Archive for June, 2011

Over $25,000 Up for Grabs in Stafford’s 8th Annual CARQUEST SK 150

Stafford Springs, CT — The 8th annual CARQUEST SK 150, scheduled for Friday, July 22 at Stafford Motor Speedway, will feature total posted awards of over $25,000, making the event one of the most lucrative races anywhere in the northeast for the 2011 season.

The winner of the 8th Annual CARQUEST SK 150 has the potential of walking away with $3,800. The winner’s share of the purse is $3,500 with $300 in first place contingency money available from CARQUEST Auto Parts and Trantolo and Trantolo. Additional contingency bonuses of $125 for second place will be paid by Call Before You Dig, and New England Race Fuel will supply a $50 product bonus to the third place finisher and a $25 product bonus to the top-3 finishing cars using the Stafford Speedway SK Modified® Spec Engine, bringing the total posted awards for the 8th Annual CARQUEST SK 150 up to $25,300. Drivers must have contingency decals from each contingency sponsor on their cars to receive the contingency bonus and drivers must use Sunoco Race Fuel in order to receive the New England Race Fuel product bonuses.

The 8th Annual CARQUEST SK 150 will start 30 cars and pays $300 to start the race, while 10th place will pay $1,000. The purse increases by $100 for each position from 9th place to 3rd place, while second place pays $2,200. The payout for 11th place is $900, and from positions 12 through 16, the purse decreases by $100 per position. The 17th position pays $375, and the remainder of the starting positions decreases by $25 per position to 20th place, with all drivers finishing 20th thru 30th receiving $300.

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New Philosophy Has Shawn Thibeault Leading the Way in Stafford’s Limited Late Model Division

Stafford Springs, CT — With the 2011 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series season at Stafford Speedway nearing the halfway point, the Limited Late Model season has been a dream year for Shawn Thibeault and the #58 Enterprise Rental Cars team. They have scored 2 wins this season and they have finished on the podium in 7 of 8 races with a worst finish thusfar of fourth. This white-hot streak of consistency has Thibeualt at the top of the points standings and he credits his success all to a simple change in his driving philosophy.

“I’ve changed my driving style a bit this season, and it’s been paying off for me so far,” said Thibeault. “We’ve always had a fast car and In the past, I was pretty aggressive. Looking back on it now, I can see how I was aggressive with other drivers and sometimes I would put myself into situations that would put a damper on the car and our race as a whole. This year we have a fast car again and I’m trying to let the race come to me. We haven’t finished lower than fourth so far, so it’s been working out.”

Thibeault began the 2011 season with a third place in the season opening CARQUEST Tech-Net Spring Sizzler and after 2 consecutive 2nd place finishes, he picked up his first win of the year on May 20th which put him into the points lead. Thibeault has been the point leader every week since his first victory with a second win and three more podium finishes. Being the points leader is a new experience for Thibeault, but he seems to be pretty comfortable with his position at the moment.

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Tommy Membrino, Jr. Nets Big Bonus from SK Light Feature Victory at Stafford Speedway

Stafford Springs, CT — For Stafford SK Light competitor Tommy Membrino, Jr., the 2011 season has been a resurgence of sorts for himself and the #00 Membrino Electric team. After winning twice and finishing 6th in the points standings in 2009, the team only raced 9 times in 2010 and finished 22nd in the points standings. But that has all turned around this season as Membrino collected his first win of the 2011 season in grand style last Friday night, taking home a $600 bonus from the Gunsmoke Stables Front Runner Challenge. Combined with his race purse and further contingency bonuses from The Davidson Company and New England Racing Fuel, Membrino took home $1,000 for his winning efforts, a big boost for a team that almost wasn’t going to make it to the track this year.

“Confidence wise that win really helped out,” said Membrino. “August would have been 2 years since our last win and there was a lot of pressure to get that win out of the way. We weren’t even sure that we would be racing this season. We shook the car down during the off-season, but 3 weeks before the Sizzler the car was just a powder coated chassis with the seat in it. We really didn’t have much for sponsors and my dad’s cousin Joe called us up and told us that we were good and to start putting the car together. With out his help from Membrino Electric, we probably wouldn’t be racing this season, so the extra money will help us out. After the year we had last year and not winning since 2009, it really felt good and it was a relief to win. We’re working hard as a team and the car is slowly coming around. Things are starting to come together and we can hopefully win some more races this year.”

