Archive for March, 2010

Modified Tour Tops Icebreaker Lineup

Thompson, CT – The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour opens its 2010 season at the Thompson International Speedway on Icebreaker weekend. The traditional Icebreaker race program is scheduled for Saturday, April 10th and Sunday, April 11th.

The Modified Tour was formed in 1985 and has run more of its races at Thompson than at any other NASCAR race track. Since its inception, the Modified Tour has made an amazing 109 appearances at the storied Connecticut race track and nearly every championship in that division has been determined at the season-ending World Series of Speedway Racing at Thompson.

The 2010 edition of the Icebreaker will begin another exciting season for NASCAR’s oldest and fastest racing division. New England race fans, tired of the long winter season, are excited and ready for the roar of the engines and the heat of the competition. A brand new attraction this year will be the addition of the Madhouse TV star Burt Myers to the Modified Tour mix at Thompson. Myers will make his first ever trip to the northeast as a Modified Tour competitor and looks to take on the best of the Whelen Modified Tour in their 150-lap race.

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Thompson Testing Photos

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[Thompson Test 03/27/10] by Adam Fohlin





Seekonk Speedway getting ready to Spring back into action

Seekonk, MA — With spring fever upon us, Seekonk Speedway is gearing up for the new season with their first open practice of 2010. On Saturday, April 3, the gates will open for the first time, with competitors from the ARC Saturday and Fast Friday programs turning their first laps since October. We will also welcome any competitor with a safe race car from any speedway or touring division to get ready for their season.

New competitors of Seekonk Speedway can use this time to get used to the tricky 1/3 mile oval, and seasoned veterans can use this time to make sure the changes made to their machines are the right ones.

This is the first of 3 open practice sessions for the spring of 2010. The second is scheduled for Saturday, April 17, with the third on Saturday, May 1. The May 1 session is open to all Seekonk Speedway competitors only, as this will be the final opportunity to be ready for opening day on Sunday, May 2.

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A Look at the 2010 Season


The following outlines some of the odds for the coming 2010 season, as compiled by a noted short track handicapping firm. The opinions and results are solely the responsibility of the compilation group. Any comments or remarks should be addressed to those responsible or just “deal with it”. Enjoy, and good luck to all race teams entering the new season. Does not include all entries, and apologies go out to those that did not receive proper recognition or were inadvertently omitted.

(Championship odds for 2010 based on international calculations)
(no particular season finishing order implied)


3-2 37VT BRIAN HOAR – This six-time ACT Champion and his newly formed RPM Motorsports team took a while to get things together during 2009, but they hung in during the transition and by mid-season had positioned themselves to make a run for the title. With a dramatic win at Waterford, they finished the season with consistent top finishes. They are the ones to beat in 2010.

CAUTION: Likes to win and will risk it at times…could cost them a title.
BIGGEST ASSET: Have put together a ‘dream team’, with plenty of experience, and one of the best drivers in ACT history.
7-5 22VT JP CYR – By most standards the greatest driver in the history of ACT returns to the ACT Tour in 2010. It is impossible not to consider Cyr as a favorite to win his 8th title. With a new team, that might prove difficult, but then again, Cyr was pretty much written off in 2009 from winning the Thunder Road title with his new team and some very heavy competition, and he ended up winning the 50th “King of the Road” title! One interesting stat is that the great champions Cyr and Hoar have never raced against each other for the ACT titles they have each won (total of 13!). This should be a year like no other.

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Budweiser Blastoff Concludes with Coby, Rocco, Leonard, Jordan, Puleo & Field Victorious

Waterford, CT — Waterford Speedbowl opened its 60th season in grand fashion Sunday, playing host to the opening races for the Modified Racing Series, NEMA Midgets and its NASCAR Whelen All-American Series program.  Milford competitor Doug Coby championed the Modified Racing Series, Keith Rocco mastered every restart thrown his way to cruise to victory in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series SK Modified® race and Chris Leonard was a first time winner in the NEMA Midgets.  Other winners included Tim Jordan in the Bob Valenti Auto Mall Late Models, Ed Puleo in the Street Stocks and Dan Field in the Norwich Bulletin Mini Stocks.

