Matt Roselli Wore the Laurels with Turkey Derby Victory In the Chris Zrinski Memorial Hoosier Tire Mid Atlantic ATQMRA

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Matt Roselli Wore the Laurels with Turkey Derby Victory In the Chris Zrinski Memorial Hoosier Tire Mid Atlantic ATQMRA

$5000 Plus Paid to Competitors
 
11/26/2016 Matt Roselli used hthe pole position to its fullest advantage and earned his first win of the 2016 season in his Family 98 Lafler chassis mount.  Ryan Tidman and Bobby Holmes rounded out the podium.  2016 ATQMRA Season Champion Matt Janisch set fast time in the Formula 1 style qualifying besting Mike Occhipinte and Geoffrey Sutton.  The ATQMRA regulars took on all comers and were able to hold serve against a diverse group of many of the northeast's top invaders from pavement and Dirt Modifieds, SuperModified, SpeedSTRs  to Midget, Sprint and Micro Sprint racers.  They all tried their hands on the Wall Flat track in the race dedicated to the Memory of ATQRMA Friend Chris Zrinski.  Additional money was collected from fans and competitors to help sweeten the pot in the feature event.  
 
Qualifying for the Turkey Derby was done Formula 1 Style with group qualifying against the clock with the top 12 making the feature redraw.  With two to go in the final session Geoffrey Sutton in the brand new Fred Delibero Metz Racing Driver Development BGF Chassis 461 sat at the top of the chart.  At the white Flag Michigan Mike Occhipinte in the 46 car that Sutton raced all season put his number at the top of the pilon only to have Matt Jansich turn the quickest lap of the day coming to the Checkered flag to set fast time.  
 
Sometimes it's better to be lucky than good.  On this day, Matt Roselli was both.  His ninth-place time trial put him in the redraw and he was lucky enough to pull the number one pill.  Roselli and Occhipinte who races Modifieds in Michigan and Wisconsin would lead the field to the Green flag with Roselli powering into the lead with 2015 NYPA TQ Midget Champion Kyle Hutchinson following him into second.  Hutchinson's carbureted Suzuki challenged from the second position until lap 8 when a bent steering arm slowed his car and ended his race on lap fifteen. 
 
2015 ATQMRA Champion Buddy Sload worked his way into second for a couple of laps before relinquishing the position to multi time Champion Ryan Tidman in the Boyd Racing 1b Lafler. Tidman would charge into the lead moving Roselli into second.  
 
A caution flew on lap 16 when contact from Sutton send Janisch spinning into the third turn.  Sutton would be assessed a 2-position penalty post-race for the incident.  Cautions breed cautions and another caution fell for a 3-car tangle coming out of the fourth turn involving Marc Rogers who raced several divisions in Wall's Turkey Derby, Occhipinte and Tim Buckwalter who is a Grandview Speedway Modified racer as well as a past ARDC Midget Champion and a stand out driver in Micro Sprints and the SpeedSTR division.  Another caution fell for spinning Dirt Modified Superstar Mike Iles.  The final caution of the race was the most consequential.  A jumbled restart behind pole sitter Ryan Tidman led to incidental contact from Kyle Lick that sent Sutton into a spin.  Janisch moved to the outside to go around the spinning Sutton but hooked Sutton's front bumper and tore the entire left side from the Yuhas 48 car ending his day.  
 
The final restart of the race wasn't without incident but no caution was thrown and the race went from that point to the end with Matt Roselli determined to show he wasn't just lucky but good enough to retake the lead and win his first Turkey Derby.  After the lap 18 restart Roselli would dog Tidman who was determined to get his first win of the season after finishing second in the ATQMRA Standings.  Roselli's opportunity to pounce came on lap 21 to take the lead and never look back winning by 1.047 seconds over Tidman and a hard charging NYPA TQ Midget and Western NY Modified racer Bobby Holmes.  2015 ATQMRA Champion Buddy Sload would finish fourth with ARDC Midget, Micro sprint and SpeedSTR standout Lick crossing the line as the first micro sprint.  
 
The 2016 version of the ATQMRA's Turkey Derby was run to honor the passing of Big Chris Zrinski who recently lost a long battle with cancer in multiple sites in his body. Family friend John Larson had memorial decals made that were distributed to racers and put up a $100 bonus to the highest finisher sporting the decal that was awarded to Flying Ryan Tidman.  John and Pat Malik posted a $100 Hard luck award that was awarded to Matt Janisch following the feature.  Micky Soto Metz went through the pits and collected $480 from fans and drivers alike to boost the payout to the racers.  The Zrinski traditional car numbers are 25 and 75.  It was decided to divide the money collected equally between position 2, 5 and 7.  Tidman's second place finish netted him a total of $260 above the normal payout with Tim Proctor and Kyle Lick picking up $160 each for finishing in position 7 and 5.   Thank you to everyone who donated to help make the Chris Zrinski memorial race special.  Special thanks go to the handful of racers and friends who are making private donations to the Zrinski family Foundation.  Don, Ken and Big Lou Zrinski were on hand along with Chris Son Will as well as family friend Rich.  
 
 A diverse group of racers from varying backgrounds were on hand to test the flat track at Wall in preparation for the indoor season.  NYPA TQ racer as well as western NY Modified Standout Bobby Holmes raced the 21 car that he will be racing in the Sammons indoor series made his third ATQMRA start of the season racing at Waterford Speed Bowl and a show earlier in the year at Wall.  Kyle Lick will be racing the same Micro Sprint he ran at Wall indoors this winter and spends time behind the wheel of an ARDC Midget SpeedSTR and Micro Sprints.  Eighth finishing Joey Payne Jr.  was shaking down the Rich Tolerico 5 car for the indoor series.  Payne can be found in the summer months behind the wheel of TQ Midgets, Full Midgets, Nema Lites and in the ultra-fast ranks of the Big Block Super Modifieds.  Fifteenth finishing Brett Michalski raced the Colin Martin 17 Micro Sprint.  Brett has spent time racing Micro Sprints and recently started racing sprint cars.  Anthony Payne who was in his family 45 Lafler TQ Midget is a Quarter Midget Graduate who won the Nema Lites Midget Championship in 2015 and continues racing the Lites Midgets as well as a small block Supermodfied.
  
ATQRMA News and Notes:  Last years Turkey Derby Champion Eric Rudolph who won the race int he Mark Lafler house car wasn't on hand to defend his Turkey Derby Crown.  Roselli picked up the mantle and earned the second Turkey Derby Victory for in a Potent Lafler Chassis Mount.

Geoffrey Sutton in the new BGF 461 car picked up right where he left off in the old 461 car by racing at the front of the pack and posting times at the top of the speed Chart.  While Sutton was running one of the newest cars on the circuit Teammate for the day Occhipinte was taking the Metz Racing Bruce's Chassis car out for its last modern race before being retired to Vintage competition. 

Occhipinte did the team proud in his only start of the season picking up where Sutton left off in the car nearly setting fast time only being sniped on the last lap of time trials by the talented Matt Jansich.  The Occhipinte car made its first race in 1988 at that year's Turkey derby with Bill Courtwright at the wheel driving for Teddy and Arlene Seiz as a white and Pink number 56 with a Polaris engine.  The car would win that year's indoor championship and the last Championship contested at the long shuttered Pinebrook Speedway.      

Feature Race (30 Laps)1 98 Matt Roselli    2 1b Ryan Tidman 3 21 Bobby Holmes 4 16 Buddy Sload 5 8 Kyle Lick 6 461 Geoffrey Sutton 7 98 Tim Proctor 85 Joey Payne Jr.  9    88 Jeff Kot 10 7b Tim Buckwalter11 02 Joey Bailey 12 55Steve Craig 13 f8 Mike Glaser 14 17 Brett Michalski15 711 Mike Illes 16 67 Joey Payne III 17 46 Mike Occipinti 18     75 Mark Yoder 19 48 Matt Janisch 20 45 Anthony Payne 21 27 Mark Rogers 22 7 Kyle Hutchanson 23 95 Bill Force Jr. 24 1 Patrick Force
 
Time Trials (Formula 1 Style)  1 48 Matt Janisch 13.285 2 46 Mike Occipinti 13.361 3 461 Geoffrey Sutton 13.422 4 2 Joey Bailey 13.435 5 1b Ryan Tidman 13.556 6 7 Kyle Hutchanson 13.581 7 711 Mike Illes 13.596 8 21 Bobby Holmes  13.697 9 98 Matt Roselli 13.718 10 16 Buddy Sload 13.722 11 7b Tim Buckwalter 13.753 12 27 Mark Rogers 13.842 13 8 Kyle Lick 13.875 14 88 Jeff Kot 13.93 15 98 Tim Proctor 13.94 16 55 Steve Craig 13.985 17 5 Joey Payne Jr.  14.003 18 75 Mark Yoder 14.006 19 67 Joey Payne III 14.059 20 17 Brett Michalski 14.065 21 45 Anthony Payne 14.075 22 f8 Mike Glaser 14.154 23 95 Bill Force Jr. 14.276 24 1 Patrick Force    15.907

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Bailey Parked It in Victory Lane at Stafford Hoosier Tire Mid Atlantic ATQMRA

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Bailey Parked It in Victory Lane at Stafford Hoosier Tire Mid Atlantic ATQMRA

October 8, 2016, Stafford Springs Ct.: Joey Bailey from Monroe Township NJ put his name in the history books by winning the first TQ Midget race run at the historic Stafford Motor Speedway. Bailey swept the day by winning his heat race and parking the Zuzzolo, Arts Radiator, Joie of Seating, Phenomenon Designs 02 TQ in Victory lane in the 30 lap feature using an ATQMRA legal engine package against the open indoor engines. The other heat race was won by Geoffrey Sutton of East Stroudsburg, Pa. 2016 series Champion Matt Janisch finished second with Ryan Tidman rounding out the podium finishers in the feature. Local Superstar Ted Christopher from Plainville CT had a strong run going when he was crashed from the lead on lap nine. The ATQMRA Fall Rules Meeting for the election of officers will take place on Sunday October 16th from 9 to noon in Fort Washington, Pa.

The front row of pole Sitter Ryan Tidman and Joey Bailey took the green with Bailey taking the lead on the initial lap with Matt Janisch close in tow. Bailey would lead until lap seven when he was involved in a tangle relegating him to the rear of the field. Ted Christopher assumed command of the race and lead lap nine when the battle for the lead with Janisch heated up entering the third turn. As the cars exited the cloud of dust Christopher was turned around and was piled into by several competitors ending his and their days.

The lap ten restart had Ryan Tidman on the pole with Sutton to his right. Sutton was able to power past Tidman on the restart and take the lead entering the first turn. Janisch would follow Sutton past Tidman into second and a classic battle for the lead would ensue. Sutton opened up a slight gap on Janisch but that was only short lived as Janisch started closing in. Janisch threw a cross over move on Sutton in an attempt to take the lead entering the first turn only to have Sutton cross him over exiting the second turn. Sutton would continue to fight off Janisch swapping the lead several times before he would loose the lead on lap 19. In the mean time Bailey was picking his way back into contention.

Bailey would make the decisive move of the race to take the lead for good from Janisch on lap 22 and start opening a gap on the two time champ. Bailey would cruise to nearly a 2.5 second victory over Janisch with Flying Ryan Tidman rounding out the podium. Sutton would fall to a fourth place finish with Mike Glaser of Jackson NJ rounding out the top five.

This was the first race for the lightening fast Three Quarter Midgets at Stafford Motor Speedway. Joey Bailey made history by being the first driver to put his name in the record books as a feature winning driver at the Historic Speedway.

The elated Bailey earned his first victory of the 2016 season and seemed relieved to finally park his 02 Bruce's Chassis mount in victory lane. Bailey was fast on a number of occasions this season only to meet with frustration. Tonight was different. He found the luck necessary to use the speed that was there all season to park it in Victory lane. He made certain to thank his mother, and father Russ Bailey for their support. He went on to thank Alan Mollott and the Boyd Team and Kevin O'toole for all of their support of his racing as well as the Zuzzollo family for providing him with a quality car and his sponsors Arts Radiator, the Joie of Seating, and Phenomenon Designs

The first driver to earn a win in a TQ midget at Stafford in the first heat race was 2014 Rookie of the year was Geoffrey Sutton. He started on the pole by Virtue of the luck of the draw. Sutton took the lead on the start with Janisch in tow leading every lap in the 8 lap qualifier. 2016 Rookie of the year Mike Glaser would work his way into the third position and hold that spot until the white flag when Ted Christopher would overtake him exiting the fourth turn to earn a position in the redraw for the feature.

The second 8 lap qualifier was won by Joey Bailey. He would lead every lap on his way to the heat race win. Brodheadsville, Pa's Matt Roselli finished second with Ryan Tidman earning the last spot in the feature race redraw.

The event's originally scheduled date was the previous Saturday October 1 where a strong field of competitors was planning to take part in Stafford's Fall Final. A number of competitors had commitments that prevented them from making the trip to Stafford for the rescheduled event. The entire Day's racing program was run under threatening conditions with light rain falling throughout the day. The track staff ran a professional and efficient show to get the racing action in before the rains hit.

Hoosier Tire Mid Atlantic's Speed Shop Precise Racing Products came on board to sponsor the two open sanction ATQMRA races at Stafford and The Turkey Derby at Wall by providing Gift certificates redeemable for product. Hard luck racers Chris Hirt and Chad Parks were awarded fifty dollar certificates.

The fall rules meeting as well as the election of officers will be held on this Sunday, October 16th, at the Hilton Garden Inn in Ft.Washington, 530 Pennsylvania Ave, Fort Washington, PA19034 from 9amto 12pm. Please note that this is a change from where we have held the last two meetings. Everyone is encouraged to submit agenda recommendations to Buddy Sload at Buddysload@gmail.com

The next on track event for the ATQRMA will be at Wall Stadium for the Annual Turkey Derby on the Saturday following Thanksgiving. 

ATQMRA News and Notes: Baiely earned $500 for his win. Motorsports broadcaster Jack Arute spent a large portion of the day hanging out in the ATQMRA Pit area enjoying his time with he open cockpit teams. Arute made a start at the Indoor races in Atlantic City a few years ago. Blu Metz turned laps in the Geoffrey Sutton 461 at Pocono International Raceway this past Thursday to test a temporary front straight away oval that will see both modern and Vintage TQ Midgets racing during the 2017 Indy Race weekend at Pocono. Bill Force Jr. made his first start in the Metz Racing Driver Development 01 owned by Fred Delibero.

