Motorsports magnate Tony Stewart has awarded streaming rights of the iconic Eldora Speedway and the Ollie’s Bargain Outlet All Star Circuit of Champions presented by Mobil 1 to FloSports, the leading sports streaming and original content network.
The multiyear partnership brings more than 60 nights of racing action to the FloRacing platform, which already includes the full slate of United States Auto Club (USAC) events across the country, making FloRacing the premier destination for dirt-racing fans.
“I’m passionate about dirt racing and grassroots motorsports in general, and there’s no better way to access some of the greatest racing in the country than with FloRacing,” said Stewart, who has owned Eldora Speedway since 2004 and the All Star Circuit of Champions since 2015. “While I’m obviously partial to Eldora Speedway and the All Star Circuit of Champions, I’m a spectator and a competitor at dirt tracks all over the country and I see firsthand the level of talent that’s out there. And now you can see that same talent on your TV, tablet and phone. If you can’t physically be in the grandstands at a race, FloRacing has you covered. I’m extremely excited about this partnership and appreciative of the commitment Mark Floreani and his team are making to motorsports.”
To access live and on-demand racing action from Eldora and the All Star Circuit of Champions, visit FloRacing.com and become an annual PRO subscriber. Its how fans can see all the USAC and dirt late-model action they want in addition to Eldora Speedway’s slate of races and those of the All Star Circuit of Champions. The subscription unlocks access to premium content across the entire FloSports network. Watch the events across all screens by downloading the FloSports app on iOS, Android, Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire and Chromecast.
“We’ve found an incredible partner in Tony Stewart to help us bring dirt racing to a global audience,” said Mark Floreani, CEO, FloSports. “He is both a visionary and an accomplished entrepreneur who shares our mission to grow grassroots motorsports. We are honored to work with him and his team as we continue to build a platform that will raise the profile of dirt-track racing among all race fans.”
Carved from a cornfield in 1954, Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio, has become a leader in motorsports growth and sustainability. The half-mile dirt oval hosts some of the most prestigious grassroots racing events in the world, and 2020 marks its 67th consecutive season of racing. FloRacing will be the exclusive, worldwide provider for the 26th Dirt Late Model Dream June 4-6 and the 50th World 100 Sept. 10-12, among other high-profile races on Eldora’s robust racing docket. And for the competitors who call Eldora their home track, FloRacing will also livestream every Eldora Championship Series event for the dirt late model, modified and super stock divisions, bringing unprecedented live coverage of local racers and their efforts.
The All Star Circuit of Champions is one of the oldest traveling sprint car organizations and a staple of grassroots, open-wheel racing. It boasts a slate of 55 events across 11 states in 2020 with a season-ending points fund totaling $258,000 with the series champion earning $65,000.
“We have some of the biggest dirt races in the world at Eldora, plus a championship series for the top local and regional racers in the country. And now with FloRacing, anyone who races at Eldora will receive unprecedented exposure for their partners and fans,” Stewart said. “This is also true for the All Star Circuit of Champions. We’ve worked really hard to grow this series and make it a viable destination for our participants and fans. Our partnership with FloRacing will bring incredible access and exposure to our series, well beyond our races in the Northeast, Midwest and parts of Florida. The All Star Circuit of Champions is a regional sprint car series that now has reach nationwide with FloRacing.”
Before becoming the 1997 IndyCar Series champion and a three-time NASCAR Cup Series champion, Stewart was a four-time USAC champion, including what at the time was an unprecedented win of USAC’s “Triple Crown” – titles in Midget, Sprint and Silver Crown all in the same year (1995). His dirt-track prowess served him well in NASCAR, where Stewart collected 71 victories across the Cup Series, Xfinity Series and Truck Series, including such non-points events as the All-Star Race and Busch Clash. Stewart is a member of the NASCAR Hall of Fame Class of 2020.
As versatile as Stewart has proven himself in a racecar, he’s proven equally adept as a motorsports entrepreneur.
He is the co-owner of Stewart-Haas Racing, the title-winning NASCAR team he shares with Haas Automation founder Gene Haas. The Kannapolis, North Carolina-based organization has won two Cup Series titles, one Xfinity Series championship and more than 70 NASCAR races, including such crown-jewel events as the Daytona 500, Brickyard 400 and Southern 500.
