2011....South Arcade Speedway inks J&J Tool Sales as Class Sponsor
By: Steven Petty
Pangrazio-Mac Tools E-Mods
DELEVAN, NY… The South Arcade Speedway announces the signing of J&J Tool Sales as the title sponsor for the E-Mod division at the Delevan, NY oval.
“J&J Tool Sales is an Authorized Mac Tools distributor and is in its second year of business, opening in February 2009” said proprietor and fellow racer Josh Pangrazio. In a recent interview with Gater News, Pangrazio says that “I love the E-Mod division” gave him a reason to sponsor the division at the South Arcade Speedway. Another reason why he decided to sponsor the class this season is because “I wasn’t sure whether or not Mike (Lauterborn) was running them or not, so I approached him about being the class sponsor and to have the E-Mods back for 2011”.
With the sponsorship comes some awards at the end of the racing season and according to Pangrazio, “J&J Tool Sales will be giving one driver in every division at South Arcade will be receiving a tool bag along with some goodies in it”. “I will have something a little extra as well for the E-Mods but just haven’t determined what yet”. The title of the division will be the Pangrazio-Mac Tools E-Mods.
“The track (South Arcade) is close to home for me” said Pangrazio, who raced in the division for a short time in 2006 at South Arcade. Pangrazio is a fellow racer who started his racing career in 2003 at the Genesee Speedway (now Raceway 5) in the Pro Stocks. He won his first race in the same season just four races into his career. Pangrazio also went on to win Rookie of the Year as well. He stayed in the Pro Stocks for the 2004 campaign as well. He took the entire 2005 and most of the 2006 seasons off but returned late in the ‘06 season to run in the E-Mods at South Arcade. For 2007-2008, he ran in the 360 Late Models at Genesee. He ran a few races in 2009, including the Terry Pangrazio Memorial for the 360 Late Models at Genesee.
South Arcade is in the process of finding new marketing partners for the 2011 racing season as well as renewing sponsors from 2010. If you would like to have your company name shown somewhere at the speedway, on the schedule cards or on the track’s website, please contact Amie at the speedway office or Bill Arlow. Their contact information can be found online at www.southarcadespeedway.com Just a note, if you want to be on the schedule cards, the deadline is February 21st.
The 2011 racing schedule kicks off at South Arcade on Saturday May 21st at 6pm featuring the Fastrak Crate Models, Pangrazio-Mac Tools E-Mods, Street Stocks, Pure Stocks and Mini Stocks. The South Arcade Speedway is located on Marble Springs Road in Delevan, NY, just a few minutes from the village of Arcade. For more information, you can call the Main Office during the week at 585-293-2780 or visit the speedway on the World Wide Web at www.southarcadespeedway.com
Announcer: Wyoming County International Speedway
Co-Announcer: Holland NASCAR Motorsports Complex
Columnist: Gater Racing News - Behind the Mic
FINAL RACE OF THE SEASON
South Arcade Speedway Season Finale this
by Matt Steffenhagen
Delevan, NY - With a rainout on September 3, the South Arcade Speedway
points championships will come down to this Friday. There are close
points races in both the FASTRAK Late Models and the Street Stocks, but
the Pure Stocks and Mini Stocks have the closest point battles. The
closest of all is the Mini Stocks with just three points between first
and second, but in the Pure Stocks only 27 points separate first to
In the Jerge's Auto Parts FASTRAK Late Models, the points battle is
down to two drivers. Justin Tatlow (81) started the season off strong,
winning back-to-back. Adam Sixt (6T) sits just 16 points behind Tatlow
in second place. Sixt was quick for much of the season, but wasn't
able to get his first win until July 16. He would back that win up
with a second one the following week. In the last few race nights,
Tatlow had a 5th, 12th, and a second while Sixt has been a bit more
consistent with two fourth place finishes and a third. As it stands,
Sixt can still win the championship, but he'll need Tatlow to slip up
and have a poor finish, while he must have a very good race night.
The Insinger Performace E-mods, Carl Ballinger (53) holds a commanding
62 point lead over George Ritter Jr. (72). Ballinger and Ritter sit
atop the point standings due greatly to their attendance; Ballinger
has started all 12 races thus far while Ritter has started 11. In a
distant third and fourth are Darren Tarabori (6) and Al Brewer (71),
each with a win on the season. John Woodward, 2008 track champion,
rounds out the top five with three wins in six starts.
