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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 www.weedsportspeedway.com.  Fans can also LIKE us on Facebook and FOLLOW on Twitter @Weedsportspdwy.

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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 www.weedsportspeedway.com, as well as the full 2020 schedule.

For more Weedsport Kartway and Weedsport Speedway information be sure to visit online at www.weedsportspeedway.com.  Fans can also FOLLOW on Twitter @WeedsportSpdwy and LIKE on Facebook at www.facebook.com/weedsportspeedway.

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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TICKETS GO ON SALE FOR TRENTON AND SYRACUSE INDOOR AUTO RACING SERIES EVENTS NOV. 20

TRENTON, NJ November 13, 2019 . . . Tickets for the 2020 Indoor Auto Racing Series race events in Trenton, N.J and Syracuse, N.Y.  will go on sale for the first time on Wednesday, November 20.

The third annual East Coast Indoor Dirt Nationals will again be held at the CURE Insurance Arena in Trenton, N.J. but on a new later date, Friday and Saturday nights February 21st and 22nd. The exciting event featuring nearly 100 wingless 600cc Sprints, had been held the last two years in December prior to Christmas.

To relieve family conflict with Christmas holiday events, the dirt race has been moved to the weekend after the Daytona 500. On Friday night February 21st competitors will race in ten heat races that will set the field for four 20 lap features that will follow. These events, which will begin at 7 PM, set the starting grid for Saturday’s events.

On Saturday, February 22nd the first green flag will fall at 6 PM with the first of ten qualifying transfer races that will advance top finishers to the back of the next event. The program concludes with the 50 lap, 24 car feature paying $5,000 to win that will not start until after 8 PM.

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

Tickets have been on sale for the first two events of the 2020 Indoor Auto Racing Series Fueled by VP Race Fuels.

The 2020 Series schedule opens with the Ironton Telephone Allentown Indoor Race, inside Allentown, PA’s PPL Center on Friday and Saturday, January 3-4, 2020. The NAPA Know How Gambler’s Classic Weekend follows inside Atlantic City’s historic Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall on Friday, January 31 and Saturday, February 1, 2020.

The TQ Midget “Concrete Series” will comprise five rounds with two complete programs held at the events in Allentown and Syracuse. Atlantic City’s uniquely different program includes four 20 lap semi-features on Friday night with the top 80 in time trials split into events. These races offer partial points as well as guaranteed starting spots in Saturday’s 40 lap Gambler’s Classic.

The Champ Karts and Slingshot classes are a part of the schedule at all three of the “Concrete Series” venues. In Allentown the Champ Karts race on Friday night and the Slingshots on Saturday. In Atlantic City both classes qualify on Friday and race their feature on Saturday. In the series finale in Syracuse, both classes have complete shows both nights.

Erick Rudolph of Ransomville, N.Y. won the Saturday night Series finale in Syracuse in March to clinch his fourth VP Racing Fuels sponsored TQ Midget championship. Rudolph also finished second in Friday’s first ever feature event in Syracuse won by Long Island, N.Y. driver Justin Bonsignore.

Andy Jankowiak of Buffalo, N.Y., the 2019 Atlantic City Gambler’s Classic winner, ended up second in the standings.

Matt Janisch of Nazareth, Pa. opened the 2019 series with his first career Indoor Series victory and past series champion Ryan Flores from Cornelius, NC won Saturday night’s feature event.

Over the entire series schedule, just ten TQ drivers were able to qualify for all five of the 2019 A-Main features. Among them, Rudolph was the only driver to register top-five finishes in each race.

All told, 75 TQ drivers, 54 Champ Kart wheelmen and 52 Slingshot racers earned points in the 2019 series, a total of 181 different competitors.

Brandon Rusczek won the Hoosier Champ Kart title. Though winless in the Kutztown Action Track sponsored Slingshot Indoor Series, Kurt Bettler grabbed his first title.

Rudolph, the 2019 DIRTcar 358 Modified series champion, entered the Trenton Dirt Nationals last December and won it in his first attempt. Billy Pauch Jr., the 2019 dirt Modified champion at N.J.’s New Egypt Speedway, finished a close second.

For complete ticket information and special host hotel rates go to www.indoorautoracing. Corporate sponsorship packages to fit every budget and group sales information are available for all events.

For information, email or call the series director Danny Sammons at danny@aarn.com, 609-888-3618.

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GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY KICKS OFF 58TH SEASON WITH FREE TO THE PUBLIC PRACTICE ON MARCH 28

                3rd ANNUAL BRUCE ROGERS MEMORIAL SET AS FIRST RACE OF THE SEASON APRIL 4

                   50TH ANNUAL FREEDOM 76 CLASSIC IS SET FOR SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 19th

BECHTELSVILLE, PA November 7, 2019 . . . The tradition continues. The annual free-to-the-public practice session will kick off the 58th consecutive season of stock car racing at Grandview Speedway on Saturday, March 28th. That practice, which starts at noon, is open to all forms of racing competition.

                Once again the one-third-mile banked clay track will be operated by the Rogers family and will again carry a NASCAR sanction.

                The first racing event of the new season will be the 3rd Annual Bruce Rogers Memorial offering $7,500 to the winner of the 50-lapper that has the Small Block Modifieds going up against the Big Block talents. The race is set for Saturday, April 4th and is run in memory of the man who was instrumental in building the track and making it the huge success it has become. The first annual Rogers Memorial was won by NASCAR Camping World Series and dirt Modified standout Stewart Friesen while the 2019 race went to another top Modified talent, Matt Sheppard.

                And the biggest race of the season, the “Granddaddy of Major Modified Races”, the 50th annual Freedom 76, which paid more than $25,000 to winner Duane Howard back in September is on the schedule for Saturday, September 19th with a September 26th rain date.

                A complete 2020 schedule is being finalized and will be released shortly.

                Season passes, covering all Saturday events at Grandview, are on sale and are priced at just $350, the same price as the last few seasons. Orders should be sent to Grandview Speedway, 87 Wilt Road, Bechtelsville, PA 19505. Please enclose check or money order payable to Grandview Speedway to cover the number of season passes being ordered. Enclosing a self-addressed stamped envelope will speed the process.

                Opportunities for event sponsorship, billboard and program book advertising are available for the 2020 season. Full information can be had through Ernie Saxton at 267.934.7286, 215.752.7797 or Esaxton144@aol.com.

                Information updates can be had at www.grandviewspeedway.com or check in at Facebook. Track telephone number is 610.754.7688.

                Grandview Speedway is located on Passmore Road, Bechtelsville, PA, just off Route 100 10 miles north of Pottstown.

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AFTER 36 YEARS MOTORSPORTS SPONSORSHIP MARKETING NEWS WILL NO LONGER BE PUBLISHED

LANGHORNE, PA November 6, 2019 . . . “After 36 years of publishing Motorsports Sponsorship Marketing News I have found that a lot of sponsorship information is available from a myriad of locations thanks to new technologies," said publisher Ernie Saxton. Subscriptions to MSMN have been slipping over the last year or so due to those new technologies.  “Therefore, sadly, the August, 2019 edition is the final issue.”

Over the years we have helped many in the motorsports industry to gain sponsorship, improve their sponsorship efforts and grow their knowledge of marketing and sponsorship.

The newsletter, published since 1985, has been filled with helps for sponsorship seekers, featuring articles by experts on sponsorship marketing and articles on sponsorship deals.

“Our thanks go out to those who were contributors to the newsletter, media who helped promote the newsletter and thanks to those who were subscribers.

I have certain projects that I will continue to be involved in. I will be part of the team at NASCAR sanctioned Grandview Speedway handling the PR, sponsorships and advertising. This will be my 53rd year. Again this year we will be handling the PR for Len Sammons Productions and his indoor racing events along with the 36th annual Motorsports 2020 Trade Show.

My columns will continue to appear in Area Auto Racing News as they have since 1981. Plus our columns will continue to appear in Digital Media newspapers, Inside Track Motorsports News and Late Model Racer.

I will also continue to share my knowledge and expertise with interested parties in public relations and sponsorship marketing in motorsports.”

Saxton can be reached at 267.934.7286 or email him at esaxton144@aol.com.

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On Monday morning, we woke to the news that Hulman & Co. is selling the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, IndyCar and related businesses to Penske Corp.

Hulman & Co. has owned the track since 1945. Monday's news release did not specify how much Penske is paying to buy the track, the NTT IndyCar Series and Indianapolis Motor Speedway Productions.

https://speedsport.com/indy/indycar-series/penske-corp-acquiring-ims-indycar-series/

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Racer’s Swap Meet & Gearbox Sale to Close Weedsport Season on November 2

WEEDSPORT, NY (October 25, 2019) – The final event of Weedsport Speedway’s 2019 season will take place on Saturday, November 2 with the 7th annual Racer’s Swap Meet taking place beginning at 9 a.m.

A special one day only sale will also be taking place in the Gearbox novelty and apparel store from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Race fans can stock up on holiday merchandise with 30% off all items.

The annual Racer’s Swap Meet will once again see several top race teams, karting teams and parts suppliers within Weedsport’s gates, featuring season close out pricing on a wide variety of parts, pieces, and chassis.

Vendor setup will begin at 8 a.m. on November 2 and the event will run rain or shine.

The Racer’s Swap Meet is free to the public to attend.

Vendors will be asked to make a donation of $20 per pickup truck or $40 per large truck and/or trailer.  Vendors are asked to enter from Towpath Road.

For more information on Weedsport Speedway, visit online at www.weedsportspeedway.com, follow on Twitter @WeedsportSpdwy and LIKE on Facebook.

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.

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Rudolph & Root Take It To The Bank In Land Of Legends 2019 Season Finale

Canandaigua stars share Gerald Hears Memorial DIRTcar 'Build Your Bank Challenge' jackpot


Canandaigua, NY – September 29, 2019 – Tom Skibinski, Land of Legends Raceway PR

With anticipation of the mega-dollar DIRTcar 'Build Your Bank Challenge' presented by Phelps Cement Products and Canandaigua Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep-Ram reaching a crescendo during the final weekend of September, in truly fitting fashion encore performances by weekly Saturday night stars Erick Rudolph and Kevin Root brought down the curtain on the 2019 season at Land Of Legends Raceway.

It only took an extra day as promoter Paul Cole's second special of the month was extended to Sunday for the second time as rain once again soaked the Ontario County Fairgrounds oval midway through the fast-paced race program.

