Monthly Archives: November 2016

Diverse slate set for 2017 NYSSCA HALL OF FAME induction on Saturday, January 28, 2017

Saratoga Auto Museum
The Saratoga Automobile Museum in NY State has always given a lot of support to oval track racing in both New England and New York State.
Dirt stars Paul Jensen and Gary Balough, asphalt ace Billy Greco, racer and historian Dan Ody and longtime media stalwarts Don and Joanne Davies highlight an all-star class of inductees for the New York State Stock Car Association Hall of Fame ceremony set for late January.
Jensen, who long-time Utica-Rome Speedway promoter Gene Cole dubbed “the Smoky Yunick of Central New York” for his innovative mechanical skills, has enjoyed a 42-year career that saw him garner 13 championships at a half-dozen speedways:  Utica-Rome, Fulton, Thunder Mountain, Brookfield, Fonda and Afton.
\Along with some 135 wins at ten different speedways, topped by his 1993 triumph in Fulton’s Victoria 200, Jensen claimed the Outlaw Circuit championship in 1990 and ’92.  And all along the way, Jensen built a reputation as a true gentleman who would help his competition at any time, in any way he could.
Balough, who started his career at age 14 in Hialeah, FL, is best known for his domination of Super DIRT Week on the Syracuse mile, where he won four times and changed the face of modified racing with his famed aerodynamic “Batmobile.”
His asphalt experience made him nearly unbeatable when the northeastern dirt tracks turned hard and dry and in 1977 he led the Eastern States 200 flag-to-flag, the only one to do so.  Other notable wins came at East Windsor, Fonda, Flemington and Nazareth in a variety of cars, as the ever aggressive Balough was a winner in everything he drove.
By the 1980’s he was back to asphalt racing, winning such events as Pensacola’s Snowball Derby, the Miller High Life 300 at Charlotte and late model classics across the mid-west and deep south as he claimed the All-Pro championship in 1986.  Balough also made two starts in the Daytona 500 and is thought to have over 1000 wins through his notable career.
New England asphalt ace Billy Greco, generally introduced as “Wild Bill,” won modified races across the Northeast following his debut at West Haven, CT Speedway, where we would go on to win three championships.  He was especially good on the Riverside Park bullring, where he ranked second, with 57 wins, when the track closed to expand the adjacent amusement park.
In the Empire State, Greco notched five consecutive wins at Islip, Long Island to shake up the locals and also claimed 18 of 20 features one season at the old Pine Bowl outside Troy.  But it was his feat of claiming the first ever Albany-Saratoga Speedway championship some 50 years ago that will keep Greco in racing trivia contests forever.
The late Dan Ody had a multi-faceted career that started at age 16 in go-karts and progressed through street stocks, slingshot, mini-modifieds, mini-sprints, 360 and 305 sprint cars, IMCA modifieds, late models, sportsman, 358 modifieds and big block modifieds.  His first win came at the Fonda Speedway in the street stock class and he notched his 100th win there as well in a vintage modified race.
Best known for his mini-sprint success, Ody was the 1986 and ’87 PMSRA Driver of the Year and was named the PMSRRA “Driver of the Eighties.”  He also had great success in the IMCA modifieds, though his 102ndand final career win came in Everett Kneer’s Pro-Stock at Utica-Rome.  But Dan may be best remembered for his efforts in assembling videos of old speedways and long ago races from old 16 mm film provided by fans, racers and historians.  His efforts have revived and kept alive memories of long-forgotten raceways while also highlighting long ago events at speedways still going strong.
Longtime Area Auto Racing News columnists Don and JoAnne Davies began their careers as columnists for Easton’s Val LeSieur’s Speedway Scene in 1972, a logical extension of Don’s lifelong passion for racing fostered when his parents first took him to the old Brookfield Speedway in 1949.  In 1986, they moved to Area Auto Racing News.
The duo has long covered the weekly action in eastern and central New York along with following the Super DIRT Series and are the consummate “insiders.”  For 75-80 events a year, Don walks the pit area non-stop, knowing and talking to everyone in both the modified and support classes, while JoAnne, who met Don in college and saw her first race at the famed Flemington Fairgrounds, gathers information from the press box.  She also aids a number of tracks with their media relations and sign-in operations.
The Davies’ perspective has always been that they are race fans first, trying to present information they would want to know if they were not at that race or event while keeping personal opinions to a minimum.
NYSSCA Hall of Fame festivities will kick off at 11 am on Saturday, January 28th when inductees are introduced and their careers recalled at the Saratoga Automobile Museum on the Avenue of the Pines in the Saratoga Spa State Park, site of the NYSSCA Hall of Fame exhibit.  This will be followed by the annual NYSSCA awards banquet at the Polish Community Center on Washington Ave. extension in Albany.  The cocktail hour will begin at 4 pm with Hall of Fame introductions to follow at 5:15.
Source: Saratoga Auto Museum PR
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Riverhead Raceway on Long Island to host Modified Touring Series on Saturday, June 17

