Archive for January, 2008

Make an Offer

You’ve seen it before, something for sale for the price, “make an offer”. In other words, what’s it worth to you? The value of something is determined not by what we feel it is worth but what it is worth to someone else. Take a look in a pawn shop you’ll see what I mean. What do you think your life is worth? Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Race cars, parts and tools make the circuit. They change hands, reused, rebuilt, with the hope that they will yield the final piece of the victory puzzle. Racers will go to great lengths for that elusive piece that makes their car better. What is it worth? It is worth whatever someone is willing to pay. Given the right circumstances something can be of greater value because of a greater need.

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TSI Harley-Davidson Shifts Title Sponsorship to Stafford’s Connecticut Classic 150

Stafford Springs, CT — TSI Harley-Davidson will be shifting their event title sponsorship to the May 23rd NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour event at Stafford Motor Speedway. The race will be titled the 18th Annual TSI Harley-Davidson and the move comes after TSI Harley-Davidson has lent their name and support to the NASCAR Camping World East Series event at Stafford Motor Speedway for the past three seasons.

Over the past several seasons, the TSI Harley-Davidson 150 has consistently been one of the best Whelen Modified Tour stops on the schedule. The 2003 event saw Jerry Marquis pass Todd Szegedy on the final lap of the race to take the win. The last lap would be the only lap that Marquis led all night long. 2004’s event saw Tony Hirschman outduel Reggie Ruggiero in the closing laps to secure a close victory, while the 2005 event saw Ted Christopher make an amazing charge through the field over the final 50-laps of the race after making numerous pit stops early in the race to correct his car’s handling. The 2006 race turned into a family duel for the win, with John Blewett, III using fresher tires to take the lead from his brother Jimmy with only 15 laps to go after Jimmy had led a race high 110 laps. Last year’s event saw Donny Lia outlast a hard charging James Civali for his second consecutive win at Stafford on his way to the 2007 championship.

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Seekonk Registrations Begin Friday

Seekonk Speedway will begin accepting registrations for all divisions for the 2008 racing season on Friday, February 1, at 9 AM. All car and truck numbers used in competition during the 2007 season are available for renewal from February 1-29. All unclaimed numbers will be made available on a first come-first served basis on Monday, March 3, 2008 at 9 AM. All previously unused numbers are available also on a first come-first served basis beginning this Friday.

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ACTion News 1/30/08

Torco Racing Fuels was recently named the Official Fuel Supplier of the American-Canadian Tour (ACT), in a partnership with Rob Tower of RT Raceparts in Hudson, NH. Torco will be used in all Late Model cars competing on the ACT Late Model Tour, the Série ACT Castrol, and at Thunder Road in Barre, VT, and will provide championship and point fund bonuses to racers at the end of the season.

ACT, RT Raceparts, and Torco will also begin testing an unleaded fuel in race cars on both sides of the border in 2008, with the anticipation of a full-time switch to unleaded fuel in 2009. It is expected that, not unlike current ACT rules including Goodyear tires, Koni shocks, and the ACT “spec” engine, Torco will become the fuel of choice by several tracks in the area.

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Edgecore Graphics Joins ALNRS as Official Graphics Designer

Newburgh, NY — The ALNRS is proud to announce that Edgecore Graphics will be the official graphics designer for the Allison Legacy North Race Series. The owner Michael Kukys specializes in custom design graphics and has several years of experience designing special product logos for several major companies. Michael also recently designed the new paint scheme for the ALNRS #8 Ford Thunderbird Showcar for series director Michael A. Vasquez, Sr.

As the owner of Edgecore Graphics Michael has also designed several paint schemes for street performance cars along with specific car owner logos. Edgecore Graphics can also help with your Marketing package by designing a five angle race car photo showcasing your potential sponsors logos on the car. So whether your looking for a new logo for your race team or a special graphics design for your hauler or race car look no further than Edgecore Graphics. Edgecore Graphics can be contacted via e-mail at

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Yuhas Double Entry

Ron Yuhas Jr. will be back in the #90 in 2008, hoping to add a Late Model victory to an already impressive SK-Modified resume. He had several strong Late Model finishes last season including a second.