Membrino currently sits second in the SK Light points standings, 36 points behind defending track champion Matt Galko. As well as Membrino has run this season, he says that he and his team are still searching to find the right setup combination on his #00 Pontiac.

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Palmer takes Legends Cars win; Ternullo and Martin share Bandolero victories; Pollard, D’addario, Porter and Dimauro other winners

Waterford, CT — Waterford Speedbowl was busy on Wednesday night for the Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday program. Twin Bandolero and WackyRaces led the action on the evening. In Bandolero racing Joey Ternullo of Middletown and Taylor Martin of Windham, New Hampshire shared the honors, each picking up a win. In the Legends Cars, Jason Palmer of Berlin raced to the win in a hotly contested duel. The Super X-Car feature was taken by Peter Pollard of Old Lyme, a career first. The X-Car race was won by defending division champion Dan D’addario of Columbia.

The 20-lap Legends Cars race began with Dave Garbo Jr. in the race lead from his pole starting position. Tom Gray took command inside Garbo as the field raced to turn one on lap-2. Gray was able to stretch his lead to five lengths ahead of a battle for the remaining top five positions among many cars. Shaun Buffington emerged in third position just ahead of Palmer, who was up to fourth by lap-5.

Buffington and Palmer would not be separated by more than a car length the rest of the way as they battled over the remainder of the event. The race to get to the top spot between the pair was on following a caution flag on lap-7 for a spin in turn two by Carl Blandina. On the restart, the two were able to race their way past Gray to move into first and second position. On lap-12, Palmer used a nifty crossover move exiting turn four to dive under Buffington. They spent several laps battling side-by-side before Palmer was able to pull into the lead. Just behind the leaders, Angelo Belsito made slight contact with Buffington entering turn one, triggering a chain-reaction incident that sent Dana Dimatteo spinning into the turn one wall, bringing out the caution flag.

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Russ Stoehr Continues NEMA Streak

Stafford, Springs, CT — Inheriting the lead, Russ Stoehr (Dumo’s Desire 45) made it three straight victories capturing the Northeastern Midget Association 30 lapper at Stafford Motor Speedway’s CARQUEST Extreme Tuesday. His 46th career triumph, it was Stoehr’s first at Stafford.

Stoehr had climbed from seventh to second when brother Greg, who had led since lap three, spun in lapped traffic on the 21st circuit. He out-dragged Jeremy Frankoski (Cantor 7ny) into one on the restart and quickly established a comfortable edge.

Jeff Abold (Seymour 29) and Greg Stoehr (Stoehr 26b) both came back from trouble to complete the podium. Chris Leonard (Leonard 22) and Mike Horn (Horn 93x) were fourth and fifth.

The win put Stoehr into sole possession of third place on the all-time win list, passing Nokie Fornoro. “The third straight is something special,” he said. “I had never done that in my career.”

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300 laps of racing in mid-season championship at Speedbowl

Six divisions highlight Saturday July 2 program

Waterford, CT — The Speedbowl.com 300, an annual tradition is up next at Waterford Speedbowl, the shoreline’s home for NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing. A staple over the 4th of July holiday weekend for over a decade, the mid-season event offers race fans one of the season’s marquee events on Saturday, July 3. In all, 300 laps of feature racing will be on display among six divisions.

A 100-lap feature for the SK Modified© division takes center stage on a racing card that also includes extra distance events for the Bob Valenti Auto Mall Late Models, Street Stocks and Norwich Bulletin Mini Stocks. Each will battle in 50-lappers. The racing stars of the future round out the night’s action, as the Legends Cars and Bandolero divisions will go 30-laps and 20-laps in distance respectively.

As the 2011 season reaches its mid-point another year of highly competitive NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing is underway at the ‘Bowl. Many memorable feature race battles have already been staged at the three-eighths mile oval with many more surely on their way. To date, 41 NASCAR features have been completed with 24 different drivers taking a down a checkered flag. The Bob Valenti Auto Mall Late Models have seen only one driver repeat in winner’s column, spreading out the hardware and keeping that championship point race tight.

