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ANDY'S SPEED SHOP REWARDING SPORTSMAN
KOD/DIRTcar East Region Supported By Mike Romano

May 8, 2017 (Fonda, NY) – As King Of Dirt Racing approaches the season opener May 14th at Utica Rome Speedway things are happening in a flurry beginning with news today that Mike Romano and Andy's Speed Shop will support the KOD/DIRTcar East Region Sportsman series making all events a minimum of $1,250 to win.

Romano is one of those famous racing family names that drivers, fans, officials, and promoters just know. While it needs no introduction, the name carries with it a series of accomplishments such as hall of fame, feature winner, champion driver, championship car owner, promoter, successful businessman, and major supporter of dirt track racing.

As one of the most prominent places to get your race gear on, Andy's Speed Shop nestled in Johnstown New York has become a large part of racing in the Capital District. While it took a little patience, Mike Romano stepped right up when the time came to join the King Of Dirt Racing family of marketing partners.

"As I was catching up on things it was important to me to find a spot for Mike that would give him a good spotlight opportunity for Andy's Speed Shop. We had discussed a few ideas and maybe something unique, but at the end of the day it was about making sure his support was noticed. When I mentioned the opportunity available to be one of the presenting sponsors on the Sportsman side of things, he didn't hesitate," said Rob Hazer, King Of Dirt Racing Promoter.

Andy's Speed Shop will support each event with a $250 bonus. This makes each race during the KOD/DIRTcar East Region tour worth a minimum of $1,250 to win. The Northeast Crate Nationals at Albany-Saratoga, one of the Speed Shop's home tracks, will include this support also and traditionally has one of the largest purses of the season for Sportsman competitors.

Another race Andy's Speed Shop support will offer a higher payday for drivers is during the Green Mountain State Clash at Devil's Bowl Speedway on May 28th. Mike Bruno and company had already offered a $1,200 payday and with Romano's support that event will be worth $1,450.

"Mike came on board last season and gives product away at the banquet. He's also where drivers can go to turn in Hoosier Tire Certificates. I wanted to make sure working with both speed shops that there were no conflicts from a marketing standpoint. He was real patient and in the end I think everyone is happy and what he's doing for the drivers is conducive to what we do at KOD in general. I along with everyone else appreciate that," concluded Rob Hazer.

Andy's Speed Shop is located at 553 South Comrie Ave in Johnstown, NY. They can be found on the web at www.andys-speedshop.com, as well as on Facebook.

Sportsman will compete for $1,250 to win and $100 to start, while the Pro Stock division will compete for $850 to win and $50 to start. King Of Dirt Racing rules will apply for both divisions, which Sportsman are based off

DIRTcar rules and Pro Stocks are Crate Motors Only. $20 entry fee for all drivers competing in KOD events.

Admission prices for the evening are $16 for adults, $13 for senior, military, or students, and kids under 16 are free. Pit admission is $27 with a license and $30 without. For more information visit www.uticaromespeedway.com.

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Opening Night at Legion Speedway Rained Out

Opening Night at Legion Speedway for the O'Reilly Auto Parts Twilight Racing Series fell victim to persistent rain that fell throughout the day forcing the postponement of all activities.

This week, Friday May 12th, the Peanut's Auto Sportsman Modifieds, Homestead Creations Sportsman Late Models and the Rand's Hardware Outlaw Mini Stocks of the O'Reilly Auto Parts Twilight Racing Series will be joined the by The Wingless Auto Club. This will mark the official initial appearance of the Club that features wingless Sprint Cars which are powered by a 358CI Maximum, 2 Barrel Carbureted Engine.

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Genesee Speedway Regular Season Set to Sail on Saturday

Rich Vleck, BATAVIA, NY, (May 1, 2017)- Two successful practice sessions have set the stage for things to starting counting this Saturday.

This Saturday, May 6, Kohorst Custom Homes & Remodeling will present a Super 6 program starting at 6:00 P.M.  This will feature the Crate Late Models, Sportsman, 360 Late Models, Street Stocks, Mini Stocks and Bandits battling it out on the 1/3-mile oval.

A unique feature will be that all five adult division champions from 2016 are back to defend their crown this season.  Beamer Guzzardi was inaugural champion of the crate late models but will have a lot of work to defend his title in 2017.  He won’t be hard to spot either in his bright yellow No. 94.

Kyle Inman dominated the sportsman points all of last season and shows no signs of slowing up this summer, but with what figures to be the highest weekly car counts, the sportsman division will be hotly-contested.360 Late Model champion Dave DuBois will continue to pull double duty as he will also pilot a crate late model.  Greg Mrzywka will join him in this extended effort in 2017 as the three-time sportsman winner last year has also purchased a crate late model.

Veteran’s Butch Zimmerman and Brad Shepard will look to hold on to their street stock and mini stock titles, respectively.  Past Champion Byron Dewitt was hot at the end of last seasons and will be a threat in the street stocks while Shepard will have another 2016 champion in the field with Cole Hicks moving up to the adult division.  Hicks’ departure from the bandits means a new driver will collect that championship in 2017.

Saturday will kick off the first of 20 race dates featuring a visit by the ULMS Super Late Models on Thursday, July 6 and the first ever Topless Crate Nationals on September 16th and 17th.

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The Excitement Builds for 2017 Opening Day

Preparations for the upcoming season at The Legion Speedway are in high gear with opening night a mere two weeks away. Management is working hard to ensure that the track is race ready and the competitors are in a last minute frenzy to have their sleek mounts ready for opening day, Friday May 5th.

Make sure to make plans to attend The Legion Speedway annual car show which will be held at the track one week prior to opening day on Saturday April 29th. All the competitors will be able to showcase their Race Cars from 10:00 AM to 1:00PM in the Speedway's parking lot.

It is always a great time for the spectators to mingle with their favorite drivers and check out all the hard work the competitors put into the always great looking Cars. This will be followed by a tech and tune session where the racers can shakedown their machines to make sure they are race ready.

