Hines Starts Rookie Season at Stafford

Tyler Hines of N. Haven, CT will begin his rookie campaign Sunday in the Chassis Dynamics-Pettit Race Engines No. 94 SK Modified® at Stafford (CT) Motor Speedway. The 2014 SK Light Modified Most Popular Driver won the NAPA Spring Sizzler weekend race last year. Hines had two wins in three seasons in the SK Light Modifieds. The team sold the car after last season and have a new car from Steve Greer with a former Frank Ruocco engine.

“My short-term goal is to finish races early on and get seat time to get acclimated to SK racing,” Hines said. “Long term goal is to battle up front and possibly get a win and try and win Rookie of the Year.”

The Chevrolet Cavalier is owned by his parents George and Christine Hines with George Hines and Mark Cooper handling the crew chief duties. Former SK Modified championship crew chief Stash Butova, Steve Butova, Stan Zunda, Billy Dillon, Sue Weller, Dave Greer, Kevin Pierce, Paul Popielarczyk, his grandfather Butch Hines, and his brother Jake Hines are his crew.

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Lia Brings Momentum to Stafford

Donny Lia of Jericho, NY enters the NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler at Stafford (CT) Motor Speedway Sunday with a new combination. He is driving the No. 8 car for Mark Sypher. The two-time NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour (NWMT) champion finished eighth at Thompson, his first Icebreaker top ten in the last three events. It was the best finish for the team since debuting an LFR Chassis at New Hampshire last September.

Lia has the third-best average finish of active drivers (behind Todd Szegedy and Rowan Pennink). Lia has one win, four top fives, and eight top tens in his last nine Stafford races.

“Stafford is just a place that’s always been good to me,” Lia said. “I guess it kind of fits my driving style well. It’s just a track that I always enjoy going to and when you enjoy going somewhere, going to a specific track, you always seem to do better there. … Stafford’s definitely on that list of tracks that I really like racing at.”

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NWMT: Rocco to Drive Spring Sizzler for Our

Keith Rocco of Wallingford, CT will drive the No. 22 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour car for Chris Our in the NAPA Spring Sizzler at Stafford (CT) Motor Speedway this weekend. Driver Tommy Barrett, Jr. was suspended for violating the team’s “Code of Conduct policy.

“I think it should be a  good run,” Rocco said. “Stafford’s definitely one of my better tracks and Brad (Lafontaine) and Northeast Race Cars and Bill Colton at Troyer Chassis, they’ve got the best stuff out there right now and hopefully we can showcase it.”

“I think things will click very well. I get along great with Brad and Chris Our seems like a great guy, easy to talk to and hopefully things work out.” Continue reading ‘NWMT: Rocco to Drive Spring Sizzler for Our’

Our Motorsport Suspends Barrett

Barrett Arrested for DUI April 17

Our Motorsport owner Chris Our has suspended driver Tommy Barrett, Jr. of Millis, MA for breaching the team’s “Code of Conduct policy.” 

“Our Motorsports has a strict set of standards which lend themselves to professionalism and accountability,” Our said in a press release from  140 BUZZ, the team’s public relations firm.

The 19-year-old NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour driver was arrested by the Willimantic (CT) Police Department on April 17 for traveling unreasonably fast, improper turn/stop-no signal, operating under the influence of alcohol/drugs. His court date is Monday, April 27 at 10AM in Danielson (CT) Superior Court. 

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Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama Fast Facts

Track: Barber Motorsports Park, a 2.3-mile, 17-turn road course (clockwise)

Race distance: 90 laps / 207 miles

Entry List: Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama (PDF)

Push-to-pass parameters: 10 activations for 20 seconds each

Firestone tire allotment: Five sets primary, three sets alternate

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ACT Oxford 150 American Racer Three Stars Announced

Waterbury, VT – The American Racer Three Star program has returned for the2015 season. The program is designed to recognize three teams in no particular order of performance who had outstanding races at American Canadian Tour (ACT) U.S. Tour events. There are no specific criteria for deciding who might receive the award of a free American Racer tire (value $125.00), but special effort by a team, an exceptional race, just plain old hard luck, or other accepted reason to give the award is used to determine the recipients.

