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ALLENTOWN, PA September 12, 2018 . . . The fourth annual Ironton Telephone Allentown Indoor Auto Race weekend has been set for Friday and Saturday January 4th and 5th. Tickets for the blockbuster event will go on sale on September 19th.

The races, run on the concrete floor inside the beautiful PPL Center in downtown Allentown, Pa., will once again feature the blindingly fast TQ (Three Quarter) Midgets, the agile Champ Karts and wild and unpredictable Slingshots. Indoor Auto racing was introduced to the Lehigh Valley at the PPL Center in downtown Allentown, PA in January, 2016.

Dirt Modified standout Erick Rudolph of Ransomville, N.Y., won the inaugural event in January of 2016 in front of a sold out crowd. Indoor specialist Ryan Flores of Cornelius, N.C. swept both night of the December 2016 event. Justin Bonsignore of Holtsville, Long Island, N.Y. and Dirt 360 Sprint driver Scott Kreutter from Buffalo, N.Y. had the hot hand indoors last January despite frigid record low temperatures outside.

Bonsignore, who is the current points leader on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Touring Series, used his Allentown win last year as the springboard to claiming the 2017-2018 Indoor Auto Racing Series Fueled By VP Racing Fuels Series Championship.

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.

Danny Buccafusca of Rockaway, N.J. and Eddie Reeder of Phillipsburg, N.J. have won the two Slingshot features held previously at the PPL Center. Past Champ Kart victors include Chris Daley of Pleasant Valley, N.Y., and Cale Ross of Lambertville, N.J.

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.

The Allentown event is the second of four events slated for this year’s Indoor Auto Racing Series Fueled By VP Racing Fuels.

The series opens with the second annual East Coast Indoor Dirt Nationals set for Thursday, Friday and Saturday, December 13-15, 2018 featuring 600cc Micro Sprints inside the Cure Insurance Arena in Trenton, NJ. 

The Allentown race is up next followed by a trip to Atlantic City, N.J.’s Boardwalk Hall on January 25-26, 2019. This event, the NAPA Know How Racing Weekend will feature the 17th running of the Gambler’s Classic for TQ Midgets on Saturday night.

On-line tickets links for all four events, host hotel room deals, entry blanks and rules are available at indoorautoracing.com. Event sponsorship opportunities and other information is available by calling the series office at 609-888-3618 or e-mail danny@aarn.com.



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ALLENTOWN, PA January 6, 2018 . . . NASCAR Whelen Modified Touring Series competitor Justin Bonsignore of Holtsville, Long Island, N.Y., raced his way to the win in the first Ironton Telephone Allentown, Pa., Three Quarter (TQ) Midget feature of the weekend Friday night.

The race was the first of the three event Indoor Auto Racing Series Fueled By VP Racing Fuels.

 Bonsigore also earned the E.F. Schneider & Son Hard Charger Of The Race award, worth an additional $150.  Bonsignore started 20th in the 25-car field.

 “I had to start way back when the front end of my car broke in my heat race,” Bonsignore said. “I had to win the B Main to even start 20th. But the car was always fast. It was just a matter of having the luck to get through the wrecks.”

 Attrition claimed several front runners early in the competition.  Bobby Holmes led early until his car suffered mechanical problems while leading, under yellow. Erick Rudolph, an eight-time career Indoor Auto Racing Series past winner, got airborne and spun to a stop, and went to the back of the field as a result.  He charged back through the pack to finish third.

 Ryan Flores was the leader at mid-race, chased by Matt Janisch. But Flores, winner of the last two Allentown Indoor Auto Racing Series events, slowed as the laps unreeled, eventually pulling off with what proved to be a slowly deflating tire.

 Bonsignore took the lead with fourteen laps left in the race after Flores dropped out.  Matt Janisch gained second spot and finished there, while a late race tangle between Jon Reid and Scott Kreutter cost both a top five finish. Instead, Rudolph shot to third and 2017 ATQMRA Outdoor TQ driving champion Ryan Tidman assumed fourth. Earl Paules gained fifth.

 Rounding out the top ten in the event were Timmy Catalano, Joey Payne, Kreutter, Geoffrey Sutton and Billy Whittaker.

