Big Block Modifieds




By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – Guaranteed starting spots are hard to come by for any big racing events, if there are any even available. In 2018, DIRTcar announced this week that six Super DIRTcar Series events held this season will award guaranteed starting positions to the winners of those events in the NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week 200 to be held this October at the Oswego Speedway.

Included in those six events will be a very special one which will be held on Wednesday, August 1 at the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway where the winner of the fourth annual Jack Johnson Tribute event will be guaranteed the number 12 starting position in the NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week 200, symbolic of the historic car number that Johnson used during his racing career.

DIRTcar made this official in a press release on Friday of this week saying “In order to further honor the career of an outstanding big block modified driver, the Fourth Annual Jack Johnson Tribute race will offer a guaranteed starting position in the big event. Jumpin’ Jack Johnson, an unstoppable force at the Fonda Speedway and on the Super DIRTcar Series circuit for a quarter century, won four Super DIRTcar Series championships between 1978 and 1988, and sits fifth on the All Time Super DIRTcar Series win list with 57 victories.”

Johnson was a two time winner of the Super DIRT Week at Syracuse event back in 1979 and 1984. His victory in 1979 was the first time in the history of the race at that time that a driver from New York State had won the event! He also won three Super DIRTcar Series events at Fonda back in 1976, 1979, and 1980.

In just a few short years, the Jack Johnson Tribute race at Fonda has proven to be one of the most highly sought after victories on the big block modified calendar. With the added prize of a guaranteed starting position in the NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week big block modified finale, spectators at the historic “Track of Champions” will be in for a spectacular show. Previous winners of the event were Stewart Friesen, Matt Sheppard, and Mike Mahaney.

Earlier this year it was also announced that Fonda Speedway would be hosting two Super DIRTcar Series events in 2018, the Jack Johnson Tribute race as stated above, and the second date being Saturday, September 22 as part of the Mohawk Valley Weekend at the “Track of Champions”.

“We’re extremely excited to have another date at Fonda Speedway added to the Super DIRTcar Series schedule” stated Fonda promoter, Pete Demitraszek.  “The fact that we were able to add our Jack Johnson tribute to the Super DIRTcar Series schedule makes the event more special.”


Utica-Rome Speedway Releases 2018 Schedule; Chill Factor 50 Opener Set for Sunday, April, 22

VERNON, NY - With racing recently starting in Florida, preparations are now in full swing at Utica-Rome Speedway for the upcoming 2018 season.  After the late season announcement last year that the weekly headline division, the DIRTcar Big Block Modifieds, would be replaced the by the DIRTcar 358-Modifieds, interest has been high from both competitors and fans.  The remainder of the weekly divisions will remain the same with the Broedel Energy DIRTcar Sportsman, Ted's Auto Body DIRTcar Pro Stocks and Rookie Sportsman as part of the PICK-4 Sunday night program.

On track action will start on Sunday, April 15, with an open practice for all divisions.  A week later, on April 22, the racing season officially kicks off with Budweiser presenting the $3,000 to win Chill Factor 50 for the DIRTcar 358-Modifieds.  The Broedel Energy DIRTcar Sportsman will kick off their season with a $1,000 to win event plus the season opener for the Ted's Auto Body DIRTcar Pro Stocks and Rookie Sportsman.  The following week, April 29, the DIRTcar Pro Stock Series invades the Vernon oval to kick off their season with a $1,000 to win event.  They are joined by the DIRTcar 358-Modifieds, DIRTcar Sportsman and Rookie Sportsman.

The month of May starts with a PICK-4 show sponsored by Wilber Duck Chevrolet on Sunday, May 6.  The PICK-4 program is new to Utica-Rome in 2018 as every event labeled PICK-4 will see special giveaways for fans.  For each PICK-4 program all fans will be entered to win free tickets, cash prizes, food vouchers and much, much more.  All fans need to do to have an opportunity to win a prize is purchase an admission ticket to the night's racing program.

On Sunday, May 13 the Mother's Day tradition returns as St. Lawrence Radiology serving Oneida Healthcare, Lewis County Hospital and Open MRI of the Mohawk Valley presents the DIRTcar 358-Modified Series starts its season at Utica-Rome Speedway with a $4,000 to win New Yorker 100.  The Broedel Energy DIRTcar Sportsman, Ted's Auto Body DIRTcar Pro Stocks and Rookie Sportsman are also on the card.  Another PICK-4 show follows on May 20 sponsored by Wilber Duck Chevrolet before Broedel Energy presents the first appearance of the season for the Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints on May 27 for their annual Memorial Day stop.  The DIRTcar 358-Modifieds, DIRTcar Sportsman, Ted's Auto Body DIRTcar Pro Stocks, and Rookie Sportsman will add more excitement to the action-packed event.

June kicks off with a King of Dirt Triple header as the 358-Modifieds will compete in the Victoria, $2,000 to win main event along with $1,000 feature for the King of Dirt Sportsman plus a $600 to win main for the King of Dirt Pro Stocks.  The Rookie Sportsman will again be in action on this huge night.  After a week off for FrogFest on June 9, action resumes on June 17 when the DIRTcar Sportsman Series is in action for their $1,000 to win event along with the DIRTcar 358-Modifieds, Ted's Auto Body DIRTcar Pro Stocks and Rookie Sportsman.  The month of June is closed out with a PICK-4 program on June 24 presented by Community Car Wash and Wilber Duck Chevrolet.

On July 1, the Ted's Auto Body DIRTcar Pro Stocks take center stage as they compete in the $1,000 to win, $100 to start 2nd annual Gene Kotary Memorial sponsored by Wilber Duck Chevrolet.  The DIRTcar 358-Modifieds, Broedel Energy DIRTcar Sportsman and Rookie Sportsman are also in action.

A huge night of racing is planned for July 8 as Clinton Tractor presents the Super DIRTcar Series big-block Modifieds make their annual trek to Utica-Rome, joining the Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints for their Central New York Speedweek finale.  Fans that attended last year's event are still talking about the big doubleheader.  The following Sunday features the exciting PICK-4 programs with support from A-Verdi Storage Containers and Wilber Duck Chevrolet.  Marble Hill Inn brings us the King Smash n' Crash Demolition Derby and 3rd Annual Mike Martin Memorial ($1,000 to win) for the DIRTcar Sportsman on the card for Sunday July 22.

The final full month of racing at Utica-Rome starts off in a big way Sunday August 5 as Jeremie Corcoran brings his Jan Corcoran Memorial, in honor of his late mother, to Utica-Rome Speedway as part of the Northeast Racing Productions and Power Seal Night of Legends program.  The event will feature a $3,064 to win 50 lap Big Block/Small Block Shootout with a $640 bonus going to the first small-block across the line.  The Dirt Modified Nostalgia Vintage Series, Broedel Energy DIRTcar Sportsman (for $640 to win, $64 to start), Ted's Auto Body DIRTcar Pro Stocks and Rookie Sportsman are also be on hand.  The following Sunday, August 12, is Excell Motorsports Kid's Night featuring the annual Bobby Page Foundation Backpack Giveaway plus Big Wheel races, bike giveaways and more, joining a PICK-4 show.  A special Friday night event is slated for August 17 when Tony Stewart's Arctic Cat All-Star Circuit of Champions Series for the ultra-fast 410 Sprints returns the Vernon oval for the third time.  Fred Rahmer and Tim Schaffer won the previous two events.  The 358-Modifieds will also be in action in an open draw non-point event paying $2,000 to the winner.  Sunday, August 26, closes out the month with a PICK-4 show presented by Wilber Duck Chevrolet.

The final Sunday night event of the season on the half-mile oval is on September 2 when the Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints return, joining the DIRTcar 358-Modifieds, Broedel Energy DIRTcar Sportsman, Ted's Auto Body DIRTcar Pro Stocks and Rookie Sportsman in the final night of points.  The 2018 track champions will be crowned in the Labor Day Weekend spectacular sponsored by Broedel Energy.

The season concludes on October 2 with the annual Tuesday Night Tailgate Super DIRT Week Special featuring the DIRTcar 358-Modified Series, Cole Cup for the 360 Sprints, plus the $1,000 to win DIRTcar Sportsman Fall Championship Series.

All the action will not be limited to the dirt oval in 2018 as AMA Motocross will be in action on the new motocross track on August 19, September 16, and October 22 with several practices also planned.  The New York Hot Farm Tractor Pull Series is scheduled for Saturday July 28 and the Shootout Productions Inc. Truck Pulling Series returns on Friday August 24 with help from Clinton Tractor.  On September 29, the 315 Truck Meet is also planned.  Two appearances by the Kenny Wallace Driving Experience are scheduled for June 16 and September 22.  The annual B104.7 FrogFest Country Music Festival returns on June 9.

The full and detailed schedule will be released soon and will be available at ; You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more information.


KIRKWOOD, NY...The Claude Garrison Memorial, Inc. American Legion post 1645 in Binghamton, NY was the site of the 2017 Annual Five Mile Point Speedway Awards Dinner.  Kevin Bates from Lake Ariel, PA was honored as the 2017 Modified Track Champion at the historic speedway this past Saturday.   A large gathering attended the annual dinner as all of the 2017 Track Champions were honored with our special awards presented throughout the evning as well.  The 68th consecutive Five Mile Point Speedway racing season gets underway on Saturday, March 31st.

Bates, raced to his first ever Five Mile Point Speedway Modified Track Championship this past season with a combination of consistency and at times dominance.  Bates gathered three feature wins on his way to the championship season at the racy quarter mile oval.  All three of his wins came in impressive style.  Bates commented on his feat during the awards dinner, "We have so many good people that helped us to reach this goal in 2017.  We always enjoy racing at Five Mile Point Speedway, it's a fun track and the competition is tough."  He added, "We're looking forward to 2018 and the new clay surface, it should be interesting as the competition looks even better this season."

The championship was worth $4,000 for Bates despite only twelve point races were held during a season that saw challenging weather throughout.  Bates outdueled Tyler Siri for the overall weekly Modified Championship.  Although Siri was unable to collect a feature win he did challenge every week on his way to a fine second place finish in the standings.  Multi-time Track Champion Mike Colsten finished third with Nick Rochinski and Brad Sulewski completing the top five positions in the division.   Mike Butler, Glenn Knapp, Brian Weaver, Aleia Geisler and P.J. Goodwin placed in final point positions six through ten.

Modified driver Nick Rochinski was also honored for his Modified Sunday Summer Slam Championship.  The four race program held on Sunday's saw some of the top invaders converging on Five Mile Point Speedway.  Rochinski, a track regular showed all of the outsiders the fast way around for his first Modified title at the speedway.  That championship was worth $2,000 for the driver from Dickson City, PA.
For the second straight year Kyle Rohner from Bushkill, PA was honored as the Crate Sportsman Track Championship.  Rohner collected three weekly feature wins on his way to the title.  He was also the winner of the season ending "Great Crate Race" for the second straight season. Rohner commented on his title, "We have enjoyed racing at Five Mile Point Speedway, everyone has treated us well and the racing is typically very clean."  Rohner did announce that he will not be competing weekly for his third straight championship.  He has signed on to drive for another team weekly at Middletown Speedway which will take some of the pressure of his family owned racing operation. This will leave the 2018 championship battle wide open in the division.  Rohner outdistanced Devon Zona and Matt Cole for the championship.  Kyle Pierce and Randy Fox completed the top five in the final standings.

Doug Polhamus from Windsor, NY was honored for his first Five Mile Point Speedway Street Stock Track Championship.  Polhamus recorded two feature wins during his championship point season.  Polhamus remarked on the weekly three wide racing in the division, "We had a lot of fun coming back to the speedway this season, the guys we raced with kept us on our game right until the final lap of the championship.  Shane Wolf, Jr., Ricky Davis, Matt Bowman and Ray Lindquist placed in the final top five in the standings.

The Annual Glenn Knapp, Sr. Memorial "Owner of the Year Award" was presented to Five Mile Point Speedway Track Owner Andrew Harpell.  The Knapp Family has been involved with the weekly racing program at the speedway for decades and decide the recipient each year.

The 2018 Five Mile Point Speedway racing season officially gets underway on Saturday, March 31st.  A new clay surface was put on the historic quarter mile oval back in December and a number of new teams are planning on making the speedway their weekly home in 2018.   It was announced that the weekly Modified Track Championship will pay an extra $1,000 thanks to Tonarlo's Restaurant in Conklin, NY.  The Crate Sportsman and Street Stock division will join the Crate Wingless Sprints as new partners in the Sunday Summer Slam Racing program in 2018.  The Modifieds and Xcel Modifieds have had existing Summer Slam racing programs in the past and will return to the Sunday action in 2018.  The Xcel 600 Modifieds will also return for weekly competition in 2018.



GEORGETOWN, DE – Holy Halmar!

Halmar Racing owner Chris Larsen has announced he will send six – yes, six – race teams south to Delaware for the Melvin L. Joseph Memorial Weekend Friday-Saturday March 16-17 at Georgetown Speedway.

The weekend includes the milestone 50th event in the history of the Short Track Super Series.

Leading the brigade is Stewart Friesen, who has shined in NASCAR Camping World Truck Series competition early in 2018 with a pair of consecutive top-10 finishes and a Stage victory at Las Vegas, Nev. The Sprakers, N.Y., driver will compete in Saturday's 49-lap, $6,949-to-win STSS Modified event and Friday night's 30-lap, $4,049 small-block 30-lap main, both aboard the No. 44. Friesen has three Georgetown victories to his credit in the past two years.

Jimmy Horton of Neshanic Station, N.J., is the defending STSS Modified Melvin L. Joseph Memorial event winner and he will return to do battle in the 49-lap headliner with the No. 43.

Matt Janiak, an up-and-coming big-block racer from Warwick, N.Y., will make his Delaware debut on Saturday driving the No. 17J in the STSS Modified division.

Both Allison Ricci and Tyler Boniface will pull double-duty in the STSS and small-block Modified ranks.

Ricci, of New Paltz, N.Y., will be at the controls of a Halmar Racing No. 55 with Boniface, of Pine Bush, N.Y., wheeling a No. 69. Both drivers will make their first starts in the First State.

Competing in the STSS Crate 602 Sportsman event on Saturday is Daniel Morgiewicz of Goshen, N.Y., driving the No. 15M.

To learn more about each of the Halmar Racing team's lineup of drivers, visit

Halmar International of Nanuet, N.Y., continues its support of the STSS in '18, returning as headline sponsor of the series' North Region, which begins on Sunday, April 8 at Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown, N.Y. with the 'Hard Clay Open' fifth edition.

The Melvin L. Joseph Memorial Weekend at Georgetown Speedway opens the 2018 Northeast Modified season.

The Friday night (March 16) program is topped by small-block Modifieds racing 30-laps for $4,049 to win plus RUSH Crate Late Models ($1,049 to win), Delmarva Chargers and Delaware Super Trucks. Practice rounds will be included for STSS Modifieds and STSS Crate 602 Sportsman.

