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Ronnie Williams Geared Up for NAPA SK 5k at Stafford

Stafford Springs, CT — For Stafford Speedway SK Modified® driver Ronnie Williams, the 2017 season has been the best start to a season since he started his young career at the half-mile.  The Ellington native has scored top-5 finishes in each of the first 5 races of the 2017 season and recorded his first victory of the season last Friday night.  The positive momentum Williams and his #49 Advice One sponsored team have built up thus far has Williams excited about his prospects for the upcoming $5,000 to win NAPA SK 5k at Stafford on July 7.

“Our confidence is pretty high right now,” said Williams.  “I know we’re due to have some off tire weeks soon and that’s the only thing that we’re concerned about.  We know we probably won’t win races with old tires on the car, but at the same time we have to go out there and stay consistent and keep on getting top-5 finishes, which we’ve been doing.  Having confidence that we have a fast car is also huge and if we can stay out of trouble, we can be there at the end of races.  The NAPA SK 5k is always a fun race and it’s the biggest race of the season for us.  We’ve always seemed to do pretty well in that race.  We go to the track every week wanting to win and I think we have a good chance at putting our #49 back in victory lane in the 5k race.”

A win in the NAPA SK 5k would be something of a redemption for Williams.  In 2015, he was leading the race in the late stages but spun out after contact from another car.  Williams was able to recover to finish third in that race and he notched another top-5 finish with a 4th place effort in last season’s edition of the NAPA SK 5k.

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Stafford Speedway June 16 NASCAR Racing Program Canceled

Stafford Springs, CT — Due to the impending rain forecasted for this afternoon and evening, tonight’s scheduled NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Weekly Racing event has been canceled.  The exhibition race for the Junior Outlaw division scheduled for this evening has been rescheduled for July 14th.  

Racing at Stafford Speedway is back next Friday night with the return of the ISMA SuperModifieds.  The ISMA Supers will join Stafford’s five NASCAR five NASCAR Whelen All-American Series weekly divisions next Friday night with qualifying beginning at 6:30 pm.  Tickets for this event are on sale now and are priced at $30.00 for adult general admission tickets, $5.00 for children ages 6-14, and children ages 5 and under are admitted free of charge when accompanied by an adult. Reserved seat tickets are $32.00 for all ages. All ticket prices include 10% CT Admission Tax. Stafford Motor Speedway offers plenty of free parking along with overnight parking available for self-contained Recreational Vehicles.

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

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Lee USA Rained Out

June 16th event has been canceled due to weather conditions, please join us next Friday, June 23rd!

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Brett Gonyaw Wins $2,775 in Dunleavy’s Modifiedz Night

Stafford Springs, CT — The inaugural Dunleavy’s Modifiedz Night is in the record books.  The SK Lights raced 40-laps for the biggest purse in the history of the division thanks to Doug Dunleavy.  Vernon native Brett Gonyaw was the big winner taking home $2775, driving his #81 Johnny’s Mud Run sponsored machine into NAPA Victory Lane.  The total posted awards in the race exceeded $14,000. Bill Gaston of Gaston Racing Enterprises (gre6.com), put up a total bonus of $1,500 that was split among the top-4 finishers in each heat race.  Don Wood from R.A.D Automachine and Tony Alteri from T/A Engines both put up $1,500 that was split among the top-3 finishing cars with a R.A.D. or T/A engine.  Gonyaw won the $750 bonus from R.A.D. Automachine for being the top finishing car with a R.A.D. engine and the weekly contingency bonuses from Dunleavy’s Truck and Trailer Repair, Maybury Material Handling, and New England Racing Fuel, Sunoco Brand.  Gonyaw says he and his team will put that money right back into their car, which reached victory lane with a bent clip.

“This is the biggest win we’ve ever had,” said Gonyaw.  “We’re still riding the high.  We didn’t have the best car out there, but I think we were a little more patient.  Now we have to work on getting the car to be good for 20 laps.  We’ve been struggling at Stafford a little bit so the win helps to have the right mindset of going to the track to win races.  The extra cash we won will also be a big help.  We’ve been going race to race with whatever we have in the bank and if we can line up a tire sponsor for the week then that’s a plus.  We’ve been really lucky this year with people coming on board and helping us out.  Our car actually needs to be clipped because it’s been bent since we raced it at Thompson and we’ve just been trying to work with it.  Hopefully we’ll be able to find even more speed in the car once we put the new clip on it.  Our main thing will be to get everything prepped so we can have a successful middle and end of the season.”

Patience was definitely a virtue for Gonyaw and the #81 team during the 40-lap race.  Gonyaw started the race from 7th and he raced in the bottom half of the top-10 for the first half of the race.  He didn’t crack into the top-5 until a restart with 7 laps to go and he took over the race lead when race leaders George Nocera, Jr. and Cory DiMatteo made contact and brought the caution out with 7 laps to go.  Once Gonyaw was in the lead, he never relinquished it over the final 7 laps and he took down his first career victory at Stafford Speedway.