The season gets underway the following Friday, May 5th at 7:00PM with opening night. There is always lots of extra excitement and anticipation for the initial race of the year. Will all of last season's hotshoes return and who will be joining the field in which division in 2017.

Joining the O'Reilly Auto Parts Twilight Racing Series, which consists of the Peanut's Auto Sportsman Modifieds, the Sportsman Late Models and the Rand's Hardware Outlaw Mini Stocks, will be the always exciting Sprint Cars of New England. These 360CI open wheeled Winged Warriors always put on a show at The Legion Speedway.

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67TH FIVE MILE POINT SPEEDWAY SEASON OPENING WIN GOES TO TOM COLLINS, JR. IN "COLDCRACKER" GRIT CRATE SPORTSMAN LID LIFTER.
 
KIRKWOOD, NY...With snow banks still piled on areas of the speedway property Five Mile Point Speedway held the 67th consecutive season opener on Sunday.  Tom Collins, Jr. was the winner of the GRIT Crate Sportsman Series "Coldcracker" event worth $1,000.   After Saturday "testing and tuning" was washed out a special Modified Dash was added for the teams that came out to get some practice.  Nick Rochinski was the 12 lap "Big Dog" Modified Dash winner.
 
The 30 lap GRIT Crate Sportsman feature event found Collins and Dustin Jordan on the front row of the 24 car starting grid.  Collins, a second generation FMP driver jumped out to the lead at the drop of the green.  A star studded field was on hand as some of the best Crate Sportsman drivers in racing were battling two and three wide on the quarter mile.  Perennial northeast Crate Sportsman star Rocky Warner started tenth but got caught up in a lap one skirmish that saw him drop to 24th on lap one.  Warner kept the car going and began his assault from the back of the field.
 
2016 Five Mile Point Speedway Track Champion Kyle Rohner started seventh and quickly made his way to the front of the field during the early going.  Back to back cautions on laps 4 and 5 would reshuffle the deck with Collins leading, Jordan in second and Rohner up to third.  David Marcuccilli was in the fourth slot with past opening day winner Kenny Hammond up to fifth.  When racing continued Collins pulled away as a tremendous battle took shape among the top five.
 
By lap ten the top five contenders were still the same but Marcuccilli had worked back past Rohner for third place.  Back to back cautions flew again on laps 11 and 12 but when racing resumed the action was incredible on the quarter mile.  Again, Collins was not seriously challenged but the racing from second to tenth was intense.  Donnie Lawson, Corey Cormier and Pat Jordan joined the battle of front.
 
The final caution of the race flew on lap 26 as Jimmy Zacharias clipped an implement tire in turn four breaking the front end on the Lawrence racing ride.  Zacharias had climbed to eighth place prior to the incident.  When the green flew for the final time Collins took advantage as he opened up his lead by five car lengths.  Rohner tried to chase him down over the final laps but could not make a bid for the lead.  Collins would go on for the victory over Rohner.  Dustin Jordan, Marcuccilli, Hammond, Pat Jordan, Lawson, Cormier, Warner and Nick Nye rounded out the top ten.
 
For both Collins and Rohner the new season was very reminiscent of the conclusion of 2016.  Collins won the next to last event of the season worth $2,000 in an Open vs. Crate Sportsman event and Rohner was the winner of the season ending "Great Crate Race" worth $3,000.
 
GRIT SERIES CRATE SPORTSMAN OFFICIAL FEATURE FINISH (30):  TOM COLLINS JR. ($1,000), Kyle Rohner, Dustin Jordan, Dave Marcuccilli, Kenny Hammond, Pat Jordan, Donnie Lawson, Cory Cormier, Rocky Warner, Nick Nye, Josh Keesey, Garret Rushlow, Randy Fox, Dale Welty, Lem Atkins, Tyler Thompson, Jimmy Zacharias, Moose Gulley, Pat LaPage, Tim Guild, Nick Plumstead, T.J. Frost, Mike Jackson, Ray Bliss.
 
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Humberstone Speedway Releases 58th Season Schedule

PORT COLBORNE, ONTARIO... (March 27, 2017) The Humberstone Speedway is pleased to announce their 58th Season Schedule at the historic oval in Port Colborne, Ontario.

The busy season will start on Sunday April 30th at 1:00pm as ATTAR Metals presents the 2nd annual Dawn of Destruction. $1,000 to win Enduro plus the 2nd Construction Crush Off Championships plus Flag Pole Race, Ladies Race, Side By Side race and more. Gates will open that day at 11:00am for the grandstands. Rules are available online at humberstonespeedway.com

The 58th season opener presented by Country 89 will take place on Sunday May 21st with race number one for the BEI Lightning Series for the Sportsman plus a full card of RUSH Late Models, Street Stocks, Mini Stocks, Pro 4 Trucks and a 4 Cylinder Demolition Derby. Come at 3:00pm for a pre-race Tail Gate Party featuring a Motorcycle Show and Kids Power Wheel Races. "M" license holders will receive discounted admission. Racing will begin at 6:30pm sharp. The month of May will come to an end on May 28 with a full card plus race number one of the Cooper Motorsports Minvans of Mayhem Series.

June 4th will feature the first of two visits from the Southern Ontario Sprints. CAA Night will be on June 11th featuring the Mod Lites plus Performance ATV presenting the first side-by-side UTV race in Niagara! June 18th, Father's Day Special will see a full card plus Vintage Cars and a 40 lap Eve of Destruction Enduro Qualifier. The top five in the Enduro will start in the top five for the Eve of Destruction September 17th. The month of June will come to an end on June 25th as J.N'E Towing presents the Crate Sprint Cars, a full card of racing plus race two of the Cooper Motorsports Minivans of Mayhem Series.

