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Friesen Ends Point Season at Fonda in Victory Lane

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Stewart Friesen Passes Craig Hanson on his way to Victory in Second 20-lap Feature at Fonda Speedway Story and Photos By: MATT NOLES / RACERSGUIDE.COM FONDA, NY- August 20, 2017- On the final night of points at the Fonda Speedway in Fonda, N.Y. last season, one person was missing; Stewart Friesen. After being a fixture in victory lane every year since his arrival in 2012, last year saw the Sprakers, N.Y. resident calling the Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown, N.Y. his home for the season leaving his usual place at the ‘Track of Champions’ empty in 2016. His absence…

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Maresca Breaks Through for Fonda Modified Triumph

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Mike Maresca Ends His Streak of Bad Luck with First-Career Victory Saturday Night Story and Photos By: MATT NOLES / RACERSGUIDE.COM FONDA, NY- August 20, 2017- For young modified competitor Mike Maresca, it seemed that in 2017 if it weren’t for bad luck, he’d have no luck at all. The driver of the now familiar No. 7mm always unloaded with a fast and incredibly competitive car weekly at the famed Fonda, N.Y. oval, yet bad luck reared its ugly head at nearly every turn with flat tires and other inexplicably unfortunate circumstances. In short, the proverbial light at the end…

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Flach ‘Rockets’ to Albany-Saratoga Victory Lane

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Keith Flach Drives from 11th to Capture his First Victory of 2017 at ‘The Great Race Place’ Story and Photos By: MATT NOLES / RACERSGUIDE.COM MALTA, NY- August 12, 2017- John F. Kennedy once stated that things do not happen; they are, instead, made to happen. After a roller-coaster road trip that saw more bad luck than good earlier in the week with the Super DIRTcar Series at Ransomville [Speedway in Ransomville, N.Y.] and Merrittville [Speedway in Thorold, Ontario], Ravena, N.Y. native Keith Flach needed something to happen; something had to change. While he could have waited around like a…

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Wilder Victorious in Fonda Speedway Modified Action

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Jeremy Wilder Wheels his No. 22J to Victory Lane for his Second Victory in 2017 at the ‘Track of Champions’ Story and Photos By: MATT NOLES / RACERSGUIDE.COM FONDA, NY- August 6, 2017- Racing is all about timing. Being able to differentiate between knowing when – or in some cases when not to – push the issue is often the deciding factor between finding success behind the wheel or simply bringing nothing but the steering wheel home at the end of the night. In the same respect, knowing when to make a change can either define ones season or -…

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No. 900

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Brett Hearn Notches another Career Milestone Friday Night at ‘The Great Race Place’ Story and Photos By: MATT NOLES / RACERSGUIDE.COM MALTA, NY- August 5, 2017- Greatness can’t be anticipated and in all actuality, it’s even more difficult to place a definition on the term. Either you have it, or you don’t. Some say it’s earned; others are convinced beyond reason of a doubt that it’s a gift from a higher power. Whichever the case may be, greatness can’t be ignored and – for the most part – it’s seldom defeated and the best athletes; the most proficient at their…

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Mahaney Victorious in 50-Lap Jack Johnson Tribute at Fonda Speedway

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Mike Mahaney Holds Off Tim Fuller for First Fonda Victory since 2012 Story and Photos By: MATT NOLES / RACERSGUIDE.COM FONDA, NY- August 3, 2017- Time, as it so often does, has a terrible and innate ability to make memories fade into obscurity. With his driving career coming to a sudden halt nearly a decade ago, the aforementioned statement may hold true in most aspects of life, but not where the legendary Jack Johnson is concerned. For the third consecutive season, the faithful patrons of the historic Fonda Speedway in Fonda, N.Y., broke out their orange attire and paid tribute…

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Opening Day At OCFS

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Opening Day At OCFS Story By: Hunter Horton/RacersGuide.com Photos By: Harry & Jane Cella/RacersGuide.com Finally! The day has come it is the first point race on the "Hard Clay" at the Orange County Fair Speedway! Coming with us this weekend to help are my Dad, Mike, Mark, Grandpop, Bob and a guy named Lips that meets us up at Orange County each and every Saturday night. We started our night off by dad picking 28 at the sign in window, it could have been a lot worse. After we got all signed in and unloaded I decided to get some food.…

