New Ride for Timmy Solomito

‘The Natural’ in Flamingo Motorsports Car for 2015

Timmy Solomito of Islip, NY will drive the No. 16 Modified for Eric Sanderson on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour next season. The rumor mill has been churning since Ryan Preece announced his departure from Flamingo Motorsports on October 20, one day after winning the Sunoco World Series. One year removed from winning a championship, Preece is moving to Eddie Partridge’s No. 6 TS Haulers Motorsports car.

Solomito did not have anything set going into the season finale at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park. He expected to return to Anderson’s No. 75 car or at least run part time.

Flamingo Motorsports Crew Chief Sly Szaban asked Solomito’s car owner Wayne Anderson within days of the season finale about their plans for 2015. Szaban expressed interest in Solomito driving for Flamingo Motorsports. Anderson, the 1994 series champion, was supportive of the 22-year-old driver’s opportunity.

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Groundbreaking Announcement: North East Motor Sports Museum to be Built at NHMS

nh_ne_motorsports_museum_11Speedway officials announced today plans to break ground there for the future home of the 20,000 square foot state-of-the-art North East Motor Sports Museum. Speedway officials announced today plans to break ground there for the future home of the 20,000 square foot state-of-the-art North East Motor Sports Museum.

The south entrance of New Hampshire Motor Speedway will begin to take on a new look once the snow melts. Speedway officials announced today plans to break ground there for the future home of the 20,000 square foot state-of-the-art North East Motor Sports Museum.

The museum will be built in two phases. The first 10,000 square feet will begin in the spring of 2015, while an additional 10,000 square feet will be added at a later date.

“I can’t think of a better way to kick off our 25th anniversary celebration at New Hampshire Motor Speedway than with a groundbreaking for the North East Motor Sports Museum,” said Jerry Gappens, vice president and general manager of the speedway. “I feel our facility is the anchor for multi-forms of motorsports and its history here in New England. I couldn’t envision the museum in any other location. I can’t wait for opening day and to share motorsports history with the race fans of New England.”
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Solomito Headed to Flamingo

Top Whelen Modified Rookie To Join No. 16 Team

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Reigning Sunoco Rookie of the Year Timmy Solomito announced today that he has reached an agreement to drive with Flamingo Motorsports for the 2015 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season.

Solomito, from Islip, New York, has been tabbed by team owner Eric Sanderson to replace Ryan Preece in the Massachusetts-based No. 16 Flamingo Motorsports Ford. Preece departed last week to join TS Haulers Racing.

“It’s the opportunity of a lifetime,” Solomito said. “The 16 team seems real organized. They have a lot of experience on the tour and that’s really going to be beneficial. I’m excited to work with the guys, they seem like really nice people.

“[This] was kind of unexpected. I’m sure they had plenty of inquiries about the opening. I feel fortunate for the opportunity and I’m excited to start another chapter on the tour. Hopefully we can have some good runs next year and do really well.”
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Fall Brawl Sunday at Riverside

GROVETON, NH – Despite a foreclosure auction scheduled for November 1, promoter Dan Fournier confirmed today that the Fall Brawl will be held Sunday November 2 at Riverside Speedway. The rain date is November 8.

A event schedule will be posted tomorrow.

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Born to Race: On Fast Track from Michigan

Jones’ Journey From Farm Town To NASCAR’s Next

A sleepy farm town of just over 500 people nestled between Detroit and the Great Lakes, Byron, Michigan, is quite the distance from the stock car racing hotbeds of the southeastern United States.

Against all odds, one of its own has risen through the motorsports ranks and is experiencing success on NASCAR’s national stage. Erik Jones, 18, with already three NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victories to his credit, is considered one of the sport’s brightest young prospects.

Coming from a family with little-to-no roots in auto racing, as well as an area rabid about hockey and football, how did Jones even get into sport?

