NWMT: Szegedy Returning to RFM

2003 Champion Back Part-Time

Former champion Todd Szegedy of Ridgefield, CT will return to the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour. Szegedy said his ideal schedule would be a full-time NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour ride.

“I’ve talked to Rob once,” Szegedy said. “The plan is just to run a few races with the car still. He just can’t dedicate the time to running a full schedule, so as of right now we’re just going to run a partial schedule. … That’s all I have. I don’t really anything else lined up.”

Szegedy is open to additional rides in the SK Modifieds or the Valenti Modified Racing Series, but is fine with his current plans.

“If you talked to me ten years ago and I’m sitting here not on a full-time ride, I would be stressing about it and I’m really not. I think if it’s meant to be, I’ll be racing. If not, then there’s a lot to life other than racing too. There’s a lot of other things I like to do.”

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Test Sessions Announced for Stock Car Road Race Challenge

NETS, NEMST, and NESST to Test Thompson Road Course

No. Stonington, CT — As talk of the Stock Car Road Race Challenge increases, OTB Promotions announces two test dates for teams to adjust for the September 11-12 event at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.

The North East Mini Stock Tour (NEMST) and the newly founded North East Street Stock Tour (NESST) will enjoy a test session, held in conjunction with OTB’s first event, THE ICEBREAKER, Road Race Style, on April 25. The Mr. Rooter sponsored New England Truck Series (NETS) will take to the road course on May 2.

Gates will open at 3:30PM for both test dates, with practice beginning at 5:00PM, and running until dark.
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Woodruff Motorsports Graduates to NASCAR & ARCA; WMS to Field #88 Entry in K&N Series

Columbia, SC — With the 2015 racing season fast approaching, teams are in the process of finalizing their plans and solidifying sponsorship deals to make the season opening races in Florida. Owner Darryl Woodruff and his Woodruff Motorsports team are no exception, but they are taking a slightly different approach.

“It has been a long off-season for the entire WMS team, but we have accomplished a number of goals on our checklist as we continue to work towards 2015 and beyond,” said Woodruff.

In December 2014, Darryl and his team participated in the ARCA Racing Series test at Daytona International Speedway in hopes of gaining approval to compete in the series for 2015. WMS Driver Kyle Lockrow was behind the wheel of the #7 Ford, and at the conclusion of the two-day test was 18th on the speed charts, earning the team’s approval from ARCA series officials.
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Spencer Davis to Pilot Hillbilly Modified

Hillbilly Racing Owner David Hill said Monday that Spencer Davis will return to the Coors 21 Means 21 No. 79. The team will pursue a full slate between the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour. The schedule includes a pair of doubleheader weekends at Langley (VA) and Thompson (CT) in April, and Hickory (NC) and Stafford (CT) in October. Hill plans to have a hauler at both venues and would use another driver to qualify the car at the Whelen Modified Tour races.

Hill estimates a lofty goal of a schedule of races in the “mid 30s.” They will run a partial schedule in the KOMA Unwind Modified Madness Series. The team is working to run the Tri-Track Open Modified Series as well. Davis will return to Lee USA for the Bullring Bash 100. “We’re trying to put plans in place to do the other two (at Monadnock and Seekonk),” Hill said.

The team has a brand new car from NorthEast Race Cars and Brad Lafontaine. Although Troyer has some new designs for 2015, Hill did not purchase one.

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New Names Fill Drive for Diversity Roster

Six Drivers Earn Spots To Compete For Rev Racing

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – NASCAR Drive for Diversity (D4D), the leading developmental platform for female and multicultural drivers and pit crew members, announced its 2015 class today. The program welcomes four talented program newcomers to the roster of six drivers striving to transition into the sport’s national series spotlight. Rev Racing, the program’s competition arm, has played a key role in the development of 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Rookie of the Year Kyle Larson and NASCAR XFINITY Series drivers Darrell Wallace Jr. and Daniel Suarez.

