Archive for January, 2015

Multi-time United Stock Car Racing Club Champion, Tommy Sutcliffe Passes

(January 31, 2015)– We received the unfortunate news today that multi-time United Stock Car Racing Club champion Tommy Sutcliffe has passed-away in Florida. Arrangements are incomplete at this time. Our sincere condolences are offered to Tommy’s family and many friends on this sad occasion.

The following short glimpse of Tommy’s career is from the Wednesday, July 18, 2012 edition of Dave Dykes’ Racing Through Time at “One of the real chargers when Harvey Tattersall’s once influential UNITED ruled the New England Modified roost rather than NASCAR, Tommy Sutcliffe enjoyed a long-reign at the front of the pack. Twice a champion at Connecticut’s late West Haven Speedway, he was a top competitor all over our region for decades winning a boatload of features. This one captures the guy affectionately nicknamed “Suitcase Sutcliffe” when he was a part of the weekly starting field at Connecticut’s “New London-Waterford” Speedbowl of the early 1960s.”

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It’s Jankowiak Over Rudolph in Western New York One-Two Punch at Atlantic City Indoor Three Quarter Midget Race; Hieber, Bouc will Pace Slingshot and Champ Kart Fields Tonight

Tickets Still Remain Available for Tonight’s Racing Events

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ (January 31,2015) — Western New York Three Quarter (TQ) Midget standouts Andy Jankowiak of Buffalo and Erick Rudolph of Ransomville, added to their TQ Midget Indoor feature excellence Friday inside Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall when then finished first and second in the 30-lap feature after a spine tingling battle that lasted most of the race.

 The contest was the first of the NAPA KNOW HOW Race Weekend that concludes tonight with the thirteenth running of the Gamblers Classic.

“The car was perfect once again,” said race winner Jankowiak, who then paused to dedicate the race win to a recently departed fellow western New York racer Tommy Lalomia.

[Jan. 30 Photo Gallery] by Matt Wiernasz
[Jan. 31 Photo Gallery] by Matt Wiernasz

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Hall of Fame Inducts Five Iconic Wheelmen

Elliott, Lorenzen, Scott, Weatherly, White Officially Enshrined

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Five legendary drivers with distinct styles and contributions to NASCAR were enshrined into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, North Carolina tonight during the Induction Ceremony held in the Crown Ball Room at the Charlotte Convention Center.

Those who added their names to the list of now 30 NASCAR Hall of Fame inductees, included: Bill Elliott, Fred Lorenzen, Wendell Scott, Joe Weatherly and Rex White.

The group makes up the Hall’s sixth class in its history.

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Tapley Named MRNETS Race Director, Austill Director of Competition

Scott Tapley has been named Race Director of the Mr. Rooter Truck Series for 2015.Tapley currently serves in the same position at Lee USA Speedway in Lee, New Hampshire. He is a former race director at the Waterford Speedbowl and former series director for the Valenti Modified Racing Series.

“There’s a lot of energy around this series going into 2015,” said Tapley. “The Mr. Rooter title sponsorship has created a huge, well deserved buzz around this series. I’m excited to come on board and help the series continue to grow.”

Chris Austill, who served as the series’ 2014 race director, has been promoted to Director of Competition, and will work with Tapley and the series’ existing officials to oversee the a busy 13 event schedule.

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Reutzel Sets Sights on ASCS National Title!

CLUTE, Texas (January 30, 2015) – Aaron Reutzel already has an ASCS Regional championship to his credit.  He has much bigger things in mind for 2015 though, with the $60,000 Lucas Oil ASCS National championship the primary objective.

“No question about it, the ASCS National championship is the number one goal for this year,” the driver of the BC Fundz/Basic One Services No. 87 Triple X Sprint Car explained.

And, boosting that effort toward the top rung of the ladder is Washington-based Shark Racing Engines, newly added to round out the team’s championship makeup.

