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Spring Sizzler Extras

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Stafford Speedway Friday Night Racing Begins May 2

Stafford Springs, CT — Stafford Motor Speedway will kick off its 2008 regular Friday Night NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing schedule with Opening Night on Friday, May 2. Opening Night will mark the first of 20 consecutive weeks of Friday night NASCAR racing at the famed Connecticut half-mile. The 2008 Stafford Motor Speedway Friday night schedule runs from May 2 to September 12.

Opening Night at Stafford kicks off a busy month at Stafford. During the month of May, Stafford Motor Speedway has five Friday night events scheduled, including the 14th Annual Late Model 100 on May 9, and the 18th Annual TSI Harley Davidson 150 Whelen Modified Tour on May 23rd. As always, May is Youth Organization Month at Stafford Motor Speedway. For all May events, any child age 6-14 who wears a youth organization team shirt or uniform will be given free admission when accompanied by an adult.

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‘Welcome Home’ Sign For TVMS At ‘Bowl

Waterford, CT — The “welcome home” sign will be waving Saturday night when the True Value Modified Series returns to Waterford Speedbowl for the Connecticut Army National Guard 100. Ted Christopher, Dale Holdridge, Chris Pasteryak and Ed Dachenhausen, all successful in the past, will be returning.

Kirk Alexander, after a third win in as many starts, leads the TVMS back to the Speedbowl. Alexander, the defending champ, came from deep in the field to win last fall, taking advantage of the ‘Bowl’s outside groove. Dale Evonsion, Jon McKennedy, Les Hinckley, Jack Bateman, Chris Wentzel and Rob Goodenough are also contenders.

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Zudell and Cook Join NHMS Management Staff

John Zudell and Amy Cook have been named to management positions at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Zudell, named to the newly-created position of Vice President of Operations and Development, is responsible for the management of the speedway’s daily operations/maintenance functions, construction projects, and continued development of the facility.

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NEMA’s Stoehr Takes Title Bid To Seekonk

Greg Stoehr has been driving race cars for over 30 years. He’s been a Northeastern Midget Association competitor since the mid 1980s. After all that time he’s going after a championship.

The quest continues May 3-4 when NEMA takes on Seekonk Speedway, helping the “Cement Palace” open its season.

“It’s the first time I’ve ever really wanted a championship,” says Stoehr. He feels he owes the effort to the people who have helped him, notably Bruce Beane and John Andruk of Circle Performance Motors. They are the masterminds behind the unique Mazda engine that powers the Stoehr 26b.

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Thursday Night Thunder to Rumble Again at Thompson

Thompson, CT — Opening night of Thursday Night Thompson Thunder (TNTT) is set for May 22nd. The 2008 racing season marks the ninth year that the popular Thursday night race program has been thrilling race fans in New England.

Thompson’s six NASCAR Whelen All American Series divisions compete weekly in what has to be the fastest, most efficiently run race program to be found anywhere in southern New England. Feature event racing begins around 7 PM and fans are headed home by 9:30 PM. However, during that period, fans get to see six feature events with the best drivers the region has to offer.

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Change Made to DARE Stock Finish at Stafford

Stafford Springs, CT — Following post race technical inspection from the 37th Annual Tech-Net Spring Sizzler NASCAR Whelen All-American Series feature events at Stafford Motor Speedway, the following change has been made to the official DARE Stock order of finish.

Unofficial DARE Stock third place finisher Scott Roy was disqualified from the official order of finish. Roy’s car was found to exceed the maximum 11 to 1 compression ratio for DARE Stock engines, and he was disqualified from his finishing position of third.

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Christopher Captures Spring Sizzler at Stafford

Veteran Earns 28th Career Victory

Stafford Springs, CT — Ted Christopher captured the second event of the 2008 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season when he drove to victory Sunday in the Tech-Net Spring Sizzler at Stafford Motor Speedway.

Christopher moved to the front on lap 172 following the 10th caution of the day and never relinquished the lead.