“Taking steps to find and develop young female and multicultural athletes who could represent the future of NASCAR is at the core of our organization’s mission,” said Jim Cassidy, NASCAR senior vice president of racing operations. “We were impressed by the talent displayed at the Combine [in October of 2014], and are eager to help this group develop their strengths on and off the track.”

Rev Racing will field four teams in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and two in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series. The 2015 class is led by returning K&N Pro Series East driver Jay Beasley and Devon Amos, who after an impressive 2014 performance in the Whelen All-American Series earned a spot in the K&N Pro Series East.

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Fresh Start for Fraulino

Joe Fraulino, Jr. of East Hampton, CT will bring his No. 27 to the upstart Wicked Cool Midget Series later this season. The team is sponsored by Pizzeria Da Vinci, Four Seasons Hearth and Home, Gateway Real Estate, The Tavern on 66, American Powder Coating, John Boyce Construction, and American Outsource Waste Recycling.

“We purchased the Bigelow machine, Bill Stergios is the founder of this new series and his sons were great people that we met in Quarter Midgets. It’s gonna be fun to go to many different tracks around New England.  The reason for the switch to the Midgets isn’t only because the uncertainty of the Speedbowl, but also take a step back because I feel myself I jumped into a Modified too quick.”

Series founder “He seems like a guy that is driven to make this series not just fun for the drivers, but the fans, and his target to young kids to get them to want their parents to bring them to see the Wicked Cool Midgets… This series seems driven in the right direction with Bill and for many years to come.”

Fraulino wants to have a consistent year at a new host of tracks. The Wicked Cool Midgets will run 12 races at Beech Ridge, Hudson, Star and Oxford Plains.

“It will be a learning curve, but I’m ready to learn and get these tracks down and just improve week by week. Just go to each track and learn and be better there the next time we show up. The goal is to be consistent and finish races because you don’t have to be the fastest car to win. You have to be consistent to win and be there when it counts. You can look at all forms of racing and it’s possible to win a championship without winning a race.”

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Another Well Attended 30th Annual PPB Motorsports Race Car and Trade Show is Completed

Another Well Attended 30th Annual PPB Motorsports Race Car and Trade Show is Completed; Shelby Harper Crowned Ms. Motorsports, Top Season Performers Honored, Awards Presented for Best Displays; All Aspects of the Sport Represented

OAKS, PA January 25, 2015 — Shelby Harper a 22-year-old beauty from Milford, N.J, who is a bodybuilder, is a hair stylist and races 600cc Micro Sprints, was named Ms. Motorsports 2015 Saturday night at the 30th Annual Pioneer Pole Buildings Motorsports 2015 Presented by Sunoco Race Fuels Distributed by Insinger Performance Race Car & Trade Show held at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, Pa Friday through Sunday.

Shelby pledged to be an active Ms. Motorsports. “This year is the opportunity of a lifetime. I go to the races all the time and to represent the Motorsports Show will be a great honor.”

Dylanne Hodge, 21 of Oriskany Falls, N.Y. was first runner-up in the pageant and becomes Ms. Area Auto Racing News for 2005.

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Peters Ready for Sophomore Season

John Peters will begin his second season in the Pro Series division at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in Scarborough, ME.

Last season, Peters got to race against his three favorite drivers David Oliver, Dan McKeage, and Bill Rodgers. “I’ve been fortunate enough in my one season in the Pro Series to have had close-quarters racing with those particular guys, which has already been pretty neat,” Peters said.

Peters would tell you that his rookie year certainly came with its share of tribulations. “We came out of the box pretty solid and were competitive on opening night, especially before we got caught up in a wreck, which happened quite a bit with six DNFs. Fortunately the accidents that took us out of races weren’t of our doing, just products of jam packed short track racing.”

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Entries Arriving for 2015 Season

2013 Series Champ, O’Sullivan, Among First Registered

Mike O'SullivanWalpole, NH — With the Winter Meeting, fast approaching, February 7 at the Racer’s Expo in Marlboro, Massachusetts, entries are beginning to file in for the 2015 season for the Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS).

