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American Racer Cup One-on-One Match Races Set for Short Track SuperNationals at Afton

Written by Chris Moore

AFTON, NYOne-on-one.

When the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco returns to Afton Motorsports Park, so does a fan favorite.

The American Racer Cup One-on-One Match Races are back for both the Sportsman and Modifieds in the 13th edition of the American Racer Cup Short Track SuperNationals weekend Friday, Oct. 8 and Saturday, Oct. 9.

The top representative from each track in American Racer Cup standings (back to fifth place) will be eligible to compete in the one-on-one match races for each division (Modifieds or Sportsman).

Once representatives are found, drivers will pull numbers, with the lowest number racing first, having to climb their way up the proverbial ladder.

The driver who wins continues marching on until they are defeated or win the final match race and is thus crowned champion.

The Modified champion will walk away with $2,000 cash Saturday with $1,000 cash reserved for the Sportsman match race champion Friday.

Each participant in both the Modified and Sportsman Match Races will receive a free American Racer tire certificate courtesy of Lias Tire in Dushore, Pa.

The American Racer Cup Sportsman One-on-One Match races will take place on Friday night, joining the Open Sportsman vs. Crate 602 Sportsman 30-lap race for $2,000-to-win (with Gambler’s Fee; $1,500 without).

Also on Friday night’s card are the CRSA Sprint Cars, Empire State Slingshot Series and the STSS Modifieds will run timed hot laps for two redraw spots in Saturday’s ‘Working Man’s Race.’

The 50-lap, $5,500-plus Modified main headlines Saturday as the final race in the Hurlock Auto & Speed Supply North Region championship chase. The American Racer Cup One-on-One Modified Match races will also take place on Saturday night.

The STSS Crate 602 Sportsman will run the final round of their Precision Hydraulic & Oil North Region on Saturday and the Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modified Series will race in features only events as well.

A Complete General Information Sheet for Friday can be found at: http://shorttracksuperseries.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/ShortTrackSuperNationalsFridayInfoSheet.pdf

A Complete General Information Sheet for Saturday can be found at: http://shorttracksuperseries.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/ShortTrackSuperNationalsSaturdayInfoSheet.pdf

Afton Motorsports Park is located at 46 East Main Street, off I-88 Exit 7, in Afton, NY 13730. To contact Afton Motorsports Park, e-mail aftonmp2017@gmail.com or call promoter Ronnie Ford at 607.624.3772.

To learn more about the Short Track Super Series Fueled By Sunoco, visit www.shorttracksuperseries.com, e-mail bdmotorsportsmedia@gmail.com, check out ‘Short Track Super Series’ on Facebook or @ShortTrackSS on Twitter or Instagram.

The Short Track Super Series is presented by American Racer/Lias Tire, Sunoco Race Fuel, Insinger Performance, FloRacing, Bob Hilbert Sportswear, Hurlock Auto & Speed, Velocita-USA, Design for Vision/Sunglass Central, Behrent’s Performance Warehouse, Beyea Custom Headers, Bicknell Racing Products, Dirt Track Digest, Penske Racing Shocks, Danny’s Pizza Pizzazz, Algonkin Motel, Henry’s Exhaust, Hig Fab, Kirkey Racing Fabrication, Precision Hydraulic & Oil, Belmont’s Garage, Superior Remodeling, Spyder High Performance Filters, Fastline Performance, Teo-Pro Car, VAHLCO, WELD Racing & Wilwood.

Stewart Friesen (Fonda) & Matt Janczuk (Utica-Rome) Earn American Racer Cup 2021 Top Honors

MILLSBORO, DEBack-to-Back.

For the second consecutive season and the second time in his career, Sprakers, N.Y.’s Stewart Friesen claimed the American Racer Cup presented by Sunoco Race Fuels championship.

Friesen’s dominant season at Fonda (N.Y.) Speedway, saw him reach the ‘perfect 10’ in the American Racer Cup season. The American Racer Cup collects each racer’s 10 best finishes at their registered home track combined with a year-end starting field bonus to calculate a driver’s total points.

The American Racer Cup season began way back on Friday, April 16 and concluded on Monday, September 6.

Friesen claimed exactly 10 wins at Fonda Speedway to go with Fonda’s 100-point car count bonus to give him the maximum 700-point total. Friesen’s season will award him a total of $11,000 from the American Racer Cup on behalf of presenting sponsors American Racer, distributor Lias Tire of Indiana, Pa., Sunoco Race Fuels and distributor Insinger Performance of Dushore, Pa.

