Fans And Racers Looking Forward to Easter Bunny 150 Welcome Party at Iron Thunder

CHARLOTTE, NC (March 31) – To celebrate 10 years of one short track racing’s great events, Pro All Stars Series (PASS) fans and racers will have the opportunity to gather together Thursday night at Iron Thunder Saloon & Grill in Hickory for the Easter Bunny 150 Welcome Party.  The event will be open to everyone starting at 6:30 PM and will give fans a chance to chat with some of their favorite racers and check out some of the cars that will be competing Saturday night at Hickory Motor Speedway.  PASS Super Late Model, PASS Pro Late Model, and Must See Racing Sprint Car drivers and machines will be at Iron Thunder Saloon & Grill Thursday night, along with a live band, to help kickoff the 10th Annual Easter Bunny 150.

“You know, the Easter Bunny 150 has really become one of the biggest races of the year and Iron Thunder is a place a lot of our fans and racers like to attend when they’re in town for the race,” said PASS President Tom Mayberry.  “The first PASS South event ever held was at Hickory and we felt like this was a great way to celebrate 10 years of the Easter Bunny 150.  With the Must See Sprints joining us and everything we’ve got going on at the track Friday and Saturday night, this was a great way to welcome everyone into town.”

Iron Thunder Saloon & Grill is a favorite destination for the PASS contingent when the series comes to town and is glad to welcome every into town with lots of good food, drinks, and fun.

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Practice Rescheduled to April 11 at PPMS

April 4 PPMS Practice has been rescheduled to Sat April 11, gates open at 2. Opening night planned for April 18.
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“Unique Tweet Your Butler Built Seat” with the NSL!

Windom, MN (March 31, 2015) – National Sprint League drivers will be able to Tweet from their Butler Built Seat in 2015!  This unique promotion called “Unique Tweet Your Butler Built Seat” will be worth $750 towards a purchase of a Sprint Advantage Seat from Butler Built!

Throughout the season, NSL member drivers who run a Butler Built Seat are asked to take a picture of someone besides themselves sitting in their Butler Built Seat.  At the last event, the driver with the most “Unique Tweet Your Butler Built Seat” will win $750 towards the purchase of a Sprint Advantage Seat from Butler Built!

Drivers must tag @NSLSeries and @BUTLERBuilt in their Tweets for consideration.

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Gelinas Ready for 2015 Title Run

Sets Sights on Season-Opening Icebreaker at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park

Walpole, NH-    For “Lightning” Larry Gelinas, racing is almost as important as breathing.

The 30-plus-year veteran gets behind the wheel any chance he can.  This year, he’ll be chasing the 2015 crown in the Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS), as well as throwing his name in the hat in the Late Model division at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park. Gelinas will also run select ACT events, and attempt to qualify for the Oxford 250.

“I love to race, that’s really all I’ve ever done,” comments Gelinas.

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Lites Make Historic Thompson Appearance

Bridgewater, MA — The Northeastern Midget Association has long considered Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park (TSMP) the ultimate “separate the men from the boys” facility. While any Thompson checkered is a treasure, winning the first ever NEMA Lites feature at this year’s ICEBREAKER event will be a goal high on the list of many attendees.

Sitting at the top of that list is the all time Thompson winner – with eleven victories, Randy Cabral, who will return at the ICEBREAKER in his family owned #35 Lites car.  In addition to Cabral – former NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion and multi time USAC feature winner, Bobby Santos III will be wheeling the Frank Manafort #76 in the event.  In addition to Santos and Cabral – ISMA competitor and feature winner Jeff Locke will be aboard his family owned Lites car, NEMA competitor Paul Scally will be debuting his new Drinan Lites car, and 2014 NEMA runner up Avery Stoehr, a new family owned ride as well.  

With nearly a twenty car field rumored, that’s just the beginning of the list.  Teammates Christian Briggs and Juris Kupris will bring their RAM Bull racing entries to TSMP with high hopes of a feature victory.  The Cugini family brings their two strong family owned entries to the Speedway, and the always strong Andy Barrows will be debuting his new BEAST chassis at the ICEBREAKER.  The Bigelow family, with 2014 owner’s champion Scott, and multi feature winner, Paul – will undoubtedly be strong as well, with their Honda power plants.  Other rumored entrants include Kenny Johnson, multi time feature winner PJ Stergios and Dennis Potter.

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Fierce Competition Headlines Thompson’s Limited Sportsman Division

Thompson, CT (March 30, 2015) As Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park (TSMP) driver Tommy Shea puts it, ‘racing is a sport that extracts every human emotion’.  From triumphant to sad, from ecstatic to mad and everything in between, racing has it. Sometimes the swing from one extreme to another happens within seconds, but what makes each driver return race after race is the sought after moment of glory.

Shea has yet to visit victory lane at TSMP and this year he will present a new car for competition during Icebreaker weekend on April 11th and 12th. He is one of many in a fiercely competitive Limited Sportsman field trying to topple the success of Corey Hutchings. Hutchings is no stranger to success and returns to the division after winning 5 of the last 6 events in 2014. Only one other driver went to victory lane last season and that was Shawn Monahan who earned three wins, but will be stepping away from driving as the newly named General Manager of the New London-Waterford Speedbowl.

Multiple win seasons are nothing new for Hutchings who once tallied 17 wins across two tracks in one year. After much success in late model competition over the years owner-driver says, “I’m doing my own thing and I’m really enjoying what I have going on right now.”

Larry Barnett ran only 4 races last season, but is a perennial favorite and will return to compete for the championship. If you ask his peers, you’ll find that Barnett’s return is on the minds of many due to his past success. Past success doesn’t always equal continued success and it will be a tall order with the tough competition that awaits.

“I know Corey (Hutchings) and Scott (Sundeen) are always the guys that are running the same,” said Barnett. “If you’re really good, you’ll beat him and if you’re off a little you won’t. (Corey Hutchings) raised the bar last year so to beat him you need to be on top of your game.”

A year ago, Scott Sundeen came away with his third championship, but felt as though he left a lot on the table throughout the season with a car that was underpowered. “I almost parked the car last season,” he said. “It was a huge struggle.”

In the off-season, Sundeen went to work including multiple trips to the chassis dyno to diagnose the issue. It ended up being an electrical switch that was robbing power from the engine that equaled 30 horsepower on the dyno. With his car back to what it should be, he is optimistic about his title defense.

Last year’s championship runner-up Steve Kenneway will not return in 2015, handing the keys over to Diego Monahan, bringing even more talent to a stacked division.

