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Mother Nature Beats Everyone at Thompson

Thompson, CT — The week- long rain storm that has been plaguing New England forced the cancellation of the Thursday Night Thompson Thunder race event for May 19th. The seemingly endless rain and drizzle forced Thompson Speedway management to “pull the plug” on the popular Thursday night race program and to look forward to resuming the series on Thursday, May 26th.

“We wanted to announce the cancellation of tonight’s program early so that fans and competitors alike would have time to change their plans. It’s especially tough on those who travel a long distance to learn of a cancellation when they have already driven half way here. It’s not easy to cancel a program early in the day, but the weather forecast seemed to give us no other option,” said track owner, Don Hoenig.

The next race will be held on Thursday, May 26th and the spotlight will shine on the XTRA/MART Limited Sportsman division. These race teams will face their biggest challenge of the year when they race in their 40-lap feature event. This is the longest race of the season for the XTRA/MART Limited Sportsman and is the one that everyone in the division wants to win. Also in competition will be Thompson’s NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Sunoco Modifieds, Super Late Models, Thompson Modifieds, Late Models and Monster Mini Stocks.

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Alessio, Thomas, Martin and Limkemann victorious; Legends Cars feature suspended by weather

Waterford, CT — Waterford Speedbowl was able to beat Mother Nature most of the night however was unable to complete the full Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday race program Wednesday night. Four of the five races scheduled were able to be completed before a heavy rain shower forced race officials to postpone the final feature event. Glen Thomas Jr. of Groton won his second consecutive X-Car feature to open the season, Frank Alessio of Colchester was the winner in the Super X-Car race and defending division champion Taylor Martin of Windham, NH returned to the winner’scircle in the Bandolero feature. East Lyme’s Scott Limkemann took his first checkered flag at the Speedbowl, winning the Wacky Flagpole race.

The Legends Cars race was suspended on lap-7 after the rains came while under caution.

The Legends Cars feature rolled out after a brief shower temporarily dampened the track. Once the field came back out to race their event, pole sitter Ed Field led the race during the opening laps. Alessandro Vitelli moved to Field’s back bumper, threatening him to challenge for the race lead. As the two battled up front Joe Mucciacciaro lost an engine on his car, putting liquid down on the race surface to bring out the caution flag on lap-7. Under caution the skies opened up, forcing track management to suspend the remainder of the event. The final 13 laps will be resumed next Wednesday night, May 25.

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Loudon Road Race Series – May 2011 Recap

Loudon, NH — The Loudon Road Racing Series was back in action for its second event of the 2011 season. On Saturday, events took place under clear skies and cool temperatures. Sunday, rain made for a challenging day.

Veteran Expert Rick Doucette earned multiple victories in Lightweight Supersport, Lightweight Superbike, Lightweight Grand Prix and Middleweight Production Twins.

Other multiple Expert Race winners included: Eric Wood (Supertwins, Heavyweight Superbike), Shane Narbonne (Heavyweight Supersport, Middleweight GP and Unlimited GP), Brian Ken (Formula 40 Lights and Thunderbike), Jason Carter (GTU and Formula 40) and Tyler Sweeney (Middleweight Supersport and Unlimited Superbike)

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Ramstrom Repeats at Star

Dearborn dominates, late cautions set up wild finish

Epping, NH – Derek Ramstrom returned to the site of his first Pro All Stars Series super late model win and claimed the lead on lap 148 of the 150 lap feature to capture his first PASS North win since July of 2009. Ben Rowe raced home in second with Joey Polewarczyk third.

Richie Dearborn dominated ninety percent of the night. Dearborn started on the front row and fought off a handful of restart challenges, opening up a comfortable lead each time. But late in the race his ride went off song and Scott Chubbuck ate away at his lead and took control with eight laps to go.

But on lap 144 the yellow flag flew, setting up one of the wildest finishes in the Pro All Star’s 200-plus feature race history.

