Archive for September 2nd, 2010

Preece Scores Big in Modified Shootout at Thompson; Double Digit Wins for Christopher in Sunoco Mods; Sundeens Double up; Gentes & Anderson Earn Victories

Thompson, CT — – For the third-time this season, the Thompson International Speedway hosted their Tour-Type Modified Shootout. Ryan Preece of Berlin, CT, added his name to the already impressive list of winners with his exciting victory on Thursday night. There was no shortage in intensity in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series with five winners posting victories.

The last time a competitor posted double digit wins in the Sunoco Modified division at Thompson International Speedway the year was 2001 and the driver was Ted Christopher. With his win on Thursday night, Christopher of Plainville, CT, duplicated the feat; winning his tenth Sunoco Modified victory of the 2010 season.

Rick Gentes of Woonsocket, RI, was the big winner in the Late Models while Lloyd Anderson of Wauregan, CT, scored his second Mini Stock feature victory of the 2010 season. Victory lane was a family affair for the Sundeens of Douglas, MA. Son Jay scored his first career victory in the TIS Modifieds while father Scott scored his second win of the 2010 season in the Limited Sportsman.

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38 Special to Rock out at SYLVANIA 300 Pre-Race Activities

Loudon, NH — The American rock band 38 Special led by Don Barnes and Donnie Van Zant will kick start the SYLVAINA 300 with a concert during pre-race activities on September 19 beginning at 11:15 a.m.

The band was formed in 1975 and throughout the years has sold more than 15 million albums, but still plays a rigorous touring schedule with more than 100 shows per year. The thousands of audience members who attend 38 Special shows are still amazed at the power and strength of the band’s performance ability.

“When we come out people are like, ‘Whoa!’ It’s like a freight train rolling over them,” said vocalist/guitarist Don Barnes on the bands live shows.

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40 Cars Expected for Inaugural Shark Cycle 100 Modified Racing Series Event at Stafford Speedway

Stafford Springs, CT — With the Modified Racing Series making its debut appearance at Stafford Motor Speedway for the Shark Cycle 100 on Sept. 10th, the track expects to have 40 modifieds on hand. The expected entry list is made up of a wide variety of drivers with experience levels at Stafford that range from novice to expert.

Of the 40 drivers expected to vie for one of the 28 starting spots in the Shark Cycle 100, 15 of them have won a race at Stafford Motor Speedway in their racing careers. The list of Stafford feature winners that are expected for the Shark Cycle 100 inlcude Ted Christoper, Ken Barry, Ronnie Silk, Eddy Spiers, Doug Coby, Dave Etheridge, Norm Wrenn, Keith Rocco, Mike Stefanik, Shelly Perry, Bobby Santos, III, Jeff Malave, Todd Owen, Ryan Preece, and Tom Bolles.

There are also several drivers who, although have yet to record a win at Stafford, have Modified Racing Series feature victories to their credit. Those drivers include Jacob Dore, Les Hinckley, Rob Goodenough, Todd Annarummo, Steve Masse, Jack Bateman, Rowan Pennink, Dwight Jarvis, Chris Pasteryak, Eric Goodale, Jimmy Dolan, Jimmy Kuhn, Jon McKennedy, and Louie Mechalides.

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Judkins 2x Modified Returning to Stafford Speedway with Ryan Preece for Inaugural Shark Cycle 100

Stafford Springs, CT — When the Modified Racing Series makes its debut appearance at Stafford Motor Speedway on Sept. 10 for the Shark Cycle 100, there will be a car very familiar to Stafford fans of yesteryear attempting to make the starting lineup. Returning to Stafford will be the red #2x Bob Judkins owned machine, driven by his grandson Ryan Preece. Preece has run the 2x previously at New Smyrna Speedway, but this will mark the first race in the North for the driver/car combination. The 2x has seen some of modified racing’s best drivers behind the wheel throughout the years including Rene Charland, Ron Bouchard, Geoff and Brett Bodine, and Jerry Marquis.

“That number has been in my family for a long ti me and it would be really nice to have the car going good at Stafford,” said Preece. “I ran the 2x at New Smyrna and won with it down there, but this will be the first time running the car up north. I’m sure that a lot of fans from way back when will be at Stafford for the race and I’m sure those fans will like seeing the 2x on the track. It would be very special to me if we were able win the race, I’m definitely looking forward to it and hopefully we can have a good run.”

