Speedbowl Announces Change to 8/27 Wild ‘N Wacky Wednesday Results

Waterford, CT (August 28, 2014) – Thursday afternoon Waterford Speedbowl announced a disqualification following its 8/27 Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday race program.

Joey Ternullo of Middletown was awarded the 25-lap INEX Legend Cars victory following technical inspection. Ternullo finished second on the track to Wolcott’s Mike Christopher Jr. Christopher’s car was cited for having its brake system reservoir in an unapproved location, per INEX
specifications. INEX, the sanctioning body for the division, issues a common rulebook for the division, which races at tracks across the country.

After the disqualification, Christopher still retains the points lead in the division. Ternullo is second in the standings and now unofficially trails Christopher by 58 points with two scheduled events remaining for the season. Ternullo was last year’s Wednesday series champion.

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Tickets to Go On Sale for Atlantic City Indoor Auto Racing Events

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ (August 28, 2014) — While summer may be coming to an end, tickets for one of the hottest events of the Winter, the NAPA AUTO PARTS Atlantic City Indoor Race are set to go on sale Wednesday, September 10 at 12 Noon.

The extremely popular two day auto racing event is set to take place on Friday and Saturday, January 30 and 31 inside Boardwalk Hall. The event will be the thirteenth running of the Gambler’s Classic and will draw over 200 competitors from throughout the Northeastern United States and Canada.

“We are extremely excited about this year’s Atlantic City Indoor Race,” said event promoter Len Sammons.  “The event continues to grow year after year and has truly become the mid-winter happening for auto racing and is an event people look forward to all year.”

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VMRS Point Standings as of 08/28/2014

Pennink Back in Points Lead

Rowan Pennink reclaimed the points lead in the Valenti Modified Racing Series with a second place finish Saturday night at Monadnock Speedway in Winchester, NH. 32 cars are entered for Friday night’s 80 lap race at Stafford Motor Speedway in Stafford Springs, CT.

Pos Car Driver TOTAL
1 #25 Rowan Pennink 483
2 #21 Justin Bonsignore 473
3 #5CT Chris Pasteryak 454
4 #20CT Max Zachem 429
5 #99 Richard Savary 426
6 #85 Todd Szegedy 357
7 #13 Steve Masse 316
8 #38 Mike Willis Jr 313
9 #53 Norm Wrenn 286
10 #66 Dylan Kopec 264

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Statement from Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (August 28, 2014) – “Tony Stewart has received all necessary clearances required to return to all racing activities, and therefore is eligible to compete this weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway. NASCAR has remained in constant contact with his race team, and we will stay very close to this situation as Stewart returns to competition.”

NASCAR President Mike Helton will participate in a media availability in the Atlanta Motor Speedway media center on Friday at 2 p.m. ET. NASCAR will have no further comment until that time.

This availability will be streamed live on www.nascar.com/presspass. A transcript will be available approximately one hour after the availability.

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Getting to Know John Zych

IMG_56881. Name: John Zych
2. Current Division: NEMA
3. Age/date of birth: 31 6/29/1983
4. Hometown: Mendon, MA
5. Occupation: District Sales Manager with The Hershey Company
6. Spouse/ girl-boyfriend: Wife Elizabeth
7. Car number and significance of number: 9 Bob McCreadie and Bill Elliott
8. Chassis: DRINAN
9. Engine builder: Esslinger
10. Owner: John Zych (father)

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Speedway Wraps Up Wacky Wednesday Season

Travis Beale of Hampden raced his way to a second consecutive points championship in the Modified Enduro class Wednesday night at Speedway 95 as he chased down Hermon’s Andrew Crosby, passing him on the last lap of the 20 lap feature to take the win for the night and the overall points title for the season. Crosby started the race on the pole, and led for the first 19 laps, until Beale ducked under him on the final circuit and forced him to the high side, where a slower car prohibited him from racing Beale to the checkers. Crosby finished in second with last week’s winner Dustin Lancaster of Milo finishing third. Zach Audet of Skowhegan could only muster a fourth place finish on the night, with Dustan Durrell of Newburgh finishing fifth.

In the Stock Enduros, Donny Silva of Hudson came from a 21st place start to take the win in the 33 car field that was stopped several times for accidents and debris on the track. It was Silva’s third win of the season in the newly formed division for 2014. Following Silva under the checkered flag were Robert Caruso of Kenduskeag in second and Gene Trojano II of Hudson in third. Fourth went to Sean Davis of Bangor with Bradley Dolan of Glenburn finishing fifth. Jordan Harnish of Veazie won the first points championship in the division, and his career first in his rookie season as a race car driver.

Jeff Overlock Jr. of Hermon won the season finale in the full size pickup trucks after a spirited battle with second place finisher Peter Drake of Corinth. The pair raced side by side for most of the caution free 20 lap feature until Overlock pulled ahead in the closing laps to seal his third win in a row. Drake finished second with Andrew Crosby of Hermon in third. Dana Harlow of Orrington finished fourth and Jim Carr Jr. of Clifton finished fifth, once again taking the points championship in the division.