TQ Midget Feature 30 laps. 1. 02 Joey Bailey 2. 48 Matt Janisch 3. 1B Ryan Tidman 4. 461 Geoffrey Sutton 5. F8 Mike Glaser 6. 13 Ted Christopher 7. 01 Bill Force Jr. 8. 67 Joey Payne III 9. 97 Chris Hirt 10. Matt Roselli 11. 06 Chad Parks

Heat Race 1. 1. 461 Geoffrey Sutton 2. 48 Matt Janisch 3. 13 Ted Christopher 4. F8 Mike Glaser 5. 67 Joey Payne III 6. 01 Bill Force Jr.

Heat Race 2. 1. 02 Joey Bailey 2. 1B Ryan Tidman 3. 98 Matt Roselli 4. Chris Hirt 5. 06 Chad Pa

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Sutton Sweeps the Action at Wall Janisch Champion Yoder Rookie of the Year 2016 ATQMRA Hoosier Tire Mid Atlantic

Wall Stadium 

2014 ATQMRA Rookie of the year Geoffrey Sutton parked the BGF Engine Metz Racing Driver Development 461 in Victory lane for the third time at Wall Stadium to earn his fourth overall win of the 2016 season. Matt Janisch was crowned the 2016 ATQMRA Champion and Mark Yoder pocketed the 2016 Rookie of the Year Award. Ryan Tidman would finish second in the standings after charging from the rear of the pack with Sutton third in the final point's tally. Heat Races were won by Geoffrey Sutton and Jeff Kot. Next up for the ATQMRA is the organization's debut at Stafford Springs Speedway on October 1 for a wingless indoor style rules package race on the track's inner oval.

The Feature race came to the initial green flag with a front row of Chris Hirt and Don Zrinski. A multi car tangle aborted the first attempt sending Hirt, Zrinksi and Glaser to the rear. The second attempt had a front row of Tim Proctor and Buddy Sload take the green flag with Sload getting the jump but another caution slowed the action prior to a lap's completion.

With the Championship settled the week prior the point battle entering the day was for second between Geoffrey Sutton and Multi time Champion Flying Ryan Tidman. Tidman had the edge by sixteen points which equates to four positions on the track. Sutton's chance to get have enough margin on Tidman came when Tidman was involved in an early race incident that relegated him to the back of the pack.

When racing finally got under way Sload was able to take the lead from the pole starting position with the Hard Charging Geoffrey Sutton moving quickly into second. Sutton would lead the second lap only to relinquish the lead to Sload before taking the lead for good on lap five. Sutton would set sail once in the lead opening a margin on second. 2014 and 2016 Champion Matt Janisch worked his way quickly into second position by lap seven. Sutton would hold Janisch off on a mid race restart. The action would be slowed once more on lap 20 for a five lap shootout to the finish.

Sutton would surge into the lead and hold Janisch at bay to the finish winning by a slim .238 seconds at the line to bookend the season with a win at Wall. Third across the line was BJ Macdonald in the 17 600 Micros Sprint but his efforts were for naught since it was announced during the race that a mid race jumped start would cost him two positions at race end. Fourth finishing 2015 Champion Buddy Sload would have his efforts negated in post race tech due to a tread width infraction allowing the hard charging Tidman to finish third.

The ATQMRA's top 2016 Rookie Mark Yoder would be credited with a fourth place finish after a fierce battle with Tidman. Yoder would end the season an impressive fifth in the standings just eight markers behind Veteran Jeff Kot in the Behrents Performance 95. Kot would battle toward the front of the pack before loosing brakes and falling to a ninth place finish.

Heat races were won handily by Geoffrey Sutton and Jeff Kot.  

Sutton's first ATQMRA feature win came at Wall during the season opening race. He would park the 461 in victory lane mid season at Wall and in winged competition at the Waterford Speedbowl.

Sutton's four win total is second only to the club's 2016 Champion Matt Janisch who parked his 48 in victory lane in the other six point races run. Janisch won both races at Mahoning Valley as well as Bethel Speedway and wins on Wall's inner oval. Janisch's worst finish of the year was a third at the opener at Wall. When he didn't visit Victory lane he finished second to Sutton to earn the Championship.

Next up for the ATQMRA will be the organization's first trip to New England's Stafford Motor Speedway for an open competition wingless race on that track's inner oval. All cars will be run under a modified indoor style rules package on Saturday October 1st. Gates open at 8:00 am with the first round of practice scheduled for 10:00 am. Racing will follow with heat races at 3:00 PM and Feature races for all divisions to begin at 4:30.

  • Heat Race lineups will be determined by a pill draw
  • Feature lineup will be determined by a qualifier redraw. 
  • 30 lap Feature race 
  • All competitors will be required to pay a $40.00 entry fee to the ATQMRA 
  • All cars must run an ATQMRA Spec right rear tire. Either an MG5/ USAC Focus tire in 13 inch or an LC5 for the ten inch cars. 
  • Race Procedures will be governed by the ATQMRA rule book.       
  • Car specs will be per the ATQMRA rules with the exception of the engine rules which will be based on the indoor rules package. 
  • TQ tread width will be a maximum of 55.5 inches for TQ Midgets competing and 59.5 inches for 600 Micro Sprints. 
  • Wheel tethers, and spec mufflers are not required. 
  • Bumpers and Rub Rails will accommodate ATQMRA and indoor rules to allow teams that don't have bumpers and rub rails conforming to indoor specs to compete. 
  • Car weights for TQ midgets will be 810 lbs for cars with 2003 and older engines. 
  • TQs with 2004 and newer engines will be required to be a minimum of 835 lbs. 
  • 600 Micro Sprints minimum weight is 780 lbs. 
  • The ATQMRA rule book can be downloaded at: www.atqmra.org
  • More information about the race day schedule can be found at: http://staffordmotorspeedway.com/event/44th-annual-napa-auto-parts-fall-final-oct-1-2-2016/

ATQMRA News and Notes: Mahoning Valley Modified Standout and SpeedSTR racer Kevin Graver made his first ATQMRA start in the Janisch ten inch car that powered Matt Janisch to his first Championship in 2014. Graver took to the smaller cars in his first ever trip to Wall and notched a solid eighth place finish. Joey Payne III had a resurgent day at Wall after suffering an engine failure in the previous round at Mahoning to earn an 11th place finish after a week of hard work to have his car ready for action. Rookie Kyle Taraska made his first TQ midget start in the Fred Delibero Metz Racing 01 and gained experience finishing a solid lucky 13th. The pragmatic Joey Bailey had one of the faster cars in the field but would loose brakes and have his race end early when his brakes faded relegating him to a fourteenth place finish.


Feature Race 25 laps 1. 461 Geoffrey Sutton 2. 48 Matt Janisch 3. Ryan Tidman 4. 75 Mark Yoder 5. 17 BJ MacDonald 6. 27 Andrew Krause 7. 75 Don Zrinski 8. 48x Kevin Graver 9. 95 Jeff Kot 10. 98 Tim Proctor 11. 67 Joey Payne III 12. f8 Mike Glaser 13. 01 Kyle Taraska 14. 02 Joey Bailey 15. 11 Steve Whitt 16. 97 Chris Hirt 17. DQ 16 Buddy Sload ( Tread Width 

Heat Race 1. 1. 461 Geoffrey Sutton 2. 98 Tim Proctor 3. 75 Mark Yoder 4. 02 Joey Bailey 5. F8 Mike Glaser 6. 48x Kevin Graver 7. 67 Joey Payne 8. 01 Kyle Taraska

Heat Race 2. 1. 95 Jeff Kot 2. 48 Matt Janisch 3. 1b Ryan Tidman 4. 75 Don Zrinski 5. 16 Buddy Sload 6. 97 Chris Hirt 7. 17 BJ MacDonald 8. 27 Andrew Krause 9. 11 Steve Whitt

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Janisch Takes Sixth win of 2016 at Mahoning Valley Hoosier Tire Mid Atlantic ATQMRA

Lehighton, Pa

Matt Janisch of Nazareth, Pa won the American Three Quarter Midget Racing Association's race at Mahoning Valley Speedway when he overtook race long leader Buddy Sload following a restart with five laps remaining. This is Janisch' sixth win of the season and second at Mahoning Valley making him the only TQ racer to win on Lehighton's circular oval. Sload finished second with Jeff Kot rounding out the podium. Heat Races were won by Buddy Sload and Mike Tidaback. Unofficially Janisch's win wraps up the championship heading into the ATQMRA's last race of the season at Wall Stadium Next Saturday September 17th. The ATQMRA has a pair of non point open competition wingless indoor rules package races at Stafford Springs Speedway and the annual Turkey Derby at Wall.  
 
The front Row of pole sitter Mike Glaser and Buddy Sload took the Green flag from starter Bobby Stull. Glaser won the drag race into turn 1 but Sload was able to carry the momentum around the outside to shoot into the lead exiting the second turn. Sload looked to be on a mission to be the first ATQMRA Racer not named Janisch or Sutton to earn a win in 2016 opening a significant gap on the field.
 
The first caution of the race would fall when Joey Payne III's engine expired ending his night. Payne has been seemingly snake bitten all season long. He has put in a significant effort all season long to have his car prepared and at the track only to have most of his days end in frustration. This night at Mahoning was no different. Better days are ahead.
 
Janisch took advantage of the restart to move from sixth to third and work on Joey Bailey to get into second. He was able to move into second on lap seven. By the time Janisch made his methodical charge to the front Sload already opened up a significant lead. Janisch then set sail and began to attempt to reel Sload in. Janisch was able to negotiate lapped traffic well enough to get close to Sload's tail but couldn't make a move. The caution fell for a slowing Geoffrey Sutton on lap 20.
 
The lap 20 restart closed the field up behind Sload and gave Janisch the opportunity he needed. Entering the third turn following Stull's green flag Janisch dove to the bottom and beat Sload back to the finish line and proceeded to reel off the fastest laps of the day to get the win by a 2.4 second advantage over Sload. Jeff Kot in his own Behrent's Performance 95 Badger would surge on the last lap and make a daring three wide move to take the third spot.
 
Mike Tidaback in the Alan Mollot 51 Lindblad Badger would finish fourth with Joey Bailey rounding out the top five. Matt Roselli would roll across the line sixth with Flying Ryan Tidman seventh. The top Rookie of the race Mark Yoder would roll across the line eighth with Geoffrey Sutton ninth and Mike Glaser tenth. Kris Graver in the second Janisch mount would drop out of the race on lap 14 with Joey Payne III being credited with 12th.
 
Both heat races were won from the front row with Buddy Sload winning the first heat in the Colin Martin Spitfire 16. Mike Tidaback started from the Pole and won the second heat in the Alan Mollot 51 Lindblad Badger. The pair ran the fastest laps in the heat races.
 
The night was Mahoning Valley's Dorney Park and Mahoning Valley Nostalgia night. The Vintage TQ midgets were on hand with Gary Mondschein winning the four stroke division feature with Tom Arntz winning the two stroke division race. Incidentally the Mollot 51 Lindblad Badger that finished fourth in the modern TQ race also raced at and won on the fabled Dorney Park oval before that tracks closure in 1986.
 
Up next for the ATQRMA is the final Points paying race at Wall Stadium on Saturday September 17th. While unofficially it looks like Janisch has sewn up his second championship in the last three years the battle for second between Flying Ryan Tidman and Geoffrey Sutton is still close. Jansich sits exactly 100 points up on Tidman but would still earn the title if Tidman were to score a feature win in the final round with Janisch earning no points by virtue of the ATQMRA's tie breaker system that breaks any ties based on feature wins.
 
Janisch won his seventh TQ midget feature at Mahoning Valley putting him alone in second place on the track's all time TQ midget feature win list behind Don Adams. Adams 20 wins at Mahoning will likely never be surpassed since his win total came when the organization raced the majority of its shows at Mahoning in the early 2000s.
 
The ATQMRA Points paying season ends at Wall Stadium on Saturday September 17th with a wingless show on the inner oval to crown the organization's 2016 Champions. Two more races appear on the schedule as non Points wingless races running under an Indoor style rules package. The ATQMRA will make its first appearance at Stafford Motor Speedway on Saturday October 1st on that track's inner oval with the final race of the season taking place at the prestigious Turkey Derby at Wall Stadium on Saturday November 26th.


ATQMRA News and Notes: Bobby Stull who is the official Starter at Mahoning Valley Speedway and has had an active involvement with the Checkered Flag Fan Club cut his teeth as a starter under the tutelage of the legendary Nick Fornoro Sr. flagging races for the ATQMRA at Pinebrook Speedway in the 80s. Bob noted that Nick, who was a championship winning Midget racer and official starter for the ATQMRA the ARDC Midgets as well as the official starter for the CART Indy Car Series, told him that, "If you can flag at Pinebrook you can flag anywhere." Bob gets the opportunity to get back to his roots by flagging the lightening quick TQ midgets around the Mahoning Valley Circular oval.

Feature 25 Laps 1. 48 Matt Janisch 2. 16 Buddy Sload 3. 95 Jeff Kot 4. 51 Mike Tidaback 5. 02 Joey Bailey 6. 98 Matt Roselli 7. 1B Ryan Tidman 8. 75 Mark Yoder 9. 461 Geoffrey Sutton 10. f8 Mike Glaser 11. 48x Kristopher Graver 12. 67 Joey Payne
 
Heat Race 1 1. 16 Buddy Sload 2. 02 Joey Bailey 3. 48 Matt Janisch 4. 95 Jeff Kot 5. 1B Ryan Tidman
 
Heat Race 2 1. 51 Mike Tidaback 2. 98 Matt Roselli 3. 75 Mark Yoder 4. 461 Geoffrey Sutton 5. 48x Kristopher Graver 6. f8 Mike Glaser

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Janisch Back in Command at Wall ATQMRA Hoosier Tire Mid Atlantic

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Janisch Back in Command at Wall ATQMRA Hoosier Tire Mid Atlantic

August 27, 2016 Wall Township, NJ: Matt Janisch of Nazareth, Pa parked his Yuhas Chassis 48 in Victory Lane at Wall Stadium Speedway on Saturday night after wrestling the lead from mid race leader Geoffrey Sutton who won the first heat race with Flying Ryan Tidman winning the second. Next up for the ATQMRA is a trip to Mahoning Valley Speedway on Saturday September 10th for the penultimate point's race of the season for some winged racing. The final round of the Points paying season will be back at Wall on September 17th.
 
The ATQMRA honored the Memory of Bryan Clauson during the organization's four abreast parade lap using the missing man formation leaving the pole position empty. The ATQMRA teams sported Black and Green BC decals.  
 
