A rapidly changing forecast and heavy morning rain postponed the ‘Gobbler’ at Accord Speedway to NEXT SATURDAY, December 3. Our apologies for the inconvenience.
Seekonk Speedway is excited to announce the dates for its 72nd season of racing. We will be releasing the full schedule including all of our Phils Propane Triple Crown features plus several other bonus races in early December. The full schedule will also include our favorite fan attractions such as the Propane Plus Auto Graph series, On Track Pit Parties, Fans on Parade and much much more! We hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving and we look forward to getting our full schedule released in early December!
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2017 ACT LATE MODEL TOUR
Event Day Date Track Location Laps
1 Sa/Sn April 8/9 Lee USA Lee, NH 150
2 Sa/Sn April 29/30 Thunder Road Barre, VT 150
3 Sunday, May 7 Devil’s Bowl West Haven, VT 100
4 Saturday, June 17 White Mountain N. Woodstock, NH 150
5 Saturday, July 15 Seekonk Seekonk, MA 100
6 Saturday, August 5 Beech Ridge Scarborough, ME 100
7 Saturday, August 19 White Mountain N. Woodstock, NH 100
8 Sunday, September 3 Thunder Road Barre, VT 200
9 Sunday, September 10 Devil’s Bowl – VT 200 weekend West Haven, VT TBA
10 Saturday, October 14 Thompson Thompson, CT 75
Below is a partial, unofficial, and TENTATIVE 2017 Schedule:
Sat, Mar 04, 2017 Test & Tune
Sat, Mar 11, 2017 Season Opener 410 Sprints & Late Models
Sat, Mar 18, 2017 410 Sprints & Late Models
Sat, Mar 25, 2017 410 Sprints, UFO Late Models
Sat, Apr 01, 2017 410 Sprints
Sat, Apr 08, 2017 410 Sprints
Sat, Apr 15, 2017 410 Sprints
Continue reading ‘Port Royal Speedway Releases Tentative 2017 Schedule’
NASCAR’s Top Developmental Series to Make Inaugural Visit
MARNE, Mich. – William Byron won the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway last Friday. Daniel Suarez took home the NASCAR XFINITY Series championship there Saturday. And Sunday, Chase Elliott captured the Sunoco Rookie of
the Year honors in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
The trio all launched their careers into NASCAR’s national series, along with drivers such as Kyle Larson, Joey Logano, and Darrell Wallace Jr., with their success in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. And the next batch of drivers following in their footsteps are coming to Berlin in
Berlin Raceway is pleased to announce that NASCAR’s top developmental series will make its inaugural trip to “Where Speed Belongs!” on Saturday, July 1.
Stafford Springs, CT — Stafford Motor Speedway welcomed a guest list of nearly 500 people consisting of teams, drivers, sponsors, and employees this past Friday night, November 18 at Maneely’s in South Windsor to officially honor Rowan Pennink, Tom Fearn, Tony Membrino, Jr., Duane Provost, Johnny Walker, and Noah Korner as the 2016 Stafford Motor Speedway NASCAR Whelen All-American Series track champions.
With Stafford Motor Speedway broadcasters Matt Buckler and John Gates serving as the Masters of Ceremony, the 47th annual Stafford Motor Speedway NASCAR Champions Awards Ceremony not only honored the six track champions, they also recognized the top-15 points finishers from the SK Modified®, Late Model, SK Light, Limited Late Model, DARE Stock, and U.S. Legend Cars divisions. Special awards that were presented during the evening’s festivities were Most Popular Driver Awards, NAPA Auto Parts Parts Rookie of the Year, R.A.D. Automachine Rookie of the Year, and the UNOH Youth Achievement Award.