Friesen also finished sixth overall via his Friday home track of Utica-Rome Speedway in Vernon, N.Y., for a total of $13,250 for choosing American Racer facilities as his weekly stops.

A $36,000 purse is dispersed between the top-15 drivers in the overall Modified standings with $10,000 reserved to Friesen, the overall champion. Friesen’s dominance also claimed him $1,000 as the North Region champion of the American Racer Cup.

The overall runner-up came from Bridgeport (N.J.) Motorsports Park as Ringoes, N.J.’s Ryan Godown. Godown claimed seven wins in the American Racer Cup season giving him a 680-point season total. Godown pockets $6,000 as the overall runner-up and South Region champion.

Grandview Speedway (Bechtelsville, Pa.) regular Craig Von Dohren picked up six wins and three runner-up finishes, good enough for third in the overall American Racer Cup season with 675-points. Von Dohren’s efforts will award him a $4,750 total.

Utica-Rome Speedway champion Matt Sheppard joined Von Dohren as a six-time winner at his registered home track. Utica-Rome’s 90-point home track point bonus, opposed to Grandview’s 100, left Sheppard five-points short of Von Dohren. Sheppard takes home a $4,250 total.

Von Dohren’s fellow Grandview Speedway regular, Orefield, Pa.’s Brett Kressley rounded out the top five in overall standings with 656 points, and $3,000 total.

Finishing sixth through 15th, respectively, Stewart Friesen of Utica-Rome (653 points – $2,250); Billy Pauch Jr of New Egypt Speedway in New Egypt, N.J. (637 – $2,100); Rocky Warner of Fonda (635 – $1,850); Kevin Hartnett of Penn Can Speedway in Susquehanna, Pa. (632 – $1,500); Brian Malcolm of Penn Can (618 – $1,150); Mike Gular of New Egypt (618 – $1,150); Andy Bachetti of Utica-Rome (613 – $800); Ronnie Johnson of Fonda (611 – $700); Dominick Buffalino of Bridgeport (610 – $600); and Alex Yankowski of Bridgeport (603 – $500).  

On the Sportsman side of the American Racer Cup, Utica-Rome Speedway champion Matt Janczuk was a nine-time winner, garnering him 695-points. Janczuk claims the overall championship worth $1,500 and the North Region title, for a grand total of $2,000.

Bridgeport Motorsports Park regular Sammy Martz Jr.’s career year in 2021 was good enough to make him the runner-up in the overall standings and the South Region champion with 660-points. Martz Jr.’s four wins and four second-place finishes will pocket him a total of $1,400.

Stephen Kemery, another Bridgeport Motorsports Park regular, rounded out the top three in the overall standings, just 14-points behind Martz Jr. Kemery will take home $1,050 from the American Racer Cup for his efforts.

Outlaw Speedway’s (Dundee, N.Y.) Alex Payne finished with 634 points, good for $1,000 with regional money added in. Despite out-pointing Kemery based on finishes, Payne ends up 12-points shy of Kemery for third based on the car count bonus points (100 for Bridgeport, 80 for Outlaw).

Penn Can Speedway’s Ray Leonard rounded out the top-five in Sportsman competition with 625-points, good enough for an $800 payout.

The remainder of the top-15 were Chad Edwards of Fonda (621 points – $650); Brett Tonkin of Afton Motorsports Park Crate Sportsman in Afton, N.Y. (614 – $500); Brian Hirthler of Grandview (608 – $650); Jim Rothwell of Afton Open Sportsman (607 – $300); Kyle Rohner representing Accord Speedway in Accord, N.Y. (602 – $250); Brian Calabrese of Utica-Rome (600 – $200); Payton Talbot, also of Utica-Rome (599 – $150); Dave Rosa of Afton Crate Sportsman (599 – $100); Mark Mortensen of Fonda (595 – $100); and Dave Rosa of Afton Open Sportsman (585 – $100).

Matt Ellery of Bridgeport was fourth in South Region standings, 16th overall, awarding him $200 and Ryan Simmons of New Egypt Speedway was 5th in the South Region, 17th overall, receiving $100.

The top-five drivers in the Modified division at all home tracks receive five free tires for first, four for second, three for third, two for fourth and one for fifth.

In the Sportsman division, home track champions receive three tires, second-place two tires and third receives one tire.

The American Racer Cup track champions are determined by a driver’s 10 best finishes at that track.

More than $51,000 in cash will be distributed to American Racer Cup participants in December.

To learn more about the American Racer Cup presented by Sunoco Race Fuels and to view complete point standings, visit the official website at www.theamericanracercup.com.

