Archive for October, 2017

Cassie Rocco and Maina Rufrano Raise Nearly $6,000 for Cancer Research With Racing for the Cure Campaign at Stafford Speedway

Stafford Springs, CT — As part of their Racing for the Cure campaign leading up to the NAPA Fall Final on Sept. 30, Cassie Rocco and Maina Rufrano took to the wheel of DARE Stock cars supplied by Rent A Racecar for the NAPA Fall Final feature event and in the process raised $5,903 for cancer research in the process. Rocco is the wife of 3-time Stafford SK Modified® champion Keith Rocco and Rufrano is the wife of Rocco’s car owner John Rufrano and mother to SK Light driver Marcello Rufrano.

Rocco and Rufrano set up an online donation page through the American Cancer Society where donations could be made to support Rocco or Rufrano in their fundraising efforts leading up to the race. Rocco’s race was cut short due to a fuel leak and she finished 21st in the feature event while Rufrano came home with a 16th place finish. While Rocco might have lost the battle on the track, she raised $2,985 to Rufrano’s $2,918 to win the duel of raising the most money.

“Together we raised just shy of $6,000,” said Rocco. “Our goal was to raise $5,000 so we exceeded our goal and expectation but I feel like we could do better for sure. Maina won the race on the track but I won the race of raising money, so I’m all right with her beating me on the track. She’s a little braver than I am so I think she would always beat me on the track. Once I got over my fear and anxiety of being out on the track, I was having a blast. I was literally just starting to really have fun and the car stopped. I only got like 5 laps and I was hoping for more. Now I know what to expect and I think it’ll be much better.”
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Western World Brings the Best of National & CRA Worlds to Arizona Nov. 3-4

As the winter months draw nearer, a frost begins to blanket the fields and the chill of the air begins to settle in as much of the country heads indoors.
 
When the cold front hits, racers don’t fret over the thought of old man winter, frigid temperatures and a frozen tundra of dirt tracks sitting idle.
 
Instead, racers find another place to play. They’ve all pointed their compasses west to bring us the best of both worlds as the USAC AMSOIL National and CRA Sprint Cars meet head-to-head for bragging rights and the prestige of becoming a “Western World” champion.

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Mead Continues Top Five Streak with Fifth at New Smyrna

NEW SMYRNA BEACH, FL (Oct. 30, 2017) – Matt Mead continued his impressive rookie season in pro late model competition on Saturday night at New Smyrna Speedway. The driver of the No. 81 Anthony Campi Racing Toyota finished fifth to continue a streak of top-five finishes.

Mead unloaded on Friday and worked to dial in his racecar to track conditions on the half-mile oval. By the end of the day, the team had made gains entering Saturday’s final round of practice. Unlike previous events at New Smyrna, the field was set via pill draw and Matt drew a starting position outside of row five.

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Bromante Overcomes Mechanical Gremlin to Dominate and Win at New Smyrna

NEW SMYRNA BEACH, FL (Oct. 30, 2017) – It only took two races with Anthony Campi Racing for Giovanni Bromante to visit victory lane. Saturday was the night, and Bromante dominated the pro late model race at New Smyrna Speedway en route to his first career late model victory at the high-banked half-mile.

During Friday’s private test session, Bromante picked up where he left off three weeks ago during his most recent race. Quickly, he was back up to speed and working to find more until something went amiss with the car. In an effort to make repairs, the ACR team hauled the car back to their shop in Sarasota to diagnose rear end issues. The problem was rectified and the team returned to New Smyrna with the racecar the next morning.J

ust like Friday, Bromante was back to pace within just a couple of laps and focused on the job at hand on Saturday evening. Unlike prior races, the lineup for Saturday’s event was determined by pill draw due to a schedule which was comprised of two, twin 25-lap races. Bromante started fourth and hurriedly made his way forward at the drop of the green flag.

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STSS South Region Final Point Standings

STSS SOUTH REGION FINAL POINT STANDINGS (*after Georgetown, Oct. 28)

Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP              
2017 Velocita South Region Standings (*FINAL after Georgetown, Oct. 28)            
                         
