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Memphis International Raceway and iHeartMedia Extend Partnership

MILLINGTON, Tenn. (April 17, 2018) – Memphis International Raceway (MIR) – MIR announced today a renewal partnership agreement with iHeartMedia, Inc. iHeartMedia has the largest audience of any radio station in America with 858 broadcast radio stations, serving more than 150 markets throughout the country with over a quarter of a billion monthly listeners in the U.S. alone. Their diverse station line-up in the Memphis area includes Rock 102.7, V101, 101.9 KISS FM, K97.1, News Radio 600 WREC, WDIA and Hallelujah 95.7 FM.

This long-standing partnership with Memphis International Raceway allows us to reach a variety of fans across the midsouth to help promote racing and our events. As MIR expands our racing events and our fanbase, iHeartMedia is a strategic partner that gives us access to key audiences in the Memphis market.

When asked about this renewal agreement, Pam Kendrick, President of Memphis International Raceway said, “MIR has partnered with iHeart and Rock 102.7 since 2012 and the relationship continues to grow. The partnership is key to the success of our expanding event base to diversify our audience and bring more awareness to the great events we have to offer.”

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Big Weekend in Store for New England Race Fans at Oxford Plains

NAPLES, ME (April 17) – For Maine race fans the wait is finally over as short track racing returns this weekend to Oxford Plains Speedway. Following a weekend off due to bad weather, the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) North Super Late Models will make their first stop of the season in Maine on Sunday for the Honey Badger Bar & Grill 150. And if that’s not enough, a full slate of weekly racing at Oxford Plains Speedway will kick off on Saturday afternoon at 4 PM, featuring the Super Late Models

Memorable PASS North finishes at Oxford Plains are part of the track’s legend. In the 2016 Honey Badger Bar & Grill 150, three of the biggest names in PASS history battled three-wide late in the going to determine the victor. The all-time winningest driver in PASS, Ben Rowe, prevailed over six-time series champion, Johnny Clark, and the eventual 2016 champion, DJ Shaw, in one of the most exciting finishes Maine race fans have ever seen.

But, in 2018, it is a relatively new name that is taking not only New England race fans by storm, but short trackers around the country. Hudson, NH’s Derek Griffith started the PASS National Championship off by capturing a hard-fought win in South Carolina at Dillon Motor Speedway. Griffith then followed it up with a dominant win in The Icebreaker at Connecticut’s Thompson Speedway.

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Discount NAPA Spring Sizzler® Tickets Available at NAPA Auto Parts Stores

Stafford Springs, CT — Race season is about to kick-off in Stafford Springs, CT. In just under 2 weeks the 2018 race schedule at Stafford Speedway will begin with the 47th Annual NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler® Weekend on April 28th and 29th. Eight divisions of short track racing will compete on the half-mile including the stars of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour. The NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler®, dubbed the “Greatest Race in the History of Spring”, is a grueling 200 lap race that will see teams operating with new pit road rules allowing only one tire change per stop.

For the 5th consecutive season discount tickets for the iconic event are available at NAPA Auto Parts Stores throughout New England and New York. Fans who stop in their local NAPA Auto Parts Store can purchase tickets that include a lunch buffet for just $38 and $15 for ages 14 and under. The buffet will be held prior to feature racing getting underway on Sunday, April 29th in the Stafford Speedway banquet hall. NAPA Spring Sizzler® tickets are available at 71 NAPA Auto Parts Stores throughout the region including 45 stores in Connecticut, 14 in Massachusetts, 7 in New York, 4 in Vermont, and 1 in Rhode Island. For a full list of participating NAPA Auto Parts Stores, please visit

The 47th Annual NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler® is shaping up to be one of the most competitive in recent history. Over 30 entries have already been received for the 200-lap event including defending NAPA Spring Sizzler winner Ryan Preece. Coming off his 2nd career NASCAR Xfinity Series win driving for Joe Gibbs Racing, Preece is returning to his home track in search of being only the 9th driver to win two Sizzler’s in a row. A long list of drivers stand in Preece’s way of back to back titles including three-time NAPA Spring Sizzler winner and five-time Whelen Modified Tour Champion Doug Coby, two-time Stafford SK Modified® Champion Rowan Pennink, and three-time Sizzler winner Bobby Santos, III.

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Point Battles Kick Off for All Three Divisions of Stock Car Racing at Grandview on Saturday, April 21st

BECHTELSVILLE, PA April 17, 2018 . . . When NASCAR stock car racing gets the green flag at Grandview Speedway on Saturday, April 21st, two 10-time champions, Craig VonDohren and Jeff Strunk, will be trying to be the first to reach 11 championships. VonDohren has earned the T.P.Trailers 358 Modified championships the last three years and his strong third-place effort in the VP Racing Fuels Bruce Rogers Memorial last Saturday showed that he is ready for another strong season, perhaps a fourth straight title.

However, Jeff Strunk is also looking for a strong season as he goes after his 11th title and first since 2014. Duane Howard, another talented veteran, is a five-time champion and will be seeking his sixth title, last one won in 2012, during the 2018 season.

