Open Wheel Wednesday is now Open Wheel THURSDAY! We have postponed the show originally scheduled for tomorrow until Thursday July 2nd, 2015. Due to the impending forecast we feel this will give us the best opportunity to put on an awesome show! Thank you in advance, and we are definitely looking forward to seeing everyone!
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Open Wheel Wednesday is now Open Wheel THURSDAY! We have postponed the show originally scheduled for tomorrow until Thursday July 2nd, 2015. Due to the impending forecast we feel this will give us the best opportunity to put on an awesome show! Thank you in advance, and we are definitely looking forward to seeing everyone!
By Wayne “Muffy” Wildermuth
This week started off at the Stafford Motor Speedway with the Modified Racing series’ (MRS) 80 lap event along with the NASCAR Weekly All American Racing Series events that were also on the card for the night. It was scheduled to be a slow weekend with just two days of racing, but that changed a little when Mother Nature decided to add her 2 cents to the mix forcing changes to the schedule at the Riverhead Raceway on Saturday.
After taking two weeks off, I was back on the radio for the #94 SK of Tyler Hines and I was hoping for a good run. The night ended up being about what could be expected when you race on older tires. The car seemed to be skating around a bit and just didn’t feel like it was “into” the track, it just kind of felt like it was “on top” of the track. It reminded me of Continue reading ‘Spotter Bytes’
LONG ISLAND, NY — With two races into the record books on the 2015 Northeast Race Cars and Parts Tri Track Open Modified Series, race three is quickly on the horizon.
The Seekonk Speedway in Seekonk, Massachusetts is ready to host to the series for round three on Wednesday evening. Some of the best drivers in the Northeast will be in competition for a $10,000 payday.
The battle grounds of the Action Track of the East have seen some of the best Modified racing in the Northeast in the last decade.
The AIM Recycling Pro All Star Series North Super Late Models will make their inaugural debut this upcoming weekend (July 4th-5th) at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The series raced this past Friday night at the Lee USA Speedway in Lee, NH. D.J. Shaw would take down the win. Shaw tested his Super Late Model back in May at the Magic Mile. For Shaw, the test session was about what he expected on the track. He felt that the car didn’t feel overly fast like he thought it would. The lap times to him were still there. ” The corner speeds are more up like a late model than I thought. It’s going to be interesting. It’s going to be hard to pass as usual at Loudon. Shaw Said Continue reading ‘AIM Recycling PASS North Super Late Models To Make Their Debut This Weekend At New Hampshire Motor Speedway’
The Valenti Modified Racing Series will make their second appearance of the 2015 this upcoming weekend at the Monadnock Speedway with the Firecracker 100. Todd Szegedy took down the win in the season opener back on May 2nd. Richard Savary is the defending winner of the Firecracker 100. The series just had race this past Friday night at the Stafford Motor Speedway with Woody Pitkat getting his second win of the season at the Connecticut half mile. Pitkat would lead the final 18 laps in the Shark Cycle 80. Todd Szegedy would finish in second. Chris Pasteryak would finish in third. Steve Masse in his first start of the season with the Valenti Modified Racing Series would finish in fourth and Richard Savary would finish in 5th. Continue reading ‘Valenti Modified Racing Series Returning To Monadnock This Weekend’
Saturday June 27th was the 8th event of the 2015 season at The New London Waterford Speedbowl located in Waterford CT. Fans were welcomed to the track with the threat of a nor’ Easter hitting the entire Northeast ruining any chance of the racing taking place. Rain started the night but, after some track drying and cars qualifying feature events were set to start.
The first feature of the night was the 30 lap Late Model race. Ray Christian III took the lead on the very 1st lap of the event. The first of 2 cautions came out with 27 laps remaining in the event. The first restart was no good so they had to try a second time. Anthony Flannery took the lead with 25 laps remaining in the event and never trailed from that spot. The second and final caution came out with 21 laps remaining in the event. The winner of the race was Anthony Flannery Jr.
The second feature of the night was the Mini Cups which run a weekly division at Seekonk Speedway in Massachusetts. The 57 took the lead from the first lap and held that lead for the entire race. The mini cup main event went green to green with no caution flags throughout the race. The Marissa Morgan won the 20 lap event. Anthony Marvin was second and Shane Culpa was 3rd.
MOORESVILLE, North Carolina (June 27, 2015) – Officials from Rette Jones Racing (RJR) announced today the expansion of the team’s program from the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards to now include the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East (NKPSE).
