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Glenn Griswold Goes from the Sidelines to NAPA Victory Lane at Stafford

Stafford Springs, CT — Prior to the start of the 2017 season, Stafford SK Light driver Glenn Griswold had no plans to be racing.  Enter car owner Ed Chicoski, who originally contacted Griswold to ask how he could help Chicoski land behind the wheel of a car for the 2017 season.  After Chicoski bought a car that Griswold put together for him to drive, Chicoski went out and bought a second car.  Originally meant to be a backup to his #45 machine, that second car became the #60 car that Griswold has piloted all season long.

“Ed Chicoski owns [the #45 and #60 cars] and I’m the lucky guy that gets to drive his backup car,” said Griswold.  “Ed was looking to drive a car and he called me over the winter and asked me what I could do to help get him in a car.  I told him that I didn’t own a car and if he wanted to buy a car, I’d work on it for him.  Ed purchased Josh Galvin’s #13 car over the winter and I put it together.  Right before the season started, Ed said let’s get another car so he bought the #77 car that was run at Stafford by Anthony Massaro back in 2011 and 2012 and we put that together.  Originally I wasn’t going to be racing at all this season.  When Ed bought the #60 car, that gave me the opportunity to run some shows.”

After not having a ride lined up, Griswold has made the most of his opportunity behind the wheel of the #60 Precision Mechanical Chevrolet.  Griswold recorded back to back third place finishes in early June and he was as high as second in the points at the end of June.  A series of bad finishes in July plus a wreck that sidelined him for a race has dropped Griswold out of championship contention but he is still in the top-10 in the standings and any misfortunes during the season were washed away this past Friday night when Griswold drove the #60 into NAPA Victory Lane for his first SK Light win at Stafford since 2014.

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Tom Fearn Facing Uphill Climb to Win 2nd Consecutive Championship

Stafford Springs, CT — After winning 10 races and coming up short of a Late Model title in 2015, Tom Fearn came back and won 7 races last season and claimed the Late Model championship in 2016.  Fearn and the #92 King Ward Coach Lines team are once again in the thick of the Late Model championship chase, entering the final 4 races of the 2017 season sitting third in the points, 20 points behind Glen Reen.  With four races left, Fearn needs to make up a total of 10 positions over leader Glen Reen.

“The only thing we can do is go out and try to win every one of them,” said Fearn.  “If you break it down, 4 races, 5 points a race, you need to make up 6 points a race or three spots.  It can be done but the likelihood isn’t that great.  Not that we’re not going to try.  We have a game plan with things like tire strategy and what we have to do going into things and we’ll see how things go from there.  We’d just like to have a chance at it come the Fall Final.  I think we made up 8 points last Friday night and if we can keep on doing that, it would be good for us.  You don’t wish anything bad on anyone else, but it’s probably going to take a bad night for the guys ahead of us to get back into position.  It’s tough to try to finish ahead of someone every week but we’ll come out with guns loaded and try to win.  If we have a little luck we can get right back in the thick of it come the Fall Final and make things really exciting.”

If anything, Fearn certainly has experience on his side.  Fearn has 7 career track championships to his name and he has also been the winningest Late Model driver at Stafford over the past 3 seasons with a total of 20 feature wins.  If Fearn could change one thing about his current points situation, he would prefer to be leading the standings rather than chasing the drivers who are in front of him.

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Ronnie Williams Looking for Strong Finish to SK Modified® Campaign at Stafford

Stafford Springs, CT — With only 4 races left in the 2017 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series season at Stafford, drivers are angling to position themselves to make a run for the track championships.  One driver in such a situation is Ronnie Williams, driver of the #49 Advice One SK Modified®.  Williams enters the final 4-race stretch currently second in the points standings, 10 points behind Chase Dowling.

“I would say the season has been pretty consistent,” said Williams.  “We haven’t had the fastest car at times but we definitely haven’t had the slowest.  We’ve kept ourselves in contention.  Chase has been fast and of course, Teddy has been quick and we’re ahead of Teddy in the points and Chase is only a short distance away from us.  We could definitely be in a better position than we are now even though we’re not in a bad position, 10 points is almost nothing and there’s a lot of racing left to go.”

