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Holland Speedway George Decker Memorial Rained Out

HOLLAND, NY… (August 5, 2017) Management of Holland International Speedway was forced to pull the plug on the George Decker Memorial event scheduled for Saturday, August 5th due to wet grounds and wet weather.

The 18th running of the George Decker Memorial has been rescheduled for Saturday, September 2nd. That date will also include the inaugural running of the Butch Palmer Memorial 32 for the Hornets.

Holland’s historic 58th season continues on Saturday, August 12th on Coca Cola Family Night and ECMC Appreciation Night. A full NASCAR Whelen All-American Series program (Pro Modifieds, Chargers, NYPA TQ Midgets, Hornets, Legends, and Bandoleros) will be presented. The NYPA TQ Midgets will be the headliners as they will be running in the Jerry Gradl Sr Memorial Mini Indy 50.  Qualifying will start at 6:00 pm with NASCAR feature racing starting promptly at 7:05 pm.

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Crash-A-Rama One Week Away

HOLLAND, NY… (June 10, 2017) The return of the all the carnage, the wreckage and all the mayhem is taking over the quiet, rolling hills of Holland, NY next weekend as Crash-A-Rama is set to take over Holland International Speedway on Saturday, June 17th at 6:30 pm.

Coming to Holland for the first time ever is Double Decker racing. That will happen with two cars on top of each other! Other exciting events including the popular School Bus Figure 8 Race, Boat-Trailer Race, the Demolition Derby and the $5000 to win Enduro, based on 100 cars. The midway will be filled with excitement as well as we will be having Dunk the Dentist with WNY Dental, benefiting the Boys and Girls Club of Holland.

The first 2,000 fans through the gates will receive a FREE American Flag that was made right here in the U.S.A. The flags will be used as part of the Patriotic Opening to the “Wildest Show on Wheels” program that will get underway at 6:30 p.m. sharp! Tickets for the June 17th and September 9th Crash-A-Rama shows are on sale through the Holland Speedway online store, which can be accessed through the Holland Speedway Facebook Shop Now button, or by visiting www.HollandSpeedway.myshopify.com Discounted tickets are available at all Advance Auto Parts locations throughout Western New York.
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Kirk Totten Scores Pro Mod Win On Opening Night at Holland Speedway; Bob Palmer Wins Emotional Hornet Feature

HOLLAND, NY… (May 20, 2017) — Kirk Totten from Barker, NY led all 30 laps to pick up the win in the first feature of the season for the Getzoni Nationwide Insurance Agency NASCAR Pro Modifieds as McKinley Mall presented the 58th season opener at the historic highbanks of Holland International Speedway Saturday night. Tim Welshans from West Falls, NY won the main event for the Bank of Holland Chargers. Bob Palmer from Buffalo, NY won the feature event for the Advance Auto Parts Hornets. Dave Wollaber fromLockport, NY won the feature event for the NYPA TQ Midgets. Bryce Norton from Walworth, NY won the INEX Legends feature event. Darren Lehnardt from West Seneca won the inaugural event for the Talking Phone Book Super Sixes. Marty Hughes from Holland won the M&M U Pull-It Figure 8 car main.

Kirk Totten and Tommy Catalano led the field of Pro Modifieds to the green flag for their 30 lap season lid-lifter with Totten jumping into the early lead, just as his teammate Dean Kroll hit the back stretch wall off the initial green flag. Totten would jump ahead of Catalano when they received the green flag with Patrick Emerling and George Skora giving chase early. Emerling would get around Catalano for second on lap four and would set his sights on Totten. Totten would answer all challenges from Emerling to pick up the win. Catalano, Skora and Eldon King III completed the top five.

Josh Hathaway and Tim Welshans brought the Bank of Holland Chargers to the green flag for their main event with Welshans showing the way. With Welshans up front, he held off multiple challenges from Hathaway as well as his brother Nik Welshans for most of the main event. Tim Welshans would drive away from the field to pick up the win. Nik Welshans finished in second followed by Hathaway, Dave Vona and Zach Myers.

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Holland Cancels May 13 Practice, Focusing On May 20th Opening Day

Holland Cancels Pre-Season Practice; Focus’s on May 20th Opener

HOLLAND, NY… (May 9, 2017) With the heavy rains that showered the Western New York region throughout the end of April and the beginning of May, Holland International Speedway management has decided to cancel the Pre-Season practice session that was scheduled for Saturday, May 13.

