Archive for October, 2007

PASS South “Howler” To Be A Scary-Good Time For Whole Family

Concord, NC — When race fans bring their kids to Greenville-Pickens Speedway each and every week, they want to share in their love for great short track racing. Greenville-Pickens Speedway is one of those places that just makes for great racing. And that will be no different when families come to the PASS South Super Late Model “Howler” event on October 27th at the historic track.

But the evening won’t only be about action on the track for families to share in. There will be plenty of action off of the track as well, and once again, it’s PASS South leading the way. The evening’s events include trick or treating with the teams during the autograph session and a costume contest for kids. Adults can dress up as well if they like.

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Trust in Him

How many of us trust our spotters during the middle of a race? This is Rev. Dan, giving Rev. Don a much needed break this week. Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Spotters, they see things that the drivers cannot see. They usually sit high above the racetrack and can see a lot more of what is going on during the race. They tell us to go high or go low. There is trouble in turn 3; slow down. Car 5 is on the outside; keep your line. All clear, give it all you got. These are some of the ways that the spotters can help the drivers stay out of trouble and win the race. Spotters see things that we don’t see, and we have to put our full faith and trust in him or her.

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Gene Angelillo Hospitalized

Fifteen-time Owner Champion Gene Angelillo is currently in the Hospital of Saint Raphael’s in New Haven, CT following a heart attack Monday night.

While he is not yet ready for visitors, notes and cards are welcome: Gene Angelillo, Room 320, Hospital of St. Raphael’s, 1450 Chapel St., New Haven, CT, 06511.

Sources: NEMA PR

Fourth NEMA Crown Best Yet For Seitz

A student of history, Ben Seitz rates the 2007 Northeastern Midget Association Drivers Championship, his fourth straight, as the best. “Well,” he explains, “nobody has ever done it before.”

The 27-year old admits, four straight “was looming around in the back of my mind” most of the season. Seitz and car owner Pete Valeri, powered by an Esslinger/Beast combo, didn’t lay claim to the championships until the checkered fell on the final event of the season at Thompson Speedway’s World Series.

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PASS North Standouts Make Travel Plans for Greenville’s “Howler”

Concord, NC — The Pro All Stars Series (PASS) North Super Late Model season is now complete and teams just barely made their season finale in among the threat of rain and snow on October 14th at New Hampshire’s White Mountain Motorsports Park.

So now what is a true racer to do? Wait for 2008 to come around or find somewhere else to race? Well, the answer for several of the top names up North is simple – they all know that it is time to start looking South for more racing opportunities before the end of the calendar year. Some PASS North teams are looking towards November’s Mason-Dixon Meltdown at Concord Motorsport Park (NC) and some are also looking at running the Snowball Derby in Florida this December. Others can’t even wait that long. At least three, and as many as five or six, Northern teams will be heading to Greenville-Pickens Speedway (SC) on October 27th for the Howler 150 PASS South Super Late Model event.

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All-Automotive Flea Market Next at Thompson

Thompson, CT — Don Hoenig’s original All-Automotive Swap Meet and Flea Market returns to the Thompson International Speedway, rain or shine, on the weekend of November 3rd and 4th. This incredible event is one of the nation’s best and largest such gatherings and is held rain or shine on the grounds of the sprawling speedway complex.

This year will mark the 36th year of buyers and sellers coming together in one place to assist each other in selling or acquiring very special automotive parts all the way up to complete cars, trucks, racecars, trailers, ATVs, snowmobiles and so much more.

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All-Star Nationals This Fri. & Sat.

The All-Star Nationals at All-Star Speedway in Epping, NH will be a 2-day show on Friday and Saturday. Practice and qualifying will take place on Friday for all divisions. Saturday night will see 7 divisions compete with plenty of green flag racing. Located in Epping, NH, the All-Star Speedway features a semi-banked 1/4-mile oval.

