Archive for November, 2010

New England Racing Fuels Renews Stafford Speedway Contingency Program Sponsorship with Sunoco Gasoline

Stafford Springs, CT — Stafford Motor Speedway has announced that New England Racing Fuel with John Holland and Mike Joy have renewed their participation in the track’s Contingency Program for the upcoming 2011 season. New England Racing Fuel was the first company along with CARQUEST Auto Parts to join the SMS Contingency Program for the 1999 season and they have been part of the program every year since. The 2011 season will mark the 13th consecutive season that New England Racing Fuel has been a member of the SMS Contingency Program.

“We’re happy to be back at Stafford for another season,” said John Holland of New England Racing Fuel. “Stafford’s contingency program is a great program for us to be associated with. Over the years we’ve been involved some programs that haven’t worked out that well for us, but the Stafford program has been great. We’ve seen firsthand a great deal of positive feedback from the competitors who race at Stafford each week with our fuel bonus. Our goal is to have a program in place that gets the competitors excited and we’ve definitely found that with the contingency program at Stafford. We’re excited about being involved with another NASCAR racing season at Stafford.”

Last season saw New England Racing Fuel award competitors with a significant amount of free gasoline for their on-track performances. For the 2011 season, New England Racing Fuel will continue to provide fuel certificates in the amount of $50 to third place finishers in each SK Modified® and Late Model feature event, and a $25 fuel certificate to the first, second, and third place finishers in each SK Light Modified, Limited Late Model, and DARE Stock feature events. New England Racing Fuel will also continue to offer $25 fuel certificates to the top-3 finishing SK Modified® and Late Model teams who compete with the new SMS Spec Engine in each feature event during the 2011 season.

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Seekonk Speedway Moving Forward with Plans for 2010 Season Banquet

Seekonk, MA — With only 6 more weeks left before the 2010 season Awards Dinner and Dance, the Seekonk Speedway management team is putting the finishing touches on the 65th seasonal Awards Banquet. Once again, the Venus

De Milo, located on Route 6 in Swansea, MA will be the host for the largest short track awards ceremony in the Northeast, with over 600 guests celebrating the intense competition Seekonk Speedway offers. The 65th Awards Banquet & Celebration will be held on Saturday, January 15th, 2011.

Gracing the head table this year will be a couple of familiar faces, and a host of new ones. For the third year in a row, Ron Lauro’s machine has brought Fred Astle Jr to the top of the championship standings. They have become the second team in Pro Stock history to win 3 Pro Titles in a row, matching Norm Holden’s team from 1983-1985. Fred is also the second driver to win five titles, matching Vinny Annarummo.

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Tickets Now Available for 2011 New England Auto Racing Hall of Fame Induction Banquet

Tickets are now on sale for the 2011 New England Auto Racing Hall of Fame Induction Banquet slated to take place on January 30th at the LaRenaissance Banquet Hall in East Windsor, CT.

Literally hundreds of victories and dozens of championships are represented in the “Class of 2011.”

Drivers Punky Caron, Dan Meservey, Russ Nutting and Jerry Dolliver, car owners Rich & Ray Garuti, Stanley “Skip” Matczak, Vic Kangas, and Speedway Scene publisher Val Lesieur will be inducted at the 14th annual induction ceremony.

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Can you smell the turkey? Can you hear the chatter of friends and family? Is your heart full of anticipation of the coming celebration? Thanksgiving is one of the most popular holidays of the year. Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

This past weekend the church that I pastor, Emmanuel Baptist Church, had their Harvest Festival. We use the occasion of Thanksgiving to come together as one body in Christ. Let me explain. Emmanuel Baptist Church reaches out to several different people groups, Deaf, Hearing, Romanian, Moldavian, Central Asian, Nepali, Bhutanese and the list goes on. Most times we meet at different times because each service is in a different language. The Harvest Festival is different; we all come together for one worship service and to partake of the Lord’s Supper as one congregation.

