Archive for February, 2008

TC in the Hot Seat at EXPO; Courchesne to Get Wet

On Saturday, SpeedwayEXPO will be hosting a Toast ‘n Roast and the featured guest is none other than Ted Christopher. You won’t want to miss TC in the hot seat beginning at 6:00 PM on Saturday Night.

Another fun SpeedwayEXPO event you wont’ want to miss… The reporter you love or love to hate, Shawn Courchesne will get in the dunk tank to help raise money for the Racing Against Cancer Program. The “Anger Management” Charity Event will take place on Friday Night at 7:00 PM.

DeLange Racing Announces 2008 Schedule

Team owner Dave DeLange of Lockport, New York has unveiled the 2008 schedule of races for DeLange Racing. The aggressive program will include 22 dates and 31 races. The team, led by accomplished teenage driver Erick Rudolph of Ransomville, will travel to ten different tracks across five states and compete in three major Modified series along the east coast as well as eight weekly racing events in Western New York.

The former Lancaster Raceway Park, now under new management and renamed Dunn Tire Raceway Park, will remain the home base for DeLange Racing. The team will visit the Lancaster, New York speedway eight times in 2008. The track is celebrating its 50th season of racing this year and the DeLange squad will help commemorate the occasion at the official Anniversary program on June 28.

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Pro Photo Productions Sponsors PASS South Best Appearing Car Award

Charlotte, NC — The Pro All Stars Series (PASS) South Super Late Model Series is pleased to announce that Pro Photo Productions will return in 2008 as sponsor of the “Best Appearing Car” Award.  Pro Photo Productions came on late in the 2007 season as a PASS South supporter and is glad to be back in 2008.

“We’re really pleased to have Pro Photo Productions back with the PASS South Series in 2008,” said Tom Mayberry, President of PASS.  “I think most of our competitors take pride in the way their cars look and this is a way to give back to them for their creativity.”

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Racing Electronics Supports PASS SLM Racers

Naples, Me — Add Racing Electronics to the growing list of Pro All Stars Series (PASS) participating manufacturers for 2008. The leader in racing communications products will provide a $50.00 product certificate to the second place finisher in every 2008 PASS North and South super late model event.

Racing Electronics will also provide an end of season product award in each super late model division, to be announced at a later date.

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NASCAR Announces Comprehensive Television Coverage for CWS

Daytona Beach, FL — Millions tuned in Sunday for the Daytona 500 to watch drivers like Kevin Harvick, Martin Truex Jr. and David Gilliland – all of whom used the NASCAR Camping World Series to help launch their careers. NASCAR fans will get the opportunity to see the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stars of tomorrow throughout the 2008 season thanks to a comprehensive television broadcast schedule announced today by NASCAR for its developmental series.

The 2008 schedule features television coverage of the NASCAR Camping World Series live on HDNet and enhanced replays on SPEED.

“This year all the thrills and excitement of the NASCAR Camping World Series will be available to NASCAR fans across the countrty,” said NASCAR Managing Director of Racing Operations George Silbermann.  “They will be able to catch all the action as the NASCAR stars of tomorrow battle it out from coast to coast.”

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New Hampshire Motor Speedway to Appear at SpeedwayEXPO ’08

Loudon, NH — New Hampshire Motor Speedway will be one of the prominent exhibitors at this weekend’s SpeedwayEXPO ’08.

The region’s largest motorsports trade show runs from Friday through Sunday in the Mallary Complex at the Eastern States Exposition Center in West Springfield, Mass.  The speedway’s booth will feature a diverse display of competitors and race cars scheduled to compete on the 1.058 mile oval throughout the 2008 season.

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Janovic Begins Defense At Speedbowl SK-150

Waterford, CT — Reigning Waterford Speedbowl SK-Modified champion Rob Janovic Jr. admits to having “a little extra “spring in his step” these days. The realization of his name being among decades of Speedbowl modified champions has finally sunk-in.