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Getting to Know VMRS Driver David Schneider

DSC_4855Another determined young hot shoe with a ton of racing experience seems to be gaining momentum each time he comes to the track with one of the best looking Modifieds.

Name: David Schneider
Age: 22 – 8/11/92
Hometown: Northport, New York
Occupation: College student/Truck collision part time
Spouse: In a relationship
Car number and significance: Number 19 – No real significance. I had a ride along at Charlotte Motor Speedway during one of the World Karting Association Nationals. The car was Elliott Sadler’s number 19 Dodge ride that Ray Evernham fielded. When I was thinking of a number I looked on my wall and saw that picture and decided that would be my number.
Owner: My dad, Glenn Schneider
Chassis: Troyer
Sponsor: Island Wide Auto & Truck Collision
Crew –.(Crew Chief Ray Grennan) Tim Okula, Glenn Schneider, John Mazza, Greg, Okula, Trevor Okula, Sean Okula, George Wagner

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Waterford Speedbowl Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday 8/27 Results

Waterford, CT (August 27, 2014) – Waterford Speedbowl returned to motorsports action on Wednesday evening with another Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday racing program. Scoring wins included Mike Christopher Jr. of Wolcott in the INEX Legend Cars, Jim Boyle of East Windsor in the Super X-Cars, Wayne Shifflett of Preston in the X-Car division and Ken Morin Jr. of Old Saybrook in the INEX Bandoleros.

Christopher’s win in the 25-lap INEX Legend Cars feature was key for more than one reason. His twenty-first victory of the year moved him within one victory of the division’s single-season record for wins, and it also unofficially wrapped up the division title in the track’s Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday Series. The win was not official immediately following the race, pending review by the technical inspection staff and INEX officials. The record number of wins for the Legend Cars division is twenty two, held by Jason Palmer, who accomplished the feat in 2009. Christopher is in his second season in the division.

In Wednesday’s race, Christopher had to track down last year’s titlist, Joey Ternullo, doing so under a long green flag run. Ternullo held the top spot but appeared to be handling a tight handling car, enabling Christopher to dive underneath him on lap-11. Ternullo fought for two laps outside of Christopher before succumbing, tucking in behind. A final opportunity to unseat Christopher came with three laps remaining when a yellow flag came out. Christopher got a good restart to pull ahead but Ternullo stayed with him to the checkered flag, however was unable to stay alongside. Ternullo finished second and T.J. Thompson was third.

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Verizon IndyCar Series: Auto Club Open Test Results

Results Wednesday from the Verizon IndyCar Series Open Test at the 2-mile Auto Club Speedway.with position, car number in parentheses, driver, chassis-engine, time and speed.

1. (9) Scott Dixon, Dallara-Chevrolet, 32.8075, 219.462 mph
2. (2) Juan Pablo Montoya, Dallara-Chevrolet, 32.8528, 219.159 mph
3. (20) Ed Carpenter, Dallara-Chevrolet, 32.8595, 219.115 mph
4. (15) Graham Rahal, Dallara-Honda, 32.8692, 219.050 mph
5. (3) Helio Castroneves, Dallara-Chevrolet, 32.8773, 218.996 mph
6. (25) Marco Andretti, Dallara-Honda, 32.9059, 218.806 mph
7. (10) Tony Kanaan, Dallara-Chevrolet, 32.9191, 218.718 mph
8. (28) Ryan Hunter-Reay, Dallara-Honda, 32.9369, 218.600 mph
9. (12) Will Power, Dallara-Chevrolet, 32.9725, 218.364 mph
10. (7) Mikhail Aleshin, Dallara-Honda, 32.9819, 218.302 mph
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2015 Date Announced for 42nd Annual Oxford 250

OXFORD, ME (August 27) – Oxford Plains Speedway owner Tom Mayberry announced today that the 42nd Annual Oxford 250 will move to a new date starting in 2015. The richest single day short track racing event in North America will now be contested August 28-30, 2015. The Oxford 250 will once again be a Pro All Stars Series (PASS) sanctioned, “open” Super Late Model event, with qualifying heat races and feature racing for the PASS Super Late Models on August 30 to continue the single day tradition the race has become famous for.

Oxford Plains Speedway officials felt that the move to August was needed to accommodate fans who might want to also attend events scheduled for next July at nearby New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

“By announcing the move of the 42nd Annual Oxford 250 to August 30, 2015, we feel this will give ample time to our fans who are looking to plan their summer vacations around this prestigious event,” said Mayberry. “The Oxford 250 is arguably the biggest event in short track racing and we look forward to seeing everyone next August.”

