Archive for April 19th, 2017

Teddy Hodgdon Ready for MSD Legends Series Opener

Semi-Pro Legend Drier Ready for Third Annual Icebreaker, Road Race Style

THOMPSON, CT –Two years ago, the US Legends Cars made their debut on the 1.7-mile road course at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park. The wheel-to-wheel competition stunned onlookers, and soon the scaled 1930’s coupes and sedans had a new home. The Third Annual Icebreaker, Road Race Style, scheduled for Saturday, April 22, will serve as the season-opening event for the Midstate Site Development (MSD) Legends Series. INEX Semi-Pro driver, Teddy Hodgdon, looks forward to beginning his championship chase at the event.

Sixteen year-old driver, Teddy Hodgdon and his father and car owner, Ted Hodgdon, owner of the No. 28 Replica 1934 Ford Coupe Legend Car has a good idea of what it takes to be successful on the technical 1.7-mile road course. The driver of the No. 28 explains, “There is not a lot of road courses around the New England Area besides New Hampshire. To have another Road Course close to my location is awesome. The TSMP Road Course is perfect for these cars on the straight away and room for these cars to race, making it interesting.”

Teddy Hodgdon has a history of great success in the Semi Pro Legends Division. He won two National Qualifier events at Bethel Motor Speedway in 2015 and 2016, respectively. Teddy also has won 8 races and placed 8th out of more than 300 drivers in the national rankings, despite missing races, including the 2016 Icebreaker, Road Race Style. Continue reading ‘Teddy Hodgdon Ready for MSD Legends Series Opener’

Continued Wet Forecast Forces 81-Speedway Officials to Call Off Park City Cup/Air Capital Shootout

PARK CITY, Kan. (April 19, 2017) Officials at 81-Speedway have made the decision to call off this weekend’s rescheduled Park City Cup/Air Capital Shootout as this weekend’s forecast has not come below a 90 percent chance of rain on during Friday’s, April 21 opener, only to give way to a 50 percent chance on Saturday, April 22.

The race will not be rescheduled for a third time, but the dates for next year’s event have been announced for March 30-31, 2018.

“It’s hard to have to call of a race, but with the rain chances as high as they are, we’d rather have the race called early so the teams can find other options to fill their weekend,” said ASCS Red River Region director, Terry Mattox. “We’re already looking at the dates for next year and making sure we can co-sanction again.”
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Brad Scott Memorial is U.S. Prostock/Super Late Model National Championship Qualifier in June

Seekonk, MA — When the first race of the Phil’s Propane Triple Crown for Prostocks is contested June 17th, at Seekonk (MA) Speedway, the 75-lap race will provide the winner an automatic starting spot for the second annual U.S. Prostock/Super Late Model National Championship race, slated for July 12, paying a cool $10,000 to the winner of the 200-lap Summer Classic.

Race Promoter Gary Sagar has announced the fifth qualifying event on the schedule will remember Brad Scott, a long-time Seekonk race supporter and member of the Scott family of nearby Freetown, MA, who left their mark in racing at Seekonk and Thompson (CT) Speedways in the 1970’s and 80’s.

Cancer claimed Brad’s life 5-years ago. Two-time Seekonk Pro-Stock champion Lenny Ellis played a part in helping create the memorial race and continue the legacy of his long-time friend.
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PPMS Inks Two Ultimate NE Super Late Model Series Races for 2017

CARNESVILLE, GA – Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway in Imperial, PA has agreed to host two ULTIMATE Super Late Model Series North East Region events during the 2017 racing season.  The 40-lap $3,000-to-win, $400-to-start ULTIMATE NE races will be on July 15 and August 26.

The ULTIMATE NE Region is one of four throughout the country.  It was formed this year to sanction super late model racing in Pennsylvania, Northern Ohio, and New York.  Due to the lateness of the off-season the region was formed, most tracks had already set their 2017 schedules.  This led series officials to present a non-point, non-points fund paying Introductory Pilot Season.

“We are delighted that a track with the stature of Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway under the promotion and management of the Miley Family has agreed to sign two ULTIMATE Super Late Model Series North East Region races for 2017,” ULTIMATE NE Director Rose Compton said.  “It’s an exciting time for ULTIMATE NE and we can’t wait to get started promoting these two events with the Miley’s and the staff of PPMS.”

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Practice Added, 2017 Schedule and Procedure Updates at PPMS

Imperial, PA (April 19)  With the beginning of the 2017 racing season quickly approaching at Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway, the final preparations for the new season are being made.

