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MILLSBORO, DE – For the 12th consecutive season, the American Racer Cup presented by Sunoco Race Fuels will be winning with weekly racers in 2021.

Thirteen facilities representing four states – New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware – comprise the ’21 American Racer Cup, which will reward Modified and Sportsman competitors with $51,450 in cash point funds plus hundreds of tire certificate giveaways. Drivers cash in for competing at their home American Racer Cup tracks on a weekly basis.

The program is presented by American Racer Tires and distributor Lias Tire of Indiana, Pa., and Sunoco Race Fuels and distributor Insinger Performance of Dushore, Pa.

Stewart Friesen, representing N.Y.’s Fonda Speedway (Modified) and Brian Hirthler, competing at Grandview Speedway in Bechtelsville, Pa., (Sportsman) are the defending American Racer Cup overall champions, both for the first time in their careers.

Registration is open for the ’21 American Racer Cup through the website (www.theamericanracercup.com) via the links below.

Paperless Registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-american-racer-cup-tickets-131128164871

Modified Entry Form: http://theamericanracercup.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/2021ModifiedEntryForm.pdf

Sportsman Entry Form: http://theamericanracercup.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/2021SportsmanEntryForm.pdf

The first American Racer Cup ‘pre-season’ giveaway took place in January on Facebook LIVE. Four free American Racer tires were distributed via random draw to Danny Creeden and Bobby Watkins (Modified) and Ken Eckert Jr. and Danielle Smith (Sportsman).

The next giveaway – for six total tires (three Modified and three Sportsman) – will take place on March 13 during the drivers’ meeting for the Melvin L. Joseph Memorial Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco opener at Del.’s Georgetown Speedway.  

All registered drivers as of March 13 will be entered into the drawing shown live on Facebook.

Points begin tabulating for the ’21 Cup on Saturday, April 16 and continue through Labor Day (Monday, September 6).

2021 Modified program information can be found here: http://theamericanracercup.com/?page_id=426

2021 Sportsman program information can be found here: http://theamericanracercup.com/?page_id=424

Registered drivers are posted on the American Racer Cup website daily as entries are received.

Modified registrants: http://theamericanracercup.com/?page_id=440

Sportsman registrants: http://theamericanracercup.com/?page_id=442

Participating tracks for ’21 follow:

·         Accord Speedway (Accord, N.Y.) – Modified & Crate 602 Sportsman

·         Afton Motorsports Park (Afton, N.Y.) – Modified, Open Sportsman & Crate 602 Sportsman

·         Big Diamond Speedway (Minersville, Pa.) – Modified, Open Sportsman & Crate 602 Sportsman

·         Bridgeport Motorsports Park (Bridgeport, N.J.) – Modified & Crate 602 Sportsman

·         Delaware International Speedway (Delmar, Del.) – Modified & Crate 602 Sportsman

·         Five Mile Point Speedway (Kirkwood, N.Y.) – Modified & Crate 602 Sportsman

·         Fonda Speedway (Fonda, N.Y.) – Modified & Crate 602 Sportsman

·         Grandview Speedway (Bechtelsville, Pa.) – Modified & Open Sportsman

·         New Egypt Speedway (New Egypt, N.J.) – Modified, Open Sportsman & Crate 602 Sportsman

·         Outlaw Speedway (Dundee, N.Y.) – Modified & Crate 602 Sportsman

·         Penn Can Speedway (Susquehanna, Pa.) – Modified & Crate 602 Sportsman

·         Utica-Rome Speedway (Vernon, N.Y.) – Modified & Crate 602 Sportsman

·         Woodhull Raceway (Woodhull, N.Y.) – Modified & Crate 602 Sportsman

To learn more about the American Racer Cup, visit the official website at www.theamericanracercup.com, e-mail bdmotorsportsmedia@gmail.com, follow on Twitter @racer_cup or on like Facebook: American Racer Cup. 

Matt Sheppard (Modified) & Doug Hendricks (Sportsman) Declared 2019 American Racer Cup Overall Champions

INDIANA, PA – After a summer full of racing at 14 facilities in four states, the 2019 American Racer Cup presented by Sunoco champions have been declared.

Matt Sheppard (Modified) and Doug Hendricks (Sportsman) lead this year’s contingent. Competitors at tracks utilizing American Racer tires in New York, New Jersey, Delaware and Pennsylvania vied for supremacy in the ‘home-track’ program presented by American Racer Tires, Lias Tire Company, Sunoco Race Fuels and Insinger Performance.

A total of 299 competitors registered and earned points during the ’19 season: 173 in Modified and 126 in Sportsman.

