Archive for December, 2015

The 31st Speedway Motors Tulsa Shootout Is Underway

TULSA, Okla. (December 30, 2015) Going green at 6:45 P.M. (CT), the 31st annual Speedway Motors Tulsa Shootout, at the Tulsa Expo Raceway inside the River Spirit Expo Center, kicked off with Heat Races for three of the scheduled nine divisions.

Following 99 Hot Lap sessions for a record setting 1,247 entries, the 1,200cc Non-Wing Mini Sprints, Restricted “A” Class, and Outlaw Non-Wing divisions ran through a combined total of 48 Heat Races; accounting for 384 laps of competition.

Oklahoma drivers reeled in the most wins on the evening with 13, followed by a tie between California and Missouri with each earning eight to set up the top three going into the rest of the weekend. Out of 48 Heat Races, seven drivers advanced to Victory from sixth or deeper with two doing so from dead last. Indiana’s Jimmy Wood is the only driver so far with multiple victories, scoring a Heat Race win in 1,200cc Non-Wing Mini Sprints, and Outlaw Non-Wing.

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SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT: Thomas Dairy to Present Devil’s Bowl Speedway Kids Club Again in 2016

Rutland, Vt., dairy renews agreement for second season

WEST HAVEN, Vt. – Devil’s Bowl Speedway, home of “Vermont’s Fastest Family Fun,” will welcome Thomas Dairy back as the presenting sponsor of its Kids Club for the track’s 50thseason of stock car racing in 2016.

The Kids Club expanded dramatically in 2015 with the support of Thomas Dairy and included kids of all ages in fun, free activities that got them into the action.  Thomas Dairy Kids Club events included racecar rides, bicycle races, a guided tour or the pit area, a poster contest, penny and candy scrambles, and a “Christmas in July” event that raised toy donations for local charity.  The ever-popular Interstate Batteries “Fun Bus” race track tour was also a regular part of the Kids Club.

“Our family has always loved Thomas Dairy milk, and their support is what allowed us to grow the Kids Club program at Devil’s Bowl last season,” Devil’s Bowl owner Alayne Bruno said.  “There are tons of kids at the track, including our own kids Austin and Johnny and their friends, and it’s great to give them something extra.  We’ll be bringing back many of the activities from last year and bringing in some new events for our 50th season.”
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Tentative 2016 Chili Bowl Qualifying Nights Revealed

TULSA, Okla. (December 30, 2015) With a record setting 335 entries for the 30th annual Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals presented by General Tire, four nights of driver line-ups proves there is no such thing as an easy night at the Chili Bowl as the tentative qualifying night lineups have been released.

Of the 335, the list of TBA rides continues to shrink as 316 of those rides have been filled with drivers from 236 cities, 24 states, and five countries making up the list of Golden Driller chasers. Also, in the field is 69 Rookies, 54 A-Feature starters, and eight previous event winners.

The list of nights will update daily as the event approaches with teams jockeying for their best chance for making Saturday night’s championship event. For continued updates on the 30th annual Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals presented by General Tire, log onto http://www.chilibowl.com.

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Karting to Conquer Cancer: How Your Donations Help Cure Cancer

WALLINGFORD, CT – The Karting to Conquer Cancer event, built to raise money for the Jimmy Fund and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, will take place on January 16, at On Track Karting, in Wallingford, CT. The event was created for the racing community to help fight back against cancer, as so many have been affected directly, or indirectly, by this horrible disease. With the help of your support, cancer research and patient care will benefit directly from your investments.

The Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI) has been described as having a level of patient service and care that is unmatched in other centers. The DFCI offers special programs that serve the emotional, psychosocial, and spiritual needs of patients and their families throughout their care, helping to cope with the effects of cancer treatment. The care extends beyond the time of medication and therapy, and ensures care continues after treatment ends.

Your support of the Karting to Conquer Cancer will help fund basic research. With early-stage research not eligible for federal funding, your investments help promising theories form into scientific discoveries, leading to major breakthroughs in care. Your support helps materialize the creative, innovative science that leads to tomorrow’s cures, including genetically-based clinical trials. This theory groups patients by the specific genetic mutation that drives their tumor growth, instead of the location of the tumor in their bodies, leading to discovering safer, less toxic, and more effective treatments. Your donation supports this type of personalized medicine by helping researchers discover specific targets, and choosing particular drugs based on the likelihood of a positive response.

