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Cabral Sweeps NEMA’s Return to Star Speedway

Epping, NH — Randy Cabral ended a victory lane dry spell in convincing fashion this past Saturday evening in NEMA’s triumphant return to the Webber family’s Star Speedway. Cabral won the NEMA Lites feature in dramatic fashion with two laps to go, and captured the NEMA feature in convincing fashion.

In the Lites race, a first lap altercation between Dennis O’Brien and Danny Cugini sent Cugini’s badly damaged race car off on the hook, and Cugini was badly bruised up in the incident. When the race resumed, Paul Scally, looking for his first Lites victory, stormed out into the lead. Scally would be hotly pursued by Cabral in his family owned #35.

As the laps wound down, and the duo approached lapped traffic, Cabral began to catch Scally, as they caught the #41 of Meg Cugini. With two laps to go, Scally looked high on Cugini, and Cabral stormed to the bottom, taking both Cugini and taking over the lead from Scally. Hard charger, Anthony Payne inserted into the mix, also getting by Scally for second. Cabral would take down the victory, and would be followed by new points leader Payne, Scally, Scott Bigelow and ISMA Super Modified Standout, Chris Perley.

[Photo Gallery] by Michael Rothwell

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Spotter Bytes


By Wayne “Muffy” WildermuthSpotting Avitar

Wednesday was a double header of sorts for me. Wednesday morning at 3:00 am I was up and on the road to the New Hampshire Motor Speedway for a practice session with the American Canadian Tour (ACT). I was spotting for the Summit Ice #07 car that was being driven by Woody Pitkat. The car was decent during the first half of the test session, but needed minor tweaking. We aint got no time fur dat. Woody and I had to cut practice short and we missed the simulated race event that was planned
for after lunch because we had to leave after the lunch break in order to make it to Thompson Speedway for the racing event scheduled for that evening.Loudon-20150826-00206 The car was decent (top 5 I think) and Woody seemed comfortable too, so when we come back to race it in late September during the Whelen Modified Tour event weekend, we can dial it in some more and hopefully come away with a solid finish.

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Bonsignore Earns Third Win at Home

RIVERHEAD, N.Y. – Justin Bonsignore joined elite company Saturday night when he drove to a NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season sweep of events at Riverhead Raceway.

Bonsignore grabbed the lead from Doug Coby on Lap 115 and held on through six caution restarts to take down a third career victory at his home track, and second in two tries in 2015.

A 12th and final caution came out on Lap 199 just after Bonsignore had taken the white flag in his No. 51 M3 Technology Chevrolet, and he came around to a yellow-checkered. It was the eighth career victory overall for the Holtsville, New York native.

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QUALS: Rogers Records Riverhead Sweep

Track’s Weekly Leader On Point For Tour Race

RIVERHEAD, N.Y. – It’s a Riverhead Raceway sweep for Tom Rogers Jr. in 2015.

Rogers, of nearby Patchogue, New York, laid down a fast lap of 11.971 seconds (75.182 mph) for his second-consecutive NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Coors Light Pole Award at Riverhead.

The veteran – who is the track’s current NASCAR Whelen All-American Series modified division points leader – also earned the pole in the tour’s first visit this year to the Long Island quarter-mile in June. He finished seventh in that race.

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Spotter Bytes


By Wayne “Muffy” WildermuthSpotting Avitar

So this was the week everyone on the Whelen Modified Tours were waiting for, its Bristol Baby! So it was time to pack the car for a long trip. It would be for 3 days, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, with the race being on Wednesday. The drive was expected to take about 11-12 hours if all went well. We left in the wee hours of the morning and headed to Bristol, Virginia to our hotel. Yes, I meant to say Bristol, Virginia, it was only about 20 minutes from the track in Bristol, Tennessee. So we were on the road and we were making good time, Check up! Check up! We were at a standstill. When I say standstill, I mean standstill. We even got out of the vehicle on the highway and stretched our legs for a while. We were in Pulaski, Virginia and only a mile before an exit, but we were stuck. Nothing was moving. It was Continue reading ‘Spotter Bytes’

USAC DMA Series Ready to Roll into Albany-Saratoga Speedway for Race Two of Triple Crown Presented by New England Racing Fuel

Ellington, CT: It has been a year in the making but this Friday night the USAC Dirt Midget Association will take to the famed dirt track at Albany-Saratoga Speedway. This is race two of the Triple Crown Presented by New England Racing Fuel.