AMERICAN RACER CUP TRACK CHAMPIONS:

Accord Speedway: Danny Creeden (Modified), Kyle Rohner (Sportsman)

Afton Motorsports Park: Nick Nye (Modified), Brett Tonkin (Crate Sportsman), Jim Rothwell (Open Sportsman)

Big Diamond Speedway: Alex Yankowski (Modified), Tyler Peet (Crate Sportsman), Doug Hendricks (Open Sportsman)

Bridgeport Motorsports Park: Ryan Godown (Modified), Sammy Martz Jr. (Sportsman)

Delaware International Speedway: Jordan Watson (Modified), Adam White (Sportsman)

Five Mile Point Speedway: Brian Malcolm (Modified), Ray Leonard (Sportsman)

Fonda Speedway: Stewart Friesen (Modified), Chad Edwards (Sportsman)

Grandview Speedway: Craig Von Dohren (Modified), Brian Hirthler (Sportsman)

New Egypt Speedway: Billy Pauch Jr. (Modified), Ryan Simmons (Sportsman)

Outlaw Speedway: Danny Johnson (Modified), Alex Payne (Sportsman)

Penn Can Speedway: Kevin Hartnett (Modified), Ray Leonard (Sportsman)

Utica-Rome Speedway: Matt Sheppard (Modified), Matt Janczuk (Sportsman)

Woodhull Raceway: Billy Van Pelt (Modified), Josh Keesey (Sportsman)

Down to a Handful: Five Weeks Remain in 2021 American Racer Cup Battle

Written by Chris Moore

MILLSBORO, DE Down to a handful.

Only five weekends remain in the 2021 American Racer Cup presented by Sunoco Race Fuels season.

Registered drivers have been competing since mid-April, compiling their best 10 finishes at their home tracks toward the American Racer Cup standings. The American Racer Cup season concludes on Sept. 6.

Each driver’s 10 best finishes at their registered home track are combined with a car count bonus, based on the average number of cars starting a feature at their home track, to compile each driver’s year-end American Racer Cup point total.

Sprakers, N.Y.’s Stewart Friesen currently sits perched atop the Modified standings.

Friesen’s nine wins at Fonda (N.Y.) Speedway have him leading by 44 points ahead of Grandview (Pa.) Speedway’s Craig Von Dohren. Friesen, however, only has two more chances to pick up his 10th win, as his registered home track prepares for the annual Fonda Fair, cutting the season short on August 14.

Another Grandview regular, Brett Kressley, occupies third place at 649 points, two behind Von Dohren and 46 behind Friesen. Fonda’s Rocky Warner, the leader at the halfway point of the American Racer Cup, has fallen to fourth, 68 points behind his fellow Fonda regular.

Bridgeport (N.J.) Motorsports Park regular Ryan Godown rounds out the top-five, 73 points behind Friesen.

Registered Modified drivers are competing for a $10,000-plus top prize at American Racer Cup season’s end. A total cash point fund of $36,000 is set to go out, plus additional certificate giveaway throughout the season.

In addition, $5,700 in regional cash is handed out to Modified racers courtesy of Insinger Performance.

On the Sportsman side, Bridgeport Motorsports Park regulars – Sammy Martz Jr. and Stephen Kemery – occupy the top two spots. Martz holds a 16-point advantage between himself and Kemery.

Fonda Speedway’s Chad Edwards sits third, 21-points behind Martz Jr. Two markers behind Edwards is Outlaw (N.Y.) Speedway’s Alex Payne.

One more Fonda Regular, Mark Mortensen, rounds out the Sportsman top five.

$6,750 in purse money is distributed to the Sportsman competitors at the years end, with $1,500 reserved for the winner. Tire giveaways and certificates raise the total up over $10,000 handed out to the Sportsman teams.

Insinger Performance also gives out another $3,000 in regional cash for the Sportsman competitors.

Full point standings for the American Racer Cup can be found on the official website (www.theamericanracercup.com).

Modified Standings: https://americanracercupmodified.racestatcentral.com/

Sportsman Standings: https://americanracercupsportsman.racestatcentral.com/

To learn more about the American Racer Cup, visit the official website at www.theamericanracercup.com, e-mail bdmotorsportsmedia@gmail.com, follow on Twitter @racer_cup or on like Facebook: American Racer Cup.

Halfway Home: Rocky Warner (Modified) & Chad Edwards (Sportsman) Lead American Racer Cup

Written by Chris Moore

MILLSBORO, DE – Halfway through the scheduled American Racer Cup presented by Sunoco Race Fuels season and things are beginning to take shape.

