Archive for April 6th, 2012

NEMA Celebrates 60th Anniversary at Speedbowl

Brockton, MA – The Northeastern Midget Association will celebrate its Diamond Anniversary with 60 laps of feature racing Saturday night, May 12 at Waterford Speedbowl. NEMA and the NEMA Lites will each go 30 laps on the track many consider the premier Midget facility in the east.

It will also be the Marvin Rifchin Trophy Race. The “Marvin Trophy” memorializes one of NEMA’s greatest contributors and is one of NEMA’s most coveted prizes.

NEMA was formed at Thompson Speedway on March 8, 1953. Fred Meeker won the first race on Memorial Day of that year at Seekonk Speedway. The very next day, Bill Eldridge, was a winner at the Speedbowl. Eldridge went on to capture the first championship.

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Nick Salva Looking to Make MArk in Stafford’s SK Light Modified Division in 2012

Stafford Springs, CT — After several seasons in Stafford’s DARE Stock division, Nick Salva is ready to make the move into the SK Light Modified division. As Salva makes the move into the open wheel ranks for the first time in his career, he has help from a face that is very familiar to modified fans at Stafford. Salva’s uncle is none other than 3-time SK Modified® champion Bo Gunning and it was a call from Gunning that led to Salva’s landing in the SK Light division for the 2012 season.

“I’ve always wanted to be in the modified division and I came home from work one Sunday and my Dad told me to call Uncle Bo,” said Salva. “I called Bo and he said that he had a car that was just sitting around and he asked me what I had planned for the 2012 season and we decided to put an SK Light car together.”

The car that Salva will drive during the 2012 season will be a familiar sight to the fans of Stafford’s early days of SK Modified® racing as the car will be numbered #98 and painted in the same scheme that Gunning had on his #98 car in 1983 when he won the first of his three SK Modified® championships at Stafford.

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2-Time SK Light Champion Matt Galko Searching for Sponsorship to Run Full SK Modified® Season at Stafford

Stafford Springs, CT — After making his SK Modified® debut in the season ending CARQUEST Fall Final event last season, 2-time defending SK Light champion Matt Galko is hoping to continue his SK Modified® efforts this season. Galko will pilot the #3 Davidson Racing car that was formerly driven by Jeff Malave in the season opening CARQUEST Tech-Net Spring Sizzler, but if sponsorship is not found, it may be the only race that Galko runs this season.

“We’re definitely going to run the Sizzler, but we need sponsorship to run the rest of the year,” said Galko’s car owner Tim Rowe. “Matt will take over the car from Jeff Malave, who is concentrating on his MRS car this year. Jeff will be helping Matt out and we’re hoping that we can open some eyes at the Sizzler. We’re actively searching for sponsorship and we have a good car, a good motor, and a good driver. I really think that Matt’s talent will shine in the SK Modified® division if we can find sponsorship.”

“We have TJ’s Autobody in Wallingford helping us out with tires for the Sizzler, and NAPA of Wallingford has been helping us out with parts, but we need a sponsor to run the whole year,” said Galko. “We’ve had a couple of meetings so far, but nothing has materialized yet. With the economy the way it is, I can understand why people might not want to sponsor me, but we have a sponsor package put together and we’ve had discussions, but no one has come on board yet. Whether it’s a couple of bucks or a couple thousand bucks, every little bit will help us out. I’d really like to be able to try to win Rookie of the Year this year, I’ve been Rookie of the Year in every division I’ve ever raced in, so it would be nice to try to win that again in the SK’s this year.”

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DARE Stock Competitor Kris Fluckiger to Donate Prize Winnings to Autism Speaks in Support of CARQUEST Champions for Charities

Stafford Springs, CT — Stafford Speedway’s CARQUEST Champions For Charities race pairs championship open wheel winning drivers with a charity of their choice. Pro-4 Modified Limited champion Stan Mertz is paired with the Connecticut chapter of Autism Speaks and his donation total will be getting a boost from Stafford DARE Stock driver Kris Fluckiger. Fluckiger will donate all his prize winnings from the season opening CARQUEST Tech-Net Spring Sizzler through the June 29th Friday night race towards Mertz’s total for Autism Speaks.

“I’m going to donate all of my winnings from the Sizzler to June 29 to Stan and Autism Speaks,” said Fluckiger. “I really wanted to do something like this last year, but Donny Lia had a scheduling conflict and Stan was a last minute fill-in, so we didn’t get to do anything. My little brother is autistic, so this is a personal thing for me. I just hope that we have a better start to the season than we did last year and we can hopefully get a win or two in there and give Stan a nice boost to his starting position for the race. It’s all going to a great cause and if anyone wants to match my total to Autism Speaks, they’re more than welcome to join in.”

In his rookie season of DARE Stock competition last season, Fluckiger finished in the top-10 in 18 of the 19 races held during the year. With 4 of those top-10 finishes being top-5 finishes, Fluckiger has a good foundation to build on as he looks to finish up front every week to raise the most money for his Autism Speaks donation.

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CARQUEST Champions for Charities Driver Spotlight: Chris Pasteryak

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 spotlight falls on 2-time Modified Racing Series Champion (2008, 2011) Chris Pasteryak, who will be racing to help support David’s House.

David's House provides a home-away-from-home and support for families with children receiving treatment through Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, NH. David's House is the dream of a young boy named David Cyr, who passed away from leukemia in 1984 at the age of five. For three and a half years, David was treated at Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital in Hanover, NH. While visiting David during his hospitalizations was easy for his parents, other visitors ended up sleeping in their cars, in the waiting room, or in a chair at bedside to be close to David. Since there was no facility available for family members, David’s father Dick decided that he would start David’s House. The very first donation was $300.87 of birthday money and loose change that David had saved and David’s dream has now served over 11,000 families from all around the world since opening in 1986.

“David’s House has done a lot for the Modified Racing Series the last couple of years, so I wanted to do something to thank them for their support and help get the word out about David’s House and everything that they do,” said Pasteryak. “They supported the Ricky’s Race for Kids last year at Canaan with a $12,000 to win purse, and they were able to raise $37,000 for David’s House. We’re going to accept donations at our MRS events, but I think the best way for people to donate would be through the David’s House website. We’re looking at possibly doing an ice cream social and we’re working on some other ideas about how we can best get the word out about David’s house and raise some money for them.”

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