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Hoosier Tire ATQMRA 2015 Rookie Class

The growth of the ATQMRA comes from the rookies. Last year Geoffrey Sutton earned the coveted ATQMRA rookie of the year honor. A handful of new drivers will be joining the ranks of the ATQMRA for 2015. In addition to the new teams to the circuit a handful of racers from years past will return to competition as well as the invasion of the 600 micro sprints. The ATQMRA kicks off the 2015 season at Mahoning Valley Speedway in Lehighton, Pa on Saturday April 25th.

New to the tour will be Patrick Force in the former Roselli Racing Drinan car that he recently purchased from Paul Lotier Jr. Patrick is the son of ATQRMA Vintage Division President Bill Force Sr. who raced with the organization in the 70s in the same 26 car in vintage competition today that he raced back in the 70s. Patrick will be teamed with his brother Bill Force Jr. in his beautifully prepared 26 car. Bill Force Jr. spent much of the 2014 season on the sidelines but will be back running a part time schedule with the club.

Patrick Force’s car will be numbered 18 and he intends to run all of the shows in 2015 and contend for ATQMRA rookie of the year. Patrick’s first racing experience came in the 2 stroke division of the vintage ATQRMA and in the Metz Racing F8 at Borger’s Speedway as well as turning laps in his brother’s Dart TQ midget. He hopes to learn the ropes with the ATQMRA and hone his driving and setup skills and work toward rookie of the year honors with the organization. Patrick has Victoria Grace Hair to Please and Gotcha Covered Home Services sponsoring his efforts.

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Hoosier Tire ATQMRA 2015 Mahoning Valley Opener

The Hoosier Tire ATQMRA opens its 59th season of competition at Lehighton’s Mahoning Valley Speedway on their paved quarter mile circle on Saturday April 25th. A strong influx of new blood will be in competition along with the old guard of TQ midget competitors. A host of drivers with feature wins at Mahoning Valley will be looking to earn the victory in the opener. Several Drivers will be doing double duty on the 25th running in multiple divisions. Grandstands open at 4:00pm.

2014 ATQMRA Champion Matt Janisch will be behind the wheel of his newly constructed 48 car for the opener. He was last year’s season opening feature race winner at Mahoning Valley and used that victory as a springboard to the Triple Crown Championship and ultimately the Club Championship. If Janisch can win the feature it will be his third consecutive opening night victory at Mahoning Valley. Janisch expects to be doing double duty on Saturday in both his TQ midget and in SpeedSTR competition. Incidentally Janisch will be racing his fifth different car in his last six consecutive starts attesting to his versatility.

ATQMRA President Buddy Sload will be looking to continue his winning ways at Mahoning valley after capturing the checkered flag in the organizations most recent race at Mahoning Valley in 2014. Sload earned multiple wins his family owned 53 car and is looking to win his first ATQMRA Championship.

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ATQMRA Welcomes 600 Micro Sprints to the Fold

The ATQMRA is opening the door for teams with 600 micro sprints to come race with the TQ midgets. After many years of flirting with bringing the 600s around to race with the ATQMRA it was made official at the Wednesday March 25th spring meeting to allow 600s to compete. The closure of Borgers Speedway for the 2015 season left many teams with pavement style 600s without a place to race their cars. The ATQMRA decided to provide a place for them to continue racing on pavement under a common sense rules package.

After years of racing head to head with 600 pavement cars indoors and during the last few years outdoors at Borgers Speedway it only made sense for the organization to embrace the handful of teams with micro sprints who wish to do some racing on pavement. The flirtation with the 600s began in the late 90s when the 600s were in their infancy and has been an off and on across the years. At this point the membership of the club is embracing the idea of bolstering their numbers by bringing the 600s into the fold.

Any micro sprint team wishing to compete will be required to join the ATQMRA and will receive the full benefits of membership including the Brice’s NAPA Auto Parts Clean Start Package. Micro sprints will be required to conform to the rules package adopted by the ATQMRA. Chain drive 600s will be limited to a 60″ overall width and must use a US6A legal engine for competition. The 600s will use the same Hoosier LC5 spec right rear tire as the TQ midgets. At winged events cars must us an ATQMRA legal wing. Like racing in Atlantic City cars must be equipped with seat belts no more than two years old. All cars must pass the same safety inspection as the TQs and meet the minimum weight of 800 lbs.

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ATQMRA Brice’s NAPA Auto Parts ATQMRA Clean Start Program

The ATQMRA is looking to make a clean start with the Brice’s NAPA Auto Parts Clean Start Program. Each member of the organization will receive a complementary Napa package when they join the organization. Membership has its privileges and the ATQMRA wants to make sure everyone feels appreciated for their participation. A temporary membership program has been implemented that gives the benefits of a full membership for anyone wanting to come out for a race without making a full membership commitment. The first race for the ATQMRA is a few short weeks away at Mahoning Valley on April 25th.