With 4 races left in the season, Williams can’t afford to be conservative in his race approach as there is only a 38 point spread, or 16 positions on the track, between the top-6 drivers in the SK Modified® standings.  Williams and Keith Rocco are tied for second, 10 points behind, Ted Christopher is 24 points behind in fourth, Rowan Pennink is 28 points behind in fifth, and Todd Owen is sixth, 38 points behind.  With such a close spread, one bad night could spell doom for one of the championship hopefuls.

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Christian Eckes Seeking Spotlight in Final ARCA Season Start at Salem Speedway

Concord, North Carolina (September 7, 2017) – Sixteen-year-old rookie Christian Eckes will make his tenth and final ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards start of the season in Saturday’s Eddie Gilstrap Motors Fall Classic 200 at Salem Speedway.

“We had a good run here in the spring race – led a bunch of laps and gained a ton of experience,” said Eckes. “Winning is never easy especially when you come to a place like Salem. Pit strategy and conserving your stuff is key. Salem’s rough surface is tough on these General Tires – we saw the drastic drop-off earlier in the year on those long green flag runs – the guys who guess right and have tires at the end have got the best shot.”

Driving a partial season behind the wheel of his Venturini Motorsports prepared No.15 New York Bus Sales Toyota, Eckes has produced – quietly emerging as one of the series brightest newcomers leading 274-laps and posting an impressive 5.8 finishing average in nine season starts. Eckes has twice finished second (Elko Speedway and Winchester Speedway) and has strung together nine consecutive top-10 finishes.

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The Great Outdoors RV Superstore Joins NAPA Super DIRT Week as Title Sponsor of the DIRTcar 358 Modified Championship

The Great Outdoors RV 150 to be run Saturday, Oct. 7 at Oswego Speedway

CONCORD, NC – Sept. 7, 2017 – DIRTcar Racing is pleased to welcome The Great Outdoors RV Superstore of Central NY as title sponsor of the 46th annual NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week 358 Modified championship feature at Oswego Speedway on Saturday, Oct. 7, now called The Great Outdoors RV 150.

The Great Outdoors has provided CNY with their recreational needs for 29years with locations in Fulton, Brewerton and in the Fingerlakes Mall next to Bass Pro. The Great Outdoors RV Superstore is CNY’s premier and most complete RV dealership, offering over 15 of America’s most popular brands of RVs from top manufacturers like Keystone, Forest River and Gulfstream.

“NAPA Super DIRT Week is synonymous with camping and great racing,” said Bill Clark, President of The Great Outdoors RV Superstore. “We’re excited to be a part of Racing’s Biggest Party, sponsoring the 358 Modified championship. We have the largest selection of RVs in the area, we take pride in our quality service and customer satisfaction, so I hope that DIRTcar Racing fans take advantage of our close proximity and come check out what we have to offer.”
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NASCAR Champions to be Decided Saturday at Grandview Speedway

47th Annual Freedom 76 in Honor of Bruce Rogers September 16th

BECHTELSVILLE, PA September 7, 2017 . . . One of the most competitive seasons in track history will go into the record books this Saturday when WNPV-AM Radio presents Champion’s Night at Grandview Speedway.

The TP Trailers NASCAR 358 Modifieds will be seen in two 30-lap features while the Sportsman will top off their part of the night of action with a 25 lap feature and the BRC Late Models will finish their season with a 20 lap feature race. A full series of qualifying action will be presented in each division.

Currently point leader Craig VonDohren will be trying to take home his 10th championship while Jeff Strunk is going for his 11th title. Duane Howard, on a hot streak right now with a couple of big wins at other area tracks, will be looking to take a sixth track title. Both Mike Gular and Doug Manmiller are in the title hunt as they look for their first title. Only VonDohren, Strunk and Howard have been able to win Modified titles at Grandview since Terry Meitzler took the title in 1999.

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Jason Johnson Scores Willamette Victory in Lapped Traffic

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