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Devil’s Bowl Racers Score in Vermont Motorsports Magazine “Driver of the Year” Awards

Gonyo honored with three awards; LaVair is top four-cylinder driver

WEST HAVEN, Vt. – A select group of asphalt and dirt stock car drivers from Devil’s Bowl Speedway were honored on Monday night, December 28, as Internet news source Vermont Motorsports Magazine announced its annual “Driver of the Year” award winners.  The winners in 11 categories were revealed in a live audio broadcast at www.vtmotormag.com; more than 19,000 fan votes were tallied in a two-week span.

Former multi-time Devil’s Bowl Speedway Late Model race winner Nick Sweet took top honors as the 2015 Driver of the Year in the overall voting, topping Modified racer Nick Heywood and multi-division dirt star Kevin Chaffee.  Devil’s Bowl champions Vince Quenneville Jr. and Chris LaVair were among the 10 nominees in the top category.  The list of past VMM Driver of the Year overall winners includes Devil’s Bowl competitors Todd Stone in 2013 and Don Miller in 2010.

Veteran NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Modified competitor Leon Gonyo was honored posthumously with three awards, winning Driver of the Year laurels in the Devil’s Bowl Speedway, Airborne Park Speedway, and Open Wheel categories.  Gonyo, who passed away following a medical emergency during a victory lap at Devil’s Bowl in September, was the overwhelming favorite on all three ballots; he won five races at Devil’s Bowl in 2015.

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New York NASCAR Champion Zacharias Enters Allentown Indoor Auto Race

NASCAR New York State Modified Stock Car Champion Jimmy Zacharias is Late Entry in Inaugural Ironton Telephone Allentown Indoor Auto Race on January 2

ALLENTOWN, PA December 29, 2015 . . . Third generation asphalt Modified driver Jimmy Zacharias, who has been winning races on New York State’s Southern Tier for many years, is the latest driver to enter the inaugural Ironton Telephone TQ Midget races inside the PPL Center in Allentown, Pa., set for Saturday, January 2, 2016,

Zacharias will be driving a TQ Midget built by Lou Cicconi, Jr. The car is a good one; it was previously driven to two Indoor race victories including a 100 lapper by Stewart Friesen in Providence, Rhode Island.

Zacharias, 24, is coming off one of the best seasons of his outdoor driving career, winning the 2015 NASCAR New York State Modified championship, primarily on the strength of a track title earned at Chemung (NY) Speedrome. The NASCAR crown was Zacharias’ second in three years.

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Kart Racing Set to Return to Thunder Road in 2016

Barre, VT – Thunder Road has announced the formation of a new weekly Go-Kart racing series for the 2016 season. The Junior Champ Kart youth division for competitors ages 6 to 14 will run on Tuesday nights throughout the summer, marking the first time since 2010 that weekly Kart racing will be held on the Barre high banks.

The 10-race series begins on Tuesday, June 21 and will run weekly through Tuesday, August 23, with a one-week holiday break on July 5. The gates will open at 4:30 pm for all Tuesday events with racing beginning at 6:00 pm.

A special event on Saturday, September 10 will close the Karting season. Racing for this event will begin at 1:00 pm with the gates opening at 12:00 pm.
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LFR Chassis Expands Operations To Benefit Northeast Racers

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (December 29, 2015) – With the start of 2016 only a few days away, LFR Chassis is proud to extend its current operations in the Northeast with a new facility as well as the addition of long-time crew chief Jimmy Fuller to the staff.

LFR Chassis owner Rob Fuller has partnered with Bob Charland to open a 6,500 square foot facility in Stafford, Conn. that will sell and service LFR Chassis. This opportunity builds upon what Eddie Flemke and his team has done to service LFR teams in the Northeast.

