Class of 2017 Announced for the Riverside Park Speedway Hall of Fame

SPRINGFIELD, MA- The Sunoco Race Fuel/Hoosier Tire New England Racers Auction & Trade Show presented by CARQUEST Genden Auto Parts is pleased to announce the Class of 2017 inductees to the Riverside Park Speedway Hall of Fame. The Class of 2017 will feature Reggie Ruggiero, the all-time winningest driver.  Along with Dan Avery, Chris Kopec, Jack Lecuyer, track owner Ed Carroll, Jr as well as car owners Mario Fiore, the Czarnecki Brothers (Joe and Paul) and Bob Judkins. 

Dan Avery is from Somers, CT. He won the 1995 Riverside Park Speedway Modified Championship.  Avery’s stomping ground was Riverside Park Speedway. He started his career at Stafford and then become a regular at the Quarter Mile Oval. It was where all the modified drivers went on Saturdays. Before Avery won the championship in 1995, he was runner up four years in a row. Avery won a bunch of races during that time period but could not seal the deal. When he clinched the modified championship in 1995, that weight was lifted off of his shoulders. 

“When I got the news I was kind of blown away. It was not even on my radar. It wasn’t even on my mind.  Then to be grouped up to what I call legends that I am being inducted with Reggie (Ruggiero) and Mario (Fiore) and Jack Lecuyer and among the other greats.” Avery said 

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Joe Gibbs Racing Announces 2018 NASCAR XFINITY Series Driver and Crew Chief Lineup

Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) announces today its driver and crew chief lineup for 2018 in the NASCAR XFINITY Series. The lineup will feature Christopher Bell, Brandon Jones, Ryan Preece and an all-star lineup of current Monster Energy Cup Series drivers.

JGR announced last month that Christopher Bell would compete fulltime in the XFINITY Series next season. Since that time, he earned his first victory in the Series at Kansas Speedway on October 21. He will pilot the No. 20 Toyota Camry with Jason Ratcliff serving as the team’s crew chief. Ratcliff is currently the crew chief for JGR’s No. 20 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series team.

Joining Bell fulltime next season will be Brandon Jones behind the wheel of the No. 19 Toyota Camry for JGR. Chris Gabehart will handle the crew chief duties for the team in 2018.

In addition, JGR announces that Ryan Preece will return to drive a partial schedule behind the wheel of the No. 18 Toyota Camry, with Eric Phillips serving as crew chief. Preece competed in three races for JGR this season and earned a top-five finish in each, including his first-career win at Iowa Speedway. He will also be behind the wheel of the No. 18 this weekend in the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

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USAC’S Expanded 2018 Eastern Storm Adds Bridgeport and Weedsport

The dates and venues have been set for the 12th annual USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car Eastern Storm tour in 2018.  Two first-time venues: Bridgeport Speedway and Weedsport Speedway have been locked-in as the newest additions to the six-race series scheduled for June 14-19.

It will mark the first time Eastern Storm schedule has been six races and the first time the series has spanned across three states in a single week with New York’s initial appearance in Eastern Storm along with annual treks to Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Traditional Eastern Storm stops Grandview Speedway (June 14), Williams Grove Speedway (June 15), Port Royal Speedway (June 16) and Susquehanna Speedway (June 17) return to the lineup as the first four events Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

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Dubai Preview

Rounds 19 & 20 – TCR International Speedfest, Dubai – 17 / 18 Nov 2017

PREVIEW

The ultimate title fight to be staged in the Emirates

The Dubai Autodrome is ready to host the final event of the 2017 TCR International Series that will decide the battles for the Drivers’, Teams’ and Model of the Year titles.

This will be the first time that the International Series has visited the Emirates’ circuit that was inaugurated in 2004 and which hosted the first event of the TCR Middle East Series last January. Those two races were won by Luca Engstler and Brendan Gdovic at the wheel of Volkswagen Golf GTI cars run by the Liqui Moly Team Engstler.

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Thomas Takes Oval Nationals; Windom is USAC National Sprint Champ

Perris, California………Kevin Thomas, Jr. unloaded his racecar from his hauler last Wednesday night as the man to beat when practice began for the Budweiser “Oval Nationals” presented by All Coast Construction.
When the time came to roll his car back into the hauler following Saturday night’s 40-lap main event, the Cullman, Alabama was a richer man – by $25,000 – and had the hardware to show for it after scoring the victory in the 22nd annual event at Perris Auto Speedway.
Meanwhile, Chris Windom emerged as USAC’s newest AMSOIL National Sprint Car champion, defeating Justin Grant by a mere six points to earn his first series title just one year after capturing the Silver Crown championship.  It was in late August that Windom found himself trailing Grant by 93 points and firmly believed his championship dreams had been dashed.

