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ATLANTIC CITY, NJ January 20, 2020 . . . Just months after formally announcing his retirement from racing, Ransomville, NY asphalt Modified ace Chuck Hossfeld has become the latest TQ (Three Quarter) Midget entrant in the NAPA Know How Indoor Auto Racing Series events inside Atlantic City, NJ’s famed Boardwalk Hall.

“When I made the announcement to retire I could not believe the attention I got,” said Hossfeld, “It has been very flattering and it is something that I will never forget.”

He won’t have to.

When the Indoor Auto Racing VP Series storms into Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall, Hossfeld will buckle up behind the wheel of Joe Brainard’s No. 98 Tim Nye-built TQ Midget.

It will be the first ever Indoor Auto Racing Series start for Hossfeld, whose racing legacy includes four Race Of Champions Modified Touring Series titles achieved 21 years apart (1997, 2011, 2014, and 2018), His last RoC Series win came this past summer, in July, at Lancaster, NY Speedway.

Hossfeld finished second once and third twice in the points on the on NASCAR Whelen Modified Touring Series on the strength of seven career wins. 

He also has made ten career NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck starts between 2000 and 2001 driving for Jack Roush with one top ten finish.

Andy Jankowiak, Ryan Flores and Erick Rudolph, the last three winners of the headline Gambler’s Classic TQ Midget races in the building come to Atlantic City are pre-race favorites.

‘Andy J’ of Buffalo, N.Y. still savors his 2019 Gambler’s Classic win as the highlight of his driving career and he wants nothing more to do it again.

After two rounds of Indoor Auto Racing Series action fueled by VP Racing Fuels, Matt Janisch is the current leader in the Championship standings. Janisch, of Nazareth, PA, had Allentown finishes of third and seventh.

Janisch leads upstate New York dirt Modified driver Ryan Bartlett in the TQ points heading into Atlantic City by ten points. Bartlett made his first start behind the wheel of a new-to-him Lafler built TQ Midget.

Allentown, Pa. opener winner Erick Rudolph is third, 17 markers out of first and Briggs Danner is fourth, 20 points out of the lead. Jankiowiak completes the top five, 24 points out of first.

Jeremy Haudricourt, Shawn Nye, Tim Buckwalter, Ryan Flores, who also won in Allentown, and Anthony Payne are sixth through tenth.

The wild and crazy Slingshots and darty Champ Karts will make up the tripleheader program as they have in the past.

Dylan Hoch and Tyler Brown, winners of the Allentown Indoor opening races in Slingshot and Champ Kart action, are atop their point standings heading into Atlantic City.

Danny Buccafusca is the reigning Atlantic City Indoor Slingshot race winner and Doug Stearly was the 2019 Champ Kart Atlantic City race winner. Both are entered in this year’s races.

Racing action begins on Friday at 7:30 p.m. with Saturday action getting the green flag at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 on Friday night. On Saturday doors open at 5 p.m. with fans holding reserved tickets given the opportunity to attend Fan Fest on the speedway. All cars competing in the program will be positioned on the speedway and drivers made available for autographs until 6:30.

Following the BELFOR “Concrete Series” event in Atlantic City, a special non-point event will be held on a banked clay oval. The third annual East Coast Indoor Dirt Nationals will again be held at the CURE Insurance Arena in Trenton, N.J. on Friday and Saturday nights February 21st and 22nd featuring nearly 100 wingless 600cc Sprints.

The “Concrete Series” season finale follows on Friday and Saturday March 13th and 14th in a second year return to the brand new Expo Center located on the grounds of the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse. N.Y.

Tickets are currently available in a range of different prices for all the Indoor Series events through links on and the different venue box offices. 

Lower level reserved seats for Saturday night in Atlantic City, which will gain attendees access to the coveted Fanfest are nearly sold out, but plenty of additional tickets are still available.

Corporate sponsorship at a variety of levels is available for all remaining events. Interested parties should contact Danny Sammons at 609-888-3618 or e-mail


First-year Big-Block racer Dillon Groover (20 yrs.) and fledgling Sportsman pilot Alex Payne (14) earned 2019 LOLR Rookie of the Year awards, with both receiving commemorative trophies on Saturday. Further bolstering the quality of weekly competition in Ontario County, both open-wheel drivers also garnered DIRTcar Northeast ROY accolades at the group's recent banquet held in Liverpool, N.Y.

Beaver Dam's Groover tallied a Top-5 and 4 Top-10 finishes, leading 22 feature laps and posting a pair of heat race wins to place 7th on the points chart in his Enders-powered #12x Patrick Hoopes Trucking-BMS Manufacturing/Bicknell entry. Rising 2nd-generation star Payne from Hopewell logged 2 Top-5s and 3 Top-10s, led 21 laps and added two heat wins wheeling the #28A Speed Connection-Hands Performance & Powder Coating-Bussey Painting/Bicknell mount to 13th in points.

Ransomville's Rudolph went from Big-Block track champion to 'Hard Luck' award winner at LOLR in the past 12 months. The young speedster was one lap away from completing a late-race rally in July's 'Liberty 100' Super DIRTcar Series shootout when his #25 reVive Spine Center-Blue Cross/Blue Shield-Mohawk NE-NMCC/Bicknell was spun out by race-long leader Max McLaughlin to deny him valuable points and a $7,500 payday. Twenty-eight year-old 'Erick The Great' settled for second in points, scoring 5 feature wins among 10 Top-5 finishes while leading 142 laps in 13 main events.

In contrast, the team of last year's 'Hard Luck” recipient Justin Haers was recognized with the 'Best Appearing Car' award for its restored red no. 3 Phelps Cement Products-Honeoye Auto Parts-Tradition Chevrolet/Bicknell Big-Block ride. The personable 40 year-old from Phelps finished fourth in the final points tally, notching 9 Top-5 finishes by season's end.

Big-Block mainstay Justin Wright (32 yrs.) from Piffard and Gorham's Alysha Bay (26) received special 'Sportsmanship' awards, Wright steering his #19W Mercer Milling-Dairyman's Edge-RM Lubricants/Bicknell to 5th-place in points and Bay (3 wins) showing third in the final MEM 305 standings aboard her pink Mastin motored #48A Danny Willmes Enterprises-Ruggles Racing/Eagle.

With four-time winner and son Kane wheeling the no. 31 RW Dake Commercial Contracting Specialist-Lynnie & Lou's Ice Cream/Bicknell entry, owner and father Mark Bristol accepted the 2019 “Crew Chief/Team of the Year” award for their season-long efforts.

Making a fine first impression in his maiden voyage to the fairgrounds in 2019 behind the wheel of the potent #36 Hands Performance & Powder Coating-Champion Scrap/Chevy Monte Carlo, Penn Yan's Jimmy Grant (34 yrs.) was honored with receipt of the 2nd Annual Tim Downs Spirit of Racing award. Cole inaugurated the Spirit of Racing trophy last January in memory of LOLR Sportsman driver and mechanic Downs, who passed away unexpectedly at age 61 on Dec. 28, 2018 at his home in Bergen.

2020 Schedule

With 2019 officially in the record books for fans and racers alike, only three more months await before Land of Legends Raceway launches its 57th season. The storied Ontario County oval comes to life for practice on Sat., April 18 before the 2020 lid-lifter for the mighty Big-Block Modifieds, 305 Sprints, Street Stocks and Sportsman in the 'Cabin Fever 40' provide the first payouts on April 25.

