OSWEGO, NY — Randy Cabral is a one man thrill show. He didn’t disappoint the fans at Oswego Speedway on Sunday night with his demonstration of driving skills and speed on the way to his fifth win of the season.
Cabral of Kingston, MA tracked down Mendon, MA driver John Zych and passed him on the final turn to win the 25 lap NEMA midget feature, part of the Race Of Champions Weekend at Oswego. The midgets had waited over 24 hours to run their event, after being rained out on Saturday. They ran an abbreviated program without heats and only one round of practice.
Zych himself had reeled in early leader Michael Barnes of Mexico, NY and wrestled the lead away on lap 15. Barnes had been the leader since the drop of the green flag and had opened a sizeable lead on a track he is very familiar with.
Fisher, Gordon, Bradford also crowned at Mekkelsen RV Vermont 200 Weekend
WEST HAVEN, VT – Devil’s Bowl Speedway crowned its 2014 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series champions during a busy and picturesque Sunday afternoon at the Mekkelsen RV Vermont 200 Championship Weekend. Todd Stone and Robert Gordon became two-time champions on the asphalt, while Jamie Fisher and Chuck Bradford each celebrated their first titles.
The headline Bond Auto Parts Modified division ran two 50-lap feature races to close its season, and saw very different outcomes. Former track champion Ron Proctor, 62, led wire-to-wire to win the opening race, while 19 year-old Jessey Mueller took the second event. Charlton, NY veteran Proctor outdistanced a torrid three-way battle for the runner-up spot during his run. Leon Gonyo, after blowing his primary engine in practice on Saturday morning, squeaked out the position ahead of Mueller and Stone, with Canadian Patrice McGrail fifth.
Mueller, of Olmstedville, NY, broke free from the pack in the second race and collected his fourth Devil’s Bowl victory of the season and 10th overall at tracks across the northeast. Nick Heywood finished second to help pad his lead in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national rookie standings. Joey Roberts finished third ahead of Stone and Gonyo.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (August 15, 2014) – Below is a look at some of the top statistical performers at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, New Hampshire going into the SYLVANIA 300 on Sept. 21. ESPN’s coverage begins at 1 p.m. (ET) and the race is scheduled for 2 p.m.
NEW HAMPSHIRE-SPECIFIC STATISTICS
1 – Brad Keselowski (No. 2 Miller Lite Ford)
• Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 103.8
• Five wins, 12 top fives, 14 top 10s; four poles
• Average finish of 13.0
• Led 21 races for 1,340 laps
New Hampshire Motor Speedway Outlook:
• One win, four top fives, six top 10s; two poles
• Average finish of 11.4 in 10 races
• Average Running Position of 13.6, 12th-best
• Driver Rating of 93.8, ninth-best
Bonsignore Confident In Contending For NHMS Checkers
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship contender Justin Bonsignore will look to make the most of lost opportunities by taking advantage of those that could be ahead of him this week at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Just four tallies behind points leader Doug Coby with the season winding down, Bonsignore lost a valuable opportunity to make a push for the lead when last week’s event at Riverhead Raceway was cancelled due to rain. Bonsignore possessed a decided statistical advantage on Coby at the Long Island bullring – his home track where he posted his first Whelen Modified Tour win and raced to a NASCAR Whelen All-American Series track title just three years ago.
But at the tight quarter-mile where a good day can go bad quickly, Bonsignore is taking a glass-half-full approach to the cancellation.
Bertuccio Returns To The Site Of His First Tour Triumph
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – When the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour made its first visit to Southern National Motorsports Park, veteran competitor JR Bertuccio was hoping to just build off of his career-best finish of third at Caraway one week earlier.
Little did Bertuccio or many of his fellow competitors realize what was about to happen. Bertuccio was able to get around pole-sitter and four-time series champion George Brunnhoelzl III on Lap 11 and remained out front the rest of the way for his first career tour victory.
Bertuccio took the momentum from that win in March to enjoy his most successful season to-date, having added another win to his resume after finishing the highest of any southern modified driver at the combination event with the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour at Bristol Motor Speedway in August. Bertuccio has remained in the top five in the points standings all season and has collected eight top-10 finishes in 10 starts so far.
Paul was predeceased by his parents Joseph and Anna (Genga) Baldaserini, brother Primo and sister, Gina. He is survived by a brother, Gino Baldaserini of Ridgefield, and several nieces and nephews.
