Archive for July, 2010

Pennink Earns First Whelen Modified Win

Edges Preece For Riverhead 200 Checkered Flag

Rowan Pennink held off Ryan Preece in a late-race duel to claim the checkered flag in the Riverhead 200 and his first NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour victory Saturday night.

The 24-year-old Huntingdon Valley, Pa., driver was making his 51st career start. He took the lead from Riverhead resident Kevin Goodale with 40 laps to go and weathered restarts on two ensuing cautions to bring home the win.

“I just rode behind him [Goodale] for a couple laps, and saw where he was not handling too good up off of [Turn] 4 there. I set the car in pretty good on the top and just cut across the bottom in the middle of the corner and got a wheel up underneath him and beat him down there into Turn 1,” Pennink said of what proved to be the winning pass.

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Sylvain Lacombe Wins Ste-Eustache 100

Terrebonne, QC’s Sylvain Lacombe earned his 14th career Serie ACT Castrol Edge win in the Ste-Eustache 100 at Autodrome Ste-Eustache on Saturday, July 31. Lacombe led the final nine laps of the event to take the win.

Jean-Francois Dery led the majority of the event and appeared to have the car to beat before Jonathan Urlin used the bump and run to get by him with nine laps to go. Urlin was black flagged for the move, giving Lacombe the lead as Dery fell back in the outside lane.

Lacombe was chased to the line by Patrick Laperle and rookie Martin Latulippe. Martin Lacombe came home fourth while Dery recovered to finish fifth. Jonathan Bouvrette, Philippe Jeannotte, Patrick Hamel, Claude Leclerc, and David Michaud completed the top ten.
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Sanborn Seals the Deal at PASS Summerfest 150

Naples, ME — Trevor Sanborn found a way to get by team mate Travis Benjamin on lap 83 of Saturday nights Pro All Stars Series (PASS) super late model feature at Groveton NH’s Riverside Speedway, earning his first career PASS North win. Sanborn and Benjamin gave the Richard Moody Racing team a sweep of the top two spots. Richie Dearborn crossed the line third.

Sanborn has been fast all season long, leading 262 laps prior to the Summerfest 150. But despite several podium finishes, the two time PASS South race winner had been unable to drive under the checkers first in the northern series until Saturday night.

Ben Rowe picked up six spots from the grid to finish fourth; 2009 Summerfest 150 winner Cassius Clark was fifth. Donnie Whitten had another solid run in sixth, while point leader Johnny Clark finished outside of the top five for just the second time in 2010 with a seventh place result. Scott Chubbuck, Gary Drew and Adam Bates raced home eighth, ninth and tenth.

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PASS Mod Win Number Three for Shaw at Riverside

Naples, ME  —  Andy Shaw came back strong after an early race tangle to pass Scott McDaniel on a lap 25 restart and win his third Pro All Stars Series (PASS) Mod feature of 2010 at Groveton New Hampshire’s Riverside Speedway. The win was Shaw’s eighth feauture victory in the ultracompetitive PASS open wheel division.

The 40 lap go got off to a rough start with a pair of cautions that involved several of the front runners including Mike Mayberry, Wayne Whitten Jr., Kevin Douglass and Shaw. After a pair of restarts a race finally broke out with Rich Ferreira out front. Scott McDaniel charged past Alan Wilson for second and claimed the lead from Ferreira on lap six. McDaniel had the look of a winner as he took off from the pack, building up a sizeable lead over Wayne Whitten Jr. Meanwhile Shaw was rumbling through the field after his lap four dustup joining a great scrap for second with Whitten, Wilson, and Ferreira.

By lap 23 second place was Shaw’s and he set sail to try and chase down McDaniel. McDaniel had done his best to run away from the rest of the field, building up a huge lead as the battle for position continued behind him.

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Frank Ruocco Wins 7th Annual CARQUEST SK 150 at Stafford Speedway

Stafford Springs, CT — Stafford Speedway returned to racing action with the richest SK Modified® race of the 2010 season, the 7th Annual CARQUEST SK 150. Frank Ruocco had two early spins, but came storming back through the field to take his second consecutive victory in the extra distance classic. Woody Pitkat took his fifth victory of the 2010 season in the 30-lap Late Model feature, Tommy Barrett, Jr. picked up his third consecutive and fifth win of the 2010 season in the 20-lap SK Light Modified feature, Rob Dow scored his second consecutive victory in the 20-lap Limited Late Model feature event, and Jeff Jolly and Josh Wood were the winners of the 15-lap DARE Stock feature events.

