May 26, 2015

Doiron Wins First Race Of The 2015 Season At Thunder Road

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Barre, VT- Joey Doiron out of Berwick, ME took down the win in Sunday’s first ever appearance for the AIM Recycling Pro All Star Series Super Late Models at the Mekkelsen RV Memorial Day Classic at Thunder Road Speedbowl. Words could not describe this win for Doiron. ” This is Thunder Road. That pretty much sums it up.” Doiron Said (more…)

May 25, 2015

Spotter Bites

Filed under: Uncategorized — Wayne Wildermuth @ 4:49 pm

Stafford Speedway was not good to us again this week with the #94 SK Modified. TWayneWyler was up on the wheel and trying to move forward when IT happened. There are some cars\drivers that you race against who you know are hard to get around. They are either windshield wipers (going from lane to lane) or their car seems to want to be in the lane you’re in when you’re already there. You know that passing them will be tricky and that it will be hard getting (more…)

Zych, A. Payne Score Evans Mills Victories

Filed under: Evans Mills,NEMA,NEMA Lites — mod134 @ 12:03 pm

After exciting races at the Chemung Speedrome on Friday evening, claimed by modified regulars Doug Coby (NEMA) and Jimmy Zacharias (Lites) – NEMA concluded its weekend at the 3/8 mile Evans Mills Speedway. Known for its distinctive flat surface and round corners, the Speedway proved challenging for many teams in terms of set up. One of the teams early in the day, who appeared to be struggling was the John Zych Racing team, who didn’t transfer through their heat race, winding up at the tail of the field.

Zych, starting scratch on the field, would have his work cut out for him. “We were terrible in the heat race. We threw a bunch of changes at the car for the feature, and were amazed at how well they worked,” the Mendon, MA driver said after the feature. When the green flag dropped, Bethany Stoehr jumped out into the lead in the Breault 44 machine. She would dominate the majority of the feature event, while Zych was methodically working his way to the front using the high line. A caution was thrown with seven laps to go, when Zych made contact with NEMA regular Paul Scally. The caution tightened up the field, and Zych made his march to the front.

With two laps to go, it appeared that Stoehr would hold on for the victory, but coming to the white flag, Zych darted to the outside of Stoehr and made a pass that stuck entering turn one. He went on to take down the victory and was followed by Stoehr, Jim Chambers, Todd Bertrand and Randy Cabral.


Modified Aces Coby & Zacharias Invade NEMA, Score Chemung Midget Wins

Filed under: Chemung,NEMA,NEMA Lites — mod134 @ 11:43 am

The Northeastern Midget Association is a club that boasts a loyal group of drivers and owners, but on this Friday night at Chemung Speedrome (NY) it was a couple racers that have been recognized for their skills in another open wheel machine that took the victories.

2012 and 2014 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion Doug Coby has dabbled in the NEMA car on occasion when he has weekends off, and appeared to be the car to beat from the beginning after dominating his heat race. The Milford, Connecticut driver would have to start fifth in his feature and contend with a relative newcomer to the full powered Midgets for the top spot early on.

Massachusetts driver Danny Cugini fought off Coby for several laps, but when the caution displayed on lap 11 for an incident Cugini’s car would also slow and never come back to life. With Cugini on the sidelines, it was all Coby up front holding off teammate Todd Bertrand in the race that was shortened to 20 laps due to time constraints.

“(Danny) was gaining on me in certain spots and I was gaining on him, and I think in the long run I would have run him down,” Coby told Speed51.com powered by JEGS. “I think I was better than him in three and four, which were the critical corners here. When he broke and the track is covered in speedy dry, you don’t know who is going to be fast after that. Our car kind of settled in and it was pretty consistent the rest of the way.”


May 24, 2015

Joey Doiron prevails in first-ever PASS Super Late Model race at Thunder Road

Filed under: PASS,PASS North,Thunder Road — mod134 @ 8:04 pm

Barre, Vermont – Joey Doiron of Berwick, Maine held off a hard-charging Jeremy Davis to score an historic 150-lap AIM PASS North Super Late Model victory at the famed ¼-mile Thunder Road International Speedbowl in Barre, Vermont on Sunday afternoon (May 24).