Rowan Pennink and the #99 Independent Wheel team entered the 2016 season as the defending SK Modified® champions and the question looming over them was could they repeat with Kevin Crowley taking over as the crew chief from Jimmy Fuller? The #99 team put to doubt any questions about their prowess with wins in 3 of the first 4 SK Modified® events of the season and they exhibited a high level of consistency with top-10 runs in all but one of the first 16 races of the season. They wrapped up the championship with one race to go and next season will see them attempt to become the first team to win 3 consecutive SK Modified® championships at Stafford. Pennink is the fifth driver, joining Jerry Pearl ’84-’85, Mike Christopher ’89-’90, Bob Potter ’91-’92 and ’94-95, and Ted Christopher ’00-’01 to have won back to back championships but a three-peat has yet to be accomplished. For the season, the #99 team posted a division leading 6 wins, 11 top-5 and 15 top-10 finishes for an average finish of 4.9.
Captures First Title In Eighth Season Of Competition
DAYTONA BEACH, Florida (Nov. 18, 2016) – After eight full-time seasons of racing in the rough-and-tumble circuit, Johnny Sauter earned his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship Friday at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Sauter finished third on Friday night, outdueling fellow Championship 4 competitors Matt Crafton (seventh), Christopher Bell (eighth) and Timothy Peters (ninth) at the South Florida track.
This season, Sauter matched his career high in wins with three (2013) and set a personal best in
single-season top 10s with 19. Sauter’s 13 career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victories tie him for 11th most all-time in series history.
Pensacola, FL — Race fans, mark this date on your calendar: December 4, 2016. Make sure that your only plans that day are to either be at Five Flags Speedway (FL) for the 49th Annual Snowball Derby or to be on your couch watching a live signature video broadcast of the prestigious short track race on Speed51.com.
For the third consecutive year, the Snowball Derby will be available worldwide via a live, pay-per-view broadcast on Speed51.com. Race fans unable to make it to the Pensacola, Florida area will have the opportunity to follow four days of racing action beginning Thursday and ending Sunday with a television-style broadcast of the 300-lap Super Late Model main event.
“We realize that not everyone can make it to Pensacola the first weekend of December, and the Speed51 TV broadcast provides the perfect platform for them to still enjoy the events,” said Tim Bryant, Promoter of Five Flags Speedway and the Snowball Derby. “Any apprehensions we may have had about live coverage of the race, certainly went out the window when we heard stories from people around the country who hosted ‘Super Bowl-type’ parties for the Derby.”
New England Racer Donates to Support Military Families
Hillsboro, NH– Jake Matheson Racing, LLC was pleased to present a donation to Operation Homefront, the national nonprofit organization that provides emergency assistance to military families and wounded warriors.
“Our team was honored to support military families this season”, Matheson stated. “We are happy to have met our goal to raise at least for $1,000 for Operation Homefront. We achieved this through promotion on multiple social media platforms, offering team gear for contributions to Operation Homefront through our website, and by donating a portion of our winnings.”
Our team encourages all our fans to go to www.jakemathesonracing.com to learn more about the important work Operation Homefront does on behalf of our military families.
Pensacola, FL — Miss Snowball Derby 2016 was crowned on Thursday night at Downtown Pensacola, Florida’s Beef O’Brady’s. More than 13 contestants turned out for the annual competition that was streamed live on Speed51.com.
The competition consisted of two rounds. The first round was the casual round, in which every contestant wore a casual outfit for the judges to see. The second round was the formal round, which saw every contestant wear a formal gown for the judges to see.
After both rounds were complete, every contestant was brought back on stage so three finalists could be named. Cam Davis, Miss Snowball Derby 2015, was also brought on stage to crown her successor.
New Britain, Connecticut – Competing from the Carolinas to Maine and against much of the east’s asphalt Modified stars, Jonathan McKennedy drove to a record 11 wins in 2016.
Driving his family’s #29 Modified, sponsored by EXIT Realty and Christopher’s Towing, McKennedy grabbed 9 wins in Valenti Modified Race Series action; allowing him to cruise to a dominant point’s title; his 4th in eight seasons.
McKennedy also won 2 races in PASS Southern Modified competition with one each coming at Ace Speedway and the historic Hickory Motor Speedway.