“When you’re in the middle of the battle, you really don’t think about what the outcome is going to feel like. You’re too busy just trying to win the war,” says Janovic.

Janovic will be begin defense of his title April 12-13 in the SK-150, the headliner of the season-opening 12th annual Budweiser Modified Nationals. The weekend also includes the NASCAR Whelen All American Series Late Models, Sportsman, and Mini Stocks. The NEMA Midgets, NEMA Lites, Legends, AllStar Race Trucks, Pro4 Modifieds and Allison Legacy Cars are on the agenda.

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Peyton Sellers to Drive No. 44 for Santerre

Harrisburg, NC — Peyton Sellers and ASM Motorsports announced today they will combine their talents and contend for a NASCAR Grand National Division, Camping World East Series title for the 2008 season with Casella Waste Systems. The powerful union now pairs the top returning driver with the number one team.

2007 was an impressive season for Peyton Sellers in the Camping World East Series. He finished third overall working out of his family’s shop and running a single car all season. Santerre identified with Sellers’ situation and was impressed with his accomplishments, having raced and won his first championship under similar circumstances. Santerre hand-picked Sellers to drive the #44 for ASM and Casella Waste Systems because he felt he deserved the opportunity, and knew he could get the job done.

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New Hampshire Motor Speedway to Appear at SpeedwayEXPO ’08

New Hampshire Motor Speedway will be one of the prominent exhibitors at this weekend’s SpeedwayEXPO ’08.

The region’s largest motorsports trade show runs from Friday through Sunday in the Mallary Complex at the Eastern States Exposition Center in West Springfield, Mass.  The speedway’s booth will feature a diverse display of competitors and race cars scheduled to compete on the 1.058 mile oval throughout the 2008 season.

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Stafford to Offer 2008 Season Preview at SpeedwayEXPO

Stafford Springs, CT — Stafford Motor Speedway is ready to race into the 2008 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series season and will offer race fans a sneak preview into 2008 at the 2nd Annual Speedway Expo Show, to be held at the Big E in Springfield, MA from Feb. 29-March 2.

Stafford’s booth at the Speedway Expo will be filled with the SK Modified® car of Woody Pitkat, the Late Model of defending track champion Corey Hutchings, the SK Light of defending track champion Chris Matthews, the Limited Late Model car of Kevin Gambacorta, and the championship DARE Stock winning car of Norm Sears.

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Logano Set for SpeedwayEXPO

NASCAR phenom and 2007 NASCAR Camping World Series East champion Joey Logano will be at SpeedwayEXPO on Saturday, March 1. The 5PM autograph session will feature the Connecticut native and the reigning champions from the top series in the Northeast.

Sources: SpeedwayEXPO

Mod Nats Practice Sessions

Practice for the April 12-13 Budweiser Modified Nationals will be on Friday and Saturday April 5-6 and Friday, April 11. On each day, the pits will open at 9 pm and run until dark. There will be no grandstand sales.

Speedbowl race officials will be making tech and safety inspections on April 11. Competitors will also be allowed to leave their cars in the pit area over night.

Sources: Waterford Speedbowl PR

Strong Field for Speedway Expo

The #35 of defending Late Model champion Bruce Thomas Jr. will be one of the cars in the Speedbowl’s exhibit at the Feb. 29-March 2 Speedway Expo at the Mallary Complex at Eastern States Exposition in Springfield, MA.

The Speedbowl exhibit will also include the cars of Jay Miller (SK-Modified), Al Stone III (Sportsman), Jason Palmer (Legends) and Brad Voglesong (X-Car).

Speedway Expo hours are Friday from 5 to 9 pm, Saturday from 10 am to 9 pm and Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm.

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Mototown USA Feb. 24 Race Results Rundown


Heat Winners (10 laps): Marc Guerard, Doug Norrie

FEATURE (20 laps): MATT NORRIE, W. SUFFIELD, CONN.; Richard Wood, Jr., marc Guerard, Paul Corazzo, Sr., Jimmy Broderick; Matt Gallo, Bill Singer; (DNF) Doug Norrie, Glenn Sullivan, Justin Phillips.


