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NEWS FROM ROGERS FAMILY GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY, Bechtelsville, PA

Presenting Saturday night NASCAR stock car racing plus a variety of special events heading into the 57th consecutive season.

Track office: 610.754.7688 -
Public relations and marketing: Ernie Saxton @ 215.752.7797: Email: Esaxton144@aol.com – Cell phone: 267.934.7286
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NASCAR T.P.TRUCK EQPT SPORTSMAN CHAMPION LOUDEN REIMERT MOVING TO THE NASCAR T.P.TRAILERS MODIFIEDS AT GRANDVIEW; READY FOR THE VP RACING FUELS BRUCE ROGERS MONEY MAKER CLASSIC ON APRIL 6

BECHTELSVILLE, PA MARCH 16, 2019 . . . Nothing would make Oley, PA’s Louden Reimert happier than to do well, exceptionally well, maybe even win the VP Racing Fuels Bruce Rogers Money Maker Classic, a 50-lapper featuring many of the best area talents in 358 Modifieds and Big Block Modifieds, at Grandview Speedway on Saturday, April 6th at 7 p.m.

In addition to getting a big share of the lucrative prize money, close to $50,000 being offered, it would be a great way to kick off the celebration of his 18th birthday that is coming up.

The young racer who won the 2018 NASCAR T.P.Truck Equipment Sportsman championship using consistency, will be a full time racer on in the Grandview Speedway T.P.Trailers 358 Modified division. He is anxious for the season to start.

In fact he did get his season started a couple weeks back when he traveled to Syracuse, NY and won an indoor Len Sammons produced Slingshot race.

Reimert has tested the waters in 358 Modifieds and run last year in the first Rogers Memorial and in the rich Freedom 76 Classic. He qualified and did well racing against some of the top names in the business.

The personable young racing talent comes from a family of racing people. One grandfather bought him his first quarter midget and got him on his way. He has watched as his father Shawn performed well, five career feature wins, with the Modifieds at Grandview. And Grandfather Terry was a talented racer at the Bechtelsville, PA clay oval. Even Mom is behind the scenes doing her part to help the team.

Reimert is very excited about this season as is the team as they have a good car and motor provided by owner Doug Flurer who has provided equipment for such standouts over the years as Jason Hamilton, Rick Laubach and others.

Still in school taking vocational classes in machining he also works at Christman’s Meat Market, a name well known in the sport. All the free time is spent with the team working on the race car.

Sponsorship support will come from Kochel Equipment, a longtime supporter of the Reimert family racing activities, Rhoad’s Brothers Livestock and Christman’s Meat Market plus others.

Though Louden is looking to race in events at other tracks, and effort to improve his racing skills, his main effort will be at NASCAR sanctioned Grandview Speedway and it all gets started with the $7,500 to win VP Racing Fuels Bruce Rogers Money Maker Memorial on April 6th which will see him pitted up against many top talents. This race does not carry a NASCAR sanction and is open to both 358 and Big Block Modifieds. Every racer making the main event will earn at least $1,000.

Also attracting a lot of attention will be a strong field of the popular Sportsman stock cars making up the second part of this special doubleheader event. The winner of this event walks off with $750 and each driver to make the starting field will earn $125.

Those wishing to register for the Rogers Memorial, there is no license required and no entry fee, can do that by telephoning or texting Tina Rogers at 484.256.4375. An early entry could very well gain exposure for the team and their sponsors.

For the second year in a row adult admission will be $28 while youngsters 6 through 11 pay just $5. Kids under six are admitted FREE. Pit fee is $35. The rain date is set for Saturday, April 13th.

A doubleheader show is scheduled for Grandview on Saturday, March 23rd, at 1 p.m. with Outlaw Enduros and Blast from the Past Vintage cars in action.

Then on Saturday, March 30th, 12 noon, fans will be admitted free to practice session that features all sorts of race cars testing their equipment for the new season. That will be a good time for fans to pick out their seat and purchase as $350 season ticket that includes all Saturday Rogers Family racing events between April and the end of September.

Grandview Speedway is a one-third-mile banked clay track located on Passmore Road, just off Route 100 in Bechtelsville, PA, 10 miles north of Pottstown. Information on racing events including a full schedule can be found at www.grandviewspeedway.com, check them out on Facebook or telephone 610.754.7688.

