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‘Off Track TV’ Returns LIVE on Wednesday Presented by Weedsport Productions

WEEDSPORT, NY (March 24, 2020) – Season three of ‘Off Track TV’ continues on Wednesday, March 25 at 7 p.m. through the Weedsport Productions Facebook page, utilizing Facebook Live and Zoom Video Communications.

In light of the ongoing concerns in regards to COVID-19, as well as statewide restrictions from the state of New York, ‘Off Track TV’ will practice social distancing on Wednesday evening.

Hosts Shane Andrews and Dan Kapuscinski will be joined by Weedsport Speedway promoter and Super DIRTcar Series veteran, Jimmy Phelps, as the trio will get fans and followers up to speed from the comfort of their own homes, via ZOOM Video Conferencing.

Those not able to tune into ‘Off Track TV’ through Facebook Live can watch the program on tape delay through the Weedsport Productions YouTube Channel or on the ‘Off Track TV’ website at www.offtracktv.com.

‘Off Track TV’ is looking forward to an expanded schedule in 2020, including more than 25 shows airing nearly every Wednesday during the racing season at 7 p.m. on Facebook Live.

Episode five of ‘Off Track TV’ will on Wednesday, April 15 at 7 p.m.

Fans are encouraged to be a part of every show by sending in questions that could be answered LIVE on the air.

To send a question, email info@weedsportproductions.com, tweet Shane Andrews @NYVoice13 or Dan Kapuscinski @Dan_Kapuscinski or send a message directly to the Weedsport Productions Facebook page at www.facebook.com/WeedsportTV.

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

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Weedsport Kartway Awards Nearly $10,000 in Cash, Prizes & Contingencies to Super Kart Series Regulars

WEEDSPORT, NY (March 18, 2020) – The inaugural running of the Performance Manufacturing Super Kart Series, presented by Stirling Lubricants and Champion Racing Oil at Weedsport Kartway, saw nearly $10,000 in point fund cash, prizes and contingencies awarded to regulars.

More than 50 drivers earned point fund monies and a custom photo plaque from JB Sign Co. in Liverpool, NY.

Track champions Nick McGill, David Hackett Jr., Owen Bird, Anthony Pollow, Connor Crane and Blake Banek walked away with custom leather championship jackets from Velocita on top of their championship point fund.

McGill and Chris Crane were also the lucky winners of a set of Burris Racing Tires.

All drivers that purchased tickets for the Weedsport Kartway Banquet, which was scheduled for March 1, were given a Weedsport Kartway logo lawn chair, as well as a Weedsport Kartway cup and straw with cold pack.

Membership registration for Weedpsort Kartway’s 2020 Super Kart Series is officially open.

Membership dues are $50 per class competing in, with membership required to earn regular season points.

Divisions for 2020 include Jr. Red Clone, Jr. Green Clone, Jr. Purple Clone, Jr. Blue Clone, Jr. Unrestricted, Clone Light, Clone Heavy and Clone Super Heavy.  This year, Clone Super Heavy will require drivers to weigh 200 lbs. with race gear.

Jr. Unrestricted drivers are also permitted to compete in Jr. Blue Clone in 2020.

Hard copy membership forms are available to print at www.weedsportspeedway.com under the Kartway tab.

Online membership registration is available under the Tickets tab at www.weedsportspeedway.com.

Drivers registering on, or before, the Kartway’s test and tune session on Sunday, May 17 will earn 10 bonus points toward the 2020 championship.

Weedsport Kartway’s Super Kart Series will officially open on Sunday, May 24 as part of Heroes Remembered Weekend, featuring all eight point classes plus a $1,000 to win PRO Clone 360 main event.

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

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

2020 Super Kart Series at Weedsport Kartway

Sunday, May 24 – Heroes Remembered Weekend
All Points Classes
$1,000 to win PRO Clone 360

Sunday, July 12 – Pencils Down Showdown
All Points Classes
$500 to win PRO Clone 360
$250 to win PRO Jr. Unrestricted

Sunday, August 30 – Kart Cup
All Points Classes
$500 to win PRO Clone 360 Twins - $500 to overall champion

Sunday, September 20 – Super Heavy Shootout
All Points Classes
$500 to win PRO Clone Super Heavy
$500 to win PRO Clone 360

3rd annual Octoberfest

Saturday, October 17 – Day 1
All Points Classes
NYS Clone Heavy Invitational
PRO Time Trials

Sunday, October 18 – Day 2
A-Qualifiers
PRO Mains
$2,000 to win Octoberfest 40

 

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ANDY JANKOWIAK, TYLER BROWN AND SCOTT NEARY EARN 2020 INDOOR RACING SERIES TITLES

TRENTON, NJ - The 2020 Indoor Auto Racing Series Fueled by VP Race Fuels championship races scheduled for Friday and Saturday, March 13-14 inside the New York State Fairgrounds Exposition Center in Syracuse, NY were canceled as a result of COVID-19.

As a result of the cancellation, the 2020 BELFOR Property Restoration “Concrete” Series champions were crowned based on the current point standings.

TQ Midget driver Andy Jankowiak, Champ Kart king Tyler Brown and Slingshot ace Scott Neary, who were leading in Series points heading into Syracuse, have been declared champions of Indoor Auto Racing Championship Series fueled by VP Racing Fuels.  It is the first championship for each.

Jankowiak earned his first career TQ Midget championship by just two points over Matt Janisch.

