THE $5,000 TO WIN ULTIMATE SPORTSMAN SHOWDOWN AT UTICA-ROME SPEEDWAY COMING UP THIS SUNDAY JULY 23
VERNON, NY- The biggest dirt 602 Crate Sportsman event in the Northeast is rapidly approaching on Sunday, July 23, with the first ever Ultimate Sportsman Showdown at the Utica-Rome Speedway. With a huge purse totaling over $23,000, the winner of the 50-lap main event will receive $5,000 while a minimum of $500 going to all starters. This will be a stand-alone one division show.
Heat lineups will be determined by timed hot laps with an inversion draw of two, four, or six deciding the heat lineup. Non-qualified cars from the heats will be placed into a B, C, or D Main (number of mains is dependent on car count), and all mains will have a payout. There will be no provisionals, the best 24 cars of the night will start the feature. Dave Marcuccilli holds the only guaranteed spot for the Ultimate Sportsman Showdown by virtue of his winning the Mike Martin Memorial on July 16.
Competitors should expect extensive post-race technical inspection for the top five finishers along with a random car, determined by draw, from positions six through 10. DIRTcar Sportsman rules will be used for this event, and that includes rules concerning driver eligibility as this event is geared to Sportsman drivers. Driver registration forms can be found on the track website.
A huge field of the Sportsman drivers is expected to claim the first ever Ultimate Sportsman Showdown victory that could include Matt Janczuk, Rocky Warner, Dave Marcuccilli, Ronnie Davis III, Todd Root, Chris Mackey, AJ Filbeck, AJ Miller, Alan Fink, Glenn Forward, Mark Effner, Kyle Kiehn, and many, many more.
Jason Sanville Mid-Season Champion
It was Ryezak Oil Mid-Season Championship Night at The Legion Speedway Friday, July 14th for the O’Reilly Auto Parts Twilight Racing Series. Jason Sanville took his third win of the season in the Peanut’s Auto Sportsman Modifieds. Matt Pike took his second consecutive win and third on the year in the Homestead Creations Sportsman Late Models and David Flanders was victorious in the Outlaw Mini Stocks. Also on hand were the Granite State Mini Sprints where Ken Stridsburg took the win in the 500cc Feature and Kyle Belliveau topped the 600cc Main.
The Sportsman Modified ran two 25-Lap Segments for the Ryezak Oil Mid-Season Championship, determining an overall winner by combining the two segments. The first segment saw Lenny Pillsbury jump to the lead when the green flew, holding the top spot until Ricky Sanville moved to the front with eight laps complete. Sanville would the rest of the way in the segment to take the win. Jason Sanville was second with Tanner Siemons, Derek O’Hearn and Travis Shinn completing the top five. Richie Gilpatrick jumped to the lead at the start of the second segment but only led the first lap before Derek O’Hearn blasted to the front from his fifth starting spot. From there it was all O’Hearn as he survived one restart and built a nice cushion to take the easy win. Once again Jason Sanville was second and Tanner Siemons third with Ricky Sanville and Lenny Pillsbury completing the top five. Jason Sanville was the overall winner by the virtue of his two second place runs. Derek O’Hearn and Ricky Sanville tied for the next spot with O’Hearn getting second as the position in a tie goes to the highest finisher in the last segment. Ricky Sanville was third with Tanner Siemons and Lenny Pillsbury rounding out the top five.
Sportsman Modifieds-Overall Finish
Rocky Warner Flies to Victory in Second Green to Checkered Sportsman Main at Weedsport
WEEDSPORT, NY (July 12, 2017) – The ‘Flying Squirrel’, Rocky Warner, flew to victory in the second green to checkered Sportsman Shootout Series event of the season at Weedsport Speedway on Tuesday evening, becoming the third Sportsman winner in three races this year at The Port.
Warner’s victory, which saw him take the lead on lap 9 from Nick Guererri, was worth a cool $1,000 as he topped Sportsman Classic champion Dave Marcuccilli, Taylor Caprara, opening night winner Kevin Ridley, and Kevin Root in the top five positions.
The night’s 25-lap main event would see Guererri and Root start from the front row via a 12-car redraw, with Guererri gaining the early advantage in the No. 25G.
It did not take long for Warner to pounce into striking position from his third starting spot, stealing second from Root on lap two. From there it was all Guererri and Warner in the early stages as the duo raced away from the field.
With Guererri and Warner distancing themselves from the pack, Classic champion Marcuccilli began to make moves in the No. M1 from his sixth starting position. As Caprara and Root battled for third, Marcuccilli broke into the top five and began looking for racing room on the battling No. 21T and No. 34.
Caprara looked stout all night long, finally snagging the third position from Root on lap 7 as Warner mounted his charge on Guererri out front.
It took only nine circuits for Warner to hunt out the lead as he moved to the outside in turn four to top Guererri coming to complete lap 10. As soon as Warner edged to the front, he began to pull away.
At the halfway point Warner held a full straight away advantage on Guererri, Caprara, Root, and Marcuccilli, but lapped traffic would soon become key.
At lap 15 Caprara continued his great night, working underneath Guererri for second in turn four. Guererri would now have to hold off the advances of Marcuccilli, Root, Ridley, and Tyler Trump.
With just five laps remaining, Warner was playing traffic perfectly, as he held a sizeable lead in the No. 1J. Caprara still rode second with Marcuccilli having worked by Guererri for third. Root held on in the top five at lap 20 with Ridley, Trump, Willy Decker Jr., Ronnie Davis III, and Todd Root holding the top ten.
In the late stages, it was clear that nobody had anything for Warner on this day as Marcuccilli was able to streak by Capara late for the runner-up position.
Weedsport point leader Ridley made a great charge in the waning laps to come home in the fourth position with Kevin Root, Guererri, Trump, Decker, Todd Root, and Davis III the front ten runners.
A total of 33 Sportsman were in the pit area with Todd Root, Ridley, Caprara, and Ben Wheeler winning qualifying heats. Tom Collins won the 14 car consolation.
Weedsport Speedway returns to action on Sunday, August 13 with the ESS Sprint Car Legends Reunion along with the Sportsman Shootout Series.
Super DIRTcar Series Hall of Fame 100
Weedsport Speedway – Weedsport, NY
Tuesday, July 11
Feature (25-laps): 1. 1J – Rocky Warner, 2. M1 – Dave Marcuccilli, 3. 21T – Taylor Caprara, 4. 20X – Kevin Ridley, 5. 34 – Kevin Root, 6. 25G – Nick Guererri, 7. 9X – Tyler Trump, 8. 1X – Willy Decker, 9. 15 – Todd Root, 10. 32R – Ron Davis III, 11. 99 – Ben Wheeler, 12. 18P – Casey Pavlick, 13. 12G – Matt Guererri, 14. 60 – Jackson Gill, 15. 38 – Zach Sobotka, 16. 111 – Brett Senek, 17. 82 – Will Shields, 18. 27Z – Dylan Zacharias, 19. 24K – Nick Krause, 20. 98T – Tyler Thompson, 21. 713 – Tom Collins, 22. 16 – Earl Rudy, 23. 20 – Dave Schilling, 24. 31B – Corey Barker, 25. 52 – Jessica Power, 26. 72 – Mike Prentice
Scarborough Adds to Family Legacy at Devil’s Bowl Dirt Track Firecracker
For Immediate Release
WEST HAVEN, Vt. – The Scarborough family’s six-decade history of success in Vermont stock car racing picked up another milestone on Monday, July 3, as Joey Scarborough earned his first NASCAR Whelen All-American Series win at The Dirt Track at Devil’s Bowl Speedway. A huge “Coca-Cola Firecracker” grandstand crowd also saw Chris Murray, Chris Charbonneau, and Richie Turner go to victory lane during the Independence Day celebration.
Twenty year-old Joey Scarborough from Brandon, Vt. – following in the footsteps of his father, former Devil’s Bowl champion Donald Scarborough, and cousin Norm Scarborough, a successful car owner and mechanic in the 1960s and ‘70s – beat a stellar field of 30 entries in the 35-lap Central Vermont Motorcycles Sportsman Modified feature for the win. The youngster made quick work of things, needing only four laps to move from his fifth-place starting position into the lead.
Scarborough’s car was good in both the inside and outside lanes, but he was tested by the best late in the going as former champions Kenny Tremont Jr. and Vince Quenneville Jr. reeled him as the laps clicked away. A green-white-checker restart with two laps to go set up a physical battle between Scarborough and Tremont, which allowed Quenneville to get past Tremont to take the runner-up position.
Tremont, who was visibly disappointed in his result, settled for third place. Chad Miller and opening night King of Dirt Series winner Chad Edwards put on a show for fourth place, which went to Miller. Tim LaDuc started 16th and rebounded from a mid-race crash to finish sixth with Justin Comes nailed down seventh place. Jimmy Ryan came from the last-chance qualifier to start 23rd and finish eighth. Brian Whittemore was ninth and rookie Walter J. Hammond finished 10th in his first dirt start at Devil’s Bowl.
Hometown driver Chris Murray of Fair Haven, Vt., was a surprise winner in the 20-lap feature for the Rosen & Berger Auto Recyclers Super Stock division. Joey Trudeau had a dominant car for most of the race, but both Murray and Josh Bussino tracked him down from more than a straightaway behind. Murray made his move with two laps to go and took the lead, holding on for his first win in the division.
Trudeau held Bussino off by just a few feet for the runner-up position, while Larry Bristol and Brian Rogers completed the top five. Ronnie Alger was uninjured in a rollover on the opening lap.