 In the companion race, Cale Ross of Lambertville, N.J., was the winner of the Champ Kart feature.

 Ross led the entire distance challenged initially by EJ Holz. When Holz faded at mid-distance, Mike Perry and Richie Davidowitz took up the chase.  Back in the field, Tyler Thompson, who had lined up in the eighth row initially, had also clawed his way into the top five.

 Despite some seven caution flags and restarts, Ross was never passed.  Perry held for second, Thompson grabbed third late after Davidowitz’s car proved balky on the next-to-last restart, and Ryan Kendall moved to fourth at the checkered.  James Shutt was fifth.  Davidowitz was seventh.

 “Every one of the restarts concerned me because you never know if somebody will drive under you,” Ross said. “That and lapped traffic.  But no problems with either one in this race,” Ross smiled.

 The win was Ross’s third Indoor Auto Racing Series Champ Kart career victory. Previous scores were registered in Atlantic City, N.J. and Trenton, N.J.

 Tommy Catalano and Bobby Holmes led the field into the first turn for the start of the 40-lapper with Erick Rudolph, Earl Paules, Tim Buckwalter and Andy Jankowiak in tow.

 Six ten- lap TQ Midget heat races were won by Rudolph, Holmes, Buckwalter, Jankiowiak, Catalano and Paules. Three 12-lap TQ B-Mains were run to complete the 24-car starting field.  Timmy Catalano, Justin Bonsignore and Bobby Butler won these frenetic affairs.

 Ronnie Mullen escaped injury in a wild flip into the outside fence during the third TQ Midget B-Main. “I flew through the air, that’s all I know,” Mullen quipped in a post-crash on-the-spot interview. Mullen’s crash was of sufficient velocity to temporarily dislodge the concrete barrier.

 Three eight-lap Champ Kart prelims were earned by Ed Holz, William Davis and Cale Ross. The 10-lap Champ Kart B Main was snared by Eric Zeh.

The first of the two-day Ironton Telephone Indoor Auto Racing Series races drew a 51-car TQ Midget race and a 27-car field of Champ Karts.

 TQ Midgets will return tonight Saturday night, January 6, for another 40 lap feature race paired with the Slingshot division that will run a 20 lap event.

 TQ Midget Feature (40 Laps): 1. Justin Bonsignore, 2. Matt Janisch, 3. Erick Rudolph, 4. Ryan Tidman, 5. Earl Paules, 6. Timmy Catalano, 7. Joey Payne, 8. Scott Kreutter, 9. Geoffrey Sutton, 10. Billy Whittaker, 11. Jon Reid, 12. Matt Roselli, 13. Bobby Butler, 14. Bfret Conkling, 15. Ryan Flores, 16. Ryan Flores, 17. Andy Jankowiak, 18. Bobby Holmes, 19. Anthony Sesely, 20. Tim Buckwalter, 21. Shawn Nye, 22. Tommy Catalano, 23. Zane Zeiner, 24. Ryan Preece, 25. Tim Nye.

 Champ Kart Feature (20 Laps): 1. Cale Ross, 2. Mike Perry, 3. Tyler Thompson, 4. Ryan Kendall, 5. James Shutt, 6. TJ Reed, 7. Richie Davidowitz, 8. Matt Jarosz, 9. EJ Holz, 10. Anthony Colandro, 11. Ron Midford Jr., 12. Chris Hirt, 13. Stephen Beattie, 14. Gene Gregoric, 15. William Davis, 16. Tyler Tank, 17. Dominic Roselli, 18. Ryan Swartz, 19. Eric Zeh, 20. Dalton Rivera.


ALLENTOWN, PA December 20, 2017 . . . Danny Bouc, a three time dirt Modified Stock Car feature winner at New Egypt Speedway in 2017 and the third ranked driver in season standings, has filed an entry for the Indoor Auto Racing Series fueled by VP.  Bouc will be in the Three Quarter (TQ) Midget field beginning with the Ironton Telephone Allentown races on January 5-6, 2018 at the PPL Center.

“It’s a new challenge that I’m looking forward to,” Bouc, 27, of Pipersville, Pa., said. “I’ll be driving one of Lou Cicconi’s cars, the ‘Hyper Hugger,’ 600 Micro.  It’s the only one of his cars I can fit in,” Bouc laughed.

