2019-10-10

La Formule 3 et la série NASCAR Pinty’s en vedette du week-end de circuit routier du GP3R




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La Formule 3 et la série NASCAR Pinty's en vedette du week-end de circuit routier du GP3R


Hagersville, ON, le 28 septembre 2019 – Le Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières fait un clin d'œil à ses années d'or, alors qu'il présentera une séries majeure de stock-car et une de monoplaces en vedette lors de son week-end de circuit routier, qui se tiendra du 7 au 9 août 2020. Le GP3R a annoncé que la série NASCAR Pinty's sera de retour avec une course allongée à 60 tours et que le plus important championnat nord-américain de monoplaces de la FIA, la F3 Amériques, sera aussi en action dans les rues de Trois-Rivières.

 

« On se souvient encore de la période où nous avions une importante série de stock-car avec la Trans-Am et un championnat majeur de monoplaces avec l'Atlantique comme certaines des plus mémorables de nos 50 éditions, a indiqué Dominic Fugère, directeur général du GP3R. Avec la série NASCAR Pinty's qui ajoute 10 tours à sa course et le Championnat F3 Amériques qui présentera quelques-uns des meilleurs espoirs de notre continent, nous sommes heureux d'offrir à nos spectateurs une programmation aussi relevée. »

 

Le GP3R renouvelle ainsi son entente avec la série NASCAR Pinty's et s'assure que l'un des événements les plus attendus de la série chaque année sera de retour en 2020 et pour les années suivantes.

 

Après être passée de 41 à 50 tours en 2014, la course NASCAR Pinty's du GP3R sera une fois de plus allongée pour un total de 60 tours soit 148 km. Cette distance supplémentaire forcera les équipes à  ravitailler en essence et à considérer un changement de pneus. General Tire, le fournisseur officiel de pneus de la série NASCAR Pinty's, ajoutera un incitatif pour les équipes qui considèrent mettre des gommes neuves. La voiture ayant fait un arrêt aux puits pour les pneus et qui se classera le mieux à la fin de la course se verra remettre un train de pneus General Tire gratuit.

 

« NASCAR est fier de son association avec le GP3R. Ce sera excitant de contribuer à la riche histoire de l'événement en ajoutant des tours, un arrêt aux puits et des éléments de stratégie », a mentionné Brandon Thompson, directeur de gestion des séries régionales de NASCAR.

 

« Nous voyons l'effervescence supplémentaire créée par les arrêts aux puits lors des manches de la série NASCAR Pinty's au Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. Avec une course plus longue et les nombreuses zones de dépassement de notre circuit, nous savons que plusieurs équipes prendront le pari d'arrêter deux fois, soit pour de l'essence et des pneus. Les spectateurs dans nos gradins Villeneuve et Germain, juste devant la ligne des puits, seront aux premières loges pour assister à des possibles revirements. Ces places s'envoleront encore plus rapidement », a ajouté M. Fugère.

 

La monoplaces de haut niveau sera aussi de retour au GP3R, alors que la F3 Amériques s'arrêtera au Québec pour une manche de trois courses. Trois-Rivières rejoint le club sélect de villes comme de Macau et Pau, qui accueillent une course de Formule 3 sur circuit urbain dans le cadre d'un événement majeur de course automobile. Les châssis Ligier JS3 utilisés dans ce championnat sanctionné par la FIA sont dotés de moteurs Honda turbo-compressés développant 303 chevaux, d'ailerons produisant de l'appui aérodynamique et de dispositifs de sécurité modernes comme le halo FIA.

 

Lancée en 2017, la série de développement continentale a mis aux prises plus d'une douzaine d'inscrits à la plupart de ses courses en 2018 et a obtenu des engagements pour ajouter davantage de compétiteurs lors de la saison 2020.

 

« Le championnat F3 Amériques est heureux d'ajouter un arrêt canadien à son calendrier 2020, a mentionné la directrice générale de SCCA Pro Racing, Sydney Davis-Yagel. Nous sommes fébriles de présenter sur la scène internationale les voitures F3 Ligier JS propulsées par des moteurs Honda et chaussées de pneus Hankook à un événement prisé des amateurs tel que le Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières. Il s'agit également de l'événement parfait pour présenter notre peloton de pilotes talentueux sur le premier circuit urbain temporaire du championnat. »

 

Ces deux séries de premier plan complètent la programmation du week-end de circuit routier du Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières, qui présentera également le Challenge Porsche GT3 Cup Canada par Yokohama, le championnat de voitures de tourisme CTCC, le Super Production Challenge, la Coupe Nissan Micra et le Championnat F1600 Canada.

 

Les billets pour le week-end de circuit routier du GP3R, présenté les 7, 8 et 9 août 2020, seront en vente dès lundi le 30 septembre au GP3R.com et au 1-866-416-9797. Les cadeaux, tels que les billets pour les gradins réservés pour le spectacle pyromusical La Magie des Feux et un calendrier 2020 historique du GP3R, seront offerts à ceux qui se procureront leurs billets avant le 31 décembre 2019. Les détails sur la programmation et la mise en vente des billets du week-end hors route du GP3R seront dévoilés dans les prochaines semaines.

 

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Huge Car Count During Early Inspection at NAPA Super DIRT Week

Posted: 08 Oct 2019 04:38 PM PDT

Officials See Huge Car Count During Early Inspection at NAPA Super DIRT Week

Drivers across four divisions prepping for massive event at Oswego Speedway

By Chris Dolack, Joe Grabianowski and Billy Foley

OSWEGO, NY — Oct. 8, 2019 — Cars don't hit the track until Wednesday afternoon at Oswego Speedway, and already 144 of them rolled through NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week Early Bird Technical Inspection on Tuesday en route to what's expected to be a huge car count.

The astonishing number of cars — 31 more than went through Early Inspection last year — were lined up before 9 a.m. and continued until 6 p.m. when two-time champion Danny Johnson's #27J machine was the final car to pass through the inspectors before officials had to head toward Utica-Rome Speedway for Tuesday night's DIRTcar 358 Modified and Sportsman events. Technical inspection resumes Wednesday morning at 9 a.m.

