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GRANT GETS USAC NATIONAL MIDGET WIN #1 AT SHAMROCK CLASSIC

Du Quoin, Illinois.........Thus far, USAC's 2017 season has already become the year of Justin Grant.

The record books were rewritten in Saturday night's "Shamrock Classic" USAC Midget National Championship season-opener at the Southern Illinois Center as Grant became the first driver in the 62-year history of the organization to record season-opening feature victories in both the National Sprint and National Midget divisions in a single year.

Now, the Ione, California driver finds himself in an envious early-season position: sitting atop the standings in both the USAC National Sprint and National Midget series. It's a remarkable accomplishment for Grant, a driver who readily admits that his racing career was floundering less than a year ago.

"Last summer, I was sitting on the couch," Grant recalls. "I wasn't doing much racing. I couldn't beg my way into a racecar. From then 'til now, it's just incredible. I keep thinking I'm going to wake up from a dream and it's not going to be real."

The dream is now reality for the 26-year-old Grant as he gladly accepted a fortuitous bout of Irish luck with 17 laps remaining when Christopher Bell saw his chance of winning fade into the haze as the lapped cars of Korey Weyant and Chris Andrews tangled in front of him on the high side of turn four. Bell became trapped in a box with the two stalled cars and the outside retaining wall surrounding him as he looked for an escape.

Just moments before, second-running Grant had decided to take his shot at Bell and the race lead. Just seconds later, the move proved to be a wise one as he avoided the mayhem and came away with the lead on the ensuing restart.

"It was just kind of a chance deal," Grant believes. "I'd been kind of shadowing him, waiting and waiting for lapped traffic to try and take a shot at him. I thought the top was slowing down enough that I could maybe make a move on the bottom if he caught some lapped traffic on the top. As soon as we caught that pack of cars on the top, I dove to the bottom in turn three to try and take a shot and capitalize. It just happened to work out for me with those guys crashing right in front of him. I don't know why I picked that lap to do it or why it worked out that way, but I'll take it."

On the lap 34 restart, a new, but familiar member joined the fray at the front of the field in the name of defending "Shamrock Classic" winner Shane Golobic.

Golobic, originally beginning the 50-lap feature from the 14th spot, busted his way from fifth to second in quick fashion when action resumed. Soon enough, Golobic was right on the tail of Grant for the lead with 12 laps to go until clipping the berm on the inside of turn two. That dropped Golobic back a bit as Grant began to create a bit of separation between he and his CMR teammate.

In the final five circuits, Golobic had reeled Grant in as the two weaved their way through the tail-end of the field. The two dipped and dove between the lapped cars of Weyant and Daniel Adler as the pair threaded through the eye of a needle in a game of racing limbo to see who could be the first to get the lowest on the racing surface.

"I caught sight of Shane (Golobic) off the middle of (turns) three and four. I kind of got a run back around him off the cushion of (turn) four. I knew he started real deep and if he'd come from that far back on the bottom, I knew I needed to get back to the bottom in a hurry. I had just enough to get back by him off (turn) four and shut him down on the bottom getting into (turn) one. From there on out, it's about not missing the bottom and not getting caught up on the berm. Once it started laying rubber, I knew if I didn't get out of the rubber, he wasn't going to be able to get by me. Catching lapped cars and rubber is highly frustrating. You can't get out of it to get around him and they're not going to get out of it. You just have to settle in, follow, stay in it and hope you're not a sitting duck."

Grant never flinched an inch as Golobic swarmed Grant's tail tank coming to the checkered flag to no avail, providing Grant his first career USAC National Midget victory in his Clauson-Marshall Racing/Driven 2 Save Lives - Priority Aviation/Spike/Stanton SR-11 over Golobic, Jerry Coons, Jr., Brady Bacon and Brent Beauchamp.

The spirit of Bryan Clauson was prominent throughout the event, which was promoted by Bryan's fiancée Lauren Stewart. The winner's share of the purse was $3900 in honor of Bryan who drove the No. 39 to consecutive USAC National Midget titles in 2010 and 2011. Grant's drive was reminiscent of Bryan's magnificence throughout the years as he piloted Bryan's father's, Tim Clauson's, car to victory lane Saturday night.

The combination of the Southern Illinois Center, plus Tim Clauson and Tyler Ransbottom on the wrenches has proven to be an unstoppable equation since the first USAC-sanctioned midget race at the one-sixth-mile indoor oval in December of 2015. Since then, the pairing has earned four-straight victories with four different drivers: Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., Shane Golobic, Tyler Courtney and, the latest, Justin Grant.

"They're racecars are fast," Grant exclaimed. "They were fast at the Chili Bowl. They're fast here. They've clearly got this place figured out. I've been racing a long time now and I've never been this quick. It's obviously the car I'm sitting in. Tim and Tyler do such a good job. They're so good at what they do and it's such a pleasure to drive for them."

