Valenti Modified Racing Series Kicks Off Holiday Weekend at Stafford

Canaan, NH — With two race dates on the calendar in September, and two remaining in October, the Valenti Modified Racing Series kicks off this month
at the famed Stafford Springs Motor Speedway, Friday night, September 2, the third and final appearance in 2016.

Rowan Pennink of Huntingdon Valley, PA, and Ted Christopher, of Plainville, CT, has visited the Stafford/VMRS winner’s circle this season.

As of Tuesday, close to 25 other drivers would like to lay claim to a win at the Connecticut half-mile. The VMRS 80-lap race will give them the opportunity.
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Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints Join Weekly Divisions on Championship Night this Sunday, Track Champions to be Crowned

VERNON, NY- After a season that has seen some great racing in between dodging the rain, the Utica-Rome Speedway point season will come to a close this Sunday, September 22, in all four of the weekly divisions. Broedel Energy and Rasmussen Rents will present the final night of points and see the track champions crowned for the Gates-Cole Insurance Modifieds, SUNY Canton 602 Sportsman, Broedel Energy Open Sportsman, and G&I Homes of Vernon Pro Stocks. The Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints will also be on hand for what will be a tune up for the $10,000 to win Cole Cup on September 11. The Back to School Backpack Giveaway for the kids, courtesy of the Bobby Page Foundation and the Utica-Rome Speedway Kids Club, will take place during intermission.

Like the other divisions, the Gates-Cole Insurance Modifieds have a close point battle going in this Sunday’s event as defending champion Matt Sheppard looks to secure another title over Larry Wight, who sits just 12 points shy of the lead. Danny Varin sits in third followed by Pat Ward, Marc Johnson, Rob Bellinger, Mike Mahaney, Vic Coffey, Alan Johnson, and Matt Hulsizer.

In the SUNY Canton 602 Sportsman, defending champion Rocky Warner looks to grab his second title in a row, but Matt Janczuk stands his way as he holds a two-point edge over Warner coming into this weekend. Kyle Kiehn, Chris Mackey, and Brent Joy round out the top five with Rocco Leone, Jason Rood, Glenn Forward, John Christian, and David Schilling trailing.
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Southern Raceway Double Next For Lucas Oil ASCS Southern Outlaw Sprints

TULSA, Okla. (August 30, 2016) The Emerald Coast Sprint Car Nationals is on tap for the Lucas Oil ASCS Southern Outlaw Sprints as the series takes on the Southern Raceway in Milton, Fla. on Saturday, September 3 and Sunday, September 4.

The series second trip of the season at the Florida oval, Morgan Turpen was the class of the field in the season’s first visit on May 21.

Going into the final rounds of the 2016 season, five nights, including this weekend, remain to settle who will be the 2016 champion. Leading that charge is Michael Miller, but the defending champion is not without company as Shane Morgan trails by only 62 points with Kyle Amerson a mere 10 behind Morgan.
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Bellm Off to Jackson Nationals after Strong Show-Me Double

NIXA, Mo. (August 30, 2016) – After a quiet weekend to regroup and refresh, Kyle Bellm and the Resource Asset Management Solutions (RAMS) No. 14k Sprint Car team are Minnesota bound for this weekend’s Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour portion of the Jackson Nationals at the Jackson Motorplex.

It’s a big, half-mile clay oval that the Nixa, MO, racer got his first look at just a few weeks ago.

“Once we got going, the car actually felt pretty good there,” Bellm said of the July 29 Jackson Motorplex outing aboard the PPG Automotive Finishes/Colorvision entry.  “We had good speed in our last two races, hopefully, we can continue that this weekend.”

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Short Track Nationals Entry Forms Available

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (August 30, 2016) – Little more than two months away, it’s never too soon to start getting ready for I-30 Speedway’s annual Short Track Nationals.

As each racing season winds down, upwards of a hundred or so Sprint Car teams and countless fans flock to Little Rock, Arkansas for the crown jewel of winged 360-ci Sprint Car racing atop the high banks of I-30 Speedway.