Rocco and Ron Yuhas Jr. started the 60-lap SK Modified® feature on the front row, picking up the exciting points battle they engaged in for the 2009 track championship.    Rocco took the lead at the drop of the green flag over Yuhas.  The field went to work early with abundant side by side battles to be found throughout the field when Rob Janovic Jr. spun off turn four to bring out caution on lap four.

Rocco jumped out front on the restart.  Yuhas tucked into second leaving a heated battle for position behind.  Todd Ceravolo was on the move, advancing into third when Glen Pressell III spun in turn two for the event’s second caution on lap 12.

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[Waterford – Budweiser Blastoff 03/27/10] by Adam Fohlin
[Waterford – Budweiser Blastoff 03/28/10] by Adam Fohlin

Waterford – Budweiser Blastoff 03/27/10] by Nicholas Teto
[Waterford – Budweiser Blastoff 03/28/10] by Nicholas Teto

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Doug Coby Wins the First Modified Racing Series Event of the Season at Waterford

Waterford, CT — Doug Coby of Milford Conn., won the opening Modified Racing Series sponsored by race of the 2010 season at Waterford Speedbowl. Coby passed defending series champion Jon McKennedy of Chelmsford, Mass. on lap 44 and led the rest of the way to score a .79 second victory over Matt Hirschman of Northampton, Pa. McKennedy finished third.

“The car was very consistent all day,” said Coby. “We ran our fastest lap of the race with about five to go. It feels great to win.”

It was the second career series win for Coby who started this race in the Czarnecki Brothers race team #20 in the 8th position. Both of his victories have occurred at Waterford, the previous win was in May of 2009. Coby is the first driver to repeat a victory at the Connecticut shoreline oval in nine series races dating back to 2006.
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Leonard Grabs First NEMA Win At ‘Bowl

Waterford, CT — Chris Leonard warned the media. “I’m not good at talking,” he explained after winning his first-ever Northeastern Midget Association feature Sunday at Waterford Speedbowl’s Budweiser Blast Off. It was his only problem.

Taking off from the pole, Leonard, 19, needed only five minutes and 40 and three quarters seconds (a Speedbowl record) to capture the 25 lapper. Although “it seemed like an hour” to him, Leonard didn’t face a serious challenge in putting the family-owned No. 22 Hawk/Autocraft in victory lane.

Chasing Leonard the entire way, Russ Stoehr (Dumo’s Desire Racing 45) was second. Erica Santos (Breault 44), Randy Cabral (Bertrand47) and Chris DeRitis (DeRitis 75) filled out the top five.
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Zachem, Coates, Wrenn, Nocella, Logan, Lomartire, Beal among Budweiser Blastoff Saturday Winners

Waterford, CT — Waterford Speedbowl kicked off its 60th consecutive season of operation with the opening day of Budweiser Blastoff Weekends. Fourteen divisions qualified, highlighted by the Modified Racing Series, NEMA Midgets and the ‘Bowl’s NASCAR Whelen All-American Series divisions. Eight feature races were completed on the day, recording the first winners of the season.

Max Zachem of Preston checkered an entertaining 25-lap Legends Car race. Shaun Buffington of Plainfield jumped to the race lead from his pole starting position until lap seven when contact from second place runner Anthony Flannery sent Buffington spinning, resulting in a caution flag with both drivers resuming at the rear. Max Zachem of Preston took over at the front over a heated battle behind for the top five positions. Zachem was challenged by Giovanni Giarratana and Dana Dimatteo over the latter portion of the race, holding them off in exciting fashion.

Allen Coates of Ledyard moved outside Howard Payne to battle for the race lead in the 25-lap NASCAR Whelen All American Series Truck race. After a clean side-by-side battle, Coates pulled away on lap four and slowly pulled away from the field for his 72nd career win at the track, fifth all-time.

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[Waterford – Budweiser Blastoff 03/27/10] by Adam Fohlin
[Waterford – Budweiser Blastoff 03/28/10] by Adam Fohlin

[Waterford – Budweiser Blastoff 03/27/10] by Nicholas Teto
[Waterford – Budweiser Blastoff 03/28/10] by Nicholas Teto

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Anthony Nocella Notches NEMA Lites Opener at Waterford Speedbowl

Waterford, CT — Young Anthony Nocella picked-up right where he left-off in 2009 at the Waterford Speedbowl, handily capturing the 25-lap NEMA Lites “Budweiser Blastoff” feature on Saturday evening.

