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 on: April 29, 2017, 02:33:22 AM 
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Several improvements added for 2017 at Cornwall Motor Speedway!

Cornwall, Ont – Friday, April 28, 2017 – Martin Bélanger – The countdown is continuing towards the start of the 2017 at Cornwall Motor Speedway as we are 8 days away from opening night! As drivers and fans will arrive at the speedway they notice that the Lavergne Family continued to improve the facility to enhance the experience.

Here is the list of improvements that were done at different areas!

More than 400 loads of clay were brought in last fall to improve the racing surface; the inclination of the backstretch was also changed to increase the security aspect when cars are falling of the surface, this change might bring more speed to the races.

To help prepare the track a new water truck was purchased over the winter and some features were added to offer more flexibilities in the watering the clay, this will be beneficial in speeding things up on race night especially during intermission time. A more recent towing was also purchased to facilitate the work of the towing crew.

The pit stands were raised by 1 foot and half to enhance the visibility of fans and race teams as well as cement blocks were added in front of these stands to improve the security.

Some work was done in the women’s washroom as 8 toilets were changed as this was a changed that needed to be addressed.

All three towers now have new speakers in them; this will enhance the experience for all booth occupants as they will hear our announcers and be more aware of what is going on at the race track. A new speaker was also added in the pits to help race team understand instructions coming from the pit tower.

When the survey was done earlier on Facebook, one of the things that were requested by many was the Pizza Logs, well management listened and we will be offering in 2017 replacing regular pizza. The Pizza Logs are really tasteful and once you had some you will want more!

These are all improvements that might fall under the radar for several but part of the Lavergne family long-term plan to keep the Cornwall Speedway part of the Dirt track racing elite, a reputation that was built and maintained by Ron Morin and his family.

For more information on the upcoming season at Cornwall, please visit the website at www.cornwallspeedway.com you can add us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/cornwallspeedway or on twitter at @cornwalspeedway, we will use these two Medias for results and contests over the summer.

 on: April 29, 2017, 02:31:31 AM 
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Todd Root Wins Sportsman Series Opener
With Perfect Night At Fulton

DIRTcar Sportsman Series Central Region Continues April 30 at Utica-Rome

FULTON, NY - April 28, 2017 - Todd Root took the lead from Mike Phelps on lap 15 and paced the remaining 25 laps without difficulty to cap a perfect night at Fulton Speedway's Highbank Holdup 40 on Friday night. The race was the season opener for the DIRTcar Sportsman Series Central Region.
Root earned the fastest time overall in time trials of the 52 cars in attendance before winning his heat race and then the 40-lap main event on a slick, but smooth Fulton track.
"This is what I was looking for," Root said in Victory Lane. "We're going to travel the series this year and I was looking for a really strong run right out of the gate. You don't get much stronger than this."
Mike Phelps and 16-year-old Tyler Trump brought the field to the green flag for the 40-lap Feature. Phelps paced the field early before a caution at lap seven for a spun Martin Pelletier slowed the field. Phelps maintained the point on the restart, but was quickly under pressure from Trump.
The fourth-place starting Root maintained pace with a lead trio that also included Jeremy Dygert before using the restart to challenge Trump for the runner-up spot. Root made the most of the track position and assumed the lead on lap 15 after a calculated start to the race.
"We just had to search for the right line," Root said. "I didn't really know where the line was going to be. Earlier (in the night) it was low and I figured the track would go away pretty good. Once I started finding my marks the car was really good."
Root built a steady advantage over Trump, but never ran away. The advantage he had built was erased with the second and final caution of the Feature when Charlie Tibbitts spun his No.T1 car in turn four.
Trump made his best play on the restart and tried to hunt down Root, but fell roughly five car lengths short of the victory. It wasn't for a lack of effort though, as Trump attempted several different lines over the final 10 laps with hopes of reeling in the leader Root.
"I was just trying to find a different line that was faster with more momentum to get around the track quicker," Trump said of his strategy. "The high side was the place I wanted to be and Todd always runs there."
Dave Marcuccelli raced into the third position after starting ninth. The final caution of the race with 14 laps to go hindered his ability to track down the top two.
"I had a long run car, not a short run car," Maruccelli said. "After that caution, that kind of killed me. We needed another 10 or 15 laps to see if I could get back up there. They were good, so I kind of struggled a little while the right-rear heated up."
Root, Marcuccelli and Phelps were all heat race winners along with Shane Pecore and Billy Clark Jr. Zach Sobotka and Corey Barker claimed the pair of Last Chance Showdowns to qualify for the main event. Provisional starting spots were awarded to Ron Davis III, Alex LaJoie, Jessica Power, Chris Cunningham and Kevin Root based on 2016 series points and attendance.
The DIRTcar Sportsman Series Central region continues at Utica-Rome Speedway in Vernon, NY on Sunday, April 30. The Northern Region kicks off on Saturday, May 6 at Autodrome Drummond in Drummondville, QC with the Racing Stock 50. For more information, visit www.dirtcarump.com.   
DIRTcar Sportsman Series Statistical Report (Central Region)

Highbank Hold-Up 40 at Fulton Speedway - April 28, 2017

Feature - (40 Laps) - 1. 15-Todd Root, [4]; 2. 9x-Tyler Trump, [2]; 3. M1-Dave Marcuccelli, [9]; 4. 22J-Jeremy Dygert, [3]; 5. 0-Shane Pecore, [5]; 6. 99-Billy Clark Jr., [6]; 7. 14-Jeremy Pitcher, [18]; 8. 48-Matt Picotin, [11]; 9. 7c-Glenn Forward, [17]; 10. 20k-Kyle Inman, [15]; 11. 31-Corey Barker, [21]; 12. 34-Kevin Root, [30]; 13. 52-Jessica Power, [28]; 14. 99m-Mike Phelps, [1]; 15. 24k-Nick Krause, [16]; 16. 11-Kyle Fink, [13]; 17. 38-Zach Sobotka, [20]; 18. 3x-Tony Finch, [19]; 19. 32r-Ron Davis III, [26]; 20. 713-Tom Collins Jr., [23]; 21. 94x-Chris Burex, [13]; 22. 21d-Robert Delormier, [25]; 23. 33x-Alex Lajoie, [27]; 24. 29k-Chris Cunningham, [28]; 25. 3m-Mike Stanton, [8]; 26. T1-Charlie Tibbitts, [10]; 27. 18r-Brad Rouse, [7]; 28. 80x-Mike Button, [24]; 29. 92p-Martin Pelletier, [14]; 20. 4m-Greg Martin, [22].

