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Sports Car Club of America confirmed no changes to the eligible classes for its 2019 SCCA® National Championship Runoffs®, scheduled for Oct. 8-13 at VIRginia International Raceway.
 
The same 28 classes that made up the 2018 Runoffs, held in October at Sonoma Raceway, will compete at the 2019 event. New regulations announced in May guaranteed places in the preeminent SCCA event for classes reaching a certain level of entries over the past two seasons, with additional classes being included based on venue space and event format.
 
Per SCCA General Competition Rules section 3.7.4.C (Invited Classes), "The Road Racing department, in consultation with the Club Racing Board, will determine and announce by January 1 the Runoffs-eligible classes invited to the next Runoffs consistent with the event format and venue."
 
"Based on initial surveys, we expect a strong car count for the Runoffs at VIR," SCCA Director of Road Racing Deanna Flanagan said. "We will plan the event based on the same 28 classes from 2018, with the understanding that grouping classes together for qualifying and races will continue to be necessary."
 
The 2018 Runoffs classes are: American Sedan®, B-Spec, E Production, Formula 500, Formula 1000, Formula Atlantic®, Formula Continental®, Formula Enterprises, Formula Enterprises 2, Formula F, Formula Mazda, F Production, Formula Vee®, GT-1, GT-2, GT-3, GT-Lite, H Production, Prototype 1, Prototype 2, Spec Miata, Spec Racer® Ford 3, Super Touring® Lite, Super Touring® Under, Touring 1, Touring 2, Touring 3 and Touring 4.
 
Five classes (Formula 500, Formula 1000, Formula Atlantic, Formula Enterprises 2 and GT-1) will be on probation for the 2019 Runoffs because they were below 10 cars at the 2018 event. If they do not have a minimum of 10 participants at the 2019 event, the class will run as a supplemental race, but no National Champion will be named.
 
Another seven individuals, all who have made significant contributions to the Sports Car Club of America® and world of motorsports, have been announced as the Club's newest Hall of Fame class, adding their names to a list of timeless superstars. David Ammen, Dr. Frank Falkner, George Follmer, Patricia "Patc" Henry, John McGill, Dorsey Schroeder and Henryk Szamota make up the 2019 Hall of Fame class which joins the prestigious ranks.
 
As usual, this current group will be formally inducted during the SCCA® Hall of Fame and Awards Banquet. That event takes place Saturday, January 19 and serves as the capstone of the three-day SCCA National Convention taking place again in 2019 at the South Point Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.
 
Along with the accomplishments of all previous inductees, the new Hall of Fame members listed below helped position the building blocks that elevated SCCA's stature in the world of motorsports over the last 75 years.
 
David Ammen
An SCCA member for more than 60 years, Ammen spent nearly half that time as a competitor who made nearly 20 National Championship appearances through the '60s, '70s and '80s. An accomplished driver, the New England Region member is also well known for his hard work behind the scenes. He was a Road Racing Steward until the 2000s, participated on the Competition Committee, served consecutive years on the Board of Directors, and is a Woolf Barnato Award winner.
 
Dr. Frank Falkner
Born in England, Dr. Falkner moved to the United States in 1956 and soon joined the Sports Car Club of America where he became a Regional Executive and helped host an SCCA National Convention. In 1960, Dr. Falkner became a member of the newly formed SCCA Competition Events Committee, and served as the Committee's Chairman one year later. It was during his tenure that the Club introduced the Stewards program. Also during the '60s, Dr. Falkner was elected to the SCCA Board of Governors, became Vice Chairman in 1965, and Chairman of the Board a year later. After retiring from the Board of Governors, he became a member of SCCA's Professional Competition Board and was a Woolf Barnato Award winner.
 
George Follmer
Follmer started racing in 1959 and was immediately successful. Over the following two decades, he competed in virtually every form of racing, including the United States Road Racing Championship, USAC, NASCAR, IROC, Fast Masters, SCCA's RaceTruck Challenge, Formula 5000, Formula One, the World Endurance Championship, IMSA, and both SCCA Trans Am and Can-Am. In 1972, he earned the unique honor of winning the Trans Am and Can-Am championships in the same year -- the only driver ever to have done so.
 
Patricia "Patc" Henry
Henry has been a member of SCCA for 54 years. During the first 18 years of her membership, she was a vital member of the Nebraska Region, filling many positions and winning many awards. And while her string of accomplishments in the early days left a strong impression on the SCCA locally, it is her work both in SCCA Road Racing and SCCA Pro Racing for which she became nationally and internationally known. During her ten years at SCCA Pro Racing, her detailed and dedicated work made her a fixture on the professional sports car racing scene in the United States. Henry later moved to the SCCA Road Racing department and became known for her extraordinary work in managing all of SCCA's Road Racing activities. In that role, her experience guided a booming racing program and its crown jewel – the National Championship Runoffs®.
 
John McGill
McGill was a longtime member of SCCA and a Regional Executive of the Mahoning Valley Region. But what he's perhaps best remembered for is his untiring work as track manager of Nelson Ledges Road Course in Northeast Ohio. During his tenure at the track, McGill helped bring about use of "tire walls" to improve safety. Because of his dedication, SCCA created the John McGill Award in 1975 that honors those that make a significant contribution to the Road Racing program, and McGill was the first person to receive that award.
 
