Archive for March 19th, 2010

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 BobValentiAutoMall.com, 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, BobValentiAutoMall.com, 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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