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TRENTON, NJ April 23, 2019 . . . The 2019 Indoor Auto Racing Series is now in the record books following the very successful inaugural March 8-9 Syracuse Exposition Center events. Erick Rudolph’s win in the Saturday night Series finale clinched his fourth VP Racing Fuels sponsored Three Quarter (TQ) Midget championship and sixth for car builder Mark Lafler.

Despite the series finale just a month in the past, 2020 dates for all three of the ‘concrete races’ – the PPL Center in Allentown, PA., Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ and the Exposition Center in Syracuse, NY have already been inked by promoter Len Sammons.

The series will again open in Allentown, Pa. at the beautiful PPL Center with complete shows on Friday and Saturday nights, January 3-4, 2020. Round three will be held for the 18th year inside Atlantic City, N.J.’s Boardwalk Hall on Friday January 31 and Saturday, February 1, 2020. For the second year the Syracuse date on the grounds of the New York State Fairgrounds will host the final two rounds on Friday and Saturday nights March 13-14.

The three race weekends will comprise the five rounds of the 2020 Indoor Auto Racing Series Fueled By VP Race Fuels schedule with champions crowned in the TQ Midget, Champ Kart and Slingshot classes.

Also returning for a third season will be the non-point East Coast Indoor Dirt Nationals inside Trenton, N.J.’s Cure Insurance Arena. This event which features the wingless 600 Micro Sprints, however, will be moved from December to the weekend after the Daytona 500, February 21 and 22.

The race-within-the-race, the Indoor Auto Racing Series Fueled by VP Racing Fuels 2019 season championships were decided on the final night at Syracuse. Eight TQ Midget drivers, six Champ Kart competitors and 12 Slingshot hopefuls came into the finale with a mathematical chance to win the coveted titles.

Rudolph finished second and first in Syracuse to clinch the title. Andy Jankowiak, the Atlantic City Gambler’s Classic winner, ended up second in the standings. 

Defending Series champion Justin Bonsignore, who passed Rudolph for the win on Friday, dropped from second to third in the standings on the final lap after being involved in a mid-race crash that knocked him from the race. Bonsignore won Friday’s event driving for new car owner Bob Webber Jr. The owner of N.H.’s Star Speedway donated Bonsignore’s weekend earnings as part of a $5,000 donation to Special Olympics.

Teammates Eddie Strada and Matt Janisch ended up fourth and fifth for car owner Roger Mahan.

Over the entire series schedule, just ten TQ drivers were able to qualify for all five of the 2019 A-Main features. Among them, Erick Rudolph was the only driver to register top five finishes in each race.

Eddie Strada Jr., Andy Jankowiak, Matt Janisch and Tim Buckwalter each were able to register four top ten finishes in the five races they qualified for.  Also qualifying for all five A Mains were Anthony Sesely, Jonathan Reid and Anthony Payne.

Despite tire softening made illegal for the first time in series history, constant random sampling of top finishers and those in the back that were sent to a laboratory found no one stepping outside the lines.

Brandon Rusczek won the Hoosier Champ Kart title ahead of Ryan Kendall, JJ Pacovich, Tyler Brown and Todd Crenshaw.

Though winless in the Kutztown Action Track sponsored Slingshot Indoor Series, Kurt Bettler out pointed Danny Buccafusca, Austin Silfee, and Tyler Truex, who had come into the final event leading the points, and Jared Silfee to grab his first title.

All told, 75 TQ drivers, 54 Champ Kart wheelmen and 52 Slingshot racers earned points in the 2019 Indoor Auto Racing Series, a total of 181 different competitors.

Information for the 2020 events will be available when completed online at

Event sponsorship packages to meet every budget are available by calling the series office at 609-888-3618 or by dropping Danny Sammons an email at



SYRACUSE, NY March 10, 2019 . . . Erick Rudolph raced to victory Saturday night before a large and enthusiastic crowd in the Indoor Auto Racing Series Three Quarter (TQ} Midget 40-lap feature inside the Syracuse Exposition Center on the New York State Fairgrounds.