A highlight of the event was the appearance of 1971 Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year and New England Auto Racing Hall of Fame member Dennis Zimmerman who served as honorary starter.

It was the 5th career Lites feature victory for Nocella, who last season scored the Speedbowl’s “Nostalgia Weekend” feature on July 25.
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Etheridge, McKennedy and Pennink Earn Modified Racing Series Qualifying Race Wins at Waterford

Waterford, CT — Dave Etheridge of Portland, Conn., Jon McKennedy of Chelmsford, Mass. and Rowan Pennink of Huntingdon Valley, Pa. were the qualifying race winners for the opening event of the Modified Racing Series sponsored by Bob Valenti 2010 season at the Waterford Speedbowl on Saturday afternoon.

Etheridge will start on the pole for the 100 lap Modified Racing Series portion of Budweiser Blastoff Weekend. He will be joined on the front row by the defending series champion, McKennedy. Pennink, who was the winner of the last series race at Waterford in 2009, will start third and Eric Goodale of Riverhead, N.Y. who finished second in the first qualifying race will start fourth. Andy Seuss of Hampstead, N.H. will start fifth and former series champion Chris Pasteryak of Lisbon, Conn. will start on the outside of row three.

Todd Annarummo was the winner of the consolation race. Twenty six Modified Racing Series cars will start the race.
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Stepping Up

There are times in life when we need to step up, step up to the challenge we face and accept the greater responsibility. The time comes when it is necessary to own up to who we are and what we have done. Are you ready to step up? Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

The opportunity comes for you to move up to a new division, faster cars, better competition, longer races, are you ready to step up? Many times in our racing career we have decisions to make about stepping up to the next level. That comes many questions, am I ready, can I compete, will I be able to win?

In the racing world today many of those decisions are being made at a younger age. To young for many, drivers haven’t had the chance to mature. Many of those decisions are made for drivers by someone else; that adds the pressure to live up to someone else’s expectations. In a sport that is already full of challenging choices this is just another one to consider.
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Frank Cardile Searching for First Career Victory at Stafford Motor Speedway in SK Light Modified Division

Stafford Springs, CT — With the curtain about to be raised on the 2010 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series season at Stafford, SK Light Modified driver Frank Cardile is eager to get back to racing and chase his first career victory. Cardile is a long-time veteran of modified racing at Stafford, but he has yet to record a victory, which he says is his number one goal for the 2010 season.

“We’re out there to have fun, but the goal is to get our first win,” said Cardile. “I’ve been close before, I have seconds and thirds, but no wins, close but no cigar. I would say that this year is victory lane or bust for me. I have to get one win before I stop racing. I’d like to get a win for my father, he helps me out a lot with the car and a win would be a real nice way to pay him back.”

Cardile will return this season with the same car that carried him to 1 top-5 and 7 top-10 finishes and a 17th place showing in the final points standings last season. Cardile got behind at the start of the 2009 season with handling issues, which plagued him throughout the remainder of the year.

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The Davidson Company Renews Stafford SK Modified® 1st Place Contingency Sponsorship in Memory of Dave Rowe

Stafford Springs, CT — The Davidson Company has returned to Stafford Speedway’s Contingency Program as a first place SK Modified® feature sponsor. Each Davidson Company bonus awarded during the 2010 season will once again be a special presentation in memory of Dave Rowe, who passed away in May of 2008. Mr. Rowe founded The Davidson Company in 1974, and he was a long-time supporter of racing at Stafford. Mr. Rowe began sponsoring cars at Stafford in the early 1990s and the tradition that he started continues strong today as Davidson is not only a contingency sponsor, but they own the SK Modified® cars of Jeff Malave and Woody Pitkat, the Late Model of Michael Bennett, the SK Light Modified of Matt Galko, and they are the primary sponsor of the #48 Marcia Kretschman owned Late Model with Ryan Posocco as the driver.

“This is a great way for us to continue on in memory of my father and what he started at Stafford,” said Tim Rowe, owner of Davidson Racing and Sr. Vice President of Davidson Foods. “Dad loved racing, he loved Stafford Speedway, and most of all he loved being able to help out the competitors. I think he would have sponsored every car at Stafford if he could have and it’s in that spirit that we are continuing to offer this contingency bonus in his memory.”

