Stafford Motor Speedway Releases Its 2016 Late Model Rulebook

Stafford Springs, CT — With the 2015 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series winding down towards a conclusion with only 4 races left, Stafford Motor Speedway officials have released the 2016 rules for its Late Model division with a single change from the 2015 season.

The change from the 2015 season for the Late Model division deals with Ignition System.  Per rule 20G 6.1 Ignition System, only MSD #8727CT or MSD #8728 External RPM limiters may be used.

Stafford’s 2016 Late Model rulebook can be found online at by moving your mouse over the TEAMS tab on the homepage and then under Paddock (Racers Area), click on Rulebooks by Division.

Stay tuned to SMS Online in the coming weeks for updated 2016 rulebooks for the SK Light, Limited Late Model, and DARE Stock divisions.

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Former 3-Time DARE Stock Champion Norm Sears Ready to Make SK Light Debut at Stafford Motor Speedway

Stafford Springs, CT — Stafford Speedway’s SK Light division is set to add a brand new car to its ranks this Friday night when Norm Sears makes his debut.  Sears is a former 3-time DARE Stock champion at Stafford (2006-2008) and he was a full fender standout with 10 career DARE wins to go along with his three championships as well as 5 career wins in the Limited Late Model division.  Sears says he is realizing a childhood dream by climbing behind the wheel of a modified at Stafford.

“Sitting in the grandstands as a kid watching the SK Modifieds®, I always wanted to drive one,” said Sears.  “With this opportunity, it’s the next thing on my bucket list to do in racing.”

Sears will drive a car that was a former Mark Aspinall owned SK car.  It will carry sponsorship from Fluckiger Race Chassis, Bobtails Auto Body, Sears & Son Landscaping, and Aspinall Electric and it will have a familiar look with a yellow paint scheme and the #8 that he used during one of his DARE Stock championship years.

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Points Leader Chris Pasteryak Ready for VMRS 80 at Stafford Speedway

Stafford Springs, CT — After a dismal start to the 2015 Valenti Modified Racing Series season, Chris Pasteryak has turned on the afterburners with 4 wins and he finds himself leading the championship standings as the VMRS comes to Stafford this Friday night, September 4th for the VMRS 80.  Pasteryak is a former VMRS winner at Stafford in September of 2011 and another win at Stafford would continue the positive surge he and his #5 team sponsored by Seals-It, Sunoco Race Fuels, Dawley’s Collision and Custom, and Bilstein Shocks have been on.

“Another win at Stafford would be great,” said Pasteryak.  “Before this year, our Stafford win was my last win in a modified.  It took me 4 years to get back to victory lane so I’m trying to savor every one because you never know when it’ll be your last win.  It feels pretty good to be leading the points.  We only got the point lead because Woody skipped the Oxford race, but we finished last in the first Stafford race that Woody won, so that’s kind of an even swap.  He’s not going to go away, he’s good at the three remaining tracks on the schedule and he’s going to be tough.  Todd Patnode is also good at the last three tracks and if we’re not careful, he might walk away with the whole thing.”

With 4 wins in the last 7 VMRS races, Pasteryak and his #5 team are riding high with confidence.  Despite the wave of momentum they have on their side, Pasteryak will face a tough challenge if he is going to win at Stafford.  Woody Pitkat has won the first 2 VMRS races of the year at Stafford and thanks to his win at Oxford, Pasteryak can start the Stafford race no higher than 12th place.  But that hasn’t dampened his enthusiasm for trying to get his 5th win of the year.

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Rowan Pennink & Ryan Preece Separated by Only 26 Points in SK Mod Championship Chase

Stafford Springs, CT — For the majority of the 2015 SK Modified® season, Rowan Pennink and the #99 NAPA Van Wickle Auto Supply team have been in control of the race for the championship.  They won the season opening NAPA Spring Sizzler feature and have been at the top of the points standings for all but a few weeks of the season.

While they have been the dominant team with 6 wins and 15 top-5 finishes, Pennink only has a 26 point lead over the #6 East West Marine / Sullivan & Sons team of Ryan Preece.  Preece has been the most consistent driver with 17 top-5 finishes, but he trails Pennink in wins by a 6-2 margin and in top-5 finishes by a 15-13 margin.  With a 26-point deficit to make up over the final four races, Preece knows that his team has to raise their game and get back to NAPA Victory Lane.