"It's a good crew, everybody has at least five years of experience in the tech line, all the same people all the time and it makes it go smooth, they know what they've got to check and they know what they've got to do," said DIRTcar Technical Director Mark Hitchcock. "The teams know what's expected of them, too."

Of the 144 cars that went through Tuesday's inspection, there were 51 Super DIRTcar Series Big Block Modifieds and 51 DIRTcar 358 Modifieds.

 

PARADE WEDNESDAY AT NOON: The annual parade through Oswego departs from the speedway at noon on Wednesday. Cars from every NAPA Super DIRT Week division will take a right on City Line Road, a right onto East Avenue, a right onto East 10th Street, a left onto East Utica Street, a right onto West First Street, a right onto NY-104 headed across the bridge, and a right back onto City Line Road to complete a five-mile loop. More than 30 race cars are slated to participate in addition to several of the official vehicles.

 

RACING'S BIGGEST PARTY! Nightly entertainment begins Wednesday at The Island, a new tent-covered venue between the pits and the green camping near manufacturer's row. DJ Rick Uhl takes the stage 9 p.m. Wednesday, Mean Gene and the Flame Throwers at 7 p.m. on Thursday night, DJ Rick Uhl is back on Friday night — along with Big Wheel races — as well as on Saturday night. Check out the schedule on SuperDIRTWeek.com (or download the app) for a full schedule of events during the week.

 

WHITTAKER FOR THE WIN! Billy Whittaker isn't only the sponsor of the Billy Whittaker Cars 200 for the Super DIRTcar Series, he's also trying to win a car for a lucky fan. If Whittaker wins the Billy Whittaker Cars 200 on Sunday, a fan will win a Ford Fusion from Billy Whittaker Cars & Trux from entries gathered during the event.

"I'm very proud to sponsor this race with the history of it and all the big sponsors that were a part of it," Whittaker said. "I'm proud to be able to sponsor this and race in it. I'm just fully involved and it's just cool."

Whittaker is definitely gearing up to go for the win, but he knows it won't be an easy task.

"There's a lot that goes into NAPA Super DIRT Week," Whittaker said. "You gotta get through tech, get to the night shows, be able to process and get it ready with a short turnaround. The challenge for us part-timers is definitely tough. The professionals do this so well. We're going to try to make the Salute to the Troops 150, as well.

"We have our work cut out for us this week, but we've got really good race cars. We've got a good team put together and we're gonna have some fun, hopefully. Our main goal is to get into the 200. There's a lot of competition, a lot of guys. Qualifying is our first objective."

 

LOCKED IN: Rookie Demetrios Drellos won the most recent Super DIRTcar Series race, Sept. 21 at Albany-Saratoga Speedway, and in the process guaranteed himself a spot in the Billy Whittaker Cars 200. He'll do double-duty this week, also running the DIRTcar 358 Modified Salute to the Troops 150.

"There is pressure to qualify because you still want a good starting spot," Drellos said. "But it does take some pressure off knowing you will be in the show no matter what."

No doubt, Drellos is not underestimating the task ahead.

"At Super DIRT Week you have to prepare for having full fuel load for longer in the Big Blocks," Drellos said. "You have to prepare a strategy for when you pit. It's hard to get everyone to agree on a strategy. When is the best time to pit for us? We have to plan for when the race changes and how we adapt to that. It's a lot more planning with the team.

"We give the cars a real good freshening up. We go through them thoroughly. We got new bodies, because you want to look nice, it's NAPA Super DIRT Week and it's great for the sponsors."

 

WARD READY: Veteran racer Pat Ward is also running the Super DIRTcar Series and DIRTcar 358 Modified events at NAPA Super DIRT Week.

"We went through the whole car, put some new parts on her, a new body, and we'll send her out there and see what happens," Ward said. "We're prepared. We've done this for a lot of years.  It's a lot of work because it's a lot of racing. If you are going good, it's fun; if not, it's a long week."

 

FIRST TIMERS: Michael Coffey Jr. is set to tackle Oswego Speedway in his DIRTcar Sportsman for the first time.

"I came the last two years helping Andrew Buff and Adam McAuliffe," Coffey said. "Obviously both of them finished in the top five last year so I can learn a lot from watching them. Their notebook is top secret, but Andrew helped with the set up so hopefully we can have a nicely tuned car out there. … "The track is different than what it looks like when you get out there. It's exciting to get out there and try to turn some fast laps."

DJ Forbes makes his first NAPA Super DIRT Week start in a 358 Modified.

"We ran last year in the Sportsman Modified but we didn't make the show," Forbes said. "We run weekly at Fulton Speedway. We struggled at the beginning of the year just trying to get the car figured out, but we were able to pick up a couple top 10s. … We just want to make the show. We're going to run the satellites shows at Brewerton and Weedsport."

Another inaugural Oswego racer is Dylan Swinehart.

"It's my first time racing at Oswego," Swinehart said. "I've been here the last two years just coming to watch and checking out what guys have."

A handful of DIRTcar Pro Stocks went through early tech on Tuesday, including Travis Welch. They're definitely excited to get additional track time with Heat Races during the Friday Night Lights events.

"You gotta be on your ballgame, nut and bolt everything," Welch said. "I think set up is crucial here. Gearing is huge. Keeping your nose clean is the biggest thing and try to work my way through. … We are stronger when we run a Heat Race. Last year we qualified 15th. We're happy because we get more track time regardless."

Ben Bushaw is another first time 358 Modified racer at Oswego, hoping to build on DIRTcar Sportsman success from the past two seasons.

"We've been here the last two years, but in a Sportsman," Bushaw said. "Last year we came here and qualified fourth fastest out of 90 cars, but we were two pounds light on the scales. I'm pretty excited about this year in the 358. This car seems to like big tracks so we'll see what happens. We went to Orange County this year and ran really well down there. Hopefully we get in the show and run pretty good."

 

NEW DEAL FOR HAERS: Justin Haers is no stranger to NAPA Super DIRT Week, but this year he'll have a new ride in the DIRTcar 358 Modified division.

"We've got a brand new 358, with Jake Marine from Delaware owning the car," Haers said. "Hopefully we'll have a good run with that."

Haers is still confident with his Big Block Modified, too.