Dorsey Schroeder
One of the youngest drivers to earn an SCCA competition license more than 45 years ago, Schroeder went on to become an accomplished competitor in SCCA Road Racing, SCCA Pro Racing, IMSA, IROC, Grand Am, ARCA and NASCAR. He has been a broadcast television race commentator for many years and continues to serve the motorsport community today as Chief Steward of SCCA's Trans Am presented by Pirelli. Additionally, Schroeder is Competition Director for the Historic Sportscar Racing (HSR) series, and formerly worked as Race Director for Pirelli World Challenge.
 
Henryk Szamota
A member of SCCA's New York Region since 1950, Szamota was an active and dedicated SCCA competitor, supporter and patron. His commitment progressed through Region involvement that included Race Chairman, Assistant Regional Executive and many years as Regional Executive. Beyond his own region, Henryk is credited with founding the North Atlantic Road Racing Championship (NARRC), collectively run by the New York, North Jersey, Mohawk-Hudson and New England Regions for many years. In 1961, Szamota was elected to the National Board of Governors. There he served for 14 years, but then decided fresh leadership was instrumental for the Club and helped create the two-term Board of Directors limit that stands today. For his work and dedication to the Club, Szamota received in 1977 the Woolf Barnato Award.
 
The new class of eight inductees join the list below of 83 previously-entered SCCA Hall of Fame members:
2005: Cameron Argetsinger, A. Tracy Bird, John Fitch, Arthur Gervais, Harry Handley, Vern Jaques, Bill Milliken, Sue Roethel, Art Trier, Rob Walker
2006: John Bornholdt, John Buffum, Mark Donohue, Denise McCluggage, Grant Reynolds
2007: Marge Binks, Marc Gerstein, Carl A. Haas, General Curtis E. LeMay, Theodore F. Robertson
2008: Roger E. Johnson, Don and Ruth Nixon, Kjell Qvale, Robert Ridges, Fred Schmucker
2009: Bill Chambres, Bill Johnson, Jim Kimberly, Paul Newman, John Timanus
2010: Nick Craw, Briggs Cunningham, R. David Jones, Burdette "Berdie" Martin, Wayne Zitkus
2011: Karen Babb, John Bishop, Jim Fitzgerald, Tracer Racing, Harro Zitza
2012: Charlie Earwood, Jim Hall, Gene Henderson, Dr. Peter Talbot, Bryan Webb
2013: Skip Barber, Bill Noble, Bobby Rahal, Carroll Shelby, Andy Porterfield
2014: Kathy Barnes, Robert "Bob" Bondurant, Dan Gurney, Dr. Robert "Bob" Hubbard and Jim Downing, Pete Hylton
2015: Roger H. Johnson, Oscar Koveleski, Ron Sharp, Dr. George Snively, Bob Tullius
2016: Hubert Brundage, Bob Henderson, Roger Penske, Randy Pobst, Alec Ulman
2017: Pete Brock, Dennis Dean, Larry and Linda Dent, Joe Huffaker Sr., Lyn St. James, Phil Hill, Jim Kaser
2018: William C. Bradshaw, Peter Cunningham, Janet Guthrie, August Pabst, Dave Stremming and Loren Pearson, Bob Sharp, Dr. Dick Thompson
 
The purpose of the Sports Car Club of America Hall of Fame is to preserve, protect and record the history and accomplishments of the Club for current and future members by recognizing those members who have had a significant impact on the Club and the sport. This may be through service to the national organization, achievements in competition, advancement of the sport, or bringing recognition to the SCCA.
 
The Hall of Fame is overseen and guided by four Committees. The Steering Committee oversees the entire process. The Legacy Committee focuses on nominees from the first third of SCCA's history. The Nomination Committee focuses on nominees from the last two-thirds of the Club's history. The Chairs of the Legacy and Nomination Committees are encouraged to liaison with each other in cases where nominees might reasonably fall under the purview of both committees. The Selection Committee then picks each year's inductees.
 
Online registration for the SCCA National Convention can be found here and includes the Hall of Fame and Awards Banquet. Additional information about the upcoming SCCA National Convention can also be found here.
 

The stage is set. A total of 20 aspiring young drivers representing nine different nations and no fewer than six continents will congregate this weekend, December 8-9, at the Bondurant Racing School in Chandler, Ariz. One of them will leave with a $200,000 Mazda Scholarship to enter next season’s Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship.

Launched in 2016, the Mazda Road to Indy USF2000 $200K Scholarship Shootout is an unprecedented program, bringing together junior level open-wheel and karting champions from around the world. Throughout the year, nearly 400 drivers from 25 Official Feeder Series compete for an entry ticket to the Shootout.

USF2000 is the first step on the unique and globally acclaimed Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires, which in 2019 will provide scholarships and awards valued at more than $2M to progress through USF2000, the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires and Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires to the 2020 IndyCar Series and the 104th Indianapolis 500.

The finalists will vie for the coveted top prize at the wheel of Formula Mazda cars equipped with Cooper racing tires on the 1.6-mile, 15-turn road course located at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park.

