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World Wide Technology Raceway in Madison, Illinois, now has a new attraction to engage race fans while also supporting local sponsors. WWTR has partnered with Xcite Interactive to launch a new, mobile trivia game for fans on Wednesday, April 1. The new game will be called WWTR Turbo Trivia. The green flag will wave on the new game at 8 p.m. Eastern on April 1. The second round will begin on Sunday, April 5, at 8 p.m. Eastern.

Fans will play by answering multiple-choice racing trivia questions. Players will select usernames and accrue points for each correct answer. Prizes will include items from WWTR and its partners, including Ballpark Village and the St. Louis Wheel in downtown St. Louis.

Xcite Interactive is the industry leader in branded sports entertainment, interactive gaming and innovative marketing. Its innovative software is used by over 130 teams worldwide, including properties in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.

Here is the link to play WWTR’s new Turbo Trivia game: https://wwtr.gamechanger.studio/turbo-trivia

For additional information on World Wide Technology Raceway, please call (618) 215-8888 ext. 119 or visit www.WWTRaceway.com. Follow WWTR on Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram.

WWTR PR

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• Event:  eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series (Round 4 of 20)

• Time/Date:  9 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, March 31 (TONIGHT)

• Location:  Virtual Bristol Motor Speedway (.533-mile oval)

• Distance:  250 laps (133.25 miles)

 

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Overview:

 

• This is the first time in 2020 that the eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series will compete on a short track. All of the series’ previous races have come at tracks 1.5 miles in length or longer.

 

• This is the eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series’ fourth visit to the virtual Bristol Motor Speedway, but only its second since 2011.

 

• Last year’s eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series race at Bristol was run under the lights. This year’s edition is a daytime affair.

 

• Stewart-Haas eSports drivers Justin Bolton and Dylan Duval come into Bristol after each earned their season-best result in the series’ last race at the virtual Homestead-Miami Speedway. Duval finished 15th and Bolton was 17th.

 

• Duval finished 25th in last year’s race at Bristol, while Bolton makes his Bristol debut tonight.

 

Justin Bolton, driver of the No. 10 Get Busch Delivered! Ford Mustang:          

 

“We’ve run well, but we don’t have the finishes to show for it. We were up toward the top-five at the end of the first run in our last two speedway races, but haven’t been able to get it done when it mattered. We’re going into Bristol optimistic that we can turn our season around. I’ll be driving the No. 10 Get Busch Delivered! Ford Mustang, and we’ve been spending a lot of time working on this setup. We feel confident that we’ll have something to compete with. And for those of you who are 21 or older, go to Busch.com/delivery and then enter your zip code to see what options are available in your area. From there, you can get Busch delivered right to your doorstep. While we’re racing, you can relax and unwind with an ice-cold Busch.”

 

Bolton is a 25-year-old engineer on Stewart-Haas Racing’s NASCAR Xfinity Series team who helped Cole Custer to a career-high seven victories in 2019. Bolton has raced in the eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series off and on since 2014, accumulating 49 starts with nine top-five finishes and a career-best points result of ninth in 2015. The Latrobe, Pennsylvania, native also has real-world racing experience, as Bolton has raced Legends cars and Late Model stock cars, winning the 2013 Fall Classic at Hickory (N.C.) Motor Speedway in the Limited Late Model division.

 

Dylan Duval, driver of the No. 41 PEAK Coolant & Antifreeze Ford Mustang:

 

“Coming into the season, Bristol is the track I had circled as being the one I was most concerned about. Last season at Bristol, I really struggled and wasn’t happy with how we performed. The racing at Bristol is so close quarters – having an ill-handling car can lead to a very long night of racing. We’ve turned a lot of laps and have explored many setup options to get our PEAK Coolant & Antifreeze Ford Mustang dialed in for tonight’s race. There are a lot of unknowns going into it. It’s our first race on the low-downforce package, and this race will be in the daytime as opposed to last year’s race, which was at night. We’ve done our homework, though, and I think we’re prepared. This season has started off pretty rough for us – having an issue on pit road at Daytona and struggling with dirty air and passing at California. Going into Homestead last week, we needed to start turning our season around and we did exactly that with running inside of the top-10 and, ultimately, finishing 15th. Coming into Bristol, I'm hoping to build off of what we did at Homestead and continue to make up some points.”