Make no mistake though it will not be all about VonDohren, Strunk, and Howard as the season gets underway with many young talents setting their sights on the lucrative title. Grandview Speedway is one of very few tracks, perhaps the only track, in the nation that affords racer the opportunity to win two titles, the NASCAR and track championships.

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Sportsman Classic Presented by Industrial Tire of CNY, Powered by Stirling Lubricants

$2,500 to win 5th annual Sportsman Classic Set for Tuesday, July 3!

WEEDSPORT, NY (April 17, 2018) – The 5th annual Weedsport Speedway Sportsman Classic, presented by Industrial Tire of CNY and powered by Stirling Lubricants, will take place on Tuesday, July 3 with $2,500 on the line for the winner in a 75-lap feature format featuring the DIRTcar Sportsman Series.

The best in Sportsman racing have been coming to Weedsport on the Fourth of July holiday in search of a Classic victory since 2014, when James Michael Friesen became the first driver to win the 75-lap crown jewel.

Friesen topped Sportsman superstars Rocky Warner and Dave Marcuccilli for the win that year, with the Classic becoming an instant hit.

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Cole Anderson Uses a Pair of Top Five Finishes to Gain Momentum with ATF & Gunslinger

NEW SMYRNA BEACH, FL (Apr. 16, 2018) – Cole Anderson and his ATF & Gunslinger team used trying circumstances at New Smyrna Speedway to build momentum for upcoming races while claiming a pair of top five finishes in the twin 50-lap events on Saturday night. It was Anderson’s first return trip to the Florida half-mile since winning the World Series in a pro late model in February.

Anderson and team started the day off in stellar fashion, showing good pace in practice and translating it to a second-quick run during time trial qualifying. Just over 30-thousandths of a second off the pole, Anderson started the first of the two races from outside the front row.

Knowing the night would be long with a total of 100 laps of racing, Cole slid into line early and began to get his rhythm. Roughly 20 laps into the event, however, misfortune struck as Cole spun while racing for the lead. Miraculously, he avoided contact with the wall and all other competitors also avoided making contact with him. Relegated to the back, he quickly began to carve his way forward yet again, ultimately making his way to second before the end of the first 50 lap contest.

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Ross Robinson, Amanda Whaley, Austin Hubbard Join Strong RUSH Late Model Field for Thursday’s ‘Battle of the Bay’ Event

GEORGETOWN, DE – The Northeast’s top RUSH Late Model talent will converge on Georgetown Speedway this Thursday night (April 19).

For the first time in the history of the Sussex County half-mile track, the Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Dirt Late Model Series invades for a “Marquee Tour” event paying $2,000 to the winner as part of a four-night Mid-Atlantic ‘Battle of the Bay’ Speedweek.

Area Super Late Model stars are gearing up to run for the money.

Ross Robinson of Georgetown, fresh off a victory last Friday night in Super Late Model competition at Potomac Speedway in Budd’s Creek, Md., will strap into the Daniel Hudson-owned No. 11D in search of a $2,000 payday.

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Porsche Racers Face Record Endurance Test

The Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit is no stranger to Porsche Wilson Security Carrera Cup Australia endurance races, a trend that will continue in 2018… with a difference.

In its 10th visit to the Phillip Island circuit, the all-Porsche championship will hold two long distance races at the 4.4km circuit, much like the two-driver Pro-Am events held at the circuit in 2014, 2015 and 2017. Though instead of sharing the racing duties, Carrera Cup’s drivers will be faced with the longest single-driver races in the series’ history.

Carrera Cup will feature two 25-lap (111.13km) races across Saturday and Sunday, both of which eclipse the record of the series’ previous test of single-driver endurance: At 93km, the opening Carrera Cup race at Bathurst last year stands as the longest Carrera Cup test for a single driver. Completing only 21 of the scheduled 25 laps this weekend will still eclipse the record. The round will also be the first single-driver event at the Victorian venue since 2012, which was won by Craig Baird.

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New Faces, Same Great Action Expected for Street Stock Division

Barre, VT – Thunder Road is less than two weeks away from the Community Bank N.A. 150 on Sunday, April 29. As part of an action-packed card currently scheduled, the Allen Lumber Street Stocks will be one of the divisions kicking off their 2018 season. The popular 4-cylinder division has been a mainstay at the speedway since 1993, but will see many new faces this coming season when they tackle the high banks.

A combination of rookie drivers and competitors returning from a high banks hiatus are in line to join the Street Stocks in their 26th season. They will replace the fleet of racers who have moved up to either the Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel Flying Tigers or Maplewood/Irving Late Models, assuring the division will continue to provide the thrills fans expect.

Defending champion Jamie Davis of Wolcott is one of the established veterans who will lead the Street Stocks in 2018. Davis has won two of the last three titles and should be a frontrunner for a third championship this season.

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New Hampshire Governor’s Cup Postponed for Second Time

Waterbury, VT – For the second time this month, American-Canadian Tour (ACT) and Lee USA Speedway officials have announced the postponement of the 28th New Hampshire Governor’s Cup, citing unsuitable ground conditions at the facility. The event has now been rescheduled for Saturday, May 12 at 2:00 pm.