This past Sunday was standing room only. We enjoyed worship together as each group brought something to share. No one understood all that was said, but God did. This was just a snapshot of heaven, all people from all nations together worshiping one God.
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American Canadian Tour to Florida Over Speedweeks

ACT at New Smyrna World Series

The American Canadian Tour (ACT) announced today that an agreement has been reached with New Smyrna Speedway (NSS) to bring the ACT Late Model teams from the Northeastern US and Canada to the historic ‘World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing’ at New Smyrna, Florida during the Daytona Speedweeks.

There will be two 100-lap events for ACT teams with back-to-back races on Sunday, February 13 and Monday, February 14, 2011.

“We mentioned to our teams at the end of this past season about the possibilities of a winter trip to Florida, and we have received great response from both sides of the border. This is really the ultimate ‘vacation racing’ for the northern teams. For many decades Robert Hart, Promoter of NSS, has created a great atmosphere for short track fans throughout the country with his 10-day ‘World Series’ event. ACT is excited to be the latest edition”, said Tom Curley, President of the American Canadian Tour.

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NEMA’s Top Rivalry to Continue in 2011

Brockton, MA — Per usual, the 2010 Northeastern Midget Association championship battles went to the final checker. Eventual champions #45 Dumo’s Desire Racing (owner) and Russ Stoehr (driver) stopped a #47 Bertrand Motorsports and Randy Cabral streak at two but couldn’t celebrate until finishing third, behind winner Cabral, at Thompson Speedway’s World Series.

The best news out of NEMA’s annual Awards Banquet Saturday, which celebrated the championship, was the rivalry will continue. “Yes, we will be racing in 2011,” Dumo’s Desire owner Laura Kibbe told the gathering at NEMA’s 2010 Awards Banquet at Whites of Westfield (MA).

“We look forward to racing against them and everybody else next year,” offered Tim Bertrand of Bertrand Motorsports.

The acceptance speeches of both owner Laura Kibbe, who rescued the most successful team in NEMA’s history after her father Gene Angelillo’s passing in March, and Stoehr were testimony to the evening’s emotion. “This was meant to be,” Kibbe said. Although the championship was not the primary objective, Kibbe none-the-less suggested “divine intervention” may have been a factor in what is the 15th championship for the team Gene and Marilyn Angelillo formed in 1980. Marilyn, who passed away in 2007, named it after Gene’s father “Dumo.”

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Dumo’s Desire, Russ Stoehr Top NEMA’s Award Winners

Westport, MA – “Devine Intervention” was the underlining element as Laura Kibbe’s Dumo’s Desire 45 and driver Russ Stoehr celebrated their championships Saturday night at the Northeastern Midget Association’s 2010 Awards Banquet at Whites of Westport. Following her dad Gene Angelillo’s death in March, Kibbe drew the forces together and went on to capture the team’s 15th championship (and Stoehr’s sixth) but only after a down-to-wire battle with the Bertrand Motorsports #47 and Randy Cabral.

2010 NEMA Banquet Photo Page HERE

Gene and Marilyn Angelillo were never far away from the goings on throughout the year.

Announcer Pete Falconi presided over a busy program that in addition to honoring the top owners and drivers in both NEMA and the Lites, included the usual host of trophies, many honoring the top names from NEMA’s 58-year history.

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NETS 2010 Champion Andy Lindeman, Crowned Along with Monadnock NASCAR Champions

The New England Truck Series joined in with Monadnock Speedway Competitors, Car Owners, and Race Teams on Saturday, November 20th, at the Log Cabin located in Holyoke, Ma to celebrate the 2010 race season and officially crown the champions with 400 people in attendance to reflect on the season. Michelle Cloutier, the speedway’s General Manager, welcomed the race teams and thanked all of them for their dedication and support throughout the 2010 season even in these tough economic times.

She also addressed the teams on how they all work together to make the speedway one of the best and most competitive short track in the East.

Accepting in the top ten awards (2nd through 10th) were 4-cylinder Enduros, Full Size Enduros, New England Race Trucks, Mini Stocks, Super Stocks, Outlaw Pros, Sportsman Modifieds and Tour Type Modifieds. NETS eligible final points finish, starting fifth- Derek Chriss NY, fourth – Greg Butler Jr. CT, third- Willy Auchmoody NY, and second, Gee Perry from CT. Rookie of the year was awarded to Craig Cashman NH.

