Sept. 21 Fundraiser for Lowinski-Loh, Signs with Team BCR

Late Model driver John  Lowinski-Loh, Jr. of Milford, MA will be holding a fundraiser on September 21 to support his ARCA Racing Series efforts. Lowinski-Loh has signed with Team BCR for 2015. He will make his series debut October 3 at Kansas Speedway.

“I’m signed for the full season of next year and we are currently working on sponsors,” Lowinski-Loh said Monday night.

The fundraiser will be September 21, 1PM at the Green Room (535 Quaker Hwy,  Uxbridge, MA 01569). Tickets are $20.

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The Racing Scholar: The Next Opportunity Awaits Staropoli

Patrick Staropoli, 24, of Plantation, FL is hunting for a new ride. The inaugural Peak Stock Car Dream Challenge winner finished fifth in his NASCAR K&N Pro Series West debut at Spokane for Bill McAnally Racing. The attention and the feel-good story should have ended there.

“It kind of eats at you, but at the same time I got a lot of confirmation this year that I belong there and that I can run there,” Staropoli said. “…  I know that if I get that right opportunity again that I can go out there and get it done.”

A third generation driver, Staropoli’s grandfather drove midgets in the 1940s and 50s at places like Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown, NY and Wall Stadium in Belmar, NJ. The family relocated to Florida, where Staropoli’s father Nick raced Street Stocks and Late Models. His father raced “religiously” at Hialeah in the 1980s and 90s, before touring in the 90s for a few years. Patrick was at his first race at six months old, watching his dad.

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No. 11 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Team Penalized for Rules Infraction at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Daytona Beach, Fla. (July 29, 2014) — The No. 11 team that competes in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series has been penalized for a rules infraction discovered in post-race inspection July 27 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

This infraction is a P5 level penalty which is outlined in Section 12-4.5 A (9) of the 2014 NASCAR rule book:

Approved parts that fail or are improperly installed to fail in their intended use of great importance (e.g.; rear wheel well panels that fail and allow air evacuation in the trunk area; oil box cover that fails and allows air evacuation in the driver compartment; shifter boot cover that fails and allows air evacuation through the floor pan).

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Polewarczyk, Jr. Favorite to Win ACT 150 at Beech Ridge

PoleWaterbury, VT – The American Canadian Tour (ACT) will next appear at the Beech Ridge Motor Speedway. The Hudson, New Hampshire native, Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. (Pole) has to be considered a favorite to win the race. In the 2014 ACT Championship standings Pole has a comfortable 56 point lead over second place racer Jimmy Hebert, from Williamstown, VT. He is also winless so far during the 2014 campaign.

Pole has compiled an impressive record during the first half of the 2014 season. In the ACT races to date, the 97NH team has three second place finishes, two third place finishes and two fourth place finishes. He also led the Pro All Star Super Late Model event at Beech Ridge and contended for wins in the Star and White Mountain events he entered this year, and recently won the Lee USA Granite State Pro Stock race. Pole won the 150 lap Beech Ridge event in 2010; he was runner up to Eddie MacDonald from Rowley, MA in 2013.

“I guess you could say we are a little frustrated that we have not won an ACT race yet this year, but our goal was to win the ACT Championship and we have worked hard to position ourselves as we head to the home stretch. I like the 1/3rd mile at Beech Ridge, it is kind of a neutral track for ACT, and nobody really has a lot of laps there so we kind of all start out on a clean page. I really want a win, so hopefully we will get lucky and take care of that next week (August 9th),” said Pole.

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NEAR Announces 2014 Hall of Fame Class

Drivers Deke Astle, Jim Martel, Mike Rowe, Fred Schulz, Ron Wyckoff, drag racing icon Bob Tasca, historian R.A. Silvia and car builder/mechanic Dave Tourigny make up the New England Auto Racing Hall of Fame’s class of 2014.

They, along with the still to be announced pioneer class, will be inducted at NEAR’s 16th Hall of Fame banquet  Sunday, Nov. 16th, at The Lodge at Maneeley’s  in South Windsor, CT.

