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 on: January 19, 2017, 09:47:41 AM 
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HBR Team Ready to Take on Volusia Speedway Park
All ducks are in a row as they plan to head south for the winter

By Mandee Pauch
After opting out of DIRTcar Nationals in 2016, one of the most notable Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modified teams will be going all out come February.
The Heinke-Baldwin Racing (HBR) team includes driver of the No. 98h Jimmy Phelps and driver of the No. 6h Max McLaughlin. Both drivers of the HBR stable will be making their first appearance of the season at the fast half-mile clay oval at Volusia Speedway Park, February 22-25.
Phelps' Crew chief, Kurt Wiegel, is looking forward to getting back to Volusia. "We took a break from it," said Wiegel about the 2016 DIRTcar Nationals. "We were doing a bunch of testing this time last year instead of going to Florida."
It was this time last year when 16-year-old McLaughlin, of Mooresville, N.C., made the move to run with HBR. "We thought it would be a good idea to go down and race with Max being onboard for a full year. Everyone's here, and we're all working together, so we're looking forward to going down there," said Wiegel.
Wiegel and the HBR team feel that DIRTcar Nationals is a great time to work through any kinks or adjustments that need to be made before racing kicks off in the Northeast.
McLaughlin's youthfulness and talent have sparked much interest throughout the past year as he wrapped up his first full season, finishing 13th overall in the championship point standings. Although this year will be his first time appearing at the track in a Big-Block Modified, McLaughlin is confident heading into DIRTcar Nationals.
"Volusia is one of my favorite tracks," McLaughlin said. "I ran a UMP Modified there the last two years. We were one of two cars in the top-10 every night last year out of eight nights. Laps on the track help being able to know when the track will change. I'm just looking forward to going down there and having some good runs."
Teammate Phelps is looking forward to getting back on the race track after a long winter break. "It's nice to take a little bit of a break when the season ends, but once you sit down you're itching to go again," Phelps said. The driver from Baldwinsville, N.Y. closed out his 2016 season with two Series wins and a seventh-place finish in the championship point standings.
Phelps is one of the few Super DIRTcar Series drivers who have yet to win at Volusia. "I've probably been down [to Volusia Speedway Park] a handful of times," said Phelps. "These guys are the best. You get down there, and it's a Series race, plus you get some really good guys that don't follow the tour, so it's hard to win. The track is challenging."
The HBR team is eager to get their hands dirty at DIRTcar Nationals.
The biggest event in DIRTcar Racing kicks off the 2017 season on Feb. 14-25th as the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series, World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series, All Star Circuit of Champions, Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds, DIRTcar Late Models and DIRTcar UMP Modifieds take on the world's fastest half-mile at Volusia Speedway Park. Start 2017 with Florida in February! For tickets, click or call 844-DIRT-TIX! Or by visiting www.DIRTcarNationals.com.


The Super DIRTcar Series and DIRTcar Racing in the Northeast is brought to fans by many important sponsors and partners, including: Hoosier Racing Tire (Official Tire), VP Racing Fuels (Official Racing Fuel), Chevy Performance Parts and NAPA Auto Parts; in addition to contingency sponsors, including: ASI Race Wear, Bicknell Racing Products, Bilstein Shocks, Cometic Gasket, Comp Cams, Edelbrock, Fox Shocks, Henry's Exhaust Systems, Intercomp, JE Pistons, JRI Shocks, KSE Racing Products, Mike's Racing Heads, Motorsports Safety Systems, MSD, Pole Position Raceway, Superflow Dynos and Wrisco Aluminum; along with manufacturer sponsors, including: Beyea Headers, Racing Electronics and TNT Rescue.

 on: January 19, 2017, 09:42:35 AM 
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Rick Spencer-Walt Returning to Sunset, Taking Stab at APC in 2017
After a championship season at Peterborough Speedway, Walt Motorsports will look to conquer another track in 2017.

The team plans to start off their season at Sunset Speedway, however has yet to finalize everything once the APC Auto Parts United Late Models of Ontario Tour kicks off their season mid-May.

“Returning the Sunset will be a big challenge for our team,” Spencer-Walt said. “So far looks like we will run the first few nights, until APC starts up and see where that takes us. I think for the first time in a long time we are heading into a season with a ton of confidence, and know we have a good competitive team, thanks to Big Daddy Eldon Wallis.”

The pieces began to fall together throughout the second half of 2016, with preparation beginning on Pro Late Model. However, Spencer-Walt notes the team has been working on it slowly, so that way they can make sure everything is right before they hit the track. Later on following the completion of the year, though, the decision to leave Peterborough and return to Sunset was made as a result of sponsors, and the two hour trip each way making for a long year.

“Being back close to home has brought more sponsorship, fans, and will bring more team members back that couldn’t make the trech,” he said. “Family has become more and more important as I grow and mature and I just want to have as many people around us to help and cheer us on a,long with our sponsors who want us home.”

Coming off last season, Spencer-Walt is keeping his goals simple for this season – simply wanting to score some race victories.

“We have put together a great team, great piece and I believe in myself more than ever that we can get this done,” he said. “Between Eldon, the Bakers, and Jr (Hanley), they have given me all I need; the rest is up to me!”

Last year, Spencer-Walt put together an impressive season at Peterborough Speedway, taking home the 2016 Limited Late Model Champion, as well as the Best Appearing Car Award at the banquet.

“Our biggest accomplishment of 2016 was definitely our championship at Peterborough Speedway,” Spencer-Walt said. “I am so proud of everyone that helped get us there from friends, sponsors, and family. I will never be able to repay Eldon for what he has done for me in racing and this was the only way to pay the big man back – get him that championship! And last but not least, my wife Danielle for all the crap, the heartache, and the melt downs. She stands there every week smiling, wiping the car, even covering herself in grease and oil. I truly have the best wife in racing.”

Across the season this year, Spencer-Walt was able to put up numbers which earned attention from everyone across the province. It’s worth noting in 13 races races this season (nine at Peterborough, three at Sunset, one at Sauble), Spencer-Walt posted five wins and 12 top-six finishes, including a victory in the Chase for the Colours event. He dominated the Autumn Colours Classic feature as well, leading 73 of 75 laps before contact and a flat tire resulted in an scheduled trip down pit road.

While time could be spent reflecting on the year that was, all focus right now for Spencer-Walt and team is on 2017.

“We need to keep looking forward, keep working harder, keep looking for that little bit of speed,” he said. “Don’t think I’m not proud of what we accomplished and there is nobody in this world harder on themselves than me. But if we sit and think about last year, we are not preparing enough for this year. When the clock struck 12:00 January 1st, nobody was a champion and the work starts again!”

Walt Motorsports is proud to be supported by Gohydrovac.ca, Jim Wilson Chevrolet, Frame Shop Huntsville, Auto Trim Design, Heidis RV, HOTC, Greensteelroof.ca, Crowe Bros, RCP Dyno and Tuning, Speedy Auto Machine, and Orser Technical Services. The team continues to add sponsors for the 2017 season, with more announcements expected closer to the season. If you’re interested in joining the team, do not hesitate to get in touch.

Keep up with Rick Spencer-Walt and Walt Motorsports by liking their facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Walt-Motorsports/524817640964689?fref=ts and following Rick Spencer-Walt on twitter at https://twitter.com/Rwalt31.

 on: January 18, 2017, 11:01:03 AM 
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INDYCAR News and Notes - Jan. 17, 2017
1. Pigot returns to Ed Carpenter Racing for 2017 road/street races
2. AJ Foyt Racing makes switch to Chevrolet official
3. Race Of Champions draw provides dramatic matchups
4. Newgarden named honorary chair for 2017 Rev charity event
5. Team INDYCAR places two drivers in Chili Bowl Nationals feature

1. Pigot returns to Ed Carpenter Racing for 2017 road/street races: Spencer Pigot gave a glimpse of the possibilities during his Verizon IndyCar Series rookie season in 2016. Team owner Ed Carpenter liked what he saw and announced today that Ed Carpenter Racing is bringing back the 23-year-old Floridian to drive the No. 20 Chevrolet at all road- and street-course events this year.

