Archive for June, 2013

Impressive Vermont State Victory for Sweet at Devil’s Bowl

Mueller in Modified photo finish; Whalen redeemed in Mini Stocks

WEST HAVEN, VT – Nick Sweet completed a memorable back-to-front drive to win the People’s United Bank 100 stock car race at Devil’s Bowl Speedway on Sunday, June 30. The event, which was previously postponed twice by rain, was the second round of the four-race Vermont State Late Model Championship Series and also included NASCAR Whelen All-American Series races won by Jessey Mueller and Mike Whalen, Jr.

Sweet, of Barre, VT, started on the pole position in the 28-car field and engaged in a see-saw battle for the lead with Chip Grenier of Graniteville, VT for the first half of the race. Sweet lined up second next to Grenier before a lap-52 restart, but was forced to duck into the pit area to replace a flat right-front tire, rejoining the field in 22nd place just seconds before falling a lap behind.

Hunter Bates of Middlebury, VT picked up where Sweet left off, trading the lead – and a few jabs – with Grenier for the next 30 laps while Sweet weaved his way back through traffic during the caution-filled event. Closely behind the Grenier-Bates fight, rookies Josh Masterson of Bristol, VT, Brandon Atkins of AuSable Forks, NY, and Travis Stearns of Auburn, ME showed muscle by running in or near the top-five much of the day.

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John Paiva Picks Up Phil’s Propane Triple Crown Round Two; Ryan Vanasse, Bobby Pelland III & Bob Bettencourt Jr Win on RI Shriners night

SEEKONK, MA — Ryan Vanasse picked up his first win of the 2013 season, shaking off a rough start. Kevin Folan brought the field down to the green, but the A&A Auto Parts Chevy quickly jumped out front and showed that he had the car to beat. Folan hung onto second until Ken Spencer moved past, and fell to fourth as Fred Astle got by. Astle worked his way quickly by Spencer and tried to hunt down Vanasse. Bobby Pelland III was fifth at the halfway point.

As the leaders hit the three-quarter mark, Vanasse and Astle were in lapped traffic, and on lap 34, Astle made contact with the lapped car of Elmer Wing, cutting down his right front tire, bringing out the caution. Spencer had one shot to make it into the lead, and Ken put Janine’s Machine through its paces on the outside for the final six laps, edging out Vanasse on lap 35. But that was all he could muster, as Vanasse took back Darling over and picked up his first win of the season, getting to celebrate with the RI Shriners clowns. Spencer, Folan, Dick Houlihan and Dave Darling rounded out the top five.

1) Ryan Vanasse 2) Ken Spencer 3) Kevin Folan 4) Dick Houlihan 5) Tom Scully Jr 6) Dave Darling 7) Fred Astle Jr 8) Bobby Pelland III 9) Kevin Casper 10) Mike Brightman 11) Bob Hussey 12) Dave Silvia 13) Tom Scully Sr 14) Darryl Stampfl 15) Cory Cleary 16) Dick Benoit 17) Billy Joerres 18) Mike Mitchell 19) Elmer Wing III 20) Kyle Casper

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Mike Lichty Repeats as Stafford Super Saturday Champ

Stafford Springs, CT — Saturday night, June 29th, was the 10th annual CARQUEST Super Saturday program at Stafford Motor Speedway. Mike Lichty won the 50-lap ISMA Supermodified feature for a second straight victory here.

Lichty said in victory lane, “We were fortunate enough to win last year here and I thought that coming back here this year we’d have a strong car once again. We started out the day good. We were quick in hot laps and good in the heat race. I mean this was fortunate because we have been sucking lately, not because of the speed of the car. We then had a good starting spot on the outside pole. It’s tough starting on the front row because you don’t know what kind of pace to start. And, Louie totally scooped me and got me on the restart there. He just outplayed me. I knew he had a decent car so I just bided my time and waited for some traffic and just picked him off. This car was great here last year when Ben was pressuring me for the win and we ended up pulling away. This year too we were able to do the same thing. I just have to thank everybody on the crew, Reed’s Salvage, Patco Transportation, my father Brad, Craig Reed and everybody that works on these cars. They are a tough deal to house and what not. I also have to thank Carquest, Level Performance, Dickie and Ryan in the shop. They work hard and give me a good piece.”