Banquet ticket information will be announced shortly and will be posted on the New England’s Antique Racers’ website (NEAR1.org) in the near future.

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Lascuola Sets Record in Seekonk Romp

Abington Teen Seeks LM Success, ACT Tour

Defending champion Nick Lascuola, of Abington, MA, has set a torrid pace in the Nick’s Pit Stop Legends Cars at Seekonk Speedway this season. He has won all seven Friday night races, and the last two races in 2013. That’s not enough for Lascuola. He wants to go undefeated this season and win the championship.

“It takes a lot of hard work each week,” Lascuola said. “We prepare the car all week long and make sure it’s perfect. Come race day you have to go through the field smooth, but also have to be fast without getting into trouble.

“So sometimes it can be difficult, especially when you have Robins get out front first cause each week I need to chase him down from about a half a straight to a full straight. So you need to (be) perfect every lap and consistent even with all the lapped traffic. But also you have to have a little luck fall your way and a couple times we’ve had cautions that have fell our way and helped us out. Then other haven’t helped us out but we work and push the through it each week.”

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Rewrite: Belsito Records First Pro Stock Victory at Seekonk

SEEKONK, MA — Patience and taking chances paid off for Angelo Belsito of Auburn, MA. Belsito kept the lead on the final restart in Saturday’s Pro Stock feature against Kevin Folan and held off Craig Weinstein in the final four laps for his first victory.

“Thank the guys, I couldn’t be out here without them,” Belsito said. “Jeff Belyea, my other friend Jeff, my spotter Mike, my dad, my stepmom, both their companies. All these people that help me week in and week out.”

Belsito said that his competitors were trying to win the race on the first lap. Belsito was mired in traffic early in the race on the inside. Belsito used a pair of crossover moves to gain positions and setup his track position late in the race. He gained two by moving low when the top lane slowed and the second one came when battling Weinstein inside the top five.

“As a spotter, you can’t even come over the radio fast enough,” Belsito said. “The move’s already got to be taken.”

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Ryan Vanasse to Make Modified Debut at Seekonk

Ryan Vanasse of Warwick, RI will make his Valenti Modified Racing Series debut August 16 at Seekonk Speedway.

Vanasse had planned on last week’s Open Wheel Wednesday event. Vanasse will drive a new car for an undisclosed team, using a mix of their crew and his own. International CDL will provide sponsorship but there is space available on the car. Another race may be added depending on the Seekonk results.

“I truly feel like this is a great opportunity for me personally and I’m truly honored that I was offered this opportunity,” Vanasse said. “I have always wanted to try a open wheel race car and to get the opportunity to debut at my home track in a competitive car is truly humbling.”

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NEMA: Cabral Takes Boston Louie

SEEKONK, MA – It was back to the egg for Randy Cabral at Seekonk Speedway on Wednesday night. 15 years ago this week, Cabral’s breakthrough victory was the Boston Louie. The four-time NEMA champion from Plymouth, MA picked up his third Boston Louie Memorial Classic trophy (2000, 2008) over teammate Todd Bertrand and points leader Avery Stoehr.

It was a historic night for the Northeastern Midget Association. Seekonk Speedway, a charter track in 1953, hosted the 18th annual Boston Louie Memorial Classic presented by Acquia. The 29-lap features are dedicated to the patriarch of the Seymour family that campaigned a championship USAC team from Marlborough, MA.

Derek Pernesiglio and the MAVTV crew filmed the event for the SPEED SPORT program (August 14, 8PM ). It will be the first television broadcast in NEMA’s 62 year history.

The high profile event featured a heavy media presence including Victory Lane Forum Radio, Vault Productions for Sid’s View.

It was the first race sponsorship for Acquia of Burlington, MA. The software company manages digital content for a variety of clients through Drupal, including the United States government, NBC, Warner Music Group and the Grammys.

Tim Bertrand, NEMA Board member and Acquia Senior Vice President WW Sales, was instrumental in the partnership. According to Bertrand, Acquia has been the fastest growing private company in the country since 2010.