The wait hardly mattered as third-generation wheelman Rudolph relished the $6,000 lion's share of the $50,000+ purse including special awards posted for the mighty DIRTcar Modifieds while Root pocketed a $2,000 top prize in the DIRTcar Sportsman Series fall event that boasted a total payout of nearly $10,000 in cash and contingencies. Lap leader and special bonuses further bolstered each winner's take, with no less than 20 Modified drivers collecting at least $1,000 in the record-breaking scheduled single-day short-track extravaganza paying tribute to life-long motorsports supporter Gerald Haers.

A true racing patriarch, long-time mentor and supporter of Land of Legends, Vietnam War Veteran, as well as husband, father, grandfather and friend to so many more, Jerry Haers passed away at age 74 on July 15 this past summer. In a special pre-race ceremony conducted on Saturday evening, drivers gathered around the Haers family on the homestretch to honor his lifetime of contributions made to the racing community.

“Glad they didn't make this (trophy) a couple inches taller, then it would be taller than me,” smiled Rudolph, 27, following his fifth victory of the season scored on the ultra-smooth half-miler. “I only had a few conversations with Mr. Haers during my time here, but being around this weekend its not hard to feel the impact of what he's meant to everyone at the track. He was a fixture at Canandaigua back when my father (Charlie) raced and certainly respected by all those he continued to help out.”

Following his victory in the first of three 20-lap qualifying heats ---named after legendary Modified racers at Canandaigua--- held Saturday, Rudolph re-drew third before the rain came. The 'Barefoot' Bob McCreadie heat race win earned him $500 with Larry Wight copping the second 'Marvelous' Merv Treichler qualifier and Steve Paine claiming the third and final 'Wily' Will Cagle preliminary.

Come Sunday, Rudolph wasted little time putting his no. 25 reVive Spine Center-Blue Cross Blue Shield/Bicknell entry on the point, overtaking Big-Block rookie Dillon Groover on the lap two restart and holding off Wight the final 49 trips around.

The first lap caution resulted when open-wheel veteran Pat Ward caught the left-rear wheel of Gary Tomkins between turns three and four. Ninth-place starter Ward's red #42P machine hit the inside berm then bounced back across the track in front of the remainder of the 26-car field. The mounts of Lance Dusett, Jimmy Phelps and Billy VanPelt sat parked in turn four when the dust cleared, reluctantly earning Phelps the Bicknell Racing Products $200 'Hard Luck' Award without completing a single lap.

Back under green with Rudolph and Wight out front, only two more yellow flags slowed the action, with traffic remaining a constant over the final 40 laps of non-stop action as the surface grew slicker. Ward slowed for a second time on lap eight while Chad Brachmann looped his no. 3 BRP ride rounding turn one on lap 10 to bunch the field one last time.

At the midway mark Rudolph and Wight maintained their advantage with sentimental favorite Justin Haers (son of Jerry), Canadian small-block standout Gary Lindberg and consolation round winner Mat Williamson comprising the front-five. Continuing to weave his way in traffic as the scoreboard counted down, Williamson grabbed fourth on lap 32 and cracked the top-three with 10 more still to go.

Yet up ahead the leaders refused to lose ground and at the checkers it was Rudolph pulling away for a 10 car-length victory over Wight, followed by Cost Plus Processing LLC Hard Charger Williamson, top Champion/SuperGen Products Small-Block bonus award winner Lindberg and Haers ahead of all-time track feature winner Alan Johnson.

“This car has always been good to us, went away from it about a month ago and we thought we'd bring it back out and it provided for us tonight,” remarked '18 LOLR points champion Rudolph, now with nine career wins at the fairgrounds; eight behind his father's career total of 17 logged in the 1980s. “The track was right to our liking, took a little bit of rubber at the end but the car was really good all night. It was super maneuverable all the way around.”

“The track was definitely far different from yesterday. You had two sides of the spectrum, yesterday was really fast and today pretty slow. But both days we were good, our team's just firing on all cylinders now,” added Rudolph, who headed home to Ransomville with more than $7,000 after leading the most laps including lap 25 which carried a $100 halfway bonus from Traction Grabber By Doc.

Settling for the runner-up spot despite numerous bids to capture his first career Big-Block win in Canandaigua, Phoenix (NY) traveler Wight had his red #99L FX Caprara Car Co-Tracey Road Equipment-LJL-Gypsum Racing/Bicknell machine dialed in both days.

“Just needed a little bit more drive off the corners, think we were a little better in the middle but exiting the turns Erick could just pick up the throttle quicker and a lot harder,” commented Wight, who won an Empire Super Sprint A-Main at LOLR in 2017. “And the straightaways here are so long, everything I gained in the corners I'd lose half a car down the straightaway.”

“This was a great race put together by the Haers family in such a short time. Have to thank them for everything they've done for us racers. I've grown up with the family since I was little running around the track. I know how tough it is to run a family business (Phelps Cement Products) and stay so involved in racing. Hats off to them, it was a great event to support,” Wight added.

Improving from 19th to cross the line third in the 28-minute Modified main, Williamson echoed Wight's remarks as his no. 88 Buzz Chew Chevrolet-North Country Market/Bicknell entry gained the most ground over the final circuits.

“The track was excellent and we had a really good show, just a great tribute to Jerry Haers,” noted Williamson from St. Catharines, Ont., currently one of the hottest drivers on both the DIRTcar Northeast Big-Block and Small-Block championship trails. “He was a big reason why I came.”

“Unfortunately, the pill draw (to determine heat start) hurt us yesterday and put us behind the 8-ball a little bit. Just needed some luck in the heat race, think we had a good enough car to make it into the re-draw (for feature start) but we put it behind us and focused on tonight and here we are,” Williamson said.

While Rudolph led all but one time around in the Modified nightcap, Root needed nearly all 40 laps to stave off invader Matt Janczuk and successfully defend hometurf. And after clinching his first-ever points title at LOLR four weeks earlier, the Geneva pilot held on to put an exclamation point on the '19 Canandaigua campaign with his fourth win of the season scored over a stellar 46-car Canandaigua Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep-Ram Sportsman field.

“We had an amazing car but tonight isn't about me, its about one guy who touched my life when I was growing up,” noted Root, 41, after parking his #34 F.X. Caprara Car Co.-Slack Karts-SJP/Bicknell car in the wine country winner's circle for the sixth time in his career. “I'm great friends with the Haers family, have been for years, and this one's for Jerry.”

After winning the fourth of five qualifying heats on Saturday, Root drew nine out of a possible 10 top starting positions available to begin inside row five on Sunday. Making his second-ever appearance at the fairgrounds, Janczuk led off from the pole before Canandaigua kingpin Kane Bristol took control on lap four.

Local driver A.J. Lloyd stopped on the back chute on lap five and the next time around Tyler Corcoran looped low in turn one to require a pair of yellow flags. Janczuk regained the lead on the ensuing lap six restart with Root bolting into third right behind.

Root moved into second with 10 laps scored and when Janczuk slid over the edge exiting turn two the defending Mr. DIRTcar titlist filled the gap low to assume the lead role. Traffic thickened as the laps clicked off and at the midway point Root, Janczuk and Bristol led the way chased by track regulars Garrison Krentz and Paul Guererri.

When Matt Guererri slowed in turn two for the third caution, Janczuk took advantage of Root's miscue and pulled ahead as the leaders crossed the stripe.

“Guess I screwed up, didn't think we were going green ... didn't hear anything, didn't see the lights go out and my 1-way (radio) was all messed up ... then (Janczuk) took off and I thought oh sh--, you know what I mean,” bellowed Root, explaining Janczuk's third move to the front. “We had a good car, didn't want to lose it.”

“After that I said you better get your stuff together, you've got the best car here. Get your composure, hit your marks and don't over-drive it. Obviously lapped traffic played a key part, fans had to love this, it was an amazing race,” Root said.

Root battled back, inching closer using the low lane while Janczuk managed to keep momentum up high as the dirt duo ran side-by-side with 10 laps to go. Root edged past under the scoring tower on lap 32 yet Janczuk dug deep to return the favor the next lap. Root took over the point with one final surge in traffic, authoring the last lead change on lap 37 and building a six-car advantage under the checkers with one lapped car caught in between.

Bristol retained third at the line followed by 19th-place starter Kyle Inman, Krentz, Paul Guererri and Safety Awareness Solutions $100 Hard Charger Award winner Jackson Gill, who rallied after qualifying in the consolation round.

“This is a big race, a big win, wanted to start out the fall series good and this is just unbelievable,” beamed Root, who earned a $250 bonus from Finger Lakes Livestock Exchange for leading lap 20 as well as a guaranteed starting spot in the 'Chevrolet Performance 75' title event during Super DIRT Week staged at Oswego Speedway in October.

“These guys are just so tough, such a competitive class. On any given day we have 15 cars that can win a race here. I'm just fortunate to be the one tonight to come out on top. Its great to have a solid support team behind me and back up what we did last year,” Root added.

LEGEND LEDGER:

The final event to officially close out the 56th season takes place after the new year arrives when King's Party House, 4031 Routes 5&20 in Canandaigua, hosts the Land Of Legends Raceway Awards Banquet. Circle Sat., Jan. 11, 2020 on the calendar as Promoter Paul Cole will hand out nearly $40,000 in cash and contingencies to his supporting race teams. Banquet tickets will go on sale in the weeks ahead with additional information publicized as more details are confirmed for this festive occasion.

Be sure to check out the final point standings for each division as well as all the track news online by visiting www.LandOfLegendsRaceway.com. Advance sale tickets will be made available online for the 2020 race season during the coming months. Once the schedule is posted, log into (LandOfLegendsRaceway.com), hit the red “Buy Tickets” button on the homepage, then make a selection from the list of dates & events highlighted.

Land of Legends Raceway is located at the Ontario County Fairgrounds, east of the city on Town Line Road (County Road 10), with easy access off either Exit 43 (Manchester, Route 21 South) or Exit 44 (Farmington, Route 332 South) of the New York State Thruway, just ½-hour southeast of Rochester.

