars Mod Lites, E&V Energy Novice Sportsman and a DIRTcar Sportsman Modified practice. The Super DIRTcar Big-Block Modifieds and DIRTcar Sportsman Modifieds are the focus on Saturday, April 25, when grandstands are slated to open at 3 p.m. with hot laps at 4:45 p.m., qualifying at 5:15 p.m. and racing at 6 p.m.

For more information on the DIRTcar Northeast Sportsman Modified Series, go to www.DIRTcar.com and choose Sportsman Modified from the menu. For more on the Super DIRTcar Series, visit www.SuperDIRTcarSeries.com, follow on Twitter @SuperDIRTcar, and like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/DIRTcar.

For more information on Fulton Speedway, click www.FultonSpeedway.com.

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ROCKY WARNER POWERS TO KOD WIN AT FONDA

Nick Stone Wins Action Packed KOD Pro Stock 30 Lap Hood Popper

April 20, 2015 By Rob Hazer (Fonda, NY) – On a packed night at Fonda Speedway fans were treated to an opener for the ages. The Basement Systems King Of Dirt Crate Sportsman Series Presented By Dodson Construction, Kevin Koval’s Adirondack Basement Systems, and Driven By Hoosier Racing Tire teamed up with it’s sister series the Lazzaro’s Auto Body King Of Dirt Pro Stock Series to kick off a brand new racing season with some familiar faces earning big wins.

Rocky Warner is a familiar face often found in victory lane and the ‘flyin squirrel’ didn’t disappoint his fans at the KOD Ice Melt 30 Lap opener, as he used his familiarity with the track of champions to power to the win in the West End Towing 79 one night after conquering the great race place in the Jake Spraker 1J.

Josh Sunn and Greg Havlicek led the field to the green, but it was Rocky Warner who made a quick move on lap 1 taking the lead from his 3rd starting position. Havlicek in the Miracle Ear 15b was left to battle with Sunn in the Gary’s Property Maintenance 11 for 2nd with the Dodson Construction 14 of Chad Edwards moving quickly to the top 4 from his 6th starting spot.

The first and only caution of the race came on lap 3 when an accident on the back stretch collected up the Kollar Motorsports 10% of Cody Clark, DKM Fabrication 7 of Dave Constantino, and the Eckler Racing 12s of Shea Montgomery. Whitey Slavin in the Cedar Peaks 53 appeared to also suffer some front-end damage that ended his evening.

On the restart Warner powered back into the lead, while Edwards made a big move to get into the 3rd position, which he moved into 2nd just a couple laps later on lap 5.

Bear Ridge Speedway had some of their heavy hitters on hand and they were making their presence known. Josh Sunn spent the entire race battling in the top 5, which is impressive for a driver who has never seen the track of champions. Another 1st timer at Fonda was the Connecticut Valley Auto Auctions 00 of Jason Gray who finished 6th respectively. Biggest mover was the CDR Concrete 15 of Adam Pierson who slid back to 11th at the start from his 4th place starting spot only to put on a show driving back up to 3rd by the races end.

With Warner out front working his way through lap traffic, it was Edwards trying to close in after the halfway point. With the pair broke away from the field all eyes were on the M&J Construction 27b of Robert Bublak Jr. and the McAuliffe Trucking 234 of Adam McAuliffe.

Bublak was charging through the top side making pass after pass on the Cassella Waste Management 61s of John Scarborough and eventually the Gray 00 to take 5th where he would finish.

Adam McAuliffe was using the extreme outside to make noise and wow the crowd moving 25th to finish 13th after 30 laps. McAuliffe would be named hard charger for the event improving the most positions.

Rocky Warner wasn’t to be denied starting off the season with a big King Of Dirt Crate Sportsman Series win. Edwards, Pierson, Sunn, Bublak Gray, Ricky Quick, Chris Schaffer, Scarborough, and Mark Mortensen rounded out the top 10.

The Lazzaro’s Auto Body King Of Dirt Pro Stock 30 Lap Hood Popper was a crowd pleaser with Pete Broderson taking the early lead  in the Lazzaro’s Auto Body 53b.

Cousin Luke Horning was up for the challenge early and often in the Stone Motorsports 2H-keeping pace while holding off the pressure from Walt Brownell in the Masonry Supply 87.