The series regulars such as 2014 Champion Adam Pierson, last weekend’s winner of race one Josh Sunn along with drivers such as Ray Miller in his famous black 1W, Jeff Horn in the red 1R along with twenty teams will be ready to see who can win race two of the triple crown run.

Also joining the series for this race and towing all the way from Indy, is USAC standout John Heydenreich who has over five hundred wins to his credit. Bret Hearn, who is coming off of several big wins, will be strapping into one of the USAC dirt midgets for this race to see what he can accomplish against the series regulars.

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A Cinderella Story For Hinckley At Monadnock

Hinckley 2Les Hinckley out of Windsor Locks, CT scored an emotional victory on Saturday night in the Victor Johnson Memorial 100 Valenti Modified Racing Series event at the Monadnock Speedway. It was Hinckley’s 5th win at the quarter mile oval. Hinckley would start on the pole. Point leader Woody Pitkat would started 6th and take the lead from Hinckley on lap 10. There was only one caution on lap 45. Hinckley would retake the lead from Pitkat with 48 laps remaining and not look back. With less than 10 laps remaining Todd Patnode would move into second and Russ Hersey would follow into third. At line it would be Les Hinckley followed by Todd Patnode, Russ Hersey, Woody Pitkat, and Todd Szegedy rounding out the top 5. Sixth through tenth was Chris Pasteryak, Dave Schneider, Matt Mead, Rowan Pennink, and Carl Mederios, JR. Continue reading ‘A Cinderella Story For Hinckley At Monadnock’

Driver Justin Wilson Succumbs to Injuries

INDIANAPOLIS (Aug. 24, 2015) – INDYCAR announced that driver Justin Wilson, who enjoyed success in multiple motorsports series during a two-decade professional career, died today from a head injury sustained in the Verizon IndyCar Series race Aug. 23 at Pocono Raceway. He was 37.

“This is a monumentally sad day for INDYCAR and the motorsports community as a whole,” said Mark Miles, CEO of Hulman & Co., the parent of INDYCAR and Indianapolis Motor Speedway. “Justin’s elite ability to drive a race car was matched by his unwavering kindness, character and humility – which is what made him one of the most respected members of the paddock. As we know, the racing industry is one big family, and our efforts moving forward will be focused on rallying around Justin’s family to ensure they get the support they need during this unbelievably difficult time.”

Wilson was struck by debris from a single-car crash on Lap 180 of the 200-lap race on the 2.5-mile triangular oval. Wilson was attended to by the Holmatro Safety Team and airlifted to Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest in Allentown, Pa.

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Kade Morton Leads the Way into Lone Star Double Header with the ASCS Red River Region

TULSA, Okla. (August 24, 2015) With nine nights remaining for the American Bank of Oklahoma ASCS Red River Region presented by Smiley’s Racing Products, the race for the 2015 championship is beginning to tighten up as the series prepares for a Lone Star sized double header at the Red River Speedway in Wichita Falls, Texas on Friday, August 28 and Abilene Speedway in Abilene, Texas on Saturday, August 29.

Leading the charge into the weekend is Coweta, Oklahoma’s Kade Morton.

A newcomer to the Sprint Car ranks, 20 year old Morton is already an accomplished Micro driver, having come through the ranks at Port City Raceway before jumping into Sprint Car competition in 2013.

