NEMA has rescheduled their General Meeting for Saturday March 9th at 1PM at the Thompson Speedway clubhouse in Thompson, CT.
Archive for February, 2013
What are your favorite hobbies in the off-season?
I work a lot of hours in the off season, about 18-20 hours a day in my business. That doesn’t leave me much time for hobbies, unfortunately!
What do you do for work?
I am a heavy duty truck and diesel mechanic and a tow truck driver. I own a truck garage called Jim’s Heavy Duty Service. We aren’t the biggest shop in Boston but we are the busiest.
What is your biggest life accomplishment?
Being the owner/operator of my own business. I’ve been self employed since 1987 and I’m still doing it. Been doing the same work I do now since 1979, so I’m pretty proud of that.
RIVERHEAD, NY — Riverhead Raceway promoters Barbara & Jim Cromarty announced today that Miller Lite would return for the 29th consecutive season as a marketing partner with the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series at Riverhead Raceway in 2013. Miller Lite and it’s Long Island distributor Boening Brothers will serve as seasonal sponsor for the NASCAR Modifieds, Figure Eights and Demolition Derby classes as they have since 1985.
“Our partnership with the the Cromarty’s and all the racers and fans at Riverhead Raceway continues to grow even after four decades” Al Frazer director of marketing for Miller Lite and Boening Brothers boasted. “It’s going to be another fantastic season of great short track family fun at Riverhead Raceway and we are proud to be a part of it” Al continued. “We of course are already looking forward to 2014 and our 30th Anniversary season” Frazer noted looking into the future.
Three Miller Lite programs will be presented during the 2013 season at Riverhead Raceway with the first set for Saturday July 6th when the Cromarty’s present the annual 4th of July Fireworks spectacular. A 4-Cylinder Demolition Derby and the annual Cromarty Cup 50 NASCAR Modified race will highlight the evening’s NASCAR Whelen All-American Series card.
CHARLOTTE, NC — It doesn’t seem all that long ago racers and fans around the Southeast were talking about a new tour that would soon be contesting races around the region. During the winter of 2005-2006, the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) South was born and Super Late Model racers around the country were anxious to see what it was all about. PASS had been a force in New England since 2001, but still, folks were unsure how double-file restarts and not counting caution laps would catch on in the South. As we know now, it did catch on and PASS has grown to be North America’s premier sanctioning body for asphalt short track racing. But for PASS South, there has been a core group of events that have been a part of the schedule since day one. The Easter Bunny 150 at Hickory Motor Speedway has become one of the biggest Super Late Model races of the Spring. And, the Mason-Dixon Meltdown has concluded the season by bringing the best Super Late Model racers from the North and South together for one final season ending showdown. In between, the Firecracker 150 has provided Summer excitement and the Orange Blossom Special at Orange County Speedway has gone on to be one of the best attended races of the season. But, in addition to becoming one of PASS South’s most traditional races, the South Carolina Clash has chartered a history as unique as the state itself.
Early versions of the South Carolina Clash were held in the hot, stifling months of Palmetto State summers. In 2006, 17 cars took the green flag at Florence Motor Speedway in a race that marked the Super Late Model return to racing of hometown favorite Hal Goodson and the debut of future PASS South favorite Justin Wakefield. High attrition saw cars go every which way, including over the embankment of the track without walls. At the end, and with only five cars running, the race came down to a battle between short track legends Freddie Query and Mike Rowe and youngster Charlie Bradberry. With Rowe spinning and Query running out of gas, Bradberry held on for his only PASS South victory. Tragically, Bradberry would lose his life just a few short months later in an automobile accident after leaving Talladega Superspeedway.
In 2007, the South Carolina Clash transitioned to Anderson Motor Speedway. Following heavy rains all day on Saturday, the race was rescheduled for the following Sunday afternoon. A great field of 28 cars took the green flag in race dominated early by former track champion Gary Greenwood, Jr. Following a late caution, Ryan Lawler powered past Greenwood for his third win in four races dating back to 2006. The most memorable moment to occur in that event came on the final lap when Southern star Jason Hogan and PASS North Champion Ben Rowe crashed coming to the checkered flag while racing for fourth. The two got into a verbal spar on the front straightaway much to the delight of their fans.
Autodrome Montmagny in Montmagny, Quebec will host the 2013 Série ACT Castrol season opener as well as two more events later in the season. Montmagny has hosted 14 Série ACT Castrol events to date including the first ever Série ACT Castrol event on May 19, 2007. Montmagny has also held one ACT US event back on August 29, 1999.
