Archive for October, 2013

NEMA Lites Champion Jumps Into the VMRS for 2014

2013 NEMA Lite champion Carl Medeiros, Jr. will take another step in his stellar racing career when he straps himself into a Valenti Modified Racing Series race car for the first time. The 17-year-old Westport, MA high school senior will campaign a car formerly owned by Kevin Stuart and driven by another graduate of the NEMA series, Anthony Nocella.

“We had no intention of buying another car so soon, but it was going to the flea market, so we jumped on it,” Medeiros said. “Our main concern is to sell off the midgets we have now, and get our TQ ready for a few shows.”

When asked about the new ride, Medeiros said “It’s basically a new car with only one season on it, with all the good parts and we’re getting a good deal, (it) can’t get much better.”

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Dick Crotty Passes at 58

Richard E. Crotty

MANCHESTER – Richard E. “Dick” Crotty, 58, of Manchester passed away, after a long battle with cancer, peacefully with family by his side on Oct. 29, 2013.

Born on Dec. 27, 1954, to the late Richard E. Crotty and the late Genevieve (Charbonneau) Crotty, he was a lifelong Manchester resident.

Richard was a firefighter with the Manchester Fire Department for 25 years, retiring in 2000 from Engine 10. During his retirement he continued serving as a court officer with the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s office.

Richard was an avid motorsports fan, who had driven race cars throughout New England, winning many awards. He also enjoyed traveling to Disney World yearly with his family and had a passion for classic cars. Richard was also a founder of East Cost Auto Racers (Small Block Supers) and Cruisn’ Times.

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Former Car Owner Bruce Sperry Passes at 72

Bruce T. Sperry Sr.
January 13, 1941 – October 29, 2013

Bruce T. Sperry Sr. 72, of Wallingford, loving husband of 48 years of the late Mirtha Ruiz Sperry, died Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at MidState Medical Center in Meriden.

Bruce was born in Meriden, January 13, 1941, a son of the late Miles Sperry and Lois Affleck Sperry and had been a Wallingford resident for many years. He was a self-employed auto mechanic and was also employed at Ulbrich Steel in Wallingford.

He is survived by his daughter Zunilda Rocco and her husband Ronald, of Berlin; his son Bruce Sperry, Jr. and his wife Lynn of Waterford; his grandchildren Keith Rocco and his wife Cassandra of Berlin, Jeff Rocco of Wallingford, Evan Sperry and Elise Sperry, both of Waterford, his sister Robin Mezzanotte of Southington; his brother Miles Sperry and his wife Gerry of Meriden; his sister-in-law Beverly Sperry of Meriden; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother Lee Sperry.

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Zuidema Promoted-Tapley Joins Thompson Team

THOMPSON, CT — Two major personnel changes were announced today by Thompson Speedway General Manager, Josh Vanada. Both appointments are effective immediately.

The first announced by Vanada is the promotion of Race Director, Jeff Zuidema, to the position of Director of Competition. This post had been held by Vanada but was recently vacated when he was named the track’s General Manager. Zuidema, a four-time Thompson champion and winner of some 52 races at the track, will have the responsibility of oversight of on-track competition and the inspection process.

“Jeff did a terrific job for us in 2013 and I know that I am not alone when I say that I really enjoyed working with him. He brings great balance to our officiating staff and has proven to be a great leader for our officials and race teams. I feel that the title of Director of Competition is a more apt description for Jeff’s position since he will oversee and be responsible for the entirety of competition both on the track and in the inspection area,” Said Vanada.

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Change in Date for November General Club Meeting

Due to scheduling conflicts for most, the November Voting meeting on Saturday the 30th has been rescheduled. We will still have the meeting at the Clarion Hotel in Seekonk, Mass, but it will be held on Saturday December 7th at 1 PM.

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Big November Set as PASS South Racers Look Forward to Major Events

CHARLOTTE, NC — As the leaves begin to fall and temperatures become more brisk, Pro All Stars Series (PASS) South Super Late Model teams are making final preparations for two of the biggest events of the season. First, PASS South racers will head to Caraway Speedway in Asheboro, NC on November 9th to race as part of the 11th Annual North-South Shootout. Then, the 2013 season will come to a close on November 23rd with a big 200 lapper at Southern National Motorsports Park in Kenly, NC as part of the 8th Annual Mason Dixon Meltdown. Both races carry a great deal of prestige in the short track racing community and will feature an array of unique divisions in addition to the PASS South Super Late Models, including the Tour-type Modifieds at Caraway and Must See Xtreme Racing Sprint Cars at Southern National.

