Archive for November, 2009

Waterford Speedbowl Adds Closing Event to ACT Schedule

Waterford, CT — Officials at Waterford Speedbowl have announced an agreement with the American Canadian Tour (ACT) to close the 2010 season with a Fall Doubleheader stock car 300 lap spectacle. The Late Model stars of the ACT and the ‘Bowl’ will join the southern New England SK Modified division at Waterford on the weekend of October 09/10.

The event will feature 150 lap main events for each division. The ACT Championship will be decided at the fall event, and teams from throughout the northeastern United States and Canada are expected to make the trip to the historic coastal Speedbowl. The popular SK Modified division, which has become a staple of Southern New England racing at the Speedbowl, Stafford Motor Speedway, and Thompson Speedway will assure a large field of the powerful open-wheeled stock cars.
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Pennink and Blewett are Wall Turkey Derby Modified Winners

Turkey Derby XXXVI – Day 2 Results

Rowan Pennink of Huntingdon Station, Pa. and Jimmy Blewett of Howell split 100-lap main events for Modified stock cars during Turkey Derby stock car racing at Wall Stadium Saturday. The northeast season finale program was witnessed by one of the largest gatherings in recent memory.

In the tour type Modified race, Matt Hirschman of Northampton, Pa. led the first 39 laps before Pennink took the lead with a pass in the outside lane. Pennink then paced the 26-car field through lap 83 when Blewett took the top spot. Pennink stayed on Blewett’s rear bumper for the following laps, but Blewett’s good fortunes were running out as his No. 66 started to spray oil. Soon Blewett was sent to the pit area because of the problem and Pennink regained the lead.

Pennink’s final ten laps were not easy, however, as Pete Brittain of Oakhurst hounded him to the finish. Howell’s Jamie Tomaino, Jon McKennedy and Anthony Sesely of Matawan wrapped up the top five.

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Rowan Pennink Claims Turkey Derby XXXVI Glory

TURKEY DERBY XXXVI – DAY 2 RESULTS (Unofficial Results – 11/28/2009)

TOUR TYPE MODIFIED RESULTS (100-laps): 1. Rowan Pennink 2. Pete Brittain 3. Jamie Tomaino

WALL/SK MODIFIED RESULTS (100-laps): 1. Jimmy Blewett

SPORTSMAN RESULTS (30-laps): 1. Kevin Eyers

STREET STOCK RESULTS (25-laps): 1. Dan Turbush

TQ MIDGET RESULTS (25-laps): 1. Paul Lotier Jr.

Modified Champion Gahan Passes

Maine Resident Was The 1966 National Champion

Daytona Beach, FL — Ernie Gahan, the 1966 NASCAR Modified national champion, passed away Thursday night at his home in Cranberry Isles, Maine at the age of 83.

Gahan, originally from Dover, N.H., got his start in auto racing at his hometown track – Dover Speedway – in 1948 after serving more than two years as an Army military policeman in Germany following Word War II. After getting his start at Dover, Gahan competed in the NASCAR Sportsman division until 1965, when he moved over to Modifieds.

Gahan compiled 6,560 points during his 1966 run to the title to distance himself from runner-up Bugs Stevens and third place Ray Hendrick. Driving a 1936 Chevrolet coupe, Gahan won 15 of the 71 races he entered that season, but led Hendrick by just 48 points heading into the season finale in Atlanta, Ga. Hendrick was caught up in an early race accident and Gahan crossed the line 10th to earn the crown.
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Blewett Sets Fast Time for Saturday’s Turkey Derby

Turkey Derby XXXVI – Day 1 Results

Former Turkey Derby Champion Jimmy Blewett topped Friday time trial action for the SK Modified 100-Lapper set for Saturday with a lap of 12.369. Following Blewett was newly crowned 2009 Wall Stadium champion Chas Okerson, Anthony Sesely, Shawn Carrig and Steven Reed.

