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Calabrese Racing Indoors Ahead of K&N Debut

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ — David Calabrese of Toms River, NJ is optimistic entering tonight’s NAPA Know How Gambler’s Classic at Boardwalk Hall.

“Our car is pretty good right now,” Calabrese said. “…The car was a little tight last night in one of the heat races so we freed it up a little bit and the thing rotates a lot better through the center of the corner. So I think we have a pretty good shot of making the show tonight.”

Calabrese Motorsports will be competing in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East with their own cars and engines. The team sold their Modifieds and purchased  new K&N cars. The Mooresville, NC team will use their own cars and engines.

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Stafford Speedway to host 2015 Legend Cars Asphalt Nationals Qualifier

Stafford Springs, CT — The 2015 season at Stafford Motor Speedway will mark the second season of weekly Legend Car competition around the track’s mini-mile. In addition Stafford Speedway Management is proud to announce that the Legend Cars feature during the season ending NAPA Auto Parts Fall Final Weekend on Oct. 3rd will serve as a Legends Car Asphalt Nationals Qualifier.

“It’s great to have a Legend Cars National Qualifier event at Stafford,” said Stafford Legend Cars promoter David Arute. “The Nationals is the biggest race of the year for the Legend Cars and our NAPA Fall Final Legend Cars feature event should see some exciting racing for the win. We’re looking forward to awarding the race winner a spot in the Legends Nationals race.”

The 2015 Legend Cars Asphalt Nationals will be held at Anderson Speedway in Anderson, South Carolina, November 12-14. The 3-day Legend Cars extravaganza will give competitors a final chance to accumulate points for the 2015 season to determine their final position in the INEX National Point Standings. Stafford Speedway was represented by two drivers from the Young Lion class at last year’s Asphalt Nationals at The Bullring in Las Vegas with Mike Christopher, Jr. finishing fourth and Joe Graf, Jr. finishing eleventh.

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New Website for John Holleman; Racing Full Time K&N Pro Series East

Legends Semi Pro driver John Holleman announced Thursday he will be racing full time in the 2015 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, contending for the Rookie of the Year and Championship. 

Holleman made the announcement on his all-new website, which was also launched today by LN’s parent company STIX FX Entertainment, which can be viewed He will also still race in Legends during the year (Summer Shootout) as well as other racing series.

The full press release is below.

John Holleman Set for NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Rookie and Championship Run

WINSTON-SALEM, NC (February 12th, 2015) – 17-year-old Winston-Salem, North Carolina, native John Holleman will enter his first full season of racing in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East (NKNPSE), starting with the “Hart 2 Heart Breast Cancer Foundation 150” at New Smyrna Speedway (FL) on Sunday, February 15th. Holleman will attempt to contend for the Rookie of the Year honors as well as the season championship, driving the No. 49 Midway Mobile Storage Toyota.

Holleman, who started racing Go Karts when he was five years old, has already had an extensive racing career. He has amassed 167 victories and 19 different championships spanning across various divisions of racing, including Bandoleros, Legends, Four Cylinders, Street Stocks, Sportsman cars, and Limited Late Models.

In 2014, Holleman entered his first two NKNPSE races, including making his series debut at his home track of Bowman Gray Stadium.

“Last year we entered the Bowman Gray race and also the Langley Speedway (VA) race,” said Holleman. “We learned very quickly the level of competition in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East is very steep. At Bowman Gray we ended up with some damage from a wreck that caused overheating, so it cut our learning experience a bit short. We decided to go to Langley Speedway and I learned a lot about how the cars handle and how to race in the series. I finished 12th in that race, but the most-important thing was completing all the 175 laps.”

Combined with only two races under his belt and the competition entering the series in 2015, Holleman knows he will have to be on his game. He has enlisted Greg Ely as his crew chief to help guide him during the season.

