Archive for January, 2010

Daredevil Youth Racers Set To Invade Canaan Asphalt Speedway In 2010

CANAAN, NH — 2010 is going to be a year of changes at Canaan Fair Asphalt Speedway in Canaan, New Hampshire, and one of the big changes will be the inaugural season for the Daredevil Youth Racers at the Speedway.

“Daredevil Youth Racing will become a valuable part in the growth of the track, stated new General Manager, Dick Therrien. These kids will become the future of racing, and that is very exciting! We monitor the growth of this division extremely carefully so that it becomes a great learning experience for the youngster, as well as a good experience for parents and the Youth Racer teams.”

Daredevil Youth Racers ages will range from 10 to 14 year olds. There will be several driving schools for the kids to teach them the proper skills that they will need to become great racers in the future. “It is so important to not allow any pressure to be put on these kids as they embark on their racing careers, explained Therrien. Each youngster will develop at their own pace, and will become better and faster as they become more confident, and comfortable. We will have two divisions if the numbers allow, and they will run features only for most of the season. There are no points or purses, just trophies for the top three. The reason being is that we stress respect and sportsmanship, and not over-zealous competitiveness that money and points generally cause.”

The Daredevils is an extremely affordable division as they run the same rules as the Bandits. This allows the car to be used by more than one person with just an adjustable seat in place. The Bandits are CFS entry level division, and constructing a car is very affordable.

For more information including rules for the Daredevil Youth Racer division or any information on Canaan Fair Speedway, visit the track website at www.canaanfairspeedways.com, or call Dick Therrien at 802-274-8823, or e-mail him at dprdick@myfairpoint.net.

Sources: Canaan Fair Speedway PR

Modified Racing Series Winter Meeting at New Racers Expo

Canaan, NH — Modified Racing Series founder Jack Bateman has announced his series will participate at The Racers Expo, a two-day event created to exhibit the latest safety equipment and technology for the motorsports industry, Friday and Saturday, February 26 and 27. The first year endeavor will be held at the Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel and Trade Center, 181 Boston Post Rd West, in Marlborough, Mass.

Organized and produced by long-time racer and car-owner-builder, Bobby Seymour, of Seymour Enterprises Performance Products, The Racers Expo will feature displays from short-track racings top sanctioning bodies as well as seminars on safety and sponsorships.

With the annual off season race car show in Springfield, MA., not returning this year, Seymour saw a void and felt it was important to continue a program focused on the racer and their safety.
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Interest High In Canaan Fair Speedway’s New Late Model Sportsman Division

CANAAN, NH — Close to sixty people filed into the Canaan Fair Speedway Banquet Hall this past Saturday afternoon to gather information about the all new Late Model Sportsman Division that has been proposed by CFS new General Manager, Dick Therrien.

“Due to the tremendous amount of interest in this class from numerous competitors, we felt it was in our best interest to see if the support was there to put the wheels in motion for this class in 2010. I was overwhelmed by the turnout. We were hoping to see twenty-five or thirty people attend, but when we doubled that number I really got excited, stated Therrien. Everyone in attendance was receptive to our plan on making this an easy transition for just about any Late Model from any track or series to participate. From the mission statement, to the purse, rules packages and tire program, everyone seemed excited and enthused.”

“I was extremely happy to have Wes Smith from New England Outdoor Furnaces of Claremont on hand, as he addressed the crowd in a very positive manor. New England Outdoor Furnaces will be sponsoring the new Late Model Sportsman division at CFS in 2010. Mr. Smith is as excited about this division as I am. I am looking forward to working with his company, and marketing his product here in Canaan. They will also be sponsoring an event on the dirt track in 2010.”

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Christopher Serves Notice With Gambler’s Classic Preliminary Win

Atlantic City, NJ — Ted Christopher served notice on Friday night at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J., as he claimed the 30-lap TQ-Midget preliminary main event.

Christopher of Plainville, Ct., the 2008 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion, got the lead from Joey Payne on a lap 19 restart and he held off Billy Pauch to claim the victory.