Davidson will contribute a weekly bonus of $150.00 to each SK Modified® feature winner during the 2010 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series season. Combined with the weekly $150.00 bonus provided by CARQUEST and the $150.00 bonus from Valvoline, each SK Modified® feature winner at Stafford during the 2010 season will take home $1,850. The Davidson Company has contributed over $13,000 to SK Modified® competitors over the past five seasons and their 2010 contribution will push that total to over $16,000.

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Ed Flemke, Jr. Still in Search of Elusive CARQUEST Tech-Net Spring Sizzler Victory at Stafford Motor Speedway

Stafford Springs, CT — With the dawn of a new NASCAR season at Stafford Motor Speedway, it is another opportunity for Whelen Modified Tour teams to take their best shot at winning the CARQUEST Tech-Net Spring Sizzler, “The Greatest Race in the History of Spring.” For driver Ed Flemke, Jr., this year’s 39th Annual running of the Spring Sizzler represents his 20th attempt to win the race. Flemke has found the road to Spring Sizzler victory lane a turbulent ride, as in 20 career starts, he has 2 top-5 and 4 top-10 finishes with a best finish of twice in 2000 and 2004. Flemke has witnessed firsthand almost every edition of the Sizzler run to date and the fire to win burns as hot as ever for Flemke. With this being Flemke’s 20th try to win the race, he can look to none other than Dale Earnhardt, who took 20 attempts to win his first Daytona 500, for inspiration.

“The first two Spring Sizzlers are the most memorable for me,” said Flemke. “My dad almost won the first race and then he did win the second race, so those are the two most special Sizzlers for me. I remember there was so much hype and prestige surrounding that first Sizzler, it was a really big race. It’s still a big race and the prestige and tradition of the race has built up over the years. We’re hoping that this will finally be our year, I’ve had some real tough results over the years at the Sizzler. I think that sometimes I put too much pressure on myself to do well at the Sizzler because that race means so much to me.”

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Madhouse TV Star to Compete in Thompson’s Icebreaker

Thompson, CT – Burt Myers, one of the featured racers on the History Channel’s hit TV show Madhouse, will compete in the Icebreaker at Thompson International Speedway. The Walnut Cove, North Carolina resident will be making his first trip into New England’s Modified country as a competitor the weekend of April 10th and 11th.

“I’ve always heard about what a great place Thompson is but have never been able to fit it into my schedule. This year, the Icebreaker comes on an open date for us, so I’m really looking forward to racing there. As long as we don’t have a disaster in the race at South Boston, VA on April 3rd, we’ll be at Thompson,” said Myers.

This will mark the first time in his long and successful career that he has competed against the drivers in the Whelen Modified Tour on their turf. “We have run against many of the northern drivers in combination races at Martinsville, Bristol and at the North-South Shootout. But, this will be the first time to travel north to compete directly with those guys. I love racing with the guys from up north and am excited about going to Thompson.”

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Leighton to Defend Title at ACT Lee USA Opener

Center Harbor, New Hampshire’s Brad Leighton, defending Champion of the New Hampshire Governor’s Cup has entered the opening event for the American Canadian Tour (ACT) at the Lee USA Speedway on Sunday, April 18, 2010. Leighton won the 2009 event after holding off the 2008 Governor’s Cup winner, Joey Polewarczyk, from nearby Hudson, NH.

Over fifty cars attempted to qualify for the event that saw nine different leaders before Leighton took over on lap 132 of the 150 lap grind. There were only five cautions in the event that saw one of the largest opening day crowds at Lee USA in many years.

“I am happy to get this first win of the season here at Lee Speedway, and I am really happy that in a few months I will be able to head about 30 minutes up the road to the New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS) for the first ACT Invitational,” said an excited Leighton in victory lane.
Leighton was a former ACT Pro Stock Champion in 1995, and he is a two-time NASCAR Busch East Champion, winning in 1999 and 2000. He also has accumulated 8 wins at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

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Ramstrom to Run NASCAR Pro East Series in 2010

W. Boylston, MA — Eighteen year-old Derek Ramstrom, a graduate of the PASS North Series and a Thompson International Speedway weekly Super Late Model racer, will run for rookie of the year honors in the NASCAR Pro Series East for NDS Motorsport’s Waste Management Recycling team’s #35 car this season.