In the Lauterborn Electric Street Stocks, Ron Mogavero pretty much has
the season championship locked up with a 49 point lead over second
place John Ellwood. Much of Mogavero's success can be attributed to
being able to return from adversity in the early portion of a race;
Mogavero has gone back-to-front through the course of a race many times
this season. John Ellwood has been a consistent front-runner, always
lurking in the top five. However, a few poor finishes have kept him
from staying within striking distance of Mogavero.
The Lauterborn Electric Mini Stocks have the closest point race of all
South Arcade Speedway divisions with just three points separating point
leader "Slammin Sammy" Fuller (38) and "The Redneck" Dave Burdick (47).
Fuller sits atop the points with five feature victories on the
season, however it seems to be a case of feast or famine with Fuller;
he either wins or drops out. Burdick on the other hand has no feature
wins but consistently finishes races with nine of them being top 5's.
Whichever driver finishes ahead of the other in the feature event is
likely to take the championship this Friday, but one must remember that
points are also awarded in heat races at SAS.
A three-way points battle will be fought out this Friday in the
Lauterborn Electric Pure Stocks. Curt Pastorius leads Zach Hamer by
just 11 points with Blane Krott another 16 points back. Pastorius has
the least feature wins of the bunch, with just one, while Hamer has
three and Krott has five. The tech barn and heat race incidents have
kept Krott from running away with this points race, while consistency
has kept Curt Pastorius on top. Pastorius has finished in the top five
in 12 out of 13 races. Zach Hamer has the best mathematical chance of
stealing the championship away, but his father, Dale Hamer, and Fred
Ely are sure to be in the mix as well come feature time. This one is
still anybody's to win, but likely it will be Pastorius or Hamer.
Come see all of these exciting points championships decided as South
Arcade Speedway holds Championship Night this Friday. South Arcade
Speedway provides affordable family entertainment with a great
selection of reasonably-priced food at "Frank's Place" behind the
grandstand. Racing begins at 7:15pm each Friday night. For more
information, catch up with South Arcade Speedway on Facebook, at the
website www.southarcadespeedway.com, or by phone at (585)293-2780 on
weekdays and (716)492-4097 on race day.
Being a leader in motorsports can mean racing at the front of the pack to victories or maintaining the top spot in the point standings.
In certain situations it can also mean going beyond the call of duty to help organize drivers toward a common goal for the good of the sport.
This season Justin Tatlow has been a leader in all of these ways as he and friend Bob Kish have been taking the lead at South Arcade Speedway to help track promoter Mike Lauterborn get more FASTRAK Crate Late Model cars to the speedway each race night.
In late June, Lauterborn closed South Arcade for two weeks in an attempt to regroup and tackle many issues, including low car counts. When the track reopened the FASTRAK class drew seven cars on July 16 and just five on July 23.
In an effort to get more FASTRAK cars to the speedway, Tatlow and Kish stepped forward two weeks ago and, with the approval of Lauterborn, took it upon themselves to try to increase car numbers. They have made progress.
Tatlow has won three times at South Arcade this season and last Friday finished a close second to Kish. Tatlow leads the point standings as the season rolls into its latter stage.
"In late July, Bob called me and asked me what I thought it would take to get more FASTRAK cars to come to South Arcade," said Tatlow, 26, of Franklinville. "I told him that the answer was to increase the purse and get it in line with what other tracks in the area are paying. We were getting $200 to win. Bob called Mike on July 28 to see if he would let us help him and if the purse could be increased if more cars came.
"Mike said OK and the amount of $500-to-win and $100 to start the race were agreed upon for a standard 20-lap feature. But with a race that Friday [July 30] we basically had one full day to get the ball rolling. I started to call drivers and I got on the racing Web site message boards to communicate our effort.
"On July 30 we had five more drivers, for a total of 10, show up including one who came in from Sugar Grove, Pa., and I think that's phenomenal considering this was done in one day. With the weather being nice the best crowd of the season came out that night. We also had an anonymous sponsor come forward and help us with the increased purse."
Last Friday 11 drivers competed at South Arcade, so the program is working.
"I think that now that the drivers know what the purse is every week and because of the fact that many drivers come here from over an hour away, they will come because they know how much they're racing for," said Tatlow, who was the 2007 Street Stock champion when the track was known as Freedom Raceway.
"People are so busy with so many things going on in life but they will make time for racing if you help them," Tatlow said.
"I think that the track now has to find a division sponsor for every class that races here so that the purses can go up here in line with what other tracks pay. Then the cars will come."