On Saturday (March 17), the STSS Modified 49-lap, $6,949-to-win event takes the headline with STSS Crate 602 Sportsman ($1,049 to win) and features only for Little Lincolns, Delmarva Chargers, Southern Delaware Vintage Stock Cars and Delaware Super Trucks completing the card.



New Policy Goes Into Effect in April

By JoAnne Davies

Lebanon, New York (March 5, 2018) - Promoters Howard Commander and Lyle DeVore announced today a new Lebanon Valley Auto Racing Corp. (comprised of Lebanon Valley Speedway and Albany-Saratoga Speedway/LVAR) policy regarding points and handicapping for their 2018 racing season.  The new policy will be utilized when a conflict occurs with a DIRTcar NE Series date and a regular race night at either speedway.

In December (2017) when DIRTcar NE announced their tentative schedule for the 2018 racing season it included several Series race dates that would conflict with a regular Friday or Saturday point’s night program at other DIRTcar sanctioned tracks.  

After review and discussion LVAR felt those drivers who wish to compete on the DIRTcar NE Series tour would be at a disadvantage in an attempt to run for their local track championship.  “We want to support all our local drivers who choose to travel to a Series event and represent our speedways at these competitive events,” stated Commander.  “In addition, we feel our new policy may help to encourage other drivers to also become involved in the DIRTcar Series and continue the tradition of showcasing how strong our drivers are at every track they run.”

The new LVAR policy will mean that on a conflict night, during the regular point season, “show up” points will be awarded all drivers competing on that particular night for that particular DIRTcar class.  “That’s not a change from what we have done to support DIRTcar Series events in the past,” stated DeVore.  “What will be the significant change will be in the handicapping process.”

That change will be that on a conflict night the handicapping (money won) column will show zero dollars won for all competitors in that class.  Previously, any driver who competed in a Series race at another track was credited as though he had won feature event, potentially negatively impacting their starting position in heat races the next event.  

“Heat race starting positions at both tracks,” said DeVore, “…have been based on a driver’s average earnings for the prior three (3) races.  By showing zero dollars on a given conflict night it means that all drivers in that class are being treated equally for handicapping purposes, having the same zero impact as “show up” points.  Mathematically, it’s as though the conflict night never happened.”
DeVore continued, “In the past we have gone back to the prior three regular events to determine handicapping spots at the next event and are currently discussing if there are any alternatives to using money won for this part of the equation. We will update our teams before the start of the season if there are any further changes made to the handicapping process.”

“DIRTcar has left it to the individual tracks impacted to determine how they want to deal with the conflict.  We want our drivers who commit to us weekly throughout the season, and each has done so for many years, to know that we support their racing efforts,” said Commander.  “We felt this to be the most equitable way to do just that.”

For the two speedways there are several race nights in which this policy will be implemented for Big Block Modifieds beginning with Saturday, April 28, when the DIRTcar NE Big Block Modified Series will be running at Fulton Speedway (Fulton, NY).

“It’s the responsibility of the driver to notify us if they plan to travel to a Series event,” stated Commander.  “We’re pleased to be able to work with our teams to help ensure they will not only be able to compete at a Series race but at the same time be able to run for one of our track championships.  In addition, we don’t want anyone to not have the opportunity to run for a Series end-of-year championship and point fund.

LVRA requires drivers planning to run a conflicting DIRTcar Series event notify either Commander for Lebanon Valley or DeVore for Albany-Saratoga three days prior to the race night in order to benefit from the new point/handicapping procedure.  

For further information drivers and teams should contact Lyle DeVore at


Bridgeport Forms New 3/8 Mile 'Pre-Season' Point Series

Bridgeport, NJ - The buzz surrounding Bridgeport's newly  constructed 3/8 mile clay oval, which will now be referred to as 'Design for Vision/Sunglass Central Speedway the 3/8 mile at Bridgeport', has been overwhelming to say the least.  The South Jersey racing complex is now the only track in the country to have three circle tracks all in the same central location using the same straightaway.  The 5/8 mile track will remain the weekly focus for the competitors with track championship points being awarded throughout the season.  The 1/4 mile known as Spirit Auto Center Speedway will stay the course operating on Friday evenings along with select Saturday and Sunday programs.  

However, it's the brand-new 3/8 mile that will host an extremely diverse amount of racing divisions in 2018.  Of course the World of Outlaws and USAC Sprint Cars have already been inked onto the 3/8, as are the Super Late Models, USAC Wingless 360s, 358 small blocks, and MASS 305 Sprints.  The first three races for the 3/8 mile will make up the newly-formed 'Pre-Season' Point Series.  This is when Bridgeport's weekly racing classes (Big Block, 602 Crate-Sportsman, Outlaw Stock) will get to shine way before all the national touring series have their crack at the new oval.  

Race fans need to mark Sunday, April 22 on their calendars, as the Spirit Auto Center Big Blocks, Stewart Stainless 602 Crate-Sportsman, MASS 305 Sprint Cars, and D.A.'s Auto Body Rookies make history in the first-ever event on the 3/8 track.  This show will be considered race #1 of the three-race series.  Race #2 will be the 'South Jersey Shootout' as the STSS Modifieds come to town on Sunday, April 29 for a $5,000 payday awaiting the winner.  Joining the Modifieds are the 602 Crate-Sportsman and the Pennco Tech Outlaw Stocks.  Completing the 'Pre-Season' point series will be another Sunday show coming on Sunday, May 13.  Three champions will be crowned on this day, consisting of the Modifieds, 602 Crate-Sportsman, and the Outlaw Stocks.

The Modified champion will earn an attractive $1,000 for their efforts for competing in just three races!  Second through fifth place will finish in the money as well, as those drivers will receive $800, $600, $400, and $300 respectively.  The 602 Crate-Sportsman champion will walk away from Bridgeport with a sweet $500 first-place prize.  Again, second through fifth in points will place in the money as they will collect $400, $300, $200, and $100.  Even though the Outlaw Stocks will only compete in two racing programs, they too will see a point fund.  That champion will profit $250, while second place will bring home $150 and third in the final tabulations will cop $100.

And that's not all.  There will also be a unique twist involved in the Pre-Season point series!  With only 5 races being booked on the 5/8 mile for the extremely popular '18 Poker Series, the top 13 of the final point calculations will each receive a playing card.  In other words, the champion of the three-race series will earn an 'Ace', second high point man a 'King' all the way down to the 13th place finisher thus earning a '2'.  New track, new point series, and a new twist all heading into a new year at Bridgeport Speedway.  

Bridgeport's annual practice day will take place on Saturday March 24 at noon.  The Spirit Auto Center Speedway 1/4 mile will hit the track at 3pm.  Then on Saturday, April 7 the drivers will finally get to sink their teeth into the 'Design for Vision/Sunglass Central Speedway the 3/8 mile at Bridgeport' at 5pm for open practice directly after the second practice for the 1/4 mile (2-5pm).  For more information you can log onto the track's official website at or follow the track on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.  You can also call the speedway directly at 856-467-4408.


Will There Be A Record $57,500 Champion? The Chase Begins March 16-17 At Georgetown Speedway

MILLSBORO, DE – Will there be a $57,500 champion in 2018?

Race fans can witness this historic chase get underway on March 16-17 when the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco opens its season with the Melvin L. Joseph Memorial Weekend at Delaware's Georgetown Speedway.

Thanks to the efforts of Sunoco Race Fuels and Insinger Performance, the STSS offers the most lucrative champion's share in the country for big-block/small-block Modified racers this season.

Series management has announced the STSS Halmar International North Region championship will offer $12,500 for 10 races, while the eight-race Velocita-USA South Region title pays $10,000.

The 'home-track' American Racer Cup presented by Sunoco pays $10,000 to the overall champion based upon a driver's 10 best finishes at their respective home track utilizing American Racer tires.

Now – via a partnership with Sunoco and Insinger Performance proprietor Bruce Insinger – very healthy bonuses are available to competitors.

Should a driver win the American Racer Cup overall crown and both the STSS North and South Regions, they will receive a cash bonus of $25,000!

This 'Grand Champion' would be in line to collect a massive $57,500 at year-end.

A $10,000 cash bonus awaits should a driver win the American Racer Cup plus the STSS North or South Region.

The richest season in history is approaching quickly.

For the STSS South Region, the Season Opener is Saturday, March 17 at Georgetown with the Melvin L. Joseph Memorial, a 49-lap, $6,949-to-win event that also serves as the 50th race in series history. A preliminary program takes place on Friday (March 16).

The North Region gets its start at N.Y.'s Orange County Fair Speedway on Sunday, April 8 with the fifth annual 'Hard Clay Open' offering $5,000 to win for 50 laps around the Legendary House of Power.

Points begin to tabulate for the American Racer Cup on April 13, running through Labor Day Weekend (Monday, Sept. 3).



Opening Night to Pay $7,500 to Win

By JoAnne and Don Davies

Malta, New York (February 20, 2018) - It’s finally here!  The 2018 schedule for the famed Albany-Saratoga Speedway was announced today by track promoter Lyle DeVore and promises to be the most exciting schedule the track has offered since it returned to dirt in 2012.

The DIRTcar NE sanctioned speedway will play host to a number of visiting series and special promotion events that contain something for everyone—from the DIRTcar sanctioned Big Block Modifieds, Sportsman and Pro Stocks to visiting Patriot, CRSA and ELS Sprint Car Series events, King of Dirt 358-Modifieds, Sportsman and Pro Stocks Series, and Native Pride (previously known as Feather Foot)) Series events to DMA USAC Midgets.  Add to that list the weekly Limited Sportsman, Street Stocks and 4-Cylinder classes and you have the potential for some of the best dirt racing to be seen in the Northeast. All action for 2018 will begin with the “Spring Swap Meet and Track Tech and Safety
Inspection” on Sunday, April 8.  A second inspection date of Friday, April 13 is scheduled that will also include an early evening on-track practice session.  Both dates are open for fans to come and watch their favorite drivers prepare for their opening night attack at the “Bring It! 2018 Season Opener.”

The opening night kicks off with the largest opening night purse in the Capital District and beyond, paying $7,500 to win for 44 laps of Modified racing.  Sponsored by Bart Contracting (Copake, NY) and Schaghticoke Wines & Spirits (Schaghticoke, NY) the event is open to any DIRTcar licensed competitor.  The feature lineup will be determined by a draw and has already generated a great deal of interest.  With other New York Friday night DIRTcar tracks not opening until later in the spring, some of the top DIRTcar drivers, as well as drivers from Pennsylvania and New Jersey, have indicated interest in attending. There is a scheduled rain date of Tuesday, April 24, if necessary.

New to the schedule for 2018 is “The Tribute” event to be held Tuesday, June 12, honoring two track legends—#12A Jack Johnson and #61 C.D. Coville—icons from the pages of the speedway’s history.  Both drivers are members of the DIRT Motorsports Hall of Fame and the NYS Stock Car Association Hall of Fame and helped to write the history of the sport throughout the Northeast.

“The Tribute” will have as its format heat races of 12 laps and a feature of 61 laps paying $6,112 to win.  Many exciting activities for fans are being planned for this event and this is an event fans of all ages will not want to miss.

Two weeks later the second mid-week event—Brett Hearn’s “The Big Show 10”—a 100-lap Modified DIRTcar NE Series event, one of the best attended Series races on the DIRTcar schedule, will take to the track on Tuesday, June 26 (rain date of July 11).  The best of the best in the Northeast will be in attendance and Hearn promises the fan experience will once again include some very unique activities.

Returning as a mid-week special event on Tuesday, August 14, will be the “Stampede at ‘Toga” 50 laps, $5,000 to win Short Track Super Series event promoted by Brett Deyo. Last year’s event drew 49 drivers for a night of ‘pedal to the metal’ racing that also included the very popular weekly Sportsman class.  Last year’s winner was central New York invader Matt Sheppard and local runners are anxious to dominate at their home track and take the win in 2018.

The second annual “Stan Da’ Man” memorial tribute night to Lyle DeVore’s biggest supporter, his father Stan, is planned for Friday, July 27.  The Modified race for that night will pay $3,200 to the winner.  Also on tap that night is the Native Pride Series, sponsored by Ron Mensing that will be dedicated to the Street Stock division for 2018.
Visiting the four-tenths mile speedway will be the touring Sprint Car Series of the Patriot Sprints on Friday, May 25, the Capital Region Sprint Agency (CRSA) on Friday, July 13 and Friday, September 14, and the Eastern Lightning Sprints (ELS) on Friday, August 24.

Making their return for the fourth year are the DMA USAC Bear Speedway Midgets on Friday, June 22 and Friday, August 17.  Each date will also include the regular weekly divisions.  Each year local drivers have tried their hand in a Midget and provided some real excitement for the fans.

From opening night on April 20th to the Modified point finale on August 31 to the season finale on Friday, September 14, “The Great Race Place” will once again be the place to be on Friday nights.  There is a reason drivers are willing to travel over three hours one way weekly to be in attendance each and every week.  Weekly fans know why and are on the premises as early as noon waiting for gates to open at 5 p.m.

Promoter Lyle DeVore is anxious for racing to get underway and hopes to see everyone on April 20th to kick off the 2018 season! The full season schedule that includes ticket prices is available online at or see below for all the great events planned for 2018 at AlbanySaratoga Speedway, “The Great Race Place.”