Pos. Car No. Driver Gtown 3/11 Bport 4/23 DIS 6/15 Big D 7/16 Susky 7/30 Gtown 8/30 Bport 9/30 Attd. Gtown 10/28 Total
1 14W Ryan Watt 95 DROP 100 72 50 95 100 75 145 732
2 66/26 Ryan Godown DROP 80 48 100 56 80 85 75 150 674
3 357 Duane Howard 85 58 95 68 DROP 100 54 75 135 670
4 323ov David Van Horn  80 65 DROP 65 58 90 80 75 125 638
5 43 Jimmy Horton 100 76 DROP 58 72 72 76 75 108 637
6 1 Billy Pauch Sr. 90 44 DROP 95 62 60 65 75 80 571
7 1J Jordan Watson 72 56 80 54 65 65 DROP 75 92 559
8 1K/7 Rick Laubach 58 54 72 40 76 DROP 72 75 35 482
9 51 Billy Pauch Jr. 50 DROP 68 62 42 58 62 75 60 477
10 30 Jamie Mills 62 45 65 0 25 85 52 0 140 474
11 14s Craig Von Dohren 0 72 46 90 90 45 95 0 35 473
12 44 Stewart Friesen 40 100 90 56 95 76 0 0 0 457
13 118 Jim Britt 43 41 58 48 DROP 56 45 75 74 440
14 19K Brett Kressley 65 52 85 DROP 54 40 58 75 0 429
15 401 Frank Cozze 68 0 52 60 80 0 0 0 116 376
16 4 Andy Bachetti 60 60 0 85 68 0 43 0 0 316
17 126 Jeff Strunk 0 50 76 43 85 0 60 0 0 314
18 44 Anthony Perrego 0 0 62 50 0 0 68 0 130 310
19 Z14 Ron Roberts 56 25 44 0 0 43 40 0 84 292
20 85 HJ Bunting  40 25 42 0 0 54 0 0 112 273
21 7W Shawn Ward 48 25 40 44 40 42 0 0 0 239
22 90W Matt Jester 40 43 40 0 46 62 0 0 0 231
23 27J Danny Johnson 40 25 50 0 0 25 0 0 88 228
  55 Kevin Sockriter 40 0 25 0 52 46 0 0 65 228
25 888 Robert Dutton 0 0 40 0 25 48 0 0 96 209
26 43W Mike White 54 0 25 0 0 25 0 0 104 208
27 46 Jeremy Smith 41 0 0 52 44 68 0 0 0 205
28 28 Richie Pratt Jr. 45 68 0 0 41 0 48 0 0 202
29 32H Scott Hitchens 0 25 0 0 0 52 0 0 120 197
30 17 Scott Van Gorder 40 0 43 0 0 0 0 0 100 183
  32 Brandon Grosso 0 0 0 0 0 50 56 0 77 183
32 0W Neal Williams 0 85 0 0 0 41 50 0 0 176
33 30M Joseph Watson 0 0 40 0 25 0 40 0 60 165
34 88 Danny Bouc 0 95 41 0 25 0 0 0 0 161
35 2T Clay Tatman 52 0 0 0 0 44 0 0 60 156
36 267 Mike Barone 0 90 0 0 0 0 46 0 0 136
37 3 Sammy Martz 0 40 0 0 0 0 90 0 0 130
38 6 Wade Hendrickson 0 40 0 0 43 0 42 0 0 125
39 99H Jesse Hill 0 62 60 0 0 0 0 0 0 122
40 O9 Howard O’Neal 0 25 25 0 0 0 0 0 68 118
  1 Tyler Dippel 76 42 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 118
42 44G Mike Gular 0 0 0 0 45 0 0 0 71 116
43 47 Bob Sarkisian 0 25 0 0 0 0 25 0 62 112
44 83 Dale Hawkins 0 0 40 0 0 25 0 0 35 100
45 25R Erick Rudolph 0 0 0 0 100 0 0 0 0 100
  33 Brad Trice 44 0 56 0 0 0 0 0 0 100
  1H Jared Umbenhauer 0 0 0 0 60 0 0 0 35 95
48 32H Brian Hitz 25 0 0 0 0 0 25 0 35 85
49 20C Craig Hanson 42 0 0 40 0 0 0 0 0 82
50 91 Billy Decker 0 0 0 80 0 0 0 0 0 80
51 15 Brett Tonkin 0 0 0 76 0 0 0 0 0 76
52 3D Matt DeLorenzo 0 0 0 40 0 0 0 0 35 75
53 78 Grant Hilfiger 0 0 0 45 25 0 0 0 0 70
54 Z28 Mike Franz 0 25 0 0 0 0 41 0 0 66
55 51M Dom Buffalino 0 40 0 0 25 0 0 0 0 65
56 69 TJ Williams 0 0 25 0 0 0 0 0 35 60
57 19 Travis Hill 0 25 0 0 0 0 25 0 0 50
  33 Skylar Sherriff 0 0 0 25 25 0 0 0 0 50
59 44 Doug Manmiller 0 0 0 0 48 0 0 0 0 48
  27 David Hunt 0 48 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 48
61 3 Tommy Meier 0 0 0 46 0 0 0 0 0 46
62 2 Bobby Trapper 0 0 0 42 0 0 0 0 0 42
63 R21 Ryan Jordan 0 0 0 41 0 0 0 0 0 41
64 6D Dillon Steuer 40 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 40
  6H J.R. Hurlburt 0 0 0 40 0 0 0 0 0 40
  6NN Nick Nye 0 0 0 40 0 0 0 0 0 40
  16X Danny Creeden 0 0 0 40 0 0 0 0 0 40
68 66 J.R. McGinley 0 0 0 0 25 0 0 0 0 25
  88x Dave Dissinger 0 0 0 0 25 0 0 0 0 25
  77x Nick Mady 0 0 0 0 25 0 0 0 0 25
  75 Lou Cicconi 0 0 0 0 25 0 0 0 0 25
  7 Chris Grbac 0 0 0 0 25 0 0 0 0 25
  21K Randy Chrysler 0 0 0 0 25 0 0 0 0 25
  13 Rick Regalski 0 0 0 0 25 0 0 0 0 25
  38 Matt Hawkins 0 0 0 0 0 25 0 0 0 25
  91 Carson Wright 0 0 0 0 0 25 0 0 0 25
  8Mod Norman Short 25 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 25
  20 Brett Hearn 0 25 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 25
  9D Daniel Johnson Jr. 0 25 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 25
  31 Tommy Beamer 0 25 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 25
  13XXX P.J. Oliver 0 25 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 25
  9B Jeff Brown 0 25 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 25
  55B Kenny Brightbill 0 0 25 0 0 0 0 0 0 25
  38 Frank Porreca 0 0 0 25 0 0 0 0 0 25
  84 Frank Yankowski 0 0 0 25 0 0 0 0 0 25
  CR7 Colt Harris 0 0 0 25 0 0 0 0 0 25
  0 Dan Humes 0 0 0 25 0 0 0 0 0 25
  187 Steve Young 0 0 0 25 0 0 0 0 0 25
  102 Tim Fitzpatrick 0 0 0 25 0 0 0 0 0 25
  3 Billy Lasko 0 0 0 25 0 0 0 0 0 25
  17X Kevin Beach Jr.  0 0 0 25 0 0 0 0 0 25
  58 Bucky Kell 0 0 0 0 0 0 25 0 0 25
  29M Ernie Miles 0 0 0 0 0 0 25 0 0 25
  85 Ricky DiEva 0 0 0 0 0 0 25 0 0 25
  14s Dave Shirk 0 0 0 0 0 0 25 0 0 25
  23 Tom Carberry 0 0 0 0 0 0 25 0 0 25