In the 7th Annual CARQUEST SK 150 feature, Eric Berndt took the lead from the pole and set the early pace ahead of Sean Foster, Chris Jones, Jeff Malave, Woody Pitkat, and Dan Avery. Jones and Malave moved past Foster to drop him from second back to fourth in the running order while Berndt continued to lead. Ryan Preece spun in turn 2 to bring the yellow out on lap-10.

The race went back to green on lap-13 with Berndt continuing to hold the lead. Jones was second with Frank Ruocco, Malave, and Zach Sylvester making up the top-5. Woody Pitkat, Keith Rocco, Sean Foster, Ted Christopher, and Avery made up the back half of the top-10.

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Wallace Steals The Show At Lee

Bold move on late restart gives rookie second East win

Lee, NH — Darrell Wallace Jr. made a three-wide pass for the lead with two laps to go and held on for the victory Friday in the K&N Pro Series 125 at Lee USA Speedway.

Wallace started behind Ryan Truex and Eddie MacDonald on the race’s final restart. Truex and MacDonald had swapped the lead four times over the previous 35 laps, and appeared setting up for a final dash to the checkers for the win. But it was Wallace who had drove up through the field after getting tangled up in an early race incident and wound up stealing the spotlight. He dove inside the side-by-side leaders going into Turn 3, and emerged with the lead coming out of Turn 4.

It was the second NASCAR K&N Pro Series East win of the season for the 16-year-old Revolution Racing driver from Mobile, Ala. Wallace won the season opener in March at Greenville (S.C.) Pickens Speedway. That victory had made the Drive for Diversity member the youngest winner in series history.

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Hayward Claims First ACT Tour Win at Twin State

Newport, NH’s Mark Hayward earned his first career ACT Late Model Tour win at Twin State Speedway in Claremont, NH on Friday, July 30. Hayward took the lead from Twin State regular Aaron Fellows, who led the first 52 laps of the 100 lap event. Hayward held off the likes of Ben Rowe, current ACT Tour point leader Brian Hoar and Randy Potter over the remaining 48 laps to take the win.

Rowe took second while Fellows finished third. Potter and Jeff Zuidema rounded out the top five. TJ Watson worked his way from his 20th starting position to take sixth followed by John Donahue, Hoar, last week’s Beech Ridge winner Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. and rookie Austin Theriault completing the top ten.

The 100 lap event was the eighth on the 13 race 2010 ACT Late Model Tour schedule. It was completed in just over one hour and eight minutes and had eight cautions including a 13 minute and 14 second red flag after rookie Chris Riendeau had a hard hit into the front stretch wall on lap 90. Riendeau was ok.

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We are inspired by the people we come in contact with in our lives. Many have inspired us by overcoming tremendous difficulties to persevere and make a difference. Think of some of the people that have inspired you to continue giving everything you have for the benefit of someone else. Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

As you know this past weekend we participated in the Shane Hammond Memorial at Waterford Speedbowl. The NEMA family took the opportunity to honor the life Shane lived and the inspiration he provided for many.

Shane worked hard and struggled to climb the racing ladder. He also faced many personal issues along the way. You wouldn’t know it to see the smile on his face. Everyday for Shane was a victory. He didn’t look forward to tomorrow, he was just fine with today and the opportunity he had.

Shane’s mom, Deb Marvuglio, shared in an article for FlatOut by Chris Romano, about the fateful day when at 15 Shane needed emergency surgery for a brain and spinal tumor.

“There was no guarantee he’d have the use of his arms, legs, respiratory system. So we made a pact before he went into surgery that when he came out I’d ask him to wiggle his toes. And when he came out he was able to that and we both cried.”

