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The NYSS Banquet was held Saturday evening at the Webster Golf Club.  The evening started with its annual Rules and Registration meeting.  There were a lot of important issues discussed including the new tentative schedule for 2019, rule changes for the New Year and changes that will be taking effect in order to better the series.

Raffles were being given out left and right before and after the buffet dinner was served. Among the prizes were Castle product sets, Sunoco Race Fuel jugs and a MYLAPS transponder with 1 year MYLAPS subscription.  Scott Wylie was the winner of the transponder and there were several other repeat winners.

 

Even with the impending snow storm there was an excellent turn out with only 7 people not being able to attend.

 

Chris Vogler started the banquet out with a very special award for Don Toal who had been active at Spencer Speedway since 1969.  He started at the track as the pace car driver with racers like Richie Evans, then began doing interviews of drivers after the races and most recently moved into the tower to run the scoreboard up until the middle of the season this past year.  He was brought up front with a standing ovation to receive a plaque of recognition for his 50 years of dedication to racing at Spencer Speedway.

 

Jay Trainer took to the mike to remind everyone in attendance of some of the highlights from this season.  Averaging 25 cars per race and visiting tracks all across New York and even traveling into Pennsylvania.  Running a total of 13 races with 7 different winners.

 

Series sponsors included Midstate Basement Authorities, F/A Products, Aratari Auto Color, Rapid Express (Shawn & Becky), Lazzaro Performance (Kevin & Kristina), Computers by JD (Josh & Donna), Big Time Service (Lee Hicks), C & D Automotive (Dean Demaree) and Tom Burns.

 

Thanks was also given to Jody London for his work bringing us the Dave London Memorial, Ray Marshall for the Gary Marshall Memorial, Dale Shoemaker for Sleepy’s Shootout and Chris Vogler for the Sandra Vogler Memorial Race.

 

Series Rookie of the Year was Steve Vassey’s #17 driven by Amber VanOrden.

 

Tenth place went to #64 Scott Dinzler, ninth place was #84 Josh Schoonmaker, eighth place went to the #8 of Chris Finocchario, 7th place was #17 Amber VanOrden, sixth place #90 Nate Peckham.

 

As an aside Bobby took over the microphone to show off the contents of a box that mysteriously showed up at his house full of bumper stickers that say “It’s Jason’s fault” and “Dinzler did it” a long running joke for the series.   A good laugh was had by all and then Jay continued to award fifth place to Jason Dinzler.

 

The #38 of Shawn Frarey was given third place and was left speechless.  Second place was given to #25 Joel Gleason he expressed thanks to his team and said that he learned a lot this year.

 

Nick Robinson with his #15 would come out on top of the New York Super Stocks series for the

2018 season.  Nick would thank his father, his crew, his sponsors, Pudgies Pizza and Five Acres Tavern, and Monica his fiancé.  Nick also expressed thanks to the series for having a great series to run with.

 

The evening was concluded with music, good camaraderie and the conclusion of the raffles.

 

Sunoco New York Super Stocks Tentative Schedule 2019

 

-  Saturday ​June 8th ​Oswego 30 Laps

-  Friday June 21st ​ Chemung 50 Laps Gary Marshall Memorial​    -Saturday ​July 13th ​Evans Mills 50 Laps

-  Saturday ​August 3rd ​Hillside 50 Laps

-  Friday ​August 16th ​Chemung 30 Laps

-  Friday ​
August 30th ​Oswego 50 Laps Dave London Memorial

-  Saturday September 21st ​ ​Adirondack 50 Lap Cream Cheese Festival weekend                 

-Saturday ​October 5th ​WCIS 50 Laps Sandra Vogler Memorial

 

Dates and times are subject to change.


 
   

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 News from Ray Hodge, Chemung Speedrome:

 
I sure hope this isn't a sign of things to come. The meeting set for Sunday January 20th is being postponed due to the snow storm that will hit the area hard on Sunday. We are working on a new date with the fire department and as soon as we get that I will let you know. Things are going well and coming together nice for the 2019 season.



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News from Ray Hodge, Chemung Speedrome:
 
I sure hope this isn't a sign of things to come. The meeting set for Sunday January 20th is being postponed due to the snow storm that will hit the area hard on Sunday. We are working on a new date with the fire department and as soon as we get that I will let you know. Things are going well and coming together nice for the 2019 season.

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Five Mile Point Speedway sees new life for 2019 season

Informational Meeting Set For January 26th.

 

KIRKWOOD, NY…. After an off season filled with uncertainty, Five Mile Point Speedway will officially open its doors for the 69th consecutive season in 2019. After a successful 2018 racing season it was unclear what the future of the speedway would be as Track Operator Andrew Harpell indicated that he would no longer operate the speedway.  Upon the news, three familiar faces around the speedway sat down and began talks of becoming the next promoters of the speedway. Brothers Tyler, Tanner, and Tucker Harpell, the great grand children of the track’s founders Irving and Anna Heath knew immediately that they wanted to be the ones to take over the speedway and continue its rich history. The trio have leased the speedway for the 2019 season with their corporation T3 Motorsports, Inc. The Harpell brothers have grown up at the speedway with their father and former promoter Dan Harpell, along with their uncle and most recent promoter Andrew Harpell. Tyler had served as the speedway’s announcer for nearly 10 years, while Tanner and Tucker have spent most of their lives racing at the track and helping out around the facility any way that they could. After making the decision to become promoters, Tanner and Tucker decided they would take a step back from their racing careers and focus their attention promoting the speedway. New co promoter Tyler Harpell stated, “We are beyond excited to be the new promoters of the speedway. We have all grown up at the track and it has been a dream of ours to one day become the promoters of the track. It will be a lot of work, but we are ambitious and excited for the future of the track.” The trio has already gotten to work at the speedway in preparation of the 2019 season and is currently working on finalizing the schedule for next season. Tyler also stated, “We have a list full of new ideas and a lifetime full of experience in the industry. We look forward to making more announcements in the days and weeks to come.”  A schedule, weekly classes, and rules will be released in the following weeks.  An informational meeting will be held at the Five Mile Point fire station just down the hill from the speedway on Saturday January 26th.

 

For more information please log on to our website at www.5milepointspeedway.com, email us directly at fmpspeedway@gmail.com or call us at 607-775-5555.  Any correspondence can be mailed to 3T Motorsports, Inc. – P.O. Box 242 – Kirkwood, NY  13795.  Our official Facebook page is under the name Five Mile Point Speedway.