Sources: Brett Deyo/BD Motorsports Media LLC.

Casa Grande USAC Southwest Sprint Race Results

Kevin Thomas, Jr. Adds Casa Grande USAC Southwest Sprints to 2017 Win List

Kevin Thomas, Jr. continued his roll of late by winning Saturday night’s Sands Chevrolet USAC Southwest Sprint Car feature at Central Arizona Speedway in Casa Grande.  Cullman, Alabama’s Thomas took the lead with seven laps remaining after a see-saw battle between Charles Davis, Jr. and R.J. Johnson throughout the first 24 laps of the 30-lapper.  Thomas went on to capture his first career win in the Southwest series in his first start of the year over Johnson, Davis, Mike Martin and Matt Rossi.

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STSS Announces Sunoco Partnership, Huge Bonuses for Racers

Short Track Super Series Announces Four-Year Agreement With Sunoco/Insinger Performance; Overall 2018 ‘Grand Champion’ Could Receive $57,500

MILLSBORO, DE – The Short Track Super Series (STSS) announced on Saturday a four-year partnership with Sunoco Race Fuels to commence in the 2018 season.

The agreement will bring Sunoco Race Fuels sponsorship to the touring series and offer unprecedented bonuses to drivers competing in the series and at home tracks designated as part of the American Racer Cup, also a Sunoco-sponsored program.

The STSS/Sunoco partnership was orchestrated by Northeast distributor Insinger Performance of Dushore, Pa.

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219 Competitors Enter Two-Day Event: Godown, Elliott Lead Winners

219 Competitors Enter Mid-Atlantic Championship Weekend At Georgetown Speedway; Ryan Godown, Ricky Elliott and Duane Howard Lead Winners; Ryan Watt STSS South Champion

GEORGETOWN, DE – Two full days of racing brought more than 200 competitors to Georgetown Speedway for Mid-Atlantic Championship Weekend on Friday and Saturday.

Ryan Godown (Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP Modified), Ricky Elliott (Super Late Model) and Duane Howard (Small-Block Modified) headlined the winners during the season finale event at the Sussex County facility.

Ryan Watt, meanwhile, secured the STSS Velocita South Region championship for the second time in his career. Watt will receive $10,000 for the crown.

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TCR Europe Adria, Race Report

Adria International Raceway, Italy – 28 / 29 October 2017

RACE REPORT 

Comte grabs the TCR Europe Trophy in a Peugeot 308

Files (Honda) and Tarquini (Hyundai) share race victories

The TCR Europe Trophy at the Adria International Raceway delivered an unexpected result, as Aurélien Comte was able to grab the title at the wheel of his DG Sport Compétition Peugeot 308, the smallest car in the field with its 1.6 litre engine and standard bodywork.