Not an unusual face on the podium at Stafford, Chris Perley commented on his second place. “Second and third for the team is another good top three for the team. I can’t believe it. It’s just awesome. Any time you are on the podium is fun. Nobody was going to catch Lichty tonight. He was in another time frame. It was fun to watch Louie and Mike go at it there. I was in the catbird’s seat hoping they didn’t wreck, but hey, if they did I might have come out with the win. I’m happy really that nothing happened. They raced each other clean. As far as this car we’ve been rubbing on this new one and it’s starting to go the other way and I’m happy. I’m always happy with Vic’s cars anyway but when new cars come out you get to play with them. It was a fun night. Fun to come to Stafford. Fun to be back. And can’t wait to come again! Now it’s back to Oswego.”

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Waterford Speedbowl 6/29 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Results

Waterford, CT — Waterford Speedbowl was back with a quick paced six-division racing program Saturday evening. Scoring NASCAR Whelen All-American Series victories included Keith Rocco of Meriden, who notched his fifth win of the year in the SK Modifieds®. Waterford’s Dillon Moltz won for the second time this season in the Bob Valenti Auto Mall Late Models, Brandon Plemons of Uncasville took the checkered flag in the Street Stocks and Bill Leonard of Charlestown, RI won for the second straight week in the Mini Stocks. In INEX racing, Giovanni Giarratana of Newington won the night’s Legend Cars feature. The Super X-Cars competed in a Saturday Showdown Series event won by Preston’s Ed Ryan.

Rocco knifed his way to the front in a hotly contested and action packed SK Modified® feature. He was on leader Diego Monahan’s rear bumper by lap-17 of the 35-lapper. Monahan started the race third and was behind an early battle for the top spot between pole sitter Frank Mucciacciaro and Craig Lutz. Those two spent most of the first six laps side-by-side until Monahan asserted himself from third. Headed into turn one Monahan shot underneath Mucciacciaro into turn one to wrestle away the lead on lap-8.

Action behind Monahan was red hot as Mucciacciaro, Lutz and Tyler Chadwick went three-wide for second position through turns three and four. Lutz was forced to back out before he ran out of racing room rounding turn four while Chadwick scooted into second past Mucciacciaro. Rocco was making his way through the top ten during the opening laps to emerge in fourth. He went outside of Mucciacciaro for third on lap-10 with eyes on running down the lead duo. Chadwick was looking to the outside of Monahan for the race lead by lap-12 as Rocco closed in. The torrid pace was finally slowed on lap-13 when Nichole Morgillo spun in turn one from a position in the top ten to draw the caution flag.

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Dan Meservey Jr. Wins Pro 4 Modifieds at Stafford

Stafford Speedway Saturday, June 29, 2013 event results.
June 29, 2013
Stafford Motor Speedway Results
Pos. Car # Driver Points Earned
1 5 Dan Meservey Jr. 50
2 0 Norman Wrenn 48
3 07x Robin Berghman 46
4 1M Norm Wrenn III 44
5 32 Dan Fresh 42
6 11A Dan Meservey Sr. 40
7 27 L Derek Robbie 38
8 86 L Mark Charette 36
9 80 L Tom Royer 34
10 12 Rob Richardi Jr. 32
11 07 Phil Lausier 30
12 00z Joe Doucette 28
13 29 Matt Sagar 26
14 77 L Bill Lucchesi Jr 24

(L) Indicates Limited Divison Competitor

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Stafford Lites Laurels to Stoehr

Stafford, CT — Avery Stoehr made an inside bid on lap 12 that fell short. A lap and a half later, out of four, he went to the outside passing Paul Bigelow and taking a lead he never relinquished en route to victory in the 20-lap Northeastern Midget Association Lites feature at Stafford Motor Speedway’s Carquest Super Saturday.

“I tried low and it wasn’t good,” understated Stoehr, who recently celebrated his 17th birthday. “I went to the outside and it seemed to stick.” Pointing out “the car was just getting better and better,” Stoehr had a 0.58 second advantage on Bigelow at the end of the caution-free event.