Paul was a World War II and Korean War veteran, serving in the Army Air Corp and U.S. Air Force.
Skyland, North Carolina (September 15, 2014) – It has been no secret that Bealeton, Virginia’s JJ Pack has been the driver to beat during the 2014 Super Cup Stock Car Series season. Leading into the Flight 93 National Memorial race weekend at Pennsylvania’s Jennerstown Speedway, Pack had finished no worse than second throughout the year.
The Cal Richardson-owned and Black Draft Distillery/IceBoxx Customs-sponsored No. 16 Chevrolet driven by Pack claimed the Pole Award once again heading into the 75-lap feature presented by Mignogna Collision Center. After the redraw, Jeff Zillweger led the field to green for the second time this season with Pack starting fifth. Outside front row starter Brian Harrison was even with Zillweger through the first two turns and then pulled ahead. Zillweger got loose and looped his car on the inside of turn four to bring out the first caution with one lap complete.
It did not take long for Pack to make his way to the front as he passed Brent Nelson for second one lap after the restart and then by lap five worked under Harrison for the lead. Nevertheless, the race for the win would be far from over as Harrison remained within striking distance of Pack. After the field was slowed another time, Harrison would get around the outside of Pack and led the race past halfway.
44th Annual Freedom 76 Modified Stock Car Classic Goes Off on Sept. 20 at Grandview Speedway, Sept. 27 Rain Date Set
BECHTELSVILLE, PA September 14, 2014 . . . With rain wiping out the date originally scheduled for the 44thAnnual Freedom 76 Modified Stock Car Classic at Grandview Speedway, the granddaddy of modified classics has been scheduled for Saturday, September 20with racing, featuring many of the top names in dirt track stock car racing, set to start at 7 p.m.
“Though we will lose a couple of drivers that had other events on their schedule we anticipate that we will attract a few others that now have the date open on their schedule,” said track owner Bruce Rogers. “We anticipate that there will be the same outstanding fan and racer interest that we had in the original date. It will be an exciting night of great stock car racing.”
Officials have announced the rain date will be Saturday, September 27th and if needed will follow the same schedule of events.
Expected to see action are many of the top names in the sport including Jeff Strunk, Duane Howard, Craig VonDohren, guaranteed starter Danny Johnson, Keith Hoffman, Rick Laubach, and host of other visitors and regulars.
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WISCASSET, ME — Wiscasset Speedway began racing action last Saturday night, but rain arrived before the whole show could be presented. Heats for both Late Model Sportsman and Strictly Streets and the beginning of the Strictly Street feature had been started when rained out.
With only six of twenty-five laps complete, the drivers voted by majority vote not to make up the incomplete feature, thus ending their point season. This makes Corey Morgan the Strictly Street Point Champion. Morgan had a great season with four wins. In eight out of ten races, Morgan placed in the top three.
The Strictly Street division will return September 20 for the non-point Top Gun Strictly Shootout. Thunder 4’s and Mini Truck features were cancelled and will not be made up. They will run their final point races on September 27 as scheduled. Both Ryan Chadwick (Thunder 4) and Jerry McKenna (Mini Trucks) will enter the last feature race with the 2014 Point Champion title in hand.
HERMON, ME — For the second week in a row, rain forced cancellation of the Saturday night racing show at Speedway 95. Not to be outdone by mother nature, the Stock Enduro class, made up of cars pretty much off the street, ran qualifying races and a 20 lap feature in the rain before the remainder of the night’s racing was cancelled. Jordan Harnish of Veazie picked up his career first feature win after winning the regular season championship in the new for 2014 division when the Wednesday night racing program ended in August. Harnish took the lead from Joshua Gerry of Burnham of the 11th lap, and led to the checkers. Gerry finished second with Sean MacNevin of Hudson in third. Fred Richards of Hermon slipped and slid his way to a fourth place finish, with Sean Davis of Bangor finishing fifth.