Land of Legends Raceway Event Summary – September 29, 2019

Sunday Spectacular

Phelps Cement Products and Canandaigua Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep-Ram present Gerald Haers Memorial 'Build Your Bank Challenge'

Pepsi Big-Block/Small-Block Modified

*Feature (50 laps): 1. 25-Erick Rudolph ($6,000), 2. 99L-Larry Wight ($3,000), 3. 88-Mat Williamson ($2,500), 4. 28zt-Gary Lindberg(SB) ($2,000), 5. 3-Justin Haers ($1,700), 6. 14j-Alan Johnson ($1,500), 7. 7f-Matt Farnham ($1,450), 8. 21a-Peter Britten ($1,400), 9. 48too-Gary Tomkins ($1,350), 10. 23-Kyle Coffey ($1,300), 11. 19w-Justin Wright ($1,250), 12. 4-Greg Martin(SB) ($1,200), 13. m1-Dave Marcuccilli ($1.150), 14. 12x-Dillon Groover ($1,100), 15. 2L-Jack Lehner ($1,050), 16. 32r-Ronnie Davis III(SB) ($1,000), 17. 7x-Steve Paine ($1,000), 18. 3m-Mike Stanton Jr.(SB) ($1,000), 19. 82-Billy VanPelt ($1,000), 20. 22-Jeff Daugherty ($1,000), 21. 15-Todd Root(SB) ($500), 22. 77-Lance Dusett ($500), 23. 3b-Chad Brachmann ($500), 24. 42p-Pat Ward ($500), 25. 2rj-Ronnie Johnson ($500), 26. 98h-Jimmy Phelps ($500).

DIRTcar Legends Heats (20 laps / 6 Qualify / Top-3 redraw / Pos. 5&6 in cash dash)

*run 9/28

'Barefoot' Bob McCreadie #1: Rudolph ($500), Groover, Haers, Tomkins ($100), Phelps, Lehner, Davis, T.Root, VanPelt, D.Martin, Susice, Maier, Payne(DNS).

'Marvelous' Merv Treichler #2: Wight ($500), R.Johnson, Ward, Coffey ($100), Dusett, G.Martin, Stanton, Daugherty, Murray, Williams, D.Johnson, Trump, Hall.

'Wily' Will Cagle #3: Paine ($500), Lindberg, Wright, Farnham ($100), A.Johnson, Britten, Williamson, Forward, Marcuccilli, Brachmann, Sweeting, Jordan, K.Root.

B-Main (15 laps / Top-8 advance to A-Main)

#1: Williamson ($250), Davis, T.Root, Marcuccilli, Stanton, VanPelt, Daugherty, Brachmann, Murray, D.Johnson, Sweeting, Trump, Payne, D.Martin, Williams, K.Root, Forward(DNS), Susice(DNS), Maier(DNS), Jordan(DNS), Hall(DNS).

Phelps Cement Products / Buzz Chew Chevy / Beaver Dam Motorsports Cash Dash (6 laps)

#1: Phelps ($200), A.Johnson ($150), Britten ($125), Lehner ($100), D.Martin ($75), Dusett ($50).

Fulton Speedway Outlaw 200 Guaranteed Starting Spot ($250v): Erick Rudolph.

Super DIRT Week LCS Preferred Starting Spot ($200v): Alan Johnson.

Champion/SuperGen Products Small-Block Bonus: 1. Gary Lindberg $500, 2. Greg Martin, $300 3. Ronnie Davis III $200.

Cost Plus Processing LLC Hard Charger Award $300: Mat Williamson.

Sunflowers of Sanborn 4th-Place Heat Finish Awards $300: H1-Gary Tomkins, ($100), H2-Kyle Coffey ($100), H3-Matt Farnham ($100).

Buzz Chew Racing Longest Tow Award $250: Jack Lehner.

Bicknell Racing Products Hard Luck Award $200: Jimmy Phelps.

Dobbers Sports Bar Last Car Running On Track Award $200: Lance Dusett.

Bicknell Racing Products Sportsmanship Award $200: Daniel Johnson Jr.

F.X. Caprara Dodge Best Appearing Car Award $150: #15-Todd Root.

F.X. Caprara Honda Lucky Dog Award $150: Jack Lehner.

Start Imagining Warrior Award Most Laps Led Award $111: Erick Rudolph.

Traction Grabber By Doc Halfway Leader Bonus $100: Erick Rudolph.

Quikrete Masonry Sands Pole Award $100: Steve Paine.

Smith Brothers Drywall Move of the Race $100: Alan Johnson.

Barmorepuppies.com Worst Number Drawn at Check-In Bonus $100: Greg Martin.

$4,858 Lap Money.

*(10) Hoosier Tire Giveaways: Chad Brachmann, Ronnie Davis III, Alan Johnson, Daniel Johnson Jr., Gary Lindberg, Dave Marcuccilli, Tyler Murray, Todd Root, Mike Stanton, Gary Tomkins.

*(39) Hoosier Driver Care Packages.

DNQ: 1m-Tyler Murray(SB), 3rs-Ryan Susice(SB), 7c-Glenn Forward(SB), 34/9x(SB)-Kevin Root, 9x-Tyler Trump, 11j-James Sweeting, 14ny-Daniel Johnson Jr., r21-Ryan Jordan, 21x-Eric Williams, 28p-Eldon Payne Jr., 29j-Joel Hall(SB), 31m-Jimmy Maier, 132-Dalton Martin(SB)

DIRTcar Sportsman Series Fall Championship Race #1

Canandaigua Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep-Ram Sportsman Modified

*Feature (40 laps): 1. 34-Kevin Root ($2,000), 2. 33x-Matt Janczuk, 3. 31-Kane Bristol, 4. 20k-Kyle Inman, 5. 56-Garrison Krentz, 6. 7-Paul Guererri, 7. 60-Jackson Gill, 8. 3r-Chris Mackey, 9. 0-Shane Pecore, 10. 25g-Nick Guererri, 11. 28-Alan Fink, 12. 9-Tim Baker, 13. 29g-Steve Gray, 14. 18r-Brad Rouse, 15. 52-Jessica Power, 16. 38-Zach Sobotka, 17. 1-Mark Yorker, 18. 410-Mike Fowler, 19. 20x-Kevin Ridley, 20. 21h-Bob Henry Jr., 21. 12g-Matt Guererri, 22. 71-Sean Beardsley, 23. 70-Alex Payne, 24. 11t-Jeff Taylor, 25. 35t-Cameron Tuttle, 26. 7s-Torrey Stoughtenger, 27. a47-Dale Corbett, 28. 86-Matt Steffenhagen, 29. 1f-A.J. Lloyd, 64-Tyler Corcoran(DSQ), 82-Will Shields(DNS).

Heats (8 laps / 4 Qualify / Top-2 redraw)

*run 9/28

#1: Sobotka, Shields, Pecore, Tuttle, M.Guererri, A.Payne, Juno, Lloyd, Lawrence.

#2: Fowler, Fink, Yorker, Henry, Z.Payne, D.Corbett, Johnston, Steffenhagen, Castelletti.

#3: Krentz, Janczuk, P.Guererri, Rouse, Baker, Stoughtenger, Tibbitts, Barker, Hoxie.

#4: Root, Ridley, Taylor, N.Guererri, Collins, C.Corbett, Beardsley, Chretien, Groescup.

#5: Bristol, Gray, Mackey, Inman, Gill, Power, Corcoran, Dolbear, Cook, Kimble.

Last Chance Showdowns (10 laps / 5 qualify)

#1: M.Guererri, Baker, Gill, Corcoran, Steffenhagen, D.Corbett, C.Corbett, Juno, Lawrence, Hoxie, Tibbitts(DNS), Chretien(DNS), Cook(DNS).

#2: A.Payne, Power, Stoughtenger, Beardsley, Lloyd, Johnston, Z.Payne(DNS), Collins(DNS), Barker(DNS), Dolbear(DNS), Castelletti(DNS), Groescup(DNS), Kimble(DNS).

Provisional: D.Corbett.

Group Time Trials (3 laps / 46 cars)

*run 9/28

#1: Cameron Tuttle 18.991 sec. (94.782 mph), Zach Sobotka 19.147, Will Shields 19.166, Shane Pecore 19.270, Alex Payne 19.441, Tom Juno 19.443, Matt Guererri 19.591, A.J. Lloyd 19.602, Jeff Lawrence 19.729.

#2: Mark Yorker 19.118 (94.152 mph), Mike Fowler 19.128, Zach Payne 19.326, Alan Fink 19.350, Dale Corbett & Matt Steffenhagen 19.381, Robbie Johnston III 19.704, Bob Henry Jr. 19.816, C.J. Castelletti 20.047.

#3: Garrison Krentz 19.100 (94.241 mph), Matt Janczuk 19.183, Paul Guererri 19.254, Torrey Stoughtenger 19.270, Brad Rouse 19.284, Charlie Tibbitts Jr. 19.379, Tim Baker 19.409, Corey Barker 19.685, Sam Hoxie 20.043.

#4: Kevin Root 19.080 (94.340 mph), Kevin Ridley 19.243, Jeff Taylor 19.264, Nick Guererri 19.289, Tommy Collins Jr. 19.292, Sean Beardsley 19.524, Chris Corbett 19.579, Brandon Chretien 19.802, Jeremy Groescup 20.277.

#5: Kane Bristol 18.783 (95.831 mph), Steve Gray 18.954, Chris Mackey 19.129, Kyle Inman 19.148, Jackson Gill 19.321, Anthony Kimble 19.369, Tyler Corcoran 19.418, Jessica Power 19.623, Ryan Dolbear 19.881, Joe Cook Jr. 20.403.

Super DIRT Week Chevrolet Performance 75 Guaranteed Starting Spot ($200v): Kevin Root.

Finger Lakes Livestock Exchange Halfway Leader Bonus $250: Kevin Root.

Century 21 Pole Award $100: Matt Janczuk.

Safety Awareness Solutions Hard Charger Award $100: Jackson Gill.

*(2) Hoosier Tire Giveaways: Matt Guererri, Alex Payne.

*(46) Hoosier Driver Care Packages.

DNQ: 00-Sam Hoxie, 02-Brandon Chretien, 1L-Jeff Lawrence, t1-Charlie Tibbitts Jr., 2k-Anthony Kimble, 7z-Zach Payne, 8-Joe Cook Jr., 25-Tom Juno, 31b-Corey Barker, 31r-Ryan Dolbear, 33j-Robbie Johnston III, 33jg-Jeremy Groescup, a48-Chris Corbett, 117jr.-C.J. Castelletti, 713-Tommy Collins Jr.