Christopher enters as the favorite for Saturday night’s 40-lap prestigious Gambler’s Classic. He is the defending champion of the race.

“I like my chances,” Christopher said. “I didn’t see anybody go as fast as us in the heat race. We’ll see what the Gambler’s Classic brings.”
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Motorsports 2010

The new venue afforded us the opportunity to have Chapel in the stage area. The neat part was that those who were waiting to enter the show also had the opportunity to listen in. What a tremendous blessing. Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

We have been working through some Scripture that helps us understand that when we meet Jesus face to face we change. They say there are a few things in life that are certain, change is one of them. Why is it that we need to change?

I was thinking, as I walked through the show, that everything offered there was about change; making things different, better; better looking, safer, more horsepower, easier, faster, better handling, better competition, better gate, better fan experience. Change must make things better, right?

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Josh Sylvester Teams with Silberman Motorsports for Run at SK Modified® Rookie Honors at Stafford Speedway in 2010

Stafford Springs, CT — Former SK Light Modified Reliable Welding and Speed Rookie of the Year winner Josh Sylvester has teamed up with Don Silberman to take a run at the Stafford Motor Speedway Reliable Welding and Speed SK Modified® Rookie of the Year honors in 2010. The Silberman car has previously reached victory lane at Stafford with Bo Gunning and was piloted on a part-time schedule during the 2009 season by Fran Siana.

“I put an ad on the classified section of the Stafford website, and I had a ton of good names give me a call about getting into the car,” said Silberman. “Josh came down to the shop along with his father, his brother Zach, and Sean Cassells, and we had a great meeting. Josh got along really well with all of the crew guys, so we decided to settle on Josh as our driver. The whole team is looking forward to working together with Josh, and I think we’re going to have a really great year together.”

“I’m really optimistic that we can do good things together,” said Sylvester. “Bo [Gunning] won with this car 2 years ago and any time you get into a winning car, it gives you confidence. I’ve always run a Troyer car and Don’s car is a CD car and the CD cars seem to go really well at Stafford, so it’s going to be fun to try out a CD car. Stafford has the best SK Modified® competition, so I’m looking forward getting onto the track.”

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Ted Christopher Looks to Keep on Winning at Stafford Speedway in 2010

Stafford Springs, CT — Ted Christopher heads into the 2010 season at Stafford Motor Speedway as the track’s winningest driver with 107 career victories. Christopher has amassed 91 SK Modified® wins, 9 Whelen Modified Tour wins, 6 ProStock wins, and one K & N Pro Series East victory at the Connecticut half-mile facility. Christopher also collected a record 7th SK Modified® track championship last season at Stafford, and he looks to add to his victory total and win another championship not only this year, but in the years to come as well.

“At this point of my career, I like to set marks for myself,” said Christopher. “The next mark for me is to get to 100 wins with the SK car. The way things go at Stafford, I might get 10 wins this year, or I might get 1 win. That’s why we race, you just don’t ever know what’s going to happen. I like to win races, and I’d like to win the championship again at Stafford this year. I might be 52 in number of years, but I don’t feel anywhere near that in mind or body. I love to race and I love to win. It would be one thing if I couldn’t get it done anymore, but I know I can still win and be successful, so why should I stop?”

Christopher’s SK Modified® championship season and his 5 wins at Stafford was part of a 2009 season that saw him win 24 different times across 6 different states, making him the top winner in the Northeast and helping to earn the Eastern Motorsports Press Association Richie Evans Northeast Driver of the Year Award for the second time in his career.

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Matt Galko Joins Davidson Racing Team; Looks to Win SK Light Modified Rookie of the Year Honors at Stafford Speedway

Stafford Springs, CT — A theme that has developed in Stafford Motor Speedway’s SK Light Modified division over the past few seasons has been the size of its rookie classes. The 2010 season is no exception with 10 rookie drivers signed up and Matt Galko, of Meriden, looks to race his way to the front of that rookie class this season. Galko has become the newest member of the Davidson Racing Family, and he will pilot the Davidson Company owned #20 SK Light car, taking over the driving duties from Mike Lane.