The upcoming Spring/Summer slate is filled with a trio of Big-Block Super DIRTcar Series shows (July 2, Aug. 13, Sept. 19) and two DIRTcar Sportsman Series events (June 27, Sept. 19), along with Patriot (May 2, June 20) and ESS (July 2, Aug. 13) specials plus CRSA 305 stops (May 16, July 18, Aug. 29). A new Hobby Stock class makes its LOLR debut on May 2 and follows up with eight more appearances scheduled on alternating weekends through the Sept. 19 season-finale.

LOLR Wall of Fame induction dates have been set for May 23, June 20, July 11 and Aug. 22, with four new faces added to the current membership already boasting legendary racers Alan Johnson, Dutch Hoag, Bob McCreadie and Steve Pesarek, and officials Glenn Donnelly, Gary Montgomery and Gary & Donna Spaid along with driver/engine-builder Milt Johnson.

Check out often as further information for the upcoming season will be posted right up to raceday. To discuss marketing opportunities available at the track in 2020, please contact General Manager Greg Emerson via e-mail

Be sure to join us every Saturday night this race season for a full show of open-wheel Modified, winged Sprint Car and full-fender Stock Car action. Land of Legends Raceway is located on County Road 10 at the Ontario County Fairgrounds, just 1-1/2-miles north of Routes 5&20, and is easily accessible from the NYS Thruway (I-90), taking Exit 43 (Manchester, Route 21 South) traveling from the east or Exit 44 (Farmington, Route 332 South) coming from the west.

2019 Land Of Legends Raceway Point Leaders & Award Winners

Pepsi/Geneva Club Beverage Big-Block Modified: MATT SHEPPARD-champion, Erick Rudolph-2nd, Alan Johnson-3rd, Justin Haers-4th, Justin Wright-5th, James Sweeting-6th, Dillon Groover-7th, Billy Dunn-8th, Gil Tegg Jr.-9th, Kyle Coffey-10th. Rookie – Dillon Groover, Sportsmanship – Justin Wright, Hard Luck – Erick Rudolph, Best Appearing Car - #3 Justin Haers. 2019 feature winners: Sheppard (8), Rudolph (5), Johnson.

Canandaigua Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep-Ram Modified Sportsman: KEVIN ROOT-champion, Kane Bristol-2nd, Matt Guererri-3rd, Paul Guererri-4th, Andrew Smith-5th, Nick Guererri-6th, Garrison Krentz-7th, Kevin Ridley-8th, Mike Stanton Jr.-9th, AJ Lloyd-10th. Rookie – Alex Payne, Crew Chief/Team of the Year – Mark Bristol/Bristol Motorsports #31 Team. 2019 feature winners: Root (4), Bristol (4), N.Guererri (2), Ridley (2), P.Guererri, Smith, Ricky Newton.

Mike Emhof Motorsports 305 Sprint Car: DARRYL RUGGLES-champion, Johnny Kolosek-2nd, Alysha Bay-3rd, Brandyn Griffin-4th,Jason Whipple-5th, Dan Bennett-6th, Erik Karlsen-7th, Jesse Pruchnik-8th, Tom Fletcher-9th, Trevor Years-10th. Sportsmanship – Alysha Bay. 2019 feature winners: Ruggles (3), Kolosek (3), Bay (3), Karlsen (2), Griffin, Bennett, Pruchnik, Jeff Trombley.

Smith Bros. Drywall Street Stock: ADAM DePUY-champion, Jimmy Grant-2nd, Mike Welch -3rd, Marc Minutolo -4th, Quinn Sutherland-5th, Parker Smith-6th, Carl Johnson-7th, Jason Quigley-8th, Bob Buono-9th, Brad Steinruck-10th. Spirit of Racing – Jimmy Grant. 2018 feature winners: DePuy (9), Josh Pangrazio (2), Grant, Welch, Minutolo.

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Along with recognizing its weekly 50/50 raffle fund beneficiaries, Land of Legends Raceway is proud to salute several sponsors and corporate partners that continue to help bring its fans the best Saturday night racing show in the Northeast. Listed alphabetically are current division sponsors Canandaigua Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep-Ram, Mike Emhof Motorsports, Pepsi Geneva Club Beverage, Smith Bros. Drywall; event sponsors Admar Construction Equipment & Supply Company, American Equipment, A-Verdi Storage Containers, Geneva Club Beverage, Honeoye Auto Parts/Auto Value, Pepsi/Mountain Dew/Lipton Lake Beverage, L&L Transmission & Towing, Main Energy, Red Osier Restaurant, Sherwin-Williams Paint, Tradition Automotive Group; promotional partners Champion Power Equipment, Dig Safely New York 811, Dobbers Sports Bar, Elab Smokers Boutique, Hoosier Racing Tire, Hoselton Chevrolet, Ontario County Fairboard, Radio 95.1 Rochester, Star Headlight & Lantern Co., VP Racing Fuels, Weedsport Hall of Fame, Wright Beverage, Young Real Estate Agency.

Matt Sheppard Headlines 2019 Land of Legends Banquet With 9th Points Crown

Root adds first, Ruggles & DePuy repeat as 56th season now history at Canandaigua fairgrounds

*2019 LOLR Point Champions photo attachment by Don Romeo (L-R: Adam DePuy, Matt Sheppard, Paul Cole, Kevin Root, Darryl Ruggles)

Canandaigua, NY – January 18, 2020 – Tom Skibinski, Land of Legends Raceway PR

The curtain dropped on the 2019 season for Land Of Legends Raceway as a full house celebrated the 56th year of motorsports in Canandaigua with the annual awards banquet staged at King's Party House on Saturday, Jan. 18.

Nearly 250 drivers, owners, crew members, track officials, corporate partners, family and friends of racing attended the fast-paced three-hour affair that kicked off with cocktails followed by a prime rib buffet dinner.

Second-generation standout Matt Sheppard from Waterloo, N.Y. took center stage after capturing his ninth career Pepsi Big-Block Modified points championship at the historic Ontario County Fairgrounds speedplant, headlining an evening gala where LOLR promoter Paul Cole handed out $32,325 in point fund cash to 67 drivers, with product contingencies and bonus rewards elevating the total above $40,000.

“It seems rather fitting that tonight we get hit with the first big snowfall of the year” smiled Cole, 49, following a successful sophomore season spearheading speedway activity that resulted in him being named DIRTcar Northeast Promoter of the Year. “Weather proved to be our biggest competition every week last season, with eight shows ---including the two biggest events of the year--- impacted or cancelled altogether due to rain. But our team worked through a lot of unplanned issues and we're looking forward to a many more brighter days in the months ahead.”

Joining Pepsi/Geneva Club Beverage Big-Block Modified Champion Sheppard on the podium were ‘19 LOLR point leaders Kevin Root (Canandaigua Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep-Ram Sportsman) from Geneva, Darryl Ruggles (Mike Emhof Motorsports 305 Sprint) from Hopewell and Adam DePuy (Smith Bros. Drywall Street Stock) from Macedon.

Fairgrounds fans shared in the banner season as their weekly track favorites were also recognized among the best in the entire Northeast.