SUN, APRIL 8TH 2018 Spring Swap Meet & Track Tech & Safety Inspection Gates Open @ 12pm  
FRI, APRIL 13TH Practice All Classes ~ Gates Open @ 3pm For Inspection ~ Practice 6pm-9pm ~   FRI, APRIL 20TH “Bring It” 2018 SEASON OPENER  (Rain date 4/24) BART CONTRACTING   presents  $7,500 TO WIN MODIFIED SPECTACULAR Plus ALL WD   
FRI, APRIL 27TH All Weekly Divisions & 4-Cylinders
FRI, MAY 4TH $600 to win Pro Stocks & All Weekly Divisions  
FRI, MAY 11TH “HOOSIER MAMA” Mother’s Day Special ~ All Weekly Divisions Plus 4-
TUES, MAY 15TH Open Practice All Divisions ~ Gates Open @ 4pm ~ Practice 5pm-7pm $20 Pit admission ~ Free Grandstand Spectating  
FRI, MAY 18TH “LAW ENFORCEMENT NIGHT” ~ All Weekly Divisions Plus “Native Pride Street
Stock Series”  
SUN, MAY 20TH “SPRING VENDOR FAIR” ~ Watch the website and Facebook for details .  
FRI, MAY 25TH MEMORIAL WEEKEND ~ Special Patriot Sprint Tour ~ WD ~ Modified & Sprint
Heats FEATURES ONLY All other divisions  
FRI, JUNE 1ST  “NYSSCA NIGHT” ~ All Weekly Divisions Plus 4-Cylinders ~ KIDS BIKE GIVEWAY  
SUN, JUNE 3RD Electric City Riders, AMA Motorcycle & 4 Wheeler Races & Swap Meet NYS 4/10ths Championship Event  
FRI, JUNE 8TH “Mark Hughes Sportsman Memorial” Event ~ All Weekly Divisions  
TUES, JUNE12TH “THE TRIBUTE” ~ honoring 2 track legends--Super C.D. Coville and Jumpin’ Jack Johnson. 61 ‘Super’ laps and $6112 to win!! Plus Stone Motorsports/RCT Roofing Pro Stock
FRI, JUNE 15TH “HOOSIER DADDY” Father’s Day Special ~ All Weekly Divisions Plus 4-
FRI, JUNE 22ND DMA USAC Bear Ridge Speedway Midgets ~ All Weekly Divisions Plus 4-
Cylinders & “KIDDIE RIDES”   
JUNE 26TH Brett Hearn’s “The Big Show 10” 100-lap Modified DIRTcar Series event plus Sportsman  
MILITARY - The Native Pride Street Stock Series & All Weekly Divisions Plus 4-Cylinders  
FRI, JULY 6TH KING OF DIRT Sportsman Series ~ All Weekly Divisions  
FRI, JULY 13TH CRSA SPRINT CARS ~ WD ~ Modified & Sprint Heats ~ FEATURES ONLY All other divisions  
 FRI, JULY 20TH DIRTcar Pro Stock Series Race ~ Native Pride Street Stocks ~ All Weekly Divisions ~ 4-Cylinders
WED, JULY 25TH Make-Up Madness ~ If Necessary Check Website & Facebook For Updates  
FRI, JULY 27TH “STAN DA’ MAN’S” Night $3,200 TO WIN MODIFIED RACE ~ Native Pride Street Stocks ~ All Weekly Divisions  
FRI, AUG. 3RD “NOSTALGIA NIGHT” Come Meet the Stars from Yesteryear ~ WD ~ Plus 4-
SUN, AUG. 5TH 2ND Annual Northeast Hot Rod Muscle Car Nationals ~ Featuring our Burn out Competition & Much More!!  
FRI, AUG. 10TH KING OF DIRT Pro Stock Series & Meltz Lumber Street Stock Spectacular ~ WD ~ Plus 4-Cylinders  
TUES, AUG. 14TH  “STAMPEDE AT ‘TOGA” Plus Sportsman  $5,000 to win
FRI, AUG. 17TH “AUTOGRAPH NIGHT” ~ DMA USAC Bear Ridge Speedway Midgets ~ All
Weekly Divisions  
FRI, AUG. 24TH ELS Mini Sprints ~ Native Pride Street Stocks ~ All Weekly Divisions  
FRI AUG. 31ST $3,000 To Win Modified Finale ~ Classic Muscle Parts “Street Stock Spectacular” $1000 to win! ~WD~ Plus 4-Cyl (Final Night of Points)  
FRI, SEPT. 7TH “FIRE & RESCUE NIGHT” ~ KING OF DIRT Northeast Crate Nationals Small
Block Modifieds $2,500 to win sponsored by Tom Clothier Trucking for Suicide Prevention Awareness  
FRI, SEPT. 14TH CRSA SPRINT CARS ~ Small Block Modified Nationals ~Limited Sportsman ~ Street Stocks ~ Plus 4-Cylinders
SUN, SEPT. 23RD “FALL VENDOR FAIR”~ Watch track website and Facebook for details.  
SUN, NOV. 11TH Elmo’s Speed & Supply Fall Swap Meet ~All Gate proceeds go to benefit A-S Point Fund. Vendors set up at 7Am ~ Event from 9AM - 3PM



A night of celebration was held at the Inn at Abington for Penn Can Speedway and 5 divisional champions were crowned. The top 4 were also recognized for their efforts. The 2017 season was officially put in the record books and talked turned to the 2018 season.   Penn Can promoter Doug Borger handed out the beautiful trophies and checks as Craig Hawley emceed the nights events.

Modified champion, Dan Pompey, relished the nights events celebrating with family and friends. The driver of the popular #11 earned his first championship with 5 wins on the season. "Mr. Consistent" never crossed the line out of the top 5 all season. He was the first to call out the bounty after winning three in a row. Hopefully the dream season will continue for the 2017 champion.

Kevin Hartnett, Nick Petrilak, Joey Colsten, Joey Grammes would all receive hardware and checks to round out the top 5 in the modified division.

Mike Schane, 602 crate sportsman stand out, is no stranger to victory lane.  A total of 8 checkered flag finishes earned him the 2017 championship. The Sharkey Fuel #m16 can always be up front and center. Can Schane make it three championships in a row?  Dusty Barton, Moose Gulley, Mike Nagel jr. and Ray Leonard were all in attendance to receive their awards and monies earned.

The factory stock division champion, Chuck Culbertson had 2 wins of the year and a solid performance to put him into the top spot. This was the toughest division of the season with 9 different winners in 14 races. Culbertson is ready to lend a hand as all the drivers do on and off the track. You never know who is going to be in victory lane on any given night. Ned Fitch, Alecia Towner, Paul Conklin and Tommy Groover were happy to join their friend as the top 5 in the division.

The 4-cylinder division saw some nail biters this past season. Champion Mike Robinson had 7 wins on the season.  The Harpursville native continued the weekend with a 21st birthday celebration on Sunday. Nick Kennedy, Joshua Wilder, Jeremy Warren and Mike Wilmot were ready to start celebrating after receiving their awards and monies.

Xcel 600 modified champion Bailey Boyd had the season many drivers dream of. 4 wins of the season and never out of the top 5 kept Boyd on top. The Xcel division have the most diversified field of drivers at the speedway. Ages of the drivers range from 14 to 50 on any given night. Young gun Boyd is a respected veteran of the series. Kam Maby, Travis Fichter, Grant Schibilia and Shawna Schibilia rounded out the top 5 and look forward to the 2018 season.

The 2018 schedule has been released and can be found on the website at

The Can Opener is scheduled for April 27th. Open practices are on the calendar for April 7th, 14th and the 21st. Driver Registration is now open for the 2018 season along with updated 2018 rules for all divisions.


Defending Super DIRTcar Series Champion Matt Sheppard Makes his Mark on 2018 with a DIRTcar Nationals Victory

BARBERVILLE, FL - February 16, 2018 - Super Matt Sheppard started the third Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modified DIRTcar Nationals Feature in third but wasted no time positioning himself in pole-sitter Danny Johnson's tire tracks.

Johnson lead the field for the first 17 laps until he caught up to lapped traffic. Johnson attempted to make a pass on the high-side.

Unfortunately for the no. 27j, he slid up and Sheppard made the best of the opportunity and set sail en route to his first victory of 2018 season.

Feature (30 laps): 1. Matt Sheppard; 2. Danny Johnson; 3. Max McLaughlin; 4. Tim McCreadie; 5. Justin Haers; 6. Ryan Godown; 7. Pat Ward; 8. Larry Wight; 9. Jimmy Horton; 10. Mike Mahaney; 11.Ryan Watt; 12. Brett Hearn; 13. Billy Decker; 14. Jimmy Phelps; 15. Billy Pauch; 16. Jessey Mueller; 17. Brett Kressley; 18. Erick Rudolph; 19. Tim Fuller; 20. Rick Laubach; 21. Joseph Watson; 22. Billy VanInwegen; 23. J.R. Heffner; 24. Tyler Siri; 25. Chad Brachmann; 26. Billy Whittaker; 27. Dave Rauscher; 28. Dillon Steuer; 29. H.J. Bunting.


Super DIRTcar Series Opens Season with DIRTcar Nationals Double-Header
BARBERVILLE, FL - February 15, 2018 -  Horseheads, NY-native, Tyler Siri picked up his first Super DIRTcar Series victory and his first Gator in the postponed Big-Block Modified Feature on Night 10 of the DIRTcar Nationals. After starting on the outside pole, Siri battled hard and benefited from a high attrition rate among the leaders.

Feature (30 Laps): 1. Tyler Siri; 2. Tim McCreadie; 3. Jimmy Horton; 4. Danny Johnson; 5. Pat Ward; 6. Max McLaughlin; 7. H.J. Bunting; 8. J.R. Heffner; 9. Ryan Watt; 10. Larry Wight; 11. Ryan Godown; 12. Joseph Watson; 13. Mike Mahaney; 14. Brett Hearn; 15. Billy Decker; 16. Erick Rudolph; 17. Jessey Mueller; 18. Jim Britt; 19. Stewart Friesen; 20. Jeremy Smith; 21. Billy Pauch; 22. Justin Haers; 23. Rex King; 24. Jimmy Phelps; 25. Matt Sheppard; 26. Jim Rasey.

Tim McCreadie Captures His Second Gator of the 2018 DIRTcar Nationals

BARBERVILLE, FL - February 15, 2018 - Tim McCreadie now has two Gator trophies to take home to New York State. Wednesday night McCreadie found himself in Victory Lane for the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series 50-lap Feature and Thursday he strapped into the Sweetners Plus Big-Block Modified and held off Stewart Friesen and hard-charger Danny Johnson for the win.

Feature (30 Laps): 1. Tim McCreadie; 2. Stewart Friesen; 3. Danny Johnson; 4. Justin Haers; 5. Mike Mahaney; 6. Matt Sheppard; 7. Billy Pauch; 8. Ryan Watt; 9. Brett Kressley; 10. Billy VanInwegen; 11. Pat Ward; 12. Larry Wight; 13. Jimmy Horton; 14. J.R. Heffner; 15. Ryan Godown; 16. Billy Decker; 17. Billy Whittaker; 18. Rex King; 19. Jimmy Phelps; 20. Jim Britt; 21. Tyler Siri; 22. Jeremy Smith; 23. Brett Hearn; 24. Erick Rudolph; 25. Joseph Watson; 26. Jessey Mueller; 27. Max McLaughlin; 28. H.J. Bunting.


Modified Racers Have 45,833 Reasons To Head South For Georgetown Melvin L. Joseph Memorial

GEORGETOWN, DE – Modified competitors have 45,833 reasons to tow to Delaware next month.

The Northeast Modified opener is set for Friday-Saturday March 16-17 at Georgetown Speedway with the Melvin L. Joseph Memorial. On Saturday, the main attraction is the 49-lap event for the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco, the first of eight events on the Velocita-USA South Region.

STSS big-block/small-block Modified competitors will battle for a massive total purse structure of $29,789 – the largest payout so far for the division at Georgetown.

The pay breakdown is: 1) $6,949; 2) $3,000; 3) $2,000; 4) $1,500; 5) $1,400; 6) $1,150; 7) $1,125; 8) $1,100; 9) $1,050; 10) $1,000; 11) $750; 12) $650; 13) $600; 14) $550; 15) $525; 16) $515; 17) $510; 18) $505; 19) $500; 20-Last) $490.

This year, in a new twist, a Friday night "small-block-only" preliminary program has been added.

A $4,049 winner's share awaits the Small-Block victor after 30 laps from a posted purse of $16,044.

Combined, the Friday and Saturday Sunoco Modified payouts total $45,833!

Friday night's Small-Block breakdown is as follows: 1) $4,049; 2) $2,000; 3) $1,000; 4) $850; 5) $750; 6) $700; 7) $650; 8) $600; 9) $550; 10) $500; 11) $400; 12) $350; 13) $325; 14) $315; 15) $305; 16-Last): $300.

Friday night includes the Sunoco Small-Block Modifieds, RUSH Crate Late Models, Delmarva Chargers and Delaware Super Trucks. STSS Modifieds and L&J Sheet Metal Crate 602 Sportsman will be allotted practice time.

On Saturday, STSS Sunoco Modifieds top the card with STSS L&J Sheet Metal Crate 602 Sportsman and features only for Delaware Super Trucks, Delmarva Chargers, Southern Delaware Vintage Stock Cars and Little Lincolns.

The first official on-track activity on the new progressively banked half-mile oval is slated for Saturday, March 10. Pit gates open at noon. Practice is slated for 1-5 p.m. Grandstand admission is free and pit admission is $20.


Mike Mahaney Releases 2018 Plans

By Mandee Pauch Relations
February 6, 2018

After a busy 2017 season, the hot shoe out of King Ferry, NY, Mike Mahaney, plans on tackling just as much, if not more races for the 2018 season.
Once racing season kicks off in the northeast, Mahaney plans on tackling a different route, unlike years past. Mahaney plans to once again race in four different divisions, but this year he has no plans to run for a track title.
“We’re going to hit enough shows with all of the special events that we really can’t be at weekly tracks, plus the special events pay more money, which helps us to keep racing,” Mahaney said. “I also feel that the special events give our sponsors more exposure as well.”
Mahaney’s northeast season will start at Georgetown Speedway on March 17th for the Short Track Super Series, which he plans on running, when time permits, in the Olum’s No.33 car.
After much success in Doug Emery’s No.33 sprint car last season, Mahaney and the team plan to chase even more races this year in honor of Emery’s 30th year with the ESS series. “We’re going to try and run the entire Empire Super Sprints series,” he said. “The first ESS race for us will be at Outlaw Speedway on April 20th.”
Mahaney and the Breitenstein Motorsports No.14 Small Block Modified team have big plans for their second season together at Grandview Speedway. After collecting his first career win at Grandview, the team will be chasing more Saturday night shows at the dirt oval as well as select Thunder on the Hill shows.
The Buzz Chew No.88 team plans to chase most Super DIRTcar Series races, some King of Dirt 358 races as well as a few Short Track Super Series races.
Mahaney plans to hit Action Track USA in Kutztown, PA with the No.33 SpeedSTR every chance possible in between his busy schedule.
“I’m really looking forward to hitting some of the big events this year – the Empire Super Sprints CNY Sprint Week, the World of Outlaws show at Weedsport Speedway and Fulton Speedway. For the Buzz Chew car we’ll once again hit the Fulton 200, Super DIRT Week, Eastern States 200 and World Finals. With Breitenstein’s our biggest events will be the Forrest Rogers and the Freedom 76.”
While Mahaney is eager to get the season started in the northeast, he’s currently in the process of getting the Buzz Chew No.88 Big Block Modified dialed in for the DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park for Feb.13-17th.
“We were at Volusia last year and two of the four races got rained out,” he added. “Both of the other nights we were struck by failures. This year we have five races lined up. We have two very well prepared cars – one new one and one that ran really well at Charlotte, which I feel is a very similar configuration track to Volusia so I’m hoping to have great results.”
After Volusia, Mahaney and the team will make the trek back to New York to prepare the Buzz Chew cars to go to the Fulton Highbank Holdup on April 28th with the Super DIRTcar Series as well as prepare the Olum’s No.33 for the Georgetown Speedway opener.
“Once we get back it’ll be time to start cranking everything out for the early openers,” he said. “It’s going to be a very busy year. A lot of friends and sponsors have come together to help me make all of this happen. I’m very thankful to have everyone’s support. I’m looking forward to the season starting.”



Fonda, NY

The 2017 Fonda Speedway Banquet will be held at Mallozzi’s Banquet Hall located at 1930 Curry Road in Schenectady New York in the Florentine Room on Saturday, March 31 with cocktails from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and dinner to follow. Tickets are on sale now thru March 25th. Ticket pricing for this year’s awards banquet will be $48.00 per person featuring a buffet style dinner and a cash bar.