“It’s just amazing,” said Ramstrom, who was the youngest track champion in Thompson International Speedway history , in 2009, winning four races en route to the Super Late Model title. “I really couldn’t ask for a better opportunity than this, NDS Motorsports has fielded competitive cars in the series for many years.” The experience acquired by his time racing at Thompson, which is described by Derek as the largest and fastest short track in New England, has-in his opinion-prepared him to move up to the Pro Series of NASCAR.

Despite his relative youth, Derek notes that he will not be the youngest driver in the Pro Series in the coming season. For instance, 2009 Champion Ryan Truex is only seventeen. Winning the first Pass Late Model Outlaw series championship in 2005 at the age of thirteen, Ramstrom now enters a series that abounds in quality teams supporting some of the most promising young drivers in the nation.
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McKennedy Ready For Modified Racing Series Waterford Blastoff

Waterford, CT — Its been a little over four months since Jonathan McKennedy was honored for his 2009 championship. The trophy is on the mantel, and now it’s time to get back to work. The young charger from E. Chelmsford, (MA), who has fast become a household name in modified racing, is ready for what lies ahead, and so is the race team.

Father, car owner, and crew chief, Dennis McKennedy, said this week the team is eager to get going. “Cars ready, truck’s ready, we plan to run the whole thing, give the championship another shot. That’s the plan right now.”

McKennedy, winner of four races last year, leads the list of entries for this weekends Modified Racing Series, sponsored by Bob Valenti AutoMall.Com, season opener at the historic Waterford Speedbowl, Waterford, (CT). The two-day event kicks off the 60th season of racing at the famed oval. The MRS will compete in a 100 lap green flag race on Sunday.
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25 Years of ACT Racing: 1992 – Hanley Makes It Two in a Row

The Birth of the ACT Late Model Tour

The 1992 seasons saw another dominating performance from ACT Pro Stock Tour Champion Junior Hanley, who won his second straight championship. He earned 10 wins during the season including 3 victories in the first four events. Other winners included Randy MacDonald (4), Robbie Crouch (3), Dave Dion (2), Bob Randall, Kevin Lepage, Rollie MacDonald and Mike Johnson. For the second year in a row Hanley also set the record for the most money earned in a single season with $271,205, topping his $236,505 earned in 1991.

1992 was also the first year of the ACT Late Model Tour, which at the time was called the International Series. It was the third season of the International Series, but the previous two years it was run with the Flying Tigers. The Late Model Sportsmen were introduced in 1992 and Dave Whitcomb claimed the first championship.

Below are two pieces taken from the 1993 ACT Racing Guide. The first is a recap of Junior Hanley’s season on the ACT Pro Stock Tour. The second is a look at Dave Whitcomb’s ACT Late Model Tour “International Series” Championship:

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Thompson Prepares for First of Two Open Practice Sessions

Thompson, CT — The gates to the Thompson International Speedway will swing open for the first time in 2010 this Saturday, March 27th for the first of two scheduled open practice sessions. The track will be open on the 27th and again on April 3rd between the hours of 11 AM and 6 PM. These open practice sessions provide race teams with the opportunity to get valuable track time to dial in their race cars in preparation for the season-opening Icebreaker on the weekend of April 10th and 11th. Icebreaker 2010 will kick off the 70th anniversary season at Thompson and will include the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour along with Thompson’s own Super 6 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series divisions.

Each year, the speedway offers competitors the opportunity to take advantage of valuable track time so that their cars can be race ready for the opening salvo is fired on a brand new racing season. The relaxed atmosphere that exists during these practice sessions allows race teams the time needed to seek an advantage over other competitors. It is for that reason that hundreds of competitors take full advantage of these practice sessions.

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NEAR Seeking Nominations For 2011 New England Auto Racing Hall of Fame

Milldale, CT — Since 1998, the New England Antique Racers (NEAR), has inducted over-100 individuals into its prestigious New England Auto Racing Hall of Fame. The time has come for NEAR to start focusing on it’s next class of inductees, and the club is seeking input from those interested in making an impact on 2011 selections.

“As-always, we’re looking for input from the New England racing community to help aid in the lengthy selection process that we embark-on yearly,” states NEAR’s Bruce Cohen. “It won’t be-long, and the Selection Committee will begin a series of communications that will ultimately result in the choice of individuals included in the HOF class of 2011. It’s important for the racing community to know that while there’s an established-criteria followed regarding eligibility, anyone interested in casting a vote for someone who’s notably contributed to our sport in a historical-sense can certainly do-so. Every vote counts.”

