Archive for August, 2017

Stafford Track Championship Races Continue to Tighten Up

Stafford Springs, CT — As the 2017 season at Stafford Speedway heads into September and the final 5 races of the year, the races for the track championships keep on getting tighter and tighter.  The August 25 Back 2 SK®ool program saw the point lead change hands in both the SK Modified® and SK Light divisions and the point lead in the Late Model and Limited Late Model divisions both shrunk.  The DARE Stocks were the only division that saw the point leader extend their lead.

In the SK Modifieds®, Keith Rocco endured a mechanical issue for the second consecutive race, relegating him to a 13th place finish after he was contending with Ted Christopher for the race lead.  Chase Dowling’s fourth place finish last Friday night combined with Rocco’s misfortune vaulted him back to the top of the SK Modified® standings by 12 points over Rocco.  Ronnie Williams is now third in the standings, 16 points behind Dowling.  After suffering two consecutive mechanical issues of his own, Ted Christopher has won the last 2 SK Modified® feature events to climb back to fourth in the standings, 36 points behind Dowling.  With 2-time defending track champion Rowan Pennink fifth, 42 points behind, and Todd Owen sixth, 48 points behind, there are 6 drivers within 50 points or 1 race victory of the point leader.

In the Late Model division, Glen Reen continues to hold down the point lead but his margin shrunk from 12 points down to 10 points after last Friday night with Kevin Gambacorta sitting in second.  Defending track champion Tom Fearn is third, 28 points behind with Michael Wray in fourth, 32 points behind.  Michael Bennett had climbed back into contention with 6 consecutive top-4 finishes from June 9 to August 4 but two consecutive finishes outside the top-10 have left him 58 points behind Reen.

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Marcello Rufrano Rebounding Nicely After Rough Start in Stafford’s SK Lights

Stafford Springs, CT — Fresh off a 6-race rookie stint in Stafford’s SK Light Modified division in 2016 that saw him win his very first start, Marcello Rufrano was looking for big things coming into the 2017 season.  While Rufrano has put together an impressive season with 2 victories thus far behind the wheel of his #88 Wheelers Automotive machine, his season got off to the worst possible start as he got caught up in wrecks in each of the first three races and recorded finishes of 24th, 26th, and 26th in those three races.

“I think it was just a matter of getting some better luck and experience,” said Rufrano.  “At the start of the year, we had the worst luck you could ever imagine.  We wrecked 3 weeks in a row and basically had to rebuild the right front suspension every week.  As soon as we got those out of the way, it seemed like we got back to our roots and winning races and finishing in the top-5.  The car has been fast all season long, we just didn’t have any luck to start out.”

With a lackluster start to his 2017 campaign, Rufrano says that frustration was starting to set in but the #88 team didn’t let their bad luck keep them down for very long.

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Hearn Uses Home Track Advantage To Win Mr. DIRT Track USA & End Series Winless Streak

It was just over two years to the day that Brett Hearn last stood in victory lane on the Super DIRTcar Series. Who would have thought he’d go winless since the August 2015 tour stop at Cornwall. Well, that all changed on Thursday night with a dominant performance in Lebanon Valley’s Mr. DIRT Track USA.
Hearn, who will be crowned champion at the Valley for yet another year on Saturday night, took the lead from Eddie Marshall with a power move from fourth to first on lap 18 and was never really challenged again as he went on to grab the $17,500 payday.

“They say if you’re gonna break out of a slump, you might as well win the one that pays the most money,” Hearn said with a laugh. “What a hot rod man. This car was so good tonight.”

The Sussex, NJ driver took his time early in the event, using patience until the time was right to strike.

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Chart-Topping Dan+Shay to Play Pre-Race Concert

Nashville-based country duo to kick off ISM Connect 300 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoff race on Sunday, Sept. 24 at 11:00 a.m.

LOUDON, N.H. – A sound all their own, platinum-selling country act Dan + Shay will bring their unique blend of country, rock and pop to the New Hampshire Motor Speedway frontstretch stage on Sunday, Sept. 24. The Nashville-based duo will perform a 45-minute pre-race concert at 11:00 a.m. prior to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series ISM Connect 300 playoff race.

