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Jake Matheson Racing Announces Partnership with Epsom Tool Rental

Hillsboro, NH — Jake Matheson Racing, LLC is pleased to announce their partnership with Epsom Tool Rental for the 2017 race season.

“ Our team is excited to partner with Epsom Tool Rental,” Matheson said. “We are looking forward to working together for a successful 2017. Our team encourages all our fans to go to to learn more about all that Epsom Tool Rental offers for tools and equipment services.”

“I’ve had the chance to see Jake and his team compete at the recent Legend Car Winter Nationals event in Florida,” stated Epsom Tool Rental Owner Mark Fraser. “This is not a team that is afraid of hard work and I know they will put forth that same effort to our partnership off the track.”

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Holland Speedway Releases 58th Season Schedule

HOLLAND, NY (March 23, 2017) — For 58 years, racers, crew members, officials, and fans have seen and heard the “Thunder in the Hills” that comes from the historic highbanks of the Holland International Speedway and in 2017, that familiar sound will be back with a vengeance when the roar of the engines returns at Western New York’s only NASCAR sanctioned facility.

Two car shows will kick off the season as per tradition with the first show taking place at Eastern Hills Mall in Williamsville the week of April 21st-April 27th during mall hours. The annual show at McKinley Mall in Hamburg will run from April 28-May 5 with bonus points being awarded for all participating cars. The test, tune and time session will take place on Saturday, May 13th from 12pm-4pm. Heats will be conducted to set the starting lineup for Opening Day! The season will start on Saturday May 20th as McKinley Mall presents a full card featuring the Getzoni Nationwide Insurance Agency NASCAR Pro Modifieds, Bank of Holland Chargers, Advance Auto Parts Hornets, NYPA TQ Midgets, M&M U Pull-It Figure 8’s, the INEX Legends, Rookie 4’s and the inaugural race for Holland’s newest division, the Talking Phone Book Super Sixes. Saturday, May 27th, Eastern Hills Mall presents Military Family Appreciation Night featuring a HUGE Fireworks Display. It will also be the first Hometown Heroes night of the season for residents of Arcade, Delevan, East Concord, Holland, Sardinia and Springville.

The month of June will come in on June 3rd with the annual Bank of Holland Gold Rush and the first extra distance race of the season for the Chargers with a 50 lap go. It is also Hometown Heroes Night for residents of Angola, Gowanda, Hamburg, Irving and Lackawanna. June 17th will be the first Crash-A-Rama of the season as “the Wildest Show on Wheels” is back with all the bone-crushing, motorized mayhem that sees fans alike pack the grandstands. A rain date of June 18th will be used if necessary for Crash-A-Rama. Kwik-Fill Night will wrap up the month of June.

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Crooks Racing Announces Eight S.T.A.R. Tryouts Finalists

Concord, N.C. — After a long evaluation, Crooks Racing has chosen eight finalists for the 2017 S.T.A.R. Tryouts. The announcement was made at the Performance Racing Industry show in Indianapolis, IN on Saturday and the drivers come from a variety of backgrounds and regions across America. Some are already recognizable names that have put in strong runs at big events; others have yet to be discovered and are hoping this is their chance.

Crooks Racing owner, Gary Crooks, believes his team will be extremely competitive with any of these eight drivers and that all eight of the drivers have the potential to make it in racing.

“We would like to thank everyone who submitted their resumes to participate in our program,” said Crooks. “We feel we have selected a wide array of drivers with very competitive backgrounds. We are looking forward to working with each of them through the next phase of our program.”
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Seekonk Speedway Releases Dates for 2017 Season

Seekonk Speedway is excited to announce the dates for its 72nd season of racing. We will be releasing the full schedule including all of our Phils Propane Triple Crown features plus several other bonus races in early December. The full schedule will also include our favorite fan attractions such as the Propane Plus Auto Graph series, On Track Pit Parties, Fans on Parade and much much more! We hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving and we look forward to getting our full schedule released in early December!
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Jake Matheson Racing Supports Military Families with Donation to Operation Homefront

New England Racer Donates to Support Military Families

checkpresHillsboro, NH– Jake Matheson Racing, LLC was pleased to present a donation to Operation Homefront, the national nonprofit organization that provides emergency assistance to military families and wounded warriors.