“With the opening we had for the driver, we were looking for a driver that was local to us,” said car owner Tim Rowe, who is based out of Meriden. “All of our drivers are from Stafford or the Stafford area, and Matt is from Meriden. Matt is a driver who I had seen in several articles in the local papers by winning races and I got in contact with him and his father and offered him the seat for the 2010 season.”

Galko comes to Stafford with 7 years of experience in the quarter midget ranks at Silver City Speedway and he spent last season in the 270 division at Whip City Speedway, where he finished third in points and took home Rookie of the Year honors. Galko is looking forward to getting back on asphalt after spending the 2009 season on dirt at Whip City.

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Family Ford of Enfield to Provide Second Safety Vehicle for 2010 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Season at Stafford Speedway

Stafford Springs, CT — Stafford Motor Speedway and Family Ford of Enfield have announced that their partnership will grow for the upcoming 2010 season with Family Ford providing a brand new 2010 F-150 Crew Cab to serve as a second safety vehicle. The relationship between Stafford Speedway and Family Ford was forged prior to the 2009 season and it was announced in December that the partnership would continue for 2010 with Family Ford providing an all new 2011 Super Duty F-350 to Stafford Speedway. In addition to the 2011 Super Duty F-350, Family Ford will provide a brand new 2010 F-150 Crew Cab to serve as the track’s safety vehicles for the 2010 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series season.

“Both trucks are currently being built and they should be ready for delivery to the Speedway in about 6 weeks,” said Mike Moriarty, General Manager of Family Ford. “Everyone here at the dealership is psyched to have the trucks arrive and deliver them to the track. We had a great first year with Stafford last season and the partnership gave us a lot of visibility in the area. We saw an influx of customers in both sales and service coming to us from the Stafford area, and we received a lot of positive feedback from customers who saw our truck at the track last season. With the level of advertising we do every month with television, radio, and print, this is a very cost effective way for us to get our name out there and we have seen that working with Stafford Speedway has brought customers to us. We’re going to have both trucks lettered up and install safety lighting on them, and we can’t wait to see them on the track this year.”
“It’s great to have Family Ford coming back with us and increasing their involvement here at the Speedway,” said Mark Arute, Stafford Speedway COO/GM. “As you look at the racing industry as a whole, there are not very many companies that are putting extra resources into sponsorships. I think that Family Ford’s increased participation for this season shows that advertising here at Stafford Speedway works and delivers results.”

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Salute to Hall of Famer Homer Drew highlights Racin’ Preview 2010 at Portland Expo February 19-20

Portland, ME – Legendary Maine racer Homer Drew will be the focus of an extensive Maine Vintage Race Car Association display at Northern New England’s biggest and best wintertime stock car racing showcase, Racin’ Preview 2010, set for Friday and Saturday, February 19-20 at the Portland Exposition Building on Park Street (U.S. Route 1).

Drew, a Raymond native who passed away shortly after his two Hall of Fame inductions, is considered to be Maine’s greatest stock car racer ever by most observers fortunate enough to witness his incredible talent behind the wheel of an oval track machine – no matter what kind of car, or what racing surface was under it. Drew was one of twelve inaugural inductees into the Maine Racing Hall of Fame. He had previously been inducted into the prestigious New England Auto Racers (NEAR) Hall of Fame.
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Top Rookie DeRitis Gets Cicconi Ride

Brockton, MA — Chris DeRitis, the Northeastern Midget Association’s 2009 Rookie of the Year, will be driving Lou Cicconi’s #75 Esslinger-powered Drinan chassis in 2010. The three-year old car will be housed at Bertrand Motorsports, Tim Bertrand serving as crew chief.

The car will be ready for NEMA’s opener March 27-28 at Waterford Speedbowl. “We tested there in October and it was damn cold,” said Chris’ father Dan. “Chris turned times that compare favorably with those set by the fastest cars during the warm months.”