“I have seen the names of who will be competing in the series this year, and it is going to be a great battle for the championship and the rookie of the year title. The competition is going to be fierce, but Greg and I as well as the whole team are up for the challenge. We are looking forward to the first race at New Smyrna Speedway this weekend, and hopefully we can have a great showing in the No. 49 Midway Mobile Storage Toyota.”

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Devin O’Connell Looking to Pick Up Right Where He Left Off in Legend Cars at Stafford Motor Speedway

Stafford Springs, CT — With the return of Legend Cars to weekly racing at Stafford Speedway in 2015, one driver who is looking forward to the experience is Madison, CT native Devin O’Connell. O’Connell is the defending Allison Legacy Series champion who enjoyed a very successful 2-race stint in the Legend Cars division last season at Stafford. O’Connell won his very first start at Stafford and then was dueling for the lead in his second start before a flat tire eliminated him from the race. O’Connell also raced 6 seasons in the Wild Thing Karts on Monday nights and the combination of his mini mile track knowledge and a good car under him has all the potential for making a championship run in 2015 behind the wheel of the #43 Chatham Highlander Motel Coupe.

“We’re planning on running the full schedule,” said O’Connell. “I’m really pumped for the season. I’m hoping that not only can we challenge for the track championship, we’d also like to win a national championship for ovals with the Legend Cars. I think we’ll definitely be a contender for wins every week. There’s some pretty good competitors that we’ll have to face and it’s going to be an interesting and tight championship for sure. We won our first race and then in the second race I made a small mistake and wheel hopped another car that blew out the left rear tire. We definitely had a car that could win the race that night. We were wicked fast but I was just in the wrong place at the wrong time. My guys at 860 Motorsports do an awesome job on the car and all the running I did in the karts gave me a lot of seat time on the mini mile, which really helped me with the Legend Car.”

O’Connell reached the pinnacle of the Allison Legacy Series in 2014 with 10 wins in 16 races, including a streak of winning 5 races in a row. While O’Connell came close but never won a championship in the Wild Thing Kart ranks, he is looking to add a Stafford championship to his racing resume. But he knows that he will face some stiff competition on the mini mile during the 2015 season, including some fellow Wild Thing Kart competitors that he has raced against before.

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Speed Shift TV to Broadcast U.S. Legends Winter Nationals

The U.S. Legends Winter Nationals at Orlando Speed World February 16-20 will be broadcast on Speed Shift TV according to

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2014 Champion of the Day: Noah Gragson

Today’s featured driver is our Young Lion’s 2014 Road Course Champion, Noah Gragson! 

Your Name, Class & Championship Title:

Noah Gragson, Young Lion, Road Course World Champion.

What’s your favorite racing memory of 2014?

Winning the 2014 Race of Champions at the Asphalt Nationals in the Young Lion division. 

What sparked your interest in competing in racing?

I always liked racing as a kid. I finally got the opportunity to start racing 2 years ago and I’ve never look back!

Who are your favorite drivers to compete against?

Dustin Ash, Zane Smith, Mike Bliss, and Robert Gayton

What are your goals for the 2015 season?

I’m running the full NASCAR K&N Pro Series West schedule, Super Late Model races and some Legend Car races.

Which track is your favorite?

My favorite road course is Sonoma Raceway and my favorite oval is either the Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway or Tucson Speedway!

Are there any sponsors or people you’d like to thank?

I’d like to thank Dustin Ash, Chris, Tony, Yogi, Robert Gayton, my Mom and Dad, and Alert ID.


Bock Moving to NASCAR WMT

Legend Car Grad to Compete in Modifieds and Super LM

Brendon Bock of Franklin Square, NY will pursue a limited NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour schedule driving the No. 29 car. Bock will be trading the No. 33 that came with his Legend Car for the one his father used. He plans to enter five races at Riverhead Raceway (1), Stafford Motor Speedway and Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park (2 each).

“Modifieds have always been around me,” Bock said. “I’m very close to those, all my guys knows those well. It just makes sense to run a Modified for us.”

