Thompson (CT) Speedway Motorsports Park hosted its first practice session of the season on Sunday. Icebreaker 2017 was postponed to this weekend, April 7-9.
[Photos] by Nicholas Teto
(Apr 5, 2017) SEEKONK, Mass. — Sitting just over a mile from Seekonk Speedway, 81-year-old Nat Chiavettone turns plenty of wrenches on a daily basis. He isn’t working on a chassis setup on a race car, but instead he is turning wrenches on preparing engines that many teams will count on to get them into victory lane at Seekonk Speedway for the NASCAR Whelen All American Series season at the third-mile oval.
Since he was 14 years old, Nat has been turning wrenches on engines of all different kinds. Some have been for oval track racing or drag racing, while others have been for custom cars or anything else that someone brought to the table in front of him.
“I just started working on motors because I was working on the farm when I was a kid,” Nat said. “You had to fix farm equipment so I just did it. It was the thing to do back then.”
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TULSA, Okla. (April 5, 2017) The King of the Wings II showdown between the Griffith Truck and Equipment ASCS Gulf South Region and the Lucas Oil ASCS Southern Outlaw Sprints will have to wait as flooding has forced officials with the Jackson Motor Speedway to postpone until Friday, April 14th and Saturday, April 15th.
“As of right now we do have some flooding in the pits at Jackson Motor Speedway and the Pearl River is still rising,” stated Jackson Motor Speedway officials to their Facebook page earlier today.
Both nights will open at 5:00 P.M. with racing getting underway at 7:00 P.M. Friday, April 14 will include Factory Stocks and Modifieds. General Admission is $15. Saturday, April 15 will swap out classes for the NeSmith Street Stocks and Crate Late Models. General Admission is $20. Both nights, children six years of age and younger can get into the grandstands free of charge.
World of Outlaws, Super DIRTcar Series, and Sportsman Open ’17 Schedule May 21-22
WEEDSPORT, NY (April 4, 2017) – VP Racing Fuels, the world leader in race fuel technology, will return as the official fuel of Weedsport Speedway in 2017.
With a total of nine action-packed events on the ’17 calendar, Weedsport Speedway is proud to welcome the Craftsman World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series, the Super DIRTcar Series Big Block Modifieds, and the DIRTcar Sportsman to its opening events on Sunday, May 21 and Monday, May 22 with all three officially competing under the VP Racing Fuels banner.
“All of us at Weedsport Speedway are excited to have VP Racing Fuels back on board for 2017,” said Weedsport Speedway promoter, Jimmy Phelps. “Whether I’m promoting races featuring VP Racing Fuels or racing myself with VP Racing Fuels behind the seat, I can always rely on VP for superior performance and unmatched technical support. We appreciate the support that VP Racing fuels provide Weedsport Speedway and short track racing.”
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APRIL 4, 2017 — After a successful show at Placerville, the Light Up The World Beverages USAC Western States Midgets are back in action this Saturday, April 8th at Tulare’s Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway. Located on the Tulare County Fairgrounds, the third point race will also feature the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Cars, Western RaceSaver Sprint Cars, IMCA Stock Cars, and Legends of Kearney Bowl Vintage Cars. The spectator gates will open at 4:00 pm, time trials at 5:00 pm, and racing will start at 7:00 pm. For more event information, visit the track’s website at www.tularethunderbowl.com or call 559.688.0909.
Heading into Saturday’s event, the Tulare County Fairgrounds has hosted eight USAC Western Midget races. P.J. Jones won the September 7, 1988, Tulare debut and Ronnie Gardner claimed victory last October. At press time, Bryan Clauson holds the 1-lap qualifying record of 15.628, set on November 13, 2010, and the series win list at Thunderbowl Raceway is at the bottom of this release.
