Archive for April, 2011

Cipriano, Nocera, & Casagrande Score First Whelen All-American Series Feature Events of 2011 at Stafford Motor Speedway’s Tech-Net Spring Sizzler Saturday

Stafford Springs, CT —  Stafford Motor Speedway’s 2011 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series season kicked off with its first three feature events of the new year during Saturday’s CARQUEST Tech-Net Spring Sizzler Weekend. Joey Cipriano won the 20-lap SK Light Modified feature, George Nocera, Jr. won the 20-lap Limited Late Model feature event, and Kyle Casagrande took the checkered flag in the 15-lap DARE Stock feature event.

In the 20-lap SK Light Modified feature event, Kyle Spencer jumped to the early lead from the pole position with Matt Galko moving by Ted Cain to take second. Cain settled into third with Frank Cardile and Zach Aszklar side by side behind him for the fourth position. Cardile went up the track and brushed the wall in turn 3 to bring the caution out with 2 laps complete.

Spencer again took the lead back under green with Joey Cipriano moving up to second. David Webb moved into third, but he was given the black flag for leaking, moving Cain into third, Galko to fourth, and Shayne Prucker held down the fifth position. Webb refused to answer the black flag and the caution was displayed with 7 laps complete to get the car off of the track.

[Stafford 04/30/11] by Nicholas Teto
[Stafford - 05/01/11] by Nicholas Teto

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Qualifying: Coby Earns Spring Sizzler Pole

Third Career Coors Light Pole for 2006 Sizzler Winner

Stafford Springs, CT — Limited to just one lap during Saturday qualifying, Doug Coby took home the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Coors Light Pole Award for Sunday’s Tech-Net Spring Sizzler presented by CARQUEST at Stafford Motor Speedway.

Coby was one of four drivers limited to one qualifying lap because their spotters were late to report prior to time trials. It didn’t make a difference, however, as his lone lap of 17.985 seconds (100.083 mph) topped the rest of the 30-car field.

It was the third career pole for Coby, and first at Stafford.

[Stafford 04/30/11] by Nicholas Teto
[Stafford - 05/01/11] by Nicholas Teto

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Practice: Fast Times at Stafford

Three cars under Santos’ qualifying record

Stafford Springs, CT — The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour teams turned in a fast practice session Saturday morning in advance of the Tech-Net Spring Sizzler presented by CARQUEST at Stafford Motor Speedway.

Eric Beers and Rowan Pennink tied for the fastest lap in the 90-minute session at 17.929 seconds (100.396 mph) while Doug Coby was third-fastest at 17.962 (100.212). All three came in under the Whelen Modified Tour’s track qualifying record of 17.965 (100.195) set by Bobby Santos in last year’s Spring Sizzler.

Justin Bonsignore was fourth on the board followed by Santos, Todd Szegedy, Ryan Preece, Kevin Goodale, Patrick Emerling and Mike Stefanik in the top 10. Bonsignore, Santos and Szegedy also eclipsed the 100 mph average lap speed.

[Stafford 04/30/11] by Nicholas Teto
[Stafford - 05/01/11] by Nicholas Teto

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LIVE: Mod Tour At Stafford Spring Sizzler

The second race of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season is on tap for Sunday, May 1 with the Tech-Net Spring Sizzler presented by CARQUEST at Stafford Motor Speedway.

For updates from the track throughout race weekend, please click here: LAP-BY-LAP

EVENT SCHEDULE  |  ENTRY LIST  |  PRACTICE  |  QUALIFYING  |  RESULTS

Sports Car Club of America Races into NHMS

Loudon, NH — Picture perfect weather is on tap for the Sports Car Club of America as they take on New Hampshire Motor Speedway’s 1.6-mile road course today through Sunday.

This weekend marks the first of several SCCA events hosted at “The Magic Mile.” Car enthusiasts can enjoy a wide range of sports cars including racing sedans, sports racers and open-wheel racers throughout the weekend.

For more information on the Sports Car Club of America please visit http://www.ner.org/.

During all SCCA event weekends, infield wristbands (good for the entire weekend) can be purchased at the speedway’s main gate for $25. Children 11 and under are free.

