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Tidman Tops Standings, Gorbatuk Top Rookie After 3 Rounds

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Monday May 15, 2017: Flying Ryan Tidman used his feature win at Wall Stadium last week to catapult himself into the Points lead entering the fourth round of the season at Bethel Speedway where Tidman knows his way to victory Lane. Rookie Dave Gorbatuk has used consistency to put himself eighth in the standings ahead of the rest of the impressive 2017 Acro Rookie Class. The top five in the overall standings are separated by only 28 points. Next up is the club’s first of 3 races at Bethel on May 20th followed by the club’s return to Riverhead Long Island for the running of the Pete Petraitis Memorial Tribute to “The Bad Guys” race on June 3rd.

The battle at the top of the points standings sees Tidman at the top with one win followed closely by Buddy Sload who is a two time winner on the circuit in 2017. Sload is back only 4 markers but will be missing the upcoming race at Riverhead which will dig him a deep hole in the championship standings. Joey Bailey holds serve in the third position on the strength of a strong run in the opener at Mahoning where he finished third. Matt Roselli has an identical point total to Bailey on the strength of his consistent finishes. Geoffrey Sutton sits fifth 28 back of the leader.

Dave Gorbatuk sits at the top of the Acro Rookie of the Year Standings after 3 rounds. Kyle Taraska sits second in the Tally but is only running a limted schedule. Ronnie the Rocket Mullen is 44 markers in arrears after missing the opener at Mahoning Valley and is tied with his fellow Rookie contender his son Cole.

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Flying Ryan Tidman Sweeps Wall Hoosier Tire Mid Atlantic VP Racing Fuels

Saturday, May 6, 2017, Wall Township NJ; Flying Ryan Tidman from Levittown, Pa swept the nights racing in ATQMRA action on Wall Stadium’s flat inner oval in his Boyd Racing Lafler Chassis 1b. Joey Bailey was second with Geoffrey Sutton rounding out the podium. Tidman and Jeff Kot earned heat race victories. The ACRO Rookie of the Race was Ronnie the Rocket Mullen. Next up for the ATQMRA is the first event of the season at Bethel Motor Speedway in a twin bill with the Vintage TQ Midget organization. The TQs will race without the wing at Bethel.

By the luck of the draw, the front row saw Buddy Sload and Rob Vivona take the green with Sload launching into the lead followed by Tidman. Before a lap was completed a snake bitten Joey Payne III was collected by Kerry Irwin damaging the left front of Payne’s Drinan car ending a promising day early. The restart was much the same with Sload powering into the lead.

Ryan found his opportunity to take the lead on lap 4 and never looked back. Sload held onto the second position attempting to mount a challenge when contact from the Matt Roselli driven 98 Lafler sent Sload’s Spitfire into a spin where he was struck by another car ending his day on lap 14. Roselli was sent to the rear for the incident.

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Sload Back to Back in ATQMRA Action With Wall Win

Wall Township, NJ. Saturday April 29, 2017, 2015 ATQMRA Champion Buddy Sload has returned to his winning ways in the Colin Martin Spitfire 36 by earning back to back feature victories first at the club opener, then backing it up with a win Saturday at Wall Stadium in wingless competition on Wall’s inner oval on Wall Stadium’s Fan Fest Night. Rob Vivona rolled across the line second with Matt Roselli third. Roselli and Ryan Tidman earned heat race victories. Ronnie the Rocket Mullen was the highest finishing Acro Rookie of the year candidate. Fellow Rookie Jon Keller went for a rough ride onto his lid in the feature. The Brice’s NAPA Auto Parts Clean Start Buckets were handed out to teams at the event.

The luck of the draw put Matt Janisch in the Alan Mollot Lindblad Badger alongside Mark Yoder in his Hyper Hugger on the front row. Janisch was able to power into the lead on the initial start with Joey Bailer following him in Second. Bailey pressured Janisch for the lead before overtaking him on lap 7. Bailey opened up a margin on second when the red flag was flown for a tangle between two rookie candidates exiting the fourth turn sending Jon Keller over onto his lid ending his day early.

At the time of the red flag just prior to halfway Ryan Tidman and Matt Janisch tangled on the back straight away sending Janisch upside down. Janisch and Tidman were able to continue. This put Sload on the outside pole for the restart alongside Bailey. On the restart, Bailey launched into the lead and held serve until lap 22 when Sload and Bailey made contact entering the third turn in what was deemed a “Racing Incident” bringing out the caution for a spinning Bailey.

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ATQMRA Opener at Mahoning Goes to Sload

Sload Parks it at Mahoning
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Saturday, April 15, 2017, Lehighton, Pa; 2015 ATQMRA Champion Buddy Sload Parked the Colin Martin Spitfire 36 in Victory Lane at the ATQMRA’s season-opening race at Mahoning Valley Speedway. Heat Races were won by Sload and Kris Graver. Dave Gorbatuk was the highest finishing ACRO Engineering Rookie contender. A total of five 2017 rookie contenders were on hand at the opener. Next up for the ATQMRA is Wall Stadium on Saturday, April 29th for wingless racing on that track’s flat inner oval.