The team will make their debut in the NASCAR feeder series next weekend at Columbus (Oh.) Motor Speedway for the NAPA 150 on Saturday, July 4. The seventh race of the season will mark the first of a limited schedule planned for the Mooresville, North Carolina-based team.
“We’re proud of this next step in the growth of our young team,” said team principal Mark Rette. “Rette Jones Racing is still a big believer in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards, but to ensure we have a diverse program, it was important for us to make this leap into the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East.”
Stafford Springs, CT — The Valenti Modified Racing Series made its second of three visits during the 2015 season to Stafford Motor Speedway for the 5th Annual VMRS 80. Woody Pitkat took the checkered flag to make himself 2 for 2 in 2015 at Stafford Speedway in VMRS feature action.
At the drop of the green flag, Ryan Preece led the first lap but Todd Szegedy took the lead on lap-2. Preece came back strong on the outside of Szegedy and he got clear and back into the lead on lap-3. Behind the two leaders, Steve Masse was on the charge, moving from sixth up to third. He got around Szegedy for second on lap-7 and he went by Preece to take over the race lead on lap-14.
Rowan Pennink was now up to third behind Masse and Preece and he had Woody Pitkat right on his bumper as Szegedy fell back to fifth. Pennink got by Preece to move into second on lap-17 and his move brought Pitkat along with him as Preece fell back to fourth.
Stafford Springs, CT — Stafford Speedway returned to NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing action with the Valenti Modified Racing Series in the house for the 5th Annual VMRS 80. Taking down weekly feature wins on the night were Keith Rocco in the 40-lap SK Modified® feature, Tom Fearn scored in the 30-lap Late Model feature, Joey Ferrigno in the 20-lap SK Light Modified feature, Andrew Hayes in the 20-lap Limited Late Model feature, Tyler Trott in the 15-lap DARE Stock feature, and Devin O’Connell was the winner of the 20-lap Legend Cars feature.
In the 40-lap SK Modified® feature event, Ted Christopher got around Glen Reen at the start to take the early race lead. Matt Galko was third behind Reen with Ronnie Williams and Todd Owen making up the top-5. Galko took over second on lap-4 and Williams pulled alongside Reen in a fight for third. Dan Avery and Joey Cipriano were side by side for fifth when the caution came out with 6 laps complete for a spin by Mike Christopher, Jr.
Christopher chose the outside groove for the restart and Galko went by to move into the lead. Christopher was now side by side with Williams for second. Williams took the spot on lap-9 and Dan Avery pulled alongside Christopher on lap-10. Avery had Keith Rocco glued to his bumper and they both went by Christopher on lap-11.
FONTANA, Calif. (June 26, 2015) – Simon Pagenaud earned his second career Indy car pole and first on an oval in leading a Team Penske sweep of the front row for the MAVTV 500 with a two-lap average speed of 218.952 mph at the 2-mile Auto Club Speedway.
Pagenaud, driving the No. 22 Penske Truck Rental Chevrolet, topped teammate Helio Castroneves’ 2014 pole-winning average speed of 218.540 mph and will start on the front row for the third consecutive Verizon IndyCar Series race. Castroneves qualified second with a two-lap average speed of 218.734 mph in the No. 3 Auto Club of Southern California Chevrolet.
It is the fifth consecutive race that Team Penske entries have occupied the front row.
Waterbury, VT – The American-Canadian Tour (ACT) Oxford Plains 150 at the Oxford Plains Speedway in Oxford, ME has been postponed due to impending inclement weather. The event has been rescheduled for Saturday, July 25.
The classic championship battle shaping up between New Hampshire veterans Wayne Helliwell Jr. and Joey Polewarczyk Jr. will go on hold until July 25. Helliwell currently holds a 17-point margin over “Joey Pole”, with each driver winning three events so far on the 2015 season.
ACT now sets its sights on the International 500 at Airborne Park Speedway in Plattsburgh, NY on Saturday, July 18 and Sunday, July 19. The doubleheader between the ACT Late Models and the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) Super Late Models will feature twin 200-lap features with more than $110,000 in posted awards. Many of the top Late Model drivers around the region have already entered the event, including Helliwell, Pole, 8-time ACT Champion Brian Hoar, and two-time Thunder Road Champion Nick Sweet, along with PASS standouts Ben and Mike Rowe, Johnny Clark, and Joey Doiron.
