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MICRO SPRINTS HIT THE CURE INSURANCE ARENA DIRT TRACK THURSDAY NIGHT

70 TEAMS TEST DIRT TRACK; GEORDAN MARREO, DANNY BUCCAFUSCA, TRAVIS HILL ARE FASTEST IN TWO-AND-A-HALF HOUR SESSION

TRENTON, NJ NOVEMBER 30, 2017 . . . Some seventy of the Micro Sprint drivers and cars that will be competing in the first East Coast Indoor Dirt Nationals this weekend inside CURE Insurance Arena in Trenton, N.J., got in their first laps in on Thursdaynight, starting at 7:00 PM in a practice session.

In an amazing development, unheralded Geordan Marrero of Sergeantsville, N.J. set the fastest time of the night at 9.485 seconds trailed by Danny Buccafusca of Rockaway, N.J., (9.628) and Travis Hill of Sewell, N.J. (9.734). Doug Snyder, Hellertown, PA (9.738) and Tyler Ulrich of Denver, PA (9.751) completed the top five. Chris Fenimore of Wilmington, DE (9.896) and Mike Maresca of Potsdam, N.Y. (9.997) were the only other drivers to break the 10-second barrier.

Trevor Kobylarz of Birdsboro, PA, (10.007), Johnny Smith of Scranton, PA (10.015), and Mike Meyers of Zionsville, PA (10.082 completed the top ten fastest timers for the Thursday practice.

All of the drivers were among the first on the track in the first of two practices for the field.

Quick time in the second group was registered by Luke Thomas of Wyoming, DE (11.535) which would have been 39th fastest among the first group. Changing track conditions caused the dustless, smooth clay surface to slow down throughout the night. There were no major crashes or incidents in either session.

Indoor Auto Racing Series officials announced following the Thursday session that three practice periods for all entrants, rather than the previously scheduled two, will be conducted on Friday prior to qualifying.

East Coast Indoor Dirt Series racing gets underway in earnest on Friday, December 1, 2017. Beginning at 7:00 PM, nine heat races of ten laps each in length, will begin the selection of the top 24 cars for the Saturday night A-Main. Spectator arena gates swing open at 6:00 PM.

Following the heats, four A-Qualifiers, each of 15 laps, will transfer the top three finishers directly into Saturday night’s A-Main. The rest of the finishers remain eligible for the remaining 12 feature starting spots which will be determined through a series of “Alphabet Mains”. Each of these ten lap races, ten in all, run Saturday.

The top two finishers in each race advance into the successive race at the back of the field. The ‘Alphabet Mains’ culminate in the running of two B-Mains, with the top six finishers in each joining the twelve Friday Night A-Qualifiers to form the 24-car starting field.

That sets the field for the first annual East Coast Indoor Dirt Nationals.

The race is the first of four Indoor Auto Racing Series events and the only one to be run on a dirt track.

The scene shifts to the PPL Center in Allentown, Pa., on January 5-6, 2018 with the running of the Ironton Telephone TQ Midget event. The scene shifts to January 26-27, 2018 to Atlantic City, N.J., for the 15th annual running of the prestigious Gambler’s Classic. The finale is set for February 9-19, 2018 at Times Union Center in Albany, N.Y. for the inaugural Indoor Auto Racing TQ Midget race, where the 2018 Indoor Auto Racing Series Fueled By VP Racing Fuels 2018 champion will be crowned.

THE CLAY’S DOWN IN TRENTON’S CURE INSURANCE ARENA

DIRT MICROS TO HIT THE TRACK THURSDAY FOR PRACTICE; RACING GOES FRIDAY AND SATURDAY

TRENTON, NJ November 29, 2017 . . . The clay’s down, bring on the cars!

That’s the sentiment the track building team of Len Sammons Motorsports Productions and the Indoor Auto Racing Series Fueled by VP Racing Fuels as the inaugural East Coast Indoor Dirt Nationals at the CURE Insurance Arena in Trenton, NJ is one day away.

A dense layer of choice deep dark brown clay was delivered and unloaded on the concrete floor of the CURE Insurance Arena on Tuesday, November 28 and was carefully worked and shaped into banking contours in the pair of sweeping turns throughout the day on Wednesday, November 29 in preparation for the first East Coast Indoor Dirt Nationals at the CURE Insurance Arena in Trenton, NJ.

The first test for the aesthetically pleasing, wide clay oval takes place Thursday, November 30 when a closed-to-the-public practice session takes the green flag.

Any of the over 90 Micro Sprint drivers and teams entered in the event are eligible to hit the track for the practice, which begins at 7:00 PM and runs until 10:00 PM Thursday night.

Racing for real will start on Friday at 7:00 PM with nine heat races. Unlike previous Indoor Auto Racing Series TQ Midget events, there will be no time trials.

Drivers will pick for qualifying positions. Those with a ‘bad draw’ will be rewarded with passing points. The top performers will then be divided into four A-qualifier feature races.

On Saturday, points from Friday’s events will line-up all drivers into “alphabet mains” which will begin at 5 p.m. While high point drivers will lock into Saturday’s A-Main, expected to start after 8 p.m., the other racers will have the opportunity to advance from twin F, E, D, C and B-mains to make the 40 lap “A” feature.

Drivers from eight different states and many racing divisions have entered the event including noted Pa. Sprint Car drivers Brian Montieth, Steve Buckwalter and Ryan Smith. Native Californian Danny Stratton, an expert in wingless competition, has entered along with New Egypt Speedway dirt Modified champion Billy Pauch, Jr.

Kutztown SpeedSTR reigning champion Tim Buckwalter and top ARDC Midget car drivers Alex Bright and Trevor Kobylarz will also be top contenders.

