Archive for May, 2010

Tour-Type Modified Shoot Out This Week at Thompson

Thompson, CT — The first of four open competition Tour-Type Modified Shoot Outs will be held this Thursday, June 3, 2010 at the Thompson International Speedway. The much heralded event is expected to attract many of the top Modified race teams from the northeast in what is bound to be an exciting, go for the gusto type of racing spectacular.

Drivers from every major touring division have expressed interest in this unique racing program and are expected to be on hand to compete in qualifying races, a consolation race if necessary, and an all out charge for the 40-lap feature event.

Joining the Tour-Type Modifieds at Thompson this Thursday will be the track’s very own Sunoco Modifieds, Late Models, Limited Sportsman, Thompson Modifieds and Mini Stocks. Qualifying races will be held for all divisions beginning at 6 PM.

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Masse Repeats at Thunder Road

Barre, VT — 20 year old Stephen Masse, Bellingham, MA. captured his second consecutive Memorial Day Classic 100 at the famed Thunder Road International Speedbowl Sunday, May 30th. The race was sanctioned by the Modified Racing Series, sponsored by

Starting fifth in a 24-car field, Masse moved to second by lap nine and then took over the lead from early race leader Todd Annarummo, Swansea, MA on lap 19.

Despite 11-caution periods that slowed the race, Masse opened up sizable leads, several times by large margins, but was never headed. Rob Goodenough, West Swanzey, NH., who started the race in seventh position, finished in the runner up spot followed by Ken Barry, Preston, CT., Kirk Alexander, West Swanzey, NH., and 17 year old Norwich Free Academy student, Max Zachem, Preston, CT. At one point in the race Zachem was joined in the top five by fellow high-schooler Joey Jarvis, Ascutney. Both drivers will graduate from high school in June.

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Rain Stops Monadnock, Twin State Next

Winchester, NH — With Jim Miller and Jeff Horn set to lead the feature to the green, rain ended the Northeastern Midget Association’s return to action Saturday night at Monadnock Speedway.

Officials agreed that twin 25 lap features will be on the agenda when NEMA returns to Monadnock on Saturday night, July 31.

Twin State Speedway in Claremont, NH is next on the agenda, Friday night, June 11.

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Todd Betrand Scores Monadnock NEMA Lites Series Victory, Rain Curtails Full Midget Event

Winchester, NH — Wheeling the Tim Bertrand #48, Todd Betrand defeated a large field of NEMA Lites entries at New Hampshire’s Monadnock Speedway on Saturday evening to score his first feature victory of the season.

Pole-sitter Andy Barrows set the pace for several circuits surviving a number of early-event restarts before spinning and being overtaken by Lanson Fornoro in the Paul Lugelle #00.

Within laps, 2009 NEMA Full Midget champion Randy Cabral moved into the picture, leading for several circuits before exiting with mechanical issues. Following a mid-race restart, Betrand chose the outside in overtaking the leaders, cruising to the 20-lap win.

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Seekonk Speedway Falls to Rain for the Second Time

Seekonk, MA — Just as the final round of practice was about to wind down, the 30% of rain became 100%, and washed out the May 29th event. ARC racing will return on Saturday, June 4th, with the Kraze’s Speed Equipment 30/30 for the Street Stocks. This will put up to 30 Streeters on the speedway for a 30 lap main event. This has become one of the most exciting events on the schedule.

Also on the schedule is the first of four visits for the Pro4 Modifieds. These scaled down versions of the modifieds, using 4 cylinder engines, returns to the track that started it all back in the 1978. Robin Berghman picked up her first ever Pro4 Modified win the last time the class raided The Konk, back st the DAV Fall Classic in 2009. She will be up against many drivers returning to the track they took their first laps at, including Matt Sagar, Brian Vincent, Rob and Dave Richardi, Stan Mertz and Bill Jorres. They will compete in a 25 lap feature, and will compete against Dan Meservey, George Sherman and more.

