Archive for October, 2012

Barry Gray Wins Vampire 100 on Monster Dash Super Saturday

Monadnock Speedway, Winchester NH. The Granite State Pro Stock Series invaded the Monadnock Speedway for their final event of 2012. Consecutive rain outs put this event on hold until the weather cleared up enough to end their season. Nineteen teams ran heats and then drew for starting positions for the Vampire 100. This race would also decide the 2012 GSPSS Champion. Bobby Cabral of East Kingston NH held a slim 14 point advantage over Bob Baillargeon of Kingston NH.

Pole sitter Jake Vanado of Beverly MA and Eric Sands of Seabrook NH brought the field to green. Vanado jumped to an early lead with Sands in tow. Barry Gray of Belchertown MA, Rick Eaton of Seabrook NH, Baillargeon and Cabral round out the front six.

The first of 7 caution flags flew on lap seven for a crash between the 36 of Jay Sands from Seabrook NH, the 2 of Keith Caruso of Millbury MA and the 66 of Mike Parks of Walpole NH. When the race resumed the only change to the leader board was the 5 of Phil Meany from Gardner MA racing his way up to the 6th position.

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Fitch & Andrey: Loved legends passing…

Two of motorsport’s most beloved and respected gentlemen have passed away. Gaston “Gus” Andrey left us Saturday, October 27, and John Fitch closed his eyes for the last time this morning, Wednesday, October 31; Gus was 86, John 95.

Both gentlemen – drivers supreme, businessmen, entrepreneurs – were intimately connected with Lime Rock Park.

As you will soon undoubtedly read full-fledged stories on their backgrounds, history and importance to the sport on the web and in magazines too numerous to count, let it be said that all of us at Lime Rock Park miss these two immensely – and cannot even begin to express our gratitude, our respect and our immense pride in these gracious men.

Guys, as you take laps in the great beyond, as you most assuredly are, keep the shiny side up, okay?

Rest in peace, gentlemen…

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Thompson Flea Market this Weekend

Thompson, CT –  It is one of the largest and most diversified events of its kind held anywhere and it is this weekend, November 3rd and 4th, at the Thompson International speedway. For the 41st consecutive year, the speedway gates will open for Don Hoenig’s Original Automotive Swap Meet and Flea Market. This annual event draws some 1,500 dealers and literally thousands of buyers during the two-day event.

Nearly 100 acres of the sprawling Thompson International Speedway complex are filled with items of virtually every description. While primarily an automotive event, it has grown over the years to include much, much more than car and truck parts. Buyers will find a huge variety of new and used items for sale at more than reasonable prices. Race cars and parts, trucks, trailers, tools, crafts, motorcycles, ATVs, tires and wheels are just a few of the thousands of items displayed each year.

Those who intend to display items for sale may take advantage of an early setup by arriving on Friday, November 2nd between 10 AM and 8 PM. For a nominal fee of $25.00, they are allowed to select an area of their preference and get their displays fully prepared for the 7 AM opening to the buying public on Saturday and Sunday mornings. Those choosing to arrive on Saturday or Sunday will be assigned display areas based on a first-come, first-served basis. Gates will open on both Saturday and Sunday for sellers at 5 AM. Vendor’s spaces are 30’ X 15’ in size and are priced at $75.00 for the weekend. Sellers, who come from all over the eastern U.S., may purchase as many spaces as they need to display their items.

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Barry Gray Captures Granite State Pro Stock Series Finale, Bobby Cabral Inaugural Champion

WINCHESTER, NH — Multi-time Monadnock Speedway champion Barry Gray made sure he put a one in the win column as he captured his first career Granite State Pro Stock Series win at Monadnock in the Halloween Vampire 100, which also saw veteran racer Bobby Cabral capture the inaugural Granite State Pro Stock Series championship.

Gray, of Belchertown, MA, captured the lead on lap 29 from polesitter Jake Vanada with a move to the inside of Vanada’s car. Gray then had to hold off Fran Colson late in the 100-lap event when Gray had trouble maneuvering his way around lap traffic.

