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2016 SUPRS Christmas Special promotional poster by BreezeGraphics.com

Rob Warren Takes Caution Filled Christmas Special for Third Year in a Row December 13, 2016 – Franklin, MI…Rob Warren of Pulaski, NY survived a night of mayhem to win the 13th Annual Supermodified Ultimate Pavement Racing Series, (SUPRS), Christmas Special Tuesday at Mopar Speedway. For just the second time …

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SUPRS Christmas Special, New Track, New Qualifying Format

December 13, 2016 – Goshen, IN…The Supermodified Ultimate Pavement Racing Series, (SUPRS), will finish off 2016 with the 13th Annual Christmas Special 25 and for the first time since 2005, Bracket Hill Raceway in New Hampshire won’t be the track it’s contested on.

2016 SUPRS Christmas Special promotional poster by BreezeGraphics.com

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With a continued shift towards more rFactor supermodified sim racing events, Mopar Speedway in Michigan will play host to the race, and while most of the format will stay the same as it’s been in the previous 12 editions of this fun race, there will be one small twist to the qualifying format.

The sanction has decided to use a ‘group qualifying’ format. Each group will consist of several cars at a time and will get six laps to try to make it into the Elite 8 fastest qualifiers.

The six lap Reindeer Dash sets the starting positions for the Elite 8 qualifiers based on their finish.

Everyone else will go to heat races to be lined up based on their season won points handicaps. The way they finish the heat race is the way they will start the 25 lap feature behind the Reindeer Dash drivers.

Rob Warren Breaks a Christmas Special Record

From the year the race began in 2004, up until last year, there had never been a repeat winner of the Christmas Special. Rob Warren of Pulaski, NY broke that record he held off 2008 winner Ray Sand, Jr. for the second year in a row.

Rob Warren in Christmas Special victory laneThen, in the true spirit of the Christmas season, after accepting the accolades and awards for his win, including a Burgers’ Smokehouse Christmas Ham, he promptly asked that the ham be sent to Jeff Russell, a supermodified racer that continues to recover from Traumatic Brain Injury suffered at Las Vegas Bullring in 2010.

Possible 2-Time Winners, Host of Potential New Winners

Former winners Steve Callahan and Bob Gangwer will challenge Warren for the win and hope to add their names to the multi-time winner list, but Domenic Gioia is coming off perhaps his biggest win ever, the Dion Parish Memorial last week, and will be riding an avalanche of confidence that could produce his first Christmas Special win even though he has only run three Christmas Specials to date.

Similarly, Joe Achzet and Keith Powell have never won the Christmas Special but are having a spectacular season so far as they battle Warren for the top spot in the SUPRS Gold Crest Wing Championship.

Achzet has three wins so far and three track records, while Powell has two and has only been out of the top five finishers just once since the season started in October so both  are strong threats to pick up their very first Christmas Special win.

Christmas Gift Awaits

Whomever takes the checkered flag first on Tuesday, he’ll take home a Burgers’ Smokehouse Christmas Ham for his accomplishment.

Burgers' Smokehouse hamThe fine folks at Burgers’ Ozark Country Hams have been providing simple traditions since 1952 when they built their first “ham house” on their farm in Missouri.

With complete attention to quality and customer service, this family owned company continues to do things the old-fashioned way taking great care in the time-honored traditions of curing, aging, and smoking superior quality products.

Unwrap the Action

The SUPRS Christmas Special takes place December 13, 2016 beginning with practice which starts at 8:00pm. Group Qualifying will follow at 8:30pm and Racing gets underway at 9:00pm with the Reindeer Dash.

Just like kids and adults can track Santa on Christmas Eve, you can ‘track’ your favorite SUPRS race with timing, scoring and instant track telemetry via the SUPRS LIVE! page.

Learn more about this race on the SUPRS schedule page.  Regular season updates as well as real supermodified and sim racing news are popular features on the Supermodified Ultimate Pavement Racing Series Facebook page and @SUPRSOnline.