Owning grassroots racing teams prepared Stewart for NASCAR team ownership. In November 2000, Stewart formed Tony Stewart Racing (TSR) and since its inaugural season in 2001, TSR has earned 26 owner championships – 14 in USAC, nine in the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series and three in the All Star Circuit of Champions TQ Midgets. Operating out of a state-of-the-art facility in Brownsburg, Indiana, TSR campaigns a World of Outlaws team for 10-time series champion Donny Schatz, who earned TSR’s most recent title when he scored the 2018 World of Outlaws championship.
Stewart stays true to his dirt-track roots, scheduling nearly 100 sprint car races a year since retiring as a fulltime NASCAR driver at the conclusion of the 2016 season. And for those who miss seeing him behind the wheel of a NASCAR stock car, they can follow him via FloRacing beginning with the All Star Circuit of Champions’ season opener Feb. 5-6 at Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, Florida.
The NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Countdown to the Championship will see some new elements this year. Competitors in the premier series may earn their way into the Countdown to the Championship, NHRA’s version of the playoffs, by one of two ways.
As in previous years, the top ten drivers in each of the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series categories at the conclusion of the NHRA U.S. Nationals will earn positions in the Countdown to the Championship.
New for 2020, drivers in the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series who meet a minimum set of requirements will also earn their place in the playoffs.
In NHRA’s Top Fuel and Funny Car classes, collectively referred to as “Nitro,” drivers who compete at all 18 events in the regular season and run a minimum of two qualifying sessions at each event will also earn their place in the playoffs.
In Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle, drivers who compete at all 13 or 11 events, respectively, in the regular season and run a minimum of two qualifying sessions at each event will get to compete for the championship in five events throughout the Countdown to the Championship.
Those who secure a position in the Countdown to the Championship will have their NHRA Mello Yello points adjusted at the conclusion of the NHRA U.S. Nationals. In the Nitro categories, first and second place will be separated by 20 points and each consecutive position will be separated by a 10-point differential. In Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle, first and second place will be separated by 20 points while second through fifth place will be separated by 10 points and all following positions will be separated by five points.
Accumulation of points will remain the same, with points-and-a-half rewarded at the Auto Club NHRA Finals. The top ten drivers at the conclusion of the Countdown to the Championship will be recognized at NHRA’s annual awards banquet.
NHRA officials made this change in order to better reward driver endurance and encourage participation in regular season events.
More than a decade after Richboro, PA’s Kenny Koretsky made his final competitive runs down a dragstrip, his son, Kyle Koretsky, is now preparing to make his debut in the NHRA Pro Stock class. Kyle, 30, will be racing a Chevy Camaro prepared by the Mooresville, N.C. based Ken Black Racing team. He plans to debut at the 51st annual NHRA Gatornationals, March 12-15 in Gainesville, Fla.
“I grew up watching my dad race and from the time I was a little kid, all I wanted to do was follow his lead and race in Pro Stock. I can’t believe it’s finally going to happen,” Kyle said. “I definitely have a little bit of nerves, but I’ve been around these cars my whole life, so I have a good idea what to expect. Pro Stock cars are not easy to drive, but I’m determined to learn. I’m going to be surrounded by a team that is full of champions like Greg Anderson, Jason Line and Bo Butner, so that’s a big plus. I can’t think of a better group to be a part of.”
Kyle is already an accomplished driver who has enjoyed success as a sportsman racer. In 2009, he drove to a runner-up finish in the ultra-competitive Comp Eliminator class at zMax Dragway in Charlotte. Koretsky plans to upgrade his license in the next few weeks and is also aiming to compete in the World Doorslammer Nationals in Orlando the week before the Gatornationals. All of this will take place under the watchful eye of his new KB Racing teammates, including world champion drivers Anderson and Line, and their highly regarded crew chiefs, Rob Downing, Tim Freeman, and Dave Connolly.
Proud father Kenny remains the only driver in NHRA history to qualify in the Top Fuel and Pro Stock categories at the same event, a feat he accomplished in Phoenix in 1990. During his long career, the elder Koretsky was one of Pro Stock’s most colorful racers, earning the nickname “Captain Chaos.” He was also very competitive with a pair of runner-up finishes in Pro Stock including the 2004 U.S. Nationals, where he lost to KB Racing’s Anderson in the final round. The Pennsylvania native has also enjoyed success as a team owner and sponsor who has been associated with well-known NHRA pros including Clay Millican, Tony Pedregon, Bob Tasca III, LE Tonglet, Matt Hartford, Frank Iaconio, Rickie Smith, and the late Scott Geoffrion.