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Vondohren, Schutz and B. Hirthler Lead NASCAR Point Standings at Grandview Speedway

18 Different Feature Winners in 21 Feature Races so far this Season

BECHTELSVILLE, PA June 14, 2017 . . . Racers at Grandview Speedway, the NASCAR sanctioned one-third-mile, banked clay track in Bechtelsville, PA, could very well be on their way to the most competitive season in the track’s 55-year history. After seven weeks of Saturday night racing events, 21 features presented, there have been 18 different winners. Only Late Model racer Ron Kline, with three wins, and Sportsman talent Ryan Lilick, with two wins, have been able to win more than once.

TP Trailers NASCAR 358 Modified point leader Craig VonDohren, going for his 10th track title, has not won a feature race nor have standouts such as Duane Howard, Jared Umbenhauer, Ray Swinehart, Mike Gular and many others.

VonDohren continues to set the pace in points with 1985 counters followed by Jeff Strunk with 1959 and Duane Howard with 1738. Only Strunk has made it to victory lane.

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Nick Salva Eager to Put Experience to Practice at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park

THOMPSON, fourth placeCT – The NASCAR All-American Series Sunoco Modified Division is ready for their third race of the 2017 season at Thomspon Speedway Motorsports Park on Wednesday, June 14. Former Champions Keith Rocco and Ryan Preece each have one win to their credit on the young season.  Nick Salva, who is competing in his first full season in the Division, has been studying the moves of these veteran drivers, as he seeks to find the fastest way around the 5/8-mile oval.

Known for it’s high straightaway speeds and unique corners, Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park has a steep learning curve that Salva is confident he can master over time.  He made strides to that end during the last event: the Second Annual Limited Sportsman Long Distance, presented by Pepsi. Salva had an opportunity to follow the division’s last three champions around the high-banked oval.

Salva described the experience: “It was a great race behind Woody, Ryan, and Keith. I learned a lot about those drivers just being behind them and can strategize better for the next race. I have a great car that is fast and lately have been running good, so I am looking forward to this next race.”

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Lee USA Speedway 6/9/17 Race Report

It’s now three weeks, three winners in Rodfather-sponsored NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Supermodifieds at Lee USA Speedway, as Kingston veteran Moe Lattime scored his first win of the season in the 30-lap main event on Friday night.

A single caution flag slowed the pace when the previous week’s winner, John Burke of Auburn had a tire go down and spun on the backstretch on the first lap, but it was all Lattime from there.

After starting the race inside the front row, Moe moved out to the lead when racing resumed, and he led every lap on the way to the winner‘s circle, with a comfortable half-second margin of victory over eventual runner-up Mike Keddy of Raymond.

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Gonyaw & Williams Score Dunleavy’s Modifiedz Night Feature Wins at Stafford; Wray, Provost, & Walker Also Win

Stafford Springs, CT — Stafford Speedway returned to NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing action on Friday, June 9th with the Dunleavy’s Modifiedz Night.  Stafford’s SK Lights took center stage with a 40-lap feature that paid over $14,000 in total posted awards while the SK Modifieds® ran an extra 10-laps in feature distance for an extra $4,000 in their purse.  Taking down the biggest win of the night was Brett Gonyaw, who took the checkered flag and a paycheck of over $2,700 in the 40-lap SK Light feature.  Ronnie Williams took the checkered flag in the extra distance SK Modified® feature, Michael Wray won the Late Model feature, Duane Provost took down his second consecutive Limited Late Model feature win, and Johnny Walker won the DARE Stock feature.

In the 40-lap SK Light feature event, Keith Caruso took the lead at the green on the outside of Noah Korner.  Korner was side by side with Todd Douillard for second with Glenn Korner side by side with Jay Goff for fourth behind them.  Goff got clear into fourth on lap-4 as Noah Korner and Douillard were still side by side for second.  The caution came out with 5 laps complete for a multi-car wreck coming out of turn 2 involving Tony Santangelo, Marcello Rufrano, Wesley Prucker, and several others.

Caruso powered into the lead on the restart with Noah Korner all over his back bumper.  Goff slotted into third with Glenn Korner fourth and Douillard in fifth.  Dan Wesson got around Douillard to move into fifth on lap-7 and up front, Noah Korner made a move to the inside of Caruso to take the lead by a nose at the line.  Another multicar accident in turn 3 involving Rufrano, Glenn Griswold, Joe Graf, Jr., and Chris Matthews brought the caution back out with 10 laps complete.

