Archive for February, 2011

Legendary Driver Gene Bergin Passes

Gene Bergin passed away early this morning February 27th after suffering a major stroke in June. He had been hospitalized since June. Arrangements are unknown at this time.

Gene Bergin was one of the most versatile drivers in New England auto racing history, having driven Modifieds, Midgets, Sprint cars, Indy cars, and Grand National cars in his career.

Bergin first started racing in the early 50’s at the Riverside Park Speedway collecting many feature event wins and the 1962 Modified track championship.

He then in 1964 moved on to the Stafford Motor Speedway winning several features on the still dirt surface driving Sharkey Gaudiosi’s #44, and also holds the distinction of being one of only two drivers to win a feature event on both the dirt and asphalt surfaces at Stafford, ( The other being Ernie Gahan).

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Winter Drive ‘n Slide and The Racer’s Expo on the Agenda This Weekend for New Hampshire Motor Speedway

Loudon, NH — The public is invited to participate in a Drive ’n Slide Sunday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway as the Sports Car Club of New Hampshire hosts its WinterX event.

This unique event, which takes place in the track’s S3 parking lot, is perfect for those who love to drive on New England’s treacherous snow-covered roads as it allows participants to slide their vehicles in a fun, controlled environment.

WinterX runs from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday and features three classes of vehicles: all-wheel drive, front-wheel drive and rear-wheel drive.

For information on this event, visit sccnh.org.

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New Hampshire Motor Speedway Welcomes Race Fans, Snow Matter What

Loudon, NH — Weary snow-bound New Englanders are eager to get back in the grandstands at New Hampshire Motor Speedway after a thrilling NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season opener in sunny Daytona Beach, Fla.

A few loyal race fans showed their enthusiasm on a frigid February afternoon, sneaking a peek at their seats for New England’s three largest sporting events this summer.

Despite the wintery conditions some of “The Magic Mile’s” truly dedicated fans made the most of the weather by making snow angels, tossing snowballs and sledding on the 1.058-mile oval.

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Racin’ Preview Up Next for Busch North Scene Book Tour

Busch Sport Scene Publisher George Campbell will be signing copies of his new book, Busch North Scene: A Ten Year Retrospective at the Racin’ Preview 2011 show this weekend at the Portland Expo in Portland, Maine.

The Busch North Scene book was released in late November with a book launch that was held at the Hilton Garden Inn in auburn, Maine. Since then the book has been a very popular seller among race fans from the New England region. The “Ten Year Retrospective” book recaps the racers, teams and events that shaped the NASCAR Busch North Series during the 2000 decade. The book has fun and informative personal reflections from George and Busch North Scene staff members, as well as many of the personalities that made the series popular in the decade.

The book gives NASCAR fans from New England an inside look at the stars from the region during the late 1990s and the 2000 decade. Within the book’s 330+ pages are over 125 photos mixed with personal reflections and amusing anecdotes on the drivers and events. Among the drivers covered in the book are Maine racers Ricky Craven, Andy Santerre, Joe Bessey, Tracy Gordon and Kelly Moore. NASCAR Champions like Mike Olsen, Dave Dion, Brad Leighton, Dale Shaw and Joey Logano are featured as well.

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NASCAR to Feature Live Race Audio

Webcasts allow fans to follow the action of their favorite series

Daytona Beach, FL — NASCAR announced today that NASCARHomeTracks.com will feature live internet radio broadcasts of 32 touring series events, beginning with Thursday’s NASCAR K&N Pro Series West season-opener at Phoenix International Raceway.

NASCARHomeTracks.com is NASCAR.com’s official home for touring and weekly series news and results. The live radio broadcasts will be provided by the team from Speed 51 Radio, headed by SPEED announcer Bob Dillner.

The broadcasts will feature flag-to-flag coverage of many of the top events in NASCAR’s touring series, including the championship season finales in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and West, NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour.

