Archive for March 28th, 2017

Blewett Refocuses on Home for 2017

Veteran to Compete Parttime on NASCAR WMT

Jimmy Blewett of Howell, NJ will make his first NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour start of the season this weekend. He will drive the No. 76 John Blewett Inc./TS Haulers/Starrett Tools Chevrolet for the Icebreaker at Thompson (CT) Speedway Motorsports Park. Blewett expects to run 4-6 events this season thatdo not conflict with his commitment at Wall (NJ) Stadium Speedway.

“I would love to support the Thompson, Stafford schedule,” Blewett said. “That’s always been my favorite because of the history of Thompson and Stafford and their dedication to the tour. Hopefully, we can maybe hit a Loudon race or two but it’s all kind of up in the air.”

Blewett’s focus is competing for the Wall Modified championship in his No. 19. There are benefits for Blewett’s return to Wall. The track five minutes from home is easier to find sponsors. Family and friends want to follow him at Wall when they cannot attend a NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race.

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Grandview Offers Free to Public Practice April 1, NASCAR Racing on April 8

Another Try for Free-to-the-public Practice Day at Grandview Speedway is Set for Saturday, April 1st
Point Championship Battle Kicks Off on April 8th with NASCAR Tripleheader

BECHTELSVILLE, PA March 28, 2017 . . . After being weathered out last Saturday, Grandview Speedway will try again with their annual free-to-the-public practice session this Saturday, April 1. Activity is expected to get the green flag at noon with many different classes of competition expected to join the Grandview regulars of T.P.Trailers NASCAR 358 Modifieds, BRC Late Models and Sportsman stock cars along with Enduro and Vintage racers. Pits will open at 9 a.m.

The one week later than planned Saturday afternoon practice session will give racers the opportunity to test and tune their racing equipment for the new season, work out the kinks and just get a feel for the new track surface before “official” racing action gets underway on April 8th.

With the one week delay it is expected that the turnout for practice will be bigger than what was expected for the original practice day.
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NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour News & Notes: Thompson

Zachem Heads Home Looking for First Tour Win

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 28, 2017) — Last year, Timmy Solomito used his first career NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour win in the Icebreaker 150 at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park to launch a breakout season.

To find this year’s candidate to follow in Solomito’s tracks, you don’t have to look far.

Max Zachem made his debut on the tour at Thompson in 2013, and the now 24-year-old Preston, Connecticut, driver cut his teeth racing at his home state’s short tracks. And he heads back to New England for the 43rd annual Icebreaker weekend after a fifth-place run in the newly unified tour’s season opener at South Carolina’s Myrtle Beach Speedway last week.

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Veteran Racer Sundeen Seeking Record Fifth Championship

THOMPSON, CT – Scott Sundeen began his racing career in 1998 at Seekonk Speedway. The Sutton, MA driver began competing part-time at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park in 2002 while building his first home, and managing his furniture business. In his first start, Sundeen proved he would be a force to be reckoned with, registering his first win.

With his house complete and the furniture business thriving, Sundeen began entering his No. 36 Limited Sportsman regularly in 2005. Sundeen has proven that he has been a force to be reckoned with since then. The patient veteran has driven to a record four championships, including back-to-back titles in 2014 & 2015. In 2016, Sundeen fell victim to mechanical issues early in the season that set up back in the championship point standings. Midway through the season, Sundeen and his team identified a radiator issue.

The four-time Champion explained, “At the beginning of the year, we thought it was a motor issue we were facing, but around the 5th race we figured out the problem was the radiator, and after that, we were good the rest of the season.”
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IRMA Honors Bryan Clauson with Historical Marker to be Unveiled April 8

NOBLESVILLE, Ind. (March 28, 2017) – The legacy that Bryan Clauson leaves behind will forever be felt throughout the racing community and well beyond.

While Clauson traveled the country and the world in his Sprint Car and Midget racing adventures as well as competing in the “Grand Daddy of Them All”, the Indianapolis 500, the town of Noblesville, Indiana was the place that he always called home.

As such, it’s all too fitting that the Indiana Racing Memorial Association (IRMA) has selected Noblesville’s Forest Park to erect a historical marker honoring Bryan Clauson.

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Early Entries Already Pouring In for 44th Annual Oxford 250

NAPLES, ME (March 23) – Entries have already started coming in for the 44th Annual Oxford 250, slated for August 25-27 at Maine’s Oxford Plains Speedway.  Even though the race is still five months away, nearly 30 drivers have already announced their intentions for the event with drivers from across the spectrum making up those entries. 

Early entries include 6-time PASS North Super Late Model champion, Johnny Clark, who filed the first entry for the 2017 Oxford 250. Georgia’s Spencer Davis will be joined by transplanted southerner Kyle Desouza and 2016 PASS South Super Late Model champion Matt Craig of North Carolina, who will be making his first attempt in the 250.  Craig recently secured his starting spot in the Oxford 250 by winning a qualifier race at Orange County Speedway this past weekend.

Female racer Sarah Cornett-Ching, fresh off a sixth-place finish at Southern National Motorsports Park, will trek from British Columbia seeking her first Oxford 250 start.  In addition to the complete PASS South schedule, Cornett-Ching has also filed entries for the first three PASS North races at Thompson, Oxford, and Beech Ridge.

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DCRP Season Opener Around the Corner

DODGE CITY, Kan. (March 28, 2017) – It’s nearly time to flip the page of the calendar to April.  And that means we’re well into the countdown towards opening night of dirt track racing action that is just over two weeks away at Dodge City Raceway Park.

The 2017 season kicks off at the state-of-the-art 3/8-mile Dodge City Raceway Park clay oval on Saturday night, April 15, with a full slate of championship chase action including Precise Racing Products DCRP Sprint Cars, IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sport Modifieds, IMCA Stock Cars and IMCA Hobby Stocks.

The April 15 season opener will go green at 7:30 p.m.  Tickets are just $15 for adults with children 11 and under admitted free when accompanied by an adult.  Pit passes are $30.

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Eddie MacDonald Prepares for April Season Openers

Eddie MacDonald will take the green flag in the Pro All-Star Series opener in the Icebreaker PASS race at Thompson Motorsports Park onSunday, April 2 in the first of three races scheduled in the month in three different series.  Eddie Mac will also compete in the American Canadian Tour’s Governor’s Cup at his home track Lee USA Speedway on April 9, then head to Bristol Motor Speedway for the K&N Pro Series East event on April 22.

“As you can imagine, we have been extremely busy preparing the cars for three different series but we are looking forward to getting things going and improving on our performance from last season,” said the veteran Rowley, Mass. racer. “We are going to pick and choose the races we run in this season and we hope the flexibility will allow us to better prepare for the races we run. Last year was very hectic trying to run as many races as we did. We were not pleased with our performance in the K&N series and we are re-doubling our efforts to be more successful.”

Currently, Eddie Mac and the Grimm Racing Team is scheduled to compete in four K&N events with the first on the “World’s Fastest Half-Mile” in Bristol, Tennessee with Eddie Mac saying, “We absolutely love racing at Bristol and have enjoyed some success there. We won there in 2014, finished sixth in 2015, and eighth there last year. The competition in this series is incredible and we really have to be prepared to run and finish well against those teams. Our team owner Rob Grimm gives us everything we need for the Grimm Construction Chevy to be competitive, so it will be fun to kick off our season with a solid showing at Bristol. We plan to run at Thompson, Loudon, and Dover this season in the K&N so our focus will be on preparing the best cars for each race. The entire team is excited and ready to go.”

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