By Blu Metz
November 1, 2015
The 2015 Turkey Derby at Wall
Stadium in Belmar, NJ on Saturday November 28th will be a wingless
"Run Whatcha Brung" style race for the TQ midgets on the Wall
inner oval. The ATQMRA made the decision at the annual membership meeting
on Wednesday October 21st where Buddy Sload was re-elected President. The
Turkey Derby will pay a winner's share of $1,000 dollars and be run using
the Sammons indoor rules package with the hope of drawing out many of the
"Indoor Only" TQ and 600 teams to compete for the prestigious
Laurels in the Annual Turkey Derby.
The ATQMRA has put an open
rules package in place for the annual Turkey Derby with the hopes of
attracting some of the best from the ranks of the indoor racers to compete
against the club regulars on their own turf. With the successful transition
to wingless racing on the flat inner oval at Wall it was a no brainer to
open the non points paying Turkey Derby up to the indoor only teams. TQs
and 600s will go head to head outdoors under the Sammons rules package for
the Turkey Derby with $1,000 to win on the line. Teams wishing to compete
need to run the ATQMRA Spec Right rear Hoosier LC5 for ten inch or an MG5
for the thirteen inch cars.
The lineup for the heat races
will be set by a Formula 1 style timed dash. The top 12 cars out of the
heats will be in the redraw for the top twelve starting positions for the
feature. The ATQMRA will charge a forty dollar entry fee for the race.
Anybody with questions can contact newly re-elected ATQMRA President Buddy
Sload for more information at 484-880-0907.
The ATQMRA General membership
meeting was held on Wednesday October 21st where 2015 ATQMRA Champion Buddy
Sload was elected to another Term as President of the organization. Mike
Roselli returned to the post of Vice President with Lenny Boyd as
treasurer. Karen Sload returned as club Secretary with Matt Janisch taking
the post of driver's representative. Russ Bailey returned as car owner Rep.
with past ATQMRA President Colin Martin taking the post of Member at Large.
Numerous rules proposals were
taken up during the meeting. The decision was made to part ways with the
600 micro sprints heading into the 2016 season. They will be eligible to
compete one last time at the Turkey Derby but will be ineligible to compete
in 2016 with the ATQMRA. The ATQMRA also made the decision to move away
from the two tire per night tire bank that was in place for the 2015
In an effort to contain costs
for the racers the ATQMRA adopted a policy where cars will be limited to
two cockpit adjustment devices in addition to a brake bias adjustment. The
minimum weight for the TQ's will be raised to 835 lbs for wingless races
and 850 lbs for the winged races on the schedule in 2015. The weight rule
was adopted to help put the club more in line with the indoor rules package
and allow teams to more easily adapt to the weight of the thirteen inch
wheels and tires that are becoming more prevalent and to make it easier for
teams to get to weight without having to sacrifice safety and give the larger
drivers a better opportunity to compete.
ATQMRA News and
2014 ATQMRA Champion Matt Janisch spent this past weekend racing his
Speedstr on the dirt at Grandview Speedway where he finished 13th on
Saturday. The Sunday race saw Janisch battle side by side with Kris Graver
who raced the second Jansich entry at last week's points finale at Mahoning