Vintage Motorsports Festival to return to Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park in 2015
(October 20, 2014 – Thompson, CT) - Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park (TSMP) is pleased to announce the date for their second annual Vintage Motorsports Festival. The three-day event will be held June 19 - 21, 2015, with a test day for participants on June 18th, and will once again be co-sanctioned by the Vintage Racer Group (VRG) and Vintage Sports Car Club of America (VSCCA).
"Our inaugural Vintage Motorsports Festival was a rousing success,” said Josh Vanada, General Manager of TSMP. “Showcasing cars from each of the periods that our road course has operated, it is a fantastic event which embodies our rich 75 year history. We are looking forward to working together with two of the finest vintage automobile groups in the country - VSCCA and VRG - for an even bigger and better event in 2015."
Billy Moyer Readies for Charlotte After Top Five Effort in Fall Classic
(October 29, 2014 - BATESVILLE, AR) - Billy Moyer Racing (BMR) traveled to Whynot Motorsports Park in Meridian, Mississippi over the October 24-25 weekend for the 20th Annual Coors Light 'Fall Classic.' The unsanctioned mega-event drew 48 competitors to the 3/8-mile oval to vie for the $15,000 winner's check. Billy Moyer qualified well on Friday night and later scored the win in his heat race to earn the outside second row starting spot for Saturday's 100-lapper.
During the course of the 'Fall Classic,' Billy climbed to as high as second in the running order early in the distance before ultimately claiming a solid fifth place performance. The Batesville, Arkansas superstar trailed only victor Randy Weaver, Chris Simpson, Bub McCool, and Mike Marlar to the checkers. Full results from Whynot can be obtained by accessing www.whynotmotorsportspark.com.
SWEENEY RUSH LATE MODEL SERIES TO CROWN 4 DIFFERENT CHAMPIONS FROM 4 DIFFERENT STATES WITH RYAN MONTGOMERY, CHAD RUHLMAN, RICK SINGLETON & MICHAEL LAKE AT 2014 AWARDS BANQUET
(October 28, 2014 - Pulaski, PA)...The Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Late Model Series wrapped up a successful second year of operations last weekend with the "Steel City Stampede" at Lernerville Speedway, which attracted 44 cars for the Sweeney Tour event. RUSH will recognize four major champions from four different states, West Virginia, New York, Virginia, and Pennsylvania at its 2014 awards banquet on Saturday, January 24 at Gatherings Banquet Center near New Castle, PA.
With 250 different drivers competing in a RUSH Late Model-sanctioned event, these following drivers stood atop the rest garnering 2014 championships: Ryan Montgomery-Sweeney Tour, Chad Ruhlman-Sweeney Weekly Series, Rick Singleton-Pace Performance "Summer Chase", and Michael Lake-"Futures Cup". RUSH will also honor the accomplishments of the new Sweeney RUSH Sportsman Modified division with its champion, Greg Martin.
Chad Ruhlman Files to 1st Ever Sweeney RUSH Late Model Tour & Lernerville Win While Ryan Montgomery Takes Tour Title
CHAD RUHLMAN FLIES TO 1ST EVER SWEENEY RUSH LATE MODEL TOUR & LERNERVILLE WIN WHILE RYAN MONTGOMERY TAKES TOUR TITLE; GREG MARTIN WINS RUSH SPORTSMAN MODS & INAUGURAL SWEENEY WEEKLY SERIES TITLE
(October 25, 2014 - Sarver, PA)...The Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Dirt Late Model Touring Series returned to Lernerville Speedway for the second time this season. Race #16 was the season finale and attracted 44 cars for the sixth annual "Steel City Stampede DIRTcar Round-Up, which included practice on Thursday night, heat races on Friday night, and the conclusion of the program on Saturday night. The RUSH Sportsman Modifieds also concluded their inaugural Sweeney Weekly Series season and was part of the traditional event for the first time in their fifth appearance of the season to Lernerville. Race fan Dan Bradley of Erie, Pa. was the lucky winner of the K&N Cold Air Induction System valued at up to $500.
After his performance on Saturday night in the 30-lap RUSH Late Model feature, it would be hard for many to believe Chad Ruhlman had never won at Lernerville before or a Sweeney Tour event in the two-year history of the Series. The $5,000 Sweeney Weekly Series Champion started 13th, had the lead on lap 10, and drove away to win by more than six seconds for the $2,000 prize! Ruhlman became the Series' 11th different winner in 16 races this season, and ninth different in the past 10 events!