Yellow flag flew on lap 11 for the slowing 97x of Dan Older, which doubled up the field for a restart. On the restart Horning used the outside to take the lead for a moment from Broderson before the 53b powered back by.

Brownell began pressuring Horning for the runner up spot, which he would eventually take and begin applying the same pressure to Broderson for the lead. While that battle was taking shape the Stone Motorsports 27 of Nick Stone was moving into the top 5 bringing the Lazzaro’s Auto Body 7 of Rob Yetman along for the fight.

Yellow flag flew again on lap 19 when the 24b of John Bradt hit the back stretch wall rather hard. Thankfully Bradt was uninjured, just a little shaken needing to take a precautionary ride in the Rural Metro Ambulance.

On the restart a 3-wide battle shaped up for the lead between Broderson, Horning, and Brownell. Inadvertent contact with the leader from the Brownell 87 sent Brodoerson spinning. Contact with the leader resulted in officials sending the 87 to rear.

This set up Horning and Stone on the front row as win contenders, but on the restart Horning suffered a flat right rear bringing out the caution quickly and restacking the field. Horning would recover later in the race for an impressive finish.

On the ensuing restart Stone took over the top spot and big Jim Normoyle in the Chris’s Collision 7n shot out of a cannon going from 8th to 4th making his presence known he was ready to battle for the win.

Lebanon Valley track champion Robbie Speed moved into contention with the Speed’s Garage 24s before being shuffled around after a 3 wide battle sent him up the track in turn 2. Speed would return to the field and recover for a 15th place finish.

Multi-time champion Rob Yetman quietly made his way to the front in the 30-lap feature. The 2-time strait Super Dirt Week champion was in the battle for the win in the closing laps along with Dean Charboneau, but it was Nick Stone’s race to win.

Stone took the win followed by Yetman, Normoyle, Charboneau, Horning, Martin, Gates, Denton, Brownell, and Dumblewski rounded out the top 10.

KOD SIDE NOTES: 81 cars were on hand for the first King Of Dirt Racing Series events. 45 Crate Sportsman and 36 Pro Stocks checked in. Chad Edwards debuted a brand new Dodson Construction Bicknell with a new number and grabbed a strong 2nd place run. 3 drivers from Bear Ridge made the trip to Fonda for the KOD opener. Adam Pierson, Josh Sunn, and Jason Gray all finished impressively in the top 10. Both Eckler Racing teammates Shea Montgomery and Aaron Burton qualified for the KOD opener, which is a solid start for the pair. Greg Havlicek picked a good day to have the best run of his young career after starting up front and racing with some heavy hitters the 15b finished 12th respectively. John Scarborough was a force early on racing into the top 5 only to have his car fade mid race relegating him to a respective 9th place finish. Albany-Saratoga track champion Jeremy Pitts drove from deep in the field to 11th respectively during the Ice Melt opener. Tracks represented in Sportsman were Fonda, Albany-Saratoga, Bear Ridge, Devil’s Bowl, Merrittville, Brockville, Lebanon Valley, Glen Ridge, and Utica Rome.

Nick Stone picked up where he left off in 2014. Rob Yetman and Dean Charboneau both represented Albany-Saratoga well by making their way to the front by the end of the race. Jim Normoyle impressed the crowd with big moves twice during the feature for a 3rd place finish. Former Fonda champion ‘Krazy’ Kenny Martin had a quiet, but productive day. Suffered a flat in the heat, came from the consi cars, and finished 6th respectively. Multi-Time Utica Rome track champion Tom Denton had a solid 8th place finish in his KOD opener, while Lebanon Valley regular Jason Casey came from deep in the field to finish a respective 11th place. Luke Horning, Walt Brownell, and Robbie Speed all recovered from incidents during the race to finish top 15. Tough break for a few contenders such as Pete Broderson, Kim Duell, and Frank Twing who had their races ended early. John Bradt debuted a new Pro Stock car only to have an unfortunate accident end his evening early. Thankfully he was uninjured though shaken. Best wishes for a speedy recovery both in health and equipment.

The next race on the King Of Dirt Crate Sportsman Series schedule is June 26th at Albany-Saratoga Speedway for Friday Night Lights. For the King Of Dirt Pro Stock Series the next race is July 3rd at Albany-Saratoga Speedway for Full Fender Firecracker.