Sources:Michael Stridsberg/ACT PR
June 26, 2015 – Unfortunately, Friday’s Nostalgia Night at the Knoxville Raceway has been rained out.
Join us tomorrow night, June 27 for Farm Bureau Night featuring the FVP National Sprint League! All three divisions of Lucas Oil Knoxville Championship Cup Series will be in action! Hot laps are scheduled for 6:45 p.m., with qualifying and racing to follow!
Skyland, North Carolina (June 26, 2015) – The certainty for rain and threat for flooding in the Clearfield, Pennsylvania area for Saturday postponed the Window World 50/50 All Star Event at CNB Bank Raceway Park.
The event has been rescheduled for Saturday, July 18, which falls on the same weekend as the next Super Cup Stock Car Series race. The race on Friday, July 17 will feature the return of the series to Motordrome Speedway in Smithton, Pennsylvania for the first time since the conclusion of the 2013 season.
More information regarding each of the upcoming events will follow. Stay updated for further details at the official web site www.supercupstockcarseries.com as well as on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SCSCSRacing and on Twitter @SCSCSRacing.
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Waterford, CT (June 25, 2015) – New London-Waterford Speedbowl returned to action with its eighth Thursday Night Thunder program of the year and four feature race winners were recorded on the night, including one first-time victor. T.J. Thompson of Lisbon won for the first time of the year in INEX Legend Cars action, while a trio of drivers won for the third time of the year. Nickolas Hovey of Chaplin claimed his third checkered flag in the INEX Bandoleros, Brian Norman of Clinton won his third Super X-Car race and Dave Gargaro Jr. of Cranston, RI was victorious for the third time this year in the X-Car division.
Thompson won his first INEX Legend Cars feature in just his second outing of the year at the Speedbowl. Thompson was riding in a pack battling for position among the top-five cars over the first half of the 25-lap feature. A spirited battle for the race lead between John O’Sullivan and Cory DiMatteo broke out near halfway, all under green flag conditions. O’Sullivan led since the early going, but DiMatteo marched to the front and took the top spot with an inside move on lap-11. O’Sullivan was not done however, and he was able to counter and get inside DiMatteo in turn one on lap-14. The two ran side-by-side but contact between the cars in turn three sent the field scattering. Both cars spun, and collected others behind. Thompson steered through the wreckage that took out the top three cars and inherited the lead for the ensuing restart. Joey Ternullo a multi-time winner already this season, chased Thompson to the checkered flag. Ternullo could not muster a big enough challenge and finished second. Two-time winner Jordan Churchill was third.
Hovey raced to the checkered flag after surviving a late-race scuffle in the 20-lap INEX Bandolero feature. Hovey trailed Ethan Simmons for most of the race, riding his rear bumper lap after lap waiting for an opportunity to contend for the race lead. That chance came on lap-16 and Hovey dived inside Simmons down the back chute. As the cars entered turn three, they came together and Simmons spun. Hovey was able to drive through the incident and was the new leader for the restart. He held off a charging Hailey Desaulniers over the final laps to take the victory. Ethan Durocher finished third.
Barre, VT – Jason Corliss continued his resurgence after a tough start to the season by winning the North Country Federal Credit Union Late Model Trophy Dash at Thunder Road on Thursday, June 25.
The Barre local started fourth and took the lead from Matt White on lap 29 of the 50-lap event. Corliss then held off a late charge from sophomore competitor Josh Demers to earn his first win of the year and third of his Thunder Road Late Model career.
“The car was really good in the beginning,” Corliss said. “I was just biding my time with Matt. He had a good car in the beginning, but his car started to fade and he got a little tight. I finally went to the outside and decided it was time to go.
EPPING, NH – The Granite State Pro Stock Series will travel to Star Speedway, June 27, for the Star 100. The Star 100 will be the fifth event of the 12-race season, and will be the sixth time the Granite State Pro Stock Series has visited the facility since 2012. The following is a closer look at the numbers of the Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS), and Star Speedway.
STAR SPEEDWAY NOTES:
-Star Speedway was built in 1966.
-Formerly known as “All-Star Speedway”.
-Known for the “Star Classic”, this track boasts divisions such as 350 Supermodifieds, Outlaws, Strictly Stocks, and Roadrunners. The speedway has seen such greats as Ollie Silva, “Big Daddy” Don McLaren, Eddie West, Jim Cheney, Bentley Warren, Chris Perley, Russ Wood, and Lou Cicconi take to the track. In the 1970’s, the facility used to host celebrity races, featuring Boston Bruins players.
