3:30 p.m. — Practice is complete. Jimmy Blewett (99.288 mph) finished as the fastest car followed by Eric Berndt (98.668), Rowan Pennink (98.210), Erick Rudolph (97.725) and Todd Szegedy (97.662).
3:30 p.m. — Practice is complete. Jimmy Blewett (99.288 mph) finished as the fastest car followed by Eric Berndt (98.668), Rowan Pennink (98.210), Erick Rudolph (97.725) and Todd Szegedy (97.662).
Loudon, NH — As we enjoy the upcoming long weekend, please take a moment to remember the brave men and women who are serving and have served our country. Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness are guaranteed to us thanks to their bravery.
Thank our soldiers and veterans for their service. Never forget those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. It is because of them that we are the greatest nation in the world.
Tour returns to Stafford Motor Speedway for the TSI Harley Davidson Classic.
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Thompson, CT — The first Thursday Night Thunder at Thompson International Speedway started the season off with a bang. Keith Rocco of Wallingford, CT, earned victory in a thrilling Sunoco Modified main event to start off the season. Norm Wrenn of Nashua, NH, a winner during the Icebreaker in April, continued his winning ways in the Super Late Models while Rick Gentes of Woonsocket, RI edged out fan favorite Jeff Zuidema to earn the Late Model checkers. Scott Sundeen of Douglas, MA, in Limited Sportsman; Brian Sullivan of S. Windsor, CT in the TIS Modifieds; and Tim Taylor of Wauregan, CT in the Mini Stocks also visited victory lane on the opening Thursday night.
The Sunoco Modified division lived up to its reputation on Thursday night as Keith Rocco of Wallingford, CT, scored the feature win in a dramatic finish for the Speedway’s premier division. It was the second win for Rocco at Thompson after his victory back in April on Icebreaker Saturday.
Seekonk, MA — Seekonk Speedway is gearing up for their first double header weekend of their 64th season. On Saturday, the ARC Pro Stocks will highlight a regular Saturday points night at the Action Track of the East with a 40 lap main event. Coming off his first win of the season, Rehoboth’s Dave Darling is the early favorite to pick up his third career Pro Stock crown. Ryan Vanasse will be looking to make it four in a row in Late Model action. After picking up the win in the final two events in 2008, including the DAV Fall Classic, the Rocket is on a Roll. The Seekonk Sport Truck feature came down to last couple of feet as Jody Tripp edged out Rick Martin by .002 to stop Martin’s streak at 3. Both will be trying to outdo the other in their 20 lap feature. The Street Stocks had over 30 cars on hand to compete for 26 starting positions. Tony Oliviera was the top dog in this ever exciting division. Action for Saturday starts at 6pm, with general admission gates opening at 4. Adult tickets are $12.00 each, with kids 12 and under FREE.
On Sunday, The Army National Guard will be on hand to present Seekonk’s World Famous Thrill Show. They will have action on the midway throughout the event, and will be presenting Colors for the National Anthem. Starting time is 5pm, with a chance for all fans to take a turn on the 1/3 mile in the popular Spectator Drags. They are a one on one drag once around the track in street legal cars. The winner will go to the next round, while the loser is done for the evening. NEDrift.com will be on hand to show the East Coast what drifting is all about. They will be competing for prize money, and the results will be voted on by the fans. These are not your every day drivers.
Waterford, CT — Charles Beal doubled up the Super X-Car field winning for the second consecutive week in a barnburner 20-lap event, Jason Palmer continued his domination in the Legends Cars, while Curt D’Addario returned to X-Car victory lane. Brian Rondeau and Lisa Voglesong also won in action from the Waterford Speedbowl on Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday May 20.