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Oval Nationals Final Night Results: Nov. 11, 2017

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2017
USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL & CRA SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: November 11, 2017 – Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, California – 22nd Budweiser “Oval Nationals” presented by All Coast Construction

PROSOURCE/WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING: 1. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-16.550; 2. Thomas Meseraull, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-16.570; 3. R.J. Johnson, 51, Martin-16.690; 4. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-16.700; 5. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-16.736; 6. Chad Boespflug, 69, Dynamics-16.800; 7. Brady Bacon, 63, Dooling/Hayward-16.852; 8. Logan Williams, 5J, Jory-16.856; 9. Mike Spencer, 4s, Gansen-16.873; 10. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-16.920; 11. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-16.942; 12. Austin Liggett, 56, Phulps-16.973; 13. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-16.995; 14. Max Adams, 5m, Adams-17.043; 15. Hunter Schuerenberg, 19s, Reinbold/Underwood-17.080; 16. Danny Faria, Jr., 17GP, Dutcher-17.102; 17. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-17.127; 18. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-17.135; 19. Dave Darland, 21K, Kruseman-17.148; 20. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-17.203; 21. Michael Pickens, 81, Watt-17.230; 22. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-17.262; 23. Mike Martin, 16, Martin-17.276; 24. Matt McCarthy, 28m, McCarthy-17.285; 25. Tyler Courtney, 23c, TOPP-17.294; 26. Kyle Edwards, 39E, Edwards-17.300; 27. Randy Waitman, 90, Waitman-17.364; 28. Dennis Gile, 13, Gile-17.370; 29. Jeremy Ellertson, 98, Ellertson-17.414; 30. Tommy Malcolm, 5x, Napier-17.452; 31. Verne Sweeney, 98v, Tracy-17.478; 32. Trent Williams, 52v, Williams-17.511; 33. Gary Marshall, Jr., 72, Marshall-18.108.

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Visit Weedsport Speedway at Northeast Racing Products Trade Show

Blowout Sale Prices Available on 2017 Novelty Items

WEEDSPORT, NY (November 10, 2017) – Weedsport Speedway officials are proud to announce that they will be taking part in the inaugural Northeast Racing Products Trade Show at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse on November 17-18.

A Weedsport Speedway booth will be on display throughout the weekend with remaining 2017 apparel, including t-shirts and hoodies, on sale at blowout prices.  Information will also be available for The Gearbox online store, which provides a perfect outlet for holiday shopping.

While at the Weedsport Speedway booth, be sure to sign-up for the Speedway’s e-mail data base, which will automatically enter you into a chance to win a $50 gift certificate to The Gearbox.

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Freedom Motorsports Park Modified Division Joins American Racer Cup For 2018

DELEVAN, NY – Freedom Motorsports Park Modified racers will have the opportunity to compete for big rewards in 2018.

On Friday night during the speedway’s year-end Awards Banquet, Freedom promoter Bob Reis announced the one-third-mile oval would join the American Racer Cup presented by Sunoco in 2018. American Racer will be the tire of choice at Freedom next season in the Modified ranks and competitors will see the benefits of the Cup.

“After looking over all the benefits of the American Racer Cup and hearing from racers, this was an easy decision,” Reis said. “Our drivers stand to benefit a lot from what the Cup has to offer.”

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2018 NASCAR Drive For Diversity Development Team Announced

Six Drivers Tabbed to Compete For Rev Racing Next Season

Daytona, Beach, Fla. (Nov. 7, 2017) – The youngest NASCAR PEAK Mexico Series champion. The youngest driver to win four Trans-Am championships. And the 2016 Wendell Scott Trailblazer Award winner.

As evidenced by the six drivers announced as part of the 2018 NASCAR Drive for Diversity Development Team, the roster for next year is stacked with emerging young talent ready to make their mark in the sport. The drivers represent a cross-section of backgrounds – both in terms of heritage and driving disciplines – and all share a common goal: To reach the highest levels of NASCAR.

“What we’re seeing with these six drivers is a group of very talented racers who have shown the ability on and off the track to excel at the next level,” said Jim Cassidy, NASCAR senior vice president of racing operations. “With an increased focus on seat time and competition among the drivers, we’re looking forward to watching them perform next season.”

“We are thrilled with the level of talent that applied for the program, were invited to the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Combine and, ultimately, the six who were selected to drive for Rev Racing in 2018,” said Max Siegel, CEO of Rev Racing. “As we’ve seen the program evolve over the years and produce wins and champions, and help elevate drivers such as Daniel Suárez, Kyle Larson , nd Darrell Wallace Jr. to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, these drivers have the ability and potential to carry that legacy forward.”

The 2018 NASCAR Drive for Diversity roster includes a pair of drivers who have been part of the NASCAR Next program, an industry initiative designed to spotlight the sport’s rising stars.

The new class features the following drivers:

  • Chase Cabre, 20, Tampa, Florida. Cabre finished sixth in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East championship standings and was runner-up for Sunoco Rookie of the Year. He won the 21 Means 21 Pole Award twice and recorded four top-five finishes. He will return to compete in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and will also race a Late Model in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series.

