2017 SEASON COMING TOGETHER AT HUMBERSTONE SPEEDWAY
- 2nd Dawn of Destruction Set for April 30; Season Opener May 21st -
PORT COLBORNE, ONTARIO (Februrary 15, 2017) Humberstone Speedway management are still finalizing the 2017 schedule. "We are still working out the final details, for a couple more big events for this year" says Humberstone General Manager Bob Davidson. "We hope to release all the details of our 2017 schedule in the coming weeks" Davidson added.
The 2017 season will start off with a BANG on Sunday April 30th at 1:00pm with the second running of the Dawn of Destruction. The popular event will kick off with a 100 lap, $1,000 to win Enduro race that will be broken down into four (4) 25 lap segments, with each segment winner receiving $75. Also back as part of the Dawn of Destruction is the Construction Crush Off. "We have some tricks up our sleeves to top last year's crush off" added Humberstone Speedway Race Director Tom Beales. The popular Ladies Race, Backwards Race, Enduro Cross, Side By Side Chain Race plus a few more surprises will also be on the card as part of the Dawn of Destruction. Details and rules will be posted online at www.humberstonespeedway.com
The stock cars will hit the track for an open practice session under the lights on Sunday May 14th with Wednesday May 17 being the rain date. The speedway will continue its "Wind it Up Wednesday" practice sessions throughout the season. The 2017 season opener will be on Sunday May 21st, when Humberstone will introduce its first ever pre-race tailgate party. Full details and a race night schedule for Opening Night 2017 will be announced in the coming weeks. Transponders will be manditory for ALL Humberstone classes in 2017.
The Southern Ontario Sprints (SOS) will return in 2017 with a pair of shows on Sunday June 4th and Sunday August 13th. Ryan Susice earned his first career Sprint Car victory and Dylan Westbrook put the exclamation point on his 2016 SOS Championship with their victories when the SOS visited Humberstone in 2016.
Sunday July 2nd is a day to circle on your calendars as Humberstone Speedway will be hosting the first ever $1,000 to win Showdown! This event will be history making as Humberstone Speedway will pay all of their regular divisions $1,000 to win on the same night. As if that wasn't enough, one lucky fan in attendance will walk away with $1,000 in their pocket! Humberstone is looking to add even more to this mega event. If you would like to put your company's name to this event, contact the Speedway office at (905) 834-4002.
July 9th will feature the first Racers only "Grudge Match" demolition derby following the weekly racing action. This demoliton derby will only be open to current and former racers. The rules are simple, the fuel tanks will remain in stock location. Rules will be posted on the track website. "This event will be about the halfway point of the season and will be a good way for the racers to let off some of their mid-season racing aggression and have fun doing it" Beales said. The winner of the "Grudge Match" will also have bragging rights for a year.
The longest running event in the region, the All Canadian Championships are once again held the Sunday of Civic Holiday Weekend on Sunday August 6th. The All Canadians qualifying format will see a twist in 2017. The Speedway will use the weeks leading up to the August 6th event to time trial one division a night, for the All Canadians. For example July 30 will feature Sportsman trials, to set the heat line ups for The All Canadians. Any Cars that do not time trial in these events will be placed behind the time trialed cars, for heat line ups on August 6th.
Sunday August 27th will be the third annual Pete Cosco Memorial Night featuring the Modifieds. Final points night for all classes will be on Labor Day Weekend, Sunday September 3rd. The Sportsman Super DIRTcar Series will be at Humberstone on Sunday Septmeber 10th. The season will come to a close on Sunday September 17th with Canada's Wildest Motorsports Event, the Eve of Destruction at high noon.
The Speedway held a drivers meeting back on January 11. During the meeting several subjects were discussed. Humberstone Speedway officials wanted to get drivers input on key issues that would affect them, and didn't want to make any changes with their valuable input. After discussions, in 2017 Humberstone will continue the weekly draw format vs weekly handicapping for all divisions. Humberstone will not adopt the duel team driver point system. After talking with the drivers. Owner Linda Cosco and General Manager Bob Davidson, will re instate the driver's perfect attendance pass. Meaning if you compete in 100% of your divisions events in 2017, you will receive a free VIP pass for 2018. Any driver competing in 75-99 % of events will be eligible for the $200/$250 drivers pass. The only topic left undecided, is the Championship Format. Speedway Officials will continue to reach out to its drivers to obtain more feedback on the topic.
