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February 13, 2019
Contact: Bob Miller: 443-513-4456
Prepared by: Justin Beltrame & Steve Pados


As the Quaker Steak & Lube Dirt Track Heroes Show is in the final stages of it's March 3rd opening day, the behind the scenes activity remains hectic as snow and cold proves to be a hindrance in completing some of the chores. The show has proved to be a very successful gathering of the past, present and future of auto racing all under one roof, in Phillipsburg, New Jersey as the Twelfth Annual Quaker Steak & Lube Dirt Track Heroes Show gets ready to rock and roll. The Dirt Track Heroes Car Show will be primed and ready when the doors of the Mall swing open to welcome the return of the show to the Phillipsburg Mall with opening day set for Sunday, March 3rd. The show encompasses the majority of the local short track scene and will continue through Saturday night, March 9th. The Phillipsburg Mall, located on Route 22 East in Phillipsburg, NJ, has proven to be a very popular setting for this special event and will offer a multitude of race cars, racing memorabilia, collectibles and photos on display throughout the course of the show. The show continues to be FREE of charge. For all event updates, please visit

The tentative 2019 schedule for the event is attached to the Press Release. Some new ideas have been kicked around and implemented into the 2019 schedule. The Sunday opening is a tribute to the Nazareth Speedways and Dorney Park with "Rapid" Richie Smith being named the honoree for the show. On Monday night, the focus will be an invite to Photographers, Announcers and Media as they will have the opportunity to talk about their experiences around the speedways or behind the fences. Tuesday night is the annual salute to the

"Stars of Tomorrow" as the Quarter Midget stars take to the mike......some giving their first ever interviews to a good sized crowd. Wednesday night is the focus on small car divisions from some of the exciting tracks in the local area. Thursday night will be full size divisions from some of the premier bigger tracks in the locality. Friday will be a two show day with the first show at 4 PM focusing on the legends of the sport telling their racing stories and the evening show dedicated to the open wheel divisions. The final day of the show on Saturday will have our good friends from Premio Foods cooking up something special to be followed by an All-Star Tribute to legendary racing star, "The Old Master" Frankie Schneider who passed away recently.

Quaker Steak & Lube, or The Lube(r) to loyalists, the award-winning casual dining concept known for its Best Wings USA and over 25 signature sauces, is fully prepped and geared as the lead sponsor for the 12th Annual Dirt Track Heroes Car Show. The Pohatcong Township (Phillipsburg, NJ) Quaker Steak & Lube is located at 1304 US Route 22, Phillipsburg, NJ, and welcomes all race fans and families to stop by their location when visiting the New Jersey area to be re-charged and re-fueled before or after the show.

The Quaker Steak & Lube Dirt Track Heroes Show has been signing on contributing sponsors for the upcoming show. Already in place is the IRCO Community Federal Credit Union. IRCO has been a strong sponsor to the show since the inception of the show in 2008 and can be reached at: 908-859-1811 or their website at: Smith Fabrications/the home of the Stage One Modifieds, Premio Foods is back on board for the show and offers many varieties of great Italian Sausage Products, Upstate Auto in Germantown, New York can be reached at: 518-537-2237, APS Powder Coating Services can be reached at: 610-863-0570, A.R.M Automotive can be reached at: 610-588-2761, Phillipsburg Easton Honda is back on board and will have a display at the show, Speed Tec has signed on with a number to reach them at: 610-438-3167 and Hamlin Speedway/S&S Speedway can be reached at: 570-420-5500. JPA Masonry can be reached at: 570-839-9656 or through email at:

All historical racing groups including Flemington, Tri State, Reading, Harmony and Nazareth will have their memorabilia on display and their many scrapbooks open for the fans to take another long look at the glory years of racing and possibly find a picture or two they want to purchase as a keepsake from past glory or racing exploits. Cars on displaywill include big and small block Modifieds, Sportsman, 600 and 270 Sprints, Midgets, Mid Atlantic, NEWS, 358, 360 and 410 Sprints, Drag Racers, Late Models, go-karts, quarter midgets and a broad range of vintage and restored race cars. Hamlin, Snydersville, Accord, New Egypt, Mahoning, Grandview, Big Diamond, Evergreen and Bridgeport are among the many speedways invited to the 2019 show. The week-long event will set aside one evening to salute the "Stars of Tomorrow" with a special night for the budding young racing talents competing with the many quarter midget clubs in the local area.