Devil’s Bowl Speedway Dirt Track – West Haven, VT
NASCAR Whelen All-American Series
Monday, July 3, 2017
Central Vermont Motorcycles Sportsman Modified Feature (35 laps)
# - denotes rookie
1. Joey Scarborough, Brandon, Vt.
2. Vince Quenneville Jr., Brandon, Vt.
3. Kenny Tremont Jr., West Sand Lake, N.Y.
4. Chad Miller, White River Junction, Vt.
5. Chad Edwards, Mayfield, N.Y.
6. Tim LaDuc, Orwell, Vt.
7. Justin Comes, Middlebury, Vt.
8. Jimmy Ryan, Whiting, Vt.
9. Brian Whittemore, Pittsford, Vt
10. Walter J. Hammond, Canaan, N.H.
11. Codie Aubin, Plattsburgh, N.Y.
12. Justin Severance, Pittsford, Vt.
13. James Fadden, Plainfield, N.H.
14. Billy Lussier, Fair Haven, Vt.
15. Ricky Sanville, Canaan, N.H.
16. Allan Hammond, Canaan, N.H.
17. Lenny Pillsbury, Cornish, N.H.
18. Tomas Kimball, White River Junction, Vt.
19. Mike Block, Ballston Spa, N.Y.
20. Randy Howe, Lebanon, N.H.
21. Walt Hammond Jr., Canaan, N.H.
22. Josh Sunn, White River Junction, Vt.
23. Jackie Brown Jr., Hurley, N.Y.
Dave Marcuccilli Marches to Second Career Sportsman Classic Triumph at Weedsport
WEEDSPORT, NY (July 4, 2017) – Dave Marcuccilli dominated the Sportsman Classic 75 presented by Industrial Tire of CNY at Weedsport Speedway on Monday evening, becoming the first driver to win the $2,500 Sportsman crown jewel twice.
Starting from third position, Marcuccilli took the lead from Glenn Forward on lap 14 and never looked back, out running Rocky Warner and Corey Barker in the late stages for the score in the Super DIRTcar Sportsman Series event.
Opening night winner Kevin Ridley came home in fourth position with Forward finishing the top five. Defending champion Ronnie Davis III, Tyler Trump, Taylor Caprara, B-main winner Dave Schilling, and Billy Clark Jr. finished the front ten spots.
Schilling won the 10 lap B-Main presented by Universal Sales & Accessories and opted to start the Classic from 31st position as opposed to taking the $300 prize.
A total of 65 DIRTcar Sportsman were in the pit area on Monday with 25 cars starting the 10-lap non-qualifier B-Main.
4th annual Sportsman Classic 75 pres. by Industrial Tire of CNY
Weedsport Speedway – Weedsport, NY
Monday, July 3
Beyea Custom Headers Sportsman Shootout Series
Sportsman Classic (75-laps): 1. M1 – DAVE MARCUCCILLI, 2. 1J – Rocky Warner, 3. 31 – Corey Barker, 4. 20X – Kevin Ridley, 5. 7C – Glenn Forward, 6. 32R – Ron Davis III, 7. 9X – Tyler Trump, 8. 21 – Taylor Caprara, 9. 20 – Dave Schilling, 10. 99 – Billy Clark Jr., 11. 0 – Shane Pecore, 12. 67G – Eric Giguere, 13. 15 – Todd Root, 14. 52 – James Michael Friesen, 15. 3M – Mike Stanton, 16. 12G – Matt Guererri, 17. 25G – Nick Guererri, 18. 82 – Will Shields, 19. 35 – Tom Cook, 20. 60 – Jackson Gill, 21. 31K – Kane Bristol, 22. 99 – Ben Wheeler, 23. 1X – Willy Decker Jr., 24. 52 – Jessica Power, 25. 87 – Rocco Leone, 26. 38 – Zach Sobotka, 27. 713 – Tom Collins, 28. 20K – Kyle Inman, 29. 34 – Kevin Root, 30. 8 – Alan Fink, 31. 24K – Nick Krause
Heat #1 (8-laps, 3-Qualify): 1. 20X – Kevin Ridley, 2. 9X – Tyler Trump, 3. 52 – James Michael Friesen, 4. 87 – Rocco Leone, 5. 67G – Eric Giguere, 6. 24P – Brian Pessolano, 7. 5 – Ricky Yelle, 8. 15B – Brianna Ladouceur, 9. 49C – Carl Warren, 10. 32R – Ron Davis III, 11. 77 – Ben Karlsen
Heat #2 (8-laps, 3-Qualify): 1. 38 – Zach Sobotka, 2. 8 – Alan Fink, 3. 21 – Taylor Caprara, 4. 1X – Willy Decker Jr., 5. 52 – Jessica Power, 6. 20 – Dave Schilling, 7. 27Z – Dylan Zacharias, 8. 11N – Ricky Newton, 9. 34L – Pat LaPage, 10. 98T – Tyler Thompson, 11. 8 – Zach McBride
Heat #3 (8-laps, 3-Qualify): 1. 99 – Ben Wheeler, 2. 25G – Nick Guererri, 3. 1J – Rocky Warner, 4. 713 – Tom Collins, 5. 20 – Jason Shipclark, 6. 20K – Kyle Inman, 7. 1R – Ricky Thompson, 8. 22C – Cedric Geauvreau, 9. 132 – Brandon Michaud, 10. 99R – Anthony Rasmussen, 11. 21C – Jeff Devoll,
Heat #4 (8-laps, 3-Qualify): 1. 7C – Glenn Forward, 2. 12G – Matt Guererri, 3. 3 – Mike Stanton, 4. 31 – Corey Barker, 5. 15 – Todd Root, 6. 415 – Andrew Wren, 7. 1D – Roy Delormier, 8. 94 – Gabriel Cyr, 9. 4 – Tim Murphy, 10. 117 – CJ Castelletti, 11. 18 – Tyler Singleton
Heat #5 (8-laps, 3-Qualify): 1. 34 – Kevin Root, 2. 99 – Billy Clark, 3. 82 – Will Shields, 4. 24K – Nick Krause, 5. 35 – Tom Cook, 6. 90 – Nate Peckham, 7. 22J – Jeremy Dygert, 8. 72 – Mike Prentice, 9. 15D – Kyle DeMetro, 10. 11T – Jeff Taylor, 11. 1T – Charlie Tibbitts
Heat #6 (8-laps, 3-Qualify): 1. M1 – Dave Marcuccilli, 2. 0 – Shane Pecore, 3. 31 – Kane Bristol, 4. 98 – Andrew Buff, 5. 60 – Jackson Gill, 6. 21X – Eric Williams, 7. 9T – Tim Baker, 8. 74 – Carl Inman, 9. JVS1 – Jim Spano, 10. 24 – Garrett Rushlow
Consi #1 (10-laps, 2-Qualify): 1. 1X – Willy Decker Jr., 2. 87 – Rocco Leone, 3. 67G – Eric Giguere, 4. 20 – Dave Schilling, 5. 52 – Jessica Power, 6. 11N – Ricky Newton, 7. 24P – Brian Pessolano, 8. 15B – Brianna Ladouceur, 9. 8 – Zach McBride, 10. 34L – Patrick LaPage, 11. 5 – Ricky Yelle, 12. 49C – Carl Warren, 13. 32R – Ron Davis III
Consi #2 (10-laps, 2-Qualify): 1. 31 – Corey Barker, 2. 15 – Todd Root, 3. 713 – Tom Collins, 4. 20K – Kyle Inman, 5. 20 – Jason Shipclark, 6. 117 – CJ Castelletti, 7. 1D – Roy Delormier, 8. 1R – Ricky Thompson, 9. 21C – Jeff Devolli, 10. 94 – Gabriel Cyr, 11. 22C – Cedric Garuveau, 12. 132 – Brandon Michard, 13. 4 – Tim Murphy, 14. 99R – Anthony Rasmussen
Consi #3 (10-laps, 2-Qualify): 1. 60 – Jackson Gill, 2. 24K – Nick Krause, 3. 35 – Tom Cook, 4. 98 – Andrew Buff, 5. 22J – Jeremy Dygert, 6. 15D – Kyle Demetro, 7. 90 – Nate Peckham, 8. 9T – Tim Baker, 9. 21X – Eric Williams, 10. 72 – Mike Prentice, 11. 11T – Jeff Taylor, 12. 24 – Garrett Rushlow, 13. 74 – Carl Inman,
B-Main (15-laps): 1. 20 – Dave Schilling, 2. 117 – CJ Castelletti, 3. 24P – Brian Pessolano, 4. 15B – Brianna Ladouceur, 5. 20 – Jason Shipclark, 6. 15D – Kyle Demetro, 7. 8 – Zach McBride, 8. 98 – Andrew Buff, 9. 9T – Tim Baker, 10. 22C – Cedric Gauvreau, 11. 24 – Garrett Rushlow, 12. 21X – Eric Williams, 13. 94 – Gabriel Cyr, 14. 5 – Ricky Yelle, 15. 90 – Nate Peckham, 16. 11T – Jeff Taylor, 17. 132 – Brandon Michard, 18. 11N – Ricky Newton, 19. 34L – Patrick LaPage, 20. 74 – Carl Inman, 21. 1R – Ricky Thompson 22. 21C – Jeff Devolli, 23. 3M – Mike Stanton, 24. 49C – Carl Warren, 25. 22J – Jeremy Dygert
Brad Rouse Scores Race of Champions Sportsman Series $1,000 to Win Feature at Humberstone Speedway
PORT COLBORNE, ONTARIO… (July 2, 2017) St. Catharines, Ontario’s Brad Rouse was victorious in the Race of Champions Sportsman Series main event as part of the Brian’s Tire Repair Canada Day $1,000 to win Showdown in memory of Harold Sonnenberg at the Humberstone Speedway on Sunday evening. Kyle Sopaz from Trenton, Ontario won the main event for the Maple Leaf Foods RUSH Late Models. Hamilton, Ontario’s Ken Sargent was declared the winner of the $1000 payday after the JC Auto Street Stock feature. Kyle Rothwell from Welland, Ontario won his second feature of the season for the Cosco Haulage Mini Stocks feature. Kyle Tomaski from Dain City, Ontario was declared the winner of Mike Knapp Ford Pro 4 Trucks feature. Jason Coutu held off Mason Smith to score the win in the $1,000 Enduro.
