Pocono Raceway announced today an upgrade to a popular camping area, now referred to as ‘50-Amp Family Grandstand Camping,’ to include electricity and water. These improvements were made one year after the Raceway added power and water hook ups to the Trackside and 50-Amp Infield Camping areas. All camping spots, including the new 50-Amp Family Grandstand Camping locations, are now available for purchase for the 2019 Pocono 400, Gander Outdoors 400 and ABC Supply 500 race weekends. As a reminder, kids camp for free at ‘The Tricky Triangle.’
The 50-Amp Family Grandstand Camping spots are located along the fence line on the backside of Turn 3 and adjacent to the Trackside Camping area along the fence line that borders Long Pond Road. These enhanced camping spots will include 50-Amp power hook up powered by the Raceway’s 25-acre, three-megawatt solar farm, water hook up, complimentary daily ice delivery, complimentary sewage service, voucher for a souvenir program with diecast car and two Pit/Paddock Passes.
“We are thrilled to be offering more upgraded camping locations for the 2019 season,” said Ben May, Pocono Raceway President. “As in 2018, our renewal guests were given the first opportunity to purchase these upgraded camping spots and the initial feedback has been very positive. The remaining spots are now available for purchase and, based on the success of improved Trackside and 50-Amp Infield Camping areas last year, we strongly believe they will sell out quickly.”
Camping guests attending Pocono Raceway’s NASCAR and INDYCAR race weekends receive several perks. Kids, ages 12 and under, can camp for the entire race weekend for free. Camping guests will also receive four-day access to the Raceway, starting on Thursday, free access to the Grandstand on Friday and Saturday, free access to the Bark (dog) Park and complimentary access to the #POCONOMTNS Inclusive Playground.
All Family Grandstand Camping guests, regardless of age and including children, are required to have a Sunday Grandstand ticket. All Sunday Grandstand tickets are reserved. Sunday tickets for kids, ages 12 and under, in the 100 and 200 Levels of the Grandstand can be selected or requested, free of charge, when purchasing online or over the phone.
For more information about the Raceway’s camping options and additional details, please visit www.poconoraceway.com/camping or call our ticket office at 1-800-722-3929.
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Orange County New York is home to one of racing’s hidden gems and a true historic site, a ⅝ mile dirt track located in the heart of the Town of Wallkill that has been continuously operated since 1919, making it the oldest in the nation. While New York state plays host to a number of dirt short tracks, none have as rich or interesting a history as what has long been known as “The Orange County Fair Speedway.”
At the time of the first automobile race on August 16, 1919, “OCFS” was known as “The Harry Clay Oval.” It had been constructed in 1857 at the Orange County Fairgrounds as a horse racing track. Despite the existence of older horse tracks, The Harry Clay Oval/OCFS may be the oldest continuously operated racing facility in the world. Starting in 1913, auto racing enthusiast, George Martin lobbied to bring cars to the track, eventually succeeding in 1919 assembling a field of drivers for a crowd of 5,000.
That first race, run mostly by cars with Duesenberg motors, was won by James Benedict of Katonah, NY, driving the “Benedict Special”. To Martin’s relief, the races were a huge success, with fair directors admitting that by next year, they’d need to accommodate a much larger crowd.
Auto racing at OCFS would continue regularly for the next 100 years, excluding a short government mandated break during WWII due to metal and gasoline conservation efforts. In 1946, full time racing returned to the newly dubbed “Victory Speedway,” now officially an auto racing track featuring “American Racing Drivers Club” sanctioned Midget Car racing. Stock car racing officially began at the speedway on September 18, 1948 as Rocky Dinatale is credited with the first-ever stock car win. The first fully contested championship season began on April 16, 1950 and the first race of the season was won by Tex Enright driving the no. 407 Modified coupe. Eventually, Victory Speedway would transition into being known as “The Orange County Fair Speedway” as it is still today.
Now, in 2019, the track referred to by some as “The Hard Clay” or “The House of Power” features some of the most exciting racing action you’ll see in the country. Many racing legends like Mario Andretti competed in Middletown early in their careers. Even Nascar stars like Tony Stewart are known to make yearly appearances, but all season long, local grassroots stock car teams can be seen giving their all in 850+ HP V8 powered Dirt Modified race cars, battling for the OCFS Championship. For around the same price as a night at the movies, your family can witness this spectacle that has captivated fans for 100 Years.
Orange Motorsports and Entertainment, the new managing company at OCFS as of 2018, will celebrate this hundredth season with a special 3-day Centennial event in August as well as specially curated, year-long tributes to OCFS’ history and legendary cast of drivers, car owners, car builders and track personalities. Weekly events will feature live music at “The 31st Lap Tavern” the track bar where fans and racers meet for drinks, delicious food and of course some racing talk after the night’s events. Fans of racing, history, Americana, car culture, classic cars or just those looking for a fun night out with the family will be treated to a season steeped in nostalgia, local history and the finest racing you’ll see at this newly upgraded facility.