“We worked on the motor program this winter,” Christopher said. “The motor is good. It’s got a lot of power. That thing comes off the bottom and never stops pulling.”

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Alexander Shines in Monadnock Opener

Winchester, NH — Point leader and defending series champion Kirk Alexander, Swanzey, NH., returned to his home race track Saturday night, started last in a 26 car field, passed cross town rival Rob Goodenough on lap 86, to win the” Bond Auto Parts 100″ in front of a near capacity crowd at Monadnock Speedway. The True Value Modified Racing Series event was Alexander’s 28th career victory and his third season opening win at the track known as “The Dog.”

Pole sitter Chris Pasteryak, Lisbon, CT., set a torrid pace holding off the constant challenges of 2007 Rookie of the Year, Peter Jarvis, Acutney,VT., Jarvis stayed within striking distance of Pasteryak with Bryan Shumway, Belchertown, MA., last years winner, Les Hinckley, Windsor Locks, CT., and 2006 champion Dwight Jarvis,Ascutney, in hot pursuit.

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Gada And Yuhas Score At Speedbowl

Waterford, CT — Six-time champion Dennis Gada charged from a 20th-place starting spot, passed Jeff Pearl with 10-laps remaining and went on to win Saturday evening’s 35-lap SK Modified feature at the Waterford Speedbowl. It was the 59th career triumph for the 2008 Budweiser Modified Nationals winner. Following Gada was Ron Yuhas Jr, Keith Rocco, Pearl , and Frank Ruocco.

In other action, Ron Yuhas Jr. grabbed the first Late Model win of his career in taking down the hotly-contested 30-lap main event. Starting deep in the field, Yuhas, a veteran Modified competitor, took the lead from Ed Reed Jr. Defending champion Bruce Thomas Jr., who was after a third straight win, slipped past Reed for second. Marc Curtis and, Tim Jordan completed the top five.

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Gada & Yuhas Capture Speedbowl Honors

Waterford, CT — Dennis Gada charged from a 20th-place starting spot to pass Jeff Pearl with 10-laps remaining to win the 35-lap SK Modified at Waterford Speedbowl Saturday evening. It was the second victory of the season for the 6-time champion. Following Gada across the line was Ron Yuhas Jr, Keith Rocco, Pearl, and, Frank Ruocco.

SK Modified driver Ron Yuhas Jr. took the first Late Model win of his career. Starting deep in the field, he passed early leader Ed Reed Jr. following a late-race caution. Defending champion Bruce Thomas Jr. slipped past Reed for second. Completing the top-5 were Marc Curtis, and, Tim Jordan.

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Rolfe Holds Cyr Off for Oxford ACT Victory

Home track stock car favorite Ricky Rolfe of Albany Twp., ME held off a fast-closing Jean-Paul Cyr to win the American-Canadian Tour (ACT) New England Dodge Dealers 150 at Oxford Plains Speedway on Saturday.  Cyr’s late charge was enough to bring him alongside Rolfe’s Race Basics/Swasey Excavation #51 Ford with less than ten laps remaining, but the former track champion won by about two car lengths.

“We lapped a lot of cars early, but when the field started to catch up, I had to try some new lines around the track,” said Rolfe.  “We found that the upper groove was the place to be, and it worked.”

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Preece Earns First Career Pole at Stafford

Tech-Net Spring Sizzler Set to go Green Sunday at 2:30 p.m.

Stafford Springs, CT — A year ago, Ryan Preece was packing up the trailer and heading home after Tech-Net Spring Sizzler qualifying. The 17-year-old was in much better spirits Saturday afternoon after earning the Coors Light Pole Award for Sunday’s NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race at Stafford Motor Speedway.

Preece’s time of 18.057 seconds (99.684 mph) around the half-mile in the No. 3 Mizzy Construction/FJ Hubnay Chevrolet was fast enough to edge Eric Beers (No. 46 Reynold’s Wrecking/J&R Pre-Cast Chevrolet) and earn his first career pole. Beers was second in 18.084 (99.536).