Qualifying Group 1 - 1. 15-Todd Root, 17.561; 2. 20k-Kyle Inman, 17.676; 3.18r-Brad Rouse, 17.728; 4. T1-Charlie Tibbitts, 17.757; 5. 80x-Mike Button, 17.785; 6. 52-Jessica Power, 17.792; 7. 3-Chris Mackey, 17.810; 8. 713-Tommy Collins, 17.952; 9. 98T-Tyler Thompson, 17.978; 10. 87J-John Strickler, 18.549.

Qualifying Group 2 - 1. 22j-Jeremy Dygert, 17.784; 2. 48-Matt Picotin, 17.922; 3. 24k-Nick Krause, 17.927; 4. 99m-Mike Phelps, 18.012; 5. 21d-Robert Delormier, 18.046; 6. 06w-Dorian Wahdan, 18.089; 7. 34L-Patrick Lapage, 18.119; 8. 27z-Ray Bliss, 18.163; 9. 8-Zac McBride, 18.274; 10. 94-Gabriel Cyr, 18.796; 11. 7w-Tom Mackey, NT.

Qualifying Group 3 - 1. 32r-Ron Davis III, 17.582; 2. 0-Shane Pecore, 17.659; 3. 7c-Glenn Forward, 17.837; 4. 17J-Brent Joy, 17.874; 5. 38-Zach Sobotka, 17.883; 6. 60-Jackson Gill, 17.899; 7. 94x-Chris Burek, 18.025; 8. 3m-Mike Stanton Jr., 18.058; 9. 35-Tom Cook, 18.111; 10. 36-Chantel Provencher, 18.475; 11. 3c-Colby Herzog, 18.564.

Qualifying Group 4 - 1. 8-Alan Fink, 17.655; 2. 11-Kyle Fink, 17.748; 3. 82-Will Sheilds, 17.760; 4. M1-Dave Marcuccelli, 17.769; 5. 14-Jeremy Pitcher, 17.961; 6. 29k-Graig Cunningham, 17.969; 7. 34-Kevin Root, 17.999; 8. 31-Corey Barker, 18.128; 9. 23-Mike Stacey, 18.176; 10. 22c-Cedric Gauvreau, 18.321.

Qualifying Group 5 - 1. 99-Bill Clark Jr., 17.644; 2. 9x-Tyler Trump, 17.688; 3. 4m-Greg Martin, 17.961; 4. 92p-Martin Pelletier, 17.967; 5. 771-Joe Sobotka, 18.164; 6. 3x-Tony Finch, 18.258; 7. 7d-Bill Meginn, 18.844; 8. 7s-Torrey Stoughtenger, 18.939; 9. 33x-Alex Lajoie, 19.034; 10. 1r-Ricky Thompson, NT.

Heat 1 (8 Laps - Top-4 Finishers Transfer to A-Feature; Top-2 Redraw) - 1. 15-Todd Root; 2. 18r-Brad Rouse; 3. T1-Charlie Tibbitts; 4. 20k-Kyle Inman; 5. 80x-Mike Button; 6. 713-Tom Collins Jr.; 7. 52-Jessica Power; 8. 98T-Tyler Thompson; 9. 3-Chris Mackey; 10. 87J-John Strickler.

Heat 2 (8 Laps - Top-4 Finishers Transfer to A-Feature; Top-2 Redraw) - 1. 99m-Mike Phelps; 2. 22J-Jeremy Dygert; 3. 48-Matt Picotin; 4. 24k-Nick Krause; 5. 21d-Robert Delormier; 6. 27z-Ray Bliss; 7. 8-Zach McBride; 8. 06w-Dorian Wahdam; 9. 34L-Pat Lapage; 10. 94-Gabriel Cyr; 11. 7w-Tom Mackay.

Heat 3 (8 Laps - Top-4 Finishers Transfer to A-Feature; Top-2 Redraw) - 1. 0-Shane Pecore; 2. 3m-Mike Stanton; 3. 94x-Chris Burek; 4. 7c-Glenn Forward; 5. 38-Zach Sobotka; 6. 60-Jackson Gill; 7. 17J-Brent Joy; 8. 35-Thomas Cook; 9. 36-Chantel Provencher; 10. 32R-Ron Davis III.

Heat 4 (8 Laps - Top-4 Finishers Transfer to A-Feature; Top-2 Redraw) - 1. M1-Dave Marcuccelli; 2. 8-Alan Fink; 3. 11-Kyle Fink; 4. 14-Jeremy Pitcher; 5. 31-Corey Barker; 6. 82-Will Shields; 7. 29k-Chris Cunningham; 8. 34-Kevin Root; 9. 23-Mike Stacey; 10. 22c-Cedric Gauvreau; 11. 3c-Colby Herzog.

Heat 5 (8 Laps - Top-4 Finishers Transfer to A-Feature; Top-2 Redraw) - 1. 99-Billy Clark Jr.; 2. 9x-Tyler Trump; 3. 92p-Martin Pelletier; 4. 3x-Tony Finch; 5. 7s-Torry Stoughtenger; 6. 7d-Bill Meginn; 7. 4m-Greg Martin; 8. 771-Joe Sabotka; 9. 33x-Alex Lajoie; 10. 1R-Rick Thompson DNS.

Last Chance Showdown 1 (10 Laps - Top-3 Finishers Transfer to A-Feature) - 1. 38-Zach Sobotka; 2. 4m-Greg Martin; 3. 80x-Mike Button; 4. 82-Will Shields; 5. 3-Chris Mackey; 6. 27z-Ray Bliss; 7. 17J-Brent Joy; 8. 52-Jessica Power; 9. 7s-Torry Stoughtenger; 10. 06w-Dorion Wahden; 11. 22c-Cedric Gauvreau; 12. 36-Chantel Provencher; 13. 34-Kevin Root; 14. 94-Gabrial Cyr; 15. 3c-Colby Herzog; 16. 33x-Alex Lajoie.

Last Chance Showdown 2 (10 Laps - Top-3 Finishers Transfer to A-Feature) - 1. 31-Corey Barker; 2. 713-Tom Collins Jr.; 3. 21d-Robert Delormier; 4. 32R-Ron Davis III; 5. 98T-Tyler Thompson; 6. 8-Zach McBride; 7. 29k-Craig Cunningham; 8. 60-Jackson Gill; 9. 35-Thomas Cook; 10. 34L-Pat Lapage; 11. 87J-John Strickler; 12. 7d-Bill Meginn; 13. 7w-Tom Mackey; 14. 771-Joe Sabotka, DNS; 15. 23-Mike Stacey, DNS; 16. 1R-Ricky Thompson, DNS.
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 on: April 29, 2017, 02:30:29 AM 
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Castroneves keeps Phoenix speed king crown with record qualifying run
AVONDALE, Arizona (Friday, April 28, 2017) - There's a new speed king at Phoenix Raceway, but it's the same old speed king who keeps climbing the Indy car record books.

