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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.

BACHETTI, RICCI THRILL CROWD IN GOBBLER DIRT-TRACK FINALE

176 Race Cars, Huge Crowd Close 2017 Northeast Outdoor Dirt-Track Season

ACCORD, NY – Andy Bachetti outdueled Mike Ricci in a crowd-pleasing, back-and-forth battle to close out the 2017 Northeast outdoor dirt-track season Saturday at Accord Speedway.

Bachetti, of Sheffield, Mass., took over the lead for the final time with 13 circuits remaining in the 50-lap big-block/small-block Modified main and raced to a $5,700 payday for his first-ever ‘Gobbler’ victory in the event’s fifth running. Bachetti received $5,000 from the posted purse, $500 from Upstate Automotive and an additional $200 Halfway Leader bonus from Land Hoe Maintenance LLC.

Run on an unseasonably warm late-November day, the ‘Gobbler’ filled the Accord facility to overflow with jam-packed grandstands and a pit-bulging 177 race cars on hand.

The day’s events were presented by Superior Remodeling and Upstate Automotive.

“What an awesome day,” Bachetti, a two-time Short Track Super Series (STSS) champion, said after climbing from his black and fluorescent green No. 4. “It was hard racing there with Mike (Ricci). He’d get me, I’d get him. It was tough with the restarts and lapped cars thrown in.”

After their on-track combat, Bachetti and Ricci shook hands with huge smiles in Victory Lane.

“What a turnout here today,” Bachetti said. “It’s nice to see the place packed!”

Bachetti led the ‘Mashed Potato’ Modified field to the green flag, but it was Ricci – a master of the Accord bullring – who was able to wrestle the lead away at the outset. Ricci set the pace, with Bachetti in tow, for the race’s first 12 laps.

Mired in lapped traffic, Bachetti and Ricci slapped rubrails with Bachetti emerging out front for the first time on lap 13.

Ricci never let Bachetti out of his grasp.

On a 26th-lap restart – in a wild exchange – Ricci regained command of the lead. During an ensuing stretch of green-flag racing Ricci put some distance between his No. 17 and Bachetti.

However, a final restart on lap 37 changed the complexion of the race.

With sparks flying on the frontstretch, Bachetti squeezed past Ricci. For the remainder of the race, the two ran nose-to-tail with Ricci working to the inside.

Bachetti held on for the win by less than a car-length.

“I think Mike might have been a little better than us,” Bachetti said. “It was about track position there at the end and that (last) restart worked out in our favor.”

Ricci, of Tillson, N.Y., settled for a runner-up finish in a stout end of the season that included strong runs at Afton (N.Y.) Motorsports Park and Orange County (N.Y.) Fair Speedway in Short Track Super Series events.

Two-time ‘Gobbler’ winner Anthony Perrego of Montgomery, N.Y., settled for third, lurking just behind the leaders for the entire distance in Brian Smith’s No. 44. Perrego thrilled the crowd earlier in the day coming from the final row of his heat race to pick up the win.

Joe Judge of Highland, N.Y., used the outside lane to climb to fourth late in the going, nosing out Ryan Godown of Ringoes, N.J., in the Lincoln Auto Body No. 5 owned by Dieter Schmidt.

Utilizing the low line to rebound from a mid-race tangle, Mike Gular of Boyertown, Pa., turned his second career Accord start into a sixth-place finish, with Jerry Higbie of Newburgh, N.Y., Tyler Siri of Horseheads, N.Y., 23rd-starter Brian Malcolm of Lake Ariel, Pa., and Jimmy Wells of Rosendale, N.Y., completing the top-10.

Heat winners for the 39 assembled Modifieds were Perrego, Alan Barker, Kevin Ward, Godown and Danny Creeden. Consolations went to Mike Maresca and Danny Tyler. A ‘last-chance dash’ won by Colton Wilson set the 24th – and final – starting position for the main.

Bushkill, Pa.’s Kyle Rohner continued his outstanding season with a $1,150 payday in the ‘Sweet Potato’ Sportsman 25-lap main. Rohner worked the extreme low line on the quarter-mile oval for his winning drive. The ‘Bushkill Bullet’ worked past Kevin Stevens and was never headed.

Rohner received a $150 bonus as the first Crate 602 Sportsman driver across the line.

Corey Cormier sliced through the field late in the going to finish second. Cormier, the ’17 STSS Sportsman title winner, was the second Crate 602 car in the order, receiving $125.

Second-generation driver Stevens finished third and took home the final $125 Crate bonus. Cole Hentschel and Louden Reimert both recovered from earlier incidents to finish fourth and fifth, respectively. For Keystone State third-generation driver Reimert, Saturday marked his Accord Speedway debut.

The ‘Whipped Cream’ Wingless Sprint Cars were a first-time attraction on the ‘Gobbler’ docket. Ringoes, N.J.’s Ryan Godown pulled double-duty on the day and drove to a $1,100 payday in the 20-lap event after leading from start-to-finish and winning his heat race earlier in the day.

Bob Tersillo, Corey Wood, Jeremy Quick and Heidi Hedin completed the front five.

Sponsors for the Wingless Sprint main event included Rapid Tire, Land Hoe Maintenance LLC, Marshall Industries, Peak Performance, Northeast Paving & Sealcoating and Oakland Valley Raceway Park.