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CT Governor Jodi Rell to Serve as Grand MArshal for Spring Sizzler at Stafford

Stafford Springs, CT — The 37th annual Tech-Net Spring Sizzler presented by CARQUEST will have Connecticut Governor M. Jodi Rell serve as Grand Marshal. The governor is no stranger to Stafford Motor Speedway. She and her family have visited the NASCAR half-mile on several previous occasions, serving as grand marshal for a Stafford event once while she was the Lieutenant Governor, and then again serving as the Grand Marshal for the 2006 Tech-Net Spring Sizzler.

“We are very proud and honored to welcome the Governor of Connecticut to Stafford Speedway and have her serve as our Spring Sizzler Grand Marshal,” said Mark Arute, SMS COO/GM.

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NASCAR Fridays at NHMS Will Be Heluva Good!®

Heluva Good!®, a leading producer of real sour cream dips, cheese, and condiments, will sponsor the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pole Days and the NASCAR Camping World Series East races on Friday, June 27, 2008 and Friday, September 12, 2008 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Both Fridays will be designated as the “Heluva Good!® Pole Days”.  The NASCAR Camping World Series East events will be named the Heluva Good!® 125 in June and September.

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A Time For Everything

Many times in life we question why things happen. The timing of things puzzle us. Why did this happen? Why now? How do we deal with things that we don’t understand. Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Events happen in our life that do not follow the plan we have in our head. Think of a race day, how many of them go the way you planned? One thing is guaranteed about race day, it will not go the way you planned. We adapt and get thorough it the best way we can.


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Adams Leads Oxford Plains Drivers to ACT Event

Champion stock car driver Travis Adams will lead his home-track contingent to the American-Canadian Tour’s New England Dodge Dealers 150 at Oxford Plains Speedway on Saturday, April 26. Adams, of Canton, ME won the last ACT Late Model Tour event held at the fast 3/8-mile oval in October, and has captured three of the last five Late Model Track Championships there.

Long touted as a potential winner in ACT competition, Adams downplayed the situation until he finally broke through in 2007. “It’s like you’re just one of the competitive ones – ‘Oh, he’s a threat to win,'” he told writer Travis Barrett at a press conference on Tuesday, “but if you don’t win, I don’t really consider you a threat.” Adams dropped the self-imposed illusion following his October score, a race in which he battled former Oxford Plains Speedway ACT Late Model Tour event winner Scott Dragon of Milton, VT for nearly 150 laps. He also finished third at the Time Warner Cable 100 at OPS in August, and then became the fourth OPS regular to win an ACT race, joining Ricky Rolfe (2002), Ryan Moore (2001), and two-time winner Shawn Martin (2004 and ’06).


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Greatest American Heroes

Former Champions And WWII Veterans Gahan And Byron To Be Honored

For those individuals who bravely served their country during World War II and went on to propel America into a booming post-war era, Tom Brokaw famously coined the term ‘The Greatest Generation.’ This weekend NASCAR will honor a pair of Modified champions who served nobly before their names were ever etched in the racing history books.

As part of a season-long celebration of 60 years of Modified champions, NASCAR will honor legends Red Byron and Ernie Gahan at Stafford Motor Speedway in Stafford Springs, Conn., this Sunday prior to the Tech-Net Spring Sizzler. But before the pair had achieved anything of note on a racetrack, they had already accomplished so much wearing the Stars and Stripes.

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Stafford Ready to Debut Late Model Spec Engine Program

Stafford Springs, CT — In Stafford Motor Speedway’s pursuit of new ways to cut costs for its competitors, the track has been working with drivers, engine builders, and NASCAR to come up with a spec motor for its SK Modified® and Late Model divisions. These spec motors will be a more affordable form of horsepower that will be a viable option and be able to compete with the engines that are currently in competition. While the SK Modified® Spec Motor Program is still in the developmental stages, the Late Model Spec Motor program is ready to make its on-track debut.