· Karl Allard has started all 15 ACT events at Autodrome Montmagny (14 Serie ACT Castrol, 1 ACT US). Jonathan Desbiens, Claude Leclerc and Jacques Poulin have all started all 14 Serie ACT Castrol events.
· Patrick Laperle holds the record for most Montmagny wins with 4. Other winners include Karl Allard (2), Jean-François Déry (2), Mario Gosselin (2), Donald Theetge (2), Brian Hoar (US), Alex Labbe and Sylvain Lacombe.
· Mario Gosselin’s two wins came in his only two career ACT starts at Montmagny.
· Donald Theetge holds the record for the most top fives with 9.
· Jean-François Déry holds the record for the most top tens with 12.
CANAAN, NH — Canaan Fair Speedway’s General Manager, Dick Therrien, is proud to announce that NASCAR has awarded the Speedway a $10,000 matching funds, capitol improvement grant to be used during the 2013 race season.
“We are extremely excited to receive these funds to help us make a drastic improvement to the Speedway in 2013, stated Therrien. The funds will go towards building a new pit concession stand and family area. The pit concession stand is in dire need of improvement as we have way outgrown the old outdated facility that’s being used. The new, state of the art concession stand will be a major improvement to our facility! I want to thank NASCAR for awarding us one of the grants. It is greatly appreciated, and after all the weather related problems we suffered through the past two years, it is a real blessing to receive this financial support from NASCAR. ”
The NASCAR Capitol Improvements Matching Funds Program awards ten NASCAR tracks $10,000 each to help make some important updates to their racing facility. Last year, Devil’s Bowl Speedway in West Haven won one of these awards.
NAPLES, ME — or many, the Northwestern United States is known for its beauty. In a lot places there, that rugged terrain has changed little since the days early explorers first traveled its unknown wilderness…a territory still known for its quiet, hard-working men and women. And, the racers of the Pacific Northwest also possess that subtle tenacity that has made them famous around the nation.
Over the last decade, however, Super Late Model racing has skewed off course in the Northwest. Lack of organization, rules, and procedures have plagued the region over the last number of years. But, there is new hope in 2013, with the birth of the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) Northwest Triple Crown. The sanctioning body looks to build on the success it has enjoyed for more than ten years in New England, Canada, and the Southeast. In 2013, the PASS Northwest Triple Crown will kick off with three major events at Wenatchee Valley Super Oval (WVSO), the first being the Apple Blossom 200 on April 27. WVSO promoter and racer Garrett Evans believes PASS can eventually unify tracks under a common set of rules and procedures.
“Every track is independent in the Northwest and there hasn’t been a lot of organization for the last four years or more,” said Evans, a former 4-time Northwest Series Champion. “A lot of these guys have a bunch of time and money invested in these cars and they are looking for the organization that PASS can bring. Fans haven’t got to see good races lately and racers haven’t been able to compete in quality events for the most part. Hopefully together we can bring Northwest racing back to what it used to be.”
2013 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Rosters
Sunoco Modified Roster- 2013
CAR # FIRST NAME LAST NAME HOMETOWN STATE SPONSOR #1 SPONSOR #2
1 RICH MANN W. BARNSTABLE MA MANN’S WATERCRAFT CENTER
7 ANDREW CHARON E. GREENWICHÂ RI D. M. CHARRON & SON, LLC
8 RICK SHAWN BRADFORD RI BRADFORD MOTORS TOWING MAD RIVER CONSTRUCTION
11 NICK BOIVIN BELCHERTOWN MA
14 RICK D’ABATE JOHNSTON RI EXTREME EXCAVATION
17 ED PULEO BRANFORD CT MR. ROOTER STAR RESTORATION
21 DENNIS PERRY PAWCATUCK CT ASHAWAY PERFORMANCE ENGINES BOB VALENTI.COM
24 RON D’ALESSANDRO EAST HARTFORD CT GO NAKED SOAP CO. COM WINTEC FABRICATION.COM