The American Racer Cup utilizes a driver’s best 10 finishes to determine the overall standings with bonus points figured in for each track’s year-long average starting field.

A total of $51,450 in cash will be distributed to top performers in addition to hundreds of tire certificates which have been handed out during the season in addition to many more to come this fall.

Using Outlaw Speedway in Dundee, N.Y., as his home track, Savannah, N.Y.’s Sheppard is the American Racer Cup Modified champion for the third consecutive year.  Sheppard assembled a ‘perfect 10’ on the season, winning 10 feature events at Tyler Siri’s facility and accrued 670 total points.

The overall American Racer Cup title is worth $10,000 for Sheppard.

Duane Howard, representing Grandview Speedway in Bechtelsville, Pa., tallied 660 points – just 10 shy of Sheppard – and finished second overall, worth $5,000.

Fonda (N.Y.) Speedway joined the American Racer Cup family this season and Stewart Friesen of Sprakers, N.Y., placed third overall ($4,000) calling the Track of Champions home around his NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series schedule. Friesen totaled 650 points.

Grandview’s Jeff Strunk of Boyertown, Pa., rallied to fourth with 542 points ($3,500) with Jordan Watson of Milford, Del., calling Delaware International Speedway in Delmar, Del., home placing fifth (640 points – $2,500).

Craig Von Dohren of Oley, Pa., tied Watson with 640 points for his Big Diamond Speedway (Minersville, Pa.), season. But Watson’s six wins to Von Dohren’s five relegated Von Dohren to sixth ($2,000). Rocky Warner of Gloversville, N.Y., earned 637 points and $1,750 for finishing seventh racing at Fonda. Craig Von Dohren, this time for Grandview, was eighth with 637 points but had four wins to Warner’s five, so he takes home $1,500.

The Pauch family – Billy Sr. and Jr. – authored identical seasons at the New Jersey tracks. Billy Jr. at New Egypt and Billy Sr. at Bridgeport both accrued 635 points with five wins, three seconds and two thirds. Ninth-place pays $1,250 and 10th is $1,000.

Completing the top-15 are Ryan Godown of Ringoes, N.J., from Big Diamond (632 points – $900); Brett Kressley of Orefield, Pa., from Grandview (623 points – $800); David Van Horn Jr. of Ringoes, N.J., from New Egypt (616 points – $700); Billy Van Pelt of Westfield, Pa., from Woodhull (N.Y.) Raceway (615 points – $600); and Brian Malcolm of Lake Ariel, Pa., from Penn Can Speedway in Susquehanna, Pa. (615 points – $500). Van Pelt had five wins to Malcolm’s three.

Insinger Performance of Dushore, Pa., sponsors separate North and South Region point funds, as well.

The top-five North Region drivers are Sheppard ($1,000), Friesen ($750), Warner ($500), Van Pelt ($350) and Malcolm ($250).

In the South Region, Howard ($1,000) won over Strunk ($750), Watson ($500), Von Dohren ($350) from Big Diamond and Von Dohren from Grandview ($250).

Doug Hendricks of Orwigsburg, Pa., put his name in the history books as the American Racer Cup Sportsman overall champion. Hendricks raced weekly at Big Diamond Speedway and used seven wins in his best 10 finishes to rack up 655 points. The overall Sportsman championship pays $1,500.

Hendricks and Brad Brightbill, a Sinking Spring, Pa., native who competes at Grandview Speedway, were deadlocked with 655 points. Brightbill had four wins at Grandview to Hendricks’ aforementioned seven, so Hendricks is the champion.

Brightbill receives $1,000 for his efforts.

Michael Schane of Lake Ariel, Pa., from Penn Can Speedway finishes third with 635 points ($750) followed by Tim Hartman Jr. of Niskayuna, N.Y., representing Fonda with 633 points ($600) and Delaware International Speedway regular Scott Hitchens of Dagsboro, Del. with 620 points ($500).

Finishing sixth through 15th, respectively, were Brandon Edgar of Lehighton, Pa., from Big Diamond with 607 points ($450); Bridgeport Speedway’s Jim Gallagher Jr. of Beckett, N.J., with 602 points ($400); Rocky Warner of Gloversville, N.Y., from Glen Ridge Motorsports Park in Fultonville, N.Y., with 594 points ($350); Kenny Hammond of Berkshire, N.Y., representing Thunder Mountain Speedway in Center Lisle, N.Y. with 593 points ($300); Bridgeport’s Eric Kormann of Vineland, N.J. with 592 points ($250); Dennis Clapperton of Masonville, N.Y., from Afton (N.Y.) Motorsports Park with 590 points ($200); Fonda’s Brian Calabrese of Johnstown, N.Y., with 588 points ($150); Delaware International regular Adam White of Laurel, Del., totaling 586 points ($100); Broadalbin, N.Y.’s Adam McAuliffe from Fonda Speedway with 585 points ($100); and Outlaw Speedway’s Brian Fish of Burdett, N.Y., with 583 points ($100).