The 20 contestants are listed below with their age, hometown and affiliation:

Guillaume Archambault, 24, Granby, Que., Canada – Formula Tour 1600 (Canada)
Dario Cangialosi, 18, Chester, N.J. – F1600 Formula F Championship Series
Bryce Cornet, 25, Norman, Okla. – SCCA National Championship Runoffs (Formula Mazda)
Jake Craig, 21, Mission Viejo, Calif. – Team USA Scholarship
Allan Croce, 21, Jau, Brazil – Brazil Kart Open
Courtney Crone, 17, Corona, Calif. – Formula Car Challenge (FormulaSPEED) Presented by Goodyear
Michael Eastwell, 22, Southampton, England – Formula Ford Super Series Shootout (UK)
Braden Eves, 19, New Albany, Ohio – Team USA Scholarship
Flinn Lazier, 19, Vail, Colo. – SCCA National Championship Runoffs (Formula Enterprises 2)
Ross Martin, 19, Kilmarnock, Scotland – SMRC Scottish Formula Ford 1600 Championship
Hunter McElrea, 19, Gold Coast, Australia – Australian Formula Ford Championship
Matt Round-Garrido, 18, Stourbridge, England – Northern Ireland Formula Ford Championship
Colin Mullan, 16, Danville, Calif. – Team USA Scholarship
Tyler O’Connor, 21, New Hartford, Conn. – F1600 Formula F Championship Series
Ryan Norberg, 20, Orlando, Fla. – Entry selected by eKartingNews.com
Raghul Rangasamy, 25, Mahabalipuram, India – MMSC MRF F1600 Championship (India)
Jason Reichert, 19, Henderson, Nev. – Pacific F2000 Championship
Kellen Ritter, 17, N. Vancouver, B.C., Canada – Toyo Tires F1600 Championship (Canada)
James Roe Jr., 20, Naas, Ireland – F2000 Championship Series
Stuart White, 17, Bloemfontein, South Africa – Investchem Formula 1600 Championship (South Africa)

The candidates will be put through their paces both in and out of the cockpit. Their performances will be considered by an accomplished panel of judges comprising longtime factory Mazda representatives Andrew Carbonell and Tom Long, Indy Lights race winner and 2017 Pro Mazda champion Victor Franzoni, and inaugural shootout winner Oliver Askew, who went on to win the 2017 USF2000 championship.

Motorsports veteran Scot Elkins, currently Deputy Race Director for the FIA Formula 1 World Championship, Race Director of the FIA Formula-EChampionship and COO of the Motorsport Safety Foundation, will return as Shootout Director.

“While this will be the final Mazda Road to Indy Shootout, we are excited to see such a talented crowd of drivers taking part,” said John Doonan, Director, Mazda Motorsports. “The Mazda Road to Indy has launched the careers of so many great talents, and it’s a real privilege for us to meet these young drivers – many of whom have traveled an extremely long way to take part – as they begin their careers in North America.”

“I want to thank Mazda for all they have done to assist drivers in their careers and for their support of this program since its inception,” said Dan Andersen, Owner and CEO of Andersen Promotions. “We have a great platform to build from, great partners at Cooper Tires and with our Official Feeder Series, and we look forward to continuing the Shootout program for many years to come.

“Once again, we have a deeply talented group of drivers set to vie for the scholarship and a difficult task ahead for our judges. We’ll look forward to the winner’s announcement on Sunday, and to welcoming the Shootout champion to the USF2000 series. I wish all of the drivers the best for this weekend.”

Following a welcome reception and dinner on Friday evening, drivers will participate in three on-track sessions on Saturday with performance feedback from the judges at the conclusion of each outing. After a final on-track session on Sunday morning, the field will be cut and the finalists will move into two qualifying rounds followed by a mock race. The winner will be announced at approximately 4:00 pm MST on Sunday.

Road to Indy TV will be on hand to provide video content throughout the event.

R Entertainment of Scottsdale, a special event, business development and concert entertainment company with projects nationwide, has tapped former ISM Raceway President Bryan R. Sperber, to serve as president.

Sperber is recognized as an innovative leader within the motor sports industry with a long tenure at International Speedway Corporation (ISCA), the publicly traded holding company of 12 NASCAR venues across the country, including the flagship Daytona International Speedway and ISM Raceway (formerly Phoenix International Raceway). 

Sperber joined R Entertainment Dec 1.

Scottsdale, Ariz., based R Entertainment has a robust portfolio of lifestyle and concert events, and multi-day festivals with strategic partners across the country. Events include, for example, the 12-city USA TODAY Martha Stewart Wine & Food Experience culinary event series in partnership with Gannett, including MGM in Las Vegas; a national taco tour with COMCAST Spectacor, which manages more than 100 venues; a children’s festival series in conjunction with public television stations throughout the country; The Good Life Festival concert and lifestyle series with Shea Homes; and others. 

“Experiential events like those by R Entertainment are gaining major attention, and this is an amazing time to join this remarkable team,” Sperber said.  “The company is recognized for creating concert and culinary spectacles that mix interactive elements that patrons can make their own.  R Entertainment is at the forefront of active entertainment experiences that are enjoyable, memorable and enriching for fans.”

Sperber began his 20-plus years in 1990, in a number of roles including serving as national sponsorship sales director of ISC and president of New York’s Watkins Glen.

For 16 years he led Phoenix International Raceway, now ISM Raceway, and concurrently served as chairman of the Los Angeles Auto Club Speedway for two years.  At PIR, Sperber oversaw approximately $300 million in capital improvements that transformed the venue with a new grandstand, lighting for evening racing events, restaurants and bars, a state-of-the-art infield attraction and leading-edge technology.   

