Archive for March 15th, 2018

Davison Confirmed for WEC Super Season

Sports car ace Alex Davison will return to international Porsche duties this season after confirmation the Australian will contest the 2018/19 FIA World Endurance Championship ‘Super Season’.

Davison has joined the LMGTE Am classified team Gulf Racing for the eight round season, which spans across 2018 and 2019 and includes two 24 Hours of Le Mans events. Davison will team with former Porsche Wilson Security Carrera Cup Australia runner Ben Barker and team owner Mike Wainwright in the Porsche entry.

Davison will couple his FIA WEC duties with a part-time 2018 Carrera Cup Australia campaign, which he begins at next weekend’s second round at the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix.

The announcement marks a decade since Davison last competed in a European series. After a stint in Porsche Carrera Cup Germany and Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup, Davison raced in the 2008 European Le Mans Series, placing second in the GT2 Class alongside co-driver Marc Lieb.

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Lee USA Speedway Announces Changes to 2018 NASCAR Sanction

Lee, NH. – Lee USA Speedway Announced today that effective the 2018 Season the R&R “the tool Store and More” Late Model Sportsmen will be the NASCAR Whelen All American Series Premier Division. Along with a bump in the progressive pay off to car count will bump to $500/$700/$1,000.

The Rodfather Super Modifieds who have been the Premier Division since 2011 will move to the Division 2 slot along with the Rodfather, NASCAR and the track providing a $10,000 Points fund. The Supers Schedule and payoffs will stay the same as posted.

Track Promoter Norm Wrenn III said “We feel this move is in the best interest of the track continue the track’s commitment to the NASCAR sanction and the weekly Whelen All-American Series. The Sportsmen have the best car counts week in and week out to bring the NASCAR State of New Hampshire awards back to Lee USA Speedway. We also will be looking at the Schedule to try and add some races to the Sportsmen to make it happen.”

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2018 Midwest Thunder Midget Season Kicks Off April 7

Kicking off its third year, the USAC Midwest Thunder Midgets (MTM) Series has planned its most ambitious season yet. The series has added new race facilities and a number of special races, including a co-sanctioned special four race series with the USAC SpeeD2 Illinois Midget Racing Association. This schedule was made possible by the growing support of D2 racing, as nearly all series regulars from the past two years are returning, and a significant number of new racers have committed to support the series.4

Once again, the MTM series will partner with Montpelier Motor Speedway to support the Montpelier Midget Series, now in its seventh year of bringing grassroots midget racing to Indiana. Big news this season is a special D2 only race at Montpelier, recognizing the support D2 racers have provided to the series since its inception in 2012. Racing action kicks off on April 7th and April 28th with the first two of 11 Montpelier Midget Series races, where the MTM SpeeD2 cars compete in a ‘race within a race’ format with open midgets, but eligible to earn MTM points toward the USAC ‘Race of Champions’ season championship. A special MTM Speed2 only bonus is paid to the highest finishing D2 car for each race, in addition to Montpelier’s regular $700 to win, $125 to start purse structure.

The month of May opens with Race One of the USAC SpeeD2 Midwest Championship series at Kokomo Speedway on Sunday, May 6th as part of its ‘King of Kokomo’ event, recognizing the support that D2 racers provided to Kokomo’s 2017 midget schedule. GYATK! The famed bullring will host the first of four MTM/IMRA co-sanctioned races restricted to D2 midgets only. The series will feature the premier D2 racers from across the country, competing at some of the finest Midwest racing facilities, with a focus on fair and fun grassroots racing, bringing midget racing back to the working man’s budget. A separate points series will be maintained for these four races, with USAC recognition and its own points payout.

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Plott Hoping for Strong Start to SSS Season at The Rattler

If there is one race and one race track that Kyle Plott is most looking forward to, it is the Rattler 250 at South Alabama Speedway. Not simply because it is the first race on the 2018 Southern Super Series calendar, but also because it is also the first major Super Late Model race that the Georgia driver competed in back in 2015.

Since that time the 4/10-mile track in Opp, Alabama has become a favorite of his. Despite battling mechanical difficulties, he has wielded strong showings at the track.

“It’s always been a good track to me. I enjoy the place and I like the way they run it.  It’s just a cool track out in the middle of nowhere,” Plott said.  “The Rattler brings out some of the best and that’s why a lot of people like it so much. A lot of people try to get out to Opp, it’s a track that’s got so much character and it’s unique compared to other ones. If you’re off just a little bit you’re going straight to the back. Really excited to see how it plays out.”

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Brett Gonyaw Has The Spark of a Champion

Stafford Springs, CT — For the 2018 season, SK Light driver Brett Gonyaw will be looking to pick up right where he left off after a breakout 2017 season at Stafford Speedway.  Prior to last year, Gonyaw had made only 3 starts at Stafford, but made the most of his first full season by posting 2 wins, 9 top-5, and 12 top-10 finishes.  Gonyaw’s breakout season also saw him emerge as a championship contender, not only at Stafford but through the Champions Spark Plugs Search for A Champion contest.  With a stellar campaign under his belt, Gonyaw is looking forward to returning and once again running up front at the Connecticut half-mile facility.