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Erick Rudolph Closes Out 55th Canandaigua Campaign With Big-Block Points Title

Marcuccilli, Ruggles & DePuy share honors at Land Of Legends Raceway '18 Awards Banquet

*2018 LOLR Point Champions (L-R: Marcuccilli, Ruggles, Cole, Rudolph, DePuy) photo attachment by Don Romeo

Third-generation chauffeur Erick Rudolph from Ransomville, N.Y. capped off a stellar season Saturday evening, Jan. 12, as nearly 300 drivers, owners, crew members, track officials, corporate partners, family and friends of racing filled the spacious dining room of the King's Party House in Canandaigua, New York to officially bring to a close the 55th season of auto racing during the 2018 Land Of Legends Raceway Awards Banquet.

A cocktail hour and prime rib buffet dinner kicked off the evening agenda while Creekside Entertainment from nearby Newark provided music to close out the night. In between, first-year LOLR promoter Paul Cole handed out $35,475 in point fund cash to 67 drivers, with product contingencies and bonus rewards elevating the total beyond the $40,000 mark.

“The first year was all about establishing a foundation,” noted Cole, 48, who took control of the historic oval last autumn before helping restore its reputation as one of the premier race facilities in the Northeast. “We raised the bar for what both the racers and fans should expect in the future here at the Land of Legends. And looking around at the competition, I feel we have one of the best Modified and Sportsman fields in the region. There's never a night off for any team in contention and every week is truly a 'Saturday Spectacular' for our fans and sponsors that come out in support.”

Accompanying Pepsi/Geneva Club Beverage Big-Block Modified Champion Rudolph on center stage were ‘18 LOLR point titlists Dave Marcuccilli (Donath Motor Worx Sportsman Modified) from Montezuma, Darryl Ruggles (Mike Emhof Motorsports 305 Sprint) from Hopewell and Adam DePuy (Big Dog Country Street Stock) from Macedon.

Trophies were presented to the Top-3 point-getters in all four headline divisions, with 18 drivers in both Big-Block and Sportsman divisions and Top-10 in 305 Sprint Car and Street Stock classes receiving healthy point fund checks. Rudolph and Marcuccilli each pocketed the $2,000 lion's share of the lucrative season-ending $10,650 Big-Block and $10,100 Sportsman funds, while Ruggles ($1,000) topped the $5,400 305 Sprint pool and DePuy ($1,100) headlined the $5,325 Street Stock payout.

“We always want to get more cars and more fans, so raising the purses and upgrading the grounds is a trend we want to continue into the future,” said Cole, who also contributed $12,000 to local charities through weekly 50/50 draws held trackside during the season. New lights, scoreboard and videoboard, timing loop, sound system, internet, concession stand and a food truck in the pits were some of the most visible enhancements to the Ontario Couny fairboard-owned property on raceday.

“I thought I knew a lot before, yet every week I learned something new out at the track. More importantly I learned to listen to those that have been in the racing business and around this place for a long time, and not always to the voice in the back of my head. And I knew from the start how important surrounding myself with a great team of officials woud be. The end result of where the track rates today says it all,” Cole added.

Speedway announcer Wendy Emerson joined Cole as masters of the ceremonies on this festive occasion, recognizing every award winner for their accomplishments, interviewing each divisional champion, runner-up and third-place finisher and acknowledging those special guests in attendance. Custom-designed video/slide shows produced by FLX Media Group (Mel & Matt Thomas, Art Rorick) of each points champion were projected onto a large screen in front of the audience throughout the presentations.

“Thanks to my family, all my teammates and the whole track crew, definitely a memorable season, don't expect Saturday nights to be any different this year,” stated Rudolph, now 27, who was joined Saturday night by his father Charlie, the overall 1986 Mr. DIRT Big-Block Modified champion and former Canandaigua favorite. The newest track points king captured his first career championship at LOLR ---first garnered anywhere in Big-Block competition--- by a single point over eventual Mr. DIRT champ Matt Sheppard using a pair of wins and a dozen Top-5 tallies in 16 feature events.

“(In title defense) there won't be any more pressure this time around than what I already put on myself. Others on the outside may have higher expectations for our team now but our goals and what we set out to do remain unchanged,” added Rudolph, who also led 35 feature laps and registered four qualifying heat race victories in the no. 25 Opti-Coat-Blue Cross/Blue Shield-Mohawk Northeast/Bicknell entry. “This title is really a testament to my team and all their hard work, should be another fun year.”

The Sportsman ranks will crown a new champion in 2019 as Marcuccilli will field a 358-Modified team and drive a Big-Block for car owner Mike Payne on a part-time basis during the upcoming campaign.

“We've raced here since 2012 and now we're leaving with four straight championships so its hard to have any regrets,” noted Marcuccilli, 42, who leaves Canandaigua with 28 career Sportsman wins which ranks third all-time. In '18 he found victory lane seven times and totaled 13 Top-5 finishes in 16 starts piloting his blue no. M1 Page Trucking-All Star Contractors-Mohawk Northeast/Bicknell mount. “We've accomplished a lot around here, hopefully we can build on this kind of success in the years ahead.”

Bettering by one checkered flag Marcuccilli's seven-win season at the fairgrounds, veteran racer Ruggles also secured his fourth 305 Sprint points championship since the class debut in 2012 while improving his all-time division-high win total to 35 behind the wheel of the #48jr. Willmes Enterprises-VanBortel Trucking/Eagle. He led a track-best 139 laps in 18 A-mains that included five CRSA touring events (3 wins), finishing all but two of those in the Top-5.

“Can't ask for much more than what we've done this past season,” figured Ruggles, 53, who has scored victories in all the Land of Legends' major divisions (BB Mod-2, Spt-10, Sts-2) during his continuing Canandaigua career. “I have just as much enjoyment watching the success of Alysha (daughter) and I'm already looking forward to the start of 2019.”

While the trio of open-wheel stars were savoring their coveted track titles in wine country, ranking atop Canandaigua's full-fender points chart has become a hard habit to break for seasoned chauffeur DePuy in the Street Stock division. Despite registering a division-best eight feature wins, DePuy still needed to stave off weekly rival Marc Minutolo in the season-finale to claim his second straight track crown.

“Along with my family, crew and sponsors, would also like to thank all the fans that make racing in Canandaigua so special,” remarked DePuy, 44, who placed his no. 99 Fox's Auto-Nance's Mustard-A.E.Y. Enterprises/Chevrolet Camaro among the front-five in 14 of 17 events. He also sits second on LOLR's all-time Street Stock list with 37 career victories scored since the start of the millennium. “A big thanks also has to go out to Paul (Cole), this is one of the funnest years we've ever had racing at the fairgrounds. Looking forward to more to come.”

Although mixing in with the reglular Sportsman in 2019, New Legends Sportsman continued competition at Canandaigua for an eighth straight season, with Billy Paine (5), Sam Hoxie (4), Tyler Vinson (3), Timmy Borden Jr. and Nick Cooper taking checkered flags in LOLR's entry-level open-wheel class. Like Rudolph, Sanborn's Vinson, another third-generation pilot towing in from Western New York, topped the unofficial points chart contending in all 14 main events that brought the curtain down on each weekly program.

