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Lighthouse Lanes SBS Series PR: Lighthouse Lanes SBS Series Returning in 2018

OSWEGO, NY (November 20, 2017) – After a successful debut this past September, the Lighthouse Lanes Small Block Supermodified Touring Series will return to action in Central New York for 2018 under continued leadership from series president and founder Mike Bruce along with promoter and media director Camden Proud.

Founded in March 2017 and derived from the idea to bring back the feel of the now defunct Northeast Organized Racer’s Association to Oswego Speedway’s Small Block Supermodified class, the tour made a successful debut with its first annual ‘Fall Brawl 50’ event at the Evans Mills Speedway this past September. Over 20 race cars showed up for the series’ inaugural event which was won by Oswego Speedway’s 2017 Pathfinder Bank SBS champ Dave Cliff.

After an impressive start, the series is set to return in 2018 with continued support from Lighthouse Lanes in Oswego. Bruce has been busy over the past several weeks communicating with track owners regarding the 2018 schedule, while Proud has created a new website for the tour, LighthouseLanesSBSSeries.com.

“We are very excited about what lies ahead for the Lighthouse Lanes SBS Series for the 2018 season,” Bruce said. “Throughout the past several weeks, we’ve been communicating with the Evans Mills, Spencer and Adirondack Speedways to book events. When the tracks are ready to go, our tour schedule will be announced as well.”

Roughly five events are planned for the series in 2018, including two pre-Oswego races to tentatively be held at Evans Mills at the beginning of May. With Evans Mills making the notable switch to Friday night racing last month, this will also mark the first time the Lighthouse Lanes SBS Series has run under the lights.

“A few weeks ago Evans Mills Speedway announced their switch to Friday nights for the 2018 season,” mentioned Proud. “With two events planned preseason along with the second annual Fall Brawl 50 tentatively set for mid-September, our series will see at least three events under the lights in 2018.”

Also being explored as part of the schedule are a mid-June event at the Spencer Speedway in Williamson along with an additional September show at the Adirondack Speedway located in Castorland, N.Y.

Frequent updates regarding series meetings, fundraising, purse and tow money, and of course the finalization of the 2018 schedule will all be made available at the new series website; LighthouseLanesSBSSeries.com.

“As a new organization it is important that we take advantage of the opportunities in front of us on the social media side,” Proud added. “Oswego Speedway has given us the green light to cross-promote between the tour and the track, which of course is the only weekly facility for these race cars. We are also the only Small Block Supermodified Touring Series of this kind in the country. Promoting our brand and having an active presence in the media is vital to our success. We ask that everyone refers to our online outlets for the latest updates.”

Series headlining sponsor Lighthouse Lanes was constructed in 2003 to provide Oswego, NY with a new home for bowling and entertainment. The project was spearheaded by Bob Hoefer and Nick Sereno and after some searching, the pair found the perfect home for their new plan on Jim Shampine Drive adjacent to the Oswego Speedway. With the help of experienced manager Dana Hollister, Lighthouse Lanes has become one of the premier bowling locations in the Central New York area hosting functions such as cosmic bowling, leagues, birthday and holiday parties, plus Chicken BBQ fundraisers for a wide variety of organizations including the Lighthouse Lanes SBS Series. Also part of Lighthouse Lanes is the Hall of Fame Lounge and bar, a full-sized game room, meeting areas, and the bowling alley’s concession stand and restaurant which features it’s popular homemade chicken wings and sheet pizzas.

At least one fundraiser is planned for the series this offseason once again to be held at Lighthouse Lanes, with further details and information to be announced in the coming weeks on series social media.

Several drivers have already expressed interest in the 2018 Lighthouse Lanes SBS Series Tour including Bruce, Cliff, Tim and Chris Proud, Haynes / Pratt Racing, Jack Patrick, Missile Motorsports, Cameron Rowe, Rob Pullen, Barry Kingsley, Vern LaFave, Josh Sokolic, and many more.

Those intending to receive updates from the Lighthouse Lanes SBS Series updates may visit online at LighthouseLanesSBSSeries.com. You can also LIKE on Facebook at Facebook.com/LighthouseLanesSBS or FOLLOW on Twitter @LHLSBSupers.

