Archive for February, 2014

SK 5k Race Format Left Up to the Fans

Stafford Springs, CT — In preparation for the 2014 season Stafford Motor Speedway has made multiple announcements that will put a fresh look on weekly racing at the half-mile. One of the headline events for the 2014 season is the SK 5k on July 4th. Stafford has already announced the largest purse in SK Modified® history paying $5,000 to the winner and over $27,000 in total purse money up for grabs, but now a new never before seen twist will be added to the all-new July 4th event.

“We are really happy to give the SK Modified® drivers a chance to race for some extra purse money,” said Mark Arute, COO/GM of Stafford Speedway. “They put on the best racing in the country week in and week out and we thank them for that, but we needed to throw a curveball at this event.”

The fans will play a direct role in the July 4th SK 5k race as they will choose the entire race format from lap count to qualifying procedure. Fans will be allowed to vote on every aspect of the July 4th SK Modified® race. Voting will take place at up until the night of the SK 5k. But before voting opens Stafford Speedway officials would like to hear insight from the fans on what to include on the SK 5k ballot. Stafford Speedway encourages everyone to share their ideas on Stafford Speedway social media and as well as any other media outlets. The voting will begin in late March.
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New Car and New Promise for Young Racer Derek Griffith

Derek Griffith PhotoHudson, NH — Just when most 17 year-olds are gearing up for the prom season and starting to make plans with friends for the upcoming spring and summer, Derek Griffith has one thing on his mind and that is winning.

The young driver has the Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS) title between his crosshairs. After starting off with a fantastic second-place finish at Monadnock Speedway in the 2012 GSPSS season opening race, it’s been a roller-coaster ride for the New Hampshire driver.

Griffith missed a good portion of the 2013 season due to unforeseen car issues but the young team were able to bounce back and grab a second-place finish at Hudson International Speedway and a season ending third-place finish at Groveton, New Hampshire’s, Riverside Speedway.

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Familiar Faces & Father-Son Duos Make Up Mini Stock Roster

Thompson, CT — Ripe with young talent and seasoned with experience, the Mini Stock Division at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park (TSMP) has long been known for thrilling three-wide competition. In 2012 and 2013 the championship battle came down to the wire. Based upon early entries, it appears that 2014’s may also.

Twenty-one year old Nick Anderson has registered his No. 55 Chevrolet Cavalier. The Oxford, MA driver remembers when he first started racing at TSMP and was unable to drive a standard, but had to learn quickly. Anderson reflects: “The speed and the size is intimidating sometimes. For a…beginner’s class, that’s pretty fast.” Now, though, he has matured and is a competitive driver who has registered race wins at the historic 5/8-mile oval. He is anxious to add a few more trophies to his mantle in 2014.

It’s like father like son for two families in the Mini Stock Division. Mike D. Viens has been a long-time competitor at TSMP. He will continue to pilot his Portraits by Nan-sponsored racecar during the upcoming season, but is looking to add an additional car to the stable for his son, Christopher. The team is searching for sponsorship to field a car so that the youngest Viens can get his career as a driver started in TSMP’s Mini Stock Division. Christopher has played the role of crew chief for the past few seasons, but the father-son duo believe the timing is right for Christopher to try his hand at driving. “He’s been making all the setup calls, has helped fabricate and build the car, so he’s going to get his chance,” stated the elder Viens. Christopher could not imagine starting his career anywhere besides TSMP. “It’s where I was first introduced to racing,” the Putnam, CT resident remembers. “I’ve been going there since I was 4. Thompson is just a great place to be.”

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Bang For Your Buck: Orange County Fair Speedway’s ‘Hard Clay Open’ Presented By United Pump & Tank, East Coast Speed/ECS Auto & West Point Golf Is March’s Most Lucrative Modified Event; Bonuses Posted Above Mammoth $30,000 Base Purse; Every Lap Has Been Sold, Some Twice, For $2,371 Total At Sunday, March 23 Event!

MIDDLETOWN, NY – The richest dirt Modified event in the month of March continues to get more lucrative.

The inaugural ‘Hard Clay Open’ presented by United Pump & Tank, East Coast Speed/ECS Auto and West Point Golf – paying a base purse of $30,000 – heads the list of spring events for dirt Modified competitors on Sunday, March 23. The 50-lap National Dirt Racing League (NDRL) Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP big-block/small-block Modified event at Orange County Fair Speedway offers $5,000 to the race winner, but the strength of the payout is the balance throughout the 28-car starting field. Second place offers $4,000; fifth-place $1,500; 10th place $1,000; and $500 just to take the green flag!