2018 saw the restoration of OCFS’ half covered grandstand, the addition of party deck seating with high top tables for four, new turn 4 bleachers, new restrooms, new VIP areas, new official merchandise store, the return of the “Super DIRTcar Series” and more. With last year’s upgrades, OCFS offers a more comfortable experience for all in this unprecedented anniversary season. It all starts the first weekend in April, 2019 with The Short Track Super Series’ “Hard Clay Open,” followed by the OCFS 100th Anniversary Season Opener on Saturday, April 13th. For a preview of the season to come, fans are encouraged to attend our 2019 Motorsports Show on March 23rd - 24th where they can get up close and personal with the cars, drivers and teams.
For a full schedule of speedway events and news, visit the official site at orangecountyfairspeedway.com and follow @ocfsracing on Instagram and Facebook for daily posts, giveaways, breaking news and exciting video content.
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For the first time since the historic .363-mile track opened in 1951 Hickory, N.C., native, GMS President and former HMS competitor Mike Beam - along with racing historian Phil Combs - have joined forces to host the inaugural 2019 Hickory Motor Speedway Reunion on Saturday, January 19 at the GMS Racing shop located on West Aviation Drive in Statesville, N.C.
Drivers, crew members, and track officials from every decade of the track's existence are expected to attend the event. Over 100 former drivers are expected to attend headlined by former track champions such at Tommy Houston and NASCAR Hall of Fame drivers Ned Jarrett and Jack Ingram.
VIP guests will be allowed to enter at 10 a.m. with doors opening at 11 a.m. for the general public. A limited number of Hickory Motor Speedway posters courtesy of Hickory Motor Speedway and hero cards will be available. Fans will receive a ticket upon admission that can be redeemed for a poster or hero card during the event. Tickets will be distributed on a first come-first served basis only.
Highlighting the day's activities will be an unveiling of a car driven by the late Butch Lindley which Beam served on the crew for in the 1970s at HMS. A memorial service for former HMS competitor Clarence Ogle will also be held. Food vendors will be on site, and a driver autograph session will be held during the day.
Schedule of events:
10 a.m. VIP/Media Meeting
11 a.m. Doors open for fans and the general public
11:20 a.m. Opening remarks from Mike Beam and Phil Combs
11:25 a.m. Invocation by HMS chaplain John Abernathy & National Anthem
11:30 a.m. Remarks from HMS Promoter Kevin Piercy
11:35 a.m. Unveiling of Butch Lindley car
Noon Clarence Ogle Memorial Service
12:30 p.m. HMS Organized Pictures
A. HMS Past Late Model Track Champions
B. All past HMS track champions
C. All former Busch Series/Late Model Sportsman Drivers
D. Current & Former Miss HMS Beauty Queens
E. All previous HMS officials and employees
1 p.m. Autograph Session (Collect tickets & distribute Posters & Hero Cards in front of line)
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The United States Auto Club (USAC) announced its USAC.25 Series (quarter midgets) has retained the services of seasoned motorsports official John Darby to oversee the technical and safety processes of USAC.25 effective immediately.
Darby, the former Managing Director of Competition at NASCAR, brings a tremendous amount of knowledge and experience to USAC.25, most notably from his more than 30-year career span at NASCAR. In 1998 he was named the Series Director for the NASCAR Busch Series (now Xfinity Series). Three years later, Darby was promoted to Director of Competition for the Winston Cup Series (now Monster Energy Cup Series).
“The USAC.25 Series is a proven starting ground for so many that want to get more competitive in racing and maybe even have a shot at making racing a career option,” said the Rockford, Ill., native. “Youth involvement in motorsports is more important than ever to ensure a healthy future for the sport. I want to be able to use some of my experience to continue making racing quarter-midgets fun, yet safe and competitive for all kids and families involved.”
Darby will work closely with quarter-midget engine and chassis manufacturers, in addition to working with USAC.25’s technical officials at national events.
“We are very fortunate to be able to utilize all that John has to offer and share it with our USAC.25 members,” said Kevin Miller, President of USAC. “The sport of quarter-midget racing has grown, and we need to insure we are doing our job of keeping up with technical and safety advances that are available, all while keeping the sport af-fordable for all involved.”
There are over 45 USAC.25 clubs located nationwide. Thousands of kids ages 5 and up and their families participate in the USAC-sanctioned quarter midget series. Some notable quarter midget graduates include NASCAR stars Jeff Gordon, Joey Logano, Ryan Newman, Alex Bowman along with IndyCar drivers Sarah Fisher, Ed Carpenter and A.J. Foyt.
