Archive for June, 2008
Winchester, NH — One of the northeast’s all time modified greats will return to his old stomping grounds Saturday night, July 5, when Ken Bouchard, voted one of NASCAR’s all-time top 50 modified drivers, competes in his first True Value Modified Racing Series event at Monadnock Speedway, Winchester, NH. Saturday’s traditional race, the “Firecracker 100,” will be a guaranteed starter event for the Sunoco Mod-Mania weekend at Thompson, CT., Sept 6, 7. Monadnock fans will also be treated to a gigantic digital fireworks show, one of the best in the state.
Bouchard, 53, Fitchburg, MA., a former competitor on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and Craftsman Truck Series, will compete in the Turcotte Motorsports modified driven recently by TVMRS champion Kirk Alexander, and earlier this year by Louie Mechalides.
Continue reading ‘Ken Bouchard to Enter True Value Modified Race at Monadnock’
It’s been a long road, but Jay Miller and team finally find victory lane at the Bowl.
SK Modified driver Jay Miller had been close many times to winning an SK division feature at the Waterford Speedbowl, and actually had the trophy for a few days. Jay was a winner back in 2001 at Waterford when he finished second and first place finisher Eric Berndt was DQ’d.
Continue reading ‘Long Road Ends with Jay Miller in SK Modified Victory Lane’
Jon Dickerman, Charlie Rose Jr and Bob Bettencourt Jr. visit Victory Lane
Seekonk MA Fred Astle Jr of Westport MA picked up his third win of the season in the Propane Plus 75 lap main event at Seekonk Speedway Saturday night. In addition to the extra $2500 cash that was handed out in Victory Lane by Tim Johnson, he padded his point lead in the ARC Pro Stocks.
“The car was just awesome tonight. These rookie’s are getting tough to beat” Fred said in Victory Lane, referring to rookie Jake Vanada of Berkeley, MA keeping his Propane Plus sponsored Ford at the front of the field for the middle portion of the race. “Thanks to Propane Plus for the extra money. It’s great to have companies helping out our efforts. For a while I was the only guy in the pits. Most of the crew is up in NH tonight. But they got the Woodframe Structures, Spring Break Chevy ready for tonight.”
Continue reading ‘Fred Astle Earns $4,000 Dollar Payday in Picking Up Propane Plus 75’
Waterford, CT — Scoring an extremely popular first-ever SK Modified victory at Waterford Speedbowl on Saturday evening was Jay Miller.
Other feature winners were Tim Jordan (Late Model), Walt Hovey (Sportsman), Raymond Christian III (Mini Stock), and Shaun Buffington (Legends).
Continue reading ‘Jay Miller Scores Career-First SK Modified Victory At Speedbowl’
Newburgh, NY — For the third time this season Mother Nature forced the cancellation of the ALNRS scheduled race at Canaan Fair Speedway. The ALNRS will return to action on July 12 when they make a return to Wiscassett Speedway in Wiscassett, ME for the first time in over two years.
Waterford, CT — Scoring an extremely popular first-ever win in the 35-lap SK Modified feature at Waterford Speedbowl on Saturday evening was Jay Miller.
Other feature winners were Tim Jordan (Late Model), Walt Hovey (Sportsman), Raymond Christian III (Mini Stock), and Shaun Buffington (Legends).
Continue reading ‘Miller & Jordon Among Speedbowl Winners’
Rain has forced the postponement of the American-Canadian Tour’s White Mountain 150 at White Mountain Motorsports Park in North Woodstock, NH on Saturday, June 28, and the Serie ACT Castrol’s Montmagny 100 at Autodrome Montmagny Speedway in Montmagny, QC on Sunday, June 29.
Qualifying heats were completed at White Mountain Motorsports Park before inclement weather swept in. Heats were won by Brad Leighton, Pete Potvin, III, and rookies Nick Sweet and Jonathan Urlin. The White Mountain 150 has been rescheduled for Saturday, August 2. No make-up date has been announced for the Montmagny 100.
The American-Canadian Tour is back in action on Saturday, July 13 at Kawartha Speedway in Fraserville, ON. The Serie ACT Castrol is at Autodrome St-Felicien in St-Felicien, QC on Saturday, July 5. For more information, call (802) 244-6963, or visit www.acttour.com or www.laserieactcastrol.com.
