SUPRS Racers Going on a Blind Date

Second of Five Race Empire State Super Series Regional Tour is Blind Date

January 21, 2018 – Goshen, IN…The second race of the year-long Supermodified Ultimate Pavement Racing Series, (SUPRS), 2017-18 Empire State Super Series, (ESS), Regional Tour is a Blind Date night. And like a real blind date, the drivers don’t know exactly what to expect.

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Tradition of Blind Date Night Goes Way Back

The SUPRS Blind Date Night has been a tradition since the very start of the oldest supermodified sim racing sanction when it ran four races in one night on New Year’s Eve. Those races were known as the New Year’s Eve 4-n-1 Bash.

2017-18 ESS Format

After the SUPRS Members decided they’d rather spend time with their family and friends on New Year’s Eve, drawing one out of a three potential tracks continued on for the ESS Tour and the tradition continued.

Long ESS Season

The ESS season is generally composed of anywhere between three to six races and run over the course of one year and two SUPRS Gold Crest Seasons. Each race uses the same format of Time Trials, handicapped Heat Races and an inverted start for the Feature.

The tour includes only those tracks in the state of New York and, since 2015, a mixture of NASCAR Heat and rFactor gaming platforms.

Three Former ESS Champs Expected

Defending ESS Champion Rob Warren, and 2013-14 ESS Champ Steve Callahan sit first and second in the current ESS points with 2015-16 ESS Champion Bob Gangwer fourth behind Kyle Clark. All four drivers should be racing Tuesday as they are also in the top five of the 2017-18 SUPRS Gold Crest Championship point standings

Powell Looking for New York Love

SUPRS most recent feature winner Keith Powell of Ohio has never won an ESS Tour feature. He is second in Gold Crest Championship points and would love nothing more than to avenge his loss in the first ESS show of the season.

CURRENT ESS POINTS

At that race, (the Christmas Special at Airborne Speedway in December), Powell led the race from the drop of the green flag until contact with Rob Warren on the white flag lap put him out of contention for the win.

See the Action Live

Mark your calendars for the ESS Blind Date Night, January 23, 2018. A 15 minute practice session starts at 8:15pm with Time Trials to follow at 8:45pm. Racing gets underway at 9:00pm and everyone is welcome to enjoy it all with SUPRS LIVE!

Cheer on your favorite SUPRS racers while you view timing, scoring, and of course our outstanding live streaming video of the ESS Blind Date night when we go “Live @ 9pm est via the SUPRS LIVE! page.

Get Social with SUPRS

Fans can learn more about the original supermodified sim sanction, the Supermodified Ultimate Pavement Racing Series, by visiting 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. See us live and join our chat on Twitch.


Empire State Super Series Champion-Wing:

  • 2005-06 Empire State Super Series Champion: Sean Gibbs-ONT
  • 2006-07 Empire State Super Series Champion: Myles Maxon-NY
  • 2007-08 Empire State Super Series Champion: John Davidson-NY
  • 2008-09 Empire State Super Series Champion: Ray Sand, Jr.-NY
  • 2009-10 Empire State Super Series Champion: Ray Sand, Jr.-NY
  • 2010-11 Empire State Super Series Champion: Ray Sand, Jr.-NY
  • 2011-12 Empire State Super Series Champion: Ray Sand, Jr.-NY
  • 2012-13 Empire State Super Series Champion: Ray Sand, Jr.-NY
  • 2013-14 Empire State Super Series Champion: Steve Callahan-OH
  • 2015-16 Empire State Super Series Champion: Bob Gangwer-IN
  • 2016-17 Empire State Super Series Champion: Rob Warren-NY

Visit the SUPRS Points Archives Page to see final standings of ESS Championship through the years

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Buckeye 50, Mansfield Next for SUPRS

January 12, 2018 – Goshen, IN…The Buckeye 50 is next for the racers of the Supermodified Ultimate Pavement Racing Series, (SUPRS), on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at Mansfield Motorsports Park.

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This marks the second year in a row that SUPRS has visited this high-banked half-mile track, and drivers are expecting a close battle from the drop of the green flag to the flash of the checkered.

See the Action Live

Mark your calendars for the Buckeye 50, January 16, 2018. A 15 minute practice session starts at 8:15pm with Time Trials to follow at 8:45pm. Racing gets underway at 9:00pm and everyone is welcome to be a part of the action.

