2014 was the first full year of NEO Racing News videos, starting off with the annual Wild Bill Hangover Race in January, going through Cavalcade races in October. The #1 all-time video from NEO Racing News also came in 2014. Keep reading to find out what made the cut this year.
2013 was the first year NEO Racing News existed, so it was more about laying groundwork than anything else. Thanks to the tracks and drivers around Northeast Ohio, I was able to do that. Looking back into the vault, here are the top videos on the NEO Racing News YouTube Channel in 2013!
(AKRON, OH/NEO Racing News) Two-Time Main Event Racing Series winner and Barberton Speedway co-owner Mike Mazzagatti is planning to attend the “Ball” in Pensacola to cap off his 2015 season. The Snowball, that is.
Mazzagatti Motorsports and driver Mike Mazzagatti will be attempting to make the 48th annual Snowball Derby at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, FL. The famous late model showdown attracts top racers from around the country for a 300 lap showdown every December since 1968. Previous winners include past, present, and future NASCAR stars. Kyle Busch, Darrell Waltrip, Erik Jones, Chase Elliott, and more have hoisted the trademark trophy, topped with a signature snowball.
For the 2015 edition scheduled for December 6th, over 60 cars have already registered. Drivers include Ty Majeski, Ross Kenseth, John Hunter Nemechek, Bubba Pollard, and Grant Enfinger. Qualifying on December 4th will lock in the top 30 drivers on time. Drivers that don’t qualify on time will have to race their way in on December 5th. Four drivers will advance from a 50 lap “Last Chance” race to complete the field.
Mike Mazzagatti earned two wins in the Main Event Racing Series this year, finishing third in points. His first came at Midvale Speedway near New Philadelphia, OH during the Downtown Ford 100. Mazzagatti dominated the show, leading 63 laps on his way to the checkers. He also powered his #87 FLF Chassis to victory lane at the recently re-opened Spitzer Motor Speedway of Mansfield. Mike completed the season with seven top-five finishes, and was 90 points behind 2015 Main Event Racing Series Champion Jeff Ganus.
The team is no stranger to major events. In 2011 and 2012, Mazzagatti competed in the World Series of Racing at New Smyrna Speedway in Florida. The annual event features multiple races over the course of a week, crowning a champion based on total points. Mike has earned two top-tens in the Pro Late Model division.
While Mazzagatti has found success on the track, he has also continued to support the Northeast Ohio racing scene. Mike, with his Brother Pat, purchased Barberton Speedway this summer and returned racing to the paperclip-shaped asphalt track. Barberton Speedway re-opened in September with over 100 cars in the pits and stands filled to capacity.
Mazzagatti Motorsports would like to thank their sponsors for making the 2015 season possible: Holub Recycling, Shakers Auto Salvage, Arlington Auto Wrecking, Barberton Speedway, FLF Race Cars, Medina Mountain Motors, and D.W. Signs.
Crew supporting Mazzagatti Motorsports this year include: Mark Carr, John Szitti, Dwayne Workman, Burt Hobert, Dennis Knoxx, Doug Sommers, Randy Burns
Special Thanks from Mazzagatti Motorsports to the following: Lisa, Chloe and Michael Mazzagatti (wife and kids), (Brother) Pat Mazzagatti and Family, All the crews wives and kids for allowing the long hours and travel away from home, Tim Curry (FLF Racecars), and all the supporters and the many many people who make this possible.
What a weekend ahead for the Northeast Ohio racing scene. Not only does Ohio Sprint Speedweek kick off at Attica Raceway Park, but the ARCA Gold Cup races with The Main Event Racing Series for the first time at Sandusky Speedway.
If that wasn’t enough, Mansfield Speedway re-opens for the first time in many years with a Sunday show. The MSA Supermodifieds highlight a three division Grand Reopening, which is the first of six scheduled shows.
For dirt fans, along with Sprint Speedweek, the first ever Ohio Dirt Late Model Speedweek finished up at Atomic on Saturday. There’s a little bit of everything for everybody, so check out the schedule below and plan your weekend accordingly!
Highlight of the racing weekend is the ARCA Racing Series making its annual visit to Toledo Speedway. The ARCA Truck Series races Saturday, then the Menards 200 runs Sunday. Discount tickets are available at participating Menards stores.
I will be at Lake County Speedway for their weekly racing action, but everybody should get out to their local track and enjoy the beautiful weather that appears to have returned to Northeast Ohio.
Some things to note…Sandusky has re-scheduled both The Main Event Racing Series and MSA Supermodified races that were supposed to run last week. The Main Event race has been moved to July 11th, while the Supermodifieds have moved to August 15th.
The Mansfield Grand Re-Opening scheduled for May 23rd has been postponed. The Main Event Racing Series and MSA Supermodifieds will both announce new dates for Mansfield early next week.
I will also be adding Summit Motorsports Park, Thompson Raceway Park, and Championship Kart Racing Association dates to the calendar this weekend.
The Northeast Ohio racing scene is hoping to keep the great weather and racing rolling into the next weekend! Every weekly track is active now, by my count. If you haven’t made it out to your local track yet, this weekend would be a great opportunity!