SUPRS Christmas Special History:

Year Winner Track Laps
2004 Chris Nicastro Derry Raceway Park 25
2005 Sean O’Kane Bracket Hill Raceway 25
2006 Kris Heveron Bracket Hill Raceway 25
2007 Tom Heveron Bracket Hill Raceway 25
2008 Ray Sand, Jr. Bracket Hill Raceway 50
2009 Dave Biro III Bracket Hill Raceway 25
2010 Steve Callahan Bracket Hill Raceway 50
2011 John Davidson Bracket Hill Raceway 50
2012 Bobby Gangwer Bracket Hill Raceway 50
2013 Gary Waldron Bracket Hill Raceway 25
2014 Rob Warren Bracket Hill Raceway 25
2015 Rob Warren Bracket Hill Raceway 25
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Quick Results: Warren Wins Christmas Special

SUPRS 12th Annual Christmas Special Poster by BreezeGraphics.com

Bracket Hill, NH – December 15, 2015…Rob Warren became the first two-time winner of the Supermodified Ultimate Pavement Racing Series, (SUPRS), Christmas Special Tuesday night at Bracket Hill Raceway.  It was Warren’s sixth win of the season. Ray Sand, Jr. and Bob Gangwer finished second and third. “It’s fantastic man, …

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Christmas Special Winner Receives Burgers’ Ham

Goshen, IN – December 13, 2015…The Supermodified Ultimate Pavement Racing Series, (SUPRS),  will end the year with the 12th Annual Christmas Special 25 at Bracket Hill Raceway in New Hampshire Tuesday December 15, 2015.

SUPRS 12th Annual Christmas Special Poster by BreezeGraphics.com

Graphics like this poster from BreezeGraphics.com are like digital Christmas presents!

In the 12 year history of the race there has never been a repeat winner in the quick 25 lap sprint for non-wing sim supermodifieds and that streak could be broken this year as both Ray Sand, Jr. and Rob Warren have dominated the win column for SUPRS.

Warren is the most recent SUPRS winner, taking the Dion Parish Memorial last week and while Sand, Jr. is the 2008 Christmas Special winner, the current track record holder at Bracket Hill Raceway and in nine Christmas Special races run, has finished out of the top five just once and out of the top three a mere four times.

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Rob Warren holds off a hard-charging Ray Sand, Jr. as they cross the stripe for the white flag at the 2014 Christmas Special.

Last year both drivers figured into the outcome of the race. After starting from the pole position and fending off Sand, Jr., Warren parked his First to Finish Docks & Hoists machine in victory lane for the 12th Annual Christmas Special.

Then, in the true spirit of the Christmas season, after accepting the accolades and awards for his win, including a Burgers’ Smokehouse Christmas Ham, he promptly asked that the ham be sent to Jeff Russell, a supermodified racer that continues to recover from Traumatic Brain Injury suffered at Las Vegas Bullring in 2010.

Former winners Steve Callahan and Bob Gangwer are expected to challenge Sand, Jr. and Warren for the win. Dave Brigandi and Domenic Gioia, both sitting in the top of the SUPRS Gold Crest Wing Championship Points Standings, should never be counted out, even though neither has run more than two Christmas Specials.

The Christmas Special will feature a full format including time trials, Fast 4 ReindeerBurgers' Smokehouse logo Dash and Heat Races, then closes with the short 25 lap sprint to the checkered flag in the feature race at Bracket Hill Raceway. Again this year, the winner will receive a Christmas Ham from Burgers’ Smokehouse delivered in time to enjoy for Christmas Dinner.

Practice for the 12th Annual Christmas Special gets rolling at 8:00pm.  with practice which starts at 8:00pm. Time Trials are at 8:30pm and Racing gets underway at 9:00pm. Full details can be found on the SUPRS schedule page.

Fans can learn more about the original and oldest online supermodified sim sanction, the Supermodified Ultimate Pavement Racing Series, when they visit www.SUPRS.net. Join SUPRS active and vibrant Social Media channels by  “Liking” SUPRS on Facebook, Circling SUPRS on Google+, Following @SUPRSOnline on Twitter, and viewing SUPRS videos on YouTube.


Current Track Record: Bracket Hill Raceway*-Ray Sand, Jr. Rochester, NY: 12.119 sec. set-12/17/13

Defending Race Winner: Rob Warren

Christmas Special Race History:

  • 2014-Rob Warren
  • 2013-Gary Waldron
  • 2012-Bob Gangwer
  • 2011-John Davidson
  • 2010-Steve Callahan
  • 2009-Dave Biro III
  • 2008-Ray Sand, Jr.
  • 2007-Tom Heveron
  • 2006-Kris Heveron
  • 2005-Sean O’Kane
  • 2004-Chris Nicastro
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