The American Racer Cup standings began on April 16 and runs through the first weekend of September totaling 21 weeks in all.

This past weekend marked 10 weeks of competition in the books with another 11 weeks of racing to crown the 2021 American Racer Cup champions.

Fonda (N.Y.) Speedway regular Rocky Warner heads the Modified field by a slim four points over Grandview Speedway (Bechtelsville, Pa.) regulars Craig Von Dohren and Brett Kressley.

Two more Fonda Speedway regulars – Craig Hanson and Ronnie Johnson – round out the top-five in Modified points.

Fonda and Grandview Speedway regulars fill the Modified top-10 standings as Mother Nature has hindered several of the other American Racer Cup tracks throughout the first half of the season.

The registered Modified drivers are competing for a $10,000-plus top prize at the end of the American Racer Cup season with a cash point fund totaling $36,000 in addition to the certificate giveaways throughout the season.

An additional $5,700 in regional cash is also distributed to racers courtesy of Insinger Performance.

Each driver’s 10 best finishes at their American Racer Cup home track from Friday, April 16 to Monday, Sept. 6 will be tallied. Bonus points are awarded based upon the average number of cars starting feature events at their participating speedway.

The points accumulated by finishes and car count bonuses will be added together to determine a champion at season’s end.

Two Fonda Speedway regulars also head the Sportsman class at the halfway point, as Chad Edwards maintains a healthy 92-point margin over Mark Mortensen.

New Jersey State drivers round out the top five, as Bridgeport (N.J.) Motorsports Park regulars Sammy Martz Jr. and Stephen Kemery sit third and fourth and New Egypt (N.J.) Speedway’s Ryan Simmons rounds out the top five.

A $6,750 purse is given out to registered Sportsman competitors at years end for the American Racer Cup with $1,500 going to the point winner. Tire giveaways certificates raise the total to over $10,000 handed out to Sportsman competitors.

Insinger Performance regional cash totals $3,000 for the Sportsman competitors.

Full point standings for the American Racer Cup can be found on the official website (www.theamericanracercup.com).

Modifieds: https://americanracercupmodified.racestatcentral.com/

Sportsman: https://americanracercupsportsman.racestatcentral.com/

To learn more about the American Racer Cup, visit the official website at www.theamericanracercup.com, e-mail bdmotorsportsmedia@gmail.com, follow on Twitter @racer_cup or on like Facebook: American Racer Cup.

2021 American Racer Cup Underway: Kressley & Von Dohren (Mod), Edwards (Sportsman) Lead

Written by Chris Moore

MILLSBORO, DE – The American Racer Cup is officially back in 2021 to “win with weekly racers” for the 12th consecutive year.

Registered drivers are competing for the $10,000-plus Modified top prize at the end of the American Racer Cup season. The cash point fund for the Modifieds totals $36,000 in addition to tire certificate giveaways throughout the season.

There is an additional $5,700 in regional money available to Modified competitors thanks to Insinger Performance of Dushore, Pa.

A driver’s 10 best finishes at their American Racer home track from Friday, April 16 to Monday, Sept. 6 will be tallied. Bonus points are awarded to competitors at year-end, based upon the average number of cars starting feature events at their participating speedway.

Accumulated points based on finishes will be added with the car count bonuses to determine a final point total at season’s end.

Two Grandview Speedway (Bechtelsville, Pa.) regulars, Brett Kressley of Orefield, Pa., and Oley, Pa.’s Craig Von Dohren sit at the top of the current Modified points standings at 248 points each.

Following them are three Fonda (N.Y.) Speedway regulars; Rocky Warner and Craig Hanson, both from Johnstown, N.Y., and Duanesburg, N.Y.’s Ronnie Johnson round out the top-five currently.

A $6,750 purse is given out to the Sportsman at the end of the American Racer Cup season. With free product giveaways and Insinger Performance regional cash included, more than $10,000 is handed out to Sportsman racers.

Fonda Speedway’s Chad Edwards leads the way in the early going in pursuit of the $1,500 top prize. Sammy Martz Jr. and Stephen Kemery, two Bridgeport (N.J.) Motorsports Park drivers, round out the podium, while Fonda Speedway’s Tony Farone and New Egypt (N.J.) Speedway’s Ryan Simmons round out the top-five.

With registration closed, as of April 30, home track tire giveaways are set to begin in the coming weeks.

Full point standings for the American Racer Cup can be found on the official website (www.theamericanracercup.com).