“I think we have to do something different since we’re behind,” said Preece.  “We haven’t exactly been the dominant car this season so that makes winning races tougher, but that’s why we work every single week to make the car better.  We know where on the racetrack we need to be better and we just need to figure out what we need to do to be a little bit better in that area.  Hopefully this week will be the week for us to get things changed around and if we can do that, everything else should take care of itself.”

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GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma Post-Event Infractions, Manufacturer Championship Points Update

INDIANAPOLIS (Sept. 2, 2015) – INDYCAR announced the following post-event infractions following the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma, which was held Aug. 30 at Sonoma Raceway:

• The No. 22 Team Penske entry was fined $2,500 for violating Rule (courtesy zone) and Rule (lane usage) of the Verizon IndyCar Series rulebook.

• The No. 67 CFH Racing entry was fined $500 for violating Rule (contact with another car’s pit equipment).

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Last Huset’s Appearance this Sunday for FVP National Sprint League

Windom, MN (September 2, 2015) – The FVP National Sprint League makes it’s last stop at the Huset’s Speedway this Sunday night, September 6!  It’s not only the last appearance of the season at Huset’s, but the track will also become Badlands Motor Speedway in 2016.  So far this season, three different winners have graced Victory Lane at Huset’s including Danny Lasoski, Mark Dobmeier and current track point leader, Dusty Zomer.

Lasoski leads the NSL point race heading into the weekend ahead of 2014 Knoxville Raceway track champion, Ian Madsen, two-time “King of California” Tim Kaeding, seven-time IRA champion, Bill Balog and eight-time Huset’s Speedway champ, Terry McCarl.  All are expected to be racing Sunday.

They will be joined by two-time USAC sprint and midget champion, Bryan Clauson, two-time Knoxville track champ, Brian Brown, former Huset’s champ, Lynton Jeffrey, five-time Huset’s titlist, Mark Dobmeier, nine-time Australian World Series Sprintcars champion, Brooke Tatnell, 2014 $10,000 Dollar Loan Center Night winner, Austin McCarl, 2013 Huset’s 360 champ, Matt Juhl, Tasker Phillips, Dakota Hendrickson and more!

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NASCAR National Series News & Notes — Darlington

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Next Race: Bojangles’ Southern 500
The Place: Darlington Raceway
The Date: Sunday, Sept. 6
The Time: 7 p.m. (ET)
TV: NBC, 7 p.m. (ET)
Radio: MRN, SiriusXM Ch. 90
Distance: 501.3 miles (367 laps)

Next Race: VFW Sports Clips Help a Hero 200
The Place: Darlington Raceway
The Date: Saturday, Sept. 5
The Time: 3:30 p.m. (ET)
TV: NBC, 3 p.m. (ET)
Radio: MRN, SiriusXM Ch. 90
Distance: 200.8 miles (147 laps)

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
Next Race: American Ethanol E15 225
The Place: Chicagoland Speedway
The Date: Friday, Sept. 18
The Time: 8:30 p.m. (ET)
TV: FOX Sports 1, 8 p.m. (ET)
Radio: MRN, SiriusXM Ch. 90
Distance: 225 miles (150 laps)


Darlington Not ‘Too Tough To Tame’ For Gordon

Making his final start at Darlington Sunday in the Bojangles’ Southern 500 (7 p.m. ET on NBC), Jeff Gordon will attempt to add to his active record of seven wins at the track “Too Tough To Tame.”

Gordon ranks third on the all-time Darlington wins list behind NASCAR Hall of Famers David Pearson (10) and Dale Earnhardt (9). The active driver with the next-highest total is Jimmie Johnson (3).

The No. 24 Chevrolet driver is currently 15th on the Chase Grid, 52 points above the cutoff line. On the season, he has three top fives, 12 top 10s and three Coors Light Pole Awards.