 

Duval is a 24-year-old from Halifax, Nova Scotia. The graphic designer debuted in the eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series in 2012 and is the first Canadian iRacing winner in series history, taking the checkered flag at the virtual Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2016. Duval has made 76 starts in his seven-year career, scoring eight top-fives and earning a best points finish of fifth in 2016.

 

TSC PR

 

Hoosier Racing Tire faithfully serves DIRTcar racers across the country by providing durable, high-performance racing tires. Hoosier’s support for racers is especially unmatched in the Northeast United States, Ontario, and Quebec. They offer points fund support as well as tires for all DIRTcar-sanctioned tracks, series races, and the Hoosier Racing Tire Weekly Championship.

The heart of dirt track racing beats at DIRTcar’s Hoosier Racing Tire Weekly Championship, formerly Mr. DIRTcar, race tracks each week. Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday DIRTcar Big Block Modifieds, 358 Modifieds, Sportsman Modifieds, and Pro Stocks race door-to-door for both track championship points and Hoosier Racing Tire points. 

All DIRTcar-licensed drivers racing at a DIRTcar-sanctioned track have their top 16 finishes calculated towards the Hoosier Racing Tire Weekly Championship points. The Championship starts on the first DIRTcar sanctioned event and concludes after Labor Day Weekend.

Over $37,000 is set up for the Hoosier Racing Tire points among the four divisions. Last year, Matt Sheppard collected $6,000 for being the high point man in the DIRTcar Big Blocks. The top 15 that earned points took home a cash prize at the DIRTcar Northeast Banquet.

Mat Williamson was the top 358 point-getter and he took home $3,000 with the top 10 receiving cash. In the DIRTcar Sportsman and Pro Stocks, it was Brad Rouse and Josh Coonradt earning $1,000 respectively with payouts going to the top 10, as well. 

Last year, DIRTcar created the Hoosier Racing Tire Weekly Championship newsletter to keep fans across the country up-to-date. The newsletter features every single winner in a DIRTcar Northeast sanctioned race during the previous week. All race fans, drivers, and teams need to do to get signed up is to head to DIRTcar.com and join the more than 40,000 that already do.

DIRTcar Northeast maintains four premier DIRTcar series each and every season. They are the Super DIRTcar Series Big Block Modifieds, DIRTcar 358 Modified Series, DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series, and the full-fender DIRTcar Pro Stock Series. One free tire is handed out at every single series race. 

At Super DIRTcar Series races, the tire goes to whoever draws position 12 for the Feature in the Top 12 Redraw. Now, instead of a driver looking glum after picking 12, they hold up the pill and say, “Free tire!” In the other three series, the tire is awarded to a driver finishing in a predetermined, randomly chosen, finishing position.     

Also on the DIRTcar website are the Hoosier Racing Tire Weekly Championship and Series points as well as a winners list, schedules, features and more. Points graphics are also being shared weekly on social media. For vital, up-to-the-minute updates, photos, and videos follow DIRTcar and the Super DIRTcar Series on Twitter and Facebook at the links below: 

Super DIRTcar Series — Facebook/Twitter/Instagram

DIRTcar Northeast — Facebook/Twitter

DIRTcar Northeast Race Tracks and DIRTcar Hoosier Racing Tire Weekly Championship Divisions 

Friday:

Albany-Saratoga Speedway – Big Block Modifieds, Sportsman Modifieds, Pro Stocks

Brewerton Speedway – Big Block Modifieds, Sportsman

Can-Am Speedway – 358 Modifieds, Sportsman Modifieds, Pro Stocks

Freedom Motorsports Park – Sportsman Modifieds

Autodrome Granby – 358 Modifieds, Sportsman Modifieds, Pro Stocks

Lernerville Speedway – Big Block Modifieds, Pro Stocks

Mohawk Int’l Raceway – 358 Modifieds, Sportsman Modifieds

Outlaw Speedway – Sportsman Modifieds

Ransomville Speedway – 358 Modifieds, Sportsman Modifieds

Saturday:

Airborne Speedway – Sportsman Modifieds, Pro Stocks 

Bear Ridge Speedway – Sportsman Modifieds

Brockville Ontario Speedway – 358 Modifieds, Sportsman Modifieds

Autodrome Drummond – 358 Modifieds, Sportsman Modifieds, Pro Stocks 

Fulton Speedway – 358 Modifieds, Sportsman Modifieds

Genesee Speedway – Sportsman Modifieds

Land of Legends Raceway – Big Block Modifieds, Sportsman Modifieds

Le RPM Speedway – 358 Modifieds, Sportsman Modifieds

Lebanon Valley Speedway – Big Block Modifieds, Pro Stocks

Merrittville Speedway – 358 Modifieds, Sportsman Modifieds

Orange County Fair Speedway – Big Block Modifieds

Thunder Mountain Speedway – 358 Modifieds, Sportsman Modifieds

Sunday:

