Archive for October, 2007

Waterford 2008 Rules Meetings on Nov. 7 & 8

Waterford, CT — Competitors will have the opportunity to discuss 2008 Speedbowl rules with track officials at two meetings next week at the Groton Inn & Suites. The meetings start at 6:30 PM.The Sportsman and Mini Stocks along with the Wild n’ Wacky Wednesday Night divisions (Super X and X Cars as well as the X-Modifieds) will meet on Wednesday Nov. 7.

The SK-Modifieds and Late Models will get together on Thursday, Nov. 8.

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ACTion News 10/31/07

Thursday marks the 20th anniversary of the closing of Catamount Stadium in Milton, VT. The “Grand Old Lady” was the sister speedway in Vermont to Barre’s Thunder Road, and was the site of many major events – not just the stock car races themselves, but also moments that were either immediately profound or happenings that, over time, became much larger and hugely effective (or affective, depending on how you look things).

Quebec dairy farmer Jean-Paul Cabana won the first main event held at the high-banked, 1/3-mile oval, driving a sportsman coupe on June 11, 1965. The victory paid about $200. Cabana also won the final main event(*) on September 27, 1987, the American-Canadian Tour’s New England 300. The purse was slightly higher in that one, as Cabana took home a shade better than $11,000 that day.

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Former EJP Co-Owner James Grotton, Jr. Passes at 61

Sanbornton, NH — James Frederick Grotton Jr., 61, died Sunday, Oct. 28, 2007, at home surrounded by his family. James was born Jan. 11, 1946, in Gardiner, Maine, the son of Fred and Rita (Hopkins) Grotton. He was happily married to Diane (Prescott) Grotton for 43 years.

He was part owner of the Pipeline Co., Everett J. Prescott in Concord for 30 years. He left the business in 1995 to travel the country with his wife following the NASCAR racing success of his son-in-law. In 1999, he purchased land on the shores of Lake Winnisquam and built their dream house. Jim enjoyed working, golfing, watching the Red Sox and Patriots, and his family.

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Former Car Owner Eddie Hamel Passes at 70

Edward Hamel, 70, of Middlefield, husband of Suzanne (Galanto) Hamel, died Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2007, at his home.

He was born in Waterbury, the son of the late Raymond and Adella (McLonis) Hamel. Before his retirement, he was employed as a mechanic, work which he loved throughout his life. Ed was a member of Hank’s Blue Grass Society, and will also be remembered as an avid race car fan, having raced his car at the Plainville Stadium, and, of course, he loved his trips to Maine.

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Cassius Clark “Howlin’” at Greenville-Pickens PASS South Penultimate Event

Greenville, SC — Under a sky that was dark as can be and a moon that was nearly full, the Pro All Stars Series South Super Late Model Tour has begun a new tradition on Halloween weekend. The inaugural “Howler 150″ was held Saturday at Greenville-Pickens Speedway in South Carolina and in the end, it was Maine‘s Cassius Clark who tricked the competition and earned the treat of being the first to etch his name into the history books as the winner of this event.

It was a shootout right to the very end, as Clark took the lead from PASS North Series champion Ben Rowe with just 16-laps remaining to grab the $5,000 to prize in the next-to-last event on the 2007 PASS South season.

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Thompson’s Flea Market This Weekend

Thompson, CT — Don Hoenig’s Original Automotive Swap meet and Flea Market will open for the 36th time this weekend, November 3rd & 4th, on the grounds of the Thompson International Speedway. Over 1,500 vendors and literally thousands of buyers will gather at the historic speedway for this annual, two-day, buy, swap and sell event.

Like so many things, Don Hoenig’s Original Automotive Swap Meet and Flea Market began with only a few vendors and a few hundred buyers. But, the success of that very first event proved that it had the potential to grow quickly. However, nobody envisioned the growth to be as rapid as it was or to become as famous as it has. The Thompson Automotive Swap Meet and Flea Market is now one of the largest events of its kind in the country.

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Racing Against Cancer Celebration Nears; Tickets Available

Westbrook, CT — The Fall season signifies the bittersweet ending to the annual racing season and the Racing Against Cancer™ Team would like to invite the entire racing community to celebrate the 2007 season in grand-style. For the irst time, the Racing Against Cancer™ charitable foundation proudly opens the doors to their annual awards banquet to the public. This inspirational ceremony will take place on Saturday, November 10, 2007 from Noon to 4PM in the Tahoe Room in the Grand Pequot Tower at the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Ledyard, CT.