Humberstone Speedway will once again have RUSH sanctioning for the Late Models. "RUSH is a great organization and we feel and know that the Late Model competiors receive valuable incentives through the RUSH organization and Vicki Emig and Mike Leone and their staff have been wonderful in working with us throughout the years" added Humberstone Public Relations Director Steven Petty.
While the 2017 schedule is still in the kettle boiling, be sure to check out www.humberstonespeedway.com, or check out our facebook page to find out the latest news. Humberstone Speedway has several marketing opportunities, everything from division sponsorship, to nightly sponsors, billboard advertising, and track title sponsor. We have something to suit your business. Let us help you grow your business. Give our office a call to see what we can do for you 905-834-4002 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Things Are Heating Up For The 2017 DA's Auto Body Rookie Division
By Bridgeport Speedway PR
For the 5th consecutive year D.A.'s Auto Body & Repair will be sponsoring the Crate/Sportsman division at the Bridgeport Speedway. "The rookie division is important not only to the racers but, it's important to the track as well," explained Dave Adams owner of D.A.'s. "The more new blood we get to come into the sport, the better if it will be in the long run," Adams added. The top 3 point finishers will be honored at the year-end banquet for the Bridgeport Speedway drivers. Along with point fund money, the champion will receive a championship trophy and plaque and champion jackets courtesy of American Racer and Insinger Performance/Sunoco Fuels. The 11-race series will kick off on Friday night, March 24 as part of the 60over Special 'Doug Hoffman Memorial' Weekend. A champion will be crowned as the class graduates on Saturday, June 24 before moving up 'officially' into the Crate/Sportsman division.
Past champions include Ian Humphreys ('13), Matt Peck ('14), Steve Kemery ('15), and Chuck Sayres ('16). The first driver looking to join that group is Oliva Ingersoll. As of now, Olivia seems to be the only female entry in this year's rookie field (Shannon Marshall placed third in last year's rookie points). Ingersoll got her introduction to racing just three short years ago by helping fellow friend and Big Block racer Mike Franz. "Once I started coming to the race track, I just fell in love with everything and really wanted to race," expressed Ingersoll. Oliva tried her hand at a couple of 'Powder Puff' races on the 1/4 mile and all that did was increase her desire even more to try it 'for real'. So she went out and purchased an '06 Teo car that will carry No. 95, along with a 602 crate engine. Ingersoll was able to get two late practice sessions in last season in the final two events at Bridgeport. The 21 year-old Gibbstown, NJ resident works on the car all by herself. "I don't really have a crew other than Mike's crew to help at the track, and if I have a question, I usually ask Mike for advice." Although the odds may look stacked against this young lady, you can never count out hard work and determination.
The second driver to officially declare themselves eligible for the 2017 D.A.'s rookie class is Keith McKinley. Although a rookie driver, Keith is no stranger to Bridgeport as he has been racing in the 4-cylinder class the past few seasons on the Spirit Auto Center 1/4 mile on Friday nights. "I just wanted to move up really. The 4-cylinders were fun but I was ready for a change," offered McKinley. The 40 year-old Deptford, NJ driver purchased an '08 Dirt Wheels chassis this off-season so he could participate in the '17 rookie series. McKinley is currently working on securing some sponsorship for his No. 9 Sportsman to help aid him in his rookie quest. His girlfriend Jennifer Hardy and his uncle Terry are his pit crew for his rookie campaign this season.
The third driver to register into the D.A.'s Auto Body Rookie Series for 2017 is young Tommy Errico Jr.
If you recognize the Errico name, you're not imagining things. Tom Errico Sr raced in the late 80s and early 90s at both Bridgeport and East Windsor Speedways. The elder Errico did record a win at Sportsman win at Bridgeport and a couple at Windsor 25 plus years ago. Now, it's time for his son to carry the 'racing' torch in the family.
