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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


WRIGHTSTOWN, NJ – Passing cars will bring a guaranteed reward on the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco Velocita-USA South Region. 

Precision Hydraulic & Oil of Wrightstown, N.J., has signed on to present the Hard Charger Award – worth $200 cash – at all eight STSS Velocita-USA South Region Modified events starting with Round No. 1 on Saturday, March 17 at Delaware’s Georgetown Speedway.

Precision Hydraulic & Oil is a first-time STSS marketing partner.

Owned and operated by Joe Infante, Precision Hydraulic & Oil is an authorized distributor for Xtreme Lubricants Full Synthetic Race Oil and PennGrade Motor Oil among numerous other product lines.

In addition to the Hard Charger, Precision Hydraulic & Oil is offering another incentive to STSS teams.

Any series champion – Modified South Region or Halmar International North Region or Sportsman Crate 602 North or South or Open – purchasing oil from Precision Hydraulic & Oil will receive a $500 cash bonus at year-end.

“We are looking forward to having Precision Hydraulic & Oil on board for our 2018 series,” STSS organizer Brett Deyo said. “Joe is offering incentives not only for our South Region Hard Charger, but all our competitors. He will be a great partner.”

Xtreme Lubricants Products include 5W-40 Crate Race Oil, 5W-50 and Synthetic Gear Lube.

PennGrade options are 10W-40, 20W-50, 50W and Break-In Oil.

For further information, call 609.286.4446 or visit

To learn more about the 2018 Short Track Super Series Fueled By Sunoco, visit, e-mail, check out ‘Short Track Super Series’ on Facebook or @ShortTrackSS on Twitter or Instagram.

The Short Track Super Series is presented by American Racer/Lias Tire, Sunoco Race Fuel, Insinger Performance, Bob Hilbert Sportswear, Halmar International, Allstar Performance, ATL Racing Fuel Cells, Behrent’s Performance Warehouse, Bicknell Racing Products, Dirt Track Digest, Fast Axle, Fox Racing Shocks, Hig Fab, Henry’s Exhaust, HyperCo, Kirkey Racing Fabrication, K&N, Precision Hydraulic & Oil, QA1, Race Pro Weekly, Racing Optics, Teo-Pro Car, Velocita, Weld & Wilwood.


Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By Sunoco 2018 Schedule

Velocita-USA South Region

Saturday, March 17 – Georgetown Speedway/Georgetown, Del. – Melvin L. Joseph Memorial

Sunday, April 29  Bridgeport Speedway/Bridgeport, N.J. – South Jersey Shootout

Thursday, May 24 – Delaware International Speedway/Delmar, Del. – Diamond State 50

TuesdayJune 5  Big Diamond Speedway/Minersville, Pa. – Anthracite Assault – COMBO

Sunday, July 29 – BAPS Motor Speedway/Newberrytown, Pa. – York County Nationals $10,000 to win!

Tuesday, August 28 – Georgetown Speedway/Georgetown, Del. – Blast at the Beach

Friday, October 12 – Port Royal Speedway/Port Royal, Pa. – Speed Showcase

FridaySaturday October 26-27 – Georgetown Speedway/Georgetown, Del. – Mid-Atlantic Championship Weekend