“Not to put the pressure on my boys tonight, but I told them we had won at least one race for the last 20 years in-a-row and we didn’t get it tonight, we were going to miss one,” Gray stated in victory lane. “They worked extra hard. My hats off to Monadnock, this (race) was postponed and a lot of fans came out tonight, and Bobby on his championship.”

Colson of Gardner, MA scored the runner-up position. Cabral, of Kingston, NH, was crowed the Granite State Pro Stock Series champion with a third place finish. Cabral struggled during the first half of the 100-lap event, but fought back during the second-half of the race.

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3-Time Seekonk Speedway Champion George Smaldone Passes at 86

SMALDONE, GEORGE A. 86, of Warwick passed away Friday at home. He was the beloved husband of Claire L. (Young) Smaldone. Born in Providence, he was a son of the late John and Rose (Lorenzo) Smaldone.

Mr. Smaldone was an Automotive Service Manager for Elmwood Dodge for 20 years until his retirement. He served in The United States Coast Guard during WW II and was a communicant of St. Timothy Church.

He was the loving father of Nancy E. Dandurand of Cumberland, Claire R. Gruneberg and her husband Raymond of Warwick, Stephen J. Petit and his wife Robin of Warwick, Christopher J. Petit and his wife Lauren of Bellevue, NE, Daniel J. Petit of Austin, TX and Theodore E. Petit and his wife Diane of Bellingham, MA. Devoted brother of Ann Montanaro of North Providence. Caring brother in law of Fr. Peter G. Young of Warwick. Cherished grandfather of ten and great grandfather of three.

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North-South Shootout Just Two Weeks Away

SOPHIA, N.C. – The 10th annual Colors Edge John Blewett III North-South Shootout presented by PPG is just two weeks away, and preparations at the historic Caraway Speedway are in full swing for the season-ending event which already has 28 Tour Modifieds entered for the main event.

North-South Shootout officials announced this week a number of of ticket options, including a VIP Colors Edge John Blewett III North-South Shootout presented by PPG package that includes premium seating around the .455-mile banked oval and pit access during both Friday and Saturday events.

Tickets begin at just $10 for kids, and camping is free for the weekend at the speedway.

“We're pleased to be able to offer tickets at a variety of price levels for our fans,” said Caraway Speedway's Renee Hackett. “With the economy being what it is, especially at the end of a long season of racing, we want to make it as affordable as possible for everybody.”

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Pembroke Thrills, Wins 50th Milk Bowl

Therrien, Pilotte Claim 2012 Championships

Two-time Thunder Road Champion Dave Pembroke persisted through a wild 50th Milk Bowl to kiss the cow on a payday worth over $10,000 for the second time in his career. Eight-time ACT Champion Brian Hoar came up just short through a day of major adversity to finish second, and Maine’s Glen Luce earned third overall. 2012 ACT Champion Wayne Helliwell, Jr. battled to fourth, and 7-time ACT Champion Jean Paul Cyr rounded out the top five.

The day began with second place starter Brian Hoar blowing an engine in practice, with a new engine arriving from his Georgia, VT shop 45 minutes before the drop of the green. The RPM team changed the motor, and sent Hoar out just as the field fired for the pace laps to make the start. Hoar and Pembroke battled side-by-side for the first ten laps, before Hoar soared to the lead and began to slice through lap traffic. Just as Hoar began lapping the middle of the field, a nasty wreck involving ACT Champion Helliwell and others, developed directly in front of Hoar, but he slipped through the carnage to retain the lead. Hoar cruised to the segment win with Pembroke, 2012 King of the Road Nick Sweet, and multi-time Thunder Road Champion Cris Michaud on his heels.

Cyr took the early lead in Segment 2 until a brutal lap 4 pileup that involved Sweet, Michaud, Cody Blake and other top contenders. Ten laps later Sweet pulled into the pits, while Pembroke picked off the field one by one. Hoar, already with a bent hood from the pileup, tried to clamor through the grid to catch Pembroke, but fell deep in the field after taking a spin through the infield himself. The top contenders continued to drop like flies, while Pembroke methodically moved to the front. Cyr powered through for the victory, while Pembroke earned 7th, building an 8-point advantage over Hoar, Scott Payea, and multi-time Thunder Road Champion Phil Scott.

