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Mother of Kevin Ward Jr.: ‘I have no other choice’ but to settle with Tony Stewart

The family of Kevin Ward Jr. agreed in court today to settle a wrongful death lawsuit, but Ward Jr.’s mother told the judge she felt like she had “no other choice.” Ward Jr. was 20 years old when he was killed in a sprint car race at Canandaigua Motorsports Park on Aug. 9, 2014. He walked out on a live... more

THE 31ST LAP: Dave DuBois & Badge of Honor Association (podcast)

Getting ready for the upcoming season kickoffs, Dave DuBois has partnered with Badge of Honor and the Horseheads Army Recruitment station for 2018. DuBois came on episode #239 of The 31st Lap Podcast on FingerLakes1.com on Thursday night to talk about the family-owned ride, and the goals of the season both on and off the track. . more

How SU turns the Carrier Dome into a monster truck arena

Seven years ago, Pete Sala, Syracuse University’s chief facilities officer, had an idea to increase the use of the Carrier Dome and house events outside of SU Athletics. At the time, Monster Jam, a traveling monster truck exhibition, hosted an annual outdoor event at the nearby New York State Fairgrounds. Sala combined his enjoyment for the event with his desire... more

NASCAR driver Tony Stewart, family of Kevin Ward Jr. reach settlement in lawsuit

Former NASCAR superstar Tony Stewart and the family of a 20-year-old amateur racer who he hit and killed at a race in Upstate New York have reached a settlement, according to court documents. Stewart, a retired 3-time stock car champion, struck and killed Kevin Ward Jr. in 2014 at the Canandaigua Motorsports Park. Ward's family sued Stewart and the lawsuit... more

Racers relish ‘adrenaline rush’ of snowmobile races in Fair Haven

Bryan Whipple felt a surge of energy while blazing through the first 10 feet of a snowmobile race, with 190 horsepower below him. Though Whipple ultimately lost that race at the Little Sodus Ice Drags event in Fair Haven Saturday morning, he loved every deafening moment of it. He has had the 1998 Ski-Doo Mach Z machine he brought with... more

THE 31ST LAP: Tyler Siri talks 2018 at Outlaw Speedway in Dundee (podcast)

Chris Marquart catches up with Tyler Siri, owner of Outlaw Speedway in Dundee, following the Outlaw Speedway year-end banquet. They talk about the banquet and take a look ahead and the fast approaching 2018 season. Find out what changes are in store for race fans in Dundee this summer in episode #236 of The 31st Lap podcast which streamed live... more

NY won’t spend $460,000 on NASCAR race in Watkins Glen, multi-year deal struck with ‘Go Bowling’

New York State won’t spend another $460,000 on race sponsorship at Watkins Glen International in 2018, according to NASCAR officials. In 2017, I LOVE NY sponsored the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Watkins Glen International. This year that agreement has been agreed to with Go Bowling. The investment last year, came in exchange for multiple promotional opportunities. There... more

Tony Stewart appears in Utica to ask judge to toss wrongful death claims against him

Tony Stewart today appeared in federal court in Utica to ask a judge to dismiss claims against him in the death of Kevin Ward Jr. in 2014. Ward Jr. was killed when Stewart’s car struck him during the Aug. 9, 2014 Empire Super Sprints race at Canandaigua Motorsports Park. Ward Jr. had exited his vehicle after a collision with Stewart’s... more

Hearing explores key questions for Tony Stewart in Kevin Ward Jr. case

Attorneys for Tony Stewart and the parents of Kevin Ward Jr. will be in U.S. District Court in Utica, New York, for a summary judgment hearing Friday as part of the Ward family’s wrongful death lawsuit against Stewart. During an Empire Super Sprints race Aug. 9, 2014, at Canandaigua (N.Y.) Motorsports Park, Kevin Ward Jr. got out of his car... more

IndyCar ditches Watkins Glen for Oregon in 2018

Portland International Raceway is back on the IndyCar Series schedule in 2018. It means Watkins Glen is out. In a statement Watkins Glen International said “After two years of partnership, Watkins Glen International and IndyCar have agreed to separate for the 2018 season.” The statement continues, “This is a decision based purely on an inability to find a date that... more

THE 31ST LAP: Reflecting on the end of 2017 local racing season with changes ahead (podcast)

Chris Marquart looks at the way 2017’s weekly season ended with titles galore for Matt Sheppard and the quick moves some local tracks have made in preparation of 2018. Find out why Canandaigua Motorsports Park will enter 2018 with a brand new name. Check out Thursday’s live edition of The 31st Lap podcast on FingerLakes1.TV… . more

IndyCar title battle turns on its head at Watkins Glen

Josef Newgarden entered today’s INDYCAR Grand Prix at The Glen with a 31-point lead over Scott Dixon in second place in pursuit of the Verizon IndyCar Series championship. But he leaves it only up three points, and with the top four drivers now covered by just 34 points. Your browser does not support iframes. And with double points on the... more

IndyCar driver Ryan Hunter-Reay: Difficult of Watkins Glen track is ‘mind-boggling’

The IndyCar Series roars back into western New York in just a couple weeks. Watkins Glen will once again host some of the fastest cars on the planet when the Grand Prix at the Glen drops the green flag on Labor Day Weekend. IndyCar driver Ryan Hunter-Reay drove by our studio Thursday afternoon to preview the race. Watkins Glen was... more

Paine, Johnson win modified features at Canandaigua Saturday night

Honeyoye Auto Parts and Wix Filters presented Saturday night’s racing action at Canandaigua Motorsports Park, which featured a makeup of the Modified feature from July 22nd when a transformer fire knocked out the track lighting system, forcing the event to be postponed. In the heldover Modified feature, Mike O’Brien and James Maier brought the field to the green for the... more

Sheppard shines again at Outlaw Speedway

  RK Howell Gravel Products sponsored Friday night’s racing action at Outlaw Speedway, as fans were treated to half price admission with a canned food donation to the Savlation Army. In the 30-lap Friendly Dodge Outlaw Modfiied main event, Eric Fisher charged past Dillon Groover for the lead with Jusitn Wright and Tyler Siri moving into second and third in... more

WGI adds SUPER Trucks to IndyCar weekend

Watkins Glen International’s IndyCar Grand Prix weekend will have a bit more to offer fans after Thursday’s announcement the SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks Series will make its first appearance at the road course. The race weekend, set for Sept. 1-3, will now include six motorsports classes, led by the featured Verizon IndyCar Series event. Other series competing will be... more
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