Archive for October 5th, 2009

Dore Awarded Win at Twin State Following Inspection

Claremont, NH — When Sanford, Maine., driver Jacob Dore, a mechanical engineering student at the University of New Hampshire left Twin State Speedway, Claremont, NH., Sunday evening, he was pleased with his solid performance, finishing second in the 112 lap “Ricky Miller Memorial Race” to winner Matt Hirschman, Northampton, PA.

The 20 year old Dore had just driven his best race to date competing against some of the top names the True Value Modified Racing Series offers. When Dore left his classes at UNH on Monday, he learned he was awarded the top spot and his first ever TVMRS win.

Following a post race inspection Sunday night it was determined by series officials on Monday afternoon, a violation of rules had taken place by the winning team of long-time owner/driver, Gary Casella. The technical violation resulted in a disqualification and the victory awarded to Dore, the second place finisher.
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Ricky Miller 112 Winner Matt Hirschman Disqualified for Carburetor Infraction

Claremont, NH — Matt Hirschman chalked up another win in Sunday’s Ricky Miller Memorial 112 race, his second in as many attempts. The memorial race benefiting David’s House in Lebanon, N.H. and sponsored by Granite State Harley Davidson capped off a weekend full of racing action.

Friday started things off with the four cylinder fury of the Northeast Classic Lites, Sportsmen, Ministocks and a 100-lap Enduro that paid $2,000 to the winner. Sunday was all open wheel action with the Pro4 Modifieds, Nema Midgets and Midget Lites, Pepsi Modifieds and of course the True Value Modified Tour. Saturday was rained out and a rain date will not be scheduled. Hirschman started mid-pack and worked his way forward inch by inch as the front-runners battled each other. By lap 82 there had already been numerous lead changes but there would be just one more as the 25 slipped into the lead and held on to take the checkered flag after 112 laps. Hirschman has had good luck at the Thrasher Road speedplant, with two wins in True Value Modified action and a second place finish when the Whelen Modfieds paid a visit in 2007, the latest win may be the most impressive. Hirschman confessed he hadn’t even sat in the car he would drive until Sunday, making practice sessions ever important.
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All-Star Classic and Thompson World Series will Wind Down 2009 ISMA Season in Next Two Weeks

Two of the most famous and prestigious New England Supermodified races are coming up in these next two weekends of October. First the 44th annual ISMA Classic 100 at All-Star Speedway is up on the slate. The Classic, this year sponsored by the C.A.N.H. and called the Cigar 100, will take to the track early on Saturday afternoon, October 10. And the next weekend, the granddaddy of racing events, takes place October 16-18 at the Thompson Speedway in Connecticut. ISMA wraps up the season with a 50-lapper on Sunday.

Last season Chris Perley took home his third All-Star Classic of his career. The 43rd Classic marked the first all green flag 100-lap Classic to be held at the New Hampshire bullring. This new format resulted in one of the most exciting races in recent times at the event. After a shaky start, the century grind developed into an awesome –almost indescribable battle between Chris Perley and Jon McKennedy for the win. For almost 60 laps they fought tooth and nail out front. In the end Perley took home the trophy but it was the road to fruition that led to the prize that brought the most gratification.
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News & Notes: Brunnhoelzl Can Finally Celebrate This Weekend

Finally, he will get to celebrate.After winning last week at Ace Speedway, George Brunnhoelzl III (No. 28 Oval Speed/Fibrwrap/PT Ford) will get to pop the champagne this weekend.

The West Babylon, N.Y., native won his fourth race of the season Friday at Ace Speedway to build his lead to 150 points over Andy Seuss (No. 47 Advance Auto Parts/Q Racing Oil/Stuart Auto Dodge). Seuss finished second to prevent Brunnhoelzl from wrapping up the title. But the victory win set up Brunnhoelzl with the opportunity to win the 2009 NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour title Saturday night at Caraway Speedway by simply taking the green flag to start the race.
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Speedbowl Finale will decide three Track Champions

Waterford, CT — The Waterford Speedbowl’s annual Finale event scheduled for this weekend, October 9, 10 and 11 caps a tremendously competitive year. All told, nearly 500 laps of racing among 12 divisions will take place at the traditional closing race weekend.

A season’s worth of racing all comes down to one race to decide champions in three of the Speedbowl’s NASCAR Whelen All-American Series divisions – the SK Modifieds, Street Stocks and Norwich Bulletin Mini Stocks. Bruce Thomas Jr. of Groton has already claimed his third consecutive title in the Bob Valenti Auto Mall Late Models. There have been 33 different winners across the four divisions in 2009.