“Our team was honored to support military families this season”, Matheson stated. “We are happy to have met our goal to raise at least for $1,000 for Operation Homefront. We achieved this through promotion on multiple social media platforms, offering team gear for contributions to Operation Homefront through our website, and by donating a portion of our winnings.”

Our team encourages all our fans to go to to learn more about the important work Operation Homefront does on behalf of our military families.

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PASS North Championships to Be Decided at Oxford Plains this Weekend

NAPLES, ME (October 12) – After the grind of another long season, the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) North Super Late Models and Modifieds will close out 2016 this Saturday afternoon at Maine’s Oxford Plains Speedway.  The PASS Modifieds have an outstanding points battle heading to Oxford Plains with Andy Shaw leading by a slight four points over Ryan Robbins and third place points man Ben Tinker just 19 points behind Shaw.

The battle for the PASS North Super Late Model crown comes down to two former champions, DJ Shaw and Johnny Clark.  Shaw leads Clark by 69 points as they come to Oxford Plains for Saturday afternoon’s 150-lap event.  Clark, the former six-time series champion, recently captured his first win of the season at White Mountain Motorsports Park.  While Shaw has not won since Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in April, his consistency has him on the threshold of a second PASS North title.

“As far as the season goes, I would consider the season successful, but we really wanted more wins,” says Shaw, driver of the Precision JLM/Mulkern Excavating #60.  “We race for wins and they just didn’t come this year.  We still have a shot at winning our second race this weekend, but you always want more.”

While Shaw has a fairly healthy advantage over Clark, he knows that Oxford Plains always has some of the best car counts on the circuit and that this weekend will be no different.  For the title hopefuls, an early problem could mean disaster when it comes to winning the championship.

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Legends Asphalt Nationals to Air Live from Waterford on Speed51 TV

Concord, N.C. — The U.S. Legends Cars Asphalt Nationals will return to powered by JEGS this weekend for the second straight year. will air the Legends Nationals on a pay-per-view basis live from Connecticut’s New London-Waterford Speedbowl.

While the drivers are battling for important points towards the INEX national championship, fans, family, and friends at home will be able to watch all of the action live on Speed51 TV through pay-per-view video broadcasts on Friday and Saturday. will showcase both days of the Legends Nationals on Friday, October 7 and Saturday, October 8. Each day can be purchased for $21.99 by clicking here.
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Friday Night Recap from Sept. 9

Friday Night Recap From Sept. 9:

At the end of Fast Friday last week, Jake “The Jet” Johnson was standing trackside with me as we got ready to do the post-race report. I quickly looked around, making sure no one was in the area so we had the best sound quality possibly for the fans to hear what Jake had to say following a thrilling feature race.

Then, I realized. Jake is one of the youngest kids in competition in the Legends Cars and he had just defeated Dana DiMatteo, an invading car that was arguably faster than anyone in the field, and he had also out-run two-time division champion Nick Lascuola in the final laps. Johnson earned his victory on Friday and with the win, he opened up his points lead just a little bit more over the rest of the field. Johnson has had a stellar season, now winning twice and consistently running inside the top five. That’s how he has collected so many points and barring a miracle, he is going to be the one that hoists the big trophy at the end of the season.

We had another first time winner on Friday in the SYRA 600 class, something I feel like I am typing to you fans each week, which is a good thing. We are seeing the young talent rise to the top here at Seekonk and many of these Friday night drivers will be seen on Saturday’s night here before long. This time, it was Maddie Harkin wheeling the No. 4 to victory in the SYRA class, holding off Evan Marchand to do it in the final laps.