The popular Yuhas will be out to improve on his SK stats (17 career wins including five extra distance events) as well. The familiar Yuhas family #6 has filed an entry for ’08. Ron has wins in both the Midsummer Classic 100 and the Finale 100 and hopes to complete a “triple crown” with a victory in this year’s SK150 at the Modified Nationals on April 12-13.

Sources: Waterford Speedbowl PR

Craig Goess Ready For NASCAR Camping World East Series Debut

Successful Legends Car Racer Signs With Eddie Sharp Racing For 2008 Season

Concord, NC — In the Legends Car world, Craig Goess is a name everyone fears at the track.  The three-time National Pro Division champion is known for being the best of the best.  With a 98%-win ratio and Legends feature wins at 24 tracks across the country while beating some of today’s top NASCAR stars like Reed Sorenson, Kyle Busch and David Ragan, Goess is no stranger to racing hard and winning big.

Now, after years of success in the smaller cars, Goess has decided to make the move up the ranks in racing by driving the #2 Greenville Toyota / ESR Development Toyota in the 2008 NASCAR Camping World East Series season under the Eddie Sharp Racing banner.

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Marilyn Bertrand Passes

December 30, 1949 – January 23, 2008

Marilyn A. (Luko) Bertrand, 58, of Suffield, the beloved wife of 36 years to Gilles Bertrand, entered peacefully into eternal life surrounded by her loving family on Wednesday, January 23, 2008 at her home. She was born on December 30, 1949 in Hartford, CT, a daughter of Jeanette and the late Anton Luko. She resided in Suffield, CT for the past 20 years and prior to that in Stafford and Enfield, CT. Marilyn was a graduate of Hartford High School Class of 1967 and received her degree in Education from Central Connecticut State University in 1971, during which time she was president of her sorority, Lambda Kappa Nu. She continued on to receive her Masters Degree from Central Connecticut as well. Marilyn was employed by the Enfield Board of Education and spent her entire 37 year career as a teacher at Fermi High School, where she was the head of the Business Department and was also an advisor for FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America).

Marilyn is survived by her devoted husband, Gilles, her loving children, Tim Bertrand and his wife, Cara of Sturbridge, MA, Patrick Bertrand, Lindsay Bertrand and Todd Bertrand all of Suffield, her mother, Jeannette (Luko) Mulready of West Hartford, CT a sister, Gilberta Calegari and her husband, James of E. Hartford, CT, a brother, Stephen Luko and his wife, Annette of Terryville, CT along with many nieces, nephews, and dear friends, as well as her grand-dogs, Tessa & Toby.

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2008 World Series Entries Pouring into New Smyrna

Samsula, FL — The list keeps growing and growing for the 42nd Annual World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing. Entries up to January 29, 2008 are as follows:

NASCAR Tour Type Modifieds:

Car # Driver Hometown
00 Ted Christopher Plainville, CT
09 Bobby Grigas, III Mansfield, MA
1 George Bierce Prospect, CT
5 Charles Pasteryak Lisbon, CT

7 Kevin Marion (owner) Mooresville, NC

9 Eric Beers Northhampton, PA

14 JR Bertuccio

19 Jimmy Blewett Calverton, NY

22 Chuck Hossfeld Ransomville, NY

23 Justin Bonsignore

28 James Civali Meriden, CT

29 Kenny Horton New Haven, CT

39 Jimmy Storace Kingston, NY

40 Ryan Preece Kensington, CT

48 Buck Catalano Ontario, NY

58 Kevin Goodale Riverhead, NY

70 Andy Seuss Hampstead, NY

73 Jonathan McKennedy Chelmsford, MA

79 Ronnie Silk Norwalk, CT

80 Dennis Costa Taunton, MA

91 John Jenson Wolcott, CT

94 Adam Horwith Coplay, PA

96 Russell Perry Ashaway, RI

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Wood, Bauman, William, & Hall Score 12 Pack Upsets

Windsor, CT — Nutmeg State drivers Rich Wood, Jr., Sherman Bauman and Patrick William plus Bay Stater Ray Hall scored upset Bud Light 12 Pack Race Series feature victories here in Mototown USA Sunday afternoon.

