Archive for September, 2013

VMRS Gears Up for Annual DAV Seekonk Run Saturday

Original Race Winner Hinckley Enters Fall Classic

Canaan, NH – Following a three-week break, the Valenti Modified Racing Series season resumes this Saturday, October 5, with the running of the ‘D. Anthony Venditti Fall Classic 100’at historic Seekonk Speedway, Seekonk, Mass.

The Saturday afternoon race, once a two-day program, is the
first of three remaining events to wrap up the 2013 campaign.

With the VMRS celebrating its 10th anniversary, this weekend’s event is also the 10th annual race at Seekonk’s ‘Fall Classic.’

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Southern Modified News & Notes: SNMP

Brunnhoelzl On The Brink Of Title

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The competition in the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour is fierce, but George Brunnhoelzl III continues the set the gold standard.

The driver out of West Babylon, N.Y., is closing in on his third consecutive tour title and fourth overall, having won championships in 2009, 2011 and 2012. He carries a 30-point lead over Kyle Ebersole into the G-Oil 150 on Saturday, Oct. 5 at Southern National Motorsports Park in Kenly, N.C. The event was originally scheduled for Sept. 21, but rain moved into the area following the completion of qualifying.

Should Brunnhoelzl claim his first career Southern National win and lead the most laps in his fifth start at the track, Ebersole will have to finish 13th or better without the benefit of leading a lap to keep his championship hopes alive. Burt Myers cannot lose more than one point to Brunnhoelzl to have a mathematical shot at the crown while Tim Brown will need to gain nine markers on the leader to stay in the hunt.

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Laperle & MacDonald Enter 51st Milk Bowl

ACT Champion Helliwell Withdraws Entry

Quebec’s Patrick Laperle and the “Outlaw” Eddie MacDonald from Rowley, MA are the latest entries in the 51st Peoples United Bank Milk Bowl, to be held at Thunder Road International Speedbowl on Saturday and Sunday, October 5-6, 2013.

Newly crowned ACT Champion Wayne Helliwell, Jr. from Dover, NH and his Bruce Bernhardt team have withdrawn their entry from the event. “Our sponsor backed out so we don’t have the money to make the Milk Bowl weekend,” the 2013 Champion said.
Laperle is a three-time winner of the ‘toughest short track’ race in North America and will seek his 4th win in the fall classic on Sunday, October 6, 2013. When the hard charging three time Série ACT and 2008 ACT US Champion was asked why he was coming to this year’s Milk Bowl, Laperle said, “The money! Ten Thousand ($10,000.00) to win is a lot of money. I am excited to try out the new American Racer tire too.”

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Additional Penalty Issued From CARQUEST Fall Final Weekend

STAFFORD SPRINGS, CT —  Woody Pitkat, driver of the #27 SK Modified®, was fined $100.00 for performing donuts on the infield following the SK Modified® feature this past Sunday at Stafford Motor Speedway.

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Pulliam Takes Aim at Martinsville

National Champ’s Next Goal: Virginia Is For Racing Lovers 300

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The newly crowned NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national champion has one more mighty goal on his 2013 racing calendar – a victory at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway.

Lee Pulliam, coming off his second straight NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national championship, will compete in the post-season Virginia Is For Racing Lovers 300 for NASCAR Late Models at Martinsville on Oct. 6. Eighty-seven cars were on hand for a test session on Sept. 25.

The race day includes four 20-lap qualifying races, a 20-lap last chance race, and the 42-car, 200-lap main event. Practice is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 5.

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NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Championship to be Decided at Thompson

THOMPSON, CT — The championship crown for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will be determined at Thompson’s World Series on Sunday, October 20th. After a season-long battle, the coveted championship has boiled down to a contest between defending champion Doug Coby and current point leader Ryan Preece. Preece has a 26 point advantage going into the Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing presented by Xtra Mart.

Preece has seen his point advantage dwindle in the last two outings of the WMT. His efforts at Stafford’s Fall Final produced a 17th place finish and a 12th place finish at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Prior to those two races, Preece seemed destined for the title with four wins in the first 11 races.

Coby, who clinched the 2012 title at Thompson’s World Series, has not been far behind Preece all year long and the last two outings have proven to be a real boost to his efforts to repeat his championship status. In New Hampshire, Coby finished one spot behind Preece and secured a 2nd place finish at Stafford’s final.

