New Schedule, New Events Pump Excitement into King of Dirt Series

New Schedule, New Events Pump Excitement into King of Dirt Series
New Hampshire, Albany-Saratoga increase prestige for KOD Crate Modified Series

RUTLAND, Vt. – The King of Dirt Series is ready for 2020.  A new feeling of excitement has been pumped into the tour, and the new, highly anticipated, five-race King of Dirt Racing (KOD) Crate Modified Series schedule will bring the tour to four prestigious tracks in New York and New England.

King of Dirt Racing features the wildly popular Sportsman-type dirt Modified stock car and the economical General Motors “602” crate engine package.  KOD events are among the highest-paying Sportsman-level races in the Northeast, and every event on the five-race slate is a highlight.  The KOD schedule is kept short by design, offering an affordable touring series alternative for grassroots dirt track racers.

The season opens at the fast, half-mile Devil’s Bowl Speedway in West Haven, Vt., for the fourth consecutive year, running the 50-lap “Memorial Day Kickoff” on Sunday night, May 24.  Bobby Hackel earned $1,750 for winning the 2019 edition, and drivers received a minimum of $150 to take the green flag.  Devil’s Bowl also hosts the second KOD event on Sunday, August 9, as the 40-lap “Leon Gonyo Memorial” is again held in conjunction with the “Battle at the Bowl” Big Block/Small Block Modified Challenge.

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Pennsylvania’s Matt Cameron sweeps Semi Pro in Vermont for Rock Maple Racing

Pennsylvania’s Matt Cameron sweeps Semi Pro in Vermont for Rock Maple Racing
Bell, Lessard continue hot streak in Pro classes

WEST GLOVER, Vermont (Feb. 17, 2020) — Any time a snowmobile race team travels a great distance to compete, the end goal, along with having a little fun, is to bring home a trophy. For Semi Pro rider Matt Cameron, a long haul to northern Vermont last weekend paid off with a pair of victories.

Pennsylvania native Matt Cameron swept the Semi Pro finals on Saturday to lead a long list of winners, as Rock Maple Racing (RMR) completed Round 3 on the six-race 2020 cross country racing schedule at Young Farms in West Glover, Vermont.

Cameron, of Palmerton, held off Maine riders Dylan Thompson (Lincoln) and Derek Dawson (Readfield) to earn top honors in the Semi Pro Improved final. Thompson, who was hot off a clean sweep in Round 2 also finished second in the Stock final, while Toby Caron filled out the podium.

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Bear Ridge Speedway “there’s no place like home”

Bear Ridge Speedway

Bear Ridge Speedway is gearing up for their 53rd year of consecutive racing. The Ridge continues to be the best source of great inexpensive high-quality entertainment for families. What makes the entertainment? Some of the best drivers in New England, fierce competition, and the return of drivers who know “there’s no place like home”

The DIRTcar Sabil & Sons Sportsman Modifieds will see several returning faces in 2020 who have raced the Ridge. Can Kevin Chaffee reclaim the championship in 2020? The local hot shoe driving the 73 will have his hands full with a pack of wolves all vying for the coveted spot. Robert Tucker, Richie Simmons, and Ryan Christian all had great 2019 seasons, and hoping to be the lucky one to dethrone the 2019 king Jordan Fornwalt. With some stiff competition from these guys plus several others in the division claiming the gold will be no easy feat for any of the drivers and is sure to offer some edge of your seat entertainment for the fans.

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Vermont’s snowy Northeast Kingdom next stop for Rock Maple Racing

Vermont’s snowy Northeast Kingdom next stop for Rock Maple Racing
Recent snowfall sets tone for great track at Young Farms

HAMPSTEAD, N.H. (Feb. 11, 2020) — While much of late January and early February were lacking in natural snowfall throughout the northeast, recent storms in the higher elevations of Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom have set the stage for some exciting snowmobile racing in the days ahead. 

The normally quiet and rural town of West Glover will roar to life this Saturday, Feb. 15, as Rock Maple Racing (RMR) descends on the beautiful Young Farms for Round 3 on the six-race 2020 campaign. Spectators gates will open at 8 a.m., with racing getting under way promptly at 9 a.m. 

Admission is $10 per day for adults, while children age 10 and under are admitted free. This weekend’s RMR Cross Country series event is presented by several fine local sponsors, including Northpoint Chrysler/Jeep/RAM, Vianor Tire & Auto Service, The Farmyard Store, Martha’s Diner, Desrochers Crane Service, Royer’s Mini Mart, Walt’s Sales & Service and The Parker Pie Company. 

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New Street Stock “Six Pack Series” to Debut in 2020

New Street Stock “Six Pack Series” to Debut in 2020
Four tracks working together toward common rules

WEST HAVEN, Vt. – The spotlight will shine on local stock car racing’s “little guy” teams in 2020.  The all-new “Six Pack Series” has been created for intermediate-level, V8-powered stock cars, with six races at four distinctly different tracks in Vermont and New York’s Capital District.

Significant efforts have been made by each of the four speedways to work toward a more uniform set of rules to oversee similar divisions.  The tracks and classes involved are the Super Stocks at Devil’s Bowl Speedway in West Haven, Vt., the Street Stocks at Albany-Saratoga Speedway in Malta, N.Y., the Street Stocks at Glen Ridge Motorsports Park in Fultonville, N.Y., and the Pure Stocks at Lebanon Valley Speedway in West Lebanon, N.Y.  Drivers must declare which track’s rulebook they will race under for the Six Pack Series.

The Six Pack cracks open on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 10, at the high-banked, quarter-mile Glen Ridge bullring.  The semi-banked, half-mile Devil’s Bowl facility will host the second round on Memorial Day weekend on Sunday, May 24, followed by events at the banked 4/10-mile Albany-Saratoga on Friday, June 12, and the fast, 5/8-mile Lebanon Valley high-banks on Saturday, June 27.

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Tremont, Hackel Feted at Devil’s Bowl Speedway-King of Dirt Banquet

Tremont, Hackel Feted at Devil’s Bowl Speedway-King of Dirt Banquet
Rogers receives John Bruno Award

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RUTLAND, Vt. – A jam-packed room of more than 330 guests celebrated as the 2019 stock car racing season was officially wrapped up for Devil’s Bowl Speedway and the King of Dirt Racing (KOD) Crate Modified Series on Saturday, January 25.  The event, which was held at the Holiday Inn Rutland-Killington in Rutland, Vt., included a red-carpet reception, live driver interviews on social media, and awards for more than 65 top drivers and racing personalities.  Point fund bouses distributed approached $28,000 in total.

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