DeRitis, a 22-year old Philadelphian, made his full-midget debut last summer in the Chris Desrosier’s Power Point car, finishing fifth in points with eight top tens in 14 starts. He had a fourth at the Speedbowl.

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Danica Patrick to Race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in June

It is official! Danica Patrick, one of the most popular drivers in motorsports, confirmed today that she will be racing in the NASCAR Nationwide Series New England 200 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on June 26.

Last month, Jerry Gappens, the executive vice president and general manager of the speedway, flew to JR Motorsports in Mooresville, N.C. with over 20 pounds of fresh lobster for Patrick and her crew. This was an enticement to have New Hampshire on her limited racing schedule with Dale Earnhardt, Jr.’s team.

Today, Danica gave the speedway a gift by adding the New England 200 to her 2010 NASCAR schedule.

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ACT Late Model Tour Breaks $4 Million Mark

After handing out point fund checks for the 2009 season at the ACT Banquet of Champions, the ACT Late Model Tour has awarded over 4 million dollars in purses and point funds for its 198 point counting events over the past 18 seasons.

The ACT Late Model Tour was formed in 1992 and held eight events in its first season. The Late Model Tour was an opening act of sorts for the ACT Pro Stock Tour and ran 25 and 50 lap events. That changed after the 1995 season when the Late Models replaced the Pro Stocks as the headlining division.

Since then the ACT Late Model Tour has seen tremendous growth with more events, higher car counts and more competitive racing thanks to a rules package that has kept the cars cost effective. The Tour reached an all-time high during the 2009 season as they competed in the Inaugural ACT Invitational at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, the lone superspeedway in New England.

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ISMA 2010 is Still a Work in Progress with Changes Made for Toldeo & Sandusky June Dates

Oswego, NY — Many race fans have already noticed and are discussing the deletion of the June 11 and 12 dates at the Toledo and Sandusky Speedways respectively from the 2010 ISMA schedule. Due to several unforeseen circumstances neither event will be be held this season. The original premise of booking the back-to-back races was to give the traveling ISMA group two race venues in a weekend. Unfortunately, the Sandusky event had to be scraped thus leaving the Toledo race a stand-alone. The three parties involved agreed that this was not a wise business decision.

ISMA president Howie Lane said that after speaking with Kevin Jaycox, owner-manager of Sandusky, he realized the quandary. Jaycox, after tentatively committing to the June 12 date, found out that a huge motorcycle event close to his Ohio speedway was already scheduled for that weekend. With fans predicted at numbers of upwards of 100,000 anticipated at the site very near the Sandusky racetrack, it was deemed that the logistics of holding both events were impossible. Jaycox agreed with the motorcycle promoters that it was not good timing and he called off the slated supermodified racing at his track so as not to interfere.

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Familiar Faces from ISMA to Run for Gambler’s Classic Gold at Atlantic City

Leading the way into this weekend’s famed Atlantic City Gambler’s Classic will be none other than ISMA supermodified young lion Mike Lichty. Lichty, after a win at Providence, RI in the Leonard J. Sammon’s Jr. Indoor Winter Series, now leads the points coming into Atlantic City’s TQ event. A point system was set up in honor of the late founder and publisher of Area Auto Racing News who passed away in 1991.

Lichty is about to embark on a new career challenge running in the NASCAR Camping World Truck series.

“I tested at Chicagoland two years ago and put in 350 laps at Motor Mile with Dennis Setzer’s help,” said Lichty about his budding plans. Loudon, Martinsville Iowa and O’Reilly Motorsports Park are definitely on Lichty’s schedule at present with more events, perhaps totaling as many as a dozen, hopefully to follow. The Truck he will compete with is part of Setzer’s organization.

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2009 NASCAR WSMT Champion Brunnhoelzl III Sets His Sights On 2010 NASCAR WMT Title

Berkley, MA — For George Brunnhoelzl III of Mooresville, NC, the 2010 racing season will see a lifelong dream of competing on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour become a reality. Coming off of his first career NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour Championship in 2009, Brunnhoelzl will team up with car owner Bob Katon Jr. and get behind the wheel of the Berkley Auto Racing # 46 entry.