After running part-time last year following the birth of his third child, 2013 Champion Mike O’Sullivan is one of the first to register for the new season.

“I’m really disappointed about how we ran and competed last season,” the Springfield, Massachusetts, driver commented. “I’m looking forward to righting the ship.”

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VP Racing Fuels Returns to Grandview Speedway as Contingency Award Sponsor

Rules are Now Available at www.Grandviewspeedway.com

BECHTELSVILLE, PA January 25, 2015 . . . . Racers at NASCAR sanctioned Grandview Speedway that use VP race gasoline will be able to earn some great benefits based on a program announced by track operators, the Rogers family, and VP Racing Fuels.

Again this year, as in 2014, the top finishing racer in each of the three NASCAR divisions racing at Grandview each Saturday night will earn product awards. For the 358 Modifieds there is a $150 product award for the top finishing racer that can show he has used VP race gasoline, had VP decals clearly visible on each side of the race car and has a VP patch on his or her uniform. In the Late Model division there will be a $100 product award and the Sportsman racers will earn a $75 product award.

In addition VP Racing Fuels is posting a $100 VP product award for the overall Hard Charger out of the three divisions each Saturday night.

VP will also be a banner advertiser on the Grandview website and have an ad in the track program books.

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K&N East: Little Eyes Combo. Races, Truck Series

Jesse Little of Sherrills Ford, NC will race in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East part-time. Little’s schedule calls for six to seven races: Bristol, Richmond, Iowa (twice), New Hampshire, and Dover. Watkins Glen may be added. In the seven races on tracks over .7-mile last year, Little had two poles, five top tens and his first win.

“As great as the (K&N East) Series is, going to a lot of those little tracks, even though it can be beneficial at times. But for what we’re doing and for our program now, it makes more sense just to put our money in the truck as much as we can and then focus by going to those big combinations races and doing as well as we can.”

The series will allow a new 12-flange composite body that uses the same models as the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. The old steel and one-piece composite are legal until the new body is mandated in 2017.

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Bernal Steals Winter Heat Night Two Win!

finishPEORIA, Ariz. (January 24, 2015) – The term “narrowest of margins” doesn’t do it justice.

“It” being the finish of Saturday night’s 30-lap USAC Southwest vs. USAC West Coast Sprint Car feature event, as Hollister, California’s Ryan Bernal edged Dave Darland at the line by just .005 seconds for the $2,000 winner’s share in Round Two of the E&K Winter Challenge at Canyon Speedway Park.

Bernal’s photo finish triumph wasn’t the only close finish of the night either, as reigning track champion Ricky Thornton, Jr., rallied from 17th to win the 25-lap IMCA Modified feature with the winning move off the final corner. Other Saturday night winners included Jon Courchaine in Pure Stocks, Joel Huggins in Mod Lites and Gary Winter in Micro Sprints as a total of 124 cars filled the pit area.

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Nick Robinson Moves to PASS South Super Late Models Full-Time in 2015

Robinson 1 CHARLOTTE, NC (January 22) – Pro All Stars Series (PASS) Pro Late Model veteran Nick Robinson plans to make the move up to compete full-time in the PASS South Super Late Model division in 2015. The move comes following a solid year in 2014 which saw Robinson score his first career PASS Pro Late Model win at Hickory Motor Speedway in September and finish fifth in the final standings.

“Our goals for 2015 are to finish in the top-10 throughout the year and run consistently at each track,” said Robinson, who is still seeking additional sponsorship for his family owned team. “I know I will be running against some tough competition and I can’t wait to be a part of it all.”

The 13-year-old native of Clayton, NC, has shown consistent improvement since he started competing in the PASS Pro Late Model division in 2012. Despite several strong runs early in 2014, Robinson was plagued by a variety of problems that kept him out of victory lane. That all changed in September at Hickory with a dominating performance as Robinson captured his first career checkered flag. An emotional win that proved not only popular with Robinson’s friends and family, but his competitors as well.