Racing will resume at Speedway 95 on Saturday, September 20 at 7:00 p.m. when the 35 lap Pine Tree Waste series race #3 for the Pepsi Beverage Company Strictly Streets and the 3rd race in the Coca-Cola Sport-Four Series will be run. After 2 races in the 3 race series have been run, Alex Berry of Harrington leads Jordan Pearson of Glenburn by 4 points in the Strictly Street division, and in the Sport-Fours, Jason and Brad Bosworth, brothers from Cornville, are tied for the points lead after two of the three races in the series have been run. Both were on hand Saturday night to contend for the title, and should be back next week for the showdown. Other racing on the schedule for Saturday, September 20th includes the Dysart’s Late Models, Darling’s Ford Sportsman and the Modified and Stock Enduro classes.
Holds Off Late Charge By Seuss For South Boston Checkered Flag
SOUTH BOSTON, Va. – There must be something about the state of Virginia that brings out the best in Kyle Ebersole.
The Hummelstown, Pennsylvania, driver decided to change up his pit strategy and pitted early on Lap 53 and was able to hold off a late charge by Andy Seuss to win the South Boston 150 NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour event at South Boston Speedway. It was the second career victory for Ebersole. His first came last season at Langley Speedway in Hampton, Virginia.
Seuss made several attempts in his quest for a season sweep at South Boston, but was ultimately forced to settle for second. He was followed across the line by George Brunnhoelzl III, Burt Myers and J.R. Bertuccio.
Riverhead 200 Cancelled; Tour Returns To Action Sept. 20 At New Hampshire
RIVERHEAD, N.Y. (Sept. 13, 2014) – Due to inclement weather Saturday at Riverhead Raceway, the Riverhead 200 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race has been cancelled.
Rain moved over the track during afternoon practice and persisted into the evening, forcing the cancellation of the event by NASCAR and track officials.
Due to local regulations that prohibit Riverhead Raceway from running events after the month of September, no make-up date is available to reschedule the Riverhead 200. The Whelen Modified Tour has scheduled events the next two weekends to close out the month.
Wins Second Consecutive Award At South Boston
SOUTH BOSTON, Va. – Danny Bohn likes to qualify at South Boston.
For the second consecutive race at the .4-mile track, Bohn won the Coors Light Pole Award in NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified qualifying on Saturday for the South Boston 150.
The 25-year-old out of Freehold, N.J., edged George Brunnhoelzl III, who was fastest overall in practice by .014 seconds, to win his fourth career pole and third this season with a fast lap time of 14.899 seconds (96.651 mph).
Veteran Looking For Second Win At Historic Track
SOUTH BOSTON, Va. – George Brunnhoelzl III must like South Boston Speedway.
The four-time NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour champion has consistently been in the top two or three in practice every time the tour has visited the .4-mile track in southeastern Virginia and Saturday afternoon was no different.
After rain showers delayed the start of practice by almost two hours, Brunnhoelzl led the way during the 45-minute session for the South Boston 150 with a fast time of 14.948 seconds (96.334 mph).
Shootouts to be run at noon prior to qualifying
WEST HAVEN, VT – Rains wreaked havoc at Devil’s Bowl Speedway on Saturday, washing out the opening day of the Mekkelsen RV Vermont 200 Weekend. Sunday’s program – which features a clear weather forecast – has been adjusted to provide a blockbuster day of stock car racing action, complete with a meet-and-greet autograph session with NASCAR Hall of Famer Bobby Allison.
The annual 10-lap non-winner “Shootout” races have been rescheduled to Sunday, September 14 and will be held at 12:00 noon before the regular action begins. First-round qualifying for the Bond Auto Parts Modified and Late Model divisions begins at 1:30 p.m., followed by twin-segment feature races for the Renegade and Central Vermont Motorcycles Mini Stock divisions, twin 50-lap Modified features, a 100-lap Late Model finale, and a 50-lap Enduro Series race.
Todd Stone and Joey Roberts will decide the Devil’s Bowl Speedway and NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Vermont State championships between themselves; Stone leads Roberts by 35 points in the Devil’s Bowl standings and by just six points in the NASCAR state title race. Leon Gonyo, third in both standings, blew an engine on Saturday morning, but is expected to return on Sunday. Twenty-one Modifieds took practice laps on Saturday morning before rains moved in.
Tickets are On Sale Now for November 15th Champions Banquet
BECHTELSVILLE, PA September 13, 2014 . . . Rain and more rain and no relief in sight forced track owner Bruce Rogers to postpone his biggest event of the season, the 44th annual Freedom 76 Modified Classic at Grandview Speedway, until Saturday, September 20. The race pays $25,000 to the winner and offers almost $60,000 in total prize money plus lap money and other perks.
