Archive for April 30th, 2009

Three-Time Indy 500 Winner Johnny Rutherford Named Grand Marshal for New Hampshire Vintage Racing Celebration

Loudon, NH — Johnny Rutherford, a three-time Indianapolis 500 winner, has been named the Grand Marshal of the 19th Annual Vintage Racing Celebration at New Hampshire Motor Speedway from May 12 through May 17.

Known as “Lone Star J.R.” to his fans because of his Texas heritage, Rutherford crossed the famous yard of bricks first at the Indianapolis 500 in 1974, 1976, and 1980.  In his role as Grand Marshal during the oval portion of the event, Rutherford will bench race with many of the participants, including an interactive “Question and Answer” program with host Gordon Kirby, the U.S. Editor of MotorSport magazine, on Wednesday night, May 13.

Three of Rutherford’s former open wheel rides will be on display as well.

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Test and Tune Sessions Offered for the Next Two Weeks at Thompson

Thompson, CT — The popular Thursday Night Thompson Thunder (TNTT) series kicks off on Thursday, May 21st.  However, for the next two Thursdays, the Thompson International Speedway will be open for test and tunes sessions for any and all oval track race cars. These two dates have been set aside for race teams to put the final touches on their race cars before the regular weekly racing program begins. The track will conduct these test and tune sessions between the hours of 12 Noon and 7 PM on Thursday, May 7th and again on Thursday, May 14th.

Race teams find these test and tune opportunities very valuable.  Teams have the chance to fine tune their race cars so that they are ready to face the tough competition that exists in all six of the track’s weekly NASCAR Whelen All American Series divisions.

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Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesdays Return to Speedbowl May 6

Waterford, CT —  Waterford Speedbowl’s popular mid-week Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday race program returns May 6, kicking off an 18-week season of family fun and hotly contested racing excitement.  The events run weekly, ending September 2.  Affordability is at the core of the Wednesday program for both the fans and competitors.

With adult grandstands admission of just $7 and all youth ages 14 and under admitted free, one of the best values for family entertainment returns during the challenging economic times.  And don’t forget the Speedbowl’s acres of free parking.  “We’ve got one of, if not the best value-priced family night out around” offered track promoter Terry Eames.  “And not just in motorsports, but in all facets of entertainment – the movies, a ball game, a day to the beaches – we’ve absolutely got more entertainment for less money”.

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Merchants Bank 150 Schedule Released

Schedule Subject to Change

Saturday,  May 2, 2009 
8:00 – 11:00        Advance pit registration at CAR SHOW
8:00 – Noon        1st round tire(4) for car show entrants only (car must be at car show and hauler in pits)
Noon                    Pit Registration
Balance 1st round tires (4)
(car must be in pits-tires will be based on 1st in pits)
2nd round tire by draw ALL (2) tires
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