Archive for January, 2011

Hall of Famer Don MacLaren Passes at Age 75

Donald F. MacLaren, age 75, of Chelmsford, formerly of Tewksbury, Jan. 12. Owner of 5 D’s Welding in Tewksbury, and Hall Of Fame Supermodified builder and racer. Complete Obituary Saturday. Visiting hours Monday 4 to 8 p.m. in the Tewksbury Funeral Home, corner of Dewey and Main Sts. (Rte. 38) TEWKSBURY CENTER, phone (800 in MA or 978) 851-2950. His funeral service will be held Tuesday, Jan. 18, at 10:00 a.m. in the funeral home followed by burial with Army Honors at Pine Ridge Cemetery,

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Don MacLaren drove his first race on his 15th birthday, driving a homebuilt supermodified, a Willys Coupe with a Ford engine. Telling officials at the Norwood Arena he was 18 years old, MacLaren went out and won the first heat he ever drove.

From Canada to Florida, Don has won well over 500 races. His 1st big win came at Oswego, driving the Tewksbury Auto Parts “Flying 5”. Today, MacLaren says no one win, or one championship, stands out. “Each week was exciting as hell”, says the gentle giant affectionately known as “Big Daddy”. “Each feature win was exciting, each championship a battle. You took your car home, worked on it, slept with it, and worked on it some more. If you worked hard enough, you’d win.”

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The Sports Car Driving Association Takes on a Snowy New Hampshire Motor Speedway

Loudon, NH — New Hampshire Motor Speedway will launch a winter-driving program in conjunction with the Sports Car Driving Association on Saturday, Jan. 15, in the freshly-coated, snow-covered S-3 parking lot.

The high-performance, inclement-weather driving clinic is the perfect opportunity for motorists to polish their winter driving skills, while in a safe and contained environment.

The SCDA has built a road-course with a combination of tight turns, acceleration and braking segments and sweepers.

All car types are eligible for this event including; front-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive, all- wheel drive, station wagons and SUVs.

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Jesse Ruocco Joins 2011 SK Light Modified Rookie Class at Stafford Motor Speedway

Stafford Springs, CT — In recent years the SK Light Modified division has become a stomping ground for the youngest competitors of Stafford Speedway and 2011 will be no different. The Earth Technologies Racing team will be bringing a new driver to the paddock, 15-year-old Jesse Ruocco, son of 2006 SK Modified® champion Frank Ruocco.

“I am really excited to get a chance to race SK Lights,” said Ruocco. “I’ve been racing the Wild Thing Kart Series for five years now and I am ready to make the move to the full-size cars.”

Jesse will have a slight advantage in 2011 with an already proven race team behind him. His crew chief Steve Butova, the 2010 Craftsman Mechanic of the Year, has established himself as one of the best in the Stafford paddock. Butova has crewed on the SK Modified® #91 team for owner/driver Frank Ruocco, and in 2010 they accumulated four victories and a third place finish in the season point standings.

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After One Year Hiatus, Brett Gonyaw Teams with Silberman Racing for 2011 SK Modified® Season at Stafford Speedway

Stafford Springs, CT — With the 2011 NASCAR racing season on the horizon at Stafford Speedway, teams have been busy preparing their cars and one of the newest combinations that will be on the track in the SK Modified® division is a reunion of sorts. Brett Gonyaw will become the driver of the #21 Donald Silberman owned team, which won Rookie of the Year honors last season with Josh Sylvester behind the wheel.

Gonyaw briefly piloted the #45 Silberman owned car at the end of the 2009 season, recording one top-10 finish over the final three races of the year. This past season saw Gonyaw serve as a crew member on the Silberman machine, while he also helped out Joe Allegro, Jr. With prior experience both driving and working on the Silberman car, Gonyaw is excited about his prospects for the 2011 season.

“We’re all really excited to go racing this year,” said Gonyaw. “The car has been to the chassis builders and back and now we’re just waiting to fire up the motor and go racing. Don’s a great guy, we get along really well, the crew guys are great, hopefully we can click and have a great season together. I think it’s going to help with being familiar with the car and the guys that work on the car. We had a top-10 finish when I raced the car a couple years ago and Josh had some really good runs last year, so we’re looking to keep that streak going this year.”

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CARQUEST Renews Elite Corporate Sponsorship with Stafford

Stafford Springs, CT — Coming off a 25-year sponsorship milestone, CARQUEST Auto Parts will return for their 26th consecutive season as the Elite Corporate Sponsor of Stafford Speedway. The partnership is one of the longest continuously running sponsorships in Motorsports.

Throughout the years CARQUEST has brought race fans memorable events at the Connecticut half-mile. The 2011 season will be no different, as CARQUEST will bring fans four exciting events starting with the 40th Annual Tech-Net Spring Sizzler, April 29-May 1, and culminating with the 39th Annual Fall Final, Sept 30-Oct 2. The Whelen Modified Tour will highlight both events along with Stafford’s five NASCAR Whelen All-American Series divisions.