This year will be the same, as the 29th Annual COMP Cams Short Track Nationals presented by Hoosier Tires that offers up a $15,000 winner’s share and $2,000 just to start the STN championship finale is set for November 2-5.
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CARS Tour Event Preview: CSX Play It Safe 250 pres. by MMIA – Southern National Motorsports Park

CARS Tour Event Preview powered by KRC Power Steering: CSX Play It Safe 250 pres. by MMIA – Southern National Motorsports Park
7:30PM – September 3, 2016

MOORESVILLE, NC (August 30, 2016): The CARS Tour will visit Eastern North Carolina for the second time this season as they return to the site of the 2016 season opener, Southern National Motorsports Park in Lucama, North Carolina, for race number eight on the year. Fans at the 4/10th mile track saw Deac McCaskill dominate the Late Model Stock race and then Quin Houff outdueled 2015 tour champion Cole Timm in the Super Late Models to score his second career CARS Tour victory. Both McCaskill and Houff will have a shot at history by sweeping both events in a single season; a feat that hasn’t been done in CARS Tour competition in either division. They along with the rest of the field could be in for a different race than the one in April. Hot temperatures throughout the Labor Day weekend will make the high banked track very slick and make searching for grip a driver’s focus throughout the weekend’s on track activities.

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Kyle Busch Celebrating Interstate Batteries’ First Win

HUNTERSVILLE, North Carolina (Aug. 30, 2016) – This past weekend at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series celebrated another first-time winner as 24-year old Kyle Larson brought home his maiden Sprint Cup victory.

Kyle Busch, driver of the No. 18 Interstate Batteries Camry for Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR), remembers what it was like to be a first-time winner himself. In fact, the defending Sprint Cup Series champion and winner of 38 career races at NASCAR’s top level was the first driver to Larson’s driver-side window to shake his hand in victory lane at Michigan. Busch knows how difficult wins are to come by, and it certainly brought back memories of his own first win at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California back in 2005.

So as the Sprint Cup series heads to its second annual “Throwback Weekend” at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway, Busch and Interstate Batteries will be honoring a first-time victory of their own as JGR and Interstate Batteries celebrate their 25th year together in 2016. The paint scheme Busch will race is a replica of the original design Dale Jarrett raced to victory in the 1993 Daytona 500 at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway – the first-ever Sprint Cup win for JGR and for Interstate Batteries.

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Devil’s Bowl Speedway to Host Historic Same-Day Doubleheader at Vermont 200

Two-day asphalt weekend capped off by full dirt event Sunday night on September 10-11

WEST HAVEN, Vt. – Devil’s Bowl Speedway’s biggest stock car racing event just got bigger. The annual “Vermont 200 Weekend” on September 10-11 will have two huge days of NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing on both the half-mile Asphalt Track and the 3/10-mile Dirt Track, and on Sunday – for the first time in Devil’s Bowl history – both surfaces will run a full program on the same day.

Heritage Family Credit Union opens the weekend on Saturday, September 10 at 1:00 p.m., with qualifying and a 50-lap main event for the Bond Auto Parts Sportsman Modifieds. Saturday also has qualifying for the Rosen & Berger Renegades and Portland Glass Mini Stocks, non-winners “Shootout” races for all divisions including the Central Vermont Motorcycles Late Models, Sportsman Modified, and Renegade mechanic races, and a ladies-only Mini Stock “Powder Puff” race. HFCU members will be admitted free on Saturday only with proof of membership.

On Sunday, September 11, at 1:00 p.m., the Asphalt Track’s four weekly divisions will run their respective championship finales. The Late Model division will have qualifying and a 100-lap feature race, while the Sportsman Modifieds run a second feature for the weekend – the inaugural Leon Gonyo Memorial 50. The Renegades will run a 50-lap special and the Mini Stocks will race 25 laps. The 2016 track champions will be crowned in all four asphalt classes.
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Coughlin’s Race for History Rolls on With Winchester Double-Header

DELAWARE, OHIO – Cody Coughlin’s run at history is inching closer to the finish. Three ARCA/CRA Super Series races remain. Four JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour races are left. Both divisions race this weekend at one of Coughlin’s favorite places to race: Winchester Speedway.