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Penalty Issued from September 29th CARQUEST Fall Final NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Program at Stafford Motor Speedway

Stafford Springs, CT — Stafford Motor Speedway has issued the following penalty following the running of the September 29 CARQUEST Fall Final NASCAR Whelen All-American Series feature events.

Tom Fearn, driver of the No. 92 Late Model, has been penalized for a rules violation committed this past Sunday at Stafford Motor Speedway.

Fearn has been penalized from his second place finish in the 30-lap Late Model feature and placed to last (21st) and fined 10 points for violating rule 20E-10.6 Rear Axle (Rear Axle did not meet the maximum 13″ measurement from the vertical centerline of the rear axle to the centerline of the forward mounting point) of the 2013 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Model rulebook.

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Rob Richardi, Jr. Wins Pro 4 Mods at Monadnock

Monadnock Speedway-Race Results
September 28, 2013
Monadnock Speedway Results
Pos. Car # Driver Points Earned
1 12 Rob Richardi Jr. 50
2 60 Andy Major 48
3 07x Robin Berghman 46
4 0 Norman Wrenn 44
5 07 Phil Lausier 42

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Shaw Wins the Race, Cassius Clark Wins the PASS North Championship

OXFORD, ME — It was day two of the PASS North championship weekend, and a beautiful weather day attracted a full field of cars into the huge Oxford Plains Speedway pit area. Fifty Super Late Models entered the garage area to compete for thirty-six positions in the Ripley and Fletcher Ford 150.

Johnny Clark and Shawn Martin brought the field to green with Clark assuming the point from the get go. Clark held the lead until Scott Mulkern took over the top spot on lap 17 and set a torrid pace until lap 75 when Joey Doiron slipped by Mulkern for the lead. Doiron and Cassius Clark were tied in points heading into the main event, and Doiron was ecstatic as the crowd erupted when he grabbed the top point. Mulkern regained the lead after a caution for a minor spin by Dylan Gosbee on lap 94. Mulkern held off all chargers including Doiron, Cassius Clark and DJ Shaw until the final caution flew on lap 130 as Shawn Martin broke a suspension part and flew over the top of turn three. This caution set up an unbelievable set of circumstances as the top three, Mulkern, Clark, and Doiron were three wide for three consecutive laps before Clark snared the lead. The lead time for Clark was short lived as DJ Shaw raced by, and held the lead to the finish. Mulkern raced home second, followed by Cassius Clark, Travis Benjamin and Doiron. By finishing in the third position, Cassius Clark was crowned the 2013 PASS North champion. In victory lane Clark thanked the world, especially his Hight Chevrolet family for their support.

Heat checkers flew for Johnny Clark, Mike Rowe, Joey Doiron and Shawn Martin. Consolation victories went to Tony Ricci and DJ Shaw, while the “B” feature checkers flew for Mike Landry.

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2013 New England Auto Racing Hall of Fame Inductions Take Center Stage on Sunday, November 10th

Drivers Stan Meserve, Brian Ross, Drew Fornoro, Ralph Nason, the late Bob Stefanik, Bill Eldridge and Bob Sharp along with car owner Ron Berndt will be inducted at the 16th annual NEAR Hall of Fame Banquet Sunday, Nov. 10 at the Lodge at Manelley’s located at 65 Rye Street in South Windsor, CT.

Seven drivers and one car owner representing hundreds of victories and dozens of championships comprise the New England Auto Racers Hall of Fame’s Class of 2013. It is the 16th class and brings the membership to well over 115.

Tickets are priced at $45.00 each. Doors open at 11:00 a.m. with dinner served at Noon.

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Lia Dominating in Stafford Win

First Whelen Modified Tour Win In Over A Year

STAFFORD, Conn. – Donny Lia flexed his muscle in dominating fashion on Sunday at Stafford (Conn.) Motor Speedway.

The two-time NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion started from the pole and handled all challenges with apparent ease by outdistancing Doug Coby to the finish line by 3.231 seconds to win the CARQUEST Fall Final 150. The win was his first on the tour since Aug. 9 of last year at Thompson (Conn.) Speedway.

The Jericho, N.Y., driver now has 17 career wins. Sunday was his fourth at Stafford and second in the Fall Final.