“We have big plans to help service our customers in the Northeast and this is phase 1 in a 3-phase process,” said Fuller. “Eddie Flemke has been instrumental in servicing the LFR teams in the Northeast and will continue to do so. We had six (6) modifieds and one Super Late Model north of Pennsylvania last year. In 2016, we will have 10 modifieds and eight (8) Supers so to expect Eddie to be able to handle this all on his own was not feasible.”

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SCSCS to Decide 2016 Champion as Part of Motordome Fall Classic Weekend

Mount Joy, Pennsylvania (December 28, 2015) – For the third time in Super Cup Stock Car Series history, the final points race of the season will take place at Motordrome Speedway. The 2016 event is scheduled to be a part of the ½-mile’s third annual Fall Classic on Saturday, September 17th, which will conclude the Smithton, Pennsylvania facility’s season of weekly racing as well.

“The SCSCS was one of the most exciting and competitive events that we had in 2015 and we are thrilled to be able to add to the excitement of the season ending Fall Classic and provide our fans with a great way to end the race season,” Todd Melfi, owner and president of Motordrome Speedway, said.

The most recent time that the series ended their regular season at the track, less than an hour southeast of Pittsburgh, was in 2013. Series regular Brent Nelson won his first career race and Todd Peck, a current competitor in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, took home the championship.
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Top Fuel Drag Racer Lagana Set to Appear at Motorsports 2016 Show

NHRA Top Fuel Drag Racer Dom Lagana Jr. Showing Off Top Fuel Dragster, Race Equipment and an Engine Teardown (must See) at Motorsports 2016 Race Car & Trade Show

OAKS, PA December 28, 2015 . . . Dom Lagana Jr’s National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) drag racing team will be making a must see appearance at the Pioneer Pole Buildings Motorsports 2016 Fueled by Sunoco Race Fuels and Distributed by Insinger Performance Race Car and Trade Show.

Lagana’s Top Fuel dragster will be on display inside the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA on January 22nd through January 24th. The team will setup its pit area like they would at a national NHRA event and allow fans to tour their work area and the large hauler. Lagana will be available for autographs and crew members will be happy to answer questions.

On both Friday night and Saturday afternoon, the team will be performing a motor rebuild like they would between rounds at a national event. Attendees will be amazed to see in the short amount of time a great deal of work is accomplished

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Recent USAC Race Winner Russ Gamester Set to Challenge Allentown Racers

Fresh From Big USAC Win in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Veteran Racer Russ Gamester is Ready to Challenge a Star-Studded Field of Racers at Allentown, Pa Indoor Event

ALLENTOWN, PA December 29, 2016 . . . When the eighty TQ (Three Quarter) Midget drivers take to the specially constructed indoor race track inside the PPL Center in Allentown, Pa., this Saturday, January 2, 2016, one veteran driver, fifty-year-old Russ Gamester of Peru, Ind., will have an advantage.

Gamester won an indoor race last Saturday night in Fort Wayne, Ind., making him the only driver in the Ironton Telephone Avaya TQ Midget Indoor Race field who carries the rush of recent victory into the PPL Center.

“It was a great run,” stated Gamester. “Once I got the lead I knew I had to be smart and just run my own pace staying on the inside. When it is your night, it’s your night and it all worked out for me.”

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Shenette to Start 2016 Season with Slate of PASS National and Northern Races

THOMPSON, CT (December 28) – With the Mason-Dixon Meltdown in the history books, Dynasty Motorsports is solely focused on competing in 2016.

“Our only goal for this year is seat time,” said team owner and driver John-Michael Shenette. “With seat time come’s consistency, and with consistency comes success. We have the car and the resources to compete in the Pro All Stars Series, now it’s time to put our effort to good use and show results.”

In addition to the Karting 2 Conquer Cancer Go-Kart event in January, Dynasty Motorsports has also submitted an application for the Winter Meltdown at Greenville-Pickens Speedway in South Carolina. The race is the first Pro All Stars Series National and South event of the year, and will be held on February 6th.

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Seekonk Speedway Announces New Race Director

Cory Boudreau will take over as Race Director for Friday and Saturday night Race programs at historic 1/3 mile track.

