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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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OSWEGO SUPERMODIFIED ONE LAP RECORD HOLDER JOEY PAYNE, 2018 ROOKIE OF THE YEAR TYLER THOMPSON, READY FOR FIRST SYRACUSE RACE WEEKEND MARCH 8-9

SYRACUSE NY February 7, 2019 . . .When the green flag drops on Friday and Saturday, March 8th and 9th at the New York State Fairgrounds Exposition Center in Syracuse, N.Y., two of Oswego Speedway’s most popular and accomplished Supermodified drivers, Joey Payne of Fairlawn, NJ and Tyler Thompson of Oswego, will be ready to hit their throttles full blast.

Nicknamed ‘The Jersey Jet”, Payne, has won four career Supermodified features at Oswego in his career, three non-wing events and one ISMA race. More importantly, Payne is the all-time one lap non wing track record holder, setting the standard at 15.802, in 2014.

At Syracuse, Payne will be driving a car that is a proven winner. His son Anthony drove the same No. 45 to a win the first ever Indoor Auto Racing Series event inside Albany, N.Y.’s Times Union Center last February.

Thompson, who just turned 17, is a throwback to the “race anything, anywhere” mentality that was the rule rather than the exception in racing years ago.

Thompson raced a DIRTcar Sportsman Modified, a wing and non-wing Supermodified, a go-kart and an ultra-quick TQ Midget in 2018. The past season was a breakout campaign for Thompson, who won the DIRTcar All-Star Invitational Sportsman Championship at the Dirt Track in Charlotte, N.C. He also claimed both the Oswego and ISMA Supermodified Series Rookie of the Year titles; the first driver since 1992 to accomplish that dual feat.

“Driving the TQ for the full Indoor Auto Racing Championship schedule last season was great experience,” said Thompson.

“The TQ is extremely quick and it is tight racing with some of the best drivers in the country.”

Thompson will be in the Simmons Racing No. 98T he has run throughout the 2019 Series at what will almost be a hometown event for him. He’ll also be coming off a trip to Florida where he made his DIRTcar big-block Modified debut at Volusia Speedway Park.

The two-day Syracuse event will include two complete programs with qualifying and feature races each night for the TQ Midgets, Slingshots and Champ Karts. Doors open at 6 PM on Friday night with racing beginning at 7:30. Doors open at 5:30 PM on Friday with racing at 7pm. 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 first Indoor Auto Racing Series event in Central New York will be the fourth and fifth legs of the series. Both races will offer equal points in helping decide a tight point race between former champions Erick Rudolph and Justin Bonsignore. Rudolph was the 2018 point champion at the nearby Land of Legends Raceway in Canandaigua, N.Y. and he finished second in the Super DIRTcar Big-Block Modified series. Bonsignore first won the Indoor TQ Midget title than the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship.

Three upstate New York powerhouses, recent Atlantic City Gambler’s Classic winner Andy Jankowiak of Tonawanda, 360 Sprint ace Scott Kreutter of Alde, and Modified dirt and paved track ace Patrick Emerling of Orchard Park, are all contenders for a win.

Another all Empire State team drawing attention in the recent Atlantic City race was 2017 Albany-Saratoga Speedway dirt Modified champion Marc Johnson of Guilderland. Driving an all new car owned by Ken Sebring of Albany, and built by Kluth Motorsports of Holley, Johnson was extremely competitive.

Three other highly regarded TQ chauffeurs, Eddie Strada of Hamlin, PA, Matt Janisch of Nazareth, PA, and Tim Buckwalter of Royersford, PA are among the top ten in Series points.

Exposition Center opened during the recent Labor Day Fair. The huge, state of the art $33 million project was built without obstructing poles. Grandstand seating will be available on both the front and backstretch. From their seats, fans will able to be able to see the entire speedway plus the pit area which will be located on the far side of the building. 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.

Information including a direct link to E-Tix for advance tickets is available at www.indoorautoracingseries.com. At this location you’ll be able to pick your choice seat from three sections located on both the front and the backstretch. Tickets can also be purchased by calling E-Tixs 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.

