The most prolific championship winning driver in the history of the Indoor Auto Racing Series Fueled By VP Race Fuels, Erick Rudolph of Ransomville, NY, will begin his quest for a fifth TQ Midget Series title on Friday and Saturday, January 3-4, 2020 inside the PPL Center in downtown Allentown, PA.
Rudolph, also one of the winningest dirt Modified drivers during the 2019 outdoor season, is the defending Indoor Series champion. Rudolph clinched the title by winning the 2019 series finale in Syracuse, N.Y.
Rudolph, who will turn 28 during the month of January, also won the Series title in 2016, 2015 and 2012 and is the only driver to win more than two titles.
“I’ll be driving the same car as last year,” Rudolph said. “Mark Lafler will be with me.”
The Indoor Auto Racing Series Fueled By VP Race Fuels will open its 2020 season in the Allentown, Pa. Tickets for the fifth annual Ironton Telephone sponsored event are on sale at the PPL Center box office. Tickets are also available at www.pplcenter.com or by calling 610-347-TIXX.
Rudolph will be using the two race Allentown Indoor race meet as a springboard toward his quest for a second straight title. Rudolph won each of his four titles driving Lafler-built cars. Lafler has built nearly two dozen of the rugged, fast, remarkably simple cars but he has chosen not to build any more for new customers.
“His cars haven’t changed very much at all over the years,” Rudolph said. “Subtle differences, but very little. Same with the Dave Pippard’s engines we run.”
Rudolph is coming off a very successful 2019 season. In addition to winning the Indoor Auto Racing Series title in March, he was the 358 Modified season champion at his home track, Ransomville Speedway, and at N.Y.’s Utica-Rome Speedway. He also won the prestigious 358 Modified Super DIRTcar Series title giving him four titles in one outstanding season.
Matt Janisch of Nazareth, PA and Ryan Flores of Mooresville, NC, who won the Friday and Saturday Allentown TQ Midget features in 2019 will both be in competition on January 3rd and 4th hoping to keep Rudolph out of victory lane.
The Allentown Indoor schedule calls for doors opening at 6:00PM with racing getting underway at 7:30 PM on Friday. On Saturday, doors open at 5:00PM with racing beginning at 7:00PM sharp. An on-track Fan Fest is available on Saturday at no extra charge to ticket holders who chose the option when making their purchase.
After the two-race event opener in Allentown, the “Concrete Series” presented by BELFOR Property Restoration, the series moves to Atlantic City, N.J.’s Boardwalk Hall on Friday and Saturday, January 31st and February 1st for the 18th annual NAPA Auto Parts Classic.
The “Concrete Series” season finale is on Friday and Saturday March 13th and 14th in a second year return to the brand new Exposition Center located on the grounds of the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse. N.Y.
Rudolph ended the 2018 season with an Indoor victory in December at a special non-point event held on a banked clay oval. The third annual East Coast Indoor Dirt Nationals will return to CURE Insurance Arena in Trenton, N.J. with a new date. This race meet, held the last two years in December, has been moved to Friday and Saturday, February 21st and 22nd.
Rudolph will be back to defend the $5,000 to win race honors again driving a dirt wingless 600 Sprint owned by Pennsylvania car owner Tom Fraschetta.
“I kind of like Atlantic City more than the other tracks but only because of where it is and what there is to do there after the races,” said Rudolph.
“Syracuse was nice because there were a lot more people I know personally who were there watching me race, the dirt race was really cool too.”
Though Rudolph missed out on also winning the Super DIRTcar big-block Modified Series title – he was a contender until late in the season – he was pleased with his overall results from 2019 which included 24 wins, third among northeast drivers.
Rudolph admits that he will campaign vigorously, as he has in the past three years, for the Super DIRT Series Big Block title, which is a 30-race grind that stretches into November.
Short term, he’s fully focused on the four Indoor Auto Racing Series events. Tickets for any or all the venues make great Christmas gifts. They can be obtained now through information available on the series website: indoorautoracing.com along with special host hotel rates.
The event in Allentown is supported by great sponsors Ironton Telephone, BELFOR Property Restoration, Future Homes, Ironton Auto Body and E. Schneider & Sons Inc. Additional support is provided by Action Track USA, Bob Hilbert Sportswear, Pocono Raceway, Aqua Duck Water Transport, Miller Motorsports, Doggy Style Hot Dogs & More, Pioneer Pole Buildings, All American Property Maintenance and Area Auto Racing News.
Former NASCAR Cup racer Kyle Petty will be a major attraction at the Pioneer Pole Buildings Motorsports 2020 fueled by Sunoco distributed by Insinger Performance Racecar & Trade Show on Saturday, January 18th. The three day show will be held January 17th – 19th at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, Pa.