Helio Castroneves shattered the lap record he set a year ago on the 1.022-mile oval in tonight's qualifying for the Desert Diamond West Valley Phoenix Grand Prix. It earned the 41-year-old Castroneves his second pole position in four races this season and the 49th of his 20-year Indy car career - tying the Team Penske driver with another legend, Bobby Unser, for third on the all-time list.


Driving the No. 3 REV Group Team Penske Chevrolet in windy conditions under the lights, Castroneves averaged 194.905 mph (37.7538 seconds) for his two laps, including a record-setting circuit of 18.8701 seconds (194.975 mph). Castroneves will lead the 21-car field to the green flag in Saturday's 250-lap race (9 p.m. ET, NBCSN and Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network).

"People don't realize that qualifying is extremely difficult," Castroneves said. "I took it to the limit - I had one eye closed and one eye open. Experience is a big part of this and today was really, really good.

"The conditions were really difficult today in practice; the gusting winds were horrendous. We worked mostly on the race setup (in practice). My engineer (Jonathan Diuguid) did a phenomenal job and obviously, everybody at Team Penske. The REV Group car was really fast. Qualifying is one thing, the race is another, but I'm really confident going into tomorrow."

Castroneves led a Chevrolet sweep of the first five qualifying positions. Teammate Will Power, winner of the two Verizon P1 Awards that Castroneves hasn't collected this season, qualified second with a two-lap average speed of 194.017 mph (37.9266 seconds) in the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet.

"It's kind of tough going early (in the qualifying order), so I was very apprehensive to go wide open on that first lap," Power said. "Helio actually ran a little less downforce that me - so he trimmed more - so he was really fast.

"We'll see what we can do (in the race). Castroneves can be second and I'll be first. That'd be nice."

JR Hildebrand broke the Team Penske stranglehold by qualifying third in the No. 21 Fuzzy's Vodka Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet (193.912 mph). The career-best effort came a week after Hildebrand sat out the race at Barber Motorsports Park while a broken bone in his hand sustained three weeks ago at Long Beach healed enough for him to be medically cleared to drive.

"The car's been good from the (February open) test to rolling out here in practice and I had a good, strong run there," said Hildebrand, whose best previous qualifying effort was fourth at Iowa Speedway in his rookie season of 2011. "It's so difficult to pick your downforce level in these kinds of varied conditions. We saw Helio and those guys roll out with a little less (downforce) than where we were at. But looking towards the race, I think our cars are really good in race trim."

Team Penske drivers Josef Newgarden, the winner last week at Barber, and reigning Verizon IndyCar Series champion Simon Pagenaud locked down the fourth and fifth positions in qualifying. Tony Kanaan of Chip Ganassi Racing, a two-time winner at Phoenix (2003, '04), was the top Honda qualifier, sixth overall in the No. 10 NTT Data Honda. Scott Dixon, the race winner a year ago when the Verizon IndyCar Series returned to Phoenix following an 11-year absence, qualified eighth in the No. 9 NTT Data Honda for Chip Ganassi Racing.

Sebastien Bourdais, the championship points leader following the first three races, qualified 10th in the Dale Coyne Racing No. 18 Sonny's BBQ Honda.

A delayed telecast of qualifying airs at 7:30 p.m. ET Saturday on NBCSN, leading into the live race telecast.

Kimball recognized by Arizona statehouse

Charlie Kimball doesn't get nervous driving an Indy car at more than 200 mph. He doesn't flinch when speaking to groups on his life as a Type 2 diabetic.

The Chip Ganassi Racing driver did admit to a bit of trepidation Thursday when asked to lead the Arizona House of Representatives in the Pledge of Allegiance. A guest of Rep. Heather Carter, the driver of the No. 83 Tresiba Honda was given permission to be on the chamber floor and guide the 61 members of the house in reciting the pledge to open their day's session.

"I led the Pledge of Allegiance, which was really cool," Kimball said today at Phoenix Raceway. "I don't think I've said it since about eighth grade, so I might have had to Google it before we got going."

Rep. Carter is a leader on Arizona legislative health-related committees, including the diabetes caucus. She invited Kimball, the seventh-year Indy car driver, to meet fellow legislators as he advocates nationwide for diabetes awareness and pre-emptive care.

"Everywhere in the U.S. is facing this diabetes epidemic and here in the Southwest, in Arizona with the different ethnic populations, there is a little higher incidence of diabetes occurrence," said Kimball, whose car sponsor is an insulin product from Novo Nordisk. "And especially some of the farming communities, the co-ops, the lower income areas in the desert, it's really hard sometimes to get good healthcare.

"I'm very appreciative as a member of the diabetes community of the work they've done to drive progress for that community."

Kimball was also appreciative to be presented with a state proclamation recognizing the Californian's achievements in both racing and raising diabetes awareness.

Oberto, Circle K sponsor Andretti's No. 27 Honda

Seattle-based all natural beef jerky company Oberto, along with Circle K, is taking over the paint scheme of Marco Andretti's No. 27 Andretti Autosport Honda this weekend for the Desert Diamond West Valley Phoenix Grand Prix at Phoenix Raceway.   

"Oberto has been a strong partner for us on the Global Rallycross front and we're excited to welcome them to our INDYCAR program as well as Marco's primary sponsor for Phoenix," said Andretti Autosport CEO Michael Andretti. "We're looking forward to success for Oberto and Circle K on two fronts this weekend - with Marco in Phoenix, and (rallycross driver) Scott Speed in Memphis."   

Andretti enters the weekend 17th in the Verizon IndyCar Series driver standings. In his 12th season the 30-year-old is preparing for his 187th Verizon IndyCar Series career start. The third-generation Indy car driver hasn't missed a start since his 2006 debut and sits just 10 laps away from 1,000 career laps led. 

Drivers test out new Phoenix Raceway seating

Seven Verizon IndyCar Series drivers got a taste today of what the new grandstand seating will be like at Phoenix Raceway upon completion of his renovation project in November 2018.

Team Penske's Helio Castroneves, Josef Newgarden, Will Power and Simon Pagenaud, Dale Coyne Racing's Sebastien Bourdais and Ed Jones and Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing's Graham Rahal were able to "test drive" prototype seats that are part of the Phoenix Raceway Project powered by DC Solar. The $178 million modernization project will relocate the 1.022-mile oval's start/finish line to near the dogleg in Turn 2, build new grandstands in Turn 2, remove older grandstands along the current frontstretch and completely redesign the track's infield to make it more fan-friendly.

