Archive for March, 2013

Valenti Modified Racing Series Begins 10th Anniversary Season at Waterford

Canaan, N H. — The Valenti Modified Racing Series celebrates its 10th year of operation in 2013, and again will open the new season at Waterford, CT, Speedbowl, April 6, and 7, as part of the tracks annual Budweiser Blastoff weekend. The two-day event will be the fifth appearance by the VMRS at the spring race and the first event of a 19-race schedule.

The New England series for modified race cars debuted in 2004 and is popular with fans. Readers of SPEED 51.com recently chose the VMRS as the Top Touring Division.

25 cars signed in on Saturday, March 30, to prepare for the season opener at the Waterford practice session. A strong field of cars is expected this weekend.

Local favorite, and former Blastoff winner Chris Pasteryak, of Jewett City, CT., is an expected entry as is Charlie Pasteryak, of Lisbon, CT. Other series notables expected include Todd Owen, Somers, CT., Mike Holdridge, of Madison, CT., Windsor Locks, CT., veteran Les Hinckley, III, Rowan Pennink, of Huntingdon Valley, PA., and Norm Wrenn, of Nashua, NH.

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Coby Among NEMA Threats at ‘Bowl

Brockton, MA – Pointing out “It is good to challenge myself with something different,” National NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion Doug Coby will get back in a Midget at this weekend’s Blast Off at Waterford Speedbowl.

The Northeastern Midget Association and the NEMA Lites are both part of busy two-day agenda. The 25-lap Lites feature is scheduled for Saturday night while the full midgets are on the Sunday agenda. Both will qualify on Saturday.

Coby will be in a “custom” chassis designed by Danny Drinan and Tim Bertrand. “The car has been re-done from head to foot, a very nice piece,” reports Bertrand.

The car did experience motor problem in last Saturday’s practice and will have a new Autocraft engine this weekend.

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Open Practice Session Brings Out a Wide Variety of Race Cars

Thompson, CT — Eleven different divisions of race cars were represented at Thompson Speedway’s first open practice session of the year. The variety of race cars included everything from NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and K & N Series cars to vintage antique stock cars and midgets. The open practice session began at 11 am and ran non-stop for the remainder of the day.

A second open practice session will be held next Saturday, April 6th and will be the final one held before the season-opening Icebreaker scheduled for the weekend of April 13 & 14. Tickets for the Icebreaker are available by calling the Thompson Speedway track office at 860-923-2280. All major credit cards are accepted for phone orders. Fans may also stop by the Speedway to purchase their general admission Icebreaker tickets. The schedule of events for Icebreaker weekend may be found here on the Thompson web page.

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Peltier Not To Be Denied For Second Easter Bunny 150 Triumph

HICKORY, NC — Preston Peltier took the lead from Trevor Sanborn with 10 laps to go and utilized an aggressive stance on the final two restarts to win the 8th Annual Easter Bunny 150 Saturday night at Hickory Motor Speedway. The win was Peltier’s fourth Pro All Stars Series (PASS) South Super Late Model triumph at Hickory and he becomes the first driver to ever win the Spring Classic more than once.

“For me a win is a win and I don’t care where it is,” said Peltier of his PASS South record tenth career victory. “It feels good to be in victory lane, maybe a week from now it’ll sink in a little bit. I just gotta thank my guys. When we unloaded the car was good and it stayed good all day long.”

Carolina blue skies welcomed fans from across the country to “America’s Most Famous Short Track” for the spring’s biggest Super Late Model race in the country. Thirty-eight PASS South Super Late Models participated in practice with only the machine of John Batten having to miss the time trial session after he suffered a blown engine. In qualifying, former three-time Hickory Motor Speedway track champion Andy Loden qualified fastest with a lap just over 97 miles per hour around the .363 mile oval. Loden would draw the fourth starting position during the top ten qualifiers redraw with defending Easter Bunny 150 winner Kyle Grissom drawing pill one to start from the pole.

