By LEON ANDRUS
Hey folks it has been a long time since I last wrote a column here for DTD as my laptop died and I finally got a used one and I got some stuff to put out for you. I will be telling of the upcoming race car shows that I will be attending at least one day and the ones Afton Motorsports Park (A.M.P.) and Thunder Mountain Speedway (TMS). I will remind you of their upcoming banquets and some talk coming out of these two fine race facilities here in the Southern Tier of New York. Please get out to these race shows and get the track schedules and do some bench racing as it helps get through the winter. I am anticipating a great 2019-race-season.
First off next Saturday January 19, I will hitch a ride with Ron Ford the promoter of (A.M.P.) and we will be headed to the (PPB) Pioneer Pole Buildings Motorsports & Trade Show at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, Pa. Saturday is day two of the three-day event put together by Area Auto Racing News head honcho Lenny Sammons and staff. It is always a great show with many race cars of all types and many vendors along with tracks and sanctioning bodies in attendance. Plenty to see and the event has quite a few seminars for various things so come an enjoy and see the cars in their very beautiful state. I would think one of the busiest booths for the weekend will the Short Track Super Series (STSS) booth. Here show goers will be seeking their series schedule for the Modified and Crate Sportsman for the North and South Regions. Georgetown Speedway information and schedules along with all the information about the American Racer Cup for this season. Racers sign up for the American Racer Cup already will be eligible for the two-tire give-away during the show. One for the Modified division and one for the 602 Crate cars. All of these will be under BD/Motorsports umbrella of Brett Deyo as he heads up the things plus now new this season as we all know unless you have been living under a rock the past few months will be his promotion of the Fonda Speedway.
Up next for me will be emceeing the 2018 (A.M.P) Banquet to be held as last year at the Afton River Club, just across the river from the race track. The gala event will be held on Saturday January 26 so time is running out to get your tickets. Ticket information is on their Facebook page and also the tracks webpage www.aftonmotorsportspark.com or call Ron Ford 607.624.3772. I hope to see you all there.
The following Saturday night February, 2 I will be co-emceeing along with Barry Goodband the (TMS) Banquet at the Marathon Civic Center. The banquet returns there after a year away and it is great to be back. Always great food and truly more conveniently located for the competitors at this Saturday speed plant. Get ticket information at www.thundermtnspeedway.net and hurry as time is running out.
The next event comes up in March and the weekends are loaded here with stuff every week for me. March 1-3 I will be at the Oakdale Mall in Johnson City, N.Y. for the Southern Tier Speedworld. Dan Harpell mentioned on a Facebook page the he would once again hold this free to the public event. Details he said would follow but it was good to know it would happen once again. Questions on show or details you could try sending message off of his Facebook page
The following week the race show will be taking place at the Center of Progress Building at the Syracuse, Fairgrounds. It will be the second show for new promoter of the event Jeremie Corcoran after taking over from the long tenured Patrick Family. The show is now known as the Syracuse Mortorsports Expo Exposition & Trade Show to be held Saturday and Sunday March 9th & 10th. For details or questions contact Jeremie at Northeast Racing Products@yahoo.com or call Jeremie at 315.374.2839. First event last year was quite impressive and I expect it to be better this season.
We are now to the third weekend and that means on track action going to be happening as I head to the opening weekend for Brett Deyo’s promoted Georgetown Speedway for the Melvin L. Joseph Memorial. It is a Friday March 15 and Saturday March 16 event with 49 being a key number in the payoff for the winners in honor of Mr. Joseph’s car number, plus Saturday’s Modified feature will be 49-laps.
Friday will see the Small Block Modified division head up the program in a 30-lap $4,049.00 to win. Also, on the card will be the RUSH Late Model going for a $1,049.00 to win event. The Delmarva Chargers and Delaware Sport Trucks as always with racing at Georgetown they will be on the card both days. The 602 Crate cars will have open practice on this night also. The 49-lap Modified feature will highlight the Saturday card with a whopping $6,949.00 header to the winner. It also will be the first South Region event for the Bob Hilbert Sportswear STSS fueled by Sunoco event. The same goes for the 602 Crate cars as it will serv as race number one for the South region with a scheduled $1,049.00 going to the winner. Rounding out the card on Saturday besides the cars and trucks mentioned above will be their division known as Little Lincolns.