Defending track champion Brad Rouse and young gun Tyler Puchalski set the front row for the 50 lap feature for the Race of Champions (RoC) Sportsman Series with Rouse pulling ahead with Cody McPherson running in second with Adam Leslie in third. Rouse showed the way early on as Justin Sharp passed McPherson on lap four to take over second place. Rouse and Sharp battled for the lead as Sharp for several circuits, with Sharp taking over the lead on lap 11, and would open up the lead of over five car-lengths while Sharp entered lap traffic. Greg Martin spun, in turn, two and Emily Puchalski had nowhere to go to bring out the caution on lap 18. On the restart, Rouse and McPherson would regain the top two spots from Sharp. McPherson, defending RoC event winner at Humberstone, started to close in on Rouse as Rouse used the bottom of the speedway while McPherson was running on the cushion. James Michael Friesen entered the top five just past the halfway mark and moved into fourth after passing Justin Sharp. Chad Chevalier closed in on McPherson for second while working lap traffic as Rouse pulled away from the field. Chevalier and McPherson battled for second as Rouse continued to show the way up front. McPherson hopped the cushion, in turn, one, handing second to Chevalier and then hopped the cushion again in turn three, giving up the third spot to Friesen. Matt Farnham spun in turn four to bring out the caution with eight laps remaining, giving Rouse and Chevalier open racetrack to battle for the win. Chevalier would take the lead on lap 44 exiting turn four. Rouse would regain the lead on a late-race caution and would hold off Chevalier and Justin Sharp to grab the win and the $1000 payday.
Race of Champions Sportsman Series: BRAD ROUSE, Chad Chevalier, Justin Sharp, Cody McPherson, Jay Mallory, Adam Leslie, Luke Carleton, Dylan Davidson, Jeff Armstrong, Jordan Cosco, Dave Flannigan Jr, Chris Storm, Tyler Puchalski, Matt Farnham, James Michael Friesen, Gord McIntosh, Tom Richau Jr, Robbie Johnston, AJ Custodi, Chad Brown, Pat Sonnenberg, Andy Smith, Greg Martin, Ray Bliss Jr, Emily Puchalski, Scott Sonnenberg Did Not Qualify: Dean Scott, Sean Dominey
HARTMAN JR CLAIMS VICTORY AT THE RIDGE
July 2, 2017 (Fultonville, NY) – The Ridge was back in a big way Sunday Night, as Mike Parillo and Ray Sefrin rang in a new era of racing at the fastest ¼ mile on dirt. Tim Hartman Jr. held off a hard charging Rocky Warner to win the Crate Modified 30-lap feature event. Mike Jackson, Brandon Emigh, Chris Bonoffski, Brett Putnam, and Derrick McGrew Jr. were also victorious.
Crate Modified action saw Jim Introne Jr. and Brian Calabrese lead the field to the green flag, but a yellow quickly flew when a front running car went around sending the field scattering. Multiple cars were involved with Harry Shaffer II and Chad Edwards suffering damage that would end their evenings prematurely.
On the restart Brian Calabrese took the lead, but was quickly challenged by Tim Hartman Jr. Jeremy Pitts, JaMike Sowle, and Adam McAuliffe were all on the move, but the flyin’ squirrel Rocky Warner was bad fast. Warner started 16th in the field and worked his way inside the top five by the mid way point. While the 1J was charging, so was Kevin Chaffee. Chaffee started 15th and worked his way to 6th at one point in the feature event.
All this was behind Tim Hartman Jr. who seemed to be the only one who could stop Rocky Warner. Calabrese finished 3rd, with Sowle, Pitts, McAuliffe, Olden Dwyer, Chaffee, Jack Lehner, and Bobby Hackel IV rounding out the top 10, but wait there’s more. Elmo’s Speed Supply donated $100 to the winner and $50 to each spot 2nd through 5th. On top of that Mike Sowle was in house and topped the race off to make it a cool $1100 to win. Track Promoter Mike Parillo took the winners share and drew a number, which was 15. Parillo gave that money to the 15th place finisher, which was Rick Coons.
In the Limited Sportsman Mike Jackson had the field covered despite some early pressure from Kathy Bellen for the lead. Former go-kart champion turned Sportsman driver Dave Richard had the 318 wound up tight and finished strong in 3rd. Young gun and former quad racer EJ McAuliffe looked solid in his Ridge debut grabbing 4th place, while Malta regular John Stowell finished 5th in his first race ever on the hill.
CRATE MODIFIED FEATURE (30 Laps) – 1) Tim Hartman Jr., 2) Rocky Warner, 3) Brian Calabrese, 4) JaMike Sowle, 5) Jeremy Pitts, 6) Adam McAuliffe, 7) Olden Dwyer, 8) Kevin Chaffee, 9) Jack Lehner, 10) Bobby Hackel IV, 11) Alissa Cody, 12) Whitey Slavin, 13) Joe Orlando, 14) Rob Maxon, 15) Rick Coons, 16) Matt Shultz, 17) Chris Curtis, 18) Elliott Lussier, 19) Rob Lanfear, 20) Jim Introne Jr., 21) Ricky Quick, 22) Dave Constantino, 23) Kurtis Hohensheldt, 24) Chad Edwards, 25) Harry Shaffer II.
LIMITED SPORTSMAN FEATURE (20 Laps) – 1) Mike Jackson, 2) Kathy Bellen, 3) Dave Richard, 4) EJ McAuliffe, 5) John Stowell, 6) Vinny Visconti, 7) Bobby Flood, 8) Jacob Volpi, 9) Mike Parodi, 10) Marty Kelly, 11) Gary DeRoucher, 12) Lenny Billings, 13) Bill August.
Dave Marcuccilli Steals DIRTcar Sportsman Series Central Region Win From Taylor Caprara
Second Straight Series Victory For Marcuccilli
LAFARGEVILLE, NY - June 28, 2017 - Taylor Caprara had all but sewn up his first DIRTcar Sportsman Series win of the season on Wednesday night at Can-Am Motorsports Park, but a caution after the white flag waved gave Dave Marcuccilli the opportunity he needed to pounce. Caprara's lead of nearly a full straightaway at the massive half-mile track was erased for a green-white-checkered finish and Marcuccilli used the restart to steal the lead from Caprara and march off with his second straight Series win.
"He had us covered. We just got lucky," Marcuccilli said in Victory Lane. "I was way too tight the whole race and I couldn't quite run the top as well as he was. I would get in there and get tight so I kept sliding it in there just to get it to turn. Man, that's kind of an unbelievable one."
Caprara started on the outside of the front row with polesitter Tyler Trump pacing the field to the green flag. Trump led the opening two laps while Marcucilli worked past Caprara for the second spot. Before the third lap could be completed, Josh Reome, Todd Root and Brian Hudson came together in turn four that resulted in a red flag as Reome flipped upside down.
After a lengthy clean up, the field sorted itself out for a lengthy green flag run that saw Maruccilli take over the lead in the outside lane on the restart while Caprara raced to second. The top two broke away from the rest of the field four second by the time the race hit lap 12.
On lap 13, Caprara caught Marcucilli and began to nose inside for the top spot. As they raced to the cross flags for the halfway mark, Caprara switched lanes and went to the outside which allowed him to take the lead from Marcucilli in turns one and two.
Two laps after taking the point, Caprara found himself in traffic, but navigated the slower cars without flaw and grew his lead over Marcuccilli. With five laps to go, Caprara's lead was a half straightaway over Marcuccilli who also had a half straightaway lead over Rocky Warner, who had made his way to third from the 20th starting spot.
Caprara looked to have the victory in the bag, but a caution on the final lap for Dave Rogers who hit the turn three wall setup a green-white-checkered finish. Caprara chose the outside lane for the restart, a decision that proved fatal and Marcuccilli used the inside lane to muscle past Caprara. The final lap and a half saw Caprara use every line of the racetrack to try and regain the lead, but it was too little too late.
"He probably should have picked the bottom (on the restart) and would have won it easy," Marcuccilli said. "With him giving me the bottom, we had the better run when we restarted and that was just the difference in the race because he was gone. I wasn't catching him."
Despite how the finish unfolded, Caprara was confident he made the right decision in choosing the outside lane, but would have liked another chance to better execute his restart.
"I definitely didn't want to see that yellow," Caprara said following the race. "My car seemed to roll the top pretty well. If anything, we could have paced that restart a little bit better and got an advantage there, but you're dealing with the best in the business here. To sit behind these guys is pretty awesome."
The thrilling finish had fans on the edge of their seats which overshadowed a spectacular drive by Warner to a podium finish. Warner was a late arrival and missed time trials and had to race from 10th to fifth in his heat race to be the final transfer car into the Feature.
"It was a night and day difference," Warner said of the change in track from heats to the Feature after the track crew re-worked the surface at intermission. "We setup for the slick and I thought maybe we'd have something for them. My car was actually better early than it was late. It was a little tight there at the end there. We had an awesome car, just starting 20th kind of killed it."
The DIRTcar Sportsman Series Central Region resumes action at Weedsport Speedway on July 3 for the Sportsman Classic. The Eastern Region, which completed its first race on May 28 at Devil's Bowl (VT) Speedway where Chad Edwards went to Victory Lane, will continue with it's action on July 15 at Lebanon-Valley Speedway.