It was Bruce Hall (#28) leading the 30 car field down to green for the 20-lap X-Car feature. Hall would lead until halfway before Curt D’Addario (#68), who started 22nd in the field, would put a move to the outside and took the lead. Brad Voglesong (#87) was off the pace early and would go laps down, changing the complexion of the event. Caution waved at lap 13 for Randy Johnston (#11) who spun in turn four. The restart would cause havoc as multiple cars in the front of the pack, including Hall – the event’s only other leader, were involved in a wreck halting the action for track cleanup. Two more cautions put the field in D’Addario’s rearview including last week’s winner Patrick Williams (#78). Williams would not challenge and D’Addario went on to his second win of the season – he also won the opening non-points event during the Budweiser Modified Nationals March 28.
Thompson, CT — The Eve of Destruction at the Thompson Speedway has become a Memorial Day holiday weekend tradition. Thousands of fun seekers have found this special event to be a wonderful night of exciting and laugh-out-loud entertainment. Thompson’s Eve of Destruction scheduled for Sunday, May 24th, has become a holiday weekend destination and a not to be missed night out for the entire family.
The Eve of Destruction is slated to start at 6 PM. However, when the gates open at 1:30 PM, youngsters will thrill to the action filled midway of huge inflatable activities that both challenge and entertain the young and the young at heart.
Stafford Springs, CT — NASCAR New England, Stafford Motor Speedway’s award winning television program, will return to the New England Sports Network (NESN) for the 2009 season with a 10-episode run beginning on Saturday, June 27. The show will air from 5pm-6pm each Saturday from June 27 through August 29. This year marks the fourth consecutive year that NASCAR New England will air on the most watched sports network in New England and the ninth consecutive season that Stafford Motor Speedway has produced the show.
The 2009 edition of NASCAR New England will once again showcase Stafford’s SK Modified® and Late Model divisions with highlight coverage of Stafford’s SK Light, Limited Late Model, and DARE Stock divisions. NASCAR New England will also continue to bring you stories showcasing the weekly racers behind the scenes.
Seekonk, MA — Seekonk Speedway, for the third time, attempted to get their opening day program completed. But even a few rain showers weren’t going to delay us again. Dave Darling picked up his 22nd career Pro Stock win in dominating fashion. Starting on the pole after the top 6 were inverted by a blind draw, Dave was out for a Sunday drive. While he dominated the event from the pole, there were many challengers for the lead. Sophomore Jake Vanada of Berkeley was the first to challenge Dave for the lead, but couldn’t hang on from his outside pole start. He would get another chance, as Wayne Dion brought out the first caution with a spin on lap 1, forcing the Houle Motorsports driver out of the event.
Darling and Vanada would try it again, but Darling was up for the challenge. Vanasse squeezed under Vanada and put the Team V Transport Chevy into the runner up position. The second caution fell on lap 4, when the K Spencer Electric Chevy of Ken Spencer scraped the outside wall and came to a stop in turn 1. Vanasse settled into the runner up spot with Mike Brightman, Rob Murphy and Tom Scully Jr. rounding out the top five when the third caution came out on lap 15.
Continue reading ‘Dave Darling Picks Up Opening Day Win. Vanasse, Tripp, Oliviera and Uhrig also Score’
In the world of NASCAR Modified racing, Ted Christopher is king.
The Plainville, Conn., racing veteran earned his first NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship in 2008 on the strength of four wins and has rolled that momentum over to the current season where he has put a stranglehold on not one, but two divisions.
There have been two NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour races to-date in 2009, and Christopher has his name all over both. In the opener at Thompson (Conn.) International Speedway on April 5, Christopher earned the Coors Light Pole Award and then went on to lead 111 of 154 laps en route to his second trip to Victory Lane in a row at the track where he closed 2008 with a win. Christopher then moved on to Stafford (Conn.) Motor Speedway and dominated yet again with another pole and race win on April 26.
Continue reading ‘News & Notes: Christopher Looks To Continue Historic Run’
Stafford Springs, CT — Following post race technical inspection from the May 15th Whelen Event Night NASCAR Whelen All-American Series feature events at Stafford Motor Speedway, the following changes have been made to the official Limited Late Model order of finish.
Unofficial Limited Late Model feature winner Shawn Thibeaut was disqualified from the official order of finish. Thibeault’s car was found to exceed the 25 pound maximum torque limit for the rear tires and he was disqualified from his finishing position of first place to the fifth place finishing position.