The son of seven time NASCAR Cup champion Richard Petty, now a popular NBC Sports racing analyst, will chat with show attendees and answer questions on Saturday afternoon of the show followed by a two hour autograph session running from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Kyle was an eight time winner in NASCAR Cup competition. He appeared in 829 races, finished in the top five in the NASCAR standings five times. He earned 173 top ten finishes.
In addition, Petty is acclaimed for his long history of philanthropic efforts. For 26 years, Petty has led the Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America, an annual cross-country motorcycle ride that raises funds and awareness for Victory Junction – a camp dedicated to providing enriching experiences for children with chronic and serious medical illnesses. The Camp was created by Petty and his family in honor of his late son, Adam Petty. To date, the Ride has raised more than $19 million for Victory Junction and other children’s hospitals, and is the most successful philanthropic event staged by any person in the NASCAR family.
The Motorsports show, which is celebrating its 36th year, attracts just about everything imaginable in motorsports filling 250,000 square feet of the Expo Center.
Middletown, New York’s Orange County Speedway will offer a huge 100th Anniversary display this year created by speedway historian Doug Dulgarian.
The display will feature an Orange County “Past, Present and Future” theme. Included will be the Behrent’s No. 3 dirt Modified which was driven to victory in the historical $100,000 to win Centennial race by Mat Williamson.
Brett Hearn’s Madsen Overhead Door No. 20, driven in the 2019 Eastern States 200, will also be on display. Hearn has since announced his semi-retirement from driving after earning more than 900 career victories and the 2019 Orange County Modified title.
Many Modifieds along with other divisions that have raced at Orange County over the years will be on display along with special exhibits.
Many drivers who have competed at the popular track during the last 100 years will be on hand to sign autographs on Friday night and Saturday afternoon.
One of the most popular events during the three day show has been, and will again be, the Ms. Motorsports Pageant sponsored by Aqua Duck Water Transport. One woman will walk off with a $1,500 cash prize along with a poster deal.
Many racing facilities and sanctioning bodies will be represented, using the show to announce their 2020 racing plans and schedules. The show will include over 200 race cars of all kinds.
Hotel rooms are available at the nearby Valley Forge Casino Resort at the special show rate of $91 per night. Call 610.354.8118 and be sure to ask for the Motorsports Show Room Block in the Valley Tower.
PPB Motorsports 2020 opens on Friday, January 17 at 2 p.m., then at 11 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The show closes at 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and at 4 p.m. on Sunday.
On Sunday, all children 12 and under are admitted FREE with a parent. A Little Miss pageant will be held as well as Big Wheel races.
Tickets are available daily at the door one hour before the show opens. To stay informed on the latest show news to obtain booth information or enter one of the competitions, check in at www.motorsportstradeshow.com or call 609-888-3618.
The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series will bring The Greatest Show on Dirt to more than 80 races across 24 states for the 2020 tour.
From the continuation of iconic events like the DIRTcar Nationals presented by Bozard Ford and Can-Am World Finals to the addition of new and historic venues like Vado Speedway Park and Lawton Speedway, the 2020 schedule will be full of nostalgia and excitement for fans and drivers.
“We have another great schedule, which will bring the World of Outlaws to fans across the country,” said World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series Director Carlton Reimers. “There’re several new exciting facilities on the tour this year and a solid core of familiar tracks that always produce great racing.”
VENTURING TO NEW FACILITIES
Vado Speedway Park – The newly constructed multi-million-dollar state-of-the-art Vado Speedway Park in Vado, NM, will host its inaugural World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car doubleheader on April 24-25. The 3/8-mile track is located off Interstate 10 between Las Cruces, NM, and El Paso, TX. It features paved fan parking, a concrete midway, concrete pit pads and stadium quality suites.
I-70 Speedway – While the World of Outlaws visited I-70 Speedway in the 1980s, when the Series returns to the Odessa, MO, facility on May 30 it will be an entirely new 3/8-mile track. The facility started life as a dirt track before being turned into an asphalt track, hosting NASCAR races. It closed in 2008 but was recently purchased by Chris Payne, who revamped Heartland Motorsports Park in Kansas. He is turning the facility into a motorsport park with the new dirt track and a dragway.
RETURN TO ICONIC TRACKS
Santa Maria Raceway – For the first time in 21 years, the World of Outlaws, on March 29, will return to Santa Maria Raceway in Nipomo, CA. The Series first visited the 1/3-mile track in 1981 with Sammy Swindell picking up the win. Jason Statler won the Series’ last race at the track in 1999. Steve Kinser’s seven wins at Santa Maria is the most of any World of Outlaws racer.