Continue reading ‘East Coast Travels and Race Shop Dedication Gain Jonathan McKennedy Record Season’
Bechtelsville, PA November 18, 2016 . . . Again in 2017, as they have for the past five years, T.P.Trailers of Limerick, PA will continue as a major sponsor at NASCAR sanctioned stock car racing at Grandview Speedway. The Perkins family, operators of T.P. Trailers in Limerick, PA, feel that they gain great exposure for their business through their sponsorship at Grandview and that results in increased support for their business from the racers and the fans. Over the course of the past few years thousands of dollars have been distributed by the well-known local business that specializes in just about anything relating to trailers, rental and sales along with other equipment and services.
Again this year T.P. Trailers will be posting bonus bucks in the form of $250 for the winner of each Saturday night T.P.Trailers NASCAR 358 Modified feature race bringing the top prize to $2750. In addition the winner of the BRC Late Model and Sportsman stock car feature races on Saturday nights will receive $100 extra.
Racers are reminded that in order to be eligible for the awards a T.P. Trailers decal must be clearly visible on both sides of the race car. And this will be strictly enforced.
TRENTON, NJ November 18, 2017 . . . A newly engineered Three Quarter (TQ) Midget built by BJF of West Valley, N.Y., wrenched by veteran TQ team owner Blu Metz and driven by Metz’s ace Geoffrey Sutton, is ready to take on the favored Mark Lafler-built cars that have dominated the Len Sammons Motorsports Productions (LSMP) Indoor Auto Racing Championship Series Fueled By VP Racing Fuels.
The LSMP Indoor Auto Racing Series starts with the Friday and Saturday, December 9-10 Sun National Bank Center events in Trenton, N.J.
The car, built by Jim Fleischman in western New York, is evolutionary, rather than revolutionary.
Continue reading ‘All New BJF-engineered Three Quarter Midget to Debut at Battle of Trenton Indoor Race Events Dec. 9-10, 2017’
Concord, North Carolina (November 18, 2016) – Announced today, seventeen-year-old Zane Smith has signed on with Venturini Motorsports (VMS) to pilot the No.55 Toyota Camry during the 2017 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards season.
Smith, a native of Huntington Beach, California, will appear in 18 of 20 scheduled series events starting at the second race of the season in Nashville. Due to ARCA age restrictions, Smith will not participate at Daytona Int’l Speedway or Talladega Superspeedway as both tracks require drivers to meet the minimum age of 18.
Taking the reins in Smith’s two race absence will be 18-year old, Las Vegas product Noah Gragson. Gragson, who recently signed with Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) for a full season effort in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS), will drive VMS’s No.55 in the ARCA season opener at Daytona International Speedway (February 18) and again at Talladega Superspeedway (May 5).
Gragson will also pilot the No. 15 VMS Toyota entry at Pocono Raceway (July 28) and Chicagoland Speedway (September 14).
Continue reading ‘Zane Smith Joins Venturini Motorsports for 2017 Season; Pairs with Noah Gragson for Full Season Effort with 55-Toyota Team’
Canaan, NH. — Jon McKennedy, of East Chelmsford, MA, will be crowned champion Saturday night, November 19, when the Valenti Modified Racing Series holds it’s 13th annual banquet at the Yard Restaurant, in Manchester, NH.
Driving his family’s #29 Modified EXIT Realty / Christopher’s Towing Chevrolet, McKennedy grabbed 9 wins in VMRS action; allowing him to cruise to a dominant point’s title; his fourth in eight seasons.
Though the season was great for the Bay State racer, he’s come close to equaling its success before. In 2009 he put together a season that captured plenty of attention.
Continue reading ‘VMRS Champion McKennedy to be Feted Saturay Night’
TULSA, Okla. (November 17, 2016) – Quickly becoming a part of Chili Bowl Nationals week festivities is Bryan Clauson’s Racers for Autism event, and this January will be no exception.
The third edition of Bryan Clauson’s Racers for Autism hosted by Lauren Stewart takes place at the long-time Chili Bowl fan favorite Caravan located at 41st and Memorial (7901 E 41st St) in Tulsa, OK, just a few short minutes away from the Tulsa Expo Raceway.
