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Winner Austin Bishop (Ralph Richards Photo)

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BISHOP WINS TWENTY LAP MASS FEATURE IN FRONT OF 'PACKED HOUSE' AT BRIDGEPORT SPEEDWAY BRIDGEPORT, NJ
By ERIKA PALMAI WAGNER
erikapalmai5@gmail.com

Austin Bishop won his fourth feature event of 2018, but his first ever with Delaware Auto Exchange Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series this past Saturday Night at Bridgeport Speedway. In front of a packed grandstands on account of the speedway's annual 'Pack the House Night' free admission to fans event, Bishop survived multiple restarts, pressure from a hard charging and fast Jeff Geiges and two red flags to take the $450 to win cash prize, thanks to race night sponsor Lin Bethman's Auto Center.

"In those final laps, all I could think about was a staying out front in the clean air and keeping my line straight because I knew Stillwaggon was close behind and he is usually fast at Bridgeport," Bishop mentioned. "I noticed the track started to take rubber in the middle groove, so the objective for me was to keep the car straight and in the rubber so that I could bring it home to victory lane!"

Bishop, who started on the inside pole along side Jeff Geiges after drawing the number one spot during the CRC Industries Brakleen redraw, quickly jumped out front of the twenty-four car field, and maintained the position all throughout the twenty lap feature, constantly facing a challenge from veteran driver, Jeff Geiges, who was all over the back bumper for the first half of the feature.

"Jeff and I were putting on an awesome race and we were both fast!" Bishop said. "At the half way point, I got caught up with the lapped car of Leaper, who was running the same middle line that I was, and coming out of turn two, I anticipated to get around Dan going low, and we came up to him quickly, and unfortunately he went low too, causing me to get into the back of him," Bishop explained.

"I tried to quickly unhook our bumpers by going around the outside of him, but it was just to late and we spun him around, collecting Geiges as well. I feel bad about the situation and how it happened, but I'm just glad that everyone walked away unharmed," Bishop said.

With Geiges now sidelined after the lap nine mishap, Bishop ran away with the win, with the battle for second gaining attention with Tim Tanner Jr. and Ryan Stillwaggon swapping positions, with Tanner eventually finishing up in the runner up spot, and Stillwaggon settling in third. Eddie Wagner and Dave Brown would round out the top five.

"Our season started off a little rocky, with us not being able to finish the first three races we've entered, but now, after running eight shows total in 2018, we've won four of them!" Bishop said. "We're running for National points and the MASS championship this year, so as long as we have twenty decent finishes, we should be in good shape."

Austin Bishop credits his success to the crew of the No. 11A (Parke Bishop, Tyler Rissler, and Frank Styer) and his sponsors Kozie Clothes, Sloan Ford, Doug's Welding, Classic Car Auto Mall, Frank's Shocks and Two Cousin's Pizza.

This weekend, the Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series has off, but is scheduled to return to action next Saturday, June 30th Grandview Speedway Inc.. Information on this event will be released in the coming days.

For more information on upcoming events, LIVE race day coverage, and exclusive interviews with drivers, visit our Facebook page Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series, on Instagram and Twitter @masprints305 and our website www.masprintseries.com.

LIN BETHMAN AUTO CENTER FEATURE FINISH (20 LAPS): AUSTIN BISHOP, Tim Tanner Jr., Ryan Stillwaggon, Eddie Wagner, Dave Brown, Brendon Poff, Scott R Frack, Mark Bitner, Rick Stief, Tom Carberry, Bryant Davis, Samantha Lieberman, Cj Faison, Randy Wilbert, Craig Pellegrini Jr., Josh Fox, Jason Dunn, Chad Connor, Larry Mc Vay, Logan Diehl, Jeff Geiges, Dean Conk Jr., Dan Leaper, Doug Suiter DNS- Zack Burd