The start of the feature race saw an all Proctor front row with Chris Hirt and Tim Proctor on the outside in team cars. The start of the race saw the cars pile up entering the first turn. Hirt spun to a stop at the bottom of the track with seventh starting Geoffrey Sutton sliding to a halt to avoid hitting Hirt. 2015 ATQMRA Rookie of the year Mike Glaser was collected in the melee and lost the left front suspension on his F8 mount.
 
A complete restart with the involved cars being relegated to the rear saw Joey Bailey jump into the lead. Bailey led until lap five when the always fast Flying Ryan Tidman took the lead. In the mean time eighth starting Janisch was methodically working his way toward the front. Sutton who restarted in the rear as a result of the lap one incident aggressively worked his way back to be scored in the lead on lap 8 and would assume the lead from Tidman on lap 12. Current Point leader Janisch moved into second on lap fifteen and set his sights on Sutton.
 
A late race restart put Janisch right on Sutton's bumper and gave him the opportunity to make the race winning pass on lap 19 as Suttons brakes began to fade. Janisch would roll across the line 1.077 seconds ahead of Sutton with Tidman crossing the line third. Tidman would be awarded the second finishing position after Sutton was assessed a two position penalty for leaving too much of a gap on a late race restart. Invading Bobby Holmes who is a regular with the NYMPA TQ organization in western New York was impressive in his first race on Wall's flat inner oval finishing on the podium. Sutton was credited with a fourth place finish with Joey Bailey rolling across the line in fifth.
 
Heat Races were won by Geoffrey Sutton and Ryan Tidman.
 
The Penultimate round for the ATQMRA will take place Saturday September 10th at Lehighton's Mahoning Valley Speedway where the TQs will once again sport wings. The end of the Points paying season will come the following week at Wall on the 17th where the 2016 ATQMRA Champion and Rookie of the year will be crowned. Matt Janisch sits atop the standings with a commanding lead with only Sutton and Tidman within practical striking distance. Rookie of the Year Candidate Mark Yoder sits fifth in the overall standings and is in solid command in the Rookie season long race.  


ATQMRA News and Notes: The always front running Jeff Kot was involved in a wreck in his heat race damaging the left front suspension. Kot's Behrents Performance team of Willy Mills, Bill and Sean Case were able to make hasty repairs to make the feature lineup but struggled in the feature to a ninth place finish. Track Promoter Diane Krause went around the pits Saturday handing out frozen ice pops to cool teams off on the hot day at the races.  Mike Tidaback made his return to competition in the Ken Hentrich 57 car.  This was Tidaback's first start in the Hentrich car and his first start on Wall's inner oval.  The team improved as the day went on and had a twelfth place finish in the final tally.
 
Feature 25 Laps
1 48Matt Janisch 2 1bRyan Tidman 3 21Bobby Holmes 4 461Geoffrey Sutton 5 02Joey Bailey 6 27Mark Rogers 7 75Mark Yoder 8 11Steve Whitt 9 95Jeff Kot 10 17BJMcDonald 11 98Tim Proctor 12 57Mike Tidaback 13 97Chris Hirt 16Buddy Sload 15 f8Mike Glaser DNS 16 46 Kerry Irwin   DNS 17 01 Kyle Taraska DNS 18 27 Andrew Krause
 
Heat Race 1:    1 461Geoffrey Sutton 2 75Mark Yoder 3 98Tim Proctor 4 27Mark Rogers 5 57MikeTidaback 6 97Chris Hirt 7 11Steve Whitt 8 95Jeff Kot
 
Heat Race 21 1bRyan Tidman 2 48Matt janisch 3 02Joey Bailey 4 16Buddy Sload 5 21Bobby Holmes 6 17BJ McDonald 7 f8Mike Glaser 8 46Kerry Irwin DNS 9 01 Kyle Taraska
 

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Sutton Goes on a Tear at Waterford Wins Hoosier Tire Mid Atlantic Wings and Wheels Feature

New London, Ct.August 6, 2016 

Geoffrey Sutton of East Stroudsburg, Pa continued his tear in the ATQMRA winning his first big track Feature event at the Waterford SpeedBowl as part of the Wings and Wheels show Saturday night. This was the first time the ATQMRA raced at the SpeedBowl in 21 years. Several drivers did double Duty running their TQ midgets as well as Modifieds and Midgets. Matt Janisch was second with Joey Bailey rounding out the Podium. Heat races were won by Joey Bailey and Ryan Tidman. Next up for the ATQMRA is another winged affair at Mahoning Valley Speedway this coming Saturday August 13th.

The feature race saw a front row of Heat Race winner Joey Bailey and Mike Glaser take the green flag. Bailey got the jump with eighth starting Geoffrey Sutton heading to the top of the first and second turn three wide to sweep into second at the start of the race. The bold move put Sutton on Bailey's bumper but he couldn't mount a serious challenge to Bailey who seemed destined to get the win on 3/8 mile Speedbowl.

Sutton had an opportunity to mount a challenge on a restart before half way and was credited with leading lap 12 only to be overtaken in a side by side battle with Bailey. The pair of graduate quarter midget drivers raced one another clean and hard for the lead on the ultra fast oval. Bailey held the lead with Sutton running a close second. Sutton and Bailey would swap the lead several times before Sutton would assume command on lap 19.

A late race caution would fall for Alison Cumens whose car rolled to a stop just past the safety lane. Sutton would set the pace for the restart with five laps remaining and out drag Bailey down the front straight away with Janisch moving into second. Sutton would go on to win by .797 seconds over point leading Janisch who charged from his 13th starting position. Bailey would settle for a third place finish.

Modified Standout Nick Ladyga would put on an impressive run charging from his 19th starting position to finish fourth in the final tally. Flying Ryan Tidman would start and finish fifth in the Boyd Racing 1B running as high as third.

Anthony Payne would charge from fifteenth to be the top finishing rookie of the year candidate. Jeff Kot in the Behrents Performance 95 would hang on to finish seventh after running some quick laps in practice. Matt Roselli would finish eighth in his Laffler Chassis car after running the second quickest lap in practice. ARDC Midget, USAC Sprint and Micro Sprint Standout Tony Dimatia would race the 21 NYPA TQ Midget normally driven by Bobby Holmes at Lancaster Speedway to a strong ninth place. The season's top point earning Rookie Mark Yoder would cross the line tenth. Tim Proctor in his 98T would hang on to finish eleventh with Glaser rolling across the line twelfth.

The first heat race saw a front row of Joey Bailey and Mike Glaser with Bailey racing into the lead with Mark Yoder moving into second. Sutton would slowly make his way into second but couldn't mount a challenge to Bailey. Yoder would finish third with Jeff Kot fourth Alison Cumens fifth and Mike Glaser sixth to make the feature invert. Matt Janisch would finish seventh with an apparent electrical issue in his car.

The second heat race saw a pair of rookie brothers on the front row. Anthony and Joey Payne III brought the heat race to the green flag with Joey III getting the hole shot and taking the lead. The elder Payne brother appeared to be walking away to earn his first heat race win with the ATQMRA when he was black flagged with an oil leak. The younger Payne inherited the lead and went on to win the heat by 1.2 seconds over Ryan Tidman. Unfortunately the heat win was taken away from Rookie Anthony Payne for failing to report to the scales following the race and awarded to Multi Time ATQMRA Champion Flying Ryan Tidman. 2015 Champion Buddy Sload would finish second followed by Tim Proctor, Matt Roselli, New Englander Chris Hirt and Tony Dimatia.

Next up for the ATQMRA is a trip to Mahoning Valley in Lehighton, Pa for another winged race Mahoing's circular oval. The first trip to Mahoning saw current Point leader Matt Janisch easily outpace the field to earn the victory.   Second in Points Tidman has a strong history of success on the circular track and has used consistency to stay within striking distance to earn another championship.

Geoffrey Sutton who has back to back wins after winning the last show on the smallest rack the club races on at Wall Stadium's flat inner oval and backed it up by winning on the organization's largest track at the Waterford Speed Bowl will be gunning for his third win in a row and fourth of the season.

2015 Champion Buddy Sload has been Snake bitten in the 2016 campaign and will be focused on winning at the track where he secured his Championship with a feature win in last season's points finale. Matt Roselli has been ultra quick throughout the 2016 season being near the top of the speed charts at every track. He has been very successful on the Lehighton oval across the years and will surely be in contention.

Anthony Payne was one of the double duty drivers on the day running both his TQ Midget and the Mike Scrivani NEMA Lite Midget. After suffering a broken rear in practice and missing his heat he charged from starting shotgun on the field to finish fourth in the Midget main with a sixth place finish in the TQ Midget. It was recently announced that Anthony picked up a ride in a Small Block SuperModified after a successful test session.

Nick Ladyga raced his TQ and a Modified both numbered 38. Ladyga also started shotgun on the field in the TQ feature and made an impressive clean run through the field to finish fourth. In the companion 100 lap Modified feature event Ladyga would run as high as third before fading to an 11th place finish. Thanks to the Ladyga family who were instrumental in securing the race date at Waterford.

Several teams had ties back to the last time the ATQMRA raced at Wateford. Mike Tidaback who won the last race the club had at the Speedbowl was in the Metz Racing Driver Development Fred Delibero 01. It was an ill fated attempt as the car had cooling system issues on the hot day and relegated Tidaback to a DNF.

Joey Bailey was racing a revamped version of the very same Bruce's 02 car that his car owner Anthony Zuzzalo raced at Waterford in 1995 and had a similar day leading most of the laps but not being able to earn the victory. Hotrod Jon Gambutti was in the Alan Mollot 51 Lindblad Badger that raced with the club in 95 with multi time Champion Donnie Adams behind the wheel but called it a day after an overheating problem was discovered in practice.

Blu Metz drove the Joe Payne Sr. Rotax powered 67 car in 1995 but blew a pair of engines in practice. Metz was only able to watch Tidaback earn his first of many feature wins in his Lindblad Badger 43 as his wife went into Labor with his now 21 year old daughter Allezondra. Metz wasn't able to drive the car to victory lane in 95 but drove it out of victory lane after Sutton won the race in the Metz Racing Driver Development 461 car that was racing with the ATQRMA in 95. Sutton took the walk back to the pits through the grandstand area and was greeted with congratulations and cheers from the packed house.

ATQMRA News and Notes: 2009 ATQMRA Champion Alison Cumens raced her Fiance's 53 posting some quick laps but would have a DNF in the final tally. Chad Parks driving his Family owned 06 Drinan TQ made the trip from Binghamton, NY to race at the Speedbowl. Chris Hirt who cut his teeth driving quarter midgets in New England had his first opportunity to race the Tim Proctor 97 in his home state. New ATQRMA Car owner Fred Delibero had his 01 Burst/BGF Chassis on hand with Mike Tidaback behind the wheel to celebrate his birthday as part of the Metz Racing team and got to celebrate his birthday in style in Victory lane. Steve Whitt had the Hyper Hugger 11 on hand but was relegated to a DNF in the feature. Sutton thanked BGF Engine and Chassis for providing the Horsepower and ATQMRA veteran John Smith for helping the team use some old school adjustments to take the car's handling to a new level.

ATQMRA Wings and Wheels Feature (25 Laps)

1 461Geoffrey Sutton 

2 48Matt Janish 

3 02Joey Bailey 

4 38Nick Ladyga 

5 B1Ryan Tidman 

6 45Anthony Payne 

7 95Jeff Kot 

8 98Matt Roselli 

9 21Tony DiMattia 

10 75Mark Yoder 

11 T98Jeff Proctor 

12 F8Mike Glaser 

13 53Alison Cumens 

14 16Buddy Sload 

15 97Chris Hirt 

16 06Chad Porks 

17 67Joey Payne III 

18 11Steve Whitt 

19 01Mike Tidaback 

20 51 Jon Gambutti DNS


Heat Race 1

1 02Joey Bailey 

2 461Geoffrey Sutton 

3 75Mark Yoder 

4 95Jeff Kot 

5 53Alison Cumens 

6 F8Mike Glaser 

7 48Matt Janish 

8 01Mike Tidaback 

9 06Chad Porks 


Heat Race 2

1 45Anthony Payne (DQ) 

2 B1Ryan Tidman 

3 16Buddy Sload 

4 T98Tim Proctor 

5 98Matt Roselli 

6 97Chris Hirt 

7 21Tony DiMattia 

8 67Joey Payne III 

9 11Steve Whitt 

10 38Nick Ladyga
 

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Sutton Sweeps the Day at Wall's Christmas in July Hoosier Tire Mid Atlantic ATQMRA

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Sutton Sweeps the Day at Wall's Christmas in July Hoosier Tire Mid Atlantic ATQMRA

July 23, 2016, Wall Stadium, NJ
 
Geoffrey Sutton Backed up his opening day feature win by sweeping the day's TQ midget racing action at the Speedway by the Shore Wall Stadium. Sutton pocketed the $300.00 winners share and a Brice's NAPA Auto Parts NAPA Aluminum Racing Jack as a contingency prize. Joey Bailey and Sutton were heat race winners. Sutton was chased across the line by Matt Janisch and Ryan Tidman who scored another podium finish. Next up for the ATQMRA is a trip to the Waterford Speedbowl in Connecticut for winged racing action on Saturday August 6th.   
 
The First heat race saw Joey Bailey and Mike Glaser take the green. Bailey shot into the lead followed by Glaser with Ryan Tidman sliding into second. Jeff Kot in his Behrent's Performance 95 Badger assuming the third spot by the end of the second lap. Matt Jansich charged from his sixth starting position to overtake Kot for third on lap six. Kot would finish fourth followed by Anthony Payne with Tim Proctor taking the final transfer position. 
The second heat saw Geoffrey Sutton move from his third starting position to lead the first lap and was followed into the lead by the always fast Matt Roselli. The pair would finish one two with Sutton earning the win over Roselli. Top rookie of the year candidate Mark Yoder finished third with 2015 ATQMRA Champion Buddy Sload fourth followed by Don Zrinski and Mark Rogers. 
 
The ATQMRA 25 lap feature saw Joey Bailey and Tim Proctor lead the field for the club's impressive four abreast parade lap and salute to the fans. When the green flag flew Tim Proctor moved into the lead over Bailey until Bailey completed a pass to lead the third circuit. Matt Roselli would move into second with Geoffrey Sutton riding in third. Sutton would make his move to take the lead on lap twelve with Bailey Sitting second until a cooling system failure ended Bailey's day on lap thirteen collecting Roselli in the process. 
 