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Sage Karam Medical Update

INDIANAPOLIS (Aug. 24, 2015) – Verizon IndyCar Series driver Sage Karam was released from Lehigh Valley Hospital – Cedar Crest in Allentown, Pa., on Aug. 23 after evaluation of his right heel and left wrist following an incident earlier that day during the race at Pocono Raceway.
Karam was transported by ground to the hospital following the crash on Lap 180. According to Dr. Terry Trammell, INDYCAR medical consultant, CT scans revealed no broken bones for the Chip Ganassi Racing Teams driver from Nazareth, Pa. Karam, 20, will be re-evaluated before being cleared to drive.
“First and foremost, I just hope everything is OK with Justin Wilson,” Karam said. “Justin is the priority and everything else is secondary at this point. As far as the race, we had a really great race car and I felt comfortable and in a position to be in striking distance for the win. The car just unfortunately came around on me in the middle of Turn 1 and I had no indication it was about to go.”

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Branham, Aubin Split Modified Mains at Airborne Park Speedway

Turner tops Renegades; O’Neil returns to Mini-Mod winner’s circle

PLATTSBURGH, NY – It was the tale of two very different race at Airborne Park Speedway on Saturday, August 22, but for Bucko Branham and Codie Aubin, the results were the same. The hometown duo were the winners in a pair of 25-lap main events sponsored by Yando’s Big M Supermarkets, Casella Waste Systems, and the New York Army National Guard, and highlighted a night that also saw Richie Turner, Dale O’Neil, Brett Wood, and Chris Reeves visit victory lane.

Branham survived major carnage to win the opening event for the J&S Steel Modified division of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series presented by Yandow Sales & Service and John Deere. Only eight of the original 17 starters were able to finish the race after several multi-car crashes, including one that required a 10-minute red flag for cleanup. When the smoke cleared, Branham had his fourth victory of the season, beating Clintonville’s Greg Atkins, point leader Nick Heywood, Aubin, and Jamie LaFountain.

The second 25-lap race was the complete opposite, running start to finish without incident. Aubin led every lap, but had constant pressure from behind – first from Atkins, then in the final laps from rookie Danny Sullivan of Morrisonville. Aubin crossed the finish line first to become the 10th different feature winner in the Modified class in 2015. Sullivan took runner-up honors ahead of Atkins, Mike Wells, and rookie Jamy Begor.

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NASCAR Relocating New York Office in 2016

Existing Lease Set to Expire; NASCAR Moving to More Efficient Space on Madison Avenue

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (August 24, 2015) – NASCAR, which has had an office in New York City since the 1990s, has completed a new lease agreement to move into new space just a block away from its current location. The new location keeps NASCAR in close proximity to important industry marketing and media partners and the chance to streamline and customize the office for its needs.

“We will be moving to a much more efficient and effective space for our current and long term needs in New York,” said NASCAR Chief Operating Officer Brent Dewar. “We are very pleased with the location, amenities and very significant cost savings we’ll achieve over the term of the agreement. Our New York office is important not only to NASCAR, but to the entire industry. It is important we have a strong presence in the financial and marketing capital of the world.”

NASCAR expects to complete the move in the spring of 2016.

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Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park Wraps Up Summer Racing Series with Pepsi Back to School Bash

This Wednesday, August 26th, marks the final race in the Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park (TSMP) summer series and the last NASCAR event before the final championship weekend in October. On the schedule for the Pepsi Back to School Bash will be TSMP’s top open-wheel division, the Sunoco Modifieds, who will be racing in two separate 25 lap features.

Competing in the Sunoco Modified Double Features, will be two of the top-5 contenders for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series (NWAAS) National Championship – Keith Rocco & Ryan Preece. Keith Rocco held the lead in the standings up until recently, however a broken wrist in the Sunoco Modified race at TSMP on July 8th, has caused him to drop down to second place. Ryan Preece currently sits in third in the national standings, boosted by a win at TSMP at the last race, the Budweiser ‘King of Beers’ 150. Woody Pitkat currently sits in the lead in the TSMP championship standings.

Also competing on Wednesday night will be TSMP’s other three NWAAS divisions, the Late Models, Xtramart Limited Sportsman and the Monster Mini Stocks. The Monster Mini Stocks will complete their third and final race in the Triple Crown Championship mini-series. Eric Bourgeois currently leads the Triple Crown standings, with Nicholas Matera and Dave Trudeau rounding out the top three.

