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SAIL PANELS RETURN WEEKLY TO FIVE MILE POINT SPEEDWAY MODIFIEDS IN 2017

KIRKWOOD, NY...It's official, after off-season speculation the Modified division at Five Mile Point Speedway will return to weekly racing with the "Sail Panel" bodies.  Five Mile Point Speedway was the first area track to utilize the "sail panels" weekly on the Modified division back in 1992 and the return is expected to be a popular move.  The first Modified event of the season is Sunday, April 9th with race number one of the Sunday Summer Slam Series.
 
The move to the "sail panels" weekly at Five Mile Point Speedway comes after talking with area Modified car owners and drivers.  Five Mile Point Speedway owner Andrew Harpell commented, "The overwhelming majority of the people that we spoke with were in favor of the change to weekly sail panels on the Modifieds so we will put it in to effect immediately."  He added, "I personally like the extra room on the bodies for sponsors but honestly had to be convinced to make the change.  We had only one repeat Modified feature winner last season (Danny Johnson) and the clean racing was second to none so making this change was only after major consideration."
 
Historically the "sail panels" originated at the old East Windsor Speedway (NJ) along with big drag rubber tires and wide open racing.  The body style moved north to the "Outlaw Circuit" with Brewerton and Fulton Speedway's utilizing the look in the late 80's.  Dan Harpell was the next to make the move to the "sail panels" in 1991 at Five Mile Point Speedway.  The popularity of the body style today has grown but with that there has also been a great debate among fans whether they prefer the traditional "DIRTcar" bodies or the "sail panels".
 
Recently, Five Mile Point Speedway conducted an informal poll on their Facebook page and the overwhelming response was to try the change for the 2017 on the Modified division.  The new look will provide casual fans a distinction between the full blown Modified division and the Crate Sportsman class which will continue to run with the traditional body style.  Last season two races were conducted for the Modified teams utilizing the sail panels and the car counts were 36 and 60 strong in those two events.
 
Andrew Harpell added, "Quite frankly we were the only area facility not running the sail panels weekly on our Modifieds.  This will just make it easier on teams that want to run at more than one weekly track in our area."
 
Modified teams will not be required to run the "sail panels" but will be permitted weekly to do so.  The body heights will be identical to the other area tracks running the body style weekly.  On a quarter mile track like Five Mile Point Speedway the sail panels can help or hurt a driver based on their driving style.  Three years ago Kevin Bates won the Southern Tier Open event with a traditional body style while every other team in the field ran the sail panels.  Let the debate begin!
 
Teams utilizing the Open Sportsman motors in the Modified field will also have the option of running the "sail panels" weekly.  The weekly Open Sportsman cash bonuses will again continue this year to the top three finishers in the Modified field as follows:  1st - $150, 2nd - $125, 3rd - $100. This bonus is in addition to the posted weekly purse meaning the top finishing Open Sportsman driver is guaranteed $300 weekly to compete in the 30 lap feature.
 
The 67th consecutive season opener is set for Sunday, April 2nd with the GRIT Crate Sportsman season opener headlining the action.  Race time is 5 p.m.  The Modified season opener will take place on Sunday, April 9th with race number one of the Sunday Summer Slam Series at the speedway.
 
For additional information please phone 607-775-5555 or log on to www.5milepointspeedway.com.  You may also email the speedway directly at fivemilepoint1@aol.com.  Five Mile Point Speedway – "The Home Speedway of the Southern Tier" where kids 12 and younger are admitted FREE to every race event!

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DEMITRASZEK ENTERPRISES JUMP STARTS THE 2017 SEASON WITH THE NORTHEAST MOTORSPORTS EXPO

By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – On Friday through Sunday March 17-19, Demitraszek Enterprises who promote racing events at both the Fonda Speedway and the Glen Ridge Motorsports Park got a start on the 2017 racing season with the annual Northeast Motorsports Expo at the Via Port Mall. A total of 73 racecars from various racing divisions were on display at the mall as the great looking cars filled the aisle ways of the facility.

The car show is a great time for racers to show off their new paint schemes for the 2017 racing season and is great exposure for the race teams and all of the sponsors on the racecars. Many of the drivers were on hand during the show to sign autographs and have their pictures taken with their fans and the racecar. Many of the race teams handed out photos and children were also seen getting in the racecars as a photo opportunity for their families to remember the moment.

The third annual “Pit Crew Challenge” was held this year at the car show after being organized by modified competitor Shaun Pangman. Winners of the event were Doug Sheely, Jeff Sheely, Dylan Sheely, and Chip Constantino while the pit crew of Rocky Warner placed second and the pit crew of Jessey Mueller placed third. Prizes awarded for the pit crew challenge were four pit passes to their choice of either Fonda or Glen Ridge, two $50 gift certificates to Elmo’s Speed Shop, and a $50 gift certificate to Mike Romano’s Andy’s Speed Shop.

Demitraszek Enterprises own Pete and Matt Demitraszek were on hand all weekend to answer questions about the upcoming season while their staff were selling DIRTcar licenses, pit passes to both tracks, and general admission grandstand passes as well. Schedule cards to both Fonda and Glen Ridge were available as handouts at the show.

The New York State Stock Car Association (NYSSCA) was at the show selling memberships to the organization, which has a benefit fund to help members who were injured in race related accidents. The fund has easily become one of the most important functions of the organization, which is open to not only drivers but crewmembers, car owners, track officials, track employees, and fans as well.

The Northeast Stock Car Old Timers (NESCOT) were also on hand to inform people about their organization and they were also selling the beautiful calendars that they prepare every year, which benefits their organization.

There was also entertainment at the center court of the mall at various times during the weekend featuring an “Elvis” impersonator and Fonda Speedway’s own starter Joe Kriss who is known for his rendition of the National Anthem which he performs at Fonda before the racing action begins and also his performances at area Karaoke events.

With the car show now complete the attention turns to the weather with hopes that it will get warm enough to melt all of the snow that fell in the northeast about a week ago so that Fonda and Glen Ridge can open up on time. According to the schedule cards handed out at the mall during the car show, Glen Ridge will have warmups and inspections for all divisions on Friday April 7 & Friday, April 14 while Fonda will do the same on Saturday, April 1 and Saturday, April 8. The admission for the pits on those days will be $20 while grandstand admission will be free if you bring an item for the SPCA.

The first actual race at Fonda will be held on Saturday, April 15 with the “Ice Jam” 50-lap event for the modifieds while the first actual race at Glen Ridge will be on Friday, April 21 with all divisions in action on the opening night of points.

On the Fonda and Glen Ridge Facebook pages, Demitraszek Enterprises officials had this to say regarding the car show, “I want to thank all of the drivers, owners, crews, and fans who attended the Fonda Car Show this past weekend. We had a great turnout of cars and fans and the excitement of opening day was in the air. I would also like to thank Tina and Jade of Via Port Mall and the security staff for making our entry and exit painless and all the people who helped put the show together, get the cars in and out (you know who you are) and worked the show. Thank You.”

For more information regarding the Demitraszek Enterprises managed speedways you can go to their respective websites www.glenridgemotorsportspark.net or www.newfondaspeedway.com. Both websites are all new for 2017 with all-time win lists included on the Fonda website along with some other statistics that may interest the fans.

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Chiller Thriller Saturday at the Park; Jack Frost and Snow Flake Coming Sunday

(Mercer, PA March 20, 2017):  The extended forecast for Mercer Raceway Park calls for warmer temperatures, so that means things will heat up on the racetrack for the first time in the 2017 season!

On Saturday, March 25, the BRP Modified Tour will invade for the first of two appearances. The Chiller Thriller will pit the ground-pounding Big Block Mods against their cousins, the 358 Modifieds that thrill the Mercer faithful during Saturday Night Live! racing programs. Then, Sunday, March 26, the track will present the Jack Frost Enduro and Snow Flake 25.

The Modified Tour will bring in the region's top name drivers, like multi-time champion Rex King, Sr., and his son, Cooter, or Rex Jr., as he is formally known. Defending series champion Erick Rudolph is expected to tow down from his western New York home. Dave Murdick, Kevin Bolland, Mark Frankhouser, and many more will be on hand.

Representing the track's 358 Mods will be fan favorites like Jimmy Holden, Lonnie Riggs, and Kyle Fink. Jeff Schaffer, Jr. and his dad, Jeff Sr., are expected, along with Sid Unverzagt, Jr., Kevin Green, J.R. McGinley, and Kevin Hoffman! Some of those racers have Big Blocks at their disposal, too, so a big question will be what powerplant will be sitting between the frame rails when they check in!

Joining the Modifieds will be the an unsanctioned race for the Crate Late Models, Open Stocks, and the UEMS e-Mods!

Gates will open for the Chiller Thriller at 4:00 for the Pits and for the spectators.

Ticket prices will be as follows for this special event:  adults $17, seniors (60+) $15, and students (ages 9-15) $7. Children (8 and under) will be free.  The Family Pass will be available at $35, and that will apply for two adults and up to four minor children of any age. Pit Passes will also be $35.

For the Jack Frost and Snow Flake 25, on Sunday, pit gates will open at 11 and racing will commence at noon, with an open practice session. The practice session will be available for all cars in any class. The Snow Flake 25 for Mini Stocks will take to the track at about 2:30, with the Jack Frost to follow.

The Sunday program will have the following prices applied:  adults $13, seniors (60+) $11, and students (ages 9-15) $5. Children (8 and under) will be free.  The Family Pass will be available at $28, and that will apply for two adults and up to four minor children of any age. Pit Passes will be $30.

There will be no two-day ticket packages offered.

If the weekend should fall to inclement weather, the same programs and formats will be repeated on April 1 and 2.

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STSS $12,500 North Championship Battle Gets Underway April 8 At Orange County Fair Speedway With Fourth Annual 'Hard Clay Open' Spectacular

MIDDLETOWN, NY – The chase for a $12,500 championship gets underway on the hallowed grounds of Orange County Fair Speedway Saturday, April 8.

The Halmar International North Region opener for the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By VP takes place on the Orange County Fairgrounds for the fourth consecutive year on April 8, headlined by a 50-lap main for the big-block/small-block Modifieds offering a total payout of more than $30,400.

Annually, the 'Hard Clay Open' has become a fan-favorite and 2017 will be no different as Modifieds with sail panels circulate the 'Legendary House of Power' five-eighths-mile clay oval.

In three editions of the 'Hard Clay Open' there have been three different winners. Andy Bachetti of Sheffield, Mass., stole the show in the 2014 inaugural running, with Stewart Friesen of Sprakers, N.Y., topping the '15 race. Last year, it was Waldwick, N.J., driver Tommy Meier – a regular at both OCFS and on the STSS circuit – taking home the winner's share with Jeff Behrent's No. 3.

The 'Hard Clay Open' kicks off the STSS North Region title fight, with $12,500 going to the series champion at year-end.

Modifieds will compete in qualifying and a 50-lap feature the STSS rules package. Crate 602 Sportsman will race under weekly OCFS rules utilizing an open draw.

For complete rules, prices and information, visit the following link: http://bdmotorsportsmedia.com/hard-clay-open-general-rules-prices-information/

At the 'Hard Clay Open' gates will open at 11 a.m. for the pit area. The drive-in and grandstand gates unlock at noon. A drivers' meeting will be held at 2:30 p.m., with hot laps at 3 p.m. and racing at 4 p.m.

A rain date of Sunday, April 9 is in place should there be inclement weather.

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THE NORTHEAST AUTO RACING EXPO SET TO START THE 2017 RACING SEASON ON MARCH 17-19 AT THE VIA PORT ROTTERDAM MALL

By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – On Friday, March 17 through Sunday, March 19 at the Via Port Rotterdam Mall, during normal business hours, the 2017 Northeast Auto Racing Expo, hosted by the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway, takes center stage as racers from both the Glen Ridge Motorsports Park and Fonda Speedways get to show off their race cars to the public for the first time before they take to the track next month.

The car show is a great time for the fans to go and take a look at all the new paint schemes for the 2017 season and also for the racers to show off the sponsors who make it possible for them to race.

DIRTcar licenses will be available at the car show as well as restricted pit area passes for both the Glen Ridge Motorsports Park and Fonda Speedways. According to the track websites, the Glen Ridge Motorsports Park track license is $65 while the Fonda Speedway track license is $75 before April 1 or $85 after April 1. Pit passes for both tracks are priced at $540 while general admission passes for the Fonda Speedway will also be available and are priced at $260 and $230 for seniors.

According to the DIRTcar Member.com website, DIRTcar memberships are priced according to the different divisions with either the big block or 358-modifieds priced at $125 while the northeast sportsman modified and pro stock division passes are priced at $100.

ALL DIVISION DRIVERS MUST HAVE A DIRTCAR LICENSE TO PARTICIPATE AND RECEIVE BENEFITS

A press release put out by DIRTcar out of Concord, NC on March 2, 2017 stated that starting with the first events of 2017, any participants of a DIRTcar-sanctioned event will be required to hold a DIRTcar Racing membership. Any division without a 100 percent membership participation will be at risk of violating the sanction agreement and suspension of the sanction by DIRTcar Racing.

The practice of a mandatory membership is common in sports, including motorsports, creating a mutually beneficial relationship between the drivers and the point fund, rulebook, official decisions and appeals.

DIRTcar members participate in state, regional, and national divisional point funds for drivers and tracks; where in 2016, over $550,000.00 was distributed to members. Members also receive discounted entry fees and/or discounted pit entry fees at selected events.

One benefit that every driver hopes never to take advantage of is the $50,000 DIRTcar Member Benefit Supplemental Participant Accident Policy over a track-supplied deductible of $15,000.