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‘Highbank’ Robber: Decker Victorious in Super DIRTcar Series Opener

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Billy Decker Outlasts Matt Sheppard in Closing Laps to Win ‘Highbank Holdup’ at Fulton Story By: MATT NOLES / RACERSGUIDE.COM Photos By: DAVE DALESANDRO / RACERSGUIDE.COM FULTON, NY- April 30, 2017- After last night, Billy Decker is now synonymous with the phrase the 'third time’s the charm.' For the third consecutive year, the driver of the Page Trucking No. 91 found his way to victory lane at the conclusion of the Super DIRTcar Series ‘Highbank Holdup’ 100-lap modified feature on Saturday night. After timing fastest with a lap of 16.485 seconds during time trials, Decker cruised to a second-place finish…

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Sheppard the Bridesmaid at Fulton

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‘Super’ Matt Sheppard Comes Up Just Short of ‘Holdup’ Cash at Fulton Story By: MATT NOLES / RACERSGUIDE.COM Photos By: DAVE DALESANDRO / RACERSGUIDE.COM FULTON, NY- April 30, 2017- As much as racers would love to, you can’t win them all. Despite being fourth-fastest in time trials and finishing second to Larry Wight in his qualifying event on Saturday during the Super DIRTcar Series stop at the famed Fulton Speedway in Fulton, New York, Matt Sheppard passed nearly every car he needed to during the Highbank Holdup 100-lap modified feature but one; Billy Decker. Sheppard, who started 11th on the…

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Billy Whittaker Impressive in Super DIRTcar Series Stop at Fulton

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Whittaker Takes Series Regulars by Surprise with Solid Run in Highbank Holdup 100 Story By: MATT NOLES / RACERSGUIDE.COM Photos By: DAVE DALESANDRO / RACERSGUIDE.COM FULTON, NY- April 30, 2017- When it comes to racing, expect the unexpected. The top-five during Saturday night’s Highbank Holdup Super DIRTcar Series modified feature contained the normal list of usual suspects; except for one. With a solid effort during time trials and a victory in the second qualifier earlier in the night, Billy Whittaker found himself in unfamiliar territory; starting on the pole and leading legendary racer Brett Hearn to the green flag. Whether…

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Friesen Shines in Malta Modified Victory

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Stewart Friesen Outruns Marc Johnson and Brett Hearn to Take the Season Opener at Albany-Saratoga Story and Photos By: MATT NOLES / RACERSGUIDE.COM MALTA, NY- April 29, 2017- Winning can best be summarized into two categories; it’s never easy and it never seems to get old. Though Stewart Friesen has been making winning races look extremely easy for the better part of the past decade, Friday night told a different tale as the Sprakers, New York resident had to hold off both Marc Johnson and Brett Hearn while dealing with heavy lapped-traffic on his way to victory lane Friday night…

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Pierson Grabs Albany-Saratoga Speedway Sportsman Opener

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Adam Pierson Holds Off Hard-Charging Cody Bleau to Win First-Career Sportsman Feature at Malta Story and Photos By: MATT NOLES / RACERSGUIDE.COM MALTA, NY- April 29, 2017- Paul Brown once stated that the key to winning is to have poise under stress. Friday night at the Albany-Saratoga Speedway in Malta, New York Adam Pierson showed that he doesn’t just possess talent behind the wheel, but he has poise as well. Not only did the first-time sportsman winner weather a barrage of late-race cautions; he also survived a late-race battle with veteran wheel-man Cody Bleau to take the checkered in the…

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Unscripted: Justin Boehler Takes Fonda Opener

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Boehler Cashes In on Friesen’s Misfortune; Holds Off Tim Fuller in Closing Laps for First-Ever Modified Win at Fonda Speedway Story By: MATT NOLES / RACERSGUIDE.COM Photos By: MATT NOLES / RACERSGUIDE.COM FONDA, NY- April 23, 2017- As the incomparable Yogi Berra once stated; it ain’t over ‘til it’s over. At the drop of the green flag for the season-opening modified feature at the Fonda Speedway on Saturday night, it seemed as if nothing had changed. Stewart Friesen, a four-time modified track champion at the historic Montgomery County venue, shot to the lead and was racing in another zip code…