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Gaydosh enters winner’s circle with SK win; Esposito, Stone and Caron other winners

Waterford, CT — Waterford Speedbowl was in action on Saturday evening as part of their Memorial Day Weekend of events, hosting the visiting ISMA Supermodifieds for a 50-lap race plus a full card of NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing. After waiting out a brief rain delay, racing action saw Newtown’s Justin Gaydosh pick up his first victory of the year in the 35-lap SK Modified® event. Vin Esposito of Seymour wired the 30-lap Bob Valenti Auto Mall Late Model feature, securing his first win of the year. New Haven’s Al Stone III took his second win of the season in the 25-lap Street Stock feature, while Sean Caron of East Hampton also became a two-time winner after taking the 25-lap Norwich Bulletin Mini Stock checkered flag.

A thrilling SK Modified® feature began with Gaydosh setting the early pace of the race with Joe Perry behind in second place. Diego Monahan was third, while a battle for fourth broke out between Mark Bakaj, Shawn Solomito and Rob Janovic Jr. Bakaj won that battle, bringing Janovic with him to make up the top five in the early going. Further back Ron Yuhas Jr., Keith Rocco and Tyler Chadwick were battling in an effort to enter the top ten. After Rocco had just edged ahead to the inside of Yuhas he tangled with Tom Abele Jr. on the front stretch on lap nine, spinning into turn one. Rocco resumed from the rear after pitting for repairs.

Gaydosh resumed his lead on the restart. Janovic went from fifth to third, taking that spot away from Monahan on lap 13. That opened the door for Kyle James and Tyler Chadwick to enter the top five and race their way past Monahan. Yuhas was hot on their tails when the second caution waved later that lap for Jeff Gallup who had spun in turn four.

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Wild Finish in MRS Race at Airborne

Plattsburgh NY — In a wild last lap finish, Les Hinckley, Windsor Locks, CT, unofficially won the 100 lap Modified Racing Series feature at the Airborne Speedway, Plattsburgh, NY, Saturday night May 29, 2010. Hinckley, from his pole starting position led the first 74 laps, setting a torrid pace holding off the constant threats of Todd Annarummo, Swansea, MA and defending series champion, Jon McKennedy, Chelmsford, MA. Unofficially the win by Hinckley is his 12th MRS victory.

Rowan Pennink, Huntingdon Valley, PA, who started 15th in the 25-car field, passed Hinckley on lap 75 and held the top spot, resulting in Hinckley chasing the new leader. Hinckley and Dwight Jarvis, Ascutney, VT pursued Pennink until lap 99, when Hinckley and Pennink made contact racing to the checkered flag resulting in a violent crash at the start-finish line. Both cars came to a halt against the first turn safety barrier, neither driver was injured.

Jarvis settled for third followed by Carl Pasteryak, Libson CT, and Kenny Barry, Preston, CT.

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Santos Secures Second 2010 Win With Stafford Triumph

Swept The Day At Stafford With Pole And Race Wins

Stafford Springs, CT — Bobby Santos edged Jimmy Blewett in a dramatic two-lap dash to the finish to win the TSI Harley-Davidson 125 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race at Stafford Motor Speedway on Friday.

Santos and Blewett battled back-and-forth throughout the late stages of the event, which was extended with two attempts at a green-white-checkered finish due to late-race cautions.

After Santos jumped the final restart on lap 135, he was ordered to let Blewett pull even at the line. Blewett nipped Santos as they took the white flag, but Santos was able to battle back to capture his second win of the season and the third of his career.