“As you know, DIRTcar has MANDATED that all drivers have a DIRTcar license so on Saturday at the car show we will be giving $10.00 off all DIRTcar licenses purchased,” Demitraszek Enterprises own Pete Demitraszek stated recently on the Fonda Speedway Facebook page.

THIRD ANNUAL PIT CREW CHALLENGE
For the third straight year the Pit Crew Challenge will return at the car show with teams doing their best to be the quickest at the contest which again will be run by Shaun Pangman who does a great job at organizing the event and getting prizes to award the participants in the event.

“Our Fonda car show is coming up fast and Thursday night will see the procession of cars entering the Via Port Rotterdam Mall for a GREAT weekend show,” Pete Demitraszek said. “Thanks and I’m looking forward to meeting all the drivers and fans at the show.”

For more information about the Fonda Speedway “where history is made on Saturday nights” and the Glen Ridge Motorsports Park “the fastest quarter mile on dirt” as plans for the 2017 season are announced for both tracks under the Demitraszek Enterprises banner, you can go to their respective websites www.newfondaspeedway.com and www.glenridgemotorsportspark.net

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UTICA-ROME SPEEDWAY CLOSES THE DOOR ON 2016 SEASON WITH AWARDS BANQUET, PREPARES FOR THE 2017 SEASON
 
VERNON, NY- On Saturday, March 11, the Utica-Rome Speedway held its annual Awards Banquet and honored its top drivers for the 2016 season in front of a crowd of nearly 200 patrons at the Vernon Downs Hotel in Vernon, NY.  Matt Sheppard received top accolades in the Gates-Cole Insurance Modifieds as he captured his second consecutive title and third overall while Matt Janczuk was the SUNY Canton 602 Sportsman champion.  Steve Way was Broedel Energy Open Sportsman title winner for the second year in a row with Pete Stefanski securing his first ever G&I Homes of Vernon Pro Stock championship.
 
After splitting with his previous car owner during the 2015 off season, Matt Sheppard teamed up with Tom and Roxann Cullen in 2016 and never missed a beat.  Winning on opening night and carrying that momentum throughout the season to win six events, including two Ferris Mower Race of Champions events plus the lone Super DIRTcar Series race in July, Sheppard took home another title in a season often marred by rainouts.  Larry Wight kept the point battle interesting for much of the season, but the two-time feature winner had to settle for second in the season long point battle.  Another two-time feature winner, Danny Varin, was honored for third place point finish while one-time victor Pat Ward and two-time race winner Rob Bellinger rounded out the top five.  Marc Johnson, Vic Coffey, Mike Mahaney, Alan Johnson, and Matt Hulsizer filled out the remaining top 10 positions.
 
Matt Janzcuk celebrated his first ever SUNY Canton 602 Sportsman title after a season long dogfight with Sportsman kingpin Rocky Warner.  A dozen points was the final margin as two-time feature winner Janzcuk used consistency to hold off five-time winner Warner for the highly-contested championship.  Kyle Kiehn, Brent Joy, and Chris Mackey made up the rest of the top five point earners with Rocco Leone, one-time feature winner Jason Rood, Casey Williams, David Schilling, and feature winner John Christian also recognized for their efforts.
 
In what ended up being the final full season for the Broedel Energy Open Sportsman division at the Vernon oval, Steve Way fought his way to go down as the final track champion in class.  Way used consistency as he only saw victory lane once in 2016 to collect his second consecutive title.  Claude Hutchings, Jr. (four wins), Jack Miller (one win), Randy Shantel (one win), Jeremy Vunk (2 wins), Mark Effner, Heath Carney, Tom Tophoven, Craig Pope, and Lucas Heintz were also honored for their season long commitment.
 
Pete Stefanski made the weekly six-hour round trip from Western New York pay off as he survived a furious battle with runner-up Mike Welch and third place point earner Luke Horning as he took center stage as the 2016 G&I Homes of Vernon Pro Stock champion.  Stefanski, Welch, and Horning all scored three wins during the season as they battled for the title right up to the final night.  Single feature winner Jim Normoyle and Chris Carr took home honors as the fourth and fifth point earners while Bill Knapp, Gus Hollner, Frank Hyatt, Jerry Streeter, and Nick Stone (one win) rounded out the top 10.
 
After the top 10 in each division were honored, the attendees were shown a quick video clip from NASCAR top executives honoring all the racers for their accomplishments during the 2016 season.  The top three in each division were then called back up to the stage to receive their NASCAR Whelen All-American Series plaque for being the top point earners in their respective divisions.
 
AJ Miller was the next honoree as he was the University of Northwestern Ohio(UNOH) Youth Achievement Award.
 
Davidson Auto Kids Club organizer Dave Kingwater took the stage to explain the importance of the Kids Club and point out several drivers who made special efforts to enhance the children's experience at the speedway.  Kingwater also presented a special collage of photographs taken throughout the season of kids enjoying their race night activities to Davidson Auto.  Charles Tibbitts of Charles Tibbitts Masonry then joined Kingwater to present some special awards to competitors in all the weekly divisions.  Marc Johnson was given the Newcomer Award in the Gates-Cole Insurance Modifieds while SUNY Canton 602 Sportsman drivers Charlie Tibbitts and David Schilling were awarded the Rookie of the Year and Newcomer award, respectively.  Broedel Energy Open Sportsman driver Mark Effner received the Newcomer award while Rookie of the Year Aaron Page and Newcomer Nick Stone took home their awards in the G&I Homes of Vernon Pro Stocks.
 
Track owner and promoter Bill Shea then closed out the evening by thanking everyone for their continued support throughout the rain plagued 2016 season and described some of exciting events coming up in 2017.  He talked about his plans to make the Utica-Rome Speedway a multi-use facility with the addition of a motocross track and a go kart track.  He then announced plans for a huge 602 Sportsman event scheduled for July 23 which will pay $5,000 to win and will pay throughout the field, including any B, C, and D mains that are run.  He also discussed the transition from NASCAR to joining the DIRTcar fold which was well received.
 
Utica-Rome Speedway would like to thank Gates-Cole Insurance, SUNY Canton, Broedel Energy, and G&I Homes of Vernon for their support by being the title sponsors of our weekly divisions plus the support of all our weekly sponsors.  Without the help of our sponsors, we couldn't do what we do on a weekly basis.
 
Utica-Rome Speedway's 2017 season is set to open on Sunday April 2 with the first ever Chill Factor 40 that will feature a 40 lap $3,000 to win feature for the Gates-Cole Insurance Modifieds plus a $1,000 to win main event for the Broedel Energy DIRTcar Sportsman.  A King's Smash'em and Crash'em Demolition Derby and open practice for all other divisions is also planned as part of the opening day event.  For more information on this event as well as the rest of the 2017 season, visit the official speedway website at www.uticaromespeedway.com or call the office at (315)829-4557.  You can also like our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter to receive any updates.
 
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Earlier Start Time Announced For Melvin L. Joseph Memorial This Weekend At Georgetown Speedway; Northeast Modified Opener "A Go"

GEORGETOWN, DE – The 2017 Northeast opener for dirt Modifieds remains a "go" this weekend at Georgetown Speedway.

The Delaware half-mile oval is set to host the Melvin L. Joseph Memorial in memory of the speedway's founder, auto racing pioneer and First State business icon this Saturday (March 11).

The event is headlined by the opening round of the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By VP Velocita-USA South Region, a 49-lap big-block/small-block Modified main offering $4,900-plus to win, $1,000 for 10th and $490 to take the green flag.

Due to cooler forecasted temperatures, there have been changes announced for the Saturday time schedule.

The updated March 11 schedule is as follows: pit gates open at 11 a.m., grandstand gates at noon, hot laps at 1 p.m. and racing at 2 p.m.

Joining the STSS Modifieds on the Saturday program are the Crate 602 Sportsman paying $1,000 to win and $100 to start plus Southern Delaware Vintage Stock Cars, Little Lincolns, Delmarva Chargers and Delaware Super Trucks.

Adult grandstand admission is $20. Seniors (ages 65 and up) and Students (ages 13-17) pay $16. Kids 9-12 pay $10 and Children eight and under are FREE. Pit admission is $35 (ages 13 and up), $10 (ages 6-12) and $2 (five and under).

The Friday night (March 10) practice session will go on as scheduled, with pit gates opening at 4 p.m. and on-track activity 6:30-9:30 p.m.

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Wilder To Call The Great Race Place Home In 2017

For Immediate Release – March 6th, 2017

By Toby LaGrange/Albany-Saratoga Speedway PR

Fort Plain, NY – The Albany-Saratoga Speedway is about to get a bit larger. The 2017 racing season will see the Wilder Racing Team; along with driver Jeremy Wilder call the fast, four tenths of a mile oval home on Friday nights.

"We have a lot going on this year," Wilder said. "We are returning to the Albany-Saratoga Speedway weekly with the family owned, Teo Chassis number 22J machine."

Wilder was quick to thank one his generous supporter for making the return to the Great Race Place happen.

"Pat Riley has really stepped up for us this year," Wilder said. "I want to thank all of my other sponsors, family and crew."

Wilder was a track regular in the past however is making his return and looking to improve.

"We left Albany-Saratoga in the past due to logistics," Wilder said. "It was difficult to make it to Malta on time. We will get better with experience at Malta but it is not going to be easy."

The competition at Albany-Saratoga is second to none and wilder is very aware of the challenge his team has in store for them.

"It is tough week in and week out," the Fort Plain driver said. "It is very competitive with a lot of good racers. My goal is to get better each week and to be consistent. It will be tough but we want to be as competitive as we can."

Wilder and the rest of the DIRTcar Modified division will take center stage on Friday evening April 21st when they compete in the $3,000 to win season opener. For more information on the Albany-Saratoga Speedway, including the complete 2017 schedule of events, log on to the track website at www.albany-saratogaspeedway.com.

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Smooth Track Surface Greets Racers As Georgetown Speedway Opens 2017 Season Saturday With Open Practice; Melvin L. Joseph Memorial Up Next

GEORGETOWN, DE – Despite frigid temperatures and wind, Georgetown Speedway came to life for the first time in 2017 on Saturday.

Approximately 35 race cars, spanning a variety of divisions, took part in a three-hour open practice session at the Sussex County half-mile, turning the first laps since a complete resurfacing of the speedway during the off-season.

The 200-plus loads of clay knitted well, providing smooth track conditions throughout the session and requiring minimal track prep. The surface and added banking in the first and second turns drew positive reviews from competitors in attendance.

"We got so many positive comments from racers," Georgetown promoter Brett Deyo said. "The clay held up extremely well and produced minimal dust despite daytime conditions and wind.  We are really optimistic heading into the opener."

Among the divisions represented were big-block/small-block Modifieds, L&J Sheet Metal Crate 602 Sportsman, Super Late Models, RUSH Crate Late Models, Delmarva Chargers, Delaware Super Trucks, Vintage Cars and a Sprint Car.

The day's activities also marked the debut of a completely remodeled concession stand operated by Fat Daddy's BBQ. The award-winning "Fat Daddy's" food was a hit with attendees.

Attention now turns to the March 10-11 opening weekend.

On Friday, March 10, gates will open at 4 p.m. with open practice 6:30-9:30 p.m. Grandstand admission is free. Pit admission is $20 (Adults, over age 13), $10 (Kids 6-12) and $2 for children under five.

Saturday, March 11 is reserved for the Melvin L. Joseph Memorial, headlined by a 49-lap, $4,900-to-win main for the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By VP big-block/small-block Modifieds.

Joining the STSS Modifieds on the program are the Crate 602 Sportsman paying $1,000 to win and $100 to start plus Southern Delaware Vintage Stock Cars, Little Lincolns, Delmarva Chargers and Delaware Super Trucks.

On March 11, pit gates will open at noon. Grandstand gates will be unlocked at 1 p.m. Hot laps get underway at 3 p.m., with racing at 4 p.m.

Adult grandstand admission is $20. Seniors (ages 65 and up) and Students (ages 13-17) pay $16. Kids 9-12 pay $10 and Children eight and under are FREE. Pit admission is $35 (ages 13 and up), $10 (ages 6-12) and $2 (five and under).

A rain date of Sunday, March 12 is in place for the Melvin L. Joseph Memorial.

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Albany-Saratoga Sets Action Packed 2017 Schedule

For Immediate Release - February 27th, 2017

By Toby LaGrange/Albany-Saratoga Speedway PR

Malta, NY – As the warm weather slowly starts to enter New York's Capital Region, all eyes are on the month of April and the start of the 2017 racing season at the Albany-Saratoga Speedway. The Great Race Place has an action packed schedule in place for the new season.

The doors open on Sunday April 9th for track tech and safety inspection. The following Friday (April 14th) the track will open for an open practice session for any division.

The 2017 season opener will take the green on April 21st with a $3,000 to win DIRTcar Modified event. It will also be the first of the $1,000 to win Sowle Trailer Repair (STR) events for the Sportsman division. Other STR events will be held on May 5th, May 19th, June 2nd, July 2nd, July 21st, August 4th, August 25th and September 1st.  A week later the opening month of the season will come to a close with all divisions in action. The first Featherfoot Pro Stock Series will also be on the card.

On May 5th the month of May will kick off with a DIRTcar Modified qualifier for the Outlaw 200 at the Fulton Speedway. The Empire Lightning Sprints will also be on the card. The Hoosier Mama Mother's Day Special will take place on May 12th while May 19th will see Law Enforcement Night. The month will end on May 26th with the Patriot Sprint Tour on hand along with all weekly divisions.

The month of June will see seven events scheduled. The month kicks off with the King of Dirt Pro Stock Series (plus all divisions) on June 2nd and the annual Mark Hughes Memorial for the Sportsman division on June 9th (plus the Featherfoot Pro Stock Series and all divisions). The Hoosier Daddy Father's Day Special and Kiddie Rides take to the track the next two weeks. Brett Hearn's Big Show 9 returns to Albany-Saratoga on Tuesday June 27th. The 100 lap Super DIRTcar Series event for DIRTcar Modifieds will also see the Sportsman on the card. Fireworks and the Featherfoot Pro Stock Series round out the month on June 30th.

