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Racing Discussion / RACING THIS SATURDAY at Limerock Speedway (NY)
« on: December 16, 2015, 09:37:40 AM »
Limerock Speedway is hoping to have a December race on Saturday December 19th. (weather permitting)
This is for all Limerock classes from the karts to the 600 opens and all the cars in between.
To get in the pits it is $13.00 plus a toy
to race a car it is $20.00 plus a toy
All toys will be donated to Golisano Childrens Hospital
Gates open at 10:00 AM
Racing Starts at 12:30 PM
Sign up at for any last minute info (in case of weather)
We hope to see you there!!
*Please share on your own FB page, get the word out!!!!

Tuesday, December 8th

Pole Position Raceway, Market Place Mall, Rochester

The DORSCHEL UPSTATE CHAMPIONSHIP...the culmination of the Pole Position Raceway LIVE Series!

9 drivers compete for a $1,000 cash prize for the Dorschel Upstate Championship!

Qualifying begins at 6pm...main event slated to begin approx: 7:05pm


Live radio coverage begins at 7pm on the following radio stations:

Sports Radio 1270 The Fan (Buffalo)

Fox Sports 1280 (Rochester)

Finger Lakes News Radio 96.1FM/1240AM (Geneva) and 98.1FM/1590AM (Auburn)

Fox Sports 1490 (Syracuse)

Live audio stream available at:

Participate in the first-of-its-kind RACING COMPETITION


8 week racing series taking place simultaneously at Syracuse, Buffalo and Rochester. Compete for the Upstate Championship or join any night for highly competitive racing!

•   Qualify from a minimum lap time from previous Arrive & Drive race
•   3 Qualifying Races per hour, 3 main event races per night

Series Dates and Times at Syracuse, Buffalo and Rochester
(Tuesdays) from 6-9pm starting October 20th through December 1st 

Championship Night Date – December 8th in Rochester
Top 10 racers from all 3 tracks race for championship based on Main Event scoring.
Must compete in 5 Pole Position Raceway LIVE Main Event nights to qualify for Championship.
Qualified racers eligible to join any of the 7 nights without competing for Championship.

Members:      $51 for 3 Races  /    $96 for 6 Races /    $135 for 9 Races
Non-Members:      $74 for 3 Races  /    $135 for 6 Races /    $180 for 9 Races
    $40 Entry Fee for inclusion in Championships Points Tracking

   Championship Night: 1st Place: $1,000 CASH / 2nd Place: $500 / 3rd Place: $250

Weekly Prizes (each location):   Main Event Winners (3 per night): $50 in prizes
Fastest Lap of the Night: 2 FREE RACES
Spectator giveaways at the top of every hour

Radio Prizes – Text to WIN:      1 Year Supply of Monster Energy: $525 value
Monster snowboard OR wakeboard: $450 value
Traxxas RC Car: $350 value
Weekly motorsports radio show LIVE from one of 3 tracks hosted by Paul Szmal, featuring news and guests from the motorsports world
   Buffalo: Sports Radio 1270 The Fan
   Rochester: Fox Sports 1280
   Syracuse: Fox Sports 1490 Wolf
   Finger Lakes: Finger Lakes News Radio WAUB 1590 and WGVA 1240

Guests and Location:
   October 20th, Rochester: Darryl Ruggles (CMP Sprint) and Mike Leaty (Spencer Speedway)
   October 27th, Syracuse: NAPA 200 Winner from Super Dirt Week (TBD) and Jeff Hachmann (World Racing Group)
   November 3rd, Buffalo: US Open RoC Winner (TBD) and Stewart & James Michael Friesen (DIRTcar)
   November 10th, Rochester: Chuck Hebing (Patriot Sprints) and Mel Thomas (announcer/videographer)
   November 17th, Syracuse: Jimmy Phelps (DIRTcar/Weedsport) and Dan Kapucinski (Oswego Speedway)
   November 24th, Buffalo: Joe Skotnicki (RoC Promoter) and Larry Ott (Buffalo News Writer)
   December 1st, Syracuse: World Finals/Charlotte Winner (TBD) and Joe Marotta (DIRTcar/Oswego Announcer)
   December 8th, Rochester: Jon Beckman (Watkins Glen International) and SPECIAL GUEST (TBA)

Each day from noon till 5, Finger Lakes Speedworld is proud to present TNA Wrestling Knockout and CBS Amazing Race contestant BROOKE TESSMACHER!


TNA Knockout Brooke Tessmacher also known for her time in ECW & WWE will be visiting The Fingerlakes Mall to Support the FWE XX event at The Main Street Armory and The Fingerlakes Media Group.

Also her Latest appearance on CBS's The Amazing Race

Photos $15.00
Autograph $15.00
Both for $20.00 saves $10.00

MEGA DEAL $30.00 saves $20.00
Photo, Autograph, and 1 General Admission ticket to FWE XX @ The Main Street Armory on April 16th

WICKED will Join us from 12pm to 5pm in support of their Limited White Vinyl Album "Life Alive"

Get all you favorite Wicked gear from shirts to posters signed at the Wicked Table.