Event sponsorship packages to meet every budget are available by calling the series office at 609-888-3618 or by dropping Danny Sammons an email at danny@aarn.com.

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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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ANDY J’S GAMBLER’S CLASSIC ATLANTIC CITY INDOOR AUTO RACING SERIES WIN CERTIFIED AS OFFICIAL AFTER TIRE SAMPLES CERTIFIED AS ‘CLEAN’ BY INDEPENDENT TESTING LAB

TRENTON, NJ February 4, 2019 . . . Indoor Auto Racing Championship Series Fueled By VP Race Fuels officials announced late Friday afternoon that the results of the NAPA AUTO PARTS Atlantic City Gambler’s Classic race held inside Boardwalk Hall on Saturday, January 26th have been certified.

Hoosier Tires off several TQ Midgets were tested by Blue Ridge Laboratories in North Carolina, a firm that specializes in chemical analysis and the detection of chemical alternations and all were deemed legal. The results are now official with Andy Jankowiak of Buffalo, N.Y. the race winner. A check of $5,950, which includes bonus awards, was mailed to him on Friday.

Jankowiak’s right rear and right front tire was sampled after his Saturday night victory and after he set the third fastest time trial on Friday afternoon.

Samples were also taken from fast time trialer Erick Rudolph and second fast time trialer Anthony Sesely. Also sampled was the car of Friday night A-Qualifier winner Tommy Catalano who was randomly selected after setting the 28th fastest time.

Series officials tested tires for the first time this year after making chemical alterations in advance illegal. Tires tested from the series opener in Allentown, Pa. also passed. Results of the testing will be posted on indoorautoracing.com as per series rules. Along with samples being taken, a durometer test was made of tires on each car prior to time trials to check for irregularity.

The 2019 series wraps up in Syracuse, NY with the fourth and fifth round. The event will be held inside the recently opened New York State Fairgrounds Exposition Center with two complete shows on Friday and Saturday nights, March 8th and 9th. Tickets for this first time event are now on sale at www.indoorracetickets.com

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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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TICKETS ON SALE FOR FIRST INDOOR SYRACUSE RACE WEEKEND MARCH 8-9; ERICK RUDOLPH, JUSTIN BONSIGNORE, ANDY JANKOWIAK PRE-RACE FAVORITES FOR SERIES TITLE; THREE QUARTER MIDGETS, CHAMP KARTS, SLINGSHOTS RACE COMPLETE SHOWS BOTH FRIDAY AND SATURDAY NIGHT

SYRACUSE, NY February 1, 2019 . . . Flush with the success in venues in Allentown, PA, and Atlantic City, NJ, the Indoor Auto Racing Series Fueled By VP Race Fuels wraps up the 2019 season in Syracuse, NY. The first time event will be held inside the recently opened New York State Fairgrounds Exposition Center on Friday and Saturday, March 8th and 9th.

The first Indoor Three Quarter (TQ) Midget car event in Central New York in 17 years will be the fourth and fifth legs of the series and help decide a tight point race between former champions Erick Rudolph and Justin Bonsignore.

The Syracuse program will include two complete programs with qualifying and feature events for the three division program which includes the TQ Midgets, Slingshots and Champ Karts each night. Doors open at 6 PM each night with racing beginning at 7:30 on Friday and 7pm on Saturday.

“The new building is perfect for our Indoor Racing Series and in just the right spot for many of our competitors,” said promoter Len Sammons. “Many of the teams that competed in Niagara Falls back in the day, now have an event closer to their home. Those events were also very popular with the fans so a big crowd is expected.” Ticket sales for the Syracuse event, which were available for the first time on January 29th, were considered brisk.

Rudolph, a three-time series champion from Ransomville, N.Y. enters the Syracuse event second in points. Current leader Ryan Flores of Troutman, N.C. however will be working his full-time job on the Syracuse race weekend. Flores will be in Phoenix, AZ, changing front tires on the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series No. 12 Penske Ford driven by Ryan Blaney.

