Archive for April, 2014

Generations Gather at Holland

New York Oval Hosts 55th Season; 15 Tracks Open In May

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — A mainstay New York NASCAR short track opens its 55th season in May. Holland (N.Y.) Motorsports Complex, a .375-mile paved banked oval, was a founding member of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series in 1982 and is one of 15 series tracks opening in May.

Ron Bennett and two partners built the original third-mile dirt track during the winter of 1959-60. Three generations of the Bennett family are involved with the track today. Generations of drivers, crews and fans get together there on summertime Saturday nights and this year gets underway on May 24.

Bennett raced a dirt late model-type car known as a modern stock in 1958-59. He, along with partners Richard Knox and Gordon Becker, built the original Holland Speedway. Bennett was a 20-year-old pre-law student at the time. In the following years, the track was enlarged to .375-mile in 1964 and paved in 1968.

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10th Annual Norwood Arena/New England Dragway South Reunions Presented by Bezema Motors Set for Sunday June 1

Norwood, MA — Bezema Motors on US Route 1, the AutoMile in Norwood, MA, is pleased to host the Norwood Arena/New England Dragway South Reunions for the tenth year in a row. For the past decade on the first Sunday in June, the Bezema family has hosted this event for the well known Norwood Arena/New England Dragway South.

The Bezema family will once again serve lunch to attendees courtesy of Norwood’s newest restaurant, Boston’s Baddest Burgers and Sandwich Co.

This year’s celebration will be another opportunity to meet legendary competitors who raced at the long-shuttered racing venue. New this year will be trophies for the top three classes for oval race cars, drag racing cars, classic cars and motorcycles. Attendees will be able to to share their memorabilia, programs, pictures and autographs. They will also get the opportunity to take photos of race cars, hot rods, classics and motorcycles featured at this event. It’ll also be a chance to get autographs for those picture and programs that are unsigned.

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Devil’s Bowl Speedway Releases 101.5 “The Fox” Spring Green 114 Schedule

Devil’s Bowl Speedway – SCHEDULE OF EVENTS (subject to change)
101.5 “The Fox” Spring Green 114 – Sat./Sun., May 3/4, 2014

7:30am Center Street Closed to Traffic – Arrive Downtown/Unload/Parking
9:00am Car Show Begins
11:00am Pit Stop Contest
12:00pm Car Show Ends – Parade to Hauler Parking Lot
1:00pm Pits Open at Devil’s Bowl Speedway
1:30pm Center Street Re-Opens to Traffic
Modifieds, Renegades, Mini Stocks, SK Lights, Devil’s Bowl Late Models
5:00pm Pits Closed

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Penalty Announced from NAPA Spring Sizzler Weekend NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Program at Stafford Motor Speedway

Stafford Springs, CT — Stafford Motor Speedway has announced the following penalty following the running of the April 26-27 NAPA Spring Sizzler NASCAR Whelen All-American Series feature events.

Rowan Pennink, driver of the No. 99 SK Modified®, has been penalized for a rules violation committed this past Sunday at Stafford Motor Speedway.

Pennink has been penalized from his third place finish in the 40-lap SK Modified feature and placed to last place (29th) and fined 44 points for violating rule 20E-12.3 Coil Over Shocks of the 2014 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series SK Modified® rulebook.

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NASCAR Penalizes Drivers Marcos Ambrose & Casey Mears

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 29, 2014) — NASCAR has penalized drivers Marcos Ambrose and Casey Mears for their involvement in a post-race altercation in the garage area following last Saturday night’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway.

Ambrose, driver of the No. 9 car, and Mears, driver of the No. 13 car, were found to have violated Sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing), and 12-4.9 (Behavioral Penalty; involved in an altercation in the garage area after the race) as outlined in the 2014 NASCAR rule book. As a result, Ambrose has been fined $25,000 and placed on NASCAR probation until May 28, while Mears has been fined $15,000 and placed on NASCAR probation until May 28.

