Archive for December, 2008

NASCAR Drivers To Hit The Sleds This Weekend In Lake Placid

6 drivers to compete in Whelen Bobsled Challenge

The Whelen Geoff Bodine Bobsled Challenge is set to take place Jan. 2-4 in Lake Placid, N.Y., with a host of NASCAR drivers lined up for the fourth annual event.

Recently-crowned NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Champion Johnny Benson heads a list of six NASCAR drivers set to slide into bobsleds this weekend. Todd Bodine, Joey Logano, Brian Loftin, Philip Morris and Boris Said will round out the NASCAR contingent.

The event will once again be sponsored by Whelen Engineering, title sponsor for three of NASCAR’s weekly and touring series – the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series, the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour.
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Looking Back: Emory, Reen took similar paths to rookie honors

For Buddy Emory and Glen Reen, similar paths led to the same results in 2008: Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors in a NASCAR Modified.

Emory, from Petersburg, Va., finished 11th in points during his first full NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour season in 2008. Two top 10s in 10 starts helped him secure top rookie honors in the series. Reen’s 2008 rookie campaign followed a similar storyline. The Wilbraham, Mass., native made all 16 starts and registered three top-10 finishes en route to the Sunoco Rookie of the Year Award in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour. Continue reading ‘Looking Back: Emory, Reen took similar paths to rookie honors’

PASS Releases 2009 North Super Late Model Schedule

Naples, ME — Pro All Stars Series (PASS) President Tom Mayberry has announced a 14 race PASS North Super Late Model schedule for 2009.
NORTH & SOUTH 2009 SLM SCHEDULES HERE.

The new season kicks off at Speedway 95 in Hermon, Maine on Sunday April 19th, followed by a Saturday May 3rd date at Scarborough’s Beech Ridge Motor Speedway. Wiscasset Raceway is up next on Saturday May 16th and the touring pros head for the mountains on Saturday May 23rd for the first of two visits to White Mountain Motorsports Park.

Three speedways return to the PASS North schedule in 2009, including Speedway 660 (formerly New Brunswick International Speedway) on Saturday June 13th. Unity Raceway is back in the PASS fold too, with a Sunday June 21st 150 lapper on tap.
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NASCAR Camping World Series East 2009 Schedule Announced

12 Dates Cover 11 Tracks In Nine States

NASCAR announced today the schedule for the 23rd season of the NASCAR Camping World Series East, which will take the series to some of the top short-tracks on the East Coast.

The schedule features 12 dates at 11 different tracks across nine states.

“The 2009 NASCAR Camping World Series East calendar continues to feature key markets and top racetracks throughout the eastern United States,” said George Silbermann, NASCAR managing director of racing operations. “The championship represents a challenging mixture of short tracks, road courses, speedways and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series companion events.”
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Bobby Grigas III Teams up with Crew Chief Kevin Crowley

Concord, NC —  Bobby Grigas III keeps coming close to getting to victory lane on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour. The young driver has the talent to win and the equipment to lead him to the front, but the Tour is one of the most competitive forms of racing out there, and to win you need to have every piece of the puzzle fitting just correctly.

Now, as he heads into the 2009 season, Grigas feels that he has put together that final piece that can turn him into a Tour winner in crew chief Kevin Crowley. The veteran Modified wrench will join Grigas” #09 team immediately. Crowley comes to the team along with a number of experienced and dedicated crew members as one big package. 
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Father of Maine Racing Passes Away

Beech Ridge Speedway builder/founder Jim “J.B.” McConnell passed away peacefully after a short illness near his winter home in Sarasota, Florida on December 4th.  He enjoyed a healthy and active 96 years and maintained contact and interest in his speedway, keeping tabs on the sport through friends and family and with annual visits to the Ridge.

As a late-teen, McConnell got involved in racing with a Boston racing club while working near the city at an area airport.  He developed a dream at that time of someday bringing auto racing to Maine.

