Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Mike Linder finally gets on track for a top-ten finish

Everyone at Andy James Motorsports would like to send a huge thank you to Paul and Tom Kistler and all of their employees. There might even be a big wet kiss thrown in but for right now we will just wait on that. Everyone at Kistler Engines worked very hard to find the “problem” and without their help we still wouldn’t have made any laps this weekend.

Saturday evening was opening night at Fremont Speedway and with the problem solved Mike went out and ran the fourth fastest lap in qualifying, even though he went out near the end. With the heat race next up Mike would start fifth in the first heat along side of quick time Mark Keegan. Once again Mike laid down the throttle and picked up two spots running the very top of the track.

With the feature ready to go, so was Mike and he would begin his “first” race of 2007 in the sixth position. Just wanting to make sure that he gets as many laps as possible no real game plan was laid out for Mike other than to stay on track. That plan was cast aside a couple of laps in when the red number 3 fell a few spots back. Running up top a battle ensued with the 16 who was running the bottom; it would take some time but Mike finally prevailed. Next on the list to get by were the 7 and 8s and this was done in just enough time for the final caution of the night. Even with the valiant effort put forth by Mike he could only make it back up to sixth by the end of the race.

Andy James Motorsports is sponsored by Linder’s Speed Equipment, Pro Shocks, Burns Iron and Metal, Beaverdam Contracting, Engler’s Printing, Kistler Engines, Gibson Machinery, Leaf Racewear, DMI Sprint Race Components, Ultra Shield Race Products, J+J Auto Racing, Vision Quest, Bell Racing, Justco Machine, and R and R Auto Wrecking.

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Andy James Motorsports

Sunday, April 22, 2007


by Brian Spaid
April 22, 2007
FRANKLIN, PA .. Beautiful, summer-like weather dominated the weekend inWestern Pennsylvania, and race teams and fans are itching to get started withthe 2007 season at Tri-City Speedway. The half-mile dirt track opens this coming Sunday April 29th with a fullslate of the 4 Your Car Connection Super Sprints, Schwab's Ford DIRTcar BigBlock Modifieds, RPM Auto Sales/Shawgo Real Estate E Mods, E.F. Rogers Plumbing& Heating Pro Stocks and Klapec Auto Body Thundercars. Gates open each Sundaynight at 4 p.m. and racing starts at 6 p.m. Adult grandstand admission is $11for each five-star racing show.
"This weekend's weather was perfect," said Tri-City Co-Promoter Mike Graham."We needed sun and warm temperatures to help dry the grounds and allow us to geton the track and do some needed work. The last three weeks of rain and snowhave not been helpful. We'll work at the track throughout the week to getopened. Hopefully, Mother Nature will smile on us next weekend."
Bob Felmlee of Franklin, Pa., will be back this season looking for his fourthcareer Super Sprint title at Tri-City. His season started well with wins atLernerville Speedway and Sharon Speedway already. He is expected to be fast outof the box at his hometrack in 2007. Three-time champion Rod George is expectedto contend for the title once again after engine woes slowed his pace lastseason. Other top winged warriors include Todd Bauer, Brent Covell and AndyMcKisson.
The DIRTcar Big Block Modifieds may have a new division name, but KevinBolland of New Brighton, Pa., is expected to return this season and chase afterhis third title at Tri-City. His greatest nemesis will be Rex King. The two-timeBRP Modified Tour champion has finished second in points at Tri-City for threeyears in a row, and is ready to end his bridesmaid status. Del Rougeux Jr.,Jeremiah Shingledecker, Andy Priest, Russell King and Joe Crawford will be amongthe other title contenders in the open-wheel class.
Brent Rhebergen of Clymer, N.Y., returned to full-time action in 2006 andteamed with Shawn Shingledecker to dominate the E Mods. After capturing histhird track title, Rhebergen will return this season with Shingledecker. Thedynamic duo will be tough competition on the Venango County half-mile oval. MikePotosky, Jim Frontz, Russ Demspey and David Atkinson hope to chase them down inthe title chase.
For the fourth year in a row, the Pro Stock champion will not defend histitle as Bobby Whitling of Seneca, Pa., focuses his efforts on his new E Modrteam. Gerry Bruce (2005), Bruce Smith (2004) and Darrell Bossard (2003) alsodid not return following their championship seasons. Although Whitling isexpected to race on the William R. Karns Plumbing, Heating & Air ConditioningDetroit Iron Pro Stock Series, he will forego the race for a fourth track title.This allows drivers like Doug Iorio II, Dave Ferringer, Rod Laskey, Matt Thomas,and teenage sensation Jackson Humanic to battle for the 2007 championship. Like Whitling, Jeff Manners of Cherrytree, Pa., will not be back to defendhis Thundercar championship as he moves into the Pro Stock division for carowner Bob Tarr. As a result, all eyes will be on Bill Myers and Josh Seippel. Both men will return in 2007 and are clearly the title favorites. Othercontenders include Ed and Regina Deloe, Curt Bish Sr. and Charlie McMillen.
For more information, please contact the track office at (814) 473-4038. Tri-City Speedway is owned and operated by Roger and Susie Crick and Mike andMargaret Graham. They have promoted Sunday night racing at the popular facilitysince they reopened it in 1996. The Super Sprints, DIRT Modifieds, E Mods, ProStocks and Thundercars race each week at the Venango County half-mile dirt oval.Tri-City is located seven miles north of Franklin, Pa., off State Route 417.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