Heading to Tulare, Ronnie Gardner (Corona, California) has a thirteen point lead over the competition. Racing the Six8 Motorsports’ #68 PAC Springs / Wilwood Brakes Stewart, Gardner led five laps at Placerville before running second to Shane Golobic. At press time, the defending four-time champion has one feature win, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, one heat race victory, two top-10 finishes, and 30 feature laps led to his credit. Ronnie ranks fourth on the series win list with twenty victories and will be looking to add another Tulare win to his resume.
GREENVILLE, NY — On Saturday, Christian Eckes is returning to where his ARCA Racing Series career began, the Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville (TN), for the second time. And this time, he hopes he’ll be strumming a few chords on the famous Nashville guitar.
Eckes started eighth and finished eighth in his ARCA debut one year ago, but now the driver from Middletown, New York has a ton more experience in heavy stock cars, as well as prior knowledge of the fast 5/8-mile oval to lean on when he makes his season debut for Venturini Motorsports.
“Last year is going to contribute a lot to this year, no doubt,” said Eckes. “Learning the track last year for the ARCA race as well as running the Super Late Model a few times last year makes me a lot more prepared heading into this race.”
Concord, N.C. — The first ever Short Track U.S. Nationals at Bristol Motor Speedway (TN) draws closer with each passing day with fans all across the United States and beyond rushing to get their video tickets for the exclusive two-day race broadcast on Speed51.com. It also means that time is winding down to take advantage for a special discount offer for the event broadcast.
From now until Friday May 19, fans can purchase an “early bird” discount of $44.99 for both days of racing at Bristol on May 20 and 21. While separate video tickets for both days are available, subscribers can save up to $20 with this offer for both days of Speed51 TV’s exclusive, multi-camera broadcast. Click here to order.
For those two days, race fans will enjoy racing from six different classes of Short Track Racing including; Super Late Models (ARCA/CRA Super Series, CARS Tour, Southern Super Series), Pro Late Models (JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour), Late Model Stock Cars (CARS Tour), Open-Wheel Modifieds (NTSA Top Speed Modified Tour), Street Stocks (CRA Street Stock Series), and Compacts (Vore’s Compact Touring Series), all from wherever you may be.
MOORESVILLE, N.C. (April 5, 2017) – Big Tine, year-round deer products to support a healthy and flourishing herd, is expanding its partnership with Cunningham Motorsports for the 2017 ARCA Racing Series season. Big Tine will be the featured primary sponsor of the No. 22 Ford Fusion driven by Shane Lee for the 2017 racing season, with select primary and associate sponsorship of the No. 77 Ford Fusion driven by Dalton Sargeant. The Music City 200 will be the debut of both Big Tine primary paint schemes for the 2017 season.
“It’s great to have Big Tine on board for the entire season,” said Lee. “It’s a fun brand to work with and I think it’s going to shape up to be a pretty good year. Big Tine has had a good relationship with Cunningham for a year now, so hopefully I can come into this and bring them the same success they saw last year with Chase (Briscoe) and help continue to expand this sponsorship.”
The expansion of the partnership between Big Tine and Cunningham Motorsports comes after a successful first season in motorsports for the company, as Briscoe’s No. 77 Big Tine Ford Fusion reached victory lane six times. Cunningham and Big Tine both look to continue the trend this season, starting with the Music City 200 from Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway on April 8, 2017.
This Saturday, April 8th, the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Cars will tackle the Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, California. Located on the Tulare County Fairgrounds, the lightning fast 1/3-mile oval last hosted the traditional sprints on May 18, 2013. Promoted by Steve Faria, the third point race will also feature the Light Up The World Beverages USAC Western States Midgets, Western RaceSaver Sprint Cars, IMCA Stock Cars, and Legends of Kearney Bowl Vintage Cars. The spectator gates will open at 4:00 pm, time trials at 5:00 pm, and racing will start at 7:00 pm. For more event information, visit the track’s website at www.tularethunderbowl.com or call 559.688.0909.
Heading into Saturday’s event, the Tulare County Fairgrounds has hosted seven USAC/CRA Sprint Car races. “The Kruser” Cory Kruseman won the May 27, 2007, Tulare debut and Mike Spencer won the last appearance. At press time, Bryan Clauson holds the 1-lap qualifying record of 14.606, set on November 14, 2009, and the series win list at Thunderbowl Raceway is at the bottom of this release.
