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United Racing Club is pleased to announce that the Club will return to
Orange County Fair Speedway in its return to the sprint car scene
The club will be part of Orange
County’s Saturday Night Lights show on August 22,
2015 as the 360 Sprint cars will take on the big 5/8th mile
located in Middletown, New York. “I’ve always liked racing there and I look
forward to going back to Orange County,” stated United Racing Club driver
Jason Clauss, of Boyertown, Pennsylvania.
Constructed in 1857, OCFS is
the oldest continuing operating dirt track in the United States, a place
rich in history and another United Racing Club driver is eager to make a
“I like the wide racing surface
and always enjoying going to such an historic race track,” added driver Mark
Bitner, who races out of Trenton, New Jersey.
Anyone interested in
scheduling races or sponsoring the United Racing Club in 2015 and beyond,
may contact Curt Michael at 302-344-1882.
Fans can follow all of
the news and announcements concerning the club via its Facebook page under
United Racing Club or on twitter @URCClub.
SWAP MEET SUNDAY OCT 26
Jared Zimbardi Takes Home Record $15,000 Cash as Patriot Sprint Tour
Rich Vleck, ROCHESTER, NY, (October 18, 2014)- Jared Zimbardi had known
for months now that he had secured both 2014 Patriot Sprint Tour Titles,
but on Saturday he and his team were able to appropriately celebrate his
Zimbardi, 27, who resides in Bradford, PA, collected $15,000 at the 2014
Patriot Sprint Tour Awards Banquet Saturday Night at the Barnard Exempt
Party House in Rochester, NY. After winning the PST America
Championship in 2013 for the second time, “The Juice” had his best
season this year dominating both the PST America and PST Canada Series
to secure each title and earn a $5,000 bonus for becoming the first
driver to win both.
“I love being a dirt sprint car driver,” declared Zimbardi upon
accepting his big check, championship trophy, jackets and prize pack.
“For me, it is not about the destination but the journey. What a
journey our team has been on.”
Zimbardi scored seven wins on the Patriot Sprint Tour in 2014, including
winning four of the five PST Canada events. He completed every regular
season lap and never finished a race outside of the top 10. Tony
DiFonzo, Zimbardi’s Crew Chief, was a big reason for this consistency
and was named Mechanic of the Year for the second straight season.
A host of other drivers were honored on the night as over $32,000 cash
was distributed. Teenager Dane Lorenc was crowned the Insinger
Performance Fuels Rookie of the Year. With his win at McKean County in
August, Lorenc becomes the first PST Rookie of the Year to win a feature
race with the series in his first season of competition.
Former Rookie of the Year Steve Collins also had a great season, placing
second in PST America Points, a career-best. Not only did Collins
receive a healthy chunk of the point fund, he also was the lucky
recipient of a new set of Brodix Cylinder Heads.
Dave Just placed third in the standings in his sophomore season and was
also crowned the Evingham Site Excavation Four Laps of Fame Dash Series
Champion. Just behind Just in both standings was Brad Knab, who
completed a solid season in fourth. 2013 Rookie of the Year Scott Just
completed the top five in the standings and joined his dad Dave in
receiving the honor of the Patriots of the year.
2012 series champion Scott Kreutter picked up the Hard Charger of the
Season Award, while Derek Jonathan was recognized for his sportsmanship
and best appearing car. Parker Evans was named the outstanding newcomer
while Tyler Graves, the driver who won that award last year, was
declared as the hard luck recipient.
To conclude the evening, PST Director Mike Emhof looked ahead to what
should be a thrilling 2015 season. Emhof declared that the PST America
Champion will once again be vying for at least a $5,000 cash payout and
that many of the track of 2014 will return.
Tour America Series Top 11 (Special Awards in Parentheses)
Dave Just (Dash
Series Champion, Patriots of the Year)
(Patriots of the Year)
(Hard Charger of the Season)
Dane Lorenc (Insinger
Rookie of the Year)
(Sportsmanship, Best Appearing Car)
Tyler Graves (Hard
- Mechanic of the Year: Tony DiFonzo
- Dedication to Motors: Jeff Dudden
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CRSA Sprints Penn Can.
