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NASCAR MODIFIED STAR TIMMY SOLOMITO READY FOR INDOOR SERIES RACING ACTION

ALLENTOWN, PA November 24, 2018 . . . NASCAR Modified Touring Series ace Timmy Solomito has the Indoor Auto Racing Series Fueled By VP Race Fuels clearly in his sights. The Islip, NY driver expects to be a contender for victory when the series opens on the concrete floor of Allentown, PA’s PPL Center on January 4-5, 2019 for the Ironton Telephone Indoor race

Solomito, who made his series debut last year, will field his own TQ Midget built by Mark Lafler. After the two feature events in Allentown, Solomito will focus on the NAPA Indoor Racing Weekend on January 25-26 inside historic Atlantic City, N.J.’s Boardwalk Hall.

Solomito may rely on 2018 Indoor Series and NASCAR Whelen Modified champion Justin Bonsignore for a few pointers. The two have a lifelong friendship growing up New York’s Long Island as well as a history of competing against one other.

“Justin (Bonsignore) and I grew up together racing karts and racing Modifieds,” Solomito shared. “He’s the best in the Indoor TQ Midgets and the NASCAR Modifieds right now. If I can run with him, I can win races.”

In addition to Bonsignore, three time Indoor Auto Racing Series champion Erick Rudolph will be among the men Solomito will have to contend with. Rudolph, who won the Series crown in 2012, 2015 and 2016, was second to Bonsignore in last year’s down-to-the-wire Indoor Series title chase. Rudolph also finished second in this year’s Super DIRTcar Series big-block Modified standings.

Other experienced Indoor TQ drivers filing entries for Allentown include Anthony Payne of Fairlawn, N.J., a first time winner on last year’s series. Other entries include Ryan Tidman, Holland, PA; Tyler Thompson, Fulton, NY; Matt Roselli, Brodheadsville, PA; Jon Reid, Lockport, NY; and the Catalano brothers, Tommy and Timmy from Ontario, NY.

Past Ironton Telephone Allentown TQ Midget feature race winners are Rudolph, who won the inaugural event in January of 2016 in front of a sold out crowd, and Ryan Flores of Cornelius, NC, who swept both nights of the December 2016 events. Bonsignore and Dirt 360 Sprint driver Scott Kreutter from Buffalo, NY had the hot hands indoors last January in the two Indoor TQ features.

The Slingshots will join the TQ Midgets on Saturday’s docket and the Champ Karts will be part of Friday’s double-header. The two divisions will run qualifying races and feature events both nights.

Information, including ticket and hotel links, is available at indoorautoracing.com. Other information and select tickets to all event are available by calling the series office during regular working hours at 609-888-3618.

Tickets for the Allentown races are also available by calling 610-347-TIXX, or stopping at the PPL Center box office at 7th & Hamilton Street in Allentown. Those wishing to avoid online fees may purchase directly at the Box Office, but are encouraged to do so in advance to avoid possible box office lines the day of the event.

The Allentown Indoor Auto Racing race will be preceded by the second annual East Coast Indoor Dirt Nationals set for Thursday, Friday and Saturday, December 13-15, 2018 inside the CURE Insurance Arena in Trenton, NJ.

Following the Ironton Telephone Allentown Indoor weekend, racing shifts to Atlantic City for the 17th running of NAPA Auto Parts Weekend, highlighted by the running of the prestigious TQ Midget Gamblers Classic. Event dates are Friday and Saturday, January 25-26, 2019

The final event of the Indoor Auto Racing Series Fueled By VP Race Fuels takes place at a new venue, the New York State Fairgrounds Exhibition Center in Syracuse, NY. on Friday and Saturday, March 8-9, 2019.

