Archive for July, 2013

Travis Beale & Garett Hayman Share Little Enduro Spotlight

After racing side by side for the first 5 laps of the 25 lap Little Enduro series race number 3 at Speedway 95 Wednesday night, Garett Hayman of Milford pulled ahead of Hampden’s Travis Beale on a lap 6 restart and led the way to the checkered flag, posting his second win in a row. Beale finished the race in second, giving him the overall win in the three race series. Third in the night’s feature was Greenbush driver Chris Carroll, with Rick Gomm of Dixmont and Donny Silva of Hudson finishing fourth and fifth. Following Beale in the final series standings were Rick Gomm in second and Sam Betts of Brewer in third.

Doug Sinclair of Hermon passed Hermon’s Jeff Overlock on lap 15 of the 20 lap Sinclair Towing Pick up Truck feature and went on to take the win. Overlock finished second after an exciting side by side battle with points leader and defending division champion Jim Carr Jr. of Clifton. Overlock beat Carr to the line by mere inches to take the runner up spot. Carr finished third with Corinth’s Peter Drake in fourth. Levant’s Jason Haskell finished fifth.

Big Enduro action saw Alvin MacNevin of Clifton make his first appearance of the season and take the win over his brother Shawn MacNevin of Hudson, who finished the race in second. Third went to Carmel’s Duane Dunifer with Shawn Racila of Dover-Foxcroft on fourth. Early leader Roger Smith Jr. of Bangor was fifth.

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Advance for this Friday, August 2nd at Lee USA Speedway

LEE, NH –Lee USA Speedway has reschedule the 50 lap Hobby Stock event which was scheduled for last Friday night will be held this Friday night, August 2nd. The event is the highlight of the season for the David’s Race Cars and Components Hobby Stocks. Jim Piaseczny and Patrick Tanguay have been on top of the point standings all season. Piaseczny has three wins and Tanguay just got that elusive first win a few weeks ago. Other hobby stock winners in 2013 include Wade Worster, Paul Palen, Billy Clement, and David MacDonald.

David and Annette Joyce of David’s Race Cars and Components are long-standing sponsors of the division and many of the competing cars were built in their Derry, NH shop. Many more have benefitted from upgrades and specialized components from David’s Race Cars. For nearly 40 years, “It’s the right place to turn left.” Hot rods, street rods, custom cars and other automotive fabrication projects are also some of their specialties. Even if you’re planning on going straight, Dave Joyce may still be the man to talk to.

This Friday night will also feature 3rd Quarter Championships in all four Whelen NASCAR Weekly Racing Series divisions. Tommy Tombarello, the big winner in the 2nd Annual “Money Bags Race” heads the Bensons Hardware Small Block Super modified standings ahead of Ryan Gath and Michael Netishen.

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NEMA Points Tight Heading to Airborne

Brockton, MA – A mere five points separates point leader John Zych Jr. and defending champion Randy as the Northeastern Midget Association visits Airborne Speedway Saturday night. The championship battle is sizing up as one of the most intense in years.

Carl Medeiros Jr. has a comfortable but hardly insurmountable 131-point lead atop the Lites standings. There are only six points, however, between second and fourth place – Danny Cugini, Avery Stoehr and Andy Barrows.

Both NEMA and the Lites will challenge the Airborne Speedway half-mile for the first time since 1971 when Jerry Wall and the legendary “yellowjacket” prevailed.

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Ringers Coby & Rocco Joining Pro 4 Modified Field Saturday

WATERFORD, CT — Two big headliners are coming to run with the Pro 4’s on Saturday’s event at Waterford Speedbowl.

It was announced today that 2012 NASCAR Whelen Modified Champion Doug Coby will be wheeling the #00 for Richardi Automotive and 2010 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Division 1 Champion Keith Rocco will be in the Famous “Flying Zero” #0 for Thibault Racing.

Both Coby and Rocco have a very impressive record at the famed shoreline oval. Coby has victories at Waterford in a Valenti Modified Racing Series event, SK Modified feature and was the winner of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, Tribute to Richie Evans, Mr. Rooter 161 back in 2012. Rocco is a multi-time SK Modified Champion closing in on close to 50-SK Modified victories at the ‘Bowl, in addition currently leads the SK Modified and Late Model point standings at the track. In addition to their separate accomplishments, both teamed up in 2012 to win an SK Modified feature with Rocco taking the green flag and Coby taking the checkered flag after a controversial first lap driver swap.