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Season Debut of SK Light Modified division at Speedbowl May 21

Combines X-Modified and SK Lights for limited 2011 schedule

Waterford, CT — Earlier this year Waterford Speedbowl management announced an increase from five to six weekly racing divisions for regular Saturday night NASCAR Whelen All-American Series programs in 2011, including the addition of an SK Light Modified division for seven events. The division will make its debut during May 21’s racing program and compete approximately once per month during the season.

The events combine the Speedbowl’s X-Modified division, which formerly raced in the track’s Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday series, with the SK Light Modified division. Races are scheduled to be 20-laps in distance to begin the season. Cars eligible for competition include those adhering to the respective Waterford Speedbowl X-Modified and Stafford Motor Speedway SK Light rule books. Either set of rules may be utilized for competition, but any crossing of the two rules formats will not be permitted. A full review of the rules for car eligibility can be viewed by clicking here or visiting http://www.speedbowl.com/Uploads/Rules-SK-Light-Modified.pdf.

Eligible tires are Waterford Speedbowl SK Modified®, Stafford Motor Speedway SK Modified® or Stafford Motor Speedway SK Light Hoosier tires. Tires will be inventoried via bar code serial numbers and a tire purchase/use rule will be in effect. The tire schedule is posted on Speedbowl.com, under the Saturday SK Light division dropdown menu listing.

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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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Buffington Continues Dominance at NHMS

Loudon, NH — The Amsoil Nelcar Legends Tour was back in the granite state this past weekend, at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The last time the tour showed at the quarter mile, it was Shaun Buffington who dominated the event and took home the checkered flag. If Buffington wanted to continue his dominance, he’d have to beat out some of the best Legends Cars drivers in the North East.

On the pole for the first heat race was Buffington’s teammate, Tom Gray. The 399 of defending Nelcar champion Bob Weymouth started on the outside. The field took the green and Gray got the early lead. On lap three however, the 59 of Reid Lanpher spun in turn two, ending his day early. Once the field got back to green flag racing, it was all Gray at the front as he took the first heat win. Weymouth finished second while Nelcar rookie Ryan Hammar took third.

For the second heat race, it was Buffington on the pole with the 56 of Evan Beaulieu to his outside. While Buffington was able to get away on the start, the field strung out and he made it look easy with taking the second heat win. Beaulieu was second with the 33 of Alan Smith finishing third.

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Mystery Driver to Sub for Denny Zimmerman in Dirt Midget Association Debut at Bear Ridge Speedway

Bradford, VT — Usually, New England Auto Racing Hall of Fame member Denny Zimmerman likes nothing better than spending quality time behind the wheel of one of Skip Matczak’s Midgets, slinging dirt down the straightaways and power sliding through the turns. But Zimmerman isn’t scheduled to race when the USAC Dirt Midget Association debuts at Bear Ridge Speedway on Saturday May 28; instead he plans to be in Indianapolis as an honored guest at the 100th Anniversary of the Indianapolis 500.

Every living driver who ever competed in the Indy 500 has been invited to attend a series of celebrations, including what’s being billed as the world’s largest autograph party. In 1971, Zimmerman finished eighth and was named Rookie of the Year, so he’ll have special status at the anniversary celebrations and has been invited to give a speech.

Car owner Matczak, a Hall of Famer himself, is tight lipped about who’ll be taking Zimmerman’s place behind the wheel. “Let’s just say it will be somebody very interesting and the fans will be happy,” Matczak said with a smile.

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Rocco back in Victory Lane for the SK Modifieds®; Andronaco, Puleo, Cembruch other NWAAS winners while Dimatteo and Martin also claim wins

Waterford, CT — NASCAR Whelen All-American Series action was back at the Waterford Speedbowl Saturday evening. Six divisions were in competition on the night, with Wallingford’s Keith Rocco, the defending division champion, returning to the winner’s circle in the SK Modifieds®.

Brian Andronaco Jr. of Wilton was the winner in a very exciting Bob Valenti Auto Mall Late Model race, his first on the season. Ed Puleo of Branford went back-to-back, winning another Street Stock feature on the year, his third overall. A first time winner took the checkered flag in the Mini Stock feature with third generation racer Jeffrey Cembruch of Wallingford capturing the event. Rounding out the night’s winners were Farmington racer Dana Dimatteo in the Legends Cars and Taylor Martin of Windham, NH, who won the Bandolero feature.

