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Seekonk Speedway Ready to Open the Gates on a New Racing Season

Seekonk, MA — As the snow melts away and the temperatures start to warm, Seekonk Speedway staff and management are ready to let the roar of the engines come to life. With less than a month to go before the first of three open practices, the final preparations are being made. On Saturday, April 2, the gates will swing open to allow competitors from all classes and speedways a chance to gear up for their racing season. The second will be on Saturday April 16, and the third on April 30, with only Seekonk competitors being allowed.

On Sunday, May 1, Seekonk Speedway will open their 66th season with a full A.R.C. card of action, featuring the Pro Stocks, Late Models, Street Stocks and Sport Trucks, Each class will run extra laps, with additional monies available in the purse. The A.R.C. program will return the following Saturday, May 7, and run weekly until the middle of September, when the champions will be crowned. The full schedule is available at seekonkspeedway.com.

Registrations are still being accepted for the upcoming season. While numbers are no longer being reserved, there are still many available.

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Speedbowl announces Saturday Showdown Series for Wednesday divisions

Bandolero’s, Super X-Cars and X-Cars take part in new Saturday series

Waterford, CT —  As part of Waterford Speedbowl’s increase from five to six weekly divisions on its NASCAR Whelen All-American Series program in 2011, divisions from the track’s popular mid-week Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesdays will be part of the action on select Saturday events. The Bandoleros, Super X-Car and X-Car divisions will each compete in a limited number of Saturday events as part of the special shootout series.

Saturday Showdown Series champions will be crowned separate from the Wednesday season under a unique points system.

The Showdown Series for each of the three divisions begins April 2 at Budweiser Blastoff Weekend, the Speedbowl’s 61st consecutive season opener. Each division will take to the track for the first time of the year on Saturday of the three-day event. Friday, April 1 is practice only for all race divisions in action during Budweiser Blastoff.

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Motorcycle & Automotive Swap Meets Kick Off 2011 Schedule of Events at Stafford Motor Speedway

Stafford Springs, CT — Stafford Motor Speedway will open its doors for business in 2011 with its traditional Spring Motorcycle and Ty-Rods Automotive Swap Meets. The Spring Motorcycle Swap Meet is the first event on the 2009 SMS Calendar of events, and is scheduled for Sunday, April 3rd. The 25th Annual Ty-Rods Automotive Swap Meet will be the following Sunday, April 10th.

The Motorcycle Swap Meet features an abundance of everything motorcycles, from parts and pieces to leather jackets and other accessories. The Motorcycle meet will also have an antique/custom bike show. The Motorcycle meet is rain or shine, and the gates open at 7:00am on Sunday, April 3rd, and the meet ends at 4pm. Admission is just $8. Vendor spaces are priced at $25. All makes and models of motorcycles are welcome at the swap meet. There will be additional Motorcycle Swap Meets at Stafford on June 26, August 14, and October 30.

For more information about the Motorcycle Swap Meet, including vendor space information, please call (860)-604-7528 or (860)-978-2861.
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Stafford Speedway Season Ticket Savings Deadline is March 15

Stafford Springs, CT — Stafford Motor Speedway’s 2011 Season Ticket Packages are available and are on sale now at the SMS Box Office. After March 15, all season ticket packages will increase in price. Season tickets include General Admission, Reserved Seat, Season Paddock Pass, and Kids Club season packages. Season tickets offer fans access to all Stafford Motor Speedway NASCAR Racing events during the 2011 season, including NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and CARQUEST Extreme Tuesday ISMA Supermodified events. Season tickets do not include admission to Monster Truck events, swap meets, or Wild Thing Kart events.

Stafford’s Season Paddock Pass grants weekly admission to the paddock area, as well as the paddock area grandstands and the general admission seats in the main grandstand. The paddock pass is priced at $450.00 if purchased before March 16, and increases to $500.00 if purchased after March 15. In addition to paddock access, the Season Paddock Pass also allows ticket holders access to general admission seating in the main grandstand. Season Paddock Passes can be upgraded to include a reserved seat in the main grandstand for an additional charge of $50.00.

Stafford’s Reserved Seat Season Pass offers a season long seat in the top row (Row 25) or the Gold Chair-Back section of the main grandstand, and is priced at $375.00 if purchased before March 15. After March 15, the Reserved Seat Season Pass will increase to $400.00.

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Shayne Prucker Looks to Contend for SK Light Championship at Stafford with Mainline Heating & Supply as his Sponsor

Stafford Springs, CT — After an up and down rookie season that saw him finish 17th in the SK Light Modified points standings, Stafford Springs native Shayne Prucker will return to his hometrack this season with Mainline Heating and Supply as his sponsor for the second consecutive season. After his rough 2010 season, he is looking to push ahead and is setting his goal to capture the 2011 SK Light Modified championship.