The Three Stars are chosen by officials and will receive certificates for use of a free American Racer tire at a race of their choosing during 2015. The winners for the ACT Oxford 150 at Oxford Plains Speedway are:

*Rich Dubeau, Plainfield, NH – #30NH — An exceptional story developed during the opening weekend at Oxford. A young team from Plainfield, NH made their first ever ACT touring event start last weekend at the Oxford Plains Speedway doubleheader. They had never raced in an ACT event, had little experience on flat 3/8-mile race tracks, and seemed to struggle with set-up at the tricky Oxford oval during a day of practice on Friday afternoon. Furthermore, they missed the only chance to qualify after breaking a broken sway bar during the final practice on race day!

They fixed the car before the feature and started the race in dead last. In what appeared to be a very “quiet” ride, the #30NH team found a groove and headed forward from the very start of the race. It was a remarkable effort from a new young team that ended up finishing ninth after 150 laps. There were only three cautions, and that generally lends itself to becoming vulnerable to getting lapped, especially with the dominant performance of ACT defending Champion and race winner Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. For a truly outstanding effort in their first ever ACT touring race, the Rich Dubeau team earns a well-deserved American Racer Star of the Race award.

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DCRP Round Two this Saturday!

DODGE CITY, Kan. (April 21, 2015) – The Dodge City Raceway Park 2015 championship battles will further take shape with this Saturday night’s second round of action atop the 3/8-mile clay oval in southwest Kansas.

Saturday’s tilt will include a full card of Precise Racing Products DCRP Sprint Cars, IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sport Modifieds, IMCA Stock Cars and IMCA Hobby Stocks.

And, before that full slate of events gets under way, the night will open with some bonus action with the IMCA Modified main event that was postponed by rain from the April 11 season opener, making for perhaps the best value of the season with a general admission price of just $10.

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Woodard Returns to Defend Tiger Sportsmen Title

Barre, VT – The Bond Auto Tiger Sportsmen will take to the high banks of Thunder Road for the 34th consecutive year in 2015. Defending Champion Jason Woodard leads a mix of veterans and rising stars alike will vie for the championship in the famed division.

Waterbury Ctr., VT’s Woodard is the first driver since 2010 to try and defend the Tiger Sportsmen title. He rode a remarkable run of consistency to the 2014 crown, finishing eighth or better in each of the 18 events. Woodard topped veteran Brendan Moodie, Jr. by 17 points in a battle that came down to the final laps of the season-ending Mini Milk Bowl.

Now entering his fourth season in the division, Woodard is also chasing his first career Tiger feature win.

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Statement from NASCAR Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Brian France on the Passing of Steve Byrnes

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 21, 2015) – “NASCAR extends its condolences to the many friends, FOX Sports colleagues and family of Steve Byrnes. Whether you had the privilege of knowing him or if you watched him on television for the last three decades, Steve’s work ethic and authenticity made him a beloved individual inside and outside the garage.

“His level of professionalism was matched only by the warmth he showed everyone he met. He battled cancer with tenacity, and was a true inspiration to everyone in the NASCAR family. Simply stated, we’ll miss Steve dearly. Our thoughts are especially with his wife Karen and son Bryson during this difficult time.”

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Cody Coughlin Ready to Challenge Anderson’s High Banks

DELAWARE, OHIO – (April 21, 2015) — The high banks of Anderson Speedway in Anderson, Indiana can be challenging and fun at the same time for any driver. It is one of the tracks that Cody Coughlin looks forward to competing at every year. In fact, he made his Super Late Model debut at the high-banked, quarter-mile oval in 2013.

This Saturday, April 25th, the Joe Gibbs Racing Development driver will return to Anderson Speedway and compete in the ARCA/CRA Super Series powered by JEGS 125-lap event.

“I am eager to return to Anderson Speedway,” exclaimed Coughlin. “That is one of the most fun places to race, I think, as far from a driver’s standpoint. It is a great short, high-banked track.”