A study of PIR by Arizona State University’s W.P. Carey School of Business found that the venue had an economic impact of nearly $400 million annually in Arizona, the result of the venue’s annual schedule of races and major events that draw visitors from across the country.

Kerry Dunne, partner & cofounder, R Entertainment, said: “Bryan’s track record of business development and creativity is a rare mix and a great fit for the next phase of R Entertainment.  We’re excited to have his leadership, business acumen and longstanding relationships as we continue to grow our brand of entertainment experiences.”

Reed Glick, partner & cofounder, R Entertainment, “What a wonderful addition to the team.  Under Bryan’s leadership, we are excited for the future of R Entertainment.  We have so many opportunities to capitalize on and happy to have him onboard.”

Sperber was inducted into the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame, serves on the Fiesta Bowl Executive Committee, and is a member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO Gold).

R Entertainment PR

GMS Racing officials announced today that the Statesville, N.C., based organization would expand competition into the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and West, as well as in the Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) Series in 2019.  Sam Mayer, a Franklin, Wis., native will drive the No. 21 entry for the team in both series. Mayer is also scheduled to participate in four NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series events beginning in August at Bristol Motor Speedway.

“GMS Racing has had tons of success over the past couple years, especially this past year,” said Mayer. “Knowing that a great team is behind me going into next season gives me a lot of confidence that we will have success, too.”

In 2018, Mayer competed in six K&N East races with his highest finish being fourth-place at Dover International Speedway. The 15-year-old also competed in the ARCA Racing Series three times, making his series debut at Iowa Speedway finishing 10th and later topped that finish at Lucas Oil Raceway where he finished seventh.

“We are excited to add K&N, as well as ARCA to our organization in 2019,” said Mike Beam, President of GMS Racing. “Mayer is very talented at such a young age, and I see a big future for him in motorsports. I’m glad that he chose us to pursue his career in racing. Our goal has always been to build championship caliber teams no matter what series we participate in. With Mayer behind the wheel and Mardy Lindley leading the team, I do not doubt in my mind they will be successful in 2019.”

Mayer and the No. 21 team’s first race will be in the K&N Pro Series East event at Smyrna Speedway on February 10, 2019.

GMS Racing PR

The DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals tour will span June 12 to July 27, including 27 events over 32 consecutive days. A new two-race weekend, July 19-20, at Cedar Ridge Speedway in Kentucky will serve as a prelude to the championship finale July 26-27 at Fairbury American Legion Speedway.

The tour will compete on nearly all of the same nights and at the same venues as the DIRTcar Summer Nationals tour, giving Modified fans a chance to watch the series with a Late Model Fast Pass on DIRTVision.com. Know the stories before you get to the track by following along every night!

For more details on the DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals, go to TheHellTour.com, and for details on the Late Model Fast Pass to watching the Summer Nationals, go to DIRTVision.com.

2019 DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals

June 12 Wednesday Peoria Speedway Peoria, IL
June 13 Thursday Kankakee County Speedway Kankakee, IL
June 14 Friday Sycamore Speedway Maple Park, IL
June 15 Saturday Dirt Oval @ Route 66 Joliet, IL
June 16 Sunday Fayette County Speedway Brownstown, IL

 

June 18 Tuesday Jacksonville Speedway Jacksonville, IL
June 19 Wednesday Belle-Clair Speedway Belleville, IL
June 20 Thursday Spoon River Speedway Canton, IL
June 21 Friday Tri-City Speedway Pontoon Beach, IL
June 22 Saturday Fairbury American Legion Speedway Fairbury, IL
June 23 Sunday Tri-State Speedway Haubstadt, IL
June 24 Monday Clarksville Speedway Clarksville, TN

 

June 26 Wednesday Paducah International Raceway Paducah, KY
June 27 Thursday Brownstown Speedway Brownstown, IN
June 28 Friday Terre Haute Action Track Terre Haute, IN
June 29 Saturday Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 Pevely, MO
June 30 Sunday Lincoln Speedway Lincoln, IL

 

July 3 Wednesday La Salle Speedway La Salle, IL
July 4 Thursday Macon Speedway Macon, IL
July 5 Friday Farmer City Raceway Farmer City, IL
July 6 Saturday Highland Speedway Highland, IL
July 7 Sunday Quincy Raceways Quincy, IL

 

July 9 Tuesday TBA  
July 10 Wednesday Thunderbird Speedway Muskegon, MI
July 11 Thursday I-96 Speedway Lake Odessa, MI
July 12 Friday Oakshade Raceway Wauseon, OH
July 13 Saturday Oakshade Raceway Wauseon, OH
July 19 Friday Cedar Ridge Speedway Morgantown, KY
July 20 Saturday Cedar Ridge Speedway Morgantown, KY
July 26 Friday Fairbury American Legion Speedway Fairbury, IL
July 27 Thursday Fairbury American Legion Speedway Fairbury, IL

The green flag will wave just miles from the birthplace of NASCAR and will culminate at “The Monster Mile,” and in between, the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East will test drivers at historic venues, high-speed short tracks and a challenging road course.

The result is a 2019 calendar that will spotlight some of the sport’s rising young stars and series’ veterans in a mix of high-profile events.