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Ted Christopher has Winning Momentum on his Side as he Seeks Fourth Consecutive CARQUEST Tech-Net Spring Sizzler Crown

Stafford Springs, CT — When the green flag comes out for the 40th Annual CARQUEST Tech-Net Spring Sizzler this Sunday, May 1st at Stafford, there will be one driver in the starting lineup who has all the momentum in the world on his side. Ted Christopher, who will be attempting to win the Sizzler for the fourth consecutive year, has won 9 races in 6 different states thusfar during his already busy 2011 season.

Christopher kicked off his 2011 campaign with TQ Midget victories in Atlantic City and Providence and then took three more wins and the track championship at New Smyrna Speedway in February. After New Smyrna, Christopher took the checkered flag at Thompson Speedway in the Whelen Modified Tour season opener, and he has continued his winning ways on the Whelen Southern Modified Tour, winning back-to-back events at South Boston and Caraway. Add in the fact that Christopher has won the last three Spring Sizzlers, and he has 110 career feature victories at Stafford, and things are looking up for the 2008 Whelen Modified Tour champion.

“Things have gone well for us so far,” said Christopher. “I’m looking forward to coming to Stafford, anytime we race at Stafford it’s always special. To win four Sizzlers in a row would be a cool deal, but there’s a lot of hungry drivers out there who want to win. Hopefully the best car will win and hopefully that car will be me, but that’s why we run the race and we’ll see what happens. To win the race again would be a great accomplishment, but to me it’s just the next race on the schedule that we’re going to try to win and put on a good show for the fans.”

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RACECARJewelry.com partners with Victoria Bergenty for 2011 Season Adding Bling & Budget to Her SK light Campaign

RACECAR Jewelry Company of Cranston, Rhode Island has singed as an Associate Sponsor of Victoria Bergenty. Support from the jewelry manufacturer will allow the young racer from Plainville, Connecticut to increase her racing commitment while further demonstrating her desire.

Plainville, CT — When it comes to lists of favorite things Daniel Grandi of RACECAR Jewelry and Victoria Bergenty, driver of the #74 SK Light Modified share common interests.

At the top of each list you’ll find Racing and Jewelry. At age thirteen and living in Thailand, Grandi began designing and manufacturing jewelry, while trips to Grand Prix and motorcycle events deepened his racing interests. Today he is still fascinated by both. As for Bergenty, like most young ladies she loves jewelry. Her passion has always been towards racing with the focus towards driving. The family photo album shows a pint-sized Victoria under the family modified, barely-able to hold-up a flashlight, while her dad makes preparations. So when the two met to discuss sponsorship for the 2011 season there was plenty to say.

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Todd Szegedy Feels Good About Chances of Winning 40th Annual CARQUEST Tech-Net Spring Sizzler at Stafford

Stafford Springs, CT — As Stafford Speedway readies to let the green flag fly on the 40th Annual CARQUEST Tech-Net Spring Sizzler this weekend, 2003 Whelen Modified Tour champion Todd Szegedy has to be counted among the favorites to take home the checkered flag. Being a former SK Modified® driver at Stafford, Szegedy has track experience on his side, and he was among the fastest cars that participated in an open test session with his #2 Wisk sponsored Ford.

“The practice was awesome,” said Szegedy. “That was the fastest I’ve ever gone at Stafford. We didn’t have the transponders on the cars, but by the stopwatches we were right around 18.0 seconds and we had several people call us who said they had us timed at 17.9. I think we might have had a few tenths of a second on the guys who were at the test, and I know the car felt good. I think we’re going to be really good for the Sizzler.”

The 2011 Whelen Modified Tour season marks a reunion for Szegedy with crew chief Phil Moran, who was Szegedy’s crew chief when he won the WMT championship in 2003. The reunion of Szegedy and Moran paid instant dividends at the season opening race, as Szegedy was fifth fastest in time trials and was among the front runners in the race before getting caught up in a wreck. Despite finishing 22nd at Thompson, Szegedy feels good about his team and his chances at Stafford.