Professional Design Services HEAT 1 $50 CASH - Jeff Geiges
Freiberger Excavating HEAT 2 $50 CASH - Eddie Wagner
Bruce's Auto Body HEAT 3 $50 CASH - Tim Tanner Jr.
Engler Machine and Tool Front Row - Austin Bishop & Jeff Geiges
Thayer Performance Burning Rubber Hard Charger Bonus - Dave Brown (+10 positions)
Half Way Leader $25 CASH - Austin Bishop
Bitner Automotive Lightning Fast Time Award $25 CASH - Jeff Geiges
Kelly Racing Fuels 5 Gallons of FREE Fuel - Austin Bishop
Keizer Sprint Wheels $50 Gift Certificate 10th Place Finisher - Tom Carberry
$50 CASH Random Driver's Meeting Giveaway & $25 Worst Pill Draw - Craig Pellegrini Jr.

May
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IT’S RACE DAY!!

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Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series



Mother Nature needs to move on out, because there's another storm brewing in the Bechtelsville, PA hills tonight!

The Delaware Auto Exchange Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series will be heading to Grandview Speedway Inc. for the first time this season, to be a part of the Thunder on the Hill Traffic Jam Memorial Day Weekend event! Pit gates are set to open at 2:30PM, with the grandstands opening for fans at 5PM. Warm-ups are slated to begin at 6:30PM, and the first green flag of the evening is set to wave at 7:30PM.

Pre-Race festivities - which begin at 5PM - include the Low Down and Dirty Meet & Greet that will include MASS Sprint Car driver, Johnny Yanek and his S.L.Y Racing #Q2 Sprinter, as well a free cozie give-away to the first 150 fans that enter the grandstand gates, sponsored by our primary sponsor, the Delaware Auto Exchange!

Sponsoring the event will be MASS's primary marketing partner, the Delaware Auto Exchange and also MASS’s associate sponsor Diversified Machine, Inc. / DMI / BullDog Rears, who has come back on board for 2018, gifting the series with a brand new complete front axle to be raffled off at the end of the year banquet. MASS's additional associate sponsor Engler Machine and Tool, will also be sponsoring the front row starters for all the MASS feature events. The pole sitters each night will be rewarded with two tickets for the fuel injection raffle.

Additional contingency awards include $50 cash to each heat race winner presented by Professional Design Services, Freiberger Excavating, and Bruce's Auto Body, a $50 gift certificate to Keizer Sprint Wheels for the worst pill draw of the night, the $25 Bitner Automotive 'Lightning Fast Time of the Night' bonus, 5 gallons of fuel to the winner of each heat race winner courtesy of Kelly Racing Fuels, a $25 Todd's Performance gift certificate, and the CRC Industries Brakleen feature redraw concludes the list of extras up for grabs for members of the Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series.

Expect the talent to be present this evening, with last year's Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series Thunder On The Hill Racing Series winner Ryan Stillwaggon to be on hand to defend victory lane from 2017 MASS Champion and also the winner of the last two events Eddie Wagner from making it 3 in a row tonight! Additional hot shoes on tap for tonight include DOWNTOWN Dave Brown, "THE FLYIN' MUNCHKIN" Jeff Geiges, TNT Tim Tanner, Rookie of the Year contenders Cj Faison, Jason Dunn, Dan Leaper, Chloe Andreas and Chad Connor, along with Tyler Reinhardt, Rick Stief, Bryant Davis and Brendon Poff to name a few.

For more information on upcoming events, LIVE race day coverage, and exclusive interviews with drivers, visit our Facebook page Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series, on Instagram and Twitter @masprints305 and our website www.masprintseries.com.

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EDDIE WAGNER LEADS THE DELAWARE AUTO EXCHANGE MID-ATLANTIC SPRINT SERIES TO DELAWARE INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY SATURDAY MAY 5TH
DELMAR, DE

Eddie Wagner of Newfield, NJ is beginning the 2018 season just where he left of in 2017, currently leading the Delaware Auto Exchange Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series points chase as they head south to Delaware International Speedway on Saturday, May 5th. Wagner, who has won the last two MASS events at Bridgeport Speedway, on the 5/8th mile and most recently on the 3/8th mile track, is the currently defending his 2017 MASS Championship title. He is usually the force to beat at the South Jersey facility and hopes to bring his success to a different track, starting this weekend.