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DKM Chassis pivotal in Friesen’s Bridgeport Victory

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DKM Chassis pivotal in Friesen’s Bridgeport Victory Story & Photos By: Pete MacDonald/RacersGuide.com Stewart Friesen picked up his first dirt modified win of the season this past Saturday in the 60 Over Special at Bridgeport Speedway. For those who haven’t heard, Friesen who is “cutting back” to a mere 40-50 dirt modified races this season has a full slate planned in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series aboard the Halmar-Friesen Racing No. 52, Friesen also has plans to run some sprint car races as well. This past Saturday’s win was different for Friesen though, it was his first aboard a…

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Lyle DeVore: The Man Behind the Resurrection

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From Journeyman to Homebody, Albany-Saratoga Speedway Promoter Lyle DeVore is Living His Childhood Dream Story By: MATT NOLES / RACERSGUIDE.COM Photos By: DAVE DALESANDRO / RACERSGUIDE.COM SPRAKERS, NY- March 8, 2017- The truck made a telltale sound as it pulled into the drive. A sound that had become unmistakable over the years and on this Friday afternoon, a sound that was more like music to the ears of one young boy in particular. The rattle of masonry tools and the dust of mortar followed the older man into the house as he brushed off yet another busy day of work…

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Last Day In Florida

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Last Day In Florida  Story By: Hunter Horton/RacersGuide.com Photos By: Pete MacDonald/RacersGuide.com Well today is the final day of the DirtCar Nationals. We started out our final morning by waking up at 8:00 AM and dad and I went over to Burger King to get some breakfast,then decided to head on over to the track around 9:00 AM. We made a pit stop to Walmart jus too pick up a couple things for the day.  When we got to the track we started working on the car to see what was wrong from the night before. Come to find out it was just…

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The First Race of 2017

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The First Race of 2017 Story By: Hunter Horton/RacersGuide.com Photos By: Pete MacDonald/RacersGuide.com The day is finally here, the first race of 2017 for the 43 Halmar Racing Team. We started our morning by getting up at like 8:00 AM and getting our good friend John Stangle ,after we met up with Stangle, Dad and I went next door to go get some coffee and talk about what was going to happen for the day. Dad would head over to the race track for the day so my friend Matt (Stangle) and I went driving around to see what else there is to…

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A Rainy Day In Florida

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A Rainy Day In Florida Story By: Hunter Horton/RacersGuide.com Photos By: Joey Liquori & Pete MacDonald/RacersGuide.com We slept in a little this morning. Dad and I got up around 9:00 AM. We both got showered and we headed over to Burger King to get some light breakfast. After we had some breakfast we talked to our crew guys to see what the plan is for the day.  It started raining about 10:00 AM, so we just hung out at the hotel for a little bit to watch it rain and see what happens. We took a ride over to the Harley shop to…

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Practice Day

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Practice Day Story & Photos By: Hunter Horton/RacersGuide.com The day is finally here. It is practice day at the Dirt Car Nationals.  We started our morning by waking up in Brunswick, Georgia at 8 AM. Like I said in my last blog post we had a flat tire on the trailer and had to stop at a motel. When we up got up and we were rolling and went over to the tire service center. Shout out to J & J tire service for having the tires we needed and getting us fixed.  After about an hour at the tire shop we got…

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Blewett and Mauriello Team Up For Part Time Wall Modified Schedule

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Blewett and Mauriello Team Up For Part Time Wall Modified Schedule Story & Photos By: Pete MacDonald/RacersGuide.com When Turkey Derby weekend was over this past November, a borderline tragedy occurred. Eric Mauriello who has posted a number of wins including a Tour-Type Modified win at Turkey Derby in 2014 as well as finishing in the Top-3 in points on a few occasions was left without a ride. Dick Barney’s “Big Red” No. 14 in which Eric was driving, will be wheeled by Dick’s grandson Blake this coming season at Wall Stadium and a few other race tracks in the area.…