(Unoffical Results – 11/27/2009)

FACTORY STOCK RESULTS (30-laps): 1. Vern McLaughlin 2. Richard Petey 3. Tim O’Shea 4. Joe Constandi 5. JR Helberg

LATE MODEL RESULTS (50-laps): 1. Wayne Helliwell 2. Mike Coll 3. Michael Bologna 4. Dave MacOmbee 5. Roger Oxee

LEGEND RESULTS (25-laps): 1. Daniel Hemric 2. Zach Alspach 3. Roger Coss 4. Ryan Flores 5. John Beatty
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Giving Thanks

Giving of ourselves to others is not something that comes naturally; we have to work at it. Many times it is a difficult choice between serving ourselves and serving others. Take a moment and think about all those who have made the difficult choice and give thanks. Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Thanksgiving gives us a time to reflect on all that God has blessed us with. We don’t have to look very far before we find something we are thankful for. Who are you thankful for? Go to them and let them know that their sacrifice for you was appreciated.
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New Hampshire Motor Speedway Announces the Return of the ACT Invitational in 2010

Loudon, NH —  The American Canadian Tour (ACT) and New Hampshire Motor Speedway have reached an agreement for the Second Annual ACT Invitational to take place at the only superspeedway in the Northeast on Saturday, September 18, 2010.

“The overwhelming success of the inaugural ACT Invitational this past September made it an easy decision to have the short track stars of our region return again next September,” said Jerry Gappens, executive vice president and general manager of New Hampshire Motor Speedway. “I really appreciate NASCAR’s Mike Helton and his team for working with us again this year to add the Invitational to an already jam-packed schedule.”
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Stafford Motor Speedway Releases its 2010 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Event Schedule

Stafford Springs, CT)—Stafford Motor Speedway has released its 2010 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series event schedule which will showcase the track’s SK Modified® and Late Model divisions in two extra distance events as well as four Whelen Modified Tour events. SMS will host a total of 24 racing events, with the 2010 NASCAR season kicking off with the 39th Annual Tech-Net Spring Sizzler presented by CARQUEST April 23-25, and concluding with the 38th Annual CARQUEST Fall Final Weekend on October 1-3.

Stafford’s Friday night NASCAR Whelen All-American Series programs will once again consist of five divisions, the SK Modifieds®, Late Models, SK Lights, Limited Late Models, and DARE Stocks. Headlining the weekly divisions are the four extra distance events. The 7th Annual CARQUEST SK 150 will be run on Friday night, July 23rd, and the 37th Annual Coors Light SK Modified® 100 will be run on Friday, June 11th. Stafford’s Late Model division will also have two 100-lap extra distance events on the 2010 calendar with the 16th Annual Late Model 100 run on Friday, May 7th, and the 3rd Annual Late Model 100 run on Friday, August 20th.
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Baril Honored By Gov. Lynch

New Hampshire State Champion Visits Capitol

Philip “J.R.” Baril recently visited the Concord, N.H., office of Gov. John Lynch to receive congratulations for winning the 2009 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series New Hampshire state championship.

Gov. Lynch welcomed Baril, Dave Reynolds Motorsports’ crewman Al Castro and Lee (N.H.) USA Speedway publicist Robert Watson to his office. The governor congratulated Baril on his first NASCAR state championship and talked racing with the group.

“Governor Lynch is a friendly guy. We talked about racing, the kinds of cars we race and the tracks we run,” Baril said. “It was a different experience. I’d never been to the Governor’s Office before.”
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NASCAR Star & Indy 500 Veteran Set for Coffee Cup

Providence, RI — Many of the leading race drivers in the Northeast will compete alongside nationally-known competitors when the high-powered, three-quarter-size Midget Cars return to the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence, R.I., on December 4 and 5.

They will race in two complete programs for the “Coffee Cup” on a concrete oval on the arena floor. Cars will be reaching speeds of close to 70 mph, the spectators have thrilling views from seats overlooking the track.

NASCAR Sprint Cup star David Reutimann and Indy 500 driver Davey Hamilton will race at Providence for the first time.
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Stafford Speedway Releases 2010 Season Ticket Packages; Price Levels Remain Same for 7th Consecutive Season

Stafford Springs, CT — Stafford Motor Speedway has released its 2010 Season Paddock, Gold Stadium Reserved, Top Row Reserved, General Admission, and Stafford Speedway’s Kids Club season ticket packages. Stafford’s Reserved, General Admission, and Kids Club season ticket plans will remain at the same price level for the seventh consecutive season while Stafford’s Season Paddock Pass plan will remain at the same price level for the third consecutive season. New for 2010, with the minimum age requirement to race in NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Charger Divisions lowered to 14, all 14 and 15 year olds must possess a valid 2010 NASCAR License to be able to enter the Stafford Speedway paddock area.