“This isn’t the way I wanted to win this championship,” said Jankowiak, who drove over two hours east from his home in Tonawanda, N.Y. to pick-up the award on Friday afternoon at the Exposition Center.  He arrived inside the building as the last of the concrete blocks that had made up the indoor track were being loaded on a flatbed trailer.

“I really invested myself in this deal this year, I wanted this championship bad,” emphasized Jankowiak. “That’s why this is so hard. I think we were ready to go prove we deserved it.”

Jankowiak’s prize ‘The TC Cup’ is named after the late two-time champion Ted Christopher who passed away in a plane crash in September of 2017 at the age of 59. 

“Ted meant so much to so many of us and the fact I got to race him for this championship and now win the Cup in his name means the world to me,” reflected Jankowiak.

Janisch described himself as being “very disapppointed” at not having had the opportunity to contest for the title he lost by just one position in any of the two events that were held inside Allentown’s PPL Center or the one in Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall.

Erick Rudolph, a four time series champion, finished third 14 points behind Jankowiak but within striking distance of the title had the two features scheduled in Syracuse, N.Y. been held.

In the Hoosier Tire Champ Karts Tyler Brown won the title by 45 points over Todd Crenshaw.  Scott Neary won the Action Track USA Slingshot title by 35 points over Brett Bieber.   

After the crowning of the 2020 series champions, the focus now shifts to the 2021 Indoor Auto Racing Championship Series.   The series will return to the same venues with stops in Allentown, PA at the PPL Center January 8 & 9, Atlantic City, NJ at Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall on January 29 & 30, Syracuse, NY at the Exposition Center on March 12 & 13.   The series will again have a special non-point “Dirt event” on February 19 & 20 at the Cure Insurance Arena in Trenton, NJ.

Plans are also in the works to make-up the cancelled Syracuse Indoor Race, with a possible fourth concrete event in 2020/2021.

Final TQ Standings (Top Fifteen): 1. Andy Jankowiak 256, 2. Matt Janisch 254, 3. Erick Rudolph 242, 4. Tim Buckwalter 235, 5. Briggs Danner 220, 6. Anthony Payne 212, 7. Ryan Barlett 198, 8. Shawn Nye 188, 9. Jeremy Haudricourt 183, 10. Jon Reid 174, 11. Michael Barnes 172, 12. Tyler Thompson 152, 13. Mike Bednar 134, 13. Bobby Holmes 134, 13. Ryan Flores 134.

Final Champ Kart Standings (Top Ten): 1. Tyler Brown 190, 2. Todd Crenshaw 145, 3. Ron Midford Jr., 135, 4. Cale Ross 130, 5. Doug Stearly 128, 6. Mike Perry 126, 7. Ryan Kendall 120, 8. Jeremy Tuttle 107, 9. Cameron Carter 90, 9. TJ Reed 90.

Final Slingshot Standings (Top Ten): 1. Scott Neary 195, 2. Brett Bieber 160, 3. Cody Kline 150, 4. Louden Reimert 140, 5. Dylan Hoch 138, 6. Michael Lapicki 130, 7. Aiden Svanda 122, 8. Jared Silfee 100, 9. Danny Buccafusca 99, 10. Tyler Ulsh 87

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TJ LILLY LOOKING FORWARD TO HIS FIRST SEASON IN THE T.P.TRAILERS MODIFIEDS AT GRANDVIEW

VP RACING FUELS BRUCE ROGERS MEMORIAL MONEY MAKER SET FOR APRIL 4

BECHTELSVILLE, PA March 13, 2020 . . . Young TJ Lilly is looking forward to the start of the 2020 season. It will be his first at NASCAR sanctioned Grandview Speedway which is entering into its 58th consecutive season of presenting stock car racing,

The 19-year-old Pen Argyl, PA resident is looking forward to the start of the season when he takes part in the Third Annual V.P.Racing Fuels Bruce Rogers Money Market Memorial set for Saturday, April 4th on the one-third-mile banked clay oval.

Racing Modifieds is actually a change from the original plan for Sprint Cars. He had gotten his start at age 4 in Kid’s Karts, at 11 he moved into Micro Sprints and then at 16 it was on to stock cars.

“I actually was headed toward Sprint Car racing but settled on Sportsman and 358 Modifieds,” Lilly told Area Auto Racing News columnist Randy Kane. “In a season and a half I got three wins at New Egypt Speedway and we raced three years there weekly.”

The plan now is to be a regular at Grandview. It is a lot closer to home. “We need to work on our Saturday night setups, be smart and not push things. My goal has me thinking as a weekly contender who is expecting to qualify for every race and finish every race,” said the 6 foot, 2 inch youngster. “The racing at Grandview is completely different than what I have been doing. There is different competition.”

His dad Travis and his uncle Rick have been big supporters of his efforts. And sponsorship, always important in racing, will come from Stasak Auctioneers, new this year, along with Thresher Mechanical of Landing, NJ and a long list of others.

Lilly, who turns 20 in June, will be going up against some of the toughest talents in Modified racing including Duane Howard, Craig Von Dohren, Doug Manmiller, Brett Kressley, Jared Umbenhauer, Kevin Hirthler and a host of other outstanding talents.

As indicated he plans to be a Saturday night regular with a goal of being a top 5 finisher on a regular basis with some wins thrown in.

He will also be part of the Thunder on the Hill Series specials run at the Bechtelsville facility along with making visits to other special events at area tracks. It will be a busy season.