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Theriault Rallies To Finish 6th In PASS Easter Bunny 150 At Hickory

PASS South Series: Austin Theriault- Hickory Motor Speedway Race Report

HICKORY, N.C. – Austin Theriault of Fort Kent, Maine, overcame an early handling issue to finish sixth in the PASS South Series Easter Bunny 150 at Hickory Motor Speedway in Hickory, N.C., on Saturday, March 30. After posting the fastest overall practice time from Saturday’s sessions and qualifying fourth for the 30-car field in the Brad Keselowski Racing No. 29 Checkered Flag Foundation Ford Fusion, Theriault started ninth after the redraw of the Top-10 qualifiers. He was happy with the car during the first green-flag run, but an issue with the air pressure in the right side tires forced the car into an ill-handling condition. The PASS South Series points leader heading into the weekend, Theriault rode around in the Top-10 for most of the night and used a couple of late caution flags to gain track position and salvage another good outing.

WHO: Austin Theriault, Fort Kent, Maine
TEAM: Brad Keselowski Racing No. 29 Checkered Flag Foundation Ford Fusion
CREW CHIEF: Gary Crooks, Mooresville, N.C.
WHAT: PASS South Series Easter Bunny 150
WHERE: Hickory Motor Speedway, Hickory, N.C. (.363-mile oval)
STARTED: 9th
FINISHED: 6th
NEXT RACE: April 6, Southern Series Nashville 125, Fairgrounds Speedway, Nashville, Tenn. (.596-mile banked oval)

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Unbuckled: Getting to Know Patrick Laperle

Unbuckled: Getting To Know Patrick Laperle-Driver of the #91 Gestion Ford

Hometown: St-Denis, QC

2012: Won Record Third Série ACT Castrol Championship

What are your favorite hobbies in the off-season?

Snowmobiling and RC Racing. I’ve been doing that ever since I can remember. I think I was 8-years old when I got my first RC car, and when I started racing real cars I stopped doing it for awhile and picked it up again maybe 3-4 years ago. I do it about an hour from where I live, it’s a very nice club.

What do you do for work?

I paint cars. That’s why my racecar looks so good! And I own a recycling business with my brother.

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DJ Shaw Set to Debut “Eleanor” at Hickory

EleanorCenter Conway, NH – After a top ten run in the first PASS National race at Auburndale Speedway, DJ Shaw is looking for another strong performance to stay near the top of the points standings this weekend at Hickory Motor Speedway in the “Easter Bunny 150.” He will do so behind the wheel of the latest machine out of the Dale Shaw Race Cars shop, “Eleanor.” Eleanor is a 2010 Straightrail Chassis with a brand new Mustang ARP Body, a body style that PASS is currently pushing for teams to run and brings more brand identity to the race cars.

“The only thing that makes me nervous is that it’s different from what everyone else is running,” DJ Shaw explained, “We will try it out at Hickory and if it works well Eleanor will stick around, there are some advantages and disadvantages to this body style but we believe the good will outweigh the bad or else we wouldn’t of put the time in to build the new car.”

This weekend will be Shaw’s first race at the historic speedway that has hosted many of short track racing’s premier events in its 60 year history. With the first “Easter Bunny 150” taking place in 2006, it has quickly become one of the most prestigious events in the south. Shaw has been to the track before to spot for his father, Dale Shaw and is hoping that bit of experience will help him adapt to the track this weekend.

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Todd Owen Looking to Return to CARQUEST Victory Lane in SK Modified® Division at Stafford Speedway in 2013

Stafford Springs, CT — When the green flag is dropped on the 2013 SK Modified® season at Stafford Motor Speedway, one driver who will be looking to continue his 2012 success is Todd Owen. Last year the Somers native picked up his first SK Modified® feature victory since the 2006 season to go along with 8 top-5 and 10 top-10 finishes, which was good enough for 8th place in the final points rundown. Owen is looking to continue that success in 2013 and climb even higher in the final points standings at season’s end.

“Things are pretty good getting ready for 2013,” said Owen. “Winning last year was pretty big for us, I didn’t realize how much I needed a win. I’ve always had confidence whenever I go out onto the track, but the last couple of years, I lost some confidence. There was a point where we were racing not knowing if we could win and last year I felt like we were a contender for the win every week, and that’s a pretty cool feeling to have. I think that we should have won more than one race last year, but we had some circumstances that kept that from happening. We have the same crew coming back this year with a couple of new additions and everyone is definitely looking forward to getting started this year.”

