Archive for June 25th, 2009

St. Germain Wins ARTS Main Event at Thompson International Speedway

Thompson CT-John St. Germain of West Sand Lake, NY, took the All Star Race Trucks victory in a photo-finish. After a long hiatus from racing, it hadbeen 21 years since John St. Germain of West Sand Lake, NY, had visited victory lane. Germain scored the long-awaited victory by inches over pointleader Andy Lindeman in the All-Star Truck Series main event.

Richie Brooks took the lead on a lap 3 restart from early leader John St.Germain. A lap later, St. Germain was able to retake the lead. Gee Perryfollowed through and into second leaving Brooks to fend off the third spotof Brandon Warren. Up front, Perry began to pressure St. Germain for the topspot. On lap 10, it was a four truck battle for the third spot between AndyLindeman, Brooks, Howard Payne, and Warren.
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Christopher Starts Busy Weekend with a Sunoco Mod Thriller at Thompson

O’Sullivan Earns Top Honors in SLM; Materas, Palen, & Marcotte Also Honored; St. Germain ARTS Winner; Taylor & Caddick Split Mini Double-Header

Thompson, CT — The rain ceased and the clouds parted on Thursday night allowing Thompson International Speedway to host a full night of racing competition. The action included a full card of NASCAR All-American Series racing plus two bonus features. In the Sunoco Modified division, Ted Christopher of Plainville, CT bested Keith Rocco to score the victory. Mike O’Sullivan of Springfield, MA, earned his first of the season in the Super Late Models while John Materas of Voluntown, CT was the winner in the Late Models.

In the Limited Sportsman division it was Paul Palen celebrating in victory lane. John St. Germain of West Sand Lake, NY, took the All Star Race Trucks victory in a photo-finish. R.J. Marcotte of Millville, MA, scored his first of 2009 in the TIS Modifieds. Tim Taylor of Wauregan, CT and Brad Caddick of New London, CT, share Mini Stock honors.


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New Hampshire Motor Speedway Looking for First Nationwide Repeat Winner

Loudon, NH —  In a span of 19 years and 22 races, New Hampshire Motor Speedway has never had a repeat winner in the NASCAR Nationwide Series.

The streak could end on Saturday, June 27 when seven former New Hampshire winners take the green flag in the NASCAR Nationwide Series Camping World RV Sales 200 presented by Turtle Wax.

Jason Keller, Kenny Wallace, Kevin Harvick, Carl Edwards, Derrick Cope, Bobby Hamilton, Jr., and Joe Nemechek all have a chance to end this amazing streak on Saturday.
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Franklin Pierce University’s Fitzwater Center Students to Gain Valuable Experience at the LENOX Industrial Tools 301

Loudon, NH —  Students of Franklin Pierce University’s Fitzwater Center will experience the real pressures of deadline journalism at New Hampshire Motor Speedway this weekend.

Senior Fitzwater Scholar Jason Schachere, of Marblehead, Mass., Senior Fitzwater Scholar Abbie Tumbleson, of Whitney, Penn., graduate student and head men’s basketball coach, David Chadbourne, from Jaffrey, N.H., graduate student Jason Raft, from Concord, N.H., graduate student and Assistant Athletic Director Daniel Blair, of Keene, N.H., and Ed French, Director of Franklin Pierce’s College of Graduate and Professional Studies MBA Programs, will be reporting on all of the events during the LENOX Industrial Tools 301 weekend.

New Hampshire Motor Speedway and Franklin Pierce University, based in Rindge, N.H., have formed a partnership to help further the education of journalism students.  The University plans to send undergraduate students back to the speedway for the SYLVANIA 300 in September.
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Toyota Camry Hybrid to Pace LENOX Industrial Tools 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway

Loudon, NH —  The 2010 Toyota Camry Hybrid will serve as the official pace car for the LENOX Industrial Tools 301 on June 28 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Earlier this season the gas-electric Camry Hybrid became the first hybrid vehicle to serve as a pace car for an entire NASCAR race, leading the way at both Lowe’s Motor Speedway in Charlotte, N.C., and last weekend at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif.

“Toyota is the leading seller of hybrids in the U.S., with more than a million on the road, so it’s appropriate the Camry Hybrid will pace the race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway,” said Ed Laukes, corporate manager of motorsports operations, Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A. (TMS).
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Coby’s Second Career Pole Comes at New Hampshire Motor Speedway for New England 100

Loudon, NH — Milford, Conn.’s Doug Coby drove his No. 19 Major Motion Transport/Family Auto Center Chevrolet to the pole position for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour New England 100.

Coby earned his second career pole with a lap time of 30.003 seconds and a top speed of 126.947 mph.

“I just drove it hard,” said Coby. “I’ve learned from the time trials here at Loudon that you just have to drive it hard, trust the tires and trust the car.”
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Truex Wins Pole for NASCAR Camping World Series East Heluva Good! Summer 125

Loudon, NH — 17-year-old rookie Ryan Truex of Mayetta, N.J. was the fastest in practice earlier in the day, and remained on top during qualifying to win the pole for the Heluva Good! Summer 125 in the NASCAR Camping World Series East.

Driving the No. 00 NAPA Toyota, Truex turned in a lap time of 30.443 seconds and a top speed of 125.113 mph.

His family has a tradition of winning in New Hampshire; both his father, Martin Truex, Sr., and his brother, Martin Truex, Jr., have won at the speedway.  Ryan hopes to continue the tradition Saturday.