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TC Tops in Sunoco Mods Again at Thompson; McKinstry Mini Stock Northern Challenge Winner; Ramstrom, O’Sullivan, Monahan & Marcotte Also Continue Winning Ways

Thompson, CT — Ted Christopher of Plainville, CT, continued his domination of the Sunoco Modified division with his seventh victory of the season. A special night for the Mini Stocks found Chris McKinstry of E. Thetford, VT victorious in the Mini Stock Northern Challenge. McKinstry also scored the top honors in the Northeastern Mini Stock Touring season portion of the Challenge. Thomspon’s own Jeff Moffat of Warwick, RI, also shared the limelight.

A mid-season drought ends for Derek Ramstrom of Worcester, MA, with a Super Late Model victory on Thursday night. Tommy O’Sullivan of Springfield, MA, returned to his winning ways in the Late Models scoring his third win of the 2010 season. It is a handful of wins for Shawn Monahan of Waterford, CT, who posted his fifth in the Limited Sportsman division win at Thompson. In open-wheel action, R.J. Marcotte of Millville, MA, streaked to his second straight TIS Modified victory.

Earlier in the year, Ted Christopher of Plainville, CT, had utilized last lap passes to score his victories. He has been applying his prowess a bit earlier in the events as of late en route to his mounting win tally. Dave Salzarulo set the pace in the opening laps of the Sunoco Modified main event. Before the completion of the first lap, Salzarulo gave up the lead to Rowan Pennink. When the field completed lap two it was Cates as the new leader. Ronnie Silk was making his presence known relegating Pennink back to third ahead of his Falmouth Ready Mix teammate Ryan Preece. Woody Pitkat joined the freight train in fifth.

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Brother One-Two Finishes Not Unique in NEMA

Brockton, MA — Russ Stoehr’s win over Greg in last Saturday’s Shane Hammond Memorial at Waterford Speedbowl marked the 20th time in Northeastern Midget Association history brothers have finished one-two.

The Stoehrs take the sibling rivalry to Monadnock Speedway Saturday night, July 31st. Greg, who has won three of the last six races there, rates among the favorites.

Point leader Randy Cabral, Jeff and Mike Horn, Adam Cantor, Jim Miller and Erica Santos are contenders in the extra-distance feature.

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Richardi, Jr. Grabs Checkers in Caution Filled Seekonk Event

Seekonk, MA — After a rain cancellation on July 21, the RF Logic/ Bot-L Gas Pro Four Modifieds competed in Seekonk Speedway’s Modified Madness. The drivers were able to complete practice rounds on both the 21st and 28th. The Qualifying events were won by Rob Richardi, Jr. and Franky Perry.

In the main event Stan Mertz and Dave Richardi brought the field to the green and D. Richardi was able to make the pass on Mertz via the high lane. Rob Richardi, Jr. and Dan Meservey Jr., were able to make the pass as well. Action was also heating up in the back of the back as some three wide racing action occurred between the cars of Brian Souza, Brian Vincent, George Sherman, Tyler Anderson and Perry. By lap four, 15th place starter, Adam Norton had already worked his way up to 8th position.

On lap 6 the first caution flag flew when Brian Souza and Doug Meservey spun. At this point, #29 of Joe Doucette was in and out of the pits, as Anderson and Souza both went pit side as well. D. Richardi and Richardi, Jr. brought the field to the green but caution flew again quickly as D. Richardi has some mechanical issues and the entire field jacked up. When the field went green, it was Richardi, Jr. on the inside and Meservey, Jr. on the outside. Richardi, Jr., got the jump and Meservey, Jr. tucked in behind. Third place runner, Phil Lausier was working hard for a few laps to hold off Perry. Once Perry got the position, Norm Wrenn followed suit, and it wasn’t long after that when Lausier went spinning, the caution flew for the third time, and Norton was put to the rear for the assist.

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ACT Announces Final List for NHMS Invitational

The American Canadian Tour (ACT) announced today another list of potential race teams that may be invited to compete in the second annual ACT Invitational at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway over the opening weekend for the NASCAR Chase weekend on September 17-19, 2010.

Two full days of practice at NHMS will be divided between over 70 invited attendees. With just eight (8) teams guaranteed spots in the expanded field of 43 starters, the test sessions will go a long way in deciding who will get the ‘at large’ invitations to what has become one of the most anticipated events of the year for short track fans and teams in the Northeast and eastern Canada.