With $7,500 posted for the winner of the 50-lap Rogers Memorial the event is sure to attract a stellar field of Modified talents. In addition the T.P.Truck Equipment Sportsman will be in action on Saturday, April 4. Racing gets the green at 7 p.m. with pits open at 2 p.m. and spectator gets will be open at 5 p.m. Rain date is Saturday, April 11th. Adult admission for the April 4th event is $28 while pit admission is $40. There is no entry fee for the Rogers Memorial and entry information can be found at www.grandviewspeedway.com.

If the rain date is not needed the official season opener featuring the T.P.Trailers 358 Modifieds and T.P.Truck Equipment Sportsman will be presented. Adult admission for Saturday night regular events stays at $15 while youngsters under 12 are admitted free.

Enduro and Vintage racers will be in action at 1 pm on March 21st followed by the very popular free-to-the-public practice sessions at noon on March 28th.

Season tickets priced at $350, covering all Saturday night events, remain available. Checks and a return address stamped envelope can be sent to Grandview Speedway, 87 Wilt Road, Bechtelsville, PA 19505 for each ticket being ordered.

Grandview Speedway, operated by the Rogers Family, is located on Passmore Road, just off Route 100 in Bechtelsville, PA, 10 miles north of Pottstown. Info is available at www.grandviewspeedway.com, Facebook or telephone 610.754.7688.

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SYRACUSE INDOOR RACES CANCELLED BY ORDER OF NY STATE GOVERNOR ANDREW CUOMO DUE TO CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC; REFUNDS TO BE ISSUED

 SYRACUSE, NY March 12, 2020 . . . The 2020 Indoor Auto Racing Series Fueled By VP Race Fuels TQ Midget, Champ Kart and Slingshot season championships, scheduled for Friday and Saturday, March 13-14, 2020 inside the New York State Fairgrounds Expo Center in Syracuse, NY were cancelled as of Thursday late afternoon, March 12.

 On Thursday early afternoon, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo issued an executive order prohibiting public gatherings of over 500 people, this in response to the coronavirus pandemic and the state of emergency Cuomo had declared the previous day. The order will take effect Friday at 5 p.m.

 Event ticket holders will receive refunds by contacting their point of purchase ticket outlets.

 “We had full intentions of racing,” Len Sammons said. “The concrete barriers that form the guardrails for the track and the wheel fencing on top of the barriers were completed after two days of work by the Indoor Auto Racing Series staff by late Thursday.

 “The final part of the process was to treat the arena floor with cola syrup mist. The syrup was delivered to the Expo Arena at 1:00 p.m.,” Sammons added.

 “Regrettably, circumstances way beyond our control forced the cancellation of the race.”

 Danny and Davey Sammons, Len Sammons’s two sons, and integral promoters of the Indoor Auto Racing Series, praised the track crew for their efforts. “We just got the barriers down and the fencing up, now we have to take it back down,” the Sammons brothers noted. “It’s not what any of us wanted.”

 The New York State Fairgrounds events for the next 30 days have all been canceled. Though there are thus no present plans to reschedule this race, plans are underway for racing in 2021.

 TQ Midget driver Andy Jankowiak, Champ Kart king Tyler Brown and Slingshot ace Scott Neary, who were leading in Series points heading into Syracuse, have been declared 2020 Indoor Auto Racing Series Fueled By VP Race Fuels BELFOR Concrete Series champions.  It is the first championship for each.

 Also adversely affected was the 34th Annual Syracuse Motorsports Expo & Trade Show which was to have been held Saturday and Sunday, March 14-15 in the Center Of Progress Building near the Expo Center. Jeremee Corcoran, show promoter, had to cancel his event, which would have been the 34th running of the March Motorsports Show.

 

 Plans to broadcast the Indoor Auto Racing Series events live on the web by Asphaltvision.tv for the first time were also unable to see fruition. Asphaltvision.tv had partnered with the Indoor Auto Racing Series to expand coverage to a potentially worldwide audience.

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$17,000 to Win Cavalcade Cup 100 Headlines Increased Modified Purses at Weedsport Speedway

WEEDSPORT, NY (March 11, 2020) – The Stirling Lubricants Modified Series, presented by Champion Racing Oil, will give the best in Modified racing multiple opportunities to cash-in at Weedsport Speedway in 2020, with increased purses across the board including the $17,000 to win Super DIRTcar Series Cavalcade Cup 100 on Saturday, September 12.

The full slate of Stirling Lubricants Modified Series events at Weedsport will also see the $7,500 to win Super DIRTcar Series Heroes Remembered 100 on Monday, May 25 and the $12,020 to win Super DIRTcar Series Hall of Fame 100 on Sunday, July 26.

“Thanks to our great partnership with Stirling Lubricants, distributor of Champion Racing Oil, we have rebranded our Modified dates into a progressive series of high paying events,” said Weedsport Speedway Promoter, Jimmy Phelps.  “Each of our Super DIRTcar Series events will pay more to win, and more to start, as the intensity of the season builds.  We hope that intensity will reach a fever pitch at our Cavalcade Cup 100 in September, with an even bigger announcement still to come.”

The Memorial Day Heroes Remembered 100 will pay $500 to take the green flag with July’s Hall of Fame 100 paying a minimum of $600.  September’s Cavalcade Cup 100 will award a hefty $700 to start.

Stirling Lubricants Modified Series events at Weedsport on Sunday, June 7, Sunday, June 14 and Friday, September 11 will pay $3,000 to win.

In total, there will be six Big Block Modified events at The Port in 2020, brought to fans by Stirling Lubricants and Champion Racing Oil.

