FULTON SPEEDWAY HIGHBANK HOLDUP NIGHT #1
Brewerton & Fulton 360 Sprint Car Series Race #1
EMPIRE SUPER SPRINTS A MAIN 25 LAPS) - STEVE POIRIER, Danny Varin, Bryan Howland, Jason Barney, Justin Barger, Larry Wight, Paul Kinney, Tommy Wickham, Matt Tanner, Parker Evans, Chad Miller, Paulie Colagiovanni, Yan Bilodeau, Dan Doubille, Mike Stelter, Jonathan Preston, Danny Peebles, James Hanson, Dave Axton, Zach Weigand, Sammy Reakes IV, Corey Turner, William Glover.
DIRTcar SPORTSMAN CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES FEATURE 40 LAPS) - BRAD ROUSE, Jeremy Pitcher, Ron Davis III, Matt Farnham, Dave Marcuccilli, Tony Finch II, Chris Mackey, Rocco Leone, Kevin Root, Shane Pecore, Chris Cunningham, Tyler Trump, Jessica Power, Mike Button, Beth Bellinger, Jason Shipclark, Alex LaJoie, Corey Barker, Louie Jackson Jr., Brianna Ladouceur, Dylan Zacharias, Connor Dawdy, Mike Stacey, Billy Clark Jr., Todd Root, Adam Hilton, Gregg Kimball, Martin Pelletier, Jordan Bennett, Mike Taylor.
Short Track Super Series For Open Sportsman Gets Underway Tuesday, May 10 At Big Diamond Speedway
MINERSVILLE, PA – The inaugural event of the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP for Open Sportsman is quickly approaching.
Announced during the off-season, the STSS Open Sportsman circuit is comprised of seven events. It all begins at the Big Diamond Speedway ‘Anthracite Assault’ on Tuesday, May 10 (rain date: May 17) as a companion to the Modified combined STSS Halmar International North Region and Velocita South Region program.
STSS Sportsman race 25 laps for a $1,000 winner’s share and $125 to take the green at Big Diamond to kick off the series.
“The feedback this winter from Open Sportsman racers has been strong,” STSS organizer Brett Deyo said. “The division is far from dead; just take a look around at the tracks running them.
“With a manageable schedule and solid purse and point fund, I think we will see some very competitive racing this year with our Sportsman program.”
At the Big Diamond event only, Open Sportsman are permitted to utilize sail panels. Traditional windows will be utilized for all other events.
New Era at Genesee Speedway Begins Saturday
Rich Vleck, BATAVIA, NY, (April 24, 2016)- With the weather finally turning the corner, race season is right around the corner.
This Saturday, April 30, the Genesee Speedway will open its gates for the first time in 2016 with a practice as well as the Spring Fling 100-Lap Enduro. This will be a great way for teams to prepare for the summer ahead as well as for fans to see racing for the first time since the thaw.
The one and only practice session to prepare for the season will be open to all classes of cars, regardless if they race at Genesee or not. Johnson Automotive will present the rare early-start program with pit gates will swing open at 10:00 AM with the green flag dropping at Noon.
Once each division has had multiple opportunities to attack the 1/3-mile oval, the 100-lap Spring Fling 4-Cylinder Enduro will battle it out for the first checkered flag of the season. At the time of press, 34 drivers have registered for the event, with registration still open up until race time.
Pit passes will be just $10 for this event, with grandstand admission only $5. Once again pit gates will open at 10:00 AM. Concessions will be available.
KOD VISITS TWO NEW TRACKS DURING 2016 SEASON
Anticipated Trips To Utica Rome & Bear Ridge Await The Tour
March 23, 2016 (Fonda, NY) – After delaying far too long it was time for King Of Dirt Racing to drop the schedule release to drivers and fans. Along with core tracks Albany-Saratoga and Lebanon Valley Speedways, drivers were able to get a glimpse at two new tracks joining the upcoming KOD season. Utica Rome Speedway and Bear Ridge are welcomed additions to the tour and will challenge drivers due to their diverse sizes.
Utica Rome Speedway needs no formal introduction. The ‘action track of the east’ has been in operation since 1961. It’s rich history and storied field of hall-of-fame drivers past and present have wowed crowds for many years. In 1987 Alton Palmer won Utica Rome’s first ever Sportsman track championship.
Long since has Alton moved on into the Modified division, but today Utica fields some tough competition in the Sportsman ranks. On May 15th those drivers will be tested when the King Of Dirt Crate Sportsman and Pro Stocks open their season at the Vernon, NY speedway.
Utica Rome is a half-mile semi-banked speed palace with a cushion that tests a drivers fortitude. It’s often smooth, sometimes slick, and provides action keeping everyone on edge. The tracks wide surface provides for multiple groves of racing sometimes three or four wide. Part of the appeal is the competition that roams the historic speedway just waiting to claim a triumphant victory.
“I’ve spent many years at Utica Rome watching some really talented drivers. They’ve got guys like Warner, Janczuk, Filbeck, Clark, Kiehn, Fink, Barker, Leone, and more in Sportsman that can win. It’ll be tough for series guys to roll in and claim victory, but that’s why we dare drivers to win,” said KOD Promoter Rob Hazer.
Also on May 15th the Pro Stock drivers will open the KOD touring season at Utica Rome. Drivers like Stone, Speed, Yetman, Older, Horning, Hollner, and others will challenge track powerhouses like Forward, Welch, Carr, Effner, and Didsby to a full-fender throw down for the crown.
“I’m looking forward to opening the season at Utica. It will get those drivers involved early along with the tour drivers that come to race. When I spoke with Bill Shea he was excited and it’s mutual. I look forward to working with him into the future at Utica,” continued Rob Hazer.
Polar opposites by definition simply means completely different. That’s exactly what drivers can expect when the King Of Dirt Crate Sportsman tour swings into Bear Ridge Speedway on September 24th for the season finale of wheel-to-wheel short track action going 100 laps.
Nestled in Bradford Vermont rests a little gem known as home of the coupes. Don’t let that deceive you, for there is some seriously strong competitors in the Sportsman Modified ranks that wrestle weekly for short track supremacy at Bear Ridge Speedway. The Elms family has run it since the beginning dating back to 1968 and now Chuck Elms serves as promotional mastermind, whom gives fans, nail biting action each week.
When the KOD Sportsman series rolls into town for the ‘Green Mountain State Clash’ it’ll be to crown a champion on neutral territory with the throne up for grabs. Fans from all walks of racing life will converge on the speedway, grab some of the amazing food, and enjoy edge of their seat racing action on the quarter mile speedway.
“Honestly I think it’s going to be great heading to Bear Ridge for the KOD Sportsman finale. It’s neutral territory, it’s a polar opposite of Utica Rome where we open the season, and by that time we’ll know exactly who the contenders are for the crown,” said Rob Hazer.
Drivers can expect tough racing, as home track competitors like Pierson, Chaffee, Fornwalt, Graham, Sunn, and Simmons will test the best KOD has to offer in a 100 lap brawl. It’s even rumored there may be an appearance by an 8-time track champion who will come out of retirement just for the KOD series first trip to Bear Ridge.
“We are really excited to be incorporating our big season finale with the KOD Series finale in 2016. The 100 lap race is sure to offer great competition to drivers and fast paced edge of your seat action for the fans,” said Bear Ridge promoter Chuck Elms.
“I can tell you one thing that I know for sure when KOD visits Bear Ridge on September 24th; it won’t be easy. We’re time trailing to set heat lineups and from there a driver has to master his or her short track skills and not necessarily the speed. Once a driver does that they’ll have to contend with some stubborn track regulars who honestly are pretty good race car drivers,” concluded Rob Hazer.