“To have an opportunity to run up north, after having grown up watching my dad (George Jr.) compete for many years on the tour and race at many of the same tracks, is a dream come true. I am very thankful to Bobby and the team for giving me this chance and I look forward to making the most of it,” stated Brunnhoelzl, who originally hails from West Babylon, NY. During the 2009 campaign, Brunnhoelzl scored 5 wins and 13 top-5 finishes in 14 events en route to winning the title. The past few months have been exciting for the 27 year old, along with attending the NASCAR Champions Week activities in Charlotte, NC in November where he was crowned tour champion and now securing the ride in the # 46. The highlight of Brunnhoelzl’s off-season came in November when he married his wife Heather. George is the Vice-President of the family business, Brunnhoelzl Racing Inc., located in Mooresville, NC.

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Rocco, Ramstrom, Materas, Barnett, Sullivan & Michalski Recognized for Championship Seasons at Thompson

Thompson, CT: Thompson International Speedway celebrated one of its most competitive seasons in recent history on Friday, January 22 and Saturday January 23, 2010, by hosting the 2009 Season Awards Banquet. The traditional two-night affair paid tribute to champions of the Thursday Night Thunder Series and all the competitors of NASCAR Whelen All-American Series ‘Super 6’.

On Saturday night Keith Rocco of Wallingford, CT, was the guest of honor as the 2009 Sunoco Modified champion. Also feted were Late Model champion John Materas of Voluntown, CT; and TIS Modified titlist Brian Sullivan of S. Windsor, CT. Honored the previous night, were 2009 Super Late Model champion Derek Ramstrom of Worcester, MA; 2009 Limited Sportsman division titlist Larry Barnett of Moosup, CT; and Mini Stock champion Steve Michalski of Brooklyn, CT.

Despite a pared down schedule that was disseminated by rain, Thompson Speedway still enjoyed a highly competitive 2009 season. In the end, two of four division championships were decided by 10 points or less. In five of the Speedway’s six divisions, the fight for the championship came down to the final Thursday night of competition.

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Bond Auto Announces ACT 2010 ‘Tiger’ Sportsman Tour

The American Canadian Tour (ACT) announced today that Bond Auto Parts, a family run business since 1956 with 37 locations throughout Vermont and New Hampshire, will become the title sponsor of the 2010 ACT 4 event series for the “Tiger Sportsman” division, known as the Bond Auto/WIX Tiger Sportsman Tour.

The Sportsman division is a Limited Late Model car, which has been a mainstay of Thunder Road Speedbowl in Barre, VT, the home of Bond Auto.

“We are really happy to be able to support this ACT division, which will appear in several markets that we service,” said Mark Mast, Vice President of Marketing for Bond. “Our employees have been great fans of ACT and Thunder Road over the years, as well as all the regional race tracks. This series of 100 lap events for the popular ACT Tiger Sportsmen seemed like a great fit for some of our marketing needs, and allows us to show support for the racers that have always supported our Bond Auto locations.”

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MRS Schedule Draws Interest from Veteran Racers

Canaan, NH — The 19 race Modified Racing Series schedule, with three new tracks added to the list in 2010, has drawn interest from racers throughout the Northeast. Close to 60 teams have registered for the new campaign with many first time competitors securing car numbers. The recently announced roster shows the majority of last years regulars returning, and several new to the series competitors slated to try the New England based touring division.

Noted car builder/owner Art Barry, a member of the New England Auto Racing Hall of Fame, and the New York State Stock Car Racing Hall of Fame, will field a car with the seventh-year series, a move he is eagerly looking forward too.

