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ALL SYSTEMS ARE GO FOR INDOOR RACING AT ATLANTIC CITY’S BOARDWALK HALL JANUARY 28-29

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ATLANTIC CITY, NJ JANUARY 26, 2022 . . . The track is built and the Indoor Auto Racing Series is ready to go racing inside Atlantic City, NJ’s Boardwalk Hall for the 19th running of the NAPA KNOW Racing Weekend this weekend, Friday and Saturday Jan. 28-29.

On Wednesday, series staff completed the construction of the race track and race teams began arriving to park their trailers in anticipation of Thursday night’s open practice session that is open to only those who purchase a weekend pit pass.

Over 130 competitors, spread over the three divisions of racing, TQ Midgets, Slingshots and Champ Karts have filed entries for the prestigious event.

The TQ Midget entry list reads like a Who’s Who in auto racing including four drivers who have won the past nine Saturday night 40 lap Gambler’s Classic.

Popular Andy Jankowiak, Tonawanda, NY, ‘Classic’ winner in 2019 and 2020, could become the first man to win three straight Classics.

Two three-time winners, Erick Rudolph, Ransomville, NY, (2012, 2015, 2016) and Anthony Sesely, Matawan, NJ, (2012, 2015, 2017) could make ‘Classic’ history by becoming the first four-time ‘Classic’ winner.

Ryan Flores, Davidson, NC.  (2018) will be bidding for a second ‘Classic’ win. Flores comes into Atlantic City having won the Indoor Auto Racing Series season opener in Allentown, PA’s PPL Center on Saturday, January 8.

Mike Christopher, Jr., Wolcott, CT., who will be a first time entrant in the Gambler’s Classic, is the nephew of the late Ted Christopher, who won The Gambler’s Classic in 2009 and 2011. After an Indoor Series debut in Allentown, he’s expected to be a contender.

Mooresville, NC hot shoe Max McLaughlin also be making his first ever Atlantic City start after making his series debut as well in Allentown.

Three-time and defending NASCAR Whelen Modified Touring Series champion Justin Bonsignore returns to the series to drive Jason Simmons’ No. 98 TQ, the same car that was driven to a Qualifier victory and a top ten A Main feature finish in Allentown, PA two weeks ago by Billy Pauch, Jr whose sister is getting married on Saturday.

Simmons, of Fulton, NY has also entered a second car, numbered 98T, for 2019 Oswego Speedway Super Modified Classic winner Tyler Thompson to drive.  Simmons has also filed entries for a pair of Champ Karts.

No less than four Catalano brothers, from upstate Ontario, NY, are entered for Atlantic City. Timmy, Tommy and Trevor will run TQ Midgets; youngest brother Tyler will campaign a Champ Kart.

The PA Posse will be out to win the Gambler’s Classic for the first time in 12, just the third time in history. Matt Janisch of Nazareth or Tim Buckwalter of Douglasville could be just the guy after constant up front finishes. Jansich’s teammate, noted Young Gun Briggs Danner of Allentown and Pat Bealer of Leighton are also expected to be in the hunt.

Recent entries from Dylan Woodling in a radical TQ Midget he debuted in Atlantic City in 2020 and Kalamazoo, MI driver Grant Valkner in a Lou Cicconi TQ will also be someone to keep an eye on.

In the Champ Karts, Doug Stearly, Trappe, PA, will be bidding for a third straight A-Main Gambler’s feature victory. Stearly also has fielded an entry to race in the TQ Midget field.

Scott Neary, Columbia, NJ won the 2020 Slingshot A-Main, and is in the field for the 2022 race as well.

Among those who will be contending for the win with Neary is Morgan Rochelle-Bealer, who was crowned Aqua-Duck Water Transport Ms. Motorsports 2022 on January 22 in Oaks, PA. 

Rochelle-Bealer made her first Indoor Slingshot start on Jan. 9 in Allentown, PA and finished 15th in the feature. Were she to win the A-Main in Atlantic City, she would be in the unprecedented position of receiving and presenting the race trophy.

Good seats for both night remain available at Ticketmaster, a direct link is available from the series web-site, indoorautoracing.com, or daily at the Boardwalk Hall Box Office where the price is increased by $5 the day of the event.

For everyone’s safety at the event, the state owned building will require fans to wear a mask when they enter Boardwalk Hall and be recommended when they are walking around the building. They will not be required to wear a mask when in their seat or when they are eating or drinking. Masks are not required in the privately owned casinos.

