Archive for September 17th, 2011

Mrs. Griffin’s Penny Helps Szegedy Win the Town Fair Tire “66/99”

Lakeville, CT — One of the duties of a star in any racing championship is the PR meet and greets with VIPs, local movers and shakers, promoters, etc. At Lime Rock Park, fans that buy Fan Hospitality tickets also get a visit from a top driver. As polesitter for the Whelen Modified “66/99” Presented by Town Fair Tire for the second year in a row, Ridgefield, Connecticut’s Todd Szegedy volunteered to meet those fans at lunch time today, about 90 minutes before the start of the race. After hobnobbing with the fans in the hospitality chalet, as Szegedy was leaving a woman came up to him and handed him a “lucky” penny. “Put this in your pocket for the race,” she advised. And he did.

Then Szegedy went out and not only won the race, he did so after falling off the road not once but twice, willing himself back to the lead. After the race, Szegedy was asked, “Hey, you didn’t really need that lucky penny, did you?”

“Oh, man, yes I did. I want to thank Mrs. Griffin for that!”, as he dug the penny out of his pocket and showed it to the media. “I’m keepin’ it!”

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Szegedy Battles Back for Win at Lime Rock

Earns Road Course Win In NASCAR Whelen Modified 66/99 Presented By Town Fair Tire

Lakeville, CT — Todd Szegedy battled back after losing the lead during on a pit stop and then making an off-track excursion to win the NASCAR Whelen Modified 66/99 presented by Town Fair Tire at Lime Rock Park on Saturday.

It was a sweet win for the Ridgefield, Conn., driver – who led all but the last four laps before being relegated to second in last year’s inaugural tour visit to the 1.5-mile, eight-turn road course. With his victory on Saturday, he took over the lead in the championship standings.

Szegedy, who had experience at LRP in other racing series prior to his NASCAR career, dominated the early action on Saturday. He started from the pole in his No. 2 Wisk Detergent/A&J Romano Construction Ford and opened up a lead of more than two seconds early. However, he fell to fourth following a pit stop during a caution on Lap 44. He later went off course, but quickly recovered and set out after the leaders.

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Country Superstar Brett Eldredge Highlights NHMS Free FanFest

Loudon, NH — Country singer Brett Eldredge will kick start the SYLVANIA 300 race weekend with a concert during the WOKQ FanFest at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Thursday, Sept. 22 beginning at 5 p.m.

Eldredge’s hit song “Raymond” is an emotional tale of a nursing home employee mistaken by a patient with Alzheimer’s for her deceased son.

The Atlantic Recording artist has earned a reputation for the strength of his writing and for his world-class voice. He and  co-writer Pat McLaughlin landed a song called “I Think I’ve Had Enough” on Gary Allan’s latest album Get Off on the Pain, and one of his frequent collaborators is Country Music Hall of Famer and Grand Ole Opry stalwart Bill Anderson.

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