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Helliwell Leads ACT to Devil’s Bowl

Two-time and defending American Canadian Tour Champion Wayne Helliwell, Jr. of Dover, NH finds himself atop the ACT Standings as the Tour heads into its third event of the season, the Spring Green 114 at Devil’s Bowl Speedway this Sunday, May 4. Helliwell is fresh off a $5,000 victory at Thunder Road last weekend and headed to one of his favrite tracks on the ACT schedule, the ½-mile Devil’s Bowl Speedway in West Haven, VT.

Helliwell claimed his first career ACT victory during the 2012 running of the Spring Green event at Devil’s Bowl. He then scored both ACT wins at the speedway last season, including the Spring Green 113 by a nose over eight-time ACT Champion Brian Hoar. All three wins helped him on his way to back-to-back ACT Championships.

“It definitely puts on a little extra pressure coming into this event winning the last three at Devil’s Bowl, but we try to look at each race as a new race and not think about what happened last season,” said Helliwell. “We’ve learned quite a bit about the new tire, new shock and our new car over the last two races and the momentum from the win at Thunder Road helps, but the competition has learned too.”

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Bad Weather and Bad Luck Hinder Hattori Racing Enterprises at Richmond

Richmond, VA (Apr. 26, 2014) – It was a long weekend for Hattori Racing Enterprises. The NASCAR K&N Pro Series Blue Ox 100 was scheduled to run after Friday’s Nationwide series ToyotaCare 250, but heavy rains set in at Richmond International Raceway around 4:00 P.M. EST, just as the K&N autograph session was beginning. The thunderstorms delayed the start of the Nationwide Series until well after 9:00 P.M., the Blue Ox 100 was rescheduled for Saturday morning.

The weekend started out great for Lee Pulliam in the No. 11 NISCO/NRC Toyota. Pulliam qualified 10th and was running in the top ten for the first 20 laps. Disaster struck at lap 42, however, when a wild restart led to a multicar crash in turn two. The No. 11 sustained damage to the left front and rear that required several pit stops to address. The team did a great job in making speedy repairs, and Pulliam remained on the lead lap. Despite the damage to his car, Pulliam was able to keep digging and salvage a 21st place finish. Pulliam is understandably frustrated with the foul luck that has plagued his No. 11 for the past three races. “The guys on the team are working hard and doing everything they can, and I am doing everything I can behind the wheel. Things just have to get better.”

David Garbo Jr., in the No. 1 Big Machine Records Toyota, started the race 18th . The No. 1 struggled in the early laps of the race with a wiring issue, but after a quick pit stop on lap 40, the car was looking fast. However, the No. 1 was then spun in the multicar crash on lap 42 . The spin sent Garbo to the back of the field, but the car had very little damage. Garbo did a lot of passing in the closing laps and brought the No. 1 home in 16th place. Garbo says, “We came in on the first caution to fix the wire. Going back out after that happened we got in an incident where we got spun around and went to the back, but we were able to ease our way up to the 16th spot.”

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TJ Reaid Wins Third-Straight Spring CRA Race at Anderson

Georgia Driver Puts New Sponsor Mitch Smith Auto Service in Victory Lane

TJ Reaid really likes Anderson Speedway and the stats show it. Reaid has now gone to victory lane in his last three Spring starts at the Indiana quarter-mile and in Saturday night’s Anderson Properties 125, after setting fast time and starting sixth, he was able to take a new sponsor to victory lane at the drop of the checkered flag.

Reaid, who had long-time short track racing supporters Mitch Smith Auto Service on the side of his No. 41 Super Late Model, was pleased with the result in their first outing together and hopes to continue the trend as their partnership continues.

“I’m really excited to get a win for those guys,” said Reaid. “As of now they’re going to do the Redbud (Redbud 300 CRA event at Anderson in June) with us and the two Winchester (Speedway) races, so I’m really looking forward to that. I can’t thank Mitch Smith enough, plus Gann Aviation, Custom Machine, my mom and dad and everybody who comes up and helps. It’s just a group effort for sure.”