“Last weekend was honestly one of the most fun races that I have ever been a part of,” Wagner said. “Hopefully we can build off of that finish, and have a strong run at Delaware, a track that I love and have been to a lot when I raced URC. Mark Cathell and his staff at DIS do a great job and have been a pleasure to work with, so I hope we can put a good show on for them, and of course the fans!”

Tim Tanner Jr., last year’s Delaware International Speedway winner, is looking to defend his 2017 victory after a top ten finish last week at Bridgeport.

“I am excited to be heading back down to Delaware this weekend,” Tanner explained. “My family will be with me and I’m really happy to be able to have them in the pits area with us! I learned a lot from last year’s show, so I look forward to applying what we know now, and we’ll see if we can make it to victory lane again!”

Bordentown, NJ’s Larry Mc Vay, who earned the hard charger award for his efforts in going from 20th to 3rd at Bridgeport, is slated to join the hefty field of drivers committed to make the tow to the Southern Delaware ½ mile oval. Jeff Geiges, Tyler Reinhardt, Rick Stief, Bryant Davis, Joe Kay, Scott Frack, Brendon Poff, Zack Burd, David Graber, Harris Kohen, Austin Bishop, John Yanek, along with rookies Jason Dunn, Chad Connor, Dan Leaper, Dom Melair, Cj Faison, and Reid Mitchell are all entries to expect this Saturday night with more showing support in the coming days.

In addition to the advertised purse, MASS’ associate sponsor Engler Machine and Tool will be sponsoring the front row starters for the feature events with two free raffle tickets for the $3,800 injection. Thayer Performance will be handing out a BRAND NEW Hoosier Racing Tire Racesaver Spec Right Rear tire to the Hard Charger of the night. Also, Kelly Racing Fuels, the official Fuel sponsor of the Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series, will be beginning their “Hard Charger of the Month” campaign this weekend at DIS, and information on that will be released this week.

Additional contingency awards include $50 cash to each heat race winner presented by Professional Design Services, Freiberger Excavating and Bruce’s Auto Body, a $50 gift certificate to Keizer Sprint Wheels for the worst pill drawl of the night, the $25 Bitner Automotive 'Lightning Fast Time of the Night' bonus, 5 gallons of fuel to the winner of the A-Main courtesy of Kelly Racing Fuels, a $25 Todd's Performance gift certificate, and the CRC Industries Brakleen feature redraw concludes the list of extras up for grabs for members of the Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series.

For more information on upcoming events, LIVE race day coverage, and exclusive interviews with drivers, visit our Facebook page Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series, on Instagram and Twitter @masprints305 and our website www.masprintseries.com.

Photo courtesy of Mike Calla from www.wheelsofspeed.com
Ad by Tori Pavel

Dan Leaper(SDS Photo)



SIXTEEN-YEAR-OLD DAN LEAPER LOOKS TO GET ROOKIE SEASON UNDERWAY AT NEW EGYPT SPEEDWAY WITH THE MID-ATLANTIC SPRINT SERIES

DOUGLASVILLE, PA ... Douglasville, PA’s Dan Leaper will pilot his number 24L Triple X Race Components chassis at the Delaware Auto Exchange Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series season opener on Saturday, April 14th at New Egypt Speedway. This will be the first race of Leaper’s 2018 Geiswite Creations Rookie of the Year campaign with MASS, as he joins the growing list of novice teams joining the series this season.

“We plan on running the full MASS schedule, and I hope we can learn some as well as prove myself this year,” Dan says. “After getting some decent finishes under my belt, I hope we can eventually win some heat races, and ultimately the Rookie of the Year honor”.

Leaper began his career at the ripe age of five-years-old, racing quarter midgets at Honeybrook Speedway. At age ten, Dan stepped up into a 270 Micro Sprint and then a year later a 600 Micro Sprint, competing at Linda’s Speedway, Greenwood Valley Action Track, and Hamlin Speedway before graduating to a full-sized Racesaver 305 Sprint Car in 2017.