The front row of Joey Bailey and Jeff Kot took the green flag and charged into the first turn. Buddy Sload took advantage of his fourth starting position to sweep into the lead to be scored the race leader on lap one. The caution fell for Kyle Taraska on lap 2 when his mount lost power. The restart saw Sload shoot into the lead and open a gap when the race was slowed for the final time on lap 3 by a slowing Joey Payne III who would return to action.

Sload again launched into the lead and ran away and hid as Kris Graver worked his way into second on lap six from his 7th starting spot in the Janisch 48 that won the 2017 ATQMRA Championship. With the speed Graver showed in his heat race he was the odds-on favorite heading into the feature. His fast lap in the heat was nearly 4 tenths faster than the field. When he worked his way into second he set sail to reel Sload in. Graver couldn’t negotiate lapped traffic as efficiently as Sload and would have to settle for second.

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ATQMRA Season Opener Close at Hand, Announces VP as Official Fuel of the ATQMRA

March 27, 2017; The American Three Quarter Midget Racing Association partnered with VP Racing Fuels making them the Official Fuel Supplier of the ATQMRA. The organization’s season opening race at Mahoning Valley Speedway is only two weeks away on Easter Eve Saturday April 15th. An aggressive 17 race schedule will bring the lightning fast TQ Midgets to 7 tracks in 4 states including a long-awaited return to the Historic Riverhead Speedway and the Chemung Speedrome. An even dozen of the races will be wingless. A highlight on the schedule is the Club’s weekend at Pocono International Raceway in conjunction with the Classic Racing Times and the Verizon IndyCar Series.

VP Racing Fuel will be the official fuel of the ATQMRA. The organization will be using VP’s popular C12 product as its spec fuel. Teams are being Given until the June 3 race at Riverhead to transition to the new Spec fuel. C12 is has been the spec fuel of choice at the Sammon’s Indoor series races for several years and most teams are already using it. The ATQMRA will have fuel on hand at its events for any TQ team needing fuel. The club is working closely with VP to be able to ensure teams are using the spec fuel.

Saturday Night April 15th is the season opening race for the ATQMRA at Lehighton. Pa’s Mahoning Valley Speedway. Last season’s opening race at Wall Stadium was won by Geoffrey Sutton who followed his win up with a second-place finish to 2016 Champion Matt Janisch. All of the teams will head into Mahoning Valley looking to park their mounts in Victory lane.

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Janisch Champ, Yoder Rookie of the Year Crowned at Jubilant Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic ATQMRA Banquet

Sunday, February 5, 2017: The ATQMRA held its annual Championship Banquet at the popular Valley Forge Casino in King of Prussia, Pa with the strongest turnout for the annual affair in recent memory. Seven Past ATQMRA Champions were on hand to celebrate the crowning of Matt Janisch as the ATQMRA’s 2016 Champion and to present Mark Yoder as the 2016 Rookie of the year. Each driver in the top ten in points received a Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic Point Fund check and the top 3 in season long passing points received their awards from MNO’s Bob Emmons. ATMQRA President Buddy Sload outlined plans for an exciting 2017 season and handed out the professionally prepared annual program books that commemorated the successful 2016 season.

The annual banquet celebrated the second Championship in the last three years for Matt Janisch. Matt said he was humbled by having his name on the ATQMRA’s list of Champions for a second time and to have his name included with the greats that have won championships with the organization over the years. Janisch Joins the late Tony Romit, Speedy Dave Thomson, and Joey Payne as two-time Champions with the organization.

Janisch had a season for the ages earning six feature wins in the ten points paying events hosted by the ATQRMA including 3 wins at Wall Stadium two at Mahoning Valley and parked his Yuhas Chassis 48 in Victory lane at Bethel. When the Champion wins 60% of the races run and has a worst finish of third place on the season earning the season ending Championship trophy is a fore drawn conclusion. Janisch set the bar high heading into the 2017 season.

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2016 ATQMRA Awards Banquet February 5

January 11, 2017 — The American Three Quarter Midget Racing Association will have its annual awards Banquet Luncheon on Sunday, February 5, 2017, at the Valley Forge Casino Resort in King of Prussia, Pa from 11 am to 3 pm. Anyone wishing to attend should RSVP to Karen Sload at her email address The Banquet will honor 2017 ATQMRA Champion Matt Janisch for his second championship and Mark Yoder for winning the coveted ATQMRA Rookie of the Year award. The organization is actively preparing for the Annual Motorsports Show and yearbook ads are currently due.

After an amazing season where Janisch set a new modern standard for performance in the ATQMRA points paying races Janisch parked his 48 Yuhas car in Victory lane six times out of the ten points races in 2016.

Mark Yoder earned the coveted ATQMRA Rookie of the Year honors by racing consistently all season long and finishing fifth in the final overall tally.

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Bailey Parked It in Victory Lane at Stafford Hoosier Tire Mid Atlantic ATQMRA

Stafford Springs Ct.: Joey Bailey from Monroe Township NJ put his name in the history books by winning the first TQ Midget race run at the historic Stafford Motor Speedway. Bailey swept the day by winning his heat race and parking the Zuzzolo, Arts Radiator, Joie of Seating, Phenomenon Designs 02 TQ in Victory lane in the 30 lap feature using an ATQMRA legal engine package against the open indoor engines. The other heat race was won by Geoffrey Sutton of East Stroudsburg, Pa. 2016 series Champion Matt Janisch finished second with Ryan Tidman rounding out the podium finishers in the feature. Local Superstar Ted Christopher from Plainville CT had a strong run going when he was crashed from the lead on lap nine. The ATQMRA Fall Rules Meeting for the election of officers will take place on Sunday, October 16th from 9 to noon in Fort Washington, Pa.

