Archive for June 20th, 2008

Track Facts: New England 100

New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Loudon, N.H.

Saturday, June 28, 2008

1:00 p.m. (EDT)

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Two-Time Modified Champion Spencer to be Honored at New Hampshire

NASCAR to Recognize Spencer on June 28

Daytona Beach, FL — As part of a season-long celebration of 60 years of Modified champions, two-time NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour titlist Jimmy Spencer will be honored at the New England 100 on June 28 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Spencer, who currently works for SPEED TV as a co-host for “NASCAR Raceday” and “NASCAR Victory Lane,” became the first driver to earn back-to-back NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championships in 1986 and 1987. He is one of just three NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour drivers to capture consecutive titles.
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Honor The Father

How was your Father’s Day? Did you take the time to remember your Dad and acknowledge him? How about your heavenly Father, did you thank Him for everything He has done for you? Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Father’s Day is another time when we seek to recognize one of our parents. Let’s face it without either one we would not be here. God’s idea of parents is not necessarily held by the world today. As we discussed last week, God created the family with certain roles and responsibilities. I hope and pray that your Dad understands his responsibility and has tried to honor God in his leadership of his family.
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Kyle Busch, Regan Smith sign on for PASS North at All Star Speedway

Naples ME — Add NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers Kyle Busch and Regan Smith to the list of confirmed entries for the June 28th Pro All Stars Series (PASS) North super late model race at All-Star Speedway.

Busch currently sits atop the Sprint Cup standings in his #18 Joe Gibbs Racing M&Ms Toyota Camry, while Smith resides in the 30th spot in the #01 Dale Earnhardt Incorporated Principal Financial Services Chevrolet Impala SS.

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Touring with the Pro-4s


Having been born into a racing family, a normal week growing up for Stan Mertz meant heading to the races at Speedway 95 in Hermon, ME. Both his grandfather and father raced. In fact, they were at the track so often that they had their own seating section. If someone else attempted to sit in “their seats” many of the other fans, in the same section, would send the unsuspecting race goers packing. He has always enjoyed short track racing, believing that it’s considered grass roots racing. Mertz got his start in Maine in what was called the Late Model division, however, that division is more like the Street Stocks of today. Unfortunately for Stan, The money ran out and family obligations soon took precedence over being in a race car. Even though he couldn’t return to the driver’s seat in ME he made an effort to watch the action when ever he could but always wanted to return as a competitor instead of just a fan. Sitting in the stands instead of in a molded one just wasn’t working for Mr. Mertz.

Nearly a dozen years or so ago, he was relocated to Massachusetts. After a decade of being a faithful fan, and his children being nearly grown, Stan once again got an “itch” he had to scratch. One by one he would by a special tool or two. Linda, his long time companion, knew he was up to something, but decided to wait it out and see what he was going to do. With each tool that entered the house, she would give him “the look” (and for all of you guys involved in a relationship, you know what look I’m talking about!) and let him put it aside for that someday project. Soon after-wards, he heard that Joe Lillie was selling a Sports Truck. Needless to say, Mertz scooped it up and was ready to go racing at the Cement Palace. The boys at Elm Street Garage in Mansfield, MA made sure the car was ready to go for the season opener. During the first few weeks, the truck was fast. It did well right from the start but during a practice run, Stan wiped it out. Joe Lillie and the guys at 2B Racing and Fabrication took the truck back with them and had it race ready the following week. Many of the competitors in the division were quite surprised to see it. The truck never handled the same after that and at the end of the season, he decided to sell it.
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