The North-South Shootout will feature a 150 lap event for the PASS South Super Late Models on the tough .455 mile oval. The Shootout has become known as a “can’t miss” event for short track fans, particularly fans of the Modifieds. But, last year’s hard fought contest for the PASS South Super Late Models which saw current points leader Jay Fogleman hold off rising start Ross Kenseth in a thrilling finish, has fans clamoring to see more from the “Big Boys With The Bad, Fast Toys.”

Rookie Cole Timm heads to Caraway Speedway full of confidence for a good run in the North-South Shootout. Timm currently sits fifth in PASS South points with a best finish of fourth coming at Southern National back in June. With a strong run at Caraway last year in the PASS Pro Late Model division and another good run going in the Super back in May, Timm feels like the time is right to make his name in a high profile event like the Shootout.

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Member Alert from Linda Cleveland

PRE-Annual General Meeting at the Thompson Clubhouse on Sunday, November 3, 2013 beginning promptly at noon.

Please forward to me any items that you feel need to be discussed by Tuesday, October 29th so I can Include them on the agenda. Remember this is your club, so participate, get involved.

I am still accepting nominations for Officers & Board Members and proposals. November 8th is the last day I can accept nominations and proposals to be voted on for the 2013 Annual General Meeting. The agenda will be sent out 2 weeks before the meeting.

I will also be taking reservations for the 2013 NEMA Banquet on Sunday if you haven’t contacted Deb Marvuglio yet and this Thursday, Oct 31st is the last day for discounted hotel rooms at the Hampton Inn.

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Voting for 2014 Seekonk Speedway Wall of Fame Ends November 20th

2014 Wall of Fame Nominees & Ballot

Seekonk Speedway is proud of it long heritage and traditions in the sport of Short Track Racing. For almost 70 years the Speedway has been at the forefront of the racing community. In 2013 we are introducing the Seekonk Speedway Wall of Fame in an effort to immortalize some of the Drivers and Crew that have made a profound impact on the Sport and Community in the last several decades. We will induct 3 members every year. Nominations will be gathered throughout the season and then narrowed down by our WOF committee. Nominees will be introduced in August and voting will continue to November 15th. Please take a minute to vote for those you feel have helped make our sport and Speedway the best there is.

To be elegible for the Seekonk Wall of Fame you must have made an impact on the racing community and Seekonk Speedway.

Leo Cleary: His nickname was The Lion, because he never backed down from a challenge. He first ventured to Seekonk’s Victory Lane in 1955, and continued his winning ways until 1987, just after he won the Pro Stock Crown. A 4 Leo Clearytime Champion, Leo was feared wherever he raced. He was a winner at many tracks in the Northeast, but continued at Seekonk until his unofficial retirement after 1988.

Wayne Dion: Wayne was a fan favorite for over 20 years. Wayne won his first Championship in the Street division in 1974, the same year he won his first race. He backed that up in 77, winning the Cadet title, and picked up the Pro waynedionStock crown in 1982. He had a strong fan base, which followed him until he competed in his final race in the 2010, when he came out of retirement. Over his 30+ year career, he amasses 56 wins, including his final checkered in 2003.

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NAPA Signs On As Event Sponsor for AC Boardwalk Hall Indoor Auto Racing Weekend; Entry Forms for Atlantic City & Trenton Indoor Events Now Available Online

TRENTON, NJ — NAPA Auto Stores, the nation’s leader in automotive supplies, has signed on for the second consecutive year as the title sponsor for the Atlantic City Indoor Auto Races, it has been announced by Len Sammons Motorsports Productions, event promoter.

The two-day race meet will be known as the NAPA KNOW HOW Atlantic City Indoor Race.

The indoor racing inside Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall is now in its 12th consecutive year of competition. Dates are Friday and Saturday January 24 and 25. 2014. The races will be preceded by a closed to the public, practice session on Thursday, January 23.

The TQ Midgets will once again headline the NAPA KNOW HOW Atlantic City Indoor Race with feature events on Friday and Saturday night with Saturday’s event being the prestigious Gambler’s Classic. Joining the TQ Midgets during the three day event will be the Herr’s Slingshots and Sr. Champ Karts. The Slingshots and Sr. Champ Karts will run qualifying events on Friday night and their feature events on Saturday night.

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Seekonk Speedway Awards Banquet January 18, 2014

awards2013banquetThe Venus De Milo in Swansea, MA will host Seekonk Speedway’s annual awards banquet  on January 18, 2014.

