Van Genderen’s Crate Dominates 75-Lapper at East Bay

Van Genderen's Crate Dominates 75-Lapper at East Bay
By Mike Spieker

TAMPA, FL (January 30, 2016) – A Sunshine State Modified Tour (SSTM) record 56 Mods were signed in for round number two at East Bay Raceway Park. Heat race wins went to David Reutimann, Mavrick Varnadore, KC Burdette, Max McLaughlin, and Tait Davenport.

Reutimann and Kevin "Buzzy" Adams lined up on the front row for the 75 lap, $5,000-to-win A-main as Mavrick Varnadore and Trent Young sat in row two. Reutimann beat Adams into turn one and pulled out to the early lead. Varnadore settled into the third spot as Friday night's podium once again held the top three positions. Adams kept up with Reutimann's blistering pace in the early running and made the pass for the lead on lap seven. It looked as through the four-time and defending WISSOTA national champion was destined for another SSMT victory. Following a lap 15 restart, however, Adams drove his RealTruck.com #40 to the low side of turn number one and looped his car right in front of the field.

As a result Reutimann inherited the lead once again as B-main winner Mike Van Genderen lined up right behind him in second from the 22nd starting position. The green flag flew and a great battle between Reutimann's open motor and Van Genderen's crate engine ensued. The two drivers swapped the lead back and forth for the next eight circuits. Van Genderen stayed loyal on the low side of the speedway while Reutimann banged the cushion upstairs. On lap 30 Van Genderen took the lead for good as Dyersburg, Tennessee's Preset Seratt battled Reutimann for second.

Reutimann's night came to an end on lap 35 when the powerplant on his Beak Built #00D expired down the backstretch, bringing out the caution. With five laps remaining before the mandatory fuel stop, Devin Dixon came from the 19th position and showed his muscle to challenged Van Genderen for the point. At the completion of lap 40 Dixon led Van Genderen to the line by a mere three-one-thousandths of a second as the race took a brief intermission.

Rockin' Ronny Luckock displayed the green flag as Dixon and Van Genderen paced the field to kick off the final 35 laps. Once again Van Genderen ran the bottom of the race track, which seemed to get a lot rougher as the race wore on, as Dixon had his deuce wound up along the cushion.

Van Genderen, running "the little crate that could" mustered past Dixon on lap 43 and took a lead that he would not relinquish. Despite valiant efforts from 12th place starter, Seratt, 14th place starter Kenny Wallace, 16th starter Rodney Wing, and Tait Davenport, Van Genderen proved that he was the class of the field and backed up his B-main win by taking the checkers and the $5,000 check that went along with it. Wing, Seratt, Trent Young, and 23rd place starter Lucas Lee rounded out the top five.

"This is the biggest win of my career," said an elated Van Genderen in victory lane. "I've never been to East Bay before in my life, this is awesome. I've been getting text messages all week saying, 'What are you doing bringing a Hornet to a UMP show?', but the little motor is what we needed on this type of night."

A-Main: Mike Van Genderen, Rodney Wing, Preston Seratt, Trent Young, Lucas Lee, Mike McKinney, Matt Miller, Kenny Wallace, Dale Kelley, Steve Miller, Tait Davenport, Max McLaughlin, Devin Dixon, Ray Bollinger, Jeff Matthews, David Pollen Jr., Kyle Herbert, Kyle Strickler, Jeff Leka, Allen Weisser, Mavrick Varnadore, David Reutimann, Roger Crouse, Kevin "Buzzy" Adams, KC Burdette, Nick Hoffman

B-Main 1: Bollinger, Lee, Brett Kennard, Ryan Fowler, S. Miller, Austin Sanders, Buzzie Reutimann, Chris Osborne Jr., Lance Dehm, Anthony Kinkade, Nick Allen, Scott Heeren, Jerry Bruce, Tim Lambert, Thomas Sigler, Zac Oedewaldt, Mike Hansen, Rich Pratt