The Western Region kicks off on July 25 at Ohsweken Speedway alongside the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series in the Six Nations Showdown. The Northern Region will host its first race on August 11 at Quebec's Autodrome Granby.
The six-race combined region schedule begins on September 30 at Fulton Speedway. For the full schedule of DIRTcar Sportsman Series events, visit www.dirtcarump.com/schedules.
DIRTcar Sportsman Series Central Region Statistical Report; Can-Am Motorsports Park, Lafargeville, NY; June 28, 2017
Feature (30 Laps): 1. Dave Marcuccilli; 2. Taylor Caprara; 3. Rocky Warner; 4. Tyler Trump; 5. Jack Meeks; 6. Kyle Inman; 7. Ron Davis III; 8. Kevin Root; 9. Mike Stacey; 10. Shane Pecore; 11. Chris Thurston; 12. Jackson Gill; 13. Tom Collins Jr.; 14. Robert Delormier; 15. Ricky McCready; 16. Kevin Poitras; 17. Will Shields; 18. Jessica Power; 19. Zach Sabotka; 20. Andrew Wert; 21. Jordan Kelly; 22. Tyler Thompson; 23. Cedric Gauvreau; 24. Joe Hall; 25. Jarrett Herbison; 26. Dave Rogers; 27. Nick Krause; 28. Todd Root; 29. Brian Hudson; 30. Shawn Shaw; 31. Josh Reome.
CENTRAL REGION SEASON WINNERS
2 - Dave Marcuccelli (Outlaw Speedway on June 20; Can-Am Motorsports Park on June 28)
1 - Todd Root (Fulton Speedway on April 28)
1 - Rocky Warner (Utica-Rome Speedway on April 30)
MOTHER NATURE WINS SUNDAY AT THE RIDGE
Great Turnout Of Drivers For New Promoters At Glen Ridge
Glenn Ridge PR
June 26, 2017 (Fultonville, NY) – Despite best efforts to shake off a pair of thunder showers Sunday afternoon, Glen Ridge Motorsports Park ‘New Era’ Opener checkers fell to mother nature. There was a silver lining to the story, as drivers turned out in support of the fastest ¼ mile on dirt.
Sixteen Crate Modifieds signed in at ‘The Ridge’ Sunday including former track champion Rocky Warner with the Jake Spraker Used Cars 1J. Former track champion JaMike Sowle was on hand with the Sowle Trailer Repair 711, Tim Hartman Jr. had the Parillo Services 22 ready for action, and Chad Edwards had the Spencer Racing 37 in house.
Point leader Chris Curtis was in attendance with a new teammate in Whitey Slavin, who will pilot the Lindell Fuels 35w. Perhaps the most intriguing entry was Albany-Saratoga Modified track champion and King Of Dirt Racing 358 Modified Point Leader Marc Johnson. He was set to pilot the Gary Derocher owned Electric City Taxi 10d.
All-time leader in Limited Sportsman wins at ‘The Ridge’ belongs to Mike Jackson, who was ready to roll for the Shaffer Racing Team. Former track champion Lenny Billings was happy to be back on the hill and two-time feature winner Kathy Bellen was also ready to tackle the Limited Sportsman division at Glen Ridge. Young gun and Lebanon Valley announcer Marty Kelly joined Colin Clow, Bill August, Mike Parodi, John Linblade, and others were ready to ring in the new era.
Gus Hollner led the Pro Stock drivers along with fellow area business owner Todd Hoffman. Norm Loubier ventured over from the great race place and Jason Samrov ventured up from Fonda. Lebanon Valley regular Sparky Reilly was ready for some short track action along with Joslin, Stone, and more for a total of ten full-fender drivers on hand.
It was a great sign of things to come with 16 Crate Modifieds, 10 Limited Sportsman, 10 Pro Stock, 14 Sling Shots, 11 POWRi Midget Sprints, and 9 4-Cylinder Mini Stocks ready to go.
5th annual Sportsman Classic Set for July 3; Green Flag to Wave at 7 p.m.
WEEDSPORT, NY (June 26, 2017) – The 5th annual Sportsman Classic will continue Weedsport Speedway’s schedule of events this Monday, July 3 with green flag racing set for 7 p.m.
Initially slated for a 6 p.m. start, officials have decided to bump the program back one hour to allow more time for fans to make their way to the speedway.
Pit gates will now open at 4 p.m. on July 3 with grandstand gates opening at 5 p.m. Hot laps will begin at 6 p.m. with opening ceremonies set for 6:45 p.m.
The 75-lap, $2,500 to win crown jewel, has become a staple event for Sportsman racers throughout the region, as the Classic will mark the second event of the Sportsman Shootout Series for 2017.
A star studded field attended last year’s Classic event with Ronnie Davis III charging to the wild win over Cody McPherson, Kyle Inman, Dave Marcuccilli, and Kevin Root.
This year all the heavy hitters are once again expected including Davis, Marcuccilli, Kevin and Todd Root, Rocky Warner, Jeremy Pitcher, Kevin Ridley, and more.
Defending winner Davis is primed and ready to repeat as Classic champion.
“The goal in the Classic is usually to preserve the car and go the distance,” said Davis. “I try to keep a good pace at least until halfway without burning up the tires and making any mistakes. Then we hope to be in a good position towards the end of the race to really push the car and shoot for the win. I am very confident in defending the Classic title this year.”
Included in the night’s schedule will be the TUSA Mod Lites and the NY6A 600cc Micro Sprints.
A huge fireworks display will cap off the Independence Day Weekend for fans in attendance.
Best of all admission for the evening is just $20 a car load, so be sure to bring the entire family.
Single adult general admission is $15, kids 11-17 is $5, with kids 10 and under FREE.
5th annual Sportsman Classic 75
Schedule of Events
Monday, July 3
4pm – Pit Gates Open/Sportsman Classic Draw and Registration/Tech Opens
5pm – Grandstands Open
5:45pm – Sportsman Driver’s Meeting/Draw Closes
6:05pm – Sportsman Classic Timed Group Hot Laps (Driver must time in group)
6:20pm – 600CC Micro Sprint Hot Laps
6:30pm – TUSA Mod Lite Hot Laps
6:45pm – Opening Ceremonies
7pm – Sportsman Classic Heats 1-3 (8-laps)
7:20pm – 600CC Micro Sprint Heats
7:30pm – Sportsman Classic Heats 4-6 (8-laps)
7:50pm – TUSA Mod Lite Heats
8:00pm – Sportsman Classic B-Mains (10-laps)
8:20pm – 600CC Micro Sprint A-Main (20-laps)
8:35pm – TUSA Mod Lite A-Main (20-laps)
8:55pm – Sportsman Non-Qualifiers Race (15-laps, $300 to win or 31st starting spot)
9:10pm – Intermission/Redraw
9:20pm – Fireworks
9:35pm – Sportsman Classic 75 presented by Industrial Tire of CNY
Five new names in victory lane in support divisions
For Immediate Release
WEST HAVEN, Vt. – Tim LaDuc waited for two years to grab the checkered flag at The Dirt Track at Devil’s Bowl Speedway, and he did it in exciting style on Sunday, June 25. On a night honoring inaugural track champion Mert “Socks” Hulbert, LaDuc scored his first career NASCAR Whelen All-American Series victory and the 48th overall win of his career at Devil’s Bowl. Five other drivers also visited the winner’s circle for the first time, with Josh Bussino, Robert Garney, Austin Chaves, Rob Sanford, and Buck Gasner all picking up victories.
The 35-lap Central Vermont Motorcycles Sportsman Modified division was one for the ages. A brief, unexpected shower just after track preparation at intermission made an already fast and tacky race track even quicker, but the extra moisture also created a few bumps in Turn 4, which led to thrilling action and a grandstand full of excited, vocal race fans.
Pole position starter Wayne Stearns held on through some early caution flags to lead the opening 12 laps before slipping backwards. The fast outside lane was the place to be for many of the front-runners, and LaDuc, Jimmy Ryan, Vince Quenneville Jr., Joey Scarborough, and others made big moves on the high side. LaDuc, from 10th at the start, took command on lap 13 and never relinquished the lead, but he was tested multiple times by Bobby Hackel, Quenneville, and by the race track itself; at one point, LaDuc’s car caught a bump the wrong way and bicycled through Turn 4 on its right-side wheels before landing on all four tires and continuing.
LaDuc and Hackel played head games with each other on multiple restart attempts with six laps left before getting it right. LaDuc jumped ahead but dealt with Hackel on one final restart with three laps remaining; LaDuc came away with the lead and eventually the win, while Quenneville blasted around the outside lane to take second from Hackel. Quenneville and Hackel made big contact coming to the checkered flag, with the front half of Hackel’s car perched atop Quenneville’s rear deck lid; they crossed the finish line in a cloud of smoke, four-wide in traffic.
Quenneville took second place with Hackel third, but both drivers rode to victory lane on the back of the safety truck as their cars came to rest in Turn 1 still attached. Justin Severance tied his career-best finish in fourth and Kenny Tremont Jr. rebounded from two trips to pit road to finish fifth. Justin Comes, Randy Howe, Jackie Brown Jr., Walt Hammond Jr., and Mike Block completed the top 10 in order; only LaDuc and Block started inside the top 10. A thorough review of scoring revealed that Joey Scarborough – who raced among the top five at the finish – was one lap off the pace in 12th after losing a lap during an early pit stop.