For those wishing to contact Cohen directly with nominations, he may be reached at
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NEMA Lites Series “More Than Ready” For Budweiser Blastoff At Speedbowl

Optimism Thrives As NEMA Lites Series Enters Third Season

Brockton, MA — “The NEMA Lites Series is “more than ready” for this weekend’s opener at the Waterford Speedbowl and we’re looking forward to a banner 2010 season.”

Those were the comments from Lites Series Race Director Steve Grant following a successful test session for the division held recently at the Seekonk Speedway in Massachusetts.

Entering its third-year, the Lites Series is part of the Waterford Speedbowl’s multi-division “Budweiser Blast-Off Weekend” set to go-green on the weekend of March 27 & 28. They’ll run qualifying and a 25-lap feature on Saturday.
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NEMA ‘first timers’ love Speedbowl

Brockton, MA — Thirteen drivers on the club’s all-time win list grabbed their first Northeastern Midget Association victory at Waterford Speedbowl. The list includes four-time champion Ben Seitz, who won the 2004 season opener at the Bowl, and current USAC standout Bobby Santos III whose first-ever Midget triumph came in the 2002 Boston Louie.

A number of drivers including youngsters Chris DeRitis, the 2009 Rookie of the Year, William Wall, John Zych Jr., Chris Leonard and Jesse State, the latter a 2010 Rookie, hope to join that club March 27-28 when NEMA joins the lineup for the Speedbowl’s season-opening Budweiser Blast Off.

DeRitis had two top fives at the Speedbowl in the Power Point Racing #99 last season. He’s moved to a Lou Cicconi entry for 2010. DeRitis had the fastest lap (11 seconds) in last weekend’s testing at Seekonk.
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Richie Pallai, Jr., to Run for Whelen Modified Tour Rookie of the Year Honors in 2010

Stafford Springs, CT — After three full seasons in the SK Modified® ranks at Stafford Motor Speedway, Richie Pallai, Jr. will make the jump up the ladder to the Whelen Modified Tour for the 2010 season and run for Rookie of the Year honors. “The plan is to run the full schedule and try to win Rookie of the Year,” said Pallai.

“It’s all going to come down to the keeping the car and our equipment together. As long as something out of our control doesn’t happen to us, we plan on running the full season.”

Pallai made his Whelen Modified Tour debut at last season’s CARQUEST Fall Final Weekend event at Stafford after he missed the field for the May TSI Harley-Davidson 125 by only .004 seconds. Pallai put in an impressive performance in qualifying by posting the third-fastest time and he then backed up his qualifying performance in the first half of the race before a bad tire in the second half of the race hampered him to a 17th place finish.

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Tom Fearn Looks to be Championship Contender Looks to be Championship Contender with New Car for 2010 Late Model Season at Stafford Motor Speedway

Stafford Springs, CT — In racing, a car can be much like a computer in that there are always newer and better models being produced as time goes on. After finishing the 2009 Late Model season at Stafford Motor Speedway 4th in the points standings with 2 victories, Tom Fearn and the #92 King Ward Coach Lines decided an upgrade was in their future as they look to contend for the track championship this season.

“We went to BFR and we have a brand new tube car for this season,” said Fearn. “This will be the first new car that I’ve had in a long time. We have RAD Automachine power again this year, and I think that working with a new car is really going to help us out this year.”

Fearn joined forces with the Legacy Enterprises owned team for the 2008 season and they finished 6th in points their first season together, but only managed 3 top-5 finishes. Last year, they increased their top-5 count to 9, including two victories, but Fearn feels like there is more for the team to achieve.

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Adam Gray Looks to Build Upon Rookie of the Year Season in Late Model Division at Stafford Motor Speedway

Stafford Springs, CT)—Being a rookie can be a humbling experience, whether is racing or stick and ball sports. This was the case for Adam Gray during the 2009 season at Stafford Speedway. Gray came to Stafford as a rookie after winning 6 races and the track championship at Monadnock Speedway. Gray and his #97 Meadows Motor Car team struggled throughout the first half of the season, but the team began to take flight during the second half of the season and Gray is looking to build upon that success for the 2010 season.

