Twenty-nine year old Bryant Davis is eagerly awaiting the start of the 2017 Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series race season with high hopes and ambitions in making this year his most successful yet.
“My plans are to race as much as possible with MASS - ultimately the full schedule - just as long as everything goes well,” Davis stated at the 2017 PPB Motorsports Racecar & Trade show this past weekend. “We’ve had a history of engine failure issues, so as long as that holds up, we should be able to hang in there until the end.”
The Norwood, PA resident, who pilots the Bruce’s Auto Body #15B, plans on starting this season off at the season opener at Bridgeport Speedway on April 30th. MASS has a total of twenty races on its newly released schedule, which contains events at tracks such as Bridgeport Speedway, Grandview Speedway, Big Diamond Speedway, Delaware’s Georgetown Speedway, and a few co-sanctions events with the PA Sprint Series at historic tracks like Williams Grove, Susquehanna and Port Royal.
Davis, who started racing at the young age of nine years old in quarter midgets with Delaware’s Blackbird Quarter Midget Race Club, moved up to 270 Micro Sprints at fourteen years old and then 600 Micros at sixteen years old, where he raced at Airport Speedway and Bridgeport Speedway.
“In 2014, we began to notice how fast the Racesaver 305 division began to grow in this area, and we talked to a few of our friends who had already made the move up into the full-sized Sprints, and we found that there really was no difference in cost compared to the 600’s. The cost of tires and the amount of fuel that was used was the only added expense, so we decided to sell all of our Micro stuff, and we purchased a 305, and we began racing with the Tri-State Racesaver Series”.
“I am really excited for the inaugural season with the new Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series,” Davis said. “This is going to be a good change, a change for the better. This division has such a diverse group of drivers and the competition is no joke. There is a large group of experienced drivers who have raced anything from Micro Sprints, Modifieds, to 360 and 410 Sprint Cars. We all respect each other on and off the track, and I’m just glad that the Racesaver 305 division will be able to continue to thrive under this new management in this region”.
Bryant and his father, Bruce Davis, who will be coming on board to sponsor the hard charger for each feature event this season under the Bruce’s Auto Body banner, field there orange #15B with a two man crew consisting of themselves. Bruce’s Auto Body will give $25 cash each week to the driver who is awarded hard charger of the night.
Sponsors who Bryant would like to recognize are Precision Dent Works (Aston, PA), Custom Auto World (Prospect Park, PA) and Bruce’s Auto Body (Sharon Hill, PA).
“I’ve learned a lot over the past few years, and I’m hoping the knowledge that I’ve acquired will get us that first feature win!” Bryant concludes. “We’ve been getting closer to our goal, after winning a few heat races and earning a couple top fives, so if all goes well, I think we will visit victory lane in 2017”.
We are excited to announce our schedule, we have 6 big races for our series not including the Blue Collar Classic. Stay tuned for more announcements as we have a few more series sponsorships to announce.
Saturday April 22nd Port Royal: Blue Collar Classic, Make up race, PASS event
Sunday April 30th Bridgeport Speedway
Saturday May 20th Susquehanna Speedway
Sunday May 28th Grandview Speedway: Thunder on the Hill
Friday June 2nd Big Diamond Speedway
Saturday June 10th TBA
Saturday June 17th Bridgeport Speedway: Pack the house night ( Free Admission )
Saturday June 24th Grandview Speedway
Saturday July 8th Bridgeport Speedway
Friday July 21st Bridgeport Speedway
Saturday July 29th Bridgeport speedway
Friday August 18th Williams Grove Speedway
Saturday August 26th Bridgeport Speedway
Saturday September 2nd Susquehanna Speedway
Friday September 15th Grandview Speedway: 38'er, Night before the 76'er
Friday September 22nd Bridgeport Speedway: King of the Big Block Weekend
Saturday October 7th Port Royal: Blue Collar Classic, PASS event
Saturday October 14th Grandview Speedway: Thunder on the Hill
Saturday October 28th Georgetown Speedway
Saturday November 4th Bridgeport Speedway: Big Track Classic
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MID-ATLANTIC SPRINT SERIES PREPARING TO OPEN 2017 SEASON AT PPB MOTORSPORTS EXPO OAKS, PA
By ERIKA PALMAI-WAGNER
Kicking off their first inaugural season under a new name and new management, the Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series is ready for the thirty-second annual Pioneer Pole Buildings Motorsports Expo on January 20th, 21st and 22nd.