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Jacksonville Speedway & Macon Speedway – Friday, April 24th & Saturday, April 25th

Millstadt, IL – As the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget series gears up for five straight weekends of racing, a test of endurance for even the most experienced teams, the 2015 championship battle has already begun.

With 830 points, defending POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series Champion (2013,2014) Zach Daum sits atop the charts with a comfortable 110 point margin heading into the double header weekend for Jacksonville Speedway and Macon Speedway. Darren Hagen holds 720 points in second and Andrew Felker rounds out the top three, currently with 690 points. With all three competitors extremely strong at both the ¼ mile Jacksonville Speedway and the high-banked 1/5th mile bullring “Mighty” Macon Speedway, spectators will be sure to view excellent shows.

With only the POWRi Speedway Motors 600cc Outlaw Micro Series season opener at Belle-Clair Speedway in the books, the 2015 championship is still up for grabs. Currently in the lead with 300 points after winning the Belle-Clair event, Dereck King carries his wealth of experience, including 3 POWRi Speedway Motors 600cc Outlaw Micro Series Championships (2007,2008,2009) and being the all-time win leader with 25 victories, into this weekend driving the Josh Kilgore-owned, FTZ-powered BOSS Chassis. Sitting in second place with 290 points after coming up a few feet short at Belle-Clair, Aaron Andruskevitch couldn’t feel more comfortable as the series invades the Riverton, IL native’s home tracks. Currently in third place, Ayrton Gennetten holds 280 points in the Ozark Barge & Docking Service, Suzuki-powered Pace Chassis. Be on the lookout for the defending POWRi Speedway Motors 600cc Outlaw Micro Series Champion (2013,2014), Nathan Benson who looks to rebound after suffering a devastating engine failure while leading the season opener at Belle-Clair.
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2 Brunnhoelzls at Riverhead Opening Day

IMG_8917Bill Park stepped out of the driver’s seat of his always beautiful No. 20 NASCAR Modified, he has filled that seat with several talented drivers. Park will have a trio of drivers this year. Last year’s regular driver Ryan Preece will be back for 8 races and Ron Silk will be in the car for about 5 races plus the 2 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour races.

A familiar face will drive the car on opening night at Riverhead (NY) Raceway. Former Long Islander George Brunnhoelzl, III will venture north from North Carolina to pilot the East West Marine/Elite Towing and Transport/Meade’s Welding & Fabricating car. He will be returning to Riverhead for the first time since 2011, when he drove a NASCAR WMT race.

I talked to George Monday about coming back to Riverhead, coming back to Long Island to drive for Bill Park and his season in general.

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NASCAR Embarks on Third Annual Race to Green Effort

Week-Long Campaign Highlights How Industry is helping to protect the Environment; Fans Can Track Their Environmental Impact at NASCAR.com/Green

DAYTONA BEACH, FLA. (April 20, 2015) — To commemorate one of the most innovative and holistic sustainability platforms in the country, NASCAR® announced its third annual NASCAR Race to Green™ initiative. Beginning today and culminating with Saturday’s TOYOTA OWNERS 400 at Richmond International Raceway, NASCAR Race to Green will build awareness around the programs the governing body, industry and multiple partners have created to help protect and preserve the environment.

This year, NASCAR and the Environmental Protection Agency are inviting fans to measure their environmental impact at NASCAR.com/green and receive tips from Official Partners on how to reduce their carbon footprint. NASCAR drivers will reward select fans who complete the online tool with personalized messages on social media using the campaign’s hashtag #NASCARGreen.

“NASCAR has the largest renewable energy, recycling and clean air programs in sports, but our sustainability platform is also about empowering fans to adopt new green-friendly behaviors,” said Brent Dewar, NASCAR chief operating officer. “NASCAR Race to Green celebrates the collective efforts of our industry and partners while teaching fans how they can contribute to a cleaner environment.”

