STN Saturday – Everything You Need to Know!

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (October 25, 2014) – Three wildly intense nights of action are in the books atop the famed red clay. And now it really ratchets up as a $15,000 winner’s share is on the line in Saturday’s 27th Annual COMP Cams Short Track Nationals presented by Hoosier Tires championship finale at I-30 Speedway.

After Aaron Reutzel opened the week with a triumph over a field of 66 in Wednesday night’s Second Annual Short Track Nationals Open, Brian Brown and Christopher Bell enjoyed first career STN victory lane time with prelim scores on Thursday and Friday, respectively.

With 73 different drivers from 18 states as well as the Canadian province of Ontario slugging it out over the past two nights, six drivers have already locked themselves into Saturday’s finale that offers up a minimum of $2,500 to start to go along with the lucrative winner’s share.
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Bell Bags Friday STN Prelim Triumph

bellceli30102414LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (October 24, 2014) – Christopher Bell had been close to victory at I-30 Speedway before, only to come up one position short.

The 19-year-old from Norman, OK, changed that on Friday night by topping the fast and furious, non-stop 25-lap feature that put the wraps on the second night of qualifying at the track’s 27th Annual COMP Cams Short Track Nationals presented by Hoosier Tires.

Although he started from the pole position in Brandon Berryman’s All Pro Auto Reconditioning No. 31b JR1 chassis, his 23rd overall victory of 2014 didn’t come without a race-long battle with fellow Sooner State shoe Matt Covington, who paced the initial 16 laps.

“I had to work for that one,” Bell said in victory lane. “Matt drove a really good race, I was finally able to get a good run off of two to get him.”

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Devil’s Bowl Speedway Postpones Dirt Track Finale Again

Wet grounds force rescheduling to November 1

WEST HAVEN, VT – Devil’s Bowl Speedway is again postponing its final dirt track stock car race of the season.  The Autosaver Ford/Springfield Buick-GMC “Vermont Freedom & Unity” event has now been moved three times from its original date due to weather-related conditions; one final attempt will be made at running the race on Saturday, November 1 at 1:00 p.m.

With steady rain in eight of the last nine days at the facility, the clay surface of the dirt track has become too saturated for crews to be able to prepare a quality racing surface in enough time for competition on Sunday afternoon.

“We want to give our racers and fans the best quality show that we can, and any attempt at running a race on Sunday would just result in a rutted, muddy track,” promoter Mike Bruno said.  “The good news is that the weather forecast looks great for next week, and we’re optimistic that we’ll be able to finish the season on a high note.”

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Brown by Inches in Thursday STN Prelim!

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (October 23, 2014) – It came down to a matter of inches, as Brian Brown rallied from 14th to nip Aaron Reutzel at the line in Thursday night’s 27th Annual COMP Cams Short Track Nationals presented by Hoosier Tires 25-lap preliminary feature at I-30 Speedway.

The dramatic finish put an exclamation point on a vintage STN night in which emotions ran high, and on at least a couple of occasion, boiled over. And it was ‘only’ Thursday night.

Throughout the entirety of the race, it seemed almost a certainty that Clute, TX, racer Reutzel would nab his fourth win in as many tries atop the high-banked, ¼-mile I-30 Speedway clay oval in 2014.
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Dirt Star Bell Eyes Second SLM Win at North-South Shootout

Most Recent PASS South Victor Eager to Compete at Caraway for the First Time

(Sophia, North Carolina) – When the Pro All Star Series (PASS) Super Late Models roll into Caraway Speedway (NC) on November 1 for their portion of the North-South Shootout, Christopher Bell – one of the sports rising stars – will be behind the wheel of the Kyle Busch Motorsports No. 52 Toyota.

Bell, best known for his success in the dirt ranks, captured his first career asphalt Late Model win in just his third career start one week ago at Orange County Speedway (NC) and will be looking to make it two in a row when the KBM team arrives at the Sophia, North Carolina oval.

“It’s definitely nice to have some confidence built up,” said Bell, of Norman, Oklahoma. “After you run good you get your confidence up and it just makes you better. So I’m really looking forward to getting back in the seat at Caraway.”

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Masse Leads Green to Checkered at Thompson

THOMPSON, CT — During the VMRS portion of the World Series at the Thompson Motor Speedway, Steve Masse of Bellingham, MA led the entire 75 lap distance.