Saturday, May 20th will mark the historic NASCAR sanctioned facility’s 58th consecutive season of racing under the same management, the Bennett Family. Opening Day 2017 presented by McKinley Mall will feature a full racing program featuring the Getzoni Nationwide Insurance Agency NASCAR Pro Modifieds, Bank of Holland Chargers, Advance Auto Parts Hornets, NYPA TQ Midgets, M&M U Pull-It Figure 8’s, INEX Legends, Rookie 4’s and the speedway’s newest division, the Talking Phone Book Super Sixes.  On Opening Day, gates will open at 4:15 pm in the pits, 5:45 for the grandstands with qualifying heats starting at 6:00 pm sharp with NASCAR feature racing getting underway at7:05 pm. 

Holland drivers are encouraged to contact the speedway office regarding purchasing tires for the Pro Modifieds and Chargers, NASCAR Whelen All-American Series decal kits for all divisions plus the hot off the press printed pocket schedules plus NASCAR licenses and more. The 2017 schedule of events is available for download on the speedway’s website, hollandspeedway.com as well as on Holland’s social media pages.

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Holland Speedway Releases 58th Season Schedule

HOLLAND, NY (March 23, 2017) — For 58 years, racers, crew members, officials, and fans have seen and heard the “Thunder in the Hills” that comes from the historic highbanks of the Holland International Speedway and in 2017, that familiar sound will be back with a vengeance when the roar of the engines returns at Western New York’s only NASCAR sanctioned facility.

Two car shows will kick off the season as per tradition with the first show taking place at Eastern Hills Mall in Williamsville the week of April 21st-April 27th during mall hours. The annual show at McKinley Mall in Hamburg will run from April 28-May 5 with bonus points being awarded for all participating cars. The test, tune and time session will take place on Saturday, May 13th from 12pm-4pm. Heats will be conducted to set the starting lineup for Opening Day! The season will start on Saturday May 20th as McKinley Mall presents a full card featuring the Getzoni Nationwide Insurance Agency NASCAR Pro Modifieds, Bank of Holland Chargers, Advance Auto Parts Hornets, NYPA TQ Midgets, M&M U Pull-It Figure 8’s, the INEX Legends, Rookie 4’s and the inaugural race for Holland’s newest division, the Talking Phone Book Super Sixes. Saturday, May 27th, Eastern Hills Mall presents Military Family Appreciation Night featuring a HUGE Fireworks Display. It will also be the first Hometown Heroes night of the season for residents of Arcade, Delevan, East Concord, Holland, Sardinia and Springville.

The month of June will come in on June 3rd with the annual Bank of Holland Gold Rush and the first extra distance race of the season for the Chargers with a 50 lap go. It is also Hometown Heroes Night for residents of Angola, Gowanda, Hamburg, Irving and Lackawanna. June 17th will be the first Crash-A-Rama of the season as “the Wildest Show on Wheels” is back with all the bone-crushing, motorized mayhem that sees fans alike pack the grandstands. A rain date of June 18th will be used if necessary for Crash-A-Rama. Kwik-Fill Night will wrap up the month of June.

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$1,000 K&N Engineering Giveaway Set for September 2nd

HOLLAND, NY (March 17, 2017) — K&N Engineering and has long set the standard for air filters and performance automotive parts. This year, the Holland Speedway is bringing K&N closer to both drivers and fans alike. As the Official Air Filter of NASCAR, $1,000 total in K&N gift certificates will be given away on Saturday, September 2nd as part of Season Championship night.

The Getzoni Nationwide Insurance Agency Pro Modified 75 feature winner will receive a $400 gift card, while the Bank of Holland Pro Charger 50 feature winner will receive a $200 gift card. Rest assured, the track’s diehard fans won’t miss out on the action either. Two lucky fans will win $100 gift cards, and four will win $50 gift cards.

But there’s a catch! Fans are encouraged to purchase the track’s $2 souvenir program that evening, because the two $100 gift cards will be given out via specially marked programs, with a lucky star printed on the Driver Autograph pages. The last four winners will be selected from the grandstand by holding their mobile phones up in the air to show our MC that they’ve Liked and Shared the official Holland International Speedway Facebook page. The first four to hold up their phones when prompted by the Public Address system, will win!

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Holland Speedway Hosts Registration Party

2017 Schedule of Events Released

HOLLAND, NY… (March 5, 2017)  The 58th season of racing at the historic Holland International Speedway officially kicked off with the annual Registration Party at the Holland Willows. A great turnout was on hand as drivers, crew members, and officials were all together to kick off the 2017 campaign.

