Archive for June 14th, 2009

NEMA Lites to join Seekonk Speedway Fast Friday Series

Seekonk, MA — On Friday, June 19, the Fast Friday series will once again attempt to open the season. With two weeks of rain, the anticipation is high among competitors and officials to get this entry level night season underway. The Pure Stocks have already competed twice in 2009, with Nick Uhrig picking up the win in both events. Also on the Fast Friday schedule are the Seekonk Youth Racing Association, which will compete in two classes, and the all new Sport4 division. Just as the Pure Stocks are designed with the novice in mind, the Sport4 class will run basic stock 4 cylinder cars with no modifications to the vehicles, with the exception of safety items. There is also the Kart series in the pit track which is held in conjunction with the 1/3 mile competition.

The NEMA Lites, which was created in a similar fashion as the Fast Friday Series, is intended for those with little or no experience, looking to get some seat time and experience in an open cockpit midget. This will be the first of four stand-alone events for the NEMA Lites in 2009 at Seekonk Speedway.
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Lindeman Wins his Third ARTS Feature

Winchester NH–Andy Lindeman won the AllStar Race Truck Series 30-lap green to checker feature event at Monadnock Speedway on Saturday, June 13th continuing his winning streak.  Greg Butler of East Hampton, CT driving the #85 sponsored by East Hampton Auto Parts sat on the pole with Derek Chriss of Averill Park, NY driving the #12 sponsored by Dan Engwer Wholesale Florist on the outside.

At the drop of the green it was the inside line that surged ahead sending the outside line toward the back.  Greg Butler and Richard Brooks of Groton, CT driving the #46 sponsored by TK’s Custom Auto set off battling for the lead with Brandon Warren of Chicopee, MA driving the #55 sponsored by Team Kurtis Fight For A Cure For Cancer In Kids and Lindeman of Poestenkill, NY driving the #3 sponsored by Dawson’s Towing and the rest of the pack closely behind them.  As Greg Butler, Brooks, Warren, & Lindeman battled for the lead amongst themselves they put a little bit of distance between themselves and the rest of the pack with Chriss, Gee Perry of Granby, CT driving the #83 sponsored by FEB Construction, John St.Germain of West Sand Lake, NY driving the #14 sponsored by JCS Repair, Dan Butler of Manchester, CT driving the #25 sponsored by DRG Custom Apparel, and Tom Smith of Hope Valley, RI driving the #64 sponsored by TK’s Custom Auto battling for 5th.
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Perley Claims Fifth Staight Berlin ISMA Win

Marne, MI — Chris Perley drove to his fifth straight ISMA win at the Berlin Raceway Saturday night but it wasn’t a walk in the park for the Rowley Rocket. Mark Sammut jumped into the lead after a lengthy race stoppage which saw Johnny Benson Jr. pretty much destroy his new 21 super after a hard hit into the wall bringing out a red flag situation. John’s car erupted into flames and Benson was taken to an area hospital for treatment. When the race resumed with one lap down, Mark Sammut moved quickly into the lead. It took Perley until lap 37 to get by the Canadian driver who is looking for his ISMA first. The win was Perley’s first of the young season making him the third different winner in three outings.

Perley replayed his night. “We guessed tonight that the track was going to chew up tires so we were going to have to be really, really tight or really lucky. Sammut looked like he was perfect. As the race went on he was getting a little too snug and he couldn’t turn it. He left me the bottom. I was having trouble clearing lap cars because I was really loose and then my brakes fell off or something. I couldn’t really crowd a lap car because I had no brakes and I’d run into him. I finally cleared lap cars and went after Mark. But every time I got close to him, I’d get really loose. I didn’t know if I was going to make it. Then he slowed up just a little and gave me the bottom and I got lucky. This one probably should have been Mark’s. Thanks to my crew who never give up and to all the fans who came out to watch.”
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McKennedy Wins Again, Captures Modified Victory at Seekonk

Seekonk, MA — Jon McKennedy worked hard to get to the front Saturday night June 13, chasing after race leader Vinnie Annarumo for 26 laps, and when the checkered flag fell after 36 minutes of labor, McKennedy captured the “Connecticut Laborers Union 100” True Value Modified Racing Series event, at the historic Seekonk Speedway, Seekonk, MA. McKennedy started 18th in a 24 car field.

Once in front, the Chelmsford, MA, driver cruised to his second consecutive win, first place in the point standings, and his fifth TVMRS career victory.

Bobby Grigas, of Marshfield, MA, jumped into the lead at the drop of the green flag and led the first 26 circuits, chased by Rowan Pennink, then Richard Savary, and then Annarummo, a three time series winner.


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Three Dog Night, “Transaurus” and F-16′s Provide Pre-Race Entertainment Punch for LENOX Industrial Tools 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway

Loudon, NH — Legendary Grammy-nominated band Three Dog Night;  the car-eating, fire-breathing mechanical dinosaur “Transaurus;” and a fly-over featuring F-16 fighter jets highlight pre-race entertainment for the LENOX Industrial Tools 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Sunday, June 28.

Three Dog Night will take the stage at the start/finish line at 12:30 p.m. for a 45 minute performance. Entering their fourth decade, the music icons hold some impressive industry statistics. From 1969 through 1974, the band had 21 consecutive Top-40 hits and 12 straight RIAA Certified Gold LPs. Their latest album, released in 2004, is a collection of hit singles.

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Jon McKennedy wins Connecticut Laborers Union 100 for True Value Mods. Vanasse, Martin and DeMoura win undercard

Seekonk, MA — Jon McKennedy started 18th in the 24 car field on Saturday, and took the lead on lap 85 of the Connecticut Laborers Union 100 to pick up his first win at Seekonk, and second consecutive on the True Value Modified Racing Series. Jon quietly worked his way through the field, entering the top ten at lap 33, and into the top five on lap 41. That was the easy part. Once into the top five, he picked off Bobby Grigas, Dave Berghman, and Les Hinckley using the outside and inside lanes. With 40 laps remaining, he was into second, but a long ways behind leader Vinny Annarummo. A caution on lap 65 would help close in the gap, and give a cleaner look at the lead, and he and Annarummo were both in heavy lapped traffic.

Once back underway, McKennedy worked the 3-time True Value winner on the high and low sides, getting even with Vinnie “Who” at lap 76, but was unable to complete the pass. On lap 78, McKennedy dove to the inside, and the two ran side by side for several laps, finally overtaking Annarummo on lap 85. McKennedy would be able to hold on through two more cautions to pick up his first win at a track that he has run so well at over the past few seasons.

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