26 DANNYÂ CATES CHAPLIN CT LINDON TREE SERVICE MADE & FORMED FOUNDATIONS
28 WAYNE ARUTE MERIDEN CT THE NATIONAL GROUPS NATIONAL DEFAULT SERVICING
31 RYAN PREECE N. FALMOUTH MA FALMOUTH READY MIX LOCUST STREET SIGN
33 JIMMY SMITH WOODSTOCK CT SEALS – IT MUSIC LADY CAFÃ‰
36 JAY SUNDEEN DOUGLAS MA SUNDEEN FURNITURE SEALY MATTRESS
44 DAVE SALZARULO MONSON MA JOHNSON CHASSIS
52 JOHN CATANIA LUDLOW MA V-ONE VODKA VILLA NAPOLETANA RESTAURANT
53 TBA SALZARULO JOHNSON CHASSIS
66 ZACH FISHER SMITHFIELD RI
71 PAUL NEWCOMB PLYMOUTH MA NEWCOMB’S TREE SERVICE ABOVE GRADE EXCAVATION CO, INC
76 SHELLY PERRY WESTERLY RI ASHAWAY PERFORMANCE ENGINES PERRY MOTORS
77 JIMMY ZACHERIAS CANDOR NY PETTIT RACE ENGINES
86 GEORGEÂ WILKINSON PAWCATUCK CT ASHAWAY PERFORMANCE ENGINES PERRY MOTORS
96 BUTCH PERRY ASHAWAY RI ASHAWAY PERFORMANCE ENGINES PERRY MOTORS
Open Pro Stock Roster- 2013
CAR # FIRST NAME LAST NAME HOMETOWN STATE SPONSOR #1 SPONSOR #2
2 KEITH CARUSO MILLBURY MA FOLEY’S COLLISION CENTER DUR-A-FLEX RACE CAR BODIES
13 JIM BANFIELD S. GLASTONBURY CT CALIFORNIA PAINT TOWN LINE FARM
15 GEORGE BESSETTE DANBURY CT STANDARD AUTO PARTS LAMOUNTIAN BROTHERS CONST
23 DAVEÂ FARRINGTON,JR JAY ME HILLTOP COLLISION CENTER CAPTURED MEMORIES TAXIDERMY
28 GREG NANIGIAN BRAINTREE MA NANMAR CORPORATION SANDLER TRAINING
29 P.J. HOWARD NORWOOD MA
41 SCOTTY RUTHERFORTH GLASTONBURY CT
47 RON LAPERCHE PASCOAG RI J.D.BYRIDER OF S. ATTLEBORO JOE’S AUTO GLASS OF PAWTUCKET
59 MIKE RIVARD N. SCITUATEÂ RI
91 TBA HARTWELL
RIVERHEAD, NY — Riverhead Raceway promoters Barbara & Jim Cromarty announced today that teams competing in the 2013 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series at the historic quarter mile oval will be mandated to use Sunoco Race Fuel when the new season opens on Saturday May 4th. It was also disclosed that Insinger Performance will be the new distributor for Sunoco with the fuel being sold at Riverhead Raceway by Eddie & Connie Partridge, the current Hoosier Tire distributor through their Hoosier Tire of Calverton, Inc.
Sunoco Race Fuel, the Official Fuel of NASCAR will be providing Riverhead Raceway Chief Technical Inspector Walter Bonczyk and his staff with the equipment to enforce the mandated use of Sunoco Race Fuel as well as Sunoco pump gas. “We are well aware that some teams either blend race fuel with pump gas or in some instances run straight pump gas” Bonczyk noted Monday “either way both the pump gas and the race fuel must be Sunoco”. The Legend Race Cars can use RMR from Sunoco, while the NASCAR Modifieds can run Sunoco Supreme 112, while other divisions will use the Sunoco Standard 110. Bonczyk also went on to say that other types of approved Sunoco Race Fuel will be permitted but warns that all teams fuel will be checked all season long to assure it is a Sunoco product.
All teams will be required to display a Sunoco Race Fuel and Insinger Performance decal on their cars.
RIVERHEAD, NY — With opening day for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series now less than three months away excitement for the May 4th opener is building at Riverhead Raceway where it was announced today that PRC Industries Inc. has come on board as a seasonal sponsor for the NASCAR Modified and Charger divisions in 2013. Joining those two classes on the opening day line-up are the Late Models, Figure Eights, Blunderbusts, Super Pro Trucks and Legend Race Cars.
PRC Industries Inc. entered the racing game at Riverhead Raceway midway through the 2012 campaign through Charger newcomer Chad Churilla. Then before the year came to an end PRC also joined forces with NASCAR Modified talent David Roys. PRC Industries Inc. is a world leader in reverse logistics, remanufacturing and recycling of consumer returned products with the firm founded by Arthur Krantz. The PRC and stock car racing partnership is not so much about promoting the company but rather to raise awareness for Angela’s House, a place for medically frail and terminally ill children who require round the clock care. A third Angela’s House facility is being built in Stony Brook, L.I.