During the Registration Party, Holland management gave away over $2,000 worth of giveaways and promotions to the drivers. Pro Charger driver Jim Mallaber won a three (3) hour track rental. Charger campaigner Nik Welshans won a free VIP Suite rental for Opening Night. Hornet rookie campaigner Josh Schosek won a Pit Pad Rental. Hornet driver Bob Palmer received 100 free tickets for his sponsors and family for Opening Night. Returning Hornet driver Joe Mastrocicco received a trophy presentation for his sponsors for three nights throughout the season.

A major headline heading into this season was the announcement of the return of the Getzoni Nationwide Insurance Agency Pro Modifieds to weekly competition and be the track’s headlining division. It was announced earlier this off-season that Graff Trucking will be adding an additional $150 to the winner and $100 to the second place finishers on all regularSaturday night feature events. In addition to the increased purse, that is now $1,150 to win for the open-wheeled division, Graff Trucking will be giving away one (1) Pro Modified tire to a lucky driver on each regular Saturday night event. Drivers Dean Kroll and George Skora III were among the Pro Modified drivers to sign up for the season. An official announcement regarding what brand of tire will be run weekly at Holland will be announced in the coming days.

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Graff Trucking Supercharges Holland’s Pro Modified Purse

HOLLAND, NY… (February 2, 2017)  As the Getzoni Nationwide Insurance Agency Pro Modifieds prepare for their return to the Holland International Speedway as the track’s premier division, drivers can look forward to an added purse payout this season. Graff Trucking will be paying an extra $150 to the 1st place and $100 to the second place finishers, on all regular Saturday night races there this year. In addition, Graff Trucking will be giving away 1 Pro Modified racing tire to a lucky driver on those same event nights.

Several updates have been made to the 2017 Schedule of Events, as great sponsorships and special event night promotions have been added. Fans and drivers alike will find fantastic ways in which they can become more involved than ever, as the speedway races into its 58th Annual Opening Night on Saturday, May 20th. The schedule can be found immediately on both the track’s website and official Facebook page.

Tag us! Find us on Facebook (Holland International Speedway), Twitter @HollandSpdwy), and Instagram (@hollandspeedway) as weekly specials, contests, giveaways and news on upcoming events will be seen on the track’s social media pages for the racetrack and the Holland Paintball and Airsoft Adventure Park. When posting on Social Media, use the #WeAreHollandSpeedway to show your NASCAR Hometrack pride!  Don’t forget to check out all of the pictures from each week’s racing program by logging on to hollandspeedway.smugmug.com.  For more information log on to  www.hollandspeedway.com or www.hollandpaintballadventurepark.com. Continue reading ‘Graff Trucking Supercharges Holland’s Pro Modified Purse’

June Crash-A-Rama Date Event Moved One Week

Night of Destruction and Mayhem Now Saturday, June 17

HOLLAND, NY… (January 17, 2017) Country music is a passion of race fans, track employees, and drivers at Holland International Speedway, and in effort to not run against the popular WYRK Taste of Country concert, speedway management has moved its first Crash-A-Rama of the 2017 season to Saturday, June 17th.

Fans will get to watch the $1,000 to win Compact Enduro race, Full-Size School Bus Figure 8 racing, the popular Boat-Trailer race, Demolition Derby and many more surprises in round one the Crash-A-Rama mayhem planned for this upcoming season.

Tickets for both the June 17th and September 9th Crash-A-Rama shows are on sale now through the Holland Speedway online store, which can be accessed through its Facebook Shop Now button, or by visiting www.HollandSpeedway.myshopify.com.

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58th Holland International Speedway Schedule Released

HOLLAND, NY… (December 21, 2016) We are Holland Speedway. Following the Holland Speedway’s release in October that announced the return of the Getzoni Nationwide Insurance Pro Modifieds as the track’s top NASCAR division, management continued to look back on the 58-year history of one of WNY’s racing icons. #WeAreHollandSpeedway became the resounding common denominator throughout the entire discussion. All the hard work year in and year out, the fire and passion of the track’s drivers, the enthusiasm and undying excitement from fans, and the support of incredible local sponsors, are the makeup of what makes the track tick.