On July 2nd, Humberstone Speedway will be presenting $1,000 to win Showdown in Memory of Harold Sonnenberg. $1,000 to win specials for all classes plus the Race of Champions Sportsman Tour. A Kids Power Wheel Race will also be held on that night. July 9th will be a full card plus a racers only "Grudge Match" Demolition Derby plus Time Trials for the All Canadian Championships for the Mini Stocks and Pro 4 Trucks. July 16th will be Time Trials for the All Canadian Championships for the RUSH Late Models. July 23rd will be Fan Appreciation Night featuring $1 Hot Dogs presented by Verge Insurance plus All Canadian Championships Time Trials for the Street Stocks plus Performance ATC side-by-side UTV Race. July 30th will be a full card plus the second visit of the season by the Crate Sprint Cars. That night will also feature Time Trials for the Sportsman for the All Canadian Championships and round three of the Cooper Motorsports Minivans of Mayhem Series.

August 6th will be the All Canadian Championships. Vintage Cars will be on the program as well as a five star show plus Humberstone's Salute to the Troops, honoring the Wounded Warriors of Canada. August 13th will be the second visit of the season for the Southern Ontario Sprints. August 20th will be a full show plus Mod Lites and round four of the Minvan Mayhem Series. The month of August will come to an end with a two day special for the Pete Cosco Memorial Weekend. Saturday August 26th, Rankin Construction presents the inaugural visit by the Race of Champions Dirt Series Big Block Modifieds plus RoC Sportsman Tour event and the Mini Stocks. Sunday August 27th will be the Pete Cosco Memorial for the Modifieds as it will be the Big Blocks vs. the 358 Small Blocks. Cosco Haulage Ltd will be sponsoring the racing action on August 27th.

Labor Day Weekend comes in with Season Championships for all divisions. September 10th will be the annual Safecracker 100 presented by Mike Knapp Ford. The Sportsman Super DIRTcar Series will be on hand for a 100 lap shootout. September 17th will be the annual day of destruction and mayhem as ATTR Metals presents the annual Eve of Destruction, Canada's wildest Motorsports events including a Kids Power Wheels Demolition Derby.

A major change for 2017 will be at the admission gate where anyone 18 years of age and under will be admitted free on race nights, starting on May 21st. "Allowing age 18 and under free admission will hopefully attract High School students in the region to come out and join us for a Sunday night of fun" states General Manager Bob Davidson. "Humberstone is working hard to keep the cost down, making us the most affordable family entertainment in the region" Davidson continued. "With this, we are looking to increase both our fan base and driver rosters, and that's what we need to do to keep growing the sport" Davidson explained.

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Legion Speedway Prepares for an Action Packed 2017

With opening night, Friday May 5th right around the corner excitement is starting to build for the upcoming season, but before the first green flag waves Legion Speedway will be participating in a couple of pre-season car shows.

First up will be the 16th annual Rutland Regional Car Show, held at the Diamond Run Mall in Rutland, VT April 8th and 9th. The show will feature the cars and stars of Legion Speedway and other area tracks and will benefit the March of Dimes March for Babies.

Next will be the annual Car Show held on the Legion Speedway grounds, Saturday April 29th. Following the Show there will be a Tech and Tune practice day in preparation of opening night the following week.

The Divisions for the weekly O'Reilly Auto Parts Twilight Racing Series are the Peanut's Auto Sportsman Modifieds, the Sportsman Late Models and the Rand's Hardware Outlaw Mini Stocks.  Thanks to returning sponsor, Peanut's Auto of Enfield, NH for backing the Sportsman Modifieds and a big welcome to Rand's Hardware of Plymouth, NH for signing on to back the Outlaw Mini Stocks.

There will be many special additions to the schedule throughout the season as the All American Truck Pulling Series returns with a couple of Sunday events. In addition to the Twilight Racing Series Divisions also in action over the course of the season will be the Sprint Cars of New England, The Granite State Mini Sprints, and the Sportsman Coupes. Also on the docket are multiple Enduros and the newly formed Wingless Auto Club. Combine these added attractions with the always popular Kids Rides and Kids Bike Giveaway nights for action packed excitement every Friday night, commencing May 5th.    

The Legion Speedway is located on Route 25 at the Wentworth/Rumney NH Town line, for more information visit www.LegionSpeedway.com

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18 and Under Free Every Sunday Night; Glen Hils Named New Head Tech Inspector of Humberstone Speedway

- New Pit Canteen Among Updates to Historic Track -

PORT COLBORNE, ONTARIO... (April 15, 2016) The Humberstone Speedway is continuing to finalize plans on an exciting and busy 2017 season at the historic Port Colborne, Ontario speedplant.

A major change for 2017 will be at the admission gate where anyone 18 years of age and under will be admitted free on race nights, starting on May 21st. "Allowing age 18 and under free admission will hopefully attract High School students in the region to come out and join us for a Sunday night of fun" states General Manager Bob Davidson. "Humberstone is working hard to keep the cost down, making us the most affordable family entertainment in the region" Davidson continued. "With this, we are looking to increase both our fan base and driver rosters, and that's what we need to do to keep growing the sport" Davidson explained.

Another change is in the tech department as Glen Hils has been appointed the Head of Tech. Glen brings several years of experience with him as he has served nine (9) years as head technical inspector at the Ohsweken Speedway and is currently in his 12th season in the tech department at the Flamboro Speedway. Any tech questions can be sent to Glen via email at ghils@hotmail.ca "Humberstone is not anticipating any major rule changes for 2017 and will work closely with Glen and the racers for any major changes in 2018" explained Humberstone Speedway Race Director Tom Beales.

Later this spring, the only original building left on the speedway property when it opened some 60 years ago will be coming down as an updated pit canteen (concession stand) will be replacing the one that has served the speedway for so long. "With the updated canteen and more improvements to be announced, we hope this will clear up any rumors of the neighboring quarry purchasing the Speedway" adds General Manager Bob Davidson. "We are here, we are not going anywhere and we are here to stay" Davidson added.