Darren Krantz, President & CEO of PRC stated “with success comes obligation, that’s what my father always says and we feel that Riverhead Raceway is a great place to raise awareness for Angela’s House Race For Kids and enjoy some good clean family fun that you can only find at your local short track”. Both Davis Roys and Chad Churilla will run the full season of races at Riverhead Raceway in their respective divisions with a new state-of-art race shop in the final stages of completion at PRC’S Long Island headquarters in St. James. Noted NASCAR WMT crew chief Billy “Bear” Collichio has been brought on board to oversee the race shop.
Newburyport, Mass. — Racing book publisher Coastal 181 announced today that it has acquired the inventory of Rose Racing Publications of Glendale, Arizona.
Buzz Rose built his publishing company into a highly regarded source f or authoritative books on open-wheel racing in America . He brought vast experience and a huge network to his titles, as he was himself a renowned sprint car road warrior. His successes behind the wheel led to his induction into the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame in Knoxville , Iowa .
Rose Racing Publications’ titles include definitive histories on the East Coast’s URC, the California Racing Association (CRA), and IMCA, AAA, USAC, and CSRA. The most recent w or k is the robustly researched but sobering volume, “RACERS AT REST: The Checkered Flag,” profiling the considerable number of drivers who have perished in open-wheel competition.
Tracks by the Facts – Circuit Riverside Speedway (QC)
Circuit Riverside Speedway in St-Croix, Quebec has hosted eleven (11) stand alone Serie ACT Castrol events, seven (7) stand alone ACT US events and three (3) combination Can-Am events. The 5/8ths-mile speedway was one of the original five (5) tracks to host an ACT Late Model event back in 1992. In 2013, Riverside will host two (2) Serie ACT Castrol events as well as the fourth annual Can-Am 200 combination Castrol/US event.
· Circuit Riverside Speedway hosted its first ever ACT Late Model event in the tour’s inaugural season in 1992. It was the fourth ever ACT Late Model event and Brian Hoar claimed the win on June 28, 1992.
· Brian Hoar is also the most recent ACT winner at Riverside with his Can-Am 200 victory on August 25, 2012.
· Brent Dragon became the first ever US driver to win a Serie ACT Castrol event when he won at Riverside on June 20, 2009.
· Brian Hoar has won all three (3) combination Can-Am events to date (2010-2012).
· Donald Theetge holds the record for all-time wins at Riverside with a combined total of five (5), two (2) ACT US wins and three (3) Serie ACT Castrol wins.
· The remainder of the combined winners list is Hoar (4), Karl Allard (2), Brent Dragon (2), Sylvain Lacombe (2), Mike Bruno, Jean-Paul Cyr, Jean-François Déry, Alexandre Gingras, Patrick Hamel, and Patrick Laperle.
· Donald Theetge holds the record for the most career starts at Riverside. He has started 18 events including 10 stand alone Série ACT Castrol events, 5 stand alone ACT US events and all 3 Can-Ams held there to date.
· Donald Theetge also holds the record for the most money earned with $26,475 in his 18 starts.
SEEKONK, MA — The Speedway is in the process of redesigning the Pace Cars for 2013 and beyond…if your company is interested in being featured on them please call the office for details ! 508-336-9959
3-time NASCAR BNS Champion Owner was 64
Steve Griswold, owner of the GRIZCO Racing team for 18 years (1988-2005), passed away on Sunday. He was 64.
Steve and Peg Griswold fielded the #55 entry on the NASCAR Busch North Series (now called K&N Pro Series East). Brad Leighton drove for the team 1995-2002. Mike Stefanik drove the car from 2003-2005. The team captured 3 championships (1999-2000, 2005) with Brad Leighton and Andy Santerre.
In 2005, GRIZCO moved to North Carolina and created the first multi-car team in series history for Andy Santerre, Mike Stefanik and Brad Leighton. The team’s historic final season saw a 1-2 points finish with teammates Santerre and Stefanik. Santerre captured his historic 4th consecutive series championship.
George Brunnhoelzl III, three-time NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified champion, has made the decision not to race in the UNOH Battle at the Beach on Tuesday, February 19th. Brunnhoelzl suffered a shoulder injury toward the end of the 2012 race season resulting in surgery in late December to repair a torn Labrum. Currently recovering, George is pleased with the progress he is making in physical therapy but recognizes he will not be at 100% in time for the race. “It was a tough decision, but if I want to contend for another NWSMT championship I need to hink long-term and participating in what would be a great race [Battle at the Beach] is simply not the smart move,” said Brunnhoelzl.
