Genesee Speedway Going Strong to End June

Rich Vleck, BATAVIA, NY, (June 21, 2017)- The Genesee Speedway continues to roll along with more Saturday Night action this weekend before the lights go off on the fairgrounds in preparation for the biggest event of the year.

This Saturday, June 24, Batavia Downs Gaming & Hotel presents a Super 6 and 6:00 program, which includes the return of the 360 Late Models.  Saturday will also be Boy Scout Night, as all Boy Scouts in Uniform will be get free general admission.  This Saturday will serve as the end of the first portion of the 2017 season, with the following Saturday a bye week in preparation for the big ULMS Super Late Model show on Thursday, July 6.

With all six classes on the card, it sure will be a busy night of racing, and the point races continue to take shape.  The MHL Performance Crate Late Models have a tightly-knit group at the top.  Despite not winning yet in 2017, Bill Holmes leading the standings by five points over Zack Carley, JJ Mazur and Jimmy Johnson, the three drivers to claim checkered flags in weekly races so far this year.

The Cornerstone Eye Associates Sportsman are continue to be led by Kyle Inman, but Andrew Smith closed the gap significantly on Saturday with his dominating performance for his first win of the year.   Smith is now just seven points back of the defending champion.

After a week off, the Ken’s Charcoal Pits and BBQ 360 Late Models are ready to return to life with a fierce three-way battle at the top.  Tommy Kemp now has two wins in 2017 and has taken a four point lead over John Zimmerman and nine points over defending champion Dave DuBois.  Tight point races are found throughout the division and expect to continue to alter after Saturday Night.

Byron Dewitt notched his second Yasses Trucking and Construction Street Stock feature win of the year and is looking to gain a stranglehold on the points in pursuit of his second championship.  Defending champion Butch Zimmerman is his closest pursuant but is still in search of his first win of 2017.

James Gayton has the largest point lead of any competitor at Genesee so far, as he is 30 points up on Mike Taddonio in the Pellegrino Auto Sales Mini Stocks.  Gayton has three wins thus far in 2017, but did not have his best night on Saturday, while Dante Mancuso scored the win on a last-lap maneuver to close on second in the standings.

The DML Driveway Sealing Bandits continue to thrill the crowd with a host of unexpected swings each night out.  Jessica Traxler suffered a problem late in the feature Saturday, but still holds a 10-point advantage over Marcus Jackson, who capitalized on her misfortune to notch his first win of the year.

Genesee Speedway is location just east of the Batavia city limit on Route 5 at the Genesee County Fairgrounds.  Racing action kicks off at 6:00 p.m., as it does every Saturday Night.  Pit gates will swing open at 4:00 P.M.  For more information, visit www.Genesee-Speedway.com.
  
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Genesee Speedway to be Invaded by Winged Warriors This Weekend

Rich Vleck, BATAVIA, NY, (June 12, 2017)- The Genesee Speedway racing surface has been in prime condition much of this year, producing great racing and fast lap times; the quickest laps of the season may be turned this Saturday though when the smallest cars to hit surface.

This Saturday, June 17, the NY6A Micro Sprint Tour will make their first of two stops to the Genesee Speedway in 2017.  These 725 pound pocket rockets regularly turn the fastest laps that will be made all season around the ⅓-mile oval.  In a three-race series in 2016, Matt Smith came away as the champion while drivers like Tyler Walker, John Smith and Danny Knoll III scored victories.  Mickey Ciliberto scored the win last Friday at Freedom and former track champion Keith Heater is always prepared to go fast.

While the micro sprints replace the 360 Late Models for the night, the other five regular divisions will be ready to go once again.  After two wild features last Saturday, the MHL Performance Crate Late Models are hoping for a return to normalcy this weekend.  Four different drivers have won the first four races, but it is Bill Holmes who has the early point lead by just a single marker over Zack Carley, who won the 2nd feature last weekend.  JJ Mazur, who won the first feature last week but was involved in a nasty crash at the end of the night, is just two points out of first.