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Valenti Modified Racing Series Set for Seekonk Sunday

Canaan, NH — Coming off a highly competitive race a week ago at Monadnock Speedway in New Hampshire, The Valenti Modified Racing Series heads to the famed Seekonk Speedway, Seekonk, MA, this Sunday afternoon May, 4, for the first of three appearances this season for New England’s premier open-wheel racing series, at the historic Bay State facility.

The event, the Sims Spring Kickoff Classic, the 24th appearance by the series at Seekonk, will feature a 100-lap green flag modified race with drivers from throughout the Northeast expected.

Todd Szegedy, of Ridgefield, CT, takes a one-point lead in the early season point standings to Seekonk over Chris Pasteryak, of Lisbon, CT. Pasteryak has two wins to his credit at Seekonk.

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Momentum Builds for Brodie Kostecki with Another Top-10 Finish at Richmond

16-Year-Old and Team Arcoplate Finish Eighth in Blue Ox 100

Momentum continues to build for 16-year-old Brodie Kostecki and the team behind his No. 43 Arcoplate Toyota after a second-straight top-10 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East finish Saturday morning at Richmond International Speedway in Virginia. Kostecki started strong from the sixth position and got as high as fourth on the track through the Blue Ox 100 before wrestling the car home with an eighth-place result.

The eighth-place finish tied his best career K&N East finish on the heels of another eighth-place run in the series’ previous race at Greenville Pickens Speedway in South Carolina last month.

“We’ve been struggling with the car the past few weeks, but the crew has been working really hard to figure it out,” said Kostecki. “It’s been a slow progression, but we’re getting closer. It hasn’t been for a lack of effort. Things worked out pretty well for us today to get another top-10 finish.

“We definitely improved from practice. I was pretty disappointed with the practice speed and I really didn’t think the car had that good of a balance in qualifying. I didn’t know what to expect for the race, but I knew I was going to drive the wheels off of it and see what it had. On the last restart, we were in the top-five, but we just didn’t quite have enough to hang with the big dogs. But we’ll keep working hard, do some testing and come back ready to go for the win.”

Kostecki had improved on his finish in each of the first four races of the 2014 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East season. That streak came to an end at Richmond with the eighth-place run, which tied his Greenville result. Still, with every lap, Kostecki is gaining valuable experience with the high level of competition in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. That seat time, along with the experience of working with crew chief Doug George and the rest of the Arcoplate No. 43 team, is paying dividends for the young native Australian.

“I’m definitely learning a lot more about these cars and what I need to do in order to be in position to run up front at the end. It’s all about tire conservation. This race was especially tough, though. I was put three-wide a couple of times, so I’m just glad to get out of here with the car in one piece. We can take it back to the shop and make it even better for Iowa in a couple of weeks.”

Kostecki will return to action in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East when he travels to Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa for the Casey’s General Stores 150 on Saturday, May 17.

For more on Brodie Kostecki, visit, follow him on Twitter, @BrodieKostecki and like his Facebook page, Brodie Kostecki Racing.

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Gus Dean Finds First Pro Cup Victory in Memphis

After Six Second-Place Finishes, South Carolinian Takes Home the Big Prize

With six runner-up finishes to his credit previously in the series, Bluffton, South Carolina’s Gus Dean finally went to CARS X-1R Pro Cup Series victory lane over the weekend in the KOMA Unwind Liquid Relaxation 150 at Memphis International Raceway.

The fateful trip was the 19-year-old’s first to the famed Tennessee 3/4-mile track and after being nervous to start, drawing on past experience put the South Carolina-native at ease.

“We had a fast car,” said Dean. “This is the biggest track I’ve ever been on so I was a little nervous going there, but when we got there I had a blast the whole time. Believe it or not, it actually reminded me of when I raced go karts because they were so draft-dependent. The cars danced around a little bit in the wind, a little bit more than I was expecting them to, but once I got used to all that the car was on the top of the charts all day – we were really fast.”