SEEKONK, MA (December 28, 2015) — Seekonk Speedway is excited to announce the appointment of Cory Boudreau to the position of Race Director for both fast Fridays and the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing on Saturday nights at Seekonk. Cory will be charged with all racing decisions and rule enforcements for all eight Seekonk Speedway Divisions.

Mr Boudreau has been involved in auto racing for over four decades in almost every level at Seekonk as well as many tracks in New England.

Mr Boudreau has been a driver in several divisions at Seekonk Speedway. Cory raced three nights a week at three different tracks for years spending time at Thompson, Hudson and Seekonk. His on track career was highlighted with a championship in the Late Model division in 1999.

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Seekonk Speedway announces new Race Director for 2016

Cory Boudreau will take over as Race Director for Friday and Saturday night Race programs at historic 1/3 mile track

Seekonk Speedway is excited to announce the appointment of Cory Boudreau to the position of Race Director for both fast Fridays and the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing on Saturday nights at Seekonk. Cory will be charged with all racing decisions and rule enforcements for all eight Seekonk Speedway Divisions.

Mr. Boudreau has been involved in auto racing for over four decades in almost every level at Seekonk as well as many tracks in New England.

Mr. Boudreau has been a driver in several divisions at Seekonk Speedway. Cory raced three nights a week at three different tracks for years spending time at Thompson, Hudson, and Seekonk. His on track career was highlighted with a championship in the Late Model division in 1999.

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One Record Down, More To Go As 30th Annual Chili Bowl Approaches

News and notes on the Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals presented by General Tire

TULSA, Okla. (December 27, 2015) While barely pushing past last year’s pre-entry record of 330, the close of business on Sunday, December 27, 2015 shows 331 entries for the 30th annual Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals presented by General Tire, happening January 12-16, 2016 inside the River Spirit Expo Center in Tulsa, Okla.

With the pre-entry list going over the 330 mark, the official participant record of 326, also set in 2015, is next in line to be toppled. There are currently 306 confirmed drivers.

Among the latest wave of entries is the Loyet lineup with five drivers making up this year’s Orange Army. Brad Loyet’s five A-Feature appearances leads the quintet of talent with Washington’s Gary Taylor looking for appearance No. 3. New Zealand’s Brad Mosen put his name on the A-Feature roster in 2010, and makes his return to the Chili Bowl Nationals roster for the first time since 2012. Missouri’s Hunter Schuerenberg and California’s Dominic Scelzi complete the Loyet lineup with each looking of their first trip to Saturday’s big dance.

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31st Speedway Motors Tulsa Shootout Kicks Off Wednesday

TULSA, Okla. (December 27, 2015) The countdown is nearly complete as the 31st annual Speedway Motors Tulsa Shootout gets underway this Wednesday, December 30, 2015, with practice starting at 9:00 A.M., followed by the first rounds of Heat Races at approximately 5:30 P.M. (CT) at the Tulsa Expo Raceway inside the River Spirit Expo Center.

With teams moving in on Tuesday, December 29, Shootout officials are expecting the entry list to grow by another 100-150 as 1,098 entries were officially turned into the Tulsa Shootout office before the December 23 deadline with 555 drivers from 34 states and three countries all seeking a starting spot in one of Saturday’s nine A-Feature events.

All seating is general admission at the Speedway Motors Tulsa Shootout. For anyone not able to attend, every lap of competition will be shown live via Racinboys.com online PPV. Daily and full event packages are available. Details are online at http://www.racinboys.com.

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NEMST Releases 2016 Schedule

2016 NEMST Schedule
April 9 Lee USA Speedway Practice Lee, NH
April 10 Lee USA Speedway Lee, NH
May 1 TSMP Road Course Thompson, CT
May 15 Speedway 95 Hermon, ME
June 4 New London-Waterford Speedbowl Waterford, CT
June 18 Oxford Plains Speedway Homecoming Oxford, ME
July 3 TBA TBA
July 9 TSMP Oval Thompson, CT
July 29 Claremont Speedway Claremont, NH
August 6 Speedway 51 Groveton, NH
August 28 Oxford Plains Speedway 250 Oxford, ME
September 10 Speedway 51 Groveton, NH
October 14 TSMP Oval Heats Thompson, CT
October 15 TSMP Oval Feature Thompson, CT

This schedule is tentative. Additional dates WILL be added. Maximum number of dates will be twelve events.

