Stafford Springs, CT — Stafford Motor Speedway’s 2009 SK Modified® rookie class has added Chris Matthews to the list of drivers who will try to win the 2009 Reliable Welding and Speed Rookie of the Year honors. With the addition of Matthews, the SK Modified® division now has a total of 10 rookie drivers signed up for competition, with half of those drivers coming from Stafford’s SK Light Modified division. Of the five drivers who have SK Light experience at Stafford, both Matthews and Joe Allegro, Jr. are former track champions, making the 2009 SK Modified® rookie class one of the most talented rookie classes in recent memory at Stafford.
In the short three-year existence of the SK Light Modified division at Stafford, Matthews has established himself as the most successful driver, with 18 feature victories and the track championship in 2007 on his SK Light resume. Matthews drove to his SK Light success using a Brad Hietala created chassis, and it was a quick conversation with Brad and his wife Linda that led to his arrival in the SK Modified® division for the 2009 season.
“After the season, I was talking with Brad and Linda about moving up to the SK Modified® division and they said they would put a third car together for me,” said Matthews. (more…)
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Barre, VT — Thunder Road officials confirmed that two-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion Tony Stewart will be racing in the CARQUEST Vermont Governor’s Cup 150, Thursday, June 25 as a part of the 50th Anniversary celebration season at Thunder Road International Speedbowl.
Stewart has long been regarded as one of the most versatile and accomplished stars of NASCAR stock car racing. A multi-time USAC open wheel sprint car racer in his early years, Stewart then went on to race in the Indianapolis Racing League. Stewart was the only rookie to sit on the pole of the Indianapolis 500. He joined the Joe Gibbs racing in 1997. Stewart won 33 NASCAR Cup races while racing for Gibbs.
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After weather issues have limited the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified to just one race so far on the 2009 schedule the competitors are ready to visit another new track this weekend.
South Boston Speedway, one of the best-known short tracks in the state of Virginia, will host its first NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour event, but it is not the first time the track has hosted the NASCAR Modified cars.
The track known as “SoBo” hosted the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour in 2001 and one of the drivers who competed in the race is ready to get back on the track. (CLICK HERE FOR RACE EVENT PAGE)
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Daytona Beach, FL — The 25th season of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will commence with the Icebreaker at Thompson (Conn.) International Speedway on Sunday, April 5.
At Thompson International Speedway:
- Since the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour formed in 1985, there have been 106 races at Thompson.
- There have been 29 different race winners at Thompson, led by Mike Stefanik’s 14 victories.
- Jeff Fuller maintains the record for most poles won at Thompson with 13 … There have been 36 different pole winners at the track.
- Ed Flemke Jr. is the defending winner of the Icebreaker … Ron Silk won twice at Thompson in 2008 and Ted Christopher and Todd Szegedy also reached Victory Lane at the track a year ago.
- In the first 24 years of the NWMT there have been 17 different drivers win the Icebreaker, led by Rick Fuller’s three victories … Richie Evans won the inaugural NWMT Icebreaker on March 31, 1985.
- There are eight drivers on the entry list who have previously reached Victory Lane at TIS.
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Daytona Beach, FL — NASCAR announced Monday afternoon that the Lightnin’ Fast 150 NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour race postponed due to rain on March 27 at Ace Speedway in Altamahaw, N.C., has been rescheduled.
The Lightnin’ Fast 150 will now be held on Friday, April 10 at 8 p.m. The race will be the first of back-to-back events for the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour over Easter weekend.
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Silver Anniversary Modified Season to Open at Icebreaker
Fittingly, in a division with so much history, the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will come full circle this weekend at Thompson (Conn.) International Speedway.
The Modified division dates back to 1948, the inaugural season for racing sanctioned by NASCAR. The present-day NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, however, held its first event at Thompson with the Icebreaker on March 31, 1985. The same track and event will also play host to the first race of the 25th NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season on Sunday, April 5.
The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and the 1985 season began with the series’ most-prominent name in Victory Lane. Richie Evans, coming off his eighth NASCAR Modified national title in 1984, took the checkered flag in the new touring series’ inaugural event to launch what would be his ninth and final championship campaign.
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Thompson, CT — This weekend’s ICEBREAKER at the Thompson International Speedway will be day one for champions to begin the defense of their titles. With seven NASCAR Whelen sponsored divisions in competition at the ICEBREAKER, the 2008 champ in each division will be under a lot of pressure to remain at the top.
NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour (WMT) champion, Ted Christopher, will lead his touring division into the 150-lap main event that will open their season. Christopher is no stranger to victory lane on ICEBREAKER weekend having scored back-to-back wins ’04 and ’05. Christopher was recently chosen by members of the media as their choice to be the 2009 WMT champion.