The Super Late Models will go 150-laps with the winner taking home $10,0000. Drivers expected to compete include Barry Gray, Russ Hersey, Trevor Sanborn and Cassius Clark battling with local favorites like 2007 track champ Ernie Gahan, Eric Hudsen and Jimmy Renfrew. The All-Star Modifieds have a 100-lapper scheduled with names like Christopher, Hirschman, Rob Summers and Mike Stefanik all seeking the $4,000 winner’s payday. Supermodifieds will also add to the open-wheel excitement as drivers like Ordway and Perley are set for their 50-lap feature. Also a part of the action, the Super Streets (40-laps), Strictly Stocks (25-laps), V-6 Modifieds (20-laps) and Road Runners (25-laps).

Friday pricing is $20 for the pits and $15 for the grandstands with children 10 and under free. Saturday only pricing is $40 for pit admisison, with general admission $30 and children 10 and under $5. A two-day pass for the the pits is $50, while the grandstands cost $30.

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NHIS Announces 2008 Schedules for RoadRace, SCCA & NHKA

Loudon RoadRace Series Schedule Announced

Loudon, NH – The 2008 Loudon RoadRace Series (LRRS) schedule will feature eight weekends of Championship Cup Series (CCS) motorcycle racing. All events will be run on the 1.6 mile road course at New Hampshire International Speedway.

Over the years, the LRRS has developed a reputation for having some of the closest and most intense racing on two wheels.  A strong commitment to rider training and development has contributed to the quality of the LRRS programs.

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NHIS Open Test Session Schedule

Loudon, NH — Drivers and riders wishing to participate in the NHIS Open Test Sessions should have either a valid competition license or a certificate from an approved racing school.

Test Session Details:
Road Course Configuration (1.6 Miles)
$150 per vehicle/driver for the whole day (morning and afternoon)
$100 per vehicle/driver for either a morning or an afternoon session
$10 gate fee per person (children 11 or younger-free)

Open test sessions at NHIS are completed for 2007 season. Please check back for a 2008 schedule.

For more information, please call NHIS Operations at (603) 513-5724.

Sources: Fred Neergaard/NHIS PR

ACTion News – 10/17/2007

Is it racing season yet? Okay, just kidding. After 39 events (combining all Thunder Road and American-Canadian Tour race dates), a little break is nice to have, but a part of us still wishes there was a race going on somewhere. Actually, come to think of it, the annual Oktoberfest is at Lee USA Speedway this weekend, with Late Models on the 10-division “open comp” card. Brent Dragon and Ryan Vanasse were said to be “thinking about it” so it looks like we’ll have to check the results next Monday.

Keep in mind that Thunder Road Champion Dave Pembroke, ACT Late Model Tour campaigner Jamie Aube, and ACT Tour/Série ACT Castrol part-timers Mike Lavoie and Ryan Nolin have run successfully at Lee USA this season. Against the likes of Ricky Wolf, Jeff Labrecque, Keith Larmie, Bryan Kruczek, Jeremy Harclerode, rookie hotshot Miles Chipman, and back-to-back Track Champion J.R. Baril, things could get very interesting this weekend. It wouldn’t surprise anyone to see Oxford Plains Speedway’s T.J. Watson, who ran well in a handful of events at Lee late in the year, make the trip.

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Loaded In & Ready to Roll

Irwindale, CAThe only issue Thursday afternoon at Irwindale Speedway was where to put all the haulers.

Teams loaded in to the track in advance of the fifth annual NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown. More than 50 drivers are entered in the two events – Friday night’s NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Super Late Model 150 presented by King Taco, and Saturday night’s main event, the 250-lap Grand National Division race.

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Showdown Offers International Flare, Canada & Mexico Represented

Andrew Ranger heads to Irwindale Speedway this weekend looking to showcase the talent that earned him the 2007 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series championship.

As well, former NASCAR Mexico Series champion Rogelio Lopez makes his way west following his first full season in the NASCAR Busch East Series, where he became a force to be reckoned with.

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Mason-Dixon Meltdown to Feature Fri. Night Legends & Bandolero Racing Action

mdm2007.jpgConcord, NC — Last year a new racing tradition was born in the South. PASS South held the inaugural “Mason-Dixon Meltdown” event at South Boston Speedway (VA) on Thanksgiving weekend for Super Late Models and a number of support divisions. One of those support divisions was the Legends Cars. Nearly 50 Semi-Pro, Pro and Masters drivers joined the racing action at the historic 4/10-mile oval, making the event a success.