Kyle Inman hit his 2016 stride last Saturday in the Cornerstone Eye Associates Sportsman, holding off Andrew Smith for his first win and building an early point lead over Sarah Johnson, as well as Smith.  Byron Dewitt is also holding a quality point lead, as he is 14 points up on defending champion Butch Zimmerman in the Yasses Trucking and Construction Street Stocks, with Jesse Qutermous a close third after his win on Saturday.

James Gayton was declared the winner of the Pellegrino Auto Sales Mini Stock feature and thus continues to build his advantage in his pursuit of his first title.  Gayton now has three wins in 2017, as does Jessica Traxler, who won her third DML Driveway Sealing Bandit feature in as many weeks and now has the point lead to go with it.  The 360 Late Models have the night off after an exciting feature last week with Tommy Kemp scoring his second win of the year over Dave DuBois to take over the point lead.

Racing action, as always, kicks off at 6:00 P.M., with pit gates swinging open at 3:00 P.M.  For more information, visit www.Genesee-Speedway.com.
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Genesee Speedway Prepared for Action-Packed Program Saturday

Rich Vleck, BATAVIA, NY, (June 8, 2017)- This weekend will be the fifth week of the 2017 season regular season at the Genesee Speedway, but the dust on the opening night event will not be settled until this Saturday.

This Saturday, June 10, U.S. Chrome will present a “Super 6 at 6:00” Program.  As an added bonus, the 20-lap Crate Late Model feature that was postponed on May 13 due to rain will be run early in the night.  In all, 7 features will be contested on the 1/3-mile oval.

Jimmy Johnson has the early point lead in the MHL Performance Crate Late Models of his first win two weeks ago. But the new and improved contingent will not let him run off with things, especially with 13 different drivers winning the 18 Crate Late Model races that have been contested at Genesee in the last two years.

The Cornerstone Eye Associates Sportsman return after a rare week off.   Kyle Inman’s three third-place finishes have him tied atop with standings with the most recent winner Sarah Johnson.  A total of seven drivers could have the point lead after Saturday Night.

The Ken’s Charcoal Pits 360 Late Models have featured three different winners in as many events.  Defending champion Dave DuBois got back to his winning form on Saturday Night but knows wins in 2017 are going to be harder to come by.

After two big weeks of Yasses Trucking and Construction Street Stocks, Byron Dewitt holds a 14 point lead over defending champion Butch Zimmerman.  A host of drivers have been close to breaking through for their first win of 2017 and may have what it takes this Saturday.

Action in the Pellegrino Auto Sales Mini Stocks had a flashback to 2016 with a duel between Brad Shepard and Dante Mancuso, with Mancuso prevailing. James Gayton still leads the standings on the strength of his two wins.  Gayton, along with DML Sealing Bandits driver Jessica Traxler are the only drivers with multiple wins in Batavia thus far this year.  Despite the two wins for Traxler, Allison Dewitt holds the early point lead in the youth division.

Racing action, as always, kicks off at 6:00 P.M. with pit gates swinging opening at 3:00 P.M.  Genesee Speedway is located the Genesee County Fairgrounds and features racing every Saturday Night through Labor Day Weekend.  For more information, visit www.Genesee-Speedway.com.
  

Genesee Speedway Prepared for Highest Payout to Date this Saturday!

Rich Vleck, BATAVIA, NY, (June 1, 2017)- This Saturday, June 3, was always slated to have a lot of attention given to it, but with some last-minute developments things are about to get even more exciting at the Genesee Speedway.

The first appearance by the RUSH Late Model Tour will be a matchup between hometrack heros and invaders from the south.  This marquee event will pay $2,000 to the winner.  In 2016, the inaugural season of weekly crate late model action at Genesee Speedway, 11 different drivers went to Victory Lane, and even though Jimmy Johnson was not one of them, his win last weekend sure made up for it.  Johnson will lead the group against invaders like RUSH point leader Bryce Davis, who won in his only start in Batavia in 2016. The car count should be impressive, as will the racing.

