By Evan Canfield MONROETON, Pa. (July 8, 2022) – The up and down season for Eddie Sites took another high as the Towanda driver scored his fourth victory of the season in dominating fashion as the Close Racing Supply NY-Penn IMCA Modified Series presented by Precision Hydraulic & Oil made its return to The Hill Speedway for the Billy Maynard Memorial. Sites’ latest Friesen Performance IMCA Modified victory was good for $1,069. Ray McClure and Gary Lamphere completed the top three at Monroeton. Two-time tour winner Rodney Morgan started the 25-lap feature on the front row with series rookie Jason Sullivan alongside. Morgan jumped out to the initial lead with Brad Sites looking to challenge before his lap five spin brought out the first of what became back-to-back cautions. Seventh starting Eddie Sites then worked his way around the outside of Morgan to take the top spot away. A series of yellows followed but the final five laps ran out with Sites, already Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational qualifying eligible, taking the dominant victory. The next [Read More]
By Todd Burgess BRADFORD, Pa. (July 3, 2022) – It had been more than 20 years since Bradford Speedway had seen a sanctioned Friesen Performance IMCA Modified race, so the banked bullring nestled in the hills of rural Bradford, Pa., was a fresh face to most of the Close Racing Supply NY-Penn Series presented by Precision Hydraulic and Oil competitors. The July 3 Freedom 25 presented by Liberty Seamless Gutters & Roofing marked stop number six for the series and if anyone had predicted that defending series champion Brad Sites would be rolling into the pits at Bradford winless in 2022, they’d have gotten some strange looks. After winning his heat race from the pole, things kept rolling Sites’ way as he reached in and pulled chip number one for the 25-lap main event and at the drop of the green, Sites immediately jumped out to a three car length lead over Jake McConnell, with Rodney Morgan close behind in third. An early caution bunched the field back up and put it squarely on Sites’ rear [Read More]
by Evan Canfield BLOOMSBURG, Pa. (June 19, 2022) – In the racing world, most drivers have that one big race that got away. For NY-Penn IMCA Modified Series driver Rodney Morgan, that race was Bloomsburg Fair Raceway in 2021. After leading much of that event, invader David Stremme slipped by Morgan late to take the win. Coming back to Bloomsburg on June 19th, Morgan was determined to get back the one he missed out on a year ago. Series points leader Keith Jack Lamphere set the pace for the beginning of the 25 lap feature, with Ray McClure starting to his outside. Once the green flag waved, Lamphere took the race lead. McClure faded back as Rodney Morgan slid up to second, bringing David Stremme and Brad Sites along with him. The caution waved on lap four as Shawn Bruce found the turn one wall. That set up a restart with Lamphere in the top spot followed by Morgan, then Stremme and Sites. Morgan got the advantage on Lamphere on the restart, taking the lead away [Read More]
By Evan Canfield MONROETON, Pa. (June 10, 2022) – The first half of the 2022 season has been a roller coaster for Eddie Sites. In February, his race shop burned down, leaving little for he and his brother, Brad, to start the season with. He kicked off the Close Racing Supply NY-Penn IMCA Modified Series presented by Precision Hydraulic & Oil season at Skyline Raceway Motorsports Park with a victory, then followed that up with a DNF at Penn Can Speedway after a parts failure. But on Friday, June 10, Sites found himself back in the winner’s circle at The Hill Speedway. A season-high 18 Friesen Performance IMCA Modifieds signed in to do battle and the redraw set Ray McClure and Bill Nichols on the front row. When the green flag waved to start the 25-lap feature, it would be very short-lived, as a multi-car pileup at the start/finish line would slow the race immediately. Once racing resumed, McClure jumped out to the lead, bringing Jared Spalding along behind him and Jacob McConnell close behind [Read More]
By Evan Canfield SUSQUEHANNA, Pa. (May 29, 2022) – Rodney Morgan made his way to victory lane when touring Friesen Performance IMCA Modifieds made their way to northern Pennsylvania for a Memorial Weekend event. Morgan outran Keith Jack Lamphere in the race for $1,000 and Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational qualifying eligibility in Sunday’s Close Racing Supply NY-Penn IMCA Modified Series presented by Precision Hydraulic & Oil Sunday at Penn Can Speedway. Aaron Benjamin and then Shawn Bruce led early in the 25-lapper. Tour opening night winner Eddie Sites was first to close in on the top spot, making his way to second with eighth starting Morgan, 13th starting Lamphere and 11th starting Jake Maynard close behind. The race for the lead got intense by lap seven, as Sites wheeled the top and Bruce and Morgan ran inside, racing three-wide around much of the Susquehanna oval. As things were heating up, a miscue Bruce sent him and Sites spinning while collecting nearly half a dozen other cars outside the top five in the process. That incident handed [Read More]
SUSQUEHANNA, Pa. (May 25, 2022) – The Memorial Weekend sees touring Friesen Performance IMCA Modifieds return to a familiar locale. Penn Can Speedway hosts round two of the Close Racing Supply NY-Penn IMCA Modified Series presented by Precision Hydraulic & Oil. The Sunday, May 29 main event pays $1,000 to win and a minimum of $100 to start. Winner of the 25-lapper at Susquehanna earns Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational qualifying eligibility. IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, Dirt Works Eastern Region and KMJ Performance State points, as well as series points, will be awarded. Pit gates open at 5 p.m. and racing follows 6:45 p.m. hot laps. Pit passes are $40. The NY-Penn Series show will be broadcast by IMCA.TV and DirtTrackDigest.TV. Eddie Sites won the series opener on April 30 at Skyline Raceway Motorsports Park.
