St. Patrick’s Day Race Returns to Dover Downs

For the first time since 2010 the Supermodified Ultimate Pavement Racing Series will stage it’s popular St. Patrick’s Day Grab O’ the Green race and for the first time since 2007 it will be held at the one mile oval of Dover Downs International Speedway.

St. Patrick's Day poster for SUPRS St. Patrick's Day Grab O the Green at Dover Downs International Speedway by Breeze Graphics

In the first three years of the race Dover Downs played host to the roaring winged supermodifieds with wins going to Kevin Marine, Randy Ritskes and Kris Heveron.

For the 2007-08 and 2008-09 seasons, after a three year run on the mile, SUPRS officials decided to move away from the longer tracks other than Phoenix and New Hampshire International Speedway The St. Patrick’s day event was then moved to Stafford Mountain Speedway and became part of the Empire State Super Series races.  Bud Flath and Ray Sand, Jr. picked up the wins at the high banked half mile New York venue.

Continuing with a focus on short tracks, the race moved west of the Mississippi to Buckley Speedway in California and was run just prior to the Billy Vukovich III Classic. Canadian Jamie Hartley was victorious in the one and only time the St. Patrick’s Day Grab O’ the Green was raced there.

For the last several years, SUPRS has focused on a smaller schedule and the St. Patrick’s Day Grab O’ the Green was dropped due simply to fact that there were fewer races during the season.

For SUPRS 10th Anniversary Season in 2013-14, an expanded schedule similar to those run in the first five years of the leagues existance has featured a return to many of the old stomping grounds the SUPRS racers have enjoyed in the past. That includes the St. Patrick’s Day Grab O’ the Green going back to where the race started-Dover Downs.

This year’s race will feature a 25 lap supermodified show as well as the Luck of the Leprechaun Modified 125 race. The speeds will be up and the nerves ragged as many of the SUPRS competitors have never seen competition in their supermodified at a track this intimidating. It’s probable that Bud Flath’s track record of 19.793 set on March 16, 2005 may well be shattered as pre-race testing has already seen some cars nipping at the 19.5 second range.

Practice begins at 8pm and Time Trials will take place at 8:30pm. Racing for the supermodifieds will begin with heat races at 8:45pm and the feature is set to go off around 9:00pm. The full Luck of the Leprechaun Modified 125 show is set to go immediately following the completion of the supermodified feature.

Fans of supermodified racing and online sim racers alike are encouraged to learn more about the Supermodified Ultimate Pavement Racing Series by visiting www.SUPRS.net“Liking” SUPRS on Facebook, Circling SUPRS on Google+Following @SUPRSOnline on Twitter, and Viewing SUPRS videos on YouTube.

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SUPRS Racers to Vie for Terry Gibson Memorial Prestige

Terry Gibson Memorial posterThe first of race of the 2014 SUPRS Triple Crown and one of the most anticipated events of the season will take place with the running of the 6th Annual Terry Gibson Memorial this week.

Featuring two nights of racing and honoring the late Terry Gibson, the SUPRS pilots will be looking to pick up valuable championship points and more importantly the prestige of being named 2014 Terry Gibson Memorial Champion.

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.

Everything kicks off at 8pm Tuesday, January 14 with practice for the Terry Gibson Fast 50 which many of the drivers use as a tune up for the next night. The winner of this race becomes a guaranteed starter for the Terry Gibson Memorial 100 which takes place on Wednesday, January 15.

Winning the Terry Gibson 100 will put that drivers name in the running for the 2014 SUPRS Triple Crown which features the Terry Gibson Memorial 100, the SUPRS All-Star Classic 200 and the Topless! 200. Winning the 100 lap grind will also make that driver a guaranteed starter for the SUPRS Season Summit 125 coming up at the end of the season.

In the six year history of the 100 lap event, there have only been three different winners of the Terry Gibson Memorial, proving what a tough and unpredictable race that it can be. Oswego, New York’s “Mighty” Myles Maxon brought home the inaugural race in 2009.  In 2010 Californian John Davidson won and then Maxon came back in 2011 to win amid a controversial finish that resulted in Dave Biro III being penalized for rough driving.

Ray Sand, Jr. battle Maxon for the win again in 2012 and then in 2013, he. joined Myles Maxon as a two-time winner of this event and became the first racer to win it back to back. Sand, Jr. has been having a banner year, now leading the pack with five feature wins this season.  Sand, Jr. is also the current track record holder at Sandusky Speedway, has come out on top of time trials for this race a record four times and has won the Fast 50 prelim twice.

He’ll have his work cut out for him though as his arch rival Maxon has announced his intentions to compete in this years Terry Gibson Memorial. Maxon has been absent from the online racing scene since challenging Sand, Jr. for the 2013 SUPRS Gold Crest Non-Wing Championship and is ready to get back behind the wheel of his racing rig.