Stafford’s NASCAR Officials have decided that the best way to prove the viability of the Late Model spec motor is to have the spec motor in competition at Stafford. If the SMS Officials feel that there needs to be any adjustments, i.e. weight, they will adjust the rules, and the rules for the spec motor can be reviewed and changed at any time.

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Points And Positions Up For Grabs

Waterford, CT — Points and positions will be up for grabs in Saturday night’s 35-lap SK-Modified feature, the headline event of another five-division program at Waterford Speedbowl. Diego Monahan takes the SK point lead in the evening but it is a very short one.

Two “guaranteed” spots for the May 3 Connecticut National Guard True Value Modified Series 100 are also part of the spoils. The highest two “interested” finishers will get the slots.

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True Value Spots Part of Saturday’s Spoils

Waterford, CT — The top two “interested” finishers in Saturday night’s 35-lap SK-Modified feature will have “guaranteed” spots in the May 3 Connecticut Army National Guard True Value Modified Series 100. This continues a unique relationship between the ‘Bowl and TVMS.

The SK feature tops a five-division program that also includes a 30-lap Late Model feature and 20 lappers for the Sportsman, Mini Stock and Legends divisions. Qualifying starts at 5 PM.

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ACTion News 4/23/08

Last July, it was only a proverbial “matter of time” before young Joey Polewarczyk won his first American-Canadian Tour Late Model stock car race. Many saw the potential for the rising star, and he delivered at Seekonk Speedway in August. Now he’s up to two ACT wins, having dominated Sunday’s 100-lap New Hampshire Governor’s Cup race. The 18 year-old Hudson, NH driver passed Lee USA Speedway legend Larry Gelinas for the lead on lap 10 and never looked back. At times before the race’s final caution period on lap 66, Polewarczyk more than a full straightaway lead.

On paper, that looks a little boring, but the fact is that the battles for position throughout the remainder of the field were excellent. Gelinas, John Donahue, Randy Potter, Cris Michaud, Scott Payea, and Eddie MacDonald put on a great show as they swapped positions, darting around lapped traffic. However, one lapped car, the driven by Donald Theetge, set up an outside-lane mistake by Donahue, costing him a chance at a podium finish. As Donahue and Payea ran door-to-door for third place on the previously mentioned lap 66, they split Theetge’s slowing car (the former Série ACT Castrol Champion had handling issues throughout the main event) – Payea filling the open hole on the inside lane, Donahue bravely daring to go three-wide up high. The result was Donahue looping the National Guard #26 Ford in Turn 4, bringing out the yellow flag.


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Touring with the Pro-4’S

Richardi Family Racing…Organized Chaos

Easton, MA: While the Pro-4 Division has a few weeks off, I went looking for some victims (I mean competitors) to get to know better. When the Richardi’s were called, they were very gracious and invited me for dinner so we could talk in a casual setting with the whole family present. With Roast Chicken, mashed potatoes and fresh broccoli set on the table, it was time to get to know the characters better. Rob Sr. has been into racing for a long time. Until seven years ago, most of his experience, however, was in Drag Racing. Barbara’s interest came from being the only female in a seemingly men’s world. Robby, now 23, captured the racing bug at the young age of seven when he was taken to see a race in New Hampshire. Instantly he was focused on the track and what was happening on the other side of the fence. Twenty-one year old David, followed in his brothers’ footsteps and wanted to show big brother that he was just as good if not better in competition.

Having very different styles on the track, both of the boys started in the SYRA (Seekonk Youth Racing Association) division about seven years ago at Seekonk Speedway and the Mini Cup Division on the New Hampshire and Maine tracks. Robby loves to run hard and believes that he can conquer whatever or whoever challenges him. David tends to be a little more cautious but won’t back down from the job at hand. When asked who was the better driver, they both hesitated, looked at each other and claimed that the other was better. While in SYRA, both of these young men brought home many awards, from Rookie of the Year, to Wins, and Points placement. Since joining the Pro-4 Club ( in 2003), the awards have kept coming. Some of them being very outstanding and prestigious.


