Archive for February, 2012

Waterford’s Denton Set A New Standard

NASCAR's Youngest Winner Racing For A Cause

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The youngest race winner in NASCAR Whelen All-American Series history surprised even himself in 2011.

NASCAR rookie Garrett Denton of Hope Valley, R.I., was 14 years, five months, 10 days of age when he won his first career Mini Stock feature at Waterford (Conn.) Speedbowl on August 20 last year. He won his division’s Rookie of the Year Award and finished 12th in track points. With a win, two top-fives and 11 top-10s in 19 starts, he placed 65th in the NASCAR Finalist Division IV pavement standings.

“It never occurred to me that I would win a feature in my first season,” Denton said.

“I was nervous about going out on the track at Waterford the very first time because I had never driven a car before,” Denton said. “It took me a few weeks to get comfortable in a bigger car on a bigger track. It was late in the season before I figured out where the car is supposed to be on every part of a lap. When I put it all together I found my rhythm.”

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Granite State Pro Stock Series Heads to Unity Raceway

Canaan NH — In a joint announcement made at the Racers Expo in Portland Maine on Sat. Feb 24th, Unity Raceway promoter, George Fernald and Granite State Pro Stock Series president, Mike Parks announced that on Sat June 23rd the GSPSS will make their first appearance in the state of Maine.

“Unity Raceway has a rich tradition of Pro Stock racing and I am thrilled that we will be able to be a part of Unity’s schedule for 2012” stated Parks.

"Unity Raceway hasn’t hosted a Pro Stock event since 2010 and the GSPSS fits our facility perfect, it will give the opportunity for some of our local Pro Stock teams to compete as well as the guys from southern New England," stated Fernald.

With the year being 2012 we’ve decided to make it a 112 lap event and if things continue to work out we would love to make this an annual event, so mark your calendars now as the Granite State Pro Stock Series comes to the Unity Raceway!

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Occupy the Oval R/C Charity Race at Enfield’s R/C Madness this Saturday

Modified racing stars and champions will meet at the Occupy The Oval charity R/C race on Saturday March 3rd. Three classes are scheduled: 17.5 SK, 17.5 Pan Car, 10.5 Pan Car. The cost per class will be $25 with $20 going to the Trinca Family Memorial Trust, P.O. Box 520, Ridge NY 11961. The event is to in memory of 7-year-old go-kart racer Jason Trinca and his mother, who were tragically killed in a traffic accident last fall. A 50/50 raffle is also planned.

NEAR Hall of Famer Mario Fiore has brought together some of his former Modified drivers for a race in custom painted #44 SKs: Rick Fuller, Mike Stefanik and Reggie Ruggiero. Joining them will be current NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour stars Justin Bonsignore, Donny Lia, and Todd Szegedy.

The event will be held at R/C Madness101 North St., Enfield CT 06082; 860-741-6501.

The event schedule is listed below:

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NEMA Releases New Handicapping System for 2012

Customized Handicap System Effective 2/25/12
The new handicapping system is based upon the drivers accumulated handicap points from their previous 4 feature event finishes. A handicap point matrix will be posted, containing every competitors finishes and accumulated handicap points. This allows every competitor to know and understand how they have achieved their heat race starting spot prior to that event.

Based on car count and number of heats, a predetermined amount of cars will be transferred into the feature via the top finishing positions in their heat race (16 or less cars signed in will handicap 10 cars, 17 to 23 cars will handicap 12 cars, and 24 and up will handicap 14). Those cars will occupy the front of the feature, according to their handicap value, and the rest will fill in the remainder of the feature line-up in the order of how they finished their heats.

When a driver signs in for an event, their name will be added to the current events matrix, and we then create our heat race line-ups based upon who has signed in: The driver with the lowest number of accrued handicap points in their last 4 feature events will start first in the first qualifying race, and the driver with the second lowest amount of handicap points accrued will start first in the second qualifying race. The qualifying races will be filled in accordingly.