Brunnhoelzl is looking forward to returning to the seat in March in the family owned No. 28. He is planning to run the full 2013 NWSMT season pending sponsorship. Brunnhoelzl won the 2009 NWSMT Championship in the No. 28.
To stay up to date on George’s 2013 schedule follow him on Twitter (@GB3Racing) or like him on Facebook (www.facebook.com/GeorgeBrunnhoelzlIII). If you are interested in sponsoring the No. 28 for the 2013 NWSMT season, please contact George Brunnhoelzl III directly at Brunnhoelzl racing, 704-662-3443.
CHARLOTTE, NC — The start of the 2013 Pro All Stars Series (PASS) South Super Late Model season is quickly approaching. Not only for the high horsepowered Super Late Models though, but also for one of the most anticipated new divisions in the country, the PASS Pro Late Models.
Top teams from across the Southeast are busy in race shops and with on track testing in preparation for the March 9th running of the 8th Annual South Carolina Clash at Dillon Motor Speedway. And being prepared is the key, as teams will start the season with three races in four weekends. Following the South Carolina Clash at Dillon, PASS South and PASS Pro Late Model competitors will head an hour east the next week to Myrtle Beach Speedway and will then wind the month of March down with one of the season’s biggest races, the 8th Annual Easter Bunny 150 at Hickory Motor Speedway.
The South Carolina Clash is one of PASS South’s most traditional races and has been held at Dillon Motor Speedway since 2008. This year’s race will be the fourth time in the last five years that the South Carolina Clash will begin the season for PASS South competitors. Dillon Motor Speedway is no easy track to conquer either with a unique egg shape to the 4/10 mile oval. In addition to the PASS South regulars, 2009 Clash winner Ben Rowe and Florida Winter Meltdown runner-up Joe Boyd have made their intentions known to compete in the Palmetto State. Dillon Motor Speedway promoter Ron Barfield has also announced that he will leave the speedway open on Sunday and Monday for any teams traveling from out of town that might need to make repairs to their cars prior to the next week’s race at Myrtle Beach.
Stafford Springs, CT — Stafford Motor Speedway’s CARQUEST Champions For Charities race will return for a third consecutive season. While the CARQUEST Champions For Charities race has normally been tied to the CARQUEST Super Saturday program with the ISMA Supers, NEMA Midgets, and Pro-4 Modifieds, this year’s edition of the charity race will move to Friday night, June 28, the night before the 10th Annual CARQUEST Super Saturday program on Saturday, June 29.
“We’re happy to have the CARQUEST name once again associated with such a great charity effort,” said CARQUEST V.P. of Marketing Rich Pallai. “With almost $100,000 raised for charity, the CARQUEST Champions For Charities race has been a huge success. While this race has enabled fans to see some great racing between some of the very best championship-winning drivers in the Northeast, the real winners have been the various charities that the drivers have been racing for. We’re looking forward to another great race and we’re hoping we can surpass the total from last year of $54,180 for our 2013 Champions For Charities program.”
Each championship-winning driver will be paired up with a charity of their choice and the race between the drivers won’t be limited to just on the Stafford mini-mile. There will also be a race off the track to see which driver can raise the most money. The driver who raises the most money will earn the pole position for the 15-lap feature event and the remainder of the starting grid will be determined by their dollar amounts raised for charity. The drivers who raise the most money will be starting at the front of the grid, with the drivers who raise the lowest amount of money starting at the back of the grid.
Stafford Springs, CT — When the green flag drops on the 2013 season at Stafford Motor Speedway, it will mark the start of the Call Before You Dig (CBYD) bonus challenge for drivers and teams entitled CBYD 811 Challenge. The Challenge will net five drivers $811 each in additional bonus money for a total posted award by CBYD of $4055.
“We are excited about the 811 Challenge with CBYD, as drivers from all 5 divisions compete against each other in a separate points battle,” said Lisa Arute, Stafford Motor Speedway Executive V.P. “The program will run almost ¾ of the season therefore giving great exposure to CBYD on getting the word out on the importance of calling 811 to know what’s below when excavating.”
The CBYD 811 Challenge will award drivers from each division 100 points for a feature victory and then decrease the points by position in 5-point increments. The 811 Challenge will commence at the CARQUEST Tech Net Spring Sizzler on April 27 & 28 and culminate on Friday, August 9th, which will be designated Call Before You Dig Event Night. The five drivers whose point totals come the closest to 811 points without going over after the completion of the August 9th CBYD Event Night will each receive an $811 bonus from CBYD.