Shane Golobic has yet to finish outside the top-two in his three Southern Illinois appearances since his inaugural "Shamrock Classic" victory in March of 2016. On Saturday night, he collected a close second behind his teammate in his Clauson-Marshall/Matt Wood Racing/Elk Grove Ford - Driven 2 Save Lives/Spike/Stanton SR-11.

"I don't know if it's me who's got this place figured out or if it's the team. I'm thinking it's the team," a humble Golobic said. "The team's won the last four here and I've finished second the last two times and won the time before that. This team's obviously got this place figured out and it's made it very easy for me to get the track figured out. I think if we could've gotten a little further up on Justin before he changed lanes, it might've been a different story. He switched lanes at just the right time just like the veteran that he is. If I'm going to be beaten by anybody, I'm glad it's by a teammate."

"I kind of had the bottom figured out," Golobic continued. "I was catching a little bit of rubber on the bottom. As I was reeling Justin (Grant) in, I really just needed to get to the point where I could get wheel-to-wheel with him. I just couldn't quite get there. If he wasn't my teammate, I might have had a little different mindset getting into (turn) three when he shut the door down there. I might've shoved the car in there a little bit harder, but I lifted and hoped to get another opportunity in traffic. That opportunity never showed up; Justin never made a mistake."

Jerry Coons, Jr. equaled his best finish of a year ago at the Belleville (Kans.) High Banks with a third-place run Saturday night in his Petry-Goff Motorsports/Petry Excavating - Gray Auto/Spike/Stanton Toyota.

"I started off the race a little too tight on the right rear," Coons explained. "It kind of came to us and got better midway through the race. I thought we were pretty good until the early yellow came out and we got smoked on the bottom. I went down there, it was a little free and I made a bunch of adjustments on the shocks. Then, the rubber really started laying down and I got too tight. I was going back on the shock adjustment. The car was really good all throughout the night. Hopefully, we can go on to the next one and keep piling up top-threes.

Contingency award winners include Brent Beauchamp (Simpson Race Products First Qualifier Winner), Billy Wease (CSI Second Heat Winner), Justin Grant (Chalk Stix Third Heat Winner), Christopher Bell (Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner), Shane Golobic (KSE Racing Products/Elliott's Custom Trailers Winner) and Gage Walker (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher Winner).

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USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: March 18, 2017 - Du Quoin, Illinois - Southern Illinois Center - "Shamrock Classic"

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Tyler Thomas (#91T Thomas), 2. Daniel Robinson (#57D McCreery), 3. Christopher Bell (#21 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 4. Andy Malpocker (#22 Malpocker), 5. Mark Chisholm (#56x Fifty6x), 6. Tim Siner (#15 Siner-Cyliax), 7. Shane Golobic (#17w Clauson-Marshall-Wood), 8. Tyler Courtney (#7BC Clauson-Marshall), 9. Robert Bell (#71-1/2 Bell). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Justin Grant (#39BC Clauson-Marshall), 2. Josh Most (#92M Most), 3. Justin Peck (#7k Irwin), 4. Tyler Nelson (#91 Harris), 5. Chad Boat (#84 Tucker-Boat), 6. Ryan Robinson (#71 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 7. Shane Morgan (#15M Morgan), 8. Kyle Cummins (#5 Briscoe), 9. David Budres (#31 Manic). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Colten Cottle (#5c Cottle), 2. Jake Neuman (#3N Neuman), 3. Tanner Thorson (#67 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 4. Gage Walker (#7 Walker), 5. Derek Hagar (#9jr Hagar-Proctor), 6. Holly Shelton (#67k Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 7. Isaac Chapple (#52 Chapple), 8. Kellen Conover (#2 Baue). NT

FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Jerry Coons Jr. (#25 Petry-Goff), 2. Brent Beauchamp (#11B B & B), 3. Jeff Zelinski (#68 SFH), 4. Tony DiMattia (#50 DiMattia), 5. Kory Schudy (#28 Sawyer), 6. Tanner Carrick (#71k (Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 7. Cole Fehr (#15F Live Loud). NT

FIFTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Matt Veatch (#56v Fifty6x), 2. Brady Bacon (#76m FMR), 3. Joe B. Miller (#51B Grogan), 4. Daniel Adler (#50A Adler), 5. Chris Andrews (#91A Thomas), 6. Mitchell Davis (#15s Morgan), 7. Chris Urish (#77u Pollock), 8. Kyle Schuett (#9k Schuett). NT

SIXTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Tony Roney (#1T Roney), 2. Billy Wease (#12w Wease), 3. Korey Weyant (#9 Allen), 4. Terry Babb (#88 Babb), 5. Spencer Bayston (#97 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 6. Chris Baue (#35 Baue), 7. Brayton Lynch (#1k Kunz), 8. Alex Bright (#77 Bright). NT

ALSO AT THE TRACK: Dave Darland (#11 Gray).