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Keith Flach Aims High for 2017

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After a Satisfying 2016 Campaign, the ‘Ravena Rocket’ is looking for More Story By: MATT NOLES / RACERSGUIDE.COM Photos By: DAVE DALESANDRO / RACERSGUIDE.COM SPRAKERS, NY- January 29, 2017- There’s something to be said for having a sense of satisfaction. Success and fulfillment seem to take on a direct correlation in the sense that can’t have one without the other. It’s a peace of mind that takes hold only when you realize you performed at your best level and, in turn, became the best you could become at that point in time. In racing, these moments don’t happen with relative…

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Ringoes Rocket To Pilot Atlas Paving No.66 For 2017

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Ringoes Rocket To Pilot Atlas Paving No.66 For 2017 Story & Photos By: Pete MacDonald/RacersGuide.com Ryan Godown confirmed via phone today what has been speculated for the last month and a half, ever since the PRI show that he will indeed drive for the Petruska family in 2017. Plans currently call for Godown to drive weekly in 358 Modified Competition at New Egypt Speedway and the Short Track Super Series South aboard the Atlas Paving No.66 Teo Pro Car. “I didn’t want to say anything until it was official, we’ve been talking about it for a while and finally we…

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Unsung Heroes

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Christopher Fain Proves That Not All Heroes In Racing Wear Fire Suits Story By: MATT NOLES / RACERSGUIDE.COM Photos By: MARK BROWN / KUSTOMKEEPSAKES.COM SPRAKERS, NY- January 16, 2017- The character of an individual is best defined by the actions and deeds they perform when nobody is watching. Christopher Fain doesn’t fit the socially accepted norm of a hero where racing is concerned. He doesn’t wear Nomex at the speedway nor is his vision restricted by that of a visor adorned with tear-offs. He has never won at the Mile in Syracuse and he doesn’t have any track championships to…

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Stewart Friesen and Halmar International Team Up Again for 2017

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The 2016 Eastern States 200 Winner and Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP South Region Champion Looks back on Last Season; Sets Sights on 2017 Story By: MATT NOLES / RACERSGUIDE.COM Photos By: DAVE DALESANDRO / RACERSGUIDE.COM SPRAKERS, NY- January 8, 2017- When it comes to racing, the only thing that remains constant is change. In fact, it’s the only item that one can ever truly be assured of. When the 2015 season came to a close, so did one of the most remarkable owner and driver duos in recent memory as multi-time championship driver Stewart Friesen left the…

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From Fan Zone to Top-5 For Showtime in Allentown

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From Fan Zone to Top-5 For Showtime in Allentown Story & Photos By: Pete MacDonald/RacersGuide.com To say that Saturday was a rough day at the races for Jimmy Blewett that would be considered an understatement. While battling for the lead during his heat race with Matt Janisch the two made contact resulting in Blewett spinning in his red, white and blue No. 76 and restarting last on the field. Blewett scraped and clawed his way back through the heat race field only to miss making the 40-Lap feature by a single position relegating him to the B-Main. Fast forward to…

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New Egypt Speedway By The Numbers: 2016

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New Egypt Speedway By The Numbers: 2016 Story By: Pete MacDonald/RacersGuide.com - Photos By: Harry Meeks & Harry Cella/RacersGuide.com New Egypt Speedway completed its 19th Season as a dirt track in 2016 and is currently gearing up for its 20th Anniversary. I went back through and crunched some numbers from things that made the season what it was in 2016. Some are surprising, some not so much. 10,000: The amount of dollars that New Egypt Speedway has paid out out to its 358 Modified Champion for all 19 years that it has been a dirt track. 425: The number of…

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Who Were The Busiest Dirt Modified Driver’s in the Northeast In 2016?