The entire 21-driver field for Saturday's Desert Diamond West Valley Phoenix Grand Prix also signed the first 30-foot steel beam that will be used in construction of the new grandstand. Fans will also be able to sign the beam this weekend.

 on: April 29, 2017, 02:29:42 AM 
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Desert Diamond West Valley Phoenix Grand Prix

AVONDALE, Arizona - Qualifying Friday for the Desert Diamond West Valley Phoenix Grand Prix Verizon IndyCar Series event on the 1.022-mile Phoenix Raceway, with qualifying position, car number in parentheses, driver, aero kit-engine and speed:   
1. (3) Helio Castroneves, Chevrolet, 194.905   
2. (12) Will Power, Chevrolet, 194.017   
3. (21) JR Hildebrand, Chevrolet, 193.912     
4. (2) Josef Newgarden, Chevrolet, 193.676   
5. (1) Simon Pagenaud, Chevrolet, 193.414   
6. (10) Tony Kanaan, Honda, 192.539   
7. (7) Mikhail Aleshin, Honda, 192.327   
8. (9) Scott Dixon, Honda, 192.050   
9. (27) Marco Andretti, Honda, 191.387   
10. (18) Sebastien Bourdais, Honda, 191.349   
11. (5) James Hinchcliffe, Honda, 191.194   
12. (28) Ryan Hunter-Reay, Honda, 190.799   
13. (Cool Max Chilton, Honda, 190.768   
14. (83) Charlie Kimball, Honda, 190.565     
15. (98) Alexander Rossi, Honda, 190.405   
16. (19) Ed Jones, Honda, 190.029   
17. (15) Graham Rahal, Honda, 189.786   
18. (26) Takuma Sato, Honda, 189.779   
19. (14) Carlos Munoz, Chevrolet, 189.301   
20. (4) Conor Daly, Chevrolet, 188.536   
21. (20) Ed Carpenter, Chevrolet, 186.360   

 on: April 29, 2017, 02:28:07 AM 
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A mixture of strong winds and desert dust blew through Phoenix International Raceway during Saturday's practice, creating a loss in track time and hindering the team's ability to configure the cars to a perfect set-up. In addition to the scattered yellow-flag conditions, the No. 27 battled electrical issues costing the team of Marco Andretti further time during the weekend's sole practice session.

The quartet of Andretti drivers will next take to the track for a brief pit stop practice session before heading to the green flag at 9:35 p.m. ET. Catch the 250-lap race live on NBC Sports Network with coverage beginning at 9 p.m. ET.
•Qualifying Position: 9
•Qualifying Speed: 191.387 mph
“I had the Oberto Circle K car pretty wrung out for the situation. I didn’t get to do a (qualifying) run in practice and that really, really hurt us. I sort of reacted to the glaze of the front tire and had a lot of understeer on the out-lap, but that was just the characteristic of the tire coming in so I reacted in the cockpit when I probably shouldn’t have. I would have been better just driving it and not touching the cockpit tools – but that’s what you learn in practice. Without that, we just sort of went for it. It was really trusting our work, and we do good work in testing. We went back to a setup from two months ago here in testing and it rebounded and that’s a good confidence builder going forward.”
•Qualifying Position: 12
•Qualifying Speed: 190.799 mph
“We just missed it by a tick – that’s all it really takes here. We had just a little bit of an imbalance. It was really tricky earlier today (in practice) with the wind and the gusts and the sand storms. I remember coming out of Turn 4 at one point and it was a wall of orange dust coming at me. It was an interesting day, I’ve never really had that in a race car. Hopefully we can make the DHL car similar to last year. Last year we had a good run and we made some great passes and restarts. I’m not really sure what to take from today for tomorrow.”
•Qualifying Position: 15
•Qualifying Speed: 190.405 mph
“I think I could have gotten more out of the No. 98 tonight. I was expecting (qualifying) to be a lot more complicated than it was, so in hindsight we probably should have been a little more aggressive. With only one practice session and how bad the conditions were earlier, it was logical to be a little bit conservative. There a lot of racing to do tomorrow and we’ll try to work our way up.”   
•Qualifying Position: 18
•Qualifying Speed: 189.779 mph
“Qualifying was okay – it was a reasonable, I think given the circumstance and the kind of gastly and unpredictable practice we had. In the qualifying (simulation) we really didn’t go that deep and being the first driver of the team we actually went quite conservatively and maybe just paying a little for that now. But I think it’s going to be okay.”

 on: April 29, 2017, 02:25:33 AM 
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Win Number Five for the No. 5 of David Gravel

Plymouth, IN - April 28, 2017 - After starting seventh on the field at the beginning of the 35-lap feature at Plymouth Speedway, David Gravel worked his way up to third-place just shy of the halfway mark. It was with three laps to go Gravel took advantage of a bobble by the No. 87 of Aaron Reutzel to put him in the runner-up spot; but he wasn't done just yet. Setting his sights on the leader of No. 7 of Jason Sides, Gravel squeezed his way under Sides as the two entered Turn 3. Gravel completed the move en route his fifth World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series win of the 2017 season.
With rain all around the Plymouth-IN area, the stars of the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series were determined to put on a great show for the Plymouth Speedway fans - and they did just that. Early in the evenings schedule, 26 cars of the 29 that entered the event all were quicker than the track record in hot laps. When it came to qualifying, Parker Price-Miller set fast time and in the process set a new track record with a lap of 11.079-second, eclipising the previous record set in 2016 by Logan Schuchart.
It was Jason Sides and Donny Schatz showing the way to the green flag for the Feature event at Plymouth Speedway. Just as the 24-car field was making their way around the the track for the first lap of the 35-lap Feature event, the No. 41 of Jason Johnson went for a tumble in-between Turns 3 and 4, bringing out the red flag and setting up a complete restart. Johnson would head to the work area and rejoin the field after some work to his No. 41 machine.
After a bad initial start and slipping back to fourth, Schatz had a second opportunity to hold his ground. Jason Sides once again got a solid restart, vaulting the No. 7 machine back to the lead. Schatz will hold onto second place until he was able to get by Sides on Lap 9 for the lead.
The No. 4 of Paul McMahan slowed in Turn 4 bringing out the yellow flag on Lap 15. On the ensuing restart the No. 15 of Donny Schatz selected the top leaving Sides the bottom groove. Entering the picture for the first time of the evening, David Gravel from seventh worked his way up to a podium running position. A master of the restarts all evening, Sides worked his way by Schatz to give him the top spot once again. Schatz didn't let that No. 7 out of his sights, staying glued to the leader's bumper - Gravel stayed within striking distance of the two.