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Excitement Building for First SSS Gulf Coast Doubleheader of 2015

Southern Super Series Drivers & Fans Gear Up for Five Flags & Mobile

PENSACOLA, Florida – For the first time since the running of the 47th Annual Snowball Derby, Super Late Models will roar to life this weekend in the Gulf Coast region. The Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco rolls into Pensacola, Florida’s Five Flags Speedway and Mobile, Alabama’s Mobile International Speedway this upcoming weekend to kick-off the first Gulf Coast weekend of the 2015 racing season.

The stars of the Southern Super Series will test themselves on the half-mile Pensacola oval on Friday, April 24 before traveling to Mobile to tackle the back end of the doubleheader weekend on Saturday, April 25.

Series director Tim Bryant, also the promoter at Five Flags Speedway and Mobile International Speedway, is anticipating a great pair of events this weekend for Super Late Model fans in the region. The pair of weekend races will be the third and fourth on the 15-race Southern Super Series schedule.

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Bell, Haws Dominate CARS Tour Orange Blossom 300

ROUGEMONT, NC (April 18, 2015) – Brayton Haws and Christopher Bell both put on clinics in their respective divisions and drove to victory in the Late Model Stock and Super Late Model portions of the CARS Racing Tour Orange Blossom 300, respectively, on Saturday night. For both drivers, the Orange County Speedway triumphs were their first wins of 2015 in the newly-formed tour.

Late Model Stock Recap:
Deac McCaskill proved once again he was the man to beat by winning the pole for the second straight race. Brayton Haws started alongside on the front row.

Much like the season opener at Southern National, McCaskill quickly got out to an early lead, but it would be much shorter-lived as Haws took command before the one-sixth mark. Shortly thereafter, Todd Gilliland, the winner of the season opener and series point leader, found himself involved in an incident with Stacy Puryear and numerous other contenders. The No. 98G of Gilliland was done for the night while others including Tyler Ankrum and Michael Fose were damaged significantly.

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Claremont Speedway Preview

Claremont to Open Friday Night with Granite State Pro Stocks

Claremont (NH) Speedway will be back in action this season. Four people bought the former Twin State Speedway track during the offseason. New ownership did some remodeling to make it look more presentable for fans. The track’s 4 divisions will be returning: the ACT Late Models, Super Streets, Limited Sportsman, and Wildcats.

The Granite State Pro Stock Series will open the season on Friday night with a 125 lap race. Thrillin’ Dillon Moltz won the season opening Icebreaker at Thompson (CT) Speedway Motorsports Park. It will be the first race for the series since 2011, when Chris Wilk claimed the inaugural event. Several touring series will be visiting including the Valenti Modified Racing Series July 10, and the NEMA Midgets and NEMA Lites on August 21. The track will have the Sunday Karting Series and Mud Bog Series. The track will host four combination car shows and concerts. The acts will be announced.

It is all about nostalgia for the new owners. Phil Hayes, one of the new owners, has been going to the speedway for 35 years. “It was always in the back of my mind ever since I was a kid that I would run a racetrack,” Hayes said.

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CNB Bank Raceway Park to Offer Free Grandstand Admission for Super Cup Opener

Skyland, North Carolina (April 20, 2015) – Fans will now have the opportunity to see the Super Cup Stock Car Series kick off the 2015 season free of charge. CNB Bank Raceway Park track owner Tim Bainey Jr. and family have announced that they will open the gates for all visitors who wish to check out the Clearfield, Pennsylvania facility on Saturday, May 2.

“We have some great partners and sponsors at the CNB Bank Raceway Park. I met with several of them and talked it over with my family and we decided to make the first event of the season on us,” Bainey said in a recent track release.

“The only way for our sport to keep going is for fans to come out and support it; if the fans show up then our advertising partners will continue to help put these shows on and the drivers and teams will be able to continue to compete,” Bainey continued. “That is the reason we decided to give free admission to this first event. We want everyone to come out and give it a try – bring the family and see what you think of it.”

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Eddie MacDonald Rallies from Flat Tire for Sixth Place in the K&N Race at Bristol

Eddie MacDonald powered the Grimm Construction/Multiple Sclerosis Society Chevrolet to a hard earned sixth place finish in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East PittLite 125 at Bristol Motor Speedway as a companion race with the Sprint Cup Series. The Rowley, Mass. veteran started his 183rd race in the series and took the green flag as the defending champion of last year’s event. A flat tire on lap 49 appeared to quash any hopes of repeating the win but Eddie Mac and the crew never gave up and rallied from the flat and 24th restarting position to make his patented charge to the front.

