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Ironton Telephone Presented By BELFOR Indoor Auto Racing Series Race Report

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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RYAN FLORES RACES TO INDOOR AUTO RACING SERIES THREE QUARTER (TQ) MIDGET FEATURE VICTORY; SLINGSHOT CO-FEATURE WIN EARNED BY JARED SILFEE

INDOOR RACING ACTION HEADS TO ATLANTIC CITY JANUARY 25-26

ALLENTOWN, PA (Sat.) – Ryan Flores of Troutman, NC, raced to the 40-lap TQ Midget feature race victory Saturday night inside Allentown, PA’s PPL Center. Flores took the lead from Kyle Reinhardt on the tenth lap of the Ironton Telephone Presented by BELFOR headliner and raced to the exciting win ahead of Scott Kreutter, Eddie Strada, Erick Rudolph and Earl Paules, who started the race from 23rd starting position.

Flores was accompanied by his wife and 17 month old daughter to post race celebrations.

“Jimmy Blewett, who has worked on my car for years, made a bunch of changes on the car between Friday and Saturday and it paid off,” Flores said.

Andy Jankowiak came back from an overnight motor change and a mid-race penalty to finish sixth with Ryan Tidman, Tyler Thompson, like Jankowiak rebounding from a penalty, early race leader Reinhardt, and Justin Bonsignore who finished tenth.

In the companion 20-lap Slingshot main event, Jared Silfee took the lead three laps into the feature after disposing of front row starters Matt Mertz and Michael Lapicki. He then withstood Mertz’ and Lapicki’s follow-up challenges to win. Brett Bieber and Dylan Koch completed the top five.

Kyle Herve, Tyler Truex, Seth Spayd, Kurt Bettler and Matt Dealaman completed the top ten in the Slingshot headliner.

Four TQ Midget heat races that helped set the field for the headliner were won by Flores, Matt Janisch, who had won the Friday night PPL Center race, Kreutter and Joey Payne. Last Chance TQ B-Mains were won by Matt Roselli and Anthony Sesely.

Slingshot prelims went to Mertz, Lapicki and Silfee with the B Main by Anthony Raisner.

The Indoor Auto Racing Series Presented By VP Race Fuels scene now shifts to Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ for the running of NAPA Auto Racing Weekend on January 25 and 26, 2019.

TQ Midget Feature (40 Laps): 1. Ryan Flores, 2. Scott Kreutter, 3. Eddie Strada, 4. Erick Rudolph, 5. Earl Paules, 6. Andy Jankowiak, 7. Ryan Tidman, 8. Tyler Thompson, 9. Kyle Reinhardt, 10. Justin Bonsignore, 11. Matt Roselli 12. Tim Buckwalter, 13. Lou Cicconi, 14. Briggs Danner, 15. Jonathan Reid, 16. Chad Jones, 17. Anthony Sesely, 18. Timmy Catalano, 19. Andrew Molleur, 20. Matt Janisch, 21. Tommy Catalano, 22. Joey Payne, 23. Andrew Nye, 24. Anthony Payne.

Slingshot Feature (20 Laps): 1. Jared Silfee, 2. Matthew Mertz, 3. Michael Lapicki, 4. Brett Bieber, 5. Dylan Hoch, 6. Kyle Herve, 7. Tyler Truex, 8. Seth Spayd, 9. Kurt Bettler, 10. Matt Dealaman, 11. Austin Silfee, 12. Neil Rutt III 13. Dakota Kessler, 14. Brett Putnam, 15. Billy Both, 16. Bryan Oshee, 17. Cody Kline, 18. Anthony Raisner, 19. Cody Kohler, 20. Paul Hartwig, Jr.

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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 INFORMATION: Ernie Saxton Communications – Esaxton144@aol.com -267.934.7286

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MATT JANISCH WINS FIRST CAREER INDOOR AUTO RACING SERIES FEATURE WITH IRONTON TELEPHONE THREE QUARTER (TQ) MIDGET RACE WIN FRIDAY NIGHT AT ALLENTOWN, PA PPL CENTER; BRANDON RUSCZEK NAILS CHAMP KART WIN

ALLENTOWN, PA January 4, 2019 . . . Matt Janisch, an accomplished multi-time Three Quarter Midget Outdoor champion and a perennial contender for Indoor top laurels, raced to a popular win Friday night inside PPL Center.