Devil’s Bowl Speedway Dirt Track – West Haven, VT
NASCAR Whelen All-American Series
Sunday, June 25, 2017
Sportsman Modified Feature (35 laps)
# - denotes rookie
1. Tim LaDuc, Orwell, Vt.
2. Vince Quenneville Jr., Brandon, Vt.
3. Bobby Hackel, Rensselaer, N.Y.
4. Justin Severance, Pittsford, Vt.
5. Kenny Tremont Jr., West Sand Lake, N.Y.
6. Justin Comes, Middlebury, Vt.
7. Randy Howe, Lebanon, N.H.
8. Jackie Brown Jr., Hurley, N.Y.
9. Walt Hammond Jr., Canaan, N.H.
10. Mike Block, Ballston Spa, N.Y.
11. Codie Aubin, Plattsburgh, N.Y.
12. Joey Scarborough, Brandon, Vt.
13. James Fadden, Plainfield, N.H.
14. Brian Whittemore, Pittsford, Vt.
15. Chad Miller, White River Junction, Vt.
16. Billy Lussier, Fair Haven, Vt.
17. Jimmy Ryan, Whiting, Vt.
18. Lenny Pillsbury, Cornish, N.H.
19. Tomas Kimball, White River Junction, Vt.
20. Wayne Stearns, Bradford, Vt.
21. Bruce Loomis, Granville, N.Y.
Kevin Ridley Leads Green to Checkered to Open Sportsman Shootout Series at Weedsport
WEEDSPORT, NY (June 26, 2017) – The Sportsman Shootout Series has been waiting over a month to take the green flag at Weedsport Speedway, and they finally did Sunday night with Kevin Ridley leading the green to checkered 25-lap main worth $1,000 presented by Big Dog Country 103.5 FM.
Ridley set quick time in his qualifying group, won his heat race, redrew the pole position and then dominated the Sportsman Shootout Series opener as he ran masterfully through lapped traffic ahead of Tyler Trump, Will Shields, Glenn Forward, and Dave Marcuccilli in the top five positions.
Nick Nye, Corey Barker, Kevin Root, Nick Krause, and Nick Guererri would finish the top ten runners in the main event which saw 28 cars take the green flag in a field of 39 racers.
Ridley and Trump would lead the field to the green flag with Ridley gaining the early advantage in the main event.
The show early on was Nye in the No. 6N as he and the Shields No. 82 battled, swapping the fourth and fifth positions back and forth in the first several laps.
Shields, a heat race winner earlier in the night, would eventually secure the fourth position over Nye and looked to chase down front runners Ridley, Trump, and Kyle Inman.
Unfortunately for Inman, the No. 20K would slow on the back-stretch at lap 5 while running third, ending a great night for another heat race winner.
With Inman in the pit area Shields, Nye, and Forward would move to third through fifth in the rundown as Ridley continued to pull away out front over Trump.
Just prior to halfway Ridley would find heavy lapped traffic, and it appeared as though Trump may be able to make a run in the No. 9X. With Trump chasing Ridley, Forward was able to work by Nye for fourth as Marcuccilli began to slip his way to the front after starting ninth.
Eventually Marcuccilli was able to find his way by both Barker and Nye to find the top five positions as he tried to reel in Ridley, Trump, Shields, and Forward.
However, with no cautions in the event and a strong running leader, nobody had anything for Ridley as he ran away for the opening win in the Beyea Custom Headers Sportsman Shootout Series.
Forward, Kyle Inman, Ridley, and Shields would collect heat race wins in the Sportsman division with Taylor Caprara and Casey Pavlick winning consolations
Feature (25-laps): 1. Kevin Ridley, 2. Tyler Trump, 3. Will Shields, 4. Glenn Forward, 5. Dave Marcuccilli, 6. Nick Nye, 7. Corey Barker, 8. Kevin Root, 9. Nick Krause, 10. Nick Guererri, 11. Ben Wheeler, 12. Willy Decker Jr., 13. Earl Rudy, 14. Tyler Caprara, 15. Tom Collins, 16. Zach Sobotka, 17. Jessica Power, 18. Matt Guererri, 19. Tyler Singleton, 20. Ron Davis III, 21. Robbie Johnston, 22. Chris Fleming, 23. Dylan Zacharias, 24. Todd Root, 25. Jim Spano, 26. Casey Pavlick, 27. Mike Prentice, 28. Kyle Inman
Dylan Westbrook Wins Crate Sprint Special at Humberstone
PORT COLBORNE, ONTARIO… (June 18, 2017) Dylan Westbrook from Oakland, Ontario won the main event for the Crate Sprint Cars from Ohsweken Speedway on J N’E Towing and Recovery and Country 89 Night at the Humberstone Speedway. Chad Chevalier from Port Colborne, Ontario won his second feature of the season for the PC Works DIRTcar Sportsman. Chad Homan from Macedon, NY won the feature for the Maple Leaf Foods RUSH Late Models. Olivier Larocque from Port Colborne, Ontario won the main event for the Cosco Haulage Mini Stocks. Mitch Dumont from St. Catharines, Ontario won the feature event for the Mike Knapp Ford Pro 4 Trucks.
AJ Lewis and Aaron Turkey led the 20-car strong Crate Sprints to the green flag for their 20 lap A-Main with Turkey showing the way. Holly Porter took second from Lewis and started to reel in the leader. Porter would take the lead on lap six. Aaron Turkey battled Jesse McDonald as teammate Dylan Westbrook challenged Jerry Hill for the fourth spot, just as Jacob Dykstra and Allen Gilletta spun, in turn, one to bring out the caution on lap 10. Off the restart, Dylan Westbrook continued to drive to the front of the field as he passed Jerry Hill for fourth, then passed Jesse McDonald and then Aaron Turkey for second and then went after race leader Holly Porter. Westbrook would take the lead on lap 18 after Porter gave up the bottom groove. Westbrook would hold off Turkey and Porter to score the win.
Adam Leslie led Cody McPherson off the start of the PC Works DIRTcar Sportsman feature event Justin Sharp moved into third on lap four after passing Dave Flannigan Jr and beginning to catch the lead duo of Leslie and McPherson. Chad Chevalier worked through the field and battled Sharp for third by the race's midway point. Chris Storm spun in turn four to bring out the caution on lap 11 for the first time on the night. On the restart, Brad Rouse entered the top six after passing Tom Richau Jr, just as Chevalier passed McPherson to take over second. On a lap 16 restart, Chevalier would take the lead away from Leslie after using the outside of the speedway and Brad Rouse battled with Justin Sharp for fourth place. Emily Puchalski came to a stop in turn four to bring out the caution on lap 20. Chevalier would hold off the field to score his second win of the season.
Crate Sprint Cars: DYLAN WESTBROOK, Aaron Turkey, Holly Porter, Jerry Hill, Jesse McDonald, Shone Evans, Dan Nanticoke, AJ Lewis, Jacob Dykstra, Trevor Young, Allen Gilletta, Mike Bell, Liam Martin, Paul Ballantyne, Brian Nanticoke, Jake Sheridan, Davey Boughton, Josh Hanson, Mike Thorne, Did Not Start: Matt Hill
PC Works DIRTcar Sportsman: CHAD CHEVALIER, Cody McPherson, Brad Rouse, Adam Leslie, Justin Sharp, Tyler Puchalski, Luke Carleton, Tom Richau Jr, Dave Flannigan Jr, Jeff Armstrong, Jordan Cosco, Jay Mallory, Dave DiPietro II, Chris Watters, Chris Storm, Gord McIntosh, Emily Puchalski, Dylan Davidson, Dean Scott, Chad Brown
Jason Sanville Wins Again in the Sportsman Modifieds
With a less that stellar weather forecast Friday night and rain blanketing the surrounding area Management took a proactive stance and ran an extended laps, feature only program. The O’Reilly Auto Parts Twilight Racing Series saw Jason Sanville chalk up win number two of the year in the Peanut’s Auto Sportsman Modifieds, Toby Stark also claimed his second win in the Homestead Creations Sportsman Late Models with Chris Conroy taking the win in the Rand’s Hardware Outlaw Mini Stocks. The Sportsman Coupes were on hand for the first time this season with Melvin Pierson taking the win.
Ricky Sanville claimed the lead from the pole position when the green flew in the Sportsman Modifieds with Jason Sanville settling into the second spot. The races only caution flew for Tanner Siemons with thirteen laps complete. Jason Sanville took advantage of the yellow and blasted into the lead on the restart and held back Ricky Sanville, who finished second, for the duration of the event to take the win. Richie Gilpatrick also took advantage of the restart to move into third on the green which is where he finished at the drop of the checkers. Lenny Pillsbury and David Heath completed the top five.
Joining the regular divisions of the O’Reilly Auto Parts Twilight Racing Series this Friday night at 7:00PM, June 30th will be the second appearance of the season for the Sprint Cars of New England; it will also be race #2 of the SCoNE Triple Crown Series. An Enduro will complete the night.
The Legion Speedway is located on Route 25 at the Wentworth/Rumney NH Town line with racing every Friday Night at 7:00 PM. For more information visit www.LegionSpeedway.com
Unofficial Results-Legion Speedway, Friday June 22nd 2017
Sportsman Modified Feature
Race of Champions Sportsman Tour Visits Ohsweken
By Clayton Johns
OHSWEKEN, Ont. – June 22, 2017 – Ohsweken Speedway’s 22nd season of competitions continues on Friday night when the Race of Champions Sportsman Tour visits on Minor Sports Team Night presented by Pinty’s Delicious Foods. Children wearing their Minor Sports Team jerseys will be admitted free and will also be entered to win a special Ohsweken Speedway Prize Pack.
Pinty’s Delicious Foods night marks the first of two Sportsman Modified races at Ohsweken in 2017. Also on the schedule are the 360 Sprint Cars, Crate Sprint Cars, Thunder Stocks, Mini Stocks and Aftermarket Bombers.