Entries are now accepted to display at the 11th Annual Quaker Steak & Lube Dirt Track Heroes Show. More information is available by calling: 443-513-4456 or you may complete the entry form located on the home page of the: web site or through email at: You may also contact Justin Beltrame at: 484-772-7184 or through email at: or Steve Pados at: 484-784-7756 by phone or through email at: Follow the simple instructions posted on the website to register. Space is available for race cars of all divisions, show cars, vendors and race tracks as well.

The Dirt Track Heroes Car Show will again offer a great keepsake event souvenir program book and apparel. The Phillipsburg Mall is open Sunday 11 AM to 6 PM and from Monday through Saturday from 10 AM to 9 PM.

Twelfth Annual Quaker Steak & Lube Dirt Track Heroes Car Show

2019 Schedule of Events

Sunday- March 3 - (Starting at 1:00) Upstate Auto and Jeff’s Automotive presents Dirt Track Heroes Car Show Opening Ceremony honoring “Rapid” Richie Smith with Driver Interviews and Autograph Session: Saluting Nazareth Speedways and Dorney Park Speedway

Monday- March 4 – (6:30 PM) A.R.M Automotive and Joe’s Garage presents Photographers/Media/Announcers Night with round-table interviews and racing stories from behind the fence and in the pits

Tuesday- March 5 – (6:30 PM) Adams Bothers Used Parts, Carl’s Auto Repair and Dean’s Autosports presents the “Stars of Tomorrow” featuring all Quarter Midget Clubs: Blue Mountain, Lehigh Valley, West End Raceway, Keystone, Former USAC 1/4 Midget National Champion Anthony “Chops” Chrobak will address the crowd

Wednesday- March 6 – (6:30 PM) Smith Fabrications and Hamlin Speedway presents Hamlin Speedway all divisions, Snydersville and Oreville Raceway and Accord Speedway

Thursday- March 7- (6:30) Phillipsburg Easton Honda and Smitty’s Collision Center presents New Egypt, Bridgeport, Mahoning, Grandview, Big Diamond Raceway and X-Cel Modifieds

Friday - March 8 – (1st Show (4 p.m.) JPA Masonry and Speed Tec presents “The Legends of Racing” with many legendary racing stars from Reading, Nazareth, Harmony, Orange County and Flemington expected to participate in round-table fun.

Second Show- (6:30 PM) APS Powdercoating and Murante Auto Repair presents Salute to Open Wheel Racing Divisions-Thunder on the Hill, ARDC Midgets, Action Track USA, Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series Sprint Cars, 358 and 360 Sprint Car Divisions

Saturday – March 9 – Premio Sausages presents Special Event beginning at Noon

Saturday - March 9 - (1:00) Premio Sausages presents All Star Tribute to Frankie Schneider with Flemington Speedway & Flemington Speedway Historical Society

Mall Hours: Sunday 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-9 p.m. -

*Schedule subject to change

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DIRTcar Nationals 2019 Day 2

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DIRTcar Nationals 2019 Day 1

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Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series


Ricky Dieva (MASS Photo)

CHERRY HILL, NJ February 12, 2019....Cherry Hill, NJ native and Big Block Modified competitor Ricky DiEva is looking forward to a full schedule assault with the Delaware Auto Exchange Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series in 2019. The twenty-two-year-old versatile wheelman is looking to split his time behind the wheel of his #85 Body Shop by DiEva Big Block Modified – which he regularly runs at Bridgeport Speedway – and his identically lettered and sponsored #85 Racesaver Sprint Car this season, putting focus on running the full 2019 MASS schedule.

