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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 LEADS LONG LIST OF FIRST-TIME WINNERS AT EVANS MILLS

EVANS MILLS, NY – Many people spend holidays at home celebrating with their families. The true racer that he is, Vern LaFave spent this past Easter on the road instead, going to pick up a car for the debut of the Mills Modified class at Evans Mills Speedway. The trip paid off for LaFave this past Sunday, as he picked up his first win in the division.
Randy Brunelle, who picked up wins in both of the previous two races, started from the pole, alongside Mike Hall Jr. Hall Jr. got the jump at the drop of the green, but Brunelle quickly took it back, with LaFave following to take over second. The caution waved on lap six of the 30-lap race, setting the stage for a double-file restart with Brunelle on the inside and LaFave on the outside.
LaFave took full advantage of the opportunity, as he and Brunelle ran side-by-side over the next several laps, with LaFave staying just barely ahead of Brunelle. Once LaFave was able to clear Brunelle for the top spot, Terry Gardner began to challenge Brunelle for the second spot. As the pair battled behind him, LaFave was able to build a comfortable cushion.
The last thing LaFave wanted to see was the caution flag, which was displayed on lap 27. LaFave’s lead was erased, and he found himself on the point for a three-lap shootout, with Gardner on his back bumper and Brunelle in tow.
LaFave was able to defend his position as the trio ran the last three laps in close quarters. LaFave took the checkers over Gardner by a mere 0.288 seconds, and Brunelle crossed the line third.
The third time was the charm for Legends competitor Dalton Rombough, who had strong runs going in both of the previous two events before falling to mechanical issues. That all changed this past Sunday, as Rombough won his heat race, started the feature on the pole, and led every lap to pick up his first 2017 win at the 3/8-mile paved oval.
Rombough started alongside teenage competitor Daniel Carter, and Rombough shot out front at the drop of the green. Carter, who was having mechanical issues, fell quickly back through the field, allowing Anthony Riforgiato to take over second while Nate Plantz grabbed third. With three laps in the books, Carter slowed to a stop on the frontstretch, drawing the caution. Carter was able to refire the car and restart at the tail of the field, but he retired from the event on lap six as he continued to be plagued by issues with the car.
Meanwhile, Riforgiato laid chase to Rombough up front, while a heated battle took shape for third between Plantz and Breanne Gilligan. Gilligan was able to wrestle the spot from Plantz with three laps remaining, but Rombough proved to be unstoppable as he crossed the line ahead of Riforgiato and Gilligan.
Bandolero competitor Bryce Bailey made his first appearance of the 2017 season at Evans Mills this past weekend, and he scored a clean sweep, picking up wins in both his heat race and the feature.
The start of the feature saw Josh Duke – the winner of the two prior events – pitted against Bailey on the front row. At the drop of the green, Bailey shot to the lead and he never looked back, leading every lap of the caution-free, 15-lap affair. Duke sat solidly in second, while Tyler Christman wrestled with Shea Bailey for the third spot for much of the event. Christman was finally able to grab the spot just past the halfway point of the event, but he was unable to advance any further as B. Bailey crossed the line ahead of Duke and Christman.
Defending Pro Stock division champion Ray Bancroft’s car showed plenty of battle scars at the conclusion of the 25-lap event, but Bancroft was all smiles in Victory Lane as he picked up his first win of the year.
Bancroft led every lap of the race, as fans sat on the edges of their seats over the last half of the race while Bancroft and Bill Miner fought for the top spot. The two made slight contact several times as they ran in close quarters, but both were able to recover each time only to continue their battle. In the end, Miner was unable to rattle Bancroft, who claimed victory over Miner and Jason Duke.
Zac Stone emerged victorious when the dust settled after an exciting Thunder Stock race that saw the top four cars running side-by-side in rows of two for nearly the entire race distance.
Defending division champion Ike Stone challenged his son on the outside lap after lap throughout the caution-free event, while Daniel Swem and Zack Devoe looked for a way past. It came down to a photo finish, with Z. Stone claiming his first career win by just 0.064 seconds over Swem. Devoe was third in the final rundown. The gap from first to fourth was only 0.6 seconds.
The only repeat winner of the night was the 4 Cylinder Truck victor Bob Schroy, who notched his second win of the season.
For much of the race, Daniel Swem and Kyle Simpson battled it out up front, swapping the top spot several times. Lapped traffic came into play with just three laps remaining, and contact between Swem and Simpson while trying to get past took both out of contention for the win. Schroy inherited the lead as a result, and he was able to hold off the competition to pick up the win over Charles Sibley. Swem came back to finish third.
This coming Sunday, June 18, the Pro Stocks will take the night off, as the Oswego Small Block Supermodifieds will highlight the night with a 50-lap, $1,000-to-win spectacular. The night will also include a 25-lap Vernon LaFave Memorial race for the Legends cars, who will be joined on the schedule by the Mills Modified, Bandolero, Thunder Stock, and 4 Cylinder Truck classes. Hospice of Jefferson County will be recognized, with free grandstand admission to Hospice of Jefferson County employees with staff ID. 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 $10, with children age 15 and under admitted to the grandstands free of charge, and a $2 discount for military with valid ID. VIP booth upgrades are 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. Terry Gardner, 3. Randy Brunelle, 4. Bobby Newman, 5. Mike Hall Jr.
LEGENDS FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. Dalton Rombough, 2. Anthony Riforgiato, 3. Breanne Gilligan, 4. Nate Plantz, 5. Trevor Halladay, 6. Jason Christman, 7. Kyle Hafemann, 8. Bryan Chirico, 9. James Holland, 10. Mike Riforgiato, 11. Daniel Carter.
BANDOLERO FEATURE FINISH (15 laps): 1. Bryce Bailey, 2. Josh Duke, 3. Tyler Christman, 4. Shea Bailey, 5. Cole Perry, 6. Coleby Felber.
PRO STOCK FEATURE FINISH (25 laps): 1. Ray Bancroft, 2. Bill Miner, 3. Jason Duke, 4. Terry Gardner.
THUNDER STOCK FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. Zac Stone, 2. Daniel Swem, 3. Zack Devoe, 4. Richard “Ike” Stone, 5. Ryan Rarick.
4 CYLINDER TRUCK FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. Bob Schroy, 2. Charles Sibley, 3. Daniel Swem, 4. Kyle Simpson, 5. Ron White, 6. Zack Christman, 7. Pete Willsie.
PHOTO : Vern LaFave picked up the Mills Modified win at Evans Mills this past Sunday.

PHOTO CREDIT: Tracy Chirico