Pigot, the 2015 Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires champion and winner of more Mazda Road to Indy developmental series races than anyone (24), competed in 10 Verizon IndyCar Series races last season, split between Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing and ECR. He drove in the season's final seven road/street races for ECR, posting best finishes of seventh at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and ninth at Road America.

This year, Pigot will be behind the wheel of the No. 20 Chevy for the 11 road/street events on the calendar. Team owner Carpenter returns to pilot the car in the six oval races.

"I'm very excited to be staying with Ed Carpenter Racing for the 2017 season," Pigot said. "It's a great feeling to know that I have a secure ride for all of the road- and street-course races so we can start preparing for the season now. I can't thank everyone at ECR, P1 Management and Rising Star Racing enough for their help getting this deal done."

The team owner is glad to have continuity with Pigot returning.

"We are happy to have Spencer back," Carpenter said. "It was a challenging situation for him to step into the team last year mid-season as a rookie. We believe that Spencer has the potential to be a contender in this sport and we will continue to focus on maximizing that potential.

"It is great to have some offseason left to allow us to continue that development before the season kicks off. We are anticipating a strong sophomore campaign from Spencer." 

The 17-race Verizon IndyCar Series season opens March 10-12 with the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. Tickets are available at gpstpete.com.

2. AJ Foyt Racing makes switch to Chevrolet official: AJ Foyt Racing announced today that it will compete using Chevrolet engines and aero kits with its two ABC Supply entries in the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series.

It is a reunion for team owner A.J. Foyt, whose last race as an Indy car driver came with Chevy power at the 1992 Indianapolis 500 and whose Verizon IndyCar Series team ran Chevrolet engines as recently as 2005 with grandson A.J. Foyt IV at the wheel.

"I am looking forward to what will be a new chapter for us that involves returning to an old friend in Chevrolet," said Larry Foyt, the team president and A.J. Foyt's son. "There are a lot of changes happening within our team this offseason and I won't minimize the challenges, but I see a lot of potential with our plan."

The team's switch from Honda had been anticipated since Chip Ganassi Racing changed suppliers from Chevrolet to Honda in October. New Foyt drivers Conor Daly and Carlos Munoz - who both drove Hondas in 2016 - will get their first chance to try out the Chevy equipment during a private team test at Sebring (Fla.) International Raceway later this month.

"We are pleased to welcome AJ Foyt Racing to the Chevrolet Indy car program," said Mark Kent, director of Chevrolet motorsports competition. "Chevrolet and Foyt both have long histories in Indy car racing, including prior opportunities to work together. We look forward to renewing the partnership and a strong start to the 2017 season."

A.J. Foyt, whose 67 Indy car wins are the most of any driver, competed in Chevrolet-powered cars throughout his illustrious career, whether it was in Indy cars, stock cars, sports cars or sprint cars. In his final Indy car race as a driver, Foyt drove the No. 14 Chevy to a ninth-place Indianapolis 500 finish at age 57. He also qualified second at Indy in 1991 in his Chevy-powered car, completing a legends front row that included pole winner Rick Mears and Foyt's longtime rival, Mario Andretti.

"I'm glad to be back with Chevy," said A.J. Foyt, the first four-time winner of the Indy 500. "I've had a lot of success with them in the past and I'm looking forward to more success in the future."

3. Race Of Champions draw provides dramatic matchups: Verizon IndyCar Series drivers Ryan Hunter-Reay and Helio Castroneves assisted with Monday's draw for this week's Race Of Champions competition in Miami, and it made for some very intriguing matchups.

Drivers from multiple racing disciplines including INDYCAR, NASCAR, Formula One, rallycross and more will compete Saturday and Sunday in identically prepared cars on a temporary track set up inside Marlins Park, the home of baseball's Miami Marlins. INDYCAR drivers scheduled to compete are Hunter-Reay, Castroneves, James Hinchcliffe, Tony Kanaan, Juan Pablo Montoya, Alexander Rossi and Gabby Chaves.

In Saturday's individual competition, Hinchcliffe and Kanaan are poised to square off in the opening round of Group C. Castroneves is in Group A and will battle the winner of a playoff race between 2016 Indianapolis 500 winner Rossi and another Andretti Autosport driver, Global Rallycross champ Scott Speed.

Montoya faces the challenge of two-time FIA World Rallycross champ Peter Solberg in the opening round of Group B, while Hunter-Reay is up against ex-Formula One standout and two-time ROC champion David Coulthard in Group D.

"It's unbelievable to be back in South Florida racing cars again," Hunter-Reay said. "I did the Miami Grand Prix back in the day (in CART), but to see a racetrack taking shape here in Marlins Park, where I bring my family for games, is incredible. And I also think it's the best layout yet. I'm a hometown guy so hopefully the crowd will be cheering me on against two former ROC champions in my group."

The Nations Cup competition Sunday finds Team USA INDYCAR (Hunter-Reay and Rossi) in the same group as Team USA NASCAR (brothers Kurt and Kyle Busch), Team USA Rally X (Speed and Travis Pastrana) and Team ROC Factor Canada (Hinchcliffe and Stefan Rzadzinski).

Nations Cup Group C is loaded with INDYCAR talent. Montoya and Chaves make up Team Colombia, Kanaan and F1's Felipe Massa are Team Brazil and Castroneves holds up the Team ROC Factor Latin America banner with Gabriel Glusman.

"This is all about having a good time," Castroneves said. "As for my group? I'm not worried! No, I respect all of the drivers and every one of them competing has some amazing qualities, plus switching cars throughout the event means the advantage will constantly be shifting. That's why this is such a great event."

In addition to the Nations Cup competition Sunday, the event will conclude with an America vs. the World competition that puts the six U.S. drivers against a team of six international drivers in a Ryder Cup-style competition. For Race Of Champions schedule and ticket information, visit raceofchampions.com.

4. Newgarden named honorary chair for 2017 Rev charity event: Without question, Verizon IndyCar Series driver Josef Newgarden will be hungry to win the Indianapolis 500 and INDYCAR Grand Prix when he arrives at Indianapolis Motor Speedway with Team Penske in May.

But the organizers of Rev presented by Fifth Third Bank - the 3,000-person strolling food event that kicks off the month of May at IMS - are betting he'll be hungry for even more than that. Today, Rev announced that Newgarden will serve as the fourth honorary chair for the popular May 6 party, which will include food from more than 60 restaurants, multiple live bands and showcase Verizon IndyCar Series drivers and Indianapolis' celebrated culinary scene.

"It's a great honor to be partnering with Rev this year for a cause that does so much for the community of Indianapolis," said Newgarden, who will drive for Team Penske this year. "The growth of this event in such a short time is a testament to the hard work everyone puts in to support Methodist Health Foundation. I'm really looking forward to helping the event continue the upward trend."

Newgarden follows INDYCAR driver James Hinchcliffe, who was Rev's honorary driver chair last year and reigning Verizon IndyCar Series champion Simon Pagenaud, who served in 2015. Four-time champion and 2008 Indianapolis 500 winner Scott Dixon served as the honorary chairman of the inaugural event in 2014.

As a partnership between Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital and IMS, Rev raises funds that support Indiana University Health statewide trauma programs including medical services for drivers and patrons at the IU Health Emergency Medical Center on the IMS grounds.

"The relationship of IU Health and Methodist Health Foundation with IMS is over 100 years old and great events like Rev help make our partnership stronger than ever while ensuring that both drivers and fans continue to receive top-notch care," said Doug Boles, IMS president. "Josef is a fantastic addition to this year's Rev team and will ensure the event continues to grow and serve as an excellent month of May kickoff."