Cornwall Motor Speedway – 358 Modifieds, Sportsman Modifieds, Pro Stocks

Glen Ridge Motorsports Park – Sportsman Modifieds, Pro Stocks

Humberstone Speedway – Sportsman Modifieds

Utica-Rome Speedway – 358 Modifieds, Sportsman Modifieds, Pro Stocks 

Weedsport Speedway – Big Block Modifieds, Sportsman Modifieds

DIRTcar Series PR

American Flat Track's entire 2019 racing season is now available to viewers through TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold at no cost.

Last week, NBC Sports announced that it has made TrackPass, along with nine other services, free in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, giving fans a wide variety of premium content to consume.

Free access to AFT on TrackPass runs through May 1. Fans can access the free content and select the various packages they want to view by visiting: www.nbcsports.com/gold/free-access.

Upon clicking the link above, fans will be directed to create an account and may select from the various packages including American Flat Track, TrackPass, IndyCar, Pro Motocross and more. Once a package has been added to an account, fans may access the content on any device equipped with the NBC Sports app.

Additional content on TrackPass includes full-event replays of all NASCAR races since its launch in December 2019 and nearly 50 long-form documentaries on NASCAR’s biggest stars, venues, and stories. IMSA WeatherTech, K&N and Modified races from the 2019 season are also available.

TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold builds off the foundation set by FansChoice.tv, and the NASCAR and NBC Sports collaborative product becomes the most robust live and on-demand motorsports content offering in the domestic digital marketplace.

Fans will get more exclusive live motorsports events and an extensive library of archived documentaries and films. The platform will offer exclusive live viewing of a multitude of motorsports, including American Flat Track, select ARCA Menards Series events (including ARCA Menards Series East and West races), NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, and tentpole grassroots racing events, as well as NASCAR Cup Series and NASCAR Xfinity Series practice and qualifying sessions (NBC Sports’ half of the schedule only).

For more information and to sign up for free access to TrackPass until May 1 visit www.nbcsports.com/gold/free-access.

For more information on American Flat Track visit www.americanflattrack.com.

To get the latest American Flat Track clothing and merchandise visit www.americanflattracker.com.

How to Watch:

NBCSN and TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold are the official homes for coverage of American Flat Track. For the 2020 season, NBCSN’s coverage of AFT remains in highly-coveted programming slots within two weeks of each event. The complete schedule for AFT on NBCSN can be viewed at http://www.americanflattrack.com/events-nbcsn/. TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold - the most-robust motorsports offering in the digital marketplace - is a cornerstone of AFT's digital strategy, providing live streaming coverage of every event and maintaining an active archive of all AFT content.

NBC Sports PR

With one comes another as U.S. 36 Raceway in Osborn, Mo. has pushed the start of their season back to May, causing the postponement of events with the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented the MAVTV Motorsports Network slated for Friday, April 17.
 
According to track owner, John Boller, he is looking for a date to reschedule the show but is waiting to see how things progress as we work through the COVID-19 epidemic. Any updates will be posted to http://www.ascsracing.com.
 
"With all this going on, we thank the promoters and teams who have been hit by the COVID-19 restrictions for working with us and we look forward to hopefully getting back to normal sooner than later," stated ASCS Founder, Emmett Hahn.
 
"I don't think there are really words to describe what is going on right now. I never would have imagined our entire sport put on hold like this, but all we can do is stay healthy and be ready when it is time to race."
 
Event updates will be posted to http://www.ascsracing.com as well as our Social Media Outlets on Facebook and Twitter (@LucasOilASCS). We will also issue emails to our E-News Letter, which anyone can sign up for at https://bit.ly/3cTRbCq.
 