“There is a limit to how many teams we can invite in a season, and this year has been particularly difficult as we try to expand into the weekly tracks more than we did a year ago,” said Tom Curley, President of the American Canadian Tour. “There were several teams on the ‘bubble’ last year after the practice sessions, and in fact, two of the top three finishers from last year’s events were so impressive that we invited them as a result of the practice sessions.” Ontario’s 16 year-old star Brandon Watson and Barre, Vermont’s Nick Sweet used the practice sessions as a way to get invited to the Invitational and certainly proved they were assets to the inaugural event.

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Joey Payne Jr. Wins NEMA’s Showdown of Champions

Seekonk, MA — Pulling away from a mid-race restart, Joe Payne Jr. won the 20-lap Northeastern Midget Association Showdown of Champions at Seekonk Speedway’s Open Wheel Wednesday.

Beating back a brief challenge from Chris Perley, Payne scored a convincing win in the Mikitarian #9. Perley (LeClerc #12) held on for second followed by Lou Cicconi (Seymour #29).

Fred Astle Jr. (Sherman #23) and Vin Annarummo (Scally #4) held up Seekonk’s honor completing the top five. The battle was waged in NEMA Lite cars.

Mike Stefanik (Bertrand #48), Ted Christopher (Mucciacciaro #45), Russ Wood Sr. (Wood #51) and Rick Martin (Medeiros #50) followed.

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Cicconi Rules NEMA Seekonk Feature

Seekonk, MA — Lou Cicconi Jr. “knew right from the start” he had the winning car. “You want to pass when it’s the least punishing to the race car,” he explained.

Starting seventh, “Liquid Lou” drove the Seymour #4 under Randy Cabral (Bertrand #47) in traffic on lap 11 and won the Northeastern Midget Association’s 25-lap feature at Seekonk Speedway’s Open Wheel Wednesday.

Running consistent 11.3s, Cicconi dominated the final laps, finishing a quarter lap ahead of point leader Cabral. Early leader Mike Horn (Horn #93x) was third with Adam Cantor (Cantor #7ny) and Russ Stoehr (Dumo’s Desire #45) following.”

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Palmer & Thomas win second consecutive events; Martin, Yagmin and Ceravolo others in Victory Lane

Waterford, CT — Waterford Speedbowl competed on Wednesday with another night of Wild ‘n Wacky racing, the first successful night of racing after two consecutive rain-outs. Berlin’s Jason Palmer claimed his second straight win in an exciting Legends Cars race. John Yagmin of Tolland won a tight battle in the Super X-Car event to take the checkered flag. Point leaders Glen Thomas Jr. of Groton and Taylor Martin of New Hampshire won their respective X-Car and Bandolero division races. Rick Ceravolo of Groton was the X-Modified winner.

Dennis Pantani started out the 20-lap Legends Cars event with the lead before the first caution waved after just one lap. Pantani continued to lead with Carl Blandina and George Whitney giving Pantani a run for his money, with Whitney overtaking Pantani for the lead on lap three.

Anthony Flannery began making his move and took over second place from Pantani with Palmer on his tail in third. After eight laps Whitney’s lead had shrunk as Flannery raced on his rear bumper with Palmer not far behind in third. Executing an incredible move, Palmer was able to overtake both Flannery and Whitney for the lead exiting turn two on lap 13.

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Annarummo Commands Mods at Open Wheel Wednesday

Seekonk, MA — Hometown hero Todd Annarummo translated his starting position inside the second row of the starting grid into a solid win in the V8 Modifieds at Seekonk’s Open Wheel Wednesday show, coolly commanding The Konk’s third-of-a-mile in an iron-man duel with Stephen Masse of Bellingham, MA. Outside polesitter Masse had taken the lead from Chelmsford hotfoot Jon McKennedy on lap 8, and McKennedy and Annarummo had doggedly pursued him until the latter worked his way underneath the leader on lap 85.

The “other” Annarummo in the race, Todd’s father and 6-time Seekonk Pro Stock champion Vinny Annarummo, fell two laps short of completing half the 100 laps, but was as jubilant in victory lane as if he had won himself.