Brice’s NAPA Auto Parts has signed on to provide each member of the organization with a membership package that includes cans of carburetor and brake cleaner hand cleaner and shop towels as well as a can of spray wax to help everyone get a clean start and clean up when a mess is made. The package will also include a copy of the organization’s 2015 rule book, a driver/team information forms to be filled out and returned and other promotional items from ATQMRA sponsors. Any business wishing to participate in the Clean start program should contact ATQMRA President Buddy Sload for more information.

Membership has its benefits. One of the things that many people are a bit surprised about when they look into racing with the ATQMRA is the cost of a membership. A full membership with the organization is $150.00. What most people don’t know is that the membership with the organization includes a K and K Member benefit program that provides up to $50,000 in coverage in the event a racer is injured at one of our scheduled events. Everyone knows just being transported to the hospital for evaluation and being released is expensive. The Member Benefit program with the ATQMRA provides our members an extra measure of insulation against the high cost of health care in case bad things happen.

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2015 ATQMRA Kickoff Club Implements Hoosier Tire Bank

The Hoosier Racing Tire American Three Quarter Midget Racing Association kicked off its official 2015 activities with a general Membership Meeting in Bethlehem, Pa on Wednesday night. The well attended meeting was highlighted by the release of the 2015 racing schedule. The Venerable organization will see racing action at five tracks in Pennsylvania, New York, and New Jersey. The official announcement was made that the 600 micro sprints will be welcomed to the fold to race with the TQ midgets at ATQMRA sanctioned races. Rule changes that are geared toward saving the racer money have been put in place. Blu Metz is returning to the post of ATQMRA Publicist.

The ATQMRA released an eleven race schedule of races that will begin at Mahoning Valley on April 25th. The organization had an aggressive schedule inked at Borgers Speedway that would have given the organization a home track from which to build but the closure of the facility forced the ATQMRA to move in another direction. The second race on the schedule is a non-point open competition $1,000 to win TQ midget race at New York’s Chapel Hill Raceway in conjunction with the NYPA Midget organization. Two shows at Oswego Speedway, five at Wall Stadium and a single event at Bethel Motorsports Park that is being run in conjunction with the Vintage TQ midget club comprise the organizations 58th season. At this time additional dates are pending.

In an effort to increase car counts the ATQMRA will be incorporating the popular 600 Micro sprints that the TQ midgets race with head to head indoors and in previous seasons at Borgers Speedway. The 600s will be required to follow the US6A engine rules with a maximum width of 60 inches at 800 lbs. and use an ATQMRA style wing. At present Borgers Speedway 2014 TQ/600 Champion Larry Hoagland will be racing with the TQs in the Potent Fred Bittner Hyper Hugger. George and Marilyn VanVarick will have Kurt Bettler in their converted dirt Microsprint for select events.

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Turkey Derby Photos

[Photo Gallery] by Ed Martin

Mahoning Valley Champion Earl Paules Readies for Three Quarter Midget Indoor Racing Debut at NAPA Know How Atlantic City & Battle of Trenton; Slingshot & Kart Fields Are Filling Up Quickly

ATLANTIC CITY & TRENTON, NJ — Talented Earl Paules Jr., who raced his way to a second consecutive Late Model championship in 2013 at Mahoning Valley (PA) Speedway, looms large as a dark horse in a talent-laden field of TQ Midget drivers ready to race indoors in Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall and Trenton’s Sun Bank Center.

The twelfth annual NAPA KNOW HOW Atlantic City Indoor Races on Friday and Saturday Jan. 24 and 25 and the first ever Battle Of Trenton Indoor races presented by PRC Industries/ Angela House Charity on Friday and Saturday Feb. 7 and 8 will feature TQ Midget, Champ Kart and Slingshot races with the TQs class the fastest of the lot by far.

“I’ve been working hard at getting ready for these indoor TQ races. I’ve been in the gym every night and as much as I can because I know how physical these cars are and those races as well,” said Paules.

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NEMA’s Payne, Medeiros Compete in TQ’s at Wall’s Turkey Derby; Payne Claims Dirt Modified Portion

Wall Township, N. J. — 2013 Northeastern Midget Assoc. Lite Champion, Carl Medeiros Jr., and NEMA competitor Joey Payne took part in the 40th anniversary Wall Stadium Turkey Derby at the fast N.J. speedway Saturday. Both drivers entered the TQ portion of the show, and Payne competed in the Mike Mongiello owned Dirt Modified for that division.

The TQ event was the first for the newly acquired Medeiros machine and was fast right out of the trailer. The young driver time trialed seventh fastest after some minor chassis adjustments which placed him on the pole for the feature due to the inverted line-up.

