Tidman Takes Turkey Derby

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Tidman Takes Turkey Derby

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November 25, 2017 Wall Stadium, NJ Flying Ryan Tidman Parked the Lenny and Donna Boyd 1B Lafler in Victory Lane at the season ending Turkey Derby in an epic battle with second finishing Matt Janisch to close out his Championship season with six feature wins.  26 cars took the green flag for the feature including 11 invaders with Joey Payne topping drivers making their first 2017 start. Janisch sniped fast time on the last lap of knock out time trials for the second year in a row.  With the outdoor season officially at a close the next official ATQRMA activity will be the Motorsports Show, in January as teams gear up for the coming indoor racing series.

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For the Turkey Derby the ATQRMA runs a king of the hill style Qualifying format of group qualifying.  The groups are determined by practice times with the fastest cars in the last group.  Joey Bailey was in the third group and put himself at the top of the speed chart.  His time stayed at the top of the scoring pylon until late in the final round when he fell to fourth.  Janisch hovered near the top of the chart with Tidman sitting on top until the final lap when Janisch found a little extra speed to cross the finish line under the checkered flag to put his number to the top of the scoring pylon and assure himself a spot in the redraw.  Tidman was second in time with invading Joey Payne third.  Joey Bailey in the second Boyd Racing entry was fourth quick with Buddy Sload fifth in the Colin Martin Spitfire 36.  Jeff Kot in his Behrent's Performance Badger was sixth followed by Kris Graver in the Alan Mollot 51 Badger with Tim Proctor rounding out the redraw cars, in his 98 Drinan. 

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The redraw put a pair of ATQRMA big dogs on the front row with Ryan Tidman starting pole and Matt Janisch outside.  Several cautions flew before lap one was completed. Tim Proctor was the worst off. Before a lap was completed he caught a wheel and flipped on the back stretch.   Proctor walked away unhurt. Don Zrinski and Kris Graver also had their feature end before a lap was completed.  When the first lap was completed Tidman was in the lead followed by Janisch. Jeff Kot would work himself into 2nd place early but contact down the backstretch from Janisch knocked Kot out of contention. After restarting last in the field with a damaged race car, Kot would charge back to a 14th place finish. 

Tidman would lead every lap to earn his sixth win of the 2017 season.  It wasn't quite that easy.  From the onset Janisch was hot in his tail looking for an opportunity to slip past.  In the waning laps of the race that ran the final 18 laps caution free the pair closed in on a group of cars running at the tail end of the lead lap battling side by side for position creating a few nail bighting moments for the veteran racers at the front of the field. Tidman deftly and patiently negotiated the traffic keeping Janisch at bay to earn the right to wear the laurels in Victory Lane at Wall for the second time in 2017 to cap his championship season in style. 

Multi Race Winner Buddy Sload, would roll across the line in third with Super Modified Regular and past ATQRMA Champion Joey Payne fourth. Joey Bailey rounded out the top five. With Western New York's Bobby Holmes finishing sixth. 2016 Rookie of the year Mark Yoder was seventh with invading Brandon Azzalina from Stroudsburg Pa in the George and Marilyn Van Varick Lafler 43posted an 8th place finish. His other start on the season was in the Pocono event when he led until late in the race. Invading Tim Buckwalter in the Cicconi 75 finished 9th in a shake down run in preparation for the indoor season.  Tyler MacLeod rounded out the top ten in the Norm Macleod 32.  

Brandon Azzalina was the highest finishing driver with ACRO Rookie of the Year eligibility for the 2018 season. Tyler MacLeod, Kyle Taraska, Kevin VanValkenburg, Brianna Page, Nascar Modified Superstar Keith Rocco and Kris Graver round out the drivers with 2018  Rookie eligibility among Turkey Derby Competitors. Brett Michalski was the Hard Charger and Kevin Vanbalkenburg received the Last Car on Lead Lap Bonus,  from Brice's NAPA.

Heath Hehnley was on hand for the Turkey Derby to give the pavement a try once again in a Hyper Hugger Micro Sprint. The team struggled to find the speed they needed to run up front. Hehnley is a past Turkey Derby Champion winning the race on Wall's High banks driving the iconic Colin Martin 36. This was his first start on Wall's flat inner oval. 


ATQMRA Turkey Derby Feature 20 laps  1.  1B Ryan Tidman  2.  48  Matt Jansich  3.  36 Buddy Sload  4.  83 Joey Payne  5.  22  Joey Bailey  6. 21  Bobby Holmes  7.  75 Mark Yoder  8.  43 Brandon Azzalina 9.   75  Tim Buckwalter  10.  32 Tyler MacLeod  11.  73b Brett Michalski  12.  39 Ronnie Mullen  13.  2 Kyle Taraska 14. 95  Jeff Kot  15.  20 Kevin VanValkenburg  16.  711  Mike Iles  17.  6  Bill Force  18.  F8 Mike Occhipinte  19.  45 Anthony Payne  20.  01 Brianna Page  21. 1 Keith Rocco  22.  73c Cole Mullen  23.  11k  Heath Hehnley 24  Don Zrinski  25.  98 Tim Proctor  26.  51  Kris Graver

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Bailey to Debut New Chassis at Turkey Derby XLIV

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Bailey to Debut New Chassis at Turkey Derby XLIV

Lenny Boyd, Ryan Tidman, Joey Bailey, Donna Boyd

Lenny Boyd, Ryan Tidman, Joey Bailey, Donna Boyd

This past weekend ATQMRA regular Joey Bailey returned to Wall Stadium for the first time since his horrifying wreck in turn 1 in September. However, fans noticed Bailey wasn’t flying his usual #02 colors.

Bailey will be debuting a new, spitfire chassis Thanksgiving weekend, now as driver #22. But how “new” is this chassis?

Bailey on the throttle.

Bailey on the throttle.

“This is the same car my teammate Ryan Tidman won his championships in from 2011-2013,” said Bailey. “The opportunity to drive this chassis actually started the day of my now infamous accident… We have been struggling with the #02 all year and as a team we felt like this would be the best opportunity to capture a checkered flag before the season ends.”

Now racing with 13” wheels, Joey found more comfort in his new chassis right off the bat compared to his former 10” wheel chassis.

I never raced 13” tires before, so adjusting to the bigger brakes took a round of practice to get used to. It was nice being in a car with that much stopping power, compared to the 10” tires there was a lot of gliding around. The brakes are so important on Wall’s inner oval, so I find this to be a huge advantage for us heading into Turkey Derby.”

The car will have a throwback feel to it as well, with a paint scheme designed after owner Lenny Boyd’s asphalt modified from the 1990’s. Bailey, of Monroe, NJ felt it would be a great honor to represent all of Boyd’s success over the course of his career at New Jersey’s biggest motorsport event of the year.

This weekend, Joey and the rest of the ATQMRA are expected to tune on their cars one last time ahead of final preparation for Turkey Derby XLIV.

Practice will take place this Saturday, November 18th, from 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM est. at Wall Stadium Speedway. Grandstand admission is free to all spectators and pit passes are only $20.00.

For more information, including camping and ticket options for Turkey Derby XLIV, please visit www.wallspeedwayracing.com.

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Sload Wins Waterford  Tidman Tops Season Championship  Gorbatuk ACRO Rookie of the Year

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Sload Wins Waterford Tidman Tops Season Championship Gorbatuk ACRO Rookie of the Year

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Waterford Ct.  October 21, 2017;  The ATQMRA Points Paying race of the 2017 season at the Waterford Speedbowl was won  by Buddy Sload in the Colin Martin 36 Spitfire.  Flying Ryan Tidman finished third capping the 2017 Championship for himself and car owner's Lenny and Donna Boyd.  Dave Gorbatuk earned enough points to best ACRO Rookie of the Race Cole Mullen for the 2017 ATQMRA ACRO Rookie of the Year Title in Hoosier Tire  Mid Atlantic Competition at the Waterford Speed bowl Powered by VP.   Next up for the ATQMRA is the fall General Membership Meeting on Sunday November 4th from 3 to 5pm followed by the season ending awards dinner.  The final on track racing action for the TQs will be the Annual Turkey Derby at Wall Stadium on Saturday November 25th.

The front Row of Little Wall Quarter Midget racers Cole Mullen and Joey Bailey brought the field to the Green Flag.  The initial lap wasn't completed before NEMA Midget Star Avery Stoehr went careening into the first turn wall on the initial Start in the beautifully prepared Phil DiMario 23 car.  He was uninjured in the incident.  A complete restart would see Joey Bailey launch into the lead with heat race winner Mark Yoder in second.  Seventh starting Buddy Sload would methodically work his way into second position by lap fifteen.  Bailey opened up a substantial lead by this time only to fade in the waning laps from a blistered right rear tire.   

Sload would overtake Bailey to lead the 21st lap and not look back.  The 25-lap race was run from green to checker with a fading Bailey hanging on to second at the finish.  Bailey was looking for a comeback victory after a nasty flip at Wall a few weeks ago.  Bailey's father Russ and the Boyd racing team successfully returned the Zuzzalo 02 to top form for the race on the organization's fastest track at the Waterford Speed Bowl nearly finding his way to Victory on a track where he has consistently led laps but hasn't been able to grab the brass ring.  

Flying Ryan Tidman who secured the Championship in the previous round at Wall for himself and Team Owner's Lenny and Donna Boyd finished third after winning the previous show at Waterford.  Tidman had a five-win season to capture another Championship with the Boyd Racing team.  

Mark Yoder who won his heat in convincing fashion missed out on a podium finish losing the third position to Tidman on the last lap.  Matt Janisch rolled across the line fifth after having a car that was consistently the class of the field in practice.  

ACRO Rookie of the Race Cole Mullen rolled across the line an impressive sixth moving him ahead of his father in the season long Rookie Standings.  Cole fell a few positions short of catching the ATQMRA ACRO Rookie of the Year Dave Gorbatuk who picked up enough points with his 12th place finish in the Metz Racing Driver Development BGF Chassis 2 to earn the 2017 title.  The 2017 ACRO Rookie of the Year Championship chase was one of the tightest in recent memory with Gorbatuk and the father and son team of Ronnie and Cole Mullen all having a realistic shot at the title entering the final round.    

