Archive for October 11th, 2010

Jarvis Hoping Home Track Advantage Helps, Hirschman to Sub at Twin State

Claremont, NH — Dwight Jarvis, the veteran racer from Ascutney, VT, knows a thing or two about Twin State Speedway. He has been a multi-time winner and a champion there during his long illustrious career, and the 2006 Modified Racing Series Champion, hopes his knowledge and success at his old stomping grounds will benefit him this weekend when the Modified Racing Series, sponsored by Bob Valenti Automall.Com, returns to it’s roots, as part of the 3rd annual “Fall Challenge” at the Claremont, NH. facility.

The popular open-wheel series, recently added to this weekends 10-division program, comes to the Upper Valley with a very competitive finish to the season and a two-car battle for the title between Jarvis and defending champion, Jon McKennedy, of East Chelmsford, MA.

Jarvis finished 12th in the 100 lap event at Seekonk, MA, last weekend. McKennedy won the event, his third this season. That resulted in Jarvis dropping back 41 points behind McKennedy. With only one race left at Lee, NH, after this weekends two-day program, Jarvis hopes for strong finishes the next two weeks.
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Twin State Fall Challenge Features Modified Racing Series and Area Track Champions

Claremont, NH — When the green flag drops on the 3rd annual “Fall Challenge” this weekend at Claremont’s Twin State Speedway, several area division champions will be in competition, all part of the ten-division two-day race program scheduled, Oct 16 & 17; at the Upper Valley race facility.

In addition, Twin State will be the next to last stop on the Modified Racing Series tour as that championship is still being contested. Local favorite and former Twin State champion, Dwight Jarvis of Acutney, VT, is in a heated battle for the 2010 title. Jon McKennedy, Chelmsford, MA, and Jacob Dore, Sanford, ME, both winners last year at Twin State, are just a few of the MRS drivers expected.

2010 Twin State Champions lead the list of entries looking to close out the season in victory lane. Many track regulars that compete in the weekly racing series have shown interest in the season finale, Late Model Champion Guy Caron, of Lempster, NH, will headline the Late Model division. Second place finisher in the point standings, Aaron Fellows, Croydon, N.H., is also expected Grantham, NH’s, Michael Willis, the Pepsi Modified track champion, will try to defend his home-turf with Monadnock Speedway Sportsman-Modified champion Bill Kimball, of Bennington, NH, expected.

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News & Notes: Whelen Modified Tour Title to be Decided at Thompson World Series

Eyes On the Prize: Santos, Stefanik for Tour Title

For the 17th time in the 26-year history of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, Thompson (Conn.) International Speedway will be the site of the Tour’s season finale, and for the third year in a row the Sunoco World Series of Speedway racing will determine the Tour champion.

Just 37 points will separate leader Bobby Santos from second-place Mike Stefanik as the Whelen Modified Tour makes its third and final stop of the year at Thompson. Santos was the victor in the Tour’s season-opening race at the .625-mile speedway in April, and has maintained the points lead following 11 of the 12 races since.

In the two previous seasons, the driver with the lead coming into the World Series has held serve. Ted Christopher carried a 35-point lead on Matt Hirschman and wound up in Victory Lane to clinch his first Whelen Modified Tour championship in 2008. A year ago, Donny Lia possessed a 26-point advantage on Ryan Preece and, although Preece finished second in the race, Lia’s fourth-place effort was more than enough to clinch his second crown in three years.

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Kristen Costa Promoted to Director of Communications

Loudon, NH — New Hampshire Motor Speedway Executive Vice President and General Manager, Jerry Gappens, today announced the promotion of Kristen Costa to Director of Communications at New England’s largest sports and entertainment facility.

Costa will now be responsible for the day-to-day management of the communications department; which includes publicity, promotions, media outreach, web-site management, event programs, and more.

The New Hampshire native joined “The Magic Mile” part-time in 2004 as the Public Relations Assistant. In 2005 Costa was hired full- time as the Communications Manager. Costa is a 2004 graduate of Southern New Hampshire University’s Three-Year Undergraduate Honors Degree Program in Business Administration and she received her a Master’s of Business Administration and a Certificate in Marketing in 2005. She resides in Nashua N.H.
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Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing this Weekend at Thompson

Thompson, CT — The Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing presented by XTRA MART will be held at the Thompson International Speedway this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. This three-day high speed extravaganza is a one-of-a-kind auto racing event that brings nearly every type and style of race car and race truck to one location for a season-ending grand finale.

For 36 years the Sunoco World Series has drawn down the curtain on Thompson’s racing season. It has grown over the years to where it now includes fifteen different divisions of racing competition and provides fans with a great weekend of racing and fun in the party filled atmosphere.

Headlining the racing action is the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and the incredible Super Modifieds of ISMA. Add to that the might Midgets of NEMA, the N.E. Truck Series, Pro 4 Modifieds, Thompson’s own NASCAR Whelen All-American “Super 6” divisions, SK Sunoco Lights and a host of “outlaw” divisions and it quickly becomes a racing weekend like no other.

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News & Notes: Historic Points Battle Set

Thursday’s Season Finale Will Decide 2010 Champion

It will finally be decided Thursday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway. In the closest battle for the championship in the history of the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour, five drivers head to the UNOH Southern Slam 150 with a shot at the title. The race will be held on the quarter-mile track at the famed oval Thursday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

James Civali (No. 79 Hill Enterprises/Coors Light/LeBleu Water Dodge) leads Andy Seuss (No. 47 Q Racing Oil/Rockingham Boats/MUA Dodge) by just three points. The previous closest was in 2006, when Junior Miller led Tim Brown by just four heading into the final race and Miller wound up winning the championship by six.

In addition, five drivers are separated by just 65 points. In 2006, Miller captured the title by winning the race with Brown finishing second.

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McKennedy Wires Seekonk Field for Third Win

Seekonk, MA — Jon McKennedy, of East Chelmsford, MA, moved closer to a potential championship Sunday as he won the 100 lap Modified Racing Series, DAV Fall Classic, at the Seekonk Speedway, Seekonk, MA. The race was McKennedy’s third win and his 10th career victory with the New England based touring division, sponsored by BobValentiAutoMall.com. McKennedy started on the pole and led the entire event. He also became the seventh different winner of the annual race at Seekonk.

McKennedy held off the constant challenges of Richard Savary, Canton, MA, for the first 70 laps. Todd Annarummo, of Swansea, MA, moved to second on a restart following a red flag situation due to a severe glare problem caused by bright sunshine that created a safety hazard for competitors.

When the race resumed, Annarummo pressured McKennedy to the finish but was unable to get by the race leader. “It was a tough race holding of Todd. We were loose the whole race, I had to adapt a little bit.100 laps felt like 200 laps. It was tiring. I had my hands full. Todd has a lot of laps here; he’s the last guy I wanted back there. Luckily we were able to hold him off,” said the defending champion.

[Seekonk Fri. Photo Gallery] by Nicholas Teto
[Seekonk Sat. Photo Gallery] by Nicholas Teto
[Seekonk Sun. Photo Gallery] by Nicholas Teto

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