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Waterford Speedbowl Saturday 10/27 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Results

Waterford, CT –  Waterford Speedbowl returned to action Saturday, hosting the final NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing of the season. Championship battles were settled in the final races for the SK Modified® and Street Stock divisions with 50-lap races. Jeff Rocco of Wallingford took his first career victory in the SK Modified® race while Tyler Chadwick of Ledyard secured his first ever Speedbowl title in the division. Walt Hovey settled the issue in the Street Stocks, winning both the race and the track championship. The Bob Valenti Auto Mall Late Models and Mini Stock divisions also completed racing on the day. Scoring victories were Bruce Thomas Jr. of Groton in the Bob Valenti Auto Mall Late Models and Ken Cassidy Jr. of Lisbon in the Mini Stocks.

The 50-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series SK Modified® feature was brought to the green flag by first-year driver Craig Lutz. Lutz held the lead through a lap-3 restart when he gave way to Kyle James. Jeff Rocco was on the move from his 8th place starting position, up to second place as James pulled away in the lead. Caution on lap-5 for a spinning car enabled Rocco to line up outside James for the ensuing restart.

Rocco powered past James when racing resumed, leading lap-6. He pulled away during a stretch of green flag racing that brought the race from lap-7 through lap-20. James held second position with Rob Janovic third when the run was halted by a caution for a spin by John Montesanto.

The championship battle between Chadwick and Jeff Pearl took a turn on lap-25 when the next caution came out. Lutz spun from fifth place, collecting Pearl as well as Joe Perry. Pearl spun to the infield, forcing him to pit road before resuming from the rear of the field. Chadwick continued to hold a spot comfortably inside the top-ten.

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Cabral, Bertrand Rule NEMA – Again

Brockton, MA – Finishing with three wins and a second, Randy Cabral and owner Tim Bertrand captured the 2012 Northeastern Midget Association championships going away. Cabral/Bertrand, with four, was the only multiple winner in a campaign, NEMA’s 60th, that saw 11 different winners visit victory lane.

There were 10 different winners before Cabral became the first “two-timer” at Maine’s Beech Ridge Speedway on Sept. 16. From that point, Cabral drove the Bertrand #47 to a second at Waterford Speedbowl’s Finale and then to victories at Thompson Speedway’s World Series and Lee USA Speedway’s Ocktoberfest.

It was the second straight championships and the fourth in five seasons for Cabral and Bertrand who finished 166 points in front of Russ Stoehr and the Dumo’s Desire #45, the latter in the runner-up spot for the second straight season.

Veteran Jim Miller, a winner at Oswego, rode a runner-up finish at Ocktoberfest to finish third, the top owner-driver. It was one of the most popular wins of the season.

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ACT Unveils International 500

American Canadian Tour officials have announced a major inaugural weekend event for the 2013 season: The International 500. The landmark event will be run at Airborne Speedway in Plattsburgh, NY on the weekend of July 20th and 21st.

The ‘500’ will be comprised of (300) three hundred laps for ACT Late Model Championship teams from throughout New England and Eastern Canada. The Late Model portion of the ‘500’ will be run similarly to Thunder Road’s famous Milk Bowl with (3) three 100-lap segments.

Posted awards of over ($100,000) one hundred thousand dollars will include a 100-lap non-qualifier feature event.

The popular Airborne Modifieds will participate in the ‘500’ weekend, with (2) 50-lap combined segments. Rounding out the historic mid-summer event will be Plattsburgh’s own Renegade and Bomber divisions, Thunder Road’s Tiger Sportsmen, and the Quebec Sportsman Series will also be invited to attend.

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Charlie Mitchell Passes Away at 74

Charles R. Mitchell, age 74, of Norwalk, died peacefully at his home on Thursday, October 26. He was the husband of the late Amelia Renzulli “Mimi” Mitchell.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, Oct. 29, 11 AM at St. Jerome Church, 23 Half Mile Rd., Norwalk, with burial to follow at Riverside Cemetery. Charlie's family will receive friends at the Magner Funeral Home, 12 Mott Ave., Norwalk on Sunday from 3-7 PM.