“I am looking forward to going to Grandview Speedway this year with my Sprint Car,” DiEva stated. “I have always loved watching the 410 Sprint Cars run on the high banks that track has, so I’m really excited to be able to try it out for myself!”

Beginning at a young age racing Motocross, and then Quarter Midgets at ATCO Speedway starting at the age of nine, DiEva moved up to racing Micro Sprints in the Junior division hosted by Airport Speedway by the time he was eleven years old. After reaching the right age to advance into the regular 270cc Micro Sprint Division, DiEva began racing weekly at Bridgeport Speedway on the quarter mile speedway where he acquired one win and then after moving into the 600cc division, where he would see victory lane again, this time at Airport Speedway.

“When I turned fifteen, my dad and I thought that it was time to move into a full-sized car, so we purchased a Crate Modified that we ran in Delaware until I was approved to run in New Jersey at the age of sixteen,” DiEva recalled. “Then when I turned nineteen, we took the leap and got a Big Block Modified and have been running them ever since”.

In 2018, Ricky purchased a Mach 1 chassis Sprint Car and a Racesaver 305 engine that has been looked over by series sponsor Bitner Automotive. He competed in just two shows last year, once at his home track of Bridgeport Speedway and once more at New Egypt Speedway.

“I’ve known Eddie Wagner since my Micro Sprint racing days, so he helped me get together a car without having to spend a lot of money, which was appealing to me”, DiEva said. “I’m excited to able to race with my friends, as MASS has a great friendly atmosphere where everyone can race hard while having a great time together. My dad and I are definitely looking forward to running a full season this year, while also still competing at Bridgeport in the Big Block on off weeks and weeks when the Sprints are at Bridgeport so that I can do double duty”.

Ricky is looking forward to kicking off his Sprint Car season on April 13th, when MASS begins their third running season at New Egypt Speedway.

For more information on upcoming events, race day LIVE coverage, and exclusive interviews with drivers, visit our Facebook page - Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series, instagram and twitter cites @masprints305 and our website


The Road To DIRTcar Nationals 2019

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World of Outlaws

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Pittman Claims Third Golden Gator (Joe Grabianowski Photo)

Pittman Claims Third Golden Gator

BARBERVILLE, FL – Feb. 10, 2019 – Mother Nature put a halt to Daryn Pittman’s quest for three wins in a row at Volusia Speedway Park, canceling Sunday’s Sprint Car event, but handed him his third DIRTcar Nationals championship. And the first for his new Roth Motorsports team.

“To do it with a different team makes it that much more special,” Pittman said about getting another golden gator. “For us to come out here and be as fast and consistent every time we hit the track just speaks volumes for the guys working on this team.”

Pittman won two thrilling shows during Friday and Saturday nights’ World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series race at Volusia and finished on the podium during the Tuesday and Wednesday night Ollie’s Bargain Outlet All Star Circuit of Champions Presented by Mobil 1 races. His consistency gave him a 28-point lead over Brad Sweet coming into Sunday night’s race, and now his third DIRTcar Nationals championship – his two previous were in 2013 and 2015.

Last year, in his No. 9 Kasey Kahne Racing ride, Pittman never cracked the top-11 during the three Volusia Speedway Park DIRTcar Nationals races.

“To be able to bounce back this year and dominate the way that we did, by being the most consistent car every night, is pretty good redemption for myself, personally,” Pittman said. “There were a lot of questions about my move and changing teams, and you want to get off to a strong start. We’ll see what the rest of the year holds.”

The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series will trek forward with the schedule to Texas Friday Feb. 22 at Cotton Bowl Speedway and Saturday Feb. 23 at LoneStar Speedway for the East Texas Lonestar Shootout. As always, you can catch all the action from the DIRTcar Nationals and the World of Outlaws on


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Tyler Courtney celebrates his second-straight USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget victory Saturday night at Bubba Raceway Park. (Rich Forman Photo)


By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Ocala, Florida (February 9, 2019).........If Friday's victory at Bubba Raceway Park was one small step toward a successful USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget season for Tyler Courtney, then Saturday night's win was a giant leap toward what could be a banner year in the series for the Indianapolis, Indiana driver.