“I know where I’ll be on Sunday at 11 o’clock – rocking out to Dan and Shay on our frontstretch with thousands of our awesome fans,” said David McGrath, executive vice president and general manager of the speedway. “I think what these guys bring to the table and the type of music they play will really provide something for everyone. I am immensely excited to have Dan and Shay be a part of our ISM Connect 300 pre-race festivities.”

Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney began their careers after meeting in Nashville in 2012. Smyers attended Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Mellon University in his home state of Pennsylvania, while Mooney, a native of Arkansas, began his career as a solo act.

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Matt Galko Geared Up for Double Duty at Stafford

Stafford Springs, CT — When the green flag falls on the Valenti Modified Racing Series this Friday night, September 1st, Meriden native and SK Modified® regular Matt Galko will be racing double duty as he will drive the #76 Norm Perry owned machine in the VMRS 80 as well as his familiar #3 SK Modified®.  Galko has made one previous start at Stafford with the Perry team back in August 2014 where he finished 14th.

“Norm Perry does the engines for the SK car that I drive at Waterford so I got to know the family,” said Galko.  “Talking with them over the past couple of years, they’re a family oriented team so they usually have either Dennis or Shelly driving the car.  This was a good opportunity for me to get some experience behind the wheel of a tour type modified car.  I drove for them back in 2014 at Stafford, which was my first time in a tour type car and we ran the Tri-Track race at Star last weekend.  We finished 10th, which was pretty respectable with the competition at Star and not having a lot of experience.  I think a top-10 would be a good goal for us.  I’d like to finish all the laps and get as much experience as I can racing with the extra horsepower.”

Having raced weekly at Stafford since the 2010 season in both the SK Light and now SK Modified® divisions, Galko feels like his weekly experience at Stafford will help to overcome the lack of experience he has as a driver/team combination with the Perry team.  Galko will be looking to build upon the 10th place finish he enjoyed last week driving the #76 car in the Tri-Track race at Star Speedway.

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Prepare for Wicked Fun at Sept. 22-24 NASCAR Weekend

Fun Zone, Fan Jam, and Trackside Live highlight jam-packed September Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race weekend

LOUDON, N.H. – September NASCAR race weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway will once again provide a relentless supply of on-track racing sure to satisfy the most hearty fan’s appetite. The weekend will also deliver a wicked good time outside of the grandstands, too, as speedway officials announce the addition of a Fun Zone in the Fan Zone, the Fan Jam appreciation party, and the return of the Trackside Live Stage.

“We are very proud of having such a diverse and entertaining on-track schedule, but we want to ensure that we’re offering a deep menu of off-track options, too,” said David McGrath, executive vice president and general manager of the speedway. “Providing an experience that puts the fans first is a directive from our chairman that all of us here at New Hampshire Motor Speedway passionately strive to achieve.”

The Fun Zone will be located within the Fan Zone, across from the Turn 2 Tunnel. The Fan Zone is already a great place for fans to take their race day experiences to the next level with its giveaways, prizes, driver appearances, go-karts and sponsor activities. The new Fun Zone will only expand those opportunities, providing adults and children activities to keep busy like the Human Billiards, Giant Pop-a-Shot basketball, an airbrush tattoo station, hula hoop and jump rope stage games, a DJ, and photos ops with the KISS Forever band.

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Largest Du Quoin Car Count in Over a Decade Expected for Sunday’s Ted Horn 100

The largest “Ted Horn 100” car count in over a decade is expected this Sunday, September 3, for the return of the USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series presented by TRAXXAS racing to the “Magic Mile” at the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds.

Thirty-eight cars have entered, making it the most expected entrants for the event since 2004.

The list is highlighted by eight past Du Quoin victors leading off with defending race winner Chris Windom. The St. Louis resident engaged a spirited duel with 1990 race winner Jeff Swindell down the stretch, taking the lead from Swindell with just three laps remaining to score his first win on a dirt mile. Windom used that victory as a springboard to a Silver Crown title in 2016, but he hasn’t won in the series since the season-opening “Sumar Classic” at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track in April.

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Dirt Classic Ohio and Pete Jacobs Memorial Headline Major Weekend for Arctic Cat All Stars

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (August 30, 2017) – With the 2017 Open Wheel Championships at Atomic Speedway officially in the books, the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions will now shift further north in the Buckeye State, reestablishing their focus on a pair of events at Attica Raceway Park and Wayne County Speedway during Labor Day weekend. Each of the upcoming programs will award $10,000 top prizes, as well as full points toward the 2017 Arctic Cat All Star championship which will be settled officially in mid-October.

