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Thursday, January 26, 2017

Ransomville Speedway preps for 2017 season

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Ransomville Speedway hosted its annual rules meeting at the Ransomville Fire Hall on Saturday, January 21 with 200 people attend. Technical Inspectors Rich Lemieux and Dave Johnson were introduced to the attendees as well as other Speedway officials.  

Third-generation driver Erick Rudolph returns to the track with the BCL team. Scott Kerwin, the previous driver of the BCL entry,has found a ride with John Coco. Past track champion Chad Brachmann will also be back at Ransomville, while past Sportsman titlist Jesse Cotriss and Steve Lewis Jr. move into the Modified ranks. Past regional Modified Lite champion Derek Wagner will be moving up into a Sportsman, and Pete and Jake Stefanski plan on running a full season in the Street Stock ranks.

As of the meeting, 15 Modifieds have registered as well as 25 Sportsman, 18 Street Stocks, nine 4-Bangers and five Novice Sportsman.

In the spring, concrete pads will be going down on the front row of the pit area for the 358 Modifieds. Pads can be rented for $300 a season. 

Speedway management welcomes the following divisional sponsors back for 2017: the Krown Undercoating 358 Modifieds, the Investors Services Sportsman, the Kipo Chevrolet Street Stocks and the Gippsters Collision 4 Bangers. Stevenson’s Hardware in Ransomville is coming on board as the new divisional sponsor for the Novice Sportsman. “We are thankful to everyone at Stevenson’s Hardware for stepping up to become the Novice Sportsman class sponsor” said Ransomville Speedway General Manager Jenn Martin. “They have sponsored the speedway for many years and they are adding to their sponsorship this year and we thank them for their continued support of racing at the Big R.”

As the schedule is being finalized, the annual Mall Show is being worked on and a date and will be released in the coming weeks. Drivers can still register for the annual Hangover 150, set for Saturday, February 4. Keep up with the action at www.ransomvillespeedway.com.

Quotes in this piece provided by Ransomville Speedway.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Holland moves Crash-A-Rama to June 17

Crash-A-Rama Enduro line-up
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Press release from Holland Speedway

Country music is a passion of race fans, track employees, and drivers at Holland International Speedway, and in effort to not run against the popular WYRK Taste of Country concert, speedway management has moved its first Crash-A-Rama of the 2017 season to Saturday, June 17.

Fans will get to watch the $1,000 to win Compact Enduro race, Full Size School Bus Figure 8 racing, the popular Boat-Trailer race, Demolition Derby and many more surprises in round one the Crash-A-Rama mayhem planned for this upcoming season.

Tickets for both the June 17 and September 9 Crash-A-Rama shows are on sale now through the Holland Speedway online store, which can be accessed through its Facebook Shop Now button, or by visiting www.hollandspeedway.myshopify.com

The NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing program originally scheduled for June 17 will be run on Saturday, July 15 as part of the annual WNY Sportsman Night that includes several exciting promotions with the outdoor industry. Drivers from Alden, East Aurora, Lancaster, Orchard Park and West Falls will also be honored that night as part of the Holland Speedway’s Hometown Heroes driver recognition program.

Keep up with the off-season at www.hollandspeedway.com

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Ransomville World of Outlaws tickets on sale to season ticket holders January 18

The World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series
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After 20 years, the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series returns to Ransomville Speedway on Sunday, July 23 for the “The Big R Outlaw Shootout”. Tickets will go on sale first to Season Ticket Holders starting Wednesday, January 18 through Wednesday, January 25 before being available to the general public. Season ticket holders can call 844-DIRTTIX (844-347-8849) during business hours 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

“Ransomville season ticket holders that purchased their season tickets before January 1st have to call the DIRT TIX number to purchase their tickets before they go on sale to the general public,” said Ransomville General Manager Jenn Martin.

Starting on Thursday, January 26, tickets will go on sale to the general public at www.worldofoutlaws.com/tickets. There will also be posts on the Ransomville Speedway website and social media pages reminding fans when tickets go on sale to the general public.

