Archive for December 29th, 2011

WITH NEW CAR, JOE NOGIEC AND #00 LTD. LATE MODEL TEAM LOOKING TO BE IN CHAMPIONSHIP CONTENTION IN 2012 AT STAFFORD SPEEDWAY

Stafford Springs, CT — After a 2011 season that saw Joe Nogiec and the #00 Adopt a Pet team post a career best 9 top-10 finishes as well as a career best finish of 11th in the points standings, Nogiec and his team will look to continue that forward trend in the 2012 season at Stafford Motor Speedway. Nogiec will have a new car with which to carry on his momentum from the 2011 season. Nogiec and his team have purchased the #38 car from Gary Bienkowski that was driven to 5 wins and a second place finish in the 2011 standings by George Nocera, Jr, and they are looking forward the 2012 season after what Nogiec says was a trying 2011 season.

"We had an opportunity to buy the 38 car, so we jumped on it and hopefully we can get something going for next year," said Nogiec. "Last year was an abomination for us, we've definitely had better years than we had last year. It was a tough year, I was ready to hang it up after the season was over. We were so close to finishing in the top-10, but we had an awful last race and Carla [Botticello] got by us for that spot. But we had a lot of great support from guys like Norm Sears and Shawn Thibeault in our division as well as drivers from other divisions, and we appreciated everyone's support throughout the season. With this new car, it seems like we have a new life and we're looking forward to coming to the track. We're putting the same equipment back into the car that was taken out of it before we bought it, so we're feeling good about the 2012 season. We have Adopt A Pet coming back on board with us as a sponsor and I'd like to give them a special thanks for their support, and I'd also like to thank the guys at Civali's Auto Service for their support."

With the new car seeming to be half of the success equation for Nogiec and the #00 team, Nogiec knows the second half of success will be to improve his driving style on track.

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JOE GADA READY TO CHALLENGE FOR SK MODIFIED® ROOKIE OF THE YEAR HONORS AT STAFFORD SPEEDWAY IN 2012

Stafford Springs, CT — After a 4-race debut effort at Stafford Speedway during the 2011 season, Salem, CT native Joe Gada is ready to make a run at winning Rookie of the Year honors in Stafford's SK Modified® division in 2012. Gada is the son of 7-time Waterford SK Modified® champion Dennis Gada, and after making several starts during the 2011 season, he is looking forward to building upon the experience he gained this season in preparation for the 2012 season.

"We're definitely excited about coming back to Stafford," said Gada. "Our main goal is to win the Rookie of the Year. We want to be consistent with top-10 finishes and hopefully from there we can contend for a top-5 finish or a win."

In his first time racing at Stafford, Gada put up very respectable finishes. In his SK Modified® debut, Gada finished 12th after qualifying in the 23rd starting position. From there, he recorded a top-10 finish with a 9th place effort in the SK Modified® 100, and he then finished 12th in the CARQUEST SK 150 and 15th in the season ending CARQUEST Fall Final feature event. Gada feels like this experience, although limited, will only serve to help him as he makes a bid for Rookie of the Year honors.

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RONNIE WILLIAMS MOVING FROM WILD THING KARTS TO STAFFORD’S SK LIGHT MODIFIED DIVISION FOR 2012 SEASON

Stafford Springs, CT — Fresh from the ranks of the Wild Thing Kart Series at Stafford Motor Speedway, Ronnie Williams will be moving into the SK Light Modified division to run for Rookie of the Year honors in 2012. Williams and his family have purchased the former No. 70 Brit Andersen car for the upcoming season, so they have a proven commodity with which they will try to claim the top rookie honors. Williams, who turned 15 after the completion of the 2011 season, conducted a test session at Stafford the week after the CARQUEST Fall Final Weekend, and all systems are go for his rookie season as his No. 47 Advice One car was fast and comfortable in the test.

"The car was wicked fast in the test and it went wherever I wanted it to go on the track," said Williams. "We ended up running about 100 laps that day, so we got pretty comfortable with the car. At first we were running 22 something [seconds] but by the end of the day, we were turning the same times that the SK Lights were running at the Fall Final, so it was good for us to know that we could run those kind of times our first time out."

Williams makes the move into the SK Lights from the Wild Thing Kart Series, where he raced for 5 seasons, including both the Junior and Senior Outlaw divisions this past season and he finished 5th in the Junior Outlaw and 3rd in the Senior Outlaw points standings. After his debut outing in the private test session, Williams is feeling good about his car's performance and he has a modest goal for the 2012 season.

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2-Time Waterford Speedbowl Champion Bill Sweet Passes

Bill Sweet
April 14, 1930 – December 26, 2011

Bill Sweet, Sr. was a multi-time Waterford Speedbowl Champion Fondly-remembered as the “Norwalk Nightrider” to a legion of veteran Waterford Speedbowl fans. Bill copped the Daredevil division title for 2 consecutive seasons in 1967 & 68. Along the way, he scored a total of 40 feature victories in Daredevil, Sportsman Sedan and Grand American competition, the first in 1966, the final in 1975. He ranks first on the list of all-time Daredevil feature winners, with 31 trips to victory lane. Sweet was one of the real movers & shakers in the early days of the Daredevil division, a class of full-bodied race cars that was started in 1965 at the shoreline oval to replace a fading Bomber division. Bill’s grandson Brent currently pilots an SK Modified at the Speedbowl, his late grandfather having been one of his most-dedicated fans. Sincere condolences are sent-out to the entire Sweet family and all of Bill’s many friends on this somber occasion.

