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Michael Barnes Wins Turning Stone Resort Casino Favorite Driver Contest for Fourth Time

OSWEGO, NY (November 1, 2018) – Mexico NY’s Michael Barnes, an Oswego Speedway Supermodified feature winner on three occasions this year, has been declared winner of the Turning Stone Resort Casino Favorite Driver Contest for the fourth time in six seasons.

Barnes, driver of the Syrell Racing No. 68, brought home nearly 50% of the votes ahead of Bob Bond, Joe Gosek, Mike Bond, and Brandon Bellinger in the top five.

For winning the contest, this year’s Budweiser International Classic 200 polesitter will be awarded a 2019 season pit pass to the Oswego Speedway.

It has been quite the week for the driver fans call ‘The Hustler,’ as Barnes and wife Jodi recently announced that they will be welcoming a baby boy to the family in April 2019.

Barnes will accept the award at the speedway’s Hall of Fame Banquet this Saturday at the Lake Ontario Event & Conference Center.

Contest sponsor Turning Stone Resort Casino is a Forbes Four Star Award-winning destination featuring world-class amenities including four hotels, two luxurious spas, five golf courses, more than 20 restaurants and dining options, an all-new 125,000 square foot Las Vegas-style gaming floor, a cabaret-style Showroom, a 5,000 seat arena, and several bars and cocktail lounges.

Conveniently located at NYS Thruway exit 33, Turning Stone can be found on social media, or online at TurningStone.com. For reservations, please call (800)-771-7711.

Oswego Speedway’s 2019 schedule, along with a full rule book, are both a work in progress. The speedway’s 69th annual Opening Day has been set for Saturday, May 25th. Open Practice will take place a week earlier on Saturday, May 18.

For more information on Oswego Speedway, be sure to visit online at OswegoSpeedway.com. You can also FOLLOW on Twitter @OswegoSpeedway or LIKE on Facebook at Facebook.com/OswegoSpeedway.

JUSTIN BONSIGNORE HEADS TO THOMPSON AS WHELEN MODIFIED TOUR CHAMPION

BY KYLE SOUZA, FOR THOMPSON SPEEDWAY MOTORSPORTS PARK 

Michael Jaworecki Myracenews Photo

 THOMPSON, Conn. – Even though the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion will be officially crowned at Thompson’s 56thannual Sunoco World Series again this season, the battle to decide who will be champion has already come to a close.

Justin Bonsignore, who has seven wins the first 15 races of the Whelen Modified Tour season, left the last event at Stafford with a 64-point lead entering Thompson’s finale. Per the rulebook, the most points any driver can earn in one race is 48, meaning Bonsignore has already clinched the 2018 championship.

He will be officially crowned following the checkered flag in the Sunoco World Series 150, which will conclude a packed three days of racing.

“It was an unbelievable season,” Bonsignore said. “Ryan Stone brought great cars to every race this year, and things couldn’t have gone any better.”

The Holtsville, New York, driver will enter the 16thand final race of the season looking to add another goal to his list of accolades. He has already picked up the checkered flag in the first three Thompson events of the season, winning the Icebreaker 150, the Thompson 125 and the Bud 150.

Justin will look to become just the fifth driver in history to sweep all of the Whelen Modified Tour races in one season at the 0.625-mile oval. Richie Evans (1985), Steve Park (1996), Mike Stefanik (1998) and Doug Coby (2015) are currently the only four to accomplish the goal.

“It was a goal as soon as we won there (at the Icebreaker), we wanted to make sure we could go there and race and not just ride around,” Bonsignore said. “Doug (Coby) did the sweep there a few years ago and it’s a huge accomplishment.”

Bonsignore definitely seems to have found a knack for competing on the Thompson high-banks. In 32 career starts, Bonsignore has eight victories, including his three this season. His first win was in 2012, driving for Kenneth Massa Motorsports, the same team he drives for now. He’s been the winner in five of the last nine Whelen Modified Tour events at Thompson, with only Ryan Preece, Timmy Solomito and Rowan Pennink joining him as victors.

He is excited to have already clinched the title, so he can enter Thompson and go for the victory, instead of worrying about the points. In the last few years, the Whelen Modified Tour championship battle has gone down to the final laps at Thompson.

“We want to go there and run well,” Bonsignore said. “We want to keep winning races there. I love going to Thompson, it’s my favorite race track. I always have some great cars there.”

Although his season has been dominant, Bonsignore is not ready to fully celebrate the accomplishment just yet. He’s going to keep his laser focus on entering Thompson’s World Series and trying to capture the sweep.

“We are going to work hard for the next couple of weeks, but enjoy it at the same time,” he said. “Hopefully we end the whole deal off with a win. We will enjoy ourselves that night.”

Bonsignore won’t be the only Whelen Modified Tour driver chasing a victory on World Series weekend, though. Matt Swanson, who will sit behind the wheel of Boehler Racing’s No. 3 again, is inching closer to capturing his first win. Following Rowan Pennink’s sudden retirement, Swanson has taken the wheel of the famed ‘Ole Blue’, and finished second in his first effort driving the car back in the Bud “King of Beers” 150 in August.

He drove that race for Pennink, who was celebrating the birth of his first child at the time. Since his retirement after back injuries, Swanson has been tabbed to drive the car for the remainder of the 2018 season.

Doug Coby, who has clinched the last four championships at Thompson, will enter the weekend with a different mindset without having the points to worry about. Coby has five wins in 57 starts at Thompson, but has finished inside the top five in nearly 40 percent of his efforts. Chase Dowling, who captured his first career win in the Musket 250 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway last month, will also be a factor.