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A Birthday Wish 100 Years in the Making

Loudon, NH — Rachel Gilbert of Laconia, N.H. proved that the need for speed can hit at any age, by taking a spin around New Hampshire Motor Speedway, in the tracks pace car, to celebrate her 100th birthday.

Gilbert’s centennial celebration got off to a flying start today, when she hopped in a Toyota Camry pace car, similar to the one that will set the field for the LENOX Industrial Tools 301 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on July 17.

“This was such a surprise,” said Gilbert. “I had such a great teacher, I loved it.”

Jerry Gappens, the speedway’s executive vice president, general manager and driving instructor for the day was able to ride shotgun, as this lifelong race fans dream was fulfilled.

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Country Music Vocalist AJ Jansen to Perform National Anthem at CARQUEST Tech-Net Spring Sizzler

Stafford Springs, CT — The 40th Annual CARQUEST Tech-Net Spring Sizzler will play host to country music artist AJ Jansen, “Country Music’s Rebel Rose.” Jansen will perform the national anthem just prior to the 40-lap SK Modified® feature event on Sunday, May 1st to kick off the day’s feature races. Jansen will also be on hand during the CARQUEST Belts & Hose Pit Party, performing some of her songs as part of the pre-race festivities.

Jansen hails from Connecticut and she has won several awards for her music. Jansen won Best Female Modern Country Vocalist from the Connecticut Country Music Association (CCMA) back in 2005. Also that year, she won Best Recording for her original single, “Moments”, which is featured on the CCMA compilation CD.

In 2006, Jansen attended the national championships for the North American Country Music Association (NACMAI) in Nashville, TN, where she won the NACMAI Horizon Female Vocalist of the Year Award. 2006 also marked the release of her much anticipated debut CD, entitled, “This Night Belongs To Me.” Jansen has since released two more CDs and her latest CD, titled “Bars Scars and Old Guitars”, is currently receiving rave reviews from national publications.

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Thursday Night Thompson Thunder Begins on May 12th

Thompson, CT — The popular Thursday night racing program at the Thompson International Speedway begins its new season on Thursday, May 12th. Known as “TNTT”, Thursday night racing action includes six exciting NASCAR Whelen All-American Series divisions along with many special event races throughout the season. May 12th marks the beginning of a season-long schedule filled with a variety of auto racing’s best in the northeast.

Thompson’s “TNTT” race events have become fan favorites due to family pricing, free parking, great food and thrilling high speed competition. The race programs begin at 6 PM and are run at a very fast pace so that fans can enjoy an action packed evening and still get home at an early hour.

Sunoco Modifieds, Super Late Models, Thompson Modifieds, Late Models, Limited Sportsman and Monster Mini Stocks make up the weekly competition. Special events on the 2011 Thompson racing schedule include the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, The Valenti Modified Racing Series, Tour-Type Modifieds and the Pro All Star Series. In addition, extra distance events for Thompson’s “Super6” racers round out a program of exciting family entertainment all season long.

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Vote Now on the Speedway Star Finalists

Loudon, NH — Six finalists are one step closer to singing the national anthem in front of thousands of race fans at a New Hampshire Motor Speedway major event.

The finalists were chosen during the first ever Speedway Star Competition this past Saturday at FANtasy Drive 2.

It is now up to you race fans to decide who will showcase their talents at either the New England 200 NASCAR Nationwide Series race on Saturday, July 16 or the F.W. Webb 175 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on Saturday, Sept. 24.

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News & Notes: Christopher Looks to Stay Hot

Veteran has won three of four races entered in 2011

Daytona Beach, FL — If momentum amounts to anything more than just a talking point, then Ted Christopher is sitting pretty heading into the second race of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season at Stafford (Conn.) Motor Speedway, the Tech-Net Spring Sizzler presented by CARQUEST on Sunday, May 1.

Between the Whelen Modified and Whelen Southern Modified Tours, Christopher has won three of the four races he has entered so far in 2011. Following an accident in the Whelen Southern Modified Tour season-opener at Caraway Speedway in which he suffered a hand injury, it’s been all checkered flags for the Plainville, Conn., driver.