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Midget vs. Sprint Car in Champions Challenge at Bear Ridge This Saturday

Bradford, VT –  One of racing’s great questions – which is faster on a dirt short track, a Midget or a Sprint Car? – will be answered this Saturday night July 2 at Bear Ridge Speedway when a pair of champions go mano a mano in a two car match race.

In the First Annual Champions Challenge, Joe Krawiec, the 2010 Whip City Speedway Quad 4 Midget Champ, will represent the USAC DMA Midgets while former Bear Ridge track champ Kevin Chaffee will defend the honor of the SCoNE Sprint Car drivers.

Both drivers are at the peak of their games at Bear Ridge this season. Krawiec has two Midget feature wins and Chafee was the runner-up both times. Chafee also has a DIRTcar Sportsman Modified win to his credit this season.

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Perley, Rocco, Stoehr & Wrenn Score CARQUEST Extreme Tuesday Feature Wins at Stafford Motor Speedway

Stafford Springs, CT — Tuesday night, June 28th, was the 8th annual CARQUEST Extreme Tuesday program at Stafford Motor Speedway. Chris Perley won the 50-lap ISMA Supermodified feature, Russ Stoehr won the 30-lap NEMA Midget feature event, and Norm Wrenn made it four wins in a row at Stafford by taking the 25-lap Pro-4 Modified feature event. In the CARQUEST Champions For Charities event, Keith Rocco took the checkered flag but the real winner was charity as the 14 champion drivers raised over $40,000 for their selected charities.

In the 50-lap ISMA Supermodified feature event, Ted Christopher took the lead from the pole and bean to set a blistering pace, pulling away from the rest of the competition. Bobby Magner and Johnny Benson were side by side for second place with Benson eventually getting the spot after several laps. Mike Lichty was running fourth with Russ Wood making up the remainder of the top-5 in the early laps.

Christopher was running strong in the lead and was maintaining a several car length lead over Benson in second at the lap-10 marker. Chris Perley was beginning to make a charge to the front of the field at this stage of the race and he cracked into the top-5 by passing Jamie Timmons. The action was slowed by the caution flag with 27 laps complete for Timmons, who spun in turn 2 after he had run among the top-5 cars.

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Perley Claims Fifth Stafford Xtreme Tuesday Show

Stafford Springs, CT — Winning at Stafford for ISMA All-Time win leader Chris Perley wasn’t all that unusual at the Xtreme Tuesday 50 as he had done it four times before starting with the first event in 2004. But, beating out the winningest series driver at that famed oval, Ted Christopher, added a little more excitement to the victory. Perley started in twelfth spot and gradually picked his way up to Christopher, who started on the pole due to handicapping. TC’s main competitor almost from the start was Johnny Benson Jr. who like Christopher, has decided to run most of the 2011 ISMA season. But, after the sole caution of the race, it was Perley who would start knocking on the door of the Christopher driven 61. With less than ten laps to go, as the duo faced some fast traffic, Perley dove around Christopher for the lead. The 50-lap race had flown by in under 19 minutes with one yellow dotting the lightning quick pace. And, most of the duration there was tight racing all over the track.

Perley said in victory that as usual the race was a blast to drive as he described the lead pass. “I got lucky picking the right lane and stuck with it. I tried the bottom and that didn’t work. I figured my car wasn’t great on the outside, but the bottom was blocked so I had to go somewhere else. And, that’s how I got by. This was a fun race tonight. Winning a race on the last lap is fun. Winning a race lapping the field is fun. And winning a race by passing Ted Christopher is fun. Passing anybody in good clean racing is fun. With it being Ted, it puts the icing on the cake. This win would rank right up there as being a great one for me.”

“I feel comfortable in the car and that makes me comfortable racing it anywhere we go thanks to my car owner and crew. A lot of tracks have one and a half grooves, Stafford seems like it has three grooves that you can use. From the apron to the bottom to the outside – wherever. It makes the car more forgiving. If your car changes, you can still change your line racing. You can still stay in the hunt. We have a blast here. We may be off sometimes but still can have a solid top five run.”

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Wrenn Captures Fourth Win in Fifth Start at Stafford Speedway

Stafford Springs, CT — On a regular Tuesday most race tracks are silent, that wasn’t the case this past Tuesday as Stafford Speedway was host to their annual CarQuest Xtreme Tuesday event. Long time Pro 4 Modified competitor Dan Meservey led the Pro 4 Modifieds of New England field to the first green flag of the night at Stafford.

