Archive for September 15th, 2010

SPEED’s Krista Voda To Wave Green Flag for the TheRaceDayRaffleSeries.com 175 Camping World Truck Series Race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway

Loudon, NH — Krista Voda, host of NCWTS Setup, the popular SPEED pre-race show leading into the networks live and exclusive coverage of NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races, will serve as the Honorary Starter for TheRaceDayRaffleSeries.com 175 NASCAR Truck Series race this Saturday, September 18 at 3:00 p.m. ET from New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Plans are for Voda to actually call the start of the race for the fans watching on SPEED from high atop the flagstand just as she is waving the green flag to officially begin the race.

TheRaceDayRaffleSeries.com is a distinct raffle brought to the fans by The Charity Splits Company, a family owned organization created to help multiple charities after brothers Ryan, Anthony and Patrick West lost their mother to breast cancer in 2008. The trio saw first-hand the impact that non-profit organizations had in their mother’s fight, and thus, Charity Splits was born. When Voda had the opportunity to support Charity Splits and the Race Day Raffle Series, she jumped at the chance.

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CARQUEST Belts & Hose to Kick Off Fall Final Pit Party with Reusable Bag Giveaway

Stafford Springs, CT — As a special bonus for this year’s CARQUEST Belts & Hose Pit Party during the 38th Annual CARQUEST Fall Final Weekend on Sunday, October 3rd, the first 700 fans through the Pit Party gates will receive a reusable bag compliments of CARQUEST Auto Parts. The CARQUEST Belts and Hose Pit Party allows race fans to meet and greet the drivers of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour along with the drivers from Stafford’s five NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing divisions.

Stafford Motor Speedway and CARQUEST Auto Parts will prolong the celebration of 25 years of partnership through the famed CARQUEST Belts and Hose Pit Party. The 38th Annual CARQUEST Fall Final Weekend will mark the 38th Whelen Modified Tour event to be held at Stafford with title sponsorship from CARQUEST Auto Parts. CARQUEST Auto Parts began sponsoring the CARQUEST Fall Final Weekend in 1995, and from 1996 through 2000, the Whelen Modified Tour event was a 300-lap extravaganza with 5 different winners in 5 races. In 2001, the Spring Sizzler became the Tech-Net Spring Sizzler to better promote CARQUEST’s Tech-Net Professional Auto Service and Tech-Net also became the title sponsor of Stafford’s two pit parties that season. The Tech-Net designation gave way to CARQUEST’s Belts and Hose line and Stafford’s pit parties continue to flourish with the support of CARQUEST Auto Parts.

Another special giveaway will be at Whelen Modified Tour Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate Richie Pallai, Jr.’s car. Fans that stop by the #39 Bosch Spark Plugs car will receive a complimentary CARQUEST tee-shirt. Pallai is currently 5 points behind Justin Bonsignore in the race for the 2010 Rookie of the Year honors and he heads into New Hampshire this weekend in 15th place in the 2010 Whelen Modified Tour points standings.

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

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“The Magic Mile” to Kickoff Chase with ‘Boston Race Party’ at Samuel Adams Park

Loudon N.H. — Historic downtown Boston will take on a NASCAR look and feel tomorrow as “The Magic Mile” and Roush Fenway Racing will host the first ever ‘Boston Race Party’ at Samuel Adams Park. In conjunction with the weekend’s NASCAR race events at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, located in Loudon, N.H. – New England’s largest sporting event – Roush Fenway will kick the weekend off with a four-team transporter parade straight through downtown Boston at 7:30 a.m. in the morning.

All four of Roush Fenway’s Sprint Cup show cars will be on hand at Samuel Adams Park (located between Faneuil Hall Marketplace and City Hall Plaza) for the event. Roush Fenway’s David Ragan will make an early appearance to meet with fans, and team owner Jack Roush and driver Greg Biffle will offer members of the media a ‘duck tour’ of the city.

They will then be joined by fellow Sprint Cup drivers Matt Kenseth and Carl Edwards who will be made available for interviews with members of the media on hand. Kenseth, Edwards and Biffle will represent Roush Fenway Racing as they battle for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship during the “Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup,” which begins Sunday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway with the SYLVANIA 300.