NEXT EVENT: Saturday, January 11, 2020 – 2019 Land Of Legends Raceway Awards Banquet @ King's Party House, 4031 Routes 5&20, Canandaigua.

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Racing Discussion / Re: Why there aren't more race cars on the track.
« on: September 24, 2019, 10:57:23 AM »
I wouldn't question anyone's passion for driving or racing...and especially when it most assuredly tangles with the business of racing because often (especially at the local level) it's blood, sweat and tears and the pocket lint (that often is gone too), all because of the love of the sport. That's the IT.

And where the business of racing meets that passion is where everything either becomes successful or not. Look at the intricacies that need to be in place for it all to work...promoter, rules, track, fanbase, talent, purse, advertising, sponsors, weather (in-season and out of season), competition, general interest in the sport, economics etc etc ad nauseum.  If any one of those things are out of whack the chances of success get stressed.


I'd ask a question as a case study...was Spencer Speedway successful this season? All those factors above were in play, from the very early stage of the season where it looked like it was going to be shuttered. So, if it was successful in 2019...why? If not, why?   I'm willing to bet passion for the sport drove it all....maybe it's a recipe for success in the future for others wanting to get into the sport. Who knows...

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Week-Long Camping, Tickets Now Available for Super DIRT Week Kick-Off Party at Weedsport Speedway

WEEDSPORT, NY (September 20, 2019) – The 48th running of NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week will take place throughout Central New York from October 9-13 with the DIRTcar 358-Modifieds attacking the Weedsport Speedway oval on Wednesday, October 9.

Reserved seating and camping are available for the kick-off to racing’s biggest party by visiting www.weedsportspeedway.com.

The DIRTcar 358-Modified series will be joined by the DIRTcar Sportsman series on October 9 for a one-two punch of action as a precursor to the Super DIRT Week finale at Oswego Speedway on Sunday, October 13.

Week-long camping is available in the Great Outdoors RV Campground at Weedsport for the entirety of DIRT Week featuring all-new restrooms and shower facilities, as well as other camping amenities and games.

Reserved camping for the entire week is $120, with weekly general camping available for $96.

General camping for one night only is $24.

Camping spaces are selling fast, so be sure to visit www.weedsportspeedway.com today to reserve.

Pit gates will open on October 9 at 4 p.m. with grandstand gates opening at 5 p.m. and opening ceremonies set for 7:30 p.m.

General admission seating will be available for $28 with reserved seating priced at $32.  Kids 11-17 will be admitted in general admission for $12 with kids 10 and under FREE.  Non-member pit admission will be $36 with member pit prices set at $32.

Free fan pit pass upgrades are not available for this show.

For more information on Weedsport Speedway including the remaining schedule of events visit online at www.weedsportspeedway.com.  Fans can also LIKE us on Facebook and FOLLOW on Twitter @Weedsportspdwy.

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GRANDVIEW SPORTSMAN CHAMP BRAD BRIGHTBILL WINS FREEDOM 38 SPORTSMAN FEATURE AND JOE KAY EARNS HIS FIRST CAREER MID-ATLANTIC SPRINT SERIES FEATURE WIN

BECHTELSVILLE, PA September 21, 2019 . . . Brad Brightbill and Kevin Hirthler thrilled the fans in the stands Friday night at Grandview Speedway with a spirited battle for the top spot in-and-out of heavy lapped traffic over the final dozen laps or so in the sixth annual “Night Before The Sixer” Freedom 38’er, with Brightbill coming out on top to earn the $2,000 payday at the checkered.

For Brightbill, who just a week earlier earned his first career Sportsman track championship at the Bechtelsville, PA dirt track, it was career win number 10 and Brightbill’s fifth win of the 2019 racing season. The popular triumph was his first since August 17 of this season. The Sinking Spring, PA second-generation chauffeur became the sixth different winner in six Freedom 38’er events overall to date at the high-banked third-mile oval.

Brightbill captured checkered flags in his heat race and the feature to give him a clean sweep for the evening.

Also on the card were the Delaware Auto Exchange Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series winged 305 Sprint Cars, with Dublin, PA based self-employed electrician Joe Kay powering out on top with the drop of the green after starting from the pole position and leading every lap in the 25-lap feature to earn his first career MASS victory by a safe margin. Kay was never seriously challenged in the fray, leading by nearly a full straightaway through much of the event.

“I can’t really put it into words,” revealed Brightbill afterwards. “I am so thankful for all the guys who helped me this season. To go out on a high note like this, it really means a lot.”

Nate Brinker, 24, of Allentown, PA started on the pole in the 38-lap Sportsman main event as the 26-car starting field took the green and was the race leader until Kenny Bock, who started outside row one, grabbed the top spot on lap 4.

By lap 8, Brightbill, who started from fifth by the luck of the draw, climbed into the runner-up role, followed by Brian Hirthler and Brinker. The 26-year-old Birdsboro, PA resident, Bock, remained out in from as the laps clicked off, with Brightbill closing the gap by lap 14.

Laps 15 and 16 saw Bock and Brightbill in a fan-pleasing battle, with Brightbill exiting turn 4 on lap 17, driving under Bock to become the new race leader.

“Kenny was running me pretty good there and I just couldn’t shake him on the outside,” explained Brightbill. “As the track started to get slicker our car just started to come around and we were lucky to prevail there at the end.”

Kevin Hirthler, 39, of Boyertown, PA, who won the event in 2018, started from eleventh-place and hustled his way up to fourth-place by lap 9. Ten circuits later, Hirthler advanced into second-place and lap 20 saw the only caution of the night as Ryan Beltz spun out in turn 2.

When racing resumed it was Brightbill rocketing out in front of Kevin Hirthler, as Bock battled wheel-to-wheel with 27-year-old Jared Umbenhauer for third for a lap, prior to Umbenhauer eventually taking the spot on lap 22.

With 26 tours complete, Kevin Hirthler closed in on the rear of Brightbill’s homebuilt mount and the battle for first was on. Hirthler challenged Brightbill racing in-and-out of lapped traffic, but Brightbill fought off every challenge with ease.

“I didn’t know how close anyone was,” Brightbill was saying. “I just tried to pick and choose very carefully where I went without getting tangled up with anyone else in lapped traffic. Things just turned out in our favor.”

“It was a tough track, being so narrow,” offered Kevin Hirthler. “I understand the lapped cars are out there racing for position too and I wished we could have had some good side-by-side racing for the lead, but that’s not how it turned out. Everyone was running clean and it is what it is.”

Brightbill brought home the victory over Kevin Hirthler, who earned an additional $100 as the first Crate powered car to cross the line, with Jared Umbenhauer finishing third, after starting thirteenth, with 37-year-old Brian Hirthler  of Perkiomenville, PA fourth, after starting from eighth, and Bock rounding out the top five finishers in that order.

“We were fighting the car all night and finally figured it out before the feature,” announced the third-place finisher from Richland, PA, Umbenhauer. “I couldn’t tell who the race leader was racing in all that lapped traffic. I had to look up at the leader’s board to see just who was where at one point. It feels good to finally finish a feature race for once.”

Heat race victories with a total of 42 Sportsman on hand went out to Brightbill, Jesse Leiby, Brad Grim and Brian Hirthler, with consolation wins earned by Brad Arnold and Mike Toth.

In the MASS Sprint Car feature, Kay started on the pole and immediately jumped out on top over 29-year-old Eddie Wagner, of Franklinville, N.J., who started outside of row one. Dominic Melair of Jamison, PA followed as the third-place car.

Christian Rumsey, 21, of Middletown, N.Y.  advanced to fifth-place on lap 10, just behind 36-year-old Jon Haegele out of Rockledge, PA, and climbed to fourth at the halfway point, just prior to Wagner spinning out all alone in turn 2, bringing out the only caution of the event that started 20 cars.

With the new green Kay again powered out in front and by lap 17 he was nearly a full straightaway out in front over Melair, Rumsey, Haegele and recently crowned champion Bordentown, N.J. veteran racer Larry McVay, who’ll turn 56-years-old on September 28, in that order. That’s how the race finished, as Kay authored his first-ever MASS 305 Sprint Car feature win.

“Damn, this feels good,” announced Kay, who also races 600 wingless micro sprints throughout the season. “I tried not to worry and not make any mistakes while I was running out in front. I tried to be consistent and just hit my marks each lap. I did my best to not get tangled up with any of the lapped cars. Tonight we just had all our ducks in a row.

“I’ve got to thank Brian Carber and my good friend Tim Tanner Jr. They both helped me out and Tanner Jr. is always there if I need something. This is just totally awesome. It feels great,” Kay pointed out.

Heat victories for 20 MASS 305 Sprint Cars went to Daniel Leaper and Dominic Melair. No consolation was needed.

Some 43 358 Modified campaigners showed up for a night of practice sessions throughout the night preparing for the Freedom 76 scheduled for Saturday night.  In all the pits were packed with a grand total of 105 race cars for the evening of competition.

Next on the agenda is the $25,000 to win 49th Annual Freedom 76 for Modifieds. Racing will get the green for the first qualifying event at 7 p.m. Adult admission is $40, with youngsters 6 through 11 paying $10 and kids under 6 admitted free. Advance ticket holders are admitted at 3 p.m. with general admission tickets on sale at 3:30 p.m.

For additional information check in at www.grandviewspeedway.com, Facebook or telephone 610.754.7688.

MASS 305 Sprints 25-laps – 1) Joe Kay, 2) Dominic Melair, 3) Christian Rumsey, 4) Jon Haegele, 5) Larry McVay, 6) Scott Frack, 7) Tim Tanner Jr. 8) Tom Carberry, 9) Jeff Geiges, 10) Keith Prutzman, 11) Logan Diehl, 12) Ricky Dieva, 13) Dylan Smith, 14) Johnny Yanek, 15) Daniel Leaper, 16) Josh Bricker, 17) Marie McVay, 18) Kevin Nagy, 19) Eddie Wagner, 20) Dave Bonner (DNS).

Sportsman 38-laps – 1) Brad Brightbill, 2) Kevin Hirthler, 3) Jared Umbenhauer, 4) Brian Hirthler, 5) Kenny Bock, 6) Kyle Lilick, 7) Dean Bachman, 8) Mike Mammana, 9) Tim Buckwalter, 10) Jesse Leiby, 11) Brad Grim, 12) Brad Arnold, 13) Jesse Landis, 14) Matt Peck, 15) Brandon Edgar, 16) Mark Kemmerer, 17) Nate Brinker, 18) Dakota Kohler, 19) Tyler Peet, 20) Jimmy Leiby, 21) Josh Adams, 22) Matt Clay, 23) Mike Toth, 24) Ryan Beltz, 25) Jack Butler, 26) Doug Snyder.