Then there is Ryan Waterman who finished with a top-5 points effort in 2014. At 21 years old, Waterman is about to embark on his 3rd season and will bring the car he raced with last October at the World Series. That car had to be rebuilt after crashing during the event, but it gives him a boost of confidence in how well the car performed.

“I feel like I’m in a position to break though,” said Waterman. “I just need more luck at Thompson.”

The Limited Sportsman division has several teams gunning for the top spot this season leaving little margin for error, making it one of the most entertaining divisions of the race weekend.

The Icebreaker is scheduled the weekend of April 10-12 and will include a 20-lap feature for the Limited Sportsman division, beginning with rotating practice session on Friday, April 10. For more information, including an event schedule, visit www.thompsonspeedway.com. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube for the most up to date news and updates about Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.

Sources: Theresa Condict/Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park PR

American Heart Association Recognizes NASCAR As Platinum Fit-Friendly Worksite

NASCAR Earns American Heart Association’s Worksite Innovation Award

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 30, 2015) – In recognition of its initiatives to help employees live healthier lifestyles, the American Heart Association has named NASCAR a Platinum-Level Fit-Friendly Worksite.

“Our employees are passionate about NASCAR and we are passionate about empowering them to focus on health and wellness,” said Paula Miller, NASCAR senior vice president of human resources. “Through our initiatives and offerings, we try to make it easier for our employees to make healthy living a habit, whether traveling to races or at home. We are proud to be honored by the American Heart Association as a Platinum-Level Fit-Friendly worksite.”

A Platinum-Level honor is the highest tier of recognition awarded by the American Heart Association. NASCAR earned Platinum-Level accolades by demonstrating a strong commitment to providing a healthy workplace for employees. Notable offerings include physical activity opportunities, increasing healthy eating options and promoting a wellness culture.

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Dragon, RGR Team Ready for Thunder Road Title Run

Barre, VT – Second-generation racer Scott Dragon is about enter his second full season of Late Model competition at Thunder Road International Speedbowl, and after a year of working with the Richard Green Racing (RGR) team, is ready to contend for a title in 2015.

After the opening event of the 2014 Thunder Road season, veteran Joey Becker of Cambridge, VT, one of Thunder Road’s favorite racers, told his long-time friend and car owner Rick Green that, for health and personal reasons, he needed to give up the driver’s seat of the RGR ACT Late Model ride. Green first chose Becker out of the Thunder Road Tiger Sportsman division to be his driver during the 2003 season. That partnership enjoyed much success over the years, and Becker, an accomplished fabricator, told Green he would still like to work on the 16VT Chevrolet Impala SS. He also suggested that they try and get his friend Scott Dragon of Milton, VT to take over the driver’s seat for the remainder of the full Thunder Road season.

Dragon raced ACT Late Models in the late 1990s and early 2000s and had some success before moving on Super Late Model racing on a part-time basis. The name Dragon is synonymous with Vermont stock car racing. Scott’s father is the legendary Bobby Dragon, his uncle is Harmon “Beaver” Dragon, and his cousin is Brent Dragon. All three have established records throughout Vermont, and for that matter throughout the Northeast. They top many championship lists and will do so for decades to come.

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Superspeedway Qualifying Format Updated for Talladega, Daytona

New Structure to Feature Two Rounds to Determine Pole Winner

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 30, 2015) – NASCAR today unveiled modifications to the qualifying format at superspeedways across all three national series. The updated format will take effect at Talladega Superspeedway for the NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series next month.

Qualifying for May’s Talladega Superspeedway races, as well as the July events at Daytona International Speedway, will consist of the following:
• Two rounds of qualifying, with the top-12 posted lap speeds advancing to the second round
• Race vehicles taking one, timed lap in each round of qualifying
• Each race vehicle will be released in a predetermined timed interval as determined by NASCAR, with the sanctioning body reserving the right to have more than one vehicle engaging in qualifying runs at the same time
• Qualifying order for the first round will be determined by a random draw; final round qualifying order is determined by slowest to fastest speeds from the first round
• A 10-minute break will occur between the first qualifying round and the final round
• Upon completion of the first qualifying round, the field will be set with positions 13 and beyond determined from first round qualifying speed
• The 12 fastest vehicles from the first round will have their speeds reset for the final round with starting positions 1-12 determined by the fastest laps in the final round
• NASCAR will impound race vehicles following each qualifying lap; vehicles advancing to the final round will be allowed to adjust tape and utilize a cool-down unit during the 10-minute break only

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Montoya Holds Off Teammate Power to Win Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (Sunday, March 29, 2015) – Juan Pablo Montoya held off Team Penske teammate and reigning Verizon IndyCar Series champion Will Power over the final 27 laps to win the season-opening Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg by 0.9930 of a second.

Montoya held a 3.3-second advantage over Power following an exchange of final pit stops on Laps 81 and 82, but Power closed to within 0.6147 of a second on Lap 100 and was sizing up his best opportunity to attempt a pass of Montoya’s No. 2 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet.

Power, who set the track record on the way to winning the Verizon P1 Award for the 110-lap race on the 1.8-mile, 14-turn street course a day earlier, made his move entering the tight left-hand Turn 10 on Lap 101. The cars made slight contact and Power’s No. 1 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet fell 1.5474 seconds back at the start/finish line.

“If I hadn’t damaged my wing, maybe I would have had another shot,” Power said. “He was very strong on the front straight and my exits weren’t very good. I thought maybe I would catch him off-guard there. You don’t expect someone to pass there, so, yeah, I gave it a shot.

“I was surprised at how aggressively he turned, but he wanted to win the race and so did I.”

Montoya recorded his second victory since returning full time to Indy car racing in 2014 and his first on an Indy car road or street course since Vancouver in his 1999 CART championship season.

“I saw (Power) make the move, but he was way too far and I wasn’t going to give him the position,” Montoya said. “If he was beside me, I would have said, ‘OK, go ahead.’ When I got to the turning point, he wasn’t even close. It is a shame we touched, but it’s all good, it’s racing.”

The last Team Penske 1-2 finish was August 2014 at Milwaukee, with Power beating Montoya by 2.7 seconds. It was the 175th Indy car victory for the team (78 on road or street courses).

“It was a fight between our two guys in front. It was just an amazing weekend,” team owner Roger Penske said. “To come back this year with the fast times in qualifying and win this race 1-2, and four drivers in the top six, wow, what a day.”