The newly formed Modified Touring Series will hold it's first race ever at the Monadnock Speedway in Winchester, NH with paying

The newly formed Modified Tour Series booked it’s seventh event of the 2017 season with the management of the Riverhead Raceway out on Long Island, NY.


Exciting news from Long Island broke Friday afternoon when Riverhead Raceway’s Eddie & Connie Partridge and Tom Gatz in conjunction with Modified Touring Series owner Gary A. Knight disclosed the second year organization would be racing on Long Island Saturday June 17th, 2017 at the historic quarter mile facility. Continue reading

PASS sets 2017 dates to crown Super Late Model’s National Champion

The PASS All Star Tour race cars will race at Thunder Road International Speedbowl on Memorial Day weekend for the first time.  (Credit: PASS Tour photo.)

The PASS Super Late Model Tour announces its major events for 2017. (Credit: PASS Tour photo.)


44th Annual Oxford 250 at Oxford Plains Speedway to pay PASS Super Late Model winner $25,000, plus $25,000 in guaranteed lap leader money

Easter Bunny 150 at Hickory Continues Tradition as Spring’s Premier Super Late Model Event

Dillon, Orange County, Thompson, And Beech Ridge Fill Out Remainder Of Championship Schedule


The Pro All Stars Series (PASS) officials have released the six dates and locations that will make up the 10th Annual PASS National Championship Series.  The schedule is comprised of six premier Super Late Model events in both PASS North and PASS South that will determine an overall PASS National Champion.  The PASS National Championship Series will see the champion crowned for the first time ever at the prestigious 44th Annual Oxford 250 at Oxford Plains Speedway in August.  And, the PASS National Championship Series will return to North Carolina’s Orange County Speedway next March for the first time since 2014. Continue reading

Chase Dowling returning to weekly competition in Stafford’s SK Modified® Division for 2017 season

After earning the NWMT Rookie of the Year for 2015, Chase Dowling shoots for a victory in Stafford's Spring Sizzler.  (Credit: NASCAR Hometracks photo.)

Chase Dowling will return to StaffordMotor Speedway’s Sk Modified Division for the 2017 season after a two year absence. (Credit: NASCAR Hometracks photo.)


After two years away from weekly competition, 2014 SK Modified® Rookie of the Year Chase Dowling will return to Stafford’s premier division in 2017 behind the wheel of the #50 Les & Tina Skowyra owned modified.  Dowling has spent the last two years running on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour after an impressive 2014 season in the SK Modified® division which etched his name in the record books as the youngest SK Modified® winner in track history.

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ACT Tour announces it’s 2017 schedule



Three appearances for the ACT Tour in southern New England is a milestone for that club's 25th anniversary.

The Waterbury, VT based ACT Tour will have ten races in 2017 in MA, NH and VT



Event Day Date Track Location Laps
1 Sa/Sn April 8/9 Lee USA Lee, NH 150
2 Sa/Sn April 29/30 Thunder Road Barre, VT 150
3 Sunday May 7 Devil’s Bowl West Haven, VT 100
4 Saturday June 17 White Mountain N. Woodstock, NH 150
5 Saturday July 15 Seekonk Seekonk, MA 100
6 Saturday August 5 Beech Ridge Scarborough, ME 100
7 Saturday August 19 White Mountain N. Woodstock, NH 100
8 Sunday September 3 Thunder Road Barre, VT 200
9 Sunday September 10 Devil’s Bowl – VT 200 weekend West Haven, VT TBA
10 Saturday October 14 Thompson Thompson, CT 75
subject to change

Source: ACT Tour

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Anthony Sesely is a major player going into the Atlantic City TQ race on December 9-10

TC hopes that his luck will hold when he races at Bristol on Wednesday night.  (Credit: NASCAR Home Tracks photo.)