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Bacon Best in Winter Challenge Opener Again!

baconwincsp012315 700PEORIA, Ariz. (January 23, 2015) – This year’s edition of the E&K Winter Challenge opened in much the same fashion as last year’s Winter Challenge with Broken Arrow, OK, native Brady Bacon parked in USAC Southwest vs. USAC West Coast Sprint Car victory lane at Canyon Speedway Park at the end of the night.

This time, the reigning USAC Sprint Car champion picked up Friday’s $2,000 winner’s share in the 30-lap main event aboard the Josh Ford Motorsports No. 73 entry.

While Bacon took traditional Sprint Car honors, Tim Ward bested the IMCA Modifieds with Matt Martinez victorious in Pure Stocks, Brenden Priest topping the Mod Lites and Gary Winter taking Micro Sprint honors.

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Corey Deuser Announces 2015 Plans

Huntersville, North Carolina (January 22, 2015) – Corey Deuser and Corey Deuser Racing are pleased to announce their intended 2015 racing plans. Deuser will look to move to the southern-based Championship Auto Racing Series (CARS) for the upcoming season competing in the Super Late model division. After a successful run in the 2014 JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour, Deuser’s Driver Development consultant, Mike Calinoff, felt the CARS was a logical choice.

“Corey is a really good young driver who needs to be competing against a new level of competition. Running with some of the premier Southern Super Late Model competitors will prove to be a valuable move. Right now, we’re working on putting together additional funding to facilitate that effort,” said Calinoff.

The Deuser Racing team has been working over the offseason to prepare cars for this new venture in 2015.
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No Joke: Weatherly Earns NASCAR’s Highest Honor

Brief Yet Prolific Career Lands ‘Clown Prince of Racing’ In Hall

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (January 23, 2015) – Joe Weatherly’s time in NASCAR’s premier series was short, just two fulltime seasons.

But what an impact the Norfolk, Virginia, native had on NASCAR racing in those brief, 24 months.

Weatherly, previously a winner of American Motorcyclist Association and NASCAR modified titles, claimed back-to-back premier series championships in 1962-63. He posted 25 victories in 229 starts before his untimely death in January 1964 at Riverside (California) International Raceway.

“He would have been as good as any that’s been along,” said one of Weatherly’s early car owners, the late, fellow Virginian Junie Donlavey. “He had quick reflexes and good equipment. He was just a natural born driver.

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LFR Chassis Partners with Race Works Chassis for Northeast  Distribution & Customer Service

Fuller, Flemke and Ruggiero Take Modifieds to The Next Level 

LFR Chassis logoMOORESVILLE, N.C. (January 23, 2015) – LFR Chassis has announced a partnership with Race Works Chassis, owned by Ed Flemke Jr. and Reggie Ruggiero, to distribute and service modified chassis in the Northeast.

Flemke and Ruggiero are legendary drivers in the modified series, combining to race for over 50 years and winning 61 tour races and countless other track championships and wins between the two of them. They partnered and opened Race Works, Inc. in 1989 to build modified chassis for top-level racers.

“I hope this move shows the current LFR customers our commitment to customer service,” said Rob Fuller.  “When I started this company I really held my cards close to my chest. After really looking into what Eddie and Reggie have done in the past, their quality of work is at the level that we expect for our customers and their reputation in this industry is impeccable.  When I placed my cards out on the table to show them to Eddie he was immediately interested and that meant a lot to me and really shed a light on what we have accomplished in such a short period of time as a company.”

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Team Stange Racing’s NASCAR K&N Pro Series Programs to Race Chevrolet in 2015

Team Stange Racing, LLC announced today that the team is switching from FORD to Chevrolet SS race cars for their 2015 season in the NASCAR K&N EAST and WEST Tours.

“This was a hard decision to make but I had to think of everyone involved and decide what’s best for our drivers and sponsors who make all of this possible.” John Stange, Co- Owner of Team Stange Racing LLC.

Team Stange Racing will debut their new Chevrolets in February in New Smyrna, FL, the start of the 2015 NASCAR K&N PRO SERIES EAST Tour.