Excessive mud and moisture has persisted at the track throughout April due to heavy snowfall over the winter. Freezing rain and cold temperatures this past weekend further worsened the conditions, making it impossible to get the grounds race-worthy in time.

“It’s unfortunate we’ve had to postpone the event twice now, but Mother Nature has left us with no other options,” Lee USA promoter Norman Wrenn III said. “We just can’t put our teams and fans in the situation they would be facing if we were to try and race this weekend. We’re hoping this will be the last of our weather-related issues this year so both Lee and ACT can enjoy a great summer.”

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Brandon Lynn Set for ARCA Return with Venturini Motorsports at Talladega and Charlotte

Concord, North Carolina (April 16, 2018) – Driver Brandon Lynn has signed on with Venturini Motorsports as part of a two race deal to pilot the No.55 Remodeez Toyota in upcoming ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards events at Talladega Superspeedway and Charlotte Motor Speedway.

A familiar face in the garage, Lynn, a 23-year old native of Penn Yann, NY, has made eight series starts with two top-10 finishes since making his ARCA debut back in the Spring of 2015.

“This is an awesome opportunity,” said Lynn. “It’s great to be back in the series and an honor to race with a team with so much prestige in ARCA. It’s a great feeling knowing I’m getting in equipment capable of winning. As long as the driver is in the game we should be good off the hauler.”

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BMW i Increases Ties with ABB FIA Formula E Championship as Race Title Partner in Berlin

BMW i steps up close co-operation with ABB FIA Formula E Championship putting its name to the race in Berlin on May 19

BERLIN, GERMANY (April 16, 2018) – BMW i has today confirmed it’s set to increase its ties with the ABB FIA Formula E Championship as the race title partner of the BMW i Berlin E-Prix on May 19.

As well as being the official vehicle partner of the series, the German manufacturer is also putting its name to their home race on the return of Formula E to Tempelhof Airport later next month. The E-Prix in Berlin will feature the BMW i brand for multiple seasons – again showing the long-standing support of BMW i to the re-invention of sustainable mobility.

Alejandro Agag, Founder & CEO of Formula E, said: “The race in Berlin has featured on the calendar every season and we’ve been working closely alongside BMW i for equally as long, so it’s pleasing to see their growing commitment to the series. BMW i has always been supportive of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship since the very beginning – both as official vehicle partner and now as the race title partner of the BMW i Berlin E-Prix. I’m looking forward to seeing the fans showing up in force for what I’m sure will be another scintillating spectacle at Tempelhof Airport.”

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Weekend Winners Billy Pauch Jr. and Stewart Friesen to Chase Huge $6,000 Sunoco Modified Payday Thursday at Georgetown Speedway

GEORGETOWN, DE – A Sunoco big-block/small-block Modified racer could take home $6,000 from Georgetown Speedway on Thursday night.

And two of the weekend’s big-money winners are heading south to chase it.

Billy Pauch Jr., who won both Friday night’s opener at Big Diamond Speedway in Minersville, Pa., and Saturday’s lid-lifter at New Egypt (N.J.) Speedway, and Stewart Friesen, the victor in the Bruce Rogers Memorial Saturday at Grandview Speedway in Bechtelsville, Pa., have both set plans to invade the Delaware half-mile oval for ‘Battle of the Bay’ on Thursday night.

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Wiscasset Speedway Ready to Launch 2018 Season

Despite winter’s efforts to hold it’s grip on the northeast region, spring is in fact upon us. Wiscasset Speedway is once again ready to embark on a busy and diverse schedule beginning with Group 1 Opening Day this Saturday, April 21 at 2:00 pm. The engines will roar to life, the fans will don their favorite racing attire, and the familiar sounds, smells, and energy will fill the air. A new racing season will take the green flag. Fans & drivers alike have come to expect facility upgrades and a wide array of motorsports entertainment from owner’s Richard & Vanessa Jordan. Wiscasset Speedway’s 2018 season will be no different. A lighting system & network upgrade along with further grandstand side renovations will continue the track’s multi-year modernization project. On the racing side of things, the track’s 8 weekly divisions will once again be split into two groups that will alternate week to week. Group 1 will be highlighted by the ServPro of Biddeford-Saco Prostocks, along with the Maxwell’s Market  Super Streets, the Cahill Tire 4-cylinder Pros, and the Thunder 4 Minis. Group 2 will feature the Wood Pellet Warehouse Late Model Sportsman, the K&A Property Services Modifieds, the Kennebec Equipment Outlaw Minis, and the Norms Used Cars Strictly Streets.

To complement the weekly divisions, Wiscasset Speedway will once again add in several “Flex” races featuring Nelcar Legends, Nema Midgets, Northeast Classic Lites, Wicked Good Vintage Racers, Senior Tour Auto Racers, GoKarts, and Enduros. History will also be made in August with 350 SMAC Super Modifieds come to town, marking the first time the winged Super-Mods will take to the high banks of Maine’s fastest track.

Wiscasset’s signature events return with the annual Coastal 200 on Memorial Day weekend, the Boss Hogg 150 on Labor Day weekend, and the Amsoil Dominator Strictly Shootout in late September. Other special races will include the Super Street 75 presented by Ward & Son’s Construction on June 16th, Prostock National Qualifier on June 30th, and Outlaw Mini Madness 75 lapper on September 1st.