Behind Bigelow (Bigelow 31) was Brandon Igo (Igo 45), Danny Cugini (51) and Kenny Johnson (46). Carl Medieros (Medieros 50) was sixth. Johnson owned the fastest lap (19.408) which came on the 14th circuit.

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Zych Dominates Stafford NEMA Visit

Stafford, CT — A week after a disappointing near miss, John Zych Jr. left no doubt Saturday night with a dominating victory in the Northeastern Midget Association’s 30-lap feature at Stafford Motor Speedway’s Carquest Super Saturday. Zych is NEMA’s first-double winner of the year.

Grabbing the lead from Ian Cumens, the only other leader, on a restart with 10 laps left, Zych (Zych 9) went on to a 3.3 second victory. Cumens (Seymour 29s) held on for second ahead of Randy Cabral (Bertrand 47), Greg Stoehr (Stoehr 26b) and Russ Stoehr (Dumo’s Desire 45).

The weekend before, Zych lost a wide lead with four laps left in a confrontation with a lapped car at Monadnock. “That didn’t sit well all week,” he said. “I guess that provided some motivation.” The track, however, was the real motivation: “I’ve always wanted to run well here.”

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Preece Scores Comeback Win at Riverhead

Wins Third Consecutive Whelen Modified Tour Event

RIVERHEAD, N.Y. — Ryan Preece is officially on a roll. The young driver scored his third consecutive NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour win of the season Saturday night in the Hoosier Tire 200 at Riverhead Raceway.

The Berlin, Conn., driver began the race on the front row, overtaking pole winner Ron Silk on Lap 44. A wreck on lap 95, however, knocked him out of the top 10, eventually forcing him to pit row for damage. Preece would battle back in the second half, working his way back up to the front row on Lap 183, alongside then race leader Ted Christopher. The two would battle it out over the next 10 laps until a late spin-out by Christopher on lap 195 would give Preece the lead for good, pushing the race to 207 laps on the quarter-mile.

With the win, Preece becomes the first Whelen Modified Tour driver to win three races in a row since Christopher did it spanning the 2008 and 2009 seasons. He’s the first driver to pull the feat off in the same season since Donny Lia did it in 2007.

Saturday also marked the second consecutive Whelen Modified Tour victory for Preece at Riverhead. He also won in the tour’s lone trip to the track last season. It’s Preece’s third career victory overall at Riverhead.

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Lichty, Zych, Stoehr, & Meservey Score CARQUEST Super Saturday Feature Wins at Stafford Motor Speedway

Stafford Springs, CT — Saturday night, June 29th, was the 10th annual CARQUEST Super Saturday program at Stafford Motor Speedway. Mike Lichty won the 50-lap ISMA Supermodified feature, John Zych, Jr. won the 30-lap NEMA Midget feature event, Avery Stoehr won the 20-lap NEMA Lite feature, and Dan Meservey, Jr. won the 25-lap Pro-4 Modified feature event.

In the 50-lap ISMA Supermodified feature event, Mike Lichty got a good run in the outside groove to take the lead at the start of the race. Lou Cicconi, who started the race in 9th, was absolutely blistering his way to the front as he moved into second place on lap-2. Polesitter Dan Bowes was third, with Rob Summers and Tim Ice was fifth. The caution came out with 2 laps complete for debris on the backstretch.

Back under green, Cicconi smoked past Lichty to take over the lead. Bowes was third, with Summers fourth and Chris Perley got by Ice to move into fifth place. Perley made a move to get by Summers for third on lap-6 but he had a lot of distance to close down to Lichty and Cicconi at the front of the field. The caution came out and erased Cicconi’s large lead with 15 laps complete for Justin Belfiore, who came to a stop in turn 4.

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Ryan Modery Wins Speedway 95 Late Model Feature

HERMON, ME — Just three weeks after graduating from Hermon High School, 17 year old Ryan Modery of Hermon found himself in Maine State Lottery Victory Lane at Speedway 95 Saturday night after winning the 40 lap Dysart’s Late Model feature. Modery, last year’s Rookie of the Year in the division, passed Corinth’s Lloyd Nickerson on lap 18 of the caution free event and held Nickerson at bay to the end. Nickerson finished in second, about 2 feet behind Modery, with 2012 division champion Andy Saunders of Ellsworth finishing third despite a broken sway bar on his car. Saunders started 10th on the grid and was in third by lap 20 and gaining on the leaders before his car broke, causing him to only be able to maintain his position. Last week’s winner, John Kalel II of Orrington finished in fourth after starting near the rear of the 16 car field. Harrington’s Andrew McLaughlin finished fifth after starting third on the grid.