  • Ernie Francis Jr., 19, Dania, Florida. Francis has already locked up his fourth Trans Am Series championship, becoming the youngest driver in series history to do so. He has 32 Trans Am Series wins – the most in series history – and 15 Pirelli World Challenge victories. Francis will be a development driver with Rev Racing, running road-course events in the K&N Pro Series East and select Late Model events, as well as testing, as he transitions to oval-track racing.

  • Rubén García Jr., 21, Mexico City, Mexico. García will return to Rev Racing for his third season. The 2015 NASCAR PEAK Mexico Series champion finished fifth in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East this year and is third in the PEAK Mexico Series standings with one race remaining. The NASCAR Next graduate will join Cabre in the K&N Pro East in addition to racing in the Late Model.

  • Nick Sanchez, 16, Homestead, Florida. Sanchez finished fifth in the 10-race Bojangles Summer Shootout at Charlotte Motor Speedway with Rev Racing’s Legends Car program last year, and will move up to the team’s full-time Late Model in 2018. Sanchez had a win among five podium finishes in the Summer Shootout.

  • Ryan Vargas, 17, La Mirada, California. Vargas won the Wendell Scott Trailblazer Award in 2016 as the highest finishing multicultural or female driver in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Division I. He was runner-up for NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Josten’s Rookie of the Year for California in 2016 while racing at Irwindale and Bakersfield’s Kern County Raceway Park and the Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. This season, he scored a pair of wins this year to finish third in the state standings and 16th in the national standings. Vargas will drive in the third full-time K&N Pro Series East car and also race in the Late Model.

  • Isabella Robusto, 13, Fort Mill, South Carolina. Robusto will anchor Rev Racing’s Youth Driver Program as she returns to the team to drive in the Legends car. Robusto will be one of four youth development drivers, with the remaining three to be announced at a later date. She was third overall at the Bandolero Winter Nationals and was the South Carolina Legends Young Lions champion in 2016 and was third overall in points in the Bojangles Summer Shootout Series in 2015.

NASCAR Drive for Diversity aligns drivers with a team of executives, athletic directors, crew chiefs and mentors tasked with helping them achieve career successes, and thus improving their goal of reaching one of the three NASCAR national series.

The 2017 NASCAR season was another banner year for NASCAR Drive for Diversity alumni, as three graduates made a major impact at the sport’s highest level.

Kyle Larson earned four wins to establish his No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing team as a force in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. A contender for Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors, Daniel Suárez this year became the first Mexican-born driver to compete full-time in the sport’s premier series, and in February raced in his first DAYTONA 500. Last month, Darrell Wallace Jr. was announced as the new driver of Richard Petty Motorsports’ iconic No. 43 Ford for the 2018 season.

For more information on NASCAR Drive for Diversity, visit NASCARDiversity.com.

About NASCAR

The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, Inc. (NASCAR) is the sanctioning body for the No. 1 form of motorsports in the United States. NASCAR consists of three national series (Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series™, NASCAR XFINITY Series™, and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series™), four regional series, one local grassroots series and three international series. The International Motor Sports Association™ (IMSA®) governs the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship™, the premier U.S. sports car series. Based in Daytona Beach, Fla., with offices in eight cities across North America, NASCAR sanctions more than 1,200 races in more than 30 U.S. states, Canada, Mexico and Europe. For more information visit http://www.NASCAR.com and http://www.IMSA.com, and follow NASCAR on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and Snapchat (‘NASCAR’).

About Rev Racing

Headquartered in Concord, North Carolina, Rev Racing, owned by Max Siegel, operates the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Program, which is the industry’s leading developmental program for ethnic minorities and women drivers and pit crew members. For more information about Rev Racing visit http://revracing.net or follow us on Twitter.

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World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series ChampionShepp

Brandon Sheppard earns Championship title, Devin Moran earns Rookie of the Year

CONCORD, NC-Nov. 7, 2017- Brandon Sheppard’s standout 2017 World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series season officially came to a close on Nov. 5 at the annual banquet, where he was awarded the Championship title.
 
The 24-year-old from New Berlin, IL was rewarded with a $100,000 points-fund check, a black and red Craftsman toolbox, a championship ring, and the traditional World of Outlaws trophy for his record year.
 
Sheppard and the Rocket 1 Racing team were nearly unstoppable this season, totaling an impressive 18 wins, 37 top-fives, and 41 top-10 performances in 43 races, and collecting a total earning of $398,800 after the points-fund check.

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Carber Brothers Enter Trenton Indoor Dirt Auto Racing Events December 1-2

Inaugural Trenton Race On Clay Set For Dec. 1-2

TRENTON, NJ November 7, 2017 . . .  A pair of dirt track racing brothers, Michael and Brian Carber have each filed entries for the inaugural East Coast Indoor Dirt Nationals Fueled By VP Racing Fuels which will be held at CURE Insurance Arena in Trenton, N.J., on Friday and Saturday, December 1st and 2nd.

Get your tickets now, don’t risk standing in line. This one is going to be huge!

The event, the only indoor dirt oval track race in the northeast, has drawn tremendous competitor and race fan interest.

