TONY HANBURY GETS READY FOR THE 2008 RACING
a successful 2007 racing season which saw Hanbury Motorsports with
driver Tony Hanbury win the Whelen NASCAR All American Series
Chemung Speedrome SST Modified track championship and the Whelen
NASCAR All American New York State Championship.
The off season saw no wrench unturned in the garage as many
long hard hours of work and preparation was put in by the dedicated
crew. The goal of this driver owned team was to be ready for the
upcoming March car shows in Binghamton and Syracuse . The task was a
huge one as not only did Hanbury Motorsports prepare their winning
1996 Troyer SST Modified mount for show but also a new car was added
to the stable, a Modified.
On Thursday evening February 28th at around ten in the
evening the 2008 debut of Hanbury Motorsports took place. As Tony
and his hard working crew unloaded not only the beautiful SST
Modified but also an equally beautiful Modified to be displayed at
the 5th Annual Southern Tier Speedworld, which took place at the
Oakdale Mall in Johnson City, NY.
The three day free to the public car show started on Friday morning
February 29th and ended on Sunday evening March 2nd. Tony had his
two beautiful racing machines on display in front of the Burlington
Coat Factory store. An estimated weekend attendance of nearly 25,000
people walked the aisles looking over the racing machines that were
on display. Oakdale Mall officials stated that the Saturday
attendance was a new one day all time record for the 25 year plus
When it came time for the awards at Southern Tier Speedworld,
Hanbury Motorsports claimed one of the top honors. The SST Modified
of Tony Hanbury was named Best Asphalt Car of the Show.
“ It’s an honor to win a Best Appearing Award at any car show
“ said Tony. “ I’m real proud of this team and all of us worked
really hard to get the cars in excellent looking condition. But most
of all I’m happy for my sponsors as when someone looks at a winning
car they see the sponsor’s name on it. If it wasn’t for all of the
sponsors on the car I wouldn’t been able to have such a great 2007
racing season that I had. “
The following weekend Hanbury Motorsports made the tow up
Interstate 81 to Syracuse , NY . On tap was Motorsports Expo that is
held on the grounds of the New York State Fair in the Toyota
Building . Once again Tony had his sharp looking SST Modified on
display for the show which ran from Friday evening March 7th through
Sunday afternoon March 9th.
With over 200 racing machines on display the Hanbury car
stood out as one of the most beautiful looking racing machines
during the three day show. Weather conditions hampered the show all
weekend long and this caused a total attendance being less than the
promoters of the show planned on. Despite having a beautiful looking
racing machine Hanbury Motorsports was shut out when it came down to
“ I was a little bummed that we didn’t win any awards at
Syracuse “ said Tony. “ But the most important part was that our
great sponsors on the car got maximum exposure all weekend long and
that is important in the long run. “
Between the Syracuse car show in early March and the
scheduled 2008 debut of the team in early April. Hanbury Motorsports
has been busy getting everything prepared for the upcoming season. A
third car is being added to the Hanbury Motorsports stable and if
all goes as planned this car will be debuted at the Frost Free 100
on Saturday April 12th at the Mahoning Valley Speedway.
This year will find Tony once again racing weekly at the
Chemung Speedrome in his SST Modified as he defends his Whelen
NASCAR All American Series title. When there is no conflict with
Chemung, Tony will compete on the Race of Champions Dart Asphalt
Modified Tour where he was the 2004 Overall RoC Champion.
“ I would love to run the entire RoC schedule but they have many
Saturday night dates and I’m committed to running Chemung “ said the
23 year old driver. “ I want to defend my track and state
championship this year first. Then when time allows I’ll run the RoC
shows along with the Sunoco Race of Champions at Oswego in
September. I’ll also run at Spencer for John Resus on Friday nights
in a SST Modified and I might find myself behind the wheel a couple
of times in the Don Pratt Memorial car that Daryl Lewis, Sr. has put
Hanbury Motorsports couldn’t do all of their racing without
the help of sponsors that adorn the cars. Sponsors on the Hanbury
Motorsports cars this year are; Papa Johns of Johnson City & Owego,
Gail Clark Racing Engines, Kolba Construction, Dave Jackson, Mr.
Koffee, Scott Smith & Son, Chuck Talcott Well Drilling, NAPA Auto
Parts of Owego, John’s Fine Foods, Nelcorp, Chandler Race Products,
Raytech Security, Family Fitness Center of Nichols, North 40, PDG
Graphics, P. J. Byrne Restoration Company, Parts Plus of Owego,
Fastech Race Car Bodies, Owego Sanitation, and Hanbury Sanitation.
Anyone interested in marketing / sponsorship opportunities
with Hanbury Motorsports are encouraged to contact Tony at;
Any media wishing to interview Tony Hanbury may contact him
at the above email address.
Sponsorship / marketing opportunities along with interviews
for Tony Hanbury can also be scheduled through JR’s Motorsports
APRIL SCHEDULE FOR HANBURY MOTORSPORTS
Saturday April 12th – Mahoning Valley Speedway – Lehighton,
Pennsylvania - Frost Free 100 for Modifieds.
Friday & Saturday April 19th and 20th – Chemung Speedrome Car
Show at Arnot Mall in Horseheads , NY – Tony’s winning 2007 Whelen
NASCAR SST Modified will be displayed at Center Court .
Saturday April 26th – Chemung Speedrome – Chemung , New York
- Test and Tune with Whelen NASCAR SST Modified.
*Schedule subject to change due to weather postponements and
rescheduling of rained out races
JR Kennerup / Hanbury
March 3, 2008