Archive for October 10th, 2008

NEAR Hall of Fame Names Class of 2009

Three drivers, two owner/builders and three from the promotional side make up the New England Auto Racing Hall of Fame Class of 2009. Drivers John Fitch, Bobby Dragon and Paul Richardson, promoters Bob Bahre, Jim McConnell and Tom Curley and car owner/ builders Rollie Lindblad and Art Barry will be inducted on Jan. 25, 2009 at LaRenaissance Banquet Hall in East Windsor, CT. Tickets, $42 apiece, will go on sale in November on the New England Antique Racers website NEAR1.com.

Still to come are three selections form the Veterans Committee along with the Jack Ratta Memorial Media Award and the Danny Pardi Memorial Award winners. Currently the president of the American Canadian Tour and the co-owner/promoter at Vermont’s Thunder Road International Speedway, Curley, 65, has been RPM’s Northeast Promoter of the Year three times. A one-time competitor, he’s been on the promotional side since the late 1979s. Guiding the fortunes of NASCAR North, ACT and a number of individual tracks, his resume includes the ’04 RPM North American Promoter of the Year, 1992 Trackside Magazine Promoter of the Year and 2003 Lowe’s Motor Speedway Short Track Promoter of the Year.
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NASCAR Modified Legend Stevens To Be Honored At Thompson

NASCAR To Also Recognize DeSarro, Widenhouse At Season Finale

Daytona Beach, FL — As part of the season-long celebration of 60 Years of Modified Champions, three-time NASCAR Modified titlist Bugs Stevens will be honored at the Xtra Mart World Series on Sunday, Oct. 19 at Thompson (Conn.) International Speedway.

Stevens, of Rehoboth, Mass., became the first driver to earn three championships in the NASCAR Modified division, and he did it in consecutive years from 1967-69.  NASCAR will also recognize the accomplishments of deceased champions Fred DeSarro (1970) and Bill Widenhouse (1955).

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Modified Tour Entries Near Best of Season at Thompson

Banner field of NASCAR Modifieds expected for World Series

Thompson, CT – The number of NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour entries for this weekend’s XTRAMART World Series of Speedway Racing is approaching a season high at Thompson International Speedway.  With a week to go before the race event, thirty four race teams have filed official entries to compete in the last race of the season for NASCAR’s only open wheel racing division. More entries are expected before the gates open for this three-day racing spectacle on Friday, October 17th.

The impressive list of entries is lead by current points leader Ted Christopher. Christopher of Plainville, CT, is in a very tight race for the Whelen Modified Tour (WMT) championship with Pennsylvania driver, Matt Hirschman. As the season draws to a close, Hirschman is not the only driver who could claim the title. Former champ Todd Szegedy, Chuck Hossfeld and Ronnie Silk are also potential winners. Silk has had some truly great runs at Thompson in the last year. He has won three of the last six WMT races and will be fully prepared the green flag is dropped on Sunday, October 19th.

Trailer Race on Smacktoberfest Agenda

Waterford, CT — Waterford Speedbowl has perfected the Trailer Race. Nobody does it better that the Speedbowl where a group has actually emerged dedicated to the activity.

So, if you’re into mayhem and craziness Sunday afternoon’s Smacktoberfest at Waterford Speedbowl is where you want to be. A Trailer Race tops the billing on what promises to be a very busy afternoon.

Two Demolition Derbies (eight and four cylinder) a chain, an auto ski event and another chapter of Speedway Bowling are also on the bill. The gates open at noon and crashing begins at 2 pm.

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