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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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