Tony Kanaan, driving the No. 10 NTT Data Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet, finished third and Helio Castroneves, the only three-time winner at St. Petersburg, placed fourth in the No. 3 Hitachi Team Penske Chevrolet. Simon Pagenaud finished fifth in the No. 22 Penske Truck Rental Chevrolet.

Ryan Hunter-Reay, who finished seventh in the No. 28 DHL Andretti Autosport car, was the highest-placing Honda entry. Last year at St. Petersburg, Power held Hunter-Reay at bay on Laps 78-110 to make an opening-round statement on the way to earning his first series title.

Bucs wide receiver serves as grand marshal

Three-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Vincent Jackson of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers drew a cheer from the crowd growing in front of the Team Penske workspace in the St. Petersburg paddock, but he pointed to Helio Castroneves moving in for a handshake.

“It’s game day for him,” said Jackson, the grand marshal for the race. “He deserves an ovation.”

Jackson, who gave the command to start the Chevrolet and Honda engines, and Castroneves exchanged a Hitachi Team Penske shirt (XX large) and a Bucs jersey before the race. Jackson also presented Green Savoree Racing Promotions principals Kim Green and Kevin Savoree, owners of the annual event since 2005, jerseys with their names on the back.

“I’m a local (year-round Tampa resident) and I’ve come to this race for the last few years. This is an honor to be part of this event,” Jackson said. “It’s always entertaining, it’s always a great draw and the racing is phenomenal. This is a new role for me, not being a spectator and getting to know some of these guys and be part of the event. I’m a car guy and having Helio show me his car close up is exciting.”

St. Petersburg embraces the race

St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman looked toward the blue sky, looked at the fans streaming into the downtown race circuit and declared it “a wonderful day” for the city and INDYCAR. Kriseman attributed the tens of thousands of spectators attending each of the three days of the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg in part to the city’s “Embrace the Race” marketing campaign.

“An event like this has such an impact on our city and we wanted to try to make everyone feel like they’re a part of it,” Kriseman said. “When you do that, you have so much more fun, too. I look forward every year to this weekend, and to see the community embrace it through the years, and especially this year, has been wonderful.

“The downtown has changed a lot since the first race (2003),” the mayor added, “and I expect that in the next few years it to look totally different with all the construction going on and new restaurants, and I see it as more opportunities to get people downtown on this weekend.”

The picturesque setting alongside Tampa Bay and spectacular early spring weather complemented the on-track action.

“It’s just a special place to go racing,” said Kevin Savoree, Green Savoree Racing Promotions president and COO. “The fans love this race, and I share with everyone that Kim (Green, CEO of Green Savoree) and I are just the stewards of this race. It really belongs to everybody in St. Pete and I’m sure that every year they put an ‘X’ on their calendar for this race weekend.”

Herta, Gordon to be added to Long Beach Motorsports Walk of Fame

Verizon IndyCar Series team owner and former Indy car driver Bryan Herta and Indy car race winner Robby Gordon will be inducted into the Long Beach Motorsports Walk of Fame on April 16 as part of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach race weekend.

Herta, whose Bryan Herta Autosport with Curb-Agajanian will enter the No. 98 Honda driven by series rookie Gabby Chaves in the 41st Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, drove to third-place finishes in the 1998 and ’99 races on the California street circuit.

“I had a pole at Long Beach and led three of the races, but it’s one that got away from me,” Herta said. “To be inducted into the Walk of Fame is incredibly special for me because it’s my home race.”

Gordon finished third in the 1994 Indy car race at Long Beach and posted victories in the 1992 Trans-Am Series and 2014 Formula Off-Road Series races.

Herta and Gordon are both Southern California residents. The Walk of Fame medallions include renditions of the racers’ cars and their major achievements in motorsports.

Six races, three winners in Mazda Road to Indy

The three Mazda Road to Indy ladders series conducted doubleheader races this weekend and each series saw the same driver win its two races. Ed Jones led every lap of both Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires races, Neil Alberico drove to victory in both Pro Mazda Championship presented by Cooper Tires races and Jake Eidson was triumphant in the two Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship powered by Mazda races.

Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg Quote Sheet

MARCO ANDRETTI (No. 27 Snapple Honda):  “Honestly, it was the hardest fought 10th (place) of my career. Sort of just different balances all the time – three problem cars in every corner. We were really on top of the racetrack, but we’ll work to figure things out sooner rather than later.”

SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS (No. 11 Team Hydroxycut-KVSH Racing Chevrolet):  “It was a solid result for the Hydroxycut-KVSH Racing team, but it was a bit up and down. Initially, it felt like we had something special going. I got TK (Tony Kanaan) and the car had good pace. Then I made a couple of mistakes and a restart didn’t go my way. After that, Sato hit us and we lost three positions. It was one of those races where you controlled the damage, but you don’t feel you have achieved what you were capable of. I am satisfied with the result and happy for the team, they did a good job. It’s a good start to the season. The pace was good when we got clear air, but it is definitely is hard to follow other cars and get a run on them. We will keep digging, keep working on starting higher up on the grid and see where we end up.”

HELIO CASTRONEVES (No. 3 Hitachi Chevrolet): “Really proud of the Hitachi Chevy guys today. They did a great job and we battled hard throughout the race. The car was fast. We didn’t end up where we would have liked to be, but overall we had a good day. Really happy for Juan (Montoya) and congratulations to him on the win and to Will (Power) on his podium finish. Great way to start the season for Roger (Penske) with a 1-2 finish.”

GABBY CHAVES (No. 98 Bowers & Wilkins/Curb Honda): “I learned so much today. I learned tire management and the differences in the red to black tires. I learned about fuel saving, driving to a number and trying to not lose position. The incident with the 5 car (Hinchcliffe): I saw an opening, but it closed up. I tried hard to avoid it, even getting down in the grass, but just couldn’t avoid it. All in all, it was a good weekend. We learned a lot as a team, I learned a lot and we showed that we can run strong at this level. I’m really looking forward to NOLA and the rest of the season.”

STEFANO COLETTI (No. 4 KV Racing Technology Chevrolet): “The KV Racing Technology team gave me a great car today, but unfortunately we didn’t have the result to prove it. The car was fast and I overtook a lot of people. Every restart I overtook several cars, improving three or four positions. Obviously, I am disappointed with the final result. I had some issues and had to make up a lot of positions, so I used a lot of fuel. As a result, I had to pit with four laps to go. At least I had fun today in my first Verizon IndyCar Series race and hopefully the result will change when we race in New Orleans in two weeks.”