 “Winning is what we want to do every time we take the green flag,” Rudolph said. “Tonight starting up front was a help but getting through lapped traffic and having good restarts were the keys to winning the race.”

 Rudolph held off surprising Mike Bednar in the run to the checkered with Tommy Catalano, Andy Jankowiak and Eddie Strada completing the top five.  Bednar passed Catalano for second on the final lap while Jankowiak suffered a flat left rear tire while contending for the lead early in the race. Strada started in the 12th row at the start and picked his way to a fifth place effort.

 A spectacular accident at the midway point of the race saw Matt Janisch and Justin Bonsignore slam into the second turn fence while fighting for third place. Janisch flipped wildly while Bonsignore’s car ground to a halt against the concrete. Remarkably, Janisch was able to return to finish ninth; Bonsignore who had been a championship title contender was officially scored 19th.

 Tyler Brown won the 20-lap Champ Kart feature over Todd Crenshaw, JJ Pacovich, Ryan Kendall and Brandon Rusczek.

 The Slingshot 20-lap main event was claimed by Louden Reimert who fought through heavy lapped traffic to shade Cody Kohler, Danny Buccafusca, Kurt Bettler, and Austin Silfee. 

 In Saturday afternoon TQ Midget group time trials, Andy Jankowiak set fast time over Erick Rudolph, Scott Kreutter, Briggs Danner, Justin Bonsignore and Tim Buckwalter. Forty-nine drivers made runs against the clock.

 The four TQ heats were won by Jankowiak, Rudolph, Kreutter and Anthony Sesely.  The two B-Mains were won by Lou Cicconi, Jr. and Marc Johnson.

 In Champ Kart preliminary race action, JJ Pacovich, Mike Perry and Dan Marsden were the winners of the heat races and Jake Nelke won the sole B Main.

 Slingshot heat races were claimed by Louden Reimert, Danny Buccafusca and Austin Silfee.

 The race-within-the-race, the Indoor Auto Racing Series Fueled By VP Racing Fuels 2019 season championships were decided this night. Eight TQ Midget drivers, six Champ Kart competitors and 12 Slingshot hopefuls came into the finale with a mathematical chance to win the coveted titles.

 Erick Rudolph won the TQ title, his fourth for himself and car owner Mark Lafler. Andy Jankowiak was second in the final rundown with defending Series champion Justin Bonsignore third and teammates Eddie Strada and Matt Janisch fourth and fifth.

 Brandon Rusczek won the Champ Kart title ahead of Ryan Kendall, JJ Pacovich, Tyler Brown and Todd Crenshaw.

 Though winless in the Slingshot Indoor Series, Kurt Bettler outpointed Danny Buccafusca, Austin Silfee, Tyler Truex, who had come into the final race leading the points, and Jared Silfee.

 The schedule for the 2020 Indoor Auto Racing Series Fueled By VP Race Fuels will be announced in the coming weeks.

 TQ Midget Feature (40 Laps): 1. Erick Rudolph, 2. Mike Bednar, 3. Tommy Catalano, 4. Andy Jankowiak, 5. Eddie Strada, 6. Anthony Sesely, 7. Earl Paules, 8. John Ivy, 9. Matt Janisch, 10. Tim Buckwalter, 11. Jeremy Haudricourt, 12. Timmy Solomito, 13. Briggs Danner, 14. Joey Payne, 15. Ryan Tidman, 16. Shawn Nye, 17. Patrick Emerling, 18. Scott Kreutter, 19. Justin Bonsignore, 20. Jonathan Reid, 21. Marc Johnson, 22. Lou Cicconi, Jr., 23. Anthony Payne, 24. Tim Nye.

 Final Series TQ Points (Top Five): 1. Erick Rudolph 450, 2. Andy Jankowiak 380, 3. Justin Bonsignore 371, 4. Eddie Strada 343, 5. Matt Janisch 335.