The 2010 Stafford Motor Speedway schedule consists of 23 NASCAR race events and one Tuesday event with the ISMA Supermodifieds. Stafford’s 23 NASCAR race events include four NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour events and two extra distance events for each of Stafford’s SK Modified® and Late Model divisions. The 2010 schedule has also added one more Friday night event than usual, giving Season Pass holders an additional event while paying the same price for season tickets as previous seasons.
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East Champ Truex Headed To Toyota All-Star Showdown

Three-Time 2009 Winner Set For Irwindale Debut

Daytona Beach, FL — NASCAR Camping World Series East Champion Ryan Truex is the first driver to confirm his intention to compete in the 2010 NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown on Jan. 29-30 in Toyota Speedway at Irwindale (Calif.).

“I’m really excited about the Showdown,” Truex said. “You’re racing against some of the best drivers in the country. All of those guys can drive and they have the records to prove it. If you win the Showdown, you can say you’ve beaten the best of the best.”
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Fans from Several States Expected for this Weekend’s Turkey Derby at Wall Stadium

Wall, NJ — Short track auto racing fans from throughout the northeast and the mid-Atlantic states are expected to take advantage of the final outdoor short track auto racing event of the season this Friday, Saturday and Sunday as Wall Stadium presents the 36th running of the “Turkey Derby.” As has been the case since the outset, Turkey Derby competition is always held during the daylight hours and is presented on Friday and Saturday (Nov. 27 and 28) of Thanksgiving weekend. This year, Sunday afternoon action has been added featuring Enduro, Legend Cars and Champ Kart racing.

On Friday, November 27, pit gates will open at 7:00 a.m., with pre purchased ticket holders’ grandstand gates opening at 9:30 a.m. and grandstand seating opening at 10:00 a.m. On the track, all eight divisions that will see competition on the weekend will practice on Friday morning starting at 8:30 a.m. The Garden State Vintage Stock Car Club vehicles will then go 15-laps at 12:15 p.m., before qualifying begins at 12:30 p.m. Friday’s qualifying will consist of time trials for the Red Bank Sleep Shoppe Modifieds and the Late Model stock cars, along with heat races and consolation races as needed for the Calabreeze Pools Sportsman, Flanagan Retail Development Factory Stocks, I.N.E.X. Legend Cars, Street Stocks and the RBSS Modifieds.
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Around the Track wth Jalopy Jack

Kind of ended with a whimper, didn’t it? Yeah, we really got teased a couple of weeks ago at Texas. They say it’s the little things that count. Jimmie Johnson and his team really got those little things in order and had no plans to make any changes in their team, so the feeling’s that it’s more of the same to come. Unless 1 of the new combinations concerning car owners, crew chiefs, drivers and teams really magically clicks, probably the only thing to look forward to for the 2010 Cup Season is the earlier starting times for some of the Sunday races, including the Daytona 500.

And I got to think of another name for Daytona because it just doesn’t seem like the Daytona we used to know. It seems more like “Tellawrecka” and the only thing Daytona has anymore is the hype. I can still look forward to the “shootout” or whatever they call it, because that race doesn’t mean all that much anyway. But the Daytona 500 itself really being decided by a crap shoot just doesn’t cut it for me anymore. Just look at how successful the winner has been the rest of the season in recent years and you can see what I mean. I can still look forward to the ARCA race because that’s a big chance for those guys. Where you need to be is down there in person so you can see the real action and that of course is on the short tracks.

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Troy Taylor Named Vice President of Sales at New Hampshire Motor Speedway

Loudon, NH — Troy Taylor has been named the new Vice President of Sales at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. He will oversee all aspects of the speedway’s corporate sales programs and manage the sales team.

Taylor was most recently a Sales Manager at Comcast Spotlight in Worcester, Mass. Prior to his role at Comcast Spotlight, he served as a Sales manager at Greater Media in Boston, Mass. He also spent six years as an account executive with Clear Channel Radio in Massachusetts and Kentucky.