Tickets may be purchased by mailing payment to Demitraszek Enterprises at 1 East Main Street, Fort Johnson, New York 12070.


Tri-City (Pa.) Unveils 2018 Event Schedule

An action-packed slate of racing features nearly every form of oval track dirt car competing in the region

FRANKLIN, PA (February 1, 2018) — As the calendar pages turn ever closer toward Spring, thoughts of the sights and sounds of the Western Pennsylvania racing season start to come into view. Tri-City Raceway Park has an eye on the warmer days of the coming season with the release of their 2018 event schedule.

Tri-City, just north of Franklin, Pennsylvania unveiled an action-packed slate of racing this week that features nearly every form of oval track dirt car competing in the region. They even have a division on the 2018 schedule that has yet to turn a lap!

The action gets underway on Saturday, April 7, 2018 with “The Mudslinger.” The season opener will feature a four-division race card featuring Super Late Models, RUSH Late Models, Emods and Open Stocks. In a departure from the normal Sunday night racing at Tri-City, The Mudslinger is scheduled for a Saturday night. With no other local Saturday night tracks getting underway for another week or two, the early season Saturday presents itself with a built-in rain date of Sunday, April 8th. That said, with the weather being a bit of a gamble in early April, Tri-City will also hold both days of the following weekend to be used as rain dates if needed.

Sunday, May 13th is next up on the Tri-City agenda when they present “Modified Mania on Mother’s Day!” Nothing but open wheel modifieds will take to the track on Mother’s Day with Big-Block Modifieds, Emods, RUSH Sportsman Modifieds, Econ-Mods and Vintage Modifieds making for an action-packed night of racing! In the event of rain, the show will be moved to Sunday, May 20th.

The month of June transitions from honoring our mothers to honoring our fathers as Tri-City Raceway Park presents “The Father’s Day Shootout.” The June 17th event will feature the 410 Sprints and for the first time ever at Tri-City, the RUSH Wingless Sprint Cars. Also on the card will be the long-standing traditional “Bill Emig Memorial” for the RUSH Late Model Touring Series. The rain date will be Sunday, June 24th.

Sunday, July 15th brings “The Summer Sizzler” to Tri-City. The four-division show will feature the 410 Sprints, RUSH Sprints, RUSH Sportsman Modifieds and the Open Stocks. Rain date is the following Sunday, July 22nd.

The curtain will come down on the 2018 Tri-City season with the “End of Summer Showdown.” The event will be highlighted by the RUSH Late Model Touring Series, which will be competing on the wildly popular Manufacturer’s Night! Also on the schedule to wrap up the season will be 410 Sprints, Emods and Vintage Modifieds. Sunday, September 2nd will be held open as the rain date.

With the new season just 10 weeks away, Tri-City promoter Chad Wagner is excited about what is to come. “Although we have released the schedule, there are some other exciting things in the works to be announced, once all the details are finalized.  We are also excited to be able to host the Wingless RUSH sprints which are setting up to be a stellar first season!”


Orange County Fair Speedway Kicks Off Short Track Super Series North Region For Fifth Consecutive Year Sunday, April 8

MIDDLETOWN, NY – For the fifth time, Orange County Fair Speedway will serve as the starting point of the Short Track Super Series  North tour.

The 'Hard Clay Open' on Sunday, April 8 waves the green flag on the STSS Halmar International North Region: a 50-lap tussle around the 'Legendary House of Power' offering $5,000-plus to the winner, $1,000 for 10th and $500 just to start the main event.

The 'Hard Clay Open' is the first of 10 North Region races on the road to a $12,500 championship.

Drama and excitement have been at the forefront of the 'Hard Clay Open' as big- and small-block combinations fight for supremacy on the five-eighths-mile track.

Last April, following a flat tire in heat-race competition, Andy Bachetti soared from 20th starting position to earn the 'Hard Clay Open' triumph. Bachetti caught – and passed – both Stewart Friesen and Brett Hearn in the final laps as the crowd rose to its feet.

Bachetti, a three-time STSS Halmar International North Region champion, is the only repeat 'Hard Clay Open' winner.

The 2016 edition offered a stunning turn of events after the checkered flag flew. Apparent winner Hearn refused post-race technical inspection and Tommy Meier took home the $5,000 winner's share for his Jeff Behrent-owned team.

Stewart Friesen utilized small-block power to score the '15 triumph after battling Pennsylvania star Rick Laubach for the lead in the early laps.

The inaugural 'Hard Clay Open' took place on April 6, 2014.  Bachetti recorded his first win in the event over a hard-charging Tim Hindley on a sunny Sunday afternoon.

Joining the STSS Modifieds on the 'Hard Clay Open' doubleheader are the Orange County Fair Speedway Crate 602 Sportsman racing for $1,000 to win and $100 to take the green under weekly track rules and procedures.

Crate 602 Sportsman entry form:

A practice session is on the docket at OCFS on Saturday, April 7 from 4-8 p.m.  Haulers may be left in the pit area overnight.

Short Track Super Series 2018 Schedule
North Region
Sunday, April 8 – Orange County Fair Speedway/Middletown, N.Y. – Hard Clay Open
Sunday, May 27 – Thunder Mountain Speedway/Center Lisle, N.Y. – Lightning on the Mountain
Tuesday, June 5 – Big Diamond Speedway/Minersville, Pa. – Anthracite Assault – COMBO
Wednesday, June 20 – Outlaw Speedway/Dundee, N.Y. – Outlaw Showdown
Tuesday, July 3 – Accord Speedway/Accord, N.Y. – Battle of the Bullring 6
Wednesday, July 25 – Afton Motorsports Park/Afton, N.Y. – Afton Action 50
Wednesday, August 8 – Woodhull Raceway/Woodhull, N.Y. – Hustlin' the High Banks 54
Tuesday, August 14 – Albany-Saratoga Speedway/Malta, N.Y. – Stampede at 'toga
Friday-Saturday, October 5-6 – Afton Motorsports Park/Afton, N.Y. – American Racer Cup Short Track SuperNationals 11
Thursday, October 18 – Orange County Fair Speedway/Middletown, N.Y. – Hard Clay Finale


Special Award Recipients Also Honored

By Bob and JoAnne Davies

Malta, NY (January 27, 2018) – Albany-Saratoga Speedway closed the 2017 season with its annual banquet by honoring its division champions and several unique happenings at “The Great Race Place” on Friday, January 26.

The Holiday Inn Saratoga (Saratoga Springs, NY) hosted the event with approximately 300 guests in attendance with track announcer Dan Martin serving as emcee.  Over 40 drivers were on hand to receive their point fund payment from the Modified, Sportsman, Pro Stock, Street Stock and 4-Cylinder classes, in addition to the many individuals who received special recognition for accomplishments during the 2017 season.

Track Promoter Lyle DeVore was one of those recipients as he was recently announced as the 2017 ARPY/RPM Northeast Promoter of the Year.  The gathered group greeted the announcement with a round of applause and watched a video highlighting DeVore at work at the facility.  The video, as well as a gift from fiancé Marcy Mangino, were a complete surprise to DeVore and he received many good wishes as he is now one of six regional finalists for RPM Promoter of the Year.  That voting is currently taking place and the final announcement will be made during the RPM workshops held during Speed Weeks (Daytona Beach, FL).    

As Martin explained during opening remarks, the 2017 season was a “different” season, one of many challenges but also one of many highlights that will not be duplicated at any other speedway.  Martin explained how the track weathered five rainouts despite every attempt made to be able to open the gates.  It also successfully weathered a challenge with the Town of Malta Town Board regarding alleged noise concerns.

That challenge from the Town was met with a standing room only crowd of supporters at a Town Board meeting at which the topic was to be discussed.  The support group included racers, fans, officials and neighbors who spoke in favor of the speedway and its positive impact in the Town.  The final result was conversations between DeVore and the officials of the Town that resulted in improved lines of communication regarding future activities at the Speedway.

A highlight of the night was the presentation of the 2017 Modified champion’s trophy to Australian driver Peter Britten of Weedsport, NY, and his car owner, Andy Romano, of Johnstown, NY.  Britten had a fairly consistent season, holding the point lead during mid-season and reclaiming it with wins during the last two events of the year.  Britten thanked Romano for “his faith in me to represent the Romano family,” and also thanked his team that worked tirelessly throughout the year.

Speedway owner Howard Commander, who was unable to be in attendance, sent a letter of congratulations that was read by Martin and said, in part, “…to win a points championship in one of the most competitive divisions in all of motorsports is very special.  When I think of your journey and how far this sport has taken you, I am so grateful for drivers like you and their teams who travel such great distances to compete at our tracks.”

The “Ravena Rocket” Keith Flach was recognized for his second place Modified point finish followed by Brett Hearn, Ronnie Johnson, and Jeremy Wilder to complete the top five Modified point standings.  In 2017 Flach earned his first track win and had eight Top 5’s and 12 Top 10’s.

In the Sportsman ranks it was Rocky “The Flying Squirrel” Warner who was crowned the point champion.  Driving his Jake Spraker owned no. 1J, Warner had another very successful season of four wins, eight Top 5’s and 16 Top 10’s. Warner commented “…at A-S it is a high level of competition and there is a prestige to racing there…it makes you a better driver.”

Finishing in positions second through fifth were Connor Cleveland, Tim Hartman, Jr., Jeremy Pitts and Chris Johnson.

“Last season was some of the best racing I have seen at A-S,” stated DeVore and he continued with a commitment to more and different events to be held in 2018 including opening the track on April 8 for open inspection and swap meet, followed by April 13 for inspection and evening practice.  The first official race of the season will take place on Friday, April 20, sponsored by Bart Contracting and paying $5,000 to win.

There were several unique events on the 2017 schedule and all are returning this season including a tribute night to Stan ‘Da’ Man DeVore, Nostalgia Night (Grady Photos), the Short Track Super Series race to be held August 14, the highly anticipated “Brett Hearn Big Show 10” to be run on Tuesday, June 26, the Classic Muscle Parts “Street Stock Nationals” paying $1,000 to win, the Tom Clothier Trucking “Suicide Prevention Awareness” event paying $2,500 for small blocks and the “Mark Hughes Memorial.”
Tuesday, June 12, will be dedicated as a special night honoring two of the most popular drivers to have ever run the dirt at the Malta oval—Jack Johnson and CD Coville.  The racing will consist of 12 lap heats and a 61 lap feature event paying $6,112.   


Volusia Speedway Park Gets a $300,000 Safety Upgrade for DIRTcar Nationals
BABERVILLE, FL - Jan. 23, 2018 - In honor of Volusia Speedway Park's 50th anniversary, the World's Fastest Half-Mile has received a major facelift over the winter months. When DIRTcar Nationals kicks off in two weeks, on February 6, racers and fans alike will benefit from over $300,000 of upgrades geared toward keeping them safe at the premier dirt racing facility in the country.
The bulk of the work done at Volusia Speedway Park went into securing the track's perimeter with over 1200 feet of new catch fence, concrete retaining wall and guardrail.
Immediately following last year's DIRTcar Nationals - in light of the unprecedented incidents that involved a pair of Sprint Cars clearing the existing catch fence in the pit area - speedway officials began exploring enhancements to provide a higher level of protection for both drivers and spectators.
"We have never before seen what we saw last year at the speedway," said DIRTcar Racing President Tom Deery. "Everyone agreed that it required action, and we've certainly delivered. We're excited to kick off the new season with the highest level of protection we have ever provided."
The renovation project began with replacing 850 feet of guardrail from turn 1 to turn 2 with a new 46-inch high concrete retaining wall at the track's edge. Built into the concrete wall sits a 17-foot catch fence with a two-foot kick out along the top. The new fence is comprised of two-by-four welded steel fence mesh and backed by a one-inch hex mesh with an additional half-inch square mesh along the bottom 30 inches. The entire fence is reinforced with steel cables running horizontally across the fence in 24- to 30-inch intervals.
Continuing the project into turns 3 and 4, a length of 386 feet of steel guardrail has been replaced or rebuilt. New posts have been embedded every six feet for added support. Atop the 60-inch guardrail (consisting of five 12-inch steel bands) sits another 12-foot catch fence.
In addition to the measures taken to increase safety, visitors will notice new signage throughout the facility. A retro look and feel celebrates 50 years of racing at the Barberville, FL racetrack, while helping race fans and competitors better navigate the area.
The biggest event in DIRTcar racing kicks off the 2018 season as the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series, World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series, All Star Circuit of Champions, Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds, DIRTcar Late Models and DIRTcar UMP Modifieds take on the world's fastest half-mile at Volusia Speedway Park. Start 2018 with Florida in February! For tickets, click or call 844-DIRT-TIX or visit

Tentative 2018 Modified Tour Schedule (updated 1/19)

Sat., April 14 Tyler County Speedway, Middlebourne, WV(Rain date- April 21st)

Sat. April 28 Sharon Speedway, Hartford, Ohio

Sat. May 26 Sharon Speedway

Sun. May 27 Eriez Speedway, Erie, PA

Sat. June 23 Sharon Speedway

Fri. June, 29 Raceway 7, Conneaut, OH

Sat., June 30 New Stateline Speedway, Busti, NY

Sat. July 7 Sharon Speedway (Lou Blaney Memorial)

Thursday, July 12 Expo Speedway Trumbull County Fair, Cortland, OH

Fri., July 20 Lernerville Speedway, Sarver, PA

Sat., July 21 Sharon Speedway

Sat., Aug. 25 Sharon Speedway

Fri., Aug. 31 Thunder Mountain Speedway, Brookville, PA



If you are a racing fan (or even if you're not!) the Bridgeport Speedway is where you want to be when the 2018 racing season comes rolling around.

The Bridgeport Speedway will actually be three speedways this season – a feat unheralded in dirt track racing in the Northeast.  In addition to the lightning fast 5/8 mile track and the Spirit Auto Center quarter mile, a new 3/8 mile has been configured and will see its first racing action when the green flag waves on the 2018 season.

The 60 Over Special  - Doug Hoffman Memorial Race will open the season on Friday and Saturday, March 30th and 31st.  Friday night action will see the 358 Small Block Modifieds in action along with the first DA's Auto Body & Repair Rookie feature event of the season.  There will also be open practice sessions for the Big Blocks, Crates and Outlaw Stocks as they prepare for the first hand of the Colonial Pipeline Call Before You Dig 2018 Poker Series on Saturday night.

Doug Hoffman played such an important role at the Bridgeport Speedway both as a competitor and as a promoter.  Hoffman's multiple championships and ninety-two feature wins account for a large portion of the track's history.  Then in 2012, Hoffman came to the Bridgeport Speedway as the promoter and started what the Ramey family and Keith Hoffman, Danny Serrano and Dave Adams have continued every since – the rebirth of the Bridgeport Speedway.  Hoffman brought the Big Block Modifieds back to the 5/8 mile track and introduced his Poker  Series to the fans and competitors at Bridgeport.

The United Racing Club will appear at the Bridgeport Speedway for three shows during the 2018 season, including the club's season opener on Sunday, April 15th.  The season opener has been known to set the stage for the season.  The URC Sprint Cars have been growing in popularity at the Bridgeport Speedway where the race has frequently been determined by a last lap pass.