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Statement from Harry Scott Jr. Regarding Turner Scott Motorsports

“Turner Scott Motorsports remains in operation and will compete in this weekend’s NASCAR events. TSM’s NASCAR Nationwide Series race teams represented by the No. 42 driven by Kyle Larson and the No. 31 driven by Dylan Kwasniewski will complete this weekend as scheduled at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

“The No. 31 driven by Ben Kennedy and the No. 32 driven by Cameron Hayley in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will compete as scheduled at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park this coming Sunday.

“My investment company, a co-owner of TSM, will continue to do all that it can to keep the team moving forward with or without our business partner Steve Turner. To all TSM employees, sponsors, partners and fans I pledge we will continue to do what we can to keep the teams racing hard each and every week of the season.”

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Team BCR Racing Developmental Driver John Lowinski-Loh Scheduled to Test at Kansas Speedway

Mooresville, NC – August 27, 2014 — John Lowinski-Loh Jr. is scheduled to make his ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards debut at Kansas Speedway on October 3, 2014 for the season finale race. In preparation for the Kansas Lottery 98.9, Team BCR’s Lowinski-Loh plans to make his first laps at the track during the open ARCA Racing Series test on Wednesday, September 3, 2014.

“I’m excited to finally strap behind an ARCA car for Team BCR Racing,” says Lowinski-Loh. “I came to the Pocono race to see how well Team BCR performs at the track and I was impressed with everything I saw. It was especially exciting to go to victory lane for Justin’s (Allison) win; the very first time I was with the team. I have a really good feeling about working with Team BCR and Howard Bixman.”

Lowinski-Loh will be driving the #09 Auto Go Ford Fusion powered by RoushYates Engines. Additional marketing partners to be released at a later date.

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Verizon IndyCar Series to Race at NOLA Motorsports Park in 2015

AVONDALE, La. (Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014) – INDYCAR announced today the addition of NOLA Motorsports Park and the Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana to the Verizon IndyCar Series schedule in 2015. The event will be held April 10-12 and organized by Andretti Sports Marketing on a newly-configured 13-turn, 2.67-mile permanent road course layout.

The Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana will feature a three-day festival combining Louisiana’s culture – including live musical acts, entertainment and local cuisine – with the excitement of a Verizon IndyCar Series event.

“We’re delighted about the opportunity to showcase the Verizon IndyCar Series at NOLA Motorsports Park and to INDYCAR fans in the greater New Orleans area,” said Mark Miles, CEO of Hulman & Co., the parent of INDYCAR and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. “The commitment from track owner Laney Chouest and his associates, combined with the support we received from the state of Louisiana, was the catalyst in making this come to fruition. New Orleans has a history of hosting successful major sporting events and we’re thrilled to be able to add the Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana to the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series schedule.”
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Budweiser Modified Nationals Highlights Thunder on the Sound at Speedbowl

18th annual $5,000 to win SK-150 part of seven division program Saturday

Waterford, CT (August 25, 2014) – Waterford Speedbowl roars into Labor Day weekend with the biggest pay day of the year for its NASCAR All-American Series SK Modified® division on Saturday, August 30.  The 18th annual Budweiser Modified Nationals SK-150 takes center stage with a $5,000 winner’s prize and a total posted race purse of greater than $20,000.  A
banner field of competition is expected to turn out once again for the event.

The original big money SK Modified® race, the Modified Nationals debuted at the Speedbowl in 1997 and was the brainchild of track owner and promoter Terry Eames and his staff.  According to Eames, “It’s a celebration of our weekly competitors. They deserve the attention.  They deserve the pay day.  They are the back bone of what we do and it’s only fitting we honor them with a big event”.

Over the nearly two decade history of the event, there’s been no shortage of drama and memorable finishes.  Steve Chowansky won the inaugural edition and quickly set a tone that has prevailed for the better part of two decades – the home track stars taking on outside competition looking to swoon in for a big check.  It’s created a dynamic unique to the Modified Nationals event and helped stage much of the drama.

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Dwight Jarvis Claims VMRS Victor Johnson Memorial 100

Veteran Dwight Jarvis of Ascutney, VT added another victory to his already impressive resume when he raced to his sixth Monadnock Speedway victory with the VMRS. Starting from the rear of the field, Jarvis methodically worked his way forward settling into third place by lap 41. Jarvis was content to follow early race leader and pole sitter Kirk Alexander of W. Swanzey, NH in the John Corliss owned number 88 and the second place runner, your defending MRS champion Rowan Pennink in the Gary Casella owned number 25.

In post race Dwight said “We were a little out to lunch in the heat. I don’t know if it was the car or the driver. We scuffed our tires in the heat and ended up with a stagger we weren’t happy with, but we worked on it and got stagger where it should be.