Comte did not cross the line first in any of the two races that were won by Josh Files (Target Competion Honda Civic) and Gabriele Tarquini (BRC Racing Hyundai i30 N). And yet the young Frenchman benefited from the fact that Tarquini was not allowed to score points – because his car is still racing under a temporary homologation form – and that Files took what seemed to be an unnecessary risk in Race 2, which resulted in a penalty. Continue reading ‘TCR Europe Adria, Race Report’

Carson Macedo’s Late Charge Earns First Ventura USAC Western Midget Victory

Ventura, CA…….. Taking advantage of a late race bobble by Ronnie Gardner, Carson Macedo led the final three laps to claim Saturday’s main event at Ventura Raceway. For Macedo, the 30-lap victory was his first career Light Up The World Beverages USAC Western States Midget triumph.

Macedo took the Ventura checkered flags ahead of fast qualifier Ronnie Gardner, Jake Swanson, Robby Josett, and David Prickett. Cody Swanson earned the night’s Esslinger Engineering Hard Charger Award with a 15th to 6th place finish.
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TCR Europe Adria, Qualifying

Adria International Raceway, Italy – 28 / 29 October 2017

PREVIEW 

Gabriele Tarquini sets pole in the Hyundai i30 N

But Josh Files scores the points with his Honda Civic

Gabriele Tarquini claimed pole position for the TCR Europe Trophy at Adria International Raceway. At the wheel of his BRC Racing Hyundai i30 N, the Italian driver emerged as the fastest in both, Q1 and Q2, posting a best lap of 1:19.341 that no one was able to match.

However, as the Hyundai is running with a temporary homologation document and therefore it is transparent as far as point scoring is concerned, the five points for the pole position were awarded to Josh Files of Target Competition. The Briton qualified his Honda Civic as second fastest with a lap of 1:19.518, only two tenths behind Tarquini and three tenths ahead of his teammate Giacomo Altoè (1:19.815). Continue reading ‘TCR Europe Adria, Qualifying’

Alexandra Fearn Wins R.A.D. Automachine Ltd. Late Model Rookie of the Year at Stafford Speedway

Stafford Springs, CT — After racing in the DARE Stock division for 4 seasons, Alexandra Fearn made the move into the Limited Late Model division for the 2017 season. Her rookie campaign was a season filled with ups and downs and her main rival for the R.A.D. Automachine Rookie of the Year title was her brother Ryan. Alexandra’s season didn’t get off to the most promising of starts, but by the time the season had ended, the driver of the #12 SAFCO Foam Chevrolet had posted a win to go along with 7 top-5 and 14 top-10 finishes to clinch the R.A.D Automachine Rookie of the Year award and the $500 bonus that goes along with it.

“It’s really, really amazing to be the rookie of the year this season, especially with the season we had,” said Fearn. “At the NAPA Spring Sizzler, I lost the brakes in practice and drove the car straight into the turn 1 wall, so that was a great start to our season. Then a couple weeks later we backed into the wall in an on track incident, so the cards didn’t seem to be in our favor. As the season went on, we turned things around and it’s a huge accomplishment and an honor that showcased what we were able to do this year. I think we exceeded our expectations for the year. The season was definitely a roller coaster for us. One week we’d be wrecked and then we’d have a couple of good consistent finishes and then another wreck. But by the end of the season we had a couple of podium finishes, including a win, and we were in the top-5 in the division for laps lead during the season. In my first season of DARE Stocks, we didn’t win a race so this year we definitely learned a lot and we had some success. Everyone worked really hard and this award is a reminder of what we accomplished and what’s to come for 2018.”

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George Bessette, Jr. Wins R.A.D. Automachine DARE Stock Rookie of the Year Honors at Stafford Speedway

Stafford Springs, CT — For the 2017 season at Stafford Motor Speedway, 14-year old Danbury native George Bessette, Jr. made the transition from Wild Thing Karts on Monday nights into the DARE Stock division. After finishing second in the Junior Outlaw division points standings, in 2016, Bessette was confident he could make a successful transition to the DARE Stocks. After racking up a win to go along with 9 top-5 and 15 top-10 finishes to take second in the final points standings, Bessette took home R.A.D. Automachine Rookie of the Year honors, which carries with it a $500 bonus.

“We expected that we were going to do pretty decent because we had a good car, good people working on it, and my father had track knowledge from racing at Stafford and he won a few races,” said Bessette. “We felt like we had a good chance at winning rookie of the year. I think we had a pretty good season but we never expected to finish second in points. To be able to finish that well was pretty cool for us. It’s great that R.A.D. does that for the rookies and I can’t thank them enough for putting up the rookie bonus and also for helping us out throughout the season with small stuff, like spark plugs.”

If Bessette had any reservations about making the step up from the Jr. Outlaw Kart ranks, he could always turn to his father for advice for his #39 Lasco Roofing and Sheet Metal machine. George Bessette, Sr. was a veteran of Stafford’s Late Model division in the late 80’s and early 90’s and he has 2 wins at Stafford to his credit.
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Cory DiMatteo Wins R.A.D. Automachine SK Light Rookie of the Year Honors at Stafford Speedway

Stafford Springs, CT — For Farmington native Cory DiMatteo, the 2017 SK Light season at Stafford Speedway exceeded his expectations. DiMatteo came to Stafford after racing Legend Cars and SK Lights at Waterford for an abbreviated schedule in 2016 and he not only came away with the R.A.D. Automachine Rookie of the Year award, but he won the championship as well, joining Michael Gervais, Jr., Matt Galko, and Jeremy Sorel as rookie SK Light drivers who also won the championship.