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American Canadian Tour Changes Ownership

Waterbury, VT — American Canadian Tour (ACT) Managing Director Darla Hartt announced today a change in ownership of the 31-year old late model stock car racing series to Cris Michaud and Pat Malone, who completed purchase of the Thunder Road speedplant earlier this year.

Under the guidance of its founder, Tom Curley, ACT’s strict rules requirements, including the use of crate engines and other cost-restricting guidelines, positioned the American Canadian Tour as a long-standing leader in innovation in the short track industry.  ACT events have been enjoyed by race fans throughout New England, New York, eastern Canada and Florida.  Curley’s passion for the sport was evident in the fiery pit meetings he staged prior to each event, and his hands-on approach and inclusive philosophy proved a successful formula.  Curley died in May of complications of COPD.

“My decision to sell ACT is bittersweet, having worked with Tom from the initial NASCAR North Tour in 1979, and then launching our own series in 1986”, said Darla Hartt, Curley’s successor.  “Over 38 years we logged many thousands of miles and enjoyed so many adventures with incredible people.  Everyone in our ACT family felt a huge loss in his passing, but the teams, fans, promoters, and officials who are ACT remain dedicated to the task of moving forward.  Losing Tom last Spring- who was both my business and life partner- and immediately proceeding to operate the Tour was a challenge,” Hartt continued.

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NASCAR Announces Start Times for 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Nov. 6, 2017) – Together with FOX, NBC, race teams and tracks, NASCAR today unveiled 2018 race start times and network coverage for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series™, including the DAYTONA 500® on FOX and the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Championship on NBC.

As noted in the previously released schedule dates, key changes include the return of the DAYTONA 500 to President’s Day weekend for the historic 60th running of The Great American Race®. Additionally, the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs will begin at Las Vegas Motor Speedway® and include the Charlotte Motor Speedway® road course as part of the first round.

“Feedback from our fans, along with insight from teams, tracks and our broadcast partners was key to identifying the most ideal start time for each race,” said Steve Herbst, senior vice president, broadcasting and production at NASCAR. “Every race weekend is unique, so considering fan and industry input alongside each event’s nuances allows us to balance interests on all sides.”

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Schatz Outruns Sweet’s Consistency, Gravel’s Explosiveness to Capture 2017 Title

Looking Ahead, Some Predictions for 2018

CONCORD, NC – Nov. 5, 2017 – The 2017 World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series season saw Donny Schatz claim his ninth Series title. Schatz, who turned 40 in August, has now won five of the last six Championships and will chase his tenth title in 2018, but not without heavy resistance from David Gravel, Brad Sweet and the rest of the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series regulars.
Gravel, 25, capped off a career season with a thrilling victory in the Season Finale at The Dirt Track at Charlotte. The win doubled his and CJB Motorsports’ win total from last season and left them even hungrier heading into the offseason. “It’s been a lot of fun. I’m glad I was able to give Barry Jackson a career year. He deserves it; he is the heart and soul of this team. We are very excited for next year,” Gravel said.
Despite Gravel scoring 12 more wins than Brad Sweet, the latter took the runner-up position in the point standings. If Gravel wants to challenge Schatz for a Series Title next season, he will need to find more consistency on a nightly basis.

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Race To Win: Colton Hardy Brings Veteran Attitude Into Lucas Oil ASCS Cocopah Nationals

SOMERTON, Ariz. (November 5, 2017) The Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series National Tour presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network rolls into Cocopah Speedway in Somerton, Ariz. this Thursday, November 9 through Saturday, November 11.
Co-Sanctioned with the Southwest Region of the American Sprint Car Series, drivers from across Arizona, New Mexico, and west Texas will be on hand to hold their own against some of the worlds best Winged Sprint Car drivers.
Leading the local charge is 20-year-old Colton Hardy of Phoenix, Ariz.

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Therrien, Woodard, Davis, and Martin Honored at Banquet of Champions

Barre, Vt. – Thunder Road Speedbowl honored the top performers of the 2017 racing season at the annual Banquet of Champions on Saturday, November 4 at the Barre Elks Club. Hundreds of drivers, crew members, and officials were in attendance to present season-long and special awards.

Bobby Therrien received the honors of “King of the Road” for his first championship in the Thunder Road Late Model division, while Jason Woodard and Jamie Davis were recognized for their second career championships in the Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel Flying Tigers and Allen Lumber Street Stocks, respectively. Mike Martin earned the Myers Container Service Triple Crown Series title for the Flying Tigers.

Hinesburg, Vt.’s Therrien became the first driver in Thunder Road’s modern era to win championships in three different divisions. He previously won the Flying Tiger championship in 2012 and the Street Stock title in 2007. This past season, he won the season-opening Mekkelsen RV Memorial Day Classic and led the standings after 12 of the 14 regular-season events. He posted five podium finishes, including a runner-up in the Vermont Governor’s Cup, and 12 top-10 results. Therrien also had five Maplewood Semi-Feature victories.