The always fast Matt Jansich picked his way through the field to put himself on Sutton's bumper for the restart after methodically advancing from his tenth starting position. Since it was past half way the restart was single file and Sutton was able to get a five car length advantage over Janisch and held serve over the final laps. Flying Ryan Tidman continued his streak of consistent finishes rounding out the podium. Mark Rogers piloted his 27 car to a fourth place finish with Matt Roselli charging back through the field to earn a solid fifth place finish. Top Rookie Mark Yoder raced his Hyper Hugger to sixth with Buddy Sload finishing seventh. Andrew Krause Anthony Payne and Mike Glaser rounded out the top ten. 
 
The always fast Jeff Kot in his Behrents Peformance 95 worked his way into fifth place on track when his engine expired ending his chances of taking the checker. 
 
Sutton ended Janisch's streak of four ATQMRA feature wins in a row making Janisch and Sutton the only drivers to find their way to Victory Lane with the ATQRMA in 2016. Ironically both Janisch and Sutton earned their first ATQMRA wins in the same Metz Racing car that Sutton currently pilots. 
 
A special thanks goes out to Bill Brice of Brice's NAPA Auto Stores for supporting all of the divisions racing at Wall and his efforts with the ATQMRA. Geoffrey Sutton earned a NAPA Aluminum Racing Jack as a contingency award for winning the feature. 
 
Next up for the ATQMRA Is a trip to the New London Ct's Waterford Speedbowl on August 6th. This will be the first trip to the Speedbowl since Mike Tidaback earned his first feature win in his Father Bob's Suzuki Gamma Powered Lindblad Badger in September of 1995. Northeast Modified ace Nick Ladyga and a host of others to be announced will take on the ATQMRA faithful on the 3/8 mile Speedbowl. 
 
ATQRMA News and Notes:  Teams are reminded that they have an opportunity to put their cars on display in front of the crowd at Pocono for the IndyCar weekend on August 20 and 21st. The Application for putting a race car in the show can be found at http://www.theclassicracingtimes.com by clicking on Applications and filling out the Pocono Sun and Show Application or contact Gary Mondschein for details. For the first time at Wall this year the ATQMRA implemented a 2 position penalty for crossing the yellow line separating the flat lower track from the banks in order to keep the competitors safe. Austin Fehr and Andrew Krause were docked two positions for going out of bounds. 
 
Heat Race 1
102 Joey Bailey
21b Ryan Tidman
348 Matt janisch
495 Jeff Kot
545 Anthony Payne
698 Tim Proctor
711 Steve Whitt
873 Austin Fehr
9f8 Mike Glaser
1027 Andrew Krause 

Heat Race 2
1461 Geoffrey Sutton
298 Matt Roselli
375 Mark Yoder
416 Buddy Sload
575 Don Zrinski
627 Mark Rogers
767 Joey Payne III
897 Chris Hirt
946 Kerry Irwin

Feature Race (25 Laps)1. 461 Geoffrey Sutton 2. 48 Matt Janisch 3. 1B Ryan Tidman 4. 27 Mark Rogers 5. 98 Matt Roselli 6. 75 Mark Yoder 7. 16 Buddy Sload 8. 27k Andrew Krause 9. Anthony Payne 10. F8 Mike Glaser 11. 95 Jeff Kot 12. 73 Austin Fehr 13.   02 Joey Bailey 14. 11. Steve Whitt 15. 75z Don Zrinski 16. 67 Joey Payne III 17. 46 Kerry Irwin 18. 98 Tim Proctor 19. 97 Chris Hirt

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Janisch Wins at Wall on Garden State Classic Night ATQMRA Hoosier Tire Mid Atlantic Cops Fourth Win in a Row

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Janisch Wins at Wall on Garden State Classic Night ATQMRA Hoosier Tire Mid Atlantic Cops Fourth Win in a Row

June 25, 2016 Wall Stadium, NJ

Matt Janisch of Nazareth, Pa has won his fair share of ATQMRA races across the years and earned himself a championship in 2014. Since the second race of the season nobody else has visited victory lane. Janisch earned four ATQMRA feature race wins in a row. Janisch earned the win over second running Buddy Sload with Geoffrey Sutton rounding out the podium. Heat Races were won by Matt Roselli in his New Laffler Chassis mount with Rookie of the year Candidate Mark Yoder picking up the win in the other qualifier. Popular Wall racer Ronnie the Rocket Mullen took a wild ride in the feature but is ok after being checked out at the Jersey Shore Medical Center. The ATQRMA sees action next back at Wall on July 16.

The feature saw a front row of Tim Proctor and Ronnie Mullen take the green flag but before a lap could be completed contact between Buddy Sload and Jeff Kot sent Kot Spinning into the infield slowing the field.

On the second attempt it was Tim Proctor charging into the lead with Joey Bailey in tow with Matt Roselli in third. Proctor would surrender the lead to Bailey entering the first turn on lap three. Bailey looked strong but his time in front of the pack was short lived when an electrical gremlin reared its ugly head relegating him to a DNF in the final tally. Bailey who won the ATQMRA's last race on the high banks showed the prowess to contend on Wall's flat inner oval as well.

While side by side racing was happening throughout the pack Janisch was methodically picking his was to the front. Janisch was sharp as usual after having run four races in the last week Winning Bethel last Saturday with the wing on and running third and fourth in Speedstr competition in between. Proctor resumed command when Bailey fell out only to be overtaken by Janisch on lap eight.

Janisch in his Yuhas Chassis Mark Janisch powered combination would run off the fastest lap of the day and cruised to the win by 2.5 seconds over a battle between Buddy Sload and Geoffrey Sutton for second and third. When Sutton charged from his 12th starting position into third behind Sload the two had spirited battle swapping cross over moves with inside and outside passes for the second position. Sload came out on top in the battle for second with Sutton third. Tim Proctor rolled across the line fourth with Rookie of the year hopeful Mark Yoder crossing the line fifth.

The feature race was stopped on the thirteenth lap when Popular Wall Racer Ronnie the Rocket Mullen of nearby Brick Township went flipping down the back straight away. Following a precautionary trip to the hospital Mullen was bruised and sore but uninjured otherwise. His Classic Competition Dart Chassis did its job and kept the driver safe.

The first heat race was won by Matt Roselli who charged from his fourth starting position to earn the qualifier win over Jeff Kot, Matt Janisch, Anthony Payne and Ronnie Mullen with Mark Rogers picking up the last qualifying spot.

The second heat saw Mark Yoder work from his fourth starting position to take the lead in the waning laps. Yoder had a strong day at Wall earning his first ATQMRA Heat Race win and ran a strong fifth in the feature. Yoder Bested Jeff Kot followed by Janisch Anthony Payne, and a pair of Wall Regulars in Ron Mullen and Mark Rogers.

Next up for the ATQMRA is back at the Speedway by the Shore Wall Stadium for some more exciting short track racing on Wall's inner flat oval. Racing on the inner track and speedway management has helped to create resurgence in participation in the outdoor TQ ranks with the club drawing an eighteen car per race average. As teams have adapted to the flat track racing without wings the racing has improved and many drivers have demonstrated the ability to make passes on the outside and race side by side.

Hoosier Tire Mid Atlantic ATQMRA Feature (25 Laps): 1. 48 Matt Janisch 2. 16 Buddy Sload 3. 461 Geoffrey Sutton 4. 98t Tim Proctor 5. 75Y Mark Yoder 6. 98 Matt Roselli 7. 27 Mark Rogers 8. 1B Ryan Tidman 9. 95 Jeff Kot 10. 11 Steve Whitt 11. 75Z Don Zrinski 12. 45 Anthony Payne 13. 46 Kerry Irwin 14. F8 Mike Glaser 15. 67 Joey Payne III 16. 39 Ronnie Mullen 17. 02 Joey Bailey

Heat Race 1: 1.  98 Matt Roselli 2. 02 Joey Bailey 3. 1B Ryan Tidman 4. 461 Geoffrey Sutton 5. 98t Tim Proctor 6. 16 Buddy Sload 7. 75z Don Zrinski 8. F8 Mike Glaser 9. 11 Steve Whitt

Heat Race 2:  1. 75y Mark Yoder 2. 95 Jeff Kot 3. 48 Matt Janisch 4. 45 Anthony Payne 5. 39 Ron Mullen 6. 27 Mark Rogers 7. 67 Joey Payne III 8. 46 Kerry Irwin

ATQMRA News and Notes: Matt Janisch, the 2005 ATQMRA Rookie of the year as well as 2014 Champion had a busy week racing a SpeedSTR to a third and fourth place finish on dirt demonstrating his throwback ability to adapt to both pavement and dirt. Blu Metz of the Metz Racing Driver Development Team took his 46 TQ to the Weatherly Hill climb on June 12th and Blasted up the paved mountain road making both rights and lefts timing 48th overall against 92 competitors. The ATQMRA has seen an uptick in the payouts teams receive from each event. Mark Ludwig was on hand as race Director for his first event in that position with the ATQMRA taking over for Bill Brice moving forward.   Teams are reminded that they have an opportunity to put their cars on display in front of the crowd at Pocono for the IndyCar weekend on August 20 and 21st. The Application for putting a race car in the show can be found at http://www.theclassicracingtimes.com by clicking on Applications and filling out the Pocono Sun and Show Application.

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Janisch Completes Fathers Day Hat Trick at Bethel Hoosier Tire Mid Atlantic ATQMRA

Bethel, NY June 20, 2016

When the ATQMRA hit the quarter mile oval at Bethel Motor Speedway Current point leader Matt Janisch was riding a two race win streak after winning on Wall's inner oval and Mahoning prior to that. His win at Bethel gives him three in a row at three completely different tracks. Heat Races were won by Johnny Hotrod Gambutti and Tim Proctor. Next up for the ATQRMA is a trip to Wall for some wingless racing on that track's inner oval on Saturday June 25th.

The feature had Tim Proctor and Ronnie Mullen take the green flag. It looked similar to the start of the heat race with Proctor jumping into the lead. A lap four caution was brought out by Geoffrey Sutton and put Buddy Sload on the outside Pole with Proctor. The result was again the same. Proctor jumped into the lead and looked to be on his way to his first ATQMRA win. In the mean time Janisch was methodically working his way through the field from his eleventh starting position.

Janisch moved into second on lap eleven and began to attempt to real in Proctor. Without the aid of a caution Janisch was aided by Proctor being held up negotiating lapped traffic, Janisch made the decisive move with two laps to go entering the third turn and lead the final two circuits to get the win over a second finishing Proctor Followed by Buddy Sload Jon Gambutti and Matt Roselli.

Unfortunately Proctors banner day ended on a down note as his car was found to be over the limit on tread width. A dejected Proctor said following the race he changed the right rear tire and didn't re-check his width. Apparently the replacement wheel was of a slightly different offset leading to the disqualification.

The first heat race saw a front row of Tim Proctor and Mike Glaser bring the field to the green with Proctor powering into the lead. Proctor took off and left the rest of the field in his dust easily outdistancing second finishing 2015 champion Buddy Sload followed by Matt Roselli, Jeff Kot Joey Bailey and Mark Yoder to earn a position in the handicap for the feature.

The second heat race saw a front row of Rookie of the Year hopefuls Ronnie the Rocket Mullen and Joey Payne III take the green with Mullen rocketing into the lead. Mullen opened a gap on second running Jon Gambutti before a caution fell for a spinning Bill Force Jr. On the restart Gambutti quickly took the lead with Ryan Tidman Janisch Geoffrey Sutton and Mullen crossing the line ahead of Payne who earned the last transfer spot.

Next up for the ATQMRA is a trip to Wall for some wingless racing on Wall's inner oval that has been extremely competitive. Janisch will be looking to make it four wins in a row on Saturday June 25th.

ATQMRA News and Notes:  The ATQMRA was accompanied by the vintage Division of the ATQMRA that had a number of cars from the history of the organization on hand to do some vintage racing. Drew Fornoro driving the Robert Noll owned Wherle 02 that was one of the winningest cars in the history of the ATQMRA won the four stroke division feature with Tom Arntz winning the two stroke division.

Feature (25 Laps) 1. 48 Matt Janisch 2. Buddy Sload 3. 51 Jon Gambutti 4. 98 Matt Roselli 5. 1B Ryan Tidman 6. 95   Jeff Kot 7. 75 Mark Yoder 8. 461 Geoffrey Sutton 9. 11 Steve Whitt 10. 39 Ron Mullen 11.   67 Joe Payne III 12. F8 Mike Glaser 13. 97 Chris Hirt 14. 06 Chad Parks 15. 02 Joey Bailey 16. 98T Tim Proctor (DQ Tread width) 17. Bill Force Jr. (DNS)

Heat Race 1. 98T Tim Proctor 2. 16 Buddy Sload 3. 98 Matt Roselli 4. 95 Jeff Kot 5. 02 Joey Bailey 6. 75 Mark Yoder 7. F8 Mike glaser 8. 97 Chris Hirt 9. 06 Chad Parks

Heat Race 2 1. Jon Gambutti 2. 1B Ryan Tidman 3. 48 Matt Janisch 4. 461 Geoffrey Sutton 5. 39 Ronnie Mullen 6. 67 Joey Payne 7. 11 Steve Whitt 8. 46 Bill Force Jr.   

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Janisch Wins on Wall Inner Oval Hoosier Tire Mid Atlantic ATQMRA

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Janisch Wins on Wall Inner Oval Hoosier Tire Mid Atlantic ATQMRA

Matt Janisch of Nazareth Pa earned his second feature win of the season at Wall Stadium in wingless competition on Wall's inner oval after a heated Battle with early race leader Ryan Tidman. Heat Races were won by Don Zrinski and Geoffrey Sutton. The ATQMRA Racing on Wall's inner oval have become known for their exciting race starts coming in the Box a quarter of the way down the straight away resulting in five wide racing when the green flag flies. Next up for the ATQMRA is a trip to Bethel Motor Speedway for winged racing on Saturday June 18th.

A feature race front row of Flying Ryan Tidman and Don the Snake Zrinski took the initial green flag with cars fanning out five wide in the Start box. But it didn't work out that well when the cars entered the tight turns on Wall's inner oval as Zrinski and several other competitors tangled bringing out a caution before a lap was complete. Involved was Season opening Winner Geoffrey Sutton, Ron Mullen, Tim Proctor, Buddy Sload, Kerry Irwin, Anthony Payne, Matt Janisch and Steve Whitt. The incident was keyed when Zrinski and Multi time series Champion Don Adams tangled mid turn.

The restart saw a front row of Tidman and Adams take the green with Tidman gaining the advantage. Sutton and Janisch quickly made their way through the field and put themselves in contention by lap five from their 12th and 13th starting positions.