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Dunleavy’s Modifiedz Night Offers Prizes for Fans and Modified Drivers

Stafford Springs, CT — When the green flag flies for the June 9th Dunleavy’s Modifiedz Night at Stafford Speedway, the SK Light division will be racing 40-laps for over $14,000 in total posted awards, and the SK Modified® division will race 50-laps for an extra $4,000 in purse.  But those aren’t the only bonuses that will be up for grabs.  Following the completion of each feature event during the night, the top-3 finishing drivers will each pick a winner out of the Dunleavy’s Pick of the Hat.  All modified drivers who attempt to qualify as well as three lucky fans will be eligible to win one of many great prizes that Doug Dunleavy from Dunleavy’s Truck and Trailer Repair has lined up for the evening’s race program.

“Any of the modified teams who attempt to qualify and any fan who purchases a Pitstopper Program has a shot to walk away with a great prize,” explained Doug Dunleavy of Dunleavy Truck and Trailer Repair. “We wanted to get the fans involved in the fun as well, so make sure you’re here for the big show and grab a program!”

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Joey Ferrigno Riding Winning Momentum Into Dunleavy’s Modifiedz Night

Stafford Springs, CT — For Joey Ferrigno and the #87 RH2 Way Radio Communications team, the 2017 SK Light Modified season at Stafford Speedway hadn’t quite gone as planned over the first three races of the 2017 season.  Coming off a 2016 season where Ferrigno collected 2 wins and challenged for the championship right up to the final checkered flag, he had yet to collect a top-10 finish in 2017.  But Ferrigno’s luck turned around last Friday night at Stafford as he piloted his #87 machine to NAPA Victory Lane to give his team and himself some positive momentum heading into this Friday night’s Dunleavy’s Modifiedz Night feature, the biggest race in the history of the SK Light division with over $14,000 in total posted awards up for grabs.

“It definitely helps getting the monkey off our back,” said Ferrigno.  “I knew I had a fast car all season.  The first couple of races we ran up front but we had some unfortunate circumstances.  This week the car was there, we didn’t have any trouble, and we showed them what we have.  We always go to the track with the best car we can and I always like to think we have a chance of winning.  Pulling off that win last Friday night shows we can still get the job done and it definitely puts the team’s spirits high.”

In addition to picking up the his team’s morale and giving them some positive momentum to work with, the win also gives Ferrigno and his Horsepower Hill crew time during the week to work on the #87 car and make any necessary changes for the 40-lap feature this Friday night that will be twice as long as a normal SK Light feature event.

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Matt Galko Scores Emotional First SK Modified® Victory

Stafford Springs, CT — During the cool down lap of last Friday’s SK Modified® 40-lap feature the race winner’s car came to a stop in turn 4.  Matt Galko had just scored his first career SK Modified® victory and had stopped in turn 4, not to celebrate but instead to gather his emotions and reflect on a journey that has brought him to victory lane of an SK Modified® feature at Stafford Speedway.

The two-time SK Light Modified Champion (2011 & 2012) joined the SK Modified® ranks for the 2013 season and has progressed as a driver throughout the last 4 seasons.  Galko had been close to victory in 2016 but had not been to NAPA Victory Lane since August 12, 2011, when he scored his last SK Light Modified win

“It’s been since 2011 since I’ve been in victory lane, 5 full years in the SK Modified® division and 6 years since we last won in the SK Lights,” explained Galko. “I have to thank all the crew for giving me a good car, the stars finally aligned for us.”

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New Challenger to Beat Friday at Lee USA Speedway

LEE, NH: — An unlikely but impressive new challenger highlights this Friday night’s super-modified division in a 16-race, seven-division program here at Lee USA Speedway.

John Burke, a 15-year racing veteran who now makes his home in  Boston, has made a spectacular debut with two feature wins this season driving an all-newly built winged “wedge” super-mod. The low-slung clever-looking car was built over the winter by Oswego Speedway legend and long-time car-designer Mike Muldoon.

Burke won last Friday night’s main event, leading all 30 laps to pocket $1,000 for the win.

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Galko, Fearn, Ferrigno, Provost, & Hydar Score Modified Touring Series 125 Feature Wins at Stafford

Stafford Springs, CT — Stafford Speedway returned to NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing action on Friday, June 2nd with the Exit Realty Modified Touring Series making their Stafford debut along with Stafford’s five NASCAR Whelen All-American Series divisions.  Taking down weekly feature wins on the night were Matt Galko, who scored his first SK Modified® feature victory after 6 seasons, Tom Fearn in the Late Model division, Joey Ferrigno in the SK Light feature, Duane Provost in the Limited Late Model feature, and Travis Hydar was a first time career winner in the DARE Stock feature.

