Jim Walace. NY6A Hoosier 600 Series PR director.
While it is freezing and snowing out side, there are several events inside that some have participated in. This includes a new event back in December in Trenton NJ. There is always the big shows like the Tulsa shootout, and Chili Bowl along with the Indoor Shows in Allentown PA, Atlantic City NJ, and Albany NY.
I had the chance to touch base with DJ Shuman, Nick Groff, and Matt Smith about the show in Trenton. I also was able to interact with car owner Eric Orozco durring the Tulsa shootout in which he had 2 entries.
DJ Shuman on Trenton:
For those of you that may not know DJ, he is originally from Honesdale PA, and currently resides in Oswego, NY. He has been happily married for 6yrs to his wife Shena, and they welcomed their first child in March of 2017.
DJ started racing go karts back in 1997. He is a 3rd generation dirt racing driver. His grandfather, James Bonham, is in the Penn Can Speedway hall of fame. DJ continued to race karts until 2016 at the local and state levels including indoor concrete races in NY, PA, and NC. Durring his karting career, he won appx 75-100 races. Then last year he and a family friend, Mark Johnson, decided it was time for a change. They purchased a 600 in late 2016 and started running it in 2017 with the name MDR Motorsports, same as his karts. Due to having a new baby, he was only able to compete in around 10 races including series races at Myers RV Limerock speedway, Weedsport Speedway, and Skyline Raceway. He also ran local races at Limerock and Paradise. All in, he was able to grab a few top 10 finishes in both winged and non-winged events.
DJ said that the Trenton Race was an awesome experience! This was the first time this event was held, so there was some minor issues with the track, but overall it was pretty racey. The pits were pretty tight, making even small tasks more of a challenge while working on the car. They brought every spare part they could think of, but thanks to clean racing didn’t need any of them!
DJ really relied on his past indoor kart experience, which helped him a lot in this event. He was able to make quick decisions on the track and was comfortable with the tight racing. He started the heat race in 7th. He had a great run up to 3rd, but then was tangled up in turn 4 on the last lap and had to settle for a 7th place finish putting him 12th in the A qualifier. After workout no his way up to 8th, his right rear tired glazed over and fell back to 11th sending him to the C-main. He was able to bring it home 6th but was just 2 sports shy of advancing any further. DJ said that the experience was great and cannot wait to do it again with more experience in a 600 under him.
For 2018 DJ looks forward to making a good majority of the NY6A Hoosier Microsprint Tour races, as well as some wingless shows at Limerock, and a couple races in PA. As of a couple of weeks ago he had sent the motor out for a rebuild and was working on purchasing a new fuel injection. We can’t wait to have him with us!
DJ would like to thank Mark Johnson for his continued support, as well as his father in law Larry Lee that works tirelessly on his car. This hard work has given DJ the pleasure of racing one of the best maintained cars he has ever run. He also wanted to thank his wife Shena for her constant support. Lastly he of course wants to thank his sponsors that help to make his racing possible; Lawn Shark Landscaping, Speedway Safety Solutions, and GJP Italian Eatery.
Nick was able to race in Trenton as well. He stated it was a ton of fun, and was able to leverage past indoor go kart experience. Nick stated that things would happen really fast on track. For 2018 he plans on running most of the tour but unsure how many at this point.
We look forward to seeing you on track with us Nick!
Matt is 36 years old from Shortsville NY. In between work, racing and haning on with his girlfriend, he enjoys watching the Buffalo Bills and atteding their games when possible. He has been racing since 2001. When his dad got him started in racing with him in street stocks. Matt has been able to race several classes including street stocks, pro stocks, sportsman and modifieds over the last 16 years. He also has been able to race at a couple of big stage tracks such as the Dirt Track At Charlotte(Pro Stock), as well as a few races at the Syracuse Mile(sportsman). He was able to pickup a win in the sportsman class, as well as several wins in 600's. Matt's favorite moments have always been racing with his dad, and spending time with his family at the track.