For tickets and additional information about the event, visit RevIndy.org.

5. Team INDYCAR places two drivers in Chili Bowl Nationals feature: Team INDYCAR had a successful showing in the Chili Bowl Midget Nationals at Tulsa Expo Raceway on Saturday night, placing two drivers among the top eight finishers.

Tyler Courtney of Clauson-Marshall Racing was the highest-placed finisher among Team INDYCAR's 10 sponsored drivers, taking sixth in his first Chili Bowl Championship feature race. Courtney, who won his preliminary night race to qualify for the finale, earned $1,000 in contingency money from INDYCAR. Jerry Coons Jr. earned $500 after qualifying for his Chili Bowl-record 14th consecutive Championship feature and placed eighth. Native Oklahoman Christopher Bell won the 55-lap event celebrating its 31st running.

Four other Team INDYCAR drivers reached the B feature - essentially the semifinals, with the top six in each of two races advancing to the Championship feature - but World of Outlaws sprint car champion Donny Schatz came up one spot shy of advancing in the first B race and Dave Darland had a late-race run-in with five-time Chili Bowl winner Sammy Swindell in the second that knocked both veterans out of a chance to transfer to the main event. Chad Boat and David Gravel also reached the B feature but could not advance.   

 on: January 18, 2017, 10:58:24 AM 
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A Sprinter's Pace
As the 2017 season quickly approaches, who is the man to beat?
CONCORD, N.C. - January 17, 2017 - The World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series is on the brink of its 40th season, and the series drivers regroup from the offseason to compete on sprint car racing's most storied tour.  Some 13 full-time drivers will herd their 900-horses to every end of the compass nationwide in 2017, seeking to either build on their existing legacy or make their tracks.
Last season, most of the tracks were up for grabs as 10 full-time drivers took the checkers at least once.  Early on, Kasey Kahne Racing proved its dominance in the state of Texas. Daryn Pittman and Brad Sweet were the lone-stars for the series' first swing through the state, splitting victories at Cotton Bowl Speedway and Royal Purple Speedway. But it was series veterans Joey Saldana and Larson Marks Racing's Shane Stewart who ended their Texas tirade with wins at Devil's Bowl Speedway. In 2017, Gator Motorplex will host the series for the first time and the series will return to LoneStar Speedway for the first time in six years; these two tracks will replace the ones where Kasey Kahne Racing saw success, potentially releveling the playing field.
Tony Stewart Racing's Donny Schatz - the series' eight-time champion - has consistently defended his home state of North Dakota. Specifically at River Cities Speedway, one of his most beloved tracks, Schatz swept 2016. Not only that, but Schatz has also taken six of the last eight races there since 2013. The Outlaws have visited the 3/10th-mile course 19 times since 2007, giving Schatz a 42 percent success rate at a track that has two midseason races in 2017. Schatz claimed 56 series races in two years, nearly one-quarter of his 229 career wins with the series.
When it comes to career success, Saldana is one win shy of becoming the sixth driver in series history to hit the 100-win mark. The 1996 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year solidified himself as one of the series' best in his 19 seasons full-time, ranking in the top-five in four of the last five seasons. In 2016 his victories were dispersed through five different states of the 24 the series visited - nearly double his mark from the season before. With a new team, Saldana said he is hopeful that he will be able to contend with the Kasey Kahne, Tony Stewart and Larson Marks Racing teams.
In a group of experienced drivers, there are several young-bucks who are trying to establish their dominance within the series. CJB Motorsports driver David Gravel, who finished third in points, completed his first full season with one team. Gravel improved on a winless 2015 season, taking nine more checkered flags and earning 36 more top-five performances. Shark Racing's tandem of Logan Schuchart and Jacob Allen also drew their first blood, amassing two wins and 22 top-five performances between them last season.
The stable of full-time drivers is a select breed on the charge for a championship. Considering each driver's trends from past seasons, some of sprint car racing's most proven experts weigh-in on 2017:
Chris Dolack, SPEED SPORT News: "This may sound a little weird - and I'm not even a big basketball fan, although I like to play it - but I look at Donny Schatz as the Chicago Bulls' Michael Jordan. When I lived in Chicago, they were dominant. It's 'Michael Jordan' until somebody knocks him off. That's always the way I felt about Schatz. It's 'Donny Schatz' until somebody can knock him off. Now, there are definitely guys that can do it.  An interesting thing that Schatz told me over the winter was he's got four former crew members who are now crew chiefs on other teams. So in essence, he's racing against his own notebook in all odd cases. That stuck with me. Until someone is able to step up and consistently do what he does, I don't see him or his crew stumbling."
Brad Doty, 2001 National Sprint Car Hall of Fame Inductee: "I have to lean toward Daryn Pittman being the biggest threat for a championship. Even though he does have a new crew chief [Eric Prutzman], he's with the same team. Joey Saldana has been out there for a long time, but he's with a new team. [David] Gravel: same team, same crew chief, and he looked good last year. If they can put the consistency together to win a championship, they would be a threat. But I have to lean more toward Pittman because he's already been a champion with that team - even with a new crew chief. Pittman is the biggest threat out of anybody to beat Donny Schatz, Ricky Warner and the Tony Stewart Racing team. [Tony Stewart Racing] has been together for so long with the same equipment. They just keep fine-tuning it year-after-year. They are still the team to beat."
Jeremy Elliot, SprintCarUnlimited.com: "Donny Schatz is the clear favorite to win his ninth World of Outlaws title in 2017. Few, if any competitor, can match his intensity throughout the season. He has the ability to drive through traffic and win from anywhere on the starting grid. Right now, Schatz has no equal in the sport, and he will prove that again this season. Contenders: David Gravel could be the biggest contender for Schatz this season. CJB Motorsports has cut back to one team and will be able to focus all their efforts into Gravel's pursuit of a World of Outlaws title."
Ross Wece, Open Red Commentator: "You can't talk about a new World of Outlaws season without talking about Donny Schatz. It's one of those scenarios where he is the guy to beat, until someone can step up and beat him. I also look forward to seeing what the new driver/crew chief combos at Kasey Kahne Racing and Larson Marks Racing can produce for those teams respectively. Also keep an eye on Joey Saldana, Tyler Swank, and the newly formed Stenhouse Jr-Wood Racing team in 2017. Tyler and Joey got some races together in the second half of 2016 and could be a force this year. Throw in the addition of series newcomer Brent Marks and the 2017 season is shaping up with several fascinating storylines."
The World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series is brought to fans across the country by many important sponsors and partners, including: Bad Boy Off Road (Official Side-by-Side Vehicle), Craftsman (Official Tool), 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, S&S Volvo and TNT Rescue.

