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Bentley Warren to Serve as Grand Marshal for Monadnock Opener

WINCHESTER, NH (April 3, 2018) – Bentley Warren, one of the most iconic names in motorsports, will be the Grand Marshal for the CARQUEST Genden Auto Parts 75 Presented by T-Bird Mini Marts ISMA appearance at Monadnock on Saturday, May 19. It will be close to four decades that the Supermodifieds have raced at the New Hampshire oval.

Warren indicated in regard to the announcement, “Both things are great – actually both things are fantastic. I raced a midget up there one time. It should be a very good Supermodified track because the Supers are so darn fast and the caliber of today’s cars and drivers is just unbelievable.”

Warren believes it will be a phenomenal race to watch when ISMA visits the quarter-mile oval on Saturday evening, May 19. Warren has been through the whole evolution of Supermodifieds. He went from the early Supers which were patterned after the cutdowns similar to a 1936 Ford Coupe and then into the Supers. Warren raced from the days of the early Supermodifieds to what they are today, although much more technologically better and faster.

Although Warren did not race the last time the Supermodifieds were at Monadnock, but he raced there in the midgets which he believes was back in the mid-1960’s.

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CARQUEST Genden Auto Parts 75 Presented by T-Bird Mini Marts to Sponsor ISMA Season Opener at Monadnock

WINCHESTER, NH– CARQUEST Genden Auto Parts 75 presented by T-Bird Mini Marts will be the sponsors of the ISMA Season Opener at Monadnock Speedway on Saturday night,May 19. During this inaugural appearance fans will get to see how these winged Supermodifieds, with 900-plus horsepower, go around the New Hampshire quarter mile oval.

” Genden Auto Parts and CARQUEST of Western Massachusetts is proud to be the title sponsor of the event and to help bring back Supermodifieds back to Monadnock Speedway for the first time in close to 40 years. We look forward to making this an annual race.” Said CARQUEST Genden Auto Parts Owner John Lamoureux.

CARQUEST Genden Auto Parts has four locations in Massachusetts in Springfield, South Deerfield, Greenfield, and Shelburne Falls. T-Bird Mini Marts with its corporate headquarters in Keene, NH has 10 locations in the area of Monadnock Speedway marketing area in New Hampshire and Vermont.

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Jon McKennedy Looking Forward to Monadnock with ISMA on May 19

WINCHESTER, NH- Jon McKennedy out of Chelmsford, MA is coming off a huge accomplishment winning the 2017 ISMA Supermodified championship.
“Most of the drivers and teams have been doing this for a long time. There is a lot of good drivers and lots of experience in that organization,” McKennedy said.
The ISMA championship is something McKennedy has wanted for really long time and do it with a new group of guys and car made it even better in 2017. McKennedy won one race during his 2017 championship at Jennerstown Speedway back in July.

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ISMA Set to Open Season on Saturday, May 19 at Monadnock

WINCHESTER, NH- The ISMA Supermodifieds will kick off their 2018 season at the Monadnock Speedway in Winchester, NH on Saturday night May 19 for a 75 lap race. Richard ” Doc” Hathaway is the new president of the ISMA Supermodifieds. He feels the race at Monadnock on May 19 will be an exciting race because of some of the unique features to the speedway.

“ I think it’s going to be a real exciting race. I anticipate there will be passing throughout the race. Beyond the edge of your seat for the entire race because it’s a cool venue,” Hathaway said.

When the fans come to Monadnock on May 19, they will get to see how unique the ISMA Supermodifieds are with the moving wing on top of the cars that they will basically lift off your hat in the grandstands. These cars are 900 plus horsepower. If there is 20 of the ISMA Supermodifieds out on the quarter-mile oval that is 18,000 horsepower.

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ISMA Returns to Monadnock Speedway

INNERKIP, ONT- Mike Lichty will be coming back to race in the ISMA Supermodifieds in 2018. The plan is for Lichty to contend for the title in ISMA in 2018. The series will kick off their 2018 season at the Monadnock Speedway on Saturday, May 19 for a 75 lap race. 

” Well, first of all, we just want to put a big thanks out to the promoter (Larry Cirillo) and everybody involved at the (Monadnock) speedway for signing us on. I know everybody seems to be extremely excited on their end for us coming and same as on our end for us going there and opening the season up.”

Lichty does not have much knowledge of Monadnock. He has been talking to some modified drivers such as Rob Summers and those drivers believe that ISMA will put on a good show up there. Lichty believes the track will be extremely racy and have more than one groove with a lot of passing. ISMA has usually opened up the season at Oswego but he believes it’s nice to open up the season at a new track at Monadnock Speedway for the opener.