Exciting times are in store for King Of Dirt Racing and tour drivers in 2016. Both Utica Rome Speedway and Bear Ridge Speedway are welcomed additions to the series, which of course includes core tracks Albany-Saratoga Speedway and Lebanon Valley Speedway.
NOTE: Please note there will be no King Of Dirt Pro Stock race at Fonda Speedway on August 10th and KOD is in no way affiliated with Glen Ridge Motorsports Park and the ‘Grand Daddy’ event they have scheduled in September. Any questions can be directed to KOD promoter Rob Hazer. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
King Of Dirt Crate Sportsman Tour Schedule
05/15/16 – Utica Rome Speedway – ‘602 Spring Fling’
30 Laps / $1,000 To Win / $100 To Start
06/24/16 – Albany Saratoga Speedway – ‘Friday Night Lights’
30 Laps / $1,000 To Win / $100 To Start
07/09/16 – Lebanon Valley Speedway – ‘Battle On The Banks’
30 Laps / $1,000 To Win / $100 To Start
09/01/16 – Lebanon Valley Speedway – ‘Mr. Crate Track USA’
30 Laps / $1,000 To Win / $100 To Start
09/09/16 – Albany Saratoga Speedway – ‘Northeast Crate Nationals
100 Laps / $2,225 To Win / $225 To Start (Championship Points Scale)
09/10/16 – Utica Rome Speedway – ‘Salute To Our Troops’
30 Laps / $1,000 To Win / $100 To Start
09/24/16 – Bear Ridge Speedway – ‘Green Mountain State Clash’
$1,250 To Win / $100 To Start
DIRTcar to Sanction Weedsport Sportsman Shootout Series
The season kicks off on May 22 at Weedsport Speedway
WEEDSPORT, N.Y. - March 11, 2016 - DIRTcar Northeast and Weedsport Speedway have announced that the track's 2016 NAPA Auto Parts Sportsman Shootout Series will be DIRTcar sanctioned. The move presents significant benefits for racers and teams at the premier facility.
The previously announced nine race series featuring crate sportsman modifieds kicks off on May 22 at Weedsport with the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series. The Sportsman Shootout Series runs until Sept. 19 and will accompany the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series on June 21 and Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds for the Hall of Fame 100 on August 9.
In addition to the track point fund and lucrative weekly purses, the DIRTcar sanctioning allows racers the opportunity to make Weedsport a home track and receive home track bonus points in pursuit of the overall DIRTcar championship. Racers will also be able to compete for the Mr. DIRTcar Sportsman points title. The Weedsport Sportsman Shootout Series champion will be honored at the DIRTcar Northeast banquet in November.
"Weedsport Speedway has quickly become a showplace for dirt racing not just in Central New York but in the country," said DIRTcar Northeast's Mike Perrotte. "We are proud to join them in sanctioning their 2016 Sportsman Shootout Series. As the leader in sportsman modified sanctioning, DIRTcar is excited to give our racers another great option to compete. We look forward to the exciting season ahead."
Weedsport Speedway General Manager Jimmy Phelps said they are excited to extend the opportunity to their sportsman competitors.
"Being both track operators as well as competitors, we've seen firsthand how working with a structured sanctioning body strengthens the program," Phelps said. "This is a great opportunity for our Sportsman Series competitors, and we are proud to bring the DIRTcar banner to Weedsport for 2016."
For more information on the NAPA Auto Parts Sportsman Shootout Series visit WeedsportSpeedway.com. For more information on DIRTcar, visit DIRTcar.com and for more information on DIRTcar Northeast, visit
KING OF DIRT RELEASES OFFICIAL 2016 SCHEDULES
Sportsman Visit 2 New Tracks; Pro Stocks Double t Malta & Utica
March 5, 2016 (Fonda, NY) – After much anticipation, date jockeying, and fine tuning the official 2016 King Of Dirt Crate Racing Series schedules for both Sportsman and Pro Stock are set in stone and ready for the upcoming racing season. Drivers can now start planning their KOD season accordingly.
In 2016 the 1-800-GOT-JUNK? King Of Dirt Crate Sportsman Series presented by Dodson Construction, Elmo’s Speed Supply & Auto Body, and driven by Hoosier Racing Tire will have a total of seven races, with two new tracks a welcomed addition to the tour.
One of those new tracks to the KOD Sportsman tour is Utica Rome Speedway in Vernon, NY where the tour kicks off on Sunday May15th for the ‘602 Spring Fever’ 30-lap throw down for the crown. The $1,000 to win and $100 to start purse structure for KOD races has already drawn heavy interest from multiple drivers who will be in attendance for the opener at the action track of the east.
Next up the King Of Dirt Sportsman are headed to Albany-Saratoga for the first of two races at the great race place again in 2016. ‘Friday Night Lights 2’ hits the 4/10ths of a mile clay surface Friday June 24th for another monumental throw down for the crown. Last year Connor Cleveland claimed a wild victory at evenings end. Time will tell who grabs this year’s $1,000 winner’s share.
After racing the great race place KOD Sportsman head to West Lebanon, NY for the ‘Valley Swing’ starting Saturday July 9th with ‘Battle On The Banks’ for the $1,000 winners loot. Last year John Virgilio found himself in victory lane with a solid home turf win. The valley proved to be a turning point in last years point battle between Rocky Warner and Chad Edwards.
On Thursday September 1st the KOD Sportsman visit the high banks one more time for the highly anticipated ‘Mr. Crate Track USA’ 30-lap throw down for the crown. This race took on a life of it’s own last season, as it accompanies the Super DIRTcar Big Block Modified series. Michael Sabia stormed to victory after a spirited battle with Scott Duell last year. This year the slate is wiped clean and title of Mr. Crate Track USA is up for grabs at Lebanon Valley.
After the ‘valley swing’ KOD Sportsman drivers head to Albany-Saratoga Speedway on Friday September 9th for an important throw down for the crown. The prestigious Northeast Crate Nationals will once again feature a 100-lap epic battle for more money, more points, and more honors. Previous winners have highlighted their Nationals championship triumph as a career highlight. It’s also the first race on the tour in 2016 time trials will play a factor in how the race day unfolds. Rocky Warner fended off all challengers last season to finally etch his name into the history books. No driver has won the Nationals twice; could 2016 be the year?
The following night Saturday September 10th the KOD Sportsman find themselves part of the New Yorker weekend at Utica Rome Speedway for the ‘Salute To Our Troops’ 30-lap event. Scheduled to offer $1,000 to win and $100 to start at this point, however may grow in value as the season progresses according to Bill Shea, promoter at the action track of the east.
Bear Ridge Speedway in Bradford, VT plays host to the KOD Sportsman season finale on Saturday September 24th. The ‘Green Mountain State Clash’ 100-lap finale will boast a $1,250 winners share and crown a tour champion. It’s the first visit by KOD to Bear Ridge, but the competition will not be any easier. Bear Ridge plays home to some tough racers who are battle tested and ready to throw down for the crown.
“I’m excited about the Sportsman schedule for 2016. There are some races we tried to schedule, but when people intentionally work to appear as if getting along, but undermine efforts out of spite we want not part of that. 2016 will have two amazing races at Albany-Saratoga, two game changing races at Lebanon Valley Speedway, two awesome shows at Utica Rome, and an anticipated trip to Vermont to crown a king at Bear Ridge,” said KOD Promoter Rob Hazer.
“Lyle DeVore took care of us at Albany-Saratoga and Lebanon Valley along with Howard Commander. They are top-notch professionals to work with. Along with our core tracks at Malta and Lebanon, we are excited to announce two races at Utica Rome. Bill Shea and his group are professionals also and we’re excited to be working with them going forward. Chuck Elms is down to earth and has been a pleasure to work with so far at Bear Ridge. Super nice guy and open minded so we made sure to do whatever we could to make things work out best for him and his regulars as well,” continued Rob Hazer.
