Archive for October 9th, 2007

Dick Houlihan to make final career start at Xtra/Mart World Series

houlie1.jpgBerkley, MA – When the checkered flag falls on the 2007 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season at Thompson this Sunday it will mark the end of an era in New England auto racing. Dick Houlihan, who began his racing career in 1972 at the now closed Lakeville Speedway (MA), will climb from his racecar for the final time.

Since that first start “Houly” has raced at tracks all around New England, the east coast, as far west as Indiana and even in Canada. Throughout his career he has driven for many car owners including Danny Fournier, Jim McCloud, Sam Medeiros, Frank Procopio, Bill Ambrosio, Dan Andruck, John McKenna, Lenny Ellis, Greg Paquin and Wayne Darling. Along the way Dick won over 150 Features and 9 championships including 3 NASCAR Weekly Series titles, one at Thompson in 1996 and back to back titles at Seekonk in 2002 and 2003. He was also voted the Most Popular Driver at Seekonk in 2001 and 2002.

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Turning the Corner Just in Time

Win At Stafford Has Stefanik Looking At Thompson With Optimism

Mike Stefanik was just two races away from a long, soul-searching winter.

And then came the Fall Final.

The seven-time NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion arrived at Stafford (Conn.) Motor Speedway having muddled through a season that had produced just three top fives and six top 10s in 14 starts. Title No. 8, a goal in the offseason, was never a serious consideration after a 34th in the season-opener at Thompson (Conn.) International Speedway for the No. 16 Diversified Metals Pontiac.

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Joey Logano Wins the NHIS Busch East Series Track Championship

Loudon, NH — Joey Logano of Middletown, Conn. has won the 2007 Lincoln Electric/Merriam-Graves Track Championship at New Hampshire International Speedway (NHIS) in the NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch East Series.

Driving the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Driven Chevrolet, Joey won from the pole at the New England 125 in June and completed his “sweep” by winning the Aubuchon Hardware 125 presented by HardwareStore.com in September. He has also captured the 2007 NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch East Series Championship. At age 17, Logano is the youngest driver ever to win a Lincoln Electric/Merriam-Graves Track Championship at NHIS.

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Donny Lia Captures the NHIS Whelen Modified Tour Track Championship

Loudon, NH — Donny Lia of Jericho, N.Y. has captured the 2007 Lincoln Electric/Merriam-Graves Track Championship at New Hampshire International Speedway (NHIS) in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.

Driving the famous No. 4 Mystic Missile Dodge for legendary car owner, Bob Garbarino, Donny won the New England 100 in June and was third at the New Hampshire 75 in September. Lia has also been crowned as the 2007 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Champion. This is Bob Garbarino’s first NASCAR Touring Championship since he established Mystic Missile Racing. Donny was third in the standings in the Speedway’s Whelen Modified Tour Track Championship in 2004.
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Rowe Family is In the Driver’s Seat for SLM North Championship Battle

Naples, ME — In racing, there have been battles through the years of brother-against-brother, friend-against-friend and teammate-versus-teammate. Sometimes a victory has been at stake. At other times, it’s been a championship.

In the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) North Super Late Models this season, it has often been a competition between a father and his son for much of the 2007 season. Maine racing legend Mike Rowe has won five events this season, while his son Ben has won one race, but finished second on five occasions. Entering the PASS North season finale at White Mountain Motorsports Park (NH) this weekend, Ben Rowe enjoys a slim 12-point margin in the standings over his father. Richie Dearborn still has a chance at the title too, if both Rowes run into early trouble and Dearborn has a strong race.

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