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101.5 The Fox Presents Spring Green Weekend in Rutland County

Rutland’s Rock Station to present Devil’s Bowl Speedway opener for third straight year

carshow_1200RUTLAND, VT – The spring air will be filled with two awesome sounds when Devil’s Bowl Speedway opens its gates on May 3rd and 4th – racecars and rock music. Rutland’s Rock Station, 101.5 The Fox, will present the weekend festivities of the Spring Green stock car event for the third consecutive year, and welcomes the Rutland County community to get to know the stars of the American-Canadian Tour and the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series.

Spring Green weekend opens Saturday, May 3 with the third annual Downtown Fan Festival on Center Street in the heart of Rutland City. Fans have the opportunity to see racecars up close and meet the drivers at a free car show beginning at 9:00 a.m. The annual Pit Stop Competition cranks the dial up at 11:00 a.m., putting the skills of the mechanics to the test in a timed two-tire changeover. The show goes out with a rumble at 12:00 noon when the engines fire up for a rolling sendoff through the streets of Rutland.

Sunday, May 4 at 1:30 p.m., the racecars are unleashed at Devil’s Bowl Speedway in nearby West Haven for the 101.5 The Fox Spring Green. The event is a northeastern racing favorite, featuring the very best regional ACT stars and the local heroes of the weekly NASCAR Whelen All-American Series. Wayne Helliwell, Jr., nipped Brian Hoar in the closest recorded finish in ACT history (.027 seconds) in last year’s Spring Green, and Todd Stone kicked off a record-breaking season with a win in the Bond Auto Parts Modified division.

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Rain Postpones NETS at Waterford

Mother nature was the only winner in the New England Truck Series this weekend. Weather conditions at the Waterford Speedbowl forced the third race of the 2014 season to be rescheduled. NETS will return to Waterford on June 28th.

The New England Truck Series is back in action on May 10th, when the series makes its first visit of the season to Monadnock Speedway in Winchester, New Hampshire. Roger Turbush (101) is the current series point leader, holding a slim 1 point margin over defending series champion Duane Noll (100). Chris Turbush (97) stands in third, followed by former series champions Andy Lindeman (93), and Chris Correll (90). Jason Lafayette (89) and Mike Parker (96) have started the season strong with top 10 finishes in each race and lurk just outside the top 5.

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Wayne Helliwell, Jr. Wheels His Way to Merchants Bank Win

Wayne Helliwell, Jr. of Dover, NH used a cross over move on Jimmy Hebert with about 15 laps to go to claim his first career Thunder Road win in the 16th annual Merchants Bank 150 on Sunday, April 27. Hebert held on for second while 17 year old Emily Packard came home third.

Hebert led for the majority of the event after taking the lead on lap 26 from his third place starting position. He held off two former Thunder Road Late Model Champions in Nick Sweet and Derrick O’Donnell in a fierce battle, while protecting the low lane. With just under 20 laps to go, Sweet and O’Donnell made hard contact on the backstretch, bringing out the ninth caution of the event. Sweet would be done to the day with front end damage, while O’Donnell returned after changing a flat.

The caution also brought Helliwell to Hebert’s outside for the restart. Helliwell hung tough on the outside for a couple of laps before pulling a crossover to get to the inside coming off turn two. Helliwell got the advantage and appeared like he would walk away from the field until the tenth and final caution with two laps to go. Helliwell hung on for the win as Hebert didn’t have enough in the outside lane.

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Preece, Stuart, & Wells Score NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler Sunday Feature Victories at Stafford

Stafford Springs, CT — Stafford Motor Speedway’s 43rd Annual NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler Weekend continued on Sunday with feature events for the SK Modified®, Late Model, and NorthEast Mini Stock Tour divisions. Ryan Preece scored a dominating win in the 40-lap SK Modified® feature, Jay Stuart in the 30-lap Late Model feature event, and Toby Wells was the winner of the 25-lap NorthEast Mini Stock Tour feature.

In the 40-lap SK Modified® feature, Joey Cipriano took the lead at the green with Matt Galko settling into second behind him. Tom Bolles was third with Rowan Pennink moving up to fourth. Sean Foster was side by side with Curt Brainard for fifth for a lap before taking the position. Bolles dropped off the pace on lap-8 while Cipriano continued to lead the race with Galko behind him.