Coughlin’s Labor Day Weekend double-header kicks off on Sunday with a 100-lap showdown for the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour in the Pro Late Model. It will conclude with a 100-lap battle in the heat on Labor Day Monday for the ARCA/CRA Super Series.

“I love racing at Winchester, so two races this weekend should be a lot of fun,” Coughlin said. “Winchester is fast and high-banked and that’s what I enjoy. I’m excited to run twice this weekend there and get even closer to the championships for both series.”
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Brian Henderson, No. 46 BDL Motorsports Toyota Camry, Greenville-Pickens Preview

No. 46 BDL Motorsports Toyota Camry … Crew Chief Mark Setzer and the No. 46 Precision Performance Motorsports team will unload chassis 132 for Monday’s Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 140 at Greenville-Pickens Speedway. This car was last raced at New Hampshire Motor Speedway by Henderson, where he posted a top-15 finish.

Welcome Back … BDL Motorsports returns as primary sponsor of the No. 46 Toyota Camry. BDL Motorsports is a premier karting store supplying tires, karts and parts to the Virginia area and has been a partner of Henderson’s from the onset of his racing career.
PPM in Victory Lane … PPM driver and general manager Brandon Gdovic scored his first K&N Pro Series East victory at Greenville in 2013. After starting in the ninth position, Gdovic raced to the front, leading the final 33 laps straight to Victory Lane.
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INDYCAR Grand Prix at The Glen Fast Facts

Race weekend: Friday, Sept. 2 – Sunday, Sept. 4

Track: Watkins Glen International, an 11-turn, 3.37-mile road course in Watkins Glen, N.Y.

Race distance: 60 laps / 202.2 miles

Entry List: INDYCAR Grand Prix at The Glen (PDF)

Push-to-pass parameters: 10 activations for 20 seconds each

Firestone tire allotment: Eight sets primary, three sets alternate

Twitter: @WGI @IndyCar, #INDYCARGP, #IndyCar

Event website: www.theglen.com

INDYCAR website: www.IndyCar.com

2010 race winner (most recent event): Will Power (No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Dallara-Honda)

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Oxford American Racer Three Stars

Waterbury, VT – The American Racer Three Star program will continue in 2016. The program is designed to recognize three teams in no particular order of performance that had outstanding races at ACT US Tour events. There are no specific criteria for deciding who might receive the award of a free American Racer Tire (value $125.00), but a special effort by a team, exceptional race, just plain old hard luck, or other accepted reason to give the award is used to decide the recipients.

The three stars are chosen by officials and winners will receive certificates for the use of a free American Racer tire at a future Tour race of their choosing during 2016.

The awarding of the stars does not allow for anybody in the top three to receive the recognition.
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Payea Takes Third Win of Season in Thriller at Oxford

Oxford, ME – Colchester, VT’s Scott Payea emerged as the victor in a heavyweight thriller at Maine’s Oxford Plains Speedway on Saturday, August 27, beating out Eddie MacDonald, Dillon Moltz, and Brad Babb for his third American-Canadian Tour (ACT) win of the season in the Dave’s Small Engines/Ferris Mowers 100.

Payea, Babb, and MacDonald had engaged in a three-way battle for more than half the race, with Payea and Babb swapping the lead numerous times while MacDonald lurked in the wings. Payea finally gained the edge for good shortly after a lap-79 caution for Emily Packard’s spin, sweeping around the outside of Babb for the event’s 13th lead change. The title contender then held on through two more restarts for his eighth career ACT Late Model Tour victory and first at Oxford.