For Doiron it was a homecoming of sorts, as he made his first appearance at the track in some six years, moving on to the Super Late Model ranks after winning the ACT Late Model Rookie of the Year award in his only full season of Late Model; competition.

While Doiron started the 150-lap headline event at Thunder Road’s annual Mekklesen RV Memorial Day Classic he had plenty of competition, as he chased fellow former ACT stars Glen Luce and Wayne Helliwell, Jr. through most of the first one-third of the event.


O’Donnell Begins Threepeat Quest with Memorial Day Classic Triumph

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Barre, VT—Two-time defending Thunder Road “King of the Road” Derrick O’Donnell began his quest for a threepeat in dominating fashion with a win in the Mekkelsen Memorial Day Classic 100 on Sunday, May 24.

Haverhill, NH’s O’Donnell quickly got to the front from his third starting position, moving around pole sitter Nick Sweet on the outside to take the lead on lap eight. The 2013 Memorial Day Classic winner drew out to a big lead, but run into two-by-two lapped traffic at the halfway point of the caution-free race, allowing Milton, VT’s Scott Dragon to catch him.

Dragon managed to nose in front of O’Donnell for two circuits just past the halfway point. However, O’Donnell pulled back away once the two got clear of traffic and took his second Memorial Day Classic win.


Montoya Earns Second Indianapolis 500 Victory

Filed under: Indianapolis,Verizon IndyCar Series — mod134 @ 7:07 pm

INDIANAPOLIS (May 24, 2015) – Juan Pablo Montoya won the 99th Running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race and held off reigning Verizon IndyCar Series champion and teammate Will Power by 0.1046 of a second – the fourth-closest finish in race history – in a thrilling final 15 laps of the historic race. The victory was Montoya’s second Indianapolis 500 win, as the Colombian won “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” in his first start at the 2.5-mile oval in 2000.

Five of the race’s 37 lead changes occurred in the last 15 laps following a restart, when Montoya overtook Dixon in Turn 1 for second place, and then Power in Turn 4 to capture the lead on Lap 197. He held the lead for the remainder of the 200-lap event.

“It was awesome,” Montoya said. “This is what racing in INDYCAR is all about, racing down to the wire. These guys, Team Penske, did an amazing job. I had the feeling that I had a really good car, but that fight at the end was really, really hard. All the way down to the wire. This is pretty awesome.”


FVP National Sprint League at Huset’s Speedway Rained out!

Filed under: Huset's,National Sprint League — mod134 @ 6:03 pm

Sunday, May 24 – Persistent rains have forced officials to cancel tonight’s FVP National Sprint League event at the Huset’s Speedway in Brandon, South Dakota. Stay tuned to www.NationalSprintLeague.com for any updates.

The next events for the NSL will be their “March through Missouri” Thursday, May 28 at the Saint Francois County Raceway in Farmington,and Friday, May 29 at the Randolph County Raceway near Moberly.

Alan Wilson Best On Motorcycle Safety Night at Oxford Plains Speedway

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Oxford, Maine – Veteran competitor Alan Wilson of Hebron scored his first victory of the season in the 50-lap Super Late Model feature race on Motorcycle Safety Night presented by the Maine Bureau of Highway Safety, topping the Budweiser Championship Series racing card at Oxford Plains Speedway on Saturday night.

Wilson, one of the most prolific winners ever at the historic Route 26 oval, won his first OPS championship in the Street Stock class back in 1979. In Saturday’s Super Late Model main event he charged by early race leader Adam Polvinen and survived a mid-race challenge by reigning track champion TJ Brackett of Buckfield.

Kyle Treadwell of Auburn mounted a final challenge, but settled for runner-up honors behind Wilson in the 50-lap headliner. Timmy Brackett of Buckfield crossed the line in third position. Vanna Brackett of Buckfield made a last-lap move that paid off with a fourth-place finish, by inches over former Oxford 250 champion Scott Robbins of Dixfield.


