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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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PJ1 Adhesive Compound to be Applied Again on Thursday and Sunday

Track Bite to be Reapplied for Upcoming NASCAR Race Weekend

Following positive feedback in July, PJ1 adhesive compound will be reapplied to first and third grooves in all four turns at New Hampshire Motor Speedway

The PJ1 application in July’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race allowed for a rare sight at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, three-wide racing through the turns.

LOUDON, N.H. – With the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs ramping up and the Camping World Truck Series Playoffs set to begin, the pressure to win is sure to be intensified this weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. To help amplify that excitement even more, speedway officials have announced that they will apply the same PJ1 compound that produced thrilling side-by-side racing in July.

“There’s no question that the track bite compound we laid down in July allowed for some awesome racing around the entire racetrack,” said David McGrath, executive vice president and general manager of the speedway. “We received some very positive feedback from the drivers, teams and, most importantly, the fans. The support to do it again in September was overwhelming.”

The PJ1 adhesive compound will be added to the first and third grooves in all four turns on Thursday night and again on Saturday night.

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4-Crown Nationals to be Streamed Live from Eldora this Saturday

Rossburg, Ohio………Saturday’s “4-Crown Nationals” at Eldora Speedway mark the lone time each season when all three of USAC’s Nationals divisions converge on one racetrack for one night.

Now you can catch all the excitement with live, flag-to-flag pay-per-view coverage of the event at

Featuring the USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series presented by TRAXXAS, the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship, the USAC Midget National Championship and the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions, Saturday’s 36th edition of the event is bigger and better than ever with four premier open-wheel series on one event card.
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Arctic Cat All Stars will Attempt to Tame Eldora Speedway during 36th Annual Four Crown Nationals

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (September 20, 2017) – The Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions have officially hit the homestretch. Only four dates remain on the 2017 Arctic Cat All Star schedule, and despite the end in sight, the pursuit toward a championship continues. Alvada, Ohio’s Chad Kemenah, a three-time winner during All Star competition in 2017, will enter the final stretch of season on top of the title chase. The five-time and defending titlist is seeking a record-tying sixth Series championship, equaling the number accomplished by the “Lowrider” Dale Blaney.

The “Kunkletown Kid” Ryan Smith, an Arctic Cat All Star winner in the Empire State earlier this season, currently sits second in the All Star driver championship, followed by New Castle, Indiana’s Caleb Armstrong, Max Stambaugh, and recent Pete Jacobs Memorial champion, Caleb Helms.

In addition to being fourth in the current driver standings, Elida, Ohio’s “Mad Max” Stambaugh is on pace to become the 2017 Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions Rookie of the Year.

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Darland Declared Driver of 2nd Thomas Midget for Saturday’s 4-Crown

Rossburg, Ohio………Dave Darland, one of the most decorated drivers in the history of the United States Auto Club now has a ride in all three USAC National divisions for this Saturday’s 36th “4-Crown Nationals” at Eldora Speedway.

The Lincoln, Indiana USAC Triple Crown champ has been tabbed to drive in the USAC National Midget portion of the program in a second car fielded by Brian Thomas as a teammate to driver Tyler Thomas.

Darland had previously secured rides for Saturday’s event in a USAC Silver Crown car for Phillips Motorsports and a USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car ride for Mark Hery.

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Mead Eager to Get Back Behind the Wheel… If Mother Nature Allows

HUNTERSVILLE, NC (Sept. 20, 2017) – For Matt Mead, rain has been an extremely unwelcome sight this year. The 18-year old racecar driver has made numerous trips south to Florida only to turn around and return home to North Carolina due to rainouts at New Smyrna Speedway, the track where he and his Anthony Campi Racing team have been focusing their efforts this season.

The last time Mead was behind the wheel in competition was the end of July, nearly two months ago. The memory of that race is a pleasant one as he finished second at New Smyrna, just a handful of car lengths from the leader. It was, by far, the best race of his short stock car career on the half-mile layout near Florida’s east coast.

The Mead family had eleven races on Matt’s schedule throughout the year. Now, the vast majority of those shows will be run in the next two to three months, pending weather, giving Mead and Campi ample time to get a regular chemistry brewing as the pair strives for top three runs and the chance to contend for wins.

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Pre-Race Notes: Giovanni Bromante // Five Flags Speedway

Driver: Giovanni Bromante
Car: Sandler Capital No. 98 Toyota Pro Late Model
Sanction: Unsanctioned
Race: Allen Turner Tune Up 100
Track: Five Flags Speedway – Pensacola, Fla.
Track Description: .500-moderately banked oval
Date/Time:Saturday, September 237:00pm CT
Race Length: 100 laps
TV Coverage: None
Radio Coverage: None
Last Race Recap: A leaner, meaner Giovanni Bromante showed up at Montgomery Motor Speedway two weeks ago for the Alabama 200. Running the longest race of his career, Giovanni put in his career best qualifying effort and ran the race of his career to this point. He ran as high as second before late-race misfortune befell him, but he was still able to rally to finish fourth at the checkered flag. It was his career best finish in late model competition.

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Pre-Race Notes: Chase Purdy // Five Flags Speedway – Southern Super Series

Driver: Chase Purdy
Car: No. 97 Bama Buggies Toyota Super Late Model
Sanction: Southern Super Series
Race: Blizzard Series Deep South Cranes 125
Track: Five Flags Speedway – Pensacola, Fla.
Track Description: .500-moderately banked oval
Date/Time: Saturday, September 23 – 7:00pm CT
Race Length: 125 laps
TV Coverage: None
Radio Coverage: None
Last Race Recap: The last time Chase was behind the wheel of a super late model was in the CRA Super Series at Flat Rock Speedway in Michigan. Weather changed plans to compete at Winchester Speedway over Labor Day weekend, and his NASCAR K&N Pro Series obligations have kept him busy away from his super late model. Nonetheless, Chase’s last race out in a super saw him claw through the field after a late-race incident to finish fourth at Flat Rock.