Hinesburg, VT’s Bobby Therrien, the winner at Oxford in the ACT season opener, led the first five laps from the pole before Rich Dubeau got around him following a hard duel to lead his first laps ever in ACT competition. Babb followed Dubeau up the outside line, then swung to the outside himself to nab the point on lap 18.
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Patnode Wins Second Victor Johnson Memorial 100

 014Todd Patnode took down the win in Saturday’s Victor Johnson Memorial 100 Presented By Swanzey Oil.  The first 67 laps of the race had no cautions. The last 33 laps of the event had 8 cautions. Patnode would win his second Victor Johnson Memorial race in three years. Patnode would take the lead from Russ Hersey with 29 laps to go.  Continue reading ‘Patnode Wins Second Victor Johnson Memorial 100’

Patnode Scores On Home Turf Winning Victor Johnson Memorial 100

Winchester, NH. — Veteran New Hampshire racer Todd Patnode, of Swanzey, rolled to his first series win of the year, and his second Swanzey Oil sponsored ‘Victor Johnson Memorial 100’ victory in three years, as the Valenti Modified Racing Series closed out three race dates at Monadnock Speedway, Winchester, NH, before a large crowd Saturday night. August 20.

Speedway management held a ceremony remembering the late Hall of Fame car owner Mario Fiore prior to the race program. Fiore passed away in June.

Patnode chased early race leader Russ Hersey, also of Swanzey, before taking the lead on lap-71 taking and capturing his first VMRS victory since August 24,2013.
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The Week Ahead: Decker Discusses His Season

Super DIRTcar Series is off until Thursday, Sept. 1

WEEDSPORT, N.Y. – Aug. 21, 2016 – Matt Sheppard and Stewart Friesen are leading the way in the championship standings but it’s the “Franklin Flyer” Billy Decker who is currently sitting third in points hoping to gain ground heading into September.
As Decker looks to gain ground he tells us how his Page Trucking No. 91 team has been doing this season.
 
How is the new team combination going with you and car owner Mike Payne?
 
“It’s going well. Obviously, I’d like to win a little bit more, but overall it’s going well.”

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ABC Supply 500 postponed until Monday by rain

LONG POND, Pa. (Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016) – About the only thing to slow Mikhail Aleshin this weekend at Pocono Raceway is Mother Nature.

Heavy rain this afternoon forced postponement of the ABC Supply 500 at the “Tricky Triangle” until noon ET Monday (NBCSN and the Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network). The green flag for the 200-lap race on the 2.5-mile oval is scheduled to wave at 12:09 p.m. The forecast for Monday calls for sunny skies and a high temperature of 68 degrees Fahrenheit.

CLICK HERE: ABC Supply 500 starting lineup

The delay forces Aleshin, who Saturday became the first Russian driver in Indy car annals to win a pole position, to wait an extra day to lead the 22-car field to the green flag.

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Mother Nature Takes 10th Win at Devil’s Bowl Speedway on Sunday

Dirt Track rained out again; makeup details to be determined

WEST HAVEN, Vt. – It’s getting old at this point, but Devil’s Bowl Speedway has been forced to postpone racing for the tenth time in 2016 due to weather, this time for the Dirt Track on Sunday, August 21. A forecast calling for a 90% to 100% chance of late-afternoon and evening thunderstorms has forced the decision.

Sunday’s event was scheduled to be the “Vince Quenneville Sr. Memorial” for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series, presented by Interstate All Battery Center of Rutland. The event will be made up at a date to be named soon.

Racing returns on Saturday, August 27 at 7:00 p.m. on the half-mile Asphalt Track with the annual “Double Stack Night” presented by Sugar & Spice Restaurant. The event will showcase double feature races for all four weekly divisions, along with the fifth annual Great North American Pancake Eating Championship.
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Rain Washes Out Coughlin’s Last Race at Columbus

COLUMBUS, OHIO – Cody Coughlin went to his home track on Saturday knowing it would be his last chance to score a win at Columbus Motor Speedway. Unfortunately, Coughlin never even got the chance to go for the victory on Saturday night because Mother Nature spoiled the party once again.

Coughlin proved that he’d definitely be a contender for the win in the 30 minutes of practice he and his fellow drivers were given. Coughlin shot to second on the speed charts before the first rain shower came and brought a premature end to the practice session.

