Category Archives: Indoor Auto Racing Series

Tyler Thompson Ready for 10th annual DT100 Karting Event for Make-A-Wish

OSWEGO, NY (February 27, 2018) – Karting and DIRTcar Sportsman standout Tyler Thompson of Fulton, NY is traveling to Scarborough, ME this weekend to take part in the 10th annual DT100 for Make-A-Wish inside the Maine Indoor Karting facility on Saturday, March 3.

Known as northern New England’s largest indoor charity karting race, the DT100 features over 100 of short track racing’s biggest stars as they face off against their race fans in equally prepared Sodi racing go-karts.

Among those competing in the event are NASCAR Modified stars Eddie MacDonald, Andy Seuss and Jason Myers, as well as Supermodified and midget ace, Joey Payne.

The DT100 will reach over $250,000 in total donations to the Make-A-Wish Foundation in this, their 10th and final year as an event.

“It is an honor to have been invited to this event,” said Tyler Thompson.  “I look forward to being shoulder to shoulder with some of the biggest stars in our sport as we support a great cause in the Make-A-Wish Foundation.”

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

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


Veteran TQ Midget driver Mike Tidaback remains in critical condition from a head injury, and related complications, received in a crash during the events at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City on January 26.
On the night of the crash, Tidaback was attended to at the track by the on-site Indoor Auto Racing Series safety team, then transported to the AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center in Atlantic City. He is currently a patient in the Trauma/Critical Care Unit at that facility.
Mike’s wife, Renee, confirmed to AARN the extent of his ongoing physical complications.
“He was unconscious immediately after the accident, then in and out of consciousness that night due to massive bleeding on the brain,” said Renee. “He also suffered blockage in the main artery in the neck that required an operation to clear a blood clot.
“Mike was in a coma, from which he woke up from after two weeks,” she continued. “However, he cannot breathe on his own, and is being assisted by a breathing apparatus; and is paralyzed on the right side. There is still massive bleeding on the brain. He has opened his eyes; but there is limited brain activity. We do not know the full extent at this time.”
Tidaback has always made safety, for himself and fellow racers, a priority.
“He’s a good, clean and safe driver. Mike was always about safety and carefully checked everything over,” reflected Renee.
“That included the car’s setup, before and after each time he went on or off the track to double check. He planned months in advance for this Boardwalk Hall event, with checklists.”
Tidaback has always been a fan favorite in the TQs since beginning his career in the late-1980s at Pine Brook Speedway, with many wins in the years that have followed at his home track Wall Stadium and on the circuit. He was ATQMRA series champion in 1996 and 97, and co-champion with Don Adams in 2005.
In 2008, Tidaback won the Gambler’s Classic A-main at Boardwalk Hall; and was also a winner during the Indoor Series at Niagara Falls in 1999.
This past year, he competed in the Sportsman division at Wall, driving a car that he and Renee fielded.
“Thank you, to everyone in the racing community, for all their thoughts and prayers and support during this difficult time,” said Renee. “Our son Michael “Mikey” watched his dad race and saw the accident… the last time he visited with him was in the emergency room that night. But now, due to restrictions and no kids permitted in the hospital due to the flu outbreak, Mikey is unable to visit him and is having a hard time understanding what has happened.
“I’m there (hospital) as much as I can, to talk to Mike and let him know everyone is pulling for him. Right now, Mike needs prayers. He is very restricted as to visitors, but please send cards and messages and I will read them to him. He needs the encouragement, and to know that the racing family is praying for him.”
Cards can be sent to: Renee Tidaback, 242 Gloria Place,   Brick, NJ 08724 or go to  #Prayers4MikeT on facebook / twitter.


ALBANY, NY February 9, 2018 . . .  Andy Jankowiak of Tonawanda, N.Y., passed Tim Buckwalter six laps into Saturday’s 40-lap feature to win the Indoor Auto Racing Series feature at Times Union Center in downtown Albany, N.Y.

 “This is the one I wanted to win,” Jankowiak said. “I’ve won ‘em before but this is the first I won in my own car. It was perfect. I couldn’t be happier. I did everything but win last night and to get it tonight is all I could ever ask for.”

 At the other end of the spectrum, Justin Bonsignore nursed a car with an engine that he described as ‘blown up’, to win the Indoor Auto Racing Series Fueled By VP Racing Fuels 2018 championship.

 “I don’t know how this car finished,” Bonsignore said. “The motor was coming apart ten laps into this thing. The championship means a lot to me and to this team.”