This year, PASS South officials will continue the tradition with a change of venue and the addition of Bandoleros to the Legends Car portion of the event. The event will be INEX-sanctioned.

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Ben Rowe is Named as PASS North Champion For the Fourth Time

Naples, ME — Ben Rowe has now won four Pro All Stars Series (PASS) North Super Late Model championships and each time, the job gets tougher and tougher.

For his first two titles in 2002 and 2003, Rowe beat Sam Sessions and Johnny Clark by a comfortable margin. In 2005, Rowe was part of a three-way dogfight going into the season finale at [All] Star Speedway. But while Mike Rowe and Cassius Clark were both mathematically able to topple Ben on that day, all that Ben needed to do was to finish 17th or better to secure the crown. He ended up eighth in the feature and the race was drama-free for him.

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Modifieds Head To Thunder Road in 2008

Ground-pounding, open-wheel Modified stock cars will return to Vermont in 2008, as the True Value Modified Racing Series makes its debut at Barre’s Thunder Road Int’l Speedbowl during the 46th Annual Mekkelsen RV Memorial Day Classic, Sunday, May 25. TVMRS founder and competitor Jack Bateman of Canaan, NH tested his car at the high-banked ¼-mile oval recently, and made the agreement with Thunder Road Promoter Tom Curley to bring the touring series to “The Nation’s Site of Excitement” next season for a 100-lap event as part of a doubleheader with the American-Canadian Tour (ACT) Thunder Road Late Models.

“I think it’s going to be a great race,” said Bateman. “I’ve raced Thunder Road a lot in my career, but always in full-fendered cars like a Late Model or a Pro Stock. I wanted to test my Modified at the track before we made the decision to have a race there, and it went extremely well, better than I expected.”

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Drive For Diversity Combine Day 2: Competition Finishes Up Strong

South Boston, VA — The fifth annual Drive For Diversity Testing & Evaluation Combine finished Tuesday with its second straight day of intense competition at South Boston (Va.) Speedway Monday.

The second half of the 24-driver pool from different forms of racing took the track for evaluation, while those who drove Monday participated in the media portion of the event.

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Woody Pitkat Heading West for Toyota All-Star Showdown

Stafford, CT — The 2007 season has been an unforgettable one for Woody Pitkat.  If there was a race somewhere along the Eastern Seaboard, chances are Pitkat was behind the wheel.  With nearly 80 starts to date during the 2007 calendar year in everything from weekly Late Model and SK Modifieds to the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, Pitkat has not just been one of the busiest drivers, but also one of the most successful racers in the country.

But on Saturday, October 20th, Pitkat will be spreading his racing wings beyond the East Coast and venturing out West, when the 28-year-old driver will be making his first-ever appearance in a full-bodied NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch East Series racecar in the Toyota All-Star Showdown at Irwindale Speedway in Irwindale, California.

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Clark Beats Sanborn & Mother Nature to Win at White Mountain

Naples, ME — When he lined up 19th for Sunday’s Pro All Stars Series (PASS) North Super Late Model feature at White Mountain Motorsports Park (NH), Cassius Clark knew that he would have plenty of obstacles to dodge if he wanted to get to victory lane.

150 laps later, the 25-year-old driver had dodged them all – from staying out of the way of championship contenders to just being able to make it to the advertised distance of the race without having nearby rain and snow showers spoil the show.  When all was said and done, it was Clark who was able to win his second PASS North feature of the 2007 season.

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Mototown USA to Build Oval Track

The newest work in progress is an oval track for: Flat track bikes; four cylinder street stock cars; 600,750, and 1200cc mini-sprint cars; and modified light cars!!

Mototown USA, the world’s largest indoor motocross stadium, is located at 1001 Dayhill Road in Windsor, CT.  More information is available at or by calling (860) 688-5110.