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NEWS FROM LEN SAMMONS PRODUCTIONS

2018-2019 INDOOR AUTO RACING CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES FUELED BY VP RACING FUELS

Event Promoter: Len Sammons @609.888.3618

MEDIA NOTE: Thanks to all that helped make this and the other indoor events successful. Much appreciated by all involved. Ernie Saxton

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ERICK RUDOLPH WINS WILD SYRACUSE THREE QUARTER (TQ) MIDGET WEEKEND FINALE; TYLER BROWN BEST IN CHAMP KARTS, LOUDEN REIMERT COPS SLINGSHOT MAIN; RUDOLPH, RUSZEK AND BETTLER CELEBRATED AS 2019 INDOOR SERIES CHAMPIONS

SYRACUSE, NY March 10, 2019 . . . Erick Rudolph raced to victory Saturday night before a large and enthusiastic crowd in the Indoor Auto Racing Series Three Quarter (TQ} Midget 40-lap feature inside the Syracuse Exposition Center on the New York State Fairgrounds.

“Winning is what we want to do every time we take the green flag,” Rudolph said. “Tonight starting up front was a help but getting through lapped traffic and having good restarts were the keys to winning the race.”

Rudolph held off surprising Mike Bednar in the run to the checkered with Tommy Catalano, Andy Jankowiak and Eddie Strada completing the top five. Bednar passed Catalano for second on the final lap while Jankowiak suffered a flat left rear tire while contending for the lead early in the race. Strada started in the 12th row at the start and picked his way to a fifth place effort.

A spectacular accident at the midway point of the race saw Matt Janisch and Justin Bonsignore slam into the second turn fence while fighting for third place. Janisch flipped wildly while Bonsignore’s car ground to a halt against the concrete. Remarkably, Janisch was able to return to finish ninth; Bonsignore who had been a championship title contender was officially scored 19th.

Tyler Brown won the 20-lap Champ Kart feature over Todd Crenshaw, JJ Pacovich, Ryan Kendall and Brandon Rusczek.

The Slingshot 20-lap main event was claimed by Louden Reimert who fought through heavy lapped traffic to shade Cody Kohler, Danny Buccafusca, Kurt Bettler, and Austin Silfee.

In Saturday afternoon TQ Midget group time trials, Andy Jankowiak set fast time over Erick Rudolph, Scott Kreutter, Briggs Danner, Justin Bonsignore and Tim Buckwalter. Forty-nine drivers made runs against the clock.

The four TQ heats were won by Jankowiak, Rudolph, Kreutter and Anthony Sesely. The two B-Mains were won by Lou Cicconi, Jr. and Marc Johnson.

In Champ Kart preliminary race action, JJ Pacovich, Mike Perry and Dan Marsden were the winners of the heat races and Jake Nelke won the sole B Main.

Slingshot heat races were claimed by Louden Reimert, Danny Buccafusca and Austin Silfee.

The race-within-the-race, the Indoor Auto Racing Series Fueled By VP Racing Fuels 2019 season championships were decided this night. Eight TQ Midget drivers, six Champ Kart competitors and 12 Slingshot hopefuls came into the finale with a mathematical chance to win the coveted titles.

Erick Rudolph won the TQ title, his fourth for himself and car owner Mark Lafler. Andy Jankowiak was second in the final rundown with defending Series champion Justin Bonsignore third and teammates Eddie Strada and Matt Janisch fourth and fifth.

Brandon Rusczek won the Champ Kart title ahead of Ryan Kendall, JJ Pacovich, Tyler Brown and Todd Crenshaw.

Though winless in the Slingshot Indoor Series, Kurt Bettler outpointed Danny Buccafusca, Austin Silfee, Tyler Truex, who had come into the final race leading the points, and Jared Silfee.

The schedule for the 2020 Indoor Auto Racing Series Fueled By VP Race Fuels will be announced in the coming weeks.

TQ Midget Feature (40 Laps): 1. Erick Rudolph, 2. Mike Bednar, 3. Tommy Catalano, 4. Andy Jankowiak, 5. Eddie Strada, 6. Anthony Sesely, 7. Earl Paules, 8. John Ivy, 9. Matt Janisch, 10. Tim Buckwalter, 11. Jeremy Haudricourt, 12. Timmy Solomito, 13. Briggs Danner, 14. Joey Payne, 15. Ryan Tidman, 16. Shawn Nye, 17. Patrick Emerling, 18. Scott Kreutter, 19. Justin Bonsignore, 20. Jonathan Reid, 21. Marc Johnson, 22. Lou Cicconi, Jr., 23. Anthony Payne, 24. Tim Nye.

