Archive for February, 2009

Stafford Speedway Finalizes Limited Late Model Spec Engine Package

Stafford Springs, CT — Stafford Speedway’s tech staff has finalized a rules package for the Limited Late Model division utilizing the GM Part Number 88958602 GMR 350/350 Circle Track Engine with spec modifications. The 602 spec engine is available for a base price of $3,200.00 from Patrick Townsend at Central Chevrolet. Central Chevrolet’s Parts Department can be contacted at 413-781-1410. The cost for the 602 spec motor part upgrades will be $1,600, bringing the total price for a 602 spec engine from intake to pan to $4,800. This $4,800 price is the same price from all three Stafford Motor Speedway approved service centers. A 602 Limited Late Model spec engine must be serviced and sealed through one of the three approved service centers to be eligible for competition in 2009. Tampering with seals will result in severe penalties and loss of eligibility of the engine to compete in the Limited Late Model division. The 602 Spec Engine package includes the following upgrades.

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Inaugural Dunkin’ Donuts Center Indoor Race Just Over A Week Away

Providence, RI — The sound of racing engines will finally be heard in the state of Rhode Island will soon be heard as the small, but powerful Three-Quarter Midget Cars will take to Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence, R.I., on March 6-7.

The two-day event, which will include Senior Champ Kart racing both nights, has received much hype and attention throughout the state and entire northeast corridor.

“I don’t want to miss an event of this caliber,” said defending NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion Ted Christopher. “This is a first time for a motorsports event in 50 years in the state of Rhode Island, and I want to be a part of it.”

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Preparations for Open Practice Underway at Thompson

Thompson, CT — A few warm days in southern New England was just what was needed at the Thompson International Speedway. Much of the snow and ice that had been covering the historic speedway began to melt and made it possible for track officials to being the process of preparing for the first open practice slated for March 21st.

The winter of ’08 and ’09 has not been kind to the northeast. Near-record amounts of snow, ice and cold weather brought all outdoor off-season projects to a halt. But some recent warm weather has made much of the speedway property accessible. All of this is good news for track officials who hope to begin preparations for the track’s first of two open practice sessions that are scheduled for the 21st and 28th of March. Any safe race car is welcome to participate in these open practice sessions.  All of this precedes the opening of the racing season in New England with the annual running Thompson’s ICEBREAKER on the weekend of April 4th and 5th.

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Top Racers to Be Honored at SpeedwayEXPO

Third annual Speedy Awards nominees read as a Who’s Who of Northeastern motorsports

Salisbury, MA-The organizers of SpeedwayEXPO are proud to announce the nominees for the third annual Speedy Awards presented by Longacre Racing Products of Monroe, Washington. The winners will be awarded on Sunday, March 1 at 3 p.m. at SpeedwayEXPO. The 2009 nominees are:

Breakout Racer of the Year: Keith Rocco, Ryan Posocco, Eric Williams, and Max Zachem

Long Haul Award: Bub Bilodeau, Ted Christopher, Vic Miller, and Bill Park

Best Weekly Racer: Mark Flach Jr., Dennis Gada, Dillon Moltz, and Chris Turbush

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Getting More Than You Expect

I was a little under the weather this week and am taking the opportunity to have Rev. Dan share some thoughts with you. We’ll get back to our Study next week. For this week take some time and listen to Rev. Dan.

 Did something ever good happen to you that you never expected? Did you ever receive something that you never asked for? Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. 

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Twin State Speedway Adds Second True Value Modified Racing Series Race for 2009 Season

Mike Parks of Twin State Speedway revealed today that the True Value Modified Racing Series will be making a second appearance this season.  The Thrasher Road 1/3 mile oval in Claremont, NH hosted its inaugural race as the season finale last fall with Modified star Matt Hirschman taking the checkered flag.  It was an important day for the series and the historic facility.  Chris Pasteryak was crowned the series champion on the strength of 2 victories.