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NASCAR Chevrolet Diversity Scholarship Honors Innovators

Four Students Awarded $20,000 in Total Scholarships; Treated to VIP Race Experience at the Texas Motor Speedway

Daytona, Beach, Fla. (Nov. 5, 2017) – Four students were recognized for their accomplishment in technology and innovation as NASCAR and Chevrolet announced the winners of the third annual NASCAR Chevrolet Diversity Scholarship Contest Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway.

Four undergraduate students from across the country were awarded a total of $20,000 in scholarships and treated to a VIP experience at Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Sprint Cup race, the AAA Texas 500. The winners were recognized in a press conference prior to the race.

The contest challenged students to identify a technology or innovation within NASCAR, then explain how Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM) professionals came to its design in 90-second videos. Video submissions were judged on technical accuracy, creativity and production quality.

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Craig Claims PASS South Checkers at Concord’s North-South Shootout

MIDLAND, NC (November 4) – Matt Craig all but locked up his second straight Pro All Stars Series (PASS) South Super Late Model championship by claiming his sixth win of the season Saturday afternoon in the North-South Shootout at Concord Speedway. Craig’s seventh career PASS South win was his first at Concord Speedway, but not the first for his family-owned team at the track, where they have also gone to victory lane in the past with drivers like Rodney Childers, Jeff Fultz, and Clay Rogers.

“This track means so much to my family, we’ve always had success here, it was a little bit bumpy for me the first few times out here, but we’ve finally got it conquered and figured it out this time,” said Craig, driver of the C&C Boilers Sales & Service Chevrolet #54. “We’ve had a phenomenal year and we’ve been doing so good. We’ve tested and really done our homework and I’m just the lucky one that gets to drive them.”

In qualifying on Friday, Craig just barely beat out Midwest standout Ty Majeski for his third quick qualifying time of the year with a lap of 15.925 seconds (113.030 MPH). After the top 10 qualifiers redraw, former Truck Series racers Erik Darnell and Chad McCumbee would move to the front row, while Craig moved back to the fifth starting position.
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Craig Claims PASS South Checkers at Concord’s North-South Shootout

MIDLAND, NC (November 4) – Matt Craig all but locked up his second straight Pro All Stars Series (PASS) South Super Late Model championship by claiming his sixth win of the season Saturday afternoon in the North-South Shootout at Concord Speedway.  Craig’s seventh career PASS South win was his first at Concord Speedway, but not the first for his family-owned team at the track, where they have also gone to victory lane in the past with drivers like Rodney Childers, Jeff Fultz, and Clay Rogers.

“This track means so much to my family, we’ve always had success here, it was a little bit bumpy for me the first few times out here, but we’ve finally got it conquered and figured it out this time,” said Craig, driver of the C&C Boilers Sales & Service Chevrolet #54. “We’ve had a phenomenal year and we’ve been doing so good.  We’ve tested and really done our homework and I’m just the lucky one that gets to drive them.”

In qualifying on Friday, Craig just barely beat out Midwest standout Ty Majeski for his third quick qualifying time of the year with a lap of 15.925 seconds (113.030 MPH).  After the top 10 qualifiers redraw, former Truck Series racers Erik Darnell and Chad McCumbee would move to the front row, while Craig moved back to the fifth starting position.

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McCune Set To Celebrate Third MSR Sprint Title At Hickory

HOLLY, Mich. – It all comes down to one final race weekend on Nov. 17-18, as the Must See Racing Sprint Car Series concludes its season and crowns a champion during the MSR Championships at Hickory Motor Speedway.

The season-closing, two-day weekend will see the Must See Racing cars and stars compete as part of the Pro All Stars Series South’s Mason-Dixon MegaMeltdown 300 spectacular, with two of the premier asphalt short track series in the nation completing their seasons at the same track on the same day.

For the MSR sprint car portion of the event, Jimmy McCune will officially claim his third-straight series title, a record for the series since its inception in 2010.

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Paul Arute Wins NAPA Auto Parts Late Model Rookie of the Year Honors at Stafford Speedway

Stafford Springs, CT — After a dominating 2016 season that saw him win 5 races and contend for the Limited Late Model championship, Tolland native Paul Arute made the step up the full fender ladder at Stafford Speedway into the Late Model division for 2017.  The driver of the #82 Supreme Industries Chevrolet took down his first Late Model win on August 25 and with 4 top-5 and 13 top-10 finishes for the season, he easily outpointed Matt Vassar to claim the NAPA Auto Parts Rookie of the Year honors and the $1,000 bonus that goes with it.

“The whole team knew how big the jump from Limited Late Models to Late Models would be,” explained Arute. “Our goal at the start of the year was to learn as much as we could and win 1 race before the year was out.  We grabbed that win and also grabbed the rookie of the year bonus from NAPA, so we’re happy with the season.”

