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Ebersole Captures First Career Victory

Holds On For Whelen Southern Modified Win At Langley

HAMPTON, Va. – Kyle Ebersole came from behind to capture his first NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour win at Langley Speedway on Saturday night.

Ebersole of Hummelstown, Pa., took the lead late and then held off a hard charge from three-time tour champion George Brunnhoelzl III to win the Newport News Shipbuilding/Bayport Credit Union 150.

“It feels awesome,” Ebersole said when describing his first career victory. “Last year was the first year on the tour and I got a lot of good experience. I’ve been faster all year and I’m really happy we could seal the deal in one of these things before the end of the year.”

The win came in just the 19th career tour start for the driver of the No. 5 Ebersole Excavating Ford, who had started seventh on the grid.

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QUALIFYING: Seuss Sizzles Setting Record

New Mark In Whelen Southern Modified Time Trials At Langley

HAMPTON, Va. – Andy Seuss set a track record at Langley Speedway on Saturday in winning the pole for the Newport News Shipbuilding/Bayport Credit Union 150 NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour race.

Seuss turned a lap of 14.771 seconds at an average speed of 95.051 mph in his No. 11 Phoenix Pre-Owned Motors/Tammie Davis Chevrolet, eclipsing the record of 15.365 seconds (92.548 mph) set by Burt Myers in 2011.

Fourteen other drivers were beneath the previous track record in qualifying. George Brunnhoelzl III was second quickest with a lap of 14.784 seconds (94.968 mph). John Smith, Tim Brown and Renee Dupius completed the top five. Sixth through 10th were Danny Bohn, Kyle Ebersole, A.J. Winstead, Patrick Emerling and Burt Myers.

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PRACTICE: Brown Fastest at Langley

Looks To Capture Second Win At The Track

HAMPTON, Va. – Tim Brown turned in the fast lap at Langley (Va.) Speedway on Saturday during practice for the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour.

Brown, who was eigth in the first practice session, turned a lap in the final session of 14.919 seconds at an average speed of 95.556 mph around the .395-mile oval.

Danny Bohn had the second quickest lap at 14.929 seconds (95.492 mph) as teams prepared for the Newport News Shipbuilding/Bayport Credit Union 150.

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Kenseth Completes PASS South Season Sweep at SoBo

SOUTH BOSTON, VA (August 31) – Ross Kenseth led the most laps, but had to fend off a furious late race challenge from rookie Jared Irvan to win the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) South Super Late Model SoBo 100 Saturday night at South Boston Speedway. With his win, Kenseth completed a sweep of both PASS South events held at South Boston Speedway this year.

“It’s always fun coming back here, heck of a job by Jared Irvan, he raced us really clean and it was fun racing him for the win,” said Kenseth after his 4th career PASS South Super Late Model win. “I felt like we were really good, but if we got pinched down to the bottom it would take us about two or three laps to get going. Real proud of the guys, we brought the same thing back here as last time and it work really good again.”

Defending PASS South Champion Kyle Grissom set fast time in qualifying with a lap of 98.307 miles per hour when the race was originally scheduled on August 17th. Due to rain, that event was cancelled and the 24 car starting field was lined up based on that qualifying session from two weeks ago. The top 10 qualifiers redrew for their starting positions which put Kenseth and rookie Spencer Davis on the front row, while Grissom would be relegated to ninth.

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Doris Cunha Passes at 83

Doris Y. (Desmarais) Cunha 1930 – 2013

Doris Y. (Desmarais) Cunha, age 83, of Rolling Green Dr., Fall River, MA, passed away August 30, 2013 at Charlton Memorial Hospital. Wife of the late Alfred Cunha. Born in Fall River, MA, she was the daughter of the late Edward Desmarais and the late Malvina (Cardinal) Desmarais. Mrs. Cunha was a lifelong resident of Fall River. She was employed by the former Beacon for 25 years as a presser until her retirement. She was a member of the I.L.G.W.U. She is survived by one son, Marc Cunha and daughter in-law, Margaret Cunha, of Fall River, MA; one granddaughter, Makayla Gannon Cunha of Fall River, a god daughter Judith Como of Fall River, a god son Paul Desmarais of Ct, and several nieces and nephews. She was the sister of the late Edward Desmarais, Jr. A Memorial service will be celebrated on Thursday, September 5, 2013 at 7:00PM in BOULE FUNERAL HOME, 615 Broadway, Fall River, MA.. Visitation will be 5:00PM to 7:00PM.