On April 10, Christopher found Victory Lane at Thompson (Conn.) International Speedway in the Whelen Modified Tour opener, the Tour in which he primarily competes in the No. 36 for owner Eddie Whelan. It was his sixth win in the last eight Tour races at Thompson, and third in a row. He also won the Sunoco Modified race that same day in NASCAR Whelen All-American Series action, where he is the defending track champion.

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Valenti Modified Series Ready for Monadnock Spring Dash

Next Up the Spring Dash 100

The April tradition of the Valenti Modified Racing Series appearing at Monadnock Speedway, Winchester, (NH) continues Saturday night, April 30, when the popular touring division, now in it’s eighth year, invades the Monadnock Speedway, Winchester, (NH), for the running of the “Spring Dash 100.” The annual event is the second of a 17-race schedule for New England’s premier modified series.

Last year’s April winner, five-time VMRS winner, Dwight Jarvis, of Ascutney, (VT), and current point leader Chris Pasteryak, of Lisbon (CT), lead the list of entries. Drivers from throughout New England and New York are also expected.

Defending series Champion Jon McKennedy, of E. Chelmsford (MA), an 11-time series winner, 13-time victor Les Hinckley III, of Windsor Locks, (CT), and three-time Champion Kirk Alexander, Swanzey, (NH), is entered.

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Seekonk Speedway is ready to kick off their 66th Season on May Day

Seekonk, MA — In much of the world, May 1st is known as International Worker’s Day, but in Southern New England, the gates will open for action at Seekonk Speedway for the first time this year. After a long, cold winter, competitors from all over the area will be competing for the momentum of winning on Opening Day.

On the docket will be the A.R.C. Pro Stocks, Late Models, Street Stocks and Sport Trucks. All divisions will be competing in extra distance mains, with extra money in their envelopes as the get ready for the grind of a long season. Following Sunday’s Opening Day action, the racing will continue on their Saturday tradition.

While an opening day win doesn’t always translate to sitting at the head table at the year end championship banquet, it can set the tone for a successful season. Dave Darling, Kyle Casper and Scott Serydynski won last years’ opening day, and returned to Victory Lane several times throughout the season while fighting for the division title, but came up short in their divisions. Rick Martin, however, rode his opening day win to the 2010 Sport Truck drivers’ title.

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Christopher Takes Second Straight Win

Holds off late-race charge by Stinson to collect victory

Asheboro, NC — Ted Christopher edged Thomas Stinson in a two-lap dash to the finish at Caraway Speedway on Saturday to capture his second NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour victory in less than a week.

Christopher, a veteran of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour with 294 career starts and 39 wins on that circuit, took command from pole-sitter George Brunnhoelzl III on the sixth lap of the Caraway 150 and held off Stinson in a green-white-checkered finish to win by .284 seconds.

Christopher’s victory follows his win last Sunday at South Boston, Va. It marked his sixth career win in 15 starts in the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour and his fourth at Caraway.

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Rain or Snow; Fans Showed for FANtasy Drive

Loudon, NH — The snow and rain didn’t stop New Hampshire Motor Speedway fans from enjoying all the activities at FANtasy Drive 2 today, marking the official start of the 2011 season.

The green flag dropped on the season of speed at 9 a.m., when fans hit the track for three laps around “The Magic Mile,” in their personal vehicles.

“I’m glad so many people came out in this snowy weather,” said Jerry Gappens executive vice president and general manager of the speedway. “There seems to be a lot of people with smiles on their faces and that’s always a good thing.”

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Speedbowl Cancels April 23 Race Program

Waterford, CT — For the second consecutive week Waterford Speedbowl has been forced to cancel tonight’s scheduled NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing program due to weather.

The next event for the Speedbowl will be next Saturday, April 30 for a NASCAR Whelen All-American Series race program. The Allison Legacy North Series will make their first appearance of the year, while the New England Trucks will also be on hand. Corey Coates will be looking to repeat his win in the season opening Budweiser Blastoff Truck feature.

Stay tuned for more details and schedule updates for the April 30 race program.