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Verizon IndyCar Series Increases TV Ratings and Viewership for Second Consecutive Year

Key Points

  •  In 2015, Verizon IndyCar Series television broadcast/cable ratings and viewership increased 15 percent and 16 percent, respectively.
  • 2015 was the second consecutive year of overall viewership growth for INDYCAR. Since the 2013 season, INDYCAR has increased average TV ratings and viewership by 36 percent and 38 percent, respectively.   
  • 2015 was most-watched Verizon IndyCar Series season on NBCSN and the third consecutive year of growth on the network. The final six telecasts of the season were six of the 10 most-viewed ever on NBCSN. The Mid-Ohio and Sonoma races set a new benchmark and were the two most viewed in the history of INDYCAR on NBCSN.
  • This year’s season finale at Sonoma was the highest-rated and most-viewed race for INDYCAR on NBCSN since the network first aired Verizon IndyCar Series races in 2009. The audience for the Go Pro Grand Prix of Sonoma averaged 841,000 viewers and peaked at more than one million viewers.

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Thunder Road to Crown Champions at 37th Labor Day Classic

Barre, VT – The 2015 “King of the Road” will be crowned this Sunday, September 6 in the 37th Coca-Cola Labor Day Classic 200. N. Haverhill, NH’s Derrick O’Donnell is set to claim his third consecutive Thunder Road Late Model Championship, while the title battles in the Bond Auto Tiger Sportsmen and Allen Lumber Street Stocks will come down to the final laps.

O’Donnell sped to his fourth victory of the season last Thursday at Thunder Road. The win mathematically clinched a record-tying third straight Late Model title. O’Donnell joins Chuck Beede (1992-1994) as the only drivers to be “King of the Road” three years running.

“Each championship has had its own story behind it,” O’Donnell reflected. “It’s been an up-and-down year, and we weren’t really positive for a while whether we were going to run the full season for points. We finally had to make the decision that that we were going to do it and go ‘all in’.

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#13 Not So Unlucky at Jackson Nationals Thanks to Hysteria Chassis

Windom, MN (September 2, 2015) – Dale Bradley of Hysteria Chassis in Estherville, Iowa is making sure the number 13 is not so unlucky at the Jackson Nationals Friday, September 4 and Saturday, September 5!

Dale will be providing a jacob’s ladder to the 13th place finisher in the 360 class on Friday night.  The 13th place finisher with the FVP National Sprint League on Saturday night will also receive a jacob’s ladder from Hysteria Chassis!

Hysteria Chassis

Hysterida Chassis is located in Estherville, Iowa.  Dale Bradley specializes in sprint car chassis, as well as metal fabrication and welding services for racers.  Call Hysteria Chassis at 712 209-1600 or visit them on Facebook.

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Cabral Sweeps NEMA’s Return to Star Speedway

Epping, NH — Randy Cabral ended a victory lane dry spell in convincing fashion this past Saturday evening in NEMA’s triumphant return to the Webber family’s Star Speedway. Cabral won the NEMA Lites feature in dramatic fashion with two laps to go, and captured the NEMA feature in convincing fashion.

In the Lites race, a first lap altercation between Dennis O’Brien and Danny Cugini sent Cugini’s badly damaged race car off on the hook, and Cugini was badly bruised up in the incident. When the race resumed, Paul Scally, looking for his first Lites victory, stormed out into the lead. Scally would be hotly pursued by Cabral in his family owned #35.

As the laps wound down, and the duo approached lapped traffic, Cabral began to catch Scally, as they caught the #41 of Meg Cugini. With two laps to go, Scally looked high on Cugini, and Cabral stormed to the bottom, taking both Cugini and taking over the lead from Scally. Hard charger, Anthony Payne inserted into the mix, also getting by Scally for second. Cabral would take down the victory, and would be followed by new points leader Payne, Scally, Scott Bigelow and ISMA Super Modified Standout, Chris Perley.

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Spotter Bytes


By Wayne “Muffy” WildermuthSpotting Avitar

Wednesday was a double header of sorts for me. Wednesday morning at 3:00 am I was up and on the road to the New Hampshire Motor Speedway for a practice session with the American Canadian Tour (ACT). I was spotting for the Summit Ice #07 car that was being driven by Woody Pitkat. The car was decent during the first half of the test session, but needed minor tweaking. We aint got no time fur dat. Woody and I had to cut practice short and we missed the simulated race event that was planned
for after lunch because we had to leave after the lunch break in order to make it to Thompson Speedway for the racing event scheduled for that evening.Loudon-20150826-00206 The car was decent (top 5 I think) and Woody seemed comfortable too, so when we come back to race it in late September during the Whelen Modified Tour event weekend, we can dial it in some more and hopefully come away with a solid finish.