Cheer on your favorite SUPRS racers while you view timing, scoring, instant track telemetry and of course our outstanding live streaming video of the Buckeye 50 via the SUPRS LIVE! page.

Get Social with SUPRS

You can 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 Twitter @SUPRSOnline. Don’t miss our unique Instagram posts or sim racing tech on our Google + page. All of our live broadcasts are archived on our popular YouTube channel.

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Tenth Year for SUPRS Terry Gibson Memorial Sim Race

Goshen, IN – January 6, 2018…Featuring two nights of racing and honoring the late Terry Gibson, the Supermodified Ultimate Pavement Racing Series, (SUPRS), is set to run the 10th Annual Terry Gibson Memorial at Sandusky Speedway.

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Remembering a Racer

Gibson lost his life during a heat race for the Midwest Supermodified Association at Toledo Speedway on July 18, 2008. Terry is survived by his wife Linda, son, Ryan W. Gibson; a daughter, Lindsay N. Kincaid; his mother and father Todd & Brenda Gibson, two brothers, Gene Lee (Lucinda) Gibson, Sandusky; Larry (Lisa) Gibson, Marysville; and a sister, Deb (Randy McElroy) Brady, Richwood.  Terry was followed in death by his brother Jeff (Shannon) Gibson in 2012.

Two Nights of Supermodified Action

Everything kicks off at 8:30pm Tuesday, January 9 with practice for the Terry Gibson Fast 50. Many of the drivers use this race as a tune up for the next night and the winner of the 50 lapper becomes a guaranteed starter for the Terry Gibson Memorial 100 which takes place on Wednesday, January 10.

See SCHEDULE for Format and Details of Fast 50

Terry Gibson Memorial 100 Details

Broadcasting Both Nights

Fans can enjoy both nights of racing with SUPRS LIVE! Because these are NASCAR Heat based races, the live streaming video will feature all the stats and scoring that is normally found on the SUPRS LIVE! page.

Stay in the SUPRS Loop

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 Twitter @SUPRSOnline. We’re also on Instagram, YouTube, Google+, and Twitch.


Terry Gibson Fast 50 History:

  • 2009 Terry Gibson Fast 50 Winner: Dave Biro III
  • 2010 Terry Gibson Fast 50 Winner: Jamie Hartley
  • 2011 Terry Gibson Fast 50 Winner: Ray Sand, Jr.
  • 2012 Terry Gibson Fast 50 Winner: Joe Achzet
  • 2013 Terry Gibson Fast 50 Winner: Ray Sand, Jr.
  • 2014 Terry Gibson Fast 50 Winner: Canceled
  • 2015 Terry Gibson Fast 50 Winner: Ray Sand, Jr.
  • 2016 Terry Gibson Fast 50 Winner: Ray Sand, Jr.
  • 2017 Terry Gibson Fast 50 Winner: Rob Warren

Terry Gibson Memorial 100 History-

  • 2009 Terry Gibson Memorial 100 Champion: Myles Maxon
  • 2010 Terry Gibson Memorial 100 Champion: John Davidson
  • 2011 Terry Gibson Memorial 100 Champion: Myles Maxon
  • 2012 Terry Gibson Memorial 100 Champion: Ray Sand, Jr.
  • 2013 Terry Gibson Memorial 100 Champion: Ray Sand, Jr.
  • 2014 Terry Gibson Memorial 100 Champion: Ray Sand, Jr.
  • 2015 Terry Gibson Memorial 100 Champion: Ray Sand, Jr.
  • 2016 Terry Gibson Memorial 100 Champion: Bobby Gangwer
  • 2017 Terry Gibson Memorial 100 Champion: Rob Warren
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SUPRS Back at Kalamazoo for Dion Parish Memorial

Second Year in a Row for Prestigious Dion Parish Memorial at Kalamazoo Speedway

December 1, 2017 – Goshen, IN…The Supermodified Ultimate Pavement Racing Series, (SUPRS), is back at their Great Lakes region home-base for the Dion Parish Memorial at Kalamazoo Speedway for the second year in a row.

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Never Give Up

Dion Parish at speed for ISMA race at Berlin Raceway

A different paint job graced the Dion Parish supermodified during the Berlin Raceway ISMA show in 2001.

