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Pole Position Raceway Announces Return of Indoor Kart Racing Competition – Upstate Showdown LIVE

Published: 10/24/2016

Pole Position Raceway, America’s leading chain of state-of-the-art indoor motorsports entertainment facilities, today announced the return of its innovative indoor kart racing competition, Upstate Showdown LIVE (formerly known as Pole Position Raceway LIVE) – a five-week racing series taking place at its western and central New York facilities located at Walden Galleria in Buffalo, Destiny USA in Syracuse and Marketplace Mall in Rochester.


Upstate Showdown LIVE gives qualified racers the opportunity to race against the best of the best in the area to be crowned Upstate Champion and take home $500 in cash. To compete in the series, racers must qualify as a pro-racer based on qualifying lap times from previous Arrive & Drive races. Every Tuesday from November 1 – December 6 (excludes Tuesday, November 22), participants will race from 6:00PM – 9:00PM in an effort to qualify for the A-Main event race at the top of every hour, which will capture points towards the championship race. For those that are unable to qualify for A-Main events, Upstate Showdown LIVE will feature a B-Main event race every week in which racers can win nightly prizes. Following the completion of the four-week qualifiers, the top three racers from each facility (based on total points and have competed in three out of the four preliminary nights) will participate in the championship on December 6 in Buffalo. Onsite registration will be accepted on a first come, first served basis, based on availability. (Racers can call their local facility the days of Upstate Showdown LIVE)


Upstate Showdown LIVE is also an hour-long, weekly radio show hosted by Paul Szmal, beginning on November 1 from 7:00PM – 8:00PM streaming live on WGVA Finger Lakes Daily News. The show will feature the latest news from the world of motorsports, live play-by-play of a main event race and interviews with iconic guests from the motorsports world.


“We are pleased to announce the return of our weekly racing series at our facilities in Central and Western New York this November,” said Karen Davis-Farage, president and co-owner of Pole Position Raceway locations on the East Coast. “Upstate Showdown LIVE provides racers with the opportunity to compete against other skilled racers in the region to experience high-level racing action. We have been extremely impressed with the competition in our past racing series and look forward to racing veterans and newcomers alike.”


Pricing for Upstate Showdown LIVE is $51 for three races and $96 for six races for members. Non-members pricing is $74 for three races and $135 for six races. For racers interested in points tracking to qualify for the Upstate Showdown LIVE championship event, a one-time $40 entry fee is required. Aside from bragging rights, prizes for Upstate Showdown LIVE include a $500 grand prize, $250 for second place, $150 for third place and great Monster Energy, Coca Cola, Dave and Busters, World of Beer prizes and much more. Racers that choose not to qualify for the championship event can purchase their desired amount of races to be able to compete against the best racers in the region. Furthermore, there are nightly prizes for each Main Event winner plus raffles for spectators.


The fastest growing form of entertainment in the country, Pole Position Raceway offers a variety of options to suit the needs of all racers – from families, to die hard karting enthusiasts. Its “Arrive & Drive” racing is for those looking to race against others. Pre-Scheduled Racing events are for groups of 10+ and include the Pole Position Challenge, Grand Prix or Super Pole which are 2, 3 or 4 race events culminating with racers receiving 1st, 2nd & 3rd place medals at the Winners’ Circle. In addition to side-by-side race action, Pole Position Raceway also features authentic racing memorabilia, arcade games, concessions and V.I.P spaces for private parties, personal celebrations, corporate events and fundraisers.


For more information, visit www.polepositionraceway.com, call 201-333-RACE (7223) and follow at the Buffalo, Syracuse or Rochester Facebook pages.


About Pole Position Raceway

Pole Position Raceway is America’s #1 chain of indoor kart tracks created for racers, by racers. The overall experience was developed with such well-known names in the racing world including 2004 NASCAR champion Kurt Busch, 7-time AMA Supercross champion Jeremy McGrath and X-Games freestyle gold medalist Mike Metzger.  With locations in Jersey City, NJ, at Destiny USA in Syracuse, NY, at Walden Galleria in Buffalo, NY, Farmingdale, NY (Long Island) and The Marketplace Mall in Rochester, NY – Pole Position Raceway’s state-of-the-art-facilities each feature the latest in high-performance, all-electric, emission-free indoor karts capable of speeds up to 45 MPH, arcade games and V.I.P space for private parties or corporate events and more. For more information, visit www.polepositionraceway.com or call 201-333-RACE (7223).