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James Osmond Announced Driver of the Year at Wiscasset Speedway

WISCASSET, ME — It was a nice fall day last Saturday and fans came to see their favorite drivers race, knowing there was only one week left of the racing season at Wiscasset Speedway. On the agenda was the full lineup of both groups, and all divisions raced. At the conclusion of the races, drivers and Speedway staff and families gathered to celebrate the season, and awards were given to drivers and staff. The awards recognized Hard Luck, Improvement, Sportsmanship, and Best Average Finish. The Napa Driver of the Year was also crowned.

A quick straightforward race by the Thunder 4 division was first on the track for a fifteen lap feature. Starting in the pole position was the No. 31 driven by Leandra Martin. She was followed by Cody Tribbet of the No. 13 and the No. 5 of Ryan Chadwick. Tribbet passed Martin on the inside of turn one during lap two, taking first place. Then Chadwick followed suit and passed Martin on the inside of the back stretch of lap two for second.

The No. 20 driven by Dan Trask was moving up from behind. He passed Martin during lap four on the inside of turn four for third. Ahead of Trask, Tribbet and Chadwick fought for position. Then, on lap five, Chadwick pulled ahead on the inside going into turn four and took the lead. Leaders stayed the same to the checkered. Chadwick placed first. This was Chadwick’s third top three finish of the season, and his first victory. In Victory Lane Chadwick told his fans. “I’m looking forward to next year!”

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Andy Saunders Takes 95 LM Feature & Championship

HERMON, ME — Ellsworth’s Andy Saunders took advantage of another driver’s misfortune Saturday night at Speedway 95 and won the 40 lap Dysart’s Late Model feature as well as putting an exclamation point on his second consecutive division championship. Deane Smart of Bradley beat Saunders to the front at the drop of the green flag, and led the first 28 laps of the event. On lap 29, Lloyd Nickerson of Corinth spun in turn four while the leaders were rounding turn three and was sitting in the middle of the track when Smart got there. Smart struck Nickerson head on, lifted into the air and landed on the car of Paul White who was running right behind Smart. Saunders, who was running third at the time, dove to the inside and avoided any contact with the wreck. Smart, White and Nickerson were all eliminated from the race, while Saunders forged ahead of Wayne Parritt Jr. on the restart and led the remaining twelve laps to post his sixth win of the season. Parritt ran a strong race, finishing a close second to Saunders with Hermon’s Mike Hopkins finishing third, right on Parritt’s bumper. Fourth went to rookie Andrew McLaughlin of Harrington with Winterport’s Ryan Deane taking the fifth spot. Saunders claimed his second consecutive championship in the division, a feat which he also accomplished in the 2003 and 2004 seasons.

In the Darling’s Ford Sportsman division, the points leader and 2013 division champion Kris Watson of Hermon won the caution free feature event, leading from the pole to the checkers. Kris Matchett of Skowhegan finished the 25 lap feature in the second spot, followed by Bradley Smart of Bradley in third. Milford’s Joe Legere wrapped the season up with a fourth place finish, followed by Corinth’s Jim Bragdon in fifth.

History was made in the Keystone Automotive Strictly Streets when Shelby Kimball of Cornville won the division’s points championship, the first lady driver to do so in the division. Alex Berry of Harrington won the caution free 25 lap feature, with Kimball finishing second. Glenburn’s Jordan Pearson finished the race in third, followed by Greg Pung of Franklin in fourth and Shelby’s younger brother, Matt Kimball of Cornville in fifth. Matt Kimball finished the season’s points race in second, the first time a brother/sister combination had both topped the points standings in a division at the speedway.

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Saturday 09/28 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Results

Waterford, CT  — Waterford Speedbowl hosted the final Saturday night racing program of the season before its big Finale Weekend of racing, putting seven race divisions in action on a seasonable late September evening. While seven drivers captured wins on the night, four more champions were unofficially crowned in the season long war. In NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing, Keith Rocco of Meriden captured his third track championship in the headline SK Modified® division following his ninth win of the year. Rocco also won his fourth straight Bob Valenti Auto Mall Late Model division feature. Uncasville’s Phil Evans outdueled the competition for an entertaining victory in the night’s Street Stock race while Salem’s Corey Hutchings unofficially clinched the division championship. Ken Cassidy Jr. of Lisbon claimed his fifth Mini Stock championship in convincing fashion with his third straight victory. In INEX racing, Dylan Izzo of Monroe won both the race and the division’s Saturday night series championship. Brad Voglesong of Middletown won the X-Car race and Dave Yardley of Berlin won the Super X-Car feature.