Friday – May 8th
Eldora Speedway – World of Outlaws & USAC National Sprints NIGHT ONE – Gates Open 2 PM – Racing at 7:30 PM – Adult GA $25 – Kids GA 12 & Under $6
Route 250 Speedway – Weekly Racing / $2 Off Admission for Moms – Gates Open 4:30 PM – Racing at 8 PM – Adults $10 – 12 & Under Free
Attica Raceway Park – Attica & Wayne County Late Model Challenge / Weekly Racing – Gates Open 5 PM – Racing at 7:45 PM – Adults $15 – Kids $10 – 10 & Under Free
Toledo Speedway – Weekly Racing Opener / College ID Night / Scout Night – Gates Open 5 PM – Racing at 7:30 PM – Adults $12 – Kids 6-12 $3 – 6 & Under Free
Sandusky Speedway – Karting Series – Off Week (No Kart Racing)
Saturday – April 18th
Sandusky Speedway – Main Event Racing Series / MSA Supermodifieds– Gates Open 4 PM – Racing at 7 PM – Adults $12 – Kids $5 – 6 & Under Free
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Sharon Speedway – Weekly Racing / $5 Admission for Moms – Gates Open 5 PM – Racing at 7 PM – Adults $10 – 13 & Under Free
Columbus Motor Speedway – Weekly Racing & US Legend Cars – Gates Open 5 PM – Racing Starts 7 PM – Adults $12 – Kids $4
Midvale Speedway – Weekly Racing / $1 Hot Dogs & Pop – Gates Open 3 PM – Racing at 6:30 PM – Adults $12 – Kids $8 – 5 & Under Free
Lorain County Speedway – Mod Mania #2 50 Lap Feature / Fireworks– Gates Open 3 PM – Racing at 7 PM – Adults $15 – Kids 12 & Under Free
Eldora Speedway – World of Outlaws & USAC National Sprints NIGHT TWO – Gates Open 2 PM – Racing at 7:30 PM – Adult GA $25 – Kids GA 12 & Under $6
Wayne County Speedway – Attica & Wayne County Late Model Challenge / Weekly Racing – Gates Open 3 PM – Racing at 7 PM – Adults $12 – Kids 12 & Under Free
Deerfield Raceway – Weekly Racing – Racing at 7 PM – Adults $10 – Kids $5 – 9 & Under Free
Fremont Speedway – BOSS, Weekly Racing / Mascot Night – Gates Open 4 PM – Racing at 7 PM – Adults $14 – Kids $8 – 10 & Under Free
Hilltop Speedway – $400 to win Modlite Feature / Weekly Racing – Pits Open 4 PM – Racing 6:30 PM – Adults $10 – Kids Free
Lake County Speedway – Scheduled Off Week
Winter weather is still trying to keep its grasp on the region, but racing season will prevail! This weekend may be a bit cooler but make sure you still get out there and support your local short tracks!
Friday – April 17th
Route 250 Speedway – Postponed due to wet conditions, Opener now May 1st
Attica Raceway Park – Weekly Racing – Gates Open 5 PM – Racing at 7:45 PM – Adults $15 – Kids $10 – 10 & Under Free
Sandusky Speedway – Karting Series – Gates Open 4 PM – Racing at 7 PM – Adults $10 – Kids $5 – 5 & Under Free
Saturday – April 18th
Sandusky Speedway – Opening Night – Gates Open 4 PM – Racing at 7 PM – Adults $12 – Kids $5 – 6 & Under Free
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It’s been a wet and soggy week, but the Test & Tune crowd may get some action this weekend. Toledo opens up this weekend with their 7-Up Twin 100’s, while Fremont kicks their season of dirt racing off as well.
FRIDAY – April 10th
Attica Raceway Park – Weekly Racing – Gates Open 5 PM – Racing Starts 7:45 PM – Adults $15 – Kids $10
Sandusky Speedway Karts – Cancelled due to weather
SATURDAY – April 11th
Toledo Speedway – 7-Up Twin 100’s (ARCA/CRA Super Series & ARCA Gold Cup) – Gates Open 10 AM – Racing Starts 3 PM – $25 Adults – Kids $3
Fremont Speedway – Season Opener / College ID Night – Gates Open 4 PM – Racing 7 PM – Adults $14 – Kids $8
Columbus Motor Speedway – Weekly Racing & Legends – Gates Open 5 PM – Racing Starts 7 PM – Adults $12 – Kids $4
Hilltop Speedway – Weekly Racing without Mini Wedges – Pits Open 4 PM – Racing 6:30 PM – Adults $10 – Kids Free
Lorain County Speedway – Test & Tune – 3 PM until Dark
Midvale Speedway – Test & Tune
Wayne County Speedway – Test & Tune
SUNDAY – April 12th
Midvale Speedway – Test & Tune
Finally, after a few weeks of weather cancellations, cold temperatures, and wet/snowy conditions, the 2015 racing season in Northeast Ohio will kick off.
Columbus Motor Speedway – Weekly Racing – Gates Open at 5 PM – Racing at 7 PM – $12 Adult Admission – $4 Child Admission
Attica Raceway Park – All Star Circuit of Champions – Gates Open at 4 PM – Racing Starts at 7 PM – $22 Adult Admission – $10 Child Admission
Hilltop Speedway – Weekly Racing – Gates Open at 3 PM – Racing at 5 PM – $10 Adult Admission