The buffet will include Venus Minestrone soup, Season Fresh vegetables, oven roasted potatoes, rice pilaf, macaroni and cheese, danish ham, oven roasted chicken, Boston baked schrod and assorted desserts.

Cocktail hour is at 6PM with dinner at 7PM. Tickets are $35 (10 guests per table) and can be ordered online at SeekonkSpeedway.com or calling the track office at (508) 336-9959.

Sources: SeekonkSpeedway.com

2011 NASCAR Champion Ron Silk Enters North-South Shootout

SOPHIA, NC — Ron Silk from Norwalk, Conn., is among the newest entries into the 11th annual John Blewett Memorial North-South Shootout scheduled to go green for 125 intense laps at Caraway (N.C.) Speedway on the weekend of November 7-9, which is now less than two weeks away.

The early entry list includes 17 drivers, with many more teams expected to add their name to the prestigious $60,000 event before the gates swing open on November 7. Final practice and qualifying takes place on Friday, November 8, with the Tour-Type Modifieds, PASS South Super Late Model Tour, and IMCA Type Modifieds running feature events on Saturday afternoon, November 9th.

“This will be our first time going to the Shootout at Caraway,” Silk noted. “We ran it when it was at Concord (N.C. Speedway) the last two years for (car owner) Eddie (Partridge). We’re looking forward to getting down there and racing. While Silk has not raced at the fast half mile of Caraway with his current TS Haulers Race Team, he did compete several times at Caraway when he drove for the late Roger Hill and co-owner Sandra Hill.

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DuBois Motorsports Swap Meet – Sunday, Nov 10th

DuBois Motorsports has a Swap Meet scheduled on Sunday, Nov. 10th between 10-4. The Swap Meet is free of charge to buy or sell your Pro-4, Limited or V-6 Modified cars and/or parts. Call Dick @ 508-248-7018 with any questions.

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Charlie Centinaro Passes at 80

UNITED, Riverside Park & West Haven Winner in 1960s-70s

CHARLES CENTINARO October 1, 1933 – October 22, 2013

500_bWOLCOTT- Charles Centinaro, 80, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013 at HCC@ Bradley Campus. He was the husband of Rose Marie (Desmone) Centinaro of Wolcott.

He was born Oct. 1, 1933 in Waterbury, son of the late Charles and Jenny (DiNova) Centinaro. Charles was employed for many years as a manager for Sandy’s Catering Service. He was an avid race car driver and one of the most winning racers of his era, finding success at Pine Bowl Speedway in NY, West Haven Speedway, Plainville Stadium and Riverside Park in Massachusetts. He was an absolute standout within the United Stock Car Racing Club and the Springfield Exposition Center in MA. Charles was a gentle, loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather who will be deeply missed.

In addition to his wife he is survived by his two daughters, Judi Cruz and husband William of Plantsville and Sandra Cwiertniewicz and husband Ted of Branford, a brother Joseph Centinaro of Naugatuck, 3 grandchildren, Taylor and Austyn Cwiertniewicz of Branford and Eric Centinaro of TN. He was predeceased by a son Marc Charles Centinaro.

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2013 New England Auto Racing Hall of Fame Inductions Present Diverse Class

Ticket Purchase Deadline Approaches Quickly

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.

It is truly one of the most-diverse classes in HOF history, which this year marks its 16th edition. 2013 inductees again represent hundreds of victories and dozens of championships in the New England region. It includes seven drivers and one car owner bringing 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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A Great Sponsorship Helps Package At Very Special Price

Speedway Illustrated magazine included FREE

LANGHORNE, PA  — The auto racing season is pretty much over and it is time for racers and event promoters to be seeking their sponsorship partners for 2014 and beyond. A large number are already well underway with their sponsorship efforts.

To help everyone with their sponsorship efforts Ernie Saxton Communications, Inc. is offering a great special package of sponsorship helps and more. For just $29.95 you can obtain one full year of Saxton’s Motorsports Sponsorship Marketing News, the newsletter that has helped many with their sponsorship efforts. We will even include the two most recent editions with your subscription actually starting with the December issue.

The famous four-page Hodgepodge of sponsorship tips and helps is included. Great ideas on securing and keeping sponsorship. The Hodgepodge alone is worth the price.

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Airborne Begins New NASCAR Era in 2014

Historic Track Joins Whelen All-American Series

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — NASCAR and Airborne Park Speedway announced today that the historic New York short track next year will be part of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series in 2014.