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Magical Night for Chambers, Captures First NEMA Win at Claremont; Nocella Wins Lites

Bridgewater, MA — This past Friday evening, NEMA made a return to Claremont Speedway.  Beautiful weather, despite a grim forecast, and a professionally run operation greeted the winged warriors at the Speedway.

“I’m still at a loss for words.  I don’t even know what to say,” were the first words from Jim Chambers on Saturday, following his first ever NEMA win at Claremont Speedway.

In the NEMA feature, Chambers bolted out into the lead on lap one.  A caution for an altercation involving Paul Scally, brought the field back to its original formation.  On the restart, which would be the only one of the race, Chambers quickly took command again.

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Speedway 95 News Release 08-22-15

(Hermon, Me) The rain in the forecast held off for another evening of racing at Speedway 95 in Hermon Saturday Night August 22nd.

After a runner-up finish in the qualifier, Bobby Seger, Jr. of Winterport found the right set-up for the feature, driving what he called in victory lane, the fastest car he has ever driven. Despite a back and forth side-by-side race with Jordan Pearson of Hermon for the first few laps of the series race in the third and final Cassella Waste Street division Pine Tree Waste series race, Seger used lapped traffic to grab the top spot and bury the field to the checkered flag. The commanding win for Seger secured for him the series championship. Pearson finished second with Asa Jones of Sullivan finishing third.

The Darlings Ford Sportsmen series went caution free for both the heat and the feature with Holden’s Steve Kimball taking the top spot. Shane Tatro of Levant finished in the second position with rookie Trey Brown of Winteport crossing the line for third. Both the heat and the feature went caution free.

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Patience Pays Off for Preece

Wins Delayed, Rain-Shortened NASCAR Whelen Modified Race At Bristol

BRISTOL, Tenn. (Aug. 19, 2015) – Ryan Preece positioned himself in the right place at the right time, and took home the Bush’s Beans 150 trophy Wednesday in the annual combination race for the NASCAR Whelen Modified and Whelen Southern Modified Tours.

On a night that saw rain pause, and ultimately shorten the Bush’s Beans 150, Preece grabbed the lead on Lap 75 just before the midway break and held the position during a subsequent caution on Lap 96. As rain and severe thunderstorms loomed during track clean-up, NASCAR officials threw the yellow-checkered flag on Lap 103, sending Preece’s No. 6 TS Haulers/East West Marine Chevrolet to Victory Lane.

Promptly, during those Victory Lane ceremonies, the deluge ensued.

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Steve Kimball Takes Roadrunner Win at Speedway 95

After losing a hard fought battle for the win in his Sportsman car Saturday night, Steve Kimball of Holden was on the winning end of a hard fought battle in the RoadRunner feature at Speedway 95 Wednesday night. Kimball started 7th in the 38 car field, ran in the top five all race long and finally got by Skowhegan’s Kris Matchett on lap 18 of the 20 lap feature. Matchett had run in the lead for most of the race, but on lap 18, Kimball ran him wide coming out of turn 4 to take the lead, with Anthony Miles of Winterport sneaking by Matchett to place second. Matchett recovered to finish third, with Travis Beale of Hampden and Dustan Durrell of Newburgh rounding out the top five. Durban Davis of Etna, Travis Beale of Hampden and Keith Drost of Stetson won the qualifying heat races earlier in the evening.

Zach Audet of Skowhegan won his fifth Modified Enduro race of the season, after taking the lead from Milo’s Dustin Lancaster on lap 7 of the 20 lap event. Dennis Burns of Carmel finished in second with Hampden’s Danielle Beale coming in third. Fourth went to Lancaster with Rhonda Crain of Hermon finishing fifth.

Following a lap 2 caution and restart, Marcus Dunn of Newburgh ran on the bumper of Glenburn’s Scott Hunt JR. for 16 laps of the Stars of Tomorrow feature and finally made the pass for the win on lap 18, leading the final two laps to the checkers. Hunt finished second, followed by Greenfield’s Nicholas Cota. Fourth went to Jordan Kimball with Orono’s Cody Farnsworth finishing fifth.