The front row of pole Sitter Ryan Tidman and Joey Bailey took the green with Bailey taking the lead on the initial lap with Matt Janisch close in tow. Bailey would lead until lap seven when he was involved in a tangle relegating him to the rear of the field. Ted Christopher assumed command of the race and lead lap nine when the battle for the lead with Janisch heated up entering the third turn. As the cars exited the cloud of dust Christopher was turned around and was piled into by several competitors ending his and their days.

The lap ten restart had Ryan Tidman on the pole with Sutton to his right. Sutton was able to power past Tidman on the restart and take the lead entering the first turn. Janisch would follow Sutton past Tidman into second and a classic battle for the lead would ensue. Sutton opened up a slight gap on Janisch but that was only short lived as Janisch started closing in. Janisch threw a crossover move on Sutton in an attempt to take the lead entering the first turn only to have Sutton cross him over exiting the second turn. Sutton would continue to fight off Janisch swapping the lead several times before he would loose the lead on lap 19. In the mean time Bailey was picking his way back into contention.

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Ted Christopher Looking to Add to Stafford Speedway Career Win Total in TQ Midget Race During NAPA Fall Final Weekend

Stafford Springs, CT — When the green flag falls on this weekend’s NAPA Fall Final Weekend, October 8 & 9, the American Three-Quarter Midget Association will take to the Stafford mini-mile for the very first time.  Ted Christopher will be among the drivers taking part in the TQ Midget feature and he will be looking to add yet another division and feature victory to his stellar Stafford Speedway resume.

Christopher is the track’s all-time winningest driver with 125 career feature wins spread across 6 different divisions.  Christopher has 103 career wins in the SK Modified® division, 12 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour wins, 6 ProStock wins, 2 Valenti Modified Racing Series wins, 1 K&N Pro Series East win, and 1 Pro All-Star Series win.  Christopher has shown a knack for winning inaugural events at Stafford, winning the very first VMRS feature back in 2010 and he won the one and only PASS race to be held at Stafford.  Christopher has had some experience racing on the Stafford mini-mile, participating in Stafford’s Champions for Charities races with Wild Thing Kart Senior Outlaw karts.  Although there is a vast difference between the karts and TQ Midgets, Christopher hopes he can use his experience as an advantage.

“You know the track and you watch the karts and legend cars and the way they race, so that might help a little,” said Christopher.  “We’ll see what happens come Saturday.”

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ATQMRA Hitting Stafford on October 8 Fall Final Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic

October 3,2016: The American Three Quarter Midget Racing Association will be part of Stafford Speedway’s Fall Final on the track’s inner flat oval. The event was originally scheduled for Saturday the first of October but the rains in the area forced the speedway staff to postpone racing activities to the following weekend. The schedule of events will be the same as it was originally scheduled just happening a week late. The ATQMRA is proud to be part of such a premier Northeast racing event. A reminder to teams requiring tires for the rescheduled event need to pre-order them to ensure their availability.

The rain postponed the on-track activities but the excitement continues to build toward the organization’s first appearance at Stafford. The TQ Midget teams will be racing on Stafford’s flat inner oval that is similar in configuration to Wall Stadium’s inner fifth-mile oval. The configuration of the track will surely lend itself to exciting racing for the Lightweight open wheel cars that regularly see three four and five-wide racing on Wall’s flat track.

The wingless indoor style rules package similar to the Indoor rules used for the Sammons indoor series opens the door for many of the teams that have “Indoor Only” cars and engines to compete in this and the Season ending turkey Derby at Wall. The invaders will have their hands full with the racers of the ATQRMA who have honed their craft on the short tracks in recent years.

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Janisch Takes Sixth win of 2016 at Mahoning Valley

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Lehighton, Pa, September 10, 2016. — Matt Janisch of Nazareth, Pa won the American Three Quarter Midget Racing Association’s race at Mahoning Valley Speedway when he overtook race-long leader Buddy Sload following a restart with five laps remaining. This is Janisch’ sixth win of the season and second at Mahoning Valley making him the only TQ racer to win on Lehighton’s circular oval. Sload finished second with Jeff Kot rounding out the podium. Heat Races were won by Buddy Sload and Mike Tidaback. Unofficially Janisch’s win wraps up the championship heading into the ATQMRA’s last race of the season at Wall Stadium Next Saturday, September 17th. The ATQMRA has a pair of non-point open competition wingless indoor rules package races at Stafford Springs Speedway and the annual Turkey Derby at Wall.

The front Row of pole sitter Mike Glaser and Buddy Sload took the Green flag from starter Bobby Stull. Glaser won the drag race into turn 1 but Sload was able to carry the momentum around the outside to shoot into the lead exiting the second turn. Sload looked to be on a mission to be the first ATQMRA Racer not named Janisch or Sutton to earn a win in 2016 opening a significant gap on the field.

