Wednesday, October 26, 2016

November 2016 racing: Where to see your favorites

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NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series:
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series:
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NASCAR Xfinity Series:
  • November 5 – Texas Motor Speedway
  • November 12 – Phoenix International Raceway
  • November 19 – Homestead-Miami Speedway (finale)
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series:
  • November 4 – Texas Motor Speedway
  • November 11– Phoenix International Raceway
  • November 18 – Homestead-Miami Speedway (finale)
For more information on these events, click on the links provided.

Friday, October 7, 2016

Pro Modifieds return to top billing at Holland for 2017

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Holland Speedway has announced the return of the Pro Modifieds as the top NASCAR division. With great support throughout this past season on special modified event nights, the decision was made to bring the division back for 2017. The Division I Pro Modifieds will be competing for a season ending points fund of $10,000 in addition to their weekly purses.

Opening night of the 2017 season at the Holland Speedway will be Saturday, May 13, with Crash A Rama events scheduled for June 10 and September 9, the Race of Champions Modified Tour 100 on July 22, and the classic George Decker Memorial on July 29. Season championships and the perennial Bud 100 are set for September 2.

While the final details on the upcoming season’s schedule and dates continue to be sorted out, the excitement for the return of the Pro Modified division is clear. The post season recap also gives management a great opportunity to thank fans and drivers alike for a tremendous racing season in 2016.

“This year was full of great racing action, exciting new sponsorships and local corporate partnership, and true fan passion,” said Track General Manager Tim Bennett. “Congratulations to all our Track Champions this season, we’re looking forward to honoring all of you at our November 11 Banquet, and we truly cannot wait to have you back for our 58th year in the spring”.

The track is also proud to announce a new 6-Cylinder division for 2017; the Talking Phonebook Super Six’s will debut next May. 

Stay tuned to the Holland Speedway website and social media pages for more details on the 2017 schedule.

Quotes in this piece provided by Holland Speedway.

Lancaster offers sneak peak at 2017 schedule

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The 2016 season at Lancaster National Speedway and Dragway is over, but plans are already in place for 2017. The facility is coming off the second season of its rebuilding era, with upgrades including the resurfacing of the 1/8-mile dragstrip, paving racing and pit surfaces and improved lighting. The track is seeing renewed enthusiasm and support from competitors and fans, as well – in fact, the track is already receiving inquiries about pit pads for 2017.

The 2017 oval season will open on Saturday, April 22 at 2 p.m. with a matinee stock car program. The action continues the following Saturday, April 29, with the first of four visits from the Race of Champions Modified Series. 

The mighty Modifieds will return for three additional prestigious events: the third annual Bill Colton Memorial Ol' Boy Cup 60 on Thursday, June 29; the 28th annual Tommy Druar/Tony Jankowiak Memorial 110 on August 19; and the 29th annual U.S. Open on the weekend of September 22-24.

The biggest addition to the oval schedule is the return of the International Supermodified Association on Saturday, June 3. The fastest short track cars in America will make their first appearance at Lancaster since 2009 and it will be the first visit by the ISMA series since 2003. 

ISMA held their first-ever race at Lancaster on July 3, 1974 with Ohio driver Todd Gibson winning that inaugural event. Some of the biggest names in Supermodified racing have won at Lancaster in the years that followed, including Jim Shampine, Bentley Warren, Mike McLaughlin, Doug Heveron, Joe Gosek, Dave McKnight, Russ Wood and Chris Perley. 

The Franco's Pizza IHRA Drag Racing season will open on Friday, April 28 with test and tune and tech inspection. The first points race of the year will take place the following Friday, May 5. 

The full 2017 schedules for the stock car and drag racing programs will be released in the coming months. Keep up with the off-season at

Monday, October 3, 2016

Beatty, Eckert, Peters and Fix clinch 2016 Lancaster Dragway titles

Bikes & Sleds champ Mike Peters
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Lancaster National Dragway wrapped up its 2016 Franco’s Pizza IHRA Drag Racing season on Friday night as the track champions were crowned for all four weekly classes. The season finale also featured four drivers ending the year with their first wins of the season.

Mike Nowak picked up the win in Top 8 Eliminator, defeating Mark Talmadge in a double breakout with Nowak running just .001 seconds quicker than his 4.98 dial-in. 

Jan Winkowski’s Lunatic Fringe Chevy Nova earned the win in Mallare Enterprises Top ET over Shawn Beatty. Beatty and his co-driver Chris Van Baalen received the consolation prize, however, as they clinched the 2016 Mallare Enterprises Top ET championship.

In McGard Mod ET, Ben Haight picked up his first win of the season over Bob Richards. The Mod ET championship went to Dale Eckert and his co-driver Clay Ricketson. It is Eckert’s seventh-straight title and tenth in the last 11 years.