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Pitkat Earns King’s Nod

Will Run Whelen Modified Slate In 2009

As one of the two participants in what was dubbed the “Don King Gong Show,” Woody Pitkat had something to prove in the second half of the 2008 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season. His hard work behind the wheel – and in the garage – proved to be worthwhile as he has been hired by the veteran Modified owner to drive full-time this coming year.

After King – owner of the No. 28 Modified team – and driver James Civali parted ways following the seventh race of the 2008 campaign, King set out to use the remaining nine races of the year to lay the groundwork for 2009. Pitkat and Doug Coby completed the season by alternating in the No. 28 and, on two occasions, the team’s second entry, the No. 88.
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New Hampshire Motor Speedway Gears Up for the Season at SpeedwayEXPO ’09

With Opening Day just over a month away, New Hampshire Motor Speedway will gear up for the 2009 season with an exciting, interactive display at this weekend’s SpeedwayEXPO ’09.

The region’s largest motorsports trade show runs from this Friday through Sunday in the Mallary Complex at the Eastern States Exposition Center in West Springfield, Mass.

The New Hampshire Motor Speedway booth will include: NASCAR Camping World Series East Track Champion Eddie MacDonald’s No. 71 NEMO/Grimm Construction Chevrolet; American-Canadian Tour star Brent Dragon’s No. 55 Beverage Mart Chevrolet; Doug Post’s No. 2 Dunseth USAC Sprint Car built in 1972 by the legendary Paul Leffler; and Darryl Dutch’s fan favorite 1937 No. 9 Chevrolet Modified Coupe.
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CARQUEST Belts and Hose Renews Sponsorship of Stafford Motor Speedway Pit Parties

Stafford Springs, CT — Stafford Motor Speedway and CARQUEST Auto Parts are proud to continue the annual CARQUEST Belts and Hoses Pit Party at the 38th Annual TECH-Net Spring Sizzler on Sunday April 26th. The racecars, drivers, teams and sponsors will convene on the infield of the half-mile oval giving fans the opportunity to meet and greet their favorite drivers which marks the traditional start to the another season of racing at Stafford Motor Speedway.

“The CARQUEST Belts and Hoses Pit Party is a unique opportunity for the race fans to get up close to the cars and drivers that they follow each week, ” said Mark Arute, SMS COO/GM. We are pleased that CARQUEST Belts & Hoses is affiliated with the longstanding pit party tradition at both the Spring Sizzler and the Fall Final events.”
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Mods Test Bristol’s High Banks

Test Held in Preparation for August Race Date

Bristol, TN — The NASCAR Modifieds took to the track at Bristol Motor Speedway for the first time Tuesday as part of a test session.

Bristol, the “World’s Fastest Half Mile,” will welcome the NASCAR Whelen Modified and NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tours for the first time in a combination race on Wednesday, Aug. 19. Tuesday provided Hoosier Tire, NASCAR and the test teams their first opportunity to see how the open-wheeled race cars performed on the concrete .533-mile oval in Tennessee.

“We came here this morning not sure how we were going to need to approach this [racing at Bristol],” said L.W. Miller, driver of the No. 36 NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour car. “I was real comfortable this morning. I feel that we’ve run enough today to come back [in August] and be on the right track.”
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Twin State Speedway Adds Second True Value Mod Race, Prepares for Action Packed 2009 Season

Claremont NH — Twin State Speedway owner/operator Dennis Fleury recently announced a second True Value Modified Racing Series event on Friday night, June 5th. This event, in addition to the second annual Ricky Miller Memorial 100 in October will surely be “can’t miss” races for fans of Modified racing and Twin State Speedway. The best Modified racers in the area will be represented, including local heroes Dwight and Peter Jarvis, Sean Bodreau, Kirk Alexander and former pro stock champ Rob Goodenough. Twin State Speedway is committed to Modified racing in the Connecticut River valley with it’s own affordable and exciting Pepsi Modified division providing authentic Modified racing with an economy-friendly sealed engine program.