Tatlow drives a 2005 Cadillac with a Rocket chassis.
Tatlow campaigned an E-Mod the previous two years but found the division too expensive, thus opting to move to FASTRAK this year.
If enough funding is secured in future years, he says that all he needs is a different engine and tires to join the Super Late Model ranks. For know, cultivating growth in the FASTRAK class is the top priority.
"I believe that more cars will come and when they do it will mean even more to win here because the more cars you beat on the track the better. I hope I can hold on and win the championship, too. In a few weeks we'll know."
SPECIAL TO THE BUFFALO NEWS
When Mike Lauterborn purchased the South Arcade Speedway (formerly Freedom Raceway) this past winter he knew he had many challenges ahead of him. So far, one month into the new season, Lauterborn has had a mixed bag of good and bad at the Delavan-based dirt track.
Positives have come in the form of an improved facility with new track and parking lot lighting, reconstructed buildings, good concession items and good side-by-side racing run in a quick-paced program.
On the down side, weak car and spectator counts, and a rocky track surface are obstacles he's trying to overcome.
"I'm not overly thrilled right now with how it's gone here so far, but that is not to say that we haven't had many good things happen too," said Lauterborn. "We have made numerous improvements to the facility and I've paid all my bills and all the race purses so far. The improved track lighting, the smooth race surface we've had and the drivers putting on clean and competitive races have been the best things so far.
"Also, we have moved our race programs along very quickly and gotten the fans heading home at a nice earlier hour. Last Friday, with our 7 p.m. start, we ran five divisions without hardly a caution flag, took a 20-minute intermission and had fans heading home at 9:30."
Lauterborn promoted the now defunct Genesee Speedway in Batavia under a lease agreement with the Genesee Fair Board the last three seasons. He left there last fall, as his lease was set to expire. He purchased Freedom Raceway and renamed it.
Naturally, no new race promoter ever enjoys life without a few headaches along the way.
"I'm not happy with our low car counts here," stressed Lauterborn. "The most we've had on any one race night is 55 cars. That's not enough. I guess I'm used to the counts we had when I was running Genesee Speedway the last few years and we had 75-80 cars there.
"I also know that I need to find a way to bring in more fans. When I was at Genesee, we had between 600-700 fans on average per race night. We've been a couple hundred short of that here."
The track surface itself has been plagued with rocks, something very unsafe at a track that is built on a quarry.
"I've been working hard to get all the rocks out of the surface and to a large extent we've done it. But it's something that is hard to totally correct during the season. I look to completely solve the issue this fall when the season is over and I can completely dig the track up to redo it," Lauterborn said.
Lauterborn also admitted that perhaps an attitude change on his part toward race teams and fans is also needed.
"I know that when I ran Genesee, because of all the fighting there and the nasty people I had to deal with, that I had to put on my boxing gloves of sorts, so to speak, to deal with situations there," he said. "I also put up a wall between myself and those people as a defense mechanism, I guess. What I've found is that for whatever the reason the people here, from the drivers to the fans, are so very nice. I have put my boxing gloves back in the box and now I have to tear down that wall. ... The people here are really nice."
One change Lauterborn has made is that the Open Sprint Car class is being altered from a weekly fixture to a limited schedule division. On the plus side, the fourth-year FASTRAK Crate Late Models program has grown from a six- or seven-car field to 12.
"I think we'll get a better handle on how things will go as we get into next season. ... I just need to keep plugging along with quick, competitive and entertaining racing and win back everyone's confidence in South Arcade Speedway. All I can say is that I'm learning and please give me a chance."
Elsewhere, Wyoming County International Speedway (WCIS) has experienced low car counts for its Friday night stock car programs. So management has announced changes to try to entice more racers.
Now competitors can use either Hoosier or American Racer brand tires. American Racer tires are now discounted to $105 each for both 8 and 10-inch sizes. Also no mufflers are required. Pit admissions have also been rolled back to $25 for WCIS members and $30 for non-members.
ML NOTE: 61 CARS IN THE PITS FRIDAY....UP 13 CARS FROM LAST WEEK!
SOUTH ARCADE IS NEWEST SPEEDWAY TO JOIN FASTRAK;
FRIDAY NIGHT WEEKLY LATE MODELS AS PART OF NORTHEAST
By Mike Leone March 21, 2010
(Pulaski, PA)…The FASTRAK Racing Series is pleased to welcome on its newest weekly-sanctioned speedway in 2010 as South Arcade Speedway will run the Late Model division for the upcoming season. The Delevan, New York facility will continue to be the Empire State’s only FASTRAK weekly-sanctioned track.