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QUALIFYING: Record Run for Pitkat

Thunders To Bristol Modified Pole

BRISTOL, Tenn. – “Thunder Valley” is one of multiple nicknames that Bristol Motor Speedway carries. Wednesday the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tours provided plenty of thunder in Coors Light Pole qualifying.

Woody Pitkat led a charge of 10 cars who qualified under the previous track mark for the division. A fast lap of 14.654 seconds (130.940 mph) earned the Stafford, Connecticut, native his fourth career Whelen Modified Tour pole and topped Donny Lia’s previous record set in 2009 at 14.806 (129.596).

The first three of Pitkat’s Coors Light Poles all came at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.

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Timmy Solomito Set for Bristol Return

Timmy Solomito of Islip, NY has top 10 finishes in 46% of his 30 starts. The sophomore driver is seventh in NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour points with one top five and six top tens. He has 4 finishes outside the top 10 in his first season with Flamingo Motorsports. Since the DNF at Monadnock, Solomito had top tens at Stafford and Thompson.

“We’re not really setting the world on fire yet, but just still kind of learning each other, and learning the tracks pretty much,” Solomito said. “It’s been a long road, but little by little I feel like we’re getting there, and we’re getting the cars a little better each time, and I’m getting a little better each time with my experience level. So there’s a good 15-20 cars that can win on any given race, and I feel like we’ve been in that stretch. We just gotta kind of tie it all together.”

“Our points aren’t too bad for considering we had a few pretty bad races. We had Monadnock we got knocked out of. We struggled the first race at Thompson with some issues with tires, and whatnot, and then at Waterford we ended up getting taken out there with a lapped car. But (if) we didn’t have those three bad finishes, I think we’d be in the top five right now in points, but it’s all a part of racing … you move on and go to the next race. We try and run as strong as possible.”

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Laquerre Elected to New England Auto Racing Hall of Fame

Barre, VT – Thunder Road racing legend and family patriarch Joey Laquerre of East Montpelier has been elected to the New England Auto Racing (NEAR) Hall of Fame’s Class of 2015.

The 71-year-old Laquerre is the all-time winningest driver at Barre’s Thunder Road with 45 wins, including a record 17 in the Tiger Sportsmen and 14 in the Late Models. His most recent Thunder Road victory came in a Late Model feature on June 5, 2014. Laquerre was the 1982 “King of the Road” and also won five championships in the Mini Stock division between 1973 and 1980.

In addition, Laquerre was the winningest driver at the former Catamount Stadium in Milton. He currently owns and operates Speedway 51 in Groveton, NH.

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INDYCAR News and Notes – Aug. 19, 2015

1. Montoya a Master of 500-Mile Races: Even though he has seen what was a commanding championship lead become tenuous, Team Penske’s Juan Pablo Montoya maintains an unwavering mental approach for the final two races of the Verizon IndyCar Series season.

“The best way to earn points is winning, and we can only control what we do, not what others do,” said Montoya, who enters the ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway on Aug. 23 with a nine-point lead over Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Graham Rahal and a 34-point margin on Target Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon. “It’s unfortunate that we have given back some points over the last few races. Our results at Iowa and Mid-Ohio weren’t anything that we could control. The No. 2 Verizon Chevy team gave me good cars and we had ourselves in decent positions to have good finishes.”

If history is a guide, Montoya has an edge this weekend at Pocono, winning from the pole there in 2014. In 10 previous 500-mile races during his Indy car career, Montoya has won four times, led in all 10 and his average position of finish is 3.3. Last year’s Pocono race had but a single caution period and set an Indy car record for 500-mile races with an average winning speed of 202.402 mph.

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Straight Outta Michigan: Kenseth Shows He’s Championship Contender


Straight Outta Michigan: Kenseth Shows He’s Championship Contender

Matt Kenseth is showing the speed of bona fide Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup championship contender.

The No. 20 Toyota driver notched his second win in the last three races after visiting Victory Lane at Michigan International Speedway. On Kenseth’s way to the win – he led 146 of 200 laps – the most led on a track longer than a mile since Jimmie Johnson paced the field for 255 go-arounds at Texas on Nov. 3, 2013. Kenseth’s three victories are the third-most in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. He has nine bonus points for the Challenger Round of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup (one for each win) and ranks third on the Chase Grid.