Continue reading ‘Change Made to Limited Late Model Order of Finish from May 15th Whelen Event Night Program at Stafford Speedway’
The Mekkelsen Memorial Day Classic Twin 100’s at Thunder Road for American Canadian Tour (ACT) Late Models and the True Value Modified Racing Series will also honor generations of racing heroes who helped build the venerable quarter mile high-banked short track into one of the most famous in North America.
Flathead drivers of the 60’s like Harold Hanaford, Johnny Gammell and the Ingerson Brothers, along with the stars of the 70’s — ‘Mod Squad’ members, Robbie Crouch, Johnny Rosati and Joey Kourafas, and favorite Bay State adopted son, Dave Dion, have all provided race fans in the Northeast with spectacular racing. Generations of Vermont Dragons, Canadians Cabana, Whitlock, and Laperle, and present champions Scott, Michaud and Williams have all helped Thunder Road earn its moniker as the ‘Nation’s Site of Excitement’. Located in the granite capital of the world, Barre, Vermont, a new Memorial Park has been established to help celebrate the 50th anniversary year to pay tribute to the long list of Thunder Road champions.
Continue reading ‘T-Road Unveils Memorial Park’
The 50th Anniversary Season at Thunder Road International Speedbowl will continue on Memorial Day weekend when both the ACT Tour and the True Value Modified Racing Series battle the high banks of the “Nation’s Site of Excitement.”
May 24th will mark the 47th running of the Mekkelsen RV Memorial Day Classic 100. It has become a staple of the Thunder Road season and now the ACT Tour schedule. Winners of this prestigious event include legends such as Bobby Dragon, Dave Dion, Robbie Crouch, and Jean-Paul Cabana, as well as today’s heroes, Phil Scott, Cris Michaud, Brent Dragon, Dave Pembroke and last year’s winner John Donahue among others.
Continue reading ‘ACT Tour Returns to Thunder Road for Memorial Day Doubleheader’
Brockton, MA – Tim Bertrand and Randy Cabral #47 will begin defense of their respective championships (owner and driver) when the Northeastern Midget Association begins the 2009 season Saturday night (May 23) at Monadnock Speedway. It will be the 57th season opener for NEMA.
“Rule changes have equaled competition up a little bit and it has forced our team to be on our game a little more,” says Bertrand. He expects a torrid battle for the championships that will include, among others, Nokie Fornoro is the Mike Jarret #4, Russ Stoehr in the Gene Angelillo #45 and Greg Stoehr in the family #26. Other contenders include Erica Santos in the Ed Breault #44 and Adam Cantor in the family #7ny.
“We are excited about beginning the defense of our championships,” said Bertrand. “We expect it to be difficult. Several cars have tested well.”
Oswego, NY — When the huge red hauler pulls into the Waterford pits on May 23 for the season opener, a trio of good ISMA cars and good ISMA drivers plan on giving the Chris Perley-Vic Miller team a run for the money, and the plan on winning a few races too. After putting three cars in the top ten in ISMA points (2nd, 5th, and 9th), the Jeff Holbrook team is more than ready to do even better in 2009.
In 2004, Oswego supermodified driver Jeff Holbrook dabbled a little in ISMA competition after the non-wing supermodified season was done. In 2005, as a car owner, he brought one car to the winged ISMA circuit with Bob Magner as his driver. One year later, the car owner-driver, brought three potent supermodifieds into contention and found almost immediate success. The next two years saw more top ten placings, with sometimes four cars in competition.
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Andy Lindeman of Poestenkill, NY won the AllStar Race Truck Series 2009 season opener at Twin State Speedway on Friday, May 15th. This was the first half of a double header weekend. Andy drives the #3 sponsored by Dawson’s Towing, Thorpe Electric, Freedman Bros. Salvage, Well’s Communications, JCS Truck Repair.
