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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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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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Rowan Pennink Ready to Go for 2 in a Row at Stafford Speedway

Stafford Springs, CT — While Rowan Pennink is certainly no stranger to NAPA Victory Lane at Stafford Speedway with 12 feature wins and 2 championships over the last 2 years in the SK Modified® division, he was still looking for a breakthrough win in a touring modified car. That breakthrough finally came last May in the Valenti Modified Racing Series 80 with Pennink behind the wheel of Gary Cretty’s red #25 machine. Pennink is looking forward to returning to Stafford next Friday night and defending his win in the 4th Annual VRMS 80.

“Last year we had good cars in all the Stafford races,” said Pennink. “I ran the MTS race at Monadnock with the 25 team and we’re excited to come back to Stafford. We had a couple of good runs there last season with the 25 car and it’s always good to get 2 races in one night with the 25 team and the 99 team in the SK Modified® division. We won the first race in 2016 and we had a good run going but we broke an axle in the second race and then we finished second in the third race. If the car is as good as it was last year hopefully we can be in contention for the win.”

One area of expertise that will come in handy for Pennink is his home track knowledge of Stafford. Of the 17 VMRS races held to date at Stafford, 12 of them have been won by drivers who are either currently or formerly weekly racers. Pennink and Ted Christopher were both winners in VMRS events last season at Stafford while Jon McKennedy was the winner of the third race.
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Wayne Coury, Jr. Hoping to Collect First Stafford Victory in CBYD 811 LM 50

Stafford Springs — For the past 11 seasons, Shelton native Wayne Coury, Jr. has been racing in the Late Model division at Stafford Speedway without reaching NAPA Victory Lane. He has been close several times before with podium finishes but he is still in search of his first trip to the top step of the podium. Coming off a 6th place effort in the season-opening NAPA Spring Sizzler® feature, Coury is hoping that he can put his #10 Wayne’s Auto Body Chevrolet into victory lane for a big payday in this Friday night’s Call Before You Dig 811 50-lap feature.

“I felt like we had a good enough car to win at the Sizzler and I think we’re really close to our first win,” said Coury.  “We’ve been close in the past and I think we’re right there knocking on the door. A win this Friday night would be huge for us. We’ve won at Waterford and Thompson and been competitive elsewhere but Stafford has been elusive for us. To win an extra distance race and a big purse would be a huge boost for the whole team, especially for my Dad. He’s been the main person behind the team since he stopped racing himself and it’s been pretty awesome to have him focusing on the car. I’d really like to be able to win this race for him. I don’t think our finishing record at Stafford is representative of how competitive we’ve been and we’re hoping we can change that this Friday night.”

Coury recorded a 4th place finish in the 50-lap Late Model feature last season and he says his car is well suited to the extra distance, which is 20 laps longer than a normal Late Model feature at Stafford. Coury also says that his car is most likely the oldest car that will be in the starting field for the CBYD 811 Late Model 50.

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Former Late Model Champion Mike Quintiliano Looking Forward to Call Before You Dig 811 Late Model 50 at Stafford

Stafford Springs, CT — After taking a year off from the Late Model division in 2016, former track champion Mike Quintiliano returned to competition with a flourish at the season-opening NAPA Spring Sizzler®. He ran among the leaders for much of the 30-lap feature behind the wheel of his #44 The Hideout / Rick’s Auto Body Chevrolet finishing a strong fourth place. With 2 career 100-lap Late Model feature wins at Stafford to his credit, including his first career Stafford victory in 1999, Quintiliano is looking forward to this Friday’s Call Before You Dig 811 Late Model 50.

“The car was a different car so we had to get used to it and we didn’t have a lot of practice with it so our goal is to improve the car week to week,” said Quintiliano. “Depending on where you start, you have extra time to get to the front with the extra distance race. If the car isn’t going good, you have the extra time to make a pit stop and do whatever you have to do with the car. I really like the extra distance races and I have to thank Nap Chenard, Chuck Flynn, Scott and Tracy Ritter, and my wife for letting me get back behind the wheel. Also, I have to thank all the fans, we had a lot of fans that came back to watch us.”