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Who Were The Busiest Dirt Modified Driver’s in the Northeast In 2016? Story By: Pete MacDonald/RacersGuide.com - Photos By: RacersGuide.com Photo Staff The 2016 Northeast DIRT Modified season has finally come to a close. What started off at Volusia in February and ran all the way through The Gobbler at Accord in December saw 883 different drivers competed in 630 events during the 2016 campaign. 2015 saw 924 different drivers compete in 657 events showing that Mother Nature was clearly not a race fan this past season. So, Who had the most starts? 1) Stewart Friesen – 88 Starts, yes…

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Eastern States Weekend Expands To Four Days With The Addition Of SSTS

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Eastern States Weekend Expands To Four Days With The Addition Of SSTS Story & Photos By: Pete MacDonald/RacersGuide.com Brett Deyo confirmed to us this morning that he will conclude his 2017 Short Track Super Series North season at the Orange County Fair Speedway on October 19, 2017 as part of an expanded Eastern States Weekend. Since the SSTS inception in 2014 it’s North schedule has always ended at the Short Track Super Nationals held at the I-88 Speedway located near Afton, NY. The 2017 Short Track Super Nationals will get a boost as it is being combined with the American…

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Jimmy Blewett Plans Four Division Assault At Turkey Derby

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Jimmy Blewett Plans Four Division Assault At Turkey Derby Story & Photos By: Pete MacDonald/RacersGuide.com No driver in the history of Wall Stadium has won more races during the 42-year history of Turkey Derby than Jimmy Blewett. Blewett has amassed 16 total wins in the annual post-Thanksgiving Classic also known as Turkey Derby in Wall/SK Modifieds, Tour Type Modifieds and last year adding a Dirt Modified win to that ever growing resume. This year the Howell, NJ driver who is better known as “Showtime” will again compete in Tour-Type Modified action aboard the family owned No. 76 to go along…

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After A Career Season, Timmy Solomito Is Taking His Driving Talents To Turkey Derby

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After A Career Season, Timmy Solomito Is Taking His Driving Talents To Turkey Derby Story & Photos By: Pete MacDonald/RacersGuide.com After winning the first four races of your NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour career and finishing a career best third in the season long points standings, with nine Top-5’s and 11 Top-10s in 17 starts, how else would you want to end your season? At Turkey Derby of course. Long Islander Timmy Solomito who picked up wins in the Icebreaker at Thompson, his home track at Riverhead Raceway on Long Island, Seekonk Speedway and Monadnock Speedways in NWMT competition in 2016…

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Hard Clay Happenings Eastern States Weekend Notebook

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[xyz-ihs snippet="Posts-Ad”] Hard Clay Happenings Eastern States Weekend Notebook: Story & Photos By: Pete MacDonald/RacersGuide.com 64 Big-Block Modifieds, 73 Small-Block Modifieds, 81 Sportsman and 36 Street Stocks were on hand bringing the car count to 254 for the weekend which would have been higher but the 305 Sprint Cars were scrapped following Saturday’s rain. Brett Hearn would lead the last 80 laps in the 100 Lap event for the 358 Modifieds and looked like he had pocketed another $15,000 check at OCFS but would come up 23lbs light at the scales post race handing the win to Brian Krummel in…

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Friesen Finally Wins The One That Got Away at Eastern States

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  Friesen Finally Wins The One That Got Away at Eastern States Story & Photos By: Pete MacDonald/RacersGuide.com In 2010 just a couple of weeks fresh off of winning his first Super DIRT Week 200-lapper at the NYS Fairgrounds, Stewart Friesen looked like he was well on his way to his first Eastern States 200 win at the Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown, NY. Unfortunately a scoring error on a late race restart prohibited Friesen from winning one of the “Crown Jewels” in northeast Dirt Modified racing. Fast forward to 2016. Friesen set fast time on Friday over probably…

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Along For The Ride With Otto Graham

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Going Along For a Ride With a Race Team. Story & Photos By: OTTO GRAHAM / RACERSGUIDE.COM Weedsport NY.- October 21, 2016- First let me introduce myself: I'm Otto Graham, and as a young man I was a racer, (1960's at Fonda and Victoria Speedways), since then I've been a picture taker, taking photos for my now extinct website "Ottos Race Action" and of late taking pictures for the website www.racersguide.com. The Ride Along is a concept I thought up in 2011. Basically I get in with a race team and go along with them to their race destination where…