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ISMA to Invade Monadnock Speedway Saturday, May 19

WINCHESTER, NH- The ISMA Supermodifieds will kick off their 2018 season at Monadnock Speedway on Saturday, May 19 for a 75 lap race. It will be the first time in close to 40 years that the supers have raced on the quarter mile oval.

“For us coming to a new track is exciting. We’re all green at this track and have to learn the track quickly,” ISMA President Doc Hataway said.

Hataway will take over as president of the series as of January 1.

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ISMA Honors 2017 Champions Jon McKennedy and P&L Motorsports at 43rd Annual Awards Banquet

Verona, NY — The Turning Stone Casino in Verona, NY was once again the site of the International SuperModified Association’s season-ending awards Banquet. Many awards were handed out to the 2017 owner and driver champions, the top point getters for the season, and the Triple Crown Series winners. In addition the special awards as voted on by the membership, were presented.

MC Dan Kapuscinski started the ceremonies by recognizing the major ISMA sponsors Corr/Pak, Hoosier Tire and Shea Concrete Products. Other notable sponsors received mention and thanks were Arctic Equipment sponsor of the Harv Lennox Memorial, BS&B Radiator, Coyote Construction, KDP Townhouses, Lane Tire Sales, Murray’s Transmission, NEMRS, Northeast Metals Technologies, Patco Transportation, Schaeffer’s Specialized Lubricants, Seymour Performance Racing, Slice n Go Deli, Ted Pittsley, the push truck drivers and the Ladies Auxiliary, all of whom play a pivotal role throughtout the year.

The top 15 car owners were introduced and were in order, P&L Motorsports (Pam and Lee Vinal), Howie Lane Racing, Vic Miller, Steve Stout, Tony Bowes, Mike McVetta, Mark Sammut, Craig Reed, Jim Bodnar, Gary Morton, Mike Muldoon, Craig Danzer, Ken Locke, Clyde Booth and Brad Lichty. Each received a plaque and check, with the champion car owner and driver also receiving a trophy and jacket.

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Rob Summers Up to Speed in ISMA SuperModified at Stafford Speedway

Stafford Springs, CT — When the ISMA SuperModified cars return to Stafford Motor Speedway on Friday, June 23rd for the first time since the 2013 season, one driver who will be looking forward to the race is Rob Summers.  The Ellington native has made starts in 7 of the 10 ISMA races that were held at Stafford between 2004 and 2013 and he has notched 1 win, 2 top-5, and 5 top-10 finishes.  Summers average finish in his 7 ISMA starts at Stafford is 10.1.  Summers win at Stafford came back in 2007 and is one of his 4 career ISMA Supermodified victories.  Summers brought his ISMA Supermodified machine to Stafford recently, for a test session, in preparation for the 60-lap feature scheduled for Friday, June 23.

“I have a lot of confidence coming back to Stafford,” said Summers.  “We have a really good car and I’m working with some really good people so hopefully we can figure out some things today so we can be really good for the race next Friday.  My experience here will definitely help but it’s a tough group out there with good drivers and good equipment.  It’ll be a tough race but it’s going to be a good race.”

The car that Summers brought to the test session and will race in next Friday night’s 60-lap ISMA Supermodified feature is a car that Summers and his crew have had sitting in their garage since 2012.  Although the car last saw action on a track 5 years ago, Summers is confident that he can be among the contenders for victory.

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Jonathan McKennedy Awarded “Premier Touring Series Driver of the Year” at Northeast Motorsports Expo

Augusta, Maine – At this past weekend’s 29th Annual Northeast Motorsports Expo, open wheel Modified standout Jonathan McKennedy was awarded the “Premier Touring Series Driver of the Year”.

Sponsored by Mainely Motorsports Television, ( and its popular Host Steve Perry, the honor is a tell-tale of top-Series driver results from the past season.

Host Steve Perry explained, “The Premier Touring Series Driver of the Year” is a comparison of best season to best season of all our top New England drivers from ACT, MRS, NASCAR, and PASS competition.

“During the 2016 season,” continued Perry, “this driver stood out above all the rest.

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Lee USA Schedule Announced

Lee USA Speedway in Lee, NH released its schedule for this season. Division special races are to be announced.