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Modified Racing at Georgetown Speedway Has Produced A “Who’s-Who” Of Winners; Sept. 29 ‘Showdown’ Up Next

GEORGETOWN, DE – Modified racing at Georgetown Speedway this season has been ultra-competitive.

Just take a look at the winners.

A virtual “who’s-who” list of big-block/small-block competitors has graced Victory Lane at the historic half-mile oval, leaving fans to question who will be next when racing returns on Friday, September 29 for the ‘September Showdown’ paying $3,000 to the winner and $250 to start.

The season began on a blustery, cold March afternoon with the Melvin L. Joseph Memorial. After 49 laps around the Georgetown oval, Neshanic Station, N.J., driver Jimmy Horton put his Halmar International No. 43 into Victory Lane for the Short Track Super Series-sanctioned event.

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3 Past Multi-Time Winners Headline 4-Crown Silver Crown Entries

Saturday’s USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series presented by TRAXXAS season finale at Eldora Speedway is unlike any other on the schedule.

First, the “4-Crown Nationals” champ car race is a mere 50 laps in distance on a half-mile track, making it more akin to a sprint than a traditional 100-lap grind. Secondly, Eldora’s dirt high banks are a challenge that drivers don’t come face-to-face with in these cars at the Terre Haute and Williams Grove half-miles or the one-mile fairgrounds ovals in Indy, Springfield and Du Quoin, all of which are relatively flat in comparison to the “Big E.”

Few have mastered the art of hustling a Silver Crown car around Eldora, yet once those few discover the recipe for success, they become difficult to beat as is the case with this Saturday’s three past event winners who are entered, all of which have captured victory here multiple times.

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Austin Dillon Makes Media Stops in Boston, Readies for Playoff Race at NHMS

Driver of the No. 3 Chevrolet for Richard Childress Racing eyeing first NHMS win in Sunday’s ISM Connect 300

BOSTON, MASS. – With the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoff shifting to New Hampshire Motor Speedway this weekend, championship contender Austin Dillon spent Tuesday visiting with media and fans in the Boston area. Dillon, the 27-year-old pilot for Richard Childress Racing’s iconic No. 3 team, enters Sunday’s ISM Connect 300 tied for 12th in points.

A total of 16 drivers make the playoffs, which puts Dillon on the bubble to reach the second round after a top-20 finish in the opening postseason race last weekend.

“This a big weekend for us. I made a mistake on pit road last weekend, which kind of set us back, so we want to come to New Hampshire and have a great race and get ourselves in a good position moving forward,” said Dillon. “I always enjoy coming up to this area, especially during this time of year when the leaves are changing and it’s starting to cool off a little bit. New England is awesome, and I know a lot of the other drivers feel the same way.”

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‘Fast N’ Loud’ Star Richard Rawlings to Drive Pace Car on Sept. 24

Gas Monkey Garage owner to make pre-race announcement with Foxwoods Resort Casino before leading field to green for ISM Connect 300 playoff race

LOUDON, N.H. – Mogul. Mechanic. Media magnet. All of these accurately describe Richard Rawlings. But later this month, the successful entrepreneur and eclectic star of Discovery Channel’s hit TV show “Fast N’ Loud” will demonstrate another of his many titles – race car driver – when he leads the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series field to green. Rawlings will serve as the official pace driver for the Sept. 24 ISM Connect 300 playoff race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Before getting behind the wheel for the ISM Connect 300 at 2:00 p.m., the charismatic media personality will visit the speedway’s infield media center on the morning of the race. Rawlings will be making a special announcement with representatives from Foxwoods Resort Casino.

“I’ve driven a lot of cars over the course of my life, but I’ve never had a chance to drive a pace car. This is going to be an awesome experience,” said Rawlings. “Foxwoods has something big planned, too, so that will be cool to help them unveil their newest attraction. Then I’ll get in the pace car and tear it up – I might even stay out there for the green flag and see if I can hang with these NASCAR guys.”

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Perfect Penske day ends with Pagenaud race win, Newgarden championship

SONOMA, California (Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017) – For Team Penske, it was the perfect day at the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma. Simon Pagenaud won the race to conclude the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series season. Teammate Josef Newgarden finished second to wrap up the championship.

Pagenaud, the 2016 champion driving the No. 1 DXC Technology Team Penske Chevrolet, beat Newgarden to the finish line by 1.0986 seconds to win the 85-lap race at Sonoma Raceway. It was the Frenchman’s 11th career victory and second straight on the 2.385-mile, 12-turn permanent road course. A year ago, Pagenaud won from the pole position at Sonoma to sew up his first championship.


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Emotional Evening at the New London Waterford Speedbowl

Point Battles Heating Up As Season Winds Down

WATERFORD, CT (September 16, 2017): The NLWS was hit with news that nobody wanted to hear before the racing was set to begin. It was learned earlier in the day, track regular Ted Christopher was killed in a plane crash heading to the Whelen Modified Tour event at the Riverhead Raceway. The night’s events were put on hold and a very special tribute was held for the late great driver. Christopher’s SK Modified was paraded around The Speedbowl by car owner Doug DiPisa as fellow drivers, officials, safety workers, and teams lined up the front stretch to honor Christopher. It was a very touching moment not only for the fans but everybody who was in attendance.