Jeremy Quick Claim First Feature Win of
2014 at "King of the Can Weekend" - Penn Can Speedway
CRSA Quick Results –
A-Main finish, 25 laps:
1) 72 - Jeremy
Quick 2) 29 - Dalton Herrick 3) 10 - Joe Kata 4) 79 - Jordan Thomas
5) 11x - Mike Esposito 6) 99 - Mike Kiser 7) 17 - John Matrafailo 8)
3P - Josh Pieniazek 9) 19eM - Emily VanInwegen 10) 5X - Bob Gray 11)
1Q - Thomas Radivoy 12) J27 - John Cunningham 13) 69K - Kory Gurney
14) 83 - Dustin Purdy 15) 3A - Warren Alexson 16) 4X - Casey Williams
17) 30 - Scott Goodrich 18) 07 - Brett Jaycox 19) 91 - Dan Hennessy
20) 1 - Jeff Van Steenburg
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Magsarus Hard Charger Award : Joe Kata (+9)
G.Pivoda and Sons Construction heat race winners: Jeremy Quick , Joe Kata ,
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Award: Bob Gray
American Racer RR
Tire Award: Jeremy Quick
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American Racer RR Tire Award: Josh Pieniazek
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19th Annual SOS Awards Gala & Annual General Meeting
Southern Ontario Sprints Awards Gala & Annual General Meeting will be held on
November 15, 2014 at the Holiday Inn - Burlington Hotel & Conference
Join us the evening of Saturday Nov. 15th to celebrate the 19th Southern Ontario
Sprints Championship with Awards, Food, and Fun.
Contact Loree Ferrell to arrange for tickets for the awards
banquet prior to November 1, 2014. Tickets are $45 per person.
Room rates for the hotel are $109 for standard single queen with sofabed, $114
for atrium two double bed or $119 for business king rooms. Room reservations can
be made online at
by phone at 1-888-987-4888 and ask for reservations or by e-mail at
Use group block id code SOS.
The annual general meeting will be held in the
afternoon, at the hotel, prior to the awards dinner. Rule change
proposals must be submitted in writing to the board prior to November 1, 2014.
Elections for the positions of Vice-President, Treasure, and three board members
will also be held.
NOVEMBER “SPRINT CAR 101” FORUMS ANNOUNCED; ONE IN KNOXVILLE AND ONE IN
KNOXVILLE, IOWA (October
9, 2014) - The National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum is pleased to
announce its line-up of free and open-to-the-public Sprint Car 101
educational programs for the remainder of the year, which includes a bonus
program in Algona, Iowa. The regularly-scheduled program will take place on
Thursday, October 16, in Knoxville with an evening featuring “Knoxville
Nationals: The First Fifty Years” book authors Eric Arnold & Bob Wilson.
The Sprint Car 101 ‘On the Road’ program will take place on Sunday, November
23, with an afternoon spotlighting North Central Iowa racing veteran and
2013 Knoxville Raceway Hall of Fame inductee Norm Wiemers.
According to museum
curator Tom Schmeh today, “Due to last winter’s weather, we were forced to
postpone our program with Eric Arnold and Bob Wilson. We are proud to
finally bring that forum to life. We are also excited about working with
Chad Meyer again at the Kossuth County Ag & Motorsports Museum in Algona on
the afternoon with Norm Wiemers. It follows our very successful program up
there this spring with Jim Edgington, Dick Forbrook and Stacy Redmond. I
encourage sprint car fans in North Central Iowa to come out at 2 p.m. on
Sunday, November 23, to the Kossuth County Fairgrounds in Algona.”
interested in learning more about the “Sprint Car 101” Third Thursday Series
at the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum are urged to visit
There will be no programs in Knoxville in November and December.
RULES MEETINGS SCHEDULED FOR
NOVEMBER 16, 2014
by Tommy Goudge (October 8, 2014) - Ohsweken, Ontario - Ohsweken Speedway will
be holding rules and registration meetings for all five of the track’s weekly
Friday night racing divisions on Sunday, November 16, 2014 at the Best Western
Brant Park Inn located at 19 Holiday Drive in Brantford, Ontario.
Memberships for the 2015 Ohsweken Speedway season will be available for purchase
at the meetings. The membership fee is $60, and payable by cash, cheque, debit
card, or credit card. Registration forms for drivers and crew are available at
the following link:
The schedule for the meetings is as follows:
12:00pm to 1:00pm - Registration
1:00pm to 2:00pm - Mini Stocks and Bombers
2:15pm to 3:15pm - Thunder Stocks
3:30pm to 4:30pm - 360 Sprint Cars and Crate Sprint Cars
Schedules and other plans for the 2015 Ohsweken Speedway season are well
underway, with the 2015 schedule slated to be officially released early in the
2014 “Big Track”
Schedule of Events at SSP –
(Schedule as of September 27, 2014 - Subject
October 18 (Sat.)
11th Annual Miller’s Racing Parts Fall Classic - Street
Stocks, Xtreme Stock Cars and Road Warriors/Mini
Vans (4:00 p.m.) – Rain date:
Sunday, October 19.
