Archive for August, 2009

Coffee Cup Ticket Sale Date Postponed To Sept. 4

Providence, RI — Race fans can purchase tickets for the upcoming indoor Three-Quarter Midget event at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence, R.I., on Friday, Sept. 4 at noon.

Originally, tickets were to be on sale on Sept. 1, however there was a delay in ticket production by Ticketmaster.

Tickets can be purchased at all Ticketmaster locations and the Dunkin’ Donut Center box office.

Ticketmaster can be reached online at or by calling 1-800-745-3000. Information on the event will be available at or by calling 609-888-3618.
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Around the Track with Jalopy Jack

TV and NASCAR teamed up again. With really crummy weather destroying most of our plans for live racing this past weekend, TV and NASCAR had us against the ropes for a real 1, 2 punch. Remember all those times I told you to get out to the races? I hope you did, because there’s a lot less left to choose from. I can tell you that concerning Wall Stadium, the show that was called off this past Saturday 8/29, will take place this coming Saturday 9/5. That will be a regular show including the Sportsmen [basically crate] going in their annual 50 lapper. You can get in at 4PM and the real action starts with qualifying Heats and Sportsmen time trials at 6PM. Feature races at 7:30PM. I can tell you that the Sportsmen division peaked at 22 cars this season and in the past, there were always extra Sportsmen cars for the 50 lapper. Originally, 9/5 was to be the final Saturday night of the season which was to include “Fan Appreciation Night”. That show will take place on another Saturday night to be determined by Jim Morton. That date will be announced on 9/5 at the latest, but maybe sooner. That date will definitely not be 9/12 and the most likely date would be 9/26.

All 5 divisions will be racing that night and it’ll be the final point race of the season. While Carl Thomas has an 81 point advantage in the Street Stocks, Kevin Eyres has a 63 point lead in the Sportsmen. And Mark Tischler has a 95 point advantage in the Legends, with 2 shows left Adams and especially Tischler are on the safe side, but it’s no guarantee. In the Sportsmen you must consider the 50 lapper’s double points, so Eyers can’t yet count his money either. The Modifieds have the top 6 cars divided by 74 points. Believe it or not, “Showtime” Jimmy Blewett with 4 wins and the only multiple winner is that 6th place driver. The real battle’s between #91 Shaun Carrig and #99 Chas Okerson who’re only 3 points apart. And Shaun’s leading with no wins. The reason Blewett’s in 6th place shows the damage done when you miss a race.
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News & Notes: Christopher Brings Points Lead To Thompson

Ted Christopher (No. 36 Al-Lee Installations Chevrolet) may have come up just short of the victory at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway, but he still finds himself in the driver’s seat in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour points standings.Barely.

After rain washed out a trip to Chemung, N.Y., this past weekend, the Tour will resume this Thursday at Thompson (Conn.) International Speedway with a makeup date for the Budweiser 150 presented by New England Dodge Dealers. The race was originally slated to run prior to the combination race at Bristol.
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Big Labor Day weekend ahead for Speedbowl

Waterford, CT — The Waterford Speedbowl will turn its attention to an active eight day stretch when it hosts four exciting events, led by Labor Day weekend’s Thunder on the Sound and Back to School Bash doubleheader. The Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday series also comes to a close and champions will be crowned.

Saturday’s Thunder on The Sound, presented by the Connecticut National Guard, is highlighted by twin 25-lap feature events for the SK Modifieds. The other three NASCAR Whelen All-American Series divisions will also compete in 25-lap races and be joined by the Legends Cars, NEATV Truck Series, and Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday X-Car and Super X-Car divisions. They too will go 25-laps in distance. The Bandolero’s will compete in a 10-lap event. In total, ten feature events are slated for one big night of racing with the main events to begin at 5:00pm. Adult grandstands admission is $20, with youth ages 6 through 14 just $5, and all children 5 and under free. The gates open and practice gets underway at 1:00pm. Speedbowl fans in attendance will be treated to giveaways and other surprises from Connecticut National Guard, the event sponsor.

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Brent Dragon Wins Second Annual Showdown at Chaudiere

U.S Team Takes Overall Victory

Milton’s Brent Dragon dominates the final half of the second annual Showdown at Chaudiere 200 at Autodrome Chaudiere and leads the U.S. team to the overall victory. The first 91 laps saw a battle between former Serie ACT Castrol champion Karl Allard and current ACT Tour point leader Scott Payea.