With a focus on sending the #WeAreHollandSpeedway hashtag viral, the 2017 season and 58th year of racing began to take form over the past two months. At a time when families are sharing Holiday cheer with one another, and because of the Holland Speedway’s close-knit racing family that extends far past it’s race night events, the Holiday Season is the perfect time to release the upcoming schedule.

The season will kick off with practice and Heat Racing that will determine the Opening Day starting lineup on Saturday, May 13th with the 58th season opener set for Saturday, May 20th. Two CRASH-A-RAMA events will again rock the speedway on June 10th, and September 9th to close out the season. New this year will be the Summer Sizzler, a 200 lap Enduro race on Saturday, July 29th that will be made up 100 laps for 4cylinders, and 100 laps for 6-cylinders. The excitement behind Enduros has grown in recent years, and in a continued effort to give all types of racing fans what they crave, the Speedway created an event to entertain exactly that.
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Pro Modifieds Return as Holland’s Top Division

HOLLAND, New York (October 5, 2016) – After a concluding a wrap-up meeting of 2016, Holland Speedway management is announcing the return of the Pro Modifieds as the top NASCAR division at its storied track. With great support throughout this past season on special modified event nights, the decision was made to bring back the modified cars back for 2017. The Division I Pro Modifieds will be competing for a Season Ending Points Fund of $10,000, in addition to their weekly purses. 

Opening Night of the 2017 season at the Holland Speedway will be Saturday, May 13th, with Crash A Rama events on June 10th and September 9th, the Race of Champions Modified Tour 100 on July 22nd, and the classic George Decker Memorial on July 29th. Season Championships and the perennial Bud 100 are set for September 2nd

While the final details on the upcoming season’s schedule and dates continue to be sorted out, the excitement for the return of the Pro Modified division is clear. The post season recap also gives management a great opportunity to thank fans and drivers alike for a tremendous racing season in 2016: “This year was full of great racing action, exciting new sponsorships, and local corporate partnership, and true fan passion”, stated track General Manager Tim Bennett. “Congratulations to all our Track Champions this season, we’re looking forward to honoring all of you at our November 11th Banquet, and we truly cannot wait to have you back for our 58th year in the Spring”.

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Gary Ovitt, Jason Eck, Brandon Lehsten, Headline Winners List at Holland’s Crash-a-Rama

Gary Ovitt Wins $5000 Enduro Race; Jason Eck Wins School Bus Figure 8 Race

HOLLAND, New York (September 10, 2016) – The thrills, the spills, the crashes, the spectacle that is Crash-A-Rama returned  to the historic highbanks of Holland International Speedway on Saturday night as the 2016 racing season came to a close with a bang! Gary Ovitt was the winner of the Enduro. “The Eckness Monster” Jason Eck was victorious in the School Bus Figure 8 race. Eck would win his second event of the night by winning the Boat-Trailer race. Brandon Lehsten won the Flag Pole Race. “The Gold Rush Team” won the Reverse Chain Race.

As part of the “wildest show on wheels”, The Cannon Lady and Radical Rob the Human Bomb started the show off with a bang! “The Boom Couple” put on a great show for the capacity crowd that was in attendance.  A special pre-race ceremony was conducted as the weekend of Crash-A-Rama sits on the 15th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks, the first 2000 fans that walked through the gates received a mini US Flag, which was made in America, which were waved high in the Holland sky.

113 Enduro cars took center stage for the 100 lap event that paid $5000 to win and was started five wide with Don Glover leading the event over Darren Lenhardt and Jeff Szafraniec. Gary Ovitt took the lead early on and started to pull away with Lenhardt and Ben Russo racing inside the top three. Lenhardt slowed on the back straightaway with five laps remaining with a flat right front tire. Ovitt went on to collect the win and the $5000 payday.

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Crash-A-Rama Set for Saturday at Holland International Speedway

Enduro Races, School Bus Figure 8 Race, Boat-Trailer Race, Chain Race and more are all on the Card

HOLLAND, New York (September 8, 2016) – The thrills, the spills, the crashes, the spectacle that is Crash-A-Rama will return to the historic high banks of Holland International Speedway on Saturday September 10th as the 2016 racing season will come to a close with a bang!

As part of the “wildest show on wheels”, The Cannon Lady and Radical Rob the Human Bomb will start the show off with a bang! “The Boom Couple” as they are called, are so exciting to watch and the fans will be going nuts when they are performing” says Steven Petty, Director of Public and Media Relations for Holland.