Wood, of Suffield, Conn., won his first 1,200cc. mini sprint main in three Mototown USA tries by ousting front row mate Paul Corazzo, Sr. at the 20-lap race’s start. The duo earned their grid spots after winning their respective 10-lap heats.
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Strong Party List For ‘Bowl in ‘08

Waterford, CT -- In addition to the most competitive regular divisions in New England, Waterford Speedbowl will welcome the area’s quickest racecars as well in 2008.

The International Super Modified Association (ISMA), the Northeastern Midget Association (NEMA) and the True Value Modified Series (TVMS) head up the list of “visitors” that also includes the American Canadian Tour (ACT) and the Three Quarter Midgets.

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Rocco Takes Center Stage as Thompson Celebrates ’07 Champion

O’Sullivan, Gentes, Vigeant, DeSanctis & Romano Also Feted

Thompson, CT — The Raceway Restaurant and Golf Club, on the grounds of the historic Thompson International Speedway, was the site of the two-day 2007 champions celebration. On Saturday night, Keith Rocco of Wallingford took center stage as the Sunoco Modified champion. He shared the spotlight with fellow titlists-Late Model ace Rick Gentes of Woonsocket, RI, and TIS Modified champion Kurt Vigeant of Oxford, MA. A night earlier, Pro Stock Champion Mike O’Sullivan of Springfield, MA, was honored along with Limited Sportsman honoree Keith DeSanctis of Monson, MA, and Mini Stock victor Mike Romano of Pascoag, RI. NASCAR’s Chad Little was on hand on Saturday night to present the champions with their wares.

A relative newcomer, Keith Rocco, in only his third year of Sunoco Modified racing beat the best-of-the-best to score his first NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Championship in 2007. With a great car owner in Don Bannister and the backing of a strong race team led by Shane Hopkins, Rocco and his Interstate Diesel team ran consistency straight to the championship. Together the team posted four wins, 12 top-five finishes, and 14 top-ten finishes.

Photo Galleries by Scott Nickel

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Chadwick Returns In Some Tough Company

Waterford, CT — Finishing fourth in points in the final Waterford Speedbowl SK-Modified standings last year was Tyler Chadwick’s “greatest accomplishment yet” but the 19-year old is hardly satisfied. He’ll return in 2008 “focused on getting that first victory.”

Last season’s top three – champion Rob Janovic Jr., runner-up Dennis Gada and steady Jeff Pearl – are all due back as well and with definite intentions. That trio has eight Speedbowl championships and 110 feature wins among them.

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Canadian Champ plans PASS North, National Championship SLM Campaign

Naples, ME — Multi-time Canadian late model champion John Fleming has announced his intentions to compete in the full schedule of Pro All Stars Series (PASS) North Super Late Model races in 2008.

The Halifax Nova Scotia native has made annual PASS North appearances since the series’ inception in 2001, but 2008 will mark his first all out assault on the east’s fastest full bodied racing circuit. Fleming has relocated his race team to Buckfield Maine, where veteran PASS crew chief Seth Holbrook will oversee the preparation of Flemings’ familiar number 97 Roofing Connection/Certainteed Building Products Dodge Chargers.

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NASCAR New England Returns to NESN for 2008 Season

Stafford Springs, CT — NASCAR New England, Stafford Motor Speedway’s award winning television program, will return to the New England Sports Network for the 2008 season, marking the third consecutive year that Stafford Motor Speedway’s in-house produced show will air on the biggest sports network in New England.

“We’re happy to be back on NESN for a third consecutive season,” said Jack Arute, ABC/ESPN reporter and NASCAR New England host. “NESN is certainly the number one sports network in New England and partnering with NESN gives us the ability to be seen in homes throughout New England as well as nationwide via satellite.”