Friday night July 31st Twin State hosts two touring series when New England’s premiere full fendered AND open wheeled tours come to town. The VT based American Canadian Tour is stated to go 100 laps and the incredibly fast NorthEastern Midget Association (NEMA) winged outlaws will go 25 blistering laps. Look for ACT Tour stars like Jean Paul Cyr and Patrick Laperle to mix it up with TSS standouts Guy Caron and Aaron Fellows, then add in local travelers Chris Bergeron and Mark Heyward and it should be an event like no other for TSS Late Model fans and racers!
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Lia Returns To Whelen Modifieds

2007 Champion Will Reunite With Garbarino and ‘Mystic Missile’ Team for 2009 Campaign

Donny Lia, who captured the 2007 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour in his first and only season in the famed ‘Mystic Missile,’ will return to the team for another title run in 2009.

Bob Garbarino, who got his first championship ring after 47 years as a Modified team owner with Lia at the helm of his No. 4 Dodge in 2007, announced today that he will bring back the Jericho, N.Y., native for the upcoming 14-race schedule.

“Because of our past experience, we’re very comfortable with having Donny Lia back behind the wheel and I think he feels the same way,” Garbarino said. “We’re expecting good results and we’re going to give it the best try we can.”
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Keith Minchella Moves to Limited Late Model Division at Stafford to Challenge for 2009 Rookie Honors

Stafford Springs, CT — The Limited Late Model division has added another rookie contender in Keith Minchella. Minchella will be one of the more unique rookie drivers looking to win Reliable Welding and Speed Rookie of the Year honors at Stafford this season. Minchella and his friend, Vincent Balboni, are do-it-yourself racers that build their own chassis, cars, engines, transmissions, which has become a dying breed in this age of chassis and engine builders supplying parts to weekly racers.

“We have always built our own chassis, along with the engines and transmissions,” says Minchella. “We enjoy being able to put everything together and we save a ton of money building things ourselves. I think it also gives us a better knowledge of our equipment, that way when we have a problem with the car we are on the same page. Doing it ourselves may put us behind in some areas, but in other areas I think we have an advantage.”
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Pete Falconi Continues As Voice of NEMA

Pete Falconi, the voice of the Northeastern Midget Association, remembers being “a little scared” watching the Midgets at his family’s Westboro Speedway. “As a young kid, they looked so dangerous, you were almost afraid to watch them. You were afraid of what could happen.”

He, of course, has conquered that “fear.” Falconi, 54, will start his seventh season as NEMA’s announcer when the club opens the 2009 season Saturday, May 23 at Monadnock Speedway.

“I enjoy the camaraderie in NEMA,” says the son of New England Auto Racers Hall of Famer John Falconi. “The racing is, of course, very exciting and I really love getting around to all the different tracks. I enjoy seeing the different divisions of racing.”

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Historian R.A. Silvia Named Providence Grand Marshal

Behrent’s Bonus Gives Indoor Racers Incentive

Providence, RI — Noted auto racing historian R.A. Silvia has been named the Grand Marshal for the upcoming TQ-Midget event at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence, R.I., on March 6-7.

“It is quite an honor to be the Grand Marshal of this great event,” Silvia, 68, of Warwick, R.I. “This event has generated a lot of buzz here in the state and throughout the entire northeast.

“I am very proud to be a part of it. When I found out that I was going to be the Grand Marshal, I went into work and told the guys that I’m going to go out and by a scepter, crown and cape.”

