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Top Quality Construction Backs Tyler Thompson Ahead of Indoor Auto Racing Championship Finale in Albany

 PHOTO – AJ Yabroudy

OSWEGO, NY (February 6, 2018) – Team Tapout Racing and driver Tyler Thompson are proud to announce a partnership with Top Quality Construction ahead of this weekend’s Indoor Auto Racing Championship finale in Albany, NY.

Owned and operated by Mike Barbera of Oswego, NY, Top Quality Construction specializes in new home construction, renovations, garages, windows & doors, kitchens & baths, excavating, and more.

From start to finish, Top Quality Construction does it all.

“We want to thank Mike Barbera and Top Quality Construction for joining our team this season,” said driver Tyler Thompson.  “We hope to give Mike and all of our supporters a good showing this weekend in Albany.”

Thompson will conclude his first season as a contender in the TQ Midget portion of the Indoor Auto Racing Championship on February 9-10 inside the Times Union Center in Albany, NY.

To learn more about how you can attend the series finale and watch Tyler in action, visit online at

Keep up with Thompson and Team Tapout through their all-new website at

Visit to follow Thompson and Team Tapout Racing on social media.

If interested in team information, or to contact Tyler, please consult team owner Jason Simmons at (315) 591-4303 or

Team Tapout Partners: Ashley Lynn Winery, CH Sealants, CNY Power Equipment, D&S Landscaping, Dan Kapuscinski Motorsports Promotions, JCB, Liftech, Lakeside Property Services, Lindsey Aggregates, Morrison Performance, Nice Price Auto Sales, Performance Manufacturing, Rolfe Schnur Motorsports Marketing, S&W Firewood, Slack Karts, Top Quality Construction


ALBANY, NY February 5, 2018 . . . Marc Johnson, the 2016 Modified champion at Albany-Saratoga Speedway, has entered the Indoor Auto Racing Series Fueled By VP Racing Fuels (Three Quarter) TQ Midget competition this coming weekend, February 9-10, 2018 at the Times Union Center in downtown Albany, N.Y.

Johnson will be driving the highly regarded Sharpe-Shifter Motorsports No. 21 TQ Midget owned by Ken Sebring. The effort will be supported by BOSS Mechanical.

“It’s a great opportunity for me to race in front of a hometown crowd,” Johnson said. “I’ve never run a TQ Midget and never run indoors but I do have Quarter Midget experience and have run a Modified at Albany-Saratoga a few times when they went back to asphalt for a year. That should count for something. I know the car is a good, fast piece.”

Car owner Ken Sebring is enthused to obtain the services of proven winner Johnson so late in the game.

“From everything I know about Marc and from talking to him when he came my shop, I think we can be very competitive. Bobby Holmes, my regular driver who raced the car in Allentown, won’t be able to make the Albany race because of work commitments. There were a lot of different guys who had called about the ride in my car but to me, Marc is the best. He’s a proven competitor and he really wanted to do this race since its right in his backyard,” Sebring said.

Johnson said that his hometown of Guilderland is no more than fifteen minutes from the Times Union Center.

“It’s a home game for me,” Johnson said. “That’s one of the reasons why I wanted to do it. To be honest, I don’t have any expectations, want to qualify for sure and then have a good race.”

Another Capital District area entrant is Albany-Saratoga Modified 2018 feature winner Demetrios Drellos of Queensbury, N.Y.  Drellos has entered the competition in the Slingshot division, which is where he first excelled before moving into Dirt Modified racing two years ago.

On the TQ side, Donnie Preece, owner of the No. 6 TQ Midget driven by his nephew Ryan in Allentown and Atlantic City, will have past NASCAR Whelen Modified Touring Series champion Ron Silk behind the wheel.  

The driver who will be chased the most in the TQ Midget ranks is the one with the most at stake, Indoor Auto Racing Series point’s leader Justin Bonsignore of Holtsville, Long Island, N.Y.

Bonsignore, who finished third in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour points last year, has his sights set on the championship. If he succeeds, he’ll earn the TC Cup. emblematic of excellence in Indoor TQ racing and presented in memory of the late Ted Christopher, an eight time Indoor Auto Racing Series A-Main winner.

Erick Rudolph, a dirt Modified super star from Ransomville. N.Y. and the 2016 Indoor Series champion, remains in close contention.

Bonsignore and Rudolph will be joined by fellow Empire Staters Scott Kreutter of Buffalo, Jonathan Reid of Lockport, Ronnie Flaim of Allegany, DJ Forbes, Jr., of Syracuse, Shawn and Andrew Nye of Lancaster, Timmy and Tommy Catalano of Ontario, crowd favorite Andy Jankowiak of Tonawanda, Ryan Bartlett of Watertown and Tyler Thompson of Fulton.

The wild card for the TQ Midget drivers and their teams is the fact that the Times Union Center is a first-time venue: no one knows exactly how the track will develop and to what extent it will change over time.

While unusual, Indoor Auto Racing is not unprecedented in the state of New York.

Throughout decade of the 90s up to and including 2002, the Niagara Falls Convention Center hosted Indoor TQ Midget events several times each winter. The development of casino gambling ended the Niagara Falls racing.

Now, through the efforts of Len Sammons’ Indoor Auto Racing Series, Empire State auto racing in the winter has been resurrected.

