Archive for April, 2015

2015 New London-Waterford Speedbowl Season Preview

The New London-Waterford Speedbowl will kick off their 2015 season this Saturday night. Bruce Bemer purchased the track last October at a foreclosure auction for 1.75 million dollars. Bemer has always enjoyed the sport of auto racing. He sponsored Bruce D’Alessandro in the modifieds at Riverside Park Speedway. Bemer looked into the sale when it onto the market last year. Bemer had planned to attend the foreclosure auction to keep it as a race track and not have it developed into something else. Continue reading ‘2015 New London-Waterford Speedbowl Season Preview’

A Family Tradition:  Bryan Town Joins the North East Street Stock Tour Ranks

BryanTownRideNESST2015NORTH STONINGTON, CT – Bryan Town will take his talents on the road, as the Charlestown, NH native will chase the inaugural North East Street Stock Tour Championship.

Town is carrying on the family tradition, as the driver of the Neat, Sweet, and Discrete Cleaning Service/ Route 12 Auto Sales/ Dairy Joy Ice Cream Chevy Monte Carlo follows in his father’s (Randy), uncle’s (Chet Utton), and cousins’ (Dale and Jason Utton) footsteps.  Town will run the entire North East Street Stock Tour (NESST) schedule, as well as run part-time at Claremont Speedway.

Beginning his racing career in 2005, Town quickly showed he had talent in the driver’s seat.  After winning the Street Stock championship in 2007, he moved to the Late Model division, running part-time, while attending Wyotech Automotive School.  In 2012, the team travelled to Devil’s Bowl with the Late Model, and finished a respectable third place in the overall standings.  Going back to his roots the following year, Town jumped back into the Street Stock division, running both Claremont Speedway and Monadnock Speedway (NH), and enjoyed success in 2014, winning nine (9) races between the two tracks. 

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No. 88 Whelen Modified Tour Team Penalized

Rules Violations At Stafford Motor Speedway

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The No. 88 team that competes in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour has been penalized for a rules infraction discovered during post-race inspection April 26 at Stafford Motor Speedway.

This infraction is a P2 level penalty and violates the following Sections in the 2015 NASCAR rule book:

12.1: Actions detrimental to stock car racing;
20D-4.1: General Engine Eligibility:
B. As an option, Teams may compete in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour/Whelen Southern Modified Tour with a NASCAR-approved “Spec Engine”. If used, the “Spec Engine” must be completely assembled using only NASCAR-approved “Spec Engine” components without any modifications.
INFRACTION: Non-approved fasteners were used.

The options for a P2 penalty are outlined in the following sections of the NASCAR rule book:

12-4.2: P2 Penalty Options:
A. Minor fasteners, nuts, bolts, etc. of the wrong material, but not of a nature rising to higher numbered Penalties.

As a result of this violation, crew chief Ron Ste-Marie has been placed on NASCAR probation through Dec. 31.

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The Month Ahead at DCRP

DODGE CITY, Kan. (April 30, 2015) – As the time comes to turn the page of the calendar from April to May, it’s also time for a quick look at what’s on the docket at Dodge City Raceway Park.

With the initial pair of events successfully logged into the books with the April 11 season opener and then this past weekend’s card on April 25, another pair of events are on the May slate.

The initial event of the upcoming month is on Saturday, May 9, with the final event of the month on May 30.

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Austin Mack Makes it in F1600

Austin Mack is well into his debut season in the F1600 Formula F Championship Series, and did not take long to prove his worth behind the wheel of the No. 11 K-Hill Motorsport Mygale/Honda. The 16 year old has done very well already this season, finishing second at the pre-season race in Palm Beach, and then second again in race two at Road Atlanta. 

Hailing from the small town of Warren, Rhode Island, Mack enjoys the peace that his hometown gives him after a fast paced weekend at the racetrack. 