B-Main 2: Van Genderen, Pollen Jr., Jason Gross, M. Miller, Todd Neiheiser, Troy Girolamo, Eric Moon, Brad Goff, Jesse Hoskins, Mike Potosky, Josh Harris, Dennis Haven, David Mitchell, Robin Lashley, Mike Weber, John Clippinger, Zane Oedewaldt, Bill Howard

Heat 1: Varnadore, Weisser, Matthews, Wing, Bollinger, Pollen Jr., B. Beutimann, Moon, Dehm, Clippinger, Hansen
Heat 2: Burdette, Young, Seratt, Hoffman, Neiheiser, Sanders, M. Miller, Kennard, Potosky, Osborne Jr., Lashley
Heat 3: McLaughlin, Crouse, McKinney, Kelley, Bruce, Harris, Zac Oedewaldt, Weber, Sigler, Girolamo, Lambert
Heat 4: Davenport, Adams, Wallace, Dixon, Gross, Heeren, Mitchell, Kinkade, Hoskins, Fowler, Goff
Heat 5: D. Reutimann, Leka, Herbert, Strickler, Lee, Van Genderen, All, Zan. Oedewaldt, S. Miller, Haven, Pratt, Howard

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Area will also feature the 2015 Detroit Autorama Ridler Award-winning, Chip Foose-built 'Imposter'


TORONTO, ON // FEBRUARY 1, 2016 • Karbelt's Automotive Racing & Specialty Show – known as KARS Expo – is returning for a second year as part of the upcoming Motorama Custom Car & Motorsports Expo Presented by Mothers.


The show takes place March 11, 12 & 13 at The International Centre, across from Toronto's Pearson International Airport.


KARS Expo will again feature more than 50 performance accessory manufacturers and factory tech specialists in individual booths, sharing their expertise with, and showcasing their products to, Motorama showgoers. The 15,000+ square-foot KARS Expo area will also include several stunning vehicles, among them the 2015 Detroit Autorama Ridler Award winner 'The Imposter.'


Designed and built by the legendary Chip Foose, 'The Imposter' is owned by Canadians Don and Elma Voth, of Abbotsford, British Columbia. The 1965 Impala, which is built on the frame of a 2008 Corvette, was extensively modified and impeccably finished by Foose, earning it the coveted prize as the best hot rod at last year's prestigious Detroit show. 'The Imposter' is being presented in the KARS Expo display by Karbelt, Parts Pro and Motorama.


Discussing KARS Expo, Karbelt's Kevin Dundas said, "In the past, this type of hands-on show was reserved exclusively for trade professionals. But at KARS Expo at Motorama, automotive enthusiasts and racers can see all the new products and connect with the experts, here in Canada. Before, they would have had to travel to Las Vegas (SEMA) or Indianapolis (PRI Trade Show) to have access to this 'trade show' type experience, products and access."


The growing list of participating companies is available at www.KARSExpo.com. Past KARS Expo exhibitors have included: Edelbrock, Competition Cams, MSD, Quick Fuel Technologies, Autometer, Magnaflow, B&M Transmissions, Royal Purple, Ram Clutches, QA1 Motorsports, Aeromotive and many others.


Dundas continued, "It really is a unique turn-key opportunity for Canadian showgoers and automotive enthusiasts. You get to talk with the 'factory' people about your project, and get your 'wants list' firmed up. From there, you can purchase your parts at the on-site Parts Pro Performance Centre, or our staff can guide you to your nearest Parts Pro Performance Centre retailer! On top of all that, you get to see the Ridler Award winner and some other incredible cars."


Discussing KARS Expo's participation at Motorama, David Weber said, "We are extremely happy that Karbelt has committed to having KARS Expo be part of Motorama for at least the next two years. We had our first experience working with them at last year's show. It went really well, but we're all committed to making it even more successful going forward. As a feature, our attendees loved having access to the factory experts all in one place. And we're excited about partnering with Karbelt and Parts Pro to have the Chip Foose designed and built, Ridler award-winning 'Imposter' as a feature attraction in KARS Expo."


Additional KARS Expo news will be announced leading up to showtime.