After pitting to change a flat tire, Greg Sleight marched back through the field to win the 20-lap ‘Pumpkin Pie’ Pure Stock Ron Wright Memorial. Sleight took command late in the rough-and-tumble feature and narrowly held off the advances of Travis Brockner, who like Sleight had to recover from earlier misfortune.

Sleight’s win was worth $600 including a $100 bonus from Ron ‘Pop’ Wright in memory of his son.

Steve Williams, Jay Smalley and Ryan Brockner completed the front five.

Brandon Conklin received $2,000 for his efforts in the ‘dessert’ of the day: Enduro pudding. Conklin scored ahead of Dave Donovan, early leader Jeff DeGroat, Johnny Bankich and George Zeininger.

GOBBLER LEFTOVERS: Pits were pushed to the point of overflow with 39 Modifieds, 48 Sportsman, 30 Pure Stocks, eight Wingless Sprints and 51 Four Cylinder Enduro cars signing in to compete as the ‘Gobbler’ celebrated its fifth anniversary….

With the Short Track Super Series points complete, the ‘post-season’ event attracted some different faces including Ransomville (N.Y.) Speedway regular Nick Joy, Canadian Boyd MacTavish, North Country driver Mike Maresca and more….

The fifth-place Modified finish for Ryan Godown came with a left-front flat tire for the second half of the feature event….

Mike Gular’s only previous Accord appearance was in the summer of 2013 when the speedway hosted its first ‘Battle of the Bullring’ midweek special….

Santa Claus made an appearance during the program riding on a newly purchased Accord Speedway fire truck….

The day featured non-stop on-track action with little downtime. Only a brief pause was taken prior to the Modified main….

Accord Speedway, a neat-and-tidy quarter-mile clay oval nestled in the hills of Ulster County, is located at 299 Whitfield Road Accord, NY 12404. The speedway is on the web at www.accordspeedway.com.

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‘GOBBLER’ RACE SUMMARY – ACCORD SPEEDWAY NOVEMBER 25, 2017

‘Mashed Potato’ Modified Feature Finish (50 laps): ANDY BACHETTI, Mike Ricci, Anthony Perrego, Joe Judge, Ryan Godown, Mike Gular, Jerry Higbie, Tyler Siri, Brian Malcolm, Jimmy Wells, Scott Ferrier, Rich Ricci Jr., Dom Buffalino, Allison Ricci, Alan Barker, Charles Hendrickson Jr., Colton Wilson, Ray See Jr., Kevin Ward, Mike Maresca, Dan Creeden, Danny Tyler, Eldon Payne Jr., Boyd MacTavish.

Did Not Qualify:  Kyle Van Duser, Corey Lowitt, Heath Metzger, Paul Rooney, Kurt Hundeland, Mark Pullen, Kenny Ferrier, Rob Rowe, John Ferrier, Roger Henion Jr., Rusty Smith, Rocky Warner, Nick Joy, Michael Wahl, Harold Humphrey.

‘Sweet Potato’ Sportsman Feature Finish (25 laps): KYLE ROHNER, Corey Cormier, Kevin Stevens, Cole Hentschel, Louden Reimert, Tommy Collins, Rocky Warner, Joe Bonetti, Greg McCloskey, Jamie Yannone, Geoff Quackenbush, Hunter Lapp, Daniel Morgiewicz, Carl Bittenbender, John Aumick, Mike Bull, Michael Coffey Jr., Tony Kawalchuk, Phil Goetschius, Tyler Johnston, Chris Van Duser, Tyler Thompson, James Fadden, David Demorest.

Did Not Qualify: Nick Plumstead, R.J. Smith, Michael Talmadge, Brian Durbin, Jerry Curry, Ricky Thompson, Lou Torres, Ryan Macartney, Shane Henion, Devin Willis, Chris Lynch, Brad Horton, Lenny Helmich, Robbie Knipe, Jesse Leiby, Matt Curry, Jimmy Wells, Michael Corbin, Jimmy Leiby, Rich Ricci III, Matt Shultz, Michael Murphy, Lem Atkins, Jimmy Johnson.

‘Whipped Cream’ Wingless Sprint Feature Finish (20 laps): RYAN GODOWN, Bob Tersillo, Corey Wood, Jeremy Quick, Heidi Hedin, Larry Drake, Larry McVay, Mark Connely.

‘Pumpkin Pie’ Pure Stock Ron Wright Memorial Feature Finish (20 laps): GREG SLEIGHT, Travis Brockner, Steve Williams, Jay Smalley, Ryan Brockner, Walt Henry, Joel Murns, Bob Sleight Jr., Jim Maher, Nate Hill, Mike Vigiletti, Jon Woinoski, Steve Kanuk, Mike Arrizoni, Zach Seyerlein, Ray Tarantino, Jim Hajkowski, Chris Murphy, Joey Sheffold, Kyle Welsch, David Cook, Wayne Keyes, James Goetschius, John Hechinger.

Did Not Qualify: Corey Stanton, Curt Ayers, Gary Gamble, Nick Reilly, Andy Fox, Scott Gumaer.

Four Cylinder Enduro ‘Pudding’ Finish (Top-5, 51 cars participated): BRANDON CONKLIN, Dave Donovan, Jeff DeGroat, Johnny Bankich, George Zeininger.

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.