“I’m from Warren, Rhode Island, it’s a small town, quiet, nice place especially for me to unwind after a race,” said Mack. 

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Pre-Test Notes: Cody Coughlin – ARCA Talladega 200

Cody Coughlin No. 55 JEGS.com Toyota
ARCA Int’l Motorsports Hall of Fame 200 News and Notes

First Race at Talladega for Cody Coughlin
The Joe Gibbs Racing Development driver is eager to step back in his No. 55 Sport Clips/JEGS.com Toyota Camry this Friday to compete in his first race at the famed Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama. This will be his second start on a Superspeedway. Back in February, he qualified second and finished fourth in the ARCA Racing Series season opener at Daytona International Speedway in Florida.

13th Start in the ARCA Racing Series
Cody Coughlin has an impressive record in ARCA Racing Series competition. He is currently in his second season driving for Venturini Motorsports. In his 12 previous starts, he has four top-five finishes and nine top-ten finishes. In his last three starts, he has finished fourth. Those finishes came at Kentucky Speedway, Kansas Speedway and Daytona International Speedway. At Daytona, he came up a bumper short of finishing third. He also missed the pole by a mere 0.004 seconds.

Voices of Wisdom for Coughlin at Talladega
Not only will Cody Coughlin have the expertise of Crew Chief Dave Leiner and the Venturini Motorsports team at the 2.66-mile oval, he will also have two members of the Team JEGS crew with experience at Talladega. Kevin Hamlin (Team JEGS Manager) has three wins at Talladega with the late Dale Earnhardt in 1999-2000. Scott Wimmer, Cody’s spotter, has six starts in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at the famed oval.

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Helliwell, ACT Tour Take on Local Stars in Merchants Bank 150

Barre, VT—The American-Canadian Tour (ACT) will help Barre, VT’s Thunder Road open its 56th season of competition on Sunday, May 3 with the 17th Annual Merchants Bank 150. Wayne Helliwell Jr. will be going for his second straight win in the event, but a host of ACT Tour and local Thunder Road Late Model drivers are looking to take the trophy home.

Dover, NH’s Helliwell picked up his first Thunder Road win in last year’s Merchants Bank 150, taking the lead using a crossover move on Jimmy Hebert with 16 laps remaining. The two-time ACT Tour Champion became the 11th different winner in 16 editions of the event. Helliwell and his Bruce Bernhardt–owned team come into this year’s event with the ACT Tour point lead after their victory in last Sunday’s New Hampshire Governor’s Cup 150 at Lee USA Speedway in Lee, NH.

“I think it was more luck than anything last year, but we’re definitely proud of that win,” Helliwell said. “That race is always tough, and restarts are really critical. If we can get the car working on the bottom like it was last time, I think we’ll have something.”

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Derek Griffith Scores GSPSS Victory

The cold weather (39° at race time) wasn’t going to keep the large crowd of spectators from the opening of the Claremont Speedways 2015 season with the GSPSS on tap for their 125 lap feature. When the checkers flew 18-year-old Derek Griffith of Hudson NH put his LCM sponsored number 12 in Victory Lane for his first ever GSPSS win. It was Griffiths first visit to Claremont Speedway.

In Victory Lane Griffith gave credit to his crew and especially car owner and crew chief Louie Mechalides for a set up that was fast right off the trailer. Opening the 2015 season with a second place finish at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park two weeks ago put Griffith and team at the top of the GSPSS points parade, a place Griffith intends to stay. Continue reading ‘Derek Griffith Scores GSPSS Victory’

Helliwell Jr. takes ACT NH Governor’s Cup 150

Wayne Helliwell, Jr and Lee USA Speedway seem to go together like peanut butter and jelly. Helliwell has raced every division at Lee USA and has won features in all of them, including the Oktoberfest. Now he can add the ACT Governor’s Cup 150 to his impressive win list.

