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Andrew McLaughlin Picks Up Speedway 95 Late Model Win

HERMON, ME — Harrington’s Andrew McLaughlin took the lead in a flurry of activity on lap 31 of the 40 lap Dysart’s Late Model feature at Speedway 95 and picked up his third win of the season. Hermon driver John Curtin Jr. led the first 29 circuits, but was passed by Paul White of Corinna on lap 30. McLaughlin then passed White on lap 31 and led to the checkers in the caution free race. Lloyd Nickerson of Corinth returned to the speedway following a three week absence and came from a 9th place start to post a second place finish. Third went to points leader Brenton Parritt of Steuben with John Kalel II of Orrington finishing fourth. White ended up fifth.

Kris Watson of Hermon won the caution marred Maine Outlaw Super Series main event by passing Duane Seekins of Stockton Springs on the 39th lap of the 50 lap feature. Seekins had challenged early leader Steve Moulton of Holden, leading briefly on lap 18, until Moulton retired on lap 32 with engine failure. Seekins then led from lap 19 until he was passed by Watson on lap 38. Dean Clements of Brooks finished third in the race that was stopped for 40 minutes on lap 2 when Glenburn’s Emma Libby hit the turn three wall after spinning in oil dropped on the track by Nick Huff’s expiring engine. Libby had to be extracted from her car after complaining of neck and back pain, and was transported to the hospital for observation. 12 year old Dylan Street of Old Town finished fourth in his first outing in the new for 2014 touring division, and Franklin’s Mike Overlock finished fifth.

Zach Audet of Skowhegan raised his win total to 12 for the season in the Coca-Cola Sport-fours after taking the lead  from Hermon’s Andrew Crosby on lap 4 of the 25 lap race. Darren Durrell of Newburgh came from an 8th place start to finish second with Old Town’s Dylan Street posting a third place finish. Crosby finished fourth after Chris Carroll of Greenbush was disqualified in post race inspection for illegal tires on his car. Ed Archer Jr. of Clinton finished fifth. Audet also took over the points lead in the division after Garett Hayman of Milford was eliminated for the night after hitting the back stretch wall head on when the right front wheel came off his car while he was leading the 10 lap qualifier.

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Waterford Speedbowl 8/30 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Results

Waterford, CT (August 30, 2014) – Waterford Speedbowl hosted Thunder on the Sound Saturday, a seven division motorsports program highlighted by the 18th annual Budweiser Modified Nationals SK Modified® 150. The biggest race of the year for the track’s headline NASCAR Whelen All-American Series division was won by Tyler Chadwick of Ledyard. Other winners on the night included Keith Rocco of Berlin in the Valenti Auto Mall Late Models, while a pair of drivers picked up their third victories of the year, Ryan Waterman of Danielson in the Street Stocks Ray Christian III of Groton in the Mini Stocks. Paul Buzel of Trumbull was a first time winner in SK Light Modified action, Mike Christopher Jr. of Wolcott won in the INEX Legend Cars and Paul LaPlante won the Vintage Outlaw Modified race.

Chadwick’s biggest ally in the 18th annual Budweiser Modified Nationals may have been his patience. The 2012 division champion started the race tenth and slowly moved into contention just before the halfway point of the 150-lap grind. Ted Christopher was out front, showing the way after he passed early leader Ed Puleo on lap-11. Minor incidents for single car spins dotted the opening half of the race. Chadwick was in second by lap-70 as Christopher comfortably led until a caution flag came on lap-96.

Following the restart, Chadwick tried to unseat Christopher using the outside lane on multiple occasions, finally tucking in behind Christopher in second position. The intensity was definitely on the rise among the lead pack as the race moved to its final stages. Keith Rocco, who spent the first one hundred laps pacing himself outside the top-five, asserted himself in the final fifty circuits. Rocco got to third and then pressed Chadwick until he gave up the outside lane, allowing Rocco to move to second on lap-117. Rocco then stalked Christopher for the lead until he made a diving maneuver to the inside on lap-130 down the back chute. The two cars came together between turns three and four, spinning both and bringing out a caution.

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MAVTV 500 Post-Race Quote Sheet

SIMON PAGENAUD (No. 77 Schmidt Peterson Hamilton Motorsports Honda): “It was a long day. I’m very disappointed because my hopes were really high and I was always believing it until I crossed the checkered flag. But when you reflect on the year, we fought against Penske, which is a fantastic team. Congratulations to Will and Team Penske for winning a championship and we’ve been strong. We’ve been strong every race. We’ve won races. I think we’ve done a fantastic job in the last three years and I’m really proud of the guys at Schmidt Peterson Motorsports. It’s been incredible. Of course I’m disappointed. I wanted to at least give it a shot or try but tonight wasn’t the night.”

SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS (No. 11 Hydroxycut KVSH Racing Chevrolet): “It was a very tough night for the Hydroxycut – KVSH Racing team and that is all I have to say about the race. I want to thank Kevin (Kalkhoven), Jimmy (Vasser) and Sulli (James “Sulli” Sullivan) for the opportunity to race with the team this year. I want to thank the sponsors, Hydroxycut, Mistic E-Cigs, Circle K, Plantronics, American Racing Wheels, GEICO and Hippino for all their support. I also want to thank Chevrolet and Firestone. I especially want to thank Steve Moore and the entire team for all their hard work. We worked hard and showed good pace a lot of the time. We earned two poles and won a race. We didn’t meet all of our expectations, but we are building something here and I am looking forward to continuing the process during the off-season and next year.”

