Evergreen’s Four Banger Saturday Postponed Due Track Conditions and Re-paving

As we all know from the past and now after sitting idle for over a year, the track is been pretty rough and challenging in a few areas. Mainly exiting turn four.

Several Legends drivers had rented the track over the last two weekends and even veteran drivers had mentioned this. The speedway had planned to have some repaving work done to the track anyhow and after receiving several estimates, the work is schedule to begin the week of April 4th.

Several drivers with larger, heavier cars, such as Four Cylinders and Modifieds have taken to the speedway as well and didn’t have any issues with the speedway surface.

“It’s a challenge, especially for the light Legends cars”, said Evergreen Raceway Co-Promoter, Jason Makarewicz. “I want to get that taken care of right away so that it’s all ready to go prior to the start of the official season.”

With that said, we have decided to once again cancel ‘Four Banger Saturday’, which was slated for Saturday, April 2nd. We will still host practice on Sunday, April 3rd.

Makarewicz continued, “We chose someone to do the work to the track and the main focus is turns one and two, plus the exit of turn four down to the start finish line. Cancelling the even on April 2nd sucks, but I’m sure that many of the racers will be thrilled with the final product and I can’t wait to see their smiles after racing on it.”

Mahoning Valley Speedway Test and Tune day has racers geared up for April 9 opener

(Dino Oberto photo)

(LEHIGHTON, Pa. 3-26-16) Mahoning Valley Speedway opened its gates to racers for the first time this season as the initial day of three Test and Tunes took place on a picture perfect Saturday afternoon.

With Opening Day less than two weeks away, a nice showing of cars took advantage of the afternoon in preparation of the April 9 lid-lifter which will be highlighted by the Ferris Mowers Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series Fueled by Sunoco “Break-the-Ice 75.” The $2800 to win feature is building momentum to be a huge gathering of Modified teams from throughout New York and New Jersey who are reading themselves to take on the hard-nose players of Mahoning Valley Speedway.

A sneak peek of that was evident on Saturday a several strong contending Modified drivers were on hand including 2015 track champion Earl Paules, points runner-up Austin Kochenash and others took to the track.

Also on hand was Race of Champions steady Tony Hanbury in the Dan Kurzejewski owned No. 21. Hanbury was making his first laps at Mahoning since Opening Day 2010. He, like most others on the Race of Champions Tour, was getting in pre-season laps on the unique quarter mile circle knowing that it will be a tough ordeal when it comes time to face off against the home track regulars.

Hanbury did very well throughout the day and should be ready to roll when he returns on April 9 for the Break-The Ice-75.

Five of six 2015 track champions came out which along with Paules included Paul Koehler Jr., Zach Graver, Ricky Yetter, and Cody Geist in the Late Model, Street Stock, Dirt Mod and Hobby Stocks respectively.

Mike Sweeney, who was second to Koehler in points and the overall top feature winner last year with 10 wins, unveiled a sharp looking new Ford Taurus Late Model that got plenty of second looks, being both fast and sharp.

Of the 50 total cars that were pit-side, Modifieds, Street Stocks and Hobby Stocks showed the best numbers thus far.

Next weekend, April 2-3, Test and Tune continues with on track activity running from noon to 4:00 pm each day. The cost is $25 per car and $10 per person in the pits. Grandstands are free.

Also a Racers Flea Market will be held on Saturday, April 2 beginning at 10:00 am. There is no charge for anyone wishing to have a spot for the flea market that will be held in the parking lot alongside the pits.

On Opening Day 2016 race teams will begin entering the pits starting at 11:00 a.m. followed by Modified inspection at 11:30 a.m. Sign-in takes place from 1:00 – 2:15 p.m. Heat racing will begin at 4:00 p.m. Also on the card will be Late Models, Street Stocks and Hobby Stocks.

Additional news can be found on the track’s official website at www.mahoningvalley-speedway.com or on Facebook at Mahoning Valley Speedway. You can also log onto the Race of Champions website at http://www.rocmodifiedseries.com

Mohegan Sun to Once Again Host Thompson’s Championship Awards Banquet

(THOMPSON, CT) – Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park officials announced on Friday that the Annual Championship Awards Banquet would return to Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, CT on Saturday, December 17. The venue played host to the Banquet for the first time last December, bringing the annual event to a new level of excellence with music, improved trophies and the Champions’ cars on display.

Woody Pitkat, last year’s Sunoco Modified champion, enjoyed having the event at Mohegan Sun as it reminded him of the past NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour banquets. “It’s a great facility. We used to go there for the NWMT banquet, before it was moved down to North Carolina, and it was always a great time… It’s great knowing that it’s going to be back there this year.”

“The banquet hosted at the Mohegan Sun Casino put on by the staff of TSMP was an amazing event,” remarked 2015 Late Model Champion, Brian Tagg. “My team and I, my family, and sponsors were so grateful to be honored like we were there. It goes to show you how hard Josh Vanada and his staff at TSMP work to make sure the competitors, sponsors, teams, and families are recognized for all of their hard work and support. I am lucky enough to have been there on the maiden voyage and hope to get back there again!”

This year drivers and teams from all four Thompson NASCAR Whelen All-American Series (NWAAS) divisions will be invited to return to Mohegan Sun, the Official Hotel and Casino of Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park. Tickets will go on sale for the Banquet on Monday, October 24.

The Championship season for Thompson’s NWAAS season will kick off at the 42nd Annual Icebreaker, April 8-10. Thompson’s own four divisions, the Sunoco Modifieds, Late Models, XtraMart Limited Sportsman and Mini Stocks, will be racing on Sunday afternoon leading up to the first championship event for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.

For more details about the Icebreaker, or any of TSMP’s other events, be sure to visit their website, www.thompsonspeedway.com, and stay connected with them on Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube.


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