The 35-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series SK Modified® feature had a hard time getting started smoothly with multiple caution flags plaguing the opening six laps. Two attempts to begin the race went awry before the field could get to turn one, the second involving multiple cars and knocking Ted Christopher and Frank Mucciacciaro Jr. out of the race. Diego Monahan took the lead from pole-sitter Tyler Chadwick when finally got underway. Rocco began the race in fourth position and quickly was in contention, moving up to second behind Monahan by lap-2 when Rob Janovic Jr. spun in turn one to trigger another yellow flag.

Rocco powered into the lead after two false starts by the front row trying to restart the race on lap-2. Rocco raced into turn one ahead of Monahan, being scored as the leader of lap-3. After a Jeff Gallup spin on lap-6, another great restart enabled Rocco to drive away from the field. Kyle James moved to second place on lap-11 around Mohanan and when Tom Abele Jr. tried to follow, Monahan shut the door and the two came together. Monahan collected his car and held the spot but lost ground to James, who began a pursuit of Rocco’s lead which already had grown to several car lengths.

Behind Rocco and James, the best battle was for third as four cars ran together. Abele continued to pester Monahan while Craig Lutz had caught the pair looking to improve his position as the race approached halfway. Abele went to the outside lane in his quest to get by Monahan, working hard as Monahan tried to hold him off. Finally on lap-21 Abele had the spot after several laps trying. Lutz struck quickly on Monahan to pick up fourth position, dropping Monahan to fifth a lap later. Rocco’s lead evaporated when Jim Larsen Jr. spun in turn four near the rear of the field, just ahead of Rocco, to return the race under caution with seven laps remaining.

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AT RACING: Flat Tires End Austin Theriault’s Bid at Oxford Plains

PASS North Series: Austin Theriault Oxford Plains Speedway Race Report

OXFORD, Maine – Austin Theriault of Fort Kent, Maine, finished 25th in the PASS North Series Ripley & Fletcher Ford 150 at Oxford Plains Speedway in Oxford, Maine, on Saturday, September 28. Theriault suffered flat right-side tires on two different occasions after racing his way into the Top-5 by the midway point of the event. Though the AT Racing No. 57 Pelletier Ford/Daigle Oil Ford raced up as high as sixth on the track by the time the checkered flag flew, Theriault was four laps down and unable to recover from the earlier setback. Theriault qualified ninth out of 48 cars in the field and started 13th by virtue of PASS’ handicapping procedure.

WHO: Austin Theriault, Fort Kent, Maine
TEAM: AT Racing No. 57 Pelletier Ford/Daigle Oil Company Ford
WHAT: PASS Ripley & Fletcher Ford 150
WHERE: Oxford Plains Speedway, Oxford, Maine (.375-mile oval)
NEXT RACE: October 14, Winchester 400, Winchester Speedway, Winchester, Ind. (.500-mile banked oval)

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Rocco & Pitkat Score CARQUEST Fall Final Wins; Pitkat Clinches SK Modified® Track Championship at Stafford

Stafford Springs, CT — Stafford Motor Speedway concluded its 2013 NASCAR racing season with feature events for the SK Modified® and Late Model divisions as part of 41st Annual CARQUEST Fall Final Weekend. Keith Rocco took the checkered flag in the 40-lap SK Modified® feature, while Woody Pitkat clinched his first career SK Modified® track championship with a third place finish. Pitkat also came up as the winner of the 30-lap Late Model feature.

In the 40-lap SK Modified® feature, Michael Gervais, Jr. got a good run on the outside of Curt Brainard to take the lead at the green flag. As the field came out of turn 4 to complete the first lap, Brainard got sideways and behind him Joey Cipriano got into the frontstretch wall and ripped the right front tire off of his car to bring out the caution and red flags as Cipriano’s right front briefly caught fire. The field did not complete the lap and there was a total restart of the race.

The next restart saw Gervais again get a good run on the outside of Brainard to take the lead with Doug Coby following Gervais by Brainard. Keith Rocco and Eric Berndt were also able to get past Brainard, dropping him back to fifth place.

