Archive for December, 2017

Weedsport Productions Debuts ‘Off Track TV’

‘Off Track TV’ to Highlight News and Events in Dirt Track Racing

WEEDSPORT, NY (December 29, 2017) – Weedsport Productions is proud to announce the debut of ‘Off Track TV’. The exclusive online program will recap news and events in the world of dirt track racing and bring fans closer to the drivers and teams they know and love during the off-season.

The monthly program is now available online at www.offtracktv.com and will be hosted by SPEED SPORT and MAVTV commentators Dan Kapuscinski and Rich Vleck as well as northeast racing news correspondent, Mandee Pauch.

“Fans have been saying for quite some time that they would like to see the return of a ‘This Week on DIRT’ type of program, and this is a start,” said Kapuscinski. “A good portion of the Weedsport Productions crew was vital to the production of those shows in the past, and they are working hard to develop a program today that can offer the same type of programming to dirt track racing fans.”

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Three Fantastic Years of Thrilling Battles

How the TCR International Series shook up the world of Touring Cars

The two-year agreement between the FIA, WSC Ltd and Eurosport Events Ltd for the establishment of the WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup, means that the TCR International Series will be suspended for 2018 and 2019 after three successful seasons that have spread the TCR concept around the world.

When the first ever TCR race kicked off at Sepang on 28 March 2015, within the frame of the F1 Malaysia Grand Prix, it not only shut down the sceptics, but it also marked the beginning of a global revolution for Touring Car racing.

Race after race, the TCR International Series has grown up and won converts everywhere, among promoters, teams, drivers and car manufacturers.

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Travis Hydar Ready to Build on Impressive Street Stock Rookie Season at Stafford Motor Speedway

Stafford Springs, CT — For for many drivers, making the transition from Wild Thing Karts to the full-bodied world of the Street Stock division at Stafford Speedway would prove to be a daunting task. For 14-year-old Woodbury, CT native Travis Hydar, the 2017 season couldn’t have gone much better than it did. Hydar’s rookie season saw him pilot his #11 Hydar Construction machine to his first career win in only his 4th career start and he finished in the top-10 in 15 of 17 races during the season.

“I’d say that last season was definitely above expectations for us,” said Hydar. “Winning a race was one of our goals at the beginning of the season and we felt pretty confident that we could win a race at some point during the year but it was a total surprise that we won so early in the year in only our 4th start. It definitely boosted our confidence knowing that we were fast and competitive. We were all really satisfied with how well we ran. We’re coming back with everything we had going in 2017 and we have Hydar Construction, ToolsPlus.com, Superior Signs, Chris Jones Roofing & Siding, ITF Electric, Superior Comfort, and Eastwood Fine Finishes all coming back on board as sponsors. Thanks to my Mom, Dad, Uncle Jeff, my sister, and Joe Brockett for all their help and support.”

Hydar’s impressive rookie season carried him to a fourth-place finish in the points standings and he was only 6 points behind third place Vince Gambacorta. With such a stellar rookie campaign to build on, Hydar is looking to win multiple races and be a championship contender in 2018.

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Mikey Flynn to Challenge for SK Light Rookie of the Year Honors at Stafford Speedway

Stafford Springs, CT — As the countdown to Stafford Speedway’s NAPA Spring Sizzler® continues, the driver rosters continue to fill up for the 2018 season. Former Legend Cars driver Mikey Flynn is busy preparing his #54 Hamden Engineering machine to compete for R.A.D. Auto Machine Rookie of the Year honors in the SK Light division in 2018. The 16-year old Flynn comes to the SK Light division with experience in a wide variety of disciplines, ranging from Wild Thing Karts and Legend Cars on the Stafford Mini Mile to ACT Late Models. With 2 SK Light starts at Stafford already under his belt, Flynn is ready to tackle the challenge of a full season and he feels like his experience across several different divisions will help accelerate his learning curve as an SK Light rookie driver.