Modifieds: https://americanracercupmodified.racestatcentral.com/

Sportsman: https://americanracercupsportsman.racestatcentral.com/

The American Racer Cup is presented by American Racer Tires, Lias Tire (Indiana, Pa.), Sunoco Race Fuels and Insinger Performance (Dushore, Pa.).

To learn more about the American Racer Cup, visit the official website at www.theamericanracercup.com, e-mail bdmotorsportsmedia@gmail.com, follow on Twitter @racer_cup or on like Facebook: American Racer Cup.

American Racer Cup Starts 12th Season April 16; Registration Closes April 30

Written by Chris Moore

INDIANA, PA – For the American Racer Cup presented by Sunoco Race Fuels, 2021 will mark the 12th year that American Racer and Lias Tire together with Sunoco Race Fuels and Insinger Performance are rewarding teams who compete weekly at American Racer tracks.

The “Winning with Weekly Racers” program got its start in 2010 with Duane Howard of Oley, Pa., taking the inaugural Modified championship. Three years later, the Sportsman division was added and Jordan Watson of Milford, Del., was the first champion for that division.

Every year since ‘13 American Racer has crowned both Modified and Sportsman champions, along with hundreds of other bonuses and certificates to drivers who race weekly at American Racer tracks.

The program is presented by American Racer Tires and distributor Lias Tire of Indiana, Pa., and Sunoco Race Fuels and distributor Insinger Performance of Dushore, Pa.

The deadline to register for the American Racer Cup is April 30. Registration forms, and a link to register online are available on the American Racer Cup website: www.theamericanracercup.com.

A full list of registrants is also available to view on the website.

Modified participating speedways in the ‘21 American Racer Cup are as follows: in New York – Accord, Afton Motorsports Park, Five Mile Point, Fonda, Outlaw, Utica-Rome and Woodhull; in Pennsylvania – Big Diamond, Grandview and Penn Can; in New Jersey – Bridgeport and New Egypt; and in Delaware – Delaware International.

Sportsman participating speedways in the ‘21 American Racer Cup are as follows: in New York – Accord (Crate), Afton Motorsports Park (Open & Crate), Five Mile Point (Crate), Fonda (Crate), Outlaw (Crate), Utica-Rome (Crate) and Woodhull (Crate); in Pennsylvania – Big Diamond (Open & Crate), Grandview (Open) and Penn Can (Crate); in New Jersey – Bridgeport (Crate) and New Egypt (Open & Crate); and in Delaware – Delaware International (Crate).

The American Racer Cup ranks drivers by their 10 best finishes at each participating home track. If a driver competes at different tracks on different nights, they must be registered separately for each track.

Finishes begin being tallied on April 16. The final day points can be earned toward the ’21 American Racer Cup is Sept. 6.  

The American Racer Cup weekly point breakdown is as follows: 1) 60; 2) 55; 3) 50; 4) 48; 5) 46; 6) 44; 7) 42; 8) 40; 9) 38; 10) 36; 11) 34; 12) 32; 13) 30; 14) 28; 15) 26; 16) 24; 17) 23; 18) 22; 19) 21; 20) 20; 21) 18; 22) 16; 23) 14; 24) 12; 25) 11; 26-28) 10.

At the end of the season, a starting field bonus is issued to competitors based upon the number of cars starting feature events at their participating speedway from April 16 to Sept. 6.  

The top-15 Modified competitors share a $36,000 point fund, with $10,000 going to the champion. The top-15 Sportsman competitors will share a $6,750 point fund, with $1,000 allocated to the winner. There are additional bonus dollars available through Insinger Performance in the North Region ($5,700 for Modifieds and $3,000 for Sportsman).

The total cash to be distributed in ’21 is $51,450.

A full payout breakdown is available on the American Racer Cup website.

To learn more about the American Racer Cup, visit the official website at www.theamericanracercup.com, e-mail bdmotorsportsmedia@gmail.com, follow on Twitter @racer_cup or on like Facebook: American Racer Cup.

American Racer Cup Kicks Off 12th Season of Winning with Weekly Racers

MILLSBORO, DE – For the 12th consecutive season, the American Racer Cup presented by Sunoco Race Fuels will be winning with weekly racers in 2021.

Thirteen facilities representing four states – New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware – comprise the ’21 American Racer Cup, which will reward Modified and Sportsman competitors with $51,450 in cash point funds plus hundreds of tire certificate giveaways. Drivers cash in for competing at their home American Racer Cup tracks on a weekly basis.

The program is presented by American Racer Tires and distributor Lias Tire of Indiana, Pa., and Sunoco Race Fuels and distributor Insinger Performance of Dushore, Pa.