The TQ Midgets will be supported by the Slingshot both nights and the Champ Karts were recently added as a Saturday night bonus.  Both of the undercard divisions have full fields of 30 teams registered.

Top New York State Slingshot entrants include Dan Morgiewicz  of Goshen, Damon Paul and Matt Hitchcock both of Stony Point, Nick DelCampo of Blauvelt, Brandon McGill of Plattskill, and Don  Boonstra of Hurley.

The Champ Kart class, are led into battle by Cale Ross of Lambertville, N.J., who has won both Indoor Auto Racing Series run to date.  Karters from New York State who have 2018 Indoor Auto Racing Series experience include area drivers Ryan Kendall of Troy, Ryah Swartz of St. Johnsville, Jordan Modiano of Schenectady, and Dominic Roselli of Highland Lake.

Central and western New York entrants include Tyler Brown of Fulton, Taylor Caprara of Watertown, Gene Gregoric of Tonawanda, and James Shutts of Syracuse.   Long Islanders running Karts are Vinny Delaney, Eric Zeh. Anthony Colandro, Brian Chin, and Richie Davidowitz,

The Friday, February 9 schedule of events calls for time trials and qualifying races for both TQ Midgets and Slingshots. Doors open at 6:30 PM Friday with racing beginning at 7:30.

On Saturday, February 10 doors open at 6 PM with racing beginning at 7 PM.  All three divisions the TQs, Slingshots and Champ Karts will compete on Saturday night.

Choice tickets for both days are available at the Times Union Center Box Office, charge-by-phone at (800) 745-3000, or at


ATLANTIC CITY, NJ January 23, 2018 . . . The most prestigious Indoor Auto Race meet in the east, the Atlantic City NAPA Know How Indoor Race, is ready to roar inside Boardwalk Hall this Friday and Saturday January 26 and 27 with the most coveted prize of all, the Three Quarter (TQ) Midget Gambler’s Classic victory, at stake.

Only eight men have won the Gambler’s Classic since its first race in 2003. Anthony Sesely of Matawan, NJ and Erick Rudolph of Ransomville, NY. have dominated the recent event history, each winning three of the last six Classics

Both are entered in this year’s race and are among the favorites.

Two time past winners are Joey Payne of Fairlawn. NJ. Lou Cicconi, Jr., of Aston, PA, and the late Ted Christopher. Canadian Andy Mackereth, Jeff Heotzler of Wallkill, NY and Mike Tidaback of Little Falls, NJ are the three single Classic winners.

Payne is an entrant in this year’s race along with his son Anthony. Cicconi is not driving but has entered several cars as an owner.

The NAPA Know How Weekend and the Gambler’s Classic is part of the Indoor Auto Racing Series Fueled By VP Racing Fuels.

Ryan Flores of Cornelius, NC is the defending Series champion. He will be joined in Boardwalk Hall by Jimmy Blewett of Howell, NJ, who maintains Flores’ TQ Midget. Blewett missed the Series opener earlier this month in Allentown, PA while Flores was leading both features late in the race when a slow tire leak and a failed oil filter ended his bids in each race.

Justin Bonsignore of Holtsville, NY and Scott Kreutter of Buffalo, NY are also expected to be extremely competitive, having each won a TQ Midget feature in the Allentown opener. Over 70 TQ entries are expected.

The quest for victory in the prestigious NAPA Know How weekend will begin on Friday, January 26th, with TQ Midgets racing in four 20 lap events to determine the front end of the starting lineup for Saturday’s Gambler’s Classic. Each of the 70 TQ’s entered will compete in what often is the best races of the weekend on Friday night.

The unpredictable Slingshots and agile Champ Karts will also run Friday night events that will help set their line-ups for Saturday races.

Cale Ross of Lambertville, NJ is the defending Champ Kart Atlantic City race winner. Ross, a dirt Sportsman racer, also won the Indoor Series race opener in Allentown, PA earlier this month.

The Slingshot division promises to be a wide open affair. with defending race winner Gary Hieber, Jr. not entered this year.

The NAPA Know How Atlantic City Indoor Race moves into high gear on Saturday, January 27th with the running of a full slate of qualifying races and the 16th annual Gambler’s Classic TQ Midget 40-lap main event. Champ Karts and Slingshots will also run 25-lap features on Saturday.

On Friday, January 26th doors will open for spectators at 6:00 PM with racing starting at 7:30.

The Saturday schedule calls for doors to open at 5:00 PM with racing starting at 7:00 PM.

The early opening of the Boardwalk Hall doors Saturday is to allow fans extra time to visit ‘Fan Fest’, a fun and exciting time for fans of all ages to meet the drivers and car owners, have their souvenir programs and event shirts autographed and have pictures taken with their favorites before the racing starts.

Good seats remain available for both nights of action through Ticketmaster or at the Box Office.

The Indoor Series finale will be a first annual event in New York State, on Friday and Saturday night February 9th and 10th in the Times Union Center in downtown Albany, N.Y. Both events in Albany will be complete shows with features each night for the TQ Midgets and the Slingshots. Champions will be crowned after Saturday night’s main events.

For choice tickets, contact the Times Union Center Box Office, charge-by-phone at (800) 745-3000, or visit online at

Complete information on all events is available at the series web-site,