ABOUT KARBELT SPEED AND CUSTOM: Karbelt Speed & Custom (a National Performance Warehouse company) is Canada's first performance warehouse distributor. Karbelt opened its doors in 1952 as a retail entity, and today offers coast-to-coast wholesale distribution to automotive jobbers from its warehouse in Ajax, Ontario. What started as the importing of car seat belts by George Foote back in the 1950s has grown into the 'go to' source for all of Canada's performance needs. For more information, visit Karbelt on the web at www.Karbelt.com or call (905) 619-6660 during business hours.


ABOUT THE MOTORAMA CUSTOM CAR & MOTORSPORTS EXPO: The second annual Motorama Custom Car & Motorsports Expo Presented by Mothers takes place March 11, 12 & 13, 2016 at The International Centre, adjacent to Toronto's Pearson International Airport. With a footprint of almost 300,000 square feet, the show will be Canada's biggest late-winter celebration of automobiles and motorsports. Announced celebrity guests, so far, include Steve Darnell (Vegas Rat Rods / Welderup), Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top), Jimmy Shine (So-Cal Speed Shop / Jimmy Shine Work Shop) and Jeff Lutz (Street Outlaws / Lutz Race Cars). For information about the show, including tickets, sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities, and more, call (416) 962-7223, email info@MotoramaShow.comor visit www.MotoramaShow.com.


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Canadian fans will have an opportunity to see and photograph Martinsville car that Gordon drove to victory lane and a spot in the 2015 Chase 'final four'


TORONTO, ON // FEBRUARY 1, 2016 • One of the highlights of four-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon's final NASCAR Sprint Cup season last year was his milestone 93rd career series win, at Martinsville Speedway, which earned him a coveted 'final four' spot in The Chase for The NASCAR Sprint Cup.


To commemorate that win and Gordon's 23rd and final full-time season of competition, Canadian Motor Speedway (CMS) is extremely proud to present Gordon's 2015 No. 24 AARP Member Advantages Chevy SS that he raced to victory that day as the centrepiece of the CMS display at the upcoming Motorama Custom Car and Motorsports Expo Presented by Mothers.


The show takes place March 11, 12 & 13 at The International Centre, across from Toronto's Pearson Airport. Gordon's Martinsville-winning car in the CMS display will once again be one of the show's headline attractions.


This will be the sixth time that Canadian Motor Speedway has presented a version of Gordon's No. 24 car at the show, but this year marks a very rare and special occasion as one of Gordon's actual race-winning cars will be on display in Canada.


Continuing a very popular tradition, fans can once again meet and speak with John Bickford Sr. Bickford is the stepfather and the man behind the illustrious career of Gordon, the designer of Canadian Motor Speedway.


"I'm looking forward to attending the Motorama Custom Car & Motorsports Expo and the opportunity to talk with race fans and supporters of CMS," said Bickford. "It's something I look forward to every spring. Each year, we strive to bring a unique show car to Motorama. This year, we'll have Jeff's 93rd win Martinsville car."


This year, Niagara College's Motive Power Program, Applied Research Centre, and The Walker Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Centre will be exhibiting their technologies, together with CMS, showcasing their Hybrid Trainer and a 3D printed model of Canadian Motor Speedway. Fans will be able to see CMS's motorsports stadium take shape in 3D form with preliminary specifications from CMS architects, IBI Group.


Motorama attendees can take photos with the No. 24 race car in CMS's 'Victory Lane' and also connect with CMS owners and the management team for the latest progress updates and construction plans for the signature speedway designed by Gordon.


"Jeff's great run last season and his historic win at Martinsville was a moment of tremendous pride for all of us. We are absolutely excited this year to showcase Jeff's actual winning race car at our display to commemorate and celebrate his stellar racing career. This will truly be a memorable event for the thousands of Jeff Gordon fans who visit with us each year at Motorama," commented CMS Executive Director and Partner Azhar Mohammad.


Discussing CMS' participation at the show, the show's David Weber said, "We're honoured that the CMS team has once again included Motorama in their efforts to educate Canadian racing fans about the project. They've recently cleared some hurdles and we're all looking forward to attending races there. In the meantime, having the last car that Jeff Gordon took to victory lane join John Bickford and the owners and management team in the CMS booth is just incredible."