“We’ve been involved with Stafford Motor Speedway since 2007, and the race fans are really our target audience of contractors and home owners who will either be digging trenches or utilizing CBYD for excavation projects,” said Derek Brown, Chairman of Damage Prevention and Education Committee for CBYD. “We’re always looking for fresh ideas to promote the 811 number to call CBYD, and we got in touch with Mark and Lisa Arute to come up with an 811 event as close to August 11th (8/11) as possible. They came up with the idea for the CBYD 811 Challenge, and we thought that was a great way for us to be able to promote the 8-1-1 phone number while creating a unique and fun way for CBYD to be able to give something back to the drivers who put on a great show every Friday night at Stafford.”
In addition to the CBYD 811 Challenge, CBYD will continue its presence as the 1st Place Contingency Sponsor in the SK Modified® division, posting $150 bonus to the SK Modified® feature winner each event night. The 2013 season will mark the third consecutive season that CBYD has been a first place SK Modified® contingency sponsor. CBYD has contributed over $5,400 to SK Modified® feature winners to date.
Call Before You Dig is a non-profit organization funded by public utility companies with facilities located in Connecticut. CBYD is a free service that provides homeowners and professional excavators an easy way to learn just what underground utilities lie within their proposed work area. 8-1-1 was created to help people know what’s below and from unintentionally hitting underground utility lines while working on excavation projects. 8-1-1 is a free call to make, and calling CBYD before using mechanized excavating equipment is the law in Connecticut. After 2 full working days of your call, a representative from each member utility company that may be affected by an excavation project will come to the site and mark the utility location of their underground facilities with color coded paint or flags, or call if there are no conflicts. Call Before You Dig can be found online at www.cbyd.com for more detailed information and guidance.
The 811 Challenge begins with the 42nd Annual CARQUEST Tech-Net Spring Sizzler on April 26-28. Tickets for the CARQUEST Tech-Net Spring Sizzler are available and on sale now through the SMS Box Office. Tickets are priced at $38.50 for adult general admission tickets, $5.00 for children ages 6-14, and children ages 5 and under are admitted free of charge when accompanied by an adult. Reserved seating will be priced at $42.00 for all ages. All ticket prices include 10% CT Admission Tax. As always, Stafford Motor Speedway offers free parking with overnight parking available.
For more information on the 811 Challenge and the guidelines and rules, contact the Stafford Motor Speedway track office at 860-684-2783 or visit us on the web at www.staffordspeedway.com.
Sources: Scott Running/Stafford Motor Speedway PR
TRENTON, NJ — Len Sammons Productions has announced new dates for Motorsports 2014 and the Atlantic City Boardwalk Indoor Races. Both events will be held one week earlier than originally planned to avoid scheduling conflicts.
The 29th annual Motorsports show will be held Friday through Sunday, January 10-12, 2014 at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, Pa. Indoor racing will be back inside Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall for the 12th consecutive year on Friday and Saturday January 24 and 25. The events will be preceded by a practice session on Thursday, January 23.
“The staging of the Super Bowl in New Jersey on the first weekend in February has forced us to rethink our plans,” said event producer Len Sammons.
Motorsports Analytics Previews UNOH Battle At The Beach
Tuesday, I wrote about the obvious choices for the UNOH Battle at the Beach, but this event offers so much more; seasoned veterans and young drivers just emerging as notable prospects help fill the fields of the two-night NASCAR Home Tracks showcase at the World Center of Racing.
Some of those short track lifers and hopeful young‘uns are racers with which you need to become familiar.
Let’s start with the grizzled vets:
Traditional scouting methods (i.e. the eye test, going by the gut) require a measurement for achievement. It’s easy to spot a young driver if he’s beating an unbeatable, never-phased veteran. That certain vet is what’s called a benchmark.
The benchmark is the consummate professional in a racing series, whose wisdom and wiliness is seldom bested. A benchmark’s presence also tends to go unappreciated, but a stage the size of Daytona can help rectify some wrongs in this regard. The UNOH Battle at the Beach has plenty of benchmarks ready and able to school fields littered with youthful adversaries.
Unbuckled: Getting To Know Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. – Driver of the #97 Pole’s Automotive Ford
Hometown: Hudson, NH
2012: Finished 4th Overall on the American Canadian Tour.
What are your favorite hobbies in the off-season?
My dad owns an automotive business that I work for all week. So I work on cars and I rebuild the racecars during the winter, but right now most of my time has been searching for a house with my fiancée, which I’m actually pretty excited about. It’s a big deal!
What do you do for work?