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Rocco, Pitkat, Cain, Wray & Casagrande Score May 28th TSI Harley-Davidson 125 Feature Victories at Stafford Speedway

Stafford Springs, CT — Stafford Motor Speedway’s NASCAR Whelen All-American Series divisions were joined on Friday, May 28th by the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour for the 20th Annual TSI Harley-Davidson 125. Keith Rocco continued his winning ways by taking his second consecutive and third overall victory of the 2010 season in the 40-lap SK Modified® feature, Woody Pitkat picked up his second win of 2010 in the 30-lap Late Model feature, Ted Cain picked up his second win of 2010 in the 20-lap SK Light Modified feature, Michael Wray was a first time career winner in the 20-lap Limited Late Model feature, and Kyle Casagrande became the first DARE Stock feature repeat winner of the 2010 season in the 15-lap DARE Stock feature with a last lap pass for the win.

In the 40-lap SK Modified® feature event, Brit Andersen led the first lap of the race, but he gave way to Todd Owen on lap-2. Zach Sylvester and Ted Christopher went for spins with 3 laps complete to bring the caution out. The field completed two more laps before the caution came back out for a spin by Chris Jones. Andersen was sent to the rear of the field for rough riding.

Adam Skowyra and Frank Hirt got together on the restart to bring the yellow back out. Owen continued to hold the lead back under green with Jeff Baral and Eric Berndt side by side for second. Berndt went around in turn 2 to bring the yellow back out with 8 laps complete. On the restart, Baral powered his way past Owen to take over the lead. Baral and Mark Bakaj were side by side for second place and on lap-11 Bakaj got loose, which backed up the entire field and allowed Baral to pull out to a large lead. With Bakaj’s misfortune, Frank Ruocco was now into second, Keith Rocco was third, Owen was fourth and Bakaj fell back to fifth.

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QUALIFYING: Santos Takes Pole At Stafford

Ties record with third consecutive pole this season

Stafford Springs, CT — Bobby Santos is on a rail this season in the Mystic Missle Dodge. He is three-for-three in time trials after setting the fast mark of 18.090 seconds (99.502 mph) in NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour qualifying for the TSI Harley-Davidson 125 at Stafford Motor Speedway on Friday.

In winning his third consecutive pole to start the season, Santos tied the mark set last year by Ted Christopher.

Santos edged Chuck Hossfeld for the top spot in qualifying on Friday. They were followed by Ron Silk, Rob Summers and George Brunnhoelzl III. Completing the top 10 were Richie Pallai Jr., Eric Bendt, Justin Bonsignore, Christopher and Jimmy Blewett.

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PRACTICE: Santos On Top With Limited Laps

Fastest among 33 cars at Stafford Motor Speedway

Stafford Springs, CT — Bobby Santos was fastest among 33 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour competitors taking to the track on Friday during practice for the TSI Harley-Davidson 125 at Stafford Motor Speedway.

Despite only running seven laps, Santos registered the fastest time of the session with a lap of 18.145 seconds (99.201 mph) in the Mystic Missile Dodge.

Santos, who has the early lead in the championship standings with two races complete, won the pole when the tour visited Stafford earlier this month.
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Rocco Scores Sunoco Mod Victory at Thompson; Monahan Dominates Limited 50-Lapper; Banfield, Gentes, McDermott, & Churchill Also Victorious

Thompson, CT — On Thursday Night Thompson Thunder at Thompson International Speedway the Limited Sportsman division shared the limelight with the headlining Sunoco Modifieds. Two colorful personalities were victorious on the special night. Keith Rocco of Wallingford, CT, earned his second win of the 2010 season in the Sunoco Modified division. Shawn Monahan of Waterford, CT, took a commanding win in the annual extra distance event for the Limited Sportsman division.

Jim Banfield of S. Glastonbury, CT, wired the field to score a hard-fought victory in the Super Late Models. Rick Gentes of Woonsocket, RI, took top honors in a wild Late Model event while Cam “Keith” McDermott of Scituate, RI, was victorious in the TIS Modifieds. Randy Churchill, Jr., of Oakdale, CT, was awarded the victory in the Mini Stocks following post-race technical inspection.