The victory was by no means an easy one for the Dover NH driver as Jeff White of Winthrop ME applied pressure from lap one through three caution periods for minor spins. Helliwell’s Unique Ford- Ford fusion retained the lead with a pack of hungry drivers jockeying for position behind him. Continue reading ‘Helliwell Jr. takes ACT NH Governor’s Cup 150′

NEAR Presented Attendance Award At Summer Knights 24th Annual Benefit Show & Shine

BERLIN, CT — The New England Antique Racers (NEAR) were presented with the coveted “Attendance Award” in honor of the clubs participation in the Summer Knights 24th Annual Benefit Show & Shine held on Sunday, April 26th at the Berlin Fairgrounds.

Displaying vintage modified stock cars were NEAR members Ron Carlson (#85 coupe), Steve Zukowski (#53 Vega), Rich Belmonte (#19 Cavalier), Jim Williams (#7NY Tom Baldwin Tribute Car), George Cleveland (#5X coupe), Tom Maciag (#19 Pinto), Carl Kierman (#222 Pinto), and Jack Proulx (#5 coupe).

The event drew several notable motorsports personalities including Ray Evernham, a former modified racer, multi-time championship Sprint Cup Crew Chief, and ESPN NASCAR television analyst. Also scheduled to appear was Sprint Cup Crew Chief Scott Zipadelli.

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2015 New England Pro 4 Modified Season Preview

The 2015 New England Pro 4 Modifieds season will kick off at Monadnock Speedway this Saturday. They will race with the Valenti Modified Racing Series along with the Monadnock Speedway NASCAR Whelen All American Series divisions and the N.E. Classic Lites.

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Ryan Lutz Ready For 2015 Season In Legends

Ryan Lutz will kick off his 2015 season this Saturday in the Legends division at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl. Lutz is planning to run a part time schedule at the Speedbowl as well as Riverhead Raceway in New York and may even try Stafford Motor Speedway once or twice. Continue reading ‘Ryan Lutz Ready For 2015 Season In Legends’

Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama Post-Event Infractions

INDIANAPOLIS (April 29, 2015) – INDYCAR announced the following post-event infractions from the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama, which was held April 25-26 at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Ala.:

• Chevrolet received a deduction of 20 manufacturer championship points per Verizon IndyCar Series regulations. According to Rule 10.6.4.4, 20 points will be deducted for a non-minor engine repair to the Chevrolet engine in the No. 8 entry. Chevrolet notified INDYCAR and completed the repair within the scope of the rules.
• INDYCAR officials fined crew members of Team Penske a total of $1,500 for violating Rule 7.9.6 (failure to attend equipment during pit stop).
• INDYCAR officials fined KV Racing Technology $500 for violating Rule 7.10.1.3 (passing over own airhose).
• INDYCAR officials fined a crew member of Chip Ganassi Racing Teams $500 for violating Rule 7.9.6 (failure to attend equipment during pit stop).
• INDYCAR officials withdrew the $500 penalty imposed against a crew member of KV Racing Technology on April 22 for violating Rule 1.2.7.2(f) (fueling without visor down) after a further internal review.

Members may contest the imposition of the penalties pursuant to the procedures and timelines detailed in the review and appeal procedures of the Verizon IndyCar Series rulebook.
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FVP National Sprint League Welcomes Maxim Racing as Heat Sponsor!

Windom, MN (April 29, 2015) – The FVP National Sprint League welcomes Maxim Racing, Inc. as an official heat sponsor for the 2015 season! The NSL member who wins the Maxim Racing heat race of the night will receive a $100 gift certificate from Maxim Racing.

Located in Springfield, Illinois, Maxim Racing is a leading global sprint car chassis and components manufacturer.

“The FVP National Sprint League is a promising new series that we are honored to be a part of,” says Maxim Racing owners Dan and Ron Musselman. “The FVP National Sprint League will strengthen the presence of sprint car racing, and we look forward to being involved in the inaugural season of this series, which has drawn significant talent along with promoter and fan support!”