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TALKING POINTS: RUN, RUN RUDOLPH, PAUCH JR. GOOD AT GRANDVIEW, BUNTING FAST IN THE FIRST STATE, DIETRICH DOES POSSE GOOD AND EASTERN STATES ON TAP

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[xyz-ihs snippet="Posts-Ad”] TALKING POINTS: RUN, RUN RUDOLPH, PAUCH JR. GOOD AT GRANDVIEW, BUNTING FAST IN THE FIRST STATE, DIETRICH DOES POSSE GOOD AND EASTERN STATES ON TAP Story By: Pete MacDonald/RacersGuide.com - Photos By: RacersGuide.com Photo Staff RUN, RUN RUDOLPH: Erick Rudolph had a stellar weekend this past weekend not only sweeping the 1000 Islands RV DIRTcar Northeast Nationals in Mr. DIRTcar 358 Modified and Super DIRTcar Series action at the Brockville Speedway in Brockville, ON, but he did it with the same car equipped with a 358 Small-Block engine. PAUCH JR. GOOD AT GRANDVIEW: Billy Pauch Jr. and Ryan…

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Sheppard Shoots to Oswego Pole

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[xyz-ihs snippet="Posts-Ad”] Sheppard Shoots to Oswego Pole Story By: Pete MacDonald/RacersGuide.com - Photos By: Jay Fish/RacersGuide.com Waterloo, NY’s Matt Sheppard picked up the $1,000 prize by winning the pole for Sunday’s Bud Light 300 being held at NAPA Super DIRT Week at the Oswego Speedway. Sheppard’s lap time was 22.783, the only car in the 22-second bracket. It was “Super Matt’s” second Super DIRT Week pole with the last coming in 2014. The Top-6 in today’s Time Trials are locked into Sunday’s Bud Light 300 at Oswego Speedway. “I can’t say enough about this race car, we got it about…

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So Many Drivers Deserve To Have Won Super DIRT Week At “The Moody Mile”

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[xyz-ihs snippet="Posts-Ad”] So Many Drivers Deserve To Have Won Super DIRT Week At “The Moody Mile” Story & Photos By: Pete MacDonald/RacersGuide.com When you think Super DIRT Week you think of the long and rich racing history of the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse and the names that have won on it. Lets face it, if you won at Syracuse you became an instant legend. Reutimann, Balough, Bob McCreadie, Jack Johnson, Hearn, Decker, Sheppard and Friesen are all names that have been dubbed immortal by conquering “The Moody Mile”. But that’s gone now, in the name of “progress” or…

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TALKING POINTS: October 3, 2016

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[xyz-ihs snippet="Posts-Ad”] TALKING POINTS: October 3, 2016 Story By: Pete MacDonald/RacersGuide.com - Photos By: Jay Fish & Pete MacDonald/RacersGuide.com RAIN, RAIN GO AWAY: Mother Nature took it to many short tracks across the Northeast this past weekend. I think the only tracks that were able to race were Dover and Fulton for their Outlaw 200. Williams Grove lost all three days of their National Open, which has now been rescheduled for October 14th as a one-day show. Georgetown Speedway also rescheduled their Friday night event for the same night. Stafford Motor Speedway has rescheduled their “Fall Final” weekend for this…

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Ryan Simmons; The Backbone of Our Sport, Raised in a Family Heavily Involved in NJ Racing

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[xyz-ihs snippet="Posts-Ad”] Ryan Simmons; The Backbone of Our Sport, Raised in a Family Heavily Involved in NJ Racing Story By: Fred Hahn/RacersGuide.com - Photos By: RacersGuide.com Photo Staff There's a young star on the rise that comes from a family rich in New Jersey racing history, and that is Ryan Simmons. For Ryan it all began when his great-grandfather Jack Simmons, the late promoter of East Windsor Speedway, got his start in racing from his very own father. While Ryan's grandfather didn't stay behind the wheel long as after only a few races Jack decided best to help other drivers…

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TALKING POINTS: Friesen’s Double, Double D Bounces Back, 51 is No.1 & More.