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Reigning Champion Matt Galko Hopes to Raise the Bar in SK Modifieds

2-time Stafford SK Light Modified champion Matt Galko had a dream season in 2011. He won the track championship as a rookie in 2010. Galko improved  during his sophomore season with a more consistent season to repeat as track champion. "Last season was really good," said Galko. "We accomplished everything we set out to do, it was great to win the championship once but to be the first driver in the SK Lights to do it back to back means the world to me."

Galko called the 2010 Fall Final his greatest career victory, where he regained the points lead with a victory in the season finale. He thanked his family and Tim Rowe for their efforts.  It was great to have all the success in the SK  Lights," said Galko. "It taught me a lot about Modified racing. I never drove a Modified before I drove in the Lights and being able to win the championship and Rookie of the Year in my first season was awesome. Coming back and winning the championship was even better. (It)  meant a lot to my crew, my family and me because we worked so hard all through my racing career. … (It) meant the world to me to win one of the biggest races Stafford puts on."

On 2011 CARQUEST Fall Final weekend, Galko made his SK Modified debut, finishing 10th. "We had a great run at the Fall Final," said Galko "It was great being up to 6th at one point running right behind Teddy (Christopher) and Keith (Rocco). The motor we had in the car was 2 seasons old, so it was great to show we can do it with old equipment."

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Determined Richie Pallai, Jr. Seeking Improvement in 2012

2011 was a difficult season for Richie Pallai, Jr.. The season opener at Thompson was an example of the advertisty the team encountered. “We came out of the box at Thompson, blew a motor in practice, missed qualifying and had to put our short track motor in the car for the race with 0 laps on it,” said Pallai. “We were running in the top 3 when we unfortunately got caught up in a wreck late in the race. From that point on we just felt like we were struggling with our new car.”

Highlights from last season were Riverhead and Lime Rock Park. “At Riverhead we came from last to the top-5 and felt like we had a winning car until we had a flat and had to pit,” said Pallai. “We fought back for a top 10 and that was a moral victory in itself.” At Lime Rock, “We were fast all weekend and thought we had a good shot at the win. A top 5 that day was great, too bad we are not going back there this year.”

“I like to call our core of our team the "big three", almost like the Miami Heat,” said Pallai. “My Dad (Rich Sr.), Denis (Crew Chief) and Chuck (Spotter) are the reason why we show up every week so prepared. Without those three we wouldn't be anywhere and they always make sure we have a shot at winning. We also have a young guy in Alex Grab who is learning the ropes quickly and someone we will rely on very much this season to lend a helping hand in all aspects of the team, from the shop to the track.”

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Busy Agenda Looms For NEMA’s Bertrand

Brockton, MA – Bertrand Motorsports had an extraordinary 2011. Randy Cabral and Tim Bertrand captured the Northeastern Midget Association drivers and owners championships respectively. Todd Bertrand added to the luster, scoring his first-ever NEMA feature en route to Rookie of the Year honors.

Bertrand and driver Randy Cabral are set to defend their crowns. The Esslinger-powered #47 Drinan chassis is “completely refurbished and ready to go” Bertrand reports. Brother Todd’s car, the Honda-powered #39, “is in good shape.”

Expect both cars when NEMA opens its 60th season March 31-April 1 at Waterford Speedbowl’s Budweiser Blast Off. The NEMA Lites kick of campaign number five at the ‘Bowl as well.

Bertrand is “bullish on the upcoming season.” Both Russ and Greg Stoehr, second and third last year in points, will be back in 2012. Joey Payne, the 2003 champion, returns full time in the Breault #44 and Adam Cantor is moving back behind the wheel of 7NY. “There will be no shortage of contenders,” adds Bertrand, hardly a stranger to the rigors of winning titles.

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PASS Sportsman to Open Season at Lee USA Speedway on April 15th

PASS has added a new date to the 2012 Sportsman schedule – April 15 at Lee USA Speedway as part of the Governor’s Cup Weekend. This will kick off the 2012 point season for the PASS Sportsman cars.