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Ted Christopher, Jim Peterson, Michael Gervas, Jr., Andrew Durand & Don Wood Honored as 2009 Stafford Speedway Track Champions

Stafford Springs, CT — Stafford Motor Speedway welcomed a guest list of nearly 500 people consisting of teams, drivers, sponsors, and employees this past Friday night, November 20, 2009 at the La Renaissance Banquet Facility in East Windsor to officially honor Ted Christopher, Jim Peterson, Michael Gervais, Jr., Andrew Durand, and Don Wood as the 2009 Stafford Motor Speedway NASCAR Whelen All-American Series track champions.

With Stafford Motor Speedway broadcasters Matt Buckler and Joe Coss serving as the Masters of Ceremony, the 40th annual Stafford Motor Speedway NASCAR Champions Awards Ceremony not only honored the five track champions, it also honored the top-20 points finishers from the SK Modified®, Late Model, SK Light, Limited Late Model, and DARE Stock divisions. Other awards that were presented during the evening’s festivities were Most Popular Driver Awards, Most Improved Driver Awards, Reliable Welding & Speed Rookie of the Year awards, and the Craftsman Mechanic of the Year Award.
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Donny Lia, Ted Christopher & Rowan Pennick Head Entries for this Weekend’s Wall Stadium Turkey Derby

Wall, NJ — Three of the top drivers on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour have entered this weekend’s 36th annual “Turkey Derby” stock car classic at Wall Stadium. The 2009 NASCAR Modified champion, Donny Lia, will be at the wheel of the Blewett Motorsports No. 1, a car that Lia sold to the New Jersey based team after experiencing much success in it. Ted Christopher, who finished third in the 2009 NASCAR point race, will be in the field as will the fourth place tour point earner Rowan Pennick. Pennick will be at the wheel of his familiar No. 93, while Christopher is slated to drive a Pennick team car numbered 13.

This trio of top drivers will have plenty of competition in Saturday’s tour type Modified 100-lapper. Among the most recent entries are Connecticut speedsters Les Hinckley and Woody Pitkat, while New York will be represented by the recent entries of Ken Darsch, Tony Ferrante, Jr. and Justin Bonsignore. Pennsylvania drivers have also been mailing in entries recently as Earl Paules, Matt Hirschman and John Markovic join the recent tour type Modified entries. Local favorite Tim Arre has also filed a last minute entry.
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Waterford Speedbowl to Kick-Off 2010 MRS Schedule

W. Springfield, MA — The Modified Racing Series has organized an 18 race schedule for 2010. Series founder and President Jack Bateman made the announcement Saturday night, November 21, at the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center, W, Springfield, MA. site of the sixth-annual awards banquet to honor series competitors for the 2009 season.

The seventh year for the popular touring division will feature a different twist for the new campaign. Traditionally the MRS opens the season at the Monadnock Speedway, Winchester, NH. That race will not be run until Saturday night May 1.

The series will begin the new slate at Waterford, CT., Speedbowl as part as that race facility’s 60th consecutive season of operation on Saturday and Sunday March 27 & 28.
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McKennedy Crowned 2009 Modified Racing Series Champion

W. Springfield, MA — Thanking his father Dennis for giving him the opportunity to race since the age of 10, Jon McKennedy, of E.Chelmsford, MA., was officially crowned 2009 Modified Racing Series champion, Saturday night, November 21, at the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center, W. Springfield, MA. The banquet, held to honor series drivers for their accomplishments, officially closed out the 2009 season for the popular touring division. McKennedy joins Kirk Alexander, Dwight Jarvis, and Chris Pasteryak, as series champions.

McKennedy, winner of four feature races this season, captured his first series title finishing ahead of runner-up driver Rob Goodenough by 15 points. During his trophy presentation, McKennedy also thanked his race team, sponsors, and fans, for their support.

Steven Masse, Rowan Pennink, Jack Bateman, Jarvis, Pasteryak, Les Hinckley, Mike Douglas, Mike Holdridge Jacob Dore, Sean Bodreau, Ed Dachenhausen, Eddy Spiers, and Andy Seuss, finished in the top 15 positions in the point standings. All received plaques for their accomplishments.
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Modified Racing Series opens 2010 Speedbowl season

Waterford, CT — On Saturday, Waterford Speedbowl and Modified Racing Series officials announced the Series would visit the shoreline oval three times in 2010 including the season opening event for both, scheduled for March 26-28th. In addition, the popular tour will visit the ‘Bowl for the 3rd annual Wings ‘n Wheels on August 14th and as part of Thunder on the Sound’s lineup taking place on September 4th.