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Rossi Caps Dominant Long Beach Weekend with Impressive Victory

LONG BEACH, California (Sunday, April 15, 2018) – Alexander Rossi sought redemption for the one he felt got away a year ago at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. The Andretti Autosport driver made up for it in dominant fashion, completing a nearly flawless weekend with a flawless drive to win today’s race.

Driving the No. 27 NAPA AUTO PARTS Honda, Rossi led all but 14 of the 85 laps on the renowned 1.986-mile, 11-turn temporary street course that’s hosted Indy car races for the last 35 years. The 26-year-old Californian crossed the finish line 1.2413 seconds ahead of Will Power at Rossi’s “second home race,” grabbing the championship lead in the process.


It was the third Verizon IndyCar Series win for Rossi, in his third season, and win No. 58 in the Indy car history of Andretti Autosport. Rossi is the third different driver to win in as many races this season and felt it made amends for last year, when he was running strong in the top three until a mechanical issue ended his race early.

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‘What They’re Saying’ from the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach

JOSEF NEWGARDEN (No. 1 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet): “Well, I think we had a good day working. Certainly at least a podium, but we kept getting bit by yellows a couple times today and had to fight our way back from them. It didn’t work in our favor. It is disappointing I think when you look at the speed of our car. I think we had a capable performance of challenging for a podium, but it didn’t work out. Thanks to Verizon and Team Chevy for making some of this happen and all of our other partners. We will just go to Barber and try and have a smooth weekend and try to get back to the top step of the podium.”

MATHEUS “MATT” LEIST (No. 4 ABC Supply AJ Foyt Racing Chevrolet): “Tough race. In the beginning, I thought we didn’t have the pace, I was struggling a little bit but they played the strategy well and we managed to pass some cars [in the hairpin accident].  We restarted in P12, but my tires were gone and the guys behind me were on new reds so it was tough. Anyway, it was the first race we finished on the lead lap so that is good. There are some areas where we need to improve a little bit to be competitive but we’re going to get there. I’m happy for the team and onto the next one. We’ll see how Barber goes.”

JAMES HINCHCLIFFE (No. 5 Arrow Electronics SPM Honda, 2017 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach winner): “We had everything under the sun thrown at us today, and to come out of it in the top 10, it’s not the result we wanted, but given the circumstances, we can be pretty happy with that. It was a no-give up kind of day. We had a decent start, stayed out of trouble and picked up a couple spots when other guys had some problems, and just out of nowhere, the car went from comfortable understeer to undriveable oversteer. We just started falling through the field like a rock… we’re still not entirely sure what happened. We came in, got some new tires on and went for broke and had a good second stint, made up a bunch of time. Then we were kind of waiting for everyone on the two-stop strategy to cycle through and get some clean track, make up time. After all the two-stoppers pitted, the yellow came out almost right away and we were hosed… we still had to pit for our last stop. From there, we were able to pick up a couple spots again, but for all the things that were thrown at us, we just didn’t stop fighting. The Arrow Electronics guys were great in the pits. We did a great job trying to change strategy on the fly, and overall we’re happy with our top 10. This is the kind of day that keeps you alive in the championship: when it’s very much not your day, but you can still come away with a solid points finish.”

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Davis Tops in “Cotton Classic” at Casa Grande

Casa Grande, CA……..Charles Davis Jr. of Buckeye, Ariz. scored a spectacular last-lap victory in Saturday night’s 30-lap “Cotton Classic” USAC Sands Chevrolet Southwest Sprint race at Central Arizona Speedway. Davis led the first 25 laps, then passed Tye Mihocko on the final lap for the win over Mihocko, Jason McDougal, Josh Pelkey and Chris Bonneau/ The series continues April 28 at Arizona Speedway in San Tan Valley, Ariz.

SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: April 14, 2018 – Casa Grande, Arizona – Central Arizona Speedway – “Cotton Classic”

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Jason McDougal (#19S Reinbold/Underwood), 2. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 3. Lealand Fuller (#3X Fuller), 4. Asa Kesterson (#18 Kesterson), 5. Tyler Adams (#9G Adams), 6. Larry Kesterson (#F2 Kesterson). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Matt Lundy (#98 Lundy), 2. Josh Pelkey (#12 Allen), 3. Dennis Gile (#13 Gile), 4. Daylin Perreira (#21 Perreira), 5. Kyle Shipley (#4 Shipley), 6. Tyler Most (#3 Most). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 2. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Davis), 3. Chris Bonneau (#15 Bonneau), 4. Ronnie Clark (#6 Clark), 5. Michael Curtis (#11C Turner/Wheeler), 6. Wayne Siddle (#7 Siddle). NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Charles Davis Jr., 2. Tye Mihocko, 3. Jason McDougal, 4. Josh Pelkey, 5. Chris Bonneau, 6. Mike Martin, 7. Matt Lundy, 8. Ronnie Clark, 9. Dennis Gile, 10. Michael Curtis, 11. Kyle Shipley, 12. Daylin Perreira, 13. Asa Kesterson, 14. Tyler Adams, 15. Tyler Most, 16. Larry Kesterson, 17. Lealand Fuller, 18. Wayne Siddle. NT

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Seekonk & Beech Ridge Race Tracks Added to Qualifier List

SEEKONK, MA. – Add Seekonk Speedway, Seekonk, MA, & Beech Ridge Motor Speedway, Scarborough, ME, to the list of host tracks for guaranteed starters events for this summer’s 3rd Annual, 200 – Lap U.S. Prostock/Super Late Model National Championship Race, Wednesday, July 18th at the Seekonk facility.