"We're very prepared. We've definitely done that right," Haers said. "I'm feeling pretty good. We've had a pretty good car the last quarter of the year. Obviously, the Big Block car that we ran probably half the year with, I'm pretty confident. There's lots of race cars here and lots of different circumstances to play out."

 

FARNEY IN THE FLAGSTAND: Starter Dave Farney is in the flagstand for his 27th NAPA Super DIRT Week. He started as an assistant flagger on the frontstretch at Syracuse for four years before moving into the flagstand, which at Oswego is on the infield side of the track.

"It's completely opposite of everything I do all year," Farney said. "It's difficult. It affects a little bit of my routine, my schtick, but the excitement of NAPA Super DIRT Week gets you through it."

Of course, when flagging from the infield side of the track, you're looking directly at the fans in the massive grandstand.

"When we have had excessive yellow flag laps, the fans voiced their displeasure and I could look them in the eye … it makes you a little uneasy. You wanted to react, but usually I would just smile at them. I like our new rule, four consecutive laps and then freezing the lap counter."


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Root Captures Utica-Rome NAPA Super DIRT Week Sportsman Pre-Game 40

Posted: 08 Oct 2019 11:33 PM PDT

Extends advantage in DIRTcar Sportsman Series championship

By Bill Foley

VERNON, NY — Oct. 8, 2019 — Defending DIRTcar Sportsman champion Kevin Root extended his lead in this year's race for the title as he captured the NAPA Auto Parts Super Dirt Week Pre-Game 40 lapper at Utica-Rome Speedway.

After a three-car battle with young lion Jackson Gill and veteran Alan Fink, Root finally took the lead for good on lap 12 as he went from third to first.

"Alan and Jackson got together and I steered so I could just diamond off the turn," said Root, of Geneva, NY. "You had to get things done on the restarts and tonight the car was phenomenal. It was a hell of a racetrack and you could just go anywhere. It is the best Utica-Rome has been all year."

Fink settled for second and early on in the race he found himself alongside and battling his nephew Tyler Corcoran and Gill.

"Tyler, Jack and me were three wide for a long time, and there was no room to give anything out there," Fink said. "We didn't hit. I could have been better on the restarts tonight, but it was a wide-open track out there and good restarts were needed if you were going to move forward. This is my old number eight which is 'Old Faithful' just with new body panels. There's nothing wrong with finishing second to Kevin."

Third-place Kyle Inman appeared to have to settle for fourth, but with a lap and a half to go third-place running Brianna Ladouceur ran out of fuel and Inman found himself with a podium finish.

"I was really tight and it was not turning," Inman said. "This wasn't the regular Utica-Rome surface. It had plenty of bite and the cooler temperatures kept that bite in it. I handle better on black and slick surfaces. I'll take it. It is a good way to start Super DIRT Week and I had one car and it is in one piece."

The fans were quite attentive in the opening laps as Corcoran and Gill took turns in leading the first four laps. A couple of laps later Fink joined the duo to make it a three-car battle.

Root, who started eighth, found himself in fourth at the quarter point on lap 10 as the restart on that lap after a Dave Moyer off track excursion saw Fink go to the point.

Moments later Root was leading the field and the rest was history.

Entering the night Root was the series point leader with Utica-Rome track champ Matt Janczuk chasing him.

Janczuk was running fourth, but brake problems forced him to the pits only to have him restart at the rear of the field with well more than half the race remaining.

However, Janczuk saw his title hopes dashed on lap 19 as his 33x along with A.J. Filbeck took a wild ride on the front stretch coming out of turn four.

Action saw Cedric Gauvreau, Jeff Taylor, Ed Lukas, Payton Talbot, Rocco Leone along with FIlbeck and Janczuk involved.

"I really don't know what happened, but the track was completely blocked by the time I got there," Janczuk said. "I saw the ground a couple of times and the car is heavily damaged."

At the halfway point Root, Fink and Gill were comfortably in front with Inman back in fourth followed by Tim Falter, Ladouceur, Brian Calabrase, Adam Pierson, Zach Sobotka and Chris Mackey.

Gill, who eventually finished fourth, began to falter slightly and later noted, "We were just over tight and it is the second straight race this has happened to us. We'll take notes and move on. It was just getting too hard to drive."

So Ladouceur continued to advance and on the 27th lap restart after a yellow for a damaged Ed Lukas 77l she took over third from Inman. She remained there until the fuel starved engine quit in the closing moments.

Charlie Tibbitts completed the top five after starting 22nd. "When you are starting that far back early on you just have to be careful not to get collected in an accident," he said. "Then you have to wait for the field to spread out a little bit and start making your moves. I guess I am happy with a top five tonight."

The point race for the DIRTcar Sportsman Series crown continues Wednesday night at the much more compact Weedsport Speedway, but Root watched his closest challengers Janczuk (29th) and Brad Rouse (13th) finished quite a distance behind him while Inman possibly moved up a bit in the current standings.

The race for the title is grueling and continues with three more races this week.

DIRTcar Sportsman Feature: 1. Kevin Root ($1,000), 2. Alan Fink, 3. Kyle Inman, 4. Jackson GIll, 5. Charlie Tibbitts, 6. Zach Sobotka, 7. Adam Pierson, 8. Chris Mackey, 9. Tim Falter, 10. Shane Pecore, 11. Tyler Corcoran, 12. Jessica Power, 13. Brad Rouse, 14. Brian Calabrase, 15. Bob Henry Jr., 16. Dave Moyer, 17. Mark Yorker, 18. Addison Bowman, 19. Moise Page, 20. Cedric Gauvreau, 21. Rocco Leone, 22. Brianna Ladouceur, 23. Daryl Nutting, 24. Jack Miller, 25. Ed Lukas, 26. Payton Talbot, 27. Jeff Taylor, 28. A.J. Filbeck, 29. Matt Janczuk, 30. Mike Richmond.

Heat One: Janczuk, Mackey, Ladouceur, Power, Filbeck, Leone, C.J. Castelletti, Keith Stevenson.

Heat Two: Yorker, Root, Calabrase, Miller, Pierson, Rouse, Bowman, Nutting, Pecore.

Heat Three: Richmond, Talbot, Sobotka, Taylor, A.J. Miller, Travis Bruno, Jason Bruno, Jason Reome, Jessica Knegish.