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New Race Director & Pits Manager Named at Claremont Speedway for 2016

ANNOUNCEMENTS!

We are happy to welcome two new additions to our Claremont Speedway crew.

Rick Chambers will be joining Claremont Speedway as our Race Director for the 2016 Season. Rick spent a handful of years working on Jack Bateman’s Modified Racing Series. During his time on the series Rick worked as a Spotter, as the Head Tech, and also spent two years as Race Director on the Series. Rick also spends his free time as a referee for local sporting events. Rick brings a strong background with him to this role. Race competitors and race fans can be assured that the quality of the racing at Claremont Speedway will be the best around next year!

We would also like to Welcome Ken Silva to Claremont Speedway’s staff. Ken will be working as our Pits Manager in 2016. Ken has spent many years in the racing industry. Prior to moving to the area, Ken spent many years working at Seekonk Speedway in various roles. Most recently Ken has been working at Monadnock in the Handicapper role. Ken will be communicating information to the race teams, and ensuring that everything in the pits flows nicely to ensure an efficient race event occurs.

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Modified Stock Car Ace Jeff Strunk Enters Allentown Indoor Auto Race

Modified Standout Jeff Strunk is Late Entry in Allentown Ironton Telephone Avaya Indoor Races Set for January 2

ALLENTOWN, PA December 23, 2015 . . . Ten-time Grandview Speedway NASCAR Modified champion Jeff Strunk is the latest driver to enter the Ironton Telephone Avaya Indoor Auto Races set for Saturday, January 2 at the new PPL Center in Allentown, Pa.

Strunk, one of the northeast’s most prolific winners of Small Block Modified races during a career that has spanned over fifteen years, has been named to drive one of Lou Cicconi, Jr.’s fleet of newly built TQs, replacing DJ Shullick.

Strunk has never driven at TQ Midget nor has he ever raced Indoors, but he’s been a regular visitor and crew member at events held annually in Atlantic City, NJ.

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TQ Midgets Added to NAPA Auto Parts Fall Final Weekend at Stafford Motor Speedway

Stafford Springs, CT — The American Three Quarter Midget Racing Association (ATQMRA) will make their inaugural appearance at Stafford Speedway during the 2016 NAPA Auto Parts Fall Final on the weekend of October 1-2, in a $1,000 to win 30-lap feature on the Stafford mini-mile.  Cars will utilize Len Sammons Production Indoor Race rules, including racing without wings and motor rules.

“We’re excited to bring a new kind of racing to Stafford to close out our 2016 race season,” explained Stafford GM/COO Mark Arute.  “The TQ midgets have been putting on great shows the last few years in the indoor racing series and since our mini-mile is right around the same size as most of the indoor venues, we thought it would be a great addition to our NAPA Fall Final weekend.  The mini-mile will be seeing some great action throughout 2016 with the US Legend Cars, the Wild Thing Kart Jr Outlaws and Sr. Champs and now the TQ midgets.”

Recent excitement surrounding Indoor TQ midget racing has attracted some of the best in northeast racing including Ted Christopher, Ryan Preece, Justin Bonsignore, Patrick Emerling, and Jimmy Blewett.  Stafford’s all-time winningest driver Christopher, who has multiple wins on the indoor circuit including 2 at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City has already committed to the Oct 1st event.

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PASS National Championship Series to be Highlighted by Major Events in North and South

43rd Annual Oxford 250 at Oxford Plains Speedway to pay PASS Super Late Model winner $25,000, plus $25,000 in guaranteed lap leader money
Easter Bunny 150 at Hickory Continues Tradition as Spring’s Premier Super Late Model Event
Greenville-Pickens, Thompson, Beech Ridge, And Concord Fill Out Remainder Of Championship Schedule

NAPLES, ME (December 23) – Pro All Stars Series (PASS) officials have released the six dates and locations that will make up the 2016 PASS National Championship Series.  The schedule is comprised of six premier Super Late Model events in both PASS North and PASS South that will determine an overall PASS National Champion.  The PASS National Series will be highlighted once again by the prestigious 43rd Annual Oxford 250 at Oxford Plains Speedway in August.  And, the PASS National Championship Series will return to Connecticut’s Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park for the first time since 2010.  While awards are currently still being finalized, the champion will once again receive a unique championship ring, while team members will receive championship belt buckles, from longtime PASS supporter, Northern Race Tire.