Sheppard led all NE feature winners in 2019 with 36 while LOLR Big-Block runner-up and '18 points champ Erick Rudolph collected 25 checkered flags as well as the DIRTcar 358-Modified Series points crown. Root topped the Central Region standings en route to successfully defending his overall DIRTcar Sportsman Series Championship while Ruggles placed second in his initial effort chasing the Super Gen Products with Champion Power Equipment CRSA Sprint Car Series title around the state.

In addition, recently crowned Empire Super Sprint and Patriot Sprint Tour champions Paulie Colagiovanni (ESS) and Davie Franek (PST) scored A-Main victories at Canandaigua on their way to first-ever titles for the respective sanctioning bodies.

Trophies were presented to the Top-3 point-getters in all four headline divisions, with 14 drivers in Big-Block and 22 in Sportsman plus Top-10 in 305 Sprint Car and Top-11 in Street Stock classes receiving ample point fund checks. Sheppard pocketed $2,500 and Root banked $2,000 from the lucrative season-ending $9,750 Big-Block and $9,850 Sportsman funds, while Ruggles ($700) topped the $4,325 305 Sprint pool and DePuy ($900) headed the $5,400 Street Stock payout.

“Fans and racers have a lot of choices when it comes to what track to support so we're doing our best to make Land of Legends their top pick,” noted Cole, who remains a big advocate of local charities as he continued to earmark proceeds from the weekly 50/50 trackside drawings to numerous non-profit entities. While enhanced lighting, new scoreboard and videoboard, timing loop and sound system were some of the most noticeable fairgrounds upgrades his first two years, expect more improvements to the legendary facility as Cole continues his tenure.

“Just finished working out a 3-year deal with the Ontario Co. Fairboard to extend the track lease through 2021 with an option to renew in 2022. And along with a brand-new in-house web streaming service lined up when the new season begins, we're nearing completion of a 'Land of Legends' app. On race day fans and racers can check on the weather and once at the track those in the stands and pits will have immediate access to starting line-ups, race results and updated points as soon as they are tabulated. We'll have a lot to offer those in attendance on both sides of the fence and we feel we're just getting started with all we can do to upgrade the facility,” added Cole,

Speedway announcer Steve Ovens joined Cole as the master of ceremonies on this festive occasion, recognizing every special award winner for their accomplishments, interviewing each divisional champion, narrating video highlights of the runner-up and third-place finishers, and acknowledging the major division sponsors Geneva Club Beverage, Canandaigua Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep-Ram, Mike Emhof Motorsports and Smith Bros. Drywall.

Grabbing the attention of the party house contingent throughout the presentations, customized video/slide show clips of each points champion produced by emcee Ovens and the award-winning FLX Media Group (Mel & Matt Thomas, Art Rorick) were projected onto a large screen for all to enjoy and reminisce.

In 2020, LOLR management is excited to provide an in-house video streaming service that will link with Victor, N.Y.-based web designer Cazbah through a brand-new site. Full-year season subscriptions are available right now for $150 ($7.50 per show for current 20-race schedule) if purchased by April 1 while weekly subscriptions will be provided during the season at the price of general admission for that night.

This streaming video service includes viewing of every 2020 LOLR on-track event with full-season and weekly subscribers having access to video archives plus exclusive subscriber-only video content not found anywhere else. More details on the naming and registration information for this new service is coming in the weeks ahead.

For the 19th time in the past 20 years, the Big-Block title chase has ended the same way ... a Waterloo driver claiming the championship in the final points tally. And for nine of those seasons its been Sheppard taking top billing, his most recent title registered last summer in another career year running up and down the entire east coast.

“Its hard to thank enough all those that have supported our teams during the year as we traveled around quite a bit and needed a lot of help along the way,” said Sheppard, 37, now with 78 career Big-Block wins (5th all-time) in Canandaigua to elevate his career total to 371. His latest domination of the fairgrounds half-miler aboard the potent #9s Hurlock Auto & Speed-Dendis Companies/Bicknell entry produced 8 wins and 12 top-5 feature finishes in 12 starts.

“I can remember sitting in the stands watching Alan (Johnson), Steve (Paine) and Bob (McCreadie), racing was all I wanted to do so winning a track championship never even crossed my mind. Canandaigua has been very good to me. I've been at the track pretty much my whole life and feel very comfortable here. Have to thank Paul (Cole) for continuing to give me a place to call home,” added Sheppard, who at age 17 took his first checkered flag at Canandaigua in 1999 contending in the Sportsman division.

Last calling Canandaigua home on Saturdays during the summer in 2016, Root returned to familiar grounds improving from 8th-place in the final Sportsman standings three years ago to top of the chart with a division-best four victories to close out the decade.

“I've said it before, the toughest competition week in and week out is right here at the Land of Legends,” beamed Root, now 41, with 12 year-old son Nicholas a familiar site by his side in victory lane and Saturday at the season-ending awards reception. “A lot of guys can win any night, we're fortunate to come out ahead this time but it wasn't by luck. We've got a solid team and being able to back up what we did last year means a lot.”

Since scoring his first win at LOLR in '16, Root improved his career count in Ontario County to six in '19 steering the #34 F.X. Caprara Car Co.-Slack Karts-SJP/Bicknell mount. Those four wins came in 14 starts with seven more Top-5 feature finishes logged along the way.

“We took a big race at Middletown (Orange County Fair Speedway) that paid more but winning the Haers Memorial at Canandaigua meant so much more. The Haers family is family to a lot of racers around here and being able to win one for Jerry is tough to match,” Root stated.

A long-time supporter of Land of Legends, Jerry Haers passed away at age 74 on July 15 this past summer. A special trackside tribute for his lifetime of contributions made to the racing community was conducted prior to the 2019 season-finale in September.

Despite not matching his eight win mark of a year ago, Ruggles overcame a summer of mechanical setbacks to sew up a third straight MEM 305 Sprint Car track title at the ripe young age of 54. The Hopewell hotshoe remains atop the LOLR all-time sprint car win list with 38 following his maiden voyage to victory lane in 2013.

An even bigger hurdle for Team Ruggles to overcome during the season was the terminal illness revealed by long-time sponsor Danny Willmes, who ultimately passed away on Sept. 2 at age 66. Ruggles mirrored his emotional victory lane appearance in August with even fewer words upon accepting track champion accolades on Saturday, just moments after viewing video footage showcasing his successful season with Willmes always looking on.

On the heels of recording three wins and 10 Top-5 A-Main finishes in all 15 events, the #48jr. Willmes Enterprises-VanBortel Trucking-Ruggles World of Auto Body/Eagle entry will be back in search of a sixth career sprint crown in Canandaigua. After settling for second behind Jeff Trombley his first time out, Ruggles also looks to improve one position on the CRSA tour during the coming year.

While all three open-wheel champions expect to return to LOLR in 2020 to defend their titles, recently anointed Street Stock points king DePuy has no intentions of earning a fourth straight track trophy. Currently ranking 2nd all-time with 46 career full-fender wins at Canandaigua, DePuy modestly thanked his crew, fans, family and friends, divulging to Ovens that he's taking the year off.

“I might make a race or two but my focus in 2020 is on buying a house in Fairport, after that who knows,” offered DePuy, 45, who opened the '19 Canandaigua campaign on fire, collecting six straight checkered flags on his way to a personal season-high total of nine feature wins.