LAST CHANCE QUALIFIER: (10 laps) 1. Courtney, 2. Bright, 3. Schuett, 4. Cummins. 5. Budres, 6. Fehr, 7. Bell, 8. Chapple. NT

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST QUALIFIER: (12 laps) 1. Beauchamp, 2. Coons, 3. Most, 4. Malpocker, 5. Andrews, 6. Bacon, 7. R.Robinson, 8. Davis, 9. Zelinski, 10. Baue. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND QUALIFIER: (12 laps) 1. Wease, 2. Miller, 3. Thorson, 4. DiMattia, 5. Neuman, 6. Bayston, 7. Nelson, 8. Morgan, 9. Veatch, 10. Lynch. NT

CHALK STIX THIRD QUALIFIER: (12 laps) 1. Grant, 2. Weyant, 3. Roney, 4. Adler, 5. Peck, 6. Shelton, 7. Urish, 8. Chisholm, 9. Babb, 10. Siner. NT

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH QUALIFIER: (12 laps) 1. Bell, 2. Walker, 3. Golobic, 4. Cottle, 5. Boat, 6. Schudy, 7. Thomas, 8. Carrick, 9. D,Robinson, 10. Hagar. NT

B-MAIN #1: (15 laps) 1. Bacon, 2. Adler, 3. Andrews, 4. Chisholm, 5. Malpocker, 6. Boat, 7. Hagar, 8. Schuett, 9. Lynch, 10. Courtney, 11. Veatch, 12. Zelinski, 13. Davis, 14. Thomas, 15. Schudy, 16. Nelson. NT

B-MAIN #2: (15 laps) 1. Golobic, 2. Miller, 3. Bayston, 4. Peck, 5. Siner, 6. R.Robinson, 7. Babb, 8. Bright, 9. Morgan, 10. Cummins, 11. Urish, 12. DiMattia, 13. Carrick, 14. Shelton, 15. D.Robinson, 16. Baue. NT

FEATURE: (50 laps) 1. Justin Grant, 2. Shane Golobic, 3. Jerry Coons Jr., 4. Brady Bacon, 5. Brent Beauchamp, 6. Tony Roney, 7. Josh Most, 8. Jake Neuman, 9. Billy Wease, 10. Christopher Bell, 11. Colten Cottle, 12. Spencer Bayston, 13. Gage Walker, 14. Tanner Carrick, 15. Daniel Adler, 16. Korey Weyant, 17. Chad Boat, 18. Chris Andrews, 19. Mark Chisholm, 20. Justin Peck, 21. Tanner Thorson, 22. Joe B. Miller. NT
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**Conover flipped during the third heat. Fehr flipped during the fourth heat.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Grant, Laps 2-33 Bell, Laps 34-50 Grant.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS/ELLIOTT'S TRAILERS HARD CHARGER: Shane Golobic (14th-2nd)

NEW USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES POINTS: 1-Grant-70, 2-Golobic-67, 3-Coons-64, 4-Bacon-61, 5-Bayston-39, 6-Walker-37, 7-Carrick-35, 8-Boat-29, 9-Thorson-23, 10-Darland-10.

NEXT USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: April 7-8 - Kokomo (IN) Speedway - "Kokomo Grand Prix"

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ERICK RUDOLPH WINS THIRD GAMBLER’S CLASSIC THREE QUARTER (TQ) MIDGET IN ATLANTIC CITY’S BOARDWALK HALL, RYAN FLORES IS INDOOR AUTO RACING SERIES CHAMPION; CALE ROSS WINS RACE AND TITLE IN CHAMP KARTS, SLINGSHOT WIN TO GARY HIEBER AND TITLE TO DANNY BUCCAFUSCA

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ January 29, 2017 . . . Erick Rudolph of Ransomville, N.Y., staved off a furious last lap challenge off the final turn by Zane Zeiner of Bath, Pa., and won the NAPA Know How Racing Weekend Three Quarter (TQ) Midget Gambler's Classic 40-lap feature by a razor thin margin inside historic Boardwalk Hall on Saturday night.

“I wasn't sure about it, to be honest,” said Rudolph of the outcome. “I knew it was very close.

The actual margin of victory, .012 seconds, was the closest margin for a race winner in the history of the Indoor Auto Racing Series.

“He (Rudolph) made one little mistake there at the end and I was right there,” Zeiner said. “Someday soon, I am going to win one of these things.”

Matt Janisch was a close third, Jimmy Blewett fourth and Mike Lichty, who was making his first Indoor Auto Racing Series start of the season, completed the top spots.

Scott Kreutter, Jon Reid, Andrew Nye, Brandon Azzalina and Ryan Flores completed the top ten.

The tenth place result was enough for Flores to win his first Indoor Auto Racing Series points championship.

“The point title is what we worked hard for all year,” Flores said. “I would like to have done better in this race but winning the title was the goal and we achieved it.”

Gary Hieber started up front and finished there to win the 25-lap Slingshot feature. Hieber outran Danny Buccafusca for the race win but in finishing second, Buccafusca won the Slingshot Indoor Auto Racing Series points championship. Seth Spayd, Cody Kline and Kyle Herve completed the top five. Kurt Bettler entered the weekend as a contender for the Slingshot title but spun out late in the race and finished 19th.