Masse used his pole position start to full advantage by blasting to the lead and never looking back. Masse had to set a blistering pace just to stay in front of a charging pack of MRS heavy hitters like Ryan Preece, Woody Pitkat, Justin Bonsignore, Keith Rocco and Tommy Barrett, Jr.

Barrett started 13th and quickly moved into the top 10 by lap five, then by lap 25 Barrett sat in the fifth spot.

A lap 32 yellow flag for a crash involving Dave Schneider (Northport, NY), Norm Wrenn (Nashua, NH) and Carl Medeiros Jr.(Westport, MA.) closed up the field for the restart. Wrenn and Medeiros were not able to return to action.

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Tulsa Ceremony to Honor 8 Latest NMARHOF Inductees

Tulsa, Okla. is the site for the annual January inductions for the National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame. This year’s inductees, to be announced this weekend during the annual “Gold Crown Midget Nationals” at Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Ill., comprise a mix of drivers and car owners whose names will be enshrined in the hall which is presently housed at Angell Park Speedway in Sun Prairie, Wisc.

The inductions are part of the festivities surrounding the annual “Chili Bowl” Midget spectacular at the Tulsa State Fairgrounds and they will be held on Friday, January 16.

Alphabetically, this year’s inductees are: Chuck Arnold, Nick Fornoro, Mike Gregg, Steve Knepper, Freddie Meeker, Norm Rapp, Jim Whitman and Ashley Wright.

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Stafford Motor Speedway Releases Its 2015 Late Model and Limited Late Model Rulebooks

Stafford Springs, CT — The 2015 rules for the Late Model and Limited Late Model divisions have been released.

Changes for the Late Model division consist of a new gear rule and a change to the left side weight percentage.  Also, the Late Models will race on the Hoosier 27.0 x 8.0 – 2040 compound tire in 2015 and the minimum tire pressures for inspection purposes has been changed to fifteen (15) psi for both left side tires and twenty five (25) psi for both right side tires.

The new gear rule states that Late Model with a Ford rear end must use either a 4.86 or 5.00 final drive ratio, while cars with a GM rear must use a 4.88 final drive ratio. 

The left side weight rule for the Late Models has increased to 56%.

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Historic Race Cars to be Featured in Displays Throughout Motorsports 2015 As the Show Celebrates its 30th Anniversary

OAKS, PA October 22, 2014 — The Pioneer Pole Buildings Motorsports 2015 fueled by Sunoco Race Fuels and Distributed by Insinger Performance Race Car and Trade Show will celebrate its 30th anniversary on Friday, January 23 thru Sunday, January, 25th with a new feature attraction.

The popular motorsports trade show, located at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA, will be the showcasing a number of special race car displays located at key location throughout the 250,000 square feet of show space.

Event promoter Len Sammons is working to bring several more special race car attractions to the three day show. Race car owners, new or historical, that would like to be considered for a showcase display space at the show are invited to email a photo along with information about the car and themselves to motorsports@aarn.com. Show organizers are also eager to receive suggestions from attendees.

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NASCAR XFINITY Series, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series to Incorporate Updates in 2015

32-Truck Maximum Starting Field, New Qualifying Rule Among Competition Changes

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Oct. 22, 2014) – NASCAR today announced three key enhancements in the NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series for the 2015 season.

The updates include:
• Beginning next season, the qualifying rule for the NASCAR XFINITY Series (currently the NASCAR Nationwide Series) and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will resemble that of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, and will emphasize speed.

• The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series maximum starting field will be set at 32 trucks.

• The drivers’ last name will be featured on the back window of each series’ cars and trucks, helping fans to better identify the drivers.

“Our mission of providing the best on-track product possible is always among our top objectives,” said Robin Pemberton, senior vice president of competition and racing development. “We’re confident in the direction these changes will take these series.”

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Enjoying the Harvest

I was asked the other day what my most favorite season was. I responded, Autumn, a time when we enjoy the fruits of our labors. A time when we reflect on the efforts put forth. A time when we look back and remember the race we have run. Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

We always look back at the races and events we experience with a filter. Many times we remember the good times, they become bigger than life. Yes, we remember the disappointments, but soon they are replaced with the memories of better results, better days, and those victories we achieved along the way.

Autumn is a time where we can enjoy the harvest, relax and reflect on the race we have run. Paul wrote to Timothy in the autumn of his years;

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Ryan Preece Enters North-South Shootout with His New Team

2012 Shootout Winner to Make Debut with TS Haulers Team at Caraway

Sophia, North Carolina — Fresh off of two straight wins to close out the 2014 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season, 2013 NWMT champion Ryan Preece is the latest name to be added to the 12th Annual John Blewett III North-South Shootout entry list.