The second half of the summer resulted in three more visits to the winner's circle, and by season's end his black #99 Ifreeze Storage & Dist. Center-A.E.Y. Enterprises-Fox's Auto-Quigley Flooring Chevrolet Camaro netted 11 Top-5 finishes in 13 starts.

For the second straight year Ontario, N.Y. veteran Chuck Hebing topped the points chart as he captured the Land of Legends Raceway 360 Sprint Classic Series. Culminating with the New York Nationals 360 Sprint Car Championship in September, over 60 wingmen from around the Northeast competed in the five-race stint though none were more consistent than the #45 Wilkins RV-Cobra Motorcoaches and Homes/X-1 sprinter.

Taking his lone checkered flag in the '19 Patriot Sprint Tour opener in May, Hebing (245 pts) out-gained two-time mini-series race winner Colagiovanni (242) and Capital District runner Matt Tanner (217) to defend his title in wine country. Franek and popular Frenchman Steve Poirier also scored LOLR victories.

With top touring drivers sharing in the lucrative $3,000 point fund posted by Cole's own SuperGen Products business, a major supplier of Champion Power Equipment, Hebing collected the lion's share of $1,000 followed by runner-up Colagiovanni-$600, Tanner-$350, Jonathan Preston-$250 (4th), Franek-$200 (5th), Joe Trenca-$175 (6th), Jason Barney-$150 (7th), Ruggles-$125 (8th), Shawn Donath-$100 (9th) and Trombley-$50 (10th).

Thanks to PJC Motorsports, the Land of Legends Raceway 360 Sprint Classic Series point fund has already been boosted to $6,000 for the 2020 edition!

Opening up the Saturday evening program were a pair of special award presentations, the first made by LOLR Race Director Greg Hixson to acknowledge Paul Cole's recent selection as DIRTcar Northeast's top promoter, and the second by Cole himself distinguishing LOLR General Manager Greg Emerson as the track's Employee of the Year.

As the awards portion of the progarm neared closure, Cole offered some final congratulatory remarks while laying out preliminary plans for the 2020 race season and outlining what both fans and racers can look forward to when the snow melts. Dozens of door prizes were drawn during the banquet as Cole recognized many of his staff members for their tireless efforts exhibited during the past season, extending a sincere 'thank-you' to all those that continue to serve the speedway.


Chemung Speedrome Honors Drivers at Emotional 2019 Banquet
By Carol Houssock
(Chemung, NY)        Chemung Speedrome’s 2019 banquet will be remembered for moments of humor and pride, along with the emotional comments of a champion whose brother’s death hit everyone hard during the season. A near capacity crowd celebrated many special moments at the Best Western Grand Victoria Inn in Sayre, PA.

          Zack Curren from Horseheads, NY celebrated his first championship in the track’s headline Sunoco Modified division. Curren had a string of five consecutive feature wins and locked up the title on the final week by a single point over Zack Knowlden, also from Horseheads. In his speech Curren thanked his father, grandfather, and other family members and friends for their ongoing support. But his thanks to his mother were moving. “I have to thank her for teaching me how to deal with adversity and stress, and to always take the high road in racing and in life,” he said. Curren also thanked his many longtime sponsors for keeping him competitive.
          Other award winners in the Sunoco Modified division included Pat Judson, Rookie of the Year; and Zack Knowlden, Hard Charger. Car owner Mike McDonald won the track’s coveted Sportsmanship Award, which honors one person for how he represents both his team and the track.

          Nick Robinson celebrated his third Super Stock title. Robinson and his team put together a solid season that showed strength from week one on. Robinson has a dedicated team of crew members and loyal sponsors dating back several years. “Their ongoing support of the 15 team is incredible, and I can’t thank them enough for all they do,” Robinson stated.

          Other Super Stock award winners included Jesse Hurley, Rookie of the Year; Brian Demark, Best Appearing Car; and Garrett Zacharias, Determination Award.
          Greg Moldt nearly had the 2018 4 Cylinder title, but things soured with two races to go. His focus in 2019 made up for some of that disappointment and he earned the division championship in lickety-split fashion. Moldt, from Elmira, NY, also had six wins at Wyoming County Int’l Speedway, where he finished second in points. “It was a great year for this 51 team, I’m very happy with those who help me out every week,” Moldt said.
Joey Bevacqua was named the 4 Cylinder Rookie of the Year, while DJ Shaw picked up the Hard Luck Award. After picking up three feature wins, and while leading the points, Shaw had to forego the remainder of the season to focus on his other sport, high school football. Dave Harbst, who wrenched a 4 Cylinder for one son and a Super Stock for another, was named Mechanic of the Year.

The most emotional speech came from the INEX Legends champion, Gary Ham. The room was silent as he recalled his family’s lowest moment back in July when his brother was killed in a Las Vegas traffic accident. The next night Ham and his parents were at the track. “Kenny would have wanted me to race,” he said. Ham went on to explain racing with a heavy heart and how something special he witnessed that night helps him to this day. “When I got out of the car in victory lane and saw everyone standing, it hit me how special the racing family is and how that moment still gets me through tough days.” Ham also lost his father a month ago, adding to the emotional highs and lows the family experienced. Ham, the former head flagger at the track, also received a Determination Award for sweeping the action on a night many would have stayed home, but he was determined to race for a different reason.

Josh Duke now holds the record for wins in a season, 11, in the INEX Bandolero division. Duke, who never finished further back than second, easily claimed the overall title in the Outlaw division. Chase Sinsabaugh won the 2019 Bandit division championship in dramatic fashion. It was Duke’s father, Jason, who loaned the Sinsabaugh team their spare motor after practice late in the season so that Chase could keep his title hopes alive.

Track promoter, Ray Hodge, welcomed everyone in attendance and paid tribute to the late Kenny Ham. Hodge then gave special thanks to the track’s sponsors and employees, many of whom received plaques for their service. He also mentioned that he and his wife, Ellen, secured a three-year lease of the Speedrome, are revamping of the track’s website, and will be holding a competition meeting. “We just can’t thank everyone enough and we want you race teams to remember, as we do, that you are the show.” Hodge also had the crowd engaged when he honored the late Kenny Ham. showed a series of photos with clever captions.
Race Director, Jerry Sinsabaugh, also remembered Ham with some very emotional words. But his lighter side emerged with a roast of Damon Frutchey. His wild ride off the turn one exit road, without brakes, ended when he collided with Jeff Noe’s pickup truck.     Track announcer and emcee, Carol Houssock, then presented a street sign she had made to commemorate that occasion. “Some assembly required, but that will forever be known as Frutchey Highway.” When Daniel Carter went down the road backwards a week later, she announced that he was headed down Frutchey Highway.

Houssock highlighted many of the special moments everyone experienced at the Speedrome in 2019, including the tribute to veterans and memorial races for the late Gary Marshall, Ed McGuire, Rod Spalding, Russ Tubbs and Ed Bidlack. She also pointed out that the identical Gardner twins ended the year with identical points, and they earned their season-best finishes on the same night. Houssock looks forward to May, when racing will resume at the Speedrome.
Race teams and fans are encouraged to watch for the 2020 schedule on the track’s website,  and also on the Facebook page ‘Chemung Speedrome – Racing at the Drome’.
Anyone having questions regarding the schedule, rule changes, or track operations can call Ray Hodge at 607-483-3468.
Photo by Carol Houssock
Left to right; Nick Robinson, Super Stocks; Zack Curren, Sunoco Modifieds; Chase Sinsabaugh, INEX Bandolero Bandits; Gary Ham, INEX Legends; Josh Duke, INEX Legends Outlaws; and Greg Moldt, 4 Cylinders.