Stewart Friesen, representing N.Y.’s Fonda Speedway (Modified) and Brian Hirthler, competing at Grandview Speedway in Bechtelsville, Pa., (Sportsman) are the defending American Racer Cup overall champions, both for the first time in their careers.

Registration is open for the ’21 American Racer Cup through the website (www.theamericanracercup.com) via the links below.

Paperless Registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-american-racer-cup-tickets-131128164871

Modified Entry Form: http://theamericanracercup.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/2021ModifiedEntryForm.pdf

Sportsman Entry Form: http://theamericanracercup.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/2021SportsmanEntryForm.pdf

The first American Racer Cup ‘pre-season’ giveaway took place in January on Facebook LIVE. Four free American Racer tires were distributed via random draw to Danny Creeden and Bobby Watkins (Modified) and Ken Eckert Jr. and Danielle Smith (Sportsman).

The next giveaway – for six total tires (three Modified and three Sportsman) – will take place on March 13 during the drivers’ meeting for the Melvin L. Joseph Memorial Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco opener at Del.’s Georgetown Speedway.  

All registered drivers as of March 13 will be entered into the drawing shown live on Facebook.

Points begin tabulating for the ’21 Cup on Saturday, April 16 and continue through Labor Day (Monday, September 6).

2021 Modified program information can be found here: http://theamericanracercup.com/?page_id=426

2021 Sportsman program information can be found here: http://theamericanracercup.com/?page_id=424

Registered drivers are posted on the American Racer Cup website daily as entries are received.

Modified registrants: http://theamericanracercup.com/?page_id=440

Sportsman registrants: http://theamericanracercup.com/?page_id=442

Participating tracks for ’21 follow:

  • Accord Speedway (Accord, N.Y.) – Modified & Crate 602 Sportsman
  • Afton Motorsports Park (Afton, N.Y.) – Modified, Open Sportsman & Crate 602 Sportsman
  • Big Diamond Speedway (Minersville, Pa.) – Modified, Open Sportsman & Crate 602 Sportsman
  • Bridgeport Motorsports Park (Bridgeport, N.J.) – Modified & Crate 602 Sportsman
  • Delaware International Speedway (Delmar, Del.) – Modified & Crate 602 Sportsman
  • Five Mile Point Speedway (Kirkwood, N.Y.) – Modified & Crate 602 Sportsman
  • Fonda Speedway (Fonda, N.Y.) – Modified & Crate 602 Sportsman
  • Grandview Speedway (Bechtelsville, Pa.) – Modified & Open Sportsman
  • New Egypt Speedway (New Egypt, N.J.) – Modified, Open Sportsman & Crate 602 Sportsman
  • Outlaw Speedway (Dundee, N.Y.) – Modified & Crate 602 Sportsman
  • Penn Can Speedway (Susquehanna, Pa.) – Modified & Crate 602 Sportsman
  • Utica-Rome Speedway (Vernon, N.Y.) – Modified & Crate 602 Sportsman
  • Woodhull Raceway (Woodhull, N.Y.) – Modified & Crate 602 Sportsman

To learn more about the American Racer Cup, visit the official website at www.theamericanracercup.com, e-mail bdmotorsportsmedia@gmail.com, follow on Twitter @racer_cup or on like Facebook: American Racer Cup.

Stewart Friesen (Modified) & Brian Hirthler (Sportsman) Top 2020 American Racer Cup Standings

INDIANA, PA – In an abbreviated – albeit intense – season, the 2020 American Racer Cup presented by Sunoco Race Fuels champions have been crowned.

Stewart Friesen, representing N.Y.’s Fonda Speedway in the Modified division, and Brian Hirthler of the Grandview Speedway (Bechtelsville, Pa.) Sportsman class have taken top honors in the Cup for this season as overall champions.

Despite a shortened year that for many tracks did not begin until mid-June, and for others did not get the green flag at all, administrators of the American Racer Cup opted to move forward with the program offering $21,375 in cash plus tire certificates to racers.

The ’20 American Racer Cup utilized each registered driver’s six-best finishes (in lieu of the usual 10) plus a sliding scale of bonus points tied to the home track’s average season-long car count.

Friesen, of Sprakers, N.Y., enjoyed a perfect year at Fonda Speedway, winning in every one of his eight starts to date at the Montgomery County facility. Friesen will take home $5,000 for his efforts on behalf of presenting sponsors American Racer, distributor Lias Tire of Indiana, Pa., Sunoco Race Fuels and distributor Insinger Performance of Dushore, Pa.

Friesen, 37, had never previously won an American Racer Cup overall title in the program’s decade-long existence.