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ACT Announces ACT Late Model Tour and Série ACT Castrol Edge Schedules

ACT Tours Top $1 Million

The 25 year-old American Canadian Tour announces over $1 million in purses and prize funds for its touring events in 2011. ACT releases 2011 schedules for its two Late Model touring series; the American-based ACT Late Model Tour and the Canadian-based Série ACT Castrol Edge. Schedules consist of 12 events for both tours including three combination events plus several non-point counting special events.

The ACT Late Model Tour will begin their campaign on Sunday, April 17 with the traditional NH Governor’s Cup 150 at Lee USA Speedway in Lee, NH. They will then have three events during the month of May starting with the Merchants Bank 150 at Thunder Road in Barre, VT on Sunday, May 1. Oxford Plains Speedway in Oxford, ME will have their first of two (2) events in 2011 on Sunday, May 15. The Tour will then complete their May schedule with their first ever trip to Devil’s Bowl Speedway in Fair Haven, VT on Sunday, May 22 with the 37th Annual Spring Green 111.

The Tour will make its annual visits to White Mountain Motorsports Park in North Woodstock, NH (Saturday, June 18), Twin State Speedway in Claremont, NH (Saturday, July 9), and Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in Scarborough, ME (Saturday, July 30).

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Keith Rocco, Ryan Posocco, Matt Galko, Dan Flannery & Tony Membrino, Jr. Honored as 2010 Stafford Speedway Track Champions

Stafford Springs, CT — Stafford Motor Speedway welcomed a guest list of nearly 500 people consisting of teams, drivers, sponsors, and employees this past Friday night, November 19 at the La Renaissance Banquet Facility in East Windsor to officially honor Keith Rocco, Ryan Posocco, Matt Galko, Dan Flannery, and Tony Membrino, Jr. as the 2010 Stafford Motor Speedway NASCAR Whelen All-American Series track champions.

With Stafford Motor Speedway broadcasters Matt Buckler and Joe Coss serving as the Masters of Ceremony, the 41st annual Stafford Motor Speedway NASCAR Champions Awards Ceremony not only honored the five track champions, it also honored the top-20 points finishers from the SK Modified®, Late Model, SK Light, Limited Late Model, and DARE Stock divisions. Other awards that were presented during the evening’s festivities were Most Popular Driver Awards, Most Improved Driver Awards, Reliable Welding & Speed Rookie of the Year awards, and the Craftsman Mechanic of the Year Award.

The race for the 2010 SK Modified® championship began and ended with Keith Rocco in victory lane. In between his season opening CARQUEST Tech-Net Spring Sizzler and CARQUEST Fall Final feature victories this season were 8 more feature wins to give Rocco a Stafford SK Modified® record 10 wins. In 20 starts this season, Rocco collected 16 top-5, and 19 top-10 finishes along with his 10 wins for an amazing average finish of 3.4, which allowed him to win the championship by a whopping 138-point margin over Woody Pitkat. Rocco also finished in 7th place in the Late Model points standings this season with one victory.

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Tenative 2011 ISMA Schedule Released

Canadian Venue Chaudiere Autodrome Added for July

Date Track/Event Laps Winner/Results
Sat. 28th Waterford Speedbowl (CT) 50

Tue. 28th Stafford Motor Speedway (CT) 50

Sat. 9th Oswego Speedway (NY) King of Wings 50
Sat. 16th Chaudiere Autodrome (Quebec Canada) 75
Sat. 23rd Airborne Speedway (NY) 50
Fri. 29th Sandusky Speedway (OH) 40
Sat. 30th Sandusky Speedway (OH) 100

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McKennedy Crowned Modified Racing Series Champion for 2010

West Springfield, MA – Jonathan McKennedy of East Chelmsford, MA, was crowned series champion for the second year in a row Saturday night, November 20, as the Modified Racing Series, sponsored by Bob Valenti AutoMall.Com, held it’s 7th annual awards banquet at the Clarion Hotel, W.Springfield, MA. McKennedy also claimed top honors in the car owner’s category. The 23-year-old driver was a four-time winner this season claiming wins at Lee, N.H., Waterford, CT., Seekonk, MA., and Claremont, N.H.

