Archive for October, 2008

Hoar Joins RPM Motorsports for 2009 ACT Title Run

The two most dominant drivers in American-Canadian Tour (ACT) Late Model stock car history will team up in 2009 under the RPM Motorsports banner for car owner and crew chief Rick Paya of Georgia, VT. Five-time ACT Late Model Tour Champion Brian Hoar has joined the team to race the full schedule, seeking his first Tour title in nine years. His teammate, on a limited basis, will be seven-time ACT Champion Jean-Paul Cyr.

“I am very excited to have this opportunity and to race for another ACT championship,” said Hoar, who won his first title in 1993 before taking four straight from 1997-2000. “Rick has been a very successful crew chief for a long time, and he’s already had a lot of success in a short amount of time as a car owner; I’m very confident in his team. And for me, it’s pretty cool that I get to be a teammate to Jean, somebody that I really have a lot of respect for.”
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NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour On The Air: Week Of Oct. 20-26

Daytona Beach, FL — The following is a list of radio interviews this week for 2008 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Champion Ted Christopher.

Tuesday, Oct. 21
“Dialed In,” XM Radio (Ch. 148), 3 – 6 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 23
“Sirius Speedway,” Sirius Satellite Radio (Ch. 128), 3 – 7 p.m.
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Reen Is NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Rookie of the Year

Season Finale at Thompson Almost Produced a Top 10 Finish to Ring in Top Rookie Title

Concord, NC — Glen Reen closed out his first season on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour at Thompson International Speedway (CT) by realizing his biggest goal of the season.  The young Massachusetts driver was named as the Tour’s 2008 Rookie of the Year for his performance throughout the season.

Meanwhile, his performance on Sunday afternoon at Thompson almost allowed Reen to clinch the rookie title in high fashion.  With less than 10 laps to go in the race, Reen was solidly in the top 10 when he became the innocent victim of a restart wreck on the frontstretch.
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Berggren, Joy Return As Hosts For NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Awards Banquet

Daytona Beach, FL —  A pair of “NASCAR on FOX” telecast teammates will welcome the stars of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series to Las Vegas next month.

FOX pit road reporter Dick Berggren and the network’s principal race announcer Mike Joy will return to co-host the 27th annual NASCAR Whelen All-American Series awards banquet at the Rio Hotel on Nov. 7. Both began their careers at local short tracks, and understand the sense of accomplishment the honorees will receive.
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Seekonk Annouces 2009 Rules Meetings

Seekonk, MA — Seekonk Speedway will hold its 2009 rules meetings on Tuesday October 28 and Wednesday October 29th. Tuesday will hold the meetings for SYRA (6 PM), Street Stocks (7 PM) and Sport Trucks (8 PM). On Wednesday, the Pure Stocks (6 PM), Late Models (7 PM) and Pro Stocks (8PM) teams will meet. All meetings will occur at the American Legion Hall at 351 Fall River Ave., Seekonk, MA (Across from Fire Fly and Torts Bar & Grill).
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2009 Major Events Confirmed at Lime Rock Park

Mark your calendar now! The dates of the major spectator events have been confirmed for the 2009 season. The race weekend details and schedules are not complete but it might be a good idea to book your accommodations now as they fill up fast. Stay tuned to the Events Page of the website where we will continue to update the schedule as more details are confirmed. Look forward to seeing everyone at the track!

Main Events
Grand-Am GT Classic 22-25 May 2009
American Le Mans Northeast Grand Prix 17-18 July 2009
Mohegan Sun NASCAR Camping World Series 200 14-15 August 2009
Vintage Festival 4 – 7 September 2009
SCCA Events:

Sources: Lime Rock Park PR

Norm Wrenns Wins Harry Kourafas Jr. Memorial Race at Thompson

Welcome back once again, glad that you are back joining us for some more Pro 4 racing. This would be a full weekend of action at the World Series of Racing at Thompson International Speedway. The event kicked off on Friday morning right at nine A.M. Some of the crews had stayed overnight on Thursday to be ready bright and early, as some had dropped their campers off earlier in the week to have a good spot for a fun filled weekend.

