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Kyle Busch Captures Coors Light Pole, Ryan Preece Takes the 21st Qualifying Spot at Atlanta.

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HAMPTON, GA - FEBRUARY 27: Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 NOS Energy Drink Toyota, poses with the Coors Light Pole Award after qualifying for pole position for the NASCAR XFINITY Series Heads Up Georgia 250 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on February 27, 2016 in Hampton, Georgia. (Photo by Todd Warshaw/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 NOS Energy Drink Toyota,. (Photo by Todd Warshaw/NASCAR via Getty Images)

Kyle Busch took the Coors Light pole for today’s Xfinity Heads Up  Georgia 250 at the Atlanta Motor Speedway.  Former NASCAR Whelen Modified champion Ryan Preece qualified 21st on his first visit to the lightning fast speedway. This weekend was the first of many races where Ryan will be racing on tracks across the country he has never even seen.  Fox Sports1 will have all the action at 1;30 this afternoon. #NASCAR #RyanPreece #Atlantamotorspeedway

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HISTORY TO BE MADE WITH OF RACE OF CHAMPIONS DIRT MODIFIEDS AT SELINSGROVE

Traditional Season Opener to set stage for Thrilling Season

 

Selinsgrove, Penn. (February 25, 2016) – The 2016 Race of Champions Dirt Modified Series is ready for a new beginning on March 19 at the Selinsgrove Speedway.  Selinsgrove has a strong history dating back to 2008 with the Race of Champions and 2016 promises to be more of the same as stars from throughout the Modified world ascend on the fast half-mile oval in the heart of Pennsylvania.  The event marks the beginning of a new era for the series as it is the first under the new management.

The ‘Icebreaker 40’ is scheduled to kick off the season at 2:00 pm with a large contingent of drivers scheduled to be in attendance for the Pennsylvania Modified opener.  Drivers will be looking to shake down their rides while hoping to add their name to impressive list of past winners at the historic facility.

The history of the Race of Champions Modified Dirt Series at Selinsgrove Speedway is dominated by some of the biggest names in dirt Modified racing.  The first Race of Champions event was held at the Selinsgrove Speedway in 2008 with Rick Laubach taking home the win. Labauch, of Hellertown, Pa., is a multi-time champion at his home tracks and he’s coming off a win in Florida during the Modifieds annual trek to Volusia Speedway Park.

Pat Ward is a multi-time winner at Selinsgrove in the Modified division.  Ward captured wins in 2009 and 2010.  Danny Johnson also has two wins in Race of Modified competition at the speedway.  Johnson scored triumphs in 2009 and 2011.  They are joined by Duane Howard as a two-time winner in RoC competition.  Howard, a staple at Grandview Speedway, took home the checkers in 2012 and 2013.

Matt Sheppard has one career win at Selinsgrove which came in 2010.  The Waterloo, N.Y., driver came up just short to Stewart Friesen in his efforts to win the Race of Champions dirt Modified title back in 2013 title.  Sheppard scored three track titles in 2015 with two of them coming at Race of Modified dirt Champions tracks Canandaigua Motorsports Park and Utica-Rome Speedway.  Joining Sheppard with one Selinsgrove win are multi-time Grandview Speedway champion Jeff Strunk, defending New Egypt Speedway champion Ryan Godown and his biggest rival and former New Egypt Speedway champion Billy Pauch.

Race of Champions – Selinsgrove Speedway

March 15, 2008 – Rick Laubach

March 20, 2009 – Pat Ward (358)

March 21, 2009 – Danny Johnson

March 19, 2010 – Pat Ward (358)

March 20, 2010 – Matt Sheppard

March 18, 2011 – Jeff Strunk (358)

March 19, 2011 – Danny Johnson

March 16, 2012 – Duane Howard (358)

March 17, 2012 – Billy Pauch

June 19, 2012 – Ryan Godown

March 15, 2013 – Duane Howard (358)

March 16, 2013 – Cancelled

March 14, 2014 – Cancelled

March 15, 2014 – Cancelled

March 14, 2015 – Cancelled

March 19, 2016 – ?????

 

The Race of Champions is a sanctioning body presenting Modified and Stock Car racing on asphalt and dirt surfaces throughout the Northeast, with events in New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The 66th annual Race of Champions weekend will take place in 2016 and is the second longest consecutive auto-racing event in North America, second only to the Indianapolis 500.