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2015 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Schedule Released

(Monday, August 25, 2014) — The 2015 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule has been announced by NHRA officials. The 24-race NHRA Mello Yello Series will make its traditional stops across the country and remains the most geographically dispersed U.S. touring series in all of motorsports, reaching fans with its unique brand of high-horsepower entertainment from New England to California, Washington to Florida, and all points between.

Highlighting the schedule once again in 2015 will be the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals, the world’s most prestigious drag race, at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis, Labor Day weekend, Sept. 2-7.

The season again will open and close at famed Auto Club Raceway at Pomona in Southern California. The season kicks off at Pomona with the NHRA Winternationals, Feb. 5-8, and closes at the historic dragstrip with the final race of the Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship playoffs, the Auto Club NHRA Finals, Nov. 12-15.
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Reacting to Swindell’s Retirement

World of Outlaws Legend Sammy Swindell Announces Retirement
Three-time champ was one of the series’ original racers, dedicated his life to racing

CONCORD, N.C. – Aug. 25, 2014 – The numbers and statistics are only a measure of the legend, but Sammy Swindell will be remembered as one of the greatest drivers in World of Outlaws history.

Swindell, who on Monday announced his retirement from full-time racing effective immediately, is a three-time World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series champion who achieved 294 victories. The Memphis, Tenn., area native was one of the original Outlaws who helped grow the series from its 1978 origins at Devil’s Bowl Speedway into the premier sanctioning body it is today.

A calculating driver on the track, Swindell also is highly respected for his skills in building and setting up his cars, dedicating his life to perfecting the science of racing.

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Swindell Announces Retirement from Full-Time Racing

Inside Line Promotions – GERMANTOWN, Tenn. (Aug. 25, 2014) – Sammy Swindell has decided to retire from professional racing effective immediately.

Swindell, who has driven for Big Game Motorsports the past four years of his 40-plus year career, isn’t planning to race again outside of the Chili Bowl Nationals.

Here are his words to the fans:

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Durgan, Stone Take Modified Mains at Devil’s Bowl Speedway

Packard, Fisher win Late Model features

WEST HAVEN, VT – A two-day delay at Devil’s Bowl Speedway was worth the wait for a handful of NASCAR Whelen All-American Series drivers on Sunday, August 24.  Eight different stock car racers carried the checkered flag after twin features at the annual “Double Stack Night” presented by Sugar & Spice Restaurant, which was postponed from Friday by rain.

Jason Durgan of Morrisonville, NY won a rough opening 25-lap main event for the Bond Auto Parts Modified division.  After starting fourth, Durgan nosed past Jason Reome to take the lead at lap 14, then survived the third and final restart of the race four laps later to cruise to his second victory of the season.  Vince Quenneville, Jr. finished second, and Joey Roberts made a nifty three-wide move in the final corner to take third place.  Jessey Mueller was fourth with Jamie LaFountain fifth.

Durgan’s win came at the right time as the season begins to wind down; Durgan entered the race weekend ranked 21st in NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national standings and a tight second in the battle for the National Rookie of the Year presented by Jostens title.

In the nightcap, Devil’s Bowl point leader Todd Stone of Middlebury, VT rolled out a backup car after wrecking in the first race to dominate the event.  Mueller snuck into second spot on a lap-17 restart but was unable to catch Stone.  Roberts, Quenneville, and LaFountain rounded out the top five finishers.

Stone now leads Roberts by 35 points (846-811) entering twin 50-lap features at the Mekkelsen RV Vermont 200 Weekend season finale on September 13-14.  Leon Gonyo (806) is third, five more points back.

East Montpelier, VT teenager Emily Packard fell inches shy of a perfect sweep in the Late Model division.  Packard won the opening 25-lapper in convincing fashion as Rich Lowrey, Jr. and Josh Masterson fought hard for second place.  Contact on multiple laps saw the pair trading the second spot before Lowrey ultimately took the position.  Masterson was third, followed by Jamie Fisher and Robert Bryant, Jr.

In the second race, it was Packard and point leader Fisher running hard in the final frames as they battled for the win.  Packard led laps 21-24 in a door-slamming duel, but Shelburne, VT veteran Fisher held the bottom lane and won a drag race to the finish line by a margin of victory estimated at less than three inches.  Bucko Branham finished third with Jamie Aube and Walt Hammond, Jr. in tow.

Fisher’s performance was enough to extend his championship lead, though his advantage remains a narrow 13 points over Masterson (660-647) and just 15 on Packard (645) entering the 100-lap season finale.

Fifteen year-old Champlain Valley Union High School football star Richard Lowrey, III, of Charlotte, VT – whose father Rich finished second in the opening Late Model feature – won the first of two 15-lap Renegade races.  Lowrey won a squeaker over point leader Robert Gordon, with rookie Scott FitzGerald third.  Milton, VT driver Gordon stole the show in the second event after Lowrey was eliminated in an early crash.  Jim McKiernan finished second, while another 15 year-old, Dylan Rabtoy, took third place.