An expanded schedule is dependent on sponsorship. Bock wants to add Bristol after attending last year’s race. ” I really want to try Bristol, but I don’t know how that might shape out in the future. I went to watch it last year, I just loved it so much.”

Bock will enter selected NASCAR Whelen All-American Series races at Riverhead. He will use the events for additional seat time at the quarter mile oval. Bock enjoys the fact that he will be able to continue to race with some of his friends who are moving up to the Modifieds.

“The Modifieds are so special. They’re so sick, they’re so powerful and they look so badass. It’s just hard to find something that compares to them on the big asphalt tracks.”

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Waterford Speedbowl 9/20 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Results

Waterford, CT (September 20, 2014) – Waterford Speedbowl returned to action after two weeks of wet weather halted its scheduled NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing programs. First time winners for the year were the order of the night as three of the six events saw new faces in the winner’s circle. Diego Monahan of Quaker Hill led the way, picking up the SK Modified® victory in dramatic fashion. Anthony Ryan Jr. of Danbury and Pete Zaikarite of Niantic won the Valenti Auto Mall Late Model and Mini Stock races respectively, joining Monahan as first time winners on the year. Other victories went to Al Stone III of Durham in the Street Stocks, Paul Buzel of Trumbull in the SK Light Modifieds, and Mike Christopher Jr. of Wolcott in an extra-distance INEX Legend Cars race.

Monahan came out on top of a wild SK Modified® race where no less than three competitors had a shot to win over two green-white-checkered flag attempts to complete the race. Monahan battled his brother Shawn and three-time track champion Keith Rocco over a thrilling, rough and tumble final nine laps. 

The 35-lap race began with Joe Gada and Monahan on the front row. It didn’t take long for sparks to fly, as Ed Puleo checked up on the back chute as the field worked lap-2 triggering a multi-car incident behind. The contact sent Rocco over Rob Janovic’s car before spinning in turn three, also collecting Bert Marvin, Brent Sweet, and Tommy Vigh Jr. to bring out the first caution flag of the race. Rocco returned after pitting for repairs.

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Kusheba Aims at Peak Stock Car Challenge

Paul Kusheba, IV of Monroe, CT is one of 18 candidates for the second annual Peak® Stock Car Dream Challenge 2, held June 9-11 in Charlotte, NC. The competition has a grand prize of racing a NASCAR K&N Series car with PEAK sponsorship. The modules at Charlotte Motor Speedway included the quarter mile track, iRacing, the dirt track, pit stops, and the 1.5 mile quad oval.

The 18-year-old SK Modified rookie at Waterford Speedbowl qualified for the event through a series of races on Kusheba won the 2014 PEAK Stock Car Dreams National Series championship with 21 wins in 28 starts. He and Tyler Hudson were added as finalists.

“It can really potentially bring your name out there a lot,” Kusheba said. “You could be a standout and definitely not win the competition. So being in the final 18 in this competition is already a huge step in potentially a much bigger future for my racing career already, which is really a true blessing.”

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NHMS Working on Night Race for 2015

Since joining Twitter in late February, Jerry Gappens has received multiple inquiries about a night race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

The Executive Vice President & General Manager of NHMS tweeted today that he is working with NASCAR and broadcaster partner NBC about a night race at the 1.058 mile oval. He elaborated in an earlier post that he would seek approval from the town of Loudon, once he received approval from both parties.

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Jordan Lamothe to Barry Light Modified at Thompson; Woodstock Driver Eyes Stafford Legend Car Run

Jordan Lamothe of Woodstock, CT will be driving the #39 D-Mac and Son Plumbing and Heating Light Modified at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park for Karl Barry. The ride became available for Lamothe after Corey Barry, who drove the car last season, was offered another Light Modified ride. Lamothe has known the Barry family back to his days in the quarter midgets and was offered the car at Thompson.

“I have to thank the Barry family, my parents, Overhead Door Company of Worcester, Waddell Communications, all the sponsors on the car and Chris Merchant for stepping up and being my spotter, even though he has a hectic schedule,” Lamothe said.