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Rain or Shine; Join Us at FANtasy Drive Today!

Loudon, NH — The green flag has dropped on the 2011 season of speed at FANtasy Drive 2. Join us today for a free admission, exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of New England’s largest sports and entertainment facility including, Bruton Smith’s (Chairman of the Board of New Hampshire Motor Speedway) luxury suite, the Hospitality Courtyard, NASCAR race control featuring live timing and scoring from the speedway’s pace car, the ESPN/TNT/SPEED television broadcast booths, the garage areas, and more.

If you have purchased a ticket to any of the speedway’s major events, experience the ride of a lifetime by taking three laps around “The Magic Mile” in your own car, just like the cars and stars of NASCAR and INDYCAR. After you drive your car around NHMS, celebrate in victory lane and have your picture taken hoisting the LENOX Industrial Tools 301 trophy over your head!

Have the need for speed? Put your online racing skills to the test with several iRacing simulators that will be available throughout the day.

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CARQUEST Champions for Charities Driver Spotlight: Richie Pallai, Jr.

Stafford Springs, CT — The CARQUEST Extreme Tuesday Champions for Charities Event at Stafford Motor Speedway scheduled for June 28th is building in momentum and excitement as the drivers gear up to raise funds for their respective charities. The impressive field of open wheeled division champion drivers represents over 50 championships among 14 drivers. This week’s driver spotlight falls on Richie Pallai, Jr., the 2009 Spring Sizzler SK Modified® Champion, who will be racing to help support The Danbury Animal Welfare Society.

The Danbury Animal Welfare Society is a non-profit, volunteer-run organization dedicated to improving the lives of animals in our community and beyond. They promote responsible pet guardianship and the humane treatment of animals, and work toward ending animal overpopulation through education and a variety of programs. Danbury Animal Welfare Society gives shelter and care for homeless companion animals while they wait for people like you to give them a loving, forever home.

“I have a personal love of animals,” said Pallai. “I hate to see animals harmed, especially if they have to be euthanized because they have no place to live or someone to care for them. I wanted to be able to help the cause and make sure animals have food and shelter, so we decided to partner up with D.A.W.S.”

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Call Before You Dig Renews Contingency Sponsorship with Stafford Speedway

Stafford Springs, CT — Stafford Motor Speedway has announced that Call Before You Dig will return for the 2011 season as an SK Modified® contingency sponsor and track partner. For the past four seasons, Call Before You Dig has served as the title sponsor of the track’s Technical Inspection Zone, and they will once again serve in that capacity for the 2011 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series season. Call Before You Dig will also provide a weekly $125 bonus to the 2nd place finisher in each SK Modified® feature event during the 2011 season for the second consecutive year.

In addition to sponsoring the Inspection Zone and providing a weekly contingency bonus, Call Before You Dig will maintain an advertising presence in the Stafford Speedway PitStopper Magazine as well as a billboard display along the track’s backstretch.

“We’re please to have Call Before You Dig as part of our family of sponsors for another season,” said Mark Arute, SMS COO/GM. “With the current economic climate, sponsors are harder and harder to find and it’s especially difficult to maintain a continuous relationship with a sponsor. This will be the fifth consecutive season that we have been partnered with Call Before You Dig, which is a great testament to the benefits of being an advertising partner here at Stafford. Call Before You Dig has been a great partner to work with and we hope that we can continue our partnership well into the future.”

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Shark Cycle Returns as Title Sposor of September Modified Racing Series Event at Stafford Speedway

Stafford Springs, CT — For the second consecutive season, the Valenti Modified Racing Series will make a September appearance at Stafford Motor Speedway with race title sponsorship from Shark Cycle of Stafford Springs. Last year’s Shark Cycle race was the first ever appearance by the Valenti Modified Racing Series at Stafford and the race was won by Ted Christopher, who is Stafford’s winningest driver in history with 110 feature victories.

“Last year’s race was a great event for us to be involved with,” said Bob Charland, owner of Shark Cycle. “We had a lot of customer feedback from our sponsorship and we’re looking forward to being part of another exciting night of modified racing at Stafford Speedway.”