Thompson’s 56thannual Sunoco World Series will take place from Friday October 12 through Sunday October 14, and there will be plenty of action on the track for fans to watch. A total of 17 different divisions will compete, with the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour 150 headlining the weekend. All four of Thompson’s Whelen All American Series champions will also be crowned.

Fans can enter the paddock area for $75, which is one price for all three days. Any fans that wish to enter the grandstands can do so with a general admission ticket at $55, while seniors (65+), veterans and active duty military members can enter at a price of $50. As always, any children under the age of 12 are free.

Camping is also available for the weekend. Fans can catch-up with the latest World Series information by visiting www.thompsonspeedway.com, where you can find the full schedule. Follow the track on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest updates.

Record-Setting Short Track Super Series Modified Participation Entering Thunder Mountain ‘Lightning on the Mountain’ Sept. 23

CENTER LISLE, NY – The Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco has just three events left on its 2018 Halmar International North Region agenda.

And participation has never been higher!

As STSS Halmar International North Region Race No. 7 approaches on Sunday, September 23 at Thunder Mountain Speedway in Center Lisle, N.Y., an impressive 17 STSS Modified drivers have participated in every event. This is the strongest attendance record since the series was initiated in 2014.

Sidney, N.Y.’s Billy Decker currently leads the STSS Halmar North Region points in pursuit of a $12,500 championship. Decker tops a list of ‘perfect attendance’ North Region drivers that includes Anthony Perrego, Matt Sheppard, Jerry Higbie, Mat Williamson, Mike Gular, Mike Mahaney, Ryan Godown, Duane Howard, Jeremy Smith, Rick Laubach, Nick Nye, Danny Creeden, Andy Bachetti, Brett Tonkin, J.R. Hurlburt and Craig Hanson.

The final standings begin to take shape starting with the ‘Lightning on the Mountain’ at Thunder Mountain on September 23, followed by the American Racer Cup Short Track SuperNationals 11 October 5-6 back at Thunder Mountain and the Behrent’s Performance Warehouse Rich Eurich Tribute ‘Hard Clay Finale’ on October 18 at Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown, N.Y.

The ‘regular season’ will wrap up following the Short Track SuperNationals. At that point, drivers will have the opportunity to drop their worst finish. Those with perfect attendance will receive 75 bonus points. The finale at OCFS will offer increased championship points based on a 150-point structure.

Rescheduled from Memorial Day weekend by rain to Sunday, September 23, the ‘Lightning on the Mountain’ will feature the STSS Modifieds in a 50-lap event offering $5,000 to win, $1,000 for 10th and $400 to take the green flag from a purse totaling more than $25,000.

This will serve as an ideal shakedown for the Short Track SuperNationals two weeks later at the three-eighths-mile oval.

Also on the program: STSS Crate 602 Sportsman in the fourth of five North Region events, a 25-lap main paying $1,000 to the winner. Street Stocks complete the tripleheader with a 20-lap feature offering $1,000.

For the ‘Lightning on the Mountain’ event, pit gates open at 2 p.m. Grandstand gates unlock at 3 p.m. Hot laps get underway at 5 p.m. Racing begins at 6 p.m.

Adult admission is $22. Seniors (ages 65 and over), Students (ages 10-17) and Military with ID pay $20. Kids 9 and under are FREE. Pit admission is $40 with no license required.

To learn more about the 2018 Short Track Super Series Fueled By Sunoco, visit www.shorttracksuperseries.com, e-mail bdmotorsportsmedia@gmail.com, 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, Beyea Custom Headers, Bicknell Racing Products, Dirt Track Digest, Fast Axle, Fox Racing Shocks, Henry’s Exhaust, Hig Fab, HyperCo, Kirkey Racing Fabrication, Land Hoe Maintenance, K&N, Precision Hydraulic & Oil, QA1, Race Pro Weekly, Racing Optics, Superior Remodeling, Teo-Pro Car, Vahlco, Velocita, Weld & Wilwood.

 

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

Halmar International North Region

Tuesday, May 8 – Orange County Fair Speedway/Middletown, N.Y. – Hard Clay Open – WINNER: STEWART FRIESEN

Wednesday, June 20  Outlaw Speedway/Dundee, N.Y. – Outlaw Showdown – WINNER: STEWART FRIESEN

Tuesday, July 3 – Accord Speedway/Accord, N.Y. – Battle of the Bullring 6 – WINNER: JERRY HIGBIE

Monday, July 16  Big Diamond Speedway/Minersville, Pa. – Anthracite Assault – CANCELED DUE TO RAIN

Thursday, July 26 – Afton Motorsports Park/Afton, N.Y. – Afton Action 50 – WINNER: JEREMY SMITH

Thursday, August 9 – Woodhull Raceway/Woodhull, N.Y. – Hustlin’ the High Banks 54 – WINNER: BILLY VAN PELT

Wednesday, August 15 – Albany-Saratoga Speedway/Malta, N.Y. – Stampede at ‘toga – WINNER: MARC JOHNSON

Sunday, September 23 – Thunder Mountain Speedway/Center Lisle, N.Y. – Lightning on the Mountain

Friday-Saturday, October 5-6 – Thunder Mountain Speedway/Center Lisle, N.Y. – American Racer Cup Short Track SuperNationals 11

Thursday, October 18 – Orange County Fair Speedway/Middletown, N.Y. – Hard Clay Finale