“We had been pretty fortunate and only lost a few shows this season to weather,” said Rogers. “However it is disappointing that rain has forced us to postpone our biggest event of the season. We are fortunate that we have used the same rain date for many years and our fans and racers are well aware of how it works and we look forward to strong support on the 20th.”
Again on September 20 the tech inspection will get underway at 9 a.m. as the pit gates are opened. Spectator gates will open at 3 p.m. for advance ticket holders while the ticket windows will be open at 3:30 p.m. Racing will get the green flag at 7 p.m.
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BECHTELSVILLE, PA September 13, 2014 . . . Three-time Grandview Speedway Sportsman champion Jared Umbenhauer and ARDC Midget driver Brenden Bright, both, took full advantage of the race leader having misfortune, as both took over the number one position at that point and went on to capture victories at Grandview Speedway Friday night in the first annual Prelude to the 76’er doubleheader.
The win by the 22-year-old Umbenhauer was his twelfth of the season at the high-banked third-mile clay oval in, paying $1,500 to the Richland, PA driver.
The ARDC Midget 25-lap triumph for Bright was his first win of the season.
Walpole, NH — With only two races remaining, the Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS) has seen 9 different winners in 9 races on the 2014 season. The next stop on the tour, the beautiful North Woodstock, NH facility, White Mountain Motorsports Park (WMMP), will throw a wild-card in the mix to keep the streak alive, as the GSPSS will race at the ¼ mile track for the first time in the series’ short existence.
The top three drivers in the 2014 championship standings have all recorded a win; Matt Frahm (Monadnock 5/31), Dillon Moltz (Star 9/7), and Larry Gelinas (Hudson 6/15). However, five of the top 10 drivers in the point standings have not recorded a win (Derek Griffith, Mike Parks, Tommy O’Sullivan, Cory Robert, and Bobby Cabral). Moltz, who has kept his no. 5, RB Performance/Brackett Mechanical Chevrolet, in the top of the field for the majority of the races this season, finally broke through and picked up the win at the NH Classic at Star Speedway last Sunday, September 7. The former Waterford Speedbowl champion now sits just 15 points behind point leader, and career wins leader, Matt Frahm. Gelinas, who led the points earlier in the season, sits only 17 behind Frahm with two races remaining.
For Griffith, it hasn’t been due to lack of effort to put the FEP Insurance/Motorcycles of Manchester Toyota in the winner’s circle. The 17 year-old Hudson, NH native has finished inside the top 10 a total of 8 times in 9 races, with one 18th place finish at Star Speedway after being involved in multiple incidents during the evening. The Louie Mechalides-led team has set their target on another strong finish at a track the series has yet to see a green flag fly. “Louie (Mechalides) knows the place very well, and we all expect the car to be fast,” Griffith spoke. “I think we just need some luck.”
Stafford Springs, CT — Stafford Speedway returned to NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing action with a Five-Star Series event as part of the Five-Star Series program on September 12th. Taking down NASCAR Whelen All-American Series weekly feature wins on the night were Keith Rocco, who scored his second win of the 2014 season in the 40-lap SK Modified® feature, Adam Gray, who won his fifth feature of the year in the 30-lap Late Model Feature, and Justin Bren, who won his second Limited Late Model feature of the year. They were joined in NAPA Victory Lane by three first –time winners at Stafford and they were Paul French in the SK Light feature, Dan Dembek in the DARE Stock feature, and Devin O’Connell in the Legends Car feature.
In the 40-lap SK Modified® feature event, Tom Bolles held off a near 3-wide charge from Michael Gervais, Jr. to take the early race lead. Gervais moved up to second with Chase Dowling and Sean Foster side by side for third. The field was still lined up two by two five rows deep behind the top-two cars with 4 laps complete.
Gervais made a move to the inside of Bolles on lap-5 and he took the lead on lap-6 by a nose at the line. Gervais got clear of Bolles on lap-8 while behind the lead duo, Dan Avery was third, Keith Rocco was fourth, and Todd Owen was charging through the field like a hot knife through butter as he was up to fifth. Foster spun in turn 2 to bring the caution out with 11 laps complete.