Keith Rocco of Wallingford, CT, continued his prowess in NASCAR Whelen All-American Series action in Connecticut with a Sunoco Modified victory at Thompson. Danny Cates took over the top spot from pole sitter Tim Sullivan to set the pace in the early going of the main event. The action got hot-and-heavy immediately. Rocco dove low on Christopher and Ronnie Silk to make it three-wide in the opening laps. Silk backed out and Rocco was able to advance two positions in turn one. Rocco easily drove past Sullivan and into the second spot. Rocco immediately ran down Cates. Rocco looked low on Cates on successive laps; to no avail.

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PASS Sportsman Division Headlines Opening Day at Spud Speedway

Caribou, ME — The Pro All Stars Series (PASS) Sportsman division will travel to the crown of Maine this Sunday May 30 for their first visit to Caribou’s Spud Speedway, and the PASS teams are looking forward to the challenge of competing on a new race track..

The PASS Sportsman racers kicked off their 2010 season at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway on May 1st and 2009 series champion Carey Martin took down the win over Mike Landry, the driver that chased Martin all summer long in the 2009 points race. Landry came up only two points shy of the title when the final checker of 2009 flew. Expect this pair and many more to do battle with Spuds own Coca Cola Super Street regulars in a 75 green flag lap contest that’s sure to keep race fans on the edge of their seats.

Joining the PASS Sportsman and Coca Cola Super Streets on the schedule will be Spuds Young Guns, Northern Lights, Fast Fours, Street Stock and Late Model Sportsman divisions for a thrilling six division opening day card.

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Flannery wins sixth consecutive Legends Cars race; Grala, Corey, Thomas and Civardi other Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday winners

Waterford, CT — Under warm and sunny skies, the Waterford Speedbowl completed Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday with more great racing from the mid-week warriors. Anthony Flannery of East Hampton matched the weather and continued his hot streak, winning his sixth straight Legends Cars victory including all four Wednesday events held in 2010. Kaz Grala of Westborough, Massachusetts was the winner of the Bandolero race, Rob Corey of South Windsor won the Super X-Car race and Glen Thomas Jr. of Groton checkered the X-Car event.

Giovanni Giarratana was the leader from the green flag in the 20-lapper for the Legends Cars. He raced ahead of Dennis Pantani, Ed Field, Dana Dimatteo and Anthony Flannery in the opening laps. Flannery tucked under Dimatteo for the fourth spot on lap five, and Alessandro Vitelli pulled up from the sixth spot to join the top five in a breakaway from the field.

Flannery continued marching forward, racing under Field on lap seven to take over third place. Caution waved just one lap later for newcomer Matt Carpenter who spun in turn four. Flannery went by Pantani for second on the restart, but only two laps could be completed when Mike Beebe spun out of turn two and collected others, including Joey Campbell.

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Seekonk Speedway kicks off summer season with Memorial Weekend Thrill Show

Seekonk, MA — On Sunday, May 30, Seekonk Speedway kicks off the unofficial start of summer with their annual Memorial Day celebration. Kicking off at 5pm will be the first Spectator Drag of the season, pitting 2 cars racing around the third mile oval in a single elimination match. Catch the imports vs. domestics, 4 cyl vs. V8, Ford vs. Chevy. This will go until there are only 2 cars left, and a two lap battle for supremacy.

The Pure Stocks will make run their season opener in a 25 lap feature. The Pure Stocks headline the Fast Friday series, which kicks off on Friday, June 4.

Also on the schedule will be the ever popular Enduro Drags, which will be several cars competing at the same time in a one lap, single elimination round, down to the last few. Contact is recommended and is usually the norm. There will also be Enduro racing for cars and trucks. Topping off the action will be the ever popular Figure 8 racing. Cars and trucks will tackle the center of the X, and the ramps in all 4 corners.

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Thunder Road Features Twin 100’s in Memorial Day Classic

Mekkelsen RV will present the 48th annual Memorial Day Classic at Thunder Road Speedbowl in Barre, VT this Sunday, May 30. For the third year the Modified Racing Series (MRS), presented by Bob Valenti AutoMall, will join the American Canadian Tour (ACT) Thunder Road Late Models in the twin bill. Each division will race 100 lap features.