The beginning of the season saw Arute struggling to find the handling on his #82 machine as he had to adjust to the power difference between the Limited Late Model and Late Model cars in addition to having to set the car up to last 30 laps instead of the customary 20 laps from the Limited Late Model days.  Arute managed two top-10 finishes over his first four starts but as the year wore on he began to pick up the consistency with his finishes as he managed top-10 efforts in all but two of the remaining 13 races, including the Aug. 25 victory.

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O’sullivan Becomes a Two-time GSPSS Champion

WATERFORD, Conn. — The 2017 Granite State Pro Stock Series season saw one driver capture his second championship. Mike O’Sullivan, a former champion at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, wasn’t able to visit Victory Lane in the 12-race schedule.

But that didn’t matter.

O’Sullivan was consistent enough to roll into the season-finale at New London-Waterford Speedbowl with a four-point lead over Scott MacMichael. While his challengers had trouble, O’Sullivan was calm, cool and collective and finished seventh in the 100 lap feature. He avoided a few crashes and settled in late, knowing he just needed to finish well to become a two-time Granite State Series champion.

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Short Track Super Series Announces ‘Night of Champions’ Awards Banquet Saturday, December 16 in Bethlehem, Pa.

BETHLEHEM, PA – The 2017 Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By VP ‘Night of Champions’ is set for Saturday, December 16.

The Best Western Lehigh Valley Hotel & Conference Center in Bethlehem, Pa., serves as the backdrop for the year-end STSS celebration, recognizing the accomplishments of drivers in the Halmar International North Region, Velocita-USA South Region, and Sportsman series.

For the third time in his career, Sheffield, Mass., driver Andy Bachetti reigned supreme in the Halmar International North Region. He will receive $12,500 for his efforts.

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Accord Speedway ‘Gobbler’ Coming Up November 25

Accord Speedway Set To Host Fifth Annual ‘Gobbler’ Event Saturday, November 25

ACCORD, NY – The “regular season” has been completed, Short Track Super Series champions decided, now it’s time for the dessert.

On Saturday, November 25 – for the fifth year – Accord Speedway will host the post-season ‘Gobbler’ special. This event will again be headlined by a 50-lap big-block/small-block Modified event paying $5,000 to the winner under Short Track Super Series rules.

Joining the Modifieds will be the Sportsman (Open vs. Crate) offering a minimum of $1,000 to win, the Ron Wright Memorial Street Stock event, for the first time Northeast Wingless Sprint Cars ($1,000 to win), and a nightcap Four Cylinder Enduro.

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Cassie Rocco and Maina Rufrano Raise Nearly $6,000 for Cancer Research With Racing for the Cure Campaign at Stafford Speedway

Stafford Springs, CT — As part of their Racing for the Cure campaign leading up to the NAPA Fall Final on Sept. 30, Cassie Rocco and Maina Rufrano took to the wheel of DARE Stock cars supplied by Rent A Racecar for the NAPA Fall Final feature event and in the process raised $5,903 for cancer research in the process. Rocco is the wife of 3-time Stafford SK Modified® champion Keith Rocco and Rufrano is the wife of Rocco’s car owner John Rufrano and mother to SK Light driver Marcello Rufrano.

Rocco and Rufrano set up an online donation page through the American Cancer Society where donations could be made to support Rocco or Rufrano in their fundraising efforts leading up to the race. Rocco’s race was cut short due to a fuel leak and she finished 21st in the feature event while Rufrano came home with a 16th place finish. While Rocco might have lost the battle on the track, she raised $2,985 to Rufrano’s $2,918 to win the duel of raising the most money.

“Together we raised just shy of $6,000,” said Rocco. “Our goal was to raise $5,000 so we exceeded our goal and expectation but I feel like we could do better for sure. Maina won the race on the track but I won the race of raising money, so I’m all right with her beating me on the track. She’s a little braver than I am so I think she would always beat me on the track. Once I got over my fear and anxiety of being out on the track, I was having a blast. I was literally just starting to really have fun and the car stopped. I only got like 5 laps and I was hoping for more. Now I know what to expect and I think it’ll be much better.”
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Western World Brings the Best of National & CRA Worlds to Arizona Nov. 3-4

As the winter months draw nearer, a frost begins to blanket the fields and the chill of the air begins to settle in as much of the country heads indoors.
 
When the cold front hits, racers don’t fret over the thought of old man winter, frigid temperatures and a frozen tundra of dirt tracks sitting idle.
 
Instead, racers find another place to play. They’ve all pointed their compasses west to bring us the best of both worlds as the USAC AMSOIL National and CRA Sprint Cars meet head-to-head for bragging rights and the prestige of becoming a “Western World” champion.

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Mead Continues Top Five Streak with Fifth at New Smyrna

NEW SMYRNA BEACH, FL (Oct. 30, 2017) – Matt Mead continued his impressive rookie season in pro late model competition on Saturday night at New Smyrna Speedway. The driver of the No. 81 Anthony Campi Racing Toyota finished fifth to continue a streak of top-five finishes.