Kot would roll across the line seventh in his Behrent's Peformance Yuhas 88.  Geoffrey Sutton was 8th with Veteran Dave Williams 9th and Joey Payne III rounding out the top ten.  Ronnie Mullen would be scored 11th with Dave Gorbatuk 12th.  Steve Boland made his second start of the season with the ATQMRA in the Fred Delibero 01 after racing his father's 19 car at Riverhead earlier in the season.  Avery Stoehr who is a star in the NEMA Midget organization and races regularly at Waterford in the Midgets made his first start in a TQ midget at the Wateroford SpeedBowl.  His feature was over before it started when he crashed on the initial start of the race.  

Feature Race 25 laps 1.  36 Buddy Sload 2.  02 Joey Bailey  3.  1B RyanTidman  4.  75 Mark Yoder  5.  51 Matt Janisch 73c  Cole Mullen 7.  88 Jeff Kot  8.  461 Geoffrey Sutton  9.  11 Dave Williams  10.  67 Joey Payne III  11.  39 Ron Mullen  12.  2 Dave Gorbatuk  13.  01 Steve Boland  14.  23 Avery Stoehr

Heat 1  1.  36 Buddy Sload  2.  02 Joey Bailey  3.  88 Jeff Kot  4.  461 Geoffrey Sutton 5.  39 Ron Mullen  6.  67 Joey Payne

Heat 2  1.  75 Mark Yoder  2.  51  Matt Janisch 3.  1B Ryan Tidman   4.  73 Cole Mullen 5.  11 Dave Williams  6.  2 Dave Gorbatuk  7.  01 Steve Boland

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ATQMRA Double Features at Wall Go To Janisch

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ATQMRA Double Features at Wall Go To Janisch

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Wall Stadium, NJ

Matt Janisch of Nazareth Pa parked the Alan Mollot 51 Lindblad Badger in victory lane at Wall Stadium not once but twice, winning both the rained out feature from July as well as the second feature of the night.  Ryan Tidman and Jeff Kot rounded out the Podium in the first feature with Tidman and Brett Michalski on the podium in the second feature.  Cole Mullen had a career best fourth in the first race with Kyle Taraska posting a fifth-place finish in the second feature Making them the ACRO Rookies of the Race. Flying Ryan Tidman sits atop the standings with Dave Gorbatuk at the top of the 2017 Rookie Class.  Up next for the ATQMRA is a return trip to Mahoning Valley on Saturday September 16.  


The first feature saw a front row of Cole Mullen and Mark Yoder bring the field to the green flag with Matt Janisch making the move from his third position to take the lead.  Matt Roselli would work his way into the lead but his time in front would be short lived when he would do a slow spin exiting the fourth turn bringing out the caution.  

This would put Janisch on the point.  Janisch earning his first win in the Mollot 51 was no easy task when Joey Bailey would make a hard charge on the inside entering the third turn.  They made contact mid turn with Bailey getting the worst of it as Bailey made a slow roll onto his side.  Janisch was able to keep his mount moving when the red flag flew.  Janisch took off on the restart and held off a hard charging Ryan Tidman to park the historic 51 Lindblad Badger in Victory lane adding his name to a long list of many of the top drivers in the history of the ATQRMA that have won races in the historic 51 owned by Mollot, including Lenny Boyd, Johnny Coy Sr.  and Jr.  as well as Donnie Adams who won numerous Championships in this car that made its first start in 1981 with a Crossley engine.  

Jeff Kot would storm across the line third with Cole Mullen in fourth posting his career best TQ finish and taking ACRO Rookie of the Race honors. The fifth finisher was a resurgent Matt Roselli who charged from the back after spinning from the lead.  

The second feature had a front row of Kyle Taraska and Joey Payne III bring the field to the green.  Sixth starting Buddy Sload would lead lap 1.  The second lap saw a multi car tangle bring out the red flag when Ronnie the Rocket and Cole the Hammer Mullen came together.  Tim Proctor came away on the short end of the stick in the incident when his car turned over.  Joey Payne III had his day end as a result of the incident.  When racing resumed Sload would again launch into the lead opening a solid lead on second place Kot, who started 8th, when a brake bracket would fail taking him out from the lead, Kot also would drop out on the same lap with wheel center failure.  Janisch who started 13th would find himself in the lead.  

A hard charging Matt Roselli who went tothe rear earlier in the race after tangling with Ryan Tidman, who was also sent to the rear for his involvement in the incident, charged back to third position in the waning laps.  Roselli made an aggressive move entering the third turn on the last lap driving deep into the corner in an attempt to overtake Bailey.  It didn't work out for either driver as Roselli made contact with Bailey sending both spinning to the exit of the turn with Roselli rolling onto his lid then back onto his wheels.  The red flag flew for the incident on the final lap and the race was declared complete and Janisch once again parked the red badger in victory lane making it three wins in a row dating back to Janisch's win in the Tricky Challenge at Pocono International Raceway and his fourth win on the season.  

Flying Ryan Tidmanwould rebound to finish second with Brett Michalski making the Podium.  Geoffrey Sutton would finish fourth in his BGF Chassis mount with Kyle Taraska in the Fred Delibero 01 BGF earned ACRO Rookie of the Race honors with his first top five finish.  Fellow Rookie Dave Gorbatuk was sixth with another Rookie Jon Keller finding his groove in 7th.  

Next up for the ATQMRA I a trip to Mahoning Valley Speedway on Saturday September 16th.  With only 3 more points paying races on the schedule Flying Ryan Tidman appears poised to earn another Championship with more than a race's advantage over second running Geoffrey Sutton in the standings his points lead will be difficult to overcome.  The margin back to third from Sutton is considerable but the battle for the third spot in the standings has a 3 way dead heat between Jeff Kot in his Behrents Performance Badger, Joey Bailey in his Bruce's Pro car 02 and Mark Yoder in his Hyper Hugger TQMidget.   

Dave Gorbatuk leads the Acro Rookie Standings by 32 over Cole Mullen and Cole's Father Ronnie the Rocket Mullen.  

Feature #1 (25 Laps)   1.  51 Matt Janisch 2. 1B Ryan Tidman 3.  95 Jeff Kot   4. 73c Cole Mullen5. 98 Matt Roselli6. 75 Mark Yoder 7.  73b Brett Michalski 8.  98 Tim Proctor   9. 461 Geoffrey Sutton 10.  32 Dave Gorbatuk11.  Kyle Taraska 12. F8 Kerry Irwin13.  02 Joey Bailey 14. 39 Ronnie Mullen15. 36 Buddy Sload 16. 9 Brett Conklin 17. 20 John Keller 18. 6 Bill Force

Feature #2 (25 Laps)   1.  51 Matt Janisch 2. 1B Ryan Tidman 3. 73b Brett Michalski4.461 Geoffrey Sutton 5.   Kyle Taraska 6. 32 Dave Gorbatuk7. 20 John Keller 8. 02 Joey Bailey 9. 98 Matt Roselli 10.  75 Mark Yoder 11. 36 Buddy Sload 12. 73 Ausin Fehr 13.  95 Jeff Kot   14.  9 Brett Conklin 15. 39 Ronnie Mullen16. 73c Cole Mullen17. 67 Joey Payne III 18. 98 Tim Proctor   


 

2017 POINT STANDINGS
 

DRIVER POINTS

Ryan Tidman 1140
Geoffrey Sutton 1008
Jeff Kot 940
Joey Bailey 940
Mark Yoder 940
Matt Janisch 912
Buddy Sload 884
Matt Roselli 820
Dave Golbatuk [R] 816
Cole Mullen [R] 784
Ronnie Mullen [R] 760
Joey Payne III 612
Tim Proctor 428
Eric Corum [R] 380
John Keller [R] 356
Austin Fehr 320
Kerry Irwin 312
Kyle Taraska [R] 296
Dave Williams 196
Kris Graver 196
Rob Vivona 184
Brett Michalski [R] 168
Chad Parks 152
Bill Force Jr. 100
Lou Cicconi 100
Jesse Mauer 100
Chris deRitis 100
Brandon Azzalina 100
Dan Lane 100
Steve Boland [R] 100
Chris Hirt 100
Brett Conklin 88
Mike Tidaback 88
Nick Ladyga 84
Rob Neely 72
Shilo Boyce 48
JT Davis [R] 48
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Sload Wins Waterford, Tidman Tops Season Championship, Gorbatuk ACRO Rookie of the Year

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Sload Wins Waterford, Tidman Tops Season Championship, Gorbatuk ACRO Rookie of the Year

Waterford Ct.  October 21, 2017;  The ATQMRA Points Paying race of the 2017 season at the Waterford Speedbowl was wonby Buddy Sload in the Colin Martin 36 Spitfire.  Flying Ryan Tidman finished third capping the 2017 Championship for himself and car owner’s Lenny and Donna Boyd.  Dave Gorbatuk earned enough points to best ACRO Rookie of the Race Cole Mullen for the 2017 ATQMRA ACRO Rookie of the Year Title in Hoosier TireMid Atlantic Competition at the Waterford Speed bowl Powered by VP.   Next up for the ATQMRA is the fall General Membership Meeting on Sunday November 4th from 3 to 5pm followed by the season ending awards dinner.  The final on track racing action for the TQs will be the Annual Turkey Derby at Wall Stadium on Saturday November 25th.

The front Row of Little Wall Quarter Midget racers Cole Mullen and Joey Bailey brought the field to the Green Flag.  The initial lap wasn’t completed before NEMA Midget Star Avery Stoehr went careening into the first turn wall on the initial Start in the beautifully prepared Phil DiMario 23 car.  He was uninjured in the incident.  A complete restart would see Joey Bailey launch into the lead with heat race winner Mark Yoder in second.  Seventh starting Buddy Sload would methodically work his way into second position by lap fifteen.  Bailey opened up a substantial lead by this time only to fade in the waning laps from a blistered right rear tire.   

Sload would overtake Bailey to lead the 21st lap and not look back.  The 25-lap race was run from green to checker with a fading Bailey hanging on to second at the finish.  Bailey was looking for a comeback victory after a nasty flip at Wall a few weeks ago.  Bailey’s father Russ and the Boyd racing team successfully returned the Zuzzalo 02 to top form for the race on the organization’s fastest track at the Waterford Speed Bowl nearly finding his way to Victory on a track where he has consistently led laps but hasn’t been able to grab the brass ring.  

Flying Ryan Tidman who secured the Championship in the previous round at Wall for himself and Team Owner’s Lenny and Donna Boyd finished third after winning the previous show at Waterford.  Tidman had a five-win season to capture another Championship with the Boyd Racing team.  