Preece, of Berlin, Connecticut, will go for a second North-South Shootout victory at North Carolina’s Caraway Speedway on November 1 behind the wheel of the No. 6 TS Haulers machine owned by Ed Partridge. Preece will drive the No. 6 car full-time on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour in 2015, but first he will be aiming for a second North-South Shootout victory.

“I’m excited,” said Preece. “It’s a head start on what’s going to be going on in 2015 with the No. 6 team. It’s going to be a new chapter with them and there would be no better way to kick things off than with a North-South Shootout win.”

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Wells Conquers NEMST for First Career Championship

Texas Roadhouse North East Mini Stock Tour Presented by Twisted Tea

THOMPSON, CT (October 21, 2014) — For the first in the Texas Roadhouse North East Mini Stock Tour history the regular season closed out at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park’s World Series. Thirty-Two tour style mini stocks showed up for the Inaugural event. Two time champion Emerson Cayer entered the event 72 points behind friend and point leader Toby Wells. The closest battle within the points happened to be for the 3rd spot and Rookie of the Year. Nick Anderson and Justin Larsen were only separated by a mere 3 points.

On Friday evening teams lined up and ran their heat races with an impressive showing from Justin King moving from last to first in only 3 laps to win his heat. Larsen and Wells would also win their respective heat races in dominating fashion. The 4th year driver, King, drew an invert of 2 rows for the feature to be held on Saturday. According to NEMST procedures no current season feature winners may start in the top 10, Wells and Larsen would start 10th and 11th.

On the front row it would be Nick Maniatis and Justin King to lead the field to the green flag. After a long, long day with multiple rain showers the NEMST feature rolled onto the speedway at about 10:45 PM. The field thundered down the front stretch with tight 2,3, and 4 wide action all throughout the 32 car field. King broke out to the early lead but was in a dog fight with Maniatis that would soon include Thomas, Sonnhalter, and Larsen.

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Devil’s Bowl Speedway Moves Rescheduled Date to Sunday

Parade, forecast prompt officials to move finale to Sunday, October 26 at 1:00 p.m.

WEST HAVEN, VT – Devil’s Bowl Speedway officials have announced that the facility’s final dirt track stock car race of the season will have to wait for one additional day.  The Autosaver Ford/Springfield Buick-GMC “Vermont Freedom & Unity” event was postponed by rain last week and was initially rescheduled for Saturday; however, the makeup date has been reset to Sunday, October 26 at 1:00 p.m.

Two major factors contributed to the date being readjusted: another unfavorable weather forecast, and the 55th annual Rutland Halloween Parade in Downtown Rutland, VT.  The parade is one of the area’s largest and most enjoyable community gatherings each fall, and is scheduled for Saturday, October 25.

“Many of our race fans, competitors, and officials attend and even participate in the parade every year, including those that help us with our annual Devil’s Bowl Speedway float,” track co-owner Alayne Bruno said.  “Running our race on the same day as the parade would have forced some people to choose between the two, and we want everyone to be able to enjoy both events.”

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Twin State Back in 2015

CLAREMONT, NH — Twin State Speedway will continue racing in 2015. According to its official web site, the track is under new ownership and management and has a sale pending.
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Davis Wins Southern Mod Rookie Honors

Georgia Native Is 2014 Sunoco Rookie Of The Year Award Winner

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – When a driver makes a switch from a full-bodied stock car to a modified car, one of the best things he can do is partner up with an established team to help him with his learning curve of competing in a drastically different car.

Dawsonville, Georgia, native Spencer Davis made the wise decision to team up with Hillbilly Racing and veteran car owner/crew chief David Hill and it paid immediate dividends in the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour as Davis won the 2014 Sunoco Rookie of the Year Award.

“One of the best things we did was compete with David and his Hillbilly Racing team,” he added. “I might have been a new driver, but the team has years and years of experience, and have won races and championships and they know how to get it done. They were able to use notes from previous races at tracks to set the cars up to help me each week and that is a big advantage versus me being a new driver with a new team and we all are learning for the first time together. They gave me a car ready to go each week. That was big in helping me with my transition.” 