Cale Ross backed up his Indoor Auto Racing Series Champ Kart race win at Trenton in December with a win in Saturday's Champ Kart feature. Ross held off Eric Zeh and Todd Crenchaw to secure the race win and by crossing the line first, also won the Indoor Auto Racing Series Champ Kart points championship. Ryan Swartz and Ryan Kendall ere the remainder of the top five. Perennial favorite Chris Daley was involved in two separate crashes during the race and finished twenty-first.

In preliminary TQ Midget racing action Saturday night, Flores, Blewett, Andy Jankowiak, Lichty, Reid and Azzalina each won heat races. B-Main TQ Qualifiers were won by Andrew Krause, Andrew Nye and Timmy Catalano. The five lap TQ Midget Dash which set starting positions for the first nine was won by Rudolph.

In Saturday afternoon preliminary action, Scott Kreutter won the Last Chance Qualifier for TQ Midgets, Dylan Hoch and Joe Toth the pair of Slingshot qualifiers, and Todd Crenchaw and Joey Bruning the pair of B Mains for Champ Karts.

Len Sammons Motorsports Productions and the Indoor Auto Racing Series announced dates for the 2018 Gambler's Classic. The 16th running of the race is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, January 26-27, 2018.

Gambler's Classic TQ Midget Feature (40 Laps): 1. Erick Rudolph, 2. Zane Zeiner, 3. Matt Janisch, 4. Jimmy Blewett, 5. Mike Lichty, 6. Scott Kreutter, 7. Jon Reid, 8. Andrew Nye, 9. Brandon Azzalina, 10. Ryan Flores, 11. Ryan Preece, 12. Rob Neely, 13. Mike Maresca, 14. Justin Bonsignore, 15. Mike Iles, 16. Tim Buckwalter, 17. Mike Tidaback, 18. Andy Jankowiak, 19. Anthony Sesely, 20. Ted Christopher, 21. Ronnie Mullen, 22. Brett Michalski, 23. Timmy Catalano, 24. Earl Paules, 25. Ryan Tidman, 26. Andrew Krause.

Slingshot Feature (25 Laps): 1. Gary Hieber, 2. Danny Buccafusca, 3. Seth Spayd, 4. Cody Kline, 5. Kyle Herve, 6. Billy Vaninwegen, 7. Joe Toth, 8. Dan Spellmon, 9. Damon Paul, 10. Steve Svanda, 11. Mike Toth, 12. Nick Del Campo, 13. Brett Bieber, 14. Mike Lapicki, 15. Chris Gall., 16. Nick Shaw, 17. Matt Langbein, 18. Anthony Raisner, 19. Kurt Bettler, 20. Vern McLaughlin III, 21. Matt Massone, 22. Dylan Hoch, 23. Cole Hentschel, 24. Eddie Strada.

Champ Kart Feature (25 Laps): 1. Cale Ross, 2. Eric Zeh, 3. Todd Crenchaw, 4. Ryan Swartz, 5. Ryan Kendall, 6. Jonathan Laureigh, 7. Mike Perry, 8. TJ Reed, 9. Doughas Goetz Jr., 10. Tim Gregory, 11. Stephen Beattie, 12. Pat Yountz, 13. Jeremiah Wagner, 14. Jon Pepe, 15. Tyler Thompson, 16. Dalton Rivira, 17. Richie Spaide, 18. Cole Neibert, 19. Ron Midford, 20. JJ Pacovich, 21. Chris Daley, 22. Zach Myers, 23. Joey Bruning, 24. Jon Cash.

MEDIA NOTE: On behalf of all involved with Len Sammons and the Indoor Auto Racing Series we extend a huge thank you for your support of the events run in Trenton, Allentown and Atlantic City. ERNIE SAXTON

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BONSIGNORE, CHRISTOPHER, ZEINER, ILES PUNCH TICKETS TO NAPA KNOW HOW GAMBLER’S CLASSIC WITH WINS IN FRIDAY NIGHT’S FOUR TWENTY LAP THREE QUARTER (TQ) MIDGET FEATURES; BONSIGNORE FASTEST IN TIME TRAILS AT ATLANTIC CITY’S BOARDWALK HALL

RACING FINAL ACTION SET FOR SATURDAY NIGHT

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ Friday, January 27, 2017 . . . Justin Bonsignore, Ted Christopher, Zane Zeiner and Mike Iles hit Big Casino Friday inside Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall by winning the four 20-lap A-Main TQ Midget Qualifiers that were the highlight of Friday’s program of Indoor Auto Racing. Their wins guaranteed each a starting spot in Saturday’s Gambler’s Classic 40-lap headliner which offers a $5,000 first place prize.

Bonsignore and Christopher were the winners of the first two TQ Midget 20-lap A-Main Qualifiers. Bonsignore passed race leader Jimmy Blewett to win the first race, then held off Ryan Tidman and Blewett to secure the win.

“Jimmy was really tight in the corners and I was able to set him up,” Blewett said. “Great to win it.”