The two swapped the lead a total of five times before Dragon took the lead from Payea on lap 92. Dragon came from the ninth starting position to lead the final 109 laps of the 200 lap event. The U.S. team took 7 of the top 10 positions on its way to taking the team win for the second year in a row.
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Next Up: Oswego Classic Weekend

All-Star Classic is Rescheduled for October

Oswego, NY – Coming up next on the ISMA slate is the Bud Light Super Nationals 50 at Oswego as part of the 53rd annual Budweiser Classic weekend. A rainstorm shut out the Sat., August 29th festivities at the Oswego Speedway, which included at Super Cruise and a party in the Pits. These activities have now been moved to Thursday, Sept. 3 with the Oswego Kartway Dirt Oval Classic going on out back at the same time.

Please note, while speaking of schedules. The All-Star Classic 100 has been moved from Sept. 19 to Saturday, October 10. According to the September ISMA newsletter, “The previously scheduled All-Star Classic date of September 19, 2009 has been cancelled. Provided all goes well, the race has been rescheduled for October 10, 2009 with a rain date of Sunday, October 11. The Best Western – Seabrook has been booked as the ISMA hotel. Rooms are available at $86.40 a night for the 9th and 10th. Please call 603-474-3078 and ask for the ISMA group when making reservations.
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Dr. Mom Selling Laps for Oct. 10th All-Star Classic 100

Dr. Marsha Gadzera, better known as “Dr. Mom” is again selling laps for the upcoming All-Star Classic on October 10.

Marsha, former ISMA secretary and wife of Lane Racing crewman, Tony the Tuner, has agreed once again to help out by bringing lap money back to the drivers in this prestigious supermodified event. Laps are $50 a piece, paying $25, $15 and $10 to the top three runners in each lap of the annual extra-distance winged event. This year’s Oct. 10 Classic will again be 100 green flag laps as it was last year.

Any purchasers’ name or message will be listed on the All-Star Classic Lap Board under the grandstand and will be announced during the evening. If there are any unforeseen circumstances, all checks or money will be returned.
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Loftin Returns To Victory Lane

First victory for champion in more than a year

Asheboro, NC — It has been long overdue for 2008 NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour champion Brian Loftin.

Loftin made a strong pass by L.W. Miller to take the lead on Lap 72 and held off current championship points leader George Brunnhoelzl III on a green-white-checkered finish to win the Caraway 150 Saturday night.

Loftin’s previous series win was at Caraway Speedway just over a year ago.

Following Brunnhoelzl was Andy Suess in third and L.W. Miller in fourth. John Smith completed the top five.


Brunnhoelzl, who won his fourth Coors Light Pole Award of the season earlier in the day in qualilfying, started on the outside of row 1 after the redraw and quickly took the lead from Frank Fleming at the start of the race.

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Kraze’s night with the Seekonk Sports Truck Special, Pro4’s and Race for a Cure postponed

Seekonk, MA — With a steady rain falling, the August 29 program, featuring the Seekonk Sports Truck 30 lap main event, along with the Pro4 Modifieds and the Pro4 Powder Puff in the Race for a Cure, has been postponed until September 12.

The 3rd Annual Kraze’s Speed Equipment Seekonk Sports Truck Special gives the Truck division a chance to take center stage at The Cement Palace. In the two years prior, Charlie Rose Jr is the lone driver to take home the honors. Favorites for the win in this event lie on the shoulders of 9 time feature winner Rick Martin and six time winner Jody Tripp. Lenny Guy, John Paiva, Russ Borges and Kyle DeSouza have all come close to victory in 2009, but have come up a little short.

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Speedbowl Cancels August 29 race program

Waterford, CT — Waterford Speedbowl has cancelled August 29’s NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing program due to the imminent heavy rain moving through the region.

The next event for the Speedbowl will be Wednesday, September 2 for another round of Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday, the region’s most action-packed and value-priced night of entertainment. HDRA 100’ drag races, giving spectators the opportunity to drag race their registered street cars and an instant hit with fans, is also on the card. The NEATV Truck Series will also compete. All this action is available for the biggest bargain in entertainment. Adult tickets are just $7 and all youth 14 years of age and under are admitted free. The action begins at 7:00pm.