Stirling Lubricants is a leading manufacturer and supplier of specialty industrial, cutting, hydraulic & way oils as well as a distributor of high-quality major branded lubricants.

Established over 50 years ago, Stirling Lubricants has become a leading distributor for industrial, machining, agricultural, automotive, construction, trucking, logging, and high performance motorsports lubricants!

“We’re once again excited to be a major sponsor of the series of six Modified events to be held at Weedsport Speedway,” said Stirling Lubricant’s, V.P. of Marketing, Scott Baubie.  “Stirling Lubricants is a 50-year old company that likes to help support racers and speedways by sponsoring events.”

A product of Stirling Lubricants is Champion Racing Oil & High-Tech Lubricants!

Founded in 1956, Champion Brands has been a globally recognized leader in specialty lubricants for over 60 years. Champion produces over 300 products for a range of markets including automotive, agricultural, heavy truck, and specialty markets. Their product line includes fuel, brake fluid, oil and engine additives, and lubricants.

To learn more about all that Stirling Lubricants has to offer, visit online at www.stirlinglubricants.com or call (585) 461-8310.

For Weedsport Speedway tickets and schedule information visit www.weedsportspeedway.com.

Weedsport Speedway’s Stirling Lubricants Modified Series presented by Champion Racing Oil

Monday, May 25 – Super DIRTcar Series Heroes Remembered 100 - $7,500 to win, $500 to start

Sunday, June 7 – All-Star Showcase, $3,000 to win

Sunday, June 14 – Thunder on the Erie - $3,000 to win

Sunday, July 26 – Super DIRTcar Series Hall of Fame 100 - $12,020 to win, $600 to start

Friday, September 11 – Cavalcade Cup Weekend - $3,000 to win

Saturday, September 12 – Super DIRTcar Series Cavalcade Cup 100 - $17,000 to win, $700 to start

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OSWEGO SUPERMODIFIED STARS TO CHASE INDOOR SERIES GLORY AT NEW YORK STATE FAIRGROUNDS EXPOSITION CENTER MARCH 13-14

SYRACUSE, NY March 8, 2020 . . . Michael Barnes and Tyler Thompson, two highly regarded Supermodified drivers from Oswego Speedway, have entered the 2020 Indoor Auto Racing Series Fueled By VP Race Fuels events being held inside the New York State Fairgrounds Exposition Center on Friday and Saturday nights March 13-14.

Two days of action will feature complete programs for TQ Midgets, Slingshots and Champ Karts with overall BELFOR “Concrete Series” champions to be crowned on Saturday evening.

Barnes, Oswego’s Supermodified 2016 track champion, and Thompson, the 2019 Oswego Speedway Classic winner, are Jason Simmons Racing (JSR) teammates on the Indoor Series this season. After three events, JSR’s TQ team of Barnes and Thompson rank 11th and 12th respectively in points, after each qualified for the prestigious Gambler’s Classic inside Atlantic City, NJ’s Boardwalk Hall back on February 1st as well as the two early January races inside Allentown, PA’s PPL Center.

Barnes, who was the first driver in Oswego Speedway history to run a sub-17 second lap around the venerable oval in a non-winged car, was immediately impressed with the TQ Indoor discipline his first time out in Allentown. “It’s quick around here,” Barnes deadpanned. “Things happen fast in these cars, just like the Supers at Oswego.”

Barnes, 36, of Mexico, NY, finished tenth and ninth in Allentown and eleventh in Atlantic City. He was a bit more reflective after the Atlantic City race. “I never figured this place out at all,” Barnes remarked. “I was confident coming in but am leaving scratching my head. We could never get the car hooked up.”

Thompson, 17, of Fulton, NY became the youngest driver in Oswego Speedway history to win a Supermodified feature this past summer then, in one of the greatest upsets in racing history won the 63rd Budweiser International Classic 200. “When I won for the first time this summer, to be honest, I realized that winning the Oswego Classic wasn’t a dream, it was a possibility.  That win was a huge boost of confidence,” Thompson shared.

Thompson, a rookie on the 2019 Indoor Series, finished a disappointed 20th in both of the Allentown races after early race problems.  In Atlantic City, Thompson led the field to the green flag from the pole position and managed an eighth place finish, a total change from his teammate’s result.   “Just tried to stay out of trouble in Atlantic City,” Thompson said. “Survive and finish.”

Oswego Speedway has stepped up as a sponsor of the event.  The winner of each of the four TQ Midget Car heat races on both Friday and Saturday night will receive not only a spot in the A-Main but a $50 bonus thanks to Oswego, the home of SuperModified racing.  Dr. Williams Lowe, a long-time supporter of TQ Midget racing, has also posted $200 to the fast qualifier both nights.

N.Y.’s JSR also has fielded a two car Champ Kart team for the 2020 Indoor Series. Allentown, PA winner, Tyler Brown, is in command of the Champ Kart standings following a third place finish in Atlantic City. After finishing 12th in both Allentown and Atlantic City, Dan Kapuscinski is tied for 11th in the Champ Kart order with two events remaining in Syracuse.

The race for the Indoor BELFOR Concrete Series championship will be decided between point leader Andy Jankowiak, Matt Janisch, defending champion Erick Rudolph and Tim Buckwalter after qualifying and feature events are held both nights in Syracuse.