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Ricky’s Chase To The Race and Bonus Program Announced

Lebanon, NH — Already paying the largest purse in the eight-year history of the Valenti Modified Racing Series, thanks to the financial support of prime corporate sponsors, Mascoma Savings Bank, of Lebanon, NH, and Irving Energy, of Portsmouth, NH, Ricky’s Race for Kids founder, Donnie Miller SR. announced today, a four-race series that will carry it’s own purse and point fund giving modified racers another opportunity to add to their winnings from the July 16 race and that events $36,350 purse.

The race benefits David’s House, a home away from home for families with ill or injured children receiving treatment through children’s hospital at Dartmouth- Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, NH.

For four consecutive weeks, VMRS competitors will be afforded the opportunity to earn valuable points, and become a guaranteed starter for the race at the Canaan Fair Speedway, Canaan, NH.

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Racers Expo This Weekend

Marlborough, MA — This Friday and Saturday, February 25&26, Seymour Enterprises and TheRaceDepot.com will host the Racer’s Expo, a trade show targeted toward the local short track racers. The event is open to active competitors from the local short tracks and regional touring series. Admission is free to racers who pre-register online at www.TheRacersExpo.com.

Over 50 hardcore racing vendors will be on hand for the Racer’s Expo offering a variety of products and services for all short track racing applications. The list of 2011 exhibitors includes Atlantic Coast Trailer, Bell Helmets, The Brake Man, Design 500 Racing Suits, JRA Powder Coating, Lucas Oil Products Inc., Magnus Racing Products, Racing Electronics, Radical Race Gear Richard Petty Driver Search, Safety Solutions Head & Neck Restraint Systems, SPAFCO, The University of Northwestern Ohio Motorsports College, Wrisco Industries Sheet Metal Products, and more. A full list of vendors is also available on the event’s official website, TheRacersExpo.com.

A host of seminars will be held during the weekend including “All About Brakes” hosted by The Brake Man – Warren Gilliland; “Let’ Be Safe” hosted by Randy LaJoie of The Joie of Seating featuring a panel of top names in safety equipment; “Marketing Strategies for the Short Track Racer” hosted by Stan Mertz. A full schedule of seminars is also available online. Admission for the seminars is also free to those who pre-register.

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Relay Racers: Drivers To Help Raise Money For American Cancer Society At Racin’ Preview Show

Portland, ME — Drivers with stock car racing ties to Maine will turn a new corner this weekend at Racin’ Preview 2011.

Nine drivers, including four-time PASS North Series champion Ben Rowe of Turner, Maine, will sign autographs at the American Cancer Society’s “Relay For Life” booth during the two-day motorsports show at the Portland Expo, Feb. 25-26.

“It’s a great cause, and I wanted to do whatever I could to help out,” said Rowe, who will be on hand to sign for race fans on Friday night from 6:30-8:30 p.m. “I hope a lot of people come out to show their support for this.”

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Chew Set to Join Whelen Modified Tour

Former K&N Pro Series East Driver Coming to Open-Wheel Racing

Daytona Beach, FL — A former competitor in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, Bryon Chew will trade fenders for nerf bars and compete full-time in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour starting in 2011.

Chew, from Mattituck on New York’s Long Island, made 129 starts in the K&N Pro Series East from 1999-2008. His stint in the series was highlighted by a win at Holland (N.Y.) NASCAR Motorsports Complex in 2006 and a pair of poles, the first at Stafford (Conn.) Motor Speedway in 2004, and the second at Adirondack International Speedway in Lowville, N.Y., during the 2008 campaign.

His best season in the K&N Pro Series East came in 2006 when he recorded the Holland win, seven top fives and 10 top 10s in 11 races to finish third in points.

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Wood Bros. Success Began At Bowman Gray

Glen Wood Won Cup Races, All-American Series Titles At Stadium

Daytona Beach, FL — Trevor Bayne’s win in Sunday’s Daytona 500 was the 98th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win for Wood Brothers Racing.

The foundation for the legendary Wood Brothers’ success was cemented at Bowman Gray Stadium in Winston-Salem, N.C., NASCAR’s longest-sanctioned NASCAR Whelen All-American Series track.