The Pro 4 Modifieds will be at Waterford Speedbowl this Saturday, August 3rd for the second and final trip to the 3/8 mile Connecticut track. Coming into the event #07X Robin Berghman holds the points lead (234) by ten points over 2012 Champion Rob Richardi Jr. Waterford is also the site of Berghmans season best finish of second place back in June. Andy Major won the last feature at Waterford Speedbowl on June 1, 2013. Dan Meservey Jr. is the most recent Pro 4 winner having won at the last event on June 29, 2013 at Stafford Speedway.

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NEMA Returns to Airborne Speedway on August 3

Marvuglio & Bertrand Motorsports Seek Back-to-Back Wins

Airborne Speedway in Plattsburgh, NY will host the NEMA Midgets and NEMA Lites on Saturday night, August 3. Ending a four-decade hiatus, this will be the third NEMA event at the progressively-banked, 4/10-mile oval. A pair of NEAR Hall of Famers showed the way on July 20, 1968. Dave Humphrey won the inaugural race in the #1 Pascale Offy over George Monsen and Ronnie Evans. NEMA made another appearance on August 7, 1971 with Jerry Wall and his #5 Yellowjacket Chevy V-4 taking the victory over the late Don Keller and Butch Walsh.

Fresh off his first win of the season at Waterford, Anthony Marvugilo will drive the Bertrand #74 once again. “(I’m) just looking forward to going back to a big track,” Marvuglio said. “I feel like I can excel there. The bigger the track, the better. I’ve heard it’s the nicest track and I’m looking forward to bringing the #74 back to the front, where I have to start in the back because I won the last race. But the main thing is to keep the car in one piece, have fun and let this track be a great learning experience.”

“I love new tracks,” car owner Tim Bertand said. “We are extremely on our game with setups – and can adapt very quickly. I like new tracks better than old ones!”

“From the videos I have watched – it looks like a cross between Oswego and Stafford with a little more banking,” Bertand said. “We’re going to shoot for a set up in between.”

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Super Modified Star “Liquid” Lou Cicconi Headed to Devil’s Bowl

Will race as teammate to point leader Stone at Carrara Masonry Richards Memorial

WEST HAVEN, VT – Devil’s Bowl Speedway will welcome a new challenger on Friday, August 2 as short track auto racing star “Liquid” Lou Cicconi makes the long haul from his Aston, PA home to the racy Vermont track. The International Super Modified Association championship leader will race in the Carrara Masonry & Concrete “C.J. Richards Memorial 67” for the Northern Modified Challenge Series on Friday.

Cicconi is a multi-time champion and race winner on asphalt, concrete, and dirt surfaces in open-wheel Modified, Super Modified, Midget, and Three-Quarter Midget cars; his most recent victory came in a winged ISMA Super Modified at the famed Oswego (NY) Speedway in June. Cicconi has landed a potent Devil’s Bowl ride in the No. X1 car fielded by G. Stone Motorsports of Middlebury, VT – the same team that has won six Bond Auto Parts Modified races at the track with driver Todd Stone and ranks second in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national Rookie of the Year standings.

“I’ve only ever run a dirt-style Modified on asphalt once, but I liked it,” Cicconi said. “I’ll be driving a great car, and I think I can give the home track regulars a run for the win. I usually don’t show up at a race trying to finish second.”

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Barrett & Pennink Lead VMRS into Thompson Race Thursday

Seven races into the Valenti Modified Racing Season, Tommy Barrett and Rowan Pennink are going toe to toe for the points lead. Barrett of Millis, MA, driver of the Victory Bar & Grill modified has 288 points; Pennink in the Gary Casella owned #25 is only two points away.

Pennink is fresh off his most recent win at the Oxford Plains Speedway in Oxford, ME, causing the points to tighten up even more. With Thompson Speedway next on the VMRS schedule, a track where Pennink’s three wins leads the series. Barrett will surely feel the pressure. The pair of point leaders not only have to worry about each other, but also Richard Savary of Canton, MA as he has his eye on the prize, being only 20 markers behind, and seems to be gaining momentum each week in the Alloy Wheel Repair #99.