Once racing resumed it was the SK Lites taking to the shoreline oval for their 25-lap feature. It was Colchester, CT’s Brian Narducci taking his second win in a row in only four starts at The Bowl. Narducci used a lap-10 restart to put himself in position to grab the lead over Andrew Molleur with thirteen laps to go in the event. As the lap were winding down the #176 Manafort Brothers sponsored machine of Dana DiMatteo tried several times to get to the inside of Narducci but was unable to make it stick and fell to third as Alan Gombos snuck under DiMatteo and took the runner up spot. Rounding out the top-5 were Andrew Molleur in fourth and Plainville, CT’s Victoria Bergenty fifth, her best finish in the 2017 campaign. With DiMatteo’s third place finish he now leads Andrew Molleur by one point in the championship hunt. In victory lane, a very emotional Narducci dedicated the win in honor of Christopher.

In the 30-lap Limited Sportsman feature it was Al Stone III taking down the win. For the Durham, CT driver it was his 50th career win at the NLWS. What was supposed to be a major accomplishment for Stone was dampened by the news of Christopher. “I just want to dedicate the win to TC and to let the family know we are thinking of them,” commented Stone in victory lane. The point leader Chris Meyer was involved in two different mishaps during the event and battled back to finish eighth. Stone who started in the eighth-spot battled through the field and used a lap-23 restart to out battle the #19 of Adrien Paradis to take down the win. Paradis had one final shot at Stone as a late caution flew to set up a green-white-checkered finish. Paradis made several attempts but couldn’t get by Stone. Paradis after finishing second also commented on Christopher from the podium. “He’s going to be missed, he always had advice for me to make me a better driver, he was always there for me,” said Paradis. Rounding out the top-five were Jason Chicolas, Jordan Hadley and Brandon Plemons.

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Spectacular PASS Super Late Model score for hometown racer Garrett Hall at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway

Scarborough, Maine — Garrett Hall of Scarborough prevailed in spectacular fashion Sunday afternoon in Pro All Stars Series Super Late Model competition, just beating out nine-time PASS champion Ben Rowe of Turner in a wild finish that saw Hall’s car need a tow to Beech Ridge Motor Speedway victory lane.

Hall, who was seeming unbeatable on long green flag runs during the second half of the 150-lap race, saw a trio of late-race restarts put both Rowe and the reigning PASS Super Late Model champion, DJ Shaw of Center Conway, New Hampshire, in contention.

Rowe took an aggressive run on the inside of Hall on the final lap and wheels were in the air as Hall’s defense of the lead was good enough by a margin of .012-seconds.  It was the first Pro All Stars Series victory of the season for Hall and the Risbarra Construction / Blackpoint Motorsports 94.  He won three races on the tour last year.

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ACT posts $76,865 for NHMS Invitational

Eddie MacDonald going for third straight win on the Magic Mile

LOUDON, NH – A full field of American Canadian Tour Late Model competitors will be at New Hampshire Motor Speedway Saturday, September 23 for the Ninth Annual running of the ACT Invitational with over $76,000 on the line.

Eddie MacDonald of Rowley, Mass. – driver of the Hancock Electric/Exit Realty No. 17 – looms as the man to beat.

MacDonald has won five of the first eight ACT Invitationals, including the last two. He has taken home over $39,000 in winnings since the inaugural race in 2009.

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Charlie Sharpsteen Scores Big New York Super Stock Series Win at Evergreen Raceway

St. Johns, PA (9/17/2017)- The New York Super Stock Series rolled to Evergreen Raceway on Sunday for the running of the tracks first ever “Sleepy’s Street Stock Shootout”. With a $1,500 prize guaranteed for the race winner, the 75-lap main event winner was destined to be a barnburner. Following three lead changes over the 55 laps ran, the event was checkered for rain and Charlie Sharpsteen of Chemung, NY was awarded the hard fought victory. Rob Silver of Howell, NJ held off Sean Verwys for the Legends victory and Katie Verwys notched her first ever Evergreen Bandolero victory. The Late Model and Four Cylinder features were rained out and are rescheduled for Sunday, September 24.

Following a short memorial in honor of Mark Spencer, Sr, Eric Hadely started from the pole position and led the New York Super Stock field to the drop of the green flag in the 75-lap main event. He led the opening circuit over Jason Dinzler, Nick Robinson, Nate Peckham and Ron Underwood.

The first yellow flag didn’t fly until lap 16 when Brian Wozniak spun in turns one and two. Green flag racing resumed with Hadley still showing the way over Dinzler.

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Velasquez Victorious in DCRP’s Soderberg Memorial Championship; Nusser, Davidson, Munoz & Wahrman Win as Well

DODGE CITY, Kan. (September 16, 2017) – Taylor Velasquez secured his second consecutive Precise Racing Products DCRP Sprint Car championship by adding another Jerry Soderberg Memorial Championship win in Saturday night’s 25-lap DCRP vs. URSS Sprint Car main event atop the 3/8-mile Dodge City Raceway Park clay oval.

While Velasquez added his third win in the fifth rendition of the Jerry Soderberg Memorial Championship, other season-ending winners included William Nusser in IMCA Modifieds, Brian Davidson in IMCA Sport Modifieds, Angel Munoz in IMCA Stock Cars and Duane Wahrman in IMCA Stock Cars.