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Lee USA NH Governor’s Cup Three Stars Awarded

Waterbury, VT – The American Racer Three Star program is designed to recognize three teams in no particular order of performance that had outstanding races at ACT U.S. Tour events. There are no specific criteria for deciding who might receive the award of a free American Racer Tire (value $125.00), but a special effort by a team, exceptional race, just plain old hard luck, or any other accepted reason to give the award is used to decide the award recipients. 

The three stars are chosen by ACT officials and will receive certificates for use of a free American Racer tire at a race of their choosing during 2015.

Lee USA Speedway – NH GOVERNOR’S CUP 150

The annual running of the New Hampshire Governor’s Cup 150 was described by veteran ACT fans as an old time “barn-burner” of a race – an old-fashioned tug of war with hard racing throughout the field. Leaders battled from start to finish; veterans beat each other up; and while some new teams were smooth as silk, other new teams also beat each other up! Finding three stars was not hard as the following all delivered outstanding performances. Because the criteria for the Three Star program does not allow the top three finishers to be chosen for the awards, it should be mentioned that all three were stars in their own right. ACT Champion Wayne Helliwell Jr. scored the victory, Brad Babb had the drive of the day in second, and Eddie MacDonald was brilliant as usual. However, their top-three finishes disqualified them from the Star Awards. 

*Matt Anderson, Franklin, NH – 49NH—Matt Anderson and his team are a small independent group in just their second year of touring. The team finished 17th after staring 26th. At first glance, perhaps those criteria might not seem to qualify for a Star of the Race Award. But after a year of following the tour, the 49NH team finished the full 150-lap battle at Lee. This was a genuine step in the right direction for their program. The positive attitude and desire to continue improving his program gives Matt and his team all the ingredients for a Star Award. Lee was a tough race, and the 49NH’s finish was a testament to a short track racer who understands where his team currently is and to a team who works on their program with dedication and a great attitude. Congratulations on the Three Star Award to the Watt-sponsored team; it will be interesting to see what their next step forward will be.

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$12,000 Possible to Win for UFo Super LM at the Mega-100 at Tyler Co with ASI Racewear Bonus!

TYLER COUNTY UFO LATE MODEL RACE ADDS ASI RACEWEAR $2K ‘ALIEN ANNIHILATION AWARD’!
$2k Bonus To Any Driver Who Can Win Both ‘MEGA Weekend’ UFo Late Model Main Events!

(Middlebourne, WVa.) – Tyler County Speedway will roar to life with the return of the popular, UFO Championship Series this July when the Super Late Model division enters the ‘Bullring’ for a pair of $5,000 to win A-Mains. To further enhance the weekend experience ASI Racewear of Patchogue, NY has partnered with race officials to add a bonus to any race team who can grace victory lane after both Late Model main events. A $2,000 cash bonus dubbed the ASI Racewear ‘Alien Annihilation Award’ will push the possible Late Model winnings to $12,000 during the weekend.

On Friday July 10th the UFO Championship will mark ‘The Bullring’ as their classified playground where the ‘racing aliens’ of the UFO Super Late Model ranks will run for a pill draw, 44 lap, $5,000 to win main event. Then on Saturday July 11th the UFO Late Models will be back in action but with a unique twist. In similar twin fashion, Friday’s top twelve feature finishers will forgo preliminary heat races and line up for the finale night feature on a 1st -12th invert procedure. The remaining field will redraw for heat race starting spots and battle wheel to wheel for the left over positions.