The Labor Day weekend doubleheader will kick off on Saturday evening, September 2, with a visit to Attica Raceway Park in Attica, Ohio. “America’s Series” will join the best in the Buckeye State for the annual Dirt Classic Ohio; a 40-lap, $10,000-to-win, $600-to-start marquee that will utilize passing points and double heat races to assemble the evening’s starting lineup. Sheldon Haudenschild is the defending Dirt Classic Ohio winner, holding off a pair of Ohio legends, Byron Reed and Dale Blaney, for the $10,000 paycheck.

In addition, Attica Raceway Park will also host the Ohio Sprint Speedweek presented by Cometic Gasket make-up feature that was postponed from Friday, June 16; the result of a late evening rain shower. The lineup has already been set with Travis Philo and Cale Conley on the front row. Scheduled to open the evening at Attica Raceway Park, those in action will compete for a $5,000 top prize.

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Fastline Speed & Performance Supports Nationals

Northeast Crate Nationals Set for September 8th at Albany Saratoga

August 30, 2017 (Fonda, NY) – Often drivers put pressure on themselves to perform at a high level. They understand starting off it may take time, but for some success comes quickly. Once a driver tastes victory the pressure to achieve it again can be overwhelming. Even the greatest of all-time will say they are their biggest critics. That’s a big part of why Mike Walton succeeds in helping so many stand out drivers reach victory lane.

Mike Walton has been around racecars his whole life. When he reached the age of 16 his interest in suspension had already grown to the point where he’d work on repairing damaged shocks. He got out of the shock business quickly though, because he was chasing another dream. Walton wanted to drive.

He grew his understanding for racecars from top to bottom and became a feature winning wheelman. Walton’s success behind the wheel created unbelievable pressure to perform as a driver from a familiar source, himself.
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Pre-Race Notes: Matt Mead // New Smyrna Speedway – NASCAR Whelen All-American Series

Driver: Matt Mead
Car: Unsponsored No. 81 Pro Late Model
Sanction: NASCAR Whelen All-American Series
Race: Pro Late Model 50
Track: New Smyrna Speedway – New Smyrna Beach, Fla.
Track Description: .500-mile high-banked oval
Date/Time: Saturday, September 2
Race Length: 50 laps
TV Coverage: None
Radio Coverage: None
Last Race Recap: Matt’s most recent race was nearly a month ago after this particular event was rescheduled due to rain on August 5. In the July 31 contest at New Smyrna, Matt finished second, ghosting every move the leader made, after running what most of his crew called the best race of his career. That race was only 25 laps compared to 50 this weekend.
Schedule Shakeup: Rain has wreaked havoc on Matt’s schedule this summer, possibly to the benefit of his racing career. A number of races were called on raceday, like the one the track is making up this weekend. Despite the raceday rain, Matt was able to test and practice the car during those weekends, giving him valuable track time and learning opportunities to improve his abilities behind the wheel. Perhaps those rainouts were blessings in disguise.

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Pre-Race Notes: Chase Purdy // Langley Speedway & Winchester Speedway – NASCAR K&N Pro Series & ARCA/CRA Super Series

Driver: Chase Purdy
Car: No. 17 Bama Buggies Toyota & No. 97 Bama Buggies/Textron Off-Road Toyota Super Late Model
Sanction: NASCAR K&N Pro Series & ARCA/CRA Super Series
Race: Visit Hampton Virginia 150 / Run For the Gun 100
Track: Langley Speedway – Hampton, Va. / Winchester Speedway – Winchester, Ind.
Track Description: .395-mile paved flat oval / .500-mile paved high-banked oval
Date/Time: Saturday, September 2 – 9pm ET / Monday, September 4 – 1pm ET
Race Length: 150 laps / 100 laps
TV Coverage: NBC Sports Network (taped) / None
Radio Coverage: None
 
Last Race Recap: Chase most recently competed in a super late model during the Battle at Berlin 251 this past weekend. A faulty seal in the rear end ultimately ended his day prematurely in 23rd before the race reached its halfway point. In NASCAR K&N Pro Series competition, Chase most recently competed at the famed Watkins Glen International road course. After various battles throughout the day including incidents and off-track excursions, he finished the event in 15th position. 