“It was a really good year for us,” said DiMatteo. “We didn’t think we were going to win the championship but we felt like we would at least be in contention to win rookie of the year and win a race or two. We ran 10 races last season at Waterford, so we were pretty new at modified racing. The Legend Cars were pretty hard to drive and the SK Lights are much easier to drive plus having the great help that I had this season was a big help as well.”

Despite his relative lack of experience behind the wheel of a modified car, DiMatteo and the #6 Island Cove Yacht Sales team showed immediately that they were going to be not only contenders for the R.A.D. Automachine rookie award, but championship contenders with victories in each of the first two races of the season.
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Tmez Drifts West for Western World & Ovals

After all, Thomas Meseraull will indeed be heading west when the USAC AMSOIL National and CRA Sprint Cars stop at Arizona Speedway and Perris (Calif.) Auto Speedway during the month of November for the 2017 season finales.

The San Jose, California native has been named as the driver of the Reinbold/Underwood Motorsports No. 19 for the Nov. 3-4 “Western World Championships” at Arizona and the Nov. 9-10-11 Budweiser “Oval Nationals” presented by All Coast Construction at Perris.

Meseraull hasn’t had any prior experience for the Reinbold/Underwood team, but this fact hasn’t deterred his success of late as evidenced by what he’s accomplished this season. Meseraull has earned six series wins since 2015, including a pair this season for two different teams. In June, Meseraull was victorious in his second start for the Heffner Racing team during the Eastern Storm trip to Pennsylvania’s Lincoln Speedway. One month later in his USAC debut for Chase Briscoe Racing, Meseraull captured the victory in the Indiana Sprint Week opener at Kokomo Speedway. In fact, Meseraull has driven five different teams to top-five finishes with USAC this season alone!

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TCR Europe Adria, Preview

Adria International Raceway, Italy – 28 / 29 October 2017

PREVIEW

TCR drivers from all over Europe are bound for Adria

The 2017 TCR Europe Trophy will be awarded this weekend in a one-off event at the Adria International Raceway.

Drivers who have raced in the various TCR series and championships all over Europe are eligible to take part in the Italian race meeting and those who have entered have been allocated Pre-Qualifying points based on the number of TCR appearances they have made during the season.

The Adria International Raceway is located in the North-East of Italy, in the delta of the river Po, some 60 kilometres South of Venice. It was inaugurated in 2002 and has hosted a range of international races such as the FIA GT and ETCC and the DTM.

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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: Twin Pro Late Model 25s

Track: New Smyrna Speedway – New Smyrna Beach, Fla.

Track Description: .500-mile high-banked oval

Date/Time: Saturday, October 28

Race Length: 25 laps (x2)

TV Coverage: None

Radio Coverage: None

Last Race Recap: Matt continued his impressive streak of top five finishes at New Smyrna Speedway with a third place run three weeks ago in a 50-lap contest. After winning in the previous outing, Mead adapted to the changing track conditions to improve his position over the course of the event, making key moves on the final restart just laps from the finish.

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Pre-Race Notes: Giovanni Bromante // New Smyrna Speedway – NASCAR Whelen All-American Series

Driver: Giovanni Bromante
Car: Sandler Capital No. 81G Toyota Pro Late Model
Sanction: NASCAR Whelen All-American Series
Race: Twin Pro Late Model 25s
Track: New Smyrna Speedway – New Smyrna Beach, Fla.
Track Description: .500-mile high-banked oval
Date/Time: Saturday, October 28
Race Length: 25 laps (x2)
TV Coverage: None
Radio Coverage: None
Last Race Recap: Giovanni raced with Anthony Campi Racing for the first time at New Smyrna Speedway in a 50-lap contest which saw him start from the front row. As soon as the field exiting the first set of corners, the teenage phenom shot out to the lead and battled for the top spot the entire race until a late-race restart. After said restart, contact with another car caused enough damage to create a tire rub which sidelined Bromante for the remaining circuits after what was one of his best career performances in a late model. Continue reading ‘Pre-Race Notes: Giovanni Bromante // New Smyrna Speedway – NASCAR Whelen All-American Series’

JUNIOR KNEPPER 55 TICKETS NOW ON SALE

Du Quoin, Illinois………Tickets are now on sale for the final USAC event of the 2017 season when the Midgets invade the Southern Illinois Center for the third annual “Junior Knepper 55” on Saturday, December 16.

Tickets for the race on the indoor dirt oval are on sale now at http://www.usactickets.com/. Adult general admission tickets are available for just $18 – two dollars off the price at the gate on race day.

In addition, you may order your “Junior Knepper 55” event t-shirt now for just $25. Sizes small through 4XL are available, but make sure to get yours soon while supplies last.