That will put Rudolph, the 2018 dirt Modified track champion at Canandaigua, N.Y.’s Land of Legends Raceway, on top of the points before a lap is turned in Syracuse. The 2018 series champion, Justin Consignor will have two point shows in Syracuse to make up the current 21 point difference between them. Consignor, the 2018 NASCAR Whelan Modified Tour champion, sold his No. 51 TQ Midget after the most recent event in Atlantic City, but he’ll now drive the car for new owner Bob Webber Jr. who owns N.H.’s Star Speedway.

Recent Atlantic City Gambler’s Classic winner Andy Jankowiak of Tonawanda, N.Y. will enter the final two points races third in the standings just 40 points behind Rudolph.

Two drivers familiar to N.Y.’s Oswego Speedway Supermodified fans, Tyler Thompson, of Oswego, 2018 Supermod and ISMA Series Rookie of the Year, and Joey Payne, of Fairlawn, NJ. four time career Supermodified winner and the all-time Oswego non-wing Supermodified one lap track record holder are entered for the TQ Midget events.

Thompson will be in the Simmons Racing No. 98T he has run throughout the Series while Payne will suit up in his own No. 45 that his son Anthony drove to his first victory in last year’s weekend finale in Albany, N.Y.

Two well-known N.Y. state Modified talents will be seeking their first ever TQ Midget Indoor Series victory. Asphalt Modified ace Patrick Emerling of Orchard Park will be driving the Baker No. 31, a car he made his debut in during the Atlantic City race weekend. Marc Johnson of Guilderland, the 2017 Albany-Saratoga Speedway DIRTcar Modified champion, will be driving a new car owned by Ken Sebring and built by Kluth Motorsports. This car was very fast in its debut in Atlantic City.

Four other highly regarded TQ chauffeurs Eddie Strada of Hamlin, PA, Anthony Sesely of Matawan, N.J., Matt Janisch of Nazareth, PA, and Tim Buckwalter of Royersford, PA are among the many pre-race favorites to win the inaugural races.

The headline three-quarter midgets annually competed inside the Niagara Falls Convention Center from 1984 through 2002 when the building was made into a casino. The Indoor Auto Racing Series made its debut in New York last year with an event held inside Albany’s Times Union Center.

More than 30 of the Slingshot and Champ Karts are expected to compete for starting spots and feature wins both days.

The New York State Fairgrounds Expo Center opened during the recent 2018 Labor Day Fair. The huge state of the art $33 million project was built without obstructing poles and state-of-the-art LED lighting.

Grandstand seating will be available on both the front and backstretch. From their seats, fans will able to be able to see the entire speedway plus the pit area which will be located on the far side of the building.

The Exposition Center has a different seating configuration than the Allentown and Atlantic City venues in that grandstand patrons enter at track level, then walk up to seating areas as they do at most outdoor speedways.

“Because of the way the Expo Center is configured, the best seats would appear to be higher up in the arena rather than on the front-row which is usually our premium seats,” Sammons explained. “There isn’t a bad seat in the house, but if I was picking one I’d sit from the middle to the top if I had a choice.”

Entries for all three divisions are limited, but a few slots remain in all three divisions.

Information including a direct link to E-Tix for advance tickets is available at www.indoorautoracingseries.com. At this location you’ll be able to pick your choice seat from three sections located on both the front and the backstretch. Tickets can also be purchased by calling E-Tixs directly at 1-800-514-3849. Tickets will also be available each day of the event starting at 10 am at the Expo Box Office, but prices increase by $5 each on the days of the event.

Event sponsorship packages to meet every budget are available by calling the series office at 609-888-3618 or by dropping Danny Sammons an email at danny@aarn.com

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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

MEDIA NOTE: Our thanks for your support of the A.C. Indoor racing events. Much appreciated. Ernie Saxton

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ANDY JANKOWIAK WINS NAPA KNOW HOW WEEKEND GAMBLER’S CLASSIC AT A.C. BOARDWALK HALL; DOUG STEARLY TAKES CHAMP KART WIN AND DANNY BUCCAFUSCA IS TOPS IN SLINGSHOTS

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ January 26, 2019 . . . Andy Jankowiak of Tonawanda, NY took the lead from fellow front row starter Anthony Sesely on lap six of Saturday night’s Gambler’s Classic Indoor Auto Racing Series Fueled By VP Race Fuels 40-lap Three Quarter Midget feature and held off successive challenges from Ryan Flores and Tim Buckwalter to win.