This race honors the late Dion Parish. Dion was a supermodified racer that lost his life in a testing accident at Kalamazoo Speedway in 2002 while preparing for a late season event at Sandusky Speedway.  His dedication to the supermodified division and “Never Give Up” attitude was the inspiration for the founding of the SUPRS league and is a constant reminder to all members that there are more important things in life than winning races.

Only Two Have Multiple Wins

In the first 13 years of the prestigious race, just two SUPRS drivers have won it more than once. Nine-time SUPRS Gold Crest Champion Ray Sand, Jr. of Rochester, NY was the first to do it and also the only driver to win the race back to back. His two wins came in 2006 and 2007.

2008 and 2014 were the lucky years for the only other driver to succeed in claiming more than one Dion Parish Memorial win-Chris Meyers.

Five Others Could Join Multiple Winner Club

Hoping to join Sand, Jr. and Meyers as multi-time winners of the race are four of the drivers currently holding the top five places in the SUPRS Gold Crest Wing Championship standings.

These include 2015 winner Rob Warren, 2011 victor Steve Callahan, his teammate and 2010 winner Keith Powell, and the very first winner of the race in 2004, Bob Gangwer.

2012 winner Carl Becker of Lansing, MI, also has a shot. Up until two races ago, the SUPRS veteran also sat in the top five in points. Becker’s second win would be something special as he knew Dion Parish and his family well.  Becker also spent many years working on race cars that raced at Kalamazoo Speedway in his home state.

Bonuses Add Extra Layer of Intrigue

This race in particular has always been one that the drivers want add to the their win list. Adding to that goal is that there is a Guaranteed Starter award on the line for the season ending Summit Classic 125. The supermodified sim racers from around the country also know that starting near the back of the field for the 62 lap feature isn’t as bad as it may seem because of the SUPRSCharger bonus for the driver that advances the most places from his starting spot.

Recent Trend Mean Another New Winner

After a successful four-race swing through Tennessee that saw four different drivers win, there may very possibly be another first time winner of this race. With new equipment at his disposal, Dave Brigandi of Syracuse, NY came to life at the Wing Side Up Twin 25s posting his first top five finish in over a year and could claim his biggest win ever as a first time Dion Parish Memorial champion.

Third year SUPRS driver Kyle “The Cobra” Clark sits fifth in the SUPRS Gold Crest Wing Supermodified Championship and most recently won at Memphis Motorsports Park in the 13th Annual Turkey Shoot. Clark posted a seventh place finish last year in his first Dion Parish Memorial, but has shown vast improvement in his race craft since then and is rarely out of contention for a win.

Come Hang Out at Kazoo

The SUPRS racers invade Kalamazoo Speedway for the second year in a row on December 5, 2017. A 15 minute practice session starts at 8:00pm with Time Trials to follow at 8:30pm. Racing gets underway at 9:00pm and everyone is welcome to be a part of the action.

Cheer on your favorite SUPRS racers while you view timing, scoring, instant track telemetry and of course our outstanding live streaming video from the 14th Annual Dion Parish Memorial via the SUPRS LIVE! page.

Get Social with SUPRS

You can 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.


Dion Parish Memorial 62-Wing-State Fair/Rander Speedways/Kalamazoo Speedway

  • 2004 Dion Parish Memorial Champion-State Fair Speedway: Bobby Gangwer
  • 2005 Dion Parish Memorial Champion-State Fair Speedway: Sean O’Kane
  • 2006 Dion Parish Memorial Champion-Rander Speedway: Ray Sand, Jr.
  • 2007 Dion Parish Memorial Champion-Rander Speedway: Ray Sand, Jr.
  • 2008 Dion Parish Memorial Champion-Rander Speedway: Chris Meyers
  • 2009 Dion Parish Memorial Champion-Rander Speedway: John Davidson
  • 2010 Dion Parish Memorial Champion-Rander Speedway: Keith Powell
  • 2011 Dion Parish Memorial Champion-Rander Speedway: Steve Callahan
  • 2012 Dion Parish Memorial Champion-Rander Speedway: Carl Becker
  • 2013 Dion Parish Memorial Champion-Rander Speedway: Ray Sand, Jr.
  • 2014 Dion Parish Memorial Champion-Rander Speedway: Chris Meyers
  • 2015 Dion Parish Memorial Champion-Rander Speedway: Rob Warren
  • 2016 Dion Parish Memorial Champion-Kalamazoo Speedway: Domenic Gioia
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