The Memorial Day tradition has been going on at the high-banked oval for nearly half a century. Beginning in 1961, the list of winners is a great tribute to some of the men who helped build stock car racing in the northeast. That tradition continues this Memorial weekend.

A favorite to repeat his win from last season’s Memorial Day Classic is David Pembroke from Middlesex, Vermont. “I guess we have some momentum after our win at Devil’s Bowl last weekend, but this Memorial Day race is really a tough one to win. There are so many capable teams that run in championship form at Thunder Road, and they all want to be on that granite monument behind the tower,” said two-time winner Pembroke.

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Speedbowl Continues Capital Improvement Projects

Waterford, CT — Waterford Speedbowl management continues to press forward with facility upgrade projects during the track’s 60th anniversary season.

As fans and racers alike arrive at southeastern Connecticut’s center of speed for this weekend’s events, they will notice several tons of asphalt millings spread and rolled throughout the facility. The primary driveway entering the property from Route 85, the driveway leading to the North Pit area behind turns one and two, and a portion of the North Pit area will receive the treatment. In addition, the handicap accessible and VIP parking areas will also be rolled with the product.

“We are continuing our commitment to our racers and fans with projects to improve the facility” offered track owner and promoter Terry Eames. “We hope this makes the fan and racer experience at the Speedbowl that much more enjoyable and convenient.”

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Bonus Added to Tour-Type Modified Race at Thompson

Thompson, CT — More than two thousand dollars have been added to the June 3rd Tour-Type Modified race at Thompson. Each competitor will all have an equal chance to pick up some of the additional money due to the unique way this program will work.

Brad LaFontaine, of Northeast Race Cars and Parts, organized the effort to raise the additional money and has asked that it be distributed to competitors through random drawings of all competing car numbers. Each lap will be worth at least $50.00 in cash or gift cards with lap four offering a $100.00 fuel gift card. In addition, a special $50.00 gift card will be given to a competitor who will be selected by officials at the conclusion of the event.

“I really don’t want to call this lap money, said LaFontaine. It is bonus money and everyone in the race will have a chance to win some of it. The only exception to this is the special ½ way award. At the half way point in the race (20th lap), the leader will receive a bonus certificate which is being offered by Pro Shocks. I think this approach will provide an additional incentive to every competitor in the 40-lap shoot out,” concluded LaFontaine.

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NEMA’s Leonard Eyes Success at Monadnock

Brockton, MA — Only eight times in the Northeastern Midget Association’s 58-year old history has a driver won the first two races of a season. Chris Leonard hopes to make it nine when NEMA returns to action Saturday night (May 29) at Monadnock Speedway.

The “Lites” will be on hand as well as NEMA gets back into action after a long layoff. Leonard was the winner way back on March 28 at Waterford Speedbowl.

The Pelham, NH product hopes to join an impressive group that includes two-time defending champion Randy Cabral. The popular Cabral drove Tim Bertrand’s #47 to victory in the first two races of 2008 and ’09.

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New Hampshire Motor Speedway “Magic Mile” Fan Favorite No. 2

Lady Luck Shines as Hometown Driver and Crew Chief Make NASCAR History

Loudon, NH — The sun may not have been shining, but lady luck sure was smiling down on Joey Logano, who became the youngest driver ever to win a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, when he took a soggy checkered flag at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in 2009. A fitting first win too, because NHMS is his hometown track.

Logano, a Middletown, Conn. native watched his first race at the “Magic Mile,” made his first Sprint Cup Series start here, and as fate would have it won his first race in NASCAR’s top series at NHMS.

With a risky, but brilliant pit strategy led by a fellow New Englander, Crew Chief Greg Zipadelli, the No. 20 team was able to fight back from a blown tire and lead the pack when it counted the most.

