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SYRACUSE, NY October 2, 2018 . . . The Indoor Auto Racing Series fueled by VP Racing Fuels will make its debut at The New York State Fairgrounds Exposition Center in Syracuse, NY on Friday, March 8 and Saturday, March 9, 2019. The Syracuse program will include two complete programs with qualifying and feature events for the Three Quarter (TQ) Midgets, Slingshots and Champ Karts both on Friday and Saturday nights.

The first ever event in Central, N.Y. will be the third and final leg of the 2019 Indoor series. Following annual races inside Allentown Pa.’s PPL Center (January 4, 5) and Atlantic City, N.J.’s famous Boardwalk Hall (January 25, 26), the teams will head to Syracuse where the champions will be decided in all three divisions after two hard fought nights of racing on the building’s concrete floor.

The New York State Fairgrounds Expo Center opened during the recent Labor Day Fair. The huge state of the art $33 million project was built without obstructing poles. Grandstand seating will be available on both the front and backstretch. From their seats, fans will able to be able to see the entire speedway plus the pit area which will be located on the far side of the building.

“This is a great opportunity for fans in the area to again see exciting Indoor Auto Racing during the off-season,” series and event promoter Len Sammons said.

The headline TQ Midgets annually competed inside the Niagara Falls Convention Center from 1984 through 2002 when the building was made into a casino. The Indoor Auto Racing Series made its debut in New York last year with an event held inside Albany’s Times Union Center, but an acceptable date could not be arranged.  The Syracuse venue will be the sixth different location for a Len Sammons promoted Indoor Auto Racing Series event.

“The Syracuse location is the perfect building in just the right spot for our series,” said Sammons. “Many of the teams that competed in Niagara Falls back in the day, now have an event closer to their home. The events were also very popular with the fans so a big crowd is expected.”

Two big TQ Midget winners on the Indoor Series, Erick Rudolph of Ransomville and Andy Jankowiak of Buffalo, will surely be fan favorites at the Syracuse show.

Rudolph, currently second in the Super DIRTcar Series point standings, has already clinched the 2018 Modified champion of the nearby Canandaigua Speedway. The Ransomville driver, a multi-time Indoor race and Series champion, should be the fan choice among dirt fans.

Jankowiak won the Indoor series finale in Albany last February. The popular driver recently won an asphalt Modified Race of Champions event at the Lancaster Speedway held in late father’s honor.

Justin Bonsignore, the 2018 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion, is the TQ Midget Indoor Series defending champion. The Long Island driver won his first Indoor TQ Midget victory last January inside Allentown Pa.’s PPL Center on route to the title.

Over 100 drivers from eight states and two Canadian providences are expected to compete.  Other top TQ Midget drivers in the Series hailing from the Empire State include Ryan Bartlett of Watertown, Scott Kreutter of Buffalo, the Catalano brothers, Tommy and Timmy from Ontario, Oswego Speedway 2018 Supermodified Rookie of the Year Tyler Thompson from Fulton, DJ Forbes, Jr. from Syracuse, Jonathan Reid from Lockport, Mike Maresca of Hannawa Falls, and the Nye brothers, Shawn and Andrew, from Lancaster.

Competitor entry blanks and rules plus event sponsorship opportunities for all series events will be available by the end of the week at indoorautoracingseries.com. Other information is available by calling the series office at 609-888-3618 or dropping an email to motorsports@aarn.com. Advance ticket, host hotel and other information will be available in the coming weeks.




TRENTON, NJ September 21, 2018 . . . The phenomenon that is the Trenton Indoor Dirt Nationals just keeps on getting bigger with over 100 of the 600cc wingless Micro Sprint entries already confirmed for the expanded three days of racing. The second annual event, sponsored by Oliver Communications Group, Hoosier Racing Tires, and VP Racing Fuels will again be held at the CURE Insurance Arena in Trenton, N.J. with racing on Thursday, Friday and Saturday night December 13th – 15th.

Tickets for the Thursday and Friday split nights of preliminary qualifying races and Saturday’s main-event night are now on sale one-line or at the stadium box office. Racing will start at 7 PM on Thursday and Friday, 5 PM on Saturday.

The massive Micro Sprint field will be split in half for Thursday and Friday evening programs. All cars will compete during Saturday’s main event program. The Thursday and Friday events will feature heat races and A-Qualifier main events. The top two finishers in each feature will go directly into Saturday, December 15th main event. Points earned throughout each night programs will be used to lineup alphabet mains for Saturday night’s main event program.

Promoter Len Sammons emphasized that the limit of 120 entries, due to the physical limitations of the arena, is absolute.  A list of what drivers are presently competing each night is posted and will be updated as they are received at indoorautoracing.com.