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Spotter Bytes


By Wayne “Muffy” WildermuthSpotting Avitar

So this was the week everyone on the Whelen Modified Tours were waiting for, its Bristol Baby! So it was time to pack the car for a long trip. It would be for 3 days, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, with the race being on Wednesday. The drive was expected to take about 11-12 hours if all went well. We left in the wee hours of the morning and headed to Bristol, Virginia to our hotel. Yes, I meant to say Bristol, Virginia, it was only about 20 minutes from the track in Bristol, Tennessee. So we were on the road and we were making good time, Check up! Check up! We were at a standstill. When I say standstill, I mean standstill. We even got out of the vehicle on the highway and stretched our legs for a while. We were in Pulaski, Virginia and only a mile before an exit, but we were stuck. Nothing was moving. It was Continue reading ‘Spotter Bytes’

USAC DMA Series Ready to Roll into Albany-Saratoga Speedway for Race Two of Triple Crown Presented by New England Racing Fuel

Ellington, CT: It has been a year in the making but this Friday night the USAC Dirt Midget Association will take to the famed dirt track at Albany-Saratoga Speedway. This is race two of the Triple Crown Presented by New England Racing Fuel.

The series regulars such as 2014 Champion Adam Pierson, last weekend’s winner of race one Josh Sunn along with drivers such as Ray Miller in his famous black 1W, Jeff Horn in the red 1R along with twenty teams will be ready to see who can win race two of the triple crown run.

Also joining the series for this race and towing all the way from Indy, is USAC standout John Heydenreich who has over five hundred wins to his credit. Bret Hearn, who is coming off of several big wins, will be strapping into one of the USAC dirt midgets for this race to see what he can accomplish against the series regulars.

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A Cinderella Story For Hinckley At Monadnock

Hinckley 2Les Hinckley out of Windsor Locks, CT scored an emotional victory on Saturday night in the Victor Johnson Memorial 100 Valenti Modified Racing Series event at the Monadnock Speedway. It was Hinckley’s 5th win at the quarter mile oval. Hinckley would start on the pole. Point leader Woody Pitkat would started 6th and take the lead from Hinckley on lap 10. There was only one caution on lap 45. Hinckley would retake the lead from Pitkat with 48 laps remaining and not look back. With less than 10 laps remaining Todd Patnode would move into second and Russ Hersey would follow into third. At line it would be Les Hinckley followed by Todd Patnode, Russ Hersey, Woody Pitkat, and Todd Szegedy rounding out the top 5. Sixth through tenth was Chris Pasteryak, Dave Schneider, Matt Mead, Rowan Pennink, and Carl Mederios, JR. Continue reading ‘A Cinderella Story For Hinckley At Monadnock’

Driver Justin Wilson Succumbs to Injuries

INDIANAPOLIS (Aug. 24, 2015) – INDYCAR announced that driver Justin Wilson, who enjoyed success in multiple motorsports series during a two-decade professional career, died today from a head injury sustained in the Verizon IndyCar Series race Aug. 23 at Pocono Raceway. He was 37.

“This is a monumentally sad day for INDYCAR and the motorsports community as a whole,” said Mark Miles, CEO of Hulman & Co., the parent of INDYCAR and Indianapolis Motor Speedway. “Justin’s elite ability to drive a race car was matched by his unwavering kindness, character and humility – which is what made him one of the most respected members of the paddock. As we know, the racing industry is one big family, and our efforts moving forward will be focused on rallying around Justin’s family to ensure they get the support they need during this unbelievably difficult time.”

Wilson was struck by debris from a single-car crash on Lap 180 of the 200-lap race on the 2.5-mile triangular oval. Wilson was attended to by the Holmatro Safety Team and airlifted to Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest in Allentown, Pa.

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Kade Morton Leads the Way into Lone Star Double Header with the ASCS Red River Region

TULSA, Okla. (August 24, 2015) With nine nights remaining for the American Bank of Oklahoma ASCS Red River Region presented by Smiley’s Racing Products, the race for the 2015 championship is beginning to tighten up as the series prepares for a Lone Star sized double header at the Red River Speedway in Wichita Falls, Texas on Friday, August 28 and Abilene Speedway in Abilene, Texas on Saturday, August 29.

Leading the charge into the weekend is Coweta, Oklahoma’s Kade Morton.