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Seekonk Speedway Rained Out

Racing for August 29th has been cancelled due to rain.

Waterford Speedbowl Rained Out

BULLETIN: Due to the rainfall forecast for today, tonight’s racing has been cancelled.

Rain Cancels August 28th Whelen All-American Series Program at SMS

September 18th Added to 2009 Event Schedule

Stafford Springs, CT — Due to persistent rain showers, Stafford Motor Speedway has cancelled its August 28th NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Fireworks event. Rain checks from August 21st and August 28th can be used for any of the three remaining Friday night race events at Stafford.

Stafford Speedway also announced that they will add Friday, September 18th to its 2009 Event Schedule. The September 18th event will consist of Stafford’s five NASCAR Whelen All-American Series divisions and will be priced at $15 for Adult General Admission, $5 for children ages 6 to 14 and free for children 5 & under. Reserved seating will be available for $18. As always, Stafford Motor Speedway offers plenty of free parking with overnight parking available.
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Rain stalls Fast Friday Series with NEMA Lites

Seekonk, MA — With a steady rain coming down, Seekonk Speedway management was forced to pull the plug on the Fast Friday Series on Friday, August 28, 2009. This is the fourth rain out of the season of 2009 for the Fast Friday Series.

With an additional week off, the Fast Friday Series returns on September 11, with only the 18th of September remaining on the Fast Friday schedule. The Seekonk Youth Racing Association, Pure Stocks, Sport 4s and Karts will be on the schedule for both events. No word as of yet if the NEMA Lites will be rescheduled.

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American Canadian Tour Announces First 22 Invitations to New Hampshire Motor Speedway Invitational

ACT Invitational Invitees Round 1

The American Canadian Tour (ACT) has notified the first 22 teams that have officially been invited to participate in the inaugural ACT Invitational at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS) on Saturday, September 19th.

Twenty-two teams from all six New England states and the Provinces of Quebec and Ontario have been selected in the first round, following two very successful test and tune sessions at NHMS this past week.

“We still have to fill the field with fourteen more spots and there are a lot of worthy candidates who deserve to be at the inaugural race”, said Tom Curley, President of the American Canadian Tour on Friday. “We confirmed the fourteen qualified teams who earned their spots through wins so far this season, and added another eight teams who we feel will contribute in a positive way to the success of this event for both NHMS and ACT Late Model racing”, continued Curley.
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Rain Postpones Whelen Modified Tour’s Trip To Chemung

Chemung, NY — Due to a forecast for heavy rain Friday and Saturday, NASCAR and Chemung Speedrome officials have decided to postpone Saturday night’s NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Chemung 120.A makeup date for the event will be announced at a later date.

With this postponement, up next for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will be the Budweiser 150 at Thompson International Speedway on Thursday, Sept. 3. The second of three trips for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour to Thompson was originally scheduled for Aug. 13 but was moved because of weather.
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NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Fireworks Extravaganza this Friday Night, Aug. 28 at Stafford Speedway

Stafford Speedway will illuminate the sky this Friday night, August 28th with a multimedia fireworks display set to music.

On the track, the championship races are coming down to wire. With four races left on the 2009 schedule, Ted Christopher leads the SK Modified® points standings by 74 points over Jeff Malave. Ryan Posocco leads the Late Model division by 24 points over Jim Peterson, Michael Gervais, Jr. leads Brit Andersen by 55 points in the SK Light Modified division, Andrew Durand leads Dan Flannery by 6 points in the Limited Late Model division with Kevin Gambacorta and Carla Botticello tied for third 20 points behind, and in the DARE Stock divsion, Don Wood holds an 8 point lead over Cliff Saunders with Bill Dunn 14 points behind in third.
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Tires Tell the Story (Part Two)

Let’s pick up where we left off last week. We were talking about tires and how they indicate deeper issues. The question we explored was “Do you have a tire specialist to guide your walk?” Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

It is very rare that the winner of the race had the wrong setup. Having the wrong setup usually plays itself out during the race. Most times we see it all too clear. Right front tire wears out and you are introduced to the wall. Other times it just shows up in lack of performance; we just can’t get up to speed. How our car is set up determines how we run the race. It determines if we are running in such a way as to win. Our set up decides whether we succeed or fail.