Glen Wood, 85, of Stuart, Va., attended his 65th Daytona Speedweeks this year dating back to the original beach racing days. Wood posted the team’s first three NASCAR Sprint Cup Series wins at Bowman Gray in 1960, and added a fourth win there in 1963. He also won a NASCAR Convertible division race at the historic track in 1959.

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Vintage Racer Group Announces 21st Annual Vintage Festival at New Hampshire Motor Speedway May 17-22, 2011

Loudon, NH — The Vintage Racers Group (VRG) announced today the 21st annual Vintage Racing Celebration at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

“As the premier vintage racing event on the East coast, this year’s Vintage Festival promises one of the biggest yet featuring road racing, oval track racing, a classic car show, flea market and live entertainment,” said John Kieley, VRG Event Chairman.

From Tuesday, May 17, to Sunday, May 22, history will come alive as legendary racing machines from around the world gather to compete in the 21st Annual Vintage Racing Celebration.

Beginning Tuesday, May 17, through Thursday, May 19 some of the world’s best vintage midgets, sprint cars, champ cars, roadsters and NASCAR stock cars will race on the speedway’s 1.058-mile oval.
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Mike Rowe’s ‘Quick 5’ to debut at Racin’ Preview 2011

Portland, Maine — Mike Rowe, certain to become an MVRCA and NEAR Hall of Famer when he finally hangs up the helmet, is arguably the most successful racer in the history of Oxford Plains Speedway.

Rowe is the reigning Maine State champion for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series, a crown he’s earned the past two seasons after scaling back his racing efforts a bit. He’s also earned touring series championships with the former ACT Pro Stock Tour and, more recently, PASS Super Late Model championships on both the South Series and National Championship Series.

Add to that his seven track championships in the premiere division at Oxford Plains Speedway, great success and a title at Wiscasset Raceway and three wins in the prestigious annual Oxford 250 and it’s clear that his spot in the Halls of Fame are already reserved.

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History of Maine and Northern New England racing highlighted at Racin’ Preview 2011

Portland, Maine – Honoring the short track racing history of Maine and Northern New England has always been an important part of the annual Racin’ Preview 2011 show in Portland, Maine. Visitors to this year’s 18th edition of the popular pre-season stock car racing celebration, set for Friday and Saturday, February 25-26, will find Vintage Row displays bigger and better than ever.

The Maine Vintage Race Car Association plans a bigger, more extensive display at the Portland Expo than has ever been assembled indoors in the history of the organization. Several historic racecars will anchor the display, with many former racers and car owners expected to stop by and socialize with show patrons throughout the event. In addition to the full-size restored racecars, dozens of scale models of historic racecars built by Portland Firefighter Steve Pellerin will have longtime local race fans reminiscing in high gear. Late Hall of famers Phil and Bob Libby will be saluted in this year’s MVRCA display, with four of their former racecars expected to be on display.

Along with the cars and stars of yesterday, Racin’ Preview 2011 features the cars and stars of tomorrow’s local racing scene, with local short track racers from a dozen top-notch Northern New England racetracks, including local NASCAR-sanctioned showplace Beech Ridge Motor Speedway and the venerable Oxford Plains Speedway displaying their cars and meeting the fans they hope will be watching them in action throughout the summer months.
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Bayne Takes Short-Track Path to Glory

Former K&N Pro Series driver wins 2011 Daytona 500

Daytona Beach, FL — Two and a half years ago, Trevor Bayne was sitting in the press box at Thompson (Conn.) International Speedway talking about his first NASCAR win.

The 20-year-old from Knoxville, Tenn., was nearly speechless Sunday as he stole the spotlight on NASCAR’s biggest stage at Daytona International Speedway with his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory — the 2011 Daytona 500.

“If I tried to put it into words, I wouldn’t do it any justice,” Bayne said.

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SMS Online Totals Nearly 700,000 User Accesses Last Year

Stafford Springs, CT — Stafford Motor Speedway Online, the official Internet – World Wide Web location of the Stafford Motor Speedway, had nearly 700,000 accesses last season. SMS Online’s 698,350 accesses resulted in 2,483,170 page views, meaning each user that logs onto the www.staffordspeedway.com views an average of 3.5 pages worth of information before leaving the site.