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Labbe Wins ACT Fall Foliage 200

Helliwell Wins Second Consecutive ACT Championship by 16 points

Waterbury, VT – Alex Labbe of St. Albert, Quebec won the 39th annual American Canadian Fall Foliage 200 at Airborne Speedway in Plattsburgh, NY on Sunday, September 28, 2013. Labbe became the spoiler in the season-long championship title bout between defending Champion Wayne Helliwell, Jr. of Dover, NH and contender Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. of Hudson, NH. Polewarczyk took the lead on lap 34 and led the most laps, held off numerous challenges from Labbe until lap 186 when the fourth and final caution of the day flew for a major wreck involving Helliwell, Jonathan Bouvrette, and shuffled many cars, including Polewarczyk.

Labbe led the final 16 laps, while Polewarczyk had to contend with a hard-charging Brian Hoar for 2nd place. Helliwell pitted after the 186 damage, and nursed his car to finish as the last car on the lead lap, finishing ninth (9th), and his pre-race 41-point lead ended up unofficially at 16 points securing his second ACT Championship.

Brian Hoar finished 3rd, 3-time Airborne Champion Brent Dragon finished 4th, and Steuben, Maine’s Rowland Robinson, Jr. had a career-best finish, rounding out the top 5.

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Seuss Makes It Two In A Row At Caraway

Records Eighth Career Win At Track

ASHEBORO, N.C. – Andy Seuss found himself in familiar territory on Saturday night – Victory Lane at Caraway Speedway.

Nearly three weeks after winning at the .455-mile oval for the first time since Oct. 2011, Seuss was right back there after winning the Zooland 150. It was the Hampstead, N.H., driver’s eighth win at the track and the 14th of his tour career which gives him sole possession of second place on the all-time wins list.

“We definitely have it going in the right direction right now,” said Seuss. “We were just being patient early on and set ourselves up for the end.”

After starting from the second position Seuss took the lead from pole sitter Burt Myers on Lap 63.

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Membrino, Arute, Lavoie, Sylvester, & Comeau Score CARQUEST Fall Final Saturday Feature Victories at Stafford Speedway; Membrino, Wood, & Secore Clinch Track Championships

Stafford Springs, CT — Stafford Motor Speedway kicked off its final race event of the 2013 season with feature events for its SK Light, Limited Late Model, and DARE Stock divisions, as well as a feature event for the N.E. Truck Series as part of the Saturday CARQUEST Fall Final Weekend festivities. In the SK Light Modifieds, Tony Membrino, Jr. won both the race and the track championship, David Arute won the 20-lap Limited Late Model feature but lost out on the track championship to Josh Wood, and Jeremy Lavoie won the 15-lap DARE Stock feature while Dave Secore survived an early race crash to clinch the championship. David Comeau won the 8-lap Paradiso-Muska DARE Stock Shoot-Out and Zach Sylvester won the 20-lap N.E. Truck Series feature.

In the 20-lap SK Light Modified feature, Rich Hammann took the lead at the green flag but as the field was coming out of turn 4 to complete the first lap Jay Goff spun in the middle of the pack and Jason Lafayette ended up spun in the middle of turns 3+4 to bring the caution out.

Membrino was strong on the restart and he moved from fourth to the lead. Tyler Hines was second with Hammann falling from the lead back to third place. Payton Henry was fourth and Glenn Griswold was fifth as the caution slowed the action with 4 laps complete as Todd Douillard, Robert Palmer, and Rick Dyer came to a stop in the middle of turns 1+2.

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QUALIFYING: Myers Wins Caraway Pole

Second Straight For Veteran; Record 26th Of Tour Career

ASHEBORO, N.C. – Burt Myers won the Coors Light Pole Award in NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour qualifying on Saturday for the Zooland 150 at Caraway Speedway.

Myers of Walnut Cove, N.C., got around the .455-mile oval in 15.906 seconds for an average speed of 102.980 mph. It’s the second straight pole win for the veteran, but neither race has yet to be run. He picked up his first of the season on Sept. 21 at Southern National Motorsports Park in Kenly, N.C., but bad weather arrived before the green flag could wave. The race has been rescheduled for Saturday, Oct. 5. Myers extended his tour record for career poles to 26 with a tour-best 13 of those coming at Caraway.