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NASCAR National Series News & Notes – Talladega Superspeedway

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Next Race: GEICO 500
The Place: Talladega Superspeedway
The Date: Sunday, May 3
The Time: 1 p.m. (ET)
TV: FOX, 12:30 p.m. (ET)
Radio: MRN, Sirius XM Ch. 90
Distance: 500.08 miles (188 laps)

NASCAR XFINITY Series
Next Race: Winn Dixie 300
The Place: Talladega Superspeedway
The Date: Saturday, May 2
The Time: 3 p.m. (ET)
TV: FOX, 2:30 p.m. (ET)
Radio: MRN, Sirius XM Ch. 90
Distance: 300.58 miles (113 laps)

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
Next Race: Kansas 250
The Place: Kansas Speedway
The Date: Friday, May 8
The Time: 8:30 p.m. (ET)
TV: FOX Sports 1, 8 p.m. (ET)
Radio: MRN, Sirius XM Ch. 90
Distance: 167 miles (250.5 laps)
NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES

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Feature Race Winners in All Divisions Earn Extra Perks from Ingersoll Rand at Grandview

Lucky fan has an opportunity to win ir prize pack each week; Starting time on Saturday is now 7:30PM

BECHTELSVILLE, PA April 29, 2015 . . . There will be something extra in the pay envelope for feature winners at Grandview Speedway this Saturday courtesy of Ingersoll Rand Tools. Each winner will receive a tool package valued at approximately $600. This will be the first of four Ingersoll Rand Nights at Grandview this season.

The $600 package from Ingersoll Rand, the big bucks from T.P. Trailers, the product awards from VP Racing Fuels, the halfway prize from Boyertown, PA’s Dan’s Deli and the product certificates from Cargo Trailers along with the awards from Bernheisel Racing added to the lucrative prize money helps to create the exciting racing action at the Berks County clay oval. All the racers want to be able to earn some of the perks.Coming up

Coming up on Saturday night, May 2nd, as part of Ingersoll Rand Night, will be a NASCAR sanctioned tripleheader card of stock car racing featuring the 358 Modifieds, BRC Late Models and Sportsman stock cars. A full series of qualifying heats is presented leading up to a 30-lap main event for the Modifieds and 25-lap features for both the BRC Late Models and Sportsman. Racing will get the green flag at 7:30 p.m. That is the new starting time that will be in place for the balance of the season leading up to the season closing Freedom 76 Modified Classic set forSeptember 12. Spectator gates open at 5:30 p.m. with the Low Down and Dirty Meet & Greet set to take place at the same time and will feature Sportsman racer Jordan Henn, Late Model competitor David Ogin and a NASCAR 358 Modified racer to be announced.

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Coughlin Leaning on the Wisdom of NASCAR Winners at Talladega

DELAWARE, OHIO – (April 29, 2015) — Cody Coughlin will achieve another personal goal in his racing career as he will make his first start in the ARCA Racing Series International Motorsports Hall of Fame 200 this Friday at Alabama’s Talladega Superspeedway.

While this may be Coughlin’s first start at the famed 2.66-mile oval, he will have experience on his side with his crew chief Dave Leiner and the Venturini Motorsports crew.

But, there will be one additional person on his side with an impressive resume at Talladega, his longtime Team JEGS manager Kevin Hamlin.

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PASS AIM Recycling Super Late Models Ready for First Trip this Season to Beech Ridge

NAPLES, ME (April 29) — The PASS AIM Recycling Super Late Models Presented By Kenny U-Pull are set to open the 2015 season at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway with the Southern Maine Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep 150 on Saturday, May 3rd. The PASS AIM Recycling Super Late Models Presented By Kenny U-Pull are already off to a strong start after 49 Super Late Models attempted to qualify for the series season opener at Oxford Plains Speedway on April 19th. The Southern Maine Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep 150 looks to host another great car count with 28 cars already pre-entered for the event including the winner of the season opener at Oxford Plains, Mike Rowe and the defending series champion, DJ Shaw. Scott Mulkern will be in the Southern Maine Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep sponsored number 84 and multi-time PASS North and National Champion, Ben Rowe, will be looking to contend for his second victory in the 2015 Season. Tony Ricci will be looking to continue his successful start to the season after finishing 3rd in the season opener at Oxford Plains Speedway. David Oliver in the HP Hood sponsored number 21 machine is also looking to continue his run of strong finishes in the PASS AIM Recycling Super Late Models. 6-time PASS North Champion Johnny Clark will also be in competition at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway as he looks for a strong run after a tough start to the season.