October 22 (Wed.) Wednesday
Night Test & Tune Session at Big Track (Gates open at 5:00 p.m.; Practice
6:00 p.m. - 9:00
October 25 (Sat.) Candy
Bowl X presented by J&K Salvage
– PA Sprint Series, Wingless
Midgets, Sportsman Modifieds,
ACMS Stock 600cc Micro Sprints,
Sidewinder Sprints and Legends Cars (2:00 p.m.) - Raindate: Sunday, October
November 1 (Sat.) 11th
Annual Turkey 200 –
Big Car Enduro (100 laps) & 4/6 Cylinder Small Car Enduro (100 laps) plus
Classic Cars and Mini Vans
(1:00 p.m.); Rain date: Sunday, November 2.
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The CRSA Annual Awards Banquet
is on tap for November 15th at the Holiday Inn Oneonta.
Last years banquet saw over one hundred people in
attendance and it was a great time for all. DJ, Rick Cornish is back for his
fourth gig with the CRSA and has an unlimited supply of music.
Rooms are available at a the discount rate of $79.00 if reserved before 10/19.
You must call and use the rate code "VDR" to get this price.
Ticket price is $40.00 which includes a huge buffet dinner. Tickets must be
purchased before Nov.8.
Where? Holiday Inn Oneonta, 5206 Hwy 23, Oneonta, NY 13820
For more information, email Debbie at email@example.com
Top 10 in CRSA Season Points as of 9/27/14
1) John Matrafailo - 3197
2) Scott Goodrich - 3161
3) Dalton Herrick - 3152
4) Josh Pieniazek - 2809
5) Joe Kata - 2772
6) Jeremy Quick - 2706
7) Emily VanInwegen - 2632
8) Mike Kiser - 2546
9) Warren Alexson - 2124
10) Dustin Purdy - 1912
Grand Jury Clears Tony Stewart Of
CANANDAIGUA, N.Y. — Three-time
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Tony Stewart will not face
charges stemming from the Aug. 9 accident that resulted in
the death of sprint car racer Kevin Ward Jr.
Ontario County (N.Y.) District
Attorney Michael Tantillo made the announcement Wednesday
afternoon (Sept. 24).
Ward was killed when he was struck
by Stewart’s sprint car after walking on to the track to
confront Stewart after the two were involved in an accident
at Canandaigua (N.Y.) Motorsports Park. Stewart did not
compete in the next three Sprint Cup races as the
investigation continued. Tantillo said a grand jury, which
met Tuesday and Wednesday, found no evidence of wrongdoing
on Stewart’s behalf.
“During the course of the grand jury
presentation, approximately two dozen witnesses testified,”
Tantillo said. “These included a number of race-car drivers,
race track employees and volunteers, two accident
re-constructionists, medical personnel and a number of
police officers. The grand jury reviewed a number of
photographs and video recordings as well as other
“After listening to and questioning
all the witnesses and reviewing all the evidence, the grand
jury has determined that there is no basis with which to
charge Tony Stewart of any crimes … Their job was to
determine whether or not, based upon all the evidence they
heard, there was reasonable cause to believe whether Tony
Stewart had committed a crime or not. Obviously, they did
not reach that finding.”
Tantillo said the jury reviewed two
videos of the crash, one of which had gone viral on the
Internet and another, a video from the race track’s camera,
that was privately held. The race track’s video — which was
in higher definition — was enhanced, examined and isolated
frame-by-frame at low speed.
“(The videos) were a pretty
important piece of the evidence that was considered here,”
Tantillo said. “The videos did not demonstrate any
aberrrational driving by Tony Stewart until the points of
impact with Kevin Ward.”
Tantillo said toxicology
evidence collected after Ward’s death showed he had traces
of marijuana in his system that were substantial enough to
impair his judgment.
Tantillo, who acknowledged he had
spoken with Ward’s father, Kevin Sr., said Ward Jr.’s
actions after the contact with Stewart played a role in the
grand jury clearing Stewart of wrongdoing, he added.
“The grand jury was never tasked
with the responsibility of anything other than to determine
whether there was enough evidence to file charges against
Tony Stewart. They were not considering whether anybody else
was at fault. However, I am sure from their deliberations
and discussions that the fact that Kevin Ward was observed
running, basically down two-thirds of the track into a hot
track in the middle of other cars that were still racing,
played a big, big factor in their decision.”
Stewart released a statement on
Wednesday through his Stewart-Haas Racing team.