In the 25-lap DCRP vs. URSS Sprint Car feature, Turpin, Oklahoma’s Velasquez took advantage of a mid-race caution to preserve his second win of the season aboard the Fronk Oil Co./Bearcat Well Service No. 21x Maxim.
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Reed holds off late race Martin charge for $10K Jim Ford Classic at Fremont Speedway

FREMONT, Ohio – Byron Reed appeared to be well on his way to a $10,000 payday at Fremont Speedway Saturday, Sept. 16. But defending track champion Broc Martin had other ideas the last three laps, diving under Reed numerous times. Reed, who wrapped up his seventh track title last week, held off the challenges and drove to his first ever win in the 10th Annual Jim & Joanne Ford Classic on JLH General Contractor Night.

The victory was the fourth of the year at “The Track That Action Built” and the 36th of Reed’s career at Fremont Speedway putting him 11th on the all-time feature win list. Reed, from Monclova, Ohio, led all 40 laps for the big pay day that is honors the Ford family who saved Fremont Speedway from near extinction in 2000.

“I was struggling with the lapped cars. I wasn’t much faster than them so I knew I was kind of in trouble. I felt good in three and four but one and two I didn’t feel like I was good and I thought I’d be a sitting duck. Last night I didn’t do the best job of driving and my parents were brutally honest. My mom said ‘I don’t think Tim Shaffer is any better than you he was just a better driver’ so I had to prove her wrong tonight,” said Reed beside his Crown Battery backed #5.
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McBride and Grove win round, Davison dominates enduro opener

Endurance Cup debuts with successful Sandown event

Alex Davison has dominated the opening Endurance Cup race of the Porsche Carrera Cup Australia season to conclude the Sandown Raceway event, as Nick McBride and Stephen Grove were the ultimate round victors.

Placing third and second in Saturday’s two races, Davison moved into the lead early in the 24-lap endurance race and pulled away to ultimately claim a five-second victory from teammates Andre Heimgartner and McBride, who held Jaxon Evans at bay after a challenge for position in the final laps.

McBride’s third place secured him his second round victory in what was his 30th Carrera Cup round start, with the Melbourne based racer thrilled to star at his home event.

“It’s been a long time since my last round win. I was disappointed at the Grand Prix where I was equal on points but was relegated to second, so this feels pretty special,” said McBride.

“The car has been really strong from practice one this weekend. Overall it’s been a really positive weekend and a big thanks to the team who has helped turn around what has been a bit of a form slump over the previous two rounds.”

Davison’s race three victory placed him second for the round ahead of Heimgartner, who stood on the final step of the outright round podium.

Grove, meanwhile, jumped to the lead of the Endurance Cup standing in TAG Heuer Carrera Challenge with class victory in race three.

Grove was third in class for Saturday’s race one and inherited the class win in race two after Tim Miles, along with 10 other drivers, received a five-second time penalty for weaving once the race two safety car had turned off its lights ahead of the restart.

Thereafter Grove was the Challenge pacesetter in the final race to finish on equal round points with Miles by the end of the weekend, though Grove’s race three victory handed him the round win.

“This is normally a good track for me, but I struggled in practice and had a poor qualifying session so to work my way back to win race three is really good,” said Grove. “I’ve just got to continue accruing points and trying to make sure I’m finishing every race for the remainder of the season.”

Miles placed second in class for the weekend from third placed Dean Cook.

Series leader David Wall had a quiet Sandown round, finishing fourth, sixth and sixth in the three races, and takes a 62 point lead into the penultimate round, while McBride’s impressive Sandown performance moved him to second in the standings ahead of Heimgartner in third.

Grove retains his TAG Heuer Carrera Challenge stronghold with two rounds remaining from Marc Cini and Miles.

Porsche Carrera Cup Australia returns for the penultimate round of the 2017 season on the first weekend of October at Mount Panorama, Bathurst, to continue its Endurance Cup.

Race 3 Results
1. 888 Alex Davison (Outright) President Limo Australia – 24 laps, 28:36.9556s
2. 777 Andre Heimgartner (Outright) Bob Jane T-Marts/Money Now – 24 laps, 28:42.1860s
3. 77 Nick McBride (Outright) Sonic/Bob Jane T-Marts – 24 laps, 28:42.8423s
4. 7 Jaxon Evans (Outright) Hungry Jacks – 24 laps, 28:43.1711s
5. 88 Dylan O’Keeffe (Outright) APB Group/President Limo Australia – 24 laps, 28:44.9421s
6. 38 David Wall (Outright) PAYCE/Wilson Security – 24 laps, 28:45.3272s
7. 5 Cameron McConville (Outright) Repair Management Australia – 24 laps, 28:49.1975s
8. #136 James Abela (Outright) Horsley Park Gun Shop – 24 laps, 29:05.6673s
9. #4 Stephen Grove (TAG Heuer Carrera Challenge) Grove Group – 24 laps, 29:29.8490s
10. #23 Brenton Grove (Outright) Porsche Centre Melbourne – 24 laps, 29:30.6534s
11. #70 Tim Miles (TAG Heuer Carrera Challenge) Miles Advisory Partners – 24 laps, 29:33.9335s
12. #33 Simon Ellingham (Outright) Peak Marketing – 24 laps, 29:41.0714s
13. #9 Marc Cini (TAG Heuer Carrera Challenge) Hallmarc – 24 laps, 29:42.2631s
14. #79 Jordan Love (Outright) Sonic Motor Racing/Quintis – 24 laps, 29:44.1878s
15. #13 Sam Shahin (TAG Heuer Carrera Challenge) HTFU – 23 laps, 28:51.9822s
16. #22 Dean Cook (TAG Heuer Carrera Challenge) Zonzo Racing – 23 laps, 29:00.2560s
17. #131 Graham Williams (TAG Heuer Carrera Challenge) WRA – 23 laps, 29:19.4095s
DNF #34 John Morriss (Guest) Motorsport Leasing/Race Ramps – 6 laps, 7:31.8805s
DNF #26 Michael Almond (Outright) Copyworld

Sources: Daniel Jordan/Porsche Cars Australia

Solomito Scores Crucial Win at Riverhead

Fourth Win of 2017 Keeps Him in Whelen Modified Title Hunt

RIVERHEAD, N.Y. – Timmy Solomito needed a win to keep pace in the frantic NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship race. He got it at his home track.