“We really didn’t plan on racing 305’s or a full-sized Sprinter as soon as we did,” Leaper admitted. “Pat and Zack Bealer offered us a really great deal however, by trading all of our 600 Micro Sprint equipment for all of their 305 stuff, and my dad couldn’t refuse it, so here we are!”

Participating in two MASS events last season, each taking place at Grandview Speedway Inc. in 2017, Leaper is excited to return to the famous 1/3-mile-high banked oval because he enjoys the banking and the thrill of the car getting around the speedway as it does.

“This year we have some returning as well as some new sponsors who I would like to thank for helping us out this season,” Dan recalls. “APS Powdercoating, Rick’s Service Center, Carfagno Chevrolet, Tri-County Performance, Tri-County Chiropractic, Christman Remodeling, KB Bradshaw, West Fabrication Inc., Birdsboro Napa, Tim’s Shock Lab and my crew which consists of my parents, Steve, Andy Anderson, and Toot will help make this year possible.

Leaper, along with five other committed 2018 rookies, Jason Dunn, Chloe Andreas, Chad Connor, Dom Melair and Cj Faison will all be present on April 14th at New Egypt Speedway, for the start of MASS’ second operating season. 2017 Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series Champion Eddie Wagner, 2017 Rookie of the Year Tom Carberry and additional talents including Mark Bitner, Tim Tanner Jr., Jeff Geiges, Craig Pellegrini Jr., David Bonner, Brendon Poff, Samantha Lieberman, and Robert Burd are all planning on attending the season opener.

For more information on upcoming events, race day LIVE coverage, and exclusive interviews with drivers, visit our Facebook page Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series, check us out on Twitter and Instagram @masprints305, or log on to our website www.masprintseries.com!

Jason Dunn (MASS Photo)



JASON DUNN LOOKS FORWARD TO A ‘CHANGE OF PACE’ IN 2018 WITH MID-ATLANTIC SPRINT SERIES

HAMILTON, NJ.. Former Sportsman/Crate Modified competitor Jason Dunn is looking to shake things up in 2018 when he kicks off his rookie season with the Delaware Auto Exchange Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series at New Egypt Speedway on April 14th. Along with attending all events on the entire MASS schedule, Dunn hopes to travel to Central Pennsylvania to compete with the PA Sprint Series when able to.

“My main goal this season is to learn and be consistent,” the thirty-six-year-old graphic artist and owner of JLD Graphics said. “Racing Sprint Cars is something that I have always wanted to do, and after accomplishing a fair amount in the Sportsman and Crate Modified division at New Egypt, I wanted to do something a little more different and affordable, which is everything MASS offered me”.

Dunn, who resides out of Hamilton, NJ, began his career in 2006, competing in the Rookie Sportsman class, and then ran a few races in 2007 at New Egypt Speedway before taking a hiatus after only four races. Resuming his career in 2011, Jason competed full time in the Sportsman and Crate Modified class at mainly New Egypt Speedway, but visited Bridgeport Speedway and Georgetown Speedway periodically.

“With MASS being a traveling series, I’m really thrilled to be able to visit new tracks, like Williams Grove, facing new challenges, and meeting new people,” Dunn said. “The goal for opening day is to learn about the car, finish the race in one piece and to have fun!”

“I’m really looking forward to this year, and with good equipment, my crew which consists of my brother Chuck, my wife Monica, and friends Pat McBride and Steve Wilson, as well as my sponsors Paul Mancini Custom Homes, McBride Fireplaces, Pioneer Auto Body, Cenco Heating Oil and Propane and JLD Graphics, I’m hoping we can get some experience, then some top fives, and hopefully the Rookie of the Year trophy at the end of the season. This will be a learning experience for sure, but if we take baby steps, we should be able to get my JLD Graphic #21J in the right direction”.

JLD Graphics, Jason’s graphic design business, will once again sponsor the top three Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series point championship finishers in 2018, with a free helmet paint job going to the champion, $250 off of second place’s helmet paint job and $150 off of third place’s helmet paint job. JLD Graphics is a custom paint shop based in Hamilton, NJ, which specializes in all forms of distinct paint and graphics.