Popular wingman Chuck Hebing from Ontario collected top honors in the first-ever Land of Legends Raceway 360 Sprint Classic Series that attracted 67 teams to the fabled fairgrounds speedplant. Strapped in his Roush-Yates Ford-powered no. 45 Wilkins RV-Cobra Motorcoaches and Homes/X-1 sprinter, Hebing (178 pts) staved off Frenchman Steve Poirier (174) and CNY standout Jason Barney (169) to secure the inaugural title with all three drivers reaching victory lane in the scheduled four-race stint rain-shortened to three A-Mains.

With top touring drivers sharing in the lucrative $4,000 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 Poirier-$700, Barney-$500, Josh Pieniazek-$450 (4th), Jeff Cook-$350 (5th), Matt Tanner-$300 (6th), Joe Trenca-$250 (7th), Matt Billings-$200 (8th), Shawn Donath-$150 (9th) and Coleman Gulick/Paulie Colagiovanni-$100 (tie-10th).

Opening up the evening program was a special tribute to Lee Sanders by distinguished sprint car proponent Mike Emhof. A long-time favorite at Land Of Legends Raceway, Sanders was a lifetime supporter of the speedway who officially hung up his helmet after nearly 40 seasons of short-track competition in CNY.

For the past 39 years this versatile Shortsville chauffeur contended in the Modified and Street Stock ranks before closing out his career in a winged machine. In his most recent return to the Land of Legends for sprint car competition, he finally cracked the open-wheel winner's circle, tallying his first 305 victory in 2015 before going on to capture six more checkered flags by the time 2017 came to an end.

Sanders opened 2018 with John Trenca strapped in to his #26 ride, yet after three races health issues forced him to make a decision and he finally sold off the remainder of his equipment. Joined by his lovely wife Cheryl on Saturday, the 'Colonel' was honored for the final time for his contributions to Canandaigua Speedway, the Land of Legends, and his lifetime of achievement.

As the awards portion of the progarm neared closure, Cole offered some final congratulatory remarks while laying out preliminary plans for the 2019 race season. The ceremony ultimately concluded when LOLR General Manager Greg Emerson and Race Director Greg Hixson surprized Cole with their own presentation of a unique 'Rookie of the Year' award, one most fittingly followed immediately by a standing ovation from all those in attendance.

LEGEND LEDGER

Dozens of door prizes were drawn during the energetic three-hour affair, while a number of individuals were recognized for their tireless efforts exhibited during the past year. A very deserving 'Employee of the Year' appreciation award was presented by Cole to dedicated track tow truck driver Curt Sheridan. Also acknowledged was Lee Depew, anchor of the track prep squad that provided vital assistance throughout the season, as well as the entire LOLR management team and valued staff members, with Cole extending a sincere 'thank-you' to all those that served the speedway.

Rising star Jeff Daugherty (16 yrs., Big-Block), Trevor Years (25,Sportsman) and Brandyn Griffin (20, 305 Sprint) were honored as 2018 LOLR Rookie of the Year award recipients, with each receiving commemorative trophies on Saturday. Elmira's Daugherty tallied one Top-10 and led 12 feature laps to place 17th on the points chart in his #22 Williams Construction/Bicknell entry and 2017 USAC Micro Sprint National Champion Years from Livonia posted two Top-10s, led 28 laps and added a pair of heat race wins wheeling the #13T Jim McManus Contracting-Racing For Autism/Troyer ride. Clifton Springs chauffeur Griffin placed third in points with 11 Top-10s and his first career victory aboard the #75 Tri-County Excavating-Ruggles World of Auto Body-Speed Connection/Eagle.

The 'Hard Luck' award went to Big-Block Modified regular Justin Haers after returning from a wild ride taken at the end of May in his familiar red #3 Honeoye Auto Parts-Phelps Cement Products/Bicknell entry. Haers flipped the car multiple times in his qualifying heat after catching the birm at the end of the back straightaway with his right rear tire which sent him pirouetting three times in the air through turn three. With the nose of the car pointing down, he landed then flipped two and half additional times onto his roof. Solidly in the hunt throughout the season, the Phelps racer logged nine Top-5 feature finishes yet was unable to crack the elusive LOLR winner's circle and wound up fifth on the final points chart.

The 305 Sprint team of talented teen Johnny Kolosek accepted the 'Best Appearing Car' award, finishing fifth in the final points tally. Kolosek, 17 from Marion was a front-runner every weekend in his sleek black #26J Mike Emhof Motorsports-Crossroads Automotive/GF1 entry, posting six Top-5 finishes by season's end.

Sportsman drivers Benny Karlsen from Romulus and Horseheads' Eric Williams shared the 'Sportsmanship' award, while Alan Johnson's no. 14J Friendly Ford-Cargill-Conley Farms/Bicknell Big-Block car owner Mark Spoor (Crew Chief/Team of the Year) and dedicated Street Stocker Ron “Bundy” Metcalf (Tim Downs Spirit of Racing) were recognized for their individual contributions exhibited in 2018. Cole commemorated the Spirit of Racing trophy in memory of LOLR Sportsman driver and mechanic by trade Downs, 61, who passed away unexpectedly on Dec. 28, at his home in Bergen.

With the curtain officially dropping on Saturday, that means the start of Land of Legends Raceway’s 56th season is just three months away. Headlined by the mighty Big-Block Modifieds, the 2019 LOLR opener has been set for April 20, with a pair of practice days slated for April 13 & April 17 at the historic Ontario County oval.

Check out www.landoflegendsraceway.com often as further information for the upcoming season will be posted right up to raceday. To discuss marketing opportunities available at the track in 2019, please contact General Manager Greg Emerson via e-mail gemerson@landoflegendsraceway.com.

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.

2018 Land Of Legends Raceway Point Leaders & Award Winners

Pepsi/Geneva Club Beverage Big-Block Modified: ERICK RUDOLPH-champion, Matt Sheppard-2nd, Jimmy Phelps-3rd, Billy Dunn-4th, Justin Haers-5th, Alan Johnson-6th, Kyle Coffey-7th, Justin Wright & Max McLaughlin-8th(tie), Steve Paine-10th. Rookie – Jeff Daugherty, Crew Chief/Team of the Year – Mark Spoor #14J Team, Hard Luck – Justin Haers. 2018 feature winners: Sheppard (5), Rudolph (2), Alan Johnson (2), Peter Britten (2), Phelps, Dunn, Wright, McLaughlin, Paine, Danny Johnson.