“I can’t wait to get back racing,” said Flynn. “As soon as I got home from the Fall Final, I was ready to go racing again. Not racing is pretty boring. I feel like I already have the big car experience down where most guys coming into the SK Lights it’s their first time in a full-size car. Also when I was racing ACT Late Models, I was racing against some of the best drivers in the Northeast like Keith Rocco, Andy Flannery, and Jason Palmer so racing against that type of competition I think will be an advantage for racing the SK Light. The most I’ve learned in my racing career has been racing against those guys for 2 years.”

With the variety of experience that Flynn has accumulated through his young racing career to date, he has his eyes set on winning R.A.D. Auto Machine Rookie of the Year honors and being a contender for the championship in his rookie season. With Matt Galko, Michael Gervais, Jr., Jeremy Sorel, and just last season Cory DiMatteo all winning SK Light championships as rookie drivers, Flynn feels like contending for the championship is a realistic goal for himself and the #54 team.

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Anthony Campi Racing is Full Steam Ahead for 2018 Season

SARASOTA, FL (Dec. 21, 2017) – For the first time since the team began its driver development program a number of years ago, Anthony CampiRacing is looking at an all-out assault on tracks and races across the country with a stable of drivers capable of winning. The team will be campaigning both super and pro late models at various events regionally and nationally.

In pro late model competition, ACR will have two pilots returning to their cars for their sophomore late model seasons. Both GiovanniBromante and Matt Mead visited victory lane in ACR prepared cars during their rookie seasons in 2017. Mead was a regular at New Smyrna Speedway and also took home third place honors in track points for the year, a notable accomplishment for a rookie at any level.

“Giovanni and Matt were both great to work with in 2017 and we can’t wait to guide them further in their career this coming season,” team namesake Anthony Campi said. “Both drivers graduated from Legend cars with a desire and knack for winning, although each has their own distinctive style. The challenge has been working with two very different styles, sometimes simultaneously, but our guys have stepped up and helped both drivers perform to their fullest.”

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TCR Middle East Final Calendar

The 2018 TCR Middle East calendar is finalized with three events in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and Bahrain

The TCR promoter WSC has finalized the calendar for the 2018 TCR Middle East series that will now be contested over three racing weekends instead of the four included in the previously released schedule.

The original opening event on January 5th and 6th has been dropped due to logistics reasons and so the season will now begin on January 18th and 19th at Abu Dhabi’s Yas Marina Circuit.

The Dubai Autodrome will host the second event one week later, while the series will end at the Bahrain International Circuit at the end of February.

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TCR Europe and TCR Benelux to Race Together

Zandvoort is the latest addition to the 2018 calendar

The new TCR Europe Series and TCR Benelux will share the bill in five race meetings during the 2018 season.
This also enables the TCR Europe Series to add a seventh event to its previously announced calendar, which will be at Circuit Zandvoort, Netherlands, on Whit Monday, May 21st.

As a result, the full season entry fee for TCR Europe has been raised by 2000 euros from 17,500 to 19,500.

The competitors of the TCR Europe and Benelux series will race together at Zandvoort, Spa, Hungaroring, Assen, and Barcelona.

Paulo Ferreira, the promoter of the TCR Europe Series, commented: “We are delighted to welcome the competitors of TCR Benelux. Together we will be able to make both series grow up quicker and better. The Belgian and Dutch drivers have already proved how good they are in Touring Cars and the confrontation between them and their colleagues in TCR Europe will produce some fantastic races.”

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Fultz and Griffin Assume New FRP Roles

Salem, NH – Formula Race Promotions (FRP) today announced that Mike Fultz has been named race director for the 2018 Atlantic, F2000 and F1600 Championships. Joe Griffin has been promoted to technical director.

“Mike and Joe have been with FRP for a number of years and their new positions are well deserved,” said Bob Wright and Al Guibord, co-owners. “They bring with them key experience of our operational model and culture, and will help elevate the on and off-track product we provide to our competitors in F1600, F2000 and Atlantic.