The field would once again be slowed on Lap 23 when the No. 49D of Shawn Dancer spun in Turn 4. With 12 laps to go, Sides got another great restart, while the No. 15 of Schatz dropped back to fourth. The No. 87 of Aaron Reutzel leapfrogged Gravel and Schatz in the standings to put him in the runner-up spot.
With three laps to go, Reutzel bobbled slightly coming out of Turn 2, giving Gravel a chance to get by. With Sides out front with two laps to go, Gravel made a charge down the backstretch and planted his No. 5 under Sides for the lead coming to the white flag.
"We just wanted to start further up than we did last year and we did that," said David Gravel. "We were really, really good until the red came out and the car was insane after that. After we got heat back in the tires the car came back to life, grabbed a little bit more wing and the car was really good with three laps to go. I was good when I needed to be good and just being patient and Reutzel slipped up and I took advantage."
Gravel would go on to grab his fifth win of the 2017 World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series season with Sides in second and Reutzel in third. After leading a portion of the 35 lap race, Schatz brought the No. 15 Arctic Cat machine home in fourth.
"From the get-go we had a pretty good car," said Jason Sides. "We got a good run here tonight and that's what we were hoping for. I just got to thank all my guys for all the hard work. We've had a couple good runs at [Tri-State Speedway], we hope we can bring it home tomorrow."
The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series will be back in action tomorrow, Saturday, April 29 at Tri-State Speedway then again next Wednesday for a make-up race at Riverside Speedway on May 3. For tickets, visit WorldofOutlaws.com/tickets.
Plymouth Speedway Notebook
Gravel uses patients as the laps wind down to go from third to the lead in en route to his fifth win of the 2017 World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series season. Sides brings home a second-place finish after leading much of the 35-lap event.

CONTINGENCY WINNERS - MSD Ignitions ($25 cash): Logan Schuchart; MSD Ignitions ($50 cash): David Gravel; Penske Shocks ($50 cash): Donny Schatz; JE Pistons ($50 cash): Brad Sweet; VP Racing Fuels ($50 cash): Daryn Pittman; Edelbrock ($50 cash): Shane Stewart; Comp Cams ($50 cash): Greg Wilson; Extended Stay ($50 cash): Joey Saldana; Cometic Gasket ($50 cash): Brady Bacon; Super Flow ($50 cash): Kraig Kinser; Craftsman Club ($100 cash each):Jason Sides, Brent Marks, Shane Stewart, N/A, N/A. Craftsman/Sears ($100 cash): Aaron Reutzel; KSE Racing Products ($100 product certificate): Greg Wilson; Comp Cams ($50 product certificate): David Gravel; JE Pistons (Set of Rings each): Jason Johnson, Paul McMahan.

Feature (35 Laps) : 1. 5-David Gravel [7][$10,000]; 2. 7S-Jason Sides [1][$5,500]; 3. 87-Aaron Reutzel [3][$3,200]; 4. 15-Donny Schatz [2][$2,800]; 5. 49-Brad Sweet [10][$2,500]; 6. 19-Brent Marks [4][$2,300]; 7. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild [14][$2,200]; 8. 9-Daryn Pittman [12][$2,100]; 9. 2-Shane Stewart [5][$2,050]; 10. W20-Greg Wilson [20][$2,000]; 11. 17-Joey Saldana [17][$1,500]; 12. 3G-Carson Macedo [16][$1,200]; 13. 99-Brady Bacon [8][$1,100]; 14. 11K-Kraig Kinser [19][$1,050]; 15. 2X-Parker Price-Miller [6][$1,000]; 16. 4K-Kody Kinser [11][$900]; 17. 17B-Bill Balog [13][$800]; 18. 41-Jason Johnson [18][$800]; 19. 23C-Tyler Courtney [23][$800]; 20. 49D-Shawn Dancer [22][$800]; 21. 4-Paul McMahan [9][$800]; 22. 4S-Danny Smith [21][$800]; 23. 20N-Hunter Schuerenberg [24][$800]; 24. 1S-Logan Schuchart [15][$800]; Lap Leaders: Jason Sides 1-9, 16-33; Donny Schatz 10-15; David Gravel 34-35; KSE Hard Charger Award: W20-Greg Wilson[+10]
Qualifying: 1. 2X-Parker Price-Miller, 11.079; 2. 99-Brady Bacon, 11.132; 3. 4-Paul McMahan, 11.155; 4. 87-Aaron Reutzel, 11.2; 5. 7S-Jason Sides, 11.217; 6. 15-Donny Schatz, 11.302; 7. 49-Brad Sweet, 11.325; 8. 19-Brent Marks, 11.325; 9. 9X-Paul Nienhiser, 11.347; 10. 5-David Gravel, 11.348; 11. 4K-Kody Kinser, 11.373; 12. 2-Shane Stewart, 11.403; 13. W20-Greg Wilson, 11.413; 14. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild, 11.468; 15. 41-Jason Johnson, 11.478; 16. 17B-Bill Balog, 11.483; 17. 23C-Tyler Courtney, 11.516; 18. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 11.538; 19. 3G-Carson Macedo, 11.547; 20. 17-Joey Saldana, 11.552; 21. 9-Daryn Pittman, 11.578; 22. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 11.632; 23. 20N-Hunter Schuerenberg, 11.641; 24. 4S-Danny Smith, 11.688; 25. 1A-Jacob Allen, 11.806; 26. 49D-Shawn Dancer, 11.859; 27. 13-Clyde Knipp, 11.985; 28. 7J-Joe Swanson, 12.108; 29. 51B-Joe B. Miller 12.119
Heat #1 (8 Laps) - Top 6 Transfer to Feature: 1. 87-Aaron Reutzel [2]; 2. 2X-Parker Price-Miller [1]; 3. 5-David Gravel [4]; 4. 49-Brad Sweet [3]; 5. 17B-Bill Balog [6]; 6. 3G-Carson Macedo [7]; 7. W20-Greg Wilson [5]; 8. 11K-Kraig Kinser [8]; 9. 1A-Jacob Allen [9]; 10. 7J-Joe Swanson [10]
Heat #2 (8 Laps) - Top 6 Transfer to Feature: 1. 7S-Jason Sides [2]; 2. 19-Brent Marks [3]; 3. 99-Brady Bacon [1]; 4. 4K-Kody Kinser [4]; 5. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild [5]; 6. 17-Joey Saldana [7]; 7. 20N-Hunter Schuerenberg [8]; 8. 23C-Tyler Courtney [6]; 9. 51B-Joe B. Miller [10]; 10. 49D-Shawn Dancer [9]
Heat #3 (8 Laps) - Top 6 Transfer to Feature: 1. 15-Donny Schatz [2]; 2. 2-Shane Stewart [4]; 3. 4-Paul McMahan [1]; 4. 9-Daryn Pittman [7]; 5. 1S-Logan Schuchart [6]; 6. 41-Jason Johnson [5]; 7. 9X-Paul Nienhiser [3]; 8. 4S-Danny Smith [8]; 9. 13-Clyde Knipp [9]
Craftsman Club Dash (6 Laps): 1. 7S-Jason Sides [2]; 2. 15-Donny Schatz [3]; 3. 87-Aaron Reutzel [1]; 4. 19-Brent Marks [5]; 5. 2-Shane Stewart [6]; 6. 2X-Parker Price-Miller [4]
Last Chance Showdown (12 Laps) - Top 6 Transfer to Feature: 1. 11K-Kraig Kinser [4][-]; 2. W20-Greg Wilson [2][-]; 3. 4S-Danny Smith [6][-]; 4. 49D-Shawn Dancer [8][-]; 5. 23C-Tyler Courtney [3][-]; 6. 20N-Hunter Schuerenberg [5][-]; 7. 9X-Paul Nienhiser [1][$300]; 8. 1A-Jacob Allen [7][$250]; 9. 51B-Joe B. Miller [11][$225]; 10. 13-Clyde Knipp [9][$200]; 11. 7J-Joe Swanson [10][$200]