Final Series TQ Points (Top Five): 1. Erick Rudolph 450, 2. Andy Jankowiak 380, 3. Justin Bonsignore 371, 4. Eddie Strada 343, 5. Matt Janisch 335.

Champ Feature (20 Laps): 1. Tyler Brown, 2. Todd Crenshaw ,3. JJ Pacovich, 4. Ryan Kendall, 5. Brandon Rusczek, 6. Eric Zeh, 7. Jake Nelke, 8. Mike Perry, 9. Dominic Roselli, 10. Richie Davidowitz 11. Zachary Asklar, 12. Tyler Catalano, 13. John Berger 14. Brianna Page, 15. DJ Doyle, 16. Tyler Tank, 17. Dan Marsden, 18. James Shutts, 19. Taylor Caprara, 20. Gene Gregoric.

Final Series Champ Kart Points (Top Five): 1 Brandon Rusczek 335, 2. Ryan Kendall 310, 3. JJ Pacovich 305, 4. Tyler Brown 275, 5. Todd Crenshaw 271.

Slingshot Feature (20 Laps): 1. Louden Reimert, 2. Cody Kohler, 3. Danny Buccafusca, 4. Kurt Bettler, 5. Austin Silfee, 6. Cody Kline, 7. Tyler Truex, 8. Nick Shaw, 9. Jared Silfee, 10. Matt Mertz, 11. Kevin VanValkenburg, 12. Michael Lapicki, 13. Bryan Preville, 14. Seth Spayd, 15. Brett Putnam, 16. Kyle Herve, 17. Mark Mohr, 18. Don Boonstra, 19. Craig Whitmoyer.

Final Series Slingshot Points (Top Five): 1. Kurt Better 285, 2. Danny Buccafusca 275, 3. Austin Silfee 272, 4. Tyler Truex 256, 5. Jared Silfee 236.

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NEWS FROM ROGERS FAMILY GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY, Bechtelsville, PA

Presenting Saturday night NASCAR stock car racing plus a variety of special events heading into the 57th consecutive season.

Track office: 610.754.7688 -
Public relations and marketing: Ernie Saxton @ 215.752.7797: Email: Esaxton144@aol.com – Cell phone: 267.934.7286
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AGAIN THIS YEAR THE HIGHLY ANTICIPATED VP RACING FUELS BRUCE ROGERS MEMORIAL AT GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY IS ATTRACTING A LOT OF ATTENTION WITH $7,500 TO WIN, $1,000 TO TAKE THE GREEN

SPORTSMAN EARN $750 FOR WIN, $125 TO TAKE THE GREEN

BECHTELSVILLE, PA March 9,2019 . . . Once again this year of the most talked about and most anticipated race events to be presented at Grandview Speedway is set to happen when the Second Annual VP Racing Fuels Bruce Rogers Memorial Money Maker Classic takes place on Saturday, April 6. The starting time is set for 7PM.

The race, a 50-lapper on the one-third-mile, banked clay oval, will feature the Small Block Modifieds going up against Big Block Modifieds with the winner walking off with at least $7,500 out of a purse for the day’s racing that reaches almost $50,000.

Many racers like the fact that the race is paying $7,500 to win. And they like that every racer that makes the main event will go home with at least $1,000. However all that is secondary to them as they welcome the opportunity to again have the opportunity to win a race run in memory of a man they had so much respect for. The beautiful specially created trophy that goes to the winner will be treasured by the winner as well as just about any other driver that takes part in the big event and is able to win.

The Rogers Memorial is expected to attract quite a few outsiders as they seek the big bucks for the win and the prestige of winning the Classic named in memory of the late track owner. But of course the weekly regulars are expected to include 2018 track champion Mike Gular, 10-time track champion Craig Von Dohren, past champions Jeff Strunk and Duane Howard, 2018 track Sportsman champion Louden Reimert, Doug Manmiller, Ray Swinehart, and many others.

Also attracting a lot of attention will be a strong field of the popular Sportsman stock cars making up the second part of this special doubleheader event. The winner of this event walks off with $750 and each driver to make the starting field will earn $125.

Those wishing to register for the Rogers Memorial, there is no license required and no entry fee, can do that by telephoning or texting Tina Rogers at 484.256.4375.