ASCS Online:
 
American Sprint Car Series: http://www.ascsracing.com
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/lucasoilascs (@lucasoilascs)
Instagram: LucasOilASCS
Video Broadcast: http://www.racinboys.com
Live-Scoring (Where Applicable): MRP Live
 
Driver Point Standings (Top 15): 1. Harli White 447; 2. Sam Hafertepe, Jr. 433; 3. Roger Crockett 419; 4. Blake Hahn 416; 5. Matt Covington 410; 6. Tanner Carrick 408; 7. Jordon Mallett 406; 8. Scott Bogucki 400; 9. Dylan Westbrook 396; 10. Blake Carrick 391; 11. Dominic Scelzi 368; 12. Justin Sanders 367; 13. Thomas Kennedy 359; 14. Alex Hill 330; 15. John Carney II 328;
 
2020 A-Feature Winner(s): Matt Covington - 1 (2/28 - Canyon Speedway Park); Sam Hafertepe, Jr. – 1 (2/29 – Canyon Speedway Park); Brad Sweet – 1 (3/6 – Merced Speedway); Andy Forsberg – 1 (3/8 – Petaluma Speedway);
 
ASCS National Tour Drivers Online:
 
Seth Bergman (Snohomish, WA.): http://www.sethbergmanracing.com
Scott Bogucki (McLaren Vale, S. Aust.): https://www.facebook.com/ScottBogucki89
John Carney II (El Paso, TX): https://www.facebook.com/JohnCarneyRacing
Matt Covington (Glenpool, OK): http://www.mattcovingtonracing.com
Roger Crockett (Broken Arrow, OK): http://www.rocketdesignsllc.com
Blake Hahn (Sapulpa, OK): http://www.blakehahnracing.com
Alex Hill (Six Nations, Ontario, Can.): https://twitter.com/alexhill77x
Thomas Kennedy (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Can.): https://twitter.com/tjkennedy21k
Jordon Mallett (Greenbrier, AR): https://www.jordonmallett.com
Robbie Price (Cobble Hill, BC, Can.): http://www.bdsmotorsportsllc.com
Chase Randall (Waco, TX): https://twitter.com/chaserandall09
Danny Sams III (North Port, Fla.) https://www.samslamtnracing.com
Harli White (Lindsay, OK): http://www.harliwhiteracing.net
Garet Williamson (Columbia, MO.) https://twitter.com/garetw3
 
ASCS Sponsors:
 
Lucas Oil Products is the title sponsor of the American Sprint Car Series. More information can be found on Lucas Oil Products at www.lucasoil.com. MAVTV Motorsports Network is the presenting sponsor of the American Sprint Car Series. Log onto http://www.mavtv.com for more information.
 
Sawblade.com is the official SawBlade of the American Sprint Car Series and title sponsor of every National Tour A-Feature as well as Victory Lane. For more information, log onto https://www.sawblade.com and follow along on Social Media at @SawBladecom on Twitter, on Instagram at Sawblade.com_, and Facebook.
 
Associate sponsors for the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented the MAVTV Motorsports Network include Hoosier Racing Tire and Brodix. All Heat Races are brought to you by SCE Gaskets. All B-Features are presented by BMRS.
 
Team Lucas Sponsors for the American Sprint Car Series consist of Protect the Harvest, Geico, SRI, General Tire, MAVTV Motorsports Network, LucasOilRacing.tv, and General Tire.
 
All events are broadcast online at http://www.racinboys.com.
 
Product and Contingency Sponsorship provided by SCE Gaskets, K&N Filters, BMRS, SpeedMart, Engler Machine and Tool, FSR Radiator and Racing Products, Schoenfeld Headers, MyRacePass.com, Weld Wheels, Maxwell Industries, Simpson, Wesmar Racing Engines, Hinchman Indy Racewear, Rod End Supply, Smiley's Racing Products, and Triple X Race, Co.
 
ASCS PR
In light of the COVID-19 epidemic and the uncertainty of employment for many around the world, the deadline to renew seats for the 35th annual Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals presented by General Tire has been extended to Friday, June 5, 2020. 
 
"There is so much unknown right now, and we don't want someone to lose their seats over this deal because their job was affected. That would just be adding insult to injury," stated Chili Bowl co-founder, Emmett Hahn."Hopefully this all starts to calm down and we can get back to racing. Right now, we hope everyone stays safe and healthy." 
 
If you've already renewed your seats with a VISA or MasterCard, the charge will not be applied until the end of June through July when tickets are pulled. If you send a check, the check is deposited within 30 days of us receiving it. 
 
Reserved Seats for the 35th annual Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals presented by General Tire will continue to be sold in six, five, and four-day packages. Prices for the 2021 affair will be broken down with four-day tickets at $227, five-day tickets at $282, and tickets for the full event at $337, plus tax (8.517%) and shipping, which is $7 for orders up to 15 tickets and $10 from 16 ticket orders and up. 
 
