Archive for June 1st, 2009

Be the First New Hampshire Motor Speedway Mascot!

On Friday, June 5th from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Veterans Park in Manchester, N.H., New Hampshire Motor Speedway is having an open casting call to choose the first mascot for the largest sports and entertainment complex in New England.  If you are an entertainer with a dynamic and outgoing personality, we are looking for you!

The lucky winner will perform in front of over 105,000 NASCAR fans twice a year, represent the speedway at numerous civic functions, and be a part of the world of major league mascots!

“There is a star out there waiting to be discovered, and we are going to find that person,” said Jerry Gappens, executive vice president and general manger of New Hampshire Motor Speedway.  “There will be no ‘textgate’ at this casting call!  Our judging panel will make the right choice, guaranteed!”
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News & Notes – Week of June 1

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  • Little League Night has been rescheduled for Saturday June 6. Any youth wearing their team jersey will be admitted free. Any youth interested to participate in the home run derby should receive a raffle ticket on June 6, and the spots will be given away via raffle ticket drawing

4th annual Little League Night featuring the Home Run Derby

10 teams (1 driver – 1 Little Leaguer) Any youth hoping to participate in the Home Run Derby should gather near the flagstand after qualifying (approx 6:15) where tickets will be given out. Drivers will pick corresponding tickets from a hat randomly.
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Around the Track with Jalopy Jack

I might as well mention the date, it’s 6/1 and why not mention 2009. A long time since my last column. You can blame Mother Nature, but she wasn’t responsible for getting things back together. You see, a terrific rain storm knocked out all communications of Jalopy Jack Racing Entertainment. I even pointed out that the possibilities of this problem transpiring but when like when you need a cop, they don’t wanna know about it until it’s too late. So as a result, because of real men who had to do their real jobs, their computer crowd and the stuffy shirts that run them just didn’t give a flying “you know what” when my operation would be back. The final “tabulation”, no WLAR hotline as phone service was out for 17 days and this column even longer. And it’s no guarantee that this will not reoccur again. But enough of the gripes, let’s get on to some racing.

Most of my racing life I can’t be everywhere I’d like. Of course, often enough this would be the impossibility of 2 or more tracks at 1 time. Such as the case this past Saturday 5/30.
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Jean-Francois Dery Becomes Seventh NHMS ACT Invitational Qualifier By Winning the Red Bear 100

Jean-Francois Dery of Quebec City, Quebec wins the Red Bear 100 at Autodrome Montmagny after a fierce battle with eventual third place finisher Donald Theetge. Justin Holtom led for the earlier stages of the race before Theetge took over. Theetge and Dery then fought for the lead, rubbing fenders multiple times. Dery held the lead through five late cautions while battling Theetge. Eventual runner-up finisher Trampas Demers got by Theetge in the final laps.

Dery was chased to the line by Demers, Theetge, Karl Allard, and Michael Lavoie rounding out the top five. Alexandre Gingras, Patrick Laperle, Jacques Poulin, Eric St-Gelais and Patrick Hamel complete the top ten.

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New Weekly Series Rookie Award To Be Presented By Jostens

Daytona Beach, FL — Minneapolis-based Jostens, a leading provider of special awards, rings and trophies, has joined the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series, sponsoring the series’ new Rookie of the Year Award presented by Jostens. The company will reward a national Rookie of the Year, as well as state and province rookies of the year. All award winners will be recognized at the series’ year-end awards banquet in Concord, N.C.

The national award winner will also receive a $2,000 bonus, while each state or provincial Rookie of the Year will receive a bonus of $1,000.

“Every race becomes a great story and we are pleased to help recognize and remember each event,” said Curt Bruns, Jostens. “We are very excited about our new relationship with the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series and the Rookie of the Year program. It’s truly a great honor to support the grassroots of racing and help recognize the young stars of NASCAR.”
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NEMA “Lites” Set For Second Season

Brockton, MA — The second season for the Northeastern Midget Association’s “Lites” division will begin Friday night, June 5. The Lites will be on the agenda of Seekonk’s first “Fast Friday” race.

“A great place to open,” says NEMA President Mike Scrivani Jr. who continues Lites’ praises. “Seekonk is one of the top Midget tracks in the country and people go there with a lot of set-up knowledge.” The division, continues Scrivani, “was designed to provide a less-expensive way for competitors to stay or get into open cockpit racing,” he says.  “It has been very successful to date.”

The Lites are less powerful and “a little heavier” than the full blown NEMA midgets. The Honda joins the Ford Focus and Oldsmobile Quad 4 on the allowed engine list.
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