For the second year in a row adult admission will be $28 while youngsters 6 through 11 pay just $5. Kids under six are admitted FREE. Pit fee is $35. The rain date is set for Saturday, April 13th.

The very next Saturday, April 13th, if not needed as a rain date for the Rogers Memorial, the first of the weekly series of NASCAR sanctioned chase for the championship events will be presented with the TP Trailers Modifieds and T.P. Truck Equipment Sportsman taking part. This will be the regular Saturday night attraction throughout the season along with some special added attractions. Adult admission for the regular Saturday night events will be $15 while youngster under 12 being admitted for FREE.

And on Sunday, March 23, the first of a series of doubleheader shows featuring the Outlaw Enduros and Blast from the Past Vintage Racers will be presented starting at 1 p.m.

When the racing ends each Saturday night fans are invited to head back to the pit area to see the race cars up close, take pictures and collect autographs.

Grandview Speedway is known for their excellent well-stocked concession areas and there is a great novelty stand that offers souvenirs, t-shirts, hats and more along with copies of the latest edition of the track magazine, The Inside Groove.

The one-third-mile, banked clay track, offering clear views of all the action from each seat, is located at 43 Passmore Road, Bechtelsville, PA, just off Route 100, 10 miles north of Pottstown. For up-to-date information check in at www.grandviewspeedway.com or Facebook. The track office telephone number is 610.754.7688.

MEDIA NOTE: All requests for credentials have been handled as of March 8th. If you have not heard from us, received your media pass by March 13th, and a request was sent please be in touch. Contact information is above. Thank you. Ernie Saxton

NEWS FROM LEN SAMMONS PRODUCTIONS

2018-2019 INDOOR AUTO RACING CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES FUELED BY VP RACING FUELS

Event Promoter: Len Sammons @609.888.3618

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JUSTIN BONSIGNORE, TJ REED AND AUSTIN SILFEE ARE SYRACUSE INDOOR FRIDAY NIGHT WINNERS; SERIES CONCLUDES TONIGHT; CHAMPIONS TO BE HONORED

SYRACUSE, NY March 9, 2019 . . . Justin Bonsignore of Holtsville, Long Island, NY bested Erick Rudolph of Ransomville, NY Friday night in the 40-lap Three Quarter (TQ) Midget Indoor Auto Racing Series Fueled By VP Race Fuels in a titanic fight to the finish between two past Series champions locked in mortal combat.

“You never have to worry about racing with Erick (Rudolph). He’s tough to beat but he races you clean,” Bonsignore said.

The pair swapped the lead six times officially and many more times that during their wheel to wheel battle royal.

Timmy Solomito finished third in his best effort yet in Indoor TQ racing followed by Mike Bednar who was making just his third career start in a TQ indoors and first as a driver for car owner Earl Paules. Andy Jankowiak was fifth after spinning from the top five eleven laps into the race and restarting last.

Rudolph leads Bonsignore by six points heading into Saturday night’s TQ Series finale.

TJ Reed of Carlisle, PA, moved from third to first with one lap left in the 20-lap Champ Kart feature after leader Mike Perry spun after contact from behind from challenger Todd Crenshaw. Race officials penalized Crenshaw, opening the door for Reed to run out the final lap to victory.

Reed not only came from behind to win at the end, he also had to win the Champ Kart B-Main to gain a starting spot into the field.

Brandon Rusczek finished second followed by Eric Zeh, JJ Pacovich and Dan Marsden. Rusczek leads in the Champ Kart point standings by 30 marker over Ryan Kendall heading into Saturday night’s season finale.

The Slingshot 20-lap feature was won by Austin Silfee of Saylorsburg, PA, who made contact with race long leader Craig Whitmoyer following a late race restart. Whitmoyer settled for second with Kurt Bettler, Danny Buccafusca and Kyle Herve trailing.

Kurt Bettler takes an eight point advantage into tomorrow’s Slingshot Series finale.

Fifty-two TQ Midget teams took time Friday afternoon with Justin Bonsignore’s 8.161 clocking besting Mike Bednar (8.226), Andy Jankowiak (8.303), Erick Rudolph (8.323) and Shawn Nye (8.335).

Marc Johnson, Ryan Tidman, Jankowiak, Rudolph, Jeremy Haudricourt and Matt Janisch won the six TQ 10-lap heat qualifiers. B Mains were won by Joey Jarowicz, Jr., Tyler Thompson and Kyle Hutchinson.