The “Greatest Show on Dirt” has run twice at Ransomville. In 1994, “The Buckeye Bullet,” Dave Blaney, won the inaugural visit, leading all 25 laps to score the win in front of a packed house at “The Big R”. The one lap track record was set by “The Wild Child” Jac Haudenschild with a 14.582-second lap around the semi-banked, 1/2-mile dirt oval and an average speed of 123.440 mph. Sammy Swindell finished in second followed by Steve Kinser, Jeff Swindell and Jac Haudenschild.  In 1997, Andy Hillenburg went to victory lane, his first win on the season; Blaney finished second with Haudenschild, Donny Schatz and Stevie Smith rounding out the top five. Mark Kinser set the track new one-lap record with a 14.365-second lap. The events scheduled in 1995 and 1996 were rained out.

Keep up with the off-season at www.ransomvillespeedway.com.

Quotes and information in this piece provided by Ransomville Speedway.

Monday, January 16, 2017

The All Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Cars visit these nearby tracks in 2017

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The Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Car Series, owned by racing legend Tony Stewart, has released its 2017 schedule, featuring seven events less than five hours from the Western New York area.

On Saturday, April 29, the series visits Port Royal Speedway in Pennsylvania – located approximately 4.5 hours from Buffalo – then heads to Bedford Speedway, also in Pennsylvania, on Sunday, April 30; Bedford is also approximately 4.5 hours from Buffalo.

On Friday, May 5, the ASCC visits Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, Pennsylvania – approximately 3.5 hours from the Buffalo area.

On Tuesday, June 20, the series heads to Sharon Speedway in Hartford, Ohio – approximately 3.5 hours from Buffalo – where it will also be on Saturday, July 8 for the Lou Blaney Memorial. On Friday, July 21, the ASCC visits Eriez Speedway in Erie, Pennsylvania – less than two hours from Buffalo.

The series returns to Port Royal Speedway on Friday and Saturday, September 8-9, for the Tuscarora 50, which pays $50,000 to the winner.

Find a complete series schedule at www.allstarsprint.com

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Super DIRTcar Series visits these nearby tracks in 2017

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World Racing Group has released the 2017 schedule for the Super DIRTcar Series, which will feature a number of events on tracks near the Western New York area. Find the complete schedule at www.superdirtcarseries.com.

The first action in New York State happens Saturday, April 29 at Fulton Speedway – approximately 2.5 hours from the Buffalo area – followed by a Monday, May 22 date at Weedsport Speedway – approximately two hours from Buffalo.

The series returns to Weedsport on Tuesday, July 11, then visits Sharon Speedway in Hartford, Ohio – less than 3.5 hours from Buffalo – on Thursday, July 20.

On Monday, August 7, Merrittville Speedway in Thorold, Ontario, Canada – less than 60 minutes from Buffalo – hosts the Bob St. Amand Sr. Memorial for the Super DIRTcar Series, and on Tuesday, August 8, the series heads back to New York for the Alex Friesen Summer Nationals at Ransomville Speedway in Niagara County. On Thursday, August 24, it’s back across the border to Ohsweken Speedway in Ontario – less than two hours from Buffalo.

Weedsport Speedway hosts the series for a third time on Monday, September 4 as the season winds down. The stars in the cars then head to the dirt-covered Oswego Speedway on Sunday, October 8 for the finale of Super DIRT Week XLVI.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Sadler, Baldwin team up for Daytona 500

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Tommy Baldwin Racing (TBR) has announced that the team will compete in the 59th running of the Daytona 500 with NASCAR veteran Elliott Sadler behind the wheel of the No.7 Golden Corral Chevrolet.

Sadler will be running double-duty during NASCAR's opening weekend competing in both the Cup and Xfinity Series. The Emporia, VA native and Baldwin have a relationship dating back to their days at Robert Yates Racing when Baldwin served as crew chief for Sadler.

"This is a great opportunity for me and everyone affiliated with Tommy Baldwin Racing," said Sadler. "I love the Daytona 500 and to have Tommy and Golden Corral offer me this opportunity is awesome. Tommy and I have known each other a long time. We actually won a qualifying race for the Daytona 500 together back in 2006. We're gonna rekindle some of that magic and work our tails off to get our car in the race. I know Tommy is putting a lot of effort into this and we're gonna go out and get the best result we possibly can for him and TBR's partners."