Janisch, of Nazareth, PA, grabbed the lead on lap 24 with a bold inside move that carried him under Tyler Thompson, who led the first 23 circuits. Janisch drove a car owned by Roger Mahan Motorsports that was built on a Lafler chassis.

Once in front, Janisch had to weather numerous restarts and some lapped traffic issues to preserve the win. Erick Rudolph ended up second after besting Ryan Flores during the race. Justin Bonsignore, who never took a time trial lap, had to start last in his heat race and squeezed into the A Main field with a successful B Main effort, marched from a 21st place start to finish third.

Flores settled for fourth and Scott Kreutter battled his way through two early race pit stops to finish fifth.

Chad Jones, Kyle Lick, Joey Payne, Anthony Payne and Pat Bealer completed the top ten in the 24-car, 40-lap feature.

In the 20-lap, 20-car Champ Kart co-feature, Brandon Rusczek of Wallingford, CT led all the way in the Kart A Main. Tyler Brown raced to second with a late race charge with Ryan Kendall, JJ Pacovich, and John Berger trailing.

Tim Buckwalter set fast time among the 48 TQ Midget entries on hand. Briggs Danner, feature winner Janisch, Tyler Thompson and Earl Paules won the four TQ heat races. Timmy Solomito and Kyle Lick won the pair of B-Mains.

Champ Kart heats were won by Berger, Rusczek, and Jordan Modiano. Zachary Asklar won the B-Main.

TQ Midget action returns inside PPL Center in Allentown, PA Saturday night for a second presentation of TQ Midget racing coupled with the Slingshot class.

Tickets are available from the PPL Center box office.

TQ Midget Feature (40 Laps): 1. Matt Janisch, 2. Erick Rudolph, 3. Justin Bonsignore, 4. Ryan Flores, 5. Scott Kreutter, 6. Chad Jones, 7. Kyle Lick, 8. Joey Payne, 9. Anthony Payne, 10. Pat Bealer, 11. Tim Buckwalter, 12. Briggs Danner, 13. Brett Conkling, 14. Eddie Strada, 15. Jonathan Reid, 16. Matthew Roselli, 17. Tyler Thompson, 18. Earl Paules, 19. Timmy Catalano, 20. Andy Jankowiak, 21. Anthony Sesely, 22. Keith Rocco, 23. Andrew Nye, 24. Timmy Solomito.

Champ Kart Feature (20 Laps): 1. Brandon Rusczek, 2. Tyler Brown, 3. Ryan Kendall, 4. JJ Pacovich, 5. John Berger, 6. Jordan Modiano, 7. Zachary Asklar, 8. Dominic Roselli, 9. Todd Crenshaw, 10. Stephen Beattie, 11. Mike Perry, 12. TJ Reed, 13. Tyler Catalano, 14. James Shutts, 15. Taylor Caprara, 16. Brian DeCosta, 17. Chris Hirt, 18. Matt Andrews, 19. Gary Bozowski, 20. EJ Holz.

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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 INFORMATION: Ernie Saxton Communications – Esaxton144@aol.com -267.934.7286

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ALLENTOWN THREE QUARTER (TQ) MIDGET ENTRIES RISE DRAMATICALLY IN DAYS LEADING UP TO IRONTON TELEPHONE INDOOR RACING EVENTS PRESENTED BY BELFOR THIS FRIDAY AND SATURDAY, JANUARY 4-5

ALLENTOWN, PA January 2, 2019 . . . A rush of last minute TQ Midget entries over the Holiday Weekend has swelled the field for the PPL Center Allentown Indoor Race to four dozen – and counting – for this coming Friday and Saturday's Ironton Telephone Indoor Races Presented By BELFOR.

TQ Midgets are the headline attraction of a two-day racing spectacular inside the center city Allentown, PA facility on Friday and Saturday January 4-5, 2019 with two complete racing programs, back-to-back, including qualifying and feature events.

Doors open at 6:00PM with racing getting underway at 7:30 PM on Friday. On Saturday, doors open at 5:00PM with racing beginning at 7:00PM sharp.

The TQs will be joined Friday by Champ Karts, the lightweight, lightning fast, supremely agile vehicles that have always performed in crowd pleasing fashion in Allentown.

On Saturday, Slingshots will be the co-feature, the same Slingshots that race at the nearby Kutztown Fairgrounds and at other speedways during the outdoor season. A Fan Fest begins Saturday’s program for ticket holders who chose the free option to meet drivers and see the cars up close before the racing begins.

