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Mar
23

Seavey Dethrones Bell at I-44

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma - In what was a fairytale ending for Logan Seavey, the Californian was finally able to hold off Christopher Bell and end a streak that may very well go down in history unmatched. Bell looked to go 10 for 10 in Turnpike Challenge competition, but Seavey had other hopes and took his first career Turnpike Challenge victory with the POWRi Lucas Oil National & West Midget League.

Starting on the pole, Seavey led the field to green at I-44 Riverside Speedway, sharing the front row with eventual third place finisher, Hank Davis. While Bell started deep in the field in 14th, he immediately went to work and was up to fifth by mid-way. As Seavey meticulously worked the track and navigated traffic, Bell continued to push forward.
Earning every inch of real estate he took, Bell battled past Blake Hahn and with six to go and set his sights on Hank Davis for second. As the laps wound down, Bell worked past Davis and set Seavey in his crosshairs. With only a handful of laps remaining, it was up to both drivers to minimize any mistakes in hopes of capturing victory. Coming to the white flag, it looked like Bell might have a shot, but Seavey proved to be too strong.

In as many as the previous two seasons, Seavey has tried to dethrone Bell, most recently in 2018's Turnpike Challenge in which Seavey took runner up both nights. In 2019, at least one night will go home with a driver besides Bell. Hank Davis finished in third after starting outside the front row, while Blake Hahn advanced to fourth. Zeb Wise completed the top five.

"I'm glad he was able to get up there and at least race me, even if it was only for a lap," stated Logan Seavey. "It wouldn't have felt as good if he didn't get second and at least give me a shot for the lead. It's cool to know we beat him straight up. We tried for so long. I have to thank the Chris Bell fan on the backstretch because the harder he cheered, I knew he was getting close and I knew I had to hit my marks on the bottom. It's just so tough to beat this guy and hopefully we can get it done again tomorrow."

"I'm glad we were able to put on a show for the fans," said Christopher Bell. "Obviously I'm disappointed to break the streak, but you can't win them all and to run second to my teammate who has been pushing me around for a couple of these races is good. The racetrack was really hard, very technical and fun to race. Ultimately, just stated too far back."

"It's pretty unreal," commented Hank Davis. "Yes, we got beat, but those are probably the best two to get beat by. I couldn't be more happy, honestly. We've been struggling with motor and brakes this weekend and just kind of tough to get going. If we could get a good restart, we might have been able to hang, but we just got our doors blown off."

Midgets
Racing Electronics Heat Race Winners:
Heat 1: 91T - TYLER THOMAS,
Heat 2: 44S - ANDREW FELKER,
Heat 3: F5 - TYE MINOCKO,
Heat 4: 17E - BLAKE EDWARDS,
Heat 5: 44 - WESLEY SMITH,
Heat 6: 25 - JERRY COONS JR,
Heat 7: 52 - BLAKE HAHN

Speed Sport C-Main Winner: 84M - ALEX DECAMP

Bell Qualifier Winners: 69K - HOLLEY HOLLAN, 67 - LOGAN SEAVEY, 95 - CHRIS ANDREWS, 32 - TREY MARCHAM

Toyota Semi Feature Winner: 9 - DAISON PURSLEY, 71K - TANNER CARRICK

Mesilla Valley Transportation Feature Winner: 67 - LOGAN SEAVEY

POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League Feature Results (30 laps): 1. 67 - LOGAN SEAVEY 2. 21 - CHRISTOPHER BELL 3. 42 - HANK DAVIS 4. 52 - BLAKE HAHN 5. 39BC - ZEB WISE 6. 95 - CHRIS ANDREWS 7. 25 - JERRY COONS JR 8. 71 - JESSE COLWELL 9. 21H - BRADY BACON 10. 32 - TREY MARCHAM 11. 71K - TANNER CARRICK 12. 28 - ACE MCARTHY 13. 9 - DAISON PURSLEY 14. 44 - WESLEY SMITH 15. 56 - ALEX BRIGHT 16. 44S - ANDREW FELKER 17. 91T - TYLER THOMAS 18. 27 - TUCKER KLAASMEYER 19. 21KS -KARTER SARFF 20. 5D - ZACH DAUM 21. 69K - HOLLEY HOLLAN 22. 11B - KAYLEE BRYSON 23. 08 - CANNON MCINTOSH

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Winner Christopher Bell (Jessica Edmiston Photography Photo)



Sapulpa, Oklahoma - Heading into the Sixth Annual Turnpike Challenge featuring POWRi Lucas Oil National and West Midget League competition, Christopher Bell would have been a safe bet for the victor heading into tonight's race at Creek County Speedway. And that safe money bet would have paid off; Christopher Bell is now nine for nine in Turnpike Competition.