Lawton Speedway – On May 1, the World of Outlaws will return to the historic Lawton Speedway in Lawton, OK, for the first time since 1985. The quarter-mile track was one of the original tracks on the Series schedule in 1978. This year will be the Series’ ninth visit to the speedway. Sammy Swindell won the last World of Outlaws race at the track and is tied with Steve Kinser for the most wins there (3).
I-80 Speedway – Nebraska will be a new stop on the World of Outlaws schedule in 2020. On June 3, the Series returns to I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, NE. The Series first visited the 4/10-mile track in 1995 and ran there every year up until 2003. It then returned to the track in 2014 and ran there until 2016. Joey Saldana won the last race at the speedway.
The Dirt Oval at Route 66 – On June 17, the World of Outlaws will return to the Joliet, IL, track for the first time since 2017. The Series’ first visit to the track was in 1998 when it first opened. The track was a half-mile up until 2016, when it was changed to its current 3/8-mile configuration. Ten-time Series champion Donny Schatz won the last race in 2017.
34 Raceway – After a five-year absence, the World of Outlaws will return July 10 to the 3/8-mile 34 Raceway in West Burlington, IA. There has yet to be a repeat winner in the Series’ four previous races at the track. Tony Bruce Jr. won the Series’ first race at the track in 2008 and Schatz won the last in 2014.
Ransomville Speedway – The World of Outlaws will expand their presence in New York in 2020 by returning to the half-mile Ransomville Speedway on July 31. It will be the Series’ sixth visit to the speedway. David Gravel won the last race in 2018 and Dave Blaney won the first race in 1994.
Dakota State Fair Speedway – The World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series will make its third visit to the 3/8-mile Huron, SD, track on Saturday, Aug. 22. The Series first visited the track in 2015 and its last race there was in 2017 – Schatz, of Fargo, ND, won both races.
Orange County Fair Speedway – After a visit to Ransomville Speedway and Weedsport Speedway, the World of Outlaws will close out its 2020 New York swing on Aug. 2 with a return to Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown, NY, for the first time since 2014. The Series first visited the 5/8-mile speedway in 1983 and then 23 times after. Steve Kinser, who has the most wins at the track (6), won the first race in 1983 and Daryn Pittman won the last race in 2014.
Kokomo Speedway – Another track from the World of Outlaws’ inaugural 1978 tour will have a place on the 2020 schedule on Saturday, Oct. 24. The Series last visited the quarter-mile Kokomo, IN, track in 2015, with Joey Saldana picking up the win. Indiana-native and Series regular Kraig Kinser has two wins at the speedway.
BIG EVENTS REMAIN IN PLACE
The 2020 season will, again, kick off Feb. 7-9 at Volusia Speedway Park for the three-day DIRTcar Nationals presented by Bozard Ford. It will then be followed by a Western tour of the country — including the $20,000-to-win event May 2 at Devil’s Bowl Speedway — before returning East for events like the two-day #LetsRaceTwo at Eldora Speedway and the Morgan Cup at Williams Grove Speedway.
The “summer of money” continues to grow with the June 25-27 Jackson Nationals at the Jackson Motorplex now paying an incredible $100,000-to-win. A month later the Series will be Eldora Speedway for the illustrious Kings Royal week, July 16-18. And a month after that, from Aug. 12-15, it will be at the iconic Knoxville Nationals at Knoxville Raceway.
After traveling the country, The Dirt Track at Charlotte will once again play a key role in determining the Series champion. After racing in the United Rentals Patriot Nationals on Saturday, May 23, in the heart of NASCAR country, the season will conclude Nov. 5-7 at The Dirt Track at Charlotte with the Can-Am World Finals, where Brad Sweet won the closest points battle in Series’ history last month.
Fans can purchase tickets for the events by going to WorldofOutlaws.com/tix.
As part of its soon-to-be-released 2020 schedule of events, Selinsgrove Speedway is pleased to announce the return of the ULMS Late Model Series to the track for two big shows in April and September.
The super late model division will have a minimum of 10 races on the 2020 docket with the ULMS stars taking to the track on Saturday, April 11 and again on Sunday, September 6.
An all stock car show will be spun off headlined by ULMS in April while the September 6 show will find ULMS sharing the spotlight with the 410 sprint cars for a big Labor Day holiday weekend special.
More details surrounding that big program for both divisions will be released soon!
Other big events for the super lates will be announced in the near future including visits by other sanctioning bodies including the World of Outlaws Late Models.
The World of Outlaws Late Models have already announced their return to Selinsgrove Speedway for the 22nd annual Jeff’s Auto Body & Recycling Center National Open, occurring in the heart of summer, 2020.
The brand new event date will find the traveling late model stars invading the oval for the $10,000 to win Open on Saturday, June 20.
