Archive for January 26th, 2009

Seekonk Speedway Announces New Sport Four Entry Level Division

Seekonk, MA — Looking toward the future, Seekonk Speedway Race Director Dave Alburn announced the introduction of a new entry level class of racing at Seekonk Speedway. The Sport Four division will be a true entry level class of racing, added to the Fast Friday schedule in 2009.  

“We are always looking for new and inexpensive ways for the fans to get involved in racing here at Seekonk Speedway”, Dave stated. “We have had things in the past that had gotten way beyond what we were trying to accomplish”. What Dave was talking about was the previous Formula Four division which was scuttled after the 2003 racing season. While they share the same basic format, the cars that competed previously in the Formula Four class will not be eligible.  “We want a class of cars that people can race, not race cars.” The rules package that has been put together clearly outlines the basics of entry level racing. 
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Matt Gallo Returns to Stafford Speedway & Joins 2009 SK Modified® Rookie Class

Stafford Springs, CT — Stafford Motor Speedway’s 2009 SK Modified® rookie class has added Matt Gallo to its roster of candidates. Gallo returns to Stafford and makes the move into the SK Modified® division after spending the 2006 and 2007 seasons in the track’s SK Light Modified division and a full year of SK Modified® racing at Waterford Speedbowl last season. Gallo has three wins to his credit at Stafford in SK Light Modified competition, winning twice in 2006 and once in 2007, and he reached victory lane during his rookie season at Waterford. Gallo is looking forward to returning to Stafford and he is looking to continue his winning ways behind the wheel of an open-wheeled modified.

“We wanted to race at Stafford last year, but we just couldn’t make it,” said Matt Gallo. “We like racing at Stafford and we’re really looking forward to coming back to the track this season. We’ve raced at Stafford and we’ve won at Stafford in the past, so we’re looking for good things to happen this year with the SK.”
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Malone, Astle & Zuidema Feted as Thompson Speedway Champions

Thompson, CT – There was plenty to celebrate at the Raceway Restaurant and Golf Club on Friday & Saturday night, January 23 & 24, 2009 as Thompson International Speedway honored six NASCAR Whelen All-American Series champions. The race for the crowns in each of the divisions went right down to the wire in what was the most competitive season in recent memory at Thompson.

Kerry Malone of Needham, MA, was lauded for this third Thompson Sunoco Modified championship along with car owners Jimmy Fuller, Bob Hitchcock and Kelly Iverson. Also feted on Saturday Night was Late Model champion Jeff Zuidema of N. Brookfield, MA, and TIS Modified champion Kurt Vigeant of Oxford, MA. On Friday night Fred Astle, Jr. was crowned the 2008 Pro Stock champion while Scott Sundeen of Oxford, MA, received the 2008 Limited Sportman division top honors and Danny Field was celebrated as the 2008 Mini Stock Champion.

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Debra Jordan Passes Away at 51

PLAINFIELD – Debra L. Jordan, 51 of Plainfield, passed away Sunday Jan. 25, 2009 surrounded by family after a courageous battle with cancer. She was the loving wife of Patrick M. Jordan, to whom she had been married for 25 years. She was born in Norwich, CT on December 23, 1957 the daughter of Stephen and Barbara Kostyk. Debra touched so many lives while fighting for workers rights as a union organizer and Secretary Treasurer for Local 217, UNITE HERE for over 15 years.

Debra most enjoyed spending time with her family, especially caring for her grandson, Lucien Dube, for whom she shared a special bond. She was an avid race fan, and especially loved watching her son Timothy compete in the family supported racecar. She always looked forward to her annual summer getaway with her “girls” in Cape Cod.

In addition to her husband and parents she will always be lovingly remembered by her children, Eric Dube, Tim, Lauren and Lindsay Jordan. Her sister Nancy Kostyk, her aunt Linda Novotny, and her mother and father in law Ronald and Evelyn Fox also survive her. She also has gained 3 additional sons Ryan Curran, Christopher Gagne, Christopher Pasteryak, and a daughter Lauren Douglas.
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