“When I heard about the opportunity to blend our great company, with incredibly interesting racing (NEMA) and National TV, I jumped on the opportunity and took it to my peers on our executive team,” Bertrand said. “They liked the idea, and we figured we would give it a shot!”

NEMA gave a positive first impression as Bertrand said the company would consider expanding the sponsorship.

“The people that came from the company were amazed by the race,” Bertrand said. “It was like nothing they had ever seen before and Acquia got fantastic exposure. We would consider additional televised races in the future.”

Cabral praised Bertrand’s persistence with NEMA, citing the 2003-04 seasons when the cars suffered DNFs. Cabral mentioned the success of the Bertrand Motorsports operation, which fields  three Midgets for Todd Bertrand, Doug Coby and Cabral. They also have a NEMA Lite entry for Cabral.

“Tim is the most dedicated person and loyal person,” Cabral said. “No matter what he never gives up and people don’t realize that. …. He is a natural born leader who knows how to make things happen and get the job done. … I don’t think he knows the definition of give up or that’s good enough. Everything has to be (to) perfection and if it’s not he doesn’t get mad he works at it till it is.”

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Avery Stoehr Leads NEMA to Seekonk

Rookie Avery Stoehr of Lakeville, MA leads the Northeastern Midget Association to Seekonk Speedway on Wednesday night for the annual Boston Louie Memorial Classic presented by Acquia. He leads four time champion Randy Cabral by one point. Cabral has finished second or better in the last four races, including two wins.

“It’s been going really good,” Stoehr said of his start to the season. “We’ve been making improvements every race and been competitive.” Stoehr’s goal for the remainder of the season is to “Just try to make it through all the races in one piece and stay competitive,” Stoehr said.

“(I) always look forward to Seekonk, being the closest track to my house,” Stoehr said. Their lone appearance at Seekonk this season will also be the first televised race for the club on MAVTV. “It’s good. I think a lot of people are looking forward to it.” Continue reading ‘Avery Stoehr Leads NEMA to Seekonk’

Lowinski-Loh to Make ARCA Debut at Kansas

Kansas City here he comes.

John Lowinski-Loh, Jr. will make his ARCA Racing Series debut on Saturday, October 3 at Kansas Speedway for Team BCR. The Kansas ARCA 150 will be broadcast on Fox Sports 2.

The Milford, MA driver will be signing with the team and intends for the full 2015 season if sponsorship can be found. Fundraiser information will be released on Wednesday.

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Bonsignore Wins O’Reilly 200 at Monadnock Speedway

IMG_4916WINCHESTER, NH — Justin Bonsignore of Holtsville, New York won his second straight O’Reilly 200 and his fifth career win on the Monadnock high banks Saturday night when he made a lap 175 pass on leader Ryan Preece, then ran off to an almost four second lead.

IMG_4931Earlier in the day Bonsignore also set fast time for the Coors Light Pole Award, but could only watch Preece drive away with the lead at the four lap mark. The race surprisingly went caution free, allowing Preece to build a half track lead at one point. By the 100 lap mark only six cars were running on the lead lap while the field ran in a single line formation. By lap 160 Preece’s East West Marine sponsored #16 started to fade and Bonsignore steadily gained ground until lap 175, when the M3 Technologies # 51 motored by, to become the final leader of the 200 lap grind. Eric Goodale started and finished in the third spot. Rookie Tommy Barrett, Jr. was fourth and current points leader Doug Coby fifth.

IMG_49336th-Matt Hirschman, 7th-Patrick Emerling, 8th-Ted Christopher, 9th-Ron Silk, 10th-Yuhas Jr., 11th-Santos, 12th-Reen, 13th-Solomito*, 14th-Heagy, 15th McDonald, 16th- Salzarulo, 17th- Seuss, 18th- Lia, 19th- Tomaino, 20th- Pitkat, 21st- Cole, 22nd- Zacharias*, 23rd- Fifield.

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Lee USA 07/18 Results

Lee, NH – Lee USA Speedway hosted the annual El Camino Night on Friday night, with some 40 local members of the National El Camino Owners Association (NECOA) cruising the oval after the completion of qualifying for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series divisions.