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Miss Connecticut to Perform National Anthem at Spring Sizzler

Stafford Springs, CT — Stafford Motor Speedway will welcome the reigning Miss Connecticut, Dana Daunis to the track to perform the National Anthem for the track’s 37th Annual Tech-Net Spring Sizzler. Daunis will join Connecticut Governor Jodi Rell to give the track a distinct Connecticut flavor.

“We are looking forward to having Miss Connecticut perform our National Anthem at the Tech-Net Spring Sizzler,” said Lisa Arute, SMS Executive Vice President. “This will mark the first time we have ever had a Miss Connecticut performing the National Anthem at Stafford Motor Speedway.”

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Attention: Seekonk Sport Truck Owners

With the change to Hoosier racing tires this spring, we have identified a problem that we would like to bring to the attention of our Sport Truck teams immediately. During practice, it was determined that GM chassis trucks are prone to have an issue with the right front tire rubbing the outer tie rod. At this time, it seems to have only affected the GM trucks. We have developed the following options to combat this issue. Unless other chassis are found to have a problem these options will be given to GM owners only.

1) Spindles: Some trucks have moved the steering arm on the spindle to give a clearance of no less than one-half (1/2″) an inch between the tie rod and tire. Please note that this modification should only be done by someone who specializes in this type of work.


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NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour on the Air: Week of April 21-27

Daytona Beach, FL — The following is a list of NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour drivers that will appear on radio shows for the week of April 21-27.

Tuesday, April 22

Ronnie Silk – “Dialed In,” XM Radio (Ch. 144), 4 – 7 p.m.

Ronnie Silk – “Manifold Destiny,” Sirius Satellite Radio (Ch. 128), 9 p.m. – 12 a.m.

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Near-Record Speeds In Speedbowl Action

Waterford, CT — The respective last laps in last Saturday night’s features are Waterford Speedbowl, including at 14.096 seconds effort by eventual SK-Modified winner Rob Janovic Jr., were all close to existing “qualifying” records.

Janovic’s lap was a mere .003 off the SK record set at last year’s Pepsi 300 by Kenny Horton. It was actually not the fastest SK lap of the night, the electronic scoring catching Jeff Pearl below the 14-second bracket in a heat.

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Developer for NYC Kingsbridge Armory midget site picked

New York CIty, NY — The New York City Economic Development Corp. has picked The Related Companies to redevelop The Bronx’s Kingsbridge Armory – a former Post World War II indoor midget track venue.

The Related’s plans include renovating what has been billed as the world’s largest armory into mostly commercial space. Related’s plans, whose details were not available as of press time, include some community space among a big box retailer, a cinema, a bank branch, a fitness center and a local business incubator to fit within the armory’s 575,000 square feet.

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Near-Record Speeds In Speedbowl Action

Waterford, CT — The respective last laps in last Saturday night’s features are Waterford Speedbowl, including at 14.096 seconds effort by eventual SK-Modified winner Rob Janovic Jr., were all close to existing “qualifying” records.

Janovic’s lap was a mere .003 off the SK record set at last year’s Pepsi 300 by Kenny Horton. It was actually not the fastest SK lap of the night, the electronic scoring catching Jeff Pearl below the 14-second bracket in a heat.

“The asphalt has just aged so perfectly,” offers Janovic, the defending champion. “The temperature and the humidity have been right for the engines generating optimum power. That is a factor but I think it’s more than that. It’s the asphalt.”
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Get up close to the action!

Pre-race pit passes are now available for the LENOX Industrial Tools 301 on Sunday, June 29 and for the SYLVANIA 300 on Sunday, September 14 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Availability is limited. Guests must be at least 18 years of age.

Tickets for all NASCAR events at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, including the LENOX Industrial Tools 301 on June 29 and the SYLVANIA 300 on September 14, are available online or by calling our Ticket Hotline at (603) 783-4931.

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