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602 Tour Amends Age Requirements

Starting with the debut 602 Modified event at Ace Speedway on Friday, September 15, 2017, the 602 Tour has decided amend the age requirements in the 602 Super Limited and 602 Modified divisions.

Originally the rules mandated that a competitor must possess a valid state driver’s license to compete in the Tour’s events.  Since receiving numerous requests in the past 60 days to consider younger competitors, the Tour’s Board of Directors voted on Tuesday, August 29 to amend the ages to 13 years of age and older.  The Tour Race Director Brad Allen will have the right, at each event, to pull any car, regardless of age from the track if he thinks they will not be able to compete at a safe and competent level.

We feel that opening this door to younger competitors will give them an opportunity to learn with seasoned veterans and hone their skills on the way up the racing ladder.  It will also allow some of the 602 competitors to race with their sons on the same track, so we view it as a win-win situation.  We also feel that with his vast experience as a competitor and official, Brad Allen will ensure that the events are run safely and that the younger competitors are at the appropriate level needed to compete. Continue reading ‘602 Tour Amends Age Requirements’

Ballou Gets Silver Crown Shot with Klatt Sunday at Du Quoin

Robert Ballou has teamed up with USAC Hall of Fame crew chief Bob East and Klatt Enterprises to compete in this Sunday, September 3rd’s “Ted Horn 100” USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series presented by TRAXXAS event at the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds in Illinois.

The Rocklin, California driver has made 11 champ car starts since 2010 with the last appearance coming at the 2016 season-opening “Sumar Classic” at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track.

Du Quoin was the location of, arguably, Ballou’s finest performance in a Silver Crown car to date. In the 2013 “Ted Horn 100,” he led 80 laps before running out of fuel while leading late in the race.

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INDYCAR Grand Prix at The Glen Fast Facts

Race weekend: Friday Sept. 1 – Sunday, Sept. 3

Track: Watkins Glen International, an 11-turn, 3.37-mile road course in Watkins Glen, N.Y.

Race distance: 60 laps / 202.2 miles

Entry list: INDYCAR Grand Prix at The Glen (PDF)

Push-to-pass parameters: 200 seconds of total time with a maximum time of 20 seconds per activation.

Firestone tire allotment: Seven sets primary, four sets alternate. Teams must use one set of primary and one new set of alternate tires in the race.

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Darland Tabbed to Race Lein Machine this Sunday at Du Quoin’s “Ted Horn 100”

USAC Triple Crown champion Dave Darland has been tabbed as the driver of Hans Lein’s No. 97 for this Sunday, September 3rd’s “Ted Horn 100” USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series presented by TRAXXAS event at the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds in Illinois.

Darland, a recent National Sprint Car Hall of Fame inductee, has won many of the biggest races on USAC’s calendar, but a win at Du Quoin still eludes him. The Lincoln, Indiana driver’s Du Quoin resume features nine top-5 finishes, including runner-up results in 1997, 1999 and 2008, plus a pair of pole positions in 1997 and 1999. As recently as 2014, Darland was in contention to win, leading 15 laps, before an accident sidelined him with 37 laps remaining.

Though this will be Darland’s first run in Lein’s Silver Crown car, the combination of these two goes back aways. As recently as 2013, Darland competed for Lein in six USAC National Midget events, including “Indiana Midget Week” and the “Sue Thiel Memorial” at Angell Park Speedway in Sun Prairie, Wisc.
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Christopher, Arute, DiMatteo, Narducci, Walker, & Chapman Score August 25 Back 2 SKRool Blitz Feature Wins at Stafford

Stafford Springs, CT — Stafford Speedway returned to NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing action with the Wild Thing Karts Junior Outlaws joining Stafford’s NASCAR Whelen All-American Series divisions as part of the track’s Back 2 SK®ool Blitz program.  Ted Christopher took down his fifth and second consecutive win of the 2017 season in the SK Modified® feature, Paul Arute was a first time Late Model feature winner, Cory DiMatteo won a thrilling duel with Brett Gonyaw to nail down his fourth SK Light feature win of 2017, Bryan Narducci was the Limited Late Model feature winner for the 2nd consecutive race and fourth overall in 2017, Johnny Walker  scored his third consecutive and fifth overall DARE Stock feature win of 2017, and Tyler Chapman was the winner of the special Wild Thing Karts Junior Outlaws feature event.