On Saturday, June 9, Seekonk will host a 65-lap Pro Stock race, which is part of their “Wall of Fame Inductee” ceremony. On June 23rd, Beech Ridge will host a 125-lap race for their Pro Series, a popular event at the famed Maine oval. Both race winners will secure a guaranteed starting position for the rich and prestigious race that has become popular for both competitors and fans alike.

“I would like to thank both tracks for their continued support in hosting these two race events as guaranteed starters to our 200 Lap Race,” said promoter Gary Sagar of Kraze Korlacki Speed Equipment.  There are five opportunities for competitors to secure a guaranteed starting position from an expected large field of Prostock/Super Late Model teams trying to qualify for our event which pays $10,000 to the winner,” opined Sagar. The tracks and dates are:

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Liggett Wins Tulare USAC/CRA Sprint Race

Tulare, CA……..Austin Liggett of Tracy, Calif. nearly scored a “clean sweep” of Saturday’s USAC Sprint/Midget doubleheader at Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway. He won the 30-lap AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint race after finishing second to Alex Schutte in the 25-lap USAC Western Midget feature. In the USAC/CRA main he led the final 16 laps after passing Damion Gardner on lap 15. Fast Qualifier Richard Vander Weerd took second ahead of Brody Roa, Gardner and Jake Swanson.

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: April 14, 2018 – Tulare, California – Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-15.871; 2. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-15.991; 3. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-16.021; 4. Danny Faria Jr., 17V, Faria-16.145; 5. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-16.220; 6. Tommy Malcolm, 5X, Napier-16.327; 7. Gary Paulson, 45, Kleinhans-16.334; 8. Logan Williams, 5, Jory-16.341; 9. Ryan Bernal, 73, Ford-16.369; 10. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-16.375; 11. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-16.412; 12. Max Adams, 5M, Adams-16.434; 13. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-16.495; 14. Matt Rossi, 02, Rossi-16.599; 15. Matt McCarthy, 28M, McCarthy-16.661; 16. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-16.792; 17. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-16.943; 18. R.J. Johnson, 42, Cheney-16.976; 19. Jeremy Ellertson, 98, Ellertson-17.232; 20. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-23.371.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Faria, 2. C.Williams, 3. R.Vander Weerd, 4. Bender, 5. Paulson, 6. Gansen, 7. Ellertson. NT

CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE/ROD END SUPPLY SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. J.Vander Weerd, 2. Liggett, 3. Gardner, 4. A.Williams, 5. Swanson, 6. L.Williams, 7. Rossi. NT

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS/ROD END SUPPLY THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Bernal, 2. Roa, 3. Malcolm, 4. McCarthy, 5. Johnson, 6. Adams. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Austin Liggett, 2. Richard Vander Weerd, 3. Brody Roa, 4. Damion Gardner, 5. Jake Swanson, 6. Cody Williams, 7. Max Adams, 8. A.J. Bender, 9. Matt Rossi, 10. Logan Williams, 11. Ryan Bernal, 12. Matt McCarthy, 13. R.J. Johnson, 14. Chris Gansen, 15. Jeremy Ellertson, 16. Danny Faria Jr., 17. Austin Williams, 18. Jace Vander Weerd, 19. Tommy Malcolm, 20. Gary Paulson. NT

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Schutte #1 In Tulare Midget Feature

Tulare, CA……..Alex Schutte of Redding, Calif. won Saturday night’s 25-lap USAC Light Up the World Beverages/CBD Living Water Midget feature at the Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway. He passed Ryan Bernal on lap nine and led the rest of the way for the win, beating Austin Liggett, Cory Elliott, Shannon McQueen and Robert Dalby to the finish line.


WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Shannon McQueen, 7, McQueen-16.091; 2. Michael Faccinto, 9D, Dodenhoff-16.294; 3. Ryan Bernal, 73X, Ford-16.371; 4. Frankie Guerrini, 63, Guerrini-16.430; 5. Matt Mitchell, 75, Miller-16.516; 6. Alex Schutte, 28, Schutte.McElwee-16.16.688; 7. Cory Elliott, 11E, Elliott-16.701; 8. Clayton Ruston, 7R, CR-16.731; 9. Ronnie Gardner, 19, Sala-16.734; 10. Robby Josett, 2, Josett-16.839; 11. Robert Dalby, 4D, Dalby-16.904; 12. David Prickett, 22Q, Neverlift-16.905; 13. Austin Liggett, 3F, Finkenbinder-16.959; 14. C.J. Sarna, 20, Sarna-17.021; 15. Maria Cofer, 57, Cofer-17.135; 16. Bryan Drollinger, 71, Drollinger-17.268; 17. Kyle Beilman, 31, Beilman-17.340; 18. Ron Hazleton, 15, Hazelton-17.954; 19. Dylan Ito, 73, Ford-17.954; 20. Marvin Mitchell, 68, Mitchell-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Elliott, 2. McQueen, 3. Josett, 4. Guerrini, 5. Liggett, 6. Drollinger, 7. Ito. NT