Ted Christopher of Plainville, CT is one ofo the early entries for the indoor Atlantic City TQ races on December 9-10 (Credit: NASCAR Home Tracks photo.)


Anthony Sesely’s three wins in the NAPA Auto Parts Gamblers Classic in Atlantic City established him as a major player in Indoor racing. The 33-year old driver from Matawan, NJ, is hoping that a new ride driving for one of the true super stars of the sport will be the ticket to getting him back to the winners circle.  Sesely swept to victory in the 2013, 2014 and 2016 Atlantic City features driving for his family owned team. At Trenton he’ll debut in a Three Quarter (TQ)-Midget owned by Lou Cicconi, himself a four time winner of the Indoor Auto Racing Championship Series fueled by VP Racing Fuels

“The car is one of Lou Cicconi’s.” Sesely said. “He completely redid it from what it was last year.”

The 2016-2017 Indoor series begins with the Friday and Saturday, December 9-10 events at Sun National Bank Center in Trenton, N.J.

Sesely, who won his three Indoor races in a chain-driven 600 Micro Sprint, will now be driving a more conventional 750 TQ Midget.

“It will be different,” Sesely said. “I drove a 750 indoors before I built the 600. It takes a completely different style of driving each kind of car.”

The man Sesely and all others will have to work overtime to defeat is Erick Rudolph.   Rudolph, of Ransomville. N.Y. won last year’s TQ Battle of Trenton and the 2015-2016 championship.

Other early TQ Midget entries have been filed by seven-time LSMP Indoor TQ feature race winner Ted Christopher of Plainville, Ct., past American Three Quarter Midget Racing Association circuit champions Matt Janisch of Nazareth, Pa., and Ryan Tidman of Holland, Pa., and perennial asphalt Modified standouts Jimmy Blewett of Howell, N.J., Zane Zeiner of Bath, Pa., and Earl Paules of Palmerton, Pa.

As a special preview of the 2016-2017 Indoor Racing Series, general admission tickets for Friday’s Battle Of Trenton opening night have been priced at just $10 for adults and $7 for children.

The ultra-quick TQ Midgets will headline both Friday’s opening night and Saturday’s “Battle Of Trenton” feature event finale. The TQ Midgets are lightweight high-tech race cars powered by 750cc Motorcycle engines that achieve speeds upward of 75 mph when driven by professional race car drivers from eight states and Canada.

The Friday night race program, which begins at 7:30 PM, consists of 60 TQ Midgets split into three 20-lap Qualifier races. A complete program of heat races and feature event for the Champ Karts is also on the schedule. Attendees can get a close up look at a TQ Midgets at Fan Zone located on the concourse. Top drivers and Ms. Motorsports 2016 Arynne Moody will be making an appearance at Fan Zone offering autographs and photos free of charge. Ryan Flores, a member of Roger Penske’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team, will be among those top TQ drivers who will be meeting and greeting Fan Zone attendees for Friday’s races.

On Saturday the “Battle Of Trenton” 40 lap feature event will be held after a series of qualifying events for the TQ Midgets. The always popular and wild Slingshots will also be part of this program sponsored by Oliver Communications in Bordentown, N.J. and Pete & Elda’s Bar in Neptune City. N.J.

Tickets for Saturday’s races are available starting at $17 for adults and $7 for children. Fan Fest will be held inside the speedway one hour prior to the 7 PM starting time. The entire field of race cars competing on Saturday will be on display during Fan Fest and drivers will be available for free autographs and photos by their cars.

The Trenton race is part one of a three-race Len Sammons Motorsports Productions (LSMP) Indoor Series.  Other races are scheduled for December 30-31 at PPL Center in downtown Allentown, Pa., and at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J., on January 27-28, 2017.

Trenton Indoor Race tickets are available online at or by phone at 1-800-298-4200. Tickets may also be purchased at the Sun National Bank Center Box Office on Monday through Friday from 10 AM until 5:30 PM and on Saturday from 12 Noon through 4 PM

 Source: Ernie Saxton Communications


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Devil’s Bowl Speedway to host American-Canadian Tour twice in 2017 “Spring Green” returns; all-new event coming on Vermont 200 Weekend

This Sunday, April 17 ACT and PASS will host its first doubleheader.This time at Oxford Plains Speedway in ME.  (Credit; ACT/PASS Tours photo.)