Champ Kart heats were won by Pacovich, Crenshaw, and Kendall. Feature winner Reed won the B Main.

Craig Whitmoyer, Austin Silfee and Nick Lapicki were the Slingshot heat winners.

The final night of the inaugural Syracuse Indoor Race Weekend takes place tomorrow, Saturday, March 9, at the New York State Fairgrounds Expo Center. Doors open to the public at 5:30 PM. The pit area will be open to spectators for a Fan Fest celebration from gate opening to 6:30 PM. Racing begins at 7:00 PM, featuring a full program of TQ Midget, Champ Kart and Slingshot racing. At the end of the racing, champions will be crowned in the three Indoor Auto Racing Series Fueled By VP Race Fuels classes.

TQ Midget Feature (40 Laps): 1. Justin Bonsignore, 2.Erick Rudolph, 3. Timmy Solomito, 4. Mike Bednar, 5. Andy Jankowiak, 6. Matt Janisch, 7. Tim Buckwalter, 8. Joey Payne, 9. Eddie Strada, 10. Jeremy Haudricourt, 11. Ryan Tidman, 12. Marc Johnson, 13. Randy Cabral, 14. Pat Bealer, 15. Jonathan Reid, 16. Earl Paules, 17. Brett Conkling, 18. Chad Parks, 19. Anthony Sesely, 20. Steve Kemery, 21. Tyler Thompson, 22. Timmy Catalano, 23. Anthony Payne, 24. Ryan Bartlett, 25. Kyle Hutchinson, 26. Joey Jarwicz, Jr.

Champ Kart Feature (20 Laps): 1.TJ Reed, 2. Brandon Rusczek, 3. Eric Zeh, 4. JJ Pacovich, 5. Dan Marsden, 6. Ryan Kendall, 7. Richie Davidowitz, 8. DJ Doyle, 9. James Stutts, 10. Brianna Page, 11. John Hribko, 12. John Berger, 13. Todd Crenshaw, 14. Tyler Brown, 15. Mike Perry, 16. Nick McGill, 17. Robert Miles, 18. Dominic Roselli, 19. Jake Nelke, 20. Frank Hodge.

Slingshot Feature (20 Laps): 1. Austin Silfee, 2. Craig Whitmoyer, 3. Kurt Bettler, 4. Danny Buccafusca, 5 Kyle Herve, 6. Cody Kline, 7. Mark Mohr, 8. Nick Shaw, 9. Matt Mertz, 10. Mike Lapicki, 11. Brett Putnam, 12. Kevin VanValkenburg, 13. Tyler Truex, 14. Jared Silfee, 15. Louden Reimert, 16. Jimmy Gagne, 17. Brian Preville, 18. Don Boonstra, 19. Seth Spayd, 20. Cody Kohler.

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NEWS FROM LEN SAMMONS PRODUCTIONS

2018-2019 INDOOR AUTO RACING CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES FUELED BY VP RACING FUELS

Event Promoter: Len Sammons @609.888.3618

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ATLANTIC CITY GAMBLER’S CLASSIC WINNER ANDY JANKOWIAK LOOKS FORWARD TO RACING IN FRONT OF HOME STATE, NEW YORK, CROWD THIS WEEKEND, MARCH 8-9, IN SYRACUSE EXPO CENTER INDOOR AUTO RACING SERIES TWO DAY FINALE; SERIES TITLE IS A DISTINCT POSSIBILITY

SYRACUSE, NY March 6, 2019. . . Andy Jankowiak is among the contenders for the 2019 Indoor Auto Racing Series Fueled By VP Racing Fuels championship. The Buffalo, N.Y. racer will have two shots at gaining in the standings this weekend when the series finale is held inside the New York State Fairgrounds Exposition Center in Syracuse, NY.

With feature events for the headline Three Quarter (TQ) Midgets being held on both Friday and Saturday night March 8-9 in events sponsored by RPM Raceway, Andy J. has a shot to move up to the top spot in the standings.

Though his focus is clear, to win both features and the championship, Jankowiak admits that he is still savoring the last Indoor Series race, on January 26, 2019.

That’s the night in Atlantic City, N.J. he won the Gambler’s Classic inside Boardwalk Hall for the first time.

