DIRT MOTORSPORTS HALL OF FAME KICKS OFF BUSY SPRING SEASON & 2013 CAMPAIGN WITH LIVE RADIO SHOW
Joe Marotta Brings in Guests From Oswego Speedways Path Finder Bank Small Block Supermodified Division For the Fastest Hour in Racing Radio
For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Jeremiah Fish - Hall of Fame Media & Public Relations
Weedsport, New York (March 31, 2013) - The Dirt Motorsports Hall of Fame & Classic Car Museum was in full bloom Saturday morning as it kicked off it's Spring Season with a Live Broadcast of "Around the Tracks" with Hall of Fame Race Announcer & Broadcaster Joe Marotta. This monthly radio at event puts into motion an incredibly aggressive spring and summer schedule featuring weekly events hosted at the Hall of Fame, with a Community Farmers Market each Friday afternoon starting in May, from 3pm to 8pm, our Super Swap Meet and Flea Market just a couple of weeks away, on April 14th, and plans to do much more to promote short track racing and partner with the community with many special events throughout the year.
Saturday's event got kicked off with a bang as Marotta wasted no time corralling the assembled Steel Palace Pilots of the Pathfinder Bank Small Block Supermodified division, regularly doing battle against one another on hot Saturday nights throughout the racing season, on the fast 5/8 mile track within the Oswego Speedway speed plant. The roster was diverse and ready to work, well heeled venerable veterans to a rookie and a relative newcomer to this well established division at the track. Dirt Sportsman Standout Jeremy Pitcher is making the move to race at the Oswego in the TNT Motorsports No. 14 FFB chassis after many years running on the dirt tracks through out Central and Northern New York in the Sportsman division. Pitcher's resume boasts an astounding six track championships & a total of 36 feature wins in his racing career. 2013 will represent the realization of a lifelong dream for Jeremy, moving from the grandstands as a kid watching his heroes do battle at the Steel Palace, to becoming a weekly runner at the track in the Pathfinder Bank Small Block super modified division.
The 2011 champ of the Bud Light Small Block Supermodified Classic & The Race of Champions, Andrew Schartner joined the round table discussion via remote link out of Charlotte, North Carolina. Schartner also has a dirt racing pedigree as he has developed his heads up, smooth as butter driving style in the ESDCA Mod-Lite Division, which typically features packed fields of 25 plus cars nightly, engaged in close quarters, side by side racing action on the ever changing dirt racing surfaces around the Central New York region. With seven career SBS wins at Oswego, Schartner has quickly risen as a weekly threat for victory lane behind the wheel of the Crow Motorsports No. 18 Hedger chassis.
A certified fan favorite & ever outspoken Jay Andrews, was another of Marotta's guest for this exciting one-hour, round-table event. A two-time feature winner at Oswego, JJ picked up a memorable victory last year on opening night at the ‘Steel Palace.’ Driving the Team Tapout No. 93 Hedger chassis, Andrews finished the 2012 campaign 9th in the point standings and now ranks within the top five on the All-Time Oswego Speedway SBS point sheet.
The Racing Fireman, Jack Patrick, A many year veteran of the SBS division in the red Hedger No. 9, Patrick picked up his latest victory at the Speedway last September during Oswego’s rebirth of Fall Championship Weekend. Patrick has 30 career top five finishes at the ‘Steel Palace,’ and like Andrews, ranks in the top five on the All-Time SBS point list at Oswego.
Young Mike Bruce, Oswego Speedway's 2010 Butler Disposal Small Block Supermodified Rookie of the Year, is a relative newcomer to the division but has quickly made a name for himself as a hard charging shoe at the Speedway. Since 2010, Bruce has 12 career top five finishes and continues to knock at the door of his first career feature victory. For the coming season Bruce will move to one of the Teddneck Racing FFB racecars, but will carry with him his regular No. 22.
Super PR man and talented racer, Dan Kapuscinski, also joined the conversation. His family background of car building, racing and promoting racing at the Oswego Speedway made for some exciting radio. Danny K's passion for the sport has earned him respect from competitors on the track, fans in the huge grandstands at the Steel Palace (More of them with Danny on the Job), and the media who covers racing on Saturday nights at the Oswego Speedway.
