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VP RACING FUELS RETURNS AS SPONSOR FOR ANOTHER SEASON AT GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY

Bechtelsville, PA January 13, 2019. . . With the 57th season of NASCAR stock car racing scheduled to get underway at Grandview Speedway on March 30TH with a free-to-the-public practice session interest is already growing in the Saturday night racing action which will feature the T.P.Trailers 358 Modifieds and T.P.Truck equipment Sportsman stock cars plus added attractions.

                 On Saturday, April 6th, will feature the Bruce Rogers Memorial, a 75-lapper, for big and small block racers paying $7500 to win. This event will not carry a NASCAR sanction.

Again this year racers that use VP racing gasoline will be able to earn some great benefits based on a program announced by track operators, the Rogers family, and VP Racing Fuels.

                The top finishing racer in each of the two NASCAR divisions racing at Grandview each Saturday night will be eligible for product awards. For the T.P.Trailers 358 Modifieds there is a $150 product award for the top finishing racer that can show he has used VP racing gasoline, had VP decals clearly visible on each side of the race car and has a VP patch on his or her uniform. In the T.P.Truck Equipment Sportman division there will be a $100 product award provided they meet the requirements set for the awards.

                In addition VP Racing Fuels is posting a $100 VP product award for the overall Hard Charger out of the two divisions each Saturday night.

                VP will also be a banner advertiser on the Grandview website (www.grandviewspeedway.com).

                VP Racing Fuels Regional Manager Tim Hogue said, “We appreciate the support given our product by the racers and we want to show the racers support for their racing efforts.”

                Fans are also reminded that season passes ARE available that cover a reserved seat for all Saturday night events, April through September. The price is still $350. Send a check covering the passes being ordered along with a self-addressed stamped envelope (to speed delivery) to Grandview Speedway, 87 Wilt Road, Bechtelsville, PA 19505.

                For information telephone 610.754.7688 or check in at www.grandviewspeedway.com, Facebook or Twitter.

                Those having interest in enjoying the benefits of marketing through auto racing can obtain information on program book advertising, event sponsorship and billboard advertising by contacting Ernie Saxton at 215.752.7797 or email Esaxton144@aol.com. A color brochure is available.

                Grandview Speedway is a one-third-mile, banked clay track located on Passmore Road just off Route 100 in Bechtelsville, PA, 10 miles north of Pottstown. For information telephone 610.754.7688 or check in at www.grandviewspeedway.com.

TRI-TRACK MODIFIED SERIES OPENS 2019 PREREGISTRATION For Point Fund & Bonus Eligibility

Tom Morris Myracenews Photo

Seekonk, Mass. (January 5, 2019): The Tri-Track Open Modified Series (TTOMS) has officially opened preregistration for the 2019 season. Race teams looking to compete in the six-race schedule with eligibility for the point fund and bonus plan must register by April 1, 2019. Entries will be accepted via secure online registration or by mail.

The preregistration fee of $450 entitles teams to a stake in the point fund as well as eligibility for the bonus plan. Car owners filing full preregistration will also receive one complimentary pit pass for each race on the schedule. Teams can register for the 2019 TTOMS season by visiting tritrackmods.com/registration. Checks made payable to Tri Track Enterprise LLC can also be mailed to Jim Schaefer, 545 Sweezy Ave., Riverhead, NY 11901. Individual race registration is also available for $150 each.

With its most robust schedule to date, the 2019 TTOMS series will feature six races. The season kicks-off with the second annual Claremont 100 at Claremont Speedway on May 25, followed by long-established events like Open Wheel Wednesday at Seekonk Speedway on June 26 and the SBM 125 at Star Speedway on July 27.  New to the schedule includes the Oxford 100 at Oxford Plains Speedway on August 24 as part of the prestigious Oxford 250 weekend plus a trip to the Wrenn Family’s Monadnock on September 14. The 2019 season will conclude with the Haunted Hundred at Seekonk on October 26.

During the 2019 season all competitors will vie for over quarter of a million dollars in purse money. Only those teams competing in all six races will be eligible to run for the point fund. The cumulative point fund of $15,000 will be distributed among the top 20 in owners’ points.