Recent TQ Midget filings include that of Fremont, OH Sprint Car ace John Ivy, who last weekend in a two-day Indoor 600 Micro Sprint race meet in Fort Wayne, IN, won an unprecedented four straight feature races. Ivy has raced in the past with the Indoor Auto Racing Series Presented By VP Race Fuels will be driving a potent Laffler Chassis owned by Timex Morgan.

Also filing a late TQ entry for the Ironton Telephone Indoor Races was Andy Jankowiak of North Tonawanda, NY, a perennial contender who is coming off a successful 2018 season on the Race Of Champions Asphalt Modified Tour. Jankowiak won the Indoor Series finale last year in Albany, N.Y.

Former Albany-Saratoga Speedway Dirt Modified track champion Marc Johnson of Guilderland, NY is also a late entrant driving the Ken Sebring No. 21.

The father-and-son racing team of Ronnie and Cole Mullen of Brick, NJ have filed entries. Ronnie is a veteran of the sport and his teenage son Cole was named ATQMRA Rookie Of The Year for the 2018 outdoor season. Young Mullen won his first TQ feature last July 7 at Wall (NJ) Stadium, outrunning, among others, his father.

One driver who bears watching above others is Bobby Butler, the Milford, NJ Dirt Track Stock Car driver who was among the contenders to win last December's East Coast Indoor Dirt Nationals 600 Micro feature in Trenton, NJ.

Butler came from the last row in that race after fighting his way through four preliminary races to even qualify, then earned a solid finish. He will drive the same 600 Micro Sprint he used in that race to run in the Ironton Telephone Indoor Races, the only car-driver combination to attempt such a feat.

Tim Nye from Troutman, NC was also in the Trenton Indoor Dirt Nationals field but failed to qualify for that race. He has entered the Allentown race but will drive a purpose-built concrete track 600 Micro this weekend.

Past Allentown TQ A Main winners in the field for this weekend include Erick Rudolph, Ransomville, NY, a three time Series champion and second in 2018 Super DIRT Series standings. Rudolph won the December Dirt Indoor race. Justin Bonsignore, Holtsville, NY, who parlayed victory in last year's Friday night Allentown feature to the 2018 Indoor Series championship, then went on to win the 2018 NASCAR Whelen Modified Touring Series title and eight of the 16 races; NASCAR Cup crewman Ryan Flores, Cornelius, NC, who won the 2017 Indoor Series title and Sprint Car driver Scott Kreutter, Buffalo, NY, who was the Saturday Allentown 2018 race winner.

Though past TQ Midget race winners have been from outside the Lehigh Valley, PA area, a strong contingent of Eastern PA drivers have filed entries for this year's race.

Among them are rising star Briggs Danner, Allentown, PA; reigning ATQMRA Midget outdoor champion Matt Janisch, Nazareth, PA; multi-time past ATQMRA outdoor champion Ryan Tidman, Holland, PA; perennial Indoor contender Tim Buckwalter, Douglassville, PA; and TQ veteran Matt Roselli, Brodheadsville, PA.

Other Eastern Pennsylvania drivers who have entered are Pat Bealer, Lehighton, PA; Steve Craig, Levittown, PA; Chad Jones, Quakertown, PA; Kyle Lick, Lehighton, PA; and TQ Rookie Joe Toth, Upper Makefield, PA, an experienced Slingshot driver who will be making his first TQ Midget start in this race.

Champ Kart entries are approaching 30 for the Friday night race, hailing from eight states. Todd Crenshaw, Winchester, VA, and Mike Perry, Dighton, MA, and Zach Asklar of Newtown, CT are among those from the most distant locales.

Craig Whitmoyer, Hamburg, PA, winner of the recent East Coast Indoor Dirt Nationals in Trenton, NJ on dirt, will be among those to beat in the Saturday Slingshot events. Jared Silfee, Saylorsborg, PA, Anthony Raisner and Kurt Bettler, both of Hellertown, PA, Cody Kline, Bangor, PA, Dylan Hoch, Mertztown, PA, and Adam and Steve Svanda, both of Allentown, are among the prominent greater Lehigh Valley area entrants.

The Allentown races are the first of a three race 2019 ‘concrete track’ series that make up the Indoor Auto Racing Series Fueled By VP Race Fuels season.