Since Owen broke into the SK Modified® division in 2003 with a 7th place finish in the points standings, he has found himself in the top-10 of the points standings every year since. While Owen placed in the top-10 in half of his 16 starts last year, he says his main goal for the 2013 season is to be more consistent while racking up a couple of feature wins in his #81 that will carry sponsorship from Cooker Construction, Barnes Pools, Austin Auto Body, Four Town Rentals, DNSS Equipment, and Pettit Racing Engines.

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Town Fair Tire to Present Military Appreciation Night at Stafford Speedway on Friday, May 31st

Stafford Springs, CT — Memorial Day is a celebration of the men and women who have fallen while serving our country in the United States Armed Forces. For 2013, Town Fair Tire has teamed up with Stafford Motor Speedway to present a Memorial Day celebration to honor those who have served and who are currently serving in the armed forces. Friday, May 31st will play host to a spectacular fireworks display as well as a full card of NASCAR Whelen All-American Series short track racing.

As part of the Memorial Day celebration, anyone who presents a valid military I.D. at the admission gate will be given a discount of $7.50 off an adult general admission ticket, granting them access to the track for only $10.

“We’re great supporters of the U.S. Armed Forces and although this is just a small gesture, it’s a great way for us to be able to give something back to the men and women who have put and are continuing to put so much on the line to preserve the freedoms and liberties that we enjoy every day,” said Stafford Executive V.P. / CFO Lisa Arute.

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Chadwick Set to Defend Waterford Title

Youngest SK Modified Champion In Track’s 63 Year History

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Tyler Chadwick opens the 2013 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series season at Waterford (Conn.) Speedbowl in a unique position: defending SK Modified track champion.

The .375-mile paved oval opens its 63rd season April 5-7 with the Budweiser Blastoff Weekend.

“We just scaled the car. It’s set up and ready for the open practice day this Saturday,” Chadwick said.

A week later the division has a 25-lap feature on April 6 and a 63-lap feature on April 7.

“We don’t feel any extra pressure from being defending champions,” Chadwick said. “I think we’re motivated to try to get another one.”

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Professional Auto Racing Returns to Trenton February, 2014 with Two-Day Indoor Event at Sun National Bank Center

TRENTON, NJ — The roar of professional auto racing, which has not been heard in New Jersey’s State Capital in over thirty years, will be awakened anew in 2014.

Len Sammons Motorsports Productions has announced it will promote a two-day, indoor racing event at the Sun National Bank Center in Trenton in 2014. The event will feature top drivers from at least ten different States and Canada competing in the Fatheadz TQ Midget Racing Series.

A complete program including qualifying and feature events will be held for the TQ Midgets on Friday and Saturday night, February 7 and 8, 2014. A different support division will join the TQ Midgets each night making both programs unique.

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ACT Makes Key Staff Changes

Lynch Joins Série ACT Castrol as Chief Steward

American Canadian Tour officials have announced the hiring of several new officials across the Série ACT Castrol, Thunder Road, and the American Canadian Tour for the 2013 season.

The overhaul is headlined by the hiring of former Kawartha Speedway (ON) manager Derek Lynch as the Chief Steward of the Série ACT Castrol. Lynch started racing with ACT at just 17 years old in the late 1980s, and had won the Oxford 250 before heading to the NASCAR Busch North Series. His career eventually led him to Charlotte, NC, where he worked in fabrication for Darrell Waltrip racing. In 2000, he married Cait Curley, daughter of long-time Thunder Road promoter Tom Curley, and took over management at Kawartha Speedway. He left Kawartha at the end of last season.

“I think the Castrol series is much like Kawartha. These teams are professional operations, and it’s going to be fun to work with guys doing this at such a high level,” said Lynch. “There are a lot of guys leading the charge that I’ve had the pleasure of racing with over the last few years, but what really stands out for me is the young talent on this tour. There is a great veteran presence, but there is also a talented group of young guys starting to make a name for themselves. I think that’s critical. I can’t wait to get started,” he finished.