Silvia, then 18, attended the three indoor Midget Car races held at the Rhode Island Auditorium in 1959. The final race on April 18, 1959, was won by Jerry Wall of Wallenburg, N.J.
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Oswego Speedway Announces First-ever $10,000 to Win “King of Wings” Race Which Sets Up Possible $40,000 Driver Bonus

Oswego, NY — After twenty-two years of hosting the premier short track, short race, the “Mr. Novelis Supermodified” event, the Oswego Speedway doubles up with two “$10,000 to Win” feature races in 2009. The annual “Mr. Novelis Supermodified” scheduled for Saturday August 1st will be joined by the first ever “King of Wings” event on Saturday July 11th. A win in both events by the same driver will trigger a bonus that will double his payday from $20,000 to a cool $40,000.

The hot July racing season will kick into full gear for the winged supermodifieds when they make their annual Tuesday night visit to Stafford Speedway in Connecticut on July 7th and end the week with a new Sunday afternoon date at Cayuga Speedway in Canada on July 12th. It is a newly scheduled race at the Oswego Speedway, in between these two events, that will have the winged supermodified fans and competitors talking right up until race day.
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Modified Teams Ready For Bristol Tire Test

Six Teams Will Test “Worlds Fastest Half Mile” For Hoosier Tires

Daytona Beach, FL – Bristol Motor Speedway, the newest addition to the schedule for the NASCAR Whelen and NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tours, will welcome teams from each series for a Hoosier Tires test on Tuesday, Feb. 24.

The .533-mile high-banked oval in Tennessee will play host to NASCAR’s Modified divisions for the first time in 2009 with a combination race. In preparation for the Aug. 19 race date, Hoosier and NASCAR invited six teams to participate in the test.

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Modified Teams Ready For Tire Test At “World’s Fastest Half Mile”

Six Teams Will Test For Hoosier Tires At Bristol

Bristol Motor Speedway, the newest addition to the schedule for the NASCAR Whelen and NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tours, will welcome teams from each series for a Hoosier Tires test on Tuesday, Feb. 24.

The .533-mile high-banked oval in Tennessee will play host to NASCAR’s Modified divisions for the first time in 2009 with a combination race. In preparation for the Aug. 19 race date, Hoosier and NASCAR invited six teams to participate in the test.

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will be represented by its defending champion Ted Christopher, 2003 titlist Todd Szegedy and Ronnie Silk. The NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour will have its reigning champion Brian Loftin and 2007 series winner L.W. Miller on hand to test.
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DART Machine Continues Support As Official Sponsor Of Steel Head Engine Bonus Program In 09

Canaan, NH — The True Value Modified Racing Series announced today that DART Machine returned as the official sponsor of the 2009 Steel Head Engine Bonus Program. The steel head engine program rewards the two highest finishing competitors running under the Dart Steel Head engine guidelines. The highest finishing DART steel head motor will receive a $150 and the second highest finishing DART steel head motor will pick up $100 at each TVMRS event. The ’09 program guidelines stipulate that only teams running the approved DART steel head are eligible for bonuses. DART Machine also continues its contribution to the True Value Modified Racing Series point fund.

Engine builders are getting in on the excitement too, with the introduction of the DART Steel Head Engine Builder Of The Year award. The engine builder of the highest points finishing car that competes in 2009 running within the Dart Steel Head engine guidelines will earn a check for $500.

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Budweiser Returns to Sponsor 13th Annual Modified Nationals SK-150

Waterford, CT — When the Waterford Speedbowl gates open for the 59th consecutive season March 28-29 for the 13th annual Modified Nationals, the region’s premier SK Modified® event will welcome back a familiar partner. Budweiser will once again sponsor the 150-lap thriller. Boasting $20,000 in prize money, the event was the first of its kind for the SK Modifieds. The $5,000 winner’s share is the most lucrative in the region and historically attracts a banner field of competitors vying for bragging rights and the big payday.