Heat Winner: Marc Guerard

FEATURE: MARC GUERARD, HARTFORD; Ted Christopher, Edward Leclerc, Chester Hinkle, Matthew Brown; (DNF) William Eggimann, Richard Savary; (DNS) Charles Hughes.
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Mucciacciaro Team Readies for 2008 Season

Speedbowl SK-Modified competitor Frank Mucciacciaro Jr. is the consummate “low-buck” competitor. He’ll begin his 15th season trying to gain a spot in the 12th annual SK-150, the centerpiece of the Speedbowl’s season-opening, 10-division Budweiser Modified Nationals April 11-12.

The weekend also includes extra-distance runs for the Bowl’s Late Models, Sportsman, and Mini Stocks. The NEMA Midgets, NEMA Lites, Legends, AllStar Race Trucks, Pro4 Modifieds, and Allison Legacy Cars are also due.

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All-Star Announces Modified Thunder 150

Epping, NH – All-Star Speedway is proud to announce that Laticrete International, Inc., a leading manufacturer of innovative tile and stone installation systems based in Bethany, Connecticut has agreed to become a major sponsor of an event that promises to be one of the best open-wheeled Modified races of 2008.

The 2nd Annual Laticrete Modified Thunder 150 will take place on May 10 at All-Star Speedway in southern New Hampshire. It will be the first of a new four race series called the All-Star Modified Showdown, which will be the only series featuring many of the best NASCAR Whelen Modified Series race teams against the best of the True Value Modified Series, at a NASCAR sanctioned track.

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New Tracks Mean New Challenges for PASS South Teams

Naples, ME — New venues abound on the 2008 Pro All Stars Series (PASS) South schedule, and the addition of these speedways to the mix creates an X factor in the chase for the 2008 PASS South Super Late Model Championship.

PASS South will kick off 2008 on familiar ground at Hickory (NC) Motor Speedway on March 22nd. The Easter Bunny 150 enters its third season as the South opener, and serves as round one of the inaugural four race PASS National Championship series. Look for a host of PASS North invaders to join their Southern brethren for this one.

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Sonic Racing Products supports PASS Super Late Model racers

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Naples, ME — Pro All Stars Series (PASS) President Tom Mayberry announced today that Sonic Racing Products has agreed to provide PASS North and South Super Late Model competitors with an awards program for each division’s’ 14 race 2008 schedule.

A leading manufacturer of drive line components for motorsports, Sonic will provide $75.00 product certificates to the 3rd and 7th place finishers in every PASS North and South Super Late Model race. In addition, a total of $1,000.00 in season ending awards will be distributed. Each division’s Rookie of the Year will receive a $250.00 Sonic product certificate, and a second $250.00 certificate will go to a driver drawn at random that has competed in a minimum of 85% of their respective divisions’ 2008 events.

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Doubting If It is Real

We are pausing in our study this week to address something that creeps into all of our lives, doubt. As we examine Psalm 23 some of us may be doubting if it is real. Dan had given me this column addressing doubt. Are you doubting that God can be counted on to fulfill His promise?  Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. This is Rev. Dan letting Rev. Don have a break this week from writing;

At Racing with Jesus Ministries, we have a lot of interaction with the drivers on race day. We love to go into Victory Lane to congratulate the winner and their team. We see a celebration filled with joy and happiness. But after that we usually take a long walk through the pits and talk with those drivers as they are loading up that did not end up in Victory Lane. A lot of times we don’t see too much happiness – many times we see wrecked or broken cars and drivers and teams that had a bad race. We see misery and drivers who are very hard on themselves. They tell themselves that they don’t have the right equipment, or that they’ll never win. It’s amazing how when we are discouraged, doubt begins to show up.

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Renewals Completed, All Remaining LENOX Industrial Tools 301 Tickets on Sale Now

With annual ticket renewals and upgrades complete, all remaining tickets for the June 29 LENOX Industrial Tools 301 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at NHMS will go on sale, first-come, first-serve, at 8 a.m. on Friday, February 22.