In the 40-lap SK Modified® feature, Glen Reen took the early lead from the pole with Ronnie Williams second, Keith Rocco third, Josh Wood fourth, and Dan Avery fifth.  Avery got around Wood to take fourth on lap-3 with Michael Gervais, Jr. taking fifth as Wood was slowly fading back outside the top-10.

Williams went to the lead on lap-5 with Rocco moving up to second as Reen fell back to third in line.  Avery was fourth and Matt Galko got around Gervais to take over fifth.

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Anthony Nocella Looking for Repeat Stafford Victory in VMRS 80

Stafford Springs, CT — As the Valenti Modified Series prepares to return to Stafford Speedway for the second time in 2017 on Friday, September 1st for the VMRS 80, things could not be going any better for Anthony Nocella, driver of the #92 Nocella Paving Chevrolet.  Nocella won the first VMRS race at Stafford back in May and he just won the series’ most recent race at Beech Ridge to extend his lead in the VMRS championship standings.

“We started out going real good this season and then we had a few tough races and then we won again this past weekend so I think we’ll have a pretty good chance,” said Nocella.  “It’s always tough racing when you go to Stafford.  There’s a lot of good cars and guys who race there weekly are always tough to beat.  If we can come back with the car prepared just like it was and if it runs like it did back in May then I think we’ll have a decent shot at getting another win or at least a top-3 finish.”

If Nocella is to repeat his Stafford victory from May, he faces an uphill climb as VMRS rules state that the previous race winner can start no higher than 18th in the following race.  Despite the long odds he’ll be faced with starting the VMRS 80 from the back of the pack, Nocella feels confident that he can still get to the front.

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“#GYATK NIGHT” Kokomo USAC AMSOIL Sprint (SE) Results: Aug. 23, 2017

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 23, 2017

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR “Special Event” RACE RESULTS: August 23, 2017 – Kokomo, Indiana – Kokomo Speedway – “#GYATK Night”

QUALIFYING: 1. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-12.727; 2. Thomas Meseraull, 5B, Briscoe-12.838; 3. Dave Darland, 40, Hery-12.864; 4. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Rock Steady-12.922; 5. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-12.951; 6. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-12.962; 7. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-12.983; 8. Hunter Schuerenberg, 19, Reinbold/Underwood-12.991; 9. Tyler Thomas, 17GP, Dutcher-13.067; 10. Chad Boespflug, 69, Dynamics-13.081; 11. Shane Cottle, 57, Hazen-13.164; 12. Clinton Boyles, 98, Boyles-13.194; 13. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 9K, KT-13.247; 14. Brady Short, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-13.275; 15. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-13.294; 16. Kyle Robbins, 17R, Robbins-13.305; 17. Justin Grant, 11, McGhee-13.332; 18. Brady Bacon, 63, Dooling/Hayward-13.347; 19. Aaron Farney, 15F, Farney-13.405; 20. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-13.490; 21. Tyler Hewitt, 97x, One More Time-13.512; 22. Brian Karraker, 23, Karraker-13.763; 23. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-13.770; 24. Logan Jarrett, 29, Jarrett-13.841; 25. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-13.861; 26. Josh Cunningham, 3, Cunningham-13.988; 27. Travis Welpott, 18w, Welpott-14.033; 28. Jake Scott, 4s, Scott-14.056; 29. Jamie Frederickson, 58, Frederickson-14.122; 30. Tyler Courtney, 23c, TOPP-14.132; 31. Colten Cottle, 1RL, Lambertson-14.200; 32. Josh Spencer, 66J, Spencer-14.281; 33. Paul Dues, 87, Dues-14.475; 34. Chet Williams, 38, Williams-14.632; 35. Colin Parker, 4H, Scott-14.643; 36. Mario Clouser, 6, MCM-14.760; 37. Scotty Weir, 17G, On The Gass-14.786; 38. David Hair, 44, Hair-14.868; 39. Corey Smith, 66s, CS-14.959; 40. Ben Phillips, 4, Phillips-14.967; 41. Kody Swanson, 2E, Epperson-15.315; 42. Parker Frederickson, 34, Frederickson-15.613; 43. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-17.270; 44. Steve Hair, 51, Hair-22.874.