A “Test and Tune” practice session has been added to the schedule for this Saturday, April 22.  This will allow teams to get some laps on the track to work on their cars, without the pressure of it being a race night.  The gates will open at 1:00, with on track activity running from 2:00 until 6:00.  The grandstands will be open, free of charge.  The pit fee will be $30 per person, except for Hobby Stock, Young Gun, and Open Four drivers which will be $15.  Fuel and tires will be available at the track.

The 2017 Blastoff Season Opener will take place on Saturday, April 29, with the running of the 11th Annual Red Miley Rumble.  Presented by Diehl Automotive, the opening night Super Late Model special event will feature the Zimmer’s Service Center United Late Model Series.  Though the theme of the Red Miley Rumble is the number 53, the lap count will be 35 laps, or 53 backwards.  The winner will earn $3553, with all starters earning at least $353.  Moving from its traditional August date, the Red Miley Rumble will now start the season of point competition for the six weekly divisions, Diehl Automotive Super Late Models, Precise Racing Products RUSH Late Models, Sportsman, Hobby Stocks, Young Guns, and Open Fours.  

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PASS Statement Regarding Raphael Lessard Disqualification at Hickory  

CHARLOTTE, NC (April 19) – Following Saturday night’s Easter Bunny 150 at Hickory Motor Speedway, driver of the #99, Raphael Lessard, was disqualified due to the inappropriate actions of his crew chief/spotter, Seth Smith, following the event.  The Pro All Stars Series (PASS) would like to further clarify what transpired leading to the disqualification.

First, Lessard was warned and fined $500 for intentionally spinning the #89 car driven by Lee Hansard on lap 59.  Mr. Hansard is a veteran of short track racing in the southeast and has competed with PASS on a limited basis for over 10 years.  While Lessard was battling for the lead, Mr. Hansard was racing hard to stay on the lead lap when he was unnecessarily tagged from behind by the #99 car. (See Attached Video)

Second, on the ensuing restart, Preston Peltier passed Lessard on the track for the lead when the caution immediately waved for a crash by Dawson Cram on the front straightaway. The #99 team incorrectly assumed that PASS reverts to the last completed lap in scoring.  Lessard passed Peltier under caution, was told to give the position back, and was again warned and fined $500 for illegally passing under yellow.
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Michaud, Malone Purchase Thunder Road Speedbowl

Barre, VT — Thunder Road officials have announced that the sale of Thunder Road Speedbowl to former racer Cris Michaud and local businessman Pat Malone has been completed. The duo has assumed day-to-day operations of the famed quarter-mile oval, which had been owned and operated since 1982 by Ken Squier and Tom Curley.

Michaud is a three-time “King of the Road” and has spent 22 years at and around the high banks as a driver and race director. Malone is the owner of Malone Properties, a Montpelier-based commercial real estate company that has sponsored a number of Thunder Road race teams in previous seasons.

Both had previously explored purchasing the race track separately before joining forces. The two will be equal partners in the track, with Michaud in charge of racing operations and Malone overseeing facility management.
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USAC Sprints Take On New Territory this Weekend at Plymouth and Montpelier

Both of this upcoming weekend’s USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car stops take place on a pair of Hoosierland tracks that have been a witness to over a century and a half of auto racing history.

However, Plymouth Speedway and Montpelier Motor Speedway have only played host to a combined one lone USAC Sprint Car event. A new opportunity arises and a there’s new land to claim. It all lies ahead this Friday and Saturday when a new generation of USAC stars including Justin Grant, Chad Boespflug, and Chris Windom vie to take their piece of the pie.

First up is Plymouth Speedway this Friday night, April 21st where, in the past, the USAC National Midgets have made their home not only the pavement, but also on the dirt. But this will be the first foray for the USAC Sprint Car division at Plymouth on either surface.
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World of Outlaws Welcomes Extended Stay America as Official Hotel

Partnership offers exclusive 20 percent discount for World of Outlaws fans

CONCORD, N.C. – April 19, 2017 – The World of Outlaws welcomes Extended Stay America® hotels (ESA) – the largest owner operated hotel chain in the U.S. – as the official hotel of the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series and the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series.

Operating 629 properties nationwide, Extended Stay America offers fully-equipped kitchens, free wi-fi, on-site laundry facilities, grab-and-go breakfast and other practical touches to make travelers feel at home while they are on the road. And from February through November 2017, for the length of each racing season, the Outlaws’ home IS the road. Welcoming both the World of Outlaws team and their followers, the partnership extends an exclusive 20 percent discount on rooms at any Extended Stay America hotel to all World of Outlaws fans through esa.com/worldofoutlaws.

The World of Outlaws will run 148 races at 82 different race tracks in 23 states and two different countries during the 2017 season. This keeps them on the road for more than 250 days of the year.

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