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Perley Tops Last Year’s Win Total with a Victory at the World Series

Thompson, CT – Chris Perley put a cap on another phenomenal race season by adding the ISMA portion of the Thompson World series to his feature win list on Sunday. His eleventh win of the year topped his record-breaking ten win total of 2006. It also upped his All-Time ISMA wins to 50. While he had already claimed his fourth ISMA-Wirtgen championship, the victory was satisfying nonetheless. His main competition was once again Dave McKnight and for a while it seemed like Canadians were everywhere near the front fighting for the win. But, at the end, it was the Rowley Rocket carrying the checkered flag around the Connecticut oval.

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“ It was tough out there,” said Chris in victory lane. “I knew Dave and Mike were going to be my toughest competitors because of the way they both were running yesterday in the heats. For a while I didn’t have much for Dave. I was just trying to keep in touch with him. He’d get through the lap traffic and he’d get some distance on me. So I just tried to stay with him. He ended up getting a little tight. I was a little loose. Then my car kind of came around toward the end. I didn’t know if I could stick on the outside but I thought if I could show him a wheel I might be able to hold him down. That was the only shot I had.

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Impressive Field Of Drivers Take To The Track

S. Boston, VAThe strongest field of drivers in the history of the Drive For Diversity program took the track for the fifth annual Testing & Evaluation Combine at South Boston (Va.) Speedway Monday.Half of the 24 drivers participated in the on-track evaluation. The remaining 12 drivers took part in a media portion of the event.

“Today we saw an impressive group of drivers on the track,” said Marcus Jadotte, who oversees NASCAR’s diversity initiative as its managing director of public affairs. “NASCAR is proud to support the 2007 Drive For Diversity combine and the 2008 Drive For Diversity Class. NASCAR is the Great American sport and one of the aims of this program is to help it look more like America.”

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Cabral Wins; Seitz Champ In NEMA Season Finale

Randy Cabral and Ben Seitz were both opportunists Sunday. Cabral won the caution-free 25-lap Northeastern Midget Association feature at Thompson Speedway’s World Series. Seitz’ sixth place finish turned out more than enough to capture a record fourth straight driver’s championship.

It was the 16th and final event in NEMA’s 55th season.

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Cassius Clark Wins PASS North Event at White Mountain

Naples, ME — Cassius Clark of Farmington, Maine scored his second Pro All Stars Series (PASS) North Super Late Model of the year in Sunday’s season finale at White Mountain Motorsports Park (NH). Clark fought a spirited battle for the lead throughout much of the race with Trevor Sanborn.

Mike Rowe won his heat race and finished second in the feature event, but could not gain enough points to catch his son Ben Rowe in the championship standings. Ben finished fifth despite having a tire that was going flat. His finish locked up the 2007 PASS North championship. Ben is now a four-time series champion.

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Santos Scores First NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Win In Season Finale At Thompson

Thompson, CT — Twenty-two-year-old Bobby Santos III scored his first career NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour victory at the track he grew up watching racing.

Santos (No. 3 Roby’s Propane/Cape Cod Copper Chevrolet) led 109 laps, including the final 32, in winning the Xtra/Mart 150 at Thompson (Conn.) International Speedway.

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Santos III Scores First Career WMT Win in Ole Blue at Thompson; Perley, Cabral Winged Winners; Blewett, Connors, Levesque Also Feted

Thompson, CT — The 34th Annual World Series is now in the record books ending a bittersweet racing season at Thompson International Speedway. Adding their names to the history books were Bobby Santos III of Franklin, MA, in the Whelen Modified Tour; Chris Perley of Rowley, MA, in the International Supermodified Association (ISMA); and Randy Cabral of Plymouth, MA, in the Northeastern Midget Association (NEMA). Also garnering World Series glory was Jimmy Blewett of Howelll, NJ, in the Sunoco Modifieds, Jeff Connors of Ellington in Pro Stocks, and a surprise winner in the Late Models Ron Levesque, Jr. of Tiverton, RI. Ben Seitz had a run for the ages when the young driver from Pocassett, MA, scored an unprecedented fourth Northeastern Midget Association driving championship.