The Lazzaro’s Auto Body King Of Dirt Pro Stock Series presented by Speed’s Garage, Stone Motorsports, and A1 Installers will see a schedule consisting of five dates through the 2016 racing season. The full fender division gets things started Sunday May 15th at Utica Rome Speedway for and ‘Action Track Throwdown’ season opening 30-lap battle.
Full Fender drivers then shift their focus to the ‘Pro Stock Classic’ on Friday June 3rd at Albany-Saratoga Speedway for a door-to-door 30-lap tussle. KOD is currently working to make the Classic a special event on the Pro Stock tour. More details to come as the race approaches.
On Friday July 8th KOD Pro Stock tour drivers head back to Albany-Saratoga for a ‘Full Fender Firecracker’ 30-lap event that promises to be another epic showdown. Lasts season Nick Stone and Robbie Speed battled until the end for the win. This year others will challenge for a piece of the crown.
The focus then shifts to Lebanon Valley on Saturday August 27th for the Pro Stock drivers with the ‘High Banks Hustle’ 30-lap throw down for the crown. Last year Jay Corbin rolled into victory lane with the big win, while Nick Stone was crowned King Of Dirt Pro Stock champion in front of a packed house.
Drivers will attempt to ‘Seize The Crown’ during the King Of Dirt Pro Stock Series championship night at Utica Rome Speedway on Friday September 9th. A 30-lap throw down for the crown at the action track of the east will ultimately determine a full fender champion for 2016.
“The Pro Stock tour is has grown nicely thanks to Lyle DeVore and Bill Shea. Our goal was five races this year and we hit that mark. Much like our Sportsman program, we wanted to double up at some of our core tracks. That’s why we have added a second date to the Pro Stock schedule at Malta. Bill Shea was also excited to have KOD at Utica, so we were able to get two dates there. That’s exciting for everyone on the Pro Stock side of things,” said Rob Hazer.
“We attempt work with everyone for the benefit of all involved. All promoters, sponsors, and supporters of King Of Dirt Racing work hard to make sure we include everyone who has the same interests as KOD, which is doing things that, make the sport better for all involved. We don’t have top-heavy payouts, we don’t force drivers into decisions, and we don’t play games. That’s just not who we are as human beings. We appreciate the support we get, we value those who follow our series, and that’s the message we deliver on,” concluded Rob Hazer.
An exciting schedule with multiple shapes, sizes, and challenges awaits KOD Sportsman and Pro Stock tour drivers in their efforts to become king. With structured purses, simple rules, and growing support KOD is ready for the new season. Be sure to listen to the all-new KOD Radio Show Episode 3 ‘From The Promoters Chair’ on demand this week for more KOD news.
King Of Dirt Crate Sportsman Tour Schedule
05/15 Utica Rome Speedway – ‘602 Spring Fever’ – 30 Laps / $1,000 To Win / $100 To Start
06/24 Albany Saratoga Speedway – ‘Friday Night Lights’ – 30 Laps / $1,000 To Win / $100 To Start
07/09 Lebanon Valley Speedway – ‘Battle On The Banks’ – 30 Laps / $1,000 To Win / $100 To Start
09/01 Lebanon Valley Speedway – ‘Mr. Crate Track USA’ – 30 Laps / $1,000 To Win / $100 To Start
09/09 Albany Saratoga Speedway – ‘Northeast Crate Nationals – 100 Laps / $TBA / $TBA
09/10 Utica Rome Speedway – ‘Salute To Our Troops’ – 30 Laps / $1,000 To Win / $100 To Start
09/24 Bear Ridge Speedway – ‘Green Mountain State Clash’ – $1,250 To Win / $100 To Start
King Of Dirt Pro Stock Tour Schedule
05/15 Utica Rome Speedway – ‘Action Track Throwdown’ – 30 Laps / $750 To Win / $50 To Start
06/03 Albany Saratoga Speedway – ‘Pro Stock Classic’ – 30 Laps / $750 To Win / $50 To Start
07/08 Albany Saratoga Speedway – ‘Full Fender Firecracker’ – 30 Laps / $750 To Win / $50 To Start
08/27 Lebanon Valley Speedway – ‘Battle On The Banks’ – 30 Laps / $750 To Win / $50 To Start
09/09 Utica Rome Speedway – ‘Seize The Crown’ – 30 Laps / $750 To Win / $50 To Start
THE POT CONTINUES TO GROW FOR 602 SPORTSMAN DRIVERS AT GLEN RIDGE & FONDA
By: Ron Szczerba
FULTONVILLE/FONDA, NY - Well it’s now official, the STR Trailer Repair Series, a combined points series between both the Glen Ridge and Fonda 602 sportsman divisions, will pay the winner of the NOW $12,711.00 point fund a HEFTY $7,711.00! The series is for the top 15 drivers in the combined point standings for both tracks who will all receive $$ at the end of the 2016 racing season.
“This point fund was developed between the Glen Ridge and Fonda Speedways to reward the drivers who participate weekly at both tracks,” stated Mike Sowle president of STR Trailer Repair which is located in Glen, NY. “STR is putting up $10,711.00 and the tracks are putting in $1,000.00 from each speedway. This point fund is in addition to the regular Glen Ridge and Fonda point funds which are derived from 50/50 ticket sales as well as any sanctioning series point funds and will be paid out to the top 15 cars in the series.”
“This is a big deal for the crate guys and it will definitely lead to increased competition and attendance levels at the tracks,” Matt Demitraszek said. “This point fund is devoted to unifying the two local tracks which seem to have been at odds for years and supporting the racers who do not, or cannot afford to race any of the other traveling series. One of the guidelines for the series point structure is that you have to race at both tracks in order to accumulate points as the STR Trailer Repair Series will not be acknowledging show up points for any other series. This is strictly for the guys and girls that support Glen Ridge and Fonda week in and week out.”
“Having two tracks this close, within a mile and a half of each other, one being a ultra-fast quarter mile and the other a big half mile running on consecutive nights is a totally unique situation that is not duplicated else were in the US,” Demitraszek continued to say. “Glen Ridge has breath taking speeds and the drivers have to bring their “A” game while Fonda is rich in racing history and is located on the historic Montgomery County Fairgrounds that have been in existence for over 175 years.”
SIMPLE RULES FOR THE TWO TRACK SERIES
There are just four simple rules that must be followed to be eligible for the two track series:
#1 YOU MUST RACE EACH WEEK AT BOTH GLEN RIDGE AND FONDA
#2 THERE ARE NO SHOW UP POINT RACES CONCERNING OTHER SERIES
#3 YOU MUST HAVE EITHER A DIRTcar OR A GLEN RIDGE/FONDA TRACK LICENSE
#4 DIRTcar RULES ARE IN EFFECT
According to Pete Demitraszek they are now working on additional contingency prizes for the series as the pot continues to grow! Pete also stated that there will be a similar point fund for the modified class and there are also plans to establish a point fund for the pro stock class as well. More details will follow on those.
BOTH GLEN RIDGE AND FONDA HAVE THEIR OWN SEPARATE HISTORY
While the Fonda Speedway has been in competition for a total of 64 consecutive championship racing seasons, Glen Ridge has been in competition for a total of only 12 championship racing season according to the records on their website but that doesn’t mean that Glen Ridge doesn’t have a history of their own.