Kevin Thomas Sweeps Night One of Thiel Memorial

Filed under: Angell Park,POWRi — mod134 @ 9:53 am

Sun Prairie, WI. – Kevin Thomas, Jr. of Cullman, Alabama started on the pole of the 30 lap feature event, leading every lap to take his first career POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series victory at the nostalgic 1/3rd mile Angell Park Speedway in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin for night one of the Thiel Memorial. Thomas swept the night by winning his heat race, the trophy dash, and the 30 lap feature event.

Starting on the pole with fellow Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports teammate Christopher Bell to the outside, Kevin Thomas, Jr. got the jump at the start of the feature event with Bell and Andrew Felker in tow. On lap four Justin Peck’s Esslinger-powered DRC veered sharply right in turns one and two, sending his machine straight into the wall and flipping hard before coming to a stop. Peck would be alright, but done for the remainder of the event. During the red flag, Andrew Felker would be pushed to the work area with a flat left rear on the Danny Felker-owned, Stanton-powered BOSS Chassis. His crew would be able to get the tire changed and Felker would start at the tail when the field resumed racing.

Thomas would lead the field back to green, with teammate Christopher Bell in second, hounded by a pair of BOSS Chassis driven by Austin Brown and Darren Hagen. As Bell tried to use every inch of the racing surface to make a move on his teammate, Hagen closed in on Brown for third. Hagen would take over the third position on lap seven, just as Christopher Bell’s engine let go, bringing out the caution.

When Kevin Thomas would lead the field back to green, Darren Hagen would power the Austin Brown-Esslinger-powered BOSS Chassis towards Thomas, but would be unable to make a move for the lead, while Ryan Robinson in a Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports Toyota-powered Bullet took over the third position. On lap 12 the yellow flag would fly again as Mark Chisholm and Cody Weisensel would tangle in turns one and two. After the two disabled cars were moved off the track, Thomas would again lead the charge to the green flag. Hagen again tried to mount a charge and would momentarily take the lead off turn two, but would be unable to make it stick as Thomas regained the lead off turn four.

Having to battle his way through lap traffic, Thomas would never totally be challenged for the lead again throughout the remainder of the race as he was able to keep Hagen at least two car lengths away. Crossing the line in third would be Ryan Robinson, followed by Austin Brown in fourth. Alex Bright in the 5ive-6ix Inc., Great Clips Racing, Esslinger-powered Triple-X rounded out the top five.
“This is incredible,” said first place finisher Kevin Thomas, Jr. “I’m just really thankful to get the opportunity to drive these racecars, for one. They make my job a lot easier than it looks. I just want to thank all the fans for coming out. I’m just so happy to finally win a midget race. I just have a lot of great people behind me.”

“I’ve got to thank the Lord Jesus Christ and all these guys beside me, said second place finisher Darren Hagen. “I made a huge mistake in the heat race, hit the [infield] tire. Flea got the racecar pretty good for me. Hats off to the Keith Kunz guys and Kevin Thomas on his first win.”
“I’m ready for night two,” said third place finisher Ryan Robinson. “This place put on a good show tonight. I really liked the track tonight.”

Ford Heat Race Winners: Heat 1: 67K – Kevin Thomas, Heat 2: 5X – Justin Peck, Heat 3: 71 – Christopher Bell

Trophy Dash Winner: 67K – Kevin Thomas

Great Clips Feature Winner: 67K – Kevin Thomas

POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series Feature Results (30 laps): 1. 67K – Kevin Thomas, 2. 17 – Darren Hagen, 3. 97 – Ryan Robinson, 4. 7 – Austin Brown, 5. 56 – Alex Bright, 6. 11A – Andrew Felker, 7. 31B – David Budres, 8. 27 – Tucker Klaasmeyer, 9. 9K – Kyle Schuett, 10. 3N – Jake Neuman, 11. 57 – Daniel Robinson, 12. 4 – Ray Seach, 13. 82 – Eric Johnson, 14. 4X – Tommy Bigelow, 15. 56X – Mark Chisholm, 16. 20 – Cody Weisensel, 17. 57X – Bob Schliffler, 18. 71 – Christopher Bell, 19. 5X – Justin Peck, 20. 2 – Seth Motsinger, 21. 3X – Allen Devlin

For more information, visit www.powri.com.