The club had nineteen teams arrive to the track, some arriving later in the day being a work day for them. As the first practice of the day was let out there were twelve cars on the track. A pack of seven was running strong together with #1M Norman Wrenn leading them. #00 Dave Richardi heading into the pits with engine troubles having an issue with his carburetor. #13 George Sherman calling it an early day having blown his motor. Returning back since running at Beech Ridge is #29 Matt Sagar. Heading into the pits as well is #49 Joe Lemay with his never ending problem of his car overheating. Over all the practice went well with no accidents.
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Cabral & Bertrand Clinch NEMA Titles with World Series Win

Thompson, CT – Randy Cabral clinched the driving championship for himself and the owner’s title for Tim Bertrand Sunday with a victory in the 25-lap Northeastern Midget Association feature at Thompson Speedway’s World Series. It was the third straight and the eight win of the season for the #47 team.

“A perfect way to cap it off, victory in the World Series,” said Bertrand, calling the season-long effort “the perfect package.”
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Christopher Reigns Supreme at Thompson

Perley, Cabral Winged Winners; Rocco, Ramstrom & Gentes Score Wins

Thompson, CT — Ted Christopher of Plainville, CT, delivered in a big way on Sunday at the World Series of Speedway Racing. He needed only to keep his closest competition Matt Hirschman in his sights. Christopher went out and won the 150-lapper for the Whelen Modified Tour to score his first-ever Modified Tour championship.

“I have to commend everyone that I raced with today,” said Christopher following the race. “They gave me plenty of room to race. It was fun out there today.”

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Christopher Captures Modified Crown With Win At Thompson

First Series Title For Modified Veteran

Thompson, CT — As one of the most accomplished short-track racers in NASCAR, Ted Christopher had nearly done it all. Christopher (Plainville, Conn.) filled in the biggest remaining gap in his resume Sunday at Thompson International Speedway when he wrapped up his first NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship in grand style.

Christopher (No. 36 Al-Lee Installations Chevrolet) won the Xtra Mart World Series 150, the final race of the season, to earn the title by 127 points over runner-up Matt Hirschman. Hirschman (No. 59 Furnace & Duct Supply Chevrolet) finished 25th on Sunday.
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Perley Caps His Championship Year with a World Series ISMA Win

Thompson, CT – Chris Perley capped off his 2008 ISMA championship with his fifth win at Thompson Speedway’s World Series of Racing on Sunday. It was his fifth win of the ISMA portion of that racing event and his sixth win overall in that race’s history. Trailing him was his teammate, driving the Vic Miller 71, and 4-time World Series victor himself, Bentley Warren. Perley’s main competition came from Dave Shullick Jr. who led, then ran second to the 11 until, with less than ten laps to go, spun off turn four. Lou Cicconi was able to stay in second for one circuit until Warren took over.

Perley described his race. ” I was running strong. The car was awesome and I kind of got a little lax in traffic. I was just trying to pick my way through and trying not to nick up the car because obviously you have to ‘finish to finish first’ or something like that. Then Dave woke me up there for a minute. I guess then he spun himself out. It’s too bad. It would have been a good battle between him and I. I know that he was pretty strong. That’s why I wanted to get by him as early as I could. I just love coming to Thompson. This place is a blast and we’ve had a lot of luck here, which of course is half of it. With great crew, great sponsors, and great engines, the car just keeps running. I can’t thank everybody enough for coming out to see us today.”