At Glen Ridge a total of 211 racing events have been held in the sportsman division in the history of the speedway with 63 different drivers winning those events led by Rocky Warner with a total of 16 feature victories. As far as track championships go in the sportsman division at Glen Ridge there have been nine different drivers who have won championships in the 12 years of competition led by Brian Pessolano (2013,2015), Warner (2012,2014), and Bodie Bellinger (2010, 2011) who are all tied with two championships apiece.
Drivers at Glen Ridge with one sportsman championship to their credit include Frank Blanchard (2004), Matt Demitraszek (2005), Lenny Billings (2006), Butchie Irwin (2007), Jeremiah Munson (2008), and Korey Wilder (2009).
In comparison the Fonda Speedway ran the “open” sportsman division from 1987-2010 with a total of 426 events being run with a total of 78 different drivers taking the checkered flag in those events with the all-time win list being led by Alton Palmer with a total of 56 wins. During those years there were nine different drivers in the 24 years who won championships led again by Palmer with a total of five which came back in 1987, 1996, 1997, 1998, and 1999.
The 602 sportsman division began at Fonda in a part time basis in 2007 before becoming a regular division which started to run full time in 2008. In this class there have been a total of 135 events run with 35 different drivers winning those events currently led by 2011 track champion Mark Mortensen with 15 total victories. There have been six different drivers over the seven year span who have won track championships in the division led by the only two time champion in the class Rocky Warner who took home the title back in 2014 and 2015.
For more information about the Glen Ridge Motorsports Park and the Fonda Speedway as Demitraszek Enterprises announces plans for the upcoming 2016 racing season you can go to their respective websites www.glenridgemotorsportspark.net and www.fondaspeedway.com
SWEENEY RUSH SPORTSMAN MODIFIED SERIES RELEASES 2016 BICKNELL TOURING SERIES SCHEDULE; ADDITIONAL EVENTS SCHEDULED OVER 2015
(Pulaski, PA)...The Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Sportsman Modified Series powered by Pace Performance is set to begin its third year of existence heading into the 2016 season. Series Directors Vicki Emig and Mike Leone are proud to release an expanded 2016 Bicknell Racing Products Touring Series schedule, which will feature seven events at four different speedways in addition to the 2015 "Apple Festival Nationals" make-up.
"We're excited to continue to see new interest in the RUSH Sportsman Modified division," explained RUSH Co-Director Vicki Emig. "With Sharon expanding the class from specials only in 2014 to weekly in 2015 the class grew to 15 cars per night and we expect that to grow even more for 2016. And with that said we'll continue to build on our Touring program, which will begin its second year with Bicknell again presenting the program."
Larry Kugel is the defending Bicknell Tour Champion. The competition is expected to get tougher as just about all of the 2015 racers are expected to return with more experience. In addition, racers from all over eastern Ohio and western Pa. have acknowledged they will be joining the divisions. This includes several racers that will be moving up from lower divisions, rookie racers, and a couple Modified crew members moving behind the wheel.
The season will actually kickoff unofficially with the 2015 make-up "Apple Festival Nationals" at Sharon Speedway on Saturday, April 16. The twice rained out night two show will see Greg Martin lead the field to green for the $800 to-win feature. This will be a non-point tour event; however, will offer Bicknell Weekly Series points. New cars are permitted to tag the feature or run a B main depending on car count.
This year, Tri-City Raceway Park in Franklin, Pa. will host two Bicknell Touring Series events. The first will be the opener on Sunday, June 19 paying $600 to-win in a RUSH Tour doubleheader with the Late Models in the "Bill Emig Memorial". The Bicknell Tour for the Sportsman returns to Tri-City on Sunday, September 18 as part of their "Apple Fest".
"Manufacturers Night" will come to Sharon Speedway for the first time for the RUSH Sportsman Modifieds on Saturday, June 25. This will be the third "Manufacturers Night" for the division and is expected to grow once again in product for all competing racers. The inaugural event in 2014 was held at Lernerville Speedway where over $5,000 of product was given away. Last year, the event more than doubled to over $11,000 in contingency prizes at Sportsman's Speedway. In addition, $600 will be on the line for the Bicknell Tour event.
The Bicknell Tour then returns to Sharon for the next event on Friday and Saturday, September 16-17 for the annual "Apple Festival Nationals" with $800 on the line.
Though not a weekly track, Lernerville Speedway continues to support the RUSH Sportsman Modifieds with numerous Bicknell Weekly and Tour events. July 1 will another RUSH Tour doubleheader with the Late Models. The Sportsman Mod portion will pay $600 to-win event. The season will again conclude at the Sarver, Pa. oval as part of the popular "Steel City Stampede" paying $800 to-win.
The RUSH Sportsman Modifieds are set to join up with the RUSH Late Models once again as part of the Trumbull County Fair race at Expo Speedway on Wednesday, July 13 for $600 to-win. The big 5/8-mile oval held not only the first ever Bicknell Tour race for the Sportsman in 2015, but the first ever race for the division at the Cortland, Ohio oval which was won by Greg Martin.
Membership is $125 or $225 for both Touring and Weekly. Membership includes $100,000 of excess participant accident insurance over and above one's personal health insurance and track's insurance.
2016 Sweeney RUSH Sportsman Modified Bicknell Touring Series Schedule*
Sat, April 16 Sharon Speedway - 2015 Apple Fest Make-up - $800 to-win (non-point)
Sun, June 19 Tri-City Raceway Park - "Bill Emig Memorial" - $600 to-win
Sat, June 25 Sharon Speedway - "Manufacturers Night" - $600 to-win
Fri, July 1 Lernerville Speedway - $600 to-win
Wed, July 13 Expo Speedway - "Trumbull County Fair" - $600 to-win
Fri-Sat, Sept 16-17 Sharon Speedway - "Apple Festival Nationals" - $800 to-win
Sun, Sept 18 Tri-City Raceway Park - "Apple Fest" - $600 to-win
Fri-Sat, Oct 14-15 Lernerville Speedway - "Steel City Stampede" - $800 to-win
*Schedule is subject to change. Additional date(s) may be added.
Weedsport Speedway announces 2016 Sportsman Shootout Series
Weedsport, NY – February 25, 2016 - Weedsport Speedway is proud to present the 2016 Sportsman Shootout Series. The 9 race series featuring the Crate Sportsman Modified division will kick off on Sunday, May 22nd accompanying the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series in the second annual Empire State Challenge. The Sportsman Shootout Series competitors headline on June 5th for a series double header and return June 21st along with the World of Outlaw Late Model Series. The series headlines once again on Monday, July 4th, as the 3rd annual Sportsman Classic highlights Independence Day. The Sportsman Classic will once again pay $2,500 to the winner, one of three Sportsman Shootout Series events with a winner’s share exceeding the $2,000 mark.
Series action returns to the Port on August 9th with the Super DIRTcar Series Big Block Modifieds for the annual Hall of Fame 100, and again on August 21st with the ESS Sprint Cars as part of the 2016 Legends Reunion. The series culminates in an action packed weekend of racing on September 17th and 18th. On Saturday, September 17th, the series runs along with the Super DIRTcar Series Big Block Modifieds, setting the stage for the Sportsman Shootout Series Championship on Sunday, September 18th.
The 2016 Sportsman Shootout Series will pay a point fund to the top ten competitors in the championship standings at the conclusion of the September 18th event, with the Champion receiving a check for $2000. Championship points will be awarded on a 60 point schedule and a competitors’ worst finish will be dropped from the total. Any competitor in the top ten in championship points, and has made an attempt to qualify for all preceding events, will carry a provisional starting spot for the Sportsman Classic, as well as both championship weekend events in September. The Sportsman Shootout Series will follow 2016 DIRTcar Sportsman Rules. Please forward any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow along for updates at weedsportspeedway.com, facebook.com/weedsportspeedway, twitter.com/weedsportspdwy and instagram.com/weedsportspeedway.
