Howard Payne of Shelton, CT driving the #0 sponsored by Big Boys Toys won the 25 lap feature event at Thompson Int’l Speedway on Saturday, October 18, 2008.
After retiring 10 years ago from ARTS an opportunity arose for him to get back into the truck one more time at the very track that he won his last truck race at. It wasn’t out of the question that Payne could return to victory lane. He left the series a very good racer and he teamed up with a top running team from last year in ARTS which made a good combination. A couple of things did make it a bit easier for him. Three teams had engine troubles on Friday which had all three missing the heat race and returning to their shops Friday and repairing their trucks over night to return to the track on Saturday for the feature. The were current points leader Andy Lindeman of Poestenkill, NY who drives the #3 sponsored by Thorpe Electric Supply Company; Derek Chriss of Averill Park, NY who drives the #12 sponsored by Dan Engwer Wholesale Florist; and Chris Correll of Old Lyme, CT who drives the #7 sponsored by Hooters of America.
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Thompson, CT — The World Series of Speedway Racing continued on Saturday at Thompson International Speedway with time trials for the Whelen Modified Tour and a host of other qualifying race events. Feature activity kicked off on Saturday evening with eight (8) events. Corey Hutchings of Salem, CT, scored the victory in the Outlaw Late Models; Howard Payne of Shelton, CT, came out of retirement to win in the All Star Race Trucks. Scott Michalski of S. Killingly, CT was up to his old tricks winning in the Mini Stocks. Scott Foster of Willington, CT bested his brother to take top honors in the Outlaw Strictly Stock. Norm Wrenn, of Nashua, NH topped the Pro-Four Modifieds and Chris “Moose” Douton of Waterford, CT, won in the Limited Sportsman division.
The culmination of the World Series begins on Sunday when the pit gate opens at 8:00 AM; grandstands open at 9:00 PM. The Pro Stock feature is slated to go off first after the Supermodifieds fire engines followed by the Late Models, Sunoco Modifieds, and NEMA Midgets. The ISMA Supermodifieds and the Whelen Modified Tour cap off an incredible weekend of racing. The Tour is schedule to go off at approximately 3:00.
Eric Beers of Northampton, PA, not only set fast time in Coors Light qualifying but he also set a new track record. With a lap of 18.429 seconds Beers beat the record previously held by Todd Szegedy. Ryan Preece, Matt Hirschman, Jimmy Blewett, and Chuck Hossfeld rounded out the top-five during time trials. After the redraw of the top-ten, Jimmy Blewett and Mike Stefanik will lead the field to green for Sunday’s Xtra Mart World Series 150. Christopher, who leads Matt Hirschman by 35-points in the championship chase, will start from the seventh position. Hirschman will start third.
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Christopher To Start Fifth; Hirschman Starts Seventh
Thompson, CT — Eric Beers set the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour track record at Thompson International Speedway with a qualifying lap of 18.429 seconds Saturday afternoon.
Beers will start sixth in Sunday’s final race of the season, the Xtra Mart World Series, following post-qualifying redraw of the top 10 qualifiers.
Beers’ lap around the .625-mile oval in his No. 46 Reynold’s Auto Wrecking/Sunoco Chevrolet produced an average speed of 122.090 mph and eclipsed the record set by Todd Szegedy on April 14, 2007 of 18.457 (121.905). It was Beers’ third Coors Light Pole Award of the season, clinching the season-long honors.
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Newburyport, MA — Publisher Coastal 181 announced today the upcoming release of its latest title, Win It or Wear It – All-time Great Sprint Car Tales, just in time for the holiday season. The book is written by Joyce Standridge, one of racing’s most credentialed authors. Coastal 181 has previously published two highly acclaimed books with Standridge, GOTTA RACE! with Ken Schrader and INSIDE HERMAN’S WORLD
with Kenny Wallace.
Win It or Wear It is a headlong rush into the wild world of sprint cars, the pinnacle of racing on America’s dirt tracks. Standridge profiles the sport, mid-20th century to present, illustrating it with hundreds of captivating images from drivers’ personal files and many of racing’s foremost photographers. The soul of Win It or Wear It, however, is in the intimate and heartfelt interviews with some of the most colorful and legendary characters ever to wheel a sprinter.
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Claremont , NH — Thanks in part to Mother Nature washing out the originally planned race program last month, the re-scheduled “Ricky Miller Memorial 100,” presented by New England Outdoor Furnaces, will be the final 2008 touring race for modified race cars in New England, Sunday afternoon, Oct 26, at the Twin State Speedway, Claremont, NH.
The race, the first sanctioned by the True Value Modified Racing Series at Twin State , will decide the 2008 series championship. Two Connecticut racers are battling it out for the title. Both are seeking their first championship with the fifth year series.
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It is with great sadness that I must inform the racing community of the passing of David Suchy.
David was most known as the owner / driver of the ARDC roadster midget “Outhouse Mouse” #27. He was truly one of the nice guys in motorsports. David’s racing career began with the modifieds at places like The Reading Fairgrounds, Big Diamond, Anthracite, Fredricksburg and Penn National. His racing career spans almost 40 years and nearly 100 different race tracks. David drove modifieds, late models and hobby cars and his favorite the midgets.
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