Archive for March 11th, 2018

SUNY Canton to Continue their Tradition of Supporting the Brewerton and Fulton Speedways

BALDWINSVILLE, NY – The Brewerton and Fulton Speedways are happy and proud to announce SUNY Canton will continue their strong support at the Brewerton and Fulton Speedways in 2018, their tenth consecutive year as a major marketing partner.
SUNY Canton will continue as the divisional sponsor of the popular DIRTcar Sportsman division at both Brewerton and Fulton. SUNY Canton also returns as the presenting sponsor for two of the biggest events in the Northeast: the 33rd  Annual Outlaw 200 Weekend at Fulton Speedway (September 28-29) and the 26th Annual Hurricane 100 – 358 Modified Championship during Super DIRT Week on Thursday, October 4th .
Both speedways feature one of the strongest and most competitive DIRTcar Sportsman fields anywhere in the region. The 2018 season should be wide-open with the recent group of top runners moving into the headline DIRTcar 358 Modified class at the Fulton Speedway. From the first green flag of the season to the final checkered flag this fall it’s anyone’s guess who will be crowned the 2018 SUNY Canton Sportsman Track Champions at both speedways.

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Bourdais Collects Second Straight St. Pete Win in Wild Finish

ST. PETERSBURG, Florida (Sunday, March 11, 2018) – If the first race is an indication, the Verizon IndyCar Series is in for a wild, unpredictable and most exciting 2018 season.

Sebastien Bourdais repeated as winner of the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg today, but only after rookie Robert Wickens and Alexander Rossi collided while battling for the lead on the next-to-last of 110 edge-of-your-seat laps. It was the first of 17 Verizon IndyCar Series races this season.

FIRESTONE GRAND PRIX OF ST. PETERSBURG: Official results

For Bourdais, the spoils of being in the right place at the right time were the 37th victory of his Indy car career, which ranks the four-time season champion sixth on the all-time list. The driver of the No. 18 Team Sealmaster Honda for Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan trails Al Unser by two wins for fifth place.

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‘What They’re Saying’ from the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg

JOSEF NEWGARDEN (No. 1 Hitachi Team Penske Chevrolet): “It was a messy P7, but for us it was a good top 10. It’s a decent start to the year. We had a great Chevy package – it’s just sad we couldn’t take better advantage of it. I felt we had really good power today from Chevrolet. The Hitachi car, overall, was pretty strong. We were just fighting all day to catch back up and we were on the wrong end on the fuel mileage and getting run into and cutting the tire didn’t help us. But I think if a couple of things would’ve gone differently, I really think a podium finish was in the cards for today.”

MATHEUS “MATT” LEIST (No. 4 ABC Supply AJ Foyt Racing Chevrolet): “This was a pretty good weekend till now. Pretty happy with the performance we had – we were fast in all of the sessions. Today it was unfortunate. We had a shifting problem when I was running fourth, so I couldn’t change gears up or down. I stayed in pit lane for like 10 laps trying to solve the problem. (They went back out on track.) Then we had another problem and came back to the pits. The third time I went back on the track, I had a mega understeer going into Turn 3 and I missed the corner and hit the wall. Happy for the performance – we had a fast car. I think it was my fault when I hit the wall that time. The car was good. It happens, so we’ll go to the next one.”

JAMES HINCHCLIFFE (No. 5 Arrow Electronics SPM Honda): “It wasn’t quite the ending we wanted, but it was a good race. I tapped the wall in Turn 8 early in the first stint, and that kind of bent it out of whack a little bit. Man, on our own in clean air, the Arrow Electronics car was a rocket ship, we were setting fast laps at one point on Firestone red (alternate) tires and black (primary) tires, but once we got into traffic, I think we lost the front end too much and couldn’t do anything about it. At the end there, Graham (Rahal) had a lot more push-to-pass than we did, so I was trying to threaten him and make him use up as much as he could, but it is what it is. Gutted for Robbie (Wickens) obviously, it was a storybook race from pole, but a few laps to go going for the win, Alex (Rossi) is a fast, aggressive guy and we knew something was going to be tried at least, and it’s unfortunate he ended up there. Huge congratulations to the team for a solid result.”

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Seavey Seamless in “Shamrock Classic”

Du Quoin, Illinois………In its brief three-year history, the “Shamrock Classic” has annually been the home of first-time USAC P1 Insurance National Midget feature winners.

In the inaugural running in 2016, it was Shane Golobic. One year ago, it was Justin Grant.

Saturday night’s third annual proved to be no exception as Logan Seavey, in his first USAC start aboard the Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian No. 67, captured the pot of gold at the Southern Illinois Center, leading all 50 laps to score his first career series win in the season opener.

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62 Teams Hit Georgetown Speedway Clay Saturday for Open Practice; Melvin L. Joseph Memorial Up Next

GEORGETOWN, DE – Georgetown Speedway launched its 2018 season on Saturday afternoon with a day-long ‘Test and Tune’ session on the half-mile, banked clay oval.

A solid 62 race teams took advantage of an Open Practice session to shake down their equipment in advance of the March 16-17 Melvin L. Joseph Memorial Season Opener.

During the four-hour practice, speedway management launched its all-new AMB transponder scoring system, lit the recently installed LED lap counter and sent scoring info to the Race Monitor app for the first time.

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Ted’s Body Shop LLC Becomes Weekly Pick 4 Pro Stock Series Division Sponsor

VERNON, NY – Ted’s Body Shop LLC has long been a name synonymous with racing. The family-owned business in New Berlin, N.Y., has had their names on the side of multiple race car over the years that have competed at the Utica-Rome Speedway. In 2018, the company is taking an even bigger role at the track as they’ve become the title sponsor for the Weekly Pick 4 Series of the Pro Stock Division.

“We strive at Utica-Rome Speedway to get local sponsors involved,” said speedway owner Bill Shea. “Ted’s Body Shop is a local business that has done a lot over the years for a lot of different racers and we excited about having them come on board as the title sponsor of our Pro Stock division in 2018.”

In 2017 the business adorned the side of the DIRTcar Pro Stock track champion Mike Welch. In the past drivers from the area including Travis Welch, who is returning in 2018, and former Modified regular Ted Mayne carried sponsorship from the company as well.

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“Shamrock Classic” USAC Midget Results

SATURDAY, MARCH 10, 2018
USAC P1 INSURANCE MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: March 10, 2018 – Du Quoin, Illinois – Southern Illinois Center – Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts “Shamrock Classic”

FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Terry Babb (#37 Felker), 2. C.J. Leary (#11A Gray), 3. Tony Roney (#1T Roney), 4. Justin Grant (#17BC Clauson/Marshall), 5. Thomas Meseraull (#63 Dooling), 6. Glen Saville (#37T Felker), 7. Jake Neuman (#3N Neuman), 8. Howard Moore (#41 Chappue). NT

SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Kyle O’Gara (#67F SFH), 2. Zeb Wise (#39BC Clauson/Marshall), 3. Tyler Nelson (#91 Harris), 4. Zane Hendricks (#27z Tucker/Boat), 5. Mark Chisholm (#56x Fifty6x), 6. Kyle May (#39 May), 7. Joe B. Miller (#51B Neuman), 8. Andy Bradley (#49 Bradley). NT

THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Brent Beauchamp (#11 B & B), 2. Gage Walker (#7 Walker), 3. Harli White (#67K Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 4. Dave Darland (#68 SFH), 5. Brayton Lynch (#1K RKR), 6. Josh Hawkins (#80 Hawkins), 7. Sam Johnson (#72 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 8. Colten Cottle (#37x Felker). NT

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