The addition of the Series to the Speedbowl’s opening event, which will mark the 60th consecutive season for the two groove three-eighths mile oval, is something both parties are excited about. “We’re very much looking forward to welcoming the Modified Racing Series for their first 2010 event as well as the possibility of hosting the northeast’s first Modified event of the season” offered Speedbowl promoter Terry Eames.

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Thankful for a Guiding Spirit

Life is full of temptations, challenges, difficulties and decisions. Do we have someone guiding us through or are we trying to get through it on our own? Is there someone waking beside us? Who is spotting for you on the road of Life? Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

The other day I was standing behind the grandstands talking with a friend waiting for the Modifieds to take the track for practice. I wasn’t sure what the schedule was but when I started to see the stream of spotters walk by with the tools of their trade in their hand I knew the time was close.

A spotter’s tools are simple; a good set of eyes to be able to watch what is happening, good judgment about how to advise the driver and a way to communicate to the driver. We can all watch but a good spotter sees difficulty coming before it happens. Some things that happen need to be communicated to the driver some don’t. A good spotter doesn’t overload the driver with information that they don’t need to run the race. The third thing a good spotter needs is a way to communicate to the driver. Just having a radio and taking into the mike doesn’t qualify. The spotter and the driver need to speak the same language they need not only to hear each other but to understand what the other means.

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North South Shootout Photos

[North South Shootout – Thursday] by Adam Fohlin
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North South Shootout – Friday] by Adam Fohlin
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North South Shootout – Saturday] by Adam Fohlin

Impressive Entries Arriving for Wall Stadium Turkey Derby

Wall, NJ — Entries that have recently arrived at the Wall Stadium office for the upcoming Turkey Derby weekend on November 27 and 28 indicate that this 36th running of the event should be just as exciting as the previous 35. While fans of the third mile paved oval will recognize many of the entries in the track’s support divisions, the entries received thus far for the tour type Modified, Red Bank Sleep Shoppe Modified and the Late Model divisions offer some surprises and interesting competition.

Howell’s Jamie Tomaino was the first driver to enter the tour type Modified field for their 100-lap event and will be joined by other locals favorites Steven Reed of Freehold, Tommy Farrell of Neptune, Justin Gumley of Colts Neck and Anthony Sesely of Matawan. Oakhurst’s Pete Brittain and Howell speedsters Ken Woolley, Jr. and Jimmy Blewett will also attract the attention of local fans. Several invading tour type Modified drivers have also registered for the 100-lapper including Rowan Pennick, Doug Coby, Ken Barry, Eric Goodale and Ed Brunnhoelzl III.
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NASCAR Star Reutimann to Race in Indoor Event

Fans Asked To Support Holiday Food Bank

Providence, RI — NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver David Reutimann will be making a special appearance on Friday, December 4, to compete in the “Coffee Cup” Indoor Auto Races being held at the Dunkin Donuts Center located in Providence, RI.

Reutimann, 39, will be racing in the headline three quarter size midget car division for car owner Lou Cicconi of Aston, Pa. Reutimann’s appearance is being sponsored by Dunkin Donuts. The car will carry Reutimann’s signature No. 00 and the logos of the Rhode Island Community Food Bank.

Reutimann will not only compete against 48 other top drivers, but will sign autographs as well for fans before the races get underway at 7 p.m. Because Reutimann is racing on behalf of the Food Bank, fans are encouraged to “Give Back This Holiday Season” by bringing a non-perishable food item to the races that can be donated to that cause.
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ISMA Closes Out 35th Year with Awards Banquet

Verona, NY — The resplendent setting of the Turning Stone Casino served as the perfect backdrop for the International Supermodified Association to close out its 35th anniversary season. Founded in 1974 by Jim Shampine, Nolan Swift and Tom Heveron, ISMA ran its first two seasons establishing itself and then began issuing points and naming champions in 1976. Steve Gioia Sr. was crowned the first owner-driver champion. Vic Miller and Chris Perley took home the owner-driver honors this year for their fourth straight title and sixth overall. Perley, with this year’s crown, tied Russ Wood as a six-time ISMA driver champion, while Miller, as a car owner now has two titles less than the late record-holding Paul Dunigan. Dunigan acquired eight owner championships with four different drivers over his career.