Weedsport Kartway Banquet Set for March 1 at the Fireside Inn in Baldwinsville

WEEDSPORT, NY (January 17, 2020) – Weedsport Kartway’s inaugural championship banquet will take place on Sunday, March 1 at the Fireside Inn in Baldwinsville, beginning at Noon.

The afternoon will include a buffet lunch, live entertainment, as well as a championship awards presentation recognizing several drivers and teams.

Among those being honored will be track champions Blake Banek, Connor Crane, Anthony Pollow, Owen Bird, David Hackett Jr. and Nick McGill.

Tickets for the afternoon are available online at

Adult tickets (13+) will be $35, youth tickets (5-12) are $25 with child tickets (4 and under) set at $5.

Weedsport Kartway members will receive a $5 discount by using their member number as a coupon code when purchasing.

Tickets must be purchased by February 14 and members must be in attendance to receive monetary awards.

The day’s menu includes herbed chicken (chicken tenders for youth/child), garlic mashed potatoes (french fries for youth/child), penne pasta with vodka sauce, a vegetable medley, salad, dessert, as well as rolls and butter.

Coffee, tea and soda are also included with a cash bar available.

Please advise when purchasing tickets if attendees have any dietary restrictions.

Weedsport Kartway’s 2020 schedule will be announced next week.

For more information on Weedsport Speedway and Kartway visit online at, or call (315) 834-3067.  Fans can also LIKE us on Facebook and FOLLOW on Twitter @Weedsportspdwy.

About Weedsport Speedway: Officially opened for the first time on July 24, 1955 – the Weedsport Speedway 3/8 mile dirt oval has produced a legendary list of drivers and champions including Will Cagle, Danny Johnson, Bob McCreadie, Alan Johnson, Jack Johnson, and Dave Lape to name a few.  In 2018, Weedsport introduced the all-new Weedsport Kartway, just outside of the Speedway’s main pit area, to begin to foster the next generation of racers, crew members and race fans.  Couple the racing with state-of-the-art camping and track amenities, unmatched on-site television production capabilities, plus the ability for large scale concert productions and Weedsport is one of the marquee entertainment venues in the country.

Racing Discussion / Re: Land of Legends Live Streaming
« on: January 17, 2020, 01:33:12 PM »
Where it gets tricky is if fans choose to just sit at home instead of going to the track. I think it has very serious economic impact.

For example, the Indy 500 blacks out the race on TV in Indianapolis. Similarly, Bills games can be blacked out in Rochester and elsewhere...all designed to get people to the facility.

Maybe the streaming should be offered at 10PM on a race night. Or as an on-demand after the race.

I love the idea but I agree with T20won, not the same as being there...

Just my $0.02.


ALLENTOWN, PA January 4, 2020 . . . Four time Indoor Auto Racing Series TQ Midget season champion Erick Rudolph of Ransomville, NY ducked under Shawn Nye with 25 laps complete in Friday’s 40-lap TQ Midget Indoor Auto Racing Series feature and kept Nye at bay for the remaining laps to win.

Rudolph won in a car built by Mark Lafler that was fielded with ten inch tires as opposed to the thirteen inch tires all of Lafler’s cars have used previously.

“The smaller tire took a little getting used to,” Rudolph admitted. In fact Rudolph spun on his first lap of time trails but brushed it off to post a sixth fastest time on his second lap.

“The car really didn’t drive that much differently. I was able to make the same kind of passes I was making before,” Rudolph added. Rudolph started fifth

Nye was driving an all new car completed just days earlier by his brother Tim and that TQ was also on ten inch tires.

“I really thought I might win the race,” Nye said. “The problem I was having was with brakes going away. But finishing second to Eric (Rudolph) in an Indoor TQ race with a totally new car is like a win for us.”

Matt Janisch, who had won the Friday Allentown race a year ago, was a solid third at the checkered, ahead of Andy Jankowiak and Jon Reid.

Tim Buckwalter, who started 22nd, Ryan Bartlett, Briggs Danner, Matt Roselli, from 24th and last, and first time Series starter Michael Barnes, from 21st were sixth through tenth. Potential race contenders who were taken out in crashes included Scott Kreutter, Ryan Flores, and Timmy Solomito.

Jankowiak out-qualified 44 other TQ Midget drivers in time trials posting a 7.425 clocking, just ahead of Anthony Sesely at 7.462 and Ryan Flores at 7.512.

Ryan Tidman, Rudolph, Ryan Flores, and Scott Kreutter won the four the lap TQ Midget heat races. Ryan Bartlett and Timmy Solomito won the two ten lap Midget B-Mains.


Tyler Brown was the fourth and final leader of the Champ Kart co-feature, winning over Jeremy Tuttle, Mike Perry, TJ Reed and Dan Marsden.

Marsden led the first six laps before Doug Stearly took over, pacing the pack up to lap ten. Tuttle then picked up the pace bringing Brown with him.

Brown gained control the race for good on lap 13 with Tuttle settling for second. Mike Perry, who had started 12th, gained several positions in the last five laps to run third with TJ Reed fourth and Marsden fifth.

“You can’t give anybody an inch in these races because if you do, four more guys are going to pass you,” Brown said. “I learned that from racing karts on dirt at Selinsgrove.” Brown shared that this race was the first one he had ever driven on concrete.

Champ Kart eight lap heat races for the 34 kart field were won by Marsden, Reed, Kendall and Brown. James Shutts and Seth Whitney won the two Champ Kart B-Main races.

Night Two of the Ironton Telephone Indoor Auto Racing Series events at PPL Center in Allentown, PA on Sat., Jan. 4 will feature a second TQ Midget program coupled with the unpredictable Slingshot division. Doors open at 5:00PM with racing beginning at 7:00PM sharp. An on-track Fan Fest is available at no extra charge to ticket holders who chose the option when making ticket purchases.

TQ Midget A-Main (40 Laps): 1. Erick Rudolph, 2. Shawn Nye, 3. Matt Janisch, 4. Andy Jankowiak, 5. Jon Reid, 6. Tim Buckwalter, 7. Ryan Bartlett, 8. Briggs Danner, 9. Matt Roselli, 10. Michael Barnes, 11. Tommy Catalano, 12. Tyler Thompson, 13. Timmy Catalano, 14. Jeremy Haudricourt, 15. Earl Paules, 16. Anthony Payne, 17. Pat Bealer, 18. Kyle Lick, 19. Mike Bednar, 20. Anthony Sesely, 21. Timmy Solomito, 22. Ryan Tidman, 23. Ryan Flores, 24. Scott Kreutter.

Champ Kart A-Main (20 Laps): 1. Tyler Brown, 2. Jeremy Tuttle, 3. Mike Perry, 4. TJ Reed, 5. Dan Marsden, 6. Todd Crewnshaw, 7. Ron Midford Jr., 8. Ryan Kendall, 9. Seth Whitney, 10. Cale Ross, 11. Alex Colasato, 12. Dan Kapuscinski, 13. Brian DaCosta, 14. James Shutts, 15. John Berger, 16. Gene Gregoric III, 17. Dalton Rivera, 18. Doug Stearly, 19. Dominic Roselli, 20. Brandon Tiezzi.