The School Bus Figure 8 race, as well as the Boat-Trailer Race, is always fan favorites. Coming back for the Holland show is the Reverse Chain Race, where two cars are chained together as they tackle the 3/8th’s oval. Other events include an Enduro, flag-pole race and a demolition derby just to name a few that will keep all the fans on the edges of their seats throughout the show.

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Ben Russo and Jeff Szafraniec Split Hornet Feature Wins at Holland

Tom Northem and Zach Myers Share Charger Triumphs

HOLLAND, New York (August 20, 2016) – Holland International Speedway beat mother nature this past Saturday night as VSP Graphics Group presented First Responders Appreciation Night. Ben Russo from Lancaster, NY picked up the win in the Bank of Holland Hornets feature in their first of two features on the night. For Russo, it was his third win of the season. Jeff Szafraniec from Buffalo, NY won his third feature of the season in the nightcap for the Hornets. Tom Northem from Alden, NY scored the win in the first twin 25 for the Getzoni Nationwide Insurance Agency NASCAR Pro Chargers for his third win of the season. Zach Myers took “the Fastest Grocery Getter in WNY” back to victory lane for the fourth time in 2016 in the second Charger feature. Brandon DeBrakeleer from Mill Village, Pennsylvania picked up his fourth win of the season for the Advance Auto Parts INEX Legends. Dale Lombardo from Dunkirk, NY claimed another win in the Rookie 4’s. Jim Steins from South Wales, NY earned his fifth win of the season in the M&M U Pull-It Figure 8’s.

In the first of the twin 25 features for the Bank of Holland Hornets Adam Killingbeck and Mandie Orr set the pace and it was Orr showing the way. Bob Palmer would take the lead from his sixth starting spot at the end of the first scored lap with Jason Adams taking second away from Orr. Tyler Pastorious hit the turn four wall hard to bring out the races first caution on lap five. On the restart, Adams would take the lead away. Ben Russo would take the lead away from Adams at the halfway point and George Anthony would take second away from Adams just one lap later. Russo pulled away to score the win with Szafraniec in second, George Anthony, and Jason Adams rounding out the top four.

In the nightcap, Adam Killingbeck and Bob Bogner set the front row and it was Bogner jumping into the lead with Bob Palmer running in second place. Adam Killingbeck went three wide in turn three and got loose and Kathie Ricketson got collected as she had nowhere to go to bring out the races first caution with just two laps completed. Both drivers climbed out of their cars under their own power. Off the restart, Bogner would continue to lead the event with Jason Adams taking second away from Palmer with Jeff Szafraniec moving into third. Adams would take the lead on lap five as Szafraniec moved into second. Szafraniec would take over the lead on lap eight as Anton Anderson III would take second away from Adams and would begin to go after the race lead. Anderson would throw everything he had at Szafraniec until he had issues on the final lap. Szafraniec would go on to score the win, his third of the season.
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Mother Nature Gets Holland; Rained Out for Second Time in 2016

HOLLAND, New York (August 13, 2016) – For just the second time in 2016, speedway management of Holland International Speedway was forced to cancel the racing activities scheduled for Saturday, August 13.

All tickets that were dated for August 13 are good for the program set for Saturday, August 20. The August 13th card was supposed to feature the Hornets in a twin 25 lap feature. Any rescheduling of events will be posted on the track’s social media pages as well as the track website.

The race for the 2016 Holland track titles will continue to heat up on Saturday, August 20th as the VSP Graphic Group presents Firefighter Family Night, free admission for firefighters and their families. It is also Library Night at the Races. Children that read two books earn a free pass to the races from the Buffalo & Erie County Public Libraries. A full NASCAR Whelen All-American Series program will be presented as the Chargers will be running twin features. Pit gates will open at 4:15pm with grandstand gates opening at 5:45pm and qualifying racing action starts at 6:00pm. NASCAR feature racing will be underway promptly at 7:05pm.
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Catalano Debuts Tonight

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ — Tommy Catalano of Ontario, NY is making his TQ Midget debut this weekend at Boardwalk Hall. He is driving for the Brainards. Catalano hopes to compete at Trenton next month.

“They’re definitely quick,” Catalano said. “They’re fun. They’re different compared to the Modifieds, for sure.”

Catalano will make his NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour debut this season. He hopes to attempt five races ahead of a potential full season in 2017. His schedule includes Oswego (NY) Speedway, and one race at Stafford (CT) Motor Speedway, and Thompson (CT) Speedway Motorsports Park.