Heat Four: Inman, Fink, Falter, Moyer, Tibbitts, Gauvreau, Cole Hentshel, Fred Proctor, Bobby Heinz.

Heat Five: Gill, Corcoran, Henry, Lukas, James Michael Friesen, Page, Marty Kelly III, Casey Williams, Mike Grover.

Last Chance Showdown 1: Rouse, Filbeck, Pecore, Nutting, Gauvreau, J. Bruno, Castelletti, Proctor, Kelly, Friesen, Heinz, Miller.

Last Chance Showdown 2:  Tibbitts, Pierson, Leone, Bowman,  J. Bruno, Hentshel, T. Bruno, Williams, Reome, Stevenson, Grover.


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Williamson Dominates Utica-Rome DIRTcar 358 Modified Pre-Game 100

Posted: 08 Oct 2019 11:57 PM PDT

By Robby Knowles

Canadian racer heating up for NAPA Super DIRT Week riches

VERNON, NY — Oct. 8, 2019 — Mat Williamson took home the $4,000 top prize in the DIRTcar 358 Modified Series Pre-Game 100 Tuesday night at Utica-Rome Speedway.

Williamson, of St. Catharines, Ontario, had a lucky redraw and led the 30-car field to the initial green flag. Jordan McCreadie hung with Williamson for the first couple laps before Williamson pulled away, beginning his dominant drive.

Eighth-place starting Erick Rudolph was the early mover of the redraw cars, cracking the top five by lap-15. Much of the field was running on the outside of the track, but Rudolph and Mike Mahaney were running the inside line with success.

On lap 25, Williamson had a half back stretch lead, but the battle for second between McCreadie and Alan Therrien was back and forth. The two drivers traded positions until a lap 29 yellow flag flew for Lance Willix's rear end issue.

The race resumed with a lap-33 restart where Mahaney and Larry Wight went four-wide, splitting Rudolph and Ryan Arbuthnot in turn two. The group raced four-wide down the back stretch, before Arbuthnot and Rudolph backed out of the four-wide affair entering turn three.

Mahaney's car was stout in the middle stages of the race and as he worked around Therrien on lap 52 to take the second spot away. A lap 59 yellow flag setup a restart with Williamson and Mahaney. Williamson elected to start from the outside and brought the line with him. Wight shot from the fourth spot up to second and challenged Williamson off the second turn. Williamson would maintain the lead through the third and fourth turns.

Wight began cutting down his deficit with 25-laps remaining, but off of turn four on lap 81, a trail of smoke ended Wight's rally. Mahaney inherited the second spot, with Rudolph close behind.

Williamson ran upon heavy lapped traffic on lap 93, but effectively worked his way through to go on to a comfortable margin of victory.

"I have to thank my guys for giving me a fast hot rod all night," Williamson said. "We hope to keep things rolling with the 358 series races at Weedsport and Brewerton this week."

Rudolph came on strong late to finish in the second position, while Mahaney completed the podium. Arbuthnot and Therrien finished fourth and fifth, respectively.

The DIRTcar 358-Modified Series returns to action at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 9, for the Hurricane 100 at Weedsport Speedway.

DIRTcar 358 Modified Heat 1: LARRY WIGHT, Mike Mahaney, Dave Marcuccilli, Billy Whittaker, Gary Lindberg, Kyle Dingwall, Matt Janczuk, Yan Bussiere, Fred Carleton, Marc Johnson

DIRTcar 358 Modified Heat 2: MAT WILLIAMSON, Erick Rudolph, Alan Therrien, Lance Willix, Greg Martin, Bobby Varin, Chris Curtis, Brett Hearn, Curt Schilling, Joe August Jr.

 

DIRTcar 358 Modified Heat 3: PAT WARD, Jordan McCreadie, AJ Miller, Ronnie Johnson, Michael Parent, Corey Wheeler, LJ Lombardo, Ryan Poole, Glenn Forward, Kyle Inman

DIRTcar 358 Modified Heat 4: RYAN ARBUTHNOT, Ronnie Davis III, Rusty Smith, Rocky Warner, Chad Brachmann, Ryan Bartlett, Alex Therrien, Collin Dubois, Preston Forbes, Greg Atkins, Brandon Michaud

DIRTcar 358 Modified Last Chance Showdown #1: BOBBY VARIN, Kyle Dingwall, Matt Janczuk, Yan Bussiere, Fred Carleton, Brett Hearn, Curt Schilling, Joe August Jr., Chris Curtis, Preston Forbes

DIRTcar 358 Modified Last Chance Showdown #2: COREY WHEELER, Alex Therrien, Ryan Bartlett, Kyle Inman, LJ Lombardo, Glenn Forward, Ryan Poole, Greg Atkins, Brandon Michaud, Collin Dubois

DIRTcar 358 Modified Pre-Game 100: 1. MAT WILLIAMSON ($4,000), 2. Erick Rudolph, 3. Mike Mahaney, 4. Ryan Arbuthnot, 5. Alan Therrien, 6. Dave Marcuccilli, 7. Rocky Warner, 8. Chad Brachmann, 9. Rusty Smith, 10. Yan Bussiere, 11. Kyle Dingwall, 12. Greg Martin, 13. Ryan Bartlett, 14. Michael Parent,  15. AJ Miller, 16. Gary Lindberg, 17. Larry Wight, 18. Alex Therrien, 19. Bobby Varin, 20. Jordan McCreadie, 21. LJ Lombardo, 22. Kyle Inman, 23. Matt Janczuk, 24. Ronnie Johnson, 25. Ronnie Davis III, 26. Pat Ward, 27. Lance Willix, 28. Corey Wheeler, 29. Billy Whittaker, 30. Fred Carleton.


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Key Partners Play Large Role in Bringing NAPA Super DIRT Week to Fans

Posted: 09 Oct 2019 02:16 PM PDT

From overall event entitlement to individual race support, every sponsor is important

OSWEGO, NY – Oct. 9, 2019 — An event the magnitude of NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week takes a collaborative effort among officials, competitors, fans and sponsors.

NAPA Auto Parts has played a key role in the event for eight consecutive seasons as title sponsor of the week. Beyond NAPA are several companies that have stepped up to be part of the event to interact with fans and competitors.