Unlike traditional banquets the Racing Against Cancer™ Program honors the competitors, not for how many wins they have amassed during the season, but for how their contributions off the race track impacted the greater good. This always emotional event honors the accomplishments of racers for their variety of fundraising efforts on behalf of the Racing Against Cancer™ program and other cancer-related charities.

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NASCAR’s Jim Hunter to Speak at Promoter’s Summit

Atlantic City, NJ — Registrations are coming in at a very quick pace for the first annual Promoter’s Summit despite the fact it is almost three months away.The Promoter’s Summit is set for January 18-19 as part of the three day Motorsports 2008 presented by VP Racing Fuels Race Car Show set for the plush Atlantic City, NJ Convention Hall.

Jim Hunter, VP of Corporate Communications for NASCAR, will be a keynote speaker. He will be sharing his thoughts about the state of local short track racing and what promoters can be doing to improve the sport, attract more fans and sponsorship support.

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Helping Hands Returns As NEMA’s Top Backer

Mike Jarret, under the banner of Helping Hands of America, will be the primary sponsor of the Northeastern Midget Association in 2008. It will be the fourth straight season Jarret has been involved with the club that will celebrate its 56th consecutive season.

“It’s all from my allowance from my wife,” jokes Jarret who “uses the logo of my company hoping to get it some publicity.”   He will also be back as the car owner/crew chief on the Nokie Fornoro-driven No. 4.

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Cassius Clark Takes PASS South Victory In “The Howler” at Greenville

Greenville, SC — The PASS South Super Late Model tour headed to Greenville-Pickens Speedway in Greenville, South Carolina for the running of “The Howler” 150-lap event Saturday night. With the full moon shining brightly in the sky, it was Cassius Clark taking the victory over Ben Rowe in a hardcore fight to the finish in the last 50 laps of the event.

Mike Rowe was the fastest driver in qualifying, and after the Dash race he started from the third position with his son Ben starting on the point. Throughout the event, it was the younger Rowe that showed the muscle as he paced the field for the majority of the race. It wasn’t until late in the event when Clark pushed his car up into the top five, eventually sitting second to Rowe.

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Seekonk Speedway Rule Meetings Set

They will once again be held at the American Legion Hall in Seekonk, MA.

Pro StocksWeds – Nov14th @ 8:15pm

Late ModelsWeds – Nov 14th @ 6:30pm

TrucksThurs – Nov 15th @ 6:30pm

Street StocksThurs -Nov 15th @ 8:15pm

SYRAWeds – Nov 28th @ 6:30pm

Pure StocksWeds – Nov 28th

Gene Angelillo Recovering

Gene Angelillo is on the road to a full recovery and out of the hospital following a procedure at St. Raphael’s in New Haven, CT.

He is available at (203)-577-2450. Mail will still reach Angelillo at 12 Badger Road, Wolcott, CT 06716.

Brian Hoar Taking Some Time Off in 2008

Five-time ACT Late Model Champion Brian Hoar is taking at least the 2008 racing season off. He returned to ACT in 2007 after a few years of driving on the Busch North (now East) Series. He ended the season sixth in points and, hard to believe, with no wins. He and his team were fined $4,000 earlier in the season for adding extensions to his rear shocks. They appealed and lost.

I read a rumor on the internet saying his dad Doug had “pulled the plug” on his racing for 2008 and a couple of his crewman were looking for other jobs. I dropped Brian an e-mail asking him about the rumor and his plans.

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NASCAR Busch East Series Champion Joey Logano Announces 2008 NASCAR Nationwide Series Debut

Hampton, GA –  Joey Logano, the 2007 NASCAR Busch East Series champion and winner of the Oct. 20 NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown at Irwindale (Calif.) Speedway, revealed today at Atlanta Motor Speedway that he’ll make his debut in the NASCAR Nationwide Series May 31 at Dover (Del.) International Speedway.  The Joe Gibbs Racing driver will make his first career Nationwide Series start just one week after turning 18, the minimum age required by NASCAR to compete in the stepping-stone division to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. The NASCAR Nationwide Series is the No. 2 form of motorsports in the U.S.