2018 Lighthouse Lanes SBS Series Overview:

May – Evans Mills Speedway (2 events)

June – Spencer Speedway (1 event)

September – Evans Mills / Adirondack Speedway (1 event each)

Oswego Speedway’s Small Block Super Stars Hit the Road this Sunday for ‘Fall Brawl 50’ at Evans Mills Speedway

OSWEGO, NY (September 11, 2017)  – Before offseason maintenance begins in anticipation of Oswego Speedway’s 27th consecutive season of Pathfinder Bank Small Block Supermodified action to begin in May 2018, the stars and cars of the SBS division will have one more shot to compete before the long wait until spring in this Sunday’s ‘Fall Brawl 50’ for the Lighthouse Lanes SBS Series at Evans Mills Speedway.

This Sunday’s show will be the second attempt this season by the series to run an event at Evans Mills, with the original June 18 event being postponed to this Sunday, September 17 due to weather.

‘The 1st Annual ‘Fall Brawl 50’ will pay $1,000 to the winner of the 50-lap main, which will be lined up based on the afternoon’s heat races. Every car in the field is guaranteed at least $100 to compete, with a total payout of over $3,000 at stake.

“We are really looking forward to finally getting some racing in with the Lighthouse Lanes Small Block Supermodified series this Sunday, September 17,” said series coordinator Mike Bruce. “The weather looks fantastic and we are expecting a very large field of cars, much bigger than any of our other scheduled shows so far. We invite all of our Oswego fans to come up and take in this show and encourage all of the SBS competitors to make the trip to support our class as the season comes to a close. Hopefully we can show everyone at Evans Mills what our class is all about and we thank Vern LaFave and his staff for having us back this year”

Expected to compete for the large payout this weekend are several Oswego veterans, former drivers and soon to be rookies including 2017 championship runner-up Andrew Schartner, longtime series campaigner and feature winner this year Jack Patrick, series coordinator Mike Bruce, former Bud Light SBS Classic 75 Champion Cameron Rowe, ‘Mr. Small Block Supermodified’ Jesse Bearup, multi-time feature winner Barry Kingsley, recent third place Classic finisher Dalton Doyle, five time SBS victor Rob Pullen, another five time winner in former high school young gun Anthony Losurdo, four year division veteran Cameron Black, O’Connor Racing teammates Greg O’Connor and Tony Pisa and even track owner and former Oswego campaigner Vern LaFave.

Competing with the series regulars will be a pair of drivers planning to return to action this weekend as former Supermodified driver turned car builder Tim Proud will again pilot his self-built Proud Motorsports No. 54 in the Fall Brawl, with his brother, eight time Oswego feature winner Chris Proud, returning to action for the first time since 2015 in his Martin’s Contracting No. 3 machine.

Two 2018 Oswego rookies are also eyeing their first race at Evans Mills, with both Addison Bowman’s No. 12 and Josh Sokolic’s No. 26 to join the already rather full field of cars. The soon to be Pathfinder Bank SBS rookie of the year contenders have logged hundreds of laps at the Jefferson County facility in testing sessions over the past few weeks.

Any other competitors planning to participate in the ‘Fall Brawl 50’ are asked to inform series social media coordinator Camden Proud.

Joining the Small Block Supermodifieds on Sunday at Evans Mills will be the Mills Modified, Legends, Bandolero, Thunder Stock, 4-Cylinder  and 4-Cylinder truck divisions in the track’s season finale. Heat racing is set to begin at 3pm, with hot laps at 1pm. General admission tickets are just $10 and can be purchased at the gate. Kids 15 and under are FREE at the Evans Mills Speedway. Pit passes are $25. For more information, log on to EvansMillsSpeedway.com.