Donath Motor Worx Modified Sportsman: DAVE MARCUCCILLI-champion, Matt Guererri-2nd, Paul Guererri-3rd, Nick Guererri-4th, Steve Gray-5th, Ricky Newton-6th, Kane Bristol-7th, Loren Lincoln-8th, Kevin Ridley-9th, AJ Lloyd-10th. Rookie – Trevor Years, Sportsmanship – Eric Williams & Ben Karlsen. 2018 feature winners: Marcuccilli (7), Gray (3), M.Guererri (2), P.Guererri, Bristol, Ridley, Lloyd, Kyle Inman.

Mike Emhof Motorsports 305 Sprint Car: DARRYL RUGGLES-champion, Alysha Bay-2nd, Brandyn Griffin-3rd, Tyler Cartier-4th, Johnny Kolosek-5th, Jason Whipple-6th, Dan Bennett-7th, Dan Craun-8th, Erik Karlsen-9th, Tim Smith-10th. Rookie – Brandyn Griffin, Best Appearing Car - #26J Johnny Kolosek. 2018 feature winners: Ruggles (8), Bay (2), David Ferguson (2), Griffin, Cartier, Bennett, Karlsen, Jeff Trombley, Jake Karklin.

Big Dog Country Street Stock: ADAM DePUY-champion, Marc Minutolo-2nd, Jason Quigley-3rd, Jason Doty-4th, Mike Welch-5th, Ron “Bundy” Metcalf-6th, Parker Smith-7th, Shawn Lloyd-8th, Nick Dandino & Brad Steinruck-9th(tie), Spirit of Racing – Ron “Bundy” Metcalf. 2018 feature winners: DePuy (8), Minutolo (6), Josh Pangrazio (2), Welch.

New Legends Sportsman: 2018 feature winners: Billy Paine (5), Sam Hoxie (4), Tyler Vinson (3), Timmy Borden Jr., Nick Cooper.

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DARRELL WALTRIP’S FIRST NASCAR CUP RIDE TO BE ATTENTION GRABBER AT PPB MOTORSPORTS 2019 RACECAR AND TRADE SHOW JANUARY 18-20

                WALTRIP WILL MEET FANS AND SIGN AUTOGRAPHS ON JANUARY 19

OAKS, PA January 13, 2019 . . . Out of the many race cars, more than 200, that will be on display during the PPB Motorsports 2019 Racecar and Trade Show, one that will get a huge amount of attention from attendees will be the two-tone brown No. 95 Terminal Transport 1971 Mercury Cyclone that NASCAR Hall of Famer Darrell Waltrip drove in his very first NASCAR Cup race.

                The three day show, January 18-20, fills the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, Pa with just about everything imaginable in motorsports.

                And that first Cup race for Waltrip was the 500-miler at Talladega in 1972. He finished 38th after blowing the engine.

                “It was a 1969 Mercury when I bought the car from Holman and Moody,” said Waltrip, a three time NASCAR Cup Series champion. The car had quite a history. The car had quite a history as it used the same chassis as the Holman and Moody 1967 Ford Fairlane that Mario Andretti drove to victory in the Daytona 500.

                “It is a nice old restored car with a lot of history,”Waltrip stated. “It is actually race ready.”

                Since that first start in Cup racing Waltrip became a standout performer as he was able to tally 84 victories of which 37 happened on Superspeedways. He earned 59 Cup poles. He is the only driver to win $500,000 in a season 18 times. And in 1990 he became the first Cup driver to win $10 million.

                The 71-year-old was not only a big winner in Cup Series racing but also won in the NASCAR Busch Series, ASA, IROC, ARCA, NASCAR All-American Challenge Series, All Pro, USAC and ARTGO Challenge Series. He was also a top competitor on short tracks in the Tennessee area when first starting his career.

                The popular FOX Sports TV personality, an analyst during the FOX coverage of NASCAR events, will be on center stage at the show on Saturday afternoon for two hours to talk about his racing career, TV work, books, movies, and so much more that has been part of his colorful career. Attendees will be free to ask the man named one of NASCAR’s 50 Greatest Drivers questions. And, of course, there will be autographs.

                Headlining the show will be Waltrip and Ray Evernham along with Ryan Preece who will be looking to capture the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series Rookie of the Year honors.

There will be a large number of displays with speedways offering information on their 2019 seasons. Hardcore racing vendors will be a big part of the show and fans will have the opportunity to gain some bargains from vendors offering collectible items.

A number of free industry seminars will be offered.

One of the most popular events during the three day show has been, and will again be, the Ms. Motorsports Pageant sponsored by Aqua Duck Water Transport that will see one woman walk off with a $1,500 cash prize along with a poster deal.

Motorsports 2019 opens on Friday, January 18 at 2 p.m., then at 11 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The show closes at 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and at 4 p.m. on Sunday.  On Sunday, all children 12 and under are FREE with a parent.

Tickets are available daily at the door one hour before the show opens. To stay informed on the latest show news check in at www.motorsportstradeshow.com or call 609-888-3618

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Ray and Ellen Hodge Leasing Chemung Speedrome, Reverting to Friday Nights” by Carol Houssock

(Chemung, NY) Chemung’s offseason brought with it a plethora of rumors about 2019. This week the rumor mill shut down when longtime Race Director, Ray Hodge, and his wife, Ellen, entered into an agreement with track owner, John White, to lease Chemung for the 2019 season. “At the end of the 2018 season I announced I was leaving the track because Saturday nights no longer worked for me,” Hodge said. He and Ellen had missed out on weekends with their children and grandchildren, something that had not been the case when the Speedrome ran on Friday nights. “We talked it over, had many conversations with John, and it all came together this week.”

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“Ray and Ellen Hodge Leasing Chemung Speedrome, Reverting to Friday Nights” by Carol Houssock

(Chemung, NY) Chemung’s offseason brought with it a plethora of rumors about 2019. This week the rumor mill shut down when longtime Race Director, Ray Hodge, and his wife, Ellen, entered into an agreement with track owner, John White, to lease Chemung for the 2019 season. “At the end of the 2018 season I announced I was leaving the track because Saturday nights no longer worked for me,” Hodge said. He and Ellen had missed out on weekends with their children and grandchildren, something that had not been the case when the Speedrome ran on Friday nights. “We talked it over, had many conversations with John, and it all came together this week.”

Besides moving back to Fridays, race teams will see a few other changes. “We’re staying with INEX sanctioning for the Legends and Bandoleros, but we’ll no longer be a NASCAR home track,” Hodge stated. While the sanctioning will be gone, the three other divisions will not. “We’ll be running our Sunoco Modifieds, Super Stocks and 4 Cylinders, so fans will enjoy the same five divisions.”

In moving to this high-profile role at the track, Ray Hodge left behind the position he had held for the past several years. “Jerry Sinsabaugh will be our Race Director this year. He’s well known in the racing community and is looking forward to taking on this key role.” Other personnel will return, including track announcer Carol Houssock, who had also said she was leaving at the end of the 2018 season for the same reason as Hodge. Chris Zacharias will also be back to handle pit road and victory lane reporting. “Hope Miller will be back as our track photographer, but her parents will now be part of our team as well. Lyndell will handle sign-in’s, points, handicapping, and serve as a backup scorer as needed. John will assist Jerry Sinsabaugh as our Pit Steward.”

