51's Modified Madness  Presented by Advance Auto Parts
News From The Ground Pounders - Dirt, Asphalt, North and South
Compiled from Series, Team and Track PR Reports
True Value Modified Racing Series: Twin State Adds a Second Date

Twin State Speedway owner/operator Dennis Fleury recently announced  a second True Value Modified Racing Series event on Friday night, June 5th. This event, in addition to the second annual Ricky Miller Memorial 100  in October will surely be “can't miss” races for fans of  Modified racing and Twin State Speedway. The best Modified racers in the area will be represented, including local heroes Dwight and Peter Jarvis, Sean Bodreau, Kirk Alexander and former pro stock champ Rob Goodenough. Twin State Speedway is committed to Modified racing in the Connecticut River valley with it's own affordable and exciting Pepsi Modified division providing authentic Modified racing with an economy-friendly sealed engine program.

Friday night July 31st Twin State hosts two touring series when New England's premiere full fendered AND open wheeled tours come to town. The VT based American Canadian Tour is stated to go 100 laps and the incredibly fast New England Midget Association (NEMA) winged outlaws will go 25 blistering laps. Look for ACT Tour stars like Jean Paul Cyr and Patrick Laperle to mix it up with TSS standouts Guy Caron and Aaron Fellows, then add in local travelers Chris Bergeron and Mark Heyward and it should be an event like no other for TSS Late Model fans and racers!

With the Speedway EXPO around the corner, things will be heating up at Twin State before you know it! The first of two practice dates is Saturday April 11th, with the car show the following Saturday and the second of two test and tune days on Sunday, April 19th..  There is free grandstand admission to both practice dates and as always the car show is open and free to the public.

Of course this is all leading up to the 2009 season opener on Friday night April 24th with a full card of exciting racing and the first time for area racers and fans to say goodbye to snow and cold and hello to another awesome season of stock car racing at Twin State Speedway, their place to race in 2009! Check us out on the web at www.twinstatespeedway.net.

Basketball Tournament to Benefit Galusha Memorial Fund

The First Annual Basketball Tournament to benefit the Dakota C. Galusha Memorial Fund will take place on March 27th-29th.  Dakota, the 12-year-old nephew of Modified standout Eric Beers, lost his life in a January traffic accident.  He was a seventh-grade student at Northampton (PA) Area Middle School.

The tournament will also feature a Chinese Auction, Raffles and More.  It will take place at the Northampton, Pennsylvania Recreation Center.  Sponsors, volunteers and donations for the event are wlecome.  For more information contact Gary at 610-657-5686 or Renee at 610-657-0474 or E- -Mail alluregk@att.blackberry.net or ericbeers46@yahoo.com.

ASA Modifieds: C&C Racing Promotions Gets Frostbite; Tickets Now on Sale

Over the last six years, C&C Racing Promotions has become widely recognized as the promoters of the highly-regarded Annual North-South Shootout TM Modified racing event. In 2009, the group looks to build on those successes as they expand to host the first annual Frostbite Modified Winter Nationals on March 6 & 7 at Orange County Speedway in Rougemont, NC.

The event’s owner Charles Kepley of Lexington, NC, has long been synonymous with Modified racing in the South. As an avid supporter of the former Southern Modified Auto Racing Tour (SMART), the decision to expand his efforts to include another event was a simple one.

Kepley will team with his Shootout staff including his son Chad, long-time official Dick Brooks, Mike Kuhn, and Dale Wolbrink to help with the presentation of the Frostbite Modified Winter Nationals. C&C Racing Promotions will also employ the assistance of the Randy Myers and the American Speed Association (ASA) sanctioned Southern Modified Race Tour.

The Frostbite Modified Winter Nationals featuring the Josh Jenkins Memorial Modified 125 is the perfect way for Kepley and the Southern competitors to pay tribute to former SMART President and long-time friend Josh Jenkins, who passed way back in 2007.

As a point race for the ASA Modifieds, a full-field of Southern Modifieds is slated to take the green flag. A host of competitors will also invade from the North with veterans like Jamie Tomaino and Charlie Pasteryak joining the likes of rising stars Ronnie Silk and Tony Hanbury.

The winner of the Frostbite Modified Winter Nationals will earned a guaranteed starting spot in the 7th annual North-South Shootout scheduled for November 6&7, 2009 at Concord Speedway in Concord, NC.