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USA Rounds of Winter Challenge Washed Out

TUCSON, Ariz. (January 30, 2015) – Inclement weather has forced the cancellation of the final two rounds of the E&K Winter Challenge slated for Tucson’s USA Raceway this weekend.

The events that were to feature the USAC Southwest vs. USAC West Coast Sprint Cars along with IMCA Modifieds, Stock Cars and more on both Friday and Saturday at the Tucson clay oval will not be rescheduled.

The initial three rounds of the E&K Winter Challenge took place last weekend at Canyon Speedway Park with Ryan Bernal taking back-to-back USAC Sprint Car wins on Saturday and Sunday after Brady Bacon topped the Friday night opener.

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Nationwide Sets Sponsorship Plans for Earnhardt Jr.

Nationwide Insurance announced today on their Facebook and Twitter pages the sponsorship schedule for Dale Earnhardt, Jr. The two-time and defending Daytona 500 winner, Earnhardt finished eighth in points last year with four wins, 12 top fives and 20 top tens. He received his twelfth consecutive NMPA Most Popular Driver Award last December.

Nationwide has been a major NASCAR supporter in recent years. They carried the title sponsorship for NASCAR’s second-tier series from 2008-2014. The Columbus, OH company provided support for Roush Fenway driver Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. in 2013-14. 

The No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports team announced last May that Nationwide would be Earnhardt’s new sponsor. Earnhardt debuted the blue and white colors at Richmond last fall. The sponsorship has expanded to 21 of the 36 events this season. National Guard sponsored 24 races last year, but did not return for 2015.

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Bridgeport Speedway Kicks Off Short Track Super Series Fueled By Hi-Tek Pioneer Pole Buildings Inc. South Region Championship Race For 2015 Sunday, April 19; Rules Set, Registration Opens As Lucrative ‘South Jersey Shootout’ Nears!

BRIDGEPORT, NJ – It all begins in South Jersey.

The chase for the Short Track Super Series Fueled By Hi-Tek Pioneer Pole Buildings Inc. South Region championship opens on Sunday, April 19 (rain date: April 26) at Brian Ramey’s Bridgeport Speedway with the ‘South Jersey Shootout’ inaugural edition. The event will make history at Bridgeport, a wide and fast five-eighths-mile clay oval located just minutes from Delaware and Pennsylvania.

The ‘South Jersey Shootout’ will be headlined by the Short Track Super Series big-block/small-block Modifieds running 40 laps with a lucrative purse structure offering $5,000-plus to win, $1,000 for 10th-place and $400 to take the green flag. Who will strike first in the Pioneer Pole Buildings Inc. South Region, a five-race point series involving Bridgeport, Big Diamond (Pa.), New Egypt (N.J.), Delaware International and Georgetown (Del.) speedways?

The Pioneer Pole Buildings Inc. South Region will pay a minimum of $7,500 to its inaugural champion. The top-10 drivers will share in the series point fund which totals a healthy $19,800 for just five events. All drivers with perfect attendance placing outside the top-10 will receive $250.

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Jimmy Blewett, Andy Jankowiak Top Leaderboard During Thursday Three Quarter Midget Practice for “NAPA Know How” Indoor Racing Weekend at A.C. Boardwalk Hall

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ (January 29,2015) — A relatively incident free practice session Thursday night inside Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall was dominated by perennial contender Jimmy Blewett of Howell, N.J., and Battle Of Trenton Indoor Three Quarter (TQ) race winner last December, Andy Jankowiak of Buffalo, N.Y.

Blewett was quickest on the clocks in the first and fourth practices for the featured TQ Midgets while Jankowiak topped the charts in practices two and three. 

“I actually think I could have been quickest in the last practice but didn’t ever get a clean lap,” Jankowiak said. 

Blewett, who along with Shawn Nye, was among the top five in each of the four practice periods, was happy with his progress. “The car feels pretty consistent but we’re always looking for more speed,” Blewett said.