Race time is 7:30pm with Pit Gates scheduled to open at 5:30pm and Spectator Gates opening at 6:00pm. Admission for adults is just $14, $10 for seniors (65+) and Youths (13-17) while kids age 7-12 are only $3. Children 6 and under are free.
Race of Champions Sportsman Tour
The Race of Champions Sportsman Tour returns to Ohsweken for the second time in its history. Friday’s race is the first of six on the Series’ 2017 schedule. Last season, Chad Chevalier won over Cody McPherson, Mark Chiddy, Justin Sharpe and Charlie Lynch. The ultra-competitive Sportsman division is guaranteed to provide plenty of side-by-side action. Additional event information is available at www.rocmodifiedseries.com.
360 Sprint Cars
Dylan Westbrook has held the hot hand with the 360 Sprint Cars. After last week’s win, Westbrook enters this week’s action as the point leader, although by an incredibly small margin. Westbrook’s advantage is just two points over Jim Huppunen, who also has a weekly win this season. Cory Turner, Ryan Turner and Mikey Kruchka also sit in the top-five through three weekly races this season. A total of 22 different drivers have attempted to run a race this season.
GMC Crate Sprint Cars
The GMC Crate Sprint Car division got its third different winner in four races when Mack DeMan earned the victory last week. DeMan also took over the point lead in the championship standings with a three point gap over Jesse McDonald. Ryan Hunsinger, who has a pair of wins this season, is third in the standings while Holly Porter and Mike Thorne sit tied for fourth to round out the top-five. Josh Hansen is the top rookie driver in seventh in the standings and is coming off a third-place finish last week.
$1,000 TO WIN MIKE MARTIN MEMORIAL FOR SPORTSMAN AND DOUBLE FEATURES FOR GATES-COLE AUTO INSURANCE MODIFIEDS HIGHLIGHT HUGE SHOW THIS SUNDAY AT UTICA-ROME SPEEDWAY
VERNON, NY- Fans attending Utica-Rome Speedway this Sunday, June 25, were already going to be treated to some great DIRTcar sanctioned action that included the second annual Mike Martin Memorial for the Broedel Energy Sportsman, which will pay $1,000 to the winner, but also the Gates-Cole Auto Insurance Modifieds, Pro Stocks, and Novice Sportsman. And thanks to Mother Nature this past Sunday, fans will get an additional Gates-Cole Auto Insurance Modified feature event at no extra cost which will kick off the night’s action on Wilber-Duck night.
Spearheaded by Carole Martin and family plus close friends, $1,500 will be added to the weekly purse providing the top ten with some extra money plus some other bonuses. This week’s 20 lap main event will pay $1,000, while the remainder of the top 10 will pay $550, $350, $250, $200, $175, $165, $155, $150, and $140 respectively. Also, heat race winners will get $50 for efforts (based on four heats) while the ninth-place runner on lap nine will receive an additional $50. Also, our friends at Extreme Speed and Performance are offering a $100 gift card to the first car across the line that is using Fox Shocks. Like last, children in attendance can expect some additional activities or treats in addition to the weekly bike giveaway.
The race is dedicated to Mike Martin who was a lifelong racing enthusiast, engine builder, and consultant to many drivers at the Utica-Rome and Fonda Speedways. His selfless passion for supporting drivers and “joining their families” in the sport will remembered by many. Aside from his infectious laughter, he was known for his attention to detail and to “do the right thing”, a belief he learned from his family. The race bonuses and kids club sponsorship for this event was organized by Carole Martin and the Martin family.
The current top ten in the Broedel Energy Sportsman are Matt Janczuk, Chris Mackey, Kyle Inman, AJ Filbeck, Brent Joy, AJ Miller, Stephen Denton, Tyler Thompson, Jason Rood, and Dave Marcuccilli. This event will be a draw event with drivers drawing for heat races when signing in with a feature redraw for top drivers after the heats. The race will carry full track points.
A line of thunderstorms swept through the Vernon area this past Sunday as the Gates-Cole Auto Insurance Modified feature was on the line, causing the postponement of the feature this Sunday causing a rare Modified double header at no extra cost to the race fan. The June 18 feature will kick off the evening, followed by a full show of Gates-Cole Auto Insurance Modifieds. At the conclusion of last week’s 30 lap feature, the driver handicap will be updated to kick off a whole new show. Matt Sheppard is the current point leader over Danny Varin, Pat Ward, Bobby Varin, Tim Fuller, Mike Mahaney, Marc Johnson, Rob Bellinger, Claude Hutchings Jr., and Alan Johnson.
With drivers such as Mike Welch, Luke Horning, Nick Stone, Todd Hoffman, Shane Henderson, Jim Normoyle, Gus Hollner, and more in a talented Pro Stock field, fans are treated to a fantastic show every week. Often, the Pro Stock feature event is decided in the closing laps as the field races side by side throughout the event and fans should expect no less this Sunday.
The Novice Sportsman are on the schedule this weekend as well, allowing drivers with limited experience to get some valuable track time with drivers with the same skill level or experience. The division has a limited payout and is intended for drivers to gain experience without racing against the veterans. Utica-Rome Speedway management reserves the right to decide on a driver’s eligibility to run the Novice Sportsman.
Grandstand admission for this big show is set at the standard weekly price of just $13 for adults while children 16 and under are FREE. Gates will open at 3:30p.m. with racing set to begin at 6 p.m.
For more information, log on to www.uticaromespeedway.com or call the speedway office at (315)829-4557. Utica-Rome Speedway is also very active through several social media platforms including Facebook and Twitter.
Gates-Cole Auto Insurance Modified feature starting lineup (from 6/18)- 1)Steve Way 2)Beth Bellinger 3)Jack Miller 4)Darwin Greene 5)Rob Bellinger 6)Claude Hutchings Jr. 7)Alan Johnson 8)Mike Mahaney 9)Marc Johnson 10)Bobby Varin 11)Pat Ward 12)Tim Fuller 13)Danny Varin 14)Matt Sheppard 15)Jessey Mueller 16)Mike Maresca 17)Brandon Walters 18)Randy Shantel 19)Jim Nagle 20)CG Morey.
Genesee Speedway Going Strong to End June
Rich Vleck, BATAVIA, NY, (June 21, 2017)- The Genesee Speedway continues to roll along with more Saturday Night action this weekend before the lights go off on the fairgrounds in preparation for the biggest event of the year.
This Saturday, June 24, Batavia Downs Gaming & Hotel presents a Super 6 and 6:00 program, which includes the return of the 360 Late Models. Saturday will also be Boy Scout Night, as all Boy Scouts in Uniform will be get free general admission. This Saturday will serve as the end of the first portion of the 2017 season, with the following Saturday a bye week in preparation for the big ULMS Super Late Model show on Thursday, July 6.
With all six classes on the card, it sure will be a busy night of racing, and the point races continue to take shape. The MHL Performance Crate Late Models have a tightly-knit group at the top. Despite not winning yet in 2017, Bill Holmes leading the standings by five points over Zack Carley, JJ Mazur and Jimmy Johnson, the three drivers to claim checkered flags in weekly races so far this year.
The Cornerstone Eye Associates Sportsman are continue to be led by Kyle Inman, but Andrew Smith closed the gap significantly on Saturday with his dominating performance for his first win of the year. Smith is now just seven points back of the defending champion.
After a week off, the Ken’s Charcoal Pits and BBQ 360 Late Models are ready to return to life with a fierce three-way battle at the top. Tommy Kemp now has two wins in 2017 and has taken a four point lead over John Zimmerman and nine points over defending champion Dave DuBois. Tight point races are found throughout the division and expect to continue to alter after Saturday Night.
ROCKY WARNER DOMINATES TO SCORE BIG KING OF DIRT WIN WHILE JEFF TROMBLEY TAKES CRSA SPRINT WIN
VERNON, NY-Mother Nature forced Utica-Rome Speedway officials run a fast-paced show to attempt to get the full show in on Community Car Wash and Bill Herrig Auto Parts night.
The CSRA Sprint event saw Jeff Trombley score the win while Rocky Warner dominated the King of Dirt Sportsman Series event. The Gates-Cole Auto Insurance Modifieds and the King of Dirt Pro Stock Series event were both lost when heavy rain moved in. The Modifieds feature event will be made up on June 25, making a double header event for the Modifieds. The King of Dirt Pro Stock Series makeup date will be announced.
Cody Bleau and Nick Krause led the 30 car King of Dirt Sportsman Series field down to the green flag to begin the 30-lap event and it was third place starter Connor Cleveland that led at the conclusion of lap one. Cleveland would lead Krause in the early stage of the event, but ninth place starter Rocky Warner was charging towards the front. Buy lap four, Warner was up to third when the yellow flag flew for the disabled car of defending track champion Matt Janczuk.
The restart saw a four-car pileup, and then on the ensuing restart, Warner started chasing the top two cars of Cleveland and Krause. Lap six saw Warner make his move as he passed both of the top two cars to the lead. Warner then steadily pulled away as the remainder of the feature went caution free. At the halfway point, it was Warner leading Cleveland, Krause, Jeremy Pitts, and Michael Sabia.
The CRSA Sprint 20 lap event began with Kyle Smith and Emily VanInwegan bringing the field with Smith taking the lead. Smith would lead through lap seven until sixth place starter Josh Pieniazek took over the point on lap eight. Pienaziak was firmly in control until a miscue by a lapped car caused him to flip off the top turn one and two on 12. Pieniazek’s night was over with Smith taking advantage and regaining the point. On the restart, Smith would hold the point with Jeff Trombley in tow with Trombley applying heavy pressure for the lead. Smith jumped over the cushion on lap 17, allowing Trombley to slip by and run off with the win. Smith finished in second with Mike Kiser, VanInwegan, and Dalton Harrick filling out the top five.