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Thunder Road Milk Bowl Gets Facelift

Officials from Thunder Road Speedbowl in Barre, VT announced today a change in the format of one of America’s best-known short track events, the People’s United Bank Milk Bowl.

For most if its 47-year history, the Milk Bowl has been comprised of qualifying and three 50-lap segments, with a unique scoring system that crowns the Champion after the completion of the final segment. In 2010, fans will see a change in the number of laps to the Milk Bowl format. As usual, the first 50-lap segment will be determined from a pole and outside-pole effort in time trials. The second and third segments have traditionally seen a full inversion of the previous segment, with the last place driver from the previous segment starting on the pole and the winner last. Beginning with the Peoples United Bank 2010 Milk Bowl, the event will look the same until the second segment when the laps will increase from 50 to 75. Again 75 laps will be run for the third and final segment, after the second segment inversion, making the new format a 200-lap Milk Bowl versus the 150-lap event of the past.

“Over the past few years, the racing by the weekly Late Models at Thunder Road and on the ACT has been remarkably respectful. It has left little time for drivers stuck out back to have a fair opportunity to challenge for many wins. In the interest of fair competition, and in an attempt to provide the fans with the most exciting racing we can, we are going to expand the laps. We hope it will increase the excitement of the overall Milk Bowl,” said Tom Curley, Promoter of Thunder Road in Barre, VT.

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Statistical Advance: Analyzing The F.W. Webb 100 At New Hampshire Motor Speedway

Daytona Beach, FL — The 12th race of the 2010 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season is slated for Saturday, Sept. 18 with the F.W. Webb 100 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

At New Hampshire Motor Speedway:
History

•  Groundbreaking for New Hampshire International Speedway was Aug. 13, 1989.
•  The official opening was June 5, 1990 and the first NASCAR event was a NASCAR Nationwide Series race on July 15, 1990.
•  The first NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race was held on Sept. 2, 1990.
•  The track was renamed New Hampshire Motor Speedway in 2008.
•  NHMS is the largest racing oval – and the largest sports facility overall – in New England.
Notebook
•  There have been 51 NWMT races all-time at NHMS, the most of any facility outside the state of Connecticut.
•  There have been 16 different race winners, led by Tony Hirschman’s seven.
•  There have been 21 different pole winners, led by Ted Christopher and Jan Leaty with seven apiece.
•  Mike McLaughlin won the first NWMT race at NHMS in 1992 … He also won the inaugural NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race that same day.
•  Ryan Preece and Ron Silk are the defending pole and race winners of this event.
•  Ryan Newman was the pole and race winner in the NWMT’s first appearance at NHMS this year.
•  Among the probable race entries, six have won at NHMS including: Mike Stefanik (6), Christopher (5), Chuck Hossfeld (3), Newman (1), Silk (1) and Todd Szegedy (1).

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Tight Points Race as Whelen Modified Tour Comes to Stafford for 38th Annual CARQUEST Fall Final Weekend

Stafford Springs, CT — As the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour rumbles into Stafford Motor Speedway for the 38th Annual CARQUEST Fall Final Weekend, three drivers are within 100 points of each other in the chase for the 2010 Whelen Modified Tour Championship. Bobby Santos, III currently leads Ted Christopher by 32 points and Mike Stefanik is third, 61 points behind. With a stop in New Hampshire before the Tour hits Stafford for the penultimate race of the 2010 season, all three drivers at the top of the standings have strong Stafford credentials.

Santos was the class of the Tour field for the first two Stafford races this season, winning two Coors Light Pole Positions and finishing second and first. But a blown engine in the August Town Fair Tire 150 left him with a 23rd place finish, while Christopher finished fifth and Stefanik finished 2nd in that race. Even with the 23rd place showing last time out at Stafford, Santos has an average finish at Stafford this season of 8.3. Santos also has wins in the NEMA Midget and PRA Big Car Series at Stafford on his resume.