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Stafford Speedway’s 2017 Early Buy Season Tickets Offer Big Savings

Stafford Springs, CT — Stafford Motor Speedway 2017 season ticket packages are now available. Time is running out to take advantage of the early buy discount on Paddock, General Admission, Kids Fast Pass, and Reserved Seat passes.  All season ticket packages offer great overall savings compared to purchasing day of event tickets for each of the 22 scheduled race events.  Season pass savings are the biggest if purchased before the December 15thearly buy deadline.

The 2017 Season Paddock Pass is available for $420 if purchased on or before December 15th and offers a 50% savings compared to purchasing a day of show ticket for each event.  After December 15th, the Paddock Pass prices increase to $470.  During the 2016 race teams that utilized the Season Paddock Pass saved over $335.  Season Paddock Passes allow access to the paddock area as well as the general admission seating grandstands and are available with reserved seat upgrade for an additional $50.

General Admission Season Tickets are priced at $300 for the 2017 season if purchased on or before December 15th, a savings of 45%.  After the Early Buy discount ends December 15th, General Admission Season ticket prices increase to $320.  An alternative to General Admission seating is Reserved Seat Season Ticket.  If purchased on or before December 15thReserved Season tickets are priced at $350, a savings of 40%.  After December 15th, the Reserved Seat Season Ticket increases to $380.  The Kids Fast Pass option for kids age 6 to 14 is priced at $60 before December 15th, a 46% savings.  After December 15th, the Kids Fast Pass increases to $65.  All season ticket prices include 10% CT Admission Tax.

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Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park Announces 2017 Schedule

Thompson, CT (December 5, 2016) – Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park today announced dates for the 2017 racing schedule, celebrating its 77th season on the high-banked oval.  The 2017 seven event NASCAR Whelen All-American Series (NWAAS) schedule is highlighted by the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and the return of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East.

“This year’s schedule balances our commitment to tradition and innovation,” states Josh Vanada, General Manager of TSMP.  “The 2017 schedule preserves fan favorites while introducing unique and creative events and promotions.”

The speedway will continue to showcase Sunoco Modifieds, which will compete in eight points-counting races supported by the Late Models, Limited Sportsman, and Mini Stocks, who will all have seven points-counting races. The Lite Modified Division will race in five of the seven events, but will not race under the NWAAS sanction.

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Stafford Speedway Releases 2017 Event Schedule

Stafford Springs, CT — With just over 5 months until the 2017 season kicks off at the 46th Annual NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler, Stafford Speedway is proud to announce the 22 event 2017 schedule.

“We are excited about the 2017 season, we have our marquee events and have added 4 new shows to the schedule,” explained Stafford COO/GM Mark Arute.  “Stafford’s key focus remains to have a strong weekly program for the fans and race teams, we believe that is the backbone of short track racing.”

The 2017 race season will begin at the 46th Annual NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler Weekend, April 29th & 30th.  Doug Coby, the 2016 Whelen Modified Tour Champion, will look to defend his crown in the Whelen Modified Tour NAPA Spring Sizzler 200.  The two-day event is highlighted by the NAPA Auto Parts Pit Party where fans have the opportunity to meet their favorite drivers prior to racing on Sunday.

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Coby Makes History, Wraps Up Third Consecutive Whelen Modified Title in Thompson

THOMPSON, CT — Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park saved the best for last in 2016, crowning several champions on the final day of the Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing, presented by Xtra Mart including a champion in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.

Defending series champion Doug Coby looked to earn his third consecutive title and fourth in the last five seasons after extending his points lead on Justin Bonsignore and Timmy Solomito with a victory at Stafford Motor Speedway on October 9th. Coby came into the race with a 20-point advantage over Bonsignore and a 48-point lead over Solomito and only needed to finish 16th or better to lock up the championship.

Coby started off the race on the right foot, qualifying for the outside pole next to Solomito who led the first portion of the event with Coby hot on his trail. Things changed around lap-73 however when a caution brought the cars to pit road where Justin Bonsignore made up ground and Coby lost ground setting up a battle between Solomito and Bonsignore for the second half of the event. While Coby kept his eye on the prize for a title, his closest rivals for the championship battled it out for one last win of the season. Bonsignore finally took the lead with twenty laps remaining and would hold on to win his fourth race of 2016 while Coby worked his way to a sixth place finish and a third consecutive title, a series record in the modern era which dates back to 1985.

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Lee USA Speedway 8/516 Race Report

Lee, NH – North Ridgeville, Ohio’s Dave Shullick, Jr. scored his second straight win in Lee USA Speedway’s “Ollie Silva Memorial Classic” for the high-powered machines of the International Supermodified Association (ISMA), as the open-wheelers put on a tremendous show in front of a packed house at “New Hampshire’s Center of Speed”.

