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Bully Dog East Coast Speedway Banquet

McBride's Restaurant and Pub
Mittl takes home top hardware at East Coast Speedway Banquet
By Jason Bonsignore
Photo of Adam Mittl by John Zachary
Windsor, NY Dec 12, 2009

A nice crowd of approximately 50 people gathered at McBride's Restaurant and Pub in Windsor, NY to help celebrate the completion of another fine year of Speedway Motorcycle Racing on the East Coast. Most of the riders in attendance are still going strong with racing as they are now competing in the North American Indoor Ice Racing Championship Series!

A great lasagna meal was put on by owner and Speedway Legend, Tuff McBride. After dinner, Promoter Jason Bonsignore kicked off the awards presentations with a gift to McBride for hosting the event. McBride, well known for his love of green over his career and his green leathers, was given a pair of vans tennis shoes that were green with green shamrocks on them! Very fitting for McBride! Bonsignore also presented McBride with the George "Iron Horse" Lewis award for most dedicated rider.

The following were awarded Points or Track Championships. Spencer Portararo as the Action Park, Champion Speedway and overall East Coast Points winner in Junior Speedway, Henry Calpin as the Action Park Support B Champion, Brian Bailey as the winner of the Champion Speedway and overall East Coast Championship in Support B, Dwight Basa as the Action Park, Champion Speedway and Eastern Points Champ and Adam Mittl for winning both track titles and the East Coast title in division One speedway.

Bonsignore had a list of special awards starting with the Karl Humphrey Sportsmanship plaque which was won by Josh Carr. Next up was the Gary Ford rookie of the year award which went to 57 year old Don Wheeland who had a fine rookie season! Most exciting rider of 2009 was Andy Crawford. Unsung hero plaques were handed to Ron Hills for his work promoting speedway on television, to announcer "Crazy Crash" Kraig Moss, to scorer, Debbie Calpin, to worker Russ Cornell Jr. and to sponsors, Mike Banks of Fleetsource and Stefan Laessig of All Balls Racing. The sponsor of the year was Mike DeFord at Bully Dog Technologies!

Bonsignore closed by thanking special staff workers like Tim Mathewson, Russ Cornell, John and Tyler Vassil, Cindy and Kendal Brookes, Bill and Troy Hohn, Jen Brink, Dennis Craven, Kirk Valiquette, Karen Davis and all who helped make the year possible. He concluded with saying that speedway will be back strong as ever next spring for another great year and that the ice race series may be expanding to even more dates for this winter. The group heads to Utica Dec. 20 and Syracuse Dec. 27 for the next two tour stops!

Ice Racing

Ice Racing Ice Racing

Indoor Ice Racing Championships
Utica Auditorium and The Syracuse War Memorial/Oncenter
December 20 and 27, 2009

Round 2 of The Bully Dog/Fleetsource North American Indoor Speedway Motorcycle and ATV Championships set for December 20, 2009 at The Utica Auditorium Round 3 for December, 27, 2009 at The Syracuse War Memorial/Oncenter.

The events will be supported by Bully Dog Technologies and the local BRP, Can-am, and Ski-Doo dealers and will serve as Round 2 and 3 of the North American Indoor Ice Championships for Speedway motorcycle racing and ATV's. Former local NHL hockey player, Jason Bonsignore, of Rochester, is the race operator and the series just came off a successful stop in Binghamton, NY in November where ice racing was held at the Broome County arena for the first time in 30 years! Bonsignore, who promotes dirt races all summer long at Action Park in Greene, NY and Champion Speedway in Owego, NY, promoted a very successful two day show at the Chenango Ice Rink in Chenango Bridge, NY last April. The Chenango rink will again host ice racing this April, 9th and 10th. Just last winter an outside touring event consisting of the same show came to Elmira's First Arena for two nights and the show sold out with capacity crowds of 4,000 both evenings.

The Speedway motorcycles and ATV's that will feature in these programs have over 1,000 razor sharp silver screws in each tire! The Speedway machines have absolutely no brakes, run on methanol, are capable of going from 0 to 60mph in less than 3 seconds and will be sliding totally sideways through the corners. The ATV races will culminate in an insane Main event each night where there will be 6 riders at once in the extremely tight confines and there will be sure to be plenty of bumping and passing. There will also be a flat-track Mad Dog motorcycle class.