Courtney slid by Tucker Klaasmeyer with nine laps remaining in Saturday's 30-lap "Winter Dirt Games X" feature, blasting to victory for the second time in as many nights on the 3/8-mile, D-shaped dirt track to become just the eighth driver to win the opening two USAC National Midget races of the season, joining Lee Kunzman (1972), Gary Bettenhausen (1975), Rich Vogler (1984-85), Dave Steele (2002), Brad Sweet (2010), Bryan Clauson (2011) and Rico Abreu (2014).

"It's definitely a weight lifted off my shoulders to get the season started off on the right foot," Courtney said. "We've got a great team here and the whole series is tough right now. It's a lot of fun and it's obviously the best way you can start. We've got awesome momentum going for our midget season right now as well as going into the start of the Sprint Car season next week."

Courtney was the Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier earlier in the evening, positioning him sixth for the start of the main event while Tucker Klaasmeyer started from the pole position for the second consecutive night. Just like he did a night earlier, Klaasmeyer scooted away with the lead on the opening lap that was short-lived the first time around as Vermonter Adam Pierson took a nasty tumble in turn three from which he would walk away.

Klaasmeyer was at the head of the pack on the ensuing complete restart as he tried to extend his early-race success from a night earlier when he led the opening four circuits. Klaasmeyer was class as he held control of the field, despite a couple of early yellows that forced him to regain his momentum.

The Paola, Kans. driver was up to the task each time, although Friday night winner Courtney was suddenly in the picture, sliding to second in turn two past teammate Zeb Wise momentarily. Wise countered to get back past Courtney off turn two, but Courtney answered the bell and slid back past Wise between turns three and four to retake the second spot for good on the ninth lap.

Courtney's sights were now set on Klaasmeyer for the race lead, the same as the night before. Crossing the halfway point, Courtney was searching to find a way around, high/low/middle, wherever he may roam, he was going to give it a whirl. Courtney left the bottom open on lap 18 and Chad Boat was there to capitalize to grab second off turn four. Courtney quickly whipped up a remedy to slide back past Boat heading into turn one to reclaim second.

"I was moving around a little bit to see if I could just get a run somewhere else," Courtney recalled. "Then, I moved around to the wrong spot and Chad (Boat) got a run on me on the bottom. I was able to get back by him in three and four. That showed me the bottom, so I knew if I could keep in it perfect, especially on those first couple of laps after a restart, when I ended up getting him, that would be crucial."

One lap later, fifth-running Wise lost a right rear tire, which sent him to the work area for new rubber. But it set up a lap 21 restart which Courtney utilized to make his charge to capture the lead from Klaasmeyer a lap later on the bottom of turn one.

"I got that run off four and I knew that was about the only time I was going to be able to stick it in there," Courtney continued. "I stuck it in there and it stuck. At that point, you can play your own race, run your own laps and try not to worry about anybody else. That makes it a little easier when there's only 10 laps to go instead of trying to run the whole race."

Courtney instantly stretched out his lead to 1.5 second, running the bottom of turns one and two and the middle of turns three and four with the laps dwindling, until Wise's turn two spin collected Holley Hollan to force one final restart with three laps remaining with Boat and K. Thomas just behind. K. Thomas was on the move on the final restart the previous night, racing from sixth to second in the final four laps. With K. Thomas getting around Boat a lap following the restart, Courtney inherently knew he had to be just about perfect.

"I saw him (K. Thomas) on the board, so obviously he's going to be trying something to come through there," Courtney remembered. "I was trying to be perfect those last couple laps, trying to hit my marks, because I didn't feel any pressure before the caution. I knew I was doing something right and, luckily, it worked out. (K. Thomas) got to second again. It's going to be a long season and I don't expect him to let up just as much as I won't let up. It's going to be fun."