Friesen accrued a total of 460 points to narrowly edge Matt Sheppard of Savannah, N.Y., representing Outlaw Speedway in Dundee, N.Y.

Both Friesen and Sheppard notched 360 points with six wins. However the car count bonus – 100 for Fonda, 80 for Outlaw – tipped the scale in Friesen’s favor.

Sheppard (440 points) receives $2,500 cash for placing second. Sheppard had won the overall crown in each of the last three years.

Craig Von Dohren of Grandview Speedway, Mike Gular of Big Diamond Speedway in Minersville, Pa., and Billy Van Pelt of Woodhull (N.Y.) Raceway ended in a three-way tie for third with 430 points.

Van Pelt’s six Woodhull feature wins place him third ($2,000), while identical six-race efforts leave Von Dohren and Gular in a tie for fourth ($1,500 each).

Finishing sixth through 15th, respectively, were Alex Yankowski of Big Diamond (427 points – $1,000); Duane Howard of Grandview (423 – $875); Brett Kressley of Grandview (420 – $750); Jeff Strunk of Big Diamond (419 – $625); Craig Von Dohren at Big Diamond (418 – $500); Gular at Grandview (416 – $450); Cory Costa of Woodhull (415 – $400); Jordan Watson of Delaware International Speedway in Delmar, Del., (415 – $350); Brett Tonkin from Penn Can Speedway in Susquehanna, Pa. (411 – $300); and Michael Maresca from Fonda (406 – $250).

A total of $18,000 will be distributed to Modified American Racer Cup competitors for simply competing at their home tracks.

Perkiomenville, Pa.’s Hirthler receives $750 for his American Racer Cup Sportsman crown. Like Friesen, he took the title for the first time in his career. Hirthler earned 433 points, three more than his closest rival Brad Brightbill from the Big Diamond Speedway Open Sportsman division (430 points). Brightbill will receive $500.

Adam White of Delaware International breaks free from a tie with Steve Kemery of Bridgeport (N.J.) Motorsports Park for third position by virtue of his four wins for third. White will receive $375, with Kemery pocketing $300. Jim Housworth, from the New Egypt (N.J.) Speedway Open Sportsman division, is fifth with 420 points and receives $250.

Rounding out the top-15 were Mike Schane of Penn Can Speedway in Susquehanna, Pa., (420 points – $225); Brandon Edgar from Big Diamond Speedway Open Sportsman (414 – $200); Gary Smith representing Five Mile Point Speedway in Kirkwood, N.Y., (410 – $175); Brian Calabrese from Fonda Speedway (409 – $150); Dale Welty of Woodhull Raceway (403 – $125); Matt Brewer of Five Mile Point (402 – $100); Brad Arnold from Grandview (402 – $75); Jack Butler from Grandview (399 – $50); Tom Moore Jr. from Bridgeport (392 – $50); and Blaine Klinger from Five Mile Point (391 – $50).

A total of $3,375 will be distributed to American Racer Cup Sportsman competitors.

Every driver registering for a speedway that completed at least six events in ’20 will receive a tire certificate in the mail (Modified – free tire; Sportsman – $85 off the purchase of a tire). Drivers registered for speedways not holding six events this year will receive a credit on their entry fee for next year.

The point fund will be distributed via mail in mid-December.

To learn more about the American Racer Cup, visit the official website at www.theamericanracercup.com, e-mail bdmotorsportsmedia@gmail.com, follow on Twitter @racer_cup or on like Facebook: American Racer Cup.

American Racer Announces American Racer Cup 2020 Program Payouts

INDIANA, PA – In a most unusual season hampered by COVID-19 regulations, American Racer is once again stepping up for its competitors.

After extensive evaluation and discussion with participating facilities, there will be an American Racer Cup presented by Sunoco Race Fuels payout for 2020.

Despite the season not launching until mid-June and a number of facilities not opening at all or operating on limited schedules, series backers American Racer, Lias Tire Company (Indiana, Pa.), Sunoco Face Fuels and Insinger Performance (Dushore, Pa.) will offer a $21,375 total cash payout.

“This has been a season unlike any other we have seen before,” Lias Tire representative Dustin Leverknight said. “We got an extremely late start with most Northeast tracks not turning a lap until June and several running part-time schedules with fans not permitted in New York State.

“We wanted to do the right thing and reward the drivers and tracks that did run this season. Thanks to our partners at Sunoco Race Fuels and Insinger Performance, we were able to put together a program.”

The top-15 Modified racers will share in $18,000 worth of point money, while Sportsman competitors will receive $3,375.

