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Lia Brings Momentum to Stafford

Donny Lia of Jericho, NY enters the NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler at Stafford (CT) Motor Speedway Sunday with a new combination. He is driving the No. 8 car for Mark Sypher. The two-time NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour (NWMT) champion finished eighth at Thompson, his first Icebreaker top ten in the last three events. It was the best finish for the team since debuting an LFR Chassis at New Hampshire last September.

Lia has the third-best average finish of active drivers (behind Todd Szegedy and Rowan Pennink). Lia has one win, four top fives, and eight top tens in his last nine Stafford races.

“Stafford is just a place that’s always been good to me,” Lia said. “I guess it kind of fits my driving style well. It’s just a track that I always enjoy going to and when you enjoy going somewhere, going to a specific track, you always seem to do better there. … Stafford’s definitely on that list of tracks that I really like racing at.”

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NWMT: Rocco to Drive Spring Sizzler for Our

Keith Rocco of Wallingford, CT will drive the No. 22 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour car for Chris Our in the NAPA Spring Sizzler at Stafford (CT) Motor Speedway this weekend. Driver Tommy Barrett, Jr. was suspended for violating the team’s “Code of Conduct policy.

“I think it should be a  good run,” Rocco said. “Stafford’s definitely one of my better tracks and Brad (Lafontaine) and Northeast Race Cars and Bill Colton at Troyer Chassis, they’ve got the best stuff out there right now and hopefully we can showcase it.”

“I think things will click very well. I get along great with Brad and Chris Our seems like a great guy, easy to talk to and hopefully things work out.” Continue reading ‘NWMT: Rocco to Drive Spring Sizzler for Our’

Our Motorsport Suspends Barrett

Barrett Arrested for DUI April 17

Our Motorsport owner Chris Our has suspended driver Tommy Barrett, Jr. of Millis, MA for breaching the team’s “Code of Conduct policy.” 

“Our Motorsports has a strict set of standards which lend themselves to professionalism and accountability,” Our said in a press release from  140 BUZZ, the team’s public relations firm.

The 19-year-old NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour driver was arrested by the Willimantic (CT) Police Department on April 17 for traveling unreasonably fast, improper turn/stop-no signal, operating under the influence of alcohol/drugs. His court date is Monday, April 27 at 10AM in Danielson (CT) Superior Court. 

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Monadnock Speedway Season Preview

VMRS Season Opener May 2

Winchester, NH — Nine divisions will participate in the Monadnock Speedway season opener on May 2. The 100 lap Valenti Modified Racing Series race is the first time since 2006 that the quarter-mile oval opened their season. Rowan Pennink is the defending race winner. Kirk Alexander, the all-time winningest VMRS driver and a fan favorite, will return full-time to the Valenti Modified Racing Series.

The Valenti Modifieds will visit Monadnock two more times. The series will be back on July 4 for Fireworks night featuring the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series divisions and a huge fireworks display. The final appearance is Saturday August 22 for the Victor Johnson Memorial presented by Swanzey Oil.

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will make their annual appearance on Saturday July 25. Justin Bonsignore led the final 26 laps of last year’s O’Reilly Auto Parts 200 to score back to back wins. The tour returned since July 2010. The program will begin at 4:00 PM.

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Timmy Solomito Excited for NAPA Spring Sizzler with New Team

Stafford Springs, CT — After qualifying 15th and finishing 8th in his very first NAPA Spring Sizzler start last season, Islip, NY native Timmy Solomito is looking forward to returning to Stafford with a new team. Solomito takes over the driving duties of the #16 Diversified Metals / R. B. Enterprises car that Ryan Preece drove to two Stafford wins as well as the 2013 Whelen Modified Tour Championship.

“This is huge for me,” said Solomito, “The guys working on the car are great, and everything else is the same with the exception of me as the driver. So far the team has been great, the guys are helping me through things that are new to me, and we’re taking things one step at a time. I come from the quarter mile at Riverhead so I’m still new to the bigger tracks. That makes things a little tougher for us with my learning curve, but they have great setups for the car and great advice for me, that’s all helping to speed up the learning curve. We had a strong finish at the Icebreaker and hopefully we can carry that over to the Sizzler. ”

Last year was Solomito’s first NAPA Spring Sizzler start, driving the #75 car owned by Wayne Anderson. Solomito qualified mid-pack with a 15th place effort, but he drove his way up to 8th at the checkered flag. Timmy is hoping to build on that experience and continue to develop behind the wheel of the #16 car in this year’s Sizzler.

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Jamie Tomaino Ready to Add to Record Number of Career Starts in NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler at Stafford Motor Speedway

 

Stafford Springs, CT — When the green flag falls on the 44th Annual NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler, Sunday, April 26, Howell, NJ native and 1990 Whelen Modified Tour Champion Jamie Tomaino will extend his record for career Sizzler starts to 32. Tomaino made his first Sizzler start in 1980 and he has since appeared in the Sizzler starting field every year since 1984 with the exception of 1985, when he failed to advance through a qualifying race, and 1988, when the SK Modifieds® were the featured division. Tomaino says that he sees no immediate end to his longevity in the Sizzler or behind the wheel of a modified.