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Duane Provost Looking For Back to Back Limited Late Model Titles

Stafford Springs, CT — Stafford Speedway’s Limited Late Model division is in the midst of one of the tightest championship races in recent memory.  Jeremy Lavoie has led the standings for the majority of the 2017 season with defending track champion Duane Provost right on his heels.  Through the first 11 races of the season, the largest margin between first and second in the points standings has been 8 points, or 4 positions on the track.  For the past 6 races, the margin between Lavoie and Provost at the top of the standings has fluctuated between 6 and 8 points.  Provost won 2 races in a row at the start of June and with temperatures becoming cooler, Provost is looking to return to his winning form.

“Jeremy [Lavoie] has been consistent, I’ve been consistent, and Al [Saunders] is not too far behind us, so consistency has been the key this season,” said Provost.  “I usually go pretty strong at the beginning of the season and the end of the season when it’s a little cooler outside and mellow out in the middle, so we have to see if we can pick our performance back up towards the end of the season.  We need to finish ahead of Jeremy a little more than I have been for the last 6 races.  Lately it seems like one week I’ll finish one spot ahead of him and then the next week he’ll finish one spot in front of me.  We didn’t have as much bad luck this summer as we normally do so if I can run like I typically perform when its cooler out, I’m hoping that the next 6 races will side in my favor.”

The fact that Provost and Lavoie have been finishing within one position of each other for the past 5 weeks begins to paint a picture of just how competitive the race for the championship has been this season.  Provost is tied for the division lead with 2 wins and he has 10 top-5 finishes in 11 races thus far.  But as good as Provost has been, Lavoie has been just a bit better as he has scored top-5 finishes in all 11 races, including his first career Limited Late Model feature win back in May.  The lone blemish on Provost’s 2017 record is an 11th place finish back on May 12th, which was the second race of the season.  With Lavoie finishing 5th in that race and picking up 12 points on Provost, that race is making the difference in the race for the championship.

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Kids Win at Stafford Speedway Back 2 SKool Blitz Event

Stafford Springs, CT — This Friday, August 25th Back 2 SK®ool Blitz program at Stafford Speedway will feature the best short track racing in New England and also a program filled with fun and games for kids.  Even though summer is winding down and school is just around the corner there is still plenty of action at Stafford Speedway.

As part of the Back 2 SK®ool Blitz program, all kids 14 & under wearing a team shirt or jersey this Friday night will receive a free general admission ticket when accompanied by an adult.  Upon entrance every kid will receive a K&N drawstring bag and a raffle ticket.  The raffle ticket can be presented at the Kids Zone tent for a spin of the prize wheel.  Every spin wins a prize, thanks to Wild Thing Karts.  The winning continues by entering the bike raffle presented by Big Haus USA Racing Products, Casagrande Builders and Stafford Speedway.  Not just one but 3 bikes will be raffled.

In addition to the bike raffles and prizes, there will be a variety of games such as Cornhole, Ladder Toss, Lawn Tic Tac Toe, Lawn Twister, Chalk Art and Hula Hoops.  Drivers will be visiting the Kids Zone throughout the night trying their skills off the track.

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NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour News & Notes: Seekonk

Coby Hitting His Stride At The Right Time

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — As the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour enters the final six races of the 2017 season, four-time champion Doug Coby has yet to visit Victory Lane. And that would come as a surprise to most.

The Milford, Connecticut, driver had three finishes outside the top 10 in the first four races and dug himself a deep hole in the championship standings in his search for a fourth consecutive championship. However, as the tour rolls into Massachusetts’ only oval, Seekonk Speedway, Coby could be hitting his stride at exactly the right time. The 38-year-old has finished second in the last three races and has been inside the top five in five of the last six. The runs inside the podium have allowed Coby to crawl his way back to just 19 points from the championship lead in fourth place.

“It’s game on, these guys are letting us back into it,” Coby said following his podium run at Bristol. “I’m just chipping away and trying to win races. We have three second places in a row and we have been in contention to win every week since the Icebreaker and that’s really all you can ask for.”

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Sleepy’s Street Stock Shootout to Pay $1,500 to Win this September at Evergreen Raceway

August 22, 2017

St. Johns, PA (8/22/2017)- It’s been in the works for months and finally, Evergreen Raceway is proud to announce the upcoming “Sleepy Street Stock Shootout 75”, which is slated for Sunday, September 17. The show itself will be part of the New York Super Stocks Series (NYSSS) and the 75-lap feature winner will pocket a cool $1,500 prize. Thanks to Dale Shoemaker and his long list of race sponsors, the pay scale throughout the field is very solid and pays $150 green flag money. Lap money that was also sponsored will be distributed throughout the field on every lap.