 Buckwalter retained second for the last 34 laps after losing the lead to Jankowiak while Timmy Catalano survived a mid-pack start and minor involvement in several crashes to finish third. Matt Janisch was fourth in the finale with Erick Rudolph fifth.

 Rudolph could have had a shot at the title with Bonsignore’s subpar outing but never got untracked.

 Anthony Sesely managed a sixth-place finish flipping his car during the race. Jonathan Reid, Ryan Tidman, Tim Nye and Friday night winner Anthony Payne rounded out the top ten.

 Nick DelCampo of Blauvelt, N.Y., won the 20-lap Slingshot main event. 

 “I’m in tears right now.  These races are so tough. This is just such a humbling experience,” DelCampo said. “We had been bringing fast race cars to Indoor races for years. We finally got one.”

 Cody Kline of Hellertown, Pa., was the 2018 Indoor Auto Racing Series 2018 Slingshot champion.

“This Indoor racing is tough,” Kline said. “I didn’t really want to know where I was in the points but last night my crew told me I was ahead. Very happy to be able to do it. A lot of people have worked hard to make this happen.”

 The Champ Kart 20-lap, 20-Kart main event, remarkably, ran from green flag to conclusion without a single caution flag. A titanic battle for the win between Cale Ross of Lambertville, N.J., and Tyler Brown of Fulton, N.Y., developed with Brown passing Ross for the first time with five laps left.

 Ross then regained the lead two laps later only to lose it on the final circuit.  Ross had not lost in 2018 Indoor Auto Racing Series competition but couldn’t hold off Brown in the race to the finish line.

 Gene Gregoric ran third behind the leaders for the entire race. Ryan Kendall and Jeremy Tuttle completed the top five.

 “It was all about being patient,” Brown said. “That was the key to this race.  I was kind of holding back a little with the lapped traffic. Once I got him, he kind of surprised me when he got me back. So I had to repass him.”

Four TQ Midget heat race often laps were won by Jankowiak, Buckwalter, Bonsignore, and Reid. The pair of TQ B-Mains of ten laps each were snared by Tidman and Tommy Catalano.

 The trio of Slingshot heat races went to Seth Spayd, Austin Silfee and Jared Silfee.

                Champ Kart ten lap prelims were won by Cale Ross, Tyler Brown and Gene Gregoric. Damon Schuster won the B-Main for Karts.

TQ Midget Feature (40Laps): 1. Andy Jankowiak, 2. Tim Buckwalter, 3. Timmy Catalano, 4. Matt Janisch, 5.Erick Rudolph, 6. Anthony Sesely, 7. Jonathan Reid, 8. Ryan Tidman, 9. Tim Nye, 10. Anthony Payne. 11. Justin Bonsignore, 12. Chad Jones, 13. Matt Roselli, 14. Scott Kreutter, 15. Tyler Thompson, 16. Tony DiMattia, 17. Brett Conkling, 18. Andrew Molleur 19. Briggs Danner, 20. Shawn Nye, 21. Ryan Bartlett, 22.Tommy Catalano, 23. Mike Lichty. 24. Geoffrey Sutton.

 Champ Kart Feature (20Laps): 1. Tyler Brown, 2. Cale Ross, 3. Gene Gregoric, 4. Ryan Kendall, 5.Jeremy Tuttle, 6. Brandon Ruscek, 7. Jamie Shutts, 8. Anthony Colandro, 9.Mike Perry, 10. Ron Midford, Jr., 11. Dominic Roselli, 12. Zachary Asklar, 13.Damon Schuster, 14. TJ Reed, 15. Richie Davidowitz, 16. Eric Zeh, 17. Jake Nelke, 18. Vinny Delaney, 19. Chris Hitt, 20. Nick Demling.

 Slingshot Feature (20Laps): 1. Nick DelCampo, 2. Cody Kline, 3. Matt Mertz, 4. Joe Toth, 5. Dan Morgiewicz. 6. Danny Buccafusca, 7. Kyle Herve, 8. Kurt Bettler, 9. Tom Arntz, 10.Austin Silfee, 11. Alan Selemba, 12. Bryce Cherko, 13. Jared Silfee, 14. Steve Svanda, 15. Brett Putnam, 16. Craig Pellegrini, 17. Chris Kurtz, 18. Brian Tobey, 19.Seth Spayd, 20. Spencer Cherko.