On the restart, Gervais took a trip through the frontstretch grass and Avery took over the lead. Rocco was right behind him and he was making a move to take the lead on lap-13, but the caution came out with 12 laps complete for Gervais, who came to a stop at the entrance to pit road, negating Rocco’s pass.
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Includes Full Bond ACT Invitational Roster
Waterbury, VT – The starting field for the 6th annual Bond Auto ACT Invitational at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS) on Saturday, September 20, 2014 has been set. The sixth edition of the event will have the American Canadian Tour (ACT) introducing fans to a promising future for regional Late Model short track stock car racing. Veteran champions and former NHMS winners Eddie MacDonald, Rowley, MA; Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. (Pole), Hudson, NH; Ray Parent, Tiverton, RI; and Brian Hoar, Williston, VT have all won events at the “Magic Mile”. This year there are lots of young emerging stars who will challenge the veterans.
Top ten point chasers who are looking to make a statement at the Bond Auto ACT Invitational include two Vermont drivers, Jimmy Hebert, Williamstown and 18 year-old Emily Packard, E. Montpelier. Hebert already has two ACT wins with an opening event at Lee USA Speedway in 2013 and a win at the 7/8ths mile Sanair Speedway, outside Montreal, Quebec. He was also second-fastest of the thirty-five (35) cars participating in the recent test and tune session at NHMS. Packard may have more laps in 2014 than any other competitor in the field entering the Invitational. She has raced a full schedule on the ACT US and is currently 5th in points, less than 10 points out of second place. She also has maintained full-time weekly schedules at both Thunder Road Int’l Speedbowl in Barre, VT and Devil’s Bowl Speedway in West Haven, VT.
The State of Maine sends two drivers to the annual event with Rowland Robinson, Jr. from “Downeast” Steuben and Ben Ashline from Pittston. Robinson’s family team has found consistency in the 2014 season and this will be the #28ME team’s third Invitational. Ben Ashline has been the surprise of the 2014 season. After sitting out over a year and a half from racing due to non-racing injury, the Ashline team has been fast, and brought home consistent top finishes all season.
Veteran Joey Pole said, “This is always one of the most fun races to be involved with. Not only is it in my home state, and I have lots of friends and family there, but it really is like no other race we run all year. ACT has a starting system that makes teams like ours sweat it out all day. We try to figure out what we should do to come from what usually is in the mid twenties on the starting grid in order to try and win in just 50 laps. We usually end up throwing the playbook out the window and just put the right pedal on the floor and hang on!”
Two young Quebec stars have experience and talent to challenge the former winners and ACT Champions. Alex Labbe, driving the Larue Industrial Ford out of Quebec City, has risen to become another in a long line of favorites for an enthusiastic Quebec fan base. Labbe will lock up his first ACT title at the Autodrome Ste. Eustache 200 on Sunday, September 14, 2014 just by showing up. He was at the top of the speed charts throughout the NHMS test and tune day. The potent Larue team won two events during the championship run this season. Dany Trepanier is another of the fast Quebec teams with experience in the Bond Auto ACT Invitational. He won an event this season at the Autodrome Ste. Eustache (ASE), and currently sits just five points out of second place in the ACT Quebec Series, going into the final event of the year in a return visit to ASE.
Tom Curley, President of the American Canadian Tour said, “I think the great strength of our ACT system is that the program seems to introduce new and talented young teams every season., As we look to the future this is good for ACT and especially good for regional racing, both weekly and touring. The field of 43 teams we have assembled for the Invitational this year is the most diverse to attend over the past six years. It should be exciting.
The 6th annual Bond Auto ACT Invitational will be part of a sensational triple-header Saturday at NHMS. Forty-three (43) ACT teams will join the NASCAR Modified and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series on Saturday, September 20, 2014. Post time is 1:00 following the final NASCAR Sprint Cup practice. The ACT 50 mile event will post at 5:00pm.
For more information contact nhms.com, or the ACT office at 802.244.6963, or firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.acttour.com.