Ted Ryder of Carmel made it two in a row in the Sport-Fours after winning the Coca-Cola series 35 lap feature. Ryder took the lead from pole sitter Donny Silva of Hudson on lap three and led to the end, with only one caution on lap 33 slowing the action. Edward Archer Jr. of Skowhegan finished a close second with Kevin Hartley of Hermon posting his first top three of the season with a third place finish. Jim Goodman Jr. of Orrington wound up fourth after a last lap melee on the front stretch scrambled the order. Gary Richards of Exeter was fifth.

Kris Watson of Hermon continued his winning ways in the Darling’s Ford Sportsman division when Steve Moulton of Holden had mechanical issues end his run at the front on lap 10. Kris Matchett of Skowhegan finished a close second after battling Watson for the lead over the final three laps following a late race caution. Milford’s Joe Legere finished third, followed by Bradley Smart of Bradley and D.C. Alexander of Glenburn in that order.

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QUALIFYING: Silk on Point at Riverhead

Eighth Career Whelen Tour Pole, First At Long Island Bullring

RIVERHEAD, N.Y. – Ron Silk has found the fast way around Riverhead Raceway.

Fastest in afternoon practice, Silk followed that effort up with the Coors Light Pole Award for tonight’s Hoosier Tire 200 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour event.

Silk, from Norwalk, Conn., was the last of 28 cars to go out in qualifying. On his second and final lap he topped Ryan Preece with a fast time of 11.890 seconds (75.694 mph) for his eighth career pole. It was his first in eight Whelen Modified Tour starts at Riverhead.

Silk will vie for his first Riverhead tour win later tonight, but the winner of the two previous events on the 2013 schedule – Preece – will start alongside him when the Hoosier Tire 200 goes green. Preece posted a fast lap of 11.919 (75.510).

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PRACTICE: Silk Revs Up at Riverhead

Fastest In Hoosier Tire 200 Practice

RIVERHEAD, N.Y. – Ron Silk led the way in NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour practice Saturday afternoon in preparation for the Hoosier Tire 200 at Riverhead Raceway.

Silk toured the .25-mile oval on New York’s Long Island with a fast lap of 11.917 seconds (75.552 mph), recorded late in the 90-minute afternoon session.

Owner of nine career Whelen Modified Tour triumphs, Silk will look for his first at Riverhead this evening. His best finish in seven career starts there is second, in 2009.

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Cory Cleary Joining Seekonk Pro Stock Field

Cory Cleary of Plymouth, MA will make his first Pro Stock start of the season at Seekonk Speedway tonight. Cleary has experience in NEMA Midgets and Pro Four Modifieds. In the Pro Four Modifieds, Cleary finished fifth in points in 2009. He has wins at Seekonk and Waterford.

The grandson of four-time track champion and NEAR Hall of Famer Leo Cleary, Cory credits his family getting his career started. “(I) got into racing just from my dad and grandfather,” Cleary said. “The two of them have helped me a ton. If it weren’t for the two of them we probably wouldn’t have gotten into it. … Dino from Japanese Motors has helped us tremendously throughout the years in the Pro 4 Modifieds.”

Cleary will drive Brian Peazey’s white #63. “Leo pretty much put it together for me,” Cleary said. He has two Pro Stock starts, but “only did a few laps each time.” 

Despite a lack of sponsorship, Cleary is optimistic. “I’m hoping it goes pretty good!”

“Our goal for the first few races is just to finish and get some seat time, Cleary said. “We’re going to start off running every other weekend and go from there.”

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Frank Duquette to Make Seekonk Sport Truck Debut

‘The Duque’ Looking to Add Sport Truck Win

Frank Duquette of Fall River, MA will return to the driver’s seat at Seekonk Speedway Saturday night. He will be driving in the Sport Truck division for the first time. Duquette will pilot Ron Cornell’s #92 Chevrolet for the rest of the season. The sponsors for 3G Racing are LaCava Brothers Auto Parts, YesWeCanRepair.com, ACME Sanitary Service Chevrolet.