Sportsman Shootout Series Schedule-Weedsport Speedway
May 22 25 Laps $1,000 to Win
June 6 50 Laps $2,000 to Win **Rained out event from 10/24/15 **Competitors not at 2015 event can start tail of consolation races.**
June 6 25 Laps $1,000 to Win
June 21 25 Laps $1,000 to Win
July 4 75 Laps $2,500 to Win
August 9 25 Laps $1,000 to Win
August 21 25 Laps $1,000 to Win
September 17 25 Laps $1,000 to Win
September 18 50 Laps $2,000 to Win
Leading agribusiness carrier will fuel Sportsman Division in 2016
Jim Irvine Merrittville Speedway Public Relations
THOROLD, Ontario (January 22, 2016) – Since 1998, Doug and Allen Yager have fueled tremendous growth in their company that has become a preferred carrier in the Niagara Region and beyond – striving to set the standard of excellence in the agricultural trucking industry.
In 2016, Yager Bros Trucking will fuel Merrittville Speedway’s DIRTcar Sportsman Division as the new Divisional Sponsor.
“Many of our fans may have cheered for a Yager Bros Truck in our annual Show and Shine Event,” said (Merrittville Speedway GM) Erica Bicknell-Jones, “away from serving the needs of the agribusiness community they are huge race fans and are excited about joining our 65th consecutive season.”
With more than 30 years’ experience in the commodity transport and agriculture business, Doug and Allen were joined by Brad Yager in 2000 with Yager Bros Trucking continuing to specialize in hauling agricultural commodities to customers across Canada and the Untired States.
“Yager Bros is just as passionate about the sport as Rick Bellante,” added Bicknell-Jones, “on behalf of our Sportsman Drivers – thanks to Rick and his company Rick’s Delivery for all he has done for the sport and best wishes for continued success!”
The Yager Bros Trucking Sportsman Division will be part of Saturday April 23rd’s Annual Spring Sizzler that will also feature the Pinty’s Delicious Foods 358 Modifieds and the Patriot Sprint Tour.
Presented by Rev’s Full Throttle Powersports, the first event of 2016 also includes the conclusion of the TUSA Canadian Modified Lite Championship Weekend rain-delayed since September 12th.
The 65th Championship Chase will kick off Saturday April 30th presented by Pinty’s Delicious Foods with the Hoosier Stocks and Van Raine Construction 4 Cylinders joining the Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series Event.
Fulton and Brewerton Sportsman again under DIRTcar banner in 2016
Tracks to host four DIRTcar Championship Series Events
By Dave Medler
January 14, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(BALDWINSVILLE, NY) – The Sportsman class at Fulton and Brewerton Speedway continues under the DIRTcar banner in 2016, and will play a pivotal role in the strengthened DIRTcar Sportsman Championship Series. Four of the sixteen scheduled Sportsman series events will take place at either Brewerton or Fulton in conjunction with marquee Modified events.
Fulton Speedway will kick off the DIRTcar Championship Tour on Friday, April 29th as part of the Highbank Holdup Weekend. The series will return to Fulton on Friday and Saturday, September 30 and October 1 for the prestigious Industrial Tire of CNY Sportsman Shootout 50 at the 31st Outlaw 200 Weekend. It’s the first time since 2010 the $2,500-to-win classic has been a DIRTcar Championship event.
Over fifty DIRTcar sportsman teams lined the Brewerton Speedway pit area at the 2015 Hurricane 100 during Super DIRT Week for a 30 lap feature won by Rocky Warner. The series has a return engagement on Thursday, October 6 but not before a $1000-to-win feature on Friday, September 16 in conjunction with the 2nd annual Duel at the Demon Super DIRTcar Series 100.
Fulton and Brewerton Sportsman teams will also be competing for the Mr. DIRTcar Sportsman championship, which rewards DIRTcar licensed drivers for their best 16 finishes in weekly sanctioned events.
DIRTcar rules will apply for the 2016 season at each track, with some Fulton and Brewerton amendments in place for weekly events. Rules are posted at http://fultonspeedway.com/pdfs/2016/Sportsman-Rules-bulletin-2016.pdf.
Check out the 2016 DIRTcar Sportsman Championship Series schedule at
The unofficial kickoff to the 2016 Fulton and Brewerton season will be the 2nd annual Winter Blast on Saturday, February 20 at RFH’s Hideaway just south of Fulton Speedway. Point money and awards for the top-10 in 2015 Sportsman points at each track will be presented in conjunction with viewing of the final night of the DIRTcar Nationals from Volusia Speedway Park. Door prizes, DIRTcar license applications, season’s passes, rules and other forms will be available.
2016 is Wright time to take on challenge of Sportsman Division
For Immediate Release from Jim Irvine Merrittville Speedway Public Relations
THOROLD, Ontario (January 14, 2016) – Although small in stature, Trevor Wright has big goals set for his racing that one day he might like to have as his career.
Turning 14 in February, the Beamsville Teen is looking forward to taking his racing up a level after purchasing the former Austin Wood #38 to join the Sportsman Division in 2016.
“I really love a challenge,” said Trevor of his ambitious plans, “I believe to really grow as a person and as a driver … I need to leave my comfort zone.”
“It’s been in the works for a few years,” informed Trevor’s dad Rob Wright, “we thought about using a Modified Lite as a stepping stone to Sportsman but when this deal came around we went with it. I always want to move forward … it’s always good to be with better racers.”
Wright who is part owner of Central Fabricating is a former racer himself, having competed in the former Mod Stock Division as well as in Street Stocks. His former number 90 has been with Trevor since his start in Kart Racing in 2011 although reversed as the second generation driver will campaign his #09 BRP Chassis in a limited schedule this season – focused on a full rookie season in 2017.
“We’re waiting to see how the proposed Novice Sportsman Division plans unfold,” added Wright, “if it comes about we’ll make as many nights as we can … if not we’ll only run 6 races.”
Wright also has plans of continuing on with his Kart Racing although somewhat of a lesser schedule than 2015 which saw him competing weekly Tuesday Nights at Merrittville, Thursday Nights at Ransomville while following the New York Dirt Kart Series. His season finished up with a second in his second start at Little E – the Kart Track on the grounds of Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio.
Trevor’s 2015 Kart Season saw third place finishes in the Junior Restricted Points at Merrittville as well as in the NYDKS Blue Plate Division also being named most improved NYDKS Junior Driver – taking home a Bicknell Racing Products Slack Karts Fast Time Award from the Can Am Series Stop.
At Ransomville, some disappointing finishes led to a 6th place finish in the points.
One of the challenges the Wrights are facing even before taking to the track is fitting Trevor into the new car.
“We’ve looked at 3 different seat manufacturers,” said Trevor’s dad, “we are also working on installing the pedals and the dash panel so he can reach everything.”
The Wrights are looking forward to learning about their Sportsman at the upcoming Bicknell Racing Products Open House and are registered for the Pete Bicknell Driving School in April.
For all their helping with his Karting, the Wrights would like to thank Josh Philpott and Select Cut Tires and Eric Vause.
Many of Trevor’s sponsors are following the move from his Kart to the Sportsman including Central Fabricating, Designed Wright, Harmony Jewellers, Bickles Hardware, R.A.G. Rentals, Ericway Tire, Jerry's Auto Body, Fulton Steel, All-Source Heat Treating, Steeles Landscaping
Joining the team this season are Walter’s Excavating, Laurcoat Powdercoating, Wade Combustion, Action Automotive, Wentworth Metals, RH Electric and Alexander Awnings. The car will be fitted with a new body just after the BRP Open House with the Team hoping to welcome other new sponsors before the start of the season.