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Indoor Auto Racing Events In Baltimore, Providence And Atlantic City Taking Shape; Christopher, Tidman Among Early Entries

TRENTON, NJ – The roar of auto racing engines outdoors, soon to be silenced across the Northeast, will reverberate anew in December with Indoor Auto Racing events planned for Baltimore, Md. and Providence, R. I. over a three week period. Lightning fast Three Quarter (TQ) Midget race cars and nimble Champ Karts will be featured at 1st Mariner Arena in Baltimore on December 8 and at Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence on December 31. A two day card of Indoor racing is also planned for Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. N. J. on February 1-2, 2013.

The three events are produced by Len Sammons Motorsports Productions headquartered in Trenton, NJ. The first driver to confirm his entry in the Baltimore and Providence races was Plainville, Ct. ace Ted Christopher, a winner of TQ Indoor races in both Dunkin’ Donuts Center and Boardwalk Hall in the recent past.

Christopher, the 2012 SK Modified champion at Stafford (CT) Motor Speedway, will be driving the same car he has experienced his prior successes with. Ryan Tidman, Levittown, PA. , the 2012 and 2011 outdoor TQ champion, is also among the first wave of entries committed for the inaugural Baltimore race and the sixth Indoor meet at Providence. Another prominent early entrant, Patrick Emerling, of the Buffalo, NY suburb of Orchard Park, is NASCAR’s Whelen Modified Touring Series 2011 Rookie of the Year. Emerling’s prowess on NASCAR’s short tracks should prove to be invaluable in competing on the tenth mile Baltimore and Providence tracks and Atlantic City’s eighth-mile speedway.

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Josh Wood Wins SPAFCO Race Chassis & Parts Ltd> Late Model Rookie of the Year Honors at Stafford Speedway

Stafford Springs, CT — After winning 7 DARE Stock feature events in his first two seasons of competition at Stafford Motor Speedway, Josh Wood made the move into the Limited Late Model division for the 2012 season. Wood enjoyed a remarkable rookie year that saw him nearly win the track championship as he won 6 feature events.

Wood began the 2012 season on fire, putting together two three-race winning streaks to take 6 of the first 8 checkered flags of the year. Wood didn't get back to victory lane again over the final 10 races of the season and he came up just 12 points short of Cory Casagrande in the chase for the championship. Although he lost out on the championship, Wood says he and his #51 R.A.D. Automachine team exceeded their expectations this season and had a lot of fun.

"It feels good to be Rookie of the Year, especially moving up a division," said Wood. "The last time I was a Rookie of the Year was in go karting. We surprised ourselves this season. We figured it was going to be a learning year for us and we expected to maybe win a race or two. The championship would have been great for us this year, but racing is all about having fun and Cory [Casagrande] deserved to win the championship this year. He raced better than we did, but we still had a great year and we had a lot of fun this season. We exceeded our expectations big time this year and we're excited about next season."

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Kevin Gambacorta Wins SPAFCO Race Chassis & Parts Late Model Rookie of the Year Honors at Stafford Speedway

Stafford Springs, CT — After winning a DARE Stock championship in 2004, Kevin Gambacorta moved into the Limited Late Model division in 2005 and won two more track championships at Stafford Motor Speedway. The 2012 season saw Gambacorta continue his full fendered ways with a move into the Late Model division, where he scored 3 top-5 and 9 top-10 finishes to end the season in 9th place in the points standings and earn SPAFCO Race Chassis & Parts Rookie of the Year honors.

After a rough start to the 2012 season that saw Gambacorta finish 15th or worse in 3 of the first 4 races as well as missing a race, he finished in the top-10 in 9 of the final 13 races of the season with a best finish of second on August 24th.

"I think we did better than we expected," said Gambacorta. "At the beginning of the year, we thought we'd maybe get a couple of top-10 finishes towards the end of the season. We almost won a race and we finished in the top-10 in points, so it was a pretty good year for our first season. The Late Model division is a tough class, once you get into the top-10, there's a lot of former track champions like Jim Peterson, Woody Pitkat, Mike Quintiliano, and Corey Hutchings."