The PASS North Super Late Models and PASS Modifieds will begin their season May 5 at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway, along with the PASS Sportsman. The Pro 4’s and NELCAR Legends will also join the May 5th PASS show.


Lia Returns To Mystic Missile Racing

Team Has Earned Two Tour Titles With Long Islander

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – It’s hard to argue with history, and in 2012 a pairing that is already two-for-two, will give it a go at another NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour title.

Bob Garbarino, owner of the Mystic Missile Racing No. 4 Dodge, announced today that driver Donny Lia will return behind the wheel for a third season with the team. Lia piloted the “Mystic Missile” to the Whelen Modified Tour championship in each of his two previous years with the team in 2007 and 2009.

“These decisions are never easy, but when I look at everybody that is involved, and the team itself, I think that this is just the best fit for us at this point in time,” Garbarino said of Lia returning to the team.

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New Administration Welcomes Rocco



National Runner-up Visits Second Governor In Four Years

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Keith Rocco wins Connecticut’s NASCAR state championship with such consistency that he was congratulated by a new administration recently. Rocco was greeted by Gov. Dan Malloy in the State Capitol Building in Hartford.

Rocco, 27, of Wallingford, won his fourth consecutive Connecticut state championship in 2011. Malloy, 56, of Stamford, took office as his state’s 88th governor in January 2011.

“It was great to return to visit the Capitol Building again and meet our new governor,” Rocco said. “He was interested in what we do in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series. Our visit went well.

“It’s nice that the governor’s office and NASCAR work together to recognize us as state champions.”

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Forward’s Garage and S.K. Bean’s Enfield Garage are Legion Speedway Sponsors

WENTWORTH, NH – Two of the Upper Connecticut River Valley’s premier auto and truck service centers have indicated their support of local dirt track racing by signing on as sponsors at Legion Speedway. Forward’s Garage and Auto Body of Lebanon and S.K. Bean’s Enfield Garage may compete for business, but both agree that Legion Speedway is a great place to find new customers.

Forward’s Garage and Auto Body is the 2012 title sponsor of Legion Speedway’s headline class, the Modified Sportsman. “The Forward Family has been involved in racing for generations and we appreciate the confidence they’ve demonstrated by signing on as a title sponsor,” said Wally Brown who, along with his wife Janine, is promoting and operating Legion Speedway for the 2012 season and beyond. “Tim Forward is well known in racing circles and we look forward to working with him on some interesting promotions as a title sponsor this year.”

S.K. Bean’s Enfield Garage will jump start the season by sponsoring the Legion Speedway Grand Opening on Sunday May 27. “Stuart Bean is our neighbor here in Enfield,” Brown said, “having someone who knows us well demonstrate enough confidence to sponsor opening day means a lot.”

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B Mains May Be Toughest SCoNE Races in 2012

CHESTER, VT – With a likely increase in the number of competitors and possible average car counts in to 20 to 24 ranges, the B Main or Last Chance Qualifier may just provide some of the best racing for the Sprint Cars of New England during the 2012 season.

“We really hate to send anybody home without qualifying for the A Main,” says SCoNE honcho Mike Kondrat, “but we have to strike a balance. Having more than 18 full sized, winged 360 Sprint Cars on the tracks we race on doesn’t make for a good show for the fans and almost always tears up a lot of equipment. Don’t get me wrong, there is no place we’d rather race than on the quarter miles at Canaan, Bear Ridge and Legion, but we have to use our heads too.”

Unless track operators specify otherwise, SCoNE features will be limited to 18 cars in 2012, as they were in 2011. When there are 22 or fewer cars, two heats will be run and seven cars from each heat will qualify for the A Main. The remainder will go to the B Main from which four cars will qualify. When there are 23 or more cars, three heats will be run with five cars qualifying. An additional three cars will qualify from the B Main.

In order to maintain SCoNE’s hard-won reputation as the tour that starts the fastest cars and best drivers at the back of the A Main, the current handicapping system will continue in 2012, with minor changes.