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Icebreaker to Feature “Best of the Rest” Race

THOMPSON, CT — Thompson’s Icebreaker weekend will offer two special race events on Saturday evening, April 13th. The events will be called “Best of the Rest” events and will be held for the Xtra Mart Limited Sportsman and the Monster Mini Stocks.

The fields in these races will be made up of drivers who raced at Thompson in 2012 but did not finish in the top ten in points at year’s end. Anyone in either division who did finish in the top ten in points will not be eligible to participate in these “Best of the Rest” races.

Fast track Concessions will provide the sponsorship for the Monster Mini Stock 15-lap race and New England Race Fuels will provide the sponsorship for the Xtra Mart Limited Sportsman 20-lap main. These two non-points events will be in addition to the regular Icebreaker races for these two divisions that will be run on Sunday, April 14th.

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Stout Easter Bunny 150 Field Could Prove Tough For PASS Points Leaders

CHARLOTTE, NC — As the weather warms and families get ready for a relaxing Easter holiday together, Pro All Stars Series (PASS) fans from around the country are preparing to make their annual trek to the base of North Carolina’s famed Blue Ridge Mountains this weekend. Since 2006, they look forward to Easter weekend every year in the hopes of seeing the best Super Late Model racers in the country compete at Hickory Motor Speedway.

This year’s Easter Bunny 150 looks to have all the ingredients of another instant classic. Besides being a PASS South Super Late Model points race, the Easter Bunny 150 will also be a PASS National Championship event and the final PASS National race prior to the TD Bank 250 at Oxford Plains (ME) Speedway in July. A good finish in the Easter Bunny will go a long way towards at least locking in a provisional at Oxford Plains for National Championship contenders like Jay and Tate Fogleman, two-time PASS National Champion Ben Rowe, Spencer Davis, Kyle Desousza and DJ Shaw. PASS National Points Leader Joey Doiron is coming off an impressive early season win in the Winter Meltdown 200 at Auburndale (FL) Speedway and will be attempting to qualify for his first Easter Bunny 150 this weekend.

“Hickory has a ton of history and it’s a huge deal to head to Hickory as the [National] points leader,” said Doiron. “I’ve personally never seen the track, but the last time we went to a track we had never seen before [Auburndale] we dominated the second half of the race and picked up the win.”

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Truckers Ready to Rumble Through New England

The 2013 New England Truck Series will kick off their 2013 season on April 6th at Waterford. It will kick off a 13 race schedule for the series. They will make five appearances at Monadnock and Waterford. They will go to the Thompson Speedway twice and Stafford once. The New England Truck Series will close out their 2013 season at Thompson Speedway on World Series Weekend.

The race at Stafford will be a special race for the competitors as it will be Shirley Lindeman Memorial. Shirley Lindeman is the mother of multi time champion in the Series Andy Lindeman. Shirley would always greet the drivers and wish them luck before the race and always would ask the race how they did. The Shirley Lindeman Memorial race was held at Monadnock last season. The race will be held at the Fall Final Weekend at Stafford on Saturday September 28th.

Duane Noll had a dominating season last year and won the 2012 Championship. Noll will be back to defend his title. Glen Noll the 2012 Rookie Of The Year in the series will also be back as well as some competitors. Lorraine Pard is the series director of the New England Truck Series. She also feels that at the first race that there will be some trucks from Long Island area that run at the Riverhead Raceway will be a part of it. For the first race at Waterford we could see Chris and Roger Turbush. Later on in the year we could see Keith Rotzi come up and race as well as Matt Odwazny. In the new list of rookies, Tony Lafo, Pete Cayne, Brandon Chase, Danny Butler along with a few more blending in at the last moment.

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Double Duty for Veteran Driver Christopher

Focused On Whelen All-American Series & Whelen Modified Tour

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Ted Christopher is excited by the potential he sees in his 2013 NASCAR Modified schedule. He has two focuses: Friday night NASCAR Whelen All-American Series SK Modified racing at Stafford Motor Speedway in Stafford Springs, Conn., and driving the famed Jan Boehler No. 3 car in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.

