ATQMRA Points Heading into Borgers

Date: 8/2/2015 10:26:02 PM

August 2, 2015

For Immediate Release
Blu Metz



ATQMRA Points Heading into Borgers


By: Blu Metz

Heading into this coming weeks race at Borger's Speedway on Saturday August 8th Ryan Tidman finds himself in a familiar place; at the top of the points standings. A third place finish at Wall on the inner oval on July 18th catapulted him into the points lead by the slimmest of margins over Race winner Buddy Sload. Third in the standings belongs to Geoffrey Sutton after a DNF at Wall.


Ryan Tidman who is a four time ATQMRA Champion is seeking his fifth crown since his TQ midget racing career began in 2002. His first start in a TQ midget was in his father's friend and fellow ATQMRA Champion Bobby Watkins' number 91 Bruce's Pro car with a Rotax Snowmobile engine where he finished third at Mahoning Valley at fifteen after a stellar career in go karts. The family purchased a Badger for Ryan to run at the Pennsylvania races since he was too young to race in New Jersey at that time. Tidman earned his first feature win on August 28th 2004 in record setting fashion in the Tidman family owned 24 Badger. He bested a stellar field of competitors that day that including perennial ATQMRA Champion Don Adams, Billy Pauch Jr. Michael Carber, Robin Johnston and multiple championship winner Mike Tidaback.


Ryan has earned three ATQMRA crowns with the Boyd racing team where he has been racing for the last five seasons in the familiar 1B. Tidman won races this season at both New York races at Oswego and Bethel and posted a 13th place DNF finish at Borger's after tangling with Joey Bailey on July 11th. In his ultra consistent style Tidman earned a podium finish at Wall on the Boyd Team's home track Wall Stadium where team owner Lenny Boyd raced and won in the Modified division as well as a stellar championship winning career driving TQ midgets. Lenny also won a Full Midget feature at Wall Stadium in the Dewi Cali #7 Badger in 1977.


Ryan's quest for his fifth Championship will not be a cake walk. His closest competitor is only four markers back. Buddy Sload who has been racing the Colin Martin 16 car has himself sitting only four points behind Tidman. Sload is coming off a pair of races that saw him out front leading laps. His big win at Wall on the inner oval was preceded by a race he dominated at Borger's speedway only to succumb to a driveline failure in the closing laps. Sload has been a consistent winner across the last several years with the ATQMRA and has kept himself near the top of the standings but has yet to earn the season long championship. Sload is hungry to make that happen in the Martin Spitfire Mount that is burning the legal for 2015 E85 fuel.


Sitting in third in the standings is 2014 ATQMRA Rookie of the year Geoffrey Sutton who has used consistency to put himself in the third position. Sutton has been out front and led more laps this season than he was able to lead in his rookie campaign but hasn't been able to be out front when the checkered flag fell in his Metz racing mount. Sutton earned his first ATQMRA heat race win at Wall on the high banks and was able to earn his only feature race win of the season at Mahoning Valley in an Xcel Modified.


The rookie battle has tightened up after the race at Wall Stadium on the flat track when Rookie point leading Mike Glaser had a DNF while Patrick Force rolled across the line eighth. Glaser an NHRA Championship winning drag racer sits sixth with Force seventh in the season long standings.

Fourth place in the standings is Joey Bailey who was the points leader leaving the organization's last race at Borger's but will be sidelined as a result of a nasty flip that will take him out of contention for the championship. He hopes to be back behind the wheel later in the season to earn another feature race victory.


Matt Roselli sits in a deceptively strong fifth position in the standings after missing the ATQMRA race at Borger's due to a previous commitment. When the drop races are taken out his drop will be a zero while the rest of the competitors will be dropping some points posting him in a strong position moving forward. Roselli's consistent top five finishes and a season best of second on Wall's flat track put him in a strong position moving forward. Roselli is spending his off nights racing the family 600 Micro Sprint on the dirt tracks around the area and is fast becoming a contender on the dirt.


Updated July 28, 2015 

  1. Ryan Tidman  520
  2. Buddy Sload  516
  3. Geoff Sutton  460
  4. Joey Bailey  436
  5. Matt Roselli  420
  6. Mike Glaser  376
  7. Patrick Force  344
  8. Rob Vivona  236
  9. Matt Janisch  200
  10. Avery Stoehr  172
  11. Nick Ladyga  160
  12. Ronnie Mullen  152
  13. Pat VanVarick  148
  14. Larry Hoagland  96
  15. Dylan Martin  92
  16. Jon Gambuti  92
  17. Don Zrinski  88
  18. Alison Cumens  80
  19. Mark Rogers  72
  20. Alex Greenzweig  72
  21. Chad Jones  68
  22. Chad Parks  68
  23. BJ Mcdonald  60
  24. Kurt Bettler  60
  25. Mark Yoder  56
  26. Bill Force Jr.  52




Saturday, August 8

Borgers Speedway

Saturday, August 15
Borgers Speedway

Saturday, August 22
Wall Stadium Speedway


Saturday, September 5
Oswego Speedway

Saturday, September 12

Borgers Speedway


Saturday, September 19  
Wall Stadium Speedway

Saturday, October 3

Borgers Speedway


*Saturday, October 10
100 LAP, $1000 TO WIN

Borgers Speedway


Saturday, October 24
Mahoning Valley Speedway


*Saturday, October 31
100 LAP, $1000 TO WIN

Borgers Speedway


Saturday, November 28
Wall Stadium Speedway TURKEY DERBY