“I like the series, I like the rules package, its low key, and I like that style. The officials run a good program.” Barry, who has fielded race cars for well over 50 years for some of the sports best drivers added, “I really am looking forward to the New York races, especiallly Malta.”
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TSI Harley-Davidson Renews Title Sponsorship of Memorial Day Weekend Whelen Modified Tour Event at Stafford Speedway

Stafford Springs, CT — Stafford Motor Speedway has announced that for the third consecutive season, the track’s Memorial Day Weekend Whelen Modified Tour event will be sponsored by TSI Harley-Davidson, the oldest Harley-Davidson and Buell dealer in the state of Connecticut. The 20th Annual TSI Harley-Davidson 125 will be held on Friday, May 28th at Stafford. The race sponsorship continues a relationship that dates back to the 2004 season when TSI Harley-Davidson sponsored a NASCAR Camping World East Series event at the Connecticut half-mile.

“We enjoy being at Stafford, it’s a great track to be involved with, and we’re looking forward to another great Whelen Modified Tour race,” said Harry Levesque, Owner of TSI Harley-Davidson. “Stafford has been a great place for us to showcase our Harley-Davidson and Buell bikes to race fans.”

TSI Harley-Davidson is a full service Harley-Davidson and Buell dealership, with parts, service, and accessories. TSI Harley-Davidson has been in operation since 1968, making it the oldest Harley-Davidson dealer in Connecticut. TSI Harley-Davidson has two branches located in Ellington and Columbia.

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Stafford Speedway Creates Yellow Page Business Listing

Stafford Springs, CT — Stafford Motor Speedway has initiated a new website program, the SMS Yellow Pages. The program was initiated to give more exposure to all businesses involved with the Speedway. The online Yellow Pages includes Stafford Motor Speedway business partners along with car owners, sponsors and drivers business listings.

“We are always looking for different opportunities to assist our weekly competitors,” said Lisa Arute, Executive Vice President of Stafford Speedway. “We hope that the SMS Yellow Page Directory will be another avenue to gain exposure for their businesses. The goal is to create a means for consumers to make contact with businesses within the Stafford Speedway community.”

The SMS Yellow Page tab can be found on the Stafford Motor Speedway home page at www.staffordspeedway.com. The page is organized in alphabetical order by business type to allow easy access to find a business by trade or purpose. The company name, address, phone number and if available website link is shown in the listing. The team association is also shown for each company.
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Adam Skowyra Moves Up from SK Light Modified Division; Joins 2010 SK Modified® Rookie Class at Stafford Speedway

Stafford Springs, CT — The Reliable Welding and Speed Rookie of the Year class in Stafford’s SK Modified® division has added another candidate for the 2010 season with Adam Skowyra. Skowyra is a 2-year veteran of Stafford’s SK Light Modified division, and will look to follow in the footsteps of drivers like Joe Allegro, Jr., Chris Matthews, Richie Pallai, Jr., Mark Bakaj, Raymond Grassetti, Wade Mattesen, Rich Hammann, and Matt Gallo, who have all made the transition from SK Light Modified up the ladder to the SK Modified® division.

“We’re making the move up this season,” said Skowyra. “When we first bought our car, we were always looking towards the future. We maybe didn’t figure on moving up this quickly, but the SK Modified® spec engine made moving up an affordable option for us and we thought the time was right to make the move for the 2010 season. We’re getting a spec engine from R.A.D. Automachine, Donny [Wood] always makes great power and we’ll get out on the track for that first practice in April and we’ll see how things go.”

Skowyra enters the 2010 SK Modified® season with the same equipment he ran in the SK Light Modified division, with the exception of the engine. He also has help from Mike Stefanik, Stefanik’s Whelen Modified Tour crew chief, Sly Szaban, and Flamingo Motorsports as the primary sponsor on the car. While Skowyra has no prior experience behind the wheel of an SK Modified® car at Stafford, he won’t be short on help this year as he embarks on his maiden season of SK Modified® competition at SMS.

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Race Fans Can Get Sneak Preview of 2010 Stafford Speedway Season at 51st Annual Frank Maratta Auto Show Feb. 5-7

Stafford Springs, CT — Race fans can take a sneak preview into the 2010 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series season at Stafford Motor Speedway during the 51st Annual Frank Maratta Auto Show at the Connecticut Expo Center from Feb. 5-Feb.7. Stafford Motor Speedway will have a booth at the show and featured as part of the booth will be the #13 Hamm’s Welding Dodge Late Model of reigning track champion Jim Peterson.