Rocco wasted no time making moves to get out front in the 35-lap SK Modified® feature. Glenn Pressel was the early leader, taking command at the initial start of the race. Tom Abele Jr., Tucker Reynolds Jr., and Rocco bolted by the inside of Joe Perry to make up the top-four positions as the field completed lap-3.

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LRRS Invades NHMS This Weekend

Loudon, NH — The roar of motorcycles can be heard this weekend as the Loudon Road Race Series returns to New Hampshire Motor Speedway for its second event of 2011, today through Sunday.

At speeds of up to 175 mph, the series two-wheeled stars will tackle the tricky 12-turn, 1.6 “Magic Mile” road course.

Motorcycle fans can check out all of the local LRRS riders including: Shane Narbone of Tyngsboro, Mass., Brent Lyskawa, Loudon, N.H. native Christian Cronin, Scott Greenwood of Dunbarton, N.H. and Sandown, N.H., native Rick Doucette.

New England’s U.S. Legends Car Series, the Amsoil Nelcar Legends Tour, will be on track again today, beginning approximately at 5:15 p.m. The Legend races will feature two practices, two heat races and two main events.

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Christopher, Moltz, Barrett, Nocera & Hayes Score Opening Night Feature Victories at Stafford Speedway

Stafford Springs, CT  – Stafford Speedway was back on track with a 5-division NASCAR Whelen All-American Series event on Friday night, May 13th. Ted Christopher picked up his first win of the 2011 season with a dominating performance in the 40-lap SK Modified® feature event, Dillon Moltz was the winner of the 30-lap Late Model feature, Tommy Barrett, Jr. was the winner of the 20-lap SK Light Modified feature, George Nocera, Jr. became the first repeat feature winner of the 2011 season with a victory in the 20-lap Limited Late Model feature, and Andrew Hayes drove to victory in the 15-lap DARE Stock feature.

In the 40-lap SK Modified® feature event, Nichole Morgillo and Brad Hietala were locked in a side by side duel for the lead over the first two laps. The two cars touched wheels and Morgillo and several cars behind her spun and brought the caution out. Hietala took the lead on the restart, but Ted Christopher was on a mission and he quickly moved into second on lap-4 and then he took the lead from Hietala on lap-6.

After a second caution period slowed the action with 8 laps complete, Christopher took the lead on the restart and began to set sail from the rest of the competition. Christopher opened up a large lead under green flag conditions and the race ran caution free for the remainder of the race and Christopher was never seriously challenged as he recorded his first win of the 2011 season, which was his 93rd career SK Modified® feature victory and 110th overall feature victory at Stafford. Woody Pitkat finished second, with Ryan Preece, last week’s winner Keith Rocco, and Dan Avery rounding out the top-5.

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GM Jerry Gappens Stars in NECN’s “The Boss”

Jerry Gappens will star in a NECN episode of “The Boss” on Monday, May 16 at 8 pm.

Loudon, NH — New Hampshire Motor Speedway executive vice president and general manager Jerry Gappens will be featured on New England Cable News’ new TV show series “The Boss,” Monday May 16, beginning at 8 p.m.

New England race fans can get a glimpse of what it is like to walk a “Magic Mile” in Gappens shoes during the episode, which was filmed at the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series SYLVANIA 300 last September.

“The Boss,” is a closer, more personal look at CEOs from some of New England’s favorite companies. NECN shot “The Boss” exclusively on-location as the cameras followed the CEOs inside their businesses, at home and at play. They share the secrets of their professional success and show their personal side as well. Famed narrator Jim Forbes, the voice behind VH1’s “Behind the Music” and “ESPN’s Sports Century,” narrates each episode of “The Boss.”
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Speedway Star Winners Announced

Loudon, NH — Over 800,000 fans voted online for the first ever Speedway Children’s Charities Speedway Star competition and the winners have finally been chosen. Congratulations to Alexandra Wentworth and Christopher Duffley.