Sources: Derek Schuett/POWRi PR

Strunk, Stoudt and Lisowski Are New 2015 NASCAR Feature Winners at Grandview

Filed under: Grandview,NASCAR WA-AS — mod134 @ 8:32 am

BECHTELSVILLE, PA. May 24, 2015 . . . The names are familiar, but none of them had been in victory lane at Grandview Speedway in 2015 until Saturday night.

Through the aid of lapped traffic, defending NASCAR Modified point champion Jeff Strunk erased Tim Buckwalter’s comfortable lead and closed in on him. The ten time champion used traffic to his advantage and put the Zubi’s Racing No. 88 in front on the 20th lap. Strunk later went on to claim his first win of the season in the T.P. Trailers NASCAR Whelen 358 Modified 30-lap feature and become the sixth different odified feature winner of the season. Strunk was feeling under the weather, but his crew helped pull him through and hopefully the first win of the season aided the healing process.

Randy Stoudt, the Late Model point champion went out a winner last season when he announced his retirement. He decided retirement was not for him and returned to action driving his son’s No. 5 car a few weeks ago. On Saturday night he dusted off the No. 10 from last year, started on the pole in the event and led from start to finish to win his first 25-lap NASCAR BRC Late Model feature of the season. “Buddy Mertz almost gave me a heart attack commented Stoudt when he spun in front of me.” Thankfully there was no contact, but it was an exciting moment. Stoudt became the fifth different feature winner in the BRC Late Model division.


Dominance at the Dog: Gray Earns Memorial Day Victory

Filed under: Granite State Pro Stock Series,Monadnock — mod134 @ 8:15 am

Belchertown, MA Native Now Tied for All-Time Series Wins

WINCHESTER, NH – Barry Gray continued his dominance at Monadnock Speedway, holding off charges from Matt Frahm, Mike O’Sullivan, and Larry Gelinas, to grab his fourth Granite State Pro Stock Series in the Memorial Day 100.

Gray took the lead at the drop of the green, after beating pole sitter Cory Robert to the line on lap 1.  Robert would be out of contention early, after an incident on lap 4 with Adam Norton, bringing out the first caution of the evening.  Matt Frahm and Tommy O’Sullivan would challenge Gray on three restarts, before settling in for a green flag run.

Nick Boivin brought out the fourth caution on lap 25, as his Ford of North Hampton automobile expired on the entrance of pit lane.  Gray would hold on to the lead on the last two restarts, until Gelinas and Frahm mounted a charge with 25 laps to go.  Gray’s racing line carried him high into turn one, where Gelinas would drop low, but could not make the car stick to draw alongside, as Gray would hold on for the victory.


Sussex Snares SCP Salute to Indy Opener

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PEORIA, Ariz. (May 23, 2015) – Tempe’s Stevie Sussex picked up a hard-fought win by topping the USAC Southwest Sprint Car portion of Saturday night’s opening leg of Canyon Speedway Park’s Fourth Annual Salute to Indy event.

While Sussex took Sprint Car honors, other Saturday night winners included Chris McCurdy, Jr., in Arizona Differential Pure Stocks, Jason Crowe in Scottsdale Muffler & Automotive Renegades, Gary Winter in Micro Sprints and John Priest in AMA Mod Lites.

Starting from the front row outside, Sussex fought off Josh Pelkey and current USAC Southwest Sprint Car points leader R.J. Johnson for his second overall win of the year and first at CSP in 2015.


Harrison Burton Inherits First SSS Victory at Mobile

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Young Son of NASCAR Star Jeff Takes Win Following Pollard DQ

Mobile, AL — Saturday night at Mobile International Speedway was one of those nights where everybody was racing for second-place. As it turned out, the battle for second-place ended up being the battle for the win.

Bubba Pollard put on a Super Late Model clinic at the Alabama half-mile and completely dominated the Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco Mobile 100. However it was Harrison Burton who was credited with the win after Pollard was disqualified in post-race technical inspection for an engine intake violation.

“It’s a big deal to us,” Burton, son of longtime NASCAR racer Jeff Burton, said after being declared the winner. “The guys worked really hard and it paid off. We put ourselves in position to win, but (Pollard) was just faster than us and not for the reason in which they were DQ’ed. Let’s be honest. But we’ll take it.”