The 600 Micro that Bouc will be driving was fast in a recent Atlantic City Boardwalk effort with driver Tim Iulg behind the wheel.

While Bouc is a novice to TQ Midget racing in general, he is not a newcomer to Indoor Auto Racing.  For seven years, Bouc was a perennial contender in the Champ Kart Indoor events. Though he sold all of his Kart equipment, he savors the chance to race indoors again as a Cicconi driver.

Bouc and Cicconi became close at New Egypt Speedway when Cicconi was dabbling in Modified racing at the same time Bouc was coming into his own.

“Lou knows a lot more about indoor racing than I do, that’s for sure,” Bouc said.

Bouc will not have an easy time of it in the Indoor Auto Racing Series.  A formidable mix of established, proven Indoor Auto Racing stars coupled with an impressive array of teenage sensations, most with top notch equipment and limitless desire are in Bouc’s way.

Defending series champion Ryan Flores of Mooresville, N.C. won both events in Allentown last year. Erick Rudolph, whose 2017 Atlantic City win gave the Ransomville, N.Y., driver a series high eight indoor victories can never been counted out. His win total also includes a win in Allentown the previous season.

Anthony Sesely, three time Atlantic City winner, will return to his own No. 16 “Hyper Hugger” 600 Micro Sprint full-time this season. It is a car and driver combination that proven: Sesely has earned three Indoor Racing Series wins,

Canadian Super Modified ace Mike Lichty is a former series winner who rejoins the series this year with a brand new car. Tim Buckwalter of Royersford, Pa. comes to Allentown after winning both the SpeedSTR and 600cc Micro Sprint title in 2017 at the Kutztown Action Track.

Top asphalt Modified drivers entered include local favorites Earl Paules and Zane Zeiner. Nationally known drivers in the field include Conn. NASCAR stars Ryan Preece, Justin Bonsignore and Keith Rocco as well as New York star Andy Jankowiak.

Preece, a NASCAR Xfinity series winner this year for Joe Gibbs Racing, will be driving the same car that was designed and built by Donnie Preece and the late Ted Christopher.  .

Bouc won’t be the only Dirt Modified racer. New York state DIRTcar drivers Ryan Bartlett, Mike Maresca and Billy Whittaker are entered.  Mike Iles, a former series winner, will also be full-time in his always sharp No. 711.

Eight talented teenagers are among the TQ Midget competitors as well.

They include Briggs Danner, 16, of Allentown, Andrew Molleur, 15, of  Shelton, Ct., Tyler Thompson, 17, from Fulton, N.Y., Cole Mullen, 17,  from Brick, N.J., the  Catalano brothers, Tommy. 19 and Timmy. 17, out of Ontario N.Y., and second generation entrant, Anthony Payne, 18. of Fair Lawn, N.J. who will run as a teammate with his father Joey. The elder Payne, is a two-time Indoor Auto Auto Racing Series winner, in the Atlantic City Gambler’s Classic (2004, 2007).

The Ironton Telephone Allentown race is the first of three Indoor Auto Racing Series events under the Len Sammons Motorsports Productions auspices.

The January 5-6, 2018 Ironton Telephone Allentown event schedule calls for racing to start at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and 7 p.m. on Saturday.

Three Quarter (TQ) Midgets will run a full program of racing with feature events both nights. Champ Karts will be racing in a complete show on Friday night, with the Slingshots on Saturday night.

For choice Ironton Telephone Allentown Indoor race tickets, contact the PPL Center Box Office by phone at 610-347-TIXX (8499), online at pplcenter.com.  Those wishing to avoid online fees may purchase directly at the Box Office, but are encouraged to do so in advance, as the 2016 event was a sell-out.

The series moves next to the NAPA Auto Parts Indoor Auto Racing Weekend in Atlantic City. For tickets, contact Ticketmaster, the Boardwalk Hall Box Office, or the Area Auto Racing News office at 609-888-3618.

The finale will be a first annual event in New York State, on February 9-10, 2018 in the Times Union Center in downtown Albany, N.Y. For choice tickets, contact the Times Union Center Box Office, charge-by-phone at (800) 745-3000, or visit online at ticketmaster.com