Eventually returning to Maine and operating a sawmill in Scarborough, McConnell began a series of lumber-for-land swaps that led to a parcel of land along Holmes and Two Rod Roads that was big enough to hold his dream.  He began construction on the speedway in 1948 and opened the pit gates on Sunday, May 30, 1949, to a field of about a dozen rookie race drivers.  In doing so, J.B. McConnell ushered in the age of auto racing in the state of Maine.
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Hornaday Excited About Returning HomeFor NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown

Daytona Beach, FL — For drivers in the NASCAR Camping World Series, the NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown is a chance to showcase their talent in the biggest event of the year. For Ron Hornaday Jr., it will be more of a homecoming.

Hornaday – who prior to becoming a three-time champion in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, spent much of his life in and around the NASCAR Camping World Series West – recently announced plans to compete in next month’s all-star event at Toyota Speedway at Irwindale (Calif.).
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SK Light Modified Champion Joe Allegro, Jr. Moving Up to SK Modifieds at Stafford for 2009

Stafford Springs, CT – The race for the 2009 SK Light Modified championship at Stafford Motor Speedway will be wide open as Joe Allegro, Jr., the defending track champion in that division, will make the move up the ladder to the SK Modified® division and run for 2009 Rookie of the Year honors.

Allegro enters the 2009 SK Modified® rookie fray fresh off a track championship that he earned in only his second season of open wheel modified racing at Stafford Speedway. Although Allegro and his team went winless during their championship-winning season, he is looking forward to the challenge that awaits him this coming season.
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NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour 2009 Schedule Announced

August visit to Bristol added to the slate

Daytona Beach, FL — The Silver Anniversary campaign of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will feature a 14-race schedule that includes stops at NASCAR’s premier short tracks.

The schedule for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour’s 25th season includes races at tracks that have been staples of the tour throughout its history, as well as an exciting new addition. For the first time, the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will race at Tennessee’s famed Bristol Motor Speedway in a combination event with the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour. The race will be part of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series August race week.

“The 2009 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour calendar will again feature premier racetracks, both in the series home base of New England, as well as regionally,” said George Silbermann, NASCAR managing director of racing operations. “The Silver Anniversary season of the tour will be contested on a great mixture of short tracks, bullrings, speedways and as NASCAR Sprint Cup Series companion events.”
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NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour 2009 Schedule Announced

Four new venues added for 2009

Daytona Beach, FL — The fifth season of the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour will feature 16 races spread across nine tracks in five different states.

The 2009 schedule, announced today, is an exciting blend of the top short tracks in the southeast.

The 15 dates include the return to the traditional venues of Caraway Speedway, Bowman Gray Stadium, Ace Speedway, Lanier National Speedway and Martinsville Speedway, and adds trips to South Boston Speedway, Concord Motorsports Park, and Myrtle Beach Speedway.

Also new to the 2009 calendar will be an inaugural visit for the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour to historic Bristol Motor Speedway as part of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series August visit.
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Autoparts Swap N’ Sell – Vendor Space Available at a Discount

Response Amazing for Jan. 17th & 18th, 2009

The Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, MA provides the setting for the automotive enthusiasts’ annual event, AUTOPARTS SWAP N’ SELL. An event that is nationally recognized as New England’s largest indoor, all automotive swap meet & collector’s event.

On Saturday, January 17th & Sunday, January 18th, the heated Better Living Center building of the Eastern States Exposition complex will feature 350 vendor spaces with over two million parts and collectibles for the automotive collector and race fanatic.

For the first time in the history of this event, vendor space is still available at a discount, Just $125.00.

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Let The Celebration Begin

Christmas begins the celebration for Christians. Christmas is the time we choose to celebrate the love of God manifested in the birth of Jesus. The hope, peace, joy and love of mankind presented to us in the gift of a Savior. How will we receive and celebrate this gift from God? Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Banquet time has always been a time of celebration. A time when we celebrate the accomplishments of the past season. A time when we get together and reflect on what we did as a team. We define whether or not we were successful based on the results.
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NASCAR Unveils Modified Tour Silver Anniversary Logo

Logo Commemorates NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour’s 25th Season

Daytona Beach, FL — To commemorate the 25th season of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, the auto racing sanctioning body has unveiled a special Silver Anniversary logo that will become the official mark of the series for the 2009 season.