A newcomer to the Sprint Car ranks, 20 year old Morton is already an accomplished Micro driver, having come through the ranks at Port City Raceway before jumping into Sprint Car competition in 2013.

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Sage Karam Medical Update

INDIANAPOLIS (Aug. 24, 2015) – Verizon IndyCar Series driver Sage Karam was released from Lehigh Valley Hospital – Cedar Crest in Allentown, Pa., on Aug. 23 after evaluation of his right heel and left wrist following an incident earlier that day during the race at Pocono Raceway.
Karam was transported by ground to the hospital following the crash on Lap 180. According to Dr. Terry Trammell, INDYCAR medical consultant, CT scans revealed no broken bones for the Chip Ganassi Racing Teams driver from Nazareth, Pa. Karam, 20, will be re-evaluated before being cleared to drive.
“First and foremost, I just hope everything is OK with Justin Wilson,” Karam said. “Justin is the priority and everything else is secondary at this point. As far as the race, we had a really great race car and I felt comfortable and in a position to be in striking distance for the win. The car just unfortunately came around on me in the middle of Turn 1 and I had no indication it was about to go.”

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Branham, Aubin Split Modified Mains at Airborne Park Speedway

Turner tops Renegades; O’Neil returns to Mini-Mod winner’s circle

PLATTSBURGH, NY – It was the tale of two very different race at Airborne Park Speedway on Saturday, August 22, but for Bucko Branham and Codie Aubin, the results were the same. The hometown duo were the winners in a pair of 25-lap main events sponsored by Yando’s Big M Supermarkets, Casella Waste Systems, and the New York Army National Guard, and highlighted a night that also saw Richie Turner, Dale O’Neil, Brett Wood, and Chris Reeves visit victory lane.

Branham survived major carnage to win the opening event for the J&S Steel Modified division of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series presented by Yandow Sales & Service and John Deere. Only eight of the original 17 starters were able to finish the race after several multi-car crashes, including one that required a 10-minute red flag for cleanup. When the smoke cleared, Branham had his fourth victory of the season, beating Clintonville’s Greg Atkins, point leader Nick Heywood, Aubin, and Jamie LaFountain.

The second 25-lap race was the complete opposite, running start to finish without incident. Aubin led every lap, but had constant pressure from behind – first from Atkins, then in the final laps from rookie Danny Sullivan of Morrisonville. Aubin crossed the finish line first to become the 10th different feature winner in the Modified class in 2015. Sullivan took runner-up honors ahead of Atkins, Mike Wells, and rookie Jamy Begor.

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NASCAR Relocating New York Office in 2016

Existing Lease Set to Expire; NASCAR Moving to More Efficient Space on Madison Avenue

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (August 24, 2015) – NASCAR, which has had an office in New York City since the 1990s, has completed a new lease agreement to move into new space just a block away from its current location. The new location keeps NASCAR in close proximity to important industry marketing and media partners and the chance to streamline and customize the office for its needs.

“We will be moving to a much more efficient and effective space for our current and long term needs in New York,” said NASCAR Chief Operating Officer Brent Dewar. “We are very pleased with the location, amenities and very significant cost savings we’ll achieve over the term of the agreement. Our New York office is important not only to NASCAR, but to the entire industry. It is important we have a strong presence in the financial and marketing capital of the world.”

NASCAR expects to complete the move in the spring of 2016.

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Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park Wraps Up Summer Racing Series with Pepsi Back to School Bash

This Wednesday, August 26th, marks the final race in the Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park (TSMP) summer series and the last NASCAR event before the final championship weekend in October. On the schedule for the Pepsi Back to School Bash will be TSMP’s top open-wheel division, the Sunoco Modifieds, who will be racing in two separate 25 lap features.

Competing in the Sunoco Modified Double Features, will be two of the top-5 contenders for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series (NWAAS) National Championship – Keith Rocco & Ryan Preece. Keith Rocco held the lead in the standings up until recently, however a broken wrist in the Sunoco Modified race at TSMP on July 8th, has caused him to drop down to second place. Ryan Preece currently sits in third in the national standings, boosted by a win at TSMP at the last race, the Budweiser ‘King of Beers’ 150. Woody Pitkat currently sits in the lead in the TSMP championship standings.