“I really think we have a good chance at winning the championship this year,” said Prucker. “Last year we had more bad luck than good, and every time we thought something worked for us, it seemed like things changed. Our goal is to get to the front, and be a strong contender throughout the season in every race.”

Prucker and the Mainline Heating & Supply team had a great start to their rookie season with a solid ninth place finish in the CARQUEST Tech-Net Spring Sizzler event. But the second race of the year found Prucker caught up in a multicar accident, which sidelined the team for several weeks while they repaired the car.
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Pallai On Track for Top Performances in Two Sports

High-Scoring NYU Player is Professional Racer in the Summers

On the surface, hockey and racing are not two sports that go hand in hand. However, below the surface, they are a lot more similar than one would think.

Richie Pallai Jr. knows all of the ins and outs of both sports. Since he was 16 he has been turning laps in NASCAR’s modified series while also excelling on the ice.

Pallai parlayed his hockey talent into a roster spot with Central Connecticut College (NCAA DIII) prior to making a move to New York University (M2) this season.

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2011 Updates Announced For Touring Series

Simplified Rookie Rules, Race Procedure Changes To Take Effect
 
Daytona Beach, FL — NASCAR announced today updates for the 2011 NASCAR regional touring series, highlighted by changes to simplify the rookie of the year award. Also announced were two changes to race procedures, the elimination of the post-qualifying redraw for starting position in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour, and a cost-saving spec-fuel program for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.

Drivers will be eligible to compete for Sunoco-sponsored rookie awards for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series, NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, and NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour, and rookie awards for the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series if they meet the following criteria, as of the first race of their respective season:

• The driver has not competed in more than seven career races in the respective series
• The driver has not competed in more than three separate seasons in the respective series
• A driver has not competed in more than three career races in NASCAR’s national series

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Frankoski Tapped for 2011 NEMA Midget Series

Huntersville, NC  — Jeremy Frankoski and Adam Cantor Racing announce they will join forces to compete in the 2011 NEMA midget series. Frankoski will take the wheel of the IGA Reichert Group midget while Adam Cantor, former driver and long time NEMA stand out, will step into his new role as crew chief.

“We are very excited to have a driver of Jeremy’s caliber behind the wheel for us,” said team owner Allan Cantor. “He has shown that he is more than capable of getting the job done, and that is what we are looking forward to in 2011; getting the job done!”

Frankoski has plenty of experience in open wheel venues with both NEMA and USAC. In 2009, he won the USAC Ford Focus Carolina Championship with 5 wins, 10 top five finishes and 6 pole qualifications. He was subsequently honored by USAC with a Rookie of the Year title.

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Waterford Speedbowl 2011 Schedule of Events Set

Will offer six Saturday night races regularly in 2011; SK Light division added to limited schedule

Waterford, CT – Waterford Speedbowl’s 2011 schedule of events was released in early 2011, highlighted by the Saturday night NASCAR Whelen All-American Series program increasing from five to six weekly divisions during regular race nights.

The 2011 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series championship chase has 27 scheduled events taking place over a 6-month period. Budweiser Blastoff Weekend kicks off the 2011 New England racing season on April 1-3 featuring a 100-lap Valenti Modified Racing Series event on Sunday, April 3. In addition, the SK Modifieds® will compete in a special 61-lap race honoring the track’s 61st consecutive season, also on April 3. The popular NEMA Midgets and NEMA Lites will also begin their seasons at Blastoff Weekend. In total, 14 divisions will be in action over the weekend with nearly 500 laps of feature racing to commence another season of racing in New England.

The SK Modifieds®, Late Models, Street Stocks and Mini Stocks will again be at the core of Saturday night NASCAR Whelen All-American Series action. New in 2011, the Speedbowl will introduce a limited schedule of X-Modified and SK Light combination races on the Saturday night schedule. Each car will be eligible for competition according to the respective Waterford Speedbowl X-Modified and Stafford Motor Speedway SK Light rule books. They will compete in 20-lap races. The division will be part of the Speedbowl’s NASCAR Whelen All-American Series lineup as its Division V representative and make its Speedbowl debut May 21. The Legends Cars will also be a frequent Saturday night division along with a Saturday Showdown Series for the track’s Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday series divisions during select Saturday programs.