The first caution of the race would fall when Joey Payne III’s engine expired ending his night. Payne has been seemingly snakebitten all season long. He has put in a significant effort all season long to have his car prepared and at the track only to have most of his days end in frustration. This night at Mahoning was no different. Better days are ahead.
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McKennedy Leads Wings and Wheels Winners at New London-Waterford

WATERFORD – Jon McKennedy held off Richard Savary to win the 100-lap Valenti Modified Racing feature in the main event of Saturday’s Wings & Wheels program at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl.

The Valenti Modified Racing Series was part of seven feature card at the track Saturday. Tyler Chadwick topped the field in the 35-lap SK Modified feature. Cory DiMatteo was the winner of the SK Light Modified feature. John Zych Jr. won the 25-lap NEMA Midget feature. PJ Stergios was the winner in the NEMA Lite feature. Geoffrey Sutton won the 25-lap ATQMRA Three-Quarter Midget feature.

It was the third career Valenti Modified Racing Series victory at the Speedbowl for McKennedy, of Chelmsford, Mass. who also had wins in 2010 and 2012 at the track.
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Wall Next up for Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic ATQMRA June 4

May 15, 2016 — The Scheduled racing activities for Wall Stadium this past Saturday, May 14th were cancelled due to the heavy rains forecast for the area. This gives team’s additional time to prepare for the next ATQMRA show at Wall on Saturday, June 4th. Geoffrey Sutton sits atop the points standings with a slim 4 point margin over 2014 Champion Matt Janisch. Mark Yoder is ahead of Ronnie Mullen in the Rookie of the year standings. A handful of teams plan to make their season debut with the club at its next outing. Next up for the Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic is a trip back to Wall Stadium for another battle on its flat inner oval on June 4th.

Geoffrey Sutton, the 2014 ATQMRA Rookie of the year finds himself in an unfamiliar position in a TQ midget, sitting at the top of the points standings. The 2015 season saw Sutton finish third in the season long standings after winning numerous heat races during the season and leading a bunch of feature race laps. Sutton appeared to be poised to earn his first feature win in 2015 but was forced to wait until the 2016 season opener to earn his first win. Sutton backed up his first career ATQMRA feature race win with a second place finish to Matt Janisch at Mahoning Valley on April 30th. Ironically the 46 car that carried Sutton to his first win is the same car that Janisch used to earn his first career Club victory at Mountain Speedway circa 2008. This particular car also carried Blu Metz to his first win on the banks at Wall Stadium in 1998 and Josh Dalrymple to the 2010 Rookie of the Year title.

2014 ATQMRA Champion Matt Janisch finds himself sitting second in the standings only four markers behind Sutton with Flying Ryan Tidman sitting third twelve back of the leader. Janisch didn’t enter the season with plans to try to contend for another championship but with the strong start he has to the season that may change. He charged to a third place finish at the opener on Wall’s inner oval and won at Mahoning Valley in convincing fashion at a track where he has been a consistent winner.

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Sutton Wins Hoosier Tire Mid Atlantic ATQMRA Wall Opener

Earns First ATQMRA Feature Victory

Wall Stadium, Wall Township, NJ (Saturday, April 23, 2016) — 2014 ATQMRA Rookie of the year Geoffrey Sutton parked the Metz Driver Development BGF Engine 461 in Victory lane at the season-opening race at Wall Stadium earning his first career ATQMRA victory. Heat races were won by Pat VanVarick and Flying Ryan Tidman. The Brice’s NAPA Auto Parts Clean Start products were handed out to teams at Wall. The Bob Emmons MNO season long Hard Charger program will be back in place for the 2016 season. Next up for the ATQMRA is a trip Mahoning Valley to blister the circular oval in winged competition on Saturday, April 30th. Rookie Eligible Pat VanVarick was the highest finishing rookie giving him the Rookie Points lead.

The first heat race was won by Pat VanVarick in his Hyper Hugger Micro Sprint. He charged from his fourth starting position to the lead and fended off the Challenges of Geoffrey Sutton on several restarts. The first heat was slowed by a series of flips by 2015 ATQMRA Rookie of the Year Mike Glaser who went for a high side tumble coming out of the fourth turn. Somehow the car was unharmed in the incident and Glaser returned to finish the heat. Matt Roselli was third followed by 2015 Champion Buddy Sload, 2014 Champion Matt Janisch and 1998 club Champ Jon Gambutti rounded out the drivers eligible for the feature redraw.

The second heat was never seriously in doubt as Ryan Tidman started from the pole by the luck of the draw and outpaced Jeff Kot and Joey Bailey. Brett Conklin, Ron Mullen, and Anthony Payne rounded out the qualifiers to be in the Feature redraw.

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Wall Practice Next for Hoosier Tire Mid Atlantic ATQMRA Season Opener April 23 at Wall

The American Three Quarter Midget Racing Association had a successful spring General Membership meeting that was well attended to discuss and gear up for the upcoming season. Wall Stadium that is a staple track for the touring open wheel division announced an expanded test and tune schedule due to the poor weather this weekend. Numerous teams are gearing up to be at the opener at Wall on April 23rd as well as to support the ATQMRA’s schedule of events.

With a large amount of cars registered for competition this season wall Stadium speedway officials have decided to offer two days of preseason practice on Saturday and Sunday, April 16 and 17. On both days the pit area will open at 9:00 a.m. with practice running from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. On Saturday the first hour of practice will be reserved for 2016 rookie drivers.