In the 40-lap SK Modified® feature event, Dan Avery took the lead at the green and he led the first lap before a melee broke out in turn 2 when Tony Membrino, Jr. spun in turn 2 in front of the entire field.  Nearly two-thirds of the field were involved in a pileup and brought the caution out.

Avery took the lead back under green with Matt Galko hounding him for the race lead while he was side by side with Cam McDermott for second.  Mike Christopher, Jr. was fourth and Glen Reen was fifth.  Galko finally got by McDermott and he took the lead from Avery on lap-5.  McDermott followed Galko by Avery and Christopher, Jr. took third from Avery on lap-8.  Reen was now side by side with Chase Dowling for fifth with Dowling taking the spot on the outside on lap-9.

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Modified Ace Proctor Doubles Down at Devil’s Bowl Speedway

WEST HAVEN, Vt. – Ron Proctor has made one thing clear: The asphalt track title at Devil’s Bowl Speedway will have to go through him.  The longtime stock car driver and former two-time champion made it back-to-back wins at the Vermont track to open the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series season on Saturday, May 27, taking his second dominant score in a row.  Also winning at the event were Jim McKiernan, Brad Bertrand, Connor Watrous, and Richie Turner.

Proctor’s victory came in a 50-lap feature event for the O’Reilly Auto Parts Sportsman Modified division, which featured an experimental format for the first time.  The race was run in three stages, with Billy Lussier easily winning the first 20-lap leg and $250.  After a random re-draw done by fans to line up the middle round, Vince Quenneville Jr. dominated the second stage – a 15-lap sprint – and also copped $250.

Quenneville drew an invert pill of “six” after his victory to set up the final 15-lap dash, putting Charlton, N.Y., driver Proctor on the pole for the third stage.  For the second week in a row, Proctor quickly drew away from the field and stormed to the victory and a quick $500.  Jason Durgan of Morrisonville, N.Y., rebounded from a miserable outing at the season opener to take second place, and Joey Roberts of Fletcher, Vt., was third.  Lussier and Jackie Brown Jr. completed the official top five finishers.
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Dunleavy Modifiedz Night Postponed to Friday June 9th

Stafford Springs, CT — Due to a change in weather patterns and forecast for the rest of the afternoon and early evening, Stafford Speedway officials have decided to postpone the Inaugural Dunleavy’s Truck & Trailer Modifiedz Night to Friday, June 9th.  All activities scheduled for tonight’s Dunleavy Modifiedz Night will be held on Friday, June 9th including the 40-lap SK Light Modified $2,500 to win special event, 50-lap SK Modified event, Fireworks, as well as special pricing for members of the Armed Services.

“We hate to postpone events especially new events that everyone is so excited about,” explained Stafford General Manager Mark Arute.  “With such a full schedule for the Dunleavy Modifiedz special we need maximum track time and current weather conditions will not allow for that.  We’ll give it another go June 9th, we’re all looking forward to this big event for the weekly guys.”

Stafford Speedway returns to action next Friday, June 2nd for the inaugural Modified Touring Series 125.  The Modified Touring Series will take to the track with qualifying heats beginning at 6:15 pm.  Stafford’s five NASCAR Whelen All-American Series divisions will also be in action.  Tickets for this event are on sale now and are priced at $30.00 for adult general admission tickets, $5.00 for children ages 6-14, and children ages 5 and under are admitted free of charge when accompanied by an adult.  Reserved seat tickets are $32.00 for all ages.  All ticket prices include 10% CT Admission Tax.  Stafford Motor Speedway offers plenty of free parking along with overnight parking available for self-contained Recreational Vehicles.

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Wesley Prucker Fueled Up For Dunleavy’s Modifiedz Night

Stafford Springs, CT — As Stafford Speedway’s SK Lights gear up for the biggest race in the 12-year history of the division, Stafford native Wesley Prucker sits atop the points standings for the very first time in his career.  Coming off of a career tying best finish of second last Friday night, Prucker is excited about the prospects of picking up his first career victory in the Dunleavy’s Modifiedz Night 40-lap SK Light feature event that will offer $14,790 in total posted awards with the race winner having the potential to take home a check for $2,925 with purse and contingency bonuses factored in.

“I think it’s going to be a great race and I’m looking forward to it,” said Prucker.  “I think the first 30 laps might be a little iffy, but those last 10 laps you’re really going to see guys going for the win.  Our next goal is to get a couple of wins.  I think we’re really close and if there had been another caution flag last Friday, I think we could have won the race on the outside.  I would have driven the car through the wall if I had to.  I’m more confident than ever.”

With 40-laps on tap, the SK Light cars will race twice as long as they’re accustomed to racing on a Friday night.  While Prucker says that this will be the longest race he’s ever taken part in, he and his #22 Prucker Motorsports team aren’t planning on making any adjustments to their car for the race.