Two-day reserved grandstand tickets are available for the top-three rows of seating for only $40 each. Those purchased prior to February 25 will also include a free pit pass. Two-day general grandstand admission is only $20. Children tickets (ages 6-13) are available for $15. Kids five and under are free.

Prepaid passes are available to competing teams until February 25, 2009, by logging on to northsouthshootout.com or by calling (508) 847-0565. A two-day pit pass will be available to the general public for $50. A Saturday only pit pass will be available for only $40.

The Frostbite Winter Nationals will feature time trials, heat races, a “Last Chance” race (if necessary) and a 125 lap main event for the Modifieds.

For more information on the Frostbite Modified Winter Nationals visit northsouthshootout.com or by calling (336) 250-4383.

Airborne Speedway: Scarborough Returning to Airborne Speedway

Don Scarborough, the “Brandon Bandit” has announced plans to return to weekly competition and vie for the Ernie’s Tools Modified title at Airborne Speedway. The Brandon, VT driver last raced regularly at Airborne in 2006 and has five career wins on the Plattsburgh half-mile.

“I’ve always enjoyed racing at Airborne,” Scarborough said. “I had a good season going in 2006, but I destroyed a car there late in the summer and that was quite a financial setback at the time. Lately, I’ve been racing at dirt tracks, which is how I started.”

Scarborough will drive a Bicknell chassis car adapted for asphalt racing.

“I know about the new paving job that coming up and it sounds like it will make for a lot of side by side racing, which will be good for the fans,” Scarborough said. “I know there are quite a few fans from down in my neck of the woods that have been going up there and enjoying the racing.”

Bicknell Racing Products and G Bowen Excavating of Castleton, VT will help sponsor Scarborough’s team.

“I’d be glad to talk with anyone from the Plattsburgh/Burlington area about my plans and the possibility of sponsorship,” he said. “I’m in the book.”

Airborne begins its 58th season Sunday, May 2. Saturday, May 9, Airborne hosts the American Canadian Tour (ACT) Furniture World Spring Green 100. The inaugural Super DIRTcar Big Block Modified series race is set for June 7. For current news, information, and work-in-progress photos, visit www.airborneparkspeedway.com.

Tracks: Wall Township Speedway to Come Alive Again in 2009

After sitting idle through 2008, with the exception of the overwhelming successful “Turkey Derby” race in late-November, Wall Township Speedway will come alive again in 2009. The busy schedule will feature professional auto racing and several types of “special events” that should offer everyone who lives in or visits New Jersey something of interest.

Promoter Jim Morton, who led the resurrection of the famous third mile paved oval late last year, is busy planning events and preparing the varied schedule now.

“It is now official! Wall Township Speedway will be in operation for the 2009 season,” Morton said. “I am working on a lot of things for this year and I hope to have an official schedule out soon. Thanks to everyone who helped last fall the facility is in the best shape it has ever been.

“It is now full speed ahead for the 2009 season!”

Although he is still working on his 2009 plans, Morton did mention that he intends to open the track office in late February or early March. For the auto racers and their fans, tentative plans call for early season paid practice sessions before races are presented on selected weekends in April and May. Several racing events will then be presented on selected Saturday nights during the summer months before the annual Turkey Derby caps off the season. Morton also mentioned that news will be coming out soon about the return of the “Sunday Series” on the “inner oval” featuring go-karts and other small car divisions.

In addition to the auto racing events, Morton is currently working with various promoters in an effort to bring other “family friendly” shows and events to the Wall Township stadium this season. Details will be announced soon.

Wall Township Speedway is located on Route 34 in Wall Township, N.J., just one mile north of Garden State Parkway exit 98 and Interstate 195 exit 35B. More information is available at www.wallspeedway.com. The speedway hotline, 732-681-6400, will be operational as soon as the speedway office reopens for the season.

RoC Modifieds (Dirt) - Selinsgrove to Start Season

In just one month the racing season will begin at Selinsgrove Speedway as the popular half mile oval will host the Race of Champions (RoC) Dart Dirt Modified Tour in not one, but two complete racing shows on Friday March 20th and Saturday March 21st.

And, if last year’s inaugural race is any indication on what to expect, then look for another packed house and a full field of cars. 