“We had a really good car,” said Truex. “I think we ran the most laps in practice and the car was consistent. It was perfect.”
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Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. Wins CARQUEST Governor’s Cup 150

Young Joey “Pole” Polewarczyk, Jr. of Hudson, NH scores his first career win at Thunder Road International Speedbowl in the CARQUEST Governor’s Cup 150. Pole got by Jamie Fisher to take the lead shortly after a restart with just under 100 laps to go. Nick Sweet then worked his way to second and setup the battle of the race. Pole and Sweet ran side by side and worked their way through lap traffic before a lap 145 caution staged a shootout for the win. Pole proved to be too much for Sweet as he held onto the lead for the final 5 laps. Cris Michaud passed Sweet with two to go for second to come home with the best finish ever for a Ford crate motor in ACT Late Model competition. Sweet settled for third followed by Jamie Fisher and John Donahue finishing in the top five. Sixth through tenth was filled by Dave Pembroke, Trampas Demers, Phil Scott, Joey Laquerre and Eric Williams.

Pole is a regular of the American Canadian Tour, where he has three career wins. He has already qualified for the ACT Invitational at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on September 19th by winning an ACT Tour race earlier this the season at Oxford Plains Speedway.
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Coby Earns New England 100 Pole

Loudon, NH — Doug Coby captured his second career NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Coors Light Pole Award Thursday evening in qualifying for the New England 100 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Coby (No. 19 Major Motion Transport/Family Auto Center Chevrolet), who was the next-to-last car to go out among the 39 entries, knocked Todd Szegedy (No. 2 UNOH/Wisk/Snuggle Ford) off the provisional pole with a fast lap of 30.003 seconds (126.947 mph), just under Szegedy’s time of 30.005 (126.939).

Coby’s previous pole came at Wall (N.J.) Stadium on June 26, 2004.
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Racing Family Values

The sights I see at the racetracks I travel to encourage me. We call ourselves a family; a group of people who endure the same set of challenges together. The time we spend at the track takes away from the time we spend at home. Keeping our lives in balance is one of the challenges we face. Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Balancing priorities is one of the greatest challenges we face when we try to pursue a racing career and raise a family. We have a passion for racing and we could easily consume all our time turning wrenches, traveling and racing. Many a family has suffered because of the imbalance of priorities. It is always refreshing to see families who happen to be racers enjoy their time together at the track.
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PRACTICE: Truex Tops East Charts

Loudon, NH — Ryan Truex entered Thursday’s NASCAR Camping World Series East practice session for the Heluva Good! Summer 125 with no prior experience at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and

Truex (No. 00 NAPA Toyota) turned a fast lap of 30.609 seconds (124.434 mph). The Mayetta, N.J., won in his debut at Watkins Glen International on June 6 and looks to contend for the Coors Light Pole Award in qualifying later today.

Truex will also attempt to be the third member of his family to earn a NASCAR Camping World Series East win at New Hampshire this weekend, joining his father, Martin Sr., and his older brother, Martin Jr.

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New Hampshire Motor Speedway Looks to Reduce Carbon Footprint with Green Team Initiative

Loudon, NH — Starting today, New Hampshire Motor Speedway is rolling out its Green Team Initiative for the LENOX Industrial Tools 301 weekend.

The Green Team Initiative is a recycling program in the RV and general parking areas at the speedway.  It is a part of Waste Management’s Single-Stream recycling system where items such as paper, plastic, and aluminum are all recycled into one bin and then sorted at their plant.  On the grounds of the speedway, campers will see green barrels for recycling and gray barrels for other trash.  The green barrels will have a large yellow sticker outlining acceptable items for Single-Stream recycling.

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Kasey Kahne Keeping Busy at New Hampshire Motor Speedway

 Loudon, NH — When last weekend’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race winner Kasey Kahne comes to New Hampshire Motor Speedway for the LENOX  Industrial Tools 301 weekend, he will go the EXTRA MILE and more.

Kahne will start his weekend tonight at “Fan Fest.”  He will be on hand for a question and answer session with Greg Kretschmar of Greg and the Morning Buzz and Jamie Staton, Sports Director for WMUR/ABC 9. This session will be open to fans.

On Saturday, June 27, at 1:00 p.m., Kahne will drive for H&H Motorsports in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour New England 100. It will be Kahne’s first modified race.

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Thompson Speedway Celebrates the 4th in a Big Way

Thompson, CT — The 4th of July weekend will get an early and exciting start at the Thompson International Speedway.  Midgets and Modifieds will take center stage to kick off the holiday celebration on Thursday, July 2, 2009.

Thompson’s Thursday Night Thompson Thunder (TNTT) race program will shine the spotlight on not one, but two racing divisions. The track’s premier NASCAR Whelen All American Series division, Sunoco Modifieds will compete in a 50-lap holiday feature and the mighty Midgets of NEMA will be on hand to add to the celebration.

The Sunoco Modifieds have two extra distance races during the ’09 season and the first, a 50-lap event, will be on July 2nd.  Their next major event is slated for August 6th when they will take on a big 100-lap race.

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LIVE: New Hampshire Hosts Modifieds and Camping World East

The NASCAR Camping World Series East and NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour have arrived in the Granite State for the first of two visits to New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The NASCAR Camping World Series East will run the Heluva Good! 125 Friday and the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour is on track Saturday for the New England 100.

Follow the links below to follow all the action from Loudon, N.H., throughout the weekend.  

To get NASCAR Camping World Series East updates throughout the weeked: LAP BY LAP

To get all the information on the Heluva Good! 125 in one place: RACE EVENT PAGE

To get NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour updates throught the weekend: LAP BY LAP

To get all the information on the New England 100 in one place: RACE EVENT PAGE




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