This year’s El Camino Night featured representatives of every decade of El Camino, with dozens of restored vehicles representing the various generations, ranging from one of the original 22,246 built in 1959, a few of ‘60’s vintage, a handful of ‘70’s models, and several from the 1980’s taking part in the exhibition. The crowd cheered in appreciation as the El Caminos toured the track and participated in a burnout competition.

During the night’s feature racing action, the parity among teams in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series, EKeys 4Cars Supermodifieds was displayed once again when rookie Kyle Saywer of nearby Kingston outran the competition to become the seventh winner in seven races this season.

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Mark Lucas Captures $1,000 to Win Mayhan Antiques & More PAS Mod Special

200-NLM_7358OXFORD, ME — Mark Lucas took advantage of another driver’s displeasure to capture the inaugural Mayhan Antiques & More 75 lap main event. Other support division winners visiting Allen’s Coffee Flavored Brandy victory lane on day three of the Oxford 250 weekend included Josh Childs, Mathew Bourgoine, and Kris Watson.

Joshua Brown was headed for an easy win in the PASS Modified race, but tangled with a lapped car around lap 50. Contact sent the #05 of Ron Henry around in turn three bringing out the caution. The field raced back to green with Brown pulling away once again. Mitch Miller raced his way to second while Mark Lucas and Andy Shaw battled for third. Lucas raced by both Shaw and Miller to take over the second spot, but had nothing for Brown until Brown was run high by Henry in turn four allowing much of the field to race by, handing Lucas the lead. Lucas cruised to his second win of the weekend, and the hefty $1,000 payday. Miller placed second ahead of Shaw, Brown and Billy Dixon.

200-NLM_7090Matt Bourgoine paced the field in the 50 lap NELCAR Legend National Championship race.  Reid Lanpher was a distant second followed Andy Santerre, Alan Small, and Bob Weymouth. Chris Watson picked up another win in the Maine Outlaw Series feature as he defeated Duane Seekins, Bobby Seger, Deane Smart and Kris Matchett.200-NLM_7171

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Two in a Row for Travis Benjamin

Edges Austin Theriault for Oxford 250 Win

200-NLM_7955OXFORD, ME — The 41st running of the Oxford 250 was a crowd pleaser as sixty of the best Super Late Model teams in the country converged on the small town of Oxford, Maine to participate in the historic event. The fans were treated to over se   ven hundred laps of racing, with several teams collecting checkered flags, but none as happy and as excited as Travis Benjamin, whom collected his second straight $25,000 payday, plus lap money.

200-NLM_7965Forty-four Super Late Models lined up on the grid with Concord, N.C. speedster, Preston Peltier and Turner, Maine’s, Shawn Martin filling the front row when the green flag flew. Peltier jumped to lead and held the point for the first 21 laps with the exception of lap six when Kelley Moore edged him out at the stripe. Joey Doiron raced by Peltier on lap 21 and held the point for the next 66 laps with Austin Theriault, Shawn Martin, Scott Mulkern and Moore in tow. Theriault held the lead through four restarts before he and Travis Benjamin pitted for tires and fuel on lap 185, setting the stage for a storybook ending. Cassius Clark took over the lead from Theriault as pit stops completely changed the lineup around. DJ Shaw, Richie Dearborn, Scott Moore and Johnny Clark were all now in the top five and ready to challenge for the lead. Clark held the lead all the way until lap 220 when Richie Dearborn edged him to the stripe when the final caution waved.

Dearborn took the lead at the green, but Benjamin and Theriault were right on his heels. Benjamin made his move on lap 227, grabbed the lead and set sail towards the checkers. His only obstacles included heavy lapped traffic, and the #57 of Theriault. Theriault tried every move in the books looking inside and outside, but Benjamin would not be denied his second Oxford 250 win in a row. Theriault raced home second from his sixth starting position, ahead of Dearborn who actually had to take a provisional to get into the event. Dearborn started 40th on the grid. Cassius Clark took home the 4th spot ahead of OPS regular, TJ Brackett. Rounding out the top ten were Tyler Dippel, Derek Ramstrom, Ben Rowe, David Oliver and Shawn Martin.