Duffley and Wentworth belted out the national anthem in front of a panel of local celebrity judges including: Roadkill from WGIR’s “The Morning Buzz,” Rock 101’s Scorch and Adam Furious; Justin McIsaac of WHEB, Alli Beaudry of WGIR and rock guitarist Gary Hoey during the speedway’s FANtasy Drive open house in April.

Wentworth, a native of Rollinsford, N.H., and a freshman at St. Thomas Aquinas high school will perform the Star Spangled Banner at the New England 200 NASCAR Nationwide Series race on Saturday, July 16.

“I am definitely really excited. I have never performed at a place this size before,” she said.

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Rocco Scores Thompson Thursday Night Mod Opener – Ramstrom, Gentes, J. Sundeen, Barnett & Field Also Victorious

Thompson, CT — Keith Rocco of Wallingford, CT, held off Ted Christopher to score the victory in the Sunoco Modified feature event to open NASCAR Whelen All-American Series weekly racing action at Thompson International Speedway. Derek Ramstrom of Worcester, MA, was victorious in the Thursday Night Thompson Thunder Opener for the Super Late Models. Rick Gentes of Woonsocket, RI, was triumphant in Late Model action.

Jay Sundeen of Douglas, MA, wired the field to score the victory in the TIS Modifieds. Larry Barnett of Moosup, CT, the all-time winning most driver in the Limited Sportsman division, added to his tally with a victory on Thursday night. Danny Field of Deep River, CT, was tops in the Mini Stock main event; making it two-in-a-row for the Icebreaker winner.

Keith Rocco of Wallingford, CT, led green to checker to score the victory in the 30-lap Sunoco Modified feature event. Danny Cates and Rocco brought the field to green. After a brief battle, Rocco took command. Todd Ceravolo, Ryan Preece and Christopher followed through like a high-speed freight train; relegating Cates to fifth. Rocco had a single car-length advantage over Ceravolo, who enjoyed a similar margin over a brewing battle between Preece and Christopher.

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Vintage Racing Returns to NHMS May 17-22

Loudon, NH — Legend cars are just one of several kinds of cars that will race the track during the Vintage Celebration.

Step back in time at New Hampshire Motor Speedway May 17-22 as thousands of legendary racing vehicles from around the world compete during the 21st annual Vintage Racing Celebration.

On Tuesday, May 17, through Thursday, May 19, 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.

“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.”

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Dimatteo and Forte win Legends Cars and Bandolero events; Maskell, Thomas and Moon other winners

Waterford, CT — Waterford Speedbowl completed its season opening Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday program crowning five winners on the night. Farmington’s Dana Dimatteo executed late race theatrics to win the Legends Cars feature, while 11 year-old Rachel Forte of Douglas, MA was a first-time winner, claiming the Bandolero race. In Super X-Car action, Mike Maskell of Quaker Hill was declared the winner and in the X-Car feature Glen Thomas Jr. of Groton cruised to the win. Dan Moon of Exeter, RI won the Wacky Flagpole race.

Dimatteo came out on top in an exciting 20-lap Legends Cars feature.

While Dimatteo was working his way through the field from a starting position deep in the field, Ed Field was the early leader in the race.

Field faltered on a lap-5 restart, handing the lead to Chris Young. The field behind Young battled hard for position over the middle portion of the race, with Nick Ladyga emerging in second place when the crossed flags were displayed signifying the halfway mark of the race.

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Eve of Destruction Goes to New Heights Memorial Day Weekend

Thompson, CT — THE annual Eve of Destruction at the Thompson International Speedway will soar to new heights when David “The Bullet” Smith, known as the Human Cannonball, gets shot high into the air from a cannon. Smith, who has performed over five thousand times around the world, is the highest flying Human Cannonball in the world. Smith’s astonishing performance is but one of many spectacular acts that will perform on Sunday, May 29th at the Speedway’s annual Eve of Destruction.

