Archive for May 19th, 2010

Flannery takes fifth straight Legends Cars Victory; Martin, Yagmin, Williams and Brouwer also Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday winners

Waterford, CT — The Waterford Speedbowl again beat out Mother Nature this Wednesday evening with a five-division Wild ‘n Wacky racing program. Anthony Flannery of East Hampton won his fifth straight Legends Cars victory at the track and has claimed all three Wednesday events held this season. Taylor Martin of New Hampshire won her second straight Bandolero race. Defending champions John Yagmin of Tolland and Patrick Williams of Middletown won the Super X-Car and X-Car events respectively, while it was Waterford native Richard ‘Bubby’ Brouwer winning the X-Modified race.

The 20-lap Legends Cars event started with trouble on the opening lap among the leaders. Down the backstretch after taking the green flag, Carl Blandina dropped off the pace from the third position. The field stacked up behind him, collecting third place points contender Giovanni Giarratana.

Flannery took charge when the race restarted. He used the outside lane to power through the top four and take over the lead from Ed Field on lap three. Field settled into second position, with Jason Palmer in third and Dana Dimatteo in fourth. The top four runners opened up some distance from the competition as the race remained under green through halfway at lap 10. Field began to close back in on Flannery’s bumper looking strong. Caution waved when Peter Portante spun between turns one and two on lap 13.

[Photo Gallery} by Nicholas Teto

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New Hampshire Motor Speedway and NASCAR Celebrate 20 Years of Firsts

Loudon, NH — Tommy Ellis was the first to hoist a NASCAR trophy in 1990 and Rusty Wallace was the first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver to celebrate in victory lane that hot July day in 1993. From green flag to checkered drivers, crews, and fans have enjoyed a “magical” partnership between New Hampshire Motor Speedway and NASCAR.

This year the speedway will celebrate “20 Years of Motorsports Magic,” with some of racing’s most recognized figures, as drivers past and present celebrate the milestone and take a look back at just how far NHMS has come in such a short period of time. They joined dozens of race fans in Loudon today to celebrate the 20th Anniversary.

“Bob Bahre knew that there were NASCAR fans in the northeast,” said Jerry Gappens, executive vice president and general manager of New Hampshire Motor Speedway. NHMS was New England’s field of dreams, he knew that if he built it they would come, and it’s exciting to celebrate the past 20 years.”

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Airborne Spring Green Rescheduled

ACT Announces July 10 Rained Out Spring Green Date

Officials from the American Canadian Tour (ACT) and Airborne Speedway announced today that the makeup date for the highly- anticipated Tour date will be Saturday, July 10, 2010. The Furniture World of Vermont Spring Green was scheduled to be run on May 8, but became the third rain-out on the early ACT schedule.

“We appreciate Mike (Perrotte, Promoter of Airborne) working to make this happen. Every team on the American Canadian Tour was looking forward to coming back to Airborne after the great success last year with the re-make of the facility”, said former Airborne owner and President of ACT Tom Curley.

The ½ mile was completely re-designed in 2009 and provided about the perfect track for ACT Late Model racing. During last fall’s running of the Fall Foliage 300, 19 different lead changes among five different drivers provided a great event for fans and competitors.

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