Mark Yoder who won his heat in convincing fashion missed out on a podium finish losing the third position to Tidman on the last lap.  Matt Janisch rolled across the line fifth after having a car that was consistently the class of the field in practice.  

ACRO Rookie of the Race Cole Mullen rolled across the line an impressive sixth moving him ahead of his father in the season long Rookie Standings.  Cole fell a few positions short of catching the ATQMRA ACRO Rookie of the Year Dave Gorbatuk who picked up enough points with his 12th place finish in the Metz Racing Driver Development BGF Chassis 2 to earn the 2017 title.  The 2017 ACRO Rookie of the Year Championship chase was one of the tightest in recent memory with Gorbatuk and the father and son team of Ronnie and Cole Mullen all having a realistic shot at the title entering the final round.    

Kot would roll across the line seventh in his Behrent’s Peformance Yuhas 88.  Geoffrey Sutton was 8th with Veteran Dave Williams 9th and Joey Payne III rounding out the top ten.  Ronnie Mullen would be scored 11th with Dave Gorbatuk 12th.  Steve Boland made his second start of the season with the ATQMRA in the Fred Delibero 01 after racing his father’s 19 car at Riverhead earlier in the season.  Avery Stoehr who is a star in the NEMA Midget organization and races regularly at Waterford in the Midgets made his first start in a TQ midget at the Wateroford SpeedBowl.  His feature was over before it started when he crashed on the initial start of the race.  

Next up for the ATQMRA is the Fall Meeting on November 4th where officer elections will take place and rule proposals will be discussed for the upcoming season.  The meeting will take place in the Magnolia Room at the Valley Forge Casino from 3pm to 5pm.  The meeting will be followed by the annual awards banquet to celebrate the 2017 season from 6pm to 10 pm.  The Banquet will take place in the Parkview Ballroom.  All attendees are encouraged to bring an item to be raffled off at the banquet.  Please contact Karen Sload at karensload@yahoo.com to RSVP for the Banquet as well as to let her know what items you will be donating. 

Feature Race 25 laps 1.  36 Buddy Sload 2.  02 Joey Bailey3.  1B RyanTidman4.  75 Mark Yoder5.  51 Matt Janisch 73cCole Mullen 7.  88 Jeff Kot8.  461 Geoffrey Sutton9.  11 Dave Williams10.  67 Joey Payne III11.  39 Ron Mullen12.  2 Dave Gorbatuk13.  01 Steve Boland14.  23 Avery Stoehr

Heat 11.  36 Buddy Sload2.  02 Joey Bailey3.  88 Jeff Kot4.  461 Geoffrey Sutton 5.  39 Ron Mullen6.  67 Joey Payne

Heat 21.  75 Mark Yoder2.  51Matt Janisch 3.  1B Ryan Tidman   4.  73 Cole Mullen 5.  11 Dave Williams6.  2 Dave Gorbatuk7.  01 Steve Boland

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Sload Leads Every Lap to Win Wall

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Sload Leads Every Lap to Win Wall

Wall, NJ September 30, 2017

Buddy Sload picked up his third win of the season in the penultimate round of competition solidifying Colin Martin's hold on the runner up position in the car owner points standings.  4-time winner Matt Janisch finished second with Flying Ryan Tidman rounded out the Podium all but clinching the 2017 Championship heading into the ATQRMA Points season Finale at the Waterford Speed Bowl on Saturday October 21st.  Ronnie the Rocket Mullen tightened the gap in the ACRO Rookie of the Year Standings with his sixth-place finish.  Joey Bailey, who went for a nasty tumble in the first turn on lap 18 that ended the race, reported that he was treated and released from the hospital.  

The day at Wall started out as most do with a round of practice for the TQ Midgets on the inner flat oval that was followed quickly by rain.  With all seven of Wall's regular divisions on hand competing for in the track's points finale the pits were crowded and time was short to get in all of the racing.  Wall's management made the deft decision to run the event Features only for all divisions.  The lineup for the TQs was set by handicap because no heats were run.  After the Wall track crew and the 4-cylinder Stocks dried the lower flat track for the TQs it was feature time for the wingless TQ Midgets.

A front row of the Father and son team of Ronnie and Cole Mullen took the green flag with fourth starting Buddy Sload sliding into the lead.  The initial start was aborted twice for cars spinning but the result remained the same with Sload taking the lead and opening a gap on second.  Matt Janisch who won both features on the double feature night at Wall on September 9th made quick work of the competition quickly moving from his 10th starting position to second.  

As the leaders were negotiating lapped traffic third running Joey Bailey tangled with the Eric Corum Driven F8 sending Bailey into a series of flips in the middle of the first and second turn.  Bailey was shaken up in the incident and transported to the hospital for evaluation.  With the lateness of the event due to the earlier rain the feature was checkered at the conclusion of lap 18 and Buddy Sload earned his third win of the season in the Colin Martin 36 Spitfire.  

Second finishing Janisch was joined on the podium by the presumptive ATQRMA Champion Flying Ryan Tidman.  Jeff Kot was strong in his Behrents Performance Warehouse 95 and Geoffrey Sutton rounded out the top five.  Mark Yoder crossed the line ahead of the 75z of Don Zrinski making his first start of the season charging from his 14th starting position to finish a solid 8th.  Bailey was credited with 9th and Rookie Cole Mullen tenth

Ronnie the Rocket Mullen who has a victory in every division at Wall with the exception of the TQs was again the ACRO Rookie of the race finishing sixth and is making his BGF Chassis mount quicker every week.  Son Cole was the second highest finishing Rookie in tenth followed by Kyle Taraska with the ACRO Rookie of the Year Points leader Dave Gorbatuk 12th.  The Rookie Championship will come down to the season finale at Waterford SpeedBowl on Saturday October 21stwhere point leader Gorbatuk and the are in contention for the Coveted Rookie Championship.  Unofficially Ron is 8 positions on track behind Gorbatuk with Son Cole trailing by 9 positions heading into the season finale.  

ATQMRA News and Notes: The Advance Shock award went to Dave Gorbatuk for racing on 4 Advance Shocks.  The Metz Racing Blu Deuce brand new BGF Chassis made its debut at Wall Saturday.  A total of four BGF Chassis mounts were on hand Saturday at Wall.  Bill Force Jr was back in competition and ran a competitive race.  Steve Kemery made his debut with the ATQMRA in his number 69 600 Micro sprint and worked to be ready for the indoor season.  

 


Feature (25 laps)

1             36           Buddy Sload       

2             51           Matt Janisch       

3             1b           Ryan Tidman      

4             95           Jeff Kot                

5             461         Geo Sutton         

6             39           Ronnie Mullen   

7             75           Mark Yoder         

8             75           Don Zrinski          

9             02           Joey Bailey          

10           73           Cole Mullen        

11           01           Kyle Taraska       

12           32           Dave Golbatuk   

13           6             Bill Force Jr.        

14           f8            Eric Corum          

15           69           Steve Kemery     

16           2             Blu Metz           

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Graver 2 for 2 at Mahoning

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Graver 2 for 2 at Mahoning

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Lehighton, Pa.  9/16/2017Mahoning Valley Speedway Modified Division Point leader Kris Graver backed up his June TQ feature win with a second victory in the Matt Janisch Yuhas Chassis 48 after starting shotgun on the field in the caution free 25 lap barn burner of a feature.  Buddy Sload would finish second followed by Jeff Kot.  Heat Races were won by Graver and Sload.  Graver was also the ACRO Rookie of the Race.   Next up for the ATQMRA is a trip to Wall Stadium for the penultimate round on September 30th with the season finale taking place at the Waterford Speedbowl the weekend of October 21st.

The front row of Buddy Sload and Cole Mullen took the Bobby Stull Green Flag with Sload shooting into the lead.  Sload would set sail and open a substantial lead on the pack as they diced for position.  Janisch starting sixth methodically picked his way into second by lap five and set sail to run down Sload.  As the laps wound down Janisch was able to close on Sload when he was negotiating lap traffic.  Janisch in the Alan Mollot Lindblad Badger would take advantage of Sload’s tight condition and take the lead on lap 21.  As has been the case many times in 2017 for the Janisch Mollot Combination his time in front was short lived as a right rear wheel failure sent Janisch to the infield a lap later.  

When Janisch dropped from the lead his car driven by Kris Graver took over after riding the high side around the competition to sweep into the lead from his last starting position.  Graver turned the fastest lap of the race at 9.200 seconds and won by over 2 ½ seconds over a fading Sload.  Jeff Kot, 3rd in points, in the Behrent’s Performance Warehouse Badger would score another podium finish in third. Kot and Graver had a wild 5 lap battle for position that had fans on the edge of their seat.  Point leader Ryan Tidman finished fourth with Mark Yoder fifth.  Second in points Geoffrey Sutton was sixth followed across the line by Briggs Danner who was making his first TQ start in the Jansich 48x ten-inch car after spending the season racing the Ricky Harring Ironton Telephone SpeedSTR after moving up from Quarter Midget Competition.  2017 ACRO Rookie contenders Ronnie Mullen was followed across the line by Dave Gorbatuk who earned the Advance Suspension award with Rookie Jon Keller rounding out the top ten.  

Graver’s second win of the season gives Janisch his sixth combined win in 2017 with the ATQMRA as both a car owner and driver.  This is the fourth win for Janisch 48 two wins for Graver at Mahoning.  Janisch won the pair of open races at Riverhead and Pocono International Raceway as well as a pair fo wins in the Mollot Badger at Wall.  

Heat Races were won by Kris Graver and Buddy Sload.  The first and second heat were separated by a considerable amount of time since light rain started to fall as the first heat finished.  Mahoning Valley Management did a great job battling the light rain that was falling on and off all night.  

Saturday night at Mahoning Valley word reached the teams of the untimely passing of Ted Christopher of Plainville, CT in a plane crash while on his way to a tour race at Riverhead Raceway.  TC is familiar to everyone in the Three Quarter Midget world after racing with him during the Sammons Indoor series of races in the winter.  Ted made a pair of starts with the ATQMRA in recent years once at Chemung Speedrome and last fall at Stafford Speedway.  The ATQMRA wishes to extend their most sincere condolences to the family and friends of Ted Christopher on his untimely passing.  ATQMRA Racer Kyle Taraska will have TC Commemorative Decals available at Wall on the 30th for $5.00 a piece with all proceeds going to the Christopher family.  