 Champ Feature (20 Laps): 1. Tyler Brown, 2. Todd Crenshaw ,3. JJ Pacovich, 4. Ryan Kendall, 5. Brandon Rusczek, 6. Eric Zeh, 7. Jake Nelke, 8. Mike Perry, 9. Dominic Roselli, 10. Richie Davidowitz 11. Zachary Asklar, 12. Tyler Catalano, 13. John Berger 14. Brianna Page, 15. DJ Doyle, 16. Tyler Tank, 17. Dan Marsden, 18. James Shutts, 19. Taylor Caprara, 20. Gene Gregoric.

 Final Series Champ Kart Points (Top Five): 1 Brandon Rusczek 335, 2. Ryan Kendall 310, 3. JJ Pacovich 305, 4. Tyler Brown 275, 5. Todd Crenshaw 271.

 Slingshot Feature (20 Laps): 1. Louden Reimert, 2. Cody Kohler, 3. Danny Buccafusca, 4. Kurt Bettler, 5. Austin Silfee, 6. Cody Kline, 7. Tyler Truex, 8. Nick Shaw, 9. Jared Silfee, 10. Matt Mertz, 11. Kevin VanValkenburg, 12. Michael Lapicki, 13. Bryan Preville, 14. Seth Spayd, 15. Brett Putnam, 16. Kyle Herve, 17. Mark Mohr, 18. Don Boonstra, 19. Craig Whitmoyer.

 Final Series Slingshot Points (Top Five): 1. Kurt Better 285, 2. Danny Buccafusca 275, 3. Austin Silfee 272, 4. Tyler Truex 256, 5. Jared Silfee 236.

ISMA Rookie of the Year Tyler Thompson Searching for First Indoor Auto Racing Victory at Inaugural Syracuse Event

OSWEGO, NY (March 4, 2019) – In addition to displaying the Jason Simmons Racing No. 98T in the ISMA booth at this weekend’s Motorsports Expo, last year’s ISMA Supermodified rookie of the year Tyler Thompson will also partake in TQ Midget action as part of the inaugural Syracuse Indoor Auto Race.

Held inside the New York State Fairgrounds Exposition Center, the first ever Syracuse Indoor event will be held Friday, March 8 and then again on Saturday, March 9 with two complete programs for the TQ Midgets, Slingshots, and Champ Karts.

Thompson, in only his second year racing TQ Midgets, has been a force on the indoor trail this season. After leading several laps of the Friday event, he earned a top ten effort in Allentown, PA back in January. The teenager also won his qualifying race to earn a spot into the Gambler’s Classic held in Atlantic City, NJ last month.

A Supermodified rookie one year ago, Thompson was the 2018 rookie of the year both on the ISMA trail and in the non-wing Supermodified division at Oswego Speedway. He earned his first career top five with ISMA at the Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park this past October.

If you are hoping to see Thompson’s Supermodified ride on display, stop by either day of the Motorsports Expo. The Indoor Auto Racing program will be held in conjunction with the Expo on Saturday, March 9 before it continues through Sunday afternoon, March 10. Thompson’s car will be in the ISMA booth for both days along with information pertaining to the 2019 season.

Admission to this year’s Syracuse Motorsports Expo will be $13 for adults, $5 for kids 6-12 years of age, and FREE for children under the age of five. A two day pass is available for $20. Expo hours will be 10am to 8pm on Saturday and 11am to 4pm on Sunday.

Indoor Auto Racing begins at 7:30pm on Friday night and 7:00pm for the Saturday finale. The Fairgrounds’ Exposition Center is just steps from the Center of Progress Building which plays host to the Motorsports Expo.

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ISMA’s first event of the 2019 season will be the Harvey Lennox Memorial at the Delaware Speedway in Ontario on Saturday, June 15. A full schedule is posted on the ISMA website.