Christopher won the CARQUEST Spring Sizzler in April and finished 5th the last time out, but he finished a disappointing 12th in the May TSI Harley-Davidson 125. Christopher has found his groove of late at Stafford, taking his first SK Modified® feature victory of the season three weeks ago and he won last week’s Shark Cycle 100 for his 110th career win at the Connecticut half-mile.

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

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Ryan Posocco & Woody Pitkat Separated by only 4 Points with 2 Races to go in Late Model Championship Fight

Stafford Springs, CT — In the blink of an eye, the race for the 2010 Stafford Motor Speedway Late Model championship has come down to two former champions only 4 points apart with 2 races to go. Just several races ago, Ryan Posocco had what looked to be a comfortable 48 point lead over Woody Pitkat. But Pitkat has won the last 2 Late Model feature events while Posocco finished 6th and 18th in the last 2 races to see his point lead dwindled down from 48 to 4 points heading into the Final Friday Night Shoot-Out this Friday night and the season ending CARQUEST Fall Final Weekend on Oct. 2nd and 3rd.

“Stuff happens in racing, everyone on the team is pretty disgusted with how the last 2 weeks have gone for us,” said Posocco. “We started off the season with a couple of rough weeks and we were able to climb out of that hole during the summer and now it seems like we’re back to where we were in the beginning of the year with bad luck. It should be a fun last couple of races for the championship.”

“I haven’t been looking at that,” said Pitkat. “It was a longshot for us, but we just keep coming to win races and the points will fall where they fall. I was talking with Pat [Kretschman] about that last week about how hard it was to gain points and Pat told me that I better not give up because anything can happen. We never give up, we come here to win races and that’s what we’re going to keep on doing. I actually think it’s harder to lead than it is to chase, so right now we’re trying to do the best we can and we’re focused on winning races. I can’t thank my crew guys enough. We wrecked during the 100 lapper and we finished sixth and this past Friday night, the brake rotor exploded and they worked their butts off to get the car fixed and we won the race.”

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Statistical Advance: Analyzing The New Hampshire 125 At The “Magic Mile”

Daytona Beach, FL —  The penultimate race of the 2010 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East season will take place on Friday, Sept. 17 with the New Hampshire 125 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

At New Hampshire Motor Speedway:
History
•  Groundbreaking for New Hampshire International Speedway was Aug. 13, 1989.
•  The official opening was June 5, 1990 and the first NASCAR event was a NASCAR Nationwide Series race on July 15, 1990.
•  The first NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race was held on Sept. 2, 1990.
•  The track was renamed New Hampshire Motor Speedway in 2008.
•  The largest racing oval – and the largest sports facility overall – in New England.
Notebook
•  There have been 53 NKNPS East races all-time at NHMS, more than at any other track.
•  There have been 23 different race winners, led by Brad Leighton’s eight.
•  There have been 27 different pole winners, led by Kelly Moore’s six.
•  Eddie MacDonald has won three of the last five NKNPS East races at NHMS, and is the defending race and pole winner of this event.
•  Ryan Truex earned his first NHMS win this past June while Brett Moffitt captured the pole.
•  Among all entrants for the 2010 New Hampshire 125, only MacDonald (3) and Truex (1) have won at NHMS.

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PASS Super Late Model Thunder at White Mountain Friday

Naples, ME — The Pro All Stars Series (PASS) North super late models wrap up their tenth anniversary season on Friday September 17 with 150 12 second laps around one of the prettiest short tracks in the country, North Woodstock New Hampshire’s White Mountain Motorsports Park.

The series has crisscrossed New England since early May and there’s been plenty of excitement along the way. Bill Rodgers (Beech Ridge) and Dave Darling (Seekonk) beat the touring pros at their own game. Ben Rowe saw success with a new team. His dad Mike just kept on winning, scoring twice in his six 2010 PASS starts. Trevor Sanborn finally got his elusive PASS North win, and of course there’s point leader Johnny Clark’s phenomenal season with five wins and twelve top tens in the season’s first twelve events.

Clark took home the big trophy in the series’ first 2010 appearance at the Route 3 oval, but there are a number of familiar names that haven’t made their way into the 2010 win column and they will be looking to White Mountain to wrap up their season on a high note.

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