The figures for the 2010 season represent an increase of 17% from the 2009 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series season in terms of web visits. In SMS Online’s first full year of existence in 1997, the site totaled just under 212,000 accesses, meaning that SMS Online’s web traffic has increased by 330% since it’s first full year on the world wide web.

The high mark for the 2010 season in terms of web accesses was the month of July, with nearly 90,000 accesses and the high mark for page views in a month went to April with nearly 320,000 page views.
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40th CARQUEST Tech-Net Spring Sizzler to Kick Off Stafford Speedway’s 53rd Season of NASCAR Weekly Racing

Stafford Springs, CT — With the spring season fast approaching, yet another season of NASCAR Whelen All-American Series competition is set to kick off at Stafford Motor Speedway with the 40th annual Tech-Net Spring Sizzler Presented by CARQUEST on April 29-May 1. “The Greatest Race in the History of Spring” will officially begin Stafford’s 53rd season of hosting weekly NASCAR racing.

The race began its long and storied history as the brainchild of Dr. Dick Berggren, Lew Boyd, and Bruce Cohen as a way to hold a prestigious race during the spring at a time when all the major races were held in the fall. The inaugural Sizzler in 1972 featured an overflow crowd of 11,500 race fans who saw Fred DeSarro take the checkered flag and $2,200 from a then modified record purse of $15,000. Ed Flemke had taken the lead on lap-7 and he held the lead until a faulty water pump eliminated Flemke from the race on lap-70, stripping him of a near certain victory and allowing DeSarro to win. Following the success of that Inaugural Spring Sizzler, Jack Arute, Sr. purchased the rights to the race from Berggren, Boyd, and Cohen, and it has been the premier event at Stafford ever since. CARQUEST took title sponsorship of the race in 1995 and the race became the Tech-Net Spring Sizzler prior to the 30th Annual edition of the race in 2001 to promote CARQUEST’s Tech-Net Professional Auto Service.

Some of the greatest names in modified history have tasted the fruits of victory in Stafford’s signature event. Since the inaugural Sizzler in 1972, there have been 22 different winners with 8 drivers winning the race multiple times. Of those 23 Spring Sizzler winners, 9 drivers have won a Whelen Modified Tour championship. Ted Christopher, Stafford’s all-time winningest driver with 110 career feature victories, leads all drivers with 6 career Sizzler wins. Mike Stefanik has won the Sizzler 4 times, while Maynard Troyer, Richie Evans, and Rick Fuller each have 3 wins, and Greg Sacks, Reggie Ruggiero, and Mike Ewanitsko have each won twice. Those who have won the Sizzler once include: Fred DeSarro, Ed Flemke, Bugsy Stevens, Geoff Bodine, Bob Polverari, Jimmy Spencer, Brian Ross, Jeff Fuller, Jan Leaty, John Blewett, III, Jerry Marquis, Tony Hirschman, Doug Coby, and Donny Lia.

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Lincoln Technical Institute Becomes Title Sponsor of Second Modified Racing Series Event at Stafford Speedway

Stafford Springs, CT — Stafford Speedway has announced that Lincoln Technical Institute of East Windsor has rejoined the Stafford Family of Sponsors for the 2011 season. Last season Lincoln Tech was the title sponsor of the track’s Late Model 100 and the 2011 season will see Lincoln Tech as the title sponsor of the track’s second Modified Racing Series event, schedule for Friday, June 24.

“We’re excited to be coming back as a sponsor at Stafford,” said Robert Wargo, High School Admissions Representative for Lincoln Tech. “From the exposure we had last year at Stafford, we had 5 new students sign up for classes at Lincoln Tech, which is above and beyond what we expected. The exposure we got was awesome and it was great for the school, we were very pleased with the results. For this year, we wanted to try something different, but keep the sponsorship local, so we decided on the Modified Racing Series event. We’re always looking to try something new, so it’s going to be the same track, but it will be a different audience that comes to the track that night.”

