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 ALLENTOWN, PA (Sat.) – Ryan Flores of Troutman, NC, raced to the 40-lap TQ Midget feature race victory Saturday night inside Allentown, PA’s PPL Center. Flores took the lead from Kyle Reinhardt on the tenth lap of the Ironton Telephone Presented by BELFOR headliner and raced to the exciting win ahead of Scott Kreutter, Eddie Strada, Erick Rudolph and Earl Paules, who started the race from 23rd starting position.

 Flores was accompanied by his wife and 17 month old daughter to post race celebrations.

 “Jimmy Blewett, who has worked on my car for years, made a bunch of changes on the car between Friday and Saturday and it paid off,” Flores said. 

 Andy Jankowiak came back from an overnight motor change and a mid-race penalty to finish sixth with Ryan Tidman, Tyler Thompson, like Jankowiak rebounding from a penalty, early race leader Reinhardt, and Justin Bonsignore who finished tenth.

 In the companion 20-lap Slingshot main event, Jared Silfee took the lead three laps into the feature after disposing of front row starters Matt Mertz and Michael Lapicki. He then withstood Mertz’ and Lapicki’s follow-up challenges to win. Brett Bieber and Dylan Koch completed the top five.

 Kyle Herve, Tyler Truex, Seth Spayd, Kurt Bettler and Matt Dealaman completed the top ten in the Slingshot headliner.

 Four TQ Midget heat races that helped set the field for the headliner were won by Flores, Matt Janisch, who had won the Friday night PPL Center race, Kreutter and Joey Payne.  Last Chance TQ B-Mains were won by Matt Roselli and Anthony Sesely.

 Slingshot prelims went to Mertz, Lapicki and Silfee with the B Main by Anthony Raisner.

 The Indoor Auto Racing Series Presented By VP Race Fuels scene now shifts to Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ for the running of NAPA Auto Racing Weekend on January 25 and 26, 2019.

 TQ Midget Feature (40 Laps): 1. Ryan Flores, 2. Scott Kreutter, 3. Eddie Strada, 4. Erick Rudolph, 5. Earl Paules, 6. Andy Jankowiak, 7. Ryan Tidman, 8. Tyler Thompson, 9. Kyle Reinhardt, 10. Justin Bonsignore, 11. Matt Roselli 12. Tim Buckwalter, 13. Lou Cicconi, 14. Briggs Danner, 15. Jonathan Reid, 16. Chad Jones, 17. Anthony Sesely, 18. Timmy Catalano, 19. Andrew Molleur, 20. Matt Janisch, 21. Tommy Catalano, 22. Joey Payne, 23. Andrew Nye, 24. Anthony Payne.

 Slingshot Feature (20 Laps): 1. Jared Silfee, 2. Matthew Mertz, 3. Michael Lapicki, 4. Brett Bieber, 5. Dylan Hoch, 6. Kyle Herve, 7. Tyler Truex, 8. Seth Spayd, 9. Kurt Bettler, 10. Matt Dealaman, 11. Austin Silfee, 12. Neil Rutt III 13. Dakota Kessler, 14. Brett Putnam, 15. Billy Both, 16. Bryan Oshee, 17. Cody Kline, 18. Anthony Raisner, 19. Cody Kohler, 20. Paul Hartwig, Jr.


ALLENTOWN, PA January 4, 2019 . . . Matt Janisch, an accomplished multi-time Three Quarter Midget Outdoor champion and a perennial contender for Indoor top laurels, raced to a popular win Friday night inside PPL Center.

 Janisch, of Nazareth, PA, grabbed the lead on lap 24 with a bold inside move that carried him under Tyler Thompson, who led the first 23 circuits. Janisch drove a car owned by Roger Mahan Motorsports that was built on a Lafler chassis.

 Once in front, Janisch had to weather numerous restarts and some lapped traffic issues to preserve the win. Erick Rudolph ended up second after besting Ryan Flores during the race. Justin Bonsignore, who never took a time trial lap, had to start last in his heat race and squeezed into the A Main field with a successful B Main effort, marched from a 21st place start to finish third.

 Flores settled for fourth and Scott Kreutter battled his way through two early race pit stops to finish fifth.

 Chad Jones, Kyle Lick, Joey Payne, Anthony Payne and Pat Bealer completed the top ten in the 24-car, 40-lap feature.

 In the 20-lap, 20-car Champ Kart co-feature, Brandon Rusczek of Wallingford, CT led all the way in the Kart A Main. Tyler Brown raced to second with a late race charge with Ryan Kendall, JJ Pacovich, and John Berger trailing.

 Tim Buckwalter set fast time among the 48 TQ Midget entries on hand. Briggs Danner, feature winner Janisch, Tyler Thompson and Earl Paules won the four TQ heat races. Timmy Solomito and Kyle Lick won the pair of B-Mains.

 Champ Kart heats were won by Berger, Rusczek, and Jordan Modiano. Zachary Asklar won the B-Main.

 TQ Midget action returns inside PPL Center in Allentown, PA Saturday night for a second presentation of TQ Midget racing coupled with the Slingshot class.

 Tickets are available from the PPL Center box office.

