Archive for June 21st, 2010

NASCAR Sprint Cup Race Winner Keselowski enters TD Bank 250

Oxford, ME — Brad Keselowski, who pilots the number 12 car for Penske Motorsports in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, has announced his entry in the TD Bank 250 at Oxford Plains Speedway on July 18.

Qualifying for the famed race begins at 2 pm on race day, with the main event scheduled for 6:30. Keselowski emerged as a force in the NASCAR Nationwide Series in 2008 while driving for Dale Earnhardt, Jr’s JR Motorsports. He finished third in points that year notching two wins. He followed up that effort with a third place finish in the Nationwide Series points in 2009.

His success in the Nationwide Series led to a ride in the Sprint Cup, which he capitalized on with a win at Talladega. His Talladega win was the defining moment of his young career. In 2010, Brad is running both a full Nationwide Series schedule in addition to his Sprint Cup duties.

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Statistical Advance: LENOX Industrial Tools 301 At New Hampshire Motor Speedway

Daytona Beach, FL — Below is a look at some of the top statistical performers at New Hampshire Motor Speedway going into the LENOX Industrial Tools 301 on June 27.

NEW HAMPSHIRE-SPECIFIC STATISTICS
Clint Bowyer (No. 33 Cheerios/Hamburger Helper Chevrolet)
• Enters New Hampshire 14th in points
• One win, one top five, two top 10s; one pole
• Average finish of 19.1
• Driver Rating of 89.0, 13th-best
• 116 Fastest Laps Run, seventh-most
• Average Green Flag Speed of 123.962 mph, eighth-fastest

Jeff Burton (No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet)
• Eighth in points
• Four wins, eight top fives, 13 top 10s
• Average finish of 13.5
• Average Running Position of 12.8, seventh-best
• Driver Rating of 91.5, ninth-best
• 497 Green Flag Passes, 11th-most
• 1,979 Laps in the Top 15 (66.7%), seventh-most
• 229 Quality Passes, 11th-most

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It’s Here: 2010 ‘Race To The Chase’

Begins At New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Ends At Richmond International Raceway
10-Race Stretch Sets Field For ‘Chase For The NASCAR Sprint Cup’

Daytona Beach, FL – Securing a spot in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup means doing the math: 10 tracks plus 10 weeks equals intense competition.

The “Race to the Chase” – the 10-week stretch that begins Sunday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and ends Saturday, Sept. 11 at Richmond International Raceway – determines the lineup for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.

After race No. 26 at Richmond, the top 12 drivers in the standings compete for the NASCAR Sprint Cup title during the final 10 events.

They lock down those spots during the Race to the Chase, a summer gauntlet that includes many highlights, notably the traditional Fourth of July weekend race at Daytona International Speedway and the Brickyard 400 at historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

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Ordway Jr. Joins Lee USA NEMA Field

Brockton, MA — Mike Ordway Jr. will be in the Bertrand #39 for Friday night’s Northeastern Midget Association event at Lee USA Speedway. Ordway brings a strong resume to the ride.

Pointing out the 2005 350-Super champion “studies Lee USA Speedway like a quintessential student,” owner Tim Bertrand called the second generation driver “a great choice.”

The NEMA Lites will be on hand as well in what will be the club’s only visit to Lee this season.

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Attention Race Fans: Bring Your Coolers, Cans, and Snacks But Please Leave Your Vuvuzela at Home!

Loudon, NH — Race fans coming for this week’s LENOX Industrial Tools 301 events can bring their favorite Coca-Cola products, beer, and tailgating food and snacks; but leave the vuvuzelas at home!

If you’ve watched even five minutes of World Cup soccer, you’ve no doubt heard the droning sound of horns coming from the stands. The vuvuzela, a South African tradition is the long horn fans use throughout the matches. Good for soccer, not so good for “The Magic Mile.”

New Hampshire Motor Speedway executive vice president and general manager Jerry Gappens announced today that the track is banning those annoying noisemakers in the grandstand seating areas. In fact, Gappens will conduct a ceremonial destruction of vuvuzelas during pre-race ceremonies Sunday.

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News & Notes: Magic Mile Up Next For Mods

Often regarded as the highlight event of New Hampshire Motor Speedway’s race weekends, the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will make the first of its two annual trips to Loudon, N.H., for the New England 100 on June 26.

The Whelen Modified Tour and NHMS have been a match made in heaven since the inaugural event at the 1.058-mile oval in September 1990. With its long straightaways that produce drafting unique to the Whelen Modifieds, the races feature an abundance of lead changes, often with multiple passes per lap.

The Whelen Modified Tour’s race in Loudon last September marked the 50th all-time Tour event at the “Magic Mile,” which is more than any facility outside of the state of Connecticut.

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News & Notes: K&N Pro Series East Heads To New Hampshire For New England 125

As the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East heads to New Hampshire Motor Speedway for the first of two races on the 2010 schedule, Eddie MacDonald has to be smiling.