It didn’t take long, by lap three Dan Meservey Jr. and Norm Wrenn moved into the top 5 using the outside lane at the half-mile track. The first yellow of the night came on lap 4 as limited competitor Dan Bedard spun between turns 1 and 2, at the same time Mark Giordano tagged the backstretch wall ending his Tuesday night on the hook.

Trouble struck early on the incoming point’s leader Phil Lausier. Lausier was black flagged and sent to the infield where he spent multiple laps on pit road working on this car by himself to discover his gas cap was missing. Phil made it back on track to finish the event six laps down.

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8th Annual CARQUEST Extreme Tuesday Tonight at Stafford Motor Speedway

Tonight at Stafford, it’s the 8th Annual CARQUEST Extreme Tuesday. The ISMA Supermodifeds, NEMA Midgets, and Pro-4 Modifieds will all be on hand for the biggest open wheel extravaganza of the season. They will be joined by the CARQUEST Champions For Charities Drivers in Senior Outlaw Wild Thing Karts.

The ISMA race is 50-laps, the NEMA race is 30-laps long, and the Pro-4 Modified race is 25 laps long. The CARQUEST Champions for Charities race will be 15 laps long and will be held on the Stafford Mini-Mile. All together, Stafford’s CARQUEST Champions For Charities drivers have raised over $35,000 for their selected charities to date.

June 28, 2011 CARQUEST Extreme Tuesday Event Schedule & Ticket Info

ISMA Supermodified Expected Driver Roster

NEMA Midget Expected Driver Roster

Pro-4 Modified Expected Driver Roster

NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour No. 10 Driver Penalized for Rules Violations at Monadnock

Daytona Beach, FL — NASCAR announced today the No. 10 driver that competes in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour has been penalized as a result of a rule violation committed Sunday, June 26, at Monadnock Speedway in Winchester, N.H.

Driver Ed Flemke Jr. was found to be in violation of Section 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing; aggressive driving in the pit area) of the 2011 NASCAR rule book. The violation occurred during the race.

As a result, Flemke Jr. has been fined $500, suspended from NASCAR until the fine is paid, and placed on NASCAR probation until Dec. 31, 2011.

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Statistical Advance: Budweiser 150

Analyzing The Whelen Modified Tour at Thompson

Daytona Beach, FL — The second of four races for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour at Thompson (Conn.) International Speedway in 2011 is on tap for Thursday, June 30 with the Budweiser ‘King of Beers’ 150.

Selected Driver Highlights:
Eric Beers (No. 45 Chevrolet)

•  Has two wins, nine poles and 63 top 10s in 158 career NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour starts.
•  Is fifth in points with two top 10s in four races.
•  Has a win, a pole, 15 top 10s and an average finish of 16th in 40 career starts at Thompson International Speedway.

Justin Bonsignore (No. 51 Chevrolet)
•  The 2010 Sunoco Rookie of the Year.
•  Has two poles and eight top 10s in 20 career starts.
•  Is 13th in points with two top fives in four races.
•  Has an average finish of 20th in four career starts at TIS with a best effort of fifth.

Ted Christopher (No. 36 Chevrolet)
•  The 2008 NWMT champion … Has 39 wins and 22 poles in 297 career starts … His 39 wins rank third all-time and his 22 poles are eighth … Has at least one win in 13-straight seasons.
•  Is third in points with top 10s in all four races and a win in the Icebreaker at TIS.
•  Has 12 wins, six poles, 37 top 10s and an average finish of 13th in 72 NWMT starts at TIS.
•  Has led laps in 11-consecutive NWMT races at TIS and 1,714 of the 9,428 laps in his career.
•  Is a five-time TIS track champion out of the Sunoco Modified division – including 2010 – and has more than 90 overall career victories at the track.

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Statistical Advance: Firecracker 150

Analyzing The Southern Modifieds At Caraway

Daytona Beach, FL — The seventh  season of the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour  continues  at Caraway Speedway with the  Firecracker 150 presented by Budweiser 150 on Friday, July 1. The race will be contested on the historic .455-mile track located in the Piedmont Triad region near Asheboro, N.C.