Golden Corral returns to TBR for their seventh season and will bring back their popular 'Top 10 Kids Eat Free' promotion. If Elliott Sadler finishes in the top 10 at Daytona, kids 10 and under will eat free at Golden Corral restaurants nationwide on Monday, February 27.

"We are excited to be working with Tommy Baldwin Racing for the seventh season," said Shelley Wolford, Vice President of National Marketing and Media at Golden Corral. "We will be cheering Elliott on to qualify at Daytona and then race for a Top 10 Kids Eat Free finish."

"We look forward to having Elliott join TBR and Golden Corral for the upcoming Daytona 500," said team owner Tommy Baldwin. "Elliott has always been a strong restrictor plate racer which makes this a great opportunity for everyone involved. We know our fans look forward to the 'Top10 Kids Eat Free' promotion every year so we want to capitalize on that and finish the Daytona 500 strong." 

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Warm weather postpones Hangover 150 at Ransomville again

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For the second time in as many weeks, Ransomville Speedway management has been forced to reschedule the 17th annual Hangover 150 till Saturday, February 4. “The warm weather we would like to see in the spring, not in the middle of January,” said newly-named Ransomville Speedway Media Relations director Steven Petty.

“Due to the unseasonably warm and inclement weather, as well as wet grounds, we were forced to postpone the Hangover to February,” said Track General Manager Jennifer Martin. “We apologize and appreciate all the schedule changes that everyone is doing to attend the Hangover. Drivers can still pre-register for $55 until noon on February 3 by calling the Speedway office at (716) 791-3602.”

Pit gates will open at 8:30 a.m. with grandstands opening at 10:30 a.m. The first green flag of the day will fly at noon. The 2017 edition of the Hangover 150 is presented by Philips Garage, Relco Trucking, Sevenson’s, Hytech and FindItQuick.com Winners of each race will receive $500 with $200 going to second place and third place earning $100.

Ransomville Speedway officials will be hosting the Membership and Rules Meeting, set for Saturday, January 21 at the Ransomville Fire Hall. Meeting for the 4 Bangers and Street Stocks will be held at 11 a.m. while the open wheeled classes will be meeting at 12:30 p.m.: lunch will also be served. Ransomville memberships are required to receive points plus end of the season awards/points money. DIRTcar Memberships will also be available as well as Season Passes. Officials and staff will be there to answer any questions. Find out more at www.ransomvillespeedway.com.

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Race of Champions releases preliminary asphalt schedule for 2017

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The Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series currently has 14 events on its 2017 schedule, in addition to events for the Race of Champions Late Models and Super Stocks – and more will be announced throughout the off-season.

The Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series kicks off at Lancaster National Speedway on Saturday, April 29, and visits the half-mile on three other occasions: Thursday, June 29; Saturday, August 19 and Sunday, September 24. Chemung Speedrome hosts two dates on Saturday, May 6 and Saturday, August 5, and Spencer Speedway hosts the Series on Friday, June 2 and Friday, July 21. 

The Series returns to Lake Erie Speedway in Northeast, Pa., on Saturday, June 10 and Holland International Speedway on Saturday, July 22. Oswego Speedway will host the series in two giant events on Saturday, May 13 (the Richie Evans Memorial) and Saturday, July 8 (the Race of Champions). A new event on the schedule is Jennerstown (Pa.) Speedway on Saturday, June 17.
The Series will also race on the weekend of September 29-October 1. The details of that event are forthcoming.

The Race of Champions Late Models and Super Stock schedules are also taking shape, with four dates for the Late Models and five dates for the Super Stock division at Lancaster National Speedway. The Late Models will race on Saturday, May 6; Saturday, July 15; Saturday, July 29 and Sunday, September 24. The Super Stocks will race on Saturday, April 29; Thursday, June 29; Saturday, July 8; Saturday, August 26 and Saturday, September 23.