The King of Dirt Pro Stock Series returns to open the month of July (7th). One of the biggest events of the season in the Capital District takes to the track on July 14th. The Summer Showdown will see the DIRTcar Modifieds ($5,000 to win), Sportsman ($3,000 to win) and DIRTcar Pro Stocks ($2,000 to win) each complete in a 50 lap event.  The DIRTcar Pro Stock Series takes to the track on July 21st along with all weekly divisions. The month ends with Stan Da Man's 32 night. All divisions will be in action competing in 32 lap events.

The Meltz Lumber Street Stock event will take to the track on August 11th along with the CRSA Sprint Car Series. On Tuesday night August 15th Brett Deyo's Short Track Super Series comes to town with the inaugural Stampede at Toga. The King of Dirt Sportsman Series will also be on the card.

On Friday night September 1st the final point's race for the DIRTcar Modified, Sportsman and DIRTcar Pro Stocks will hit the track. The annual Northeast Crate Nationals for the Sportsman division will take place on September 8th. The event is part of the King of Dirt Sportsman Series. Also on the card will be the Sowle Trailer Repair Pro Stock Showdown. The event will pay $2,500 to win. The King of Dirt Small Block Series will also be in competition.

The inaugural Small Block Modified Series will return for the season finale on September 15th. The Fall Finale will also include the $1,000 to win Classic Muscle Parts Street Stock Nationals. The Sportsman, Limited Sportsman, Four Cylinders and Empire Lightning Sprints will also be on the card.

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Stewart Friesen Plans First Northeast Dirt-Track Start Saturday, March 11 At Georgetown Speedway; Hopes To Build Off 2016 Success At Delaware Oval

GEORGETOWN, DE – Stewart Friesen has a full slate of NASCAR Camping World Truck Series racing on his plate in 2017. But that doesn't mean he will leave the dirt tracks behind.

Friesen plans his first Northeast dirt track start on Saturday, March 11 at Georgetown Speedway in the Melvin L. Joseph Memorial race. The 33-year-old Sprakers, N.Y., driver will tackle the Sussex County half-mile oval in the Halmar International-backed No. 44.

A year ago, Friesen competed at Georgetown on three occasions and won twice: the Deron Rust Memorial small-block special in March and later, in August, the 'Blast at the Beach' following an epic side-by-side battle with Ryan Watt for the lead.

The March 11 Melvin L. Joseph Memorial is the first Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By VP Velocita South Region event of the '17 season. Friesen is the defending champion of the STSS South circuit.

"We had a lot of fun racing at Georgetown last year," Friesen said. "It's a long tow, but it's a cool, historic place. It's one of the fastest tracks we race on."

Friesen has followed off-season improvements at the facility over the winter months and is anxious to check out the new clay, increased banking and renovations first-hand in a few weeks.

"All the work going down there looks awesome from the pictures I've seen online," he said. "I'm looking forward to getting out there and racing on it."

Friesen is a full-time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series racer this season. While the Truck is a priority, he will chase a busy Modified schedule of approximately 40-50 races; many of which are on the STSS schedule.

"The Truck races are mainly on the weekends," he said. "We'll hit a lot of the STSS races that are mid-week. It fits our schedule well."

More than $27,000 in posted purse money is on the line for Modified racers at the Georgetown opener: $4,900-plus to win, $1,000 for 10th and $490 to take the green flag for 49 laps of racing.

Joining the STSS Modifieds on the Melvin L. Joseph Memorial program are the L&J Sheet Metal Crate 602 Sportsman paying $1,000 to win and $100 to start plus Southern Delaware Vintage Stock Cars, Little Lincolns, Delmarva Chargers and Delaware Super Trucks.

On March 11, pit gates will open at noon. Grandstand gates will be unlocked at 1 p.m. Hot laps get underway at 3 p.m., with racing at 4 p.m.

Adult grandstand admission is $20. Seniors (ages 65 and up) and Students (ages 13-17) pay $16. Kids 9-12 pay $10 and Children eight and under are FREE. Pit admission is $35 (ages 13 and up), $10 (ages 6-12) and $2 (five and under).

A rain date of Sunday, March 12 is in place for the Melvin L. Joseph Memorial.

Two practice sessions will precede this event. The first is set for Saturday, March 4. The second takes place on Friday night, March 10.

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SHARON CELEBRATES 2016 SEASON WITH ANNUAL AWARDS BANQUET; CROWNS KING JR, GABRIELSON, RITCHEY, DAVIS, HAEFKE & WALKER CHAMPS

By Mike Leone

Hartford, OH February 25, 2017 Sharon Speedway officially wrapped up the 87th anniversary season on Saturday night as the Yankee Lake (OH) Ballroom played host to the annual awards banquet and dinner. Celebrating as 2016 champions were Rex King, Jr.-Hovis Auto & Truck Supply Big-Block Modifieds, Joe Gabrielson-Summit Racing Equipment Modifieds, Brandon Ritchey-Lyden/Red Line Oil RUSH Sportsman Modifieds, Paul Davis-Gibson Insurance Agency Stock Cars, Steve Haefke-HTMA/Precise Racing Products Econo Mods, and Steve Walker II-Deforest Used Parts Mini Stocks. The top 10 drivers in each division received point fund monies and hardware.

For the second time in three years, Rex King, Jr. was the Hovis Auto & Truck Supply Big-Block Modified Champion. Despite just two wins, the recently turned 28-year-old Bristolville, Ohio driver recorded 12 top 5s and 14 top 10s in 15 starts in the KMB, Inc.-owned, Jim Brown Specialty Seed/University Hospitals/Reese Services/Professional Heating Systems/Cedar Steel/Mahan Welding & Fab/Schaeffer's Oil/Cintas Uniform/Arrowhead Transport-sponsored #165. King's second win on August 6 was his milestone 20th of his career at Sharon. In the 2015 title race, King Jr. came up just eight points shy to his father. The Kings have now won five of the last seven track championships at Sharon and own seven total.

King, Jr. also captured his amazing fourth straight "Drive to be a Champion" title honoring Lou Blaney and earned another $1,010. The system takes into account drivers' best 10 finishes throughout the season in addition to 10 bonus points for supporting the "Lou Blaney Memorial". Jimmy Weller III ironically finished runner-up to King, Jr. in both the weekly and "Drive to be a Champion" points.

Joe Gabrielson etched his name into the Sharon Speedway history books as a first time champion. The recently turned 29-year-old was able to outgain 2010 champion, Jeff Johnson, by just nine points in the Summit Racing Equipment championship battle. The Bristolville, Ohio resident had just one victory, but led the way with 12 top 10s in 13 races driving his Wedge Motorsports/Awesome Signs & Shirts/Hinchman Racewear-sponsored #58.

The Lyden/Red Line Oil RUSH Sportsman Modifieds campaigned in their third year of existence and second year as a weekly division. Car counts have grown each year with over 22 the average for the 2016 season. Brandon Ritchey started off the season on fire winning two of the first three points events and even though he didn't win again the rest of the season, he kept the Clair Ritchey-owned, Casey's Restaurant & Lounge/Eakin Concrete/The Nickle Bar/Kings Landscaping/American Auto Pride-sponsored #17 near the front with 8 top 10s and 10 top 10s in 12 starts. Ritchey, 23 of Seneca, Pa., won a tight battle down to the wire edging out Kyle Martell by eight points and Kole Holden by nine. Martell was RUSH's 2016 "Futures Cup" Champion and Holden won the Series' crown for teenage racers in 2015.

After losing out on the 2015 championship by a tiebreaker to Mike Clark, veteran racer Paul Davis finally captured his first ever track championship in 37 years of trying! Davis capped off a stellar season by winning on the final night of points- his fourth victory of the season as he won the Gibson Insurance Agency title by a big 42 points (45 is the maximum point score per night). The 56-year-old Fowler, Ohio driver drove the Hover Racing/Collins Heating & Cooling/Ocala Restaurant Supply/Don Williams Trucking/Tub's Automotive-sponsored #3 to 9 top 5s and 10 top 10s in 11 races. Davis also stopped Clark from an unprecedented fourth straight track championship.

Steve Haefke was another veteran racer to earn his first track championship. The former Stock Car and Modified racer has really found a home in recent years in the Econo Mods and Haefke left little doubt about his championship. Haefke won six of the 12 features and never finished worse than second; in fact, Haefke has an incredible streak of 17 straight top two feature finishes dating back to the 2015 season. The 51-year-old Austintown, Ohio driver became the sixth different champion in the division's seven-year history. Haefke outgained his nearest competitor, Brandon Blackshear, by an amazing 102 points in his Tub's Automotive/Wedge Motorsports/212 Chiropractic/O'Reilly Auto Parts/Integra Shocks/Hoosier Tires-sponsored #41.

Steve Walker II won the 2010 track championship in the Mini Stocks. Since then, the 37-year-old Greenville, Pa driver had never even won a feature let alone another championship. The 2016 season though was good to Walker as he captured four wins in route to the Deforest Used Parts title. Walker's Hittles Auto Supply-sponsored #4M beat out Joe Campbell by just nine points. Walker led the way in the division with 11 top 5s and 12 top 10s.

Special award winners were Jacob Billyk-Most Improved, Gary Robinson-Hard Luck, and Kyle Miller-Rookie of the Year. Billyk of New Castle, Pa. jumped from 10th in 2015 points to fifth this past season in the Stock Cars and also captured his first career win. The veteran Robinson of Greenville, Pa. finished just 15th in points and failed to record a top 10 finish as Murphy's Law seemed to be in effect just about every night. Miller, 21 of East Hickory, Pa., finished sixth in points in the Econo Mods with 2 top 5s and 6 top 10s. Miller is also a leading contender for Walt Wimer's prestigious Western PA "Rookie-of-the-Year" honors region-wide.

The 2017 season will begin on Friday, April 21 with the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series in a $10,000 to-win first ever appearance by the Series presented by Barris Truck Service. The following Saturday (April 29) will kick-off the weekly "Steel Valley Thunder" program featuring the Hovis Auto & Truck Supply Big-Block Modifieds, HTMA/Precise Racing Products RUSH Sportsman Modifieds, Gibson Insurance Agency Stock Cars, Summit Racing Equipment Econo Mods along with the Mini Stocks and their "Apple Festival Nationals" make-up feature.

FINAL 2016 DIRTcar Big-Block Modified Top 10 Points: 1. Rex King, Jr. (165) 452 2. Jimmy Weller III (23) 426 3. Rex King (65) 404 4. Dave Murdick (61) 383 5. Rick Richner (26) 378 6. Jim Rasey (32/21) 341 7. Rick Regalski, Jr. (13) 338 8. Rob Kristyak (00/83T/7K) 272 9. Kevin Bolland (777) 265 10. Jim Weller, Jr. (31) 254.

FINAL 2016 RUSH Sportsman Modified Top 10 Points: 1. Brandon Ritchey (17) 402 2. Kyle Martell (8) 394 3. Kole Holden (2) 391 4. Brian Schaffer (41) 375 5. Chas Wolbert (c3) 362 6. Chelsie Kriegisch (10) 330 7. Nick Ritchey (77N) 310 8. Josh Deems (9D) 302 9. Jeremy Weaver (35W) 301 10. Tiffany Williams (58) 296.

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Hearn Double Dips at DIRTcar Nationals

Grabs the DIRTcar Nationals Finale and Championship

BARBERVILLE, F.L - Feb. 26, 2017 - Brett Hearn picked up his tenth DIRTcar Nationals victory with the Super DIRTcar Series at Volusia Speedway Park on Saturday night. The veteran driver from Sussex, N.J., took the lead from the start and never looked back to take the $5,000 payday in the 40-lap finale, also staking claim to the DIRTcar Nationals championship.

Feature (40 laps): 1. Brett Hearn, 2. Tim Fuller, 3. Danny Johnson, 4. Max McLaughlin, 5. Peter Britten, 6. Erick Rudolph, 7. Stewart Friesen, 8. Alan Johnson, 9. Jimmy Phelps, 10. Larry Wight, 11. Jimmy Horton, 12. Rich Scagliotta, 13. Mike Maresca, 14. J.F. Corriveau, 15. Brandon Walters, 16. Billy Whittaker, 17. Jamie Mills, 18. Rick Laubach, 19. Matt Sheppard, 20. Jessy Mueller, 21. Mike Mahaney, 22. Billy Vaninwegen, 23. Steve Bernard, 24. Justin Haers, 25. Mike Bowman, 26. Mario Clair, 27. H.J. Bunting, 28. Billy Dunn.

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Haers Holds off Sheppard and Claims DIRTcar Nationals Victory
 
By Mandee Pauch
 
BARBERVILLE, F.L - Feb. 25, 2017 - The hot shoe out of Phelps, N.Y., Justin Haers, picked up his second career DIRTcar Nationals victory after holding off the 22nd starter, Matt Sheppard in Friday night's 30-lap Super DIRTcar Series feature event at Volusia Speedway Park.
 
"We had a really good car from the drop of the green," Haers said in Victory Lane. "It seemed like I'd get in the wrong part of the restart wanting to be on the bottom but kept restarting on top. I just found the [bottom groove] in turn three and four and I could just hook it really good. The car was was unbelievable, top, bottom, it didn't matter where I wanted it."
 
Mario Clair and Alan Johnson led the 26-car field to the green flag. Clair showed a dominant lead early on until Jimmy Horton started to put pressure on the No. 96c. Clair and Horton battled back-and-fourth for several laps until Clair suddenly fell off the pace, forfeiting the top spot to Horton on lap 21 due to a broken right-rear shock.
 