Barrett and Pennink are not only close in the points battle, but in races won this year. Barrett has two victories this year, June 21st at the Stafford Motor Speedway in Stafford Springs, CT and July 13th at Canaan Fair Speedway in Canaan, NH. Pennink also has two feature wins this year. His first on April 20th at the high banks of Monadnock in Winchester, NH, and on July 20th at Oxford Plains. Barrett and Pennink are both well ahead of the other series drivers with total number of cars passed from start to finish in each feature run, with Barrett having passed 43 cars, and Pennink having passed 42.

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Wright, Childress Named K&N Directors

Glover Joins NASCAR As Touring Series Technical Director

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – NASCAR announced today several moves aimed at continuing to strengthen its touring & weekly series and broaden the level of experience within the competition department.

Former crew chief Chris Wright has been named the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Director, while Kip Childress transitions to become the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Director. In addition, veteran team manager and Daytona 500 winning crew chief Tony Glover has been appointed as the NASCAR Touring Series Technical Director.

Les Westerfield, who has served as the interim NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Director during the first half of the season, will resume his role as NASCAR Touring Series Technical Coordinator and NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Race Director.

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Thunder Road Kicks Off Busy August with VP Racing Fuels

Tiger Sportsmen Special 100-Laps

Barre, VT — The stars of Thunder Road International Speedbowl in Barre, VT are preparing for a busy August schedule, set to begin this Thursday (Aug. 1) with VP Racing Fuels Night. The Bond Auto Tiger Sportsmen will battle in a special 100-lap event along with regular events for the Late Models and Allen Lumber Street Stocks.

The hunt for the Bond Auto Tiger Sportsmen crown has reached an all new intensity heading into Thursday’s VP Racing Fuels 100. The top five are separated by just 36 points following last week’s double points night. Two-time Tiger Champion Shawn Fleury currently leads the way, but Eric Badore, Jason Allen, Jason Woodard and Brendan Moodie all remain within striking distance of their first career title.

The month of August has become a huge month for the 2013 championship battles due to the rescheduling of two previously rained out events. The Barre-highbanks will host a total of seven events from the 1st of August through the 22nd with six of them being point races for the Late Models and Tigers. The Street Stocks will run for points in all seven events as they will hold their yearly special 50 lapper on M&M Beverage Enduro night (Sunday, August 11).

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NEMA Challenge at Airborne

Brockton, MA — Although the Northeastern Midget Association has been there before (42 years ago), Saturday night’s host Airborne Speedway is brand new territory. Both NEMA and the NEMA Lites will challenge the Plattsburgh, NY half mile.

NEMA’s last visit to Airborne was 1971 when Jerry Wall drove the iconic yellow jacket to victory. It will be the third visit over all, Dave Humphrey winning in 1968.

Even Greg Stoehr, who ran Late Models at Airborne two decades ago, sees it as a new challenge.

Last week’s winner Anthony Marvuglio, back in the Bertrand 74, leads the assault on Airborne. His teammates Randy Cabral and Todd Bertrand, point leader John Zych Jr., Seth Carlson, Paul Scally and rookies Jim Chambers and Ian Cumens are all contenders.

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Whelen Mod Tour Stat Advance: Stafford

Analyzing The CARQUEST 150 At Stafford Motor Speedway

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The second half of the 2013 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season will commence with the CARQUEST 150 on Friday, Aug. 2 at Stafford (Conn.) Motor Speedway. Below is a statistical look at the performance of the tour and selected drivers at the track:

Stafford Race Setup:
• Bobby Santos (5), Ted Christopher (3) and Doug Coby (3) have combined to win 11 of the last 14 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour races contested at Stafford Motor Speedway.
• Season points leader Ryan Preece won the last Stafford race in June, the first of what became three consecutive triumphs.
• All five of Santos’ Stafford wins have come in his last 12 starts there, including this year’s CARQUEST Spring Sizzler, which makes him eligible for the $25,000 CARQUEST bonus plan.
• Reigning NWMT champion Doug Coby won three of the four races at Stafford last year, and is the defending winner of the CARQUEST 150.