Signing from 12pm to 5pm in center court

Racing Discussion / 'Finger Lakes Speedworld'-we want your race car!
« on: March 04, 2015, 02:37:56 PM »
Hey everyone...We're 17 days out from the 'Finger Lakes Speedworld' show and at this point, while I do have some tentative 'yesses' from some race teams and tracks, I have all of TWO completed entry forms sitting here in front of me in the office, and I have to say that I'm a bit concerned.


I know it's been a crappy winter...I know we're the weekend after the Syracuse show (which I've always enjoyed)...I'm putting in the man hours to organize and promote this through the good graces of the company that owns my radio stations, who know how big racing is around here.  I started this for the same reasons that I started 'Southern Tier Speedworld' with my friends in the Southern Tier:  To give drivers, teams, and tracks a chance to showcase themselves in a FREE TO THE PUBLIC environment and hopefully reach out to people who don't even know how many of us participate in this sport that we love weekly and more importantly, LOCALLY.  New fans don't grow on trees, you have to go get them interested, and this is a fantastic way to do it.


To that effect, we've teamed up with Top 10 Entertainment to add a little spice to the weekend:  We will be joined both days from noon-6pm by Brooke Tessmacher, who is one of the TNA Wrestling Knockouts.  If you watched last season's "Amazing Race", you saw Brooke and her husband Robbie E (also a TNA wrestler) compete as one of the teams on the show.  She'll be signing autographs and greeting fans while also promoting the Family Wrestling Entertainment event at the Main Street Armory in Rochester on April 16th.  If you don't know who she is, Google will fill you in...


We feel having Brooke there will draw more people to the Fingerlakes Mall that weekend, which means more people to see your track, race car, and SPONSORS.


I've reached out to several tracks and racers on Facebook directly, inviting them to the show to display their cars and hand out schedules, etc...and I'm posting this on the Finger Lakes Speedworld FB page as well.  We've gotten tons of views, but those haven't translated into entries, and that's what we need to make a successful event.


Many, many times, I've tried to explain to non-racing people just how much of an economic impact motorsports have in this area, and they've dismissed those claims because they never SEE any of it.  DON'T PROVE THEM RIGHT...THIS is one way to show that we DO make an impact and that WE DO and SHOULD MATTER to the mainstream media and local businesses that could profit from hitching their wagon to our sport.


Who's in?

Racing Discussion / 'Finger Lakes Speedworld' returns March 21-22
« on: February 10, 2015, 08:57:14 AM »
We've just confirmed the dates for the 3rd annual 'Finger Lakes Speedworld' at Fingerlakes Mall...this year's show will be March 21st and 22nd.

I'll have more information available, including a link to download entry forms, in the next day or two.

As usual, there's no charge for race cars/teams/tracks to put displays in the show.


Racing Discussion / Candyland/Chatigny Benefit THIS SUNDAY!
« on: December 31, 2014, 01:19:47 PM »
    Sunday, January 4, 2015
    at 1:00pm
    Elks Club
    Seneca Falls, New York 13148

November 5th we lost our house to fire. Without insurance it will cost us over $50.000 to rebuild. This benefit will be a lot of fun as we will have a live DJ and the football playoffs. As well as many prizes from Perry's icecream, Toy Wonders, Racetrack Wholesale, Fonda speedway, Brewerton & Fulton speedway, Dirtcar and a bunch of drivers will make for a ton of prizes. Advance sale tickets are $10 and $15 at the door. Tickets can be purchased by contacting Jeff Chatigny at or on Facebook. Any one wanting to bring a house hold supply, pots and pans, or any other item there will receive 5 free raffle tickets.

Racing Discussion / Candyland Benefit 1/4/2015
« on: December 17, 2014, 10:23:25 AM »
Hi all...many of you know Jeff Chatigny, who runs the Candyland trailer that you've seen at the tracks over the November, Jeff's family lost their house to a fire and we've put together a benefit event to help get his family back on its feet.

The event will be at the Seneca Falls Elks Lodge on Sunday, January 4th, 2015 from 1 till 6.  We'll have food and the NFL Playoff games will be on the bar TV's.  We'll also have music, plenty of door prizes, and other activities like a silent auction are also being planned.

Tickets are 10 dollars in advance and 15 dollars at the can contact Jeff on Facebook to get your advance tickets.

Racing people take care of their own, which is why I've pitched in to help organize the that effect, if you have any items you'd like to donate for a silent auction or door prizes, feel free to send me a PM here or email me at .

Thanks in advance, hope to see you all there!

Racing at Champion Speedway at the end of Rte 434 in Owego is ON for tonight 8/23 at 7!  Come see some AWESOME speedway motorcycle racing!!

I know that a few years back there was a Waterloo Racing Reunion event held at the old speedway (Seneca County Fairgrounds). I'm looking at putting together another 'reunion weekend' but one that would encompass a number of other types of vintage race cars, memorabilia, etc...the goal being to do a HUGE event, one of the biggest of its kind. I'd like to get some feedback on what should be included, time of year, etc. so feel free to post away, and thanks in advance!