It wasn't long until Haers was knocking on Horton's back bumper. As Haers closed in on Horton, the No. 43 machine started to smoke tremendously with just five laps remaining.
 
Horton's night expired after coming to a stop on the track on lap 27 due to a loose oil line, giving Haers the top spot.
 
"I give [Horton] credit. He ran the hell out of that thing," said Haers. "The smoke was so bad I didn't want to get behind him and have something break on the motor and come back and hit me or something. So I was trying to just stay below him a little bit."
 
Sheppard, the defending Super DIRTcar Series champion, worked his way through the last chance showdown and started 22nd in the feature. With three laps remaining in the feature, Sheppard made his presence known and was soon knocking on Haers doors threatening for the win.
 
Haers was able to hold off Sheppard and pulled away to take home the first Super DIRTcar Series victory of 2017 during the DIRTcar Nationals.
 
"This is probably the coolest trophy that's out there," Haers said. "I've got [one gator] and now I've got another one to bring home."
 
"These racecars are a matter of just getting some laps," said runner-up finisher, Matt Sheppard. "Trying to get the track to slow down a little bit, it wasn't looking good there for a long time. It seemed like the longer the race went the better we got. I thought I may have had a shot at Justin at the end but he was really good and we kind of ran out of tear-offs there but it was nice from where we started to come from the back and get second."
 
The 2016 Super DIRTcar Series Rookie of the Year, Max McLaughlin showed his skills as he capped off the night with a podium finish.
 
"I kind of made a mistake setup wise but I'll take the blame," McLaughlin said. "The car was really good all night. I ran out of tear-offs with about five to go so I was driving blind. Luckily we ended up third and will go at it again tomorrow."
 
The Super DIRTcar Series will be back in action at Volusia Speedway Park for the DIRTcar Nationals on Saturday, Feb. 25th. Follow the series on Twitter @SuperDIRTcar, or click www.SuperDIRTcarSeries.com.
 
Super DIRTcar Series Statistical Report; Feb. 24, 2017; Volusia Speedway Park, Barberville, F.L.
 
Feature (30 Laps): 1. Justin Haers, 2. Matt Sheppard, 3. Max McLaughlin, 4. Larry Wight, 5. Erick Rudolph, 6. Brett Hearn, 7. Danny Johnson, 8. Jimmy Phelps, 9. Billy Vaningewen, 10. Rich Scagliotta, 11. H.J. Bunting, 12. Tim Fuller, 13. Jamie Mills, 14. Alan Johnson, 15. Jimmy Horton, 16. Mike Mahaney, 17. Mario Clair, 18. Steve Davis, 19. Brandon Walters, 20. Rick Laubach, 21. Joseph Watson, 22. Peter Britten, 23. Mike Bowman, 24. Dawrin Greene, 25. Billy Pauch, 26. Billy Dunn.

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Utica-Rome Speedway Ready for Ambitious 2017 Schedule
 
VERNON, NY – After a 2016 season that saw Mother Nature take her toll on the Utica-Rome Speedway, owners Bill and Kim Shea are ready for a fresh start in 2017. The schedule for the speedway is jam packed with some new events as well as old as the track looks to diversify its offerings to reach a wider variety of race fans.

New for 2017 is the Chill Factor 40 for the Gates-Cole Auto Insurance DIRTcar Modifieds scheduled for April 2. This is one of the first events, if not the first, scheduled in New York for the Modified and 602 Sportsman divisions. The 40-lap feature offers a $3,000 to win purse with $300 going to drivers who qualify. Also on the docket that day is the DIRTcar 602 Sportsman. Their 30-lap feature is set to pay $1,000 to win with $100 reserved for any drivers that qualifies. Drivers from other divisions are welcome to attend with several open practice sessions scheduled throughout the day for them regardless of division. The nightcap for the race is the only appearance in 2017 by Kings Smash'em Crash'em Demolition Derby.

After the Chill Factor the speedway goes silent for two weeks before returning for the traditional season opener for the Gates-Cole Auto Insurance DIRTcar Modifieds, DIRTcar Sportsman and DIRTcar Pro Stocks on April 23. This year these divisions are joined by the Gladiator Twin 20's for the 360 Sprint Cars. For first time at Utica-Rome, Sprint Car teams have the chance to compete in a pair of $1,500 to win 20-lap features. Rules and qualifying procedures for the event will be announced in the coming weeks. This visit by the 360 Sprint Cars is the first of many as Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints return for their traditional dates on Memorial Day, July 4th and Labor Day weekends while the 360 Sprint Car open Cole Cup is set for October.

It was already announced over a month ago that the track is returning to the DIRTcar fold for weekly sanctioning. The opening round of points for the DIRTcar divisions begins on the April 23 date. When the announcement came it was revealed that the Super DIRTcar Series returns on July 2 for the New Yorker 100. Joining the Super DIRTcar Series big-block Modifieds are series events for the DIRTcar 358-Modifieds, DIRTcar Sportsman tour and DIRTcar Pro Stocks. Utica-Rome Speedway kicks off Super DIRT Week XLVI with the DIRTcar 358-Modified Series on Tuesday night October 3. They'll be joined by the Cole Cup for the 360 Sprint Cars as well as the 602 Sportsman division making it the only other time Sprint Cars are on the schedule during Super DIRT Week besides the World of Outlaws. The DIRTcar Sportsman and Pro Stock tours roll into town early in the season on April 30.

The DIRTcar King of Dirt Series for the Sportsman, Pro Stocks and new this year, the 358-Modifieds visits the track as well. The KoD 358-Modified Series has two dates including Victoria on July 9 and on August 20 as part of the Night of Legends program which offers quadruple 30 laps features, one each for Gates-Cole Auto Insurance DIRTcar Modifieds, KoD 358-Modifieds and the DIRTcar KoD Sportsman and Pro Stocks. Utica-Rome hosts the KoD Sportsman and Pro Stock series openers on May 14.

The Ultimate Sportsman Showdown is scheduled for July 23. Although the final details of the entire program are still being the finalized, the race is going to be worth $5,000 for the winner with $400 being reserved for feature starters. The race will be the highest Sportsman paying race in the history of the Utica-Rome Speedway. Everything is being finalized and will be released in the future.

Other touring series making visits to Utica-Rome in 2017 are the Go Nuclear Late Models on June 4 and the Capital Region Sprint Series which makes its only appearance on June 18.

The Rookie Sportsman division has joined the schedule on a semi-regular basis. They have 10 events slated for the 2017 season. Driver eligibility will be similar to other speedways in the area with only those with limited experience allowed to compete in the division.

If fans want the opportunity to take laps at the speedway the Kenny Wallace Driving Experience has two dates. On May 13 or August 12 fans can get behind the wheel any number of race cars and hit the half-mile to get the feel what our drivers experience week in and week out.

New for 2017 is the addition of Motocross racing to Utica-Rome. A course has been built behind the upper pit area off of turns one and two. Racing is set for the off-road course on June 11 (no circle track racing), September 17 and October 15. The track is still working out practice dates which will occur throughout the summer.


The popular truck pulling event returns to the track on August 25th for a second consecutive year. The track is hoping to secure a date to host a tractor pull as well. At this point no date has been finalized.

A kart track is in the stages of being built in the infield with completion expected come spring. A complete schedule of events for the kart track will be announced at a later

Several sponsorship opportunities are available for 2017 season, those interested should contact the speedway and see how Utica-Rome Speedway can help you market your business. For more information, call (315) 829-4557 or visit www.uticaromespeedway.com.
 
Date Divisions
4/2/2017 Chill Factor 40 for Modifieds ($3,000 to win $300 to start), 602 Sportsman, open practice all divisions

4/23/2017 360 Sprint Car Open Gladiator Twin 20's plus DIRTcar Modifieds, DIRTcar Sportsman, DIRTcar Pro Stocks (First Night of Points)

4/30/2017 DIRTcar Modifieds, DIRTcar Sportsman Series, and DIRTcar Pro Stock Series (Show up points for Sportsman and Pro Stocks)

5/7/2017 DIRTcar Modifieds, DIRTcar Sportsman, DIRTcar Pro Stocks and Rookie Sportsman

5/14/2017 DIRTcar Modifieds, King of Dirt Sportsman and King of Dirt Pro Stocks (Show up points for Sportsman and Pro Stocks)

5/21/2017 SPRING BREAK - No Racing

5/28/2017 Empire Super Sprints, DIRTcar Modifieds, DIRTcar Sportsman and DIRTcar Pro Stocks

6/4/2017 Go Nuclear Late Models plus DIRTcar Modifieds, DIRTcar Sportsman, DIRTcar Pro Stocks and Rookie Sportsman

6/18/2017  CRSA Sprint Cars, DIRTcar Modifieds, DIRTcar Sportsman, DIRTcar Pro Stocks and Rookie Sportsman

6/25/2017 DIRTcar Modifieds, DIRTcar Sportsman Martin Memorial, DIRTcar Pro Stocks and Rookie Sportsman (NYSSCA NIGHT)

7/2/2017 Super DIRTcar Series New Yorker 100 for DIRTcar Modifieds, Empire Super Sprints, DIRTcar Sportsman plus FIREWORKS

7/9/2017 King of Dirt 358 Modified Series Victoria plus DIRTcar Sportsman, DIRTcar Pro Stocks and Rookie Sportsman (no big-blocks)

7/16/2017 DIRTcar Modifieds, DIRTcar Sportsman, DIRTcar Pro Stocks and Rookie Sportsman

7/23/2017 Ultimate Sportsman Showdown ($5000 to win, $400 to start for 602 Sportsman) - one division program

7/30/2017 DIRTcar Modifieds, DIRTcar Sportsman, DIRTcar Pro Stocks and Rookie Sportsman

8/6/2017 DIRTcar Modifieds, DIRTcar Sportsman, DIRTcar Pro Stocks and Rookie Sportsman

8/13/2017 DIRTcar Modifieds, DIRTcar Sportsman, DIRTcar Pro Stocks and Rookie Sportsman plus Second Annual Bobby Page Backpack Givewaway

8/20/2017 Night of Legends, DIRTcar Modifieds,  King of Dirt 358-Modifieds, KoD Sportsman and KoD Pro Stocks

8/27/2017 DIRTcar Modifieds, DIRTcar Sportsman, DIRTcar Pro Stocks and Rookie Sportsman

9/3/2017 Empire Super Sprints, DIRTcar Modifieds, DIRTcar Sportsman, DIRTcar Pro Stocks and Rookie Sportsman (Championship Night)

10/3/2017 Super DIRT Week Kickoff 358 Modified DIRTcar Series, DIRTcar Sportsman plus 360 Sprint Car Cole Cup

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SHARON ANNOUNCES LAUNCH OF FAN FRIENDLY TICKETING PROGRAM FOR 2017 SPECIAL EVENTS; FANS CAN ALSO BUY OR UPGRADE TO VIP OR PATIO SEATING NIGHTLY
By Mike Leone

Hartford, OH February 16, 2017 With the 88th anniversary season about two months away, Sharon Speedway is excited to announce a new ticketing program for special events for the upcoming season. In addition, fans will have the ability to purchase tickets for VIP or patio seating on a nightly basis.

The 2017 season will get underway on Friday, April 21 with inaugural appearance by the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series. Tony Stewart's Arctic Car All Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Cars will make two appearance; the first on Tuesday, June 20 for Ohio Speedweek and then again on Saturday, July 8 for the ninth annual "Lou Blaney Memorial. The Super DIRTcar Series for Big-Block Modifieds return for the second straight year on Thursday, July 20.

General admission and reserved seating is $25 for the Lucas Oil, Ohio Speedweek and Lou Blaney Memorial, and $20 for the Super DIRTcar show. Fans will be able to log onto SharonSpeedway.com and click on the purchase tickets link. From there, you'll be able to purchase tickets and now be able to either print at home or download on your smartphones- a great new convenience! Fans will continue to be able to purchase advance general admission tickets as well.

Also, new VIP suite and patio seating will be available for the 2017 season. These can be purchased online as well for the special events or upgraded nightly at the track office. You may also call ahead of time to purchase for a particular night.

The VIP seating is an additional $20 over the cost of general admission ticket pricing and features an enclosed, climate-controlled suite that will have 16 seats available for purchase each night this year. This large suite is located on the third floor, and has a restroom exclusively for this level. This is the best seat in the house! There's eight chairs up front with a drink ledge and eight bistro-style chairs with tables behind.

Patio seating is just $5 over the cost of general admission ticket pricing. This is located at the top of the covered grandstand where you can sit comfortably with extra leg room in director chairs with arms and backs. The front row has a ledge for drinks, while the back row has high director chairs. There's eight seats in each patio.

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Huge Payout Set For Georgetown Speedway 2017 Northeast Modified Opener Melvin L. Joseph Memorial March 11

GEORGETOWN, DE – Historic Georgetown Speedway in Delaware is set to host the Northeast's season-opening dirt Modified race of 2017.

On Saturday, March 11, big-block/small-block Modifieds circle the half-mile clay oval for the 49-lap Melvin L. Joseph Memorial, held in memory of the speedway founder, motorsports pioneer and First State business icon. The Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By VP opens its eight-race Velocita-USA South Region at Georgetown.

Not only is the Melvin L. Joseph Memorial the season opener for STSS Modifieds in '17; it's also very lucrative!

A base payout of more than $27,000 has been set with a non-top-heavy structure rewarding drivers through the field.

In accordance with Melvin Joseph's lucky number of 49, the race winner receives $4,900.

The full purse breakdown is as follows: 1) $4,900; 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) $490; 21-28) $490 29-30) Alternate or Points Provisional.