“Thanks to a lot of time and effort by a group of really dedicated people, we are very pleased to announce our 2016 PASS National Series,”, said PASS President Tom Mayberry.  “These events exemplify what’s great about short track racing and we feel each of them will attract the best Super Late Model drivers from across the continent.  All of these events are unique and will prove to be a challenge for our competitors.  With events from Maine to South Carolina, a broad base of fans will get to see racers from all over North America come together to crown Super Late Model racing’s only true National Champion.”

The PASS National Championship Series gets underway in just over a month with the Winter Meltdown at Greenville-Pickens Speedway in South Carolina on February 6.  In addition to a talented group of PASS regulars, former PASS National Champions Ben Rowe, Joey Doiron and Jay Fogleman, who returns in 2016 to race for the national title, hope to contain a strong contingent of drivers from the United States and Canada as they tackle the tough, flat half-mile speedway for 150 green flag laps.  Fittingly on Super Bowl weekend, fans will get to see drivers from across the spectrum of short track racing as big events for the South East Limited Late Models, Southeast Supertrucks, and Mini Stocks will also be taking place as part of the Winter Meltdown.

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2016 Série ACT Schedule Announced

Waterbury, VT – American-Canadian Tour (ACT) officials have officially announced the 2016 Série ACT schedule. The Quebec-based Late Model Tour will run an eight-race schedule at three different tracks from May through September.

The season will get underway on Saturday, May 21 at Autodrome St-Eustache. The 100-lap event is the first of three visits to the 1/3-mile speedway in 2016. The series will have another 100-lap event at St-Eustache on Saturday, July 9 and a 150-lap event on Saturday, August 20.

Série ACT will also make three trips to Autodrome Montmagny. These include a U.S. combination event and Pro All Stars Series (PASS) doubleheader on Saturday, July 23 as well as the season finale on Saturday, September 3. Two 150-lap events at Vallée-Jct.’s Autodrome Chaudiere in May and August complete the schedule.

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ACT Releases 13-Event 2016 Schedule

Waterbury, VT – The American-Canadian Tour (ACT) has announced the release of the 2016 ACT Late Model Tour schedule. The 13-event series will see the Tour visit 12 different tracks in six U.S. states and the province of Quebec as they pursue the $10,000-to-win ACT Championship.

The season will once again kick off with the New Hampshire Governor’s Cup 150 at Lee USA Speedway on Sunday, April 10 and crown the 2016 champion at Connecticut’s Thompson Speedway on Saturday, October 15. Other traditional early-season events which have returned include the 18th Merchants Bank 150 at Barre, VT’s Thunder Road on May 1, the Spring Green 116 at Plattsburgh, NY’s Airborne Park Speedway on May 14, and a 100-lap event at Fair Haven, VT’s Devil’s Bowl Speedway on June 4.

The 2016 schedule will again feature three ACT/Pro All Stars Series (PASS) doubleheaders. The two series open the Oxford Plains Speedway racing season on Sunday, April 17. ACT and PASS then travel to Quebec’s Autodrome Montmagny on Saturday, July 23. The 150-lap event is the ACT U.S. Tour’s first visit to the speedway since 1999 and is a combination event with Série ACT.
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Winter Meltdown Entry Forms, 2016 PASS Registrations Now Available Online

NAPLES, ME (December 23) – Pro All Stars Series (PASS) officials announced today that entry forms for the upcoming Winter Meltdown at Greenville-Pickens Speedway are now available online at ProAllStarsSeries.com.  The PASS Winter Meltdown will go green on Saturday afternoon, February 6 at 2 PM and will serve as the first race of 2016 for the PASS South Super Late Models and the PASS National Championship Series.  Being on Super Bowl weekend, the PASS Winter Meltdown will be the first major points event of 2016 and will also feature a 100 lap event for the South East Limited Late Models (Non-Winners) a 75 lapper for the Southeast Supertrucks, and a 40 lap event for the Mini Stocks.

