Plus Cars on Tap for Mahoning Points Finale
and Sload to Decide Championship
Glaser and Force
Battle for Top Rookie
By: Blu Metz 10/18/2015
(Lehighton, Pa) The Final
Round in the 2015 Championship Chase for the Hoosier Tire Mid Atlantic
ATQMRA will come down to the final round at Mahoning Valley Speedway in
Lehighton on Saturday October 24that the Speedway's Octoberfast 2015 event.
The Championship will be decided between current point leader Ryan Tidman
and second running Buddy Sload. The 2015 Rookie of the Year title will be
decided between Mike Glaser and Patrick Force. A strong field of contenders
is expected to be on hand Saturday at Mahoning with a total car count
expected to exceed 20 cars. The ATQMRA's fall General Membership Meeting
will be held this coming Wednesday in Bethlehem, Pa with the outdoor season
closing at Wall Stadium's Turkey Derby.
Heading into the final round
of racing at Mahoning Valley Speedway Ryan Tidman holds a four point
advantage over Buddy Sload. That equates to one finishing position across
the entire season. Both drivers are proven winners in with the ATQMRA in
2015. Both racers have won races at Mahoning Valley. It will likely come
down to an epic battle between the two championship contenders. Tidman is
in the slightly better position with his four point advantage although in a
practical sense it's a virtual dead heat leading into Mahoning.
Tidman will be racing the
tried and true 1B owned by multiple time ATQMRA championship winning car
owners Lenny and Donna Boyd. The pairing has earned championships since
they teamed up and are looking to ad one more trophy to their collection.
Buddy Sload is racing the
Colin Martin Spitfire 16 that he raced indoors last year. Sload moved from
the seat of his family owned Spitfire early in the season and hasn't looked
back reeling off 3 feature wins in a row at mid season and running
consistently up front. Sload seeks his first ATQMRA Championship.
The ATQMRA has three cars
within a mathematical striking distance at the final race. The Colin Martin
Spitfire and the Mike Roselli Laffler head into the season finale with a
mathematical shot at the championship. While its not very practical they
are all in contention for the title.
Similarly Geoffrey Sutton and
Mathew Roselli are sitting third and fourth in the standings. Both are
within striking distance but need a DNS by both Tidman and Sload and a
podium finish to back into the Championship.
The Rookie of the Year Battle
concludes at Mahoning. Current Rookie point leader Mike Glaser sits 28
points in front of Patrick Force. Force could overtake Glaser in the season
long battle by beating him by eight positions on the track in the feature.
With a full field expected Saturday anything is possible.
The Schedule for the
Octoberfast races at Mahoning has the pit gates opening at 11:00 am. Any
teams who wish to run an early practice can do so from noon to 1:00 Pm for
$25 per car. Regular warm-ups will take place from 1:15 to 2:25 with heats
starting at 3:00.
News and Notes:It looks like a strong field of cars will
be on hand at Mahoning Valley on Saturday. The Janisch 48x TQ that Janisch
used to win the 2014 ATQMRA Championship will be piloted by talented
Mahoning Valley Modified racer Kris Graver. NYPA TQ Midget Champion Kyle
Hutchinson will be racing the John Casey 88 car with a wing on the circular
Mahoning Valley Quarter mile for the first time Saturday. Yearbook ad forms
will be distributed at Mahoning Valley for the ATQMRA's annual program
The Club's general membership
meeting will take place this coming Wednesday October 21, 2015 the at 7 pm
the ATQMRA is having its annual Fall General Membership meeting for the
purpose of the election of officers and to discuss rules proposals for the
coming season. Anyone with suggestions or proposals to help better the
ATQMRA is encouraged to email their proposals to ATQMRA President Buddy
Sload at firstname.lastname@example.org so
they can be added to the meeting agenda.
The Meeting will be held at
the Best Western Lehigh Valley at 300 Gateway Dr. Bethlehem, Pa 18017 (610)
866-5800. This is the same location as last year's banquet and previous