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Steve Masse Wins 4th Annual Shark Cycle 80 at Stafford Speedway

Stafford Springs, CT — The Valenti Modified Racing Series made its second of three visits during the 2013 season to Stafford Motor Speedway for the 4th Annual Shark Cycle 80. Tommy Barrett, Jr. took the checkered flag to become the very first repeat Valenti Modified Racing Series winner at Stafford Motor Speedway.

The race took the green flag with Ted Christopher and Keith Rocco side by side for a lap before Christopher got clear of Rocco. Norm Wrenn was third with Zane Zeiner fourth and Dan Meservey fifth. Ryan Preece was on the charge moving from 11th to sixth in the first five laps. Rocco got around Christopher to take over the lead on lap-6 and Preece got around Meservey to move into fifth.

Tommy Barrett did a half spin in turn 4 on lap-12 but he recovered and rejoined at the rear of the field as the race stayed green. Preece was continuing to run strong as he moved by Zeiner to take over fourth and he was closing in on Wrenn for third at the lap-17 marker of the race. Christopher went back around Rocco to take over the lead on lap-18 while Wrenn, Preece, and Steve Masse were lined up in a 3-car train about a half straightaway behind the lead duo. The action slowed to a crawl with the caution coming out with 23 laps complete for Mark Bakaj, who came to a stop against the frontstretch wall.

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Pitkat, Gray, Williams, Bessette, & L’Etoile, Jr. Score Aug. 30th Shark Cycle 80 Feature Wins at Stafford Speedway

Stafford Springs, CT — Stafford Speedway returned to NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing action with the Valenti Modified Racing Series in the house for the 4th Annual Shark Cycle 80. Woody Pitkat picked up his first win of the season with a thrilling last lap pass in the 40-lap SK Modified® feature, Adam Gray picked up his sixth win of the season in the 30-lap Late Model feature, Ronnie Williams scored his third win of the season in the 20-lap SK Light Modified feature, Austin Bessette took down his third win of the season in the 20-lap Limited Late Model feature, and Frank L’Etoile, Jr. scored his first career victory in the 15-lap DARE Stock feature.

In the 40-lap SK Modified® feature event, Joey Cipriano took the lead at the green with Matt Galko side by side with Todd Owen for second. Rowan Pennink and Curt Brainard were side by side for fourth and Tom Bolles was side by side with Keith Rocco for sixth. Owen took second and Pennink moved into third with Galko falling back to fourth. The caution came out with 5 laps complete for a spin by Tommy Membrino, Jr. in turn 4.

Cipriano took the lead back under green with Pennink and Owen locked in a side by side duel for second. Brainard was fourth with Galko behind him in fifth. Bolles and Rocco were side by side for sixth with Ted Christopher and Danny Cates side by side for eighth.

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NEP4M Requests Your Support and Participation

The New England Pro 4 Modifieds (NEP4M’s) requests your support and participation for the rest of the 2013 racing season! We all know the economy has forced many racing teams to limit their racing schedule this year and car count for a number of regular and touring divisions has suffered. The NEP4M’s are opening up their rules and modifying their registration fee’s to help racers who want to run one or more races to finish off the season.

Registration Fee: Our normal registration fee is $250. For the balance of the season, we will waive the initial fee and prorate it as follows:

Owner / Driver will receive $50 for each race where you take the green flag. The balance of your winnings will be banked towards the normal registration fee. Once the full registration fee is met, you will receive any additional winnings earned.