“We’d also like to thank Chip Robinson, who was our race director for the last four seasons. Chip helped oversee the expansion of the F1600 Series and a number of other key initiatives for FRP, and we wish him the best in his new endeavors.”

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ACT Appoints Knights as New Director of Competition

Waterbury, Vt. – American-Canadian Tour (ACT) officials announced today that Pete Knights has been appointed as the new Director of Competition for the ACT Late Model Tour. Knights will replace Dean Gallison, who stepped down from the role following the 2017 racing season after 20 years with the organization. Gallison will remain as the Director of Competition at Barre’s Thunder Road Speedbowl.

Knights has been involved in the Northeast racing community for more than 40 years as a crew member and official. He first entered the ACT Late Model scene in the early 1990s working with longtime racer Stacey Cahoon and won the ACT Crew Chief of the Year Award in 2008 a member of Randy Potter Racing. Since 2013, he had been working as the Head Technical Inspector at North Woodstock, NH’s White Mountain Motorsports Park.

“Being asked to join ACT as the Director of Competition is a great honor for me,” Knights said. “I hope to carry on what Dean and his crew have established with keeping cars and crews on a level playing field for the fans to enjoy. I’m looking forward to working with all the drivers and their crews as well as with Cris Michaud and the entire ACT organization.”

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Pirelli World Challenge to Add a TCR class in Touring Car in 2018

TCR promoter WSC Ltd and WC Vision LLC, the producer of the Pirelli World Challenge, announced today that they have signed an agreement for the introduction of a TCR class within the Touring Car category of the US-based road racing series from 2018.

The three-year agreement has been signed following a working association between TCR and IMSA, the licensed rights holder for TCR in North America.

In 2017, Pirelli World Challenge allowed TCR-based cars in its TC class under selected regulations. Paul Holton won the TC driver championship in the Compass360 Audi RS3 LMS. Now, Pirelli World Challenge will establish its own TCR class in 2018.

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Short Track Super Series Announces Expanded Sportsman Program for 2018

MILLSBORO, DE – The Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco has announced an expanded Sportsman program for the 2018 season.

Three separate STSS Sportsman champions will be crowned in ’18, each guaranteed $1,000 for their efforts. The STSS Open Sportsman program returns for its third season, while Crate 602 Sportsman will be featured for the first time in North and South Regions.

Each of the three Sportsman programs offer five dates for competitors. A point fund will be offered for drivers with perfect attendance in each program.

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ISMA to Invade Monadnock Speedway Saturday, May 19

WINCHESTER, NH- The ISMA Supermodifieds will kick off their 2018 season at Monadnock Speedway on Saturday, May 19 for a 75 lap race. It will be the first time in close to 40 years that the supers have raced on the quarter mile oval.

“For us coming to a new track is exciting. We’re all green at this track and have to learn the track quickly,” ISMA President Doc Hataway said.

Hataway will take over as president of the series as of January 1.

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2018 Schedule Announced for Granite State Pro Stock Series

Returns to Hudson International & NHMS Headline 13-Race Tentative Slate

WALPOLE, N.H. – Returns to New Hampshire Motor Speedway and Hudson International Speedway headline a tentative 13-race schedule for the Granite State Pro Stock Series in 2018.

The season will begin with a test and tune session on April 28, before drivers take the first green flag at Claremont Speedway on May 4, with a 100-lap main event. The season will conclude and the champion will once again be crowned at New London-Waterford Speedbowl on Saturday, Oct. 20.

“The goal of the series has always been a 14-race schedule,” GSPSS president Mike Parks said. “That seems to be the number that works. We are still working on one more addition that would bring it to 14 races and we should know if that is going to happen just after the holidays.” 

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$72,000 Distributed at Short Track Super Series Awards Banquet as Champions Andy Bachetti (North), Ryan Watt (South) & Corey Cormier (Sportsman) Lead Honorees

BETHLEHEM, PA – The Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By VP concluded it’s 2017 season on Saturday night by distributing a record $72,000 cash at its ‘Night of Champions’ Awards Banquet.