Automotive Technician. I pretty much just work on cars all day at Pole’s Automotive.
What is your biggest life accomplishment?
The 2010 season I think. It was such a huge year for us. Winning the prestigious races that we’ve won, the Milk Bowl, the ACT Invitational, the Fall Foliage, it’s so huge. It’s hard to really rank them because they were all really special to me and the team in different ways. When you look back at it, it’s an amazing feeling to have accomplished all that.
Big Plans for 2013?
Running the ACT Tour of course, and we also have a super late model that we will run on off weekends. Our main focus will be ACT though. We might play around with some weekly stuff as well.
Waltrip To Drive No. 26 Sandy Hook School Support Fund Toyota Camry for the DAYTONA 500®; Fans Can Make $10 Donations By Texting NEWTOWN to 80888
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Using the biggest race of the year as a backdrop, NASCAR, Swan Racing and two-time Daytona 500 champion Michael Waltrip announced today a special tribute to raise awareness and contributions for the Sandy Hook School Support Fund.
Following a private meeting with town officials, community leaders, first responders and victims’ families last week in Newtown, Conn., NASCAR, Swan Racing and Waltrip announced that the No. 30 Lean1 Swan Racing Toyota will instead garner the No. 26 Sandy Hook School Support Fund Toyota. Waltrip’s ride for the Daytona 500 (Sunday, Feb. 24 1 p.m. ET on FOX) will honor the 26 victims of Sandy Hook Elementary School and prominently feature a call-to-action decal encouraging the NASCAR community to make $10 donations by texting NEWTOWN to 80888.
The Sandy Hook School Support Fund, established jointly by United Way of Western Connecticut and Newtown Savings Bank, supports the healing process for the broader Newtown community including children, teachers, first responders, families, residents, mental health professionals, counselors and others, following the tragic events that occurred at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December. One hundred percent of the funds raised for the Sandy Hook School Support Fund go to meet the needs of the Newtown community.
UNOH Battle At The Beach To Have Plenty of N.Y. Representation
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour standouts Justin Bonsignore and Donny Lia will lead a strong contingent of drivers from the New York hotbed of Modified racing – Long Island – for the inaugural UNOH Battle At The Beach, Feb. 18-19 at Daytona International Speedway.
Eight of the 34 drivers entered so far come from Long Island for the event that will feature the NASCAR Whelen Modified and NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tours compete in combination on a .4-mile short track on the backstretch at Daytona.
The trek from the snow-covered northeast will be led by Bonsignore, from Holtsville, and Lia, who hails from Jericho. The pair earned secured starting positions for the inaugural short-track showcase by virtue of their wins during the 2012 season, which both came at Thompson International Speedway in Connecticut.
Drivers that won Whelen Modified races or captured the championship during this past season are locked in to the UNOH Battle At The Beach Modified main event. All others will have to qualifying their way into the feature through heat races.
When the checkered flag falls on a Northeastern Midget Association race, the average race fan packs up and heads home to reflect on the night’s action. The NEMA race team packs up, heads to their “home-away-from-home and gets to work. The preparation for the next race starts immediately, It starts in the “race shop.”
Recently, I grabbed the opportunity to visit the race shops of four very successful NEMA teams. The four teams have a combined total of over three dozen NEMA championships.
The Dumo’s Desire #45 operation is located in Oxford, CT. The late Gene Angelillo, a 14-time owner champion, built the facility in 1988 and made sure he had plenty of room. The shop is not only big enough (2,700 square foot) to house two race cars but also the 30-foot camper/hauler. It also boasts a full machine shop in the back and upstairs storage which held a classic Badger midget racer for years. In the main shop area you’ll find the usual tools and equipment: an engine hoist, work benches, tool boxes and assorted parts hanging on the walls. Three decades of awards, trophies, plaques and pictures hang on all walls. My tour guide, long time Angelillo family friend Joe Fiore, can recall every detail of all memorabilia. Joe points out no less than twelve race cars have passed through the shop over the years, even dirt sprinters. It is truly impressive.
Champion Whelen Modified Drivers Team Up With Legends of the Sport
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — With their own teams not able to make the trip, a pair of champion NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour drivers leaned on relationships developed through the years to secure rides for the inaugural UNOH Battle At The Beach, Feb. 18-19 at Daytona International Speedway.
Reigning NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Champion Doug Coby and 2010 tour titlist Bobby Santos will head to the “World Center of Racing” thanks to arrangements secured just recently to allow them to compete in the new special event on the .4-mile oval on the backstretch at Daytona.