Mead unloaded on Friday and worked to dial in his racecar to track conditions on the half-mile oval. By the end of the day, the team had made gains entering Saturday’s final round of practice. Unlike previous events at New Smyrna, the field was set via pill draw and Matt drew a starting position outside of row five.

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Bromante Overcomes Mechanical Gremlin to Dominate and Win at New Smyrna

NEW SMYRNA BEACH, FL (Oct. 30, 2017) – It only took two races with Anthony Campi Racing for Giovanni Bromante to visit victory lane. Saturday was the night, and Bromante dominated the pro late model race at New Smyrna Speedway en route to his first career late model victory at the high-banked half-mile.

During Friday’s private test session, Bromante picked up where he left off three weeks ago during his most recent race. Quickly, he was back up to speed and working to find more until something went amiss with the car. In an effort to make repairs, the ACR team hauled the car back to their shop in Sarasota to diagnose rear end issues. The problem was rectified and the team returned to New Smyrna with the racecar the next morning.J

ust like Friday, Bromante was back to pace within just a couple of laps and focused on the job at hand on Saturday evening. Unlike prior races, the lineup for Saturday’s event was determined by pill draw due to a schedule which was comprised of two, twin 25-lap races. Bromante started fourth and hurriedly made his way forward at the drop of the green flag.

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STSS South Region Final Point Standings

STSS SOUTH REGION FINAL POINT STANDINGS (*after Georgetown, Oct. 28)

Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP              
2017 Velocita South Region Standings (*FINAL after Georgetown, Oct. 28)            
                         
