Archive for February 5th, 2010

Angelillo Set To Begin 30th NEMA Campaign

Brockton, MA — Gene Angelillo’s 30th consecutive season as a Midget owner will begin when the Northeastern Midget Association opens its 58th season March 27-28 at Waterford Speedbowl. He returns with veteran driver Russ Stoehr.

Stoehr and Angelillo “reunited” last season, coming back from a devastating crash in the opener at Monadnock to finish fourth in owner and driver points respectively. “The crash really hurt us and we were frustrated by motor problems all year,” says Angelillo. “And, Russ was back after five years of not driving. We all should be better.”

The opener is part of a 15-race 2010 agenda that includes “old standbys” Monadnock, Lee, Seekonk, Thompson and Stafford as well as Waterford. “That serves us well but it’s good for the others too,” says Angelillo. “We’re preparing the car (Esslinger/Beast) expecting a competitive season.”
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Speedbowl adds Friday evenings in 2010

‘The Show and Go at the ‘Bowl’ features HDRA 100 Foot Drags and free Cruise Shows weekly May to October

Waterford, CT — When the Waterford Speedbowl gates open for its 60th anniversary season this spring, a major addition to the calendar of events will be welcomed. The Show and Go at the ‘Bowl, a Friday evening event featuring 100 Foot Drags plus free Cruise Shows will be held each Friday from May through October 1 beginning at 5:00pm.

The Speedbowl first added the 100 foot drags a year ago by trial, met with rousing success. A healthy turnout of drag racers routinely took to the ‘Bowl’s asphalt. That support, along with promising interest from fans, led to the return of the only official drag race competition in Connecticut to the ‘Bowl in 2010. Several intense battles took place during the elimination rounds a year ago, including a grudge match order demanded by a packed Speedbowl crowd during 2009’s Back to School Bash event.

An open-format Cruise Show, free to the public, will accompany the drag races and convert the Speedbowl midway into “Main Street”, the coolest and most eclectic collection of cars around. A popular summertime activity for car enthusiasts of all ages, cruises are wildly popular. The pairing of the Cruise Show with the competition of drag racing is sure to make The Show and Go at the ‘Bowl a unique experience.
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Track Promoters Meeting Gets Speedweeks Started

Grassroots Racing In The Spotlight At Daytona

Daytona Beach, FL — NASCAR Whelen All-American Series race tracks from throughout North America were represented at the 2010 Track Operators Meeting in the Daytona 500 Club at Daytona International Speedway on Friday morning.

The event was part of the annual gathering of NASCAR track operators at Speedweeks in Daytona.

The featured speaker was Darrell Waltrip, a three-time champion in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, who talked about his passion for short track racing.

“You’re the backbone of this business,” said Waltrip, who early in his career was a regular at the fairgrounds speedway in Nashville. “This is where it all starts. This where I learned everything I needed to know – at short tracks.”

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Jeff Burton, who got his start at South Boston (Va.) Speedway, also addressed the track operators in attendance. He talked about the pioneers of the sport who carved tracks out of farm lands and fairgrounds, and helped lay the foundation of NASCAR today.
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Beers To Return To Tour In 2010

Will Split Schedule With Blewett, DeLange

Northampton, PA — For the 2010 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, Eric Beers, from Northampton Pa., is being given one the best opportunities to win the NASCAR championship with two of Modified racing’s long time supporters.

Dave and Laura DeLange of Lockport, N.Y., and John Blewett, of Howell N.J., are going split the 2010 season as car owners with Eric as the pilot of the NASCAR Modified.

“I can not begin to tell you how excited I am to enter into this joint venture with the Blewett family,” Dave DeLange said. “The Blewett’s are a storied family in racing and by joining forces, Eric will have top notch equipment. Laura and I are ecstatic to be part of this venture which gives Eric an opportunity to excel at a level that matches his experience and talent.”

The 2010 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season will see Eric in the Blewett-owned Modified for the two events at New Hampshire, the three at Thompson and the one race at Riverhead. Eric will wheel the DeLange Modified at Stafford (four times), Martinsville, Lime Rock, Monadnock, and Bristol.

“Funny, how things work out,” Beers explained. “The DeLange’s wanted to run some tour races but not the entire season. We were still figuring out what we wanted to do when Jimmy (Blewett) called. He asked what I was doing in 2010 and said Grandpa [John Blewett] wants to run four races on the tour. We met and talked some more and came up with what I feel is the perfect deal. I have known the Blewett’s since our Flemington days and from day one, we have had a relationship where we treat each other like family. Lot’s of details to figure out yet but I can’t wait for the season to start.”
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A Hole in the Roof

We return to our Winter Bible Study where we are looking at how coming face to face with God will change you. Have you taken the time to meet God over the past few weeks? Let’s continue along that theme. Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

We have many opportunities to help others. I know at the race track when someone has a problem there are many who are ready to lend a hand. I think that is one of the greatest things about the racing family, their willingness to help when there is a need.

The Scripture I want to start looking at this week tells us about some friends who wanted to help their friend out. Read along and we’ll talk about it.

MARK 2:1-12, A few days later, when Jesus again entered Capernaum, the people heard that he had come home. So many gathered that there was no room left, not even outside the door, and he preached the word to them. Some men came, bringing to him a paralytic, carried by four of them. Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus and, after digging through it, lowered the mat the paralyzed man was lying on. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven.”

Now some teachers of the law were sitting there, thinking to themselves, “Why does this fellow talk like that? He’s blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God alone?”
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