The special event carries no points toward the USAC National Midget season championship, but has quickly become one of the most coveted races to win on the series calendar, annually boasting a large car count and a star-studded field to boot.

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Anthony Campi Racing & Chase Purdy Announce 2018 Super Late Model Partnership

SARASOTA, FL (October 24, 2017) – Anthony Campi Racing and Chase Purdy have made public their agreement to compete together in select super late model events during the 2018 season following a successful test this past weekend. ACR has quickly become one of the heavy hitters in national late model racing and by securing Purdy, they have reiterated their commitment to excellence on-track.
 
Chase Purdy is one of the hottest prospects in regional and national development level motorsports. Earlier this year, he was named to the NASCAR Next 2017-18 class, a group of young drivers who have promising potential to become future stars at the top levels of stock car racing.

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Final STSS Halmar North Region Points (*After OCFS, October 19)

Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP
2017 Halmar North Region Standings (*FINAL after OCFS, Oct. 19)

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Las Vegas Usac Speed2 Western Us Midget Race Results

Last-lap Victory for Love at the “Bullring”

Las Vegas, NV……..USAC Speed2 Western US Midget leader Jesse Love IV of Menlo Park, Calif. scored a last-lap win in Saturday’s “Senator’s Cup Fall Classic” at the Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Annie Breidinger led the first 29 laps and finished second ahead of Toni Breidinger, Cody Jessop, and Joey Iest.

USAC SPEED2 WESTERN US MIDGET PAVEMENT RACE RESULTS: October 21, 2017 – Las Vegas, Nevada – Las Vegas Motor Speedway Bullring – “Senator’s Cup Fall Classic”

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Cody Jessop, 44L , Love-15.522; 2. Annie Breidinger, 75, Breidinger-15.530; 3. Joey Iest 17, Iest-15.558; 4. Jesse Love IV, 38, Love-15.572; 5. Tyler Slay, 26B, Breidinger-15.661; 6. Toni Breidinger, 80, Breidinger-15.732; 7. Chaz Groat, 13, Groat-15.947; 8. Johnny Nichols, 14, Nichols-16.023; 9. Blake Brannon, 40, Brannon-1.053; 10. Adam Lemke, 21, West-16.215.

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Jessop, 2. T.Breidinger, 3. Iest, 4. Nichols, 5. Lemke. NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Love, 2. A.Breidinger, 3. Slay, 4. Brannon, 5. Groat. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Jesse Love IV, 2. Annie Breidinger, 3. Toni Breidinger, 4. Cody Jessop, 5. Joey Iest, 6. Tyler Slay, 7. Blake Brannon, 8. Chaz Groat, 9. Adam Lemke, 10. Johnny Nichols. NT

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Johnny Walker Claims 2nd Consecutive DARE Stock Track Championship at Stafford Motor Speedway

Stafford Springs, CT — After twice finishing as the DARE Stock runner-up and then winning a championship last season, Johnny Walker came into the 2017 season at Stafford Speedway with plans to run a limited DARE Stock schedule and then try his hand in the modified ranks. But after those plans fell through, Walker and the #01 Dunleavy’s Truck and Trailer Repair team put together one of the most dominating seasons that has ever been seen at Stafford in any division.

“Unbelievable is an understatement, it’s funny how the ball bounced for us,” said Walker. “We weren’t planning on running a full season this year. The plan was to start the year and then after the Dunleavy’s race in May we were going to switch over to a modified and get my feet wet and get some experience with Carlos Gray. Things changed up and he ended up having to sell his car so I decided to stay in the DARE Stocks and finish out the year and try to make it two in a row.”

The season began with a less than favorable outcome for Walker and the #01 team with a mechanical issue limiting them to 12th place finish in the season-opening NAPA Spring Sizzler feature. But from that point forward, things could not have been much better for Walker and the #01 team than they turned out to be. Walker finished each of the next 16 races on the podium with 8 wins, 5 second place finishes, and 3 third place efforts. Walker’s average finish for the 17 race season was a miniscule 2.3 and such was his dominance and consistency throughout the season that he actually clinched the championship a night early on Sept. 22. With the championship having been wrapped up a race early, Walker and his crew had the freedom to head into the NAPA Fall Final feature with zero pressure to perform and they won their 8th and final race of the year to put an exclamation point on their championship campaign.

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Cory DiMatteo Scores SK Light Championship at Stafford in Rookie Season

Stafford Springs, CT — After racing in the Legend Cars division at Stafford and scoring 7 wins from 2014-2015, Farmington native Cory DiMatteo moved into SK Light competition for the 2017 season. DiMatteo’s rookie campaign was filled with a combination of the highest of highs and lowest of lows but in the end DiMatteo and the #6 Island Cove Marina team were strong and consistent enough to win the track championship.

Winning a championship as a rookie driver usually isn’t commonplace, but DiMatteo becomes the fourth rookie driver to win the SK Light championship at Stafford, joining Michael Gervais, Jr. in 2009, Matt Galko in 2010, and Jeremy Sorel in 2015. DiMatteo tied for the division lead with 4 wins this season and he also tied for the division lead with 14 top-10 finishes.