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Three-Class Standout Kevin Chaffee is VT Motorsports Magazine Driver of the Year

Chester, VT — Capping a diverse season that saw him on the podium with the Sprint Cars of New England, the USAC Dirt Midget Association and the DIRTcar Sportsman Modifieds at Bear Ridge Speedway, “The Fairlee Flier” Kevin Chaffee of Fairlee, VT was voted by the readers of Vermont Motorsports Magazine as the 2011 Vermont Motorsports Magazine Driver of the Year.

The versatile Chaffee had a pair of wins in his first season behind the wheel of a Midget, despite racing only part of the USAC DMA schedule. A feature victory in the DIRTcar Sportsman Modifieds helped him finish fourth in Bear Ridge points and a solid SCoNE season saw success with an overall third place in the ultra-tight championship points battle.

“I was actually pretty surprised when I went on line and saw that I had won. On the first day of voting, I went on line and voted for a bunch of guys in a bunch of different categories. Then I kind of put it out of my mind while the voting ran for two weeks,” Chaffee said.

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Racing Against CancerTM has winning season, provides over $23,000 to benefactors

Westbrook, CT –It became a successful rebuilding season as Racing Against CancerTM (RAC) restructured its fundraising activities with the launch of their new Track Walk program. The 2011 season proved to be a real winner for their benefactors.

The 2011 fundraising and racing season kicked off in January as Decourcy Racing hosted the first annual Racing Against CancerTM 100 at Checkered Flag Indoor Karting (CFIK) in Haverhill, MA. Family, friends, RAC supporters and karting enthusiasts came out in large numbers to participate in a fun-filled afternoon of karting events. Funds were raised via entry fees and other donations. Decourcy Racing generated over $500 for their first annual event. Plans are in place for a second annual RAC 100 that is scheduled to take place on Saturday January 21, 2012 at CFIK. This event should prove to be even bigger and better than the first.

After 16 successful years of raising funds to fight cancer, Racing Against Cancer™ jump started its new fundraising initiative, the Racing Against Cancer™ Track Walk program. The program took place at four tracks across the northeast during the 2011 racing season. The inaugural track walk was held at Stafford Motor Speedway on Sunday June 19 and was coined a Prelude to the CARQUEST Extreme Tuesday Champions For Charities event. Three additional track walks were held at Thundering Valley Raceway in St. Albans, ME; (July 9), STAR Speedway in Epping, NH (July 23), and Seekonk Speedway (Oct 1) as part of the Kraze Korlacki Racing Against Cancer 100 event promoted by Gary Sagar.

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Legend cars looking to take fast Fridays to the edge!

Seekonk, MA —  It was in April of 1992 that the first Legends Car was unveiled at the Lowe’s Motor Speedway. The concept of creating a fun and affordable “spec” class of racing for anyone to participate in was born. President and General Manager of LMS, H.A. “Humpy” Wheeler and Elliott Forbes-Robinson, famed road racing champion, designed these 5/8-scale fiberglass full-fendered versions of the famed NASCAR modifieds driven by legendary drivers such as Fireball Roberts, Buck Baker, Curtis Turner, Speedy Thompson and Banjo Matthews.

Since that time, the Legends Cars have become one of the fastest growing segments of motorsports today. With drivers being classified into four different divisions, Legends Cars is THE racing opportunity that is available to anyone! The Pro Division is for the experienced drivers. The Masters Division features drivers 40 years and older. The Semi-Pro Division is the novice class, featuring the drivers that are new to the sport or have been inactive in other forms of racing for a while. Since the car stays the same from division to division, it is the driver that makes the difference!

Seekonk Legend Series will feature races on Opening Day, DAV Weekend and Open Wheel Wednesday* as well as 17 Friday Night Races brought to you by Nicks Pit Stop.

*pending INEX Approval

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Kick Your Automotive Project into High Gear at Auto Parts Swap ‘n Sell

Vernon, CT — Whether you are as old school as your current restoration project or as contemporary as the latest in performance technology, automotive enthusiasts will find the right parts, at the right price, right at their fingertips at the Auto Parts Swap ‘n Sell. This all automotive indoor swap meet will be held on January 21&22, 2012 in the Better Living Center located on the grounds of the Eastern States Exposition Center in West Springfield, MA.

The more traditional bargain hunters will appreciate the practicality of the customary swap meet/flea market atmosphere and the art of negotiating a sale. Typical online shoppers seize the opportunity to inspect products for a relatively risk-free and immediate purchasing experience without the cost of shipping.

All will enjoy the large and diverse selection of quality new and used merchandise for all automotive applications. Nearly 125,000 square feet of exhibit space will feature wholesalers and retailers offering tools, parts, accessories, safety equipment, literature and more. Many will offer exclusive “Show Specials”. Individual sellers are also welcome at the Auto Parts Swap ‘n Sell.

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