Lap money, bonuses and contingency/product awards will "sweeten the pot" for competitors as well.

A pair of practice sessions will precede the opener, set for Saturday, March 4 and Saturday, March 10, respectively.

Complete Melvin L. Joseph Memorial times, rules and information can be found at the following link: http://www.thegeorgetownspeedway.com/?page_id=580

A rain date of Sunday, March 12 is in place if needed.

Overnight camping will be permitted on site and teams may leave their haulers in the pit area from Friday to Saturday.

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McLaughlin and Hearn Team Up for 2017
 
By Mandee Pauch
DIRTcar Racing PR
 
CONCORD, N.C.- January 7, 2017 - The young gun from Mooresville, N.C., Max McLaughlin, has his site set on big things for this upcoming season as he will have a new crew chief by his side for his run with the Super DIRTcar Series.
 
Heinke-Baldwin Racing has added Matt Hearn to the team as crew chief of the No. 6H machine. McLaughlin's father, 'Magic Shoes' Mike McLaughlin, was his son's crew chief for his first season with the Series. 'Magic Shoes' will now be overseeing the entire HBR team in the shop and on the road.
 
Hearn, former crew chief for modified driver Tyler Dippel, will be following McLaughlin for the entire Super DIRTcar Series tour as well as select shows at Brewerton Speedway on Friday nights.
 
"I'm looking forward to the resources that they have," Hearn said. "They have an unbelievable team and have way more resources than anybody else. They're a good group of guys to work with."
 
The last time Hearn followed the entire Series was when he worked as the fulltime crew chief for his uncle, Brett Hearn  in 2012.
 
McLaughlin is excited to have the opportunity to work with Hearn. "He has a pretty successful background," said McLaughlin. "He's worked a lot with his uncle as well as Dippel and [Stewart] Friesen who's had a lot of success. So I'm excited to work with him. I think it'll be good for the both of us."
 
During mid-season last year, McLaughlin's teammate, Jimmy Phelps, made the big switch from Troyer Racecars to Teo Pro. "Once Al [Heinke] came down and got Jimmy's cars from us I started to go up there and help them test," Hearn said. "They mentioned they were looking for someone that'll go on the road and help Max that knows the car."
 
Teo Pro is Hearn's family run business and with Hearn's knowledge, McLaughlin is confident in him. "Matt's really smart and the connection with Teo works really well for us," McLaughlin said. "I think it will be good to have someone closer to my age to work with."
 
The new combination will have their first test and tune at  DIRTcar Nationals in February at Volusia Speedway Park. McLaughlin will be put to the test as he will have a new crew chief and a completely new car. "I've been to Florida a few times and I like that place a lot," McLaughlin said. "It'll be my first time in a Teo car so we'll see how it goes."
 
McLaughlin is very eager to get to DIRTcar Nationals with Hearn to see how they will work together. "I think it'll be a great deal for the both of us and hopefully we can come out with a win or two," stated McLaughlin.
 
Last year was McLaughlin's first full season with the Super DIRTcar Series, finishing 13th overall in the championship point standings. McLaughlin is getting a head start to the season, as he is one of the first drivers to sign up for the 2017 platinum agreement.
 
With Hearn's knowledge and McLaughlin's notes from his first season, the new team will be one to watch this upcoming season.

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Albany-Saratoga Crowns 2016 Champions At Annual Banquet

For Immediate Release

By Toby LaGrange/Albany-Saratoga Speedway PR

February 5th, 2017

Saratoga Springs, NY – The Albany-Saratoga Speedway officially concluded the 2016 racing season Saturday night just a few miles up the road from the fast, four tenths of a mile oval. The annual awards banquet was held at the Holiday Inn Saratoga Springs, which is located in the heart of historic Saratoga Springs.

The evening started with a message from track promoter Lyle DeVore. First DeVore gave thanks for the great evening.

"None of this you see here would be possible without the incredible hard work of Marcy," DeVore said. "She does an incredible job each year and each year she outdoes herself. I want to say thank you to Mia, Courtney, Denise and Jessica as well."

DeVore continued about the 2016 season. "The 2016 season was pretty incredible. We had some of the best racing we have had and we had some incredible finishes. Some would say that is hard to duplicate but I think the 2017 season will be awesome."

DeVore then looked ahead to the upcoming 2017 season. "We are really looking forward to this year. One guy, Mike Sowle has decided to join us for the upcoming season. We are going to have ten, $1,000 to win Sportsman events. We are doing what we can to make 2017 a monumental year."

Other special events mentioned were the Summer Showdown Triple 50 event on July 14th (Triple 50's for the DIRTcar Modified, Sportsman and DIRTcar Pro Stock divisions), Stan Da Man Night on July 28th (in honor of Lyle's father Stan, all divisions will run 32 laps with the DIRTcar Modifieds racing for $3,200 to win), the Northeast Crate Nationals and $2,500 to win Pro Stock Showdown (courtesy of Mike Sowle) on September 8th and the $1,000 to win Classic Muscle Parts Street Stock Nationals to round out the season on September 15th.

The 2017 season will also see Brett Hearn's Big Show return on June 27th (Super DIRTcar Series for Big Block Modifieds) and the inaugural appearance by Brett Deyo's Short Track Super Series (The Stampede at Togo) on August 11th.

Awards were handed out in each of the weekly divisions as well as the Greg's Towing and Repair Four Cylinder divisions.

Marc Johnson was crowned the Upstate GMC Dealers DIRTcar Modified Track Champion. Johnson claimed his first track title behind the wheel of the Johnson Family Troyer car. His four feature win propelled the Guilderland driver to the title.

""It was a hell of a season," Johnson said. "This is the best season that I have ever had; this is very special for me. My father was the glue that held our team together. It happened exactly as he would have wanted it to happen. I want to thank all of my friends and family who have gotten me here. We are going to be back next year better than ever."

Brett Hearn finished second in points with Stewart Friesen third, Kenny Tremont, Jr. fourth and Ronnie Johnson fifth. The remainder of the top ten included Keith Flach, Matt Delorenzo, L.J. Lombardo, Elmo Reckner and Don Ronca. Lombardo also earned the Rookie of the Year Award.

In the Sportsman division Jeremy Pitts claimed his third division title. Pitts visited victory lane five times during the season.

"I want to thank Lyle (DeVore) and everyone from the track," Pitts said. "I want to thank all of my crew."

Finishing in positions two through ten in the final points was Connor Cleveland, Tim Hartman, Jr., Chris Johnson, Chad Edwards, Cody Bleau, Robert Bublak, Scott Duell, Andrew Buff and Jason Gray.

The DIRTcar Pro Stock track championship went to Robbie Speed. Speed visited victory lane five times with six second place finishes and two thirds. He finished in the top five 14 times.

"To say that the 2016 season was just shy of a dream season would be an understatement," Speed said. The competition is the best that I have ever run against."

The remainder of the top ten point finishers included Walt Brownell, Brandon Emigh, Kim Duell, Dan Older, Sr., Dean Charbonneay, Nick Stone, Dave DePaulo, Norm Loubier and Gus Hollner.

Josh Coonradt dominated the Street Stock division at the Great Race Place. He was crowned 2016 track champion with eight feature wins and 13 top five finishes. He finished inside the top ten in all 18 races.

"We have never been able to put it together like this year," Coonradt said. "I want to thank everybody who helped, either a lot or a little, it went a long way."

Coonradt, who is moving into the DIRTcar Pro Stock ranks in 2017 was followed in the standings by Jason Meltz, Jeff Meltz, Sr., Paul Braymer, Damon Anderson, Scott Lawrence, David Shippee, Chase Aussicker, Hunter Sanchez and Mark Burch.

The Greg's Towing and Repair Four Cylinder division track champions were also honored. They were Steve Ryan (Dual Cam) and Mike Parodi (Single Cam). Parodi will be moving to the Limited Sportsman division in 2017.

While no point standings are kept in the Limited Sportsman division, Driver of the Year awards were presented to those drivers graduating from the division. A driver graduates when the win three feature events. The award winners were Jack Lehner, Zach Daurio and Nick Fretto.

Each season the Albany-Saratoga Speedway Spirit Award is handed out. This year it was awarded to Dick Hicks of HICO Fabrication.

"I am really honored by this award," Hicks said. "This is a great racing community, we all work hard and do our best to go to the front."

The Memorable Moment Awards were awarded to Ray Hoard (DIRTcar Modified), Tim Hartman, Jr. (Sportsman), Robbie Speed (DIRTcar Pro Stock) and Josh Coonradt (Street Stock).

It was also announced that the Street Stock division will continue to compete in heat races in 2017. The driver who wins the most heat races at seasons end will earn $300 courtesy of Damon Anderson. The remaining drivers will have their names entered into a draw with two winning $100 each, also courtesy of Damon Anderson.

For more information on the Albany-Saratoga Speedway log on to www.albany-saratogaspeedway.com. Updates on the 2017 racing season will be posted when available.

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Williams Returns To Bridgeport in 2017

Neal Williams will be returning to Bridgeport once again in 2017 after making a return in the middle of the season last year.  Williams, once again will be steering the wheel of the Overhead Door No. 0 for long-time car owner Sal Debruno.  "It felt so good to be back home last year.  I mean I grew up at Bridgeport and I've always run good there.  We got the car better and better each race, right to where I finally knew where we had to have it," relayed Williams.  "We didn't change much this winter at all.  I know how the car needs to be and we found it last year."

'The Wheel' will be driving a Teo-Pro car powered by a Morrison Big Block.  Neal's '17 schedule consists of all of Bridgeport's shows, Brett Deyo's South Series, and all of Georgetown and Delmar's races that don't conflict.  "Our goal is to win 5 races this year with this aggressive schedule.  I also want to win the Bridgeport championship as well.  Anything less than a top 3 in points would be disappointing to say the least."  Williams has modified wins at Bridgeport, Big Diamond, Georgetown, NES, and Volusia, while also claiming the 2011 Sportsman championship race at Syracuse.

Some of the sponsors on the Overhead Door car that can be seen will be Overhead Door of South Jersey, Williams Truck Parts, Jones Pulleys, Fox Shocks, DMI, and Teo.  "We're working on some more sponsors.  Some places want to be on board with us coming back to Bridgeport which is pretty neat.  I can tell you one thing:  There's gonna be a whole new look for the Overhead car this year," hinted Williams.  Some of the guys that can be found wrenching on the Neal's car are his father Ronnie Williams, Uncle Bob, Jimmy, Wayne, and Al (Gratto).  In 2015 Neal Williams won a 358 Small Block race and the Big Block Poker Series in just a few visits.  In 2016 his finishes were progressively improving.  The Williams-Debruno Team is looking to combine the past two seasons experiences and apply them to a successful 2017 year.

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Northeast Modified Opener Set For Georgetown Speedway Saturday, March 11; Short Track Super Series Melvin L. Joseph Memorial Kicks Off 2017

GEORGETOWN, DE – After a highly attended Motorsports 2017 Racecar & Trade Show in Oaks, Pa., and a pair of mild, sunny January days, fans and competitors have the itch to go racing.

For dirt Modified enthusiasts, their thirst for on-track action will be quenched by Georgetown Speedway on Saturday, March 11.

The Melvin L. Joseph Memorial, for the second consecutive year, launches the Northeast Modified season with the lid-lifter for the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By VP Velocita South Region. Big-block/small-block Modifieds headline the program in a 49-lap main paying $4,900 to win and $490 to start plus bonuses at the historic half-mile track.

The event honors the memory of Melvin L. Joseph, the founder of Georgetown Speedway and a Sussex County business icon who was also a pioneer in the NASCAR community as a car owner and builder of Dover (Del.) International Speedway. Mr. Joseph passed away in 2005 but his legacy continues.

Mr. Joseph's family will be present at the event and his lucky number '49' will be prominent throughout the day.

The Melvin L. Joseph Memorial is the first of eight STSS Velocita South Region events to be contested in 2017 and launches the series' lucrative championship battle.

A year ago, Jeff Strunk appeared to have a victory in sight with the Glenn Hyneman No. 126 before an axle broke during the race's late stages. Anthony Perrego, the rising star from Montgomery, N.Y., earned the $5,229 Melvin L. Joseph Memorial victory over 17th-starting David Van Horn Jr., early leader Andy Bachetti, Ryan Godown and a charging Jordan Watson.

Joining the STSS Modifieds on the program are the Crate 602 Sportsman paying $1,000 to win and $100 to start plus Southern Delaware Vintage Stock Cars, Little Lincolns, Delmarva Chargers and Delaware Super Trucks.

On March 11, pit gates will open at noon. Grandstand gates will be unlocked at 1 p.m. Hot laps get underway at 3 p.m., with racing at 4 p.m.

Adult grandstand admission is $20. Seniors (ages 65 and up) and Students (ages 13-17) pay $16. Kids 9-12 pay $10 and Children eight and under are FREE. Pit admission is $35 (ages 13 and up), $10 (ages 6-12) and $2 (five and under).

A rain date of Sunday, March 12 is in place for the Melvin L. Joseph Memorial.

Two practice sessions will precede this event. The first is set for Saturday, March 4. The second takes place on Friday night, March 10.

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MEETING NOTES FROM FONDA/GLEN RIDGE COMPETITION MEETING ON JANUARY 18

Fonda, NY – On Wednesday January 18 a meeting for drivers and owners who plan to compete at the Fonda Speedway and/or the Glen Ridge Motorsports Park in the Modified, Sportsman, and Rookie Sportsman divisions was held at the Winners Circle Restaurant in Fonda, NY.