The Best Western Lehigh Valley Hotel & Conference Center served as the backdrop with approximately 200 guests on hand. Some 25 drivers were slated to share the huge cash payout plus thousands more in contingency awards and prizes.

STSS champions Andy Bachetti (Halmar International North Region), Ryan Watt (Velocita-USA South Region) and Corey Cormier (Sportsman) shared the limelight.

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Bell Blows Out the Candles on 2017 with “Knepper 55” Triumph

Du Quoin, Illinois………Christopher Bell celebrated his 23rd birthday in grand style Saturday night at the Southern Illinois Center after taking the lead with four laps remaining to win the third annual “Junior Knepper 55” USAC Midget Special event at the indoor, one-sixth-mile dirt oval in Du Quoin.

Rarely has the 2013 USAC National Midget champion from Norman, Oklahoma not been at the top of his game when he’s behind the wheel of a midget, but 2017 saw him take it up another notch with 10 wins in just 13 Midget starts, an incomparable 77% average.

After wrapping up a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series title, Bell has been two-for-two in his Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian Motorsports/Curb Records – TRD/Bullet by Spike/Speedway Toyota, concluding USAC’s National Midget points season in November with his second career “Turkey Night Grand Prix” victory at Ventura (Calif.) Raceway and following it up by delivering his team their first victory at the Southern Illinois Center.

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DuQuoin USAC Midget Special Event Results

USAC MIDGET CAR SERIES “SPECIAL EVENT” RACE RESULTS: December 16, 2017 – DuQuoin, Illinois – Southern Illinois Center – “Junior Knepper 55”

FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Tanner Carrick (#71k Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 2. Daniel Robinson (#57D McCreery), 3. Christopher Bell (#21 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 4. Shane Golobic (#17w Clauson/Marshall/Wood), 5. Colten Cottle (#5c Cottle), 6. Joey Moughan (#29 Casson), 7. Kevin Woody Jr. (#0 Buckwalter), 8. Derek Hagar (#9JR Hagar-Proctor). NT

SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Jody Rosenboom (#14R Rosenboom), 2. Chris R. Andrews (#91A Thomas), 3. Tim Crawley (#4J James), 4. Brian Shirley (#3s Neuman), 5. J.D. Black (#7JR Blackened Motorsports), 6. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (#17BC Clauson/Marshall), 7. Austin Blair (#3B Neuman), 8. Chase Briscoe (#5 Briscoe). NT

THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Zeb Wise (#39 Clauson/Marshall), 2. Tyler Courtney (#7BC Clauson/Marshall), 3. Tanner Berryhill (#17B Tucker/Boat), 4. Justin Peck (#7k Irwin), 5. Tony Roney (#1T Roney), 6. Kyle Schuett (#9k Schuett), 7. Dylan Peterson (#25p Peterson), 8. Danny Frye Jr. (#5x Frye). NT

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Gary Patnode Looking to Build on Rookie Season in Stafford’s Limited Late Models

Stafford Springs, CT — After running a partial schedule during his rookie season in Stafford Speedway’s Limited Late Model division in 2017, Barkhamsted native Gary Patnode is looking forward to the 2018 season.  Patnode purchased Justin Bren’s car last year for his rookie season and he ran 11 races and posted 7 top-10’s to finish the season in 11th place in the points standings with his #22 GP Fence Chevrolet.  With just over half a season under his belt, Patnode is looking to build on his experience and get bigger and better results in 2018.

“I think we met our expectations last season,” said Patnode.  “I thought I would be able to pick things up and be running up front a little quicker and it definitely wasn’t as easy as I thought it was going to be.  We ran 11 races last season and every time we went out on the track we learned something.  I’m glad we had the half-season to use as a learning curve and we have high expectations for this upcoming season.  No matter what I’m doing, I want to do it the best I can and we’re expecting to be running up front this year.  Before last year our hope was to be able to get a top-5 and we didn’t quite get there.  I feel pretty confident we’ll be able to get some top-5 finishes this season.”