The car on the move was Ryan Preece, who broke into the top-5 by the time lap-10 was complete. Preece quickly moved into fourth place with Eric Berndt taking over fifth behind him while Cipriano continued to lead the race. Pennink was able to get around Galko to move into second when the caution came out with 13 laps complete as Ted Christopher spun coming out of turn 2.

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Santos Wins Stafford Sizzler

Past Whelen Modified Tour Champ Scores 11th Career Win

STAFFORD, Conn. – No one needed to show Bobby Santos the way to Victory Lane at Stafford Motor Speedway; he’s a frequent visitor.

The Franklin, Mass., driver won the NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler 200 on Sunday for his 11th career NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour victory, with six of those coming at Stafford, including three of the last four Spring Sizzlers.

Santos, who started in the eighth position, took the lead from rookie Tommy Barrett Jr. on Lap 115 and battled with Doug Coby, who won the 2006 and 2012 Spring Sizzlers, down the stretch to record the win. Coby looked left, right, over and under for a way around Santos in the closing laps, but had to settle for the runner-up finish.

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Matt Mead

Monday through Friday, Matt Mead can be found working for a good friend Bill Fenton at the Fenton Family Dealerships, but come the weekend Matt wheels the Ron Townson owned Chartreuse Neon Lime Green number 77 in the Valenti Modified Racing Series.

Like most race drivers, Matt was bitten by the race bug early but never knew how to get started until he met Bill Fenton. Fenton himself raced more than 30 years in the Grand Am Cup Series and in the SCCA.

Matt soon found himself working his way up through the classes, starting with Enduros, Late Models, and then the mighty Modifieds. Matt has also tried his hand at Road Course Racing with the SCCA.

Kirk Alexander, Todd Patnode and Rob Goodenough all helped and inspired Matt with his modified career. Eddie Brehio along with the Brehio family helped with his Late Model years. “I wouldn’t have learned as quickly as I did without their help,” says Matt.

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NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler Starting Lineups

Late Model – Feature – (30 Laps)
Start Competitor Home Town

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Bubba Pollard Completes Southern Super Series Gulf Coast Sweep with Mobile Victory

Pit Strategy Leads Georgia Racer to Second Win in as Many Nights

Strategy was the name of the game for Bubba Pollard Saturday night at Mobile International Speedway in Alabama. Instead of taking advantage of a series pre-season rule change like many of his competitors did, Pollard made a later pit stop that proved to be the winning plan for victory in the Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco and Miller Lite Super Late Model Series combination Mobile Lumber 125 presented by VDL Fuel Systems event.

Southern Super Series officials adjusted the rules regarding the lap 75 competition cautions in their 125-lap events before the 2014 season took the green flag to allow teams to take their allotted two tires at any point in the race. Previously, teams were required to take their fresh rubber during the competition yellow.

After several teams made the call to pit while under yellow for an extended caution at lap 63 Saturday night, Pollard, who was leading at the time, elected to stay out and wait for the scheduled lap-75 caution. It was a move that required a lot of confidence in his machine on Pollard’s part, but it paid off when Pollard was able to rifle back through the field after his pit stop to score the victory.

Saturday’s win at Mobile completed the Sunoco Gulf Coast Championship Series weekend sweep on the heels of his victory in the Mountain Dew Kick Start 125 presented by JRi Shocks Friday night at Pensacola, Florida’s Five Flags Speedway.

“We had a good racecar from the beginning,” said Pollard following Saturday’s victory. “We just didn’t know how much to save with this tire. I just didn’t know what to expect really, but man we had an awesome racecar. I had these guys working their tails off all day and we made it work. It’s fun coming here and having the strategy like that that plays into it. I felt like tires were going to be the key at the end of the race and I felt like we had a good enough car to make it to the lap 75 and be able to get back through the field.”

When several of the top-10 cars pitted early, Pollard was confident in his strategy, but did have some hesitations about being able to overcome the stiff competition that would be in his way to victory lane.