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Super Cup Stock Car Series Sets Presence in West Central Pennsylvania; Releases 2015 Schedule

Skyland, North Carolina (October 20, 2014) – The Super Cup Stock Car Series has reached a long-term agreement with CNB Bank Raceway Park for 2015 and beyond, which will include three visits to the Clearfield, Pennsylvania facility during the new season.

“The series promotes itself as ‘racing the way it used to be’ which is exactly what people need,” said CNB Bank Raceway Park president Tim Bainey Jr.  “It is an affordable way to have fun, in a great atmosphere, with good competition, and set up in a way that resembles what NASCAR racing was a few years ago when it was so popular. The series really has it all and that is why I am making a personal commitment to helping bring this series to our region.”

The season will begin at the 5/8-mile asphalt oval on Saturday, May 2, 2015 and additional appearances will take place in June and August.  Tim’s brother Dan Bainey made his Super Cup debut with a fourth place finish at Jennerstown Speedway in September, another track in the region along with a return to Motordrome Speedway that are expected to commit to the 2015 schedule as well. 

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Spencer Davis Makes History by Becoming Youngest NASCAR Modified Rookie of the Year

15-Year-Old Driver and Team Accomplish Season-Long Goal

Dawsonville, Georgia – October 20, 2014 — Heading into the 2014 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season, Dawsonville, Georgia’s Spencer Davis and the North Carolina-based No. 79 Hillbilly Racing Team had one goal in mind – win the 2014 NWSMT Sunoco Rookie of the Year title.

Monday, after awaiting a check of the rookie standings by NASCAR officials following the October 9 season finale, the 15-year-old Davis officially became the youngest driver to ever earn the Rookie of the Year honors in a NASCAR Modified division.

“It means a lot for sure,” said Davis of officially being crowned the NWSMT Rookie of the Year. “”It was our main goal this year to win the Rookie of the Year with our Coors Light 21 Means 21 car. It would have been even sweeter if we could have got a win and Rookie of the Year, but we worked hard and accomplished our goal.”

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Preece Changing Tour Rides

2013 Whelen Modified Champ Headed To TS Haulers Racing

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Ryan Preece announced today that he is leaving Flamingo Motorsports to join TS Haulers Racing for the 2015 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season.

The move for Preece ends a three-year stint with the Massachusetts-based Flamingo Motorsports No. 16 team that saw the pairing capture the 2013 Whelen Modified Tour title and finish as the championship runner-up in 2012 and 2014.

“We had a really good run and we hit on a lot of great things with the 16,” Preece said. “We finished second in points twice and we won a championship. I have nothing but great things to say about that team and about how hard everybody worked.”

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Ramstrom Wins the Battle, Moltz Wins the War at Sunoco World Series

Thompson, CT — Derek Ramstrom took advantage of a late race flat tire on Wayne Helliwell, JR’s Ford to claim his first victory with the Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS) at the Sunoco World Series, presented by Xtramart, at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park (TSMP).

Helliwell, JR and Dillon Moltz led the field at the drop of the green, as Moltz, the Waterford, Connecticut driver, needed a top 10 finish to secure his spot atop the championship standings in the 2014 season. After Josh King hit the turn 1 wall at the start of the race, Helliwell, JR pulled away on the ensuing restart, and was poised to take his third win in the series. Ramstrom, from West Boylston, Massachusetts kept Helliwell, JR in his sights, riding in the second spot. Moltz was passed by Larry Gelinas and Matt Frahm, both with a chance at the title, as the two put pressure on the RB Performance team of Moltz.

Bad luck would strike Helliwell, JR once more at TSMP, as the Dover, New Hampshire driver ran over debris, rendering the right front tire flat with just 4 laps remaining. Ramstrom took advantage and grabbed the victory, but it was Dillon Moltz wearing the crown as the 2014 champion with a 6th place finish.
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Ryan Preece Collects 11th Career NWMT Victory at Thompson

Pitkat and Ramstrom Pick Up World Series Wins

Thompson, Conn: Ryan Preece led a contingent of drivers to visit Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park victory lane in the final day of the Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing presented by Xtra Mart. Preece was dominant in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race leading 137 of 150 laps. In NASCAR Whelen All American Series action, Charlie Rose held off Larry Gelinas for the Late Model victory while Woody Pitkat checkered the Sunoco Modified Series feature. Other winners were Derek Ramstrom in the Granite State Pro Stock Series, Randy Cabral in NEMA action, Chris Perley in the ISMA Supermodifieds, and Chris Turbush in the New England Truck Series.