Doors open on Friday at 5:30 and Saturday at 5 pm. Fans are allowed pre-race access to the pit each night for one hour after the doors have opened. Racing will begin nightly with heat races for all divisions with the first green flag on Friday at 7:30. On Saturday, action begins a half-hour earlier at 7 pm.

Tickets are available in a range of different prices through links on www.indoorautoracing.com and the venue box office. Tickets will be available each race night starting at 2pm at the Exposition Center Box office.           

 Race fans can enjoy a double header weekend at the Fairgrounds with the 34th annual Syracuse Motorsports Expo and Trade Show being held at the Center Of Progress Building on the Fairgrounds. This show opens on Saturday at 10 am giving everyone plenty of time to enjoy that show then walk over to the nearby Exposition Center for the races that night. The Trade show reopens on Sunday from 11 to 4 pm.

Sponsorship at a variety of levels to meet every budget is available for the Syracuse event. Interested parties should contact Danny Sammons at 609-888-3618 or e-mail danny@aarn.com.


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Weedsport Speedway Preparing for Syracuse Motorsports Expo with Off Track TV LIVE to Air on March 14

WEEDSPORT, NY (February 28, 2020) – Weedsport Speedway is excited to officially kick off the racing season with the 2020 edition of the Syracuse Motorsports Expo inside the Center of Progress building on the New York State Fairgrounds on March 14-15.

The annual racing expo will feature tracks, sanctions and racers from across the region, including Weedsport Speedway and Kartway as part of its Saturday/Sunday format.

“The tradition of the Syracuse Motorsports Expo is alive and well and all of us at Weedsport cannot think of a better way to get the season started each year,” said Weedsport Promoter, Jimmy Phelps.  “We will again have a full presence all weekend long with Weedsport Speedway, Weedsport Kartway, Weedsport Productions, Off Track TV LIVE and The Gearbox on site.”

Fans will be able to pick-up 2020 schedules for both the Speedway and Kartway, while also taking advantage of Gearbox merchandise specials through the weekend.

Weedsport Kartway membership forms will also be available for competitors.

On Saturday, March 14 at Noon, Off Track TV LIVE will once again hit the air for fans in attendance, but also via Facebook LIVE on the Weedsport Productions Facebook page.

Hosts Shane Andrews and Dan Kapuscinski will bring you all the news and events from the dirt track racing world and the Expo, featuring several special guests to be announced.

Fans are encouraged to be a part of every show by sending in questions that could be answered LIVE on the air.

To send a question, email info@weedsportproductions.com, tweet Shane Andrews @NYVoice13 or Dan Kapuscinski @Dan_Kapuscinski or send a message directly to the Weedsport Productions Facebook page at www.facebook.com/WeedsportTV.

The Weedsport booth will be buzzing with activity all weekend long with fans getting the opportunity to get up close and personal with several racing machines, including the ESS Sprint Car of Kelly Hebing.

For more information as the Syracuse Motorsports Expo draws closer, be sure to visit Weedsport Speedway on Facebook at www.facebook.com/weedsportspeedway as well as on Twitter @WeedsportSpdwy.

For tickets and schedule information visit www.weedsportspeedway.com.

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HIGHLY ANTICIPATED VP RACING FUELS BRUCE ROGERS MEMORIAL MONEY MAKER CLASSIC AT GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY OFFERS $7,500 TO WIN AND $1,000 TO MAKE THE FIELD FOR THE 50 LAPPER

NEW ON SPEEDWAY GROUNDS CAMPING RULES IN PLACE

BECHTELSVILLE, PA March 1, 2020 . . . One of the most talked about and most anticipated race events to be presented at Grandview Speedway each season marking the start of the 58th consecutive season of racing is set to happen when the Third Annual VP Racing Fuels Bruce Rogers Memorial Money Maker Classic is presented on Saturday, April 4.

The race, a 50-lapper on the one-third-mile, banked clay oval, will feature the Small Block Modifieds going up against Big Block Modifieds (Combined Modifieds) with the winner walking off with at least $7,500.

Pits will open at 2 p.m. while grandstand gates will be ready for business at 5 p.m. The green flag falls at 7 p.m.

New Yorker Matt Sheppard was the big winner over a field of more than 50 entries in 2019.

Both Duane Howard, Grandview’s NASCAR track champion in 2019, and Craig Von Dohren, winner of many events and championships at the Bechtelsville clay track, like the fact that the race pays $7,500 to win. And they like that every racer that makes the main event will go home with at least $1,000.

The Rogers Memorial, as in the past, is expected to attract quite a few outsiders as they seek the big bucks for the win and the prestige of winning the Classic named in memory of the late track owner. But of course the weekly regulars joining Howard and VonDohren is expected to include Doug Manmiller, Brett Kressley, Jared Umbenhauer, Kevin Hirthler, Ray Swinehart, and Kenny Gilmore along with many others.

Also attracting a lot of attention will be a strong field of the popular TP Truck Equipment Sportsman stock cars making up the second part of this special doubleheader event.

Those wishing to enter the race, there is no license required and no entry fee, can do so at www.grandviewspeedway.com.

 The rain date is set for Saturday, April 11th.

As in the past campers will be allowed on the speedway grounds on race days. However the campers must be removed by the day following the event. No longer will campers be allowed to stay on the speedway grounds all season. If campers are not removed they will be towed off the property.

If the rain date is not needed  the first of the weekly series of NASCAR sanctioned championship events will be presented with the TP Trailers Modifieds and TP Truck Equipment Sportsman taking part. This will be the regular Saturday night attraction throughout the season plus added attractions from time to time. Adult admission for the regular Saturday night events will be $15 while youngster under 12 being admitted for FREE.