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS/ROD END SUPPLY SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Ruston, 2. Dalby, 3. Matt Mitchell, 4. Sarna, 5. Faccinto, 6. Beilman. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INCORPORATED/ROD END SUPPLY THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Schutte, 2. Bernal, 3. Prickett, 4. Gardner, 5. Cofer, 6. Hazelton. NT

FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. Alex Schutte, 2. Austin Liggett, 3. Cory Elliott, 4. Shannon McQueen, 5. Robert Dalby, 6. Ronnie Gardner, 7. Frankie Guerrini, 8. Clayton Ruston, 9. Marvin Mitchell, 10. Dylan Ito, 11. C.J. Sarna, 12. Maria Cofer, 13. Ron Hazelton, 14. Matt Mitchell, 15. Robby Josett, 16. Ryan Bernal, 17. Bryan Drollinger, 18. Kyle Beilman, 19. David Prickett, 20. Michael Faccinto. NT

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Pauch is Victorious at New Egypt Speedway’s 2018 Season Opener

New Egypt, NJ (April 15, 2018) – On Opening Night at New Egypt Speedway, presented by Oliver Communications Group, Billy Pauch, Jr. was victorious in the extra distance 40-lap Modified feature. Pat Wall topped the field in the Hammer Sportsman race. The Street Stock feature was won by Bill Liedtka. Ryan Heim took the checkered flag in the Lyons Construction/Metal Fab Rookie contest.

As the 40-lap double point Modified feature got underway, polesitter Steve Davis sped to the front with JR Fulper and Billy Pauch, Jr. next in line. With three tours completed, Pauch, Jr. had motored into second with Brandon Grosso advancing to third. On lap four, Pauch, Jr. was just about to take command of the race when the yellow flag waved for Brian Papiez. On the ensuing restart, Pauch, Jr. used the outside groove to drive by Davis and into the lead. After several caution periods and ten circuits in the books, Pauch, Jr. was still in control with Danny Bouc, Grosso, Dominick Buffalino, Jimmy Horton and Davis in tow. Due to the total amount of circuits under green and yellow flag conditions, a fuel stop took place at lap seventeen with Pauch, Jr., Grosso, Bouc, David VanHorn and Kevin Vaclavicek in the top five positions. When racing got back underway, Pauch, Jr. retained his edge
with Grosso holding onto second and VanHorn zipping into third. While cleanup of a lap eighteen multi-car tangle was occurring, Grosso went pitside and relinquished second place to VanHorn. Pauch, Jr. repelled a strong bid by Van Horn for the top running spot as action resumed. By the twenty-fifth tour, Pauch, Jr. was beginning to pull away from the pack with Bouc in second and VanHorn in third. As the leader was approaching the back of the field and with only six circuits remaining, the yellow lights illuminated for a slowing Ryan Krachun. On the ensuing restart, Pauch, Jr. kept his lead with Bouc and VanHorn trying to track him down. Over the final laps, several minor incidents brought out the yellow flag including the final caution of the contest with one circuit to go. During this period, the second place running Bouc went to the pits with a right rear flat. On the last lap shootout, Pauch, Jr., the 2017 division champion, held off VanHorn to earn the win. With VanHorn taking second, Modified rookie TJ Lilly finished in third place. Grosso rebounded to take fourth and Vaclavicek’s strong performance earned him a fifth-place finish. The Modified heat winners were Steve Davis, David VanHorn, and Brandon Grosso. PJ Oliver was
the victor in the consolation race.

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All Star Visit to Bedford Speedway Cancelled Due to Impending Weather

BEDFORD, Pa. (April 15, 2018) – With forecasts predicting nearly two inches of rainfall, Bedford Speedway and Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions presented by Mobil 1 officials have been forced to cancel the Roy Morral Classic scheduled for Sunday evening, April 15. At this time, a make-up date has not been determined.

Up next on the schedule, the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions presented by Mobil 1 will invade the Buckeye State, first visiting the highbanks of Attica Raceway Park on Friday, April 20, where the traveling All Stars will take part in the rescheduled Core & Main Spring Nationals presented by Fisher Performance. Originally scheduled for Friday, April 6, the Spring Nationals program will welcome the All Stars to Attica Raceway Park for the first of five visits in 2018, two of which during Labor Day weekend.

Wayne County Speedway will welcome the All Star Circuit of Champions on Saturday, April 21. Like Attica Raceway Park, Wayne County Speedway will host the All Stars on multiple occasions in 2018, four total including the annual Pete Jacobs Memorial in early September.