Stafford Springs, CT — For Manchester native Glenn Bartkowski, the world of weekly NASCAR short track racing has proven to be both a rewarding and trying experience. Bartkowski began his weekly racing career in Stafford’s DARE Stock division in 1997 and he ran in that division through the 2004 season before taking a season off and then moving up to the Limited Late Model division in 2006. Bartkowski raced either parts of a season with Norm Sears sharing his car or a full season and until last year, had only one win in the DARE Stock division to show for his efforts. Bartkowski won his first Limited Late Model feature on the final Friday night of the 2014 season and he backed that win up with his second win in last Friday night’s Limited Late Model feature.
“I started racing in 1997 in the DARE Stock division and I moved up to Limited Late Models in 2006,” said Bartkowski. “Due to conflicts with work and sharing the car with Norm Sears I was unable to race weekly. There were a few nights where we just didn’t know what was going on with the car and we wanted to put another driver in the car and get their feedback. There’s nothing else like racing to get that adrenaline rush every Friday night and that’s what kept me coming back every week along with the comradery in the Limited division. With my guys and the other guys in the division, I think it’s a great bunch who can race side by side with each together without a lot of incidents.”
Bartkowski currently sits 8th in the Limited Late Model points standings despite missing the second race of the year. Bartkowski says he made one adjustment behind the wheel and his team also made one adjustment that has helped him improve as a driver from when he first began racing.
Stafford Springs, CT — The NAPA Auto Parts SK 5k returns to the half-mile on Friday July 10th and the NAPA fan vote is in full swing with over 1,200 votes cast. Also returning to the second edition of the event will be bonus money for the top-3 finishers in the SK Modified® qualifying races. Drivers who finish in the top-3 of their heat race will be awarded an additional bonus of $250, $150, or $100 respectively. The added bonus for qualifying races is just another piece of the already huge jackpot of over $30,000 for the SK Modified® division.
“Last year in the NAPA SK 5k, we paid bonus money to the top 3 in each qualifying race,” explained David Arute Assistant GM at Stafford. “It’s a great way to reward the SK drivers for the great show they put on every week. Basically no sandbagging to save tires, just all out racing. It’s $250 to win an 8-lap feature, who wouldn’t want more money?”
In addition to the already big purse and payout for the qualifying races Stafford has added the NAPA SK 5k Gambler’s Challenge Bonus presented by Dunleavy Truck and Trailer Repair. Drivers will enter the challenge by putting up $100 which will then be matched dollar for dollar by Doug Dunleavy of Dunleavy Truck and Trailer Repair. The bonus will be awarded based on the results of the fan vote currently ongoing at staffordspeedway.com.
Stafford Springs, CT — With the Valenti Modified Racing Series set to make its second of three 2015 appearances at Stafford Motor Speedway, one driver who is looking forward to the race is Richmond, NH native Todd Patnode. In what was his first VMRS start at Stafford back in May, Patnode started 13th and he methodically drove his way through the field to end up fifth at the end of the 80-lap feature in his #05 Allstate Asphalt machine. With such a great result on his Stafford debut, Patnode is excited about his chances for his second visit to Stafford and a repeat of his top-5 effort.
“Yes, that’s what we’re hoping for,” said Patnode. “We weren’t’ really expecting that our first time out with the MRS at Stafford, but we were real happy with the result. We ran Stafford once last year in the SK’s but we had a Sportsman motor in the car so basically I rode around and watched the field drive away. It was a good surprise for us. We were figuring to get a 10thplace finish if we were lucky. We hit the setup right out of the box and we never made a change on the car all day long. I thought the track drove fairly easily and the car was stable throughout the whole race. We weren’t close to the top-3 cars but we had some space between us and Kirk [Alexander] to the guys who were running behind us, so we were in a pretty comfortable space during the race.”
As good as Patnode’s car was to come from 13th and finish 5th, he thinks there is even more speed for him and his #05 team to find this Friday night.
Stafford Springs, CT — Armed with a new Troyer car, Taunton, MA native Branden Dion is ready to make his first start in a Valenti Modified Racing Series car at Stafford Motor Speedway this Friday night. Dion has run the prior two races on the 2015 VMRS schedule at Seekonk and Lee and the former SK Light and current SK Modified® driver is looking forward to continuing his learning curve in the VMRS series at a track that he has a level of familiarity with behind the wheel of the #04 Triple D Racing / Doug King Builders machine.