Selected Driver Highlights:
Tim Brown (No. 02 Chevrolet)
• Finished second in the season-ending points standings a record three times from 2006-2008.

• Has 63 career NWSMT starts, ranks second in top-five finishes with 38 and has 52 top-10 finishes.
• Has made 27 starts at Caraway with 22 top-10 and 14 top-five finishes.
• Has six wins, the most recent came on Sept. 4, 2010 at Langley Speedway, his first since 2008.

George Brunnhoelzl III (No. 09 Chevrolet)
• The 2009 NWSMT champion has returned to the tour in 2011 after competing full-time on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour last season.

• Competes for veteran car owner Howard Harvey as a teammate to Zach Brewer.
• Owner of seven wins, eight poles and 32 top 10s in 46 career NWSMT starts.
• Has four wins and 15 top-10 finishes in 21 starts at Caraway. The last win was on March 13, 2011.
• Also has four career Coors Light Pole Awards at Caraway.

James Civali (No. 79 Pontiac)
• Finished third in the 2010 NWSMT point standings.

• Has 16 career NWSMT starts. His first win came at South Boston Speedway on April 3, 2010 and his second was at Bristol Motor Speedway on Aug. 18, 2010 as the highest-finishing NWMST competitor.
• Was the 2006 NWMT Sunoco Rookie of the Year.
• Has six top-10 finishes in seven starts at Caraway.
• Has four wins and 32 top 10s in 61 career NWMT starts.
• Drives for Roger and Sandra Hill of Hillbilly Racing.

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Stafford Speedway Teaming with First Niagara to Collect Relief Supplies for Massachusetts Tornado Victims

Stafford Springs, CT — Stafford Speedway and First Niagara are teaming up to help victims of the recent Massachusetts tornado. As part of the First Niagara Independence Day Fireworks Celebration this Friday night, Stafford Speedway will be collecting donation items at the main gate that will be used to assist Massachusetts residents who were affected by the tornado.

Stafford Speedway is offering a special deal for fans who bring a donation item with them to the track this Friday night. Any adult who brings a donation item with them to the track this Friday night will receive $3.00 off an Adult General Admission ticket for the First Niagara Independence Day Fireworks Celebration.

The following is a list of items that are needed the most: Work Gloves, Gatorade, Insect Repellent, Coolers, Plastic Bins & Boxes, Tylenol, Large Trash Bags, Gasoline Cards, Sunscreen, Canopy Tents, Tarps & Ropes, Internet Cards, Bandages, Chain Saws and Chain Saw Parts, and Trash Barrels.

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VMRS to Monadnock, Alexander Looking for Fifth Straight Win

Winchester, NH — For the eighth consecutive season, the Valenti Modified Racing Series will celebrate our nations birthday at Monadnock Speedway,  Winchester, NH., with the running of the “Firecracker 100” for modified race cars.

The special holiday program, Saturday, July 2, has become a tradition  in New England motorsports. A strong field of racers from throughout the  Northeast is expected to enter.

The popular program, including a gigantic fireworks display, has been dominated by Monadnock Speedway track Champion Kirk Alexander, of Swanzey, NH. The three-time VMRS series champion and part-time series competitor, has won six races, including the last four-in-a-row. 

Fellow Monadnock regular Jim Boniface, Winchester, NH., won the 100-lap race in 2006. Boniface and Todd Patnode, another former track champion, are expected to compete.

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LIVE: Tour Returns to Thompson

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will head to Thompson (Conn.) International Speedway for the second of four races this year with the Budweiser ‘King of Beers’ 150 on Thursday, June 30.

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

EVENT SCHEDULE  |  ENTRY LIST  |  PRACTICE  |  QUALIFYING  |  RESULTS

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Thompson Ready for Bud 150

Thompson, CT — The holiday weekend gets off to a great start this Thursday when the Thompson International Speedway presents the BUD 150 for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour. This very special race program will feature the WMT along with a full complement of Thompson’s NASCAR Whelen All-American Series “Super 6” divisions in feature event racing.