“We’re thrilled to have South Arcade join FASTRAK,” expressed FASTRAK Northeast Co-Director Vicki Emig. “Arcade will make a great partner for McKean County Raceway and give racers in northwest Pennsylvania and western New York the opportunity to gain valuable FASTRAK points without having to travel great distances. From the sounds of it, there are a lot of new drivers making the move to FASTRAK in this area. We’re hoping it also opens up the possibility for a couple other venues to become FASTRAK-sanctioned in the future.”
Mike Lauterborn, who recently spent his time as the promoter at New York’s Genesee Speedway and doubles as a Sprint Car driver, purchased South Arcade Speedway this winter. Lauterborn hopes to add stability to the speedway that has had an uncertain future with various promoters and name changes over recent years.
Lauterborn has secured Jerges Auto Parts as a divisional sponsor to make the FASTRAK sanction possible at his facility. Jerges is owned by Bob and Annette Kish. Bob has been a loyal supporter of FASTRAK since it’s inception in the Northeast in 2007 campaigning his #5. Jerges is a buyer of scrap metal is located at 7708 County Road 26 in Belfast, NY. For more information call 585-365-2758.
Bob Mullen of East Coast Speed will handle the FASTRAK spec Hoosier Tires that are mandated for South Arcade. He is located at 5599 East Main St. Rd., Batavia, NY 14020. For more information call 585-343-8658.
South Arcade is a 1/3-mile dirt oval located between Interstates 86 and 90 at 11909 Marble Springs Road in Delevan, NY 14042 approximately an hour from Buffalo, Jamestown, and Rochester. For more information on South Arcade, check out their website at www.southarcadespeedway.com or call 585-293-2780 (office) or 716-492-4097 (track).
Mike Leone and Vicki Emig can be reached at 724-964-9300. For tech questions, contact Brad Hibbard at 330-540-7223. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and snail mail to 4368 Route 422, Pulaski, PA 16143. For more information, check out www.fastraknortheast.com. To join our mailing list, simply send an e-mail to email@example.com. Become our fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/fastraknortheast.
Weekly 410 Sprint Racing Comes to NY
Matt Steffenhagen (716)353-1422
Delevan, NY- South Arcade Speedway, formerly known as Freedom Raceway,
will host NY’s first-ever DIRTcar sanctioned weekly 410 sprint class
in 2010. The Insinger Racing Alcohol DIRTcar Sprint Cars will take to
the western NY oval 16 times this season. When the season kicks off on
Friday May 14, it will mark the first time 410 sprints have ever
competed on South Arcade’s 1/3 mile.
The track is no stranger to
sprints however, as it was the weekly host of 360 sprints years ago as
well as a host of the Empire Super Sprints and ASCS Patriot Sprints
touring series in years past.
Five more racing divisions will also be in action on Fridays at South
Arcade in 2010. The Jerge’s Auto Parts Fastrak Late Models, the
Insinger Performance E-mods, Street Stocks, 4 Cylinders, and Pure
Stocks will join the Insinger Racing Alcohol DIRTcar Sprints to
complete the weekly “Super 6” racing card.
Special Events will
include a stop by both the United E-Mod Series and the United Late
Model Series, two $1000 to win 360 Late Model races, the Midstate
Vintage Stock Cars, and Micro Sprints.
South Arcade Speedway is located on Marble Springs Rd. near Arcade, NY;
Around an hour’s drive from Buffalo, Rochester, and Jamestown.
Racing is Friday nights at 7:00pm. For more information please visit
the website at www.southarcadespeedway.com.
South Arcade Speedway Getting Ready for Exciting 2010 Season
Matt Steffenhagen (716)353-1422
Delevan, NY- South Arcade Speedway (Formerly Freedom Raceway and
Arcade International Raceway) will begin anew in the 2010 season with
former Genesee Speedway promoter and sprint car driver Mike
Lauterborn’s purchase of the facility over the winter. Opening night
will be May 14 with a regular “Super 6” show featuring FASTRAK Late
Models, E-mods, Street Stocks, 4 Cylinders, Pure Stocks, and for the
first time in nearly a decade, sprint cars. The Insinger Racing Alcohol
Sprint Cars will be the first ever weekly DIRTcar sanctioned sprint
class in NY. They are joined by the Jerge’s Auto Parts FASTRAK Late
Models which are the only FASTRAK sanctioned late models in NY. The
Insinger Performance E-mods will share a sanction as well, with drivers
having the option to race for Tri-State Modified Association points, an
organization which includes weekly E-mod competition in Ohio,
Pennsylvania, and New York. The always competitive Street Stocks will
be returning again as well as the 4 Cylinders and Pure Stocks.