Patnode started his rookie season last year with a unique story of how he decided to get behind the wheel and go racing.  Patnode met SK Modified® and Late Model driver Glen Reen through his participation in the Rusty Wallace Racing Experience that was taking place at Stafford in 2016.  Through his connection with Reen, Patnode was introduced to Justin Bren, from which he bought his Limited Late Model.  Then enters Rob Russell, who owns the Late Model car that Reen drove to the 2017 track championship.  Patnode’s connection with Russell allowed him to get some chassis setup help which will continue into the 2018 season as Patnode is in search of his first career victory.

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Steve Midford Joining Limited Late Model Ranks at Stafford Speedway

Stafford Springs, CT — With teams busy preparing their machines for the 2018 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series season, Stafford Speedway’s Limited Late Model division has added Steve Midford to its 2018 driver roster.  Midford comes to Stafford with a background in the Senior Champ and Medium Pro divisions from Wild Thing Karts where he raced with his brother Ronnie Midford, Jr. and the support of their father and full-time mechanic Ron Midford, Sr.

“I ran Monday night Wild Thing Karts with my brother in the Sr. Champ division and we had some great success there while also chasing the indoor racing series at Atlantic City and Providence, RI,” said Midford.  “I took a couple years off from racing with the birth of my daughters Jordyn and Makayla and now I’m ready to get back to Friday nights with the support of my wife Emily.”

While this is Midford’s first experience driving a full-bodied racecar, his Uncle Tom Bolles and late Grandfather Ed Bolles have been involved in the racing scene for Steve’s entire life.  For Steve, racing on Friday nights in the Limited Late Model division is the realization of a lifelong dream and he is excited about his prospects for his rookie season.

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Lancaster: 2018 Drag Racing & Stock Car Schedules Announced

LANCASTER, N.Y. (December 15, 2017) – While race teams, fans and partners are looking for the perfect gift to give their loved ones this holiday season, Lancaster National Speedway & Dragway is giving their own gift to its racing family.

The 2018 Franco’s Pizza Friday Night IHRA Drag Racing and X-Press Signs Stock Car Series track schedules have finally come together and are ready for release.

Lancaster National Speedway & Dragway will begin its 59th consecutive season of operation on Saturday, April 21 at 2 p.m. featuring the annual Queen City Clash for the Stock Cars. The Dragway season opener is Friday, April 27 with tech inspection and time trials.

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Speed Shift TV Has the Junior Knepper 55 Live on Saturday Night

Du Quoin, Illinois………Speed Shift TV will have LIVE, flag-to-flag coverage of this Saturday’s third annual “Junior Knepper 55” USAC Midget Special Event from the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin.

The indoor, dirt racing event features an entry list of 58 drivers from coast-to-coast in the final USAC race on the 2017 calendar.  Past Du Quoin Midget winners Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. (Olive Branch, Miss.), Tyler Courtney (Indianapolis, Ind.), Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) and Shane Golobic (Fremont, Calif.) have all entered.

Additionally, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Champions Christopher Bell (Norman, Okla.) and Matt Crafton (Tulare, Calif.) are set for action on the 1/6-mile bullring along with 2017 NASCAR Truck Series Rookie of the Year Chase Briscoe (Mitchell, Ind.).

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2018 Schedule Highlighted by Mid-Summer Blockbusters

SDS Big Blocks, WoO Sprints Back-to-Back Nights on July 28-29

WEEDSPORT, NY (December 14, 2017) – Weedsport Speedway officially announced its 2018 special event schedule on Thursday, revealing an 11-race calendar that features visits from the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars, the All-Star Circuit of Champions, USAC’s National Sprints Cars, the Super DIRTcar Series Big Block Modifieds, the Empire Super Sprints, and more.

With 11 race dates ranging from Sunday, May 20 to Wednesday, October 3; a blockbuster weekend set for the middle of July is likely to catch the eye of eager race fans.