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Change Made to SK Modified® Order of Finish from May 21st Whelen All-American Series Program at Stafford Speedway

Stafford Springs, CT — Following post race technical inspection from the May 21st NASCAR Whelen All-American Series feature events at Stafford Motor Speedway, the following change has been made to the official SK Modified® order of finish.

Unofficial SK Modified® third place finisher Ryan Preece was penalized for a rules infraction. Preece’s car did not meet the minimum frame height requirement and he was penalized from his finishing position of 3rd place to the last place finishing position of 25th.

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Shawn Buffington Wins First New Hampshire Motor Speedway U.S. Legend Car Invitational

Loudon, NH — When Bruton Smith, Chairman and CEO of Speedway Motorsports Inc., bought New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Directors Terry Kirk and Todd Beaulieu of Nelcar knew this could be their step in the door to get Legends at the most popular racetrack in New England, New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Through many talks with the Speedway and hosting a Legends booth during NASCAR weekends, they were making progress into getting Legends on the famed racetrack.

Now, two years later, the goal has been accomplished with the first ever Legends Car race at NHMS. It was held on the 1.6 mile road course during the popular Vintage Celebration weekend. For 15 laps, 16 of the best Legends Car drivers in New England took to the course, many with no prior road racing experience. With the difficulty of many shifting points and turning both left and right, the drivers quickly adapted to the challenges and put on a great show.

During practice, which doubled as qualifying as well, for many drivers it was only their first time turning right in a race car. While the tracks unique layout was tough on the drivers, there were only a few incidents throughout practice and the drivers were all confident that they were well enough adapted to the road racing to put on a good 15 lap show. When the second round of practice was over, it was the 399 of Bob Weymouth who ran the quickest time through practice and would start his car from the pole position.

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Johnny Clark Conquers White Mountain

Naples, ME — Johnny Clark charged from deep in the field and made his way past race leader Richie Dearborn on lap 111 to capture the win in Saturday night’s Pro All Stars Series 150 at North Woodstock New Hampshire’s White Mountain Motorsports Park. The defending series champion started the event in 17th and did a masterful job of working his way to the front without much help from the caution flag. It was Clark’s first ever win at White Mountain, a track that he has tried to conquer for twelve seasons.

Louie Mechalides made a successful return to PASS with a second place run and early leader Trevor Sanborn had to settle for third. Mike and Ben Rowe were fourth and fifth respectively.

It looked like series veteran Richie Dearborn might pick up where he left off last fall at White Mountain, the site of his last PASS victory. Dearborn snatched the lead from pole sitter Randy Turner on lap two and looked comfortable out in front for over fifty laps until Trevor Sanborn charged to the lead. Sanborn led at the half way mark with Dearborn in close pursuit, but Johnny Clark was already lurking in third after a hard charge up the outside to get in contention. Mechalides was riding in fourth with Ben Rowe fifth.

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Speedbowl Celebrates Memorial Day Weekend with four events

Waterford, CT — Waterford Speedbowl is ready for a blockbuster Memorial Day celebration, hosting four events in five days over the coming week. It all starts with ‘Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday’ on May 26 and continues with a special edition of ‘The Show and Go at the ‘Bowl’ on Friday, May 28. It wraps up with back-to-back evenings of extremes on Saturday and Sunday, May 29 and 30. Extreme speed will be on display Saturday when the ISMA Supermodifieds return for their first New England appearance of 2010. Sunday evening’s Memorial Day Madness showcases all the thrills and spills any family needs to close out their holiday weekend with a smash. Affordable family fun is a common theme during the week, as always with the ‘Bowl.

‘Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday’ action has already heated up this year, providing fans with the affordable racing entertainment the night has become known for. Fifteen year old Anthony Flannery is undefeated in Legends Cars racing on Wednesdays and is the current championship point leader. The Super X-Car and X-Car divisions have staged great battles in their early season events, often featuring late race lead changes and exciting two and three wide racing. The action begins at 7:00pm on May 26, with gates opening at 5:30pm. Adult admission is just $7 with all youth 14 and under absolutely free to make for the most affordable family entertainment outing the region has to offer.