Founded in 1978, the World of Outlaws®, based in Concord, N.C., is the premier national touring series for dirt track racing in North America, featuring the most powerful cars on dirt, the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series and the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series. Annually, the two series race nearly 140 times at tracks across the United States and Canada. CBS Sports Network is the official broadcast partner of the World of Outlaws. DIRTVision® also broadcasts all World of Outlaws events over the Internet to fans around the world. Learn more about the World of Outlaws.

 on: January 17, 2017, 09:39:59 AM 
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DIRTcar Racing Caps-off 33rd Annual Banquet with 'A Tribute to Excellence'
Nearly $330,000 in points-fund cash distributed to drivers for 2016 season successes
CONCORD, N.C. - Jan. 16, 2016 - The 33rd Annual DIRTcar Racing Tribute to Excellence Awards Banquet in Springfield, Ill. honored champions across 10 divisions for their outstanding performances during the 2016 racing season.
While the weather outside was brutal, the Springfield Crowne Plaza Hotel ballroom inside was warm as guests reminisced on a great 2016 season. Nearly 1,000 competitors, family and friends attended Saturday evening's event. There, DIRTcar Racing distributed close to $330,000 to competitors in recognition of their successes during the 2016 season.
"Smooth Operator" Bobby Pierce continued his dominance in the DIRTcar Late Model division. The Danville, Ill. native collected his third straight DIRTcar Late Model National Championship.
Pierce visited Victory Lane 19 times during the 2016 season. In addition to his National Championship, Pierce also won the Summer Nationals title and finished ninth in the Midwest region. Rusty Schlenk and McKay Wenger finished second and third respectfully in the National Championship points standings.
Mike Harrison took home the National Championship honors in the DIRTcar UMP Modified division.
Harrison, a native of Highland Creek, Ill., comes off another stellar season, aside from finishing first in the national points standings, Harrison went on to finish fifth in the Illinois region, fourth in the Southern Illinois/Missouri region, and second in the Summit Modified Nationals. Harrison recorded 21 wins during the 2016 season. This is Harrison's fifth Modified Nationals Championship.
Harrison's championship paid $20,000.
A.J. May of Creve Coeur, IL, took top honors in the DIRTcar Pro Late Model National Championship, worth $10,000 dollars. May visited Victory Lane at DIRTcar-sanctioned events 15 times during the season.
Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 was named the 2016 DIRTcar Track of the Year. I-55 Raceway in Pevely, Mo. is a high-banked 1/3-mile high-banked oval that features Saturday night racing. Additionally, the Raceway plays hosts to the Ironman for the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series. Owners Ray and Sue Marler were on-hand to accept the award.
Jason Plummer was honored as the 2016 DIRTcar Promoter of the Year. Plummer is the promoter for Peoria Speedway.

Jeremy Reed, of Decatur, Ill., was the DIRTcar Sports Compact National Champion. Reed went on to finish fifth in the West region and sixth in the North region. Reed totaled 22 victories during the 2016 season.
In the DIRTcar Factory Stock national points standings, Jesse Simmons of Danville, Ill. came out on top. Simmons claimed had 18 wins during the 2016 season. He received $1,000 for his championship.
With 13 wins on the year, Steve Peeden from Paragon, In, was the DIRTcar Sportsman national champion. In addition to his National Champion, Peeden also won the East region.
Tim Hancock was honored for his DIRTcar Pro Modified Series national title. Hancock had 19 wins throughout the season and received $1,000 from the points fund.
Andrew Funk from Dwight, Ill., had 26 wins during the 2016 season. Funk was the Stock Car National Champion. Funk also finished second in the North and fifth in the South region.
Kevin Atkins won the Pro Sprint division and Jon Robbins wrapped up the I-Mod championship.
The Summit Modified National Championship went to Nick Hoffman. David Mielke won the Michigan DIRTcar Mod Championship, Tony Jackson Jr. was the MARS Champion. The American Mod Series Championship went to Trent Young. The American Ethanol Late Model Tour Championship went to Dona Marcoullier and the ALMS Championship was claimed by Rusty Schlenk.
The 2016 Kid Modz championship went to Ryan Hamilton of Fairview Heights, Ill. Hamilton had six wins on the season.
State and regional champions recognized during the banquet included:
* Late Models ($2,000 each): Denny Woodworth (Midwest), Caleb Ashby (Deep South), Mike Spatola (Central), Justin Wells (South), Michael Kloos (Southwest), Eric Spangler (Michigan), Richard Papenhausen (West) and Devin Shiels (East).
* UMP Modifieds ($2,000 each): Trent Young (Deep South), Clayton Miller and Trent Young (South), Shawn Valenti (East), Derek Groomer (Indiana/Kentucky), David Mielke (Michigan), Jeff Koz (Ohio), Gabe Menser (Illinois), Jamie Lomax (Northern Indiana) and Michael Long (Missouri/Illinois).
* Pro Late Models ($500 each): A.J. May (North) and Michael Zimmerman (South).
* Sportsman ($200 each): Troy Medley (West) and Steve Peeden (East).
* Stock Car ($200 each): Jerrard Krick (North) and Josh Griffith (South).
* Sport Compact ($200 each): Jerry Gibson III (East), Rickey Carriker (West), Richard Ashby Jr. (South) and Matt Mackey (North)
Other special awards were handed out during the banquet:
With 122 wins throughout the season, Impressive Race Cars was honored as the Modified Chassis Builder of the Year. Rocket Race Cars, with 86 wins during the 2016 season, was honored as the Late Model Chassis Builder of the Year.
Bandit Race Cars was named the 2016 American Modified Series Chassis of the Year while Mullins Racing Engines claimed the 2016 American Modified Series Engine of the Year.
Spec Race Engines was the winner of the Modified Champion Engine Builder Award. Pro Power claimed the Late Model Champion Engine Builder award.
Ciara Pierce was awarded the Late Model Mechanic of the Year award and Brett Harrison received the Modified Mechanic of the Year award.
Bo Brockway, of Glasford Ill., finished 41st in the DIRTcar Late Model national points en route to the 2016 Rookie of the Year title.
DirtOnDirt.com's Todd Turner was honored with the prestige Bob Memmer Achievement Award.
The DIRTcar UMP Modifieds start their 2017 season at North Florida Raceway in Lake City, Florida on Feb. 3. The Modifieds will then head to East Bay Raceway Park on Feb. 7 through the 11th. The UMP Modifieds head back to North Florida Raceway on the 12th before wrapping up their Florida tour at DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park Feb. 14 to 21.
The 2017 DIRTcar Late Models kick off their season on Feb. 12 at North Florida Speedway. The Late Models will join DIRTcar Nationals for three nights of action packed racing on Feb. 20-22.
For more information on DIRTcar Racing and to see the complete final points standings for all DIRTcar-sanctioned divisions, visit www.dirtcarump.com.
The Super DIRTcar Series and DIRTcar Racing in the Northeast is brought to fans by many important sponsors and partners, including: Hoosier Racing Tire (Official Tire), VP Racing Fuels (Official Racing Fuel), Chevy Performance Parts and NAPA Auto Parts; in addition to contingency sponsors, including: ASI Race Wear, Bicknell Racing Products, Bilstein Shocks, Cometic Gasket, Comp Cams, Edelbrock, Fox Shocks, Henry's Exhaust Systems, Intercomp, JE Pistons, JRI Shocks, KSE Racing Products, Mike's Racing Heads, Motorsports Safety Systems, MSD, Pole Position Raceway, Superflow Dynos and Wrisco Aluminum; along with manufacturer sponsors, including: Beyea Headers, Racing Electronics and TNT Rescue.