The 25-year-old from Islip, New York, powered by Doug Coby with four laps left to take the Miller Lite 200 checkered flag Saturday night at Riverhead Raceway.

Solomito, dominant for the first two-thirds of the event in the No. 16 Starrett Racing Ford, was outmaneuvered by Coby in lap traffic for the lead on Lap 155. The four-time tour titlists Coby was poised for his first career win at Riverhead, but Solomito recaptured the lead on the frontstretch on Lap 196 and drove to the checkers.

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Champion Christopher Passes Away

Connecticut Driver Involved In Plane Crash

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — NASCAR champion Ted Christopher passed away Saturday after being involved in a plane crash in Connecticut. He was 59.

Christopher is one of two drivers to win the NASCAR Whelen All-Amercian Series national title and a touring series championship. The Plainville, Connecticut, driver won the short-track national title in 2001 and the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour crown in 2008. He was the winningest driver at a pair of Connecticut’s historic tracks: Stafford Motor Speedway and Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.

He was one of two people on board a plane that went down in Guilford, Connecticut, Saturday afternoon. The crash claimed the life of both.
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Statement from NHMS GM David McGrath on the Passing of Ted Christopher

Statement from David McGrath, Executive Vice President and General Manager at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, on Ted Christopher, who died today in a plane crash in Guilford, Conn.:
“The short track community is one of the tightest-knit groups in motorsports, and today it lost one of its most passionate, talented and well-respected members. Ted Christopher was the gold standard when it came to short track racing, specifically the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour. With 10 career victories, Teddy is one of New Hampshire Motor Speedway’s most prolific drivers. I know that I can speak for everyone here, as well as our entire Speedway Motorsports, Inc. family, when I say that while Teddy may be gone, his legacy will carry on for generations to come. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends, and fellow competitors at this very difficult time.”

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QUALIFYING: Solomito Right at Home

Earns Top Spot for Tonight’s Miller Lite 200

RIVERHEAD, N.Y. – Timmy Solomito kept his Riverhead Raceway roll going Saturday evening in qualifying for the Miller Lite 200.

Solomito piloted his No. 16 Starrett Racing Ford to a fast lap of 12.017 seconds around the Long Island quarter-mile for his sixth career Coors Light Pole Award. It marked his third at Riverhead, his home track.

Rookie Kyle Soper – who paced afternoon practice – laid down a lap of 12.154 and will start alongside Solomito in the front row for tonight’s tussle, slated to go green at 8 p.m.
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Galko, Bennett, Gonyaw, Provost, & Chambrello Score 5-Star Series Feature Wins at Stafford Speedway

Stafford Springs, CT — Stafford Speedway returned to NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing action with a 5-Star Series program. Taking feature wins on the night were Matt Galko, who outlasted Chase Dowling, Ryan Preece, and Ted Christopher in thrilling side by side duel that went on for 20 laps to win the SK Modified® feature, Michael Bennett took down his fourth win of the season in the Late Model feature, Brett Gonyaw scored his second win in the SK Light feature, Duane Provost won his third race of the season in the Ltd. Late Model feature, and Nicole Chambrello scored her first DARE Stock feature win in nearly two years to the day.

In the 40-lap SK Modified® feature event, Cam McDermott and Tyler Hines were side by side for the first lap dueling for the lead and on lap-2 Glen Reen nearly went 3-wide for the lead but backed out of the move. With 4 laps complete it was still Hines and McDermott side by side for the lead with Reen in third. Matt Galko and Keith Rocco were side by side for fourth behind them.

The order continued to shuffle as Hines got clear to the lead with Reen behind him in second. Galko was by himself in third with Chase Dowling and McDermott side by side for fourth with Tom Bolles in sixth. Reen moved to the front on lap-9 with a move in turns 1+2 and Galko came with him into second. Dowling also followed the two leaders by Hines as he moved into third with Hines slotting into line in fourth with Bolles fifth and Eric Berndt in sixth.

Dowling got by Galko on lap-12 to move into second and Ryan Preece moved into sixth after starting in the back of the pack. With 15 laps complete the order was Dowling out front with Reen, Galko, and Hines behind him. Preece got by Bolles for fifth just as the caution came out for a multi-car spin behind him that involved Joey Mucciacciaro, Jr., Payton Henry, Dan Avery, and D.J. Burnham.
Dowling took the lead back under green with Galko in second. The field stacked up a bit in turn 4 but everyone was able to gather their cars up and it was Preece emerging in third with Bolles in fourth and Berndt fifth before the caution came out with 17 laps complete for a spin on the backstretch involving Tony Membrino, Jr. and Rocco.

Stephen Kopcik got loose on the restart and came to a stop in turn 2 to bring the caution right back out. Dowling took the lead on the restart but only one lap could be completed before a melee broke out coming out of turn 4 with Nick Salva, Josh Wood, Mike Christopher, Jr., Todd Owen, and Tommy Membrino, Jr., all involved to bring the caution back out.