PASS officials also announced that 2016 licenses are now available online at ProAllStarsSeries.com for the PASS division.  Licenses for the new Southern Modified Racing Series Presented By PASS, which will feature the popular Tour-type Modifieds, and the Northeast’s PASS Modified division, will be posted in the near future.  Drivers purchasing licenses for the 2016 season will receive bonus points for each race they are pre-registered for and will also save money towards any events that they enter early.

“We know a lot of teams are currently making plans for next year and we wanted to make these forms available for them now,” said PASS President Tom Mayberry.  “In 2016, we will get an early start at Greenville-Pickens with the PASS Winter Meltdown.  All of our competitors and fans are excited about next year and we can’t wait to get it underway in February.  It will be here before you know it, that’s for sure.”

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Rumble in Fort Wayne Entry Lists Released

FORT WAYNE, IN (Dec. 23) – Eight previous winners are included on the most recent entry list for the Midget portion of the 18th annual Rumble in Fort Wayne (December 26, 27), including a pair of 2014 victors – Justin Peck and Brandon Knupp.

While the ‘previous winner’ tag is impressive it really offers no guarantee as the 1/7 mile concrete oval constructed inside the War Memorial Coliseum presents a unique and equal challenge to every entrant.

With the driver being in almost constant traffic, the Rumble is unarguably the toughest test a driver faces all year long. Many times, previous achievements are outweighed by luck and circumstances.
Peck, who hails from Monrovia, IN, comes into the annual holiday weekend skirmish seeking a ‘three-peat’ of wins to back up his 2013 and 2014 triumphs, while Knupp (Mooresville, NC), who won on the final night of last year’s chase arrives as the most recent winner.
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ACT Announces Southern New England Tripleheader

Waterbury, VT – The American-Canadian Tour (ACT), in collaboration with the New London-Waterford Speedbowl, Seekonk Speedway, and Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, has announced the creation of the Southern New England Tripleheader for the 2016 stock car racing season. The three-event series will match up the best of the three track’s weekly racers with the stars of the ACT Late Model Tour.

The Tripleheader will be held on three unique race tracks – the 1/3-mile New London-Waterford Speedbowl, Seekonk Speedway’s ¼-mile bullring, and the 5/8-mile high banks of Thompson Speedway. The series includes a special $7,500 point fund for local weekly teams which participate in all three events. The events will also award championship points for ACT competitors as part of their $30,000 Championship point fund, which includes $10,000 for the 2016 ACT Champion.

“We had great support from local race teams for the final event at Thompson during the World Series last fall,” ACT President Tom Curley said. “The three Southern New England tracks – New London-Waterford, Seekonk, and Thompson – have become an important addition to our ACT weekly business model over the past decade. This program of three races, tied together with an independent point fund, should be lots of fun to follow for southern New England Late Model fans and teams throughout the 2016 season.”

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VMRS Meeting

DSCF0044The Stafford Speedway Clubhouse was the site of the Valenti Modified Racing Series meeting on Sunday, December 20.

The general meeting was represented by 15 race teams where Wayne Wildermuth was introduced as Race Director for 2016, effective immediately. Mr. Wildermuth indicated he wants to bring professionalism back to the series and improve the image of the MRS and his staff.

Series Director Jack Bateman announced that no major changes were in the plans for 2016. Some teams voiced concern about the 18-degree engines lacking power on the larger tracks on the schedule. One solution might be the use of Tri-Y headers for the 18-degree engines. A decision will be made shortly after prices are investigated.

DSCF0042The popular twin 50s were the next subject and the 2016 schedule will have a total of 5 twin 50 events. The tracks running the twin 50 format will be Lee USA Speedway, Oxford Plains Speedway, and one event at Monadnock Speedway. Each 50 lap race will have a separate payoff and points. A $500 bonus will be paid if the same car wins both segments.