For the second week in a row, a new winner has graced victory lane during a Whelen Modified Tour event at Thompson International Speedway. After competing in the Busch Series race at Lowe’s Motor Speedway in Charlotte and jumping a plane back to New England, Bobby Santos III took the lead from Matt Hirschman on lap 131. Veteran Reggie Ruggiero came storming back through the pack after his pit stop to finish second. Hirschman finished third.

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True Value Modified Season Finale Set for Lee USA Speedway Oktoberfest

Canaan, NH — The True Value Modified Racing Series will conclude the 2007 season with a 100-lap event on Sunday, Oct. 21 during the 22nd Annual Oktoberfest at Lee USA Speedway in Lee, N.H. Kirk Alexander of Swanzey, N.H., the newly crowned series champion, is looking forward to returning to Lee.

“I really enjoy racing at Lee,” said Alexander. “It’s a challenging track and there is a lot of room to race. The key to racing at Lee is conserving your tires.” Alexander clinched the third True Value Modified Racing Championship of his career with a second place finish at Seekonk, Mass. on Oct 7th. He will travel to Lee hoping to win the final race of the year.

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Staples and Rosenfield PASS Modified and Outlaw Champs

Naples, ME — Championship Saturday at White Mountain Motorsports Park, N. Woodstock, NH was a repeat for one team and one better for another.

In the PASS modified 50 lap feature, all Chris Staples had to do was take the green flag and he had back-to-back championships. He did it, but there was a lot more than that to a great modified race. For Chris Smith, Jason Taylor, Mark Lucas, and Troy Morse, it could be second, third or even fifth at the end of the day since there were only 23 points separating second and fifth.

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Thompson Regulars Barnett, Romano & Adams Score World Series Victories; Gentes, Maki & Churchill Best of the Outlaws Saturday Night; Excitement Continues Sunday

Thompson, CT — The World Series of Speedway Racing continued on Saturday at Thompson International Speedway with a full day of both qualifying and feature racing actions. The qualifying order was set for the Whelen Modified Tour through time trials on Saturday. A solid qualifying run finds Tony Ferrante of New Hyde Park, NY, on the pole for Sunday’s premier event. After the redraw Bobby Santos III will join the sentimental favorite on the front row. Before a host of features were run on Saturday night, qualifying heat races were held for the International Supermodified Association (ISMA), the Northeastern Midget Association as well as the Thompson Sunoco Modifieds, Pro Stocks and Late Models.

The Thompson regular weekly divisions finished off the 2007 season in grand-style with Larry Barnett (Ltd. Sportsman), Mike Romano (Mini Stocks), and Leo Adams (TIS Modifieds) scoring victories. Rick Gentes of Woonsocket, RI, continued his stronghold on the Outlaw Late Model laurels during the World Series. In other Outlaw action, Tim Sullivan of S. Windsor won a barnburner in the Strictlys and visiting Randy Churchill, Jr. of Niantic bested the Outlaw Mini Stocks. The Touring Series competitors established a pattern on Saturday night as both Seth Duvall of Ashford in the All-Star Truck Series and Norm Wrenn of Nashua, NH, in the Pro-Four Modifieds rode feature wins to 2007 championships.

The racing resumes on Sunday at Noon when the big guns of the Whelen Modified Tour, the International Supermodified Association, and the Northeastern Midget Association are joined by the Thompson Sunoco Modifieds, Pro Stocks and Late Models. Fans are encouraged to come early to find their seats. The Grandstands open at 9 AM. Pit gates open at 8 AM. A complete schedule for this Who’s Who of short track racing can be found online at The Speedway hotline is available at (860) 923-2280.

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Tony Ferrante, Jr. on Bud Pole for Thompson’s World Series

Thompson, CT — Anthony Ferrante Jr. earned his second career Budweiser Pole Award Saturday, and then redrew the top spot for Sunday’s Xtra-Mart 150 at Thompson (Conn.) International Speedway.

Ferrante’s time of 120.656 mph around the .625-mile oval beat out Tony Hirschman Jr. by .025 seconds. Donny Lia, who has already clinched the 2007 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship, qualified fourth, followed by Billy Pauch Jr.

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