SIMONA DE SILVESTRO (No. 25 Andretti Autosport Honda): “The incident with Carlos (Muñoz) kind of started the whole downhill of our day. We lost a lot of pace after that incident and then we were kind of behind the ball a little bit. At the end, you just kind of keep going – you adapt to it (how the car changes after an incident). Then, it was unfortunate with (James) Jakes; he seemed to brake really early into the last turn and I couldn’t really avoid him. We finished – it’s definitely not the day we wanted. I think we were expecting much more, just a lot of things that went wrong during the race and could never really settle except towards the very end. Not the greatest day in the race car. I think it’s been a positive weekend; we showed that we had the pace, which is a good thing, for sure. Not racing for a year and a half, you can feel that, especially when you are passing people – it’s like, OK, I haven’t done that in a while. It’s OK – I don’t think I’m really happy with it, but we finished the race and it’s experience we’re going to take on if we do more races together.”

SCOTT DIXON (No. 9 Target Chevrolet): “It wasn’t the day we had hoped for in the Target car today. We had some early issues with the air jack and couldn’t get the car off the ground during our pit stops. It seemed like the front would come up, but the rear end would stay on the ground. The team did the best they could on our stops, but in reality you can’t be competitive in this type of racing when your stops are taking that long. We just never seem to have the best luck in St. Petersburg but we’ll keep pushing for the results we know we’re capable of.”

FRANCESCO DRACONE (No. 19 Dale Coyne Racing Honda): “I am really upset that I wasn’t able to finish the race today. I was having fun out there and having some success. I think the team had me on a good strategy but there was something not right with the power delivery of the car. I was having some issues and couldn’t continue. Hopefully we will get it sorted and do better in the next race.”

LUCA FILIPPI (No. 20 Fuzzy’s Vodka CFH Racing Chevrolet): “I am happy with that. Obviously, so many things are new to me. On one hand we want to have good results, on the other hand we know that we have to learn a little before we can really fight for the podium. The team did a great job, they gave me great pit stops and we can build on this. This is a good start for the season, from here I can just get better and better.”

JACK HAWKSWORTH (No. 41 ABC Supply A.J. Foyt Racing Honda): “Really fun race, really entertaining. After the disappointment in qualifying, the guys really worked hard last night and found what was wrong and corrected it and gave me a fast car today. We lost the front wing on the first lap, replaced it, then had some contact in the middle of the race and lost an end fence. I didn’t have a clue what was going on out there, I was just pushing like crazy all the way through once we got into clean air because I knew that was going to be important. The guys made good stops, got me in clean air and we finished in the top 10 from the back of the grid. I was really happy for the whole ABC Supply team. I don’t think I’ve ever been so happy with an eighth-place finish before.”

CARLOS HUERTAS (No. 18 Dale Coyne Racing Honda):  “Today was not how we wanted to start the season. Something wasn’t right with the steering because when I turned the wheel all the way, it didn’t feel like I was getting as much to the wheels. I didn’t make contact with anything but something clearly wasn’t right. I would like to have finished the race but I would have been struggling to keep my pace enough. Hopefully things will go better in New Orleans. We just tested there so I got to know the circuit and am looking forward to going back there.”

RYAN HUNTER-REAY (No. 28 DHL Honda): “I think that was the hardest seventh-place finish I’ve seen. That’s how it is sometimes, when you have bad days you have to bring home solid top 10s. We fell back to like 18th or 19th after the issue at the start with Bourdais. We rebounded nicely, but to be honest I think that’s about the car we had today – a sixth- or seventh-place car at best. We’ll take the top 10 and move ahead with the DHL car for New Orleans.”

TONY KANAAN (No. 10 NTT Data Chevrolet): “It was a really fun race for us and I’m just so happy that I was able to get NTT DATA Racing a podium finish in the first race out. We still have some things to work on to get better as a team, but I’m pretty happy with today’s finish. I have to give so much credit to the guys on pit lane. They just did such a great job today. This is a nice way to start the season and after this third-place finish, I’m even more motivated to continue to do better.”

SAGE KARAM (No. 8 GE LED Chevrolet): “It was funny, I came into the pits after the race, took off my helmet to debrief with the guys and noticed I didn’t use any tear-offs from my helmet! A rookie mistake, I guess. I was so focused on taking care of the car and running good laps, I totally forgot. But all in all, I just tried to do what the team told me to, which was keep the car in one piece and run all the laps. That was the plan today. Although I wished we would have finished higher, I know that this is a learning process. I spoke with Dario (Franchitti) after the race and we talked about saving fuel and how crucial that is in these races. I know we’ll get better and I had a good first experience in the GE LED car in my first road and street course in the series.”

CHARLIE KIMBALL (No. 83 NovoLog FlexPen Chevrolet): “Obviously it’s a disappointing result for the No. 83 NovoLog FlexPen guys. Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing has worked really hard over the winter. We had great pit stops, and I got taken out by some dumb driving. We ended up fixing the rear wing and when I was in clean air, the car was really fast. I guess that is the frustrating thing, really. The result wasn’t there but the speed in the car was. I can’t wait to get the car back to NOLA, where we had a good test at the beginning of the week, and then to Long Beach.”

JUAN PABLO MONTOYA (No. 2 Verizon Chevrolet):  “Today was a good day, to be honest with you. The car was really good on black tires and that was the key. The tires were not falling off and right there at the end I was just running slow to look after them. When I needed to push, I could push. Everybody with Verizon and Team Penske did an amazing job – Chevy as well. This aero kit is amazing to drive.”

CARLOS MUNOZ (No. 26 AndrettiTV/Cinsay Honda): “So it wasn’t a good race with everything that happened. I smashed my front wing and I wasn’t really good in the restarts, so that was part of it all. We weren’t really there the whole weekend, so we have to work hard for New Orleans.”

JOSEF NEWGARDEN (No. 67 Hartman Oil CFH Racing Chevrolet): “It was a really strong effort from everyone to try to keep us in the fight. All the CFH guys were awesome, as they always are. I have to say thank you to Ed (Carpenter), Wink (Hartman) and Sarah (Fisher) for everything that they do to make this happen. Twelfth is not the best finishing position, but we can only go up from there. I think we had a car that was able to challenge for a top-five finish, but we were in the wrong place at the wrong time. Right when Charlie (Kimball) got spun out in Turn 10, it was a bottleneck, I got into the back of (Sebastien) Bourdais and damaged the front wing. It sort of hurt us; we struggled to fight with everyone after that. We lost a lot of pace, then did what we could to finish as strong as possible. Twelfth was the best we had today, but I think we have more for the future.”