"The indoor race in Trenton was a really cool event to take part in" Matt stated. The event had a big race feel to it, which made if feel like it was something realy special. He stated that the Sammons family worked really hard at the event, and overall it was great dispite a light crowd turnout.
Matt says the track was so small that it was hard to compare it to anything else he has raced at, but it was a fun "drivers" track, very racey. He described it as being more about how you raced the car, vs how much motor you have under the hood, and realy hopes they run it again next year. Unfortunitly he "threw away the heat race" and was unable to make the A-main.
For 2018 he tells me that his Hyper 600 was stripped down in he shop to get ready to go, and the motor is out to be refreshed. He will have a new body on he car and new paint sceme thta he will be running in the tour. he also has run the Allentown PA indoor, the Atlantic City NY indoor race and will be headed to Albany this weeked running a tq hyper for Darren Forbes.
See you in 2018 Matt!!
After the Trenton race, there was one of the largest 600 shows in the country in Tulsa OK. Hundreds of drivers and cars from acros the country make the voyge to take a shot at winning a "Golden Driller" trophy. There was 4 drivers from NY that took at shot at several of the classes. 600 regulars Ben and Tatter Kysor (Kysor Bros Racing) were there, along with sportsman series regular David Schilling and big block modified regular Mike Meresca (Eric Orozco Racing). I had a chace to "chat" with car owner Eric Orozco durring the event. Mike Meresca was able to make the A-Main in the outlaw wingless class and brought home a 17th place finish out of 300+ cars. You could really sence the excitment and what it meant just to be able to make it to the A-main. Eric owns 2 cars and will be joining us for some events in 2018!!!
Other noteable races that some of our regulars have competed in include the indoor racing series at Allentown PA, (won by NY’s own Scott Krutter that has run 600’s with us), Atlantic City NJ, and Albany NY.
Now, outdoor racing season is getting ready to kickoff down in Flordia. Thank you to the drivers, and owner, that gave me input on writing this.
Look for more to come as we raced towards 2018!!!!
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our 2018 schedule has been released. Since the original release, we have made some updates to it, If you have not checked it, please do. Some dates at Myers RV Limerock, as well as dates at Skyline have changed. We also added our show at Thunder Mtn Speedway!
we look forward to seeing you in May!,
The NPS Tour by NY6A completed their first points race in PA at Penn Can Speedway Sunday night. Early day dry conditions challenged Dan Harpell and Staff to get the track under control. By feature time, the track was much better and provided multiple groves of racing.
27 cars entered the event, with Tyler Walton coming out the $725 Victor for his first career NPS Tour Victory. Points leader Tyler Walker faded to sixth from the pole, but continued to put points between the Tour regulars, being the highest finishing NY car.
Northeast Small Car Classic - NPS Tour Results – August 9th, 2015
NPS Tour By NY6A Feature Finish (25 Laps): Tyler Walton, Kyle Lick, Brandon Edgar, Pat Bealer, Jacob Hendershot, Tyler Walker, Zachary Bealer, Jeff Weaver, Jared Zionkowski, John Smith, Dustin Jochum, Cheyenna Ling, Rich Vanderpool, Tyler Hill, Danny Knoll III, Bill Nichols, Katy Knoll, Gary Kratzer, Jonathan Westcott, Lisa Kratzer, Jeff Moore, Rob Vivona, Charles Hunt, Johnny Smith, Kyle Coffey
Join us for our next Tour event, Friday, 8/14, at Freedom Motorsports Park!
The 5 events of the NPS Tour NY 600 SPEEDWEEKS have all been completed, and for a first year, the shows were phenomenal!
This past weekend, the NPS Tour by NY6A visited Freedom Motorsports Park and Limerock Speedway. Both tracks saw great competitive action - just check out the images to see what we mean! Thanks to all the tracks that participated in the Inaugural NY 600 SPEEDWEEKS - we were given fantastic track surfaces to work with, and couldn't ask for better facilities!
Friday night saw Scott Kruetter of Alden NY power his way past Tyler Walker for the win at a track he has won at several times. Kruetter is a veteran name in the 600 micros, and is well-respected in the NY Sprint car scene.