The event brought to you by B&H Contractors and Dooling Machine is set for Mondaynight, January 9, from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
SHERRILLS FORD, North Carolina (November 17, 2016)Jesse Little will use a solid performance in his last NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start (Texas Motor Speedway, November 4) in his efforts to close out the 2016 season with a strong performance in the series finale. The Ford Ecoboost 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway caps the University of North Carolina-Charlotte student’s racing season that has taken him across the country in two separate series.
“This has been a busy season for me as a driver and things have really picked up in recent weeks with the debut of our JJL Motorsports team. We took a solid Toyota Tundra to Texas, focused on the team’s performance throughout the night and came home with top-20 finish. We’re after stronger finishes, just like any team that competes, but we don’t have a pressure of the championship or points racing to contend with this weekend. That gives us a dedicated focus on running up front and challenging for the nest finish possible,” Little said.
Putting together a set-up that qualifies well and transitions to a truck capable of racing with the leaders is the focus of the weekend, he added.
Mount Joy, Pennsylvania (November 17, 2016) – United Tire and Service, which is based in southeastern Pennsylvania, has agreed to be a presenting sponsor for all races in the Super Cup Stock Car Series for 2017. For well over three decades, United Tire has been comprised of a network of 18 auto repair and tire facilities across the Delaware Valley.
Super Cup Stock Car Series competitor Steve Harvilla is one of the founding members of United Tire. He looks forward to showcasing the brand to a wider audience through the partnership from behind the wheel of the Bobby Gerhart Racing stock car, which he debuted at Lonesome Pine Raceway (VA) in 2016. Steve has been a member of the Bobby Gerhart Racing team for the past 26 years and has assisted with the construction of the race cars and work on the pit crew. The Super Cup Stock Car Series has allowed Steve to fulfill his lifelong dream of becoming a racecar driver.
“I’m grateful to have been approached to be a presenting sponsor and that I am able to combine my passions both in and out of the office into one,” Harvilla said. “Our team at United Tire is thankful for the opportunity.”
Continue reading ‘United Tire and Service Signs On as Presenting Sponsor for 2017 SCSCS Races’
Stafford Springs, CT — With just over 5 months until the 2017 season kicks off at the 46th Annual NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler, Stafford Speedway is proud to announce the 22 event 2017 schedule.
“We are excited about the 2017 season, we have our marquee events and have added 4 new shows to the schedule,” explained Stafford COO/GM Mark Arute. “Stafford’s key focus remains to have a strong weekly program for the fans and race teams, we believe that is the backbone of short track racing.”
The 2017 race season will begin at the 46th Annual NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler Weekend, April 29th & 30th. Doug Coby, the 2016 Whelen Modified Tour Champion, will look to defend his crown in the Whelen Modified Tour NAPA Spring Sizzler 200. The two-day event is highlighted by the NAPA Auto Parts Pit Party where fans have the opportunity to meet their favorite drivers prior to racing on Sunday.
Stafford Springs, CT — For the second season in a row, Magnus Racing Products is presenting a Rookie of the Year Runner-up bonus to Stafford’s SK Light Modified NASCAR Whelen All-American Series division. Taking home a $300 bonus from Magnus in the SK Light division is Tolland native David Arute, driver of the #75 Big Haus USA Racing Products Chevrolet.
After racing in the DARE Stock division in 2011 and then the Limited Late Model division from 2012-2015 at Stafford Motor Speedway, Arute made the move into the SK Light Modified division for the 2016 season. To help himself get acclimated to the open-wheeled car after five seasons in a full fendered car he made 7 starts in 2015 at Waterford and one start at Stafford in the season ending Fall Final where he finished ninth. That preparation was key to helping Arute to 1 win, 8 top-5, and 12 top-10 finishes this season in 17 starts, but Arute says there is always plenty to learn.
“Waterford and the Stafford start definitely helped prepare me for the 2016 season,” said Arute. “The one race at the Fall Final wasn’t enough to learn Stafford in a modified. It still took me a little time to get used to the modified as it is so different compared to the Limited Late Model. Waterford helped me figure out what I could do with a modified but it took until about mid-season to figure out the setup and what worked best for me with the SK Light. It usually takes me a couple of weeks for things to start clicking. We always seem to do better at the end of the year and that was what happened this year. We got a win with 4 races left and it was a good season for us and it was a fun battle with Joe Graf for the rookie of the year. We were looking to win rookie of the year as one of our goals but there was a lot of tough competition in the whole SK Light rookie class this year and you have to beat everyone like Joe did.”