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Thunder Road Stars Ready to Head South

Waterbury, VT – The American Canadian Tour roster for the events at New Smyrna Speedway in New Smyrna Beach, Florida on Sunday through Tuesday, February 15-17 features several drivers from Barre’s Thunder Road International Speedbowl. East Montpelier’s Emily Packard, Montpelier’s Josh Demers and Milton’s Eric Chase will all make the journey south in just under a month.

Veteran Thunder Road Late Model competitor Chase is the only one of the three with experience at the fast half-mile. Back in 2008, Chase claimed a feature win at New Smyrna in the opening event of the “World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing.” He was also competed in the first time ACT visited New Smyrna Speedway in February of 2011.

Packard is coming off of her second full season of Late Model competition at Thunder Road and her first full season on the ACT Tour. Her success on the Tour, highlighted by her 4th place finish in the final standings shows her talent in the long distance events and her abundance of experience at the Devil’s Bowl and Airborne half-miles should help her with the learning curve at New Smyrna.

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NASCAR Statement on Jeff Gordon

NASCAR Statement from Brian France, NASCAR Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, on Jeff Gordon

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (January 22, 2015) – “Jeff Gordon transcends NASCAR and will be celebrated as one of the greatest drivers to ever race. We have all enjoyed watching his legend grow for more than two decades, and will continue to do so during his final full-time season. His prolonged excellence and unmatched class continue to earn him the admiration of fans across the globe. Today’s announcement is a bittersweet one. I’ll miss his competitive fire on a weekly basis, but I am also happy for Jeff and his family as they start a new chapter. On behalf of the entire NASCAR family, I thank Jeff for his years of dedication and genuine love for this sport, and wish him the very best in his final season.”
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Aero Kit Homologation Marks Another Key Step for Chevrolet, Honda

INDIANAPOLIS (Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015) – The Jan. 18 aerodynamic bodywork kit homologation deadline was one step in a multi-year journey for manufacturers Chevrolet and Honda.

Production of multiple components, pending INDYCAR approval, and then supplying Verizon IndyCar Series teams with the pieces is next on the list. The road/street and short oval packages will be tested by all teams for the first time March 16-17 at Barber Motorsports Park and will make their competitive debut at the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on March 27-29. The 99th Running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race on May 24 will mark the debut of the speedway aero kit.

The Verizon IndyCar Series season opens March 8 with the Brasilia Indy 300 in the capital city of Brazil, but the 2014 road/street course bodywork configuration for Dallara chassis will be utilized.
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Ingersoll Rand Expands Relationship With Racing Community, Becomes ‘Official Power Tools of NASCAR’

Multi-Faceted Agreement Makes Company an Official Partner of IMSA /Contingency Sponsor in NASCAR Touring & Weekly Series

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (January 22, 2015) — NASCAR® and Ingersoll Rand, a global leader in reliable and innovative power tools, today announced a multi-year partnership designating Ingersoll Rand as the “Official Power Tools of NASCAR.” An innovator in tool technology, Ingersoll Rand products have been a staple in NASCAR garages for more than 50 years.

The multi-faceted agreement also designates Ingersoll Rand as an Official Partner of the International Motorsports Association (IMSA) and as a contingency sponsor of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR Touring & Weekly Series. 

 “Ingersoll Rand has been rooted in racing for decades and this renewed relationship celebrates the tireless work of pit crew mechanics and passionate race fans across all levels of racing,” said John Evans, president of power tools at Ingersoll Rand. “We know how important tool performance is in racing – if your tools perform, your vehicle performs. We are now putting high-performance Ingersoll Rand tools into the hands of the best auto technicians in the world while engaging fans who have a passion for cars.” 

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New NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Combination Ready for NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler at Stafford Motor Speedway

2015-STAFFORD-TRACK-LOGO (1)Stafford Springs, CT — When the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour descends upon Stafford Motor Speedway on April 25-26 for the 44th Annual NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler, there will be a new driver/owner combination in the field.  Riverhead native Tom Rogers, Jr. has teamed up with car owner Bill Darrow for what they hope can turn into a full-time effort on the Tour for the 2015 season.