KING OF DIRT CRATE SPORTSMAN SERIES PRESENTED BY DODSON CONSTRUCTION, ADIRONDACK BASEMENT SYSTEMS, & HOOSIER RACING TIRE ICE MELT FEATURE RESULTS (30 LAPS) – 1) ROCKY WARNER, 2) Chad Edwards, 3) Adam Pierson, 4) Josh Sunn, 5) Robert Bublak, 6) Jason Gray, 7) Ricky Quick, 8) Chris Schaffer, 9) John Scarborough, 10) Mark Mortensen, 11) Jeremy Pitts, 12) Greg Havlicek, 13) Adam McAuliffe, 14) Tony Farone, 15) Connor Cleveland, 16) John McAuliffe, 17) Ivan Joslin, 18) Dan Santabarbara, 19) Aaron Burton, 20) Michael Sabia, 21) Jason Shipclark, 22) Chad Miller, 23) Brian Pessolano, 24) Kurtis Hohensheldt, 25) Cody Bleau, 26) Matt Pappa, 27) Whitey Slavin, 28) Cody Clark, 29) Shea Montgomery, 30) Dave Constantino.

Upcoming Sportsman Event
FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS – JUNE 26, 2015
Basement Systems King Of Dirt Crate Sportsman
Presented By Dodson Construction, Kevin Koval's Adirondack Bsement Systems, & Driven By Hoosier Racing Tires
30 Laps - $1,000 To Win - $100 To Take The Green
Warm Ups At 6PM - Racing At 7PM
Stands: $10 Adult, $2 Children Under 12
Pits: $20 With License, $25 Without License
$20 Driver Entry Fee For KOD Series
Draw / Re-Draw Procedures

Crate Sportsman Schedule
04/18 - Fonda Speedway ‘Ice Melt’ – Rocky Warner
06/26 - Albany-Saratoga ‘Friday Night Lights’
08/25 - Lebanon Valley ‘Mr. Crate Track LVS’
09/05 - Lebanon Valley ‘Battle On The Banks’
09/11 - Albany-Saratoga ‘Northeast Crate Nationals’
09/25 - Fonda Speedway ‘River Rage Crusade’

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A.J. COSTLEY WINS ON OPENING NIGHT AT WOODHULL

(Woodhull, NY) Opening night presented by Insinger Performance and Lias Tire was headlined by a 30 lap, $1,000  to win event for the NAPA Crate Sportsman and that race was taken by Knoxville, Pensylvania pilot in A.J. Costley but it was no easy task as him and Josh Keesey, of Campbell, exchanged leads throughout the event. Keesey was able to get his Campbell Building Supply #4 underneath the Costley machine a number of the times but was unable to retain the lead as Costley was able to use lap traffic to his advantage. Costley and Keesey exchanged leads three times between laps 17 and 28 before Costley was scored as the race leader on lap 28 when the caution flag was thrown. Costley was able to pull away from Keesey on the lap 28 restart and was able to begin his 2015 season off right with a feature win and a 1000 dollar check. Keesey came in the runner up spot, followed by Jake Dgien, Brett Buono, and Bobby Peoples completed the top give.

Bruce Miller, who started on the pole was also victorious in the S&W Awards and Photos 360 Late Models and was able to lead all 25 laps but was heavily contested by multi-time Raceway 5 track champion, Dave Dubois who has finished in the runner up position at Woodhull Raceway about every time he has attended the speedway. On lap 23, Dubois showed his nose to Miller but was unable to take over the lead heading down the back stretch as Miller was just too strong for the 16 car field. Dubois did finish in second, followed by Glenn Writenour, Mike Wonderling and Steve LaBarron.