Unofficial World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series Championship Standings

Pos. Car Driver Total Diff Wins Top 5's Top 10's
1 15 Donny Schatz 2532 0 6 12 15
2 5 David Gravel 2496 -36 5 12 15
3 49 Brad Sweet 2464 -68 2 12 14
4 41 Jason Johnson 2332 -200 2 6 10
5 9 Daryn Pittman 2326 -206 0 3 10
6 2 Shane Stewart 2310 -222 0 3 12
7 93 Sheldon Haudenschild 2294 -238 0 5 10
8 1S Logan Schuchart 2244 -288 1 4 7
9 17 Joey Saldana 2232 -300 0 2 4
10 7S Jason Sides 2224 -308 0 4 10
11 4 Paul McMahan 2224 -308 0 2 7
12 19 Brent Marks 2208 -324 0 0 5
13 11k Kraig Kinser 2168 -364 0 1 2
14 W20 Greg Wilson 2096 -436 0 1 5
15 2X Parker Price-Miller 1876 -656 0 0 2
16 18 Ian Madsen 1826 -706 0 2 8
17 1A Jacob Allen 1780 -752 0 0 0
18 13 Clyde Knipp 1702 -830 0 0 0
19 21 Brian Brown 1644 -888 1 7 7
20 24R Rico Abreu 1546 -986 1 5 8

The World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series is brought to fans across the country by many important sponsors and partners, including: Craftsman (Official Tool), Arctic Cat (Official Side-by-Side Recreational Vehicle), Extended Stay America (Official Hotel), Hoosier Racing Tire (Official Tire), Morton Buildings (Official Building), Sears (Official Home Store), The Kenny Wallace Dirt Racing Experience (Official Racing Experience) and VP Racing Fuels (Official Racing Fuel); in addition to contingency sponsors, including: Cometic Gasket, COMP Cams, Edelbrock, JE Pistons, KSE Racing Products, MSD, Penske Shocks, and Superflow Dynos; along with manufacturer sponsors, including: Impact Racing Products, Intercomp, Racing Electronics, and TNT Rescue.

 on: April 27, 2017, 03:19:30 PM 
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Mike Maresca Geared Up For Super DIRTcar Series Opener At Fulton


HANNAWA FALLS, NY – April 27, 2017 – A moment over two years in the making is finally on the horizon for Mike Maresca. The Hannawa Falls, NY native will make his first Super DIRTcar Series start as a full-time platinum driver at the season-opening Highbank Holdup 100 at Fulton Speedway on Saturday night.


Maresca, a Clarkson University Financial Information and Analysis senior, has been building towards his rookie season on the premier Big-Block Modified touring series after advancing through DIRTcar’s Sportsman and 358 Modified divisions in recent years. Maresca tested over the course of the off-season to improve his operation including a trip to the DIRTcar Nationals at Florida’s Volusia Speedway Park.


 “It definitely helped a lot,” Maresca said of his trip to Florida. “We got to shake down our new program and see where the bugs were and come back home and fix them before the point chase heats up.”


Maresca will pilot a new Teo Pro chassis powered by Leahy Engines in his first full foray into Big-Block racing. After a successful part-time schedule on the tour last year, Maresca and his Rez X Racing team decided it was time to make the jump.


“We ran a lot of the races last year and towards the end of the year we had a lot of good finishes,” Maresca said. “It’s the premier touring series and that’s where we want to be.”


Maresca already has four starts to his credit this year – a pair at Volusia in February and one each at Fonda and Utica-Rome speedways last weekend. Maresca suffered a tough flip on Sunday at Utica, but that has not dampened his spirits for the series opener.


“I’m really excited for this weekend at Fulton,” Maresca said. “The whole crew has put a lot of work into the car. We had a nasty flip Sunday (at Utica-Rome) and it didn’t faze my guys at all. We’re looking forward to getting down there and getting a good finish to get the season started off on a pretty good foot.”


Outside of series competition, Maresca will compete weekly in 358 Modified competition at Mohawk International Raceway in Hogansburg, NY and in Big-Block action at Fonda Speedway in Fonda, NY. Sundays will be open for special events. Staying up to speed amongst the busy schedule figures to be Maresca’s biggest challenge, he said.


“I think it’s really just going to be making sure we’re consistently fast every weekend,” Maresca said. “That’s my biggest focus right now and I think it’s going to be the biggest challenge too, coming out of the box fast when we unload at new tracks or places we don’t have a lot of laps. I think it’s going to be crucial for our season.”


With a talent-laden roster of series regulars, Maresca believes racing with the Super DIRTcar Series will help him improve all-around as a driver.


“I think it will make a big difference,” Maresca said. “When you race with the best and you surround yourself with those people, you just kind of adapt and you learn how they work and what they’re doing (to succeed). You’re kind of like a sponge.”


At season’s end, Maresca will have raced close to 80 times. It’s a rigorous schedule, but Maresca already has several dates circled on his calendar as motivation. Maresca isn’t planning to get too wrapped in the results, but does have goals in mind.


“My goal is to get solid finishes. I really want to focus on time trialing really well, running well in each heat races and trying to make the redraw every weekend,” he said. “I think a few wins on  local nights on weekends and a string of good finishes with some consistency and a lot of learning on the tour is what I’d consider a success.”


Fans can keep up with Mike Maresca all season long on his new website at www.mikemaresca7.com, which will be launched in the coming weeks. Up to the minute team news is available by following @mikemaresca7 on Twitter.