Like their Modified counterparts, Insinger Performance presented regional point funds for the Sportsman.

In the North Region, Schane ($500) won over Hartman ($400), Warner ($300), Hammond ($200) and Clapperton ($100).

The South Region went to Hendricks ($500) followed by Brightbill ($400), Hitchens ($300), Edgar ($200) and Gallagher ($100).

Drivers placing in the individual American Racer Cup home track standings will be rewarded, as well.

The top-five drivers in the Modified division at all home tracks receive five free tires for first, four for second, three for third, two for fourth and one for fifth.

In the Sportsman division, home track champions receive two tires, second-place one tire and third $85 off a tire certificate.

All certificates will be ready for pick-up at the American Racer Cup Short Track SuperNationals 12 to be held at Afton (N.Y.) Motorsports Park Friday-Saturday October 11-12. On Friday night (Oct. 11), Sportsman One-On-One Match Races will be held, with Modified Match Races on Saturday (Oct. 12).

Those unable to attend the Afton event will receive certificates in the mail after the Oct. 11-12 weekend.

The point fund will be distributed in late December/early January.

To learn more about the American Racer Cup presented by Sunoco Race Fuels and to view complete point standings, visit the official website at www.theamericanracercup.com.

Pre-Season American Racer Cup presented by Sunoco Tire Drawing Takes Place March 16

INDIANA, PA – Free tires?

Yes, it is true, courtesy of the American Racer Cup presented by Sunoco. The annual pre-season tire giveaway is coming up on March 16 for all drivers registered to that point in both the Modified and Sportsman programs.

Four names will be drawn from both the Modified and Sportsman registrants during the pre-race drivers’ meeting at Georgetown (Del.) Speedway for the Melvin L. Joseph Memorial. The drawing will be shown live on the American Racer Cup Facebook page.

Each of the four drivers in both divisions will receive a complimentary tire certificate. Recipients do not need to be present at Georgetown to win.

Already, drivers have benefited from their membership this season. Cory Costa (Modified) and Bob Butcher (Sportsman) won November drawings at the Northeast Race Products Show in Syracuse, N.Y. At the Motorsports Racecar & Trade Show in Oaks, Pa., this past January, Matt Stangle (Modified) & Derrick McGrew Jr. (Sportsman) were the recipients.

A total of 14 facilities have united under the American Racer Cup presented by Sunoco banner for the ’19 season, with drivers sharing in $51,450 in cash point fund money and more than 500 tire certificates.

The ’19 edition of the American Racer Cup gets underway on Friday, April 12 and runs through Labor Day weekend.

Once again, the American Racer Cup and Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series have paired up for hefty Sunoco Race Fuels Bonuses. Should a driver with the Short Track Super Series Modified North and South Regions plus the American Racer Cup, that driver will earn a $25,000 cash bonus. Should one driver with the Short Track Super Series North or South Region plus the American Racer Cup, a $10,000 bonus will await that driver.

To learn more about the American Racer Cup, visit the official website at www.theamericanracercup.com, e-mail bdmotorsportsmedia@gmail.com, follow on Twitter @racer_cup or on like Facebook: American Racer Cup.


Accord Speedway
Divisions: Modified, Crate Sportsman

Afton Motorsports Park
Divisions: Modified, Open Sportsman, Crate Sportsman

Big Diamond Speedway
Divisions: Modified, Open Sportsman

Bridgeport Speedway
Divisions: Modified, Crate Sportsman

Delaware International Speedway
Divisions: Modified, Crate Sportsman

Five Mile Point Speedway
Divisions: Modified, Crate Sportsman

Fonda Speedway
Divisions: Modified, Crate Sportsman

Glen Ridge Motorsports Park
Divisions: Modified, Crate Sportsman

Grandview Speedway
Divisions: Modified, Open Sportsman

New Egypt Speedway
Divisions: Modified, Open Sportsman, Crate Sportsman

Outlaw Speedway
Divisions: Modified, Crate Sportsman

Penn Can Speedway
Divisions: Modified, Crate Sportsman

Thunder Mountain Speedway
Divisions: Modified, Open Sportsman, Crate Sportsman

Woodhull Raceway
Divisions: Modified, Crate Sportsman