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[xyz-ihs snippet="Posts-Ad”] TALKING POINTS: Week ending 9/25/16 Story By: Pete MacDonald/RacersGuide.com - Photos By: RacersGuide.com Photo Staff FRIESEN DOUBLE DOWNS ON SATURDAY: When you think of doing the double in auto racing, you automatically think the Indy 500/Coke 600 double on Memorial Day Weekend, right? Saturday Stewart Friesen accomplished a double of his own finishing 13th in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Loudon, NH then headed off to Fonda Speedway in New York where he would compete in the Super DIRTcar Series race there ultimately ending up 5th. BACK IN THE SADDLE: Less than 24 hours after…

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#NASCARThrowback Saved The Southern 500, Imagine What It Would Do For Dirt Modified Racing

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[xyz-ihs snippet="Posts-Ad”] #NASCARThrowback Saved The Southern 500, Imagine What It Would Do For Dirt Modified Racing Story & Photos By: Pete MacDonald/RacersGuide.com A few years ago the Southern 500 was just about dead in the water. Stripped from its traditional Labor Day weekend and moved to April, the event became just another NASCAR race. What once was one of the “Crown Jewel” events on the calendar that twice in the sports history paid the “Winston Million” bonus to a driver that swept The Daytona 500, Winston 500 at Talladega, Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte, and The Southern 500, was diminished to…

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Young Brandon Grosso Seeks Three Championships This Season

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[xyz-ihs snippet="Posts-Ad”] Young Brandon Grosso Seeks Three Championships This Season Story By: Fred Hahn/RacersGuide.com - Photos By: Harry Meeks & Pete MacDonald/RacersGuide.com Not long ago Brandon Grosso, the son of former Modified racer Rick Grosso, was winning in the Quarter Midget ranks. Now at just the age of 16, Brandon has already won his first Sportsman championship two weeks ago at the Big Diamond Speedway in Minersville, PA. Now this young star has his eyes set on both the Crate Modified and Sportsman championships at New Egypt Speedway located in Plumstead Township, NJ. For Brandon, New Egypt is not just…

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Like Father, Like Son; Pauch, Jr. Looking to Become a Champion at NES

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[xyz-ihs snippet="Posts-Ad”] Like Father, Like Son; Billy Pauch, Jr. Looking to Become a Champion at New Egypt Speedway Story By: Fred Hahn/RacersGuide.com - Photos By: Dave Dalesandro/RacersGuide.com Seventeen years ago Billy Pauch, Jr.'s father, Billy Pauch Sr., won his first of a record six New Egypt Speedway Modified division championships. Now Billy Jr., a young father himself, has his sights set on his first championship at the Plumsted Township, NJ Speedway. After a strong second place finish to his father Saturday night, Billy Jr. now has an even better chance to overtake Ryan Godown in this Saturday's double point finale.…

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Matt Sheppard: Big Time, Small Time

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[xyz-ihs snippet="Posts-Ad”] After Parting Ways with HBR, Sheppard has accomplished what Many Thought was Improbable; Leads the Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modified Standings over Stewart Friesen Story By: MATT NOLES / RACERSGUIDE.COM     Photos By: DAVE DALESANDRO / RACERSGUIDE.COM SPRAKERS, NY- August 19, 2016- Open trailers are a thing of the past; a venerable relic from a far simpler time. Very seldom does one see one of these mythical modes of transport since the invention of enclosed trailers and mammoth stacker haulers and yet whenever the Super DIRTcar Series rolls into town, one of its premier drivers arrives with his backup…

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The King Returns to Grandview With The All Stars

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Kinser Excited for Return to Grandview Speedway this Thursday with the All Stars Story By: JUSTIN SNYDER / RACERSGUIDE.COM Photos By: RACERSGUIDE.COM PHOTO STAFF Bechtelsville Pa.- August 17, 2016- Standing in the pits at Knoxville Raceway in Iowa, Steve Kinser eagerly watches as the 410 Sprint cars take to the track for warm-ups during the Knoxville Nationals. Two years removed from his “Salute to the King” tour where Kinser retired from full-time racing, the 20-time World of Outlaw champion is there now as a spectator and car-owner for his son, Kraig Kinser. With 58 career wins at the historic speedway,…

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Who Pulls The Pill?