Call Before You Dig is partnering with Stafford Speedway to present the 50-lap Late Model extravaganza with the winner guaranteed to win at least $1,811. The total posted awards for the Late Model 50 is over $10,000. Such a big payday would be a huge boost to an operation like Quintiliano’s for the remainder of the 2017 season.

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Holland Cancels May 13 Practice, Focusing On May 20th Opening Day

Holland Cancels Pre-Season Practice; Focus’s on May 20th Opener

HOLLAND, NY… (May 9, 2017) With the heavy rains that showered the Western New York region throughout the end of April and the beginning of May, Holland International Speedway management has decided to cancel the Pre-Season practice session that was scheduled for Saturday, May 13.

Saturday, May 20th will mark the historic NASCAR sanctioned facility’s 58th consecutive season of racing under the same management, the Bennett Family. Opening Day 2017 presented by McKinley Mall will feature a full racing program 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, INEX Legends, Rookie 4’s and the speedway’s newest division, the Talking Phone Book Super Sixes.  On Opening Day, gates will open at 4:15 pm in the pits, 5:45 for the grandstands with qualifying heats starting at 6:00 pm sharp with NASCAR feature racing getting underway at7:05 pm. 

Holland drivers are encouraged to contact the speedway office regarding purchasing tires for the Pro Modifieds and Chargers, NASCAR Whelen All-American Series decal kits for all divisions plus the hot off the press printed pocket schedules plus NASCAR licenses and more. The 2017 schedule of events is available for download on the speedway’s website, hollandspeedway.com as well as on Holland’s social media pages.

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Wear Yellow at Grandview on Saturday, Late Models to See Changes

Fans and Racers Asked to Wear Yellow on Saturday to Help Racer Jordan Henn on His Road to Recovery
Changes Being Planned for BRC NASCAR Late Models
Tripleheader Action Set for Saturday, May 13

BECHTELSVILLE, PA MAY 8, 2017 — Everyone coming out to Grandview Speedway this Saturday night to see the exciting NASCAR sanctioned stock car racing action is being asked to wear something yellow. And the reason for that request is to help support Jordan Henn’s recovery from injuries sustained during a wild multi-car accident a couple Saturdays back.

Henn, the defending Sportsman champion, faces a lengthy recovery and the show of support from fans and racers would go a long way to help him as he recovers and gets back to racing.

The Saturday, May 13th tripleheader, will feature the TP Trailers NASCAR 358 Modifieds, BRC Late Models and Sportsman racing in at least 12 events. Fans have the opportunity to see many of the top talents in dirt track racing taking part. Spectator gates open at 5:30 p.m. with racing starting at 7:30 p.m. Fans are invited to participate in the weekly Low Down and Dirty Meet & Greet which takes place at the main gate as the ticket booth opens. Featured this week will be Modified talent Kyle Borror, Sportsman racer Jack Butler and Late Model standout Brian Shuey.
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A View from Above …with Race Voice

Opening Day 2017
Week one is in the books. If you looked at the weather earlier in the week, you would have had your doubts. It certainly did put a damper on the first day of the weekend. With a total washout on Saturday, teams did not get a chance to practice and get their cars ready. And it sure showed in some instances.

The day started off under sunny skies and we introduced our 2017 Wall of Fame Inductees. Fred Astle Sr, Rollie Lindblad and Nat Chiaventone. These three deserving men will be officially inducted on Saturday, May 27th. Be sure to be on hand to congratulate these fine men.

Let’s take an overall look at the show from opening day. Car counts were up in the Helger’s South Coast Power Equipment Sportsman and in the Everett’s Auto Parts Late Models. 27 cars in each of the divisions had the teams prepared for a battle. They just didn’t anticipate the difficulties that lie ahead.