Entering the third point race, “The Demon” Damion Gardner (Concord, California) has a thirteen point advantage after winning last Saturday’s “So Cal Showdown” at Perris Auto Speedway. Racing Mark Alexander’s #4 Scott Sales Company / Weld Racing Spike, Gardner has one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, two heat race victories, two top-10 finishes, and 23 feature laps led on the season. “The Demon” has seventy-one USAC/CRA victories and will be looking to take top honors at Tulare.
Clock Stopper: Keselowski First Driver To Multiple Wins
Brad Keselowski became the first driver in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series to win multiple races this season when he passed Kyle Busch with 42 laps remaining and never looked back to visit Victory Lane for his first time at Martinsville Speedway.
Keselowski, who notched the first victory for Ford at Martinsville since Oct. 20, 2002 (Kurt Busch, Roush Fenway Racing, 28 races ago), will go for his second straight victory in Sunday’s O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 at Texas Motor Speedway (1:30 p.m. ET on FOX).
The No. 2 Ford driver leads the series with 10 playoff points and sits fourth in the points standings, 34 markers behind No. 1 ranked Kyle Larson. Continue reading ‘NASCAR National Series News & Notes — Texas’
BALDWINSVILLE, NY – April 4, 2017 — The Fulton Speedway would like to welcome Sam Reakes Snap-on Tools to the sponsorship family. Reakes Snap-on franchise will be the presenting sponsor on night one of the “Highbank Holdup” weekend on Friday, April 28.
Doing battle on Friday night will be clay slinging, methanol breathing, winged warriors of the premier 360 Sprint car tour in the Northeast, the Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints. The highly competitive and fan favorite DIRTcar Sportsman Championship Series Central Region will add to high-speed excitement to kick off the 2017 season.
Along with being presenting sponsor, Reakes will be strapping into his own Town Mechanical, The Tub Surgeon, No. 17 as he will be looking to take home the A-Main victory.
Continue reading ‘Sam Reakes Snap-On To Present Night One Of The Fulton Speedway Highbank Holdup Weekend On April 28 Featuring Empire Super Sprints & DIRTcar Sportsman Championship Series Central Region; Modified Super DIRTcar Series April 29’
Modified Super DIRTcar Series Championship Chase Starts At The Fulton Speedway Saturday, April 29; Track Points Begin For Sportsman And Late Models
BALDWINSVILLE, NY – April 5, 2017 – Calendars have been circled for months by both fans and race teams ready to kick off the 2017 Modified Super DIRTcar Series in the Northeast. Saturday, April 29 the Fulton Speedway will host the stars in their 800 horsepower, ground pounding, Big Block Modifieds as they will do battle in the “Highbank Holdup” 100. Also on the race card will be the first track point race for the SUNY Canton DIRTcar Sportsman and Billy Whittaker Cars & Trux RUSH Late Models.
Super DIRTcar Series regulars who call the Fulton Speedway home will be led by 2016 Tracey Road Equipment DIRTcar Modifed track champion, Larry Wight along with Jimmy Phelps, Pat Ward, Max McLaughlin, plus a tough field of weekly runners, Tim Sears Jr., Tom Sears Jr., Chris Hile, Billy Whittaker, Chad Phelps, Tim Kerr and others will be looking to keep the holdup cash and trophy home.
Never intimidated wherever the series go, the invaders will be led by two-time defending series champion Matt Sheppard, plus Brett Hearn, Stewart Friesen, Mike Mahaney, Keith Flach, Tim Fuller, Peter Britten, Rich Scagliotta. Series rookies Mike Maresca and Brandon Walters will be looking to make strong statements.
NAPLES, ME (April 5) – After a long winter break, one that got extended a week due to nearly a foot of snow, Pro All Stars Series (PASS) North Super Late Model drivers from across New England and Canada are ready to tackle Connecticut’s Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park this weekend for the first race of 2017.