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Seuss Scores First True Value Modified Racing Series Win of the Season

Thompson, CT — Andy Seuss of  Hampstead, N.H. drove to his first True Value Modified Racing Series win of the season in the Town Fair Tire 75 at Thompson International Speedway. It was the fourth career series victory for Seuss who passed Stephen Masse of Bellingham, Mass. on lap 52 and held off repeated challenges from Masse, Rowan Pennink and eventual runner-up Richard Savary over the final laps.

“That race was a pretty wild,” said Seuss. “There was a lot of side by side racing. It’s really easy to race here side by side. This is a big win for us at Thompson. ”

Rowan Pennink led the first 35 laps of the event as Seuss worked his way up from the sixth starting position. On a lap 35 restart, Pennink was penalized for jumping the start and placed to the rear. Seuss inherited the lead but lost it on the next restart as Masse was able to power his way past Seuss to the front.

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Seuss Scores TVMRS Win at Thompson; Pitkat Tops in Sunoco Mods; Materas Sweeps LM Doubles; O’Sullivan, Monahan, Tagg & Michalski Victorious

Thompson, CT — On Thursday night, the third time was certainly a charm for Andy Seuss of Hampstead, NH, who scored the victory in the third attempt to get the True Value Modified Series event in the books at the Thompson International Speedway. The event was postponed on two different occasions earlier in the season. In NASCAR Whelen All-American Series action, Woody Pitkat of Stafford, CT, scored his second win of the season in the Sunoco Modifieds. Mike O’Sullivan of Springfield, MA, also took down his second win of the season in the Super Late Models.

John Materas of Voluntown, CT, swept the action in twin features for the Late Model division. Shawn Monahan of Waterford, CT, scored his first Limited Sportsman feature event of the year in dominating fashion. Brian Tagg of Oxford, MA, was tops in the TIS Modifieds while Steve Michalski of Brooklyn, CT, was the winner in the Mini Stocks.

Andy Seuss of Hampstead, NH, scored his first True Value Modified Series (TVMRS) victory of the season in a drama-filled 75-lapper. Seuss took the lead late in the event and held back serious challenges from Steve Massey and Rowan Pennink to score the victory. Richard Savary had a strong run to finish second. Todd Owen joined the duo on the podium.  Ted Christopher, who started scratch on the field, finished fourth.  Chris Pasteryak completed the top five.
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Busy Granite State Weekend for NEMA

Defending Northeastern Midget Association champion Randy Cabral takes the drivers point lead in a busy holiday weekend in New Hampshire. Mike Jarret has the owners point lead as NEMA will be at Twin State Speedway on Friday night (Sept. 4) and at Monadnock for the Marilyn’s Passion Race on  Saturday night, Sept. 5.

NEMA’s Lites division will be at both locales as well.

Cabral, who drives the Bertrand 47 and  has not been out of the point lead since winning the 2008 season opener,  had a 62-point edge on Nokie Fornoro, the latter Jarret’s driver. Tim Bertrand trails Jarret by a scant 17 points.

Among the other drivers (and owners) looking to improve their positions over the busy weekend are Adam Cantor (Cantor 47), Russ Stoehr (Angelillo 45), Greg Stoehr (Stoehr 26b), Chris DeRitis (Power Point 99), Erica Santos (Breault 44), William Wall (Wall 55) and John Zych (Zych 9).

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TC Can Make History At Marilyn’s Passion

Brockton, MA — A victory at the Northeastern Midget Association’s Marilyn’s Passion race Saturday night, Sept.5, will would put Teddy Christopher in unique company. The event memorializes long-time NEMA car owner and official Marilyn Angelillo.

The defending national NASCAR “Tour” champ, Christopher will take a break from the Modifieds to drive the Bertrand 74 in the $11,000-plus race.

The car was driven previously this year to top five finishes by Jeff Horn and Cole Carter, the latter finishing second at the Boston Louie.