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Westboro Speedway Reunion 2010

Former drivers, officials and fans of the Westboro Speedway gathered at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Westboro for the third reunion on Saturday.  Although 25 years have passed since the final checkered flag fell on Westboro, people still recall fondly their Saturday nights spent at the historic Rt. 9 speedplant.

Before the sound of horsepower was silenced by urban sprawl for a shopping center, Westboro Speedway operated between 1947-1985. Originally built for Midget racing, the high-banked 1/4 mile oval saw its first race on  August 5, 1947 when Joe Sostilio picked up the Midget win. Until the track closed in September 1985, the track hosted open wheel Modifieds, Mini Modifieds, Supermodifieds and Stock Cars.

Many hall of fame drivers were successful at Westboro throughout its storied history. A showcase venue for Midgets, stars like Bert Brooks, Joe Csiki and Dave Humphrey all excelled there. Racers from the dangerous Cutdown era included Red Bolduc, Red Cummings, Hop Harrington, Fred Luchesi. Fred Borden was the all-time winner there. A staple of the Modified circuit for many seasons, victory lane saw Ronnie Bouchard, Fats Caruso, Leo Cleary,  George Savary, Fred Schulz, and Bugs Stevens win on many occasions.

Westboro’s place in history is secure as longtime owner and promoter John Falconi, Sr. is a NEAR Hall of Fame inductee along with some  of the drivers and owners that made “The Fastest Quarter-Mile in the East” their home for many years.

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Big Holiday Weekend For Modified Racing Series

Plattsburgh, N.Y. – Keeping with the tradition of being the biggest motorsports weekend of the season, New England’s Modified Racing Series, sponsored by Bob Valenti, will spend the Memorial Day holiday weekend, competing in two states in two days. It’s the first time race events have been scheduled back-to-back by the touring series. 100 lap green flag races will be run at both venues.

Airborne Speedway, Plattsburgh, NY., will host the series on Saturday, May 29., for the first time. Series drivers expected to enter the “U.S. Army, Greg Atkins Logging and Taylor Rental 100,” include 2009 series champion Jon McKennedy, E.Chelmsford, MA., 2006 series champion Dwight Jarvis, Ascutney, VT., long time modified driver Carl Pasteryak, Lisbon, CT., recent Albany-Saratoga Speedway winner, Rowan Pennink, Huntingdon Valley, PA., 2009 Koszela Speed Rookie of the Year, Jacob Dore, Sanford, ME., and Kenny Barry, Preston, CT. to name a few. Saturday’s race program gets underway at 5 P.M.

Sunday, May 30, the action shifts to the famed Thunder Road International Speedbowl, Barre, VT., for the running of the Mekkelsen RV Memorial Day Classic, the third appearance there by the MRS. McKennedy, Dwight Jarvis, Pennink, Dore, and Barry are all expected to enter the Sunday program.

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Kraze Korlacki Speed Equipment & Seekonk Speedway Announce Special Event

Seekonk, MA — Kraze Korlacki Speed Equipment and Seekonk Speedway jointly announce a special race event- RACING AGAINST BREAST CANCER. This special race event is coordinated through the American Cancer Society, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, and the Racing Against Cancer Team. The event is scheduled for Saturday October 2, 2010 with a rain date of Sunday October 3, 2010.

“Seekonk Speedway is honored to host this special event to support the fight against breast cancer”, says Francis Venditti, Seekonk Speedway General Manager. Headlining this exciting racing event is a 100 lap super modified race by the International Super Modified Association (ISMA).

“We are excited about our return to Seekonk Speedway after a five year absence and look forward to the opportunity to participate towards such a worthy cause”, says ISMA President Howie Lane. Also in competition for the first time ever at Seekonk Speedway is the small block super modifieds from Lee USA Speedway. “Having both ISMA and the Lee USA Speedway small block super modifieds competing in separate events, should make for a very entertaining racing event”, says race promoter Gary Sagar.