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GRANDVIEW SPORTSMAN CHAMP BRAD BRIGHTBILL WINS FREEDOM 38 SPORTSMAN FEATURE AND JOE KAY EARNS HIS FIRST CAREER MID-ATLANTIC SPRINT SERIES FEATURE WIN; FREEDOM 76 TAKES PLACE TONIGHT

BECHTELSVILLE, PA September 21, 2019 . . . Brad Brightbill and Kevin Hirthler thrilled the fans in the stands Friday night at Grandview Speedway with a spirited battle for the top spot in-and-out of heavy lapped traffic over the final dozen laps or so in the sixth annual “Night Before The Sixer” Freedom 38’er, with Brightbill coming out on top to earn the $2,000 payday at the checkered.

For Brightbill, who just a week earlier earned his first career Sportsman track championship at the Bechtelsville, PA dirt track, it was career win number 10 and Brightbill’s fifth win of the 2019 racing season. The popular triumph was his first since August 17 of this season. The Sinking Spring, PA second-generation chauffeur became the sixth different winner in six Freedom 38’er events overall to date at the high-banked third-mile oval.

Brightbill captured checkered flags in his heat race and the feature to give him a clean sweep for the evening.

Also on the card were the Delaware Auto Exchange Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series winged 305 Sprint Cars, with Dublin, PA based self-employed electrician Joe Kay powering out on top with the drop of the green after starting from the pole position and leading every lap in the 25-lap feature to earn his first career MASS victory by a safe margin. Kay was never seriously challenged in the fray, leading by nearly a full straightaway through much of the event.

“I can’t really put it into words,” revealed Brightbill afterwards. “I am so thankful for all the guys who helped me this season. To go out on a high note like this, it really means a lot.”

Nate Brinker, 24, of Allentown, PA started on the pole in the 38-lap Sportsman main event as the 26-car starting field took the green and was the race leader until Kenny Bock, who started outside row one, grabbed the top spot on lap 4.

By lap 8, Brightbill, who started from fifth by the luck of the draw, climbed into the runner-up role, followed by Brian Hirthler and Brinker. The 26-year-old Birdsboro, PA resident, Bock, remained out in from as the laps clicked off, with Brightbill closing the gap by lap 14.

Laps 15 and 16 saw Bock and Brightbill in a fan-pleasing battle, with Brightbill exiting turn 4 on lap 17, driving under Bock to become the new race leader.

“Kenny was running me pretty good there and I just couldn’t shake him on the outside,” explained Brightbill. “As the track started to get slicker our car just started to come around and we were lucky to prevail there at the end.”

Kevin Hirthler, 39, of Boyertown, PA, who won the event in 2018, started from eleventh-place and hustled his way up to fourth-place by lap 9. Ten circuits later, Hirthler advanced into second-place and lap 20 saw the only caution of the night as Ryan Beltz spun out in turn 2.

When racing resumed it was Brightbill rocketing out in front of Kevin Hirthler, as Bock battled wheel-to-wheel with 27-year-old Jared Umbenhauer for third for a lap, prior to Umbenhauer eventually taking the spot on lap 22.

With 26 tours complete, Kevin Hirthler closed in on the rear of Brightbill’s homebuilt mount and the battle for first was on. Hirthler challenged Brightbill racing in-and-out of lapped traffic, but Brightbill fought off every challenge with ease.

“I didn’t know how close anyone was,” Brightbill was saying. “I just tried to pick and choose very carefully where I went without getting tangled up with anyone else in lapped traffic. Things just turned out in our favor.”

“It was a tough track, being so narrow,” offered Kevin Hirthler. “I understand the lapped cars are out there racing for position too and I wished we could have had some good side-by-side racing for the lead, but that’s not how it turned out. Everyone was running clean and it is what it is.”

Brightbill brought home the victory over Kevin Hirthler, who earned an additional $100 as the first Crate powered car to cross the line, with Jared Umbenhauer finishing third, after starting thirteenth, with 37-year-old Brian Hirthler  of Perkiomenville, PA fourth, after starting from eighth, and Bock rounding out the top five finishers in that order.

“We were fighting the car all night and finally figured it out before the feature,” announced the third-place finisher from Richland, PA, Umbenhauer. “I couldn’t tell who the race leader was racing in all that lapped traffic. I had to look up at the leader’s board to see just who was where at one point. It feels good to finally finish a feature race for once.”

Heat race victories with a total of 42 Sportsman on hand went out to Brightbill, Jesse Leiby, Brad Grim and Brian Hirthler, with consolation wins earned by Brad Arnold and Mike Toth.

In the MASS Sprint Car feature, Kay started on the pole and immediately jumped out on top over 29-year-old Eddie Wagner, of Franklinville, N.J., who started outside of row one. Dominic Melair of Jamison, PA followed as the third-place car.

Christian Rumsey, 21, of Middletown, N.Y.  advanced to fifth-place on lap 10, just behind 36-year-old Jon Haegele out of Rockledge, PA, and climbed to fourth at the halfway point, just prior to Wagner spinning out all alone in turn 2, bringing out the only caution of the event that started 20 cars.

With the new green Kay again powered out in front and by lap 17 he was nearly a full straightaway out in front over Melair, Rumsey, Haegele and recently crowned champion Bordentown, N.J. veteran racer Larry McVay, who’ll turn 56-years-old on September 28, in that order. That’s how the race finished, as Kay authored his first-ever MASS 305 Sprint Car feature win.

“Damn, this feels good,” announced Kay, who also races 600 wingless micro sprints throughout the season. “I tried not to worry and not make any mistakes while I was running out in front. I tried to be consistent and just hit my marks each lap. I did my best to not get tangled up with any of the lapped cars. Tonight we just had all our ducks in a row.

“I’ve got to thank Brian Carber and my good friend Tim Tanner Jr. They both helped me out and Tanner Jr. is always there if I need something. This is just totally awesome. It feels great,” Kay pointed out.

Heat victories for 20 MASS 305 Sprint Cars went to Daniel Leaper and Dominic Melair. No consolation was needed.

Some 43 358 Modified campaigners showed up for a night of practice sessions throughout the night preparing for the Freedom 76 scheduled for Saturday night.  In all the pits were packed with a grand total of 105 race cars for the evening of competition.

Next on the agenda is the $25,000 to win 49th Annual Freedom 76 for Modifieds. Racing will get the green for the first qualifying event at 7 p.m. Adult admission is $40, with youngsters 6 through 11 paying $10 and kids under 6 admitted free. Advance ticket holders are admitted at 3 p.m. with general admission tickets on sale at 3:30 p.m.

For additional information check in at www.grandviewspeedway.com, Facebook or telephone 610.754.7688.

MASS 305 Sprints 25-laps – 1) Joe Kay, 2) Dominic Melair, 3) Christian Rumsey, 4) Jon Haegele, 5) Larry McVay, 6) Scott Frack, 7) Tim Tanner Jr. 8) Tom Carberry, 9) Jeff Geiges, 10) Keith Prutzman, 11) Logan Diehl, 12) Ricky Dieva, 13) Dylan Smith, 14) Johnny Yanek, 15) Daniel Leaper, 16) Josh Bricker, 17) Marie McVay, 18) Kevin Nagy, 19) Eddie Wagner, 20) Dave Bonner (DNS).

Sportsman 38-laps – 1) Brad Brightbill, 2) Kevin Hirthler, 3) Jared Umbenhauer, 4) Brian Hirthler, 5) Kenny Bock, 6) Kyle Lilick, 7) Dean Bachman, 8) Mike Mammana, 9) Tim Buckwalter, 10) Jesse Leiby, 11) Brad Grim, 12) Brad Arnold, 13) Jesse Landis, 14) Matt Peck, 15) Brandon Edgar, 16) Mark Kemmerer, 17) Nate Brinker, 18) Dakota Kohler, 19) Tyler Peet, 20) Jimmy Leiby, 21) Josh Adams, 22) Matt Clay, 23) Mike Toth, 24) Ryan Beltz, 25) Jack Butler, 26) Doug Snyder.

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“Charlie Sharpsteen Grabs 4th Chemung Modified Win, Zack Curren Gets Title By One Point”
by Carol Houssock”
 
(Chemung, NY) It was a night of nail-biting excitement as Chemung Speedrome closed out the season and recognized the 2019 track champions. The headline Sunoco Modified title chase came down to a single point – one position on the track – and it went in favor of five-time feature winner, Zack Curren. Nick Robinson earned another championship in the Super Stock division while Greg Moldt reversed last year’s late-season bad luck to earn his first title at the track. INEX champions include Gary Ham in the Legends, Josh Duke in the Carpenter’s Karts Bandoleros (Outlaw) and Chase Sinsabaugh (Bandit). Feature winners in the season finale included Charlie Sharpsteen (Sunoco Modifieds), Garrett Zacharias (Super Stocks), Greg Moldt (4 Cylinders), Kyle Youngs (INEX Legends), and both Chase Sinsabaugh (Bandit) and Josh Duke (Outlaw) in the Bandolero division.
 
Two young men named Zach and Zack from Horseheads, NY were separated by just 11 points going in to the final race to determine the 2019 champion. Zack Knowlden, with two feature wins, led Zack Curren, who had scored five wins in a row. Lined up fourth and fifth for the 40-lap feature, many eyes were on the pair. Other eyes were on the Sharpsteen cousins, Gene and Charlie, who ran one-two the entire distance. Knowlden had third from the get-go, with Curren passing Bryan Sherwood for fourth and the race was on. With 21 laps complete trouble took place as the field entered turn one. Knowlden and C. Sharpsteen made contact, with Knowlden then hitting the inside wall. As he attempted to pull off onto the infield grass just off turn two, Gary Noe dove in that same direction. They also had contact, which sent Noe hard into the backstretch wall. The contact was so hard it ripped his wheel off. While all drivers were ok, Knowlden knew it was about over for him, championship-wise, but not entirely. He still had a chance at winning the title if Curren finished the race in fourth or lower.
 