The Pennsylvania Super Late Model Challenge Series will hit the track one week earlier, on June 13.
The 2020 schedule is nearing completion, offering a variety of divisions competing in big shows from March through September and will be released within the next 10 – 14 days.
Multiple dates and events for 410 sprints, 360 sprints, 305 sprints, super late models, limited late models and more are in the offing!
Another huge show already announced in conjunction with the United States Auto Club is the planned return of USAC to Selinsgrove Speedway coming up in August, 2020.
The wingless USAC Silver Crown Series will hit the tack for the first time in the storied history of both entities on Sunday evening, August 9, for the Bill Holland Classic.
Sharing that special racing card will be the first-ever visit of the USAC wingless 360-sprints to Selinsgrove Speedway.
As previously announced, the 2020 Selinsgrove Speedway season will kick off on Saturday, March 21 with the return of the Icebreaker for combined Modifieds presented by American Racer Tire, followed one week later on Sunday, March 29 by a 410 sprint and super late model doubleheader.
Keep up to date on all the latest speedway news and information by visiting the speedway’s official website at www.selinsgrovespeedway.com, and by following the oval on Facebook and Twitter
Williams Grove Speedway has announced its 2020 schedule of events featuring 31 race dates that showcase the Lawrence Chevrolet 410 sprint cars in every outing.
The 2020 season opener featuring 410 sprint cars only is slated for Sunday afternoon, March 15 at 2 pm.
But that will not be the last “sprints only” program on the 2020 slate of races, as three more big shows with simply sprints will be featured.
“The Big Three” of 2020 when only the 410 sprints will appear will take place on April 17 when the All Stars stage the Tommy Hinnershitz Classic, July 3 for the 32nd annual PA Speedweek Mitch Smith Memorial and on August August 28 when the All Stars return for the Jack Gunn Memorial Twin 20s.
“The Big Three” are sure to be can’t miss events in 2020.
The unlimited, full-body super late models, once a regularly appearing division at the track, will see an uptick in their appearances at Williams Grove Speedway next season with a total of six races on the agenda.
Two of the races will be sanctioned by the popular ULMS Late Model Series, taking place on March 20 and again on April 10 while the World of Outlaws Late Models will sanction a $10,000 to win event on August 21.
Other super late model races will hit the track on March 27, August 7 and on June 5 when the PA Super Late Model Challenge Series is staged.
The HJ Towing & Recovery 358 sprint cars will be featured on 10 occasions at the track again in 2020 with the division kicking off action on April 24 running through September 25.
The USAC Silver Crown Series will return to the track for the second year in a row, along with the 410 sprints, on June 12.
More USAC action at the track this season will include the USAC East Wingless 360 Sprints, taking part in a new program early in the season as the “Spring Sprint Special” roars to life on April 3.
The April 3 show will feature the 410 sprints, the USAC East Wingless 360 Sprints and the PASS/IMCA 305 sprint cars in a rare three-division, all open wheel program of high-flying action.
The World of Outlaws sprint cars come to Williams Grove for a total of six events including the regular two-day May and July stands along with the two-day, 58th annual National Open on October 2 and 3.
The October 3 National Open will again pay a whopping $65,000 to the winner and will crown the 2020 Lawrence Chevrolet 410 sprint car track champion.
Champion Racing Oil returns to sponsor the entire National Open weekend in 2020 as well as the Summer Nationals on July 24 and 25.
H & N Landscaping will present the World of Outlaws sprint cars at Williams Grove on May 15 and 16.
The All Star Circuit of Champions sprints will appear in a trio of shows including the previously stated Tommy Classic and Gunn Memorial along with the Dirt Classic Qualifier on September 18.
The United Racing Club 360 c.i. sprints have two dates inked on the 2020 schedule, one in conjunction with ASCS.
May 1 will find the oval taking part in the third running of The Battle Of The Groves event, featuring Friday racing at Williams Grove and Saturday racing at Selinsgrove Speedway for both URC and the nationally popular ASCS 360 sprints.
The 10-race Hoosier Diamond Series will again be staged at Williams Grove in 2020 with a champion of the series declared based on performances in select increased purse races during the year.
Also returning for another run in 2020 will be the lucrative Yellow Breeches 500 races, with each of five races paying $500 just to start.
The Diamond Series will serve to honor a pair of icons in the sport in 2020 when legendary mechanic Davey Brown is honored with the Brown Tribute Race on May 22 while legendary Apple. No. 12 car owner Bob Stewart is honored in the Stewart Tribute Race on September 4.
The Pennsylvania Speedweek Series will visit Williams Grove Speedway for a pair of shows, on June 26 for the series opener and on July 3 for the $15,000 to win Mitch Smith Memorial.