“It was always something I wanted to do,” Jones said. “I remember being 6-years-old just wishing I could drive on the street and be able to go places. It was always a love of cars and wanting to drive them.”

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STN Saturday – Everything You Need to Know!

STN action Kocak

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Devil’s Bowl Speedway Postpones Dirt Track Finale Again

Wet grounds force rescheduling to November 1

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

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

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

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Brown by Inches in Thursday STN Prelim!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Masse Leads Green to Checkered at Thompson

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

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

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

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

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Tulsa Ceremony to Honor 8 Latest NMARHOF Inductees

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Fast Facts

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series

Next Race: Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500

The Place: Martinsville Speedway

The Date: Sunday, Oct. 26

The Time: 1:30 p.m. (ET)

TV: ESPN, 1 p.m. (ET)

Radio: MRN, Sirius XM Ch. 90

Distance: 263 miles (500 laps)

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Halloween Invades Devil’s Bowl Speedway for Sunday Event

Food coupons for all in costume; contest to give bigger prizes

WEST HAVEN, VT – The Halloween holiday is coming to Devil’s Bowl Speedway on Sunday, October 26. The track will reward all race fans that wear a Halloween costume to the Autosaver Ford/Springfield Buick-GMC “Vermont Freedom & Unity” event with a $3.00 food coupon for the concession stands.

“Call it ‘Track or Treat’ maybe? We usually don’t get to have any races around Halloween, so we’re not wasting the opportunity to have a little extra fun on Sunday,” Devil’s Bowl announcer Andy Hall said. “We’re encouraging our fans, young, and old, to wear a costume on Sunday and not only save a few bucks on food, but also have a chance to win some other cool prizes.”

Indeed, other prizes will be given out during a Halloween costume contest held during intermission at the event. The contest is open to all ages, and the top three costumes will receive trophies and general admission tickets for Devil’s Bowl Speedway events in 2015.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Enjoying the Harvest

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

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

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

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PASS Releases 2015 Pro Late Model Schedule

 CHARLOTTE, NC (October 21) – Pro All Stars Series (PASS) officials announced today a schedule of at least 12 PASS Pro Late Model events for the upcoming 2015 season. Each PASS Pro Late Model event in 2015 will be in conjunction with the PASS South Super Late Model division. Most events will be 50 laps in length and will continue under the same format that was utilized this season.

“The PASS Pro Late Model division has proven to be a great stepping stone for drivers looking to eventually make the move up to PASS South,” said PASS President Tom Mayberry. “Having the PASS Pro Late Models as a companion event to most of our PASS South Super Late Model races sets up a great weekend of action for our fans. We have several new teams planning to join the series next year and are excited about the potential growth of the PASS Pro Late Model division in 2015.”

The PASS Pro Late Model season will begin on Saturday, March 7 at Dillon Motor Speedway and conclude with the final of two events at Hickory Motor Speedway as part of the Mason Dixon Meltdown weekend of action on Saturday, November 21. Southern National Motorsports Park in Kenly, NC will host the PASS Pro Late Model division the most of any track in 2015 with three events. Additional PASS Pro Late Model events will be held at Myrtle Beach Speedway, Concord Speedway, Anderson Motor Speedway, Greenville-Pickens Speedway, and tentatively at Orange County Speedway.

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Ryan Preece Enters North-South Shootout with His New Team

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

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

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

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

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Wells Conquers NEMST for First Career Championship

Texas Roadhouse North East Mini Stock Tour Presented by Twisted Tea

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

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

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

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Devil’s Bowl Speedway Moves Rescheduled Date to Sunday

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

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

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

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

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Twin State Back in 2015

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

Georgia Native Is 2014 Sunoco Rookie Of The Year Award Winner

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Preece Changing Tour Rides

2013 Whelen Modified Champ Headed To TS Haulers Racing

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pitkat and Ramstrom Pick Up World Series Wins

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

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

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

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Cabral Wins at Thompson, Clinches Championship

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

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

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

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