“I knew we had a good car,” said Pollard. “But you don’t want to get stuck back there behind them because you never know what they’ve got back there. Augie (Grill) has a good racecar and it goes through your mind. But I was confident and I was confident in our racecar and I felt like we could get the job done.”

Casey Smith brought home the runner-up honors in his No. 99 Chevrolet, marking his best finish of the season thus far after swapping cars after last night’s Mountain Dew Kick Start 125 at Five Flags Speedway.

“Last night at Five Flags we were fighting motor issues,” explained Smith. “The car was awesome but we were having major motor problems with that other car. And then tonight I think I over drove it a little bit because my warm up lap was faster than my qualifying lap. We got a little bit tight in that first run and burned up the right front. We came in early, 10 laps before that break, and took our tires and made a bunch of changes that helped a lot.

“We weren’t as good as Bubba, but we’re happy with second for points. It’s still not where we want to be. We used to be dominant like Bubba is here and we’ve still got a little bit to go for that. But we’re working a little bit at a time. Second is good but we want a win.”

Friday night’s runner-up finisher, John Hunter Nemechek, was scored in the third position Saturday at Mobile followed by Donnie Wilson, while Mike Garvey rounded out the top-five finishers.

Earlier in the night at Mobile, John Hunter Nemechek scored his first career Southern Super Series fast time award with a lap of 16.961, the only qualifier in the 16-second bracket all evening.

Next up for the Southern Super Series will be another 125-lapper in the Yellowhammer State, the Montgomery 125 at Montgomery Motor Speedway in Montgomery, Alabama on Saturday night, May 10.

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Official Finish
Mobile Lumber and Millwork 125 presented by VDL Fuel Systems
Mobile International Speedway
Irvington, Alabama
April 26, 2014

Pos. No. Driver Laps
1 26 Bubba Pollard 125
2 99 Casey Smith 125
3 8 John Hunter Nemechek 125
4 2 Donnie Wilson 125
5 1 Mike Garvey 125
6 98 Daniel Hemric 125
7 31 Kyle Grissom 125
8 59 Jake Perkins 125
9 112 Augie Grill 125
10 79 Kyle Bryant 125
11 22 Josh Bragg 125
12 5 Will Gallaher 125
13 43 Justin South 125
14 68 Landon Cling 124
15 86 Chet Morrison 124
16 18 Hunter Robbins 117
17 29 Anderson Bowen 116
18 14 Chris Davidson 78
19 72 Logan Boyett 64
20 51 Stephen Nasse 63
21 22 Jeremy Pate 42
22 47 Allen Karnes 40

Sources: 51 Sports/Southern Super Series PR

Myers Holds on Against Brown at Bowman Gray

Winston-Salem, NC — It was a clash of the titans on Saturday at Bowman Gray Stadium as Burt Myers tussled with Tim Brown for victory in the Hayes Jewelers 200 for the Brad’s Golf Cars Modified Series.

Myers, a resident of Walnut Cove, qualified on the pole with Rural Hall’s Tim Brown starting on the outside front row. Myers shot out into the lead as the green flag waved and held on for 35 laps and two double-file restarts.

But on the third double-file restart, Brown slammed the gas and powered ahead of Myers to steal away the lead heading into turn one. Brown then turned his efforts towards nursing his tires – but Myers had other ideas.

[Photo Gallery] by Brad Newman

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Hines, Provost, & Fearn Score NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler Saturday Feature Victories at Stafford

Stafford Springs, CT — Stafford Motor Speedway opened its doors for racing in 2014 with feature events for its SK Light, Limited Late Model, and DARE Stock divisions as part of the Saturday CARQUEST Tech-Net Spring Sizzler Weekend festivities.  Tyler Hines took the checkered flag in the 20-lap SK Light feature, Duane Provost was the winner of the 20-lap Limited Late Model feature, and Ryan Fearn won the 15-lap DARE Stock feature.

In the 20-lap SK Light Modified feature, Geoff Boisjolie got a good run to the outside of Wesley Prucker to take the early race lead.  Tyler Hinze followed Boisjolie’s lead and took to the outside groove to get around Prucker and move into second.  Rich Hammann was now pressuring Prucker for third, but Prucker was able to hold him off and Hammann fell back into a duel with Bob Charland for fourth place on lap-4.