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Larry Goss Joins Stafford’s 2015 SK Light Rookie Class

LarryGoss201532Stafford Springs, CT — Longtime Late Model veteran driver Larry Goss has joined Stafford Speedway’s SK Light Modified division where he will race for R.A.D. Automachine / T/A Engines Rookie of the Year honors.  Goss raced Late Models for nearly 25 years before making the switch to driving a modified for the past two and a half years at the Waterford Speedbowl.  Goss also ran Late Models at Stafford in the past and he feels like he can be successful in his return to the Connecticut half-mile facility.

“I ran Late Models for almost 25 years and I used to help Moose Hewitt out with his modified,” said Goss.  “Moose got me into working on Modifieds and I decided to try it and I think they’re a lot more fun to drive than the Late Model.  I’m ready to go, I wish the season started up next week.  I have my car and I have another car on the way from Gaston Racing so I’ll have a back-up car ready in case I need it.  I know I have a car that will compete with everybody and I think we could be a top-5 car.”

While the 2015 season will be Goss’ first at Stafford in a modified, he feels confident that his experience combined with the level of equipment that he has at his disposal and the crew members that he has working alongside him, that he can be a competitive car right away.

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Defending SK Light Champion Jeremy Sorel Moving Up to SK Modified® Division for 2015 Season at Stafford Motor Speedway

Stafford Springs, CT — Jeremy Sorel came to Stafford Speedway in 2014 as a rookie not only to the track, but to modified competition as well.  Sorel was a veteran of Late Model racing down south at Hickory and Greenville-Pickens but his lack of modified experience was never evident as he claimed two wins along with the track championship.  Sorel will now look to repeat that rookie success as he will move his #77 Bill’s Repair Service team up to the SK Modified® ranks and challenge for SPAFCO Rookie of the Year honors.

“We’re definitely moving up to the SK’s,” said Sorel.  “We had a really good year in the SK lights last year, it was a lot of fun and we’re always willing to try something a little bit different.  I think we can be successful.  We have good equipment and we have pretty good knowledge of the car after the one season in the SK Lights.  I don’t expect to go out there and be running up front right off the bat but you never know.  I’m looking to follow a couple of the guys who know what they’re doing in that division during practice sessions and hopefully we’ll be able to pick things up pretty quickly again.  Another reason to make the move up is that the SK’s are the number one division that you hear about, so we’re looking to help make a name for ourselves.  Right now we’re working on a few sponsors to come on board with us.  We have a few people who seem to be interested in coming on board and we’re hoping to have a couple of sponsors to announce in the next month or two.”

Sorel will pilot the same #77 that he drove during his SK Light championship season.  While the team is busy updating various parts and pieces on the chassis, Sorel says that his team’s familiarity with the chassis will be a big bonus as they try to get to grips with the car setup.

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Mr. Rooter New England Truck Series Joins Stafford Speedway’s NAPA Spring Sizzler Schedule of Events

Stafford Springs, CT — Stafford Motor Speedway has announced that the Mr. Rooter New England Truck Series will be added to the lineup for the 44th Annual NAPA Spring Sizzler on April 24-26.  The trucks will join Stafford’s SK Lights, Limited Late Models, DARE Stocks, and U.S. Legend Cars as part of the qualifying and feature action on Saturday, April 25.

Mr. Rooter was announced as the new title sponsor of the truck series during their banquet on Sat. Jan. 10th and the Stafford race is part of an ever expanding schedule for the 2015 season as the Mr. Rooter Truck Series has added events at Wall Stadium in New Jersey and Bethel Speedway in New York as well as stops at Monadnock, Lee, Star, Hudson, and Thompson.

“I’m taking a managerial role with the Truck Series and I think I can help the series take themselves to the next level,” said Vinny Beedle, owner of Mr. Rooter Plumbing Services.  “I’m a big fan of the Truck Series and I’m involved with a lot of other series.  I think that Stafford is the best track out there and that the trucks will put on a great show.  Everyone involved with the truck series is excited about going back to Stafford.  I used to own two trucks that raced in the Midwest and I kind of got away from the trucks for a few years but have watched them grow and make some leaps the past year or two and I decided to get back into the trucks.”