Riders will be coming in from as far away as California and Canada to compete in the Championships that will also feature a full field of our local best. Headlining the Professional Speedway Division from out of State will be 3-Time US Open Speedway Champion on dirt and current Ice Racing star, Shawn "Mad Dog" McConnell of Brea, CA. McConnell won the Elmira races and is also a Hollywood stuntman who has appeared in such films as Terminator 3. Former US National ICE Champion, Jeff Orosz of ST Catharines, Ontario, Canada will also be in the field as will former Canadian National Champion, Aaron Hesmer, and his cousin, former CSRA high points Champion, Gary "The Hitman" Hesmer of Toronto. They will face tough challenges locally as current East Coast, NY State, Action Park and Champion Speedway Track Champ, Adam Mittl of Endicott and 4-time East Coast Points Champion, Gene Bonsignore of Rochester are expected to compete along with speedway legend, Tuff McBride of Windsor, former track Champion at Owego, Mikey Buman, 16 year old sensation, Corey Brookes of Apalachin, plus local warriors Jerry Harman, Dave Clark, Russ Cornell, Shawn Engel and Josh Carr amongst others. Carl Bartlett, of the Utica area, is an early favorite on four wheels along with long-time star, Dave Kent of PA and former State Champion, Ed Reilly of Apalachin. Sean Neal, winner of the Broome event, Steve Tarsia, Tim Jackson and Stoney Ray lead another strong contingent of other racers from the tri-cities area. Tom Kuhn of Albany is a front runner as well.

Start time for the ice races in Utica and Syracuse will be 2pm. There will be an hour long amateur program open to locals at 10:30am at each event. Tickets will be available at the arena the night of the races but are available through ticketmaster.com online or by phone charge at 1-800-745-3000. More information can be found at www.eastcoastspeedway.com. The NAIIR series moves to Reading, PA January, 7, 2010 at 7pm and then stops in Albany, NY for the US NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP at the Times Union Center, January, 17, 2010 AT 2pm. Champion Speedway in Owego, NY also plays host to mud and snow scrambles races for motorcycles and ATV's all winter and dates for that can also be found on the website.

November 7 (Saturday Round 1 North American Indoor Ice Speedway Motorcycle and ATV Championships at The Broome County Arena, Binghamton, NY 7 pm start

Ice Racing

Just a reminder the East Coast season will start next weekend, May 23 at Greene, May 24 at Owego, not this Sunday at Champion.

USA Speedway National Championship

All riders who wish to participate in the USA Speedway National Championship Series must fill out a Letter of Intent form to participate in the Series. Every rider must fill out the form regardless of whether or not they are seeded into the Series or if they have to be selected.

The form can be downloaded from the USA Speedway website . Riders must have their Letter of Intent submitted by Saturday, May 16. A completed Letter of Intent may be mailed to the address on the form, scanned and e-mailed to info@usaspeedway.org, or submitted to a USA Speedway Round Member (Dave Joiner at Fast Fridays or Ryan Evans at Costa Mesa.)

The AMA/USA Speedway National Championship Series will have three rounds with the schedule as follows:

Saturday, June 6 - Costa Mesa Speedway - Costa Mesa, California
Friday, July 10 - Fast Fridays Speedway - Auburn, California
Friday, October 2 - Fast Fridays Speedway - Auburn, California


Batavia will be operating this summer. A schedule will be out soon. Most of the regular events will be on Sunday afternoons but there will likely be two major speedway races on Friday July 24 and Friday September 4.

New York Ice Championships April 10/11

It was a great crowd and a fun night. Unfortunately Casey Donholt, Adam Mittl and Gene Bonsignore, who were all expected to be front runners, suffered some real bad luck with equipment breakdowns and that changed the scope of the results but a big shout out to Russ Cornell, one of the best people in speedway who made it to the A-Final and was fourth. Jerry Harman also suffered with equip trouble. Congratulations to Ronnie Kemp won the meeting with a victory over Shawn McConnell in the final. Tim Jackson won the Pro ATV. I may be off one position on Holden and Hawkins and Clark and Donholt, going from Memory but pretty sure that was right.

Congratulations to Shawn on winning the NY State Indoor Ice Championship Overall with a win in tonight's A final and then a win in a 4 lap runoff race with Ronny Kemp for the title. Ronny also rode great. Our thoughts go out to Dee Holden tonight. She got run into and hit the wall. She did get up under her own power but was clearly in discomfort and went to the hospital for evaluation. She was doing very well in her races.

Shawn McConnell won runoff for the title against Ronny Kemp.

NY State Indoor Ice Championships

1. Shawn McConnell   23
2. Ronny Kemp   23
3. Tuff McBride   20
4. Adam Mittl   15
5. Gene Bonsignore/Corey Brookes   13
7.Casey Donholt   11
8. Russ Cornell   10
9. Dee Holden   9
10. Keith Hawkins   8
11. Jerry Harman   6
12. Dave Clark   5 points