A tangle between front Running Mark Yoder and Joey Bailey brought out the caution when Yoder spun exiting turn four. The restart saw Sutton take to the third groove and sweep from his fourth starting position to nearly taking the lead from Tidman entering the third turn. The tight racing jumbled the leaders and gave Janisch the opening he needed to retake the lead after being set back for jumping an earlier restart.  

Sutton's day ended on lap 12 when his engine expired slowing the action one more time. From there on it was Janisch all the way earning the victory over Tidman with Joey Bailey in the Alan Mollot 51 Badger finishing third. Jeff Kot and Buddy Sload rounded out the top five. Mark Yoder rebounded to post a sixth place finish with Anthony Payne rolling across the line seventh followed by fellow Rookies Chris Hirt and Joey Payne III with Kerry Irwin rounding out the top ten.

The first heat race saw Don Zrinski take the checker with a lap six pass of Yoder to take the heat race win over Yoder followed by Anthony Payne with Joey Bailey, Tim Proctor, and Don Adams making the invert.

The second heat saw Geoffrey Sutton sweep into the lead early and lead every lap to post the win. Matt Roselli who was racing a brand new Laffler Chassis car finished second after being the fastest TQ in Practice but didn't start the feature due to an uncharacteristic mechanical issue. Jeff Kot, Matt Janisch, Ryan Tidman, and Buddy Sload rounded out the redraw cars.

ATQMRA News and Notes:  Feature winner Matt Jansich sits atop the point standings after backing up his win at Mahoning a few weeks ago with another feature victory at Wall. This marks his second feature win at Wall after winning the Turkey Derby to cap his 2014 Championship season in style on the high banks of Wall Stadium. Janisch in Victory lane thanked his Father Mark for Building the strong Engines that power him to Victory in his Yuhas Chassis car.

Joey Bailey wasn't planning to race this weekend's race at Wall with his Zuzzalo 02 sidelined with engine problems from Mahoning Valley. Multi time Championship winning car owner Alan Mollot was without a driver when regular shoe Jon Gambutti was under the weather. Mollot put the 2013 ATQMRA Rookie of the year Bailey in the car and had to be happy with the podium finish on after struggling to get hooked up on Wall's flat inner oval. Joey is the second generation of Bailey to race the Famous red 51 car following in his father's footsteps behind the wheel of the potent Mollot mount that has countless feature wins on Wall's high banks and at just about every track the ATQMRA has competed at across the years.

Second Generation ATQMRA competitor Rookie Chris Hirt made his debut in the Tim Proctor 97 earning an eighth place finish. Chris' father Ken Hirt was a regular competitor with the ATQMRA through the 90s and early 2000's in the Rick Arnold 78 cars.

Ten Time ATQMRA Champion Don Adams returned to competition in the Lawshie 52 car after sorting out some handling issues the car was fast enough to earn a spot in the feature redraw and a 12th place finish.

Steve Whitt, Steve Craig and Don Zrinski made their first races of the season. Zrinski following his heat win looked poised to earn another strong finish but wasn't able to complete a lap after getting bent up on the initial race start. The Steve's of Whitt and Craig were both DNF's in the feature.

 

TQ Feature (25 Laps)

1 48 Matt janisch 

2 1b Ryan Tidman 

3 51 Joey Bailey 

4 95 Jeff Kot 

5 16 Buddy Sload 

6 75 Mark Yoder 

7 45 Anthony Payne 

8 97 Chris Hirt 

9 67 Joey Payne III 

10 46 Kerry Irwin 

11 f8 Mike Glaser 

12 52 Donnie Adams 

13 461. Geoffrey Sutton 

14 6 Steve Whitt 

15 55 Steve Craig 

16 39 Ronnie Mullen 

17 75 Don Zrinski 

18 98 Tim Proctor 

19 98 Matt Roselli DNS

Heat Race 1 (8 Laps)

1 75Don Zrinski 

2 75Mark Yoder 

3 45Anthony Payne 

4 51Joey Bailey

5 98Tim Proctor 

6 52Donnie Adams 

7 46Kerry Irwin 

8 97Chris Hirt 

9 6Steve Whitt 

10 55Steve Craig 

 

Heat Race 2 (8 Laps)

1 46Geoffrey Sutton 

2 98Matt Roselli 

3 95Jeff Kot 

4 48Matt janisch 

5 1bRyan Tidman 

6 16Buddy Sload 

7 f8Mike Glaser 

8 67Joey Payne III

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Janisch Cops Fourth Consecutive ATQMRA Mahoning Opener Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic ATQMRA

Lehighton, Pa

Matt Janisch of nearby Nazareth, Pa parked his white and orange 48 in victory lane at Mahoning Valley Speedway earning his fourth consecutive ATQMRA Mahoning opener. Second across the line was Geoffrey Sutton with Matt Roselli rounding out the Podium. Heat Races were won by Roselli and Kris Graver in the Janisch 48x.   Next up for the ATQMRA is round three of the championship chase at Wall Stadium on Saturday May 14th for more wingless action on Wall's inner bullring.
 
The Feature race saw a front row of Matt Roselli and Mike Tidaback take the Bob Stull Green flag with Roselli moving into the lead with Geoffrey Sutton in tow. Roselli was credited with leading lap one but Sutton was able to make an inside move to take the early lead. Janisch moved from his fourth staring spot to second by lap four and overtook Sutton for the lead on lap 8 and set sail. Several restarts before half way bunched the field for double file restarts with Janisch and Sutton remaining one two with Roselli in third. Fourth finishing Flying Ryan Tidman battled with Roselli, both in Laffler Chassis race cars for the third spot. They swapped the position several times before Roselli gained the edge after a lap 22 restart.
 
Fifth across the line was Jeff Kot in his own Badger 95 with Mike Tidaback in the Alan Mollot Badger sixth. Kris Graver who also notched a fifth place finish in the Modified feature rolled across the line 7th in the Janisch 48x as the top finishing Rookie. Anthony Payne Charged from his fourteenth starting position to finish eighth in his second start at Mahoning Valley. Tim Proctor and Mark Yoder rounded out the top ten.
 
The first heat saw a front row of Kris Graver and Tim Proctor take the Stull Green with Graver taking the early lead and running away from Geoffrey Sutton with teammate Janisch settling in for a third place finish. Proctor, Joey Bailey and Tidaback rounded out the redraw cars for the feature.
 
The second heat had a front row of Austin Fehr and Matt Roselli take the green with Roselli taking the lead and never looking back. He bested sixth starting Buddy Sload in the Colin Martin Spitfire 16 with Kot third. Tidman, Fehr and Mahoning Valley crowd favorite, the "Fightin' Lehighton" Rick Kirkendall rounded out the cars eligible for the feature redraw.
 
Next up for the ATQMRA is round three of the championship chase at Wall Stadium on Saturday May 14th for more wingless action on Wall's inner bullring. Don the Snake Zrinski has his sights set on making his first season appearance at Wall on the 14th after having several strong showings at Wall in 2015. A handful of teams have designs on making their season debut on the popular Speedway by the Shore's inner flat oval that has helped create resurgent interest in the TQ division.

ATQMRA News and Notes: 2014 ATQMRA Champion and 2005 Rookie of the year Matt Janisch raced to his fourth consecutive Mahoning Valley Speedway opening night feature win in dominant fashion in his white and orange 48. This win gives Janisch eight Career TQ Midget feature event wins at the Circular Mahoning Valley oval. Kris Graver raced the second 48 car that Janisch used to earn the first two wins in his streak earning a heat race win. Three times ATQMRA Champion Mike Tidaback was behind the wheel of the Alan Mollot 51 making his first start at Mahoning Valley in a badger since racing his familiar Petty colored 43 at the Len Duncan Memorial race in 2011. The Popular "Fightin; Lehighton" Rick Kirkendall made his first ever start in a TQ midget in the Metz Racing Driver Development 46 and was all smiles after the feature. A determined Mullen racing team had to overcome some serious adversity to even make the races at Mahoning Valley Saturday. Their tow rig and trailer were vandalized in the early morning and left them with eight flat tires. Not to be deterred the Mullen Team fought through the adversity and arrived at Mahoning in time to finish seventh in their heat race.  
 
Feature (25 laps) 1. 48 Matt Jansich   2. 461 Geoffrey Sutton 3.   98 Matt Roselli 4. 1B Ryan Tidman 5. 95 Jeff Kot 6. 51 Mike Tidaback 7. 48X Chris Graver(R) 8. 45 Anthony Payne(R)   9. 98T Tim Proctor 10. 75 Mark Yoder (R) 11. 39 Ronnie Mullen (R) 12. 46 Rick Kirkendall(R)   13. 67 Joey Payne III (R) 14. F8 Mike Glaser 15. 02 Joey Bailey 16. 16 Buddy Sload 17. DNS 73 Austin Fehr 18. DNS 53 Bud Sload
 
Heat Race 1 (8Laps) 1. 48x Kris Graver 2. 461 Geoffrey Sutton 3. 48 Matt Janisch 4. 98t Tim Proctor 5. 02 Joey Bailey 6. 51 Mike Tidaback 7. 75 Mark Yoder 8. F8 Mike Glaser
 
Heat Race 2 (8 Laps) 1. 98 Matt Roselli 2. 16 Buddy Sload 3. 95 Jeff Kot 4. 1B Ryan Tidman 5. 73 Austin Fehr 6. Rick Kirkendall 7. 39 Ronnie Mullen 8. 45 Anthony Payne 9. 67 Joey Payne III
 
Season Feature Lap Leaders: Geoffrey Sutton 31 Matt Janisch 19 Matt Roselli 1
 

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Sutton Wins Hoosier Tire Mid Atlantic ATQMRA Wall Opener Earns First ATQMRA Feature Victory

Strong field lining up for the season opener at Wall Speedway

Wall Stadium, Wall TownshipNJSaturday April 23, 2016
 
2014 ATQMRA Rookie of the year Geoffrey Sutton parked the Metz Driver Development BGF Engine 461 in Victory lane at the season opening race at Wall Stadium earning his first career ATQMRA victory. Heat races were won by Pat VanVarick and Flying Ryan Tidman. The Brice's NAPA Auto Parts Clean Start products were handed out to teams at Wall. The Bob Emmons MNO season long Hard Charger program will be back in place for the 2016 season. Next up for the ATQMRA is a trip Mahoning Valley to blister the circular oval in winged competition on Saturday April 30th. Rookie Eligible Pat VanVarick was the highest finishing rookie giving him the Rookie Points lead.
 
The first heat race was won by Pat VanVarick in his Hyper Hugger Micro Sprint. He charged from his fourth starting position to the lead and fended off the Challenges of Geoffrey Sutton on several restarts. The first heat was slowed by a series of flips by 2015 ATQMRA Rookie of the Year Mike Glaser who went for a high side tumble coming out of the fourth turn. Somehow the car was unharmed in the incident and Glaser returned to finish the heat. Matt Roselli was third followed by 2015 Champion Buddy Sload, 2014 Champion Matt Janisch and 1998 club Champ Jon Gambutti rounded out the drivers eligible for the feature redraw.
 
The second heat was never seriously in doubt as Ryan Tidman started from the pole by the luck of the draw and outpaced Jeff Kot and Joey Bailey. Brett Conklin, Ron Mullen and Anthony Payne rounded out the qualifiers to be in the Feature redraw.  
 
The feature saw a front row of Anthony Payne and Matt Roselli bring the field down to the green with Roselli using the outside lane to gain the lead through one and two. Geoffrey Sutton followed Roselli into second and turned under Roselli coming out of turn four to lead the first lap and was scored in the lead the remainder of the race.
 
It wasn't quite that easy however. A lap three caution bunched the field but Sutton was able to maintain the lead and open a gap on second running Roselli. As Sutton started negotiating lap traffic Roselli and a hard charging Ryan Tidman closed to within striking distance of. The three would dice their way though traffic until lap 22 when Roselli would end up turned around coming out of the fourth turn. Sutton would have a pair of tigers on his tail on the ensuing restart with perennial ATQMRA Championship contenders Tidman and Janisch hot on his heels. Sutton was able to fend off Tidman's Challenges and win by a tight .163 seconds. Janisch was third followed by Jeff Kot and VanVarick. Joey Bailey rolled across the line sixth with rookie Mark Yoder seventh. Matt Roselli would recover from his spin to finish eighth Followed by Wall Stadium's Fan Voted Most popular driver and rookie of the year eligible Ronnie the Rocket Mullen with Mike Glaser posting a top ten.
 
Special thanks goes out to Bill Brice of Brice's NAPA Auto Parts of nearby Freehold, NJ. They are back supporting the ATQMRA with their Clean Start program once again in 2016. They provided each team in attendance with a NAPA 5 gallon bucket containing carb and brake cleaner a roll of shop rags hand cleaner and Mother's Spray wax to help keep the competition clean and looking good.  
 
Bob Emmons has also returned to help support the ATQMRA with the MNO $500.00 Hard Charger award that was presented in 2015 to ATQMRA Champion Buddy Sload. Racers earn passing points by advancing from their feature starting position.
 
ATQMRA News and Notes: The ATQMRA was eighteen strong for the season opener. Tim Proctor had his beautifully prepared 98T on hand but had his day end early with an uncharacteristic engine failure. 2008 ATQMRA Rookie of the Year and multi race winner as well as past Borger's Speedway Champion Austin Fehr returned to competition with the ATQMRA. Fehr worked though the day adjusting to Wall's challenging flat track. The day saw a Payne owned 67 return to competition for the first time in many years with Joey Payne III at the controls. Payne won 11 out of 17 open Kart races on Wall's inner oval in 2015 and is trying his hand in a Drinan TQ Midget. Payne finished a respectable thirteenth in the main.   Payne's Little brother Anthony picked up a ride in the potent Sload Racing 53 but was out early in the feature. Joey Jr. hopes to have Anthony Payne's Laffler TQ ready for next week's show at Mahoning Valley. Absent on the day was Steve Craig who has designs returning to competition with the organization starting with Mahoning Valley. Following his win Sutton was thankful to Jim Fleishman and Chad Haywood of BGF Engine and Chassis for providing the difference making horsepower to earn the win.
 
