Archive for January 4th, 2013

Sondra (Briggs) Grady Passes at 76

NISKAYUNA – Sondra Briggs Grady, 76, of Primrose Lane died Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013, at St. Peter's Hospice Inn. 

Sondra was born in Poughkeepsie and was a graduate of Watervliet High School and SUNY Albany, where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree and master's degree in education.

She was a high school teacher with the Niskayuna school district for 22 years, retiring in 2000.

At one time, she was in charge of public relations for Albany Saratoga Speedway and also worked at Fonda Speedway.

She was a member of AAUW, a volunteer at Proctors and a former member of Schenectady Business and Professional Women.

She will be remembered as an active member of St. Stephen's Episcopal Church and a member of Business, Marketing Educators Association.
She is survived by her husband of 52 years, John D. Grady; one son, John Chris Grady and his companion, Kathleen Santamaria, of Saratoga; godchildren Noah and Leah Hitchcock; a niece, Lynn Volgel; and many other lifelong friends.

She was predeceased by her sister, Doris Volgel.

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NASCAR Ace Christopher Going for Another Indoor Win at Atlantic City

Ted Christopher Heads to NAPA Auto Parts Weekend of Racing Atop Fatheadz Point Standings

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ — With two solid Indoor race starts logged into their racing ledgers, Plainville, Ct., Three Quarter (TQ) Midget driver Ted Christopher and Champ Kart driver Brandon Ruszcek of Walllingford, Ct. will charge into Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J. for two consecutive days of high speed racing action.

The 11th running of the event known since it inception as the ‘Gamblers Classic’, run under the direction of Len Sammons Motorsports Productions, is planned for Friday and Saturday nights Feb. 1-2, 2013.

Christopher and Rusczek will face stiff competition from over 50 other racers during the NAPA Auto Parts Indoor Racing extravanganza.

The pair are the leading drivers in the lucrative Fathead Eyewear Indoor Racing Series point standings and each will collect a substantial paycheck if they can continue their December event pace inside historic Boardwalk Hall.

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Second Generation Driver Dylan Menditto Ready to Make SK Light Modified Debut at Stafford Speedway in 2013

Stafford Springs, CT — Stafford Motor Speedway’s SK Light Modified division will welcome another second generation driver for the 2013 season with Dylan Menditto joining the driver roster. Menditto is the son of former SK Modified® competitor Darrin Menditto and he will carry the same #29 on his car that his father used in the SK Modified® ranks.

18-year old Menditto began his racing career at age 5, and he has raced go karts, quarter midgets, and sprint cars at Whip City Speedway. Menditto has won championships in the Junior Sportsman 1A, Junior Sportsman A, and Junior Sportsman divisions in the go kart ranks, he won 6 races from 2006-2007 in the 250 class at Whip City Speedway, and he was second in points and Rookie of the Year in the 270 class at Whip City in 2008. With experience on both dirt and asphalt, Menditto is looking forward to making his Stafford debut and following in the footsteps of his father.

“I think I’m more excited than nervous to get started,” said Menditto. “Racing at Stafford has been something that I’ve always wanted to do. 29 was my dad’s number and I’ve been using that number since I was 6 years old, I really like that number. This was kind of a last minute decision for us. We had sold our two sprint cars and we ended up finding a modified and things worked out for us. I think racing on dirt is a little harder with the car control than asphalt, but I’ve raced on both surfaces so I think I’ll be fine racing on the asphalt.”

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Thompson Releases 2013 Racing Schedule

THOMPSON, CT — The 2013 Thompson International Speedway racing schedule has been released. The track will host three NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour races, three Valenti Modified Racing Series events, the Granite State Pro Stocks, the Northern Mini Stock Tour, the New England Truck Series and other touring series in addition to a weekly Thursday night racing schedule that will run from May 31st through August 29th.

The 2013 season will open with the traditional Icebreaker on the weekend of April 13 & 14 and will end with the World Series of Speedway Racing slated for October 18th -20th. The WMT will top the billing at each of these events and will also return for the annual 150-lap August race.

The Valenti Modified Racing Series will kick off the summer season with a special Sunday race set for May 19th. The VMRS will return on Thursday, July 25th and again for the World Series on Saturday, October 19th.

[2013 Thompson Speedway Schedule]
[2013 Driver Registration Form ] 

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Granite State Pro Stock Series to Race Thompson Speedway in 2013

New England’s largest short track to welcome Pro Stocks twice

THOMPSON, CT — The Granite State Pro Stock Series will make its inaugural appearance in the Constitution State in 2013 as the series will make two appearances at Thompson Speedway in Thompson, CT.

The Granite State Pro Stock Series will be part of the two premier weekends at the five-eighths mile oval, the IceBreaker, currently scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, April 13 and 14, and the World Series of Speedway Racing, scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, October 19 and 20. Exact race dates and distances are expected to be finalized at a later date.

“I am absolutely thrilled to be part of two of New England’s premier racing events,” Granite State Pro Stock Series president Mike Parks said. “We are proud to show how much our series has grown in just one short year!”

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Michael Bennett will Drive #50 Skowyra Owned SK Modified® for 2013 Season at Stafford Speedway

Stafford Springs, CT — After exiting the 2012 season with uncertainty about his plans for the 2013 SK Modified® season at Stafford Motor Speedway, Stafford Springs native Michael Bennett will team up with the Skowyra family to drive their #50 Flamingo Motorsports entry. 

“We talked with Michael last year about this year, and he’s been in touch with us several times so far this winter, and we were able to make a deal that works out great for both him and us,” said crew chief Adam Skowyra. "We’re looking to start the year off with some top-10 runs and if we can do that, hopefully we can turn that into some top-5 runs. Michael has won in every division he’s raced in at Stafford and I think if Michael and I are able to quickly learn one another, we can be pretty good. Everyone on the crew is excited, we’re all looking to have a great year, and it’s nice for us to have a plan for the season.”

“After last year, I was going to get out of racing to an extent,” said Bennett. “I was planning on putting racing aside for a while and focus on more time with my son, but this deal came about with Adam that was worth pursuing. We met and what he was asking for me to bring and what I was able to provide to the team worked out perfectly for me to be able to continue racing. Adam is going to work on the car and I’ll be able to focus on just driving the car, which is nice for me to get back to the team role I had when I was driving for Davidson.”

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Seekonk Speedway announces 2013 schedule

Seekonk, MA — As the weather hits the first major cold snap of the winter months, the staff has been working diligently to put together a 50 event schedule for the 2013 calendar. 

The racing season kicks into high gear on Sunday, May 5th with full slate of action, featuring the A.R.C. Pro Stocks, Late Models, Street Stocks and Sport Trucks. The Pure Stocks and Nick’s Pit Stop Legends will join the celebration as well on the 68th season opener.

The Fast Friday series waits a few weeks to jump into the mix, as the Legends and Pure Stocks are joined by the Sport4’s and the Seekonk Youth Racing Association on Friday, May 31.

From there, it’s no time to relax until the D.A.V Fall Classic on October 4th and 5th.

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