“Our renewal rate is at an all-time high thanks to our loyal fans, and because last year’s race featured an exciting duel in the final lap,” said Jerry Gappens, Executive Vice President & General Manager of NHMS. “NASCAR Sprint Cup racing is well-received here in the Northeast. All 26 of our Sprint Cup Series races have sold-out in advance. We want the general public to know that, if they act quickly, there is a window of opportunity to secure tickets to the LENOX Industrial Tools 301 from our box office at face value.”

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Ron Hornaday Jr. Coming to SpeedwayEXPO

Three-time and defending NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series champion Ron Hornaday, Jr. will be coming to SpeedwayEXPO for an appearance on Saturday, March 1st  from 3-5PM.  Mike Skinner was originally scheduled, but is unable to attend because of his driving duties in Bill Davis’ Sprint Cup car.

Bud Mod Nats Set To Go

Waterford, CT –The 12th annual Budweiser Modified Nationals featuring the SK-150 will kick off Waterford Speedbowl’s 58th consecutive season April 12-13. Ten divisions fill the busy agenda. It is preceded by a practice on April 5-6.

Sunday’s lucrative “150,” is the oldest of the SK special events. Speedbowl regular Jeff Pearl will be looking for a second straight “150” prize while Rob Janovic Jr. will begin defense of the ’07 SK championship. Frank Ruocco, the ’06 winner, Kenny Horton, Ron Yuhas Jr., Jeff Malave and Rob Summers have all filed entries.

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Charette Aims For Quick Start

Getting off the mark in strong fashion is especially important in weekly auto racing. Dennis Charette plans on doing just that in the season-opening SK-150 at Waterford Speedbowl. “There is of course the money,” explains Charette who returns in Chris Druin’s #35 SK. “It is more than the money though because it sets the tone toward a strong season. It spreads a ton of confidence around the team and it affects the way other teams look at you. It establishes you as a contender.”

The $5,000-to win SK-150 is the centerpiece of the 12th annual, 11-division Budweiser Modified Nationals April 12-13. The first of extra-distance, extra-money SK events, it remains one of the division’s premier races.

Charette joins 2007 winner Jeff Pearl, defending champion Rob Janovic Jr. and six-time champ Dennis Gada on the list of “regulars” hoping to keep the money and prestige at home. Likely invaders, all of whom have filed entries, include Ted Christopher, Jeff Malave, Kenny Horton, 2006 winner Frank Ruocco, Doug Coby and Rob Summers.

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TVMRS Notebook

With Speedweeks and winter vacations behind us, the focus now switches to car shows and the countdown to opening day which is fast approaching. Racin’ Preview, the Marco Thomas produced wintertime stock car racing showcase, will take place Friday and Saturday February 22nd & 23rd at the Portland Expo in Portland Maine.

The TVMRS will be well represented with series officials on hand along with the modified race cars of both Jack Bateman and David Pinkham scheduled to be on display. Bateman will showcase his brand new SPAFCO # 17 racer while veteran car owner Tom Greeley debuts his new ride for Pinkham. The # 22 racer is a former Peter Daniels car driven briefly by Ben Rowe in TVMRS competition. By all accounts Greeley is a well liked and respected car owner that will be a nice addition to the TVMRS tour.

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Jay Miller and the #09 Team Prepare for 2008 Racing Season

Waterford, CT — SK Modified division driver Jay Miller and his #09 Team are busy preparing for the upcoming 2008 racing season, which promises to be an exciting one.

“Our plans are to run the full schedule at Waterford this season” said Miller. “We basically have totally revamped our primary car that we ran last year, from the ground up with all new parts and pieces. We’ll also have our backup car complete and ready to go. The team and I are really excited about the upcoming season and can’t wait for it to get started. We feel we can run competitively and contend for solid finishes.”