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Santos, Coby Pace Field in Bristol Practices

Under Track Record In Final Rain-Shortened Session

BRISTOL, Tenn. – Intermittent rain showers might have limited the amount of practice time for the NASCAR Whelen Modified and Southern Modified drivers Wednesday afternoon – but it didn’t slow many of them down.

Bobby Santos led a group of 10 drivers who were below the tour’s track record during final practice for the Bush’s Beans 150 at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Santos paced the field with a fast lap of 14.625 seconds (131.200 mph) during the rain-shortened final session, as all top-10 spots were taken by Whelen Modified Tour regulars.

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Rcn-Tv Night Offers Mods, Late Models and Sportsman, Ingersoll Rand Has $600 Prize Packs for NASCAR Winners, Freedom 76 Laps Sponsorships and Entry Blanks Available

Freedom 76 ticket and sponsorship information included.

BECHTELSVILLE, PA August 19, 2015 . . . There has been 28 different feature winners at Grandview Speedway this season. Talk about competitive racing!! It breaks down to 10 TP Trailers NASCAR 358 Modified feature winners, 10 different winners in the Sportsman division and 8 winners in the BRC Late Models. This Saturday, August 22nd, racers will be trying to add to those impressive statistics as the season enters the final three weeks of events counting toward the point championships.

The RCN-TV sponsored night of NASCAR racing action gets the green flag at 7:30 p.m. Ingersoll Rand will be posting a $600 IR tool pack for each NASCAR feature winner. Also included in the racing action will be the excitement of Blast from the Past Vintage stock cars.

Spectator gates open at 5:30 p.m. and at the same time the weekly Low Down and Dirty Meet and Greet will be taking place and will feature Modified racer Kyle Weiss, Sportsman talent Joe Funk and last week’s first time Late Model feature winner David Ogin. In addition Vintage car racer Kevin Barndt will have his Mach 5 racer on display.

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Reutzel Earns Knoxville Nationals “Rookie of the Year” Honors

CLUTE, Texas (August 19, 2015) – A banner season continues on for Clute, Texas racer Aaron Reutzel.  And this time it was on the biggest of Sprint Car racing stages.

After the current Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour points leader raced to the podium in Knoxville’s 360 Nationals the previous weekend, Reutzel made the most of his first Knoxville Nationals by earning Rookie of the Year honors this past weekend.

Following a week of progressively finding speed aboard the Roth Motorsports No. 83 atop Iowa’s ½-mile Knoxville Raceway, it will be back to business in the Shark-powered BC Fundz/Basic One Services No. 87 Triple X Sprint Car with ASCS National Tour action at Sedalia’s State Fair Speedway this Sunday.

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NEAR Hall of Fame Class of 2015

Victories at LeMans and Daytona International Speedway are among the hundreds of checkered flags owned by the New England Auto Racing Hall of Fame’s class of 2015.

Sam Posey, one of America’s top road racers, and Greg Sacks, the winner of the 1985 Daytona Firecracker 400, are part of the class that will be honored at the NEAR Hall of Fame 18th induction banquet Sunday, Nov. 8 at Maneeley’s in South Windsor, CT.

The class also includes owner/driver Joey Laquerre, car owner the late Paul Dunigan and drivers the late Jim McCallum and Stan Gregor, a quartet that collectively has 27 track championships.

The multi-faceted Lew Boyd, presently a book seller and publisher, and Lee USA Speedway promoter Red MacDonald will also be inducted.

Ticket information for the banquet will soon be available on the New England Antique Racers website (

Still to be announced are the Veterans Committee picks, the Pardi Memorial Award and the Mitchell/Ratta (media) Award winners.

A long-time Sharon, CT resident, Posey was a top runner in road racing with strong finishes in Formula A, Can-Am, and Trans-AM. He had a fifth at Indianapolis in 1972, scored at LeMans and Sebring and drove some Formula I before moving to TV with ABC Sports. He is an award winning writer and artist.