The annual free-to-the-public practice session, open to all divisions of racing, is set for Saturday, March 28th at noon.

Enduro and Vintage cars will be featured in action on Sunday, March 21 at 1 p.m. Rain date is March 22.

Fans are reminded that season passes remain available for $350 and cover all the Saturday night events during the 2020 season. Checks may be mailed to Grandview Speedway, 87 Wilt Road, Bechtelsville, PA 19505. Please enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope to speed delivery.

Grandview Speedway, a one-third-mile banked clay oval, is located on Passmore Road, Bechtelsville, PA, just off Route 100, 10 miles north of Pottstown. For information check in a www.grandviewspeedway.com or on Facebook. Telephone 610.754.7688.

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BOBBY GUNTHER WALSH SEEKS THAT ELUSIVE FIRST FEATURE WIN; WILL KICK OFF HIS 26TH SEASON IN THE VP RACING FUELS BRUCE ROGERS MONEY MAKER MEMORIAL AT GRANDVIEW APRIL 4

BECHTELSVILLE, PA March 6, 2020 . . . Close but no cigar just may describe Bobby Gunther Walsh’s stock car racing career. Though he has won a number of qualifying events he has not grabbed a win in a main event.

The popular, very popular, racer will be giving it another try in 2020 when he goes racing with the NASCAR T.P.Trailers Modifieds at Grandview Speedway. This will be his 26th year of racing and he is looking forward to it.

The WAEB-790 AM radio personality continues to be the number one on air personality at the Allentown in the Lehigh Valley area. He has been behind the microphone for close to 40 years and his show can also be seen on Service Electric Cable TV and Blue Ridge Cable.

 And he continues to be one of the most popular racing talents seen in action on the one-third-mile, banked clay track each Saturday night throughout the season. When the events are over it is not difficult to find Walsh in the pit area as there is always a long line of fans visiting with him and collecting some of the free stuff provided by his many sponsors that he gives away.

The veteran racer would love to earn that first feature win this season at the NASCAR sanctioned racing facility. “I get a great deal of personal satisfaction out of racing, driving the race car, the challenges there are and just being out there racing against so many great talents, “said the Allentown resident.

When asked his age, Gunther responded with, “I graduated with Fred Flintstone so that should give you an idea of how old I am.” In other words he did not want to share that secret information with us.

His charity work continues to be very important to Bobby. He is actively involved with Allentown Rescue Mission (Helping homeless Men and their families) $155,000 raised in 2019 serving Gunther’s homemade meatballs. I have known Bobby for years and I am still waiting for him to ship me a few meatballs.

Animals In Distress (No Kill Shelter) $160,000 raised in 2019 with the Radiothon

Children’s Home of Easton (Helping abused/abandoned children) $170,000 raised plus Christmas presents with the WAEB Children’s Home Christmas Party

The Center For Animal Health and Welfare (No Kill Shelter) $115,000 raised with the annual Bowl-A-Thon held at one of his sponsors (Jordan Lanes) locations.

The Blue Star Mothers was Bobby’s veterans charity in 2019 (It is switched every couple of years). They average around $50,000 each year.

The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Student of the Year MC/PR and Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Man and Woman of the Year MC/PR

And there are a host of other smaller events.

ResQ Natural Supplements, Dr. Eric Lebby & Dr. Thomas Dibenedetto, Orthopedic Specialists, Agentis Kitchen and Bath, Eden East, Paul Wright Roofing, Zongora Comfort Solutions, Just Born/Mike and Ike and Hot Tamales top the list of almost three dozen sponsors.

This season Bobby will be driving a 2019 Bicknell powered by Outlaw Engines. The always sharp looking racer will be prepared and housed by Rick Fenstermaker and his crew.

At the track, the crew is headed by Greg “Speedy” Saeger supported by Paul Rupert, Randy Miller, Joe Walsh and newcomer Travis Boyer. As Bobby is quick to point out none of the racing is possible without great efforts by the crews and great support from sponsors.

Bobby Gunther will be kicking off his 26th season of racing with the Third Annual VP Racing Fuels Bruce Rogers Money Marker Memorial at Grandview which rewards the winner with $7,500 and the prestige of winning a race named after the late popular track owner.

Adult admission for the Rogers Memorial is $28 while pit admission is $40.

Grandview Speedway will kick off their regular season schedule of NASCAR racing on Saturday, April 11th featuring T.P.Trailer Modifieds and T.P.Truck Equipment Sportsman. Racing will start at 7 p.m.

Enduro and Vintage racing is set for 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 21.

And there is the annual free-to-the public practice session, open to all divisions, set for 12 noon on March 28th. Pit admission is $30.

The complete schedule of Grandview events for 2020 can be found at www.grandviewspeedway.com. The track telephone number, for information, is 610.754.7688.

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YOUNG MIKE CHRISTOPHER, JR. TO DEBUT NEW TREY HODDICK TQ MIDGET AT SYRACUSE INDOOR RACES
SYRACUSE, NY March 6, 2020 . . .The late entry of young Mike Christopher Jr. has added even more intrigue to the March 13-14 Indoor Auto Racing Championship Series Fueled By VP events to held inside the Exposition Center on the grounds of the New York State Fairgrounds.

Christopher, 20 years old from Wolcott, CT, is set to suit up to drive a yet-to-be-completed TQ Midget being constructed by Trey Hoddick of Buffalo, NY.  Hoddick has fielded winning TQ Midgets for drivers Scott Kreutter, Andy Jankowiak and Christopher’s late uncle in past years.