ABOUT CANADIAN MOTOR SPEEDWAY (CMS): CMS is a world-class motorsport and entertainment development in Fort Erie, Ontario, minutes from Niagara Falls and U.S International border crossings. The core of the project is a ¾ mile oval designed by Jeff Gordon, which will be Canada's largest oval track and Canada's largest stadium with 65 thousand grandstand seats. 250 planned event days will host various racing platforms, race team and industry testing, driver experiences and training, concerts and music festivals, other sporting events and charity and community events. CMS will also include commercial and recreational space, as well as an automotive innovation park in collaboration with educational partners: McMaster University's Faculty of Engineering, Niagara College, and The University of Ontario Institute of Technology's Automotive Centre of Excellence (ACE). Sustainable technology will be tested on-track and used to design, build and operate CMS with assistance from partners such as The Green Sports Alliance. For more information: www.cdnmotorspeedway.comwww.facebook.com/cmsnation, or on Twitter @CMSnation. Media Contact: Erik Tomas, Media Consultant. Office: 905-892-0411 Cell: 289-407-4410 • Email: erik@cdnmotorspeedway.com TOMASERIK@aol.com


ABOUT JOHN BICKFORD SR.: John Bickford is Vice President and General Manager of Jeff Gordon, Inc. Stepfather to NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon, Bickford started Gordon's racing career on a makeshift race track in Vallejo, California in 1976 when Jeff was only 5. At the same time, Bickford started MPD, which is a company that produces products for physically challenged people to enable them to drive cars without the use of their feet. The company also produces race car products. In 1985, he moved east to further Jeff Gordon's racing, establishing a base in Pittsboro, Indiana. In 1996, following a move from Pittsboro to Concord, North Carolina, he became the Executive Vice President of Action Performance. While with Action, he spent 18 months in Europe working on Formula One and SBK World Super Bike. In 2004, he returned to Jeff Gordon, Inc. where he remains Vice President and General Manager.


ABOUT NIAGARA COLLEGE: About Niagara College: Niagara College offers more than 100 diploma, bachelor degree and advanced level programs at campuses in Welland, Niagara-on-the-Lake, and Niagara Falls Ontario; as well as more than 600 credit, vocational and general interest Continuing Education courses. Areas of specialization include food and beverage sciences, advanced technology, motive power, media, applied health and community safety, supported by unique learning enterprises in wine, beer, horticulture and esthetics. For more information, visitwww.niagaracollege.ca


ABOUT THE MOTORAMA CUSTOM CAR & MOTORSPORTS EXPO: The second annual Motorama Custom Car & Motorsports Expo Presented by Mothers takes place March 11, 12 & 13, 2016 at The International Centre, adjacent to Toronto's Pearson International Airport. With a footprint of almost 300,000 square feet, the show will be Canada's biggest late-winter celebration of automobiles and motorsports. Announced celebrity guests, so far, include Steve Darnell (Vegas Rat Rods / Welderup), Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top), Jimmy Shine (So-Cal Speed Shop / Jimmy Shine Work Shop) and Jeff Lutz (Street Outlaws / Lutz Race Cars). For information about the show, including tickets, sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities, and more, call (416) 962-7223, email info@MotoramaShow.com or visit www.MotoramaShow.com.


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Sold-Out Crowd Celebrates at Devil’s Bowl Speedway Banquet of Champions

Sold-Out Crowd Celebrates at Devil's Bowl Speedway Banquet of Champions

White, Eddy honored with John Bruno Award; eight track champions crowned


For Immediate Release                                                                                                                                                                                 DBS-013116-1


RUTLAND, Vt. – A sold-out crowd of more than 370 stock car drivers, team members, race officials, sponsors, and media put the cap on the 2015 Devil's Bowl Speedway racing season on Saturday, January 30 at the track's annual Banquet of Champions.  The event was hosted by the Holiday Inn Rutland-Killington in Rutland, Vt., and officially crowned the season champions in eight different divisions at the West Haven, Vt., speed plant.