Former Lee champion Dan Bowes of Byfield, MA and Mike McVetta of Wellington, OH led the field to the green flag, with McVetta out quickly to set the pace. McVetta remained at the head of the field through the halfway mark, collecting a cool $1,000 bonus from longtime Supermodified supporter Ed Shea of Shea Concrete Products.

As the 75-lapper wore on, Canadian ace Mike Lichty got the better of McVetta on lap 49, but he could only hang on until lap 55, when Shullick completed his charge to the front after starting the race in the tenth spot. It was smooth sailing from there, as “Shoe II” went on to lead them under the checkers for his third overall Ollie Silva Memorial win.

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McKennedy Leads Wings and Wheels Winners at New London-Waterford

WATERFORD – Jon McKennedy held off Richard Savary to win the 100-lap Valenti Modified Racing feature in the main event of Saturday’s Wings & Wheels program at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl.

The Valenti Modified Racing Series was part of seven feature card at the track Saturday. Tyler Chadwick topped the field in the 35-lap SK Modified feature. Cory DiMatteo was the winner of the SK Light Modified feature. John Zych Jr. won the 25-lap NEMA Midget feature. PJ Stergios was the winner in the NEMA Lite feature. Geoffrey Sutton won the 25-lap ATQMRA Three-Quarter Midget feature.

It was the third career Valenti Modified Racing Series victory at the Speedbowl for McKennedy, of Chelmsford, Mass. who also had wins in 2010 and 2012 at the track.
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Lichty Among Top Indoor Drivers

Mike Lichty of Innerkip, ON, Canada has been one of the top performers in indoor racing. His seven top fives in 10 Gambler’s Classic starts leads all drivers.

“That’s some interesting history,” Lichty said. “I wasn’t aware of that. … I think the biggest thing is just obviously being there at the end and having a real good car under you and we’ve taken time over the years and everything on this car compared to a lot of the cars out there is built. It’s specifically built for indoors, you know, so heavier heims. It can actually take a hit compared to most cars out there and we’ve always had success, don’t matter really if it’s just Atlantic City or where the tour has taken us. Indoors we’ve ran well with this car.”

Since his 2006 debut, Lichty has 9 top fives and 14 top 10s in 16 starts at Boardwalk Hall. In 30 indoor TQ Midget starts, he has a 7.1 average finish. He has two wins (Baltimore and Providence), 18 top fives, and 24 top tens.

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Coby Enters History Books With Repeat NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Title

The 2015 NASCAR Whelen Modified Series concluded its most competitive championship battle to date at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park on October 18th to close out the Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing weekend presented by XtraMart. The Sunoco World Series 150 began with the tightest championship battle in series history with three drivers within four points of winning the title and even a little early snowfall for spice right before the green flag waved.
Doug Coby and Ryan Preece entered the season finale event in a tie for the championship and Woody Pitkat sat only four points out of the lead with at least a third place finish in the points mathematically secured. Coby won the pole for the event while Pitkat and Preece started in the top five to make for a tight battle throughout the race as each sought an edge in the championship battle.
While Coby and Preece had relatively calm runs in the 150-lap feature, Pitkat had an up and down fight for his first Whelen Modified Series title throughout the event enduring an early crash, a penalty by NASCAR and issues on pit road to finish fifth. Preece ran in the top ten all race long and finished seventh after his car fell off late in the event, but it was Doug Coby who secured his second consecutive series championship and the race win after making a pass on runner-up Justin Bonsignore with five laps to go.

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NEAR Hall of Fame Class of 2015

Victories at LeMans and Daytona International Speedway are among the hundreds of checkered flags owned by the New England Auto Racing Hall of Fame’s class of 2015.

Sam Posey, one of America’s top road racers, and Greg Sacks, the winner of the 1985 Daytona Firecracker 400, are part of the class that will be honored at the NEAR Hall of Fame 18th induction banquet Sunday, Nov. 8 at Maneeley’s in South Windsor, CT.

The class also includes owner/driver Joey Laquerre, car owner the late Paul Dunigan and drivers the late Jim McCallum and Stan Gregor, a quartet that collectively has 27 track championships.

The multi-faceted Lew Boyd, presently a book seller and publisher, and Lee USA Speedway promoter Red MacDonald will also be inducted.

Ticket information for the banquet will soon be available on the New England Antique Racers website (

Still to be announced are the Veterans Committee picks, the Pardi Memorial Award and the Mitchell/Ratta (media) Award winners.