The Friday evening card will see the RoC 358 Modified Tour show take place, which features a 25 lap $2,200 to win feature. On Saturday afternoon the feature will be the $4,000 to win Insinger Performance Products Icebreaker II 50 lap feature for big block Modifieds.

At Selinsgrove Speedway, 358 Sprint Cars are the heart and soul. On several occasions during the season the 410 Sprints make appearances as well. Modifieds, however, had never been part of the action. Until last year there had been only two Modified races run and they were in the early 1980’s.  

RoC head Andrew Harpell and Selinsgrove promoter Charlie Paige along with track Race Director Joe Kaminski started talks late in 2007 to bring the Modifieds to the Snyder County oval. Selinsgrove turned out to be a great venue as it was a neutral track thus making it a very level playing field.

The race, won by Quakertown’s Rick Laubach, was an unqualified success. In taking the checkered flag Laubach called it one of the biggest wins of his career as he pocketed nearly $7000 in prize money and awards.

The timing was perfect for such an event too. Being one of the first races of the season, race hungry fans flocked to the track. Likewise race teams from throughout Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey and Delaware took part.

“To be honest I was a little bit worried coming into the event last year because it was the first time running Modifieds but as it turned out we had a great turnout and I was pleasantly surprised. The car count and fans were awesome and the only drawback was the day before it rained and that had softened up the track a bit. But everyone who ran the race said they loved it and would be back,” said Kaminski.

Based on the success of the initial event, the track looked to have another Modified show near the end of last season but those plans were shelved due to conflicting schedules that had already been in place. It was decided that another season opener would be the way to go only this time with the addition of the 358 Modifieds which have a huge following in the northeast most notably with a prominent number coming out of Big Diamond and Grandview Speedways.

“The week after our race I was at the Big Diamond opener and about 10-15 guys came up to me and asked when are we going to have a race for the small blocks and that was a good sign to me that everyone one enjoyed being there (Selinsgrove),” said Kaminski.

“We talked about having another one (race) towards the end of the season but we realized it wasn’t going to happen. Now we’re opening with a doubleheader. These guys are every hungry to get out and it’s great because we’re a neutral track for everybody. Same thing for the fans too, they have cabin fever.”

Kaminski has done a terrific job in spearheading the event. He has secured numerous monetary and contingency sponsors that will be evenly distributed throughout both races.

Two driving stars from New York State have been awarded guaranteed starter status for the weekend. For the 358 Modified show Bobby Varin will have a guaranteed spot representing the Utica–Rome Speedway as the New Yorker 200 winner from last year. For the Modified show on Saturday night Danny Johnson gets the nod. He too will be representing Utica–Rome as the Victoria 200 winner last year.

As the race nears a steady influx of entries keeps arriving at the track office and all indications are that a star-studded field will be present.

According to Kaminski the track is in good shape despite going through a harsh winter. New clay has been trucked in and spread since the end of ’08.  Track crews have been working daily on preparations.

Although this event is only entering just its second year, all the ingredients are there to continue what has the makings of a yearly tradition. The format is perfect as last year’s results reflect that.

“Honestly right now I’d like to keep it the same. Run the small blocks Friday and the big blocks Saturday. I don’t want it to get to much bigger. Bringing these guys in here in March, it works out good because everyone one is raring to race at this point. The novelty is the key,” said Kaminski.

In case of weather issues for either show a Sunday March 22nd rain date has been reserved as a rain date. 

One week later the 358 Sprint C7ars will make their season debut on March 28, along with Pro Stocks and a practice session for Late Models. The Late Models and Roadrunners will compete in their first events of the season April 4. The 410 Sprint Cars will compete at Selinsgrove three times. The inner 1/5-mile Selinsgrove Raceway Park, which hosts Micro Sprints and o-karts, has its opener scheduled for 12 p.m. Sunday, March 29, before switching to regular Friday night competition at 7 p.m. April 3.

The True Value Modifieds will be at Twin State twice in 2009/  (Jim Dupont Photo)
The ASA Modifieds will be heading to Orange County.
Don Scarboorugh has seen good times and bad ones at Airborne.  (Dave Brown Photos)
The fans packed into Wall for the 2008 Turkey Derby.
The RoC Dirt Modifieds at Selinsgrove Speedway.  (RoC Photo)