Christopher, 54, of Plainville, Conn., has championships and race wins that certify his status as one of the all-time greats in NASCAR competition. After 27 years in the Modifieds, he’s still driven to win.

“I don’t go racing to make laps. I don’t need any more laps. I go to win,” Christopher said. “It’s harder nowadays because it’s such a competitive division.”

Christopher is the 2001 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national champion and 2008 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion. He’s already made two starts this year. In the Boehler car he placed third in February’s 150-lap Whelen Modified Tour portion of the UNOH Battle At The Beach at Daytona International Speedway. And he was fourth in the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour season opener, driving the No. 00 for Joe Brady and Scott Anderson at Caraway Speedway near Asheboro, N.C., on March 16.

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Fearn, Rocco Team Up for Waterford

Owner, driver return to Connecticut track in new Crazy Horse chassis

rocco late modelSOUTH PARIS, Maine – 2010 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national champion Keith Rocco of Wallingford, Conn., will return to the seat of a Crazy Horse Racing chassis this season in a car owned by Scott Fearn of Wilbraham, Mass.

The two will drive the No. 1 Critical Signs/Mr. Rooter/Fearn Electric Toyota in weekly NASCAR competition at Waterford Speedbowl in Waterford, Conn.

“The full season – that’s the plan,” Fearn said. “We’ve really only run about 15 races together the last few years, but we’re going to give it a shot this year.”

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RACE22.com Becomes Exclusive LIVE Coverage Provider of PASS Series

NEWTON, NC — When the cars and stars of Super Late Model descend upon Hickory Motor Speedway for the biggest Pro All Stars Series (PASS) South Series race in the Easter Bunny 150, fans around the world will be able to follow the action as it happens exclusively on RACE22.com.

PASS Series President, Tom Mayberry and RACE22.com owner, Langley Austin have reached an agreement for RACE22.com to become the exclusive LIVE Coverage provider for the PASS Series. RACE22.com will bring fans who can’t make it to select PASS Series events for the race interactive and comprehensive coverage of the event including text updates lap by lap during the heat races and the feature races and even during practice and qualifying.

We’ll also have photos and videos of the action as it transpires throughout the day as well as video interviews during the live coverage of anything important that transpires as well as the top finishers from the race. Tom Mayberry is happy to have a platform to bring the Easter Bunny 150 at Hickory Motor Speedway to fans of drivers who will be coming from a long ways away.

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Speedbowl Hosts Open Practice Saturday March 30th

Waterford, CT — Waterford Speedbowl will host a pre-season open practice session this Saturday, March 30th. A large turnout of racecars is expected as teams test and tune in preparation for the 2013 season. Saturday’s practice session is presented by RH2 Way Radio Sales and Service. The Speedbowl kicks off New England’s racing season one week later with the running of Budweiser Blastoff Weekend April 5th-7th.

Racecars from all divisions participating in Budweiser Blastoff Weekend are invited to attend on Saturday including the Valenti Modified Racing Series, Northeastern Midget Association including NEMA Lites and New England Truck Series. Anyone else with a safe racecar wishing to participate in Saturday’s open practice is urged to email Tech@speedbowl.com or contact the track office at 860.442.1585.

Pit gates open at 10:00am on Saturday with rotating practice rounds beginning at 11:00am, continuing through 6:00pm. Pit area admission is $25 per person and grandstands will be closed. Pit concessions will offer breakfast sandwiches and omelets as a limited special in addition to the regular menu on Saturday.

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Ellie Seymour Passes at 84

Elena A. (Birri) Seymour, 84, of Marlborough, died Saturday, March 23, 2013 at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston after an illness.

Ellie Seymour, matriarch of one of the country’s premier racing families, passed away Saturday at age 84. The widow of the legendary “Boston Louie” Seymour, “Miss Ellie” had an immeasurable influence on three generations of the Marlboro, MA based family.

Married to Louie for 44 years, she leaves behind five children – sons Michael and Bobby and daughters, Marylou Todd, Lois Seymour and Celeste Mikitarian – and eight grandchildren.

“She was always giving,” said Bobby. “It was always about us.”