GME Manufacturing/Nields Racing Company Adds Their Name to the Empire Super Sprint Sponsorship List for 2007

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – A good friend has added his name to become one of the many new sponsors coming aboard the Empire Super Sprints (ESS) Tour 2007 brought to you by Jacobs Motorsports. Sprint car standout Pete Green and the entire Green family have joined forces with Joe Nields to become a major player in the steering unit industry for this season. The merger of GME Manufacturing and Nields Racing Company will house themselves out of New Ringgold, Pa.

Green has been a top winged sprint car chauffeur for several seasons with the United Racing Company 360 series with several excursions up North over the years to run with ESS. With Green and gang making many friends with ESS, he has now given in return with a sponsorship from the new company. At the annual awards banquet, a complete steering unit will be given away to an ESS driver that has faithfully followed the tour for 2007 and displayed the GME logo. Look for several special awards during the year as well.

Green has put his helmet on the shelf for a while to concentrate on the new endeavor. GME has been specializing in steering unit repairs of all brands for several years now while Nields has been a builder of new steering units for even a longer period of time. Nields is best known in the ESS ranks for providing units for eight-time ESS champion Mike Woodring. For more information, you can call Pete Green at (570) 386-8600 and also look for a website to be launched soon.

As the 25th season for one of the leading 360 sprint car organizations is a little over one month away, sponsorship packages that continue to build will make this season the most lucrative ever. May 27th will be the date, Utica-Rome Speedway is the site…Alain Bergeron, Lance Yonge, Jeff VanDusen, Steve Poirier, Jeff Cook, Dan Kaszubinski, Bubby Kerrick, Donny Sharp Jr., Jessica Zemken, Jason Barney, Mike Stelter and the list goes on and on. It will be excitement guaranteed!! For more information, please log on to www.empiresupersprints.com .


By Eric J. Westendorf

(Sarver, PA) With a non-points season opener and a 360 OTC World of Outlaws Late Model race in the books, Lernerville Speedway is ready to start its regular season with the first Budweiser Point Standings race of the 2007 season for all Fab Four Divisions. The Commercial Truck & Trailer Sprints, Friedman’s Supermarkets Late Models, Ferrante Motor Cars Modifieds, and Advance Auto Parts Pure Stocks are finally ready to get down to business this Friday Night April 20. Local Meteorologists promise clear skies and warm temperatures throughout the evening.

In addition to the Fab Four event, Lernerville Speedway will be honoring local heroes during the Volunteer Fire, EMS, and Police Appreciation Night. Members of these service companies will be honored throughout the evening, and enjoy half-price general admission with proper ID at the will call window. Local companies will have service vehicles and equipment on display outside the general admission gates.

Coming soon to the Action Track is another World of Outlaws invasion. This time the Original Outlaws, the 410 Sprint Bandits headlined by 20-Time World of Outlaws Champion “The King” Steve Kinser, Reigning World of Outlaws Champion Donny Schatz, and current World of Outlaws points leader Joey Saldana in a car owned by NASCAR star Kasey Kahne, and a strong field of Outlaw regulars will roll into town on May 15 for the First Commonwealth Bank Clash. The $10,000 to win, 40 lap shootout will be supported by the second of five UMP Modifieds races. Advance purchases of Reserved Seat tickets for the May 15 show are now on sale, as are tickets for the 2-Day Firecracker 100 featuring the return of the 360 OTC World of Outlaws Late Models on June 29 & 30. Log on to www.lernerville.com for more details or call the track office at (724) 353-1511 to reserve your seats now!