Airborne Park Speedway, a unique .4-mile paved oval, is operated by Jamie Atkins and Mike Perrotte. It is located in the northeastern corner of New York in Plattsburgh, near Lake Champlain.

The addition of Airborne Park increases the number of NASCAR-sanctioned weekly short tracks in the Empire State to five. The track hosts Saturday night racing and will be marking its 61st year of operation in 2014.

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NEMA Champ Zych Always Knew Where He Stood

Northeastern Midget Association driver champion John Zych Jr. admits he looked at the standings. “I always had a pretty good idea where we stood,” he says. “I knew we had a shot at it and that made me drive harder.” John and his dad, the owner champion, showed up expecting to win.

They needed a victory at the season-ending World Series at Thompson. They went into the race five points behind two-time defending champion Randy Cabral. He actually battled Cabral for much of the 25 lapper before claiming his fifth victory.

Ironically, the Zychs, both Mendon, Ma residents, won with a Drinan chassis purchased from the Cabral’s owner Bertrand Racing two years ago.

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NEMA Season Filled With Historic Victories

Already rich in history, the Northeastern Midget Association added another chapter in 2013. Led by champion John Zych Jr.’s five triumphs, there were nine different winners, some with historical significance.

Zych’s fifth win at the Thompson’s World Series gave him and his dad the drivers and owners championship respectively. It was the only way he could have accomplished it because Randy Cabral’s second win of the season (and the 37th of his career) came at Lee USA Speedway’s Oktoberfest. It gave Cabral, a four-time champ, a five-point lead heading into the World Series.

A Hollywood script writer couldn’t have done it better. Zych’s dramatic win added a fitting chapter to a season that also saw Todd Bertrand (2), Seth Carlson, Modified star Doug Coby, Anthony Marvuglio, veterans Bobby Santos and Bobby Santos III and Bethany Stoehr visit victory lane.

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Pioneer Pole Buildings Signs On as Primary Sponsor for Motorsports 2014 Show

OAKS, PA — One of the most recognized business names in area motorsports, Pioneer Pole Buildings, has signed on the dotted line to become the primary sponsor of the Motorsports 2014 Race Car and Trade Show being presented at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA, January10th through 12th, 2014.

The show, which will fill more than 250,000 square feet of the Center with just about everything imaginable in motorsports, will now carry the name Pioneer Pole Buildings Motorsports 2014 fueled by Sunoco distributed by Insinger Performance.

“Pioneer has an outstanding history of involvement in motorsports, supporting both events and race teams,” said show organizer Len Sammons. “We are so pleased that they have decided to be part of our Motorsports 2014 show. Their involvement will be a huge plus to the show.”

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Derek Robbie New Pro4 Modifieds of New England Limited Division Champion

Bellingham, MA — New England Pro4 Modified driver Derek Robbie won his last race of the season in the 27L at Thompson Speedway on Saturday, October 19th, putting him in the winner’s circle and crowning him the new limited division champion.

Robbie fought hard to reach his goal of winning his first championship. He began the season with a broken throttle and transmission trouble in the season opener. Similar problems plagued the second race. Robbie’s never-give-up spirit helped his team turn their luck around with a win at Waterford Speedway and a bonus, just for fun win at Seekonk Speedway the same weekend. Then just as Robbie was gaining speed, winning races at Stafford, Waterford and Monadnock, taking the points lead with a win at Monadnock on August 10, it looked as if another stroke of bad luck in the form of a blown engine at Canaan may force him to park the car for the rest of the season, with just two races left on the schedule. The many friends and supporters Robbie has gained couldn’t let that happen. Two of them, fellow Pro4 Mod racer Mark Giordano and engine builder Les Rose lent their support in the form a rapidly built engine so Robbie could finish out the season. Giordano lent Robbie’s team spare engine parts and Rose put them all together to build an engine for the #27L in less than three days.

“It’s racers helping racers and I’m so glad to be a part of that,” said Robbie. “I would not be where I am today without the support of everyone behind me. It means so much to me that people believe in what I do and want me succeed. I want to thank everyone from the bottom of my heart for all their support this season and for seasons to come. Thank you, thank you, thank you to all of my fans, my family, and my sponsors, RAD, Thredz Unlimited, Baddass Inc., Marshall’s Jewelers, Shibles Family Mattress, Red Rock Grill, Ugly Duck Communications, Amsoil, and Rod End Supply for sticking with me and encouraging me.”