ALLENTOWN, PA December 30, 2019 . . . ‘Flyin’ Ryan Tidman has done everything in Indoor Auto Racing Series TQ Midget racing action over the years except win one. The Holland, PA driver hopes to accomplish that goal when the Indoor Auto Racing Series Fueled By VP Race Fuels opens its 2020 season this weekend, Friday and Saturday, January 3-4, 2020 inside the PPL Center in downtown Allentown, PA.

“I’ve come close lots of times, won some 20-lap qualifying races and set fast time, but still am looking for my first big Indoor race win. I hope this year will be different,” said the 32 year old driver.

Tickets for the fifth annual Ironton Telephone sponsored Allentown two day event are on sale at the PPL Center box office, on-line at or by calling 610-347-TIXX.

Tidman’s assault in 2020 will be with a new team. After spending most of his TQ Midget racing career racing for Lenny and Donna Boyd, Tidman will be driving Indoors for Richie Tolerico of Pompton Lakes, NJ.

The car, a Mark Lafler engineered chassis powered by a Dave Pippard engine, was formerly wheeled by Tony DiMattia.    That’s the same engine and chassis combination Erick Rudolph used to win last year’s Indoor Auto Racing Series title, his fourth in the Series.

“Lenny and Donna (Boyd) decided to step away from Indoor racing this year and when they did, I had to either find a ride or sit out the Series,” Tidman explained.  “I called Richie when I found out his car might be available and we struck a deal.”

Tidman stressed that he will still be driving the Boyd TQ in 2020 on the outdoor circuit.  As a team, the pairing has won five ATQMRA series title.

Tidman is coming off a 2019 outdoor TQ season that saw him finish a close second in points with one win in 12 races, at Bethel, NY.

Tidman will have the capable assistance of John Smith in the pit area. Smith has worked on Tolerico’s cars previously. Tidman’s parents, Albert and Linda, Mike Glaser and Tidman’s girlfriend Erica Weinelt also will be in the pit area assisting.

To put it all together, Tidman enlisted the support of several sponsors.

They include Insinger Machine Company of Philadelphia, Anes Construction, a business operated by fellow race entrant Mark Yoder, and Small Business Funding Group, Inc.

Tidman, a York College graduate with a degree in mechanical engineering, brings his own skills set to the table as well.

The one thing Tidman was unable to do was practice the Tolerico No. 83 in advance.

“The first laps I get in Allentown will be my first in the car,” Tidman revealed. “I wanted to try to have the car ready for one of the Wall Stadium Turkey Derby practices but ran out of time.”

The untested car in Tidman’s hands should be mitigated by the fact among the three Indoor Auto Racing Series tracks, the PPL Center in Allentown is among his favorites.

“Allentown is one of the best tracks we go to,” Tidman said. “There is more passing there and at Atlantic City. I like tracks that have the most passing opportunities.” he shared.

Though Tidman has never won a Series A-Main, he did come close, in the 2016 Gambler’s Classic in Atlantic City, NJ.

“I was behind (Anthony) Sesely, pushing him. But I was using the brakes so much that the brake pads were pushed back inside the calipers which then flared up in a fireball,” Tidman lamented.

Tidman has a long history with Indoor racing, dating back to a 2004 start in a Badger TQ Midget.  He then followed it up with two more Indoor starts, all of them in Atlantic City, NJ, inside Boardwalk Hall, before taking several years off to campaign a diverse group of vehicles, including a Dirt Modified and a NEMA Midget.

The Allentown Indoor schedule calls for doors opening at 6:00 PM with racing getting underway at 7:30 PM on Friday. On Saturday, doors open at 5:00PM with racing beginning at 7:00PM sharp. An on-track Fan Fest is available at no extra charge to ticket holders who chose the option when making their purchase.

Matt Janisch of Nazareth, PA and Ryan Flores of Mooresville, NC, won the Friday and Saturday PPL Center TQ Midget features in 2019.

The Allentown race is the first of four events that comprise the Indoor Auto Racing Series.

After the two race event opener in Allentown, the “Concrete Series” presented by BELFOR Property Restoration, the series moves to Atlantic City, N.J.’s Boardwalk Hall on Friday and Saturday, January 31st and February 1st for the 18th annual NAPA Auto Parts Classic.

The BELFOR “Concrete Series” season finale is on Friday and Saturday March 13th and 14th in a second year return to the brand new Exposition Center located on the grounds of the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse. N.Y.

A special non-point event will be held on a banked clay oval. The third annual East Coast Indoor Dirt Nationals will return to CURE Insurance Arena in Trenton, N.J. with a new date. This race meet, held the last two years in December, has been moved to Friday and Saturday, February 21st and 22nd featuring nearly 100 Wingless 600cc Sprints kicking up the clay.

Rudolph is the defending winner of this event, proving his indoor racing skills span both dirt and concrete events.

Tickets for all four venues can be obtained through information available on the series website: along with special host hotel rates.

The event in Allentown is supported by great sponsors Ironton Telephone, BELFOR Property Restoration, Future Homes, Ironton Auto Body and E. Schneider & Sons Inc.   Additional support is provided by Action Track USA, Bob Hilbert Sportswear, Pocono Raceway, Aqua Duck Water Transport, Miller Motorsports, Doggy Style Hot Dogs & More, Pioneer Pole Buildings, All American Property Maintenance and Area Auto Racing News.

Join these companies in supporting the event in Allentown or at any of the future events by contacting Danny Sammons at the series office at or 609-888-3618.   Corporate sponsorship packages are available to fit every budget.



BECHTELSVILLE, PA November 27, 2019 . . . With Christmas just around the corner Grandview Speedway, the NASCAR sanctioned weekly auto racing facility located in Bechtelsville, PA, is offering a gift idea for that special someone.

                Again this year, with no increase in the price, the one-third-mile, banked clay track, headed into its 58th consecutive season of operation, is offering season passes that cover the admission to every Saturday event in 2020 starting with the season opening Bruce Rogers Memorial on April 4th and continuing through to the huge 50th Annual Freedom 76 Classic on September 19th.

                The season pass is priced at $350 which affords a significant savings for fans planning to attend all the Saturday events on the schedule kicking off with the 3rd Annual Bruce Rogers Memorial on April 6 4TH that will feature Small Block and Big Block Modifieds battling for the $7,500 to win.

                As in the past the season pass holders will be invited to select their reserved seat for the season early in 2020.

                New this year will be non-smoking and non-alcohol grandstand sections. Details are being finalized.

                The season pass does not include the Bob Miller/Rogers Family promoted Thunder on the Hill special events.

                Season passes are available by sending a check covering the passes being ordered, payable to Grandview Speedway, to Grandview Speedway, 87 Wilt Road, Bechtelsville, PA 19505. To speed delivery please include a self-addressed postage paid envelope.

                A complete schedule of events taking place at the popular racing facility will be announced in the near future.

                Racers will be taking part in the annual free-to-the-public practice session on Saturday, March 28th at noon.

                Information on event sponsorships, billboard and track magazine advertising, is available from Ernie Saxton at 267.934.7286 or A brochure with complete details on marketing opportunities is available upon request.

                Grandview Speedway is located on Passmore Road in Bechtelsville, PA, just off Route 100, 10 miles north of Pottstown. Keep up to date at or on Facebook. Telephone 610.754.7688.