The final points will be calculated off a driver’s best six finishes, rather than the 10 utilized during a ‘normal’ season.

At any facility completing six or more events, every registered driver will receive a tire certificate in the mail.  Modified drivers will receive a certificate for a free tire. Sportsman competitors will receive certificates for $85 off the purchase of a tire.

Drivers registering for speedways that have completed less than six events will receive a credit on their American Racer Cup entry for the 2021 season.

Points and 2020 finishes from all tracks are being audited. Points will be audited and posted entering Labor Day weekend activities, which will conclude the program’s championship fights.

To learn more about the American Racer Cup, visit the official website at www.theamericanracercup.com, e-mail bdmotorsportsmedia@gmail.com, follow on Twitter @racer_cup or on like Facebook: American Racer Cup.

American Racer Cup Pre-Season Tire Certificate Giveaway Winners Announced

GEORGETOWN, DE – The American Racer Cup presented by Sunoco hosted its pre-season tire giveaway on Saturday afternoon, rewarding racers who had already registered for the 2020 program.

Four tires each in both the Modified and Sportsman divisions were given away via random drawing of registered drivers. The Modified drawing included 99 registrants, with 90 in the Sportsman division. Program administrator Brett Deyo organized the drawing which was shown live on The American Racer Cup Facebook page.

In the Modified division, the four recipients were Duane Howard of Pennsylvania’s Big Diamond and Grandview speedways; Craig Moore from Delaware International Speedway; Alan Barker of New York’s Afton Motorsports Park; and Dayton Brewer of New York’s Woodhull Raceway.

Sportsman tire winners were Mike DuBois of Accord Speedway in New York; Bobby Flood of Afton Motorsports Park; Joe Nappi from New Jersey’s New Egypt Speedway; and A.J. Costley of Woodhull Raceway.

Certificates will be mailed to winners in the coming week.

Registration for the American Racer Cup remains open by visiting the ‘Forms’ page of the website: http://theamericanracercup.com/?page_id=26

The American Racer Cup presented by Sunoco Race Fuels enters its 11th anniversary season rewarding drivers in the Modified and Sportsman divisions for supporting their home tracks utilizing American Racer tires.

$51,450 in cash point fund and hundreds of tire certificates will be distributed throughout the season with 13 facilities in four states participating in the ’20 American Racer Cup program.

American Racer, regional distributor Lias Tire of Indiana, Pa., Sunoco Race Fuels and Northeast distributor Insinger Performance of Dushore, Pa., present the American Racer Cup each season.

Participating tracks for ’20 follow:

  • Accord Speedway (Accord, N.Y.) – Modified & Crate 602 Sportsman
  • Afton Motorsports Park (Afton, N.Y.) – Modified, Open Sportsman & Crate 602 Sportsman
  • Big Diamond Speedway (Minersville, Pa.) – Modified, Open Sportsman & Crate 602 Sportsman
  • Bridgeport Motorsports Park (Bridgeport, N.J.) – Modified & Crate 602 Sportsman
  • Delaware International Speedway (Delmar, Del.) – Modified & Crate 602 Sportsman
  • Five Mile Point Speedway (Kirkwood, N.Y.) – Modified & Crate 602 Sportsman
  • Fonda Speedway (Fonda, N.Y.) – Modified & Crate 602 Sportsman
  • Grandview Speedway (Bechtelsville, Pa.) – Modified & Open Sportsman
  • New Egypt Speedway (New Egypt, N.J.) – Modified, Open Sportsman & Crate 602 Sportsman
  • Outlaw Speedway (Dundee, N.Y.) – Modified & Crate 602 Sportsman
  • Penn Can Speedway (Susquehanna, Pa.) – Modified & Crate 602 Sportsman
  • Skyline Raceway (Blodgett Mills, N.Y.) – Crate 602 Sportsman
  • Woodhull Raceway (Woodhull, N.Y.) – Modified & Crate 602 Sportsman

Once again, the American Racer Cup and Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco have paired up for hefty Insinger Performance bonuses.

Should a driver with the Short Track Super Series North and South Regions plus the American Racer Cup, that driver will earn a $25,000 cash bonus. Should one driver with the Short Track Super Series North or South Region plus the American Racer Cup, a $10,000 bonus will await that driver.

Last season, Matt Sheppard of Savannah, N.Y., achieved the trio and took home a massive ‘Grand Champion’ $58,500!

To learn more about the American Racer Cup, visit the official website at www.theamericanracercup.com, e-mail bdmotorsportsmedia@gmail.com, follow on Twitter @racer_cup or on like Facebook: American Racer Cup.

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