The second-generation driver was able to shake down the car a couple of times late last season while Sr. also jumped behind the wheel to help with the set up. Tommy Jr will be piloting an '04 Troyer powered by a 602 crate motor. The 19 year-old Feasterville, Pa driver will carry the 'X-Rated' number on the sides of his Crate/Sportsman hot rod. Some of the sponsors that make it all happen for the Errico Team are K&M Trucking, R. Miller & Sons Automotive, and Sunglass Central. If you were to take a visit into the pit area you'd be likely to find Billy Culver, Colin Barber, and of course Tom Sr. turning some wrenches each and every weekend. You can count on Errico Jr to try everything he can to keep up the family tradition by making it into Bridgeport Speedway's victory lane at some point this season.
Airborne, Freedom and Utica-Rome Speedways Join DIRTcar Northeast as Sportsman Modified Home Tracks in 2017
By: Clayton Johns
CONCORD, N.C. - Jan. 26, 2017 - DIRTcar Northeast officials are proud to announce the additions of Airborne Speedway, Freedom Raceway Park and Utica-Rome Speedway as Sportsman Modified home tracks for the 2017 season. The addition of the trio of New York facilities increases the number of DIRTcar Sportsman Modified sanctioned tracks to 17 for the upcoming season.
Airborne Speedway in Plattsburgh, NY returns to a dirt surface in 2017 with promoter John Walker leading the conversion. The track will host the DIRTcar Sportsman Modifieds on a weekly basis as well as a North Region tour event in September. Airborne is also the newest track to the Super DIRTcar Series tour. It will host the Big-Block Modifieds at the half-mile oval on Thursday, July 6.
Freedom Motorsports Park, located in Delevan, NY, provides a home track to drivers in the southwestern area of the state under the guidance of Bob Reis. The 1/3-mile clay oval hosts Friday night racing from May to September less than one hour southeast of Buffalo.
Utica-Rome Speedway, managed by Bill and Kim Shea, is a key central New York home track with an established base of Sportsman Modifieds. In addition to becoming a Sportsman Modified home track, Utica-Rome will also host three DIRTcar Sportsman Modified series events in 2017, including two in the east region and one in the central region.
The three New York tracks join 14 other facilities in the Northeast as DIRTcar Sportsman Modified home tracks. They include Albany-Saratoga Speedway, Brewerton Speedway, Fonda Speedway, Fulton Speedway, Mohawk Speedway, Ramsomville Speedway and Weedsport Speedway in New York. Ontario tracks Brockville Ontario Speedway, Cornwall Motor Speedway, Humberstone Speedway and Merrittville Speedway are all returning as Sportsman Modified home tracks as well as Quebec's Autodrome Drummond, Autodrome Granby and LeRPM Speedway.
These 17 tracks offer valuable Home Track Bonus Points to nearly 500 Sportsman Modified drivers across the Northeast. Home Track Bonus Points are the first step for drivers who compete for the DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series title and in various DIRTcar Northeast programs.
As previously announced, the 2017 edition of the DIRTcar Sportsman Series will feature a regional format with the schedule divided into four regions - North, West, Central and East. Regional and combined series events will take place 23 tracks for a total of 32 events with negotiations ongoing to add additional race dates.
Regionalized DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series Format on Tap for 2017
CONCORD, N.C. - Jan. 14, 2017 - On the heels of a strong season in 2016 that saw over 230 different DIRTcar Sportsman Modified drivers compete in 15 series points shows, DIRTcar Racing officials will unveil a new format for Sportsman Modified teams in 2017.
Currently,19 different tracks have signed up for DIRTcar Sportsman Modifieds Series with negotiations ongoing for additional dates. To accommodate the increased demand, tour events being scheduled from the last weekend in April through late-September will be run under a regional format, with the schedule divided into four regions - North, West, Central and the East, which was announced earlier today will be a part of the King Of Dirt tour. DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series teams will only be required to participate in a region of their choice in order to earn valuable series points. Point races run in other regions will become optional events for teams.
