Archive for April 9th, 2009

New Hampshire Motor Speedway Joins Manchester Monarchs for Fan Appreciation Celebration

Loudon, NH — New Hampshire Motor Speedway is teaming up with the Manchester Monarchs for their Fan Appreciation Night celebration on Saturday, April 11 at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, N.H.

The Monarchs will be hosting the always tough Portland Pirates.  The team will also be recognizing the great sports fans throughout the area with amazing giveaways all night long.

The first 2,000 fans will receive Monarchs tumblers stuffed with discount coupons from AutoFair Ford and Candia Woods.  Thirty-two lucky fans will win autographed game-worn jerseys from Monarchs players and team mascot Max! with all proceeds benefiting the Monarchs Care Foundation and the Special Olympics.

Prior to the game, fans will have a chance to see the Roush Fenway Racing No. 99 AFLAC Ford driven by Carl Edwards on the concourse at the Verizon Wireless Arena.

Intermission will feature the annual Hospital Race with NASCAR stars Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. and Mike Stefanik waving the green and checkered flags for the race.  Both Polewarczyk, Jr. and Stefanik will be signing autographs prior to the 7:30 p.m. start of the game.
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Coming Up This Weekend

The NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour will return to North Carolina this weekend for a doubleheader weekend of racing in the Piedmont Triad region of the state. Ace Speedway will hold the Lightnin’ Fast 150 on Friday night and Caraway Speedway in Asheboro hosting the Caraway 150 on Saturday night.

Both winners of the first two NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour events held in 2009 are scheduled to compete in both events. Andy Seuss, winner last weekend at South Boston Speedway, and Ted Christopher, winner of the season opener at Concord and also last weekend at the Icebreaker 150 for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, will be at both events as well.

Qualifying and race results will be available following the race Friday and the race on Saturday. In the meantime, any information surrounding the events at Ace or Caraway can be found at and or
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Doug Cleveland Gets Ready For 34th NEMA Campaign

Brockton, MA — Doug Cleveland, about to start his 34th season as a Northeastern Midget Association competitor, is “one of the old school guys.” He is currently making ready for NEMA’s 57th season opener May 23 at Monadnock Speedway.

“If there is a race we’ll try to make it,” continues Cleveland, part of a two-car team that includes brother Brian. “We’re aiming for the opener and see what happens after that.”

Doug and wife Linda, his partner since 1987, are the very heartbeat of NEMA. Linda, involved as a scorer since 1993, won the Wen Kelley Memorial Award last year. Cleveland has won almost all of NEMA’s awards including the Ray Roberts (last year) and Johnny Thomson (1999) trophies.
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In Memory of Mad Man Marko!

A True Entertainer took his last pass down the quarter mile this weekend with sparks flying and front wheels in the air. Mark -O-Hildonen, a four time Wheelstanding Champion, and a dear family friend has said good bye.

I met Mark before he became Mark-O or Mad Man Mark…. It was back in the early 70’s and my Dad was driving his first C-gas dragster at New England Dragway and things seemed a lot more simple back then. Mark was this crazy 16 year old kid that was driving a door-slammer (D/Gas and C/Altered 1966 Chevy Corvette Dual Carb 364 ci small block Chevy) and he always would stop by to talk to my parents and make them laugh. My first ride in a race car was when I was 7 or 8 years old. Mark let me sit on the metal floor on the passenger side with this over sized helmet on my head. I can remember the car being deafening loud while we pulled up to the Staging Lights. The “starter” looked in the car and asked Mark “what the **** do you think you are doing with THAT in there.” Mark rambled on and talked him into us making a pass. Like I said…it was a simpler time back then! With the windows up, the only thing I could hear was the engine revving and Mark screaming out the gears and making engine noises. “Get ready….here we go….FIRST GEAR….” Bang and the car jumped…”SECOND GEAR…BAWWWAHHHH…..THIRD GEAR….BAWAHH….YEAH BABY….HERE WE GO….” This was Mark. As a kid I just met someone that was bigger than life itself.
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G.H. Berlin/Kendall Oil Co. Renews SMS Late Model Contingency Program Sponsorship

Stafford Springs, CT — Stafford Speedway has announced that G.H. Berlin Oil Company has renewed their Late Model contingency program sponsorship. G.H. Berlin will offer a $100.00 bonus to the second place finisher in each Late Model feature event during the 2009 season. With 22 races on the 2009 schedule, Late Model competitors will have an extra $2,200 to race for this upcoming season.

The 2009 season at Stafford Motor Speedway will mark the third consecutive season of participation in the track’s contingency program by G.H. Berlin Oil Company. With 20 events during the 2007 season, and 17 events last season, G.H. Berlin has contributed an extra $3,700 to Late Model competitors. G.H. Berlin’s 2009 partnership will push their total contribution to Late Model teams to over $6,000.

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NASCAR Unveils Major Events For Its Touring And Weekly Series

NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Awards Banquet Moves To Concord, North Carolina
“2009 NASCAR Night Of Champions Touring Awards Gala” Announced

Daytona Beach, FL — The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) announced today that its “stars of tomorrow” and short track veterans will gather in the greater Charlotte area for two special year-end celebrations.

NASCAR will host a special week of activities culminating in the 2009 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series (NWAAS) Awards Banquet on Friday, November 13, and the new NASCAR Night of Champions Touring Awards Gala on Saturday, November 14.

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He Has Risen

One of my favorite hymns is “Because He Lives”. The song contains many reasons why we can draw on the fact that Christ is alive to encourage us, strengthen us and enable us to live. This life is not just any life but the abundant life that Christ offers us in His Word. Are you rejoicing this Easter because Christ lives? Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Luke 24:1-8, On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: ‘The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’ ” Then they remembered his words.

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