Domestic orders, not held in Will Call, will be sent via USPS Certified Mail to ensure each order sent will require a signature. All international orders will be kept in Will Call.
 
Tickets will go out in September. 
 
The office of the Chili Bowl Nationals is open Monday-Friday from 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. (CT). New orders, as well as renewals, are being taken at the same time. 
 
If ordering with the renewal form that was mailed at the end of March, those can be returned to 1140 S. 83rd East Ave. Tulsa, OK 74112 or by fax to (918) 836-5517. Tickets can be purchased with Visa. MasterCard, Cash, Check, or Money Order.
 
Orders will not be taken via email or social media. 
 
If a Reserved Seat ticket cannot be acquired, Pit Passes will be on sale at the event and never sell out. The Pit Pass double as a General Admission pass and allows fans access to the back straightaway on a first-come, first-served basis. Pit Passes are $45 per weekday and $60 on Saturday. Passes can be purchased for multiple consecutive days. Pit Passes are not sold in advance. 
 
All orders are processed by hand. Renewals are processed first, then changes to those accounts, then new orders will be done in the order they were received until all tickets are sold. Times and other event information will be published as the event draws closer. 
 
For continued updates on the Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals presented by General Tire, fans can follow along on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram with @CBNationals. All official press, updates, and results on the Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals presented by General Tire can be found online at http://www.chilibowl.com
 
Quick Notes:
 
What: 35th annual Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals presented by General Tire
When: January 11-16, 2021
Where: River Spirit Expo Center - Tulsa Expo Raceway 4145 E 21st St, Tulsa, OK 74114
 
Ticket Information:
 
Ticket Renewal/New Order Time Frame: March 4, 2020 - June 5, 2020
Four-Day Ticket: $227 (Wednesday-Saturday)
Five-Day Ticket: $282 (Tuesday-Saturday)
Six-Day Ticket: $337 (Monday-Saturday)

**Plus tax and shipping
 
Contact:
 
Phone: (918) 838-3777
Fax: (918) 836-5517
Mail: 1141 S. 83rd East Ave. Tulsa, OK 74112
Orders are not taken via Social Media or Email
 
Chili Bowl Online:
 
Twitter: (@cbnationals)
Official Hashtag: #ChiliBowl2021
Instagram: cbnationals
Snap Chat: TheChiliBowl
 
Chili Bowl PR
Under the COVID-19 directive by the Governor of Arkansas, Asa Hutchinson, events slated for Saturday, April 4, 2020 at I-30 Speedway in Little Rock, Ark. with the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network have been postponed.
 
Track and Series Officials are currently looking for a date to reschedule the showdown at "Hammer Hill". As soon as a date has been established, updates will be posted to http://www.ascsracing.com.
 
As of now, the next event for the 2020 lineup is Friday, April 17 at U.S. 36 Raceway in Osborn, Mo.
 
Event updates will be posted to http://www.ascsracing.com as well as our Social Media Outlets on Facebook and Twitter (@LucasOilASCS). We will also issue emails to our E-News Letter, which anyone can sign up for at https://bit.ly/3cTRbCq.
 
ASCS PR

With New York State Governor Cuomo’s extension of the “pause” in New York State, which bans non-essential gatherings of any size, Tyler Bartlett, the owner and promoter of the Can-Am Speedway, and Super DIRTcar Series director Dean Reynolds have agreed to postpone the Super DIRTcar Series opening event on Saturday, April 11.

“With the current state of the COVID-19 situation, we have decided to postpone the April 11 Super DIRTcar Series event,” Bartlett said. “We were hoping for better news and waited as long as we could, but the safety of our fans, employees, and competitors must come first. State officials have announced non-essential workers are to stay at home, and we will follow their guidance. We all want to put on racing and get back to being normal but now is not the time.

“Dean and I are looking at possible make-up dates because the Super DIRTcar Series is special at Can-Am. We just have to see how long current restrictions will stay in effect and then go from there. That does make it tough to announce a new date right now.  But, we were ready, before everything started to slow down we got the new lighting installed, PA speakers and the bleachers were 90% complete. I think the fans and competitors would have been very happy seeing the improvements.”

Remain up to date on the latest Super DIRTcar Series news at the Series’ new website, as well as on TwitterFacebook, and Instagram.