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Kevin Chaffee Lands Full Time USAC DMA Midget Ride at Bear Ridge Speedway

BRADFORD, VT — “The Fairlee Flier,” Kevin Chaffee of Fairlee, Vermont Motorsports Magazine 2011 Driver of the Year, has landed a season-long ride in the 2011 USAC Dirt Midget Association championship winning team at Bear Ridge Speedway.

“We’re happy to welcome Kevin to the Seals-It team on a full time basis in 2012,” said team owner and New England Auto Racing Hall of Fame member Skip Matczak of Ellington, CT. “Kevin did a great job last year, finishing second his first time out and then going on to win two features. He has a great work ethic, really knows how to get around Bear Ridge Speedway and has a loyal following among the fans.”

Chafee joins Seals-It teammates Denny Zimmerman, a former Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year, and Joe Krawiec, who won the inaugural USAC DMA championship at Bear Ridge Speedway last season.

“I really appreciate the opportunity that Skip has given me,” Chafee said. “It’s a great car and the support and advice I’ve gotten from Denny and Joe is something that money can’t buy.”

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Stoehr-NEMA Story Adds New Dimension

Brockton, MA — For some four decades, the Northeastern Midget Association’s Stoehr family has competed on the father-son and brother-verses-brother level. It will expand in 2012 to first-cousin-verses first-cousin.

Expect to see plenty of Stoehr folks when NEMA opens its 60th season March 31-April 1 at Waterford Speedbowl’s Budweiser Blast Off. “That’s what we do, we drive race cars,” understates Russ, who returns in the Dumo’s Desire #45. Brother Greg is back as well in the 26b, a new Stealth chassis powered by the familiar Mazda.

On the first cousin level, Russ’ son Avery, who turns 16 in June, moves up from an impressive go kart record to join Greg’s daughter Bethany in NEMA Lites action. The rapidly growing Lites division begins its fifth season at the Blast Off.

Avery, a WKA champion at Route 106 Racepark in Pembroke, NH, will drive the car Keith Botelho drove (and won with) in NEMA competition the past two seasons. Carl Kibbe remains the crew chief for the now Focus-powered Stealth chassis.

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BRE Teams With Rocco For 2012 Tour Season

Whelen All-American Series Standout Lands Whelen Mod Ride

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Boehler Racing Enterprises has announced that it will team with 2010 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series champion driver Keith Rocco to pilot the No. 3 Chevrolet in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.

This will be the first full-time Whelen Modified Tour ride for Rocco, from Wallingford, Conn. A multi-time champion in the weekly Modified divisions at a trio of Whelen All-American Series short tracks in Connecticut, Rocco has racked up more than 100 career victories. He has earned four-straight Connecticut state titles.

"I am very pleased to be able to put a deal together with the caliber driver of Keith Rocco to drive ‘Ole Blue’ for the 55th year of racing,” said Mike Boehler, president of Boehler Racing Enterprises. “Myself and the entire Boehler family and crew are going to give it our best effort to get Keith and ‘Ole Blue’ in victory lane this season.”

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Short Track Stars to Light Up Daytona

Speedweeks 2013 To Include UNOH Battle At The Beach

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The bright lights of the “World Center of Racing” will shine on the stars of NASCAR’s regional and touring series, as NASCAR announced today Daytona International Speedway will host the inaugural “UNOH Battle At The Beach” on Feb. 18-19, 2013.

The two-days of racing will be headlined by three non-points special events: the NASCAR K&N Pro Series, NASCAR Whelen Modified tours, and the Late Model division of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series.

A temporary oval will be set up on Daytona’s Superstretch to host the races, It is tentatively slated to be approximately .4-mile.

“This is all about the stars of tomorrow vying for glory at Daytona International Speedway,” said George Silbermann, NASCAR vice president of regional and touring series. “During two days and nights of intense competition, fans will be able to see today’s aces of short track racing and some great young talent.”

The event will include live television coverage on Speed.