The Shark Cycle Valenti Modified Racing Series event last season was a duel between Stafford veterans and Valenti Modfied Series regulars. The Stafford veterans held the edge over the series regulars when the checkered flag fell as the top-6 spots and 9 of the top-10 positions were filled by drivers with SK Modified® or Whelen Modified Tour experience at Stafford.

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5-Time SK MODIFIED® Champion Bob Potter to Serve as Grand Marshal of 40th Annual CARQUEST Tech-Net Spring Sizzler

Stafford Springs, CT — Stafford Motor Speedway has announced that 5-time SK Modified® track champion Bob Potter will serve as the grand marshal of the 40th Annual CARQUEST Tech-Net Spring Sizzler. 40 years after Potter took the green flag in the very first Spring Sizzler and finished 9th, he will send the Whelen Modified Tour field on its way this year with the most famous words in motorsports, “Drivers start your engines.”

“I really appreciate Mark & Lisa [Arute] asking me to do this, it’s a great honor for me,” said Potter. “I’ve done this once before at Waterford and it really makes you feel great to be asked to be the grand marshal. I used to love sitting in the race car and hear those words, it gave me goose bumps when I heard those words and started the car up. I’m sure this will be a little bit different than sitting in the car, but I’m sure that I’ll have goose bumps again when I give the command. The Spring Sizzler is always the best race and I’m sure that this year is going to be one heck of a race.”

Potter is one of the most successful drivers in Stafford’s SK Modified® history. He ranks 4th on Stafford’s all-time SK Modified® winners list with 24 career victories, and he has won 5 SK Modified® track championships. Potter enjoyed one of the most dominant runs in the division’s history at Stafford, with four of his five championships coming in a five-year span from 1991-1995. Only Mike Christopher, who won the championship in 1993, broke up Potter’s stranglehold on the SK Modified® championship. Potter’s five Stafford SK Modified® track championships was a division record that stood until Ted Christopher won his sixth track championship in 2007.

“To me, Stafford was always a driver’s track,” said Potter. “I saw a lot of guys try Stafford who didn’t make it. It takes a special driver to be able to win at Stafford. The turns are different from each other and sometimes you have to remember what turn you’re in. I always said that if you can win a race at Stafford, then you could win a race anywhere. As a driver, you really had to be dialed in to win at Stafford. Three things I always tried to focus on was concentration, dedication, and the will to win, and we usually did pretty well when we came to Stafford to race.”

For his career, Potter made a total of 7 starts in the Spring Sizzler, including the very first Sizzler in 1972 where he drove the #110 for car owner Roger Bonville. In his 7 Spring Sizzler starts, his best finish was second in 1988, the year that the SK Modified® division was the headline division at the Spring Sizzler. In that 1988 Spring Sizzler, Potter finished runner-up to Ted Christopher and just in front of Bo Gunning, making a podium that combined for 15 Stafford SK Modified® track championships and 163 Stafford SK Modified® feature victories.

The 2011 CARQUEST Tech-Net Spring Sizzler gets underway Friday, April 29 with a practice session for Stafford’s weekly divisions. The practice session will be open to the public at no charge. Action continues on Saturday, April 30 with Coors Light Pole Qualifying for the Whelen Modified Tour cars, along with heat and consolation races for Stafford’s weekly divisions. Saturday will conclude with feature events for the SK Light, Limited Late Model, and DARE Stock divisions. The Sizzler continues on Sunday, May 1 with the CARQUEST Belts & Hose Pit Party followed by Stafford’s SK Modifieds® and Late Models joining the Whelen Modified Tour in feature action.

Tickets for the “Greatest Race in the History of Spring” are on sale now at the Speedway Box Office. Tickets are priced at $35.00 for adult general admission tickets, $5.00 for children ages 6-14, and children ages 5 and under are admitted free of charge when accompanied by an adult. Reserved seating is priced at $38.00 for all ages. As always, Stafford Motor Speedway offers free parking with overnight parking available.