All teams are encouraged to arrive early to have the Track safety inspection completed to maximize track time.

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TQ Midgets Added to NAPA Auto Parts Fall Final Weekend at Stafford Motor Speedway

Stafford Springs, CT — The American Three Quarter Midget Racing Association (ATQMRA) will make their inaugural appearance at Stafford Speedway during the 2016 NAPA Auto Parts Fall Final on the weekend of October 1-2, in a $1,000 to win 30-lap feature on the Stafford mini-mile.  Cars will utilize Len Sammons Production Indoor Race rules, including racing without wings and motor rules.

“We’re excited to bring a new kind of racing to Stafford to close out our 2016 race season,” explained Stafford GM/COO Mark Arute.  “The TQ midgets have been putting on great shows the last few years in the indoor racing series and since our mini-mile is right around the same size as most of the indoor venues, we thought it would be a great addition to our NAPA Fall Final weekend.  The mini-mile will be seeing some great action throughout 2016 with the US Legend Cars, the Wild Thing Kart Jr Outlaws and Sr. Champs and now the TQ midgets.”

Recent excitement surrounding Indoor TQ midget racing has attracted some of the best in northeast racing including Ted Christopher, Ryan Preece, Justin Bonsignore, Patrick Emerling, and Jimmy Blewett.  Stafford’s all-time winningest driver Christopher, who has multiple wins on the indoor circuit including 2 at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City has already committed to the Oct 1st event.

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Big Numbers Expected for $1,000 to win TQ Turkey Derby

(Sunday November 22, 2015) Wall Stadium Wall Township NJ.

Wall Stadium’s final pre-Turkey Derby practice session saw 16 TQ midgets take to the track in preparation for the $1,000 to win ATQMRA Turkey Derby scheduled for this coming Saturday November 28th. Pit gates open at 6:30 am practice starts at 8:30 with qualifying starting at 11:00am. A record number of TQ midgets are expected for the Annual Season ending Turkey Derby. Racers from all over the northeast will be taking part in the event with drivers coming from as far away as Wisconsin.

The final Turkey Derby test session was well attended by TQ midgets. A handful of drivers made their first laps in Wall’s inner oval. Liquid Lou Cicconi had a fleet of cars on hand including a newly designed TQ midget built by accomplished car builder BJ MacDonald styled after a highly successful Super Modified scaled to the specifications of the TQ midget world. The car will be driven in the Turkey Derby by Supermodified star Dave Shulick. Cicconi will be in the Ted Christopher TQ midget that TC used to win numerous indoor races over the years.

2015 ATQMRA Champion Buddy Sload was back behind the wheel of the familiar Colin Martin Owned Spitfire 16 that Sload used to win the 2015 club Championship. Sload had a virtual stranglehold on winning the races on Wall’s inner oval until he was unseated by championship Challenger Ryan Tidman in the last sanctioned event at Wall. Sload and Tidman who are the only drivers with wins on the Wall Flat track will certainly be favorites to wear the Laurels at the Turkey Derby.

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ATQMRA Membership Meeting Dec 6

A follow-up meeting to the October 21st Elections meeting is scheduled for Sunday, December 6th at 10 am. The meeting will be held at the Best Western Ft Washington, 285 Commerce Drive, Fort Washington. It is located right at the exit from the turnpike. An agenda will be sent out by December 1st. The meeting will give all those with an interest in continuing the growth of the ATQMRA an opportunity to voice their opinions about the direction of the organization.

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The Stars are Lining up for the ATQMRA Turkey Derby at Wall

(November 8, 2015) — The Stars are lining up to help make the 2015 version of the ATQMRA Turkey Derby at Wall Stadium an Allstar event. The $1,000 winner’s share is certainly drawing some attention. Inquiries from several top indoor teams have come in about running their indoor cars with the ATQMRA on the Wall inner oval on Saturday November 28th. Among those interested is Joey Payne in the John Smith/Rich Tolerico owned Laffler number 5. With the major changes that were approved last month’s meeting the organization is in process of scheduling another meeting in the near future to give interested parties an opportunity to give further comment before final implementation of the proposed changes.

Multi time ATQMRA Champion as well as a multi time NEMA Midget Champion and Supermodified Star Joey Payne will be racing the John Smith Rich Tolerico owned Laffler number 5 car at the Turkey Derby as was announced on Facebook this week. The team puts together a trio that has been working together for years that has a long history of success in the racing world in general and the ATQMRA in specific.

What more can anyone say about Joey Payne as a driver. He began his ATQMRA career after a time racing karts with tremendous success. Joey took over the seat of his father’s Twin Eagle Racer’s 67 in 1984 from his hero and mentor Johnny Coy Sr. who retired as a driver at the end of the previous season after winning his last race in a TQ midget at that year’s Turkey Derby. Joey won his first race and Rookie of the year in 84.

