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ATQMRA Expands Media Coverage in 2019

Staff Report | March 8th, 2019

This week the Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic ATQMRA powered by VP Racing Fuels made a pair of announcements regarding media coverage for the series beginning in 2019.

Alan Piquette, head contributor for TheRacingTimes.net will be bringing ATQMRA content to race fans on not only a regional level, but a national level as well. 

“At The Racing Times, we perfectly understand that auto racing fans have a never ending thirst for information, stories, and written material,” as stated on the websites bio page. 

Alan and his team will be reporting the stories you want to hear about the ATQMRA. Driver interviews, scheduling information, podcasts and more will be available around the clock for fans to have unlimited access to throughout the 2019 campaign. 

A second announcement this week was made to introduce Matthew Weirnasz, who is the contributing Motorsports writer for WWLP-22 News, based out of Chicopee, Massachusetts. Matt will be seen at multiple tour events this year, bringing extensive coverage to race fans particularly within the New England market. 

The Area Auto Racing News (AARN) will continue to feature multiple stories and post-race press releases throughout the 2019 ATQMRA season.

The Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic ATQMRA powered by VP Racing Fuels will kick their season off on Saturday, April 20th2019 at the Mahoning Valley Speedway in Lehighton, Pennsylvania. Be sure to check out the series on Facebook at facebook.com/atqmra for more information.

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Hot-Shoe Joey Bailey Seeks First ATQMRA Championship in 2019

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Hot-Shoe Joey Bailey Seeks First ATQMRA Championship in 2019

Staff Report | Wednesday, March 6th, 2019

When the Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic ATQMRA powered by VP Racing Fuels hits the track at Mahoning Valley on April 20th, 2019, many eyes will be set on Joey Bailey and the #51B team.

Bailey, who was the recipient of the 2018 VP Racing Fuels Checkered Flag Award for earning a season high five feature victories, is expected to continue his momentum well into the 2019 as he is one of the pre-season favorites to be crowned champion by seasons end.

“We had a few minor set backs towards the first half of last season, particularly at the first Waterford race,” said Bailey. “We were really fortunate to put some solid runs together winning 3 of the last 4 races and making a late charge at (Matt) Janisch for the championship.”

Janisch, who Bailey mentions of, is an unofficial teammate of sorts as Matt and his father Mark co-built Bailey’s Yuhas Chassis prior to the 2018 season.

“We know our equipment is championship material, and with the knowledge of Alan Mollot and my father Russ supporting me the way they do, there is no question we will be a contender in this season and for the years to come.”

The Hoosier Mid-Atlantic ATQMRA powered by VP Racing Fuels is the premier TQ Midget Racing Organization in the Northeastern United States. Hosting sixteen points paying events spanning four tracks in four different states, including New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Connecticut, the ATQMRA is one of the most thrilling touring divisions in the country. For more information about the ATQMRA, add us on Facebook at Facebook.com/ATQMRA.

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ATQMRA HANDICAP CHANGES FOR 2019

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ATQMRA HANDICAP CHANGES FOR 2019

Staff Report | Wednesday, February 6, 2019

You asked, we listened. When drivers strap in for the 2019 Hoosier Tire Mid Atlantic ATQMRA powered by VP Racing Fuels, a new, simplistic rule will be set in place for competitors alike.

Beginning this season, cars will only be required to make three starts in order to establish a handicap for the current season. In years past, cars was only eligible to earn a handicap when competing in a minimum of three of the previous five events ran. Starting in 2019, a car’s handicap status will remain the same once three races in the season are ran, regardless of when those races are run.

“We have had a lot of discussion with full time and part time teams throughout the season, and I think this will help with some of the challenges our teams face.  We are one of the most competitive series out there, and in the past I can see where teams would get discouraged knowing that when they show up they will start behind the full time teams.”  stated series President Buddy Sload. 

The Hoosier Tire Mid Atlantic ATQMRA powered by VP Racing Fuels is set to begin on Saturday, April 20th, 2019 at the Mahoning Valley Speedway, in Lehighton, PA. For more information about the Premier TQ Midget Racing Organization, and like us on Facebook at facebook.com/atqmra

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An Award Winning Weekend: ATQMRA a HUGE Hit at Motorsports 2019

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An Award Winning Weekend: ATQMRA a HUGE Hit at Motorsports 2019

Staff Report | January 24th, 2019 

The annual Motorsports Racecar and Trade Show hosted by Len Sammons Productions has come and gone, however the impact the weekend had on the entire ATQMRA organization will remain for a long time. The highlight of the weekend was the recently announced award for “Best Appearing Booth” in class, which was presented to the ATQMRA on behalf of the entire AARN.com staff. 

ATQMRA competitor Jeff Kot, owner of Typhoon Digital Studio dedicated much of his personal time over the last month preparing what has become an award winning exhibit, for all show attendees to enjoy. ATQMRA competitor Kyle Taraska and car owner Colin Martin provided much of the framework and content for the booth, to enhance the fan experience throughout the weekend. 

The 2019 Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic ATQMRA powered by VP Racing Fuels schedule was announced this weekend as well. The tentative 17 race season is slated to begin at the Mahoning Valley Speedway on April 20th, 2019. Like 2018, the ATQMRA champion will be crowned at Bethel Motor Speedway, on Saturday November 2nd, 2019. As always, the season will officially conclude for the non-points spectacular, the Turkey Derby, at the historic Wall Stadium Speedway on Thanksgiving Weekend. 