The deal originated a few weeks ago at Seekonk through Facebook. “I sent him a message on Facebook during a late model caution,” Cornell said. “We never met until last night.”

“I’ve never met Ronny before and two Saturdays ago he messaged me at night and asked if I would be interested in racing his truck and I said I would love to!,” Duquette said. “Then we got to know each other a little better and things have just gotten better every day.”

“He wants me to run every week,” Duquette said. “I hope I can hang with the big boys. This is my first time in a truck. … (I) can’t wait to go back racing.”

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Canaan Fair Speedway Rained Out

Due to a dismal forecast of severe weather followed by intermittent showers til midnight we have been forced to pull the plug on racing for tonight, June 29th. All passes will be good for next weekend.
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Star Speedway Rained Out

EPPING, NH — Tonight’s races have been cancelled. See you next week for the ACT / EKeys 4 Firecracker 150.
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Preece, Fearn, Williams, Bessette, Fluckiger, & Pallai Score June 28th CARQUEST Champions for Charities Feature Wins

Stafford Springs, CT — Stafford Speedway returned to NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing action with a special bonus race featuring Stafford Speedway’s CARQUEST Champions For Charities Drivers. 13 current and former open wheel champions together raised over $46,000 for their various charities and took part in a 15-lap race on the Stafford Mini-Mile using Senior Outlaw Wild Thing Karts. Taking down weekly feature wins on the night were Ryan Preece in the 40-lap SK Modified® feature, Tom Fearn in the 30-lap Late Model feature, Ronnie Williams in the 20-lap SK Light Modified feature, Austin Bessette in the 20-lap Limited Late Model feature, and Kris Fluckiger in the 15-lap DARE Stock feature. Richie Pallai, Jr. was the winner of the 15-lap CARQUEST Champions For Charities race. Pallai was racing to raise funds for the Catherine Hubbard Animal Sanctuary.

In the 40-lap SK Modified® feature event, Tom Bolles and Zach Aszklar were side by side for the first lap in a fight for the lead with Bolles taking the lead. Sean Foster moved into second behind Bolles, with Rowan Pennink, Dan Avery, and Aszklar, making up the top-5 in the early laps. Woody Pitkat was sixth, with Eric Berndt, Doug Coby, Ted Christopher, and Ryan Preece making up the top-10.

Pennink got around Foster to move into second place and he was looking to pressure Bolles for the race lead when the caution came out with 6 laps complete for Glen Reen, who came to a stop on the backstretch.

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Rain Ends Canaan Dirt After Qualifying

CANAAN, NH — Racing at Canaan Dirt Speedway came to an abrupt halt just as qualifying was wrapping up on Dale Hammond Heating night, as monsoon rains dumped over three inches of water in less than an hour forcing cancellation of the balance of activities. Monster Trucks, Thrasher and the Green Mountain Monster attempted to thrill the crowd in the rain but were forced to pull the plug for safety reasons. The fans were each given a special bracelet so that they could attend the following night’s show featuring the Monster Trucks, or next Friday’s show which will see double features for the Super Streets and Bombers. The Modifieds will run double features on Friday, July 12th.

Racing resumes on Wednesday, July 3rd at 7pm as Casella Waste Management, KIXX 100.5, and Noise “R” Us Fireworks, presents the Independence Day celebration event featuring Modified Twin 20’s paying $1,000 to win, SCoNE 360 Sprint Cars, Super Streets and Bombers. Fireworks will wrap up the night. Wednesday night admission prices will be Adults $14, Jr. & Sr. $12, Kids 11 & under free. Post time is 7pm. The rain date for Wednesday night will be Thursday night, July 4th, at 7pm. Then on Friday night, July 5th Family Pharmacy presents family night as Adults will pay just $8 admission, Jr. & Sr. will pay just $6 and Kids 11 and under will be free. It will be a non-points race for the Modifieds paying $300 to win, plus Late Models, Super Streets and Bombers. Post time is 7pm.