Buckwalter and Flores swapped second with Flores taking the runner-up spot from Flores for keeps nine laps from the finish. Flores held for third with Justin Bonsignore fourth and Erick Rudolph fifth.

Eddie Strada, early leader Sesely, Matt Janisch, Briggs Danner and Midwesterner Billy Wease completed the top ten.

Jankowiak earned $5,000 for the victory, then promptly donated half his winnings to Mike Tidaback and family. Tidaback suffered serious injuries in this race one year ago and was present at the track.

Doug Stearly raced to the 20-lap win in the Champ Kart co-feature with Cole Neibert, Todd Crenshaw, Mike Perry and Ryan Kendall rounding out the top five.

Danny Buccafusca raced his way to the 20-lap Slingshot victory which represented the tenth Indoor Auto Racing Series Fueled By VP Race Fuels win for car owner Randy Smith. Craig Whitmoyer, who had won an Indoor Series so on dirt in December in Trenton, NJ, was second in this one with Tyler Truex, Danny Spellmon and Nick Shaw completing the top five.

Saturday night TQ heat winners were Eddie Strada, Anthony Payne, Ryan Tidman, Anthony Payne, Shawn Nye and John Ivy. B Main winners were Tim Nye, Briggs Danner and Billy Wease. Anthony Sesely won the Dash that set the running order for the top eight in the Classic.

Champ Kart Saturday qualifier winners were Gabbie Olender and Dominic Roselli. Scott Adams and Brett Bieber won Slingshot B Mains.

The Indoor Auto Racing Series concludes its 2018-2019 season in Syracuse, NY at the New York State Expo Center. The inaugural event takes place over the weekend of March 8-9, 2019. Series champions will be crowned at the end of the weekend for TQ Midgets, Champ Karts and Slingshots.

TQ Midget Gambler’s Classic (40 Laps): 1. Andy Jankowiak, 2. Tim Buckwalter, 3. Ryan Flores, 4. Justin Bonsignore, 5. Erick Rudolph, 6. Eddie Strada, 7. Anthony Sesely, 8. Matt Janisch, 9. Briggs Danner, 10. Billy Wease, 11. Anthony Payne, 12. Matthew Roselli, 13. Timmy Catalano, 14. Earl Paules, 15. Randy Cabral, 16. Shawn Nye, 17. Andrew Molleur, 18. Jonathan Reid, 19. Kyle Lick, 20. Tim Nye, 21. Ryan Tidman, 22. John Ivy, 23. Tommy Catalano, 24. Marc Johnson, 25. Lou Cicconi, 26. Tyler Thompson.

Champ Kart Feature (20 Laps): 1. Doug Stearly, 2. Cole Neibert, 3. Todd Crenshaw, 4. Mike Perry, 5. Ryan Kendall, 6. Brandon Rusczek, 7. Dominic Roselli, 8.JJ Pacovich, 9. Jonathan Keister, 10. Joey Bruning, 11. Tyler Brown, 12. Cody Crenshaw, 13. Zachary Asklar, 14. Jake Nelke, 15. Frank Hodge, 16. Ryan Woolsley, 17. John Berger, 18. TJ Reed, 19. Gabbie Olender, 20. Eric Zeh, 21. DJ Doyle, 22. Dalton Rovira, 23. James Shutts, 24. Tyler Catalano.

Slingshot Feature (20 Laps): 1. Danny Buccafusca, 2. Craig Whitmoyer, 3. Tyler Truex, 4. Danny Spellmon, 5. Nick Shaw, 6. Seth Spayd, 7. Kurt Bettler, 8. Daniel Morgiewicz, 9. Alex Lizotte, 10. Austin Silfee, 11. Damon Paul, 12. Damon Paul, 13. Dakota Kessler, 14. Jared Silfee, 15. Neil Rutt III, 16. Scott Adams, 17. Chris Grbac, 18. Dylan Hoch, 19. Cody Kline, 20. Brett Bieber, 21. Alex Tardiff, 22. Cody Kohler, 23. Austin Bellemare, 24. Al Gerhart.