While the 2018 schedule was scaled back from prior years, the 2019 season will include between 16 and 18 races. “We’ll be holding practice the two Saturdays prior to our opener, and we’ll close the season with a two-day show,” Hodge added. The full schedule, set to be released by the first of February, does have some good news for those enjoying special shows. “We’ll hold two RoC races, one in May and the other in August during the NASCAR weekend at Watkins Glen. We’ll also host two races for the New York Super Stocks, but those dates have not yet been set.”

What has been set is a competition meeting, which will take place at 1:00 PM on Sunday, January 20th at the Chemung Fire Department.

Hodge is also preparing sponsor options for this highly anticipated season at the legendary track. He will have that information available on the track’s Facebook page (Chemung Speedrome – Racing at the Drome). In the meantime, businesses looking to sponsor either a racing division or a race night should call Hodge at 607-483-3468.
 

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CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA’S LINCOLN SPEEDWAY SCHEDULES A PRESS CONFERENCE FOR 3 PM OPENING DAY (FRIDAY) OF PPB MOTORSPORTS SHOW; EXCITING FUTURE PLANS TO BE REVEALED

OAKS, PA January 11,2019 . . . A major announcement by Lincoln Speedway that is expected to catapult the historic Central PA Speedway to new heights has been scheduled for Friday at 3:00 PM on the PPB Motorsports Show’s Center Stage.

The press conference, which will take place one hour after the opening of the 2019 show in the Oaks, PA Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, will include announcements, followed by a question and answer session from the racing press on hand for the occasion.

Members of the working press intending to cover the event must file for credentials no later than Wednesday, January 16.

Registration may be completed by accessing the motorsportstradeshow.com website.

Friday afternoon PPB Motorsports attendees are encouraged to attend the Lincoln Speedway Press Conference to be the first to hear the exciting news.

Fans will also be able to observe firsthand the interplay between media and Speedway officials, learn the media protocol for asking questions, evaluating the nature of the dialogue and, subsequently, read how writers interpreted the same commentary seen firsthand.

Lincoln Speedway, located in Abbottstown, PA, opened on July 10, 1953 and has operated continuously on a weekly basis.

Originally featuring Flathead Stock Cars, Lincoln replaced Stock Cars with 30 x 90 ‘Bugs’ which subsequently became Sprint cars that are featured today.

Lincoln has hosted World Of Outlaw Sprint events in past years and has been a staple on the PA Speedweek schedule. Most all of Lincoln’s races have been on Saturday nights.

Major improvements over the years at Lincoln have included moving the pit area out of the infield and onto an area behind the backstretch, expansion of concession stands and creation of auxiliary parking areas.

The 34th edition of the Motorsports show covers more than 200,000 square feet of the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, Pa with just about everything imaginable in motorsports. More than 200 motorsports vehicles will be on display.

NASCAR Hall of Famers Darrell Waltrip and Ray Evernham will headline the show along with NASCAR Cup Series Rookie of the Year candidate Ryan Preece. Many well-known regional, local and national sports personalities will be on hand.

There will be a large number of displays with speedways offering information on their 2019 seasons. Hardcore racing vendors will be a big part of the show and fans will have the opportunity to gain some bargains from vendors offering collectible items.

A number of free industry seminars will be offered.

One of the most popular events during the three day show has been, and will again be, the Ms. Motorsports Pageant sponsored by Aqua Duck Water Transport that will see one woman walk off with a $1,500 cash prize along with a poster deal.

Motorsports 2019 opens on Friday, January 18 at 2 p.m., then at 11 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The show closes at 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and at 4 p.m. on Sunday.  On Sunday, all children 12 and under are FREE with a parent.

Tickets are available daily at the door one hour before the show opens. To stay informed on the latest show news check in at www.motorsportstradeshow.com or call 609-888-3618

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SUNOCO RACE FUELS/INSINGER PERFORMANCE, A MAJOR SPONSOR, WILL OFFER AN ATTENTION GRABBING DISPLAY AT THE PPB MOTORSPORTS 2019 RACECAR AND TRADE SHOW

OAKS, PA January 9, 2019 . . . For the seventh year in a row Sunoco Race Fuels and Insinger Performance, major sponsors of the annual Pioneer Pole Buildings Motorsports 2019 Racecar & Trade Show will be showing off with one of the real attention grabber displays during the three day, January 18-20, show taking place at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA.

Insinger Performance is a master distributor of Sunoco Race Fuels. They offer all products from Sunoco found at www.racegas.com. They also are the number 1 supplier of 99.9% Methanol in the northeast US. They service the Racing Industries as well as the Oil & Gas Industry with the purest methanol available.

Insinger Performance was started in 1987 by Bruce Insinger as the Owner and CEO of the company. Bruce has grown the business by creating a network of dealers that extend from Maryland into Canada. Through hard work and customer satisfaction the business, headquartered in Dushore, PA, has grown steadily every year.

Four of their sponsored racing vehicles will be on display during the show that has more than 200 race vehicles filling the more than 200,000 square feet of show space offering just about everything imaginable in motorsports.

Boyertown, PA’s Mike Gular, the T.P.Trailers NASCAR 358 Modified champion at Grandview Speedway will have his race car on display. He also won the prestigious STSS Hard Clay finale.  Overall, he finished 4th in the North region Short Track Super Series standings, just 18 points off the lead. Mike took these checkered flags while burning Sunoco Race Fuel supplied by Insinger Performance.

                Harry Gerb will have his Bristol, PA based H&J Motorsports 1968 Pontiac Firebird 8.50 Index Drag Racer on display. Harry Gerb and his family have been campaigning this championship winning car for years and over that time have earned top notch honors. This undeniable success can be attributed to the Sunoco Fuel they use and the support received by Insinger Performance to keep the team running consistent. H & J have tallied up 4 track championships, collected 3 NHRA "Wallys", 16 overall wins and multiple #1 qualifying efforts. 

                The third race car in the display will be the BBY Racing Ford Mustang Boss 302R Endurance car based in Colts Neck, NJ. BBY Racing is a winning endurance race team that fields cars in American Endurance Racing, NASA, SCCA and Champ Car Endurance events. These events are a test of man and machine as they range from 9 to 24 Hours of competition.  The team relies on Sunoco Race fuels because of their consistency, extreme performance and quality in these harsh racing conditions. And they rely on Insinger Performance to supply all the teams' fuel needs across their entire east coast schedule.  Team owners Alex and son Eric Rockwell had a very successful 2018. The Mustang on display at Motorsports this year participated in 10 races.  The Boss finished with an astonishing record of 6 Wins, 2 - 2nd places, 1 - 3rd place, 5 track records and 3 pole positions.

