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SWAP MEET AND “SPOOKY SPECTACULAR” ON OCTOBER SCHEDULE AT WALL STADIUM SPEEDWAY

wallstadium_239129296WALL TOWNSHIP, N.J. ~ An automotive swap meet on October 10 and the annual “Spooky Spectacular” stock car race on October 24 make up a busy post-season October schedule at Wall Stadium Speedway. Both events are set for the daylight hours with the swap meet running from 7:30 a.m. until 2:00 pm on October 10 and spectator seating opening at noon and main event racing starting at 2:00 p.m. for the “Spooky Spectacular” on October 24.

The swap meet is open to cars and parts from all divisions of racing including paved track and dirt track oval racing and drag racing. Street rod, classic car and truck vehicles and parts are also welcome as are motorcycle, four wheel drive and quad vehicles, parts and accessories. Reservations for a spot are not needed as vendors are invited to arrive at 7:30 a.m. and pay the $15 per spot rental on the day of the event. Buyers will be admitted free of charge. In the event of bad weather on Saturday Sunday October 11 is the rain date. More information on the swap meet only can be obtained by emailing cdr30@optonline.com.

Along with being an important post-season event the “Spooky Spectacular” is also a tune up for the annual Turkey Derby to be presented on Thanksgiving weekend. On October 24 the Downs Ford Modifieds will battle in the “Haunted Hundred” main event, while the Freakish 50 will be contested by the Snap-on Sportsman cars, the Blood Thirsty 30 is set for the Green Flag Driving Experience Legend cars and the Screeching Factory Stocks are also set for action. The beautifully restored cars of the Garden State Vintage Stock Car Club will also be on display along with Halloween decorations.

Wall Stadium Speedway is located on Route 34 in Wall Township, N.J., just one mile north of Garden State Parkway exit 98 and Interstate 195 exit 35B. More information can be obtained by visiting www.wallspeedwayracing.com. The speedway hotline number is 732-681-6400 and email address is CKMotorsports@aol.com.

 

Doug Dunleavy to Pay Out 10-Grand to North-South Shootout Winner

northsouth11Dunleavy’s Truck and Trailer Repair to Sponsor Tour-Type Modifieds
(Concord, North Carolina) – When the North-South Shootout returns to North Carolina’s Concord Speedway for the first time in five years, the tour-type Modifieds will be racing for a cool $10,000 prize on November 6-7.  That money is being provided by someone who is Modified crazy.  That someone is Doug Dunleavy, owner of Connecticut’s Dunleavy’s Truck and Trailer Repair.
Dunleavy, a longtime fan and supporter of Modified racing has been all over the Modified scene the last few years, but especially in 2015 with his support of NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champions (North) Doug Coby, Ryan Preece, Jamie Tomaino and (South) George Brunnhoelzl III, as well as young up-and-coming drivers Chase Dowling and Tom Abele.  In addition to supporting drivers, he’s also sponsored plenty of events around the Northeast this year.
Dunleavy (left) to pay out $10,000 to the North-South Shootout tour-type Modified winner. (GB3 Racing photo)
Dunleavy (left) to pay out $10,000 to the North-South Shootout tour-type Modified winner. (GB3 Racing photo)

Now Dunleavy is coming south to show his support for the 13th running of the John Blewett III North-South Shootout.  The tour-type Modifieds will be known as the Dunleavy’s Truck and Trailer Repair Modifieds and the winner will take home a $10,000 check.

“I think the North-South Shootout is a great show, and I really think it will be a home run this year,” said Dunleavy.  “I love doing crazy events like this.”
Dunleavy is known for doing crazy things in the northern part of the country for Modified events, like his “Pick out of the Hat” drawing that will now pay over $10,000 to the pole winner of the NWMT season finale event at Connecticut’s Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.
He said that he was persuaded by the 2013 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion Ryan Preece to pitch in with the Shootout this year, so he had to figure out a way to get involved.
“I told Renee Hackett from Caraway Speedway (the race’s promoters) that I’d like to help out, so I decided to put up 10-grand to the winner of the Tour (Type) Modified race,” he said.  “It originally started as me doing five for the Tour Mods and five for the SK’s.  That’s how it started, but now Mr. Rooter is putting up five thousand for the SK’s, so I’m doing 10 thousand for the Tour Mods.”
So who does Dunleavy expect to be handing a check to at the end of this year’s North-South Shootout?
“Honestly, I think it’ll be the southern champs; either Brunnhoelzl or Andy Seuss to be honest,” admitted Dunleavy.  “I feel a lot of good energy from those guys.  They’re really determined to do what it takes to win that and they’re really psyched up.”
Entry forms for the $10,000-to-win John Blewett III Dunleavy’s Truck and Trailer Repair Tour-Type Modified North-South Shootout event, as well as the $5,000-to-win Mr. Rooter SK Modified event, are currently available by visiting www.northsouthshootout.net.
Practice day kicks off the 13th Annual North-South Shootout on Thursday, November 5. Additional practice and qualifying will take place on Friday, November 6, with the North-South Shootout main events taking the green flag on Saturday, November 7.  The features will consist of a 125-lap race for the Pro All-Stars Series South Super Late Models, a 60-lap event for the Southeast Trucks, 75-laps for the Limited Late Models, the Mr. Rooter 50 for the SK Modifieds and the John Blewett III Memorial 125 for the Tour-Type Modifieds.
For more on the 13th Annual North-South Shootout, visit www.northsouthshootout.net.