Keep up with the off-season and the 2017 schedule at www.rocmodifiedseries.com

Information in this piece from rocmodifiedseries.com.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

“7NY” returns to NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour with Baldwin, Lia

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Tommy Baldwin Racing (TBR) will be competing part-time on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour (NWMT) with driver Donny Lia in 2017, with Baldwin bringing back the iconic No. 7NY. The car number has a rich history in the NASCAR touring series and the local tracks on Long Island, with 54 combined wins with the late "Tiger" Tom Baldwin Sr. at the wheel.

Lia, a two-time NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Champion (2007 and 2009) and Long Island native, brings a wealth of experience to the team. With a career dating back to 2001, Lia raced Baldwin on the Tour.

"Tom and I quickly became friends early in my racing career, I was able to learn a lot from him," said Lia. “To now drive for Tommy in the 7NY that his father ran means a lot to me. I just can't thank him enough for this opportunity."

Baldwin and Lia have crossed paths before, with Baldwin serving as the crew chief for Lia's first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start in 2008.

"There are things I have taken from that one race with Tommy years ago that I have brought with me throughout my career," said Lia.  "Knowing how much I learned from only one race with Tommy makes me that much more excited for the upcoming season." 

“This (modifieds) was my introduction to racing," said Baldwin. "As a kid it's really all that I knew. Watching and then ultimately working with my dad not only taught me the technical side, but gave me a competitive spirit. He always said 'there is no replacement for winning.'”

"When I moved to North Carolina, I took my roots with me," Baldwin continued. "I knew that at some point, at some level, I would be back involved with modifieds. I stay in contact with and follow the series regularly. It's always been an important part of my life and now I will have the opportunity to enjoy great memories and create new ones. With a great driver like Donny behind the wheel, the 7NY team is excited for our first race."

"I am very honored that Tommy wants to go racing with me in his car," said Lia. "This is a deal that I feel completes my career. It has come full circle. I get to be racing a modified that Tommy owns, with the 7NY on it. I can say, out of all the cool stuff I have had the opportunity to do throughout my career, this is right at the top of the list." 

Baldwin and Lia are scheduled to compete at the following races:
  • 3/18       Myrtle Beach Speedway 
  • 4/30       Stafford Motor Speedway 
  • 6/14       Thompson Speedway
  • 7/14       New Hampshire Motor Speedway Race of Champions
  • 7/15       New Hampshire Motor Speedway 
  • 8/4         Stafford Motor Speedway 
  • 8/9         Thompson Speedway 
  • 9/2         Oswego Speedway
  • 9/16       Riverhead Raceway 
  • 9/23       New Hampshire Motor Speedway
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World of Outlaws Late Model Series visits these nearby tracks in 2017

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The World of Outlaws Late Model Series recently released its 2017 schedule, with numerous stops at Ontario and Pennsylvania dirt tracks five hours or less from the Buffalo area.

The 2017 WoO Late Model Series schedule, which begins in early February in Georgia and Florida, will make its first scheduled nearby stop on Saturday, June 17 at Brighton Speedway in Ontario, just under four hours from Buffalo. The Late Models then visit Cornwall Motor Speedway in Ontario on Sunday, June 18 – the track is less than five hours from the Buffalo area.

One of the premier events on the Late Model schedule is the three-day Firecracker 100 at Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, Pennsylvania – approximately 3.5 hours from Buffalo – taking place Thursday through Saturday, June 22-24.

The series hits two more Pennsylvania tracks in August: Port Royal Speedway – approximately 4.5 hours from WNY – on Saturday, August 19 and Eriez Speedway in Erie – less than two hours from Buffalo – on Sunday, August 20.

The Late Models return to Lernerville on Saturday, September 2 then visits Selinsgrove Speedway in Pennsylvania, approximately four hours from the Buffalo area, on Sunday, September 3.

Find a complete schedule and learn more about the WoO Late Model Series at woolms.com

World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series visit these nearby tracks in 2017

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World Racing Group has released the 2017 schedule for the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series, which will feature a number of events on tracks near the Buffalo area. Find the complete WoO Sprint Car Series schedule at www.woosprint.com.