Feature (25 Laps)  1.  48 Kris Graver  2. 36 Buddy Sload  3. 95 Jeff Kot4. 1B Ryan Tidman 5. 75 Mark Yoder 6. 461 Geoffey Sutton 7. 48X Briggs Danner 8. 39 Ronnie Mullen    9. 32 Dave Gorbatuk  10. 20 John Keller11.  51 Matt Janisch12. 73c Cole Mullen13. (DNS) 11 Dave Williams  

Heat Race 1 (8Laps) 1. 48 Kris Graver2.  73c Cole Mullen3. 461 Geoffrey Sutton 4.  51 Matt Janisch 5. 75Mark Yoder 6. 20 John Keller 7.  39   Ron Mullen8.  11 Dave Williams

Heat Race 2(8Laps)  1. 36 Buddy Sload2. 95 Jeff Kot3.  48X Briggs Danner4. Ryan Tidman 5. Ronnie Mullen 6. Dave Gorbatuk  
 

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Janisch Goes to Pocono Victory Lane In the Tricky Challenge presented by Classic Racing Times

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Janisch Goes to Pocono Victory Lane In the Tricky Challenge presented by Classic Racing Times

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Long Pond, Pa; Matt Janisch of nearby Nazareth, Pa made history becoming the first driver to park a Modern TQ Midget in Victory Lane at Pocono International Speedway on Saturday night on a temporary fifth mile oval on the track’s front straight away.  Janisch and Tim Procter were heat race winners with Fellow Lehigh Valley Quarter Midget Graduate Geoffrey Sutton finished second with Ryan Tidman third.   The Acro Rookie of the race was Ronnie the Rocket Mullen in fourth with substitute driver Liquid Lou Cicconi fifth.    Blu Metz winning the companion Vintage 4 stroke race and Mark Pritchard won the Vintage 2 stroke feature.  Next up for the ATQMRA is a trip to Wall Stadium for wingless action on that track’s flat inner oval.  
The luck of the draw set up a front Row of Brandon Azzalina in the George and Marilyn VanVarick 43 Lafler along Side Ronnie the Rocket Mullen in his BFG 39.  Azzalina gained the edge at the drop of the Tom Arntz Green Flag but the caution would fly as the cars entered the third turn with Buddy Sload being the first casualty on the day with left front suspension damage.  

Numerous cautions slowed the race with drivers charging hard from the back of the pack not being patient on the tight confines of the Pocono Layout.  

Matt Janisch and Geoffrey Sutton started the race from the 4th row and quickly put themselves into contention with Janisch slotting himself into second with Sutton Third.  Azzalina held off their charges through numerous restarts when a lap 20 caution slowed the race and officials saw the muffler hanging loose sending Azzalina to the pits.  This put Janisch in front with Sutton and Tidman in his tracks.   When the checkered flag flew Janisch was the winner over a hard charging Sutton followed closely by 5 timer series feature winner and point leader Ryan Tidman.  Ronnie Mullen rolled across the line 4th as the ACRO Rookie of the race in his best finish to date.  Liquid Lou Cicconi who was substituting for Matt Roselli who had to go to a wedding adapted to the tight track and charged to a fifth-place finish after starting shot gun on the field.  

Rookie Cole Mullen posted his best feature finish in sixth at the end him and his father raced side by side with racing legend Cicconi who was the only racer in the field who raced on Pocono’s long shuttered ¾ mile oval in a midget.  Cicconi was the meat in the Mullen Sandwich after charging from the rear twice to post a top five.  

Mark Yoder was seventh with the lone 600 in the field Jesse Mauer rolling across the line 8th with Austin Fehr 9th and Heat Race winner Tim Procter rounding out the top ten.  
The event was a success on all fronts.  The setup of the temporary oval went smoothly with the cooperation of the Classic Racing Times Yellow Shirts and the Logistics Staff at Pocono battling a tight time frame to get the TQ races in on a rain shortened weekend with a tremendous amount of on track activity scheduled for the weekend.  

TQ Racers Eric Corum, Austin Fehr, Chad Parks and Mark Yoder took advantage of Pocono’s ride around program where they were able to take their TQ Midgets for a lap around Pocono’s 2 ½ mile Tricky Triangle.  Close to fifty TQ Midgets were on hand for the event including the modern TQs of the ATQRMA as well as both the 2 and 4 stroke TQ divisions as well as a strong number of TQs that were on display in the car show.  

In a special moment racing legend and ATQMRA alum Mario Andretti became acquainted with the modern TQ midget of Lenny and Donna Boyd following the 2-seater Indy car on track sessions.  Mario graciously sat in the teams 1B car and talked about old times racing TQ Midgets and talked with Lenny about how his Father Audie and uncle Howard helped keep the Triumph in the Andretti Duce running.  

The top two finishers in the TQ feature both had a history at Pocono Raceway.  They are both graduates from the Lehigh Valley Quarter Midget Club that’s on the grounds of Pocono Raceway and won countless races on that Dirt Tri-oval.  It was certainly a strong motivator to both drivers to get another win at Pocono.  

Blu Metz raced the Robert Noll owned Whehrle Slingshot 02 to victory in the First feature race that was run on Saturday in the Vintage 4 Stroke race.  The regular driver in that car is Midget Racing Legend Drew Fornoro who won the last midget race on the long gone ¾ mile oval that hosted races through the late 80s.  Hank Rogers Jr also a veteran of the ¾ mile oval was second followed across the line by Midwest USAC Midget and Sprint veteran Roy Caruthers.  

Mark Pritchard was the winner of the 2 stroke feature race in the Dick Peterman 98 followed across the line by a Billy Hughes and Jason Hentrich who was able to race with his mentor and hero Hughes for the first time.   It was as stellar day for the Metz Racing Driver Development team with Blu winning the 4 stroke race and Pritchard in the team 98 car.  Geoffrey Sutton came one position from bringing all three of the beautiful Acrylic trophies back to the Metz Racing Pit.  The commonality of each of the feature winning drivers in the inaugural event at Pocono including Janisch was that they were all mentored by open wheel legend Bing Metz. 

Next up for the ATQMRA is a trip to Wall Stadium for another round of wingless short track racing on Wall’s flat inner oval on September 9th.

A special Thank you goes out to Gary Mondschein and his staff as well as Pocono Raceway for hosting the first Tricky Challenge event on the grounds of the Historic Pocono International Raceway.  

Tricky Challenge 1.  48Matt Janisch 2.  461 Geoffrey Sutton 3.  1B Ryan Tidman4.  39 Ronnie Mullen 5.  98 Lou Cicconi6.  73c Cole Mullen7.  75 Mark Yoder8.  72 Jesse Mauer9.  73 Austin Fehr10.  98t Tim Procter11.  06 Chad Parks12.  F8 Kerry Irwin13.  67 Joey Payne14.  96 Chris Deritis 15.  01 Eric Corum16.  95Jeff Kot17.  43 Brandon Azzalina18.  32 Dave Gorbatuk19.  20 Joe Keller20.  36 Buddy Sload  

Heat Race 1.  98t Tim Procter2.  1B Ryan Tidman3.  98 Matt Roselli4.  36 Buddy Sload5.  43 Brandon Azzalina6.  75 Mark Yoder7.  Eric Corum8.  20 Joe Keller 9.  (DNS)  96 Chris Deritis

Heat Race 2.  1.  48Matt Jansich2.  461 Geoffrey Sutton3.  73 Austin Fehr4.  39 Ronnie Mullen5.  72 Jesse Mauer6.  73 Cole Mullen7.  32 Dave Gorbatuk8.  F8Kerry Irwin9.  Jeff Kot

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Tidman Makes it 3 of a Kind Winning Waterford

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Tidman Makes it 3 of a Kind Winning Waterford

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New London, CT.  August 12, 2017

Flying Ryan Tidman won his third race in a row at the Waterford Speedbowl on Wings and Wheels night Saturday.  Under threatening skies Tidman took the feature race win over Matt Janisch with Joey Bailer rounding out the podium.  Geoffrey Sutton and invader Nick Ladyga rounded out the top five.  Mark Yoder and Tidman were the heat race winners.  Next up for the ATQMRA should be a fun racing weekend at Pocono International Speedway for the Tricky Challenge on a temporary fifth mile oval on Pocono's front straight away on Friday and Saturday the 18, and 19th.  Teams can start pitting in on Thursday with practice and qualifying on Friday with feature races on Saturday following Verizon Indy Car Qualifying for the 22 entries and climbing.  A beautiful unique acrylictrophy will be presented to each of the race winners in the Pocono victory Lane following the completion of the modern and Vintage races.  

The feature race saw the front row of Joey Payne III and Ron Mullen bring the field to the green flag.  It was fifth starting Matt Janisch who deftly worked his way to the point to lead the first lap.  Geoffrey Sutton would soon follow into second after Janisch opened up a considerable lead.  Joey Bailey would find himself in second by the half way point in the race with Tidman hot on his tail in third.  The pair would close in on Janisch in the waning laps of the race as Janisch encountered lap traffic.  

Tidman would overtake Bailey and set his sights on Janisch.  Tidman moved around Janisch in the closing laps and walked away to win by 1.287 seconds.  Tidman completed the 25 laps in 6:05 for an average speed of a tick over 92 MPH.    Janisch faced disappointment again in the Mollot red Lindblad Badger 51 car after once again leading laps but failing to pick up the checkered flag.  

Joey Bailey rolled across the line third in the non-stop 25 lapper.  Last years Wings and Wheels Champion Geoffrey Sutton crossed the line fourth with New England's invader Nick Ladyga rounding out the top five after charging from his 10th starting position.  

Jeff Kot in his Behrents performance Badger started last in the feature field after an overheating problem sidelined him in his heat race.  Kot charged to a sixth-place finish without the benefit of a caution.  Mark Yoder followed Kot across the line with the ACRO Rookie of the Race Ronnie Mullen in eighth followed closely by son Cole.  Joey Payne III seems to have turned the corner on his luck finishing tenth in the traditional Payne racing numbered 67 Drinan.  Eric Corum lead Dave Gorbatuk Buddy Sload and Shilo Boyce across the line.  

The first heat race saw Mark Yoder launch in front of the field and get the victory over Joey Bailey and Geoffrey Sutton.  The second heat race victory went to Tidman followed by Janisch with Nick Ladyga in third.