“This has been the toughest and most
emotional experience of my life, and it will stay with me
forever,” Stewart said. “I’m very grateful for all the
support I’ve received and continue to receive. I respect
everything the District Attorney and Sheriff’s Office did to
thoroughly investigate this tragic accident. While the
process was long and emotionally difficult, it allowed for
all the facts of the accident to be identified and known.
“While much of the attention has
been on me, it’s important to remember a young man lost his
life. Kevin Ward Jr.’s family and friends will always be in
my thoughts and prayers.”
Sprints Confirm 2015 Florida Dates
CAMARGO, Ill. – The UNOH All Star
Circuit of Champions will kick off the 2015 season with five
events in eight days at two tracks, with each event paying
$5,000 to the winner.
Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla., starts the UNOH All Star
Circuit of Champions season with three shows, Feb. 5-7. The
All Stars then head to Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville,
Fla., on Feb. 11-12.
Each show pays the standard UNOH All
Star purse of $5,000 to win with a breakdown to $1,000 for
10th and $400 to start the A-Main.
“We want to thank the great folks at
Bubba Raceway Park and Volusia Speedway Park for what they
are doing to support the All Stars and the teams. We will
work hard to make sure the fans are treated to an
entertaining and fun start to the 2015 racing season,” said
Guy Webb, president of the UNOH All Stars. “This is a great
event for the teams and fans. Not only is there a lot of
money on the line for the teams, but they take place in a
little over a week’s time with very little travel.”
Tom Deery, President of World Racing
Group, owner of Volusia Speedway Park, said he is excited
about the DIRTcar Nationals and the UNOH All Stars’ role in
the annual event.
“The DIRTcar Nationals have become
the traditional kick-off to the season for winged 410 sprint
cars and the All Stars are an important part of the five
days of sprint cars at Volusia. The warm temperatures and
great racing is the perfect way for the fans up north to
have fun and kick off their racing season,” said Deery.
ANNUAL AWARDS BANQUET SET FOR FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 21
Ohsweken, Ontario - August 26, 2014 - The 2014 Ohsweken Speedway Awards Banquet
will be held on Friday, November 21, 2014 at Carmen's Banquet Centre in
The annual event will celebrate the achievements of drivers and teams in the
Corr/Pak Merchandising 360 Sprint Car, Strickland's GMC Crate Sprint Car,
Affordable Towing & Recovery Thunder Stock, HRW Automotive Mini Stock, and
Gale's Auto Aftermarket Bomber divisions. See below for details and ticket
2014 Ohsweken Speedway Awards Banquet
Friday, November 21, 2014 - Doors Open at 5:00pm, Dinner at 6:30pm, Awards at
8:00pm, Dance at 9:30pm
Carmen's Banquet Centre
1520 Stone Church Rd E
Hamilton, ON L8W 3P9
$40 per person - Tickets can be purchased on race nights at Ohsweken Speedway
from Sue Bell starting on Friday, August 29, or during the week by contacting
Lorraine Pederson at 519-732-4688 or
Lorraine@ohswekenspeedway.com. Following the
end of the racing season, tickets will also be available after 5pm at Styres Gas
Bar (519 445-0575). *Please note: Reserved tables are not available this year.
Seating will be assigned on a first come, first serve basis.*
More than 520 people have died in U.S. auto racing
in past 25 years
By Gary Schwab, Ames Alexander and David Scott
Two of every three deaths in U.S. auto racing over the past three years
occurred at short tracks, which have been slow to embrace changes that are
saving lives in racing’s major leagues.
The most recent tragedy happened last weekend in New York when auto racing star
Tony Stewart hit and killed 20-year-old sprint car driver Kevin Ward Jr., who
was standing on the track and pointing toward Stewart’s car coming toward him
while the race was under caution. The two had just tangled in a turn seconds
earlier, sending Ward’s car into a wall.
Ward became one of more than 520 people across America who have died in auto
racing in the past 25 years, an Observer study shows.
His death prompted NASCAR to adopt a new rule Friday prohibiting its drivers
from leaving their cars and walking onto the track to confront other drivers
after accidents. That’s the way most safety changes happen in auto racing,
spurred by tragedy.
NASCAR has not had a death at any of its top levels since investing millions of
dollars in safety after Dale Earnardt’s death on national television at the
Daytona 500 in 2001. The effort produced mandatory head-and-neck restraints,
crash-absorbing walls at NASCAR’s top series tracks, and a new, safer car.
Most short-track owners have not mandated head-and-neck restraints or other
safety features to cars. Much like NASCAR’s reaction to Earnhardt’s death, the
smaller venues have responded to individual tragedies. But unlike NASCAR, short
tracks haven’t made sweeping safety changes.