“No this won’t be my last Sizzler,” said Tomaino. “I have 2 grandsons, one is five, and one is six, and whoever says first that they want to race, that’s when I’ll step away. Back in 1985 we ran heat races to qualify and I was leading the points heading into the Sizzler and got a flat in the heat race. We had 40 cars in the consi and I needed to finish second to make the show and I finished third. But I’ve been in every Sizzler since then and I’ve had a lot of good people behind me helping out. It takes a lot of help to go racing and just like this year, I wasn’t sure what I was going to be doing. Chase Dowling and his father Mark approached me about teaming up and things are working out super. Just when it seems like I think I don’t have anything going on, something good happens. ”

Along with teaming up with Chase Dowling, Tomaino acquired some new sponsorship from Dunleavy Truck & Trailer Repair, which Tomaino says came about from a chance meeting in Daytona.

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Rowan Pennink Ready to Contend for First NAPA Spring Sizzler Victory at Stafford with Backup Car

Stafford Springs, CT — For Rowan Pennink and the #93 Van Wickle NAPA Auto Supply team, the 44th Annual edition of the NAPA Spring Sizzler at Stafford Speedway will see the team chase the checkered flag with altered plans. A practice crash in the season opening race at Thompson Motorsports Park eliminated their primary car and left Pennink and team scrambling to get their backup car together. Without practice, Pennink was still able to qualify 18th out of 35 cars and came home with a respectable 13th place finish. While Pennink is bringing the same car to Stafford for the Sizzler, he is confident that he can have a good run.

“The car we wrecked is pretty much toast and ready for the junkyard,” said Pennink. “We won’t be able to get another new car put together in time for the Sizzler so we’ll be bringing the backup car to Stafford. We put a lot of time and effort into the car that we wrecked and we were really happy with how it was handling. We weren’t able to get any practice time with it so it wasn’t where we needed it to be for the race, but we were able to salvage what we could out of the weekend and we’ll move on to the Sizzler. ”

Pennink has put together a strong career record at the NAPA Spring Sizzler. In 7 career starts, Pennink has posted 4 top-5 and 5 top-10 finishes with a career best finish of second coming back in 2011. Pennink has recorded top-5 finishes in four of the last five Sizzlers and although he will be racing his backup car, he is confident that he can once again be among the contenders for the Sizzler checkered flag.

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Family of Frank Ferrara to Serve as 44th Annual NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler Grand Marshal at Stafford Motor Speedway

Stafford Springs, CT — The family of the late Frank Ferrara have been named by Stafford Motor Speedway as Grand Marshals for the 44th Annual NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler set to open Stafford’s 2015 racing campaign April 25th and 26th.

Ferrara spent a lifetime involved in New England motorsports. He was a car owner at Riverside Park in the early 1950’s, a flagman, a successful Mini Sprint driver and a track owner. His support of Modified racing and Stafford stretches across more than 30 years and is best known for his Ferrara 100 events at the Connecticut half-mile.

In 2010, Frank was honored by being inducted in to the NEAR Hall of Fame. The Ferrara 100’s were also Stafford’s first involvement with NAPA.

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NBC Sports Adds Evernham, Sheheen for Whelen Modified Coverage

Legendary Crew Chief Teams with Veteran Motorsports Broadcaster for All 14 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour Events on NBCSN

STAMFORD, Conn. — April 15, 2015 — NBC Sports today welcomed three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion crew chief Ray Evernham and seasoned broadcaster Ralph Sheheen to its growing lineup of motorsports experts. Evernham and Sheheen will handle coverage of NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour Events on NBCSN. The announcement was made today by Jeff Behnke, Vice President of NASCAR Production for NBC Sports and NBCSN.

2015 marks the 30th Anniversary season for the northeast-based NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, which traces its roots back to the very first NASCAR-sanctioned race on the beach and road course at Daytona Beach, Fla. in 1948. Evernham, who began his remarkable career in motorsports working on short track race cars at age 15, will first team with Sheheen to cover the 41st running of the Icebreaker from Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park in Conn., airing on Saturday, April 18 at 12:30 a.m. ET (late Friday night). The complete NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour telecast schedule on NBCSN is listed below.

“We’re are thrilled to continue our 2015 NASCAR Touring Series with the knowledge and experience of Ray Evernham and Ralph Sheheen behind the microphone,” said Behnke. “This is a win for all race fans and the enthusiastic followers of the Whelen Modified Tours.”

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Spotter Bites

It’s here! The 2015 racing season has begun. The winter season was long and I’m not so sure it’s really done with us either, but the sun’s shining and there’s no more snow left on the track. Time to trade in snow plows and shovels for radios and steering wheels, it’s race season! 

Over the offseason I was busy working to find spotting deals with teams for the upcoming 2015 season and I was pretty happy with what I had lined up, but then some uncontrollable things changed one race team’s plans and it meant I needed to scramble to find another ‘gig’ for the Whelen Modified Tour. As luck, no, fate would have it, Shawn Solomito was looking for a spotter and when he asked me, I jumped at the chance. After all, I couldn’t turn down the guy who I started my spotting career with, now could I?