The fun will not stop with the late models though as Dennis Cummings of Cummings Trucking has kick-started a chain reaction of purse inflation throughout the pits.  Cummings, along with MHL Performance, Saturday Night’s sponsor, the Yasses Trucking and Construction Street Stocks will now pay $1,000-to-win.  Last week’s Gene Dewitt Memorial was already a big-paying show, with point leader Byron Dewitt coming out on top, but this last-minute boost should see a host of invaders to the 1/3-mile oval.

The Pellegrino Auto Sales Mini Stocks will also get in on the fun as the Genesee Speedway will make their feature $300-to-win, with additional money spread throughout the top 10 finishers.  Point leader James Gayton is the only driver to win two features thus far in 2017 and will surely be one to watch in this big race.

Saturday will also mean the return of the popular Ken’s Charcoal Pits 360 Late Models, who had last week off.  Also on the card Saturday are the DML Sealing Bandits.  The Cornerstone Eye Associates Sportsman will have the night off.

Racing action, as always, kicks off at 6:00 P.M. with pit gates swinging opening at 4:00 P.M.  Genesee Speedway is located the Genesee County Fairgrounds and features racing every Saturday Night through Labor Day Weekend.  For more information, visit www.Genesee-Speedway.com.
   

 
Crate Late Models Finally Ready to Rumble at Genesee this Saturday

Rich Vleck, BATAVIA, NY, (May 22, 2017)- The MHL Performance Crate Late Models are still waiting to get their second season of competition at the Genesee Speedway truly underway, and when they do so this Saturday, big money will be on the line.

On Saturday Night, May 27, Close Racing Supply will present a special $1,000-to-win event for the Crate Late Model division.  The headline division had their feature rained out on opening night and took last weekend off for a RUSH tour race at Stateline Speedway, so many drivers are itching to hit the 1/3-mile oval.

Jeremy Wonderling, who won this event last year over his brother, Brady, scored the RUSH win on Saturday at Stateline and could be a factor once again.  While some invaders may factor in to the mix, the face of the division is ever-changing.  Defending champion Beamer Guzzardi is no longer in the No. 94, with car owner Mark Sundt putting the helmet back on.  Dave DuBois, the winningest driver in the class in 2016, sold his car as well to focus on other late model ventures.  Heat wins on opening night went to Doug Ricotta and Andy Michael.

The Yasses Trucking and Construction Street Stocks will have their biggest race of the year on Saturday Night with the $500-to-win Gene Dewitt Memorial, presented by BWS Bar and Grill.  Butch Zimmerman won the event last year, which was marred by heavy pile-up in turn four. Zimmerman, the defending track champion, is still looking for his first win in 2017.  Kenny Begnouche was the big winner last Saturday, stealing the win away from Jesse Qutermous coming back to the checkered flag.  The race has significant meaning for Byron Dewitt, who has the early point lead.

The Cornerstone Lasik Center Sportsman continue to roll along following a dominating performance by Greg Mrzywka on Saturday Night.  Mrzywka will not just look to go back-to-back this weekend, he will have his crate late model back in action to double his chances of winning.  Opening night winner Ray Smith holds the early point lead in a tie with defending champion Kyle Inman.

Things will somewhat return back to normal for the Pellegrino Auto Sales Mini Stocks after they ran double features this past Saturday.  Chad Dickinson and James Gayton were the big winners, with Gayton taking the early point lead. A host of newcomers to the division were in the mix this past week and will look to continue to gain their footing Saturday.

Allison Dewitt claimed the thrilling win in the DML Driveway Sealing Bandits Saturday and now has a share of the point lead with Marcus Jackson, who she narrowly defeated back to the line.  The bandit division has seen 6 different drivers already take a turn at the lead of the heat race or feature and should continue to provide tight racing all season.

As a reminder, the Bandits have been added to the racing card on June 3rd.  Also noteworthy, this Saturday is one of the few nights off for the Ken’s Charcoal Pits BBQ 360 Late Models.