Lighthouse Lanes SBS Series ‘Fall Brawl 50’ Expected Roster (September 2017):

01 – Dalton Doyle

2 – Rob Pullen

3 – Chris Proud

9 – Jack Patrick

12 – Addison Bowman

15 – Mike Bruce

18 – Andrew Schartner

23 – Cameron Black

26 – Josh Sokolic

37 – Jesse Bearup

54 – Tim Proud

69 – Anthony Losurdo

77 – Cameron Rowe

89 – Tony Pisa

90 – Greg O’Connor

91 – Barry Kingsley

Lighthouse Lanes SBS Series Payout (September 17):

1st – $1,000

2nd – $400

3rd – $225

4th – $200

5th – $170

6th – $160

7th – $150

8th – $135

9th – $130

10th – $125

ALL OTHERS – $100

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LaFAVE CAPTURES HARD-EARNED SECOND MILLS MOD WIN AT EVANS MILLS

EVANS MILLS, NY – For the second time this season, Vern LaFave found himself in Victory Lane on the 3/8-mile asphalt oval at Evans Mills Speedway when the checkered flag dropped on the 30-lap Mills Modified feature event. With handicapping rules in play for the first time this season, LaFave was originally slated to start fourth, but found himself on the outside of the front row when Mike Hall Jr. – who had been experiencing mechanical issues throughout the day – elected to start at the rear of the field.
Robby Newman took off from the pole, but LaFave was able to grab the lead with Newman hot on his heels. Behind the pair, Terry Gardner initially held third with two-time Mills Modified winner Randy Brunelle all over his back bumper. Brunelle was able to work his way past for the third spot with five laps in the books. During the long green flag run, the top five cars all ran in close quarters, and a single mistake by any one of them could have changed the entire outcome of the race. LaFave continued to lead, with Newman throwing everything he could at the leader to no avail.
Heartbreak struck for Brunelle with 24 laps in the books as the first caution flag of the event flew after Brunelle brushed the backstretch wall and was forced to retire from the event with front suspension damage.
On the ensuing restart, Newman made his presence behind LaFave known, but Newman was unable to mount a successful challenge. Newman would get one last shot at LaFave, when the caution flew once again with just two laps remaining in the event, erasing the marginal lead that LaFave was able to build.
With everyone’s lap times slowing gradually at the late point in the race, LaFave managed to put down two final laps that were a tenth of a second faster than nearly the entire rest of the field, keeping the competition behind him. LaFave was first to the checkers, followed by Newman and Gardner.
Ironically, rookie Mason Spencer, who was making his first start of the season in the class, turned in the fastest lap of the race.
Teenage Legends driver Daniel Carter had patience on his side this past Sunday, as he picked up his first win. Carter led only the final two laps, but it was enough to claim the win. Jason Christman and Dalton Rombough took off from the front row. While Christman led briefly, it didn’t take Rombough long to take control of the race. By lap three, Canadian Dave Riopelle – making his first start of the year at the track – had worked his way to the second spot. The stage was then set for an exciting battle up front when the caution came out for oil on the track, putting Rombough and Riopelle on the front row for the restart, with current point leader Anthony Riforgiato in third. Carter sat patiently in the fourth spot. After the caution waved with four laps remaining, Riopelle experienced mechanical issues as the field was getting ready to take the green for the restart, ending his night. Carter inherited third, and the battle up front intensified when the green flew again. Riforgiato grabbed the lead on lap 18, and Carter took second as Rombough fell back to third. As the white flag waved, Carter took over the top spot. Contact up front on the final lap led to a yellow-checkered finish, and Carter crossed the line ahead of Nate Plantz. Riforgiato crossed the line third.
Tyler Christman notched his first Bandolero win of the season, taking the checkers over Cole Perry. Christman started on the pole and led every lap. Perry, who suffered damage to his car during the heat race, was able to repair it in time for the feature event, but he was unable to overcome the lead Christman built early in the event.