Hines was applying heavy pressure to Boisjolie for the race lead, but Boisjolie was able to keep himself at the front of the pack.  Prucker continued to run third with Dylan Menditto now in fourth and Jay Goff in fifth at the halfway point of the race.

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QUALIFYING: Barrett Captures First Pole

Rookie On Point For Sunday’s NAPA Spring Sizzler 200

STAFFORD, Conn. – Two races and two first-time pole winners for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour in 2014.

Rookie Tommy Barrett Jr. topped the field in Saturday qualifying at Stafford Motor Speedway in advance of Sunday’s prestigious NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler 200. It was the first 21 Means 21 Pole Award by Coors Brewing for the 18-year-old rookie from Millis, Mass.

Barrett posted a fast lap of 18.221 seconds (98.787 mph) to earn the pole position in his fourth career Whelen Modified Tour event, and just his second in the No. 22 Canto Paving/Ferguson Water Works Chevrolet. He became the 88th different driver in 30 years of Whelen Modified Tour competition to earn a pole.

Joining Barrett on the front row for Sunday’s 200-lap event will be Woody Pitkat, who earned his first career pole on April 5 in the season-opening event at Thompson (Conn.) Speedway Motorsports Park. Pitkat’s fast lap Saturday at Stafford was 18.267 (98.538).

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PRACTICE: Pitkat Paces Sizzler Session

Fastest Saturday Afternoon At Stafford

STAFFORD, Conn. – Woody Pitkat was fastest in practice and qualifying in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season-opener, and at Stafford Motor Speedway he’s picked up right where he left off in early April at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.

Pitkat posted a fast lap of 18.035 seconds (99.806 mph) in NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler 200 practice, which was delayed by four hours at the start due to rain at the track.

A Stafford native, Pitkat ended up finishing second in the opener at Thompson. Sunday, at his home track, Pitkat will once again vie for that elusive first career Whelen Modified Tour win.

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Custer Conquers Richmond

Third Career K&N Pro Series East Win For NASCAR Next Driver

RICHMOND, Va. – Cole Custer made it look easy.

Sixteen-year-old Custer, of Ladera Ranch, Calif., won the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East’s Blue Ox 100 on Saturday at Richmond International Raceway. He passed teammate and pole sitter Nick Drake on Lap 49 and led the rest of the way to collect his third series win in 16 starts. A pair of wins last season came at Iowa Speedway and New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The driver of the No. 00 NAPA Auto Parts/Haas Automation Chevrolet also collected his first NASCAR K&N Pro Series West win in the 2014 season opener at Phoenix International Raceway in February.

Points leader Ben Rhodes finished second for his fourth top-five showing in five outings this season. Drake, who won the pole position in qualifying yesterday, battled to finish third. Austin Hill crossed the line in fourth followed by Ronnie Bassett Jr. in fifth.

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Branden Dion Set for SK Light Modified Debut at Stafford

Branden Dion of Taunton, MA will make his SK Light Modified debut today at Stafford Motor Speedway in the Triple D Racing #04. This season will see him compete full time at Stafford on Friday night. Dion will also have two races in an SK Modified®: Open Wheel Wednesday at Seekonk and the World Series at Thompson.

Dion finished fifth in the Lite Modified race at Thompson earlier this month. The team is seeking sponsorship for their Stafford efforts.

He will drive a new Douglas A. King Builders Late Model at Seekonk Speedway this season. Dion will be driving Eddie Leclerc’s former Sunoco Modified this year. Leclerc will be driving a Late Model at Seekonk this season.

“We’ve always loved watching Modifieds,” Dion said. “It started when I raced Go Karts at Stafford. Now I have a chance to drive one, I’m not going to let it slip by. I’m still going to race the Late Model my dad and I are building at Seekonk, which is our priority. But if everything goes well maybe I can do both.”