The day’s event started off with two 10-lap heat races. 2008 Rookie of The Year, Greg Butler, Jr. of East Hampton, CT driving the #85 sponsored by East Hampton Auto Parts, Cottman Transmission of Portland, Storm Tech, Jepson Racing Engines, and G & S Auto Center went from green to checker winning the first heat. Rookie John St.Germain of West Sand Lake, NY driving the #14 sponsored by Dawson’s Body Shop, JCS Repair, Larry Dickinson Construction, BPW Enterprises, and PDT Taping won the second heat setting up the field for the feature event.
Oxford, ME — Joey Pole battled Ricky Rolfe during the early stages of the New England Dodge Dealers 150 at Oxford Plains Speedway as the first 84 laps were run caution free. After one of the two cautions Rolfe had carburetor issues and fell back in the pack. Pole took advantage of the opportunity and broke away from the field chased by Tim Brackett. Brackett and Pole swapped the lead with Pole running exclusively in the outside groove.
The second and final caution came on lap 96, but Pole would not be denied during the final 54 laps. He was followed to the line by John Donahue and Brackett. The 150 green flag laps were completed in 53 minutes and slowed by two cautions due to minor spins. Eighteen of the thirty cars that started the race finished on the lead lap.
Toledo, OH — ARCA RE/MAX Series rookie Parker Kligerman held off a hungry pack of series veterans to win the wild Menards 200 presented by Federated Car Care Sunday afternoon at Toledo Speedway.
Kligerman, in the no. 77 Cunningham Motorsports Dodge, turned back a late-race charge from point leader Justin Lofton during a green-white-checker finish to earn his career-first victory in his eighth series start.
“I’m just so proud of these guys,” said Kligerman. “Thanks to Briggs Cunningham, Kerry Scherer, the entire Penske Racing organization, my crew chief Chris Carrier; I couldn’t do it without any of these guys. I wouldn’t even be in a stock car if it wasn’t for these guys.”
Winchester, NH — The Pro-Four Modifieds of New England (PFMNE) raced the threatening rain clouds to complete their first race of the 2009 season at Monadnock Speedway on Saturday, May 16. The eleven PFMNE drivers were met with an enthusiastic crowd as they rolled out shortly after 6 pm for their heat race and later in the evening for their feature. It was “Stormin’ Norman” Wrenn in his #1m Bot-L-Gas Inc. modified who fought his way through the field for a convincing victory.
The 25-lap PFMNE feature got off to a slow start with the yellow being displayed before one lap could be completed. Norm Wrenn spun his #1m mount, collecting Mark Giordano’s #34 Tri-Phrase Contractors Limited Pro Four and Stan Mertz’s #16 Marty’s Auto Service-sponsored racecar. Both Giordano and Mertz pitted, but only Mertz would return some 17 laps later.
Loudon, NH — Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. battled Ricky Rolfe during the early stages of the New England Dodge Dealers 150 at Oxford Plains Speedway as the first 84 laps were run caution free. After one of the two cautions Rolfe had carburetor issues and fell back. Polewarczyk took advantage of the opportunity and broke away from the field chased by Tim Brackett. Brackett and Polewarczyk swapped the lead with Polewarczyk running exclusively in the outside groove.
The second and final caution came on lap 96 and set up a shootout to the finish, but Polewarczyk would not be denied. He was followed to the line by John Donahue and Brackett. The 150 green flag laps were completed in 53 minutes and slowed by two cautions due to minor spins. Eighteen of the thirty cars that started the race finished on the lead lap.
Loudon, NH — 2008 ACT Tour Champion Patrick Laperle won the St-Eustache 100 and becomes the first Canadian competitor to qualify for the ACT Invitational at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Laperle battled with Donald Theetge for the second half of the race after Daniel Descoste led the first 44 laps. Descoste’s run near the front ended with a seven car pile-up on the backstretch. Also having a strong run was Brandon Watson who started ninth.
Laperle and Theetge rubbed fenders for the final 56 laps of the race as they battled for the lead. The race was slowed by 9 cautions with the final coming on lap 64. The unofficial top five was Patrick Laperle, Donald Theetge, Brandon Watson, Pete Vanderwyst and Martin Lacombe.