While the opening night of four straight nights of racing presented a challenge, as this was the inaugural visit of the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League to Creek County Speedway, Bell proved he is always up for a challenge as he took a dominating heat race win. Ever determined, Bell set his sights on the ultimate prize, another Turnpike Challenge victory.

Starting inside row two, Bell immediately jumped to second and set his sights on race leader and pole sitter, Tanner Carrick. As the duo approached traffic, Bell showed his hand and tossed a slider at Carrick, but Carrick returned. Another circuit later and heading into turn one, both Carrick and Bell went for the same real estate on the bottom and their Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports entries collided, sending Carrick to an abrupt stop.

With Bell inheriting the lead, the race was his to lose. Enduring several yellows and one red flag, Bell held off a determined Zeb Wise and later fended off a late race charge by Logan Seavey. As the laps wound down, Seavey's determination to get past Bell got the best of him, allowing Wise to regain control of the second position. Seavey took third with Tyler Thomas in fourth. Defending POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League champion Tucker Klaasmeyer rounded out the top five after charging to the front from deep in the field starting in the 23rd position.

"That was a lot of fun," said Christopher Bell. "I felt really bad about me and Carrick getting together getting into turn one. I had no idea he was to the inside of me there, just racing with lap traffic. This track was tough. The ledge got built up really tall so it was very difficult to go up there and run consistent laps. I've just got to say thanks to Keith, Pete, Big Al, Chuckie, and everyone that works on these things. They do a really great job. Obviously, we have really fast racecars to drive, so that makes my job easier."

"I knew Chris was going to be the star of the show and that's who we have to beat," Zeb Wise commented. "Near mid race we were kind of hanging with him and then Seavey got by me. We were able to get Seavey picked back off there at the end but just not enough laps. These Clauson Marshall guys had the Drive2Save Lives Sun Dollar 39BC hooked up tonight. They worked their butt off for me and to stand up here on the podium is pretty special."

"I'm just disappointed," stated Logan Seavey. "I had such a good racecar. I drove up to second and then I just didn't run very good laps. I had a good run on him one time and should have thrown a slider, but didn't. I just kept missing the bottom in one and two and then that was about it for me. These guys brought me such a good racecar and it fires me up since it seems like I'm always racing Christopher for the win in these and we have three more nights to give it a go."

Midgets Racing Electronics Heat Race Winners:
Heat 1: 71K - TANNER CARRICK,
Heat 2: 21 - CHRISTOPHER BELL,
Heat 3: 67 - LOGAN SEAVEY,
Heat 4: 8J - JONATHAN BEASON,
Heat 5: 21KS - KARTER SARFF,
Heat 6: 8 - ALEX SEWELL,
Heat 7: 47BC - ANDREW LAYSER

Speed Sport C-Main Winner: 17Z - ZAC MOODY

Bell Qualifier Winners: 32 - TREY MARCHAM, 71K - TANNER CARRICK, 08 - CANNON MCINTOSH, 28 - ACE MCCARTHY

Toyota Semi Feature Winners: 67K - HOLLEY HOLLAN, 21KS - KARTER SARFF

Mesilla Valley Transportation Feature Winner: 21 - CHRISTOPHER BELL

POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League Feature Results (30 laps): 1. 21 - CHRISTOPHER BELL 2. 39BC - ZEB WISE 3. 67 - LOGAN SEAVEY 4. 91T - TYLER THOMAS 5. 27 - TUCKER KLAASMEYER 6. 3N - JAKE NEUMAN 7. 18 - TONY BRUCE JR 8. 25 - JERRY COONS JR 9. 21KS - KARTER SARFF 10. 47BC - ANDREW LAYSER 11. 71K - TANNER CARRICK 12. 21H - BRADY BACON 13. 5D - ZACH DAUM 14. 52 - BLAKE HAHN 15. 08 - CANNON MCINTOSH 16. 44S - ANDREW FELKER 17. 67K - HOLLEY HOLLAN 18. 8J - JONATHAN BEASON 19. 28 - ACE MCCARTHY 20. 15 - COLE BODINE 21. 42 - HANK DAVIS 22. 32 - TREY MARCHAM 23. 91 - KEVIN BAYER 24. 44 - WESLEY SMITH