There will be a special Pre-Season Points chase on the new 3/8th mile track for the 602 Crates and Big Blocks.  In addition to cash awards, the top thirteen drivers will each receive an additional card for their 2018 Poker Series hand.  The opening of the 3/8th mile during the pre-season is certain to attract the attention of many invaders from the Tri-State area and beyond, many who will use the Pre-Season to prepare for the Small Track Super Series event  - the South Jersey Shootout on Sunday April 29th.

The first race of the Bridgeport 2018 Track Championships will take place on Saturday, May 5th.

The Super DIRTcars return to the Bridgeport Speedway after a tremendous outing last season.  "The Battle of the Bridge" is part of Bridgeport's Big Three events this season.  With Bridgeport's own Ryan Watt and Billy Pauch taking first and second place honors last season, you can bet that the boys from DIRT will be ready to protect their honor when they come to Bridgeport on Wednesday night, May 16th.

Just six days later, the Bridgeport Speedway will host the World of Outlaws (WoO) for the first time in some twenty years.  This is the only WoO appearance in the state of New Jersey this season and will be run on the 3/8th mile track.  The World of Outlaws show is the second show in Bridgeport's Big 3 this season.

On Saturday night, June 16th the every popular Pack the House night returns to the Bridgeport Speedway!!  With free grandstand admission, fans will have the opportunity to see eight divisions of racing!!

The Eastern Storm will pull into Bridgeport on Monday, June 18th for a first ever appearance of the wingless United States Auto Club (USAC)  Sprint Cars.  This show is the third leg of the Bridgeport Big 3 and will bring the likes of Justin Grant, Robert Ballou, Tyler Courtney, Dave Darland and Chris Windom to Bridgeport Speedway for an exciting night of wingless Sprint Car racing.

There will be two shows for the Misfits 4x4s full of mud, big trucks and demo cars and the people who drive them!

The second hand of the Poker Series will take place with the return of the All American 40 on Sunday July 1st.

The Three for All will move to the 3/8th mile speedway this season as it showcases the Small Block Modifieds (Spec heads), the USAC wingless 360 Sprint Cars and the one and only Bridgeport appearance of the  Super Late Models.

The Rumble of the River will take place in mid-August, the third hand of the 2018 Poker Series.

The ever popular Monster Trucks will return to Bridgeport Speedway this season with a Bigger and Better show.  Eight Monster Trucks will highlight the two day event that drew record crowds in the Bridgeport Speedway last season.  The Monster Trucks come to Bridgeport on Saturday and Sunday, September 15th and 16th.

The third running of the King of the Big Blocks will take place on Saturday, September 29th.  This show has become a "must see" for all race fans.  Billy Pauch and Ryan Watt have worn the crown so far.  Who will be the winner in 2018??

The 2018 season will come to a close with the Wildcard Weekend – a two day event and the final hand of the 2018 Poker Series.  On Friday and Saturday, November 9th and 10th the Bridgeport Speedway will close their season the same way they opened it – with a two day event.  The Small Block Modifieds and Outlaw Stocks take center stage on Friday night along with time hot laps for Saturday's show of Big Block Modifieds, Crates and Outlaw Stocks.



Some three hundred people were in attendance as the Bridgeport Speedway honored their 2017 track champions, Colonial Pipeline Call Before You Dig Poker Series Champions as well as the top performers on the Spirit Auto Center quarter mile track.

Bridgeport Speedway owner, Brian Ramey, addressed those in attendance, celebrating Bridgeport's success as well as looking forward to the track's future that will include the opening of a third track - a 3/8th mile speedway that will offer even more competition opportunities for the Logan Township facility. Ramey credited his management team that includes Keith Hoffman, Danny Serrano and Dave Adams, Kolby Ramey and Hali Monroe. Ramey talked about the past struggles of the speedway and how his original goal was to prove that the facility could be profitable so that it could be sold.  "We aren't racers," Ramey stated, "but I have come to love this racing family.  We are committed to the future of the Bridgeport Speedway,"

Ryan Watt received the top honors in the Spirit Auto Center Big Block Modifieds with his Ron Roberts Racing No. 14w.  Watt is just one of six drivers to have collected back-to-back titles in the history of the 5/8th mile speedway.  "This was the best year I've ever had," Watt exclaimed.  "Who would have thought that a message on Facebook in 2009 would have led to this!"  Watt referenced the 2009 season when it appeared that a blown motor would side the Boyertown driver and his team for the remaining weeks of the season.  But a season ending message posted on Facebook by his wife, Lesley, led to a response from Ron Roberts and Fay Marion who offered Watt an engine to complete the season.  And, as the saying goes, the rest is history.  Watt has rewarded Roberts with three Big Block titles (plus a Crate Modified Championship in 2011) and numerous victories.  The walls of Watt's garage, lined with the big checks from prominent wins, are a testament the success that the Watt/Roberts combination has produced.  Watt collected nine Bridgeport wins this season including the Super DIRTcar event, King of the Big Blocks and Dirty Jersey.

Dominick Buffalino finished second in Big Block points, finishing outside the top ten on just three occasions during Bridgeport's 2017 season.  Buffalino went winless at Bridgeport during the 2017 season but his frequent runner-up finishes and week in and week out consistency, had him second only to Watt in the final tally.  Rick Laubach, Richie Pratt, Jr. and David Hunt finished in third through fifth in the final standings.

For the first time, Watt also claimed the Colonial Pipeline Call Before You Dig Poker Series Championship after winning three Poker series events.  Duane Howard, the 2016 Poker Champion, finished second with Laubach's finishes netting him a third place run.  Frank Cozze had four top ten finishes in Poker Series competition but his finishes didn't add up to a competitive Poker Series hand but he was able to collect the winnings for the Worst Hand of the 2017 season.

Young Matt Stangle raced to ten feature wins in the Stewart Stainless Crate Sportsman Division to collect his first Bridgeport Speedway championship in the Ace Materials No. 6. The Stangles celebrated the championship as a family that includes parents, grandparents and siblings - all who played a part in Matt's success during the 2017 season.

Brian Papiez collected seven wins during the season and kept the pressure on Stangle right up to the final nigh of racing.  Roger Manning had a single victory and seven second place finishes to finish third.  Eric Kormann's thirteen consecutive top five finishes placed him fourth with Adam Cox finishing fifth in his first full season as a Bridgeport competitor.

Stangle also collected the hardware for his first Poker Series Championship based on his three Poker Series wins.  Papiez won twice and his two Aces resulted in a runner-up finish. Manning's pair of eights placed him third.  Steven Kemery had five top ten finishes but finished with the Worst Hand in Crate/Sportsman Poker Series competition.


Short Track Super Series Fifth Anniversary Season Gets Underway With Milestone 50th Series Race

MILLSBORO, DEL – From an idea to an experiment. Then experiment to success.

The Short Track Super Series (STSS) approaches its fifth anniversary season in 2018, which gets underway with the milestone 50th race in STSS history on Saturday, March 17 at Georgetown (Del.) Speedway.

The STSS was launched to provide big-block/small-block Modified teams with large purses, lucrative point funds and manageable travel schedules during the 2013-2014 off-season.

Five years later, mission accomplished.

On April 6, 2014, the first-ever STSS event took place on the 'Hard Clay' of Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown, N.Y., with Andy Bachetti earning the inaugural triumph.

Now, the series rides a wave of momentum into '18 with an established Halmar International North Region offering $12,500 to the champion and Velocita-USA South Region paying $10,000 to the title winner.

Forty-nine STSS Modified races have been entered into the record books with 22 different drivers reaching Victory Lane.

Stewart Friesen leads the way with 10 career STSS victories, the most recent of which took place in October at Orange County as a kickoff to Eastern States Weekend.

Ryan Godown has six checkered flags to his credit, with Anthony Perrego and Danny Creeden taking four wins each. Ryan Watt, Bachetti and Matt Sheppard have each won on three occasions. Rick Laubach is a two-time winner.

Fourteen different drivers have scored one STSS victory: Rusty Smith, Duane Howard, Erick Rudolph, Jimmy Horton, Billy Pauch Jr., Chad Cook, Wade Hendrickson, Tommy Meier, Jordan Watson, David Van Horn, Brian Malcolm, Jackie Brown Jr., Shaun Walker and Danny Johnson.

Fourteen facilities in four states – New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware – have hosted the series since its inception.

New York's Afton Motorsports Park has presented more STSS events than any other venue, with eight races in the books at the fairgrounds track. Georgetown Speedway and Thunder Mountain Speedway in Center Lisle, N.Y., have played host to six races apiece.

Orange County Fair Speedway has opened the gates to STSS on five occasions. Both Bridgeport (N.J.) Speedway and Accord (N.Y.) Speedway have enjoyed four visits.

The series has made three stops each at Woodhull (N.Y.) Raceway, Big Diamond Speedway in Minersville, Pa., and Delaware International Speedway in Delmar, Del.

New Egypt (N.J.) Speedway and BAPS Motor Speedway in Newberrytown, Pa., have been the site of two visits while Albany-Saratoga Speedway in Malta, N.Y., Outlaw Speedway in Dundee, N.Y, and Penn Can Speedway in Susquehanna, Pa., have been invaded once by the STSS.

STSS Modified season openers are set for Georgetown on March 17 (Velocita-USA South) with the Melvin L. Joseph Memorial and Orange County April 8 (Halmar International North) for the 'Hard Clay Open' fifth annual event.

The '18 season is the most lucrative yet for the STSS due to its partnership with Sunoco Race Fuels and Insinger Performance. Should a driver win the affiliate 'home-track' American Racer Cup overall crown and the STSS North and South Series, that driver is in line for a $25,000 bonus. A driver winning the American Racer Cup and the STSS North or South Series will receive a $10,000 bonus. A 'grand champion' could pocket $57,500!


Matt Sheppard Hired To Drive For Maryland's Shawn Ward Racing In 2018 With Emphasis On Short Track Super Series; New No. 9s To Debut At Motorsports Show

HURLOCK, MD – The hottest Modified driver on dirt is heading to the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco in 2018.

Matt Sheppard, who ended 2017 with a Northeast-leading 40-plus feature wins, has announced his intentions to compete for Hurlock, Md.-based Shawn Ward Racing on the Short Track Super Series in '18 plus other high-paying special events in Delaware and New Jersey.

Expect the debut of an all-new Hurlock Auto & Speed-sponsored No. 9s in the Sunoco Race Fuels booth at this weekend's Motorsports 2018 Racecar & Trade Show at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, Pa.

"We're excited to have Matt on board for 2018," Ward said. "We've been working on putting something together with him to run some of these races he hadn't been able to chase before because of the distance and logistics for his own team.

"Now, he'll have a team ready and waiting for him."

'Super Matt' will have a pair of Bicknell race cars at his disposal with a number of engine combinations suitable for events on the series. The cars will sport Sheppard's trademark No. 9s.

The team plans to focus on both the STSS Halmar International North Region, a 10-race series contested primarily in New York State with a $12,500 champion's share and the eight-race Velocita-USA South Region contested in Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania with a $10,000 point title awaiting.

The STSS South battle kicks off March 16-17 at Del.'s Georgetown Speedway with the Melvin L. Joseph Memorial and Sheppard will be on hand.

"Matt looked at all the schedules already," he said. "We don't see many conflicts with the Short Track Super Series so that will be our priority, taking it race-by-race. When he's able to do some of the other high-paying races in the area, we'll be there.

"We'll be available for whatever he wants to do. Having Matt around will only help our whole program."

March will be busy for the team with the aforementioned opener at Georgetown, unsanctioned events at New Egypt (N.J.), Delaware International (Delmar, Del.) and Bridgeport (N.J.) speedways before heading to New York State in April for the STSS North Region 'Hard Clay Open' at Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown, N.Y.

Ward, who has won in Modified competition at Delaware International, also plans to drive as his own personal agenda allows. He will take part in the STSS opener at Georgetown March 16-17 with his familiar No. 7w.

Ward is the operator of Hurlock Auto & Speed Supply, a growing auto and oval-track speed business on the Maryland side of the DE/MD border. Hurlock Auto & Speed Supply is the official parts truck provider of Georgetown Speedway and an authorized dealer of American Racer tires and Sunoco Race Fuels.

The '18 season is the most lucrative yet for the STSS due to its partnership with Sunoco Race Fuels and Insinger Performance. Should a driver win the 'home-track' American Racer Cup overall crown and the STSS North and South Series, that driver is in line for a $25,000 bonus. A driver winning the American Racer Cup and the STSS North or South Series will receive a $10,000 bonus. A 'grand champion' could pocket $57,500!

Sheppard, a year ago, won the American Racer Cup competing regularly at Outlaw Speedway in Dundee, N.Y., driving for Vic Coffey and pocketed $11,000 for his efforts.

Sheppard has three career STSS victories, all in North Region competition: Thunder Mountain Speedway in Center Lisle, N.Y., in 2014, Outlaw Speedway in 2016 and the series' debut at Albany-Saratoga Speedway in Malta, N.Y., last August.



By Don and JoAnn Davies

Malta, NY (January 8, 2018) –   Although the 2017 season at Albany-Saratoga Speedway (Malta, NY) will go down as a season of reduced number of events due to five rainouts, it will also be relived as one of the most competitive to date and the crowning of Peter Britten as track champion.

Beginning in 2012 when Howard Commander purchased the famed 4/10 mile oval and Lyle DeVore began as the speedway promoter their combined talents have brought a new life to the speedway that has fans arriving in the early hours of every Friday to be one of the first through the gates when they open.

At the conclusion of 2017 it was a fan favorite, Peter Britten, who stood with the champion's trophy alongside his car owner, 1984 Sportsman track champion, Andy Romano.  For a driver who wasn't sure what 2017 would bring in terms of a weekly ride, it was the unlikely pairing of Britten's talent and Romano's desire to get back to having fun in racing that resulted in an extremely popular track championship.

Offering a highly competitive program that is strongly supported "The Great Race Place" has established itself as the place to be racing on a Friday night. whether you are a fan, a sponsor, or a race team.  Operating under the DIRTcar NE banner weekly, Albany-Saratoga averaged 31 Big Blocks, the largest weekly Big Block car count of all DIRTcar sanctioned Big Block tracks, and a pit area filled with 140-150 race cars weekly with the support classes.

That car count included some of the most impressive dirt racers that run in the modern era—names such as Brett Hearn, Peter Britten, Kenny Tremont, Ronnie Johnson, Matt DeLorenzo and Keith Flach.   Over the course of the 2017 season, including special events, 93 different drivers competed in the Big Block Modified class.

The track also boasts weekly some of the most talented up and coming drivers who are the future of not only Albany-Saratoga, but dirt racing in general—Marc Johnson, Jeremy Wilder, Bodie Bellinger, Demetrious Drellos, and Bobby Hackel IV to name a few.                