Area racing kicks off on Sunday, May 21 when the series visits Weedsport Speedway – approximately two hours from Buffalo. On Tuesday, July 18, the series makes its way to Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, Pennsylvania – approximately 3.5 hours from Buffalo.

On Sunday, July 23, the Outlaws return to Ransomville Speedway in Niagara County for the first time in 20-plus years. A couple of days later on Tuesday, July 25, the series heads north of the border to Ohsweken Speedway in Ontario – less than two hours from Buffalo – for its only Canadian appearance of the season.

On Saturday, September 23, the Outlaws return to Lernerville Speedway, and on Saturday, October 7, during NAPA SuperDIRT Week in Central New York, the series visits Fulton Speedway – approximately 2.5 hours from Buffalo.

If you’re willing to go a little bit farther to see the “Greatest Show on Dirt,” check out some of these tracks in Ohio, New York and Pennsylvania: Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio (May 12-13, July 13-15 (Kings Royal) and September 22); Lincoln Speedway in Abbottstown, Pennsylvania (May 17); Williams Grove Speedway (May 19-20, July 21-22 and September 28-30); Fremont Speedway in Fremont, Ohio (June 3); and Port Royal Speedway in Port Royal, Pennsylvania (October 14).

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Freedom Motorsports Park announces tentative 2017 schedule

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Freedom Motorsports Park, the dirt track located at 11909 Marble Springs Rd. in Delevan, has posted a tentative 2017 schedule on its website, www.freedommotorsportspark.com. Regular racing action takes place Friday nights at 7:30 p.m., and includes Modifieds, Crate Sportsman, Street Stocks, FWD Mini Stocks and RWD Mini Stocks.

The track will host a practice session on Sunday, May 7 as well as a season-opening Spring Enduro (more information forthcoming). Opening night for points racing is Friday, May 12 featuring all classes mentioned above.

The special events schedule kicks off with the third annual Ron Baker Memorial for the ULMS Super Late Models on May 26; the night also includes Sportsman, Street Stock and Mini Stock action. On June 9, the NY6A Mini Sprint Tour rolls into Freedom along with all regular classes, and June 16 is the second annual Bixby Hill Shootout, with a $750 top prize for the Street Stocks.

The NY6A Mini Sprints return on July 7, along with a $300-to-win Mini Stock feature, and the ULMS Super Late Models return on July 14. The third NY6A Mini Sprint race of the season hits the dirt on August 11.

The season winds down with two big events in September: the Freedom King of the Hill night (the last points night for the Sportsman class) on September 1 and the Night of Champions, featuring the NY6A Mini Sprints, Modifieds, Street Stocks and Mini Stocks on September 8. On Saturday, October 14, the track will host its Fall Enduro (more information forthcoming).

Find the complete tentative schedule for 2017 at the website listed above.

Numerous NASCAR series visit these nearby tracks in 2017

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Some of NASCAR’s top series will be visiting tracks near the Western New York area during the 2017 season, including an annual visit to the Finger Lakes region.

Watkins Glen International, approximately 2.5 hours from Buffalo, will host the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, Xfinity Series and K&N Pro Series East during the annual event, August 4-6.

“The Steel Palace,” Oswego Speedway, will host the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour on Labor Day weekend, Saturday, September 2. Oswego is located about 2.5 hours from the Buffalo area near Syracuse.

North of the border, the Camping World Truck Series will make its annual stop at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, approximately 2.5 hours from Buffalo (excluding border delays), on Sunday, September 3. The track, located in Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada, will also host the NASCAR Pinty’s Series on the same day.

The Pinty’s Series will also race at Toronto’s Exhibition Place on Saturday, July 15 as part of the Verizon IndyCar Series’ annual event. Exhibition Place is about 90 minutes from the Buffalo area (excluding border delays).