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PASS South Starts “Scorching” Second Half at Southern National

CHARLOTTE, NC — After two months plagued by rainouts and postponements, the top touring Super Late Model teams in the South are beyond ready to kick off the second half of the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) South season with this weekend’s Scorcher 150 at Southern National Motorsports Park. The start of the 2013 season has been highlighted by tight, fast competition between experienced veterans and young newcomers to the series.

For the second year in-a-row, defending PASS South Champion Kyle Grissom and defending PASS National Champion Jay Fogleman are in a tussle for the 2013 PASS South championship. Entering the Scorcher 150, the two have separated themselves from their closest competitors in the standings, rookies Brandon Lynn and Spencer Davis, and are only eight points apart. Between the two, Fogleman might have at slight edge over Grissom having won the first PASS South race there back in April.

Speaking of Fogleman, the Durham, NC veteran comes to Southern National riding high following his third place finish in North America’s biggest short track event, the 40th TD Bank 250 which was recently held at Maine’s Oxford Plains Speedway. A strong contingent of Southern drivers made the trip North to Oxford this year, including PASS South’s Spencer Davis and Tate Fogleman. Both come to the Scorcher 150 with reason to be optimistic. Davis won the PASS Pro Late Model race at Southern National in July and led the most laps in the PASS South Super Late Model race, while T. Fogleman scored his best career PASS South finish coming home in seventh.

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Southern Mod Stat Advance: Bowman Gray

Analyzing The Kevin Powell Motorsports 199

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour visits Bowman Gray Stadium on Saturday, Aug. 3 for the Kevin Powell Motorsports 199. Below is a statistical look at the recent performance of the tour and selected drivers at Bowman Gray, as well as some other statistical trends:

Bowman Gray Race Setup
• Competition begins to heat up as the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour heads to the first of its final seven races of the season. Three consecutive wins have propelled George Brunnhoelzl III to a 24-point lead in the championship standings, as he takes aim on a fourth championship.
• Brunnhoelzl scored his first Bowman Gray win when the tour visited on the historic flat quarter-mile track in 2012.
• Burt Myers (2005, 2007) and Jason Myers (2006) accounted for the first three Southern Modified Tour wins at Bowman Gray, but haven’t won since.
• Luke Fleming won at Bowman Gray in 2009 Southern Modified Tour debut.

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Beech Ridge Deals First Time Valenti Modified Winners

Canaan, NH. — The Valenti Modified Racing Series returns to the Beech Ridge Motor Speedway, Scarborough, Maine this Saturday night, August 3, and history just may repeat itself.

In seven previous appearances at the famed third-mile oval, Beech Ridge offered up six first-time winners in one way or another. An interesting twist as New England’s premier modified series, chosen the top touring division by Speed readers, heads up Route 95 to do battle in a 100-lap green flag feature race.

Buxton, Maine veteran David Pinkham scored his first VMRS series win driving the Gary Casella #25 for the first time. The year after saw Dale Evonsion win his first and only VMRS race beating Pinkham to the checkers.

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Southern Mod News & Notes: Bowman Gray

Seuss Ready To Return To Winning Ways

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Wins are hard to come by in the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour, but that doesn’t stop Andy Seuss from agonizing over his recent lack of trips to Victory Lane.

Over a 12-race span from Oct. 2008 to Sept. 2009, Seuss of Hampstead, N.H., won five times, but he has just one victory in his last 18 Southern Modified Tour starts. In 73 career Southern Modified starts he has 42 top-five and 55 top-10 finishes and in a bit of a statistical anomaly Seuss’ career average starting position is 7.2 which is identical to his average finishing position.

kp199logo_r.jpgIn his last tour start on July 6 at Caraway Speedway near Asheboro, N.C., the 26-year-old Seuss finished third for his best result of the season, but it could have been more. He tangled with race leader George Brunnhoelzl III while going for the lead on Lap 136 and came out on the short end of the stick.

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Whelen Modified Tour News & Notes: Stafford

Pennink Staying In Points Race, Looks For First Stafford Win

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Rowan Pennink has his work cut out for him, but he’s hanging in there.

Aside from the one race where he was tied for the points lead, Pennink has set firmly in second place in championship standings throughout the first half of the 2013 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season. And despite the many headlines that points leader Ryan Preece has garnered, Pennink remains in contention.