Following the Ironton Telephone Presented By BELFOR Allentown Indoor weekend, racing shifts to Atlantic City for the 17th running of NAPA Auto Parts Weekend, highlighted by the running of the prestigious TQ Midget Gamblers Classic. Event dates are Friday and Saturday, January 25-26, 2019.

The final event of the series takes place at a new venue, the New York State Fairgrounds Exhibition Center in Syracuse, NY. on Friday and Saturday, March 8-9, 2019.

Information for all Indoor Auto Racing Series events including a link for tickets, is available at www.indoorautoracing.com.

Tickets for Allentown Indoor race are available daily and on the day of the events the PPL Center box office. Tickets are also available by calling 610-347-TIXX.

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NEWS FROM: Pioneer Pole Buildings Motorsports 2019 Fueled by Sunoco Race Fuels and Distributed by Insinger Performance Race Car and Trade Show

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GARY BALOUGH TO MEET FANS AT MOTORSPORTS 2019; HIS BOOK ‘HOT SHOE! A CHECKERED PAST: MY STORY’ WILL BE AVAILABLE; RESTORED ‘BATMOBILE’ TO BE ON DISPLAY

OAKS, PA December 28, 2018 . . . With more than 1,000 race wins to his credit, it is easy to understand how Gary Balough earned the nickname ‘Hot Shoe’. The veteran racer, still recovering from a stairway fall, will be spending the weekend with attendees at the 34th edition of the Pioneer Pole Buildings Motorsports Racecar & Trade Show Fueled by Sunoco Race Fuels Distributed by Insinger Performance.

The three day show will run from January 18 through January 20 and takes place at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, Pa.

Balough will be offering his new book “Hot Shoe! A Checkered Past: My Story” for sale. The tell-all book, written with well-known author Bones Bourcier, has proven to be a big hit as it tells the story of Balough’s outstanding racing career and the dark times spent in prison.

One of the most well-known victories for the Florida-based racer came when he drove the famous “Batmobile” to victory in the 1980 edition of the Syracuse 300 run as part of the Super Dirt Week in Syracuse, N.Y. And just one year after that Balough made his best showing in NASCAR Winston Cup in 1981 at Talladega Superspeedway before his legal issues ended plans to join an elite team the following season.

The “Batmobile” was a feat of racing engineering, created by Balough and car builder Kenny Weld. The pair and their team built one of the most advanced dirt Modified race cars ever developed. It had so dominant a win that year on the mile at Syracuse that it was made illegal and rule books were rewritten to outlaw such ideas in the future.

The 66-year-old Balough is still active as an innovator, acting as a mentor and driving coach for Stewart Friesen and Halmar Racing. This past year he directed an effort to restore the “Batmobile” back to its original form and that black No. 112 will be on display at the show.

Balough will be at Motorsports all three days to talk with fans alongside the car. Show attendees will be able to purchase a copy of his book and have it autographed by Balough.

More than 200 racecars will be on display during the three day show with many top racers and motorsports personalities appearing at the show. As usual, all autographs will be free.

More than 200 other racing vehicles representing many different segments of the sport will also be on view throughout the more than 200,000 square feet of display space.

Headlining Motorsports 2019 will be NASCAR Hall of Famers Darrell Waltrip and Ray Evernham along with Ryan Preece who will be looking to capture NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series Rookie of the Year honors.

There will be a large number of displays with speedways offering information on their 2019 seasons. Hardcore racing vendors will be a big part of the show and fans will have the opportunity to gain some bargains from vendors offering collectible items. A number of free industry seminars will be offered.

Also sure to be a crowd pleaser will be the “Reading Speedway Reunion.” That event will be dedicated to the memory of the great racing action THAT took place at Pa.’s Reading Fairgrounds Speedway before it closed 40 years ago. Drivers and team members who competed at that track will attend to meet the fans, and there will be a large display of vintage race cars that ran at Reading.

One of the most popular events during the three day show will be and has been the Ms. Motorsports Pageant sponsored by Aqua Duck Water Transport that will see one woman walk off with a $1,500 cash prize along with a poster deal.

Motorsports 2019 opens on Friday, January 18 at 2 p.m., then at 11 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The show closes at 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and at 4 p.m. on Sunday. On Sunday, all children 12 and under are FREE with a parent.

Tickets are available daily at the door one hour before the show opens. To stay informed on the latest show news check in at www.motorsportstradeshow.com or call 609-888-3618.

A few display spaces and room for race car display remain as the show is on its way to becoming another sold out success.