“I was looking for some extra help because it takes a lot of guys to run a tour car and Tommy has a few crew guys and he’s also local right here in Riverhead,” said car owner Darrow.  “We got a car from Flamingo and we have a Bruneau motor so I think we should be pretty good.  It’s a race by race deal and we’d like to run all the races but we’ll see what happens.”

“I’m always looking to get out and race on the Tour,” said Rogers.  “I had a couple of other deals that I was working on but between Billy and Mike Curtis, they asked me if I wanted to drive his car.  Billy was looking for some crew help and I’m bringing about 80% of my crew from my #9 family car with me so this deal works out for everyone.  I tested the car for Billy at Riverhead so Ronnie Silk could run it down at the Turkey Derby.  It’s a new team but I think we’ll be competitive right off the bat.  I don’t see any reason why we wouldn’t be competitive.  We have some good equipment, my team is experienced on the Tour, Billy has Tour experience, and I was competitive when I had my own team.  We need some sponsorship and we’re working on securing some sponsorship.”

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Call Before You Dig Returns as First Place SK Modified® Contingency Sponsor at Stafford Motor Speedway

2015-STAFFORD-TRACK-LOGO (1)Stafford Springs, CT — Stafford Motor Speedway has announced that Call Before You Dig has renewed their participation in the contingency program by presenting a $150 bonus to each SK Modified® feature winner during the 2015 season.  This year will mark the 6th consecutive season that CBYD has been a contingency program partner with Stafford’s premier SK Modified® division.  CBYD’s $150 bonus brings the SK Modified® feature winner’s check up to $1,700.  In addition to their contingency program partnership, CBYD will serve as the title sponsor of the track’s Technical Inspection Zone for the ninth consecutive season of NASCAR Whelen All American Series competition. 

“We’re very happy to be continuing our contingency sponsorship for the SK Modified® division,” said Derek Brown, Vice President of Damage Prevention and Education for Call Before You Dig.  “Stafford’s SK Modifieds® are the premier division and we view this contingency award as an award of excellence and we like to use this partnership to help remind everyone to use Call Before You Dig and the 811 number as the symbol of excellence in excavating and digging.  The start of the excavation season is coming up very shortly and we encourage everyone to call 811 before starting an excavation project so that there are no accidents, injuries, or damage.  We’re very happy with the exposure we’ve received as a contingency program partner at Stafford and we also enjoy being in NAPA Victory Lane each Friday night.”

The biggest beneficiaries of CBYD’s contingency program partnership last season were Ryan Preece and Rowan Pennink, who between them combined to win 11 of the 17 SK Modified® features held at Stafford.  Preece led the division with 6 victories while Pennink was right on his heels with 5 wins.  The only other driver besides Preece and Pennink who had multiple wins last season was Keith Rocco with 2 victories.  There were four drivers who each won a single feature last season: 2014 SK Modified® Track Champion Ted Christopher, Chase Dowling, Michael Gervias, Jr., and Ronnie Williams.  Both Dowling and Williams were able to record feature wins as rookies and there were 7 different winners in 17 races.

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Mike Christopher, Jr. Ready to Make SK Modified® Debut at Stafford Motor Speedway

2015-STAFFORD-TRACK-LOGO (1)Stafford Springs, CT — When the green flag falls on the 44th Annual NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler on April 25-26 at Stafford Motor Speedway, the track’s premier SK Modified® division will see second generation driver Mike Christopher, Jr. among its rookie crop of drivers.  Christopher began the 2014 season behind the wheel of a Legend Car but he finished out the year driving the final 5 races in the track’s SK Light division.  He is now making the move into the SK Modified® division where he will race against his Uncle Ted and the rest of the SK Modified® field on a weekly basis with the same #82 that his father made famous to Stafford race fans.