For a number of reasons, the annual stops for the K&N Pro Series East at the Loudon, N.H., track are the highlight of MacDonald’s season. For starters, the “Magic Mile” is a mere 90-minute drive from his hometown of Rowley, Mass. But MacDonald would surely drive across the country just to experience the success he’s had in his back yard.

MacDonald and the No. 71 Grimm Construction Chevrolet team has won three of the last four races at New Hampshire. The run started with a sweep of the summer and fall races in 2008, and a return to Victory Lane in the second race a year ago. No driver has experienced that level of success in Loudon since Brad Leighton captured three-in-a-row in 2001-02.

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Danica Patrick Brings Fire in Her Eyes and Top 10 Streak to New Hampshire

Don’t let the stilettos and Sports Illustrated Swimsuit edition photo spread fool you; Danica Patrick is a race car driver first and foremost.

Indy car racing’s most popular driver has been on one hot top-10 streak the past four weeks. After a sixth-place finish in the Indianapolis 500, she fired back with a near win during the race at Texas, finishing second, and drove a 10th place finish at Iowa this past weekend.

She will be back behind the wheel of the No. 7 Go Daddy Chevrolet for JR Motorsports and team owner Dale Earnhardt, Jr. this Saturday for the New England 200 here at “The Magic Mile,” after a four month hiatus from NASCAR.

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PASS North Hat Trick for Johnny Clark

Three in a Row for Johnny Clark

Naples ME — Johnny Clark returned to home turf Sunday for the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) Fathers’ Day 150 at Unity (ME) Raceway and he wasted little time getting to the front of the field to earn his third PASS North Super Late Model victory in a row. Starting 11th on the gird, Clark took the lead on lap 36 and kept the pack in his rear view mirror the rest of the way.

Trevor Sanborn kept Clark honest, dogging the defending series champ right to the checkers before settling for second. Ben Rowe chased Clark and Sanborn to the stripe in third and Gary Smith had his best result t of 2010 with a fourth place run. Cassius Clark completed the top five.

Louie Mechalides and Scott Chubbuck started on the front row and the pair was fast from the get go but Chubbuck’s shot at another Unity win came up short early with a flat tire on lap nine. Mechalides took a wild ride off turn one on a lap 71 restart; the impact tore the body from Mechalides mount but the journeyman racer climbed from the wreck under his own power.

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Landry Wins PASS Sportsman; Family Feud: Oliveira Breaks Through with PASS Mod Win

Naples, ME — Sunday’s racing card at Unity (ME) Raceway featured all three of the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) North touring divisions and some great racing broke out in both the Sportsman and Mod features, punctuated by some serious bouts of yellow fever.

Mike Landry claimed his first feature win of the season, passing “Cousin Dan” McKeage on the 75 lap feature’s final restart for the race lead. Shane Tatro raced home in third; Scott Dorr and Craig Smith finish fourth and fifth.

Brad Bellows looked like he might go home with the winner’s trophy early on. He and Landry battled for the lead for the first forty laps until Bellow’s ride expired and retired on lap 41. Meanwhile Dan McKeage was working his way through the field, inheriting second when Bellows made his exit. For the final 35 laps it was a battle up front with Landry, McKeage and Shane Tatro on the charge. Six cautions marred the final 18 laps as the top two waged a see-saw battle for the win. Landry’s win in the final restart battle sealed the victory for the newlywed racer from Oakland ME. Landry was two for two with a win in his heat race; Bellows was triumphant in his heat race.

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ISMA Back on the Road to Stafford’s 7th Annual Xtreme Tuesday Show July 6

Oswego, NY — With only two races in the books in 2010 so far and over a month off, the ISMA contingent is itching to get back in action on July 6. Stafford Motor Speedway is just the place to do that when the 7th annual Carquest Xtreme Tuesday event takes place. Joining ISMA will be the ever-popular NEMA midgets and the Pro Four mods, to make a full evening of weeknight racing. Rowley, Mass. driver Chris Perley will be trying to put the Vic Miller 11 into victory lane for the third straight year, with a lot of competitors looking to stop that string where it stands.

Last year rain challenged both ISMA and Stafford officials and competitors, but the feature race prevailed albeit being shortened up by four laps when the rain came back to haunt. Perley exhibited his usual exciting demeanor in winning his second straight and fourth overall in the weekday show. Perley took the lead from Dave McKnight who continued as a challenger as did Mike Lichty, McKnight’s teammate. That duo both dropped by the wayside due to engine woes with the ageless legend Bentley Warren moving in to take up the runner-up spot and to give Perley a run for his money.

Perley commented in victory lane in 2009, “I just love this track. It’s a lot of fun out there. It was awesome to see Bentley there but honestly I was giving it all I had at the end because I’m not going to leave anything on the table when the old man is behind me. You never know when he’s going to take it from me. I would have liked to take the race to the end. It’s a little disappointing to the fans and to the driver when it ends like that. You want to finish what you started. The guys in second and third want to run to the end because anything can happen to the leader. I was also thinking about how many caution laps we had run. I knew we were getting close on fuel and I was hoping the crew had fueled it up good. That’s why you want to finish 50 laps. You never know what’s going to happen.”

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