Barre, VT — Two long time racers from Ascutney, Vermont would like nothing more than to win in front of their home state crowd this weekend when the ground pounding True Value Modified Racing Series rolls into Barre, Vermont’s., historic Thunder Road International Speed bowl, Sunday May 24, as part of the 47th annual Mekkelsen RV Memorial Day Classic Doubleheader. The race is the third event of a 15 race schedule and the second appearance there by the sixth year series. Last years race was highly competitive in front of the largest crowd ever to see a TVMRS event.
Dwight Jarvis, 2006 TVMRS champion, and Brother Peter, 2007 TVMRS Rookie 0f the Year, will lead a strong contingent of open wheeled modified race cars to the legendary race track for the special holiday weekend program.
In last years inaugural race, the first for modified race cars in over 40 years, Dwight finished second with Peter third, behind winner Kirk Alexander, W. Swanzey, NH. Alexander will return to T-Road to defend his race title.
Waterford, CT — Waterford Speedbowl was forced to cancel May 16’s NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing program and Little League Night festivities due to inclement weather. A persistent fog, mist, and drizzle intensified as the practice rounds were underway and continued into the evening.
Tickets issued from the event will be considered a rain check and be valid towards any regularly priced 2009 season event. Ticket holders should hold on to their ticket stubs and present them at the Speedbowl Box Office at an upcoming show of their choice.
BULLETIN: (5/16/09 4:35PM): Fog in the area has turned to a persistent mist and light drizzle. RACING HAS BEEN CANCELLED FOR TONIGHT!!! Little League Night will be made up Saturday June 6.
Stafford Springs, CT — Stafford Motor Speedway returned to racing action with Whelen Event Night on Friday, May 15. Taking down feature victories were Keith Rocco in the SK Modified® feature and Ryan Posocco in the Late Model feature. Tony Santangelo scored his second consecutive SK Light Modified feature win, while Shawn Thibeault took his first career Limited Late Model feature victory. With two DARE Stock feature events on the card, Robert Thompson and Todd LaPorta drove to CARQUEST Victory Lane.
The 40-lap SK Modified® feature took the green flag with the action at the front of the pack fast and furious. Keith Rocco moved to the lead on lap-2 after riding side by side with Curt Brainard for the first lap. Frank Ruocco made a bid for the lead on lap-3, taking the lead from Rocco in turn 3 only to have Rocco pull the crossover move and retake the lead coming out of the fourth turn.
Continue reading ‘Rocco, Posocco, Santangelo, Thibeault, Thompson & LaPorta Score May 15th Whelen Event Night Feature Wins at Stafford Speedway’
Brockton, MA — Jeff Horn, a New England open-cockpit mainstay, will be the first of several high profile names to drive a Bertrand midget in 2009 Northeastern Midget Association competition. Horn, who has 19 career NEMA wins, will drive the Esslinger-powered #39 Drinan car at the club’s season opener Saturday night May 23 at Monadnock Speedway.
Tim Bertrand and Randy Cabral, in the #47, will begin defense of the owner and driver championships at Monandock. It is the first of 17 races on the ’09 schedule.
According to Bertrand, current Sprint Cup competitor and one-time USAC open-cockpit star Ryan Newman will drive the #39 at Lee USA Speedway on Friday night, June 26. Current USAC driver Cole Carter, son of the legendary open wheel chauffeur Pancho Carter, will drive at Waterford Speedbowl on July 25 and at Seekonk’s “Boston Louie” on Aug. 8 in a new car that is currently being constructed.
Details of the 4th annual Little League Night featuring the http://www.sids-vault.comHome Run Derby:
A big part of any NASCAR driver and team are the crewmembers, who toil behind the scenes in preparing and maintaining the race cars. Throughout the season, we will profile many of these hard working men and women on the NASCAR Home Tracks website to let you see the job they do in the sport.
Today’s profile features Jimmy Fuller, crew chief for driver Glen Reen in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.