Airborne Ownership Group Places Track for Sale

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Facility available as race-ready motorsports venue

 

PLATTSBURGH, NY – Airborne Park Speedway’s ownership group has announced that the Plattsburgh, NY facility is available for sale or lease. The move comes following a mutual agreement between owners Steve Fuller, Jamie Atkins, and Mike Bruno.

Bruno, the managing partner, will step down from his position effective November 15, 2015; media director Justin St. Louis and marketing director Dick Therrien will do the same. Airborne Park Speedway recently completed its 62nd season and operated under sanction from the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series in 2015. Plans for a weekly competition format and schedule in 2016 are not presently known, though stock car special events and competition go-kart racing plans are under development.

An automotive and racing equipment swap meet and car show on Sunday, October 25 will continue as planned. The Airborne Park Speedway 2015 Banquet of Champions will also go on as scheduled, to be held on Saturday, November 14, at the Rainbow Wedding and Banquet Hall in Altona, NY.

For the ownership parties, increasing commitments to family and other business interests factored into the decision; all three members also own and manage separate businesses. Fuller owns and operates Fuller Excavating in Keeseville, NY and the Harmony Golf Club in Port Kent, NY; Atkins owns and operates Northline Utilities in Au Sable Forks, NY and manages an American-Canadian Tour Late Model racing team for his son and driver, Brandon Atkins; and Bruno owns and operates three Bruno’s Towing & Auto Repair facilities in Rutland County, VT and Devil’s Bowl Speedway in West Haven, VT.

Fuller purchased Airborne Park Speedway in 2007 and made major facility improvements including the construction of two VIP suite towers and a new track surface. “I’m encouraged by the progress that the track made in 2015 and I want to see it continue to thrive as a race track in the future,” Fuller said. “Mike Bruno and the team that ran the track this year proved to me that racing will absolutely still work as a business, and they have left Airborne in a much better place than it has been in for many years.”

Atkins, a former racer, became part of the Airborne Park Speedway ownership group in 2009. “We met or exceeded every goal that we set together this year and we saw many positive indicators for the future of racing at Airborne,” he said. “This decision has more to do with time than anything else. Airborne turned a big corner in 2015 and became financially viable for the first time in many years, and that is due to the efforts of Mike Bruno and the staff that he put in place this past year. Now it is important that we select the right person or group to come into Airborne and keep the racing tradition alive and bring the venue to the next level.”

Bruno, a former champion driver at Airborne, joined the ownership group and was named the track’s general manager in November 2014. “We all love Airborne and this decision has been hard on all of us, but there came a point when reality set in,” Bruno said. “I am very proud of what we accomplished in 2015, but at the same time none of us want to sacrifice time with our families or turn our attention away from our own separate businesses. Our internal conversations about this started a while ago, but I think that the recent passing of racer Leon Gonyo only strengthened our desire to spend more time closer to home.”

The current ownership group agrees that it is important for a new prospective owner or leaseholder to operate Airborne Park Speedway as a stock car racing facility with a local focus. The facility is available for sale, lease, or event-ready rental.

“Plattsburgh loves racing, and the people of the North Country have been devoted to Airborne for more than 60 years,” Fuller said. “The race teams, sponsors, and fans have been our biggest supporters, and we did not want to leave any of them guessing about our roles at Airborne for the future. It was important for us to be honest with them about this decision as early in the off-season as possible.”

Airborne Park Speedway is located on Broderick Road in Plattsburgh, NY, one mile south of Exit 36 on the Interstate 87 Northway. Visit www.airborneparkspeedway.com for more information, or call (518) 647-4444. Airborne Park Speedway is on Facebook at Facebook.com/AirborneParkSpeedway and on Twitter at @AirborneSpeed.