In qualifying for the Late Models, we saw Fred Bonolowicz hit the turn 2 wall A TON! While the car is most likely a total, his safety gear kept him from any injury. While I am sure he is sore today, he owes a huge thank you to the head and neck restraint company. On an inline post from his son Miles, he said the safety equipment did exactly what it was supposed to do in that instance, and he is glad they made the investment.
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Darling Outduels Vanasse for Opening Day Pro Stock Win

Dave Darling and Ryan Vanasse engaged in a bitter duel over supremacy in the Pro Stock division with the outcome undecided until the closing yards of the 40-lap challenge for Seekonk’s top division. Right on their tails came polesitter Bobby Pelland III, who had initially engaged reigning champion Tom Scully, Jr. until the latter suddenly slowed in turn three of lap six and was caught by Darling, who had been running on his bumper. Scully came loose in turn four and spun to the infield. He pitted for repairs and returned for the restart.

Vanasse, who had been running third, now started on his teammate’s outside shoulder and they debated the lead over the next 27 laps, with Vanasse running the outside and Pelland in command of the low groove. Darling pursued them, constantly on their bumpers as they hacksawed the lead with Radical Rick Martin constantly in his mirror.

But moving up from the middle of the pack were Fast Freddy Astle and Ryan Lineham. Lineham was at Martin’s back on lap seven, moving in from a seventh place start. Astle, who came from ninth, edged past Kenny Spencer and Kevin Casper into sixth place, behind Lineham. They debated the position for three laps, before Astle nosed under Lineham, who got squirrelly, which allowed Astle to charge ahead. At the same time, Vanasse vaulted past Pelland and Darling drove underneath to remain on Vanasse’s bumper.
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Lineham Victorious in Late Model Opener

Ryan Lineham’s season opener met with success after a long duel with Ray Parent that stretched from lap 7 to the finish line and saw Lineham finally take the lead coming out of turn four on lap 28. Parent had held the lead since the outset and Lineham had used every asset he possessed to take the lead.

Lineham had tapped Parent’s bumper in turn two of Lap 28 but Parent made the save. The circled through turn three and Lineham again rubbed his bumper in turn four, heading under the white flag. Parent’s rear moved to the centrifugal force and began to fishtail back and forth, allowing Lineham to go by on the outside. Parent recovered and was able to finish second while Austin Blais deprived Nick Uhrig of third and Uhrig took fourth with 2016 Champ Dylan Estrella on his coattails. Parent later suffered a disqualification after tech inspection, elevating Blais to second, Uhrig to third, Estrella to fourth and Charlie Rose to fifth.

A large field of 25 Late Models took to the oval for the opener and Parent held the pole. Jeramee Lillie was on the outside pole. The race was laced with numerous cautions from an opening lap yellow flag through a total of eight restarts. In the sporadic racing in between, competitors waged a spritely war for superiority.
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Serydynski Picks Up Sportsman Win After Lallier DQ

A pair of past Street Stock champions made the renamed division, now known as Sportsman, an intense duel for 25 laps, ably assisted by several competitors hungry for a win on opening day. Paul Lallier and Scott Serydynski battled it out lap after lap from sitting side-by-side on the front row at the start to finishing 1-2 at the end. The victory went to Lallier, but Serydynski flashed across the stripe on his tail, perhaps setting up a recurring scenario for the 2017 season. Rob Murphy battled up from sixth into third and 2016 title holder Scott Bruneau, despite suffering body damage to the car, pulled in at fourth place. Kid Chaos (Corey Fanning) brawled in for fifth.

Owing to the green track, practically unused since September, and the fact that test and tune sessions were rained out two out of the three scheduled events, the race was fraught with cautions, eight in all. The longest sustained runs were eight laps, two of them between laps 4 and 12 and from lap 17 to the finish. Through it all, Lallier and Serydynski were in their own, private dogfight, with occasional intrusions from Murphy and Tom “The Bomb” Adams.

As polesitter Lallier nosed ahead of outside pole Serydynski, Ed Flanagan got crossed up in turn two and swerved up into the middle of the pack, catching Danny Cabral and Sparky Arsenault. On the lap zero restart, Dick Benoit got sideways and Ryan Flood wound up driving across Cabral’s nose, retiring both cars at the outset with Cabral stopping just inches short of the turn four wall.