Plans for Lamothe have changed since November, when he was considering an ACT Late Model and 600 dirt car races in Pennsylvania. February races in the Winter Heat Series at Charlotte Motor Speedway and Winter Nationals at Auburndale Speedway are possible.

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David Garbo, Jr. Ready for the Next Step

David Garbo, Jr. of Stonington, CT will join Lee Pulliam at Hattori Racing Enterprises  in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. Nick Hutchins, former crew chief for Mackena Bell, will join Garbo for his rookie season.  Sponsorship information and the number for Garbo’s race car are not finalized yet, but the car will use either #01 or #1.

The opportunity to drive for Hattori came after Garbo drove Late Models last season for Fat Head Racing at Hickory Motor Speedway. Garbo also raced in North Carolina and Virginia for the Dirty Dozen Series. He competed at Motor Mile and Southern National, where he finished second. He joined the  UARA Stars tour for events at Rockingham and Tri-County. Garbo also competed at  Martinsville and Richmond, where he finished sixth in the Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown.

“My dad is pretty good friends with Andy Santerre,” Garbo said. “Really just driving with Jamie Yelton and Fat Head Racing, we showed them the results that we had and put them together and put in a résumé to Hattori. Everything just worked out. It was a really good deal we’re doing with Shigeaki Hattori and he’s a really great guy. I’m really happy to be on his team. It’s a really big privilege for me.”

Hutchins and Pulliam’s crew chief Randy Goss bring years of experience to HRE. “He’s a younger guy but he’s been racing for a long time,” Garbo said. “… He’s definitely the right guy. …  I’m really comfortable with (Randy) Goss. … Between the two of them, like I said, sharing notes and working together in being one team, even though it’s with two teams. I think that we should be pretty dominant and I really have high expectations for the team this year. … The chemistry between my crew chief and I is already great and Lee Pulliam and I get along really well and it should be a great season.”

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Legends Cars Return to Weekly Racing at Stafford Speedway

Stafford Springs, CT — For the first time since the 1994 season, INEX Legend Cars will be part of the weekly Friday night program at Stafford Motor Speedway, joining the SK Modifieds®, Late Models, SK Lights, Limited Late Models, and DARE Stocks. The Friday night US Legend Car series, which will consist of 14 events, will be INEX sanctioned.

The INEX Legend Cars will receive both Stafford Motor Speedway track points and US Legend Cars series points. At the SMS Annual Champions Awards Banquet, being held on November 21,2014, the INEX Legends Car Champion will be crowned making it the first US Legend Car Champion at the famed New England short track.

“We are excited to have US Legend Cars here at Stafford Motor Speedway,” said David Arute, Assistant G.M. of Stafford Motor Speedway. “This is a great opportunity for the up and coming drivers to get exposure and experience at our venue. The feedback from the drivers is very positive so it looks like it will be a good field of cars.”

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Kaz Grala Joins Turner Scott Motorsports for K&N East Effort

Kaz Grala of Westborough, MA confirmed today that he will drive the #31 OzLINK Chevrolet for Turner Scott Motorsports in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East full-time. Ray “Ray Ray” Holm will be the crew chief. Cameron Hayley, Scott Heckert, Brandon Jones and Ben Rhodes will be his teammates.

“I’m really pumped for the season,” Grala said. “I think we have very good equipment and people behind us as well as a very fast race car. There’s going to be a lot of competition in the series this year, but I am up for the challenge and looking forward to it.”

“The team’s most important resource is its people,” Grala said after a test with the team at New Smyrna Speedway. “Each of the individual teams dialed on their cars today. The crew chiefs are going to collaborate tonight, and we’re all going to go back and try new stuff tomorrow.” Grala said that today’s test went “very well.”

