Archive for October 9th, 2008

Deane Mercier

Deane Mercier, 62, of Norwalk, (“The Cowboy”) passed away Monday of a heart attack. Deane was a true veteran of motorsports, from writing for Area Auto Racing News years ago to most recently writing for Long Island Motorsports. Most of you would recognize his deep voice as the host announcer at Jack Arute’s Stafford Motor Speedway welcoming you each week to the speedway. On any given night, at the Stafford Motor Speedway, you would hear him enjoying a hearty laugh while working with Matt Buckler and Ben Dodge, Jr. in the booth.

When ever Deane had a free moment at the speedway, he could be seen outside the press box just watching the races. He truly was one of the nice guys of the sport. Deane was an asset to the local racing community and he will be deeply missed. At Speedway EXPO 2008, I had a chance to chat with Deane about “NEAR” and racings good old days.
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Sweet and Hamel Take ACT Top Rookie Honors

Two freshman Late Model stock car drivers have earned 2008 Rookie of the Year titles in the premier touring divisions of the American-Canadian Tour, as Barre, VT’s Nick Sweet and Patrick Hamel of St-Édouard-de-Lotbinière, QC earned their laurels on the ACT Late Model Tour and the Série ACT-Castrol, respectively.

Sweet, 23, graduated to the ACT Late Model Tour from the NAPA Tiger Sportsman division at Thunder Road in his hometown of Barre, VT.  After winning the Sportsman championship in 2007, Sweet and his family team began competing on the 12-race ACT Late Model Tour in the northeastern U.S. and Canada.
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Beginning at the End

Have you ever done something wrong? Seems like a simple question with a simple answer, but why is it we forget that when it comes time to forgive someone else from a mistake they made. Forgiveness is something we want to receive but many times are not as willing to give. Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Let me set the record straight, we all make mistakes. We all make choices that seem right at the time but in retrospect they were not the correct ones. That being said why have we become a society that has developed a less forgiving attitude. Zero tolerance is not the right way to deal with mistakes.
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One on One with Shelly Perry:

With the True Value Modified Racing Series heading into Seekonk this weekend, an Ashaway, Rhode Island based family, the Perry’s, will be part of the action. Father Butch, son Norm, and daughter Shelly. Butch and Norm turn the wrenches on the family racer while Shelly, a human resources representative, does the driving.

Series announcer John Spence Sr.sat down recently with Shelly, driver of the APE sponsored # 76 modified. Shelly is the second woman to compete with the series and the first to commit to a full schedule. She is also the first woman racer to capture a track championship in the 66 year history of the Thompson, CT, Speedway .
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