A long-time Sharon, CT resident, Posey was a top runner in road racing with strong finishes in Formula A, Can-Am, and Trans-AM. He had a fifth at Indianapolis in 1972, scored at LeMans and Sebring and drove some Formula I before moving to TV with ABC Sports. He is an award winning writer and artist.

In addition to Daytona, Long Island native Sacks has a number of New England victories, notably at Stafford and Thompson but also at Westboro. His 1982 season, which included the Stafford championship, ranks with the best performances in New England racing history.

Vermont’s Laquerre has been a winner over five decades as both an owner and driver. The top winner at the old Catamount Stadium, his resume includes several wins on the ACT Tour and championships at Thunder Road (6) and Catamount (2).

The colorful Dunigan, who passed away in 2004, burst on to the International Super Modified Association scene and won six titles in eight years, adding an Oswego crown as well. His drivers included Bentley Warren, Russ Wood, Mike Ordway, and Joe Gosek.

MacDonald, over six decades, was a successful car owner – drags, cutdowns, Supermodifieds, even an Indianapolis car – before taking over the Lee USA Speedway operation in 1986. He has brought the best in the business to his track often overcoming great obstacles.

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New London Waterford Speedbowl Wings and Wheels Results 8/8

Waterford, CT — Saturday marked the return of Wings and Wheels to the New London-Waterford Speedbowl for the 8th consecutive season. The Valenti Modified Racing Series, along with 6 other divisions were on the card for the annual event.

Starting the night off, the SK Modified division took to the track for 35 laps of open wheeled action. Leading the field to the first green flag of the night was Jeff Gallup. Gallup led the first 5 laps until Rob Janovic used a move to the inside to take the lead, with Tyler Chadwick and Joey Gada following. The yellow flag came out on lap 7, when Tim Jordan made contact with Craig Lutz, sending Lutz into the Turn 3 wall. On the ensuing restart, Chadwick used the high side to power by Janovic, and never looked back. Chadwick came into the night trailing Diego Monahan by 7 points. Monahan, who started the race in 10th, had to pit early for a loose fuel cap and had to battle back through the field, where he finished 6th. Lutz came into the night tied for fifth in points with Keith Rocco, a points race that was separated by just 15 points from 5th to 1st. Gada, Rocco, Janovic, and Paul Kusheba rounded out the top 5. Monahan still holds a slim 1 point lead over Chadwick heading into next week.

In the SK Light feature, Christopher Gombos led the first 2 laps, but could not hold off Paul French. French took the lap on lap 3 and dominated the race, surviving 3 restarts to do so. Josh Galvin, Corey Barry, David Arute, and Randy Churchill capped off the top 5. After post-race inspection, French’s transmission was found to be illegal and he was disqualified from the event. The DQ gave Josh Galvin the win, his 1st win of the season and 1st win in the SK Light division. Galvin is the defending Limited Sportsman champion, who moved up to the SK Light ranks this year. Barry continues his string of top 3 finishes and remains the points leader.

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Dave Shullick, Jr. tops ISMA Supers, Keyser, Russell, Dumas, Washburn, and Tellier take NASCAR Whelen All-American Series wins

Lee, NH – Ridgefield, Ohio’s Dave Shullick, Jr. strengthened his points lead in the International Supermodified Association (ISMA) 2015 championship battle at Lee USA Speedway on Friday night, taking his second career victory in the annual Ollie Silva Memorial Classic aboard the Jim Bodnar entry.

“Shoe II” snatched the lead away from fellow Ohioan Tim Ice on lap 53 of the 75 lap event, and he set the pace the rest of the way to collect the checkered flag. Defending race winner Jon McKennedy of Chelmsford, MA made a late-race charge to finish second, after taking the green deep in the field in the 20th spot.

Jeff Locke of nearby Chester put in a solid run to close out the podium with a strong third place effort, with a pair of Ohio-based drivers, Timmy “J” Jedrzejek and Danny Shirey finishing up the top five. Full results for the 75-lap Ollie Silva Memorial Classic (finishing position, driver, car number):

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NHMS 25: Doug Heveron’s Early Success

Saturday’s Andy Blacksmith 100 pres. by Donate Life New England at New Hampshire Motor Speedway is the 62nd NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race at the 1.058-mile oval. With 25 years of history, names like Ted Christopher, Tony Hirschman, Jr. and Mike Stefanik may jump out as candidates for the best average finish. The answer is Doug Heveron, who drove in the first eight races with a 6.5 average finish. Heveron won in the famed Ole Blue No. 3 in 1991 in his third start, and also had five top fives and five top 10s.