Henderson Doubles Up at Knoxville!

Filed under: Knoxville,National Sprint League — mod134 @ 1:08 am

Knoxville, IA, May 23, 2015 – Justin Henderson put his name intothe record books, becoming the first driver since Brian Brown a year ago to win both the 360 and 410 features in one night at the Knoxville Raceway. The 410 win on Saturday night was worth $3,000 and was also the Sioux Falls, South Dakota’s driver’s second in that class in as many weeks. Devin Kline completed the night’s winners’ list with a 305 victory.

Brian Brown, who started fourth in the 410 feature, shot to the early lead in the 20-lapper. Henderson settled into second, with Danny Lasoski grabbing third from Bill Balog on lap two. Brown separated himself from the field and entered heavy lapped traffic at the halfway point. Though Henderson saw some gains through the middle stages, it looked as if Brown would not be headed.

Unfortunately for Brown, his motor expired on lap 12 and he helplessly pulled into the infield. Henderson assumed the lead, as Lasoski, Tim Kaeding and Kerry Madsen dueled wildly for second, third and fourth.

May 23, 2015

Pit Notes: PASS Takes to Thunder Road in Open Practice

Filed under: ACT,PASS,PASS North — mod134 @ 10:39 pm

Barre, VT—The Pro All Stars Series (PASS) North took to Barre, VT’s Thunder Road on Saturday, May 23, marking the first time since 1995 that Super Late Models had been on the high banks. The four-hour open practice session was held in preparation for the Mekkelsen Memorial Day Classic on Sunday, May 24.

The day began badly for two expected contenders. PASS North point leader Mike Rowe blew an engine after just a seven-lap run. Defending American-Canadian Tour (ACT) Champion Joey Polewarczyk Jr. also lost a motor later in the session.

Rowe is reportedly receiving a power plant from the RPM Motorsports team for Sunday’s event. Meanwhile, “Joey Pole” has borrowed an engine from Mike’s son Ben Rowe and Richard Moody Racing.


Zane Smith Takes 2nd Straight PASS South Win in Return to Concord

Filed under: Concord,PASS Pro Late Model,PASS South — mod134 @ 4:55 pm

KINGSPORT, TN (May 8) – Pro All Stars Series (PASS) South Super Late Model points leader Zane Smith took the lead following contact between leaders Roger Lee Newton and Jeff Fultz with 11 laps to go and led the rest of the way to win Friday night’s Old Glory 125 at Concord Speedway.  Smith’s victory came in the first race back at the venerable half-mile speedway in nearly three years.

“I don’t know how I won this one, I told them on the radio ‘I don’t know how I’m going pass them, but I’m going to figure out a way to get by’,” said Smith in victory lane afterwards.  “To be honest, I kinda saw it coming because they [Newton and Fultz] were running so close.  We didn’t qualify great, but we were consistent and I knew we would be good in the race.  And, luckily we were.”

In qualifying, Jody Measamer scorched the half-mile triangular speedway with an average lap speed of over 116 miles per hour.  Following the top 10 qualifiers redraw, Measamer would start third behind Roger Lee Newton and Tate Fogleman.


Fans Can Create ‘Live Story’ at Indianapolis 500 with Snapchat

Filed under: Indianapolis,Verizon IndyCar Series — mod134 @ 4:46 pm

INDIANAPOLIS (May 23, 2015) – The Indianapolis 500 Mile Race has created countless memorable stories through the years. Now Snapchat, the ephemeral storytelling platform, is creating a way for its millions of mobile device users to craft their own stories at the 99th running of “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.”

Snapchat is partnering with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the Verizon IndyCar Series to create a “Live Story” for the May 24 race on the famous 2.5-mile oval. Live Stories allow Snapchat users at the same event to contribute their unique, personal perspectives to one collective story through photo and video Snaps. A Snapchat team will package Snaps submitted from fans at IMS into a Live Story, which will then be available for Snapchatters to view for 24 hours.

“Live Stories capture a variety of perspectives, delivering a unique sense of community,” said Ben Schwerin, Snapchat director of partnerships. “In partnering with the Verizon IndyCar Series and Indianapolis Motor Speedway, we can bring Snapchatters closer to Sunday’s excitement.”