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

Event Promoter: Len Sammons @609.888.3618

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MATT JANISCH, RYAN FLORES, ANDY JANKOWIAK AND TOMMY CATALANO CLAIM THREE QUARTER MIDGET A-MAIN QUALIFIERS; FAST TIME RUDOLPH CRASHES; GAMBLER’S CLASSIC GOES SATURDAY NIGHT

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ January 25, 2019 . . . Four popular Three Quarter (TQ) Midget drivers, Matt Janisch, Nazareth, PA, Ryan Flores, Troutman, NC, Andy Jankowiak, Buffalo, NY and Tommy Catalano, Ontario, NY raced to victory Friday night in four 20-lap TQ qualifying races that helped determine the starting order for tonight’s Gamblers Classic, the headline race of NAPA KNOW HOW Weekend inside Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall.

The four winners each had their challenges before winning the Indoor Auto Racing Series Fueled By VP Race Fuels Friday races.

Janisch’s win in the first race came after he survived a tangle with leader Kyle Reinhardt. Joey Bailey ended up second.

“We didn’t run that well and have some speed to find,” Janisch said. “Being locked in for tomorrow is a great advantage.”

Flores emerged from a mid-race half-spin on a track slickened by leakage from a rival’s car that took out contender Jeremy Haudricourt, who, unlike Flores couldn’t save his car. Earl Paules finished second.

Flores alluded to the spin and win. “I got kind of lucky there, we’ll take it,” Flores said. “The track has been challenging, different. But it’s the same for everybody else.”

Jankowiak’s unusually conservative driving in the third heat resulted in victory when he flew by Kyle Lick and John Ivy for the win with Ivy holding for second.

“This is my first press conference, and it’s pretty cool,” Jankowiak said. “I kept changing setups in practice, and they were all good. I’m in a good place right now.”

Catalano and Briggs Danner ran bumper to bumper for half the race before getting together. Catalano half spun and kept going, Danner spun and brought out the yellow flag. Justin Bonsignore was the opportunist, finishing second.

“By not time trialing well we started up front in the heat and that proved to be a break for us,” Catalano said. “We were fighting the track and shot from the hip and it worked.”

A popular win kicked off the Friday night TQ Midget qualifying when Randy Cabral, driving the car formerly driven by victory in Boardwalk Hall by the late Ted Christopher, won the 15-lap Dr. Lowe Non-Qualifiers race.

The race, conceived by Dr. Lowe to reward drivers who had not qualified for either of the two Allentown Indoor races earlier this month, conveyed to Cabral a starting spot in the Gambler’s Classic Saturday.

In Slingshot heat race action, Dan Morgiewicz, Jr., Al Gerhart and Alex Tardiff won the three events. Tom Hennessey and Chris Predmore climbed out of their wrecked Slingshots, with assistance, after slamming into the fence.

Zachary Asklar, DJ Doyle and Tyler Brown won the three Champ Kart heat races.

In Friday afternoon qualifying, 61 TQ Midgets took time with Erick Rudolph setting quickest over Anthony Sesely. Rudolph was 52nd to take time, Sesely tenth to post, a testament to the well prepared and consistent racing surface. Andy Jankowiak, third fastest, was 34th in the time trial order while Justin Bonsignore, fourth on the clock, took to the track 13th in the running order.

Three TQ drivers spun during their laps on the clock, Brian Montieth, Chad Jones and Joey Jarowicz.

Forty-four Slingshot drivers took their shots at the clock and forty-two Champ Kart racers did the same.

Saturday, spectator gates to Boardwalk Hall open at 5:00 PM with Fanfest, a meet-and-greet session for premium ticket holders, on the track preceding the races.