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Career Advancement: Joey Cipriano, III Moving to Valenti Modified Racing Series in 2012

Joey Cipriano, III of Waterbury, CT had a breakout season in 2011 with a division-high 6 victories in Stafford’s SK Light Modifieds. “2011 was an awesome year for us,” said Cipriano. “To win the 6 races at Stafford … is something that everyone on the team really worked hard for. Going into every race, we had 1 goal and that was to have a shot at the win, and almost every week last season we had that opportunity. To go from winning 2 races my rookie season to winning 8 was a huge step up.”

Cipriano’s bid for the track championship fell short by 22 points. “I was a little disappointed at first with not winning the championship but after we all sat down and looked back on it, we had a great year,” said Cipriano. “We had a season many teams would love to have. We put together a lot of solid runs (15 top fives and 16 top tens in 22 starts) and so did the 20 car (Matt Galko). We came to the track each week with the same mindset and in the end he just edged us by a little bit.”

“My crew that backed me all year were the ones that made me look good,” said Cipriano. “Without them I wouldn't have done as well as I did. My car owner last season Bob Parker for giving me the opportunity to drive. My Dad, Grandpa Billy, Ryan Plourde, Tim Plourde, Billy Walcott, and Cliff Burrell are the ones to thank for the awesome car. They all put so much time and effort into the car each week. It’s a good feeling when you have a group of guys behind you that give you a car capable of winning week in and week out. I can't thank all of my sponsors enough either: AVI Pumps, Gunsmoke Stables Racing, Prospect Street Automotive, United Roll Off Services, Nu-Age Designs, New Haven Industrial, Matt’s Vinyl Lettering. Also, I want to thank T/A Engines for the awesome horsepower and Mike from Chassis Dynamics for all of his help.”

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Tommy Barrett, Jr. Looks to Continue Modified Success in 2012

Tommy Barrett, Jr. of Millis, MA has found a lot of success since moving up to the SK Light Modifieds 2 years ago. 14 wins in 2 Stafford seasons places Barrett second in the division’s all-time win list. For Barrett, his first win was the biggest of his career. “After we got the first one out of the way we just kept on winning.” The 2010 season saw Barrett finish second in points despite missing a race due to minimum age requirements. Barrett won 8 times in a 9 race stretch to gain the points lead by 6 with one race left. A crash in the season finale dropped him to second in points. He was crowned the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Division III champion.

2011 for Barrett found him racing less than expected. “I wasn’t very happy about the 2011 season,” said Barrett. “Not racing as much as we planned and (after) having 10 wins in the 2010 season, I just wasn’t satisfied.”

2011 started off productive with back to back wins in May at Stafford. All that changed on Memorial Day weekend when Barrett was injured in a single-car accident after attending a race at Thompson Speedway. Barrett underwent surgery to stem internal bleeding and spent a week at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Just two weeks after the accident, Barrett returned to Victory Lane. “With a bad injury, I was able to recover fast and get back into the car and get a win right away, but I didn’t really think I wasn’t going to be racing at all,” said Barrett.

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Former Norwood Arena Champion Les Rose, Sr. Passes Away

Leslie (Les) Rose, Sr. passed away after a brief illness on Sunday.  He was the  1971 LM Sportsman champion at the old Norwood Arena.  He won races at Norwood and Thompson Speedway as well. He was the father of Pro-Four Modified and Super Late Model veteran, Les Rose, Jr.

Our condolences to the Rose family.

In Worcester, February 12, 2012 Leslie Rose, age 71 passed away following a brief illness. Leslie was the husband of the late Sandra (Cataloni) Rose.

He was born in Taunton to his late parents William & Amy (Rego) Rose. Leslie was educated in Taunton schools.

He was a former NASCAR champion driver who also was the crew chief for his son Leslie Jr. when he was champion.