The field also includes the best drivers and teams from Micro Sprint racing.

In fact, one Micro Sprint car owner is so sure one of the division regulars will win the event, he’s willing to put his money on it. Should any non-regular of 600cc Micro Sprint racing win Saturday’s feature event the car owner will add a $500 bonus to the win total.

Tickets for both days of the event are available at the Box Office. Advance tickets are available by calling 800-298-4200 or indoorautoracing.com.

Though this is a new attraction, the CURE Insurance Arena (formerly Sun National Bank Center), has hosted TQ Midget racing for the past four years on the arena’s concrete floor.

Several drivers entered in the inaugural East Coast Indoor Dirt Nationals at the CURE Insurance Arena have previous Indoor Auto Racing Series experience with TQ Midgets on the concrete floor.

Anthony Sesely, a four-time winner on the concrete floor inside Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall, has a new Hyper built dirt car outfitted with a Dave Orange 600cc motor. The team recently tested outdoors for the event. After some new car bugs were worked out, Sesely impressively was putting down some fast laps at Delaware’s Airport Speedway.

Five other Indoor TQ Midget drivers are crossing over with the 34-year-old Sesely to run the Dirt Nationals. The list includes noted dirt Modified driver Mike Iles, outdoor TQ Midget champion Matt Janisch and 2016 Wall TQ Turkey Derby winner Matt Roselli.

These events will be held on the concrete floors of the PPL Center in Allentown, Pa., Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J. and the Times Union Center in Albany, NY.

Further information is available at indoorautoracing.com, email to motorsports@aarn.com or by calling 609-888-3618.

ANTHONY SESELY TO RACE ‘SAME OLD CAR’ IN SAMMONS INDOOR AUTO RACING SERIES SERIES THREE QUARTER MIDGET EVENTS

ENTERS EAST COAST DIRT TRACK MICRO NATIONALS WITH NEW HYPER

ALLENTOWN, PA NOVEMBER 20, 2017 . . . Anthony Sesely is ready to return to the winners’ circle in the 2018 Len Sammons Motorsports Productions Indoor Auto Racing Series Fueled By VP Racing Fuels events.

The winner of four Indoor races inside Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall – including three Gambler’s Classics (2013, 2014, 2016), Sesely is coming back to Indoor action this year with the car that won all three of the Classics.

“I’m running the same old car,” Sesely, 34, of Matawan, N.J. said. “It always excels in Atlantic City and the plan is to win the Gambler’s Classic again. Allentown and Albany are more question marks for us,” Sesely offered.

Sesely said his Indoor Three Quarter Micro sat for most of the past year in its trailer.

“That TQ is one of the original cars Mike Dicely made called the ‘Hyper Hugger,” Sesely said. “It’s just a really good car.”

Unlike most of his fellow TQ Indoor rivals, Sesely has also entered the first ever East Coast Dirt Micro Nationals race, scheduled for Friday and Saturday, December 1-2, 2017. For this race, he has a new Hyper car.

The Hyper dirt car, which Sesely took delivery on recently, was outfitted with a Dave Orange-built motor. Orange is the same engine builder Sesely has been using for his Indoor Auto Racing Series TQ races.

On Sunday, Sesely and six other teams tested for the Trenton event at Delaware’s Airport Speedway. He worked out a few new car issues and left very happy with the results.

Though pavement has been Sesely’s specialty throughout his driving career – Sesely earned two Wall Stadium Modified titles and one Mahoning Valley Dirt/Asphalt Modified crown – he has some dirt track experience.

“I ran a 305 Sprint maybe a dozen times total over a couple of years, at New Egypt, Bridgeport, Grandview and Big Diamond,” Sesely related. “Had one second, a few thirds, never won one,” he recounted. Sesely subsequently sold the car.

Though Sesely is the highest profile driver who will be racing in the East Coast Dirt Micro Nationals and the three TQ Midget races of the Indoor Auto Racing Series, he is not alone. Other cross over entries are Micro Sprint veteran Pat Bealer, past TQ Midget outdoor circuit champion Matt Janisch, 2016 Wall Stadium TQ Turkey Derby winner Matt Roselli and Dirt Modified and past Indoor Auto Racing Series A-Main winner Mike Iles.

The 2018 Indoor Auto Racing Series opens for the TQ Midgets on the concrete floor of the PPL Center in Allentown, PA., for the Ironton Telephone sponsored events on Friday and Saturday, January 5 and 6. Each night offers a complete show for the headline TQ Midgets.

For choice Allentown tickets, contact the PPL Center Box Office by phone at 610-347-TIXX (8499), online at pplcenter.com. The 2016 event was a sell-out.

The Ironton Telephone Allentown event schedule calls for racing to start at 7:30 p.m. on Friday with the Champ Karts as part of the program and 7 p.m. on Saturday with the Slingshots joining the TQ Midgets.

The series moves next to the NAPA Auto Parts Indoor Auto Racing Weekend in Atlantic City. For tickets, contact Ticketmaster, the Boardwalk Hall Box Office, or the Area Auto Racing News office at 609-888-3618.

The finale will be a first annual event in New York State, on February 9-10, 2018 in the Times Union Center in downtown Albany, N.Y. For choice tickets, contact the Times Union Center Box Office, charge-by-phone at (800) 745-3000, or visit online at ticketmaster.com.

The East Coast Dirt Track Micro Nationals precedes the three TQ Series events.

Tickets for both days of the December 1-2 East Coast Dirt Track Micro Nationals are available at the CURE Insurance Arena Box Office or by phone at 800-298-4200. Tickets will also be available at the box office the weekend of the event, but fans should arrive early so they don’t miss any of the action.­

Further information is available at indoorautoracing.com, email to motorsports@aarn.com or by calling 609-888-3618.