The World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series, Super DIRTcar Series Big Block Modifieds, and DIRTcar Sportsman will join together at Weedsport on July 28-29 for a two day show that will no doubt set the tone for an exciting summer of action.

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T-Mez Back with Amati for “Knepper 55” Saturday at Du Quoin

Du Quoin, Illinois………Thomas Meseraull has been tabbed as the driver of the Amati Racing No. 66 for this Saturday’s “Junior Knepper 55” USAC Midget Special Event at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin.

Meseraull and Amati have paired up in the past for four USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature victories in 2015 and 2016.  In the 2016 “Knepper 55,” the San Jose, California posted an eighth place finish for the Amati team.

“We are very excited for the opportunity to partner with T-Mez once again,” Amati Racing stated in a post on its Facebook page.  “We hope that we can carry over the success we had on the USAC sprint car tour in 2015-2016 into the opener of the indoor midget racing season.”

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Thomas Jr. Joins Petry Motorsports for 2018 USAC Midget Season

Petry Motorsports is pleased to announce that Kevin Thomas Jr. will come on board to pilot the No.15, and make a run for a USAC P1 Insurance Midget National Championship. Thomas Jr., has previously driven for the team at the 77th running of the “Turkey Night Grand Prix, at Ventura, Raceway.

“It’s really cool to be able to jump back in a midget,” explained Thomas. “I didn’t know that a Turkey Night ride would turn into a full-time deal, but I’m thankful Scott (Petry) and the whole team are behind me. They’re a great group of guys and I’m looking forward to see what we can make happen this season.”

Thomas is scheduled to run the entire USAC National Midget season aboard the Petry Motorsports/Spike Chassis/Toyota No.15. Teammate and veteran driver, Jerry Coons Jr., is slated to run a full season as well aboard the No.25, as he and Thomas will both be vying for a midget title.

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Darland Says Hello to Goodnight for 2018 USAC Sprint Season

National Sprint Car Hall of Famer Dave Darland has joined Matt and Gene Goodnight’s Hartford City, Indiana-based team for a full run at the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car schedule in 2018.

Darland, USAC’s winningest USAC National Sprint Car driver of all-time with 59 victories, will sport No. 36D, a number that has ridden along with Darland to numerous titles and victories, including his very first USAC win at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track in 1993.

The Lincoln, Indiana driver is one of just six drivers who owns titles in all three USAC National divisions, including Silver Crown (1997), Sprint Car (1999) and Midget (2001 & 2002).  He will pilot a second Goodnight-owned entry with Scott Benic on the wrenches.  Darland and Benic teamed up for six USAC National Sprint Car victories in 2008 and 2009.

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NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Starrett 150 Set for August 3rd at Stafford

Stafford Springs, CT — The L.S. Starrett Company, a global leader in precision measuring tools, has officially announced title sponsorship of the August 3rd NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Starrett 150 at Stafford Motor Speedway in Stafford Springs, Connecticut. The annual mid-summer stop for NASCAR’s oldest division will be titled the Starrett 150.

Founded in 1880, Athol, Massachusetts based Starrett Tools has set the standard for fine precision tools for over 137 years. Starrett Tools is best known for their wide product line of precision measuring tools, levels, electronic gages, dial indicators, gage blocks, and custom engineered products.

“We are very excited to partner with Starrett Tools for our August Whelen Modified Tour event,” explained Stafford Motor Speedway General Manager Mark Arute. “We are very impressed with the rich history at Starrett as well as their strong support of racing at the short track level. Starrett is a local company with presence on the international stage and all of us at Stafford are looking forward to working together.”

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56 Entries Filed for Junior Knepper 55 at Du Quoin

Du Quoin, Illinois………Dillon Welch, Parker Price-Miller and Chris R. Andrews have filed their entries Sunday on the final night of the free entry period for the third running of the “Junior Knepper 55.”