John McCarron of Rensselaer, NY took his second Central Vermont Motorcycles Mini Stock win of the season after passing Harold LaVair with one lap remaining in the first 15-lap feature.  Mike Whalen, Jr. and LaVair’s son, Bobby LaVair, followed McCarron through to complete the podium finishers.  Bobby LaVair, a resident of Saranac Lake, NY, continued his good day with a victory in the second feature, followed by Jake Noble in second and Whalen in third.

Devil’s Bowl Speedway will close its NASCAR Whelen All-American Series season when action returns for the Mekkelsen RV Vermont 200 Weekend on September 13-14.  The two-day show features special events for the Vermont State Late Model Championship Series, the Northern Modified Challenge Series, and the North East Mini Stock Tour, and much more, along with a Saturday-night barbecue and bonfire.

Devil’s Bowl Speedway is located on Route 22A in West Haven, VT four miles north of Exit 2 on U.S. Route 4.  For more information, call (802) 265-3112 or visit www.devilsbowlspeedwayvt.com.  Devil’s Bowl Speedway is on Facebook at facebook.com/DevilsBowlSpeedway and on Twitter and Instagram at @DevilsBowlSpeed; follow the action using the #DevilsBowl hashtag.


UNOFFICIAL RESULTS – Sugar & Spice Restaurant “Double Stack Night”

NASCAR Whelen All-American Series
Devil’s Bowl Speedway, West Haven, VT
Sunday, August 24, 2014

Bond Auto Parts Modified Feature #1 (25 laps)
(# – denotes rookie)
1. (4) Jason Durgan, Morrisonville, NY
2. (8) Vince Quenneville, Jr., Brandon, VT
3. (13) Joey Roberts, Fletcher, VT
4. (9) Jessey Mueller, Olmstedville, NY
5. (3) Jamie LaFountain, Plattsburgh, NY
6. (1) # Jason Reome, Ballston Spa, NY
7. (10) Leon Gonyo, Chazy, NY
8. (16) Tyson Drown, Morrisonville, NY
9. (14) Andy Heywood, Morrisonville, NY
10. (12) Nick Heywood, Plattsburgh, NY
11. (2) # Billy Lussier, Fair Haven, VT
12. (5) Cody Sargen, Greenfield Center, NY
13. (7) Todd Stone, Middlebury, VT
14. (6) Ron Proctor, Charlton, NY
15. (11) # Jayson Criss, Plattsburgh, NY
16. (15) Colleen Salisbury, Glens Falls, NY

Bond Auto Parts Modified Feature #2 (25 laps)
(# – denotes rookie)
1. (4) Todd Stone, Middlebury, VT
2. (7) Jessey Mueller, Olmstedville, NY
3. (6) Joey Roberts, Fletcher, VT
4. (9) Vince Quenneville, Jr., Brandon, VT
5. (3) Jamie LaFountain, Plattsburgh, NY
6. (5) Cody Sargen, Greenfield Center, NY
7. (11) Nick Heywood, Plattsburgh, NY
8. (8) Leon Gonyo, Chazy, NY
9. (14) Jason Durgan, Morrisonville, NY
10. (2) # Jason Reome, Ballston Spa, NY
11. (1) # Billy Lussier, Fair Haven, VT
12. (13) Tyson Drown, Morrisonville, NY
13. (15) Colleen Salisbury, Glens Falls, NY
14. (10) # Jayson Criss, Plattsburgh, NY
15. (12) Andy Heywood, Morrisonville, NY
16. (16) Ron Proctor, Charlton, NY

Late Model Feature #1 (25 laps)
(# – denotes rookie)
1. (5) Emily Packard, East Montpelier, VT
2. (7) Rich Lowrey, Jr., Charlotte, VT
3. (8) Josh Masterson, Bristol, VT
4. (6) Jamie Fisher, Shelburne, VT
5. (9) Robert Bryant, Jr., Brooklyn, CT
6. (4) Bucko Branham, Plattsburgh, NY
7. (3) Jamie Aube, North Ferrisburgh, VT
8. (10) Carol Parker, Fair Haven, VT
9. (12) Joey Roberts, Fletcher, VT
10. (1) Tommy Eriksen, Jr., Ferrisburgh, VT
11. (11) Seth Bridge, Mendon, VT
12. (2) Walt Hammond, Jr., Canaan, NH

Late Model Feature #2 (25 laps)
(# – denotes rookie)
1. (5) Jamie Fisher, Shelburne, VT
2. (10) Emily Packard, East Montpelier, VT
3. (3) Bucko Branham, Plattsburgh, NY
4. (2) Jamie Aube, North Ferrisburgh, VT
5. (1) Walt Hammond, Jr., Canaan, NH
6. (11) Seth Bridge, Mendon, VT
7. (6) Josh Masterson, Bristol, VT
8. (9) Rich Lowrey, Jr., Charlotte, VT
9. (4) Robert Bryant, Jr., Brooklyn, CT
10. (12) Joey Roberts, Fletcher, VT
11. (8) Tommy Eriksen, Jr., Ferrisburgh, VT
12. (7) Carol Parker, Fair Haven, VT