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[Friday] by Adam Fohlin
[Saturday] by Adam Fohlin
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Seekonk, MA — Town Fair Tire and Propane Plus have signed up with Seekonk Speedway to support the action in 2009. Town Fair Tire, with over 75 locations throughout New England, agreed to a 10 race program with the Street Stocks that will give the winner an extra $100.00, while Propane Plus Heating & Cooling, located in Rehoboth MA., will give a tire away each week to a Pro Stock competitor.
“We are excited to have Town Fair Tire join us for 2009″ Race Director Dave Alburn stated. “Over the past decade, Town Fair has become a leader in tire sales in the New England region. Their dedication and determination to be the best, along with their competitive pricing fits right in with the strategy of our Street Stock competitors. They put all their efforts into their racecars to be the best, and continue to be one of the most competitive divisions anywhere.”
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Claremont, NH — Those that work together, often play together, and that’s what two longtime racing friends and co-workers will do this summer. 31 year veteran Bryon Baker, and crew chief Phil Chastenay, both of Claremont, NH., and both in the cabinet making business, are on the growing list of new race teams venturing into open-wheel modified racing with the True Value Modified Racing Series, New England’s premier modified touring division.
The sixth year series will kick off an exciting 16 race schedule at Monadnock Speedway, Winchester, NH., Saturday night, April 25.
Baker, a racer since 1978, has driven full bodied race cars throughout his career and will be piloting a full blown modified for the first time. “Never really desired to drive one until Phillie came along with this idea, I’m looking forward to it, it will be a learning experience for sure,” Baker said
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Waterford, CT — Waterford Speedbowl Management has announced the postponement of Sunday’s 13th Annual Budweiser Modified Nationals due to the weather. Information regarding the make-up date is expected to be finalized in about a week. Please check www.speedbowl.com or contact the Speedbowl track office at (860) 442.1585 for updated information.
The 30-lap features for the Street Stocks and Mini Stocks, 50-lap Late Model event, and 150-lap SK Modified® main event will all be made up at a later date to be announced. Those holding grandstands tickets to the event are urged to hold their tickets for the rain date. Pit area attendees must hold their event gate stub and wristband for the resecheduled event.
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Tomaino on verge of historic 500th Tour start
When the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour begins the 2009 season at Thompson (Conn.) International Speedway on Sunday, April 5, more than just the series’ Silver Anniversary will be celebrated. For one of its stalwarts, taking the green flag will be a historical accomplishment.
When the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour held its first race at Thompson on March 31, 1985, Jamie Tomaino started in the third row right behind the legendary Richie Evans. When the series held its first superspeedway event at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in 1990, Tomaino finished third to strengthen his title bid. When the NASCAR Modifieds ran a road course for the first time in 1996 at Watkins Glen International, Tomaino qualified 19th. And when the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour celebrated its 500th race at Martinsville Speedway last September, Tomaino turned in a top 10.
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Saturday 3/28 Feature Results
X Car Feature results (20 laps): 1. Curt D’addario Sr. 2. Brad Voglesong 3. Pete Zaikarite 4. Michael Marvin 5. Steve Violette 6. Dustin Gage 7. David D’Allesandro 8. Nicole Harris 9. Gary Stone Jr. 10. John Bowes 11. Bob Barrie 12. Kim Bickford 13. Arthur Phillips 14. Jeffrey Lee 15. Christopher Garside 16. James Ruddock
Super X Car Feature results (20 laps): 1. Jon Porter 2. John Yagmin 3. Michael Caprio 4. Thomas Messore 5. Dan Moon 6. Steve Larose 7. Roger Cunningham 8. Ray Phillips 9. Christopher Bissell 10. Taylor-Marie Moran 11. Ken Dowling III
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Waterford, CT — The Mini Stocks, Street Stocks, Late Models, and SK Modifieds completed qualifying on Saturday with Keith Rocco and Bruce Thomas Jr. leading the way and grabbing Bud Pole Awards in their respective time trials….click here for the 13th Annual Budweiser Modified Nationals lineup …
SK-150 starting lineup after redraw (time trial results in parenthesis): 1. Frank Ruocco (2) 2. Jeffrey Paul (4) 3. Ron Yuhas Jr. (5) 4. Diego Monahan (3) 5. Dennis Gada (10) 6. Tyler Chadwick (9) 7. Keith Rocco (1) 8. Jimmy Blewett (8) 9. Doug Coby (6) 10. Frank Mucciacciaro (7) 11. Jeff Pearl 12. Corey Hutchings 13. Rob Janovic Jr. 14. Justin Gaydosh 15. Eric Goodale 16. Rich Hammann 17. Dennis Charette 18. Wendell Dailey 19. Joe Gada 20. Mike Sweeney 21. Wayne Arute 22. Kenny Horton. (more…)
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Waterford Speedbowl’s season opener takes place this weekend with the 13th annual Budweiser Modified Nationals. Friday’s practice was a chance for teams to dial-in their setup in preparation for the 59th season opener at the historic 1/3 mile shoreline oval.