The 2010 Season will feature many special events also. Chris Zuver’s
ever-popular ULMS and UEMS racing series, for Super Late Models and
E-mods will each make a stop at South Arcade Speedway this season.
These events are sure to be “can’t miss” races; UEMS invades on
June 18, and the Super Late Models of ULMS will put on a show on July 2
as part of the ULMS Firecracker Tour which includes three races in
three days on 4th of July weekend. Two $1000 to win 360 Late Model
(Super Stock) races are on the card for 2010. These races will be a
throwback of sorts, as the super stock division was the headline class
at Freedom Raceway for years. Other specials include a few visits by
Micro Sprints as well as a vintage race put on by the Midstate Vintage
Insinger Race Fuel for all divisions as well as Hoosier Tires for the
FASTRAK Late Models will be provided by Bob Mullen’s East Coast
Speed. East Coast Speed is located in Batavia, NY and can be found on
the internet at www.eastcoastspeed.com.
Division sponsors include the above mentioned Insinger Racing Alcohol
Sprints, Jerge’s Auto Parts FASTRAK Late Models, and Insinger
Performance E-mods. Nightly sponsors in 2010 include Bob McKerrow &
Sons RV Sales in Sandusky and Sixt Lumber in Chaffee. If you are
business looking to reach the local racing crowd, sponsoring a night at
the race track, a division, or even a sign is a great way to do it.
For more sponsorship information, please visit the South Arcade
South Arcade Speedway is located on Marble Springs Rd. in Delevan, NY
just south of Arcade. The track is within around an hour’s drive
from Buffalo, Jamestown, and Rochester. Every Friday night from May
‘til September South Arcade Speedway will be in action with racing
starting at 7:00pm sharp. For more information, please visit the track
website at www.southarcadespeedway.com.
SPECIAL TO THE BUFFALO NY NEWS
December 03, 2009, 11:56 PM
For the fourth consecutive year, when the green flag flies to open the 2010 local auto racing campaign, Arcade International Speedway will open with a new management team in place.
The Delevan based track will also undergo its third name change in as many years.
Mike Lauterborn, promoter at Genesee Speedway the last three years through a lease arrangement with the Genesee County Fair Board, is in the process of purchasing AIR and will move over to promote that speedway as soon as the paperwork is completed.
Lauterborn also is changing the facility's name from AIR to SOUTH ARCADE SPEEDWAY
Lauterborn made a down payment in mid-November to buy the track from racer Eldon King III. Lauterborn announced last summer that he would not renew his lease at Genesee, which expires Dec. 31.
In 2007, AIR, known then as Freedom Raceway, was owned and promoted by Dan Hoffmann, who had been at the helm there for 20 years.
After Hoffmann ran into financial woes, the track did not open for the 2008 season. King bought the property and leased the track to business partners Carl Drum and Shane Wolfer for the 2009 campaign. The track was then renamed Arcade International Speedway.
Drum left after just a few months, leaving Wolfer to operate AIR by himself. Lauterborn recently decided that he wanted to stay in the promoter's game by purchasing AIR.
As he will now be the owner, Lauterborn can make his own decisions. He feels that he is in a much better position at AIR than at Genesee as he no longer has to gain approval from a fair board to make changes.
"I now know that when I put a board up and put a nail in it that it's my wood and my nails and it's part of an investment," Lauterborn said. "I can set my own race dates and make all decisions here, and I only have to answer to myself. I got the track for a reasonable price and have a three-year plan for growth. As long as things turn out financially profitable I can reinvest every dime I make back in to the facility."
Lauterborn is already making moves at South Arcade, seeking a DIRTcar Northeast sanction. He will have the Crate Late Models, E-Mods, Open Sprint Cars, Street Stocks and 4-Cylinders as his weekly divisions while hosting specials for the 360 Late Models and 1000cc Mini Sprints.
John Kurban, Ron McLaud, Ken Hangauer Jr., Mike Paz, Mike Fisher, Amie Fox and John and Bonnie Veach are track officials already selected by Lauterborn to work at South Arcade.
No one has stepped forward to run Genesee and the track is in jeopardy of not racing next year.
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