Discussed at the meeting by Demitraszek Enterprises management included the following:

March 17, 18, & 19 will bring the 2ND Annual Northeast Auto Racing Expo to the Via Port Rotterdam Mall and this year is of special importance as the management of Fonda and Glen Ridge will be celebrating the career of videographer Bob James of BOBCO VIDEO. His career has spanned 25 years at the “Track of Champions” and on Saturday the 18th Demitraszek Enterprises will honor Bob and his efforts of the last 25 years.

If you have interesting facts you would like to share about Bobco please join us and contribute to the celebration. The car show is now filled up with a total of 74 entries and the pit crew challenge will return with Shawn Pangman already working on that project.

Glen Ridge will keep the same rules as last year, going off the DIRTcar rulebook except for some motor options. Motors will be bubbled at both Fonda and Glen Ridge in 2017.

Ed Brassmaster will be the tech inspector at Fonda and also at Glen Ridge when time allows and he will also be working for DIRTcar as well. Mark Sullivan will join him in tech at Fonda.

Demitraszek Enterprises is trying to get permission to kick off the 2017 season on the first or second week of April with the annual Ice Jam event. If that is allowed it may be co-promoted by Danny Johnson.

Some 2017 schedule highlights:
7/8 – Twin 20’s for Sportsman. Each event will count separately for DIRTcar.

7/15 – URC Sprints will return.

8/5 – Jack Johnson Tribute race for Modifieds with Sportsman and Pro Stocks also on the racing card.

8/19 – Night of Features returns with triple 20’s for the Modifieds.

9/22 & 9/23 – Thunder on the Mohawk Weekend – Super DIRTcar Series for Modifieds on Saturday along with the Pro Stocks (not sure of what date the Pro Stocks will compete as of yet), and the DIRTcar Eastern Region King of Dirt Sportsman event.

6/4 & 9/24 the Kenny Wallace Driving Experience will be on track at Fonda. For more information you can go to their website www.dirtracewithkenny.com

The Bill Ag (Bill Anagnostopulos) race and the Hondo Classic event will return to Fonda in 2017 with no dates announced for those events as of yet.

Promoter Pete Demitraszek is trying to secure sponsors for each division at both Fonda and Glen Ridge for the 2017-racing season. The Fonda Speedway point fund will be paid to the top ten in the Modified, Sportsman, and Pro Stock divisions for 2017!

On Wednesday January 25th a meeting will be held for the Pro Stock, Street Stock, IMCA Modified and Cruiser division drivers and owners and it will take place at the Winners Circle Restaurant in Fonda, NY beginning at 6:30pm.

DIRTcar Racing and Hoosier Tire Extend Northeast Partnership

CONCORD, NC - (Jan. 20, 2017) - DIRTcar Racing is proud to announce a multi-year extension with Hoosier Racing Tire encompassing DIRTcar Racing's Northeast weekly racing divisions and touring series, including the Super DIRTcar Series, the premier traveling tour for Big-Block Modifieds in North America.

As part of the agreement Hoosier Tire will provide the same great products to racers at weekly DIRTcar sanctioned tracks competing in the Big Block Modified, 358 Modified, Sportsman Modified and Pro Stock divisions. Hoosier will also continue as the Official Racing Tire of the Super DIRTcar Series and Super DIRT Week.

"We have developed a great relationship with DIRTcar and are very happy to have them back on board for years to come," stated Hoosier Tire Business Unit Manager, Neil Cowman. "The dirt Northeast Modifieds tracks, which contain business in both the United States and Canada, have always been a core part of our business. We look forward to offering the same great products for all the drivers and teams."

"We are excited to extend the long-standing partnership with Hoosier Racing Tire," added Brian Carter, CEO of DIRTcar Racing. "We continue to build on the strength of both organizations and provide stability into the future to preserve the region's strong racing heritage."

DIRTcar is the world leader in the sanctioning and promotion of dirt track auto racing. Hoosier Racing Tire's mission is to be the dominant, customer driven, provider of racing tires to racing teams domestically and internationally.

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HBR Team Ready to Take on Volusia Speedway Park

All ducks are in a row as they plan to head south for the winter

By Mandee Pauch
 
After opting out of DIRTcar Nationals in 2016, one of the most notable Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modified teams will be going all out come February.
 
The Heinke-Baldwin Racing (HBR) team includes driver of the No. 98h Jimmy Phelps and driver of the No. 6h Max McLaughlin. Both drivers of the HBR stable will be making their first appearance of the season at the fast half-mile clay oval at Volusia Speedway Park, February 22-25.
 
Phelps' Crew chief, Kurt Wiegel, is looking forward to getting back to Volusia. "We took a break from it," said Wiegel about the 2016 DIRTcar Nationals. "We were doing a bunch of testing this time last year instead of going to Florida."
 
It was this time last year when 16-year-old McLaughlin, of Mooresville, N.C., made the move to run with HBR. "We thought it would be a good idea to go down and race with Max being onboard for a full year. Everyone's here, and we're all working together, so we're looking forward to going down there," said Wiegel.
 
Wiegel and the HBR team feel that DIRTcar Nationals is a great time to work through any kinks or adjustments that need to be made before racing kicks off in the Northeast.
 
McLaughlin's youthfulness and talent have sparked much interest throughout the past year as he wrapped up his first full season, finishing 13th overall in the championship point standings. Although this year will be his first time appearing at the track in a Big-Block Modified, McLaughlin is confident heading into DIRTcar Nationals.
 
"Volusia is one of my favorite tracks," McLaughlin said. "I ran a UMP Modified there the last two years. We were one of two cars in the top-10 every night last year out of eight nights. Laps on the track help being able to know when the track will change. I'm just looking forward to going down there and having some good runs."
 
Teammate Phelps is looking forward to getting back on the race track after a long winter break. "It's nice to take a little bit of a break when the season ends, but once you sit down you're itching to go again," Phelps said. The driver from Baldwinsville, N.Y. closed out his 2016 season with two Series wins and a seventh-place finish in the championship point standings.
 
Phelps is one of the few Super DIRTcar Series drivers who have yet to win at Volusia. "I've probably been down [to Volusia Speedway Park] a handful of times," said Phelps. "These guys are the best. You get down there, and it's a Series race, plus you get some really good guys that don't follow the tour, so it's hard to win. The track is challenging."
 
The HBR team is eager to get their hands dirty at DIRTcar Nationals.
 
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DELAWARE INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY DISTRIBUTES $45,000 AT 2016 BANQUET

By Charlie Brown, Laurel, DE – A sold out crowd of over 400 packed the Laurel Fire Hall on Saturday night to celebrate the champions in the five weekly divisions from the 2016 season at the Delaware International Speedway. $45,000 in cash plus contingencies were distributed to the top ten drivers in the five weekly divisions.

H.J. Bunting of Milford, Del. successfully defended his 2015 NAPA Big Block Modifed Championship in 2016 for his seventh overall crown in the division tying Bobby Wilkins for all-time championships. The division saw 11 different drivers score wins and Bunting's four wins and consistent finishes in the Jake Marine owed No. 85 was enough to earn him the crown. Bunting earned 1820 points and $5500 for winning the title over up and coming talent, Matt Hawkins of Hartley, De. Hawkins had two wins and earned 1705 points. Third went to Laurel, Del.'s Scott VanGorder who scored a win and totaled 1469 points.

Rounding out the top ten with their point totals were: 4. Dave Dissinger, 1418; 5. Howard, O'Neal, 1318; 6. Rookie of the Year Brandon Watkins, 1188; 7. Michael White, 1050; 8. Dale Hawkins, 1039; 9. Carson Wright, 986 and 10. Robert Dutton, 961. award. Trophies were presented by NAPA Auto Parts of Delmarva.

In the S.R Pete & Sons Super Late Models, Donald Lingo, Jr. of Millsboro, Del. increased his championship total to seven by successfully defending last year's crown. Lingo, Jr. drove his Lingo Marine Ford prepared by his father to four wins and battled right down to the final week to earn 1813 points and $5500. Nick Davis of Gumboro, Del. chased Lingo, Jr. to the wire for the second year in a row earning one win and 1658 points for second. Third went to former champion, Ricky Elliott who won three mains plus the modified/late model shootout and earned 1460 points.

Fourth through tenth were: 4. Dylan Evans, 1355; 5. Joe Warren, 1298, 6. Herb Tunis, 1034; 7. Kerry King, Sr. 889; 8. Amanda Whaley, 888; 9. Kellie Lewis, 760 and 10. Mark Pettyjohn, 588. Trophies were presented by S.R. Pete & Sons HVAC.

Earning his first championship in the AC Delco PSC Modifieds was Jordn Justice of Laurel, Del. Justice posted his first win of the season in week two and never looked back earning 4 more wins and 1905 points to clench the title. Dwayne Crockett of Laurel had his best year to date which included winning the Fall Championship for a total o 1690 points. Third would go to defending champion, Devin Dodson of Bishopville, Md. who's total was 1213 points with two season wins. Justice's championship was worth $1500.

Finishing fourth through tenth were: 4. Rookie of the Year Adam White, 1053; 5. Jason Rush, 984; 6. David Jenkins, 980; 7. Ryan Riddle, 961; 8. Brian Hitz, 905; 9. Matt Smith, 900 and 10. Ryan Mortimer, 862. Trophies were presented by Ronnie Holloway, Jr. of R.C. Holloway, Co.

Another driver earning his first championship title was Sparky White of Delmar, Del. Sparky became the third generation in his family to win a title at the track posting just two wins but earning a total of 1689 points to win $1500 and the Crate Model title. Former champion, Tyler Reed of Milton, Del. put together another great season posting one win and finishing just 40 points back with 1649. Robbie Walls, Jr. of Georgetown third place finish was his best to date with one win and 1579 points.

Fourth through tenth in the Crate Models were: 4. Charles Shawver, 1550; 5. Mike Wilson, 1499; 6. Zac Weller, 1247; 7. Rookie of the Year Wes Clifton, 1175; 8. Mike Wharton, 1034; 9. Billy Thompson, 1000 and 10. Derek Magee, 898. Trophies were presented by Fred Elliott of Gordon Food Services.

2016 was the break through season in a big way for James Hill of Laurel, Del. in the Mod Lites. Hill had come close to winning the title on several occasions but he was not to be denied this season. Right from the drop of the green Hill strung together seven consecutive wins. He posted 13 wins overall including the Fall Championship earning him 2086 points and $1100. Last year's champion, Tim White of Salisbury, Md. was the closest to Hill at the end earning a win and 1743 points for second. Returning to action in 2016 was former four time champion, Brandon Dennis who's two wins and 1599 points netted him third overall.

Finishing fourth through tenth were: 4. Ryan Dryden, 1541; 5. Aaron VanVorst, 1525; 6. James Wood, 1269. 7.Jake Nelson, 1250; 8. Nick Nash, 1122; 9. Curt Miles, Jr., 1096 and 10. Kirk Miles, 1076. Trophies were presented by Pepsi Bottling Ventures.

Mod Lite driver, Aaron VanVorst was the recipient of the "2016 Kyle Dixon Youth Achievement Award." Jean Powell received a plaque for 20 years of service and Hiram Littleton received a plaque for 10 years of service.

All champions received championship jackets from Lias Tire & American Racer plus Hoosier Tire provided jackets to Donald Lingo, Jr. and James Hill. Other contingencies included custom designed trophies from the Metal Shop and bracelets for a loved one. Big Block driver, Dave Dissinger won a John Deere pressure washer courtesy of Taylor & Messick John Deere of Harrington. All champions received "gold cards" good for free admission in 2017. Bunting, Justice and White received reserved pit parking spots while Lingo, Jr. got a second season pit pass and Hill received a night at the races for his family and friends.

Special thanks and plaques went to the 2016 Delaware International Speedway Money Trail sponsors including: AC Delco and RC Holloway, Co.; American Racer and Lias Tire Racing Division; Delmarva Drivers Club; Delmarva NAPA Auto Parts; Elliott Farms; GFS Marketplace; Hoosier Tire Mid Atlantic; Insinger Performance, Inc. K&B Auto; The Metal Shop; Pepsi Bottling Co. of Salisbury, Md.; Midlantic Machinery of Laurel; Pro Race Cars; S.R. Pete & Sons HVAC; Taylor & Messick John Deere and L&J Sheetmetal and Industrial Maintence of Laurel.

The 2017 schedule is near completion and will be available on the web at www.delawareracing.com in the near future.

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2017 Super DIRTcar Series Buzz
By Mandee Pauch
 
CONCORD, N.C. - Jan. 13, 2017 - Over the course of the 117-day offseason, a lot can change - some of it surprising, and some far too predictable. One thing is for sure, the Super DIRTcar Series offseason has been abuzz.
 
The 2017 schedule will have a slightly different feel to it from previous seasons. The Super DIRTcar Series will cover 25 tracks, spanning over six states and two Canadian provinces. The Series will make its return to the 5/8 high-banked dirt oval Bridgeport (N.J.) Speedway and the 3/8 semi-banked clay oval Oshweken (Ont. Canada) Speedway. For the first time, the Big-Block Modifieds will take on the newly converted dirt track of Airborne Speedway (Plattsburg, N.Y.) and the fast four-tenths-mile Outlaw Speedway (Dundee, N.Y.).
 
The 2016 season was dominated by none other than the now five-time Super DIRTcar Series Champion Matt Sheppard. Sheppard collected 12 Series wins, breaking the Series record for the most wins in a season. The previous mark was set at 10 by Billy Decker.
 
The Waterloo native was recently recognized for his accomplishments with top honors as the Richie Evans Memorial Northeast Driver of the Year at the Eastern Motorsport Press Association (EMPA) Hall of Fame Banquet.
 
While drivers and crews have been working hard on their machines over the winter break, a look ahead on what to expect surrounding the 2017 Super DIRTcar Series season.
 