Renegade Feature #1 (15 laps)
(# – denotes rookie)
1. (6) Richard Lowrey, III, Charlotte, VT
2. (7) Robert Gordon, Milton, VT
3. (2) # Scott FitzGerald, West Rutland, VT
4. (8) Stephen Donahue, Graniteville, VT
5. (5) Dylan Rabtoy, Swanton, VT
6. (4) Don Franklin, Milton, VT
7. (10) Jon Boutin, St. Albans, VT
8. (3) Jim McKiernan, Moriah Center, NY
9. (1) # Jared Blake, North Hero, VT
10. (9) Steve More, Grand Isle, VT
11. (11) Shawn Franklin, Waitsfield, VT

Renegade Feature #2 (15 laps)
(# – denotes rookie)
1. (7) Robert Gordon, Milton, VT
2. (3) Jim McKiernan, Moriah Center, NY
3. (5) Dylan Rabtoy, Swanton, VT
4. (2) # Scott FitzGerald, West Rutland, VT
5. (4) Don Franklin, Milton, VT
6. (8) Stephen Donahue, Graniteville, VT
7. (10) Shawn Franklin, Waitsfield, VT
8. (6) Jon Boutin, St. Albans, VT
9. (11) Steve More, Grand Isle, VT
10. (1) # Jared Blake, North Hero, VT
11. (9) Richard Lowrey, III, Charlotte, VT

Central Vermont Motorcycles Mini Stock Feature #1 (15 laps)
(# – denotes rookie)
1. (8) John McCarron, Rensselaer, NY
2. (15) Mike Whalen, Jr., Plattsburgh, NY
3. (12) Bobby LaVair, Saranac Lake, NY
4. (3) Harold LaVair, Jr., Gabriels, NY
5. (11) Chuck Bradford, Addison, VT
6. (9) Jake Noble, Benson, VT
7. (4) # Andrew FitzGerald, West Rutland, VT
8. (10) Kyle Watrous, Bomoseen, VT
9. (14) # Doug Senecal, West Rutland, VT
10. (6) Dan Collins, Rensselaer, NY
11. (7) Mitchell Dundon, Orwell, VT
12. (13) # Tyler Irwin, Plattsburgh, NY
13. (2) Matt Monaghan, Colchester, VT
14. (1) Kyle Sorensen, Ballston Spa, NY
15. (5) Lance Masterson, Lincoln, VT

Central Vermont Motorcycles Mini Stock Feature #2 (15 laps)
(# – denotes rookie)
1. (11) Bobby LaVair, Saranac Lake, NY
2. (9) Jake Noble, Benson, VT
3. (12) Mike Whalen, Jr., Plattsburgh, NY
4. (13) John McCarron, Rensselaer, NY
5. (10) Chuck Bradford, Addison, VT
6. (15) # Doug Senecal, West Rutland, VT
7. (7) Mitchell Dundon, Orwell, VT
8. (14) # Tyler Irwin, Plattsburgh, NY
9. (6) Dan Collins, Rensselaer, NY
10. (2) Matt Monaghan, Colchester, VT
11. (8) Kyle Watrous, Bomoseen, VT
12. (5) Harold LaVair, Jr., Gabriels, NY
13. (4) # Andrew FitzGerald, West Rutland, VT
14. (1) Kyle Sorensen, Ballston Spa, NY
15. (3) Lance Masterson, Lincoln, VT

Sources: Justin St. Louis/Devil’s Bowl Speedway PR

Lee USA Results 08/22/2014

Lee, NH – With the 2014 championship season rapidly winding down, the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series weekly divisions put another night of racing in the record books at Lee USA Speedway on Friday, with the Prime Storage and Warehouse Late Model Sportsmen taking center stage with the running of the 50-lap Lance Davis Memorial.

Running in memory of the longtime Lee racer, the LMS turned out in full force for the night‘s racing action.  When flagman Don Horvath let them loose, it was Alfred, ME’s Ray Dinsmore leading the way, but he quickly gave up the point to Jesse Bousquet of Pittsfield, who led the way thought lap eight.

Rookie contender and former Hobby Stock champion Mark Parenteau of Groveland, MA was next to take a shot at the lead, moving the Brian House, A Family Cab entry to the point on lap nine.  Parenteau stayed out front through lap 16, when Groton, MA racer Geoff Rollins took over.