Canada will be well represented for the Southern Maine Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep 150 with Etienne Cliché making the trip from St Joseph Beauce, Quebec.  Michael Lavoie from Chicoutimi, Quebec, and Sarah McKay from Quispomis, New Brunswick will also be making the trip down to the States. Along with these hard charging Canadian’s there will still be plenty more tough local competitors on track including Glenn Luce out of Turner, Maine, Bobby Timmons out of Windham, Maine, Cassius Clark out of Farmington, ME, and Scott McDaniel out of Livermore, Maine along with many more.

The AIM Recycling USA PASS North Series will once again be in action for three events at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in 2015, Southern Maine Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep will be on board for all three of these events including the Saturday May 2nd event, the Saturday July 11th event, and the 9th Annual Southern Maine Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep PASS 400 Weekend September 18-20th. If you’re looking for your next car see the great people at Southern Maine Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep for great car buying experience.

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New Faces Could Make Hickory the Biggest CARS Tour Event Yet

Mooresville, NC 4/28/14- Having logged the first two events of the inaugural CARS Tour season in the history books, the landscape of what to expect on a regular basis is starting to take shape. An average of 33 Late Model Stock Cars and 31 Super Late Models have showed up to compete in the tours first two events, and with the tour’s next event hitting the famed Hickory Motor Speedway on Saturday May 9th those numbers could very well climb.

Several new faces are expected to make their CARS Tour debut in the Catawba Valley 250. Super late model ace Preston Peltier, driving for chassis builder Robert Hamke, is making May 9th plans with the CARS Tour. Peltier knows his way around the .375 mile track having already won the 2015 version of the Easter Bunny 150. The man who finished second to Peltier in that race, Tyler Church, is also planning to make his official debut. Church, a native of Hickory, NC, was planning to compete in the season opening CARS Tour event but an emergency trip to the hospital the day before the event delayed his debut until now.

Hickory Motor Speedway regular Shane Lee is also expected to compete in the Late Model Stock division. The Newton, NC driver currently sits second in the speedway’s weekly points standings making him a threat to possibly steal a win from the tour regulars along with the $4,500 payday that comes with the victory.

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Spotter Bites

It’s called The Greatest Race in the History of Spring, the Spring Sizzler from Stafford Motor Speedway in Stafford Springs, Connecticut. Eight divisions strong, a packed house, and a full pit area, what else could you ask for? Okay, warmer weather. It’s near the month of May and the temperatures are still in the 30s and 40s. Despite Mother Nature, it was a great weekend of racing.

Running through the pits to check-in with the 4 teams I was spotting for was the first order of business.  Could they all park near each other next time? Trucks were way out back and it took me forever to get there and back. That was my exercise for the day. The Late Model team was on the way to the spotter’s area in another section of the pits, so I just waited to check in with them until I headed up there. The SK and the tour mods were near each other, so that made it a little easier, but not much.

DSC_0082Practice was not very good for the Eastport Feeds/Axel Anderson, Inc. #75 Whelen Modified Tour car on Saturday. At about 5 laps or so into practice, it tasted the concrete wall at the exit of turn two. The car was running good and then just stepped out and slammed the right front into the wall. There was a lot of damage: Header, tire, rim, suspension parts, body tin, nerf bar and bumper to name a few parts that sustained damage. We only had a little bit of time to try and get it back together before time trials. In the midst of working on the car (yeah, I’m not just a spotter, I can wrench on them too), I had a mini heart attack when I asked someone who was on the track. They told me the SKs were on their way out there now. I thought I was late for the heat races and ran to get my gear and headed to the spotter’s area. I soon realized it was still practice and calmed down and headed back to continue working on the car. I hate it when that happens.