Christopher overcame an early race penalty for overly aggressive driving, then outran Ryan Flores and Ryan Preece to win.

“It doesn’t mean much really,” Christopher said. “Other than getting in the feature.”

In the third and fourth races, Zane Zeiner and Mike Iles were the victors. Zeiner passed leader Earl Paules twice, once for the lead and a second time when a spin negated the pass and Zeiner had to do it a second time.

“We have changed everything on this car more than once,” Zeiner said. “The track is pretty good for us now. I hope it stays that way.”

Iles outran Matt Janisch to win the fourth race. Iles the only dirt track winner this night, had previously announced his intention to stop racing Dirt Modifieds.

“These cars are physical,” said a tired but smiling Iles. “I have sold off the Modifieds but I think I’ll spend a few more years driving these cars.”

Earlier in TQ Midget time trials, Bonsignore led the 72 car field with a 7.975 time, close to, but just shy of Erick Rudolph’s 2016 standard. Ted Christopher, Zane Zeiner, Matt Janisch and Erick Rudolph rounded out the top five TQ Midgets time trials.

Slingshots and Champ also figured in the Friday action.

Cole Hentschel, Vern McLaughlin III and Cody Kline won the three heat races. Brett Bieber’s 9.789 time bested a 38-car field.

Mike Perry, Richie Spaide, and Ryan Swartz claimed the three Champ Kart qualifiers. Zach Myers with a 9.411 lap, was fastest Champ Kart qualifier at 9.411. Forty-three took time. Several Champ Kart entrants were docked a lap in qualifying after Indoor Auto Racing Series found irregularities in their tires preparation.

The NAPA Know How Racing Weekend in Boardwalk Hall continues tomorrow, Saturday, with the running of the 15th annual Gambler’s Classic. Champ Karts and Slingshots will also compete in feature races.

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NASCAR STAR RYAN PREECE SEEKS TO REVERSE BAD THREE QUARTER MIDGET INDOOR RACING LUCK IN ATLANTIC CITY’S GAMBLERS CLASSIC THIS WEEKEND, JANUARY 27-28

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ January 24, 2017 . . . NASCAR driving talent Ryan Preece will be heading to Atlantic City this week on a mission. After being fast in practice the last three years for the NAPA Know How race weekend held inside famous Boardwalk Hall, Preece has had problems that have kept him from the starting line-up of the Gambler's Classic. This year, the Berlin, Conn. driver who competed full-time on NASCAR's Xfinity series in 2016, hopes to not only be part of the 24 car starting field but win the 15th running of the race.

Preece will be among more than 80 drivers competing in TQ Midgets this weekend, Friday and Saturday, January 27th and 28th.

“I’ve never had any luck at Atlantic City with the Three Quarter Midgets (TQs),” Preece said. “I’m looking to turn it around this year.”

Preece, 26, is coming off one of the most unusual and challenging seasons of his career racing full-time on the NASCAR Xfinity Series.

After considerable soul searching, Preece recently left his Xfinity ride to return to his first love, NASCAR Asphalt Modified racing.

“I felt like I did everything I could with what I had to work with,” Preece said. “It wasn’t going to go anywhere. I’m used to running up front, not just being in the field.”

TQ Midget racing, something Preece has done on and off for the past four years, is back on the front burner for him this weekend in Atlantic City.

The car Preece will be driving is the same one that he has driven in each of his previous Indoor races. The car is partially owned by Preece’s NASCAR Whelen Modified owner, Eddie Partridge, and will carry Partridge’s number, six, and his white and black colors. Donny Preece, Ryan’s second cousin, will assist Ryan’s father Jeff in the pit area. Donny was one of the team principals instrumental in orchestrating Ted Christopher’s remarkable run of eight Indoor TQ feature wins over time.

It's a TQ Midget Preece has been fast with until problems have sidelined him the last two years.

“It is a DART chassis that we bought from Mike Roselli,” Preece said. “The front and rear suspensions are pretty much the same as they were when we bought it. Chassis Dynamics straightened it after the last crash we had with it.”

Preece never got out of Thursday's closed practice sessions the first two years. In 2014 he blew the motor in his car and the following year he hopped a wheel and crash hard. His frustrations continued last year.

“I was racing to qualify when a wheel came apart and I crashed," said Preece. "I fixed the car and Saturday night was fast and in a qualified spot until the alternator shorted out and the battery died."

Preece, who will contend for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Touring Series championship this year, will have some tough competition to deal with all weekend.

Ryan Flores of Cornelius, N.C., Erick Rudolph of Ransomville, N.Y., and Anthony Sesely of Hazlet, N.J., enter the Gambler’s Classic as the three pre-race favorites.

Flores swept the most recent TQ Midget races on December 30-31 in Allentown, Pa., and comes into Boardwalk Hall as the Indoor Auto Racing 2016-2017 Series point leader.

Rudolph raced to victory in the December, 2016 Series opener in Trenton, N.J. and is the defending Indoor Auto Racing Series point’s champion.  He has won seven previous TQ Indoor racing events in his career.