Warner continued his mastery of lapped traffic as he continued to lead the remainder of the event with Cleveland trying to keep pace. Pitts made a lap 27 pass to grab third from Krause and when the checkered flag flew, it was Warner over Cleveland, Pitts, Krause, and Sabia.
Exciting racing action returns to Utica-Rome Speedway on Sunday June 25 when Wilber-Duck Chevrolet presents the 2nd Annual Mike Martin Memorial $1,000 to win for the Broedel Energy Sportsman and double 30 lap features for the Gates-Cole Auto Insurance Modifieds plus Pro Stocks and Novice Sportsman. Gates will open at 3:30 p.m. with racing at 6 p.m. For more information, log on to www.uticaromespeedway.com or call (315) 829-4557.
KING OF DIRT SPORTSMAN FEATURE FINISH (30 LAPS)–ROCKY WARNER, Connor Cleveland, Jeremy Pitts, Nick Krause, Michael Sabia, Chris Mackey, AJ Filbeck, Chad Edwards, Dave Marcuccilli, David Schilling, Kevin Chaffee, Brian Calabrese, Andrew Buff, Scott Duell, Mark Effner, Brian Pessolano, Kyle Inman, Stephen Denton, Jason Rood, Kyle Kiehn, Charlie Tibbitts, Jack Lehner, Cody Bleau, Chris Lynch, Justin Smith, Matt Janczuk, Kyle DeMetro, Brent Joy, AJ Miller, and Jeff Watson.
CSRA SPRINTS A-MAIN FINISH(20-LAPS)- JEFF TROMBLEY, Kyle Smith, Mike Kiser, Emily VanInwegan, Dalton Herrick, Thomas Radivoy, David Ferguson, Jeremiah Munson, Dustin Purdy, Dana Wagner, Christian Rumsey, Tyler Jashembowski, Tyler Cartier, Sydney Prince, Jerry Sehn, Ed Strada Jr., Josh Pieniazek, Frank Connelly, Brett Jaycox, and Andy Durie. DNS-Leo Yeager..
Legion Speedway Rained Out Again
For the third time already this still young season the Legion Speedway fell victim to rain. Heavy rain overnight Thursday with persistent precipitation most of the day Friday was too much to overcome forcing the cancellation.
This week, Friday June 23rd, all the cars and stars of the Twilight Racing Challenge will be in action featuring the Sportsman Modifieds, Creations Sportsman Late Models and the Rand’s Hardware Outlaw Mini Stocks. Also on hand will be the Sportsman Coupes making their first appearance of the season along with the ever popular Kids Rides so come on out and be a part of the action.
Jimmy Johnson and Andrew Smith Supreme at Genesee
Rich Vleck, BATAVIA, NY, (June 17, 2017)- Three weeks ago, Jimmy Johnson had not won a heat or feature at his hometown Genesee Speedway; Saturday Night he won both to become the first repeat winner in the crate late models in 2017. Johnson led all 20 laps by riding the top of the track to perfection to win the race uncontested. Despite having a feature win under his belt the driver of the No. 39J still felt the pressure in the late stages of the event.
“It never gets any easier. These crate late guys are tough,” noted Johnson in Victory Lane after his second feature win in four weeks. “We blew the engine last week and had to go get a new one this week, without that we wouldn’t be here.”
While Johnson was dominating the event, some thrilling racing was going one elsewhere in the top five. TJ Downs made an impressive move to get by Doug Ricotta for second and would hold on to that spot for his best finish in Batavia. Ricotta was swapping the third spot with point leader Bill Holmes for much of the race but pulled off with two laps remaining, allowing homes to cross in third. Zack Carley would finish in fourth while JJ Mazur rounded out the top five in a new ride a week after a hard crash.
Andrew Smith made it five different feature winners in as many races in the sportsman events this season, dominating the 20-lap feature. Smith, of Lockport, took the lead on a lap 3 restart underneath Ray Smith and never looked back, building a lead of nearly 6 seconds. A caution with three laps left to go made the pressure build for Smith, who saw a win go away at Skyline Friday when a wheel came off his No. 1. He missed his mark in turns one and two but was still strong enough to claim the win by hitting his marks on the bottom. Ray Bliss drove up to finish second while point leader Kyle Inman finished third for the fourth time this season. Ray Smith and Matt Steffenhagen completed the top five.
The action keeps on rolling next Saturday Night with a “Super 6 at 6:00 Program” featuring a return of the 360 Late Models. For more information, visit www.Genesee-Speedway.com.
Genesee Speedway Results: 6/17/2017-
Crate Late Model Feature (20 Laps)- JIMMY JOHNSON, TJ Downs, Bill Holmes, Zack Carley, JJ Mazur, Andy Boozel, David Pangrazio, Jon Rivers, Nick Snayczuk, Billy DuBois, Little Carl Shetler, Mark Sundt, Doug Ricotta, Val Stephens, Colton Ledingham, Josh Pangrazio,
Lap Leaders- Johnson 1-20.
Sportsman Feature (20 Laps)- ANDREW SMITH, Ray Bliss, Kyle Inman, Ray Smith, Matt Steffenhagen, Greg Mrzywka, TJ Newton, Sarah Johnson, Damian Long, Ray Bliss Jr., Tony Muscato, Tony Pangrazio, Tim Downs, Shane O’Grady, Chuck Kuhn, Mark Loveland, Carl Inman.
Lap Leader- R. Smith 1-2, A. Smith 3-20.
Heat Winners- A. Smith, R. Smith.
Genesee Speedway to be Invaded by Winged Warriors This Weekend
Rich Vleck, BATAVIA, NY, (June 12, 2017)- The Genesee Speedway racing surface has been in prime condition much of this year, producing great racing and fast lap times; the quickest laps of the season may be turned this Saturday though when the smallest cars to hit surface.
This Saturday, June 17, the NY6A Micro Sprint Tour will make their first of two stops to the Genesee Speedway in 2017. These 725 pound pocket rockets regularly turn the fastest laps that will be made all season around the ?-mile oval. In a three-race series in 2016, Matt Smith came away as the champion while drivers like Tyler Walker, John Smith and Danny Knoll III scored victories. Mickey Ciliberto scored the win last Friday at Freedom and former track champion Keith Heater is always prepared to go fast.
While the micro sprints replace the 360 Late Models for the night, the other five regular divisions will be ready to go once again. After two wild features last Saturday, the MHL Performance Crate Late Models are hoping for a return to normalcy this weekend. Four different drivers have won the first four races, but it is Bill Holmes who has the early point lead by just a single marker over Zack Carley, who won the 2nd feature last weekend. JJ Mazur, who won the first feature last week but was involved in a nasty crash at the end of the night, is just two points out of first.
Kyle Inman hit his 2016 stride last Saturday in the Sportsman, holding off Andrew Smith for his first win and building an early point lead over Sarah Johnson, as well as Smith. Byron Dewitt is also holding a quality point lead, as he is 14 points up on defending champion Butch Zimmerman in the Yasses Trucking and Construction Street Stocks, with Jesse Qutermous a close third after his win on Saturday.
Racing action, as always, kicks off at 6:00 P.M., with pit gates swinging open at 3:00 P.M. For more information, visit www.Genesee-Speedway.com.
Brad Rouse Wins Sportsman Main
PORT COLBORNE, ONTARIO… (June 11, 2017) Defending track champion Brad Rouse from St. Catharines, Ontario was victorious in the PC Works DIRTcar Sportsman on CAA Niagara Night at the Humberstone Speedway. “The Beamsville Bullet” Paul Klager scored the win in the TUSA Mod Lites feature event. Sam Pennacchio from Niagara Falls, Ontario won his first career Maple Leaf Foods RUSH Late Models feature event. Ryan Dinning from Hagersville, Ontario was declared the winner in the JC Auto Street Stock feature, sweeping the weekend action. Kyle Rothwell from Welland, Ontario won his first main event of the season for the Cosco Haulage Mini Stocks. “The Rose City Rocket”, Kyle Tomaski from Dain City, Ontario would take home the checkered flag for his first win of the season in the Mike Knapp Ford Pro 4 Trucks.
Tom Richau Jr led the opening laps in the 25 lap main event for the PC Works DIRTcar Sportsman with Cody McPherson and Brad Rouse racing in second and third. After a lap three restart, Rouse would take command of the field with Adam Leslie challenging Richau for second place, with Richau keeping the position. Luke Carleton would pass Leslie and Richau to take over second on lap nine with Richau, and Jordan Cosco racing inside the top four. Cosco would pass Richau to take over third on lap ten and would set his sights on second place running Luke Carleton. Cody McPherson slowed in turn four to bring out the caution on lap 14, erasing Rouse’s lead over the field. Off the restart, Jordan Cosco hit a Ute tire in turn one and spun to bring out the caution. On the restart, Rouse would take command of the field. Rouse would go on to take home the checkered flag for his first win at Humberstone in 2017.
DIRTcar Sportsman: BRAD ROUSE, Luke Carleton, Jay Mallory, Chad Chevalier, Adam Leslie, Dylan Davidson, Justin Sharp, Chris Storm, Tyler Puchalski, Tom Richau Jr, Dave Flannigan Jr, Emily Puchalski, Gord McIntosh, Jordan Cosco, Cody McPherson, AJ Custodi
Ricky Sanville wins his Second of the Season in Sportsman Modifieds
Ricky Sanville became the first driver to win multiple Features in the Twilight Racing Series at The Legion Speedway Friday night by claiming the win in the Sportsman Modifieds.
The Sportsman Modified main event saw Richie Gilpatrick fire from the outside pole and lead the first lap. By the completion of lap two Ricky Sanville blasted to the point from his fourth starting spot, never to be seriously challenged for the remainder of the event to take the win.