After consecutive finishes outside the top 10 at Riverhead Raceway and New Hampshire Motor Speedway in the fifth and sixth events on the schedule, Pennink slipped a season-high 44 tallies behind Preece – essentially a full race’s worth of points. But a third-place finish last week at Monadnock Speedway stabilized the brief slide.

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Dave Shullick Jr. Finally Gets His Hy-Miler Victory After a Long Wait

Sandusky, OH  —  Fourteen years ago, second-generation driver Dave Shullick Jr. stood in victory lane celebrating what he thought was his first Hy-Miler win at Sandusky, Speedway. That win was taken away by a disqualification of the car he was driving. He vowed he’d be back someday to get that win back. Sunday, after Saturday’s rain postponement, Shullick Jr. stood in victory lane beside his dad and his car builder Jim Bodnar. This time no one would take this Hy-Miler win away. It was something he had looked forward to for so many years. The importance of this fulfillment of a dream was evident as he spoke as the raindrops, which had shortened the race to 85 of the 100 scheduled laps, fell, but could not dampen the occasion.

“I don’t think anybody here knows what this means to me. In 1999 I won this race and got disqualified. The last time I won this was with Jim (Bodnar) and I said to him don’t worry I’ll get another one. That was 14 years ago and to park the car here today means the world to me. My dad has won it five times and to have my name on the shirt with him means everything to me.”

Taking the lead early was not exactly his plan. He had had a spirited battle with Mike Lichty on Friday night for the top spot and was leading it only to have a brake caliper end what might have been a weekend sweep.

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Valenti Modified Racing Series Adds Points for Heat Races

Effective Immediately- Point Values Will Be Awarded In Qualifying Heat Race Events

-Heat Race Points-

Effective at the next Valenti Modified Racing Series event and continuing throughout the 2013 season and beyond, VMRS qualifying heat events will have point values for the top 5 finishing positions. This addition will be instituted to ensure the integrity, competitive balance and safety of the heat race events is maintained at all times.

“While the 2013 VMRS feature races have been the most competitive in series history, the heat races and subsequent tire conservation that many teams have established, has continuously grown more of safety and legitimacy concern with each event.” Series Director, Scott Tapley continued “and it (heat race competition) has placed us, as a series that prides ourselves in our heat races and their competition, in a box and it is my job to make sure all of our events are contested with the utmost importance.” Tapley also stated that, “as our events have gone on this season the differing heat race competition has gotten more and more of a safety concern to all teams competing. We have some teams are radically changing pace mid-lap or for multiple laps and then picking up the pace dramatically while other teams are racing behind or beside them and it has created some very dangerous situations lately, particularly several incidents at our last set of heat race events at Oxford Plains and I cannot sit back and let something like this happen when I could make a change that could diminish these problems.”

The VMRS will have a point values for the top 5 finishers in each heat event. The heat race winner will receive 5 points, while 2nd place will receive 4 points, 3 points for 3rd, 2 points for 4th and the final point (1) will be given to the 5th place finisher.

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Marvuglio Repeats Shane Hammond Memorial Victory

Hammond’s Brother Scores Second Consecutive SHM Win

Anthony Marvuglio of East Bridgewater, MA, won his first career NEMA race at Waterford Speedbowl in 2012. The annual Shane Hammond Memorial race honors Marvuglio’s older brother, who lost his life in a crash at Thompson Speedway in 2008.

However, the defending race winner had missed two races and was without a ride until the day before the race.  Enter Betrand Motorsports, whose #74 was driven to victory lane at Seekonk by Doug Coby. “Its awesome; was more emotional than last year because I didn’t have a ride till Friday night (when) I got a call,” Marvuglio said. “Time to just try and keep them coming.”

Marvuglio, who started fourth, capitalized on the opportunity Saturday night; he passed Phil DiMario with 11 laps to go and led the rest of the way. “(I was) just saving my stuff. I knew I had a winning car, just waited to show what I had up my sleeve later in the race. … (It) was awesome; very smooth everything. Just had to be very fluent on the gas and steering.”