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Dunleavy’s All-Out Modifiedz Night Ready for Green Flag at Stafford

Stafford Springs, CT — The Inaugural Dunleavy’s Truck & Trailer Repair set for this Friday, May 26th will play host to the largest purse in SK Light Modified history.  Total posted awards for the 40-Lap SK Light Modified feature is an unprecedented $14,790 with the winner taking home a potential pay day of $2,925 after bonuses.

SK Light teams will be racing to collect bonuses from Gaston Racing Enterprises, R.A.D. Automachine, and T/A Engines.  Bill Gaston from GRE will be providing a $375 bonus for each SK Light heat race with 1st place paying $150, 2nd place $100, 3rd place $75, and 4th place $50.  Don Wood from R.A.D. Automachine and Tony Alteri from T/A Engines will each pay out a total bonus of $1,500 for the top-3 finishing cars utilizing their engines with the highest placed finisher winning $750, the 2nd highest car winning $500, and the third highest finishing car winning $250.

Stafford’s SK Modified® division will be racing an extra 10-laps in distance with an additional $4,000 added to their purse payout.  The SK Modified® feature winner will take home $2,000 in purse money with the potential payout of $2,325 with 1st place contingency bonuses factored in.  In addition to the big-time purse for the two modified divisions, Dunleavy’s Pick of the Hat will add more prize money and giveaways for fans and Modified teams.

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Rick Williams Excited for Dunleavy’s Modifiedz Night at Stafford

Stafford Springs, CT — With the 2017 season underway at Stafford Speedway, one of the feel good stories of the season has to be the performance of East Hampton native and SK Light driver Rick Williams.  Williams began his racing career in the SK Light division back in 2009 and he ran every year before taking a break following the 2013 season.  While Williams recorded a total of 17 top-10 finishes with a best finish of third in those five seasons, his 2017 season has been a break-out performance.  Williams has recorded three consecutive top-7 finishes to start of the year and he is currently sitting in second place in the SK Light points standings.

“Yeah, I’m very surprised,” said Williams.  “My goal at the beginning of the year was to just make the shows with all the cars we have right now at Stafford.  We worked really hard on the car over the winter.  We haven’t been burning it up by any means, but we have some real good consistency going right now.  I’d like to think we can carry this over for the remainder of the season but we’re not 100% sure what our plans are going to be after the big Dunleavy’s race this Friday night.  We’re going race to race to see what we can do.”

One area that Williams can point to for the uptick in his on track performance is the assistance of Dave Etheridge on his crew.  Etheridge formerly was a weekly competitor in Stafford’s ProStock division and he ran the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour before chasing checkered flags with the Valenti Modified Racing Series.

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Lee USA Speedway 5/19/17 Race Report

Lee, NH – Lee USA Speedway raised the curtain on the 2017 weekly racing season on Friday night, with defending Super champion Dave “Hollywood” Helliwell of Salem making a statement in his first ride aboard the storied Witkum Brothers Racing entry, taking down the checkers for the season opening win in the Rodfather-sponsored NASCAR Whelen All American Series Supermodified feature.

ISMA Supermodified veteran Jamie Timmons led the early laps of the main, clicking off some impressive laps in the machine normally steered by Kyle Sawyer, setting a torrid pace over the first half of the 30-lap main event. Helliwell moved up to challenge Timmons shortly after the crossed flags, and made the winning pass to take over the point on lap 18, going the distance from there to post the win.

Car owners Bobby and Ed Witkum, Sr. joined Helliwell for the victory lane ceremonies, with Timmons and multi-time champion Tommy Tombarello, Jr. of Haverhill, MA rounding out the podium. Fourth spot went to Leslie Keyser of Northfield, with Mike Spurling of Rochester, Kingston’s Moe Lattime, Meredith veteran Jim Barker, Mike Keddy of Raymond, and P.J. Murphy of Groveland, MA the rest of the top ten.

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Krummel, Pfeil, Lilick, Myers and Cassel Score Features Wins at Grandview

Eleven different feature winners in NASCAR events so far this season

BECHTELSVILLE, PA. May 21, 2017 – Saturday night racing action finally returned to Grandview Speedway after two weeks off courtesy of Mother Nature with four different winners and one repeat winner in the respective classes in the T.P. Trailer and Truck Equipment sponsored night.

The T.P. Trailers 30-lap NASCAR 358 Modified Feature saw New York native Brian Krummel, who left his hometown track of Middletown, N.Y., mid-season last year to pilot the David Zubikowski Racing No. 17Z, finally had his dream come true when he captured his first career win at the track. An emotional victor, with tears in his eyes, thanked Zubi and the entire crew for giving him a wicked fast car. Being somewhat “gun shy” to go on the outside after what he encountered in the opener, Krummel was able to run the high line and felt at ease. An impressive field of 38 Modifieds were on hand can cut to 28 feature starters by four qualifying heat races.