SIMON PAGENAUD (No. 22 Penske Truck Rental Chevrolet): “The Penske Truck Rental boys did a great job today. I am happy and you have to take it step by step. You just can’t walk onto a team and push your teammates out of the way. I didn’t want to create a mess at the start of the race, which I thought was a smart move but it was too cautious, which cost me a position during the race. (Fifth place) is a good start to the season and I’m excited about the next race already coming up in NOLA.”

ROGER PENSKE (Team Penske, Owner): “Well, I will tell you it was a fight between our two guys in front there. It was just an amazing weekend. The guys worked hard in the offseason on the aero kits and thanks for Chevrolet and Verizon for the support. But to come back this year with the fast times in qualifying and win this race 1-2, and four drivers in the top six – wow, what a day.”

WILL POWER (No. 1 Verizon Chevrolet): (On his late attempt to pass Montoya for the lead) “That was the only place that I could kind of get a run on him. He was very good out of the last corner, so the only chance I had to get around and drive past him was there, but I think he saw me. It was kind of optimistic, but if he would have gave me something, I would have taken it; but he didn’t. He did what anyone would have done. He was phenomenally fast. I couldn’t drop him on that stint before and he was very quick on the reds. … It’s a great day for the Verizon car. As we thought it would be, it’s going to be a battle between teammates for the championship, I’m sure.”

GRAHAM RAHAL (No. 15 Mi-Jack Honda): “The car was really good. I was very pleased with it. I thought we had a car that could have won today. When we got into fifth place after passing (Sebastien) Bourdais in Turn 1, (Simon) Pagenaud in Turn 4 and then Charlie (Kimball), I had Helio (Castroneves) in my sights. I was strong on restarts so I thought I would be able to fight my way up there and catch up to (Will) Power. I knew we had reds (alternate tires) to come, which in the end proved to be a strong suit. But then we got penalized.  Kimball had a broken car and I didn’t know what he was doing. He was so slow off of Turn 9 that I thought he was pulling over and then he accelerates into the kink. He had a broken car and was slow. I went inside of him and then he broke deep. He was cranking in well before the apex so I was trying to bail out and I just tapped him. Sure enough, I dive inside him and he comes over. It’s a shame because the car was good today.”

TAKUMA SATO (No. 14 ABC Supply A.J. Foyt Racing Honda): “It was a tough race. We got a good start but then after a restart, there was a bottleneck in Turn 1 and I was boxed in. (Sebastien) Bourdais and I touched and it damaged the front wing. We had to change it and that really decided our race. We were able to overtake a few positions, but the time we lost was too great and we couldn’t get back to the front. It was a tough one, but hopefully we got some good data for the next race.”

FIRESTONE GRAND PRIX OF ST. PETERSBURG RACE RESULTS

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Results Sunday of the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg Verizon IndyCar Series event on the 1.8 mile St Petersburg street circuit, with order of finish, starting position in parentheses, driver, chassis-engine, laps completed and reason out (if any):
1. (4) Juan Pablo Montoya, Dallara-Chevy, 110, Running
2. (1) Will Power, Dallara-Chevy, 110, Running
3. (7) Tony Kanaan, Dallara-Chevy, 110, Running
4. (3) Helio Castroneves, Dallara-Chevy, 110, Running
5. (2) Simon Pagenaud, Dallara-Chevy, 110, Running
6. (6) Sebastien Bourdais, Dallara-Chevy, 110, Running
7. (8) Ryan Hunter-Reay, Dallara-Honda, 110, Running
8. (21) Jack Hawksworth, Dallara-Honda, 110, Running
9. (19) Luca Filippi, Dallara-Chevy, 110, Running
10. (12) Marco Andretti, Dallara-Honda, 110, Running
11. (15) Graham Rahal, Dallara-Honda, 110, Running
12. (10) Josef Newgarden, Dallara-Chevy, 110, Running
13. (5) Takuma Sato, Dallara-Honda, 110, Running
14. (14) Carlos Munoz, Dallara-Honda, 110, Running
15. (9) Scott Dixon, Dallara-Chevy, 110, Running
16. (16) James Hinchcliffe, Dallara-Honda, 110, Running
17. (22) Gabby Chaves, Dallara-Honda, 110, Running
18. (11) Simona de Silvestro, Dallara-Honda, 110, Running
19. (18) Sage Karam, Dallara-Chevy, 109, Running
20. (17) Stefano Coletti, Dallara-Chevy, 109, Running
21. (13) Charlie Kimball, Dallara-Chevy, 109, Running
22. (20) James Jakes, Dallara-Honda, 100, Running
23. (23) Francesco Dracone, Dallara-Honda, 70, Mechanical
24. (24) Carlos Huertas, Dallara-Honda, 19, Mechanical

Race Statistics
Winners average speed: 86.735
Time of Race: 02:16:58.1079
Margin of victory: 0.9930 of a second
Cautions: 5 for 22 laps
Lead changes: 6 among 5 drivers
Lap Leaders: Power 1 – 21, Pagenaud 22 -23, Power 24 – 48, Hawksworth 49 -53, Power 54 – 82, Castroneves 83, Montoya 84 – 110

Point Standings: Montoya 51, Power 44, Kanaan 35, Castroneves 33, Pagenaud 31, Bourdais 28, Hunter-Reay 26, Hawksworth 25, Filippi 22, Andretti 20. .

Sources: Mike Kitchel/Verizon IndyCar Series PR

Cole Timm, Todd Gilliland Victorious in CARS Tour X-1R Lubricants 300 Opener  

LUCAMA, NC (March 29, 2015) – The first race for the newly formed CARS Racing Tour was a massive success as youngsters ruled the roost in two fields dominated by racing veterans on Saturday night. Cole Timm took the Super Late Model race win and Todd Gilliland executed a late-race pass to pull an upset on the Late Model Stock Car contingent in the X-1R Performance Products 300 at Southern National Motorsports Park.

CARS Super Late Model Tour Recap:

Timm captured the first pole award for the CARS Racing Tour with a time a 14.788 seconds, over a quarter-second faster than second place Kyle Busch Motorsports driver Christopher Bell.  Anderson Bowen, Bubba Pollard and Brandon Setzer were the rest of the top five who led the field to green.

After an off-season of anticipation, the first green flag finally started the brand new CARS Racing Tour and Bell would get the early jump on Timm to lead the opening laps. Timm finally flexed his muscle after a mid-race restart and bypassed Bell for the lead on lap 75. Bell retook the top spot following another restart, but Timm went back on the attack and re-assumed command of the race as the field entered turn three on lap 107.

