Archive for February 6th, 2008

Town Fair Tire Renews Stafford Speedway Title Sponsorship

Stafford Springs, CT — Stafford Motor Speedway has announced that they have reached an agreement with Town Fair Tire on renewing Town Fair Tire’s event title sponsorship at the Connecticut half-mile. After sponsoring Town Fair Tire Summer Heat last season, Town Fair Tire Will move their sponsorship to the 8th Annual Summer Blast-Off Presented by Town Fair Tire, scheduled for Friday, June 20th.

In addition to sponsoring the Summer Blast Off Event, Town Fair Tire will once again present a $100.00 Town Fair Tire Summer Blast-Off Bonus to the half-way leader of both the SK Modified® and Late Model feature events on June 20th.

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NEMA’s ’08 Slate Biggest in 20 Years

With the recent additions of two New Hampshire ovals – All-Star (Epping) and Twin-State (Claremont) –Northeastern Midget Association competitors will face a 19-race agenda in 2008. Eight tracks are involved in NEMA’s largest schedule in 20 years.

The 56th NEMA campaign gets underway at Thompson Speedway’s traditional season-opening Icebreaker on April 5-6. The winged wonders are part of Waterford Speedbowl’s Modified Nationals on April 12-13.

“Over the winter tracks were coming to us,” says president Mike Scrivani Jr. “Good fields of talented drivers and excellent equipment makes NEMA one of the best tours in the northeast. We are excited at the prospect of showing it off.”

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Berkley Auto Racing Gives the Keys to Eric Beers

Northampton, PA — In 2008 two fixtures on the Northeast and New England racing scene will join together and tackle one of, if not the most competitive series in the United States. Eric Beers of Northampton, Penn., will pilot the familiar yellow 46 J & R Precast Troyer Chevrolets fielded by Berkley Auto Racing and car owner Bobby Katon. Beers, who has competed on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour for the past six seasons, is looking forward to the opportunity.

“As always it will be a busy season, but I can’t wait to get going,” offered Beers, who will also pilot his own machine in selected events throughout the Northeast. “Bobby (Katon) is just a tremendous individual and I’m really looking forward to working with him and all of his guys. In addition his crew members, we’ve had the opportunity to bring over some of our crew members, Kevin Crowley will be joining Dave Phillips working as co-crew chiefs, so I think all of the pieces are in place to have success right off the bat at Thompson.”

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ACTion News 02/06/08

It looks like the American-Canadian Tour will have a pair of talented rookie hopefuls making a full-time go of it in 2008. Nick Sweet of Barre, VT and Tyler Cahoon of Danville, VT will each tackle the Tour, giving further developmental credential power to the NAPA Tiger Sportsman and Allen Lumber Street Stock division at Thunder Road. In case you missed it, Sweet put together a three-win season to take the Sportsman title at Thunder Road last year, while Cahoon, the 2000 Thunder Road Street Stock Champion, is a multi-time winner at White Mountain Motorsports Park.

In our recent Top 25 poll, Dave Moody said this of Sweet: “(In 2007) he dominated a division that is just about immune to domination… You can’t usually look at a kid this young and say, ‘He’s going to be great,’ but with Sweet, it’s a no-brainer.” A winner at five tracks in four states already, it’s likely that Sweet will (at least by the Central Vermont fans that have come to depend on his back-to-front charges in Sportsman and Street Stock events) be expected to rival the remarkably veteran-looking rookie seasons of Scott Payea in 2005 or Jamie Fisher in 1999.

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Border Crossing Regulations & Fast Track Medical Response System New for ISMA in 2008

Oswego, NY — The New Yorkers reading this will probably already be aware of the border crossing requirements that currently are in effect, as of Feb. 1, but anyone who will be crossing into Canada a couple times this season for ISMA events should take heed.

People entering the country will no longer be allowed to simply declare to immigration officers at border crossings that they are citizens. Instead, those 19 and older will have to show proof of citizenship — a passport, trusted traveler card or a birth certificate (embossed) and government-issued ID such as a driver’s license.” Research shows that the passport may not be needed entering from some other states like Ohio or Vermont until later in the year or into 2009. Apparently some states have delayed the stricter requirements. Not so in New York, however. So be safe, not sorry, by looking into it now, not later in the year.

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Bobby Grigas, III to Get ’08 Racing Season Started at Florida Speedweeks

Anything Can Happen at New Smyrna Speedway During Nine Nights of Racing

Marshfield, MA — There is no easing into the racing season for Massachusetts driver Bobby Grigas, III, who will be one of dozens of Tour-type Modified competitors who will get their 2008 campaigns started at New Smyrna Speedway this month.

Grigas is entered in the 42nd Annual World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing, commonly known as “New Smyrna Speedweeks”. The races at New Smyrna take place over a nine-day period and range from 25-lap sprint races to the prestigious 100-lap Richie Evans Memorial race. When compared typical races on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour that last for 150 laps, the pace of the Speedweeks events are fast and furious, which can lead to all kinds of interesting action.

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SK-150 Entries Coming in to Waterford Speedbowl


Kenny Horton (19) and Ruocco (97), top, and Rob Summers, right, have filed entries and are expected to be major contenders in the SK-150 at the April 12-13 Modified Nationals. All have tasted victory in the past at the ‘Bowl, Ruocco the ’06 150 champ.