Trevor’s 16 year old sister Emily has had to watch her brother’s 2015 Season from quite a distance as she has been in Sweden on the Rotary Youth Exchange Program – returning midsummer.
Rob may have some Sportsman experience to fall back on as back in the day, he helped James Michael Friesen for a stretch. It was then that JMF gave Trevor a nickname ‘Destroyer’ after watching the youngster go at some beer cans with a hammer.
Away from racing, Trevor and his Dad like to squeeze in a little fishing, ATVing and with the recent arrival of winter, may get out on the snowmobile. Many of the family’s holidays surround their love of racing – whether it be attending NASCAR Sprint Cup and DIRTcar Events not to mention Karting.
Trevor also enjoys his Xbox and Wii games however a New Year’s Day mishap that flooded their basement has him waiting for replacements.
After a trip to Homestead for the NASCAR Season Finale, their camper was left at a storage facility to be picked up during March Break. Little did Trevor know that during this trip – he would be racing his kart in the Carolinas. The only pieces of the puzzle yet to be solved – how to get the Kart Trailer down south and which race to enter.
“I’ve got to thank my Dad for all the long hours he puts in and for always doing what needs to be done,” said Trevor after finding out about his first Kart Race of 2016, “that was a nice surprise for sure … and thanks to my Mom Heather for all the Kart Tires she’s washed and all of her support!”
To follow Trevor’s challenges in 2016 on Twitter at https://twitter.com/destroyer_sr?lang=en for updates and Like his Face Book page at https://www.facebook.com/trevor.wright.09?fref=ts
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Merrittville Speedway’s Winter Office Hours at Bicknell Racing Products are Monday to Thursday from 9:00 to 5:00 and on Fridays from 9:00 to 4:30. To reach by phone call 905-685-7223 or via e mail email@example.com.
Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP Announces Formation Of 2016 Open Sportsman Series
Point Fund & Schedule Announced; $1,000 Thunder Mountain Speedway Incentive
BOYERTOWN, PA – Open Sportsman racers, welcome to the Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By VP.
On Saturday during the Eastern Motorsport Press Association (EMPA) Convention at the Crowne Plaza in King of Prussia, Pa., STSS organizer Brett Deyo officially unveiled plans for a six-race Open Sportsman companion series to the existing Short Track Super Series Modified schedule.
The STSS Open Sportsman mini-series will compete at four facilities starting on Tuesday, May 10 at Big Diamond Speedway in Minersville, Pa. Other tracks on the agenda include Thunder Mountain Speedway in Center Lisle, N.Y. (May 29 and September 4), Accord (N.Y.) Speedway (July 5) and I-88 Speedway in Afton, N.Y. (June 21 and the championship event October 7).
The inaugural STSS Open Sportsman champion will pocket $1,250 cash plus a 54-gallon drum of VP Racing Fuel.
The top-10 drivers in the final series standings will be paid as follows: 1. $1,250; 2. $750; 3. $500; 4. $350; 5. $250; 6. $225; 7. $200; 8. $175; 9. $150; 10. $125.
All series events will offer a minimum of $1,000 to win and $100 to take the green flag. The opener in May at Big Diamond pays $125 to start.
In an added twist, Thunder Mountain Speedway owner Karl Spoonhower has contributed a $1,000 cash bonus if a Saturday night regular at the track is able to win the STSS Open Sportsman touring championship.
“Our sport is constantly evolving and right now was the perfect time to step up for the Open Sportsman competitors,” Deyo said. “The division remains strong in the Southern Tier and beyond. The STSS Open Sportsman series offers these teams the opportunity to travel with a reasonable schedule.”
American Racer will be the tire brand of choice for the STSS Open Sportsman division. General Open Sportsman rules, in line with participating venues, will be enforced. VP Racing Fuel is the preferred gasoline of choice for the STSS. Specific race information will be released prior to each event.
The first five events of the series will operate on a 100-point distribution. The year-end Short Track SuperNationals 9 at I-88 Speedway in October will offer the “championship points” 150-point distribution.
Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP 2016 Open Sportsman Schedule
Tuesday, May 10 (Rain Date: May 17) – Big Diamond Speedway/Minersville, PA
Sunday, May 29 (Rain Date: May 30) – Thunder Mountain Speedway/Center Lisle, NY
Tuesday, June 21 (Rain Date: June 22) – I-88 Speedway/Afton, NY
Tuesday, July 5 (Rain Date: July 6) – Accord Speedway/Accord, NY
Sunday, September 4 (Rain Date: September 5) – Thunder Mountain Speedway/Center Lisle, NY
Friday, October 7 (Rain Date: October 9) – I-88 Speedway/Afton, NY – Championship Points
Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP Open Sportsman Point Fund (*based on 6 events): 1. $1,250; 2. $750; 3. $500; 4. $350; 5. $250; 6. $225; 7. $200; 8. $175; 9. $150; 10. $125.
OPEN SPORTSMAN TO RETURN TO WEEKLY COMPETITION AT UTICA-ROME SPEEDWAY IN 2016 WITH SOME MINOR RULE CHANGES
VERNON, NY- As the 2015 Utica-Rome Speedway season came to a close, many competitors in the Open Sportsman started to think ahead to the 2016 season and wondered if they would be part of the speedway’s weekly program. After a rules forum with drivers on November 1, speedway has given the division a vote of confidence for the 2016 season as they will again be part of the weekly NASCAR Whelen All-American Series schedule.
Track owners Bill and Kim Shea, along with several of the track officials, were on hand to listen to the drivers concerns. The decision has been made to align the rules to those being used at the Southern Tier tracks where car counts are stronger. The Spec motor that has been allowed for the past several seasons will now not be legal for use next season. Also, the 180cc or 200cc heads will be allowed with both having to weigh a minimum of 2,450 lbs. Also, the only carburetor allowed will be the 2 barrel Holley #4412 with no alterations. The Ultra or HP is not currently allowed. For any technical questions, please call Bernie Lukas at (315)271-3068. Full rules will be posted in the coming weeks.
“We really wanted to give the Open Sportsman guys a chance,” stated Bill Shea. “The meeting was really positive and it showed they wanted to see the division succeed as much as we do. Hopefully by getting back in line with the other tracks that run Open Sportsman, we can give more drivers an opportunity to race with us.”
The Utica-Rome Speedway will kick off their 2016 campaign on Sunday April 17. To keep up to date on any off season news, please log on to www.uticaromespeedway.com or call the speedway office at (315)829-4557.
Pass The Gravy! Turkey Bowl At Black Rock Speedway 1 Week Away
UNDEE, NY – For Immediate Release – November 21st, 2015
The weather in the Finger Lakes and Southern Tier has been unseasonably warm and has given first-year promoter Mike Jackson the perfect opportunity to try a late November special at the ‘Fast Four-Tenths-Mile’.
Saturday November 28th will bring the first ever running of the ‘Turkey Bowl’ at Black Rock Speedway. Five stout divisions will be on tap including the Open/Crate Sportsman, 305 Sprint Cars, Street Stocks, IMCA/EModifieds and Rear Wheel Drive/Front Wheel Drive 4 Cylinders.
Drivers are encouraged to bring their home track rulebook with them, however each division is allowed to run sail panels and sprint car wings as well as an open tire rule for each class.
The Sportsman division will see Open Sportsman face off against the Crate Sportsman in a challenge race that will go 50 laps in distance. The winner will walk away with $1,200, with the first Crate legal car taking home a $200 bonus. Crate Sportsman drivers should be fully prepared to go through normal tech procedures. This 50-lapper will also pay $100 to take the green flag.