Sisley is the defending winner of the Gambler’s Classic. He is the only three-time winner of the marquee Indoor race. Sisley will be driving his own 600cc Micro Sprint, the same car he won each of his three Gambler’s Classics with. Sesely had driven different cars in the previous Indoor Auto Racing Series.

Fifty Champ Kart and forty Slingshot entries have also been filed for the event under card races.

Event information, including ticket sales and hotel room deals are available at www.indoorautoracing.com or by phoning 609-888-3618.

Spectator gates open on Friday at 6:30 pm with racing starting at 7:30. The feature attraction will be four 20 lap events for the TQ Midgets with the fastest qualifiers in each event starting in the seventh starting position! Results from time trials held earlier in the afternoon and these races will then set guaranteed starters for Saturday’s Gambler’s Classic as well as important qualifier starting spots. The Slingshots and Champ Karts will also run a series of qualifying races.

The grandstand on Saturday opens at 5:00 pm with FanFest taking place on the racing floor for those holding reserved seats. Racing starts at 7:00 pm with a series of TQ Midget qualifiers and a TQ Dash followed by features for the Champ Karts, Slingshots and then the 40 lap TQ Midget Gambler’s Classic.

Ticket prices for Friday are as follows: Front Row: $25 · Reserved Lower Level: $20 · Upper Level Reserved: $17 · General Admission Adult: $15 · General Admission Children: $5. Tickets will be available on the day of the event with a $5 increased price. Saturday ticket pricing has been set as follows: Front Row: $35 · Reserved

Lower Level: $27 · Upper Level Reserved: $22 · General Admission Adult: $20 · General Admission Children: $5.

Prices do not include $2 facility fee or online ticketing fees.

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THREE TIME INDOOR THREE QUARTER (TQ) MIDGET WINNER ANDY JANKOWIAK BUILDING NEW CAR FOR NAPA KNOW HOW ATLANTIC CITY RACING WEEKEND

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ January 12, 2017 . . . While most of the Indoor Auto Racing Series Presented By VP Fuels stars head into Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall on January 27-28, 2017 with race proven equipment, crowd favorite Andy Jankowiak’s quest for a fourth career Indoor Auto Racing Series victory hinges on the successful completion of an all new Three Quarter (TQ) Midget of his own design.

“We’ll be there,” Jankowiak reassured Len Sammons Motorsports Productions (LSMP) Series officials earlier this week. “This is a much bigger challenge than I thought it would ever be, but the car I’m building is built to run fast.”

Jankowiak has enlisted his Modified car owner and fabrication specialist Rick Kluth to bend the tubing, fabricate the brackets and mounting points for the new car.

‘Andy J’ describes the car as “a clean sheet of paper car, simple like (Trey) Hoddick’s car but with some different suspension ideas.

“The only two things we aren’t making in the shop ourselves are the rear and the motor,” Jankowiak revealed. “I built the radiator, the fuel cell, the seat and Rick did all of tube bending and welding.”

Jerry Granetz is the third man in the Jankowiak/ Kluth car building effort.

“When I come to the races, I go to win,” Jankowiak said. “All of the thought that went into this car is for winning.”

Jankowiak vacated the TQ Midget that he had driven in the two previous Indoor TQ races at Trenton, N.J., and Allentown. Pa. He was fast, but ended up with mixed results in Ken Sebring's No. 21 that will be at the Atlantic City race with NASCAR Whelen Modified Touring Series driver Timmy Solomito making his Indoor racing debut.

TQ Midget drivers Ryan Flores, Erick Rudolph and Tommy Catalano head to historical Boardwalk Hall as pre-race favorites for the 2016-2017 Indoor Auto Racing Series fueled by VP finale. Flores, of Cornelius, N.C., swept both Allentown TQ A-Main 40-lap features, the first TQ Midget wins of his career, after finishing second no less than five times in past years. Rudolph, the defending series champion and winner of the event this year in Trenton, NJ, lost battles for the lead with Flores both nights in Allentown. Catalano failed to qualify for the feature field on Friday in Allentown and then nearly won on Saturday. Catalano shocked everyone when he made a three wide-pass for the lead under Rudolph and Flores mid-way through the feature. A spinout, however, sent him to the rear but he never gave up. He drove back to finish a close second.

Anthony Sesely of Matawan, N.J., who has won four times in Atlantic City including last year’s Gambler’s Classic, is another driver that cannot be counted out despite tough outings in Trenton and Allentown driving for car owner Lou Cicconi.

Event information, including ticket sales and hotel room deals are available at www.indoorautoracing.com or by phoning 609-888-3618.

The schedule of events starts Friday, January 27 with practice at 1:00 pm followed by time trials at 4:30.

Spectator gates open on Friday at 6:30 pm with racing starting at 7:30. The feature attraction will be four 20 lap events for the TQ Midgets with the fastest qualifiers in each event starting in the seventh starting position! Results from time trials held earlier in the afternoon and these races will then set guaranteed starters for Saturday’s Gambler’s Classic as well as important qualifier starting spots. The Slingshots and Champ Karts will also run a series of qualifying races.