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Paul Tommasino Looking to Put His Car into the Top-5 In Stafford’s SK Light Modified Division This Season

Stafford Springs, CT — After making his Stafford debut for the final 3 races of the 2010 season, Paul Tommasino returned to Stafford’s SK Light Modified division in 2011 and ran 12 of the 19 races, posting his first career top-10 finish in the process. For the 2012 season, Tommasino is looking to take his car to the next level and be a consistent top-5 threat every week.

“This will be my third season at Stafford, and I’m looking forward to it,” said Tommasino. “We’ve made a few changes on the car, but for the most part it will be the same stuff we ran last year. Towards the end of the year, our motor started to get a little tired, so we just sent our engine to Tony at T/A to get freshened up. We really like Stafford, the track is clean and professional, we like the half-mile size, and the competition is the best, there’s a lot of really good guys racing at Stafford.”

While Tommasino has had only a handful of starts in his relatively short Stafford career, he knows exactly where he needs to get stronger in order to have better results on the track and become a contender.

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David Arute Joins Robust Rookie Class in Stafford Speedway’s Limited Late Model Division

Stafford Springs, CT — Fresh off of his rookie season in Stafford’s DARE Stock division and a championship winning season in the Wild Thing Kart Senior Outlaw division, David Arute will make the move into the Limited Late Model division for the 2012 season at Stafford Motor Speedway. After making his DARE Stock debut in 2010 with one top-10 finish in 5 starts, Arute flourished in 2011, posting 7 top-5 and 16 top-10 finishes in 17 starts. Arute’s numbers were good enough to place him 7th in the final DARE Stock points standings despite the fact that he missed 2 races. The prospect of moving up a level in competition has the high school senior looking forward to the 2012 season.

“I’m excited and nervous at the same time,” said Arute. “Going from the Senior Outlaw kart to a DARE Stock, I got a good feel for the car and I could give good feedback on what the car is doing, which really helped with the setup of the car. The DARE Stock was the most powerful car that I had driven so far, so I’m excited to start a new division with a new car. I was able to pick up the DARE Stock pretty quickly, so I think I will be able to pick up the Limited Late Model pretty quickly also.”

With the car and division being new to Arute, he will also face a third unknown variable, and that is shifting. The DARE Stocks use automatic transmissions, so the 2012 season will be Arute’s first experience with a manual shift transmission. Arute will also have to deal with 5 extra laps of feature racing than he was used to in the DARE Stocks, which will affect how he sets his car up.

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Corey Hutchings Teams with Barry Fluckiger Racing for 2012 Late Model Season at Stafford Motor Speedway

Stafford Springs, CT — While there are many drivers at Stafford Speedway who will either be making their debuts or switching divisions for the 2012 season, Corey Hutchings will remain in the Late Model division, but be racing for a new team. After two seasons behind the wheel of Billy Snow, Sr.’s #87 car, Hutchings will sit behind the wheel of the #36 owned by Barry Fluckiger. While Hutchings will return to the car number that he is synonymous with, he will be joining a new team in hopes of chasing down his second career Late Model championship at Stafford.

“I’m very exited about the opportunity that has been put in front of me this season,” said Hutchings. “I had a great ride with Mr. Snow the past couple of seasons, but we ended up parting ways and I was pretty shocked to get a call from Barry asking me to drive his car. I wasn’t really sure I was going to be racing at Stafford this season. Barry has the car and the motor and I have a trailer and some spare parts and pieces, so this year will be like a group effort for us. Barry has shown that he has a good handle with the DARE Stocks and Limited Late Model cars, hopefully I can bring some of my knowledge from the past to combine with Barry’s knowledge and we can have some good results and put on some good shows for the fans.”

Hutchings was able to win the championship in his first full season of Late Model racing at Stafford in 2007, but since that championship season, Hutchings has had a struggle to replicate the results of that championship season. He finished 5th in 2008, 4th in 2010, and 6th last season in the Late Model points, but he has only won 4 races since his championship season. Hutchings is looking to get those results turned around and place himself back at the top of the standings this season.