6th Annual Bond Auto ACT Invitational Driver Roster
Car # Driver Hometown
3VT Ricky Roberts Washington, VT
4NY Brandon Atkins Au Sable Forks, NY
5RI Richard Staskowski Hope Valley, RI
7ME Glen Luce Turner, ME
8NH Guy Caron Lempster, NH
9ME Emily Packard East Montpelier, VT
9MA Brian Tagg Oxford, MA
9NH Kyle Welch Newport, NH
9VT Chip Grenier Graniteville, VT
10MA John Falconi Oakham, MA
10VT Josh Demers Middlesex, VT
11NH Brett Gervais Island Pond, VT
11NY Josh Masterson Charlotte, VT
15ME Ben Ashline Pittston, ME
15VT Joey Laquerre East Montpelier, VT
16ME Travis Stearns Auburn, ME
16VT Scott Dragon Colchester, VT
17MA Eddie MacDonald Rowley, MA
17RI Ray Parent Tiverton, RI
19QC Dany Trepanier St-Edouard, QC
20NH Taylor Martin Windham, NH
27NH Wayne Helliwell, Jr. Dover, NH
28ME Rowland Robinson, Jr. Steuben, ME
29NH Aaron Fellows Croyden, NH
34NH Todd Davis Claremont, NH
37VT Brian Hoar Williston, VT
38VT Tyler Cahoon St. Johnsbury, VT
41QC Jonathan Bouvrette Blainville, QC
41VT Jamie Aube N. Ferrisburg, VT
48QC Alex Labbe Quebec, QC
49NH Matt Anderson Franklin, NH
50ME Jeff White Winthrop, ME
58VT Jimmy Hebert Williamstown, VT
66VT Jason Corliss Barre, VT
77MA Jimmy Linardy Somerville, MA
78QC Stephane Descoste Oka, QC
84QC Martin Latulippe Vallee-Jonction, QC
88VT Nick Sweet Barre, VT
91CT Larry Gelinas Buxton, ME
91QC Patrick Laperle Montreal, QC
97NH Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. Hudson, NH
99VT Cody Blake Barre, VT
07MA Tom Carey, Jr. New Salem, MA
Sources: ACT PR
Huntersville, NC (September 11, 2014) — As the popular NASCAR live call-in show, TEARDOWN (Monday’s 7:30p.m. – 9:00p.m. ET) continues to take the loyal NASCAR audience by storm, POPULAR SPEED is pleased to announce the addition of SeatTime – the fastest hour in short track racing.
The live call-in show will be hosted by Tony Stevens, Mike Neff, Chris Owens and Phillip Smalley and feature news, opinions and interviews about America’s most competitive divisions, including Late Models, Modifieds, Legend Cars, and more.
Debuting on September 16th at 7p.m. ET, SeatTime will be available for live streaming on POPULAR SPEED and Live365. Listen on the go via the Live365 app.
NAPLES, ME (September 11) – Over the past number of years, Beech Ridge Motor Speedway has established itself as one of the top short tracks in New England. And once again, the PASS 400 Weekend Presented by Southern Maine Motors will be one of the highlights as the 2014 season begins to wind down. A stellar field of Pro All Stars Series (PASS) North Super Late Models, along with a full complement of PASS support divisions will highlight an extended weekend of racing action that will go from Friday through Sunday.
Beside the action on the track at Beech Ridge, everyone will be focused on two tight PASS Super Late Model points battles this weekend. New York rookie and PASS South regular Tyler Dippel holds a scant 15 point edge over two-time PASS National Champion, Ben Rowe. Dippel has been impressive in several PASS National races this season, leading at Hickory Motor Speedway and finishing 6th in his first try at Oxford Plains Speedway’s Oxford 250 and 5th last weekend at Autodrome Chaudière in Quebec. Despite being in contention for the National Championship, Ben Rowe has endured one of the toughest years of his career and is hoping a win at Beech Ridge, where he has won twice before in the 300, can salvage an otherwise subpar season.
The race for the PASS North Super Late Model title is even tighter heading into the PASS 400 weekend, with only 49 points separating the top four drivers in points (DJ Shaw, Johnny Clark, Mike Rowe, and Joey Doiron). Of the four championship contenders, the edge would seem to favor Johnny Clark and Mike Rowe at Beech Ridge. Each driver has won the 300 lapper at Beech Ridge three times. While Clark is seeking his record 7th PASS North title, veteran Mike Rowe is looking for his first series title. However, Rowe has won several track championships at Beech Ridge over the last few seasons.