 on: January 17, 2017, 09:38:40 AM 
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Brighton Speedway Closes 2016 Season With Celebration of Champions
BRIGHTON, Ont. - Brighton Speedway officially brought a close to its 2016 season with its celebration of champions at the King Edward Park Arena on Saturday night. The track recognized the accomplishments of its drivers, staff and sponsors throughout the fun-filled night.
The evening began with a moment of silence to remember the life of well-known racer Earl Gregory. As the awards portion of the night began, a number of dedicated sponsors were recognized for their contributions to the track this season. They included Bill Mill's of ABC Taxi, Stuart Archer of Archer's Poultry, Derrick Bain of Bainer's Radiator/OilGARD Anti-Rust, Paul Crouter of Bellevue Fabricating, Ed Newberry of Bill's Johns, Kevin McBride of Brighton Automotive, Joe Dibbits of Dibbits Excavating, Greg Belyea of Excel Tower Service, Corey Earl of Hotch's Auto Parts, Derrick Greig of Greig Truck & Trailer, John Kemp of John's Equipment, Frank Flieler of Larry's Towing, Dean LeClair of LeClair Electric, Caley Weese of McDougall Insurance & Financial, Donalda Wilson of PartSource, Gerald Draaistra of Vanderlaan Building Supplies, Wade Purchase of VanZuylen Tire & Alignment, and Mike Workman of Workman's OK Tire.
As the night moved into driver awards, the drivers of the Quinte Septic Stinger division were the first to be recognized. In the Junior Division, Brittany Golden received her championship trophy as well as Most Improved Driver along with second and third-place finishers Chantel Golden and Willy Bulten. Super Stinger champion Del MacGregor was also honoured.
In the Bill's Johns Comp 4 division, Ed Newberry presented the Top 11 drivers with their awards. Among them was fourth-place finisher Adam Flieler, who earned the Campbellford Chrysler Best Appearing award and set a Comp 4 track record at the Canada Day Shootout last July. Second-place finisher Matthew Moore was also named the division's Most Improved Driver while Tyler French earned his first championship crown.
Brighton Automotive's Kevin McBride presented the top 11 drivers in the Pro Stock division for their achievements. Fifth-place finisher Austin Reid was named the Most Improved Driver while fourth-place finisher Jonah Mutton was recognized for setting the fastest lap of the season during the Canada Day Shootout. They were followed by second and third-place finishers Doug Anderson and Brandon Murrell. Justin Ramsay was the final driver to be recognized for his second straight track championship and received a Hoosier Racing Tire championship jacket and tire in addition to his point fund.
Derek Bain presented the Top 11 drivers in the Bainer's OilGARD Anti-Rust Canadian Modified division with their awards. Eighth-place finisher Shawn Gregory was recognized for his top-10 finish as well as earning the most overall checkered flags. Fifth-place finisher Josh Hennessy was not able to attend but was recognized as the Most Improved driver. Kraig Handley, Dan Ferguson and Derrick Greig received their awards for finishing second through fourth, respectively. Andrew Hennessy officially earned his second straight championship and a Hoosier Racing Tire championship jacket and tire in addition to his point fund.
The Top 15 drivers in the Vanderlaan Building Products Pro Late Models were also recognized. The top-five included Charlie Sandercock, Brandon Mowat, Adam Turner and Kyle Sopaz from second through fifth. Phil Potts received his first career Late Model championship trophy and a Hoosier Racing Tire championship jacket and tire in addition to his point fund.
Triple Crown champions were also honoured including Tyler French in the ABC Taxi Comp 4 division, Justin Ramsay in the Larry's Towing Pro Stock division and Duel on the Dirt series, Andrew Hennessy in the ABC Taxi Canadian Modified division and Charlie Sandercock in the Hotch's Auto Parts Late Model division.
Specialty awards were the final recognition of the night. Late Model driver Brandon Mowat was named Most Consistent Driver while Caley Weese received the award for Most Gentle Person. Adam Nayler earned the Sportsman Award and Wade Purchase received the Hard Luck Award. Doug Anderson was the winner of the Roll Over Award.
The final four specialty awards were the highlight of the night. Hennessy Racing was awarded Pit Crew of the Year for their dedication in the pit area. Gary Vandertoorn received the Corey Bird Memorial Award while Tim Jones received the George Reid Memorial Award for their exceptional contributions to the track last season. Finally, Hotch and Corey Earl received the Promoter's Award for their assistance in promoting and supporting the racetrack through the year.
Drivers with 100% attendance were also entered into a variety of draws for one of two 2017 Season's Pit Passes and one of three Hoosier Tires.
Preparations for the 2017 racing season are already well underway. Look for schedule and sponsorship announcements regarding the upcoming year in the coming weeks. For more information, visit www.brightonspeedway.ca.
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Brighton Speedway's 2017 season is proudly supported by the following corporate sponsors: ABC Taxi, Adecco, AeCON, Bainer's OilGARD Anti-Rust, Battlefield Equipment Rentals, Bay Marine, Behan Construction, Belleville Boyer Nissan, Belleville Transmission & Auto, Bellevue Fabricating Ltd., Bicknell Racing Products, Bill's Johns, BJ McColl Fams, Bonn Law, Boyer Chevrolet Napanee, Brighton Automotive, Brighton Recycling, Budweiser, Campbellford Chrysler, Canadian Energy, Canadian National Autism Foundation, CANEX, Classic Hits 95.5, Classic Rock 107.9 The Breeze, Coca-Cola, Comfort Zone Heating & Air Conditioning, The Community Press, Cool 100, CSC Products, Davis Auto Repair, Deerhaven Farm and Garden, Dibbits Excavating, Eastern Overhead Doors, Electro Cables, Excel Tower Service, First Place Trailers, Gerow Propane, Gilmour's Meat Shop, Gord's Water, Greig Truck & Trailer, Hellraiser Race Bodies, Hewbrook Incorporated, Hits FM 95.5, Hotch's Auto Parts, Hoosier Racing Tire, Humber Nurseries, ImageFactor.ca Motorsport Designs, JJ Stewart Motors, John's Equipment, Jones Automotive, KD Transmission, Kiwanis Club of Trenton, KOA Campground of Brighton, Krown Rust Control Trenton, Lange & Fetter Ford, Larry's Towing, Leaf Racewear, Leclair Electric, Lester's Hot Dogs, Lucas Oil, Maestro's Painting, Mark Heating & Cooling, McDougall Insurance and Financial, Mix 97, Monacoe's Hair Salon & Day Spa, Monster Energy, Motosports of Trenton, Muskoka Aircraft Refinishing My FM 100.9/93.3, Mystical Distributing, NecksGen Head and Neck Restraint, NOCO Fuels, Owasco RV, Part Source, Peter's South End Garage, Qunte Mall, Quinte Septic, Rapid Rad, Read's Accounting,  REMAX (Saoirse Graham & Nicole Parks), ROCK 107, Rona Trenton, Sanderson Tire and Automotive, Stewart Electric, Stix & Stones Billiards, Stoneridge Specialty Insurance, Target Fabrication, TAS Communications, The Trentonian, Therapeutic Massage Centre, Towne and Country Liquidation, Turris Communications, UCB Radio Canada, Ultramar CST, Vanderlaan Building Products, Vandermeer Toyota, VanZuylen Tire and Alignment, The Vinyl Solution, Vito's Restaurant, VP Racing Fuels and Workman's OK Tire.

About Brighton Speedway: Brighton Speedway is a 1/3-mile clay stock car racing oval located on the shores of Lake Ontario in Brighton, Ont. The speedway hosts five weekly stock car divisions on Saturday nights from May to September.

 on: January 15, 2017, 06:41:14 PM 
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Wally Wilson Racing Purchases Modified for 2017
After a great season behind the wheel of both an OSCAAR Pro Midget and OSCAAR Midget, Wally Wilson is set to take the next step of his racing career. Wally Wilson Racing is proud to announce that they’ve purchased a modified, in which Wally Wilson will drive in 2017.

“I couldn’t be any happier,” he said. “This is a huge step in my career. I’m very grateful for everyone that has helped me get to this point! I can’t wait to race with guys I’ve been watching for years.”

As of right now, scheduling details have not been finalized in regards to the amount of races in which Wilson will run. However, he intends to be at the OSCAAR Modified season opener at Full Throttle Motor Speedway on May 21.

“The goal in my first season with the Modified is to take my time, get as much track time as possible, learn everything I possibly can to get to victory lane,” he said. “I expect to be at least a top-10 car by the end of the 2017 season!”

Though just cause there’s a new car in the house doesn’t mean the Midgets will be forgotten. Wilson confirmed he’ll once again run both the OSCAAR Pro Midget and OSCAAR Midget in 2017.

“My expectation for the 2017 season is to be a championship contender and show everyone consistency is the key to winning a championship,” he said. “You don’t need to win every race!”

This past season, Wilson experienced success behind the wheel of both his Pro Midget and Midget, finishing in the top-five in both series standings.