Flying Ryan Tidman in the Boyd Racing 1B was riding a hot streak of two wins in a row and four for the season heading into the first of two races at the Waterford Speedbowl.  His pervious wins in 2017 were all wingless.  The team was winless in winged competition with their Laffler Chassis.  Tidman charged from his 9th starting position to the win in the 25-lap race that went caution free. This gives Tidman a full house of feature wins on the season after having won a pair earlier in the season and adding 3 of a kind leaving Waterford.  Tidman is the odds on favorite heading into the big event at Pocono International Raceway this coming weekend.  

The excitement for the return of Midget style racing at Pocono Raceway is building with the first running of the Tricky Challenge presented by The Classic Racing Times.  22 teams and growing are pre registered for the event.  Teams can start pitting into the Speedway on both Thursday and Friday between 8 am and 4pm.  Teams are encouraged to arrive early Friday to get credentials and move into their put spot that's on a large paved area adjacent to the location of the temporary fifth mile oval that will be set up following the Indy car on track sessions on both Friday and Saturday.  

The mandatory Modern TQ midget Driver's Meeting will be held on Friday at 1 PM.  It is very important for all teams to attend the meeting.  Teams coming to Pocono need to go first to the Credentials office on Long Pond Road.  Please arrive by 12 noon at the latest. Classic Racing Times will be set up to sing in teams in the last building before the tunnel turn.  Signs will be in place to direct teams to the TQ Midget Pit area.   Tickets for fans wishing to see the inaugural TQ Midget Tricky Challenge can purchase Pit/Paddock Passes at the Speedway on race day.  

Additional news can be accessed on facebook.com/ATQMRA and twitter @ATQMRA.

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Flying Ryan Tidman Back to Back  at Chemung

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Flying Ryan Tidman Back to Back at Chemung

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July 29, Chemung Speedrome

Flying Ryan Tidman parked the Lenny and Donna Boyd 1B Laffler in victory lane for the fourth time in 2017 at the Chemung Speedrome to add a victory at another track to Tidman's already impressive TQ Midget resume.  Joey Bailey was in tow in second with Buddy Sload rounding out the podium.  Geoffrey Sutton and Jeff Kot were fourth and fifth.  Heat Races were won by Tidman and Matt Janisch.  Next up for the ATQMRA is a winged affair at the Waterford Speedbowl on Saturday August 12th in conjunction with the ISMA Super Modifieds and the NEMA Midgets.  Fast on the heels of that is the highly anticipated race at Pocono Raceway the weekend of August 18th. 

The front row saw a pair of 2017 BGF Chassis square off with Ron Mullen on the pole with Geoffrey Sutton outside.  On the start Sutton was able to power into the lead entering one.  Matt Janisch was close behind.  Sutton would hold the lead only until the third circuit when Janisch was able to make a pass stick.  The pair swapped the lead several times before Janisch was able to take command in the Alan Mollot Lindblad Badger 51.  Janisch has been able to get to the front in the 51 car leading laps in about every race he has been behind the wheel of the ATQMRA's winningest car but hasn't been able to lead the final lap.  

This race would be no different for Janisch as he was overtaken by Flying Ryan Tidman late in the race.  The two continued to fly in formation with Janisch in striking distance.  Janisch tried to make a move to the inside of Tidman entering turn one in the waning laps but couldn't make it stick and went around in a ring bringing out the caution.  Janisch would charge from the back to a seventh place finish in the final few circuits.  

Tidman would go on to win the race charging methodically from his 9th starting position besting Joey Bailey who started the race in the ninth position.  Buddy Sload and Geoffrey Sutton waged a hard battle across the latter part of the race for the final podium position.  Sutton tried a slider going into the third turn on the last lap getting alongside Sload but Sload's momentum around the top carried him across the line ahead of Sutton with Jeff Kot in his Behrents Performance Badger locking down a top five.  

2016 Rookie of the Year Mark Yoder was sixth just ahead of a resurgent Janisch with Invader Rob Neely in the Bill Pippard Laffler Chassis car eighth with Matt Roselli in his number 98 Laffler nineth.  The Acro Rookie of the race was Eric Corum in the Metz Racing Driver Development Program F8 after carrying them momentum past Fellow Rookie contender Cole Mullen in the waning laps.  Cole's father Ron was behind him with Chad Parks in the lucky thirteen position making his first 2017 ATQMRA start at Chemung which is as close to a home track as Parks has.  Jon Keller was followed across the line by Dave Gorbatuk.  

The heat races were won by Matt Janisch and Flying Ryan Tidman to give Tidman a sweep of the day,.  

Next up for the ATQMRA is a trip east to the Waterford Speed Bowl with for a night of wings in conjunction with the NEMA Midgets and the ISMA Super Modifieds on Saturday August 12th.  Last year's lone Visit to the Speedbowl saw 2014 ATQMRA Rookie of the year Geoffrey Sutton park the Metz Racing 461 in victory lane with brick sideboards on his wing with Janisch rolling across the line second.  Sutton is winless on the season so far and is looking to recapture his winning ways at Waterford.  

The highly anticipated return of Midget racing to Pocono International Raceway on the weekend of August 18th will feature the ATMQRA cars in action on a temporary fifth mile oval on the track's front straight away.  This will be an indoor rules style race where teams are allowed to race their indoor motors and 600 Micro Sprints are encouraged to compete.  The event is being coordinated and promoted by The Classic Racing Times and Gary Mondschein.  Teams are asked to send in their Registration forms and Registration fees as soon as possible.  

Feature Race 25 laps1. 1b Ryan Tidman 2.  02 Joey Bailey3.  36 Buddy Sload4.  461 Geoffrey Sutton 5.  95Jeff Kot6.  75 Mark Yoder7.  51Matt Janisch 8.  38 Rob Neely9.  98Matt Roselli10.  F8 Eric Corum11.  73x Cole Mullen12.  39 Ron Mullen13.  06 Chad Parks14.  20 Jon Keller1532 Dave Gorbatuk16/  67 Joey Payne III(DNS)

Heat 11.  51Matt Janisch2.  02 Joey Bailey3.  461 Geoffrey Sutton 4. 98Matt Roselli5.  20Jon Keller6.  06 Chad Parks7.  73c Cole Mullen 8.  67 Joey Payne III

Heat 2.  1.  1BRyan Tidman2.  38Rob Neely3.  36 Buddy Sload4.  95Jeff Kot5.  73xRon Mullen6.  75 Mark Yoder7.  F8 Eric Corum8.  32Dave Gorbatuk 

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Flying Ryan Tidman Makes it 3 Winning Bethel Motor Speedway

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Flying Ryan Tidman Makes it 3 Winning Bethel Motor Speedway

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Flying Ryan Tidman Parked the Lenny and Donna Boyd 1B in Victory lane giving Lenny a perfect birthday present.  The day started out with an ATQMRA Picnic in the Parking lot that celebrated Lenny's Birthday.  Heat races were won by Matt Roselli and Jeff Kot.  The Vintage TQ races were won by Gary Mondschein and Rick Casario.  Next up for the ATQMRA is a return to New York's Chemung Speedrome on Saturday July 29th for wingless action.  The August 12th  race at Waterford Speedbowl is followed the next week by the much-anticipated event at Pocono International Raceway in conjunction with the Verizon Indy Car Series the weekend of August 18th.

The front row of Acro Rookie of the Year Candidate Ronnie the Rocket Mullen and last years Rookie of the year Mark Yoder brought the field to the green flag.  Third starting Matt Janisch in the Alan Mollot 51 quickly moved into the lead followed by Jeff Kot in his Behrents Performance Badger.  Kot looked strong challenging for the lead until a lap 9 restart when the drive shaft let go on Kot's mount ending his night early.  The restart saw Janisch power ahead of Tidman who won the Club's first appearance at Bethel only to loose the lead to Tidman on lap 16.  Janisch would hold serve in second until lap 20 when an uncharacteristic fluid leak would put Janisch out of the race.  The resultant melee from the fluid on track would send Hard Luck Dave Gorbatuk for a tumble down the back stretch.  

Joey Bailey would inherit the second position for the restart with five to go with Tidman on the point.  Tidman would retain the lead and go on to win the race by less than 4 tenths of a second over a determined Bailey.  Matt Roselli Charged from his sixth starting position to round out the podiumGeoffrey Sutton would roll across the line fourth followed by Buddy Sload.  Mark Yoder crossed the line ahead of the top Rookie of the race in Ron Mullen who had son Cole in tow.  Returning to competition in a fresh mount was Bill Force Jr.  in ninth.  

Next up for the ATQMRA is a return to the Chemung Speedrome in the southern Tier of New York for wingless action on that high banked track.  The TQs will be in action on Satruday night July 29th at Chemung where Buddy Sload was the winner the last time the ATQMRA visited Chemung Speedrome in wingless action.  The next race will be at the Waterford Speedbowl onSaturday August 12th for competition with the high flying wings atop the lightening fast TQ midgets where Geoffrey Sutton was victorious in 2016.   

The highly anticipated return of Midget Racing to Pocono International Raceway in conjunction with the Verizon Indy Car Series hosted by the Classic Racing Timeswill happen on the weekend of August 18th.  Teams are strongly encouraged to get their entries into the Classic Racing Times. Entry forms can be found at by clicking the link at the top of the ATQMRA website.   

The first heat race saw a front row of Mullen's bring the field to the green flag.  Father and son Acro Rookie of the Year contenders Cole and Ron Mullen got the drop on the field.  Jeff Kot would work his way into the lead and take the heat win over Joey Bailey with Buddy Sload third,  Janisch fourth with Ronnie Mullen fifth and Cole Sixth followed by Bill Force and Dave Williams

The second heat saw Matt Roselli launch from his fourth starting position to lead every lap en route to the heat race win over Mark Yoder Tim Proctor Geoffrey Sutton, Ryan Tidman followed by Rookie candidates Dave Gorbatuk and Eric Corum.  

ATQMRA News and Notes:  The day started out with an ATQMRA Picnic in the Parking lot with teams all pitching in with food and drink that ended up wishing a happy Birthday to Lenny Boyd.  It was a Boyd day all around as Gary Mondschein would win the four stroke feature in the restored rear engine 16 that was originally built by the Boyd family and Flying Ryan Tidman would win the modern TQ feature in the Boyd 1B.  Rick Casario would take top honors in the Vintage 2 Stroke portion of the show.  