“Short track racing is usually mayhem, hopefully controlled,” said H.A. “Humpy”
Wheeler, former longtime president of Charlotte Motor Speedway. “That’s what
people want. It’s like ice hockey with cars.”
Of at least 523 racing deaths since 1990, 53 percent have been at short tracks.
That has climbed in the past three years to about 70 percent. Short tracks are
also where most U.S. racing takes place.
Twenty-two percent of the deaths in the past 25 years were at drag strips.
The number of racing deaths annually appears to have dropped in recent years
from an average of more than 20 to about 15 over the past five full years. There
were at least 40 deaths in 2001 alone when the Observer began its study.
No one in racing keeps track of how many people die, so it’s possible that the
Observer’s count doesn’t include all fatalities.
Saturday night short-track racing goes back more than 50 years to the sport’s
roots in the South. Unlike the sprawling superspeedways where NASCAR’s top
drivers now compete, short track races typically feature up to 24 drivers who
jostle for position on oval tracks less than a half-mile around. Cars can travel
at treacherous speeds of up to 130 mph. Fans often stand just feet away.
Drivers at short tracks generally prefer to spend money on tires and parts to
make their cars go faster, rather than safety equipment that could keep them
Randy LaJoie, a former NASCAR driver whose company builds seats for drivers,
runs a nonprofit called the Safer Racer Tour – a project that has sent him to
more than 100 tracks, offering safety tips. It’s a message, he says, that some
drivers don’t want to hear.
“I’ve almost gotten into fights telling people they’re not safe,” LaJoie said.
For years, when someone died in racing it was often called a freak accident – an
unusual set of circumstances that no one could have foreseen. But a 2001
Observer investigation, “Death at the Track,” revealed dangerous patterns from
the top levels of racing on down. Detecting those patterns, the report
concluded, could save lives.
One of the major breakthroughs since Earnhardt’s death, caused by injuries to
his head after his car slammed into a wall, has been the increased use of the
head and neck restraints by drivers. They’re designed to stop the racer’s head
from whipping forward in a crash. That reduces the likelihood of head and neck
injuries that can kill drivers.
Since Earnhardt’s death, many top divisions including NASCAR have mandated the
restraints. But at most short tracks, restraints are still only a
Dr. Steve Olvey, a leading motorsports safety expert and an associate professor
in the Department of Neurological Surgery at the University of Miami, said that
he had expected smaller tracks to learn from safety advances.
“Unfortunately, for whatever reason, these lower series have not adopted these
things that have been shown to be beneficial in the major series,” Olvey said.
Chuck Davies, CEO of Simpson Performance Products, the Mooresville company that
manufactures the HANS device, estimates that only a third of race car drivers
use such head and neck restraints.
“A lot of people rationalize, ‘I don’t go that fast.’ You don’t have to go that
fast,” he said. “If you hit something at 40 miles per hour and you have an
average neck, it can break your neck.”
Davies said the cost of the HANS device has dropped from $1,500 to as low as
“Most racers don’t use a safety product unless it’s required,” Davies said.
“People had to be required to wear seat belts before they started wearing seat
Dead on the track
Sixty-three-year-old race car driver David Richardson bought a head and neck
restraint. But when he tried it on, he quickly decided it wasn’t for him.
“He said, ‘I can’t do this. It’s too restrictive. I can’t move,’ ” said Steve
Rose, a longtime friend and business partner.
About six years ago, Richardson tried his hand racing dwarf cars, replicas of
vintage race cars from the 1920s, ’30s and ’40s – and was instantly hooked.
He had a love affair with “anything fast and scary,” said Rose, who helped
Richardson run a truck and trailer repair company in Truckee, Calif. Richardson
didn’t win many races, but he liked to push himself, and he held his own against
much younger drivers.
The head-and-neck restraint was sitting in the back of Richardson’s truck on May
25, 2013, as he headed into the last lap of a race at Reno Fernley Raceway in
western Nevada. That’s when another car plowed into Richardson’s at about 90
miles per hour at the end of a multicar crash, fracturing his neck in two
places. Richardson and the driver who had hit him, Leroy Kay, were pronounced
dead on the track.
Whether the HANS device would have saved Richardson is unclear. But his widow,
Kari, reportedly thinks it might have.
“I can’t help but think that the HANS could have saved his life,” she told
A costly expense
The Observer’s 2001 investigation showed that track fences and barriers
regularly fail to protect fans. But at many short tracks, the lessons of
previous tragedies don’t sink in until one of their own spectators dies.
Since 1990, at least 47 spectators have died, including 28 at short tracks.