“I thought the 2016 racing season was action packed, with close racing right from the drop of the green flag of the first heat race back in May, all the way to the final checkered flag in October,” he said. “This was the season where each and every week every car in the field had a chance to capture a feature win; we had a first time winner almost every week this season! It was great to see! But of course I wish I was one of them! It was the experience of a life time to be able to be the first driver in OSCAAR history to run for two championships! The best part of the whole season besides spending my Saturdays at the track would have to be watching the Pro Midget’s grow from four cars back at Peterborough for the inaugural race, to about fifteen in the final event at Flamboro!”

Behind the wheel of his OSCAAR Midget, Wilson put together a solid sophomore campaign with top-10s on a weekly basis en route to finishing fourth in points. Starting off the year at Flamboro Speedway in May, he was able to run up front throughout the entire event, crossing the finish line in sixth. Fortunately, the momentum was able to be carried forward easily as he posted a ninth at Peterborough and a seventh at Grand Bend Speedway.

With continued improvement on a weekly basis, interest was high as to how he’d do in the first repeat track of the season. While the day started off rough with mechanical issues, everything sorted itself out by the time racing started. He’d lead the majority of the first heat, before being passed with two laps to go by Ryan Brown to finish second. Starting fifth in the feature, he quickly worked his way up to third and got quicker as the race went on, but ultimately ran out of time to catch the leaders, finishing third.

He looked to carry the momentum to Sauble Speedway, and was able to do that as he’d pilot his No. 69 The Fyre Place & Patio Shop, HAVE1.COM Midget to his first career heat victory. Unfortunately, the feature didn’t go as well as hoped with a 10th place finish.

In the weeks following, Wilson was able to get momentum back on his side as he’d post three straight top-six finishes, including a third at Flamboro Speedway. With no finishes outside of the top-10, Wilson easily qualified for the inaugural OSCAAR Race for the Cup.

The first race at Peterborough Speedway saw Wilson run inside the top-six in the early stages, till he lost ground following a three-wide battle mid-event which caused him to finish ninth. As a result, he was eliminated from the battle. He’d then complete the season with a seventh place finish at Frostoberfest. On top of the solid points finish, Wilson’s ability to make up ground in each of the races paid off as he picked up the RTR – Sirius 167 Hard Charger Award.

Meanwhile, behind the wheel of his Pro Midget, he was able to put together a season without any finishes outside of the top-seven en route to finishing second in the series points. Starting off the year at Peterborough Speedway, Wilson avoided the bugs which caught other competitors off-guard en route to a runner-up finish. The positive finishes kept coming as he’d post a fifth place finish at Flamboro Speedway, followed by a fourth at Grand Bend and a fifth in his return to Peterborough.

Unfortunately, in the second half of the season, it appeared as though things didn’t go as well as hoped as consistency was still there, but the finishes weren’t as strong. He’d finish sixth at Flamboro Speedway, followed by a seventh at Peterborough and a sixth at Flamboro Speedway.

Like he was able to in the Midget, he also took home the OSCAAR Pro Midget RTR – Sirius 167 Hard Charger Award by a single point over series champion Ted Greenwood.

Wilson is currently taking part in Champion Spark Plug’s Search for a Champion Contest. Be sure to check out his entry and vote for him at http://www.championautoparts.com/Promotions/search-for-a-champion.html?page=%2Fentry%2F1117%2F. Your vote could help him win a sponsorship for the 2017 season.

Be sure to check out Wilson’s youtube channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuC0eAtn85Fxtn_5_KfobBw to see on-board videos of the action from last season.

Wilson and team are proud to be supported by The Fyre Place & Patio Shop and HAVE1.COM.

Keep up with Wally Wilson by liking his facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Wally-Wilson-Racing-443805665798939/?fref=ts, while following on twitter at https://twitter.com/WallyWilson69

 on: January 14, 2017, 05:04:50 PM 
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INDYCAR News and Notes - Jan. 13, 2017
1. New Indy car aerodynamics will get to 'bottom' of downforce issue
2. Rossi enjoys Borg-Warner Trophy replica he gets to keep
3. INDYCAR drivers headed to North American International Auto Show
4. Of note

(Note: Media credential applications are being accepted for the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, the first race of the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series season scheduled for March 10-12. The application form is available on the "Media" page at gpstpete.com (click here to be linked to it). The deadline for applications to be submitted online is 4 p.m. ET Feb. 17. Due to space limitations, priority will be given to applicants from media organizations with confirmed assignments and widespread distribution or audience. The renewal process for INDYCAR season-long "hard card" media credentials will open in the near future.)

1. New Indy car aerodynamics will get to 'bottom' of downforce issue: Of course, a pretty face is important. Jay Frye, INDYCAR president of competition and operations, is the first to admit that. But looks aren't everything.

That's why work began long ago on bodywork that will cover the Dallara IR-12 chassis in 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series competition. That body and universal aero kit will serve through 2020. To get it wrong is not an option.

During a media roundtable Thursday at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, which also included Verizon IndyCar Series drivers Josef Newgarden and Alexander Rossi, winner of the 100th Indianapolis 500, Frye offered the first glimpse, both in words and concept illustrations, of the 2018 car's look. To say it was well-received is an understatement.

"I'm just delighted with the feedback," Frye said.

And it isn't just the presumed slightly retro look, it was mechanics of the design, which made Frye even happier. Rossi and Newgarden pointed out that the current car - with separate aero kit bodywork from Chevrolet and Honda, both of which are frozen for 2017 - tends to generate most of its downforce from the top of the car surface, largely with wings and spoilers.   

"One of the things I really liked hearing from Jay is that what drivers have been screaming about for a long, long time - that we want more 'bottom-side' performance from the race car. We don't want to just rely on the top," said Newgarden, who finished fourth in the 2016 championship with Ed Carpenter Racing and joins Team Penske for 2017.

"I like how prominent the floor is," said Rossi. "That bottom-side downforce will be a priority."

Meaning what? Rossi, driver of the No. 98 Andretti-Herta Autosport Honda, explained.

"It's when we're trying to follow closely and you get to a point where the racing kind of seems stagnant because nobody is really getting closer (to the car directly ahead). It's because the car behind us is so affected by the air, because it's going over the top of it. It's what we call 'dirty air,' meaning it's moving, and it's not a flat surface, which is what the car was designed (to encounter).

"When you're relying on downforce coming from the bottom, you're not as affected by turbulence or dirty air, because the state that air is in is irrelevant when it hits the floor.

"That part," Rossi emphasized, "is massively encouraging."

As expected, aside from aero and aesthetics, the new design addresses safety as well.

"We are looking at a wind screen or a halo-type application," Frye said, referring to additional head protection considerations. "We're full speed ahead designing and developing as soon as possible."

2. Rossi enjoys Borg-Warner Trophy replica he gets to keep: Reigning Indianapolis 500 champion Alexander Rossi said receiving his miniature Borg-Warner Trophy Wednesday in Detroit was different than other race-related experiences he's had since winning the 100th running in May 2016.

For one, he gets to keep the memento known as "the Baby Borg."

"The most memorable experience was seeing my face on the actual trophy," Rossi said at the annual Automotive News World Congress dinner at the Renaissance Center held in conjunction with the North American International Auto Show. "But you can't take it home."

Rossi first saw his likeness on the actual trophy Dec. 7 during an unveiling at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum in Indianapolis. Rossi knows where the big trophy resides - at IMS - but he does not yet have a place to showcase the smaller version he received. However, he got advice from Andretti-Herta Autosport team owners Michael Andretti and Bryan Herta.

Andretti keeps those he won with Dan Wheldon (2005), Dario Franchitti (2007) and Ryan Hunter-Reay (2014) in his office at team headquarters in Indianapolis. Herta has the one he won with Wheldon (2011) displayed at his home office in Valencia, Calif.

Andretti's Verizon IndyCar Series team ranks second only to Team Penske in placing the most drivers in victory lane at the Indianapolis 500. Roger Penske's organization has won the race a total of 16 times with 11 different drivers. Like Andretti, Lou Moore and Chip Ganassi also won the race with four different drivers.