The Bud 150 will attract all of the best WMT race teams. This will mark their first return to Thompson since the Icebreaker back in early April. Ted Christopher was victorious in that 150-lap race and will look to repeat that accomplishment on June 30th. But, many others will also be looking to grab the holiday weekend win. Points leader, Rowan Pennink, will look for his first series win and to extend his points lead. Defending series champion, Bobby Santos, will look to improve his position in the standings as will Ronnie Silk, Eric Beers, Matt Hirschman and the Series most recent winner, Todd Szegedy. Seven-time series champ Mike Stefanik, hot off his VMRS win at Thompson, is always a serious contender for the win. Many other Whelen Modified Tour drivers have their sights set on victory lane as well.

The Bud 150 will be the Tour’s final appearance at Thompson before the much anticipated North/South Showdown on the weekend of September 10 & 11. This race is the most talked about event on the 2011 WMT schedule since it will be 300 laps of racing divided into three segments. The first two segments will be 125-lap races for the WMT (north) and the WSMT (south). Segment three will be a combination North & South 50-lap Showdown. Thompson Speedway track owner, Don Hoenig, has been working for a long time to make this race event a reality. Fan response has been overwhelming and everyone is anticipating this first of its kind race for the two Whelen Modified Tours.

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NASCAR Welen Modified Tour Returns to Thompson on June 30th

Thompson, CT — The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will make its second stop of the year at the Thompson International Speedway on Thursday, June 30th for the BUDWEISER 150. This special event marks the return of the WMT to Thompson for a June race.

The BUDWEISER “KING OF BEERS” 150 will be 5th race of the season for the most popular touring series in the northeast. NASCAR’s best open wheel race teams and drivers make up the impressive roster of competitors and all are expected to be in attendance for the Bud 150.

Current points leader, Rowan Pennink, will lead the star studded field of WMT drivers when they line up for the 150-lap race. Pennink will be joined by Bobby Santos, Ronnie Silk, Ted Christopher, Eric Beers, Mike Stefanik, Matt Hirschman and many more. Christopher won the season-opening Icebreaker at Thompson. Santos, the defending series champion, and Silk have also been victors on the Tour this season.

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Christopher Looks to Continue Run in Tour’s Return to Thompson

Has won six of last eight Whelen Modified Tour races at Thompson

Daytona Beach, FL — If one had to take either Ted Christopher or the field if asked to predict who might win the Budweiser ‘King of Beers’ 150 at Thompson (Conn.) International Speedway on June 30, they’d have a hard time going against No. 36.

Christopher has won six of the last eight NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour races at Thompson, and 12 total in his illustrious career. This current run that started with the 2008 World Series has been so dominant that he even finished second and fifth in those two races in which he didn’t take the checkered flag.

Christopher’s most impressive triumph in recent memory came in the Whelen Modified Tour’s 2011 opener – the Icebreaker – at Thompson when he rallied from two laps down to wind up in Victory Lane yet again.

While he may have Thompson more figured out that the next guy, Christopher says the key to his success is all about how he feels in the car.

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Stafford Speedway Teaming with First Niagara to Collect Relief Supplies for Massachusetts Tornado Victims

Stafford Springs, CT — Stafford Speedway and First Niagara are teaming up to help victims of the recent Massachusetts tornado. As part of the First Niagara Independence Day Fireworks Celebration this Friday night, Stafford Speedway will be collecting donation items at the main gate that will be used to assist Massachusetts residents who were affected by the tornado.

Stafford Speedway is offering a special deal for fans who bring a donation item with them to the track this Friday night. Any adult who brings a donation item with them to the track this Friday night will receive $3.00 off an Adult General Admission ticket for the First Niagara Independence Day Fireworks Celebration.

The following is a list of items that are needed the most: Work Gloves, Gatorade, Insect Repellent, Coolers, Plastic Bins & Boxes, Tylenol, Large Trash Bags, Gasoline Cards, Sunscreen, Canopy Tents, Tarps & Ropes, Internet Cards, Bandages, Chain Saws and Chain Saw Parts, and Trash Barrels.

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News & Notes: Back in Action

Several Changes Between Teams Since Last Race In April

Daytona Beach, FL — A two-month break in the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour schedule has brought about a number of changes, but one thing that will remain the same heading into this week’s Firecracker 150 presented by Budweiser at Caraway Speedway and that is George Brunnhoelzl III enjoys a comfortable lead in the standings.