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Events Updates

News

Mark your calendars NEP4M has set dates for the following:

Saturday, October 26, 2013 – 2 PM – October General Club Meeting

Location to be announced later. Meeting to discuss and review proposed rule changes for 2014.

Saturday, November 30, 2013 – 2 PM – November General Club Meeting

Location to be announced later. Voting on proposed rule changes for 2014.

Saturday, January 11 or 16, 2014 – 6PM – 2013 Awards Banquet

Location to be annouced later.

Stay tuned for more updates!

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Carey Wins Wild Late Model Feature in Final Thursday Night Thompson Thunder; Rocco, Gentes, McDermott, Kenneway, Bourgeois Champs

Thompson, Conn: The 2013 season was celebrated in the final installment of Thursday Night Thompson Thunder (TNTT) with Keith Rocco, Rick Gentes, Cam McDermott, Steve Kenneway, and Eric Bourgeois earning division titles. NASCAR Whelen All American Series winners included Woody Pitkat in the Sunoco Modified division, Tom Carey, Jr. in the Late Models, Glenn Griswold in the Lite Modifieds, Scott Sundeen in the Xtra Mart Limited Sportsman division, and Eric Bourgeois in the Mini Stocks. Toby Wells took down the victory in the North East Mini Stock 20-lap feature.

Tom Carey, Jr. hasn’t won at Thompson Speedway since 2003 when he ran in the then-titled NASCAR Busch North Series. But Carey has a lot of winning left in him.

Carey took the lead eight laps before the race conclusion on a restart and held off Keith Rocco for the win.

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Derrick O’Donnell Crowned “King of the Road”

Phil Scott, Darrell Morin, Will Hennequin and Al Derrington Claim Wins

Barre, VT – Phil Scott made Kyle Pembroke pay for one mistake at the front of the field on lap 37 of the VP Racing Fuels Late Model 50 Thursday at Thunder Road and went on to his 2nd win of the season and the 29th of his career.

Scott shot between a backmarker in the low lane and Pembroke on the rim of turn two in a go-for-broke move for the last of six lead changes.

“I knew I had to take the opportunity, when I saw it,” Scott said.

During the first half of the event, Pembroke and pole sitter Joe Becker raced side by side for more than 20 laps with Scott and eventual runner-up Joey Laquerre in close pursuit.

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New Engine has Danny Cates Looking Forward to Shark Cycle 80 at Stafford Speedway

Stafford Springs, CT — After making his Valenti Modified Racing Series debut earlier this season at Stafford Motor Speedway, SK Modified® regular Danny Cates is looking forward to returning to Stafford. His VMRS debut wasn’t quite the race that Cates was looking for as he finished 17th, but a new engine in the #8 owned by Gary Alender has Cates looking forward to a return trip to SMS for the Shark Cycle 80 this Friday night.

“I’m looking forward to the race,” said Cates. “We’re working on getting the car better every week and we have a new motor in the car, so hopefully it will go a little better and we’ll make a little more progress. We’re a new team and we’re still working out the bugs and hopefully after a few more races we’ll get things together.”

Although Cates was looking for a better finish than 17th in his June VMRS debut, he was able to learn several things that should help him improve on that 17th place finish. One key factor for Cates will be qualifying through his heat race to avoid racing in the consi and putting more laps on his tires before the race starts.

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Dave Etheridge Still in Search of First VMRS Win in Shark Cycle 80 at Stafford

Stafford Springs, CT — Valenti Modified Racing Series driver Dave Etheridge is still in search of his first win and the Shark Cycle 80 at Stafford Motor Speedway might be his ticket to victory lane. Etheridge is a former ProStock regular at Stafford and he has come close to victory lane on several previous occasions at Stafford. Etheridge looked like he might cruise to victory in the VMRS 80 held earlier this June at Stafford with his #34 American Powder Coating Chevy, but a late race caution erased his large lead and he ended up finishing third. Etheridge is confident that he will be able to have another strong car and be a contender for victory once the green flag is dropped on the Shark Cycle 80 this Friday at Stafford.