For more information on the 40th annual CARQUEST Tech-Net Spring Sizzler®, or to order tickets, contact the Stafford Motor Speedway track office at 860-684-2783 or visit us on the web at www.staffordspeedway.com.

Sources: Scott Running/Stafford Motor Speedway PR

“Ole Blue” Boheler Racing Equipment Car Will Return to Stafford in Celebration of 40 Years of Spring Sizzler Tradition

Stafford Springs, CT — As the 40th Annual CARQUEST Tech-Net Spring Sizzler draws closer to a green flag, Stafford Speedway will welcome back a car that spent many a Friday night in victory lane. The Boehler Racing Equipment #3, known as “Ole Blue”, will return to Stafford to pace the Whelen Modified Tour field, 40 years after Fred DeSarro drove it to victory in the inaugural Sizzler in 1972. Fred DeSarro’s son Gary will be behind the wheel of “Ole Blue” to bring the field around the track on their pace laps.

“We’re putting this deal together for Gary DeSarro and the DeSarro family,” said Michael Boehler. “I’m sure that seeing “Ole Blue” will be great for the fans, but it will be very special for Gary to be able to drive that car around the track and honor his father in front of the race fans. Over the years, we’ve been very lucky, we’ve had a great family run organization with some great drivers and great sponsors to work with. We have Matt [Hirschman] driving the car this year and we’re searching for some more great sponsors to be part of the team and help keep us going.”

While the #3 Boehler car wasn’t always the best looking machine at the track; it got its nickname “Ole Blue” due to a rough exterior of dents, rust, and junkyard parts; it was certainly one of the most formidable cars of its time with its big block engine and driver roster that reads like a who’s who of modified racers. Drivers who have driven “Ole Blue” include: Tony Cortes, Don Hall, Bugsy Stevens, Fred DeSarro, Leo Cleary, Ron & Ken Bouchard, Gomer Taylor, S.J. Evonsion, Mike McLaughlin, Kerry Malone, Jamie Tomaino, Doug Heveron, Wayne Anderson, Tony Hirschman, Tommy Cravenho, Jerry Marquis, Eric Beers, Todd Szegedy, Bobby Santos, III, Bobby Grigas, III, Ryan Preece, and Matt Hirschman. Three of those “Ole Blue” pilots, Stevens, DeSarro, and Tony Hirschman, are on NASCAR’s top-10 modified drivers of all-time list.

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Return Engagements: NASCAR Sets Dates, Sites for 2011 Postseason Shows

NASCAR Hall to Host Touring Gala & All-American Series Banquet

Daytona Beach, FL — NASCAR has announced dates and sites for its 2011 postseason championship celebrations. Riding the momentum of 2010’s highly successful awards shows, all of this year’s events will return to the same sites.

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards Ceremony will again be held at Wynn Las Vegas. This year, the ceremony is set for Friday, Dec. 2 and will feature the top 10 drivers in the final series standings. The event will culminate NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion’s Week in Las Vegas.

As in previous years, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards Ceremony will be accompanied by a number of events designed with fans and media in mind – starting with the immensely popular “NASCAR Victory Lap,” an annual procession of the top 12 drivers in their race cars on Las Vegas Blvd., followed by NASCAR After The Lap, a Q&A event with the top 12 drivers; and the yearly NASCAR NMPA Myers Brothers Awards Luncheon. Details for these events – as well as many others that will provide a lead-in to the ceremony – will be announced later this year.

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Snowy and Mild Start to LRRS Season Opener

Loudon, NH — After a long harsh New England winter the Loudon Road Race Series kicked off their season this past weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway with some of the fastest racing on two wheels.

Cool spring temperatures on Saturday presented tough conditions for the riders. Despite a varying wind, cloud cover and snow flurries the races were still action-packed. Sunday’s races were held in much warmer temperatures under sunny skies.

Novices, Brian Campbell, No. 121, and Brett Babaian No. 331 participated in Penguin Racing School last season and completed the Penguin Final Exam, which is a simulated race getting new racers used to start procedures, flags and on-track situations. Campbell was able to win Novice Middleweight GP and take second in Novice Middleweight Superbike during his first racing event. Babaian raced for the first time winning the Novice GTO and Novice Middleweight Superbike after a last lap pass by Campbell in the final turn.