Keeping up with the NPS Tour points chase, Tyler Walker held on after 4 great runs to survive as the Inaugural winner of SPEEDWEEKS over Kyle Coffey. The grand finale at the Woodchuck 100 on Saturday went from bad to worse for Walker who ran three of the four contest before wrecking out and having to visit the hospital for observation overnight. Brandon Goetz took the Woodchuck 100 overall win for $1000, and one segment. The other segments were won by Charles Hunt, Tatter Kysor and Frank Jarkiewicz, each segment paying $500. Full NY SPEEDWEEKS points here: http://www.ny6atour.com/speed-weeks.html
Winner photos and others courtesy of Anthony Bristol Images - a big thank you to Anthony for his commitment to the Tour, especially during these last two weeks. His shots are absolutely excellent, and would make great mantlepieces, posters, etc. Please view his albums linked below, and if you love something, purchase it! Support those that support your Tour!
Woodchuck 100 complete album: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/…
Freedom Motorsports Park: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/…
The NPS Tour roars into Brewerton Speedway on Friday June 12th for stop #2!
Do not miss the Tour Drivers' Meeting or you will start tail.
All competitors will need to visit the Tour trailer to register prior to practice. Make sure ALL CONTINGENCY DECALS are in place. We must take care of our sponsors - they take great care of us!
On Friday, June 12th, the NPS Tour by NY6A hits Brewerton Speedway!
Brewerton is offering a FREE PIT PASS to the driver of the highest placing car with an AMB (MyLaps) transponder attached to their car.
Transponders must be 6" off the ground, and 21" behind center of front axle.
NY6A has plans to implement these transponders for all tracks that will accept them next season, so now is the time to start considering one!
See http://www.mylaps.com for purchasing details.
After finding that many teams were not aware of the signup deadline, we've decided to extend the deadline to receive 50 Bonus points upon license purchase up until opening day.
**Opening day is at Thunder Mountain on Sunday, May 3rd**
NY6A announces extension for Bonus Points! Get your license paid by May 3rd and receive 50 bonus points!
All point money and contingency awards will only be given to License holders so it makes sense to get yours now! Any provisional awards will always be given to License holders first as well. Support the Tour that is supporting your class, mail in your license application today.
With a new year comes new partners, and new tracks. In 2015, NY6A is renewing its commitment to the best 600 micro action in New York, and we want you to join us.
Please visit www.NY6ATour.com/register to pick up your License, and join us at Freedom Speedway, Limerock Speedway, Paradise Speedway, Weedsport Speedway, Brewerton Speedway, Thunder Mountain, and for the very ambitious, Greenwood Valley Action Track.
Going into NY6A Tour's second year of excitement and great racing action, we're pleased to announce a renewed commitment from Niagara Powersports Inc., moving from an associate sponsor to our Title Sponsor Position. In light of the name change, rest assured the NPS Tour by NY6A remains steadfast in its dedication to a premium racing experience for 600 micro-sprints.
NPS Racing Engines has been a leader in race engine building and cylinder head technology for motorcycle racing engines. They've have helped many racers achieve their racing goals, and their engines have won countless championships and races throughout the country in many different racing classes and series. For fantastic power in your bike or microsprint, visit www.niagarapower.com for more details.
9/27 NY6A Tour Event to be held at Limerock Speedway, Twin 25 Format, $200/win each. GVAT to host non-points NY6A Event.
The NY6A Tour is pleased to announce that Limerock Speedway will host our event on September 27th. It will be a Twin 25 Show, combining finishes to determine overall winner. The combined finish will pay top 22. The two feature winners will be awarded $200.00 each.
On October 18th, the guys and gals of the NY6A Tour will be running a non-points event at Greenwood Valley Action Track.
With an $1,800 set purse, and @Einstein Construction adding $2,000.00, there's going to be some decent money flowing, and GVAT is ball of fun!
For more information on the NY6A Tour, visit NY6ATour.com, Facebook.com/NY6ATour, @NY6ATour, NY6ATour@gmail.com
MAY 18th, 2014 - Owners Bill Coffey and Mike Austin announced today that AMCA Racing Supply will be the Official Parts Trailer Supplier of the NY6A Tour.