Home Track Bonus Points awarded for participating at one of the many DIRTcar Racing sanction tracks is again the foundation for the 2017 schedule. Bonus points from the regional DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series will be added to a driver's home track total on September 25. In addition to 1,000 Series bonus points, each regional points champion will earn a guaranteed starting spot at the Super DIRT Week Sportsman Championship at Oswego Speedway as well as a preferred starting spot in the OneDirt.com World Short Track Championship at the Dirt Track at Charlotte.
Drivers may compete in as many DIRTcar Racing events as they choose and may earn additional points toward the championship by competing in events out of their region (20 points per attempt up to a maximum of five totaling 100 points). These points will be added to a driver's home track and regional bonus total.
Central New York and Brockville, Ontario will be the final battleground for the DIRTcar Racing Championship when the calendar reaches fall. All regions will converge for a five event "Fall Championship Challenge" - bringing the best of the best together into one five-race chase for the championship. Mandatory 150 point-to-win races will be on tap for Sportsman Modified teams during a busy week-long stretch beginning with Fulton Speedway's 32nd Outlaw 200 Weekend on September 29th & 30th, Weedsport Speedway Super DIRT Week Kickoff Party on Wednesday Oct. 4, Brewerton Speedway 25th Hurricane, Thursday, Oct. 5 and the the 75-lap Super DIRT Week Championship at Oswego Speedway on Sunday, Oct. 8th. These events will build to the final series showdown for the DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series crown on Friday, October 13 at Brockville Speedway for the Fall Nationals.
"We feel this will allow teams to run good paying races within region throughout the season and earn valuable points without a heavy travel burden," said Mike Perrotte, DIRTcar Director of Series and sanction. "Then to have them all converge into the same sand box for the Fall Championship Challenge allows teams to race against racers from other regions for all the marbles."
Any Series feature winner across all four regions will earn automatic berths into the OneDirt.com World Short Track Championship All-Star Invitational at The Dirt Track at Charlotte on October 27. The top-12 in final overall series points will carry provisional starter status into the OneDirt.com World Short Track Championship non-point series finale on October 28.
"There has been a high demand for series races from track promoters and a lot of interest from race teams since we ended the series last fall," said DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Director, Cory Reed. "The series includes major events and great race tracks - we think the race teams will be pleased."
2017 Super DIRTcar Sportsman Series Schedule
*Subject to Change*
Friday, April 28 Fulton Speedway- Highbank Holdup
Sunday, April 30 Utica-Rome Speedway
Tuesday, June 20 Outlaw Speedway
Monday, July 3 Weedsport Speedway- Sportsman Classic
Friday, September 15 Brewerton Speedway- Duel at the Demon
Saturday, May 6 Autodrome Drummond
Friday, August 11 Autodrome Granby
Sunday, September 3 Cornwall Motor Speedway
Saturday, September 16 Mohawk Speedway- Pete Mitchell Memorial
Friday, September 22 LeRPM Speedway
Saturday, September 23 Autodrome Drummond
Sunday, September 24 Airborne Speedway
Tuesday, July 25 Ohsweken Speedway
Friday, September 8 Ransomville Speedway
Saturday, September 9 Merrittville Speedway
Sunday, September 10 Humberstone Speedway
Friday, September 22 Brighton Speedway- Applefest Weekend
Saturday, September 23 Brighton Speedway- Applefest Weekend
East Region/King of Dirt
Sunday, May 13 Utica-Rome Speedway
Monday, May 28 Devil's Bowl Speedway
Saturday, July 15 Lebanon Valley Speedway
Tuesday, August 15 Albany-Saratoga Speedway
Sunday, August 20 Utica-Rome Speedway
Thursday, August 31 Lebanon Valley Speedway
Friday, September 8 Albany-Saratoga Speedway - Northeast Crate Nationals
Friday, September 22 Fonda Speedway
Fall Championship Challenge (150 point events)
Friday-Saturday, September 29 & 30 Fulton Speedway- 32nd Outlaw 200 Weekend
Wednesday, October 4 Weedsport Speedway- Super DIRT Week Kickoff Party
Thursday, October 5 Brewerton Speedway- 25th Hurricane
Sunday, October 8 Oswego Speedway- NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week
Friday, October 13- Brockville Speedway- Fall Nationals
Thu-Fri-Sat, October 26-28 The Dirt Track at Charlotte
World Short Track Championship - NP
Genesee Speedway Ends 2016 Season with a Bang at the Banquet
Rich Vleck, BATAVIA, NY, (December 10, 2016)- The first season of a new era at Genesee Speedway ended as strongly as the entire 2016 year went with a fantastic awards banquet. Over 250 were in attendance at the Quality Inn with more than 60 competitors taking home part of the fun. Over $15,000 in cash was distributed in year-end point fund and some very special awards were given out.