A new series that will be coming to Humberstone on Sunday May 21st will be the BEI Lightning Series for the Sportsman. The BEI Lightning Series was created in 2014 by Brian Bellinger, a 20 year racing veteran to give the dirt Sportsman a bit more to race for with a good paying point fund, giveaways and better pay throughout the entire field. The Sportsman will also be featured in two Race of Champions Sportsman Series events and a 100 lap Sportsman Super DIRTcar Series race this season. "The Sportsman have supported Humberstone since the beginning and we are featuring them in four special events with a bigger purse" explained Race Director Tom Beales.

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2017 SEASON COMING TOGETHER AT HUMBERSTONE SPEEDWAY

- 2nd Dawn of Destruction Set for April 30; Season Opener May 21st -

PORT COLBORNE, ONTARIO (Februrary 15, 2017) Humberstone Speedway management are still finalizing the 2017 schedule. "We are still working out the final details, for a couple more big events for this year" says Humberstone General Manager Bob Davidson. "We hope to release all the details of our 2017 schedule in the coming weeks" Davidson added.

The 2017 season will start off with a BANG on Sunday April 30th at 1:00pm with the second running of the Dawn of Destruction. The popular event will kick off with a 100 lap, $1,000 to win Enduro race that will be broken down into four (4) 25 lap segments, with each segment winner receiving $75. Also back as part of the Dawn of Destruction is the Construction Crush Off. "We have some tricks up our sleeves to top last year's crush off" added Humberstone Speedway Race Director Tom Beales. The popular Ladies Race, Backwards Race, Enduro Cross, Side By Side Chain Race plus a few more surprises will also be on the card as part of the Dawn of Destruction. Details and rules will be posted online at www.humberstonespeedway.com

The stock cars will hit the track for an open practice session under the lights on Sunday May 14th with Wednesday May 17 being the rain date. The speedway will continue its "Wind it Up Wednesday" practice sessions throughout the season. The 2017 season opener will be on Sunday May 21st, when Humberstone will introduce its first ever pre-race tailgate party. Full details and a race night schedule for Opening Night 2017 will be announced in the coming weeks. Transponders will be manditory for ALL Humberstone classes in 2017.

The Southern Ontario Sprints (SOS) will return in 2017 with a pair of shows on Sunday June 4th and Sunday August 13th. Ryan Susice earned his first career Sprint Car victory and Dylan Westbrook put the exclamation point on his 2016 SOS Championship with their victories when the SOS visited Humberstone in 2016.

Sunday July 2nd is a day to circle on your calendars as Humberstone Speedway will be hosting the first ever $1,000 to win Showdown! This event will be history making as Humberstone Speedway will pay all of their regular divisions $1,000 to win on the same night. As if that wasn't enough, one lucky fan in attendance will walk away with $1,000 in their pocket! Humberstone is looking to add even more to this mega event. If you would like to put your company's name to this event, contact the Speedway office at (905) 834-4002.

July 9th will feature the first Racers only "Grudge Match" demolition derby following the weekly racing action. This demoliton derby will only be open to current and former racers. The rules are simple, the fuel tanks will remain in stock location. Rules will be posted on the track website. "This event will be about the halfway point of the season and will be a good way for the racers to let off some of their mid-season racing aggression and have fun doing it" Beales said. The winner of the "Grudge Match" will also have bragging rights for a year.

The longest running event in the region, the All Canadian Championships are once again held the Sunday of Civic Holiday Weekend on Sunday August 6th. The All Canadians qualifying format will see a twist in 2017. The Speedway will use the weeks leading up to the August 6th event to time trial one division a night, for the All Canadians. For example July 30 will feature Sportsman trials, to set the heat line ups for The All Canadians. Any Cars that do not time trial in these events will be placed behind the time trialed cars, for heat line ups on August 6th.

Sunday August 27th will be the third annual Pete Cosco Memorial Night featuring the Modifieds. Final points night for all classes will be on Labor Day Weekend, Sunday September 3rd. The Sportsman Super DIRTcar Series will be at Humberstone on Sunday Septmeber 10th. The season will come to a close on Sunday September 17th with Canada's Wildest Motorsports Event, the  Eve of Destruction at high noon.

The Speedway held a drivers meeting back on January 11. During the meeting several subjects were discussed. Humberstone Speedway officials wanted to get drivers input on key issues that would affect them, and didn't want to make any changes with their valuable input. After discussions, in 2017 Humberstone will continue the weekly draw format vs weekly handicapping for all divisions. Humberstone will not adopt the duel team driver point system.  After talking with the drivers. Owner Linda Cosco and General Manager Bob Davidson, will re instate the driver's perfect attendance pass. Meaning if you compete in 100% of your divisions events in 2017, you will receive a free VIP pass for 2018. Any driver competing in 75-99 % of events will be eligible for the $200/$250 drivers pass. The only topic left undecided, is the Championship Format. Speedway Officials will continue to reach out to its drivers to obtain more feedback on the topic.

Humberstone Speedway will once again have RUSH sanctioning for the Late Models. "RUSH is a great organization and we feel and know  that the Late Model competiors receive valuable incentives through the RUSH organization and Vicki Emig and Mike Leone and their staff have been wonderful in working with us throughout the years" added Humberstone Public Relations Director Steven Petty.  