The Thursday program will also feature Slingshot competition, consisting of two heats and a 20-lap main event. Friday’s support class will be the Champ Karts running a similar program.  The top 20 drivers in the 2017 Indoor Auto Racing Series have been invited to the Slingshot and Champ Kart invitational event. Additional entries, if needed, will fill in the 20 spots.

A range of different price tickets are available for the three days. Thursday will feature $15 adult general admission with children under 12 just $5.

On Friday and Saturday lower and upper level reserve seats are offered. General admission upper-level seating, where children are admitted for just $5, is available as a less costly alternative without the guarantee of specific seats. Front row or suite tickets are available Friday and Saturday. A special pit area tour prior to the start of racing action is a bonus for those premium seats on Saturday.

Tickets are also on sale for the 2019 Indoor Auto Racing Series Fueled By VP Racing Fuels opener on the concrete floor of Allentown’s PPL Center on Friday and Saturday January 4th and 5th. The series then stops in Atlantic City, N.J.’s Boardwalk Hall on January 25-26, 2019. 

On-line ticket links for all Indoor Racing Series events, host hotel room deals, entry blanks and rules are available at indoorautoracing.com. Event sponsorship opportunities and other information is available by calling the series office at 609-888-3618 or e-mail danny@aarn.com.




Photo: Michael Jaworecki Myracenews


ALLENTOWN, PA January 1, 2018 . . . Drivers entered in this weekend’s Indoor Auto Racing Series fueled by VP 2018 opener at the PPL Center in Allentown, Pa. will have extra incentives to succeed.

Drivers in three divisions who will be running over two days in the Ironton Telephone/ Avaya sponsored events, Friday and Saturday January 5 and 6, will be racing not only for purse money offered but also special bonus incentives and season ending series awards.

The racing world lost a true champion in September 2017 when Ted Christopher of Plainville, Conn. was killed in a plane crash enroute to a NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour event. Christopher, the first and second Indoor Series champion in 2010 and 2011, will now be remembered each year with the awarding of the TC Cup to that year’s TQ Midget Indoor Series champion.

A special glass “TC Cup” mounted on a wooden base has been designed. The first of these TC Cups will be presented to 2017 champion Ryan Flores. The 2018 TC Cup will go to the high point driver after the two events in Allentown, the NAPA Know How Weekend inside Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall (January 26 and 27) and the series finale at the Times Union Center in Albany, NY on February 9 and 10 have been completed.

Over 50 TQ Midget teams are entered for the two nights of Allentown competition. Flores, of Mooresville, N.C., who swept both races in Allentown last year on the way to the championship is among the favorites.

The TQ Midgets headline the card both nights with racing starting at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and 7 p.m. on Saturday.

Prior to the start of the event a special memorial tribute to TC, a winner of eight Indoor Series events, will be conducted involving all of the competitors. Saturday’s program begins with a Fan Fest on the speedway to fans who have selected the free ticket option to attend this restricted event.

When racing begins there will be plenty of incentives on the line right from the start.


Doggy Style Hot Dogs, a new eatery in the Allentown area, will give the TQ driver with the best overall combined finish of both days $500.

Bob Hilbert Sportswear of nearby Boyertown, Pa., has posted $250 to the driver who leads the TQ Midget feature event each night at half-way.

  1. Schneider & Sons, Inc. of Allentown will present $150 toFridayand Saturday night’s TQ Midget Hard Charger.

Dr. William Lowe, a long-time supporter of TQ Midget racing has posted several bonuses. Friday’s TQ Midget fast qualifier will get $200. Each Friday night TQ Midget heat race winner will collect $100 from Dr. Lowe. He will also give Friday’s TQ Midget driver that is the highest point earner $100.

Saturday heat winners will get $50 each thanks to sponsorship by Leindecker Racing Engines of Center Valley, Pa.

On Friday, the Champ Karts invade for a complete show.  Well over 30 entries have been filed for events sponsored by Hoosier Tire. The Champ Kart Hard Charger will get $150 from E. Schneider & Sons, Inc. Four Hoosier tires will also be given away.

On Saturday, the Slingshot division backed by the Action Track USA at the Kutztown Fairgrounds, will join the TQ Midgets. A full field of over 30 entrants is poised for action.  The Slingshot Hard Charger will get $150 thanks to E. Schneider & Sons, Inc.

For choice tickets, contact the PPL Center Box Office by phone at 610-347-TIXX (8499), online at pplcenter.com. Those wishing to avoid online fees may purchase directly at the Box Office, but are encouraged to do so in advance to avoid possible box office lines the day of the event.

Information including ticket and hotel links is available at indoorautoracing.com.