Continue reading ‘Rain Washes Away ACT Race Weekend’
Earns His Seventh Career Victory
Loudon, NH — Chuck Hossfeld led just one lap in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race Saturday afternoon at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, but it was the one that counted the most as he took the checkered flag in a photo finish in the New England 100.
Hossfeld battled Ted Christopher for a number of laps down the stretch, making the pass for the lead in Turns 1 and 2, but falling back to second in Turns 3 and 4. On the final lap, he made a move entering Turn 3 on Christopher and won the drag race out of Turn 4 to the finish by .001 seconds.
Continue reading ‘Hossfeld Edges Christopher in Photo Finish at New Hampshire’
Lee, NH — After three restart attempts, Bobby Santos III had “had enough.” Driving the family #98, Santos powered past Jeremy Frankoski heading into lap nine and went on to a convincing Northeastern Midget Association victory Friday night at Lee USA Speedway.
After the restart problems, the feature went 17 green laps to the checker and Santos took full advantage. He was a quarter lap in front of point leader Randy Cabral at the checkered. Joey Payne Jr. was third.
Continue reading ‘Santos Romps To Lee USA NEMA Victory’
Stafford Springs, CT — The Late Model division took center stage at Stafford Motor Speedway this past Friday night with the first of two extra distance 100-lap feature events of the 2008 season. Dillon Moltz drove to his third consecutive Late Model feature victory of the season in the 100-lapper, with Woody Pitkat winning the 40-lap SK Modified® feature, Mark Bakaj winning the 20-lap SK Light Modified feature, Joey Ferrigno winning the 20-lap Limited Late Model feature, and Robert Thompson winning the 15-lap DARE Stock feature event.
The 100-lap Late Model feature saw Dillon Moltz continue his hot streak by recording his third straight Late Model feature victory. Scott Cook took the early race lead from the pole and led the first 18 laps before contact from Brian Chapin sent him spinning in turn 4. Corey Hutchings took over the race lead and he led the race to lap-27 when Joe Rzeszutek took over the top spot. Rzeszutek held the lead under a long green flag stretch of the race until Moltz ran him down and took the lead on lap-67. From that point to the finish, Moltz was never seriously challenged as he scored his third consecutive feature win. Rzeszutek finished second, with Hutchings, Ryan Posocco, and Scott Foster, Jr. rounding out the top-5.
Continue reading ‘Dillon Moltz Wins Late Model 100 at Stafford Speedway’
Several milestones are possible when the Northeastern Midget Association visits Lee USA Speedway Friday night. It will be the 25th Lee USA result going back to Walter Gale’s win on June 12, 1966.
Tim Bertrand and Randy Cabral take 22-point leads over Gene Angelillo and Joey Payne Jr. in the respective driver and owner standings. Greg Stoehr and Erica Santos are tied for third in the driver standings with rookie William Wall fifth.
Due to last-minute permit issues, the elephant race scheduled as part of the pre-race activities Sunday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway has been cancelled.
“We didn’t know until late yesterday that there were pachyderm permits required to move an elephant across state lines, and apparently, there are some health certifications required as well,” said Jerry Gappens, executive vice president and general manager of the speedway. “We’re disappointed, but we simply don’t have the time to comply properly with all the federal procedures.
Chuck Hossfeld Will Start on the Pole Saturday
Loudon, NH — Unfavorable weather conditions at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Thursday washed out time trials for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour. Current points leader Chuck Hossfeld will now start on the pole for Saturday’s New England 100.
With the rainout lineup, the field for the New England 100 was set according to the NASCAR rule book. Hossfeld, who has finished no worse than fourth in each of the season’s first four races, will lead the field of 38 cars down the front stretch at the “Magic Mile” on Saturday. Hossfeld will be joined in the front row by Ted Christopher, whose nine wins at New Hampshire are a track record.
Continue reading ‘Rain Washes Out NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Qualifying’
Stafford Springs, CT — Stafford Motor Speedway has announced that NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series points leader Johnny Benson, Jr. will be part of the ISMA Supermodified field for the Tuesday, July 8th CARQUEST Extreme Tuesday program. Benson is the most recent winner on the Craftsman Truck Series, winning at the Milwaukee Mile, and he currently leads Todd Bodine by 50 points in the Craftsman Truck Series points standings. Benson’s visit to Stafford will be his first visit behind the wheel at the Connecticut half-mile.