While the 2017 schedule is still in the kettle boiling, be sure to check out www.humberstonespeedway.com, or check out our facebook page to find out the latest news. Humberstone Speedway has several marketing opportunities, everything from division sponsorship, to nightly sponsors, billboard advertising, and track title sponsor. We have something to suit your business. Let us help you grow your business. Give our office a call to see what we can do for you 905-834-4002 or email info@humberstonespeedway.com

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Things Are Heating Up For The 2017 DA's Auto Body Rookie Division

By Bridgeport Speedway PR

For the 5th consecutive year D.A.'s Auto Body & Repair will be sponsoring the Crate/Sportsman division at the Bridgeport Speedway.  "The rookie division is important not only to the racers but, it's important to the track as well," explained Dave Adams owner of D.A.'s.  "The more new blood we get to come into the sport, the better if it will be in the long run," Adams added.  The top 3 point finishers will be honored at the year-end banquet for the Bridgeport Speedway drivers.  Along with point fund money, the champion will receive a championship trophy and plaque and champion jackets courtesy of American Racer and Insinger Performance/Sunoco Fuels.  The 11-race series will kick off on Friday night, March 24 as part of the 60over Special 'Doug Hoffman Memorial' Weekend.  A champion will be crowned as the class graduates on Saturday, June 24 before moving up 'officially' into the Crate/Sportsman division.

Past champions include Ian Humphreys ('13), Matt Peck ('14), Steve Kemery ('15), and Chuck Sayres ('16).  The first driver looking to join that group is Oliva Ingersoll.  As of now, Olivia seems to be the only female entry in this year's rookie field (Shannon Marshall placed third in last year's rookie points).  Ingersoll got her introduction to racing just three short years ago by helping fellow friend and Big Block racer Mike Franz.  "Once I started coming to the race track, I just fell in love with everything and really wanted to race," expressed Ingersoll.  Oliva tried her hand at a couple of 'Powder Puff' races on the 1/4 mile and all that did was increase her desire even more to try it 'for real'.  So she went out and purchased an '06 Teo car that will carry No. 95, along with a 602 crate engine.  Ingersoll was able to get two late practice sessions in last season in the final two events at Bridgeport.  The 21 year-old Gibbstown, NJ resident works on the car all by herself.  "I don't really have a crew other than Mike's crew to help at the track, and if I have a question, I usually ask Mike for advice."  Although the odds may look stacked against this young lady, you can never count out hard work and determination.

The second driver to officially declare themselves eligible for the 2017 D.A.'s rookie class is Keith McKinley.  Although a rookie driver, Keith is no stranger to Bridgeport as he has been racing in the 4-cylinder class the past few seasons on the Spirit Auto Center 1/4 mile on Friday nights.  "I just wanted to move up really.  The 4-cylinders were fun but I was ready for a change," offered McKinley.  The 40 year-old Deptford, NJ driver purchased an '08 Dirt Wheels chassis this off-season so he could participate in the '17 rookie series.  McKinley is currently working on securing some sponsorship for his No. 9 Sportsman to help aid him in his rookie quest.  His girlfriend Jennifer Hardy and his uncle Terry are his pit crew for his rookie campaign this season.

The third driver to register into the D.A.'s Auto Body Rookie Series for 2017 is young Tommy Errico Jr.

If you recognize the Errico name, you're not imagining things.  Tom Errico Sr raced in the late 80s and early 90s at both Bridgeport and East Windsor Speedways.  The elder Errico did record a win at Sportsman win at Bridgeport and a couple at Windsor 25 plus years ago.  Now, it's time for his son to carry the 'racing' torch in the family.

The second-generation driver was able to shake down the car a couple of times late last season while Sr. also jumped behind the wheel to help with the set up.  Tommy Jr will be piloting an '04 Troyer powered by a 602 crate motor.  The 19 year-old Feasterville, Pa driver will carry the 'X-Rated' number on the sides of his Crate/Sportsman hot rod.  Some of the sponsors that make it all happen for the Errico Team are K&M Trucking, R. Miller & Sons Automotive, and Sunglass Central.  If you were to take a visit into the pit area you'd be likely to find Billy Culver, Colin Barber, and of course Tom Sr. turning some wrenches each and every weekend.  You can count on Errico Jr to try everything he can to keep up the family tradition by making it into Bridgeport Speedway's victory lane at some point this season.

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Airborne, Freedom and Utica-Rome Speedways Join DIRTcar Northeast as Sportsman Modified Home Tracks in 2017

By: Clayton Johns

CONCORD, N.C. - Jan. 26, 2017 - DIRTcar Northeast officials are proud to announce the additions of Airborne Speedway, Freedom Raceway Park and Utica-Rome Speedway as Sportsman Modified home tracks for the 2017 season. The addition of the trio of New York facilities increases the number of DIRTcar Sportsman Modified sanctioned tracks to 17 for the upcoming season.
 
Airborne Speedway in Plattsburgh, NY returns to a dirt surface in 2017 with promoter John Walker leading the conversion. The track will host the DIRTcar Sportsman Modifieds on a weekly basis as well as a North Region tour event in September. Airborne is also the newest track to the Super DIRTcar Series tour. It will host the Big-Block Modifieds at the half-mile oval on Thursday, July 6.
 
Freedom Motorsports Park, located in Delevan, NY, provides a home track to drivers in the southwestern area of the state under the guidance of Bob Reis. The 1/3-mile clay oval hosts Friday night racing from May to September less than one hour southeast of Buffalo.
 
Utica-Rome Speedway, managed by Bill and Kim Shea, is a key central New York home track with an established base of Sportsman Modifieds. In addition to becoming a Sportsman Modified home track, Utica-Rome will also host three DIRTcar Sportsman Modified series events in 2017, including two in the east region and one in the central region.
 
The three New York tracks join 14 other facilities in the Northeast as DIRTcar Sportsman Modified home tracks. They include Albany-Saratoga Speedway, Brewerton Speedway, Fonda Speedway, Fulton Speedway, Mohawk Speedway, Ramsomville Speedway and Weedsport Speedway in New York. Ontario tracks Brockville Ontario Speedway, Cornwall Motor Speedway, Humberstone Speedway and Merrittville Speedway are all returning as Sportsman Modified home tracks as well as Quebec's Autodrome Drummond, Autodrome Granby and LeRPM Speedway.
 
These 17 tracks offer valuable Home Track Bonus Points to nearly 500 Sportsman Modified drivers across the Northeast. Home Track Bonus Points are the first step for drivers who compete for the DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series title and in various DIRTcar Northeast programs.
 