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20 Plus Cars on Tap for Mahoning Points Finale

Tidman and Sload to Decide Championship; Glaser and Force Battle for Top Rookie

Lehighton, Pa — The Final Round in the 2015 Championship Chase for the Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic ATQMRA will come down to the final round at Mahoning Valley Speedway in Lehighton on Saturday, October 24that the Speedway’s Octoberfast 2015 event. The Championship will be decided between current point leader Ryan Tidman and second running Buddy Sload. The 2015 Rookie of the Year title will be decided between Mike Glaser and Patrick Force. A strong field of contenders is expected to be on hand Saturday at Mahoning with a total car count expected to exceed 20 cars. The ATQMRA’s fall General Membership Meeting will be held this coming Wednesday in Bethlehem, Pa with the outdoor season closing at Wall Stadium’s Turkey Derby.

Heading into the final round of racing at Mahoning Valley Speedway Ryan Tidman holds a four-point advantage over Buddy Sload. That equates to one finishing position across the entire season. Both drivers are proven winners in with the ATQMRA in 2015. Both racers have won races at Mahoning Valley. It will likely come down to an epic battle between the two championship contenders. Tidman is in the slightly better position with his four-point advantage although in a practical sense it’s a virtual dead heat leading into Mahoning.

Tidman will be racing the tried and true 1B owned by multiple time ATQMRA championship winning car owners Lenny and Donna Boyd. The pairing has earned championships since they teamed up and are looking to add one more trophy to their collection.

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Final ATQMRA Battle October 24th at Mahoning

(October 11, 2015) — The ATQMRA is heading to Mahoning Valley on Saturday, October 24th for the final round of the Hoosier Tire Mid Atlantic Points Series. It is fitting that the season end where it started on April 25th when defending champion Matt Janisch earned the victory. After the feature at Mahoning, a new champion will be crowned and one of four names will be atop the standings. Wednesday October 21, 2015 at 7 pm the ATQMRA is having its annual Fall General Membership meeting for the purpose of the election of officers and to discuss rules proposals for the coming season. Everyone is reminded to start thinking about their yearbook ads for the annual banquet program book. The season finale will be the Annual Turkey Derby at Wall Stadium on the inner oval.

In an effort to help continue the momentum the ATQMRA has created in 2015 to carry over into the 2016 season the ATQMRA is waiving the membership fee for any team who wishes to compete in one of the remaining two races. Any memberships that are purchased between the race at Mahoning Valley and the Turkey Derby at Wall will be good for the 2016 season.

Ryan Tidman and Buddy Sload sit atop the standings separated by four points, which is one position on the track. As a practical matter, the championship battle will be between these two but Geoffrey Sutton and Matt Roselli have a mathematical shot but not much of one from a practical stance.

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Penultimate Challenge Round at Wall goes to Tidman Besting a field of 26 Cars

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(September 19, 2015) Wall Stadium, Belmar, NJ 

Ryan Tidman had to earn the win at Wall Stadium on Saturday giving himself max points at Wall’s Fan Appreciation night over a full field of 26 cars. The win over a hard charging Pat VanVarick gives Tidman a 4 point lead heading into the season points finale at Mahoning Valley Speedway in Lehighton on Saturday October 24th over a third place finishing Buddy Sload. Heat Races were won by Geoffrey Sutton, Pat VanVarick and Nick Ladyga. Brice’s NAPA Auto Parts presented NAPA hats to each of the Quarter Midget racers on hand and the organization received support from Behrent’s Performance Warehouse.

The feature race saw a front row of Shawn McCauhey and 2013 ATQMRA Rookie of the year Joey Bailey take the green with the two tangling in the first turn with Bailey getting the worse of the exchange ending his race. At the other end of the first lap several cars tangled exiting the fourth turn with Matt Janisch ending up with the wheels knocked off of the Cicconi 75 mount he was racing. Modified racer Steve Whitt was also involved in the altercation but was able to make repairs and return to action.

The second attempt at the initial start saw a pair of 17 cars at the point with McCauhey and Pat VanVarick race into the corner with VanVarick gaining the edge with McCauhey close in tow. Jeff Kot charged into third with Tidman riding fourth. Kot in a what turned out to be the fastest race car at the track set a new wall flat track record during the feature turning a lap of 13.365 seconds. Kot used the speed to charge into second and started applying pressure to VanVarick. Tidman moved into second and was able to overtake VanVarick on lap 9. It was then VanVarick’s turn to apply the pressure.

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Penultimate ATQMRA show for Wall’s Fan Appreciation Night

(September 13, 2015) — The Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic American Three Quarter Midget Racing Association’s 2015 season is winding to a close with only two points paying shows on the schedule. The Penultimate show will be at Wall Stadium in Belmar, NJ on this coming Saturday September 19th for the track’s popular fan appreciation night. The Points finale will be at Mahoning Valley Speedway in Lehighton on Saturday October 24th. Buddy Sload currently tops the point’s standings with his nearest rival Ryan Tidman looking to make his move in the final two races second with Matt Roselli and Geoffrey Sutton third and fourth. Oswego Classic winner Joey Bailey sits fifth with the Rookie of the year contenders Mike Glaser and Pat Force next in line.
The ATQMRA cars and stars will be part of the Wall Stadium Fan Appreciation Night where the cars will be on display on the race track and fans are encouraged to come onto the track and interact with drivers and get an up close and personal look at the cars and talk to the drivers and teams who thrill them each week. Wall Stadium’s 2014 Most Popular driver the Rocket Ron Mullen will once again be in TQ midget action in the Metz Racing 39in addition to racing in several of the fendered divisions at Wall. Drivers and teams will have autograph cards and hands outs for fans and give autographs and take pictures with them to help make them feel like part of the action.
This coming Saturday when the lightening fast TQ midgets invade Wall Stadium for another round of short-track racing on Wall’s inner fifth mile flat oval it will mark the penultimate event for the 2015 season. With the points lead and the momentum of winning 3 of the last 4 races including both races on Wall’s inner oval Points leader Buddy Sload looks to be the favorite once again when action begins. Sload finished fourth in the last outing in the Classic at Oswego and bested his nearest competition in Ryan Tidman only after Tidman looked to be the sure winner of the race with only a few turns left before taking the checkered flag his fortunes turned and ended up with a sixth-place finish.