Canaan Fair Speedways are located on Orange Road, off Route 118 in Canaan, New Hampshire. For more information visit the track website at  www.canaandirtspeedway.com, or call the track hotline at 603-523-4502.

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Ryan Fearn Becomes Youngest Feature Winner in Stafford History

Stafford Springs, CT — In the long and illustrious history of Stafford Motor Speedway there have been many different feature winners. But until this past Friday night none of those feature winners have been as young as Ryan Fearn, who at 14 years, 8 months, and 1 day, became Stafford’s youngest winner when he took the checkered flag in the DARE Stock feature. While there was a feeling of elation from Fearn in winning his first race, he is also already looking ahead to the next race and what kind of adjustments he can make to his car in true racer’s fashion.
“It doesn’t really feel any different, it feels like any other race,” said Fearn. “Right now I’m thinking about what we can do to the car to make it better and go out and win next week. Our goal was to win at least one race this year, but I wasn’t expecting it full on. We thought it was a realistic goal since we bought the championship winning car from last year and we have the spec engine from R.A.D. Automachine. I feel like it’s something that I can talk about to people now being the youngest winner at Stafford.”

Fearn has been quick all year long at Stafford, but his rookie season has seen its share of trials and tribulations. Fearn has been victim to several accidents and spins through his first five races, but last Friday night Fearn was able to put everything together to steer his car into CARQUEST Victory Lane. Fearn credits patience as his key to not only finishing his first race of the season, but winning.

“I had more patience going into the race,” said Fearn. “The past races I wasn’t thinking and that’s what was getting me into trouble on the track. I got a good shot to the rear from the 74 car and I was able to get by the 5 car and once I did I just focused on hitting my marks. During the race, I really didn’t notice how much time had passed. I only looked up at the starters stand once and that was with 2 laps to go. The car was getting loose but I knew if I kept it under control I’d be able to stay out front.”

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Rob Richardi Looks to Continue Winning Ways at Stafford in CARQUEST Super Saturday

Stafford Springs, CT — After winning the Pro-4 Modified championship last season, Rob Richardi, Jr. has gotten his title defense off to a great start with three wins in the first four races of the 2013 season. After finishing third in last year’s CARQUEST Super Saturday and winning the CARQUEST Fall Final race, Richardi is looking forward to keeping his great 2013 season going with another top finish at Stafford.

“The way the car has been this year, I think we’ll have a good shot at it,” said Richardi. “The car has been a rocket everywhere. I feel like I’m a little underpowered compared to some of the other cars, but the car gets through the corner a lot faster and we can keep the momentum up. I’ve always had really good runs at Stafford and I love Stafford, I like the speed. You barely have to crack the throttle in the corner and you don’t use a whole lot of brake. It’s a really fun racetrack and you can get up on the outside if you have a good car.”

Richardi has been working with Doug Coby’s Whelen Modified Tour team and he credits that work for much of his success this year with managing his tire stagger.

“Working with John McKenna on Doug Coby’s team has helped me ten-fold this year,” said Richardi. “I’ve been able to hit my stagger perfectly at every race this year. A lot of times, we just make small adjustments with the tires from the heat to the feature rather than changing shocks or something big like that.”

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Randy Cabral Looks to Rebound from DNF at Monadnock with Top-3 Finish at CARQUEST Super Saturday

Stafford Springs, CT — For Randy Cabral, driver of the #47 K & N Filters NEMA Midget, the 2013 season kicked off with three podium finishes, increasing his streak of consecutive podium finishes to 9, only 4 short of the record held by Joe Csiki, which was set back in 1963. Cabral’s streak came to an end last weekend at Monadnock where two spins relegated him to a last place finish. Despite ending his podium streak and losing the NEMA Midget points lead, Cabral is eager to come to Stafford for this weekend’s CARQUEST Super Saturday program and start anew.

“We got into two accidents at Monadnock and we finished last,” said Cabral. “We’ve been having a great season and we had a real good car at Monadnock. We had to start out back because we were the highest handicapped car and we got into trouble, which was disappointing because I know better as an experienced race car driver. But I’m looking forward to coming to Stafford. Stafford can be great to me and it can be hard on me. I’ve had days where I’ve gone from last to second, and I’ve had days where I’ve gone from last to second and back to last. I think we’ll be in good shape, we have a good piece and we have a good car. I’ve run well in the Pro-4’s and the NEMA Midgets and hopefully we can rebound with a good finish at Stafford. Last week at Monadnock was a tough pill to swallow so a top-3 at Stafford would be a big boost for the team. Stafford is one of our best shows of the year, so I’m hoping to be in the top-3 so I get to talk to the fans.”