Saturday, October 10 will host all qualifying and feature racing for the NEATV Truck Series (25-laps), Allison Legacy North Racing Series (25-laps), Legends Cars (20-laps), Super X-Cars (20-laps), X-Cars (20-laps), X-Modifieds (20-laps), and Bandolero’s (12-laps). The Speedbowl will also host a 25-lap Outlaw Stock race, giving race teams from other tracks and divisions opportunity to compete at the shoreline oval. The Women on Wheels will be back as well, with both a 4 & 8 cylinder event planned. Pit gates open at 8:00am with practice following. The action gets underway at approximately 1:00pm. Grandstands open at 9:15am.

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Modified Tour Title to be Decided at Thompson

Thompson, CT — The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship will once again come down to the final event of the year at the Thompson International Speedway. A mere 26 points separate the top two contenders going in the XTRAMART World Series of Speedway racing at Thompson.

Donny Lia, looking to win his second series title, moved into the top spot following his win at the Stafford Motor Speedway this past weekend. Ryan Preece is the driver in Lia’s rearview mirror. Preece is only 26 points behind Lia and well within striking distance of the division’s crown. Ted Christopher saw his nearly season-long points lead disappear on Sunday when an accident knocked TC out of the competition. He was credited with a 31st place finish, dropped to third in the standings, and now faces an up hill battle to erase his current 109 point deficit. Rounding out the top five as they head for Thompson are Todd Szegedy and Rowan Pennink.

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour title is, more often than not, decided at the XTRAMART World Series of Speedway Racing and the 2009 champ will be crowned following the WMT 150-lap main event slated for Sunday, October 18th.

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Tenth Win for Wrenn

Claremont, NH — The Pro Four Modifieds of New England (PFMNE) completed their twelfth race of the season at Twin State Speedway. Fifteen modifieds hit the pavement for the Bot-L-Gas and RF Logic feature at Open Wheel Sunday in Claremont, NH. The #58 of Henry Sirigano and the #00 of Dave Richardi won their respective heat races and also finished in the top five for the feature. But it was the #1m of Norm Wrenn who proved unstoppable in the race to the finish.

The PFMNE 25-lap main event was led by D. Richardi and the #07 of Phil Lausier. Wrenn started in ninth, but quickly moved into the high groove, passing the #31 of Michael Crawford, the #26 of Mike Patnaude, and Sirigano on the first lap. By lap three, Wrenn tucked in behind the #4 of Cory Cleary, who saw an open door under the #11a of Dan Meservey. Coming out of turn four on the sixth lap, the #86 of Mark Charette drove outside the #34 of Mark Giordano for eleventh as he chased down a spot in the top ten. Wrenn found an opening below Cleary and passed him on lap seven for the fourth position. On lap seven, a caution came out for the #99 of Billy Joerres who spun in turns three and four.

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New Hampshire Motor Speedway Twentieth Season Schedule Taking Shape

Loudon, NH — Early major event announcements point to a festive twentieth anniversary season at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in 2010.

NASCAR recently announced that the two most pivotal races on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule will once again be held at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.  The LENOX Industrial Tools 301 on Sunday, June 27 will begin the 10 event “Race to Chase.”  The SYLVANIA 300 on Sunday, September 19 will begin the “Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.” Since the inception of the “Chase” format, the speedway has always hosted the opening round of NASCAR’s playoffs.

The NASCAR Nationwide Series will be looking for their first repeat winner in 24 races at the 1.058 mile oval on Saturday, June 26.

Saturday, September 18 will see the return of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series to New Hampshire in a 200 lap duel to the checkered flag.

Legendary NASCAR star Bobby Allison will serve as Grand Marshal for “Oval Days” as the 20th Annual Vintage Celebration begins on Tuesday, May 18.  More than 150 of the most famous Midgets, Sprint Cars, Champ Cars, Roadsters, and NASCAR stock cars will come to life bringing back memories of early racing throughout North America. 

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Cabral Repeats at Twin State

Claremont, NH – Randy Cabral made it two-for-two at Twin State Speedway, winning the rain-shortened 19-lap Northeastern Midget Association segment of Open Wheel Sunday. It was the fifth win of the season for defending champion and current point leader.

Coming from fifth, Cabral took the lead after a three-lap side-by-side battle with eventual runner-up Adam Cantor (Cantor 7ny). The duel followed a lap 13 restart.

The win keeps Tim Bertrand in the owner’s point lead over Mike Jarret, Nokie Fornoro driving the latter’s car to a third. Jim Miller (Miller 3m) and Jeff Horn (Horn A1) completed the top five.

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