HELIO CASTRONEVES (No. 3 AAA Southern California Team Penske Chevrolet): “It’s great. Talking about the team, obviously, it’s great. I was pushing extremely hard. I knew the only way for us to get in front was through the pits and my ins and outs seemed to be working very well except for my last one and I got a drive though. So my bad. The AAA Machine and Chevy, Shell, Pennzoil, Verizon, SKF. Everyone. Hitachi, especially. Guys, thank you for a great season. I really appreciate that. Well done, Will! You are the champ, man, good job. So, I hope the rate in his house doesn’t increase now, because every time I go and sleep in his house he charges me. But in the end of the day, great season for Team Penske.”

SEBASTIAN SAAVEDRA (No. 17 Automatic Fire Sprinklers KV AFS Chevrolet): “Can’t believe we have just had the last race of the season. Sad to say goodbye to racing for a while but really motivated for what’s next. I’m really proud of the Automatic Fire Sprinklers – KV AFS team, we stayed focused and stuck together through the good and the bad times. Tonight we were expecting a little bit of understeer at the beginning but that didn’t happen and we were very loose. It took us a couple of stints to get back to being competitive but then I was already a few laps down. The engineers did a great job to get the car more balanced and once it there I was able to get a lap back and start fighting and move up some positions, but it was just a little too late. The crew did some fantastic stops and everything went according to plan and I look forward to doing it all over again next year and having the chance to fight at the front.”

WILL POWER (No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet): “That was one of the hardest races ever. Oh my God, I was crying over the line. It just went on and on. I slowly made up position and the car wasn’t great. But, man. Got to thank Verizon and Roger Penske and Tim Cindric. It’s surreal, man. I can’t believe it.” (About the emotion of winning) “I’m so mentally exhausted now. I’m just so exhausted. My hands are like numb from holding onto the wheel so tight. Man, I want to be a lot more excited but I’m just so drained. That was just mega. I can’t believe I won it.”(About what happened in his life in the last 24 hours, 7 days) “The last 14 days have been the worst in my life, just mentally, just emotionally -just so bad. Not sleeping and stressing. I feel bad for my wife. Keeping her up at night, just bad. You never think it can happen until it happens. I can’t believe I’m champion. I can’t believe it.”(About whether he thought it was over) “I didn’t think it was over. Just knowing how things have gone in the past. God.” (At what point tonight did you say we’re doing to do this) “Actually, when I took the lead, I thought ‘This is good. I believe we’ve got a pretty good shot here.’ When they said he got a drive though I said ‘Hey, this is it. We can do this. We can win it.'” (About celebrating) “It’s unbelievable. That’s 15 years of hard work. I started taking it seriously in 2000. That’s just 15 years of hard work.”

JAMES HINCHCLIFFE (No. 27 United Fiber & Data Honda): “Roller coaster race. Obviously the car was bad-fast early and we were able to drive up to the front. We probably stayed out a little bit too long on that stint and lost a little track position. Then we got the drive through and it just kind of stacked against us, but luckily we were able to stay on the lead lap and got the yellow we needed to battle back a bit. The UFD car was good on long runs, and luckily we had a lot of that today and had the yellow when we needed it. George (Klotz, strategist) made a great call on pulling us in early on that last stop and we were able to leap-from some guys. We didn’t have anything for the top four to be honest, but to come back after the penalty with a top five, we’re pretty pleased with that. Our thoughts are still with Mikhail (Aleshin), we missed him out there tonight and wish him a speedy recovery, and big thanks to all the fans for a season full of support.”

MARCO ANDRETTI (No. 25 Snapple Honda): “That was hard fought. We kind of struggled across the board. We really just didn’t put it together tonight, it was just a hang in there 500 miles but it felt like the Baja 1000, for sure. When you look at the season, not the numbers we were hoping for but we’ll come back fighting. Thanks to my Snapple family and all my LA friends for coming out and cheering us on tonight and best wishes to Mikhail (Aleshin), get well soon, man.”

RYAN HUNTER-REAY (No. 28 DHL Honda): “Disappointing night. I was pushing really hard on old tires under Tony Kanaan for second and the car just came around on me – just snapped completely and we went a lap down (after spinning off into the grass). I thought I had some suspension issues on the rear, which ended up just being flat-spotted tires from the spin. We never got our lap back, so that’s where we wound up. It’s unfortunate because the DHL car was good tonight… Another one got away. Was hoping to end the season on a higher note but, nonetheless, I have to thank all the fans for the support this season as well as everyone at DHL and Honda. We’ll come back stronger than ever in 2015.”

CARLOS MUNOZ (No. 34 Cinsay HVM Honda): “With how we started the weekend…  you know, we started nowhere, and we finished P8 and with a good pace. I had one problem in one of my stints; I had to stop in the middle of the stint, so that cost us a lot of positions. Anyways, I’m really happy with the car, with the finish, a top 10 in the championship (unofficial). As I said before, I was really worried coming into the race because we were nowhere, and then suddenly during the race, the Cinsay car was perfect for me. I felt the grip, finally, during the race; when you have a good car, when you feel strong, you move up.”