Additional rules for the Sportsman division include any engine under 360c.i., both car classifications must run on a 2 barrel, no roller cams, no aluminum heads, no gear rule and no rev chip rule. Open Sportsman will have to weigh 2,450lbs while the Crate Sportsman will be required to weigh 2,400lbs. Any tire and any wheel may be used, sail panels and sprint car wings are legal for body panels.
305 Sprint Cars will also be on hand to race in a 20-lap feature paying $500 to win and $100 to take the green flag. This division will follow normal 305 Sprint rules from Canandaigua Motorsports Park, however there is an open tire rule for this special event. Drivers are open to run any sprint car tire available or even a dirt modified tire if it fits their fancy!
IMCA/EMods will also be on hand for the Turkey Bowl, racing in a $600 to win event paying $50 to take the green flag. The tire rules are opened up to any tire and the body rules have been opened up to sail panels and sprint car wings.
Fans can plan to see some pretty ‘out of the box’ ideas across several divisions for this ‘Run What Ya Brung’ style event with open tire and body panel rules. There is no weight rule for the IMCA division.
The growing Street Stock division will be racing in a 30-lap $600 to win event paying $50 to take the green flag. The tire and body rules are opened up for this special event, but drivers are reminded that all other rules are per their home track rulebook. Drivers are encouraged to bring their home track rules to this event.
Other rule specifications for the Street Stocks include any engine under 415c.i., any tubed chassis, quick change rear ends are ok however the trailing arm MUST be in stock location (no rear steer cars). Sprint Car wings and sail panels are allowed, there is no tire rule and there is no weight limit.
The 4 Cylinders will also be in competition, racing in a 30-lap affair paying $250 to win and $35 to start. Rear Wheel Drive and Front Wheel Drive cars will race together and may run on any tire/wheel combination. There is no weight limit and wings/sail panels are allowed along with any body style.
Engine, rear end and chassis requirements will go by the competitors home track rules, which the competitors are encouraged to bring with them to the speedway.
As has become recent tradition, K&B Catering will have the pit area hopping with their famous Pit Rib Dinner, which is a can’t miss!
General admission gates open at 11AM for the Turkey Bowl with tickets being just $10 for ages 12 and up while children under 12 are always free at Black Rock Speedway. Pit gates swing open at 10AM with pit admission being set at $35. Hot laps will kick off at 12PM with Scott Hixson’s first green flag waving at 1PM Sharp!
Humberstone Celebrates 2015 Season with Awards Banquet
ST.CATHARINES, ONTARIO… (November 14, 2015) The Humberstone Speedway celebrated the 2015 season with the Night of Champions Awards Banquet, held at the Holiday Inn & Suites Parkside Conference Centre in St. Catharines, Ontario.
For the third consecutive year, Ridgeway, Ontario’s Gary Lindberg was crowned the track champion in the PC Works DIRTcar Sportsman. Lindberg picked up six victories on his drive for three in a row. Chad Chevalier, James Michael Friesen, Cody McPherson and Brad Rouse also picked up checkered flags throughout the season. Brad Rouse had the Best Appearing Car while “young gun” Tyler Puchalski was named Most Improved. The Hard Luck Award went to Joey Mastrioanni and 2015 titlist Gary Lindberg was named Hard Charger. Veteran Gord McIntosh received the Sportsmanship Award.
Dennis Lunger Jr made the long tow from Albion, Pennsylvania to compete weekly at Humberstone and was awarded the divisional title for the Pinty’s RUSH Late Models. Lunger picked up 11 victories this season. Rob Pietz, John Waters, Colton Ledingham, Jason Knowles and past divisional champion Paul Grigsby also went to victory lane. Divisional titlist Dennis Lunger was named the Hard Charger. Rob Pietz had the Best Appearing Car and Sam Pennacchio was named Most Improved. Jeff Dayman was the recipient of the Hard Luck Award and Ken Winfield picked up the Sportsmanship award.
Port Colborne, Ontario’s Jason Fontaine earned his fourth JC Auto Street Stock championship in the last six seasons. Fontaine scored seven wins in 2015 in route to the title. Chris Crawford, Jim Lampman, Bill Bleich Jr, Dave Bailey, and Justin Ramsay also visited victory lane. Kyle Pelrine picked up both the Sportsmanship award as well as the Best Appearing Car. Chris Crawford was named Most Improved while Jim Lampman was named the Hard Charger. Mike Greene was the recipient of the Hard Luck award.
Rob Goulding from Port Colborne, Ontario was on top of the heep at season’s end for the Cosco Haulage Mini Stocks. It was Goulding’s third track title and first since going back-to-back in 2005-2006. Goulding’s three wins and consistent finishes propelled him to the track title. Kyle Rothwell, Jason Coutu, Brandon Iudiciani, Tyler Lafantaisie, Evan Curtis and Garnet Wilson all scored victories this season. Brandon Iudiciani had the Best Appearing Car while Jason Coutu was named Most Improved. Kyle Rothwell received the Hard Luck Award while TMR teammate Tyler Lafantaisie received the Sportsmanship award. Divisional Champion Rob Goulding was named Hard Charger.
Mike Toovey from St. Catharines, Ontario was crowned track champion for the third time in the last four seasons in the Mike Knapp Ford Pro 4 Trucks. Toovey dominated the season, winning a track high 12 feature races. Frank Perry and Dylan Llord each scored their first career feature wins and veteran Danny Wurster also graced victory lane. Dylan Llord had the Best Appearing truck throughout the season. Jamie Ayers was named Most Improved. Titlist Mike Toovey was the Hard Charger while Craig Vlasic was the recipient of the Hard Luck award. Danny Wurster received the Sportsmanship award.
The Rookie of the Year Award was handed out to John McIntire in the Sportsman, Colton Ledingham in the Late Models, Teeple in the Mini Stocks and Dylan Llord in the Pro 4 Trucks. Bill Toovey received the Jim Simpson Crew Chief of the Year Award. Bill helped his son Mike win his third Pro 4 Truck championship in the last four seasons.
The Pete Cosco Dedication to Auto Racing Award was presented to Sam and Mattaya Hamer while was Mike Toovey named the Trevor Wilkens Driver of the Year. Chris Dama was the overall champion at the 2015 edition of the Eve of Destruction.
The region’s biggest tours came to Humberstone and competed on the historic oval throughout the 2015 campaign. Erick Rudolph picked up the victory in the inaugural Pete Cosco Memorial featuring the 358 Modifieds in late August. Cody McPherson won the annual Safecracker 100 for the Sportsman while the Trevor Wilkens Memorial fell to Mother Nature. Parker Price-Miller won the John Puhl Memorial for the Southern Ontario Sprints. In the SOS’s second visit of the season, “The Ohsweken Flyer” Glenn Styres scored his 50th career A-Main victory as he scored the win. Southern Tier NY racing standouts John Waters and Jason Knowles scored wins in the RUSH Late Model Tour Canadian Nationals and the Go Nuclear! Late Model Challenge Series respectively. Jamie Gilbert won the lone visit of the season by the TUSA Mod Lites. The Vintage Cars had their biggest race of the season as part of the All-Canadian Championships, running in memory of Pete Cosco and Harvey Hainer Sr. Over 40 Vintage racers came out for this event that saw Rob Casti, Kevin Mahoney and Paul Billings grace victory lane. Mark Shadwell and Rick St. Pierre picked up Vintage wins throughout the season as well.
It was announced that the 2016 season will officially begin on Sunday April 24th with the running of the Dawn of Destruction. “Most of the events scheduled for the Dawn of Destruction are designed to take place in the infield” stated Director of Race Night Operations Clinton Geoffrey. The 2016 racing season opener will take place on Sunday May 1st.