Seven different drivers claimed track championships including Kyle Inman (Sportsman) and Dave DuBois (360 Late Model), who were each declared Drivers of the Year. Beamer Guzzardi became the inaugural Crate Late Model Champion at the speedway while Butch Zimmerman claimed his first career track title in the street stocks. Brad Shepard was the mini stock champion while Cole Hicks claimed the bandit crown. Matt Smith was named the micro sprint mini series champion.
At the end of the awards banquet, a special presentation was made to new speedway promoter Jim Johnson as the inaugural Mike Logsdon Dedication to Motorsports recipient. The award was a special surprise for both the recipient as well as the namesake.
The evening also included a host of other special awards, as well as a preview of the 2017 season, featuring 21 race dates including a special trip to Batavia by the ULMS Late Model Series in July. For more information, visit www.Genesee-Speedway.com.
Genesee Speedway Ready to Pay Out $15,000 at 2016 Awards Banquet
Rich Vleck, BATAVIA, NY, (November 25, 2016)- It should come as no surprise that what was an incredible 2016 season at Genesee Speedway will be capped off with a record-paying banquet.
At the 2016 Genesee Speedway Awards Banquet Saturday December 10 at the Quality Inn (formerly Clarion Hotel), the Point Fund will exceed $15,000 in cash! Over $5,000 was made possible by the FOAR Score Group, but the first-year promotion team of Jim and Pam Johnson and Mike Fisher decided to triple that amount for the over 50 teams that will take home a slice of the record-breaking amount.
The top 10 drivers in each of the five adult divisions will claim a portion of the point fund, with champions Beamer Guzzardi (Crate Late Models), Kyle Inman (Sportsman, Dave DuBois (360 Late Models), Butch Zimmerman (Street Stocks), Brad Shepard (Mini Stocks), Cole Hicks (Bandits) and Matt Smith (Micro Sprints) being highlighted throughout the night.
The point standings may already be known, but a host of special awards will also be part of the festivities, including Rookie of the Year, Most Improved, Fan Favorite, Best Appearing, Sportsmanship, Perseverance and Drivers of the Year.
It is important to note that with 250 tickets already purchased, the Awards Banquet is Sold Out. The banquet will give teams and fans to get a preview at what is setting up to be an even more thrilling 2017 season with the recent announcement of the ULMS Super Late Model event on Thursday, July 6th. For more information, visit www.Genesee-Speedway.com.
KING OF DIRT AWARD WNNERS ANNOUNCED
To Be Honored At The January 14th Banquet Party In Fonda
November 16, 2016 (Fonda, NY) – King Of Dirt Racing recently announced the list of drivers who have earned awards by touring in 2016. 18 different drivers will be honored among their peers along side champions Connor Cleveland (Sportsman) and Robbie Speed (Pro Stock) at the annual Night Of Champions banquet party on January 14th at the Winner's Circle Restaurant in Fonda, New York.
Eight different Sportsman Modified drivers will share in the 10 special awards up for grabs at the Night Of Champions banquet party. While King Of Dirt releases the names of drivers who have won the aforementioned special awards, the specific awards they have earned is unknown until banquet day.
The Sportsman Modified special awards include crowning champion Connor Cleveland and naming the prestigious Award Of Excellence winner. Other awards to be handed out include newcomer of the year, outstanding performance, memorable moment, hard charger, most improved, lap leader, hard luck, top Bicknell warrior, 1st man out, and most popular driver.
Drivers who have been named to receive an award for the KOD Sportsman Modified Series are: Connor Cleveland, Andrew Buff, Scott Duell, Michael Sabia, Adam Gage, Adam Pierson, Cody Hunt, and David Schilling.