CARQUEST will also bring fans the high-speed action of CARQUEST Extreme Tuesday, on June 28th, which showcases the ISMA Super Modifieds, NEMA Midgets, and Pro-4 Modifieds. This is the 8th consecutive year for this open wheeled extravaganza. In addition, CARQUEST will host Stafford’s SK Modifieds® with the 8th Annual CARQUEST SK 150 on on July 22nd.

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NEAR Releases 2011 Schedule, Deadline Looms For Hall of Fame Induction Ticket Purchase

The New England Antique Racers (NEAR), kicks-off its 30th anniversary with an appearance at the 2011 Frank Maratta Auto & Cycle Show Jan. 28-30 in Hartford, CT. It begins a busy agenda for the club.

New Hampshire’s Monadnock Speedway hosts the first of eight running shows on Saturday, May 7. There are several still displays and a number of early-season “test & tune” sessions at both Connecticut’s Thompson Speedway, and Lee USA Speedway in New Hampshire.

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Decisions, Decisions, Decisions

I have been spending some time recently thinking about the decisions we make in life. Many times we think they only affect us, but in reality there affects are more far reaching. We would do well to consider the circumstances that are created from our decisions. We would do well to start looking at the big picture and not just focusing on our little world. Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

We all have seen it; some have been the recipient of it, a decision on the track that leads to several cars in a heap. A driver making a choice without regard for who or what is around them. You know the tell tale sign, “I though I could make it work.”

That is what happens when we are more concerned about ourselves and have less or no concern for others. I understand that this is racing and chances have to be taken. I have also heard the saying, “He ran out of talent”. Just because chances need to be taken doesn’t mean anyone can take them.
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ACT Champion, an Outlaw, and a Young Star Enter New Smyrna

On Saturday, January 22, 2011 Brian Hoar will be crowned American Canadian Tour (ACT) Champion for a record-tying 7th time since 1992. Hoar, from Williston, VT will celebrate by driving his RPM race team Chevrolet in the inaugural New Smyrna Speedway (NSS) ACT Goodyear Speedweek Cup event to be held on Sunday, February 13 and Monday, February 14, 2011 in New Smyrna, Florida.

Rick Paya, owner of RPM Motorsports, who also has won seven titles as former owner and crew chief for Jean-Paul Cyr and now Hoar, has also entered his newest team member, ACT runner-up rookie of the year in 2010, Austin Theriault from Fort Kent, Maine in the first-ever race in Florida for ACT. The formidable RPM team will field both a Chevrolet and Ford in the event.

“We have a Ford being prepared for Brian for the coming ACT season, but with the addition of Austin to our RPM team, we are a little too busy to get Austin’s Ford done and also the new car for Brian. I actually like the idea of having both our Chevy and Ford at New Smyrna. It should give us some valuable information as we look toward the 2011 ACT campaign this season,” said Rick Paya, owner of RPM Motorsports.

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New Pro-Stock Series Announced, Drawing Interest

Canaan, NH — Valenti Modified Racing Series officials have announced their intent to create a new series for pro-stock racers scheduled to begin competition during the 2011 racing season.

The proposed tour has been named Granite State Pro-Stock Series.

The joint announcement was made by VMRS president and founder Jack Bateman, Series Director John Hoyt, and longtime area pro-stock racer Mike Parks.

Bateman looks forward to the potential the series offers, the challenge of launching another series. “Mike approached me a while back, I gave him my advice and welcome the opportunity. It’s our goal to do something that’s good for the racer and good for the track operator. Obviously we feel it can work. It’s a matter of getting tracks to give it a try. We would like to use the 2011 season as a test. See if it has a future,” said the veteran New Hampshire racer. Bateman will serve as an advisor for the new endeavor.

The plans for a touring series for Pro-Stock racers have been in the talking stages for nearly two years. It was only in the last few weeks the decision was made to go forward, to gauge interest from competitors and speedway operators.

Parks, whose credentials include speedway management and race promotion, is eager for the proposed series.” My vision is we want drivers and track owners feeling good about Pro-Stock racing again. It is important that we accomplish that. Even if we run a half dozen shows, and people feel good about what we are doing, that will lay the foundation for 2012.”

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Autoparts Swap ‘n Sell Fast Approaching

Vernon, CT — Start/Finish Productions will host the racing community’s only indoor all-automotive swap meet and flea market on January 22  &  23, 2011 at the Eastern States Exposition “Home of the Big E” in West Springfield, MA. The Better Living Center will be transformed into a racer’s paradise with over a million parts available. Thanks to the insight of well-known promoter Ben Dodge, the annual Autoparts Swap ‘n Sell has thrived. For many years, Hemmings Motor News has hailed the event as the largest all-automotive indoor swap meet in the country.