“Over these last few months, Jeff Geiges and I have been working hard at trying to improve 305 Racesaver® Sprint Car racing in our area, and after listening to a majority of race teams, we hope to be heading in the right direction,” Eddie Wagner, Regional Director of the Mid-Atlantic Sprints explained. “Motorsports is always an exciting way to kick off the year. It’s a great way to interact with drivers, teams and fans that may have questions and concerns, and it’s a great way to show off all the hard work that has been going on behind the scenes”.
The Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series will be in booths 1008, 1009, 1108 & 1109. Doug Snow, driver of the Snow Motorsports #777 and David Bonner, driver of the #57v will be on hand with their cars in the MASS booth. Both drivers have already expressed their enthusiasm for the upcoming season.
Prospective members will be able to purchase their membership pass for the season during that weekend. After purchasing a MASS membership pass, drivers and owners will be eligible for the end of the year points fund as well as contingency prizes that will be presented at the banquet and during special events throughout the season. Members will also be able to vote on the points structure, visitor policy and handicapping at the upcoming winter meeting that will be held sometime after Motorsports. Prices for the Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series membership pass are as followed; $95 for a driver/owner combo and $75 for an individual pass for either a driver or owner.
“We are hoping to release our schedule in the upcoming weeks prior to Motorsports. These last few weeks have been crucial in locking key dates for the 2017 season that we are hoping to be seen as appealing to everyone,” Jeff Geiges MASS General Manager stated. “We have races at six different venues, with a possible seventh in the works. Our schedule should consist of eighteen to nineteen races, which is what majority of the racers asked for at our initial meeting back in November”.
The 3-day show will fill 250,000 square feet of the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center with just about everything imaginable in motorsports available for attendees to see.
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Our first driver profile is up! My brother-in-law Tommy Carberry won his first feature this past October at Grandview Speedway after having a successful season with TSRS in 2016. Now, the 29 year old pilot of the number 28 Carberry Motorsports 305 Racesaver Sprinter is excited for new beginnings with the Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series!
Ringoes, NJ resident, Tommy Carberry, is ready to take on the veteran competition of the Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series this coming season, in hopes of capturing more feature wins after ending 2016 with his very first victory at Grandview Speedway, and if all goes well, Carberry hopes to take home the series championship in 2017.
“I plan on running every race with MAS this year, as well as a few PASS 305 events also,” Carberry stated. “I’m hoping to kick-off my season by traveling down to South Carolina to race with the Carolina Racesaver Sprint Series. They have a two-day national event on April 28th & 29th that I would love to get down to. Then, I’m going to drive home that Saturday night so that I can participate in our season opener at Bridgeport on Sunday April 30th”.
Tommy comes from a large and well known racing family, with his Grandfather Tom being a mechanic on many modified teams back in the 60’s and 70’s, his father Tom and uncles Kenny and Chuck Carberry both former Modified and Sprint Car drivers, as well as his cousin Adam Carberry who formerly raced in the 305 ranks, recently moving to URC this past year. He is also recently married to 305 Sprint Car driver Stefanie Palmai Carberry, who also collected her second career feature win in 2016 at Bridgeport Speedway at the final points race in September.
Tommy started racing go-karts at the age of fifteen, and after two years, he moved up to the Rookie Sportsman Modified division at New Egypt Speedway in 2006 where he would win two features before moving forward to the regular Sportsman class. In 2009, Carberry bought a Big-Block Modified engine where he competed at New Egypt Speedway for four years before finally purchasing a Racesaver 305 Sprint Car.
“It was something that I have always wanted to do,” Tommy said about switching to Sprint Cars. “I have always loved Sprint Car racing, so when New Egypt dropped the Big-Blocks at the end of 2012, it was a great opportunity to try something new, and it was an affordable way for me to race something that I am competitive in, without having to go broke doing”.
Not able to ever run the full schedule due to other life commitments and events, Carberry commends the Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series for keeping the schedule under twenty races for 2017 so that he can run for the championship. After already winning at Grandview in 2016, Carberry is confident and excited to see what “new beginnings” will bring for himself and the series at the booked events at Bridgeport, Georgetown, Big Diamond, and the new tracks that will be a new experience for the twenty-nine year old driver.