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Lance Dewease Outruns Aaron Reutzel During Keith Kauffman Classic for Fifth Consecutive Port Royal All Star Victory

PORT ROYAL, Pa. (April 15, 2018) – For the second time in as many nights, and for the 37th time during his illustrious career, Fayetteville, Pennsylvania’s Lance Dewease earned himself a trip to Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions presented by Mobil 1 victory lane, this time during the third annual Keith Kauffman Classic at Port Royal Speedway on Saturday, April 14. It was a second consecutive Keith Kauffman Classic title for the recent National Sprint Car Hall of Fame inductee, now even with Steve Kinser, Doug Wolfgang, and Danny Lasoski on the all-time All Star Circuit of Champions win list.

By no surprise, Dewease’s victory, a fifth consecutive against the All Star Circuit of Champions at the Port Royal Speedway “Speed Palace,” was attained in impressive fashion, managing to outrun Greg Hodnett, Steve Buckwalter, Anthony Macri, and race leader, Aaron Reutzel, from the fifth starting position to secure the $5,000 payday. Dewease took command for the first time on lap 21, ultimately pulling ahead and crossing under the final checkers 2.149 seconds ahead of second place finisher, Aaron Reutzel.

Anthony Macri, who led the first 11 circuits before surrendering the top spot to Aaron Reutzel, stayed strong to finish third, followed by Steve Buckwalter and Greg Hodnett.

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Stewart Friesen Wins VP Racing Fuels Bruce Rogers Memorial at Grandview, Kevin Hirthler Tops the Sportsman Field

BECHTELSVILLE, PA. April 15, 2018 . . . Mother Nature finally cooperated with the racing community on Saturday night and produced beautiful weather and the 56th racing season at Grandview Speedway got underway in front of a very large turnout of fans. Close to 50 small and big block Modifieds lined the pits to participate in the events leading up to the first annual Bruce Rogers Memorial Money Maker 50-lap race sponsored by VP Racing Fuels. The race was run in honor of the late Bruce Rogers, who passed away last March. Bruce, along with his father Forrest, built the track close to 60 years ago.

Three laps shy of a victory in the prestigious memorial event, Stewart Friesen wrestled the lead away from Mike Gular as the front runners had to deal with lapped traffic. Friesen held on and went on to collect the $7,500 top prize money along with beautiful hardware signifying the victory. In 2014 Friesen, now a regular in NASCAR Camping World Truck Series competition, won the season opener along with the rich Freedom 76 Classic.

Kevin Hirthler, doing double duty in the Modified and Sportsman divisions, took the lead when leader Ryan Lilick dropped out of action and chalked up the victory in the 25-lap Sportsman feature.


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Rossi Dominates Long Beach qualifying to Earn Verizon P1 Award

LONG BEACH, California (Saturday, April 14, 2018) – Alexander Rossi wasn’t to be denied in his quest to claim the Verizon P1 Award in qualifying for the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.

The Andretti Autosport driver was fastest in all three rounds of knockout qualifications on the 11-turn, 1.968-mile temporary street course. He punctuated the effort by earning the pole position in the Firestone Fast Six with a lap of 1 minute, 6.5528 seconds (106.454 mph) in the No. 27 NAPA AUTO PARTS Honda. It was the second pole position of Rossi’s three-year Verizon IndyCar Series career, following the one he earned last season at Watkins Glen International.

“Obviously, you go out every single session and believe that you have the best car and the best opportunity to do it,” said Rossi, who led two of the three practice sessions prior to qualifying. “We have been so strong; we were strong here last year. The NAPA AUTO PARTS Honda has been so fast. The team definitely executed some NAPA know-how today and we’re really happy to start from the best spot (on Sunday).”

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“What They’re Saying” from qualifying at Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach

JOSEF NEWGARDEN (No. 1 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet, Verizon IndyCar Series points leader): (About hitting the wall in qualifying): “That’s why I pitted, I bent the left rear suspension touching the wall. It was a mistake on my part, which is a shame. I think we had the pace there on the optimum set of (Firestone) tires that we were going to run. I think we had the pace to be up there with (Alexander) Rossi. I don’t know if we would have gotten him (Rossi), but we would have been in the ballpark. So we never got to see that through, which is tough and makes our race a little harder starting from sixth. We have great speed in the Verizon car. I think Team Chevy has done a great job this weekend so we have the driveability that we are looking for, we should have good power to make this thing work on race day.”

MATHEUS “MATT” LEIST (No. 4 ABC Supply AJ Foyt Racing Chevrolet):
 “Tough qualifying. We’ve been struggling a little bit with setup and myself as well because it’s a new track for me, it’s my first time here, and INDYCAR has a lot of great drivers. The car is very good. We just missed the top 12 by one position. I’m pretty happy. I’m confident that we will have a great car in race trim, and hopefully, we’ll have a good race tomorrow.”

JAMES HINCHCLIFFE (No. 5 Arrow Electronics SPM Honda, 2017 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach winner): “Not a bad qualifying for us given where we were this morning. We rolled off the truck with not the strongest No. 5 Arrow Electronics Honda, but again, credit to the team. We worked on everything, we improved the position of the cars, we improved the balance; it was definitely a lot of work. This place is a very different circuit than St. Pete, so, unfortunately, it wasn’t just a direct copy setup-wise. Again, we were kind of out to lunch this morning, and really proud of the guys to get the car into a place where we could sneak into the top 10. We’ll see what we can do tomorrow. It’s a long race, and we’ve seen before how much things can change from qualifying to Sunday afternoon. We will put our heads down, put together a good race car, pray for great strategy and go from there.”