Pitkat Scores First VMRS Win At Stafford Motor Speedway

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Stafford Springs CT – It was a night of firsts Friday at Stafford Motor Speedway, Stafford CT, as hometown favorite Woody Pitkat scored his first ever Valenti Modified Racing Series victory,

The win was also the first series victory for car owner Peter Kulessa and the KBR Motorsports team, sponsored by Patterson Farms and Gunsmoke Stables.

And it was a night for 13 first-place position swaps, 11 of them between Keith Rocco, of Wallingford, CT, and Berlin CT’s Ryan Preece over the first 50-laps of the 80-lap main event.


Terry McCarl Takes $10,000 in Jackson

Filed under: Jackson Speedway,National Sprint League — mod134 @ 2:45 am

Jackson, MN, May 22, 2015 – Terry McCarl cashed in $10,000 in the 8th Annual Folkens Bros. Trucking Spring Nationals at the newly renovated Jackson Speedway in Minnesota Friday night.  The Altoona, Iowa native is not even two weeks from fracturing a vertebrae in his back, but he took advantage of some misfortune for leader, Bill Balog, and won the 25-lap event.  Terri’s Cleaning Service added another $500 to McCarl’s total in Victory Lane.  The win came in front of a capacity crowd in Jackson.

The main event got off to a rocky start, when Danny Lasoski, who led the point race coming into the weekend, spun and collected Matt Juhl. Wayne Johnson was also involved, losing a front end.  All three were done for the night.  Dylan Peterson spun on the next try at green.

The third time was a charm, and McCarl shot out to the early lead from his pole position ahead of Tim Kaeding and Mark Dobmeier.  Aaron Reutzel showed early speed, moving by Dobmeier for third on lap four before Josh Schneiderman would come to a stop in turn four.  The red was quickly displayed when Chris Martin got upside down in turn three.  He was uninjured.  Unfortunately, after the red flag, Reutzel retired.


May 22, 2015

Woody Pitkat Scores First Career Valenti Modified Racing Series Victory in 2nd Annual VMRS 80 At Stafford Speedway

Filed under: Stafford,VMRS — mod134 @ 11:46 pm

Stafford Springs, CT — The Valenti Modified Racing Series made its first of three visits during the 2015 season to Stafford Motor Speedway for the Inaugural VMRS 80.  Taking the checkered flag was former Stafford SK Modified® regular and 2003 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion Todd Szegedy.

At the drop of the green flag, Keith Rocco took the lead from the pole, but he was overtaken by Ryan Preece on lap-2.  Dylan Kopec was third in the early running with Woody Pitkat and Rowan Pennink lined up behind him.

Rocco retook the lead from Preece on lap-5 but Preece came right back the next lap and moved back to the point.  The lead changed hands for the third consecutive lap as Rocco went back to the front on lap-8.  Pitkat got by Kopec to move into third on lap-9 with Pennink in fifth and Steve Masse sixth.


Pennink, Bennett, Ferrigno, Provost, L’Etoile, & O’Connell Score VRMS 80 Feature Wins at Stafford

Filed under: NASCAR WA-AS,Stafford — mod134 @ 11:45 pm

Stafford Springs, CT — Stafford Speedway returned to NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing action with the Valenti Modified Racing Series in the house for the 2nd Annual VMRS 80.  Taking down weekly feature wins on the night were Rowan Pennink in the 40-lap SK Modified® feature, Michael Bennett scored his third win of the season in the 30-lap Late Model feature, Joey Ferrigno won for the second time in 2015 in the 20-lap SK Light Modified feature, Duane Provost won the 20-lap Limited Late Model feature, Frank L’Etoile won the 15-lap DARE Stock feature, and Devin O’Connell was the winner of the 20-lap Legend Cars feature.

In the 40-lap SK Modified® feature event, Woody Pitkat led the field to green and he and Tom Bolles stayed side by side for the first two laps before Bolles got out of shape in turn 2, allowing Pitkat to get clear into the lead.  Ted Christopher was now second and he made a move to Pitkat’s inside on lap-4 and he moved to the lead on lap-5.  Matt Galko was now on Pitkat’s inside for second with Todd Owen and Joey Cipriano lined up behind them.