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Serie ACT Castrol Presents 2013 Plan

Série ACT Castrol, in conjunction with the promoters of Autodrome Montmagny, Riverside Speedway, and Autodrome St Eustache, have come together to create an ambitious schedule for the 2013 season. The new schedule boasts over $400,000 in prize and purse money, and will offer many exciting new bonuses.

All Late Model racers are welcome for the increased purse money that will be offered throughout the 12-race program, but an additional bonus will be added for those competitors who choose to race 100% of the Series. An $80,000 point fund will be offered for competitors that participate in every race of the series, as well as another $80,000 in tire bonus money that will be spread equally among all 100% teams.

Added opportunities for both Série Castrol and ACT US Late Model teams will be run at New Hampshire Motor Speedway for the ACT Invitational, Airborne Speedway in Plattsburgh, NY, and several other venues throughout the Northeast.

Série ACT Castrol President Tom Curley said, “With the recent news of competition from the US-based Pro All Star Series, and change in ownership and direction at both Autodrome Chaudière in Quebec and Oxford Plains Speedway in the U.S., we appreciate the cooperation our Quebec promoters have given the ACT Quebec teams by helping organize a great schedule as well as these financial bonus plans for our Série ACT Castrol. We look forward to our seventh year of giving fans and competitors great racing in the Quebec and Northeast US region.”

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Tommy Barrett Cruises to Octoberfest Win

Lee USA Speedway hosted the annual Octoberfest. Although the temperatures were cool, the on-track action was hot.

The 2012 VMRS Championship was up for grabs with only 33 points separating the Art Barry owned Jon McKennedy driven #2 and the Gary Casella owned Rowan Pennink driven #25.

At the end of the 100 laps, the championship trophy would be going to Chelmsford MA with Jon McKennedy. Congratulations to Art Barry and crew.
Meanwhile there were 31 Modified teams trying to win the final event of the VMRS Season.

#5 Chris Pasteryak of Jewett City CT and #85 Louie Mechalides of Tyngsboro MA brought the field to green, starting a 100 lap nerf bar to nerf bar battle. Pasteryak edged into the lead with a pack of hungry drivers in hot pursuit. The first of 7 cautions came on lap 24 when Dana Smith spun his #14 on the back stretch. On the restart Pasteryak took control again, while Dwight Jarvis of Ascutney VT powered his #28 from 7th to 3rd.

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History on the line in SK Modified® championship battle at Speedbowl

Final event of 2012 on Saturday

Waterford, CT — Waterford Speedbowl is rich with history over its 62-year existence. While many drivers hope to make their mark in the record books each spring, few have the opportunity to do so come the end of the racing season. This Saturday, history will be made in the open-wheel SK Modified® division as a pair of drivers battle for the championship in the final event of the year at the track. Modified racing has been the headline attraction at the popular Connecticut shoreline oval since its opening in 1951.

The season-long battle in the SK Modifieds® has come down to two championship hopefuls, Tyler Chadwick of Ledyard and Jeff Pearl of Salem. Each driver has a chance to add their name to Speedbowl lore in memorable fashion. Chadwick would become the youngest SK Modified® champion in
history should he clinch the title, which would be the first of his career. Pearl, the division’s champion back in 1998, could earn the distinction of holding the longest span between titles across all divisions in track history.

Chadwick, born in July of 1988, would best Dave Gada’s distinction as the youngest champion in the SK Modified® era. Gada won the first of his two
titles in 1990, also at the age of 24, however Chadwick would achieve the feat three months younger. Dave Gada is the older brother of 7-time SK
Modified® champion Dennis Gada, the all-time leader in division wins and track championships, and father of current SK Modified® competitor Adam
Gada.

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McKennedy Clinches Title While Barrett Wins VMRS Finale

Lee, NH – Jon McKennedy, of E. Chelmsford, MA; delivered on his goal Sunday afternoon, and young gun Tommy Barrett, of Millis, Mass; scored his third win of 2012 as the Valenti Modified Racing Series closed out it’s schedule at Lee USA Speedway, Lee, NH.