Racing action, as always, kicks off at 6:00 P.M. with pit gates swinging opening at 4:00 P.M.  Genesee Speedway is located the Genesee County Fairgrounds and features racing every Saturday Night through Labor Day Weekend.  For more information, visit www.Genesee-Speedway.com.
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Genesee Speedway Set for Second Showcase on Saturday Night
 
Rich Vleck, BATAVIA, NY, (May 15, 2017)- After a busy opening night of competition at the Genesee Speedway, late rains left a little bit left to be desired heading in to the second week of the season.  Some teams will still be looking to compete in their first feature of the year while for others the realities of the season will become more resolute after night two is complete.
 
This Saturday, May 20, Reynolds Auto Parts NAPA and DC Enterprise will present an exciting card of racing at the Genesee Speedway.  The MHL Performance Crate Late Models have the night off due to a RUSH Tour race but all of the other exciting divisions are back, including a make-up race for the Pellegrino Auto Sales mini stocks as their feature last week was rained out.  With defending champion Brad Shepard not out there, things are a little different in the division this year and many names are ready to pounce.
 
The Cornerstone Lasik Sportsman had a strong green flag run in their opening feature with Ray Smith making the long tow from the Southern Tier to score the win.  Smith was strong, but so too were the vast names breathing down his neck over much of the second half of the race.
 
Tommy Kemp won the Ken’s Charcoal Pits BBQ 360 Late Model feature that was shortened by rain, but that quality field of cars that finished will be geared up for this Saturday before a weekend off on Memorial Day weekend.
 
Adam Depuy barely held off Byron Dewitt in the Yasses Trucking and Construction Street Stocks but at the end it was Dewitt suffering a mechanical failure.  Jesse Qutermous arguably had the quickest car at the end of the night and will be one to watch out for this Saturday.
 
Olivia Coniber put on a clinic in the DML Sealing bandits and will look to surpass her win total of last year on the second night.  The healthy field of bandits will have something to say about it though.
 
Racing action, as always, kicks off at 6:00 P.M. with pit gates swinging opening at 4:00 P.M.  Genesee Speedway is located the Genesee County Fairgrounds and features racing every Saturday Night through Labor Day Weekend.  For more information, visit www.Genesee-Speedway.com.
       






Genesee Speedway Season-Opener Washed Out
 
Rich Vleck, BATAVIA, NY, (May 5, 2017)- Before the first competitive green flag of 2017, the Genesee Speedway has already matched its rain out total from last year.
 
Early Friday Morning, Genesee Speedway management made the decision to postpone the 2017 season opener, presented by Kohorst Custom Homes & Remodeling, for one week due to persistent rains.  With the Genesee County Fairgrounds already at its water threshold and precipitation not ending any time soon, a difficult decision become an easy one to make.
 
Not only is time spared with this decision,  but even if things were somehow dry enough come Saturday Night, cold temperature, combined with the likelihood of a of difficult track conditions would not bode well with a full summer of action ahead.
 
Next Saturday, May 13, County Line Stone presents a Super 6 program starting at 6:00 P.M.  This will feature the Crate Late Models, Sportsman, 360 Late Models, Street Stocks, Mini Stocks and Bandits battling it out on the 1/3-mile oval. It will kick off the first of 20 race dates featuring a visit by the ULMS Super Late Models on Thursday, July 6 and the first ever Topless Crate Nationals on September 16th and 17th.






Genesee Speedway Breaks Ice on 2017 Season
 
Rich Vleck, BATAVIA, NY, (April 22, 2017)- The long wait for racing season is finally over, and to celebrate spring conditions, practice day not only served as an appetizer for race teams, it only added excitement for the 2017 season.
 
On a cool yet partly sunny afternoon, the 1/3-mile Genesee Speedway was the star as it was in pristine condition with only rare moments of dust combined with an incredibly smooth surface around the oval.  It was a terrific opportunity for teams to prepare for the long season ahead.
 
A total of 66 teams took the track for the test session, including three modifieds who brought the best time of the day down to 17.3 seconds.  The six weekly divisions all had representation from at least 7 cars with the sportsman topping out at 17 cars.
 
Once the practice sessions were concluded, the track was wetted down for the Spring Fling 100-lap Enduro.  Exactly 50 cars took the green flags and within 2 laps the paint jobs were covered deep under mud. 
 