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[xyz-ihs snippet="Posts-Ad”] Story By: Pete MacDonald/RacersGuide.com - Photos By: Pete MacDonald & Alex & Helen Bruce/RacersGuide.com Its one of the most stressful things to do when you’re at the racetrack, It’s not strapping yourself in behind the wheel to do battle amongst your peers, its not the car owner who spends tens of thousands of dollars on the best equipment he can afford, it’s not the crew member who torques all five lug nuts prior to the A-Main, its not the race director who has to watch 24 race cars at a time, or even a corner flagger or EMT.…

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How Could You Not Be A Fan Of Bryan Clauson?

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[xyz-ihs snippet="Posts-Ad”] How Could You Not Be A Fan Of Bryan Clauson? By: Pete MacDonald The news came early yesterday morning that Bryan Clauson had succumbed to his injuries suffered on Saturday night at the Bellville Midget nationals in Kansas. It shattered not only the short track world but also the entire racing community worldwide. Unfortunately this isn't the first time we've all had to go through this and unfortunately it won't be the last. It's part of the game we all chose. How could you not like Bryan Clauson? The guy always had a smile on his face no matter how his…

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Winds of Change: HBR and Jimmy Phelps Debut New Teo Chassis

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HBR Switches from Troyer to Teo Saturday Night at the Fulton Speedway; Battles Mechanical Issues During Modified Feature Story and Photos By: MATT NOLES / RACERSGUIDE.COM SPRAKERS, NY- August 1, 2016- Winston Churchill once surmised that in order to improve, one must be willing to change. After being synonymous with Troyer Race Cars for as long as can be remembered, HBR and their franchise driver, Jimmy Phelps, unloaded a new Teo Pro Car Saturday night at the Fulton Speedway much to the disbelief of the dirt modified community. Though the announcement came earlier in the week, there were certainly more…

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Sigh of Relief: Tom Sears Jr. Finally Reaches Victory Lane at Fulton

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After Weeks of Mechanical Issues and Bad Luck, Tom Sears Jr. Finally Closed the Deal Saturday Night at Fulton; Holds Off Pat Ward to Take 35-Lap Feature Story By: MATT NOLES / RACERSGUIDE.COM     Photos By: JAY FISH / RACERSGUIDE.COM SPRAKERS, NY- August 1, 2016- There are times in racing when if it weren’t for bad luck, some drivers would have no luck at all. For Tom Sears Jr., the 2016 season at the famed high banks of the Fulton Speedway in Fulton, New York has been one of his better years behind the wheel of a northeast dirt modified. Unfortunately…

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FREDDIE RAHMER CARVING OUT HIS OWN PLACE IN CENTRAL PA SPRINT CAR RACING SCENE

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[xyz-ihs snippet="Posts-Ad”] FREDDIE RAHMER CARVING OUT HIS OWN PLACE IN CENTRAL PA SPRINT CAR RACING SCENE Young Gun Looks to Take Victory at Grandview Speedway Thunder Cup Event Story By: Justin Snyder/RacersGuide.com - Photos by: Tommy Hein, Trent Gower & Dan DeMarco/RacersGuide.com In Central Pennsylvania, few names are as synonymous with Sprint Car racing as Fred Rahmer. With a National Sprint Car Hall of Fame resume and having collected more than 400 career feature victories and multiple track championships at various local speedways, it was going to be hard for any local driver to fill those shoes when the legend…

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They Said It: New Egypt Speedway 7/23/16

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[xyz-ihs snippet="Posts-Ad”] They Said It: New Egypt Speedway 7/23/16 Story By: Pete MacDonald/RacersGuide.com - Photos by: Harry Meeks & Jim Brown/RacersGuide.com Ryan Godown picked up his second win of the season on Saturday at New Egypt Speedway after a rough battle with Bryan Kuhl halfway through Saturday night’s feature. David Van Horn and 17-year-old Ryan Krachun rounded out the podium. It was Krachun’s best run of 2016 to day at the Ocean County D-Shaped oval. “It was a trying race. We caught some breaks coming through, We freed the car up more than normal to get through the holes. We…

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