On clinching Rookie of the Year:
“First of all I want to wish (Mikhail) Aleshin a speedy recovery. As a rookie this year, I think it was the strongest rookie field IndyCar ever had. In general, we had the podiums and everything and that was great, and that’s why I feel really nice to be Rookie of the Year. As I said before, the competition this year was really tough. I’m just really happy; this is just the beginning, hopefully, of my career in IndyCar for many years. It’s always nice to have this honor in your resume. I think we finished the season strong, so I’m happy.”

JOSEF NEWGARDEN (No. 67 Hartman Oil/Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing Honda): “It was a long night. For us it was a long 500 miles. We got through it, secured a nice top 10. Good for our championship, solid effort all around. We had good pit stops and really hung in there as a group. We did what we could and just came up a little short. We didn’t have great rear grip tonight. The front end was a little difficult to figure out. We had understeer and oversteer at the same time. It’s hard to compromise between those two balances and it’s always kind of a dancing act with which end of the car you want better. Tonight we couldn’t quite get the compromise how we wanted it and when you have that you have to go back to the drawing board and figure out how to make it better, and that’s exactly what we’re going to do.”

TAKUMA SATO (No. 14 ABC Supply A.J. Foyt Racing Honda): “It was a long fast race! I couldn’t believe only 1 yellow for 500 miles–it felt long. The ABC car was fast, we just needed a little more work in traffic. The car would lose a lot of grip and I struggled. When I had clean air it was pretty fast and I could catch people and then just chip away at them. It was a good race for us. The mechanics did a good job–no mistakes on the pit stops so it was a strong performance for the ABC Supply team. Having qualified 4th I would have loved to finish higher but nevertheless we fought strong in these last races. We learned a lot this season–we’ve gone through many ups and downs. I’d like to thank AJ and Larry for making it happen. I think the whole team did a superb job this year! Thanks also to ABC Supply for their support and to Alfe Heat Treating for theirs as well. I was pleased to see my friend Will Power win the championship–it was well deserved!”

RYAN BRISCOE (No. 8 NTT DATA Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet): “It’s hard to believe this season is over already – it seems like we just started!  I couldn’t be happier for Tony (Kanaan) and Dixon on their 1-2 finish.  Tony deserved that win and it’s just a great way for the team to end the season.  I wish the No. 8 NTT DATA Chevrolet could’ve finished higher, but a top-10 finish in a series this competitive does mean something.  It’s been a great year for NTT DATA Chip Ganassi Racing and I’m so proud to be a part of this team.”

CHARLIE KIMBALL (No. 83 NovoLog FlexPen Chevrolet): “I have to give a lot of credit to the entire Chip Ganassi Racing team, especially Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing. They were able to really come together and rebound from our incident last night.  I knew from the first lap that the car was going to be really good.  I got caught out in the dirty air and hit the wall lightly in the middle of the race.  That put us behind a little, but we were able to fight back as a team and finish in 12th.  After the night we had last night, I’d say that’s pretty good. Congratulations to Tony and Scott on the 1-2 finish.”

TONY KANAAN (No. 10 Target Chip Ganassi Chevrolet): “It’s been a long time coming. Chip gave me the opportunity. Target, 25-year anniversary this year and I’m so glad I did it. Chevrolet and all the sponsors. Finally. We had a team meeting this afternoon and Chip says, ‘if you win the last race you get brag about it for seven months.’ So, I went ahead and did it. So, great team effort, 1, 2. Great pit stops. The boys did great and what an awesome feeling man. It’s been a long time coming. We had close calls this year and I’m just glad. You know we have a tradition in the shop that the winner gets a picture on the wall and I finally got one.”

What does your record in the last 1.5 months show, moving into next season?: “I think it shows our potential. We turned the situation around and the team got the grip with what we needed it to do. We had good momentum. Obviously, next year, it’s a whole new ball game with the new aero kits and stuff but we have a great team here and a great group of guys . This is how a team works. When we struggle people think that we’re nowhere and we go out there and we win three races this year and six podiums. It’s a great team effort.”

About driving the 10 Car: “It was very emotional. Obviously this 10 car has a lot of history so I didn’t want to go winless, you know, just because it’s tradition. So I told Dario, this win, I dedicate that for him. Obviously, if it wasn’t for Chip and Dario having been forced to retire I wouldn’t be driving this car right now so I’m really proud of it and it’s going to be a hell of a night, I can tell you that.”

JUSTIN WILSON (No. 19 Dale Coyne Racing Honda): “It wasn’t the easiest of nights for me and the Boy Scouts of America car. I just didn’t have the pace to keep up during the first stint and I fell back quite a bit. After our first stop the car was better balanced. We were just hoping for a caution so we could get back into contention and gain back some of the track position. When the yellow came we got back on the lead lap but I had lost the pace and fell back again after the restart. The balance was really all over the place from stop to stop tonight and it cost us from fighting for a top 10 finish. The team did a good job and really tried everything in their power to give me a competitive car but it just wasn’t meant to be tonight. Hopefully we can just keep working and try to get better and better.”