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Mar
10

Racing In Syracuse

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Contact: Richie Murray - USAC Media / richie@usacracing.com

Cannon McIntosh picked up his first career USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget win Saturday night in the 'Shamrock Classic' at the Southern Illinois Center. (Neil Cavanah Photo)



McINTOSH MASTERS MINI MAGIC MILE FOR FIRST USAC WIN

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Du Quoin, Illinois (March 9, 2019).........Cannon McIntosh's grace under fire was demonstrated literally and figuratively in a multitude of manners Saturday night in the fourth annual "Shamrock Classic" at the Southern Illinois Center.

A fuel leak during hot laps ignited the Bixby, Oklahoma driver's ride, giving the 16-year-old driver a scare he won't soon forget and forcing him to borrow crew member Grady Chandler's firesuit for the remainder of the night as a replacement.

"I got blisters on my ankle right now," McIntosh pointed out. "That was definitely the scariest moment of my life. I had flames up to my eyes and couldn't grab my belt. I was starting to freak out a little bit. There's a great crew around here to put the fire out. God was on my side there."

In turn, the flames lit a fuse under the young driver, and after relinquishing the lead to the defending series champ and reigning race winner, he refused to cave-in to the pressure, snookering Logan Seavey on a lap 30 restart and completed the remaining 21 laps at the point to win his first career USAC feature in just his second series' start.

By accumulating the most passing points throughout the evening, McIntosh earned the pole for the 50-lap feature. However, an opportunity arose that, for some, may have seemed too enticing to turn a blind eye to with a $50,000 bonus awaiting him if he could start from the tail and win the feature.

Yet, McIntosh turned down the opportunity, basically intimating that while the money is nice, he came here to win.

"Fifty-grand would be awesome," McIntosh admitted. "It would've been great to win all that money, but to me, winning that race was the money."

Instead, McIntosh took the pole and, from lap one, showed he wasn't gun shy next to outside front row starter Seavey, instantly rocketing out to a half-straightaway advantage in the opening laps as he quickly closed in on the tail end of the field.

With the bottom occupied, McIntosh had to figure whether to stay in line and try to sneak by on the bottom or snake around the outside to build his lead as Seavey made his blitzkrieg to the front, first around Andrew Layser on the 14th lap before clamping down on McIntosh.

On lap 20, Seavey was right on the cusp, delivering what seemed to be the knockout blow, as he drove around the outside of McIntosh in turn two and beat McIntosh to the position on the back straight before securing the lead exiting the fourth turn.

A turn four tangle on lap 29 sent Matt Veatch on his lid. He would restart. But this set up a lap 30 restart with Seavey and McIntosh running one-two. McIntosh wasn't exactly sure what he had left in the tank, but there was a lot on his mind.

"When (Seavey) got around me, he got me pretty good," McIntosh recalled. "I didn't know if we'd have anything left for him. I didn't know if the car was going away or what was going on. But the caution came out and just going through my mind was all kinds of things. My crew guy on the fence didn't know whether to tell me top or bottom. He's saying top and bottom. We went green and I went to the bottom and it worked. Once we took the lead and it was all good from there."

After multiple cautions with less than 20 laps remaining, the question remained whether Seavey would have something up his sleeve on the restarts in the same manner McIntosh did just moments before. McIntosh wasn't fazed in any aspect, motoring away to solidify his position at the top of the leaderboard.

Zeb Wise made a late-race run, sliding Seavey for second on the 36th lap, then began to make his run at McIntosh, reeling him in in a hurry. But the savvy McIntosh altered his path, moving to the high line in turns one and two while remaining on the inside berm in three and four.