The event, promoted by Brett Deyo of BD Motorsports Media LLC via an agreement with speedway promoters Michael Gurda IV and Howard Commander, holds added significance. The ‘Hard Clay Open’ serves as the opening round of the newly formed NDRL Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP, a six-race dirt Modified touring series offering a base point fund of $23,272.22, plus an additional $2,500 in attendance bonuses and a potential $2,500 increase via NDRL Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP ‘Super Fan Plan’ raffle ticket sales.

“Position-for-position, lap-for-lap the ‘Hard Clay Open’ is not only the richest pre-season springtime race, it’s one of the best-paying events for dirt Modified racers all year,” said event promoter Deyo, also the NDRL Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP coordinator. “A one-day show, paying a base purse of $30,000, plus all the product and cash bonuses, it’s going to be a great day for our racers.”

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NEAR Hall of Fame Mobile Museum to Appear at Frank Marrata Auto Show

Springfield, MA — The New England Antique Auto Racers (NEAR) Hall of Fame Mobile Museum will be present at the Frank Marrata Auto & Race-A-Rama Show on the weekend of March 1st & 2nd. To be held at the Eastern States Better Living Center in Springfield, MA. the event runs from 10-9 on Saturday & 10 to 5 on Sunday.

The mobile museum features a visual history of the New England Auto Racers Hall of Fame. Instituted in 1998 and administered by NEAR, the HOF currently boasts over 100 inductees including notable names such as Richie Evans, Ron Bouchard, Bugs Stevens, Rene Charland, Pete Hamilton, Fred DeSarro, Ed Flemke, Sr. and Bill Slater.

Also featured within the museum are several rare memorabilia items representing decades of auto racing history throughout the region.

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Berks-Schuylkill Oil Heat Association Racing Legends Reunion & Car Show Underway At Fairgrounds Square Mall; 29th Annual Show Features Wide Variety Of Race Cars, Novelties, Memorabilia & Activities; Show Runs Through Saturday, March 1

READING, PA – Despite a harsh winter that left many race cars and their haulers buried by snow or stuck, the 29th annual Berks-Schuylkill Oil Heat Association Racing Legends Reunion & Car Show opened for its weeklong run Sunday at the Fairgrounds Square Mall.

The showcase of auto racing’s past, present and future is held in the shopping center on the Muhlenberg Township 5th Street Highway location of the famed ‘Home of Champions’ Reading Fairgrounds Speedway, which hosted its final event in June 1979. The show, free to the public during mall hours, continues through Saturday (March 1) with nightly activities planned.

A wide selection of race cars can be found throughout the mall, including dirt Modifieds, Sportsman, Sprint Cars (winged and wingless), Late Models, Midgets, SpeedSTRs, Micro-Sprints, Slingshots, vintage and restored cars, XCel 600 Modifieds, Slingshots, Enduro cars, go-karts, Quarter Midgets and more.

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Elliott Beveridge Passes at 72

Former Plainville Stadium Winner at was 72

February 18, 1942 – February 21, 2014 Plainville, Connecticut

Elliott Case Beveridge, 72, of New Britain, passed away surrounded by his family on Friday, February 21, 2014. 
Born in New Hampshire, he was the son of the late Raymond and Barbara (Case) Beveridge. A lifelong resident of Plainville, Elliott attended local schools, and was a well-known, talented mechanic and racing enthusiast since childhood. He spent many days racing at Plainville Stadium, recently attending their reunion where he was awarded for his expertise, was a member of the Lucas Oil Outlaws, who won this year’s championship where Elliott was awarded Mechanic of the Year, and has been a longtime member of the DMA-USAC and NEMA Midgets racing teams. In addition to racing, he had a love for the outdoors, taking frequent trips to Black Watch Farm in Vermont alongside his lifelong buddy, Frank Manafort, and was affiliated with the American Legion and Mickey’s AC. 

He is survived by his children, Ron and his wife, Geraldine of Bristol and Christine Szpunar and her husband, Stephen of Burlington; his brother, Bob; his sisters, Betsy, Charlotte, and Marcia; his grandchildren, Stephen, Joshua, Alexander and Carli; his girlfriend, Julia Waite and many nieces, nephew, and many friends, including Barry Jack, Billy Bergenty, and Don Moon. 