Super DIRTcar Series PR

Atlanta Motor Speedway and the American Red Cross are teaming up to host a blood drive on Monday, April 6.

The American Red Cross has an ongoing critical need for blood and platelet donations amidst coronavirus uncertainties. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Atlanta Motor Speedway’s Tara Ballroom, located within the AMS Condo Building at 1500 Tara Place.

“We’re thankful to have a great relationship with the American Red Cross that enables us to help our neighboring communities when it’s needed most,” said AMS Executive Vice President and General Manager Brandon Hutchison. “Rest assured, our friends at the Red Cross will be working to ensure appropriate social distancing measures are taken throughout the entire drive. We encourage anyone who is healthy to seize this opportunity to donate much needed blood.”

As many as three lives can be saved each time someone donates blood. Red Cross employees have implemented additional precautions to ensure blood drives and donation centers are safe for donors and staff and reduce potential exposure to COVID-19.

Each donor will receive a $5 Amazon Gift Card, a discount coupon to the AMS Gift Shop, and photos with the AMS pace car. To prepare to give blood, the Red Cross recommends donors eat iron-rich meals and drink plenty of water. A photo ID will also be needed upon arrival.

“This is a time to take care of one another. If you are healthy and feeling well, please make an appointment now to donate April 6, in the days to come, or weeks ahead by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767),” said Ronnika A. McFall, external communications manager, Red Cross Georgia Blood Services Region.

To donate please visit RedCrossBlood.org and enter sponsor code “atlantaspeedway” and choose the donation time that works best for you. Registration can also be completed by calling 1-800-RED CROSS or by using the Blood Donor App.

AMS PR

The Mahoning Valley Speedway Hall of Fame Series (MVSHoFS), a race five special run amid the Modifieds, Street Stocks and Hobby Stocks, has been rapidly gaining interest among drivers from all three classes.

The MVSHoFS will be centered on an elite group of track legends including Doug Hoffman, John “Peepers” Yerger, George Wambold, Marvin Bartholomew and Hal Renninger.

And, while the five races will be determined with special distances and purses for the Modifieds, the Street and Hobby Stockers are also being included which has greatly bettered an already thrilling set of events.

For the Modifieds race number one is slated for Opening Night and honors Hoffman and his No. 60. Thus the feature will be 60 laps. Next will be a 77-lapper paying tribute to Yerger. That will be followed by an 81-lap affair which belongs to the celebrated Wambold. The next feature will be 85 laps, the number made famous by Bartholomew and finally a 99-lapper that is associated with Renninger.

“We’re very excited to bring the Hall of Fame Series to Mahoning Valley,” said track promoter Keith Hoffman.

“We wanted to honor all these important drivers for their contributions to the track. Our loyal fans and drivers will now have the opportunity to compete in meaningful ‘specials’ throughout the season.”

With the anticipation of the start of the season and race number one draws near many drivers have made it their intent to not miss out on this unique structure of races.

“I really like the idea of the Hall of Fame Series,” said Zane Zeiner, who often takes in the special type shows at Mahoning Valley and does so most times as a winner.

“This works out great for me running once each month and then be able to spend time with my son who will be racing there too with a Sport Mod so this helps all around. We’re definitely going to do all five Series’ races.”

Over the years there has been a variety of series type races at Mahoning and Zeiner is no stranger to winning them either. In 2012 he captured the Modified Madness Series.

“I think it’s pretty neat. There’s a lot of famous drivers that are associated with Mahoning and to get to compete in something called Hall of Fame with the great names that go along with it is something special and if we can get one of those wins it would be that much sweeter.”

Not surprising Matt Hirschman was quick to throw his hat into the ring. Hirschman has 18 wins at Mahoning and of them is a record 14 special event features. He feels the MVSHoFS will be a great set of races for the Modifieds.

“I thinks it’s twofold. One it’s a great way to honor the past greats from the track and the area in general and the history that they represent and it means a lot to recognize that,” explained Hirschman.

“And doing it that it reflects their car number for the laps, every race is different. You can approach each race a little bit different based on the amount of laps and the races may play out completely different each time and that’s something exciting to prepare for.”

Each of the Modified features will have a car in that respective show with a number as a tribute to the night’s honoree. Hirschman will carry Doug Hoffman’s 60-Over for the first event.

“I have a lot of respect for Doug and his career and what he accomplished for a driver from this area. It’s an honor for me to carry his number for the first race being run in his name,” added Hirschman.