Drivers who have been named to receive an award for the KOD Pro Stock Series are: Dean Charbonneau, Dan Older, Gus Hollner, Luke Horning, Chuck Dumblewski, Jason Casey, Byron Wescott, Robbie Speed, Daniel Sanchez, and Nick Stone.
Crowning the Pro Stock champion will top honors naturally, however the award of excellence, newcomer of the year, outstanding performance, memorable moment, hard charger, most improved, lap leader, hard luck, 1st man out, and most popular driver awards will also greet one of the lucky drivers named.
"Honestly our season ended September 24th and it's taken this long to determine award winners. That's how many guys were up for each and deservingly so. At the end of the day we had to narrow it down and we've done that. I think everyone will be pleased with how we close out our racing season," said KOD Promoter Rob Hazer.
Last year the King Of Dirt Racing Series packed the banquet hall at the Winner's Circle Restaurant and expects to do so again this year. With space being limited, everyone attending is asked to be prompt with ticket sales. Please send checks or money orders made out to King Of Dirt Racing along with a list of names in your party no later than January 2nd.
The KOD Night Of Champions Banquet Party is scheduled for January 14th at the Winner's Circle Restaurant in Fonda, New York. There will be dinner, dancing, fun, and friends to close out the 2016 season. Also announcements for the 2017 season will first be made at the banquet for those in attendance.
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2016 KING OF DIRT RACING SERIES FEATURE WINNERS: (Sportsman) Connor Cleveland, Scott Duell, Kevin Ward, Tim Hartman Jr., David Schilling, Rocky Warner, (Pro Stock) Robbie Speed, Dan Older, Nick Stone, Daniel Sanchez, and Luke Horning.
NIGHT OF CHAMPIONS
King Of Dirt Banquet Date Set
Saturday January 14, 2017
Winner's Circle Restaurant
Route 5 – Fonda, NY 12068
Crate Sportsman Series
Pro Stock Series
Dinner – 6:30 PM
Awards – 7:30 PM
$30 Per Ticket Due By January 2nd
Please RSVP Names Along With Money
Anyone Is Welcome To Join Us; We hope to see you there!
Dinner, Awards, Products, Point Funds, Dancing, 50/50's, Prizes, & More!
Dinner included with ticket price, which includes: Roast Beef, Turkey, Mashed Potatoes, Mixed Vegetables, Dinner Salad, Soup, Dinner Rolls, Tea, and Desert.
All who plan to attend must RSVP along with paying for tickets prior to January 14th please. Make Money Order or Check payable to King Of Dirt Racing and on the memo line note KOD Banquet. Mail to 2204 Hickory Hill Rd, Fonda NY, 12068.
Top 10 King Of Dirt Crate Sportsman Series Points
1) Connor Cleveland
2) David Schilling
3) Michael Sabia
4) Cody Bleau
5) Cody Hunt
6) Kevin Chaffee
7) Scott Duell
8) Andrew Buff
9) Jon Miller
10) Adam Pierson
HUMBERSTONE HOSTED AWARDS BANQUET
- Drivers, Crews Honored For 2016 Season Achievements -
NIAGARA FALLS, ONTARIO (November 12, 2016) The Humberstone Speedway hosted their 2016 Awards Banquet at the Americana Resort in Niagara Falls on Saturday evening. The banquet was mc’ed by track announcers Clinton Geoffrey and Steven Petty.
Brad Rouse from St. Catharines, Ontario raced his way to the 2016 title in the PC Works DIRTcar Sportsman. Rouse beat out former track and Mr. DIRT champion Cody McPherson by just 35 points to earn the title. Chad Chevalier, Justin Sharp and Jay Mallory finished in the top five at season’s end. Other drivers to see victory lane in 2016 include Ron Davis III (Sportsman Super DIRTcar Series Tour event), Brent Begolo, Joey Mastrioanni, Sharp, and Jeff Armstrong.