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Grainger Joins RCR in a Multi-Year Partnership

Partnership consistent with Grainger’s marketing approach to make meaningful connections with its customers

Richard Childress Racing (RCR) and Grainger announced today a multi-year partnership that brings a leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating (MRO) products to NASCAR.

Grainger will serve as the primary sponsor of the No. 31 Chevrolet driven by Ryan Newman for select NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races beginning with the June 7 event at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway. Grainger also will be featured as an associate sponsor on the No. 31 for all Cup Series events in which it is not the primary sponsor. Newman earned a second-place finish in the 2014 championship standings, which came down to the final lap of the season.

This sponsorship is consistent with Grainger’s national marketing approach to make meaningful connections with its customers. In recent years, Grainger has sponsored a summer concert tour and launched a new national advertising campaign. The increasing popularity of NASCAR among its customers and the chance to partner with RCR made this sponsorship appealing to Grainger.

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Must See Racing Sprint Cars to Join PASS Super Late Models for Easter Bunny 150 at Hickory

Easter Bunny Weekend Expands to Two Days; Xtreme Sprints Ready for “Southern Showdown”

309-PASS South Print LogoCHARLOTTE, NC (January 29) – Pro All Stars Series (PASS) President Tom Mayberry is pleased to announce that a deal has been finalized to include the Must See Racing Sprint Cars at this year’s Easter Bunny 150 weekend at Hickory Motor Speedway.  Additionally, the 10th Annual Easter Bunny 150 weekend will expand to a two day show for the first time in the prestigious event’s history.  The Easter Bunny 150 will be the second PASS National Championship Series race of 2015 and will feature the best Super Late Model racers from the North and South.  For the Must See Racing Sprints, the event is shaping up to be a ‘Southern Showdown’ as the Tampa Bay Area Racing Association (TBARA) teams are invited to participate. The TBARA has been in a dormant state since club members decided to temporarily put the series in hiatus several weeks ago. A vote by the club in the coming weeks will determine if the TBARA will accept the invitation.

“The Easter Bunny 150 has always been exciting because it brings the best Super Late Model racers from the North and South together in one of the biggest short track races of the Spring,” said PASS President Tom Mayberry.  “The addition of the Must See Racing Sprint Cars only adds to this great event.  It will give our fans the chance to not only see Winged Sprint Cars race on asphalt, but it will also give them a glimpse of some of the fastest cars to race on short tracks period.  These guys have been setting track records everywhere they go and I wouldn’t be surprised at all to see them do the same at Hickory.”

must see logoThis will mark the first ever visit to Hickory Motor Speedway for the Must See Racing Sprint Cars.  Hickory and the Easter Bunny 150 weekend will open the 2015 campaign for the Midwest’s best asphalt Winged Sprint Car drivers as they get set to compete against some of the South’s best “Winged Warriors.”  The ‘Southern Showdown’ will pit the top Southern and Northern winged pavement sprint cars head-to-head. This event could prove to be one of the biggest pavement sprint cars events ever held in the South in recent seasons. In addition, the event is expected to draw the top pavement sprint cars drivers from across the nation. 

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INDYCAR News and Notes – Jan. 29, 2015

Verizon IndyCar Series and Mazda Road to Indy headlines:

1. Drivers headline prestigious Mardi Gras Parade: Clark Brennan says one of the best ways for Verizon IndyCar Series drivers James Hinchcliffe, Josef Newgarden, Carlos Munoz and Sage Karam, plus Mazda Road to Indy drivers Aaron Telitz and Neil Alberico, to immerse themselves in New Orleans culture is to experience a Mardi Gras parade.

On Feb. 15, two days before Fat Tuesday, they’ll participate in the roaring Krewe of Bacchus Parade aboard the Krewe of Bacchus officers’ float.  The float will include a Verizon IndyCar Series car, with actor/comedian John C. Reilly  – known for his roles in “Step Brothers,” “Chicago” and “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby” – as the King of Bacchus.