“Ever since we’ve got this new car from SPAFCO and working with Kenny [Barry], we’re inching closer to it,” said Etheridge. “We just have to get the car so it’s better at the end than it has been. The car came off the track at Stafford in June and we haven’t run it since so we’ll make some small adjustments to it and hopefully we can have the same results. We had about a straightaway lead and I’ve seen a couple races go green to checkered. It seemed like that was the way the race was going and we put everything we had into the race but the car started getting a little free and that was our downfall. We couldn’t get into the corner and the 9 car [Tommy Barrett] was coming hard at the end of the race. Since then we’ve talked with Kenny about the car and I think we’ve figured out what we need in the car with the chassis setup and hopefully we’ll be in good shape.”

In addition to making changes on his chassis setup, Etheridge will also change his race strategy in order to avoid his car going away in the final laps.

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Ryan Preece Looking for Another Strong Finish in Shark Cycle 80 at Stafford Speedway

Stafford Springs, CT — When the Valenti Modified Racing Series made their first visit of the 2013 season to Stafford back in June, Ryan Preece had one of the cars to beat. Preece won his heat race and after starting fifth, he moved to the lead on lap-11 and he led the race for the next 11 laps before a spark plug issue dropped him off the pace and out of the race. Preece is coming back with the same #31 sponsored by Falmouth Ready Mix and he is excited about his chances at adding another Stafford victory to his resume this season.

“I’m pretty excited since we were pretty good last time at Stafford,” said Preece. “The track changes a little bit and we’ll adjust for that but the CD car has been really stout this year and Mike Paquette is on top of his game. He’s going to do his best, I’m going to do my best, and we’ll see how we can do this Friday with the MRS car and try to continue winning races with the SK car.”

One area that Preece will have to improve on is his luck with finishing the race. In only 2 starts with the #31 Al and Cathy Moniz owned team this year, Preece has had a fast enough car to win but mechanical issues have plagued them to DNF’s in both races this season. In addition to leading laps at Stafford earlier this season, Preece and the #31 team went to Thompson last week and had moved into the top-5 after starting 10th before mechanical gremlins again sidelined Preece early.

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Zach Aszklar Penalized in 08/23 SK Modified® Race

PENALTY NOTICES
The following penalty was administered by Stafford Motor Speedway Director of Racing Ops & Competition Tom Fox following the August 23, 2013 SK Modified® feature.

DATE ISSUED: 08/29/2013

NAME: Zach Aszklar

DIVISION: SK Modified®

DATE OF INFRACTION: 08/23/2013

RULES INFRACTION (S): 1. Unsportsmanlike conduct during the 8/23/13 SK Modified® feature event.

PENALTY (S):1. Removed from handicapping for the remainder of the 2013 season, must start last in heat and feature events.

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In The Spotlight – John Studley

Like so many racers, John Studley was introduced to the sport as a young boy. But, his story has a few detours along the way. “I was exposed to it as a kid. My dad raced at Westboro, Norwood and Peabody and my oldest brother Arthur also raced at Westboro. But, I was just a kid of six or seven years old and was too young to work with my dad. I played hockey and football in high school and college and did not get back to racing until after college,” said the 46 year old Framingham, Massachusetts driver.