It has earned its title not only for the enormous size of the venue, with vendor space totaling over three acres, but also for the number and variety of vendors. A host of leading retailers and wholesalers will be joined by private sellers to offer a wide range of parts and accessories, safety equipment and tools. Racers will find products for every phase of their off-season projects.

Single-day adult admission is only $10.00 while children under 12 are admitted free with a paid adult. The show will run from 8 AM to 5 PM on Saturday and Sunday, January 22-23, 2011.

Racers with wares to sell may still acquire vendor space by calling (860) 871-6376. Space is available for only $125 for a 15’ (L) x 12’ (D). Swap ‘n Sell is so popular, products are almost guaranteed to move.

This all–automotive swap meet and flea market has become one of the most anticipated events of the winter because of its diversity, affordability, and warmth. Autoparts Swap ‘n Sell offers the perfect opportunity for racers in all divisions to prepare for the 2011 season.

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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


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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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 ( 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

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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 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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2011 New Hampshire Motor Speedway Schedule Includes New England’s Three Largest Sporting Events

The most ambitious racing schedule in the 21-year history of New Hampshire Motor Speedway includes the three largest sporting events to be held in New England during 2011.

For the 15th consecutive year, “The Magic Mile” will host two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series dates with the LENOX Industrial Tools 301 on Sunday, July 17, and the SYLVANIA 300 on Sunday, Sept. 25.

In addition to the two NASCAR weekends, a “New Breed of Speed” will invade the 1.058-mile oval on Sunday, Aug. 14 when the IZOD IndyCar® Series returns after a 13-year hiatus. Indianapolis 500 winners Dario Franchitti, Helio Castroneves, Scott Dixon and female racing sensation Danica Patrick are among those who will battle wheel-to-wheel at speeds approaching 200 mph.

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Meet New Hampshire Motor Speedway’s General Manager in Training

Loudon, NH — It was a dream come true for race fan Alden Hussey, when he became New Hampshire Motor Speedway’s general manager in training yesterday.

Hussey, a Concord, N.H., native will turn 12 years old on Jan. 22 and was given the opportunity to manage “The Magic Mile” with a little help from executive vice president and general manager, Jerry Gappens.

Alden, who has a form of autism called Asperger’s syndrome began attending races and other events at NHMS four years ago with his grandfather Jay Chamberlain. Chamberlain is also an avid race fan and has been coming to the speedway since it’s opening in 1990.

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The Right Response

The gifts have been given, received and unwrapped. The first question many people ask is; did you get what you wanted? Let me ask another question; did you receive your gifts well? Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

As we look forward with hope for what the new year has in store for us an important thing for us to realize is we have been given so much. Think about racing and what makes it all possible, sponsor dollars. Sponsors make it possible for many in racing to have an opportunity to do what we enjoy doing.

How have we received the gifts that have been provided for us? How have we expressed our appreciation? Have we expressed our gratitude? Some would say giving is more rewarding and I agree, but some of us have to work on the receiving part.

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ACT Canadian Stars to Invade New Smyrna Speedway in February

Quebec City racer Donald Theetge might have been the first Canadian to enter the American Canadian Tour (ACT) Goodyear Speedweek Cup event to be held at the New Smyrna Speedway in Florida, but the Canadian competitor list continues to lead the way toward the first-ever ACT events to be held during the World Series of Asphalt Short Track Racing in New Smyrna. The two 100-lap main events will be held on Sunday, February 13th and Monday, February 14th.

While many head to Daytona during Speedweeks in February, most asphalt short track fans can be found each night from February 10th-19th during the 10 days that is the World Series of Short Track racing in nearby New Smyrna, FL. The tradition of northern competitors heading to Florida from the days of Richie Evans, Jerry Cook, Bugsy Stevens and a host of the greatest from the Northeast Modified division to Late Model Canadian great Jr. Hanley— New Smyrna has always been the place to be during the heart of the northern winters.

ACT announced today that 2010 Castrol Champion Karl Allard has entered his Quebec City Larue Industrial team into the inaugural Goodyear Speedweek Cup event. Allard narrowly beat out another Quebec Champion, Patrick Laperle from Montreal, QC, who has also entered the two events. Laperle is one of the few ACT drivers to compete at New Smyrna in the past few years. His family team led most of the World Series standings in 2009 in the Late Model crate division before he was wrecked in the next to last night of competition. The Allard-Laperle rivalry will get an early start in 2011.

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Ticket Purchase Deadline Approaches for 2011 New England Auto Racing Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

Right around the corner is the 14th annual New England Auto Racing Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony to be held on January 30th at the LaRenaissance Banquet Hall in East Windsor, Connecticut.

Ticket order deadline is January 16, 2011. There will be no ticket sales at the door. Requests for reserved tables of 10 must be received by January 10, 2011.

Additional information and ticket order forms may be downloaded from the New England Antique Racers (NEAR), website at or contact Rhonda Blanchette @ (860) 628-9234 or

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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