Archive for June 18th, 2010

Speedbowl Competitors receiving attention in national NASCAR standings

Waterford, CT — Waterford Speedbowl competitors representing multiple divisions at the track currently enjoy success on a national level in NASCAR’s Whelen All-American Series program. The program awards points based upon a driver’s performances in each race event held, with competitors at NASCAR tracks across the country in competition against one another for national accolades and bragging rights. The number of cars competing in each race event factor in to the points awarded, and drivers earn bonus points for each win they post.

Keith Rocco of Wallingford competes at the Speedbowl in the track’s SK Modified® class. Rocco has won five of the nine events staged at the Speedbowl thus far in 2010 and is the current point leader for both the Speedbowl and the national NASCAR Whelen All-American Series standings. He also competes in the division at Thompson International Speedway and Stafford Motor Speedway, both in Connecticut, where he’s achieved additional success to add to his totals in the NASCAR standings. In all, Rocco has won 11 of the 20 race events he has competed in at the three tracks this season. Last year Rocco finished runner-up in the overall NASCAR standings. Currently, three competitors at I-80 Speedway in Nebraska trail him in the standings. Rocco’s hot start to the season puts him in the driver’s seat nationally, setting the bar for others to match.

In addition to Rocco, the leaders of the Speedbowl’s Street Stock and Norwich Bulletin Mini Stock division standings are also in contention nationally. New for 2010, NASCAR recognizes and awards points in the Whelen All-American Series support divisions at short tracks across the country. A track may designate up to four eligible support divisions in the program.

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Show Them the Money!

LOUDON, N.H. — The drivers race for the checkered flag, but you can’t spell checkered without “check!” Victory Lane is a sweet reward, but when you win a race you also win some pretty serious cash. Winning drivers at New Hampshire Motor Speedway this month will share a purse of $6,695,332 in total prize money.

“These are the elite drivers of their sport and it doesn’t get the headlines, but there is a substantial amount of prize money at stake at all of the NASCAR races,” says executive vice president and general manager, Jerry Gappens. “We are proud to host four major NASCAR divisions at ‘The Magic Mile’ and we offer some of the most lucrative purses in our sport.”

The team expenses for auto racing are greater than any other major sport in the U.S., and often these dollars go right back into the car the very next weekend. Sometimes today’s prize is tomorrow’s race fuel.

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New Hampshire Motor Speedway and American Red Cross Are Revved Up For Second Annual Blood Drive

Loudon, NH — Every two seconds in the U.S. someone needs blood. The American Red Cross and New Hampshire Motor Speedway are asking fans throughout New England to find their inner hero by donating blood in Concord, N.H. on Wednesday, June 23.

This year all presenting donors will receive a specially designed New Hampshire Motor Speedway 250 blood donor tee-shirt, just in time for the thrilling NASCAR weekend at “The Magic Mile.”

So get your motor running and help save a life. Schedule an appointment today. The blood drive will be held at the Grappone Conference Center at 70 Constitution Avenue Concord, N.H. on Wednesday, June 23 from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

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A Father’s Lessons

As I prepared my sermon for Father’s Day I reflected on some of the lessons I learned at my Father’s knee. I wondered how many of us know what we know because our father put it there? What did you learn from your Father? Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

My dad taught me to drive at an early age. I think the first time he let me move the truck I could barely reach the pedals. Granted I didn’t start it, but I did press in the clutch and let it roll a few yards.

I remember sitting in his lap with my hands on the wheel. It was a blue Ford Galaxy we had named Ole Betsy. I would steer from one side of the road to the other, he would correct it just as I was getting to the edge.

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