ED CARPENTER (No. 20 Fuzzy’s Vodka/Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet): “I was pretty upset with the lapped guys tonight. We were trying to race for the win and they just wouldn’t move even when they are several laps down. Where was the blue flag? I just don’t get it. On the final restart, I got a good start and I got in the hunt with Helio (Castroneves), Will (Power) and Scott (Dixon). But as the laps went on and we had traffic, it was very tough to pass the lapped traffic. I know they are racing too. But we talk about having some courtesy on the track in the meetings. Oh well, we got back on the Fuzzy’s Vodka 19th Hole Victory Lane for the third straight year in the Fuzzy’s Chevy. It’s a good way to finish the season. That penalty hurt us too. The pit speed limiter didn’t work on the third stop and we were too fast I guess. And the limiter didn’t work the rest of the race and I had to read the speed into the pit until the end.  It was a hard race tonight and I feel like we fought back from a lot of stuff. The Ganassi guys were fast at the end. We had a better pace in the end of the stints though. But I couldn’t get to them in that last stint.  Overall, ECR team was just sensational throughout the year. I’m very proud of them.”

SCOTT DIXON (No. 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet): “It’s disappointing in some ways because we started the season so slow. Not slow, but we didn’t really collect the points we needed and had a few issues so it’s always nice to end the season on a high. After such a bad year I guess we ended up not too bad, but as Chip said in the meeting before the race ‘let’s end on a high so we can carry that momentum through the winter’ and there’s lots of happy Target teams faces tonight. Congratulations obviously to TK. I think he should have probably won at Pocono and Iowa.”

GRAHAM RAHAL (No. 15 National Guard Honda): “It was a frustrating race. I don’t know what happened. The team thinks there might be something wrong in the right rear of the car like an upright or a bearing started to go. The car was pretty good for three stints and all of a sudden it was just looser than it should be. We put 100 pounds of right front wing in and did everything we could to get it to understeer. It was really, really frustrating. We wanted to give the National Guard something to be proud of tonight. We have to thank the National Guard in INDYCAR racing and motorsports in general. It’s a shame that it ended this way but we were very lucky to have had them in the series as long as we’ve had and we can’t thank them enough.”

Sources: Mike Kitchel, INDYCAR PR

Power Wins First Verizon IndyCar Series Championship

FONTANA, Calif. (Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014) – Will Power earned his first Verizon IndyCar Series championship with a ninth-place finish in the MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway.

Power, who entered the 18th race of the season with a 51-point lead over Team Penske teammate Helio Castroneves, had been the championship runner-up in 2010, 2011 and 2012. It was the ninth consecutive year that the series champion was determined in the season finale.

“It’s 15 years of hard work. I was crying as I crossed the (finish) line,” said Power, who finished 62 points ahead of Castroneves. “It’s surreal. It’s just a fantastic way to finish the season.”

Power provided Team Penske its 13th Indy car championship and the first since 2006 with Sam Hornish Jr.

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Shawn Knight Wins Non-Stop Oxford Plains Pro Late Model Race in Impressive Fashion

Starts 16th en route to victory in just second appearance of 2014

Oxford, Maine — Shawn Knight of South Paris powered to an impressive victory in just his second appearance of the season, dominating the Budweiser Pro Late Model field topping the card in Oxford Championship Series competition Saturday night at Oxford Plains Speedway.

Knight’s performance was particularly noteworthy as he drove to the front of the 21-car field from 16th starting position without the aid of a caution flag, only needing about a lap more than half of the 60-lap event distance to take a lead he would not relinquish in the non-stop event.

Scott Moore of Anson made a valiant attempt to spoil Knight’s night, battling the winner right to the checkered flag in admiral fashion to claim runner-up honors. While Knight was particularly impressive while moving into contention, Moore certainly turned up the wick to remain in contention after yielding the top spot.

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Shullick Holds Off Rival to Win ISMA Super Nationals

Second ISMA Win of the Year for Shullick at Oswego Speedway

OSWEGO, NY — Ohio’s Dave Shullick Jr. had the fastest car on Saturday at Oswego Speedway (NY), but it turned out to be a hard fought International Supermodified Association win at the end of the 60-lap ISMA Bud Light Super Nationals feature event.

Shullick, the winner of the “King of the Wings” event at Oswego earlier in the year, broke his own track record with a lap time of 14.938 seconds around the 5/8-mile track during time trials.

He seemed to be in control during the closing stages of the race but due in part to lapped cars, Ontario’s Mike Lichty narrowed the margin on Shullick and even attempted to get under him at times, including on the final lap.

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Wiscasset Speedway Top Five Finish August 30, 2014

1. #17 Chris Thorne, Sidney
2. #30 Ryan St. Clair, Liberty
3. #6 Chris Bowie, New Gloucester
4. #14 Puncin St Clair, Liberty
5. #34 Tyler Robbins, Montville

1. #12 Jerry McKenna, Milton
2. #68 Opie Allard, Cundy’s Harbor
3. #1 Matt Curtis, Freeport
4. #17 Matt Weil, Biddeford
5. #55 Larry Marshall, Dresden
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Mikhail Aleshin Medical Update

Medical update from Dr. Terry Trammell, INDYCAR Medical Consultant:

Mikhail Aleshin was upgraded to stable condition following a procedure for a chest injury at Loma Linda University Medical Center on Aug. 30. The Verizon IndyCar Series driver will remain hospitalized while he recovers from the procedure.