Pitkat was able to hang strong in the outside groove and he cleared Galko for second on lap-7.  Owen got around Galko to move into third with Galko now side by side with Bolles for fourth place.


Pit Notes: Full Field in Attendance at Thunder Road Open Practice Session

Filed under: ACT,PASS,PASS North,Thunder Road — mod134 @ 7:06 pm

Barre, VT—Thunder Road held its second open practice session of the 2015 season on Friday. Drivers from all three weekly divisions converged on Barre, VT’s Thunder Road in preparation for the Memorial Day Classic on Sunday, May 24.

26 of Thunder Road’s American-Canadian Tour (ACT) Late Models were on hand. South Burlington, VT’s Trampas Demers, the 2005 Memorial Day Classic Champion, was one of the drivers taking advantage of the chance to earn track time and experiment with setups.

“I think we can win another Memorial Day Classic,” Demers said. “We certainly have the team and the car under us. If things go our way, we’d certainly love to be in Victory Lane and put another name on the granite monument. An open practice like this is a great opportunity to try things we’ve always wanted to try.”


Team Penske Scores Big on Coors Light Carb Day

Filed under: Indianapolis,Verizon IndyCar Series — mod134 @ 5:01 pm

INDIANAPOLIS (May 22, 2015) – Team Penske hopes a successful Coors Light Carb Day will indicate a good Indianapolis 500 race day.

Reigning Verizon IndyCar Series champion Will Power, who will start the 99th Running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race from the middle of the front row, topped the speed chart for the final practice session, the last opportunity for teams to fine-tune their cars before race day May 24.

Click HERE to view and download the results of Friday’s final Indy 500 practice session and HERE to view and download the combined practice timesheet.

Power, driving the No. 1 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet, topped the speed chart with a quick lap of 229.020 mph, with pole-sitter Scott Dixon of Target Chip Ganassi Racing (228.585 mph) and NTT Data Chip Ganassi Racing’s Tony Kanaan (228.490) right behind.


John Lowinski-Loh Looking for NASCAR XFINITY Debut

Filed under: NASCAR XFINITY Series,NHMS — mod134 @ 3:57 pm

Former Thompson (CT) Speedway Motorsports Park champion John Lowinski -Loh of Milford, MA said he has received approval for a NASCAR  XFINITY Series license and intends to run the Lakes Region 200 Saturday July 18 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.


F1600 Watkins Glen Masters Class Report

Filed under: F1600 Formula F Championship Series,Watkins Glen — mod134 @ 3:39 pm

Watkins Glen, NY – During rounds four, five and six of the F1600 Formula F Championship Series Steve Bamford picked up Masters Class wins in both races one and two while Jim Goughary walked away the win in race three. The weekend at Watkins Glen was a competitive weekend for F1600 with lead changes and close finishes making up the storyline starting with race one up until the finish of race three.

Within the F1600 championship is a class all its own, the F1600 Masters Class. To be eligible for the Masters Class drivers must be over the age of forty. In addition to their own separate podium ceremony, Masters Class drivers have the ability to pick up double podium spots as they can win in both the race overall, as well as the Masters Class by itself.

Showing off the ability to double up on wins is Steve Bamford. Bamford took first in the Masters Class in race one only to finish first again in the Masters Class as well second overall in race two at Watkins Glen.


Carlos Huertas Not Medically Cleared to Drive in Indianapolis 500

Filed under: Indianapolis,Verizon IndyCar Series — mod134 @ 8:47 am

INDIANAPOLIS (May 22, 2015) – Verizon IndyCar Series driver Carlos Huertas has been ruled out of the 99th Running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race with an inner ear condition, according to Dr. Terry Trammell, INDYCAR medical consultant. Huertas will have to undergo further evaluation before being cleared to return to Verizon IndyCar Series competition. The 23-year-old Colombian is out for the remainder of Indianapolis 500 on-track activities, including today’s Coors Light Carb Day practice and the May 24 race.