The evening was highlighted by the crowning of McKennedy, the presentation of specialty awards, the 2011 schedule being disclosed, and a major announcement for Ricky’s Race For Kids, in honor of the late Ricky Miller, an annual event that benefits David’s House, Lebanon, N.H.

Following opening remarks by host Peter Newsham, series president and founder Jack Bateman gave his annual State of the Series presentation speaking of another successful season and what competitors can expect looking ahead to 2011.

Bateman announced that the signing of a three-year deal with Bob Valenti Auto Mall as the title sponsor for the series. Beginning in 2011, the touring division will be known as the Valenti Modified Racing Series.

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Valenti Modified Racing Series Announces 18- Race Tentative Schedule

W. Springfield, MA — Valenti Modified Racing Series President Jack Bateman announced last night a tentative 18-race schedule for the 2011 season. Bateman disclosed the schedule at the series annual awards banquet in West. Springfield, MA.“The schedule is tentative at this point while some options are worked out,” Bateman told the gathering.

The newly announced line-up features a return to Waterford, CT., Speedbowl for that tracks season opener, a second date at Stafford Springs Motor Speedway, Stafford Springs, CT., and a return to Airborne Speedway, Plattsburgh, NY.

Gone from the schedule are Thunder Road Speed Bowl, Barre, VT, and Albany Saratoga Speedway, Malta, NY.

Waterford Speedbowl will host the series, March 26 & 27, as part of their Blastoff Weekend and again Aug 20, with their popular “Wings and Wheels” program.

In keeping with tradition, the series, entering it’s eighth year, will kick off it’s New England schedule at Monadnock Speedway, Winchester, NH, April 30, and return there July 2, for the tracks Independence Day celebration.

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Huge Purse Announced for Ricky’s Race at Canaan in 2011

W. Springfield, MA — In a joint announcement last night, Valenti Modified Racing Series President and founder, Jack Bateman, and retired racing great Donnie Miller Sr, disclosed, the annual event, Ricky’s Race For Kids, will carry a purse of $36,350, the largest payoff in the eight year history of New England’s premier modified racing series. The race is scheduled for July 16 at Canaan Fair Speedway, Canaan, NH.

The announcement was made at the 7th annual Valenti Modified Racing Series awards banquet held at the Clarion Hotel, W. Springfield, MA.

“Tom Curley once said to me, (we) need a marquee event for the series. I believe we have one,” said an excited Bateman. “This is really going to be special. I would like to thank everyone involved for putting this together.”

Miller, the father of the late race driver who died in 2004 from race related injuries, was just as enthused especially when talking about the payoff. “With the support of some very special people, and sponsorships, this race is going to pay some real good money. We are excited.”

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Sixteen 2011 Races for PASS North Super Late Models

Two Oxford Plains Speedway events, dates at Star Speedway & L’Autodrome Chaudière


Naples, ME — Pro All Stars Series (PASS) President Tom Mayberry has released a sixteen race 2011 schedule for the popular touring super late models.

“I’m exceptionally happy with our 2011 PASS North super late model schedule, “said Mayberry in making the announcement. “It’s the best schedule we’ve been able to assemble in the series’ eleven year history; I think 2011will prove to be a banner year for PASS North.”

Returning venues include Maine’s fabled Oxford Plains Speedway for two dates. The PASS super late models will tour the tough Oxford oval for the first time in five years, headlining the “Night Before the 250” race card on July 23rd and closing out the 2011 campaign on October 1st. Star Speedway returns to the schedule on May 14th and PASS North will mark it’s return to Quebec, Canada on June 25 with an appearance at L’Autodrome Chaudière.

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Rowe Repeats As Maine Champion

New England legend defends state title in close battle

Daytona Beach, FL —  Even in a self-professed down year, Mike Rowe was able to add to his championship resume.

The 60-year-old from Turner, Maine, collected his second straight NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Maine championship. Rowe, who has won multiple track and series championships throughout New England, brought home his first NASCAR title last year. He successfully defended that crown by a slim five-point margin over Dan McKeage.