Brunnhoelzl won two of the first four races this season to push ahead of John Smith by 75 points (705-630). Brunnhoelzl’s first win in the season opener at Caraway in March and he followed that with a win at Hickory in April. He moved into the No. 09 Phoenix Pre-owned/Triad Auto Sales Chevrolet this season and is the frontrunner to win his second NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified title. The West Babylon, N.Y native won his first title in 2009.

Smith will attempt to pilot his No. 25 Tutterow Surveying/Rick’s Home Repair Chevrolet to another win after outdueling L.W. Miller last July in an exciting green-white-checkered finish for his win. Smith is just one of three drivers to finish in the top-10 in the four previous races of 2011. The other two are Brunnhoelzl and Jason Myers.

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LIVE: NWSMT Returns to Action at Caraway

The NASCAR Whelen Southern Modfied Tour returns to action at Caraway Speedway for the Firecracker 150 presented by Budweiser on Friday, July 1.

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EVENT SCHEDULE | ENTRY LIST | PRACTICE | QUALIFYING | RESULTS

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Astle picks up Phil’s Propane 75 win. Vanasse wins another LM race, Andreozzi breaks through and DeMoura visits Victory Lane

Seekonk, MA — Flyin’ Freddie Astle labored his way to the front, and then put on wings once he got into the lead to take the Phil’s Propane 75-Lap Feature and become the first Pro-Stocker to chalk up a second victory on the season. Point’s leader Mike Brightman of Acushnet worked his way into second just before the midpoint of the race, and though he dogged the Westporter to the finish line 39 laps later, did not have an answer for Astle. Taunton’s Ken Spencer, Dick Houlihan of Bridgewater and Rehoboth’s Dave Darling completed the top five on the evening.

Spencer, starting on the outside of the front row, escaped from Polesitter Kevin Casper of Somerset, and led the first 20 laps of the extended feature. They were door-to-door at the start, but when Houlihan attempted to run a 3-wide, underneath pass on Casper, Spencer escaped into the lead. Kyle Casper and Houlihan swapped places, Kyle tried under Kevin, was denied, then Houlihan got under to take third back. By this time, he had Astle on his tail, after the latter had moved quickly up from his starting place outside the fourth row. Brightman had been shadowing him from his own start inside on the fifth echelon.

Astle edged past Spencer on lap 21, Brightman was third, Darling fourth and Houlihan fifth. On the next lap, Darling came up fast on Brightman’s tail, braked hard to avoid collision, but still tapped Brightman. The combined braking and tap put Darling into a turn one spin, bringing out the caution. Brightman wavered, but continued.

Astle and Spencer dueled for the lead, with Astle going back to the lead. Brightman edged Houlihan for third and Scott Dion settled into fifth.

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Rieser, Robidoux, Bissel, Sprague, Dion & Belcher Win at Seekonk

Seekonk, MA — On Friday, June 24th, Seekonk Speedway’s “Fast Friday” program resumed for the first time since the season premiere following two weeks of rain. In the SYRA 600s, Chase Belcher survived a late charge from Curtis Rolando to pick up the feature victory. Branden Dion earned his first victory in the SYRA 750s, while Rich Sprague grabbed his first career victory in the Sport Fours. The C.D.G Industries New England V6 Modifieds made their first appearance of the season at Seekonk, andPresident Allan Rieser Jr. took the checkered flag. In the nightcap, John Robidoux emerged once the smoke cleared with his first victory of the season.

In the Sport Four feature Jewett City, Connecticut’s Chris Bissell had a strong run early, and jockeyed with Ed Gould and Rich Sprague for the top spot for most of the race. In the closing laps, Sprague made his way around the field and took the checkered flag, sweeping the heat and feature.

The SYRA 600s took to the track for a twenty lap feature event. Austin Blais led nine of the first ten laps. Jason Enos hung tough battling for the lead, but after making contact with the leader on multiple occasions, trouble stuck the top two. On the exit of turn four, both Enos and Blais spun their mini cups to the apron on lap eleven. The caution grouped Chase Belcher and Curtis Rolando to the front row, and just like in their heat, Belcher pulled away and maintained the lead despite a trio of spins by Kiera Carpenter, hanging on for his first victory of the season in front of Rolando, Shelby Donovan, Tyler Boudreau, and David Lougee.