The season will get underway Sunday, Feb. 10, at Florida’s New Smyrna Speedway as headliner of the track’s 53rd running of its week-long World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing, just south of Daytona. The high-banked half-mile has opened the K&N Pro Series East championship points season each of the past five years.

Featured on the 13-race slate will be six combination race weekends with the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series or NASCAR Xfinity Series, including a pair of visits to the “World’s Fastest Half Mile,” Bristol Motor Speedway. In addition to its traditional early season trip, the series will return in August.

“The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East schedule features an itinerary of race tracks that really serve the drivers well to progress to the next level as well as an opportunity to perform in front of national series teams,” said Brandon Thompson, NASCAR managing director for regional racing. “The Cup championship by Joey Logano this season was really a culmination of a wave of talent that started in the K&N Pro Series 10 years ago and has continued. We look forward to seeing the next crop of drivers prove themselves on the big stage as they clash with those who will become cornerstones in the series.”

The 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion (Logano), NASCAR Xfinity Series champion (Tyler Reddick) and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion (Brett Moffitt) all scored their first NASCAR wins at the K&N Pro Series level. Five of the last six NASCAR Xfinity Series champions trace their NASCAR roots to the K&N Pro Series.

A pair of historic short tracks are fixtures on the first half of the schedule.

South Boston Speedway will host two 100-lap twin features on Saturday, May 4, the second consecutive year the venerable Virginia .400-mile track is the site of the championship points doubleheader. Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, which was an integral part of the old NASCAR Busch North Series – the predecessor to the current series– will host the third annual NASCAR Throwback on Saturday, June 15.

Other schedule highlights include:

  • New Hampshire Motor Speedway, long a staple of the series’ calendar, will host a pair of races: Saturday, July 20, as part of the Cup weekend and Saturday, Sept. 21, in the Second Annual Full Throttle Fall Weekend.
  • Memphis International Raceway will welcome back the series on Saturday, June 1. Ruben Garcia Jr. scored his breakthrough win in 2018 there en route to a third-place finish in the championship standings in parallel to his second NASCAR PEAK Mexico Series title run.
  • Twice the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East will go head-to-head with its West counterparts. The first is the annual stop at Iowa Speedway, on Friday, July 26, and the second as part of a doubleheader with the INDYCAR Series on Saturday, Aug. 24, at Gateway Motorsports Park, just outside of St. Louis.
  • The championship will conclude at Dover International Speedway on Friday, Oct. 4. It will be the 10th time in the last 13-years the concrete mile will serve as the coronation of the series’ champion.

2019 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Schedule

 

Date

 

Track

 

Location

 

Laps

 

Sun., Feb. 10

 

New Smyrna Speedway

 

New Smyrna, Fla.

 

175

 

Sat., April 6

 

Bristol Motor Speedway

 

Bristol, Tenn.

 

150

 

Sat., May 4

 

South Boston Speedway *

 

South Boston, Va.

 

100s*

 

Sat, June 1

 

Memphis International Raceway

 

Millington, Tenn.

 

150

 

Sat, June 15

 

Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park

 

Thompson, Conn.

 

100

 

Sat, July 20

 

New Hampshire Motor Speedway

 

Loudon, N.H.

 

70

 

Fri., July 26

 

Iowa Speedway

 

Newton, Iowa

 

150

 

Fri., Aug. 2

 

Watkins Glen International

 

Watkins Glen, N.Y.

 

41

 

Thur., Aug. 15

 

Bristol Motor Speedway

 

Bristol, Tenn.

 

150

 

Sat., Aug. 24

 

Gateway Motorsports Park

 

Madison, Ill.

 

120

 

Sat., Sept. 21

 

New Hampshire Motor Speedway

 

Loudon, N.H.

 

125

 

Fri., Oct. 4

 

Dover International Speedway

 

Dover, Del.

 

125

 

 

* Twin 100-lap championship points races

Schedule subject to change

NASCAR PR

DIRTcar Northeast is known as the backbone of dirt racing in the Northeast United States and Eastern Canada. The strength of the overall schedule clearly exhibits the success of the DIRTcar ladder system. The DIRTcar 358 Modified, DIRTcar Sportsman Modified, and DIRTcar Pro Stock schedules have been released for the 2019 season. Highlights on the schedule include the 11th annual Northeast Fall Nationals at Brockville Ontario Speedway, where all three Series will name their 2019 Champions. After the success of the 2018 World Short Track Championships at The Dirt Track at Charlotte, both the Sportsman Modifieds and Pro Stocks will return to take on the Carolina clay in early November. October 8-13 are a dirt racing fan’s dream as all four DIRTcar Northeast Series are in action across four race tracks during NAPA Super DIRT Week at Oswego Speedway.

358 Modifieds

2019 brings the return of a unified 358 Modified Series, as there will no longer be Northern or Southern Regions. The unified Series comes as a great benefit to tracks, drivers, and fans, as the streamlined schedule will allow for large, competitive fields racing across the Northeast from May to October. Utica-Rome Speedway launches the Series on Sunday, May 12. DIRTcar sanctioned facilities Can-Am Speedway, Fulton Speedway, Cornwall Motor Speedway, and Mohawk International Raceway welcome the newly combined 358 Modified Series throughout the season. Then the schedule mashes the throttle at NAPA Super DIRT Week when Utica-Rome Speedway, Weedsport Speedway, and Brewerton Speedway host a trio of back-to-back races October 8-10. On Saturday, October 12 at Oswego Speedway, the 358 Modified Series race for 150 laps around the historic 5/8-mile speedway for a grand prize of $20,000. Finally, the 358 Modified Series Champion will be crowned at Brockville Ontario Speedway on Saturday, October 19 as a part of the Northeast Fall Nationals weekend.