Those arrangements will also see them team up with another pair of champions, and legends in the Modified ranks. Coby is slated to compete in a team car to Ted Christopher – the 2001 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national champion and 2008 Whelen Modified Tour titlist – while Santos’ car will come out of the same shop as that of nine-time NASCAR champion Mike Stefanik.
New Hampshire Teen Testing The Late Model Waters In 2013
SOUTH PARIS, Maine – Taylor Martin raised eyebrows last season in a Legends ride at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, but in 2013 the 15-year-old driver from Windham, N.H., will break out a new Late Model in hopes of making her debut in that division.
Martin purchased a Crazy Horse Racing Late Model from Austin Theriault Racing and will test the car during open practice sessions in the spring with an eye on being race-ready later in the season.
“I am so excited for this year. I am ready for it,” said Martin, who became the first and youngest woman ever to finish on the podium in an event at New Hampshire Motor Speedway last summer. “I’m really, really excited about being able to move up into these cars.
Tracks by the Facts – Beech Ridge Motor Speedway
Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in Scarborough, Maine was one of the tracks on the ACT Late Model Tour’s inaugural season in 1992. The 1/3-mile speedway was also on the 1993 schedule before a 16 season hiatus. The tour returned in 2009 and has made annual visit each season since. The 2013 event is scheduled for Saturday, August 17.
· Beech Ridge held the 7th ever ACT Late Model event. Dave Whitcomb took the win in the 50 lapper in September of 1992.
· Austin Theriault is the most recent ACT Beech Ridge winner. He claimed his first career ACT win in a rain shortened event in 2012.
· Beech Ridge has seen six different winners in its six events to date: Dave Whitcomb (1992), Pat Corbett (1993), Brian Hoar (2009), Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. (2010), Jeff Taylor (2011), and Austin Theriault (2012).
Vallee-Jonction, QC — Autodrome Chaudiere 2012 Inc. is proud to announce that Kyle “Rowdy” Busch will be entering the second leg of the PASS La Quebecoise Triple Crown at Autodrome Chaudière in Vallee-Jonction Quebec on Tuesday, August 6th, 2013. This race will be the second race of the prestigious PASS La Quebecoise Triple Crown at the famed highbank ¼ mile. Busch will be participating in the event, which will undoubtedly be the biggest short track event in the history of the province of Québec, in his #51 Kyle Busch Motorsports Super-Late Model Camry.
Kyle Busch is considered by many to be the best raw talent on the Sprint Cup circuit. Known for his intensity and will to win, Busch is a force to reckon with and a threat to win every Sunday afternoon. His record speaks for itself; 24 Sprint Cup series wins, 51 Nationwide series wins, 30 Camping World truck series wins, along with a Nationwide series championship. These 105 careers wins across the three NASCAR national circuits puts him 3rd on the all-time win list behind Richard Petty (200) and David Pearson (106). Along with these impressive numbers, Rowdy’s resume is stacked with incredible accomplishments such as The Bristol Sweep where he swept all three national series races in the same weekend at the Bristol Motor Speedway. Kyle Busch’s passion for racing is so great that he races Super-Late models during his off weekends and spare time. Busch loves to fend off against the best short track drivers in North America and holds wins in many prestigious Super-Late model races such as the Snowball Derby, The Slinger Nationals and the Winchester 400.
“My favorite type of vehicles to race have always been the Super-Late Models — they look cool, are fun to drive, and when you put them on a ¼ mile track like Autodrome Chaudiere it always makes for an exciting race,” Busch said. “I try to make it to about five of the more prestigious races around my NASCAR schedule every season — we run two or three staples for us and then we try to find a couple of new venues to visit. The Canadian fans really support their racing and I know that the new track owners are working hard to make this a big event. I’m really looking forward to my trip to Quebec in August.”
Joey Doiron nudged past Florida hotshoe Joe Boyd with eight laps to go to win the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) Super Late Model National season opener Saturday night at Auburndale Speedway. Doiron’s win in the Florida Winter Meltdown 200 and was his second straight season opening win after capturing the PASS North opener last year at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway.
“This is such a big deal, last year’s win at Beech Ridge gave us a big boost and I can’t wait to get to Hickory and Oxford,” said an elated Doiron in victory lane. “We’ve always had a decent car when we come down South, but we’ve had terrible luck. I got into the 5 (Boyd) in turn two and he had a chance to get back to me, but we were just a little bit better there at the end.”
After qualifying fastest and leading the most laps, Boyd was happy with a strong effort and glad to come home in second.