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Racing Against Cancer 100 at Seekonk Speedway

Kraze Korlaki Speed Equipment, Inc., Seekonk Speedway, Racing Against Cancer™ and Ronald McDonald House of Providence, jointly announce the Racing Against Cancer 100 for Saturday October 1st at Seekonk Speedway located in Seekonk, MA. This will be the second year Kraze Korlacki Speed Equipment, Inc, and Seekonk Speedway have partnered to assist cancer related causes. Building on last year’s success, the October 1, 2011 event will feature unique and exciting racing provided by some of the most exciting touring divisions in the northeast, as well as a Racing Against Cancer™ Track Walk fundraising event to benefit the Ronald McDonald House of Providence as the primary recipient.

The racing portion of the event will be highlighted by the International Super Modified Association (ISMA) going wing to wing for 100 laps. Don’t be surprised who might show up this year, as last year’s winner, 2008 NASCAR Camping World Truck Champion Johnny Benson has again shown interest. “I would be interested in returning to Seekonk Speedway in 2011 to defend my win,” proclaimed Benson from his race shop in Cornelius, North Carolina. “The track is a place I would definitely like to race again. As a short track, it is one of the racier short tracks I have been on.” In addition to 100 laps of ISMA on the October 1st race card is a 50 Lap Open Rules Street Stock Race, with $1000 going to the winner plus lap money. The Lee USA Speedway Small Block Super Modifieds are also scheduled to return, joining the Northeast Midget Association NEMA Lite Midgets and The Kraze Powder Puff Series Triple Crown. The Kraze Powder Puff Series Triple Crown will have their third and final race which will be immediately followed by the crowning of its champion..

Racing Against Cancer™ from Westbrook, CT will coordinate the fund raising activities including their new RAC Track Walk program which will precede the racing action. This new & exciting program will feature the Ronald McDonald House of Providence as the primary benefactor, in addition to other cancer related causes. “RAC and Seekonk Speedway hope that the fans, Seekonk teams and local community will come together for a fun motorsports based activity to support a great cause. It really is a great way to bond and enjoy the pre-race morning with your fellow competitors or meet and talk with your favorite driver while walking on the legendary Seekonk Speedway surface,” stated Scott Gregory, Co-founder of the RAC Team. Racing Against Cancer™ will be present at Seekonk Speedway throughout the 2011 racing season to promote their Track Walk program through organizing teams for the Track Walk, soliciting volunteers and to answer any questions.

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Get Up Close to the Cars and Stars of NASCAR and INDYCAR With a New Hampshire Motor Speedway Pre-Race Pit Pass or Garage Pass

Loudon, NH — New Hampshire Motor Speedway race fans of ALL ages can rev up their race-day experience by purchasing a pre-race pit pass or garage pass for either of the track’s two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekends or the IZOD INDYCAR Series event.

Racing offers some of the best behind-the-scenes access in all of professional sports and, for the first time, “The Magic Mile” is welcoming children into the infield, pit road and garage area to witness the excitement of race day during a NASCAR or INDYCAR weekend.

With a pre-race pit pass, fans can experience pit road from a crew member’s perspective during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series LENOX Industrial Tools 301 on July 17 and for the SYLVANIA 300 on Sept. 25.

On Sunday, Aug. 14, New Hampshire Motor Speedway will allow race fans ages 9 and older into the IZOD INDYCAR garage area for an exclusive look at America’s fastest and most versatile race cars and drivers.

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On the Gas with Gappens

Loudon, NH — While the National Football League makes the daily sports headlines with such negative news and total disregard for its fan base, the new NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season has started with great excitement and compelling storylines. I’m sure you caught the drama and excitement of the Daytona 500. So did a lot of fans. Overnight ratings for the big race were an 8.7, that’s up 13% from last year. Ratings continued to rise another six-percent during the Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway and Las Vegas Motor Speedway showed a huge 29% increase over last year.

More importantly, the on-track product is what is creating this exciting buzz! Record lead changes at each event, no repeat winners and drivers going for it, in early and mid-race dogfights with fellow competitors.

The 30 million people who watched the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season kickoff means big things for the drivers, sponsors and diehard fans who might have been concerned about the future of the sport in our current economy.

Success is about momentum and so far, the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season has shown some very positive energy.

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Driving, Singing and a “Magic Mile” Inside Look All Part of New Hampshire Motor Speedway’s FANtasy Drive 2

Loudon, NH — New Hampshire Motor Speedway will kick off the 2011 season of speed with the ultimate fan open house on Saturday, April 23, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., featuring free fun for the entire family.

This action-packed day will showcase numerous contests, giveaways, exhibits, autograph sessions and much more.

For those who have ever dreamed of performing the national anthem in front of thousands of race fans, the New Hampshire chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities and WGIR’s “The Morning Buzz” will host the first Speedway Star performing competition from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The two winners will perform at either the NASCAR Nationwide Series race on Saturday, July 16, or the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on Saturday, Sept. 24.

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