Changing Hands
 
Tim Fuller, who placed third in points last season, has signed on with new Big-Block Modified car owner Ray Graham.  Teammate Kody Graham will accompany Fuller as the driving duo tackle the 2017 Super DIRTcar Series schedule.
 
Big-Block Modified personality, Peter Britten, was recently released from HBR Racing in late-December. Britten was not without a ride for long as he landed a ride with veteran racer Andy Romano. Britten will make the haul south for DIRTcar Nationals to run with the Super DIRTcar Series in February, but thereon plans to race at Albany-Saratoga Speedway's weekly shows under the Friday night lights
 
One of the biggest Super DIRTcar Series standouts will be turning a new key. Earlier this week, last year's Bud Light 300 Champion Stewart Friesen announced that he plans to race full-time in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series for the 2017 season. Friesen, the runner-up in last season's point rankings, was quoted in a recent article that he still plans to race at least two nights of DIRTcar Nationals with hopes of running a third depending on his NASCAR schedule. With new Big-Block Modifieds currently being built, do not expect Friesen to shy too far away from the Super DIRTcar Series in 2017.

Joining The Series
 
The offseason allows teams to regroup and prepare for the upcoming season. While drivers and teams make their changes, two notable drivers will be joining the illustrious Super DIRTcar Series team this season.
 
The young gun from Fayetteville, N.Y., Mike Maresca, ran more than half of the Super DIRTcar Series races last year and is now looking to join the national tour.
 
"We visited a lot of the tracks last year in our first year with the Big Block and decided that it was time to compete on the highest level and try to get our program together," Maresca said.
 
Maresca's best finish with the Series came in October during Super DIRT Week as he collected an eighth place finish in the Bud Light 300 at Oswego Speedway.
 
The driver of the No. 96 Big Block Modified, J.F. Corriveau, will also be making the leap into the Series as he will be joining Maresca and other returning teams for the 2017 season.
 
Looking Ahead
 
Super DIRTcar Series Rookie of the Year, Max McLaughlin, will be one to keep your eyes on as he heads into his second full season with HBR Racing and the Super DIRTcar Series. The 16-year-old McLaughlin was recently awarded the John Blewett III Young Guns Award at the EMPA Awards Banquet for his efforts. The second-generation driver - the son of 'Magic-Shoes' Mike McLaughlin - is based out of Mooresville, N.C. came off of his first season with a strong 13th-place finish in the point's championship. McLaughlin's best finish of 2016 came in July at Sharon Speedway with a sixth-place finish.
 
Another challenger on the Series out of King Ferry, N.Y., Mike Mahaney, finished his first season on the tour with an 11th-place finish in the series championship point standings. The driver of the No. 88 Buzz Chew Racing has several Big-Block Modified wins under his belt but has his sites set on his first ever Super DIRTcar Series victory.
 
For the first time in 20 years, the Super DIRTcar Series winningest driver went winless in 2016. Despite Brett Hearn's unusual season, the Super DIRTcar Series eight-time champion is no stranger to victory lane. Hearn is just eightwinsaway from reaching the remarkable milestone of 900 career wins across his racing career. Hearn's first shot at adding to his win total will come at DIRTcar Nationals in February.
 
News Maker
 
The Super DIRTcar Series regular, Larry Wight, is making his second appearance at the annual Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals this week and is making it known where his racing roots are from.
 
Wight fended off a late-race charge by Zach Daum to finish second to Tyler Courtney in Tuesday nights A-Main after starting from the seventh starting position. The second-place finish locked Wight into Saturday's crowned jewel A-Main event.
 
"Me and (Tim) McCreadie are the only modified guys from the northeast," Wight said. "We're kind of hidden up there with our slick tracks and this is when it helps us. Normally we don't race until Volusia (DIRTcar Nationals) so to break the dust off the fire suit and the helmet in the beginning of the year helps get the ball rolling for the momentum."
 
Five nights of qualifying, more than 370 drivers competing in arguably one of the biggest dirt races of the year and Super DIRTcar Series regular, "Lightning" Larry Wight has locked it into Saturday Nights A-Main.
 
The Super DIRTcar Series first race of the season will kickoff at Volusia Speedway Park in February for the DIRTcar Nationals as Series regulars will take on invaders from all across the Northeast in hopes to bring home the coveted "Big Gator" trophy. The DIRTcar Nationals offers four nights of ground pounding, earth shaking, window rattling, Big Block Modified action-packed racing at the fast half-mile on February 22-25th.

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Friesen's Big-Block Modified Roots Helped Create NASCAR Ride

By Clayton Johns
 
CONCORD, N.C. - Jan. 11, 2017 - One of the biggest stars of the Super DIRTcar Series will race full-time in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series come 2017. Sprakers, NY driver Stewart Friesen has partnered with Chris Larsen to create Halmar Friesen Racing for his first full-time foray into NASCAR Racing, he announced Monday. Tommy Baldwin Jr. will be the team's crew chief.
 
"We got our feet wet in it last year and the opportunity came to team up with Tommy Baldwin and his operation so it was a no-brainer for us. We combined forces and I'm really looking forward to it," Friesen said.
 
Friesen made his NASCAR Truck Series debut last July at Eldora Speedway, NASCAR's only race on dirt. The ride was supposed to be a one-time deal, but quickly blossomed into five more races for Friesen before the end of 2016. It led to the formation of his new team, which will be based in Mooresville, NC.
 
"We had just planned to do Eldora and have some fun with it, but it kind of lit a fire under everyone and the decision was made to try and do more," Friesen explained. "We really learned a lot and met some great people along the way. Now we've kind of upped our game to the next level."
 
Friesen's opportunities in the NASCAR Truck Series have come largely from his ability to develop a complete driver's skillset while racing 800-horsepower Big-Block Modifieds in the Northeast.
 
He's honed his skills with plenty of success in the process. Friesen has 23 career Super DIRTcar Series victories to his name and countless other weekly triumphs over the last decade. He also has one win with the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series, which came at Ohsweken Speedway in July 2015.
 
"Big-Block Modifieds are hard to drive. There's a lot of power, not a lot of grip and you're sliding around. It's really great racing. You really do develop a skillset to be well-rounded and adaptable into other cars," Friesen said.
 
Friesen's 2016 Super DIRTcar Series season was a successful one that included a second-place overall finish in series points and his fifth Super DIRT Week victory in the inaugural event held at Oswego Speedway last October. Friesen felt the offer to run the NASCAR Truck Series on a full-time basis was a natural progression and an offer he couldn't refuse.
 
While NASCAR is gaining one of dirt track racing's brightest stars, Big-Block Modified fans aren't losing one of their own. Friesen made it clear he has no intentions of slowing down to one race per week with NASCAR.
 
"We're still going to run a lot of Modified races. We're building two new cars in our shop and with some Sprint Car stuff, we'll be probably busier next year than we were this past year," Friesen said, adding his home will still be in Sprakers, NY.
 
"Once we get more of our travel schedule ironed out by the end of January, we'll be able to fill in the blanks on the Modified stuff. I'm hoping to do 40-50 races."
 
Already penciled in are Big-Block Modified races at Volusia Speedway Park during the DIRTcar Nationals in February. The Big-Blocks compete at the fast, Florida half-mile February 22-25. Friesen will race at least two of those nights with the possibility of a third depending on his NASCAR schedule at Daytona.
 
"We're bringing a new car down to Volusia so we're really looking forward to that," he added.
 
Friesen also confirmed that the NASCAR Truck Series schedule aligns perfectly to allow him to challenge for a sixth career Super DIRT Week victory when the event returns to Oswego on October 4-8, 2017.
 
Regardless of how far Friesen's NASCAR venture takes him, it's clear Big-Block Modified racing will be at the core of his love for racing.
 
"I'll always love Modified racing. It's awesome. It's pure, it's raw. It's a very even playing field. You can create your own results by hard work."

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The Countdown is on to the 46th Annual DIRTcar Nationals

Super event to draw dirt racing's biggest names - and more!

CONCORD, N.C. - January 11, 2017 - In just a little more than 30 days, the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series will embark on a new season and renew the stakes at one of dirt racing's biggest shows. The 46th annual DIRTcar Nationals, from February 14-25, offers 12 action-packed days of racing featuring multiple series.

The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series, accompanied by the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions, will compete for the coveted Big Gator trophy through five days of sprint car racing. The World of Outlaws, succeeding the All Stars with three days of racing from February 17-19, will make its 34th appearance in 14 years at Volusia Speedway Park. The Outlaw sprint cars debuted there in 1981.

In the 34 races at the semi-banked half-mile course, eight-time series champion Donny Schatz has claimed eight victories. Notably, Schatz has earned one of the three nights consecutively since 2014; fellow series top-runner Brad Sweet shares his feat, capturing four of the last nine races since then.

Last season Sweet doubled his successes at the track, being the first to win multiple nights since all-time wins holder Steve Kinser in 2011. Though the Outlaws share the spotlight in the 410 division, another series driver has solidified his prowess in the series' annual grand introduction. Paul McMahan established the track record of 12.569 seconds the year Kinser doubled-down.

The historic DIRTcar Nationals is the most accessible motorsports event during the Florida in February jaunt. Every ticket is a hot pass, so fans can get up close and personal to all the action. Fans will be able to meet their favorite drivers from each of the competing series below.

Tickets for DIRTcar Nationals start at just $20 and are on sale now by calling 844-DIRT-TIX (347-8849), or by visiting http://www.DIRTcarNationals.com.

Visit http://www.DIRTcarNationals.com for the latest news and information from the event. Follow DIRTcar Nationals on Twitter at http://www.Twitter.com/DIRTcarNats.

DIRTcar Nationals Schedule
Date
Series    Series
Tuesday, February 14, 2017
UMP Modifieds    Sprint Car open Practice
Wednesday, February 15, 2017    All Star Circuit of Champions Sprints    UMP Modifieds
Thursday, February 16, 2017    All Star Circuit of Champions Sprints    UMP Modifieds
Friday, February 17, 2017    World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series    UMP Modifieds
Saturday, February 18, 2017    World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series    UMP Modified Gator Qualifying 1
Sunday, February 19, 2017    World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series    UMP Modified Gator Qualifying 2
Monday, February 20, 2017    DIRTcar Late Models    UMP Modified Gator Championship
Tuesday, February 21, 2017    DIRTcar Late Models    UMP Modified triple  20's
Wednesday, February 22, 2017    DIRTcar Late Models Swamp King Champ    SDS Big Block Modifieds
Thursday, February 23, 2017    World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Models    SDS Big Block Modifieds
Friday, February 24, 2017    World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Models    SDS Big Block Modifieds
Saturday, February 25, 2017    World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Models    SDS Big Block Modifieds

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PETER BRITTEN TO RUN WEEKLY AT ALBANY-SARATOGA

Andy Romano Returns as Car Owner

By Jo Ann Davies

Malta, NY (January 9, 2017) – "I've never seen him race—not once" declared Andy Romano, owner and retired driver of the famed no. 97 out of Andy's Service in Johnstown, NY.

The "him" Romano was referencing is competitor Peter Britten, the driver who will be behind the wheel of the Romano no. 97 Big Block Modified in 2017 at the four-tenths mile Albany-Saratoga Speedway (Malta, NY) on Friday nights.

Britten found himself without a ride in late December when he was released from the HBR team of Weedsport, NY and Romano had a Big Block Modified car to run but no driver.  Romano's son Mike, who operates Andy's Speed Shop, was well aware of Britten's talents and thought the match would be a good one.

"Dad wanted to have fun once again being involved in racing," said Mike Romano.  "He can do that with Peter.  When I learned Peter was available, I wanted to make it happen.  Wins are a bonus and we feel we can do both with Peter."

Mike, an accomplished race car driver himself, got to know Britten well during the 2013-14 seasons when Britten called the Malta oval his Friday night home and where Britten was a customer of Andy's Speed Shop.

Brothers Mike and A.J. Romano also had very successful careers in the family owned or sponsored car with well over 100 wins between them at tracks in the Northeast.  Although it has been several years since the Romano name has appeared over the door of a no. 97 Modified, Andy Romano has not forgotten how much fun it is to race and win.

One of those more recent wins came in 2012 when area driver Bobby Varin powered the Andy's Service car to a DIRTcar Series win at Albany-Saratoga.  Romano, who will be 80 years old in October, wants to experience that level of "fun" once again.

Romano owns race horses that run at Saratoga Harness.  "They'll have to do without me on Friday nights now," he said while laughing, "...because I will be at the speedway with my team."

Romano has either owned or driven a winning race car every decade since 1957 when he first drove at Victoria Speedway (Esperance, NY).  That's over 60 years of support and speaks to his level of commitment to the sport.  In addition, Andy Romano also has the unique distinction of having won at Albany-Saratoga, Devil's Bowl and Plattsburgh on the dirt and asphalt surfaces of each track.

Britten, who hails from Brisbane, Queensland, Australia is a three-time Australian National Modified Champion and has raced Troyer Race Cars his entire racing career.  So, although Romano had a Teo ready to go for 2017, he purchased a new Troyer for his new driver.

"My philosophy is that we need to run consistently versus looking for the next gadget that is supposed to make the car faster.  I don't want to jump from car builder to car builder all the time.  I know we can be consistent with a Troyer."  Britten wants to be "...a part of everything as much as I can.  A big part of that is the setup. I have always raced Troyer cars and am very comfortable with how to prepare a Troyer for the track."

The current plan is for Britten to travel the three hours from his Weedsport area home to the Romano shop and put the finishing touches on getting the car ready for Friday night racing.  During the week work on the car will be done by Romano's two crew members--Tom Simek who has been with Romano his entire career and Christopher Sweeney.

"I've met with Andy and the crew and they're a great group.  For them to include me as a team member is a great privilege," said Britten.   He continued "I want this relationship to grow and be as strong as it can be.  I want to continue the Romano tradition of piloting a winning no. 97."