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R.J. Johnson Wins Hank Arnold Memorial!

PEORIA, Ariz. (March 28, 2015) – R.J. Johnson broke into USAC Southwest Sprint Car victory lane for the first time this year by winning Saturday night’s 30-lap Hank Arnold Memorial main event atop the 1/3-mile Canyon Speedway Park clay oval.

While Johnson bested the wingless Sprint Cars ranks, other Hank Arnold Memorial feature winners included Chris McCurdy, Jr., in Arizona Differential Pure Stocks, Colton Hardy in Micro Sprints, Adam Etcher in Mod Lites and Brian Stehr in Dwarf Cars.

Racing forward from the fifth starting position, two-time and reigning USAC Southwest Sprint Car champion Johnson outlasted defending Hank Arnold Memorial winner Stevie Sussex to take top honors in Saturday night’s feature with pole starter Josh Pelkey on the podium as well after finishing third. Matt Rossi raced from 12th fourth with Michael Colegrove rounding out the top five.

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Tyler Thomas Completes 305 Shootout Sweep!

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (March 28, 2015) –Tyler Thomas completed a sweep of Southern New Mexico Speedway’s Sixth Annual Border International Trucks 305 Sprint Car Shootout by wiring the field in Saturday night’s $5,000-to-win finale.

It didn’t come without a battle though, as the young racer from Owasso, OK, had to fight off two-time event winner John Carney II and Aaron Reutzel over the final half of the 30-lapper atop the 5/16-mile clay oval.

Thomas actually briefly surrendered the point to Carney II on the 21st lap as the lead trio raced through traffic, battling back and then wading through a pair of late red flags to secure the win aboard Robert Miller’s BC Funds No. 21.

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ATQMRA Brice’s NAPA Auto Parts ATQMRA Clean Start Program

The ATQMRA is looking to make a clean start with the Brice’s NAPA Auto Parts Clean Start Program. Each member of the organization will receive a complementary Napa package when they join the organization. Membership has its privileges and the ATQMRA wants to make sure everyone feels appreciated for their participation. A temporary membership program has been implemented that gives the benefits of a full membership for anyone wanting to come out for a race without making a full membership commitment. The first race for the ATQMRA is a few short weeks away at Mahoning Valley on April 25th.

Brice’s NAPA Auto Parts has signed on to provide each member of the organization with a membership package that includes cans of carburetor and brake cleaner hand cleaner and shop towels as well as a can of spray wax to help everyone get a clean start and clean up when a mess is made. The package will also include a copy of the organization’s 2015 rule book, a driver/team information forms to be filled out and returned and other promotional items from ATQMRA sponsors. Any business wishing to participate in the Clean start program should contact ATQMRA President Buddy Sload for more information.

Membership has its benefits. One of the things that many people are a bit surprised about when they look into racing with the ATQMRA is the cost of a membership. A full membership with the organization is $150.00. What most people don’t know is that the membership with the organization includes a K and K Member benefit program that provides up to $50,000 in coverage in the event a racer is injured at one of our scheduled events. Everyone knows just being transported to the hospital for evaluation and being released is expensive. The Member Benefit program with the ATQMRA provides our members an extra measure of insulation against the high cost of health care in case bad things happen.

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Team Penske Sweeps Top Four to Start Firestone Grand Prix of St. Pete

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (March 28, 2015) – Team Penske swept the top four positions in the Firestone Fast Six, led by Verizon P1 Award winner Will Power, during qualifications for Sunday’s Verizon IndyCar Series season-opening Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.

The reigning Verizon IndyCar Series champion recorded a lap of 1 minute, 0.6931 of a second in the 10-minute session on the 1.8-mile, 14-turn St. Petersburg temporary street circuit in the competition debut of aerodynamic bodywork supplied by Chevrolet and Honda.

In the first two rounds of qualifying, Power set and reset the track record that Sebastien Bourdais (1:00.928) held since the inaugural St. Pete Indy car race in 2003. Power lowered the standard to 1:00.8344 in Round 1 and bettered it with a lap of 1:00.6509 in Round 2. Had he had a clean lap in the waning seconds of the Firestone Fast Six, the driver of the No. 1 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet said he likely would have made it three in a row.

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Porter Moving to Street Stocks

Jon Porter of East Lyme, CT will be moving to the Street Stocks at New London-Waterford (CT) Speedbowl full-time in Don Spence’s No. 38. The reigning Saturday Showdown Series Super-X champion will be driving Mike Ferguson’s No. 4 Limited Sportsman at Thompson (CT) Speedway Motorsports Park, with a potential full schedule pending sponsorship.

“TLB Auto Machine made this all happen with the ride at Waterford, bunch of great guys that are giving me a shot,” Porter said.

A Rookie of the Year contender at the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series track, Porter’s goals are “(to) learn new things, keep the car in one piece. It’s a whole new game running with the big boys.”

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2015 ATQMRA Kickoff Club Implements Hoosier Tire Bank

The Hoosier Racing Tire American Three Quarter Midget Racing Association kicked off its official 2015 activities with a general Membership Meeting in Bethlehem, Pa on Wednesday night. The well attended meeting was highlighted by the release of the 2015 racing schedule. The Venerable organization will see racing action at five tracks in Pennsylvania, New York, and New Jersey. The official announcement was made that the 600 micro sprints will be welcomed to the fold to race with the TQ midgets at ATQMRA sanctioned races. Rule changes that are geared toward saving the racer money have been put in place. Blu Metz is returning to the post of ATQMRA Publicist.

The ATQMRA released an eleven race schedule of races that will begin at Mahoning Valley on April 25th. The organization had an aggressive schedule inked at Borgers Speedway that would have given the organization a home track from which to build but the closure of the facility forced the ATQMRA to move in another direction. The second race on the schedule is a non-point open competition $1,000 to win TQ midget race at New York’s Chapel Hill Raceway in conjunction with the NYPA Midget organization. Two shows at Oswego Speedway, five at Wall Stadium and a single event at Bethel Motorsports Park that is being run in conjunction with the Vintage TQ midget club comprise the organizations 58th season. At this time additional dates are pending.

In an effort to increase car counts the ATQMRA will be incorporating the popular 600 Micro sprints that the TQ midgets race with head to head indoors and in previous seasons at Borgers Speedway. The 600s will be required to follow the US6A engine rules with a maximum width of 60 inches at 800 lbs. and use an ATQMRA style wing. At present Borgers Speedway 2014 TQ/600 Champion Larry Hoagland will be racing with the TQs in the Potent Fred Bittner Hyper Hugger. George and Marilyn VanVarick will have Kurt Bettler in their converted dirt Microsprint for select events.