McKennedy captured his third series championship giving Hall of Fame car-owner Art Barry of Preston, CT; his first VMRS title. McKennedy ties all-time race winner Kirk Alexander for series championships.

Barrett, the 17-year old Millis MA; high school student, passed McKennedy on lap 88 of the 100-lap race, and went on to win the ‘Oktoberfest 100’. Barrett became the eighth driver in eight seasons to win the annual event.

Barrett’s win was what his team hoped for to wrap-up a rewarding season. “Exactly what we needed,” Barrett said in victory lane. “We had a plan all weekend we stuck to the plan and it worked out.”

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Entry Forms, Rules For Baltimore, Providence Indoor Auto Races Now Available On Line, Baltimore Tickets On Sale Oct. 29

BALTIMORE, MD — Exciting Indoor Auto Racing is coming to the 1st Mariner Arena in Baltimore on Saturday, December 8. Tickets for the first time event in Baltimore are slated to go on sale Monday, October 29 at noon at all Ticketmaster locations and the arena box office.

The show will feature the exotic TQ (Three Quarter) Midget race cars and agile Champ Karts that have put on many exciting indoor racing shows for a number of years under Len Sammons Productions.

Other Indoor Racing events are scheduled for the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence, R.I., on December 31, 2012 and at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J. for two consecutive days, February 1-2, 2013.

The 1st Mariner Arena is near the very popular Camden Yards baseball stadium and in the middle of Baltimore’s trendy Inner Harbor area, a tourist mecca with dozens of shops, restaurants and attractions.

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Granite State Pro Stock Series Set for Vampire 100 at Monadnock Speedway

Cabral, Baillargeon to settle championship in season finale

WINCHESTER, NH — Veteran stock car racers Bobby Cabral and Bobby Baillargeon will settle the Granite State Pro Stock Series championship battle this Saturday, October 27, at Monadnock Speedway in the Vampire 100.

Point leader Cabral carries a 14-point margin over his closest competitor headed into the final race of the Granite State Pro Stock Series season. Cabral, of East Kingston, NH, scored a win earlier in the season at Hudson Speedway in July and has finished inside the top-five in four of the five series race this season.

Baillargeon of Kingston, NH picked up a win in the series’ second appearance at Hudson Speedway in August and has continually narrowed the gap to Cabral. The second place point man was able to cut 16 points out of Cabral’s lead over the past two races.

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Thompson Flea Market to Attract Thousands

THOMPSON, CT — The 41st annual edition of Don Hoenig’s Original Automotive Swap Meet and Flea Market, slated for Saturday, November 3rd and Sunday, November 4th ,will once again attract over 1,500 vendors and thousands of buyers to the sprawling Thompson Speedway complex. The event is held rain or shine.

What started as a swap meet for race car owners and drivers, has grown into a massive compilation of just about anything and everything, new and used, automotive and more. From race cars, haulers, trailers, parts and accessories to antique cars, trucks and parts, motorcycles, snowmobiles, tools, shop equipment, arts and crafts and just about anything one can imagine, have become the mainstay of this amazing collection. Buyers arrive by the thousands to swoop up items at tremendous savings.

Dealers come from all over the eastern part of the U.S. for this annual event with many arriving days ahead of the opening. Even though the event is scheduled for two days, many vendors choose to take advantage of the early setup which is allowed on Friday. The nominal additional charge for a Friday setup allows these sellers the opportunity to select a favorite display spot and to be completely setup and operational when the gates open to the public on Saturday morning. Other vendors choose to arrive early on Saturday so that they are on hand when the gates open for sellers on both Saturday and Sunday at 5 AM.

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Cabral, Cugini, Stoehr Win At Ocktoberfest

Lee, NH — With the championship, the second straight and the fourth in five years, all but clinched, car owner Tim Bertrand informed driver Randy Cabral, “you know, all you have to do is start.”

“Did you hire me to win championships or win races?” asked Cabral who then went out and did both, dominating a reduced field in the 25-lap Northeastern Midget Association feature Sunday at Lee USA Speedway’s Ocktoberfest. It was Cabral’s fourth win of the season.