Rowe had one win, seven top fives and 11 top 10s in 12 starts at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in Scarborough, Maine. While he finished third to track champion McKeage and runner-up David Oliver in Beech Ridge’s Pro Series Division, Rowe was able to accumulate enough points to claim the state title.

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Standing By Your Side

As we continue the theme of giving thanks, let us give some thought to those who stand by us as we walk through life. I am thankful for my friend and wife, Lynda. She has helped me, nurtured me, supported me and loved me. Who is standing by your side? Let them know how much their support means to you. Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

In racing we have a team surrounding us and when that team is working at its best, each member pulls their own weight. When one member becomes weak the other members can pick up the slack. However, that team will fail if the members refuse to give and take for the good of the team. Challenges in racing come and the team that is the most flexible has the best chance for overcoming those challenges.

In our lives we also face challenges. God did not intend for us to face them alone. He provides for each one of us that asks him for a helpmate to walk by our side. We all need held dealing with our weaknesses.

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McKennedy To Be Honored For Second MRS Championship

Canaan, N.H. — East Chelmsford, Massachusetts’s driver Jon McKennedy will be crowned 2010 Modified Racing Series Champion, Saturday night, November 20, when the New England based  touring division, sponsored by BobValentiAutoMall.Com, honors its competitors for their accomplishments. The 7th annual banquet will be held at the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center, W.Springfield, Massachusetts.

McKennedy captured both the driving championship and car owner’s title for the 2010 campaign. The 23 year-old driver joins three-time champion, Kirk Alexander, as the only other driver to win back-to-back championships.

“Winning a second championship is a neat deal,” said the eleven-time race winner. “This series (MRS) has stepped up the last couple of years. The competition is tough.”

Like 2009, McKennedy won four races enroute to the title. The only difference this season was the purchase of a new Race Works Chassis, a potent car he put in victory lane the first night out at Waterford, Connecticut.

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Bill Balser to Receive NEAR 2011 Jack Ratta Memorial Media Award

Pioneering New England auto racing photographer Bill Balser has been selected as the recipient of the New England Antique Racers 2011 Jack Ratta Memorial Award.

Balser will accept the award at the 14th annual New England Auto Racing Hall of Fame Induction Banquet on Sunday, Jan. 30 at LaRenaissance Banquet Hall in East Windsor, CT. Ticket forms and further information will be on the NEAR website ( in the near future.

Hailing from Brocton, MA. Balser’s distinguished career in auto racing photography began during the 1950s. He regularly shot at tracks such as West Peabody, Westboro, Norwood, Seekonk, and Lakeville in Massachusetts, and also Connecticut’s Thompson Speedway and Brookline, NH, among others.

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2011 Southern Mod Schedule Announced

Traditional Venues With New Events At Hickory And Thompson

Daytona Beach, FL —  NASCAR has announced the 2011 NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour schedule that features 14 races at nine different tracks.

The seventh season of Whelen Southern Modified Tour competition will commence at Caraway Speedway on March 13 in the first of six events at the .455-mile oval, which has played host to more all-time Southern Tour events than any other facility.

Bowman Gray Stadium, the hotbed of Modified racing in the south, will once again welcome the Whelen Southern Modified Tour on Aug. 6. Like Caraway, Bowman Gray has been a fixture of the Southern Tour’s schedule since its inception.

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NASCAR Announces 2011 Whelen Modified Tour Schedule

Highlights Include: Thompson Special Event, First International Race, Third Event In Loudon

Daytona Beach, FL — NASCAR has announced the 2011 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour schedule which features 16 races, highlighted by a new special event at a historic New England track, and the inaugural venture to Canada.

The 27th season of the Whelen Modified Tour will see NASCAR’s oldest division return to traditional venues like Connecticut’s Thompson International Speedway and Stafford Motor Speedway a combined eight times in 2011. Stafford will retain the four dates it has carried in recent seasons while Thompson has moved its August race to June and added a special event for September.

On Sept. 11, Thompson will bring both the Whelen Modified and Whelen Southern Modified Tours to its .625-mile oval for a new event that will feature an exciting format. There will be separate 125-lap, points-paying races for each Tour. The top 15 finishers of each race will then line up for a 50-lap non-points “dash for the cash” race.