Don O'Neal Wins Series Championship, Jason Hughes Wins Rookie of the Year
Three Conley's Transfer into $50k DTWC at Portsmouth; Rod Conley Ready for Fall 50
(October 23, 2014 - WHEELERSBURG, OH) The Conley Motorsports, Inc. teams returned to racing action over the October 17-19 weekend, as they made the short tow to Portsmouth Raceway Park in Portsmouth, Ohio for the 34th edition of the 'Dirt Track World Championship.' A whopping $50,000 winner's check was once again on the line in the final event of the season for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series. On Friday night, R.J. Conley topped the talented field of 89 competitors in qualifying by laying down a fast lap of 14.706 seconds.
Later in the evening, R.J., Rod, and Delmas Conley all earned the third transfer spot in their respective heat races - marking the first time that all three drivers advanced into the same 'Dirt Track World Championship' main event. R.J. finished behind Jonathan Davenport and Gregg Satterlee, while Rod rallied to finish third behind prelim victor Billy Moyer and runner-up Mason Zeigler. Delmas, who has a permanent spot in the Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame, then earned the final transfer position in his heat race behind only Eddie Carrier, Jr. and Steve Casebolt.
Billy Moyer Leads Early Portion of DTWC at Portsmouth; Finishes Sixth
(October 23, 2014 - BATESVILLE, AR) - Billy Moyer and his famed #21 team headed to Portsmouth Raceway Park in Portsmouth, Ohio on October 17-19 for the 34th edition of the 'Dirt Track World Championship.' The finale for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series attracted a stellar 89 car field and Billy was gunning for his third DTWC title, as well as the $50,000 payday. On Friday night, Billy clicked off the fifth quickest lap in Group A during the time trial session prior to scoring an impressive heat race triumph over Mason Zeigler, Rod Conley, Jackie Boggs, and Tim McCreadie.
Following a rain-out on Saturday evening, the conclusion of the crown jewel event took place on Sunday afternoon at PRP. Billy started the 100-lapper from the outside of the front row and led all but one circuit in the first 39 laps. The Dirt Late Model Hall of Famer from Batesville, Arkansas then raced hard all over the top five throughout the remainder of the distance before slipping back to sixth at the finish behind only winner Scott Bloomquist, Eddie Carrier, Jr., Jimmy Owens, Don O'Neal, and Jason Feger. Full results from the 'Dirt Track World Championship' weekend can be obtained by clicking on www.lucasdirt.com.
"STEEL CITY STAMPEDE" TO CONCLUDE SWEENEY RUSH SERIES SEASON WITH A WEEKEND DOUBLEHEADER AT LERNERVILLE; $2000 TO-WIN FOR LATE MODELS & $500 FOR SPORTSMAN MODS
(October 21, 2014 - Sarver, PA)...The Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Racing Series is set to conclude the 2014 racing season this weekend at Lernerville Speedway for the "Steel City Stampede" DIRTcar Round-Up. It'll be a doubleheader for RUSH with the Sweeney Late Model Touring Series along with the final Sweeney Weekly Series event for the new Sportsman Modifieds. Open practice will be held Thursday night (October 23) from 7-9 p.m. with heat races on Friday night beginning at 7 p.m. Saturday will include last chance B mains and features with action getting underway at 6 p.m.
This year's "Steel City Stampede" will be the sixth edition of the growing event that includes nine of the region's racing divisions all showcased in this end of the season blowout for the region. There has yet to be a repeat winner in the Crate Late Models; past winners include Josh Holtgraver (2009), Butch Lambert (2010), Bryan Force (2011), Max Blair (2012), and Dennis Lunger, Jr. (2013).
Ryan Preece Collects 11th Career NWMT Victory At Thompson
Pitkat and Ramstrom Pick Up Sunoco World Series Wins
(October 19, 2014 - Thompson, CT) - Ryan Preece led a contingent of drivers to visit Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park victory lane in the final day of the Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing presented by Xtra Mart. Preece was dominant in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race leading 137 of 150 laps. In NASCAR Whelen All American Series action, Charlie Rose held off Larry Gelinas for the Late Model victory while Woody Pitkat checkered the Sunoco Modified Series feature. Other winners were Derek Ramstrom in the Granite State Pro Stock Series, Randy Cabral in NEMA action, Chris Perley in the ISMA Supermodifieds, and Chris Turbush in the New England Truck Series.
Thompson Battles Through Rain Delays To Get Complete Six Races On World Series Weekend
Pitkat Earns NWMT Pole; Masse Claims VMRS Win
(October 19, 2014 - Thompson, CT) - Woody Pitkat won his second career pole for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour by setting fast time in a rain-delayed qualifying Saturday night at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park for the Sunoco World Series of Auto Racing. Steve Masse collected a convincing win in the Valenti Modified Racing Series while Toby Wells won the North East Mini Stock Tour feature. Phil Lausier won in the Pro Four Modified race while NASCAR Whelen All American Series victories went to Wayne Coury, Jr., Nick Anderson and George Rego.