Many NASCAR tracks raised and fortified their fences. But many short-track
owners stayed with fences that have little chance against an out-of-control car.
Wheeler, now chairman of Speedway Benefits, an alliance of short tracks, said he
pushes owners to make sure they have adequate fences on top of the concrete
walls that separate the cars on the track from the fans. It’s a costly expense.
On Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013, 21-year-old Ryan Peters was standing just behind the
Turn 1 wall at Windy Hollow Speedway in Owensboro, Ky. – a place where
spectators had watched the weekend races for years. Suddenly, a race car hurtled
over that wall and through a reinforced chain link fence. Peters, who was in the
car’s path, was declared dead at a nearby hospital.
Track officials learned from the tragedy, prohibiting fans from standing behind
the wall on Turn 1. It was the only fatality in the dirt track’s 44-year
history, they say.
Track owner Evelyn Miller said she has tried hard to keep drivers and spectators
But some track managers worry that imposing strict rules will place them at a
competitive disadvantage, she said. Drivers who balk at such rules may take
their cars to neighboring tracks instead.
“If every small track had the exact same rules, it would be better for
everybody,” Miller said.
Safer racing would be better racing, she said.
“More people might get involved and insurance rates might drop,” she said. “It
would make the sport stronger in the end.”
Despite all its safety improvements, even NASCAR doesn’t always spell out rules
that seem to be common sense.
Friday, six days after Ward died at Canandaigua (N.Y.) Motorsports Park, NASCAR
adopted a rule banning drivers involved in wrecks from climbing out of their
cars and walking onto the track.
Previously, NASCAR had not consistently penalized drivers who stormed onto
tracks during races. Stewart was fined for throwing his gloves at Kenny Irwin in
1999 at Martinsville but wasn’t penalized for throwing his helmet at Matt
Kenseth’s car at Bristol in 2012. NASCAR officials say they had discouraged
drivers from the practice, and included it in a video that is shown during the
pre-race drivers meeting.
Police continue to investigate Ward’s death to determine whether any charges
will be filed against Stewart, who has decided to skip his second consecutive
NASCAR race Sunday.
Racing toward a turn on the half-mile dirt track last weekend, Stewart’s car
slid into Ward’s, whose car spun and hit the wall. The race was placed under
Ward left his car, stepped quickly toward the infield and stood in the middle of
the track as cars passed and dodged him. Ward pointed in what appeared to be an
accusatory way toward Stewart’s car coming toward him.
As Stewart approached Ward, his car appeared to speed up. Then, 25 seconds after
the crash, the right side of Stewart’s car hit Ward, knocking him several yards
down the track. Ward was pronounced dead on arrival at F.F. Thompson Hospital.
Edge of disaster
Now, short tracks across the country are considering similar rules banning
drivers from walking onto the track after wrecks. Few have made immediate
changes. Chuck Miller, race director for Empire Super
Sprints, the series Ward raced in, said his members – mostly drivers
– will take up the incident at the group’s yearly membership meeting.
He said he can’t recall a driver ever walking onto the track like Ward did
shortly before he was killed. “We’ve had drivers who get so disgusted they leave
their cars and walk to the pits, but never anything like what happened last
Last week, however, the Observer reported that other short-track owners often
had seen drivers leave their cars and charge onto the track.
Ward was buried Thursday. He was remembered as a fearless driver who loved
racing. More than 700 people attended the service, many wearing the orange,
black and white that were Ward’s colors on the track.
Evelyn Miller, the owner of the Kentucky track where a spectator died behind
Turn 1 last year, said that in the wake of Ward’s death, it’s important that
racing’s leaders make safety a priority.
“(Drivers) love danger. And they always will,” Miller said. “But as promoters,
we have to make sure they can ride that edge and not go over it.”
Database editor Gavin Off, reporter David Perlmutt and researcher Maria David
contributed to this story.
Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2014/08/16/5110658/more-than-520-people-have-died.html#storylink=cpy
raceway owner promises stock car return in 2015
Just days after Elegant
Builders Raceway Park promoter Ralph Galluzzi
announced that stock car racing had ended after
55 years of competition at the Lancaster asphalt
facility, race track owner Gordon Reger has
thrown a red flag.
Reger says that stock
car racing will return to EBRP in 2015 and that
Galluzzi will no longer be part of it.
“After I saw the article
in the Buffalo News I had a meeting with Ralph
yesterday,” Reger said Friday afternoon. “I told
Ralph that I think he sent a message that I
didn’t want to have sent.
“The truth is, that
while the stock car program is not going to run
for the rest of this season, I want all to know,
especially our stock car drivers, sponsors and
fans, that there will be a stock car program
here next year. There is no need for them to
look to go racing anywhere else in 2015.”