It is now the fourth weekend of the month and now it is to the 2nd annual Speed Sport Showcase presented by Anthracite Auto Pick-A-Part Recycling to be held on March 23 & 24 which is Saturday & Sunday. The location has moved this year to a bigger facility and they are looking to expand on their very successful first show. It is now located at the Sunshine Plaza 1432 Highway 315 BLVD in Plains, Pa. That is really close to the Mohegan Sun Casino, WooHoo. Last year they had a Moc-A-Tec reunion and this season it will be a Penn Can Speedway being highlighted. The trio promoting team of Tony Frable, Nick Petrilak and Bryan Chase are very excited for year number two.
I am looking forward to all of these shows and I will be spending time in both of the A.M.P and the T.M.S. booths at all of these shows as they will be attending them all. Come check them and all the other tracks and vendors and enjoy the shows. Hopefully I will get to do a little work on the microphone at the Speed Sport Showcase event. The Penn Can reunion event also I want to get my name in there for that baby that will be emceed by their now track announcer Craig Hawley.
Finally, before closing as I am starting to get long here some quick notes about my two home tracks of A.M.P and T.M.S. First, I will start at the Friday night stomping grounds of A.M.P. where this season I am glad to be stepping back behind the microphone on a weekly basis. New clay (real stuff) will also be laid on the track before the season starts. The Four Cylinder Truck division will see the FWD only Four Cylinder cars able to join in this division to try to expand the field. Rules will be adjusted as needed if one is way more competitive than the other. Please give it a try before squawking about it. Jim “Rocky” Rothwell has sent word that he will be competing there this season in the Open Sportsman division. There have been many calls about drivers changing division and other new drivers and returning drivers making their way to the Fairground oval. Two off the top of my head is Matt Roberts (613) returning to full time racing in the IMCA Modified division. He plans to compete weekly here and at the T.M.S. along with the shows at the re-opening Skyline Raceway under Frank and Audrey Payne. Truck competitor Brandon Loucks is moving into the 602 Crate division with a former AJ Digsby machine.
A few important dates are opening night scheduled for Friday April 19 after weather pending test & tune sessions a couple of weeks prior. Friday May 17 is a day I am really looking forward to as I have wanted to see this for quite sometime and that is a night of our Street Stock division being joined by the Pro Stock class that compete at tracks like Fonda and Utica Rome to name a couple. I also plan on doing some lap sponsors for this event. Another big highlight will be the end of the year STSS as it comes to town with the return of the Short Track Super Nationals on Friday & Saturday October 11th & 12th.
Saturday night home T.M.S. will see all their divisions returning to action with the phones ringing with new and returning competitors to the speedway. Eric Leet and Rick Wilk are two returning drivers and both will be fielding a Modified for the season. Kevin Jordan has a brand new Hig-Fab chassis at his disposal as he is aiming for the Modified championship. I have also been informed of a few Crate competitors moving into the talent-laden Modified division. Opening night is Saturday April 27 with the traditional $1,992.00 to win for the Modified division. Other dates of note are Sunday May 26 for the STSS North Region event for the Modified and Crate Sportsman in the Lightning on the Mountain event with the very popular Street Stocks on the card. Sunday July 21 is the ever-popular Wade Decker Memorial. Sunday September 1 will be the King of the Mountain special. Rounding out the season will be their second year for the Friday/Saturday double-header. Friday September 6 will see the 100-lap Street Stock special and Saturday will see the popular Topless 100 for the 602 Crate Sportsman division. Last year it was the highest payout in the Northeast for the division and I would be shocked if it is not the same this season.
One last thing before closing is let’s all hope for great weather and for a great 2019-race-season. Get out and support your local tracks and bring a friend. If anyone’s business would like to get involved with sponsoring either A.M.P or T.M.S. please let me know by reaching me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get you all the pertinent information. Racing folks are very loyal to folks that support the sport we all love. Until next time, Race On!