Aleshin was admitted to the hospital on Aug. 29 following a multi-car accident during final practice for the Verizon IndyCar Series race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif. Charlie Kimball, the other driver involved in the incident, was checked and released from the infield care center and was cleared to drive.

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Tommy Barrett Earns Third Stafford VMRS Win

Stafford Springs, CT — 19-year old Tommy Barrett, of Millis, MA, used a daring three-wide pass on a lap-57 restart, to go on and win the Valenti Modified Racing Series sanctioned 80-lap race Friday night at Stafford Motor Speedway, Stafford, CT.

The win was Barrett’s third series victory at Stafford and his second win this season. He won at Thompson, CT, May 29th

Justin Bonsignore, of Holtsville, NY, led the field to green from his pole starting position and topped the 24-car lineup over the first five circuits.

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Mikhail Aleshin Medical Update

Medical update from Dr. Terry Trammell, INDYCAR Medical Consultant:

Mikhail Aleshin is conscious and being airlifted to Loma Linda University Medical Center in Loma Linda, Calif., complaining of injuries to his right shoulder and right foot.

Aleshin was involved in a multi-car accident during final practice for the Verizon IndyCar Series race at Auto Club Speedway. Charlie Kimball, the other driver involved in the incident, was checked and released from the infield care center and cleared to drive.

Sources: Mike Kitchel, INDYCAR PR

Tommy Barrett, Jr. Wins 5th Annual VMRS 80 at Stafford Speedway

Stafford Springs, CT — The Valenti Modified Racing Series made its third and final visit of the 2014 season to Stafford Motor Speedway for the 5th Annual VMRS 80. Taking the checkered flag was Tommy Barrett, Jr., who used a bold three-wide move to take the lead for the first time on a lap-58 restart and he led the rest of the way.

At the drop of the green flag, Justin Bonsignore took the lead with Max Zachem in second. Rowan Pennink quickly moved past Zachem for second on lap-2 and Keith Rocco followed Pennink by Zachem to take third. Behind Zachem, Chris Pasteryak got around Tommy Barrett, Jr. to move into fifth place.

Rocco got around Pennink for second and he then took the lead from Bonsignore on lap-6. Pennink was now third, with Zachem fourth and Pasteryak was fifth. Bonsignore went back by Rocco for the lead on lap-8 and then Rocco retook the lead from Bonsignore on lap-9.
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Pennink, Wood, Ferrigno, Provost, & Michael Score August 29th NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Feature Wins at Stafford Speedway

Stafford Springs, CT — Stafford Speedway returned to NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing action with a Five-Star Series event as part of the 5th Annual VMRS 80 program on August 29th. Taking down NASCAR Whelen All-American Series weekly feature wins on the night were Rowan Pennink, who won for the fourth time in the last 6 races in the 40-lap SK Modified® feature, Josh Wood was a first time winner in the 30-lap Late Model feature, Joey Ferrigno won for the fifth time in the 20-lap SK Light feature, Duane Provost won for the fourth time in the 20-lap Ltd. Late Model feature, and Brandon Michael took down his second win in the 15-lap DARE Stock feature.

In the 40-lap SK Modified® feature event, Sean Foster got a good run in the outside groove to take the lead from Matt Galko on the very first lap. Dan Avery moved up to second with Ted Christopher taking third. Woody Pitkat and Ryan Preece were side by side for fourth place as Galko slid from the pole back to ninth place.

Avery made a move to the inside of Foster to move into the lead on lap-5. But Foster came back strong to the outside of Avery and the two cars were virtually even at the line. Christopher was now right on both Avery and Foster’s bumpers with Preece and Rowan Pennink side by side for fourth place just behind Christopher.
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MAVTV 500 Post-Qualifying Quote Sheet

SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS (No. 11 Hydroxycut KVSH Racing Chevrolet): “The Hydroxycut – KVSH Racing team has been struggling both during the test on Wednesday and today. The car was better than it was this morning and that showed a little bit on the speed charts being 15th in qualifying. We are lacking a lot of grip. Even running at the top of the track we can’t make the car stick. It’s tough. The good news is we have another practice tonight and we will just keep working and digging. Hopefully, the guys will come up with something to improve the car for the race tomorrow.”

HELIO CASTRONEVES (No. 3 AAA Southern California Team Penske Chevrolet): “Yes! That’s exactly what we needed to start this weekend. The Auto Club Chevy guys did a great job today and winning the Verizon Pole Award feels fantastic. I really have to thank my guys and Will (Power) and Juan Pablo (Montoya). Going out last (in qualifying) really helped because I was able to get my teammates’ feedback and we made some changes that really helped us get the pole. Now, we need to keep going. We are starting up front but it is a long race and we know what we need to do to make it happen. This is the first step. Now we need to make sure we end up where we start tomorrow night.”

CARLOS HUERTAS (No. 18 Dale Coyne Racing Honda): “That obviously isn’t what I wanted.  I have been struggling to get up to speed on this track even with the test this week.  Hopefully I can stay out of trouble tomorrow night and stay in the race until the end.  It is a long race so anything can happen.  It would be good to have a good result tomorrow since it is the last race of the season and we can feel good going into the winter.” 