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JBH Memorial 100 Set for Granite State Pro Stocks at Monadnock this Saturday

After a three week layoff, on Saturday, August 3rd, the Granite State Pro Stocks return to the high banks of Monadnock Speedway for the second annual JBH Memorial 100. This is the second of two events scheduled at the Winchester, NH speedplant.

The first JBH Memorial was postponed three times before it was finally run in 2012, before having the name changed to the Vampire 100 in October. Even with the weather finally cooperating, John Hoyt’s presence was felt as the lights went dim just before introductions.

Barry Gray, former Monadnock Speedway Pro Stock Champion picked up the win on that mid autumn evening, holding off Fran Colson and reigning GSPSS Champion Bobby Cabral. It was the first series win for Gray, which remains his only win to date on the series.

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Donnelly and Pierson Win Again at Bear Ridge Speedway; Gray Snaps Giguere’s Unbeaten Streak in the Limited Late Models

BRADFORD, VT –Chris Donnelly once again used the topside to roll to victory in the Bond Auto Parts DIRTcar Sportsman Modifieds during 99ROCK Weekly Racing Series action on Perry Oil service Night at Bear Ridge Speedway on Saturday. The veteran racer, who started 21st in the 22 car field used numerous early race cautions to his advantage and blasted into the lead on lap 28 of the 40 lap affair. Rookies Derek Barker and Adam Gage waged a torrid battle up front which continued for the runner up spot for the remainder of the race. Barker would come home second with current point leader Kevin Chaffee making a last lap pass for third. Gage was fourth and Tim Hodge completed the top five.

USAC Dirt Midget action found Adam Pierson in victory lane again in an absolutely dominating performance. Pierson, who rode the rim to front in only ten laps from his 14th starting spot, steadily pulled away after taking the lead and took the victory by over four seconds. Former Champion Joe Krawiec had his best run of the season to finish second with Tim Gallant third, Scott Holcomb fourth and early leader Rookie Dylan Duhaime fifth.

Veteran driver Melvin Pierson ran to his second victory of the season in the 30-lap Wells River Chevrolet Sportsman Coupe feature after a brief battle with early leader Josh Harrington. Reigning Champion Harrington would claim second with Rookie Danny Doyle third. Rick Fletcher and Jason Horniak completed the top five.

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Helliwell Holds off Field, Beats Rain for Devil’s Bowl Threepeat; Stone, Bushey, LaVair Grab Repeat Victories

WEST HAVEN, VT – American-Canadian Tour stock car driver Wayne Helliwell, Jr., captured an historic victory at Devil’s Bowl Speedway on Sunday, July 28, taking his third consecutive win at the West Haven, VT track in the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital 150 presented by Cat Country 105.3 FM. Todd Stone, rookie Brad Bushey, and Chris LaVair also picked up NASCAR Whelen All-American Series wins at the event.

Helliwell, of Dover, NH, outlasted a race-long fight with Ray Parent. The pair traded the lead eight times during the 150-lap race, which was halted twice for rain including for 23 minutes with 93 laps complete. After the race resumed, Parent, of Tiverton, RI, was running second with just four laps remaining when his engine sputtered, out of fuel. Helliwell pulled away for the win after the final restart to earn the two-race ACT sweep at Devil’s Bowl in 2013, having won the Spring Green 113 in May; he also won the Spring Green in 2012 to make it three-straight wins at the track.

Travis Stearns, a rookie from Auburn, ME, picked up where Parent left off, earning a career-best runner-up finish. Joey Polewarczyk, Jr., of Hudson, NH finished third, followed by Glen Luce of Turner, ME, and rookie Bobby Therrien of Hinesburg, VT, Ben Lynch of Huntersville, NC, and Jimmy Hebert of Williamstown, VT.

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Wayne Helliwell, Jr. Completes ACT Devil’s Bowl Sweep

West Haven, VT – Wayne Helliwell, Jr. of Dover, NH completed his sweep of the American Canadian Tour events at Devil’s Bowl Speedway on Sunday, July 28. Helliwell backed up his Spring Green win in May with a win in the St. Jude Children’s Hospital 150.

Helliwell had to battle both Tiverton, Rhode Island’s Ray Parent and weather on his way to the win. The Helliwell/Parent duo swapped the lead a total of six times over the first 93 laps. The outside lane seemed like the lane of choice as the second place driver got the advantage on the majority of the restarts.