Find the complete NASCAR series schedules at www.nascar.com

Monday, January 9, 2017

Halmar Friesen Racing announces full-time Truck Series run in 2017

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Halmar International owner Chris Larsen and dirt modified veteran Stewart Friesen announced the formation of Halmar Friesen Racing (HFR) on Monday, with intentions of running a full schedule in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) for 2017 with Friesen as the driver. Halmar International will serve as primary sponsor on the No. 52 Chevrolet Silverado, and NASCAR veteran Tommy Baldwin Jr. will manage the day-to-day operations of HFR.

Friesen, a native of Niagara-on-the-Lake Ontario, is a decorated dirt modified and sprint car who made his NCWTS debut in 2016 at Eldora Speedway. Friesen ran a six-race schedule with a best finish of 13th at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Stewart Friesen
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"I'm super excited to be part of the Halmar Friesen Racing team," said Friesen. "We did a bit of racing last year to get our feet wet on asphalt, and we were pleased with our success. Everything we have going on with Tommy is exciting. It's great to have his experience guiding our team so we can hit the ground running in Daytona."

Friesen's crew chief will be Trip Bruce, who most recently worked with Baldwin in the K&N Pro Series East. Bruce has a championship with driver Johnny Benson and 10 wins in the NCWTS.

"We got our feet wet at Eldora last season mostly because we wanted to have some fun,” said Larsen. “After that, we ran several more races to get a sense of where we were. When an opportunity came to work with Tommy (Baldwin) and it was a no brainer for us. Because of the relationship with Tommy we have committed to running the whole season. We know we will be prepared, we have good equipment and a great driver."

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Lancaster offering Max Passes for Speedway, Dragway seasons

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Lancaster National Speedway & Dragway will offer a Speedway Max Pass and a Dragway Max Pass for the 2017 racing seasons until April 1. People who purchases a Max Pass will save $40 off the regular front gate admission for eligible nights (not all events are included).

“We have had multiple fans ask about some type of season pass to attend events at the track,” said Tim Packman, Lancaster Track President. “Since we now know our schedule and have set the price points, we are pleased to make this offer for our dedicated fans. I wish we could have had these available for the holidays, but slight delays in confirming contracts and schedule dates didn’t allow us to make them available before now. But, this opportunity gives fans almost three months to take advantage of the Max Pass to see our exciting racing shows.”

As an extra incentive to purchase early, the first 25 Speedway Max Pass purchases and 25 Dragway Max Pass purchases will receive a free track t-shirt. Passes will be available for pick up after April 12 at the track office once they are printed and prepared.

Speedway Max Pass – $200
  • Valid for all regular season stock car events, including the three Race of Champions Modified events during the season. Not valid for: Niagara Swap Meet and U.S. Open.
Dragway Max Pass – $225
  • Valid for all regular shows, including Jet Funny Car Night and Nitro Night of Fire. Not valid for: Niagara Swap Meet, Street Outlaws on June 30, Thunderdome: Buffalo Street Outlaws vs. The World and Sunday Nostalgia.
Keep up with the off-season and find more information at www.lancasternationalspeedway.com.

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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

12 events on Oswego Speedway’s 2017 schedule

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Oswego Speedway will kick off its 67th season on Saturday, May 13 with the Race of Champions Modifieds and end it with “Classic Weekend,” September 1-3, featuring the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.

The “Steel Palace” opens on May 13 with the 61-lap Richie Evans Memorial for the RoC Mods, as well as the Novelis Supermodifieds and Pathfinder Bank Small-Block Supers. On Saturday, May 27 – Memorial Day weekend – the third-annual Port City “Super Spectacle” features the Jim Shampine Memorial 75 for the Supers and the Tony White Memorial 35 for the SBS; the two Oswego series are joined by the ISMA Supermodifieds for the Jack Murphy Memorial King of Wings IX (rain date – May 28).

Saturday, June 10 is the first autograph night of the season, also featuring Twin 35s for the Supers and a 30-lap main for the SBS. On Saturday, July 1, the Independence Weekend Grand Prix will feature a 75-lap main for the Supers and 35 laps for the SBS plus fireworks.

The 67th annual Race of Champions event gets a new date for 2017 – Saturday, July 8. There will be a practice session on Friday, July 7, and the RoC Modifieds will be joined by the Supers and SBS on Saturday; rain date for the event is Sunday, July 9.