Courtney successfully pulled off the double-dip with a half-second advantage over K. Thomas at the checkered with Boat, C.J. Leary and Klaasmeyer rounding out the top-five.

Contingency award winners Saturday night at Bubba Raceway Park were Tyler Courtney (Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier), Tucker Klaasmeyer (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner), Tanner Carrick (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner), Zeb Wise (Auto Meter/Indy Race Parts Third Heat Winner), Zane Hendricks (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher) and Tanner Thorson (KSE Racing Products/ProSource Hard Charger).


USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: February 9, 2019 - Bubba Raceway Park - Ocala, Florida - "Winter Dirt Games X"

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall-13.817; 2. Andrew Layser, 47BC, Clauson/Marshall-13.818; 3. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 5, Petry-13.819; 4. C.J. Leary, 76m, FMR-13.841; 5. Chad Boat, 84, Tucker/Boat-13.922; 6. Zeb Wise, 39BC, Clauson/Marshall-13.935; 7. Jerry Coons, Jr., 25, Petry-14.004; 8. Jesse Colwell, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.010; 9. Cole Bodine, 15, Petry-14.019; 10. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 27, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.036; 11. Logan Seavey, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.040; 12. Noah Gass, 20G, Gass-14.042; 13. Ethan Mitchell, 19m, Bundy Built-14.065; 14. Holley Hollan, 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.120; 15. Chris Windom, 17BC, Clauson/Marshall-14.144; 16. Tyler Thomas, 91T, Thomas-14.194; 17. Tanner Carrick, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.221; 18. Zane Hendricks, 27z, Hendricks-14.253; 19. Karsyn Elledge, 1, Tucker/Boat-14.261; 20. Sam Johnson, 19J, Reynolds/Jetson-14.269; 21. Karter Sarff, 21KS, Reynolds-14.341; 22. Adam Pierson, 74m, Mancini/Manafort-14.514; 23. Chase Jones, 57B, Ecker-14.591; 24. Tanner Thorson, 3c, Tri-C-NT; 25. Oliver Akard, 41, Akard-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, all transfer) 1. Klaasmeyer, 2. Courtney, 3. Leary, 4. T. Thomas, 5. Elledge, 6. Coons, 7. Pierson, 8. Mitchell. 1:58.77

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, all transfer) 1. Carrick, 2. Boat, 3. Seavey, 4. Hollan, 5. Johnson, 6. Layser, 7. Colwell, 8. Jones. 2:01.73

AUTO METER THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, all transfer) 1. Wise, 2. Windom, 3. Thorson, 4. K. Thomas, 5. Hendricks, 6. Sarff, 7. Bodine, 8. Gass. 2:01.60

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Tyler Courtney (6), 2. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (5), 3. Chad Boat (3), 4. C.J. Leary (4), 5. Tucker Klaasmeyer (1), 6. Jesse Colwell (9), 7. Tanner Thorson (24), 8. Logan Seavey (11), 9. Chris Windom (15), 10. Andrew Layser (7), 11. Tanner Carrick (17), 12. Tyler Thomas (16), 13. Zane Hendricks (18), 14. Karter Sarff (21), 15. Karsyn Elledge (19), 16. Jerry Coons, Jr. (8), 17. Sam Johnson (20), 18. Holley Hollan (14), 19. Ethan Mitchell (13), 20. Zeb Wise (2), 21. Noah Gass (12), 22. Cole Bodine (10), 23. Chase Jones (23), 24. Adam Pierson (22). NT
**Pierson flipped on the opening lap of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-21 Klaasmeyer, Laps 22-30 Courtney.



NEW USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Courtney-166, 2-K. Thomas-157, 3-Leary-138, 4-Boat-134, 5-Klaasmeyer-125, 6-Windom-121, 7-Carrick-112, 8-Thorson-111, 9-Seavey-100, 10-Colwell-96.

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: March 9, 2019 - Southern Illinois Center - Du Quoin, Illinois - Factory Canopies "Shamrock Classic"

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