Cabral was the NEMA winner in 2010 at Stafford for CARQUEST Super Saturday, and with his three podium finishes in the first 4 races of this season, he feels confident that he will once again have a car to be a contender with the checkered flag on Saturday night.

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Ben Seitz Looks to Keep Momentum Going in CARQUEST Super Saturday After Winning in Canada

Stafford Springs, CT — ISMA Supermodified driver Ben Seitz will be looking to continue his strong 2013 season at CARQUEST Super Saturday at Stafford Motor Speedway. Seitz set a new track record last weekend at Autodrome Chaudiere in Quebec, Canada and had finishes of third and first in the doubleheader event. Seitz will hope to continue that positive momentum when he comes to Stafford Motor Speedway for CARQUEST Super Saturday this weekend.
“Last weekend was great, the car was awesome, everybody worked hard and things worked out for us,” said Seitz. “Winning definitely puts a spring in everyone’s step, but Stafford is a different track. We feel pretty good because we ran well at Oswego earlier this season, so we’re hoping we’ll have a good run. I feel comfortable at Stafford, we ran well last year, and I really enjoy the race track.”

Seitz enjoyed his best career Stafford finish of second in last year’s CARQUEST Super Saturday event, giving chase to eventual winner Mike Lichty for much of the race. With some new crew help this year, Seitz is feeling confident that this year’s CARQUEST Super Saturday could result in his first Stafford win.

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Thunder Road Reschedules Rainouts

Harvest and Fairpoint Events Become Sunday Shows

Barre, VT — Thunder Road International Speedbowl officials have announced the rescheduling of the Harvest Equipment and the Fairpoint Communications rained-out events as special Sunday evening shows.

The Harvest Equipment event, which was originally scheduled for Sunday, June 16 has been rescheduled for Sunday, August 4th. The Fairpoint Communications event, from Thursday, June 27, will be on Sunday, August 18th. Both shows will feature racing action from the Thunder Road Late Models, Bond Auto Tiger Sportsmen and the Allen Lumber Street Stocks with 6:00pm post times.

The championship battles are heating up in all three divisions. Former Thunder Road Champions Jean-Paul Cyr and Dave Pembroke are neck and neck at the top of the Late Model standings along with young Cody Blake. Multi-time Champion Shawn Fleury holds a slim lead over John Lambert and Jason Allen in the Tiger division, while last year’s runner-up Dean Switser, Jr. clings to a two-point lead over Jamie Davis in the Street Stocks.

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Courtney wins all-Force final; Massey, Johnson, Hall also win in New England

EPPING, NH —   In their first finals head-to-head matchup, Courtney Force claimed a memorable Funny Car victory against her legendary father John Force on Sunday at the Inaugural Auto-Plus NHRA New England Nationals at New England Dragway.

Spencer Massey (Top Fuel), Allen Johnson (Pro Stock), and John Hall (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also were winners of the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series event, the 11th of 24 in the 2013 season.

Courtney Force earned her second victory in 2013 and third in her career, improving her overall record against her father, a 15-time Funny Car world champion, to 4-2. It was their first meeting in the finals. Courtney Force, who lost to John in the first round at Bristol Dragway last weekend, outran Alexis DeJoria, Tim Wilkerson, and defending Funny Car world champion Jack Beckman to reach the championship round.

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Lee USA: Races Cancelled for June 28

VMRS Port City 100 Cancelled

Due to the current weather and forecast for the next 16 hours, we have cancelled the racing program for this evening.

We look forward to our Salute to America featuring the Monster trucks,  TUFF TRUCKS COMPETITION, Motorcycle jumps, New England Mini Stock Tour, Spectator Drags and associated pit party scheduled for July 2.