Billy Whittaker Cars & Trux is a proud sponsor of the Super DIRTcar Series 200-lap main event for the fourth consecutive season, and this year he is excited to give a fan a chance to take home a Good to Go car should Billy Whittaker win the race.

"I'm excited to go all out for victory in the Billy Whittaker Cars 200 and try to win that car for a fan," Whittaker said. "This event has shown incredible growth since moving to Oswego and I'm very pleased to have Billy Whittaker Cars & Trux be part of it. By the continued support of the fans and the community, vendors like ourselves are able to continue to bring the best dirt car racing has to offer to Central New York."

Chevrolet Performance once again is sponsoring the DIRTcar Sportsman main event, and Wilkins RV has joined NAPA Super DIRT Week this season as the sponsor of the DIRTcar Pro Stock 50-lapper.

As the biggest annual dirt racing event in New York, NAPA Super DIRT Week relies on I Love New York to be a key partner in promotion and improvements. Many of the upgrades fans have seen, such as campground roads, have been through a collaboration with I Love New York.

Hoosier Racing Tire and VP Racing Fuels have become synonymous with NAPA Super DIRT Week and DIRTcar Racing throughout the Northeast each year and continue to be the suppliers of tires and fuel to all competitors during the event.

Beyea Headers is a proven component of winning teams and once again is a key partner to DIRTcar Racing yearlong as well as during NAPA Super DIRT Week.

"Beyea Headers is a proud supporter of DIRTcar Racing and Super Dirt Week," said Joe Beyea. "We provide race teams with race winning exhaust packages for every division."

New to NAPA Super DIRT Week in 2019 is Stop Tech and Gorsuch Performance Solutions, makers of performance brake systems. Stop Tech is sponsor of the Pole Award for the Billy Whittaker Cars 200 as well as the DIRTcar 358 Modified Salute to the Troops 150.

"We are honored to be able to support the Pole award for both the Big Block Modifieds and 358 Modifieds during this huge event for the DIRTcar Racing," said Randy Keene of GPS. "As we continue to grow developing products for the Northeast market, we feel it's our responsibility to support and give back in any way possible, understanding the commitment these teams put in year after year."

More sponsors for the Billy Whittaker Cars 200 include Dig Safely 811 (Outside Pole Award), Ground Control Lawn & Snow (Last Chance Showdowns), Bart Contracting (Hard Luck), Last Starter — or 41st car — in the Field (Dirt Track Digest), and Area Auto Racing News (Best Appearing Car).

In addition to Stop Tech/GPS sponsoring the Pole Award for the DIRTcar 358 Modified Salute to the Troops 150, Fastline Performance (Outside Pole Award), RPM Raceway (Last Chance Showdown) and Area Auto Racing News (Best Appearing Car) are also key sponsors of the division.

In the DIRTcar Sportsman Chevrolet Performance 75 event, Sign Shop at Kinney's (Pole Award), Fastline Performance (Outside Pole Award), RPM Raceway (Last Chance Showdowns) and Area Auto Racing News (Best Appearing Car) are key sponsors.

For the DIRTcar Pro Stock Wilkins RV 50, Fastline Performance (Pole Award), Club Wago (Outside Pole Award), RPM Raceway (Last Chance Showdowns) and Area Auto Racing News (Best Appearing Car) are the sponsors.

Beyond those sponsors, NAPA Super DIRT Week counts on many other key sponsors and partners, including: A-Verdi, ASI Race Wear, Bart Contracting Inc, Best Western Plus-Oswego, Bicknell Racing Products, Bilstein Shocks, the City of Oswego, C&S Companies, CNY Golf Carts, Cometic Gasket, COMP Cams, DART, Drydene, Fast Shafts, FireAde, FloRacing, Fox Shox, Gypsum Express, Impact Race Products, Integra Racing Shocks, Intercomp, iRacing, JE Pistons, KSE, MSD, NESCOT, NGK Spark Plugs, Penske Shocks, Quality Inn-Oswego, Racing Electronics, SIS, Spano Container, TNT Rescue, Tracey Road Equipment and Wrisco Aluminum.


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2019-10-09

Putting All the Pieces Together for an Autumn Colours Classic Win

By Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media

Central Ontario's most anticipated late season motorsports experience is coming-up faster than a last lap pass for the checkered flag. The 27th annual edition of the Autumn Colours Classic – presented by Lucas Oil Products and Pure Country 105 – kicks-off Friday, October 11th at Peterborough Speedway and the next group of winners is waiting in the wings for a chance to show their stuff. With close to 10 different classes in action over the 3-day Thanksgiving weekend, the tight, tricky bullring on Mount Pleasant Road has everything you're looking for.

Andy Kamrath has learned a thing or 2 during his starts at the Autumn Colours Classic. Running the event in the Late Model, Pro Late and Mini Stock divisions since 2009, he managed to take home Mini Stock wins in 2014, 2016 and 2018. This year – the 30-year-old from Innisfil, Ontario – will throw his hat into the ring with the OSCAAR Modified and Jiffy Lube Mini Stock classes. He says the key to a strong performance is to stay relaxed.

"To prepare for the race, the biggest thing we focus on is long distance speed and make sure we're quick enough to qualify near the front of the field," said Kamrath. "I try to look at this show like any other invitational going in. Keep it calm and just get out of it what I can. Putting too much pressure on yourself can make you overthink things."

A member of one of the province's best known racing families, Lane Zardo will step into the crew chief role and turn the driving duties over to his brother Billy for this year's Autumn Colours Classic. The duo has teamed-up to field the family-owned Limited Late Model in the Electric City 167.

"We did a lot of travelling this year and didn't run for points at any specific track," said the 26-year-old from Brampton, Ontario. "I expect to be the best I can at every show. At Peterborough, anything can happen and with it being such a big event, there is always a lot of talent in the field. I think we have what it takes to run up front and compete with the top dogs. With a bit of racing luck, I think we can do it."

Canada's Ironman Gary Elliott – who hasn't missed a scheduled race since 1987 – delayed his planned move to the Maritimes so he can race his Modified at late season event. Currently 7th in the OSCAAR standings, Elliott says he'd like to put an Autumn Colours title on his resume before returning to his home province of Nova Scotia.

