Seekonk, MA — They say the third time is a charm, and Seekonk Speedway management is hoping Mother Nature turns into a race fan this weekend. For the third week, The Action Track of the East will attempt to get in their 64th season opener. Originally slated for Sunday, May 3, the feature events, highlighted by a 75 lap, $2,000 to win ARC Pro Stock main event has been postponed twice for weather.
Time trials set the starting field for the qualifiers for the Pro Stocks on that Sunday, and they were 5 laps into their second heat when the rains came. Mike Brightman was the leader when the race was stopped, with Ryan Vanasse, Dave Darling, Wayne Dion and Tom Scully Jr. rounding out the top five. The first heat saw reigning Champion Fred Astle Jr pick up the win over Ken Spencer, Jake Vanada, Rob Murphy and Kyle Casper. Fred Astle was fastest during time trials with a time of 12.314. Mike Brightman posted the second fastest time with Ken Spencer third, and Tom Scully Jr and Kyle Casper both setting the fourth fastest time. The winner of the $2,000 to win 75 lap extravaganza will be a guaranteed starter for the PASS 150 on August 15.
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Waterford, CT — Beautiful weather prevailed for the Speedbowl’s May 13 Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday race program. Jason Palmer took yet another checkered flag in the early season, while Charles Beal won the Super X-Car war, Patrick Williams moved in late to win the X-Car event, and Dean Christensen landed in Victory Lane for the X-Modified race.
John Weaver led the Legends Car event to the stripe to lead lap one before fourteen year old Tony Flannery moved in to challenge on the bottom to take the lead. Caution flew on lap 6 for a front stretch fracas that sent Ed Field hard into the wall, riding the aarmco before his #30 came to rest in turn one. Veteran George Whitney went wheel-to-wheel with the young gun Flannery to take the lead on the restart.
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It’s the second day of the 19th Annual Vintage Racing Celebration and Classic Car Show at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Hundreds of vintage midgets, sprint cars, champ cars, roadsters, and NASCAR stock cars are racing on the 1.058 mile course. The conditions are perfect for these legendary cars to show their stuff.
The highlight of today’s activities is the arrival of 3-time Indianapolis 500 winner, Johnny Rutherford. Johnny is the Grand Marshal of this year’s Vintage Racing Celebration. The bench race will start with his arrival at the Speedway just after noon today. This is a rare opportunity to meet and chat with one of the true legends of racing.
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Teams from all over New England will celebrate Memorial Day weekend at Thunder Road in Barre, Vermont for the traditional running of the Mekkelsen RV Memorial Day Classic Doubleheader. It is the only time in 2009 when fans can see the stars from both the American Canadian Tour (ACT) Late Models and the open wheel ground-pounding monsters from the True Value Modified Racing Series racing together on one card.
American Canadian Tour point leader Scott Payea watched the heavyweight fight between Randy Potter of Groveton, New Hampshire and Brad Leighton of Center Harbor, New Hampshire at Airborne last Sunday. Potter and Leighton punched and counter-punched for over 90 laps of what was a classic 35th Furniture World of Vermont Spring Green battle royal on the fast, newly renovated Airborne Speedway half mile.
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Stay up to date with the current week’s news & notes:
- Late Models will run feature only on May 16’s race program, they are the first scheduled feature of the night
- Anyone interested in registering for 2009 Family Fun shows, for Demolition Derbies, Trailer Races, Speedway Bowling, or more should contact the track office more details. The first event is May 24’s Memorial Day Madness
- Any teams interested in promoting the Speedbowl at car shows and charitable events throughout the area should contact the track office for more details and events. There are several community appearance events planned
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