                And the fourth car in the Sunoco Race Fuels/Insinger Performance display area will be the Flying Lizard Racing Team Porsche 997 GT3 RSR #55693062 Vintage Road Race car out of Sonoma, California. They were selected by Porsche Motorsport North America to be their development partner for the 997 GT3 RSR with which they were victorious several times in the American Le Mans Series. The Porsche 997 on display at Motorsports debuted at Sebring in March 2005 running Sunoco Fuel in the tank. In ALMS competition over the next several years, the car never finishing out of the top ten in class and posted a 4th in class-18th overall performance during the 2006 season in France while at the 24hr Le Mans.  The car now participates in vintage races still with Sunoco Race Fuel on board.  Most recently in September 2018, it ran at the RennSport Reunion at Mazda Raceway in Laguna Seca, CA.

                The three day Pioneer Pole Buildings Motorsports 2019 show will have NASCAR Hall of Famers Darrell Waltrip and Ray Evernham appearing along with NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Rookie of the Year contender Ryan Preece.

                There will be a large number of displays with speedways offering information on their 2019 seasons. Hardcore racing vendors will be a big part of the show and fans will have the opportunity to gain some bargains from vendors offering collectible items. A number of free industry seminars will be offered.

Also sure to be a crowd pleaser will be the “Reading Speedway Reunion.” That event will be dedicated to the memory of the great racing action THAT took place at Pa.’s Reading Fairgrounds Speedway before it closed 40 years ago. Drivers and team members who competed at that track will attend to meet the fans, and there will be a large display of vintage race cars that ran at Reading.

One of the most popular events during the three day show will be and has been the Ms. Motorsports Pageant sponsored by Aqua Duck Water Transport that will see one woman walk off with a $1,500 cash prize along with a poster deal.

PPB Motorsports 2019 opens on Friday, January 18 at 2 p.m., then at 11 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The show closes at 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and at 4 p.m. on Sunday. On Sunday, all children 12 and under are FREE with a parent.

Tickets are available daily at the door one hour before the show opens. To stay informed on the latest show news check in at www.motorsportstradeshow.com or call 609-888-3618.

A few display spaces and room for race car display remain as the show is on its way to becoming another sold out success.

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RYAN FLORES RACES TO INDOOR AUTO RACING SERIES THREE QUARTER (TQ) MIDGET FEATURE VICTORY; SLINGSHOT CO-FEATURE WIN EARNED BY JARED SILFEE

                INDOOR RACING ACTION HEADS TO ATLANTIC CITY JANUARY 25-26

 ALLENTOWN, PA (Sat.) – Ryan Flores of Troutman, NC, raced to the 40-lap TQ Midget feature race victory Saturday night inside Allentown, PA’s PPL Center. Flores took the lead from Kyle Reinhardt on the tenth lap of the Ironton Telephone Presented by BELFOR headliner and raced to the exciting win ahead of Scott Kreutter, Eddie Strada, Erick Rudolph and Earl Paules, who started the race from 23rd starting position.

 Flores was accompanied by his wife and 17 month old daughter to post race celebrations.

 “Jimmy Blewett, who has worked on my car for years, made a bunch of changes on the car between Friday and Saturday and it paid off,” Flores said.

 Andy Jankowiak came back from an overnight motor change and a mid-race penalty to finish sixth with Ryan Tidman, Tyler Thompson, like Jankowiak rebounding from a penalty, early race leader Reinhardt, and Justin Bonsignore who finished tenth.

 In the companion 20-lap Slingshot main event, Jared Silfee took the lead three laps into the feature after disposing of front row starters Matt Mertz and Michael Lapicki. He then withstood Mertz’ and Lapicki’s follow-up challenges to win. Brett Bieber and Dylan Koch completed the top five.

 Kyle Herve, Tyler Truex, Seth Spayd, Kurt Bettler and Matt Dealaman completed the top ten in the Slingshot headliner.

 Four TQ Midget heat races that helped set the field for the headliner were won by Flores, Matt Janisch, who had won the Friday night PPL Center race, Kreutter and Joey Payne.  Last Chance TQ B-Mains were won by Matt Roselli and Anthony Sesely.

 Slingshot prelims went to Mertz, Lapicki and Silfee with the B Main by Anthony Raisner.

 The Indoor Auto Racing Series Presented By VP Race Fuels scene now shifts to Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ for the running of NAPA Auto Racing Weekend on January 25 and 26, 2019.

 

 TQ Midget Feature (40 Laps): 1. Ryan Flores, 2. Scott Kreutter, 3. Eddie Strada, 4. Erick Rudolph, 5. Earl Paules, 6. Andy Jankowiak, 7. Ryan Tidman, 8. Tyler Thompson, 9. Kyle Reinhardt, 10. Justin Bonsignore, 11. Matt Roselli 12. Tim Buckwalter, 13. Lou Cicconi, 14. Briggs Danner, 15. Jonathan Reid, 16. Chad Jones, 17. Anthony Sesely, 18. Timmy Catalano, 19. Andrew Molleur, 20. Matt Janisch, 21. Tommy Catalano, 22. Joey Payne, 23. Andrew Nye, 24. Anthony Payne.

 Slingshot Feature (20 Laps): 1. Jared Silfee, 2. Matthew Mertz, 3. Michael Lapicki, 4. Brett Bieber, 5. Dylan Hoch, 6. Kyle Herve, 7. Tyler Truex, 8. Seth Spayd, 9. Kurt Bettler, 10. Matt Dealaman, 11. Austin Silfee, 12. Neil Rutt III 13. Dakota Kessler, 14. Brett Putnam, 15. Billy Both, 16. Bryan Oshee, 17. Cody Kline, 18. Anthony Raisner, 19. Cody Kohler, 20. Paul Hartwig, Jr.


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SPECIAL FRIDAY NIGHT STAGE SHOW, DRIVER AUTOGRAPHS ON SATURDAY ARE PART OF HUGE READING FAIRGROUNDS REUNION PLANNED AT PPB MOTORSPORTS ON 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE SPEEDWAY’S LAST RACE

OAKS, PA January 4, 2019 . . . The six decade history of racing at Pa.’s Reading Fairgrounds Speedway will be in the spotlight with a three-day reunion of competitors, officials and fans of the legendary track during the Pioneer Pole Building’s sponsored Motorsports 2019 show at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, Pa.

The annual show Presented by Sunoco Race Fuels Distributed by Insinger opens on Friday, January 18 at 2 p.m., then at 11 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday the 19th and 20th.

The show closes at 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and at 4 p.m. on Sunday.

The “Reading Speedway Reunion” in C-Hall will be dedicated to the memory of the great racing action that took place at that half-mile dirt oval beginning in 1924 before it closed 40 years ago in June 1979. The reunion activities and display are being coordinated by officers and members of the Reading Fairgrounds Racing Historical Society (RFRHS), an organization dedicated to preserving the history of the speedway.