ACT Tour Late Models are a popular division all over New England and eastern Canada and compete both weekly and on the two ACT Tours .  (Credit: ACT Tour photo).


The traveling stock car stars of the American-Canadian Tour (ACT) will return to the Asphalt Track at Devil’s Bowl Speedway twice in 2017. Having just completed its 25th season, one of the premier Late Model racing series in North America will battle in a pair of exciting events at the fast Vermont half-mile that has become a favorite of drivers and fans alike.

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Six drivers earn NASCAR Touring Series Most Popular Driver Awards-Nearly 47,000 votes cast World-Wide for fan favorites

NASCAR and NBC Sports released the 2016 Whelen Modified TV schedule

Every year NASCAR conducts votes from fans for their favorite drivers.


The fans have spoken.

More than 47,000 votes were cast world-wide for the 2016 NASCAR touring series’ Most Popular Driver Awards and six drivers have earned the honor of fan favorite.

The 2016 Most Popular Driver Award winners are:

• Austin Theriault (Fort Kent, Maine), NASCAR K&N Pro Series East
• Salvatore Iovino (Los Angeles), NASCAR K&N Pro Series West
• Melissa Fifield (Wakefield, N.H.), NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour
• Trey Hutchens (Lexington, N.C.), NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour
• Jason Hathaway (St. Thomas, Ont.), NASCAR Pinty’s Series
• Alon Day (Ashdod, Israel), NASCAR Whelen Euro Series

The list includes four repeat winners – Melissa Fifield, Trey Hutchens, Jason Hathaway and Alon Day.

There was also nearly an historic first: Hutchens, who competed in both the K&N Pro Series East and Whelen Southern Modified Tour this year, finished a close second to Theriault in the K&N Pro East voting while taking the top honors in the Whelen Southern Modified Tour for the second straight year.

Fifield won the award for the third straight season in the Whelen Modified Tour.

Iovino emerged in front in a close three-way battle in the K&N Pro West with Jesse Iwuji and series champion Todd Gilliland.

Hathaway, who announced he was retiring from full-time competition after racing in all 121 events in series history, ran away with the award in the Pinty’s Series.

Day, who was selected to the NASCAR Next program as one of the sport’s rising stars, won the award for the second consecutive season.

The award was open to any driver who competed in at last half of the races in their respective series.

Monday, Elliott Sadler (NASCAR XFINITY Series) and Tyler Reddick (NASCAR Camping World Truck Series) received the Most Popular Driver Award for their respective series in their awards gala at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel.

The NASCAR touring series Most Popular Drivers will be recognized on stage as part of the NASCAR Touring Series Night of Champions on Saturday, Dec. 10 at the Charlotte (North Carolina) Convention Center at the NASCAR Hall of Fame

Source: Jason Christley/NASCAR PR

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Winter Autocross Dates Announced at Lime Rock Park

Dates for Winter Autocross Events Announced!Confirmed earlier today are the first four dates of Lime Rock Park’s famous Winter Autocross Season presented by Initially there are two Winter Autocross Days and two Winter Driving Schools.The two Winter Autocross Days* are Saturday, January 14 and Saturday, February 11.

The two Winter Driving Schools* are Saturday, January 21 and Presidents Day Monday, February 20.

Winter Autocross Days presented by For drivers looking for maximum value for entertaining, spirited driving in winter conditions, with some instruction and a relaxed curriculum. The cost is $350 per driver, and each event is managed by four pro driving coaches. Note: For maximum fun, we increased the length of the day from four to six hours!

Winter Driving School presented by For drivers aiming to improve their winter driving skill-set, in a controlled, practice-focused environment. Whether you’re enrolling yourself or your newly-licensed teen, Lime Rock’s Winter Driving School provides an excellent base of knowledge – and tremendous opportunity to heavily practice the skills needed to make the best decisions while driving the snow- and ice-covered streets, roads and highways. The cost of this curriculum-based program is $450 per driver, with a near three-to-one instructor-student ratio.

If you know which program you want, purchase your Winter Autocross “ticket” online by clicking here.

If you have questions or want additional Winter Driving information, please call the Track Office at 860.435.5000.

*Additional dates to be added based on demand

Lime Rock Park’s Winter Autocross Season presented by… let’s get slideways!

SSource: Lime Rock Park PR


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