McKennedy led off the field from the pole and went to the front in the first turn, while Masse and Annarummo battled for second. Rowan Pennink and Lou Mechalides dueled for fourth spot behind them. On lap 5, the field had strung out a bit, with McKennedy holding the lead, followed by Masse, Annarummo, Pennink and Mechalides. Masse persistently bothered McKennedy and on lap 8 finally succeeded in getting underneath and to the front. Annarummo grabbed third beginning a 3-car dogfight which continued throughout the 100 laps.

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Statistical Advance: Analyzing The Riverhead 200 At Riverhead Raceway

Daytona Beach, FL — The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will return to New York’s Long Island for the 26th season in a row this Saturday, July 31 for the Riverhead 200 at Riverhead Raceway.

At Riverhead Raceway:

•  Built in 1949.
•  Held its first NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race on July 10, 1985 during the NWMT’s inaugural season.
•  Has held 48 NWMT races all-time, fourth-most among all venues.
•  Is one of two tracks to play host to the NWMT in each of its 26 seasons of competition along with Thompson (Conn.) International Speedway.

•  Mike Ewanitsko experienced more success than any other NWMT driver at Riverhead during his days as a competitor … His 11 wins and eight poles lead in both categories.
•  Mike Stefanik is the active wins leader at Riverhead with six while Ed Flemke Jr. has the most poles – four – among current competitors.
•  Ryan Preece captured the pole and the race win in last year’s event.
•  Jimmy Spencer, who will be part of the VERSUS announce team for the Riverhead 200, was winner of the first two NWMT races at Riverhead in 1985.
•  At .25 miles, Riverhead is the smallest track on the 2010 NWMT schedule along with Monadnock Speedway … The largest is New Hampshire Motor Speedway at 1.058 miles.
•  There have been four NWMT races that have been won by Riverhead NASCAR Whelen All-American Series drivers, the last of which was Ed Brunnhoelzl Jr. in 1995 … Last year finishers 2-4 were Riverhead NWAAS drivers.

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Statistical Advance: Analyzing The NASCAR K&N Pro Series 125 At Lee USA Speedway

Daytona Beach, FL — The seventh race of the 2010 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East season will be the NASCAR K&N Pro Series 125 at Lee (N.H.) USA Speedway on Friday, July 30.

At Lee USA Speedway:
•  Opened in 1964 as Lee Raceway and was a .333-mile dirt tri-oval … Was paved a year later.
•  After five dormant years, the track was reconfigured, renamed Lee USA Speedway and reopened in 1984.
•  Was purchased by the current ownership in 1986 and has operated a weekly program since.
•  Played host to the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East 16 times from 1992-2004.
•  Kelly Moore won the inaugural NKNPS East race at Lee on June 7, 1992.
•  Dave Dion leads all drivers with seven poles at Lee while Brad Leighton has the most wins with four, earned consecutively from 1996-99.
•  Of the drivers on the preliminary entry list, only Matt Kobyluck (six starts) and Eddie MacDonald (four) have previous NKNPS East experience at Lee.

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Showdown of Champions to be Broadcast on WWNE-Boston

Boston, MA — NEMA announcer Peter Falconi and heralded sportscaster Jack Arute will provide LIVE Internet radio coverage of the “SHOWDOWN of CHAMPIONS” at “SEEKONK SPEEDWAY” on WNNE-BOSTON.

NEMA announcer Peter Falconi will be calling the racing action, flag to flag with Jack Arute providing post race victory lane celebrations. KC & Brian Hanaford will be producing the LIVE broadcasting and commentary of this event from their Boston studios.

NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Champions Ted Christopher and Mike Stefanik will be among a select group of champions competing a jaw dropping field of fellow champions: Midget Champions Jon Heydenreich; Supermodified Champions Chris Perley and Russ Wood; and Seekonk Speedway Champions Vinnie Annarummo, Fred Astle, Jr. and Rick Martin in a special NEMA Lites race at Seekonk Speedway on Wednesday, July 28, 2010.

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PASS North Tackles Riverside Speedway Saturday at Summerfest 2010

Naples ME – The Pro All Stars Series (PASS) traveling road show heads for northern New Hampshire’s Riverside Speedway this weekend, headlining the Saturday July 31 edition of Summerfest 2010 at the tough little bullring nestled on the banks of the Connecticut River.