Sportsman Modifieds

The massive number of active DIRTcar Sportsman Modified drivers in the northeast is staggering. Three regions have been designated to compete for the regular season, until the Series combines during the Fall Championship. In 2019, Land of Legends Raceway will kickoff the Fall Championship on Saturday, September 28. Eight race tracks double up with two shows on the schedule. That shows the tremendous commitment our DIRTcar sanctioned tracks have for the Sportsman Modifieds. Once again, the Sportsman Modifieds will support the Big-Block Modifieds on Sunday, October 13 at NAPA Super DIRT Week on dirt surface at Oswego Speedway. Back by popular demand, the Sportsman Modifieds also co-headline the World Short Track Championship October 31 - November 2 at The Dirt Track at Charlotte.

Pro Stocks

The full-fender frenzy of the DIRTcar Pro Stocks is sure to entertain race fans across the Northeast and Canada in 2019 with their dynamic schedule. Cornwall Motor Speedway launches the Championship hunt on Sunday, July 7 followed by the high-speed Lebanon Valley Speedway hosts the next Series race on July 20. From there, Weedsport Speedway, Plattsburgh Airborne Speedway, and Albany-Saratoga Speedway all host Pro Stock Series events. The DIRTcar Pro Stocks are once again be a part of two marquee events in 2019. Oswego Speedway and NAPA Super DIRT Week welcome the division back in 2019 as do the World Short Track Championships and The Dirt Track at Charlotte. The DIRTcar Pro Stock Championship is decided at the Northeast Fall Nationals at Brockville Ontario Speedway.

Make sure to visit DIRTcar.com for all of the points, results and news throughout the season.

DIRTcar 358 Modifieds

May 12         Sunday           Utica-Rome Speedway

June 26         Wednesday    Can-Am Speedway

June 27         Thursday        Fulton Speedway

July 14           Sunday          Cornwall Motor Speedway

Sept. 7           Saturday        Can-Am Speedway

Sept. 13         Friday             Mohawk International Speedway

Sept. 27         Friday             Utica-Rome Speedway

Oct. 8             Tuesday         Utica-Rome Speedway

Oct. 9             Wednesday   Weedsport Speedway

Oct. 10            Thursday       Brewerton Speedway

Oct. 12            Saturday       Oswego Speedway

Oct. 19            Saturday       Brockville Ontario Speedway  

TBA                                       Plattsburgh Airborne Speedway

DIRTcar Pro Stocks

July 7               Sunday           Cornwall Motor Speedway

July 20             Saturday        Lebanon Valley Speedway

Sept. 2             Monday         Weedsport Speedway

Sept. 7             Saturday        Plattsburgh Airborne Speedway

Sept. 21           Saturday        Albany-Saratoga Speedway

Oct. 13             Sunday          Oswego Speedway

Oct. 31             Thursday       The Dirt Track at Charlotte

Nov. 1               Friday           The Dirt Track at Charlotte

 

Nov. 2               Saturday       The Dirt Track at Charlotte

TBA                                         Mohawk International Raceway

DIRTcar Sportsman Modifieds

Central Region

April 26              Friday             Fulton Speedway

June 16              Sunday          Utica-Rome Speedway

June 29              Saturday        Land of Legends Raceway

July 2                  Tuesday         Weedsport Speedway

July 3                 Wednesday    Can-Am Speedway

Sept. 6               Friday              Can-Am Speedway

Sept. 13             Friday              Brewerton Speedway

North Region

May 4                Saturday          Plattsburgh Airborne Speedway

August 15         Thursday          Cornwall Motor Speedway

Sept. 7               Saturday          Plattsburgh Airborne Speedway

Sept. 14             Saturday          Mohawk International Raceway

Sept. 20             Friday               Brighton Speedway

Sept. 21             Saturday          Brighton Speedway

West Region

Sept. 6               Friday               Ransomville Speedway

Sept. 7               Saturday          Merrittville Speedway

Sept. 8               Sunday             Humberstone Speedway

Sept. 20             Friday               Brighton Speedway

Sept. 21             Saturday           Brighton Speedway

Fall Championship Challenge (150 Point Events)

Sept. 28             Saturday          Land of Legends Raceway

Oct. 4-5              Fri-Sat             Fulton Speedway

Oct. 8                 Tuesday           Utica-Rome Speedway

Oct. 9                 Wednesday     Weedsport Speedway

Oct. 10               Thursday          Brewerton Speedway

Oct. 13               Sunday             Oswego Speedway

Oct. 19               Saturday           Brockville Ontario Speedway

Oct. 31               Thursday           The Dirt Track at Charlotte

Nov. 1                 Friday               The Dirt Track at Charlotte

Nov. 2                 Saturday           The Dirt Track at Charlotte

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Two-time Formula 1 champion Fernando Alonso will compete in the 2019 Indianapolis 500 in a McLaren Racing entry powered by Chevrolet’s 2.2 liter twin turbocharged direct injected V6 IndyCar engine. The Chevy power plant powered the defending winner of the Greatest Spectacle in Racing, and three Indy 500 winners since its 2012 IndyCar Series introduction.
 
