Archive for February 10th, 2017

Newgarden Leads First Day of Phoenix Raceway Open Test

AVONDALE, Ariz. (Friday, Feb. 10, 2017) – The roar of 2.2-liter, twin-turbocharged V-6 engines filled the air with sweet sounds at Phoenix Raceway, day and night, as 21 Verizon IndyCar Series entries turned laps for the first time together in 2017.

The first of a two-day open test for all full-season teams saw Team Penske newcomer Josef Newgarden record the fastest of 2,638 total laps turned on the 1.022-mile oval over the course of two three-hour practice sessions. The second practice came under the lights during the same time period that the Phoenix Grand Prix will take place April 29 on the short oval steeped in Indy car history.

Newgarden, who joins the 14-time Indy car champion Team Penske following five years as a rising star with Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing and most recently Ed Carpenter Racing, clocked the fastest lap of the day near the end of the afternoon practice at 190.129 mph (19.3511 seconds) in the No. 2 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet. Teams focused on race setups and running in packs in the night session, which was led by Andretti Autosport’s Marco Andretti in the No. 27 hhgregg Honda at 189.122 mph (19.4541 seconds).

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Information Regarding Evergreen’s 2/11 “Winter Blues 100s” Enduros

Everyone, with the recent snowfall and below freezing temps, we need a little cleanup time tomorrow morning so we will be pushing the racing start time to 2 PM. Thank you all for understanding this. We hope that everyone is ready for some great Enduro racing. Pit gates will open at 11:30 AM

NOTICE: Due to broken boards on the bridge north of the speedway is closed to all traffic. While vehicles over three ton are always forbidden to use this bridge, speedway officials wanted to let the rest of their fans, drivers, and crewmembers know about the road closure. The track can be accessed by using Butler Drive or Old Turnpike Road to Mill Mountain Road.

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Busy Offseason for NASCAR Touring Series

New Faces & Some New Rules in Place for 2017

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 10, 2017)  — With the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East opener just over a week away – marking the official start to the 2017 NASCAR touring series season – the attention will return to the exciting on-track action. While there hasn’t been a race since November, it’s been a busy offseason.

Beginning in December, NASCAR officials met with the car owners of all the U.S. and Canadian-based touring series, a move designed to further the dialogue between the sanctioning body and the teams. The conversations included covering some changes as well as an open discussion of how best to collectively grow the NASCAR touring series.

“We had overwhelmingly positive and productive discussions,” said Brandon Thompson, NASCAR senior director of the touring series. “NASCAR has really great racing throughout our touring series, but there are always ways to work to toward cost efficiency, make the sport more cost-effective and increase the level of competition for all involved. As in the case of our national series, we always strive to have an open dialogue during the race season, but it’s also a great benefit to meet away from the track and the daily demands of the race season. We received a lot of great feedback from all our owners and look forward to working together.”

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George Nocera, Jr. Returning to Stafford Speedway’s SK Light Division

Stafford Springs, CT — When the green flag drops on the 2017 SK Light season at Stafford Motor Speedway, Plainville native George Nocera, Jr. will be back in the starting field for the first time since the 2008 season with a fairytale story and a well-known car owner.

Being a lifelong Plainville resident, Nocera grew up a fan of Ted Christopher, who tops the career championships and feature win list at Stafford notching the most of any driver in the history of the half-mile.  Nocera is familiar with open-wheeled racing competing in the SK Light division in 2007 and 2008 for car owner Gary Bienkowski.  George will now pilot a car that owned by his racing idol Christopher and sponsored by Allstate Fire Equipment and M&T Enterprises.

“It was a couple of months back I was joking around with some of my friends about trying to get back out there and we started looking at some cars,” said Nocera.  “We ended up talking with Teddy and we’re going to rent a car from him for the season. Just being able to race one of Teddy’s cars is the biggest thing ever for me.  Being from Plainville, my father would take me to the track and I was always a Teddy fan growing up.  This whole situation is so surreal to me, I almost feel like one day I’m going to wake up from this dream and it’ll all be over.”

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Duane Provost Ready to Defend Limited Late Model Championship at Stafford

Stafford Springs, CT — As he prepares to begin his 13th season of racing at Stafford Speedway, Palmer, MA native Duane Provost is busy going through his #88 Facchini Law Firm Chevrolet, replacing parts and pieces to get the car ready for the upcoming 2017 season at Stafford.  It’s been the same routine that Provost has followed for many years with one exception; he enters the 2017 season as the defending track champion in the Limited Late Model division.  Regardless of that fact, Provost says he is busy preparing his car just like he would any other year.

“We’re looking at the 2017 season just like we do any other season,” said Provost.  “It was cool we won the championship last year but we’re trying to not bring too much of last year with us to this year because it’s a new year and a new set of challenges awaits to see what we can pull off.  Other than maybe there’s a little more pressure on us than in the past, it’s pretty much the same preparation.  There’s some new drivers coming into the division, which should be a lot of fun, and I’m working on rebuilding the car.  Last year I didn’t really go through the car as much as I am right now and we’re taking everything apart and replacing what needs to be replaced.  I’d certainly like to be better than we were last year and if we are, that would be great and if not, it’s not a big deal because I love racing.”

While Provost won the championship for the first time in his 12 year career, one area where he is looking to improve is the number of wins.  Provost has 9 career wins since moving into the Limited Late Model division in 2010 but during his championship winning season, he only tallied one trip to NAPA Victory Lane.

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Maybury Material Handling Renews Participation in Stafford Speedway Contingency Program

Stafford Springs, CT — Stafford Motor Speedway is proud to welcome Maybury Material Handling back to its family of contingency partners for the 2017 season.  For the second consecutive year, Maybury will once again present a contingency bonus of $150 to each SK Modified® feature winner as well as a $125 bonus for each SK Light feature winner.  Maybury’s contingency bonus will bring the weekly SK Modified® winner’s check up to $1,700 and the SK Light winner’s to $550. 

“We’re happy to once again be part of the race program at Stafford,” said John Maybury, President of Maybury Material Handling.  “Last year was a great year for us and we’re looking forward to seeing some more of the most exciting short track racing around.”

Maybury Material Handling will also return as the primary sponsor of Cam McDermott’s #5 SK Modified car with a brand new look for the 2017 season.  In addition, Maybury is also working on plans to bring children to the races during throughout 2017 season.

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