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Szegedy Dominates at Monadnock

Former champion leads every lap in victory
Winchester, NH — Todd Szegedy showed everyone why he is still someone to watch on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.

Szegedy, the 2003 champion, started from the pole and led every lap to win the Monadnock 200 Sunday for his 15th career tour win and first since August of last year.

With his win Szegedy became the fourth different winner in as many races this season on the tour and it was his first top-five finish of the season.

Szegedy held off Justin Bosingnore who followed in second while Matt Hirschman was third. Ron Silk was fourth and James Civali completed the top five.

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Qualifying: Szegedy Fast at Monadnock

Veteran collects first Coors Light Pole Award of the season

Winchester, NH — Todd Szegedy has won his eighth career Coors Light Pole Award during qualifying for the Monadnock 200 Sunday at Monadnock Speedway. Szegedy topped the session with a fast lap of 12.447 seconds (72.307 mph) to claim the top spot. Ron Silk followed in second with a time of 12.575 seconds.

Andy Seuss, Matt Hirschman and James Civali completed the top five. Ron Yuhas Jr. followed in sixth with Justin Bonsignore seventh and Erick Rudolph eighth. Glenn Reen and Mike Stefanik completed the top 10.

Ted Christopher, who won the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour event at Monadnock last year, qualified 14th.

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Bogsignore Sets The Pace

New York native leads practice session

Winchester, NH — Justin Bosignore finished practice on top to lead the 28-car field for the Monadnock 200 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race to be held later Sunday.

Bosignore ended the session with a fast lap of 12.452 seconds (72.278 mph). Doug Coby was second with a time of 12.531 seconds. Ron Silk was third with Erick Rudolph and Eric Berndt completed the top five.

Matt Hirschman followed in sixth with Mike Stefanik seventh. Renee Dupuuis followed in eighth with last year’s race winner at Monadnock Speedway, Ted Christopher, ninth. Eric Beers completed the top 10.

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Luggelle Scores ‘Bowl Lites Win

Waterford, CT – Paul Luggelle scored his third career NEMA Lites victory Saturday night at Waterford Speedbowl. Starting second, Luggelle took the lead on the backstretch with 13 remaining and when on to a convincing win.

Only the fifth “Quad 4” win in Lites history, Luggelle (Luggelle 28) covered the 25-laps in an impressive 6:09.288 (91.392 mph). He also had the fastest lap – 14.277 seconds.

Anthony Nocella (Seymour 29) passed five cars over the final two laps to finish second. Ryan Bigelow (Bigelow 13), rookie Brandon Igo (Igo 13) and Vince Jacobs (Seymour 9) completed the top five.

Pole sitter Lanson Fornoro (Parker 47), after a brief battle with Bigelow, ran away from a second-place that also included Igo, Carl Medeiros Jr. and Luggelle. Despite a broken header, Luggelle took second from Bigelow just before the halfway point.

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Rocco returns to Victory Lane with SK Modified® win; Palmer picks up first career win; Stone, Colvin other NWAAS winners

Waterford, CT — Waterford Speedbowl was back in action Saturday night with a 6-division NASCAR Whelen All-American Series race program. In total, seven feature events were completed on the night including a pair of Street Stock features. Defending track and NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national champion Keith Rocco of Wallingford returned to Victory Lane, picking up the checkered flag in the night’s SK Modified® feature. Jason Palmer of Berlin picked up a career first win in the Bob Valenti Auto Mall Late Model division. The two Street Stock feature races were swept by defending champion Al Stone III of New Haven. Glenn Colvin of Clinton won the Mini Stock race.

Other winners on the night included Paul Luggelle of Holbrook, MA and Dana Dimatteo of Farmington in their respective NEMA Lite and Legends Cars features.

Rocco led the SK Modified® field to the green flag in their 35-lap feature looking to end a string of finishes outside the top-five, including two 17th place finishes. Nichole Morgillo, Kyle James, Jeff Pearl and Tyler Chadwick raced to the top-five positions behind Rocco in the opening laps. James was the first to pull out of line, challenging Morgillo’s outside on lap-3. After three laps of pursuit, James moved into the position for good in turn three. Pearl followed suit and was in third when the field completed lap-7.

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