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Let Him Lead

In our lives many of the things we appreciate most are the things that we had to work the hardest to attain. The things that are handed to us sometimes are taken for granted and their true value is never truly appreciated until they are gone. Taking a look back through our lives identifies some challenging times that we have overcome. Who delivered us through those times? Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

A young guy stopped by the booth at Motorsports 2008 and was admiring the Tour Modified we had parked there. He asked a simple question, “How much are the tires on these cars?” I gave him a ballpark figure and he seemed surprised at the cost. He explained that he was thinking about running on the tour and wondered how much it would cost. He soon realized that the tires were the least of his concerns.

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Sunoco Named Title Sponsor of SpeedwayEXPO 2008


Salisbury, MA — Performance Media has reached an agreement to make Sunoco the presenting sponsor of SpeedwayEXPO, its motorsports exposition. On February 29-March 2 the Eastern States Exposition, in West Springfield, MA, the “Home of the Big E,” will become the home of the largest racing show in the Northeast. SpeedwayEXPO will take over the 130,000-square-foot Mallary Complex with exhibits from local and regional race tracks and sanctioning bodies, vendors of performance parts and accessories, retailers of collectibles and memorabilia and much more.

The sponsorship was a perfect fit for both national companies, who have strong ties to the Northeast and share an interest in the strength and longevity of professional and grassroots motorsports. Performance Media also publishes Speedway Illustrated Magazine.

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Torco Fuels Named Official Fuel of American-Canadian Tour

The American-Canadian Tour (ACT) stock car racing organization has reached an agreement with RT Raceparts of Hudson, NH and Torco Racing Fuels to be the Official Fuel Supplier for all ACT Late Model racing in the United States and Canada, including Barre, VT’s Thunder Road, the ACT Late Model Tour, and the Série ACT Castrol, effective immediately. It is anticipated that other ACT-affiliated tracks in the region will become part of this program.Rob Tower of RT Raceparts and Torco Racing Fuels has designed an aggressive marketing program that includes championship awards, point fund awards, car care products through Torco’s Skull Shine line, and more.

“RT Raceparts is very excited to partner with a stock car racing brand as strong as ACT,” said Tower. “We are thrilled to be able to announce this multi-faceted partnership, and are looking forward to supporting ACT and its competitors.”

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ACTion News 1/23/08

It may be the dead of a snowy, cold winter, but a handful of American-Canadian Tour racers are headed to the track. With Florida’s, ahem, slightly warmer climate than the frigid northeast, no less than five drivers with ties to ACT are headed to the south the get their off-season fix.

Beginning this weekend at USA International Speedway in Lakeland, FL, the 4th annual “Speedfest” will see northern representation from Maine racers Mike and Ben Rowe. Ben, who scored Top 5 finishes in ACT Late Model Tour competition at Thunder Road’s Bond Auto Labor Day Classic 200 and Chittenden Milk Bowl last season, is a heavy favorite to take back a win that slipped away at Speedfest in 2007. Father Mike, himself a Top 5 runner at the Milk Bowl and the 1994 ACT Champion, will do his best to see that his boy waits another year. Among the drivers pre-registered are former Speedfest winners Eddie Hoffman and Charlie Menard, NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers Kyle Busch and David Stremme, and former White Mountain Motorsports Park Champion D.J. Shaw of Center Conway, NH. Racing at USA Int’l Speedway is January 24-26.

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ISMA’S Mike Ordway Jr. Nominated for Speedy Award at SpeedwayEXPO 08

Springfield, MA — The second annual SpeedwayEXPO ‘08 is scheduled for February 29-March 2 in the Mallary Complex on the grounds of the Eastern States Exposition Center in West Springfield, MA. With more than three acres of indoor space dedicated to motorsports, displays will include local and regional race tracks and associations. Exhibitors include vendors of performance parts, safety equipment, accessories and the best in apparel and memorabilia. In addition there will be a full schedule of special events, racing seminars and activities, including autograph sessions, the Pit Crew Challenge, pedal-car races and a host of special vehicle displays. This show was a great hit in 2007 and should be even better in 2008.