Heat Race 1  1.  95 Jeff Kot2.  02 Joey Bailey3.  36 Buddy Sload4.  51Matt Janisch5.  39 Ron Mullen 6.  73 Cole Mullen 7.  6Bill Force8.  01 Dave Williams

Heat Race 2 1.  98 Matt Roselli 2.  75 Mark Yoder3.  98 T Tim Proctor4.  461 Geoffrey Sutton 5.  1B Ryan Tidman5.  32 Dave Gorbatuk6.  F8 Eric Corum   

Feature 1.  1B Ryan Tidman 2.  02 Joey Bailey3.  98 Matt Roselli 4.  461 Geoffrey Sutton 5.  36 Buddy Sload6.  75 Mark Yoder 7.  39Ron Mullen 8.  73Cole Mullen 9.  6Bill Force Jr.  10.  32 Dave Gorbatuk11.  51Matt Jansich12.  F8Eric Corum13.  95Jeff Kot14.  01 Dave Williams15.  98T Tim Proctor

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Kris Graver Takes Janisch to Victory Lane at Mahoning

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Kris Graver Takes Janisch to Victory Lane at Mahoning

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June 24, 2017, Lehighton, PA  

Mahoning Valley Speedway Modified Star Kris Graver doubled his pleasure by winning both the ATQMRA Feature and parked his Modified in Victory Lane for the second week in a row.  This makes Graver only the third driver to win in five different divisions at Mahoning Valley Speedway.   Graver was driving the same car Janisch drove to victory at Riverhead with Buddy Sload finishing second in the 36 Spitfire with Janisch rounding out the Podium in the Alan Mollot 51 Badger.  Heat Races were won by Joey Bailey and Janisch.  Next up for the ATQMRA is a trip to the Speedway by the Shore Wall stadium for some wingless flat track Racing Next Saturday.

The front row of Cole Mullen and Joey Payne brought the field to Bobby Stull's Green Flag but it was Matt Janisch who led the first lap from his fourth starting position.  Janisch would hold serve on the field until lap 6 when he would relinquish the lead to the hard charging Buddy Sload in the Colin Martin 36 Spitfire.  His time at the front would only last until Kris Graver made his was from the 10th starting position to second.  He was able to work his way past Sload to lead lap eleven.  Several cautions bunched the field but Graver was able to power away from the field on a late race restart and win by .664 seconds over Sload followed by Janisch in third.  

By winning the race TQ race graver becomes one of only three drivers to have wins in five different divisions at Mahoning Valley Speedway.  Graver also parked his number 01 Modified in Victory lane in the Companion Modified Feature race.  Graver Gave his car owner what is believed to be his first feature win as a car owner with someone else driving his car.  Graver raced the jansich 48 a number of times at Mahoning the last several seasons and was consistently fast and had finishes near the front.  This time he was able to grab the brass ring and earn his first ATQMRA Feature event win.  

The heat races won by Joey Bailey and Matt Janisch.  

Next up for the ATMQRA is a trip to the Speedway by the Shore at Wall Stadium for some wingless flat track racing on that speedways inner flat oval where Flying Ryan Tidman was the winner the last time the club visited Wall.  The club will be back in action this coming Saturday July 1st at Wall Stadium.  

Feature (25 Laps)  1.  48 Kris Graver 2. 36 Buddy Sload 3.  51 Matt Janisch4.  02 Joey Bailey 5.  95 Jeff Kot 6.  Ryan Tidman 7.  461 Geoffrey Sutton 8.  98 Matt Roselli9.  75 Mark Yoder 10.  32 Dave GorbatukAdvance Suspension Award11.  67 Joey Payne III 12.  39 Ronnie Mullen13.  73c Cole Mullen 14.  F8 Dave Williams 15.  (DNS) Razer Sharp Hard Luck Award 73 Austin Fehr

Heat Race 1 (8Laps) 1.  02 Joey Bailey2.  48 Kris Graver3.  73c Cole Mullen4.  98 Matt Roselli 5.  32 Dave Gorbatuk6.  75Mark Yoder 7.  39   Ron Mullen 8.  73 Austin Fehr

Heat Race 2(8Laps)   1.  51Matt Janisch2.  95 Jeff Kot3.  36 Buddy Sload4.  461 Geoffrey Sutton5.  67 Joey Payne III 6.  F8 Dave Williams 7.  1B Ryan Tidman

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Janisch Takes the Bad Guys to Victory Lane in the Pete Petraitis Memorial at Riverhead Hoosier Tire Mid Atlantic

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Janisch Takes the Bad Guys to Victory Lane in the Pete Petraitis Memorial at Riverhead Hoosier Tire Mid Atlantic

Riverhead NY June 4, 2017; Matt Janisch of Nazareth, Pa made his first trip to Riverhead Speedway on New York's Long Island a memorable trip by parking his Yuhas 48 in Victory Lane.  Matt Roselli was second with Joey Bailey rounding out the podium.  Janisch won his heat with Flying Ryan Tidman winning the other heat race.  $580 in bonus money was handed out following the feature.  Next up for the ATQRMA is a trip to Bethel on June 17th for the organization's third New York State Race in a row.

The front row of Joey Bailey and Matt Roselli took the green flag with Bailey leading the first lap before Roselli overtook him to lead the second lap.  Janisch made his way from his fifth starting position into contention for the lead by lap six.  A caution for a spinning Steve Boland put a pair of Matts, Roselli and Janisch on the front row.  This gave Janisch the opportunity to sweep into the lead on the outside through the first and second turn to take the lead.  Janisch cruised to his first victory of the season in the Pete Petraitis Memorial Tribute to the Bad Guys at Riverhead Speedway. 

Roselli held serve in second with Joey Bailey settling into third. Flying Ryan Tidman finished fourth but he was nearly nipped at the line coming to the Checkered flag by a hard charging Geoffrey Sutton who advanced from his 11th starting position.  Jeff Kot in his Behrent's performance 95 Badger recovered from a broken spindle in practice to cross the line sixth with 2016 Rookie of the Year Mark Yoder seventh.

Dan Lane substituting for club President Buddy Sload who was tying the knot with Alison Cumens finished eighth.  Tim Procter rolled across the line in 9th. The highest finishing ACRO Rookie of the Year candidate Ronnie the Rocket Mullen pulled down another top ten. 

Heat 1 was won by Flying Ryan Tidman who led every lap in route to the win.  Roselli was second followed by Tim Procter Joey Bailey, Dan lane and Mark Yoder being the last car to make the redraw. 

The second heat was won by Matt Janisch but it wasn't quite that easy.  Jeff Kot took off from the pole and checked out on the field.  Geoffrey Sutton worked his was into second and waged a battle with Jansich for the runner up spot.  Janisch overtook Sutton on lap six when Kot went spinning into the infield handing the lead to Janisch.  Kot deftly kept the car rolling and recovered to finish third without bringing out the caution.  Mullen finished fourth with Fellow Rookie Dave Gorbatuk fifth and Riverhead Legends car Competitor Steve Boland making the redraw. 

Bob Marlow was on hand to help commemorate the contributions of Pete Petraitis and the Bad Guys to the ATQMRA and open wheel racing on Long Island.  $580 in Booster Money was collected to pay race winner Janisch an extra $203 with third finishing Joey Bailey collecting a $174 bonus.  14th finishing Joey Payne III pocketed $116 and 16th finishing Chris Hirt was awarded $89.  A special thank you to Micky Metz for tirelessly selling the commemorative decals collecting the Booster money from fans and race teams alike. 

Janisch's feature win let him take the Bad Guy's of Long Island to Victory Lane one more time.   Jon Petraitis, Son of the Pete Petraitis who was the founder of the Bad Guys joined Jansich along with Bob White Sr., Don and Ron Knapfel in Riverhead's Victory Lane.  Jon owned the cars that were piloted to numerous Championships with the ATQMRA by Joey Coy and Noki Fornoro.  He was also an integral crew member on Noki's last ARDC Championship in 1995.  Don Knapfel was the chassis man for countless wins by the team's cars.  Don's brother Ron was always an able hand at the track and the shop.  Bobby White won a number of races driving for the Petraitis team and ran well in Atlantic City in the 70s notching a 3rd place A main finish. 

Next up for the ATQMRA is a trip to Bethel Speedway for the third consecutive New York Race for the organization.  The TQs will share the card with the Vintage TQ Midgets and the regular divisions at Bethel on Saturday June 17th. 

The ATQMRA's debut at Pocono on August 18-19th is fast approaching.  Teams are filing their entries.  Boosters for the Pocono event are going to be collected heading into the race event to help boost the payout to teams taking part in the historic first Midget race on the grounds of Pocono International Raceway since the late 80s on the tracks long gone ¾ mile oval. 



eature Race 25 Laps 1.  48 Matt Jansich 98 Matt Roselli  02 Joey Bailey 1B Ryan Tidman461 Geoffrey Sutton95 Jeff Kot 75 Mark Yoder 36 Dan Lane 98t Tim Procter39 Ron Mullen F8 Eric Corum 32 Dave Gorbatuk  73x Cole Mullen 67 Joey Payne III19 Steve Boland 97 Chris Hirt  DNS 01 Dave Williams

Heat Race 11.  1B Ryan Tidman 2.   98 Matt Roselli 3.   98t Tim Procter 4.   02 Joey Bailey 5.   36 Dan Lane6.   75 Mark Yoder 7.   67Joey Payne III 8.  F8Eric Corum

Heat Race 21. 48 Matt Jansich2.   461 Geoffrey Sutton 3.   95Jeff Kot4.    39 Ron Mullen  5.  32 Dave Gorbatuk6.  19  Steve Boland 7.   73x Cole Mullen 8.   97 Chris Hirt 9.  DNS01 Dave Williams

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Tidman on a Streak by Winning Bethel Hoosier Tire Mid Atlantic ATQMRA Fueled by VP

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Tidman on a Streak by Winning Bethel Hoosier Tire Mid Atlantic ATQMRA Fueled by VP

Saturday May 20, 2017 Bethel NY; Flying Ryan Tidman of Levittown, Pa is on a hot Streak with the ATQMRA earning his second win in a row after Matt Janisch spun in the waning laps to lose in a heartbreaker.  Heat Races were won by Tidman and Buddy Sload.   The  ACRO Rookie of the race was 11th finishing Ronnie Mullen.  Next up for the ATQMRA is the return to Riverhead Long Island for the Pete Petraitis Memorial Tribute to the Bad Guys on June 3rd for an indoor rules wingless race.  