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Matt Hirschman Batting 0.750 at Evergreen Raceway

St. Johns, PA (9/11/2016) – Perfect racing weather and conditions set the stage for the first regular event of Evergreen’s ‘September to Remember’ on Sunday. Following a short moment of silence to remember those who lost their lives in the September 11 attacks fifteen years ago, Matt Hirschman of Northampton started from the pole position and wired the 50-lap Tour Type Modified field to claim the $2,000 prize. In only his second career Street Stock start, Rich Paciotti of Kunkletown drove away with the victory and Steve Heckman of Gilbert bested the Factory Stock field en route to his second win of the season. Brayden Spencer of Shickshinny was nearly wrecked on the final lap of the Four Cylinder feature, but held on to take his third win and the $400 prize. Dylan Slepian of Long Island grabbed the INEX Legends victory and Sean Verwys took the INEX Bandolero win.

Following heat races, the top nine Tour Type Modified drivers redrew for staring positions, with hopes of getting a top five starting spot in the 50-lap main event. Following bad luck in and a third place finish in the heat race, Matt Hirschman drew the pole position.

Hirschman led the first circuit over Sal Accardi, Bobby Jones, Brandon Oltra and John Markovic. Eight quick laps clicked off until the yellow flag waved when Paul Hartwig, Jr. spun in turns three and four. Green flag racing resumed with Hirschman on the point, but Brian Sones had cracked the top five.
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Noah Korner Looking to Capture Third Championship of 2016 Season in Stafford Speedway’s Legend Cars Division

Stafford Springs, CT — For Canton native Noah Korner, the 2016 season has been one for the ages.  Korner is currently the National Legend Cars points leader in the Semi-Pro division for both Oval and Road Course standings as well as winning championships at Thompson and Waterford.  With three races left, Korner leads Teddy Hodgdon by 6 points in the chase for the Stafford Speedway track title and a third championship in the state of Connecticut with his #31 Midstate Site Development Coupe.

“We’re leading the national points for oval and road course and we’ve won championships at Waterford and on the road course at Thompson,” said Korner.  “It’s been an unreal season.  We’ve put so much time and effort into this season and it’s really rewarding to see it paying off.  If we can win the championship at Stafford, that would be 3 championships for the season and I don’t know if anyone has swept the championships at all three tracks.  That would be insane if we can do it but it’s going to be tough because it’s a real close race with Teddy.  I have to thank Midstate Site Development, Canton NAPA, Joe Parks with H.O. Penn, and C.J. with 860 Motorsports for all their help and support this season.”

Since the 2016 season at Stafford began, Korner and Hodgdon have had things all their way.  The duo has combined to win 7 of the 8 Legend Cars feature events thus far and with only 3 races and 6 points separating them to determine the 2016 champion, Korner says that he can’t afford to be any less aggressive than he’s been all season long.

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Rocco Records Three Wins in One Night at New London-Waterford

WATERFORD — Keith Rocco has enjoyed many amazing accomplishments during his 12-year career at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl. His accomplishments on Saturday, however, may be at the top of the list.

Rocco won all three races in which he was entered — two Late Model features and a 35-lap SK Modified feature — to highlight Saturday’s eight-division program at the Speedbowl.

There were two national qualifying races for the U.S. Legends cars. Eddie Fatscher of Eastport N.Y. was the winner in the completion of the first 50-lap feature, which was suspended by rain Thursday after 17 laps. Austin Green of Concord, N.C. dominated the second 50-lap feature.

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Inaugural season of the Thompson Summer Road Race Series comes to a close on Sunday

As the inaugural season of the Thompson Summer Road Race Series comes to a close on Sunday, August 7, several champions will be crowned in the MSD Legends series, Small Bore and Big Bore classes. This season’s events have seen a wide variety of sports cars take to the track in a unique one-day format that includes a condensed practice, qualifying, and race schedule for competitors.

The Small Bore class has seen Mazda Miatas dominate the field. Currently at the top of the points standings, John Raudat leads by just 3 points over fellow Miata driver, Matthew Chimbolo. Raudat will be looking to cement this lead with a win at Sunday’s event. Although the final roster is still up in the air, according to Raudat, “the competition is always intense at Thompson.”