“With everything that we had to overcome in the race, we are pleased with the sixth place finish,” said Eddie Mac after the race. “Obviously we would have liked to compete for the win but this finish showed how we can overcome adversity. We had a very similar set-up in the car as last year and the car handled pretty good. We didn’t have a great qualifying run (16th) but last year we started 13th and won so we knew the car would be good for the long run.”

Twenty eight cars took the green flag in the 125 lap event around “The World’s Fastest Half-Mile” as Eddie Mac wasted no time moving up four spots from 16th to 12th in just two laps and into tenth by lap 21. The car was “a little loose but not bad” according to Eddie Mac at the first caution on lap 37. While running ninth the #71 blew a left rear tire to bring out the caution on lap 49, then restarted 24th one lap down. Eddie Mac moved up two positions before the halfway break at lap 62. The crew was allowed to re-fuel but could not change tires during the five minute break.

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North East Mini Stock Tour Season Preview

Lee (NH) USA Speedway will host the North East Mini Stock Tour season opener Sunday with the American-Canadian Tour (ACT) Late Models. The 10 race schedule will visit Beech Ridge (ME) Motor Speedway, New London-Waterford (CT) Speedbowl, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Oxford (ME) Plains Speedway, Seekonk (MA) Speedway, and Thompson (CT) Speedway Motorsports Park.

The NEMST will visit NHMS with the AIM Recycling PASS Super Late Models July 4-5. Saturday will be a practice day. Sunday will have both divisions practice, qualify, and race.

“Tom and I have been working together since about November to get the dates at Oxford, Maine and Tom have had a good conversation channel open since the end of the last year.” NEMST Promoter Bob Guptill said.

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Mike Rowe, Joey Pole Ace 150-Lap Openers at Oxford Plains Speedway

151ST career main event win for Hall of Famer tops busy racing card

Oxford, ME — Mike Rowe of Turner, Maine raced to his 151st Oxford Plains Speedway main event win, earning a trip to victory lane in his maiden voyage aboard Peter Petit’s lucky number 7 in AIM Recycling Pro All Stars Series Super Late Model competition at Oxford PlainsSpeedway on Sunday afternoon, while Joey ‘Pole’ Polewarczyk prevailed in the co-headlining ACT Late Model Tour 150-lapper.

Rowe, a 64-year-old veteran, multi-time track champion and all-around legend at the speedway where he was a track titlist a full four decades ago, waged a race-long battle with reigning series champion DJ Shaw of Conway, New Hampshire for supremacy in a thrilling 150-lapper for the ultra-quick AIM Super Late Models.

Shaw kept the pressure on through much of the opening day test, yet Rowe was able to slam the door shut and keep it that way, earning his first trip to victory lane in his first start with Petit, clearly a career highlight for the car owner.

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Back to Where it all Began: Granite State Pro Stock Series Returns to Claremont Speedway

Walpole, NH — The Granite State Pro Stock Series returns to the place where it all began; Claremont Speedway, April 24.

The series, now in the fourth year of existence, held the inaugural event at Claremont Speedway (formerly Twin State Speedway) in August of 2011, which saw Chris Wilk of Mendon, VT, fend off a late-race charge from Donnie Lashua to pick up the victory.

Former NH State Champion Barry Gray was a contender in the 2011 event, before a spin early in the race sent the Belchertown, MA resident to the rear. Gray battled his way through the field, and challenged Wilk for the lead on lap 64. The two made contact, sending Wilk sliding, and leaving Gray with right-front suspension damage, forcing him to retire from the race.

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Polewarczyk Aces the Field at Oxford Plains

Oxford, ME – American-Canadian Tour (ACT) Late Model Champion Joey Polewarczyk Jr. began his title defense in the best way possible at the Oxford Plains Speedway in Oxford, ME on Sunday, April 19. The Hudson, NH driver led every step of the way en route to the victory in the Oxford 150 as part of the first ever ACT/PASS doubleheader.