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Mechanical Issues Halt Wells of 5 in a Row

2014 Texas Roadhouse North East Mini Stock Tour Presented By Twisted Tea

EPPING, NH — (July 21, 2014) — The Texas Roadhouse North East Mini Stock Tour kicked off the 2nd half of its 2014 season at Star Speedway in Epping, NH on Saturday with the tour hosting its highest car count ever at Star. 26 of the Twisted Tea touring mini stocks rolled into the paddock area and prepared their cars for a 50 lap feature and the first under a new $100 Bounty put on current point leader Toby Wells.

Emerson Cayer, Justin King, and Toby Wells all won their respective heats with great battles throughout each field exciting the crowd for the main event of the evening. Cayer drew an invert chip of 4 rows to set the field for the feature with Trombley and Helliwell set to lead the field to green. Cayer and Wells would start 11th and 12th due to NEMST rules not allowing current year winners to start within the top 10.

The initial green was short lived as Nick Maniatis pushed it 3 wide into turn one and was clipped and collected by Mike Viens and Justin King, King would be done for the evening following his excellent heat race performance. The field was reset and returned to a clean green, Trombley broke out to the early lead with Helliwell, Maniatis, and Larsen quickly following in tow.

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Keith Rocco Notches Second VMRS Victory for 2014

IMG_4812STAFFORD SPRINGS CT — The 4th annual Lincoln Tech VMRS 80 lap feature looked like Keith Rocco would cruise to victory early on in the race, as he came from his second row starting position and took control on lap five, passing points leader and defending champion Rowan Pennink.

The Meriden, CT driver pulled out to a comfortable lead while behind him racing action was heating up as Pennink, Todd Szegedy, Ted Christopher, and a host of others were bumping and grinding on each other, trying to gain any advantage.

On lap 15 Szegedy got loose on the backstretch and found himself at the rear of the field by the time he regained control. That moved Christopher into third and on the next lap T. C. side slammed Pennink taking over second place. By the 20 lap mark Tommy Barrett Jr. was picking off competitors one at a time, moving into the third spot, then set his sights on leader Rocco and second place Christopher.

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Stoehr & Smith Score NEMA Victories at Oxford

OXFORD, ME — The young talent of the Northeastern Midget Association were fast and in charge Saturday night at Oxford Plains Speedway. The NEMA midgets returned to the Maine oval for the first time in several years as part of the track’s historic “250 Weekend.” Eighteen year old Avery Stoehr of Lakeville, MA won the NEMA main and 22 year old Jake Smith of Stroudsburg, PA took the checkers in the Lites feature. Both drivers had a straightaway lead at one point during their romp to victory. Both received the Marvin Rifkin Trophy for winning the race named for the late owner and operator of M & H Tire, honored for his endless support of NEMA and its competitors throughout the club’s long history.

Stoehr came from his third starting spot to get around early leader Paul Scally within the first five laps. Scally was left to battle Avery’s cousin Bethany Stoehr for the second spot. It wasn’t long before Randy Cabral had sliced his way through the field from his eighth starting position and began to reel in the leaders. Cabral had been the fastest in practice turning the track at 13.4 and was again setting a blistering pace with a feature fast lap of 13.7. The caution waved at lap 11 when Scally slowed on the track with brake problems ending his promising run. This set up a side by side restart between Stoehr and Cabral, with Stoehr getting the jump at the green. Cabral gave chase, but a misfiring engine a few laps later allowed Stoehr to get away and cruise to his second victory of the season. Cabral held on for second, followed by Bethany Stoehr, Jim Chambers and Todd Bertrand rounding out the top five. Paul Scally and Jim Chambers were qualifying heat winners. Avery Stoehr’s feature win keeps the top of the point battle tight between he and Cabral heading into the next event at Seekonk on Wednesday.