Crate Sportsman Feature: AJ COSTLEY (1), Josh Keesey, Jake Dgien, Brett Buono., Bobby Peoples, Ray Bliss, Chris Fisher, Colin Brown, Chris Daugherty, Russ Morseman, Josh Sawyer, Billy Van Pelt, Dale Welty, Ray Smith, Brandon Butler, Tim Guild, Marc Benson, Zack Sutton, Joe Dgien, Steve Andrulonis, Dayton Brewer, Zack Cary, Ed Presher, Mike Williams

360 Late Models Feature: BRUCE MILLER (1), Dave Dubois, Glenn Writenour, Mike Wonderling, Steve Lebarron, Carl Hughes, Jaye McConnell, Mick Seeley, Chris Daugherty, Jimmy Johnson, Wally Wade, Rick Loucks, Jim Johnson, Adam Depuy, Jay McConnell (DNS), Jamie Freeman (DNS)

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New Egypt Speedway Implements New Two Feature System for Sportsman and Street Stock Division

New Egypt, NJ-- For the first time ever New Egypt Speedway is changing the racing formula for two divisions, the Sportsman and Street Stock, to no longer include heat races. With falling car counts in both divisions, heat races have become unnecessary as all cars are qualified. Starting this Saturday, April 18th, the Street Stock division will run two features instead of heats and a feature if less than 24 cars sign in. The following Saturday, April 25th, will see the implantation in the Sportsman division.

“We have been looking into making the racing more exciting in our divisions where all cars are qualified from the time they sign in,” said General Manager Allyse Wolfinger. “Our Race Director Jim Mich came up with what should be a very entertaining option for the fans that eliminates the heat races and focuses on feature events that are worth something.”

The Street Stocks will now race two, 12 lap features during their scheduled events. The purse will be split evenly between the two features with the winner receiving $150 and green money will be $30 in each. The Sportsman will now race two, 15 lap features during their scheduled events. The purse will be split evenly between the two features with the winner receiving $250 and green money will be $37.50 in each.

Both feature events will be full point paying events. If a driver is unable to start the second feature, he or she will receive green money and show up points. The second feature will have an invert that is determined by the number of cars signed in that night. If a driver is able to win both feature events in the same night they will receive a $100 bonus. Crate Modifieds will still be able to race with the Sportsman, however they will receive no points, no handicapping, and will not be included in the inversion. If a full field of 24 cars signs in on the night of the event, the old system of heats and a feature will be used.

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DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series Championship Battle Kicks Off on Saturday, April 25, at Fulton Speedway

Tour features 14 races from April to October, including NAPA Super DIRT Week

By Jo Ann & Don Davies

WEEDSPORT, N.Y. - April 16, 2015 - DIRTcar Racing's Sportsman Modified Series kicks off its 14-race 2015 season on Saturday, April 25, at Fulton Speedway, and expectations are high as the tour will roll through New York, Ontario and Quebec throughout the year.

"We averaged just over 35 Sportsman at each Series race last year," said DIRTcar Northeast Director of Series and Sanctioning Mike Perrotte. "All indications are that we will have strong car counts in this class once again. I'm excited to see the caliber of competition these drivers will bring to the tracks we will be running."

In 2014, champion Mathieu Dejardins of Sorel, Quebec, clinched the title by just one point over Shane Pecore of Cornwall, Ontario. Each had two wins to their credit on the highly competitive 13-stop circuit and each is looking to best that performance starting with the opening show next weekend at Fulton.

Cory Reed, Director of Marketing for the John and Laura Wight owned Fulton & Brewerton Speedways, is looking forward to Fulton being the opening track.

"The Sportsman are a perfect complement to the Big-Block DIRTcar Northeast Series event we are running on that same date," Reed said. "We believe in the DIRTcar Northeast product. Having the 2015 DIRTcar Northeast Series program begin at Fulton Speedway gives us the opportunity to showcase our facility and the competitive program we run weekly. We're real pleased to be involved."

After starting the season at Fulton Speedway the Sportsman Series will make its next visit to CanAm Speedway on Wednesday, June 3, in LaFargeville, N.Y.

Fulton and CanAm are new to the schedule after an absence of several seasons, providing some neutral territory for competitors and making it anyone's guess who might win. Sportsman Series action resumes in July with a two-day trip to Quebec's Autodrome Drummond on July 20 in Drummondville and Autodrome Granby on July 21 in Granby.

The tour then shifts into September for a busy stretch with races Sept. 6 at Cornwall (Ontario) Motor Speedway, Sept. 11 at Ransomville (N.Y.) Speedway, Sept. 12 at Merrittville Speedway in Thorold, Ont., Sept. 13 at Humberstone (Ont.) Speedway, Sept. 19 at Mohawk Speedway in Akwesasne, N.Y.), and finally Sept. 20 at RPM Speedway (DeRichelieu, QUE).