Northeastern Midget Association President Mike Scrivani Jr. argues it went much further. “She had such an infectious smile,” says Scrivani, a long-time Seymour associate. “You could not help returning that smile. Miss Ellie made you feel good.

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Granite State Pro Stock Teams Getting Ready for 2013 Season Opener

gspsslogoWith only a few weeks remaining before the 2013 Granite State Pro Stock Series season opener, the teams are putting the final touches on their new mounts. The first hurdle will be acclimating themselves to the biggest speedway they will be facing this year, as Thompson Speedway holds their first practice session on Saturday, March 30.

This first open practice is the first time many of the competitors will be traveling the high banks of The Big T. Some of the younger competitors will be looking at some of the veterans of the series for advice. Fran Colson, who will be competing in his second season of Granite State competition is a veteran of many New England short tracks, and has a handful of wins at the Northeast CT oval.

Former Thompson Speedway Pro Stock Champion Larry Gelinas has put his entry in in the Linblad #48. Dennis Maxfield is also a Thompson veteran who is looking for victory in the season opener. Both Tommy and Mike O’Sullivan, both who have filed entries for the 2013 season, have many laps at Thompson as well. Add in Thomspon veterans George “Mad Dog” Bessette and Jim Banfield, and the GSPSS regulars will have their hands full once the green flag drops on the 14th of April.

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Ellie Seymour Passes at 85

Elena A. Seymour

Ellie Seymour, widow of New England Auto Racing and National Sprint Car Hall of Famer ‘Boston’ Louie Seymour, passed away Saturday in Boston. She was the mother of NEMA Midget champions Bobby and Mike.

Elena A. (Birri) Seymour, 85, of Marlborough, died Saturday, March 23, 2013 at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston after an illness. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time and are in the care of the John P. Rowe Funeral Home Inc., 57 Main St., Marlborough.

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Burt Myers Returns to Victory Lane at SNMP

Follows Up ’08 Win At Kenly In Whelen Southern Modified Tour

KENLY, N.C. – Burt Myers picked up where he left off in NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour competition at Southern National Motorsports Park.

Myers, who won when the tour made its last visit to the .4-mile track in 2008, returned to Victory Lane on Saturday, winning the KOMA Unwind Relaxation Drink 150.

The Walnut Cove, N.C., driver – who started third on the grid – charged into the lead just past the midway point of the 150-lap race and set sail from there in his No. 1 CitruSafe/Adams Towing & Recovery Ford. The victory marked the ninth career tour win for the 2010 Whelen Southern Modified Tour champion.

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QUALIFYING: Preece Takes Pole at SNMP

Whelen Modified Tour Veteran Nabs First Southern Modified Pole

KENLY, N.C. – Ryan Preece grabbed his first career pole in the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour with a quick lap in qualifying at Southern National Motorsports Park on Saturday, as the field was set for the KOMA Unwind Relaxation Drink 150.

Preece, making just his fourth tour start and his first at the .4-mile track, turned a lap of 14.313 seconds at an average speed of 100.608 mph. The Berlin, Conn., driver is a veteran of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour – where he has five wins and 12 poles in 81 starts.

Three-time Whelen Southern Modified Tour champion George Brunnhoelzl III was second quick, with a lap of 14.369 seconds (100.216 mph). He was followed by Burt Myers, Tim Brown and Andy Seuss. Rounding out the top 10 in qualifying were John Smith, Jason Myers, Ted Christopher, Danny Bohn and Brandon Ward

The green flag for the KOMA Unwind Relaxation Drink 150 is slated to wave later today at 3:30 p.m. ET.

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PRACTICE: Brown Turns Quickest Lap

Whelen Southern Modified Tour Teams in Action at SNMP

KENLY, N.C. – Tim Brown had the quickest time in NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour practice at Southern National Motorsports Park on Saturday.

Brown – wheeling his familiar No. 02 Hayes Jewelers/T&C Motorsports Chevrolet – turned a lap of 14.401 seconds (99.993 mph) near the end of the second of two practice sessions, as teams prepared for tonight’s KOMA Unwind Relaxation Drink 150.

Three-time tour champion George Brunnhoelzl III was second fastest with a time of 14.422 seconds, at an average speed of 99.847 mph.