Jake Smith notched his first ever NEMA Lite victory by dominating their portion of night’s action. Smith came from his third starting spot to battle double-duty driver Randy Cabral in the early stages. He was able to clear Cabral within a lap and set sail on a torrid pace, leading better than a straightaway over Cabral. Danny Cugini caught and passed Cabral for second in the late stages of the 25 lap main. Cabral held on for third, followed by Kevin Hutchins and Matt Swanson. Smith and Ryan Krachun were heat winners. In victory lane, Smith thanked his parents who make the long tow from Pennsylvania and crew for him at the NEMA Lite events.

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Quebec’s Laperle Battles to $26,800 ACT International Win

Plattsburgh, NY – Patrick Laperle of St-Denis, Quebec has won nearly every big event the American Canadian Tour sanctions, but none match his $26,800 ACT International win at Airborne Speedway in Plattsburgh, New York on Saturday, July 20. The former ACT and Serie ACT Champion battled by Nick Sweet over the final 20 laps of the third segment to claim the segment and overall win with finishes of 2nd, 3rd, 1st for a combined winning score of 6.

Barre’s Nick Sweet started sixth in the first 50 lap segment and took home the win followed closely by Laperle and Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. The trio then flew through the field in the 75 lap second segment using all three lanes around the ½-mile speedway. Polewarczyk claimed second followed by Laperle in third and Sweet in fourth setting up a three way tie with five combined points each for the trio heading into the final segment.

When the green flag flew on the third and final segment of 75 laps Sweet and Laperle began their march to the front, while Polewarczyk was held up in the heavy traffic. Polewarczyk suffered minor front end damage during the early stages of the event allowing Sweet and Laperle to duke it out.

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Vault Productions Returns to Seekonk

Tom ‘Sid’ DiMaggio and the Vault Productions crew will film their first Sid’s View webisode since taking a hiatus from Waterford Speedbowl on July 5. “(I) never thought I’d be leaving the bowl, but we’re excited to visit new places,” DiMaggio said.

Sid’s View Executive Producer Sid DiMaggio and Co-Producer Jesse Gleason were in attendance at Seekonk Speedway on Saturday night, preparing for the Open Wheel Wednesday $10,000 to win Modified race. DiMaggio said, “We wanna come back with a bang.” Vault Productions filmed the $5,000 to win SK Modified race at Seekonk that Matt Hirschman won in 2013.

“When you have an event with names like (Doug) Coby, (Bobby) Santos, (Ryan) Preece and (Matt) Hirschman on it, I mean, that’s the best of the best in modified country,” DiMaggio said. “The opportunity to capture an event with such well-known names participating has the potential for large view counts, and view counts for us is like currency, so we’d be foolish not to jump at the opportunity to film it as part of our series.”

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Conway’s Gamble Pays Off in Race 2 Win in Toronto

TORONTO (Sunday, July 20, 2014) – Mike Conway earned his second Verizon IndyCar Series victory of the season by holding off Tony Kanaan over a three-lap sprint to the finish in the second race of the Honda Indy Toronto doubleheader.

Conway, driving the No. 20 Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka car for Ed Carpenter Racing, won by 3.5418 seconds following a Lap 54 restart after a red flag with 4 minutes, 23 seconds left in the 80-minute race. INDYCAR Race Control called for the red flag to freeze the field on Lap 52 after a multiple-car incident in Turn 3.

Will Power finished third in the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske car and Charlie Kimball advanced 12 positions from his 16th-place starting position in the No. 83 Levemir FlexTouch Chip Ganassi Racing car to finish fourth. Takuma Sato rebounded from 23rd place in Race 1 to finish a season-high fifth in the No. 14 ABC Supply A.J. Foyt Racing entry.

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Waterford Speedbowl 7/19 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Results

Waterford, CT (July 19, 2014) – Waterford Speedbowl hosted Whelen Engineering Night Saturday, featuring a six division racing program. Whelen sponsors NASCAR’s weekly racing series at tracks across the country. Picking up wins in Whelen All-American Series action included Kyle James of Ashaway, RI who dominated the SK Modified® feature, Keith Rocco of Berlin won for the seventh time of the year in the Valenti Auto Mall Late Models and Josh Galvin of Franklin picked up his eighth Street Stock victory. Other NASCAR wins went to Ken Cassidy Jr. of Lisbon, who returned to the winner’s circle in the Mini Stocks and Paul French of Andover checkered the SK Light Modified race. Mike Christopher Jr. of Wolcott won another INEX Legend Cars race rounding out the night’s victors.