“We’ve ran twice so far at Seekonk and Lee,” said Dion. “We’re still learning and we have a wide variety of things to learn with the car. We finished 19th at Lee and we were right around there at Seekonk. I have some seat time and experience at Stafford and I would say my goal for the race is to continue learning, get a good finish, and keep the car in one piece.”
Dion was an SK Light Modified rookie driver last season and he drove to a 3rd place finish in the points standings while collecting his very first feature win. This season saw Dion move up to the SK Modified® ranks, where his best finish in 4 starts has been 14th. After his SK car was damaged in an accident, Dion’s family went out and bought a Troyer car to campaign in the Modified Racing Series.
“I’m looking forward to the race,” said Dion. “Our SK car got bent up in a wreck and we’ve kind of shifted gears towards the MRS car for now. We picked this car up a couple of days after we sent our SK car out to our chassis guy and it’s a Troyer house car that Jimmy Zacharias drove a couple of times. The car was down in Florida, but the guy we bought it from had only raced it a couple of times. I’m really looking forward to the race to keep on gaining experience and with my experience at Stafford I think I’ll feel pretty comfortable racing with these guys.”
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1. If You Missed It – Scott Dixon Teleconference
2. Downforce to Compensate for Forecast High Temps at MAVTV 500
3. Montoya, Power Earn ESPY Nominations
- If You Missed It – Scott Dixon Teleconference: Verizon IndyCar Series driver Scott Dixon was the guest on the INDYCAR media teleconference to discuss this weekend’s MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway. An MP3 audio recording and complete transcript of the availability are available on http://media.indycar.com.
What are your thoughts on the season so far? You’re third in points, but you are a little bit behind the Penske duo of Juan Pablo Montoya and Will Power. You’re usually strong in the second half. Heading to Fontana, do you think you are in position to contend for another series title?
SCOTT DIXON: Yeah, you hope so. I think with how the season’s gone, the No. 9 Target car has been strong in just about every scenario. We’ve had some pretty sore races I think with St. Pete, the mechanical issue there with the air jacks. Then New Orleans was kind of the non-race there. Toronto was a bit of a bummer, I think, with strategy and just how we ended up there. I think we could have capitalized on a good points-ending day there.
Still third in points, 40-odd something out of the lead. Still in great contention for the championship.
It’s never easy. It’s tough. I think the Penskes have been extremely strong this year, especially on the street course scenarios, qualifying on the ovals.
But I think hopefully we can have a smooth run and gain some much-needed points on Juan and obviously Will. But Helio (Castroneves) is very close, as well. The championship, as always, is going to come down to the wire.
California has been good to you. You won at Long Beach, won the 2014 race at Sonoma. You could complete the California sweep this weekend at Fontana. You’ve never visited Victory Lane at Fontana. Would it be gratifying to win at a track where you’ve never won?
SCOTT DIXON: Always. You always want to win, no matter what track it is. It’s rewarding definitely the first time you maybe get to have a shot at winning.
Fontana, we’ve had mixed results there. Last year we were very dominant, I think, with both cars. T.K. (Tony Kanaan) did a phenomenal job capturing the win late in the race, to take that.
I think we’ve done well on ovals so far this year. The car was very good at Indy, despite the overheating of the engine at the end of the race that cost us another shot at the 500. And in Texas, both the 9 and the 10 were definitely the class of the field.
We’ll have to see how it goes for Fontana this weekend, but typically a track I think the team does quite well at. Hopefully we can continue that trend.
Obviously different conditions this year going from a night race to a day race. It should hopefully be not too hot. Looks like the temperatures are kind of mild for this time of year. But I think (tire) degradation and trying to maintain pace over a stint is going to be the tough situation, especially with the track temp being higher during the day.
Scott, how much information do the teams gather from other ovals like Indy and Texas that can be applied to California? Or is it the fact that you’re coming to California with a new kit, it’s a clean sheet of paper?
SCOTT DIXON: Yeah, you know, you definitely learn things. Anytime you’re on track, you’re going to be in learning situations. Each track changes a little bit. I think California, you have sidewalls and (indiscernible), whereas you don’t have them at Texas or Indy as well. There’s a lot of different configurations that really manipulate what the car does.
You’ve got to give Chevy a lot of credit because they’ve mapped everything very well, but it’s still trying to find out the ultimate speed that you need on a consistent level to be the fastest over a stint.