Andy Seuss with a qualifying time of 15.955 seconds (102.664 mph) will start alongside Myers on the front row. Seuss started from the pole and won in his last outing on Sept. 8 at Caraway. Points leader George Brunnhoelzl III will start third after posing a time of 15.964 seconds (102.606 mph) followed by Tim Brown with a time of 15.970 seconds (102.567 mph). Kyle Ebersole was fifth-fastest in qualifying with a 15.990-second lap (102.439 mph).

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PRACTICE: Quick Caraway Start for Seuss

Seeking Second SoMod Tour Victory

ASHEBORO, N.C. – Andy Seuss led the way in NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour practice on Saturday for the Zooland 150 at Caraway Speedway.

Seuss of Hampstead, N.H., navigated the .455-mile Tar Heel State oval in 15.954 seconds for an average speed of 102.670 mph. The pilot of the No. 11 Tammie Davis/Phoenix Pre-Owned Chevrolet is looking for his second straight tour win at Caraway after winning from the pole position on Sept. 8.

Points leader George Brunnhoelzl III was second-quickest on the charts at 16.022 seconds (102.234 mph) followed by Tim Brown at 16.063 seconds (101.973 mph). J.R. Bertuccio was fourth at 16.093 seconds (101.783 mph). Kyle Ebersole and Danny Bohn recorded an identical time of 16.110 seconds (101.676 mph) for the fifth-fastest time of the session.

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PRACTICE: Lia Leads At Stafford

Fastest In Preparation For The CARQUEST Fall Final 150

STAFFORD, Conn. – Donny Lia led the way in NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour practice for the CARQUEST Fall Final 150 at Stafford Motor Speedway.

Lia, from Jericho, N.Y., posted a fast lap of 18.314 seconds (98.285 mph) in the 75-minute session Saturday at Stafford. A seven-time pole winner at Stafford during his career, Lia will look to make his fast practice time stand up in Coors Light Pole qualifying today at 2:30 p.m.

A three-time Stafford pole winner just this year, Bobby Santos finished second-fastest to Lia at 18.412 (97.762). No driver in Whelen Modified Tour history has swept an entire season of pole awards at Stafford – a feat Santos will look to accomplish later today.

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Peter Portante Wins National Run-Offs

New Britain, CT – Young Peter Portante has spent all but a few of his years in auto racing. Beginning with Karting at age four, the Plainville, Connecticut resident has won in every vehicle he’s competed. But on Sunday, September 22nd, Portante may have garnered his most impressive result to date by winning in the Formula Continental® race at Road America during the 50th running of the iconic SCCA National Championship Runoffs ®.

Celebrated throughout the racing world as one of the truly unique events, the Runoffs crown the Champions of amateur road racing in the United States.

It was the maiden Runoffs race for the 17-year-old Portante, who averaged 102.997 mph after leading nine of 13 laps. “It’s a great trophy to have in a small trophy case,” Portante said. “It’s going to be a lot of work to keep improving, though.”
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NEMA Stretch Run Begins at Waterford

Brockton, MA — Waterford Speedbowl’s Finale, Oct. 5-6, begins the traditional “stretch run” for the Northeastern Midget Association. Point races take center stage as both NEMA and the NEMA Lites have places on Waterford’s two-day season-ender.

John Zych Jr., a four-time winner this season, will take a 17-point edge on four-time and defending champion Randy Cabral in Sunday’s 25-lap feature. It is NEMA’s fourth visit to the Speedbowl this season.

The Lites point race – three-time winner Carl Mederios Jr. is 51 up on Danny Cugini – could well be decided in Saturday’s 25-lap Lites feature. Both NEMA and the Lites will qualify on Saturday.

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Rookie Hill Conquers Monster Mile

Kwasniewski’s K&N Pro East Points Lead Sliced To 5 Over Moffitt

DOVER, Del. – Austin Hill faced the Monster Mile and didn’t blink.

The 19-year-old from Winston, Ga., conquered the high-banked mile oval in the Drive Sober 150 presented by Delaware Office of Highway Safety Friday afternoon. It was Hill’s first win in his seventh career NASCAR K&N Pro Series East start.

The race also featured a huge points swing. Dylan Kwasniewski, whose lead was 40 two races ago, was sidelined early by electrical issues. He returned to the track and finished 48 laps down in 29th. His nearest challenger, Brett Moffitt, finished 11th to slice Kwasniewski’s lead to just five heading into the finale at Road Atlanta on Friday, Oct. 18.