The drivers will have their own stash of INDYCAR- and event-branded beads to fling to the enthusiastic crowd lining the parade route in New Orleans.  For the full story, go to

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Two Time Gamblers Classic Winner Anthony Sesely to Race New Car at Atlantic City “NAPA Know How” Race Weekend January 30-31

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ (January 29, 2015) — The last three times Three Quarter (TQ) Midgets have raced inside Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall, nearly 100 drivers and teams tried their best for the checkered flag.

Yet one man, Anthony Sesely of Hazlet, N.J., defied the odds to win all three TQ Midget features, including the last two Gamblers Classics.

Sesely’s challengers will renew their battle on January 30-31. But Sesely will be no slouch: has a secret weapon, a new car. “It’s an updated version of the Hyper chassis I have been running,” Sesely said. “But this one has been better thought out. It’s a lot cleaner, the cockpit has more room, and I think it will be easier to drive faster.”

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Preparations Underway for Lee USA

Lee, NH — Despite Mother Nature dumping some two feet of snow on the Lee USA Speedway to remind us that it’s still winter here in New England, preparations are well underway for the 2015 racing season at “New Hampshire‘s Center of Speed“.

Although football is getting a lot of New Englanders’ attention this weekend, Lee USA will be swinging open the gates just ten weeks after the big game for the traditional Northern New England season opener featuring the annual Governor’s Cup 150 for the American Canadian Tour Late Models on April 12.

Defending race winner Eddie MacDonald is expected to be among the dozens of entries for the event, which typically attracts a field of racers from all six New England states as well as several Canadian provinces.  MacDonald beat out former race winner Joey Pole of Hudson and multi-time Lee USA and ACT Tour champion Wayne Helliwell, Jr. for top honors in 2014.

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Statement from INDYCAR on Brasília Event

INDIANAPOLIS (Jan. 29, 2015) – Today’s announcement by BAND that the March 8 INDYCAR race in Brasília was cancelled was both unexpected and disappointing. INDYCAR had received every indication that the race was already a success: Two-thirds of the seats available for the event had already been sold; a title sponsor for the event (ITAIPAVA) was announced yesterday; hospitality was sold out; and track construction was progressing and scheduled to be complete in time for the event. Although we have not received formal confirmation from our partners in Brazil regarding the cancellation, economically INDYCAR is protected and the paddock is protected from such action.

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NWMT: Szegedy Returning to RFM

2003 Champion Back Part-Time

Former champion Todd Szegedy of Ridgefield, CT will return to the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour. Szegedy said his ideal schedule would be a full-time NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour ride.

“I’ve talked to Rob once,” Szegedy said. “The plan is just to run a few races with the car still. He just can’t dedicate the time to running a full schedule, so as of right now we’re just going to run a partial schedule. … That’s all I have. I don’t really anything else lined up.”

Szegedy is open to additional rides in the SK Modifieds or the Valenti Modified Racing Series, but is fine with his current plans.

“If you talked to me ten years ago and I’m sitting here not on a full-time ride, I would be stressing about it and I’m really not. I think if it’s meant to be, I’ll be racing. If not, then there’s a lot to life other than racing too. There’s a lot of other things I like to do.”

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RCR Names Kate Dallenbach to Driver Development Program

Third-Generation driver to be part of RCR and Team Dillon Racing Effort

Richard Childress Racing and Team Dillon Racing have named Kate Dallenbach as one of two female drivers in their development program for the 2015 season. The other driver joining the program is 14 year-old Ahnna Parkhurst.

Dallenbach, 17, is the daughter of Wally, Jr., NASCAR driver-turned-broadcaster, and Robin Dallenbach, a former driver herself with two starts in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Her grandfather, Wally Dallenbach, Sr., was a successful Indy car driver and Chief Steward.

The student of Davidson Day High School will compete in dirt and asphalt races under the RCR banner driving cars built and maintained by Team Dillon Racing.