The grandstand Saturday opens at 5:00 pm with FanFest taking place on the racing floor for those holding reserved seats. Racing starts at 7:00 pm with a series of TQ Midget qualifiers and a TQ Dash followed by features for the Champ Karts, Slingshots and then the 40 lap TQ Midget Gambler’s Classic.

Ticket prices for Friday are as follows: Front Row: $25 · Reserved Lower Level: $20 · Upper Level Reserved: $17 · General Admission Adult: $15 · General Admission Children: $5. Tickets will be available on the day of the event with a $5 increased price. Saturday ticket pricing has been set as follows: Front Row: $35 · Reserved Lower Level: $27 · Upper Level Reserved: $22 · General Admission Adult: $20 · General Admission Children: $5. Prices do not include $2 facility fee or online ticketing fees.

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FLORES SWEEPS THREE QUARTER (TQ) MIDGET INDOOR AUTO RACING WEEKEND IN ALLENTOWN,PA PPL CENTER; CATALANO, BLEWETT, OVERCOME ADVERSITY TO REACH PODIUM; DALEY DECIMATES CHAMP KART FIELD

ALLENTOWN, PA December 31, 2016 . . . Ryan Flores of Cornelius, N.C., swept the (Three Quarter) TQ Midget Indoor Racing Weekend features inside the Allentown (PA) PPL Center by outrunning upstart Tommy Catalano and hard charging Jimmy Blewett to win the main event Saturday night for the second straight night.

“I got together with Erick (Rudolph) in the middle of the race on a restart and all of the sudden he (Tommy Catalano) is there making it three wide and taking the lead,” Flores said.

“He was good, but I could see he was running at his limit. Next thing, he spun and I was able to pass him.”

That was just the beginning of a series of improbable events that Flores was able to conquer to win for the second straight night. At various times over the final ten laps of a caution-plagued race, Rudolph, Jonathan Reid, Anthony Sesely, Justin Bonsignore, and Catalano, for a second time, lined up alongside or behind Flores.

Catalano impressed by finishing second after spinning while leading.

“Couldn't be happier,” smiled Catalano. “I went to the rear of the field, what, three, four times? I didn't even qualify for the Friday feature. We changed everything on the car for tonight, swinging for the fences, and almost won it.”

Blewett, third at race's end, was the emotional opposite of Catalano. “It was a frustrating weekend all the way around,” Blewett said. “This was a rough night.”

Blewett actually failed to qualify for the TQ feature but was added to back of the 25-car field as the high point driver who had not qualified. He also drove a backup car, one that had been on display in the PPL Center's Mezzanine, starting last, finishing third, and earning the Schneider Scrap Metal Hard Charger Award.

Andy Jankowiak and Tim Buckwalter were fourth and fifth. Chad Jones, Justin Bonsignore, Jonathan Reid, Brett Michalski and Matt Roselli rounded out the top ten.

Flores had come into the PPL Center weekend having never won a LSMP Indoor feature. He now has two straight victories to add to his prior five second place efforts.

Chris Daley mastered the Champ Kart feature field in the Saturday night co-feature by lap two and went on to dominate the 20-lap headliner. JJ Pacovich, Trenton LSMP Indoor winner Cale Ross, DJ Doyle and TJ Reed completed the top five.

The win was Daley's eighth career win in LSMP-promoted events and was the first Champ Kart race inside PPL Center.

Six TQ Midget ten lap heat races and three 12-lap B mains preceded the feature action to winnow the 52-car field down to the 24 feature starters.

Ryan Flores, Erick Rudolph, Tim Buckwalter, Nick Ladyga, Ted Christopher and Earl Paules won the heats with Scott Kreutter, Zane Zeiner and Ryan Krachun capturing B Main wins.

Ryan Swartz, TJ Reed and JJ Pacovich won the three eight lap Champ Kart heat races run for the 22-kart field and Gene Gregoric III won the eight lap B Main.

The Indoor Auto Racing Championship Series closes out at Atlantic City, NJ’s Boardwalk Hall January 27-28, 2017 with the 15th Annual NAPA Auto Parts Classic.

Three Quarter (TQ) Midget Feature Finish (40 Laps): 1. Ryan Flores, 2. Tommy Catalano, 3. Jimmy Blewett, 4. Andy Jankowiak, 5. Tim Buckwalter, 6. Chad Jones, 7. Justin Bonsignore, 8. Jonathan Reid, 9. Brett Michalski, 10. Matt Roselli, 11. Tim Proctor, 12. Anthony Sesely, 13. Earl Paules, 14. Erick Rudolph, 15. Ryan Tidman, 16. Zane Zeiner, 17. Andrew Krause, 18. Scott Kreutter, 19. Ryan Krachun, 20. Ted Chistopher, 21. Nick Ladyda, 22. Brandon Azzalina, 23. Rob Neely, 24. Dakota Kessler, 25. Kyle Lick.