"That makes me proud because it shows we've been doing a great job as a team," Andretti said. "It's not just been the driver (in the car)."

BorgWarner has given a replica Indianapolis 500 trophy to each race winner since Rick Mears after his 1988 victory.

3. INDYCAR drivers headed to North American International Auto Show: Several Verizon IndyCar Series drivers will make appearances at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the first major auto show of the year in North America. The drivers will be on hand to help promote the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit presented by Quicken Loans, the only doubleheader race weekend on the 2017 schedule, taking place June 2-4 on the Raceway at Belle Isle Park.

Helio Castroneves, a three-time Belle Isle winner including the first of what has become 29 career wins in 2000, will be a guest of honor at tonight's NAIAS Charity Preview before the auto show opens to the public on Saturday. Entering his 20th season of Indy car competition, the three-time Indianapolis 500 winner will participate in media interviews, meet with special guests and executives and take over the social media channels for Autoweek to showcase the various sights and sounds from the show.

Past Belle Isle winners Simon Pagenaud (2013 Race 2) and Carlos Munoz (2015 Race 1) will be featured during NAIAS Family Day on Jan. 20. Pagenaud, the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series champion from Team Penske, and Munoz, who joins AJ Foyt Racing in 2017 after four seasons with Andretti Autosport, will participate in a panel discussion open free to the public at the Cobo Center Atrium beginning at noon ET. Among those joining them on the panel will be Mark Miles, the CEO of Hulman & Co., the parent of INDYCAR and Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and Bud Denker, event chairman of the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix. Pagenaud and Munoz will also be available for autographs at 12:30 p.m.

4. Of note: Indianapolis Motor Speedway was presented the Eastern Motorsport Press Association's 2016 Chris Economaki News Maker of the Year Award for the historic 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil at EMPA's annual convention Jan. 8. C.J. O'Donnell, chief marketing officer for Hulman Motorsports, was a keynote speaker at the event and accepted the award on behalf of IMS. ... Kevin "Rocket" Blanch, technical director for the Verizon IndyCar Series, is among the latest to be interviewed for the popular "Dinner with Racers" podcast. Listen to the podcast at http://www.dinnerwithracers.com/ep-41-kevin-rocket-blanch/ . Others with INDYCAR ties recently interviewed include team owner/driver Ed Carpenter and Mike Hull, managing director for Chip Ganassi Racing. Past guests include Simon Pagenaud, Sarah Fisher and Oriol Servia, with all of the podcasts available on the website. ... Team Pelfrey has confirmed a pair of drivers for its Mazda Road to Indy presented by Cooper Tires program, with TJ Fischer returning to its Pro Mazda Championship presented by Cooper Tires team and Robert Megennis rejoining the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship powered by Mazda outfit. Fischer, 23, drove in four Pro Mazda races last season for the team with one top-five finish. Megennis, 16, was the USF2000 rookie of the year in 2016 with a pair of podium finishes and five top-five showings.   

 on: January 14, 2017, 05:04:03 PM 
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Regionalized DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series Format on Tap for 2017

CONCORD, N.C. - Jan. 14, 2017 - On the heels of a strong season in 2016 that saw over 230 different DIRTcar Sportsman Modified drivers compete in 15 series points shows, DIRTcar Racing officials will unveil a new format for Sportsman Modified teams in 2017.
Currently,19 different tracks have signed up for DIRTcar Sportsman Modifieds Series with negotiations ongoing for additional dates. To accommodate the increased demand, tour events being scheduled from the last weekend in April through late-September will be run under a regional format, with the schedule divided into four regions - North, West, Central and the East, which was announced earlier today will be a part of the  King Of Dirt tour. DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series teams will only be required to participate in a region of their choice in order to earn valuable series points. Point races run in other regions will become optional events for teams.
Home Track Bonus Points awarded for participating at one of the many DIRTcar Racing sanction tracks is again the foundation for the 2017 schedule. Bonus points from the regional DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series will be added to a driver's home track total on September 25. In addition to 1,000 Series bonus points, each regional points champion will earn a guaranteed starting spot at the Super DIRT Week Sportsman Championship at Oswego Speedway as well as a preferred starting spot in the OneDirt.com World Short Track Championship at the Dirt Track at Charlotte.
Drivers may compete in as many DIRTcar Racing events as they choose and may earn additional points toward the championship by competing in events out of their region (20 points per attempt up to a maximum of five totaling 100 points). These points will be added to a driver's home track and regional bonus total.
Central New York and Brockville, Ontario will be the final battleground for the DIRTcar Racing Championship when the calendar reaches fall. All regions will converge for a five event "Fall Championship Challenge" - bringing the best of the best together into one five-race chase for the championship. Mandatory 150 point-to-win races will be on tap for Sportsman Modified teams during a busy week-long stretch beginning with Fulton Speedway's 32nd Outlaw 200 Weekend on September 29th & 30th, Weedsport Speedway Super DIRT Week Kickoff Party on Wednesday Oct. 4, Brewerton Speedway 25th Hurricane, Thursday, Oct. 5 and the the 75-lap Super DIRT Week Championship at Oswego Speedway on Sunday, Oct. 8th. These events will build to the final series showdown for the DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series crown on Friday, October 13 at Brockville Speedway for the Fall Nationals.
"We feel this will allow teams to run good paying races within region throughout the season and earn valuable points without a heavy travel burden," said Mike Perrotte, DIRTcar Director of Series and sanction. "Then to have them all converge into the same sand box for the Fall Championship Challenge allows teams to race against racers from other regions for all the marbles."
Any Series feature winner across all four regions will earn automatic berths into the OneDirt.com World Short Track Championship All-Star Invitational at The Dirt Track at Charlotte on October 27. The top-12 in final overall series points will carry provisional starter status into the OneDirt.com World Short Track Championship non-point series finale on October 28.

"There has been a high demand for series races from track promoters and a lot of interest from race teams since we ended the series last fall," said DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Director, Cory Reed. "The series includes major events and great race tracks - we think the race teams will be pleased."
2017 Super DIRTcar Sportsman Series Schedule
*Subject to Change*
Day/Date Location Event Name
Central Region
Friday, April 28 Fulton Speedway Highbank Holdup 
Sunday, April 30 Utica-Rome Speedway   
Tuesday, June 20 Outlaw Speedway   
Monday, July 3 Weedsport Speedway Sportsman Classic 
Friday, September 15 Brewerton Speedway Duel at the Demon 

North Region
Saturday, May 6 Autodrome Drummond   
Friday, August 11 Autodrome Granby   
Sunday, September 3 Cornwall Motor Speedway   
Saturday, September 16 Mohawk Speedway Pete Mitchell Memorial 
Friday, September 22 LeRPM Speedway   
Saturday, September 23 Autodrome Drummond   
Sunday, September 24 Airborne Speedway   

West Region
Tuesday, July 25 Ohsweken Speedway   
Friday, September 8 Ransomville Speedway   
Saturday, September 9 Merrittville Speedway   
Sunday, September 10 Humberstone Speedway   
Friday, September 22 Brighton Speedway Applefest Weekend 
Saturday, September 23 Brighton Speedway Applefest Weekend 

East Region/King of Dirt
Sunday, May 13 Utica-Rome Speedway   
Monday, May 28 Devil's Bowl Speedway   
Saturday, July 15 Lebanon Valley Speedway   
Tuesday, August 15 Albany-Saratoga Speedway   
Sunday, August 20 Utica-Rome Speedway   
Thursday, August 31 Lebanon Valley Speedway   
Friday, September 8 Albany-Saratoga Speedway Northeast Crate Nationals
Friday, September 22 Fonda Speedway   