James turned in a flawless performance to romp to victory in the 35-lap SK Modified® feature, his second of the season. The win was by nearly a five second margin, almost half the track, ahead of the competition. James took the lead on the outside of Jeff Gallup following the only caution flag of the race, which came on lap-8.

Gallup used his pole starting position to lead rookie competitor Paul Kusheba from the start. Diego Monahan moved past Kusheba into second and James followed to third in the opening green flag run. That ended when Monahan lost control of his car in turn three, spinning from second position to bring out the lone yellow flag for the single car spin. James lined up outside Gallup for the restart, timed the green flag nearly perfectly, and powered into the lead out of turn two.

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Wiscasset Speedway Top Five Unofficial Finish July 19, 2014

WISCASSET SPEEDWAY TOP FIVE UNOFFICIAL FINISH JULY 19, 2014
LATE MODEL SPORTSMAN (45 LAPS)
1. #6 Chris Bowie, New Gloucester
2. #15 Nick Hinkley, Wiscasset
3. #30 Ryan St Clair, Liberty
4. #04 Allan Moeller Sr, Dresden
5. #14 Dave St Clair, Liberty

STRICTLY STREET (25 LAPS)
1. #26 Corey Morgan, Lewiston
2. #83 Dan Brown, Peru
3. #85 Jairet Harrison, Freeport
4. #32 Tasha Dyer, Freedom
5. #40 Mac Hannon Jr, Union

MINI TRUCKS (15 LAPS)
1. #17 Matt Weil, Biddeford
2. #12 Jerry McKenna, Milton
3. #1 Matt Curtis, Freeport
4. #14 Herbert Farrar, Mechanic Falls
5. #55 Larry Marshall, Dresden

NEW ENGLAND FOUR CYLINDER PROSTOCK (25 LAPS)
1. #38 Ryan Hayes, Jefferson
2. #24 Jeff Prindall, Lisbon Falls
3. #98 Kamren Knowles, West Gardiner
4. #14 Robert Patten, Westbrook
5. #7 Jerry Bailey, Wiscasset

THUNDER 4’S (20 LAPS)
1. #5 Ryan Chadwick, Wiscasset
2. #33 Trey Brown, Winterport
3. #13 Cody Tribbet, Richmond
4. #31 Leandra Martin, Richmond
5. #11X Kyle Dorey, Bowdoinham

Sources: Lisa Maguire/Wiscasset Speedway PR

Pena Back in Victory Lane

Drive For Diversity Driver Scores K&N Pro East Win At Columbus

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Sergio Pena found his way back to Victory Lane.

The 21-year-old from Winchester, Va., held off the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East field following a late caution at Columbus Motor Speedway to win the JEGS 150 presented by Germain Toyota.

It is the third win of the season for Rev Racing and the NASCAR Drive for Diversity program. It is also the third win in four years for Rev Racing at Columbus, following wins by Darrell Wallace Jr. (2011) and Daniel Suarez (2013).

It is Pena’s fourth career NASCAR K&N Pro Series East win and first since 2011, when he won three times.

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Bonsignore Makes His Move Pay Off

Late Pass Produces NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Win At Monadnock

WINCHESTER, N.H. (July 19, 2014) – Justin Bonsignore made the late pass pay off as he drove to the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour victory in the O’Reilly 200 at Monadnock Speedway Saturday night.

Bonsignore powered underneath Ryan Preece on Lap 175 en route to the win. Preece had started second and led all but one lap to that point.

It was the fifth career win for the Holtsville, New York, driver and second straight at Monadnock. It was also his second of 2014, as he opened the season with a win at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park in April.

