Archive for May 23rd, 2011

Valenti Modified Racing Series Ready to Resume at Twin State

Canaan, NH — Their season started seven weeks ago. Only two races have been contested, the last almost a month ago. The drivers, race teams and officials of the Valenti Modified Racing Series are eager to get back to work and resume the 2011 season and that they will, Saturday night, May 28, at Twin State Speedway, Claremont, NH.

A strong field of competitors is expected to enter the Memorial Day weekend program at the famed New Hampshire speedway.

Leading the list of expected entries is defending champion Jon McKennedy, of E, Chelmsford, (MA), former series champions, Dwight Jarvis, Ascutney, (VT), Chris Pasteryak, Lisbon, (CT), all-time winner and three-time series champion, Kirk Alexander, W. Swanzey, (NH), and recent Monadnock Speedway winner Les Hinckley, Windsor Locks (CT).

Additionally, drivers from all over the northeast are expected. Many with roots at the Twin State track including Claremont’s Sean Bodreau, Canaan’s Jack Bateman, Charlestown’s Mark McClay, Swanzey’s Rob Goodenough, and Ascutney, Vermont’s Joey Jarvis. Jarvis will be making his first start of the season.

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INDYCAR Drivers Pass New England 101

Loudon, NH — Fresh off their qualifying run for the 100th Indianapolis 500, three IZOD IndyCar drivers made a quick pit stop in Boston, Mass., for a crash course in all things New England.

IZOD Indycar Series point leader, Will Power, along with top female racer, Simona De Silvestro and British motorsports sensation Justin Wilson joined NHMS executive vice president and general manager Jerry Gappens at The Fours Restaurant for a luncheon and question-and- answer session.

“Three of the best INDYCAR drivers were able to make the trip today after a busy qualifying weekend for the Indy 500,” said Gappens. “All three will be part of one of the most anticipated events this season bringing the fastest racing on four wheels back to NHMS, during the Aug. 14 INDYCAR 225.”

In preparation for the series first visit back to New England in 13 years, Gappens gave the drivers a tune up in New England culture and even demonstrated how to eat a lobster, one of the region’s most notable traditions.

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Two Big Nights at Thompson Int’l Speedway This Week

Thompson, CT — High speed, high tech competitive NASCAR racing to demolition and destruction are on this week’s menu at the Thompson International Speedway. Thursday Night Thompson Thunder with NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing is the Thursday night attraction. Sunday night the track changes gears and presents the annual Memorial Day weekend Eve of Destruction.

Thursday night’s racing spotlight will be on the XTRA/MART Limited Sportsman division. Race teams in this division will compete in their longest race of the season. This 40-lap dash is the race of the season for the XTRA/MART Limited Sportsman. The extra money and the prestige of winning this event is an accomplishment that stays with a driver and his team all season long. A similar extra distance race is slated for the Sunoco Modifieds, Super Late Models, Thompson Modifieds, Late Models and Monster Minis during the 2011 racing season. Grandstands open at 4 PM and races start at 6:15 PM.

Sunday night’s Eve of Destruction is a complete change of pace as the focus becomes amazing stunts, thrills, spills, and total destruction. The annual Eve of Destruction has become a showcase for modern day gladiators who are amazing performers. The Human Cannonball, David Smith, Jr., flies higher than any other human after being shot from a huge cannon. Justin Hoyer, a 2010 X Games Gold Medalist, will perform his amazing freestyle snowmobile back flip, “Crash” Moreau and Chris Marino will perform death defying stunts and car crashes, high-flying riders take to the skies on their street bikes and Monster Trucks, “Viper” and “Bad Habit” will also lift off as they jump, race and crush. Jet powered vehicles, demolition derbies for both full-size and four cylinder cars and the incredible Trailer Trash race will all lead into a huge fireworks display.

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Penalties Annonuced from May 20th NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Program at Stafford Motor Speedway

Stafford Springs, CT — Stafford Motor Speedway has announced the following penalties following the running of the May 20 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series feature events.

Woody Pitkat, driver of the No. 88 Late Model, and Ryan Posocco, driver of the No. 48 Late Model, have been penalized for a rules violation committed this past Friday at Stafford Motor Speedway.

Both Pitkat and Posocco have been penalized from their respective first and second place finishes to the 14th and 15th place finishing positions for violating rules 20-12.3 A (Changes in shock absorber force must not be made by the position of the shock absorber shaft, only by the velocity of the shaft through the compression and rebound stroke); 20-12.3 P (Suspension travel must not be limited by the shock absorber and/or components, or shock absorber mounting location); & 20-12.3 T (Quick disconnect shock absorber mounts will not be permitted. The shock absorber must be attached with positive nut and bolt mounting fasteners. Adjustable shock absorber mounts of any type will not be permitted. Shock absorbers must be mounted on the car with the gas reservoir to the top. Shock absorber eyelets of different length will be permitted but must not limit the travel of the chassis) of the 2011 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Model rulebook.

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News & Notes: Pennink Poised To Win

Points leader looking for first win after two runner-ups

Daytona Beach, FL — After a fourth-place finish in the 2009 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour final standings, Rowan Pennink appeared poised to contend for the championship in 2010. While Pennink was able to earn his first career victory a year ago, the title chase did not materialize.

In 2011, however, Pennink is off on the right foot. Although the season is just two races deep, Pennink has a 20-point advantage on the field in the season standings. He was runner-up to Ted Christopher in the opener at Thompson International Speedway and followed that by a second-place effort to Bobby Santos the last time out at Stafford Motor Speedway. Now in his fifth season, those were his first runner-up finishes, and also his best career efforts at the two Connecticut ovals.

Pennink, from Huntingdon Valley, Pa., received a boost in the standings when Christopher was penalized 50 points following the Thompson opener, but those around the garage have noticed that Pennink and his family-owned team have stepped things up this season, including the defending Whelen Modified Tour champion.

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Astle Dominates 66th Anniversary Pro Stock Main; Thompson Breaks Through in the Late Models, While Cavallaro and Axon Repeat on Tyson Foods Night

Seekonk, MA — Reigning Pro Stock king Fred Astle, Jr. of Westport broke into the win column on the new season with a convincing win in the laps-added run celebrating Seekonk Speedway’s 66th anniversary. The track had opened in May of 1946. In addition to the added laps, was some added prize money, brought about by the Pro Stock feature’s rainout two weeks earlier.

Astle began the feature in the seventh slot, and worked his way slowly and carefully to the front, not arriving into the lead until the halfway point, lap 33. But from the moment he surged into the lead, the afterburners came on and Flyin’ Freddie Astle was in his element. Late in the race he had better than a half-lap lead over his nearest competitor. It wasn’t until a lap 64 spin brought out the caution that a following car was anywhere near the rocketing number 30. Over the final 2 laps, Tom Scully, Jr. of Saunderstown, RI, pursued the streaking Astle to no avail. He crossed the line .627 seconds behind the winner. Rounding out the top 5 were Somerset driver Kyle Casper, Rehoboth’s Dave Darling, the current points leader, and Dick Houlihan of Bridgewater.

Bobby Tripp of Westport, winner of his previous three qualifiers, led off at the pole with Jake Vanada of Berkley on the outside. Kyle Casper and Houlihan made up the second row with Tom Scully, Sr. and Tom Scully, Jr. in the row behind. Astle and Taunton driver Ken Spencer followed.

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