“I knew we would be good but I never thought we’d be this good,” said DiMatteo. “I figured we might get some top-5’s and maybe a win. We definitely exceeded my expectations.”

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Duane Provost Captures 2nd Consecutive Limited Late Model Championship at Stafford Motor Speedway

Stafford Springs, CT — After winning his first career track championship last season, Palmer, MA native Duane Provost was determined to come back to Stafford Motor Speedway and at least challenge for another title this season. Provost and the #88 Facchini Law Firm team were more than just contenders during the 2017 season as he scored three wins and he finished in the top-5 in 16 out of 17 races this season. But as strong as Provost was this season, a crash in the second race of the year left Provost with a hole to climb out of and doubts about being able to win a second championship.

“I was hoping we were going to be contenders again this season but after the second week we got into the backstretch wall and destroyed the car so I was starting to doubt if we could do this again,” said Provost. “I don’t think I got into the point lead until just the last couple of races. Coming back from that bad finish took a while so it was a long year but we did it. It’s pretty cool. Our circumstances were a lot better this year than last year and the hard driving all year paid off in the end and it’s a great feeling to be champion again. Last year wasn’t the best but this year we had good finishes and we kept the car up there every week and having the most points at the end of the year was pretty solid. I was always hoping that we were going to win it again but it wasn’t until my last win that I really began to think we had a good chance at winning again.”

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McCaskill, Nasse Win at South Boston; Berry & Rouse CARS Champions

The CARS Tour traveled to the freshly paved and unbelievably fast South Boston Speedway this past Saturday for their final event of the 2017 season. The Late Model Stock field was twenty plus cars strong, and the Super field was set at about fifteen.  Brandon Setzer would win knock out qualifying for the Super Late Model portion, and Phillip Morris would win the pole in Late Model Stock. The points coming into this final event were extremely tight in both divisions between Cole Rouse and Setzer in Supers, and Josh Berry/Layne Riggs in Late Model Stock.

The first event of the night was the Late Model Stock portion of the CARS Tour, led to the green by Layne Riggs and Phillip Morris. Layne Riggs had a rear end failure early on in this event which would end his bid for a title. The race was now between Josh Berry and teammate Anthony Alfredo, but up front, it was all Phillip Morris. Deac McCaskill kept Morris within striking distance for most of the race until he finally made his move. Once Deac had gotten around Morris, the #01 machine went up in smoke due to a blown engine. Josh Berry would struggle most of the night to find any kind of speed but managed to seal the CARS Tour title by a couple points over teammate Anthony Alfredo. Deac McCaskill would go on to win the event in dominant fashion over a hard-charging Stacy Puryear and Timothy Peters.

Arguably the best CARS Tour Super Late Model event took place Saturday night at South Boston. Brandon Setzer and Christian Eckes led the field to the green. Setzer would jump out to an early lead over Eckes until an early spin by Jared Fryar brought out our first caution. Setzer would lose the lead to Eckes on the restart and pace behind him until around halfway. Right before our halfway caution, Setzer would lose control of his #6 machine in turn number three, the contact would, unfortunately, end his night and his chances at a Championship. Eckes would lead the field until Jake Crum moved him out of the way on a restart, resulting in Eckes having to work his way back up through the field. On his way through the field Eckes had contact with Cole Rouse on the front stretch resulting in Rouses’ car upside down against the catch fence in turn one, luckily for Rouse, he had locked up the championship at this point. Stephen Nasse had inherited the lead at this point while Jake Crum was hot on his tail. Crum ended up moving Nasse with about eight laps to go, Crum was penalized for rough driving which then gave the lead to Zane Smith and Jared Fryar. Fryar would be run over by Smith in turn three which would bring out, you guessed it, another late race caution. Nasse, Crum, and Craig would have a three-wide battle on the next restart with three laps to go. Coming to the checkered flag Matt Craig would send Jake Crum in turn three and Stephen Nasse would slip under both of them and steal the win. After the race tempers would flare between the Craig and Crum crew resulting in a pit road brawl. Matt Craig would finish second, Zane Smith third and Dan Speeney fourth.

Sources: Brad Newman

Jerico Performance Heading Back to the Top of Short Track Racing

Concord, NC — In the late 1970’s, Jerry Hemmingson started Jerico Performance in Concord, North Carolina.  Winchester Capital, which owns Jerico Performance products, has brought on Mike Sangermano, a veteran in the transmission and rear end world, to head up research and development at Jerico and spearhead future growth of the company. The plan, according to Sangermano is to bring Jerico back to the forefront of short track racing as the leading transmission and rear end builder and parts supplier. 

Sangermano states that to help with this, Winchester Capital has committed all of the financial resources needed to update machinery and move the company forward. Winchester Capital likes the performance products and racing industry and is looking for other potential acquisitions, according to Sangermano.