Ryan Preece held of Rowan Pennink and Donny Lia on a late-race restart to take the win after leading the most laps in the Sunoco World Series 150 presented by Xtra Mart. This is Preece’s 11th career victory and his first in a tour car at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park. Doug Coby wrapped up the 2014 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship.

Woody Pitkat took the early lead over Preece, Doug Coby, and Bobby Santos, but his night came to a quick end when he got collected in an accident involving a lapped car on lap 16. Preece, who took the lead at lap eight, continued to pace the field on the restart at lap 22 and led until caution flew.

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Cabral Wins at Thompson, Clinches Championship

THOMPSON, CT — Randy Cabral didn’t need to win on Sunday to notch another NEMA championship, but you wouldn’t have guessed it the way he raced through the field and took the lead in the 25 lap feature at Thompson’s World Series. It was his sixth win of 2014. He also added to his record 10 wins at the Connecticut oval, while winning his fifth championship in 7 years.

Cabral, of Kingston, MA. led a Bertrand Motorsports assault, with his teammates finishing second and fifth.

Cabral could have clinched the championship with a decent finish in qualifying, but heats for the midgets were cancelled on Saturday due to a lengthy rain delay. NEMA started Sunday with a 20 minute warm-up session.

It only took Cabral 8 laps to run down and pass early leader John Zych of Mendon, MA. Zych stayed within a few car lengths of Cabral. When the caution came out on lap 14 for a spin by Jim SantaMaria of Burlington, CT, it allowed Zych the opportunity to restart alongside Cabral.
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Ryan Preece Collects 11th Career NWMT Victory at Thompson

Pitkat and Ramstrom Pick Up World Series Wins

Thompson, Conn: Ryan Preece led a contingent of drivers to visit Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park victory lane in the final day of the Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing presented by Xtra Mart. Preece was dominant in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race leading 137 of 150 laps. In NASCAR Whelen All American Series action, Charlie Rose held off Larry Gelinas for the Late Model victory while Woody Pitkat checkered the Sunoco Modified Series feature. Other winners were Derek Ramstrom in the Granite State Pro Stock Series, Randy Cabral in NEMA action, Chris Perley in the ISMA Supermodifieds, and Chris Turbush in the New England Truck Series.

Ryan Preece held of Rowan Pennink and Donny Lia on a late-race restart to take the win after leading the most laps in the Sunoco World Series 150 presented by Xtra Mart. This is Preece’s 11th career victory and his first in a tour car at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park. Doug Coby wrapped up the 2014 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship.

Woody Pitkat took the early lead over Preece, Doug Coby, and Bobby Santos, but his night came to a quick end when he got collected in an accident involving a lapped car on lap 16. Preece, who took the lead at lap eight, continued to pace the field on the restart at lap 22 and led until caution flew.

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Seitz Takes Advantage of McKennedy’s Misfortune to Win ISMA Title

Chris Perley Picks Up First Win of 2014 Season at Thompson

THOMPSON, Conn. (October 19, 2014) — Ben Seitz entered the 2013 Sunoco World Series at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park (CT) with an outside chance of winning the International Supermodified Association (ISMA) championship.  He would win that race, but come up short of the championship.

Fast forward one year to 2014 and Seitz found himself 46 points behind Jon McKennedy (Chelmsford, Mass.) entering the season-ending event at Thompson.  Only this time, the results were reversed.  He didn’t win the battle, but he won the war.

Seitz parlayed a strong second-place run on Sunday afternoon with McKennedy’s misfortune (blown engine) to win the 2014 ISMA driver’s championship.

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Coby Drives Way Back to the Top

Second Whelen Modified Title In Three Years; Preece Wins Finale

THOMPSON, Conn. — It was the worst finish of the season for Doug Coby. But in the end, it didn’t matter, as the Milford, Connecticut driver lifted the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour trophy for the second time in three seasons Sunday.

The 35-year-old finished 17th and two laps down in the season finale Sunoco World Series 150 presented by Xtra Mart at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park. The race was won by defending tour champion Ryan Preece.

It was Coby and the No. 2 Dunleavy’s Repair/HEX Performance/Fox Shocks Chevrolet team, though, who earned the big trophy on the strength of an outstanding season that included a win and nine top fives in 13 races. Coby, who finished second in points to Preece last year, kicked off 2014 with a win in the non-points UNOH Battle At The Beach at Daytona International Speedway.

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Ramstrom Set for Doubleheader at Thompson

Derek Ramstrom has a big day ahead of him this afternoon at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park. He will make his Granite State Pro Stock Series debut and make his second NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour start.