There was no single driver who dominated the feature wins in 2017 for the Big Blocks.  Fans stood and cheered for single event winners Stewart Friesen, Demetrios Drellos, Don Ronca, Ronnie Johnson, Matt Sheppard, Tim McCreadie and Keith Flach.  Those who won twice were Peter Britten, Jeremy Wilder, Marc Johnson, and Ken Tremont, Jr.  Brett Hearn garnered the most wins of the season at three.  Of those Big Block Modified winners, Demetrios Drellos found his way to victory lane for the first time in front of the home track crowd.

The point battle came down to the last few laps of the last feature and it was an impressive win by Britten on the last lap over DeLorenzo that won him the title.  The championship is Britten's first in the United States.  Britten, who hails from Brisbane, Queensland, Australia is a three-time Australian National Modified Champion.   His 2017 season at Albany-Saratoga record run was based on two wins, 10 Top 5's and 13 Top 10's.  Finishing in the Top 10 in points for the season behind Britten were Flach, Hearn, Ronnie Johnson, Wilder, Marc Johnson, Ken Tremont Jr., Neil Stratton, Bodie Bellinger and Matt DeLorenzo.

A singular significant event occurred at Albany-Saratoga Speedway this season when seven time track champion Brett Hearn won his 900th career feature at the historic oval, a win that has been well documented with national media coverage.  DeVore had been hoping that win might occur at his track and he was prepared with a special trophy and victory lane celebration.  The speedway name will always be connected to Hearn's win as though it were meant to be.

Week in and week out the Sportsman class was strong in car count and intensity of competition from mid-pack and on forward.  With weekly car counts typically in the 35 – 40 range in the Sportsman class, and an additional 25 - 30 cars in the Limited Sportsman class, fans were treated weekly to some of the most competitive Sportsman racing one would see anywhere.

Rocky Warner clinched his first track title for the Sportsman class in 2017 with five feature wins, nine Top 5's, and 17 Top 10's.  Other feature winners were Connor Cleveland (2), Tim Hartman, Jr. (1), Dave Constantino (2), David Schilling (2), JaMike Sowle (2), Jack Lehner (1), Robert Bublak (1), Scott Duell (1), Adam McAuliffe (1), Andrew Buff (1) and Adam Pierson (1).

The DIRTcar Pro Stock class saw 60 different drivers compete during the season with the full fender action a real weekly challenge to its competitors.  When the season was all over it was the ever popular Kenny Martin who was crowned the track champion for 2017.  For Martin, this was his second track championship and he achieved it with an impressive season record of three wins, 10 Top 5's and 15 Top 10's.    Martin also captured the Ron Mensing sponsored "Featherfoot Series" crown.

Rounding out the Top 10 in the Pro Stock class were Kim Duell, Chuck Dumblewski, Dave DePaulo, Brandon Emigh, Dan Older, Luke Horning, Jeff Washburn, Ernie Grenier and Nick Arnold.  Feature winners during the season were Dumblewski (2), Emigh (1), Horning (1), Robbie Speed (3), Dean Charbonneau (1), Brandon Gray (1) and Rob Yetman (1).

Al Relyea was crowned the track champion in the Street Stock division after finishing the season with one win.  Randy Miller finished second (7 wins) with Jim Duncan (1), Damon Anderson, Joey Wilson (2), Scott Lawrence (2), Chase Aussicker (1), Mark Burch, John Hayes, and John Filarecki (1) completing the top ten finishing spots.  Also scoring a win in 2017 was Paul Mulrain.

Will Ryan (Single Cam) and Ben Grant (Dual Cam) were crowned the champions in their respective Greg's Towing and Repair sponsored 4-Cylinder divisions.  Completing the Top 5 in the Single Cam class were Robert Garney, Allana Jordan, Tyler Burch and Johnny Bruno.  In the Dual Cam division PJ Bleau, Steve Ryan, Jared Powell and Jason Lang rounded out the Top 5 in points.

There were several special events held during 2017 in addition to the DIRTcar NE Big Block Modified Series event ("The Big Show 9") that brought 45 cars to the track and at which Tim McCreadie won the $10,000 first place money.   The mid-week Short Track Super Series event was won by Matt Sheppard who was one of 49 cars entered for the event.  The speedway also hosted the "Featherfoot Series for Pro Stocks" and the "King of Dirt (KoD) Series" races for Pro Stocks, Sportsman and Small Blocks.

Add to the above "Stan Da Man's 32 Night" memorial event held in honor of DeVore's father who passed in late 2016, as well as appearances at the track by the Mohawk Vintage Modifieds, the Short Track Super Series, Patriot Sprints, DMC USAC Midgets, and the Capital Region Sprint Association.  There was something for everyone all season long.  

Also a part of this year's program was the very popular "Sowle Summer Showdown" sponsored by Sowle Trailer Repair, consisting of Triple 50's for the Modifieds, Sportsman and Pro Stocks that paid $4,000, $3,000 and $2,000 respectively.   

DeVore would like to thank the many seasonal sponsors including Advance Auto Parts, American Tactical Systems, Adirondack Nationals, Trustco Your Hometown Bank, Mangino GMC, Saratoga Masonry supply, Saratoga Surveillance, Garones Concrete, Cleveland Brothers landscaping, Malta Asphalt Lawn and Landscape, Fairfield Inn and Suites, A-Verdi Containers, Albany Rods and Kustoms, and Lazzaro's Auto Body.    

Thanks also to the many marketing partners including Rifenburg Construction, Tremont Rentals, Team Goewey, Elmo's Autobody, Sowle Trailer Repair, GMC, Pallette Stone Corp, World of Life, Adirondack Nationals, Madsen Overhead Doors, It Works!, Benjamin Moore, Satch Sales, Larosa's, Wendy's, Race Pro Weekly, Rounds 623 Dirt,  Charlton Oil Co., Emerick Associates, Malta Asphalt, Rounds Paving, Malta Med Emergency Care, County Waste & Recycling, GA Bove Fuels, Senator Kathy Marchione, T & T Body King and Bart Contracting.

For the faithful who attend Albany-Saratoga weekly, the end of the 2017 racing season not only marked the end of another exciting year of dirt track racing at "The Great Race Place," but the beginning of a feeling of anticipation as to what will await them when the gates for weekly racing open on Friday, April 20, 2018.

For the 2018 schedule and up-to-date Albany-Saratoga Speedway information be sure to visit online at or Twitter at or out Facebook page at Speedway.



Some three hundred people were in attendance as the Bridgeport Speedway honored their 2017 track champions, Colonial Pipeline Call Before You Dig Poker Series Champions as well as the top performers on the Spirit Auto Center quarter mile track.

Bridgeport Speedway owner, Brian Ramey, addressed those in attendance, celebrating Bridgeport's success as well as looking forward to the track's future that will include the opening of a third track - a 3/8th mile speedway that will offer even more competition opportunities for the Logan Township facility.  Ramey credited his management team that includes Keith Hoffman, Danny Serrano and Dave Adams, Kolby Ramey and Hali Monroe.  Ramey talked about the past struggles of the speedway and how his original goal was to prove that the facility could be profitable so that it could be sold.  "We aren't racers," Ramey stated, "but I have come to love this racing family.  We are committed to the future of the Bridgeport Speedway,"

Ryan Watt received the top honors in the Spirit Auto Center Big Block Modifieds with his Ron Roberts Racing No. 14w.  Watt is just one of six drivers to have collected back-to-back titles in the history of the 5/8th mile speedway.  "This was the best year I've ever had," Watt exclaimed.  "Who would have thought that a message on Facebook in 2009 would have led to this!"  Watt referenced the 2009 season when it appeared that a blown motor would side the Boyertown driver and his team for the remaining weeks of the season.  But a season ending message posted on Facebook by his wife, Lesley, led to a response from Ron Roberts and Fay Marion who offered Watt an engine to complete the season.  And, as the saying goes, the rest is history.  Watt has rewarded Roberts with three Big Block titles (plus a Crate Modified Championship in 2011) and numerous victories.  The walls of Watt's garage, lined with the big checks from prominent wins, are a testament the success that the Watt/Roberts combination has produced.  Watt collected nine Bridgeport wins this season including the Super DIRTcar event, King of the Big Blocks and Dirty Jersey.

Dominick Buffalino finished second in Big Block points, finishing outside the top ten on just three occasions during Bridgeport's 2017 season.  Buffalino went winless at Bridgeport during the 2017 season but his frequent runner-up finishes and week in and week out consistency, had him second only to Watt in the final tally.  Rick Laubach, Richie Pratt, Jr. and David Hunt finished in third through fifth in the final standings.

For the first time, Watt also claimed the Colonial Pipeline Call Before You Dig Poker Series Championship after winning three Poker series events.  Duane Howard, the 2016 Poker Champion, finished second with Laubach's finishes netting him a third place run.  Frank Cozze had four top ten finishes in Poker Series competition but his finishes didn't add up to a competitive Poker Series hand but he was able to collect the winnings for the Worst Hand of the 2017 season.

Young Matt Stangle raced to ten feature wins in the Stewart Stainless Crate Sportsman Division to collect his first Bridgeport Speedway championship in the Ace Materials No. 6.  The Stangles celebrated the championship as a family that includes parents, grandparents and siblings - all who played a part in Matt's success during the 2017 season.

Brian Papiez collected seven wins during the season and kept the pressure on Stangle right up to the final nigh of racing.  Roger Manning had a single victory and seven second place finishes to finish third.  Eric Kormann's thirteen consecutive top five finishes placed him fourth with Adam Cox finishing fifth in his first full season as a Bridgeport competitor.

Stangle also collected the hardware for his first Poker Series Championship based on his three Poker Series wins.  Papiez won twice and his two Aces resulted in a runner-up finish.  Manning's pair of eights placed him third.  Steven Kemery had five top ten finishes but finished with the Worst Hand in Crate/Sportsman Poker Series competition.

Danny Serrano presented five awards in appreciation for support and dedication to racing at the Bridgeport and Spirit Auto Center Speedway.  The recipients were Ken Andreas Sr. and Jr., Adam Cox, Don and Patti Thornton, Brian Ludwig and Whitey Kidd.



By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – The 2017 track championships at the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway were won by drivers in two completely different ways, either multiple victories or consistency brought the title to the drivers in the five different divisions run regularly during the 2017 racing season.

Tim Fuller led the consistent drivers with his first career Fonda Speedway championship in the modified division with only one feature win, which was the first win of his career at Fonda. Cory White was the limited sportsman champion at Fonda in 2017 with no feature victories but enough consistent finishes to bring him his first career title as well.

Drivers who had multiple victories bring them titles at Fonda in 2017 included Rocky Warner with eight feature wins in the sportsman division, Kenny Gates whose seven wins brought him the title in the pro stock division, and Johnny Young who captured his first street stock title with a total of five feature wins. Ken Hollenback was declared the 4-cylinder/cruiser champion even though the division did not run on a regular basis at Fonda in 2017.

For Warner it was his fourth consecutive title in the sportsman division after winning the title in 2014, 2015, 2016, & 2017. Warner’s impressive record at Fonda also includes track championships in the pro stock division in 2011 and street stock championships in 2005 and as co-champion in 2007.

Leading the way in feature wins in 2017 in the modified division at Fonda (with career win totals in parenthesis) was Stewart Friesen with six wins (47 career wins, eighth on the all-time win list) followed by Bobby Varin with five feature wins, which included the final three events of the season one of them being the Super DIRTcar Series season ending event (57 career wins, fourth on the all-time win list); Jeremy Wilder (eight career wins, tied for 25th on the all-time win list) and Josh Hohenforst (three career wins, tied for 29th on the all-time win list) both with two feature wins; Mike Mahaney (three career wins, tied for 29th on the all-time win list); Darwin Greene (two career feature wins, tied for 30th on the all-time win list); Justin Boehler, Tim Fuller, and Mike Maresca all had one feature win in 2017 which was the first of their careers at Fonda and all three drivers sit in a tie in 31st place on the all-time win list.

All total in the modified division there were nine different winning drivers in a total of 19 feature events with a double winner declared in one of those events due to scale issues in pre-race tech.

In the sportsman division Warner led the way as stated above with a total of eight wins in 2017 (25 career wins which is number one on the all-time win list) followed by Cody Clark with two feature wins (five career wins, seventh on the all-time win list); Mark Mortensen (18 career wins, second on the all-time win list), Dave Constantino (15 career wins, third on the all-time win list), Ray Zemken (seven career wins, fifth on the all-time win list), Tony Farone (five career wins, seventh on the all-time win list), Chad Edwards (three career wins, ninth on the all-time win list), Harry Shaffer, Aaron Burton, and Nick Scavia all eight drivers with one feature win in 2017. For Shaffer, Burton, and Scavia it was their first career win in the division at Fonda.

In summary there were 10 different winning drivers in a total of 18 racing events in the sportsman division at Fonda in 2017.

In the limited sportsman division William August led the way with four feature wins in 2017 followed by Mike Block, EJ McAuliffe, Larry Niemiec, and Kathy Bellen, all with two feature wins while Travis Billington and Devin Willis both had one feature win at Fonda in 2017.

Seven different drivers won feature events at Fonda in the limited sportsman division in a total of 14 events in 2017.

The CRSA, Patriot, URC, and ESS Sprint car groups all made appearances at Fonda in 2017 with Brett Jaycox and Kyle Smith (CRSA), Jared Zimbardi (Patriot), Cory Sparks (URC), and Danny Varin (ESS) were the winners of those events with Danny Varin also winning the prestigious Kramer Williamson Memorial in the final event of the 2017 season for his second ESS win of 2017 at Fonda.


$72,000 Distributed At Short Track Super Series Awards Banquet As Champions Andy Bachetti (North), Ryan Watt (South) & Corey Cormier (Sportsman) Lead Honorees

BETHLEHEM, PA – The Short Track Super Series (STSS) concluded its 2017 season on Saturday night by distributing a record $72,000 cash at its 'Night of Champions' Awards Banquet.

The Best Western Lehigh Valley Hotel & Conference Center served as the backdrop with approximately 200 guests on hand. Some 25 drivers were slated to share the huge cash payout plus thousands more in contingency awards and prizes.

STSS champions Andy Bachetti (Halmar International North Region), Ryan Watt (Velocita-USA South Region) and Corey Cormier (Sportsman) shared the limelight.

STSS announcer Jeff Ahlum served as master of ceremonies, with series organizer Brett Deyo handled the distribution of special awards and offered comments on the '17 season and future of the program.

Deyo outlined some astounding numbers from the recently completed campaign. A total of 445 drivers filed a registration at a series event in '17, while racing for $498,065 in payouts, not including any certificates or bonuses distributed. The $72,000 point fund pushed that number upward of a half-million dollars.

For the third time in four years, Sheffield, Mass., driver Andy Bachetti was lauded as the STSS Halmar International North Region champion. Bachetti received $12,500 in point fund cash for his efforts.

Bachetti won two events on the STSS circuit in '17, kicking off the season with a dramatic 20th-to-first drive at Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown, N.Y., to garner the 'Hard Clay Open' event, and taking the checkered first at Woodhull (N.Y.) Raceway in August.