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St. Germain Wins First NETS Race

Winchester, NH — John St. Germain #14 wins New England Truck Series first feature event at Monadnock Speedway in Winchester, NH on Saturday, May 22. St. Germain finished third in the heat with Gee Perry # 83

finishing first. With our rule of redraw top four from the heat race, starting feature line up placed Gee Perry #83 starting fourth in the feature with St. Germain #14 starting on the pole.

The New England Truck Series ran a 20-lap feature event. St. Germain of West Sand Lake, NY who drives the #14 sponsored by DMS Wraps was on the pole with Greg Butler of East Hampton, CT driving the # 85 East Hampton Auto Parts, Storm Tech Cottman Transmission of Portland next to him. The #3 Chevy Truck driven by Derick Chriss, attempted to start the feature on the track only to break down with ignition problems, which delayed the start of the race while a tow truck pushed the truck into the pits ending his night of racing. At the drop of the green flag, St. Germain took the lead with the #85 Greg Butler Truck coming out of turn two falling back between the field of trucks ending up in the rear by turn three. Mean time the #83 of Gee Perry FEB Construction truck with a tight pack raced ahead of the Ford Sponsored EJP Homes Backup truck of Andy Lindeman #12 positioning himself in second by lap two. The #33 sponsored East Hampton Auto Parts Chevy of Dan Butler moved up into fourth position passing his brother coming out of turn four as the #85 Chevy of Greg Butler, which he pulled into the infield with transmission problems that ended his night.

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Martin, Casper, Estrella and Lineham pick up Seekonk Checkers

Seekonk, MA — On Saturday night, The Radical One returned to Pro Stock victory lane for the first time since 2006, holding off challenges from Dave Darling and Fred Astle over the final restarts. John Dabrowski took the lead on the initial green from pole sitter Phil Meany, and led the first six laps before the first caution came out for Dave Hutchins who slowed in turn two. Martin had already moved into the runner up spot, and lined up aside John. Rick took the lead over on lap 8, and started to open up his lead over Dabrowski. The second caution came out on lap 14 when Hutchins and Kyle Casper tangled in turn 2.

Over the next dozen laps, Martin continued to set the pace, while Mike Brightman led the charge to catch Martin. He hung on to second until Dave Darling moved underneath and took over second just before the caution came out for Scott Dion, who spun in turn 2. Kevin Casper was penalized for the assist.

With Brightman being penalized two positions for jumping the previous restart, Astle and Ryan Vanasse moved into third and fourth on the restart. Astle took over second after moving under Darling as they came back up to speed and set his sights on Martin. A final restart on lap 32 would give Astle a shot at a side by side battle.

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Pembroke Wins at Devil’s Bowl

Montpelier’s Dave Pembroke took the win in the Thunder Road Late Models 100 lap event at the freshly paved Devils Bowl Speedway in West Haven, VT on Sunday, May 23. Pembroke battled side-by-side with hometown favorite Mike Bruno of Rutland, VT for the majority of the race, which was the season opener for Devils Bowl and also the opening event in the Thunder Road Late Models 2010 championship campaign.

Pembroke took the lead on lap 14 after starting in the 3rd position before swapping the lead with Bruno, who started 7th for the remainder of the event. Pembroke broke away from Bruno several times while working through lap traffic but Bruno reeled him in each time, but didn’t have enough to complete the pass. Pembroke and Bruno were followed to the line by pole-sitter Tracie Bellerose, Brent Dragon and Joey Becker completing the top five. Senator Phil Scott, Nick Sweet, Mike Bailey, Tony Andrews, and rookie Chris Riendeau rounded out the top ten.

The 100 lap event was slowed by six cautions including a red flag for a Grant Folsom flip on the front stretch. The race was completed in just over 1 hour, 12 minutes. Sixteen of the twenty-six starters were on the track for the checkered flag.

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