“It will be a privilege to wear the Bowtie Brand at the 2019 Indy 500,” Alonso said. “Having Chevrolet power behind me means we’re putting ourselves in the best possible position to compete at the front. I had a bit of a taste of Chevy power last week in Jimmie Johnson’s NASCAR and I liked it! The opportunity to contest any Indy 500 is an honor, so I’m proud to have Chevrolet as part of the team.”
 
Alonso won F1 championships in 2005 and 2006, and is sixth all-time in the series with 32 victories and 97 podium finishes.
 
“It’s exciting to partner with Fernando Alonso and McLaren for the 2019 Indianapolis 500,” said Jim Campbell, Chevrolet U.S. Vice President of Performance Vehicles and Motorsports. “Fernando brings incredible driving talent, and a passion for the sport and winning the biggest races in the world. When Fernando is on track, it’s electric. He generates excitement among fans everywhere.
 
“Chevrolet and McLaren have a storied racing history dating back to the mid-1960s, so it will be special to partner with McLaren at the 2019 Indianapolis 500.”
 
In 1966, Chevrolet and McLaren partnered in the Can-Am Series, where the teams won over 70 percent of the races over the next seven years – including 23 in a row from 1968-1970.
 
“McLaren and Chevrolet have a shared pedigree in North American motorsport and the opportunity to reunite the two brands for this special event was just too good to pass up,” said Zak Brown, Chief Executive, McLaren Racing. “Like McLaren, Chevrolet has racing in its heart. The company’s reputation in IndyCar and at this special race is first-class and they will be a powerful partner.”
 
With his win in the 24 Hours of Le Mans earlier this year coupled with his win at Monaco in 2006, Alonso became one of only 13 drivers to win two of the three legs of the Triple Crown of Motorsports (Monaco, 24 Hours of Le Mans and the Indianapolis 500). He would join Graham Hill as the only drivers to complete the treasured triumvirate with a victory in next year’s Indianapolis 500.
 
Since Chevrolet’s return to IndyCar Series competition seven seasons ago, drivers powered by the Chevy 2.2 liter V6 engine have captured victories in 73 of 118 races. Chevrolet has won the coveted IndyCar Manufacturer Championship six times and the series’ driver and owner championships five times. 
 
The 2019 Indianapolis 500 is scheduled for Sunday, May 26. Tickets for all Month of May events in 2019 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, including the sixth annual INDYCAR Grand Prix and the 103rd Indianapolis 500, are on sale now at IMS.com and the IMS Ticket Office.
 
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Race car displays will be a must see at the Pioneer Pole Buildings Motorsports Racecar & Trade Show Fueled by Sunoco Race Fuels Distributed by Insinger Performance. Over 300 race cars will be on at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center for the three day show that runs January 18th -20th.

Topping the show on Saturday afternoon will be the appearance of NASCAR Hall of Famer and FOX Sports TV personality Darrell Waltrip.

Another NASCAR Hall of Famer Ray Evernham, crew chief for Jeff Gordon during three of his NASCAR Cup championships, will be making appearances on Friday night and Saturday afternoon. He’ll be joined by his wife, Erin Crocker Evernham, the only female winner in World of Outlaw Sprint Car competition.

Ray Evernham will be releasing several very interesting cars from his own museum to be on display at the show. Look for a No. 9 Dodge NASCAR Cup entry that Evernham owned that was driven by Bill Elliott to a Brickyard 400 win at Indianapolis.

The Tom Park owned No.2p dirt Modified which Evernham drove to victory in his last pavement race at N.J.’s Flemington Speedway will also be on display. It will be joined by the Jim Bauma No. 19 asphalt Modified which Evernham won with at N.J.’s Wall Stadium and raced at a variety of other tracks.

A fourth Evernham car presently remains a secret.

Another sure to be popular display is the Reading Reunion display dedicated to the great racing action that took place at the Reading Fairgrounds Speedway under the promotion of Lindy Vicari and Al Gaspari for many years.

Over 25 cars from all divisions that competed at Reading will be part of a huge display. Autograph sessions will be held for over 30 drivers who competed on the 1/2 mile dirt speedway.

A special feature will be the display of the completely restored No. 112 Batmobile driven by Gary Balough to victory during Super DIRT Week at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse, N.Y. in 1980. Kenny Tremont’s No. 115 he won in the same event in 1999 will also be on display.

Balough is expected to be on hand to sign copies of “Hot Shoe” a recently released book on his career. Tremont will be available to sign “Modifieds of the Valley”, a new book on the history of N.Y.’s Lebanon Valley Speedway where he has raced his entire career.

Both drivers are expected to be on hand to sign autographs and recently released books containing their career highlights.

Bill Brachman’s Ringoes, NJ based Monster Truck teams will be front and center at the show. Brachman, 53, is an established Monster Truck driver who has turned the driving duties over to his children Jessica, 24 and Billy, Jr., 22. The “Be Aware” truck is driven by Jessica while Billy drives “Shock Wave”. Both trucks will be on display.

The busiest time for his drivers at the show is Sunday Kid’s Day, when children are admitted free, producing constant request for autographs and posing for photos.

The team trucks are both powered by 502ci Big Block Chevrolet engines, ‘blown’, fuel injected, and running on methanol. Backing for the team comes from FK Rod Ends and TCI Automotive.