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O’Donnell Goes For Thunder Road Three-Peat

Barre, VT – Derrick O’Donnell has already made history with his first two championships in Thunder Road’s American-Canadian Tour (ACT) Late Models. He is ready to add to the record books again in 2015, beginning at the season-opening Merchant’s Bank 150 on Sunday, May 3.N. Haverhill, NH’s O’Donnell won his first Thunder Road Late Model Championship in 2013, becoming the first rookie to be crowned “King of the Road.” Last year he was the sixth driver in track lead division history to successfully defend his title. A third championship in 2015 would make him only the second driver to hold the crown for three years running. Chuck Beede previously won three straight Late Model championships in 1992-1994.

N. Haverhill, NH’s O’Donnell won his first Thunder Road Late Model Championship in 2013, becoming the first rookie to be crowned “King of the Road.” Last year he was the sixth driver in track lead division history to successfully defend his title. A third championship in 2015 would make him only the second driver to hold the crown for three years running. Chuck Beede previously won three straight Late Model championships in 1992-1994.

“It would definitely be really important to me,” O’Donnell said of the possibility. “With this pairing up of me and MikelJon (Mascitti, his car owner), we’ve proved that anything is possible. We basically do whatever it takes between him and I. There’s no mountain we won’t climb if it’s going to make us better.”

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Canyon Clash Time at CSP!

PEORIA, Ariz. (April 28, 2015) – The spotlight shines Saturday night at Canyon Speedway Park as the wingless USAC Southwest Sprint Cars headline the Fifth Annual Canyon Clash atop the 1/3-mile clay oval near Phoenix.

Following an open practice on Friday from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Saturday’s Canyon Clash fires off at 7:00 p.m.

Along with the USAC Southwest forces, Saturday’s action also includes the 9th World Vapor IMCA Modifieds, Micro Sprints and Arizona Differential Pure Stocks.

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Sport Clips Returns with Cody Coughlin To Go for Win at ARCA’s Talladega 200

(DELAWARE, OHIO – April 28, 2015) – Success can be defined as “a performance or achievement that is marked by success, as by the attainment of honors.” Joe Gibbs Racing Development driver Cody Coughlin achieved that success with Sport Clips at the ARCA Racing Series season opener at Daytona Int’l Speedway (FL). Now Coughlin and Sport Clips have decided to continue that trend by joining forces for the International Motorsports Hall of Fame 200 this Friday at Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama.

“This is awesome to have Sport Clips support again this weekend at Talladega,”exclaimed Coughlin. “Their support motivated myself and the team at Daytona. We worked really hard and the results showed back in February. Our goal is to take Sport Clips to victory lane this Friday afternoon.”

At Daytona, the 19-year-old driver started on the outside of the front row, led laps and stayed up front for the entire race to finish with a strong fourth-place outing.

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Penalty Announced From April 26, 2015 SK Modified® Feature at Stafford Motor Speedway

(Stafford Springs, CT)—Following the completion of the April 25-26 NAPA Spring Sizzler NASCAR Whelen All-American Series feature events, Stafford Motor Speedway officials have announced the following penalty:

#39 SK Modified, Driver Chris Jones
Infraction- Unsportsmanlike conduct, on-track. Unsportsmanlike conduct, off-track. Actions detrimental to the sport.
Penalties- Disqualification from Spring Sizzler feature event, placed to last in the finishing order. Suspended from competition at Stafford Motor Speedway for the next 6 completed events. $250 fine payable to The Shane Hammond Foundation or The Spalding Foundation, through Stafford Motor Speedway. The fine must be paid to the Speedway office prior to the next attended event. Placed on probation through December 31st, 2015.