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Glen Reen Looks to Build Upon Success of 2011 to Challenge for SK Modified® Championship In 2012 at Stafford Speedway

Stafford Springs, CT — After several years away from weekly competition at Stafford Motor Speedway, Glen Reen returned to Stafford’s SK Modified® division in 2011 driving the #21 owned by Don Silberman. Josh Sylvester drove Silberman’s #21 to Rookie of the Year honors in 2010 and Reen took the car’s performance to an even higher level in 2011, finishing 6th in the points standings with 6 top-5 and 12 top-10 finishes in 18 starts. As good as the 2011 season was for Reen and the Silberman crew, Reen says that the season could have been even better than it was.

“I had a feeling that we were going to run well last year,” said Reen. “I had ran a couple of seasons on the Whelen Modified Tour and I could take what I learned over there and apply it to Don’s SK car, which really helped pick up our performance. I think that we could have been even better if we didn’t have a motor go bad on us halfway through the season. Mike Sweeney let us borrow an engine and I really have to thank him for letting us borrow that engine. It was an older motor and it was set up for Waterford, so we fell from third to tenth in the points, but we were able to work our way back up to sixth at the end of the year. With the cards we were dealt, we had a great year and we’re looking to do even better this season and our goal is to be among the challengers for the championship.”

Reen finished the 2011 season on a high note with second place finishes in each of the final two races of the season. Combined with his first career Whelen Modified Tour victory in the season ending race at Thompson, Reen has all the momentum in the world on his side as he prepares for the 2012 season.

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Stafford Motor Speedway Carquest Champions For Charities Driver Spotlight: Ryan Preece

Stafford Springs, CT — Stafford Motor Speedway has again lined up an impressive field of current and former open wheel champions for its CARQUEST Champions For Charities Event as part of CARQUEST Super Saturday on June 30th. During the coming weeks, SMS will offer a profile on each of its championship winning drivers and the charity they will be racing for and this week’s CARQUEST Champions For Charities spotlights falls on defending Stafford SK Modified® champion Ryan Preece, who will be racing to support the Connecticut chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

“First of all, it’s nice to finally be able to be called a champion,” said Preece. “I watched the race last year and it looked like all of the guys had a lot of fun. The main thing is to raise money for Make-A-Wish, so I’m looking forward to raising money and helping to make a difference in being able to grant a wish for a child with a life-threatening medical illness.”

As Preece strives to raise money for the CT Chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, he will not be alone in his fundraising efforts. Hoosier Tire’s Missy Pearl, who is an independent consultant with PartyLite Gifts, will aid Preece’s efforts by donating 25% of her profits from selling PartyLite gifts to Preece’s efforts for Make-A-Wish. Fans can order PartyLite gifts online at and entering Ryan Preece’s name after clicking on Look Up Your Host, or by calling Missy Pearl at 860-608-6043.

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4th Annual DT 100 is Sat. March 3rd

The "DT 100" is an annual charity karting event that features some of the top racing talent from NASCAR, ISMA, MSA, PASS, ACT, and many other touring series and weekly tracks. Stafford drivers taking part in this year's DT 100 include: Heather DesRochers, Woody Pitkat, Ryan Preece, and Erica Santos.

Event Details:
4th Annual "DT 100" for Make-A-Wish
Saturday, March 3rd
35 Franks Way, Epping, NH 03042

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New England Based Bond Auto to Sponsor American-Canadian Tour Invitational at New Hampshire Motor Speedway

Loudon, NH — They provide the parts that create a winning ride and now they'll be there in victory lane no matter who wins the American-Canadian Tour race on Saturday, Sept. 22. New Hampshire Motor Speedway officials announced today that Bond Auto, a New England based full service auto parts retail and wholesale store, will be the title sponsor for the ACT Invitational during the fall NASCAR weekend.

The Bond Auto Parts ACT Invitational will be part of "The Magic Mile's" short track Saturday Showdown during the SYLVANIA 300 weekend. The thrilling day features, NASCAR's K&N Pro Series East New Hampshire 100 and the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour F.W. Webb 100. Last year, it was Rowley, Mass. native Eddie MacDonald who raced his way from 25th to first in just a few laps, capturing the checkered flag.