With this race being the makeup date for the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Memorial 100 from its originally scheduled Memorial Day weekend slot, Coughlin and his team had an abbreviated schedule for the event. Qualifying was completed back in May, so all he had was practice and the race.
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Ferree Survives to Win PPMS

Imperial, PA (August 20, 2016) Alex Ferree of Saxonburg collected his third Diehl Automotive Super Late Model feature win of the season on Saturday night at Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway. Other feature winners on Colussy Chevrolet Night were John Mollick in the Precise Racing Products RUSH Pro Late Models, Jake Simmons in the Sunoco Race Fuels Sportsman, Chris Ketch in the CarSmile Wiper blades “Thunder on the Dirt” Vintage Racing Series, Joe Podolinsky in the Miley BP Car Wash Hobby Stocks, Michael Jackson in the Imperial Heights Garage Young Guns, and Cody Quarrick in the Four Cylinders.

It was a race to survive in the 25 lap feature for the Diehl Automotive Super Late Models. Colton Flinner and John Mollick were on the front row of the starting grid, with ten of the 11 cars on hand taking the green. Flinner and Mollick raced side by side for the first lap with Flinner leading, as the two made contact at the start/finish line as lap 1 was scored. Josh Holtgraver held third before Brandon Burgoon nosed him at the line for the spot on lap 4, by .001 seconds. This became relevant when the first of two caution periods in the race came out when Jon Hodgkiss lost power on the front stretch. Back to green, Flinner regained the top spot with Mollick looking inside to pass, as eighth starting Alex Ferree was now third and closing on the leaders. Ferree threaded the needle to squeeze by Mollick to take second on lap 6, and made an inside pass on Flinner in turn three to take the lead on lap 7. Mollick made contact with the wall in turn one to bring out the final caution period of the race on lap 10. Flinner retired from the race under caution, dropping the nine cars remaining down to seven. As attrition conquered the last 15 laps, Holtgraver left the race on lap 14, third running Tony Musolino pitted on lap 17 with Butch Neubert also pitting, leaving just four cars running. It was clear sailing at the front for Ferree, who went on to win by 5.820 seconds over point leader Brandon Burgoon. Third place went to Christian Schneider. Tommy Schirnhofer earned fourth place, after his crew made repairs to his car after it suffered problems with the transmission in the heat race. Heat winners were Ferree and Mollick.

Michael Reft and Russ Matejka led the 20 lap Precise Racing Products RUSH Pro Late Model feature event to the green flag with Reft taking command. The first of five caution periods came on lap 2, and Reft continued to lead on the restart over John Mollick and Justin Lamb. Reft also led on a lap 5 restart, but the lap 7 restart was when things started to get interesting. Mollick was able to nose ahead on the restart, but Reft passed him back to regain the lead when lap 8 was scored. Once in front, he was able to pull away from the competition. On lap 10, the red flag waved for a frightening incident on the front stretch where Bryan Goebel rolled his car several times. After several moments, Goebel was thankfully able to exit his heavily damaged car under his own power. When racing resumed, Mollick again gained the lead with Reft able to pass Mollick back to hold on to the race lead. Reft inched away in the top spot, as Ben Policz moved to third and made a challenge to Mollick. The final restart with 17 laps complete changed the outcome of the race. This time, Mollick’s bid for the race lead was successful. Once in front, he went on to collect his fourth feature win of the season. Point leader Daryl Charlier, fourth on the last restart, was able to advance to second, finishing .599 seconds behind the winner. He now leads the point race by nine points over Mollick. Race long leader Reft settled for third, ahead of ninth starting Brandon Burgoon and eighth starting Steve Beatty. Policz, Justin Lamb, Colton Flinner, Matejka, and Scott Schempp completed the top ten. With 22 entries, heat race winners were Flinner, Mollick, and Policz.
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Practice Pays Off for Jones in Lee Fields Memorial

IRVINGTON, Ala. — When the green flag flew Saturday on the Lee Fields Memorial at Mobile International Speedway, all eyes were on the likes of Christopher Bell, Augie Grill, and Donnie Wilson. But when it was all said and done, a dominating performance by Garrett Jones was the topic of conversation.