Justin Hoyer, a 2010 winter X-Games gold medalist, will bring his freestyle snowmobile act to Thompson with a freestyle back flip as the highlight of his performance. Hoyer and Smith will be joined by veterans of the automobile crash/stunt business who will thrill and amaze audiences. “Crash” Moreau and Chris Marino are both in demand all over the country due to their incredible daredevil auto thrill shows and crashes. Both performers will be at the top of their games when they roll into Thompson.

Jet powered cars, trucks, busses, motorcycles and outhouses have become a fan favorite during Thompson’s annual Eve of Destruction. The most famous jet vehicle “pilot” in the world, Paul Stender of Indiana will return to entertain and amaze fans. Big power won’t belong to just the jet powered performances. Two world famous Monster Trucks, Viper and Bad Habit, will also perform in high-flying, car crushing mayhem as part of the action-packed program.

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Penalty Announced from May 6th NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Program at Stafford Motor Speedway

Stafford Springs, CT — Stafford Motor Speedway has announced the following penalty following the running of the May 6 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series feature events.

Zach Aszklar, driver of the No. 28 SK Light Modified, has been penalized for a rules violation committed this past Friday at Stafford Motor Speedway.

Aszklar has been penalized from his first place finishing position to the last place finishing position of 21st place for violating rule 20-12.8.2 (minimum ground clearance requirement) of the 2011 Stafford Motor Speedway SK Light Modified rulebook.

The violation occurred during the SK Light feature.

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Vanasse, Martin, Axon, Buffington and Rain Take May 7 Features

Seekonk, MA — Warwick’s Ryan Vanasse was up to his old tricks, quickly coming to the front of the Late Model feature race, then dominating the rest of the way to the finish. He started the race behind polesitter Jeramee “The Hammer” Lillie from West Warwick, spent four laps edging by, and led the final 26 laps to the checkers.

Lillie had problems on the initial green flag, stalling as the field came up to speed. Ron Barboza, Jr., starting 4 rows back, bore the brunt of the action, as he nosed into Randy Burr, cracking a piece of his nose, dropping it on the track. He was black-flagged, as body metal attached to the lost piece was hanging out from the driver’s side, and retired on the fourth lap.

After working under Lillie into the lead, Vanasse led Lillie, Fall River’s John Paiva, Dylan Estrella of North Attleboro, Middleboro driver Randy Burr and Pawtucket’s Gerry DeGasparre, Jr., followed by last week’s winner, Matt Breault from Acushnet. Vanasse was holding a 5-car lead by lap 9.

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Joe Krawiec Takes Dirt Midget Ass’n Opener at Bear Ridge

USAC Dirt Midget Association Race Results – May 28, 2011
Bradford, Vermont – Bear Ridge Speedway

Joe Krawiec of Bristol, CT piloted Skip Matczak’s Seals-It sponsored Midget to victory in the first race of the new USAC Dirt Midget Association at Bear Ridge Speedway in Bradford, VT. With just three laps remaining, Krawiec took the lead from former Bear Ridge Coupe Champion Kevin Chaffee of Fairlee, VT, who was making his first start in a Midget.

FRIST HEAT (10 laps) 1. Joe Krawiec (#4 Matczak), 2. Tim Gallant (#72 Tefft), 3. Ray Miller (#1 Miller), 4. Dean Christenson (#2 Miller), 5. Thom Ring (#6x Douville), 6. David Rose, Jr. (#11 Rose), 7. Doug Meyer (#9 Meyer), 8. Jamie Spalding (#93 Tefft). NT

SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Kevin Chaffee (#3 Matczak), 2. Jim Mossman (#1 Mossman), 3. Dana Shaw (#7 Olson), 4. Jim Close (#7x Close), 5. Greg Olson (#6 Olson), 6. Scott Holcomb (#33 Holcomb), DNS: Jeff Horn (#27 Tefft). NT.

FEATURE: (20 laps) 1. Joe Krawiec, 2. Kevin Chaffee, 3. Dana Shaw, 4. Jim Close, 5. Ray Miller, 6. Dean Christenson, 7. Greg Olson, 8. Thom Ring, 9. Jim Mossman, 10. Doug Meyer, 11. David Rose, Jr., 12. Jeff Horn, 13. Scott Holcomb, 14. Jamie Spalding, 15. Tim Gallant. NT

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Date Set for NEAR Show & Barbeque at Ron Bouchard’s Auto Stores

Once again, New England Auto Racing Hall of Fame member Ron Bouchard will host the New England Antique Racers (NEAR), at his annual still show & barbeque.