“Nothing will ever take the place of winning the Gambler’s Classic in Atlantic City,” Jankowiak declared. “But a win in Syracuse would be almost as good. There are a lot of my friends who couldn’t make the other races because they couldn’t take a weekend off from their work.”

This weekend will be the fourth and final fifth round of the 2019 season. On the line will be time trials, qualifying events and a 40 lap feature event both nights with the overall season champion crowned following Saturday’s event.

Jankowiak, 30, admits the raw excitement he felt in the Atlantic City victory was all consuming. But the opportunity to race in front of many of his racing friends in a TQ indoors for the first time is something he savors in a different way.

One person who will be at Syracuse to see Jankowiak is Vinny Christiano who is a long time Buffalo, NY area driver and car owner who gave Jankowiak his first ride in a TQ Midget.

“He put me in his car at Holland one night and I fell in love with the cars,” Jankowiak, 30, said. “Vinnie and I were very successful. We won a lot of TQ races at Holland and at Lancaster. He gave me a shot and I’ve been racing these cars ever since.”

Jankowiak has also wheeled TQ Midgets for two other legendary northwestern New York drivers and car owners, Harry Macy and John Casey.

Casey put Jankowiak in one of his cars at Holland one night. At the checkered, Andy J beat Casey’s regular driver, Kyle Hutchinson. Hutchinson is a late entry in the Syracuse TQ field in Casey’s car this weekend.

“I hope to be able to do well in front of all of these guys, for myself and to showcase the Series. This is one of the best deals going,” the affable Jankowiak shared.

The biggest prize in Syracuse will be the crowning of the 2019 Indoor Auto Racing Series championship. North Carolina resident Ryan Flores leads the standings, with 290 after the first three races. But Flores, who works full time for Roger Penske’s Ryan Blaney NASCAR Monster Energy Cup team, will not be in the Syracuse field because of his work commitment.

Erick Rudolph, Ransomville, NY, 260, and Justin Bonsignore, Holtsville, LI, NY, 239 lead Jankowiak who has 220. A maximum of 210 points are available, 100 for a feature win and five points for quick time each night, meaning that 210 markers can be picked up by any TQ competitor over the Syracuse race weekend. Non-qualifiers earn 10 points for each night, a minimum of 20 points for the weekend. Thus the most points any driver can gain is 190.

Andy J knows a lot will have to fall into place him to win the crown. “The Series title would be nice to win. I missed it by two points one year. We have been in contention but I always seem to have one bad race. The best way to win the championship is to run well both days. I have to finish better by a couple of spots in both race than (Erick Rudolph, Justin Bonsignore) do to win the Series.”

Syracuse is, of course, unknown territory for all of the nearly 60 TQ drivers and teams.

“It’s a new track and none of us will know how to set the car up until we practice,” Jankowiak. “That doesn’t bother me. The shape of the track will mean a lot. I set the car up the same way for Atlantic City this past year as I did last year for Albany and I won. Albany was a lot shorter but the turns were about the same.”

Round 3 and Round 4 for the companion Slingshots and Champ Karts is also on the Syracuse card. Each of the two nights of racing will consist of complete programs as well for these two divisions.

Dr. Williams Lowe, a long-time supporter of TQ Midget racing, has posted $200 to the fast qualifier both nights. N.Y.’s Oswego Speedway, the home of SuperModified racing, has signed on to sponsor the TQ Midget heat races. The winner of each of the six Oswego Speedway heat races on both Friday and Saturday night will receive not only a spot in the A-Main but a $50 bonus. Bob Hilbert Sportswear is offering a $150 bonus to the driver that leads lap 20 during both TQ Midget feature events.

Doors open at 6 PM on Friday night with racing beginning at 7:30. Doors open at 5:30 PM on Saturday with racing at 7 PM. Fans will be able to visit the pit area to see the cars and meet the drivers each night until 30 minutes before the racing begins.

A link to purchase tickets in advance is available at www.indoorautoracing.com or calling E-Tix directly at 1-800-514-3849.

Tickets will also be available each day of the event starting at 2 PM at the Expo Box Office, but prices increase by $5 each on the days of the event. Pit passes, which do not guarantee a seat, are on sale on the backside of the building on Friday from 9 am to 2 PM and Saturday 11:30 to 2 PM. After 2 PM, pit passes will be available at the box office at the front of the building. Parking on the fairgrounds is free.