Last year’s Late Model 100 saw Lincoln Tech create a unique winner’s trophy. Lincoln Tech’s students airbrush painted the hood of a car, which was presented to Woody Pitkat, the winner of the Lincoln Tech Late Model 100, and Lincoln Tech students will once again furnish a winner’s trophy.
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Racin’ Preview show in Portland a mix of new and old

Portland, Maine – Local stock car racers get anxious for their upcoming short track seasons as the NASCAR season gets underway each February in Daytona.

Short track fans get their first opportunity to see what’s in store for the 2011 season on the local bullrings at the 18th annual Racin’ Preview 2011 show at the Portland Expo on the weekend following the Daytona 500, Friday and Saturday, February 25-26.

Several stock car racing facilities will be officially represented, and there will be a number of unofficial representatives from various tracks and tours competing throughout Northern New England, including Beech Ridge Motor Speedway, Oxford Plains Speedway, Unity Raceway, Speedway 95, Star Speedway, Lee USA Speedway.

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NHMS TV Commercial Debuts This Weekend, Features Joey Logano and Loudon the Lobster

Greg Makris of Makris Lobster and Steak House holding Loudon the Lobster

NASCAR star Joey Logano says he is ready to hoist another giant lobster in New Hampshire Motor Speedway’s victory lane during a new television commercial that will air during coverage of this weekend’s season-opening NASCAR events in Daytona Beach, Fla.

The commercial, produced and directed by Victory Management Group, shows “The Magic Mile” snow crew shoveling 55 inches of snow off of the track’s Granite Stripe start-finish line, making room for Loudon the Lobster and the cars and stars of NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series.

Logano, driver of the No. 20 Home Depot Toyota, looks over a snow-covered speedway in the spot, daydreaming of another Granite State victory. His first ever NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win came at the LENOX Industrial Tools 301 in June 2009.

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Racing Against Cancer™ Track Walk Date Announced for Stafford Speedway June 19, 2011

Stafford Springs, CT — Stafford Springs, CT (February 18, 2011) – Stafford Motor Speedway in conjunction with Racing Against Cancer™ are pleased to announce a 2011 date to host a Prelude to the CARQUEST Extreme Tuesday Champions For Charities: The Racing Against Cancer™ Track Walk at Stafford Speedway. The Sunday June 19, 2011 event will help lead the anticipation of the Champions For Charities event at CARQUEST Extreme Tuesday on June 28, 2011.

“The CARQUEST Champions For Charities event was not only designed to help worthy causes but to challenge the drivers, teams, and their charities of choice to get involved and raise funds for their causes while having fun at the same time,” said Stafford Motor Speedway Executive Vice President Lisa Arute. “Stafford Speedway is thrilled to be hosting one of the first Racing Against Cancer Track Walks.”

All funds raised at the CARQUEST Extreme Tuesday Champions For Charities Track Walk to benefit Racing Against Cancer will be credited to RAC Champions For Charities driver and 7-time ISMA Champion Russ Wood. The starting lineups for the CARQUEST Champions For Charities qualifying races will be determined by how much money each driver raises for their selected charity. The starting grid will be set with the drivers who have raised the most money starting up front. Fans are encouraged to get involved in the event by donating to their favorite driver or favorite charity.

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CARQUEST Champions for Charities Driver Spotlight: Todd Szegedy

Stafford Springs, CT — As the excitement builds for the June 28th CARQUEST Extreme Tuesday Champions for Charities event, Stafford Speedway has been busy coordinating charities and the drivers that will represent them. The field for the CARQUEST Champions for Charities race is impressive, as it represents 42 championships among 12 drivers and 5 different open wheel divisions. Todd Szegedy, the 2003 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Champion, will be racing to help support The Foundation For Life.

The Foundation For Life is an organization which provides funding in Connecticut for underprivileged children. Their motto is to make children’s dreams come true by providing scholarships, bikes, school clothes and supplies, various playgrounds in CT, and provide volunteers to teach Junior Achievement in CT elementary schools. They have also assisted in the ABC Extreme Makeover Home Edition in Bridgeport, CT by paying off the owner’s mortgage. Since 2006, the Foundation for Life has distributed over $350,000 to organizations in Connecticut who are working to better the lives of those in need throughout the community.