Earlier this week,
Galluzzi said that he was ending the stock car
program, effective immediately, due to what he
described as major financial problems with the
program. The decision did not affect the IHRA
weekly drag racing program or other non-stock
Reger and his company,
Lancaster Properties LLC, owns the dual stock
car-drag racing facility. Galluzzi has a lease
with Reger – that began in 2008 and expires
after this year – that allows Galluzzi to
promote, market, manage and direct all racing
programs at EBRP.
“Ralph will not be back
running the stock car program next year,” Reger
said. “The lease I currently have with him
expires this year and will not be renewed. I
have a couple of different groups that I am
involved with, and we are having very serious
discussions about them either leasing or buying
the track for the future.
“One of those groups
asked if they could still have Ralph involved
with the drag racing program, and, depending on
what happens, that will be determined in the
When reached Friday
afternoon, Galluzzi gave only a brief comment.
“I hope that they can
find somebody who will do a good job of running
the stock car program next year,” he said.
Reger also addressed an
effort to save this year’s Tommy Druar/Tony
Jankowiak Memorial stock car race, which had
been scheduled for tonight.
“I also know that there
are some people out there who are working to at
least try” to bring it back, Reger said.
“They’re looking to run it in mid-September and
maybe they will if the details can be worked
out. For now, my focus is on next year and
When asked if he plans
to put funding into fixing long-existing
physical structure woes at EBRP, including a
run-down grandstand, Reger says plans are now
“I have some major
capital improvements planned for the future and
one of the groups I’m discussing the track’s
future with has a good amount of capital which
could be invested into the track’s physical
structure,” said Reger.
EBRP, which has been
known by several other names throughout the
years, most notably Lancaster National Speedway,
has had a glorious stock car racing past until
For the sake of this
area’s racing community, which has made the
track’s stock car program a local institution
for decades, hope is out there that perhaps
better days are ahead.
“For whatever has
happened in recent times, next season, the green
flag will once again fly over the stock cars
here at my track,” said Reger, “just as it has
The management of
America’s Motorsports Park
is, with regret, announcing the cancellation of the
last four races of the 2014 season.
The 2015 season will
be special events only with no weekly racing.
Also, AMP is for sale.
parties can contact
thru e- mail only at firstname.lastname@example.org
GAS CITY, Ind. —
Another race track is in trouble.
A message posted on the website for
Gas City I-69 Speedway Sunday reads simply: “No Racing
Remainder of 2014 Season.”
The quarter-mile dirt track had six
events remaining on its schedule this season. Non-winged
sprint cars, UMP modifieds and thunder cars are the weekly
divisions at the track that opened in 1987.
The World of Outlaw Sprints
will be making a stop at Weedsport in 2015!
DICK WENT INTO THE HOSPITAL WEDNESDAY
(July 30) FOR A VERY UNEXPECTED SERIOUS OPERATION.
LETS HOPE FOR GOOD NEWS.
MOTORAMA CUSTOM CAR &
13, 14, 15, 2015 at Toronto’s International Centre
TORONTO, ON (CANADA) • Inside Track Communications –
publishers of Inside Track Motorsport News, Inside
Motorcycles, MX & Off-Road and the producer of the
Canadian Motorsports Expo – is now the owner / promoter of
the traditional hot rod / classic car / motorsports show
held in mid-March at Toronto’s International Centre,
adjacent to Toronto’s Pearson Airport.
Known over the years as Motion Custom Car Show,
Performance World and most recently MegaSpeed, the new show
will be called the MOTORAMA Custom Car & Motorsports
Expo. According to International Centre officials, this
‘show weekend’ traditionally attracts tens of thousands of
automotive enthusiasts each year.
The inaugural MOTORAMA show will take place March 13, 14
and 15, 2015. It will fill approximately 225,000 square feet
of the newly configured Halls 1 and 2 (formerly Halls 1, 2
and 3) at the refurbished International Centre.
MOTORAMA will be a three-day celebration of automotive
culture and motorsports, featuring high quality hot rods,
custom cars, racing vehicles of all kinds, classics,
exotics, trucks, tuners, rat rods and more.
The new show will retain the popular qualities that made
the Canadian Motorsports Expo (CME) so successful, and will
expand that model out to incorporate all of the other parts
of the automotive spectrum that will make up MOTORAMA.
These include: celebrity appearances, interesting and
informative seminars and forums, awards ceremonies, car
clubs, racetracks and series, showcar prizes, equipment
manufacturers and suppliers, collectibles vendors,
demonstrations, industry announcements and press
conferences, and more.