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Castroneves Claims Pole for Championship-Deciding MAVTV 500

FONTANA, Calif. (Friday, Aug. 29, 2014) – Helio Castroneves earned the Verizon P1 Award for the Verizon IndyCar Series championship-deciding MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway. The pole was the 41st of Castroneves’ career, breaking a tie with four-time Indianapolis 500 winner Rick Mears for fourth all-time in Indy car history.

Castroneves, the last of 22 qualifiers, recorded a two-lap average of 218.540 mph in the No. 3 AAA Southern California Team Penske car on the 2-mile oval as the track temperature reached 134 degrees.

Castroneves earned one bonus point for the pole and trails championship front-runner and teammate Will Power by 50 points entering the 250-lap season finale. The final leg of the Triple Crown series is worth double points.

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INDYCAR Confirms Grand Prix of Houston Not Returning in 2015

INDIANAPOLIS (Friday, Aug. 29, 2014) – INDYCAR announced today that the Grand Prix of Houston will not return to the Verizon IndyCar Series schedule in 2015. The 1.7-mile temporary circuit at NRG Park hosted doubleheader races in each of the past two seasons, but INDYCAR and officials from the Grand Prix of Houston were unable to define a date for the 2015 event.

“INDYCAR is thankful to Mike Lanigan and his team for all their hard work and for the tremendous support of the Grand Prix of Houston that we received from Shell, Pennzoil and Honda,” said Mark Miles, CEO of Hulman & Company, the parent of INDYCAR and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. “We look forward to a continued relationship with Mi-Jack Promotions and will always keep our options open when it comes to an important market like Houston.”

The Grand Prix of Houston was previously part of the Indy car schedule from 1998-2001 and 2006-07.

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Jim Morris Takes Second Win on Final Thursday Night

Barre, VT – Barre’s own Jim “Boomer” Morris claimed his second feature win of the season in dominant fashion during the final Thursday (August 28) night of the 2014 season presented by Aubuchon Hardware. Morris held off a late charge by Jason Allen for the 50-lap win.

Morris started on the pole of the 26 car Late Model field and built a lead early in the race before Allen broke away from the pack and began to chase him down. With just under two laps to go, Allen reached Morris’ bumper but couldn’t get by. Current point leader Derrick O’Donnell recovered from an accident in the consolation event to start 14th on the field and worked his way to third. It was O’Donnell’s sixth straight podium finish.

Emily Packard and second place point man Nick Sweet rounded out the top five. Phil Scott, Shawn Fleury, Dave Pembroke, John Donahue, and Jason Corliss completed the top ten. The caution free event saw lots of side-by-side action.

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Speedbowl Announces Change to 8/27 Wild ‘N Wacky Wednesday Results

Waterford, CT (August 28, 2014) – Thursday afternoon Waterford Speedbowl announced a disqualification following its 8/27 Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday race program.

Joey Ternullo of Middletown was awarded the 25-lap INEX Legend Cars victory following technical inspection. Ternullo finished second on the track to Wolcott’s Mike Christopher Jr. Christopher’s car was cited for having its brake system reservoir in an unapproved location, per INEX
specifications. INEX, the sanctioning body for the division, issues a common rulebook for the division, which races at tracks across the country.

After the disqualification, Christopher still retains the points lead in the division. Ternullo is second in the standings and now unofficially trails Christopher by 58 points with two scheduled events remaining for the season. Ternullo was last year’s Wednesday series champion.

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Tickets to Go On Sale for Atlantic City Indoor Auto Racing Events

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ (August 28, 2014) — While summer may be coming to an end, tickets for one of the hottest events of the Winter, the NAPA AUTO PARTS Atlantic City Indoor Race are set to go on sale Wednesday, September 10 at 12 Noon.

The extremely popular two day auto racing event is set to take place on Friday and Saturday, January 30 and 31 inside Boardwalk Hall. The event will be the thirteenth running of the Gambler’s Classic and will draw over 200 competitors from throughout the Northeastern United States and Canada.

“We are extremely excited about this year’s Atlantic City Indoor Race,” said event promoter Len Sammons.  “The event continues to grow year after year and has truly become the mid-winter happening for auto racing and is an event people look forward to all year.”

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VMRS Point Standings as of 08/28/2014

Pennink Back in Points Lead

Rowan Pennink reclaimed the points lead in the Valenti Modified Racing Series with a second place finish Saturday night at Monadnock Speedway in Winchester, NH. 32 cars are entered for Friday night’s 80 lap race at Stafford Motor Speedway in Stafford Springs, CT.

Pos Car Driver TOTAL
1 #25 Rowan Pennink 483
2 #21 Justin Bonsignore 473
3 #5CT Chris Pasteryak 454
4 #20CT Max Zachem 429
5 #99 Richard Savary 426
6 #85 Todd Szegedy 357
7 #13 Steve Masse 316
8 #38 Mike Willis Jr 313
9 #53 Norm Wrenn 286
10 #66 Dylan Kopec 264

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Statement from Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (August 28, 2014) – “Tony Stewart has received all necessary clearances required to return to all racing activities, and therefore is eligible to compete this weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway. NASCAR has remained in constant contact with his race team, and we will stay very close to this situation as Stewart returns to competition.”

NASCAR President Mike Helton will participate in a media availability in the Atlanta Motor Speedway media center on Friday at 2 p.m. ET. NASCAR will have no further comment until that time.