As previously announced, the 2017 edition of the DIRTcar Sportsman Series will feature a regional format with the schedule divided into four regions - North, West, Central and East. Regional and combined series events will take place 23 tracks for a total of 32 events with negotiations ongoing to add additional race dates.

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Regionalized DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series Format on Tap for 2017

CONCORD, N.C. - Jan. 14, 2017 - On the heels of a strong season in 2016 that saw over 230 different DIRTcar Sportsman Modified drivers compete in 15 series points shows, DIRTcar Racing officials will unveil a new format for Sportsman Modified teams in 2017.
 
Currently,19 different tracks have signed up for DIRTcar Sportsman Modifieds Series with negotiations ongoing for additional dates. To accommodate the increased demand, tour events being scheduled from the last weekend in April through late-September will be run under a regional format, with the schedule divided into four regions - North, West, Central and the East, which was announced earlier today will be a part of the  King Of Dirt tour. DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series teams will only be required to participate in a region of their choice in order to earn valuable series points. Point races run in other regions will become optional events for teams.
 
Home Track Bonus Points awarded for participating at one of the many DIRTcar Racing sanction tracks is again the foundation for the 2017 schedule. Bonus points from the regional DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series will be added to a driver's home track total on September 25. In addition to 1,000 Series bonus points, each regional points champion will earn a guaranteed starting spot at the Super DIRT Week Sportsman Championship at Oswego Speedway as well as a preferred starting spot in the OneDirt.com World Short Track Championship at the Dirt Track at Charlotte.
 
Drivers may compete in as many DIRTcar Racing events as they choose and may earn additional points toward the championship by competing in events out of their region (20 points per attempt up to a maximum of five totaling 100 points). These points will be added to a driver's home track and regional bonus total.
 
Central New York and Brockville, Ontario will be the final battleground for the DIRTcar Racing Championship when the calendar reaches fall. All regions will converge for a five event "Fall Championship Challenge" - bringing the best of the best together into one five-race chase for the championship. Mandatory 150 point-to-win races will be on tap for Sportsman Modified teams during a busy week-long stretch beginning with Fulton Speedway's 32nd Outlaw 200 Weekend on September 29th & 30th, Weedsport Speedway Super DIRT Week Kickoff Party on Wednesday Oct. 4, Brewerton Speedway 25th Hurricane, Thursday, Oct. 5 and the the 75-lap Super DIRT Week Championship at Oswego Speedway on Sunday, Oct. 8th. These events will build to the final series showdown for the DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series crown on Friday, October 13 at Brockville Speedway for the Fall Nationals.
 
"We feel this will allow teams to run good paying races within region throughout the season and earn valuable points without a heavy travel burden," said Mike Perrotte, DIRTcar Director of Series and sanction. "Then to have them all converge into the same sand box for the Fall Championship Challenge allows teams to race against racers from other regions for all the marbles."
 
Any Series feature winner across all four regions will earn automatic berths into the OneDirt.com World Short Track Championship All-Star Invitational at The Dirt Track at Charlotte on October 27. The top-12 in final overall series points will carry provisional starter status into the OneDirt.com World Short Track Championship non-point series finale on October 28.

"There has been a high demand for series races from track promoters and a lot of interest from race teams since we ended the series last fall," said DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Director, Cory Reed. "The series includes major events and great race tracks - we think the race teams will be pleased."

2017 Super DIRTcar Sportsman Series Schedule
*Subject to Change*
Central Region
Friday, April 28 Fulton Speedway- Highbank Holdup
Sunday, April 30 Utica-Rome Speedway
Tuesday, June 20  Outlaw Speedway
Monday, July 3 Weedsport Speedway- Sportsman Classic
Friday, September 15 Brewerton Speedway- Duel at the Demon
    
North Region
Saturday, May 6 Autodrome Drummond
Friday, August 11 Autodrome Granby
Sunday, September 3 Cornwall Motor Speedway
Saturday, September 16 Mohawk Speedway- Pete Mitchell Memorial
Friday, September 22 LeRPM Speedway
Saturday, September 23 Autodrome Drummond
Sunday, September 24 Airborne Speedway
    
West Region
Tuesday, July 25 Ohsweken Speedway
Friday, September 8 Ransomville Speedway
Saturday, September 9 Merrittville Speedway
Sunday, September 10 Humberstone Speedway
Friday, September 22 Brighton Speedway- Applefest Weekend
Saturday, September 23 Brighton Speedway- Applefest Weekend
    
East Region/King of Dirt
Sunday, May 13 Utica-Rome Speedway
Monday, May 28 Devil's Bowl Speedway
Saturday, July 15 Lebanon Valley Speedway
Tuesday, August 15 Albany-Saratoga Speedway
Sunday, August 20 Utica-Rome Speedway
Thursday, August 31 Lebanon Valley Speedway
Friday, September 8 Albany-Saratoga Speedway - Northeast Crate Nationals
Friday, September 22 Fonda Speedway
    
Fall Championship Challenge (150 point events)
Friday-Saturday, September 29 & 30 Fulton Speedway- 32nd Outlaw 200 Weekend
Wednesday, October 4 Weedsport Speedway- Super DIRT Week Kickoff Party
Thursday, October 5 Brewerton Speedway- 25th Hurricane
Sunday, October 8 Oswego Speedway- NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week
Friday, October 13- Brockville Speedway- Fall Nationals
Thu-Fri-Sat, October 26-28 The Dirt Track at Charlotte
World Short Track Championship - NP

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Genesee Speedway Ends 2016 Season with a Bang at the Banquet

Rich Vleck, BATAVIA, NY, (December 10, 2016)- The first season of a new era at Genesee Speedway ended as strongly as the entire 2016 year went with a fantastic awards banquet.  Over 250 were in attendance at the Quality Inn with more than 60 competitors taking home part of the fun.  Over $15,000 in cash was distributed in year-end point fund and some very special awards were given out.