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Belcher Takes Sport Trucks Opener

Chase Belcher came away from opening day with a big win on his hands making the victory even sweeter with the knowledge that he’d won over 2016 champ Mike Cavallaro, who had edged him for the championship. Belcher started on the pole, but had to contend with some hard-chargers at the outset, including Josh Hedges, who had opened the season by winning his heat. Barry Shaw also took a hard run, and led the first five circuits before Belcher could reassert himself. Chase took the lead on lap six and was never headed after that.

Cavallaro, who had started seventh, passed Shaw into second on lap seven and spent the rest of the race making Belcher’s life miserable, along with Mike Duarte, who forged into second on laps 13 and 14. If misery it was, Belcher seemed to be romping home in the face of adversity. Cavallaro came home second, a second off the pace, followed by Duarte. David Lougee fought back from an early-race spin which sent him to the rear to finish fourth, just ahead of Ed Perry, who had suffered the same fate.

Shaw surged past Belcher into the lead at the outset and Hedges came around him. Belcher held him off and it was Shaw-Belcher-Hedges. Belcher began looking under Shaw, but it too until lap 5 for him to push his nose in. Shaw and Belcher went wheel-to-wheel and then Belcher grabbed the lead crossing the stripe. Hedges began nosing under Shaw but spun going into turn three.
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Grandview Rained Out on Saturday, Next NASCAR Races Set for May 13

Wet Weather Claims the Saturday Night Stock Car Racing Scheduled at Grandview

BECHTELSVILLE, PA May 6, 2017 — Every effort was made to race but once again wet and chilly weather conditions forced management of the NASCAR sanctioned Grandview Speedway to cancel their scheduled Saturday night tripleheader stock car racing show.

Action will return to the popular one-third-mile, banked clay oval on Saturday, May 13th with another tripleheader show that will feature the NASCAR TP Trailers 358 Modifieds, BRC Late Models, and Sportsman stock cars in at least 12 events of racing. The Modifieds top off their part of the night’s action with a 30-lap feature that starts 28 of the top performers from the qualifying events. The BRC Late Models and Sportsman stock cars will run in a full series of qualifying events topped by 25-lap features.

Spectator gates open at 5:30 p.m. with actual racing starting at 7:30 p.m. Adult admission is $15 while youngsters 11 and under are admitted FREE. And there is free parking available on the speedway grounds. Fans are invited to the competition pit area after the races are complete to visit with the competitors.

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Penalties Announced from April 29-30, 2017 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Program at Stafford Motor Speedway

Stafford Springs, CT — Following the 2017 NAPA Spring Sizzler® feature events, Stafford Motor Speedway officials have announced the following penalties:

#19 SK Light Modified, Driver Tony Santangelo-
Infraction– Post race technical inspection failure, car weight. 
Penalties– Disqualification from event, removed from finishing order.
Removed from the handicap process for the next 3 events attended/completed. 
Placed on probation for the next 3 events attended/completed. 

#75 SK Light Modified, Driver David Arute-
Infraction– Failure to follow safety directives, on-track
Penalty– $100 fine payable to either the Benjamin Buckley Memorial Foundation or the Catherine V. Hubbard Animal Sanctuary, through Stafford Motor Speedway.

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Another Tight Point Battle in the Making at Grandview Speedway this Season

BECHTELSVILLE, PA May 1, 2017 . . . With nine different feature winners in nine races run in the three divisions of racing presented at Grandview Speedway there is the makings of some very tough battles for the lucrative NASCAR and track championships.

At present winners in the TP Trailers 358 Modifieds have included Kevin Hirthler, Kyle Weiss, and Doug Manmiller. In the BRC Late Models division wins have been earned by Ron Kline, Brian Shuey, and Blane Emory. And in Sportsman action, Brian Hirthler, Ryan Lilick, and Dylan Swinehart have visited victory lane. Will there be three new winners this Saturday or some repeat winners?