A first lap crash, which ended with Mike Horn violently sliding into the first turn, devastated the field and put Cabral in the second row of the 10-car feature that actually ran a couple hours later after the crash. NEMA and track officials agreed to push the feature deeper into the program in hopes some cars could be repaired.

“I guess the crash made my job easier,” overstated Cabral after becoming NEMA’s first back-to-back winner in 22 races.

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Joey Ferrigno Wins SPAFCO Race Chassis & Parts SK Light Modified Rookie of the Year Honors

Stafford Springs, CT — Rookie drivers are either a first time competitor, or they are making a move from one division to another. For Joey Ferrigno, his rookie status would apply to moving from one division to another, but he didn’t take the usual route. After last competing full-time in Stafford Motor Speedway’s Limited Late Model division in 2008, Ferrigno took several years off before moving into the SK Light Modified division for the 2012 season. While Ferrigno wasn’t racing from 2009-2011, he was still leading laps at Stafford Motor Speedway as the pace car driver. Ferrigno’s return to full time racing was a successful one, as he posted a win to go along with 9 top-5 and 12 top-10 finishes to finish 5th in the SK Light standings and take home SPAFCO Race Chassis & Parts SK Light Modified Rookie of the Year honors.

“It was great to be racing again, I missed being on that side of the fence,” said Ferrigno. “At the beginning of the year we were hoping to get a couple of top-5’s and finish in the top-10 in points. We ended up getting a win, Rookie of the Year, and a top-5 finish in the points, so we had a great year. How many people have it on their bucket list to win a modified race at Stafford? I know it’s not the SK Modified® division, but now I can say that I’ve won a modified race at Stafford. It was a lot of fun and we had a blast. The one thing I did miss this year was the air conditioning in the pace car.”

After competing in Stafford’s DARE Stock and Limited Late Model classes, as well as racing on ice, Ferrigno says his biggest challenge was adjusting his driving style to the open wheeled SK Light Modified car.

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Matt Gaklo Wins SPAFCO Race Chassis & Parts SK Modified® Rookie of the Year Honors

Stafford Springs, CT — After winning eight races and two championships in his first two seasons of SK Light competition at Stafford Speedway, Matt Galko made the move into the SK Modified® division for the 2012 season. While Galko wasn’t able to continue his streak of track championships, Galko posted 1 top-5 and 8 top-10 finishes to finish the season in 9th place in the SK Modified® standings and take home the 2012 SPAFCO Race Chassis & Parts SK Modified® Rookie of the Year Award.

“I think it was a pretty good season,” said Galko. “I don’t think it was as good as maybe we wanted it to be, but we really have nothing to complain about. Our goals at the beginning of the season were to win Rookie of the Year, finish in the top-10 in points, and get a win or a podium finish. We had some decent runs this year and we achieved two of our three goals, it just seemed like we didn’t have any luck at the end of races. Something would always happen that would cause us to fall back."

Such was the case in the season ending CARQUEST Fall Final 40-lap SK Modified® feature. Galko was running in third with one lap to go, but a trip through the grass relegated Galko to a 14th place finish. But despite the finishing number, Galko says that race was his best run of the season and that he and his team were just starting to get a good handle on their car setup.

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Late Model Rules For Daytona Announced

Inaugural UNOH Battle At The Beach Expected To Attract Large Field

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The inaugural UNOH Battle At The Beach will be a unique gathering of Late Model teams from across North America at the most hallowed of racing grounds. The event, expected to draw 75 to 100 entries from the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series, will be competing on the .4-mile oval at Daytona International Speedway during the 2013 Speedweeks on Feb. 17-19.

Due to differing rules packages at tracks throughout the United States and Canada, the challenge for NASCAR’s Touring & Weekly competition division – led by Lynn Carroll, director of weekly racing, at the NASCAR Research and Development Center in Concord, N.C. – was to generate a set of rules and guidelines to allow as many teams to compete as possible.