"The hotel rooms have been booked and I've gone through my pre-race checklist. I think we're ready," Gary Elliott said. "As far as prep is concerned, the only thing I'm concerned about is the weather. I'm not a big fan of the cold, but my car loves it and usually runs strong. Peterborough Speedway is a small track, but very fast and produces a lot of excitement. Makes for a lot of fun."

Even though his 2019 program was limited to about a handful of starts, including a pair of APC Pro Late Model runs, James Horner says he's excited about running this year's Autumn Colours Classic.

"I'll be approaching this show like I would any other Saturday night race," said the 21-year-old from Fraserville, Ontario. "Other than the July 27th event this year, its been almost 2 years since I've raced at Peterborough Speedway, so I'm looking forward to getting our car back on the track and see what we can bring to the table in one of the season's biggest events."

Everything gets underway Friday, October 11th with pre-race tech and rotating practice sessions, followed by the first rounds of qualifying. Find the full event schedule for the 27th annual Autumn Colours Classic – presented by Lucas Oil Products and Pure Country 105 – by visiting www.peterboroughspeedway.com.






Photo attachment: Jim Clarke – Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media

Andy Kamrath (#35) would like to add another Autumn Colours Classic win to go along with his 2014, 2016 and 2018 Mini Stock titles at Peterborough Speedway's season-ending showdown.

Aiming to improve his 6th place Super Stock run from 2010, Billy "Z-3" Zardo (#46) has joined forces with his brother Lane and will campaign the family-owned Limited Late Model at this weekend's Autumn Colours Classic..

When the 2019 season wraps-up, Gary Elliott (#36) will return to Nova Scotia. Canada's Ironman would love to take a Peterborough Speedway Autumn Colours title back to his home province.

Former Peterborough Speedway regular James Horner (#79) will return to some familiar turf for just the 2nd time this year for the 27th annual Autumn Colours Classic.

Prepared by Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media


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2019-10-08

Super DIRTcar Series Stars Take Aim at $50,000-to-Win Billy Whittaker Cars 200

Posted: 07 Oct 2019 03:43 PM PDT

Super DIRTcar Series Stars Take Aim at $50,000-to-Win Billy Whittaker Cars 200

Veteran racers and first-timers seek Big Block Modified racing's biggest prize

OSWEGO, NY — Oct. 7, 2019 — It is one of the most sought-after crown jewels in auto racing. The $50,000-to-win, $1,500-to-start NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week Billy Whittaker Cars 200, set to run this week for the 48th consecutive year.

Nearly 70 of the best Big Block Modified drivers in the world have submitted pre-entries for the Billy Whittaker Cars 200, with more expected as the event opens.

In its history, thousands of drivers have attempted to qualify for the October classic, fewer still have finished the ultimate test of endurance in dirt racing, and only legends have celebrated NAPA Super DIRT Week glory in Victory Lane.

From The Moody Mile to The Clay Palace, the intensity remains the same. The high-stakes remain the same. And the racing? It has never been better.

Last year, Larry Wight electrified the crowd by holding off a charging Stewart Friesen to win his first NAPA Super DIRT Week Championship. Wight is locked in and focused to go for number two.

With two wins, Wight would join Matt Sheppard, Danny Johnson, Vic Coffey, Jimmy Horton, Jack Johnson, Merv Treichler and Buzzie Reutimann in the record books.

Defending and eight-time Super DIRTcar Series champion Sheppard, Hall-of-Famer Danny Johnson and Horton each have two Billy Whittaker Cars 200 wins and plan to make it three in 2019.

Sheppard comes into NAPA Super DIRT Week with a 90-point lead in the Super DIRTcar Series over Mat Williamson, who has won two of the past three Series races.  Will Sheppard join Alan Johnson on the three-wins list when the dust settles on Sunday, Oct. 13 at the conclusion of 200 hard-fought laps or will Williamson add another notch on his belt in 2019?

Danny Johnson, back in his familiar orange No. 27J, also wants to join "AJ Slideways" in the record books. He enters NAPA Super DIRT Week ninth in points in a tumultuous year for the Rochester, NY driver.

The Sensational One Jimmy Horton announced his intentions to add to his NAPA Super DIRT Week Championships, as well. Like Danny Johnson, Horton has been battling the likes of Alan Johnson for decades. Alan Johnson will be back behind the wheel of the familiar No. 14J in an attempt to break into the four-win category. If Alan Johnson wins, he'll join Billy Decker and Gary Balough on an elite tier on the win list.

Decker's return to Gypsum Racing has put him fourth in points this season. He's been fast and consistent, but he has yet to break through with a points-paying win. His last trip to Victory Lane in Series action came at the DIRTcar Nationals back in February. A fifth Billy Whittaker Cars 200 win would bump Decker into a tie with Stewart Friesen.

Friesen, a current NASCAR Gander Mountain Truck Series driver, returns to Oswego with the No. 44 Big Block Modified looking for his sixth NAPA Super DIRT Week Championship. Friesen won four at The Moody Mile and took the very first Billy Whittaker Cars 200 at Oswego Speedway. There is only one more step to reach the peak of NAPA Super DIRT Week history.

One more win for Friesen ties him with none other than Brett "The Jet" Hearn.

Hearn only ran the Super DIRTcar Series part-time in 2019, splitting time with Orange County Fair Speedway, where he won the track championship. Hearn will definitely be aiming to take that Middletown, NY speed to Oswego and make it a lucky seven NAPA Super DIRT Week championships.

Billy Dunn, Tim Fuller and Kenny Tremont are all one-time champions and sit on the win list with great company. Billy Osmun, Dick Tobias, Bob McCreadie, Kenny Brightbill, Richie Tobias Jr., and Frank Cozze all have one win.

But Dunn, Tremont and Fuller can't let sleeping dogs lie. They are all going for number two in 2019, and Tremont carries a guaranteed start from winning Mr. DIRT Track USA at Lebanon Valley Speedway.

The list of elite drivers who haven't taken home a $50,000 Billy Whittaker Cars 200 paycheck is proof of how difficult it is to win this race.