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Joey Bailey Snags Oswego Bud Classic Win Hoosier Tire Mid Atlantic ATQMRA

(September 5, 2015) Oswego, NY — Young Joey Bailey of Helmetta, NJ inherited the lead in the ATQMRA Bud Classic at Oswego Speedway on the white flag lap and held off a hard charging Jon Gambutti to cement the Victory. Bailey followed a heated battle between Matt Janisch and Ryan Tidman before both were sidelined after the white flag was shown. Heat races were won by Janisch and Tidman. Gambutti finished second with Geoffrey Sutton on the podium in third. $175 was paid to each car that competed at Oswego with Bailey pocketing $350 for the win. Next up for the ATQMRA is a trip to Wall Stadium for wingless racing on the facility’s inner oval on Saturday, September 19th with the season points finale at Mahoning Valley Speedway in Lehighton onSaturday October 24th.
Following their dominant victories in the heat races the ATQMRA Bud Classic shaped up to be a showdown between Reigning ATQMRA Champion Matt Janisch in his own 48 TQ midget and the multiple Championship winning Flying Ryan Tidman in the Boyd Racing 1B. The pair of racing Engineers did not disappoint. Pole Sitter Mark Yoder and Joey Bailey led the field into the first turn with Bailey leading the initial circuit only to relinquish the lead to Matt Janisch who charged from his sixth starting position to take the lead on lap four. Bailey maintained second until lap seven when Tidman took over the runner-up position.
Tidman worked to put himself into a position to overtake Janisch until a lap 12 caution flew for a tangle between Mike Glaser of Jackson, NJ and The Flying Chiropractor Greg Richardson from Nearby Rochester, NY. Both would have their Classic races cut short by the incident.

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Hoosier Tire ATQMRA To Rock and Roll Borgers August 8th

The Hoosier Tire ATQRMA has added four additional dates at Borger’s Speedway that will carry through to the end of the season. The races at Borger’s will be wingless and combine the TQs with the 600 micro sprints. It makes for a short track schedule unlike none the ATQMRA has presented since the late 80s when the wings went onto the cars and the Closing of Pinebrook Speedway. Teams have embraced the short track style of racing and a renaissance in TQ midget racing is about to begin with the combination of short track racing at Borger’s and the flat track at Wall. A $1,000 to win 100 lap non points race will be held at Borger’s on Saturday October 10th.

Next up for the ATQMRA will be Borger’s Speedway on Saturday August 8th. The ATQMRA will combine with Borger’s Speedway’s regular divisions as the headliner. This past Saturday’s Borger’s Speedway TQ/600 division racing action was swept by 2014 Borger’s Champion Larry Hoagland. Hoagland finished second in the ATQMRA opener at Borger’s on July 11th behind ATQMRA defending Champion Matt Janisch.

The August 8th show starts a busy month of August with a triple header of short track racing. The following Saturday August 15th the ATQMRA is back at Borger’s and the following Saturday the 22nd the ATQRMA is back on the flat track at Wall Stadium. September 12th and October 3rd see the ATQMRA at Borger’s for touring series point’s races.

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Sload Win Ushers in a New Era for the ATQMRA

Buddy Sload ushered in a new era of racing for the ATQMRA in winning the first ATQMRA sanctioned race on Wall Stadium’s fifth mile flat inner oval. The ATQMRA put on an exciting show on the flat track that lent itself to tight competitive racing throughout the field and kept the back of the pack in sight of the leaders after 25 green flag laps. Heat races were won by Matt Roselli and Buddy Sload in the Colin Martin Spitfire 16. Don Zrinski ran the fastest lap in the heat races while Roselli ran the fastest lap in the feature. Next up for the ATQMRA is the first of four additional short track dates at Borger’s Speedway on August 8th.

The addition of the Borger’s dates and the remainder of the Club’s races on Wall’s inner oval and the single show at Bethel Speedway gives the ATQMRA a tie back to its small track roots that was lost with the closing of venue’s like Freeport LI Speedway, Islip LI, the paved track at New Egypt and Dorney Park as well as the fabled Pinebrook Speedway. The racing on the smaller ovals lends itself to tighter competition and allows the TQ’s to be a true next step for younger racers moving on from quarter midget and Kart racing.

The feature race saw a front row of Metz Racing Teammates Geoffrey Sutton and “the Rocket” Ron Mullen take the green flag with Sutton winning the drag race into the first turn. A caution negated the initial start when Mike Glaser and BJ MacDonald tangled coming out of the second turn ending both of their nights early.
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ATQMRA Topless at Borgers on July 11

The American Three Quarter Midget Racing Association will invade Borgers Speedway on Saturday July 11th for some wingless action. A modified set of rules will be used to lend parity to competition between the TQ’s and 600 Micro sprints for Borgers Speedway races. The ATQMRA will be allowing a drop race for the Borgers races as a result of the shortness of notice with their addition to the schedule. 2014 ATQMRA Champion Matt Janisch will be in contention at Borger’s.