After this weekend’s Atlantic City’s events the series will conclude in Syracuse, N.Y. at the New York State Fairgrounds Exposition Center on Friday and Saturday, March 11 & 12. Those tickets are on sale and available to purchase through a link on the series website www.indoorautoracing.com.

In anticipation of another wildly successful event, promoter Len Sammons has booked Friday and Saturday, January 27-28, 2023 in Boardwalk Hall for the 20th running of the NAPA KNOW HOW Gambler’s Classic.

ATLANTIC CITY INDOOR RACES TO BE BROADCAST LIVE ON DTD-TV PAY-PER-VIEW

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ATLANTIC CITY, NJ JANUARY 25, 2022 . . . The Indoor Auto Racing Series NAPA KNOW HOW Gambler’s Classic weekend of racing, being held this weekend, Friday and Saturday January 28 & 29, inside Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall will be broadcasted live on Pay-Per-View through DirtTrackDigest.TV.

Good tickets for the Gambler’s Classic race weekend in a range of prices remain available. They can be purchased through a Ticketmaster link available at indoorautoracing.com or can be purchased the day of the events at the Boardwalk Hall Box Office.

For those who cannot make the trip to the New Jersey shore resort to enjoy the excitement of being in attendance live along with pre and post event fun in the nearby casinos, the pay-per-view option is being made available.

“There is nothing like coming to Atlantic City to experience the race live and spending time walking the boardwalk, gambling or enjoying the nightlife before or afterwards,” said promoter event organizer Len Sammons.

“Unfortunately, not every fan will be able to travel to be part of the excitement this year to watch their favorites and enjoy the live experience with your racing friends. So a pay-per-view is a nice alternative.”

Drivers from nine states and Canada represented among the 100-plus entries seeking feature starting spots in three divisions. The headline-TQ Midget division car count has pushed over the 50 mark.

DirtTrackDigest.TV is well respected and experienced in the live broadcast of racing events. They received high-marks for their production of the Indoor Auto Racing Series 2022 season opener on January 7th and 8th inside Allentown, PA’s PPL Center.

DTD-TV will again be sending high quality video coverage to subscribers from multiple cameras. The action will be called by the Indoor Auto Racing series veteran announcing staff led by Steve Post.

DTD is offering Friday and Saturday night’s action as part of a package deal for $69.99.  Friday’s event can be purchased for $34.99 and Saturday only for $39.99 by going directly to DirtTrackDigest.TV or a link available at indoorautoracing.com.

The NAPA KNOW HOW Weekend will begin for fans on Friday when the gates open at 6:30. Racing begins at 7:30 with heat races for all three divisions. The top 12 in afternoon time trials will then race in a special knock out session to see who owns the fast time award!

Friday’s program ends with the thrilling Triple 20 qualifiers for the headline TQ Midgets with all 50 plus competitors getting a shot a running one of the 20 lap  event.

Saturday’s gates will open at 5 PM with the annual on-track Fan Fest being held until 6:15. Every car in competition will be spread around the speedway and fans with reserved seats will be allowed to that level to meet them.

Racing will begin at 7 PM with more heat races and B-Mains for the TQ Midgets along with features for the Champ Karts and Slingshots. The 40 lap Gambler’s Classic for the TQ Midgets will end the program in exciting fashion.

Good tickets are on sale in a range of prices through Ticketmaster. They will also be on sale through the event at the Boardwalk Hall Box Office, but they do increase by $5 the day of the events.

For everyone’s safety at the event, the state owned building will require fans to wear a mask when they enter Boardwalk Hall and be recommended when they are walking around the building. They will not be required to wear a mask when in their seat or when they are eating or drinking. Masks are not required in the privately owned casinos.

After this weekend’s Atlantic City’s events the series will conclude in Syracuse, N.Y. at the New York State Fairgrounds Exposition Center on Friday and Saturday, March 11 & 12. Those tickets are scheduled to go on sale on January 26th.

Series information, including links for purchasing tickets, hotel rooms and racer entry forms are available on the series website of www.indoorautoracing.com.

Sponsorship opportunities remain for all Indoor Auto Racing Series races. For more information, contact Danny Sammons at danny@aarn.com or call (609)-888-3618.