Current point standings show defending champion Craig VonDohren on top in the TP Trailers NASCAR 358 Modifieds. In the Sportsman Brian Hirthler, feature winner on opening night, leads the standings. And in the BRC Late Models defending champion Chuck Schutz has 685 counters which is just two points better than second place Kyle Merkel.
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Dowling & Wood Score Napa Auto Parts Spring Sizzler® Sunday Feature Victories at Stafford Motor Speedway

Stafford Springs, CT — Stafford Motor Speedway’s 46th Annual NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler® Weekend continued on Sunday, April 30 with feature events for the SK Modified® and Late Model divisions. Scoring wins were Chase Dowling in the 40-lap SK Modified® feature and Josh Wood in the 30-lap Late Model feature.

In the 40-lap SK Modified® feature, Ryan Preece used the outside lane to get by polesitter Tyler Hines on the first lap to take the early lead. Ted Christopher quickly moved to the inside of Hines to take over second on lap-2 and Keith Rocco followed in Christopher’s tracks to pull alongside Hines in a fight for third and he took the spot on lap-3. Hines settled into fourth Ronnie Williams fifth before the caution came out with 4 laps complete for Austin Pickens, who came to a stop in turn 2.
Christopher got a great restart and powered his way in front of Preece to take the lead. Rocco and Hines were side by side for third behind Preece with Williams and Chase Dowling side by side for fifth place. Rocco took third with Williams fourth and Pennink moved up to fifth with Hines falling back to sixth on lap-8. Pickens spun in turn 4 to bring the caution back out with 9 laps complete.

Christopher resumed his place at the front of the field on the restart with Rocco moving alongside Preece for second with Williams and Pennink side by side for fourth. Rocco took second on lap-12 and Williams was able to take third as Preece fell back into a duel with Todd Owen for fourth. Bo Gunning spun through the frontstretch infield to bring the caution flag out with 13 laps complete.

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Manmiller, Dylan Swinehart, and Blaine Emery Continue New Winners Streak at Grandview Speedway

BECHTELSVILLE, PA. April 30, 2017. .The new winner’s streak continued at Grandview Speedway on Saturday night. Back after a week hiatus courtesy of Mother Nature, 35 Modified, 18 Late Model and 34 Sportsman drivers were ready to mix it up in qualifying events to participate in their respective features on Saturday night at Grandview Speedway and three new feature winners put their names in the record book.

After three Saturday nights of NASCAR stock car racing, there have been nine different feature winners.

Doug “The Handler” Manmiller dove underneath leader Ryan Grim to take the lead away on the 24th lap of the 30-lap NASCAR T.P. Trailers 358 Modified feature and proceeded to win his first feature of the current campaign behind the wheel of the Jason Miller-owned No. 44M. Manmiller ran high and low until the bottom line came in and he could make his move. With five laps to go Manmiller dealt with lap traffic and as long as they held their line, he knew what maneuver to make to keep the others in tow.

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DiMatteo, Narducci, Beyer, & Lindeman Score NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler® Saturday Feature Victories at Stafford

Stafford Springs, CT — Stafford Motor Speedway opened its doors for racing in 2017 with feature events for its SK Light, Limited Late Model, and DARE Stock divisions as well as the Mr. Rooter Truck Series as part of the Saturday NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler® Weekend festivities. Cory DiMatteo took the checkered flag in the 20-lap SK Light feature, Bryan Narducci was the winner of the 20-lap Limited Late Model feature, Trace Beyer won the 15-lap DARE Stock feature, and Andy Lindeman won the 35-lap Mr. Rooter Truck Series feature.

The 20-lap SK Light Modified feature took the green flag with Joey Ferrigno taking the lead on the outside of Andrew Les. The field completed 2 laps before the caution came out for Brett Gonyaw, who got into the wall coming out of turn 2 and came to a stop on the backstretch.

Ferrigno took the lead back under green with Tony Santangelo hot on his bumper. David Arute was up to third with Glenn Griswold in fourth and Jay Goff fifth. Marcello Rufrano and Chris Matthews were side by side for sixth as Ferrigno began to stretch out his advantage over Arute in second.