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Granite State Pro Stock Series Contingency Program Welcomes New/Returning Partners for 2015 Season

Walpole, NH- The Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS) welcome new and returning partnerships with brands from all over United States, helping to build the Contingency Program to nearly $25,000 in cash and products throughout the season.

The program rewards drivers in multiple different fashions, including heat wins, feature finishes, leader at the halfway-point, random drawings, and a nice package for the Champion, Rookie of the Year, and Most Improved Driver in the 2015 season. 

Powertrain Technology is among the new brands to add their name to the Contingency Program. Powertrain Technology will give a $100 product certificate to the 4th place finisher in each feature event, as well as a 2 disc clutch, Chevy Late Model flywheel, and Hydro-MAX hydraulic release bearing to be given away in a random drawing at the season-ending awards banquet. Seymour Performance Products, VDL Fuel Systems, and Coil-Over Commander also join the ranks, adding generous products to the list for the 2015 season.

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Tyler Thomas Takes 305 Shootout Prelim on the Last Lap!

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (March 27, 2015) – A sixth-to-first monster move on the opening lap would have been a spectacular way for Tyler Thomas to kick off Southern New Mexico Speedway’s Sixth Annual Border International Trucks 305 Sprint Car Shootout.

But, since the move of epic proportion never technically happened due to a caution flag, the young gun from Owasso, OK, scripted another outlandish way to come away with Friday night’s 25-lap preliminary win by sliding past race-long leader John Carney II on the final round to score the dramatic win.

With the triumph aboard Robert Miller’s BC Fundz No. 21 machine, Thomas locked into Saturday night’s $5,000-to-win 305 Shootout finale along with two-time event winner and El Paso native Carney II and the Alamogordo, NM, father-son duo of Lorne and Wes Wofford, another pair of past event winners that claimed the third and fourth positions.

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Medical Update On Pro Mazda Championship Driver Michael Johnson

The following is a medical update on Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires driver Michael Johnson of JDC Motorsports, who made contact with the Turn 3 wall in the opening practice session of the Allied Building Products Grand Prix of St. Petersburg this morning:

Jeffery Johnson, MD, FACS, Trauma Surgeon, of Bayfront Medical Center, stated that Michael Johnson is in ICU under observation with fractures to the hip and pelvis and is being monitored.

Additional updates will be released when available.

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Power Leads Opening Day of Practice at St. Petersburg

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (March 27, 2015) – Reigning Verizon IndyCar Series champion Will Power kicked off the “aero era” by recording the quickest lap time in today’s initial practice session for the season-opening Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.

Power’s lap of 1 minute, 1.4709 seconds in the No. 1 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet breezed past the 2014 Verizon P1 Award-winning lap of 1:01.8668 produced by Takuma Sato on the 1.8-mile temporary street circuit.

Power was among five drivers, including Team Penske teammates Juan Pablo Montoya (1:01.6996) and Helio Castroneves (1:01.7000), to better last year’s pole time, even without the Firestone Firehawk alternate tires that they’ll be allowed to use in the three rounds of Saturday qualifications.

As a steady rain fell through the afternoon, no drivers turned laps in the companion session. Another practice session is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. ET Saturday preceding qualifications for the 110-lap race Sunday (3 p.m. ET, ABC).

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Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park to offer big money for 75 lap Sunoco Modified Race at the Icebreaker

The Icebreaker on April 11-12 marks the opening of the 75th season at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park (TSMP). To commemorate the occasion, TSMP will be holding a 75 lap race for their premiere NASCAR Whelen All-American Series, the Sunoco Modifieds.

The 75-lap feature will be the highest paying Sunoco Modified race in recent history, offering $2,000 to the winner, and $250 to any driver who takes the green. Teams will be allowed up to two tire changes, throughout the race.

The race will draw a strong field of Modified drivers, including NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour drivers Justin Bonsignore and Ted Christopher. Bonsignore was the winner of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour races at both the Icebreaker and Budweiser 150 last year. Christopher is one of the winningest drivers at TSMP, with 98 career wins, and will also be a strong contender for the win.

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Thirty Racewear and Velocita USA become official partners of the Valenti Modified Racing Series!

Gales Ferry, CT (March 27, 2015) Thirty Racewear, the Northeast’s home to premium, quality, custom Velocita driving suits, crew suits, team apparel and fan merchandise along with their driving suit manufacture Velocita-USA become the official driving suit and Racewear company of the Valenti Modified Racing Series for the 2015 season.

The new partnership will allow one of the top-15 teams in the final standings to earn a new custom Velocita Driving Suit for their driver. To be eligible for the year end raffle teams finishing in the top-15 must run the new Thirty Racewear / Velocita USA contingence decals in all events. These will be provided to all teams from the Valenti Modified Racing Series. In addition to the Velocita custom driving suit, Thirty Racewear will be providing special items including apparel and merchandise to teams and gift cards that can be used for any Thirty Racewear products as rewards throughout the season.

“We are excited to welcome Thirty Racewear and Velocita-USA as official partners of the Valenti Modified Racing Series and we also thank them for their support of our series and teams” stated Series President Jack Bateman. “We have had great partnerships that have stimulated our business goals with multiple series in the Northeast including the North East Mini Stock Tour, Mr. Rooter Truck Series, and the Pro 4 Modifieds and we look forward to working with the VMRS in 2015 as we continue to build our brand” mentioned Thirty Racewear Owner Mark Caise.

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Our Motorsports Enhances 2015 Racing Efforts with 140 BUZZ

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (March 27, 2015) – Northeast standouts Our Motorsports and driver Tommy Barrett Jr. have joined the 140 BUZZ stable of clients. Car owner Chris Our, hired open-wheel sensation Barrett at the conclusion of 2013. This past season the duo garnered one pole at Stafford (CT) Motor Speedway, 3 top 5s and 5 top 10s but the season was highlighted by a dramatic win at the famed Bristol (TN) Motor Speedway in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.

“We’re making an effort to enhance and expand our program with Modifieds and the ARCA Racing Series. To do so, we needed to engage with the company that performs at the NASCAR level,” said Our. “We knew that 140 BUZZ was the logical choice after speaking with several firms.”