The Budweiser-Mod Nationals relationship enters its twelfth year and continues a long standing tradition. “The support of Budweiser and Levine Distributing is paramount in starting the Speedbowl season off on an incredibly high note” offered Speedbowl owner and promoter Terry Eames. “We’re looking forward to a great 2009 with Budweiser, expanding the scope of our relationship to include some additional excitement for our fans and competitors throughout the season. We can’t thank them enough for their commitment in light of the current economic challenges.”
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2009 Speedbowl Season Safe – Foreclosure Extended

Waterford, CT — Waterford Speedbowl management announced Thursday they have successfully petitioned the Superior Court of New London to postpone the possible foreclosure sale of the facility until October 31st of this year.  The Court had previously set March 7 as the sale date.  This new schedule effectively ensures that the 2009 racing season will be completed.

“This gives us valuable time to arrange permanent financing and at the same time it protects the financial interests of all the parties involved”, said Terry Eames, track owner and promoter.  “We still have a lot to do to bring the ‘Bowl back to its former glory, but, with this news and the fantastic support we are getting from the racing community, the job gets easier every day”, Eames added.
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Allstar Race Truck Series Attending SpeedwayEXPO ’09

The Allstar Race Truck Series will be heading to Speedway Expo ’09 located on the Big E Fairgrounds in Springfield, MA, February 27-March 1.

This racing exhibit historically attracts a large turnout of tracks, race series,and vendors offering a sneakpeak at the up coming 2009 racing season.

Representing the ARTS series, truck #83, FEB sponsored Chevy of Gee Perry, will be on display at the Monadnock Speedway booth along with weekly Nascar race machines.
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What Are You Thinking

As we move along in our study we find a familiar theme, it is what is in your heart that matters. Our outward actions can say one thing, our words can say another, but it is our heart that reveals the truth. What is in your heart? Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

We have all been in the situation that we couldn’t say what we really thought. Whether it is an interview at the track or an encounter with fans, most times we need to measure what we say and take into account who is listening. I say this to illustrate that we don’t always reveal what is in our heart.

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Dragon and Polewarzcyk first to file 2009 Full Season Entries

Milton, Vermont’s veteran race driver, Brent Dragon and Hudson, New Hampshire’s young star Joey Polewarzcyk (‘Pole’) were the first to file full season entries to race for the American Canadian Tour (ACT) Championship during the 2009 thirteen race campaign. Dragon has finished either 2nd or 3rd during half the dozen years he has raced on the TOUR. Joey “Pole” has finished in the top 10 in points since joining the TOUR full time in 2005, at the age of sixteen.

Dragon, a multi-time Airborne Speedway Champion considers the addition of a 300-lap race at Airborne this September a favorable windfall for his 2009 effort to capture the ACT Championship. Dragon said, “I think it is about time we finally get a championship on the American Canadian TOUR. Having a second race at my favorite track (Airborne) hopefully will work in our favor. Dragon went on the say, “We were so proud to win the prestigious MacTavish Award at this year’s banquet, I can’t think of a better way to back it up than by winning the ACT title in 2009.” Dragon knows that it won’t be easy. The competition at ACT seems to get deeper and deeper each season. Maine veterans Glen Luce and former Oxford champion Ricky Rolf, along with 5-time ACT champion Brian Hoar from So. Burlington, VT, as well as the veteran team of Randy Potter from New Hampshire have all thrown their hats in the ring as title contenders to spoil Dragon’s bid.
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C&C Racing Promotions Gets Frostbite

Tickets Now on Sale

Lexington, NC — Over the last six years, C&C Racing Promotions has become widely recognized as the promoters of the highly-regarded Annual North-South Shootout TM Modified racing event. In 2009, the group looks to build on those successes as they expand to host the first annual Frostbite Modified Winter Nationals on March 6 & 7 at Orange County Speedway in Rougemont, NC.

The event’s owner Charles Kepley of Lexington, NC, has long been synonymous with Modified racing in the South. As an avid supporter of the former Southern Modified Auto Racing Tour (SMART), the decision to expand his efforts to include another event was a simple one.
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LENOX Heads into the Final Lap of the Extra Mile Hero Contest

LENOX Announces Top 10 Finalists for Public Voting

LENOX, a leading manufacturer of premium power tool accessories, hand tools, torches, solder and band saw blades, announces the top 10 finalists in the LENOX Extra Mile Hero Contest.

