Archive for January 9th, 2011

Seekonk Speedway Set to Close Out their 65th Season with Annual Awards banquet

Seekonk, MA — On Saturday, January 15th, Seekonk Speedway will honor their 2010 Champions with their annual Dinner and Awards banquet. Once again, the annual celebration will be the Venus De Milo restaurant and banquet hall in Swansea, MA. In addition to the champions, the top ten in each division and the weekly winners will be recognized in front of all their peers.

Once again, Flyin’ Fred Astle will be the man of the hour, as he will celebrate his fifth Pro Stock Championship, his third driving for Ron Louro in the Wood Frame Structures Pro Stock. He becomes the second driver to win three Pro Stock titles in a row, matching Norm Holden, who performed that feat in 1983-1985. He also matched Vinnie Annarummo in becoming the second driver to win 5 Pro Stock titles.

Ryan Vanasse cruised to his second consecutive Late Model title, dominating the division once again. The Team V Transportation Monte Carlo set the standard over some of the toughest Late Model competition in New England.

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Rocco Honored By Connecticut Writers

First driver to be named state Male Athlete of the Year

The Connecticut Sports Writers’ Alliance is pleased to announce that Keith Rocco, the 2010 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national champion, has been named the Bill Lee Male Athlete of the Year, and Maya Moore, a guard/forward on the national champion University of Connecticut women’s basketball team, has been named the Hank O’Donnell Female Athlete of the Year.

Both athletes will be honored at the 70th annual Gold Key Dinner, which will be held April 17 at the Aqua Turf Club in Southington.

Rocco, who competes in the SK Modified divisions at Stafford Motor Speedway, Thompson International Speedway and the Waterford Speedbowl, earned the national championship based on a formula that ranks performances at short tracks across the country. The best 18 finishes for each driver count toward the championship, and Rocco secured the title with his 18th victory in a full field of cars Aug. 14 at the Waterford Speedbowl. He finished with 22 victories in 2010 and also finished in the top five on in 45 races and in the top 10 in 56 races.

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Vendor Opportunities Available at Annual Swap ‘n Sell

Vernon, CT — For over 30 years, Start/Finish Production has hosted the annual Autoparts Swap ‘n Sell. This indoor all automotive swap meet and flea market has earned a reputation for its service and selection. Heralded by Hemmings Motor News for many years, Autoparts Swap ‘n Sell continues to be the definitive destination for pre-season bargain hunting.

This year’s event is scheduled for Saturday & Sunday, January 22 & 23, 2011 at the Eastern States Exposition “Home of the Big E” in West Springfield, MA.

With its concentration in the automotive trade, the event provides a valuable service to both buyers and sellers from the custom car, hot rod, stock car and drag racing sectors. Start/Finish has catered to a wide variety of motorsports vendors-from the backyard mechanic to national wholesalers and retailers.

Historically strong annual attendance figures provide a solid audience for each segment of the market place represented at the event; making the Autoparts Swap ‘n Sell a lucrative selling opportunity.

Currently there are limited 15’x12’ vendor spaces available for only $125.
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Allison Legacy Announces Two Races this Season

Seekonk, MA — Seekonk Speedway has added the Allison Legacy Tour to two Fast Friday Race nights. Join us on July 8th and August 12th for extra added excitement at the best entertainment value in New england every Friday Night. Adults on $5 and kids are FREE !

Today, the Allison family heritage is being carried on by brothers, Kenny, Ronald, and Donald, sons of the legendary Donnie Allison. The Allison brothers are experienced racers, who are best known presently in the sport, as premium race car builders. Though the brothers have built everything from Winston Cup to All Pro race cars, their most visible work in recent years has been seen through the tremendous growth of the Legends car series. At the beginning of 1996, following three years of research and development, the brothers introduced a car and series with a different set of criteria from the Legends. The new Allison Legacy Race Car is the new car, built by a family of pure racers. With their introduction of the Allison Legacy Race Car, the brothers are carrying on the Allison family heritage in auto racing.

In addition to the Allison brothers, Justin Allison has started his racing career and is a third generation Allison driver. Pam Allison Stricklin, sister of Kenny, Ronald, and Donald, remains actively involved in the sport and is married to former NASCAR Cup driver Hut Stricklin. Stevie Allison, cousin to the Allison brothers, has made his mark in auto racing by competing in the Slim Jim All Pro Series. In 2009 Taylor Stricklin began his racing career in the Street Stock Division at Hickory Motor Speedway. Donnie Allison remains actively involved in racing as a motorsports consultant. Donnie’s wife Pat, a past Director of the Winston/Sprint Cup Racing Wives Auxiliary serves as Administrator for CompCar of NC, Inc., the sanctioning body of the Allison Legacy Race Series. Bobby Allison, a noted ambassador in auto racing, continues his involvement with NASCAR and the Cup Series.

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Thompson Speedway Releases 2011 Schedule

MONTH DATE DAY EVENT INFO ADULT JR’s PIT

March 26 Sat. Practice, Test & Tune Session 11-6 pm (Rain Date Sun) $25

April 2 Sat. Practice, Test & Tune Session 11-6 pm (Rain Date Sun) $25

April 9-10 Sat.-Sun. ICEBREAKER – WHELEN MODIFIED TOUR 150L $40 $10 $50
Twin Sunoco Mod 25L – Sunoco Light Mods – Super LM – Late Models – TIS Mods – Ltd Sptsman – Mini Stocks

May 5 Thurs. Practice, Test & Tune Session 4-8 pm $25

May 12 Thurs. TNTT 6 NWAAS Divisions – Thompson Night $15 $5 $25

May 19 Thurs. TNTT 6 NWAAS Divisions $15 $5 $25

May 26 Thurs. TNTT 6 NWAAS Div. Special 40L Ltd. Sptsman Feature $18 $5 $30

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Bright Stars To Light Up Coastal 181 Booth At Motorsports 2011

Newburyport, MA — As usual, the Coastal 181 booth at the MOTORSPORTS 2011 Race Car and Trade Show will be jumping! Held at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, Pennsylvania , the show is eagerly awaited each year by racers and fans who come to see the latest motorsports products and technology, and to check out Coastal 181’s wide array of racing books and DVDs.

This year, we will welcome sprint car stars and Hall of Famers Rick Ferkel and Shane Carson on Friday, Jan. 21 from 4-6 pm, and Saturday, Jan. 22 from noon-2 pm to sign Coastal 181’s “Win It or Wear It: All-time Great Sprint Car Tales,” written by Joyce Standridge. Seven-time URC champ Curt Michael will join Shane and Rick on Saturday.

On Saturday from 1:45- 2:45 pm fan-favorite Nationwide/dirt track racer and SPEED TV personality Kenny Wallace will sign his Coastal 181-published book, “Inside Herman’s World” at the 181 booth. Based on his last visit, Kenny will have everyone in the neighborhood laughing.

Then another celebrated racer and motorsports personality will join us: Don Miller , best known for mentoring Rusty Wallace and Ryan Newman at Penske Racing, but a drag-racing gearhead in his own right. Don will sign his new book, “Miller’s Time: A Lifetime At Speed,” along with co-author Hemmings Senior Editor Jim Donnelly. Don and Jim will be signing on Saturday from 2:30-3:30 pm and again on Sunday from noon to 1:30 pm.
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