For more information, contact;

Race of Champions Media at media@rocmodifiedseries.com

Follow us on Twitter; Instagram and Facebook; @RoCModSeries or visit our website: www.rocmodifiedseries.com

 

Stewart Friesen Set To Compete In Delaware At March 12 Georgetown Speedway Melvin L. Joseph Memorial

Friesen To Chase Short Track Super Series North & South Region Championships

GEORGETOWN, DE – Stewart Friesen makes his living behind the wheel of a dirt Modified, often racing more than 100 times in a single season.

He has not, however, turned a lap in the state of Delaware since 2009 during a stint as Maryland car owner Will Brown’s hired driver. Friesen, a native of Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont., who now resides in Sprakers, N.Y., will change that on Saturday, March 12 when he heads to the First State for the Melvin L. Joseph Memorial at Georgetown Speedway.

Friesen, whose most recent Delaware start resulted in a second-place finish at Delaware International Speedway in November 2009, circled the Georgetown date on his calendar when the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By VP event was announced last fall.

“I was there once I think, with Will (Brown),” Friesen said. “It’s been a while. I know that. But I’m looking forward to it.”

Friesen, who led the Northeast with 34 victories in Modified and Sprint Car competition last year, has been brushing up on his Georgetown knowledge by watching YouTube videos of the half-mile track.

“The track looks fast, and definitely racy,” Friesen said, noting he’ll be heading south with both a big- and small-block combination in his Halmar International race team’s hauler.

“I hope it goes better for me this time,” Friesen said with a laugh. “If I remember right, I hit an infield tire off turn two and didn’t finish the last time I raced there.”

Friesen looks toward his first season driving for Chris Larsen’s potent Halmar-backed race team. He kicked off his 2016 season in Florida at Volusia Speedway Park with four nights of racing. He never finished outside the top-six and ended the mini-series with a runner-up finish in the 50-lap finale.

“We got some notes to build on in Florida I think we can apply for the rest of the year,” he said.

Last season, Friesen won the STSS North Region championship, picking up four series wins (New York’s Orange County, I-88, Woodhull and Thunder Mountain) en route to the title.

In ’16, Friesen plans to not only defend his crown in the Halmar International North Region; he will also chase points in the Velocita South Region, which kicks off at Georgetown.

“I put my schedule together and I’m planning to run both regions,” Friesen said. “The point fund and payout for the series is good and the dates work out for us to be able to chase the North and South championships.”

Georgetown roars to life on Saturday, March 5 with an open practice. Gates open at 1 p.m. and cars hit the track at 3 p.m. Grandstand admission is FREE and pit admission is $20.

The Melvin L. Joseph Memorial Race weekend is set for FridaySaturday March 11-12.

On Friday (March 11) open practice is planned. Gates open at 4 p.m. with practice at 6:30 p.m. Grandstand admission is FREE. Pit admission is $20.

The grand reopening of the fabled Georgetown Speedway is Saturday, March 12 with the Melvin L. Joseph Memorial. The Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By VP big-block/small-block Modifieds race 49 laps for $4,900 to win, $1,000 for 10th and $490 to take the green flag. This event is Round No. 1 of the seven-race STSS Velocita South Region with a total point fund of more than $25,000.

Also on the March 12 card: Crate 602 Sportsman, Southern Delaware Vintage Stock Cars, Little Lincolns, Delmarva Chargers and Delaware Super Trucks.

On Saturday (March 12), pit gates open at 11 a.m. and grandstand gates are unlocked at noon. The drivers’ meeting takes place at 2:30 p.m., with hot laps at 3 p.m. and racing at 4 p.m.

Admission is $20 for Adults. Seniors (ages 65 and up) and Students (ages 13-17) pay $16. Kids 9-12 are $10 and those under eight are admitted FREE. Pit admission is $35 (ages 13 and up), $10 for Kids 6-12 and $2 for those five and under.

A Sunday, March 13 rain date for the Melvin L. Joseph Memorial will be utilized if needed.

Georgetown Speedway, originally constructed by Melvin L. Joseph in 1950, is located at the intersection of Route 113 and Speedway Road in Georgetown, Del., just miles from the Delaware beaches and less than a 40-minute drive from Ocean City, Md.