This availability will be streamed live on A transcript will be available approximately one hour after the availability.

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Getting to Know John Zych

IMG_56881. Name: John Zych
2. Current Division: NEMA
3. Age/date of birth: 31 6/29/1983
4. Hometown: Mendon, MA
5. Occupation: District Sales Manager with The Hershey Company
6. Spouse/ girl-boyfriend: Wife Elizabeth
7. Car number and significance of number: 9 Bob McCreadie and Bill Elliott
8. Chassis: DRINAN
9. Engine builder: Esslinger
10. Owner: John Zych (father)

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Speedway Wraps Up Wacky Wednesday Season

Travis Beale of Hampden raced his way to a second consecutive points championship in the Modified Enduro class Wednesday night at Speedway 95 as he chased down Hermon’s Andrew Crosby, passing him on the last lap of the 20 lap feature to take the win for the night and the overall points title for the season. Crosby started the race on the pole, and led for the first 19 laps, until Beale ducked under him on the final circuit and forced him to the high side, where a slower car prohibited him from racing Beale to the checkers. Crosby finished in second with last week’s winner Dustin Lancaster of Milo finishing third. Zach Audet of Skowhegan could only muster a fourth place finish on the night, with Dustan Durrell of Newburgh finishing fifth.

In the Stock Enduros, Donny Silva of Hudson came from a 21st place start to take the win in the 33 car field that was stopped several times for accidents and debris on the track. It was Silva’s third win of the season in the newly formed division for 2014. Following Silva under the checkered flag were Robert Caruso of Kenduskeag in second and Gene Trojano II of Hudson in third. Fourth went to Sean Davis of Bangor with Bradley Dolan of Glenburn finishing fifth. Jordan Harnish of Veazie won the first points championship in the division, and his career first in his rookie season as a race car driver.

Jeff Overlock Jr. of Hermon won the season finale in the full size pickup trucks after a spirited battle with second place finisher Peter Drake of Corinth. The pair raced side by side for most of the caution free 20 lap feature until Overlock pulled ahead in the closing laps to seal his third win in a row. Drake finished second with Andrew Crosby of Hermon in third. Dana Harlow of Orrington finished fourth and Jim Carr Jr. of Clifton finished fifth, once again taking the points championship in the division.

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Getting to Know VMRS Driver David Schneider

DSC_4855Another determined young hot shoe with a ton of racing experience seems to be gaining momentum each time he comes to the track with one of the best looking Modifieds.

Name: David Schneider
Age: 22 – 8/11/92
Hometown: Northport, New York
Occupation: College student/Truck collision part time
Spouse: In a relationship
Car number and significance: Number 19 – No real significance. I had a ride along at Charlotte Motor Speedway during one of the World Karting Association Nationals. The car was Elliott Sadler’s number 19 Dodge ride that Ray Evernham fielded. When I was thinking of a number I looked on my wall and saw that picture and decided that would be my number.
Owner: My dad, Glenn Schneider
Chassis: Troyer
Sponsor: Island Wide Auto & Truck Collision
Crew –.(Crew Chief Ray Grennan) Tim Okula, Glenn Schneider, John Mazza, Greg, Okula, Trevor Okula, Sean Okula, George Wagner

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Waterford Speedbowl Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday 8/27 Results

Waterford, CT (August 27, 2014) – Waterford Speedbowl returned to motorsports action on Wednesday evening with another Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday racing program. Scoring wins included Mike Christopher Jr. of Wolcott in the INEX Legend Cars, Jim Boyle of East Windsor in the Super X-Cars, Wayne Shifflett of Preston in the X-Car division and Ken Morin Jr. of Old Saybrook in the INEX Bandoleros.

Christopher’s win in the 25-lap INEX Legend Cars feature was key for more than one reason. His twenty-first victory of the year moved him within one victory of the division’s single-season record for wins, and it also unofficially wrapped up the division title in the track’s Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday Series. The win was not official immediately following the race, pending review by the technical inspection staff and INEX officials. The record number of wins for the Legend Cars division is twenty two, held by Jason Palmer, who accomplished the feat in 2009. Christopher is in his second season in the division.

In Wednesday’s race, Christopher had to track down last year’s titlist, Joey Ternullo, doing so under a long green flag run. Ternullo held the top spot but appeared to be handling a tight handling car, enabling Christopher to dive underneath him on lap-11. Ternullo fought for two laps outside of Christopher before succumbing, tucking in behind. A final opportunity to unseat Christopher came with three laps remaining when a yellow flag came out. Christopher got a good restart to pull ahead but Ternullo stayed with him to the checkered flag, however was unable to stay alongside. Ternullo finished second and T.J. Thompson was third.

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Teenager Tyler Dippel Shocks The First State & Wins Georgetown Speedway ‘Beach Blast’ Worth $5,850; New York Star Dominates Inaugural Event Before A Packed House; Brett Ballard Tops $1,000 Crate 602 Sportsman Field

GEORGETOWN, DE – Tyler Dippel captured his first Big-Block Modified win in the First State at Georgetown Speedway, on his first ever start at the half-mile clay oval: driving a Small-Block.

Tyler Dippel, a 14 year old stand-out of Wallkill, N.Y., made the long tow south to Georgetown Speedway for the Inaugural “Beach Blast” collecting an astounding $5,850 in cash and contingency awards for the 35-lap event promoted by BD Motorsports Media, LLC and driver, Eric Kormann. Dippel was the class of the field, being one of only few that could command the topside of the historic track.