Huertas was scheduled to start on the outside of Row 6 in the No. 18 Dale Coyne Racing Honda. The team will announce Huertas’ replacement and the car will be moved to the last row of the 33-car field. It will start 32nd based on entrant points, according to Rules and of the Verizon IndyCar Series rulebook.

May 21, 2015

New London-Waterford Speedbowl Thursday Night Thunder 5/21 Results

Filed under: New London-Waterford — mod134 @ 10:52 pm

Waterford, CT (May 21, 2015) – New-London Waterford Speedbowl returned to the race track Thursday for the third Night Thunder program of the season with mid-week motorsports action.  Michael Blaskey of Waterbury landed in the winner’s circle after wiring the INEX Legend Cars feature, Anthony Marvin of Colchester continued a hot start with a victory in the INEX Bandolero race, while Dave Gargaro Jr. of Cranston, RI picked up his second X-Car victory of the year and Brian Norman of Clinton scored top honors in the Super X-Car race.

Blaskey took control of the 25-lap INEX Legend Cars race with an opening lap surge that put him out front.  He led the race which was completed without a caution flag.  Over the middle stages of the event both Jordan Churchill of Lisbon and Joey Ternullo of Middletown closed in, however when they began to battle for second position Blaskey was able to pull ahead.  Ternullo took the runner-up position late but could not mount a challenge.  He finished second, while Salem’s John O’Sullivan III was third after Churchill dropped out of the event in the closing laps with mechanical failure.

Marvin was equally impressive in the 20-lap INEX Bandolero feature.  He and Chaplin’s Nickolas Hovey powered ahead to a convincing advantage over the field.  While Hovey had enough to stay with Marvin, he could not muster a serious threat to Marvin.   


Granite State Pro Stock Series at Monadnock Speedway: A Closer Look at the Numbers

Filed under: Granite State Pro Stock Series,Monadnock — mod134 @ 10:12 pm

Winchester, NH – The Granite State Pro Stock Series will travel to Monadnock Speedway, May 23, for the Memorial Day 100. The Memorial Day 100 will be the third event of the 12-race season, and will be the seventh time the Granite State Pro Stock Series has visited the facility since 2013, running twice a season each year. The following is a closer look at the numbers of the Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS), and Monadnock Speedway.

-Monadnock Speedway opened on Aug. 13, 1971.
-Nicknamed “Mad Dog”.
-The historic track has seen such drivers as Jimmy Spencer, Beaver Dragon, Ken Bouchard, Mike Stefanik, Reggie Ruggiero, Stub Fadden, Dave Dion, and Robbie Crouch take victories at the Winchester, NH facility.

MEMORIAL DAY 100: Race 3 of 12 on 2015 season
LENGTH: .250 mile oval
BANKING: 18 degrees in Turns 1 & 2, 16 degrees in Turns 3 & 4
RACE LENGTH: 100 laps


Home-Track Drivers Welcome Tour Drivers to Seekonk Speedway

Filed under: Lee USA,NESST,Seekonk — mod134 @ 8:58 pm

SEEKONK, MA – The drivers of the North East Street Stock Tour will begin the chase to become the inaugural champion, at Seekonk Speedway (MA), May 30.

Bristol, CT’s Joe Arena is prepared for a run at the championship, while adjusting to a new race car.  Arena is a former racer at New London-Waterford Speedbowl, but the rules package for the North East Street Stock Tour (NESST) is a bit different than what he’s used to driving.  Says Arena, “I’m not used to driving the NESST car.  There is more horsepower with these cars, and we need to cure our forward bite, which we were lacking at Lee [USA Speedway].”

Arena, who ran at Seekonk Speedway twice in 2014, and the NESST drivers will battle head-to-head against the Seekonk Speedway regulars, including Ryan Lineham.  Lineham drives in the Pro Stock division for Rollie Lindblad, but cut his teeth in the Street Stock division.  Lineham states, “My career started in Street Stocks, and my passion for this division will never end.  It has long been said by racers from New England, that Seekonk Speedway is the toughest track to drive, and toughest track to get a good car setup, so I would think Seekonk being my home track may be a slight edge for our team in this race.  With that being said, this field of drivers in this tour are among the most talented of any tour in all of New England, so I hardly think I am a favorite, even with my Pro Stock experience.”


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