“The Keystone State Warrior” Dennis Lunger Jr from Albion, Pennsylvania won his second straight Pinty’s Delicious Foods RUSH Late Model Championship. Lunger beat out veterans Jeff Dayman, Tim Gillespie, Rob Pietz and Ken Winfield to win the championship. Drivers that saw victory lane in 2016 included Lunger, Dayman, Gillespie, Pietz, Chad Homan, John Waters (RUSH Tour) and Brandon Mowat (Go Nuclear Series).
Dave Bailey from Hagersville, Ontario won the JC Auto Street Stock Championship in 2016. Bailey was also crowned the track champion at both Ohsweken and Merrittville. Rob Murray, Jason Fontaine, Kyle Pelrine and Vince Fargnoli completed the top five in points. Drivers that picked up checkered flags this season were Bailey, Fontaine, Murray and Bill Bleich Jr. Fontaine, Bleich, Murray, Fargnoli and Bryce Richardson also received their point fund money from the Duel on the Dirt.
Kyle Haynes from Caledon, Ontario won the Cosco Haulage Mini Stocks championship. Haynes beat out former track champion Evan Curtis, Olivier Larocque, Garnet Wilson and Mike Sarantakos to earn his first track title at Humberstone. Drivers that saw victory lane in 2016 include Haynes, Curtis, Larocque, Rob Goulding, Jay Moulton, Kyle Rothwell, Brandon Iudiciani, and Tony Kelly.
Dylan Llord from St. Catharines, Ontario won the Mike Knapp Ford Pro 4 Trucks championship behind 10 feature wins. Llord just edged out Danny Wurster by 43 points to earn the title in just his sophomore year of racing. Craig Vlasic, Frank Perry and Kyle Tomaski completed the top five in points. LLord, Wurster, Perry, Tomaski and Vlasic all saw victory lane in 2016.
The Most Improved Driver Award was presented to Joey Mastrioanni, Tim Gillespie, Kyle Pelrine, Kyle Haynes and Craig Vlasic. The Most Sportsmanlike Award went to Justin Sharp, Jeff Dayman, Bryce Richardson, Garnet Wilson and Andy Imbeault. Chad Chevalier, Jeff Dayman, Bryce Richardson, Brandon Iudiciani and Kyle Tomaski won the Best Appearing Car/Truck Award. The Hard Charger Award went to Brad Rouse, Dennis Lunger Jr, Jason Fontaine, Evan Curtis and Dylan Llord while Jay Mallory, Colton Ledingham, Andrew Reece, Brandon Iudiciani and Kyle Tomaski were the recipients of the Hard Luck Award.
Dylan Davidson, Travis Martineau, Andrew Reece, Olivier Larocque and Mitch Dumont were honored by being named Rookie of the Year.
The Pete Cosco Dedication to the Sport Award went to Pro 4 Truck driver Kyle Tomaski. Tomaski went out into the region to help promote Humberstone at different events throughout the season.
The Jim Simpson Crew Chief of the Year Award went to Jeff Armstrong. Jeff, a DIRTcar Sportsman driver, also wrenched on step son Tyler Puchalski’s Sportsman as well as a Sportsman and a Pro 4 Truck for Emily Puchalski.
The Trevor Wilkens Driver of the Year went to Dave Bailey. Bailey won the track titles at all three tracks in the Niagara Region (Ohsweken, Merrittville and Humberstone) and just missed out on the overall title for the Duel on the Dirt, a four track series between Brighton, Ohsweken, Merrittville and Humberstone.
Race Director Tom Beales spoke to the crowd that was on hand, releasing the speedway’s plan for the 2017 season. New improvements to the speedway will be made including an upgrade to the track lighting system. The first event for the 2017 will be the second annual Dawn of Destruction that will take place the first weekend of May. More information about a potential race night change will be announced after the DIRTcar fall promoters meeting in Syracuse in mid-November.
2016 DIRTcar Sportsman Sept. 6
1. Shane Pecore 1,335
2. Brad Rouse 1,252
3. L. Jackson Jr. 1,243
4. Martin Pelletier 1,221
5. Alex Lajoie 1,201
6. Bryan Coultier 1,179
7. B. Ladouceur 1,174
8. C. Cunningham 1,168
9. Dany Gagne 1,152
10. Ron Davis III 1,135