Mike Maresca Big-Block Modified – 4 Starts: 0 Wins, 0 Top-5s, 0 Top-10s

Mike Maresca 358 Modified – 0 Starts: 0 Wins, 0 Top-5s, 0 Top-10s

Mike Maresca Pro Late Model – 0 Starts: 0 Wins, 0 Top-5s, 0 Top-10s



Website: Coming Soon - www.mikemaresca7.com

Facebook: Coming Soon

Twitter: @mikemaresca7


Mike Maresca is proud to partner with several dedicated partners for the 2017 race season with the Super DIRTcar Series, including St. Lawrence Radiology, LTI Transportation, Multicraft Construction, Twin Leaf Stores, Traditional Lacrosse, Rez-X Racing, Chip’s Place, Keyser Manufacturing and Leahy’s Service Center.


About Clayton Johns Media: Clayton Johns Media provides smart motorsports media solutions through affordable public relations services, including professional press releases, social media management and training, and website maintenance. Whether you’re a grassroots team racing at your local track or a professional team travelling with a national tour, Clayton Johns Media can build a package tailored to your needs. Visit us online at claytonjohnsmedia.com, on Twitter, on Facebook or send us an Email for more information.

 on: April 27, 2017, 03:18:13 PM 
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Andrew Gresel Ready To Defend APC Series Crown


SAUBLE BEACH, Ont. – April 27, 2017 – After one of the most successful seasons of his career, Andrew Gresel didn’t take very long to relish in his accomplishment as the 2016 APC United Late Model Series champion. Instead, he quickly set his sights on continuing his success in 2017 and the new campaign is now just a month away. 


Gresel’s 2017 season will begin on Saturday, May 27 when he begins his APC United Late Model Series title defense at Sunset Speedway in Innisfil, Ont. Gresel and his Sauble Falls Racing team have spent hundreds of hours since their final race in October building and preparing to hit the track this Spring.


“We’ve been working really hard on the car,” Gresel said. “We found quite a few issues with the chassis, so we made a few changes. It should be just as good as last year, or we’re hoping to have it even better.”


The prospect of a new season with a blank canvas to write the next chapter of racing history is exciting for every driver. Gresel is no different as he eagerly awaits his return to the track.


He’ll compete in 2017 with several returning marketing partners including McRobert Fuels as his primary sponsor alongside Sauble Falls Tent & Trailer Park, Canadian Union of Skilled Workers, Hy-Grade Roofing, London Recreational, Gallinger Ford Lincoln, F1 Freight Systems, Ron O’Brien Remax, Barry’s Construction, and Raden Givari at Ehomes.


“I’m just looking forward to getting to the track and getting sponsors involved,” Gresel said. “I look forward to everything about being at the racetrack. That’s when the fun begins.”


Gresel will be up against a new challenge after the APC Series introduced a new rule for 2017 that requires team’s with Ford Performance engines to use a restrictor plate at three tracks – Sunset, Delaware and Jukasa speedways. Despite the new rule, Gresel is happy to continue his partnership with Gallinger Ford Lincoln, who celebrate their 50th anniversary in 2017, and to use Ford products.


“We’re obviously going to be down quite a few horsepower from last year,” Gresel said. “That’s about half of our season where we have to run a restrictor plate, but it’s something we’ll have to deal with this year.”


New to the series this year is group qualifying. During the APC Series’ first two seasons, single-car qualifying and a top-five redraw determined the starting field. The new format will see five or six cars qualify on track at a time. Gresel was particularly strong in qualifying last season and will take the change in stride.


“We’re trying to decide how to approach group qualifying,” Gresel said. “It’s going to change the way we setup our cars before we go to the track. I guess everybody’s in the same boat. I don’t know if anybody’s really experienced that kind of qualifying, so it’s going to be different.”


After earning a total eight wins last season – six in his Pro Late Model and two in a Super Late Model – Gresel is tempering expectations. He plans to be in contention for a win every race, but knows he doesn’t have to park in victory lane every night in order to be a championship contender.


“I always just like starting off with consistency,” Gresel said. “We’re just looking for good finishes. As long as we finish the races, I think we’ll be there at the end. We don’t have to go out and win as many as we did last year, we just have to be consistent.”


In addition to the 10-race APC Series schedule, Gresel is planning a schedule of approximately five Super Late Model races. The schedule currently includes entries in Flamboro Speedway’s Gold Rush, Jukasa Motor Speedway’s grand opening in August and at least one OSCAAR race at Kawartha Speedway, with more dates to be announced.


“I still love driving the Super,” Gresel stated. “We did a lot of work to it last year throughout the season. I’m really looking forward to racing at Jukasa with it. That’s going to be phenomenal because you’re going to hit some wicked speeds there.”


Stay tuned to the Sauble Falls Racing Team online at www.saublefallsracing.com, on Twitter by following @SaubleFalls81 and on Facebook at facebook.com/saublefallsracing all season long and for Andrew Gresel’s 2017 paint scheme reveal in the coming weeks.



Website: www.saublefallsracing.com
Facebook: facebook.com/saublefallsracing
Twitter: @SaubleFalls81

Andrew Gresel and the Sauble Falls Racing team are proud to partner with several dedicated marketing partners for the 2017 race season, including McRobert Fuels, Sauble Falls Tent & Trailer Park, CUSW - Canadian Union of Skilled Workers, Hy-Grade Roofing, London Recreational, Gallinger Ford Lincoln, F1 Freight Systems, Ron O’Brien Remax, Barry’s Construction and Raden Givari at Ehomes.

About Clayton Johns Media: Clayton Johns Media provides smart motorsports media solutions through affordable public relations services, including professional press releases, social media management and training, and website maintenance. Whether you’re a grassroots team racing at your local track or a professional team travelling with a national tour, Clayton Johns Media can build a package tailored to your needs. Visit us online at claytonjohnsmedia.com, on Twitter, on Facebook or send us an Email for more information.

 on: April 27, 2017, 03:17:04 PM 
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Danny O’Brien Set For Busy 2017 Title Defense Season


INVERARY, Ont. – April 27, 2017 – A 13th championship season at Brockville Ontario Speedway led to an enjoyable off-season for Danny O’Brien. Now, the Inverary, Ont. native is making final preparations to begin his 358 Modified title defense season.


While Brockville’s season won start until Saturday, May 13, O’Brien will begin his season one week earlier with a doubleheader at Mohawk International Raceway in Hogansburg, NY on May 5 and a stop at Can-Am Motorsports Park in Lafargeville, NY on May 6. O’Brien is both prepared and excited for the new campaign to begin.