A lot of excitement was built around the recently announced ¼ Midget and ¾ Midget Development Programs. ATQMRA board members worked exclusively with many of the Quarter Midget Club board members who were accessible during the trade show weekend to raise awareness and receive sign ups from soon to be Quarter Midget graduates. A number of racers from multiple disciplines of motorsports also inquired and signed up for the ¾ Midget Development Program as well. As the summer months approach, more specific details involving scheduling and test days will become available to the general public.

Many ATQMRA regulars are set to invade the Indoor Auto Racing Championship Series this weekend for the 17thAnnual Gambler’s Classic. Reigning Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic ATQMRA Champion Matt Jansich, winner of the Allentown Indoor Friday Feature, is poised to have a strong outing against some of the best racers in the business. Five time Hoosier Tire-Mid Atlantic Champion Ryan Tidman, who is coming off a solid top-10 run in the Allentown Saturday Feature, is determined to put on a showing for his fans this weekend at Boardwalk Hall. 2018 VP Racing Fuels Checkered Flag Award recipient Joey Bailey will be making is 2019 Indoor Championship Series debut. This will be Bailey’s second career attempt to claim victory in the prestigious Gambler’s Classic.

2018 ATQMRA Feature winners Joey Payne and Cole Mullen will be running in Atlantic City this weekend as well. Payne, a two-time winner of the event will be racing wheel-to-wheel with son, Anthony Payne, another ATQMRA regular. The Gambler’s Classic will be a homecoming for Cole and father, “The Rocket” Ronnie Mullen, who both call the Jersey Shore home. ATQMRA veteran Jeff Kot is looking to make a strong comeback in Atlantic City. While showing great speed, Kot lost a front bumper during contact after working his way up into a transfer position for the A-Main. Expect car #17 to be a contender in the 17th Annual Gamblers Classic at Atlantic City’s famous Boardwalk Hall.

Be sure to follow the ATQMRA on Facebook, at www.facebook.com/atqmra. Furthermore, check out the official series website, www.atqmra.comto learn everything you need to know about The Premier TQ Midget Racing Organization.

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AUTOGRAPHS, CARS AND MORE; ATQMRA TO HAVE STRONG PRESENCE AT MOTORSPORTS 2019

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AUTOGRAPHS, CARS AND MORE; ATQMRA TO HAVE STRONG PRESENCE AT MOTORSPORTS 2019

Staff Report | Monday, January 14th, 2019

When the doors open for the 2019 Motorsports Race Car and Trade Show on Friday, January 18th, 2019, fans and attendees alike will be sure to make their way to the newly improved, 20x20 Hoosier Mid-Atlantic ATQMRA booth. The booth, which has doubled in size, will feature new state of the art graphics, and host many opportunities for personal interactions with the stars who make up today’s ATQMRA.

The highlight of the weekend will be on the Saturday, January 19th portion of the show, from 1:00 - 2:00 pm. The ATQMRA will be hosting an autograph and photo session with some of the most fearless race car drivers in the Northeast.

Reigning 2018 Hoosier Mid-Atlantic ATQMRA Champion, and recent Allentown Indoor Race winner, Matt Janisch, along with several other drivers, will be available to meet with fans and attendees at the booth during the session.

The “Jerzy Jet”, Joey Payne, a driver who’s resume speaks for itself, will be in attendance along with ATQMRA competitor, Albany Indoor Race Winner and son, Anthony Payne. Joey Bailey, who led the ATQMRA with five feature wins in 2018 will be on hand to meet fans. Speaking of five-time, Champion ‘Flyin’ Ryan Tidman will be apart of the session along with Turkey Derby XLV Champion Buddy Sload, and ATQMRA feature winner and veteran standout Jeff Kot.

Four, fully prepared ATQMRA TQ Midgets will be on display for fans to get an up close and personal look at what our drivers race week in, and week out. Those cars include the #48 Yuhas Chassis of reigning champion Matt Janisch, and the Alan Mollot owned 51B Yuhas Chassis of Joey Bailey. Furthermore, a pair of Spitfire Chassis including the #36 raced by Buddy Sload, and the newest built Spitfire #55, which is raced by Paul Dodorico.

Also included at the booth will be a raffle for fans to win two free pit passes to a 2019 ATQMRA feature event of choice.

Two new ATQMRA development programs are set to be announced as well. The 1/4 Midget Development Plan which will focus on the engagement with the younger generation of racers. The 3/4 Midget Development Plan, will focus on granting experienced racers the opportunity to strap in and feel the speed of a fully equipped ATQMRA TQ Midget.

Finally, the 2019 Hoosier Mid-Atlantic ATQMRA powered by VP Racing Fuels schedule will be unveiled Friday morning at the booth, and as well on the official ATQMRA Facebook page.

Various ATQMRA Board Members, chassis and engine builders will be available throughout the action packed weekend, discussing and accepting membership applications for the 2019 season. There has never been a more exciting time to take advantage of the opportunity to join the ATQMRA. With over six decades of history, the leading organization in professional TQ Midget racing is coming off its most competitive season to date, which featured eight different feature winners in 2018.

The 2019 Motorsports Race Car and Trade Show will be held at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, Pennsylvania from Friday January 18th - Sunday January 20th, 2019. Hours and admission vary. For more information, visit www.aarn.com.

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