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Pennink, Bennett, Dion, Hayes, Fearn, & Christopher Score August 22nd NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Feature Wins at Stafford Speedway

Stafford Springs, CT — Stafford Speedway returned to NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing action with a Five-Star Series event on August 22nd. Taking down NASCAR Whelen All-American Series weekly feature wins on the night were Rowan Pennink in the 40-lap SK Modified® feature, Michael Bennett in the 30-lap Late Model Feature, Branden Dion in the 20-lap SK Light feature, Andrew Hayes in the 20-lap Limited Late Model feature, Ryan Fearn in the 15-lap DARE Stock, and Mike Christopher, Jr. in the 20-lap Legend Cars feature.

In the 40-lap SK Modified® feature event, Eric Berndt made the outside groove stick as he powered his way into the lead at the drop of the green. Michael Gervais, Jr. was second behind Berndt, with Sean Foster, Chase Dowling, and Ted Christopher making up the top-5. Frank Ruocco backed into the turn 2 wall to bring the caution out with 4 laps complete.

Berndt and Gervais were wheel to wheel on the restart and behind them Ryan Preece had moved up to fourth to challenge Chase Dowling for third in a wheel to wheel duel. Tommy Membrino, Jr. spun coming out of turn 4 and collected the car of Dave Salzarulo to bring the caution out with 6 laps complete.

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2014 Joey Logano Hometown Showdown Driven by AutoTrader.com

The Joey Logano Foundation invites you to participate in the inaugural Joey Logano Hometown Showdown Driven by AutoTrader.com on Thursday, September 18th, 2014 at On-Track Karting in Wallingford, CT.

On-Track Karting is one of the tracks where Joey Logano’s racing career began and offers some of the longest and fastest indoor kart tracks in the country. This signature karting event will support The Connection, a nonprofit organization who assists thousands of people a month throughout Connecticut. For more than 40 years, The Connection has reunited families suffering from abuse and neglect, creating safer, healthier communities making a difference in countless lives. Proceeds from the event will go directly back to the local community to support The Connection’s Community-based Services, Advocacy and Research for Connecticut.

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Getting to Know NEMA Midget Driver Pete Pernesiglio

IMG_3737 This veteran driver has an impressive resume that spans almost 4 decades, with lots of track miles along the way.

1. Name – Pete Pernesiglio

2. Age/date of birth – 43 – 8/24/70

3. Hometown – Lake Grove, Long Island, New York

4. Occupation – Auto Parts Sales.

5. Spouse – wife/Angela

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Getting to Know Modified Driver Mike Douglas Jr.

In that long line of second generation racecar drivers, Mike Douglas, Jr. has taken up where his dad left off. Don’t let that black stealthy looking modified fool you, Mike is truly one of the good guys of racing.

1. Current divisions – Tour Type Modified, VMRS, Tri-Track Series.
2. Name – Mike Douglas Jr.
3. Age/date of birth – 34 – 3/26/80
4. Hometown – Auburn, New Hampshire
5. Occupation – Automotive Technician .
6. Spouse – Wife, Heather

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IndyCar News and Notes – Aug. 21, 2014

Today’s Verizon IndyCar Series and Mazda Road to Indy headlines:

1. Power hopes to solidify title hopes at Sonoma

2. No. 12 Verizon Team Penske crew earns performance award

3. Hornish joins NBCSN booth at Sonoma

4. Of note

1. Power hopes to solidify title hopes at Sonoma: Will Power arrives at Sonoma Raceway boasting three victories and three pole starts on the 2.385-mile road course in the past four years.

With that history and a 39-point championship advantage, the Team Penske driver should be brimming with confidence entering the 85-lap GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma on Aug. 24 – the penultimate race of the Verizon IndyCar Series season.

“Sonoma is just a very technical racetrack. It’s a place where you have to really hit your marks and be precise. For whatever reason that fits my driving style perfectly,” said Power, who was runner-up to then-teammate Ryan Briscoe in the 2012 race. “Plus, I’ve been fortunate to drive really good Verizon Chevrolets while at Team Penske. That always helps. After the test at Sonoma a couple of weeks ago, it seems like we’ll have another fast one this weekend.”

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Michael Scorzelli Closing in on First Career Win in Stafford’s Late Model Division

Stafford Springs, CT — After making the move into Stafford’s Late Model division in 2013, Feura Bush, NY native Michael Scorzelli is continuing to close in on his first victory at the Connecticut half-mile.  Heading into the August 22feature event, Scorzelli has recorded back to back second place finishes, matching his career best finish from his rookie season.

Scorzelli’s rookie season started off slow, but he picked up the pace in the second half of the 2013 season, scoring 6 of his 7 top-10 finishes as well as all three of his top-5 finishes in the last 9 races.  Scorzelli lost out to Cory Casagrande in the race for the SPAFCO Rookie of the Year title, but he finished 8th in points and with his consecutive back to back second place finishes this season, Scorzelli is currently sitting in 6th place in the points standings and he is only 8 points out of a top-5 position in the standings.