INDIANAPOLIS (Sept. 11, 2014) – The Verizon IndyCar Series championship has concluded, but many of INDYCAR’s biggest stars have one more race on the schedule this season. The Dan Wheldon Memorial Pro-Am Karting Challenge returns on Sept. 20 to New Castle Motorsports Park, where participants will race to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Association.
The Dan Wheldon Memorial Pro-Am Karting Challenge is comprised of corporate-sponsored teams consisting of one professional driver and three amateur drivers for a timed two-hour event beginning at 12:30 p.m. ET on Sept. 20. Gates open at 7 a.m. ET and admission is free. All professional drivers competing in the event will participate in a free public autograph session from 11:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. for all spectators attending the event.
This year’s event will feature former Indianapolis 500 winners and Verizon IndyCar Series champions Scott Dixon and Tony Kanaan, in addition to Marco Andretti, James Hinchcliffe, Ryan Briscoe, Josef Newgarden, Ed Carpenter, Sebastian Saavedra and many others.
Huntersville, NC (September 11, 2014) – SHORT TRACK 140, the newest subsidiary of 140 BUZZ, is pleased to announce Michigan Late Model Hotshoe Dan Leeck as their newest client.
Leeck, 24, is currently battling for the 2014 JEGS/CRA All Stars Tour championship.
“Adding the potential JEGS/CRA champion to our client line-up is exciting for us. Working with proven winners allows us all to shine,” said SHORT TRACK 140 owner, Mike Calinoff.
Waterford, CT (September 10, 2014) – Waterford Speedbowl put the finishing touches on the 14th season of Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday, its popular mid-week motorsports program. A pair of drivers used the final week of racing to claim their first wins of the year, as Ed Ryan of Preston took the Super X-Car win and Nickolas Hovey of Chaplin won the INEX Bandolero feature. Mike Christopher Jr. of Wolcott had a record setting win in the INEX Legend Cars and Wayne Shifflett of Preston took the X-Car race win. The night’s two Mechanic Races were won by Charles Beal of Ledyard and Eric Finkbein Sr. of Manchester, while John Kelly of New London took the victory in the Officials Race to round out the night’s winners.
Christopher won again in the INEX Legend Cars, taking the final Wednesday night race of the year to cement a record setting season in the division. He made his way to the front in the early going of the 25-lap feature, trailing Joey Ternullo. He found room to Ternullo’s inside on lap-15, spending three laps side-by-side before a caution flag on lap-18. Ternullo held the advantage, putting Christopher in the outside lane for the restart. Christopher used the top of the track to power ahead for good on lap-20, going on to the win. Ternullo was second and David Johnson was third. Christopher’s victory marked his 23rd overall on the year between the division’s Wednesday and Saturday events, giving him the division single season record for wins. Christopher swept both series titles for the division, becoming the fourth driver to accomplish the feat.
Shifflett won his third X-Car race of the season after coming on to weekly competition midway through the year. He took the lead early but had to hold off two hard chargers over the second half of the 25-lap event. Eric Finkbein caught Shifflett and ran to his outside for several laps trying to overtake the lead, but was unable to make the pass. As the two battled, Jordan Hadley moved in to make it a three-car race for the win over the final eight laps. Hadley was able to get past Finkbein’s inside on lap-19 and tried to pry Shifflett’s car from the bottom of the track as the laps counted down. The top three cars ran nose to tail on the final lap and Hadley’s final corner rally came up short when Finkbein made contact with him, allowing Shifflett to get to the checkered flag first. Hadley held on for second and Finkbein was third. Zac Thomas finished sixth and won the division title.
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First-Round Qualifying, Non-Winner Shootouts, North East Mini Stock Tour debut on tap
WEST HAVEN, VT – Stock car racing fans will get far more than their money’s worth at the Mekkelsen RV Vermont 200 Championship Weekend at Devil’s Bowl Speedway on September 13-14, with two jam-packed days of action ahead. While feature races and championship celebrations highlight the Sunday portion of the event, the annual “Shootout Saturday” program has also become a can’t-miss.
The action begins at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 13 with qualifying heats for the Bond Auto Parts Modified, Renegade, and Central Vermont Motorcycles Mini Stock divisions. Non-Winner Shootouts are on tap for all four weekly Devil’s Bowl divisions, giving competitors who have yet to find victory lane a chance to shine. The Modified, Late Model, Renegade, and Mini Stock classes will each have a 10-lap Shootout race for drivers who have competed at the track prior to the Vermont 200 Weekend without having won a feature.