AMCA will funnel money into the NY6A Point Fund at the rate of $3.00 per tire purchased for 600 racing (other tires will not count toward the fund).
AMCA Racing Supply will also provide a 25 cent per gallon rebate towards the NY6A Tour Point Fund for each gallon of methanol sold to the tour teams. Drum sales are excluded.
The AMCA Racing Supply Rookie of The Year Award will also be supported with fuel sales at Limerock Speedway this season, with a 25 cent per gallon rebate that will be split among between all Rookie of the Year winners in each of the official Limerock classes. These also exclude drum sales.
NY6A Tour Races at Limerock Speedway will split the evenings' methanol rebate among the Tour Fund and the AMCA Racing Supply Rookie of The Year Award.
Race results brought to you by POLE POSITION RACEWAY
The NY6A Tour is excited to announce the addition of Pole Position Raceway as a Tour Sponsor and NY6A Point Fund contributor.
Pole Position Raceway is the largest provider of Indoor Karting in the USA. Their tracks feature consistent, cutting-edge, F1-inspired electric karts, offering high torque and top speeds of 45MPH, which translates into a fast, adrenaline-filled ride.
"...the electric karts at Pole Position Raceway feature the latest state-of-the-art technology. Our Formula EK20 adult karts produce an incredible 18 horsepower and have immediate throttle response. Simply put, they are the best indoor karts in the world, and you'll see why they represent the future of our sport. We spent several million dollars on this technology because it offers the best performance, produces no smelly fumes, and allows us to maintain the most-consistent fleet of karts in the United States. We are able to electronically tune each kart so that performance is nearly identical and measurable, something you can't do with gas technology in the world of indoor go karting. The end result at Pole Position Raceway is an adrenaline-filled ride and the ultimate racing experience."
For specs on the karts, click here.
Pole Position currently has nearby locations in Buffalo, Syracuse, and one scheduled to open in Rochester during Fall 2014.
For more information on Pole Position Raceway, please visit www.PolePositionRaceway.com.
For more information on the NY6A Tour, visit NY6ATour.com, Facebook.com/NY6ATour, @NY6ATour, NY6ATour@gmail.com
Fender Bender Mender joins the NY6A Tour's list of sponsors, with the Fender Bender Mender Hard Charger Award!
This award will go the driver that improves the most from their starting position in a feature event. The $25.00 award will require placement of the Hard Charger decal on the car.
Give Fender Bender Mender a call at 585-335-8797 - support those who support racing.
For more information, visit NY6ATour.com, Facebook.com/NY6ATour, @NY6ATour, NY6ATour@gmail.com
The NY6A Tour and Hoosier Tire Canada (Bicknell Racing Products) are pleased to announce the series point fund structure.
Hoosier Tire Canada will sponsor the series for a minimum of $500.00, and every tire purchased will grow the fund. Tires will be 5% off list, and combined shipping is available.
If you would like to support the 600 class, whether you'll be participating in the tour or not, buy your tires from the supplier that is supporting the class. Call Bicknell Racing Products USA at 716-285-7502 to place your NY6A order. Remember: the more they sell, the more they give back to New York State's Premier 600 Tour!
We're excited to announce some long-awaited, solid dates for events on the NY6A Tour! Tracks included at this time are Limerock Speedway, Brewerton Speedway, Freedom Speedway, Black Rock Speedway, and Raceway 5.
Click here to find the schedule, to be updated live as changes and additions are made. There are also buttons to sync our calendar to your mobile devices/Google account if you are a Google user.
The NY6A Tour has been informed that Paradise Speedway does not wish to participate as a tour track. While we do hope to cooperate with them in the future, this has delayed our schedule announcement as dates we had saved for Paradise will now be reallocated to other tracks.
We will be offering these dates to Raceway 5, Freedom, Black Rock Speedway and Brewerton Speedway. Because of the scheduling delay, we will extend the bonus points signup period to 45 days after the schedule has been released, and more if warranted for fairness to all.