Veteran SUPRS pilot Gary Waldron is expected to compete and if his performance in last year’s event is any indication, he could be considered a threat to the Sand, Jr. and Maxon dominance of Terry Gibson Memorial Week.

Joining Waldron will be his Michigan Hill Gang teammate Carl Becker who has three feature wins this season and sits in the top five for championship points. Also with three wins is “Rocket” Rob Warren. Warren is chasing Sand, Jr. in the points, but the Sandusky track is one that suits his ‘slower is faster’ driving strategy.

“Steady” Steve Callahan, while maintaining a top five in points,  has been locked out of victory lane so far this year and would love nothing more than to pick up his first checkered flag of the season at his home track.

Kevin Timmins, Dave Brigandi, and Frank Keene are also expected to compete as they look for their first Gold Crest feature win points race.

The SUPRS version of Sandusky Speedway was built by Doug “Flash” Forgue as part of SUPRS ongoing commitment to focus on race tracks that have traditionally featured supermodified racing. Development began in June of 2008, with the final product being released in September 2008.

Terry Gibson Memorial 100-Wing-Sandusky Speedway 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.

Terry Gibson Memorial Week Race Night Times and Schedule of Events:

Tuesday, January 14: Practice: 8:00pm Drivers Meeting: 8:15pm Racing: 8:30pm  NO TIME TRIALS

Wednesday, January 15: Practice: 8:00pm Drivers Meeting: 8:15pm Time Trials: 8:30pm Heats: 8:40pm B-Main-8:50pm Consi-9:00pm Driver Introductions:9:10pm Green Flag 6th Annual Terry Gibson Memorial 100-9:15pm

See SCHEDULE for Format and Details

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Crazy Canuck Snowball Derby Sure to be Wild and Wacky

December 15, 2013 – Goshen, IN…After a two week break the Supermodified Ultimate Pavement Racing Series, (SUPRS), stars are back in action at Cayuga Speedway for the wildest, wackiest race of the season, the 10th Annual Crazy Canuck Snowball Derby and Can-Am Challenge on January 7, 2014.

Crazy Canuck Snowball DerbyThe competitors will not only be racing against each other but they will also pair up into two man teams. That means it will be important to work together and race clean so that each member of the team can gain the most points possible for the over all Snowball Derby Challenge Championship.

Time Trials, Reindeer Dash, Heats, and a 50 lap feature will keep the racers busy all night long on a slick track that is anything but predictable as they race for extra Gold Crest Division Season Championship points.

Everything gets rolling with practice at 8:00 pm EST, followed by Time Trials at 8:30 pm and Racing at 9:00 pm.

Crazy Canuck Snowball Derby History-Winged-Cayuga Speedway:

  • 2005 Winner: John Davidson; Snowball Derby Team Champions: N/A; Can-Am Challenge Winner-Team USA
  • 2006 Winner: Sean Gibbs; Snowball Derby Team Champions: Bob Gangwer/Jim Davidson; Can-Am Challenge Winner-Team Canada
  • 2007 Winner: Mike Jackson; Snowball Derby Team Champions: Bob Gangwer/Dan Brigandi; Can-Am Challenge Winner-Team USA
  • 2008-Winner: Ray Sand, Jr.; Snowball Derby Team Champions: Jamie Hartley/Carl Becker; Can-Am Challenge Winner-Team USA
  • 2009-Winner: Ray Sand, Jr.; Snowball Derby Team Champions: Jesse Kennedy/Mark Sommers; Can-Am Challenge Winner-Team Canada
  • 2010-Winner: Myles Maxon; Snowball Derby Team Champions: N/A; Can-Am Challenge Winner-N/A
  • 2011-Winner: John Davidson; Snowball Derby Team Champions: Bob Gangwer/Ed Riley; Can-Am Challenge Winner-Team USA
  • 2012-Winner: Jeff Weber; Snowball Derby Team Champions: N/A; Can-Am Challenge Winner-Team USA
  • 2013-Winner: Chris Meyers;  Snowball Derby Team Champions: N/A; Can-Am Challenge Winner: Team USA
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Christmas Special Next Race for SUPRS

Christmas Special poster for SUPRSLast Regular season show before our holiday break. Full format including time trials, Elite 8 Reindeer Dash, heat races and 25 lap feature at Bracket Hill Raceway* and the winner receives a Christmas Ham shipped to their home from Burgers’ Smokehouse.

Current Track Record: Bracket Hill Raceway*-Ray Sand, Jr. Rochester, NY: 12.126 sec. set-12/17/08

Defending Race Winner: Bob Gangwer

Christmas Special Race History:

  • 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

*Denotes DRT_paved version of track

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