“I’ve heard lots of good things about Stafford, but I’ve never seen it before,” said Benson. “That definitely should make it more exciting!”
Continue reading ‘Johnny Benson, Jr. to Drive ISMA Supermodified in CARQUEST Extreme Tuesday’
Stafford Springs, CT — The stars and cars of the ISMA Supermodified division return to Stafford Motor Speedway on Tuesday, July 8th for the 5th Annual CARQUEST Extreme Tuesday event. Joining the ISMA Supermodified field will be open-wheel legend Bentley Warren, who has four career ISMA Supermodified championships, and ranks third on the all-time ISMA Supermodified winners list with 41 career victories.
“I’m absolutely looking forward to coming back to Stafford to race,” said Warren. “Stafford is a great track, I love racing there, and hopefully I can get another win at Stafford.”
Continue reading ‘Bentley Warren Returns to Stafford for 5th Annual CARQUEST Extreme Tues. on July 8th’
Thompson, CT — After a full slate of qualifying, the combination of rain and dense humidity forced the postponement of Thompson’s Super Six NASCAR Whelen All-American Series action on Thursday Night. The rains came just as the Mini Stock division was preparing to take the green. After an extended and rigorous attempt to dry the track, management was forced to reschedule the program in its entirety.
Rain checks will be honored next week, Thursday, July 3, 2008 when the racing community will be treated to an action-packed night of racing that will include all six of Thompson regular divisions that will also feature double features for the Sunoco Modified division and a 25-lap extra-distance race for the TIS Modifieds. Joining the Super Six will be the exciting Northeastern Midget Association (NEMA) for their traditional Independence Day visit.
Continue reading ‘Rain Halts Thursday Night Program at Thompson’
Thompson, CT — The mighty Midgets of NEMA return to the Thompson International Speedway to kick off this year’s 4th of July celebration. The incredible Midget race cars have been part of the tradition at Thompson for over sixty years and will be in the holiday spotlight on Thursday, July 3rd.
The Midget field will be lead by current NEMA points leader Randy Cabral. He’ll be joined by drivers like Joey Payne, Greg Stoehr, Erica Santos, William Wall and many more. A full field is expected as Thompson International Speedway begins the holiday weekend celebration with a full line up of racing competition.
It is official, it is summertime. The kids are out of school. Vacation plans are being made. It is the lazy, hazy days of summer. What do you have planned for this summer? Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Summertime means an opportunity to spend more time enjoying the great outdoors. We took our first trip to Maine and spent some quality time relaxing. It is good to get away and recharge your batteries once in a while.
Continue reading ‘It’s Summertime!’
Seekonk, MA — Less than 2 weeks to go before the nation celebrates her biggest day of the year, as folks from sea to shining sea celebrate the birthday of America. One of the biggest celebrations in our area happens on Sunday, July 6, at the Seekonk Speedway, as thousands and thousands of fans cheer on their fellow man in many a competition.
The afternoon starts off at 5pm with the spectator drags. One on one drag races around the 1/3 mile oval keeps the competitors on their toes. This competition is open to all coupes, sedans and station wagons. The only thing you need is a helmet and some confidence you can beat someone else around the racetrack.
Continue reading ‘Seekonk Speedway Gears Up for Fourth of July Celebration with $2,000 to Win Demolition Derby’
Waterford, CT — Fresh from a four-year racing hiatus, Shaun Buffington celebrated his return by notching the 20-lap Legends feature at the Waterford Speedbowl Wednesday evening.
Other main event winners were Greg “Magic Man” Moran (Super X Car), John Bowes (X Car), and Dean Christensen (X Modified).
The Race: New England 100
The Place: New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Loudon, N.H.
The Date: Saturday, June 28
The Time: 1 p.m. ET
Track Layout: 1.058-mile oval
Race Purse: $170,245
2007 Winner: Donny Lia
2007 Pole: Ted Christopher
Schedule: Thursday, Practice: 11:15-11:50 a.m., 12:55-1:35 p.m., Time Trials: 3:20 p.m.; Saturday: Practice: 8:15-8:55 a.m.
Whelen Modified Tour Makes First 2008 Stop at “Magic Mile”
The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will make the first of it’s two annual stops at New Hampshire Motor Speedway this weekend for the New England 100.