After a year away from Stafford, Peterson returned to the Late Model division for the 2009 season and posted 2 wins, 12 top-5 and 15 top-10 finishes to take the championship ahead of Ryan Posocco and Dillon Moltz. Fans stopping by the Stafford booth will see the same car that Peterson drove during the 2009 season.

“We’re finishing up putting the lettering on the car and with the exception of the transmission, it’s the exact same car that Jimmy drove to the championship last year,” said Hamm. “I figure why change a winning horse? We have a new car all ready to go, but I’m a little superstitious about getting the new car blues. What we have has been working for us so we’re going to stay with this combination until we can’t race it anymore.”

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NEMA Champ Bertrand Installs Honda Power for 2010

Brockton, MA – Two-time Northeastern Midget Association champion Bertrand Motorsports will march to a different beat in 2010. Honda will power the #47 when Randy Cabral begins his quest for a third straight driving title in the season opener at Waterford Speedbowl on March 27-28.

“It is, of course, a major change and challenge for us,” says owner Tim Bertrand of the enhanced Dual Overhead Cam Honda “K series” motor. Engineered by Stewart Racing Engines of Indianapolis, it is found under the hood of the Honda CRV SUV.

Over the past 50 years no Midget group in the country has been more forward thinking than NEMA. Bertrand, after a third straight owners crown, sees a movement that could be the equal of the “stock block” revolution of the 1960s when, among others, the Falcon, Pinto and Chevy II motors were dominant.

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Donahue Files First Full Season Entry for 2010 ACT Tour/Allard First to File Full Season for the Series ACT Castrol

The Kendall Roberts-owned Vermont National Guard team of veteran driver John Donahue filed the first full season entry for the American Canadian Tour (ACT) 2010 season. There was plenty of excitement following the recent 2009 Banquet of Champions, and ACT headquarters received the Donahue entry 24 hours after the entry forms were sent this week.

“We are very excited about taking a run for the title this year,” said car owner Kendall Roberts. “We really came together as a team around TD Bank 250 time last season when Dale Shaw started giving us a hand, and John and the team have been very busy getting things freshened for the 2010 season. Everyone is excited about our new car, and we still get charged up about weekly racing at Thunder Road. We will be ready as soon as spring gets here,” concluded Roberts. The Donahue team is only one of three teams that ran the entire ACT US Tour and a full weekly schedule at Thunder Road in 2009. Jamie Fisher of Shelburne, VT and Eric Chase of Milton, VT were the other drivers to tackle both schedules in 2009, and are expected to do the same in 2010.

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Brad Lafontaine Joins #09 Modified Team as New Crew Chief For Bobby Grigas, III

Long Time Friendship Turns Into a New Relationship

Concord, NC — Ever since he has started Modified racing, Bobby Grigas, III has had one friend in particular who has helped teach him about set-ups, going fast and how to prepare a top-flight racecar.

But while Brad Lafontaine has served as a friend, consultant and sometimes even a coach to Grigas, there has been one title that he hasn’t held yet. That has been the one of crew chief. But that will change in 2010, as Lafontaine, the former crew chief for 2008 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion Ted Christopher, has recently joined Grigas’ #09 Triple G Racing team in that role.

“We’ve been friends since I started out in Modified racing and he has always helped me out somewhat,” said Grigas. “I learned to drive Modifieds that were on his set-ups. He helped me out with the cars I won at Canaan and Waterford [in 2006]. He has helped us as a consultant, but now he is going to be my new crew chief. He helped us out at the North-South Shootout (back in late 2009) and that was an informal first race together. Now, it’s the real deal.”
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NEMA Announces 15-Race Schedule

Brockton, MA – A challenging 15-race schedule will mark the Northeastern Midget Association’s 58th season. NEMA kicks off the 2010 agenda at Waterford Speedbowl’s season-opener on March 27-28.