“It’s just fun to get back to the track again,” O’Brien said. “You see you all the friends you didn’t see all winter long and a bunch of different people. It gets your year started again.”


O’Brien was strong all season long in 2016 at Brockville and on the road. He earned 13 top-five finishes in 14 starts at Brockville last year, part of a larger 17-race streak of top-five results. Duplicating that level of success will be tough for the driver of the 1000 Islands RV Centre No.17d. O’Brien hopes not only to replicate the feat, but improve upon it. 


“You always set goals for yourself,” O’Brien said. “The top-five thing was going great last year for a long time and you always try to better yourself. We do that every year.”


Over the course of a five-month season, its easy for a driver to focus too heavily on the point standings. O’Brien, however, pays no attention.


“We’re just going to go race by race,” he said. “I find if you do that, look after the race that’s coming up first and do the best you can then move on to the next one, (the points will) take care of themselves.”


O’Brien and his team have assembled a pair of identical Bicknell Racing Products with Pat Morrison Engines cars once again for the 2017 season. With two cars in the stable, O’Brien will be able to place a greater emphasis on winning.


“Hopefully we have enough equipment that if we race on a Friday night, we don’t have to be super careful,” O’Brien said. “It was always tough when they drop the green on a Friday night race because I had to think ahead to Saturday. We’re going to have a spare car sitting here so if we get in trouble, we’ll have a backup.”


Currently, O’Brien is scheduled to compete in more than 30 races in 2017, a number that will undoubtedly be affected by rainouts. Each race brings something new, but O’Brien is undoubtedly most excited for Cornwall’s $10,000-to-win 358 Modified race on August 17.


 “Whenever you get a good paying race in your backyard, it’s nice,” O’Brien commented. “It’s tough to go into someone else’s backyard and race them. On the other hand, I don’t race Cornwall weekly and I haven’t for quite a while, so we may have to make a run down there early just to get one race in beforehand.”


Follow Danny O’Brien’s 358 Modified team all summer long at www.dannyobrien.ca.



Website: dannyobrien.ca

Facebook: facebook.com/DannyOBrienRacing

Danny O’Brien is proud to partner with several dedicated marketing partners for the 2017 race season, including 1000 Islands RV Centre, ATC World Class Trailers, Bob FM, Pat’s Auto Centre, Bicknell Racing Products, Heather-Lynn Topping, Integra Shocks, Number One Speed Shock Service and Kenneth Topping

 on: April 26, 2017, 07:48:37 PM 
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Brent Marks heads to Pennsylvania for the first time as an Outlaw

CONCORD, N.C. - April 26, 2017 - When the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series makes its annual stop at Lincoln Speedway next month, Brent Marks will be hitting the Abbottstown, PA track for the first time as an Outlaw.
The sixth-annual Gettysburg Clash at Lincoln Speedway on May 17 will be the first battleground for the Pennsylvania Posse versus the Outlaws in 2017. Pennsylvania Posse drivers - the endearing name local fans have given the group of drivers who compete regularly in the Keystone State - have won four of six Outlaw races since the series returned to the challenging 3/8-mile oval in 2012 following a 14-year absence. Posse fans, who are arguably the most passionate fanatics in all of Sprint Car racing, will be cheering for local success to continue.
"Some of the fans in Pennsylvania really get into it," said Marks of the Outlaw-Posse rivalry. "I think it's really cool to watch how dedicated they are to the local guys. You don't see that in other parts of the country. They're so dedicated to the local guys and show so much emotion. It's a lot of fun to be a part of."
Marks, a native of nearby Myerstown, PA located about 65 miles from Lincoln, competed against the Outlaws for several years as a member of the Pennsylvania Posse. Many Central Pennsylvania fans take the Outlaw-Posse rivalry to heart, but Marks anticipates he will receive a supportive reaction from the local crowd in his return home.
"I think most fans will still claim me as Posse," Marks said. "I've had a lot of support from my fan base back in Pennsylvania. I'm sure some people will be booing me just because I am a World of Outlaws driver now. It's all in good fun though."
Both the Posse and the Outlaws have experienced trips to Victory Lane over the past five season. Danny Dietrich rattled off a pair of victories in 2012 and 2013 before Stevie Smith earned a spring win in 2014 to make it three-in-a-row for the Posse. Daryn Pittman claimed a win for the Outlaws later in 2014.
Greg Hodnett scored a victory in 2015 before Donny Schatz trumped the Posse in the Spring of 2016 in a race where Marks finished on the podium with a third-place result. The unique traits of several Central Pennsylvania tracks helps give experienced local drivers an advantage and help explain the Posse success at Lincoln in recent years, Marks explained.
"I feel like you race the tracks more than you do the competition at times," Marks said. "Our tracks are really difficult to get a handle on and get comfortable at. With the local crowd racing there all the time, it's like second nature to them."
Every World of Outlaws race presents a unique challenge, but a trip to Central Pennsylvania often means the level of competition reaches new heights. Not only do Outlaw drivers have to contest their regular cast, but also the talented Posse who collectively boast hundreds of wins at their home tracks. However, Marks' focus doesn't change.
"We're racing against the best in the country as it is," Marks said. "We already prepare ourselves as best as we possibly can at a regular World of Outlaws race, so it's not any different racing in Pennsylvania."
Lincoln's storied Sprint Car racing history is long with over 1600 races completed at the Abbottstown oval. Fred Rahmer is the all-time wins leader with 169 while Steve Kinser has the most World of Outlaws wins all-time at Lincoln with. Brian Montieth is the most accomplished active driver with 54 career victories at Lincoln, including one to his credit in 2017. Montieth will be a force for the Outlaws to contend with as the four-time Lincoln track champion looks to being a new Posse win streak.
The Outlaws and the Posse collide to write the next chapter in Lincoln's history books on May 17. Advanced reserved seating is on sale for the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series Gettysburg Clash at Lincoln Speedway by visiting WorldofOutlaws.com/Tickets or by calling 844-DIRT-TIX (347-8849).
The World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series is brought to fans across the country by many important sponsors and partners, including: Craftsman (Official Tool), Arctic Cat (Official Side-by-Side Recreational Vehicle), Extended Stay America (Official Hotel), Hoosier Racing Tire (Official Tire), Morton Buildings (Official Building), Sears (Official Home Store), The Kenny Wallace Dirt Racing Experience (Official Racing Experience) and VP Racing Fuels (Official Racing Fuel); in addition to contingency sponsors, including: Cometic Gasket, COMP Cams, Edelbrock, JE Pistons, KSE Racing Products, MSD, Penske Shocks, and Superflow Dynos; along with manufacturer sponsors, including: Impact Racing Products, Intercomp, Racing Electronics, and TNT Rescue.

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