Archive for June 17th, 2011

CARQUEST Champions for Charites Driver Spotlight: Jon McKennedy

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 spotlight is on Jon McKennedy, the 2-time defending Modified Racing Series Champion, and he will be racing to raise funds for Relay For Life of Pelham, NH, which benefits the American Cancer Society.

“I’m good friends with Russ Wood and his wife was the chairperson of the Relay, so I thought that would be a good charity to race for,” said McKennedy. “Russ is going to be racing for Racing Against Cancer, so we figured we’d be a teammate so to speak with Russ to help raise money to fight cancer.”

The 2010 season saw McKennedy drive to his second consecutive Modified Racing Series championship. McKennedy used a late season charge with 3 wins in the final 5 races of the season to secure the championship. McKennedy has won championships in the Tiger Sprint division, and he was the 2000 Sugarhill Sizzler Mini Sprint Champion. McKennedy also has experience behind the wheel of ISMA Supermodifieds as well as 350 Supermodifieds.

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Thompson Win Makes Stefanik Guaranteed Starter For Ricky’s Race

Thompson, CT — Mike Stefanik of Coventry, RI., took the lead on the opening lap and went on to win the 75-lap Valenti Modified Racing Series race Thursday night at Thompson Speedway, Thompson, CT. The win was Stefaniks’ second with the VMRS making him a guaranteed starter for the annual Ricky’s Race for Kids, July 16, at Canaan Fair Speedway, Canaan, NH. That race carries a purse in excess of $36,000, the highest in the eight-year history of the New England based modified racing series.

Stefanik was also the series fourth different winner this season.

Pole-sitter, Dave Etheridge, Portland, CT., Chris Pasteryak, Lisbon, CT., and Rowan Pennink, Huntingdon Valley, PA., challenged Stefanik, driving for car-owner Ed Marceau, but the popular Stefanik was never headed.

Etheridge chased the race leader laps 1-30, Pasteryak laps 31 through 65, and Pennink the final 10 circuits but it was Stefanik’s night, a race he told fans he really wanted.

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Green Flag Drops at 88th Loudon Classic

Loudon, NH — New Hampshire Motor Speedway became a Mecca for motorcycles today when the green flag dropped on the 88th running of the Loudon Classic.

The sun shined early when the fan favorite sidecar racers took to the 1.6-mile road course for their first round of practice sessions and an eight-lap featured race.

Local riders from the Loudon Road Race Series raced eight different classes this afternoon immediately following qualifying for the exclusive Loudon Classic race tomorrow.

The Sideways Promotions asphalt program provided an action-packed, paved, short track race this evening for the first time at “The Magic Mile.” Professional riders used modified dirt bikes as they raced the speedway’s quarter-mile oval, which includes part of the NASCAR track.

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Stafford Speedway Cancels Friday, June 17th Summer Blast-Off Racing Card

Stafford Springs, CT — Stafford Motor Speedway has cancelled its June 17th Summer Blast-Off racing program due to inclement weather. Stafford Speedway will return to racing next Friday night, June 24th with the Inaugural Lincoln Tech Modified Racing Series event.

The Modified Racing Series will make its first of two visits to Stafford in 2011 and they will be joined by Stafford’s five NASCAR Whelen All-American Series divisions. Pit gates will open at 1pm, Modified Racing Series Practice begins at 3:15pm, Whelen All-American Series Warm-Ups will start at 4:05pm, grandstand gates will open at 4:15pm, heat races will start at 6:15pm, and feature events will begin at approximately 7:15pm.

Tickets for the Inaugural Lincoln Tech Modified Racing Series event are now on sale at the Stafford Motor Speedway Box Office. Tickets are priced at $25.00 for adult general admission tickets, $5.00 for children ages 6-14, free for children ages 5 & under, and $28.00 for reserved seats.

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Jeremy Frankoski Inspired; Looking Forward To Racing This Weekend

Huntersville, NC — After rain forced the cancellation of the second NorthEastern Midget Association (NEMA) event of the season, Jeremy Frankoski had some unexpected down time, so he decided to make a trip to visit family.

Little did the Huntersville, North Carolina resident know that he would become inspired from what became of the welcomed trip. While visiting his mother and sister, Frankoski was asked to attend a benefit where his sister’s husband, Brian Yurka, a member of the band WATTS On TAP were providing the musical entertainment for a youngster named Preston who is currently battling Acute Myeloid Leukemia.

More than willing to attend, Frankoski had the opportunity to meet Preston’s supporters on Sunday, June 12 at Union City Fire Station in Union City, New York. The gathering benefit offered music, 50 / 50 raffle, two different types of auctions and a bake sale.

“Everything happens for a reason,” Frankoski said. “It’s a disappointing that we were rained out at Twin State Speedway, but the chance to support a courageous boy like Preston made up for it ten fold. It was a neat event and it was electrifying to see the community come together to support the family. It was truly an honorable moment.”

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NASCAR Whelen 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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Ambition, The Beginning

 When the season starts we all have ambitions. I have looked at many a race schedule, listened to many a driver and have seen some pretty ambitious ones. Having ambition is not a bad thing; it can move us from where we are to where we need to be. But, it can all get lost very quickly when it becomes selfish and blind. Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

We have all seen them, people who have to get to the top, regardless of who they push out of the way to get there. They use others as stepping stones as they climb the ladder of success. They bend and break the rules in their favor, rationalize it to themselves that everyone is doing it so it is alright; I am just getting my fair share.

We see it at the track also; those who take, take, take and refuse to come under the authority of others. They think the rules don’t apply to them and they can do whatever they want whenever they want; whether with the car or on the track. Bending the rules is one thing, but flat out breaking them for your own benefit is wrong. Justifying it by using your ambition to succeed makes it even worse. What is it worth if you have to lie, steal and cheat to get it?

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Second event of season for SK Light and X-Modifieds Saturday night

Waterford, CT  — This coming Saturday marks the second appearance of the season by the SK Light and X-Modifieds at the Speedbowl, competing in a 25-lap feature race. They are one of six divisions and seven main events on the June 18 Whelen Engineering Night race program, which is highlighted by twin 35-lap SK Modified features, making for a night of Modified mania at the Speedbowl.

The division, combining the Speedbowl’s X-Modifieds and the SK Light Modified division, was a popular addition in its first event of the year back on May 21. Paul French of Andover won that event, narrowly holding off the field in the closing laps. Just one caution period slowed the race, with French taking the victory after two-time track champion Richard “Bubby” Brouwer and ‘Bowl newcomer Steve Greer were rapidly cutting into the lead to challenge French on the final lap. Both drivers completed the podium finishers in the event.

Cars eligible for competition must comply with either the Waterford Speedbowl X-Modified or Stafford Motor Speedway SK Light rule books. Crossing of the two rules formats is not permitted. Rules for competition can be viewed by clicking here or visiting http://www.speedbowl.com/Uploads/Rules-SK-Light-Modified.pdf.

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