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Duane Provost Wins Reliable Welding and Speed Limited Late Model Rookie of the Year Honors at Stafford Speedway

Stafford Springs, CT — After five seasons in Stafford’s DARE Stock division, Duane Provost made a successful transition to the Limited Late Model division and he secured the Reliable Welding and Speed Rookie of the Year title with 14 top-10 finishes in 21 starts with a best finish of 5th. Heading into the 2010 season, Provost had five years of DARE Stock experience at Stafford to lean on, but he quickly found out that he was dealing with a totally different car than he was accustomed to in the DARE Stock division.

“I spent 5 years in the DARE Stock division and I found that the Limited cars are a lot more sensitive than the DARE cars,” said Provost. “The DARE car is a little easier to get around the track, there are a lot more tools on the Limited that you can change to make the car faster around the track. You can’t really take big swings at the car, if you change a little something here or there, it affects the entire car. This year was really a no pressure year for me, just learning what it takes to make the car faster. I had the car pretty good up until a night where I got hard into the wall and then it became a bit unpredictable. I’ll take the car and get it looked at and have it ready to go for next year.”

Getting the chassis looked at isn’t the only plans that Provost has for his car for the 2011 season.

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Matt Galko Wins Reliable Welding and Speed SK Light Modified Rookie of the Year Honors at Stafford Speedway

Stafford Springs, CT — For the second consecutive season, Stafford’s SK Light Modified division saw a rookie driver win the track championship as well as the Reliable Welding and Speed Rookie of the Year title. Matt Galko followed Michael Gervais, Jr. in turning the feat, giving car owner Tim Rowe his first championship as a car owner at Stafford. Galko was locked in a season long duel with fellow rookie competitors Tommy Barrett, Jr. and Joey Cipriano, III for both the track championship as well as the rookie title.

“You can only be Rookie of the Year once, so it was nice to win that award,” said Galko. “Our goal at the beginning of the season was to win Rookie of the Year, but we never figured that we would be able to win the championship in our first season. Towards the middle of the season, Joey and Tommy were both up there in the points, so we figured that we would have to win the championship in order to win the Rookie of the Year.”

Galko started the season strong with a top-5 in the season opening Spring Sizzler and he picked up his first feature victory in only his fifth start. Galko moved into the points lead midway through the season, but Barrett caught fire during the summer, winning 9 out of 12 races to overtake Galko heading into the season ending CARQUEST Fall Final in the chase for both the track championship and the Rookie of the Year title.

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Tim Fogg Wins Reiable Welding and Speed Rookie of the Year Honors at Stafford Speedway

Stafford Springs, CT — After several years away from competition at Stafford, former SK Light Modified competitor Tim Fogg returned to the Late Model division this season and he captured the 2010 Reliable Welding and Speed Rookie of the Year award. Fogg and the #51 Rollins Automotive team made 7 starts this season with a best finish of 11th coming in the season ending CARQUEST Fall Final event.

“It’s kind of funny that we ended up winning Rookie of the Year,” said Fogg. “Our plan at the beginning of the year was to only run 3 or 4 races. We had been working on this car for a while now, and after our first couple of races, we saw that we were in contention for the rookie title. We’re on a tight budget, but we were able to scrape some money together and we made a few more races and I think that we did pretty well for what we had.”

Fogg and the #51 team made the first two races of the 2010 season, then ran 2 more during the summer, and finally they ran 3 of the last 4 races, with their two best finishes of the year coming in their last 2 races.
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Josh Sylvester Wins Reliable Welding and Speed SK Modified® Rookie of the Year Honors at Stafford Speedway

Stafford Springs, CT — For the second time in his racing career, Josh Sylvester has become a Reliable Welding and Speed Rookie of the Year winner. Sylvester previously was the 2007 SK Light Modified Rookie of the Year and he is now the 2010 SK Modified® Rookie of the Year, outlasting a pair of former SK Light Modified drivers in John Montesanto and Michael Gervais, Jr. For the season, Sylvester drove to 1 top-5 and 5 top-10 finishes this season to finish in 16th place in the SK Modified® standings.

“I didn’t really consider myself a rookie,” said Sylvester. “This was my third season driving an SK car and we ran the Fall Final race at Stafford last year, so we knew what we were getting into.”