At the drop of the green, Carl fell into the second slot in the field which he held despite two restarts, the first on lap one and again on lap four. It was at that time that the young Medeiros felt the engine start to tighten up and lose some power and finally expire during a lap seven caution as the power plant erupted in smoke and flame, ending his day. He exited the machine quickly and was not injured. “We’re happy the way the car ran and felt“, Medeiros said later, “We have another motor for the next race in Atlantic City, and have all winter to rebuild this one”.

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Earl Paules Wins TQ Main at Wall Turkey Derby

WALL TWP., NJ — Leading all the way, standout pavement Modified and Late Model driver Earl Paules Jr., won Saturday afternoon’s ATQMRA TQ- Midget feature during the 40th annual Turkey Derby at Wall Stadium Speedway. The Palmerton, Pa., resident was at the wheel of the No. 98x, fielded by Mike Roselli Sr.’s West End Rent-All team from Brodheadsville, Pa.

Paules is a champion and many-time winner in the Modified and Late Model divisions at Mahoning Valley Speedway in Lehighton, Pa. and recently won his second straight Late Model title there. This past July, he won his first ever TQ-Midget main during the ATQMRA event at Mahoning. His victory at Wall was his first at that high- banked, third-mile paved oval.

The Turkey Derby TQ main was originally set for 25 laps, but accidents and lengthy clean-ups from two blown motors led to ATQMRA officials making the decision to end it at lap 15 when the time limit was approaching.

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Saxton Signs Off at Grandview

Concludes 45-Year Announcing Career

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Ernie Saxton, the distinguished voice of one of America’s great clay ovals, has concluded a 45-year career behind the mic at Grandview Speedway.

Since 1968 Saxton, 71, of Langhorne, Pa., called all the racing action for generations of fans as the track announcer at the one-third mile oval in Bechtelsville, Pa.

Grandview is operated by the second and third generations of the Rogers family. Forrest Rogers built the track and opened it in 1963, and Saxton started working there in the late 1960s.

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Former ARDC & NEMA Midget Driver Jerry Stover Passes at 76

Gerald L. Stover

Gerald L. Stover of Spring Hill, FL, formerly of ­Brownstown and Albrightsville, PA, passed away at his home Sunday, June 16, 2013, a day before his 77th birthday.

Born in New Holland, PA, the son of B. Sylvester and Gertrude (Weaver) Stover, he was devoted to his wife of 50 years, Gladys (Cunningham) Stover, and daughters, Lisa M. (Capt. David) Smith, Naples, Italy, and Linda L. Stover (fiancée of Kevin Shaffer), Laurel, MD; his grandchildren, Malena, Aubrey and Michael Smith and Emily Mora. He is survived by his brothers, Leonard and Jay Stover, and sister, Lucille ­Simmons. He was pre-deceased by a brother, Alfred, and sisters, Dorothy Stover and Evelyn Stone.

A graduate of Upper Leacock High School, he served as an MP in the U.S. Army at West Point Military Academy from 1959 to 1962. He worked as an auto mechanic at Ed Fisher’s Lancaster Nissan.

He is best known in the world of Auto Racing as Jerry or Smokey Stover. He started with drag racing his favorite Triumph Motorcycle at the Maple Grove drag strip (top eliminator) and Lancaster Dragway. He then joined the Lanco Micro-Midget Racing Club and, in partnership with Bob “Shorty” Howe, built several micros and captured the 1964 open class championship. From there, he went on to race TQ midgets, full midgets and sprint cars. Some of his car owners were Leigh Earnshaw, Sr., Stan Bronowski, Joe DeVine, Bob Hanrahan and Henry Kramer. While driving the Mike Sheehan Sesco midget, he set a 50-lap speed record at Wall Stadium, Wall, NJ, which he still holds today, and debuted the first winged midget race car at Islip Speedway, Long Island, NY. He built his own Datsun- ­powered mini-stock before retiring from racing and raced with the AMSA club. Other clubs were ATQMRA, ARDC, UMRA, NEMA, URC and USAC. He competed at over 80 tracks in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic and Southern states, always with his wife and children as traveling companions.

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ATQMRA returning to Seekonk Speedway for the first time in 16 years

Seekonk, MA — The last time the American Three Quarter Midget Racing Association competed at Seekonk Speedway, Bill Clinton was the President of the US, Jeff Gordon was winning his first Cup Series title, and Don Adams picked up the win in the 25 lap feature on July 29th, 1995.

On Saturday, June 18, the Three Quarter Midgets will return, with an opportunity to showcase their 51 year history to the fans at The Action Track of the East, in their only trip into New England this summer. While the TQ’s race indoors annually during the winter in RI, this is their only time competing in the open air.

Just a couple of weeks ago, several competitors ventured north to try out the 1/3 mile, and showed the fans in attendance just how quick the Badgers and Spitfires style, open cockpit, open wheel, winged racers are. They were turning laps in the high 11 second range, just about ½ second slower than the NEMA midgets that compete at the famed oval each year.

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