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Quick Study: Zachem Sixth in NASCAR WMT Debut

The Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing was the final race of the season for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour. Max Zachem of Preston, CT made his NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour debut.

Zachem had a solid day at Thompson, running in the top-10 throughout the event. Zachem pitted with race leader Matt Hirschman on lap 70 in the top-15. On the lap 109 restart, Zachem was up to seventh and passed Jimmy Zacharias for sixth on the next lap. He would battle with Justin Bonsignore and Ron Silk at the end of the race before finishing sixth.

Zachem’s outlook for the race was “Grade A Equipment, Grade A Race team behind me it was time for me to do my job. This team has won 2 races this year and has run up front everywhere. Complete all the laps and be there at the end. Top-10 almost a top-5 that’s pretty amazing.”

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Little Earns Sunoco Rookie of the Year

Captures NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Honor

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – NASCAR announced today that Jesse Little has earned 2013 Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East.

Little, a third-generation driver from Sherrills Ford, N.C., edged fellow first-year competitors Kenzie Ruston and Gray Gaulding for the prestigious award that has been handed out each year since 1988. The 16-year-old is now among the company of Ricky Craven, Andy Santerre, Brad Leighton, Joey Logano, Ryan Truex and Kyle Larson – all K&N Pro Series East champions – who have won the award through the years.

“It’s very surreal, but at the same time I’m accepting of it and humble about,” Little said of joining such a prestigious list of drivers. “I think even this year we beat out a bunch of stout competitors [for the award].

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Twin State: Great News for 2014 Weekly Asphalt Series

CLAREMONT, NH —  Twin State Speedway has a new promoter to run & manage the 2014  weekly Saturday night racing series, Jimmy Zullo.

Jim will handle the complete operations of the Weekly Asphalt Series.  Jim comes with the knowledge & experience  in racing to do the job that is needed. The weekly series rules will  be much like TSS had in 2012 season that will be  handled by Jim’s team with head of tech for the 2014 season, Scott Miller. Scott  comes to Twin State with experience that dates back to days of the  Golden Jet – Donnie Miller. More recently Scott techs on Mike  Brousseau’s Pro Stock and in the past years, on the Modified  Racing Series tour. Welcome to Twin State – Scott Miller !!!

The staff of Twin State Speedway welcomes Jim to the team.

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Speedbowl closes season Saturday with Smacktoberfest

Speedbowl closes season Saturday with Smacktoberfest Annual thrill show set to deliver big hits and family fun

WATERFORD, CT — Waterford Speedbowl puts a wrap on another season of motorsports entertainment on Saturday when it hosts Smacktoberfest. Motorized mayhem will be underway as Halloween themed attractions including a Demolition Derby, Trailer Race, Enduro races plus Figure 8 and X-Car races highlight the program, which begins at 3:00pm.

Old school Enduro races for both four and eight cylinder cars pays each event winner $1,000.00 in a winner take all format. True grass-roots racing, the event puts men and women behind the wheel of former street-legal cars adapted with basic safety modifications. The races are scheduled for 100-laps each. Prizes for the best Halloween-themed car in competition will also be awarded.

The track’s popular X-Car division from its Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday series will make an appearance at the event, competing in both a traditional race event as well as a special Flagpole Race with added obstacles which must be circled during competition.

Smacktoberfest is scheduled to deliver plenty of smashing thrill seekers love. The event serves as a graveyard for cars and trailers of all shapes and sizes in the wildly unpredictable Speedbowl Trailer Race, an annual favorite. Vehicles circle the Speedbowl’s three-eighths mile oval towing a trailer loaded with assorted cargo in a quest to be the last to survive with their trailer and tow vehicle intact and rolling. Contact is necessary to knock a competitor’s trailer or car out of commission, making anything on track a target for destruction. Participants often construct and decorate their entries with the season in mind.

Capping off the carnage is a Demolition Derby on the Speedbowl’s front stretch in front of the crowd. The popular event showcases brave competitors dueling inside a motorized version of a boxing ring, delivering pulverizing hits until just one survivor is left with a moving car to be crowned the champion plus take home a $500.00 prize.

Youth are encouraged to dress in costume to help set the Halloween spirit and midway and concession decorations of the season will be presented by Ukleja’s Tree Farm of Quaker Hill.

Grandstands general admission for Smacktoberfest is $18.00 per adult and $6.00 per youth ages 6 through 14. Children age 5 and under are admitted free and the Speedbowl offers acres of free parking. “Grab and Go” tickets are available for purchase online at Speedbowl.com up until event day and can be claimed at the Will-Call window of the Speedbowl Box Office on Saturday. Grandstand and pit gates for participants open at 1:00pm and Smacktoberfest gets underway at 3:00pm.