“Last year was a tough year all around for us,” said Gray. “We went from winning a championship to running mid-pack. Before last year I had never driven a tube chassis car, and we went from a track with a ton of banking to a track that is pretty flat. We started off the year doing our own thing with the chassis setup and we struggled with being tight for most of the year. With about 3 races to go, I was ready to pack everything up and wait for 2010, but we decided to take the car to Bob Fill. Bob knows these cars and he knows the track and the setup he gave us really helped out and we had some great runs at the end of the year. We learned a lot last season and I think everything we learned will give us a nice head start on the 2010 season.”

The 2009 season started off slow for Gray and his #97 Meadows Motor Car team, but they picked up steam in the second half of the 2009 season as they scored three top-10 finishes in the last five events of the year and were leading comfortably when a blown engine relegated them to a 25th place finish during the Sept. 25th event. Although their finishes don’t reflect how well the team ran, Gray is pumped up for his second season of Late Model competition at Stafford.

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New Sponsor Steps Up For MRS Waterford Opener

Waterford, CT — The green flag drops on a brand new season Saturday and Sunday March 27,28, as the Modified Racing Series, sponsored by, kicks off a 19 race schedule that will take the tour to five New England states and New York.

Waterford Speedbowl, Waterford, CT., entering its 60th season, will play host to next weekends opener with a strong field of modified race cars expected. Over 30 race teams have already indicated they intend to compete in the “Budweiser Blastoff” inaugural at the famed speedway.

New series sponsor,, vice president Rob Valenti, announced recently his intention to assist race teams entering the season’s first event by generously helping all teams, paying that day’s entry fee.
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Richard “Moon” Burgess Passes at 81

Richard Burgess – DURHAM – Richard “Moon” Burgess, 81, of Durham, beloved husband of Rita Dolores Corradino; father, grandfather, and friend, passed into the loving arms of heaven on Wednesday, March 17, 2010, surrounded by family.

Born Dec. 15, 1928 in a speeding ambulance in Meriden, he was the son of Dorothy and Frances Burgess. A standout stock car driver in the 40’s and 50’s, Moon was inducted into the Riverside Park Speedway Hall of Fame in 1999 and the New England Auto Racing Hall of Fame in 2003. He retired from racing to marry and raise a family, and went on to own and operate Valley Auto Supply in Plantsville, until his retirement in 1989.

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Helliwell Looks to Jump Start Ford Blue Oval Cup Challenge at Waterford

Lee USA Speedway 2009 Champion, Wayne Helliwell, Jr. is looking to get a head start on the other ACT Ford team members in the 2010 season-long campaign. It was announced today by car owner Bruce Bernhardt that the team will head to Waterford Speedbowl for the opening event at the ‘Bowl’ over the weekend of March 27-28.

“We are definitely planning to go to Waterford for the practice on Friday, and if things go as we hope they will, we will plan to run the 50-lap Late Model feature,” said Bernhardt. Waterford is an affiliate track of the American Canadian Tour (ACT) Late Model program. With the ACT system of universal rules, it allows teams from throughout the northeastern United States and Canada to travel to a large number of tracks in the region.

“We are trying to get ready for our season at Lee USA, and we are really looking forward to the opening event when the ACT touring teams begin their season in the New Hampshire Governor’s Cup 150. As defending champions of our home track, we want to try and give the Tour guys all we can. We are also trying to get a head start on the Ford Blue Oval Cup Challenge point fund,” concluded Bernhardt.
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New England Auto Racing Hall of Fame Member Richard “Moon” Burgess Passes-Away

Durham, CT — Pioneering New England stock car racer Richard “Moon” Burgess passed-away on Wednesday, March 17 after suffering a serious stroke earlier in the month.

Burgess started his career in the midgets during the 1940’s, switching to stock cars later in the decade. He competed with success at virtually every track in the region including Thompson, Waterford, Plainville, Riverside Park, Kingston, Candlelight Stadium, Cherry Park, West Haven, and others,

Teamed with car owner Joe Fontana, Burgess experienced his greatest degree of success while behind the controls of the potent “Flying Eagle” #1 coupe.

He retired from the sport in 1953 after a relatively brief but spectacular career in which he won over 200 races including 63 feature events in addition to a track championship.
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