A new website is live for the speedway at www.thegeorgetownspeedway.com. Like Georgetown Speedway on Facebook, follow @thegtownspdwy on Twitter, e-mail georgetownspeedway@gmail.com or contact Brett Deyo at 845.728.2781 during business hours for more information.

To learn more about the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP or BD Motorsports Media LLC, visit www.shorttracksuperseries.com or www.bdmotorsportsmedia.com, call 845.728.2781 during business hours, e-mail bdmotorsportsmedia@gmail.com, “like” Short Track Super Series on Facebook or follow @ShortTrackSS on Twitter.

The 2016 Short Track Super Series is presented by American Racer/Lias Tire, VP Racing Fuel, Bob Hilbert Sportswear, Halmar International, Allstar Performance, ATL Racing Fuel Cells, Behrent’s Performance Warehouse, Bicknell Racing Products, Dirt Track Digest, Fast Axle, Fox Racing Shocks, Hig Fab, Henry’s Exhaust, HyperCo, Kirkey Racing Fabrication, Race Pro Weekly, Racing Optics, Teo-Pro Car, Vahlco Wheels & Velocita


2016 Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP Halmar International North Region Schedule

Saturday, April 2 (Rain Date: April 9) – Orange County Fair Speedway/Middletown, NY – Hard Clay Open

Tuesday, May 10 (Rain Date: May 17) – Big Diamond Speedway/Minersville, PA – Anthracite Assault (Combo)

Sunday, May 29 (Rain Date: May 30) – Thunder Mountain Speedway/Center Lisle, NY – Lightning on the Mountain

Tuesday, June 7 (Rain Date: June 8) – Outlaw Speedway/Dundee, N.Y. – Ultimate Outlaw 50

Tuesday, July 5 (Rain Date: July 6) – Accord Speedway/Accord, NY – Battle of the Bullring 4

Wednesday, July 13 (Rain Date: TBA) – Rolling Wheels Raceway Park/Elbridge, NY – STSS vs. RoC Challenge (all drivers in attendance receive 60 points)

Wednesday, July 27 (Rain Date: July 28) – I-88 Speedway/Afton, NY – Crazy 8s Special

Tuesday, August 16 (Rain Date: August 17) – Woodhull Raceway/Woodhull, NY – Hustlin’ the High Banks 52

Sunday, September 18 (Rain Date: September 25) – Thunder Mountain Speedway/Center Lisle, NY – Wade Decker Memorial

FridaySaturday October 7-8 (Rain Date: October 9) – I-88 Speedway/Afton, NY – Short Track SuperNationals 9Championship Points

Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP North Region Point Fund (*based on 10 events): 1. $12,000; 2. $7,000; 3. $4,000; 4. $3,000; 5. $2,500; 6. $1,850; 7. $1,750; 8. $1,650; 9. $1,550; 10. $1,450; 11. $1,000; 12. $1,000

*Drivers outside the top-12 with perfect attendance receive $250

 

2016 Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP Velocita South Region Schedule

Saturday, March 12 (Rain Date: March 13) – Georgetown Speedway/Georgetown, DE – Melvin L. Joseph Memorial

Sunday, April 17 (Rain Date: April 24) – Bridgeport Speedway/Bridgeport, NJ – South Jersey Shootout

Tuesday, May 10 (Rain Date: May 17) – Big Diamond Speedway/Minersville, PA – Anthracite Assault (Combo)

Thursday, May 26 (Rain Date: TBA)Delaware International Speedway/Delmar, DE – Diamond State 50

Tuesday, June 14 (Rain Date: June 15) – New Egypt Speedway/New Egypt, NJ – Dirty Jersey 4 – $10,000 to win!

Sunday, July 31 (Rain Date: Aug. 7) – Susquehanna Speedway Park/Newberrytown, PA – York County Nationals

Tuesday, Aug. 30 (Rain Date: Aug. 31) – Georgetown Speedway/Georgetown, DE – Blast at the Beach – Championship Points

Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP South Region Point Fund (*based on 7 events): 1. $8,500; 2. $4,500; 3. $3,000; 4. $2,000; 5. $1,500; 6. $1,250; 7. $1,200; 8. $1,150; 9. $1,100; 10. $1,050

*Drivers with perfect attendance outside the top-10 will receive $250 at year-end.