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Sylvania Lights the Way for NASCAR Team Haulers

‘Hauler Headlights for Safer Nights’ Initiative to Help Improve Drivers’ Night-Time Visibility On Their Cross Country Treks

Loudon, NH — As the NASCAR haulers left New Hampshire Motor Speedway after the SYLVANIA 300, new rays of light were shining thanks in part to SYLVANIA. The leader in automotive lighting provided 25 NASCAR teams with a set of SilverStar(r) ULTRA headlights for its ‘Hauler Headlights for Safer Nights’ initiative.

“With all the hours and miles the teams dock on the road, night-time driving visibility is crucial. Fall is right around the corner, and there is still another month and a half to go before the race season officially ends, so hauler drivers will be spending more time driving in the dark,” said Joe Verbanic, Marketing Manager for SYLVANIA. “We know it’s critical for drivers to have excellent visibility so that they can see better and are able to recognize hazards like debris, traffic distractions, animals, and most importantly, pedestrians. Whiter, brighter headlights benefit all drivers and should become a staple for those who are either uncomfortable driving at night or could benefit from an improved field of vision.”

Several NASCAR teams are participating in the safety effort, including Michael Waltrip Racing, Joe Gibbs Racing, Robby Gordon Motorsports and Hendrick Motorsports. They all agreed to spend a few extra minutes swapping out their old headlights for a set of SilverStar(r) ULTRA headlights by SYLVANIA before leaving the New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

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News & Notes: Five Vying For Championship

Top Five All Have Shot At Title

In what has become somewhat of an expected outcome in a NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour event, there was a change atop the standings for the fifth consecutive race after the first-ever race held for the tour earlier this month at Langley Speedway.

James Civali (No. 79 Hill Enterprises/Coors Light/LeBleu Water Dodge) finished second in the race, but he was able to use his runner-up finish to vault back into the lead.

Andy Seuss (No. 47 Q Racing Oil/Rockingham Boats/MUA Dodge) finished fifth at Langley and was able to hold on to second place in the standings, eight points behind Civali (1,300-1,292) and 11 points ahead of third place.

L.W. Miller (No. 36 John Baker Plumbing & Utilities Pontiac) finished eighth to fall out of the points lead for the second time in the past three races.

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NEMA Ready for Traditional Ending

The battle for the 2010 Northeastern Midget Association championships comes down to two traditional stops for the 59-year old club – the D. Anthony Venditti Fall Classic at Seekonk Speedway Oct. 9-10 and Oct. 15-17 World Series at Thompson Speedway. It comes down to two different challenges – the “ultimate momentum” track followed by the fastest track on the slate.

Coming off a victory in the Angelillo Memorial at Waterford Speedbowl, Russ Stoehr and the Dumo’s Desire team have 22-point edges on Randy Cabral and the Bertrand Motorsports operation. It is, however, hardly the time for celebrations heading into a pair of facilities where Cabral ranks second and first on the all-time win list. Still the Dumo’s Desire outfit is determined to add to the 13 championships resume of the late Marilyn and Gene Angelillo.

Each has won three times this season. A five-time champ, Stoehr now has 43 career wins, two behind third-place Nokie Forbore on NEMA’s all-time list. With 29, two-time defending champion Cabral, in his 11th season, is tied with Johnny Mann in sixth place. Six of Cabral’s wins have come at Seekonk, eight at Thompson including one this year when he held off Stoehr by inches. Stoehr’s figures are five at Seekonk, three at Thompson.
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Three-Time Danbury Racearena Champion Kenny Webb Passes at 79

Kenneth Webb, age 79 of New Milford, loving husband, father, grandfather and friend, died peacefully in the arms of his wife on Friday, September 17, 2010.

He was born in Somers, N.Y. in 1931 to Frank and Elmira Webb, and sibling to Dorothy Gallo, Margaret Ford and Frank Webb. At age 17 he joined the Navy and served from 1949 to 1952 during the Korean War.

Ken had a passion for racing. A founding member of the Southern New York Racing Association and three time champion, he raced at Danbury Racearena until its closing in 1981.

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