 TQ Midget Feature (40 Laps): 1. Matt Janisch, 2. Erick Rudolph, 3. Justin Bonsignore, 4. Ryan Flores, 5. Scott Kreutter, 6. Chad Jones, 7. Kyle Lick, 8. Joey Payne, 9. Anthony Payne, 10. Pat Bealer, 11. Tim Buckwalter, 12. Briggs Danner, 13. Brett Conkling, 14. Eddie Strada, 15. Jonathan Reid, 16. Matthew Roselli, 17. Tyler Thompson, 18. Earl Paules, 19. Timmy Catalano, 20. Andy Jankowiak, 21. Anthony Sesely, 22. Keith Rocco, 23. Andrew Nye, 24. Timmy Solomito.

 Champ Kart Feature (20 Laps): 1. Brandon Rusczek, 2. Tyler Brown, 3. Ryan Kendall, 4. JJ Pacovich, 5. John Berger, 6. Jordan Modiano, 7. Zachary Asklar, 8. Dominic Roselli, 9. Todd Crenshaw, 10. Stephen Beattie, 11. Mike Perry, 12. TJ Reed, 13. Tyler Catalano, 14. James Shutts, 15. Taylor Caprara, 16. Brian DeCosta, 17. Chris Hirt, 18. Matt Andrews, 19. Gary Bozowski, 20. EJ Holz.


TRENTON, NJ DECEMBER 5, 2018 . . . In a racing era where specialization is ever escalating, Bobby Butler, 30, of Milford, NJ, is breaking the mold entering one car for Indoor Auto Racing Series events first on both dirt then on concrete.

The Dirt track Modified ace will first compete in the second annual 600 Micro Sprint East Coast Dirt Nationals on a banked clay oval to be built inside CURE Insurance Arena in Trenton for racing on December 13, 14 & 15, 2018. 

After the checkered flag has fallen, Butler will change his 600 Micro over to competitive form to be raced on the concrete floor inside Allentown, PA’s PPL Center TQ Midget races on Friday and Saturday, January 4-5, 2019.

“I was competitive in the same car last year at Trenton,” Butler reminded. “I was running sixth when the big tangle happened with the leaders. I’m not saying I would have won, but I started pretty far back and got to the front pretty quick.”

Butler will be driving a BOSS chassis Micro which he describes as “an older car” that is owned by Bill Butler of Saylorsburg, PA. Curiously, these two Butlers are not family-related.

The entry list for the Indoor Dirt Nationals has been filled with 120 race teams clamoring for the chance to run on the black clay speedway.

Butler said that he expects the same lighting fast, smooth dustless track conditions that prevailed at last year’s critically acclaimed first East Coast Indoor Dirt Nationals.

It’s the next phase of Butler’s Indoor season that is the most unusual. The dirt will be cleaned off the Micro and the car will be prepped for the Allentown concrete race.

“I have done a mock-up of the way we want to set the car up for concrete,” Butler said. “The things we have to change are the ride height, the shocks and springs, and the front spindles. It can be changed over in two nights.”

Indoors, Butler is also experienced having run TQs, 600s, Slingshots and Champ Karts on concrete.

Though Butler is the only entry that will run the same car on both dirt and concrete, several other racers have entered both events with purpose-built cars for each.

Erick Rudolph, Ransomville, NY, a three time Indoor Auto Racing Series champion, will  be driving a 600 Micro owned by King Of Prussia, PA’s Tom Fraschetta at Trenton on the dirt. The runner-up in this year’s Super DIRTcar Big-Block Modified series will then will saddle up for the three indoor races that will follow on concrete floors of arenas in three different states. In these races he’ll be running a TQ Midget built by Mark Lafler. 

Other drivers running on both the Indoor dirt race and the three on concrete include former Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall winners Ryan Flores, Lou Cicconi and Anthony Sesely.  Tim Buckwalter, Kyle Lick, Scott Kreutter, Matt Roselli, Matt Smith and Pat Bealer are also entered in both events.

The First Annual East Coast Dirt Car Nationals was won by 36-year-old Staten Island, N.Y. resident Whitey Kidd, III who executed made a late race pass on Alex Bright, Collegeville, PA, to win the thriller over Brian Carber, New Holland, PA, Tim Buckwalter, Douglassville, PA and Austin Quick, Etters, PA. All five are entered for this year’s race.

This year’s schedule calls for heat races with passing points and four A-qualifier feature races for split fields on both Thursday and Friday night. On Saturday, with all 120 cars on hand, Alphabet mains are scheduled, with racers having the opportunity to advance from G, F, E, D, C, and B, will precede the 50 lap A-Main paying $5,000 to win. Racing will start at 7 PM on Thursday and Friday, 5 PM on Saturday.

Information, including ticket and hotel links, is available at  Tickets are also available at the box offices at each arena. A post-race gathering each night after the races will be held at Chickie and Pete’s, a renowned area Sports Bar in nearby Bordentown, N.J. with special bar and food discounts along with the kitchen open late.

Following the Ironton Telephone Allentown Indoor weekend, racing shifts to Atlantic City for the 17th running of NAPA Auto Parts Weekend, highlighted by the running of the prestigious TQ Midget Gamblers Classic. Event dates are Friday and Saturday, January 25-26, 2019

The final event of the Indoor Auto Racing Series Fueled By VP Race Fuels takes place at a new venue, the New York State Fairgrounds Exhibition Center in Syracuse, NY. on Friday and Saturday, March 8-9, 2019.