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Photos & Video from ACT Test Day 2

[Aug. 26 ACT Invitational Test Photo Gallery] by Nicholas Teto

Ryan Vanasse #11

John Donahue #26

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Photos & Video from ACT Test Day 1

[Aug. 25 ACT Invitational Test Photo Gallery] by Nicholas Teto

ACT Cars on the Track

 Driver Interviews

ACT NHMS Test and Tune Day Two

The American Canadian Tour completed their final test session at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Wednesday, August 26. The two sessions this week were in preparation for the Inaugural ACT Invitational at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Saturday, September 19.

Twenty-one cars were in attendance on the second day. With cooler temperature and overcast skies the track was quicker than during Tuesday’s session and the speeds showed it. The cars were racy and proved that side by side racing was possible all the way around the track. The mock races were once again the highlight of the day with lots of action with a dozen cars running door handle to door handle around the entire track.

Eddie MacDonald has owned NHMS recently and used his previous experience on the “Magic Mile” to his advantage. MacDonald showed that he will be a true contender and probably the man to beat in the Invitational on Saturday, September 19. Also fast were ACT regulars John Donahue and part timer Ben Rowe, who also has some experience at NHMS.

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Famed NY Track Secures True Value Modified Race In 2010

Canaan, NH — In a surprising development, a first ever race has been agreed upon by True Value Modified Racing Series president and founder, Jack Bateman, and Bruce Richards, promoter of the famed Albany-Saratoga Speedway in Malta, New York. The event will take place in 2010.

Richards made the announcement Wednesday night in a pre-race drivers meeting at his 4/10 mile speedway. It will mark the first time the sixth year series will compete outside of New England.

John Hoyt, series race director, confirmed Wednesday night that negotiations have been ongoing with an actual race date to be finalized. “It looks like it will be in April or the very beginning of May. That is still to be worked out. Jack and Bruce have been going back and forth and something will be announced soon,” stated Hoyt.
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Jerry Gappens at New Hampshire Motor Speedway

Ragan Ready for Final Thursday Night at T-Road

Unadilla, Georgia’s David Ragan will pull into Thunder Road for Thursday night’s final race of the 50th season on a high after a morale boosting victory in Bristol, Tennessee this past weekend over Carl Edwards. The 23 year old prospect for NASCAR stardom won his second Nationwide series of the season after his victory at Talladega, Alabama earlier this summer. The 100 lap main event will put the “scourge” of Georgia short tracking up against Thunder Road’s top talent. Along with his Nationwide series success, he’s been a top ten finisher in the past NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 11 times, driving for John Henry (Red Sox Owner) and Jack Roush. He has already been signed for another year in their UPS car for Sprint Cup Racing.

“I am truly excited about the prospect of running at Thunder Road. Tony Stewart told me that seldom in his experience has he raced against guys that drive harder and are more respectful of each other than the guys at Thunder Road”, he said. But he cautioned that you need track time to get in the rhythm of the famed Barre high banks. “I intend to be there early and really work on what everyone tells me is as challenging a short track as one can find in the US”, he said.

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ACT US Tour to Open 2010 Asphalt Season at Albany Saratoga Speedway

The American Canadian Tour (ACT) will open up the 2010 season at the 4/10-mile Albany-Saratoga Speedway in Malta, New York (A/S) in April.

Albany-Saratoga  Promoter Bruce Richards contacted the ACT office several months ago and discussed the possibility that there might be a change from the clay surface to the asphalt. “Part of our plan is to pull up the clay this Fall and open the first several events in the Spring with the asphalt. We have considered this for a number of years, but now it is time to make the move. The ACT has grown throughout the Northeast and Canada over the past several years, and our long-standing relationship with Tom Curley and Ken Squier made this a natural for us to hook up again for what will be a very exciting change for Albany-Saratoga Speedway’’, said Richards.

‘Malta”, as the track was know for many years in the 60’s and 70’s, used to be one of the regular asphalt tracks for weekly Modified racing. Part of the race for NASCAR National Point Championships would see some of the Northeast’s greatest stars make “Malta” a regular stop.  On a weekly basis the best of New England stars like Rene Charland, Ed Flemke, Don MacTavish, Bugsy Stevens, and dozens of other New England ‘shoes’ would take on the great drivers from New York , including Jerry Cook and multi-time NASCAR National Champion, Rome, New York’s Richie Evans.

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