“I’m excited for 2017 for a number of reasons,” Carberry expressed. “I’m happy that the schedule is not going to be overwhelming, so that I won’t have to worry about missing races for other life events that may come up for me. I have also taken the time to better my racing program, seriously going over my stuff so that I can have top-notch equipment so that I can be a top car every week, winning more races. In our division, there is definitely a handful of cars that you can count on winning every week, and I want to be one of those cars this year”.
Carberry, a full time auto body technician at Integrity Auto Body located in Ringoes, NJ, is currently searching for sponsors to help financially back his 2017 aspirations, but would like to welcome back aboard Champion Tire and Integrity Auto Body to his team for the upcoming season. Also helping him weekly at the track is his father Tom Carberry and long-time friend Brian Hendrickson.
MID-ATLANTIC SPRINT SERIES KICKS OFF 2017 SEASON AT BRIDGEPORT SPEEDWAY
By ERIKA PALMAI WAGNER
The Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series will kick off their inaugural season at the “fastest dirt track in the east”, Bridgeport Speedway on Sunday, April 30th. The series, which hosts RacesaverⓇ 305 Sprint Cars in the Pennsylvania/New Jersey/Delaware region, has eight to ten tentative events scheduled at the South Jersey facility, which will be released on a final schedule set to come out at a later date.
“The staff at Bridgeport Speedway has always welcomed and showcased the 305 Sprint Cars in the past, so we are excited to have our first race of the season there, as well as many other BIG events that they have invited us to be apart of in 2017,” Eddie Wagner, Regional Director of MAS stated. “We are working hard to find and invite sponsors to be apart of our series in 2017, so that we can draw more cars to our races, while also giving back to the guys who support us week in and week out”.
Last season, the 305 Sprint Cars were a headlining division on one of the speedway’s experimental and highly successful nights - “Pack the House Night” where admittance was FREE to all fans in the grandstands, and under the new MAS banner, they will return to be apart of this highly anticipated event on Saturday, June 17th.
The management of the South Jersey based track has also invited the Mid-Atlantic Sprints to join the United Racing Club (URC) 360 Sprint Cars to co-headline in late October for the second running of the “Big Track Classic” which is a two day show.
Bridgeport Speedway, which is a 5/8 mile “super-speedway” located in Logan Township, NJ, is not only famous for its high speed side-by-side racing, but it’s beautiful facility is known to be family and fan friendly. In efforts to expand its growing fan base and product, the Speedway will now be offering racing on not two different race tracks, but three racetracks in 2017. In addition to the 1/4 mile inner oval , a 3/8 mile speedway is being built and is expected to be ready sometime in 2017.
“There is no timetable as to when the new track will be finished, but our goal is to have a race or two by the end of the summer of 2017,” General Manager Danny Serrano stated in an interview with AARN last week. “Along with some of the other open wheel competition that feel that the big track is too fast for their cars and the 1/4 mile too small, we’re hoping to create a balanced in-between option for the 305 Sprint Cars and the other divisions that will make great competitive three-wide racing for the fans and drivers.”
With a twenty-one (+) car field, $300 will be awarded to the feature winner, $250 going to second place, $200 for third and $150 will be paid out to all cars who take the green flag. $60 will be awarded as tow money for non-qualifiers. Contingency sponsors for events at Bridgeport are still being pursued, with Bitner’s Automotive signing on as the $25 “Quick Time” Award sponsor and Bruce’s Auto Body claiming sponsorship over the $25 “Hard Charger” Award. Todd's Performance is also giving a $25 gift certificate to a randomly placed driver that will be chosen each night.
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After a two year absence, 305 Sprint Car competition is set to return to Big Diamond Speedway with the newly formed Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series on Friday, June 2nd, 2017.
“We are eager to bring racing back to Big Diamond Speedway with the 305 Sprints, and I know in past events with TSRS, car counts were always impressive, the stands were full and the racing was of course exciting,” Eddie Wagner, Regional Director of MASS shared. “We are gracious that Big Diamond Speedway is welcoming us with open arms, and we are excited to see our relationship flourish in the future”.
Big Diamond Speedway, famous for its racy track configuration where cars can be seen battling on the top and bottom of the 3/8 mile dirt oval, is recognized as “a perfect sprint car track” by those who favor the Minersville, PA speedway. MASS Drivers who have already expressed their enthusiasm in competing on June 2nd are 2016 IMCA/TSRS Points Champion Tim Tanner JR, Jeff Geiges, Tommy Carberry, Stefanie Palmai Carberry, Eddie Wagner, Joe Kay, Zack Burd, Keith Anderson, Doug Snow, Chris Allen, and Dave Brown Jr to name a few.
