Archive for September 21st, 2017

Gary Barnes of NAPA Canton to Serve as NAPA Fall Final Grand Marshal

Stafford Springs, CT — Stafford Motor Speedway has announced that NAPA Canton store owner Gary Barnes will serve as the Grand Marshal of the 45th Annual NAPA Auto Parts Fall Final Weekend.  Barnes will send the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour to the green flag for their 150-lap race with the most famous words in motorsports.

“I’m really thrilled to be the Grand Marshal,” said Barnes.  “It’s something that I never expected and I’m really looking forward to the opportunity.  It’s a huge honor.  We’ve been in business for 27 years and we’ve been with NAPA for almost the entire 27 years.  It’s been a great relationship with NAPA and we’re proud to be NAPA Store owners and also to be part of Stafford Speedway along with NAPA.  Partnering with the track is something that we could never do on our own but to be part of the NAPA group and to be able to have such a presence at Stafford, it’s been great and Stafford does a really great job of promoting NAPA.  From the announcers with Ben Dodge and Matt Bucker to all the drivers who go to victory lane, they all thank NAPA for participating at Stafford and that is a big thing for us as store owners.”

Barnes has owned and operated the NAPA Canton location for the past 27 years and he has sponsored the SK Modified® teams of Curt Brainard and Ryan Preece and more recently he has been helping the SK Light teams of Cory DiMatteo and Glenn Korner.

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Bacon to Pull Quadruple Duty in Saturday’s 4-Crown at Eldora

Rossburg, Ohio………Brady Bacon has thrown his hat into the ring to pull quadruple duty in this Saturday’s 36th “4-Crown Nationals” at Eldora Speedway.

The Broken Arrow, Oklahoma driver will take part in all four legs of the “4-Crown” where he will compete in USAC’s Silver Crown, AMSOIL National Sprint, and National Midget divisions as well as with the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions.

Bacon has secured rides in Fred Gormly’s No. 199 Silver Crown Car, the Dooling/Hayward Motorsports No. 63 USAC Sprint Car, the FMR Racing No. 76m USAC Midget and the Bacon/Marshall Motorsports No. 99 wing sprint car.

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Top Late Model Drivers Seek First Milk Bowl Win

Barre, Vt. – The 55th Vermont Milk Bowl presented by Northfield Savings Bank is fast approaching at Barre’s Thunder Road. Drivers from throughout New England and Quebec have entered the $10,000-to-win event on Saturday, September 30 and Sunday, October 1, with a number of top drivers seeking their first Milk Bowl victory.

American-Canadian Tour (ACT) point leader Scott Payea of Milton leads the list of drivers looking to join the fraternity of those who have triumphed in “The Toughest Short Track Stock Car Race in North America”. Payea swept this season’s ACT Late Model Tour events at the Barre high banks, capturing the Community Bank 150 on June 11 and the Coca-Cola Labor Day Classic on September 4. He will look to go three-for-three in 2017 by being on top after three 50-lap segments in the unique event.

The top ACT drivers from both the U.S. and Canadian sides of the border will join Payea at Thunder Road next weekend, many of whom are also looking to break through in the Milk Bowl. Waterford, Conn.’s Dillon Moltz, who sits second to Payea in the 2017 ACT Late Model Tour point standings, has entered the event, as has number-four point driver Jimmy Hebert of Williamstown. Two-time Devil’s Bowl Speedway Champion Josh Masterson of Charlotte and Steuben, Me.’s Rowland Robinson Jr. are among the other Tour regulars who have filed entries and will try to win the race for the first time.

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Midget Hall of Fame Inductees Announced

8 Inductees Announced for National Midget Hall of Fame; Drivers Atkins, Bowe, Chennault, Copp, Eldridge, Foland, Fornoro & Knepper Latest Inductees

Eight drivers, comprise the 2017 class of inductees for the National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame, which will be honored on Friday, January 12 during the annual “Chili Bowl Nationals” week at the Tulsa (Okla.) State Fairgrounds Expo.

Alphabetically they are: Dick Atkins, Roy Bowe, Bill Chennault, Tommy Copp, Bill Eldridge, Burt Foland, Drew Fornoro and Arnie Knepper.

Atkins, of Hayward, Calif., burst upon the racing scene with spectacular results in the mid-1960s, although his career was cut short in a devastating Sprint car crash at Ascot Park in Gardena, Calif. in 1966 which claimed his life and that of Don Branson. Atkins scored a USAC National Midget win at Ascot Park in 1965 and just one week before his fatal crash he recorded his most significant win in the USAC 100-Mile National Championship race at the California State Fairgrounds in Sacramento. The 1964 and 1965 Bay Cities Racing Association Champion finished in the top-20 (19th) in USAC’s 1966 National points.

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Fred Borden Passes Away

NEAR Hall of Famer was 90

Fred Borden passed away on September 17, 2017.

Borden of Waltham, Massachusetts began his racing career at West Peabody, with at least two wins in 1950. He drove Sal Pinetta’s Jalopy to at least seven wins in 1952 at Medford Bowl, including an AARA record of four in a row.

Borden has an estimated 81 wins at Brookline, Medford, Norwood, West Peabody, and Westboro from 1950 to 1967. He also raced at Beech Ridge, Bryar, Hudson, Lonsdale, Pinecrest, Pines, Thompson, and Thunder Road. He won driving for Rick Falconi, Sal Pinetta, John Harty/the Harty brothers (in a one race deal) and Andy Smith.

He also competed at New London-Waterford (CT) Speedbowl.

“It was quite a racing career,” Borden said. Borden is the winningest driver at his favorite track, Westboro. “It was close by and we won more races there than anywhere.”

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