“I’m good on flat tracks,” Heveron said. “I was raised on flat tracks and I really seemed to shine on ’em and I think I had maybe a little more advantage with the drafting part of it than other people ’cause I’d been down south racing in the Winston Cup. So maybe that helped me a little bit more and then when everybody figured out the draft it was evened it up some … I had a good cars obviously and when you like a racetrack you just seem to run good there all the time and that happened to be one of the tracks that I really enjoyed racing at.”

A NEAR Hall of Famer, Boehler fielded cars since the 1950s, winning three consecutive NASCAR National Modified championships with Bugs Stevens. Boehler continued to be successful with Fred DeSarro, Leo Cleary, Ron Bouchard, Mike McLaughlin, and Kenny Bouchard among his drivers.

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Lee USA Speedway Season Preview

Lee (NH) USA Speedway will host the postponed Governor’s Cup 150 American-Canadian Tour (ACT) Late Model race on Sunday. It will also be the opening event for the North East Mini Stock Tour and Northeast Classic Lites. Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. won the season opener at Oxford (ME) Plains Speedway Sunday.

“We start off with the ACT Tour, do the Bullring Bash,” Promoter Joe Bassett said. “Go into our season opener with no specials that night and then the very next week we start off with the (Mr. Rooter) New England Truck Series and then every single week up until our championship night. We have a special every week.”

With all the touring divisions coming into town, they wanted to make it an event every week. Every week the fan would come into Lee and see something new.

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Michalski Organizing NEMA Events at Local Hospitals

The Northeastern Midget Association (NEMA) will have a local presence at pediatric hospitals in southern New England. NEMA drivers will make their first visit to Hasbro Children’s Hospital in Providence, RI, with an expanded event at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center in Hartford. A date for Boston (MA) Children’s Hospital is in the works.

“I took it upon myself,” NEMA VIP Fan and Track Publicity co-chair Mariah Michalski said. “I wanted to get the local hospitals involved. … to involve the children who are sick as well as to get more of the community involved. My main goal for having these events is to give back to those who have been fighting for their life at a very young age. Also I want spread awareness about (the) Northeastern Midget Association. Getting community involvement will then drive a bigger fan base to our club.”

Michalski previously selected its VIP through a prerace event question on the NEMA Facebook page. The focus has changed this year to improve outreach.

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Locke to Compete with ISMA, NEMA Lites

Jeff Locke of Raymond, NH will return to the ISMA Supermodifieds in pursuit of a championship. He finished fourth in points last year with five top fives and 11 top tens in 13 starts. One of his best performances came in the World Series of Speedway Racing at Thompson. He led 41 of the 50 laps before finishing fifth.

“(We) made a lot of progress on being more consistent, better at end of races,” Locke said. “(We) finished every race last year, which was cool. (There is) still room for improvement. We need to get better. The competition level and talent of drivers is huge in the ISMA tour.”

Locke plans to enter two NEMA Lite races, the Icebreaker at Thompson (CT) Speedway Motorsports Park and the King of Wings at Oswego (NY) Speedway. His 12-year-old son Ryan will practice the car this year ahead of his rookie season once he meets age requirements.

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Boardwalk Hall Wrap-up

Atlantic City, NJ — Erick Rudolph of Ransomville, NY took down the win in the 40 lap TQ Midget feature at Boardwalk Hall Saturday night. Ryan Flores of Davidson, NC came in second with Jimmy Blewett of Howell, NJ third, Andy Jankowiak of Tonawanda, NY fourth and Patrick Emerling of Orchard Park, NY rounding out the top five.

Emerling led the field to the green. Rudolph took the lead from Emerling on lap 27. Rudolph led the final 13 laps to take down the win. Rudolph won the TQ Midget championship for the overall indoor series. Rudolph and Flores were tied, but with Rudolph having a win at Trenton last month. “Three or four years ago, we were able to win this race and the championship all in one year,” Rudolph said. “Last couple of years we have been coming and we have been fast, but luck has not been on our side. This year things fell into place to get the championship and the win tonight. It’s real special.”

The cautions did not help Rudolph as he felt he was gaining on Emerling for the lead. “I was gaining on him (Emerling),”Rudolph said. “Then the yellow came out. I was stuck in second and third for a while. I was kind of getting a little impatient. I was able to set him (Emerling) up and make a move on him for the lead. I had to deal with him on the outside on restarts. He hung right in there. I don’t know what happened to him at the end. I thought we were going to finish 1-2.”