Several special annual awards were also presented, including the track's highest honor, the John Bruno Award.  The trophy was shared by Debbie Eddy of Fair Haven, Vt., and posthumously by her longtime partner, Ron White, in recognition of their significant lifetime contributions to racing while maintaining high standards of conduct and respect on and off the track.

The couple has fielded winning Modifieds for drivers including Harry Peek, Ray Hoard, and most recently Ron Proctor.  Proctor drove the team's car to a 100-lap victory on May 9, just four days before the unexpected passing of the well-liked Ron White.  Ms. Eddy, upon accepting the award, received an extended standing ovation.

Brandon, Vt., veteran Vince Quenneville Jr. collected his first championship on the asphalt half-mile in the Bond Auto Parts Modified division of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series presented by Yandow Sales & Service and John Deere.  Quenneville's five-win season was enough to edge Proctor for the title while Greg Atkins, the late Leon Gonyo, and Billy Lussier completed the top five.

Tribute was also paid to veteran driver Gonyo, of Chazy, N.Y., who passed away suddenly on September 19, moments after winning the final asphalt Modified race of the season.  Matt Gonyo accepted his father's fourth-place trophy with a moving speech, and he, too, received a lengthy standing ovation.

Other asphalt track champions included Josh Masterson of Bristol, Vt., in the Central Vermont Motorcycles Late Models; Robert Gordon of Milton, Vt., in the Brileya's Chrysler-Jeep Renegades; and Chris LaVair of Gabriels, N.Y., in the Portland Glass Mini Stocks. Masterson and LaVair were each their first-time champs in their respective divisions, while Gordon's title was his third in four years. Rookie of the Year titles went to Bob Kilburn of Fair Haven, Vt., (Modified), Richard Lowrey III of Charlotte, Vt., (Late Model), Matt Monaghan of Colchester, Vt., (Renegade), and Bradley Bertrand of Ferrisburgh, Vt., (Mini Stock).

Kenny Tremont Jr. of West Sand Lake, N.Y., added to his legendary career with his seventh Devil's Bowl championship.  The title, which came in the Liberty Street Discount Beverage & Deli Sportsman Modified class of the Berlin Optical Expressions Dirt Track Series, was his first on the new 3/10-mile Dirt Track at Devil's Bowl.  He beat Tim Hodge, Jackie Brown Jr., Quenneville, and Josh Sunn for the crown.

Darrell Older of Ballston Spa, N.Y., and Brian Bishop of Bridport, Vt., also won dirt championships.  Older's title was in the Renegade division, while Bishop topped the Mini Stocks.  Brett Wood of Georgia, Vt., collected his first title in the MFT Sauce & Rub Co. Enduro Series, which holds races on both track surfaces at Devil's Bowl.

The Award of Excellence was given to racing mainstay and Sunoco Race Fuels dealer John Holland of New England Racing Fuels, while the Dedication Award was presented to longtime Devil's Bowl Speedway track official Nick Lussier, a veteran of 45 years at his hometown facility.

Sportsmanship Awards were given to drivers from each division on both the asphalt and dirt, as determined by a vote of their peers.  On the asphalt side, awards went to Bob Kilburn (Modified), Steve Miller (Late Model), Robert Gordon (Renegade), and Chuck Bradford (Mini Stock), while dirt trophies went to Billy Lussier (Sportsman Modified), Matt Mosher (Renegade), and Chris Cardarelli (Mini Stock).  Most Improved Driver laurels, also voted on by drivers, were bestowed upon asphalt racers Billy Lussier (Modified), Seth Bridge (Late Model), Scott FitzGerald (Renegade), and Kyle Sorensen (Mini Stock).

Bonus and contingency awards were also presented on behalf of Bond Auto Parts, Central Vermont Motorcycles, Portland Glass, Five Star Race Car Bodies, Shiley Fabrication, Crazy Horse Racing, American Racer Tires, The University of Northwestern Ohio, and NASCAR.

Devil's Bowl Speedway's 50th season of racing will include NASCAR Whelen All-American Series-sanctioned action for both the asphalt half-mile and the dirt 3/10-mile tracks, totaling 27 scheduled events.  The asphalt track will race primarily on Saturday nights, and the dirt track will race primarily on Sunday nights; opening weekend is scheduled for May 21-22.

