Archive for January 7th, 2011

CARQUEST Auto Parts & Stafford Speedway Launch an Impressive Field of Champions and Charities

Stafford Springs, CT — CARQUEST and Stafford Motor Speedway have begun the New Year in the spirit of giving by extending personal invitations to open-wheel Champions for the very first CARQUEST Champions for Charities event.

“With the driving talent that we have lined up, it’s going to be a great fight to see who will end up in victory lane as the race winner,” said Rich Pallai, Vice President of Marketing for CARQUEST. “However, the biggest winner will be the charities that the drivers are racing for.”

Special invitations have been sent to past and current champions from the Whelen Modified Tour, Whelen All-American Series, ISMA Super Modifieds, Modified Racing Series, and Stafford’s SK Modified® divisions to form a star-studded cast that will pilot Senior Outlaw Go-Karts all in the name of charity. A list of 12 drivers has been confirmed for the CARQUEST Champions for Charities race, which will be held in conjunction with the CARQUEST Extreme Tuesday program.

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Vermont Motorsports Magazine Names 2010 Driver of the Year Candidates

Over sixty stock car racers nominated for fan awards

Burlington, VT — The Vermont Motorsports Magazine website (www.vtmotormag.com) has announced the nominations for its second annual “Driver of the Year” awards. The fan-voted awards will recognize stock car drivers from Vermont or racing in Vermont for their efforts during the 2010 season across ten categories.

A diverse group of sixty-two drivers from asphalt, dirt, full-fender, and open-wheel disciplines make up the ballot.

Competitors are nominated for selection for “Driver of the Year” awards in the Open Wheel, Late Model/Limited/Sportsman, and Four Cylinder categories, as well as categories for Touring Series drivers and those competing at Vermont’s three weekly race tracks: Bear Ridge Speedway in Bradford, Devil’s Bowl Speedway in West Haven, and Thunder Road Int’l Speedbowl in Barre. There also nominations for Breakout Driver of the Year and Youth Driver of the Year.

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New Hampshire Motor Speedway Featured at Two Local Trade Shows This Weekend

Loudon, NH — New Hampshire Motor Speedway will be featured this weekend at two New England area expositions, the Northeast Motorcycle Expo in Providence, R.I. and the Northeast Motorsports Expo in Augusta, Maine.

“The Magic Mile” will showcase a variety of displays, raffle drawings and past race footage.

The Northeast Motorsports Expo is a racers paradise, bringing together numerous vendor displays, exhibits and autograph sessions throughout the weekend.

The show kicks off today at the Augusta Civic Center from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information please visit http://www.northeastmotorsportsexpo.net/.

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Made-for-TV Movie Features New Hampshire Motor Speedway

Loudon, NH — New Hampshire Motor Speedway will make its movie debut Saturday in the made-for-television family drama “Change of Plans,” which airs at 8 p.m. (EST) on FOX.

Jeff Burton, a veteran NASCAR driver and four-time winner at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, worked with the cast and crew in filming “The Magic Mile’s” scene during the SYLVANIA 300 weekend in September.

The movie, presented by Procter & Gamble and Wal-Mart, demonstrates how lives can change with a single phone call. After finding out her best friend from college was killed in an accident, Sally Danville (Brooke White, “American Idol”) learns she has been named the legal guardian of her friend’s four children. Sally and her husband, Jason (Joe Flanigan, “Stargate Atlantis”), must learn to parent this instant family and help the children deal with culture clashes and life in America.

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ACT New Smyrna Field Adds Ford Power with Latest Entries

The battle for the Goodyear Speedweeks Cup just got tougher with the announcement from the American Canadian Tour (ACT) that three of the powerhouse Ford teams in ACT will make the trip to the sunshine state for the first ever New Smyrna Speedway (NSS) World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing.

Joey Polewarcyzk, Jr. (Pole) from Hudson, NH was the hottest driver on the ACT at the end of 2010. His wins at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS) ACT Invitational last September were followed up with a $15,000 payday at the Peoples United Bank Milk Bowl at Thunder Road Speedbowl in Barre, VT. Pole finished the touring season with a stunning performance in the 150-lap closer at the Waterford Speedbowl in Connecticut.

“I had a great finish to what started out as being a little frustrating while we tried to get our Ford program mastered during the first half of the season. I have to give my dad (Joe Pole Sr.) and the whole team a lot of credit for the effort they put in to get the car to work. It sure paid off when we got to NHMS and Thunder Road for those big races,” said Pole.

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Keith Rocco Ends 2010 Season at Top of Stafford Speedway Online Power Ratings

Stafford Springs, CT — While drivers compete against the rest of their respective division for track championship glory, what would happen if drivers from different divisions were able to compete against one another? For an answer to this question, Stafford Motor Speedway has the SMS Online Power Ratings, which measures a driver’s success against drivers from their own division as well as drivers from other divisions. Based on Stafford’s Power Ratings formula, Keith Rocco was the best driver at Stafford this season out of the 181 drivers who scored a championship point.

The Power Ratings is derived from a very simple formula based on a driver’s top-10 finishes. For a victory, a driver earns 100 “power points”, and each subsequent position is 10 points less with the minimum total being 10 “power points” for a 10th place finish. A drivers total “power points” are then divided by the number of feature events that their division has raced, which gives the driver their Power Rating.