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Keith Rocco Clinches Waterford Championship

Driver Wins 10th Late Model Feature Of The Season

SOUTH PARIS, Maine – Now that Keith Rocco has locked up the Late Model championship at Waterford Speedbowl, don’t expect his approach to change.

“Absolutely not,” said Rocco, the 2010 NASCAR Whelen All-American series national champion. “Every race, we race to win. We had such a points lead built up by the middle of the summer, we had no mercy out there. We were going for wins and that was it.”

Rocco earned his 10th Late Model feature win of the season for car owner Scott Fearn last Saturday night, September 21, to mathematically clinch the track championship before season’s end. The No. 1 Mr. Rooter/Critical Sign Toyota was built brand-new during the offseason by Crazy Horse Racing.

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QUALIFYING: Conley on Coors Pole At Dover

Delaware’s Faison also on front row for K&N Pro East race

DOVER, Del. – Cale Conley earned his third career Coors Light Pole Award in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Friday afternoon in qualifying for the Drive Sober 150 at Dover International Speedway.

Delaware native C.J. Faison will join Conley on the front row for the race, which is scheduled to take the green flag Friday at 4:45 p.m.

Conley won the pole with a lap of 23.227 seconds (154.992 mph) around the high-banked mile oval. Faison had a lap of 23.254 (154.812).

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American Racer Debuts at Milk Bowl

One of the country’s most unique events, billed as the ‘toughest short track race in America’, Thunder Road’s Milk Bowl just got tougher. The American Canadian Tour recently announced that they will be making a tire change for the first time in nearly a decade. The American Racer tire will become the tire of choice beginning in 2014 for the large network of weekly tracks and the two popular touring series sanctioned by ACT. The season-ending 51st Milk Bowl will unveil the new product for use in the Fall classic the weekend of October 4-6, 2013.

“We have spent the entire summer developing and testing a tire to serve our needs for future years. American Racer has done an outstanding job of getting us exactly what we asked for to replace our current brand of Late Model tires. We have full confidence that the teams will be enthusiastic about the new tire that was developed and ‘rolling’ it out at Thunder Road’s most historic event should let everyone know how confident we are about this product”, said Tom Curley, President of the American Canadian Tour and Promoter of Thunder Road International Speedbowl.

When the ACT learned that the present tire in use was not going to be available to their various tracks throughout New England, Eastern New York, Quebec and Ontario, they contacted American Racer, the company that ACT previously had a long relationship with, to fill the void.
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Late Model Drivers have Sights Set on Oct. 6

Sunday, October 6: it’s a date NASCAR Late Model Stock drivers from across the country have had circled on their calendars for months, the date of the Virginia is for Racing Lovers 300 at Martinsville Speedway.

It is the race that drivers refer to as their Daytona 500 or their Super Bowl. It’s the richest NASCAR Late Model Stock race in the country, $25,000 to the winner, with bonuses that could take it to $35,000. And of course there is the iconic grandfather clock trophy to the winner and the prestige of winning on a track where the history of racing runs so deep.

The field is truly a who’s who of NASCAR Late Model racing. Two-time defending NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national champion Lee Pulliam is entered, as is four-time national champion Philip Morris. Morris is the defending Virginia is for Racing Lovers 300 winner; Pulliam won the event two years ago. Morris is the only driver with three Virginia is for Racing Lovers 300 wins to his credit.

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Bourgoine & Hammar Will Contend For Title at Oxford Plains

With just one race remaining in one of the country’s premier Legends Cars series, the Amsoil Nelcar Legends Tour has had a great championship battle throughout the season. Matt Bourgoine of Newport, Maine leads Pembroke, New Hampshire’s Ryan Hammar by 13 points going into this weekend’s event at Oxford Plains Speedway. The two drivers have dominated on the Tour this season, combining to win seven of the 13 races so far.

“We blew our engine last time we were at Oxford and that put us behind quite a bit,” third year driver Hammar said about the title fight, “If that hadn’t happen we’d be in good position but it’s just going to be a matter of how far Bourgoine can get through the field, we will just go for the win and let the rest play out.”

After his second place finish in the last race at Wiscasset Speedway, Bourgoine will have to come from the rear of the field on Saturday afternoon, giving Hammar the leg up going into the feature as his heat finish will determine his feature starting spot. Bourgoine is no stranger of fighting from the rear of the field, and has won doing so a few times this year alone.

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