Fall Championship Challenge (150 point events)
Friday-Saturday, September 29 & 30 Fulton Speedway 32nd Outlaw 200 Weekend
Wednesday, October 4 Weedsport Speedway Super DIRT Week Kickoff Party
Thursday, October 5 Brewerton Speedway 25th Hurricane
Sunday, October 8 Oswego Speedway NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week
Friday, October 13 Brockville Speedway Fall Nationals
Thu-Fri-Sat, October 26-28 The Dirt Track at Charlotte World Short Track Championship - NP
The Super DIRTcar Series and DIRTcar Racing in the Northeast is brought to fans by many important sponsors and partners, including: Hoosier Racing Tire (Official Tire), VP Racing Fuels (Official Racing Fuel), Chevy Performance Parts and NAPA Auto Parts; in addition to contingency sponsors, including: ASI Race Wear, Bicknell Racing Products, Bilstein Shocks, Cometic Gasket, Comp Cams, Edelbrock, Fox Shocks, Henry's Exhaust Systems, Intercomp, JE Pistons, JRI Shocks, KSE Racing Products, Mike's Racing Heads, Motorsports Safety Systems, MSD, Pole Position Raceway, Superflow Dynos and Wrisco Aluminum; along with manufacturer sponsors, including: Beyea Headers, Racing Electronics and TNT Rescue.

 on: January 14, 2017, 05:03:27 PM 
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2017 Super DIRTcar Series Buzz
By Mandee Pauch
CONCORD, N.C. - Jan. 13, 2017 - Over the course of the 117-day offseason, a lot can change - some of it surprising, and some far too predictable. One thing is for sure, the Super DIRTcar Series offseason has been abuzz.
The 2017 schedule will have a slightly different feel to it from previous seasons. The Super DIRTcar Series will cover 25 tracks, spanning over six states and two Canadian provinces. The Series will make its return to the 5/8 high-banked dirt oval Bridgeport (N.J.) Speedway and the 3/8 semi-banked clay oval Oshweken (Ont. Canada) Speedway. For the first time, the Big-Block Modifieds will take on the newly converted dirt track of Airborne Speedway (Plattsburg, N.Y.) and the fast four-tenths-mile Outlaw Speedway (Dundee, N.Y.).
The 2016 season was dominated by none other than the now five-time Super DIRTcar Series Champion Matt Sheppard. Sheppard collected 12 Series wins, breaking the Series record for the most wins in a season. The previous mark was set at 10 by Billy Decker.
The Waterloo native was recently recognized for his accomplishments with top honors as the Richie Evans Memorial Northeast Driver of the Year at the Eastern Motorsport Press Association (EMPA) Hall of Fame Banquet.
While drivers and crews have been working hard on their machines over the winter break, a look ahead on what to expect surrounding the 2017 Super DIRTcar Series season.
Changing Hands
Tim Fuller, who placed third in points last season, has signed on with new Big-Block Modified car owner Ray Graham.  Teammate Kody Graham will accompany Fuller as the driving duo tackle the 2017 Super DIRTcar Series schedule.
Big-Block Modified personality, Peter Britten, was recently released from HBR Racing in late-December. Britten was not without a ride for long as he landed a ride with veteran racer Andy Romano. Britten will make the haul south for DIRTcar Nationals to run with the Super DIRTcar Series in February, but thereon plans to race at Albany-Saratoga Speedway's weekly shows under the Friday night lights
One of the biggest Super DIRTcar Series standouts will be turning a new key. Earlier this week, last year's Bud Light 300 Champion Stewart Friesen announced that he plans to race full-time in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series for the 2017 season. Friesen, the runner-up in last season's point rankings, was quoted in a recent article that he still plans to race at least two nights of DIRTcar Nationals with hopes of running a third depending on his NASCAR schedule. With new Big-Block Modifieds currently being built, do not expect Friesen to shy too far away from the Super DIRTcar Series in 2017.

Joining The Series
The offseason allows teams to regroup and prepare for the upcoming season. While drivers and teams make their changes, two notable drivers will be joining the illustrious Super DIRTcar Series team this season.
The young gun from Fayetteville, N.Y., Mike Maresca, ran more than half of the Super DIRTcar Series races last year and is now looking to join the national tour.
"We visited a lot of the tracks last year in our first year with the Big Block and decided that it was time to compete on the highest level and try to get our program together," Maresca said.
Maresca's best finish with the Series came in October during Super DIRT Week as he collected an eighth place finish in the Bud Light 300 at Oswego Speedway.
The driver of the No. 96 Big Block Modified, J.F. Corriveau, will also be making the leap into the Series as he will be joining Maresca and other returning teams for the 2017 season.
Looking Ahead
Super DIRTcar Series Rookie of the Year, Max McLaughlin, will be one to keep your eyes on as he heads into his second full season with HBR Racing and the Super DIRTcar Series. The 16-year-old McLaughlin was recently awarded the John Blewett III Young Guns Award at the EMPA Awards Banquet for his efforts. The second-generation driver - the son of 'Magic-Shoes' Mike McLaughlin - is based out of Mooresville, N.C. came off of his first season with a strong 13th-place finish in the point's championship. McLaughlin's best finish of 2016 came in July at Sharon Speedway with a sixth-place finish.
Another challenger on the Series out of King Ferry, N.Y., Mike Mahaney, finished his first season on the tour with an 11th-place finish in the series championship point standings. The driver of the No. 88 Buzz Chew Racing has several Big-Block Modified wins under his belt but has his sites set on his first ever Super DIRTcar Series victory.
For the first time in 20 years, the Super DIRTcar Series winningest driver went winless in 2016. Despite Brett Hearn's unusual season, the Super DIRTcar Series eight-time champion is no stranger to victory lane. Hearn is just eightwinsaway from reaching the remarkable milestone of 900 career wins across his racing career. Hearn's first shot at adding to his win total will come at DIRTcar Nationals in February.
News Maker
The Super DIRTcar Series regular, Larry Wight, is making his second appearance at the annual Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals this week and is making it known where his racing roots are from.
Wight fended off a late-race charge by Zach Daum to finish second to Tyler Courtney in Tuesday nights A-Main after starting from the seventh starting position. The second-place finish locked Wight into Saturday's crowned jewel A-Main event.
"Me and (Tim) McCreadie are the only modified guys from the northeast," Wight said. "We're kind of hidden up there with our slick tracks and this is when it helps us. Normally we don't race until Volusia (DIRTcar Nationals) so to break the dust off the fire suit and the helmet in the beginning of the year helps get the ball rolling for the momentum."
Five nights of qualifying, more than 370 drivers competing in arguably one of the biggest dirt races of the year and Super DIRTcar Series regular, "Lightning" Larry Wight has locked it into Saturday Nights A-Main.
The Super DIRTcar Series first race of the season will kickoff at Volusia Speedway Park in February for the DIRTcar Nationals as Series regulars will take on invaders from all across the Northeast in hopes to bring home the coveted "Big Gator" trophy. The DIRTcar Nationals offers four nights of ground pounding, earth shaking, window rattling, Big Block Modified action-packed racing at the fast half-mile on February 22-25th.
The Super DIRTcar Series and DIRTcar Racing in the Northeast is brought to fans by many important sponsors and partners, including: Hoosier Racing Tire (Official Tire), VP Racing Fuels (Official Racing Fuel), Chevy Performance Parts and NAPA Auto Parts; in addition to contingency sponsors, including: ASI Race Wear, Bicknell Racing Products, Bilstein Shocks, Cometic Gasket, Comp Cams, Edelbrock, Fox Shocks, Henry's Exhaust Systems, Intercomp, JE Pistons, JRI Shocks, KSE Racing Products, Mike's Racing Heads, Motorsports Safety Systems, MSD, Pole Position Raceway, Superflow Dynos and Wrisco Aluminum; along with manufacturer sponsors, including: Beyea Headers, Racing Electronics and TNT Rescue.

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