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.
For more information on this race or future events, visit our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/midatlanticsprintseries/.
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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.
For more information on this race or future events, visit our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/midatlanticsprintseries/.
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.”
For more upcoming news and details on the Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series, visit our Facebook page @MidAtlanticSprintSeries or email MidAtlanticSprintSeries@gmail.com with questions and concerns.
CHRIS ALLEN BECOMES FIRST REPEAT WINNER OF THE SEASON – BESTS FIELD AT BRIDGEPORT
By ERIKA PALMAI WAGNER
BRIDGEPORT, NJ June 18, 2016 ... In front of a very packed grandstands, filled with seasoned race fans as well as many newcomers who had the opportunity to check out South Jersey’s best kept secret on PACK THE HOUSE NIGHT at Bridgeport Speedway, Chris Allen dominated the twenty lap Hilborn Fuel Injection Tri-State Racesaver Series feature event, making him the first repeat winner of the 2016 season. Allen, who won his first feature of the year at New Egypt on May 28th, also earned an “ace” card that goes towards his chances of winning the Tanner Brother’s Dairy Farm/Thayer Performance Poker Series at the year’s end.
“I was nervous that tonight was going to turn into a repeat of what happened the first time we were at Bridgeport this year,” Allen explained of his misfortune at the Super Speedway back in late April, when he lost his lead late race due to engine issues, handing a feature win to Kevin Nagy. “I swear I heard someone coming up behind me, but I guess it was my headphones or just all in my head. We were really good in clean air, we just have to get a little bit better in traffic”.
Setting the pace of twenty-three cars, it was Allen and rookie Logan Diehl who led the field to the green flag. From that moment on, Allen showed his dominance, taking the front runner spot and never looking back. After reaching lapped traffic, Mark Bitner, who started in back in fifth, made some early moves earlier in the race to get up to second a little after the midway point. Without any cautions however, Bitner was unable to catch the E.H. Allen Trucking number 71 of Allen, and at the checkered flag it would be Allen, Bitner, Diehl, Rick Stief and Jeff Geiges, who started in tenth to make his way up to fifth, rounding out the top five.
“I really wanted to win here that night that we broke, because it would have been four years to the date from when I won my first and last race here at Bridgeport,” remembers Chris. “But the biggest goal, for the longest time in my life, and any drivers life I’m sure, is to get at least one win a year. And this is the first time since I’ve won more than one race in a season since Quarter Midgets, so it’s pretty cool to be able to start off our year so strong, and I can only hope that the second half will be this good as well”.
With it being a Poker Series event, Thayer Performance presented the hard charger, Dave Brown Jr., with the “Burning Rubber Bonus” courtesy of Hoosier Racing Tire. Brown advanced seven positions, after starting in 19th and finishing in 12th. Along with the brand new Hoosier Racing right-rear Racesaver Spec tire, Brown also earned the Bruce’s Auto Body $25 addition cash bonus for his hard charging efforts.
Drivers who received the Top Three Hilborn Fuel Injection cash bonuses were Chris Allen, Mark Bitner and Logan Diehl. Hilborn Fuel Injection, the TSRS series sponsor, will present a cash bonus of $50, $35, and $25 to the top three finishing cars each week, only if they are running Hilborn Injection Systems. If a driver finishes in the top three, and they do not have Hilborn’s on their motor, that position’s bonus payout will roll over in the next week.
This weekend, the Tri State Racesaver Series will have a “Double Header” race weekend, where they will be back at Bridgeport Speedway this Friday Night and then Grandview Speedway Inc. on Saturday. For more information on the fastest growing Sprint Car Series in the nation, check out our Facebook page or log on to our website, www.tsrs1.us .
FEATURE RESULTS (20 laps): Chris Allen, Mark Bitner, Logan Diehl, Rick Stief, Jeff Geiges, Kevin Nagy, Brendon Poff, Tim Tanner Jr., Stefanie Palmai, Michael Haggenbottom, Eddie Wagner, Dave Brown, Bob DeVault, Kyle Purks, Bryant Davis, Randy Wilbert, Samantha Lieberman, David Bonner, Zack Burd, Jason Rochelle, Joe Lord Jr., Ryan Stillwaggon, Michael Kostic
Thayer Performance "Burning Rubber Bonus" - Dave Brown Jr.