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Bird Holds Off Late Charge from Rivals to Take Victory in Rome

Bird reduces deficit to 18 points over championship leader Vergne with assured drive under pressure in Italian capital

ROME, ITALY (April 14, 2018) – Sam Bird held his nerve in the closing laps of the CBMM Niobium Rome E-Prix presented by Mercedes EQ and fended off multiple attacks from both Lucas di Grassi and Mitch Evans to etch his name in the history books as the first-ever winner on the streets of the Italian capital.

The DS Virgin Racing driver pumped his fist in the air as he crossed the finish-line to complete an assured drive under mounting pressure – from not one, but two drivers – as the laps counted down in the inaugural race in Rome.

Bird defended his position at the head of the field with Evans and di Grassi looming large in his mirrors. Making a slight mistake, Bird opened the door to Evans who swerved into the slipstream of the now seven-time E-Prix winner down the hill approaching Turn 9. The Panasonic Jaguar Racing driver tried to make a move on the outside with smoke pouring from his tyres, but to no avail as Bird kept his cool.

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Preece Wins Fitzgerald Glider Kits 300 at Bristol

Ryan Preece picked up his second NASCAR XFINITY Series win at Bristol (TN) Motor Speedway Saturday. Preece used a restart to take the lead from teammate Brandon Jones with 9 laps to go. Justin Allgaier was among the fastest cars late in the race and finished second. It was his fifth top five in the last six Bristol starts.

Daniel Hemric recorded his second consecutive podium finish. Elliot Sadler rallied from an early crash for his fourth consecutive top-five at Bristol. Spencer Gallagher was fifth for the best finish in his career. Jones led the most laps (106) but dropped to sixth on two tires.

Preece also collected the $100 Dash 4 Cash bonus. A fourth at Texas last weekend made the No. 18 Rheem Toyota driver eligible with teammate Christopher Bell, Cole Custer, and Daniel Hemric. Bell was eliminated by a crash.

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Kokomo USAC P1 Insurance National Midget Race Results

USAC P1 INSURANCE MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: April 13, 2018 – Kokomo, Indiana – Kokomo Speedway – “Kokomo Grand Prix”

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Justin Grant, 17BC, Clauson/Marshall/Wood-13.154; 2. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall-13.168; 3. Ryan Robinson, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.241; 4. Spencer Bayston, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.261; 5. Logan Seavey, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.274; 6. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 15, Petry/Goff-13.373; 7. Brady Bacon, 76m, FMR-13.385; 8. Chad Boat, 84, Tucker/Boat-13.400; 9. Holly Shelton, 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.402; 10. Tanner Carrick, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.428; 11. Tyler Thomas, 91T, Thomas-13.549; 12. Zeb Wise, 39BC, Clauson/Marshall-13.550; 13. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 27, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.592; 14. Kyle Craker, 76E, FMR-13.604; 15. Brayton Lynch, 1K, RKR-13.612; 16. Thomas Meseraull, 63, Dooling-13.688; 17. Andrew Felker, 7F, Boss Factory Racing-13.689; 18. Jerry Coons, Jr., 25, Petry/Goff-13.696; 19. Kyle Schuett, 9k, Schuett-13.722; 20. Dave Darland, 91D, Thomas-13.770; 21. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-13.771; 22. Alex Bright, 77, Bright-13.804; 23. C.J. Leary, 4, TOPP-13.944; 24. Matt Moore, 9, Hergott/RayPro-13.976; 25. Tyler Nelson, 88T, Nelson-14.007; 26. Andrew Layser, 35, Bright-14.125; 27. Sam Johnson, 72, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.176; 28. Chase Jones, 33, Team RayPro-14.219; 29. Ethan Mitchell, 19M, Mitchell-14.301; 30. Kevin Studley, 57, Studley-14.302; 31. Chris Hettinger, 71H, Hettinger-14.487; 32. Bear Wood, 8JR, Wood-15.718; 33. Gage Walker, 7, Walker-19.423; 34. Zane Hendricks, 27z, Tucker/Boat-NT.

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Rain Claims Saturday’s Kokomo Grand Prix Night Two

Kokomo, Indiana………Heavy and persistent rain throughout the morning with more precipitation expected for Saturday night has forced Kokomo Speedway and USAC officials to cancel Saturday night’s portion of the “Kokomo Grand Prix.” There will be no makeup date.

The event was to be round three of the USAC P1 Insurance Midget National Championship season following Logan Seavey’s win at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin in March and Tyler Courtney’s victory at Kokomo Friday night.

Seavey, a Rookie in the series from Sutter, California, leads the point standings heading into “Indiana Midget Week,” a six-race series that includes stops at Montpelier Motor Speedway on May 29, Gas City I-69 Speedway on May 30, Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville on May 31, Bloomington Speedway on June 1, Lawrenceburg Speedway on June 2 and Kokomo Speedway on June 3.

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