Sylvester and the #21 Silberman Heating and Cooling team began the year with a near top-10 as they finished 11th in the season opening Spring Sizzler, but they struggled to get a good finish until the SK Modified® 100, where Sylvester earned his first top-10 finish of the year with a 7th place finish. Sylvester and the team caught fire towards the end of the season with 3 of their 5 top-10 finishes coming in the last 5 races of the year, including their season best finish of 5th on September 10th.

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NASCAR Modified Champions Allison & Santos at Stafford

As part of a celebration of NASCAR’s various Touring division champions, NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion Bobby Santos, III was joined by NASCAR Legend and Hall of Famer Bobby Allison in a photo shoot at Stafford Motor Speedway. Allison previously served as the Grand Marshal of the CARQUEST Fall Final two years ago as part of the 60 years of Whelen Modified Tour racing celebration that matched former Modifed champions with current Modified champions.

Sources: Stafford Motor Speedway PR

NHMS Announces Second ACT Event for 2011

Two ACT Events at NHMS in 2011

Building on the success of the past two ACT Invitationals, officials from New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS) and the American Canadian Tour (ACT) announced today that the largest touring late model series will add a second event to the ‘Magic Mile’ in 2011.

The event will be presented as part of the IZOD Indy Car Series weekend on August 12-13, 2011 at the largest sports and entertainment facility in New England, the region’s only super speedway. The NASCAR Whelen Modified Division will join the ACT Late Models as part of an ‘ALL STAR’ weekend for short track racing, featuring full-fender ACT Late Models and the very popular open-wheeled NASCAR Modifieds.

“The past two years, the ACT Invitational has provided entertaining and exciting racing for our fans here,” said Jerry Gappens, executive vice president and general manager of NHMS. This premier short track touring series helped grow our annual September NASCAR Saturday into a great tripleheader.

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Tickets to Go On Sale for Coffee Cup at Dunkin’ Donuts Center

Providence, RI — Exciting Indoor Auto Racing returns to the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence for a one-day show this year on Saturday, February 5th. Tickets for the event, which features the exciting Three Quarter Midgets, go on sale Friday, Nov. 12, at 10 am at all Ticketmaster locations and the Dunkin’ Donut Center box office.

“We are extremely pleased to be returning to Providence and the Dunkin’ Donuts Center again,” said event organizer Len Sammons. “Our reception there from drivers, fans and staff at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in the past has been incredible and we can’t wait to return for this action packed one-day show.”

The 2nd annual Coffee Cup will be held on the eve of the Super Bowl.

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Are You There Yet?

Do you remember those holiday trips, the ones to visit relatives you don’t even know? Maybe even those long road trips to distant races, do you remember that familiar refrain “Are we there yet?” The question comes to mind and with the additional refrain, Where is there? Greeting in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

This past week I made a trip down to the Charlotte area for a couple of races. This year we had things to do at both Concord Speedway and The Dirt Track at Charlotte. Mixed in with that we had several folks to meet with and shops to visit. The question came up, are we there yet? Where?

What day is it? What track am I at? No. I really don’t mind all the traveling. In fact we took the long way home and made some visits along the way.

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James Takes Wild North-South Shootout 125

Concord, NC — The CRA Super Series North-South Shootout 125 presented by WearCrete Diamond Concrete Polishing at Concord Speedway had a little of everything – a car on its top on the second lap and another on lap 106, the leader running out of fuel during a caution with only 14 laps left and a first time CRA Super Series winner, Colt James.

Bobby Measmer, Jr. WearCrete Racing with Jeff Fultz Fast Qualifier set fast time during qualifying on Friday evening with a time of 15.688 seconds, just ahead of Jimmy Weller who turned a lap of 15.700, putting Measmer on the pole for the start. The heat races used to set the lineup for 10th through 20th for the North/South Shootout 125 were cancelled due to inclement weather when rain settled in for the evening. The lineups were then set using qualifying times only.

The CRA portion of the North-South Shootout started just after the sun set on a cool night at Concord Speedway following a very exciting day that included a portion of the back stretch fence being torn down by a car in the first feature of the day.

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