The New Humberstone Speedway would like to thank all the new and returning Weekly Series Sponsors: PC Works (DIRTcar Sportsman), Pinty’s Delicious Foods (RUSH Late Models), J.C. Auto (Street Stocks), Mike Knapp Ford (Pro 4 Trucks), and the Cosco Haulage (Mini Stocks).
The New Humberstone Speedway is located just two miles East of Port Colborne on Highway 3, just 17 miles west of the US/Canadian Border at the Peace Bridge (Buffalo/Fort Erie). For more information, please visit us on the World Wide Web at www.humberstonespeedway.com as well as follow us on Twitter @NewHumberstone and like us on Facebook. Don’t forget to bring your portable FM radios and listen to all the action on 90.3FM. You can also call the speedway at (905) 834-4002 or the speedway office at Cosco Haulage (905) 935-2886
Dave Marcuccilli Crowned Inaugural FX Caprara Car Companies Upstate Sportsman Alliance Champion
BALDWINSVILLE, NY – November 4, 2015 – Last winter, Central New York track promoters Jimmy Phelps (Weedsport), Jeremie Corcoran (Canandaigua) and Bill and Kim Shea (Utica-Rome), in conjunction with Fulton and Brewerton track Marketing Director Cory Reed, with support from FX Caprara Car Companies, formed the FX Caprara Car Companies Upstate Sportsman Alliance (USA), a cooperative initiative designed to organize sportsman racing events within the region.
After nearly 100 point paying races that saw 202 different competitors register at least a single point, it was Canandaigua Motorsports Park Sportsman Champion, Dave Marcucilli that came out on top of the heap. Marcucilli’s season performance was impressive. He tallied 846 of a possible 900 weekly points with 7 feature wins, 16 top-5 and 24 top-10 finishes in just 25 weekly racing starts. He then scored three Championship point event wins in eight starts pushing his season point total to 1535 to claim the crown ahead of runner-up Ron Davis III.
Here is look at the remainder of top-ten in the point standings:
2) 32R – Ron Davis III – Memphis, NY – 1424 points - 5 top 5’s and 7 top 10’s in 8 series starts plus 4 weekly wins in 35 starts. Brewerton Speedway point runner-up.
3) 15 – Todd Root – Warners, NY – 1249 points - Brewerton & Fulton Speedway regular – 2 top 5’s and 6 top 10’s in 8 series starts plus 1 win in 21 weekly starts.
4) 1J – Rocky Warner – Gloversville, NY – 1238 points - Utica-Rome Track Champion - 2 Series wins – 3 top 5’s 4 top 10’s in 5 series starts plus 8 weekly wins in just 19 starts.
5) 80x – Mike Button – Chittenango, NY – 1158 points – 3 top ten finishes in eight starts and 3 weekly wins in 22 weekly starts. Fulton Speedway points runner-up.
6) 31 – Corey Barker – Fulton, NY – 1121 points - 1 top 5 and 1 top 10 in 8 series starts plus 4 weekly wins. Made an Upstate Sportsman Alliance high 46 weekly starts.
7) 0 – Tony Finch II – Pennellville, NY – 1091 points - Fulton Speedway Track Champion – 1 top 5 and 2 top 10’s in 5 series starts plus 5 weekly wins in 30 weekly starts.
8) 29K – Chris Cunningham – Kirkville, NY – 1079 points - 1 top 10 in 8 series starts – made 43 weekly event starts as a sportsman rookie.
9) 33x – Matt Janczuk – Oneida, NY – 1061 points - Utica-Rome Speedway - 3 top 5’s and 3 top 10s in 3 series starts plus 3 wins in 19 weekly starts.
10) 8 – Alan Fink – Central Square, NY – 1023 points - 1 top 10 in 8 series starts plus 1 weekly win in 32 weekly starts.
Each driver in the final top-ten in points will receive $1,000 that will be presented at the 2nd annual Radisson Ale House “Winter Bash” and DIRTcar Nationals viewing party on Saturday, February 27th.
The Upstate Sportsman Alliance would like to thank FX Caprara Car Companies for their strong support as the title sponsor. Family owned and operated, the FX Caprara Car Companies has been a leader in the new and used auto industry for decades. Through that time, they have extended their support of auto racing in many capacities. From car sponsorships and ownerships, track sponsorships, track ownership and racing themselves, the Caprara family has done it.
With locations in Watertown, Pulaski and Alexandria Bay, FX Caprara Car Companies features an extensive selection of New Car brands including Kia, Volkswagen, Fiat, Dodge, Ram, Chrysler, Jeep, Chevy, Ford and Buick vehicles. Their used vehicle inventory consists of cars, vans, trucks, SUVs and crossover vehicles all in clean and reliable condition.
The FX Caprara brand crosses over to Harley Davidson and Honda Motorcycles in their Adams Center location in addition to their Caprara Brothers Outdoor Toy Store in Pulaski. Whether it’s a car, truck, motorcycle, snowmobile, ATV or trailer, FX Caprara has you covered. To see everything they have to offer please visit http://www.fxcaprara.com/ and always remember to support those who support racing.
Monitor www.upstatesportsmanalliance.com and the Upstate Sportsman Alliance Twitter (@USAsportsman) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/upstatesportsmanalliance) accounts during the off-season for announcements regarding the 2016 racing season for the Upstate Sportsman Alliance and happenings at any of the five participating tracks.
Humberstone Set for Night of Champions Awards Banquet
PORT COLBORNE, ONTARIO… The New Humberstone Speedway will be celebrating the 2015 racing season with the Night of Champions Awards Banquet, to be held on Saturday November 14th at the Holiday Inn & Suites Parkway Conference Centre in St. Catharines, Ontario.
Coctail hour will begin at 5:30pm with dinner being served at 7pm and the awards ceremony will take place immediately after dinner. Tickets for the banquet are available for just $40 and can be ordered by calling the Speedway offices at (905) 834-4002. Drink packages are also available with six (6) drinks costing $30.
The Holiday Inn & Suites Parkway Conference Centre is located at 327 Ontario Street in St Catharines. The hotel is offering discounts on rooms. When calling to make reservations, use the block code HSS. Single and Double occupancy will cost $179.00, Triple $194.00 and Quad $209.00. The Holiday Inn & Suites is conveniently located near the Queens Elizabeth Way and is minutes away from the Meridian Centre and some of the regions top destinations.
Congratulations are in order to the 2015 track champions including Gary Lindberg from Ridgeway, Ontario in the DIRTcar Sportsman for his third consecutive track title. Dennis Lunger Jr made the tow from Albion, Pennsylvania each race night and was awarded the Pinty’s RUSH Late Model championship. Jason Fontaine of Port Colborne, Ontario once again stands on top of the heap in the JC Auto Street Stocks. “The Fonz” earned his fourth career track title and fourth in the last six years. Rob Goulding of Port Colborne, Ontario won his third career Cosco Haulage Mini Stock track championship, his first since going back to back in 2005 and 2006. Mike Toovey from St. Catharines, Ontario won the Mike Knapp Ford Pro 4 Truck title, his third title in the last four seasons. Speedway management would like to thank all the drivers, crews, officials and spectators for making the 2015 season one to be remembered. It has been announced that there will be a Dawn of Destruction event scheduled for Sunday April 24th with Opening Day 2016 scheduled for Sunday May 1st.
1. M. Desjardins 2059
2. Brad Rouse 1958
3. Louie Jackson Jr. 1770
4. Shane Pecore 1763
5. Jessica Powers 1761
6. Joey Ladouceur 1705
7. Corey Wheeler 1659
8. B. Ladouceur 1606
9. Mike Stacey 1513
10. Martin Pelletier 1440