In order to keep competition between the TQs and 600s on an even keel on the tight confines of Borger’s Speedway a few alterations from the current rules package will be allowed for the Borger’s races only. The Micro Sprints will follow the rules package adopted for the 600s to race in ATQMRA competition with the 600s being allowed to race at the full 60″ width measurement and the TQs allowed to move out to a 56″ width. The 600s will be required to follow the US6A rules package with the exception of the rev limiter regulation. Open rev limiters will be allowed.

After Borgers speedway was paved for the beginning of the 2012 season following a successful run as a dirt track the speedway met with limited car counts with fits and starts at success but nothing sustainable. Several attempts to generate interest in small car pavement racing only met with limited success during the track’s first three years of pavement racing. At the end of the 2014 season the passing of Borger’s Speedways Patriarch Glenn Borger created a very uncertain future for the speedway. The Borger family was left with a bad taste in their collective mouths after attempting to lease the speedway and decided it was time to sell the property that was home to Borger’s Speedway. Anyone who wanted to run the facility as a race track would have to first purchase the property.

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Tidman Tops Hoosier Tire ATQMRA at Bethel

Bethel, NY 6/20/2015 Flyin’ Ryan Tidman Tops the competition at Bethel Speedway for back to back wins notching wins on the longest and the shortest tracks on the schedule in consecutive weeks. The TQs were able to get the races in battling threatening rain all day. Mark Pritchard and Bill Force Sr. won the Vintage TQ portion of the races. The ATQMRA had the Metz Racing 46 on display at the Teterboro NJ Wings and Wheels Show. Next up for the ATQMRA is the first ever race on the Wall Stadium Inner oval on July 18th.

Under the threat of rain all day the Thunder and Lightening Division TQ midgets didn’t disappoint. A front row of Geoffrey Sutton and Buddy Sload brought the field to the green flag with Sload working his way into the lead from the outside pole starting position. Sload was followed into the lead by Tidman who went to work annexing the top position from Sload. Tidman was able to get grip on the bottom pulling along side Sload making a 2 wide battle for the lead. The pair raced side by side until lap 6 when Tidman was able to close the deal and take the lead. The story doesn’t end here.

Sixth starting Joey Bailey worked his way into second on lap 10 and set his sights on Tidman who was clearly the class of the field this day. Always the gamer Bailey was able to use a late race caution to give him a chance to get to the front. Bailey’s attempt to get the lead left the door open for Sutton to take second position on lap 22. The pair of recent ATQMRA Rookies of the year swapped slide jobs and cross over moves down to the last lap with Bailey crossing the line second and Sutton third.

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Tidman Wings his way to Oswego Glory

6/13/2015 Oswego NY: Ryan Tidman cruised to victory over teammate Joey Bailey and Jon Gambutti. Heat races were won by Tidman and Gambutti. Next up for the ATQMRA is its second consecutive race in New York State at Bethel Speedway. Force moved to the top of the Rookie standings with his eight place finish.

Ryan Tidman swept the days racing at Oswego Speedway by winning his heat race and following that up with a feature victory. It is Tidman’s first win of the young season but is his second consecutive win at Oswego after winning the TQ Classic last September at the Steel Palace.

A front row of Geoffrey Sutton and Matt Roselli brought the field to the green with Roselli taking the early lead with Tidman following into second. While Roselli looked strong early Tidman was able to take the top spot by lap five after Roselli spun in the fourth turn. It looked as if Tidman would be able to cruise to victory in the 25 lap event but a late race caution tightened up the field and gave Current Point leader and Teammate in the Boyd Racing camp Joey Bailey a shot at Victory. On the restart Bailey tried to muscle his way past Tidman but had to settle for second followed across the line by Hotrod Jon Gambutti in the Alan Mollot 51 Lindblad Badger.

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ATQMRA Winging it at Oswego

The ATQMRA will be invading the inner oval at Oswego Speedway this coming Saturday June 13thlead by Point leader Joey Bailey. The TQ midgets will be running a full program of heat races and a 25 lap feature. Also on the card is the headlining ISMA Supermodifieds that will run a full program headlined by their fifty lap feature under the lights. The day will begin with a “Racing for Ronald McDonald House Charities of CNY” walk at 9:30. The TQs can pit into the speedway at 1:30 Warm ups at 3:00 with racing to begin at 6:30. Haulers under 10 ½ feet tall will be permitted to stay in the infield.

Last year’s ATQMRA Classic was won by current Point runner up Ryan Tidman who is winless two races into the season. Always a contender Tidman will be on the march to the front. Bailey is fresh from his first victory of the season at Wall Stadium where he captured his second career TQ main a few weeks ago and is looking to carry the momentum of that win into the Steel Palace.

Based on the expected entries for this Saturday’s race only two past race winners will be on hand. One being Tidman and the other Alison Cumens who is a TQ Classic winning driver. It could open the door for a first time Oswego Speedway winner.
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