The feature race saw the front row of Matt Janisch and Mark Yoder take the green flag with Janisch launching into the lead with Joey Bailey following him into second.  Tidman worked from his sixth starting position to work his way into second on lap 12.  Tidman was able to close in on Janisch who knows the way to Victory lane in his own number 48 Yuhas Chassis mount.  Janisch was hoping to give car owner Alan Mollot an early birthday Present by taking his famous 51 Lindblad Badger to Victory Lane.  It was not to be.  Heading into the final lap the leaders encountered lap traffic and as Janisch went low he appeared to pinch it a little too tight and spun entering the first turn. 

The spin put Tidman on the pole for the green white checkered finish where he went on to  victory over a closing Joey Bailey.  Buddy Sload rounded out the podium with Matt Roselli finishing fourth and Jeff  Kot in his Behrents Performance 95 running the fastest lap of the feature finishing fifth.  

Tim Procter made his return to competition a good night with a solid sixth place.  Procter missed the early part of the season for the birth of his Daughter Gwen who was on hand to cheer her daddy on. 2016 Rookie of the year Mark Yoder was seventh with Geoffrey Sutton eighth. Janisch was relegated to a ninth place finish with Joey Payne III picking up a top ten.  

The ACRO Rookie of the Race was Ronnie the Rocket Mullen who finished eleventh in his BGF Chassis Mount.  

The feature race was a very competitive race.  The top nine cars remained on the same straight away after 24 laps of caution free racing before the caution fell.  The wingless racing appears to tighten up the field.   

The first heat race was won by Buddy Sload in the Colin Martin Spitfire 36.  The start of the heat race was the end of the day for the ATQMRA's top Rookie Dave Gorbatuk when he was sent into a series of flips down the front straight away ending his night early.  Dave  was shaken but otherwise unhurt following the incident.  

The second heat was won by Tidman in the Boyd Racing 1B.  The second heat was also marred by a crash that took out Geoffrey Sutton's 461 BGF Chassis car.  The car broke loose exiting the fourth turn and put him hard into the wall.  Sutton rebounded hopping into the team's F8 car and walked away with a strong finish in the feature.  

Next up for the ATQMRA is the rebirth of the Pete Petraitis Memorial "Tribute to the Bad Guys" on Saturday June 3rd at Long Island's Riverhead Speedway.  The ATQMRA is selling Boosters for the race for $20 with the proceeds being awarded to the car winning the race as well as the 3rd 18th and 21st finishing cars to commemorate the traditional car numbers of the Bad Guys.  Since the race isn't 40 laps long Pete's personal number 40 will be awarded to the feature race winner.  

Feature 25 Laps    1. 1B Ryan Tidman  2.  02 Joey Bailey  3.  36 Buddy Sload  4.  98  Matt Roselli  5.    95  Jeff Kot  6.  98t Tim Proctor 7.  75 Mark Yoder  8. F8 Geoffrey Sutton  9.  51 Matt Janisch 10.  67 Joey Payne III  11.  39  Ronnie Mullen  12.  73c Cole Mullen  13.  DNS Dave Gorbatuk  14.  DNS  461 JT Davis

Heat Race 1  1.  36 Buddy Sload  2.  02 Joey Bailey  3.  98T Tim Procter  4.  75  Mark Yoder  5.  67 Joey Payne III  6.  39 Ronnie Mullen 7.  Dave Gorbatuk  

Heat Race 2  1.  1B Ryan Tidman 2.  51 Matt Janisch 3.  98 Matt Roselli 4.  95 Jeff Kot  5.  73c Cole Mullen  6.  461  Geoffrey Sutton 7.  F8  JT Davis

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Flying Ryan Tidman Sweeps Wall Hoosier Tire Mid Atlantic VP Racing Fuels

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Flying Ryan Tidman Sweeps Wall Hoosier Tire Mid Atlantic VP Racing Fuels

Saturday May 6, 2017 Wall Township NJ;    Flying Ryan Tidman from Levittown, Pa swept the nights racing in ATQMRA action on Wall Stadium's flat inner oval in his Boyd Racing Lafler Chassis 1b.  Joey Bailey was second with Geoffrey Sutton rounding out the podium.  Tidman and Jeff Kot earned heat race victories.    The ACRO Rookie of the Race was Ronnie the Rocket Mullen.  Next up for the ATQMRA is the first event of the season at Bethel Motor Speedway in a twin bill with the Vintage TQ Midget organization.  The TQs will race without the wing at Bethel. 

By the luck of the draw the front row saw Buddy Sload and Rob Vivona take the green with Sload launching into the lead followed by Tidman.  Before a lap was completed a snake bitten Joey Payne III was collected by Kerry Irwin damaging the left front of Payne's Drinan car ending a promising day early.  The restart was much the same with Sload powering into the lead.

Ryan found his opportunity to take the lead on lap 4 and never looked back.  Sload held onto the second position attempting to mount a challenge when contact from the Matt Roselli driven 98 Lafler sent Sload's Spitfire into a spin where he was struck by another car ending his day on lap 14.  Roselli was sent to the rear for the incident. 

This put Joey Bailey into second position for the single file restart but he was unable to make a move on Tidman after patiently picking his was to second from his seventh starting position.  Geoffrey Sutton moved into the third position in his Metz Racing 461 BGF Chassis.  That's how they would finish the race.

Brett Michalski rolled across the line fourth.  Unfortunately, a whirlwind of a day and a solid finish would be for naught.  Michalski's 600 Micro Sprint was disqualified for being too wide in post-race tech.  Michalski's day started out with the team planning to run the URC Sprint Sanctioned race in Delaware but rain would foil that plan.  Their alternate plan was to trailer to Selinsgrove Speedway to race the sprinter.  Once again that plan was foiled by the weather.  Their last effort was to roll the 600 into the trailer to run with the ATQMRA. 

The DQ would move everyone up one spot giving last week's runner up Rob Vivona a fourth-place finish with a resurgent Matt Roselli charging back to finish fifth. 

Ronnie the Rocket Mullen would roll across the line sixth in his best effort of the season in his brand new BGF Chassis 39 car.  Mullen was the highest finishing ACRO Rookie of the Race followed across the line by fellow Rookie of the year candidate, the always exciting Dave Gorbatuk in the Spitfire 32 car.  Gorbatuk also earned the Advance Racing Shocks contingency award.  Kerry Irwin would rebound to post his best finish to date in TQ Midget action in the Metz Racing F8 with an 8th place finish after a race long battle with Gorbatuk.  Rookie Kyle Taraska in the Fred Delibero 01 BGF Chassis scored a ninth-place finish. 

The hard luck driver of the race was Matt Janisch in the Alan Mollot 51 Lindblad Badger.  After a solid run in his heat the car's power plant would develop a miss as the cars formed up for the parade lap and would not clear.  Jansich left the track and went to the pit area and failed to take the green for the feature earning the Razor Sharp Hard luck award. 

The MNO $100 went to 12th finishing Jeff Kot who looked to be his best outing of the season after being near the top of the speed charts in practice and winning his heat convincingly in his Behrent's Performance Lindblad Badger only to have his clutch started slipping in the feature. 

Next up for the ATQMRA is a trip into the Catskill Mountains to race on the ultra-competitive Bethel Speedway on Saturday May 20th in wingless competition for the first time after several years of winged racing there.  Also on the card that night will be the season opening event for the Vintage Three Quarter Midgets.   The next event following Bethel is also in New York for the organization's return to Long Island after a long absence to the Riverhead Speedway for the running of the Pete Petraitis Memorial. 

Momentum is building toward the first running of the Tricky Challenge at Pocono Raceway presented by the Vintage Racing Times on August 18th and 19th.  Numerous teams filled out their applications for the race and are excited about the opportunity to race at Pocono Raceway in conjunction with the modern and vintage Indy cars. 

Heat 1

1             1b                          Ryan Tidman

2             2                            Joey Bailey

3             46                          Geoffry Sutton

4             51                          Matt Janisch

5             75                          Mark Yoder

6             32                          Dave Golbatuk

7             73b                       Brett Michalski

8             1                            Kyle Taraska


Heat 2

1             95                          Jeff Kot

2             36                          Buddy Sload

3             98                          Matt Roselli

4             46                          Rob Vivona

5             73                          Cole Mullen

6             67                          Joey Payne III

7             f8                          Kerry Irwin

 


Feature

1             1b                          Ryan Tidman

2             2                            Joey Bailey

3             46                          Geoffry Sutton

4             46                          Rob Vivona

5             98                          Matt Roselli

6             39                          Ronnie Mullen

7             32                          Dave Golbatuk

8             f8                          Kerry Irwin

9             1                            Kyle Taraska

10           36                          Buddy Sload

11           75                          Mark Yoder

12           95                          Jeff Kot

13           67                          Joey Payne III

14           73                          Cole Mullen

15           51                          Matt Janisch                                        

DQ         73b                       Brett Michalski

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Sload Back to Back in ATQMRA Action With Wall Win Hoosier Tire Mid Atlantic VP Racing Fuels

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Sload Back to Back in ATQMRA Action With Wall Win Hoosier Tire Mid Atlantic VP Racing Fuels

Wall Township, NJ.  Saturday April 29, 2017, 2015 ATQMRA Champion Buddy Sload has returned to his winning ways in the Colin Martin Spitfire 36 by earning back to back feature victories first at the club opener, then backing it up with a win Saturday at Wall Stadium in wingless competition on Wall's inner oval on Wall Stadium's Fan Fest Night.  Rob Vivona rolled across the line second with Matt Roselli third.  Roselli and Ryan Tidman earned heat race victories.  Ronnie the Rocket Mullen was the highest finishing Acro Rookie of the year candidate.  Fellow Rookie Jon Keller went for a rough ride onto his lid in the feature. The Brice's NAPA Auto Parts Clean Start Buckets were handed out to teams at the event.  

The luck of the draw put Matt Janisch in the Alan Mollot Lindblad Badger along Side Mark Yoder in his Hyper Hugger on the front row.  Janisch was able to power into the lead on the initial start with Joey Bailer following him in Second.  Bailey pressured Janisch for the lead before overtaking him on lap 7.   Bailey opened up a margin on second when the red flag was flown for a tangle between two rookie candidates exiting the fourth turn sending Jon Keller over onto his lid ending his day early.