Unveiled at the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Awards Banquet on Dec. 13, the specially-designed logo consists of the series’ base design with the Modified car sporting a silver paint scheme instead of the traditional red. Additionally, a header and footer have been added to the oval logo. The header reads “25 Years Running” while the footer lists the years the series has been in competition, “1985-2009.”

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Silver Anniversary logo will be used in all facets related to the series in 2009 including print materials, banners and on the race cars.
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SpeedwayEXPO’s ‘Pet of the EXPO’ Returns

Prizes include fame and a year’s supply of Canidae All Natural Pet Food

Salisbury, MA — SpeedwayEXPO 2009, presented by Sunoco, will for the third consecutive year select an official “Pet of the EXPO.” The honor is open to all animals (except snakes-we don’t like snakes). In addition to being featured as Speedway Illustrated Magazine’s Shop Pet of the Month, the winner will also receive a full year’s supply of food from Canidae All Natural Pet Food, the sponsor of the competition.

Judging is based on the pet’s charm and appeal as expressed in a photo, and the pet’s biography. Print or digital entries should be submitted to Barbara Desmond, Speedway Illustrated, 107 Elm Street, Salisbury, MA 01952, or bdesmond@speedwayillustrated.com. (Please, only one image per email; or put them on a disk and mail it to her. Don’t forget to put your own name and address on any submitted materials.)

In addition, pet photos and descriptions may be submitted in person at SpeedwayEXPO on Friday, February 27, the first day of the show and the final day to enter. All pet photos will be displayed in the magazine’s booth at EXPO.
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Fall Foliage 300 Returns to Airborne Speedway

Airborne Speedway Redesigned, Fall Foliage 300 Returns to ACT Schedule

Plattsburgh, NY — Airborne Speedway Promoter Mike Perrotte has announced plans for a major renovation of the historic Plattsburgh, NY stock car track, including a total reconfiguration of the racing surface and layout for the 2009 racing season. As a result, the track has added a second American-Canadian Tour Late Model Championship event, the storied Fall Foliage 300, to its 2009 schedule.

The addition of the race brings the ACT schedule to 13 championship events, and compliments the annual Spring Green 100 at Airborne on May 9. The 38th Annual Fall Foliage 300 will be held on Sunday, Sept. 13, 2009. The 300-lap distance will also be the first of its kind for the present-day ACT Late Model Tour.

Airborne Speedway’s 4/10-mile, D-shaped layout will be partially razed to allow construction of new, sweeping, progressively-banked corners, creating multiple racing grooves and closer competition. The present layout has been in use since 1990. Previously, Airborne Speedway had been a 5/8-mile track with both dirt and asphalt surfaces since 1954.
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Enthusiasts Find Ways to Stay on Schedule with Winter Projects at Annual Autopart Swap ‘n Sell

Vernon, CT – Start/Finish Productions continues an annual tradition with the presentation of the Autoparts Swap ‘n Sell on January 17&18, 2009 in West Springfield, MA. The largest indoor swap meet in the Northeast, held in the Better Living Center on the grounds of the Eastern States Exposition, provides a much-needed outlet for enthusiasts involved in all fields of motorsports from classic cars to stock cars and everything in between. During the struggling economy sellers have the opportunity to generate revenue by liquidating quality new and used parts while buyers can stay on track with their winter projects without breaking the budget.

Autoparts Swap ‘n Sell puts over three acres of everything automotive all under one roof. With over 300 vendor spaces and a huge selection of high-performance parts and accessories to tools and gadgets, bargains will abound on merchandise for racecars of all types, plus hot rods, classics, customs, and imports.
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Christopher Crowned NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Champion

Annual Awards Banquet Concludes 2008 Season

Uncasville, CT – The 2008 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season drew to a close Saturday night as Ted Christopher was crowned the series’ champion at the annual postseason awards banquet at Mohegan Sun Resort.