Wayne Pfeil sporting a huge No. 7, dedicated to his father Wayne who passed away last year, with a smaller No. 72 in the middle; led the 25-lap BRC NASCAR Late Model feature from start to finish for his season first victory.

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Kirk Totten Scores Pro Mod Win On Opening Night at Holland Speedway; Bob Palmer Wins Emotional Hornet Feature

HOLLAND, NY… (May 20, 2017) — Kirk Totten from Barker, NY led all 30 laps to pick up the win in the first feature of the season for the Getzoni Nationwide Insurance Agency NASCAR Pro Modifieds as McKinley Mall presented the 58th season opener at the historic highbanks of Holland International Speedway Saturday night. Tim Welshans from West Falls, NY won the main event for the Bank of Holland Chargers. Bob Palmer from Buffalo, NY won the feature event for the Advance Auto Parts Hornets. Dave Wollaber fromLockport, NY won the feature event for the NYPA TQ Midgets. Bryce Norton from Walworth, NY won the INEX Legends feature event. Darren Lehnardt from West Seneca won the inaugural event for the Talking Phone Book Super Sixes. Marty Hughes from Holland won the M&M U Pull-It Figure 8 car main.

Kirk Totten and Tommy Catalano led the field of Pro Modifieds to the green flag for their 30 lap season lid-lifter with Totten jumping into the early lead, just as his teammate Dean Kroll hit the back stretch wall off the initial green flag. Totten would jump ahead of Catalano when they received the green flag with Patrick Emerling and George Skora giving chase early. Emerling would get around Catalano for second on lap four and would set his sights on Totten. Totten would answer all challenges from Emerling to pick up the win. Catalano, Skora and Eldon King III completed the top five.

Josh Hathaway and Tim Welshans brought the Bank of Holland Chargers to the green flag for their main event with Welshans showing the way. With Welshans up front, he held off multiple challenges from Hathaway as well as his brother Nik Welshans for most of the main event. Tim Welshans would drive away from the field to pick up the win. Nik Welshans finished in second followed by Hathaway, Dave Vona and Zach Myers.

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Canadian Bouvrette Last to First in ACT Spring Green Win at Devil’s Bowl Speedway

Proctor dominates Sportsman Modified opener

WEST HAVEN, Vt. – Jonathan Bouvrette blew the field away at Devil’s Bowl Speedway on Saturday, May 20, driving from last on the 27-car starting field to win the 43rd annual “Spring Green 117” event for the American-Canadian Tour (ACT).  The Blainville, Québec driver’s memorable march started with a flat tire on the starting grid, but ended with his career-first victory in the United States.

Bouvrette was scheduled t o start 14th but ducked into the pit area for a tire change during pre-race pace laps.  As he began his climb through the field, fellow Québec driver Dany Trépanier ran up front in a fierce, showstopping battle with Vermont drivers Bobby Therrien and Scott Payea.  The trio banged fenders and beat on doors as they weaved through lapped traffic, thrilling the large crowd as Dillon Moltz and Rich Dubeau also became players in the front of the pack.

Bouvrette’s No. 41 Traffic Tech/Motos Illimitees Ford entered the picture late in the going, joining the lead group at a restart on lap 76.  He picked cars off one by one on the outside lane, eventually drawing even with leader Therrien with 20 laps remaining.  Bouvrette took the lead at lap 98 and withstood a final restart five laps later to sail to the win.

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Dowling, Gambacorta, Nocera, Lavoie, & Robinson Score VRMS 80 Feature Wins at Stafford

(Stafford Springs, CT)—Stafford Speedway returned to NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing action on Friday, May 19th with the Valenti Modified Racing Series in the house for the 4th Annual VMRS 80.  Taking down weekly feature wins on the night were Chase Dowling in the SK Modified® feature, Kevin Gambacorta in the Late Model feature, George Nocera, Jr. in the SK Light feature, Jeremy Lavoie in the Limited Late Model feature, and Zack Robinson in the DARE Stock feature.

In the 40-lap SK Modified® feature event, Dan Avery took the early lead with Todd Owen, D.J. Burnham, Glen Reen, and Rowan Pennink behind him.  The caution came out with 3 laps complete as Owen and Burnham spun into the turn 1 wall.

Reen took the lead on the outside of Avery and Cam McDermott was right with Reen and he was now side by side with Avery for second with Pennink in fourth and Tony Membrino, Jr. was up to fifth.  McDermott took second on lap-6but Avery came right back and retook the spot on lap-7 as Pennink was looking to get by both cars in fourth.  Avery settled into second with Pennink taking third from McDermott on lap-8 as Reen continued to lead the race.