 

JUSTIN BONSIGNORE READY TO DEFEND INDOOR AUTO RACING SERIES CROWN

SEEKS REPEAT VICTORY INSIDE ALLENTOWN, PA’S PPL CENTER

ALLENTOWN, PA October 25, 2018 . . . Justin Bonsignore enjoyed a career 2018 season winning the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and the Indoor Auto Racing Series Fueled By VP Race Fuels Three Quarter (TQ) Midget championships. The 30 year old driver from Holtsville, N.Y. is hoping to begin his 2019 season as he did this year with a victory inside Allentown, Pa.’s PPL Center on Friday and Saturday, January 4th and 5th.

Bonsignore would fail to win the other four Indoor TQ Midget events in the winter of 2018, but his consistency helped him clinch his first series championships.

When the outdoor season began in March, Bonsignore was already in mid-season form. He scored his first NASCAR Modified win of the season at the Thompson Icebreaker and would sweep all four events at the track, including the season ending World Series. The Long Island, N.Y. native also won two events close to home in Riverhead, N.Y. and solo races in Seekonk, Mass. and Bristol, Tenn. Winning eight of sixteen tour races earned him first NASCAR title.

Bonsignore’s TQ Midget, which like his Tour Modified is black and green and carries the number 51, is currently being prepared for his return to Allentown. The fourth annual Ironton Telephone races will again be held on the concrete floor inside the beautiful PPL Center in downtown Allentown. The headline TQ Midgets will be competing in a complete show Friday and Saturday night, January 4th and 5th. The Champ Karts will run a complete program as part of Friday’s show with the Slingshots joining Saturday’s event.

Three-time Indoor Auto Racing Series champion and former Allentown winner Erick Rudolph of Ransomville, N.Y. hopes to knock Bonsignore off his perch this winter. But first, Rudolph is chasing his own Modified championship on dirt. Currently ranked second on the Super DIRTcar big-block Modified series, Rudolph is seeking top finishes in the final two events of that series at the Dirt Track in Charlotte, N.C. on November 2nd and 3rd. Rudolph, like Bonsignore, hopes to end his outdoor season with a Modified series championship.

Rudolph will then go head-to-head against Bonsignore in Allentown in a clash between the dirt and asphalt super stars.

The Indoor series will then move inside historic Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J. for a winner’s trophy Bonsignore has on his bucket list. The NAPA Know How Weekend on Friday and Saturday, January 25-26, 2019 includes the 17th annual running of the Gambler’s Classic. Ryan Flores, of Cornelius, N.C., the 2017 series champion won the 2018 Gambler’s Classic for TQ Midgets and Bonsignore hopes the tradition continues.

The Indoor Auto Racing Series comes to an end with a first stop at the New York State Fairgrounds Exposition Center in Syracuse, NY on Friday, March 8 and Saturday, March 9. The Syracuse program will include two complete programs with qualifying and feature events for the TQ Midgets, Slingshots and Champ Karts on both nights to decide the series championship for all three divisions.

Tickets for the Allentown races are available on-line through a link at the series web-site, indoorautoracing.com, by calling 610-347-TIXX, or stopping at the PPL Center box office at 7th & Hamilton Street in Allentown.

Tickets for Atlantic City are available at the Boardwalk Hall Box Office, online at www.ticketmaster.com.

Select tickets for Allentown and Atlantic City are available at the Area Auto Racing News/Len Sammons office at 609-888-3618 for tickets Monday through Friday from 9 to 4:30. Purchase your tickets together and pay only one shipping charge!

Advance tickets for the Syracuse event will be available in the coming weeks.

The three race Indoor Auto Racing Series season is preceded by the second annual East Coast Indoor Dirt Nationals being held at the CURE Insurance Arena in Trenton, NJ.

The event featuring the 600cc wingless Micro Sprints will again with racing on Thursday, Friday and Saturday night December 13th – 15th. Racing will start at 7 PM on Thursday and Friday, 5 PM on Saturday.

Information, including ticket and hotel links, is available at indoorautoracing.com or by calling the series office during regular workings at 609-888-3618.