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MEDIA NOTE: Requests for media show credentials should be directed to Earl Krause at earl@aarn.com. Thanks for your support.

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THREE QUARTER (TQ) MIDGETS, SLINGSHOTS, CHAMP KARTS READY TO USHER IN NEW YEAR OF RACING IN DOWTOWN ALLENTOWN, PA JANUARY 4-5 WITH RUNNING THE IRONTON TELEPHONE INDOOR RACE PRESENTED BY BELFOR

ALLENTOWN, PA December 27, 2018 . . . The Indoor Auto Racing Series Fueled By VP Race Fuels is ready to roll in the first race of the New Year! The PPL Center in downtown Allentown, PA will be the site, on Friday and Saturday, January 4-5, 2019, for the running of the Ironton Telephone Indoor Race Presented By BELFOR.

Two complete racing programs on back-to-back nights include qualifying and feature events headlined by the powerful TQ Midgets. They will be joined by the Champ Karts on Friday night’s card and the Slingshots on Saturday.

Nearly 40 TQ Midget drivers and teams have already entered the two day race weekend, including past event winners Erick Rudolph, Ransomville, NY; Justin Bonsignore, Holtsville, NY; Ryan Flores, Cornelius, NC; and Scott Kreutter, Buffalo, NY.

Rudolph, Bonsignore and Flores will be driving cars built by Mark Lafler, Ransomville, NY, while Kreutter will wheel the same Trey Hoddick-built car in which he scored a popular win last year.

Bonsignore and Kreutter were the 2018 Allentown race winners. Bonsignore parlayed his PPL Center win into a successful run at the lucrative The Indoor Auto Racing Series Fueled By VP Race Fuels championship. Bonsignore then went outdoors and won of eight of 16 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour races and that championship as well.

Though past TQ Midget race winners have been from outside the Lehigh Valley, PA area, a strong contingent of Eastern PA drivers have filed entries for this year's race.

Among them are rising star Briggs Danner, Allentown, PA; reigning ATQMRA Midget outdoor champion Matt Janisch, Nazareth, PA; multi-time past ATQMRA outdoor champion Ryan Tidman, Holland, PA; perennial Indoor contender Tim Buckwalter, Douglassville, PA; and TQ veteran Matt Roselli, Brodheadsville, PA.

Other Eastern Pennsylvania drivers who have entered The Ironton Telephone Indoor Race Presented By BELFOR events are Pat Bealer, Lehighton, PA; Steve Craig, Levittown, PA; Chad Jones, Quakertown, PA; and Kyle Lick, Lehighton, PA.

Joe Toth, Upper Makefield, PA, who won several outdoor dirt Sportsman features this past season, will be making his first TQ Midget start in this race as a teammate to former winner Mike Iles.

Dirt Sportsman racer Craig Whitmoyer, Hamburg, PA, is one of the local pre-race favorites in the Slingshot event. Whitmoyer, the winner of the recent East Coast Indoor Dirt Nationals in Trenton, NJ on dirt in a Slingshot, hopes to add a win on the concrete floor in Allentown to his growing resume.

Jared Silfee, Saylorsborg, PA, Anthony Raisner and Kurt Bettler, both of Hellertown, PA, Cody Kline, Bangor, PA, Dylan Hoch, Mertztown, PA, and Adam and Steve Svanda, both of Allentown, are among other prominent greater Lehigh Valley area entrants in the Slingshot division. Brian DeCosta, Lehighton, PA, and Matt Andrews, Woodlyn, PA, are among the regional favorites in the Champ Kart event.

The Allentown races are the first of a three state 2019 ‘concrete track’ Indoor Auto Racing Series Fueled By VP Race Fuels season. Following the Ironton Telephone Presented By BELFOR Allentown Indoor weekend, racing shifts to N.J.’s Atlantic City for the 17th running of NAPA Auto Parts Weekend, highlighted by the running of the prestigious TQ Midget Gamblers Classic. Event dates are Friday and Saturday, January 25-26, 2019. The final event of the series takes place at a new venue, the New York State Fairgrounds Exhibition Center in Syracuse, NY. on Friday and Saturday, March 8-9, 2019.

The Allentown event is supported by Ironton Telephone Company, BELFOR Property Restoration, Doggy Style Hot Dogs & More, Future Homes, Ironton Auto Body, Leindecker Racing Engines, Action Track USA, Precision Concrete Coatings, Bob Hilbert Sportswear, Pocono Raceway, All American Property Maintenance, Pioneer Pole Buildings, S&S Speedways and Star Auto Mall. Additional sponsorship opportunities are available by contacting Danny Sammons at danny@aarn.com.