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Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park to Recognize the Sacrifices of Men and Women in Uniform

This Sunday, May 21, Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park is hosting its second NASCAR race of the season: the Limited Sportsman Long Distance & Military Night, presented by Pepsi. The NASCAR Whelen All-American Series and Mr. Rooter ProTruck Series will battle it out on the 5/8-mile oval to determine who will walk away with the winner’s spoils, which include a handsome purse, complimented by contingencies, a cube of Pepsi, and some handsome hardware. 

Less than 10% of the American adult population serves in the military.  The contributions of the few, though make a great impact for many. Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park recognizes the sacrifices of men and women in uniform this Sunday by offering free general admission to active duty and retired members of the armed forces.  During pre-race ceremonies, Thompson will also be honoring the men and women who serve in all branches of the military.  Pepsi has supported these efforts, by naming Samantha Thompson, who is preparing to begin Navy boot camp, as the event’s honorary starter.  A Reason to Ride, which is a philanthropic organization supporting veterans, will also be set up on the grandstands to raise awareness for their event. Please also visit areasontoride.org to learn more.

As far as on-track action goes, there will be six divisions in competition, including the four NASCAR Whelen All-American Series classes, the Mr. Rooter ProTruck Series and the Lite Modifieds. Ryan Preece, lead Keith Rocco and Rowan Pennink into the 30-lap Sunoco Modified feature. Icebreaker 2017 Champion, Ray Parent, sits one point behind Ryan Morgan, in the Late Model standings. Jesse Gleason, who won the Limited Sportsman race at Icebreaker 2017, is being chased by four-time Champion, Scott Sundeen, and newcomer, Chris Meyer in that division. 2015 Mini Stock Champion, Dave Trudeau, is back in championship form as he is tied with Eric Bourgeois for the top-points-position in the Mini Stock ranks. Frank Dumicich, Jr. leads all Mr. Rooter ProTruck Series contenders, as the winner of the Series’ last event here during Icebreaker 2017.

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Tom Abele, Jr. Running with the Big Dogs at Stafford

Stafford Springs, CT — Entering the 2017 SK Modified® season at Stafford Motor Speedway, Baltic native Tom Abele, Jr. had very little in the way of seat time at the Connecticut half-mile.  After striking up a deal with Keith Rocco to pilot his #32 machine with sponsorship from Dunleavy’s Truck and Trailer Repair, Course Legend, and 32 Signs Abele decided to run Stafford for the full 2017 season. Abele has made the most of the opportunity, racking up top-5 finishes in each of the first two races and currently sits 5th in the points standings, only 8 points outside the lead.

“This is pretty much a new thing for me,” said Abele.  “I’ve ran a couple of Whelen Modified Tour and MRS races at Stafford but that was a while ago so it’s been a bit since I’ve raced at Stafford.  I’ve been racing the SK Modified® division at the bowl [Waterford] the last couple of seasons so the SK’s aren’t new but it is new racing at Stafford and working with Keith.  Our original plan was to run Waterford and everyone knows what happened there.  So we decided to come to Stafford and see how things went the first couple of races.  Now I think we’re going to stick at Stafford, it’s been a lot of fun so far.  If I was racing at Waterford, I would have had pretty high expectations but going to Stafford with the competition they have and being a newer track that I don’t have a lot of experience at, I really didn’t have any expectations.  After these first couple of races, I feel pretty confident that we can be a top-5 car every week.”

After running his own team for the majority of his career, Abele says that the partnership with Rocco has enabled him to race stress-free as well as being a blessing in disguise in that Rocco always has an answer for how the #32 car might be handling on a particular day.

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Four Divisions of Stock Car Racing Saturday, May 20, at Grandview Speedway

Four Divisions of Racing at Grandview on TP Trailers and Truck Equipment Night, Fans Can Win Dover NASCAR Tickets Courtesy of WNPV Radio and You are Asked to Wear Yellow

BECHTELSVILLE, PA May 17, 2017 . . . With two straight Saturday night NASCAR stock car racing programs rained out there are dozens of racers anxious to get back in action including the nine that have been fortunate enough to win features during the rain plagued season. Getting back to racing this Saturday night with the TP Trailers and Truck Equipment Night there is the makings of some very tough battles for not only the feature winners but all the racers as the chase for the lucrative NASCAR and track championships continues.

Again this Saturday fans and racers are asked to wear yellow to show support for defending Sportsman champion Jordan Henn who was injured in an accident a few Saturdays back and is facing a long recovery.