To be held at Ron Bouchard’s Auto Stores at 500 Old Union Turnpike in Lancaster, Massachusetts, things gets underway at 9:00 am on Saturday, September 3.

On the agenda is a display featuring several race cars of the New England Antique racers along with a barbeque. Past events have proven to be a popular affair. It’s a chance for fans to get up close & personal with some of the most-revered personalities in New England auto racing history.

All members of the New England Auto Racing Hall of Fame are encouraged to attend.

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Pearl, Thomas, Puleo and Williams claim NWAAS wins on the night

Waterford, CT — Waterford Speedbowl endured a rain delay courtesy of Mother Nature Saturday evening and rebounded to complete a five-division NASCAR Whelen All-American Series race program plus the Beaver Bat Homerun Derby on Little League Night, presented by Suisman Shapiro. Jeff Pearl of Salem bested the field of SK Modifieds® to capture his 35th career victory. Bruce Thomas Jr. of Groton claimed the 45th win of his Bob Valenti Auto Mall Late Model career, taking the evening’s 30-lap event. Ed Puleo of Branford overcame an intense battle in a special 50-lap Street Stock race, his second victory on the season while Chris Williams of Niantic was the winner of the 25-lap Mini Stock feature. Ryan Bigelow of East Hampton won in the visiting NEMA Lite Series 25-lap race.

Before the main racing events, the Beaver Bat Homerun Derby kicked off Little League Night festivities. Ten Speedbowl racers were teamed up with ten youth from the grandstands in a wiffle ball derby on the Speedbowl frontstretch. Winning the event was 2009 SK Modified® track champion Ron Yuhas Jr. of Groton, who was teamed with nine-year-old Chris White of Montville. Each of the ten youth participating received gifts courtesy of Suisman Shapiro Law Firm and Beaver Bats, as well as autographed material from the Speedbowl drivers.

In racing action, after a false start on the initial attempt to start the 35-lap SK Modified® feature Tucker Reynolds Jr. took command over Glenn Pressel once the race got underway. Nichole Morgillo got out of shape in turn three on lap-1, continuing on without caution at the tail of the field.

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Rocco, Gray, Galko, Sears & Wood Score Score Opening Night Feature Victories at Stafford Speedway

Stafford Springs, CT — Stafford Speedway kicked off its Friday Night NASCAR Whelen All-American Series schedule with 5 divisions of racing on Friday night, May 6th. Keith Rocco picked up his first win of the 2011 season in the 40-lap SK Modified® feature event, Adam Gray took down his first career victory in the 30-lap Late Model feature, Matt Galko was declared the winner of the 20-lap SK Light Modified feature after race winner Zach Aszklar’s car did not meet the minimum ride height requirement, Norm Sears returned to victory lane after a year away from Stafford Speedway in the 20-lap Limited Late Model feature, and Don Wood drove to victory in the 15-lap DARE Stock feature.

In the 40-lap SK Modified® feature event, Bo Gunning took the lead at the green flag, but Keith Rocco went around Gunning on the high side to grab the lead on the first lap. Rocco’s car was hooked up early on as he immediately began to pull away from Gunning in second. On lap-5, Mark Bakaj moved to the inside of Gunning for second and the two cars began to run side by side. Sean Foster was fourth with Woody Pitkat and Brian Sullivan side by side behind Foster for the fifth position.

Rocco was widening his lead lap by lap, but his lead was erased by the caution flag with 11 laps complete for Fran Siana, who had a flat left front tire.