Bruce's Auto Body Hard Charger Bonus - Dave Brown Jr.
Hilborn Fuel Injection Top Three Cash Bonus - Chris Allen, Mark Bitner, Logan Diehl
NAGY CAPITALIZES ON ALLEN’S MISFORTUNE TO WIN TSRS FEATURE AT BRIDGEPORT SPEEDWAY
Kevin Nagy, of Wind Gap, PA lucked out this past Saturday night at Bridgeport Speedway when race leader Chris Allen pulled off with three laps to go, allowing him to take his first win of the season. Nagy, who started back in sixth, hustled his way up to second by lap six, and was hoping to put on a show for the fans as he was working on catching Allen before he succumbed to engine issues.
“I was happy for me of course, to be able to be in the right place at the right time,” said Nagy. “But I was sort of bummed because I was catching him, and I would have liked to passed him fair and square. I think I would have maybe got him with a lap to go, but we will take it, especially after what happened last week at New Egypt when we basically lost the win due to a last lap caution that sent us back to second”.
Allen, who held a very strong lead over the rest of the field after taking the front running position from pole sitter Stefanie Palmai, unfortunately was forced to give it away because of late race engine problems.
“I don’t know what happened,” Allen revealed in disappointment. “With four laps to go, the motor just lost power, it was almost like we dropped a cylinder. It made no noise, so it’s gotta be something simple, hopefully small. Hopefully nothing too expensive.”
With Palmai and Allen starting on the front row, the field of twenty 305 sprinters took the first green flag at the South Jersey dirt oval of 2016, and before they reached the first turn, chaos erupted mid field when three cars tangled and flipped viciously upon arrival in turn one bringing out the red flag. Tim Tanner Jr. (18), Rick Stief (9s), and David Bonner (57) were all involved in the horrific wreck, but thankfully they all walked away uninjured. Unfortunately, their cars could not say the same as they suffered significant damage.
“I went to go in on the top side, because I figured that if everyone was going to go to the bottom, it was going to be just a ‘ride around fest’, and I was following Rick (Stief) going into the corner,” explained Tanner who started mid-pack in tenth. “I don’t know whether guys checked up in front of him, but he was kind of in the middle of the track, and he quickly came up into me. I wasn’t expecting him to do that so quickly and I hopped his right rear tire and off we went”.
In a second attempt to restart the feature event, another minor caution delayed the event once more on lap two.
Palmai and Allen would battle for the lead after the green flag waved, with Allen taking over first, but not without a short lived challenge from the 99 car of Palmai. Allen would ultimately maintain control over the top spot, strengthening it as the laps counted down on the infield scoreboard. The battle for second would occur behind the leader, between front runners Mike Haggenbottom, Kevin Nagy and Stefanie Palmai, using all lanes of the race track. Nagy would school both TSRS veterans on the topside in turns one and two on lap six, and he quickly was on his way to post a challenge for the leader.
Allen, who had reached lapped traffic at the halfway point, had no problem maneuvering between the slower cars ahead and he continued to dominate the race.
“Right when we hit lapped traffic, I really got nervous, because this track is not one of my favorite places to run,” mentioned Chris. “I’ve been lucky enough to run here well, but I was just hoping that I could keep my calm and do what I needed to do in order to win. So I settled down, and was able to stay smooth because I know from experience that you have to be smooth here to be fast here”.
With three laps to go, and with lapped traffic in toe, adding extra stress to the first few drivers, Chris Allen suddenly pulled off the track and into the infield, handing over the lead and the victory to Nagy. Mike Haggenbottom and inherit the runner up position, Stefanie Palmai would finish third, Eddie Wagner, who came all the way from twelfth came in fourth and Bryant Davis rounded out the top five.