Seven different drivers claimed track championships including Kyle Inman (Sportsman) and Dave DuBois (360 Late Model), who were each declared Drivers of the Year. Beamer Guzzardi became the inaugural Crate Late Model Champion at the speedway while Butch Zimmerman claimed his first career track title in the street stocks. Brad Shepard was the mini stock champion while Cole Hicks claimed the bandit crown.  Matt Smith was named the micro sprint mini series champion.

At the end of the awards banquet, a special presentation was made to new speedway promoter Jim Johnson as the inaugural Mike Logsdon Dedication to Motorsports recipient.  The award was a special surprise for both the recipient as well as the namesake.

The evening also included a host of other special awards, as well as a preview of the 2017 season, featuring 21 race dates including a special trip to Batavia by the ULMS Late Model Series in July.  For more information, visit www.Genesee-Speedway.com.

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Genesee Speedway Ready to Pay Out $15,000 at 2016 Awards Banquet

Rich Vleck, BATAVIA, NY, (November 25, 2016)- It should come as no surprise that what was an incredible 2016 season at Genesee Speedway will be capped off with a record-paying banquet.

At the 2016 Genesee Speedway Awards Banquet Saturday December 10 at the Quality Inn (formerly Clarion Hotel), the Point Fund will exceed $15,000 in cash! Over $5,000 was made possible by the FOAR Score Group, but the first-year promotion team of Jim and Pam Johnson and Mike Fisher decided to triple that amount for the over 50 teams that will take home a slice of the record-breaking amount.

The top 10 drivers in each of the five adult divisions will claim a portion of the point fund, with champions Beamer Guzzardi (Crate Late Models), Kyle Inman (Sportsman, Dave DuBois (360 Late Models), Butch Zimmerman (Street Stocks), Brad Shepard (Mini Stocks), Cole Hicks (Bandits) and Matt Smith (Micro Sprints) being highlighted throughout the night.

The point standings may already be known, but a host of special awards will also be part of the festivities, including Rookie of the Year, Most Improved, Fan Favorite, Best Appearing, Sportsmanship, Perseverance and Drivers of the Year.

It is important to note that with 250 tickets already purchased, the Awards Banquet is Sold Out. The banquet will give teams and fans to get a preview at what is setting up to be an even more thrilling 2017 season with the recent announcement of the ULMS Super Late Model event on Thursday, July 6th. For more information, visit www.Genesee-Speedway.com.

KING OF DIRT AWARD WNNERS ANNOUNCED
To Be Honored At The January 14th Banquet Party In Fonda
 
November 16, 2016 (Fonda, NY) – King Of Dirt Racing recently announced the list of drivers who have earned awards by touring in 2016. 18 different drivers will be honored among their peers along side champions Connor Cleveland (Sportsman) and Robbie Speed (Pro Stock) at the annual Night Of Champions banquet party on January 14th at the Winner's Circle Restaurant in Fonda, New York.

Eight different Sportsman Modified drivers will share in the 10 special awards up for grabs at the Night Of Champions banquet party. While King Of Dirt releases the names of drivers who have won the aforementioned special awards, the specific awards they have earned is unknown until banquet day.

The Sportsman Modified special awards include crowning champion Connor Cleveland and naming the prestigious Award Of Excellence winner. Other awards to be handed out include newcomer of the year, outstanding performance, memorable moment, hard charger, most improved, lap leader, hard luck, top Bicknell warrior, 1st man out, and most popular driver.

Drivers who have been named to receive an award for the KOD Sportsman Modified Series are: Connor Cleveland, Andrew Buff, Scott Duell, Michael Sabia, Adam Gage, Adam Pierson, Cody Hunt, and David Schilling.

Drivers who have been named to receive an award for the KOD Pro Stock Series are: Dean Charbonneau, Dan Older, Gus Hollner, Luke Horning, Chuck Dumblewski, Jason Casey, Byron Wescott, Robbie Speed, Daniel Sanchez, and Nick Stone.

Crowning the Pro Stock champion will top honors naturally, however the award of excellence, newcomer of the year, outstanding performance, memorable moment, hard charger, most improved, lap leader, hard luck, 1st man out, and most popular driver awards will also greet one of the lucky drivers named.

"Honestly our season ended September 24th and it's taken this long to determine award winners. That's how many guys were up for each and deservingly so. At the end of the day we had to narrow it down and we've done that. I think everyone will be pleased with how we close out our racing season," said KOD Promoter Rob Hazer.

Last year the King Of Dirt Racing Series packed the banquet hall at the Winner's Circle Restaurant and expects to do so again this year. With space being limited, everyone attending is asked to be prompt with ticket sales. Please send checks or money orders made out to King Of Dirt Racing along with a list of names in your party no later than January 2nd.

The KOD Night Of Champions Banquet Party is scheduled for January 14th at the Winner's Circle Restaurant in Fonda, New York. There will be dinner, dancing, fun, and friends to close out the 2016 season. Also announcements for the 2017 season will first be made at the banquet for those in attendance.
 
For more information on the King Of Dirt Racing Series visit on the web at www.kingofdirtracing.com.
 
You can also find King Of Dirt via Twitter @kodracingseries or @kodracing.
 
Look for KOD also on Instagram @kingofdirtracing or on Facebook www.facebook.com/kingofdirtracing.
 
Follow King Of Dirt Racing Series happenings via Instagram @kingofdirtracing.
 
2016 KING OF DIRT RACING SERIES FEATURE WINNERS: (Sportsman) Connor Cleveland, Scott Duell, Kevin Ward, Tim Hartman Jr., David Schilling, Rocky Warner, (Pro Stock) Robbie Speed, Dan Older, Nick Stone, Daniel Sanchez, and Luke Horning.

