Archive for September 18th, 2009

MacDonald Back In New Hampshire Victory Lane

Third win in last four races at Loudon

Loudon, NH — Eddie MacDonald closed the gap on NASCAR Camping World Series East points leader Ryan Truex Friday night at New Hampshire Motor Speedway with a win in the Heluva Good! Fall 125.

MacDonald beat Kevin Swindell to the line on a Lap 92 restart and kept the lead when Swindell faltered on a Lap 97 green-white-checker restart to win the rain-delayed and darkness-shortened race in Loudon.

MacDonald, driver of the No. 71 NEMO/Daymark Chevrolet from Rowley, Mass., entered Friday trailing Truex by 50 points in the season standings. By virtue of winning the race and leading a lap, MacDonald was able to gain 20 points on Truex – who finished third – with just one race remaining to decide the championship.

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MacDonald Wins Second Straight Heluva Good! Fall 125

Loudon, NH — Eddie MacDonald overcame rain, darkness, and three cautions in the last 10 laps to win his second straight Heluva Good! Fall 125 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

After a brief shower right before the start of the race, NASCAR reduced the Heluva Good! Fall 125 to 100 laps, to complete the race before dark.  When the caution came out within the final five laps, it was announced that there would be one attempt at a green-white checkered finish.  MacDonald won on lap 99 with a strong restart.

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Montoya Sets Qualifying Record for Chase Opener on Heluva Good! Pole Day

Loudon, NH — Mark Martin has said that Juan Pablo Montoya is the guy that looks to be the most dangerous in the “Chase for NASCAR Sprint Cup.” 

Martin’s statement was validated by Montoya’s record-setting Heluva Good! Pole Day run for the SYLVANIA 300 today.  At a time of 28.545 seconds and a speed of 133.431 mph, Montoya broke Ryan Newman’s record of 133.357 mph (28.561 seconds) for the SYLVANIA 300 on September 12, 2003.

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Bristol Motor Speedway Brings Back NASCAR’s Oldest Division

Sponsor Returns as Well for UNOH Perfect Storm 150, Aug. 18, 2010 at BMS

Bristol, TN — Bristol Motor Speedway welcomes back the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour as part of August race week in 2010, speedway officials announced today.

Following a successful debut at NASCAR’s most popular track last month, officials from the speedway discussed the return of the sport’s storied racing series and decided to make it part of the program again next year.

“The response we had from fans and competitors was very satisfying,” said BMS President and General Manager Jeff Byrd. “Listening to the feedback, we know we had a successful inaugural event. And to continue to have the incredible involvement of our partners at the University of Northwestern Ohio, we know we are positioned for an even bigger race next year.”

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NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour Shuffles Schedule

Spring Rainouts Force Revisions

Daytona Beach, FL — NASCAR and Ace Speedway in Altamahaw, N.C., have announced that the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour event that was rained out on April 10, will now run on Friday, Oct. 2 in place of the originally scheduled event at the track on that same date.

In addition, Caraway Speedway in Asheboro, N.C., and NASCAR has announced that a spring date that was originally scheduled for Saturday, March 28 will not be made up.
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John Materas Clinches Late Model Title

John Materas of Voluntown, CT claimed the 2009 Late Model championship at the Thompson International Speedway on Thursday, September 17th. A strong performance all season, including four wins, proved to be enough to earn Materas the title a week before the final points races. Championships in the remaining five NASCAR Whelen All-American Series divisions will be decided on Thursday, September24th.

.. With one week remaining in the regular racing season, the pressure is on as race teams try to secure one of the remaining five division championships up for grabs. The points competition in each of the NASCAR Whelen All American Series divisions is red hot. Going into the last event only one driver has clinched one of the coveted titles.
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Points Battles and Busy Night on Tap at ‘Bowl on Saturday

Waterford, CT — The Waterford Speedbowl turns its attention to a busy night at the three-eighths mile shoreline oval this Saturday.  The ‘Bowl will host a Cystic Fibrosis Foundation awareness night, helping raise funds and educating Speedbowl fans about the disease which affects nearly 30,000 children and adults in the U.S.  The Norwich Bulletin Mini Stock division will be racing a 25-lap event with a guaranteed starting spot at Stafford Motor Speedway’s Fall Final Weekend up for grabs to the race winner.  Not overshadowed by any means, the point standings in all four NASCAR Whelen All-American Series divisions will also be in the spotlight on Saturday.

Cystic Fibrosis is an inherited chronic disease which affects the lungs and digestive system.  Today, more than 70% of cases are detected by the age of two.  Advances in research and medical technology have enabled the life expectancy of those inflicted with the disease to increase to a median age of 37.   Still, about 1,000 new cases of CF are diagnosed each year.  The mission of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, founded in 1955, remains to assure the development of the means to cure and control cystic fibrosis and to improve the quality of life for those with the disease.

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ON TRACK: New Hampshire

East audio to be streamed live online

Loudon, NH — The NASCAR Camping World Series East and NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour hit the track at New Hampshire Motor Speedway this weekend.

The NASCAR Camping World Series East’s Heluva Good! Fall 125 takes the green flag Friday at 5:10 p.m. The live audio of the race will be streamed HERE (link will be live at race time). The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour’s New England 100 will race Saturday at 12:45 p.m. The event will air on a 15-minute delay on SPEED beginning at 1 p.m.

Before the action gets under way at the ‘Magic Mile,’ get a driver’s eye view of a lap around the 1.058-mile oval.


Are We Listening

I touched on a subject at Chapel a few weeks ago at Thompson and I wanted to explore it a little further. How close is our relationship with God?  Have we given God total control of our lives? Are we following His directions? Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

You are struggling to find the right setup for your car. You feel you have tried everything you can think of but the car just does not respond. What do you do? You start asking questions of people who have experience dealing with the chassis you run. Maybe you start at the manufacturer or you go to the car builder. You may seek out a crew chief who has had success in the past making a similar car go fast. You hire him and give him control of the team. You let him use his experience and make the necessary changes.

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Stafford Fall Final Mini Stock qualifier this Saturday

Waterford, CT — The Norwich Bulletin Mini Stocks will compete this Saturday for an additional five laps, granting the winner a berth in Stafford Motor Speedway’s Fall Final Mini Stock race.

The 25-lap race will add extra clout to the winner not only for extra-distance prowess, but also provide the opportunity to represent the Speedbowl at Stafford next month, during October 2-4’s Fall Final Weekend.
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