He was predeceased by his brothers, Doug, George, and Bruce. .

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Stefanik Joins Cook, Phillips as Finalists

9-Time Modified Champ Named To 2015 NASCAR Hall List

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Following the first in-person meeting among the NASCAR Hall of Fame nominating committee in the hall’s history, NASCAR today announced the 20 nominees for the 2015 NASCAR Hall of Fame’s sixth induction class, as well as the five nominees for the inaugural Landmark Award for Outstanding Contributions to NASCAR.

Mike Stefanik, one of two drivers in NASCAR history to earn nine championships, made the cut in his first year of eligibility. The Coventry, R.I., driver won seven championships in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and two in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. He won the 1997 and 1998 NASCAR championships in the Whelen Modified Tour and K&N Pro East (then the Busch North Tour), while running both series simultaneously.

He is joined on the list by six-time NASCAR Modified national champion Jerry Cook and five-time NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national champion Larry Phillips, as well as trail blazer and 1959 NASCAR Virginia Sportsman champion Wendell Scott.
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K&N Champs Graduate to Front Row

Kwasniewski & Larson 1-2 For Daytona Nationwide Race

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Dylan Kwasniewski and Kyle Larson stood on stage following the 2012 NASCAR Touring Series Awards in Charlotte, showing off their newly earned NASCAR K&N Pro Series championship rings.

Saturday, the two NASCAR Next drivers will start the 33rd Annual DRIVE4COPD 300 on the front row at Daytona International Speedway.

Kwasniewski, 18, earmed the 21 Means 21 Pole Award presented by Coors Brewing Co. for his NASCAR Nationwide debut. His Turner Scott Motorsports teammate, Larson, 21, qualified second fastest.
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Thirty Racewear to Highlight Connecticut Triple Crown

The Texas Roadhouse North East Mini Stock Tour presented by Twisted Tea made its first visit to Southern New England at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park during the 2010 race season. In that race Mark Caise made his first and only start in the NEMST. After gaining a liking for the tour Caise introduced the series to Waterford Speedbowl over the next few seasons as part of the tracks Four Cylinder Fury event.

Once again continuing the prowess for the NEMST in Southern New England Mark and his company Thirty Racewear has signed on to be the title sponsor for the newly introduced Connecticut Triple Crown. Thirty Racewear is your northeast source for racing suits, crew suits, fan shirts, and more so your team looks the best!!! The Thirty Racewear Triple Crown will give drivers from all over New England run for NEMST championship while not competing in the full 10 race schedule.

The Thirty Racewear Triple Crown will take place at all three Connecticut Ovals beginning at Stafford Motor Speedway on April 26 for the Napa Auto Parts Spring Sizzler. From Stafford the NEMST will head to Waterford Speedbowl for the 3rd Annual Four-Cylinder Fury event, and finally crowning the 2014 Thirty Racewear Triple Crown Champion as well as the full NEMST 2014 champion will take place at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park as part of World Series Weekend.
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NASCAR Diversity Awards Celebrate Inclusion

Sport Racing Toward More Diverse Future

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — NASCAR’s Seventh Annual Diversity Awards Luncheon on Friday celebrated the present while clearly sending an emphatic message regarding the future of the sport.

The overall face of NASCAR is evolving daily, resulting from the ever-growing number of individual, diverse faces that are driving a multi-cultural awareness throughout the NASCAR industry. NASCAR’s commitment to diversity efforts is producing tangible results, on and off the race track. Some of the people involved in those results were honored Friday at Daytona International Speedway.

“Inclusion and diversity … we’re trying to make that synonymous with NASCAR racing,” said NASCAR President Mike Helton, at the outset of the event.

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R.A.D. Automachine Providing $1,500 to Stafford Motor Speedway Ltd. Late Model & DARE Stock Rookie of the Year Competitors in 2014

Stafford Springs, CT — -As the 2014 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series season draws ever closer to taking the green flag at Stafford Motor Speedway, the big news continues to pour out of the half-mile track. Last season, Don Wood from R.A.D. Automachine instituted the very first Rookie of the Year award for the DARE Stock division, which was worth a $400 bonus. For the 2014 season, Wood and R.A.D. Automachine have stepped up their involvement in the rookie department with the announcement that they will be providing not only a DARE Stock rookie award, but a Limited Late Model rookie award as well. The Limited Late Model award will be worth a cool $1,000 to the top finishing rookie driver and the DARE Stock rookie award will be worth $500 for a total of $1,500 up for grabs.