Among the expected 40 entrants for the Inaugural Shark Cycle 100, Preece can count himself among the experienced drivers at Stafford with 1 victory and 2 poles in Whelen Modified Tour competition over the past four seasons. Preece has also made 10 starts thusfar in the SK Modified® division at Stafford and he has come tantalizingly close to victory lane.

“I think that the guys who have experience will usually prevail,” said Preece. “I think the last race at Thompson showed that the Modified Tour guys had an advantage, but there are some good drivers on the MRS and I wouldn’t be surprised if there are 8-10 cars that will be racing for the win at Stafford.”

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Stafford Speedway Receives First Whelen Modified Tour Entries for 38th Annual CARQUEST Fall Final Weekend

Stafford Springs, CT — Stafford Motor Speedway has received its first Whelen Modified Tour entries for the 38th Annual CARQUEST Fall Final Weekend, scheduled for Oct. 1-Oct 3. The first entries for the 2010 CARQUEST Fall Final Weekend are Mike Stefanik, Richie Pallai, Jr., and Ken Heagy. Pallai is chasing Justin Bonsignore for 2010 Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors while Stefanik is chasing after Ted Christopher and Bobby Santos, III in an effort to secure what would be his 8th career Whelen Modified Tour championship.

Stefanik has owned the CARQUEST Fall Final with 8 of his 20 career Stafford Whelen Modified Tour victories coming in the fall classic event. Stefanik had a streak of 2 wins in a row in the CARQUEST Fall Final broken last season by Donny Lia. Stefanik currently sits third in the 2010 Whelen Modified Tour championship standings, 61 points behind championship leader Bobby Santos, III and 29 points behind Ted Christopher, who is second in the standings.

Former Stafford SK Modified® competitor Pallai is currently sitting second in the 2010 Sunoco Rookie of the Year race behind Justin Bonsignore and he is currently 15th overall in the 2010 championship standings with 1 top-10 finish to his credit in 11 starts this season. Pallai will also be handing out free CARQUEST Belts & Hose Tee-Shirts during the CARQUEST Belts & Hose Pit Party on Sunday, Oct. 3.

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Todd Owen Looks for Change of Fortunes in Modified Racing Series Shark Cycle 100 at Stafford Speedway

Stafford Springs, CT)—For Stafford Motor Speedway SK Modified® regular Todd Owen, when it comes to his limited forays into the Modified Racing, Series this season, he hasn’t had the best of luck on his side. In his two Modified Racing Series starts this season, Owen has recorded finishes of 21st at Waterford and 25th at Thompson after losing a transmission and getting caught up in a wreck. Owen will be behind the wheel of the #29 Luther Hosmer owned car at Stafford and he hopes that his experience will help him to his second career Modified Racing Series victory.

“The car always runs good at Thompson, so we’re hoping that we can have another good run at Stafford,” said Owen. “It’s going to be a tough race for sure. There will be a variety of guys who are coming to Stafford for the first time versus guys with a lot of experience at Stafford. I think the guys with the experience will have a big advantage over the guys with no experience. Stafford is a tough track and you have to know the line and how to run that line to be fast. But there’s several guys who run well no matter what track the Modified Racing Series is at, so it’s going to be an interesting race to see.”

Before one can win the race, they must first get qualified for the race. There will be 40 cars racing for 28 spots in the Shark Cycle 100. The Modified Racing Series teams draw for their heat race starting positions and they must start the race on the tires that they qualify on, which can lead to some exciting racing.

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Fri., Sept. 3rd NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Race Event Cancelled at Stafford

Stafford Springs, CT — Stafford Motor Speedway has cancelled its Friday, September 3rd NASCAR Whelen All-American Series event.

The track returns to racing next Friday night September 10th with the debut appearance of the Modified Racing Series for the Inaugural Shark Cycle 100.

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NHMS Speedway Children’s Charities September Events

August 29 – Sept 12, 2010

“Ride Of A Lifetime” Pre-Race Parade Lap Auction

Speedway Children’s Charities “Ride Of A Lifetime” will auction pre-race parade lap rides with select NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers through an online auction.

To bid go to www.speedwaycharities.org.