Joining Logano was Mark Dyer, president and CEO of Motorsports Authentics (MA), the leader in the design, promotion, marketing and distribution of licensed motorsports merchandise.  Dyer announced that as part of Logano’s rapid ascent toward the pinnacle of NASCAR racing, MA had created a licensing program for the 17-year-old from Middletown, Conn., a first for a driver not in one of NASCAR’s top-three series (NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR Nationwide Series and the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series).

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Endless Summer

We begin that part on the season reserved for open all-star events. They usually take place in warmer climates and entice us to extend our season just a little bit longer. I remember the movie about some surfers who just followed the sun around the world looking for another place to surf, Endless Summer. Can we be consumed by the pursuit of another checkered flag? Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

It is easy to get obsessed with racing, anywhere, anytime, any type of car. When we are trying to make a name for ourselves and get people to notice we can extend ourselves too far and do more harm than good. I think it is important to take a step back and honestly evaluate the direction we need to go. God should be a part of that process. We need to seek His guidance and direction for our career as we explore the options the future holds. Dan and I have been talking about making decision and trusting God with you for the last few weeks. It is not the easiest thing to do, I know, I can get so caught up in getting there that I forget to enjoy the ride. I have to remind myself, “I am here because I am not all there.”

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Pico Raceway’s history largely a blur

Pico Raceway’s life was short and its memories are sketchy. It was only open for a few years in the 1950s, but it deserves to be remembered. It was a showcase for some pretty talented drivers and it opened to plenty of fanfare and a large crowd.

Unfortunately, the accounts of its history are full of conflicts.

Bill Ladabouche, a Proctor native and a teacher in Milton, is a stock car racing historian and has gathered as much information as he could on this facility, as well as others that once dotted the Vermont landscape.

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Car Requests For ’08 Being Accepted at Thompson

Thompson, CT — Thompson International Speedway is accepting applications for car number renewals. For ease and convenience, the 2008 registration forms may be accessed from the front page of the Thompson web site.

As in previous years, any driver who secured track points with a registered car number will have until January 15, 2008 to renew that number. If the number is not renewed, it will then be assigned to the first person requesting the number. That determination is made by the date that each request is received at the Thompson Speedway office. If a number is being requested that was not used in the 2007 season, it will be awarded on a first come-first served basis.

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Anthony Frissora Repeats as ALNRS Champion; Tayla Orleans Claims fourth win of 07 Season

Newburgh, NY — Tayla Orleans (Wrentham, MA) driver of the 93 PitStopUSA sponsored Monte Carlo claimed her fourth victory of the 2007 ALNRS season this past weekend at the annual Octoberfest weekend at Lee USA Speedway. Orleans who started on the outside pole for the 25 lap feature event went from the front to the back after being spun early in the race, back to the front again in dominating fashion. Second place went to Michael Martindale (Jay, NY) in the number 7 Northeast Log Home Builders Ford Thunderbird who was the hard charger of the race gaining 12 spots. Cody Gneiting (Somers, CT) in his Century 21 sponsored Ford Thunderbird who returned to the track after suffering one of the hardest crashes of the year several weeks ago at the Waterford Speedbowl, had is best finish of his rookie year coming in third. Rounding out the top five was the newly crowned ALNRS 2007 Rookie of the Year Kristy Chaves (Little Compton, RI) in the number 24k Acme Sanitary Service Monte Carlo in fourth. Fifth place went to Jake Vanada (Berkley, MA) who was competing in his final ALNRS event in the Propane Plus/After Hours Auto Body 46 Ford Thunderbird.

 

Anthony Frissora (Shrewsbury, MA) became the ALNRS Series first back to back champion as he clinched his second consecutive title following his 9th place finish in the 3x New England Trim sponsored Monte Carlo.

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PASS South “Howler” T-Shirts Available At Greenville

This coming weekend at Greenville-Pickens Speedway, fans and teams alike will be able to take a piece of the “Howler” weekend with them. That’s because PASS South will be offering up an event t-shirt commemorating the first-running of the Howler 150 for the PASS South Super Late Models.