“We surveyed tracks throughout all the regions to put this package together,” said Richard Buck, NASCAR director of touring series, competition. “This is a unique, one-of-a-kind showcase for the top Late Model drivers across the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series. Our specific purpose was to open the event to as many NASCAR competitors as possible regardless of where and how they compete on a week-to-week basis.”

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Lee Hosts Valenti Modified Series Final This Weekend

Canaan, NH. — The Valenti Modified Racing Series championship and final race of the season takes place this weekend at New Hampshire’s Lee USA Speedway. The event will be part of the 26th annual Oktoberfest weekend, Saturday Oct 20, and Sunday Oct 21.

Jon McKennedy, of Chelmsford, MA; no stranger to the 3/8th mile race facility, and Rowan Pennink, of Huntingdon Valley, PA; lead the list of entries. The two drivers have staged an almost season long battle for the championship.

McKennedy holds a 35-point lead over Pennink. A three-time winner this season, Pennink won last years series finale at Lee.

McKennedy, since the start of the campaign, stated his hope to deliver car-owner Art Barry a championship. Barry, a Hall of Fame car-builder and owner from Preston, CT; has yet to win a series title.

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Lee USA: Oktoberfest Schedule Update

OKTOBERFEST 2012
Friday – Rain or Shine
Pits Open 12 Noon
Concession #1 will be open
Parking Rigs
Tire Sales 2PM – 6PM
Movie Party (Checkered Flag Pub) 7PM – 10PM
Pizza & Beer

Saturday
Pits Open 8:00 AM
Tech Open 8:30 AM
Tires Sales 8:30 AM
Gas Sales 8:30 AM
Hot Laps Starts (one round for each class) 2:00 PM
NEMA Lite Feature (8/10/12) 3:15 PM
Heat Races for qualifying
50 Lap Pro Stock/Super Late Model Feature

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Ticket Purchase Deadline Looms For Inaugural New England Auto Racing Hall Of Fame Pioneers Induction Ceremony

Hundreds of victories and untold contributions to the sport of auto racing during its earliest era in New England will be celebrated next month at the NEAR Inaugural Pioneers Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.

Slated for Sunday, November 18 at the Speedway Clubhouse located on the grounds of the Thompson International Speedway in Thompson, Connecticut an impressive class consisting of twenty of the regions auto racing pioneers will be inducted into the New England Auto Racing Hall of Fame.

Ticket purchase deadline is November 1.

The selection follows a lengthy voting process administered by a committee of New England’s foremost auto racing historians.

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Rocco Earns Sunoco Rookie Of The Year

Takes Top Rookie Honor In NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Keith Rocco has been named the 2012 Sunoco Rookie of the Year Award winner in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.

Rocco, from Wallingford, Conn., recorded five top-10 finishes in eight starts during the season. He posted an average finish of 13th with a best result of third place in the Spring Sizzler at Stafford (Conn.) Motor Speedway on April 29.

Rocco missed six events – nearly half of the 14-race schedule – due to an injury suffered in practice for a NASCAR Whelen All-American Series race at Thompson (Conn.) International Speedway in July. He ranked ninth in the overall points standings after six races prior to the injury.

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Coby Makes Midget Debut at Ocktoberfest

Brockton, MA — 2012 NASCAR Whelen Modified champion Doug Coby will make his debut in a Midget this weekend at Lee USA Speedway’s Ocktoberfest. Coby will be in the #39B Bertrand car in the 25-lap Northeastern Midget Association feature on Sunday.

Coby, a five time 2012 winner, who clinched the NASCAR crown Sunday at Thompson, joins Randy Cabral, who brings an almost insurmountable 88-point lead over Russ Stoehr (Dumo’s Desire 45) into the weekend, in the Bertrand stable.

NEMA has a big presence at Ocktoberfest. A 25-lap Lites feature (a make up for an Aug. 10 rainout) is on the Saturday schedule. The Lites and the full Midgets both run Sunday.

“Doug and I have been friends for almost 30 years,” said Tim Bertrand, “and we’ve talked about this for the past four or five years. With Todd having a commitment at the Linda's Microsprint Nationals in Pennsylvania, the opportunity presented itself. We're just looking to have some fun, and if he likes it, get him in the car a few times next year as well.”

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