Archive for November 2nd, 2009

News & Notes: Lia’s Run Leads 25th Whelen Modified Season

The 25th Season of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour was one of the most competitive in recent memory as five drivers entered the final race of the season with a mathematical shot at the championship.

As the green flag dropped on the season finale at Thompson (Conn.) International Speedway on Oct. 25, however, it was a two-horse race for the 2009 crown between Donny Lia and Ryan Preece. The pair had an eventful season to get to that point, one that is sure to be memorable for both.

Lia captured the 2007 Whelen Modified Tour championship and parlayed his momentum to a ride in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series the following season. When things didn’t pan out for him to stay in the Truck Series for 2009, Bob Garbarino – the car owner he won the championship with two years earlier – welcomed him back for another title run.

After a season in the full-fendered Truck Series, Lia didn’t skip a beat as he finished third in the season-opener and reached Victory Lane for the first time in the fourth race of the year at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

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North-South Shootout Live on by 51 Radio

Fans Around the Nation Can Hear Prestigious Mod Race & Inaugural Super LM Event

Concord, NC — Racing fans around the East Coast will be converging on Concord Speedway in North Carolina this week for the 7th annual North-South Shootout.  Now those who can’t make the trek to the Mid-Atlantic can still enjoy some of the flavor of the prestigious event.  Officials from the North-South Shootout, in addition to 51 Radio and, announced today that the Modified Portion of the event (the John Blewett III Memorial), as well as the inaugural CRA sanctioned Super Late Model race, will be broadcast over internet radio.

Fans at the track will be able to catch spectacular racing action at Concord Speedway, including Tour-Type Modifieds, SK Modifieds, TBARA Sprints and Super Late Models, but for those that cannot make it to the track,, the internet leader in short track racing news coverage, will be on hand to provide blanket coverage of the event, including live play-by-play radio coverage, a 51 Radio production to be aired on  The broadcast is scheduled to begin on Saturday at approximately 2pm.

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Practice for Turkey Derby at Wall Stadium is Set for November 14 & 21

Wall, NJ — Wall Stadium promoter Jim Morton has announced that his third mile paved high banked oval will be open for paid practice sessions on Saturdays November 14 and 21. The paid practice sessions, which are being offered in preparation for the 36th annual Turkey Derby, will begin at 11:00 a.m. and run until 4:00 p.m. both days.

The annual Turkey Derby is a two-day speedfest featuring tour type Modified, Red Bank Sleep Shoppe Modified, Calabreeze Pools Sportsman, Street Stock, INEX Legend Car, Flanagan Retail Development Factory Stock and Three-Quarter Midget race cars. Morton recently announced that Late Model stock cars have been added to the Turkey Derby schedule for the first time this year. The Late Model cars will headline the Friday, November 27, program, while Modified feature racing is the highlight of the Saturday, November 28, card.

Wall Stadium’s Turkey Derby, a traditional northeast auto racing season closing event, is always held during the daylight hours on Friday and Saturday of Thanksgiving weekend.
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