Saturday racing begins at 7:00 PM with TQ Midget Champ Kart and Slingshot qualifying races leading up to a 20-lap Champ Kart main event and a Slingshot feature of the same distance.

The climactic race of the Indoor Auto Racing Series Fueled By VP Race Fuels NAPA KNOW HOW Weekend is the 17th running of the Gambler’s Classic over a 40-lap distance. Ryan Flores is the defending champion of the race.

Once the checkered flag falls to end the Gambler’s Classic, the Indoor Auto Racing Series moves to upstate New York over the weekend of March 8-9, 2019 for the first running of indoor racing inside the New York State Exposition Center in Syracuse, NY. TQ Midgets, Champ Karts and Slingshots will be featured and Indoor Auto Racing Series Fueled By VP Race Fuels champions will be crowned in all three classes.

First TQ Qualifier (20 Laps): 1. Matt Janisch, 2. Joey Bailey, 3. Tim Buckwalter 4. Jonathan Reid, 5. Patrick Emerling, 6. Andrew Molleur, 7. Bryan Narducci, 8. Brandon Zavarella, 9. Brian Montieth, 10. Kyle Reinhardt, 11. Dakota Kessler. 12. Matt Smith, 13. Brett Conkling, 14. Derek Robbie, 15. Justin Moensch, 16. Erick Rudolph.

Second TQ Qualifier (20 Laps): 1. Ryan Flores, 2. Earl Paules, 3. Timmy Catalano, 4. Louie Horvath, 5. Matthew Roselli, 6. Shawn Nye, 7. Jeremy Haudricourt, 8. Anthony Sesely, 9. Chris deRitis, 10. Jeff Kot 11. Lou Cicconi, 12. Bruce Leote, 13. Andrew Nye, 14. Randy Cabral, 15. Ryan Bartlett.

Third TQ Qualifier (20 Laps): 1. Andy Jankowiak, 2. John Ivy, 3. Anthony Payne, 4. Kyle Lick 5. Ryan Tidman, 6. Eddie Strada, 7. Steve Kemery, 8. Billy Wease, 9. Joey Payne, 10. Chad Jones, 11. Jack Conover, 12. Bobby Butler, 13. Matt Farnham, 14. Tim Solomito, 15. Marc Rogers.

Fourth TQ Qualifier (20 Laps): 1. Tommy Catalano, 2. Justin Bonsignore, 3. Tim Nye, 4. Marc Johnson, 5. Jesse Maurer, 6. Pat Bealer, 7. Joey Jarowicz, 8. Keith Rocco, 9. Joe Toth, 10. Ronnie Mullen, 11. Briggs Danner, 12. Kevin VanValkenburg, 13. Rob Schultz, 14. Tyler Thompson, 15. Cole Mullen.

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

Event Promoter: Len Sammons @609.888.3618

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ANDY JANKOWIAK TOPS THREE QUARTER (TQ) MIDGET TIME TRIAL CHARTS IN THREE THURSDAY PRACTICES, LOU CICCONI AND RYAN FLORES ALSO QUICK; JARED SILFEE OUTRUNS SLINGSHOTS, MIKE PERRY BEST IN CHAMP KART PRACTICE THURSDAY NIGHT IN AC BROADWALK HALL ACTION

RACING ACTION INDOORS BOARDWALK HALL FRIDAY AND SATURDAY NIGHTS

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ January 24, 2019 . . . Andy Jankowiak of North Tonawanda, NY showed himself as the man to beat this weekend in Boardwalk Hall as the upstate New Yorker drove a homebuilt Three Quarter (TQ) Midget to quickest time Thursday night in three of the five timed practice sessions. Jankowiak’s first session time of 7.964 was quickest overall among the 52 drivers who practiced. Lou Cicconi, Aston, PA and Ryan Flores, Troutman, NC were quickest in one session each.

Cicconi is a two time past winner of the Gambler’s Classic, and Flores is defending champion of the prestigious race that will be run Saturday night as the climactic event of NAPA KNOW HOW Weekend in Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall. Jankowiak is an Atlantic City TQ feature winner, in 2015, but that win was in a Friday preliminary night event.