“The Foundation for Life is a great organization which gives back to communities who are in need of giving throughout the state of Connecticut,” said Szegedy. “Mike and I are extremely proud to represent the Foundation For Life and we hope to raise a lot of money for them.”

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Check out New England’s dirt track scene at Racin’ Preview 2011

18th annual Portland Expo show set for Fri.-Sat., February 25-26

Portland, ME – New England still has an active dirt track stock car racing scene, though it has been reduced to a trio of quarter-mile oval tracks in recent seasons.

It’s been just over a quarter-century since historic Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in nearby Scarborough was paved over, a year since Vermont’s Champlain Valley Racing Association switched their two tracks to asphalt racing surfaces, and a few months since the apparent closure of Massachusetts’ Whip City Speedway.

But there’s still action aplenty throughout the stock car racing season, and three night a week worth at Bear Ridge Speedway, Big Daddy’s Speedbowl and Canaan Fair Speedway.

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For the Fans:New Hampshire Motor Speedway Installing New $1.2 Million State-of-the-Art Panasonic Video Scoreboard

Loudon, NH — In what could be one of the best fan enhancements in the 21-year history of New Hampshire Motor Speedway, a new $1.2 million, state-of-the-art Panasonic scoreboard and video system will be in place when the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series returns to New England’s largest sports and entertainment facility on July 17.

As part of the track’s on-going effort to better the race-day experience for fans, the Panasonic scoreboard boasts a four-sided video display that stands 80-feet tall. That’s 20-feet taller than the CITGO sign at Boston’s Fenway Park.

The new scoreboard has three 32-foot-by-18-foot TV screens on the top, providing impressive views of race action and instant replays. Below the video boards will be a scrolling leaderboard with color graphics that gives fans running positions and lap times for all 43 drivers, along with interesting race statistics and event information.

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Beech Ridge racers look forward to Racin’ Preview 2011 at the Portland Expo

Portland, Maine – Beech Ridge Motor Speedway will be represented by your typical selection of oval track racers at Racin’ Preview 2011, set for Friday and Saturday, February 25-26 at the Portland Expo.

Scarborough’s Beech Ridge Motor Speedway is in its’ seventh decade of providing outstanding family entertainment, these days both with the traditional Saturday night racing program – dubbed NASCAR Nites – and their groundbreaking Thursday Thunder program, successfully imitated by many other Northeastern tracks after being pioneered by track operator Andy Cusack well over a decade ago.

Not only is Beech Ridge Motor Speedway the lone NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racetrack in Maine, it’s also the Pine Tree State’s only oval hosting weekly competition at the Super Late Model division level. Gorham, Maine’s Dan McKeage is the reigning champion of that top-tier division, the NASCAR Pro Series.

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The Racer’s Expo Coming Feb. 25-26

The 2nd annual The Racer’s Expo will be held on February 25-26 at the Royal Plaza Hotel, 181 Boston Post Road West (Rt. 20), Marlborough, MA 01752. Friday hours are 4PM-9PM and Saturday 10Am-7PM. The event has been moved to the larger ‘Grand Ballroom’ to accomodate more than 50 vendors.

If you’re a race driver, mechanic, team owner or sponsor, you are invited to attend! Exhibitors from across America will be there to display their products and answer your questions. Admission and the Seminars are FREE if you register via email below.

‘ADMISSION IS FREE IF YOU PRE-REGISTER VIA THIS EMAIL ($5 charge if not registered): reg.racersexpo2011@gmail.com.
PLEASE PROVIDE YOUR: NAME, HOME TOWN, & HOME TRACK or RACING SERIES.

THE SEMINARS ARE FREE IF YOU PRE-REGISTER VIA THIS EMAIL ($5 charge if not registered): seminars.racersexpo2011@gmail.com
PLEASE PROVIDE YOUR: NAME, HOME TOWN, & HOME TRACK or RACING SERIES and the SEMINAR(S) you wish to attend.