The PASS North Super Late Models will transition from the fastest track on the schedule to the series’ tightest when they pay their annual visit to the Groveton New Hampshire quarter mile. Ben Rowe is coming off a win at Thompson International Speedway where the average speeds reach 120 miles per hour, but the short track superstar is equally at home on the quarter miles. Still Rowe doesn’t have a “Grovetona” win to his credit, unlike Johnny Clark, Cassius Clark and Kelly Moore.

Cassius Clark is having a solid 2010. He’s third in the point standings with five top tens in eight starts, but there’s a big goose egg in his win column and Riverside might be the place where Clark corrects that. Johnny Clark seems to have taken a liking to Riverside’s high banks with feature wins in 2004 and 2008. The PASS North super late model point leader lost a few markers to Rowe at Thompson and he will be looking to regain those valuable championship points and more on Saturday night.
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Allard Wins Fourth Serie ACT Castrol Edge Event at Riverside

St-Felicien’s Karl Allard won his fourth Serie ACT Castrol Edge event of the season at Circuit Riverside Speedway in Ste-Croix, QC on Monday, July 26. Allard started in the 10th position and took the lead from Jimmy Cormier after a lap 28 restart. He then held off Patrick Laperle through five more restarts and led the remaining 72 laps.

Laperle had to settle for second while Cormier got back by Donald Theetge late in the race to earn third. Theetge came home fourth followed by Jean-Francois Dery rounding out the top five. Patrick Hamel, Sylvain Lacombe, Max Descoste, Jacques Poulin and Stephane Descoste completed the top ten.

The 100 lap event took just one hour and four minutes and was completed with seven cautions.

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News & Notes: Whelen Modified Tour Set to Take On Riverhead

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour’s mid-season bullring swing will continue with the Riverhead 200 and the annual appearance at Riverhead Raceway on New York’s Long Island.

A Modified track since well before the formation of the Whelen Modified Tour, Riverhead has been on the schedule in each of the Tour’s 26 years of existence. Only Connecticut’s Thompson International Speedway can claim the same distinction.

After competing at the Monadnock Speedway quarter mile in New Hampshire on July 17, the Whelen Modified Tour’s next stop will also be at a .25-mile oval. Aside from the distance, there are few similarities as Riverhead has less banking and is more narrow than Monadnock.

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News & Notes: K&N Pro Series East Returns to Lee USA Speedway

The next stop for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East will take place at an old familiar facility.

Lee (N.H.) USA Speedway, has returned to the schedule for the first time since the 2004 season. The .375-mile banked oval played host to the K&N Pro Series East 16 times from 1992-2004.

While the NASCAR K&N Pro Series 125 will be the first trip for the vast majority of teams and drivers to Lee, for one driver, it will be a homecoming.

Eddie MacDonald, who hails from Rowley, Mass., has a strong connection to the New Hampshire short track. As the son of track owner and operator Red MacDonald, he has spent many a Friday night at Lee.

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NEMA Heads Back to Seekonk

Brockton, MA — The Showdown of Champions and a budding point battle share center stage Wednesday as the Northeastern Midget Association returns to Seekonk Speedway’s Open Wheel Wednesday. Rain washed out the race a week ago.

NEMA shares the busy agenda with a 100-lap Modified event.

Less than 30 points separate defending two-time champion Randy Cabral (Bertrand 47) and Russ Stoehr (Dumo’s Desire 45) atop the points. Stoehr comes to Seekonk off a victory in the Hammond Memorial at Waterford last Saturday.

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North East Mini Stock Tour Ready for Thompson Debut

Thompson, CT — The North East Mini Stock Tour (NEMST) will make its first ever appearance at the Thompson International Speedway this Thursday night. NEMST is a relatively new northern New England based group of Mini Stock racers who operate as a touring division and will race at Thompson for the first time. Their appearance will be unique in its presentation and will provide entertainment and excitement for Thompson fans.

The NEMST was formed in 2008 by Bob Guptill and has been very well accepted at every race track where they have been in competition. Their Thompson event will include a complete race program for their division and will be topped off by a 20-lap Mini Stock Challenge made up of race cars from both NEMST and Thompson’s own exciting Mini Stock division. Fans will be treated to three Mini Stock feature event races with the final one designed to determine the champion of the Mini Stock Challenge.