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NASCAR Star Kyle Busch Announces Return to TD Bank 250 on July 24

Oxford, ME – Kyle Busch made quite an impression in his first two TD Bank 250 attempts.

In 2005, he led the race twice for a total of 61 laps. In 2006, Busch looked poised to win the event when his motor expired while leading the event.

Kyle is coming back and will be looking for a victory in 2011.

Today, Oxford Plains Speedway and Kyle Busch Motorsports announced that Kyle has entered the TD Bank 250 on July 24 and the Brackett Mechanical/RB Performance PASS 150 on July 23. New England racing fans will have two chances to see Busch compete against the region’s best competitors.

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Win the Ultimate Fan Dinner with Tony Stewart at NHMS

Loudon, NH — Race fans, if you have ever dreamed of dining with your favorite NASCAR driver, the New Hampshire Motor Speedway chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities is offering two lucky fans the chance to enjoy dinner with NASCAR Sprint Cup Series star Tony Stewart, during the LENOX Industrial Tools 301 weekend.

Bid now for this ultimate fan experience. The two highest bidders and their guests will get the rare opportunity to spend an evening with four-time New Hampshire Motor Speedway winner Tony Stewart, one of New Hampshire’s beloved radio personalities Greg Kretschmar and long-time television broadcaster and racing magazine writer Dick Berggren, in NHMS’ Chairman and CEO Bruton Smith’s suite.

“I’m pretty excited about dinner with one of my fans,” said Stewart. “It is a deal that Dick Berggren put together. Myself, Dick and one of the local radio personalities are going to have a pretty neat dinner that weekend in Loudon on Thursday night. The proceeds go to Speedway Children’s Charities. Dr. Dick was the master-mind behind it. It will be fun. You know that Dick is going to have some really good stories to tell everybody and he’s forgot more about racing than all of us in this group know. It will be cool. It is fun having guys that have been around as long as Dick has that can go there and tell people the way it is now, the way it was five years ago and the way it was way back then.”

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Things You May Not Know About NHMS

Volunteer Opportunities at “The Magic Mile”

Loudon, NH — New Hampshire Motor Speedway becomes the largest city in the Granite State three times this year when NASCAR and INDYCAR race into town.

With one of the most ambitious racing schedules in the 21-year history of the speedway, we are looking to YOU for assistance.

During each major event weekend, “The Magic Mile” relies on a team of enthusiastic fundraising groups to help with parking, cleaning, concession work and much more. With the addition of INDYCAR, the speedway can use your organization’s help more than ever! Not only is it a fantastic team building experience, it’s a great way to supplement a portion of your group’s budget, to help raise money by being paid for the hours worked.

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On the Gas with Gappens: April 2011

Loudon, NH — Ladies and gentlemen, START YOUR ENGINES! The greatest racing season in the 21-year history of New Hampshire Motor Speedway is set and ready for the green flag. The snow is finally gone and “The Magic Mile” is ready for all the action that the best race car drivers in the world can provide.

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series visits New England on two occasions, with the LENOX Industrial Tools 301 on July 17 and the SYLVANIA 300 on September 25, and INDYCAR returns with a new breed of speed. Those are just the headliners for the 2011 season of speed. The stories begin this month as enthusiasts of all backgrounds and abilities return to the Granite State. All we need now is you!

New Hampshire Motor Speedway will officially kick-off its season this Saturday, April 23, with FANtasy Drive 2. Your ticket to any of this year’s major events is your ticket to fun! Get a rare sample of what it’s like to cross the Granite Stripe when gates open for the ultimate test drive. Bring your racing gloves and buckle up as fans can drive their own vehicles around the speedway’s 1.058-mile oval. Imagine what it’s like to cross the finish line in first place and celebrate in victory lane. If you’ve already bought your tickets, you can drive your own car or truck around the speedway . It’s our way of saying thanks for being part of the magic. No tickets yet? No problem, buy them here on Saturday.

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