Jones started the 150-lap Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco race from outside the top 10 but worked his way into third by the lap 75 break. When the race went back green, problems for leaders Augie Grill and Donnie Wilson opened the door for Jones who was more than ready to capitalize and run away with the lead.

Jones opened up more than a seven-second lead when the checkered flag waved to capture his first win in a Super Late Model.

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Mother Nature Strikes Again as Utica-Rome Speedway Loses Another Show to Rain

VERNON, NY- All too often throughout the 2016 campaign at Utica-Rome Speedway, Mother Nature has saved her fury for Sundays and as track officials were preparing for the Sunday, August 21 program, she struck again. Late morning rain sweeping through the region and a forecast the called for several more hours of rain forced track owners Bill and Kim Shea to cancel. This will be the eighth complete rain out in 2016 and the ninth affected by rain.

Gates-Cole Insurance and Certified Auto Outlet was to present a full show of Gates-Cole Insurance Modifieds, SUNY Canton 602 Sportsman, Broedel Energy Open Sportsman, and G&I Homes of Vernon Pro Stocks plus Vintage Sportsman/Modifieds.

This coming weekend is a rare double header at the Utica-Rome Speedway. On Friday, August 26, Clinton Tractor will present Truck Pulls by Shootout Productions, featuring four divisions of trucks including Enhanced Gas, 2.5 Workstock, 2.6 Diesel, and Mod 4×4. Gates open at 4:30 p.m. with pulling starting at 7 p.m. More information can be found at www.shootoutproductionsinc.com.
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Haas F1 Team Back to Business in Belgium

Belgian Grand Prix Serves as European Homecoming for Haas Automation

KANNAPOLIS, North Carolina (Aug. 21, 2016) – Those toiling within the globe-trotting FIA Formula One World Championship earned a three-week reprieve following the German Grand Prix July 31 in Hockenheim. The mandated summer shutdown allowed crew members to reacquaint themselves with their families and recharge prior to the stretch run of this year’s 21-race calendar, which resumes Aug. 26-28 with the Belgian Grand Prix at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps.

Measuring in at 7.004 kilometers (4.352 miles), Spa is the longest venue in Formula One, outdistancing the series’ second-longest track, the 6.003-kilometer (3.730-mile) Baku City Circuit, by 1.001 kilometers (.622 of a mile). In addition to its length, Spa is known for its reputation of being a driver’s track, thanks in large part to the addition of the signature Eau Rouge and Raidillon corners in 1939, which created a fast and sweeping uphill, left-right-left combination that drivers view with reverence and attack with gusto.

Spa has hosted Formula One since 1925, with this year’s Belgian Grand Prix serving as the venue’s 49th grand prix. The 19-turn circuit is a favorite of Haas F1 Team drivers Romain Grosjean and Esteban Gutiérrez. Before securing his most recent podium when he finished third in last year’s Belgian Grand Prix, Grosjean clinched the 2011 GP2 Series title at the venerable track. And Gutiérrez, with two Formula One starts at Spa, has enjoyed some fine drives in the wet when he visited the circuit during his junior career in GP2 and GP3.

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Craig Vondohren Earns 100th Modified Victory at Grandview; Brian Shuey Tops in Late Models and Paul Kline Wins Sportsman Main Event on Saturday Night

BECHTELSVILLE, PA. August 21, 2016 . . . It all began in 1981 when Craig VonDohren won his first modified feature at Grandview Speedway. As time went on the defending point champion continued to rack up the wins driving for either the family or other car owners. Saturday night, 35 years later, the Oley leadfoot and current point leader, scored his 100th win in the division the post back-to-back victorious and his fifth of the season in the 35-Lap T.P. Trailers NASCAR 358 Modified All-American Racing Series feature event. In addition to the top prize he also pocketed $250 from T.P. Trailers plus $150 in product contingency awards from VP Fuels for running gas.