After college, all it took was attending a couple of races at Thompson and he found himself behind the wheel of a race car. “I was probably 25 or 26 years old and had seen the Pro 4 Modifieds at Thompson. My brother and I watched them at the World Series and he asked if I’d like to try my hand driving one. I had been playing hockey in the East Coast League for a while after college. But, we bought a car and pieced together an engine. We didn’t have much success early as we went through three engines. I raced a Pro 4 from 1997-1999 and then took a year off. I got to know the Savarys, George and Richard, and actually lived with Richard for a while before getting engaged. Richard introduced me to engine builder Paul Roach and we almost immediately began to have some success. Richard was the Pro 4 champion in 2002 and I won it in 2003. I ran a Pro 4 for six or seven years and won eleven races between 2001 and 2004. Those cars are so much fun to drive, he said. You barely burp them in the turns at Thompson. You’re off the gas for maybe a second. We then sold the Pro 4 and I drove a Pro Stock for about a half season at Seekonk,” he remembers.

Studley then took a break in his racing. He bought a house and was out of the driver’s seat until Gary and Brenda LaBreck approached him asking him to drive their Thompson Modified in 2008. The team “clicked” immediately and Studley became a serious contender in the Thompson Modified division. He remained in that division through the 2011 season. He collected two wins and a host of top five finishes along the way. During that same period, Studley married his long-time girl friend Lisa and they now have a two year old and another on the way. At the conclusion of the 2011 season, the Thompson Modified was sold.

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Tickets On Sale Sept. 4 for NAPA Auto Parts Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall Indoor Races

TRENTON, NJ — Indoor racing inside Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall each January has become a must see event. Up front tickets sell fast and after last year’s stunning finish, those tickets are expected to become even hotter items.

The eagerly anticipated event, run under the direction of Len Sammons Motorsports Productions, is planned for Friday and Saturday nights January 24 and 25, 2014. Reserved seat tickets for the 12th running of the NAPA Auto Parts Atlantic City Indoor Race Weekend TQ Midget auto races will be going on sale beginning Wednesday, September 4.

The weekend always produces a large field of drivers from many forms of auto racing divisions and because of that, highly competitive races.

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No. 16 Whelen Modified Tour Team Penalized for Rules Violations at Bristol

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – NASCAR announced today the No. 16 team that competes in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour has been penalized as a result of rules violations committed Aug. 21 at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway.

The No. 16 car was found to be in violation of Sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing); 12-4-I (any determination by NASCAR officials that the race equipment used in the event does not conform to NASCAR rules); and 20D-10.5A (Only a one-piece magnetic steel drive shaft with a minimum outside diameter of two (2) inches and a minimum thickness of 0.090 inch will be permitted: Drive shaft did not meet the minimum thickness.) of the 2013 NASCAR rule book. The violation was discovered during post-race inspection.

Stanley “Sly” Szaban, crew chief of the No. 16 car, has been fined $500, suspended from NASCAR until the fine is paid and placed on NASCAR probation until Oct. 30.

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Virginia is for Racing Lovers 300 Roars To Life Oct. 6

MARTINSVILLE, VA — Expect a few minor tweaks and tons of excitement when the Virginia is for Racing Lovers 300 NASCAR Late Model Stock race rolls into Martinsville Speedway on Sunday, October 6.

For the second straight year the field for the prestigious NASCAR Late Model race will be determined by heat races and a last-chance race instead of time trials.

The field will be set from four 20-lap qualifying races on Sunday, October 6, followed by a 20-lap last chance race. Eight drivers will advance from each qualifying race and 10 will come from the last-chance race to fill out the 42-car field for the 200-lap feature.

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Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday 08/28 Results

Waterford, CT — End of summer racing continued Wednesday night at Waterford Speedbowl as another round of Wild ‘n Wacky racing hit the race track. Fans were treated to an action packed night, watching Angelo Belsito of Auburn, MA and Dave Yardley of Berlin each score repeat wins from a week ago in the INEX Legend Cars and Super X-Car features respectively. Brad Voglesong of Middletown rallied late to take the win in the X-Car division and Colchester’s Anthony Marvin won another INEX Bandolero feature. Roubert Goulet of Southington and Christopher Lee of Uncasville shared honors in the night’s Wacky race.