Galko got a good run in the outside lane and took the lead from Dowling on the restart. Dowling and Reen were side by side for second with Preece and Berndt side by side for fourth. With 20 laps complete, Berndt’s car got turned into the frontstretch wall to bring the caution out.
Galko and Dowling were side by side for the lead back under green with Reen and Preece side by side for third with Ted Christopher up to fifth. The two lead duos were still side by side until lap-25 when Preece got clear of Reen and took third. Christopher was now on the outside of Reen in a fight for fourth as Galko and Dowling were still side by side for the lead.

With 28 laps complete, Galko and Dowling were still side by side for the lead but it was now single file behind the two leaders with Preece, Christopher, and Reen making up the top-5 with Bolles still hanging strong in sixth.

With 5 laps to go, Galko and Dowling were still side by side for the race lead with Preece, Christopher, and Reen lined up behind them. As they completed lap-36 it was now two by two as Galko and Dowling were out front with Preece and Christopher and lined up behind them.
As they took the white flag, it was a 5-car train for the lead. Galko was able to get a good run coming out of turn 4 to beat Dowling and Preece to the line by a car length. Dowling took second by inches over Preece with Christopher beating Reen to the line by inches for fourth place.
In the 30-lap Late Model feature event, Matt Vassar took the lead at the green and he led the first three laps before Michael Bennett moved to the front with a pass in turn 2. Kevin Gambacorta and Josh Wood were sice by side for third with Gambacorta finally getting the spot on lap-4. Tyler Leary was now side by side with Wood for fourth with Tom Fearn behind them in sixth. Leary got clear of Wood and Fearn got around Wood to move into fifth on lap-6 with Bennett, Vassar, and Gambacorta still making up the top-3.

Wood’s car dropped off the pace on lap-9 and he slowly made his way to pit road. After a quick pit stop, he came back out on track a lap down. Bennett was still leading Vassar but the battle for third was heating up with Gambacorta, Leary, and Fearn all nose to tail.

Leary got around Gambacorta and then Fearn was able to get by Gambacorta to move into fourth on lap-18 and Glen Reen muscled his way by Gambacorta right behind Fearn to take fifth and drop Gambacorta back to sixth. With 9 laps to go, Reen was all over the back bumper of Fearn in a fight four fourth as Bennett continued to hold the lead with Vassar in second and Leary in third.

Reen’s car dropped off the pace on lap-28 while at the front Vassar was closing down the gap to Bennett. Vassar ran out of laps as Bennett took down his fourth win of the 2017 season. Leary finished third with Fearn and Gambacorta rounding out the top-5.

In the 20-lap SK Light Modified feature, the feature got started with a bang as several cars touched wheels at the start and Cassandra Cole, Kyle Jette, and Joe Graf, Jr. all took damage to their cars which brought the yellow and red flags out before the first lap could be completed.
The restart saw a pileup in turn1 involving Marcello Rufrano, Ed Chicoski, Rit Dulac, Norm Sears, Tony Santangelo and Amanda West to bring the yellow flag back out before a lap could be completed.
Todd Douillard took the lead on the third restart with Glenn Korner moving into second. Wesley Prucker took third with Joey Ferrigno and Bob Charland side by side for fourth.

Prucker made a move around Douillard to take the lead on lap-7 while behind the two leaders, Joey Ferrigno pulled alongside Brett Gonyaw in a bid for third. Gonyaw was able to hold Ferrigno off and he went outside of Douillard to take second on lap-10. Douillard slotted into third with Ferrigno in fourth and David Arute was side by side with Dan Wesson for fifth. Arute made the pass on Wesson on lap-13 to take fourth as Gonyaw was looking to take the lead from Prucker. The action heated up behind the leaders as Arute went to the outside groove to move into third with Wesson moving into fourth. Douillard spun coming out of turn 4 to bring the caution out with 15 laps complete.

The field went back to green with Gonyaw and Prucker side by side for the lead with Arute and Wesson side by side for third behind them. With 18 laps complete, Gonyaw had the lead with Prucker and Wesson side by side for second with Arute in fourth and Cory DiMatteo in fifth. Prucker made one last ditch effort in turn 3 on the final lap but wasn’t able to muster up enough momentum to complete the pass as the top-4 came across the line in what looked like a race speed pace lap. Gonyaw beat Prucker to the line by inches with Wesson taking third from Arute by inches with DiMatteo rounding out the top-5.

In the 20-lap Limited Late Model feature event, Gary Patnode took the lead at the green and he led the first lap before giving way to Robert Bloxsom, III on lap-2. Duane Provost followed Bloxsom past Patnode to take second and drop Patnode back to third. Al Saunders was fourth with his twin brother Cliff right behind him in fifth place.

The order remained the same until lap-8 when the Saunders twins both got by Patnode to move into third and fourth. Alexandra Fearn followed the Saunders twins by Patnode to take fifth as Patnode slid back to sixth. Provost was applying heavy pressure to Bloxsom for the lead and he made a move to Bloxsom’s inside coming out of turn 2 and was able to complete the pass in turn 3 on lap-11 to move to the lead.

Provost led Bloxsom to the checkered flag to pick up his third win of the 2017 season. Al Saunders finished third with Cliff Saunders and Alexandra Fearn rounding out the top-5.

In the 15-lap DARE Stock feature event, Nicole Chambrello took the lead at the drop of the green with Chuck Harrison in second and Brandon Michael moved into third. Michael quickly got around Harrison to move into second on lap-2 while George Bessette, Jr. was fourth behind Harrison and Chris Bagnall was fifth.