The TQ Midget that Rudolph won with on Saturday night has been sold.

[Jan. 30 Photo Gallery] by Matt Wiernasz
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NEMA: Payne to Pilot Bertrand No. 74

Former champion Joey Payne of Fairlawn, NJ will return to NEMA competition at Oswego (NY) Speedway July 11. The NEMA Midgets and Lites will accompany the ISMA Supermodifieds’ King of Wings VII card.  Payne recorded his most recent victory in the 2013 Iron Mike Scrivani Memorial at Monadnock (NH) Speedway. Previous drivers of the third Bertrand Motorsports entry include Cole Carter, NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion Doug Coby, Jeff Horn, and Anthony Marvuglio.

Randy Lindblad photo“I’m really excited,”Payne said. “I’ve known them guys for a long time and I’ve never driven for the Bertrands. We always talked about it, I always hound them for a ride, and finally last summer we were at Oswego and he (Car Owner Tim Bertrand) said to me, ‘We’re coming back here next year and you’re going to drive the 74 car.’ … They have great equipment and all three of their cars are fast on any given day. It’s kind of a top quality ride for my home track is going to be a real good thing.”

Payne is open to additional races for Bertrand if the scheduling can be worked out. “We went into it as a one shot deal, but now Timmy’s talking about some more races, and once I get in that car maybe I won’t get out.”

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Driver Lou Cicconi Resting Comfortably After Trenton Indoor Race Three Quarter Midget Crash; Lower Back Fracture Sustained

TRENTON, NJ December 21, 2014 . . .  Veteran open cockpit driver Lou Cicconi, Jr., of Lester, Pa., is resting comfortably Sunday morning following a crash Saturday in the Len Sammons Motorsports Productions (LSMP) Three Quarter (TQ) Midget ‘Battle of Trenton’ feature event last night.

Cicconi sustained a non-displaced fracture of the first lumbar vertebra (L1) after hitting the Jersey barrier retaining wall head on, then spinning around and slamming down on the concrete track surface wheels first. The car did not overturn. No other drivers were involved in the crash.

As of Sunday midday, Cicconi remained a patient in the trauma unit of Capital Health Regional Medical Center in Trenton.

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Delaware Releases 2015 Schedule

Delaware, ON — Delaware Speedway’s season will start earlier and feature more events in 2015. The 26-event schedule will kick off on May 15 with the World’s Most Powerful Short Track Cars: The ISMA Super Modifieds and continue throughout the summer with a strong complement of touring series, classic favourite local series, and a number of new additions. Season passes for the summer are available immediately on the track website.

The World’s Most Powerful Short Track Cars Open the Season

The ISMA Super Modifieds are the world’s most powerful short track cars and this year they will have the special spot on the schedule as the season-opener. Super Modifieds have a rich history at Delaware Speedway and this season fans will have the chance to experience these earth-shakers and their dare-devil drivers twice. The earthquakes are scheduled for May 15 and August 21 as part of the Harvey Lennox Memorial Series.

OSCAAR Super Late Models Return

oscaarphotoOne of the most often frequently-asked-for divisions Delaware fans ask for each year to be included as part of the schedule is the OSCAAR Super Late Models. This season, fans and drivers alike will get their wish as the OSCAAR Outlaws hit the big half-mile of Delaware on July 10 along with the OSCAAR Open-Wheel Modifieds. The modifieds run a second time as part of the Great Canadian Race Weekend on September 18.

Signature King of the Hill Events

kothwebIn addition to the “traditional” King of the Hill events fans have come to know and love, this season there will be the added treat of a pair specialized events highlighting muscle cars and imports. All types of vehicles will still be welcome to participate on these nights, but there will be the addition of special prizing for the top finisher in the featured category of the night. There will also be an all-truck King of the Hill on July 17.

Weekday Thunder

In days-gone-by, weekday racing was common throughout Ontario. This season, Delaware Speedway will be bringing back this tradition with the new “Weekday Thunder” program. Weekday Thunder will run three dates, each of which will highlight a local racing class in new formats separate from the regular championship series. The details of this special Weekday Thunder program will be announced in the New Year.

The Legendary Enduro is Making a Comeback… With Different Cars.

bonestockwrongwayIn 2015 the existing Enduro Series will join with the V8 Stock Muscle Cars boosting the strength of the fast-growing class and the Bone Stock Chaos Cars will be known as the Bone Stock Enduro, having completed the transition of adapting their rules package to match the classic fan-favourite Enduro series of the mid 1990s. The speedway has made it a goal to see the series exceed 100 participants in the near future, aiming to match the fun and excitement of the original legendary Enduro series.