Voglesong dodged a mid-race incident and rallied to win the 25-lap X-Car feature. He passed Dave Gargaro Jr., who had led much of the race, with three laps remaining. Voglesong nearly lost several positions on the back chute early in the race when he encountered trouble while running among the top-five cars, however another car spun at the back of the pack to create a caution flag that saved him from losing the positions when the lap could not be completed. He maintained his position for the restart, then moved to second position by the time the race reached its final five laps. Gargaro, who was trying for his first ever win, ran a strong race, leading most of it by a healthy margin. He couldn’t shake Voglesong late however as Voglesong used the outside lane to pull even on lap-22, eventually taking the lead. Gargaro hung tough to Voglesong’s inside over the next two laps, finally surrending on the final lap. His great run ended up in second position and Zach Thomas was third. Voglesong is the division point leader, stretching his advantage over Thomas.

The 25-lap Super X-Car feature was a matter of survival for Yardley, as he endured a wild final six laps of the event to emerge with the race lead and ultimately, the win. Yardley started the race in eighteenth position and ran deep in the field with slim hopes of grabbing his second consecutive win the division before problems plagued many of the front runners over the final laps. Two separate incidents on lap-19 took out contenders R.J. Cunningham, Mike Maskell and Ray Reed as they battled for the lead. Those three had a great battle come to an end as each was involved in a skirmish on the track to open the door for Yardley. He restarted second outside of Bill Reiman on the third attempt to complete lap-19, taking the lead ahead of Reiman on the outside of the track. Yardley survived a final caution a lap later when Reiman’s car blew up on the track entering turn three, causing several cars to crash behind him. After the incident, Robert Goulet was able to finish second behind Yardley and Dan Butler ended up third.

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Labor Day Thrill Show Sunday at Seekonk

Sunday, September 1st, Seekonk Speedway will host its annual Labor Day Thrill Show. The program will feature Spectator Drags, Car and Truck Enduros, Figure 8 Races, a 50-lap Enduro and fireworks.

Gates open at 2:30PM. The program starts at 5PM. Adult admission is $20. Kids 6-12 are $10. Kids 5 and under and free.

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Serie ACT Montmagny 150 Schedule of Events

Serie ACT Montmagny 150 Schedule of Events – Saturday, August 31, 2013

Saturday, August 31, 2013
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
11:00pm Pits Open
12:30pm Tire Compound Opens
Tech Opens
2:00pm Local Practice
3:00pm ACT Practice
3:20pm Local Practice
4:00pm ACT Practice
4:20pm Local Practice
4:40pm ACT Practice
5:00pm Close Track

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Back to School Night at Lee USA Speedway

LEE, NH — This past Friday night the Lee USA Speedway and Prime Warehouse and Storage honored the memory of Lance Davis, a popular late model sportsman driver whose life was cut short by illness a decade ago. . Grant Aither continued his winning ways and took the 10th Annual Lance Davis Memorial Late Model Shootout ahead of Nick Maniatis and James Russell. It was his fourth win of the year. Friend and former competitor Luke Tanguay has taken on the task of maintaining this event, and awarded the top ten with commemorative trophies. Davis’ wife Lynn, son Zach, and daughter Lia were also recognized and presented with a plaque.

This season has been one of the most competitive in years at Lee USA as evidenced by the number of first time winners. Last Friday night two of the speedway’s most determined competitors finally found that elusive first checkered flag.

Previously, seven different drivers in the Bensons Hardware Small Block Supermodified Division had found victory lane in 2013, nearly half the field. One of those left out was Mike Spurling, maybe the track’s number one nice guys. Spurling has been a long-time Lee USA supporter, often had the division’s absolutely best looking car, but rarely found himself in contention.

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O’Donnell Poised to Claim “King of the Road”

Barre, VT — North Haverhill, NH’s Derrick O’Donnell is poised to claim the 2013 “King of the Road” at the conclusion of tomorrow (Thursday, August 29) night’s VP Racing Fuels event at Thunder Road in Barre, VT. It would be O’Donnell’s second Thunder Road track title in three seasons, joining his 2011 Bond Auto Tiger Sportsmen crown.