Bagnall took fourth from Harrison on lap-7 and his pass brought Johnny Walker into fifth as Harrison slid back to sixth with Chambrello and Michael still out front. Vince Gambacorta and Travis Hydar came together and spun in turn 1 to bring the caution out with 8 laps complete.

Chambrello took took the lead back under green with Michael slotting into second. Bessette was third with Walker fourth and Bagnall in fifth. Chambrello led Michael to the checkered flag to pick up her first win of the 2017 season. Walker finished third with Bessette and Bagnall rounding out the top-5.

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1) Matt Galko, Meriden
2) Chase Dowling, Roxbury
3) Ryan Preece, Broad Book
4) Ted Christopher, Plainville
5) Glen Reen, Wilbraham, Ma
6) Tom Bolles, Ellington
7) Rowan Pennink, Huntingdon Valley, Pa
8) Michael Gervais, Jr., Southbury
9) Keith Rocco, Berlin
10) Mike Christopher, Jr., Wolcott
11) Joey Cipriano, III, Waterbury
12) Josh Wood, Palmer, Ma
13) Ronnie Williams, Tolland
14) Cam McDermott, Canterbury
15) Dan Avery, Somers
16) Tyler Hines, North Haven
17) Tommy Membrino, Jr., Prospect
18) Stephen Kopcik, Newtown
19) Eric Berndt, Cromwell
20) Nick Salva, Cheshire
21) Todd Owen, Somers
22) Tony Membrino, Jr., Berlin
23) D.J. Burnham, East Hartford
24) Joey Mucciacciaro, Jr., Wolcott
25) Payton Henry, Willington
26) John Catania, Agawam, Ma

1) Michael Bennett, Willington
2) Matt Vassar, Plantsville
3) Tyler Leary, Hatfield, Ma
4) Tom Fearn, East Longmeadow, Ma
5) Kevin Gambacorta, Ellington
6) Darrell Keane, Enfield
7) Paul Arute, Tolland
8) Mike Mordino, Southington
9) Wayne Coury, Jr., Shelton
10) Eric Finkbein Jr., Manchester
11) Glen Reen, Wilbraham, Ma
12) Josh Wood, Palmer, Ma
13) Tom Butler, Stafford Springs

1) Brett Gonyaw, Vernon
2) Wesley Prucker, Stafford
3) Dan Wesson, Monson, Ma
4) David Arute, Tolland
5) Cory DiMatteo, Farmington
6) Glenn Griswold, Vernon
7) Glenn Korner, Canton
8) Joey Ferrigno, East Hartford
9) Bob Charland, Stafford
10) Alexander Pearl, Salem
11) Todd Douillard, Palmer, Ma
12) Ed Chicoski, New Hartford
13) Rit Dulac, Plantsville
14) Marcello Rufrano, North Haven
15) Norm Sears, Andover
16) Mark Bakaj, Lebanon
17) Amanda West, Colchester
18) Tony Santangelo, Middlefield
19) Cassandra Cole, Westbrook
20) Kyle Jette, New Milford
21) Joe Graf, Jr., Mahwah, Nj

1) Duane Provost, Palmer, Ma
2) Robert Bloxsom, III, Stratford
3) Al Saunders, Stafford
4) Cliff Saunders, Stafford
5) Alexandra Fearn, East Longmeadow, Ma
6) Jeremy Lavoie, Windsor Locks
7) Gary Patnode, Barkhamsted
8) Bryan Narducci, Colchester
9) Matt Clement, Wethersfield
10) Ryan Fearn, East Longmeadow, Ma

1) Nicole Chambrello, Kensington
2) Brandon Michael, Granville, Ma
3) Johnny Walker, Ludlow, Ma
4) George Bessette, Jr., Danbury
5) Chris Bagnall, Norfolk
6) Phil Jacques, Dudley, Ma
7) Dave Secore, Jr., Union
8) Chuck Harrison, Woodstock Valley
9) Greg Demone, Ludlow, Ma
10) Vince Gambacorta, Ellington
11) Nick Bendiak, Hopkinton, Ma
12) Richard Ciriello, Reading, Ma
13) Rob Sears, Stafford Springs
14) Paul Bourdon, Jr., Jewett City
15) Armand Cote, Jr., Rocky Hill
16) Travis Hydar, Woodbury

Sources: Scott Running/Stafford Speedway PR

Cassie Rocco & Maina Rufrano Racing For The Cure in Stafford DARE Stock Division at NAPA Fall Final

Stafford Springs, CT — When Stafford Speedway’s DARE Stocks take the green flag for the NAPA Fall Final on September 30th, there will be 2 guest drivers racing for a special cause.  Maina Rufrano, the wife of SK Modified® and SK Light car owner John Rufrano and mother to SK Light driver Marcello Rufrano along with Cassie Rocco, wife of 2-time SK Modified® track champion and 2010 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series National Champion Keith Rocco, will both take to the track to raise money for cancer research.

Both Rocco and Rufrano will be behind the wheel of Rent A Racecar machines for their DARE Stock debuts.  Rocco and Rufrano have set a goal of raising $5,000 and all proceeds they raise go directly to the American Cancer Society as part of their Racing for the Cure efforts.

“We decided to make a night of fun into a purpose for a great cause,” said Rufrano.  “We’ve both had cancer in our families and right now Cassie’s father is fighting cancer.  When you look at the racing community as a whole, there’s a lot of people who have been affected by cancer.  We’re working hard to stir up interest online and I’m really looking forward to getting out on the track.  Our goal is to raise $5,000 but we’d obviously love to go way above and beyond that number.”