The event was red flagged with 93 laps complete due to rain. After an over 20 minute rain delay the racing resumed with Parent at the point. Following another caution with 104 laps completed, Helliwell took over the lead for good. Parent settled in to second until he abruptly slowed up on lap 146. He had to pit to fill up with gas and returned for the restart and remained on the lead lap.

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Seimons Wins Legion Mods Main

WENTWORTH, NH — The Granite State Mini-Sprint Association tour came through Wentworth, NH on Sunday, July 28, and Sportsmen Modified regular Gary Seimons took yet another feature win.

The most intense race this Sunday was against Mother Nature. A damp weather forecast kept some of the Legion Speedway’s regular fans and racers away, but the green flag fell on time over a dry track. There was a brief shower during the intermission, but it ended and the main events took to the clay.

Gary Seimons (#51) took his third feature win of the Sunday Twilight Series, in a 25-lap race only interrupted once by the caution flag. Allen Hammond (#77) and Art Heino (#27) put up a valiant fight but had to settle for second and third. Derek O’Hearn returned from a long hiatus in his #55 Super Street machine and handily took his feature event. Doug McPhail (#6) was second, followed by “Super” Sam Comeau (#30).

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New England Truck Series First 2013 Race at Thompson

New England Truck Series will make its first of two appearances this Thursday August 1st at Thompson International Speedway. NETS truck racing has become a regular part of the yearly schedule at Thompson Speedway and always is looking forward to racing at this great facility. The drivers and teams are looking forward to their competitive racing this Thursday night.

New England Truck Series (NETS) driver, Duane Noll, will defend his position as point’s leader at the halfway point in the season against Tony Lafo. NETS will have a few new drivers starting at this race: Zachery Sylvester from Lebenon CT, Ed Holewiak from MA, and Frank Scimeca from Sayville NY. Also some seasoned drivers, Glen Noll, Chris Correll 4 time NETS champion, Corey Coates, Tom Metcalf, Brad Caddick, D.J. McGouran, Pete Cayer, Frank Dumicich Jr. and possible Andy Lindeman 5 time NETS champion just might join the regulars.

NETS second appearance and final race of the season is part of the annual World Series of Speedway Racing in October which will determine the 2013 season truck champion. For more info, go to

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Tasha Dyer Brings Home Her First Wiscasset Win

WISCASSET, ME — Last Saturday at the Wiscasset Speedway was a bright and sunny afternoon for the track anniversary celebration. Drivers from the past and present gathered on the track during intermission for special recognition and a ceremony. There were cupcakes for the crowd to celebrate the 44th year of the track. The speedway concession stand was named Wilford’s in honor of the track founder, Wilford Cronk. The grandstands were jammed with fans all eager to see drivers and to watch some racing action. The features began just as the bright lights of Wiscasset began to shine.

The Outlaw Mini race was first on the schedule. This was a quick twenty-five lap feature. The No. 9 of George Fortin was in the pole position, followed by Shawn Kimball in the No. 20 and Jimmy Childs in the No. 10. Fortin was quick to leap to the forefront, with Kimball hot on his heels. However, by midpoint of the race, Fortin had solidified his lead, and he sped to the finish as the victor. Kimball placed second. Childs took third.

Post-race time, Fortin said, “It was a good race, coming out from being wrecked two weeks ago. We worked really hard to get my car back together. I’d like to thank my sponsors, the racetrack, the fans, and my crew chief, Todd Simone.”

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Dave Darling, Tyler Thompson, Scott Dion & Chris Demoura Win Everett’s Auto Parts Features at Seekonk

SEEKONK, MA — Dave Darling picked up his fourth win of the season, holding on through a flurry of cautions throughout the 75 lap Phil’s Propane Triple Crown race. Front row starters Tom Scully Sr and Ken Spencer swapped the lead back and forth through the first twenty five laps of the event.

With 1/3 of the race completed, Darling had moved into second, and used a restart to power past Spencer for the lead. Spencer fell back into second, with Dick Houlihan, Mike Brightman and Ryan Vanasse rounding out the top five. Darling held the lead at the 50 lap mark, with Vanasse in second, trying to chase him down. Several times, Vanasse would pressure Darling for the lead, but the defending champion would not waver.