ISMA began the evening by honoring its top-20 car owners and drivers with plaques and point fund checks. Then it was on to handing out the top honors to Vic Miller and Chris Perley. Championship jackets, plaques and the winning point fund checks went to the popular winners.

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NASCAR Champions Honored In Night Of Champions Touring Awards Gala

Inaugural Event Celebrates Accomplishments Of 2009

Concord, NC — Five champions in NASCAR’s developmental series were honored during the inaugural Night of Champions Touring Awards Gala in the Concord (N.C.) Convention Center on Saturday night.

The festivities featured the champions and top drivers from all of NASCAR’s North American regional touring series, who gathered for the special year-end celebration at the hub of stock-car racing.

The 2009 champions included Ryan Truex (NASCAR Camping World Series East), Jason Bowles (NASCAR Camping World Series West), Donny Lia (NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour), George Brunnhoelzl III (NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour), and Andrew Ranger (NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1).
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2010 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Schedule Announced

Daytona Beach, FL — NASCAR has announced the 2010 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour schedule, which is highlighted by 14 events in five states with two venues added.

Staples on the schedule since the Whelen Modified Tour’s inception, Connecticut ovals Stafford Motor Speedway and Thompson International Speedway will once again play host to seven combined events in 2010. The half mile at Stafford will entertain the Tour four times and Thompson three, including the season-opener on April 11 and the finale on Oct. 17.

Also returning to the schedule will be the traditional events at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on June 26 and Sept. 18 in Loudon, N.H. The Whelen Modified Tour, which has a history of producing exciting finishes at the “Magic Mile,” held its 50th all-time event at The Granite State oval this past fall.

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2010 NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour Schedule Announced

Daytona Beach, FL —  NASCAR has announced the 2010 NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour schedule, which is highlighted by four new tracks and traditional stops at historic venues.

The 2010 season – the sixth for the Whelen Southern Modified Tour – will open and close on NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekends as the quarter-mile tracks at Atlanta Motor Speedway and Charlotte Motor Speedway will play host to a NASCAR Touring series for the first time. Atlanta’s “Thunder Ring” will be the site of the Southern Tour season-opener on March 5 and the 2010 champion will be crowned at Charlotte on Oct. 14 at the quarter-mile track made popular by the “Summer Shootout Series.”

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2010 NASCAR Camping World Series East Schedule Announced

Daytona Beach, FL — NASCAR has announced the 2010 schedule for the NASCAR Camping World Series East that include a total of 10 events across eight states.

“The NASCAR Camping World Series continues to visit key markets and top race tracks up and down the East Coast,” said George Silbermann, NASCAR Managing Director of Racing Operations. “The diverse schedule should provide for an exciting season of racing and an excellent opportunity for NASCAR’s rising stars to gain experience.”

The 2010 season will be highlighted by three companion events with the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. New Hampshire Motor Speedway will have its traditional events on June 25 and Sept. 17 in Loudon, N.H., while the champion will once again be crowned at Dover (Del.) International Speedway on Sept. 24.

New to the Camping World Series East schedule in 2010 will be the high-banked half mile of Gresham Motorsports Park. The Jefferson, Ga., track is on the schedule for Aug. 28.

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Champions Week Draws To A Close With Big Announcements

2010 Schedules For Touring Series Outlined;Television Package Highlighted

Concord, NC — The final day of Champions Week got underway in North Carolina with a marketing seminar for NASCAR drivers and teams, highlighted by a special guest speaker, NASCAR Hall of Fame driver Junior Johnson, and the announcement of the touring series schedules and television coverage plans.

Johnson is a member of the NASCAR Hall of Fame’s inaugural class that will be inducted in May 2010, and has a special connection with NASCAR’s short tracks. Johnson’s son, Robert, 16, won five times in the Sportsman Division this season at Caraway Speedway in Asheboro, N.C.

Also at the session, George Silbermann, managing director for racing operations for NASCAR, outlined the 2010 schedules for each of four touring series – Camping World Series East, Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1, Whelen Modified Tour and Whelen Southern Modified Tour. The complete schedules were released by NASCAR following the seminar.

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