“Joey Pole” lived up to his nickname by earning the pole after winning his qualifying heat and scoring a +3 in ACT’s plus/minus system. Pole led an early three-car breakaway with Barre, VT’s Nick Sweet and Auburn, ME’s Travis Stearns before stretching out his margin on the long green-flag runs.

Three cautions for minor incidents slowed the event and allowed the field to close in on Pole. The final caution, caused by Kyle Welch’s slide off the top of turn 3 with 13 laps to go, gave two-time ACT Champion Wayne Helliwell Jr. his chance at the win. Dover, NH’s Helliwell got underneath Sweet for second on the ensuing restart and stayed glued to Pole’s bumper for the remainder of the race. However, Pole was able to hold him off and take the win.

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Dixon Holds Off Castroneves for First Victory in Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach

LONG BEACH, Calif. (April 19, 2015) – Scott Dixon, who entered the weekend with just one top-five finish in eight Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach starts, won the 41st edition of the historic street race by 2.2221 seconds over Verizon P1 Award winner Helio Castroneves.

Dixon’s victory was his 36th overall, breaking a tie with Bobby Unser for fifth on the all-time Indy car list. Al Unser is fourth with 39 victories. It was the 98th Indy car victory for team owner Chip Ganassi.

When Dixon beat Castroneves off pit lane on the first service stop on Lap 29 to take the lead, he wasn’t to be denied in a race that had only one caution flag during its 80 laps.

During the crucial pit stop, Castroneves was held in his pit box by chief mechanic Travis Law to avoid contact with the incoming No. 10 NTT Data Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet driven by Tony Kanaan. The extra second was critical. And though the crew of the No. 3 Auto Club of Southern California Chevrolet had a blazing second and final stop on Lap 55, Dixon was six-tenths of a second ahead of Castroneves on his out lap entering Turn 1.

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Lee USA Speedway Season Preview

Lee (NH) USA Speedway will host the postponed Governor’s Cup 150 American-Canadian Tour (ACT) Late Model race on Sunday. It will also be the opening event for the North East Mini Stock Tour and Northeast Classic Lites. Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. won the season opener at Oxford (ME) Plains Speedway Sunday.

“We start off with the ACT Tour, do the Bullring Bash,” Promoter Joe Bassett said. “Go into our season opener with no specials that night and then the very next week we start off with the (Mr. Rooter) New England Truck Series and then every single week up until our championship night. We have a special every week.”

With all the touring divisions coming into town, they wanted to make it an event every week. Every week the fan would come into Lee and see something new.

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PPMS April 18 Opening Night Winners

Precise RUSH Late Models

Justin Lamb and Josh Holtgraver put on a fierce battle for the lead until Holtgraver broke loose after several laps of door to door racing. Jared Miley was sneaking up on the duo as they battled, but brought out the first caution when he retired with heating problems. While Lamb & Holtgraver continued their battle up front, Charlier, Reft, and Moats were on the move. Charlier looked quick, but arrived in second a little too late to see if he had anything for Holtgraver. Mike Reft slipped by Lamb late to capture the final podium spot followed by Lamb & Moats. Moats & Holtgraver won the heats over Reft & Miley respectively. Several Precise RUSH Late Model drivers or team owners were roaming the pits, not quite ready to compete, but indicated they would be joining the Precise Late Model action at PPMS soon! Can’t wait…it’s going to be an awesome year of Precise RUSH Late Model racing at DIRTS MONSTER HALF MILE! The Late Model action starts “sizzling” with the first Precise RUSH Late Model Spring Sizzler May 2 featuring extra laps and payoff!

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Hoosier Tire ATQMRA 2015 Rookie Class

The growth of the ATQMRA comes from the rookies. Last year Geoffrey Sutton earned the coveted ATQMRA rookie of the year honor. A handful of new drivers will be joining the ranks of the ATQMRA for 2015. In addition to the new teams to the circuit a handful of racers from years past will return to competition as well as the invasion of the 600 micro sprints. The ATQMRA kicks off the 2015 season at Mahoning Valley Speedway in Lehighton, Pa on Saturday April 25th.