Pos. Car No. Driver Gtown 3/11 Bport 4/23 DIS 6/15 Big D 7/16 Susky 7/30 Gtown 8/30 Bport 9/30 Attd. Gtown 10/28 Total
1 14W Ryan Watt 95 DROP 100 72 50 95 100 75 145 732
2 66/26 Ryan Godown DROP 80 48 100 56 80 85 75 150 674
3 357 Duane Howard 85 58 95 68 DROP 100 54 75 135 670
4 323ov David Van Horn  80 65 DROP 65 58 90 80 75 125 638
5 43 Jimmy Horton 100 76 DROP 58 72 72 76 75 108 637
6 1 Billy Pauch Sr. 90 44 DROP 95 62 60 65 75 80 571
7 1J Jordan Watson 72 56 80 54 65 65 DROP 75 92 559
8 1K/7 Rick Laubach 58 54 72 40 76 DROP 72 75 35 482
9 51 Billy Pauch Jr. 50 DROP 68 62 42 58 62 75 60 477
10 30 Jamie Mills 62 45 65 0 25 85 52 0 140 474
11 14s Craig Von Dohren 0 72 46 90 90 45 95 0 35 473
12 44 Stewart Friesen 40 100 90 56 95 76 0 0 0 457
13 118 Jim Britt 43 41 58 48 DROP 56 45 75 74 440
14 19K Brett Kressley 65 52 85 DROP 54 40 58 75 0 429
15 401 Frank Cozze 68 0 52 60 80 0 0 0 116 376
16 4 Andy Bachetti 60 60 0 85 68 0 43 0 0 316
17 126 Jeff Strunk 0 50 76 43 85 0 60 0 0 314
18 44 Anthony Perrego 0 0 62 50 0 0 68 0 130 310
19 Z14 Ron Roberts 56 25 44 0 0 43 40 0 84 292
20 85 HJ Bunting  40 25 42 0 0 54 0 0 112 273
21 7W Shawn Ward 48 25 40 44 40 42 0 0 0 239
22 90W Matt Jester 40 43 40 0 46 62 0 0 0 231
23 27J Danny Johnson 40 25 50 0 0 25 0 0 88 228
  55 Kevin Sockriter 40 0 25 0 52 46 0 0 65 228
25 888 Robert Dutton 0 0 40 0 25 48 0 0 96 209
26 43W Mike White 54 0 25 0 0 25 0 0 104 208
27 46 Jeremy Smith 41 0 0 52 44 68 0 0 0 205
28 28 Richie Pratt Jr. 45 68 0 0 41 0 48 0 0 202
29 32H Scott Hitchens 0 25 0 0 0 52 0 0 120 197
30 17 Scott Van Gorder 40 0 43 0 0 0 0 0 100 183
  32 Brandon Grosso 0 0 0 0 0 50 56 0 77 183
32 0W Neal Williams 0 85 0 0 0 41 50 0 0 176
33 30M Joseph Watson 0 0 40 0 25 0 40 0 60 165
34 88 Danny Bouc 0 95 41 0 25 0 0 0 0 161
35 2T Clay Tatman 52 0 0 0 0 44 0 0 60 156
36 267 Mike Barone 0 90 0 0 0 0 46 0 0 136
37 3 Sammy Martz 0 40 0 0 0 0 90 0 0 130
38 6 Wade Hendrickson 0 40 0 0 43 0 42 0 0 125
39 99H Jesse Hill 0 62 60 0 0 0 0 0 0 122
40 O9 Howard O’Neal 0 25 25 0 0 0 0 0 68 118
  1 Tyler Dippel 76 42 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 118
42 44G Mike Gular 0 0 0 0 45 0 0 0 71 116
43 47 Bob Sarkisian 0 25 0 0 0 0 25 0 62 112
44 83 Dale Hawkins 0 0 40 0 0 25 0 0 35 100
45 25R Erick Rudolph 0 0 0 0 100 0 0 0 0 100
  33 Brad Trice 44 0 56 0 0 0 0 0 0 100
  1H Jared Umbenhauer 0 0 0 0 60 0 0 0 35 95
48 32H Brian Hitz 25 0 0 0 0 0 25 0 35 85
49 20C Craig Hanson 42 0 0 40 0 0 0 0 0 82
50 91 Billy Decker 0 0 0 80 0 0 0 0 0 80
51 15 Brett Tonkin 0 0 0 76 0 0 0 0 0 76
52 3D Matt DeLorenzo 0 0 0 40 0 0 0 0 35 75
53 78 Grant Hilfiger 0 0 0 45 25 0 0 0 0 70
54 Z28 Mike Franz 0 25 0 0 0 0 41 0 0 66
55 51M Dom Buffalino 0 40 0 0 25 0 0 0 0 65
56 69 TJ Williams 0 0 25 0 0 0 0 0 35 60
57 19 Travis Hill 0 25 0 0 0 0 25 0 0 50
  33 Skylar Sherriff 0 0 0 25 25 0 0 0 0 50
59 44 Doug Manmiller 0 0 0 0 48 0 0 0 0 48
  27 David Hunt 0 48 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 48
61 3 Tommy Meier 0 0 0 46 0 0 0 0 0 46
62 2 Bobby Trapper 0 0 0 42 0 0 0 0 0 42
63 R21 Ryan Jordan 0 0 0 41 0 0 0 0 0 41
64 6D Dillon Steuer 40 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 40
  6H J.R. Hurlburt 0 0 0 40 0 0 0 0 0 40
  6NN Nick Nye 0 0 0 40 0 0 0 0 0 40
  16X Danny Creeden 0 0 0 40 0 0 0 0 0 40
68 66 J.R. McGinley 0 0 0 0 25 0 0 0 0 25
  88x Dave Dissinger 0 0 0 0 25 0 0 0 0 25
  77x Nick Mady 0 0 0 0 25 0 0 0 0 25
  75 Lou Cicconi 0 0 0 0 25 0 0 0 0 25
  7 Chris Grbac 0 0 0 0 25 0 0 0 0 25
  21K Randy Chrysler 0 0 0 0 25 0 0 0 0 25
  13 Rick Regalski 0 0 0 0 25 0 0 0 0 25
  38 Matt Hawkins 0 0 0 0 0 25 0 0 0 25
  91 Carson Wright 0 0 0 0 0 25 0 0 0 25
  8Mod Norman Short 25 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 25
  20 Brett Hearn 0 25 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 25
  9D Daniel Johnson Jr. 0 25 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 25
  31 Tommy Beamer 0 25 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 25
  13XXX P.J. Oliver 0 25 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 25
  9B Jeff Brown 0 25 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 25
  55B Kenny Brightbill 0 0 25 0 0 0 0 0 0 25
  38 Frank Porreca 0 0 0 25 0 0 0 0 0 25
  84 Frank Yankowski 0 0 0 25 0 0 0 0 0 25
  CR7 Colt Harris 0 0 0 25 0 0 0 0 0 25
  0 Dan Humes 0 0 0 25 0 0 0 0 0 25
  187 Steve Young 0 0 0 25 0 0 0 0 0 25
  102 Tim Fitzpatrick 0 0 0 25 0 0 0 0 0 25
  3 Billy Lasko 0 0 0 25 0 0 0 0 0 25
  17X Kevin Beach Jr.  0 0 0 25 0 0 0 0 0 25
  58 Bucky Kell 0 0 0 0 0 0 25 0 0 25
  29M Ernie Miles 0 0 0 0 0 0 25 0 0 25
  85 Ricky DiEva 0 0 0 0 0 0 25 0 0 25
  14s Dave Shirk 0 0 0 0 0 0 25 0 0 25
  23 Tom Carberry 0 0 0 0 0 0 25 0 0 25

Sources: Brett Deyo/BD Motorsports Media LLC.

Casa Grande USAC Southwest Sprint Race Results

Kevin Thomas, Jr. Adds Casa Grande USAC Southwest Sprints to 2017 Win List

Kevin Thomas, Jr. continued his roll of late by winning Saturday night’s Sands Chevrolet USAC Southwest Sprint Car feature at Central Arizona Speedway in Casa Grande.  Cullman, Alabama’s Thomas took the lead with seven laps remaining after a see-saw battle between Charles Davis, Jr. and R.J. Johnson throughout the first 24 laps of the 30-lapper.  Thomas went on to capture his first career win in the Southwest series in his first start of the year over Johnson, Davis, Mike Martin and Matt Rossi.

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