The non-points Evergreen event is also non-points for the NYSSS. However, the entire event, including tire rules, will be run in accordance to the NYSSS rulebook. Evergreen Street Stocks are allowed to compete with their current engine rules and only 150 LBS needs to be added to make the minimum NYSSS weight requirement.

Drivers that plan to compete are being asked to call Chris at (585) 727-1354 after 6:30 PM or email him at cvogler51@gmail.com to reserve NYSSS tires. The entire NYSSS rulebook can be viewed by visiting www.bobbylipparacing.com. Along with a pre-tech inspection checklist, the full payout will be listed on the Evergreen Raceway website within days.

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Hallstrom Records Another Podium Finish at Devil’s Bowl Speedway

Inside Line Promotions – WEST HAVEN, Vt. (Aug. 22, 2017) – Evan Hallstrom is eyeing his first victory at Devil’s Bowl Speedway this Saturday when he and the Hallstrom Motorsports team will return to action.

Hallstrom has been a contender to reach Victory Lane at the track as he earned his second podium finish at Devil’s Bowl Speedway on Aug. 12 during his most recent race. Hallstrom took advantage of additional testing prior to his fifth race of the season.

“Although I’m getting more and more comfortable behind the wheel, we still wanted to get some more testing in to run good laps consistently and improve my driving ability,” he said. “We encountered a brake issue in practice, but luckily were able to get that fixed before the racing began.”

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Tom Hessert Settles for Top-15 Finish in ARCA Return

Concord, North Carolina (August 21, 2017) – Veteran driver Tom Hessert returned to the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards making just his third season start during Sunday’s Herr’s Potato Chip 100 on the Springfield dirt mile.

Hessert, winner of last season’s ARCA dirt race at the DuQuoin Magic Mile had his sights set on a repeat performance. Showing no signs of rust the six-time series winner qualified fourth behind the wheel of his No.25 Musselman’s Big Cup Apple Sauce Toyota.

Maintaining solid track position and playing pit strategy Hessert would be among a small group of cars pitting early during the second caution of the day for tires and fuel. Hoping to use pit strategy in his favor Hessert would drive his Musselman’s backed Toyota inside the top-5 with less than 40 laps remaining in Sunday’s main event.

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Christian Eckes Finishes Sixth in Dirt Debut at Springfield Mile

Concord, North Carolina (August 21, 2017) – Sixteen-year-old Christian Eckes finished sixth in Sunday’s Herr’s Potato Chips 100 at Springfield’s historic dirt mile at the Illinois State Fairgrounds.

As part of tradition the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards helped close out the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield, IL. On the final day and under hot and humid conditions teams arrived early for what was a jammed packed Sunday schedule.

Unlike most race days, Springfield comes fast and furious with practice, qualifying and racing all within a four hour window. For Eckes, the fast moving schedule had no ill affect. With no prior dirt experience and only one hour of practice, Eckes turned in a solid effort during his maiden voyage.

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Super DIRTcar, ESS Labor Day Double Play is NEXT

SDS Big Blocks, ESS Sprints, DIRTcar Pro Stocks ALL in action September 4!

WEEDSPORT, NY (August 21, 2017) – Weedsport Speedway will celebrate Labor Day Weekend in style on Monday, September 4 featuring the Super DIRTcar Series Big Block Modifieds, the ESS Sprint Car 360 Open, and the DIRTcar Pro Stock Series in the ‘Labor Day Double Play’ at The Port presented by Parts Plus and powered by Wix Filters.

The trifecta of action will be highlighted by the second stop of the season by the Super DIRTcar Series Big Blocks, who first visited Weedsport back on July 11 for the Hall of Fame 100. That event was a barn burner, won by Stewart Friesen, and the same action is again expected on September 4.

Friesen will once again look to tame the Super DIRTcar Series faithful including Billy Decker, Larry Wight, Brett Hearn, Pat Ward, Matt Sheppard, Tim Fuller, Max McLaughlin, Jimmy Phelps, Peter Britten, and more as they race for the top prize of $7,500.
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Pollard Wrestles Away Another Lee Fields Classic Win at Mobile

Mobile, Ala – Mobile International Speedway hosted its second of only two Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco events of the 2017 season Saturday night. Sixteen Super Late Models battled it out around the Alabama half-mile, but the victory came down to a wrestling match of horsepower between two strong machines.