More information and andetailed schedule of events can be found online at Speedbowl.com or by contacting the Speedbowl event info line at 860.442.1585.

Sources: Brian Darling/Waterford Speedbowl PR

NASCAR Mandates ImPACT Baseline Concussion Testing

Pre-Season Testing Begins in 2014

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — NASCAR announced today that beginning in 2014, the sanctioning body will mandate pre-season neurocognitive baseline testing as part of its comprehensive concussion prevention and management program for all of its national series drivers.

At the start of this season, NASCAR recommended that drivers who did not already have a baseline test secure one, while also indicating that a pre-season baseline mandate could become effective as soon as next year.

Baseline testing will be performed through the use of an ImPACT (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing) test, which is a widely-used neurocognitive assessment tool. The result of neurocognitive testing is one factor out of many that doctors use to diagnose and treat concussions. This particular test evaluates an athlete’s verbal and visual memory, processing speed and reaction time.

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NEMA Lites Champion Carl Medeiros Jr.

Early in the season finale at Lee USA Speedway’s Oktoberfest, Carl Medeiros Jr. hardly looked like somebody with the Northeastern Midget Association Lites Division championship all but won. He appeared to be a little aggressive.

“I was running in a tight bunch with a very slippery outside lane,” says Medeiros. “I was trying to get to third because that would put me on the inside row on a restart.” Make no mistake, the Fall River, MA teenager had his eyes on the bigger prize.

Westport, MA resident Medeiros, 17, wound up fourth, more than enough to claim the first “count-all-the-races” championship with a 27-point bulge on Danny Cugini. He had three victories and seven podiums among 10 top-fives.

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NASCAR Penalizes Corey LaJoie for Violating Sport’s Code of Conduct Policy

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Corey LaJoie., a driver in the NASCAR K&N East Series, will be required to participate in sensitivity training as directed by NASCAR, and has been placed on indefinite probation for violating the sanctioning body’s Code of Conduct policy.

On October 15, Corey LaJoie violated Sections 7-5 (Code of Conduct) and 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing) of the 2013 NASCAR Rule Book.

“Corey LaJoie recently issued an insensitive and intolerable communication that has no place in our sport,” said George Silbermann, NASCAR’s vice president, Regional and Touring Series. “Each of NASCAR’s 2013 series-specific Rule Books includes our Code of Conduct that unequivocally states our stance specific to the use of demeaning language. We expect our entire industry to adhere to that Code.”

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Jerry King Passes at 86

Gerald G. “Jerry” King, age 86, died at Rutland Regional Medical Center, Tuesday, October 15, 2013.

He was born January 29, 1927, the son of Ella (Barrett) and George C. King.

Jerry was a lifelong resident of Rutland. He owned and operated Jerry King’s Garage & Gun Shop for over 40 years. Jerry was the Central and Southern Vermont “transmission specialist” for many years. In later years, he operated only the gun shop, ending in February 2013 when a fire destroyed the business.

Jerry served in the Navy Seabees at the end of World War II.

In the ’50s and ’60s Jerry was a well-known and widely respected race car owner and driver at Vermont and New York race tracks. He was known as the “Rutland Rocket” in his well-known “5 Aces.” Jerry was a huge NASCAR fan and was always an avid deer hunter, his last hunt occurring at age 85.

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Day 2: NASCAR Drive for Diversity Combine Hits the Fast Track at Langley

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Langley Speedway’s repaving last winter provided an added challenge for the 20 drivers participating in the 2013 NASCAR Drive for Diversity Combine. Not only did the already tough .4-mile oval get faster, it meant even the drivers who had previously competed in the Combine there faced new conditions.

The drivers passed that test Tuesday with flying colors.

After spending Monday at Hampton University with the fitness and iRacing evaluations, the drivers were eager to climb into one of three Late Models outfitted for the day-long practice session Tuesday. Each of the 20 drivers went out for individual sessions in the morning, and then returned to the car for longer single-car runs in the afternoon.

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General Club Meetings Locations Update

The October general club meeting will be held at RF Logic in Hudson, NH this Saturday October 26th at 2PM.

RF Logic
21 Park Ave., Hudson, NH

The November general club meeting will be at the Clarion Hotel in Seekonk, MA on Saturday November 30th at 2PM

Clarion Inn
940 Fall River Ave., Seekonk, MA

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