Stafford Springs, CT — For the second season in a row, Magnus Racing Products is presenting a Rookie of the Year Runner-up bonus for the Late Model NASCAR Whelen All-American Series division. Taking home a $400 bonus from Magnus in the Late Model division is Hatfield, MA native Tyler Leary, driver of the #11 Amherst Trucking Chevrolet.
Leary came to Stafford in 2016 from Monadnock Speedway along with fellow competitor Joel Monahan. The two drivers were neck and neck for much of the 2016 season but in the end, it was Monahan taking the top rookie honors while Leary had to settle for runner-up honors.
“It was pretty cool to be racing with Joel,” said Leary. “We definitely both got our names out there and we’re both pretty competitive and it’ll be fun to see what we can both do next season. This award from Magnus is pretty awesome. We fought hard and we spent a lot of money this season so this award is really great for us.”
CLUTE, Texas (November 11, 2016) – Coming off the heels of his third career Short Track Nationals championship feature start at Little Rock’s I-30 Speedway, Aaron Reutzel and the Dissolvalloy Downhole Revolution/BC Fundz No. 87 Triple-X Sprint Car team finish off the 2016 Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour this weekend at Cocopah Speedway near Yuma, AZ.
It’s a site that Reutzel has enjoyed past success at, including his first 410-ci Sprint Car triumph early last year.
“We have always been fast there, whether it’s in a 360 or a 410,” Reutzel says. “Hopefully we can keep things going this weekend.”
NIXA, Mo. (November 11, 2016) – A second full year on the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour comes to a conclusion this weekend for Kyle Bellm.
And Bellm and the Resource Asset Management Solutions (RAMS) No. 14k Sprint Car team take some momentum into this weekend’s season-ending double at Yuma’s Cocopah Speedway after a sixth-place finish in last weekend’s Fall Fling at Creek County Speedway.
“I feel like we’re getting back to where we should be with the car,” the Nixa, MO, racer says. “We’re taking some momentum into this weekend, hopefully we can finish strong.”
SÃO PAULO (Nov. 11, 2016) – Haas F1 Team, the first American Formula One team in 30 years, has signed Kevin Magnussen to drive alongside veteran pilot Romain Grosjean beginning with the 2017 FIA Formula One World Championship.
Magnussen, the 24-year-old from Roskilde, Denmark, comes to Haas F1 Team with two years of Formula One experience – one with McLaren in 2014 and one with Renault in 2016. Magnussen finished an impressive second in his Formula One debut at the 2014 Australian Grand Prix. He has scored 62 points in 38 grand prix starts leading into Sunday’s Brazilian Grand Prix at the Autódromo José Carlos Pace.
“From the time we began looking at drivers, Kevin Magnussen was always on our short list,” said Gene Haas, founder and chairman, Haas F1 Team. “He’s accomplished a lot in a very short period of time, and we feel like he can accomplish a lot with us. Our second season will bring a new set of challenges, and we feel that pairing Kevin with Romain will help us develop our new car and continue our growth.
American-Made Ethanol from American-Grown Corn Has Helped Fuel Sport Since 2011; 10 Million Miles Equivalent to 400 Laps Around the Earth
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (November 11, 2016) – NASCAR announced today that it will surpass 10 million competition miles on Sunoco Green E15, a biofuel blended with 15 percent American-made ethanol, by the end of the 2016 season. The achievement will be celebrated during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series™ race at Phoenix International Raceway this weekend. The 10 million miles will have been accumulated across practice, qualifying and racing laps since the biofuel was adopted by the sport.
Six years ago, NASCAR entered into a groundbreaking partnership with Sunoco and American Ethanol, launching its long-term biofuels program to reduce emissions across its three national series. After an exhaustive analysis, Sunoco formulated Sunoco Green E15 to allow for a seamless transition, and the biofuel made its debut at Daytona International Speedway in 2011. All the ethanol for Green E15 is produced from American-grown corn at Sunoco’s ethanol manufacturing facility in Fulton, N.Y.