“This feels awesome, this car was on rails,” exclaimed Dippel in Victory Lane. “The car liked the top better. We struggled on the restarts, but this is awesome. This place has way more bite then what we are used to.”

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Verizon IndyCar Series: Auto Club Open Test Results

Results Wednesday from the Verizon IndyCar Series Open Test at the 2-mile Auto Club Speedway.with position, car number in parentheses, driver, chassis-engine, time and speed.

1. (9) Scott Dixon, Dallara-Chevrolet, 32.8075, 219.462 mph
2. (2) Juan Pablo Montoya, Dallara-Chevrolet, 32.8528, 219.159 mph
3. (20) Ed Carpenter, Dallara-Chevrolet, 32.8595, 219.115 mph
4. (15) Graham Rahal, Dallara-Honda, 32.8692, 219.050 mph
5. (3) Helio Castroneves, Dallara-Chevrolet, 32.8773, 218.996 mph
6. (25) Marco Andretti, Dallara-Honda, 32.9059, 218.806 mph
7. (10) Tony Kanaan, Dallara-Chevrolet, 32.9191, 218.718 mph
8. (28) Ryan Hunter-Reay, Dallara-Honda, 32.9369, 218.600 mph
9. (12) Will Power, Dallara-Chevrolet, 32.9725, 218.364 mph
10. (7) Mikhail Aleshin, Dallara-Honda, 32.9819, 218.302 mph
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2015 Date Announced for 42nd Annual Oxford 250

OXFORD, ME (August 27) – Oxford Plains Speedway owner Tom Mayberry announced today that the 42nd Annual Oxford 250 will move to a new date starting in 2015. The richest single day short track racing event in North America will now be contested August 28-30, 2015. The Oxford 250 will once again be a Pro All Stars Series (PASS) sanctioned, “open” Super Late Model event, with qualifying heat races and feature racing for the PASS Super Late Models on August 30 to continue the single day tradition the race has become famous for.

Oxford Plains Speedway officials felt that the move to August was needed to accommodate fans who might want to also attend events scheduled for next July at nearby New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

“By announcing the move of the 42nd Annual Oxford 250 to August 30, 2015, we feel this will give ample time to our fans who are looking to plan their summer vacations around this prestigious event,” said Mayberry. “The Oxford 250 is arguably the biggest event in short track racing and we look forward to seeing everyone next August.”

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Statement from Harry Scott Jr. Regarding Turner Scott Motorsports

“Turner Scott Motorsports remains in operation and will compete in this weekend’s NASCAR events. TSM’s NASCAR Nationwide Series race teams represented by the No. 42 driven by Kyle Larson and the No. 31 driven by Dylan Kwasniewski will complete this weekend as scheduled at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

“The No. 31 driven by Ben Kennedy and the No. 32 driven by Cameron Hayley in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will compete as scheduled at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park this coming Sunday.

“My investment company, a co-owner of TSM, will continue to do all that it can to keep the team moving forward with or without our business partner Steve Turner. To all TSM employees, sponsors, partners and fans I pledge we will continue to do what we can to keep the teams racing hard each and every week of the season.”

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Team BCR Racing Developmental Driver John Lowinski-Loh Scheduled to Test at Kansas Speedway

Mooresville, NC – August 27, 2014 — John Lowinski-Loh Jr. is scheduled to make his ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards debut at Kansas Speedway on October 3, 2014 for the season finale race. In preparation for the Kansas Lottery 98.9, Team BCR’s Lowinski-Loh plans to make his first laps at the track during the open ARCA Racing Series test on Wednesday, September 3, 2014.

“I’m excited to finally strap behind an ARCA car for Team BCR Racing,” says Lowinski-Loh. “I came to the Pocono race to see how well Team BCR performs at the track and I was impressed with everything I saw. It was especially exciting to go to victory lane for Justin’s (Allison) win; the very first time I was with the team. I have a really good feeling about working with Team BCR and Howard Bixman.”

Lowinski-Loh will be driving the #09 Auto Go Ford Fusion powered by RoushYates Engines. Additional marketing partners to be released at a later date.

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Verizon IndyCar Series to Race at NOLA Motorsports Park in 2015

AVONDALE, La. (Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014) – INDYCAR announced today the addition of NOLA Motorsports Park and the Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana to the Verizon IndyCar Series schedule in 2015. The event will be held April 10-12 and organized by Andretti Sports Marketing on a newly-configured 13-turn, 2.67-mile permanent road course layout.

The Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana will feature a three-day festival combining Louisiana’s culture – including live musical acts, entertainment and local cuisine – with the excitement of a Verizon IndyCar Series event.

“We’re delighted about the opportunity to showcase the Verizon IndyCar Series at NOLA Motorsports Park and to INDYCAR fans in the greater New Orleans area,” said Mark Miles, CEO of Hulman & Co., the parent of INDYCAR and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. “The commitment from track owner Laney Chouest and his associates, combined with the support we received from the state of Louisiana, was the catalyst in making this come to fruition. New Orleans has a history of hosting successful major sporting events and we’re thrilled to be able to add the Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana to the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series schedule.”
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