Stephen Nasse and Bubba Pollard played a game of cat and mouse as the laps wound down in the Lee Fields Classic 150. Nasse had managed to fend off the No. 26 throughout the later stages, but a move with less than five laps to go netted Pollard his sixth victory in the race.

“I had Bubba pressuring me for about 20 to 30 laps there towards the end,” Nasse said. “It definitely made it a little tough behind the wheel.”

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Greg Hodnett Takes Salute to the Troops Victory at Susquehanna Speedway

YORK HAVEN, PA (August 20, 2017) – Snapping an Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions winless streak that dates back to June 7, 2015, Spring Grove, Pennsylvania’s Greg Hodnett made his return to Arctic Cat All Star victory lane by conquering the Salute to the Troops program at Susquehanna Speedway in York Haven, Pennsylvania. Hodnett, who led all 30 circuits on Sunday, nearly swept the entire evening program by earning victories during his respective heat race and dash before claiming his $5,000 payday. Lucas Wolfe chased Hodnett to the final checkers, followed by Lance Dewease, Anthony Macri, and Brock Zearfoss.

“I’m really excited to be in this position,” Greg Hodnett said in victory lane. “I can’t thank Mike Heffner enough for what he does for me and this team. Most picture the ‘Month of Money’ as leading up to Knoxville, but for us here in Pennsylvania, the ‘Month of Money’ basically starts now. We have a lot of big paying shows coming up. This is a great way to head into the next few weeks.”

Greg Hodnett and Anthony Macri led the starting grid to green on Sunday night at Susquehanna Speedway. Hodnett earned the initial advantage and controlled the first two circuits before yellow flags waved for the first time on lap three. Anthony Macri raced second as caution flags waved, followed by Lucas Wolfe and Brock Zearfoss.
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J. Chambers, Payne Win NEMA Rifchin Memorial Trophies at Star Speedway

Jim Chambers beat back Seth Carlson on a lap eleven restart and went on to dominate the remainder of the Northeastern Midget Association feature at Star Speedway this past Saturday evening.  In the Lites, Anthony Payne muscled his way to the front in the early stages of the race and held off a hard-charging Chambers to take down his first victory of the season in the Scrivani 21.

The race celebrated Marvin Rifchin, who was a long time supporter of NEMA.  Marvin’s contributions to the industry have been nationally recognized. In 1999, he was inducted into the NEAR Hall of Fame.  In 2003, he was inducted into the SEMA Hall of Fame.  Throughout the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, and into the 90’s, Marvin’s tires helped deliver countless NEMA victories and championships with guys like Bill Eldridge, Al Pillion, Dave Humphrey, Lee Smith, Joey Coy, and Drew Fornoro just to name a few.

When the Lites took the track on Saturday, Jim Cataldo in the #7 Beast machine jumped out into the early lead.  Cataldo looked to be running away from the field, before a caution flew on lap five.  On the restart, Anthony Payne in the Scrivani 21 blasted by Cataldo and into the lead.  Jim Chambers, who started deep in the field, made quick work moving into the top three, and by lap eight, he was second.  Chambers pressured Payne for a number of laps as the duo ran side by side, with Payne retaining the advantage.

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Power Recovers to Repeat as ABC Supply 500 Winner

LONG POND, Pennsylvania (Sunday, August 20, 2017) – Will Power overcame numerous obstacles to get to the front, then held off charging Team Penske teammate Josef Newgarden to win the ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway for a second straight year.

ABC SUPPLY 500: Box score

Power defeated Newgarden by 0.5268 of a second to become the first Indy car driver to post back-to-back wins on the three-turn, 2.5-mile oval in the event’s 24-race history. It was also Power’s third triumph this season and the 32nd of his 13-year career, moving the 36-year-old Australian into sole possession of ninth place on the all-time Indy car victory list ahead of Dario Franchitti and Paul Tracy.

“It seriously means a lot. I love racing on ovals,” said Power, whose win today is his sixth on an oval track. “Every oval win I get, I really, really enjoy because we don’t have many of them.

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