The list for the Saturday, December 16 race at the Southern Illinois Center now boasts a field of 56 USAC Midgets for the non-points special event at the purpose-built, indoor racing facility at the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds, including the Clauson Marshall team with six entries, four of which are past Southern Illinois Center winners: multiple-time NASCAR Cup winner Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., reigning “Knepper 55” winner Tyler Courtney, USAC National Midget season-opener winner Justin Grant and Spring 2016 winner Shane Golobic.

Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports brings three of their own, including Christopher Bell and Matt Crafton, owners of three of the last five NASCAR Truck Series titles, plus USAC National Midget Rookie of the Year Tanner Carrick.

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Stenhouse, Bell, Courtney, Grant Enter As “Knepper 55” List Exceeds 50

Du Quoin, Illinois………Clauson Marshall Racing, Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports and Tucker/Boat Motorsports have all filed their entries for the Saturday, December 16 “Junior Knepper 55” USAC Midget “Special Event” indoors at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin.

CMR has entered six cars for the event, including the driver who won the very first “Knepper 55” in 2015, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. of Olive Branch, Mississippi.  Stenhouse won twice, at Talladega Speedway and Daytona International Speedway, on the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup circuit in 2017 and is one of just eight drivers to win a NASCAR Cup, USAC Silver Crown, USAC AMSOIL National Sprint and USAC National Midget race in his career, joining Mario Andretti, A. J. Foyt, Jeff Gordon, Kyle Larson, Ryan Newman, Ken Schrader, and Tony Stewart.

His teammates include 2017 USAC Most Improved Driver and 2016 “Knepper 55” winner Tyler Courtney of Indianapolis, Indiana, plus Ione, California’s Justin Grant, the winner of the most recent race at the Southern Illinois Center, March’s “Shamrock Classic,” and Shane Golobic of Fremont, California, winner of the Shamrock Classic in 2016.

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Dreams Realized for Champions from Across the Globe

NASCAR Home Tracks Awards Spotlights Accomplishments

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – For a 17-year-old, Todd Gilliland was in a familiar situation when he took the stage at the Charlotte Convention Center at the NASCAR Hall of Fame Friday night.

He had, after all, done this all before. Just one year ago.

“Ever since I was little, all I wanted to do was drive a race car,” said Gilliland. “When I got that chance to do that for Bill McAnally Racing, I really wanted to win him a championship. And now I’m here giving my speech for my second year in a row; 2017 has been a dream season.”

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Dodge City Raceway Park Releases Action Packed 2018 Schedule

DODGE CITY, Kan. (December 8, 2017) – Outlaws, endures, USMTS, coaches, scintillating championship battles and more are in store for 2018 as Dodge City Raceway Park released its slate of events for next season.

Following an open practice session on Saturday night, March 24, the 2018 DCRP schedule encompasses 17 total nights of competition atop the 3/8-mile clay oval in southwest Kansas.

Along with a full complement of championship chase action featuring the Precise Racing Products DCRP Sprint Cars, IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sport Modifieds, IMCA Stock Cars and IMCA Hobby Stocks, a variety of special events along the way add spice to the mix.

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Swanson, Windom, Bayston Share Spotlight at Friday’s 62nd “Night of Champions” Celebration

USAC National driving champions Kody Swanson, Chris Windom and Spencer Bayston shared the spotlight along with other 2017 USAC champions and special award recipients at Friday night’s 62nd USAC “Night of Champions” celebration at the Indiana Roof Ballroom in downtown Indianapolis, Ind.

Swanson, of Kingsburg, CA, Windom, of Canton, IL, and Bayston, of Lebanon, IN, earned National championships. Swanson was a third-time Silver Crown titlist, Windom a first-time AMSOIL Sprint Car king and Bayston a first-time National Midget champ.

Justin Grant of Ione, CA secured the $5,000 Mike Curb “Super License” in memory of Bryan Clauson and the $2,500 ProSource “Fast Time” Award. The former was for scoring the most National points combined in the three series, while the latter was for posting the most National fast qualifying efforts during the campaign.

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