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Speedbowl Cancels 4/26 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Program to Weather

Waterford, CT (April 26, 2014) – Waterford Speedbowl cancelled its NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing program scheduled for Saturday, April 26 due to damp weather forecasted throughout the evening. Action returns to the shoreline oval next Saturday, May 3 with a six-division NASCAR Whelen All-American Series program. The 50-lap Street Stock Showdown event, originally scheduled for April 26, will take center stage on May 3. The visiting New England Truck Series race scheduled for April 26 has been added to the June 28 race program.

The 50-lap extra-distance Street Stock Showdown event joins the regularly scheduled races for the SK Modified®, Valenti Auto Mall Late Model, Mini Stock, SK Light Modified and INEX Legend Cars divisions on May 3. Next Saturday’s event kicks off a busy stretch for the Speedbowl as two returning event nights are added to its weekly lineup in May.

Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday, featuring $8 adult grandstand admission and free youth grandstand admission for ages 14 and under, hits the track for its 14th season on Wednesday, May 7. On the heels of the affordable mid-week event night, Sho & Go at the ‘Bowl returns on Friday, May 9 with free grandstand admission for all attendees for 100 foot spectator drag racing plus car cruise show. A special test and tune session for drag racing competitors is scheduled for Friday, May 2. Spectator grandstands will be closed.

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Blue Ox 100 Postponed at Richmond

K&N Pro East To Run Saturday Morning

RICHMOND, Va. — Rain showers throughout Friday evening led NASCAR and Richmond International Raceway officials to postpone the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race until Saturday morning.
The Blue Ox 100 will begin at 9 a.m. at the .75-mile oval prior to race day activities for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Toyota Owners 400.
Rookie Nick Drake will start on the pole alongside Bill McAnally Racing teammate Cole Custer. Drake earned his first 21 Means 21 Pole Award Friday afternoon in qualifying before the rains moved in.

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QUALIFYING: Drake Leads BMR Sweep

Rookie Takes First K&N Pro Pole Award At Richmond

RICHMOND, Va. — Rookie Nick Drake led a front-row sweep for Bill McAnally Racing Friday afternoon in qualifying for the evening’s Blue Ox 100 at Richmond International Raceway.

Drake, 18, put down a lap of 22.127 seconds (121.759 mph) around the .75-mile oval. He is making his fifth career NAScAR K&N Pro Series East start and his previous best starting position was 11th.

“It was kind of surprising. I haven’t been the best qualifier,” said Drake. “We worked on qualifying in practice a little bit. We kind of struggled on the first run and made a big improvement on the second run. We laid down a lap and edged out Cole for the pole. It was good.”
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Thunder Road Car Show and Practice Day Cancelled

Thunder Road’s annual downtown Barre car show scheduled for Saturday, April 26 has been cancelled due to forecasted rains. The practice session schedule at the track in the afternoon has also been cancelled. Sunday’s (April 27) Merchants Bank 150 is still on as planned with minor adjustments to the schedule.

Teams may pre-register for Sunday’s event and park their haulers in the pit area tomorrow (Saturday, April 26) from noon to 4:00pm. The pits will then open Sunday morning at 7:00am and practice will begin an hour earlier than originally scheduled at 10:00am. The remainder of the schedule will remain as is.

Sunday’s (April 27) event will begin with class day festivities at 1:00pm. Qualifying for the 16th Annual Merchant’s Bank 150 is set to roll out at 1:30pm.

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Who’s Next? Most Likely One of These

NASCAR Next 2014-15 Class Announced At Richmond

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – When Chase Elliott took the NASCAR Nationwide Series checkered flag at Texas Motor Speedway earlier this month, he joined fellow rising star Kyle Larson in the 2014 win column.

Before their headline-making victories on one of the sport’s biggest stages, though, Elliott and Larson were ‘next’ – the next in a wave of young talent making its way up the NASCAR ladder.

Like Elliott and Larson before them, the 12 drivers named today to the 2014-15 NASCAR Next class have résumés loaded with accomplishments and promise. The roster was unveiled at Richmond International Raceway and marks the kickoff of the fourth installment of the industry initiative designed to spotlight NASCAR’s rising stars.

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