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Martinsville Modified Date Changes

Daytona Beach, FL — NASCAR and Martinsville Speedway announced today the Made in America Whelen 300 race has been moved back a day to Saturday, Sept. 20.

The Made in American Whelen 300 is the annual combination race with the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour.

Donny Lia captured the third edition of the Made in America Whelen 300 in 2007 en route to his first NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship. The race has had a different winner all three years.

Sources: Jason Cunningham/NASCAR WMT PR

Third Generation Driver Brent Sweet Makes SK Modified Debut

Waterford, CT -- After his first few laps in a Legends school at the Waterford Speedbowl, 16-year old Brent Sweet knew there was something special about the place. He began appreciating the allure it held for his grandfather and his father.


The family’s third generation of participation begins when Brent attempts to qualify for the SK-150, the centerpiece of the season-opening 12th annual Budweiser Modified Nationals on April 12-13. The weekend also includes extra-distance races for the NASCAR Whelen All American Series Late Models, Sportsman, and Mini Stocks. The NEMA Midgets, NEMA Lites, Legends, AllStar Race Trucks, Pro4 Modifieds, and Allison Legacy Cars are also part of the festivities.

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Bobby Grigas, III Has Breakthrough Performance at Speedweeks

Concord, NC If a driver is successful in racing, then there will come a point in their career when they shed the tag of having potential and pick up the label of being a contender. For Bobby Grigas, III that moment might have come during the 2008 version of Florida Speedweeks.

Sure, the Massachusetts native had already done some impressive things in his career by winning multiple times in the True Value Modified Racing Series and coming within a hair of winning the 2007 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Rookie of the Year title. But at New Smyrna Speedway (FL) this past week, Grigas really graduated into the big leagues.

With some of the best names in Modified racing present, Grigas finished fourth in the standings at New Smyrna. He never finished outside the top-10 all series long and only twice in seven races did he place lower than fourth. Grigas had one of the fastest on the track and his performance with it was very consistent.

“I couldn’t ask for a better finish or a better week,” said Grigas. “I’m getting a lot more seat time and that is what is helping me out. I am also getting more experience. I think that seat time is helping me out. Everyone sees that I have come a long way over the last few years.”

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Broderick, T. Mogan Among First Friday Winners

Guerard, Baumann, D. Jacobs, Routhier Share Spoils

Windsor, CT — Timex Morgan, of Rochester, N.Y., and Jimmy “Bubba” Broderick, of Brookfield, Conn., were among the winners of MototownUSA’s first Bud Light 12 Pack Series Friday night features here.

Morgan preserved his Mototown 600cc micro sprint drivers points lead by winning the 20-lap feature. Morgan led the entire green-to-checkered flag headliner over “Liquid” Lou Cicconi. Cicconi, in what he said was his first dirt track appearance in 12 years, won the 10-lap heat in a borrowed car.

Anthony Nocella took third among the feature’s seven finishers and second to Morgan, a New York Modified Midget Series regular, after five of 12 Bud Light rounds run since Jan. 6. MototownUSA officials have added an April 27th finale, replacing a snowed-out December first round, to complete the 12 pack.
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Informative Seminars Set at SpeedwayEXPO

Salisbury, MA — With the help of experts in sponsorship, media relations and racing technology, SpeedwayEXPO presented by Sunoco will offer a full line-up of educational seminars for local and regional racers over the weekend of February 29-March 2. Seminars will begin on Saturday morning and run throughout Saturday, March 1, and Sunday, March 2. A conference center has been set up in the Mallary Building at the Eastern States Exposition grounds and will be clearly marked. Seminars are free to all SpeedwayEXPO attendees.

Racing journalists Shawn Courchesne of the Hartford Courant and Travis Barrett of the Kennebec Journal & Central Maine Morning Sentinel will join writer and publisher Lenny Sammons of Area Auto Racing News and Speedway Illustrated Editor Karl Frederickson on Saturday from 11:00 to noon for “Media Relations: Grabbing Headlines.”

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