Race fans can enjoy a double header weekend at the Fairgrounds with the 33rd annual Syracuse Motorsports Expo and Trade Show being held at the Center of Progress Building. This show opens on Saturday at 10 am giving everyone plenty of time to enjoy that show then walk over to the nearby Exposition Center for the races that night. The Trade show reopens on Sunday from 11 to 4 pm.

Categories : Indoor Racing, Midgets, News
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NEWS FROM LEN SAMMONS PRODUCTIONS

2018-2019 INDOOR AUTO RACING CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES FUELED BY VP RACING FUELS

Event Promoter: Len Sammons @609.888.3618

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LONG TIME OPEN WHEEL FAVORITE LOU CICCONI, JR. LOOKS TO GET BACK IN THE WINNERS’ CIRCLE IN SYRACUSE INDOOR RACES MARCH 8-9

SYRACUSE, NY March 4, 2019 . . . When the Indoor Auto Racing Series TQ Midget drivers take their first green flag over the March 8-9 weekend inside the new Exposition Center on the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse, Lou Cicconi, Jr., will rank among the favorites.

Cicconi, of Aston, PA, brings into the Syracuse event sponsored by RPM Raceway a singular distinction among all 58 entrants. The 50 year old Cicconi won the 58th and last race held at N.Y.’s Niagara Falls Convention Center, on March 9, 2002 before the building was transformed into a casino.

Shortly thereafter Len Sammons brought back indoor racing to Atlantic City, N.J. after a 24 year absence. This led to the formation of the Indoor Auto Racing Series which has promoted events headlined by the TQ Midgets the past 17 years. The Syracuse venue this weekend becomes the eighth different location hosting an event. Last year an event at Albany Times Union Center made New York the fifth different state to host a Len Sammons promoted event.

This Friday and Saturday night the cars and stars of the Indoor Auto Racing Series fueled by VP will be taking part in the fourth and final fifth round of the 2019 season. On the line will be time trials, qualifying events and a 40 lap feature event both nights with the overall season champion crowned following Saturday’s event.

Cicconi, a four-time winner at both Niagara Falls and Atlantic City over the years, is making a comeback this winter after conquering some personal health issues.

“It got to the point where I was short of breath and couldn’t breathe,” Cicconi related. “The doctor told me I was overweight and out of shape.”

As a result, Cicconi kept a low profile for the past three seasons, running a very limited schedule while fielding cars for other drivers. But for this year’s Indoor Auto Racing Series schedule Cicconi returned in a big way. He not only returned to the cock-pit full-time but also fielded other neon yellow and red No. 75 TQs for the Allentown and Atlantic City races.

“I know I will never get back to where I was,” said Cicconi, a two-time winner of Atlantic City’s Gambler’s Classics (2006, 2010). “But I want to be able to give it my best effort. You lose something by not racing regularly but I am getting my confidence back.”

Cicconi is well known in Central New York racing circles for his Supermodified and ISMA achievements. He won one Oswego Speedway Supermodified feature, in 2013, and has 20 ISMA wins as well as a championship (2013) and two runner-up title chase placings (2001, 2012).

Cicconi will field a second car for Syracuse, being driven by young Damon Paul of Stony Point. NY.

“Damon’s a nice young kid. I like him and his father (Tim) too. I want to give him a shot. But two cars is all I want to go to Syracuse with. I need to focus on my own deal.”

Though Cicconi is not in the hunt for it, the biggest prize in Syracuse will be the crowning of the 2019 Indoor Auto Racing Series Fueled By VP Race Fuels. North Carolina resident Ryan Flores leads the standings, with 290 after the first three races. But Flores, who works full time for Roger Penske’s Ryan Blaney NASCAR Monster Energy Cup team, will not be in the Syracuse field because of his work commitment.

Erick Rudolph, Ransomville, NY, 260, and Justin Bonsignore, Holtsville, LI, NY, 239, Andy Jankowiak, Tonawanda, NY, 220, and Eddie Strada, Lake Ariel, PA, 213, who are second through fifth thus become the pre-race title favorites.

A maximum of 210 points are available, 100 for a feature win and five points for quick time each night, meaning that 210 markers can be picked up by any TQ competitor over the Syracuse race weekend. Non-qualifiers earn 10 points for each night, a minimum of 20 points for the weekend. Thus the most points any driver can gain is 190.

The points chase with the TQs is so close that any one of the top 26 drivers in the standings could, in theory, win the championship.