Also competing on Wednesday night will be TSMP’s other three NWAAS divisions, the Late Models, Xtramart Limited Sportsman and the Monster Mini Stocks. The Monster Mini Stocks will complete their third and final race in the Triple Crown Championship mini-series. Eric Bourgeois currently leads the Triple Crown standings, with Nicholas Matera and Dave Trudeau rounding out the top three.

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Magical Night for Chambers, Captures First NEMA Win at Claremont; Nocella Wins Lites

Bridgewater, MA — This past Friday evening, NEMA made a return to Claremont Speedway.  Beautiful weather, despite a grim forecast, and a professionally run operation greeted the winged warriors at the Speedway.

“I’m still at a loss for words.  I don’t even know what to say,” were the first words from Jim Chambers on Saturday, following his first ever NEMA win at Claremont Speedway.

In the NEMA feature, Chambers bolted out into the lead on lap one.  A caution for an altercation involving Paul Scally, brought the field back to its original formation.  On the restart, which would be the only one of the race, Chambers quickly took command again.

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Speedway 95 News Release 08-22-15

(Hermon, Me) The rain in the forecast held off for another evening of racing at Speedway 95 in Hermon Saturday Night August 22nd.

After a runner-up finish in the qualifier, Bobby Seger, Jr. of Winterport found the right set-up for the feature, driving what he called in victory lane, the fastest car he has ever driven. Despite a back and forth side-by-side race with Jordan Pearson of Hermon for the first few laps of the series race in the third and final Cassella Waste Street division Pine Tree Waste series race, Seger used lapped traffic to grab the top spot and bury the field to the checkered flag. The commanding win for Seger secured for him the series championship. Pearson finished second with Asa Jones of Sullivan finishing third.

The Darlings Ford Sportsmen series went caution free for both the heat and the feature with Holden’s Steve Kimball taking the top spot. Shane Tatro of Levant finished in the second position with rookie Trey Brown of Winteport crossing the line for third. Both the heat and the feature went caution free.

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Patience Pays Off for Preece

Wins Delayed, Rain-Shortened NASCAR Whelen Modified Race At Bristol

BRISTOL, Tenn. (Aug. 19, 2015) – Ryan Preece positioned himself in the right place at the right time, and took home the Bush’s Beans 150 trophy Wednesday in the annual combination race for the NASCAR Whelen Modified and Whelen Southern Modified Tours.

On a night that saw rain pause, and ultimately shorten the Bush’s Beans 150, Preece grabbed the lead on Lap 75 just before the midway break and held the position during a subsequent caution on Lap 96. As rain and severe thunderstorms loomed during track clean-up, NASCAR officials threw the yellow-checkered flag on Lap 103, sending Preece’s No. 6 TS Haulers/East West Marine Chevrolet to Victory Lane.

Promptly, during those Victory Lane ceremonies, the deluge ensued.

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Steve Kimball Takes Roadrunner Win at Speedway 95

After losing a hard fought battle for the win in his Sportsman car Saturday night, Steve Kimball of Holden was on the winning end of a hard fought battle in the RoadRunner feature at Speedway 95 Wednesday night. Kimball started 7th in the 38 car field, ran in the top five all race long and finally got by Skowhegan’s Kris Matchett on lap 18 of the 20 lap feature. Matchett had run in the lead for most of the race, but on lap 18, Kimball ran him wide coming out of turn 4 to take the lead, with Anthony Miles of Winterport sneaking by Matchett to place second. Matchett recovered to finish third, with Travis Beale of Hampden and Dustan Durrell of Newburgh rounding out the top five. Durban Davis of Etna, Travis Beale of Hampden and Keith Drost of Stetson won the qualifying heat races earlier in the evening.

Zach Audet of Skowhegan won his fifth Modified Enduro race of the season, after taking the lead from Milo’s Dustin Lancaster on lap 7 of the 20 lap event. Dennis Burns of Carmel finished in second with Hampden’s Danielle Beale coming in third. Fourth went to Lancaster with Rhonda Crain of Hermon finishing fifth.

Following a lap 2 caution and restart, Marcus Dunn of Newburgh ran on the bumper of Glenburn’s Scott Hunt JR. for 16 laps of the Stars of Tomorrow feature and finally made the pass for the win on lap 18, leading the final two laps to the checkers. Hunt finished second, followed by Greenfield’s Nicholas Cota. Fourth went to Jordan Kimball with Orono’s Cody Farnsworth finishing fifth.