Christopher’s 2008 title campaign included four wins and 13 top 10s. Driver of the No. 36 Al-Lee Installations Chevrolet, Christopher’s championship season was highlighted by wins at Stafford Motor Speedway, Mansfield Motorsports Park, New Hampshire Motor Speedway and Thompson International Speedway.

[2008 NASCAR WMT Banquet Photo Gallery]

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AllStar Race Truck Series Releases 2009 Schedule

2009 TENTATIVE SCHEDULE

3/28/09 Waterford Speedbowl
5/15/09 Twin State Speedway
5/16/09 Monadnock Speedway
5/30/09 TBA
6/13/09 Monadnock Speedway
6/25/09 Thompson Int’l Speedway
7/11/09 TBA
7/18/09 Monadnock Speedway
8/8/09 TBA
8/21/09 Twin State Speedway
8/22/09 Monadnock Speedway
9/12/09 TBA
9/26/09 Monadnock Speedway
10/3/09 Twin State Speedway
10/16-18/09 Thompson Int’l Speedway

AUTOPARTS SWAP N’SELL Continues to Be Recognized as a National Event

AUTOPARTS SWAP N’ SELL: JANUARY 17th & 18th , 2009

Automotive enthusiasts from the entire eastern seaboard assemble every year on the third weekend of January for AUTOPARTS SWAP N’ SELL. This unique automotive event is New England’s largest automotive swap meet & collectors flea market in western Massachusetts. This traditional event, held January 17th & 18th of 2009, is held at the Eastern States Exposition complex on Memorial Avenue in West Springfield, MA. The show is held in doors and fills a building with three acres of floor space, heat and showcase lighting. AUTOPARTS SWAP N’ SELL will be held regardless of the weather, guaranteed!

This unique event has 300 vendor spaces that attract premiere vendors from NASCAR, IHRA, STREET ROD, ANTIQUE, TUNER FOREIGN and much more.

Whether you’re looking for parts to go racing or brochures for the antique you are restoring, chances are you will find it at AUTOPARTS SWAP N’ SELL on the weekend of January 17th & 18th, 2009. Combine this with race collectables, tools and the latest in automotive technology and you’ve got over one million parts and equipment in this show of shows.
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Two Days of Action-Packed Competition Slated for NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown

Daytona Beach, FL —  The sixth edition of the NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown will feature two days of exciting action among some of the nation’s greatest short-track drivers in NASCAR Camping World Series and NASCAR Whelen All-American Series competition.

The prestigious postseason event, the ‘Daytona 500 of short-track racing,’ is slated for Jan. 23-24, 2009 at Toyota Speedway at Irwindale (Calif.).

In addition to the NASCAR Camping World Series, which is NASCAR’s top developmental series, the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series will be featured in Late Model and Super Late Model competition. The series is the weekly racing, grassroots foundation of NASCAR.

Both nights of all-star action will be aired live on SPEED, which has broadcast the event in each of its first five years. Broadcasts will begin at 7 p.m. PT each night. It will be part of a packed weekend on SPEED that includes the Rolex 24 at Daytona sports car event.
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Championship Celebrations On Deck This Weekend In Conn.

Camping World Series East Banquet Friday, followed by Whelen Modified Tour Saturday

The 2008 seasons will ceremoniously conclude this weekend for the NASCAR Camping World Series East and NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour respective series’ annual awards banquets at Mohegan Sun Resort in Uncasville, Conn. Veteran drivers Matt Kobyluck and Ted Christopher will each celebrate their first NASCAR touring championship of their distinguished careers.

Kobyluck will be the guest of honor at the NASCAR Camping World Series East Awards Banquet on Friday, Dec. 12. A veteran driver from Uncasville, Kobyluck compiled four wins and 12 top 10s during the 13-race 2008 season en route to his first career NASCAR Camping World Series East championship. Kobyluck, driver and owner of the No. 40 Mohegan Sun Resort Chevrolet, reached Victory Lane at Watkins Glen International, Music City Motorplex, Adirondack International Speedway and Lime Rock Park in 2008 and finished 210 points ahead of Austin Dillon in the championship standings.