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Verizon Indycar Series to Run Same-Day Doubleheader

TORONTO (July 19, 2014) – The July 19 opening round of the Honda Indy Toronto was postponed to July 20 because of a rain-slicked 1.755-mile, 11-turn temporary street circuit, creating a unique same-day doubleheader.

Two 65-lap races — a two-wide rolling start for Race 1 at 10:30 a.m. (ET) and a standing start for the 4:15 p.m. Race 2 — will be contested.

Sebastien Bourdais, driving the No. 11 Hydroxycut KVSH Racing Chevrolet, earned the Verizon P1 Award for Race 1. It was his first pole since Sept. 2, 2007, at Assen, Netherlands. The Race 2 starting lineup will be determined by entrant points heading into the event weekend, which gives the Verizon P1 Award to Helio Castroneves. The driver of the No. 3 PPG Team Penske car takes a nine-point lead (he does not receive the bonus point for the pole) over teammate Will Power into Round 13 of the 18-race season.

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ACT International Pit Notes

PLATTSBURGH, NY — Hometown favorite Brandon Atkins of Au Sable, New York led the way with the fastest time of the day during the American Canadian Tour’s practice in preparation for tomorrow’s (Sunday, July 20) ACT International 300 at Airborne Speedway in Plattsburgh, NY. He set a fast time of 17.191 seconds and topped the speed chart during several of the practice sessions.

Also among the fastest of the day were seven-time ACT Champion Brian Hoar, defending Série ACT Champion Jean-François Déry and fellow Série ACT frontrunner Alex Labbe. Defending ACT International winner Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. was also quick. Bobby Therrien, Ben Lynch, Jimmy Hebert, and Quebecer Jonathan Bouvrette also spent time at the top of the speed charts.

Former ACT and Serie ACT Champion Patrick Laperle fought some electrical issues throughout the day but still managed to put down some fast times in the final two practices. There were no other issues for any teams.

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QUALIFYING: Heckert Earns 2nd Pole

Takes Top Spot For K&N Pro East At Columbus

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Scott Heckert won his second 21 Means 21 Pole Award in the last three NASCAR K&N Pro Series East races Saturday at Columbus Motor Speedway.

He paced the historic half-mile in 14.288 seconds (83.903 mph) in hi sNo. 34 Project Lifesaver Chevrolet.

The 20-year-old from Ridgefield, Conn., also won the pole at Langley Speedway in Hampton, Va.

Rookie Nick Drake qualified second at 14.370 (83.424).

Ryan Gifford qualified third at 14.450 (82.962) just ahead of his Rev Racing teammate Sergio Pena. Rev Racing has won two of the three NASCAR K&N Pro East races run at Columbus.

Jesse Little, who is coming off his first NASCAR win last week at New Hampshire Motor Speeedway, rounded out the top five qualifiers.

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QUALIFYING: Bonsignore Remains Hot

NY Driver Scores Whelen Modified Pole At Monadnock

WINCHESTER, N.H. – Justin Bonsignore backed up his fast time in practice earlier in the afternoon and won the Coors Light Pole for the O’Reilly Auto Parts 200 at Monadnock Speedway Saturday.

Bonsignore posted a fast lap of 12.593 seconds (71.468 mph) around the high-banked quarter-mile.

It was the fourth career pole award for the Holtsville, N.Y. driver and his first one at Monadnock. Bonsignore won this race last season at Monadnock starting from the second position and he will attempt to become the first repeat winner at the track in nine previous events for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.

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PRACTICE: Heckert Tops Columbus Field

Three Rookies Make Up Top Five

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Scott Heckert led the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East field Saturday afternoon in practice for the JEGS 150 presented by Germain Toyota at Columbus Motor Speedway.

Heckert had a lap of 14.228 seconds during the second practice session around the .333-mile oval for an average speed of 84.256.

Rookie Kaz Grala was second fastest at 14.440 (83.019). Gray Gaulding was third, followed by points leader Ben Rhodes in fourth and Austin Hill in fifth. 

Rev Racing’s Sergio Pena was sixth, followed by Nick Drake, Brandon Jones, Ronnie Bassett Jr. and Brandon Oakley. 

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