$150,000 American Racer Cup Set To Begin This Weekend At Participating Northeast Modified Facilities

Date: 4/9/2012 9:53:27 PM

 
For Immediate Release

            Re:  2012 American Racer Cup

 

$150,000 American Racer Cup Set To Begin This Weekend

At Participating Northeast Modified Facilities

 

BINGHAMTON, NY…The third season of the $150,000 American Racer Cup for Northeast Dirt Modified race teams is set to begin this weekend at the participating northeast Modified facilities.  Teams have until May 14th to register for this year’s American Racer Cup program.

 

The excitement is certainly building for all the northeast Modified drivers but especially for those drivers at the Glen Ridge Speedway, known simply as the “Ridge”.  The Friday night facility has joined the ranks of the American Racer Cup program for 2012 and the weekly teams there are looking forward to cashing in on the program.

 

Bridgeport Speedway returns to the program for 2012 after not running the Modified division weekly last season.  The speedway is under the controls of Doug and Gena Hoffman and recently had a highly successful Race of Champions Dirt Modified Tour event that was won by Ryan Godown.

 

Returning Modified division facilities to the program for 2012 include: Accord Speedway, Big Diamond Speedway, Brewerton Speedway, Bridgeport Speedway, Delaware Speedway, Five Mile Point Speedway, Fonda Speedway, Fulton Speedway, Glen Ridge Speedway, Grandview Speedway, New Egypt Speedway, Penn Can Speedway, Utica Rome Speedway, Woodhull Raceway.

 

The American Racer Cup ranking system makes for a very interesting program for the participating race teams and the fans that follow the cup standings every weekend.  The ranking system is based on three criteria: A driver’s weekly finishes at their home track.
The number of teams that start a feature at each race meet and a driver’s best twelve finishes in 2012 will also be factored in to the formula for the overall champion.  The nice part for the participating race teams is that they only have to compete at their home speedway to compete for the overall title. 

 

Defending American Racer Cup Champion Billy Pauch is off to an already impressive start to 2012 prior the program even getting underway.  Pauch has two northeast Modified wins to his credit including the Ice Breaker V - RoC Modified Tour event win at Selinsgrove Speedway and a victory at the New Egypt Speedway this past Saturday.   Inaugural American Racer Cup Champion Duane Howard is also off to an outstanding start to his racing season.  Howard has one RoC Dirt Modified Tour victory coming in the RoC Small Block event at the Selinsgrove Speedway.  He also opened the 50th Anniversary Grandview Speedway season with a victory on Saturday night.  Howard also leads both the RoC North and South regional point standings entering the next race at Five Mile Point Speedway on Sunday, April 22nd.  (The RoC north region point standings has a 3 way tie for the lead among Pauch, Howard and Jimmy Phelps).

In addition to all of the weekly program incentives should a driver win the overall American Racer Cup which pays $10,000 along with the Race of Champions Overall Dirt Modified Tour Title they would receive a $20,000 bonus in addition.   Recently a pre-season tire drawing was held at the Bridgeport Race of Champions Dirt Modified Tour event and the following early season members won free tires:  Gary Butler, Neal Williams, Adam MacGeorge, Jeff Strunk and Billy Pauch.  The winners were randomly drawn by race winner Ryan Godown.

 

Last season over 200 teams competed in the American Racer Cup among the twelve participating speedway’s in Delaware, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania.  This year the participating is expected to grow as the American Racer Cup is proud to include new track partners Bridgeport Speedway (NJ) and Glen Ridge Speedway (NY).  Over $150,000 in cash and racing product and contingencies will once again be up for grabs for the teams competing in the third year program.

 

Once again Lias Tire and American Racer have teamed up with the Race of Champions Dirt Series to put the American Racer Cup program in motion.  Like last year a lot of money and free tires will be up for grabs.  Even more contingency programs will be available to the participating teams at no extra charge.  Again this season should the Overall American Racer Cup Champion also go on to win the Race of Champions Dirt Modified Tour Overall Title that individual will receive a $20,000 bonus from Lias Tire. 

 

Support from great companies like 2011 supporters Troyer Race Cars, DMI, Beyea Custom Headers, Weld Racing, VP Racing Fuels, Sunoco Race Fuels, Ultrashield, Kirkey Racing Fabrication, American Racer, Lias Tire and the Race of Champions will be joined by the addition of participation from ATL Fuel Cells.