O’Donnell has used a pair of feature wins, along with a total of 12 top ten finishes in the 13 events so far, to amass a 60-point lead heading into tomorrow night’s Late Model finale. Barring any major issues, the 23-year old should fend off two-time Thunder Road track champion Nick Sweet. 2013 marks O’Donnell’s first full season of Late Model competition, which will also make him the Rookie of the Year, something that hasn’t been done in the modern era of Thunder Road stock car racing.

VP Racing Fuels night on Thursday, August 29 wraps up Thunder Road’s regular events for 2013. The evening will feature a 100-lap Bond Auto Tiger Sportsmen feature plus the Late Models, Allen Lumber Street Stocks and Rough Riders. Post time is 6:30pm. Admission is just $10 for adults, $3 for kids (ages 6 to 12) and $20 for a family of four (2 adults, 2 kids).

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ACT Title Battle Heats Up Heading into Labor Day

Waterbury, VT — Defending American Canadian Tour Champion Wayne Helliwell, Jr. of Dover, NH holds a 36-point lead over Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. as the Tour returns to its home track, Thunder Road in Barre, VT this Sunday, September 1. The running of the 35th annual VT Foodbank Labor Day Classic 200 will set the stage for the ACT 2013 finale at Airborne Speedway at the end of September, just as it did one year ago.

Last year, Helliwell was on top of the standings heading into this event with a 22-point lead over eight-time ACT Champion Brian Hoar. Hoar claimed the Labor Day win to pull within eight points as they headed into the Airborne Fall Foliage finale. Helliwell ended up snagging the Fall Foliage win and the 2013 title in an epic last race battle.

Current runner-up, Polewarczyk will attempt to pull off a similar maneuver in this year’s Labor Day Classic. After a rough couple of races to begin the season, Polewarczyk has to be considered the hottest driver on the ACT Tour since. He has racked up 4 wins, including the non-point counting International 500 at Airborne, and he hasn’t finished outside the top five in the last eight events. During those eight events he has pocketed 6 podium finishes.

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Historic Weekend Set for PASS at White Mountain and SoBo

NAPLES, ME — As far as the weather goes, the 2013 season has not been kind to racers of the Pro All Stars Series (PASS). An unprecedented number of cancellations has made an already long season even longer for North America’s top short track racers and left fans clamoring for more events. This weekend, thanks to 2013’s unruly weather, PASS competitors from New Hampshire to Virginia will be making history. Saturday’s scheduled 400 laps of competition between PASS North’s Twin 150’s at White Mountain Motorsports Park and PASS South’s 100 lap make up event at South Boston Speedway will mark the most laps of PASS Super Late Model racing action ever held in a single day.

The historic day of racing will begin Saturday afternoon at New Hampshire’s White Mountain Motorsports Park with a truly unique day of competition. For the first time ever, PASS North Super Late Model competitors will compete in two points paying events in the same day. The first 150 lap race will be a continuation of an event that was cancelled due to rain on August 4 and will be lined up based on heat races held that day. Following the first 150 lapper, PASS North teams will reset and hold heat races on Saturday to determine the starting lineup for race two.

With the race for the PASS North championship so tight, the entire season could come down to Saturday’s Twin 150s at White Mountain. A mechanical problem or an accident in the first race could have serious implications towards the championship if a driver is unable to compete in the second twin. Joey Doiron comes to White Mountain as the PASS North points leader thanks to his consistency. Doiron has finished in the top five in all but one event in 2013. Cassius Clark sits just two points behind Doiron, after scoring wins at Oxford Plains and Beech Ridge. Clark has two wins at White Mountain, including a checkered flag there last year. Last year’s PASS North Champion Travis Benjamin sits just five points out of the championship lead on the strength of two PASS North wins this season at Oxford Plains, including the prestigious TD Bank 250.|

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Enduro Series Finale Moved to Vermont 200 Championship Weekend

Wild-and-crazy smashfest to cap Devil’s Bowl Speedway season

WEST HAVEN, VT – The Vermont 200 Championship Weekend at Devil’s Bowl Speedway just got a little crazier. The title race for the four-round Enduro Series has been moved from its original October date and added to the card on Sunday, September 15, concluding a two-day stock car racing grand finale.