In addition Gary Mondschein’s crowd pleasing Vintage Indy Cars will prove to be a popular attraction for show attendees.

There will be a large number of displays with speedways and sanctioning bodies offering information on their 2019 seasons.  Speedways already signed up include Pocono International, Bridgeport, New Egypt, Action Track at Kutztown, BAP’s in Newberrytown, Pa., Big Diamond, Mahoning Valley, Georgetown, Thunder on the Hill at Grandview and Evergreen. Racing organizations include DIRTcar, STSS, RUSH, URC, MASS, Speedway Entertainment, ATQMRA Vintage and Xcel 600 Mod.

Hardcore racing vendors will be a big part of the show and fans will have the opportunity to gain some bargains from vendors offering collectible items.

A number of free industry seminars will be offered.

One of the most popular events during the three day show will be and has been the Ms. Motorsports Pageant sponsored by Aqua Duck Water Transport. One woman will walk off with the crown, a $1,500 cash prize along with a poster deal.

A few display spaces remain as the show is on its way to becoming another sold out success.

For more information on display space contact Danny Sammons at 609.888.3618.

To stay informed on show progress, new additions to the show lineup and more, check in at www.motorsportstradeshow.com

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In a racing era where specialization is ever escalating, Bobby Butler, 30, of Milford, NJ, is breaking the mold entering one car for Indoor Auto Racing Series events first on both dirt then on concrete.

The Dirt track Modified ace will first compete in the second annual 600 Micro Sprint East Coast Dirt Nationals on a banked clay oval to be built inside CURE Insurance Arena in Trenton for racing on December 13, 14 & 15, 2018. 

After the checkered flag has fallen, Butler will change his 600 Micro over to competitive form to be raced on the concrete floor inside Allentown, PA’s PPL Center TQ Midget races on Friday and Saturday, January 4-5, 2019.

“I was competitive in the same car last year at Trenton,” Butler reminded. “I was running sixth when the big tangle happened with the leaders. I’m not saying I would have won, but I started pretty far back and got to the front pretty quick.”

Butler will be driving a BOSS chassis Micro which he describes as “an older car” that is owned by Bill Butler of Saylorsburg, PA. Curiously, these two Butlers are not family-related.

The entry list for the Indoor Dirt Nationals has been filled with 120 race teams clamoring for the chance to run on the black clay speedway.

Butler said that he expects the same lighting fast, smooth dustless track conditions that prevailed at last year’s critically acclaimed first East Coast Indoor Dirt Nationals.

It’s the next phase of Butler’s Indoor season that is the most unusual. The dirt will be cleaned off the Micro and the car will be prepped for the Allentown concrete race.

“I have done a mock-up of the way we want to set the car up for concrete,” Butler said. “The things we have to change are the ride height, the shocks and springs, and the front spindles. It can be changed over in two nights.”

Indoors, Butler is also experienced having run TQs, 600s, Slingshots and Champ Karts on concrete.

Though Butler is the only entry that will run the same car on both dirt and concrete, several other racers have entered both events with purpose-built cars for each.

Erick Rudolph, Ransomville, NY, a three time Indoor Auto Racing Series champion, will  be driving a 600 Micro owned by King Of Prussia, PA’s Tom Fraschetta at Trenton on the dirt. The runner-up in this year’s Super DIRTcar Big-Block Modified series will then will saddle up for the three indoor races that will follow on concrete floors of arenas in three different states. In these races he’ll be running a TQ Midget built by Mark Lafler. 

Other drivers running on both the Indoor dirt race and the three on concrete include former Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall winners Ryan Flores, Lou Cicconi and Anthony Sesely.  Tim Buckwalter, Kyle Lick, Scott Kreutter, Matt Roselli, Matt Smith and Pat Bealer are also entered in both events.

The First Annual East Coast Dirt Car Nationals was won by 36-year-old Staten Island, N.Y. resident Whitey Kidd, III who executed made a late race pass on Alex Bright, Collegeville, PA, to win the thriller over Brian Carber, New Holland, PA, Tim Buckwalter, Douglassville, PA and Austin Quick, Etters, PA. All five are entered for this year’s race.

This year’s schedule calls for heat races with passing points and four A-qualifier feature races for split fields on both Thursday and Friday night. On Saturday, with all 120 cars on hand, Alphabet mains are scheduled, with racers having the opportunity to advance from G, F, E, D, C, and B, will precede the 50 lap A-Main paying $5,000 to win. Racing will start at 7 PM on Thursday and Friday, 5 PM on Saturday.

Information, including ticket and hotel links, is available at indoorautoracing.com.  Tickets are also available at the box offices at each arena. A post-race gathering each night after the races will be held at Chickie and Pete’s, a renowned area Sports Bar in nearby Bordentown, N.J. with special bar and food discounts along with the kitchen open late.

Following the Ironton Telephone Allentown Indoor weekend, racing shifts to Atlantic City for the 17th running of NAPA Auto Parts Weekend, highlighted by the running of the prestigious TQ Midget Gamblers Classic. Event dates are Friday and Saturday, January 25-26, 2019

The final event of the Indoor Auto Racing Series Fueled By VP Race Fuels takes place at a new venue, the New York State Fairgrounds Exhibition Center in Syracuse, NY. on Friday and Saturday, March 8-9, 2019.

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