While familiar venues highlight the schedule – four races at Waterford and three for both Monadnock and Seekonk – it includes a new challenge as well. NEMA will tentatively be returning to Albany-Saratoga Speedway (Sunday, May 9) for the first time since 1977.

Thompson and Lee USA Speedways will also host NEMA in 2010. The NEMA Lites division, heading into its third season, will be part of 10 programs including the season-opener.

“We think we have an excellent schedule considering the economic environment,” said NEMA President Mike Scrivani Jr. “We certainly know how to get around the places we’ll visit and that insures another very competitive season.”
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Seekonk Speedway Honors 2009 champions

On Saturday night, January 16, Seekonk Speedway held the 64th Dinner and Awards Celebration at the Venus De Milo in Swansea. Over 640 guests were on hand as awards for the winners, top ten, Rookies, Most Improved and more were handed out.

Fred Astle Jr picked up his fourth Pro Stock Title trophy, his second for car owners Ron and Lisa Lauro. He remembered back over 30 years of racing in his speech, including engine builders, sponsors, crew members and car owners. Fred picked up a division leading 6 wins en route to his second consecutive title. Dave Darling, a two time champion finished second in points, picking up five wins. Tom Scully Jr won two races on the way to his third place finish in points. Mike Brightman and Rob Murphy rounded out the top five. Ken Spencer, Kyle Casper, Jeramee Lillie, Dan O’Brien and Steve O’Brien were sixth through tenth.

Rob Murphy was voted the Most Improved Driver, while Kyle Casper picked up Rookie of the Year honors.

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New England Truck Series Moving Forward in 2010

The New England Truck Series held their first rules meeting at the garage of series sponsor FEB Construction in Suffield, CT Saturday December 19, 2009.

This was an introductory meeting announcing the new series name as ”NEW ENGLAND TRUCK SERIES” formally the ARTS series, and discussion of rule changes.

The new staff on board for NETS 2010 season, is Series Director: Lorraine Pard, Race Day Directors Josh Vanada, and Scott Michie, along with Administration/Official: Michelle Pard, Photographer/Official: Ann Marie Pard, and Chief Tech: Bob Ormond.

The NETS can always be counted on to present an exciting and competitive race.
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Waterford Speedbowl Celebrates 2009 Champions

Ron Yuhas Jr. crowned 59th Modified Track Champion; Bruce Thomas Jr., Brandon Plemons, Danny Field, Jason Palmer and Allen Coates also honored

Waterford, CT — A full house of over 500 strong gathered Saturday evening at Groton Inn & Suites to pay tribute to Waterford Speedbowl’s 2009 Track Champions. Ron Yuhas Jr., Bruce Thomas Jr., Brandon Plemons and Danny Field were awarded the track’s NASCAR Whelen All-American Series division championships while Jason Palmer and Allen Coates picked up their respective hardware as the Legends Cars and NEATV Truck Series champs. Each etched their name into the Speedbowl record books in unique fashion.

Nearly 80 drivers in total were recognized for their efforts during the season. Special awards honoring the Top Rookie, Sportsman of the Year, Most Improved Driver and Pit Crew of the Year in each of the six divisions were also distributed.

The opening Saturday night of the season set the tone for the battle to the SK Modified® track championship. In that event Keith Rocco used a daring last lap maneuver in turn four to gain the win by inches over Ron Yuhas Jr. From there, a classic Speedbowl duel engaged between the two and carried throughout the 20-race season. Yuhas, of Groton, used a 10 race streak of top-five finishes to narrow a 50-point cushion Rocco built up over the first half of the year. Yuhas checkered the final Saturday night race and survived a wild 100-lap Finale event to claim his first ever championship. He also brought home the first title to his car owner, Mike Murphy, as well as to the Yuhas family. His father, Ron Yuhas Sr., was a long-time car owner in the Modified ranks at Waterford. In total Yuhas captured three wins and posted 15 top-five and 19 top-ten finishes on the season. He was the only competitor to complete every lap in 2009 and became the 59th Modified track champion at the ‘Bowl, one of the nation’s longest such lists.
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