 

American Racer – Lias Tire and the Race of Champions have put this program together last year to show their continued support of the weekly racer.  The added contingency sponsor opportunities will only help to enhance the program for the participating tracks and drivers.  The American Racer East Coast Modified Cup – For the racer’s – about the racer’s.

Please contact Lias Tire at 1-800-638-7028 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              1-800-638-7028      end_of_the_skype_highlighting or email us at liastire@hotmail.com. The official American Racer East Coast Modified Cup website can be found at www.dirtmodcup.com. Please contact the Race of Champions offices at (607) 775-5555 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              (607) 775-5555      end_of_the_skype_highlighting or email them directly at
rocdirt@aol.com.

 

American Racer Background and Program Information…


The concept of the American Racer ECM Cup is to rank the northeast Modified drivers within a system that incorporates their weekly racing program. The will allow drivers and spectators to follow the season-long standings among the best drivers in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware. Drivers would have their ranking based on three criteria:
1) A driver’s weekly finishes at their home track.
2) The number of teams that start a feature at each race meet.
3) A driver’s best twelve finishes in 2012.

Membership: Drivers are only required to pay a one annual processing fee of $50.00, in order to be ranked in the regional points. This $50.00 will register the driver at one particular track. American Racer decals will be provided and are to be prominently displayed on all members’ racecars. If a driver decides that he wants to run at two different member tracks, (one Friday and one Saturday) and he wants to compete for the Cup at both, he will have to pay a membership fee for each track, and will have two entries in the Cup. A driver will only be awarded for their single best overall result. Memberships must be received by the Race of Champions offices prior to May 14th to be eligible for the program.

Minimal Point Fund Breakdown:

Individual Track Funds: Each speedway would see their top 5 drivers in their weekly points earn American Racer Tires as follows:

1st – 10 tires 2nd – 6 tires 3rd – 4 tires 4th – 2 tires 5th – 1 tire

In addition to the year end tire awards, individual race track tire vendors will provide each speedway with ten tires which will be given away randomly. To be eligible for these tire giveaways a driver must be registered in the American Racer Cup.

Overall Point Fund: In addition to the individual track awards, there will be a separate point fund to be paid out to the top 5 overall American Racer Cup drivers based on the criteria listed above. These minimum payouts will be as follows:

1st - $10,000 2nd - $5,000 3rd - $3,500 4th - $2,500 5th - $2,000

Race of Champions Dirt Tour - Bonus Incentive: If the American Racer Cup overall Champion is also able to capture the overall RoC Dirt Modified Tour title, the individual will receive a bonus in the amount of $20,000...giving the drivers the opportunity, as Grand Champion, to win nearly $50,000 in cash and product.

 

Participating Race Facilities:  Accord Speedway, Big Diamond Speedway, Brewerton Speedway, Bridgeport Speedway, Delaware Speedway, Five Mile Point Speedway, Fonda Speedway, Fulton Speedway, Glen Ridge Speedway, Grandview Speedway, New Egypt Speedway, Penn Can Speedway, Utica Rome Speedway, Woodhull Raceway.

2011 Final Overall Top Ten Driver Rankings:  1. Billy Pauch (New Egypt), 2. Stewart Friesen (Five Mile Point), 3. Billy VanPelt (Woodhull), 4. Alan Rudalavage (Woodhull), 5. Matt Jester (Delaware), 6. Ronnie Johnson (Fonda), 7. Jeff Strunk (Grandview), 8. H.J. Bunting (Delaware), 9. Stewart Friesen (Utica Rome), 10. Matt Sheppard (Brewerton).

 

2010 Final Overall Top Ten Driver Rankings:  1. Duane Howard (Grandview), 2. Stewart Friesen (Five Mile Point), 2. Craig VonDohren (Grandview), 4. Billy VanPelt (Woodhull), 5. Billy Pauch (New Egypt), 6. Wade Hendrickson (Bridgeport), 7. Stewart Friesen (Utica Rome), 8. Bobby Varin (Fonda), 9. Jerry Higbie Jr. (Accord), 10. Craig VonDohren (Big Diamond).



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