Current NEMST points leader, Justin Trombley of Winter Harbor Maine, will lead the northern group and Scott Michalski, the Thompson Mini Stock points leader, will do the honors for the home team. Driver Loren Smith is second in the NEMST points standings and is followed by Chris McKinstry. Michalski, the defending Thompson Mini Stock champion, is followed in the track’s points battle by Scott Jassaume and Chuck Rogers.

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$5,500 up for grabs in Seekonk’s Late Model 75

Seekonk, MA — On Saturday, July 31, the Late Models will take center stage and compete in their longest event since 2000. The winners’ share of the $5,500 purse will be $1,200, making this one of the largest Late Model payouts in Seekonk Speedway history.

In 2010, the rules package for the Late Models at Seekonk Speedway was adjusted to allow competitors from throughout New England, which had adopted the ACT rules package, to be able to compete at the 1/3 mile oval without having to make changes in their cars. Also, management has waived the temporary license for this event, hoping to attract cars that are idle for the night from their regular programs.

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Lindeman Claims First Season NETS Win

Winchester, NH — ARTS 2009 Champion Andy Lindeman of Poestenkill, NY checkered his first New England Truck Series win in the feature event Saturday Night at Monadnock Speedway.

The hot temperatures and high humidity in the pits contributed to an eventful contact race for the NETS series feature with a three wide finish for second and third place.

Starting the race coming of turn four, the Lee-Boy sponsored #16 of Willy Auchmoody from Highland, NY took the lead with Derek Chriss #12 from Averill Park, NY on the outside, crossing the start finish line with a green flag start. By the next lap the #3 Andy Lindeman moved up to second spot from fourth position while #12 Chriss fell back to fifth. TheChevy sponsored East Hampton Auto Parts #85 of Greg Butler from East Hampton, CT held his third position while #83 of Gee Perry FEB Construction sponsored Chevy, drove around him taking the position leaving # 12 of Chriss and Chevy sponsored Dave’s Auto Enterprises # 6 of Craig Cashman of Marlboro, NH behind.

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Randy Cabral Scores Hammond Memorial NEMA Lites Feature at Speedbowl

Waterford, CT — Randy Cabral won the Northeastern Midget Association’s Shane Hammond Memorial Lites feature at the Waterford Speedbowl on Saturday evening.

Coming from deep in the field, Cabral passed early leader Chris Haskell with 16-laps remaining to capture his first Lites victory of the season.

The race included a handful of cautions and a red flag period when Tom Fox spun coming out of the second-turn and was violently collected by David Moniz. Both drivers were uninjured.

Once in command, Cabral stretched his lead winning the event far ahead of runner-up Haskell.

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Hammond Memorial at Speedbowl

Brockton, MA — He rose skyward, both arms extended, both hands pointing up . It seemed Randy Cabral, who had just won the first race following his best friend Shane Hammond’s death, was being pulled by some supernatural force.

It is hard to recall a more emotional Northeastern Midget Association result than Cabral’s triumph at Waterford Speedbowl on that wet Sunday in 2008. It came exactly a week after Hammond perished at Thompson Speedway.

It remains a classic photo, testimony to the bond between fellow warriors who were also best friends.

Emotions will be evident again Saturday night, July 24th, for the inaugural Shane Hammond Memorial Race. A number of financial incentives await what is expected to be an impressive field.

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Russ wins Stoehr battle at Hammond Memorial

Waterford, CT – Russ Stoehr passed brother Greg on a restart with 13 laps remaining and went on to win Saturday night’s Northeastern Midget Association’s inaugural Shane Hammond Memorial at Waterford Speedbowl.

Emotion ruled as the brothers dominated the race memorializing Hammond who died at Thompson Speedway in 2008.

“The car (Dumo’s Desire 45) was wicked good on the outside. I knew we could pull it off,” Russ said of the winning move. He was actually battling Chris deRitis (deRitis 75) for second several car lengths behind Greg (Stoehr 26b) when the yellow flew.

Randy Cabral (Bertrand 47) filled out the podium after a late battle with deRitis. Early leader John Zych Jr. (Zych 9) claimed fifth.

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