Brian Shuey also scored his fifth win of the season by a 0.607 margin over runner-up Dan Green in the 25-Lap BRC NASCAR Late Model feature to be the seventh different winner. He also earned an additional $100 from T.P. Trailers and the ½-way Dan’s Deli hoagie award.

The caution riddled 25-lap NASCAR Sportsman feature winner for the third time was Paul Kline as time ran short for runner-up Craig Whitmoyer to catch him. Whitmoyer’s second place finish put him on top of the point standings ahead of Jordan Henn and Mike Lisowski. T.P. Trailers also awarded Kline $100.

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Sam Hafertepe, Jr. Holds On for Lucas Oil ASCS Victory at St. Francois County Raceway

FARMINGTON, Mo. (August 20, 2016) The debut of the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network at the St. Francois County Raceway came down to the final lap as Sam Hafertepe, Jr. narrowly held off local track champion, Joey Montgomery, at the line to win the Dean Adams Classic.

Leading from the drop of the green, the race’s third and final caution flew as the leaders took the white flag. Going back to the last fully completed lap, the final rounds were a dogfight as Hafertepe worked every inch of the quarter-mile oval to hold off Montgomery, who had marched to second from the 10th starting spot.

“I told everybody all night that No. 5 car was probably the best car here,” commented Sam who notched his seventh National Tour win of the season. “I knew he started back pretty far. We were so good for so long, I wasn’t sure where he was and I was getting through lapped traffic pretty good, but thank God the race wasn’t one more lap.”

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Bell Dominant in Return to Devil’s Bowl Speedway Victory Lane

Bertrand scores Mini Stock special; Bergeron, FitzGerald win

WEST HAVEN, Vt. – Alex Bell left little doubt about the strength and speed of his racecar on Saturday, August 20 at Devil’s Bowl Speedway, winning in NASCAR Whelen All-American Series competition for the first time in three years. Bell scored on the half-mile Asphalt Track at Devil’s Bowl on Brown’s Quarried Slate/Brown’s Orchard & Farm Stand Night, along with Brad Bertrand, Chris Bergeron, and Scott FitzGerald.

Bell was simply dominant in the 30-lap main event for the Bond Auto Parts Sportsman Modified division. The Cambridge, N.Y., racer started in third place and took the lead from Dave Snow at lap 7, then left the field in his wake to open up a half-lap lead. The caution flag waved for two big wrecks on laps 25 and 26 and brought Bell back to striking distance for a pair of restarts, but he was never seriously challenged and drove his No. 23 Hos-Cot Builders/Hermann Construction car to his first win at Devil’s Bowl since May 31, 2013.

Vince Quenneville Jr. of Brandon, Vt., escaped from a bump in the lap 25 incident to finish as the runner-up after lots of position-shuffling and bent sheet metal in the final five laps. Travis Bruno of Morrisonville, N.Y., finished third, followed by Billy Lussier and Joey Roberts. Late Model division regular Chad White avoided trouble and finished sixth in his first Modified race, followed by Bob Kilburn, Snow, Chuck Bradford, and Ron Proctor.

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Hodges Stops R.J. Johnson Sweep in Freedom Tour Finale at DCRP

DODGE CITY, Kan. (August 20, 2016) – It was very nearly the week of R.J. Johnson entirely.  New Mexico’s Josh Hodges had other ideas though.

After Johnson won the opening two rounds of the USAC Southwest “Freedom Tour” earlier in the week, the Phoenix shoe added a POWRi West Summer Showdown win to kick off Saturday night’s feature action atop the 3/8-mile Dodge City Raceway Park.

And the sweep of the night and “Freedom Tour” was well within reach with Johnson gridding the feature from the pole position.  But, after leading the opening half of the race and then once again recapturing the lead, Johnson surrendered the point to Hodges in the final handful of circuits in the 30-lapper.