Mike Peters locked up the 2016 Hebeler’s Sales Sleds & Bikes championship with his fourth win of the season, defeating Brian Babiak in the final round to put the exclamation point on his year.
In Tread City Tire Street, David Weller earned his first win of the season over Louie San George in the final round. Second-generation driver Mason Fix, along with teammates Nick Morrissey and Jim Bruckman, clinched his first career championship in the class.

The 2016 champions from Lancaster’s Advance Auto Parts Tuesday Night Drag Racing program were Victoria Young in Junior Dragsters and Anthony Lazzazero in Teen Championship Racing. 

Lancaster National Dragway will celebrate the 2016 season and honor its champions at the Season Awards Banquet on Friday, November 11 at the Variety Club banquet hall. Ticket details to be announced shortly at

Sunday, October 2, 2016

2016 Super DIRT Week at Oswego: October 5-9

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Dirt track racing fans have a new temporary home for the annual festivities of Super DIRT Week: Oswego Speedway has been covered with dirt and will host the 45th annual event. Super DIRT Week 2016 gets underway on Wednesday, October 5, culminating with the Bud Light 300 Super DIRTcar Big-Block Modified race on Sunday, October 9.

Additional Super DIRT Week events will take place at three other Central New York speedways: Fulton Speedway in Fulton, Weedsport Speedway in Weedsport and Brewerton Speedway in Central Square.

On Wednesday, Super DIRT Week kicks off with practice for the Big-Block Modifieds at 3 p.m. at Oswego, followed by the DIRTcar 358-Mods and DIRTcar Sportsman Mods at Weedsport – action begins at 7:30 p.m.

On Thursday, Big-Blocks and 358-Mods practice beginning at 10 a.m. at Oswego, followed by time trials for the 358s at 1:20 p.m. and the Big-Blocks at 2:45 p.m. That evening, the 358s hit the track for the 24th annual Hurricane 100 at Brewerton – action gets underway at 7:30 p.m.

On Friday, Sportsman time trials hit the track at 12:35 p.m., followed by Futures features for Pro Stocks and Sportsman at 1 p.m. 358-Mods take practice at 2:55 p.m., followed by the Big-Blocks at 3:35 p.m. 358-Mod Futures run their feature at 4:20 p.m., followed by the Big-Block Mod Futures at 4:40 p.m. The 358-Mods will run Twin 25-lap features, followed by Sportsman qualifiers and Big-Block Triple 20-lappers, beginning at 6:55 p.m. at Oswego.

On Saturday, Pro Stock time trials at 11 a.m. are followed by Last Chance races for the 358 Modifieds, Sportsman, Pro Stocks and Big-Blocks. The 358-Modified Series Riccelli-Northern Salute the Troops 150 begins at 2 p.m., followed by Big-Block Modified final practice at 4 p.m. Evening action shifts to Fulton Speedway, where the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series hits the track along with the Big-Block “Win and You’re In” feature (winner earns 45th starting spot for Bud Light 300) – action starts at 7:30 p.m.

On Sunday, the Sportsman Mods and Pro Stocks practice at 10 a.m. Racing action kicks off at 11 a.m. with the DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Chevy Performance 75 Championship race, followed by the Pro Stock 50-lapper at noon and the 45th annual Big-Block Modified Series Bud Light 300 at 2 p.m. Rain date for Saturday or Sunday events is Monday, October 10.

Find a complete schedule of events here.

Get the complete details on Super DIRT Week XLIII at   

2016 Shootout at the Bullring at Wyoming County International Speedway: October 7-9

Wyoming County International Speedway, located at 35 Adrian Rd. in Perry, will be hosting the Shootout at the Bullring Friday through Sunday, October 7-9. Highlighting the weekend is the $10,000-to-win American 100 for Modifieds, which will go green on Sunday.

Festivities kick off Friday night with open practice beginning at 4:30 p.m. On Saturday, practice begins at 10 a.m. with two sessions each for the 4-cylinders, SST Modifieds, NYSS Super Stocks and Modifieds. Heat racing begins at 1 p.m., featuring NYSS Super Stocks, 4-cylinders and SST Modifieds followed by additional practice for the Modifieds and features for the Vintage Late Models, 4-cylinders, NYSS Super Stocks and SST Modifieds.

On Sunday, practice once again begins at 10 a.m. with three sessions each for Super Stocks, Vintage Modifieds and Modifieds. Heats begin at 1 p.m. for Super Stocks, Vintage Modifieds and Modifieds, followed by features for Vintage Mods and Super Stocks, and concluding with the American 100 Modified race. Find a complete weekend schedule here.

Saturday admission to the grandstand is $22 for adults, $20 for seniors (65+), $10 for kids 10-16 and free for kids 9 and under; a family pass for Saturday (two adults and unlimited children) is $55. On Sunday, admission is $28 for adults, $24 for seniors, $10 for kids 10-16 and free for kids 9 and under; a family pass on Sunday is $70. Two-day admission passes are available for $40 for adults, $35 for seniors and $15 for kids 10-16.

Find out more about the Shootout at the Bullring at