Since 1956, United States Auto Club (USAC) has proven itself as being the most diversified motorsports sanctioning body in the world. It is the official sanctioning body of many of today’s largest racing series including its own suite of circle track series in Sprint, Silver Crown, Midget, Micro and .25 Midget racing (quarter midgets), Pirelli World Challenge, American Rally Association, International Snowmobile Racing, Robby Gordon Stadium Trucks, Radical Racing, Ultra 4 Racing, Formula Race Promotions and Karting. USAC has over 15,000 competitors racing at more than 500 sanctioned events globally.
Two veteran crew chiefs will join the growing Front Row Motorsports team for the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series campaign. Drew Blickensderfer will lead the No. 34 team with driver Michael McDowell, and Mike Kelley will head up the efforts of the new No. 36 team with rookie driver Matt Tifft. Seth Barbour returns as crew chief of the No. 38 team with driver David Ragan.
Blickensderfer joins the No. 34 team from Richard Petty Motorsports where he had served as a crew chief since 2012. He has three Cup Series wins, including one with Ragan at Roush Fenway Racing in 2011.
Kelley joins the No. 36 team from Roush Fenway where he served as crew chief of the No. 60 NASCAR XFINITY Series entry in 2018. The NASCAR veteran is a two-time XFINITY series champion, leading Ricky Stenhouse Jr. to titles in 2011 and 2012 as well as the Rookie of the Year title in 2010.
Barbour will begin his second full season with Front Row Motorsports in 2019. After joining the team as No. 34 crew chief in mid-2017, Barbour headed Ragan’s team throughout 2018, leading the No. 38 to its best points finish in team history (25th). A team engineer for Roush Fenway for eight years, Barbour was a member of the 2011 and 2012 Stenhouse championship teams.
As Front Row Motorsports continues to grow in its 11th full-time season, Derrick Finley will take on the new role of technical director, and Donnie Wingo will continue to lead the competition staff efforts as competition director.
Additional news about the growing team will be announced in the coming weeks. For more information about Front Row Motorsports, visit TeamFRM.com.
AdventHealth is expanding its partnership with Sebring International Raceway to be the Official Health Care Partner of the circuit and each of its events. The AdventHealth care team will begin comprehensive, on-site services at the exclusive Midway medical center during the 67th Annual Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Presented by Advance Auto Parts, March 13-16. As a part of the multi-year agreement, the hospital will also provide medical care to fans during the WEC 1000 Miles of Sebring and the Michelin IMSA Encore races.
“AdventHealth is committed to partnering with our communities to provide the best care possible, and this is an exciting opportunity to team up with Sebring International Raceway and bring our unique brand of inspired, compassionate care to the track,” said Randy Surber, President and CEO of AdventHealth Sebring. “We look forward to helping drivers and fans stay in peak condition during the race season.”
In addition to providing care during major race events, AdventHealth will serve as the official hospital for drivers, fans and employees during all track activities.
AdventHealth will also expand the partnership with the Sebring International Raceway to provide motorsports-themed community events to benefit the AdventHealth Sebring Foundation, AdventHealth Lake Placid Foundation, AdventHealth Wauchula Foundation and surrounding communities.
“AdventHealth Sebring and the entire AdventHealth system have been leaders in our community and throughout Florida for more than 100 years,” said Wayne Estes, president and general manager of Sebring International Raceway. “With this new partnership we will not only be providing our competitors and guests with the highest level of medical care possible, but we have associated ourselves with a premier partner with standards and a mission that our entire company and industry embraces.”
The March 13 race kicks off the SuperSebring weekend. The races will be featured both nationally and internationally.
Loris Hezemans will make his NASCAR oval debut in America next month. During the Speedweeks, the traditional opening week of a new season in NASCAR, Hezemans will participate in the Pro Late Model class at the World Series of Asphalt 2019 on New Smyrna.
“I’m very happy with this opportunity”, tells Loris Hezemans. “In 2018 we made the decision to compete in the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series alongside the Blancpain GT Series to get more seat time in a car. Surprisingly, this change of scene turned out to be so good and it eventually resulted in fourth place in the Elite 1 championship and in winning the Junior Trophy as best rookie.”
“The past season made us decide to shift the focus towards NASCAR for 2019”, Hezemans continues. “The ultimate goal is to race in America in trucks – or Xfinity Series. However, most races there, in contrast to Europe, are held on ovals. One of the most important reasons why we decided to go racing during the Speedweeks on New Smyrna was to gain more experience on ovals.”
And for this Loris will get plenty of opportunities in February. During the Speedweeks, on no less than six nights he will get behind the wheel in the Pro Late Model of ATF & Gunslinger, the team owned by former Truck Series champion Mike Skinner. New Smyrna is not totally unknown to Loris. In November he took part in the NASCAR Drive 4 Diversity program on this track.