For the second time in 2017, defending Pro Stock division champion Ray Bancroft took home the win. Both Bancroft and Bill Miner – who finished second in 2016 standings – have recorded two wins on the season, setting the stage for what is expected to be a heated points battle over the course of the new season. Jason Duke and Bancroft made up the front row for the start, but Bancroft was able to hold the outside line and nosed out ahead of Duke as the two ran side-by-side in the opening laps. Corey Trombley – in only his second start – was able to take over second early in the race, and set his sights on Bancroft, who began to distance himself from the field. Behind the pair, Miner and Duke battled for the third spot. Late-race contact between the two led to both having to restart from the rear of the field, handing the third spot to Terry Gardner, who was driving double-duty in both the Pro Stocks and Mills Modified classes. Bancroft was first to the line, followed by Trombley and Gardner.
Defending Thunder Stock champion Richard “Ike” Stone emerged victorious for the third time this season, as his brother and son looked on from behind. Earlier in the week, Zac Stone was at the speedway’s practice day, helping his uncle David Ayen shake down a car that he had recently purchased. Z. Stone and his father I. Stone sat on the front row for the start, and I. Stone got out to the lead. Ayen as able to wrestle second from Z. Stone with two laps in the books. The sole caution of the 20-lap event came with four laps complete, as Ryan Rarick lost a wheel on his car, bringing his night to an early end. While this temporarily closed the gap between I. Stone and the rest of the field, the long green flag stretch that followed allowed him to once again distance himself from the competition, and he grabbed the checkers over Ayen and Z. Stone.
In just his first appearance of the season at Evans Mills Speedway, Scott Lampson took home the win in the 4 Cylinder Truck feature, coming from the eighth starting spot to grab the victory. Zack Christman and Charles Sibley started on the front row. Sibley – who thanked several of his fellow competitors after the event for assisting him with mechanical issues earlier in the day – took the early lead, while Bob Schroy and Kyle Simpson swapped the second spot behind him. Pete Willsie was able to take over the lead briefly, shuffling Sibley back in the field. Lampson used a lap six restart to his advantage, snatching the top spot, and leading the remainder of the event. It was no easy task, however, as Willsie and Simpson remained in close quarters with him over the entire race distance and challenged Lampson continually, with both waiting for the slightest error on Lampson’s part that would enable one of them to take over the lead. That error never came, however, and Lampson claimed the checkers by a mere 0.417 seconds over Willsie, and 0.686 over Simpson.
This coming Sunday, July 2nd, Evans Mills Speedway will present a full night of racing action, including twin 15-lap features for the INEX Legends, with both races carrying INEX national points. Also on the schedule are the Mills Modified, Bandolero, Pro Stock, Thunder Stock, and 4 Cylinder Truck classes. Gates open at 2:30 pm, with hot laps at 3:30 pm, and racing set to go green at 5 pm. Grandstand admission is just $10, and children 15 and under are admitted to the grandstands free of charge. There is a $2 discount for military with valid ID. VIP booth upgrades are also available. Pit entry fee is $25.
More information, including a complete 2017 schedule, can be obtained online at www.evansmillsspeedway.com, or by calling (315) 221-9180.
MILLS MODIFIED FEATURE FINISH (30 laps): 1. Vern LaFave, 2. Bobby Newman, 3. Terry Gardner, 4. Mike Hall Jr., 5. Mason Spencer, 6. Randy Brunelle.
LEGENDS FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. Daniel Carter, 2. Nate Plantz, 3. Anthony Riforgiato, 4. Dalton Rombough, 5. Bryan Chirico, 6. Jason Christman, 7. Chris Malbeuf, 8. Breanne Gilligan, 9. Dave Riopelle, 10. Kyle Hafemann, 11. Mike Riforgiato, 12. James Holland, 13. Bailey Brown.
BANDOLERO FEATURE FINISH (15 laps): 1. Tyler Christman, 2. Cole Perry.
PRO STOCK FEATURE FINISH (25 laps): 1. Ray Bancroft, 2. Corey Trombley, 3. Terry Gardner, 4. Bill Miner, 5. Jason Duke.
THUNDER STOCK FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. Richard “Ike” Stone, 2. David Ayen, 3. Zac Stone, 4. Bill Megnin, 5. Ryan Rarick.
4 CYLINDER TRUCK FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. Scott Lampson, 2. Pete Willsie, 3. Kyle Simpson, 4. Bob Schroy, 5. Charles Sibley, 6. Zack Christman, 7. Zak Petrie, 8. Brianna Dinzler, 9. Ron White.
PHOTO CREDIT: Rob Brierton