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ACTion News 10/24/07

Joey Becker had a good season in the American-Canadian Tour (ACT) Late Model division at Thunder Road, maybe his best one yet.

“I’d say it was,” he said. “It sort of depends on how you look at the numbers, though. I almost think we ran better last year, but we ended up better this year. It was weird how it worked out.”

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Phil Scott’s Wheels for Warmth Gives Used Tires a New Spin

Tucked away in the back corner of my garage sit two perfectly good Hakkapeliitta snow tires, still neatly wrapped in the plastic Nokian covers they were placed in four years ago – the last time they were used. They don’t fit my current car, so they serve no purpose other than to occupy space designated for bikes and sleds. But that’s about to change. Soon they’re going on a journey to help someone stay warm this winter – a journey known as Wheels for Warmth.

Wheels for Warmth evolved from the Vermont tradition of neighbor helping neighbor. In 2005, Phil Scott had an idea: Wasn’t there some way that used tires could serve a better purpose than just taking up garage space? Scott had tires he no longer used, and he knew many others did too. Listening to “The Trading Post” on WDEV every morning, he was overwhelmed by the number of tires on the program. His idea became the vision that used tires could be the currency to buy emergency heating fuel for central Vermonters. All used tires could play a role, not just quality tires, but worn tires too. Safe tires could be re-sold at very affordable prices, and unsafe tires recycled for a fee. The proceeds would then be used to buy the heating fuel. One neighbor donates tires, another neighbor buys them, and another neighbor’s home is heated. Unusable tires head for recycling instead of the river. Scott felt pretty confident the plan would work, so he contacted Hal Cohen, Executive Director of the Central Vermont Community Action Council (CVCAC) – the local organization that assists people who cannot afford heating fuel.

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JB III North-South Shootout Gets Major Sponsorship from Town & Country Ford, Wirtgen America Part of NSS Excitement

Lexington, NC -- It was announced recently that C&C Racing Promotions has secured backing for the 5th Annual John Blewett III Memorial North-South Shootout from two very prominent corporations. Town & Country Ford, a subsidiary of Sonic Automotive, Inc., has signed on as the presenting sponsor of the Modified portion of the prestigious event.  A similar agreement has been reached with Wirtgen America, Inc. of Nashville, TN, for the accompanying East-West Supermodified Shootout.

The 5th Annual John Blewett III Memorial North-South Shootout presented by Town & Country Ford is scheduled for November 2&3, 2007 at Concord Motorsport Park in Concord, NC.  The best Modified drivers from both north and south of the Mason-Dixon will do battle in 100-laps of green flag racing on the famed half-mile tri-oval while the best Supermodified competitors in North America will vie for prominence in the inaugural 50-lap Wirtgen America East-West Supermodified Shootout. The popular SK-Type Modifieds will be part of the excitement with a 50-lapper of their own. The format for the fifth annual event will also include time trials, heat races, consolation race(s) and non-qualifiers event(s) for the Modifieds, Supermodifieds and SK-Type Modifieds.  Support divisions include Crate SK-Type Modifieds, Four-Cylinder stock cars, and Vintage Modifieds. A complete schedule of events is available at www.north-southshootout.com.

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Champions Headline North-South Shootout Rosters as Race Nears & Anticipation Grows

Lexington, NC — It is not often that fans of short track racing can find a single event with as diverse and talented a line-up as that being presented by C&C Racing Promotions on Friday and Saturday, November 2 & 3, 2007. An incredible group of racing talent will be competing in this year’s John Blewett III Memorial North-South Shootout at the ultra-fast tri-oval of Concord Motorsport Park in Concord, NC. The roster for the John Blewett III Memorial North-South Shootout featuring the East-West Supermodified Shootout is shaping up to be one of the most noted in short-track racing history.

On hand for the prestigious event will be the stars of the major Modifieds tours on the East Coast. They are being joined by the tenacious racers from Supermodified racing associations nationwide and from weekly race tracks in the northeast. The rosters for the Shootout’s ‘big three’ will include a collection of championship drivers and a host of rising stars.

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Seuss Claims First Win Of The Season at Lee

Lee, NH — Andy Seuss of Hampstead, N. H won his True Value Modified Racing Series of the 2007 season at the Lee USA Speedway Oktoberfest. Seuss passed 2007 series Champions Kirk Alexander with three laps remaining. Alexander, who had led from lap 21, had a tire go flat while leading.