Four of the top-5 drivers in the final 2010 Power Ratings were track champions. 2010 Whelen All-American Series National Champion Keith Rocco led the way with his 10 wins, 16 top-5, and 19 top-10 finishes giving him a final Power Rating of 78.0. Woody Pitkat was the only other driver to break the 70-point barrier with his Late Model performance giving him a Power Rating of 71.5. Pitkat is also the only driver that appears twice in the top-25 of the Power Ratings with his SK Modified® season placing him in 19th with a Power Rating of 50.0. Late Model champion Ryan Posocco was third with a Power Rating of 66.5, DARE Stock champion Tony Membrino, Jr. was fourth with a Power Rating of 65.7, and Limited Late Model champion Dan Flannery was fifth with a Power Rating of 65.2. SK Light Champion Matt Galko was the only driver to not make the top-5, as he came in with a 13th place finish Power Rating of 55.7. Rounding out the top-10 behind the four track champions and Pitkat was Tommy Barrett, Jr., Dave Yardley, III, Kyle Casagrande, Dillon Moltz, and Jeff Jolly.

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Stafford SK Light Modified Competitor Steve Greer Has Big Plans for 2011 Season

Stafford Springs, CT — Stafford Motor Speedway SK Light Modified driver Steve Greer has a big 2011 season planned for himself and his Gunsmoke Stables team. After a disappointing 2010 season that saw him race in only 11 of 21 races and a finish of 23rd place in the final points standings, Greer has announced that his team will switch their equipment from Raceworks to CD Chassis. Greer will also have two teammates for the 2011 season with drivers Earl Pelletier and Joey Cipriano and the R.F. Parker Motorsports team.

“We’re excited about this season and we’re itching to get going,” said Greer. “We were happy with the Raceworks car, but we wanted to see what we could do with a CD car. The 2010 season was definitely a little bit disappointing for us, but we’re looking to come back full-time this year. I’m really excited about working with Earl and Joey this year. It’s a mutually beneficial partnership with them. Earl is a great mechanic and Joey’s family is great at fabricating parts and pieces, so they help us out in those two areas and we are able to help them out sponsorshipwise with our Gunsmoke Stables.”

The SK Light division at Stafford won’t be the only place where Greer will be lending a helping hand this season. Greer will also supply Heather DesRochers with a spec engine as she looks to capture Reliable Welding and Speed Rookie of the Year honors in Stafford’s SK Modified® division this year.

“We’re also going to be helping Heather DesRochers out this season,” said Greer. “I have a spec engine from R.A.D. Automachine that was sitting around the shop and I’m not going to make the move up anytime soon, so we figured we’d help Heather out by letting them use that motor as they try to win Rookie of the Year this season.”

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DARE Stock Champion Tony Membrino, Jr. Searching for Sponsorship to Move Up to SK Light Modified Division at SMS

Stafford Springs, CT — Tony Membrino, Jr. fulfilled a lifelong dream during the 2010 season at Stafford Motor Speedway by winning the DARE Stock track championship. Now that Membrino has accomplished his dream of winning a championship at Stafford, he is looking for bigger and better things to add to his racing resume with a move into the track’s SK Light Modified division. But before that can happen, Membrino needs to find some sponsorship.

“Right now, we’re looking for sponsorship,” said Membrino. “I’ve been putting together proposals, brochures, you name it. We’re doing everything we can to try to generate some awareness about our team. The dream scenario for us would be to find enough sponsorship to buy a car and then we could use the money we got from selling our DARE Stock to race the season with. Right now, we’re starting a team from scratch. We have no car or motor and we’re looking to see what’s available and what falls within our budget.”

Membrino and his team were a model of consistency during the 2010 season. Membrino won the season opening CARQUEST Tech-Net Spring Sizzler event and he led the points standings from the start to season’s end as he scored top-10 finishes in all 21 DARE Stock events with 1 victory and 5 podium finishes. Should Membrino find enough sponsorship to put a car together for the 2011 season, he will be campaigning a different number on the car.

“We’re going to use 44 as our number,” said Membrino. “Whenever you see a purple double zero modified going around the track, people are going to think of Tommy Membrino. I’m looking to establish my own identity in the division and we picked 44 as a tribute to Reggie Ruggiero. Reggie ran a few different car numbers throughout his career, but we liked 44 and Reggie is thrilled with the idea of us using one of his old numbers.”

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Coffee Cup TQ-Midget Race Filled with Stafford Motor Speedway Regulars

Providence, RI — Woody Pitkat did his best at chasing Keith Rocco in the 2010 SK Modified® point standings at Stafford Motor Speedway. Now, Pitkat, 31, of Stafford, Conn., is bringing his outdoor talents to the indoor scene. Pitkat will drive a car owned by indoor TQ-Midget expert Lou Cicconi, Jr., for the upcoming Coffee Cup at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence, R.I., scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 5th.

The Coffee Cup will include the TQ-Midgets and Senior Champ Karts in a one-day event on February 5. Race time begins at 7 p.m. Tickets for the Coffee Cup are available at the Dunkin’ Donuts box office, online at www.ticketmaster.com or by calling Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000. This will mark Pitkat’s first indoor entry at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center.

“He’s in for quite an experience,” said Cicconi, a multi-time TQ-Midget feature winner. “He’ll be working the wheel, dodging cars, accelerating and braking many times during a lap. There is nothing like the close and competitive racing you get from racing indoors.”

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