Another benefit of preregistration includes bonus plan eligibility. With strong car counts once again expected at each race, preregistered teams who fail to qualify for a given race will receive a bonus of $200 above what other non-qualifiers will earn.

For more information on registration contact Jim Schaefer via Facebook, email the series at info@tritrackmods.com or via phone at 774.229.6106 or 508.847.0565.

“Everything is really falling into place for 2019 to be the best yet for Tri-Track,” said managing partner Wayne Darling. “We are really excited for the upcoming season and we are looking forward to the support of a strong group of dedicated and talented racers.”

A total of 67 teams competed in Tri-Track Open Modified Series competition in 2018. Over 80 different drivers have competed in the Tri-Track Modified Series since its inception in 2014.

To learn more about the Tri-Track Modified Series, visit tritrackmods.com.

KYLE SOPER’S STAR CONTINUES TO RISE WITH RIVERHEAD RACEWAY NASCAR MODIFIED, NEW YORK STATE WHELEN ALL AMERICAN SERIES AND LATE MODEL CHAMPIONSHIPS IN 2018

Riverhead, NY

By Bob Finan

Even since strapping into a INEX Legend Race Car at Long island’s Riverhead Raceway in the spring of 2010 Kyle Soper of Manorville showed he had what it takes to succeed in the weekly NASCAR Whelen All American Series at the historic track. With nine race seasons now under his belt the 22-year old Soper has won 25 feature events at the demanding quarter mile oval spread across four divisions along with four track championships in three classes. In 2018 Kyle Soper not only won his first career NASCAR Modified championship at Riverhead driving the iconic Eastport Feeds entry of Wayne & Joette Anderson but also the New York State Whelen All American Racing Series New York State championship.

Like many of his generation Kyle’s path to weekly stock car racing began when he was just 7 years old competing in the Sunday Go Kart program locally at Riverhead Raceway as well other venues in the region. From 2004 through 2008 Soper complied nearly 100 victories to compliment Go Kraft championship not only at Riverhead but regionally and nationally as well. Kyle along with his father former Riverhead Charger driver Tom made the move to the popular INEX Legend Race Car series at Riverhead in 2010 with Kyle the leading rookie driver in the class during that freshman season. Along the way during his stint in the INEX Legend Race Cars Soper would win six times and capture the 2014 Riverhead track championship. During those formative Legend years Kyle would go fender to fender with fellow Go Kart graduates Kyle Ellwood, Chris Young, John Fortin Jr. and Dylan Slepian who like Soper all moved into other classes at Riverhead Raceway before eventually landing in the highly competitive NASCAR Modified ranks.

In 2015 the Soper family with the backing of a few loyal sponsors invested heavily in Kyle’s racing future when they purchased their own NASCAR Modified for competition in 2015 at Riverhead Raceway. Again Kyle immediately showed pure driving talent as he would finish second to Tom Rogers Jr. of Riverhead in the championship chase winning the Rookie of the Year honors in the process. It would be during his sophomore season of 2016 that Kyle would lay claim to his first NASCAR Modified victory in the rough and tumble NASCAR Modified ranks at Riverhead and he would back that first career win up with three more triumphs during the campaign.

However the grind and expenses associated with fielding a NASCAR Modified for weekly racing took it’s toll on the Soper family and the tough decision was made during the off season leading up the 2017 to park the car until a major sponsor could be found.

All was not lost for Kyle heading into 2017 however as he was tabbed by local Late Model car owner Rob Pelis to steer a team car as a teammate to former champion Scott Kulesa. What transpired after caught both Pelis and Soper off guard as they promptly went out and won six LM races along with the 2017 championship in what started out to be a back-up effort to the primary car of Kulesa. Surprisingly enough that would not be the turning point of Soper’s career although driving for Pelis would play a role in what transpired early in the summer of ’17.