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Thompson World Series Sunday

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Howard Payne Wins World Series ARTS Feature

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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Beers Sets Track Record in WMT Qualifying at Thompson; Saturday World Series Victories to Hutchings, Payne, Douton, Foster, Michalski, Bellisle, Sullivan, & Wrenn; Slate Set for Sunday Action

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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Thompson World Series – Saturday

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Qualifying: Beers Posts Record Lap At Thompson

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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Coastal 181 Announces Epic New Book on Sprint Car Racing

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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Pasteryak, Holdridge, Chasing True Value Title At Twin State:

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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Veteran Owner/Driver David Suchy Passes

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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Thompson’s World Series Underway

Thompson, CT — The World Series of Speedway Racing got underway on Friday night with qualifying for seven of the 14 divisions in competition during the three-day racing spectacular. Tim Taylor of Wauregan, CT and Rick Blanchard of Pascoag, RI shared qualifying race honors in Thompson’s own Mini Stocks.  Eric Grant of New Milford, CT, and Jesse Gleason of Lisbon were heat race winners in the Limited Sportsman division.  Cam McDermott of Scituate, RI was tops in TIS Modified qualifying.

In the Outlaw Mini Stocks Phil Evans of Uncasville, CT, a Waterford regular and Seekonk Speedway competitor Derek Bergquist of Warwick, RI won heat races. Outlaw Strictly Stocks heats went to Ryan Lineham of Coventry, RI, and Tim Sullivan of S. Windsor. Corey Hutchings of Salem, CT, and Rick Gentes of Woonsocket, RI were tops in Outlaw Late Model qualifying. The Pro 4’s Modifieds and All Star Trucks also had heat races.
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Thompson World Series – Friday

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ISMA Annual Awards Banquet to Honor 2008 Achievers

Oswego, NY – As is tradition, the International SuperModified Association will gather together one more Saturday this season – this time to honor those who have earned special awards throughout 2008. The banquet is on Saturday, November 22, 2008 at the Turning Stone Casino in Verona, New York and tickets are now on sale.

The resplendent Shenandoah Club house, just a short walk (or shuttle ride) from the main Casino, will provide the cozy banquet setting. There is a limit on tickets to be sold and for hotel reservations, so don’t delay if you plan on attending.
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TVMRS Remembers and Bids Farewell to The Mountain Man:

It’s been almost a week since the passing of well known and popular race car driver Kirby Monteith. The 57 year old logger by trade lost his bout with colon cancer and died peacefully, Oct 8, surrounded by family. Monteith was a long time modified racer who competed with the True Value Modified Racing Series in 2004, 2005. His career spanned three decades.

Series announcer John Spence asked four people to share their thoughts on Monteith’s passing and a Kirby experience, something they’ll always remember about, “The Mountain Man.”

Dwight Jarvis, whose wife Bonnie is a cousin to Monteith, TVMRS founder Jack Bateman, long-time car builder/owner Lyle Patterson, the last owner Kirby drove for, and Monadnock Speedway announcer Dave Sutherland, who called many races that Kirby competed in through the years. All reflected on the Unity, NH, racer.
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The Right Character

In life there are some principles that are always right, love one another is one of them. An unloving spirit has no place in God’s Kingdom. Are we loving people? Do we really care about the lives of others? Do we love others the way Jesus loved us? Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Racing is a pressure packed sport. There are many things said and done in the heat of competition that, when given a chance to think about, we may very well have responded differently. We have seen it in many races where a driver’s true character showed itself and he takes it out on another driver. It is ugly.

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All-Star Nationals to Bring the Best Talent to New Hampshire

Epping, NH — Quite possibly the largest gathering of auto racing talent in the history of All-Star Speedway will converge on the quarter-mile oval on the weekend of October 24 and 25, as the NASCAR Sanctioned Epping, New Hampshire facility hosts the 2nd Annual “All-Star Nationals” with a series of special events over this two-day period.

Three headline division events will highlight the action, with two of those three events deciding WaterSnoGo Series Championships.

The fourth and final WaterSnoGo All-Star Modified Showdown event of 2008 will be 100 green-flag laps in length, paying $3,000 to the race winner. In addition, there will be a minimum of $4,000 in lap money available to the race leaders of those laps, which will be paid out the night of the race. To purchase any of the remaining laps you can e-mail: for more information on available laps.