The championship run in October includes a busy NAPA Super DIRT Week. Not only will the class compete at the famous 'Moody Mile' in Syracuse, N.Y., but it will also race at Weedsport (N.Y.) Speedway on Wednesday, Oct. 7, and at Brewerton (N.Y.) Speedway on Thursday, Oct 8.

Weedsport Speedway promoter (and Super DIRTcar Series star) Jimmy Phelps is pleased about the opportunity for the Sportsman to compete at Weedsport during NAPA Super DIRT Week.

"The Sportsman division has not only played a key role in the early success of Weedsport, but it is a big part of our overall season," Phelps said. "We are very proud to be able to bring a DIRTcar Series race to our venue during such a big week as Super DIRT Week."

The management team at Brewerton echoes those sentiments. Reed is looking forward to the Sportsman class running at Brewerton during Super DIRT Week.

"Brewerton makes a perfect back-to-back opportunity for more participation by the Sportsman on that Thursday night. The 358 and Sportsman teams will now be able to race at two prominent central New York facilities."

Action at NAPA Super DIRT Week XLIV wraps up with the drivers taking on the Mile for 30 laps of competition in a non-point race on the sport's biggest stage. The prestige, and even more importantly, the momentum of a win at Super DIRT Week will be important heading into the season's championship finale.

Brockville (Ont.) Speedway will once again welcome the Sportsman competitors for the 2015 championship finale. The annual DIRTcar Fall Nationals weekend will be the final showcase, and if history repeats the 2015 DIRTcar Northeast Sportsman Series championship will go right down to the checkered flag.

"There is a lot of team commitment to the Sportsman Series program," Perrotte said. "We're very optimistic this class will continue to be strongly supported at the local level, at Super DIRT Week and throughout the Series season. I think the fans will be pleased with the level of competition they will see at all DIRTcar Northeast Sportsman events."

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Humberstone Speedway Releases 2015 Schedule

PORT COLBORNE, ONTARIO… The New Humberstone Speedway has officially released their 2015 tentative schedule of events. After a pair of open practice sessions on Sunday April 19 and 26, the 56th Opening Day will take place on Sunday May 3. For all events in 2015 with the exception of the Eve of Destruction, gates open at 4:30pm with racing getting underway at 6:30pm sharp.

Opening Day will feature a full card of PC Works DIRTcar Sportsman, Pinty’s Delicious Foods RUSH Late Models, JC Auto Street Stocks, Cosco Haulage 4 Cylinders and the Mike Knapp Ford Pro 4 Trucks. Sunday May 10 will be the Mother’s Day Special featuring another full card of racing plus the first appearance of the season by the Vintage Cars and a spectator one-on-one race. The following Sunday, May 17, Zanchin Truck and Trailer presents the John Puhl Memorial Night featuring the Southern Ontario Sprints plus a full card of racing and Victoria Day fireworks. May 24th will feature the JC Auto Street Stocks in a Duel on the Dirt Home Track event plus a full card and an Eve of Destruction Flag Pole Race qualifier. The month of May will be capped off with the annual visit from the Go Nuclear Late Model Series on May 31st.

June will get kicked off as Pinty’s Delicious Foods presents a full card plus an on-track autograph session. June 14 will be a full card of racing plus the Vintage Cars. June 21st’s racing program will be the second home track Duel on the Dirt event for the Street Stocks plus it will be the first Sherkston Paintball Target Shoot contest of the season. The month will come to an end with a full card plus a 25 lap Eve of Destruction Enduro Qualifier.

July comes in as PC Works presents a full card of racing plus Vintage Cars and a Kids Poster Contest on July 5. On July 12, Tidyman Maintenance and Port Colborne Laundry present a full card of racing. July 19, Dilts Piston Hydraulics Inc presents the Sweeney Chevy, Buick, and GMC RUSH Dirt Late Model Series in the Canadian Late Model Nationals. A full card of racing will also be on the schedule that evening. The month will come to close on July 26 as Super Mario’s Pizza presents a full card plus a 30 lap Eve of Destruction Enduro Qualifier.