“Some RCR and TDR members and I have been watching Kate for several years and have been impressed with her driving ability,” said Richard Childress, CEO and Chairman of RCR. “She is a quality driver in races and the results from her testing dirt Late Models have been very positive.

“I look forward to what the future holds for Kate and we will do all we can to help her succeed.”

Dallenbach started racing Quarter Midgets at age eight and was the 2007 Texas Regional Champion in two different divisions. Dallenbach also competed in Bandoleros at Texas Motor Speedway in 2008 and was part of the Lyn St. James Driver Academy in 2010.

In 2011, she earned championship and rookie of the year honors in the Allison Legacy Series at Thunderhill (Tex.) Raceway. Dallenbach tested dirt Late Models for RCR/TDR in 2013 and drove Whelen Late Models at New Smyrna (Fla.) Speedway capturing Rookie of the Year honors and finishing second in points. Last year, she raced 10 events for RCR/TDR at Boyd (Ga.) Speedway and ran 15 asphalt Late Model races for Lee Faulk Racing at various tracks in the Southeast.

For the 2015 season, Dallenbach will increase her schedule to more than 20 events with Faulk and 10 races on dirt for RCR/TDR at Boyd Speedway.

“I am honored and looking forward to being a larger part of RCR’s Driver Development Program this year,” Dallenbach said. “As a driver, I’m looking forward to improving my racing skills and winning some dirt and asphalt races. I hope to start testing Trucks in the future, as well.

“I can’t thank Richard (Childress), Mike (Dillon) and Johnny Morris of Bass Pro Shops enough for this opportunity.”

Dallenbach currently has sponsorship from SHE Outdoor Ladies Hunting Clothing from Bass Pro Shops.

Sources: Richard Childress Racing

RCR Names Ahnna Parkhurst to Driver Development Program

Richard Childress Racing and Team Dillon Racing have named Ahnna Parkhurst as one of two female drivers in their development program for the 2015 season. The other driver joining the program is 17-year-old Kate Dallenbach.

Parkhurst, 14, is an Augusta, Ga. native and is entering her second season of competitive racing. The student at Riverside Middle School will compete in dirt Crate Late Models under the RCR banner driving cars built and maintained by Team Dillon Racing this year.

“Ahnna has an incredible natural talent and absorbs everything she can to become a better driver every time she races,” said Richard Childress, CEO and president of RCR. “Everything I have seen and heard about her racing has been positive. She is going to learn and improve even more this year on the dirt tracks and I look forward to watching that progress.”

Parkhurst competed in 42 Mini Outlaws race last season, winning 13 and finishing second in 12 of them at Millbridge (N.C.) Speedway. This year, her schedule calls for 40 races in RCR/TDR Crate Dirt Late Models at Boyd (Ga.) Speedway, Swainsboro (Ga.) Speedway and Modoc (S.C.) Speedway.

“I raced just about every other Wednesday night from March until November of last year,” Parkhurst said. “RCR and TDR said they are going to give me their best effort to be competitive and try and win races. It’s up to me to give them my best efforts in return.
“This is a great opportunity and I can’t thank Richard, TDR and my sponsors enough for making me part of the team. Austin and Ty Dillon have already been very supportive and I have learned a lot from them this past year.”

Parkhurst will have sponsorship from, Tgen, Hunt Brothers Pizza and Bad Boy Buggies.

Follow Ahnna on Twitter @ahnnaparkhurst

Sources: Richard Childress Racing

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NEMA Releases Preliminary 2015 Schedule

BROCKTON, Mass. — Established haunts make up the 2015 Northeastern Midget Association schedule, including a return to White Mountain Motorsports Park for the Jim O’Brien Memorial race after an absence of many years and the season opener at Evans Mills Motorsports Park on May 23rd.