The added tough part to that is Chevy have a lot of options, which is great, too, we have a lot of options, but you can mess it up.
I think some things always (indiscernible), especially with setups and cross-weights and mechanical things. But each track is very unique. Each time you go back, the track is quite different. The tire could be different. It’s always a lot of unknowns.
But I think this year there’s a lot more added unknowns going into the weekend than we’ve had previous years.
You have 37 wins in your Indy car career. That puts you fifth on the all-time list. You trail only A.J. Foyt, Mario Andretti, Michael Andretti and Al Unser. Do you look at the record books and think about your place in the sport’s history?
SCOTT DIXON: I think it’s been more prominent for myself just for the sheer fact that we have moved up in significant points in the past couple years. So, yeah, you become more aware of it. To be on that short list of Foyt, Andretti and Unser is pretty astonishing. It feels great.
You know, as I’ve always said, stats are something that I hope to look back on when I leave the sport, and hope to be happy with what we’ve achieved.
As I’ve always said, too, all but one of those wins has been with Team Target. If we do things right, we’ll be able to move up on that list a few more spots.
- Downforce to Compensate for Forecast High Temps at MAVTV 500: The superspeedway aerodynamic configuration for the MAVTV 500 on June 27 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif., will remain as written in the Verizon IndyCar Series rulebook.
The rear wing mainplane angle must be set between 0 degrees and -10.5 degrees for the 250-lap race on the 2-mile, D-shaped oval with 14 degrees of banking in the turns. It was -6 degrees to -10.5 degrees for the race June 6 on the 1.5-mile, high-banked Texas Motor Speedway oval.
Six degrees more rear wing, even without a wicker that is unapproved for the event, will add about 300 pounds of downforce to compensate for the forecast 90-degree afternoon ambient and higher track temperatures. The past three Verizon IndyCar Series races at the track have been contested under the lights.
“We looked at the downforce increase that we had at Texas and saw marginal improvement in the degradation from the tires,” INDYCAR vice president of technology Will Phillips said. “Fontana is a little different in that it doesn’t have the tire degradation that Texas did when you go through the stats from 2014, so it’s just the challenge to drive the track, which is why it will have more downforce in the heat of the day.”
A sidewall or trimmed sidewall added to the underwing are among the aero kit-approved options. Front and aft rear wheel guard closure panels that were added for the Firestone 600 at Texas Motor Speedway will remain part of the aero platform.
- Montoya, Power Earn ESPY Nominations: Reigning Verizon IndyCar Series champion Will Power and recently-crowned Indianapolis 500 champion Juan Pablo Montoya headline the Best Driver category for the 23rd ESPY Awards.
Celebrities from sports and entertainment will convene July 15 at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles to commemorate the past year in sports by recognizing major sports achievements, reliving unforgettable moments and saluting the leading performers and performances. The ESPY (Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly) awards were first presented in 1993.
“Look at the list of former winners of the ‘Best Driver’ category and you can see that it is quite an honor just to be nominated,” said Montoya, who also won the Indy 500 in 2000 and has victories in Formula One and NASCAR. “What’s amazing is that I have raced against almost everyone on that list of former ESPY winners. I love the Verizon IndyCar Series and I think we have the best racing in the world. It’s important for us to have ESPN acknowledge our accomplishments.”
Montoya, who has won two races this season, is the Verizon IndyCar Series championship points leader heading into the MAVTV 500. Team Penske teammate Power is 27 points behind in second place.
Power earned his first series championship in 2014 with three victories and 15 top-10 finishes overall in the 18 races. This season, driving the No. 1 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet, he has won the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis and added four other top-five finishes in the 10 races.
At Toronto on June 13, Power secured his fifth pole of the season and 41st of his career to overtake Rick Mears for fifth on the all-time Indy car list. The MAVTV 500 will mark Power’s 150th Indy car start.
Other nominees in the Best Driver category are Kevin Harvick (NASCAR), Erica Enders-Stevens (NHRA) and Lewis Hamilton (Formula One). Ryan Hunter-Reay of Andretti Autosport won the Best Driver award the past two years, following his 2012 Verizon IndyCar Series championship season and his scintillating Indianapolis 500 victory in 2014.
“Racing is all I ever wanted to do. To be acknowledged by one of the leaders in the sports world is something that means a lot to me,” Power said. “Ryan Hunter-Reay brought the award back to INDYCAR for the last two years and I hope I can keep it here.”