“It’s been tough at times this season”, said Seuss. “I’m just glad we could have a strong run to end the year.”

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Big Y World Class Markets “Smacktoberfest” Provides Family Thrills at Speedbowl

Waterford, CT — An overflow crowd was on hand at the Speedbowl Sunday afternoon for “Smacktoberfest” presented by Big Y World Class Supermarkets.

Starting the spectacle, it was the ever-popular “Speedway Bowling”, a Speedbowl original. The seasoned duo of Duane “Out Of Control” Noll of Trumbull and “Sick Rick” Whittle of Mystic were the top pin-smackers, soundly defeating the team of Middletown’s Brad Voglesong and Patrick Williams of Berlin.

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Logano Takes Toyota All-Star Showdown

Irwindale, Calif. – Joey Logano capped off his rookie season in the NASCAR Grand National Division the same way he started it: In Victory Lane.

Logano, the 17-year-old Joe Gibbs Racing development driver, picked up his biggest victory Saturday night winning the NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown at Irwindale (Calif.) Speedway.

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Pasteryak, Dachenhausen, and Goodenough Earn True Value Modified Heat Victories at Lee

Lee, NH — Chris Pasteryak of Lisbon, Conn., Ed Dachenhausen of Danbury, Conn. and Rob Goodenough of Swanzey, N.H. were the winners of the qualifying races in the True Value Modified Racing Series portion of the annual Oktoberfest at Lee USA Speedway. Those three drivers earned the first three starting positions in Sunday’s 100 lap event.

Tom Abele, Jr., Les Hinckley and Todd Patnode will start in positions 4-6 after earning runner-up positions in the qualifying races. A total of 18 drivers are locked into the field. A consolation event will take place on Sunday to determine the remainder of the starting field.

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Caisse Knocks Logano Off Pole For Showdown

Irwindale, CA — Sean Caisse knows that all eyes in the NASCAR developmental world right now are on Joe Gibbs Racing’s Joey Logano. And that’s just fine for Caisse, who stole some of that attention by bumping Logano off the pole during Friday’s qualifying for Saturday’s NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown at Irwindale Speedway.

Caisse, who went out 40 out of 50 cars, qualified at 98.517 mph. He eclipsed Logano’s fast time of 98.253.

“The biggest thing is who’s on the outside of me,” Caisse said. “He’s been in the spotlight all year. For him to be in the pole position and then knock him off it is a hell of an accomplishment. He’s a great driver.”

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Virginia Hudson Passes at 83

Mrs. Virginia Hudson, the mother of Seekonk Speedway Starter Rocky Hudson, passed away on Thursday, October 18, 2007 after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s Disease.

Viewing will be held on Sunday Oct 21 from 4pm – 8pm at the Thomas & Walter Quinn Funeral Home, located at 2435 Warwick Ave., Warwick RI.

Funeral services will be held on Monday Oct 22nd at 9am from the Thomas & Walter Quinn Funeral Home with funeral Mass following at 10am @ St. Kevins Church on Sandy Lane, Warwick. Relatives and friends are invited to attend.
The Seekonk Speedway family sends its sincere condolences to Rocky and his family during this difficult time.

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Stafford Motor Speedway 2008 Rules Released

Stafford Springs, CT — Stafford Motor Speedway has updated their rule book for the upcoming 2008 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series season for all five of its weekly divisions, and the rules are available online now in the DOWNLOADS/RULES section of www.staffordspeedway.com.

The release of the 2008 rulebook this early on in the off-season marks an unprecedented release date for Stafford Motor Speedway. Normally, the track would host competitor meetings at the end of October and the rules would be finalized and released sometime in December. But starting with the update of the Late Model sway bar rule prior to the 2007 Tech-Net Spring Sizzler, the Stafford Tech Staff found that implementing rule changes for the 2007 season as well as the 2008 season would serve to have the rulebook posted in a much quicker fashion and would be a great benefit to competitors.

SK Modified Rules
Late Model Rules
SK Light Rules
Ltd. Late Model Rules
DARE Stock Rules
Track Rules

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