New to the tour will be Patrick Force in the former Roselli Racing Drinan car that he recently purchased from Paul Lotier Jr. Patrick is the son of ATQRMA Vintage Division President Bill Force Sr. who raced with the organization in the 70s in the same 26 car in vintage competition today that he raced back in the 70s. Patrick will be teamed with his brother Bill Force Jr. in his beautifully prepared 26 car. Bill Force Jr. spent much of the 2014 season on the sidelines but will be back running a part time schedule with the club.

Patrick Force’s car will be numbered 18 and he intends to run all of the shows in 2015 and contend for ATQMRA rookie of the year. Patrick’s first racing experience came in the 2 stroke division of the vintage ATQRMA and in the Metz Racing F8 at Borger’s Speedway as well as turning laps in his brother’s Dart TQ midget. He hopes to learn the ropes with the ATQMRA and hone his driving and setup skills and work toward rookie of the year honors with the organization. Patrick has Victoria Grace Hair to Please and Gotcha Covered Home Services sponsoring his efforts.

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Tyler Leary Seeking Monadnock Super Stock Crown

Tyler Leary will return to the Super Stocks at Monadnock Speedway. Rick Bushey of Hatfield, MA designed the 11X car. Leary was on hand at the Frank Maratta Auto Show at the Eastern States Exposition.

The pressure is off of Leary. He is not nervous entering this season. He feels that whatever happens will happen, but feels it will be a great year. Leary feels that a championship is always a goal. “If the word championship is involved, you’re always looking or be at the greatest point you can.”

Leary feels the wins will come to him, but there is always that stride to win the championship.

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Carlos Gray Eyes Full-Time Run at Mondnock, Stafford

NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler Saturday, Monadnock Opens May 2

Carlos Gray will run his first full-time season in the No. 69 car. He will be racing in the SK Light Modifieds at Stafford (CT) Motor Speedway for the NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler on Saturday. The Sportsman Modified season at Monadnock Speedway begins on May 2. Stafford hosts races on Friday nights and Monadnock on Saturday nights. Gray will choose what track to race based on points when a conflict arises. Both tracks have their season finale on October 3. He is also going to run at New London-Waterford (CT) Speedbowl.

Gray finished sixth in the 20-lap Lite Modified Icebreaker race at Thompson (CT) Speedway Motorsports Park. Gray is building a second car that will be available after halfway through the season. It will be a brand new car with a brand new motor. The old car will be a backup.

Gray got seat time and a lot of practice during half a season of racing.

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PPMS Winners

Congratulations to opening night winners Holtgraver, Schneider, Pyeritz, & Huff! Next up: Action Event Sat 4/25.

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Valenti Modified Racing Series Season Preview

The postponed Bond Auto Parts Spring Dash 100 at Monadnock Speedway will host the Valenti Modified Racing Series season opener on May 2. It will be the first since 2006 that the series has opened their season at the New Hampshire quarter mile oval and where it started in April 2004. Kirk Alexander, the series winningest driver, will return to full-time competition. Reigning champion Justin Bonsignore and Art Barry will not defend their title, opting for weekly SK Modified racing at Stafford (CT) Motor Speedway.

The 16 race schedule will visit Airborne Park (NY) Speedway, Beech Ridge (ME) Motor Speedway, Claremont (NH) Speedway, Devil’s Bowl (VT) Speedway, Lee USA (NH) Speedway, Monadnock (NH) Speedway, New London-Waterford (CT) Speedbowl, Oxford (ME) Plains Speedway, Seekonk (MA) Speedway, Stafford (CT) Motor Speedway, and Thompson (CT) Speedway Motorsports Park.

Stafford will host three races. Beech Ridge (August 1) Claremont (July 10) and Oxford (August 29, AIM Recycling Oxford 250 weekend) return, while Devil’s Bowl will be hosting its inaugural race July 24. The season finale is the World Series of Speedway Racing at Thompson October 17.

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