The race resumed, and C. Sharpsteen held the lead the next 13 laps until the third caution came out. Curren got into Sherwood, adding to the championship drama when he restarted at the rear. Over the remaining six laps Curren worked the traffic and passed third place runner John Wilber with two to go. That’s how it ended. Charlie Sharpsteen picked up his fourth win and Curren got the title by just one point. Gene Sharpsteen finished the race second, with Curren, Wilber and Sherwood in the top five. “I feel really bad for Zach, I gave him the line for two laps and it just wasn’t there the third time. I hate that it happened,” Sharpsteen said of Knowlden. He went on to thank his crew, family and sponsors. Curren, meanwhile, celebrated a championship but not the way he wanted it to happen. “I really wanted to race it out to the end with Zack and I feel bad his only DNF came in this last race. But I know Zack and I have many years of racing each other ahead of us.” Curren went on to thank everyone who helped him this year.
 
The night was special for a local racing family. The Super Stock division ran a Russ Tubbs Memorial 25-lap feature. Back in September of 1963 Tubbs lost his life during a race on the Chemung dirt. It had been years since he was remembered but that all changed Friday night. With several of his family members there in person, and via telephone from Virginia, fans learned a bit more about the man. Scott Lyon from the Laser Art Studio also designed and constructed a beautiful trophy reminiscent of those awarded to race winners back in the day, along with a photo taken of Tubbs that fateful night following his heat race win.
 
Folks looking for a memorable memorial race got one. Ironically, Super Stock heat winners on Friday night would be the big newsmakers following the feature race. Frank Chapman led early but lost the top spot to heat winner Garrett Zacharias on the fifth lap. He would pull away and build up a nice lead while Ajay Potrzebowski and Mike Nichols worked to chase down Chapman. Nick Robinson’s spin with 16 laps complete brought Nichols alongside Zacharias for the restart. Zacharias prevailed and Nichols was right behind him. The final caution set up a three-lap dash to the checkers. While Zacharias had the lead, Nichols mounted a challenge and had the top spot as the white flag was waving. Zacharias went to the high side, held his line, was way up against the front stretch wall, and beat the veteran driver to the finish line for his second win this year. “Wow, that was fun racing with Mike. He gives you room and races you clean, and that was an awesome way to win,” he said from victory lane. Nichols finished second, ahead of Robinson, Chapman and Tim Gullo. “I wanted that trophy the minute I saw it,” Zacharias added. Robinson’s third place finish sealed the deal for him to lock up the 2019 Super Stock championship after a bit of an up and down season.
 
Greg Moldt came into the final 4 Cylinder race atop the point standings. Last year he was also there, leading the points with two weeks remaining but a wreck took him out of contention and the title went elsewhere. Friday night all systems were ‘go’ and his was the only car parked in victory lane as the race winner and the 2019 track champion. Moldt started fourth and had the lead as lap one clicked off, with Monica Green second and Joey Bevacqua third. The only caution period came when Mark Taylor stopped at the exit of turn four. That set up a three-lap dash to the finish. Moldt was flawless and led the field over those final laps to score his fifth win of the year. Heat winners Green and Bevacqua finished second and third, followed to the line by Ricky Lane and Ryan Purvis. Moldt thanked his sponsors and crew for giving him a car fully capable of being competitive each race week.
 
For the second week in a row, an anonymous donor put up $500 at the start of the INEX Legends feature with $300 going to a driver who could beat Kyle Youngs and $50 each going to those finishing second through fifth. Youngs was going for his seventh win while Gary Ham had already locked up the 2019 title. Both got what they wanted. “Kyle may have won the battle with those wins, but I won the war,” Ham said during his championship interview. Jody Buckley led early in the 20-lap race and survived a tap from Youngs that spun the latter out. Buckley had Keith Youngs lined up beside him for the restart and Keith led the next lap. Buckley reclaimed the top spot on lap 13 but not for long. Keith got into him and others also spun, giving the lead to Kyle Youngs. He went on to capture the win and the $300 bonus. Ham, whose last win came just a day after his brother was killed in a traffic accident in Las Vegas, spoke of what the title meant to him and his entire family in a tough year. He also brought a little humor to it all. “I ran second to Kyle so much this year that I know every inch of his car.”
 
In the Carpenter’s Karts Bandolero division the win boiled down to a last-lap pass. Jeffrey Noe led the opening lap while Chase Sinsabaugh took second from heat winner Josh Duke. Sinsabaugh led the third lap, just before Derrick Vogler spun and put the 10-lap race under caution. Two additional cautions slowed the race but not the drivers going for the win. Duke took over the top spot and appeared headed to his 13th win in car #13, but Bandit racer Sinsabaugh had other plans. He got under Duke’s car in turn three on the final lap, held on through turn four, and won the drag race to the finish. Duke, an Outlaw, was second but the top in his class. Vogler was third with Noe fourth. Consistency resulted in track championships for Duke in the Outlaw class and Sinsabaugh in the Bandits.
 
The only remaining item of business is the 2019 banquet, and the date for that has yet to be determined. For information on that, or other track-related items, log on to the track’s website: chemungspeedrome.net, ‘like’ us on Facebook: Chemung Speedrome – Racing at the Drome, or call Ray Hodge, Promoter, at 607-483-3468.
 
Of Note:
Charlie Sharpsteen, Garrett Zacharias and Greg Moldt won free wings from Buffalo Wild Wings in Horseheads in the ‘Winner Winner Chicken Dinner’ bonus.
His 6th place finish earned Damon Frutchey $25 toward shock dynoing, donated by Eagle One Fabrication and Speed and Down Force Shocks.
In pre-race ceremonies the track observed a moment of silence for Mike Stefanik. He competed in two Modified Tour events at Chemung, finishing sixth in 2001 and third in 2008.
Track employees, along with drivers and crew members, gathered on the frontstretch prior to opening ceremonies to thank the fans and all of them for the part they played in a successful 2019. Race Director Jerry Sinsabaugh then presented a plaque of appreciation to Ray and Ellen Hodge for stepping up to lease the track this year. Fans signed a huge card of thanks, and an infield helmet drive last week resulted in a nice gift card for the Hodges.
A boy scout troop led the salute to the flag prior to the national anthem.
 
Results:
 
Sunoco Modifieds (40 Laps):  Charlie Sharpsteen, Gene Sharpsteen, Zack Curren, John Wilber, Bryan Sherwood, Damon Frutchey, Steven Sherwood, Scott Reagan, Zack Knowlden, Gary Noe, Pat Judson
Heats:  G. Sharpsteen, B. Sherwood
2019 Track Champion:  Zack Curren
 
Super Stocks (25 Laps, Russ Tubbs Memorial):  Garrett Zacharias, Mike Nichols, Nick Robinson, Frank Chapman, Tim Gullo, Ajay Potrzebowski, Jesse Hurley, Ed Kelly, Dennis Beardslee, Don Archibald (DNS)
Heats: Robinson, Zacharias
2019 Track Champion:  Nick Robinson
 
4 Cylinders (20 Laps):  Greg Moldt, Monica Green, Joey Bevacqua, Ricky Lane, Ryan Purvis, Alex Brown, Mark Taylor, Shannon Raezer, Jason Peck (DNS)
Heats: Green, Bevacqua
2019 Track Champion:  Greg Moldt
 
INEX Legends (25 Laps):  KYLE YOUNGS, Gary Ham, Sean Verwys, Charlie Lohmeyer, Jody Buckley, Keith Youngs, Chelsea Sellars, Chuck Lohmeyer
Heat:  Ham
2019 Track Champion:  Gary Ham
 
INEX Bandoleros (10 Laps):  Chase Sinsabaugh (Bandit), Josh Duke (Outlaw), Derrick Vogler, Jeffrey Noe
Heat:  Duke
2019 Track Champions:  Josh Duke (Overall and Outlaw), Chase Sinsabaugh (Bandit)
 

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Poirier & Barney Take Twin 15s In NY Nationals 360 Sprint Qualifying

Pangrazio sharpest in Top Gun Shootout, Alysha captures CRSA 305 main at Land Of Legends

*Jason Barney/Steve Poirier victory lane attachment by Don Romeo

Canandaigua, NY – September 6, 2019 – Tom Skibinski, Land of Legends Raceway PR

Veteran wingmen Steve Poirier and Jason Barney officially launched promoter Paul Cole's first-ever New York Nationals on Friday night, each banking a cool $1,000 for victories in the 360 Sprint Car 'Twin 15s' Qualifiers at Land Of Legends Raceway.

Both past winners at LOLR, Frenchman Poirier and CNY standout Barney, along with race runner-ups Jordan Thomas and Jonathan Preston, advanced to tomorrow's special pole dash that will determine the front rows' starting line-up for Saturday's $5,000-to-win main event.

Filling out the Friday Frenzy, hotshot invader Josh Pangrazio ended the season of full-fender racing at the Ontario County Fairgrounds, earning his own $1,000 check after claiming top honors in the 8th Les Whyte Top Gun Shootout for Smith Bros. Drywall Street Stocks. The 'female flash' Alysha Bay enjoyed her second $750 payday in tour competition, beating all the boys to capture round #3 of the LOLR 305 Sprint CRSA Crown Series.

Despite gray skies overhead and a brief shower delaying the program start, opening day activity for the 360 Sprints attracted 26 teams, showcasing some of the best drivers in the region as they took on Canandaigua's historic half-mile clay oval.

Passing points established the starting line-ups after Dylan Swernik joined Poirier and Barney with checkered flags in the three heat races. Experience proved to be the most valuable asset navigating around the ultra-fast fairgrounds layout as Poirier and Barney each needed just over four minutes to score decisive wins in their respective day one qualifying events.

“The track was real racey, had a couple of good grooves and starting in clean air was quite a bit of an advantage tonight,” remarked Poirier, 47, who led flag-to-flag to claim the lead-off 15-lapper aboard his potent flaming purple no. 28FM FM Industries-4 Seasons Foundations-Fuzion Electric-Mega Pumping/Eagle sprinter. “Tried some different lines where my car was comfortable, but it got a little loose at the end. We learned a lot tonight, hopefully the track won't change too much because we've got a good set-up for these conditions.”

Pole-sitter Poirier jumped out front at the drop of starter Scott Hixson's opening green flag and never looked back. The long haul from St-Mathieu-de-Beloeil, Que. paid big dividends as 'Fireball' out-distanced Thomas by 10 car-lengths at the stripe after a race-long duel for the last transfer position with Pennsylvania traveler Tyler Ross. Joe Trenca and Justin Barger rounded out the top-five.