By Evan Canfield VIRGIL, N.Y. (April 30, 2022) – After a solid season in 2021, the off-season was not kind to Eddie Sites and his brother, Close Racing Supply NY-Penn IMCA Modified Series presented by Precision Hydraulic & Oil defending champion Brad Sites. On Feb. 13th, their race shop burned to the ground, causing them to lose much of their racing organization. Fortunately, nobody was hurt and their cars were able to be salvaged. On Saturday night, with burnt panels on the sides of the black and blue no. 15 Friesen Performance IMCA Modified, Eddie Sites was able to overcome their winter setback and put his machine back in victory lane in the 2022 series opener at Skyline Raceway Motorsports Park. Eddie Sites and Keith Jack Lamphere started on the front row after a full field redraw. Sites jumped out to an early lead with Lamphere close behind. Through the early laps, single car spins on a dry, slick track brought out several cautions. Brad Sites and Rodney Morgan, both series winners in 2021, were [Read More]
BRIDGEPORT, N.J. (March 25, 2022) – IMCA Modified drivers will have to wait a little longer for their first-ever race in New Jersey. Saturday’s scheduled Close Racing Supply NY-Penn IMCA Modified Series presented by Precision Hydraulic & Oil event at Bridgeport Speedway has been postponed due to cold temperatures and forecasts for rain. Track and series officials will work to reschedule that history-making show.
BRIDGEPORT, N.J. – More is at stake than a $2,000 payday in the opener for the Close Racing Supply NY-Penn IMCA Modified Series presented by Precision Hydraulic & Oil March 26 at Bridgeport Speedway. The driver taking home that top check writes his or her name in the record book as the winner of both the first-ever IMCA Modified event in New Jersey and the first leg of the Allstar Performance Modified Challenge, while earning Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational qualifying eligibility. “There are a lot of drivers from New York and Pennsylvania working hard to get their cars built and ready for opening night,” said tour and regional director Jake Maynard said. “There’s been a lot of interest in Michigan and we’re expecting 13 or 14 guys from there, too.” Ken Schrader will join the IMCA regulars at Bridgeport and 2021 national rookie of the year Cody Thompson was the first entry from the Midwest. The idea behind the Bridgeport date, branded as the Battle of the Highbanks 30, came from Joe Infante at Precision Hydraulic [Read More]
BRIDGEPORT, N.J. – You know what they say, there’s a first time for everything. In the spirit of that, the 2022 season will start at the Bridgeport Speedway with a first for the state of New Jersey. For the first time since the IMCA-sanctioned Modified division was created in 1979, the open-wheeled beasts will slide around a track in The Garden State. After a successful 2021 season, NY-Penn IMCA Modified Series officials have come to an agreement with the Bridgeport Speedway to open their season at the famed New Jersey oval on March 26, 2022. Since the date was released, anticipation for the event has been high among drivers and fans alike. “From what I have been reading and heard from the banquet we had, drivers seem excited for this opportunity,” said Series Director Jake Maynard. “The fans in New Jersey are thrilled to see the IMCA Modifieds for the first time in person. Who knows, this could become something bigger than expected!” Not only will this event kick off the series’ season, it will [Read More]