The Texas Roadhouse North East Mini Stock Tour will invade the Devil’s Bowl half-mile for the first time on Saturday with qualifying heats and a 25-lap main event, bringing a variety of cars and drivers from all parts of the region. The NEMST has a diverse schedule that includes asphalt and dirt tracks, as well as both the “Magic Mile” oval and the 1.6-mile road course at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Toby Wells of Dublin, NH leads the standings over former champion Emerson Cayer, followed by Justin Larsen, Nicholas Anderson, and Joe Baxter; drivers from all six New England states rank inside the top 10 in standings including seventh-place Matt Sonnhalter of Thetford, VT.
Stafford Springs, CT — With the season ending NAPA Auto Parts Fall Final Weekend fast approaching at Stafford Motor Speedway, the races for track championships are heading into the homestretch phase. Whether drivers are racing for the championship, fifth, tenth, or some other position in the standings, they all will be looking to accumulate as many points as they can in the final 3 races of the season.
The best championship race at Stafford continues to be in the track’s premier SK Modified® division. Ryan Preece currently leads Ted Christopher by 18 points, or 9 positions on the track heading into the final 3 races of the season. Both Preece and Christopher have taken turns leading the points standings this season and Preece is trying to win a second SK Modified® championship while Christopher is looking to extend his record number of championships at Stafford from 8 to 9. Preece won the first 3 races of the season while Christopher’s consistency allowed him to take over the points lead midway through the year. But Preece has come back strong, posting podium finishes in 5 of the last 6 races to build his current margin to Christopher up to 18 points.
Stafford Springs, CT — For the past two seasons on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, Doug Coby and Ryan Preece have been the two main protagonists in the chase for the championship with Coby beating Preece by 11 points in 2012 and Preece beating Coby last year by a 32 point margin. Fast forward to the 2014 season and Coby is once again in the thick of the NWMT championship race, only this time around his main rival is Justin Bonsignore.
When it comes to Whelen Modified Tour racing at Stafford, Coby would seem to have a slight upper hand on Bonsignore. In the three Stafford races this season, Coby has finishes of second and fourth to go along with a victory in the June TSI Harley-Davidson 125 for an average finish of 2.3 while Bonsignore has recorded finishes of fifth, second, and eighth for an average finish of 5.0. While Bonsignore’s average finish of 5.0 is hardly something to sneeze at, it doesn’t quite match the 2.3 average of Coby, which is way Coby says he prefers to be right where he is in the driver’s seat in the championship race.
“I think I’d rather be leading the points at any time during the season than be chasing,” said Coby. “When you’re chasing points, it can get a bit frustrating when you have good finishes and the guy that you’re chasing is also having good runs kind of like I did last year when I was chasing Ryan [Preece]. Both Justin and myself have been getting good finishes so I don’t think there’s a lot of pressure on either of us. The last time out at Stafford we were just a little bit off with the car and we finished fourth, so that’s definitely a good feeling to have knowing the car was a little off and we still managed to finish fourth. We know why the car was a little off so for the Fall Final we’ll make changes to the car that we wish we had made before the feature in August and we feel pretty confident we’ll have another good car. Stafford is a track where if you’re fast in time trials, you’re usually going to have a fast car in the race where at Riverhead, you might not have a car that will last for 200 laps and at New Hampshire your car might not be that good in the draft and you can slide backwards. I think that Stafford has proven to be my strongest track on the Tour the last couple of years and I’m hoping that it stays that way.”
‘Chase Across North America’ Included 16 Markets, 3 Countries
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Sept. 10, 2014) – Over the next 10 weeks – roughly 70 days – NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers will log a scheduled 3,995.98 miles.
But today alone, in terms of distance traveled, 16 drivers collectively obliterated that figure during an unprecedented 16-market media tour known as “Chase Across North America.”
Bigger … and better. That was the tone set today as the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series gets ready to start its playoffs – the win-and-advance 10-race Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup – on Sunday at Chicagoland Speedway (2 p.m. ET on ESPN, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).
The most populated city in the United States? Jimmie Johnson went there (New York).
Biggest in Mexico? Got it: Carl Edwards, Mexico City.
Largest in Canada? Yep, Jeff Gordon hit Toronto.