All Juniors to Run a Feature at Weedsport Kartway in 2020


WEEDSPORT, NY (November 27, 2019) – Weedsport Kartway officials announced on Wednesday that all entered junior competitors will compete in a main event at The Short Port in 2020.

In order to ensure that all junior drivers get quality track time, fields will be split when there is a large number of entries, meaning no B-Mains will be contested in points paying events this coming season.

“We’re making this move for two reasons, really,” said Weedsport Speedway promoter, Jimmy Phelps.  “First, we want to make sure all of our young drivers get as many laps on track as possible.  Second, we want to ensure that those laps are quality laps.  We ran into some instances in 2019 where we simply had too many karts on track and we recognized that.  We think this will be a positive move in terms of helping our young racers continue to grow and learn, as well as helping to manage our races.”

Field size limits have been set for each junior class individually in 2020.

In Jr. Red Clone and Jr. Green Clone, more than eight entries will see a split field.

The Jr. Purple Clone division will run a split field at eleven entries or more.

Jr. Blue Clone races with more than twelve entries will run a split field, while Jr. Unrestricted events with more than fourteen entries will run a split format.

Lineups for split format events will still be determined by two-lap time trials.

All karts will time trial as a group with the fast timer to start on the pole position in the first feature.  The second fastest qualifier will start on the pole position in the second feature.  Third fastest will start second in the first feature with fourth fastest starting second in the second feature and so on.

Split format events will receive half points; 50 points to the winner.

In the event of a split feature on the final night of the points season, feature groupings will be determined by point standings to ensure that championship contenders compete against each other.

PRO Blue Clone and PRO Jr. Unrestricted main events will not see split formats and will run B-Mains if needed.

A season ending celebration for all Weedsport Kartway members will be announced in the coming weeks at, as well as the full 2020 schedule.

For more Weedsport Kartway and Weedsport Speedway information be sure to visit online at  Fans can also FOLLOW on Twitter @WeedsportSpdwy and LIKE on Facebook at

Interested in seeing your company listed in our press releases?  Be sure to call the Weedsport Speedway office at (315) 834-3067 for sponsorship and advertising information.

About Weedsport Speedway: Officially opened for the first time on July 24, 1955 – the Weedsport Speedway 3/8 mile dirt oval has produced a legendary list of drivers and champions including Will Cagle, Danny Johnson, Bob McCreadie, Alan Johnson, Jack Johnson, and Dave Lape to name a few.  In 2018, Weedsport introduced the all-new Weedsport Kartway, just outside of the Speedway’s main pit area, to begin to foster the next generation of racers, crew members and race fans.  Together, Weedsport Speedway and Kartway are excited to bring fans and followers a schedule of 15 racing events in 2019, hosting everything from Karts and Sprint Cars, to Late Models and Modifieds, Pro Stocks and Micro Sprints, even Flat Track Motorcycles.  Couple the racing with state-of-the-art camping and track amenities, unmatched on-site television production capabilities, plus the ability for large scale concert productions and Weedsport is one of the marquee entertainment venues in the country.

2020 Weedsport Kartway Super Kart Series Lineup

- Jr. Red Clone (5-7 yrs., 225 lbs.)

- Jr. Green Clone (7-9 yrs., 250 lbs.)

- Jr. Purple Clone (9-13 yrs., 275 lbs.)

- Jr. Blue Clone (12-15 yrs., 310 lbs.)

- Jr. Unrestricted (13-15 yrs., 325 lbs.)

- Clone Light (15 & up, 340 lbs.)

- Clone Heavy (15 & up, 375 lbs.)

- Clone Super Heavy (15 & up, Driver - 200 lbs., with gear, 400 lbs. total)


TRENTON, NJ November 21, 2019 . . . Indoor Auto Racing Series Fueled By VP Race Fuels promoter Len Sammons has issued a Racers Challenge to the drivers and car owners who will compete in the four 2020 events: “Help us sell out the house and we’ll pay the feature winners in all classes double the purse!” Sammons, who along with sons Danny and Davey organize the events, expanded the challenge to increasing all other feature finishing positions 20% if the “Sold Out” sign is posted at the box office prior to the start of the feature events. “It can be done,” said Len Sammons. “We’ve done it once in our history and have come close several other times.

There is nothing better than the atmosphere inside a packed arena!  The fans and racers feed off each other creating a buzz unlike anything else in racing. “We are 100% focused on growing the Indoor Series and making each event a spectator driven, can’t miss event,” said Sammons.   “My staff has always encouraged the racers to interact with the fans and put on a show both in the car and outside of it.  Racing comes first, but fan interaction and increasing fan involvement is also a high priority.

This incentive is the next step in that process. “The Concrete Series opens at the PPL Center in Allentown, Pa. on January 3rd and 4th. These events, sponsored by Ironton Telephone, include features for the TQ Midgets each night. Instead of $2,000 to win each, these events would pay $4,000 if every ticket is sold, something accomplished when the first event was held in the building four years ago.

Racing then moves to Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall on Friday and Saturday January 31st and February 1st for the NAPA Know How Classic. Andy Jankowiak of Buffalo, N.Y. won $5,000 when he took the 2019 Gambler’s Classic. If he did it again and the place was sold out, he would earn $10,000. In the event’s 17 year history, tickets were nearly sold out on three occasions.

Next up is the third annual East Coast Indoor Dirt Nationals which will return to CURE Insurance Arena in Trenton, N.J. with a new date. This event, held the last two years in December, has been moved to Friday and Saturday nights February 21st and 22nd to avoid a conflict with Christmas. Rated a ‘must see’ event by those who attended the first two years, it’s great racing and new date could make it a sell out with the extra push of the race teams.   If so, the 600 Sprint winner would receive $10,000 rather than $5,000 received by Whitey Kidd, III and Erick Rudolph the last two years.

The “Concrete Series” season finale follows on Friday and Saturday March 13th and 14th in a second year return to the brand new Expo Center located on the grounds of the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse. N.Y.   With features for the TQ Midgets each night, these features which traditionally pay $2,000 would jump to $4,000 with a sellout. At the first ever event held in Syracuse last year, Saturday’s attendance was 75% of the occupancy limit so again it’s very possible. The sell-out bonus plan will also be paid to the Slingshot and Champ Kart divisions that run as part of the Concrete Series.

 The Indoor Auto Racing Series staff can provide its racers promotional materials to help promote the events in an attempt to sell tickets. This will include social media aids for Facebook and Twitter campaigns, event posters and handbills along with invitations to set up driver media interviews. “The idea is to work together so that we can build up the series interest to an all-time high.  Every driver, car owner and crewman has friends who go to the races and other friends who used to go,” said Sammons.

“We need to encourage the fans to join the racers and take part in the campaign as well and the event promoters will continue its all-out promotional campaign as it has done in the past using television, radio, print, billboards and social media to help sell out the house at each venue.” Tickets, which make great Christmas gifts, can be obtained now through the information available on the series website: www.indoorautoracing. Racers who wish to participate in the “Sell Out The House” program are urged to send an e-mail to along with name, address and phone number. Additional ticket promotion ideas are welcome.