 
Heat 1:   1. 17 Pat VanVarick 2. Geoffrey Sutton 3. 43/98 Matt Roselli 4. 16 Buddy Sload 5. 48 Matt Janisch 6. 51 Jon Gambutti 7. 73 Austin Fehr 8. f8 Mike Glaser 9. 75 Mark Yoder
 
Heat 2:   1. 1B Ryan Tidman 2. 95 Jeff Kot 3. 02 Joey Bailey 4. 64 Brett Conklin 5. 39 Ronnie Mullen 6. 53 Anthony Payne 7. 46 Kerry Irwin 8. DNS 98T Tim Proctor
 
Feature (25 Laps)1. 461 Geoffrey Sutton 2. 1B Ryan Tidman 3. 48 Matt Janisch 4. 95 Jeff Kot 5. 17 Pat VanVarick 6. 02 Joey Bailey 7. 75 Mark Yoder 8. 43/98 Matt Roselli 9. Ronnie Mullen 10. f8 Mike Glaser 11. 46 Kerry Irwin 12. 64 Brett Conklin 13. 67 Joey Payne III 14. 16 Buddy Sload 15. 53 Anthony Payne 16. 51 Jon Gambutti 17. 73 Austin Fehr
 

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Rudolph Turkey Derby Champ Bests ATQMRA Field of 35 cars

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Rudolph Turkey Derby Champ Bests ATQMRA Field of 35 cars

PHOTO CREDIT: WHEELS OF SPEED

PHOTO CREDIT: WHEELS OF SPEED

By: Blu Metz
November 28, 2015

Belmar, NJ. Eric Rudolph from Ransomville, NY was not only good but lucky at the 2015 ATQMRA Turkey Derby at Wall Stadium on Saturday. Rudolph led every lap reroute to pocketing the $1,000 winners share in the Mark Lafler owned Lafler House car in his first outing on Wall's inner oval. Matt Janisch set fast time with Matt Roselli earning a B-Main win. Four of the top finishing cars were disqualified following the race by the ATQMRA Officials for a tread width infraction. Next up for the ATQMRA is a General Membership Meeting this coming Sunday at 10:00 am in Fort Washington, Pa.

Ransomville New York's own Eric Rudolph is an accomplished racer in countless divisions beyond the world of TQ midget racing. He has wins in Modified stock cars on pavement and dirt as well as documented success in TQ midgets indoors. He used his talent as a race car driver coupled with a little luck to earn the thousand dollar winners share at the ATQMRA Turkey Derby. Rudolph drove his way into the redraw by turning the ninth fast lap in qualifications and was lucky enough to pull the number one pill that gave him the pole for the scheduled 30 lap race.

2015 ATQMRA Champion and two time feature winner on Wall's flat track as well as track record holder Buddy Sload charged from his fifth starting position to third on the initial race start. Sload worked his way into second by lap five to challenge Rudolph for the lead. A lap 7 restart would send Sload flipping entering the first turn ending his day. Sload was shaken but unhurt following the incident.

The incident put Ryan Flores into second. He would dog Rudolph the rest of the way but was unable to take the lead away from the Ransomville flyer. His chances for getting the win were cut short as a result of the race being shortened due to the impending storm front that was moving in.

The TQ midgets haven't had this strong of a field of cars at the annual Turkey Derby at Wall in many years. With 35 cars on hand and only 26 positions open for the feature it set up a situation where some racers were going to be watching the feature. Qualifications for the race were done by way of European style Time trials where 5 groups of seven cars were given four green flag laps to run their fastest lap. The top twelve would go into a redraw and the next 12 would go into the A-main straight up from time. The final two positions would be the top two finishers in the B-Main.

2014 ATQMRA Champion and the winner of that year's Turkey Derby Matt Janisch would set fast time. Janisch would redraw 7th but would be taken off the track as a result of putting down fluid. Matt Roselli who is normally a strong time trailer had a mechanical issue that relegated him to the B-Main which he won followed by Brett Conklin to advance to the A-Main.

In an unfortunate turn of events four of the top running cars were disqualified for a tread width infraction that was found during post race inspection. This put Ryan Susie in second position followed by Anthony Payne moving into a podium finish of third place in his first race on Wall's inner oval. Tom Fraschetta was fourth with perennial ATQMRA Championship contender Ryan Tidman fifth and 2014 ATQMRA Rookie of the year Geoffrey Sutton sixth. Tim Proctor finished seventh followed by ATQMRA regular Shawn McCaughey, Mark Yoder was ninth with Jeff Kot rounding out the top ten.

A follow up meeting to the October 21st Elections meeting is scheduled for Sunday December 6th at 10am.  The meeting will be held at the Best Western Ft Washington, 285 Commerce Drive, Fort Washington, PA.  It is located right at the exit from the turnpike.  An agenda will be sent out by December 1st. The meeting will give all those with an interest in continuing the growth of the ATQMRA an opportunity to voice their opinions about the direction of the organization.

ATQMRA News and Notes:The ATQMRA Turkey Derby was a who's who of indoor three Quarter midget racing with cars and stars that frequent the indoor events put on by the Sammons family each year. Countless wins were represented in the field with Liquid Lou Cicconi racing the car that Ted Christopher used to win numerous indoor feature events. The team battled gremlins in the engine management system all day. ATQMRA and ARDC Veteran Steve Craig made a return to the ranks of the ATQMRA after a several year absence. Joey Payne III made laps on the day in the Bruce Leote 26 car making his first Turkey Derby appearance in TQ competition and also marking the first time he was on track in competition with his father Joey Jr. and brother Anthony.

ATQMRA Turkey Derby 2015 Results

1. Eric Rudolph $1,000 2. 38 Ryan Susie 3. 45 Anthony Payne 4. 57 Tom Fraschetta 5. 1B Ryan Tidman 6. 46 Geoffrey Sutton 7. 98x Tim Proctor 8. 17v Shawn McCaughey 9. 75y Mark Yoder 10. 95 Jeff Kot 11. 15a Avery Stoehr 12. 27 Mark Rogers 13. 98 Matt Roselli 14. 11 Steve Whitt 15. 64 Brett Conklin 16. 16 Buddy Sload 17. 17 Pat VanVarick 18. 48 Matt Janisch 19. 55 Steve Craig 20. 71 Chris Allen 21. 75 Lou Cicconi 22. 73B Brett Michalski
DQ 15 Ryan Flores 5 Joey Payne 9 Jonathon Reid 07 Patrick Emerling

48 Matt Janisch set fast time

B-Main 1. 98 Matt Roselli 2. 64 Brett Conklin 3. 66 Rob Vivona 4. 39 Ron Mullen 5. 65 Mike Occhopinti 6. 26 Joey Payne III 7. 49 BJ MacDonald 8. F8 Mike Glaser 9. 33 Brianna Page

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Sload Caps a Championship Season by Winning Mahoning

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Sload Caps a Championship Season by Winning Mahoning

By: Blu Metz

October 26, 2015 Lehighton, PA    

ATQMRA goes 4 wide to salute the fans

ATQMRA goes 4 wide to salute the fans

Buddy Sload did what he had to do to earn the 2015 ATQMRA Championship by winning the feature to earn his first ATQMRA Championship after spending several seasons in the bridesmaid position. Ryan Tidman's third place finish in the Boyd Owned 1B earned the team the 2015 car owner's Championship. Mike Glaser of Jackson, NJ capped his first full season with the ATQMRA by earning the coveted title of ATQMRA Rookie of the year. Next up for the ATQRMA is the Annual Turkey Derby at Wall Stadium that will feature an indoor rules package and $1,000 to win. Heat Races were won by Buddy Sload and Mahoning Valley Modified Star Kris Graver.

The front row of Mike Glaser and Shawn McCaughey led the field in an impressive four abreast parade lap salute to the fans. The start saw McCaughey accelerate into the lead with Championship contender Ryan Tidman advancing from his fifth starting spot to second. Tidman overtook McCaughey on lap four and started to open an advantage on the field.

A caution on lap nine set off a sequence of events that would affect the championship outcome. Calls were made against Tidman, who is exceptionally good on starts, for jumping the restart not once by twice relegating him to the back of the pack for the restart. Several cars were involved in incidents on the aborted starts but were given their positions back as a result.

This sequence of events put the hard charging Buddy Sload the outside pole for the restart alongside McCaughey. Tidman would be relegated to making his championship charge from the rear of the field. Sload would take the lead on the ensuing restart and Tidman would begin his charge back through the field. 2014 ATQMRA Champion Matt Janisch would move into second but wasn't able to mount a serious challenge to Sload.

Tidman raced through the field in impressive fashion finishing a solid third place on a track that has been very good to him over the years. It was enough to earn the Car owner's Championship for the 1B car owned by Lenny and Donna Boyd but not enough for him to earn another driver's title.

In his first full season of circle track racing after a successful drag racing career Mike Glaser of Jackson, NJ won the 2015 ATQMRA Rookie of the year title with a fourteenth place finish. Glaser ran very well in his heat race but struggled in the feature. After a spinning and dumping the car on its side he was able to recover to finish fourteenth out of the 19 cars at the event earning enough points to best his fellow Rookie of the year candidate Patrick Force.

Buddy Sload ran away with the first heat race besting McCaughey Jeff Kot Tidman, and Jansich with Mark Rogers earning the final transfer position.

Thee second heat saw a continuation of the impressive laps posted by Mahoning Valley Speedway Modified Star Kris Graver in the Janisch 48x that won the 2014 ATQMRA Championship. He posted the second fastest lap in practice being bested by only the Sload racing 53 driven by BJ MacDonald. Graver was followed across the line by 2013 ATQMRA Rookie of the year Joey Bailey, Pat VanVarick, Mike Glaser, 2015 NEMA Lites Champion Anthony Payne making his first ATQMRA Start, and BJ MacDonald.

ATQMRA News and Notes:    2015 NEMA Lite Midget Champion Anthony Payne made his first start with the ATQMRA at Mahoning Valley Speedway. Payne is the son of multi-time ATQMRA and NEMA midget Champion and Supermodified Star Joey Payne and the grandson of Joe Payne Sr. who is considered royalty in ATQMRA circles. This makes Anthony a third generation of Payne racing with the ATQMRA. His night was cut short after turning impressive laps in the immaculately prepared Laffler Chassis car when he tangled with a lap car. 2015 NYPA Champion Kyle Hutchinson took on the ATQMRA regulars and was running competitive laps on the tricky Mahoning Valley circle when he was involved in a tangle on an aborted restart ending his day. Top running ATQMRA Racer Matt Roselli who is always a threat to win at Mahoning Valley had his day cut short by an uncharacteristic engine failure in practice.  

Heat Race 1

1 16 Buddy Sload 

2 17v Shawn McCaughey 

3 95 Jeff Kot 

4 1B Ryan Tidman 

5 48 Matt Janisch 

6 27 Mark Rogers 

7 51 Avery Stoehr 

8 88 Kyle Hutchinson 

9 18 Patrick Force 

dns 98 Matt Roselli


Heat Race 2

1 48x Kris Graver 

2 02 Joey Bailey 

3 17 Pat VanVarick 

4 F8 Mike Glaser 

5 45 Anthony Payne 

6 53 BJ McDonald 

7 75Y Mark Yoder 

8 46 Geoffrey Sutton 

9 46v Kristian Aleixo 


Feature 25 laps

1 16 Buddy Sload

2 48 Matt Janisch 

3 1B Ryan Tidman 

4 48x Kris Graver 

5 02 Joey Bailey 

6 17v Shawn McCaughey 

7 53 BJ McDonald 

8 46 Geoffrey Sutton 

9 75Y Mark Yoder 

10 27 Mark Rogers 

11 95Jeff Kot 

12 17 Pat VanVarick 

13 51 Avery Stoehr 

14 F8 Mike Glaser 

15 18 Patrick Force 

16 45 Anthony Payne 

17 46v Kristian Aleixo 

18 88 Kyle Hutchinson 

dns 98 Matt Roselli
 

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Penultimate Challenge Round at Wall goes to Tidman Besting a field of 26 Cars Hoosier Tire Mid Atlantic ATQMRA

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Penultimate Challenge Round at Wall goes to Tidman Besting a field of 26 Cars Hoosier Tire Mid Atlantic ATQMRA


(September 19, 2015) Wall Stadium, Belmar, NJ By Blu Metz

Ryan Tidman had to earn the win at Wall Stadium on Saturday giving himself max points at Wall's Fan Appreciation night over a full field of 26 cars. The win over a hard charging Pat VanVarick gives Tidman a 4 point lead heading into the season points finale at Mahoning Valley Speedway in Lehighton on Saturday October 24th over a third place finishing Buddy Sload. Heat Races were won by Geoffrey Sutton, Pat VanVarick and Nick Ladyga. Brice's NAPA Auto Parts presented NAPA hats to each of the Quarter Midget racers on hand and the organization received support from Behrent's Performance Warehouse.

The feature race saw a front row of Shawn McCauhey and 2013 ATQMRA Rookie of the year Joey Bailey take the green with the two tangling in the first turn with Bailey getting the worse of the exchange ending his race. At the other end of the first lap several cars tangled exiting the fourth turn with Matt Janisch ending up with the wheels knocked off of the Cicconi 75 mount he was racing. Modified racer Steve Whitt was also involved in the altercation but was able to make repairs and return to action.

The second attempt at the initial start saw a pair of 17 cars at the point with McCauhey and Pat VanVarick race into the corner with VanVarick gaining the edge with McCauhey close in tow. Jeff Kot charged into third with Tidman riding fourth. Kot in a what turned out to be the fastest race car at the track set a new wall flat track record during the feature turning a lap of 13.365 seconds. Kot used the speed to charge into second and started applying pressure to VanVarick. Tidman moved into second and was able to overtake VanVarick on lap 9. It was then VanVarick's turn to apply the pressure.

Several restarts bunched the field and gave VanVarick an opportunity to work Tidman over but to no avail as Tidman was able to hold on and earn a hard fought victory. Jeff Kot's chances at a strong finish came to an end on lap 21 when he was turned around. He made a mad charge back through the field to return to a respectable 11th place finish.

Buddy Sload entered the race with a 4 point lead over Ryan Tidman. Sload hung out in the top five throughout the course of the 25 lap race but had to settle for a third place finish and saw his point lead become a deficit of 4 points which is one position on the track heading into the season Points finale at Mahoning Valley on October 24th.

The Rookie battle between Mike Glaser and Patrick Force tightened up with Force finishing just ahead of Glaser narrowing the gap to 28 points heading into the finale.

The ATQMRA participated in Wall Stadium's fan appreciation night having the 26 cars in attendance on track for the Fan Party on the track before racing started. Brice's NAPA Auto Parts supplied NAPA hats to teams as a part of their participation in the ATQMRA Brice's NAPA Auto Parts Clean Start Program. Each of the Quarter Midget racers was given an autographed hat for each TQ in the feature and was able to get their pictures taken with the Podium finishers in Victory Lane following the race. Racers were able to meet their fans on track, sign autographs and hand out promotional items. Joey Bailey, Geoffrey Sutton, and Brianna Page who all raced and won at Little Wall's Quarter midget track before beginning their TQ racing careers took part in a group photo with the current Quarter Midget racers at Little Wall during fan fest.