REQUIRED EVENT & SEMINAR(S) REGISTRATION HERE

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Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. Takes Goodyear Speedweeks Cup Win on ACT’s First Night at New Smyrna Speedway

New Smyrna, FL — Hudson, New Hampshire’s Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. continued his hot streak on the American-Canadian Tour (ACT) with a win in Sunday’s Goodyear Speedweeks Cup feature at New Smyrna Speedway in New Smyrna, Florida. Polewarczyk had to hold off St-Denis, Quebec’s Patrick Laperle for the win.

After starting on the outside pole, Polewarczyk quickly jumped out to a large lead, while Laperle worked his way through the field from his ninth place starting position. A caution on lap 34 gave Laperle his first shot at Polewarczyk. The two battled for the lead before another caution came out on lap 41 for a hard hit into the front stretch wall by East Montpelier, Vermont’s Joey Laquerre.

Polewarczyk gained the advantage in the outside lane on the restart to claim the lead. The two would swap it again before Polewarczyk took over for good on lap 60. Laperle would get to the rear bumper of Polewarczyk several times as they worked their way through lap traffic in the final 40 laps.

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NASCAR Track Operators And Promoters Convene

Green Initiative Highlights Business Meeting

Daytona Beach, FL — NASCAR Whelen All-American Series and NASCAR Touring Series track operators and promoters kicked off Speedweeks in Daytona Beach with their annual business meeting Saturday at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway.

The event got underway with an address from NASCAR President Mike Helton, who explained how important the developmental levels of the sport are to NASCAR.

“Everyone here is as critical to the health, well being and future of NASCAR as the company’s senior management and its most high-profile personalities,” said Helton.

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NASCAR Lowers Age Limit For Touring Series

Learner’s Permit Eligibility Also Expanded In All-American Series

Daytona Beach, FL — NASCAR announced today it has lowered the minimum age for drivers competing in its regional touring series to 15.

The change, effective immediately, will be applied to drivers in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and West, NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour and NASCAR Canadian Tire Series.

“We are constantly evaluating the process in which drivers are introduced to the sport and make their way up the NASCAR ladder,” said George Silbermann, NASCAR managing director of racing operations. “This change is the next logical step as the influx of talented young drivers entering NASCAR grows.

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Win the Ultimate New Hampshire Motor Speedway VIP Package at This Weekend’s Eastern Fishing and Outdoor Expo

Loudon, NH — One lucky race fan will win the ultimate New Hampshire Motor Speedway VIP experience this weekend during the Eastern Fishing and Outdoor Expo in Worcester, Mass.

Race fans that stop by the New Hampshire Motor Speedway table can enter to win two VIP suite passes, pre-race pit passes and VIP parking access for the LENOX Industrial Tools 301 on July 17.

Known as the show where New England sportsmen and sportswomen head each February, the Eastern Fishing and Outdoor Expo boasts hundreds of exhibitors representing the worlds of hunting and fishing.

“The Magic Mile” will be featured throughout the Eastern Fishing and Outdoor Expo weekend. Show admission is just $12 for adults, $3 for children ages 5-11 and free for those younger than five.

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Wicked Big Meet Comes to Stafford Speedway on June 18th

Stafford Springs, CT — New to the 2011 schedule of events at Stafford Motor Speedway is the addition of The Wicked Big Meet, scheduled for Saturday, June 18. The Wicked Big Meet is America’s Largest Subaru Enthusiast Festival and after 5 years at Wachusett Mountain, it will call Stafford home for its 6th year in the making.

The Wicked Big Meet will feature thousands of Subarus and Subaru enthusiasts, over 30 vendors offering substantial discounts, tuning and performance seminars, and a door prize raffle. There will be a Subaru car show with judges awarding prizes to the best cars in the show.

Although the Wicked Big Meet is labeled as America’s Largest Subaru Enthusiast Festival, all types of cars and vehicles are welcome. Tickets for the Wicked Big Meet are $20 at the gate the day of the show and announcements about pre-sale tickets and ticket packages will be forthcoming.
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