In addition to the team that produced the CME, MOTORAMA’s
management group includes some of the most respected names
in the Canadian hot rod and classic car community. As was
the case with the CME, MOTORAMA will be promoted via
aggressive public relations, advertising and social media
campaigns – all starting almost immediately – to let
Canadian car and motorsports fans know about the new show.
“We’re honoured that the International Centre has given
us the opportunity to assume the reins of their mid-March
hot rod and classic car show,” said ITC’s David Weber. “Our
goal with MOTORAMA is to restore this show to its past
glory, while making sure that Canadian racing has the same
high profile that it had at the Canadian Motorsports Expo.
For the racing community, the mid-March date is better for
them because it’s closer to the start of their season. And
we’re looking forward to working with the many individuals
and companies that are passionate about hot rods, custom
cars, classics, tuners, etc. to make this show the best it’s
Stay tuned for more news about MOTORAMA in the coming
weeks and months. For info on becoming a show sponsor or
exhibitor, please contact us at (416) 962-7223 or email
email@example.com. The show’s website is
ABOUT THE MOTORAMA CUSTOM CAR & MOTORSPORTS EXPO: The
inaugural MOTORAMA Custom Car & Motorsports Expo takes
place March 13, 14 & 15, 2015 at the International
Centre, adjacent to Toronto’s Pearson International Airport.
With a footprint of almost a quarter-million square feet,
the show will be Canada’s biggest late-winter celebration of
automobiles and motorsports. For information about the show,
including sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities, schedules
and more, call (416) 962-7223, or email info@MotoramaShow.com.
The show’s website is located at www.MotoramaShow.com, on
Twitter @MotoramaShow, and Facebook at /MotoramaCustomCarAndMotorsportsExpo.
2014 RACE CAR AND TRADE SHOW WILL BE
THREE DAY PARTY WITH EXPANDED SPACE
FOR 30TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
OAKS, PA July 23, 2014 . . . The
Pioneer Pole Buildings Motorsports
2015 fueled by Sunoco Race Fuels and
Distributed by Insinger Performance
Race Car and Trade Show will
celebrate its 30th anniversary on
January 23 thru Sunday, January,
“It seems just like yesterday
when we kicked off this show,” said
show producer Len Sammons who has
confirmed the events traditional
date once again at the Greater
Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks,
“The first Motorsports show took
place just up the road in Valley
Forge," Sammons recalled. "The 30
years went fast and wow has the show
grown. We are planning a big three
day celebration, a party for our
2015 event. We are very excited to
have Pioneer, Sunoco, Insinger and
Miller Beer all return to be part of
what we feel will be one of the
biggest show we have ever produced.”
All exhibitors from the 2014
edition of the show should have
already received the new show
brochure which reflects an exciting
new floor plan that offers expanded
space and a new design that will
offer more room for interactive
displays. The stage has been moved
out of D-Hall into its own room.
Other changes have been made to
create a more consistent traffic
flow throughout the main exhibit
The 2014 exhibitors have until
July 31, 2014 to reserve the same
display space or even increase their
space for Motorsports 2015. Space
reservations for past exhibitors
must include a 25% deposit with the
booth order. Past exhibitors that
have had their past booth location
impacted by the new floor layout or
would like to change their display
location should be in touch with Tim
Hogue as soon as possible so that
every effort can be made to
accommodate that request.
After August 1st all space not
reserved will be open to all.
“We are in the process of putting
together some exciting plans for the
30th Anniversary,” said Sammons. “We
will be making many announcements
regarding plans for the show in the
For those who have not been
exhibitors or have missed a year or
two the beautiful new show brochure
is available along with a show floor
plan by contacting Danny Sammons or
Tim Hogue at 609.888.3618. They can
also be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or
The very classy Crowne Plaza
Valley Forge will serve as the host
hotel and will again offer a
discounted rate of $89 per night
(plus taxes). The hotel is located
just 7.5 miles from the Expo Center
and is within walking distance of
the popular King of Prussia Mall,
the nation’s second largest retail
complex with over 350 stores and
close to 100 restaurants.
Again, for the 30th Anniversary,
the Saturday night post show will
continue and will be held in one of
the large ballrooms at the hotel
with music by DJ Sound and Lighting
and bar specials from show sponsor
For information on the show check
in at www.aarn.com.
Many people have been confused by the
recent announcement on Snell ratings for auto racing helmets.
Typically the SA rating is released every 5 years.
SA2005 in the fall of 2005, SA2010 in the fall of 2010 but this year for
whatever reason we were told that the SA2015 will not be released until the fall
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