The ATQMRA had a banner night at Wall Stadium for their Fan appreciation night. The organization's transition to the inner oval has had its detractors but teams are voting loud and clear with their cars boosting the venerable organization's car count to 26 for the day. The racing on the short track has become increasingly competitive since the club's debut on the flat track with drivers becoming more comfortable with the intricacies of this style of racing. The racing is competitive with passing opportunities at every turn. The slide job has become a regular occurrence. The cross over move is becoming prevalent. Racers have shown the ability to run side by side with an outside groove developing and out-braking your opponent has become an advantage.

The TQ NYPA TQ midgets that race in the Western New York area in conjunction with track management are hosting an open competition wingless TQ Midget race at Chapel Hill Speedway on Saturday October 3rd. Carbureted and Fuel injected engines will compete head to head on the tight confines of the Chapel Hill Speedway. Full details for the event will be made available shortly. The event looks to spearhead an era of cooperation between the ATQMRA and the NYPA organizations moving forward. The last time the ATQMRA cars went north to Chapel Hill it was Matt Janisch earning the win.

ATQMRA News and Notes: The full field of 26 cars signed into the pits is a high mark for the organization for many years and appears to be a sign of good things coming in the future. Teams are embracing the racing on the smaller track with reduced speeds and increased competitiveness with each of the 16 cars finishing the race remaining on the lead lap. A pair of Teammates, Geoffrey Sutton and Ron Mullen in the Metz Racing TQ midgets, were also teammates in the Modified Division running a pair of Paul Hartwig Modifieds on the night with Mullen earning a top ten finish. Mullen incidentally raced in four divisions Saturday night. It was a pleasure seeing Rudy Boetticher Sr. at the track where his cars earned numerous victories over the years with sons Rudy Jr. and Robert behind the wheel. Nick Ladyga from Norwich, CT was impressive in his heat race win and worked his way through the field racing as far forward as fourth before an engine gremlin ended his day early. A pair of Lehigh Valley Quarter Midget Graduates Matt Roselli and Geoffrey Sutton had up and down nights. Both raced from the back of the pack to the top ten several times before Sutton settled for an eight place finish with Roselli rolling across the line 13th.


Jeff Kot established a new track record for the Wall Stadium inner oval turning a lap of 13.365 sec.


25 Lap Feature

1 1b  Ryan Tidman 

2 17  Pat VanVarick 

3 16  Buddy Sload 

4 11  STeve Whitt 

5 75  Mark Yoder 

6 51John Gambuti 

7 75  Don Zrinski 

8 46  Geoffry Sutton 

9 0  Brett Conklin 

10 33  Brianna Page 

11 95  Jeff Kot 

12 39  Ronnie Mullin 

13 98  Matt Roselli 

14 06  Chad Parks 

15 18  Patrick Force 

16 f8  Mike Glaser 

17 27  Andrew Krause 

18 26  Bill Force Jr. 

19 73  Matt Guadagno 

20 38  Nick Ladyga 

21 77  Avery Stoehr 

22 53  BJ McDobald 

23 17v  Shawn McCaughey 

24 02  Joey Bailey 

25 75  Matt janisch 

2627  Mark Rogers


Heat 1

1 46 Geoffry Sutton 

2 53 BJ McDobald 

3 75 Matt janisch 

4 95 Jeff Kot 

5 11 STeve Whitt 

6 02 Joey Bailey 

7 39 Ronnie Mullin 

8 06 Chad Parks 

9 18 Patrick Force 


Heat 2

1 17  Pat VanVarick 

2 1b  Ryan Tidman 

3 51  John Gambuti 

4 17v  Shawn McCaughey 

5 75  Don Zrinski 

6 33  Brianna Page 

7 27  Andrew Krause 

8 26  Bill Force Jr. 


Heat 3

1 38  Nick Ladyga 

2 16  Buddy Sload 

3 75  Mark Yoder 

4 0  Brett Conklin 

5 77  Avery Stoehr 

6 73  Matt Guadagno 

7 f8  Mike Glaser 

8 98  Matt Roselli

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Joey Bailey Snags Oswego Bud Classic Win Hoosier Tire Mid Atlantic ATQMRA

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Joey Bailey Snags Oswego Bud Classic Win Hoosier Tire Mid Atlantic ATQMRA

By: Blu Metz

PHOTO CREDITS: Alex Borland Race Media / Robert J Clark

(9/5/2015) Oswego, NY
Young Joey Bailey of Helmetta, NJ inherited the lead in the ATQMRA Bud Classic at Oswego Speedway on the white flag lap and held off a hard charging Jon Gambutti to cement the Victory. Bailey followed a heated battle between Matt Janisch and Ryan Tidman before both were sidelined after the white flag was shown. Heat races were won by Janisch and Tidman. Gambutti finished second with Geoffrey Sutton on the podium in third. $175 was paid to each car that competed at Oswego with Bailey pocketing $350 for the win. Next up for the ATQMRA is a trip to Wall Stadium for wingless racing on the facility's inner oval on Saturday September 19th with the season points finale at Mahoning Valley Speedway in Lehighton on Saturday October 24th.

Following their dominant victories in the heat races the ATQMRA Bud Classic shaped up to be a showdown between Reigning ATQMRA Champion Matt Janisch in his own 48 TQ midget and the multiple Championship winning Flying Ryan Tidman in the Boyd Racing 1B. The pair of racing Engineers did not disappoint. Pole Sitter Mark Yoder and Joey Bailey led the field into the first turn with Bailey leading the initial circuit only to relinquish the lead to Matt Janisch who charged from his sixth starting position to take the lead on lap four. Bailey maintained second until lap seven when Tidman took over the runner up position.

Tidman worked to put himself into a position to overtake Janisch until a lap 12 caution flew for a tangle between Mike Glaser of Jackson, NJ and The Flying Chiropractor Greg Richardson from Nearby Rochester, NY. Both would have their Classic races cut short by the incident.

The ensuing restart let the tires cool down and gave Tidman the opportunity he needed. The Janisch car picked up a push after the caution allowing Tidman to make the decisive move and take the lead. From here it looked like Tidman would cruise to victory. Still running second Janisch would take the white flag and have his engine expire entering the first turn. He would roll to a stop at the top of the second turn.   Tidman would spin entering the third turn on the same lap with the caution flag falling. This handed the lead over to the youngster, Joey Bailey, for a green white checker shootout with Hotrod Jon Gambutti.

Bailey an Engineering Student in his freshman year at Fairleigh Dickinson University had his hands full with a hard charging Supermodified racer and past ATQMRA Champ Hotrod Jon Gambutti hot on his tail. Gambutti in the Alan Mollot badger 51 applied pressure and appeared to have the edge in speed but Bailey held on to earn his first ATQMRA Bud Classic Victory at Oswego Speedway. Gambutti settled for second with Geoffrey Sutton crossing the line third. Current Point leader Buddy Sload would finish fourth with Jeff Kot rolling across the line fifth. Tidman would recover to finish sixth with Janisch seventh.   Chad Parks had one of his best ATQMRA finishes rolling across the line eighth.

Heading into the final lap Bailey was running third and didn't expect to get the victory. Joey said, "We don't like to win them this way but we will take it." Bailey went on to thank his Father Russ for providing him a well prepared car and the Zuzallo family for giving him the opportunity to race their lightening fast 02.

In winning the heat race Janisch set a new track record by lapping the Oswego inner loop in 14.322 seconds.

The ATQMRA Next heads to Wall Stadium for some short track racing on the Wall Stadium inner oval on Saturday September 19th. The flat track has reduced the speeds of the cars but the level of competition has increased. The short track style of racing has garnered the club positive attention from the media and is helping increase car counts. The final Points paying race for the ATQMRA will be on October 24th at Mahoning Valley Speedway where the 2015 ATQRMA Champion will be crowned.

ATQMRA News and Notes:   Sixteen cars were on hand for the Classic at Oswego. Making his first TQ midget start was Sprint car racer Bill Case in the Metz Racing 46v. Local Racer Greg Richardson picked up the former Justin Mapes Casey's 03 and 04 NYPA Championship winning car.

Past ATQMRA Champion Joey Payne had a good weekend of racing. He didn't take part in the ATQMRA Classic since he was busy winning the Iron Mike Scrivani Memmorial NEMA Midget race at Monodnock. On Sunday Joey was the hard charger of the race in moving from his 24th starting position to finish third, missing second by a nose in the Oswego Supermodified Classic. 

2014 ATQRMA Rookie of the year Geoffrey Sutton backed into a podium finish of third at Oswego and made his Modified Stock car debut on Sunday at Chemung Speedrome a good one by racing from an 18th start to finish tenth in the Paul Hartwig Modified. Sutton incidentally made his debut at the former track of his namesake Geoffrey Bodine in the type of car that made Bodine famous, a Modified

Alison Cumens who won an ATQMRA Classic a few years back started the ISMA Supermodified feature from the pole position but had her chances of victory end with a blown engine. 

Rookie of the year contender Patrick Force gained four Markers on rookie point leading Mike Glaser tightening that battle heading into the penultimate race at Wall. 

While the ATQMRA isn't paying a front loaded purse they are paying a generous purse through the field. Teams taking a green at the Classic at Oswego received $175 for their efforts. 

Matt Roselli seemed snake bitten at Oswego for the Classic, He had a fast car all day but a series of maladies prevented him from earning a good finish. 

Mark Yoder made his first trip to Oswego with his Hyper Hugger and was thrilled with its performance on the big track running very competitive laps but was relegated to a DNF in the final tally. 

Mark Janisch, noted engine builder and Father of ATQMRA Superstar Matt made his Oswego Speedway debut in the Janisch's 2014 Championship winning car. He ran some fast laps but was a DNS for the feature.

Heat Races were won by Matt Jansich and Ryan Tidman

1 02 Joey Baliey

2 51 John Gambutti

3 46 Geoffrey Suton

4 16 Buddy Solad

5 95 Jeff Kot

6 1B Ryan Tidman

7 48 Matt Janisch

8 06 Chad Parks

9 98X Matt Roselli

10 75Y Mark Yoder

11 18 Patrick Force

12 F8 Michael Glaser

13 4 Greg Richardson

14 46V Bill Case

15 48x Mark Janisch

16 53 Bj MacDonald

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Sload Earns ATQMRA Hat Trick

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Sload Earns ATQMRA Hat Trick

By Blu Metz
 
Wall Stadium, Saturday August 22, 2015. Buddy Sload pulled off the Hat Trick by winning the 25 lap ATQMRA feature in the Colin Martin 16. As it has been in each of the last three races Sload had to take the lead from Geoffrey Sutton who finished second followed by Matt Roselli. Heat Races were won by Marc Rogers, Steve Whitt, and Sutton. Next up for the ATQMRA is a trip north to Oswego Speedway for the International Classic that is paying $175 to take a green with $350 to go to the winner.  
 
For the ATQMRA's second trip outing on Wall's inner oval the organization had 20 TQ midgets in the pits. 17 made the call to take a green with Buddy Sload once again driving to victory. The first outing on the flat track at Wall yielded a tight pack of cars racing nose to tail. The second outing was much different. Teams went home and did their homework and worked on their setups and came back and put on a show of slide jobs, cross over moves and side by side racing for the lead.
 
Geoffrey Sutton and Ryan Tidman took the initial green with Sutton taking advantage of the inside starting spot to take the lead. Tidman was tight on Sutton's bumper through the early laps when he tangled with Sutton bringing out a caution. Tidman went pit side but returned to the track to fight his way back to an eighth place finish. Sload was second for the restart and was dogging Sutton race long. Sload moved to the outside and raced side by side with Sutton for several laps before Sutton was able to gain the advantage. A close running Matt Roselli was also in hot pursuit and started battling with Sload for second position. The pair crossed one another over and returned the favor several times before Sload raced solidly into second. The battle for second allowed Sutton to gain a slight advantage as the laps clicked down.
 
By lap 19 the brake rotors on both Sutton's Metz Racing mount and Sload's Spitfire were glowing red but Sload had enough brake left to run Sutton down and make the pass for the lead. A late caution bunched the field for a shootout to the finish. Sutton and Roselli dug down deep and gave everything they had but Sload was able to open enough of a gap to keep them at bay. Sutton rolled across the line second followed by Roselli with Don Zrinski posted another top five in fourth with Marc Rogers fifth. Steve Whitt advanced from his 17th starting position to finish sixth picking up the most passing points on the day for the MNO Hard Charger season long standings.
 
Heat Races were won by Steve Whitt who started the race from the sixth position to slice his way to the front. The second heat saw Wall Stadium Veteran Stock car racer Marc Rogers take his first ATQMRA heat race win. The third heat saw Geoffrey Sutton take his fourth heat win of the season and third consecutive heat race win. This heat was by far the most exciting. Sutton's win wasn't easy. First Matt Roselli made a move to the inside entering the first turn only to overshoot the turn allowing Sutton to cross him over coming off the second turn. Then Sload moved into second and swapped cross over moves with Sutton coming away with the heat race win.
 
Sload entered the race with a four point lead in the standings over his closest rival Ryan Tidman.  This marks the third race in a row where Sload earned max points by winning the race.  He won the last race at Wall on the inner oval and followed that up with a win at Borger's Speedway and completed the hat trick by winning the second race on the Wall inner oval.   When the official tally is done Sload should be on top by 36 markers with four races left. Mike Glaser finished one spot ahead of Rookie of the year rival Patrick Force keeping the Rookie race extremely tight.
 
Next up for the ATQMRA is a trip to Oswego Speedway for the International Classic on Saturday September 5th. The winners share is currently $350 with $175 in green money being offered to each car taking a green flag for the event. The ATQMRA will don the wings for this event being run in conjunction with the Winged ISMA Super modifieds. Racing at Oswego puts the tq midgets in front of one of the largest crowds the TQs race in front of all season long and it's the only paved track on the east coast that has a strong open wheel fan base.
 
ATQMRA News and Notes: Brianna Page and Kerry Irwin pulled double duty Saturday night running both TQ midgets and their Champ Karts on the inner oval. Irwin finished eleventh in the TQ on the tail end of the lead lap and third in the Champ race while Page finished 12th in the TQ race and one spot behind Irwin in fourth in the Champ race as well. Steve Whitt made his first ATQMRA start in impressive fashion winning his heat and charging from the rear to a very competitive sixth place finish.
 