A flurry of late race restarts slowed the pace, but Darling continued to keep the pressure behind him, picking up the win. Dick Houlihan slid past Vanasse on the final laps for second, with Vanasse, Tom Scully Jr and Fred Astle rounding out the top five.

1) Dave Darling 2) Dick Houlihan 3) Ryan Vanasse 4) Tom Scully Jr 5) Fred Astle 6) Ken Spencer 7) Dave Silvia 8) Mike Mitchell 9) Dick Benoit 10) Kevin Folan 11) Kyle Casper 12) Phil Meany 13) Dave Hutchins Sr 14) Mike Brightman 15) Tom Scully Sr 16) Bob Hussey 17) Elmer Wing III 18) Vinnie Annarummo 19) Bobby Pelland III 20) Daryl Stampfl 21) Manny Dias

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7/27/13 Beech Ridge Results

Scarborough, ME — Saturday’s NASCAR Nite Pro Series 40-lap feature event was won by Newcastle’s Charlie Colby. With the win, Colby becomes the Pro Series’ second repeat winner in the 2013 season.

At the drop of the green, Durham’s Evan Beaulieu lead the 20-car field to the green flag, but surrendered the lead to Mike Maietta, Jr., of South Portland, the following lap. Maietta led until lap five when Colby was able to gain momentum going into the corner and pass Maietta for the lead.

Colby led until lap eleven when a caution bunched the field back together. On the restart, Colby chose the outside lane choice and it proved successful as he was able to maintain the lead over Maietta.

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Patrick Cliche Takes First Série ACT Win at Montmagny

Montmagny, QC – Patrick Cliche of St-Jean-Chrysostome, Quebec scored his first career Série ACT win in the Montmagny 100 at Autodrome Montmagny (QC) on Saturday, July 27. Cliche worked his way from his 12th starting position to 4th on a lap 75 restart. He inherited the lead after the caution flew once again on lap 75 and sent the top three cars to the rear. Cliche held off podium finishers Alex Labbe and Jonathan Bouvrette for the final 25 laps and took the checkers.

Patrick Hamel and Steven Boissonneault battled for the lead over the first half of the event with Hamel taking the advantage until a caution on lap 75. The field went green again but was quickly back under yellow with the top three, Hamel, Donald Theetge and Jean-François Déry going to the back of the field.

Veteran Claude Leclerc and young Etienne Cliche rounded out the top five. Boissonneault, Hamel, Patrick Boyer, Marc Beaudoin, and rookie Martin Goulet, Jr. filled out the top ten. The event saw six cautions and was completed in just over an hour. Fifteen of the nineteen cars that took the green completed all 100 laps. Eric LeHoux did not start the main event as he suffered rearend end issues.

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Waterford Speedbowl 7/27 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Results

Waterford, CT — Waterford Speedbowl hosted its annual Nostalgia Night Saturday, treating a large crowd on hand to a thrilling night of motorsports that honored racing past and present. The event featured the track’s usual fare of NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing in addition to exhibition events by vintage auto racing clubs. The Northeastern Midget Association, one of the fastest and oldest sanctioned racing groups in the country, also joined the program for its Shane Hammond Memorial event. Picking up NASCAR wins on the night included Kyle James of Ashaway, RI in the SK Modifieds® and Dillon Moltz of Waterford in the Bob Valenti Auto Mall Late Model feature, while Uncasville’s Phil Evans was a first-time winner in the Street Stocks and Ian Brew of Wood River Junction, RI took the night’s Mini Stock race. The Northeastern Midget Association races went to Anthony Marvuglio of East Bridgewater, MA and Avery Stoehr of Lakeville, MA, who won the NEMA Lite event.

James finished strong in the 35-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series SK Modified® feature to close out his second win of the season. He was mired in traffic at the start of the race then used a long stretch of green flag racing to march his way into contention.

Tom Abele used the pole starting position to race into the lead over Diego Monahan when the green flag was draped over the field. He took control out of turn two to bring the field to lap-1 as Monahan held second. The competition felt out their cars in the opening five laps without much excitement until Frank Mucciacciaro spun between turns one and two on lap-6 to bring out the first caution flag of the event.

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