For more information on upcoming events, race day LIVE coverage, and exclusive interviews with drivers, visit our Facebook page Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series, check us out on Twitter and Instagram @masprints305, or log on to our website www.masprintseries.com!

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DELAWARE AUTO EXCHANGE MID-ATLANTIC SPRINT SERIES RETURNS TO NEW EGYPT SPEEDWAY ON APRIL 14TH FOR SEASON OPENER

NEW EGYPT, NJ

By ERIKA PALMAI WAGNER

With just one more month remaining until the start of the 2018 season, the Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series presented by the Delaware Auto Exchange is gearing up for their return to New Egypt Speedway for the first time under the Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series banner.

The Racesaver/IMCA 305 Sprint Car series, has four scheduled events (April 14th, May 12th, July 21st, August 11th) at the Central New Jersey D-shaped oval, with April 14th being the first.

Leading the list of drivers making a come-back to New Egypt Speedway is 2017 MASS Champion Eddie Wagner, with other MASS talents like Jeff Geiges, Tim Tanner, Bryant Davis, Austin Bishop, Craig Pellegrini Jr., Tom Carberry, Brendon Poff, as well as rookies and newcomers to the series Domenic Melair, CJ Faison, Dan Leaper, and Chloe Andreas looking forward to the event also.

“I am thrilled to be able to come back to my home track and race in front of friends and family who usually are unable to travel to other tracks we race at,” Jeff Geiges, General Manager of MASS and driver of the Stellitano Heating & Air Conditioning #77J. “New Egypt Speedway’s facilities are first class and I am especially thankful for hard working staff members like Pete MacDonald who helped make our return possible”.

Sponsoring the event on April 14th will be MASS's primary marketing partner, Delaware Auto Exchange and also MASS’s associate sponsor Engler Machine and Tool, who has come back on board for 2018, gifting the series with a brand new 305 injection to be raffled off at the end of the year banquet. On April 14th, the top five finishers of the 20 lap feature and five random drivers will be presented a FREE raffle ticket to the drawling of the $3,800 injection. With two ticket race nights on the schedule, Engler will also be sponsoring the front row starters for all the MASS feature events. The pole sitters each night will be rewarded with two tickets for the fuel injection raffle. Other contingency sponsors for this event will be announced in days to come.

For more information on upcoming events, race day LIVE coverage, and exclusive interviews with drivers, visit our Facebook page Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series and our website www.masprintseries.com.

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MID-ATLANTIC SPRINT SERIES HOSTS WINTER RULES MEETING ON DECEMBER 16TH; 2017 BANQUET TO BE HELD ON SATURDAY, JANUARY 13TH
EWING, NJ

By ERIKA PALMAI WAGNER
After coming off of a successful inaugural 2017 season, the Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series is looking ahead to 2018, hosting a Winter Rules Meeting on Saturday, December 16th, from 11:00am to 1:00pm at the Prospect Heights Fire Company in Ewing, NJ.
“All existing and potential members are invited to review 2017, as we host an open form discussion on the pros and cons of our ‘maiden’ season, possible rule changes that may be suggested, as well as an update on what’s to come sponsor and schedule wise for 2018,” Jeff Geiges, General Manager for MASS stated. “This meeting will be a great stepping stone for management to head the series in the right direction, as we are working diligently to provide the racers with a quality 2018 season, and we hope to bring more new and exciting things next year!”

The Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series will also be collecting tickets for the 2017 Awards Banquet, which will be held on Saturday, January 13th at the Cherry Hill Holiday Inn. Tickets for this event will be on sale until January 5th, 2018, so it is advised to get your counts in before then because seating in limited! MASS will be honoring the 2017 champion, Eddie Wagner, along with the top twenty in points, with awards and giveaways being presented all throughout the night.

For more information on the Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series, please visit our website at www.masprintseries.com or our Facebook page to catch up on the latest news on what’s happening!

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