Devil's Bowl Speedway is located on Route 22A in West Haven, Vt., four miles north of Exit 2 off of U.S. Route 4 and just 20 minutes from Rutland, Vt.  For more information, visit www.DevilsBowlSpeedwayVT.com or call (802) 265-3112.  Devil's Bowl Speedway is on Facebook at facebook.com/DevilsBowlSpeedway and on Twitter and Instagram at @DevilsBowlSpeed; follow the action using the #DevilsBowl hashtag.



Saturday, January 30, 2016


Special Annual Award Winners

John Bruno Award:

·         Deborah Eddy, Fair Haven, Vt., & Ron White, Fair Haven, Vt.

Award of Excellence:

·         John Holland, New England Race Fuels, Burlington, Conn.

Dedication Award:

·         Nick Lussier, West Haven, Vt.


Asphalt 1/2-mile – NASCAR Whelen All-American Series pres. by Yandow Sales & Service and John Deere

Track Champions:

·         Bond Auto Parts Modified – Vince Quenneville Jr., Brandon, Vt.

·         Central Vermont Motorcycles Late Model – Josh Masterson, Bristol, Vt.

·         Brileya's Chrysler-Jeep Renegade – Robert Gordon, Milton, Vt.

·         Portland Glass Mini Stock – Chris LaVair, Gabriels, N.Y.

Rookies of the Year:

·         Bond Auto Parts Modified – Bob Kilburn, Fair Haven, Vt.

·         Central Vermont Motorcycles Late Model – Richard Lowrey III, Charlotte, Vt.

·         Brileya's Chrysler-Jeep Renegade – Matt Monaghan, Colchester, Vt.

·         Portland Glass Mini Stock – Bradley Bertrand, Ferrisburgh, Vt.

Most Improved Drivers:

·         Bond Auto Parts Modified – Billy Lussier, Fair Haven, Vt.

·         Central Vermont Motorcycles Late Model – Seth Bridge, Mendon, Vt.

·         Brileya's Chrysler-Jeep Renegade – Scott FitzGerald, West Rutland, Vt.

·         Portland Glass Mini Stock – Kyle Sorensen, Ballston Spa, N.Y.

Sportsmanship Awards:

·         Bond Auto Parts Modified – Bob Kilburn, Fair Haven, Vt.

·         Central Vermont Motorcycles Late Model – Steve Miller, Vergennes, Vt.

·         Brileya's Chrysler-Jeep Renegade – Robert Gordon, Milton, Vt.

·         Portland Glass Mini Stock – Chuck Bradford, Addison, Vt.


Dirt 3/10-mile – Berlin Optical Expressions Dirt Track Series

Track Champions:

·         Liberty Street Discount Beverage & Deli Sportsman Modified – Kenny Tremont Jr., West Sand Lake, N.Y.

·         Renegade – Darrell Older, Ballston Spa, N.Y.

·         Portland Glass Mini Stock – Brian Bishop, Bridport, Vt.

Sportsmanship Awards:

·         Liberty Street Discount Beverage & Deli Sportsman Modified – Billy Lussier, Fair Haven, Vt.

·         Renegade – Matt Mosher, Queensbury, N.Y.

·         Portland Glass Mini Stock – Chris Cardarelli, St. George, Vt.


MFT Sauce & Rub Co. Enduro Series

Series Champion:

·         Brett Wood, Georgia, Vt.


Contingency Award Winners

Crazy Horse Racing Winner's Circle Challenge:

·         Central Vermont Motorcycles Late Model – Josh Masterson, Bristol, Vt.

Five Star Race Car Bodies Bonus Certificates:

·         Bond Auto Parts Modified – Ron Proctor, Charlton, N.Y.

·         Central Vermont Motorcycles Late Model – Chad White, Fort Ann, N.Y.

·         Brileya's Chrysler-Jeep Renegade – Jared Blake, North Hero, Vt.

University of Northwestern Ohio Youth Achievement Award & Scholarship:

·         Central Vermont Motorcycles Late Model – Walter J. Hammond, Canaan, N.H.



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