"The bottom was pretty good most of the race," McIntosh explained. "Toward the end, especially one and two, it felt real sandy. I'm like 'it's going away.' Then one corner, going into one and two, I heard somebody on my outside and I knew I had to jump up. We were pretty good in three and four on the bottom, so I stayed on the bottom down there, but went to the top in one and two. We were pretty steady, so I figured we were good from there."

And that he definitely was, mastering one more restart with nine laps remaining to pull away for a 1.645-second victory over Chad Boat, Wise, Zach Daum and Justin Grant. In doing so, McIntosh became the fourth driver in the four-year history of the "Shamrock Classic" to win his first career USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship feature in the event following Shane Golobic (2016), Justin Grant (2017) and Logan Seavey (2018).

Contingency award winners Saturday night at the Southern Illinois Center were Dave Darland (Simpson Race Products First Qualifier Winner), Colten Cottle (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Qualifier Winner), Zach Daum (Auto Meter Third Qualifier Winner), Jesse Colwell (Indy Race Parts Fourth Qualifier Winner), Tanner Carrick (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher), Zane Hendricks (Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfers), Jake Neuman (Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfers), Chad Boat (Ricky Stenhouse, Jr./KSE Racing Products Hard Charger) and Karsyn Elledge (JetCo Best Appearing Car).

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: March 9, 2019 - Southern Illinois Center - Du Quoin, Illinois - 4th Annual "Shamrock Classic"

FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-40 in passing points after the heats transfer to qualifiers) 1. Daniel Robinson (#11 Harris), 2. Zeb Wise (#39BC Clauson/Marshall), 3. Cannon McIntosh (#08 Dave Mac), 4. Kaylee Bryson (#11B Dave Mac), 5. Tyler Robbins (#35T Robbins), 6. Howard Moore (#41 Chappue), 7. Nick Drake (#55D Cline), 8. Garet Williamson (#19 Mounce). NT

SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-40 in passing points after the heats transfer to qualifiers) 1. Jesse Colwell (#71 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 2. Braydon Cromwell (#9 Mounce), 3. Logan Seavey (#67 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 4. Karsyn Elledge (#1 Tucker/Boat), 5. Cody Beard (#7 Beard), 6. Ethan Mitchell (#19m Bundy Built), 7. Thomas Meseraull (#7R RMS), 8. C.J. Leary (#76m FMR). NT

THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-40 in passing points after the heats transfer to qualifiers) 1. Tucker Klaasmeyer (#27 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 2. Holley Hollan (#67K Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 3. Justin Grant (#4A RAMS), 4. Joe Wirth (#77w Wirth), 5. Kendall Ruble (#11m Martin), 6. Derek Hagar (#9JR Hagar/Proctor), 7. Gage Rucker (#45L Amati), 8. Billy Wease (#12w Wease). NT

FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-40 in passing points after the heats transfer to qualifiers) 1. Tyler Courtney (#7BC Clauson/Marshall), 2. Matt Veatch (#57D McCreery), 3. Tony DiMattia (#50 DiMattia), 4. Tyler Nelson (#88 Nelson), 5. Colten Cottle (#56AP Young), 6. Chris Andrews (#95 Miller), 7. James Picardi (#127 Picardi). NT

FIFTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-40 in passing points after the heats transfer to qualifiers) 1. Tyler Thomas (#91T Thomas), 2. Jake Neuman (#3N Neuman), 3. Justin Peck (#17 Bus), 4. Zane Hendricks (#27z Hendricks), 5. Brady Bacon (#21H TKH), 6. Shane Morgan (#15m Morgan), 7. Michael Pickens (#1NZ RMS). NT

SIXTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-40 in passing points after the heats transfer to qualifiers) 1. Tanner Carrick (#71K Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 2. Andrew Layser (#47BC Clauson/Marshall), 3. Dave Darland (#36 RMS), 4. Zach Daum (#5D Daum), 5. Sterling Cling (#35 Petry), 6. Adam Taylor (#7T Taylor), 7. Thomas Chandler (#1T Roney). NT

SEVENTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-40 in passing points after the heats transfer to qualifiers) 1. Chad Boat (#84 Tucker/Boat), 2. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (#5 Petry), 3. Cole Bodine (#15 Petry), 4. Chris Windom (#17BC Clauson/Marshall), 5. Tim Crawley (#4J Crawley), 6. Kyle O'Gara (#67F SFH), 7. Jerry Coons, Jr. (#25 Petry). NT

C-MAIN: (10 laps, top-4 finishers transfer to qualifiers) 1. Pickens, 2. Andrews, 3. Meseraull, 4. Taylor, 5. Wease, 6. Williamson, 7. Rucker, 8. Cromwell, 9. Picardi, 10. Elledge. NT

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST QUALIFIER: (12 laps, top-12 overall in passing points after qualifiers transfer to the feature) 1. Darland, 2. Seavey, 3. Carrick, 4. Veatch, 5. Hendricks, 6. Hagar, 7. Mitchell, 8. Beard, 9. Courtney, 10. Bryson. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND QUALIFIER: (12 laps, top-12 overall in passing points after qualifiers transfer to the feature) 1. Cottle, 2. Hollan, 3. Layser, 4. Boat, 5. Klaasmeyer, 6. Windom, 7. Leary, 8. Morgan, 9. Nelson, 10. Wirth. NT

AUTO METER THIRD QUALIFIER: (12 laps, top-12 overall in passing points after qualifiers transfer to the feature) 1. Daum, 2. McIntosh, 3. DiMattia, 4. Wise, 5. Neuman, 6. O'Gara, 7. Drake, 8. Ruble, 9. Crawley, 10. Peck. NT

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH QUALIFIER: (12 laps, top-12 overall in passing points after qualifiers transfer to the feature) 1. Colwell, 2. K. Thomas, 3. Robinson, 4. Bacon, 5. Grant, 6. Moore, 7. Cling, 8. Bodine, 9. T. Thomas, 10. Robbins. NT

FIRST SEMI: (15 laps, top-4 finishers transfer to the feature) 1. Darland, 2. Carrick, 3. Bacon, 4. Windom, 5. Hendricks, 6. Leary, 7. Drake, 8. Peck, 9. DiMattia, 10. Bodine, 11. Wirth, 12. Ruble, 13. Hagar, 14. Meseraull, 15. Pickens. NT

SECOND SEMI: (15 laps, top-4 finishers transfer to the feature) 1. Grant, 2. Boat, 3. O'Gara, 4. T. Thomas, 5. Neuman, 6. Moore, 7. Cling, 8. Andrews, 9. Nelson, 10. Beard, 11. Bryson, 12. Morgan, 13. Courtney, 14. Taylor, 15. Mitchell, 16. Robbins. NT

FEATURE: (50 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Cannon McIntosh (1), 2. Chad Boat (15), 3. Zeb Wise (4), 4. Zach Daum (6), 5. Justin Grant (13), 6. Logan Seavey (2), 7. Tyler Courtney (21), 8. Andrew Layser (3), 9. Chris Windom (18), 10. Tucker Klaasmeyer (11), 11. Holley Hollan (8), 12. Jesse Colwell (7), 13. Tanner Carrick (14), 14. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (9), 15. Dave Darland (12), 16. Matt Veatch (10), 17. Kyle O'Gara (17), 18. Brady Bacon (16), 19. Colten Cottle (22), 20. Tyler Thomas (19), 21. Daniel Robinson (5). NT
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**Taylor flipped at the start of the sixth heat. Coons flipped in heat 7. Elledge flipped during the semi. Peck flipped during the third qualifier. Veatch flipped on lap 29 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-19 McIntosh, Laps 20-29 Seavey, Laps 30-50 McIntosh.

RICKY STENHOUSE, JR./KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Chad Boat (15th to 2nd)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Tanner Carrick

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS FIRST NON-TRANSFERS: Zane Hendricks & Jake Neuman

NEW USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Courtney-216, 2-K. Thomas-207, 3-Leary-188, 4-Boat-184, 5-Klaasmeyer-175, 6-Windom-171, 7-Carrick-162, 8-Thorson-111, 9-Seavey-150, 10-Colwell-146.

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: April 5-6, 2019 - Kokomo Speedway - Kokomo, Indiana - "Kokomo Grand Prix"

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

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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.

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