“The Limited Late Model and DARE Stock divisions are great racing divisions and those guys race just as hard as the guys and girls in the SK Modifieds® and Late Models do,” said Don Wood, owner of R.A.D. Automachine. “We do a lot of business with drivers from the Ltd. Late Model and DARE Stocks with the crate engines so we definitely like being able to put up a nice bonus for the crate engine divisions. This is something nice for the rookie drivers to shoot for this season and maybe this bonus will help entice some rookie drivers to sign up for either of those two divisions and go race for some bonus money.”

In order for a driver to be eligible to win the R.A.D. Automachine Limited Late Model or DARE Stock Rookie of the Year Awards, a driver must not have competed in more than 5 races in the Ltd. LM or DARE Stock or a higher division at Stafford in any previous season.

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Prospect Review: New Smyrna & Daytona

Suarez’s Stock Soars As Strong Run Continues In 2014

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – In the first 22 races of Daniel Suàrez’s NASCAR K&N Pro Series East career, the Mexican youngster failed to move the needle in the performance category. In the first six events of the 2013 season, his first in the Rev Racing stable, he averaged a 14.8-place finish and registered a 0.000 Production in Equal Equipment Rating (PEER) – he was essentially a non-starter on the results sheets – but in the second half of the season, a light switch was flipped. Ever since, Suàrez has resembled a legitimate Sprint Cup Series prospect.

In the final eight races of 2013, he averaged a 4.5-place finish – an improvement of 10 positions with the same team and equipment – that resulted in a PEER of 5.938 across the span. He ended 2013 as the division’s second-most productive driver, per PEER (a rating of 3.250, trailing only Dylan Kwasniewski’s 4.133).

After the first two races of the 2014 K&N East season at New Smyrna Speedway and on the Battle at the Beach course at Daytona International Speedway, he holds a pair of dominant victories. Dating back to last June’s race at Langley Speedway, he earned eight top-three finishes in 10 races.
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Nasse Rolls On at New Smyrna

Cruises To Third Super Late Model Win In Four Nights

NEW SMYRNA, Fla. — Stephen Nasse continues to run away from the field.

The 18-year-old from Pinellas Park, Fla., coasted Wednesday to his third Super Late Model win in four starts during New Smyrna Speedway’s 48th Annual World Series of Asphalt Racing. In the process, he extended his points lead to six over Steve Wallace and 12 over Kyle Benjamin with three races remaining.

The World Series runs through Saturday night, culminating with the Bruce Gowland Memorial 100.

Nasse took the lead on Lap 6 and led the remainder of the 35-lap race, which went caution-free. Spencer Davis finished second, followed by Wallace, Benjamin and defending World Series champion Ryan Moore.

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Bo-Dyn Bobsled Project Speeds American Winter Olympic Effort in Sochi

Whelen Engineering, NASCAR Racing Keys To Progress

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — NASCAR racing imprints are abound on the equipment used by the United States Olympic four-man bobsled team.

The XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia began Feb. 7, but the four-man bobsled competition is set for Feb. 22-23 at the Sliding Center Sanki, located 37 miles from Sochi in Rzhanaya Polyana.

The two four-man U.S. Olympic bobsleds, dubbed Night Train and the new Night Train 2, were developed, built and refined by the Bo-Dyn Bobsled Project. The bobsleds arrived in Russia from the 2013-14 World Cup circuit where they achieved gold medal results in four of eight events between November 30 and January 26.

The journey to competition on the world stage began in Huntersville, N.C., in an otherwise inactive race shop owned by NASCAR Sprint Cup Series star Joey Logano. There, up to 18 bobsleds were once built, maintained and prepared for competition. Now, it is the exclusive home to four-man bobsleds used in World Cup and Olympic competition. The Joey Logano Foundation is also a supporter of the United States Paralympic Sled Hockey Team.

The Bo-Dyn Bobsled Project was founded in 1992 by now-retired NASCAR Sprint Cup Series star Geoff Bodine and Bob Cuneo of Bethany, Conn., former owner of Chassis Dynamics, a manufacturer of race car chassis. Bodine and Cuneo are still hands-on in their leadership of the bobsled program. In addition, Cuneo said he stays in touch with NASCAR Modified racing as consultant to several drivers including 2013 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion Ryan Preece, 2008 tour champion Ted Christopher and rising tour driver Rowan Pennink.