The new car is currently being built at Troyer Race Cars (Rochester, NY) and should be delivered by mid-February to the Romano shop.  It will be completed there and have a C.C. Performance Engine ready to go opening night carrying sponsorship from Andy's Service, Andy's Speed Shop and Troyer Race Cars.

Initially the team will be committed to racing weekly at Albany-Saratoga where Andy and his sons have raced since the mid-1960's.

"I won my first Modified race at Malta (August 5, 1966)," said Romano.  He recounted how he almost had a win the previous week but lost the lead coming off turn four.

"If things go good on Friday, we'll have to see where this goes.  No arrangements have been made for anything yet, but, you never know where we will end up," stated Romano.

Britten is comfortable at Albany-Saratoga and has five wins at the speedway.  "It's a three hour drive to the track and I don't mind doing it at all," said Britten.  "I spend my time on the road looking forward to what I know is going to be a great night of racing."

He continued, "My goal is to win several times for Andy this year.  I wouldn't have it any other way.  If I don't feel that I can be competitive and win then I would retire from racing."

The split from HBR was unsettling to the young driver but to have a fresh new start at a track where he loves to race makes him excited for the start of the new season.

"I love the sport and want to enjoy myself as well as race well and not just because I want to win.  Everything will come together being with a team that enjoys racing as much as I do...including wins," said Britten.    

"I'm not looking for the magic button or the latest twist on a chassis," declared Britten, "...but for the consistency that a long-established team, chassis and engine can bring to the track week in and week out."

Track management is also looking forward to Britten's return to the track on a weekly basis.  Lyle DeVore, promoter of the Albany-Saratoga Speedway, feels Britten has a strong fan base at the speedway and will raise the bar for the already high level of competition at the track weekly.

"Pete is a dynamic individual and driver," said DeVore.  "He is people friendly—he is the whole package."  DeVore continued, "He is the type of racer that any promoter would love to have at their track weekly."

Britten finished second in the track point standings in 2015 to multi-time track and DIRTcar champion Brett Hearn, establishing a friendly rivalry the fans love.  "He reaffirms that Albany-Saratoga is 'The Great Race Place'—he is definitely going to elevate the level of competition driving for Andy," continued DeVore.

DeVore also stated, "It's good to have Britten with us and with a team that has been involved with the speedway for so many years.  We have a great tradition of strong race team support and fan support—the Romano family and Britten exemplify that tradition.  As a matter of fact, Andy was our Sportsman track champion in 1984 and is a Hall of Fame member of the NYS Stock Car Association."

In turn, Britten is highly supportive of the speedway and track management.  "I love everything about it.  Every Friday night is a good crowd and it's exciting to be there.  It (A-S) has what a lot of tracks lack in that as soon as you get there it has that feel of excitement and anticipation.

The 2017 season for Britten will begin with the opening of the DIRTcar NE season, February 23 – 25, at Volusia Speedway Park in Florida.  He will be running his own equipment for the opening races at Volusia with the support of long-time friend, Rich Scagliotta, driver of the no. 8.

"I want to run the entire DIRTcar Series but I need to find support for my efforts," declared Britten.  "There are only a handful of $100,000 sponsorships out there and they are tough to come by.  You can't do it alone.  I'm hoping I can pull together a number of smaller sponsors, that when combined will allow me to make the Series shows."

Car owner Andy Romano and driver Peter Britten have each experienced the highs and lows of the sport and are well acquainted with the whole range of emotions that come with one's involvement. As a team they are ready to challenge on a weekly basis and anxiously awaiting opening night, Friday, April 21, at Albany-Saratoga Speedway.

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Bridgeport Speedway has several marquee events scheduled for the 2017 race season

Several marquee events have been penciled onto Bridgeport Speedway's 2017 racing schedule.  Fresh off an exciting '16 campaign, speedway management has been hard at work putting together another dynamic schedule for next season.  Along with action-packed racing on Saturday nights, there are plenty of 'special' shows that will appear throughout the course of 2017.  Theme nights, special promotions, additional division information and much more will be announced in January at the annual Motorsports show.  Highlighted below are some of the key dates during 2017.

Two practice dates will be held for the 5/8 mile (also in conjunction with the 1/4 mile).  Those dates are Saturday, March 18 and Saturday April 2.

The 5th edition of the '60over Special' Poker Series race in honor of Doug Hoffman will kick off the '17 season in grand style.  This year's version will offer an additional race as Bridgeport will start the season with two-day event.  The 358 small blocks have been added as part of a Friday, March 24 program.  Then on Saturday, March 25 the Big Blocks roar into action along with a full racing card.

The blockbuster 'Pack the House Night II' will see its return on Saturday, June 17.  The FREE general admission night certainly packed the stands in 2016, as Bridgeport is looking to top that in '17.  The unique event will once again see action on both 1/4 and 5/8 mile racetracks.

The DIRT boys will be towing into town on Wednesday, May 17 to take part in a 60-lap affair for the powerful Big Blocks.  DIRT hasn't visited the 5/8 mile in many, many years.  If that's not enough to get the heart pumping, this will also serve as the Final Friends of Mikeevent.  The 12th annual 'FOM' will be sent off in dramatic fashion as ALL the top name drivers will be on hand to be heralded as the last winner of this popular race.

The Brett Deyo-led Short Track Super Series 'South Region' will return for the third straight year with the 'South Jersey Shootout' on Sunday, April 23.  High car counts and a well-received fan base have led Bridgeport to add a second series race on Saturday, September 30.  Deyo's 'Dirty Jersey' tradition will continue in the Garden State at Bridgeport Speedway.  Tentatively, this series race will take place on the all-new 3/8 mile track that has already taken on construction this past autumn.

The resurgence of the URC 360 Sprints has once again landed them three dates at Bridgeport.  The club's opener will take place onSunday, April 9 as they 360s join the Big Blocks, and Crate/Sportsman.  URC will make their second visit to the 5/8 on Tuesday, July 11along with the Super Late Models, and 358 small block modifieds for the 3rd annual 'Three For All'.  The final appearance for the winged warriors will come at the 2nd Annual 'Big Track Classic' weekend on November 3 & 4.

The 2nd annual 'King of the Big Blocks' weekend will return on the fourth weekend in September (22 &23).  The two-day program will be highlighting the 358 small blocks on Friday as the mighty Big Blocks will take center stage on Saturday.  Once again this will be an event that needs to be circled on any race fan's calendar.

Three of the fan-favorite Poker Series races have been inked onto the schedule for Sunday, May 28, Thursday, June 8 and Monday, July 3.The Big Blocks will race in 40-lap features paying $4,000 to win each.  The Crate/Sportsman will join the Modifieds in all three shows while the Outlaw Stocks will be in competition during the May and July events.

'Wild Card Weekend' will conclude the 2017 campaign as it usually does each November.  The two-day late-autumn show always leaves the fans wishing the season didn't have to come to an end.  The 358 small blocks will make their 4th appearance on Friday, November 10, while the Big Blocks finish the Poker Series on Saturday, November 11.

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$65,600 Distributed At Short Track Super Series 'Night of Champions' Awards Banquet

Andy Bachetti (North Mod), Stewart Friesen (South Mod), Charlie Hendrickson Jr. (Sportsman) Honored

BETHLEHEM, PA – Many of the Northeast's most talented competitors gathered at the Lehigh Valley Hotel & Conference Center Friday night to close the curtain on the 2016 Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP campaign.

A massive $65,600 point fund was distributed to the top-12 drivers in the Halmar International North Region, top-10 Velocita USA South Region performers and champions of the Open Sportsman and XCel 600 Modified mini-series during the annual 'Night of Champions' Awards Banquet.

STSS organizer Brett Deyo opened the evening with some astounding numbers. During the recently completed season, the STSS distributed $390,025 in purse money, $13,875 in lap money, $9,251 in bonus money plus the aforementioned $65,600 point fund and assorted product and certificates. He thanked all those in attendance for the all-time high participation.

STSS announcer Jeff Ahlum served as master of ceremonies for the evening's awards ceremony.

For the second time in three years, Sheffield, Mass., star Andy Bachetti was recognized as a champion on the Short Track Super Series. Bachetti topped the nine-race Halmar North Region and picked up $12,000 in cash plus product awards for his efforts.

During the season, Bachetti achieved five finishes inside the top-five, including a best of second on two occasions (N.Y.'s I-88 – July and N.Y.'s Thunder Mountain – September). He clinched the title with a third-place finish in the Short Track SuperNationals at I-88 in October.

It was a stellar season for Bachetti, who took the STSS North Region points worth $12,000, an additional $11,000 from the American Racer Cup and $4,000 as the I-88 Speedway Modified champion for a total of $27,000-plus!

"I can't say enough about the Short Track Super Series, American Racer and all the series sponsors that allow us to run for this type of money," Bachetti said. "It's incredible to walk out of here tonight with $12,000 for nine races.

"We had a good year, a consistent year, on the series. I would have liked to end it with a win at I-88 in the SuperNationals, but we did what we needed to do to clinch the championship, that was the big goal for us."

Tommy Meier of Waldwick, N.J., finished second in the standings, his best effort to date in the STSS with Jeff Behrent's No. 3 and received $7,000 in point fund money. Meier won the opener at Orange County (N.Y.) and strung together five consecutive top-10 finishes to conclude the season.

Danny Creeden of Wurtsboro, N.Y., a winner at Thunder Mountain in September, was a career-high third in series points and received $4,000. Erick Rudolph of Ransomville, N.Y., placed fourth after a consistent season ($3,000) and Anthony Perrego of Montgomery, N.Y., was fifth for the second consecutive year ($2,500).

Finishing sixth through 12th, respectively, were first-year series follower Matt DeLorenzo of Cropseyville, N.Y., ($1,850); Craig Hanson of Johnstown, N.Y., ($1,750); Brian Malcolm of Lake Ariel, Pa., ($1,650); Jerry Higbie of Newburgh, N.Y., ($1,550); Nick Nye of Groton, N.Y., ($1,450); Ryan Godown of Ringoes, N.J. ($1,000); and Mike Mahaney of King Ferry, N.Y., ($1,000).

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Stewart Friesen of Sprakers, N.Y., registered his second STSS championship in three years. His 2016 championship effort, however, came in the Velocita South Region. He received $8,500.

Friesen reached Victory Lane on two occasions in South Region competition, both in the First State of Delaware. He topped the Diamond State 50 at Delaware International Speedway in May and then, after an extended side-by-side battle with eventual point runner-up Ryan Watt, topped the 'Blast at the Beach 4' at Georgetown in August to clinch the title.

"Halmar International stepped up for our program and allowed us to travel more in the southern area," Friesen said. "It was a lot of fun going to Delaware, Susquehanna (Pa.) and those tracks down that way."

Friesen pointed to the York County Nationals event at Susquehanna as a key to his title. He crashed heavily in qualifying and his crew executed repairs in time to rally for a fourth-place finish in the 50-lap main.

In fact, Friesen finished no worse than eighth in any STSS South Region race.

Watt, of Boyertown, Pa., won in May at Pa.'s Big Diamond Speedway and earned five top-five finishes including a pair of second-place results at Susquehanna and Georgetown. He received $4,500.

Duane Howard of Oley, Pa., scored four top-10 finishes to place third in the standings, taking home $3,000. A winner at Susquehanna, Ryan Godown of Ringoes, N.J., was fourth and received $2,000. Craig Von Dohren of Oley, Pa., completed the front five and received $1,500.

Completing the top-10, respectively, were Jordan Watson of Milford, Del., ($1,250); Billy Pauch of Frenchtown, N.J., ($1,200); New Egypt (N.J.) Speedway $10,000 winner Billy Pauch Jr. of Milford, N.J., ($1,150); Rick Laubach of Hellertown, Pa., ($1,100); and David Van Horn Jr. of Harmony, N.J. ($1,050).

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In the first season of the STSS Open Sportsman series, Cochecton, N.Y., driver Charlie Hendrickson Jr. took the title. He received $1,250 and a drum of VP Racing Fuel for his title. Hendrickson won a September event at N.Y.'s Thunder Mountain Speedway among five top-10 finishes.

The accompanying XCel 600 Modified mini-series Lebanon, Pa., driver Richie Hitzler received top honors and a $350 cash bonus as the driver accruing the most points at XCel events accompanying STSS races at I-88, Big Diamond, Bridgeport (N.J.) and Thunder Mountain.

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A number of STSS special awards were distributed.

The annual Contribution to the Series Award went to announcer Jeff Ahlum, who puts in countless hours accumulating stats and information to portray the series and its drivers with professionalism on race night.

Sportsmanship Awards went to deserving recipients Matt DeLorenzo (North) and Ryan Watt (South), both of whom represent and promote the series both on and off the track.

An overall Outstanding Performer Award went to Ryan Godown, for his ability to succeed on both the North and South Regions of the series. Godown won races at N.Y.'s Woodhull, I-88 (twice) and Susquehanna during the season.

BANQUET BITS: Following a number of door prize giveaways, DJ Jammin' Jimmy Payne provided the musical entertainment for attendees. The Lehigh Valley Hotel & Conference Center staff provided a delicious buffet-style meal prior to the presentations....The 2017 STSS Modified schedule (North and South) was announced during the Awards Banquet including several new highlights including an event on the Bridgeport three-eighths-mile in September; $10,000-to-win at Susquehanna; the debut at N.Y.'s Albany-Saratoga Speedway; and, of course, the Eastern States Weekend championship event at Orange County Fair Speedway....The 10th annual Short Track SuperNationals, Deyo announced, would take place at Afton Motorsports Park in a combined effort with the American Racer Cup Weekend....
Champions received unique silver cup hardware and embroidered jackets courtesy of American Racer/Lias Tire....

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