To help him with the business, Sangermano has three-time Daytona 500-winning crew chief Waddell Wilson and a dedicated staff. Together they are bringing new life into the Jerico brand by redesigning the company’s headquarters, to planning some big changes to the Jerico business model.

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We Crown Champions at the Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing, 14 Division Champions to be exact

Inside look at who is in contention for these divisions!
The most anticipated event of the year is upon us. The award-winning 55th Annual Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing presented by King Cadillac GMC will be here in only hours! 18 Divisions will be taking on the 5/8 mile high banked oval competing for the greatest treasure of them all. 14 of those divisions will also be crowning their 2017 champions after. These drivers have been neck and neck all season keeping that championship dream close. The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, Thompson Speedway NASCAR Whelen All American Series, American Canadian Tour, Valenti Modified Racing Series, Northeastern Midget Association, Northeastern Midget Association Lites, New England Pro 4 Modifieds, Mr Rooter Pro Truck Series, Northeast Mini Stock Tour, The Street Stock Showdown Series, and International Supermodified Association, will all be crowning a division champion this year. Let’s break down each division on who is in contention for the title!
NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour has a total of 5 drivers who are in points contention for the championship: Doug Coby (563 Points), Justin Bonsignore (553 Points), Timmy Solomito (551 Points), Ryan Preece (544 Points), and Eric Goodale (538 Points).
NASCAR Whelen All American Series has a total of 12 drivers who are in points contention for the championship in their respected divisions. For the Sunoco Modified Division: Keith Rocco (314 Points), Todd Owen (302 Points) and Ryan Preece (294 Points). For the Late Model Divison: Ray Parent (286 Points), William Wall (257 Points) and Woody Pitkat (231 Points). For the Limited Sportsman Division: Shawn Monahan (300 Points), Scott Sundeen (271 Points) and Brent Gleason (252 Points). Finally for the Mini Stock Division: Wayne Burroughs Jr. (307 Points), Eric Bourgeois (282 Points) and Jacob Perry (249 Points).

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Glen Reen Wins Stafford Late Model Track Championship

Stafford Springs, CT — Rewind to the 2016 season when Glen Reen teamed up with car owner Rob Russell to drive his #31 LifeCare Family Chiropractic Late Model at Stafford.  They had one goal, to win a championship.  That goal was quickly snuffed out when a blown engine in only the third race of the season sidelined them for much of the year.  The #31 team was able to come back for the final 6 races of the season and scored a late 2016 season win to lay a foundation for the 2017 season.

Fast forward to 2017 where Reen and the #31 team quickly established themselves as championship contenders with podium finishes in three of the first four races of the 2017 season.  Reen grabbed his first win of the season on June 23rdand after a second place finish on July 7th, he found himself at the top of the points standings.  Once Reen was the Late Model points leader, he remained the points leader for the remainder of the 2017 season but the title race was tight throughout the season.  Reen’s biggest lead of the season was 24 points following his third and final victory of the season on Sept. 8th, but that was followed by his only finish outside the top-10, an 11thplace finish on Sept. 15th that trimmed his point lead down to 10 points.  With the margin still at 10 points heading into the season ending NAPA Fall Final, Reen came home with a 5th place finish to take the title by 8 points over Tom Fearn, who was the 2016 Late Model champion.

“It’s extremely special to win a championship, especially after we’ve been second so many times,” said Reen.  “It’s an honor but it really hasn’t sunk in yet that we won the championship.  I was folding up the championship flag that they gave me in victory lane and I kind of looked at it and thought holy crap, this thing is really mine.  There was a lot of people out there that didn’t think I would be able to go from a modified to a full fendered car.  I think I adapt to new things pretty quickly and I think we proved that this season.  I still have a lot to learn but with Rob Russell and all his guys working on the car and all the terrific sponsors we have on board that allows us to come here every week, we won this championship.  I don’t come here to make friends like Teddy Christopher always said, I come here to win.  A lot of people think I’m too aggressive and we were aggressive this season and a couple of times we were too aggressive and we got black flagged but when everything stopped, we won the championship and I’m extremely happy and proud to be the champion this season.”

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Keith Rocco Captures Third Career SK Modified® Championship at Stafford

Stafford Springs, CT — With the dust settled on the 2017 season at Stafford Motor Speedway, Keith Rocco and the #88 Wheelers Auto team are the SK Modified® track champions.  For Rocco, the championship is his third SK Modified® crown at Stafford, putting him alongside Geoff Bodine, Mike Christopher, Bo Gunning, Bugsy Stevens, Bob Potter, and Ted Christopher as the only drivers in Stafford’s history with three or more modified championships.

Rocco’s 2017 season was a season of consistency paired with clutch performances when he needed them the most.  Rocco scored top-9 finishes in each of the first 10 races of the 2017 season and he was the SK Modified® points leader from late June through mid-AugustDespite his run of consistent finishes, Rocco was struggling to find NAPA Victory Lane.

“We just struggled with the car we had,” said Rocco.  “We never found a sweet spot for it and it didn’t have a real good size window for being off a little on the setup.”

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