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Glen Reen Teams With Dan Avery for 2017 SK Modified® Season at Stafford

Stafford Springs, CT — Flashback to the 2016 season at Stafford Motor Speedway and you’d be hard pressed to find a driver who had worse luck than Wilbraham, MA native Glen Reen. Reen began the year with plans to drive double duty in the SK Modified® and Late Model divisions but his season came to a premature halt on May 27th when Reen lost the engines in both of his cars. With the 2017 season ready to take the green flag at Stafford, Reen is back with much brighter prospects. Reen has teamed up with Dan Avery to form 2-car Horsepower Hill Farm team for the 2017 SK Modified® season.

“We had chatted about it the night before Thanksgiving and the next thing you know we worked on this deal over the winter and now we’re teammates for the 2017 season,” said Reen. “We sat down and planned everything out, we probably had, no exaggeration, 20 meetings before we finalized everything. I’ve been a fan of Dan since I was a kid going to Riverside every Saturday night and I actually have a photo of me sitting in his car at a Porter and Chester event. I kept on bugging him asking to sit in the car and finally he said yes. Fast forward to today and I’m so excited. How many people get to team up with their racing heroes? We’re going to run both cars out of the same shop and I can’t thank Dan enough for everything, he has no idea how much this really means to me.”

“I’ve had teammates before with mixed reviews but Glen and I have known each other since he was a kid and he sat in my car at a Porter and Chester event and now here we are some years later,” said Avery. “I’ve always liked Glen, he’s an aggressive driver and I don’t think he’s ever had the right opportunities before. My plan was to eventually have a 2-car team if I’m driving or not and Glen was one of my first choices as a driver. I haven’t made up my mind just yet how much longer I want to keep on racing. It could be 2 more years or 10 more years. We have a lot of experience and knowledge between Glen’s team and my team and I think the mixing of our two teams together can be a good mix for us. With 2 cars now, it’s one thing to share experiences and what you’re doing at the track while you’re at the track but when you’re at a meeting on a Tuesday or Wednesday night, they always say 2 heads are better than 1 and hopefully we can finish some races up front and be a championship contender.”

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Michael Bennett and Family Collecting Donations for Connecticut Children’s Hospital

Stafford Springs, CT — With the dawn of a new NASCAR Whelen All-American Series season, Stafford Late Model driver Michael Bennett and his wife Lindsay have announced that they will be taking donations to benefit the Connecticut Children’s Hospital throughout the year.

The Bennetts had their world turned upside down back in August of 2015 when their son Chace was diagnosed with leukemia. With Chace now on the road to recovery, the Bennett’s wanted to give something back to the CT Children’s Hospital that has helped Chace and so many other young children with life-threatening illnesses. Enter the Race for Chace Donation Box.

The Bennett’s will be collecting newly packaged Matchbox cars for the CT Children’s Hospital Prize Closet, which rewards young children with a gift after their treatment has been completed that day. Donations can be dropped off at the Speedway Novelty Booth at Stafford during racing season on Friday nights and this weekend’s NAPA Spring Sizzler. Anyone making a Matchbox car donation will receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win either a family four pack of tickets to the Monster Jam event in July at Stafford or the season-ending NAPA Fall Final Weekend. The first raffle drawing will take place on July 7th and the second drawing will take place on September 15th. Raffle winners will be contacted by phone if not present the day of the drawings.

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Tech Talk: Unique Partnership for Tefft

Stafford Driver & Area Students Prepared for 2017

STAFFORD, Conn. — After getting his feet wet with a five-race foray into the Limited Late Model division in 2015, Southampton, Massachusetts, native David Tefft ran his first full season at Stafford Motor Speedway in 2016 with a truly unique crew.

Tefft and his students from Westfield Technical Academy, and now, William J. Dean Technical High School help serve as his crew for his No. 3 machine both in the shop during the week and at the track on Friday nights.

The NASCAR Whelen All-American Series season gets underway at Stafford this weekend with the 46th Annual NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler. The 20-lap Limited Late Model feature will be part of Saturday’s racing. The Division I SK Modifieds and the third race of the unified NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season will highlight Sunday’s action.

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