“It just so happened we share the same car number. That number goes back to Dorney Park and part of the reason that Doug and his family went with the 60 was because they liked my dad’s car from Dorney Park when he had the 60 so there is a tie-in there to the car number,” he continued.

“We’ve won with that car number from Maine to Florida and both the Hoffman family and Hirschman family have won a lot of races with that car number so it’s very recognizable in the northeast on both dirt and asphalt.”

There is indeed a stout field of Modifieds that will be taking in the MVSHoFS and that includes the all-time class wins leader Eric Beers who will be racing exclusively at Mahoning for the Series.

“It’s going to be an awesome series. I’ve always liked years ago when Doug Hoffman came up with the Poker Series and it carried on with Floyd Santee as the Gamblers Series and now with Keith Hoffman coming up with the Hall of Fame Series, it has the making of something special and I think you’re going to see a lot of people coming out with lots of cars and fans especially for Opening Night,” said Beers, a 55-time winner here and three-time track champion.

As an added incentive the Modifieds will be offered a ‘gamblers fee.’ If a driver so chooses to take the gamble then he/she will win an additional $1000 for that feature. The gamblers fee is being sponsored by Gambler Transportation and Recovery of Whitehall.

By adding the Street Stocks and Hobby Stocks, those drivers as well have been showing much appeal towards the Series.

2019 division champion Jon Moser is very committed.

“Just make the check out to me!” remarked Moser. “I’m looking forward to it for sure and I’m definitely game for it. We’re going to give it our best.”

Moser belongs to a solid fraternity of Street Stockers that have for years been a major factor as a support division at Mahoning with a field that runs deep in parity. However, this Series is designed for not just the regulars but is structured to allow others to come in as well.

“I look forward to the competition and hopefully we will wind up in Victory Lane,” said Moser.

And the competition is certainly looking impressive too. Along with all the hot-handed steadies there are drivers from a number of area asphalt tracks who have voiced their commitment with several from nearby Evergreen Raceway.

Of them is one of the rising stars who will be racing at Mahoning Valley for the first time, Evan Rygielski, who is a rookie this year with the Street Stocks but a seasoned veteran none the less with 100 career wins that encompasses Kart, Bandolero and Hobby Stocks.

“I think it’s a great series they put together and it’s also a great opportunity for me to race there. I’ve watched races there, it’s a bullring and looks fun to race at so I’m excited,” said Rygielski.

“I know I’ll have to take it easy for the first few laps and get use to the track and then keep picking the pace up and hopefully run the same times as the top guys there. My goal would be to finish with a decent showing and hopefully get a win or two in the Series.”

The Series marks the first time that Hobby Stocks will be part of a season-long special. This class has grown in leaps and bounds and the time was right to add this stirring division.

Rich Mutarelli, a veteran of the Hobby Stocks, is on the verge of becoming the all-time wins leader. He noted that MVSHoFS is a great opportunity for his class to showcase themselves and be justifiably rewarded.

“Personally I feel it’s an honor that our class is getting the recognition that I think we earned and deserve. The crop of talented drivers in the whole class is amazing. Even the young kids that are just coming up and racing against older guys like me is pretty cool,” said Mutarelli.

“This Series is good for the track regulars and also to those who want to come in from other tracks and race with us. I’d love to see the Wall (Stadium) guys, the Evergreen (Raceway) guys and the Riverhead guys and see what they have against us.

“I believe Mahoning is the best racing on the East coast for asphalt short track. These guys will be coming into our territory and I’m excited to see what happens with the Hall of Fame Series.”

The MVSHoFS will see a separate tally of points for each class and at the conclusion of the five events the top three will receive point fund monies. Drivers must compete in each of the five races in order to be eligible for the point fund money. There will be a nominal entry fee to run each of the specials. After the fourth race drivers can drop there worse finish in order to improve their standings.

The point fund breakdown is as follows: $1500, $1000 and $500 to the top three in Modifieds. $1000, $600 and $400 for the Street Stocks and $500, $300 and $200 for the Hobby Stocks.

There is also 50-showup points as well that will be added towards that driver’s 2020 regular season standings amount. Each class will draw for starting spots for both heats and features. Only feature points will count towards the MVSHoFS title of the respective divisions.

“I think with the point fund and good purse we’re offering we’ll be able to pull some talented drivers from other tracks and states and showcase our product to everyone,” added Hoffman.

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