Information for all Indoor Auto Racing Series events including a link for tickets, is available at indoorautoracing.com. Tickets for Allentown Indoor race are available daily and on the day of the events the PPL Center box office. Tickets are also available by calling 610-347-TIXX.

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IMPORTANT MEDIA NOTE: In an effort to make the securing of media credentials easier for all please go to "indoorautoracing.com" under “CONTACT US” (on the right top bar). There you will find the Indoor Race Credential Request form.

The form allows you to request credentials for all four of the indoor events (Trenton, Allentown, Atlantic City and Syracuse).

List the name, media affiliation and assignment (photographer, writer, video ) and the events you would like to have credentials for. The sooner the request is received the better for all.

Credentials will be available, with proper ID, at the Media Sign-In area. Freelancers must provide proof of assignment. Infield photographers will be limited and assigned at meeting to be held in the press room prior to each day of racing.

Once the request has been reviewed, you will be notified as to who has been approved.

Thank you for your interest in the indoor auto racing events.

Len Sammons

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COUNTDOWN TO ALLENTOWN: RACING TEAMS GET READY FOR IRONTON TELEPHONE PRESENTED BY BELFOR INDOOR AUTO RACING SERIES BATTLE JANUARY 4-5, 2019 IN PPL CENTER

ALLENTOWN, PA December 18, 2018 . . . The first race of the New Year in the northeast is set for Allentown, PA’s PPL Center. The Indoor Auto Racing Series Fueled By VP Race Fuels begins its three race 2019 ‘concrete track’ series with the running of the Ironton Telephone Indoor Race Presented By BELFOR. Two complete shows including qualifying and feature events will be headlined by the TQ Midgets on Friday and Saturday nights January 4th and 5th.

Heading the list of competitors is Erick Rudolph, the Ransomville, NY ace who earned the win in the second annual East Coast Indoor Dirt Nationals in Trenton, NJ on December 15.

Rudolph has one win inside the PPL Center, the very first one, on January 2, 2016, and must be considered among the favorites. He will be aboard the latest creation designed by master TQ builder Mark Lafler, who, like Rudolph, lives in Ransomville NY.

Rudolph, who won the Series crown in 2012, 2015 and 2016, was second to Justin Bonsignore in last year’s down-to-the-wire Indoor Series title chase. Rudolph also finished second in this year’s Super DIRTcar Series big-block Modified standings.

Tim Buckwalter from Douglasville, PA will be racing as a teammate to Rudolph for the 2019 Indoor Season aboard a similarly prepared Laffler Chassis with a Pippard Engine. Buckwalter was a factor to win the Atlantic City and Albany Indoor Race last year, upon getting the seat in the Timex Morgan owned Laffler car for those events.

Last year’s race winners, Bonsignore of Holtsville, Long Island, NY and Scott Kreutter of Buffalo, NY, are likely to provide Rudolph plenty of opposition.

Bonsignore parlayed his feature win in the first of the two Allentown races last year into the Indoor Auto Racing Series Presented By VP Race Fuels season championship. He then went outdoors and won of eight of 16 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour races and that championship as well.

Kreutter, who finished 12th in the Trenton Indoor Dirt race won by Rudolph, was a popular winner in Allentown last year, driving the No. 49 owned by Trey Hoddick that had been raced the previous year by the late Ted Christopher.

Ryan Flores of Cornelius, NC won back to back PPL Center races on December 30 and December 31, 2016, the only driver to sweep both races in a single year. Flores went on to win the championship that season. Last year he won the Gambler’s Classic inside Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall for the first time in his career.

Tommy Catalano, who earned the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Rookie of the Year award this year is eagerly anticipating his return to the TQ Midget racing with a new car of his own design. His younger brother Timmy, an upcoming Modified star, will be driving the car Tommy ran on the series last year.

Timmy Solomito, of Islip, NY, has also entered the Allentown event. Solomito is a top contender on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.

Teenager Andrew Molleur of Shelton, CT., who ran in several NASCAR Whelen Modified and Tri Track Open Modified Series events late in 2018, is also fielding a car for the three state Indoor TQ Series.

Other experienced Indoor TQ drivers filing entries for Allentown include Anthony Payne of Fairlawn, N.J., a first time winner on last year’s series, Ryan Tidman, Holland, PA; Tyler Thompson, Fulton, NY; Matt Roselli, Brodheadsville, PA; and Jon Reid, Lockport, NY.