Feature (25 Laps)
1. 16 Buddy Sload
2. 46 Geoffrey Sutton              
3. 98 Matt Roselli  
4. 75 Don Zrinski  
5. 27 Mark Rogers
6. 11 Steve Whitt
7. 95 Jeff Kot
8. 1B Ryan Tidman
9. 75 Mark Yoder
10. 17v Shawn McCaughey  
11. 46v Kerry Irwin
12. 33 Brianna Page  
13. F8 Mike Glaser
14. 18 Patrick Force
15. Brett Conklin
16. Pat VanVarick
17. 51 Jon Gambutti
18. Bud Sload DNS
 

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Sload Bests 19 Car Field at Borgers Hoosier Tire Mid Atlantic ATQMRA

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Sload Bests 19 Car Field at Borgers Hoosier Tire Mid Atlantic ATQMRA

By Blu Metz

(Borger's Speedway, Saylorsburg, Pa.   August 8, 2015)    Buddy Sload bested a strong field of 19 cars on hand at Borger's. Sload had a fast car all day and won the heat race and the feature to sweep the day making it two in a row. For the second consecutive race Sload was able to capitalize on the misfortune of 2014 Rookie of the Year Geoffrey Sutton to earn the victory. Heat races were won by Sload and Sutton. The next event for the ATQMRA is back at Borgers this coming Saturday August 15th.

The feature race saw a front row of Pole Sitter Geoffrey Sutton and Ryan Tidman lead a full field of 18 cars to Brian Zawaski's green flag. Sutton was able to gain the advantage from his inside start to get the lead exiting turn two. Sutton opened up a lead over second running Tidman when a caution flew for a tangle coming out of the second turn that ended the day for Mike Glaser and Matt Jansich. 2014 Borger's Speedway Champion Larry Hoagland was collected in the melee but was able to continue. On the ensuing restart Sutton was again able to motor ahead and started putting ground on second.

Racing continued until the white flag flew with Sutton out front. Sload worked his way from his fourth starting position to second as the laps wound down. Pat VanVarick advanced from his ninth starting position to third when the caution flag flew for a spinning Joey Bailey with less than half a lap remaining. This set up a green white checker showdown between the heat race winners Sutton and Sload.

On the restart Sutton went wide entering the first turn opening the door for Sload to take the lead. Sutton attempted to cross Sload over going down the straight away but ended up looping the car entering turn three.

The final restart saw Sload gain the slightest of margins over the hard charging VanVarick that allowed him to secure the victory. VanVarick rolled across the line second with Ryan Tidman on the podium in third. Matt Roselli and Don Zrinski rounded out the top five.

Jeff Kot made his first start since the opener at Mahoning Valley a good one to work his way up to sixth from his 11th starting position. Marc Rogers advanced 9 positions to finish seventh in the race followed by Mark Yoder and Geoffrey Sutton who was able to recover a top ten after having to restart last for the green white checker finish. Hoagland was able to earn a top ten after an early race tangle forced him to start from the rear.

The win allowed Sload to leap frog 2003 ATQMRA Rookie of the year Ryan Tidman by four markers to make Sload the point leader heading into the Satruday August 15 race back at Borger's.

ATQMRA News and Notes: Saturday marked the return of Joey Bailey to competition after his nasty flip at Borger's on July 11th. Bailey had a nice finish ahead of him in the waning laps but ended up facing the wrong way with a brake issue. Don Zrinski posted a strong fifth place finish in a season that marks his 32nd season of competition with the ATQMRA. His first year of competition with the ATQMRA came in 1983 in a home built car with a 2 stroke Suzuki at Pinebrook Speedway.

Heat Races were won by Geoffrey Sutton and Buddy Sload

Hoosier Tire Mid Atlantic Feature (30 Laps)
1. 16 Buddy Sload  
2. 17 Pat Varick
3. 1B Ryan Tidman
4. 98 Matt Roselli
5. 75Z Don Zrinski
6. 95 Jeff Kot
7. 27T Marc Rogers
8. 75 Mark Yoder
9. 46 Geoff Sutton1
0. 54 Larry Hoagland
11. ZT Jordan Tittle
12. 02 Joey Bailey
13. 18 Patrick Force
14. 06 Chad Parks
15. 48 Matt Janisch
16. 46V Mike Glaser
17. 17V Shawn McCaughe
18. F8 Darren Schuler
19. 53 Bud Sload

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Sload Win Ushers in a New Era for the ATQMRA

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Sload Win Ushers in a New Era for the ATQMRA

Buddy Sload ushered in a new era of racing for the ATQMRA in winning the first ATQMRA sanctioned race on Wall Stadium's fifth mile flat inner oval. The ATQMRA put on an exciting show on the flat track that lent itself to tight competitive racing throughout the field and kept the back of the pack in sight of the leaders after 25 green flag laps. Heat races were won by Matt Roselli and Buddy Sload in the Colin Martin Spitfire 16.  Don Zrinski ran the fastest lap in the heat races while Roselli ran the fastest lap in the feature. Next up for the ATQMRA is the first of four additional short track dates at Borger's Speedway on August 8th.

The addition of the Borger's dates and the remainder of the Club's races on Wall's inner oval and the single show at Bethel Speedway gives the ATQMRA a tie back to its small track roots that was lost with the closing of venue's like Freeport LI Speedway, Islip LI, the paved track at New Egypt and Dorney Park as well as the fabled Pinebrook Speedway. The racing on the smaller ovals lends itself to tighter competition and allows the TQ's to be a true next step for younger racers moving on from quarter midget and Kart racing.

The feature race saw a front row of Metz Racing Teammates Geoffrey Sutton and "the Rocket" Ron Mullen take the green flag with Sutton winning the drag race into the first turn. A caution negated the initial start when Mike Glaser and BJ MacDonald tangled coming out of the second turn ending both of their nights early.

The restart was more of the same with Sutton taking command and appeared to be the one to beat in the initial flat track race at Wall. The top five cars were running in tight formation with Sload second followed by Roselli Ryan Tidman and Don Zrinski. Sutton appeared poised to earn the victory which Sload acknowledged in victory lane but the engine gave up the ghost on lap 16for Sutton handing the victory to Sload.

Sometimes you have to loose one in order to win one. That statement was never truer of the combination of Sload and Colin Martin in the number 16 Spitfire. In the previous week's feature event at Borger's Speedway Sload was clearly the class of the field leading from early in the race into the closing laps only to have a drive line failure take him out of a commanding lead handing the win to 2014 Champion Matt Janisch. This week the shoe was on the other foot and Sload was able to capitalize and earn the victory over a hard charging Matt Roselli with Ryan Tidman on the podium for third. Veteran TQ midget driver and 2012 Borger's Speedway TQ/600 Champion Don Zrinski who was the fastest car all day rolled across the line fourth in his first start of the season with the venerable ATQMRA.

Wall Stadium Modified Star Anthony Sessely brought his Atlantic City indoor car to race with the ATQMRA and notched a fifth place finish after an epic race long battle with his buddy Rob Vivona who finished sixth in the same dirt car he raced to a fourth place finish on the Bridgeport clay the night before. The two swapped slide jobs and cross over moves the entire race long reminiscent of their childhood days of racing quarter midgets on the Little Wall Quarter Midget track adjacent to the Wall pits.

Ronnie "The Rocket" Mullen rolled across the line in seventh in his third career TQ midget start at Wall running laps within two tenths of the leaders by the end of the race. Mullen earned a victory in Wall's factory stock make-up feature early in the evening and celebrated a second place run by his son Cole Mullen on the Little Wall Quarter Midget track at the QMA Grand National event against some of the best quarter midget racers in the country.

The racing on the Wall inner oval met with mixed opinions heading into the first ever race on the flat track but following the race it was clear that the flat track significantly leveled the playing field keeping all of the competitors in sight of the leaders after 25 green flag laps. The ATQMRA's new for 2015 Tire bank rule has been successful at keeping tire costs under control and lending parity to the division.

ATQMRA News and Notes: The night of racing at Wall was a reunion of sorts in the grandstand with the Zrinski clan on hand as well as John Malik and Glenn and Kathy Halbing at the races to check out the TQ midgets on the new to the ATQMRA inner oval. Glenn and Kathy who raced TQ midgets for several years with Glenn earning a victory on the banks of Wall spent the last several years earning racing off shore boats earning World Championships along the way. It appeared Rookie contender Patrick Force's luck may have turned the corner by completing all of the laps in the feature and his top rival Mike Glaser falling out before a lap was complete. Mark Rogers and crew were on hand with the Murphy 27 car sporting a new paint scheme and turned some quick laps on the day making their first appearance with the ATQMRA receiving their Brice's NAPA Clean Start Program bucket of product. BJ MacDonald had one of the fastest cars on the track racing the Bud and Buddy Sload 53 Spitfire and would surely have been a contender were it not for contact before a lap was complete in the feature.

ATQMRA Feature (25 Laps)           
16 Buddy Sload
98 Matt Roselli
1B Ryan Tidman
75 Don Zrinski
16 Anthony Sessely
46v Rob Vivona
39 Ron Mullen
18 Patrick Force
27 Marc Rogers
46 Geoffrey Sutton
F8 Mike Glaser
53 BJ MacDonald

Heat Races were won by Matt Roselli and Buddy Sload

Four additional dates have been added to the ATQMRA Schedule at Borger's Speedway with the first date being August 8th. The TQ's will be back the following week August 15th, September 12th, and October 3rd for regular sanctioned ATQMRA races. On October 10th Borger's Speedway will be hosting a $1000 to win $100 to take the green race for the TQ/600s with the payout guaranteed no matter the car count. The rain date for that race will be October 31. Since the Borger's races are being added after the schedule was released Teams will only be allowed to claim points for four out of the five races at Borger's providing one drop race.

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Janisch Backs into a Win at Borger's Hoosier Tire Mid Atlantic ATQMRA

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Janisch Backs into a Win at Borger's Hoosier Tire Mid Atlantic ATQMRA

Matt Janisch of Nazareth, Pa kept his streak of outdoor wins going on Saturday night at Borger's Speedway earning his third consecutive victory in his Yuhas Chassis 48. Heat races were won by Buddy Sload and Joey Bailey. Bailey is home resting comfortably after taking a nasty flip at the beginning of the feature. Next up for the ATQMRA is a trip to Wall stadium for the first sanctioned race on the flat inner oval on Saturday July 18th with a host of new and old faces coming to try the flat track. 

Janisch came out on top in the thirty lap affair but the race wasn't decided until the closing laps. You would normally expect to read Janisch had the dominant car and ran away with the race but that wasn't the case at Borger's this time. 

The front row of Rob Vivona and Mike Glaser brought the field down to the Joe Agnello green flag with Vivona charging into the lead on the outside with Buddy Sload following into second on the outside. Contact between Sload and Vivona caused a multi car pile up on the exit of the first turn.   A complete restart put Sload and Geoffrey Sutton on the front row. Sload was able to get the jump on the outside and was crossed over coming out of the fourth turn by Sutton. As the field crossed the start/finish line side by side through the field incidental contact between Ryan Tidman and point leader Joey Bailey sent Bailey flipping the remainder of the straight away. Bailey was later transported to the hospital for observation and is now home resting comfortably. 

The ensuing restart was again a front row of Sload and Sutton with Sload taking the lead in the Colin Martin 16 Spitfire. Sutton was able to close in but wasn't able to make a move for the lead before loosing a coolant line on lap six an apparent result of an earlier incident. From that point on Sload was in total control of the race holding off the advances of second place Pat VanVarick and Janisch. 2014 Borger's Speedway Champion Larry Hoagland in the Fred Bittner 54 worked his was from deep in the field to fourth. 

Second place wasn't the place to be in this race. First Sutton was relegated to a DNF from second then VanVarick had a fuel delivery issue sideline him in the closing laps. This put Janisch into second with three laps remaining. Sload who looked to be on cruise control out front had a rear gear failure that ended his bid to sweep the night handing the lead and the win to Janisch. 

This marks the end of the Ryan Tidman winning streak that saw him win both Oswego and Bethel with Point leader Bailey finishing second to him. Janisch continued his outdoor undefeated streak in the Yuhas 48. The car hasn't been beat outdoors and was extremely fast indoors. Janisch won the club opener at MahoningValley and the unsanctioned event at Chapel HillNew York and completed the Hat trick at Borger's on Saturday. In Victory Lane Janisch said, "Sometimes all you have to do is finish."

A host of new faces raced with the ATQMRA at the first sanctioned race at Borger's Speedway that is under new management for the 2015 season. Larry Hoagland who was the 2014 Borger's Speedway TQ/600 Champion made his first ATQMRA start of his long racing career in the Fred Bittner Hyper Hugger an impressive one. After starting deep in the pack Hoagland used his savvy to pick his way to the front and earn a second place finish in his first outing. Hoagland who is a Pleasant Valley Graduate and hails from nearby Bangor, Pa calls Borger's Speedway his home track. 

Rookie Dylan Martin was impressive behind the wheel of the Pat VanVarick 17 Hyper TQ midget in earning a podium finish in his first ATQMRA start and only his second start in a TQ midget. 

Chad Jones made his first start of the season in his 28 Jones Belt Drive creation that was very quick indoors. Jones is a multi feature winning driver in the Mahoning Valley Dirt Modified Division and dabbles in the world of TQ midgets. His feature was ended early as a result of contact with the outside wall. 

ATQMRA Rookie Report: The battle at the top of the Rookie point stangings remains a close one with Mike Glaser earning a fourth place finish at Borger's Speedway. This allowed him to open up a few markers on his closest rival Patrick Force who was relegated to a DNF. Only 44 markers separate the two top rookies with a lot of racing to be done before it is decided. 

Mark Yoder who is a winning driver at Borger's on the pavement in his 600 Micro Sprint in seasons past made his debut with his brand new Hyper Hugger TQ midget running fast laps in his initial shake down run of the car. He expects to run a number of races with the ATQMRA the remainder of the season. 

Next up for the ATQMRA is a trip to a track that is a stalwart on the 60 year old organization's schedule but it will be raced in a completely new way. The ATQMRA will be racing the inner flat oval at Wall Stadium on Saturday July 18th. A host of new names will be coming into the fold for the event that should prove interesting. Pit gates will open at 1:00 pm with an early happy hour practice for the TQ's to adjust to the inner oval from 2:00 to 3:00. 

Featrue (30 Laps)  
1. 48Matt Janisch 
2. 54 Larry Hoagland 
3. 17v Dylan Martin
4. F8 Mike Glaser
5. 16 Buddy Sload
6. 17 Pat Van Varick          
7. 18 Patrick Force          
8. 38 Nick Ladyga         
9. 28 Chad Jones
10. 46v Rob Vivona
11. 75 Mark Yoder
12. 02 Joey Bailey
13. 1B Ryan Tidman

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