The driver known as the 'Wild Child' was ultra-consistent on the circuit, placing inside the top-10 in eight of the nine events.

Two-time '17 North Region winner Anthony Perrego of Montgomery, N.Y., was recognized as the North Region runner-up, collecting $7,000. Perrego drove for Brian Smith's Superior Remodeling team, taking the checkered first at Accord (N.Y.) Speedway and Thunder Mountain Speedway in Center Lisle, N.Y.

Jeremy Smith of Triangle, N.Y., a first-year series regular, finished third and pocketed $4,000. Smith fielded a car for Sidney, N.Y.'s Billy Decker, fourth in points, earning $3,000. Danny Creeden of Wurtsboro, N.Y., capped another solid STSS season fifth in the standings, taking home $2,500.

Finishing sixth through 12th, respectively, in North Region standings were Stewart Friesen of Sprakers, N.Y., a winner at Afton (N.Y.) Motorsports Park and Orange County ($2,000); Tommy Meier of Waldwick, N.J., in the Jeff Behrent No. 3 ($1,750); Matt DeLorenzo of Cropseyville, N.Y. ($1,650); series newcomer J.R. Hurlburt of Otego, N.Y., driving for Jamie and Denise Page ($1,550); Nick Nye of Groton, N.Y. ($1,450); Craig Hanson of Johnstown, N.Y. ($1,000); and Jerry Higbie of Newburgh, N.Y. ($1,000).

For the second time, Boyertown, Pa., driver Ryan Watt was lauded as the STSS Velocita-USA South Region title winner. Watt, driving for Ron Roberts, received $10,000 for his efforts.

Watt won twice on the series – at Delaware International Speedway in Delmar, Del., in June and his home track of Bridgeport (N.J.) Speedway in September – and finished second on three other occasions.

Five drivers entered the season finale at Georgetown (Del.) Speedway with a shot at the title, but a runner-up effort was enough to bring home the crown.

Like Watt, runner-up Ryan Godown was a two-time winner on the series. The Ringoes, N.J., driver won at Big Diamond Speedway in Minersville, Pa., the series' annual North-South combo event, and ended the season in Georgetown Victory Lane. He received $5,000 in point fund cash.

Duane Howard of Oley, Pa., won his first STSS event at Georgetown in August driving for Norm Hansell and placed third in points, worth $3,000. David Van Horn of Harmony, N.J., was fourth and took home $2,000, while Georgetown Opening Day Melvin L. Joseph Memorial winner Jimmy Horton of Neshanic Station, N.J., finished fifth, receiving $1,500.

Drivers completing the top-12 were Billy Pauch Sr. of Frenchtown, N.J. ($1,400); Jordan Watson of Milford, Del. ($1,300); Rick Laubach of Hellertown, Pa. ($1,200): Billy Pauch Jr. of Milford, N.J. ($1,100); Jamie Mills of Milford, Del. ($1,050); Craig Von Dohren of Oley, Pa. ($1,000); and Stewart Friesen of Sprakers, N.Y. ($1,000).

Jim Britt of Broomall, Pa., attended every South Region event but wasn't able to crack the top-12. He received a $300 Attendance Bonus.

Corey Cormier of Otisville, N.Y., utilized consistency to win the STSS Sportsman title, with top-10 finishes in four of the five races. Cormier received $1,500 for the crown. Runner-up Larry Mekic of Moscow, Pa. ($750) and third-place Shayne Spoonhower of Berkshire, N.Y. ($500) were also present at the Awards Banquet.

The Outstanding Contribution to the Series Award went to Jamie and Denise Page, the former promoters of I-88 Speedway in Afton, N.Y., who were instrumental in the series' early years. After exiting the track promotional role at the end of the 2016 season, they took on a car owner role in '17, running the STSS circuit with driver J.R. Hurlburt.

Jeremy Smith was recognized as the Car Owner of the Year for his efforts chasing the STSS North Region as a driver and owner for Billy Decker, while entering many South Region events as well.

Sportsmanship Awards went to David Van Horn Jr. (South) and Nick Nye (North). Both were assets to the series in '17, presenting a positive attitude.

The unfortunate recipients of Hard Luck Awards were Billy Pauch Jr. (South) and Craig Hanson (North). For Pauch Jr., on-track incidents derailed his efforts, while Hanson suffered persistent engine issues that hindered his season.


Weedsport Speedway's 2018 Special Event Schedule Highlighted with Mid-Summer Blockbusters

WEEDSPORT, NY (December 14, 2017) – Weedsport Speedway officially announced its 2018 special event schedule on Thursday, revealing an 11-race calendar that features visits from the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars, the All-Star Circuit of Champions, USAC's National Sprints Cars, the Super DIRTcar Series Big Block Modifieds, the Empire Super Sprints, and more.

With 11 race dates ranging from Sunday, May 20 to Wednesday, October 3; a blockbuster weekend set for the middle of July is likely to catch the eye of eager race fans.

The World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series, Super DIRTcar Series Big Block Modifieds, and DIRTcar Sportsman will join together at Weedsport on July 28-29 for a two day show that will no doubt set the tone for an exciting summer of action.

The annual Hall of Fame 100 for the Super DIRTcar Series Big Blocks will launch the weekend on Saturday, July 28 while the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars will keep fans on the edge of their seats as they highlight the Sunday, July 29 Empire State Challenge program along with the DIRTcar Sportsman.

"We have been wanting to put together a mid-summer show stopping event at Weedsport for a while now, and I think we have hit the mark with this weekend lineup," said Weedsport Speedway promoter, Jimmy Phelps.  "It will no doubt be a memorable weekend with two of the best dirt racing series in the country here in Weedsport.  We hope our fans join us for the duration."

More information on this can't miss special event will be provided at in the coming weeks.

Weedsport Speedway will first see cars on track during its test and tune session set for Sunday, May 6, which will be open to all divisions.

The first competitive laps on the 3/8-mile will take place during opening night on Sunday, May 20 featuring the Icebreaker 50 for DIRTcar Big Block Modifieds.  The DIRTcar Sportsman and 600cc Micro Sprints will join the night's action.

The Modified opener at Weedsport serves as a warmup for the first of three visits by the Super DIRTcar Series Big Blocks on Monday, May 28, as they compete in the Memorial Day 100 along with Sportsman.

The month of June will be Sprintacular as Tony Stewart's All-Star Circuit of Champions will take on The Port on Sunday, June 10 followed by a historic first visit by the USAC National Sprint Cars on Tuesday, June 19.

The ASCoC show on June 10 will be paired with yet another Big Block Modified event while the Sportsman and a 600cc Micro Sprint Invitational A-Main will join the USAC Sprinters on June 19.

A star-studded month of July opens with the crown jewel Sportsman Classic 75 for the DIRTcar Sportsman Tour on Tuesday, July 3 paired with the Rush Late Models and 600cc Micros.

The first ever visit by the American Flat Track motorcycle series on Saturday, July 7 keeps the momentum rolling before the aforementioned July 28-29 mid-summer weekend for the Super DIRTcar Series, World of Outlaws Sprints, and Sportsman.

The month of August features the always popular Empire Super Sprints for their ESS Legends Reunion, along with Sportsman on Sunday, August 12.

Labor Day Weekend will once again provide the Labor Day Double Play with the Super DIRTcar Series Big Blocks and the ESS Sprints, along with the return of the DIRTcar Pro Stock Series.

Then, the racing season on the 3/8-mile will draw to a conclusion with the Super DIRT Week Kickoff Party on Wednesday, October 3 joining the DIRTcar 358 Modified Tour and the DIRTcar Sportsman Tour.

"We're very proud to have put together a special event calendar that features the best of the best in multiple forms of motorsport," said Phelps.  "We have 410 and 360 sprint cars of multiple varieties, the best in Modified and Sportsman racing, full fender action with Late Models and Pro Stocks, lightning fast micros, even motorcycles.  We're constantly working to please our fans and make Weedsport Speedway the hub of all types of motorsports, and we will keep working to make that happen."    

New for the 2018 season, Weedsport Speedway will implement a "No Smoking" policy for the grandstands.  Smoking will be permitted in designated areas in the midway.


Short Track Super Series Roars Into 2018 With Exciting Schedule

MILLSBORO, DE – The Short Track Super Series (STSS) is roaring into 2018.

On the heels of the most successful season to date for the series, STSS management has announced the 2018 big-block/small-block Modified schedule for the North Region and South Region.

The milestone 50th race in series history will kick-start '18 at Del.'s Georgetown Speedway on March 17 with the Melvin L. Joseph Memorial, a 49-lap event offering a minimum of $4,900 to win and $490 to start. A preliminary small-block Modified program has been added on Friday night (March 16), meaning teams will receive two paychecks for their trip south.

Georgetown, a "specials-only" half-mile oval, will host three total STSS Velocita South events in '18: the fifth annual 'Blast at the Beach' on Tuesday, August 28 and the title-deciding Mid-Atlantic Championship Weekend Friday-Saturday Oct. 26-27.

Bridgeport (N.J.) Speedway returns for the third consecutive season with the 'South Jersey Shootout' on Sunday, April 22.

The 'Diamond State 50' at the Cathell family's Delaware International Speedway in Delmar, Del., kicks off the holiday Memorial Day weekend on Thursday, May 24.

The only combined 'North-South' event on the schedule takes place at Big Diamond Speedway in Minersville, Pa., on Tuesday, June 5 with the 'Anthracite Assault' 50-lap event.

$10,000 cash awaits the winner of the York County Nationals on Sunday, July 29 at the newly renamed BAPS Motor Speedway (formerly Susquehanna Speedway Park) in Newberrytown, Pa.

For the first time since 1987, Modifieds roar around the 'Speed Palace' of Port Royal (Pa.) Speedway on Friday, October 12 with the 'Speed Showcase' featuring a doubleheader of 410 Sprint Cars and Modifieds.

The North Region will again start and end at the legendary Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown, N.Y. The 'Hard Clay Open' kicks it all off on Sunday, April 8, while the 'Hard Clay Finale' brings down the curtain on Thursday, Oct. 18, the eve of Eastern States Weekend. The 'Hard Clay Finale' will be the championship event of '18 for the North competitors.

Thunder Mountain Speedway in Center Lisle, N.Y., hosts the second round of the series on Memorial Day weekend, Sunday, May 27, with the 'Lightning on the Mountain' fifth edition.

Tyler Siri's Outlaw Speedway in Dundee, N.Y., returns to the schedule after an absence of one year on Wednesday, June 20 with the 'Outlaw Showdown' 50.

Accord (N.Y.) Speedway is the site to celebrate Independence Day on Tuesday, July 3 with the sixth 'Battle of the Bullring' on the quarter-mile oval.  The post-Thanksgiving, non-points 'Gobbler' will again close out Northeast dirt-track racing in '18 at the Gary and Donna Palmer-owned venue on Nov. 24.

Afton (N.Y.) Motorsports Park will see two visits by the STSS in '18. The first takes place on Wednesday, July 25 with the 'Afton Action 50' and the second is the American Racer Cup Short Track SuperNationals 11 on Oct. 5-6.

Woodhull (N.Y.) Raceway and Albany-Saratoga Speedway in Malta, N.Y., offer August stops on the series. Woodhull's 'Hustlin' the High Banks 54' takes place on Wednesday, Aug. 8, while the 'Stampede at 'toga' takes place on Tuesday, Aug. 14 at Albany-Saratoga, the 'Great Race Place' of the Capital Region.

Huge bonuses await STSS racers in '18. A driver winning both the North and South STSS regions and the 'home-track' American Racer Cup will receive a $25,000 bonus from Sunoco Race Fuels and Insinger Performance. Should a driver win the North or South STSS regions and the American Racer Cup, Sunoco and Insinger Performance will offer $10,000 cash.

Guaranteed championship amounts for '18 are as follows: $12,500 (North), $10,000 (South) and $10,000 (American Racer Cup).

Details of the STSS Sportsman program are being finalized, with a schedule release planned before the end of December.

Short Track Super Series 2018 Schedule
Sunday, April 8 – Orange County Fair Speedway
Sunday, May 27 – Thunder Mountain Speedway
Tuesday, June 5 – Big Diamond Speedway – COMBO
Wednesday, June 20 – Outlaw Speedway
Tuesday, July 3 – Accord Speedway
Wednesday, July 25 – Afton Motorsports Park
Wednesday, August 8 – Woodhull Raceway
Tuesday, August 14 – Albany-Saratoga Speedway
Friday-Saturday, October 5-6 – Afton Motorsports Park– American Racer Cup Short Track SuperNationals 11
Thursday, October 18 – Orange County Fair Speedway

Saturday, March 17 – Georgetown Speedway
Sunday, April 22 – Bridgeport Speedway
Thursday, May 24 – Delaware International Speedway
Tuesday, June 5 – Big Diamond Speedway
Sunday, July 29 – BAPS Motor Speedway
Tuesday, August 28 – Georgetown Speedway
Friday, October 12 – Port Royal Speedway
Friday-Saturday October 26-27 – Georgetown Speedway- Mid-Atlantic Championship Weekend