“I expect more competition tomorrow as the track will definitely be more slippery and get wider so we'll have to make the car better,” added Poirier, the defending and eight-time Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints points champion with an ESS-best 74 career A-Main triumphs. “It will be a longer race with maybe more cautions. Tonight we were lucky to start up front and benefit from that, tomorrow we'll need to improve a little bit.”

Barney left little room for improvement in his black no. 87 Factory Kahne-Pit Stop Convenience Stores-Patriot Tank Lines/X-1 entry, charging from third to overtake Preston on lap 12 before cruising home for a commanding 15 car-length victory in the nightcap.

“Jonathan's been really good, when he starts up front he can really lay down a wicked pace,” noted Barney, 39, after the popular pilot from Brewerton posted some of the quickest laps of the night in his latest win in wine country. “I knew the race wasn't very long and we weren't going to get into a ton of lapped traffic so I needed to keep pace with him early.”

“I hit a couple good laps there, then hit a couple bad ones. Once I finally moved around a bit, following him around a little, I tried to do something different than he was and we were able to make up some ground. Got to that one lapped car and I think that slowed him down just a little bit where I could use a some momentum and get alongside him,” Barney figured.

Second-generation standout Preston easily pulled away from the pack in the second 15-lapper with seasoned chauffeurs Jared Zimbardi and third starting Barney on his tail. Barney ducked under Zimbardi as the pair diced down the smooth back chute on lap five and crept to within three car-lengths of the leader by lap 10.

Traffic proved pivotal in the late stages and Barney took full advantage, threading his way past Preston in a bold turn four maneuver to move to the point with three laps to go en route to the convincing victory. Zimbardi trailed Preston at the line followed by front-five finishers Steve Doell Jr. and Steve Glover.

“Wanted to come here and work on our car a little bit,” added Barney, himself and Poirier each owning five career A-Main wins at LOLR split between Patriot Sprint Tour and ESS competition. “The track was really great, and if its like this tomorrow that feature is going to be really exciting.”

The rebirth of the Les Whyte memorial tribute race generated the most excitement from Canandaigua's die-hard full-fender fans when first announced, yet it was Oakfield outsider Pangrazio getting the biggest thrill Friday night with his latest high-dollar stock car win at Land of Legends.

“We've done pretty well with this car this year,” understated Pangrazio, 36, after picking up the biggest payday of the season, $1,000, with lap bonuses tacking on another couple hundred in the 25-minute workout. In his only other appearance steering the red no. 7 T&D Investments-Royal T Trucking-CRS Ford Mustang, he collected $500 after winning the mid-week Ontario County Fair Championship in July. “We went with a hard compound tire so the longer the race the better we ran and all those green flag laps really helped.”

Reduced in distance from 75 to 50 laps due to driver concerns regarding fuel consumption, five caution periods slowed the first half of the feature. Widowed wife Debbie Whyte unfurled the initial green to send off the field following a “missing man” formation pace lap in honor of 1999 Canandaigua Pro Stock points champ Les, yet only two laps were scored before the yellow flag flew for the first time.

LOLR regular Quinn Sutherland took the early lead chased by weekly rival Jimmy Grant with Marc Minutolo and sixth-starting Pangrazio in tow. The pink no. 29K mount of Chris Cunningham looped in turn one to incur the initial yellow, and with cautions counting up to lap 35, Pangrazio blasted from third to first on the ensuing lap seven restart.

Minor spins by Damian Long, Ryan Rozelle and Cunningham forced out three more yellow flags while a turn four tangle on a lap 11 restart was the most dramatic of the night. A quick video replay revealed how Grant got turned around from behind by Bob Buono leaving Jason Quigley little room to operate as he piled in.

At the halfway mark Pangrazio faced little resistance, leaving Sutherland, Minutolo, Carl Cleveland and Jared Hill to thrash it out for runner-up recognition. Grant battled back into the top-five on lap 37 and with 10 to go his combat continued lap after lap with Cleveland and Hill.

In a sudden shake-up with the final order, Sutherland slid high up the track in turn two to relinquish second to Minutolo, and in the combined yellow/checkered flag finish Cleveland, Hill and Grant rounded out the revised front-five.

“Couldn't do all this without the help from so many people,” added Pangrazio, after dominating for a half-track victory, his fourth career triumph in Canandaigua. “Its all about hooking up with the right people, and all my guys help put a helluva ride together for me.”

A staunch financial supporter of Bay and her 'hotter-than-pink' colored no. 48A Danny Willmes Enterprises-VanBortel Trucking-Ruggles World of Auto Body/Eagle sprint car, Alysha dedicated her second career CRSA 305 tour win to Danny Willmes, who passed away from medical complications early in the week.

“Can't thank Danny enough for all that he's done for our teams over the years, this one goes out to him,” said a somber Bay despite registering her third Mike Emhof Motorsports 305 Sprint win of the '19 campaign in Canandaigua. A brighter spot was an early $750 birthday gift as the gal from nearby Gorham turns 26 tomorrow.

“Its been a tough week, my only thoughts tonight were going out and having fun. Wasn't worried about points the last couple shows and we've really run well. Hit our marks and stayed consistent most of the laps. We'll just go into tomorrow with an open mind and whatever happens, keep it fun,” added Alysha, who ranks third all-time at LOLR with 10 career 305 wins.

Front row partners Dan Bennett and Jerry Sehn Jr. paced the 17-car field with Bay filing in third on the starting grid. She slid under Sehn for second on lap seven followed soonafter by David Ferguson, then disposed of Bennett running her preferred low line as the leaders rounded turn four to complete lap 11.

With the caution-free finale finished in less than six minutes, Bay sprinted away for a solid 12 car-length victory, followed by Bennett, Ferguson, Johnny Kolosek and downstate driver Tyler Jashembowski.

Altamont's Jeff Trombley settled for ninth-place yet still leads the LOLR 305 Crown Series point standings with 490 entering Saturday's fourth and final event. Just 25 points separate the front-five with Trombley shadowed by Kolosek (479), Bay (475), Justin Mills (469) and Bennett (465).

Through 10 of the 13 SuperGen Products with Champion Power Equipment CRSA Sprint Car Series stops, Trombley (1634) also tops the overall CRSA 305 Series points chart followed by Mills (1529), Darryl Ruggles (1528) and Bay (1414).

LEGEND LEDGER:

Day two of the first-ever New York Nationals is set for Sat., Sept. 7 with the 360 Sprints and 305 Sprints returning for another full card of qualifying leading up to a big 30-lap 360 A-Main worth $5,000 to the winner and another 20-lap feature for 305s, this time paying $1,000 to the victor.

Saturday is expected to be quite the showdown as Chuck Hebing (1 win), Paulie Colagiovanni (2) and Davie Franek (1) top the LOLR 360 Sprint Classic Series point standings, with defending mini-tour champion Hebing yet to finish outside the Top-5 in the first four main events.

DIRTcar Sportsman action fills out the tripleheader with $1,500 up for grabs in the 50-lap headline event. Gates swing open at 4 p.m., grandstand seating starts at 5 o'clock and racing follows hot laps at 7. The adult grandstand general admission ticket price on Saturday is $29, seniors are $27 and kids 16 & under are $5 with those under 5 let in free. The pit fee is $45.

Mark your calendar as the 2019 season-finale arrives in three more weeks when the Phelps Cement Products Gerald Haers Memorial takes center stage at the fairgrounds. The lucrative $45,000 DIRTcar 'Build Your Bank' Challenge for both DIRTcar Big-Block Modifieds and DIRTcar 358-Modifieds is set for Sat., Sept. 28.

The 50-lap Modified feature winner will collect $6,000 from the $35,950 purse, with no less than 20 of his closest challengers expected to collect over $1,000 in this truly 'Saturday Spectacular' intended to pay every driver entered.

A DIRTcar Sportsman Series fall event adds another $7,500 to the record single-day payout in Canandaigua, with $2,000 collected by the winner of the 40-lap feature that guarantees $125 to start.

As the 56th season comes to a close, check out the final point standings for all four weekly divisions and keep up with all the late breaking news online by visiting www.LandOfLegendsRaceway.com. Advance sale tickets for the remaining shows are also available for purchase online throughout the final weeks. Log into the website (LandOfLegendsRaceway.com), hit the red “Buy Tickets” button on the homepage, then make a selection from the list of dates & events highlighted.

Land of Legends Raceway is located at the Ontario County Fairgrounds, east of the city on Town Line Road (County Road 10), with easy access off either Exit 43 (Manchester, Route 21 South) or Exit 44 (Farmington, Route 332 South) of the New York State Thruway, just ½-hour southeast of Rochester.

Land of Legends Raceway Event Summary – September 6, 2019

Friday Frenzy

New York Nationals

360 Sprint Classic Series

*Twin 15-Lap Qualifiers (Top-2 transfer to Sat. A-Main + Dash)

#1: 1. 28fm-Steve Poirier ($1,000), 2. 79-Jordan Thomas, 3. 5-Tyler Ross, 4. 98-Joe Trenca, 5. 5b-Justin Barger, 6. 3a-Jeff Trombley, 7. 7c-Dylan Swernik, 8. 48jr.-Darryl Ruggles, 9. 2-Dave Axton, 10. 36-Kyle Moffitt, 11. 58-Clay Dow, 12. 3-Todd Gracey, 55-Mark Smith(DNS).

#2: 1. 87-Jason Barney ($1,000), 2. 22-Jonathan Preston, 3. 35-Jared Zimbardi, 4. 36d-Steve Doell Jr., 5. 121-Steve Glover, 6. 9-Josh Pieniazek, 7. 47-Kyle Drum, 8. 67-Pete Richardson, 9. 17z-Josh Azzi, 10. 16L-Roger Levesque, 11. 21-William Glover, 12. 99k-Dan Kuhn, 9c-Kevin Carlson(DNS).

Heats (8 laps)

#1: Swernik, Thomas, Ross, Axton, Trenca, Levesque, Richardson, Gracey, Carlson(DNS).

#2: Poirier, Preston, S.Glover, Doell, Drum, W.Glover, Dow, Kuhn, Smith.

#3: Barney, Zimbardi, Barger, Pieniazek, Trombley, Ruggles, Moffitt, Azzi.