Erick Rudolph and Mat Williamson have battled tooth and nail throughout the year, chasing Sheppard in the standings. They also race head-to-head at DIRTcar 358 Modified Series races as well as weekly at Ransomville Speedway. These two are clean, fast and professional rivals. But there is only one winner and both of these drivers will do what it takes to capture their first Billy Whittaker Cars 200.

Veteran Jimmy Phelps stretched the fuel in his No. 98H machine to the limit last year, but it didn't pay off. Will the HBR team try an alternate strategy again this year? He'll be joined by teammate Max McLaughlin, who competed in the NASCAR K&N Series in 2019.

Peter Britten won the Salute to the Troops 150 last year in the DIRTcar 358 Modifieds so he knows what it takes to win at Oswego Speedway. The No. 21A has had a rocky year but is always fast off the trailer. Britten is a great mid-round fantasy pick.

One of the big surprises of 2019 is the full-time status of Ryan Godown from Ringoes, NJ. Godown has a guaranteed start from a runner-up finish to Sheppard at Orange County Fair Speedway. The big stage at Oswego is calling and Godown is looking to put on a show.

Another rookie, Demetrios Drellos, won the biggest race of his career at Albany-Saratoga Speedway taking home $10,000 and a guaranteed start in the Billy Whittaker Cars 200. He's proven his mettle against the best and the No. 111 is a serious threat to win.

Fellow Series drivers Jack Lehner, Marcus Dinkins, Paul St-Sauveur and Rusty Smith will be forces, as well. They are all running in the top 17 in points, and every position counts as the year closes out.

Plenty of invaders have staked their claim to the $50,000 grand prize. Rick Laubach, Ryan Susice, Dan Humes, Keith Flach, Jeff Strunk, Billy Whittaker, Ryan Watt, Danny Varin, Dave Marcuccilli, Chris Hile, Pat Ward and many more have already registered.

It all goes down on Sunday, Oct. 13. At 1:30 p.m. the Super DIRTcar Series Billy Whittaker Cars 200 Pre-Race Ceremonies begin, with the green flag waving at 2 p.m.


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2019-10-02

NASCAR and ARCA Announce 2020 Format ARCA Menards Series To Encompass Four Championship Series

NASCAR and ARCA Announce 2020 Format

ARCA Menards Series To Encompass Four Championship Series

 

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (October 2, 2019) – NASCAR and ARCA announced today a new championship format for 2020 that will see the continuation of three historic regional championship series and the coronation of a new fourth champion, all under the ARCA Menards Series banner.

 

The series provide an integral development step for young drivers who aspire to move up to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, NASCAR Xfinity Series or NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series; as well as a highly-competitive professional level for short-track veterans.

 

They will also provide continuity to three of the longest running high-level regional stock car series in the United States.

 

The four championships will be:

·         ARCA Menards Series East and ARCA Menards Series West will continue the traditions established by the Busch North Series (founded in 1987) and Pacific Coast Late Model Series/Winston West (1954) and currently competing as the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and West. The series will feature an annual schedule of six to eight races and crowning of separate regional champions.

·         ARCA Menards Series – The 20-race ARCA Menards Series, founded in 1953, a mix of national-series combination events at venues such as Daytona International Speedway and Charlotte Motor Speedway, as well as short tracks like Madison International Speedway in Wisconsin and the Illinois and DuQuoin State Fairgrounds mile dirt tracks.

·         ARCA Racing Series Showdown – Ten races within the larger ARCA Menards Series championship will feature the best of the three series coming together to crown a Showdown champion. 

 

"We cannot be more excited about 2020," said Brandon Thompson, Managing Director, NASCAR Touring Series. "Both NASCAR and ARCA have worked extremely hard over the last year to provide a rules package and schedule that will serve as the foundation for the preeminent series for racing at this level. It was important for us to move the series forward while creating an environment inclusive for both the current long-term owners and drivers in the series as well as aspiring competitors."

 

"What first started as a friendship between Bill France Sr. and John Marcum nearly 70 years ago took a momentous step forward today," said ARCA President Ron Drager. "The amount of history and tradition these series are bringing together to form four elite championships for drivers is an amazing testament to the strength of this sport.

 

"We are proud and honored to be able to bring the ARCA sanction to the East and West Series; and we are looking forward to working with the race teams, tracks, media partners, fans, and sponsors that have helped those series achieve their long term success."

 

NASCAR also announced if an East, West or current ARCA Menards Series car owner has a car that meets the 2019 rulebook, there will be a rules package that will allow them to compete in 2020. 

 

"We're pleased that we're able to extend our racing sponsorships to include the ARCA Menards Series East and ARCA Menards Series West," said Menards President & CEO John Menard.  "We hope that race fans throughout the country will further enjoy great racing action while also becoming familiar with the Menards brand by shopping at our home improvement stores located in the Midwest or at Menards.com".

 

ARCA and MAVTV also announced today an extension of its telecast rights agreement for select ARCA Menards Series races. This important partnership, together with events covered by FOX Sports, ensures that all 20 ARCA Menards Series races will be available live to race fans, including the 10-race Showdown. NBCSN will continue to carry the ARCA Menards Series East and West as part of their extensive NASCAR coverage.

 

The 2020 ARCA Menards Series will officially begin on Saturday, Feb. 8 at Daytona with the Lucas Oil 200 Driven by General Tire. It will mark the 57th annual ARCA visit to Daytona.

 

The Showdown will take the green flag with ARCA's inaugural visit to ISM Raceway on March 6 as part of the national series' event weekend in Phoenix, while the West will kick off the Las Vegas weekend with a return to the Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

 

West dates also include traditional events at Irwindale Speedway, Sonoma Raceway and All American Speedway in Roseville, Calif.,, and will crown its champion at ISM Raceway in November. The East will race at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida, as well as Toledo Speedway, Watkins Glen International, and again be part New Hampshire Motor Speedway's annual Full Throttle Fall Weekend. The East season will culminate with the championship race at Dover International Speedway.

 

In addition to Daytona and Charlotte, the ARCA Menards Series schedule will include Talladega Superspeedway, Michigan International Speedway, Chicagoland Speedway and Pocono Raceway, and finish the season at Kansas Speedway on Oct. 16.