Ted Christopher won eight Indoor Series features and two championships in his career before being killed in a plane crash in 2017.

While Mike Christopher will be making his first start in the Indoor Series, the drivers he will be competing against will be vying for the TC Cup, named in the honor of his late uncle, which is awarded annually to the TQ Midget Indoor Series champion.

The race for the 2020 Indoor Auto Racing Series BELFOR Concrete Series championship will be decided between point leader Andy Jankowiak, Matt Janisch, defending champion Erick Rudolph and Tim Buckwalter after qualifying and feature events are held both nights in Syracuse.

Mike Christopher, however, knows very little about TQ Midget car racing. He did watch his late uncle win Indoor events in Atlantic City, NJ and Providence, Rhode Island. He also attended the most recent series event in Atlantic City as an interested spectator in the pit area.

“I know from watching Uncle Ted this is a totally different form of racing than I am not used to,” Christopher said. “Way different. I do have some past experience in Legends Cars and Go-Karts besides Asphalt Modifieds but I don't think any of that will mean anything much. This is a whole new venture for me.”

Mike’s father, a twin to brother Ted, was a successful asphalt Modified racer himself. Mike Jr. followed in the footsteps of both in recent years winning SK Modified events at Ct.’s Stafford Motor Speedway.

Less than ten days before the start of practice on Friday afternoon March 13th in Syracuse, Christopher had not yet see his ride. This past weekend, he headed to Hoddick's western New York shop to be fitted for a seat.

“Trey had to build the roll cage and position the seat just for me. I'm six foot-two, so he wanted to build the roll cage longer and higher and put the seat back further than in the other cars he has built. I remember when Uncle Ted raced for Trey his cars were always fast, good equipment,” said Mike Jr.

Christopher and Hoddick talked about the possibility of an Indoor TQ effort not long after Ted was killed with a car that was in the planning stages for him to drive.

The two reconnected when the 2019 outdoor season was over and talked out Hoddick's plans to build a second car, initially as a back-up. At first, Hoddick hoped to have the car done for the late January Atlantic City Indoor race but wasn't able to finish it in time.

To aid his advance preparation even further, Mike Jr. has conferred with past series winner and champion Ryan Flores, who will not be in the Syracuse field, owing to his NASCAR Cup Team Penske commitments.

“Ryan and I talked at Atlantic City about Indoor TQ racing,” Christopher noted. “He told me some of the things he learned the first year he ran the Series.”

Christopher confirmed with Hoddick that he will be able to run his Stafford SK Modified number, the digital No. 82, on the TQ Midget.

At the end of the 2018 Stafford SK season, Christopher was being touted as a star of the present and future after winning the last three features. This past year, in the same equipment, he was winless.

“My father told me, 'racing is 90 percent down and 10 percent up,” Christopher related. “Last year the car was fast but it didn't produce good results. I had motor problems, power steering problems, couldn't finish races. I had never gone through the kind of struggle I did last year.”

Tickets are available in a range of different prices through links on www.indoorautoracing.com and the venue box office.    Tickets can also be purchased by calling the Area Auto Racing News office at 609-888-3618.    Tickets will be available each race night starting at 2pm at the Exposition Center Box office.             

Race fans can enjoy a double header weekend at the Fairgrounds with the 34th annual Syracuse Motorsports Expo and Trade Show being held at the Center Of Progress Building on the Fairgrounds. This show opens on Saturday at 10 am giving everyone plenty of time to enjoy that show then walk over to the nearby Exposition Center for the races that night. The Trade show reopens on Sunday from 11 to 4 pm.

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VP Racing Fuels Continues as Official Fuel of Weedsport Speedway

WEEDSPORT, NY (March 5, 2020) – VP Racing Fuels, the world leader in race fuel technology, will return as the official fuel of Weedsport Speedway in 2020.

Sporting one of the most diverse schedules in all of short track racing, Weedsport Speedway will see a total of ten events competing under the VP Racing Fuels banner.

“As always, we are proud to once again be partnered with VP Racing Fuels at Weedsport,” said Weedsport Speedway promoter, Jimmy Phelps.  “The products and services offered by VP Racing Fuels help to provide fantastic action for fans of short track racing across the country.  We’re honored to fly the VP flag at Weedsport.”

VP Racing Fuels is now recognized as the world leader in race fuel technology, with a catalog of more than 70 fuel blends and a growing roster of VP-fueled championships across the entire spectrum of motorsports.

VP’s reputation for product quality, along with superior service and technical support, has helped secure 60+ series and sanctioning bodies under its banner.

VP supplies much more than just “race gas,” with performance fuels of all types including racing gasoline, racing methanol, nitromethane, small engine fuels, hobby fuels, storage fuels and essentially any application requiring custom formulation for specific performance characteristics.

For more information visit VP Racing Fuels online at www.vpracingfuels.com.

For Weedsport Speedway tickets and schedule information visit www.weedsportspeedway.com.

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NEW YORK STATE DIRT MODIFIED ACE RYAN BARTLETT READY FOR INDOOR AUTO RACING SERIES FINALE IN FRONT OF SYRACUSE, NY HOME CROWD ON MARCH 13-14

SYRACUSE, NY March 4, 2020 . . . Ryan Bartlett, a versatile and experienced dirt Modified racer, is hoping that a home town crowd advantage is the boost he will need to win his first career Indoor Auto Racing Series Fueled By VP Race Fuels TQ Midget feature in the New York State Exposition Center in Syracuse. NY. over the March 13-14 weekend.

