Archive for November 9th, 2009

Stafford Speedway Releases Rulebooks for its NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Racing Divisions

Stafford Springs, CT — Stafford Motor Speedway has released rulebooks for each of its five NASCAR Whelen All-American Racing Series divisions for the 2010 season. All five rulebooks can be found online at SMS Online located at www.staffordspeedway.com by clicking on the DOWNLOADS/RULES tab found on the home page. All rules changes from 2009 to 2010 are highlighted in red bold, italicized, and underlined type.

“Finalizing our 2010 rules this early in the off-season allows our regular competitors as well as any new competitors that are looking to race with us next year to see what they need for their cars and they can begin their off season work to get a head start on the 2010 season,” said SMS COO/GM Mark Arute. “The fewer changes we make, the less changes our competitors have to make to their cars over the off-season. We had great car counts and excellent competition in each of our five divisions this year and we anticipate another great season in 2010.”

Stafford’s two open wheel modified divisions have virtually no changes for the 2010 season. The SK Modified® Spec Engine can run Sunoco Supreme gasoline and there is a clarification on the SK Modified® intake manifold rule for both spec and non-spec engines. There were also adjustments to the rearview mirror rule, and the roll bar rule has been updated to include anti-intrusion plates and a foot protection bar. The SK Light Modified division has changed only the Engine Exhaust Rule, allowing Kooks mufflers and allowing an S.F.I. harmonic balancer. For the SK Light division, the minimum age requirement for drivers has been lowered to 15 years of age.
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NASCAR Touring And Weekly Series Champions Week Underway

Karting Challenge Highlights Tuesday’s Schedule

Concord, NC — Champions Week is underway in the center of NASCAR racing as six 2009 series champions converge on the Charlotte area for a week of activities leading up to the NASCAR Touring Series Awards Gala and NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Awards Banquet.

NASCAR champions Jason Bowles (Camping World Series West), George Brunnhoelzl III (Whelen Southern Modified Tour), Donny Lia (Whelen Modified Tour, Philip Morris (Whelen All-American Series), Andrew Ranger (Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1) and Ryan Truex (Camping World Series East) will be honored at the end of the week during awards ceremonies at the Concord Convention Center.

Tuesday will see the six champions participate in an extensive media tour in the Charlotte area. The day will start with local television and radio appearances followed by the Second Annual NASCAR Toyota Champions/Media Go-Kart Showdown presented by Sirius XM Radio at Victory Lane Karting. The Sirius NASCAR Radio show “Tradin’ Paint” will broadcast live from the event.
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CHAMPIONS PROFILE: Family Ties Make For Memorable First Title

Brunnhoelzl wins Southern Modified championship under father’s guidance

Winning any championship is special for a driver, but to win one with your father as your crew chief and car owner is very special.

For George Brunnhoelzl III, that is what makes his first NASCAR championship all the more memorable. The 27-year-old Mooresville, N.C., captured the 2009 NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour championship with a career season – a title run that can be traced to his family’s Long Island roots.

“I can’t tell you what this means to me to win the championship with my father with me,” Brunnhoelzl said. “I wouldn’t be at this point if it wasn’t for him and I am so thankful for everything he has done for me in my racing career.”

Brunnhoelzl has been competing in the Whelen Southern Modified Tour since 2006 and his 25 series starts prior to this season, the third-generation driver had built an impressive resume with 14 top-10 finishes and one win at Lanier National Speedway on August 30, 2008. But nothing could prepare his for his championship season.
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Patersonians OK Hinchliffe Rehab

Paterson, NJ — Municipal officials and school administrators here are finishing plans to rehabilitate Hinchliffe Stadium since city voters here overwhelmingly approved a $15 million allocation towards the historic midget and stock car venue Nov. 3.

Patersonians voted, 3,433 to 891, for a non-binding referendum whereby the city will pay for Hinchliffe’s revamping with 15- to 20- year bonds. $13.8 million would go to the 77-year-old stadium’s rebuilding for future sports, recreation and entertainment use. Some stadium space will go towards a Paterson Public School district-run sports management academy.

The remaining $1.2 million would be split between the Paterson Armory and nearby Bauerle Field – the latter a gridiron used for high school football games.

Paterson Mayor Jose “Joey” Torres said he would make a bond issue application appointment with the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs’ Local Finance Board.

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Joey Pole to make the switch to the ACT Ford engine for the 2010 ACT Season

Hudson, NH — Joey Pole Racing is very excited to announce that they will be powering their race cars with the newly introduced American Canadian Tour (ACT) Ford Racing Motor for 2010. The ACT Ford motor was first introduced for competition earlier this year, with extensive testing done on several New England race tracks.

Pole, a multi-time winner on the American Canadian Tour is also widely considered one of the best Late Model drivers in New England, says he is extremely happy to be making the switch to Ford. “We hope that teaming up with Ford Racing will enable our team to be a serious contender for the 2010 ACT Championship.”

Mike Delahanty; Program Manager for Ford Racing said that all of Ford Racing is very excited to welcome Joey Polewarczyk. He went on to say that Joey will also be the focus of a Ford Racing press conference at the 2010 Performance Racing Industry Trade Show, held in Orlando, Florida, December 10-12. The PRI Trade Show is the Nations largest, with an estimated 40,000 buyers from 60+ Countries.
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CHAMPIONS PROFILE: Lia Captures Second Modified Crown

Earns Second Title In “Mystic Missile”

Two seasons, 29 races, five poles, 18 top fives, 24 top 10s, 10 wins, two championships.

That’s the line that the pairing of driver Donny Lia and owner Bob Garbarino has produced in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.

Prior to the 2007 season, Lia had won a respectable five races and recorded 30 top-10 finishes with 10 poles in 81 starts as a driver and owner of his own team. Garbarino had numerous wins while fielding top-notch teams for four decades. Neither had a Whelen Modified Tour championship to their credit, however.

But 2007 was a dominant run for the first-year pairing. The “Mystic Missile” team had clinched the title with one race remaining on the schedule, and cruised to a 180-point championship margin.
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ACT Releases Partial 2010 Schedule

The American Canadian Tour (ACT) has announced the majority of its 2010 US Tour schedule. The confirmed schedule shows a total of 13 events, which will take place at nine (9) different racing facilities. There are two additional events that are expected to be announced within the month, according to Darla Hartt, Vice President and Director of Administration.

“The ACT Tour has enjoyed tremendous support in the Northeast and throughout the provinces of Quebec and Ontario over the past five years. We had many opportunities to book additional events as we continue to enjoy growth with our Late Model business model, but we feel at this time it is in the best interest of our affiliate tracks and race teams to continue to concentrate in helping our weekly affiliate tracks and marketing areas that best serve our various sponsors and team needs. We continue to study the possibility of how we might be able to accommodate an expanded schedule in the future as the popularity of regional Late Model racing continues to develop,” said Tom Curley, President of ACT. “We have reserved two dates for events that we are very hopeful will be a part of the 2010 campaign. We plan to release those dates before the end of this month, but wanted our present and interested race teams to have the benefit of the completed schedule to date,” concluded Curley.

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