Bond Auto is no stranger to the motorsports industry. The Vermont company in the past has sponsored several drivers at Richard Petty Motorsports including Kasey Kahne and A.J. Allmendinger.

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Special Introductory Offer: Legion Speedway Pit Membership Options

WENTWORTH, NH – Drivers, owners and crewmembers wishing to compete at Legion Speedway in 2012 have a choice of two options. They can buy a pit membership for an annual fee of $25 and receive a reduced weekly pit admission of $25 or they can skip the annual pit membership and pay the regular weekly pit admission of $30.

“We’re trying to make this as affordable as we can for everyone, both the folks who will be racing with us every week and the folks who will only be with us occasionally during the summer,” explained Wally Brown, who is the co-promoter/operator with his wife Janine.

All the necessary forms for pit membership and car registration can be found at Competitors can save time on opening day by filling out the forms now and mailing them to Legion Speedway, P.O. Box 389, Enfield, NH 03748.

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Racer’s Expo 2012

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Joey Mucciacciaro Prepares for 2012 Legends National Title Bid

Joey Mucciacciaro's family has been involved in racing for nearly three decades. He knew that he wanted to become a race car driver when he was older. His favorite driver was Richie Evans. "My dad was on a modified team with my uncle Danny (the previous owner of New DWY Chassis/Chassis Dynamics), and driver Johnny Anderson,” said Mucciacciaro. “I always loved hearing stories about my dad's old race team."

At fifteen years old, the Wolcott, CT driver is a young veteran. He began his career in Quarter Midgets at Silver City at the age of five. "I loved it my first time behind the wheel,” said Mucciacciaro. More travel came with the territory, as they got more serious about racing. In his final season of Quarter Midget racing, Mucciacciaro won 3 track championships and more than 32 wins. Mucciacciaro moved to the faster Legends Cars for a new challenge. "We had several top-5 finishes and took home the (2010) Rookie of the Year.”

In 2011, Mucciacciaro competed twice a week in Legends at Waterford Speedbowl. "I've learned so much racing head to head against a bunch of great drivers and pushing my equipment to the limit week in and week out,” said Mucciacciaro. “It's also given me a big advantage when getting in the Midget and racing at (Waterford) because I've learned my way around there." More seat time has been critical for Mucciacciaro. “Driving these cars has helped me in both divisions,” said Mucciacciaro. “The Legends taught me throttle control and how to drive a car that is nearly out of control each lap. The NEMA (Lite) taught me consistency and smoothness. I benefit from what they teach me when I'm driving a different car."

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NEMA Announces VIP Fan Initiative as Part of 2012 Market Expansion

Brockton, MA — When the Northeastern Midget Association membership met in November of 2011 they were vocal about a need to connect with their fans. Following through with this desire, the drivers and owners have established a presence on the Northeastern Midget Association Facebook fan page, and Facebook open group.

NEMA’s membership saw this as a perfect opportunity to interact with their fans, and it is paying off. Fans can talk to most of the drivers in the series simply by posting questions and comments, with the response from drivers coming back sometimes in minutes. Membership in the open group has grown over 100 percent since this concerted effort was endorsed by NEMA membership in December. The group has gone from about 150 to well over 400 in a few short weeks.

With this great response from the fans, the membership wishes to take their new relationships one step further. With that, NEMA is going to implement their Facebook VIP Fan of the Race. Each week on Monday, we will pick one fan *two weeks* before each NEMA race from our Facebook fan page, or Facebook open group to be our guest at the races. NEMA will supply them with a pit pass, give them a VIP tour of the pits, allow them to work with a few teams during the day as a special crew member, as well as participate in other activities during the race day. These activities can include riding in an official push vehicle, dropping the checkered flag on NEMA’s famed four wide salute, standing in victory lane with the winning teams and other VIP’s for that particular race event. NEMA members realize the need to reach out to their fans, and are excited to give one fan a race the time of their lives.

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