“We’ve been talking about it for a while and having that race up there. That kind of pushed the situation a little bit and kind of I guess set us off that way and so it’s going to get us hooked. Hopefully, we can make the best of it.”

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Zacharias Brothers Lead Empire State

Rocco, Pulliam, Preece Top Whelen All-American Series Points

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — This has been a banner season for asphalt modified drivers, but it’s not just Southern New Englanders enjoying success. A pair of western New York brothers are doing their own part to make this the year of the modifieds.As of the latest NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Division I rankings, four of the top eight in the nation pilot asphalt modifieds, topped by leader Keith Rocco.

NATIONAL TOP 500 STANDINGS  |  STATE/PROVINCE TOP 20 STANDINGS

Candor, New York’s Jimmy Zacharias checks in at No. 7 this week. His younger brother, T.J., ranks 38th. They also sit first and third, respectively, in the NASCAR New York state standings.

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Catalano Celebrates Another Championship

Racer Competes with Family for Special Season

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Being ‘a female in a man’s world’ as she puts it, can be tough enough, but that’s nothing new for Amy Catalano. What’s even tougher than that is competing against your own family.

Catalano, who races against her husband and son each week at Holland Motorsports Complex, was able to walk away with another track championship in 2014 out of the Getzoni Nationwide Insurance Pro Modified division.

2014 NASCAR WHELEN ALL-AMERICAN SERIES TRACK CHAMPIONS

Catalano won her first track title at Holland, as well as the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series New York State championship, in 2011. She has also won a track championship at Spencer Speedway in 2009 and is part of the well-known Catalano racing family in New York led by her brother-in-law Patsy Catalano who has eight track titles at Spencer.

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ROCMT: 2015 Schedule Announced

The 2015 Race of Champions Modified Tour schedule was announced today by the series.

Sunday, April 19th – Lancaster National Speedway
Sunday, May 3rd – Chemung Speedrome
Saturday, May 9th- Oswego Speedway
Sunday, May 24th- Shangri La II Motor Speedway
Friday, June 5th – Spencer Speedway
Thursday, June 25th- Lancaster National Speedway
Saturday, July 11th – Holland Speedway
Friday, July 24th – Spencer Speedway
Saturday, August 8th – Chemung Speedrome
Saturday, August 15th – Lancaster National Speedway
Friday, September 4th – Oswego Speedway
Saturday, September 19th – Oswego Speedway
Sunday, September 27th – Lancaster National Speedway
Sunday, October 4th – Shangri La II Motor Speedway

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NEAR Announces 2014 Hall of Fame Class

Drivers Deke Astle, Jim Martel, Mike Rowe, Fred Schulz, Ron Wyckoff, drag racing icon Bob Tasca, historian R.A. Silvia and car builder/mechanic Dave Tourigny make up the New England Auto Racing Hall of Fame’s class of 2014.

They, along with the still to be announced pioneer class, will be inducted at NEAR’s 16th Hall of Fame banquet  Sunday, Nov. 16th, at The Lodge at Maneeley’s  in South Windsor, CT.

Banquet ticket information will be announced shortly and will be posted on the New England’s Antique Racers’ website (NEAR1.org) in the near future.

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Generations Gather at Holland

New York Oval Hosts 55th Season; 15 Tracks Open In May

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — A mainstay New York NASCAR short track opens its 55th season in May. Holland (N.Y.) Motorsports Complex, a .375-mile paved banked oval, was a founding member of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series in 1982 and is one of 15 series tracks opening in May.

Ron Bennett and two partners built the original third-mile dirt track during the winter of 1959-60. Three generations of the Bennett family are involved with the track today. Generations of drivers, crews and fans get together there on summertime Saturday nights and this year gets underway on May 24.

Bennett raced a dirt late model-type car known as a modern stock in 1958-59. He, along with partners Richard Knox and Gordon Becker, built the original Holland Speedway. Bennett was a 20-year-old pre-law student at the time. In the following years, the track was enlarged to .375-mile in 1964 and paved in 1968.

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Jimmy Zacharias to Drive BRE #3 at Spring Sizzler

One of the most successful cars in NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour history will return for the NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler. Rookie Jimmy Zacharias of Candor, NY will pilot the Boehler Racing Enterprises (BRE) #3 at Stafford Motor Speedway on April 26-27.