Racing Discussion / Some thoughts...
« on: May 12, 2014, 02:47:21 PM »
I'm sitting here getting ready to go on the air, reading the stuff from the weekend...and getting a massive headache, so pardon me while I engage in a little 'spleen venting'.

I want you all to put yourselves in the position of a 'casual' race fan...someone who watches NASCAR on TV or other forms of motorsport.  Think about what you see on TV...lots of cars (43 for Sprint Cup, 40 for Nationwide, 30-some for Trucks, 22 for Indy Car/F1), facilities that are clean and sharp, lots of bright color, pyro, etc.  It's a SHOW, and that's part of the attraction.

So you try to convince one of these people to attend a local short track.  When they arrive, they see something that pales in comparison to what they've seen on TV.  Worn out looking facilities lacking in comfort or pizzaz, divisions of cars that look alike even though they're different, bad food, can't hear the PA (and sometimes that's not a bad thing because what's being said isn't worth listening to), don't know what's going on, nowhere near as many cars, and it's generally not a fan-friendly experience.

Will they think twice before coming back?  You betcha.

Suppose one of these fans decides to do a little research before heading out to the track.  They look up a track web site and find outdated information, no clear way of finding out what they want to know, and if they're lucky to get an answer on a track phone number, I'd wager their questions are treated like "My God, how can you NOT know this stuff?"

You think THAT type of experience will encourage them to spend their money?  Heck no!

Now, suppose in their searching of the 'net they come across message boards like this one, populated with good information and helpful info...which is tempered with name-calling, criticism aplenty (deserved or otherwise), and tipped heavily toward the negative aspects of our sport and industry.  WE know how to tell what's BS and what isn't, THEY probably don't, so they think that we're all a bunch of (to paraphrase a line from the open of 'Burn Notice') a bunch of "B$%chy little girls."

Suppose they want to expose themselves to THIS type of character?  DEFINITELY not.

Now, mind you, I'm seeing some tracks taking some important first steps toward rectifying some of the problems, but they're just FIRST steps in a process that involves a LOT of steps on a LOT of levels.  You have to address the balance between fairness, competitiveness, and reward for your racers as well as the comfort, quality, and VALUE for your spectators.  Then and only then can you truly make some strides forward.

I've spent 25+ years in this business and I've learned from some of the best all over the country.  Many times I've tried to work with promoters in making the right kinds of changes, and (to their credit) quite a few listened and we all reaped the rewards.  Sometimes ideas didn't work, and you learn from those fact, the day you stop learning is the day you should stop doing it.  There's been more than a few times when people wouldn't listen and I've watched their facilities go sliding down the slippery slope that ends at a bottomless pit called 'oblivion'.  There's also been times when I've been ignored and dismissed as just an 'announcer'...and I am SO much more than that.

Yet, despite all that...despite there being times (including this year) when I've been ready to say 'F' it and walk away from a business that has been a part of my life since I was 5 years old...I can not and WILL not give up.  I know that somewhere, sometime, I will have the opportunity to make a difference and bring some positive gains to the sport that I love dearly, and that the results could help to generate a renaissance that will make people stop talking about 'how great it was back in the day' and instead talk about how 'we can't wait to see what's going to happen tomorrow'.

To those who chronically complain, I say this:  Be constructive and offer some solutions, and put yourselves in the shoes of those you criticize before you fire off at will.  Not everyone is careless and thoughtless...sometimes ignorance and pride appear that way, but those can also be overcome with intelligence and once in a while a little empathy and compassion.

To those who enjoy, I say this:  Spread the word.  Talk about what you like and how much you liked it and why you can't wait to do it again.  Happiness can be as infectious as the flu, only you'll feel a lot better if you spread it and/or catch it.

In the meantime, I will press onward, looking for opportunities to do what I do best.  I love this sport, always have...always will...and I, for one, am not willing to go down without one HECK of a fight.

Thanks for reading.

Racing Discussion / 'THANK YOU' from "Finger Lakes Speedworld"
« on: March 31, 2014, 12:56:39 PM »
Just wanted to take a second to say THANK YOU to all of the racers, tracks, and vendors who participated in this year's "Finger Lakes Speedworld" at Fingerlakes Mall this past weekend.  We grew the show quite a bit from its first year and I think the increase in traffic in the mall was noticed and appreciated.  The vehicles looked fantastic, as did the various track and vendor displays.  All in all, I consider it a successful weekend that lays the groundwork for the 2015 edition of the show.

Thank you again for all of your hard work and sacrifice, it's very much let's get down to some actual racing!


Hey all!  Show is open till 9pm Saturday and 10am to 6pm admission, of course!


In addition to several cars from CMP, we have Bryan Howland's 360 Sprint and the Patriot Sprint Group represented, Paradise Speedway has brought karts, 270 micros, and a 4 cylinder...The Syracuse Microd Club and the Oswego County Quarter Midget Club are here as well...Starlite Speedway has an interactive 'Junior Flagger' exhibit...Steve Fuchs' SST asphalt mod is here...we even have the Auburn Doubledays baseball team with a display as well.


Also...glad to report that GJP Pizza is open in the former Avocoli's in the Food Court!

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