“I’ve had the opportunity to work with Tommy Barrett for some time and know he’s on track to reach the NASCAR level. Having the opportunity to work with a forward-thinking businessman like Chris Our paired with Barrett gives us a great deal of pride.”

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Moving On Up

There are times in life when we need to step up, step up to the challenge we face and accept the greater responsibility. The time comes when it is necessary to own up to who we are and the decisions we make. Are you ready to move up? Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

The opportunity comes for you to move up to a new division, faster cars, better competition, longer races, are you ready? Many times in our racing career we have decisions to make about stepping up to the next level. That comes with many questions, am I ready, can I compete; will I be able to win?

In the racing world today many of those decisions are being made at a younger age. Too young for many, drivers haven’t had the chance to mature. Many of those decisions are made for drivers by someone else; that adds the pressure to live up to someone else’s expectations. In a sport that is already full of challenging choices this is just another one to consider.

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Speedbowl Champion Dick Dunn Passes

Dick Dunn , one of the Modified stars at New London-Waterford (CT) Speedbowl, passed away. The Middletown, CT driver won four consecutive championships from 1972-75. Dunn was part of the 50 Favorite Drivers class on July 29, 2000.

The No. 3 car was synonymous with car owner Peg Gaudreau. The car was named ‘Buddah’s Bullet’ in deference to her husband Al Gaudreau. Dunn was the last member of the combination. Al passed away in 2013. Peg battled ALS before her passing last year.

Dunn won 47 races at New London-Waterford. His 40 in the Modifieds rank fourth in the division, tied with Hall of Famer Bill Slater. His best season came in 1973 with nine wins. He led the division with 15 consecutive winning seasons from 1964-78. He had early success in 1959-60 with seven Bomber division wins.

I  spoke with historian Tom ‘Sid’ DiMaggio of SpeedbowlHistory.com.

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Winter of 2015 Forces Postponement of ACT Lee NH Governor’s Cup

Historic Oxford Plains ACT/Pass Twin 150’s To Open ACT Season

Waterbury, VT –The never-ending winter of 2015 has forced officials of the American-Canadian Tour (ACT) and the Lee USA Speedway to postpone the New Hampshire Governor’s Cup 150, originally scheduled for Saturday, April 11 and Sunday, April 12.

“We have waited in hopes that we would start to get some relief from the massive amount of snow we received this past winter in our region,” said Bill Callen, manager of the Lee USA Speedway. “We wanted to get things opened up in time for our ACT opening event, but that is going to be impossible with the amount of snow that still is at the Speedway. We know that fans and teams have always enjoyed coming to Lee for the first event of the season, but unfortunately we still have snow drifts from the frontstretch up over the grandstands! We just don’t believe we can get things prepared appropriately in the next two weeks. The best thing for all concerned was to give some early notice, as many teams and fans travel from Quebec, Maine and Vermont to our traditional ACT openers.”

More than 40 ACT Late Model teams were expected to try and qualify for 28 starting spots, including defending event Champion Eddie MacDonald of Rowley, MA and former Lee Governor’s Cup Champion, and defending ACT Tour Champion, Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. (Pole) from nearby Hudson, NH.

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Saturated Grounds at Grandview Speedway Force Postponement of March 28th Practice to Thursday, April 2

Lot of Questions to be Answered on NASCAR Stock Car Racing Opening Night April 4

BECHTELSVILLE, PA (March 26, 2015) — Ma Nature or is it Pa Nature continues to create problems for local speedways as they try to get the 2015 season underway. Grandview Speedway had planned a Free-to-the-Public practice session for Saturday, March 28th but because of saturated grounds created by heavy rains the practice is now set for Thursday, April 2nd starting at 6 p.m. and running until 10 p.m.

 “We felt it was important for racers to have some track time before the season starts,” said track operator Bruce Rogers. “The weather picture is looking brighter during the week and we are making every to get the practice in on Thursday.

 And then the season officially goes green. Fans have questions to be answered on opening night; the start of the 53rd consecutive season of stock car racing, at NASCAR sanctioned Grandview Speedway on Saturday, April 4th at 7 p.m.

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PASS Pro Late Model Racers Ready for Doubleheader Weekend at Hickory

CHARLOTTE, NC (March 26) – In just over three years, the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) Pro Late Model division has produced some of the top talent in short track. Seen as a proving ground for racers looking to eventually make the move up to the PASS Super Late Models, drivers like Tate Fogleman, Jody Measamer, Trevor Noles, and Jeff Batten credit their time in PASS Pro Late Models with helping ease their transition to the much faster Supers.

For the first time in PASS Pro Late Model history, the division will have two complete 50 lap races on the same weekend as part of the 10th Annual Easter Bunny 150 at Hickory Motor Speedway April 3-4. This will be a huge upside for PASS Pro Late Model racers who will get to compete for more prize money in a single weekend and get more track time as well, including being the feature division on Friday night, April 3 along with Legend car racing and heat races for the Must See Racing Sprint Cars. Kodie Conner, a 6-time PASS Pro Late Model winner, is looking forward to returning to his roots with the Easter Bunny doubleheader.

“It’s very exciting, I haven’t raced a doubleheader like that since the Bandolero days,” said Conner, driver of the Jerry Conner Insurance/Wheel Chill Toyota #45. “We’re very excited. We’ve got both cars ready to run just in case something does happen Friday night, but I’m pumped up…I can’t wait.”

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Late Model Driver Tom Fearn Has High Expectations for 2015 at Stafford Speedway

Stafford Springs, CT — With experience on his side, along with 6 track championships at Stafford Speedway, East Longmeadow, MA native Tom Fearn is raising the bar in 2015. Fearn has his eyes set on dethroning 2-time defending track champion Adam Gray. In 2013 Fearn had an impressive 5 wins and finished 3rd in the points standings. Fast forward one year to 2014 and Fearn found victory lane one time and finished 6th in the points standings. Needless to say, in order to dethrone Gray, Fearn will be looking to repeat his 2013 season.

“We’d like to see if we can unseat Adam Gray from the top since he’s been there 2 years in a row,” said Fearn. “We’d like to have a better season than we had last year and match our results that we had in 2013. Everyone’s morale is better when your winning races and when you’re winning you’re not having to fix the car every week. I’ve won 6 championships over the years and I’d like to win another one before I retire.”

Fearn returns with the same crew on his #92 SAFCO Foam / King Ward Coach Lines Ford that helped him to the 5 wins in 2013. They have been busy during the winter months going through the car and getting it prepared for the new Late Model rules package that will see new tires, shocks, and springs on the cars for the 2015 season.

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