” My dad and Michael (Boehler) just started talking and put the deal together,” Zacharias said. “… Hopefully all goes well and we can continue out the season on the tour and run for Rookie of the Year. I’ll also be at Chemung Speedrome on Friday nights defending my NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Modified championship.”

Zacharias will be driving for one of the most storied team’s in local Modified racing. The Boehler family has fielded a race car since 1957. Bugs Stevens became the first driver to win three consecutive national Modified championships in Lenny Boehler’s Ole Blue. Wayne Anderson captured the 1994 crown, while Tony Hirschman, Jr. captured back to back championships in 1995 and 1996. The inaugural Spring Sizzler was won by the late Fred DeSarro in 1972.

“It’s awesome ,” Zacharias said. “I’m so thankful that they allowed me an opportunity. The car and team have been around Modified racing for a very long time. And the car has a great deal of success over the years with some great Modified drivers behind the wheel.”

Zacharias is hopeful that his sponsors will provide financial support to the BRE team. The BRE crew will work on the car, with possibly some of Zacharias’ crew members assisting. 

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Lake Erie Champ Wylie Has Ambitious Plans

Holland Represents Third Track In Three Years

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Second generation driver Scott Wylie plans an ambitious schedule for 2014.

Wylie, 30, of Derby, N.Y., won the 2013 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Modified championship at Lake Erie Speedway in North East, Pa., claiming the Lake Erie title by just four points over Randy Culver. The championship was a huge rebound from 2012 when he totaled his Late Model at Motordrome Speedway in Smithton, Pa.

Owner-driver Frank Graham offered his Modified to Wylie for the rest of the 2012 season at Lake Erie. In his second start, Wylie won the extra distance Jane Graham Memorial Race, an event honoring Graham’s late wife. Their full season effort in 2013 produced the first NASCAR Division I championship for each. Wylie’s NASCAR record for the season was four wins, nine top-5s and nine top-10s in 10 starts. Continue reading ‘Lake Erie Champ Wylie Has Ambitious Plans’

2014 ROC Modified Asphalt Modifid Tour Schedule Released

2014 RACE OF CHAMPIONS ASPHALT MODIFIED TOUR DATES
Date Site Location Lap
Sun. May 4th Chemung Speedrome Chemung, NY 75
Sat. May 10th Lancaster Speedway Buffalo, NY 75
Sun. May 18th Shangri La II Speedway Tioga Center, NY 75
Sat. May 24th Oswego Speedway Oswego, NY 75
Fri. June 6th Spencer Speedway Rochester, NY 75
Sat. July 5th Holland Speedway Holland, NY 100
Sun. July 27th Shangri La II Speedway Tioga Center, NY 75
Fri. Aug. 29th Oswego Speedway Oswego, NY 100
Sat. Sept. 6th Airborne Speedway Plattsburgh, NY 100
Sun. Sept. 14th Oswego Speedway Oswego, NY 200*
Sun. Sept. 21st Lancaster Speedway Buffalo, NY 100
Sun. Sept. 29th Shangri La II Speedway Tioga Center, NY 100

(Two additional dates likely to be added but could not be confirmed for release of this schedule).

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Whelen All-American Changes Announced

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – NASCAR announced several new initiatives for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Thursday at the annual Track Operators Meeting.

The competition changes, which go into effect in 2014, are designed to spotlight the sport’s young stars and reward the achievements of drivers at every level of the series. They were announced at the meeting, which was held in conjunction with the touring and weekly series awards ceremonies in Charlotte, N.C.

Starting next season, a national champion will be crowned in all five divisions of the series. In recent seasons, the Finalist Program honored top competitors in Div. II-V.

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Pulliam Continues Historic Short-Track Run

Joins Elite Company With 2nd Whelen All-American Title

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Lee Pulliam is now an iconic champion in NASCAR Whelen All-American Series history.

He won NASCAR’s national championship of weekly short track auto racing for a second consecutive year in 2013. Pulliam becomes just the third driver in the series’ 32 years to win the national championship more than once and to win consecutive titles.

Pulliam, 25, of Semora, N.C., scored the maximum of 810 points available this season. The NASCAR Whelen All-American Series has had various points systems since it began in 1982, and Pulliam is just the fourth to win the title with a “perfect record.”

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GRIZCO Racing Owner Steve Griswold Passes

3-time NASCAR BNS Champion Owner was 64

Steve Griswold, owner of the GRIZCO Racing team for 18 years (1988-2005), passed away on Sunday. He was 64.