In addition to Daytona, Long Island native Sacks has a number of New England victories, notably at Stafford and Thompson but also at Westboro. His 1982 season, which included the Stafford championship, ranks with the best performances in New England racing history.

Vermont’s Laquerre has been a winner over five decades as both an owner and driver. The top winner at the old Catamount Stadium, his resume includes several wins on the ACT Tour and championships at Thunder Road (6) and Catamount (2).

The colorful Dunigan, who passed away in 2004, burst on to the International Super Modified Association scene and won six titles in eight years, adding an Oswego crown as well. His drivers included Bentley Warren, Russ Wood, Mike Ordway, and Joe Gosek.

MacDonald, over six decades, was a successful car owner – drags, cutdowns, Supermodifieds, even an Indianapolis car – before taking over the Lee USA Speedway operation in 1986. He has brought the best in the business to his track often overcoming great obstacles.

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ACT Tour and Série ACT Go Head-to-Head at Riverside Can-Am 150

Waterbury, VT – The American-Canadian Tour (ACT) and Série ACT head to Ste-Croix, QC’s Circuit Riverside Speedway this Saturday, August 22 for the Can-Am 150. U.S. drivers have dominated the annual Tour combination event since its incarnation in 2010, but the top Série ACT drivers are ready to defend their turf.

The Can-Am 150 is the tenth of 13 race in the ACT U.S. schedule and the eighth in the 12-race Série ACT season. Hudson, NH’s Joey Polewarczyk Jr. triumphed in the 2014 running at the 5/8-mile oval and clinched his first ACT Tour Championship in the process. Defending Série ACT Champion Alex Labbé is the only Quebec driver to win an ACT combo event at Circuit Riverside, having captured the 2013 edition.

Série ACT will bring a strong group to chase the top prize on Saturday. Point leader Dany Trépanier earned his first win of the season in the tour’s most recent event at Autodrome St-Félicien. Labbé and Martin Goulet Jr. have visited Victory Lane this season, while Jonathan Bouvrette leads the Bond Auto Parts New Champions standings. Patrick Cliche and 2013 Série ACT Champion Jean-François Déry sit third and fifth in the point standings and will also be factors.

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FVP National Sprint League Aims for $5,000 in Spencer Saturday

Windom, MN (August 19, 2015) – Drivers of the FVP National Sprint League will be vying for a $5,000 top prize, with $3,000 going to second Saturday night at the Clay County Fair Speedway in Spencer, Iowa!  The 3/8-mile oval will play host to the series for the first time, and proves to be the perfect venue for its stars!

Craig Dollansky, who has promoted shows in the past in Spencer, won there with the World of Outlaws in 2011.  Craig, from Elk River, Minnesota also won with the NSL earlier this season in Des Moines, Iowa and will be aboard the TKS Motorsports #2KS on Saturday.

Two-time Knoxville Raceway champion, Brian Brown, and five-time Huset’s Speedway champion, Mark Dobmeier both have two top five finishes on their resume in Spencer.  Seven-time Knoxville Raceway champion, Terry McCarl, also has a top five at the Clay County Fair Speedway, and all are expected to compete Saturday.

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Victor Johnson Memorial 100 Next for VMRS

Canaan, NH — The Valenti Modified Racing Series gets back at it Saturday night, August 22, as the Monadnock Speedway, Winchester, NH, plays host to the ‘Victor Johnson Memorial 100’ honoring the late modified driver who lost his life in a 2011 house fire. Saturday’s race also carries additional purse money

Woody Pitkat, of Stafford Springs, CT, still has the point lead entering the series final 2015 appearance at Monadnock. 28 points separate Pitkat from (Todd) Patnode and Szegedy. Chris Pasteryak, of Jewett City, CT, is 29 points from the top, with Nashua, NH, veteran Norm Wrenn fifth.

Additionally, former Monadnock winners Kirk Alexander, Jon McKennedy, Rowan Pennink, and Les Hinckley III, are expected entries.

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Gaulding Learning from Kyle Busch at Bristol

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