The awards show, hosted by actor/comedian Joel McHale, airs at 8 p.m. (ET) on ABC. “SportsCenter at The ESPYS” from 6-7 p.m. (ET) and “The ESPYS Countdown Show” from 7-8 p.m. (ET) on ESPN kick off the evening.
Sources: Mike Kitchel/ Verizon IndyCar Series PR
Bethel, NY 6/20/2015 Flyin’ Ryan Tidman Tops the competition at Bethel Speedway for back to back wins notching wins on the longest and the shortest tracks on the schedule in consecutive weeks. The TQs were able to get the races in battling threatening rain all day. Mark Pritchard and Bill Force Sr. won the Vintage TQ portion of the races. The ATQMRA had the Metz Racing 46 on display at the Teterboro NJ Wings and Wheels Show. Next up for the ATQMRA is the first ever race on the Wall Stadium Inner oval on July 18th.
Under the threat of rain all day the Thunder and Lightening Division TQ midgets didn’t disappoint. A front row of Geoffrey Sutton and Buddy Sload brought the field to the green flag with Sload working his way into the lead from the outside pole starting position. Sload was followed into the lead by Tidman who went to work annexing the top position from Sload. Tidman was able to get grip on the bottom pulling along side Sload making a 2 wide battle for the lead. The pair raced side by side until lap 6 when Tidman was able to close the deal and take the lead. The story doesn’t end here.
Sixth starting Joey Bailey worked his way into second on lap 10 and set his sights on Tidman who was clearly the class of the field this day. Always the gamer Bailey was able to use a late race caution to give him a chance to get to the front. Bailey’s attempt to get the lead left the door open for Sutton to take second position on lap 22. The pair of recent ATQMRA Rookies of the year swapped slide jobs and cross over moves down to the last lap with Bailey crossing the line second and Sutton third.
Chris Pasteryak’s 21 points garnered in the first half of the Valenti Modified Racing Series sanctioned ‘Stratham Tire 100,’ and 23 more points in the second 50-lap segment, put the two-time series champion in victory lane Friday night at Lee USA Speedway, Lee, NH.
The Jewett City, Connecticut driver, the fourth different competitor to win this season in four races, ended a four-year drought with the VMRS. Friday’s race was his seventh series win and his second at the Lee track. Pasteryak’s last series win was in 2011.
Steven Masse, of Bellingham, MA, substituting for Rowan Pennink, amassed enough points to finish second followed by Jon McKennedy, of East Chelmsford, MA, Woody Pitkat, of Stafford Springs, CT, and Richard Savary, of Canton, MA.
By Wayne “Muffy” Wildermuth
Pretty slow this week. The modified Racing Series was at Lee USA Speedway Friday for twin 50 lap races. The idea was to have “Twin 50-lap races, an inverted line-up for the 2nd 50 lap segment, points earned going towards the series championship and combined points earned by drivers in each 50-lap race determined the overall finish for the night. This should be good, right? The first 50 laps we started mid-pack of the 23 car field. All we could muster with a slightly tight car was an 11th place finish.
The 2nd 50 lap race had us starting 12th in the field after the invert, but 2 cars ahead of us chose to go to the tail end of the field which moved us to a 10th place starting spot. I thought that the inverting of entire field was going to cause trouble on the initial start of the race. Slow cars starting on the front row is usually a recipe for disaster. It was Continue reading ‘Spotter Bytes’
PEORIA, Ariz. (June 20, 2015) – Reigning Western World champion Matt Rossi captured his first USAC Southwest Sprint Car feature win of the year by racing to victory lane in Saturday night’s Fifth Annual Father’s Day Classic main event.
While Rossi took the top spot in Sprint Car action, other winners on the night included Garrett Funk in IMCA Modifieds, Matt Martinez in Pure Stocks, David Harrington in Renegades and Kenny Hilton in Micro Sprints.
After starting sixth, Rossi assumed command when race-long leader Michael Colegrove flipped out of the lead on the 26th circuit. Colegrove was transported for observation.
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Double features produce excitement on Peru Federal Credit Union/Econo Lodge Night
PLATTSBURGH, NY – Double features produced double excitement at Plattsburgh, NY’s Airborne Park Speedway on Saturday, June 20, with plenty of hometown representation in victory lane for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series presented by Yandow Sales & Service and John Deere. The Modified, Renegade, and Mini-Modified divisions each ran a pair of feature races presented by Peru Federal Credit Union and Econo Lodge.