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Driven Steering Wheels Joins Fast Fridays

0-driven-Logo-2SEEKONK, MA — We are pleased to announce that Driven Steering Wheels has become an associate sponsor for the 2014 Seekonk Speedway Nick’s Pitstop Legend Series. Driven Steering Wheels is a North Carolina based company that offers steering wheels for every form of Motorsports from race karts to NASCAR/ Grand Am. Each week during the race season , one exceptional Legend driver will be selected as the Driven Steering Wheel Driver of the Week. At the 2014 Seekonk Speedway Banquet one driver will be presented with the Driven Steering Wheels ” Driven Driver of the Year” Award. This driver will also receive a new Driven Steering Wheel. The partnership we hope will bring the competition to the next level. From that last lap pass to side by side battles in 2014 we will see what driver is really driven. For more information on Driven Steering Wheels go to


Nick Lascuola Enters Champion Spark Plugs “Search for a Champion” Sponsorship Contest

Abington, Mass – One of New England’s rising racing stars, Nick Lascuola, has entered the Champion Spark Plugs “Search for a Champion” contest and is hoping to win top prize so he can donate a portion of it to his favorite charity.

Racers enter the contest by submitting a video and Champion Spark Plugs uses fan voting to help determine how they award 2013 sponsorship dollars with the grand prize winner receiving a $50,000 season sponsorship. Nick says if he wins the grand prize he will donate $5,000 of it to a cancer-related charity.

“My grandmother is a cancer survivor,” Nick explained. “She had throat cancer and now has a stoma. She has watched me since I was a baby and she loves my racing. She also still makes the best pasta and meatballs! If I am fortunate enough to win the grand prize we want to donate $5,000 of it to a charity that supports finding a cure for cancer. Anyone who has ever had cancer happen to a family member knows how hard it is. We do a lot of charity work and it’s important that we remember to share what we’re given with others who are less fortunate.”

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Six-Packed Weekend at “The Magic Mile”

Loudon, NH — New Hampshire Motor Speedway becomes the center of the motorsports universe this week. Six races will highlight an action packed weekend at “The Magic Mile,” starting today.

Today kicks off a weekend full of racing action at the speedway with the K&N Pro Series East New Hampshire 125 beginning at 5:00 p.m. Brett Moffitt leads the way, followed by teammate Max Gresham, and Kevin Swindell.

Saturday’s triple header features NASCAR’s Whelen Modified Tour F.W. Webb 100 with pole sitter Ryan Newman leading the way. After the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series 175, where Mass. native Eddie MacDonald will make his truck debut behind the wheel of the No. 71 Grimm Construction Ford. Finishing off an action packed Saturday will be the American-Canadian Series Invitational. Eddie will be pulling triple duty this weekend beginning today with the New Hampshire 125 in NASCAR’s K&N Pro Series East, tomorrow with 175 in NASCAR’s Camping World Truck Series, and the American-Canadian Series Invitational.

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Shawn Buffington Wins First New Hampshire Motor Speedway U.S. Legend Car Invitational

Loudon, NH — When Bruton Smith, Chairman and CEO of Speedway Motorsports Inc., bought New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Directors Terry Kirk and Todd Beaulieu of Nelcar knew this could be their step in the door to get Legends at the most popular racetrack in New England, New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Through many talks with the Speedway and hosting a Legends booth during NASCAR weekends, they were making progress into getting Legends on the famed racetrack.

Now, two years later, the goal has been accomplished with the first ever Legends Car race at NHMS. It was held on the 1.6 mile road course during the popular Vintage Celebration weekend. For 15 laps, 16 of the best Legends Car drivers in New England took to the course, many with no prior road racing experience. With the difficulty of many shifting points and turning both left and right, the drivers quickly adapted to the challenges and put on a great show.

During practice, which doubled as qualifying as well, for many drivers it was only their first time turning right in a race car. While the tracks unique layout was tough on the drivers, there were only a few incidents throughout practice and the drivers were all confident that they were well enough adapted to the road racing to put on a good 15 lap show. When the second round of practice was over, it was the 399 of Bob Weymouth who ran the quickest time through practice and would start his car from the pole position.

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