Champ Kart Feature Finish (20 Laps): 1. Chris Daley, 2. JJ Pacovich, 3. Cale Ross, 4. DJ Doyle, 5. TJ Reed, 6. Ryan Swartz, 7. Tim Gregory, 8. Jeremy Tuttle, 9. Adam Giovanetti, 10. Craig Pellegrini, 11. Jessica Little, 12. Dalton Rovira, 13. Tyler Tank, 14. Alex Achey, 15. Gene Gregoric III, 16. Phil Sabatine, 17. Jon Pepe, 18. Austin Brengel, 19. John Berger, 20. Richie Spaide.

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NEWS FROM LEN SAMMONS MOTORSPORTS PRODUCTIONS
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WHO CAN STOP ERICK RUDOLPH INSIDE ALLENTOWN’S PPL CENTER THIS WEEKEND? TOP DRIVERS GET TWO CHANCES TO SCORE INDOOR THREE QUARTER (TQ) MIDGET CHAMPIONSHIP

ALLENTOWN, PA December 26, 2016 . . . Indoor Auto Racing Series champion Erick Rudolph has a date with destiny over the Friday, December 30 and Saturday, December 31, 2016 weekend at the PPL Center in Allentown, Pa. The dirt Modified stock car standout from Ransomville, N.Y. has the opportunity to tie and surpass Ted Christopher of Plainville, Ct., for most Len Sammons Motorsports Productions (LSMP) Indoor Series Three Quarter (TQ) Midget feature wins.

If Rudolph should sweep the Allentown weekend, he would end the season second in northeast feature wins with 26 victories! It would also put him three-quarters of the way towards a $10,000 bonus offered by Bob Hilbert Sportswear of Boyertown, Pa. To pocket the challenge money,
Rudolph would only then have to win the Indoor Series finale inside Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall on Saturday, January 28th to pick-up the ten grand!

Rudolph’s victory earlier this month in the series opener on December 10 at Sun National Bank Center in Trenton, N.J., was the seventh of his Indoor TQ Midget driving career. Christopher has previously amassed eight, the most recent of which was two years ago, also inside the Trenton arena.

“The car was just about perfect,” Rudolph said after his Trenton victory. “It had to be because the competition has never been better. It’s the same car we won with here in Trenton in February and in Allentown back in January.”

For the 2016/2017 Indoor season, Christopher has parked his own No. 13 in favor of driving the No. 49 owned by upstate New York whiz Trey Hoddick. Christopher moved into second to Rudolph in the feature in his debut for Hoddick. But after setting the fastest lap of the feature, an oil line detached from the engine erupting it in a fireball. “I was gaining him,” Christopher said. “I was running just as quick or quicker than he was until the car blew up.”

Aside from Christopher, a former NASCAR Modified champion, there are at least five strong competitors who are in line to win for the first time over the Ironton Telephone/ Avaya Indoor TQ Midget race weekend in Allentown. It's only a matter of time before Ryan Flores, Jimmy Blewett, Zane Zeiner or Justin Bonsignore pull into victory lane.

Flores, Cornelius, N.C., finished second to Rudolph in Trenton. It was his fifth second place Indoor Series finish. “I just need to work on making the car a little better,” a disconsolate Flores, a full-time employee of Penske Racing's NASCAR Cup Series team.

Blewett, Howell, N.J., was third in Trenton and set the second fastest time in qualifying. He's been a factor in every Indoor race he has run.

Two Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania entries, Zane Zeiner of Bath, Pa., and Earl Paules of Palmerton, Pa., also have the experience, equipment, and talent to challenge Rudolph. Zeiner finished third at Trenton and was competitive in the battle up front. Paules couldn't overcome several hurdles at Trenton, but the 2015 Mahoning Valley Speedway asphalt Modified champion is out to redeem himself in front of his hometown area fans.

Justin Bonsignore of Holtsville, NY missed the Trenton event to attend the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour banquet in Charlotte, NC to collect his second place in the standings awards. Proven to be fast last year Indoor in his No. 51, Bonsignore is expected to be another pre-race
favorite to win for the first time indoors.

On Friday, the TQ racing will be supported by a card of Slingshot action; on Saturday, Champ Karts are the undercard.

Allentown tickets are available online at www.PPLCenter.com and or at the PPL Center box office located at 701 Hamilton Street, Allentown, PA 18101.

The finale for the 2016-2017 Indoor Auto Racing Championship Series fueled by VP is set for Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J., on Friday and Saturday, January 27-28, 2017, featuring the fifteenth running of the NAPA Auto Parts Classic.

Anthony Sesely of Matawan, NJ, who has won four times in Atlantic City, is seeking his first Indoor win away from the ocean resort with a new car. Sesely, one of five drivers on the Lou Cicconi team, will be driving a Lafler built car for him for the first time in Allentown.

Event information, including ticket sales and hotel room deals are available at www.indoorautoracing.com or by phoning 609-888-3618.

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