Whelen Engineering of Chester, Conn., one of the most familiar brands in NASCAR racing, was one of the earliest supporters of the Bo-Dyn Bobsled Project. The company sponsors four NASCAR series including the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series, NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour and the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series. Whelen is a leading manufacturer of automotive, aviation, industrial and emergency vehicle lighting.

“Whelen Engineering has been a big part of the Bo-Dyn Bobsled’s development,” Caligiore said. “They are a key player in building the program.”

Whelen’s support grew into a primary sponsorship 14 years ago. The company’s vice president for motorsports Phil Kurze is also president of the Bo-Dyn Bobsled Project Inc., which funds the bobsled mission. The Bo-Dyn Bobsled Project, Inc. is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation and is classified as a public charity under the IRS Codes.

“This is Geoff Bodine’s dream… Americans racing American-made bobsleds at no cost to the athletes,” Kurze said. “Geoff is the inspiration for all of this.”

The Bo-Dyn Bobsled Project was inspired by Bodine’s desire to see U.S. Olympic athletes compete in American-made bobsleds. The teams had been using hand-me-down bobsleds — known as “bobsleighs” in international vernacular — from European teams. The Bo-Dyn name is a derivative of the first two letters of Bodine’s last name and the first three letters of “Dynamics” from Cuneo’s chassis brand.

Bo-Dyn bobsleds first appeared in the 1994 Olympic Winter Games and the four-man U.S. Bobsled team won Olympic gold for the first time in 62 years at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver. After the Vancouver games, the Bo-Dyn Bobsled Project moved their base of operations from Colchester, Conn., to Harrisburg, N.C.

“We wanted to be closer to the hub of NASCAR technology,” Bo-Dyn project spokesman Sandy Caligiore said of the move to North Carolina.

Kurze and Bodine became acquainted when Whelen was an associate sponsor on Bodine’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series cars in the mid-1990s and the Bo-Dyn Bobsled Project was still in its infancy.

“There are a lot of comparisons between stock car racing and bobsled racing,” Kurze said. “There are different runners for different bobsled tracks just like race cars have different tires for different tracks; bobsled tracks come in different configurations like NASCAR tracks; bobsled aerodynamics are wind tunnel-tested just like stock cars.

“They do wind tunnel testing with the athletes in the bobsled. They put the athletes in different positions in the sled to find the best alignment and get the best aero flow. That’s really important,” Kurze said. “Medals can be decided by a fraction of a second. A team can go from gold to zero faster than the blink of an eye.”

Whelen Engineering’s machine shop in New Hampshire developed the D-shaped steering rings being used by the drivers of Night Train and Night Train 2. The rings are attached to a mechanism that connects to the runners and steers the bobsled. The bobsleds have no seats and no suspension, Kurze noted.

Cuneo pointed out the similarities between top-level Olympic competition and top-level NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competition.

“There is a cultural crossover between bobsled racing and NASCAR racing. The Cup series has a rule book and bobsleds have a rule book. We use the same approach to prepare for competition,” Cuneo said. “The engineering problems are different, but we approach them the same way. We have to find speed within the limitations of the rule book.

“Our bobsled team’s ability to respond quickly to challenges at the track – that really sets us apart from the competition,” Cuneo added.

Cuneo and Jim Garde have both been primary engineers, builders and “crew chiefs” for the Bo-Dyn bobsleds. Garde, once head fabricator for Hendrick Motorsports, is on site in Rzhanaya Polyana serving in all those capacities. He started working for Cuneo at Chassis Dynamics when he was just 11 years of age.

“Being a bobsled crew chief is the same as being a NASCAR crew chief,” Cuneo said. “There is a tremendous amount of work.

“Every time a sled runs it takes a beating like someone pounded it with a sledge hammer. The sleds require a lot of tuning day-to-day. Just like in NASCAR, track conditions change and the driver has to communicate those changes to the crew chief.

“A bobsled track is a living thing,” Cuneo said, “and the driver has to tell the crew chief what the sled is doing in what location on the track. The surface can depend on minerals in the water. A surface can be hard on top and soft underneath or visa-versa. The track is hand sculpted so the contours change every day. One guy may prepare a section of the track differently than the next. The crew chief has to take the driver’s input and make things happen. There are many adjustable points on a sled.”