BONSIGNORE RETURNS TO TQ RACING ACTION AT ATLANTIC CITY JANUARY 28-29

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ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. JANUARY 20, 2022 . . . Three-time and defending NASCAR Whelen Modified Touring Series champion Justin Bonsignore of Holtsville, NY is the latest driver to enter the Indoor Auto Racing Series NAPA KNOW HOW Gambler’s Classic, set for the weekend of Jan. 28-29, 2022 in Atlantic City, NJ inside Boardwalk Hall.

Bonsignore will drive Jason Simmons’ No. 98 TQ, the same car that was driven to a Qualifier victory and a top ten A Main feature finish in Allentown, PA two weeks ago by Billy Pauch, Jr.

Simmons, of Fulton, NY, will enter a second TQ Midget, No. 97, with the driver to be determined. He has also filed entries for a pair of Champ Karts,

Bonsignore and Simmons struck a deal less than two weeks prior to the Atlantic City race. Bonsignore said he would be available, schedule wise, to drive Simmons’ car in the mid-March Syracuse TQ Indoor Series finale were Simmons to want to put in the car.

“I have never been able put together a full TQ weekend there though I have run pretty well at times. I’ve had pretty good success overall with the Indoor stuff, but just not as much as I would have liked to have had,” Bonsignore said.

Indoor Auto Racing Series promoter Len Sammons saluted the entry of Bonsignore.

“When Justin raced TQ Midgets with us before, he was a threat the first time he got behind the wheel He’s won before and he can be a contender again,” Sammons noted.

Bonsignore, 34, has three career Indoor Auto Racing Series wins to his credit, in two classes and in three buildilngs.

In January 2018, Bonsignore won his first TQ Midget race, in the PPL Center in Allentown, PA. That winning ride set up his run to the 2018 Series championship.

He followed that up with a win at the Syracuse, NY Expo Center on March 8, 2019.

Bonsignore also won a Champ Kart feature on December 4, 2009, at the Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence RI.

Bonsignore joins the one-two Allentown Indoor Auto Racing Series punch of race winner Ryan Flores and runner-up Andy Jankowiak. Jankowiak has won the last two Gambler’s Classics.

Erick Rudolph and car owner Mark Lafler are returning to Boardwalk Hall after missing the Allentown race. The team has won three Gambler’s Classics together.

Promoter Sammons noted the importance to the Indoor Auto Racing Series of the Atlantic City Races, first introduced by Sammons in 2003.

“Atlantic City is the Crown Jewel of the Indoor Auto Racing Series,” Sammons said.

“Indoor Auto Racing is a spectacle in itself, and when the racing is as tightly contested as it was in Allentown a few weeks back, the fans had to be leaving eager for more,” said Series promoter Len Sammons.

Good tickets for the Atlantic City races are on sale now in a range of prices through Ticketmaster, the Boardwalk Hall Box Office or the Area Auto Racing News office at 609-888-3618 weekdays from 10 am to 4 pm.

New for 2022 will be an expanded reserved seating option in Atlantic City. Upper reserved seating has been expanded to include all of sections 209 through 217. General admission seats will be still be available in sections 202-208 and 218-225 for those wishing to purchase those tickets or holding a pit pass.

“The upper level seats in the corner in Atlantic City offer some of the best views of the track, this change will allow people the option to secure their favorite seat in advance,” stated Len Sammons.

First time Boardwalk Hall TQ entrants include versatile Max McLaughlin, second generation New England Modified standout Mike Christopher Jr., Shea Wills, in the elderly but still very quick Tim Adams TQ, Champ Kart standout Doug Stearly who will be driving Ken Sebring’s TQ Midget, and Tyler Lindsay, who, in first Indoor ever TQ Midget start in Allentown earlier this month came within a quarter of inch of qualifying for the A Main, but was disqualified by a post-race tech width violation.

No less than four Catalano brothers, from upstate Ontario, NY, are entered for Atlantic City. Timmy, Tommy and Trevor will run TQ Midgets; youngest brother Tyler will campaign a Champ Kart.

An even 50 Champ Karts from eight states (CT, MA, MD, NH, NJ. NY, PA, RI).

Some 31 Slingshots are entered from four states, 27 from New Jersey or Pennsylvania and two each from New York and Quebec.

A closed-to-the-public practice night will again be held on Thursday evening January 27.

New Jersey State public safety rules require the wearing of face covering upon entry into Boardwalk Hall, and recommends wearing of masks when in concourses and walkways inside the building. Masks are not required when seated nor when consuming food or beverages.