“As we approach 10 million miles on Sunoco Green E15 across our three national series, it’s evident that the renewable, higher ethanol blended fuel performs flawlessly against our rigorous racing conditions,” said Brent Dewar, NASCAR Chief Operating Officer. “This remarkable milestone is the result of an industry-wide commitment to demonstrate high-performance racing with reduced emissions, while educating our fans about the benefits of sustainable and renewable American ethanol.”
“Jeffrey (Goodale) called me asked what my plans for next year,” Pitkat said. “(He) said he couldn’t commit 100 percent next year so was wondering if I was interested in driving the car full season for him.”
The Stafford Springs, CT native ran a partial schedule fo Kevin Stuart this year with 1 top five and 7 top 10s in 13 starts.
“(It) means a lot, tough to find full-time tour team these days so to get a great opportunity like this to give a great team an opportunity to win races and hopefully contend for a championship one year. It’s just an honor and I’m so grateful to Jeff and the Goodies team picked me to drive for them.”
Pensacola, FL — Entries for the 49th Annual Snowball Derby continue to fly into the office at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida. While many of these entries are for the Snowball Derby itself and the Snowflake 100, there are also some local racers sending in their entries with hopes of shining on Snowball Derby week.
Modifieds, Pro Trucks, Sportsman, Super Stocks and Bombers will all be in action leading up to the main event.
A list of 10 drivers have already filed entries for the always-entertaining Modified 50 on Friday, December 2. Headlining that list is Donnie Hamrac, a winner of three straight Snowball Derby Modified features.
Calistoga Speedway Hosts World of Outlaws Sprint Cars
CONCORD, N.C. – Nov. 10, 2016 – The Wine Country Outlaw Showdown at Calistoga Speedway, which traditionally hosts the two-day event in April, has moved to September 15-16 in the 2017 World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series schedule. The Outlaws’ 26th year at the renowned half-mile will be a part of the the season’s fall western swing.
Last year’s Spring Wine Country Outlaw Showdown was stricken by Mother Nature, forcing the series to cancel their double-header event at the Calistoga Speedway. Predictable weather patterns in the Northern California area have spurred the Outlaws to move their date forward to the September time slot. This coming year, the World of Outlaws returns to Calistoga Speedway for an early-September race weekend for the first time since 2007.
“We’re looking forward to welcoming the Outlaws back in 2017,” said Chris Morgan event promoter. “Moving the race date back to September allows for more predictable weather patterns and returns a little bit of history to the track and the tour. With the date change we are planning many new exciting fan attractions surrounding this event. The Outlaws put on The Greatest Show on Dirt, and our hope is to be a great stop for the tour as they close out their western swing for the season.”
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Salem, NH – Steve Bamford found his way to the F1600 Formula F Championship Series in 2011, made his F2000 Championship debut at the end of 2012, and worked on improving each weekend – culminating in a dominating 2016 season that saw him win the F2000 Championship in the No. 7 Rice Race Prep Citation.
It was four years ago in October that Bamford, from Toronto, Ontario, made his debut in a Van Diemen in a cold weekend at Watkins Glen – finishing 30th and 20th in his debut.
“I found my way to F2000 via the F1600 Series,” said Bamford. “I ran for a partial season in F1600 and loved the big fields in F2000 and the winged cars. I found Remy Audette’s (2011 Champion) car available for sale and decided if I was going to run F2000 that was the car to have.”
TRENTON, NJ NOVEMBER 10, 2016 . . . Ryan Flores figures he has a score to settle.
A contender for victory in each of the past three years, Flores missed a shot at the 2015-2016 Len Sammons Motorsports Productions (LSMP) Indoor Auto Racing Championship Series Fueled By VP Racing Fuels championship because he was unable to race in Trenton.
Flores this time will be able to run all three events of the Indoor Auto Racing Championship Series fueled by VP Racing Fuels, starting with the Friday and Saturday, December 9-10 Sun National Bank Center events.