New Super DIRTcar Series Dates and Changes to the DIRTcar Hometrack Program Strengthens Dirt Racing in the Northeast
Big-Block Modifieds, 358 Modifieds, Sportsman Modifieds and Pro Stock 2018 schedules announced
CONCORD, NC - Dec. 1, 2017 - The Super DIRTcar Series is excited to announce its 2018 schedule along with the DIRTcar 358 Modifieds, Sportsman Modifieds and Pro Stocks. A total of 27 tracks will see action in 2018 from February through November across the four DIRTcar Racing divisions.
Super DIRTcar Series
The premier dirt racing series in the Northeast, the Super DIRTcar Series, will make its annual pilgrimage to DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park to celebrate the Speedway's 50th year of racing and unofficially kick off the season with a non-points event. The Super DIRTcar Series will benefit from the new expanded  event schedule with the Big-Block Modifieds in action for five straight nights from Tuesday to Saturday, Feb. 13-17.
The quest for the Super DIRTcar Series championship will officially begin at Fulton Speedway on April 28 as the Big-Block Modifieds return to action at the High Bank Holdup. The Series heads to New Jersey on Wednesday, May 16 for a date at Bridgeport Speedway. Additional highlights on the Super DIRTcar Series schedule include a second date for Brewerton (NY) Speedway, now June 15 and Sept. 14. Brett Hearn's BIG Show 9 at Albany-Saratoga Speedway on June 26 is a can't miss event.
The end of July Weedsport Speedway hosts a monster back-to-back event when the Super DIRTcar Series visits the .337-mile oval for the Hall of Fame 100 on Saturday, July 28. The following night the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series take center stage. Last year at the Hall of Fame 100, Stewart Friesen narrowly edged out Tim McCreadie at the finish line to take home the trophy, making it one of the most exciting finishes of the season.
"We're really excited to do a back-to-back at the end of July," said Weedsport Speedway Promoter Jimmy Phelps. "We tried to do this event in the spring and the fall the past couple of years, but the weather killed us; we're just really excited to get a mid-Summer date where hopefully this can build a foundation of marquee events at Weedsport Speedway."
Coming off a big weekend at Weedsport, the Series will visit Fonda Speedway on August 1 for the fourth annual Jack Johnson Tribute race.
One change to Series schedule that will benefit race fans will be when Mr. DIRT Track USA switches from a Thursday night to Saturday, Sept. 1 at Lebanon Valley Speedway.
This year will mark the 47th annual NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week. Race fans all agree, last year's NAPA Super DIRT Week was one of the greatest events in recent history. A last-lap pass for the win brought the near capacity crowd to their feet wanting more.
All Dirt Roads will once again lead to Charlotte for the crowning of the 2018 Super DIRTcar Series champion on Thurs-Sat., Nov. 1-3 with the running of the Textron Off Road World Finals.
In addition to the release of the 2018 schedule, DIRTcar Racing is also announcing a change to the DIRTcar Hometrack program. Hometrack points will no longer be collected for the Big-Block Modifieds starting in 2018. Traditionally, in order to compete for the Super DIRTcar Series championship, drivers needed the bonus points they were able to collect from the DIRTcar Hometrack program. Without these points, teams outside of the Central New York hotbed, challenged by the lack of proximity to these weekly tracks, now have a chance to compete for the championship.
"After working with the teams and track promoters, we are confident this will bring positive change to the sport," said Super DIRTcar Series Director, Mike Perrotte. "One of the many benefits we see with this change is it will alleviate travel costs on teams from having to travel hundreds of miles to a DIRTcar-sanctioned track to collect Hometrack points."
Year-long discussions were finalized at the Northeast Promoter Meetings in November when DIRTcar Racing officials and track promoters sat down to discuss the change. At the conclusion of the meeting everyone was in agreeance that the elimination of Hometrack points will benefit fans, drivers, teams, and tracks all over the northeast.
Big-Block Modified teams will have the opportunity to try their hand at new tracks and challenge themselves with less familiar territory, while weekly racers can maintain their hometrack advantage against new invaders.
"The goal will be to create new stars in Modified racing and bolster the car counts not only on the Super DIRTcar Series but at weekly track," added Perrotte.
"A change to the [DIRTcar] Hometrack program will open up the door to new faces giving them the opportunity compete at their weekly tracks," added Jimmy Phelps. "This change will also allow for a few more weekend shows at weekly tracks that traditionally ran on a week night, you will also see new faces popping into various weekly events."
358 Modifieds
The 358 Modified schedule is split into two regions, North and South. The 2018 season kicks off with a Mother's Day special on Sunday, May 13 at Utica-Rome Speedway. The 358 Modifieds will visit Mohawk International Raceway (Aug. 9), Fonda Speedway (Sept. 21), and a host of other great tracks before the combo events begin.From Oct. 2 to 13, the 358 Modifieds will run five events at five separate tracks beginning with Utica-Rome Speedway and moving onto Weedsport Speedway, Brewerton Speedway and Oswego Speedway before closing out the season with the Loud & Dirty Northeast Fall Nationals at Brockville Speedway.
Sportsman Modifieds
For the second year in a row, the Sportsman Modifieds will once again have a regionalized schedule with Central, North and West regions. Each region will have six races spanning from late April to September. Points from every race will tally towards the Fall Championshipat Brockville Ontario Speedway on Friday, Oct. 12 before drivers head south to Charlotte for a non-points event in the popular OneDirt World Short Track Championship.
"Super DIRT Week and The OneDirt World Short Track Championship in Charlotte are obviously two of the best events in short track racing nationally, and the Sportsman Modifieds are a big part of each," said DIRTcar Racing Northeast Sportsman Director Cory Reed. "The Outlaw 200 at Fulton drew an astounding 111 entries this year, proving it's high on the list of big ones for our competitors."


Champions Honored at DIRTcar Northeast Banquet
Yetman, Marcuccilli, Bernard and Sheppard Crowned
SYRACUSE, NY - Nov. 20, 2017 - The Northeast DIRTcar Racing industry gathered on Saturday night to celebrate the many accomplishments throughout the 2017 racing season, handing out over $200,000 dollars and special awards while honoring the champions for another great season.
The Night of Champions kicked off with the acknowledgement of the many tracks, sponsors and teams that gathered in the banquet hall at the Holiday Inn in Central New York.
A very special recognition was made for Bear Ridge (VT) Speedway and the Elms family were honored as Bear Ridge Speedway celebrated its 50th year of operation.
Following the warm reception, DIRTcar Racing honored and recognized the Mr. DIRTcar champions for their efforts and success. For the sixth year, the Mr. DIRTcar Home Track Points Championship pitted racers throughout the Northeast against one another based on their best 16 finishes in their respective division at any DIRTcar Racing sanctioned track.
Rob Yetman was awarded the Pro Stock Mr. DIRTcar Championship. Yetman tallied eight wins, 24 top-five finishes and 26 top-10s. The Castleton, NY driver collected $1,000 from the point fund and a $500 fuel certificate from VP Racing Fuels.
With 18 wins, 34 top-five finishes and 46 top-10s, Rocky Warner collected the Sportsman Modified Mr. DIRTcar Championship. Warner walks away with $1,000 from the point fund and a $750 fuel certificate from the VP Racing Fuels.
"We had an awesome year. [Dave] Marcuccilli ruined October for us, but we can't be disappointed with 25 total wins on the 2017 season," said Rocky Warner. "We came into the season with a goal of winning this championship."
In the 358 Modified ranks, a familiar face once again walked away with the Mr. DIRTcar Racing Champion. David Herbert was crowned champion for the fourth consecutive time, fifth overall. For his efforts, Herbert collected $3,000 from the point funds and $1,000 in VP Racing Fuels certificate.
Last year's Big-Block Modified Rookie of the Year winner, Max McLaughlin took home the 2017 Super DIRTcar Series Most Popular Driver presented by and took home a $1,500 check.
"I was asked earlier if I thought I could win the most popular driver, and I said no way, that guy [as McLaughlin pointed to Matt Sheppard] is definitely the most popular," said Max McLauhglin. "It's definitely an honor to be recognized by the fans. This means a lot to me."
Following a brief break for dinner, the Super DIRTcar Series champion, Matt Sheppard participated in some entertainment provided by magician, Magic Lou. The highlight of the skit was when Magic Lou made a $100 bill with Sheppard's signature disappear into the middle of an orange.
When the awards continued, Rob Yetman returned to the stage to collect his hardware for his stellar season which included a fifth consecutive NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week victory at Oswego Speedway.
"Everywhere we went it seemed like we had a little something at the end, but what a year!" said Rob Yetman, "There was non-stop digging in the garage; I can't thank everyone enough for their effort."
Dave Marcuccilli picked up the Sportsman Modified championship tallying two wins, three-five finishes and three top-10s. Marcuccilli edged out Ron Davis III for the honors.
Steve Bernard who calls Drummond and LeRPM home, racked up three wins, five top-five finishes and six top-10s scored the 2017 championship in the 358 Modifieds.
The night of celebration wrapped up with the Super DIRTcar Series. The top-15 in Series points were recognized but taking home the top honors was Matt Sheppard. In one of the greatest comebacks in Series history, the Waterloo, NY driver overcame a 185-point deficit to capture his sixth Super DIRTcar Series championship. During his stellar run through the summer months, Sheppard racked up five straight wins en route to his 12 overall; tying the single-season win recording that he set in 2016.
"It feels as good as the first one did," proclaimed Matt Sheppard. "We got to a point where we were taking a different approach on it. We put a lot of pressure on ourselves and worked hard night-in and night-out and [team] kept saying we need to win this championship. We kind of made the turn somewhere this Summer and said let's just have fun and go out and race and see what happens. I feel like we are having the most fun we've ever had and we're winning the most races we've ever had; I don't know if the two go hand-in-hand with each other but its working for us."
In front of a room full of talented drivers, Master of Ceremonies Shane Andrews asked Sheppard if he felt like he considers himself elite.
"I grew up a fan of this sport and as a kid I watched Alan [Johnson], Brett [Hearn] and Billy [Decker], it's just a pleasure to race with these guys but I can't classify myself as in the same category as those guys," added the six-time champion Matt Sheppard.
Following the Mr. DIRTcar champion recognitions, winners were chosen for the Number One Speed /Motorsports Safety Systems / G-Force Rookie of the Year Awards. These drivers are the next great stars in DIRTcar Racing and were recognized for their triumphs this season. This year's winners were: Cody Bleau in the Big-Block Modifieds, Jesse Cotriss in the 358 Modifieds, Tyler Thompson in the Sportsman Modifieds and Josh Coonradt from the Pro Stocks.
For the third straight year, a raffle for a new 602 Chevrolet Performance crate motor. Any Sportsman Modified driver that entered an DIRTcar Sportsman Modified event was entered in to the end of the year raffle. Kyle Wilson was the lucky driver going home with the new Chevrolet Performance crate motor.



Malta, NY (November 19, 2017) – The 2017 season had not yet come to an official close when Promoter Lyle DeVore began to lay plans for the facility and program improvements at the popular dirt oval that runs weekly on Friday nights under the DIRTcar NE banner.

“The 2017 season was a great season for us despite five rainouts and threatening weather every week,” stated DeVore.  “Our car counts were great and the crowds were good weekly.  All in all we had a successful year.”

When fans and teams walk in the front gate on opening night in 2018 they will notice several improvements, all of which are designed to make their Friday night dirt racing experience a great one.

The tentative “to do” list consists of many “big ticket” items including additional paving in the grandstand area, a new pit building for technical inspections that would accommodate two cars, increased signage, updated electrical infrastructure, a revamped victory lane area, and an expanded pit area.  Long-term plans include expanding the suite areas to provide an enhanced experience for track sponsors.

“It’s a lengthy list,” said DeVore, “…and what we can accomplish will depend a lot on the weather conditions over the off season.  Mother Nature will have a major say in dictating what everyone will see come Spring.”

On the schedule for 2018 will be the return of two mid-week races--the Brett Hearn “Big Show” DIRTcar Series race that will be held on Tuesday, June 26 (rain date of July 3, 2017) as well as a Short Track Super Series race to be held on Tuesday, August 14, 2018.   

Peter Britten, 2017 track champion, will be returning to defend his title in 2018 with car owner and former track champion Andy Romano of Andy’s Speed Shop (Amsterdam, NY).  DeVore has been contacted by several drivers, across all divisions, who have indicated their interest in running weekly and an announcement will be made shortly regarding the season schedule, as well as returning and new competitors.

DeVore and his fiancé, Marcy Mangino, have several events planned that will make greater use of the speedway grounds such as car shows and craft/vendor fairs.  “Our fall craft / vendor fair held in early October was a success with limited exposure and we have been approached by several organizations that we are working with to accommodate their events,” said Mangino.  “It’s exciting to envision the potential we have as a location.”

"The best thing about promoting Albany-Saratoga is that it’s where I got my start in racing as a young kid cleaning up the parking lot.  Now, I’m the promoter and Marcy and I are working together to reach our goal of being one of the most successful dirt tracks in the Northeast,” commented DeVore.  

The 2017 banquet will be held on Friday, January 26, 2018 at Holiday Inn Saratoga Springs (NY).    Information on reservations and hotel accommodations will be posted shortly on the track web site at


Short Track Super Series Modifieds Set To Debut At Port Royal Speedway In 2018; Speed Showcase Set For Friday, October 12

PORT ROYAL, PA – The rumble of Modifieds returns to Port Royal Speedway in 2018.

For the first time in more than 30 years, the rejuvenated fairgrounds facility known as the 'Speed Palace' will play host to a Modified race. The 2018 return will be sanctioned by the Short Track Super Series (STSS) as part of the tour's South Region.

The event is planned for Friday night, October 12 in conjunction with a 410 Sprint Car show.

It has been dubbed the 'Speed Showcase' with two headline divisions on the program.

Modifieds last competed on the fast Port Royal half-mile oval in 1987.

"We've been looking at adding a Modified race for the last couple seasons," Port Royal promoter Steve O'Neal said. "It's been a request from a lot of fans and even Modified racers to have an event at the track.

"We're looking forward to welcoming the Modifieds to Port Royal in what should be a great night of racing."

A rain date for the event has been set for Sunday, October 14.

The Port Royal stop will be the seventh of eight stops on the STSS South Region en route to the $10,000 series championship.

"I've heard and seen only good things about Port Royal the last couple years," STSS promoter Brett Deyo said. "Having this opportunity to spotlight our series at such a first-class venue alongside of the 410 Sprint Cars is something I am very thankful for."

Port Royal will make the second 'Central PA' appearance by the STSS in 2018. The series stops at BAPS Motor Speedway (formerly Susquehanna) in Newberrytown, Pa., on Sunday, July 29 with the $10,000-to-win York County Nationals.



By Mike Leone

Hartford, OH November 13, 2017 While the 2018 season is more than five months away with the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series opener on April 20, Sharon Speedway management has been hard at work crafting an exciting new program to the premiere "410" Sprint Car and Big-Block Modified divisions. The 89th anniversary season will feature a new 12-race program titled the "Super Series", which will include six events each for the "410" Sprint Cars ($3,000 to-win) and for the Big-Block Modifieds ($2,000 to-win) under the Mod Tour, Inc. banner.

Ever since the "410" Sprints ran weekly in 2010, Sharon has traditionally held Sprint shows as part of Ohio Speedweek and the "Lou Blaney Memorial". In recent years, some non-sanctioned events were added, which proved successful. Last year, Danny Holtgraver and Sye Lynch won these events, while NASCAR's Kyle Larson and Christopher Bell won the Ohio Speedweek and "Lou Blaney Memorial" shows respectively.

In effort to expand the "410" Sprint Cars presence at Sharon in 2018, the "Super Series" will feature an additional six $3,000 to-win increased purse events on May 12, June 2, June 30, August 4, August 11, and August 18.

Meanwhile, the headlining Hovis Auto & Truck Supply Big-Block Modifieds will also have their share of special events in 2018. The ground-pounders will battle for increased purses six times as $2,000 will be on the line for their April 28 opener along with May 26, June 23, July 7 for the "Lou Blaney Memorial", July 21, and August 25. After a year's hiatus, the Mod Tour will return to Sharon and will sanction these events.

"We're really looking forward to bringing these events to Sharon in 2018," expressed General Manager Dave Willoughby. "The Sprint Cars have always been an important part of our program. The drivers and fans have really supported our events well in recent years so we're excited to give them some additional higher paying events. Big-Block Modified racers have been clamoring for more higher paying races in the area so this will give them the opportunity to race for more money as well. Along with these events, we're excited about Lucas Oil Late Models returning, three All Star Sprint events, the $10,000 to-win Penn-Ohio Stock event on June 16, and more for 2018."

The HTMA/Precise Racing Products RUSH Sportsman Modifieds, Gibson Insurance Agency Stock Cars, and Summit Racing Equipment Econo Mods will continue to make up the balance of the weekly program in 2018. These divisions are coming off a strong 2017 season that saw an average of 32 Stocks, 24 RUSH Sportsman Modifieds, and 21 Econo Mods per night.  









































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