At the time of the red flag just prior to half way Ryan Tidman and Matt Jansich tangled on the back straight away sending Janisch upside down.  Jansich and Tidman were able to continue.  This put Sload on the outside pole for the restart alongside Bailey.  On the restart, Bailey launched into the lead and held serve until lap 22 when Sload and Bailey made contact entering the third turn in what was deemed a "Racing Incident" bringing out the caution for a spinning Bailey.

Eighth starting Rob Vivona in the lone 600 Micro Sprint in the field slowly picked his way forward to move into the second position for the restart.  Sload was able to maintain the advantage and park the 36 Spitfire in Victory lane for his second feature win in so many races in 2017.  Vivona trailed Sload in Second with a hard charging Matt Roselli rounding out the Podium.  Ryan Tidman rebounded from the lap 12 incident to notch a fourth place finish with Geoffrey Sutton rounding out the top five. 

Mark Yoder Rolled across the line sixth with Janisch rebounding from the earlier flip to finish seventh.  Jeff Kot was eighth in the Behrents Performance Yuhas Chassis 88 with the top Rookie of the race Wall Stadium's own Ronnie the Rocket Mullen ninth.  Austin Fehr rounded out the top ten with Joey Bailey coming back from the late race spin to finish eleventh.   

The ATQMRA was once again part of Wall's popular on track Fan Fest where teams were able to meet and mingle with fans and friends.  For the first time Father and Son Ronnie and Cole Mullen raced on track together with the old man besting the kid in the debut of Ron's brand New BGF Chassis and Motor 39 car. 

Each of the teams received a NAPA Bucket containing hand cleaner carburator cleaner and car polishing products from Brice's NAPA Auto Parts for the third consecutive year.  A special thanks to Bill Brice, The ATQMRA's Race Director, for helping to keep the organization looking good.  

The first heat race was won by Matt Roselli in his family owned Laffler Chassis 98.  The second heat was won by a fellow Laffler Chassis mount the Boyd Racing 1B driven by Flying Ryan Tidman.

The VP Racing Fuel that powers the ATQMRA,s next event at Wall Stadium on This coming Saturday May 6th for round 3 of the season. 
 

Heat 1                                

1             98                          Matt Roselli
2             75                          Mark Yoder
3             36                          Buddy Sload
4             51                          Matt Janisch
5             46v                        Rob Vivona
6             88                          Jeff Kot
7             32                          Dave Golbatuk
8             20                          John Keller
9             39                          Ronnie Mullen

Heat 2                                

1             1b                          Ryan Tidman
2             2                            Joey Bailey
3             46                          Geoffry Sutton
4             73                          Austin Fehr
5             73                          Cole Mullen
6             67                          Joey Payne III
7             f8                          Kerry Irwin
8             1                            Kyle Taraska                                                                                   

Feature                              

1             36                          Buddy Sload

2             46v                        Rob Vivona

3             98                          Matt Roselli

4             1b                          Ryan Tidman

5             46                          Geoffry Sutton

6             75                          Mark Yoder

7             51                          Matt Janisch

8             88                          Jeff Kot

9             39                          Ronnie Mullen

10           73                          Austin Fehr

11           2                            Joey Bailey

12           f8                          Kerry Irwin

13           73                          Cole Mullen

14           32                          Dave Golbatuk

15           67                          Joey Payne III

16           1                            Kyle Taraska

17           20                          John Keller

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Sload Parks it at Mahoning Hoosier Tire Mid Atlantic ATQMRA

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Sload Parks it at Mahoning Hoosier Tire Mid Atlantic ATQMRA

Saturday April 15, 2017, Lehighton, Pa;  2015 ATQMRA Champion Buddy Sload Parked the Colin Martin Spitfire 36 in Victory Lane at the ATQMRA's season opening race at Mahoning Valley Speedway.  Heat Races were won by Sload and Kris Graver.  Dave Gorbatuk was the highest finishing ACRO Engineering Rookie contender.   A total of five 2017 rookie contenders were on hand at the opener.   Next up for the ATQMRA is Wall Stadium on Saturday April 29th for wingless racing on that track's flat inner oval.  

The front row of Joey Bailey and Jeff Kot took the green flag and charged into the first turn .  Buddy Sload took advantage of his fourth starting position to sweep into the lead to be scored the race leader on lap one.  The caution fell for Kyle Taraska on lap 2 when his mount lost power.  The restart saw Sload shoot into the lead and open a gap when the race was slowed for the final time on lap 3 by a slowing Joey Payne III who would return to action.  

Sload again launched into the lead and ran away and hid as Kris Graver worked his way into second on lap six from his 7th starting spot in the Janisch 48 that won the 2017 ATQMRA Championship.  With the speed Graver showed in his heat race he was the odds on favorite heading into the feature.  His fast lap in the heat was nearly 4 tenths faster than the field.  When he worked his way into second he set sail to reel Sload in.  Graver couldn't negotiate lapped traffic as efficiently as Sload and would have to settle for second.  

Sload thanked car owner Colin Martin for allowing him and BJ MacDonald to revitalize the team's Spitfire 36.  They certainly did their job well returning the iconic Spitfire to Victory lane in its first outdoor race since the rebuild.  The car is the very car that NASCAR Hall of Fame Nominee MIke Stefanik raced to his only Victory in his Home State of Rhode Island at the Dunkin Doughnuts Center Indoor Race a number of years ago.

Engineering Student Joey Bailey would round out the podium in the Zuzzalo 02 with Mike Tidaback finishing fourth in the Alan Mollot 51.  Jeff Kot rounded out the top five in his Behrent's Performance/Janisch/Yuhas Chassis 88 after being near the top of the speed chart all day long.  

The ACRO Engineering Rookie of the Race was Dave Gorbatuk in his Spitfire 32 Putting him at the top of the Rookie Championship Standings.  He also pocketed the Advance Shock Technology contingency award for Sporting Advance Shocks on all four corners of his Spitfrire.  Jon Keller was the second highest finishing Rookie with Cole Mullen making his first laps in a TQ Midget that day at Mahoning with Kyle Taraska being a DNF.  The other Rookie on hand was Ronnie Mullen.  His team's new BGF Chassis mount will be ready for the next show at Wall on the 29th.  

Buddy Sload showed his speed in the heat race and led every lap to earn the win.  Graver was the only racer to dip into the 8 second bracket running an 8.984 second lap to win his heat in dominant fashion. 

The MNO Money's No Object award winner was Joey Bailey.  The MNO award is $100 that is given to a random driver selected at the end of the race donated by the legendary Bob Emmons at each race throughout the season.  

The ATQMRA is raffling off a five gallon pale of the organization's official fuel, VP's popular C12 product.  Jeff Kot's crew girl Macey was holding the winning ticket for this week's raffle.  

The Buzz in the Pits at the season opener at Mahoning was talk about the exciting return of Midget racing to the grounds of Pocono International Raceway on the weekend of August 18 and 19th.  Everyone is excited to be given the opportunity to race at Pocono Raceway and to take part in the TQ Tricky Challenge presented by the Classic Racing Times.  Teams are encouraged to click the following link and print out and send their application in to the Classic Racing Times or bring them to the track and give them to Blu Metz.  http://www.theclassicracingtimes.com/applications

Next up for the ATQMRA is in two weeks at Wall Stadium on Saturday April 29th for the track's Fan Appreciation night.  Teams will have the opportunity to have their cars on track for a Meet and greet with the tracks fans.  Everyone is encouraged to have their hero cards and handouts ready for this night.  

ATQMRA News and Notes:  Long Time supporter of the ATQMRA Joe Csernak is Battling a non Hodgkins Lymphoma.  He is undergoing treatments currently and has a good prognosis.  Joe can use our prayers and well wishes.   Cards can reach him at 739 Point Phillips Road, Bath, Pa 18014.  If anyone has something they would like mentioned in one of our releases whether its a sponsor mention an upcoming birthday wish or a special announcement please let Blu Metz know and I will work to include it in one of our upcoming releases.  


Feature Race 25 Laps  1.  36 Buddy Sload 2.  48 Kris Graver  3.  02 Joey Bailey  4.  51 MIke Tidaback  5.  88 Jeff Kot  6.  1B Ryan Tidman 7.  75 Mark Yoder 8.  98 Matt Roselli 9.  32 Dave Gorbatuk  10.  461 Geoffrey Sutton 11.  20 Jon Keller 12.  73 Austin Fehr  13.  67 Joey Payne  14.  73c Cole Mullen 15.  01 Kyle Tarasks  16.  DNS 39 Ron Mullen


Heat Race 1  8 laps  1.  36  Buddy Sload 2.  88 Jeff Kot  3.  75 Mark YOder  4.  1B Ryan Tidman  5.  20 Jon Keller  6.  67 Joey Payne III 7.  01 Kyle Taraska  8.  DNS 73 Austin Fehr


Heat Race 2  8 Laps  1.  48 Kris Graver 2.  98 Matt Roselli 3.  02 Joey Bailey 4.  51 MIke Tidaback 5.  32 DAve Gorbatuk  6.  461 Geoffrey Sutton 7.  73c Cole Mullen 

 

 

ATMQRA 2017 Schedule 

 April 15                      MAHONING VALLEY SPEEDWAY

April 29                       WALL STADIUM SPEEDWAY *

May 6                          WALL STADIUM SPEEDWAY *

May 20                        BETHEL MOTOR SPEEDWAY *

June 3                          RIVERHEAD RACEWAY *#

June17                        BETHEL MOTOR SPEEDWAY *

June24                        MAHONING VALLEY SPEEDWAY

July 1                           WALL STADIUM SPEEDWAY *

July 15                         BETHEL MOTOR SPEEDWAY *

July 29                         CHEMUNG SPEEDROME *

August 12                    NEW LONDON-WATERFORD SPEEDBOWL

Aug 18-19                    POCONO RACEWAY *#

September 9               WALL STADIUM SPEEDWAY *

September 16             MAHONING VALLEY SPEEDWAY

September 30             WALL STADIUM SPEEDWAY *

October 21 -22            NEW LONDON-WATERFORD SPEEDBOWL

November 25              WALL STADIUM SPEEDWAY *#

Non wing *   Indoor Rules Package #

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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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