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Stafford Speedway Kicks Off 20-Week Friday Night Race Season this Friday Night, May 6th

Stafford Springs, CT — Friday, May 6th will mark the first of 20 consecutive weeks of Friday night NASCAR racing at Stafford Motor Speedway. The 2011 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series kicked off last weekend with the 40th Annual CARQUEST Tech-Net Spring Sizzler, and last week’s feature winners were Ryan Preece in the SK Modified® feature, Keith Rocco in the Late Model feature, Joey Cipriano in the SK Light Modified feature, George Nocera, Jr. in the Limited Late Model feature, and Kyle Casagrande in the DARE Stock feature.

In his first full season of SK Modified® competition, Preece drove a strong race to take down his second career SK Modified® victory. Chris Matthews, who is the winningest driver in Stafford’s SK Light Modified division with 17 career wins, took a career best 2nd place finish behind Preece, driving around 7-time SK Modified® champion Ted Christopher to take the position. Christopher rounded out the podium finishers in third place with Dan Avery and Glen Reen making up the remainder of the top-5 cars. Defending Whelen All-American Series National Champion and SK Modified® track champion Keith Rocco came to pit road early in the feature and fought his way through traffic to a 6th place finish.

The Late Model division saw Rocco end up as the winner of the race after Woody Pitkat was issued a post-race penalty. Tom Fearn was second and Jim Mavlouganes rounded out the podium finishers, while defending track champion Ryan Posocco had a strong effort to finish in fourth place. Pitkat’s teammate, Corey Hutchings, came home in fifth position after running among the front-runners all race long.

[May 6th Event Schedule]

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Schrader Named as Vintage Grand Marshal

Loudon, NH — Veteran NASCAR driver Ken Schrader will welcome thousands of vintage racing fans, during the 21st Annual Vintage Racing Celebration at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Wednesday, May 18, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

One of the godfathers of racing, Schrader has a long history of success in all forms of racing and the Vintage Racing Celebration is a chance for fans to meet and greet a racing great.

Schrader began his racing career on local dirt tracks in the Midwest racing mostly open-wheel USAC cars, one of which he co-owns today, the I-55 Raceway in Pevely, Mo.

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Race Your LeMons at NHMS

Loudon, NH — Life gave these drivers lemons, so they decided to race them during the 24 Hours of LeMons at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Formed in 2006, the 24 Hours of LeMons is a race full of clunkers, uniquely honoring the world famous 24 Hours of LeMans. The rules simply state the car can cost no more than $500. That’s $125,000 less than a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series car.

Each team consists of four to six people that build, race, break and even fix the car again throughout the entire two-day event.

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Sunoco Modifieds to Benefit from Big Dollar Increase This Thursday at Thompson

Thompson, CT — The Sunoco Modified division will see a big increase in their race pay off this Thursday thanks to LaFramboise Well Drilling and Water Service of Thompson. The winner of this week’s 30-lap main event will receive $2,000.00 for their efforts and just about everyone else will see additional money thanks to the local well drilling and water service company. This race, like all at Thompson, is open to any Sunoco Modified type car that races in Connecticut.

“LaFramboise Well Drilling and Water Service has been a long-time supporter of events at the Thompson International Speedway and we welcome their support for our weekly season-opening race. Their support of the Sunoco Modified division will go a long way to help these race teams and should make the competition especially exciting. Every race team will be looking to cash in on the $2,000.00 to win race this Thursday, May 12th. Additional money has been added throughout the published pay off as a result of the LaFramboise sponsorship,” said track owner, Don Hoenig.

The Speedway recently announced another contingency program that will add some $10,000 to be awarded to competitors in each of the track’s “Super Six” NASCAR Whelen All-American Series divisions. These contingency dollars will be awarded on top of the published purse structure announced earlier this year by the track.

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Formula Hybrid Finishes Up at NHMS

Texas A+M made a strong showing at the Formula Hybrid competition this past week

Loudon, NH — Thirty teams from around the world wrapped up the fifth annual Formula Hybrid competition at New Hampshire Motor Speedway yesterday, with Texas A&M University dominating the three-day event.

Led by team advisor Dr. Make McDermott, Texas A&M were victorious in two of the four events including the acceleration and autocross contests.

Brigham Young University took home second place, winning the presentation and endurance segments of the competition.

Third place went to Sweden’s Lund University. Sweden won the design portion of the competition.

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