Many drivers and team members who competed at Reading will attend Motorsports 2019 to meet the fans and sign autographs on Saturday afternoon from 2 to 5 pm including the track’s all-time race winner Kenny Brightbill.

Other Modified drivers expected to attend include Bobby Braxton, Freddy Brightbill, Earl Derr, Frank Cozze, LeRoy Felty, Glenn Fitzcharles, Harry Garber, Garry Gollub, Junior Mikosz, Kim Trout and Bruce Young.

The autograph group is so large that it will be broken into two groups. A schedule of those groups and the names of other drivers will be announced prior to the show. They’ll all be signing a special collector Reading poster available for free. There will also be special coloring books given away to children.

On Friday at the show, the night the speedway was best known for holding events, Reading memories will come alive at the stage area. At 5:30 a special show will be held with many of Reading’s favorite drivers scheduled to be guests. One hour prior to this event old racing videos from reading will be shown on the big screen.

There will be a large display at the Reading Reunion area in C-Hall of the show all weekend. This will include vintage open-cockpit, flathead Stock car, Modifieds and motorcycles that ran at Reading.

Among the Reading race cars sure to bring back memories at the show will be restored Modifieds of Bruce Young, Kenny Weld, Don Esky, Diz Dean, Bobby Braxton, Billy Pauch and Dick Quallio; and flathead motor stock cars from the 1950s driven by Leroy Felty, Johnny Mackison Sr. and Russ Smith. The Braxton and Quallio cars are planned to be displayed on classic open trailers, just as they were going to a race night at Reading in the 1960s and 70s!

The era of AAA and USAC racing at Reading will be represented by fabled Sprint Cars driven by Tommy Hinnershitz and Johnny Thomson in the 1950s and Kenny Weld during the 1970s.

There will also be a large display highlighting the years of national championship AMA motorcycle racing at Reading. Former Reading AMA race director Jack Vanino will be a special guest; along with motorcycle racers George Longabaugh, Bob Sholley, Donnie Myers and Jimmie Varnes.

Drag racing also took place at Reading, and its history will be spotlighted as well.

There will also be displays of Reading Speedway memorabilia, such as driver and race team uniforms and jackets; track statistics and photos; and replica scale models of race cars that competed at the track.

Throughout the weekend, members of the RFRHS will be at the reunion to meet with fans and answer questions about the display and history of the Reading Fairgrounds Speedway. They encourage attendees to bring along their personal Reading scrapbooks and items to share with fellow fans to recall those great years of racing!

At the Reading Speedway Reunion during the Motorsports Show, there will also be information available on how to join the RFRHS. The group has its club meetings on the first Tuesday of each month at the Central Fire Company, 1409 Park Place, Laureldale, PA 19605. The club meetings are not restricted to members, but open to all Reading Speedway enthusiasts.

Headlining the show will be NASCAR Hall of Famers Darrell Waltrip and Ray Evernham along with Ryan Preece who will be looking to capture NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series Rookie of the Year honors.

There will be a large number of displays with speedways offering information on their 2019 seasons. Hardcore racing vendors will be a big part of the show and fans will have the opportunity to gain some bargains from vendors offering collectible items.

A number of free industry seminars will be offered.

One of the most popular events during the three day show has been, and will again be, the Ms. Motorsports Pageant sponsored by Aqua Duck Water Transport that will see one woman walk off with a $1,500 cash prize along with a poster deal.

Motorsports 2019 opens on Friday, January 18 at 2 p.m., then at 11 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The show closes at 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and at 4 p.m. on Sunday.  On Sunday, all children 12 and under are FREE with a parent.

Tickets are available daily at the door one hour before the show opens. To stay informed on the latest show news check in at www.motorsportstradeshow.com or call 609-888-3618.

A few display spaces and room for race car display remain as the show is on its way to becoming another sold out success.

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ALLENTOWN THREE QUARTER (TQ) MIDGET ENTRIES RISE DRAMATICALLY IN DAYS LEADING UP TO IRONTON TELEPHONE INDOOR RACING EVENTS PRESENTED BY BELFOR THIS FRIDAY AND SATURDAY, JANUARY 4-5

ALLENTOWN, PA January 2, 2019 . . . A rush of last minute TQ Midget entries over the Holiday Weekend has swelled the field for the PPL Center Allentown Indoor Race to four dozen – and counting – for this coming Friday and Saturday's Ironton Telephone Indoor Races Presented By BELFOR.

TQ Midgets are the headline attraction of a two-day racing spectacular inside the center city Allentown, PA facility on Friday and Saturday January 4-5, 2019 with two complete racing programs, back-to-back, including qualifying and feature events.

Doors open at 6:00PM with racing getting underway at 7:30 PM on Friday. On Saturday, doors open at 5:00PM with racing beginning at 7:00PM sharp.

The TQs will be joined Friday by Champ Karts, the lightweight, lightning fast, supremely agile vehicles that have always performed in crowd pleasing fashion in Allentown.

On Saturday, Slingshots will be the co-feature, the same Slingshots that race at the nearby Kutztown Fairgrounds and at other speedways during the outdoor season. A Fan Fest begins Saturday’s program for ticket holders who chose the free option to meet drivers and see the cars up close before the racing begins.

Recent TQ Midget filings include that of Fremont, OH Sprint Car ace John Ivy, who last weekend in a two-day Indoor 600 Micro Sprint race meet in Fort Wayne, IN, won an unprecedented four straight feature races. Ivy has raced in the past with the Indoor Auto Racing Series Presented By VP Race Fuels will be driving a potent Laffler Chassis owned by Timex Morgan.

Also filing a late TQ entry for the Ironton Telephone Indoor Races was Andy Jankowiak of North Tonawanda, NY, a perennial contender who is coming off a successful 2018 season on the Race Of Champions Asphalt Modified Tour. Jankowiak won the Indoor Series finale last year in Albany, N.Y.

Former Albany-Saratoga Speedway Dirt Modified track champion Marc Johnson of Guilderland, NY is also a late entrant driving the Ken Sebring No. 21.

The father-and-son racing team of Ronnie and Cole Mullen of Brick, NJ have filed entries. Ronnie is a veteran of the sport and his teenage son Cole was named ATQMRA Rookie Of The Year for the 2018 outdoor season. Young Mullen won his first TQ feature last July 7 at Wall (NJ) Stadium, outrunning, among others, his father.

One driver who bears watching above others is Bobby Butler, the Milford, NJ Dirt Track Stock Car driver who was among the contenders to win last December's East Coast Indoor Dirt Nationals 600 Micro feature in Trenton, NJ.