With $300 going to the feature winner, $175 will be paid out to take the green and $35 will be awarded as tow money for non-qualifiers. Contingency sponsors for this event will be announced at a later date, with Bruce’s Auto Body already signing on as the $25 Bonus Hard Charger Award sponsor.
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By Erika Palmai Wagner
Fourty-seven people hoping for answers and news on the future of the regional Racesaver 305 Sprint Car division gathered in Allentown, NJ on Sunday afternoon to learn that a new series was going to be put into place for 2017.
Eddie Wagner and Jeff Geiges, two racers of the former Tri-State Racesaver Sprint Series, announced that they were going to be the head of the Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series after being approved by French Grimes, IMCA and Racesaver late last month after TSRS was shutdown on October 20th.
“When Joe Grandinetti sent that email stating he was closing down TSRS, Eddie and I scrambled to find a way to keep the Racesaver 305 division alive in our area,” Geiges stated. “We contacted IMCA, Racesaver, French Grimes, and also kept in touch with Joe to see what the next steps were going to be in order to see what needed to be done in order to keep Racesaver in our region. It was assumed by many that we were already the "series take over", so we took advantage of this and continued to do so”.
“Jeff and I did not want to see Racesaver disappear in our area, or fall into the hands of someone who may have ill intentions for the series, because we, like so many of you, love to race and would like to continue on doing so without going broke,” Wagner, the Regional Director of of MAS explained. “We are going to be doing things similar to how TSRS was run, but we also are hoping to adjust and add some things that we feel could make things better.
The Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series is now owned by Eddie Wagner and Jeff Geiges. Wagner is taking on the title as Regional Director, and Geiges will be the General Manager. With taking on these new positions however, the two longtime competitors will continue to compete weekly in the division, with Matthew Stellfox taking on the role as a Series Track Official to keep everything running smoothly on race day. Stellfox worked closely with TSRS officials previously, and has plenty of knowledge on what goes on at the track on race day and he has a strong view on how to keep things fair and unbiased. Robert Burd is the acting Treasurer for the series and will be in charge of building a simple accounting system for MAS, and will distribute monthly reports for members to see.
Erika Wagner and Lindsey Geiges will be actively campaigning for the Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series, acting as head of the PR and Marketing department.
“This is a very important piece to our puzzle that we believe needs to be priority,” stated Geiges. “Along with Erika and Lindsey, there have been so many others that have been sharing their ideas on how to promote MAS using effective, affordable and simple outlets. Our goal is to heavily promote the series, sponsors, drivers and most importantly the tracks that we race at”.
The Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series is still actively seeking out a few more volunteers is fill track official positions and track volunteers to help with race day operations. If interested, please contact Jeff or Eddie.
On Sunday, topics such as policies, handicapping, purse structure and scheduling races were talked about, but not everything was determined that day.
“This first meeting was mainly purposed to see how much support and interest we had, to see if we should move forward with things,” explained Wagner. “Now that we have the support, we can go ahead and book races to get a solid schedule together for 2017. Our goal is to race 18-20 times a year, with one week off a month. We are hoping to have two big races this season, which is something that we haven’t had since New Egypt Speedway offered a few years ago”.
“We are working hard to get a purse that is going to attract cars, while also sticking to the Racesaver guidelines,” Geiges mentioned. “$300 to win and $150 to start is our goal, but we are also hoping to get a series sponsor to help add incentives for guys to come out and race. Contingency sponsors are also in the works, and an end of the year payout has also been discussed as well. We want to give back to our racers who support us every week, and we want to attract the guys coming from the outside so that our shows will be exciting and well worth the tow”.
A winter meeting will be announced at a later date, so that members can sign up, and a handicapping structure will be put into place. Eddie and Jeff will also finalize some other policies as well.
“We have thirty teams that have offered their support to us so far, and that is more than what we ever expected,” continued Geiges. “We are very excited for what this season has to bring, and with all the hard work we have been putting into this so far, I’m sure opening day will be amazing.”
“We just want to thank everyone for coming out and supporting this movement, we are hoping to create something that is going to appeal to everyone. We would like to thank Nandi from Palmco Motorsports for allowing us to use his shop for our first meeting as well.”
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