Jared Silfee of Saylorsburg, PA ran a 10.149 lap to set the standard over the five Slingshot practices while Mike Perry of Dighton, MA’s 9.617 lap was quickest in the five Champ Kart practices.

One TQ driver who did not run any laps Thursday night was Scott Kreutter of Buffalo, NY, a perennial Gambler’s Classic contender and 2018 Indoor Auto Racing Series race winner in Allentown, PA. Kreutter’s wife gave birth to the couple’s first child, a boy, Wednesday. Kreutter will make the decision to race or not race Friday morning. If he stays home, the ride in the Trey Hoddick-owned TQ Midget will be taken by Matt Farnham, who practiced the car Thursday and was among the top ten fastest TQ drivers.

Tonight, Friday, the three classes after running time trials will compete in a series of heat races that will help determine the eligible drivers for Saturday night’s feature races. The TQs will first to go to post in a Non-Qualifiers race, followed by Slingshot and Champ Kart Qualifying heats.

The biggest races on Friday are the four 20-lap TQ Midget heat races, traditionally action-packed affairs. Often these races are predictors of the Saturday night main event, the TQ Midget Gambler’s Classic.

Doors open at 6:30 PM for Friday night’s racing.

On Saturday, following Slingshot and Champ Kart B Mains in the afternoon, doors open at 5:00 PM for the final qualifying races that will set the starting lineups for the three features. Champ Karts and Slingshots each run 20-lap features before the headline 17th running of the TQ Midget Gambler’s Classic. Cale Ross and Brett Bieber are defending Kart and Slingshot Boardwalk Hall race winners.

The Classic, run over 40 laps, was won last year by Ryan Flores. In the six runnings before Flores won last year, Erick Rudolph and Anthony Sesely each won the Big One three times.

Tickets for both Friday and Saturday night’s Indoor Auto Racing Series NAPA KNOW HOW Weekend are available from the Boardwalk Hall box office in Atlantic City.

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NAPA KNOW HOW ATLANTIC CITY INDOOR RACING IS THIS WEEKEND! ENTRIES CONTINUE TO COME IN. WHO IS THE FAVORITE TO WIN??

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ January 22, 2019 . . . TQ (Three Quarter) Midget drivers and teams are continuing to file entries for the 17th Annual NAPA KNOW HOW Atlantic City Indoor Race, set for this Friday and Saturday January 25 and 26 inside the famed Boardwalk Hall.

At stake is the biggest prize the Indoor Auto Racing Series Fueled By VP Race Fuels has to offer a victory in the prestigious Gambler’s Classic Saturday night.

Entries received just prior to deadline include those of Rob Schultz of Wayside, NJ, Bryan Narducci of Colchester, CT and Brian Montieth of Phoenixville, PA. With these late entries, the number has swelled to 60 drivers ready to compete for the Gambler’s Classic trophy.

Schultz races sparingly. He founded the company that makes the fueling systems NASCAR requires in each of its three national series. Formerly, he raced Modifieds at Wall Stadium. Narducci, a rising talent, finished a close second at Stafford Motor Speedway in the SK Lights championship and was impressive in his first Modified start. In the recent Daytona ARCA two day test, Narducci, who had never driven on a track larger than a 5/8ths mile speedway finished up 20th (of 43) on the speed charts. Montieth, a seven time and defending Lincoln Speedway 410 Sprint champion, is highly regarded as the hardest of hard chargers wherever and in whatever he races.

But who is the betting favorite to win the event?

In the 16 past runnings of the Gambler’s Classic, just nine drivers have stood tall in the winners’ circle. Ransomville, N.Y.’s Erick Rudolph (2017, 2015, 2012), and Matawan, N.J.’s Anthony Sesely (2016, 2014, 2013) each won the Classic three times. Joey Payne (2007, 2004) of Fairlawn, NJ, Lou Cicconi, Jr., (2010, 2006) of Aston, PA, and the late Ted Christopher (2011, 2009) of Planville, Conn. are two time Gambler’s Classic winners. Andy Mackereth, (2003) of Mississauga, ON, Jeff Heotzler (2005) of Wallkill, NY, Mike Tidaback (2008) of Brick, NJ, and defending winner Flores (2018) of Troutman, NC are one time victors.

