In what has been a bitterly cold off-season from racing, the racing community surrounding the pavement racing scene in the Twin Tiers has been swirling. Opinions regarding schedules and a nearby track discussing re-opening seems to have been the biggest buzz.
As he prepares to head to New Smyrna Speedway for the 52nd annual World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing, Super Late Model driver Derek Griffith has plenty of momentum on his side. The Hudson driver is coming off a second-place finish in the Red Eye 100 at New Smyrna on January 6, a race that opened the 2018 NASCAR Whelen All American Series season. The runner-up finish was his best career at the 0.500-mile Florida oval.
A change in his car might be exactly what Justin Bonsignore needs to make a run at the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship in 2018.
Just prior to the holiday season third year Riverhead Raceway owners Eddie & Connie Partridge and Tom Gatz released their 2018 NASCAR Whelen All American Series and Enduro race series schedule on the track’s web page much to the delight of race teams and race fans alike.
In recent years the racing in Stafford’s SK Modified® division has been second to none, with weekly excitement and jaw dropping finishes. The 2018 season promises to be much of the same with a driver roster full of young talent and crafty veterans. New for the 2018 season, Starrett Tools has signed on as a contingency partner for the entire season, awarding a $150 bonus each week to the winner of each SK Modified® feature.
Kenneth Massa Motorsports has announced its 2018 plans for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour. Veteran driver Justin Bonsignore will drive a LFR Car as he races for the NWMT championship with Ryan Stone as his crew chief.
Just under five months before the drop of the first green flag, the 2018 Seekonk Sports Trucks season is already setting up to be a tight battle for the championship. In 2017, Mike Duarte stormed onto the scene at the 0.333-mile oval, winning just one feature, but capturing his first track championship behind the wheel of the No. 50. The Dighton, Mass. driver scored top five finishes in all but five races, which was the best among all drivers. He celebrated his title in November at the Venus De Milo.
Scott Kreutter of Buffalo, N.Y., won his first career Indoor Auto Racing Series Fueled By VP Racing Three Quarter (TQ) Midget feature Saturday night inside Allentown’s PPL Center Arena in front of a good crowd. The versatile driver, who does most of his outdoor racing on dirt in Central New York behind the wheel of a 360 Sprint Car, took the lead from his outside front row starting spot on the initial start of the 40-lap main event, then held off a variety of challengers including Friday night winner Justin Bonsignore, past Series champions Erick Rudolph and Ryan Flores and Ryan Preece. Rudolph passed Bonsignore for second with two laps to go in the race. Bonsignore held for third ahead of Matt Roselli, and Jon Reid.
The Pro All Star Series (PASS) announced a tentative 18-race schedule for the 2018 North season on Saturday. The schedule includes a total of six events at Oxford Plains Speedway, headlined by the 45th annual Oxford 250 on Aug. 26. It also is highlighted by a season-opening event as part of Icebreaker weekend at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park on April 8.
Officials have announced the 2018 schedule for the Tri-Track Open Modified Series (TTOMS). Featuring some traditional race events, the 2018 event will also feature a series first. The four race schedule will commence on Memorial Day weekend and conclude with the fun and festive “Haunted Hundred” with plenty of action over the summer months.
Seekonk Speedway is ready to roll for its 73rd season and they are excited to be able to showcase their NASCAR Saturday Night divisions with increased laps and higher purses for much of the season. In 2018, the NASCAR Saturday Nights start on their traditional first weekend in May kicking off the season on May 6 with the Annual Classic Car Show on May 5. The season will run through September 22 with a few scheduled weekends off.
As if Eddie Harvey’s Ideal Racing team wasn’t already busy enough, their offseason just got a whole lot busier.