At the Sliding Center Sanki, the hardness of the racing surface can be controlled by a refrigeration system beneath the ice. Olympic bobsled track infrastructure has included refrigeration since 1972.

“One turn of a knob can release a chemistry mix into the ice to help maintain its hardness,” Kurze said of the technology. “The hardest ice creates the fastest track.”

While the bobsleds are built for speed, the track in Russia is unique to the sport because it has three uphill sections. Those sections were designed to reduce top speeds by up to 10 mph for the sake of safety. Top speeds in next week’s competition are expected to be around 85 mph.

Through the Bo-Dyn Bobsled Project, technology within U.S. Olympic bobsled construction has advanced. In the design phase, three–dimensional digital mock-ups were created by Dassault Systems’’ SolidWorks division to enhance weight distribution in construction. Exa Corp. used computer-generated simulation to optimize air flow over the body of the sleds and deBotech Inc. manufactured lighter carbon fiber and advanced composite parts used in bobsled bodywork.

Team members in Night Train 2 include driver Steven Holcomb, Curtis Tomasevicz, Steven Langton and Christopher Fogt. Team members in the original Night Train include driver Nick Cunningham, Justin Olsen, Johnny Quinn and Dallas Robinson.

The Olympic bobsled events will be held in a four-heat format over two days of racing for each division. The men’s two-man bobsled competition took place Feb. 16-17, followed by women’s bobsled Feb. 18-19. The men’s four-man bobsled competition will be one of the last events of the Olympic Games.

Sources: Paul Schaefer/NASCAR PR

Opening This Sunday At Fairgrounds Square Mall Of Reading, PA: Berks-Schuylkill Oil Heat Association Racing Legends Reunion & Car Show News & Notes

This Sunday, the 29th annual Racing Legends Reunion & Car Show begins at the Fairgrounds Square Mall, located on 5th Street Highway in Muhlenberg Township, Pa. The show runs through Saturday, March 1. Berks-Schuylkill Oil Heat Association returns as headline sponsor for the second consecutive year.

Some notes…
Due to the heavy snow in the last few weeks, we do have some race teams who have canceled or may have to cancel because their trucks/trailers/shops are buried. With that said, there is room for last-minute entries.  If you have a vehicle, you would like to enter, e-mail or call 845.728.2781. Race cars are permitted to move in Saturday night or Sunday morning.

Race tracks/series to be represented include Grandview Speedway, Thunder on the Hill Racing Series, Linda’s Speedway, New Egypt Speedway, Action Track USA, Big Diamond Speedway, ARDC, URC, Short Track Super Series, LANCO’s Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway, SCCA, Blast from the Past Vintage Club, Oreville Kart Club & Montgomery County Quarter Midgets.

A number of vendors will be on hand selling memorabilia from the sport’s past and present. Racing DVDs will also be available.

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Suarez Surges To 2nd Straight K&N East Win

Sweeps Florida Swing With UNOH Battle At The Beach Triumph

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Daniel Suarez isn’t slowing down.

The 22-year-old from Monterrey, Mexico, made it 2-for-2 in 2014 with a dominant performance on the short track at Daytona International Speedway Tuesday to capture the UNOH Battle At The Beach.

Suarez led the final 119 circuits of the 150-lap event for his third career win. He won the season-opener on Sunday at New Smyrna (Fla.) Speedway, just down the road from Daytona, and in the process became the first driver since Sean Caisse in 2006 to start a K&N Pro Series East season by winning the first two races on the schedule.

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Opportunity Knocks, Coby Answers

Former Whelen Mod Champ Grabs UNOH Battle At The Beach Win

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Doug Coby was in the right place at the right time and came home with the big prize Tuesday at Daytona International Speedway.

Coby took advantage of a late-race incident involving a dominant Ryan Preece and drove to victory in the NASCAR Whelen Modified-Whelen Southern Modified Tour portion of the UNOH Battle At The Beach on the short track at “The World Center of Racing.”

Daytona was Coby’s first start in the No. 2 of Mike Smeriglio III Racing. The team won the inaugural UNOH Battle At The Beach a year ago with Steve Park behind the wheel.
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QUALIFYING: Preece On the Pole at Daytona

Earns Top Whelen Modified Qualifying Spot

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – An owner of 15 Coors Light Pole Awards during his NASCAR Whelen Modified career, reigning tour champion Ryan Preece once again drove to the top qualifying spot for tonight’s UNOH Battle At The Beach on the short track at Daytona International Speedway.

