Archive for May 17th, 2011

California’s Davis Off To A Perfect Start

Defending Champ Rocco Holds Early Whelen All-American Lead

Daytona Beach, FL — Brandon Davis was just trying to get acclimated to oval-track racing.

Now the 25-year-old from Huntington Beach, Calif., has his sights set on short-track racing’s biggest prize. Davis is a perfect five-for-five in the Auto Club Late Model Division this season at Toyota Speedway at Irwindale (Calif.), and checks in at seventh on the first NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national points release of the season.

More importantly, Davis has the highest points-per-race average of any series driver with more than one start at 44.2.

A driver’s best 18 results through Sept. 18 are counted toward their state and national points totals, and the champions are decided on overall points total.

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Vintage Celebration’s Oval Days Underway

Loudon, NH — The green flag has dropped on the 21st Annual Vintage Racing Celebration.

Today through Thursday, take in the sights and sounds of racing as it was during the early years. This historically significant race field will take on the 1.058 “Magic Mile” oval, featuring vintage midgets, sprint cars, champ cars, roadsters, NASCAR stock cars and even INDY cars.

Veteran NASCAR driver Kenny Schrader will welcome thousands of vintage racing fans tomorrow during the Grand Marshal Barbeque.

“Witness the sounds that you don’t get to hear anymore,” says Ray Boissoneau, a diehard vintage racer. “The old ones you get the Caster oil, you get that smell in your nostrils, and you get a chance to see, hear and smell cars you’d never have a chance to see.”

Come on down and mingle in the pits, peek under the hoods and visit the garage area for an up-close look at the men and women who dedicate their time to preserving the rich history of auto racing.

The 2011 Annual Vintage Racing Celebration continues through Sunday.

Sources: NHMS PR

Scott Dion and Joe Kohler pick up first wins. Vanasse and Rain repeat

Scott Dion picked up his first career Pro Stock win, holding off a hot and aggressive Ken Spencer. The race was stopped by rain after 38 laps when rain began to pour down on the field, ending the duel between the two Taunton drivers. The division was coming off a week when they saw their race rained out to end an evening of racing. This time around, the Sport Trucks were forced into an unexpected bye week.

Bobby Tripp was due to start on the pole in the feature race after winning his heat – it was the second consecutive week of heat race wins for the Westporter. Expectations were high, but his car lost a ball joint during hot laps, forcing him from the feature. This elevated Berkeley’s Jake Vanada to the pole, with Somerset driver Kyle Casper on his shoulder. Dion was inside on the second row and with Dick Houlihan from Bridgewater on the outside. Colby Fournier (Berkley) and Somerset driver Kevin Casper made up the third row.

Vanada got the jump at the stripe with Dion and Kyle jockeying for second. Houlihan dogged Dion’s rear. Fournier and Kevin fought for position behind him.

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