Ryan Flores is the defending race winner, current series point’s leader and the most recent winner on the series after picking up the Saturday, January 5 victory at the PPL Center in Allentown, PA. All of those stats would make him a likely favorite to win, however winning back to back in Atlantic City, has only ever been done once by Anthony Sesely in 2013 and 2014. Making a repeat victory possible, but based on past results, not likely.

If recent history holds true, three time winner Erick Rudolph may be the one to prevent Flores from repeating. Rudolph will look to continue his trend of visiting victory lane every other year, winning the event most recently in 2015 and 2017. Will 2019 mark the third straight odd year for a Rudolph victory?

Sesely, who has returned to the seat of his Hyper 600 Micro Sprint, will look to win an unmatched fourth Gambler’s Classic. Other past winners, Lou Cicconi and Joey Payne, are entered in the event as teammates in identically prepared bright yellow and orange No. 75s owned by Cicconi. Both drivers will be looking to match Sesely and Rudolph with three victories.

How about a first time winner? 2018 Indoor Auto Racing Series Champion, Justin Bonsignore, Scott Kreutter and Matt Janisch would lead the list of contenders looking to break through and win their first Gambler’s Classic.

Bonsignore of Holtsville, NY, won the Indoor series opener in 2018 at the PPL Center in Allentown to kick off a remarkable season which ended with him being crowned the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion. Bonsignore has come close and is always a contender when the checkered flag falls in Atlantic City, will this year be the year his name is written on the big check?

Kreutter of Buffalo, N.Y., as of Monday evening, was planning on attending the race. Kreutter, an expectant father, has been encouraged by his wife to race after her most recent visit to her obstetrician. Kreutter, a past Indoor Auto Racing Series feature winner inside PPL Center in Allentown, PA, finished second to Flores in the most recent series event at that same location in early January.

Janisch, fresh off his first series victory on Friday night in Allentown, after many runner-up and podium finishes will be a contender to score his first Gambler’s Classic victory.

Other contenders would include Albany Indoor Race winners Andy Jankowiak and Anthony Payne. A Gambler’s Classic victory would be a dream come true for Jankowiak, who has won a Friday night preliminary event. Payne, who shocked the field with a last to first drive in Albany, would join his father Joey as an event winner.

One confirmed driver change has Midwesterner Billy Wease taking over the seat of the No. 711 TQ owned by Mike Iles.

Champ Karts and Slingshots will serve as the two support classes.

The Friday, Jan. 25 schedule calls for TQ Midgets to run in four 20-lap A-Main Qualifiers, with the winner of each event securing a spot in Saturday’s A-Main. Champ Kart and Slingshot qualifying is also on the Friday agenda. A special TQ Midget Non-Qualifiers race has been added to the Friday night schedule, open to 18 drivers who competed in and failed to qualify for both night’s features at the Allentown event held January 4 and 5. The winner of this event will guarantee themselves a spot in the Gambler’s classic.

The 40 lap Gambler’s Classic feature is the weekend highlight on Saturday and will conclude the NAPA Know How racing weekend. Preceding the event on Saturday will be a round of heat races, B-Mains and a dash for the TQ Midgets. Champ Karts and Slingshots return to run their feature races Saturday night as well.

Race fans who have purchased lower level reserved tickets in Boardwalk Hall will have the opportunity to visit the drivers and cars up close during in Saturday’s Fan Fest, which takes place immediately before the start of the night of competition with doors opening at 5pm.

Information, including ticket and hotel links, is available at indoorautoracing.com. Tickets are also available daily and the day of the events at the Boardwalk Hall box office. Other information is available by calling the series office during regular working hours at 609-888-3618.

Following Atlantic City, the series will conclude inside the all-new New York State Fairgrounds Exposition Center in Syracuse, NY on March 8-9. Those tickets will go on sale at 10 AM on Tuesday, January 29th.

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