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NEMA’s Cabral Eyes 3rd Straight Win at Thompson

Elusive 3rd Straight Win World Series Possibility

Thompson, CT — Sunday’s feature at Thompson Speedway’s World Series will be the 12th time over the past 15 seasons that a Northeastern Midget Association driver goes after a third straight feature win. It will be the third time this season Randy Cabral gives it a shot.

Not since Jeff Horn put together wins at Seekonk, Star and Waterford in 1993 has a driver won three straight. Over the past 215 features, there have been back-to-back winners only 11 times.

“I’m not going to get greedy,” has become Cabral’s standard reply to challenges. He has been “unbelievably lucky” this year especially in two-day events. The Bertrand Racing Team has made recovering from a tough Saturday almost commonplace.
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NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour News & Notes – Thompson

And Then There Were Two:  Christopher, Hirschman Vie For Title
Fifteen races and 2,153 laps have not been enough to decide the 2008 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship, so it will all come down to the season finale this Sunday, Oct. 19 at Thompson (Conn.) International Speedway.

As the series heads to Thompson for the fifth and final time in 2008, the championship trophy is assured to go home with a first-time winner as Ted Christopher and Matt Hirschman are the only two contenders mathematically left standing after last Sunday’s race at Stafford (Conn.) Motor Speedway. With a runner-up finish at Stafford, Hirschman drew within 35 points of the lead that Christopher has maintained since Aug. 23 when he took the checkered flag at Mansfield (Ohio) Motorsports Park.
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Curley and Dragon Headed to New England Auto Racing Hall of Fame

Short track stock car racing promoter Tom Curley and driver Bobby Dragon have been nominated to the New England Auto Racing (NEAR) Hall of Fame Class of 2009.  Curley is President of the American-Canadian Tour sanctioning body and Co-Owner/Promoter of Thunder Road Int’l Speedbowl in Barre, VT; Dragon is a multi-time champion driver, and is still active in a storied career that began over 40 years ago.

Originally of Maine and now living in Barre, VT, Curley got his start in racing as a competitor, racing in the original Flying Tiger division at Catamount Stadium in Milton, VT in 1965 before a brief stint in the open-wheel Modified ranks.  He became involved in the promotional and operational side of stock car racing at Catamount in 1978, working alongside television and radio broadcaster and Catamount Stadium and Thunder Road Founder Ken Squier, a 2002 NEAR Hall of Fame inductee.
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Whelen Modified Tour Championship to be Settled at Thompson

Thompson, CT — The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion will be crowned this weekend during the XTRAMART World Series of Speedway Racing at the Thompson International Speedway. After a very competitive season on the Tour, it will be the final race of the year that determines the championship of the oldest, fastest and most exciting of NASCAR’s touring divisions.

Ted Christopher is looking to secure his first-ever championship ring in the Whelen Modified division. Following his sixth place finish at Stafford’s Fall Final, Christopher enters the last race with a 35 point advantage over Matt Hirschman.

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Pasteryak Wires Seekonk Finale

Seekonk, MA — Point leader Chris Pasteryak, Lisbon, CT, went wire to wire Sunday afternoon winning the “D.A.V. Memorial Fall Classic 100” for the True Value Modified Racing Series at Seekonk Speedway, Seekonk, MA.  Pasteryak, by virtue of winning his qualifying heat, started on the pole, fended off Todd Annarummo and was never headed to score his second win this season. Pasteryak’s win makes him the fifth different winner of the October race

Pasteryak was fast all weekend and in post race interviews was quick to point out his Dawleys Auto Center racer was dialed in from the get go. “It was one of them nights and one of them weekends where everything went good. I picked a good number, started on the pole in the heat race, we didn’t change it from practice to the heat race, didn’t change it from the heat race to the feature, we didn’t touch the thing since we took it off the trailer. It was the right kind of race for someone who started on the pole to have a good night with only one caution instead of having restart after restart where you buzz the tires, buzz the tires, I was just able to roll it around, I watched Vinnie do it here enough, I should be getting good at it by now.”
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