As NEMA President Russ Stoehr puts the finishing touches on the final schedule, there are 12 races currently on the NEMA agenda while the NEMA Lites will make 12 stops in what will be the club’s 63rd consecutive season, making it New England’s oldest sanctioning body. There is a possibility additional races will be added to one or both schedules at a later date.

Randy Cabral and owner Tim Bertrand will begin defense of their NEMA championships and the Lites will begin their eighth season at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, as they present The ICEBREAKER on April 11th and 12th. Scott Bigelow will begin defense of his Lites owner’s crown, and there will be a new Lites driver’s champion this year as Ryan Krachun will not be returning to the series in 2015.

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Eddie MacDonald Readies for Florida

The American Canadian Tour opener at New Smyrna Speedway in Florida will feature three nights of racing as part of the World Series of Asphalt Racing with Eddie MacDonald ready to participate in the inaugural American Racer Challenge Cup. The Cup Challenge is slated to take the green flag for two 100 lap events on Monday, February 16 and Tuesday, February 17. The ACT cars will also be in action on Sunday, February 15 as a stand-alone 100 lap event made possible when a racing series cancelled their participation.

“We are ready and excited to race at New Smyrna Speedway in February,” said Eddie Mac. “Last time we were there (2011), we didn’t finish too well (seventh overall) but we have the new car that won a couple of times last year so we are looking to greatly improve that finish. This car won the ACT opener at Lee in the Governor’s Cup and the Milk Bowl at Thunder Road plus a couple of other solid finishes last season.” 

Upwards of thirty cars have entered the event and will be racing for the $35,000 purse.  The overall winner will be crowned based on the two best combined finishes. Individual winners will be recognized each night. The special stand-alone race on Sunday will be run after the season opener for the K&N Pro Series East race with 26 cars entered.

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2014 Champion of the Day: Noah Gragson

Today’s featured driver is our Young Lion’s 2014 Road Course Champion, Noah Gragson! 

Your Name, Class & Championship Title:

Noah Gragson, Young Lion, Road Course World Champion.

What’s your favorite racing memory of 2014?

Winning the 2014 Race of Champions at the Asphalt Nationals in the Young Lion division. 

What sparked your interest in competing in racing?

I always liked racing as a kid. I finally got the opportunity to start racing 2 years ago and I’ve never look back!

Who are your favorite drivers to compete against?

Dustin Ash, Zane Smith, Mike Bliss, and Robert Gayton

What are your goals for the 2015 season?

I’m running the full NASCAR K&N Pro Series West schedule, Super Late Model races and some Legend Car races.

Which track is your favorite?

My favorite road course is Sonoma Raceway and my favorite oval is either the Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway or Tucson Speedway!

Are there any sponsors or people you’d like to thank?

I’d like to thank Dustin Ash, Chris, Tony, Yogi, Robert Gayton, my Mom and Dad, and Alert ID.


Rex White: Small Stature, Giant Legend

1960 NASCAR Premier Series Champion Earns Sport’s Top Honor

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (January 26, 2015) — Over the years, NASCAR premier series champions have come in all shapes and sizes – tall, short, muscular and lean.  The single constant? It’s impossible to judge a book by its cover.

Based upon first impressions, Rex White – at 5 feet 4 inches, weighing just 135 pounds and with his right leg withered by childhood polio – might have seemed the unlikeliest championship contender of all.

White, however, was tough as nails fearing neither competitor nor track conditions. He won the 1960 premier series title and posted 28 victories over five seasons, finishing among the top five in nearly half of his 233 starts.

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Estes Opts Out of 2015 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series

Estes Express Lines, a national provider of freight transportation services, announced today it will not continue as the primary sponsor of the #13 ThorSport Toyota Tundra in the 2015 season of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

“Estes is proud to have been part of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in 2014. We found benefit in the brand promotion and employee engagement opportunities available through the sponsorship, and as much as we would have liked to continue working with ThorSport and driver Jeb Burton, we just weren’t able to reach mutually agreeable terms with the team,” said Rob Estes, President and CEO of Estes Express Lines.