Saturday will hold practice and qualifying for all divisions including time trials for the SK Modifieds and Late Models. Features include the Trucks, Legends Cars, Allison Legacy Series, X-Cars, Super -X Cars and the Outlaw Stocks.
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Brockton, MA — Randy Cabral will be after a second straight season-opening win when the Northeastern Midget Association 2009 campaign begins Saturday night, May 23 at Monadnock Speedway. Amazingly, two-straight season-opening wins has been done only seven times in NEMA’s 57 years, Ben Seitz the last to do it in 2004-05.
Others to accomplish it were Bill Eldridge (1954-55), Dutch Schaefer (1959-60), Walt Gale (1966-67), Johnny Coy (1970-71), Armond Holley (1976-77) and Drew Fornoro (1982-83). Fornoro’s six opening wins top the list followed by Schaefer (4), Eldridge (4). Jeff Horn has three.
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Thompson, CT — A brand new auto racing season is about to begin in New England and the Thompson International Speedway kicks it all off with the traditional ICEBREAKER the weekend of April 4th & 5th. This two-day racing spectacular is the event winter weary race fans wait for each year. Seven different NASCAR racing divisions will participate in the racing action and thousands of fans will enjoy both on and off-track activity that is such a big part of ICEBREAKER weekend.
Motor homes and campers are being brought out of winter storage and are already beginning to be moved to the huge Thompson Speedway grounds. Race fans from all over the northeast converge upon the Thompson complex for a weekend of racing, golf, great food, entertainment ,renewal of old friendships and the making of new friends.
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Due to severe weather forecasts and heavy rain expected on Saturday in the Asheboro, N.C., area, NASCAR has announced Saturday’s Caraway Speedway 150 race at Caraway Speedway for the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour has been postponed.
Details on the event’s rescheduling will be announced at a later date.
The NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour is scheduled to race at South Boston Speedway on Saturday, April 4 with the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified 150.
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Center of Speed 150 Late Model Event Added to Loudon Race
The American Canadian Tour (ACT) Late Model teams, along with a host of local teams throughout New England, will have another opportunity to qualify for the inaugural ACT INVITATIONAL to be held at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway as part of New England’s NASCAR September 18-20th race weekend in 2009.
Doug and Becky White, owners of the revitalized Wiscasset Speedway in Wiscasset, ME, have reached an agreement with the American Canadian Tour to include their Center of Speed 300 Late Model portion of the event as a Qualifier for the much-heralded ACT INVITATIONAL.
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We all have people we enjoy spending time with. We all have people we are comfortable being around. Then there are the folks that don’t sit well with us, the people that we really don’t care to be around. What do we do with them? Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
At the track we have those folks we love to hang out with. With the Icebreaker a few weeks away you can see the evidence of this. Take a ride out to the track and look around the parking lot. You will see campsites marked off with various different methods. Not just one camp site, several areas big enough for several campers. Folks they want to hang out with and enjoy the weekend.
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Due to consistent rain showers in the Altamahaw, N.C., area and forecast for continuous rain throughout Friday, NASCAR has announced Friday’s Lightnin’ Fast 150 race at Ace Speedway for the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour has been postponed.
Details on the event’s rescheduling will be announced at a later date.
The NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour is scheduled to race at Caraway Speedway on Saturday, March 28 with the Caraway Speedway 150.
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The American Canadian Tour (ACT) Late Model teams will open the most ambitious schedule ever with the New Hampshire Governor’s Cup 150 lap championship event on April 19, 2009 at the Lee USA Speedway in Lee, New Hampshire.
The excitement for the 2009 lid-lifter has reached an all-time high. Besides capturing an opening day victory, the winner of the New Hampshire Governor’s Cup 150 will become the first of thirty-six qualifiers for the inaugural ACT INVITATIONAL to be held at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway on September 19, 2009. It has brought out the most competitive field of racers to an ACT opening event in many years.
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Media Picks Connecticut Racer To Defend 2008 Title
Daytona Beach, FL – The media has tabbed defending champion Ted Christopher as the favorite win the title this year, according to the 2009 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Preseason Poll.
Christopher, who earned his first NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour crown in 2008, garnered 236 points and 13 first-place votes in the pole conducted among the tour’s media. The Plainville, Conn., driver compiled four wins and 13 top 10s in 16 starts during his championship season a year ago. Christopher already has a victory under his belt in 2009 as he captured the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour season opener at Concord (N.C.) Speedway on March 21.