Enduro events have a “survival of the fittest” attitude filled with crashes and wild maneuvers. Any four- or six-cylinder car, light-duty pickup truck, or minivan that meets specifications may compete, with only safety modifications permitted. Races are run without caution flags and disabled vehicles are left wherever they may lie, including on the racing surface; red flags are used only in the event of emergencies.

Eric “Mongo” Messier of Hinesburg, VT and “Wild Bill” Fountain of Altona, NY are deadlocked in a tie for the Enduro Series championship lead. Each driver has survived for a victory, a runner-up finish, and a third-place finish to tie at 144 points. Andy “Mowgli” Botala and Brett “Woody” Wood are tied in third place at 122 points with Kevin Sorel just two points back, and are still within reach of the overall title.

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Stafford Shark Cycle 80 Next for Valenti Modified Racing Series

Canaan, NH. – The Valenti Modified Racing Series kicks off the Labor Day weekend with a return trip to Stafford Motor Speedway for the 4th annual running of the ‘Shark Cycle 80’ Friday night, August 30.

The race will mark the drive to the series title with only four events remaining after Friday, one of them a return engagement next month at the Stafford half-mile.

Current point leader Rowan Pennink, of Huntingdon Valley, PA, leads the standings heading to Stafford. He tops Tommy Barrett, of Millis MA, last years August winner at Stafford. Barrett moved ahead of Louie Mechalides, of Tyngsboro, MA, in the point standings after last weeks Monadnock race. Chris Pasteryak, of Lisbon, Ct, and Richard Savary, of Canton, MA, make up the top five. All top-five point men are expected at Friday’s event.

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Ceravolo Gunning for Top-10 Finish

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Todd Ceravolo is having a satisfying season in SK Modified competition at two Connecticut NASCAR Whelen All-American Series paved tracks. A well-planned 2013 campaign brought competitive results.

Ceravolo, 49, of Gales Ferry, Conn., is second in Modified division track points at Waterford (Conn.) Speedbowl and fourth at Thompson (Conn.) International Speedway. His consistency has kept him in or near the top-10 in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national point race since mid-June. His highest weekly point ranking so far was eighth in late July.

Ceravolo won plenty of Modified features over the years, but won only once in 2012 at Thompson. He got another taste of victory lane at Waterford last fall when he drove in relief for an injured Keith Rocco who got credit for the win. Rocco is Ceravolo’s son-in-law, married to daughter Cassie.

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Champions to be Crowned this Week at Thompson

THOMPSON, CT — The final Thursday night of the 2013 racing season at Thompson Speedway could produce the most exciting racing of the season. The point standings in each of the divisions are the closest in memory with a total of 25 different drivers in a position to win one of the five NASCAR Whelen All-American Series division track championships.

In four of the five divisions, the point standings are so close that trying to determine the winners would be a dream come true for a Las Vegas odds maker. The one remaining division, the Lite Modifieds, boils down to a two-man race for the title.

The NASCAR Division 1 Sunoco Modifieds have the closest point race going into the final event of the regular season. Keith Rocco holds a mere 2 point lead over both Kerry Malone and Woody Pitkat. Todd Ceravolo is only 24 points off the pace with defending champion Ryan Preece just two points behind him. Each of these drives knows the thrill of a division championship and each will be looking to add another title to his driving resume. 2012 Rookie of the Year Dennis Perry can’t be counted out of the running, however, as he will enter the final event 36 markers off of Rocco’s total. With 50 points awarded to the winner, it is possible that any one of the six contenders could lay claim to the championship.

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