Introducing the United Late Models of Ontario

lm1This new program picks up on the momentum of last years APC Six Pack Series for the Pro-Late Models. Delaware Speedway will play host to the series twice: June 26 for the Canada Day Special and again as part of the Great Canadian Race on September 19.

Additional Special Events

vintagemodssportsmancupThe schedule also features special events for:
– Vintage Modifieds & Classic Car Cruise (July 25)
– Open Ontario Four Cylinders (June 12, July 24, August 28)
– Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup (August 14)
– Demolition Derby (September 26)

Posted Schedule:

15-May-15 ISMA Season Opener
23-May-15 Bone Stock Enduro, V8 Stocks
29-May-15 Late Model, Super Stock, Truck
5-Jun-15 Super Stock, Truck, Bone Stock Enduro
9-Jun-15 Weekday Thunder: Special Event
12-Jun-15 Late Model, V8 Stock, Open-Ontario 4s
19-Jun Super Stock, V8 Stock, King of the Hill
20-Jun-15 Bone Stock Enduro, Truck
26-Jun-15 Late Model Special + Support Class
3-Jul-15 Super Stock, V8 Stock, Truck
10-Jul-15 Oscaar SLM, Oscaar Mods, Bone Stocks
17-Jul-15 Super Stock, V8 Stock, Truck, Truck KOTH
18-Jul-15 Bone Stock Enduro, Import & Open King of the Hill
24-Jul-15 Super Stock, Vintage Modes, Open-Ontario 4s
31-Jul-15 Super Stock, Truck, V8 Stock
5-Aug-15 Weekday Thunder: Special Event
7-Aug-15 Super Stock, Truck, King of the Hill
8-Aug-15 Bone Stock Enduro, V8 Stocks
14-Aug-15 Late Model, Bone Stock Enduro, Sportsman Cup
21-Aug-15 ISMA Event #2, Super Stock
28-Aug-15 Late Model, V8 Stock, Open-Ontario 4s
29-Aug-14 General Raindate
4-Sep-15 Late Model, Super Stock, Truck, V8 Stock, King of the Hill
9-Sep-15 Weekday Thunder: Special Event
18-Sep-15 Great Canadian Race Weekend: Oscaar Mods, Super Stock, Bone Stock
19-Sep-15 Great Canadian Race Weekend: Late Models, Super Stock, Bone Stock, V8 Stock, Trucks
26-Sep-15 Bone Stock Enduro, Demolition Derby

Other Dates of Note:

May 2-3, 2015 Rusty Wallace Racing Experience (Public Driving School) (FULL INFO & BOOKING)
Friday, May 9 Practice Day #1
Monday, May 11 Monday Practice
Saturday, May 16 Practice Day #2
Monday, June 1 Monday Practice
Monday, June 22 Monday Practice
Monday, Aug 3 Monday Practice
Monday, Aug 24 Monday Practice
September 11-13, 2015 Rusty Wallace Racing Experience (Public Driving School) (FULL INFO & BOOKING)

*Krown Rust Control Junior Racing League schedule will be released at a later time.

Sources: Delaware Speedway

Ryan Preece Collects 11th Career NWMT Victory at Thompson

Pitkat and Ramstrom Pick Up World Series Wins

Thompson, Conn: Ryan Preece led a contingent of drivers to visit Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park victory lane in the final day of the Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing presented by Xtra Mart. Preece was dominant in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race leading 137 of 150 laps. In NASCAR Whelen All American Series action, Charlie Rose held off Larry Gelinas for the Late Model victory while Woody Pitkat checkered the Sunoco Modified Series feature. Other winners were Derek Ramstrom in the Granite State Pro Stock Series, Randy Cabral in NEMA action, Chris Perley in the ISMA Supermodifieds, and Chris Turbush in the New England Truck Series.

Ryan Preece held of Rowan Pennink and Donny Lia on a late-race restart to take the win after leading the most laps in the Sunoco World Series 150 presented by Xtra Mart. This is Preece’s 11th career victory and his first in a tour car at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park. Doug Coby wrapped up the 2014 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship.

Woody Pitkat took the early lead over Preece, Doug Coby, and Bobby Santos, but his night came to a quick end when he got collected in an accident involving a lapped car on lap 16. Preece, who took the lead at lap eight, continued to pace the field on the restart at lap 22 and led until caution flew.

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