Steve and Peg Griswold fielded the #55 entry on the NASCAR Busch North Series (now called K&N Pro Series East). Brad Leighton drove for the team 1995-2002. Mike Stefanik drove the car from 2003-2005. The team captured 3 championships (1999-2000, 2005) with Brad Leighton and Andy Santerre.

In 2005, GRIZCO moved to North Carolina and created the first multi-car team in series history for Andy Santerre, Mike Stefanik and Brad Leighton. The team’s historic final season saw a 1-2 points finish with teammates Santerre and Stefanik. Santerre captured his historic 4th consecutive series championship.

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ROC Asphalt Modified Tour Readies for 20th Season

Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Tour Readies for 20th Anniversary Season in 2013

BINGHAMTON, NY — The Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Tour will approach a milestone 20th Anniversary season in 2013. The tour will once again see an ambitious schedule taking place with the majority of the dates in place for the upcoming season. The Annual Race of Champions Banquet will take place on Saturday, March 2nd and will honor Matt Hirschman as the Champion for an impressive fifth time. George Kent is the all-time series champion leader with six titles.

The 2013 version of the RoC Asphalt Modified Tour will see at least eleven races with ten confirmed dates locked in at this time. The traditional Chemung Speedrome event has been moved to the spring opener on Sunday, May 5th. The 125 lap event is always one of the most exciting on the series and a great way to get the New York State swing underway. The Shangri-La II Speedway will once again play host to three events on the concrete 5/8th mile oval with the first taking place on Sunday, May 19th. The other two dates have been set for Sunday, July 28th and the tour finale Fall Brawl on Sunday, September 29th.

Oswego Speedway returns to hosting three RoC events again in 2013. The traditional Memorial Day Weekend Richie Evans Memorial will take place on Saturday, May 25th. The mid-summer 63rd running of the Sunoco Race of Champions will take place at the “Steel Palace” on Saturday, July 20th. The RoC Mods will return to the International Classic Weekend on Friday, August 30th in what is always a must see weekend.

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Drivers Shine In NASCAR Finalist Division

24 Win Banquet Invitations; Scott Sundeen Excels At Thompson

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The top NASCAR Whelen All-American Series support division drivers for 2012 have been determined in eight NASCAR Finalist Division point races.

The NASCAR Finalist Division program recognizes drivers who compete in support divisions at NASCAR Whelen All-American Series tracks. With “Division I” being each track’s top class, the NASCAR Finalist Division line-up at each track highlights drivers competing in their second, third, fourth and fifth tier divisions. A NASCAR-licensed driver’s best 14 finishes count toward their final point total for the year. Points are kept separately for dirt and asphalt tracks.

“NASCAR is proud to recognize the men and women who compete at all levels of NASCAR Whelen All-American Series weekly racing,” said George Silbermann, NASCAR vice president, regional and touring series. “NASCAR Finalists represent the top competitors from a wide variety of racing divisions at NASCAR Home Tracks throughout North America and we congratulate them on their accomplishments.”

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NEAR Presents “Class of 2012” At 15th Annual New England Auto Racing Hall of Fame Inductions

East Windsor, CT — On Sunday January 29, The New England Antique Racers (NEAR), presented the 15th annual New England Auto Racers Hall of Fame Inductions. Award-winning sportswriter Matt Buckler served as Master of Ceremonies for the well-attended event held at LaRenaissance Banquet Hall in East Windsor, CT.

Receiving induction honors this year were drivers Reggie Ruggiero, Joey Kourafas, Moe Gherzi, Jerry Humiston, and Roland Lapierre Sr., owner/mechanics Mario Fiore and Jim Jorgensen and track operator Irene Venditti.

Though not present due to prior commitments, longtime Northern media personality Dave Moody was the recipient of the prestigious “Jack Ratta Memorial Media Award.” Veteran auto racing journalist and Hall of Fame Member Pete Zanardi received the Danny Pardi Memorial Award for his many contributions to NEAR over the years.

A pivotal figure during the formative years of the sport and truly one of the regions earliest stars, Moe Gherzi came to stock cars following a brief fling with midget racing during the busy post-war era. Gherzi won for some of the best teams in the early days of the sport while displaying a flashy style which became his trademark. Nicknamed “Moneybags” owed to a knack of winning many big-dollar events, he tasted success at virtually all of the regions tracks. He later served as the longtime Racing Director at Connecticut’s Plainville Stadium. Accepting for her late father from presenter Dave Dykes was Ms. Alma Michaud.

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