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Memorable Gulf Coast Weekend Ends with Win and Points Lead for Smith

Texas Driver Ends Long Winless Streak

AUSTIN, TX. –This past weekend is one that Casey Smith and his team won’t forget for a long time. The Austin, Texas native made the trip to the Alabama/Florida border area memorable as he went home with a victory and the Southern Super Series point lead.

Smith ended a winless drought on Saturday night at Mobile International Speedway in Irvington, Alabama and finished third on Friday night to end the weekend as the point leader in the Southern Super Series.

On Saturday night, he dominated by leading every lap in the 100-lap event at the high-banked, half-mile oval.

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Stock Cars Invade Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park Road Course

Drivers Prepare for Stock Car Road Race Challenge

THOMPSON, CT – The North East Street Stock Tour helped make history on April 25, taking part in a Test and Tune on the 1.7 mile road course at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.

Drivers were able to take advantage of over three hours of scheduled practice time, which included a driver’s meeting, explaining the differences between oval racing and road course racing, as well as a lead follow session, showing the preferred racing lines around the track.

Jim Boyle was one driver who participated in the Test and Tune, and found the session to be extremely helpful, saying “It’s a very different feeling turning right in a Stock Car. Overall, it was really cool, and I can’t wait to get out there and turn some more laps. We will take all the information we gather here, and put it to good use back at the shop.”

“Leadfoot” Larry Barnett was another competitor who took part in the Test and Tune session. Barnett has a very successful career on Thompson’s 5/8 mile oval, including four (4) championships and the most wins in history in the Limited Sportsman division, at 56 victories.

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Seekonk Speedway Ready to Kick Off 70th Season on May 3

SEEKONK, MA — On Sunday, May 3rd, Seekonk Speedway will open its doors for the 70th consecutive season. This time, for the first time since 2005, it will be under the NASCAR Whelen All American Series (NWAAS) banner.

The front gates will open at 11am, with time trial qualifying for the Pro Stocks beginning at 12pm. The time trials are a once a year qualifying effort for the A division, setting the qualifying heats lineup.

Qualifying heats for the NWAAS Pro Stocks, Late Models, Street Stocks and Sport Trucks begin at 1pm., with the features following. The Pro Stocks will run a 40 lap main event, with the Late Models running 30 laps, and the Street Stocks and Sport Trucks both running 25 laps each.

Ryan Vanasse, Bill Bernard, Rey Lovelace and John Paiva are the defending opening day victors.

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Spring Championship Series Announced for Airborne Park, Devil’s Bowl Speedways

Yandow Sales & Service, John Deere partner with two NASCAR tracks for 2015 campaign

PLATTSBURGH, NY/WEST HAVEN, VT – Airborne Park Speedway and Devil’s Bowl Speedway have teamed up with Yandow Sales & Service of North Ferrisburgh, VT and John Deere in an exciting new partnership for the 2015 stock car racing season.  The two tracks will provide four divisions of racing in the locally-rebranded “NASCAR Whelen All-American Series presented by Yandow Sales & Service and John Deere” and the season will begin with the new seven-event Spring Championship Series.

A new alternating weekly schedule introduced by the two speedways for the spring season will carry a $5,000 Spring Championship Series point fund provided by Yandow Sales & Service and John Deere.  The Spring Championship Series will run each Saturday night from May 2 to June 13, alternating between Airborne Park Speedway in Plattsburgh, NY and Devil’s Bowl Speedway in West Haven, VT.

“Airborne and Devil’s Bowl have gained a lot of new interest on both sides of Lake Champlain, and the spring schedule was designed to give people the opportunity to travel to both tracks on Saturday nights,” promoter Mike Bruno said.  “The weekly Friday-Saturday grind of the summer starts once school gets out in mid-June, and we wanted to give the race teams a little extra spending cash before that starts.  Yandow Sales & Service and John Deere stepping up to put the Spring Championship Series together will put some money in the racer’s pockets, and it’s an exciting program that will give the fans something extra to cheer for.”

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