Saturday, July 15 is the Summer Championship for both home series, and Saturday, July 22 is the 31st annual Mr. Novelis Supermodified ($10,000-to-win) and the 26th annual Mr. Pathfinder Bank SBS ($1,500-to-win).

Saturday, August 5 is the Speedway’s Reunion Weekend, with a 45-lap feature for the Supers, and Saturday, August 12 will be highlighted by Twin 20s for the SBS. The regular season championships will be decided Saturday, August 19, with $5 admission and a driver autograph session.

The 67th season finale is the 61st annual Budweiser International Classic Weekend, Friday through Sunday, September 1-3. “Fast Friday,” September 1, will feature practice sessions for the Supermodifieds and Small-Block Supers as well as time trials for both classes and SBS heat races; the evening ends with the Party in the Pits beginning at 7:30 p.m. “Super Saturday,” September 2, features the NASCAR Modifieds in a 150-lap feature and the ISMA Supermodifieds in the Super Nationals 60. “Classic Sunday,” September 3, will feature the 61st running of the Budweiser International Classic 200 and the 26th running of the Bud Light SBS Classic 75.

Find out more about the upcoming season at www.oswegospeedway.com

Monday, January 2, 2017

Ransomville postpones Hangover 150 until January 14, announces membership meetings

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The 17th annual Hangover 150 at Ransomville Speedway has been postponed until Saturday, January 14, 2017.

“Due to the unseasonably warm and inclement weather, as well as wet grounds, we were forced to postpone the Hangover to January 14,” said Track General Manager Jennifer Martin. “We would like to thank all racers, patrons, and staff for their patience and consideration during this uncooperative weather. Drivers can still pre-register by calling the Speedway office at 716-791-3602.” 

Pit gates will open at 8:30 a.m. and grandstands will open at 10:30 a.m. with the first green flag of the day at noon. The 2017 edition of the Hangover 150 is presented by Philips Garage, Relco Trucking, Sevenson’s, Hytech and FindItQuick.com. Winners of each race will receive $500, with $200 going to the runner-up and $100 to the third-place finisher.

If needed, the rain date/inclement weather rescheduling date will be Saturday, February 4.

In other news from the “Big R”, Ransomville Speedway officials will host the 2017 Membership and Rules Meetings on Saturday, January 21 at Ransomville Fire Hall. The meeting for the 4 Bangers and Street Stocks will be held at 11 a.m., while the open-wheeled classes will meet at 12:30 p.m. Lunch will also be served. Ransomville memberships are required to receive points plus end of the season awards/points money. DIRTcar Memberships will also be available as well as Season Passes. Officials and staff will be there to answer any questions. Keep up with the off-season at www.ransomvillespeedway.com.

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Holland Speedway announces 2017 schedule

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Following the Holland Speedway’s release in October that announced the return of the Getzoni Nationwide Insurance Pro Modifieds as the track’s top NASCAR division, the track has announced its 58th season schedule, highlighted by a number of WNY racing traditions.

The season kicks off with practice and heat races on Saturday, May 13, that will determine the opening day starting lineup for Saturday, May 20. Two fan-favorite CRASH-A-RAMA events will be held at the track on June 10 and September 9.

The Modifieds will return to Holland on Saturday, July 22 for the Holland Highbanks 100. Debuting this year will be the Summer Sizzler, a 200-lap Enduro race on Saturday, July 29 that will be made up 100 laps for 4-cylinders and 100 laps for 6-cylinders.

The annual George Decker Memorial and Labor Day Weekend 75-lap races for the Pro Modifieds are some of the best-known traditions in local racing, with dates of August 5 and September 2, respectively. The track has also announced the inaugural Butch Palmer Hornet 32, set to honor late Hornet driver and track fan favorite Butch Palmer, who passed away in the fall. The 32-lap feature commemorating his racing number and legacy will also take place on September 2.  

The schedule will be updated regularly as sponsorships are allocated to different events, and more details are released during the offseason. Keep up with the off-season and view the entire schedule at www.hollandspeedway.com