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Stafford Speedway NAPA Fall Final Weekend Sept. 30-Oct. 1

Stafford Springs, CT — Stafford Motor Speedway will host the 45th Annual NAPA Fall Final Weekend on Saturday and Sunday, September 30 and October 1 to close out the 2017 NASCAR season of racing.  The NAPA Fall Final will host the penultimate race of the 2017 season for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour as well as determining the 2017 Whelen All-American Series Track Champions.  The NAPA Fall Final will also play host to the Mr. Rooter Truck Series.

The NAPA Fall Final Weekend will kick off on Saturday, Sept. 30 with practice sessions for the Whelen Modified Tour, Stafford’s NASCAR Whelen All-American Series divisions and the Mr. Rooter Truck Series from 10 am to 2:15 pm.  The Whelen Modified Tour cars will take the track for time trials to set the field for the NAPA Fall Final 150 at 2:30 pm.  Stafford’s NWAAS divisions and the Mr. Rooter Truck Series will qualify for their features at the conclusion of NWMT time trials.  Feature events for the SK Lights, Limited Late Models, DARE Stocks, and Mr. Rooter Truck Series will conclude Saturday’s festivities.

The NAPA Fall Final Weekend continues on Sunday with the famous NAPA Pit Party, a meet and greet with drivers and teams, taking place from 11:00 am to noon on Sunday, Oct. 1.  Feature racing will begin at 1 pm with the SK Modifieds® first on track followed by the Late Models and the Whelen Modified Tour.

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Stafford Speedway to Auction “Welcome to The Show” Banner for Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund at NAPA Fall Final

Stafford Springs, CT — Stafford Speedway and NAPA Auto Parts will be auctioning off the “Welcome to the Show” banner at the NAPA Fall Final on Sunday, October 1.  The banner is currently displayed at the General Admission entrance.  All proceeds from the auction will benefit the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, a charity set up to support the men and women of the Armed Forces and their families.

The “Welcome to the Show” banner would look great in your race shop, garage, or anywhere!  Bidding for the banner is currently at $200.  Bids will be taken through the NAPA Fall Final weekend and the announcers will keep the fans apprised as to the current bid amount.  Bids may be made by visiting the announcer’s tower on race day or by contacting the speedway office.  The highest bid and winner of the banner will be announced prior to the start of the NAPA Auto Parts 150 Whelen Modified Tour event on Sunday afternoon October 1.

In addition to the “Welcome to the Show” banner auction NAPA Auto Parts will also be selling NAPA T-Shirts as well as an assortment of raffle items during the course of Sunday’s events with all proceeds going to the fund.  T-shirts and raffle tickets will be available Sunday at the NAPA Auto Parts display on the midway.

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Stafford’s SK Lights Locked in Ultra Tight Championship Race

Stafford Springs, CT — With the 2017 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series season at Stafford Speedway heading into its final 3 races of the 2017 season, the race for the SK Light championship is in full swing with an an ultra tight race.  David Arute currently leads the standings and he becomes the fifth driver to hold the SK Light point lead this season.  Arute leads Cory DiMatteo by only 4 points and Dan Wesson is third in the standings, 20 points behind.

Arute has spent much of the 2017 season climbing out of the hole a 22nd place finish in the season opening NAPA Spring Sizzler left him in.  Since his Sizzler finish, Arute has posted 12 top-8 finishes, including a win on July 21st, that has seen him slowly but steadily climb his way back to the head of the points table.

“At the beginning of the year I would say we hoped to be where we are right now with the experience we gained last season,” said Arute.  “We started off the year 22nd in points but we’ve had a good car all season long and it’s been a process of moving on up ever since.  Other than that, it’s been mostly top-5 finishes.  After that first week at the Sizzler, I thought we just had to go for wins all season long but the car was good and we kept on gaining points here and there.  With 3 races left to go we’re finally on top.  I’ve been waiting to get there while guys like Dan Wesson, Cory DiMatteo, George Nocera, and Wesley Prucker have all led the points.  The past few weeks have been nerve wracking just knowing I had to finish in front of those guys to gain points.  Now finally they’re all chasing me and I try not to think about points but you can’t help but think about it when you’re buckling in.”

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Matt Vassar Puts Season of Struggles Behind at Stafford

Stafford Springs, CT — The 2017 Late Model season at Stafford Speedway has seen its fair share of struggles for Matt Vassar and the #69 Don’s Home Improvements team.  The team got a late start to the season, missing the first three races of the season before making their debut on June 2nd.  Through their first 10 starts, they accumulated 1 top-5 and 5 top-10 finishes, but the team put their season of struggles behind them this past Friday night with a second place finish that saw Vassar take the lead at the green flag and lead the first 27 laps before Glen Reen took the lead on lap-28 and led the final 3 laps of the race.

“The race last Friday was thoroughly satisfying,” said Vassar.  “I go to the track every week to have fun.  It was great seeing the reaction of the crew guys, the car owners, my friends, and the sponsors that were on hand.   Their excitement was what made it really fulfilling for me.  It made me happy to see how much fun everyone had and I have to thank all our sponsors for their support this season.  Don Cote and Don’s Home Improvements, Ackert Electric, Hair Trendz, Your Personal Mechanic, and the Rent A Racecar guys, who have helped me a bunch.”

In addition to winning for all of his crew members and sponsors, Vassar has some special motivation that is driving him to pick up his first Late Model win at Stafford.

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