Plattsburgh’s Jayson Criss copped the second J&S Steel Modified win of his career in the opening 30-lap race. Criss, who has endured a roller coaster start to his season, was aided by a pair of restarts in the late stages of the race, and was able to steal the lead from Mike Wells at lap 21. From there, he was forced to hold off a charging Nick Heywood in the final laps for the victory. Wells finished third, followed by top rookie Danny Sullivan and Bucko Branham.
In the second Modified feature, Branham stole the show by coming from 12th starting position to take his first Airborne win of the year. Codie Aubin rebounded from a tough outing in the first race to finish second; he led the first 10 laps, then traded the lead twice more with Branham. Rookie Jim “Timex” Morgan earned his first podium finish in third place, with Heywood fourth for a 1-2-3-4 sweep for Plattsburgh drivers. Leon Gonyo of Chazy, NY was fifth.
Jones Battles Through Engine Problems to Secure Top-15 Finish
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (June 21, 2015) – It was a tough weekend for Garrett Jones at Montgomery Motor Speedway, but he and his team persevered through engine problems to grab a 13th place finish at the latest Southern Super Series event this past Saturday.
Jones felt that he had a fast car from the start but wasn’t able to show that in his qualifying efforts when he wound up 17th. After the green flag waved, he quickly worked his way up through the field to 12th before a caution fell at Lap 31.
“After we went back green, I was super loose on the exit of both corners and couldn’t touch the gas. It seemed as if everyone was having this problem, but our car seemed to have it the worst,” said Jones. “I tried multiple lines during the race and found the top groove felt the best, but it was too late in the race to make up enough time to get towards the front. I had been running the low groove all night because the top groove was real dirty with speedy dry from the previous race. As the laps winded down there were enough cars that moved to the top to get the top groove worked in.”
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By Wayne “Muffy” Wildermuth
The day was Wednesday and it was time to go to work, no, not the 9:00 – 5:00 job, the job of getting the Whelen Modified Tour car to the front at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park. Well, things went pretty well for the #13 Teddy Christopher car, well, for the most part. We qualified 10th for the show and that was ok with us. Everything was going ok until we hit the pits for a quick pitstop and Teddy drove right by the pit stall. That’s what he gets for listening to the spotter lol. I was counting him down to the stall and (telling him when to pull into the stall) I said “right there in front of Preece”. The problem was, it was the #16 and Preece is no longer in that car, its Timmy Solomito. Yes, I goofed. I never say names when counting drivers down into the pits, but for some reason I did. I caused Ted to miss the stall. Well, we had to back up and we lost some time in doing so, but we came out of the pits about the same spot we went in. The guys pulled off a great stop, but we were not able to gain any spots because of overshooting the stall. Then on our way out of the pits, Continue reading ‘Spotter Bytes’
Chris King of Burnham finally got the win he’s been looking for as he won the 50 lap Casella Waste Systems series race #2 at Speedway 95 Saturday night. King started fifth in the 12 car field, took the lead from Skowhegan’s Zach Audet on lap 19, and held off Frankfort’s Bob Seger Jr. for the win. Seger, who started the race in the fifth spot, spent the majority of the race trying to get past fourth place finisher Audet and third place finisher Alex Berry of Harrington to get in position to go for the win. Once past them, Seger was unable to close the gap to mount a serious challenge to King. Ellsworth’s Bradley Norris finished fifth in the caution free feature. King also won the 10 lap qualifier held earlier in the program.
In his second time out in a brand new race car, Steuben’s Wayne Parritt Sr. led all 40 laps of the Dysart’s Late Model feature, finishing ahead of his brother, 2014 division champion Brenton Parritt, also of Steuben. Third place went to Ryan Deane of Winterport, who was making his first appearance of the season at the speedway. Wayne Parritt Jr., also of Steuben, finished fourth in his first outing of the season. Fifth went to Deane Smart of Bradley, who is one of only 2 drivers in the division to have more than one win on the season.
Jason Trundy of Winterport became the third winner of the season in the Coca-Cola Sport-Four division as he led the 25 lap feature from the green to the checkers. Five time winner Andrew Crosby of Hermon was unable to close the gap Trundy enjoyed as it took him quite a while to work his way up to the second spot. Third went to Jeremy Scott of Carmel with Dustan Durrell of Newburgh and Brock Worster of Kingman rounding out the top five.