In 2008, LENOX officially kicked off the LENOX Extra Mile Hero Program with NASCAR driver Jeff Burton, driver of the No. 31 LENOX Industrial Tools RCR Chevrolet, by asking customers to submit stories of people they considered heroes; users and suppliers of industrial tools who go the extra mile for their community.  A professional and VIP judging panel read through more than 600 nominations before selecting the 10 finalists.  Each of the 10 finalists won $3,100 with a matching gift going to their charity of choice.
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Bill Roberts Named NEMA Race Director

Bill Roberts will become the Northeastern Midget Association’s Race Director when the 2009 season begins May 23 at Monadnock Speedway. NEMA president Mike Scrivani Jr. announced the appointment.

NEMA, which has 17 races on the ’09 schedule, will “introduce” Roberts at the SpeedwayExpo Feb. 27-Mar. 1 at Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, MA.

Race Director was one of the roles Roberts had over the past two dozen seasons at Waterford Speedbowl. He has been a fan since growing up watching the Midgets at Hickory Speedway in New Castle, PA.
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Three Double Headers Highlight 2009 ISMA Season

Oswego, NY – With the details of the Berlin Raceway doubleheader put to bed recently, the 2009 International Supermodified Association is now ready to begin its 36th racing season. While there are many negatives to speak of throughout the land, ISMA is ready to provide a season of winged excitement to fans throughout the northeast, Midwest and into Canada. With increasing concerns about rising costs and dismal economies, ISMA president Howie Lane worked hard to plan a schedule to help keep the costs down. With three doubleheaders, beginning in July with Sandusky, then to Delaware in August and finally at Berlin in September, it is hoped that that goal has been achieved. With 16 feature events on tap, six of them will be at three venues.

The Berlin doubleheader on September 25 and 26 will follow a schedule similar to Delaware (Ont) Speedways on August 7 and 8 with 30 lappers on Friday night and 50 lap mains on Saturday. The traditional Sandusky Hy-Miler weekend on July 24-25 features a 40-lap and 100-lap format.

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Super Modified News Web Site to Sponsor New ISMA Award in 2009

Oswego, NY — Chris Porter from SuperRacingNews.com and the International Super Modified Association (ISMA) have come together to offer a new award for ISMA racers in 2009. The SuperRacingNews.com Up and Comer Award will be given to the top finisher in an ISMA feature who has never won an ISMA-sanctioned main event. The award will be up for grabs at every 2009 ISMA event, beginning with the series opener May 23 at Connecticut’s Waterford Speedbowl.SuperRacingNews.com, contact Chris Porter at 315-529-7541 or visit the Web site.

Each feature event’s Up and Comer will be awarded an additional $50 to the regular purse prize. While realizing the award isn’t a vast amount of money, Porter saw the opportunity as one to help support the hardworking racers who are yet to win their first feature in America’s premier super modified touring series.

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Rogers Closes Out the 43rd Annual World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing at New Smyrna Speedway by Winning Pete Orr Memorial 100

 Orlando Driver Also Clinches Super Late Model Championship

New Smyrna Beach, FL — The 43rd Annual World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing at New Smyrna Speedway (FL) has concluded with the ninth night of racing closing the series out on Saturday night.

The night was highlighted by a near-flawless performance by Orlando’s David Rogers in the Pete Orr Memorial 100 Super Late Model race.  Rogers, who entered the night tied with Jeff Choquette in the World Series SLM point standings, started in the sixth position, but was leading by the time that the race was only five laps old.  He withstood pressure from several challengers and won over Tim Russell, Jack Landis, Wayne Anderson and Johanna Long.

With the victory, Rogers locked up the World Series Super Late Model championship.

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