The battle for second was intense during the early part of the Feature with no less than four different drivers holding the spot. That all changed when Ryan Christian, who started last, claimed the spot with about 10 laps to go.
Christian slowly reeled in Ricky Sanville but ran out of time to finish second. Jeff Huntington was third in his first appearance of the season with Jason Sanville and David Heath completing the top five.
Unofficial Results, Legion Speedway, June 9th 2017
Genesee Speedway Prepared for Action-Packed Program Saturday
Rich Vleck, BATAVIA, NY, (June 8, 2017)- This weekend will be the fifth week of the 2017 season regular season at the Genesee Speedway, but the dust on the opening night event will not be settled until this Saturday.
This Saturday, June 10, U.S. Chrome will present a “Super 6 at 6:00” Program. As an added bonus, the 20-lap Crate Late Model feature that was postponed on May 13 due to rain will be run early in the night. In all, 7 features will be contested on the 1/3-mile oval.
Jimmy Johnson has the early point lead in the MHL Performance Crate Late Models of his first win two weeks ago. But the new and improved contingent will not let him run off with things, especially with 13 different drivers winning the 18 Crate Late Model races that have been contested at Genesee in the last two years.
The Cornerstone Eye Associates Sportsman return after a rare week off. Kyle Inman’s three third-place finishes have him tied atop with standings with the most recent winner Sarah Johnson. A total of seven drivers could have the point lead after Saturday Night.
The Ken’s Charcoal Pits 360 Late Models have featured three different winners in as many events. Defending champion Dave DuBois got back to his winning form on Saturday Night but knows wins in 2017 are going to be harder to come by.
After two big weeks of Yasses Trucking and Construction Street Stocks, Byron Dewitt holds a 14 point lead over defending champion Butch Zimmerman. A host of drivers have been close to breaking through for their first win of 2017 and may have what it takes this Saturday.
Action in the Pellegrino Auto Sales Mini Stocks had a flashback to 2016 with a duel between Brad Shepard and Dante Mancuso, with Mancuso prevailing. James Gayton still leads the standings on the strength of his two wins. Gayton, along with DML Sealing Bandits driver Jessica Traxler are the only drivers with multiple wins in Batavia thus far this year. Despite the two wins for Traxler, Allison Dewitt holds the early point lead in the youth division.
Racing action, as always, kicks off at 6:00 P.M. with pit gates swinging opening at 3:00 P.M. Genesee Speedway is located the Genesee County Fairgrounds and features racing every Saturday Night through Labor Day Weekend. For more information, visit www.Genesee-Speedway.com.
‘THE RIDGE’ WELCOMES IN NEW ERA OF RACING
Mike Parillo & Ray Sefrin Take The Reigns On The Hill
June 9, 2017 (Fultonville, NY) – Nestled on top of the hill just outside of Fultonville New York in the town of Glen is a little race place known as ‘The Ridge.’ A place known for high action-tight quarter racing it has had its fair share of ups and downs. More recently the speedway has struggle with low car counts and minimal fan attendance forcing the track in a new direction, which saw successful car owners Mike Parillo and Ray Sefrin step in to save the fastest quarter mile on dirt.
During the past week things have happened in a flurry for the new management team starting with securing the lease for the facility. With multiple pieces of equipment already owned by the pair, Parillo and Sefrin are ready to usher in a new era of racing on the hilltop. Tow trucks, water trucks, an ambulance, and other necessary pieces of equipment to ensure operation and driver safety are already in place.
A brand new race card will take place on a brand new night, as Glen Ridge will switch to running Sunday evenings with warm ups scheduled for 5:30 PM and racing at 6 PM. The weekly card will feature Crate Modifieds, Limited Sportsman, and 4-Cyl. Currently the track is looking for feedback from Street Stock drivers about an opportunity to become a part of the program should a minimum of 10 drivers be committed to running weekly, but at this time a possible special is in the works for the full fender division.
Alternating divisions include the POWRi Midget Sprints, Sling Shot, and Vintage Modifieds with the possibility of IMCA returning if there are 10 cars committed to race. Small Block Modified specials are also on the drawing board, as possible end of year specials. The possibilities are endless for the new management team, however back to the basics and offering a solid program starting at 6 PM and finishing by 9 PM is the goal each and every Sunday evening.
Highlighting the program will be the Crate Modifieds, which will run based on DIRTcar Sportsman Modified rules. They are title Crate Modifieds, as anyone with a DIRTcar legal 602 can compete in the division. New track management has offered a rather attractive purse structure, as this will be the headline division going forward. With 20 cars or more Glen Ridge will pay $750 to win and $75 to start. With 19 cars or less the purse will be $600 to win and $50 to start. Both purse structures will be available on the website.
Along with the change to the headline division at ‘The Ridge’ comes an opportunity to build a solid point fund, which Parillo and Sefrin are willing to show as it grows. $20 off each and every $35 driver admission will go directly into the point fund for that particular division. For example should there be 20 cars, $400 would be directly deposited into the point fund and returned to the drivers at the year end points party paid back through the top ten in points.
This same system can be used to build both the Limited Sportsman and 4-Cylinder point funds. For fans, crews, or anyone else the back gate is a mere $25 admission. This is a proven point fund building system that will directly benefit the drivers. So where does the 50/50 go each week?
Parillo and Sefrin devised a plan to use the 50/50 money to give back to the drivers. Each week the total 50/50 will be split with half going a lucky fan and the other half will be given randomly by draw to a driver in the field 2nd place and back. Each week a different division will have the chance to earn the 50/50 bonus. Example: if the 50/50 is $400 then $200 goes to the 50/50 winner and $200 will be given to a randomly drawn finishing position drawn by the division winner to award for 2nd place back.
Grandstand admission prices are going down for the race fans; $8 for adults, $6 for seniors, and $2 for children 11 and under. Food prices are also going to come down per Ray Sefrin and Mike Parillo has plans to upgrade the facility. New managements goal is simple; change the culture and atmosphere at ‘The Ridge’ and to do so they’ve enlisted the help of King Of Dirt Racing promoter Rob Hazer, whom will race direct and help with PR during the remainder of the 2017 season.
Free parking and camping is available each and every week at Glen Ridge Motorsports park and more information will be forthcoming, as the team transitions into operating the fastest quarter mile on dirt. The first event under new management is open practice for all divisions scheduled on June 18th. Everyone’s patience and cooperation is appreciated during this transition.
The goals are simple for the new management team; ensure stability, make drivers comfortable, reward them for their efforts consistently, and bring back the fun atmosphere at the little track that could.
More info about Glen Ridge Motorsports Park can be found online at www.glenridgemotorsportspark.net, or on Social Media at www.facebook.com/glenridgemp. The track can be contacted by dialing 518-627-4060 at any time. If there is no answer please leave a message and the call will be returned promptly.
Jason Sanville Tops the Sportsman Modifieds
The Twilight Racing Series saw Jason Sanville take his first win of the season in the Sportsman Modifieds, Toby Stark was best in the Sportsman Late Models and Erin Vien nabbed her first win on the dirt in the Mini Stocks. The Wingless Auto Group made their second appearance of the season with Derek Jeanson taking the Victory.
Richie Gilpatrick Jumped into the lead when the green flew in the Sportsman Modifieds. His lead was short lives however as after a lap two restart Todd Buckwold blasted to the top spot. Jason Sanville worked his way to second from his sixth starting spot and started to apply intense pressure to Buckwold and took the lead just before the yellow flew with nine laps complete. From there Sanville survived two more cautions and ran to the Victory, his first of the season. Derek O’Hearn came from the rear after being the cause of the first caution to finish a string second with Richie Gilpatrick third. Lenny Pillsbury was fourth with Ricky Sanville completing the top five
The Wingless Auto Group completed the evenings’ events with Derek Jeanson garnering his second victory of the season in a green to checkers Feature. Mike Horsch was second with Troy Comeau third. Sam Comeau and Mark Cole completed the top five.
Unofficial Results-Legion Speedway, Friday June 2nd 2017
Sportsman Modified Feature
Genesee Speedway Prepared for Highest Payout to Date this Saturday
Rich Vleck, BATAVIA, NY, (June 1, 2017)- This Saturday, June 3, was always slated to have a lot of attention given to it, but with some last-minute developments things are about to get even more exciting at the Genesee Speedway.
The first appearance by the RUSH Late Model Tour will be a matchup between hometrack heros and invaders from the south. This marquee event will pay $2,000 to the winner. In 2016, the inaugural season of weekly crate late model action at Genesee Speedway, 11 different drivers went to Victory Lane, and even though Jimmy Johnson was not one of them, his win last weekend sure made up for it. Johnson will lead the group against invaders like RUSH point leader Bryce Davis, who won in his only start in Batavia in 2016. The car count should be impressive, as will the racing.
The fun will not stop with the late models though as Dennis Cummings of Cummings Trucking has kick-started a chain reaction of purse inflation throughout the pits. Cummings, along with MHL Performance, Saturday Night’s sponsor, the Yasses Trucking and Construction Street Stocks will now pay $1,000-to-win. Last week’s Gene Dewitt Memorial was already a big-paying show, with point leader Byron Dewitt coming out on top, but this last-minute boost should see a host of invaders to the 1/3-mile oval.
Racing action, as always, kicks off at 6:00 P.M. with pit gates swinging opening at 4:00 P.M. Genesee Speedway is located the Genesee County Fairgrounds and features racing every Saturday Night through Labor Day Weekend. For more information, visit www.Genesee-Speedway.com.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org "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.
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 email@example.com
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.
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.
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*
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
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
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
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.
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.
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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
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.