 

The Showdown 10-race schedule features Salem Speedway, Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis, Minnesota's Elko Speedway, Bristol Motor Speedway, Iowa Speedway and World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway, and will crown its first Showdown champion at Memphis Motorsports Park on Sept. 26.

 

Complete schedules for all four championships will be announced shortly.

 

The slate of races across the country provide an opportunity for drivers to focus on their regional championships or expand their racing plans and chase bigger prizes.

 

Contact:

Jason Christley

NASCAR Communications

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2019-10-01

Championnat Pinty’s pour Andrew Ranger

Il a été presque impossible de séparer Andrew Ranger et Kevin Lacroix tout au long de la saison 2019. 

 

Les deux pilotes ont échangé les points pour le titre depuis l'ouverture de la saison et sont arrivés en finale de la saison à Jukasa Motor Speedway comme les deux seuls pilotes en lice pour le championnat. 

 

La tendance s'est poursuivie alors que Ranger a battu Lacroix d'une position pour remporter son troisième championnat NASCAR Pinty's Series.

 

Ranger, qui a remporté le premier championnat Pinty's Series en 2007 à 20 ans, a suivi deux ans plus tard avec un deuxième championnat. Il est le leader de tous les temps de la série avec 28 victoires et recherche un 4e titre depuis 10 ans.

 

Après quatre victoires et une saison 2019 presque parfaite, Ranger n'as eu besoin que d'une quatrième place pour enfin revenir au sommet du sport.

 

"C'est un rêve et je suis si heureuse pour mon équipage," dit Ranger. "Tout le monde ici travaille si dur et c'est fantastique de gagner notre troisième championnat. Je savais que nous étions très rapides, que nous devions finir devant lui, et nous l'avons fait et avons gagné le championnat."

 

Malgré le plus grand nombre de tours en tête, Kevin Lacroix n'a pas réussi à décrocher son premier titre de champion, une fois de plus.

 

Lacroix a dominé la première moitié de la course. Mais après la pause à mi-chemin, il a commencé à s'estomper.

 

La paire de pilotes de l'équipe Orange de l'EHR, Brett Taylor et Jason Hathaway se sont battus pendant le dernier quart de la course, offrant aux fans l'une des batailles les plus intenses de la saison. Dans le dernier tour, dans le dernier virage, Taylor a doublé Hathaway et remporté la course, sa première victoire en carrière dans la série Pinty's.

 

 

Hathaway a fini deuxième, à un peu plus d'un dixième de seconde derrière Taylor. Donald Theetge a terminé troisième à son dernier départ en tant que pilote à temps plein.

 

Ranger et Lacroix complètent le top cinq.  Pete Shepherd III a terminé sixième après avoir dû prendre le départ à l'arrière, avec Alex Guénette, qui remplaçait Alex Tagliani en rentrant en septième place.

 

D.J. Kennington, Mathieu Kingsbury et LP Dumoulin complèteront le top dix.

 

Le « Pinty's Fall Brawl sera diffusé sur TSN le dimanche 6 octobre à 12 h 30 et sur RDS2 le dimanche 20 octobre à 12 h 30.

 


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Andrew Ranger Claims Third NASCAR Pinty’s Series Championship

It's been near impossible to separate Andrew Ranger and Kevin Lacroix throughout the 2019 season. 

 

The two drivers have traded the points lead since the season opened at CTMP in May, and entered the season finale at Jukasa Motor Speedway as the only two drivers in contention for the championship. 

 

It was only fitting the trend continued as Ranger edged Lacroix by one position to earn his third NASCAR Pinty's Series championship.

 

It was a celebration ten years in the making.

 

Ranger, who won the inaugural Pinty's Series championship in 2007 at the ripe age of 20, followed that two years later with a second championship. He's remained a dominant driver – he is the series all-time leader in wins with 28 – but has repeatedly suffered heartbreak chasing his third title.

 

Following four wins and a nearly perfect 2019 season, a fourth-place finish was all Ranger needed to finally return to the pinnacle of the sport.

 

"It's a dream and I'm so happy for my crew," Ranger said. "Everybody here works so hard and it's fantastic to win our third championship. I knew that we were really fast, we knew we had to finish in front of him, and we did just that and won the championship."

 

Despite leading the most laps, Kevin Lacroix would once again fall short of his maiden championship. He finished the season with two wins, but the bad luck struck again.

 

Lacroix started the race on the provisional pole after qualifying was rained out, and dominated the first half of the race, locking up bonus points for the most laps led. But following the halfway break, he began to fade.

 

"We had a fast car today," Lacroix said. "We went for the win, so we tried an adjustment but it didn't work out. We are just very thankful for the great season that we had."

 

As Lacroix fell back, it was the pair of EHR Team Orange drivers who saw their cars jump to life. Brett Taylor and Jason Hathaway battled for the last quarter of the race, treating fans to one of the most high-intensity battles of the season. As the laps wore down, Taylor tried everything he could to get around his teammate: he did just that in the most dramatic way possible.

 

On the final lap, in the final corner, Taylor made his move. Putting the bumper to Hathaway, the Calgary, Alberta driver lead only one lap all evening: the most important one. Scoring his first career Pinty's Series win, Taylor would make history in the process.

 

"[Jason] gave me enough room on the bottom to race him clean," Taylor said. "I was super loose and every time I got to his door I had to back off cause I didn't want to blow a tire.

 

"In the end, all I had to do was give him a little bit of a bump," Taylor added.

 

With the victory, Taylor becomes the first Western Canadian driver to win in the Pinty's Series –158 of the first 159 races were won by drivers from Ontario and Quebec, with Donald Chisholm (Nova Scotia) the previous outlier.

 

Hathaway would come home second, just over a tenth of a second behind Taylor. Donald Theetge finished third in his final start as a full-time driver.

 

Ranger and Lacroix completed the top five.  Pete Shepherd III finished sixth after having to start at the rear, with Alex Guenette, who was subbing for Alex Tagliani coming home in seventh.

 

D.J Kennington, Mathieu Kingsbury and LP Dumoulin would complete the top ten.

 

The Pinty's Fall Brawl will air on TSN on Sunday, Oct. 6 at 12:30 p.m. and on RDS2 on Sunday, Oct. 20 at 12:30 p.m.

 

 



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