Round 3 and Round 4 for the companion Slingshots and Champ Karts is also on the Syracuse card. Each of the two nights of racing will consist of complete programs as well for these two divisions.

Dr. Williams Lowe, a long-time supporter of TQ Midget racing, has posted $200 to the fast qualifier both nights. N.Y.’s Oswego Speedway, the home of SuperModified racing, has signed on to sponsor the TQ Midget heat races. The winner of each of the six Oswego Speedway heat races on both Friday and Saturday night will receive not only a spot in the A-Main but a $50 bonus.

Doors open at 6 PM on Friday night with racing beginning at 7:30. Doors open at 5:30 PM on Saturday with racing at 7 PM. Fans will be able to visit the pit area to see the cars and meet the drivers each night until 30 minutes before the racing begins.

The building has a different seating configuration than other venues the series stops at in that grandstand patrons enter at track level, then walk up to seating areas.

A link to purchase tickets in advance is available at www.indoorautoracing.com, at this location, spectators may select choice seats from three sections located on both the front and the backstretch. Tickets can also be purchased by calling E-Tix directly at 1-800-514-3849. Tickets will also be available each day of the event starting at 2 PM at the Expo Box Office, but prices increase by $5 each on the days of the event. Pit passes, which do not guarantee a seat, are on sale on the backside of the building on Friday from 9 am to 2 PM and Saturday 11:30 to 2 PM. After 2 PM, pit passes will be available at the box office at the front of the building. Parking is free.

Race fans can enjoy a double header weekend at the Fairgrounds with the 33rd annual Syracuse Motorsports Expo and Trade Show being held at the Center of Progress Building. This show opens on Saturday at 10 am giving everyone plenty of time to enjoy that show then walk over to the nearby Exposition Center for the races that night. The Trade show reopens on Sunday from 11 to 4 pm.

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“HOW TO FIND TIME FOR SPONSORSHIP WORK” AND MORE IN THIS EDITION OF ERNIE SAXTON’S MOTORSPORTS SPONSORSHIP MARKETING NEWS

LANGHORNE, PA March 2, 2019 . . . Often times we hear racers tell us that the reason they are not successful at securing sponsorship is because they just don’t have the time needed to devote to it. In the latest edition of Ernie Saxton’s Motorsports Sponsorship Marketing News Kristin Swartzlander, considered an expert in sponsorship marketing, shares some ideas on “How to Find Time for Sponsorship Work”. We are sharing a few of the ideas but you will have to sign up for a subscription to see the rest of the article.

When working with clients, answering questions in our sponsorship success group, fielding emails or talking to racers at events, one of the biggest barriers teams feel in finding sponsorship is: "I don't have enough time."

It's a legit concern, but it's a claim that we make probably every day.

Think about the conversations you just had over the holiday season. When someone mentions what they're up to or their goals for the next year, we've all said we don't have time for things that we legitimately want to do. It might be finding sponsors for the upcoming season. It might be starting a side business or working out or cooking home-cooked meals or taking the kids to a trampoline park. (<- That's what you do with children, right? 'Trampolines' seems accurate.) We've never been - or felt - busier. There's never enough time. But here's the hard truth: if you don't have time to find sponsorship, you don't have time to have marketing partners because you don't have time to serve them. Sad, but true. And the Swartzlander article goes on. Also in this edition of Motorsports Sponsorship Marketing News is the finish of a two part article by Attorney M.K Spotts on “Social Media Management”. Kym Oberauer offers some great sponsorship help with his article titled “How to Attract Sponsors Using Irresistible Opportunities”. And there is some help with public relations efforts including an article from Mickie Kennedy’s eReleases that offers great tips on producing news releases that will be used plus a load of news on successful sponsorship deals that have recently been announced. A one year subscription to the newsletter, now in its 35th year, is priced at $29.99 while a two year subscription is just $39.95. That is quite a savings. And if you sign up by April 1st we will include the issue which has the first part of the Spotts article at no charge. Send check payable to ESC at 1448 Hollywood Avenue, Langhorne, PA 19047 or have your MasterCard or VISA ready and telephone 267.934.7286. Publisher Ernie Saxton, with more than 45 years’ experience in sponsorship and public relations, offers his services in sponsorship marketing, public relations and consulting. Telephone 267.934.7286 or email Esaxton144@aol.com to have some questions answered or just find out how we can help you. Or check out our website at www.saxtonsponsormarket.com.

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