Many may not realize that Kenny was also a strong supporter of area dirt track racing action through his businesses.
“Kyle has wanted to try racing in Pro Stock for as long as I can remember and I think he’s finally earned this opportunity,” said Kenny. “During the week, he’s the Vice President of Maintenance and Field Operations for our company, KPK Development. He works hard, but I also know how much he loves racing. In our family, we like to work hard and play hard, and Kyle understands that. For a long time, NHRA fans embraced ‘Captain Chaos’ and now they’re going to have a chance to meet ‘Kid Chaos.’ Seriously, I think he’s going to do very well. Given the program that Ken Black has put together, and the success that team has had, he’s going to have opportunities to win races that I never had.”
In addition to KPK Development, Koretsky’s Pro Stock Camaro will be backed by Nitro Fish apparel, another business owned by the Koretsky family. At this point, he plans to compete in 10-12 events during the 2020 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing season.
“My biggest goal is to get the first Pro Stock win for our family,” Kyle said. “My dad has won a lot of races and championships as a sponsor and a team owner, but not as a driver. He was always a good driver, but never seemed to have the power to run with the guys at the front of the pack. With the KB team, that’s not going to be an issue. We’re going to have plenty of power. It’s up to me to do the rest. I can’t imagine how excited my dad would be if I can bring home our first NHRA Wally (trophy).”
KB Racing has 160 Pro Stock wins and eight NHRA Pro Stock Championships
With the Quaker Steak & Lube Dirt Track Heroes show fast approaching, race car registration forms are flowing in along with vendor and sponsor commitments. The promotion team is assembling a jam-packed schedule to give the fans and drivers a great experience at the Palmer Park Mall March 6th- 8th. “During the planning the name that kept coming up was Doug Hoffman”, stated event organizer Justin Beltrame. “The support we get each year from Dorney Park, Nazareth and Flemington and other track it felt like the perfect fit to honor him” noted Beltrame. Associate sponsor IRCO Community Federal Credit Union is back on-board for 2020. This event is dedicated to the racing promotional team of Steve and Ed Pados, both instrumental in the past success of this event.
With the blessing from new Mahoning Valley Speedway promotor and bother Keith, Beltrame and team are in full swing to honor the local legend on both the Dirt and Asphalt that was taken from us too soon. The Tri-State historical group has confirmed that the Hoffman restored car will be in attendance all weekend long and will move to the center of the main stage for the tribute. There will also be other Hoffman memorabilia on hand for the special event. Former competitors are welcome to join the discussion and share stories about Doug on Sunday as we honor him.
Race cars, tracks, and organizations are all welcome to be part of the show, and vendors are welcome as well. Please contact Event Organizer Justin Beltrame at 484-772-7184 for entry forms and more details. For all the social media gurus please also check the Dirt Track Heroes Facebook page for further updates and Press Releases.
As noted Quaker Steak & Lube and the IRCO Community Federal Credit Union are again in full support of the Dirt Track Heroes Car Show. Quaker Steak & Lube Pohatcong restaurant located at US Route 22 East, Phillipsburg, New Jersey offers the best wings in New Jersey with over 25 different win sauces. There is always something happening at The Lube, like their trademark Bike Night, Triple Atomic Challenge, Tuesday All-You-Can-Eat Chicken Wing and Shrimp Night, Happy Hour, Car Cruise-in, Kid’s Event and again returning as a participant in the Dirt Track Heroes Car Show at the Palmer Park Mall in Easton, PA.
IRCO Credit Union serves over 8,000 members offering a wide variety of financial products and services and serves the towns of Phillipsburg & Alpha and the townships of Franklin, Greenwich, Harmony, Lopatcong and Pohatcong in New Jersey and the counties of Northampton and Lehigh in Pennsylvania. IRCO membership is open to individuals who live, work, shop, attend school, worship, or volunteer in any of these communities.
As a community-based financial institution, IRCO Community Federal Credit Union has built a solid tradition of personalized service and local decision making. Information about IRCO’s various financial services and products is available at www.ircocu.org, by telephone toll free at 800-538-1572 or stop by their offices located at 450 Hillcrest Blvd in Phillipsburg NJ and 2240 Northampton St in Easton PA.