“We’re seeing the light at the end of the tunnel,” said Scorzelli.  “After the 60-lapper a few weeks ago, we tore the whole car apart and we went through the car and replaced the entire brake system and Bob Fill made a couple of changes on the chassis.  With those changes we’ve found a lot of speed in the car and it’s definitely rotating through the center of the corners better.  I can’t say I’m frustrated that we haven’t won yet but rather we’re very thankful that we’re going good and we have the speed that we have right now.”

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2014 Ltd. Late Model Season at Stafford Speedway a Tale of Two Resurgences for Norm Sears

Stafford Springs, CT – After taking the 2012 and 2013 seasons off, former 3-time DARE Stock Champion Norm Sears returned to competition in the Limited Late Model division at Stafford Speedway this year.  As the 2014 season has played out, the year has become a tale of two resurgences for Sears.

Sears raced in the Limited Late Model division from 2009-2011 after winning 3 consecutive DARE Stock track championships, and his 2014 season was on track to match or even better his best season of 2011 when he finished fourth in the points standings.  But a wreck that left his car heavily damaged on July 25th threatened to bring his season to a premature halt.  Enter the #36 Don’s Home Improvement team, which originally had DARE Stock graduate Kelsey Rottino as its driver.  They offered Sears the seat in their car for the remainder of the 2014 season, and Sears’ championship aspirations were immediately put back on track.

“Norm and I actually live about 2 minutes apart from each other and he helped us out last year when we had a second DARE Stock car put together towards the end of the season,” said Michael Cote, who along with his father Don, own the #36 Limited.  “I called Norm the next day after he wrecked and I spoke with my father and Kelsey [Rottino] about Norm taking over the driving duties.  The three of us decided to put Norm in the car and he finished second his first time out.  At that time we thought that Norm would only be out for a week or two before he got his car put back together but after our first race he told us he was most likely going to scrap the season because his car was too heavily damaged.  So we all sat down again and talked it over and decided to try to help Norm win the championship because he was so close to the points lead. The rest has been history.”

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Barrett Powers to Bristol Victory

Rookie Takes Whelen Modified Checkers In Bush’s Beans 150

BRISTOL, Tenn. – Rookie Tommy Barrett Jr. out-muscled veterans Bobby Santos and Justin Bonsignore with a dozen laps to go and drove on to his first NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour victory in Wednesday’s Bush’s Beans 150 at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Barrett, from Millis, Massachusetts, was running third in the late stages of the hotly-contested race when he drove through and by Bonsignore and Santos – who had been the dominant cars of the night – on Lap 139. The 19-year-old held on to the lead in his No. 22 Canto Paving/Ferguson Waterworks Chevrolet through one final restart on Lap 146 for the milestone first victory.

“The car was real good on the bottom, so I just drove it in and it stuck,” Barrett said. “I got by Justin and drove under Bobby. We were driving away and didn’t want to see that last caution, but I got a good restart and just drove away again.”

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Wrenn Tops Seekonk Battle Royal

SEEKONK, MA — With one lap to go at Seekonk Speedway on Saturday night, it appeared that the Valenti Modified Racing Series would have a new winner in points leader Justin Bonsignore. Norman Wrenn emerged from fourth place to claim his first Modified victory in five seasons. The Nashua, NH veteran found success in Pro Stocks and won Pro Four Modified championships before making the move to a Tour-Type Modified.

“That was awesome,” Wrenn said. “It was like my first feature win all over again. I wanted one so bad and I think it’s been three years now we’ve been racing this division. We’ve been close several times, but to win in this division, an elite division, it is its just awesome.”

Wrenn started eleventh and fought a loose racecar throughout the event. Although he considered pitting, the No. 53 continued to gain track position. Once in third place, Wrenn was content to finish in the top five. By the time he got to second, Wrenn was committed to staying out.

“What was going to happen was going to happen.” Wrenn said. “Luckily I was able to hold on and luckily these guys started beating on each other and opened a hole up and I capitalized on it. It was great.”

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Ernie Cope to Crew Chief Chase Elliott in 2015

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (Aug. 18, 2014) – JR Motorsports announced today that it will pull from within to fill its impending crew chief vacancy, as Ernie Cope will transition from the No. 5 team to Chase Elliott’s No. 9 NAPA AUTO PARTS team at the conclusion of this season.

Cope will take over for Greg Ives. Last month it was announced that Ives would be Steve Letarte’s successor on the No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports team in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Ives and Cope will finish out the year in their respective roles. Ives and Elliott currently lead the NASCAR Nationwide Series standings by 10 points over teammate Regan Smith with 11 races to go.

“It became clear rather quickly that the absolute best option for Chase and the NAPA team next year is already in this building,” general manager Kelley Earnhardt Miller said. “Ernie builds fast cars, has a good rapport with Chase, and is familiar with the inner-workings of our company. Hopefully that will create a seamless transition at the end of the year, and the No. 9 team will continue its championship form right into 2015.”
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