The founder of Dirt Motorsports, the visionary that built the Dirt Motorsports Hall of Fame & Classic Car Museum and set the tone for racing promotions on a national scale, entertaining several generations of racing fans, and now the developer & driving force behind the new CNY Raceway Park, Glenn Donnelly came in to take part in this incredible round-table discussion, and offer his insights on the big picture of motorsports from his truly unique perspective. Donnelly's latest innovations in the racing world will be a major driving force behind how racing will look and be presented for generations to come. Donnelly sat with the Oswego Speedway drivers and the many race fans in attendance, for nearly a full hours time, well after the microphone had been shut off at the conclusion of the radio broadcast. Donnelly graciously bantered with Joe Marotta, sharing numerous anecdotes from racing's past, the ups and the downs that covered the better part of four decades, his perspective on what the future can look like and what he is doing to make it all happen.
Marrotta navigated these fine racers through the full gamut of topics important to racers and fans alike. Costs of fielding one of these high speed racing machines, how each driver found their way into the sport and the attraction to this particular division, masterfully laying the ground work for this upbeat and fast paced round table discussion. The hour flew by faster than a speeding Small Block Supermodified, and once the microphone went off and "Around The Track" was a rap, Never means that the discussion is over. with many fans, drivers, and legends from racings past making their way around the Hall of Fame, taking in the sights, enjoying every detail on every car and piece of racing history, swapping stories and re-living and re-telling their fondest memories and moments from racing rich story.
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About the Dirt Motorsports Hall of Fame & Classic Car Museum
Founded in 1992 under the guidance of Dirt Motorsports founder and racing innovator Glenn Donnelly, the Dirt Motorsports Hall of Fame assembled memorabilia, artifacts and the amazing racecars from the incredible story of racings rich and abundant history. Hosting it's annual inductions and dozens of events through the entire year, the venue, on the grounds of the Cayuga County Fair in Weedsport, New York has become an integral part of racings remarkable and fond past, it's vibrant and electric present and exciting future. With its zero-off season, fan friendly, climate controlled with a weatherman's certified zero percent chance of rain outs, the Dirt Motorsports Hall of Fame offers an unparalleled opportunity in the racing world for marketing, partnerships, sponsorships and motorsports outreach with multi-platform, dynamic, fan driven event style entertainment on a broad scale, call the Hall today for your customized package and get your company in front of sports fans all year round, make every day a race day and take the checkered flag with your marketing dollars through a partnership with the Dirt Motorsports Hall of Fame & Classic Car Museum.
About Joe Marotta
Marotta’s voice has been heard by Central New York’s race fans for over 40 years. Back in 1948, the legendary Chris Economaki left a long time impression on 6 year old Joe Marotta. “It was my first race, the first race after World War II. My dad brought me to the New York State Fairgrounds to see the Champ Cars. The sights, sounds, smell, dust and excitement, I was hooked then and there. Chris Economaki was on the mic that race, and I remember the slang he used like “throttle jockeys” and “speed merchants”. I use those still today. I met him at Charlotte a few years ago, and we had a conversation about that race and I told him I still use his terms. That was a fun conversation.”
The list of tracks Joe has announced at is as legendary as his race calls. He has called races at Fulton, Spencer, Lancaster, Shangri-La, Weedsport, Rolling Wheels (where he was the first ever announcer), the New York State Fairgrounds (since 1972, the first Super Dirt Week), Utica-Rome, 5 Mile Point, Can-Am, Lebanon Valley, Stafford, Thompson, Cornwall, Brockville, San Air, Nazareth, Pa (asphalt), Orange County, Eldora, Erie County Fairgrounds, Charlotte Dirt Track, Hagerstown, and Oswego Speedway.
His weekly Saturday night stomping grounds have been at the legendary Oswego Speedway since 1992. Joe shares the microphone with another legend in the announcing booth, Roy Sova. “When I first started there, people told me there was no way we would last together,” Joe laughed. “We have a great time there, and Roy may just be best announcer I have ever worked with. We have never had a cross word, and have become great friends. It’s been a great ride, and I enjoy each and every Saturday night at Oswego.”
While local race fans are familiar with the tones of Joe’s voice, they may not be as familiar with all the work he does away from the tracks. He is always on the lookout for new divisions, new sponsors, or different avenues he thinks may help the local speedways. 45 years experience on all sides of the track give Joe the unique perspective on what just the race fan or teams may find appealing.
52 weeks a year, he hosts Central New York’s most popular motorsports radio show every Saturday on CNY Talk Radio. He brings in special guests, catches up on results, and has promotes the Central New York racing scene each week.http://www.cnytalkradio.com/includes/news_items/6/news_items_more.php?id=113§ion_id=6
Your Hall of Fame Class of 2012
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Dianne Tobias - Co-recipient of the 2012 Gater News “Outstanding Women in Racing Award."
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