Doug Corwin of Eastport Feeds who not only sponsors Wayne Anderson’s NASCAR Modified team at Riverhead but also the Late Model team of Rob Pelis liked what he saw in how Soper performed not only on the track but away from it as well. Despite having won the 2016 NASCAR Modified championship together at Riverhead Raceway Wayne Anderson and driver Shawn Solomito made the mutual decision to part ways after just six starts into the 2017 season. Enter a suggestion from Doug Corwin and Kyle Soper was tabbed to drive Anderson’s mount for the remainder of the season and the rest as they say is history.Soper again answered the call collecting one victory along with 10 top five finishes in 12 starts for his new Eastport Feeds team of Anderson with his father Tom calling the shots as his crew chief.

With a full off season to prepare for the 2018 campaign at Riverhead Raceway the Soper/Anderson tandem was successful right out of the box winning the opening night main event the first of three wins on the year for the team. As spring turned into summer it became evident if the Kyle were to win the 2018 title there would be one driver in particular he’d have to contend with, that being four time and defending NASCAR Modified champion Tom Rogers Jr. Coming to the season with a chance to win his fifth career crown that would put Rogers in elite company with Soper’s car owner Wayne Anderson, Don Howe and the late Charlie Jarzombek as the only driver’s to win five titles Tom would be tough to beat for the 2018 crown.

The 2018 title would boil down to the last night of racing on the final Saturday of September between Soper and Rogers with the latter scoring his 4th win of the season but Kyle on the strength of a fourth place tally after dropping as far back as 10th during the race realized the dream of a lifetime winning the NASCAR Modified championship.

Reflecting back on the intense NASCAR Modified championship chase with Rogers Soper looked back, “battling with Tommy like that is something I’ve never experienced before. We both hate to lose and that is what made it so much fun”. Not lost on Kyle is what the championship also meant for his car owner Wayne Anderson who during his driving days not only won five Riverhead driving titles but also the 1994 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour title. “For Wayne and his team to have the faith to put me into the ride of a lifetime is something I’ll forever cherish. To win the 2018 Riverhead and New York State championships just takes it to a whole other level”.

As for car owner Wayne Anderson when asked about his versatile driver who not only won the 2018 NASCAR Modified title but also backed up his 2017 LM championship with a second straight LM crown in 2018 Wayne offered, “Kyle doesn’t say too much outside of the car but when he straps into the car his driving talent does all the talking”.

In a career where Kyle Soper has recorded those 25 career Riverhead Raceway wins ( 9 NASCAR Modified, 9 Late Model, 6 INEX Legend & 1 Crate Modified) since 2010 to go along with his four championships Kyle of course hopes to advance his career to one of the NASCAR Touring series or perhaps even one of big three NASCAR series. In fact a few years back Kyle and his family leased a Camping World Series Truck for the fall Martinsville race with limited success and he’d love another chance but admitted, “unless you have a bucket full of money your chances are much more limited”.

Whether it was the NASCAR Modified or Late Model Kyle Soper was the model of consistency in route to both 2018 championships. He started 15 NASCAR Modified events winning three times and posting 12 top five finishes while one the Late Model he started 13 features going to victory lane three times while in the top five in 11 races. To that end Wayne Anderson noted, “Kyle is real smooth, takes what the car gives him and doesn’t tear up equipment no matter if it’s the Modified or Late Model”.

Looking towards 2019 Soper announced he’d be returning to the Eastport Feeds team of Wayne & Joette Anderson to defend their NASCAR Modified championship at Riverhead Raceway starting Saturday May 4th, 2019 when the tracks opens for it’s 69th season of stock car racing.

Aside from Kyle Soper other 2018 Riverhead Raceway NASCAR Whelen All American Series championships went to Michael Rutkoski (Crate Mods), Tom Rogers Jr. (Figure Eights), Jack Handley Jr. (Blunderbusts), Mark Stewart (Super Pro Trucks) and Jim Sylvester (INEX Legend Race cars). Riverhead Raceway will host it’s 2018 Championship Awards Ceremony Friday January 11th, 2019 at Giorgio’s of Baiting Hollow. Tickets can be obtained from John Ellwood who’ll be available at the track Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm.

Further information can be obtained by e-mailing riverheadraceway1@gmail.com or calling 631-842-RACE

Photo By Noah Watts Myracenews