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Ben Russo and Jeff Szafraniec Split Hornet Feature Wins at Holland

Tom Northem and Zach Myers Share Charger Triumphs

HOLLAND, New York (August 20, 2016) – Holland International Speedway beat mother nature this past Saturday night as VSP Graphics Group presented First Responders Appreciation Night. Ben Russo from Lancaster, NY picked up the win in the Bank of Holland Hornets feature in their first of two features on the night. For Russo, it was his third win of the season. Jeff Szafraniec from Buffalo, NY won his third feature of the season in the nightcap for the Hornets. Tom Northem from Alden, NY scored the win in the first twin 25 for the Getzoni Nationwide Insurance Agency NASCAR Pro Chargers for his third win of the season. Zach Myers took “the Fastest Grocery Getter in WNY” back to victory lane for the fourth time in 2016 in the second Charger feature. Brandon DeBrakeleer from Mill Village, Pennsylvania picked up his fourth win of the season for the Advance Auto Parts INEX Legends. Dale Lombardo from Dunkirk, NY claimed another win in the Rookie 4’s. Jim Steins from South Wales, NY earned his fifth win of the season in the M&M U Pull-It Figure 8’s.

In the first of the twin 25 features for the Bank of Holland Hornets Adam Killingbeck and Mandie Orr set the pace and it was Orr showing the way. Bob Palmer would take the lead from his sixth starting spot at the end of the first scored lap with Jason Adams taking second away from Orr. Tyler Pastorious hit the turn four wall hard to bring out the races first caution on lap five. On the restart, Adams would take the lead away. Ben Russo would take the lead away from Adams at the halfway point and George Anthony would take second away from Adams just one lap later. Russo pulled away to score the win with Szafraniec in second, George Anthony, and Jason Adams rounding out the top four.

In the nightcap, Adam Killingbeck and Bob Bogner set the front row and it was Bogner jumping into the lead with Bob Palmer running in second place. Adam Killingbeck went three wide in turn three and got loose and Kathie Ricketson got collected as she had nowhere to go to bring out the races first caution with just two laps completed. Both drivers climbed out of their cars under their own power. Off the restart, Bogner would continue to lead the event with Jason Adams taking second away from Palmer with Jeff Szafraniec moving into third. Adams would take the lead on lap five as Szafraniec moved into second. Szafraniec would take over the lead on lap eight as Anton Anderson III would take second away from Adams and would begin to go after the race lead. Anderson would throw everything he had at Szafraniec until he had issues on the final lap. Szafraniec would go on to score the win, his third of the season.
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Chadwick & Rocco Score SK Modified Twin Features at New London-Waterford

WATERFORD – Tyler Chadwick and Keith Rocco picked up victories in the premier SK Modified features Saturday night at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl.

Rocco also won the Late Model feature. Cory DiMatteo won the SK Light Modified feature. Chris Meyer scored the victory in the Limited Sportsman feature. Charles Canfield won the Mini Stock feature.

Chadwick, of Ledyard, got his third victory of the season in the first 35-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series SK Modified feature.

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Mother Nature Forces Another Evergreen Raceway Cancellation

St. Johns, PA (8/20/2016)- In what seems to be an ongoing battle with Mother Nature, Evergreen Raceway officials have made the decision to cancel their event that was slated for Sunday, August 21. The show, which was supposed to highlight the Tour-Type Modifieds, won’t be rescheduled due to the next Tour Type Modified being just a few weeks away. It’s slated for Sunday, September 11.

“I absolutely hate it for the racers and their fans”, noted track promoter, Jason Makarewicz.   “We kept a close eye on the forecast for the last three days and all its done was get worse. We also kicked around the idea of making up this special Modified show on the same day as our next Enduro. The idea was a great one, but unfortunately that won’t happen because of the Tour Modifieds being on the schedule for the week following the Enduro.” He continued, “Thanks to Mother Nature, we definitely learned this year. I and a lot of others are just really looking forward the near perfect fall racing weather.”

With the slew of cancellations over the last month and a half, many of the track’s regular divisions have been on the sidelines. Many of them are excited to be back on the asphalt next Sunday, August 28, including the Evergreen Modifieds, Street Stocks, Factory Stocks and Four Cylinders. A Powder Puff race is also on the schedule for the Four Cylinder and Factory Stocks/Street Stocks.

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