Smith Bros. Drywall Street Stock

Les Whyte Top Gun Shootout

*Feature (50 laps): 1. 7-Josh Pangrazio ($1,000), 2. 25b-Marc Minutolo, 3. 22-Carl Cleveland, 4. 93-Jared Hill, 5. 36-Jimmy Grant, 6. 64-Bob Buono, 7. 57j-Quinn Sutherland, 8. 55p-Parker Smith, 9. 00-Damian Long, 10. 25j-Justin Eldredge, 11. 55b-Blane Smith, 12. 34q-Jason Quigley, 13. 29k-Chris Cunningham, 14. 5-Ryan Rozelle, 15. 33-William Bradley Jr.

Heats (8 laps)

#1: Sutherland, Grant, Minutolo, Hill, Eldredge, Quigley, Rozelle, Bradley.

#2: Pangrazio, P.Smith, Cleveland, Buono, B.Smith, Long, Cunningham.


SuperGen Products with Champion Power Equipment CRSA Sprint Car Series

*Feature (20 laps): 1. 48a-Alysha Bay ($750), 2. X-Dan Bennett, 3. 45-David Ferguson, 4. 26j-Johnny Kolosek, 5. 98t-Tyler Jashembowski, 6. 48jr.-Darryl Ruggles, 7. 75-Brandyn Griffin, 8. 410-Jerry Sehn Jr., 9. 3a-Jeff Trombley, 10. m1-Justin Mills, 11. 38-Jason Whipple, 12. 56v-Emily VanInwegen, 13. 13t-Trevor Years, 14. 18c-Dan Craun, 15. 74-Eric Kurtz, 16. 53-Tom Fletcher, 17. 56-Steve Cousins, 25w-Dana Wagner(DNS).

Heats (8 laps)

#1: Kolosek, Jashembowski, Cousins, Whipple, Craun, Wagner.

#2: Bennett, Ferguson, VanInwegen, Years, Mills, Fletcher.

#3: Trombley, Bay, Sehn, Ruggles, Griffin, Kurtz.

Maquire Family of Dealerships Dash (4 laps): Ruggles ($100), Years, Whipple, Craun, Griffin, Mills.

NEXT EVENT: NEW YORK NATIONALS - Saturday Spectacular, Sept. 7 @ 7pm; 360 Sprint Classic Series Championship 30L/Sportsman 50L/305 Sprint CRSA Crown Series Championship 20L with Waterloo Cheerleading Benefit.

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LAUBACH FIRST TIME 2019 WINNER IN NASCAR 358 MODIFIED FEATURE AT GRANDVIEW, ROOKIE PARKER GULDIN EARNS SECOND SPORTSMAN FEATURE WHILE BRETT PETERS AND WES CASSEL WIN VINTAGE FEATURES SATURDAY

BECHTELSVILLE, PA. AUGUST 25, 2019 . . . Rick “Scooby” Laubach became a weekly competitor in the 2019 TP Trailers NASCAR 358 Modified season on a regular Saturday night basis at Grandview Speedway after only running the beginning of the season events other times. He was actually the point leader in the early stages of the year until hampered by motor and other mechanical issues as he struggled some weeks to even qualify and would actually run another competitors car just to be able to make the feature.

This Saturday “The Quaker Shaker” had a better engine ready for action and it paid off.

Following a torrid battle with John Willman, Laubach piloted the Gary Hermann-owned Blinderman sponsored 358 Modified into the lead on the 24th lap of the 30-lap Modified feature, coming from 12th starting spot, and went on to chalk up his first career Saturday night feature victory.

Rookie Parker Guldin made a clean sweep of the TP Truck Equipment Sportsman activities. First he won his qualifying event and topped the night off with his second 25-lap feature victory. Once again he picked up an extra $100 for being the highest finishing crate engine powered Sportsman.

In the 20-lap Blast From The Past feature, Brett Peters won the Modified portion while Wes Cassel was the winner in the Vintage class.

Providing the feature winners met the necessary requirements, they received monetary awards from T.P. Trailers and a certificate from VP Fuels for product awards. The Dan’s Deli ½-way hoagie award recipients were Willman and Guldin

Friday night, August 30th, 7 p.m. action features Enduro and Vintage racing. The Enduro racers will offer a Big Car and Small car race, Junkyard race plus Xcel 600 Modifieds.

Another tripleheader show of action packed stock car racing is set for next Saturday, August 31, with a 7:30 p.m. starting time. Included in the excitement will be the T.P.Trailers NASCAR 358 Modifieds, T.P.Truck Equipment Sportsman and a first time visit of the XCEL 600 Modifieds. Adults pay $15 while youngsters under 12 are admitted free.

John Willman led the Modified feature for one lap before Richie Hitzler, a rookie, merged into first.

Jockeying for positions behind Hitzler were Willman, Ray Swinehart, Dylan Swinehart and Frank Cozze.

A homestretch tangle on the 11th lap between Justin Grim and Glenn Strunk regrouped the field as the yellow came out. The restart was void following a chain reaction tangle in the fourth turn. Hitzler continued to show the way when action resumed, but now second through fifth was comprised of Willman, Swinehart, Laubach and Cozze.

Willman was back in the top spot by the 14th lap and three laps later Laubach was in pursuit.

A three-way battle for third between Swinehart, Duane Howard and Cozze ensued ahead of Willman and Laubach.

In no time Laubach, in the Teo chassis mount, reeled in Willman and passed him for the lead on the 24th circuit.

Ryan Grim and Briggs Danner set up a one-lap shoot out to the checkered when they tangled in the second turn. Laubach wasted no time pulling away when the race went green again as he was determined to be in the winner’s circle at the conclusion. That’s exactly where he was earning a well-deserved triumph trailed by Willman, for the second week in a row; Howard, current point leader and last week’s feature winner came from 14th starting spot to gain fourth followed by Craig Von Dohren.

Heats were won by Willman, Howard, R. Swinehart and Jordan Henn. Justin Grim and Danny Erb won the consies.

At the drop of the green in the Sportsman feature Guldin was the early pacesetter. Behind him were Kenny Bock, Jesse Landis, Mike Mammana and Brad Brightbill, who was on a mission and came through the pack on the outside from the 14th starting spot to round out the top five.

Mammana inherited second on the sixth lap when Landis dropped out of competition allowing him to challenge Guldin.

Steve Young brought out the first yellow when he slowed coming off the fourth turn. Guldin held his own on the restart, but it was Brightbill making his presence known pullup a bit. Miller continued to show the way on the restart with pressure now coming from Chris Esposito, Bock, and Brightbill putting the pressure on.

The yellow was thrown again after a fourth turn multi-car tangle with 19 laps completed. The restart was thwarted when several cars made contact in turn one. Before the restart, Brightbill, running a solid second, pitted with a left rear flat tire. He did rejoin the race, but could only get back up to ninth. On the restart Guldin kept Mammana, Brad Arnold, Brian Hirthler and Ryan Beltz in tow.

The front running order never changed in the final laps as Guldin was triumphant again chased across by Mammana, Arnold and Beltz.

Young, Guldin and Mammana won the heats. The consi went to Mark Kemmerer.

Jeff Paulson led the Blast From the Past feature for seven laps before Andy Cassel moved in front on the eighth lap restart brought out when runner-up at the time Todd Lapp spun in the third turn.

In a few laps the front runners encountered lapped traffic and Brett Peters was closing in on Cassel very quickly. Peters took advantage of the situation to take over the lead on the 19th lap.

Peters never looked back and went on to take the win chased across the line by A. Cassel, Paulson, W. Cassel and Mike Garris Sr.

Lap sponsorships and heat race sponsorships for the September 21st Freedom 76 are available $20 for laps and $200 for a heat race. Check in with Tina Rogers or Tommy Kramer at the track. Telephone Ernie Saxton at 267.934.7286 for complete information.

And don’t forget that advance tickets are on sale for the 49th Annual Freedom 76 set for September 21. Buy in advance and pay $35 while on race day an adult ticket will run $40.

RACE RESULTS

T.P. Trailers Modified Feature (30-laps): 1. Rick Laubach, 2. John Willman, 3. Duane Howard, 4. Frank Cozze, 5. Craig Von Dohren, 6. Brett Kressley, 7. Jeff Strunk, 8. Ray Swinehart, 9. Brett Gilmore, 10. Richie Hitzler, 11. Kenny Gilmore, 12. Jared Umbenhauer, 13. Doug Manmiller, 14. Kevin Hirthler, 15. Louden Reimert, 16. Dylan Swinehart, 17. Briggs Danner, 18. Ryan Grim, 19. Ron Kline, 20. Eric Biehn, 21. Danny Erb, 22. Kory Fleming, 23. Alex Yankowski (provisional), 24. Ryan Lilick, 25. Jesse Leiby, 26. Justin Grim, 27. Jorden Henn, 28. Glenn Strunk, 29. Craig Whitmoyer. DNQ: Kyle Kania, Mike Lisowski, Joe Funk III, Ron Myers, Steve Swinehart, Ron Seltmann Jr., Mark Levy, Bobby Gunther-Walsh and Josh Adams.

T.P. Truck Equipment Sportsman Feature (25-laps): 1. Parker Guldin, 2. Mike Mammana, 3. Brad Arnold, 4./ Brian Hirthler, 5. Ryan Beltz, 6. Kenny Bock, 7. Mark Kemmerer, 8. Kyle Lilick, 9. Brad Brightbill, 10. Nate Brinker, 11. Chris Esposito, 12. Lex Shive, 13. Kyle Smith, 14. Andrew Kreis, 15. Nathan Mohr, 16. Steve Desmelyk, 17. Brad Grim, 18. Shawn Light, 19. Jimmy Leiby, 20. Scott Kohler, 21. Steve Young, 22. Dean Bachman, 23. Jesse Landis, 24. Jack Butler.

Blast From the Past Feature (20-laps): 1. Brett Peters, 2. Andy Cassel, 3. Jeff Paulson, 4. Wes Cassel, 5. Mike Garris Sr., 6. Jon Lines, 7. Todd Lapp, 8. Bobby Hall, 9. Dominique Deglas, 10. Bill Gerhart, 11. Brock Jacobus, 12. Curt Neiman, 13. Wyatt Jacobus Sr., 14. Rich Orth, 15. Rich Decker, 16. Matt Smith, 17. Jay Garris, 18. Kevin Sponagle, 19. Tom Orth, 20. Cale Mutter, 21. Mike Stofflet, 22. Mike Mervine.


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