The Big Bore class has been dominated so far this season by TSMP Driver Club member, Glenn Kurkjian, in his Tool & Equipment Connection 2002 Chevy Corvette. The competition will heat up this Sunday for Kurkjian however, as several new faces are expected to attend, including fellow Club member, Chris Outzen in his Nissan 350Z.
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Korner & O’Brien Set to Face Off in Round Four of MSD Legends Series at Thompson

NO. STONINGTON, CT – Noah Korner began the 2016 Midstate Site Development (MSD) Legends Series’ season with four consecutive victories. His streak was broke during round three of the Series when Jordan O’Brien swept both races. Now the two drivers head into Sunday’s event as the front runners in the US Legends Cars field.

Despite O’Brien’s two victories on June 5, Noah Korner still carries a healthy 25-point advantage into the penultimate event of the championship season. O’Brien will have two qualifying opportunities and two races to close that gap before the final event of the points season on August 7.

Glenn Korner, who currently is fourth in the standings, has consistently been improving throughout the 2016 season. He finished second to his brother and teammate, Noah, on May 20, and registered third and fourth place finishes, respectively, on June 5.
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New London-Waterford Results 06/25/2016

WATERFORD – Joey Gada and Keith Rocco were the big winners on a seven feature card Saturday night at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl.

Gada won the first SK Modified feature of the night and Rocco topped the field in the second for the division.

Ray Christian III won the Late Model feature. Chris Meyer was the winner of the Limited Sportsman feature. Wayne Burroughs Jr. was victorious in the Mini Stock feature. Dana DiMatteo topped the field in the Legends feature. Robin Berghman won the New England Pro Four Modified feature.

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J & J Racing to Present Bonus Awards for New Drivers in MSD Legends Series

$500 Up for First Timers on Thompson Road Course

msd-legend-logo-v3NO. STONINGTON, CT – The Midstate Site Development (MSD) Legends Series already pays handsome $1,300 purses, supported by a strong fuel contingency from New England Racing Fuel. On July 10, first-time racers on Thompson’s 1.7-mile road course are up for an additional $500 in bonuses.

The unique program is broken up into four opportunities. In order to qualify, the driver must be competing in their first race on Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park’s newly-renovated road course. Twenty dollars will be paid to the first time driver with the fastest qualifying time. Three $160 bonuses will be payable to the highest finishing Masters, Pro, and combined Semi-Pro/Young Lion Division drivers.

“We appreciate Jags Palmer and J & J Racing putting together this unique contingency in order. Jags, Glenn from Midstate, and our loyal drivers are committed to growing our field of US Legends Cars. We’re grateful for their enthusiasm and look forward to seeing what drivers may show up to cash in on this unique opportunity,” OTB Executive Vice President and Thompson General Manager, Josh Vanada, said.
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Noah Korner Carries Four Race Win Streak into Thompson Summer Road Race Series

STONINGTON, CT – Noah Korner came into the 2016 Midstate Site Development (MSD) Legends Series’ season hoping to eventually challenge 2015 World Champion Shaun Buffington for race wins.   At the conclusion of the first race, he not only contended, but was in victory lane. Since then, Korner went on to win three additional races.  Now, the current track record holder heads into round three of the MSD Legends Series looking to keep his win streak alive in the Summer Series opener this Sunday, June 5, at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.

Jordan O’Brien, who will enter Sunday’s race with a new engine, currently sits second in the point standings, trailing Korner by 25 markers. O’Brien began the season with a pole and two second place finishes at the Icebreaker, Road Race Style. During the Open Wheel Weekend, he registered a third and fourth place finish, respectively.

Shaun Buffington is also expected to enter the race.  The Pro Class driver is third in the hunt for the inaugural MSD Legends Series title, 18 tallies behind O’Brien. It’s been a bit of a roller coaster for Buffington so far as he has fought an ill-handling race car and overcame an engine failure on opening weekend to register two podium finishes on Open Wheel Weekend. Buffington won the inaugural Legend event on Thompson’s newly renovated 1/7-mile road course in 2015.

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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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