“Last October, in preparation for this program, I did testing in a car of ATF & Gunslinger on New Smyrna for a day”, Hezemans continues. “With the help of Jamie Skinner I was able to make real good progress throughout the test and finish with a good feeling to start Speedweeks on the 8th of February. It’s a great opportunity to race for such an iconic family within Nascar such as the Skinner family. I am really looking forward to working with them and trying to improve and learn each race”.
The races will be held from February 8 till February 14 2019 on the race track in New Smyrna, FL. “I can’t wait and I’m really looking forward to it”, Hezemans concludes.
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Representatives from DIRTcar Northeast and the World of Outlaws will be on hand at this year’s Motorsports Race Car and Trade Show at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center. The 250,000 square foot convention center is the focal point for auto racing in the east for three days, January 18-21. Be sure to stop at the DIRTcar display to get the most up to date information and schedules for the Super DIRTcar Series, 358 Modified Series, Sportsman Modified Series, Pro Stocks, and the World of Outlaws.
The Gypsum Express no. 99L of defending NAPA Super DIRT Week Champion Lightning Larry Wight is a part of this year’s display. Race fans are invited to get up close and personal with the fire-red Billy Whittaker Cars 200-winning DIRTcar Big-Block Modified. Additionally, a special announcement is planned, featuring the no. 99L, that promoters and fans will not want to miss.
The most up-to-date schedules will be available at the DIRTcar and World of Outlaws display as well. The Super DIRTcar Series recently announced a stop at Sharon Speedway to pair with Eldora Speedway’s Dirt Derby. Furthermore, the DIRTcar 358 Modified Series added dates at Plattsburgh Airborne Speedway and Mohawk Int’l Raceway to complete the 14-race tour. Stop by the booth for these newly printed schedules.
Also, all Motorsports Race Car and Trade Show visitors can sign up to win two tickets to NAPA Super DIRT Week XLIX at Oswego Speedway on October 9-13. Both general admission tickets are redeemable for the entire week including pit access. The drawing takes place at Sunday, January 20 at 2:00 PM. NAPA Super DIRT Week should be on every race fan’s bucket list of events to experience.
For all show information head to www.motorsportstradeshow.com!
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Gateway Motorsports Park offers first-ever social media contingency award at Chili Bowl Nationals in Tulsa, Oklahoma15 Jan 2019 Written by Steven B. Wilson
Gateway Motorsports Park – the home of NASCAR, INDYCAR and NHRA racing in the St. Louis-Metro East region -- is offering a unique contingency award opportunity for the more than 350 drivers competing in the 33rd annual Chili Bowl Midget Nationals (www.chilibowl.com) this week in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Drivers who share a social media post to signify that they are participating in the Gateway Challenge can earn an additional $500 cash bonus for winning Saturday night’s main event.
“We’ve been huge supporters and fans of the Chili Bowl Midget Nationals for many years,” said Chris Blair, Gateway Motorsports Park’s executive vice president and general manager. “We’ve developed great friendships in the pit area and want to do something to reward the drivers who make this event so special.”
Instead of a complicated contingency program that involves displaying a decal on the race car -- as has been the standard for most of the history of racing -- drivers simply need to sign up for the program via their social media accounts. Drivers who share a prepared message that they are taking the #GatewayChallenge prior to 9 p.m. on the evening of Thursday, January 17, evening are eligible.
Should a driver who participates in the contingency program win the event he will receive a $500 cash bonus, to be presented at the following race by Gateway Motorsports Park owner and CEO Curtis Francois and Blair. If the winning driver did not participate in the program, GMP will award a $200 bonus to the highest-finishing A-Main finisher who did participate.
“Nearly all of the drivers have strong grassroots followings on their social media accounts,” continued Blair. “Our goal is that their fans will engage in the campaign and support the various @gatewaymsp social platforms. Our focus, from Day One, has been to bridge the gap between short track fans and the INDYCAR, NASCAR and NHRA events we host at Gateway Motorsports Park. This is a simple and easy way for us to take another step in those efforts and also reward drivers.”
GMP has supported numerous teams throughout the years at this event, but this is its first time offering a rewards program. Current NASCAR Cup driver Alex Bowman and World 100 winner Tim McCreadie both have received support from GMP in the past. The track also sponsored an event entry for Austin Blair in 2017 and 2018.
The official Chili Bowl social media account will tweet the following message and drivers simply have to retweet it for their chance to win: “I’m taking the #GatewayChallenge @cbnationals for a shot at $500! Follow @GatewayMSP – The home of @Indycar @NASCAR @NHRA and @GatewayKartplex in St. Louis. They support REAL RACERS.”
The deadline for driver retweets and postings to sign up is 9 p.m. on Thursday, January 17.
While not necessary, drivers are also asked to share the post on Facebook and Instagram to help with the campaign.
For more information on Gateway Motorsports Park, please call (618) 215-8888 or visit www.gatewaymsp.com. Follow GMP on Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram.
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