NIGHT OF CHAMPIONS
King Of Dirt Banquet Date Set
Saturday January 14, 2017
Winner's Circle Restaurant
Route 5 – Fonda, NY 12068
Crate Sportsman Series
Pro Stock Series
Dinner – 6:30 PM
Awards – 7:30 PM
$30 Per Ticket Due By January 2nd
Please RSVP Names Along With Money
Anyone Is Welcome To Join Us; We hope to see you there!
Dinner, Awards, Products, Point Funds, Dancing, 50/50's, Prizes, & More!

Dinner included with ticket price, which includes: Roast Beef, Turkey, Mashed Potatoes, Mixed Vegetables, Dinner Salad, Soup, Dinner Rolls, Tea, and Desert.

All who plan to attend must RSVP along with paying for tickets prior to January 14th please. Make Money Order or Check payable to King Of Dirt Racing and on the memo line note KOD Banquet. Mail to 2204 Hickory Hill Rd, Fonda NY, 12068.

Top 10 King Of Dirt Crate Sportsman Series Points
1) Connor Cleveland
2) David Schilling
3) Michael Sabia
4) Cody Bleau
5) Cody Hunt
6) Kevin Chaffee
7) Scott Duell
8) Andrew Buff
9) Jon Miller
10) Adam Pierson

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HUMBERSTONE HOSTED AWARDS BANQUET

- Drivers, Crews Honored For 2016 Season Achievements -

NIAGARA FALLS, ONTARIO (November 12, 2016) The Humberstone Speedway hosted their 2016 Awards Banquet at the Americana Resort in Niagara Falls on Saturday evening. The banquet was mc’ed by track announcers Clinton Geoffrey and Steven Petty.

Brad Rouse from St. Catharines, Ontario raced his way to the 2016 title in the PC Works DIRTcar Sportsman. Rouse beat out former track and Mr. DIRT champion Cody McPherson by just 35 points to earn the title. Chad Chevalier, Justin Sharp and Jay Mallory finished in the top five at season’s end. Other drivers to see victory lane in 2016 include Ron Davis III (Sportsman Super DIRTcar Series Tour event), Brent Begolo, Joey Mastrioanni, Sharp, and Jeff Armstrong.

“The Keystone State Warrior” Dennis Lunger Jr from Albion, Pennsylvania won his second straight Pinty’s Delicious Foods RUSH Late Model Championship. Lunger beat out veterans Jeff Dayman, Tim Gillespie, Rob Pietz and Ken Winfield to win the championship. Drivers that saw victory lane in 2016 included Lunger, Dayman, Gillespie, Pietz, Chad Homan, John Waters (RUSH Tour) and Brandon Mowat (Go Nuclear Series).

Dave Bailey from Hagersville, Ontario won the JC Auto Street Stock Championship in 2016. Bailey was also crowned the track champion at both Ohsweken and Merrittville. Rob Murray, Jason Fontaine, Kyle Pelrine and Vince Fargnoli completed the top five in points. Drivers that picked up checkered flags this season were Bailey, Fontaine, Murray and Bill Bleich Jr. Fontaine, Bleich, Murray, Fargnoli and Bryce Richardson also received their point fund money from the Duel on the Dirt.

Kyle Haynes from Caledon, Ontario won the Cosco Haulage Mini Stocks championship. Haynes beat out former track champion Evan Curtis, Olivier Larocque, Garnet Wilson and Mike Sarantakos to earn his first track title at Humberstone. Drivers that saw victory lane in 2016 include Haynes, Curtis, Larocque, Rob Goulding, Jay Moulton, Kyle Rothwell, Brandon Iudiciani, and Tony Kelly.

Dylan Llord from St. Catharines, Ontario won the Mike Knapp Ford Pro 4 Trucks championship behind 10 feature wins. Llord just edged out Danny Wurster by 43 points to earn the title in just his sophomore year of racing. Craig Vlasic, Frank Perry and Kyle Tomaski completed the top five in points. LLord, Wurster, Perry, Tomaski and Vlasic all saw victory lane in 2016.

The Most Improved Driver Award was presented to Joey Mastrioanni, Tim Gillespie, Kyle Pelrine, Kyle Haynes and Craig Vlasic. The Most Sportsmanlike Award went to Justin Sharp, Jeff Dayman, Bryce Richardson, Garnet Wilson and Andy Imbeault. Chad Chevalier, Jeff Dayman, Bryce Richardson, Brandon Iudiciani and Kyle Tomaski won the Best Appearing Car/Truck Award. The Hard Charger Award went to Brad Rouse, Dennis Lunger Jr, Jason Fontaine, Evan Curtis and Dylan Llord while Jay Mallory, Colton Ledingham, Andrew Reece, Brandon Iudiciani and Kyle Tomaski were the recipients of the Hard Luck Award.

Dylan Davidson, Travis Martineau, Andrew Reece, Olivier Larocque and Mitch Dumont were honored by being named Rookie of the Year.

The Pete Cosco Dedication to the Sport Award went to Pro 4 Truck driver Kyle Tomaski. Tomaski went out into the region to help promote Humberstone at different events throughout the season.

The Jim Simpson Crew Chief of the Year Award went to Jeff Armstrong. Jeff, a DIRTcar Sportsman driver, also wrenched on step son Tyler Puchalski’s Sportsman as well as a Sportsman and a Pro 4 Truck for Emily Puchalski.

The Trevor Wilkens Driver of the Year went to Dave Bailey. Bailey won the track titles at all three tracks in the Niagara Region (Ohsweken, Merrittville and Humberstone) and just missed out on the overall title for the Duel on the Dirt, a four track series between Brighton, Ohsweken, Merrittville and Humberstone.

Race Director Tom Beales spoke to the crowd that was on hand, releasing the speedway’s plan for the 2017 season. New improvements to the speedway will be made including an upgrade to the track lighting system. The first event for the 2017 will be the second annual Dawn of Destruction that will take place the first weekend of May. More information about a potential race night change will be announced after the DIRTcar fall promoters meeting in Syracuse in mid-November.

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