Preece, from Berlin, Conn., topped the speed chart in time trials Tuesday evening for the non-points Whelen Modified-Whelen Southern Modified Tour event at the .37-mile oval with a fast qualifying lap of 76.490 mph.

The defending Whelen Modified Tour titlist, Preece has 12 career poles in that tour, and earned three in Whelen Southern Modified Tour competition in 2013.
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QUALIFYING: Rhodes Rolling in Daytona

First Career K&N East Pole For 16-Year-Old

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Ben Rhodes picked up right where he left off following practice – at the top of the charts.

Rhodes, 16, earned his first 21 Means 21 presented by Coors Brewing Company Pole Award on Tuesday in UNOH Battle At The Beach qualifying on the short track at Daytona International Speedway.

The Louisville, Ky., driver made his way around the .37-mile oval on the Superstret

Starting alongside Rhodes on the front row of the race will be Austin Hill, who posted a qualifying time of 18.719 seconds (71.158 mph).

Qualifying third was Gray Gaulding at 18.802 seconds (70.844 mph) followed by Ronnie Bassett Jr. in third with a time of 18.806 seconds (70.828 mph). Brennan Newberry was fifth at 18.813 seconds (70.802 mph).

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New Smyrna to K&N Pro East: See You Again!

Track Signs Sanction For 2015 After Thrilling Inaugural Event

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Robert Hart had just one thought as he watched Daniel Suarez edge Cameron Hayley at the line for the win Sunday night:

“We’ve got to bring them back.”

Less than 48 hours after Hart’s New Smyrna Speedway hosted its inaugural NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race, the track owner signed the NASCAR sanction to host the series again in February of 2015.
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PRACTICE: Coby Quick at Daytona

Led Both Whelen Modified Practices In New Ride

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – A change in teams has done little to slow Doug Coby’s momentum he led both practice sessions Tuesday for the NASCAR Whelen Modified and Whelen Southern Modified Tours in the UNOH Battle At The Beach on the short track at Daytona International Speedway.

Coby, from Milford, Conn., posted a fast lap of 76.905 mph in the final session to lead all drivers throughout the day. The 2012 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion also turned in the morning session’s fastest lap at 75.203 mph.

The UNOH Battle At The Beach marks the first event for Coby in the No. 2 Dunleavy’s Truck & Trailer Repair Ford after he left Darling Racing in the offseason for Mike Smeriglio III Racing. He finished fourth at Daytona last year with Darling.

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PRACTICE: Fast Daytona for Rhodes

16-Year-Old Tops UNOH Battle At The Beach Charts

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Ben Rhodes led the way in NASCAR K&N Pro Series East final UNOH Battle At The Beach practice on Tuesday at Daytona International Speedway.

Rhodes, a 16-year-old from Louisville, Ky., posted a fast time of 18.373 seconds which translates to 72.498 mph on the .37-mile short track situated on the Superstetch at the “World Center Of Racing.”

Rhodes is a member of the NASCAR Next program that is an industry initiative that spotlights young, talented drivers.

Rookie Nick Drake was second with a time of 18.504 seconds (71.984 mph) followed by Kenzie Ruston at 18.556 seconds (71.783 mph). Daniel Suárez – winner of Sunday’s season opener at New Smyrna (Fla.) Speedway – was fourth 18.565 seconds (71.748 mph) while Brodie Kostecki, another rookie, placed fifth with a time of 18.577 seconds (71.702 mph).
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Whelen Modified Stat Advance: Daytona

Analyzing The UNOH Battle At The Beach At DIS

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The NASCAR Whelen Modified and Whelen Sothern Modified Tours will go head-to-head in the second edition of the UNOH Battle At The Beach on the short track at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway on Tuesday, Feb. 18. Below is a statistical look at the performance of selected drivers:

Daytona Race Setup:
• The non-points UNOH Battle At The Beach will open the competition season for the NASCAR Whelen Modified and NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tours.
• The Daytona entry list includes six past NASCAR modified champions: Doug Coby (NWMT-2012), Donny Lia (NWMT-2007, `09), Burt Myers (NWSMT-2010), Ryan Preece (NWMT-2013), Ron Silk (NWMT-2011) and Jamie Tomaino (NWMT-1990).
• There are five drivers entered for Daytona that will attempt to make their NASCAR Whelen Modified debut, including: Kyle Benjamin, Bud McIntyre, Matt Montineri, Dave Sapienza and T.J. Zacharias.
• The 2014 UNOH Battle At The Beach will have a first-time winner as inaugural event victor Steve Park is not entered this year.