“We were suppose to go up to Lincoln Speedway tonight to run our 410, but the weather looked funky out there so we opted to stay closer to home,” Nagy commented of his changed plans. “I love running with this class because it more on our team’s budget, and I like being able to play around with this unique mid-rail car I put together last winter. Also the competition is great and it’s just a lot of fun running with these guys!”
There were two heat races won by Chris Allen and Stefanie Palmai. The Thayer Performance “Burning Rubber” hard charger award went to two drivers, Kyle Purks and Scott Frack. They both were also the recipient of the Bruce’s Auto Body hard charger bonus of $25.
Hilborn Fuel Injection, the series sponsor for the TSRS Sprint Cars, announced this week that they were going to add a cash bonus to the top three finishers who run Hilborn Fuel Injection systems. The cars must have a “Hilborn Fuel Injection” contingency sticker on their wing, as well as one of Hilborn’s injections on the motor in order to receive the bonus. First place will receive $50, second place will have an added $35 and third place driver will be given $25 for their efforts.
TSRS will have the week off next weekend, but they will return the following Saturday Night on May 14th at New Egypt Speedway. For more info on what’s happening with the fast growing sprint car series in the nation, go to our website www.tsrs1.us or log on to our Facebook page!
FEATURE RESULTS (20 LAPS): Kevin Nagy, Michael Haggenbottom, Stefanie Palmai, Eddie Wagner, Bryant Davis, Bob Devault, Mark Bitner, Dave Brown, Kyle Purks (HC), Brendon Poff, Scott Frack DNF: Chris Allen, Joe Kay, Logan Diehl, Samantha Lieberman, Karl Fryer, Bobby Sandt Jr, Tim Tanner Jr., Rick Stief, David Bonner
FAST TIME : Mike Haggenbottom (20.003)
Thayer Performance “BURNING RUBBER BONUS” & Bruce's AUTO BODY HARD CHARGER AWARD: Kyle Purks & Scott Frack
SOUTHAMPTON, PA. ---On Saturday, March 12th at 2:00 PM TSRS Regional Director Joe Grandinetti will host a General Informational Meeting concerning the 2016 racing season. This meeting will be held at the UNO’s Pizzeria and Grill in Bensalem, PA and it is open to all drivers, car owners, crew members and prospective people interested in joining the Tri-State Racesaver Series this year.
“Because of the snowstorm that occurred during the Motorsports show this past January when our seminar was supposed to take place, I thought it would be best to have the meeting a few weeks before the season started so that I could reach out to our teams and clarify any issues and answer questions before the first race at New Egypt on April 9th”, said Grandinetti.
Registration forms and IMCA paper work will be on hand at the meeting and drivers and car owners are encouraged to register there, prior to the first race of the season in order to alleviate any confusion that may happen at the track.
For more info on what’s happening with the fast growing sprint car series in the nation, go to our website www.tsrs1.us or log on to our Facebook page!
Uno’s Pizzeria & Grill Address:
Neshaminy Mall, Route 1 & Rock Hill Road
Bensalem, PA 19020
TSRS Tentative Schedule
Saturday – April 9th – New Egypt Saturday - April 23rd - New Egypt
Saturday - April 30th - Bridgeport
Friday - May 6th - Bridgeport
Saturday - May 14th - Bridgeport
Saturday - May 21th - Bridgeport
Saturday - May 28th - New Egypt
Sunday - May 29th - Grandview *Thunder on the Hill*
Saturday - June 4th - Bridgeport
Saturday - June 11th - New Egypt
Saturday - June 18th - Bridgeport
Friday - June 24th - Bridgeport
Saturday - June 25th - Grandview
Saturday - July 9th - Bridgeport
Saturday - July 23rd - Bridgeport
Saturday - July 30th - New Egypt
Friday - August 5th - Bridgeport
Saturday - August 13th - Bridgeport
Thursday - August 18th - Grandview *Thunder of the Hill*
Saturday - August 20th - New Egypt
Saturday - August 27th - Bridgeport
Saturday - September 3rd - New Egypt
Friday - September 9th - Grandview
Friday - September 23rd - Bridgeport
Saturday - October 8th - Port Royal
Saturday - October 15th - Grandview
Friday - November 11th - Bridgeport