Among the many happenings at EXPO ‘08 are the special awards to be presented to area racers, individuals, media, speedways etc. The 2nd Annual Speedy Awards will recognize the best of the best in northeast racing in 11 categories. Young Mike Ordway Jr. of ISMA has been nominated for the Break-Out Racer of the Year. The Break-Out Racer of the Year award is given to the competitor who stood out for his or her performances during the 2007 season. The inaugural winner in this category was Matt Hirschman.

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Allison Legacy North Hires 2 New Tech Inspectors

Newburgh, NY — The Allison Legacy North Race Series is proud to announce the hiring of two full time Technical Inspectors for the 2008 season. Series Director Michael A. Vasquez, Sr. stated that the one thing lacking in the series over the past two seasons was the series ability to properly inspect all the cars in the series. Michael stated that although the series is based on a sealed engine rule, some teams may or may not try to find their way around this or to simply interpret the rules to their advantage. Having two full time technical inspectors will help keep each team and their race car on a level playing field.

Randall A. Brolsma and Dan Holie are two 17 year old young gun mechanics from Newburgh, NY, who together will both bring several years of automotive experience to the ALNRS. Michael stated that like some of our young drivers who have been behind the wheel of a race car since the age of 5, Randall and Dan have been wrenching on some type of engine since they were in grade school. Both Randall and Dan specialize in 2.2 and 2.3 motors and have both worked with performance Ford engines. They are both top students in the Automotive class at Newburgh Free Academy and look to forward their careers in the automotive field upon graduation.

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Dragon Files First American-Canadian Tour Full-Season Entry

Brent Dragon

American-Canadian Tour (ACT) stock car racer Brent Dragon of Milton, VT has filed the first full-season entry for the 2008 ACT Late Model Tour schedule. Dragon will pilot the #55 Beverage Mart/Furniture World of Vermont Chevrolet, in a new partnership with Kenyon Racing Products of Ontario and Port City Race Cars.

“I’m more excited this year than I’ve been in a long time,” reported Dragon, citing his teaming up with new crew chief Mike Kenyon. “Mike and I talk a lot, even several times a week, and his advice and help has been what I needed. This will be my first year having someone at the track at every race to help set up the chassis, where I was doing most of the work by myself before.”

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First Promoter’s Summit is a Success; Plans Being Made for 2009 Summit

Atlantic City, NJ — A strong turnout of track promoters and organization officials were on hand for the first Promoter’s Summit presented as part of the huge Motorsports 2008 Race Car Show presented by VP Racing Fuels at the Atlantic City, NJ Convention Center. The atmosphere of the gathering was upbeat with a lot of idea sharing going on amongst the attendees representing tracks and organizations in 13 different states.

“We feel it was a great first time event. We had good reviews from the attendees,” said Summit organizer Ernie Saxton. “We can see some areas that we need to change. There were suggestions made by attendees that will help us in our planning for next year. It was exciting to see the exchange of information that went on between attendees and the various experts that served on the various panels.”
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Mototown USA 12-Packers Vied in Atlantic City

Atlantic City, NJ — Ted Christopher, of Plainville, Conn., and Jimmy Broderick, of Brookfield, used their MototownUSA 12 Pack Series break to vie for Boardwalk Hall Atlantic City Indoor Racing honors and cash here Saturday Night.

Christopher and Broderick were among the 97 three quarter midget and 600cc micro sprint drivers vying for Saturday night’s M&R Midget A-Main’s 26 places. The fourth annual ACIR Gamblers Classic on the former Atlantic City Convention Center’s one- eighth-mile concrete oval is a revival of 1937-81 full and TQ midget racing.
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Tidaback, Others Star in A.C. Weekend

Atlantic City, NJ — Former Wall Township Speedway three-quarter midget champion Mike Tidaback, of Little Falls, N.J., were among those Jersey Shore speedway drivers who starred here in Boardwak Hall Friday and Saturday.