“We did those 5 races in the SK Lights and I learned a lot about Modifieds and the track,” said Christopher, Jr.  “So we thought let’s throw me to the wolves in the SK’s, start in the back, and see what I can do this season.  We’re going to have a good piece and we have a lot of good help so I think we should be good.”

Christopher, Jr. joins a robust rookie class of 10 drivers that will all be competing for the record $1,100 bonus from SPAFCO Race Chassis and Parts for winning Rookie of the Year honors.  Christopher would like to take the SPAFCO bonus home with him at season’s end, but with such a large rookie class it will be a tough battle to win.

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Ellwood to Split Time on NWMT, Riverhead

Kyle Ellwood of Riverhead, NY will enter several NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour races this season. He plans four races at Thompson (Icebreaker and World Series) and both races at his home track, Riverhead (NY) Raceway. Ellwood is looking for more races if financing is available, especially the NAPA Spring Sizzler at Stafford (CT) Motor Speedway.

“That’s going to be the biggest part this year is running these couple of tour races that we’re going to run and finding enough people do to it,” Ellwood said. “It all depends on how funding goes, and how our team is, and how Jeff’s (Goodale) doing. … on how the cards fall, and how the first couple weeks at Riverhead go.”

Ellwood made his initial foray into the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour last year at Riverhead in June and the World Series at Thompson.

“It was a great experience. I got to learn a lot, a lot of seat time and you get to learn a lot about the car too in the longer races.”

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Quin Houff Joins LFR Driver Development Team

17-year-old Virginia Driver to compete in CARS Super Late Model Tour

 Quin HouffMOORESVILLE, N.C. (January 21, 2015) – The LFR Driver Development Group is proud to announce the addition of Quin Houff to the 2015 team.  Houff is a Weyers Cave, Va., native and will drive the #17 Victory Weekend race car in the CARS Super Late Model Tour for LFR.

“I’m looking forward to having an entry in the CARS Tour, it’s going to be a great series and I’m excited we’ll have Quin in the driver’s seat for LFR,” said Rob Fuller.  “Quin is one of our more experienced late model racers on the team and he brings a lot of talent to the table.”

Houff started his racing career at the age of eight racing go-karts.  He won over 20 races in his first season taking home a championship and rookie of the year honors at his hometown track.  At nine he moved up to Mini-Cup cars and earned a third place championship finish in his first season.

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Kyle Bellm Set to Tackle ASCS National Tour

bellm14kNIXA, Mo. (January 21, 2015) – Kyle Bellm has known all along that he wanted to make a run at National points somewhere along the way. 

It was just a matter of when.

The time is now, as the accomplished 24-year-old Regional racer from Nixa, Missouri, will step up to take on the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour in 2015.  It will mark Bellm’s first run at the $60,000 ASCS National championship.

“It’s something I’ve always wanted to do,” Bellm explained.

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Florida on the Horizon as Reutzel Collects First 410 Win

Reutzel Victory Lane Yuma 011015CLUTE, Texas (January 21, 2015) – No question about it, he had already made his presence known.  Those on hand for Cocopah Speedway’s inaugural Winter Heat Sprint Car Showdown in Yuma, AZ, had taken notice of Aaron Reutzel.

All that was lacking was the end results.

That changed with the January 10 Winter Heat Finale as Reutzel finally shook off the gremlins to pick up his first career 410-ci Sprint Car victory and the $12,000 winner’s share that went along with it, the biggest win of his career thus far.

Oh, and it came in just the fifth career 410-ci Sprint Car start for the Clute, TX, racer.

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NASCAR Statement on Brian Vickers

NASCAR Statement from Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR Executive Vice President & Chief Racing Development Officer on Brian Vickers Participation in 2015 Season

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (January 21, 2015) – “With the clearance from his physicians, Brian Vickers has satisfied all necessary NASCAR requirements to resume racing on March 5. Further, NASCAR has reviewed the circumstances surrounding his situation and has determined that he will maintain Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup eligibility despite neither entering nor attempting to qualify in the first two championship events, provided he meets all other necessary eligibility requirements.”

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