J.R. Bertuccio Jr., was third quickest. Woody Pitkat’s fast time in the earlier practice session was fourth quickest overall, while Kyle Ebersole’s time from the first session was fifth overall. Completing the top 10 in practice were Ted Christopher, Ryan Preece, Jeremy Zacharias, Andy Seuss and Burt Myers.

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Tires are In!

 Tires have arrived at Seekonk Speedway. Tires will go on sale Monday March 25th at 9:30 am.

Sources: Seekonk Speedway

Briggs Speeds to Recovery in Time for Waterford’s Blastoff

Brockton, MA — When Christian Briggs was 9 years old, he and his (late) father, Charlie, drove down to the Coca Cola 600 together. It was one of “the best memories” with his father. Upon returning to the car, to start the fourteen hour ride home, however, Briggs did not feel well. Something was not right. He was “ill” for the entire ride home.

Soon after, Briggs went back to school. His grades fell off. He couldn’t hit a baseball anymore. Something was wrong, and both he & his family knew it… That summer he admitted to Childrens Hospital and was diagnosed with two aracnoid cysts on his brain and spinal chord. While waiting for surgery he had a stroke and seizure and was rushed into the operating room. The surgery was successful and the cysts were removed. He could not drive anything for a year and made a full recovery. His only limitation was no football… ever. So he chose racing, and that’s where it began.

Fast-forward 20 years to the NEMA banquet. While celebrating a great season, Briggs was once again not feeling like “himself”, he blacked out and hit his head. This along with a crash at Beech Ridge, Briggs swears “may have saved his life”. The crash at Beech Ridge triggered what was about to happen. His helmet had bent the seat 2 inches. He was “out of it” on the way home but thought he was concussed and would be fine. The night of the banquet, upon being rushed to the Hospital, he had a catscan and the ER doctors found a massive cyst where the old ones were. His worst fear had come true.

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K&N Pro Series East Postponed at Greenville

Rain Pushes Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 150 To April 6

GREENVILLE, S.C. – The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race scheduled to run today, March 23, at Greenville (S.C.) Pickens Speedway has been postponed due to inclement weather.

The Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 150 presented by G-Clean is now slated to be contested at the historic half mile on Saturday, April 6. The schedule of events for raceday will remain the same.

Despite the postponement, Greenville will remain the second event on the 2013 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East schedule. Dylan Kwasniewski was victorious in the season-opener at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway on March 16. The series will follow Greenville with its inaugural date at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Fla., on April 13.

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NEMA Lites Kick Off Sixth Season at ‘Bowl

Brockton, MA – The Northeastern Midget Association’s Lites Division begins its sixth season at Waterford Speedbowl’s Blast Off Weekend April 6-7. The Lites, a blend of returnees and newcomers, are part of a busy two-day agenda that also includes the regular NEMA cars.

The Lites’ feature will run on Saturday night while the “full-midgets” feature is on Sunday. Both groups qualify on Saturday for their respective 25-lap features.

Andy Barrows, Ryan Bigelow, Randy Cabral, Brandon Igo, Keith Rocco and Avery Stoehr will all be looking to repeat previous Lites victories at Waterford.

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Lee USA Speedway Opens 28th ACT Season

As the American Canadian Tour’s 28th season shifts into full gear, teams prepare for the opening race on April 13/14 at Lee USA Speedway in Lee, NH. After one of the closest point battles in ACT history in 2012, eventual Champion Wayne Helliwell, Jr. edged out 8-time ACT Champion Brian Hoar with a victory in the season finale, and will look to continue his momentum at the Lee opener in 2013.

Helliwell will be challenged by ACT star Joey Polewarczyk, Jr., who got his start in full-bodied stock cars at Lee USA Speedway. While Helliwell has amassed 8 track championships at Lee USA, he remains in search of his first ACT victory at his home track. Polewarczyk won the opener at Lee in 2008.

“I’m excited just to get started,” said Polewarczyk. “We’re focused, the car is ready, and the team and I are ready to go. We should have won at Lee in last year’s race. We can’t wait for the opener to get the championship chase underway,” he finished.

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