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Down the Stretch They Come

As the season winds down and we come to the traditional end of summer, Labor Day Weekend, I find myself looking back. Taking stock of all the Lord has done for me in the blur of time that makes up the heart of the racing schedule. How has your year gone? Have you been able to reflect on all the Lord has blessed you with? I encourage you to take a few moments and rejoice in the victories and challenges that have come your way. Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

As the local racing scene enters its final few weeks of competition it is important to take the time and look back to see what you have accomplished. Don’t lose sight of the little things. Maybe this was the year you finally made it over the hump and started to get a handle on your race setup. It might have been the year you made it to victory lane for the first time.

There are many milestones we achieve but we can get too caught up in the season to think about them. Many times the milestones are only significant to us and other fail to see them. When compared to the measuring stick that other’s use they seem insignificant, but they are not. Don’t minimize the how much you have grown this year.

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Stafford Speedway Receives First NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Entries for 38th Annual CARQUEST Fall Final Weekend

Stafford Springs, CT — Stafford Motor Speedway has received its first Whelen Modified Tour entries for the 38th Annual CARQUEST Fall Final Weekend, scheduled for Oct. 1-Oct 3. The first entries for the 2010 CARQUEST Fall Final Weekend are Mike Stefanik, Richie Pallai, Jr., and Ken Heagy. Pallai is chasing Justin Bonsignore for 2010 Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors while Stefanik is chasing after Ted Christopher and Bobby Santos, III in an effort to secure what would be his 8th career Whelen Modified Tour championship.

Stefanik has owned the CARQUEST Fall Final with 8 of his 20 career Stafford Whelen Modified Tour victories coming in the fall classic event. Stefanik had a streak of 2 wins in a row in the CARQUEST Fall Final broken last season by Donny Lia. Stefanik currently sits third in the 2010 Whelen Modified Tour championship standings, 61 points behind championship leader Bobby Santos, III and 29 points behind Ted Christopher, who is second in the standings.

Former Stafford SK Modified® competitor Pallai is currently sitting second in the 2010 Sunoco Rookie of the Year race behind Justin Bonsignore and he is currently 15th overall in the 2010 championship standings with 1 top-10 finish to his credit in 11 starts this season. Pallai will also be handing out free CARQUEST Belts & Hose Tee-Shirts during the CARQUEST Belts & Hose Pit Party on Sunday, Oct. 3.

CARQUEST Fall Final Weekend Whelen Modified Tour Entry List
CARQUEST Fall Final Weekend Event Schedule & Ticket Information

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“FanFest” Revs up Fans for Exciting SYLVANIA 300 Weekend

Loudon, NH — “The Magic Mile” and country music station WOKQ are inviting all race fans to attend the popular “FanFest,” a celebration dedicated to NASCAR fans, with food, music, fun, and much more on Thursday, September 16 beginning at 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.

Headlining the fall “Fanfest” will be the always entertaining Trailer Choir, singing their catchy country tunes “Rockin the Beer Gut,” “Rollin” Through the Sunshine” and “Off the Hillbilly Hook.” The band has been featured on Country Music Television and will soon test their intelligence against fifth graders on the hit television show Are you Smarter Than a 5th Grader?

Fresh off their qualifying run, the pole sitters for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and the mighty Whelen Modified Tour will join “FanFest,” with autograph sessions for their fans.

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Speedbowl ready for the ‘Thunder’ on Saturday

Waterford, CT — Waterford Speedbowl is ready and waiting to add to last year’s inaugural Thunder on the Sound event. This year the event returns with more thunder on the racetrack and in the sky with a show fans are sure to talk about long after. Eight races on the night are highlighted by a 100-lapper for the Modified Racing Series. The event, also Military Appreciation Night, is presented by Connecticut National Guard who will have a few treats for the Speedbowl crowd as well.

“You won’t find a more competitive racing tour around than the Modified Racing Series or a more competitive track for them to compete on than the Speedbowl” offered track promoter Terry Eames. The ‘Bowl’s smooth two-groove race surface make it extremely popular with both fans and competitors alike.

The Modified Racing Series returns for their third and final appearance at the shoreline oval this season. Doug Coby of Milford won the 100-lap race during Budweiser Blastoff Weekend back in March, New England’s kickoff to the racing season. At the Speedbowl’s popular Wings ‘n Wheels event in August, Stephen Masse of Bellingham, MA closed out the 100-lap race on a roll, going on to his first Speedbowl win. In 10 previous series events held at the ‘Bowl, only Coby has scored a repeat win.

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