Tidaback came from fifth starting spot to narrowly win the Fourth Annual Atlantic City Indoor Racing Gamblers Classic headliner Saturday night. The FedEx No. 43 Lindblad Badger-Suzuki GSXR driver grabbed second from Can-Am Midget Racing Club star and poleman James Friesen by lap five. Tidaback used lapped traffic in turn three on the one-10th-mile indoor concrete oval to oust Adams by lap 20.

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PASS South Licenses, Entry Forms available now

Naples, ME — The Pro All Stars Series (PASS) South Super Late Model season is rapidly approaching and its time for both new and returning PASS South competitors to file for their 2008 license and car number.

PASS South has an ambitious fourteen race schedule on tap with five new venues added to the southern series. In addition, the PASS South and North Super Late Model divisions will square off in a four race National Championship Series that will include several $10,000.00 to win events. Visit to view both schedules in their entirety.

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Tom Fox Appointed Chief Technical Inspector At Speedbowl

Waterford, CT — Tom Fox, then 15, first climbed behind the controls of a Street Stock in 1978, beginning a decades-long association with Waterford Speedbowl. Winner of over 60 Speedbowl features, the second-generation racer returns to his old haunt in 2008 but in a different role. Rather than driving his familiar # 47 SK Modified, his contributions will be more in the “behind the scenes” mode.

“Right around the time of the annual Speedbowl Christmas party, Race Director Steve Harraka and I were discussing the open-slot left by our departing Chief Technical Inspector,” says Fox. “For the first time in many years my plans didn’t include racing, but I still had an interest in staying involved. It’s hard to completely pull-away from a sport you’ve been associated with for so long and I want be a part of the Speedbowl’s success. After all, I virtually grew-up there.”

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A Commitment To The Modifieds

Waterford Speedbowl’s commitment to the Modified is unsurpassed. The’Bowl has been crowning Modified champions for 57 seasons – from Hall of Famer Dave Humphrey in 1953 to Rob Janovic Jr. in 2007.

The quest to join that list begins anew in the SK-150, the showcase of the 11h annual Modified Nationals April 12-13. The SKs will share the spotlight with nine other divisions in the two-day Nationals. One of the first extra-money, extra-distance events for the divisions, the “150” remains one of the SK races anywhere.

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Seekonk Speedway’s ’07 Stars Shine At Annual Awards Banquet

Seekonk, MA — Hundreds of racers, crew members, officials, fans, and family members turned out to honor the stars of Seekonk Speedway’s 62nd consecutive season at the Venus de Milo Restaurant in Swansea, MA on Saturday, January 19. Over a hundred trophies, plaques, and jackets were handed out to the best and the brightest of 2007, including Rehoboth, MA’s David Darling, who earned top honors in the 1/3-mile Bay State oval’s top tier Pro Stock division for the second consecutive season. The 28 year-old and his Johnson Landscaping-Almeida Farms #52 team tied a track record with seven feature victories during the season and earned the highest winning percentage for a season in Seekonk Pro Stock history with 41.2%. They also finished in the top 10 in all 17 races and placed in the top five 14 times.

Pawtucket, RI’s Gerry DeGasparre, Jr., 38, was equally dominant in the Late Model division, posting a career high five wins and 15 top-fives in 18 starts en route to his second straight and third career title. The championship-winning Custom Auto Body-Spumoni’s Restaurant #71 team finished in the top 10 in all 18 races. Sport Truck ace Mike Cavallaro of Seekonk, MA claimed five checkered flags and finished in the top five in 18 of 19 races to successfully defend his ’06 title in the popular pickup class.

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Daley Reigns A.C. Champ Karts

Atlantic City, NJ — Chris Daley, as a reigning World Karting Association champion, knows how prized an Atlantic City Indoor Races Gamblers Classic champ kart feature victory is here in Boardwalk Hall Saturday night.

Daley, of Pleasant Valley, N.Y., climbed from 21st starting spot to oust polesitter Bob Baker on a lap four restart. Daley and Baker ran nose-to-tail the remaining 21 laps with Nick Herriven third.

Baker, who races from Lexington, N.C., received ACIR’s Cargo Trailer Sales Long Haul Award from among the some 200 champ kart, Slingshot and TQ/600cc micro sprint entrants.

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