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Longacre Signs on as Racing’s SPEEDY Awards Sponsor

Salisbury, MA – Longacre Racing Products, of Monroe, Washington, has been named the official sponsor of the SPEEDY Awards presented each year at SpeedwayEXPO. Each Award winner receives a special race-car steering wheel from Longacre as a trophy.

“With the winner’s name and details inscribed on a brass plate set into the hub, these racing wheels look great and are really appropriate,” said Karl Fredrickson, Editor of Speedway Illustrated Magazine, which produces EXPO and the SPEEDY Awards.

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Get Well Soon Ben Dodge Jr.

YankeeRacer.com would like to send our best wishes for a speedy recovery to Ben Dodge, Jr., who is recovering at home following a brief hospital stay.  Dodge is currently a Special Advisor at Thompson International Speedway and announcer at Stafford Motor Speedway.  Dodge has announced at race tracks from New Hampshire to Florida.  He is also well known as a car owner and as the promoter of the old Riverside Park Speedway in Agawam, MA.

Anyone wishing to send cards, can send them to Thompson Speedway, P.O. Box 278, Thompson, CT 06277.

Irene Venditti Hospitalized

Mrs. Irene Venditti of Seekonk Speedway is in the hospital. Cards may go to:

Mrs. Irene Venditti
Room 112
Memorial Hospital
111 Brewster St.
Pawtucket, RI 02860

NEMA General Meeting Dec. 7th

This year’s meeting will be held on Sunday, December 7th at Periwinkles Restaurant in Auburn, Mass. The meeting will start at 12:30pm sharp and lunch will be available.

As there will be no election of officers or board members this year, the purpose of the meeting will be to announce technical rules decisions and vote on any members/car owners’ submitted proposals.

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Photo Galleries

[Turkey Derby - Friday] - By Paul Fohlin
[Turkey Derby - Saturday] –  By Paul Fohlin

[Riverside Park Speedway] By Leif Tillotson

Time to Prepare

As we look to the close of 2008 it is time to prepare for what lies ahead. How do you see the future? Are you ready for what God has in store? Preparation for tomorrow starts today. Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

As the year winds down the preparation for the hope of tomorrow begins. With December comes the Christian celebration of Advent. In expectation of the fulfillment of Scripture we focus on being prepared for the coming of our Lord and Savior. Ask yourself, am I prepared to accept the gift that is given.
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Bob Bahre Named 2009 Buddy Shuman Award Winner

Former Track Owner Receives Top Industry Award For Racing Contributions

New York, NY Bob Bahre, long a champion promoter and supporter of stock-car racing in the New England region, collected one of NASCAR’s most prestigious and longest-running awards today in New York City.

Bahre received the Buddy Shuman Award during the 2008 NASCAR NMPA Myers Brothers Media Luncheon. Presented since 1957, the award annually recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to NASCAR racing.

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Thompson Releases 2009 Race Rules

Thompson, CT — The Thompson International Speedway today released the rules of competition for all six of its NASCAR Whelen All American Series divisions for the 2009 racing season. The speedway also announced a name change for its long-time Pro Stock division.

The race rules are available on the Thompson Speedway web site with changes noted in red print. All competitors should review and download copies of the General Rules along with the rules for their specific NASCAR Whelen All American Series division. Anyone unable to access or print copies is encouraged to contact the track office to receive a printed copy by mail.

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Top New England Race Tracks Coming to SpeedwayEXPO

 Salisbury, MA — New England’s top race tracks are signing up to exhibit at SpeedwayEXPO ’09 presented by Sunoco on Feb 27, 28 and March 1. Most of the exhibiting tracks have participated in the show in previous years by bringing race cars-including some championship winners-as well as their staff and some of their best-known drivers.

The list of Northeastern tracks that have so far committed to EXPO includes New Hampshire Motor Speedway, New England Dragway, Canaan, Wiscasset Raceway, Lee USA Speedway, Bear Ridge Speedway, Beech Ridge Motor Speedway, Seekonk Speedway, Twin State Speedway and Stafford Motor Speedway. There will be more.

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