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Changes on the Horizon for Utica-Rome, Outlaws on the Schedule in 2015 – DTD Exclusive

By JOHN DOUGLAS JR. The Utica-Rome Speedway Banquet was held on November 29th, which also served as a proper send-off for Gene and Gloria Cole as they relinquish ownership of the Vernon half-mile to Bill and Kim Shea. Mr. Shea has been employed for 38-years with Ferris Industries. Barb Clark, Director of Operations, said, “We are extremely excited for the new season. Mr. Cole will still be involved somewhat and John Tiff is staying on as Race Director. We’re all extremely excited.” During Race Director John Tiff’s speech he announced format changes, a new division and new rules for the…More

Golden Isles Excited to Bring in Northeast Modifieds – DTD Exclusive

By MIKE MALLETT For the first time the Big-Block Modifieds are heading to the Golden Isles Speedway in Georgia. The inaugural East Coast Battle Royal is schedule for Sunday, February 15th, a few days prior to the start of the events at the Volusia Speedway Park. “I’ve always went to Volusia when I could to watch them and it is something that interest me,” stated track General Manager Darryl Courson. “For my area fans around here, a lot of them don’t get to see them unless they get to see them on television. They don’t get to venture to Volusia…More

Mostly Racin’ Stuff By Tom Avenengo Volume # 206 12/18/2014

  Some personal/family stuff: My wife, who left us on July 3, 2014.         Remember, photos can only be seen on the New England Tractor/Race Report website, which is linked to at the end of my columns.   This will be my last column for 2014.  Also, when they return in 2015, I’ll no long have the photo of my late wife to lead things off.  Over the course of the year, I’ll have some other photos of her.   And, the “More memories” section will also be dropped for a while, too.   More memories:  …More

John Trone back as a Sprint Car owner, hires Tim Glatfelter for a 40-race schedule

By JEREMY ELLIOTT (Patriot News) John Trone has the racing bug. Big time. After the 2013 Sprint Car season, Trone relinquished his ownership role for health reasons. He spent 14 days in intensive care for congestive heart failure, and it was time to focus on the recuperation process. But Trone wasn’t far away from the game. He still sponsored Greg Hodnett, who moved over to the Mike Heffner-owned team, and was at the track on a weekly basis in a fan capacity. That status has changed. Trone is back wearing the ownership hat after one year of being on the…More

Kinser-AirFilers.com RaceSaver 305 Sprint Series to Bloomington Speedway in 2015

By Braden Rouse When I first heard the news of Bloomington adding a 305 winged sprint car class in 2015, I laughed and shook my head, looked at my friend and showed him the tweet on my phone. What the heck were they thinking? I’ll be the first to admit I commonly quote “Wings are for airplanes”, although I have a high respect for winged sprint cars and those who race them, and I even enjoy watching them race when they come to town, I’m just a Hoosier and my roots are in traditional non-wing sprint car racing. I quickly…More

Mostly Racin’ Stuff By Tom Avenengo Volume # 205 12/11/2014

  Some personal/family stuff: My wife, who left us on July 3, 2014.     Remember, photos can only be seen on the New England Tractor/Race Report website, which is linked to at the end of my columns.   In a few weeks the Christmas/New Years Holidays will be upon us.  Hey, I’m all for saying “Merry Christmas”!  Just the way I was brought up, I guess?  Who in the world decided it wasn’t “Politically correct” to say that, anyway?  And what in the world can we do with our education system now?  You see what they’re trying to teach…More

Q & A with the Big Three Modified Series Promoters – DTD Exclusive

By MIKE MALLETT The three main players in the promotion of dirt modified racing are unmistakable. Upstart Brett Deyo is proving his Short Track Super Series is worth noticing, but the mainstays of the Super DIRTcar Series led by Joe Skotnicki and the Race of Champions Dirt Modified tour presented by Andrew Harpell show no signs of slowing. Moving forward which of these entities will flourish? Can all three remain viable series popular with fans and drivers alike? DirtTrackDigest.com contacted all three promoters to get their opinions on the state of each of their series, and on the state of…More

Mostly Racin’ Stuff By Tom Avenengo Volume # 204 12/04/2014

Some personal/family stuff: My wife, who left us on July 3, 2014.     Remember, photos can only be seen on the New England Tractor/Race Report website, which is linked to at the end of my columns.   I was fortunate to have spent Thanksgiving with quite a few members of my family, down here in Cape Coral.  The only family members that are down here in Florida, my brother Raymond (Jim), and my sister Cathy & her husband, Hank are way over on the east coast, spent the holiday at my sisters.  Other than that, my daughters Sandy and…More

This and That 12/3/14 – DTD Exclusive

By ED & BETTY BIITTIG Saturday night Utica Rome Speedway honored their champions and also said goodbye to Gene and Gloria Cole as owners of the Vernon, NY oval. The Cole’s have come to an agreement to sell the famous oval to Bill and Kim Shea of Oneida, NY. Bill Shea has been either a fan or sponsor or involved in racing all of his life. A little known fact is that his mother’s aunt actually owned the land that the track was built on and sold it to the original owner, Joe Lesik. This puts Bill in a very…More

Williams Grove adds summer series for the 358 sprints, books All Stars and other special shows

By JEREMY ELLIOTT (Patriot News) Williams Grove Speedway has taken a personal interest in preserving the 358 Sprint Car division in central Pennsylvania. Justin Loh, manager and race director at the historic half mile, announced Monday that Williams Grove is teaming up with Lincoln Speedway to hold a four-race Summer Series for the support class. There will be a minimum $3,000 point fund for the series, which will be sponsored by Nouse Signs and Graphics. More contingencies could also be added. “This is a good way for Williams Grove and Lincoln Speedway to support the 358 Sprint Car division,” Loh…More