Weedsport Speedway’s 360 Sprint Car Open Airs Tonight on SPEED SPORT & MAVTV

WEEDSPORT, NY (November 21, 2019) – Weedsport Speedway returns to SPEED SPORT and MAVTV this evening, featuring the Empire Super Sprints 360 Sprint Car Open from The Port.

The one-hour broadcast will bring fans all of the exciting action from the Labor Day event, starting at 7 p.m. EST with a re-air at 10 p.m. EST.

Shane Andrews and Dan Kapuscinski will call the action from the booth with Rich Vleck covering all of the night’s stories in the pit area.

Watch the best 360 Sprint Car racers from the northeast take on the unique Weedsport oval including Paulie Colagiovanni, Chuck Hebing, Danny Varin, Jonathan Preston, Jason Barney, Shawn Donath and more.

Weedsport Speedway will be featured on SPEED SPORT and MAVTV two more times in the coming weeks as the 358-Modified Super DIRT Week Kick-Off will air on December 19 followed by Weedsport Kartway’s Octoberfest karting special on January 16.

Check your local listings for SPEED SPORT and MAVTV.

For more information on Weedsport Speedway visit online at  Fans can also LIKE us on Facebook and FOLLOW on Twitter @Weedsportspdwy.

Weedsport Speedway & Kartway to Present Northeast Racing Products Trade Show Auction Block this Weekend

WEEDSPORT, NY (November 19, 2019) – Weedsport Speedway & Kartway will once again partner with the Northeast Racing Products Auction, Tradeshow and Swap Meet (NRP) this weekend inside the New York State Fairgrounds Center of Progress Building.

The NRP Show will run on Friday, November 22 and Saturday, November 23 with Weedsport Speedway & Kartway presenting the auction block.

Weedsport’s presence at this year’s show will again focus on the karting industry as members from Slack Karts, Mike Babcock Racing and Marsden Supply Co. will all be on hand underneath the Weedsport banner.

Weedsport Speedway apparel will be on hand all weekend for purchase with a special Holiday discount code also being made available for the Gearbox online store.

To learn more about the Northeast Racing Products Auction, Tradeshow and Swap Meet be sure to visit online at

The show will run from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, November 22 and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, November 23.

For more information on Weedsport Speedway visit online at  Fans can also LIKE us on Facebook and FOLLOW on Twitter @Weedsportspdwy.

Matt Sheppard Scores $2,000 as Weedsport’s Stirling Lubricants/Champion Oil Modified Series Champion

WEEDSPORT, NY (November 15, 2019) – Matt Sheppard enjoyed another stellar campaign in 2019, including being crowned as Weedsport Speedway’s Stirling Lubricants/Champion Oil Modified Series champion, worth $2,000.

Sheppard visited Victory Hill in three of four Big Block Modified races at The Port this season, topping series runner-up Larry Wight by 25-markers in the overall standings.

Weedsport wins for Sheppard included the June 9 All-Star Showcase, as well as Super DIRTcar Series triumphs in the Hall of Fame 100 on July 28 and the Labor Day 100 on September 2.

Wight enjoyed three top five finishes in four starts at Weedsport this season to finish second overall, with Erick Rudolph taking third in the standings after Labor Day.

Rudolph stood as the only other driver to win a Big Block event at Weedsport this season, racing to a victory in the Super DIRTcar Series Heroes Remembered 100 on Memorial Day.

Chris Hile finished in the top ten in all four Weedsport events in 2019 to take fourth in the standings, followed by Billy Decker rounding out the top five.

Jimmy Phelps, Mat Williamson, Danny Johnson, Tim Sears Jr., and Peter Britten finished the top ten runners in the inaugural Stirling Lubricants/Champion Oil Modified Series.

At season’s end, a total of 62 drivers scored points in Big Block Modified action at Weedsport Speedway.

For more information on Weedsport Speedway visit online at  Fans can also LIKE us on Facebook and FOLLOW on Twitter @Weedsportspdwy.

Super Kart Series 2020 Class Structure Announced for Weedsport Kartway

WEEDSPORT, NY (November 14, 2019) – The 2020 class structure for Weedsport Kartway’s Super Kart Series will now feature eight divisions competing for the coveted title of Weedsport Kartway Track Champion.

All plates classes will remain intact from 2019 including Jr. Red Clone (5-7 yrs., 225 lbs.), Jr. Green Clone (7-9 yrs., 250 lbs.), Jr. Purple Clone (9-13 yrs., 275 lbs. ) and Jr. Blue Clone (12-15 yrs., 310 lbs.).  Drivers cannot compete in more than one plate class.

Jr. Unrestricted (13-15 yrs., 325 lbs.) will be added to the series lineup in 2020.  Drivers competing in Jr. Unrestricted can also compete in Jr. Blue Clone.

Senior classes will once again see Clone Light (15 yrs. & up, 340 lbs.) and Clone Heavy (15 yrs. & up, 375 lbs.).

Clone Super Heavy will now require a driver weight minimum of 200 lbs. (with gear) and overall weight of 400 lbs.

All Clone engine rules will follow the AKRA engine package.

Senior Clone engine rules, including Jr. Unrestricted, follow AKRA "Box Stock" rules with the following exceptions: A big pipe (any stage) may be used. Open clutches and stock flywheels will be allowed.

Junior classes (Red, Green, Purple, Blue) will be utilizing the small pipe with twist on RLV muffler. Maximum of 19" on height of pipe. Drum Clutches will be mandatory for all junior plate classes.

All classes will be required to compete with the Burris 33a tire.

A season ending celebration for all Weedsport Kartway members will be announced in the coming weeks at, as well as the full 2020 schedule.

For more Weedsport Kartway and Weedsport Speedway information be sure to visit online at  Fans can also FOLLOW on Twitter @WeedsportSpdwy and LIKE on Facebook at

Interested in seeing your company listed in our press releases?  Be sure to call the Weedsport Speedway office at (315) 834-3067 for sponsorship and advertising information.

About Weedsport Speedway: Officially opened for the first time on July 24, 1955 – the Weedsport Speedway 3/8 mile dirt oval has produced a legendary list of drivers and champions including Will Cagle, Danny Johnson, Bob McCreadie, Alan Johnson, Jack Johnson, and Dave Lape to name a few.  In 2018, Weedsport introduced the all-new Weedsport Kartway, just outside of the Speedway’s main pit area, to begin to foster the next generation of racers, crew members and race fans.  Together, Weedsport Speedway and Kartway are excited to bring fans and followers a schedule of 15 racing events in 2019, hosting everything from Karts and Sprint Cars, to Late Models and Modifieds, Pro Stocks and Micro Sprints, even Flat Track Motorcycles.  Couple the racing with state-of-the-art camping and track amenities, unmatched on-site television production capabilities, plus the ability for large scale concert productions and Weedsport is one of the marquee entertainment venues in the country.

2020 Weedsport Kartway Super Kart Series Lineup

- Jr. Red Clone (5-7 yrs., 225 lbs.)

- Jr. Green Clone (7-9 yrs., 250 lbs.)

- Jr. Purple Clone (9-13 yrs., 275 lbs.)

- Jr. Blue Clone (12-15 yrs., 310 lbs.)

- Jr. Unrestricted (13-15 yrs., 325 lbs.)

- Clone Light (15 & up, 340 lbs.)

- Clone Heavy (15 & up, 375 lbs.)

- Clone Super Heavy (15 & up, Driver - 200 lbs., with gear, 400 lbs. total)

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