“Other than Tyler Thompson who lives in Fulton, I'm the home town guy for the Syracuse Indoor races,” Bartlett, 37, said.

The 2020 BELFOR Property Restoration TQ Midget, Champ Kart, and Slingshot Indoor Series Concrete championships will be determined after two complete shows are held on Friday and Saturday, March 13-14. Both nights will include qualifying and feature events for not only the headline TQ Midgets but the Slingshots and Champ Karts as well.

Since purchasing a new TQ Midget in the off-season, Bartlett has emerged from a mid-pack runner to a contender in the three feature races held so far this season.

Bartlett left the Atlantic City Gambler’s Classic racing weekend on February 1 sitting seventh in points; he had been second following the first two races, run back to back in Allentown, PA.

Bartlett and his father David bought the TQ from Lenny and Donna Boyd. It has made a huge difference.

“The car was race ready. Lenny (Boyd) had the motor freshened and the car was set up for the Allentown race when he sold it to us,” Bartlett said. “He shared the last two years of Indoor racing notes with me. It really only took me a couple of laps to get the feel for the car,” Bartlett said.

Bartlett brings a wealth of experience to Syracuse. His father and his team have Indoor TQ Midget roots that date back to 1998 at Niagara Falls Convention Center.

“I raced in that building until it closed and that's when Len (Sammons) started this Series. “I've entered every single one of his races except for the year when they raced over New Year's Day weekend in Providence (Rhode Island),” Bartlett said.

Bartlett says the Syracuse track was similar in size to the Allentown track where he ran so well in January. But that's as far as the comparison goes.

“The new concrete in Syracuse made the floor a lot more slippery than Allentown last March. With the dirt track experience I have, slippery is fine with me,” shared Bartlett.

Bartlett anticipates a cheering section of at least 50 people from Watertown, N.Y. who will be in the arena rooting for his No. 93. With the new equipment have come greater expectations.

“In years past, I was just happy to qualify for the feature. Now, we all expect a top ten finish at the minimum and a top five is realistic.,” he predicted.

In the two Allentown races in early January, Bartlett registered a fifth and seventh place finishes in the two features.

“In the second race on Saturday, the track started to get real slippery. That's when my dirt track experience kicked in. I hope Syracuse gets that way,” Bartlett summed.

The race for the 2020 BELFOR Concrete Series TQ championship has become essentially a four driver race with the two features in Syracuse this weekend to determine the outcome.

Buffalo. NY area driver Andy Jankowiak, the Atlantic City race winner the last two years, leads the standings with 256 points.  Matt Janisch, of Nazareth, PA, who has been consistent in the first three races but hasn’t won, is just two points behind Jankowiak - a virtual dead heat.

Erick Rudolph of Ransomville, NY, a four time Series champion (2012, 2015, 2016, 2019), lurks just 14 points off the leader’s place. Rudolph, the 2019 DIRTcar 358 Modified champion, won one of the two races in January held in Allentown, PA. Tim Buckwalter, Douglassville, PA, a teammate of Rudolph, sits fourth just 21 points off the pace.

The point award differential between finishing first and second is ten points. The spread between first and last in a feature is 83 markers. With a complete show including a 40 lap feature both nights in Syracuse, one bad night by any of the front runners could torpedo their bid for the title.

The points chase in both the Slingshot and Champ Kart classes is more sharply defined.

Scott Neary, Columbia, NJ is atop the leaderboard with a 35 point margin over Brett Bieber and Cody Kline. 

Tyler Brown has a 44 point bulge on Todd Crenshaw and a 54 point margin over Ron Midford, Jr. in the Champ Kart division. Brown, of Richfield, PA, the hired gun of Jason Simmons’ multi-car race team out of Fulton, NY, won the Saturday night

Tickets are available in advance at a range of different prices through a link on www.indoorautoracing.com and the venue box office the day of the events.

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Racers For Charity Motorsports Expo

March 6 – 8 Oakdale Mall

WEEKEND SCHEDULE

FRIDAY

2 PM – 6 PM Motorsports Artist Robert Gillespie Exhibit – Center Court

MEDIA AVAIABILITY WITH ROBERT GILLESPIE & DAVID DuBOIS  2 – 4 PM FRIDAY


SATURDAY

10 AM – 2 PM Lourdes Hospital Mobile Mammography Van - Bon Ton parking area

Women may register at table located near Subway for mammogram


1 PM – 1:45 PM David DuBois – Ferrari Club & TireRack Student Driving Instruction

Gary’s U-Pull-It stage – Center Court


2 – 4 PM Chuck Akulis autograph/photo session

Greater Binghamton Sports Hall of Fame – South Court


Sam’s Club Membership Registration – Near Kay’s Jewelers

Free water & sports drink giveaways



SUNDAY


1 PM – 1:45 PM David DuBois – Ferrari Club & Tirerack Student Driving Instruction

Gary’s U-Pull-It Stage – Center Court



ALL WEEKEND McDonalds Restaurants of the Southern Tier area present Spin to Win

$1 donation per spin – Every spin wins a prize worth more than $1

Free happy meals & prize giveaways


Motorsports Trivia contests

Gary’s U-Pull-It Stage – Center Court

Prizes courtesy of Gary’s U-Pull-It, Northeast Classic Car Museum,

& area race tracks

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