The Palmer Park Mall is located in Easton, PA, at the intersection of Route 248 and Park Avenue, just off route 22/78. It is a single-story mall, with 457,743 square feet of shopping. The Palmer Park Mall is somewhat smaller than the Phillipsburg Mall, so those wishing to be part of the show should enter early. The Quaker Steak & Lube Dirt Track Heroes Show will be utilizing the former BON TON Store as well as much of the Mall walk area. The Mall is bright and busy with many eating locations to enjoy.
Be sure to visit the Quaker Steak & Lube Dirt Track Heroes Car Show, Friday, March 6 to Sunday, March 8 at the Palmer Park Mall in Easton, PA.
Liquor seems to be making a comeback in the sport. Talladega Superspeedway is proud to announce that Clyde May’s Whiskey has become the Official Whiskey of Talladega Superspeedway.
Talladega Superspeedway fans have enjoyed the smooth taste of Clyde May’s Whiskey, the “Official State Spirit of Alabama,” since 2016 when the Clyde May’s Whiskey Tower Tavern was added in the center of the Tri-Oval Tower.
“The partnership with Talladega Superspeedway is particularly resonant for Clyde May’s, because we have a similar origin,” said Roy Danis, chief executive officer, Conecuh Brands. “Stock car racing was invented by moonshine runners who used fast cars to escape the law. Clyde May was an Alabama farmer and a moonshiner who dodged the law himself a few times. We are the Official State Spirit of Alabama, and Talladega is one of the most famous venues in the state. Clyde May himself would be so proud to know his legacy continues on through this Talladega partnership.”
The historic 2.66-mile track and Clyde May’s Whiskey extended its partnership last year with the introduction of the Clyde May’s Courtyard in the fan immersive Talladega Garage Experience, which debuted last October. The 10,000-square-foot Clyde May’s Courtyard is a perfect area for fans to congregate, relax and grab the amazing Clyde May’s Alabama Style Whiskey and Clyde May’s Straight Bourbon Whiskey with signature cocktails including the popular “Clyde May’s Alabama Mule.” Naming Clyde May’s Whiskey as the Official Whiskey of Talladega Superspeedway puts a stamp on the longstanding tradition of providing Talladega Superspeedway fans the best taste of the South.
The Clyde May’s Courtyard is located just outside BIG BILL’S Social Club, the epicenter of the Garage Experience. The unique 35,000-square-foot open-air building is lined on both sides by two garages that house the top 22 teams (11 in each) in the NASCAR Cup Series. Fans get exclusive access inside the garage bay viewing areas and receive an up-close, firsthand look of the drivers and teams turning wrenches and working on their race cars throughout race weekend.
Fans with a Talladega Garage Experience admission can also enjoy FREE Wi-Fi, incredible $4 or less value-priced concessions, a Kids Zone, Game Zone, entertainment stage for local music, Driver Q&As and other interviews, social areas, Gatorade Victory Lane celebrations after each race in Fr8Auctions Celebration Plaza, as well as take part in Sunday pre-race ceremonies and Driver Introductions at the Start-Finish line and much more!
Talladega Superspeedway’s upcoming tripleheader spring race weekend is set for April 24-26, consisting of the GEICO 500 (NASCAR Cup Series) where Chase Elliott is the race’s defending champion, MoneyLion 300 (NASCAR Xfinity Series) and the General Tire 200 (ARCA Menards Series). For ticket information, visit www.talladegasuperspeedway.com or call 855-518-RACE (7223)
Dorney Park and Mahoning Valley Speedway drivers past and present will be on hand for autographs and a meet and greet Saturday March 7 at the Dirt Track Heroes show in the main stage area in the former Bon Ton store at the Palmer Park Mall at 2:00 p.m.
All your favorites, many who are Hall Of Fame inductees at the America On Wheels museum Dorney-Mahoning HOF, will be on hand as well as the current day stars that compete weekly at the Mahoning Valley Speedway.
Drivers should plan on being there by 1:30 p.m. to be registered. This event is for Dorney and Mahoning drivers past and present.
Please contact Bob Snyder at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone 610-390-6718 to be added to the list.
For racecar entries, sponsorship packages, display and vendor space contact show organizer Justin Beltrame at email@example.com or phone 484-772-7184.
One of the founders of the Eastern Motorsports Press Association in 1969 and the group’s president for nearly 40 years, Ernie Saxton was the driving force behind the EMPA for many years and along with his wife Marilyn. Saxton has also worked as an announcer at 174 tracks all across the country including Grandview until he retired from announcing after 45 years. Today Ernie lends his considerable experience in racing as a regular commentator for PennSports.LIVE.