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QUALIFYING: Record Run for Pitkat

Thunders To Bristol Modified Pole

BRISTOL, Tenn. – “Thunder Valley” is one of multiple nicknames that Bristol Motor Speedway carries. Wednesday the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tours provided plenty of thunder in Coors Light Pole qualifying.

Woody Pitkat led a charge of 10 cars who qualified under the previous track mark for the division. A fast lap of 14.654 seconds (130.940 mph) earned the Stafford, Connecticut, native his fourth career Whelen Modified Tour pole and topped Donny Lia’s previous record set in 2009 at 14.806 (129.596).

The first three of Pitkat’s Coors Light Poles all came at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.

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Timmy Solomito Set for Bristol Return

Timmy Solomito of Islip, NY has top 10 finishes in 46% of his 30 starts. The sophomore driver is seventh in NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour points with one top five and six top tens. He has 4 finishes outside the top 10 in his first season with Flamingo Motorsports. Since the DNF at Monadnock, Solomito had top tens at Stafford and Thompson.

“We’re not really setting the world on fire yet, but just still kind of learning each other, and learning the tracks pretty much,” Solomito said. “It’s been a long road, but little by little I feel like we’re getting there, and we’re getting the cars a little better each time, and I’m getting a little better each time with my experience level. So there’s a good 15-20 cars that can win on any given race, and I feel like we’ve been in that stretch. We just gotta kind of tie it all together.”

“Our points aren’t too bad for considering we had a few pretty bad races. We had Monadnock we got knocked out of. We struggled the first race at Thompson with some issues with tires, and whatnot, and then at Waterford we ended up getting taken out there with a lapped car. But (if) we didn’t have those three bad finishes, I think we’d be in the top five right now in points, but it’s all a part of racing … you move on and go to the next race. We try and run as strong as possible.”

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Laquerre Elected to New England Auto Racing Hall of Fame

Barre, VT – Thunder Road racing legend and family patriarch Joey Laquerre of East Montpelier has been elected to the New England Auto Racing (NEAR) Hall of Fame’s Class of 2015.

The 71-year-old Laquerre is the all-time winningest driver at Barre’s Thunder Road with 45 wins, including a record 17 in the Tiger Sportsmen and 14 in the Late Models. His most recent Thunder Road victory came in a Late Model feature on June 5, 2014. Laquerre was the 1982 “King of the Road” and also won five championships in the Mini Stock division between 1973 and 1980.

In addition, Laquerre was the winningest driver at the former Catamount Stadium in Milton. He currently owns and operates Speedway 51 in Groveton, NH.

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INDYCAR News and Notes – Aug. 19, 2015

1. Montoya a Master of 500-Mile Races: Even though he has seen what was a commanding championship lead become tenuous, Team Penske’s Juan Pablo Montoya maintains an unwavering mental approach for the final two races of the Verizon IndyCar Series season.

“The best way to earn points is winning, and we can only control what we do, not what others do,” said Montoya, who enters the ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway on Aug. 23 with a nine-point lead over Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Graham Rahal and a 34-point margin on Target Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon. “It’s unfortunate that we have given back some points over the last few races. Our results at Iowa and Mid-Ohio weren’t anything that we could control. The No. 2 Verizon Chevy team gave me good cars and we had ourselves in decent positions to have good finishes.”

If history is a guide, Montoya has an edge this weekend at Pocono, winning from the pole there in 2014. In 10 previous 500-mile races during his Indy car career, Montoya has won four times, led in all 10 and his average position of finish is 3.3. Last year’s Pocono race had but a single caution period and set an Indy car record for 500-mile races with an average winning speed of 202.402 mph.

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Straight Outta Michigan: Kenseth Shows He’s Championship Contender


Straight Outta Michigan: Kenseth Shows He’s Championship Contender

Matt Kenseth is showing the speed of bona fide Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup championship contender.

The No. 20 Toyota driver notched his second win in the last three races after visiting Victory Lane at Michigan International Speedway. On Kenseth’s way to the win – he led 146 of 200 laps – the most led on a track longer than a mile since Jimmie Johnson paced the field for 255 go-arounds at Texas on Nov. 3, 2013. Kenseth’s three victories are the third-most in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. He has nine bonus points for the Challenger Round of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup (one for each win) and ranks third on the Chase Grid.

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