“The whole team is pretty pumped as far as getting back to racing,” said Gonyaw.  “Last year was our first full season at Stafford and we came with high hopes after some good runs at some other tracks and we wanted to race a full year at what we feel is the best track around.”

Gonyaw’s 2017 season didn’t get off to the best of starts, with finishes of 26th, 27th, and 14th sandwiched around a 3rd place finish in the first four races.  But Gonyaw’s season turned around for the better with the big money, extra distance Dunleavy’s Modifiedz Night race on June 9th.  Gonyaw and the #81 Johnny’s Mud Runs team took the checkered flag to pick up his first career Stafford win and take home an SK Light record payday of $2,025 between purse and contingencies.

“That race was kind of funny because we had some bad luck in the races before that and had to race our way into the field through the consi,” said Gonyaw.  “We started deep in the field but with the extra laps, we had plenty of time to get to the front.  With 19 laps to go, we started picking guys off one by one and when the two leaders got together in front of us and we were in the right place at the right time to take over the lead.  We started out as a learning team and after that race, we were pumped up looking for wins.  It took us a while to get another win but that race really set the bar for the rest of our season.  I think I have a target on my back this year for the Dunleavy’s Modifiedz event.  Everyone is going to be hunting for us for that race.  That was 100% a turning point for us last year and it was great to put some money in the bank that we were able to use for parts and pieces on the car that we needed to finish the season out.”

Gonyaw will be looking forward to Dunleavy’s Modifiedz Night on May 25th this season but also has high hopes for his entry in the 2018 Champion Spark Plugs Search for a Champion contest, which will award the grand prize winner $50,000.  Gonyaw entered the contest in 2017 and was one of the 10 runners-up.  Stafford fans can help Gonyaw become the 2018 winner by visiting his website and clicking the link to vote.

“We found out about the contest 2 years ago right after the season ended,” said Gonyaw.  “We submitted some photos and a video to the Champion website.  We had to promote it and get likes and shares through the Champion website to make it to the next round.  There is one grand prize winner for $50,000 and they have 10 runners-up.  We were one of the 11 finalists last season and received about $6,000 from Champion.  That money really helped complete the puzzle for us since we started off the year with a very small budget.  They determine a winner through a combination of depiction of a champion, inspirational quality, and the number of votes you get.  Winning the $50,000 prize this year, would be a huge weight off our shoulders with funding the car for the entire season.  We could worry about what we need to do instead of what we have to do.  I always say if we can start the season as a Champion then we should be able to end the season as a Champion.  To vote for me, just go to and there is a link that will bring you to the voting section on the Champion website.  Fans have to register with Champion and then they can vote for us once a day.  The last day to vote is March 23.”

The 2018 SK Light season kicks off with the 47th Annual NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler® on April 27-29. Tickets for the “Greatest Race in the History of Spring” are on sale now at the Speedway Box Office. Tickets are priced at $40.00 for adult general admission tickets, $5.00 for children ages 6-14, and children ages 5 and under are admitted free of charge when accompanied by an adult. Reserved seating is priced at $42.00 for all ages. As always, Stafford Motor Speedway offers free parking with overnight parking available. All tickets are good for both Saturday and Sunday admission. All ticket prices include 10% CT Admission Tax.  Discount Spring Sizzler® tickets will be available beginning the week of Monday, March 19 at participating NAPA Auto Parts stores.  For a list of the participating NAPA stores for the 2018 season, please go to http://staffordmotorspeedway. com/participating-napa-auto- parts-stores/.

For more information contact the Stafford Motor Speedway track office at 860-684-2783 or visit us on the web at

Sources: Scott Running/Stafford Motor Speedway PR

Red Bull GRC Atlantic City Doubleheader Returns on August 25-26 

Bader Field to convert into rallycross course for third straight year

Los Angeles, CA (March 15, 2018) – Atlantic City returns to the 2018 Red Bull Global Rallycross schedule Saturday, August 25 and Sunday, August 26 with a stop at historic Bader Field for the third consecutive year. The Red Bull GRC Atlantic City doubleheader will play host to Rounds 8 and 9 of the championship schedule.

“After successfully expanding the Atlantic City event into a doubleheader last season, we made sure a return to Atlantic City was a priority for this year’s schedule,” said Red Bull GRC CEO Colin Dyne. “Bader Field has become such an important home for our series in the northeast, and we look forward to being back in New Jersey while in the thick of our 2018 championship chase.”

Fans can expect even more adrenaline pumping race action as both the Red Bull GRC Gold and Polaris classes take to the Bader Field track for the first time in series history. Also expected to return for 2018 is the series’ annual Boardwalk Parade, as the world’s premier rallycross cars drive down the iconic Atlantic City Boardwalk for a fan festival the night before taking to the track.

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