Each trip to the “Magic Mile” is a highlight on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour schedule as the races regularly attract the largest crows and the biggest entry list. This Saturday’s race will be no different. As of Monday there were 44 posted entries.
Waterford, CT — Multi-time champion Allen Coates will return to Speedbowl Late Model competition wheeling a machine owned by Scott Gregory.
Sponsored by Foxwoods Resort Casino, B & W Landscaping, and Roy & Sons Auto Body, the car is a former Scott Fearn-owned mount and will carry Coates’ familiar # 90.
Daytona Beach, FL — After a fellow competitor protested his victory at Stafford (Conn.) Motor Speedway Friday night, Keith Rocco had to wait until Monday to find out whether the win held up. It did, and Tuesday Rocco found himself atop the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national standings. By one point.
The 23-year-old Wallingford, Conn., driver has four wins and 13 top fives in 18 races at a trio of Connecticut short tracks – Stafford, Thompson International Speedway and the Waterford Speedbowl. Rocco’s 686 points give him an edge over Coleman Pressley of Greenville-Pickens Speedway in South Carolina. Pressley has seven wins and 15 top fives in 16 starts.
Connecticut Native Will Race the Magic Mile for the First Time This Weekend
Concord, NC — It’s not often when drivers get to race at their dream tracks. But not only does Glen Reen get to fulfill his lifelong dream of racing at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in the New England 100, he will also get to do it against his racing heroes. Ted Christopher and Mike Stefanik are a few of the guys who Reen watched tackle the one-mile oval as he was growing up, and now he’ll get to draft and bang wheels with some of the best in Modified racing.
“I am super excited, to be honest,” said Reen. “We ran shifter karts there for about two years, 80 cc and 125. I remember going there and getting all excited. That’s where the big guys race, and now to actually run on the same weekend with some of the big guys is amazing.”
Just a quick note to let you all know that I have picked up a ride in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race this Satruday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway! I’ll be driving the black #40 owned by the Preece family. Ryan Preece is driving the #3 for the Boehler’s this year and his father wanted to bring their car to Loudon to get some exposure for their sponsors, so I was asked to drive it. It’s a brand new Troyer car with a fresh engine, so we should be ready to take a shot at a podium finish.
Most of you know that Loudon is one of my favorite places to race and I’ve had some good runs there in the past. Here’s a quick rundown of my races there:
Naples ME — The Pro All Stars Series (PASS) North super late models are poised to invade All-Star Speedway in Epping NH this weekend and if you believe that there’s nothing better than a short track Saturday night, All-Star is the place you’ll want to be!
The Pro All Stars 200 will pit Sprint Cup stars Kyle “Rowdy” Busch and Regan Smith against the toughest short track racers in the east. Busch and Smith will be taking on a full field of PASS veterans and young guns, each one anxious to beat these two drivers that compete at the top of the motorsports heap each weekend.
Continue reading ‘All-Stars 200 is a Race Fan’s Dream Come True’
Daytona Beach, FL — The following is a list of NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour drivers that will appear on radio shows during the week of June 23-29.
Tuesday, June 24
Ronnie Silk, winner of the New England Dodge Dealers 75 – “Manifold Destiny,” Sirius Satellite Radio (Ch. 128), 9 p.m. – 12 a.m.
Wednesday, June 25
Jeff Fuller, 1992 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Champion – “Tradin’ Paint,” Sirius Satellite Radio (Ch. 128), 10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Continue reading ‘NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour on the Air: Week of June 23-29’
Wiscasset, ME — The True Value Modified Racing Series swings back into action Saturday night July 28, making its first appearance at yet another new venue, Wiscasset Raceway, Wiscasset, ME. The series drivers will compete in a 100 lap green flag race presented by Wiscasset Ford. The race is also a qualifying event for the prestigious Sunoco Mod-Mania event at Thompson, CT., in September.
Maine drivers David Pinkham, Buxton, and Tony Ricci, Westbrook, lead the list of expected entries. Additionally, Kirk Alexander, the all-time series winner, and a three-time champion, will try to add the Wiscasset oval to his win list. To date Alexander has won at every track competed on by the series. Pinkham has been victorious as both Beech Ridge and Waterford Speedways while Ricci has won series events at Lee and the former Star Speedway.
Continue reading ‘Pinkham, Ricci, To Meet Fans at Wiscasset Pre-Race Party’