Finally, it was announced that $900 has been added to the purse. The increase will be towards the middle of the pack. The schedule and all updates can be found on the Modified Racing Series website, http://themodifiedracingseries.com/

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LaFlamme’s Furniture Returning to Devil’s Bowl Speedway “Super Fan Zone” in 2016

Lucky fans to enjoy luxury seating again in track’s 50th season

WEST HAVEN, Vt. – One of Devil’s Bowl Speedway’s most unique marketing programs will be returning for the 2016 race season. LaFlamme’s Furniture Stores, with locations in Bennington, Vt., Granville, N.Y., and the all-new LaFlamme’s Furniture Mall located at the Diamond Run Mall in Rutland, Vt., has renewed its agreement to support the “Super Fan Zone” at Devil’s Bowl.

The one-of-a-kind LaFlamme’s promotion proved to be a huge hit with Devil’s Bowl fans in its first year in 2015. Every person who purchased an adult admission ticket had the opportunity to win the prize of sitting in the Super Fan Zone. The ‘Zone’ features two beautiful electric leather recliners set up in a private, raised seating area at the top of the grandstands. Winners in 2015 also received a voucher for food at the track’s concession stand as well as a gift certificate to the Fire & Ice Restaurant in Middlebury, Vt.

At the end of the season, LaFlamme’s split the chairs up; one was given away to a lucky fan through the 50/50 raffle, and the other went to Bond Auto Parts Modified track champion Vince Quenneville Jr. The value of each chair was nearly $1,000.

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Excitement Building for First Ironton Telephone Avaya Allentown Indoor Auto Race on January 2nd; Slinger Warehouse Sponsors Slingshot Division

ALLENTOWN, PA December 22, 2015 . . . The first Indoor Auto Race being held in Allentown, PA in 50 years has produced a great deal of excitement among racers and fans. Tickets are selling rapidly for the Saturday, January 2nd event being held for the first time inside the PPL Center. An impressive list of entries for the headline TQ Midget and Slingshot division for the Ironton Telephone sponsored event were filled months ago.

“The response for the first Allentown Indoor race has been tremendous,” said show organizer Len Sammons. “Fans are buying tickets and we maxed out at 110 race cars, 80 TQ Midgets, and 30 Slingshots. There just isn’t any more pit space for more race cars. We’re sure that the fans will see a show they’ll remember for a long time.”

The TQ Midget list includes past LSMP Indoor event winners include Ted Christopher of Plainville, Ct., Lou Cicconi. Jr., of Lester, Pa., Andy Jankowiak of Buffalo, N.Y., Mike Lichty of Innerkip, Ontario, Canada, Joey Payne of Fair Lawn, N.J., Erick Rudolph of Ransomville, N.Y. and Anthony Sesely of Matawan, N.J.

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2016 Verizon IndyCar Series Rulebook Updates

INDIANAPOLIS (Dec. 21, 2015) – Refinements to the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series rulebook, distributed to teams and suppliers Dec. 19, clarify procedures established by INDYCAR in the past two seasons and highlight ongoing efforts to improve the overall fan experience in the upcoming season. Areas of interest in the rulebook include the following:

Aero Kits
• INDYCAR has established in the rulebook the aerodynamic bodywork parameters for each of the five ovals on the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series schedule. The aero specifications for each oval include:
Phoenix International Raceway, which will see a 2016 return of Indy car racing for the first time in 11 years, will run the same aero configuration as used at Iowa Speedway in 2015.
Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Pocono Raceway will run the same aero configuration as in 2015, with the addition of rear wheel guard infills that were implemented at Texas Motor Speedway in 2015, as well as a domed skid plate underneath the car and rear wing beam flaps. The skid plate and beam flaps were announced Nov. 24 as part of INDYCAR’s continuously evolving safety enhancements.
Texas Motor Speedway’s aero configuration, which included the rear wheel guard infills in 2015, will add the domed skid plate and rear wing beam flaps in 2016, plus see a slight increase in available downforce.
Iowa Speedway will see a slight reduction in available downforce due to a reduction in rear wing angle.

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