“While many of us at Estes are disappointed we weren’t able to find a way to reasonably continue the sponsorship, this is an opportunity for us to direct even more attention to our core business. We still have every confidence in Jeb’s ability and performance as an up-and-coming NASCAR star, and we wish him, his family and everyone at ThorSport all the best in 2015 and beyond.”
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ACT Young Champions Lead 29 Teams to New Smyrna Speedway

Waterbury, VT – 2014 American Canadian Tour (ACT) Champions Alex Labbe, (21 years old), of St-Albert, Quebec and Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. (Pole), (25 years old), from Hudson, New Hampshire, have both been celebrated by their peers for their championship runs last season. They now lead twenty-nine (29) teams from eight (8) different states and the province of Quebec to the New Smyrna Speedway World Series of Asphalt Racing on Sunday-Tues, February 15-17, 2014.

Quebec leads the list with seven (7) teams, featuring, Labbe, former ACT Champions Patrick Laperle and Donald Theetge. Also making the trip will be Jean-Pierre Ouimet, Martin Latulippe, Daniel Descoste, and Brandon White.

New Hampshire and Massachusetts will each send five teams on the mid-winter southern trip. ACT US Champion Joey Pole is the defending champion of ACT’s first trip to New Smyrna in 2011 and will lead the New Hampshire contingent.

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Culver A True Home Track Champ

Lake Erie Driver Enjoys First Title With Hometown’s Support

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Randy Culver is living a charmed life as a hobbyist racer. Just seven years after transitioning from the grandstand to the garage, he’s a champion at his hometown track.

Culver grew up as a self-described gearhead and racing fan in North East, Pennsylvania. He followed drag racing and watched the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series religiously on television, but had no direct connection to the sport. No relative or acquaintance that raced. He was just a fan.


Everything changed in 2002 when Lake Erie Speedway opened in his home town. Culver immediately started attending races regularly at the .375-mile asphalt oval, and in 2007 when discussions began for the development of a modified division at the track, he started to wonder about what it would be like to get behind the wheel.

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Barnhart Named INDYCAR Race Director

INDIANAPOLIS (January 28, 2015) – INDYCAR announced today that Vice President of Competition Brian Barnhart has been named Race Director and will lead the Verizon IndyCar Series’ three-steward Race Control system in 2015. Barnhart was a key member of the INDYCAR Race Control system implemented in 2014 that stipulates all in-race penalties are decided by a two-thirds vote among the respective stewards officiating each event.

“We believe that based on his extensive experience in Race Control, combined with the three-steward system, Brian Barnhart is a good fit as INDYCAR Race Director,” said Derrick Walker, INDYCAR President of Competition and Operations. “The process allows the Race Director to focus on running the race, without the double-duty of reviewing multiple replays and simultaneously trying to make a call. In terms of determining penalties our process defines that a majority vote amongst the three stewards is required, which ensures a jury-like process. Last year we found that this was a fair system when making difficult judgment calls.”

Barnhart was a Race Control steward throughout the 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series season and was previously INDYCAR Race Director from 1997-2011.

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Diversified Machine, Inc. to be Heat Sponsor with NSL!

dmilogoWindom, MN (January 28, 2015) – The National Sprint League welcomes Diversified Machine, Inc. (DMI) as an official heat sponsor for the 2015 season!  The NSL member who wins the DMI heat race of the night will receive a $100 gift certificate from DMI.  The NSL currently has twenty-eight races scheduled in seven states in the Midwest.  Founded by Big Game Treestands’ Tod Quiring, NSL member drivers will be competing for a $350,000 point fund.

DMI offers a number of racing components including Bulldog rear-ends, micro components, hubs, steering accessories, drivelines, suspension components and much more!  DMI is headquartered in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

 “There are so many exciting things happening in sprint car racing right now,” says DMI Sales Manager, Dave Ely.  “One of the biggest is Tod’s commitment to the future of our sport with the formation of the NSL. We’re honored to be a part of the inaugural season and wish them the best!”

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