The month of August will start off by the running of one of the most prestigious events on the schedule, the annual All Canadian Championships. A full card of racing plus Fireworks will be on the agenda for the 2015 edition of the All Canadian. Free camping is available all Civic Holiday Weekend with a purchase of an adult admission ticket. August 9, Zanchin Truck and Trailer presents the second visit of the season by the Southern Ontario Sprints plus a full card of racing plus an Eve of Destruction Figure 8 race qualifier. The next week, Pinty’s Delicious Foods presents the TUSA Mod Lite Tour plus a full card of racing and a Sherkston Paintball Target Contest. The following Sunday, Verge Insurance presents a full card plus an Eve of Destruction Enduro Qualifier. August will come to a close on Sunday August 30 as it is the Pete Cosco Memorial featuring the DIRTcar 358 Modifieds. A full card of Sportsman, Late Models, Street Stocks, 4 Cylinders and Pro 4 Trucks will also be on the card. The season championship event for the Sportsman will also take place on August 30th.

The final month of the season will kick off on Sunday September 6th as Mike Knapp Ford presents the Safecracker 100 for the Sportsman plus final point’s night for the RUSH Late Models. On Sunday September 13, Cosco Haulage presents the Trevor Wilkens Memorial for the Sportsman Super DIRTcar Series.  The 2015 on-track season will come to an end on Sunday September 20th as it is the annual Eve of Destruction. Enduro, Flag Pole Race, Boat-Trailer Race and more will be on the card that afternoon with destruction getting started at high noon.

Saturday November 14, the 2015 season will officially come to a close with the Night of Champions Dinner and Awards Banquet starting at 5:00pm at the Americana Waterpark Resort and Spa on Lundy’s Lane in Niagara Falls.  

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MOTHER NATURE PUSHES OPENER BACK TO APRIL 18th

KOD Crate Sportsman & Pro Stocks To Help Kick Off Season At Fonda Speedway

March 31, 2015 By Rob Hazer (Fonda, NY) – As many have read by now, Fonda Speedway track promoter Matt DeLorenzo has made the decision to push back the opener at Fonda to Saturday April 18th. Cold weather along with frost in the ground and forthcoming rain just make it tough conditions for Matt and crew to get on the track and get it prepared.

"Matt called and told me today it looks like it'd need to be pushed back to April 18th and I totally understand. I was down at the track and while there are signs of progress, the weather just keeps punching us in the face," said KOD Promoter Rob Hazer.

"We're excited to kick off the season on April 18th for both series and we hope all our area tracks can get in some quality racing with some decent weather soon. We're all itching to go racing there's no question about it," concluded Rob Hazer.

Fonda Speedway plans to have an open practice session on April 15th providing the weather permits.

"I'd like to have an open practice on April 15th to get some cars on the track after we've had a chance to work the track in with the new clay. We just need a break with the weather," said Fonda Promoter Matt DeLorenzo.

Albany-Saratoga Speedway is hoping to get in a warm up session on Sunday April 12th, while Lebanon Valley Speedway is slated for an open practice sessions on April 11th and 18th.

ICE MELT - APRIL 18TH 2015
Basement Systems King Of Dirt Crate Sportsman
Presented By Dodson Construction, Kevin Koval's Adirondack Bsement Systems, & Driven By Hoosier Racing Tires
30 Laps - $1,000 To Win - $100 To Take The Green
Warm Ups At 4PM - Racing At 5PM
Stands: $10 Adult, $2 Children
Pits: $25 With License, $30 Without License
$20 Driver Entry Fee For KOD Series
Draw / Re-Draw Procedures
Think Warm!

04/18 - Fonda Speedway
06/26 - Albany-Saratoga Speedway
08/25 - Lebanon Valley Speedway
09/05 - Lebanon Valley Speedway
09/11 - Albany-Saratoga Speedway
09/25 - Fonda Speedway

HOOD POPPER - APRIL 18TH 2015
Lazzaro's Auto Body King Of Dirt Pro Stocks
Presented By Stone Motorsports & Auto Sales
30 Laps - $750 To Win - $50 To Take The Green
Warm Ups At 4PM - Racing At 5PM
Stands: $10 Adult, $2 Children
Pits: $25 With License, $30 Without License
$20 Driver Entry Fee For KOD Series
Draw / Re-Draw Procedures

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