On Friday the TQs will be joined by Champ Karts, the lightweight, lightning fast, supremely agile vehicles that have always performed in crowd pleasing fashion in Allentown.

On Saturday, Slingshots will be the co-feature with the TQs. These same Slingshots race outdoors at the nearby Kutztown Fairgrounds and other speedways during the outdoor season.

Following the Ironton Telephone Presented By BELFOR Allentown Indoor weekend, racing shifts to Atlantic City for the 17th running of NAPA Auto Parts Weekend, highlighted by the running of the prestigious TQ Midget Gamblers Classic. Event dates are Friday and Saturday, January 25-26, 2019.

The final event of the series takes place at a new venue, the New York State Fairgrounds Exhibition Center in Syracuse, NY. on Friday and Saturday, March 8-9, 2019. Tickets for this event will be available in the coming weeks.

Information for all Indoor Auto Racing Series events including a link for tickets, is available at indoorautoracing.com. Tickets for Allentown and Atlantic City are also available daily and the day of the events at each of the arena’s box office. Tickets for the Allentown races are also available by calling 610-347-TIXX.

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NEWS FROM EAST COAST INDOOR DIRT NATIONALS

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ERICK RUDOLPH OUTRUNS BILLY PAUCH JR. TO WIN SECOND ANNUAL EAST COAST INDOOR DIRT NATIONALS RACE IN TRENTON THRILLER

TRENTON, NJ December 15, 2018 . . . New York State Dirt Track Modified star and past multi-time Indoor Auto Racing Series ‘concrete track champion’ Erick Rudolph won Saturday’s East Coast Indoor Dirt Nationals 50-lap feature run in the CURE Insurance Arena in Trenton, NJ.

“Everything went together well with Tom (Fraschetta) for the race,” Rudolph said, in praise of his car owner, for whom he had raced just once before.

The winning car was a Hyper chassis of 2010 vintage.

Billy Pauch, Jr. finished second to Rudolph with Brett Altemose placing third. Both Pauch and Altemose were alongside Rudolph numerous times on restarts during the race but were never able to find a way around or under the race winner.

Jim Radney was fourth and Billy Calvert were fourth and fifth in the final rundown. Bobby Butler, Brian Carber, Michael Carber, Alex Bright and Josh Conover rounded out the top ten.

The field for the East Coast Dirt Nationals was composed of the first and second place finishers in the eight A-Main Qualifiers, four on Thursday and four on Friday. The remaining eight A-Main qualifiers came from the two B mains Saturday. Nearly 120 entries in all competed in the second annual race.

Alex Bright and Josh Conover were the winners of the twin B-Mains, earning their spots into the feature. Three remarkable runs into the A Main were made by Scott Kreutter, who marched through the E, D, C and B to transfer, and by both Bobby Butler and Jack Conover, who advanced from the D, C, and B prelims.

Austin Quick and Zachery Bealer in the two F Mains, Preliminary race winners were Brian Montieth and Kreutter in the pair of E Mains, Butler and Joseph Dopke in the two D Mains,

Attention now shifts to the Indoor Auto Racing Series Fueled By VP Race Fuels events on concrete ovals, first at Allentown, PA’s PPL Center on January 4-5, 2019, then at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ on January 25-26, 2019. The third and final Indoor Auto Racing Series race is the first time event planned for the New York State Exposition Center in Syracuse, NY on March 8-9, 2019.

East Coast Indoor Dirt Nationals Feature (50 Laps): 1. Erick Rudolph, 2. Billy Pauch, Jr., 3. Brett Altemose, 4. Jim Radney, 5. Billy Calvert, 6. Bobby Butler, 7. Brian Carber, 8. Michael Carber, 9. Alex Bright, 10. Josh Conover, 11. Colin White, 12. Scott Kreutter, 13.ean Brierly, 14. Kyle Spence, 15. Andrew Hannula, 16. Lee Nardelli, 17. Kenny Miller III, 18. Tim Buckwalter, 19. Doug Snyder, 20. Ryan Greth, 21. Steve Buckwalter, 22. Whitey Kidd III, 23. Danny Buccafusca, 24. Jack Conover.

MEDIA NOTE: On behalf of Len Sammons Productions let me offer a big thank you for the great media support given the event. Ernie Saxton

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