“Wicked exciting, we’re starting fourth in the Granite State Pro Stock Series behind Dillon Moltz,” Ramstrom said. “Just going to ride for a while see what happens, 50 lap event. Hopefully we can seal the deal in that and starting 18th in the Whelen Mod Tour just going to be patient and see how it pans out. We’re a little down on horsepower (spec engine), so it kind of effects us here at Thompson, but we should be alright.”

Entering the Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing, Ramstrom has scored recent victories in Super Late Model competition. He won the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) 300-lap race at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in Scarborough, ME. Just two weeks ago at Seekonk (MA) Speedway, he recovered from a pair of spins to collect the $5,000 100-lap D. Anthony Venditti Memorial.

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Thompson Adds NASCAR WMT Race

General Manager Josh Vanada announced at the drivers meeting this morning that Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park will host four NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour races in 2015. The 150-lap NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season finale will run this afternoon, the the Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing. The season opening Icebreaker runs in April.

The 5/8 mile oval in northeastern Connecticut has hosted the most races in series history, including the inaugural race in 1985.

While the series visited up to five times in some seasons, the track has not hosted four events since 2012. The traditional dates are in April, August, September and October. 

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Christopher Bell Makes Impressive Debut With PASS South Win At Orange County

ROUGEMONT, NC (October 18) – Making only his second start in an asphalt stock car, Oklahoma’s Christopher Bell dominated the second half of the Orange County 150 presented by CV Products Saturday night at Orange County Speedway for his first career Pro All Stars Series (PASS) South Super Late Model win.  The victory was the second of the 2014 PASS season for the Kyle Busch Motorsports team to go along with a win by Busch at Canada’s Autodrome Chaudière in August.

 “This is just unbelievable to come out here and run with John Hunter Nemechek and all of these guys and come out on top,” said Bell after scoring the win in his PASS South Super Late Model debut.  “I can’t thank all of my guys enough.  They took me racing for the first time a few weeks ago and I really struggled.  But, they believed in me and stuck with me and now here we are.”

 In qualifying, Preston Peltier took his fourth straight quick qualifying time with a lap of 97.248 miles per hour around the high banked, 3/8 mile speedway.  In the top 10 qualifiers redraw, Jared Irvan moved to the pole position with Bell flanked alongside and Peltier moving back to start fourth.

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Thompson Battles through Rain Delays to Get Complete Six Races on World Series Weekend

Pitkat Earns NWMT Pole; Masse Claims VMRS Win

Thompson, Conn.: Woody Pitkat won his second career pole for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour by setting fast time in a rain-delayed qualifying Saturday night at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park for the Sunoco World Series of Auto Racing. Steve Masse collected a convincing win in the Valenti Modified Racing Series while Toby Wells won the North East Mini Stock Tour feature. Phil Lausier won in the Pro Four Modified race while NASCAR Whelen All American Series victories went to Wayne Coury, Jr., Nick Anderson and George Rego.

Rain postponed qualifying procedures initially for two hours, but it got underway just after 5 p.m. with eleven cars taking time. A heavy rain cell delayed the conclusion until 7:30 p.m. when the rest of the field was able to complete qualifying laps. Pitkat put down a lap of 119.579 mph for the pole, which was his second this season and second at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.

Steve Masse started on the pole and led every lap of the 75-lap Valenti Modified Racing Series feature. Masse put the car together last minute, and all his efforts paid off with his second win of the 2014 season. Justin Bonsignore wrapped up the championship.

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Pitkat Secures Second Thompson Pole

On Point For Sunday’s Whelen Modified Tour Season Finale

THOMPSON, Conn. (Oct. 18, 2014) – Woody Pitkat’s breakout campaign continues in the season finale as he secured the Coors Light Pole Award for the Sunoco World Series 150 presented by Xtra Mart in NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour action at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.

Without a pole or a race win in his first seven years on the tour, Pitkat now has two of both after Saturday’s top qualifying effort. The Stafford, Connecticut, native posted a fast lap of 18.816 seconds (119.579 mph) to make it 2-for-3 in qualifying at Thompson this year. He also earned the pole for the season-opening Icebreaker on April 6.

Ryan Preece qualified second at 18.846 (119.389) followed by rookie Tommy Barrett Jr. at 18.893 (119.092). Championship leader Doug Coby was fourth-fastest at 18.984 (118.521).

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