Five red flags flew during the course of the race, which allowed for a wide range of variability in the race.  A total of six lead changes occurred throughout the event, none more notable then on lap 76 when leader Harry Vosburg’s #12H was unable to fire after a red flag, throwing away his 2-lap lead.  Dale Rissinger Jr inherited the lead and passed every car that was left running over the final 24 laps to claim the win in his Chevy Lumina.  Jason Roncone rebounded from early incidents to finish second while Micah Brown rounded out the top three.
 
The Genesee Speedway will lay quiet next Saturday in preparation for opening night on Saturday, May 6 when Kohorst Custom Homes & Remodeling presents a Super 6 program starting at 6:00 P.M. It will kick off the first of 20 race dates featuring a visit by the ULMS Super Late Models on Thursday, July 6 and the first ever Topless Crate Nationals on September 16th and 17th.
 
Genesee Speedway is located just each of Batavia on Route 5 at the Genesee County Fairgrounds featuring Saturday Night racing on the 1/3-mile dirt oval including Crate Late Models, Sportsman Modifieds, 360 Late Models, Street Stocks, Mini Stocks and Bandits.  For more information, visit www.Genesee-Speedway.com.
  




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Genesee Speedway Ends 2016 Season with a Bang at the Banquet
 
Rich Vleck, BATAVIA, NY, (December 10, 2016)- The first season of a new era at Genesee Speedway ended as strongly as the entire 2016 year went with a fantastic awards banquet.  Over 250 were in attendance at the Quality Inn with more than 60 competitors taking home part of the fun.  Over $15,000 in cash was distributed in year-end point fund and some very special awards were given out.
 
Seven different drivers claimed track championships including Kyle Inman (Sportsman) and Dave DuBois (360 Late Model), who were each declared Drivers of the Year. Beamer Guzzardi became the inaugural Crate Late Model Champion at the speedway while Butch Zimmerman claimed his first career track title in the street stocks. Brad Shepard was the mini stock champion while Cole Hicks claimed the bandit crown.  Matt Smith was named the micro sprint mini series champion.
 
At the end of the awards banquet, a special presentation was made to new speedway promoter Jim Johnson as the inaugural Mike Logsdon Dedication to Motorsports recipient.  The award was a special surprise for both the recipient as well as the namesake.
 
The evening also included a host of other special awards, as well as a preview of the 2017 season, featuring 21 race dates including a special trip to Batavia by the ULMS Late Model Series in July.  For more information, visit www.Genesee-Speedway.com.
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Genesee Speedway Ready to Pay Out $15,000 at 2016 Awards Banquet

Rich Vleck, BATAVIA, NY, (November 25, 2016)- It should come as no surprise that what was an incredible 2016 season at Genesee Speedway will be capped off with a record-paying banquet.

At the 2016 Genesee Speedway Awards Banquet Saturday December 10 at the Quality Inn (formerly Clarion Hotel), the Point Fund will exceed $15,000 in cash! Over $5,000 was made possible by the FOAR Score Group, but the first-year promotion team of Jim and Pam Johnson and Mike Fisher decided to triple that amount for the over 50 teams that will take home a slice of the record-breaking amount.

The top 10 drivers in each of the five adult divisions will claim a portion of the point fund, with champions Beamer Guzzardi (Crate Late Models), Kyle Inman (Sportsman, Dave DuBois (360 Late Models), Butch Zimmerman (Street Stocks), Brad Shepard (Mini Stocks), Cole Hicks (Bandits) and Matt Smith (Micro Sprints) being highlighted throughout the night. 

The point standings may already be known, but a host of special awards will also be part of the festivities, including Rookie of the Year, Most Improved, Fan Favorite, Best Appearing, Sportsmanship, Perseverance and Drivers of the Year.

It is important to note that with 250 tickets already purchased, the Awards Banquet is Sold Out. The banquet will give teams and fans to get a preview at what is setting up to be an even more thrilling 2017 season with the recent announcement of the ULMS Super Late Model event on Thursday, July 6th. For more information, visit www.Genesee-Speedway.com.