Pro ATV Champion
1. Tim Jackson

A-Main A-Main
1. Ronny Kemp 1. Shawn McConnell
2. Shawn McConnell 2. Ronny Kemp
3. Tuff McBride 3. Tuff McBride
4. Russ Cornell 4. Gene Bonsignore
B-Main B-Main
1. Adam Mittl 1. Casey Donholt
2. Corey Brookes 2. Adam Mittl
3. Keith Hawkins 3. Corey Brookes
4. Dee Holden 4. Jerry Harman
C-Main C-Main
1. Gene Bonsignore 1. Dee Holden
2. Casey Donholt 2. Dave Clark
3. Dave Clark 3. Keith Hawkins
4. Jerry Harman 4. Russ Cornell
Jr Speedway Jr Speedway
1. Zach Peters 1. Zach Peters
2. Roger Roberts 2. Roger Roberts
3. Dylan Eldredge 3. Dylan Elbredge
Mini ATV Mini ATV
1. Lucas Vymislicky 1. Cameron Banks
2. JoRoundan Hawk 2. Dylan Hawk
3. Alexis Comparetta 3. Alexis Comparetta
Pro ATV Pro ATV Main
1. Tim Jackson 1. Tim Jackson
2. Dan Hawk 2. Steve Tarsia
3. Steve Tarsia 3. Dave Kent
4. Sean Neal 4. Gary Noe
5. Steve Kappler 5. Dan Hawk
6. Gary Noe 6. Steve Kappler

"East Coast Speedway Promotions" eastcoastspeedway@hotmail.com

New York Ice Championships set for April 10/11 at Chenango Ice Rink

Ice Racing

East Coast Speedway Promotions

The NY State Indoor Ice Championships are set for April 10/11 at The Chenango Ice Rink.

We did have the Broome County Arena reserved for Saturday but the Arena staff realized they will not have enough time after the hockey game on the 10th to build the ice thick enough for the race.

If the events at Chenango Ice rink are well attended we already have a deal in place to have an event at Broome next winter and the event at Chenango will become an annual one.

More details on prices and times will be announced next week. For more information on the chenango arena visit www.chenangoicerink.com

"East Coast Speedway Promotions" eastcoastspeedway@hotmail.com

Ice Championships are all set for this Friday and Saturday at the Chenango Ice Rink. Should be awesome, hope to see everyone there!

Speedway Lineup

#1 Adam Mittl
#6 Shawn McConnell
#24 Russ Cornell
#24D Dee Holden
#38 Jerry Harman
#60 Dave Clark
#64 Gene Bonsignore
#70 Corey Brookes
#72 Tuff McBride
#75 Ronny Kemp
#97 Casey Donholt
#277 Keith Hawkins

Junior Speedway

Spencer Portararo
Zach Peters
Roger Roberts


Dan Hawk
Josh Newberry
Dave Cooke
Steve Kappler
Steve Tarsia
Dave Kent
Tim Jackson
Rick Ganoung
Gary Noe
Jason Crosetto


All Speedway bikes must have front and rear fender guards that come down to axle level. For all riders, the pit gate will not open until at least 5:30 so DO NOT show up any earlier with the exception of the two riders bringing the hay bales. EVERYONE who wishes to pass through the pit gate blocked area near the back of the arena will have to pay PIT PASS price of $20.00. Sign up fees will be $40.00 for each rider. Junior Speedway and Minis will be $25.00. No Memberships or additional fees will be required though. The pits will be OUTSIDE so prepare accordingly. There is not much parking room for participants so please carpool and bring as small of vehicles as possible.

Thanks, looking forward to a fun weekend.

New York Indoor Ice Speedway Championships April 10/11

East Coast Speedway Promotions
Fri Mar 6, 2009

We are pleased to announce that it seems pretty certain we will be hosting an indoor ICE Championship in NY the weekend of April 10/11. At present we have two Arenas in Binghamton reserved and we will be making a decision on what night will be at which Arena next week after we know the answers as to whether or not one of the Rinks will have enough time to thicken the ice to our needs for the event. We already have a great rider lineup, multi-time ICE World Champion, Warren Diem, has signed up plus 3-time US Open dirt Champion and winner of the XIIR Elmira Round, Shawn McConnell, will be racing along with some other very good racers. It is hoped that Ice Speedway Legend, George Lazor, will take part in special match races with Gene Bonsignore and Frank Watson.

#1 Adam Mittl
#4 Warren Diem
#6 Shawn McConnell
#24d Dee Holden
#24 Russ Cornell
#37 Gary Hesmer
#38 Jerry Harman
#51x Craig Estelle
#60 Dave Clark
#72 Tuff McBride
#75 Ronny Kemp
#97 Casey Donholt

"East Coast Speedway Promotions" eastcoastspeedway@hotmail.com

US Open/King of Speedway 2009 Dates

Posted by: "East Coast Speedway Promotions" eastcoastspeedway@hotmail.com - Date: Sun Jan 25, 2009 3:21 am (PST)

We plan to use July 24, 25, 26 and Sept 4, 5, 6 for our two Championship weekends. We should have the rest of our schedule out soon.

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