Butler came from the last row in that race after fighting his way through four preliminary races to even qualify, then earned a solid finish. He will drive the same 600 Micro Sprint he used in that race to run in the Ironton Telephone Indoor Races, the only car-driver combination to attempt such a feat.

Tim Nye from Troutman, NC was also in the Trenton Indoor Dirt Nationals field but failed to qualify for that race. He has entered the Allentown race but will drive a purpose-built concrete track 600 Micro this weekend.

Past Allentown TQ A Main winners in the field for this weekend include Erick Rudolph, Ransomville, NY, a three time Series champion and second in 2018 Super DIRT Series standings. Rudolph won the December Dirt Indoor race. Justin Bonsignore, Holtsville, NY, who parlayed victory in last year's Friday night Allentown feature to the 2018 Indoor Series championship, then went on to win the 2018 NASCAR Whelen Modified Touring Series title and eight of the 16 races; NASCAR Cup crewman Ryan Flores, Cornelius, NC, who won the 2017 Indoor Series title and Sprint Car driver Scott Kreutter, Buffalo, NY, who was the Saturday Allentown 2018 race winner.

Though past TQ Midget race winners have been from outside the Lehigh Valley, PA area, a strong contingent of Eastern PA drivers have filed entries for this year's race.

Among them are rising star Briggs Danner, Allentown, PA; reigning ATQMRA Midget outdoor champion Matt Janisch, Nazareth, PA; multi-time past ATQMRA outdoor champion Ryan Tidman, Holland, PA; perennial Indoor contender Tim Buckwalter, Douglassville, PA; and TQ veteran Matt Roselli, Brodheadsville, PA.

Other Eastern Pennsylvania drivers who have entered are Pat Bealer, Lehighton, PA; Steve Craig, Levittown, PA; Chad Jones, Quakertown, PA; Kyle Lick, Lehighton, PA; and TQ Rookie Joe Toth, Upper Makefield, PA, an experienced Slingshot driver who will be making his first TQ Midget start in this race.

Champ Kart entries are approaching 30 for the Friday night race, hailing from eight states. Todd Crenshaw, Winchester, VA, and Mike Perry, Dighton, MA, and Zach Asklar of Newtown, CT are among those from the most distant locales.

Craig Whitmoyer, Hamburg, PA, winner of the recent East Coast Indoor Dirt Nationals in Trenton, NJ on dirt, will be among those to beat in the Saturday Slingshot events. Jared Silfee, Saylorsborg, PA, Anthony Raisner and Kurt Bettler, both of Hellertown, PA, Cody Kline, Bangor, PA, Dylan Hoch, Mertztown, PA, and Adam and Steve Svanda, both of Allentown, are among the prominent greater Lehigh Valley area entrants.

The Allentown races are the first of a three race 2019 ‘concrete track’ series that make up the Indoor Auto Racing Series Fueled By VP Race Fuels season.

Following the Ironton Telephone Presented By BELFOR Allentown Indoor weekend, racing shifts to Atlantic City for the 17th running of NAPA Auto Parts Weekend, highlighted by the running of the prestigious TQ Midget Gamblers Classic. Event dates are Friday and Saturday, January 25-26, 2019.

The final event of the series takes place at a new venue, the New York State Fairgrounds Exhibition Center in Syracuse, NY. on Friday and Saturday, March 8-9, 2019.

Information for all Indoor Auto Racing Series events including a link for tickets, is available at indoorautoracing.com.

Tickets for Allentown Indoor race are available daily and on the day of the events the PPL Center box office. Tickets are also available by calling 610-347-TIXX.

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Racing Discussion / Merry Christmas to all!
« on: December 25, 2018, 11:02:47 AM »
Merry Christmas to all of our friends in the racing community and to everyone here at RaceNewYork! I hope Santa brought you everything you wished for and more... ;)

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SATURDAY NIGHT RACING AT GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY WILL HAVE A DIFFERENT LOOK IN 2019

                RULE CHANGES ANNOUNCED AS SEASON IS SET TO START ON MARCH 30

                ADDED ATTRACTIONS TO BE PART OF SOME SATURDAY NIGHTS

BECHTELSVILLE, PA December 10, 2018 . . . Changes have been made for the 2019 season at Grandview Speedway and Saturday night racing action will have a new look.

                “The lack of participants, car counts have been declining in recent years, has forced us to remove the Late Models from the Saturday night racing action,” said track spokesperson Tina Rogers. “Over the recent years we have held meetings with the owners and drivers and listened to their ideas on how to save the division. However the car count could not support it any longer. With many teams selling out and others planning to travel the car count would be event less for 2019.

It is so sad that we have been forced to take this step as Late Models have been a big part of racing at Grandview for many years. Certainly our thanks go out to those who supported the division. It is the end of an era.”

A 10:1 compression rule replaces the old 9:1 engine rule. This change will allow Late Model owners wishing to do so to use their motors in the Modified division of competition. The maximum on a Whistler will be 10:4.

                Saturday night racing will now feature the T.P.Trailers NASCAR Modifieds and Sportsman stock cars. The Sportsman division can look forward to more info on their new season as plans are being finalized. With the elimination of the Late Models track management will now be looking to add special attractions on Saturday nights and first to be signed is the URC Sprints on July 20 along with the East Coast USAC Sprints set for May 18th. As the schedule is filled in there will be a number of other special attractions.

                Another change announced after a meeting of track officials and management has all Modifieds and Sportsman being allowed to use single or double conventional rub rails on the left side of their car only.

                The Crate 604 Sportsman and Crate 602 Sportsman engines may now run a 750CFM Holley carburetor on gas. The carb rules can be found in the Modified section of the rule book at www.grandviewspeedway.com.

                And another rule being implemented is that all Sportsman sail panels must be of equal height.

                Ed Scott is available at 610.298.2408 and Cliff Quinn at 484.357.2587 should there be questions.

                The 2019 season, the 57th straight season of stock car racing, is set to start with the annual free-to-the-public practice session on Saturday, March 30th at noon.

                The VP Racing Fuels Bruce Rogers Memorial, featuring Modifieds, will be the first official night of racing action and is set for Saturday, April 6th. That race will pay $7,500 to win and $1,000 to start the race.  The race remembers the man who, with his father Forrest, developed the track into one of the most successful weekly dirt short track operations in the nation. The family continues the operation of the popular facility.

                Opportunities to benefit from marketing through NASCAR stock car racing at Grandview Speedway are currently available for the 2019 season. Details can be had by being in touch with Ernie Saxton at 267.934.7286 or Esaxton144@aol.com. A brochure outlining all opportunities is available from Saxton.

                Grandview Speedway, a one-third-mile, banked clay track, is located on Passmore Road in Bechtelsville, PA just a short distance off Route 100, 10 miles north of Pottstown. Check out the track website for latest information at www.grandviewspeedway.com or telephone 610.754.7688.


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