Some lucky fans will have the opportunity to win tickets for the June 2-4 Dover International Speedway NASCAR races courtesy of WNPV-AM Radio in Lansdale.
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Six of Top-10 SK Modified® Drivers are Stafford SK Light Graduates

Stafford Springs, CT — After 2 SK Modified® races in the 2017 season trends have begun to emerge.  The headline of the season so far has to be the renewed rivalry between two of the best modified drivers in the history of Stafford, Ted Christopher, and Keith Rocco, but the other revolves around the youth movement that has taken over the half-mile.  Entering the third SK Modified® race of the 2017 season, Friday, May 19th, 6 of the top-10 drivers in the SK Modified® point standings are graduates of the SK Light Modified division with 17 total SK Light graduates attempting to start a feature this season.

“When we started the SK Light Modified division in 2006 we had a goal of creating an entry level modified to feed the SK Modified division,” explained Stafford General Manager Mark Arute.  “Chase Dowling won the SK feature on opening day and nearly won the Sizzler [WMT], Ronnie Williams has proved he is contender each week, Matt Galko will get his first win in 2017, Mike Gervais has scored multiple SK wins since he won the 2009 SK Light Championship, Glen Reen scored his first SK Modified® win last fall, and of course its been fun to watch Mike Christopher, Jr. run with Uncle Ted.  I’d say this is working.”

As mentioned above the 6 SK Light Graduates that currently sit in the top 10 in SK Modified® points, Ronnie Williams, Chase Dowling, Matt Galko, Michael Gervais, Michael Christopher Jr., and Glen Reen all started their Whelen All-American Series careers in the SK Light division.  Combined the 6 drivers have 3 SK Light Championships, 25 SK Light wins and 3 SK Light Rookie of the Year titles.  Just outside the top-10 sits Tony “Hollywood” Membrino, with 15 wins and 2 SK Light Championships in the record books. Continue reading ‘Six of Top-10 SK Modified® Drivers are Stafford SK Light Graduates’

Rain Again Washes Out Grandview Racing, Four Division Show Set for May 20

Once Again Rain Washes Out Saturday Night Racing Action at Grandview Speedway, TP Trailers and Truck Equipment Night Set for May 20, Fans and Racers Asked to Wear Yellow for Jordan Henn Again this Week
Dover NASCAR Ticket Giveaway Also Reset for Saturday

BECHTELSVILLE, PA May 13, 2017 . . . For the second Saturday in a row rain, a huge amount of rain, forced the cancellation of Saturday night NASCAR stock car racing action at Grandview Speedway.

Barring the return of more rain a big four division show of auto racing, the TP Trailers and Truck Equipment sponsored night, is set for Saturday, May 20th and will feature the excitement of NASCAR stock car racing including the TP Trailers 358 Modifieds, BRC Late Models and Sportsman racers along with the Blast from the Past Vintage racers. Again featured will be some of the most popular dirt track racers in the area battling for valuable NASCAR and track points along with cash prize money.

Fans and racers are being asked to again wear yellow as the support of Jordan Henn’s recovery from a race accident injury continues. The defending NASCAR Sportsman champion is hoping to be able to get back to racing for some late season action.

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Seekonk Speedway Race Program Rained Out for May 13

Seekonk Speedway regrets to inform its Fans and Race Teams that tonight’s Race Program has been canceled due to the impending weather forecast. We look forward to seeing everyone on Saturday, May 20th under Sunny Blue Skies. We will feature the same line up on the 20th of Pro Stocks, Late Models, Sportsman, Trucks, and Spectator Drags. Continue reading ‘Seekonk Speedway Race Program Rained Out for May 13’

Michael Bennett Wins Call Before You Dig 811 Late Model 50 at Stafford

Stafford Springs, CT — Stafford Speedway returned to NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing action with the Late Models taking center stage with the Call Before You Dig 811 50-lap extra distance feature event. Michael Bennett was the big winner, leading all 50 laps to take home the $1,811 winner’s check. Other feature winners were Ted Christopher, who outdueled Keith Rocco with a last lap pass in the SK Modified® feature, Cory DiMatteo won the SK Light feature for the second race in a row, Cliff Saunders outlasted his twin brother Al to take the checkers in the Limited Late Model feature, and Zack Robinson came out on top of a hard fought duel between himself and Johnny Walker to win the DARE Stock feature.

The CBYD 811 Late Model 50 feature event took the green with Michael Bennett streaking into the led with Skip Breunig in second. The field could only complete one lap before the caution came out as Rich Hammann spun through the frontstretch grass.

Bennett again took the lead back under green with Wayne Coury, Jr. getting around Breunig for second. Tom Butler was in fourth behind Breunig with Tyler Leary rounding out the top-5. With 10 laps complete, Bennett was all by himself out front with a several car length lead over Coury with Butler a similar distance behind in third. Breunig and Leary were waging a hard battle for fourth place when the caution came out with 14 laps complete for Jim Mavlouganes, who came to a stop in the infield on the frontstretch.
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