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March General Club Meeting

 The March General Club meeting has been scheduled for Sunday March 23, 2014 at 1 PM at the Clarion Hotel in Seekonk, MA. All are welcome to come. Applications will be available at the meeting. See you there!

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New Race Added for 2014 Schedule!

You heard right, the Pro 4′s will be returning to Lee USA Speedway this year for Oktober Fest weekend Friday thru Sun October 10-12th!
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K&N East Statistical Advance: Daytona

Analyzing The UNOH Battle At The Beach

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East pulls a quick turnaround from Sunday’s season opener at New Smyrna (Fla.) Speedway and heads into Tuesday’s UNOH Battle At The Beach on the short track at Daytona International Speedway – the season’s second points race. Below is a look at the performance of the series and selected drivers at Daytona, as well as, some other statistical trends:

Daytona Race Setup
• After last season’s non-points combination event with the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West, this year’s edition of the UNOH Battle At The Beach is a championship points race for the K&N Pro Series East.
• With a win Sunday night at New Smyrna (Fla.) Speedway, Daniel Suárez has six top-three finishes in his last eight series starts dating back to last season.
• Just four drivers – Gray Gaulding, Ryan Gifford, Cameron Hayley and Sergio Peña – on this year’s entry list participated in last season’s inaugural Daytona short-track event.

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USAC Champion Rollie Beale, 84

Toledo, OH — Rollie Beale, one of the most respected USAC drivers of all time, has passed away at the age of 84. The 1973 USAC National Sprint Car Champion was enshrined in the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame in 1996. His USAC career, which spanned 1965-1977, included 32 Sprint Car feature victories, 10th on the all-time list. Arguably, one of his biggest career wins came in the prestigious “Little 500” at Anderson, Ind. in 1966. A competitor in USAC Silver Crown and National Championship (Indy car) wins as well, his best Indy car finish was a ninth in 1968 at Trenton, N.J. After retiring as a driver, he spent several years as the Chief Steward for USAC’s Silver Crown and National Sprint Car Series. In 1991 he was the winner of USAC’s Ross Hadley award for dedication to our sport. USAC extends its sincerest sympathies to his widow, Anna Mae, and all of his family and friends. Services are pending.

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Home Tracks Track Operators Convene

10th Year For Southern Mods, Weekly Point Structure Enhanced

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Enhancements to NASCAR Whelen All-American Series point structures and a special 10th season logo for the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour were previewed during Sunday’s annual NASCAR Home Tracks track operator conference in Daytona Beach.

After a decade of growth, the new NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour anniversary logo is themed “10 Seasons Running.” The tour is NASCAR’s newest domestic series. Seven tracks are on the tour’s 15- event championship schedule this year.

“Every season since its inception, the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour becomes more competitive and exciting,” said Phil Kurze, vice president-motorsports for series sponsor Whelen Engineering. “We all look forward with great anticipation to the 10th season running of southern style NASCAR Modified racing.”

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Cancer Survivor Joshua Bell, 24, Joins Rob Fuller Motorsports as Honorary Crew Member for UNOH Battle At The Beach & New Smyrna World Series of Asphalt Events

Team Sponsor, 15-40 Connection, Illustrating Cancer Symptoms Through Young Adult Cancer Survivor Stories

WESTBOROUGH, Mass. (February 17, 2014) — “I kept brushing off my fatigue and back pain…” At 22, Joshua Bell, a senior in college, had a busy schedule of student-teaching full time, working part time, keeping up with his academics, creating his portfolio and applying for post-graduate positions. When he experienced fatigue and back pain, he thought it was normal for how busy he was.

“It kept getting worse, until one morning when the pain began to radiate from my testicle,” Josh recalls. “I completed a self-check, and after realizing there was something there, panicked. Could that be cancer? I totally froze, until two days later when I realized I had to act.”

After a trip to the E.R. and a series of tests, Josh received the news that he didn’t have testicular cancer, it was Stage II leukemia, which had spread to his testicle. Through the next two years he went through several rounds of chemotherapy, several minor procedures, one surgery and many warming and caring thoughts from everyone in his life.

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