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Série ACT Montmagny 250 Postponed

Make-up Date Sunday, June 30

Montmagny, QC – Autodrome Montmagny officials have postponed the Série ACT 250 scheduled for Saturday, June 29 due to forecasted rains. The event will be run on Sunday, June 30 with Série ACT qualifying beginning at 2:00pm.

The Montmagny 250 will be the second Série ACT event of the 2013 season. Jean-François Déry of Quebec City stole the win in the season opener at Circuit Riverside Speedway. Patrick Cliche led the majority of the event and used the bonus points to claim the point lead.

The Série ACT Montmagny 250 qualifying will begin at 2:00pm on Sunday, June 30 at Autodrome Montmagny in Montmagny, Quebec.

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Speedbowl Announces Change of Date for July 3 Fireworks

New date of July 31 set for fireworks on Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday

Waterford, CT — Waterford Speedbowl has announced a schedule change for its Wednesday, July 3 Wild ‘n Wacky racing program. The original schedule for the event included a fireworks display to conclude the night’s activities. The fireworks have been moved to the July 31 Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday program due to circumstances out of track management’s control.

“We regret to inform fans of this news” offered Speedbowl owner and promoter Terry Eames. “We received word that we are unable to have fireworks for our July 3 program. However, we are committed to providing our Wednesday fans with a fireworks show. We’ve announced July 31 as the new date for the show.”

Fans will still be in for an extra treat this coming Wednesday. Motorcycle stunt man Luke “Duke” Emmons joins the Wild ‘n Wacky racing card, performing on-track during the night’s events. The INEX Bandoleros, INEX Legend Cars along with four cylinder X-Cars and eight cylinder Super X-Cars are all part of the schedule in addition to a Wacky Race, a Speedbowl staple. Adult grandstands admission is only eight dollars for adults while all youth ages 14 and under are admitted free every Wednesday evening at the Speedbowl, including this Wednesday, July 3 as well as July 31. Spectator gates open at 5:30pm and the action starts at 7:00pm.

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Seekonk Fast Friday Cancelled

Fast Friday has been cancelled for today, June 28th.

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Matt Hirschman to Sub for Santos at Riverhead

Matt Hirschman of Northampton, PA will make his first NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour start of the season Saturday night at Riverhead Raceway. Hirschman was recommended to the team by their usual driver Bobby Santos, III for the Hoosier Tire 200. Hirschman has run the Tour full-time four seasons. Both of his NWMT victories came in 2008 (Chemung and Spencer) en route to a runner-up finish to Ted Christopher.

Former NWMT champion Bobby Santos, III cannot make the race due to a USAC commitment at Pikes Peak. Santos currently ranks fifth in the standings, eight points from second place Rowan Pennink. The team has won three of their last six starts dating back to last year’s Fall Final at Stafford.

Hirschman hopes to have a good run for the team at Riverhead to maintain their position in the owner’s point standings. Hirschman only has four career starts at the Long Island bullring with a best finish of seventh. “It’s a tough place,” Hirschman said. “I’ve never had a really good starting position. … I’ve never had a good day start to finish there.” Hirschman recalled engine problems that relegated him to using a provisional to make the field.

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People’s United Bank 100 Postponed to Sunday at Devil’s Bowl

Third time hopefully the charm for Vt. State Championship race

WEST HAVEN, VT – An unfavorable weather forecast that includes periods of heavy rain and potential flooding in Vermont has prompted Devil’s Bowl Speedway officials to postpone the People’s United Bank 100 stock car event from Friday, June 28 to Sunday, June 30 at 2:00pm.  The move has been taken as a precautionary measure for local fans and competitors as well as those traveling longer distances that may be affected by the weather.

The People’s United Bank 100, which was also postponed by rain on its original June 7 date, is the second round of the four-race Vermont State Late Model Championship Series.  More than 30 Late Model race teams from Devil’s Bowl Speedway and Thunder Road International Speedbowl in Barre, VT are expected to attempt qualifying for the main event.

“Hopefully the third time is the charm for this race,” Devil’s Bowl promoter Mike Bruno said.  “The weather hasn’t done anyone any favors lately, but the forecast is looking better for the weekend.  We do want to thank our race teams, our fans, and especially our sponsor People’s United Bank for their understanding and flexibility all year.  We’re expecting a great event on Sunday afternoon.”

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