In addition to being the first action of the season for New England’s top short trackers, The 43rd Annual Icebreaker also serves as part of the PASS National Championship Series. Following the first two events held in the south at Dillon in February and Orange County in March, 4-Time PASS National Champion, Ben Rowe, finds himself out in front of the standings, but one driver believes Thompson could be his chance to cut into that advantage. Hudson, NH’s Joey Polewarcyzk currently sits sixth in the PASS National Championship and feels optimistic for his opportunity at The Icebreaker.
“It’s exciting, I’ve never raced a Super Late Model there before,” said Polewarcyzk, returning to the seat of the family-owned Pole’s Automotive Ford #97 this weekend. “It’s fast, there’s a lot of history there, and I’m excited to run one of these Super Late Models there. It should be a lot of fun and it’s always good to get the season going.”
Popular “Low Down and Dirty” Meet and Greets Ready for Another Season
BECHTELSVILLE, PA APRIL 5, 2017 . . . Are you ready for some great dirt track racing action? The 55th consecutive season of stock car racing action is set to officially get started on Saturday, April 8th at 7 p.m. at NASCAR sanctioned Grandview Speedway.
New clay has been added to the racing surface and it held up well during last Saturday’s practice session. With more track work being performed this week management of the one-third-mile, banked clay track is excited about another season getting the green flag.
The T.P.Trailers NASCAR 358 Modifieds will headline the tripleheader show that will also include the BRC Late Models and Sportsman stock cars. At least 12 events of action packed, wheel-to-wheel racing competition will be featured.
Analyzing The Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 150 at Greenville Pickens
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East heads next to the Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 150 at Greenville Pickens Speedway in Greenville, South Carolina, on Saturday, April 8. Below is a look at the Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 150 and some of the selected participants.
Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 150 Race Setup:
This weekend’s “Kokomo Grand Prix” featuring the USAC Midget National Championship at Indiana’s Kokomo Speedway has been shifted to Saturday and Sunday, April 8-9.
A forecast calling for chilling temperatures on the originally-scheduled Friday date prompted the move to Saturday and Sunday, which will feature complete shows for both the midgets and Kokomo Sprint Cars.
A deep field is anticipated for “Kokomo Grand Prix,” including Justin Grant who, just last month, captured his first career USAC National Midget victory indoors at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin. It was a history-making feat as he became the first to win the USAC National Sprint and National Midget openers in the same season. His run thus far for Clauson/Marshall Racing has been nearly flawless, and he looks to continue his run of success at a track he has mastered 10 times behind the wheel of a sprint car.
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Defending Winner Already has ’17 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Victory Heading to Thompson
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 5, 2017) — Weather may have delayed the Icebreaker a week, but it hasn’t slowed Timmy Solomito’s momentum.
Heading to Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, he has firmly positioned himself as the driver to beat Sunday. The Islip, N.Y. driver captured the victory in the season-opening race at Myrtle Beach Speedway on March 18 and is heading to Thompson as the defending Icebreaker winner.
Last year, he wheeled the No. 16 Flamingo Motorsports entry into Victory Lane for his first career series win. The victory began what was a breakout season for the 25-year-old driver, including four checkered flags.
Concord, North Carolina (April 5, 2017) – Zane Smith will make his highly anticipated ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards season debut on Saturday, April 8 during the Music City 200 at the Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville.
After sitting out Daytona, unable to compete due to series’ age restrictions, the seventeen-year-old driver has been patiently waiting his turn behind the wheel. That time is now – Smith will roll out his No.55 Icon Vehicle Dynamics-LaPaz Toyota this weekend.
“It’s been a long time waiting for this moment to finally get here,” said Smith. “I’ve been fired up since we made the announcement during the off-season. Everyone has been preparing for this moment and eager to get off to a fast start. I’m thankful for the opportunity and appreciate Toyota and all the support I receive from our partners.”