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Naples ME — Change is constant in motorsports. Its one of the few things every racer and race fan can count on. It’s unusual to see long term relationships in the sport, but for the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) , there’s been one fuel in every racer’s fuel cell since it’s’ inception. Sunoco Race Fuels and their distributor New England Racing Fuel have been on board since that first PASS Super Late Model race at Lee USA Speedway in 2001. Their Sunoco Standard and Supreme products are back as the official fuel of PASS for a ninth season.
“John Holland, Charlie Holland and Mike Joy of New England Racing Fuel were one of the first to step up to the plate and support our series,” said series President Tom Mayberry” They taught us how to control the cost of race fuel by testing fuel samples at our events, and they have assisted us in every way possible throughout our relationship. They’re good friends of PASS, as well as motorsports in general. We are proud to represent Sunoco once again in 2009.” Visit New England Racing Fuel on line at www.newenglandracingfuel.com or dial 1-860-673-9555. Their address is 271 Spielman Highway, Burlington CT 06013.
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Stafford Springs, CT — Stafford Motor Speedway is offering a unique opportunity for its competitors to showcase their sponsors on Friday nights during the month of May. During the month of May, Stafford Speedway will be hosting Business Expo events. These events will provide sponsors the opportunity to advertise their products in front of NASCAR Whelen All-American Series consumers. Sponsors of any weekly race team, as well as Stafford Motor Speedway sponsors and advertising partners, are invited free of charge to display their products or services on the midway during the month of May.
“Sponsors are a huge part of racing, both for the competitors and the Speedway,” said SMS COO/GM Mark Arute. “Many of our long standing team sponsors are struggling to continue their participation in local motorsports. We wanted to acknowledge their participation and try to help give them some additional value for their involvement by being able to showcase their products. We hope by providing this opportunity we will enable more teams to gain sponsorships or maintain their current sponsorships.”
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Daytona Beach, FL — The following is a list of NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour drivers that will appear on radio shows during the week of March 23-29.
Thursday, March 26
Ted Christopher – “Sirius Speedway,” Sirius Satellite Radio (Ch. 128), 3 – 7 p.m.
Sunday, March 29
Donny Lia, Ryan Preece, Glen Reen – “Carey & Coffey Show,” ESPN Radio Local (940/1510 AM or careyandcoffey.com), 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
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Just five weeks remain until PASS North kicks off its’ ninth season under the guidance of series President Tom Mayberry. The fastest cars and short track stars in the Northeast make the drive to Speedway 95 in Hermon, Maine on Sunday, April 19th with a full head of steam after a 2008 season that saw break through winners and a torrid battle for the series championship.
As far as excitement goes there is no more competitive racing than when the PASS super late models come to town. PASS is known for its’ photo finishes and side by side racing throughout the field. The competition is so keen that in 2008, the top six drivers were separated by just seventy-two points in the final standings. Johnny Clark edged out Ben Rowe by a mere ten points for his third title, 2593 to 2583. Just sixteen points back was Travis Benjamin with 2577. Benjamin sat atop the standings for a good part of the season before slipping back to third in the final rundown. Hard charging youngster, Adam Bates came on strong in 2008 and secured the fourth position with 2571 points. Rounding out the top six in points contention were DJ Shaw, 2539 points, and Cassius Clark with 2521 points.
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Westbrook, CT — The Racing Against Cancer Program TM is poised to embark on a new era of fundraising. The popular federally recognized non-profit organization has been dedicated to the fight against cancer for over 12 years. After their announcement this week, the organization stands to increase its reach and scope exponentially.
ShopWurld of Saratoga Springs, NY, an international internet-based business, has signed on as the title sponsor of the Racing Against Cancer Program for the 2009 season.
ShopWurld is an internet mall that includes retailers from a host of categories including apparel, health & beauty, electronics, office supplies, etc. Over 1,000 well-known retailers are represented including NASCAR.com Superstores, Home Depot, Toys ‘R Us, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Staples, JC Penny, Macy’s, Pet Smart and many more.
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Waterford, CT — The Waterford Speedbowl welcomes back Norwich Bulletin as sponsor of the ‘Bowl’s popular Mini Stock division in 2009. The ultra-competitive division is primed for an exciting season ahead highlighted by the return of two-time defending champion Ken Cassidy Jr.
“We’re very appreciative to have the support of one of this region’s leading daily news publications in the Norwich Bulletin” offered Speedbowl promoter Terry Eames. “Not only do they provide the Speedbowl dedicated weekly coverage, they also continue to bring the stories of our race teams back into the community. That’s key in maintaining local awareness of our product.”
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