At the track for three days now and it’s time to run around to all the teams (5) that I was spotting for this weekend to make sure all the radios were working properly. I put some mileage on my shoes doing so, Thompson is a huge place and the pit area is the size of a small city. Everything was fine with who I was able to check with. The one I could not check ended up having a bad radio in the car for practice and he couldn’t hear me. Once that radio was changed, all was right in my world of spotting.

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LFR Chassis Scores First Win in NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour

Doug Coby Dominates Thompson Speedway in LFR Chassis Equipment

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (April 13, 2015) – LFR Chassis earned its first win in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour (NWMT) after dominating the field this past weekend at Thompson Speedway. Between Doug Coby and Ron Silk, LFR Chassis was fastest in practice, won the pole, and led every lap of the Icebreaker 150.

“All of the LFR teams worked great together and we’re trying to build one big team,” said Rob Fuller, LFR Chassis owner. “We’re collecting as much data to help everyone. Everyone had the same setup package and just fine-tuned it to their driver. It was a basic shock package and spring package and each team tuned their set-up.”

Race winner Doug Coby, running in an LFR Chassis, was the class of the field at the Icebreaker 150. The driver of the No. 2 Dunleavy’s Repair/HEX Performance Chevrolet was the fastest in practice with a lap time of 18.470 seconds at 120.064 mph. Coby went on to win the pole and lead 127 of 150 before taking home the win.

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Coby Cracks Icebreaker Victory Lane

Opens Whelen Modified Title Defense With Win At Thompson

THOMPSON, Conn. (April 12, 2015) – After a bitter winter marked by record-setting snowfall, the sunny skies and near-70 degree temperatures at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park on Sunday were celebrated by fans in the packed grandstands.

The only thing better than the weather in northeastern Connecticut was the racing.

Reigning tour champion Doug Coby displayed the consistent dominance that led to last season’s title, leading 127 of 150 laps in the 41st Annual Icebreaker 150 to capture the checkered flag in the season-opening NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour event.

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Coby Starts Title Defense with Icebreaker Win at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park; Preece Wins Sunoco Modified Feature Using Late Race Pass

Thompson, CT — A full house of fans was on hand to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park for Icebreaker weekend, and the racing couldn’t have been better. Doug Coby swept the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour action by winning the pole and backing it up with a dominating win in the Icebreaker 150. Celebrating victories in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series were Ryan Preece in the Sunoco Modified Series, Marc Curtis in the Late Model division, Scott Sundeen in the Limited Sportsman, and Eric Bourgeois in the Mini Stocks. Other winners included Dillon Moltz in the Granite State Pro Stock Series and Scott Quinn in the Vintage Outlaws.

Returning NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Champion Doug Coby earned another notch in his belt when he earned his 11thcareer victory – his second at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park and his first ever win in the Icebreaker.

Coby, who also set fast time in qualifying the day before, took the early lead and proved from the start he was going to be the man to beat. A few early race cautions stopped him from pulling out to a commanding lead, but after a lap 36 restart, that’s exactly what he did.

Not even a red flag could stop him. Once racing resumed, Coby was back out to a ten car length lead over Bobby Santos and Ted Christopher.

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Timmy Solomito Up to Speed at Thompson

First Ride for ‘The Natural’ in Flamingo Motorsports Car

THOMPSON, CT — Timmy Solomito of Islip, NY has been comfortable in his new car Saturday at Thompson (CT) Speedway Motorsports Park. Solomito was fourth quickest in NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour practice at 18.833/119.471, behind defending champion Doug Coby. The 23-year-old will be driving the Diversified Metals/R.B. Enterprises No. 16.

“The car felt pretty good underneath me and I was really happy with it,” Solomito said. “… (We) made a couple of adjustments, it’s just getting our communication down being with a new team and a bunch of new guys. They’re not used to me. I’m not used to them, so we’re just working through that right now and learning each other and what each other like as far as handling from me and what Sly likes to hear is communication and what the car’s doing.

“So far w’ere doing pretty well, and just hope we can continue that throughout the year and can’t thank Eric and the whole gang, Sly and the entire crew for all they’ve given us for this year and great equipment, and great team, and a lot of good guys to learn from, so really looking forward to it and really thankful for the opportunity and just hope we can give them the best finishes possible.”

Car Owner Eric Sanderson is pleased with the decision to bring the sophomore on board. Sanderson enjoys working with another young driver to bring them to the next level. He made the decision after 2013 champion Ryan Preece moved to Eddie Partridge’s No. 6 car. The team ended on a high note winning the final two races and finished second in points.

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Troy Talman Looking Forward to Making NAPA Spring Sizzler Debut with Legendary #3 ‘Ole Blue’ Team

Stafford Springs, CT — When the green flag falls on the 44th Annual NAPA Spring Sizzler this season, Oxford, MA native Troy Talman will find himself making his Sizzler debut in one of the most recognizable rides on the Whelen Modified Tour. Talman teamed up with the #3 Boehler Family team for the 2014 season ending race and that relationship has blossomed into a full-time ride for the 2015 season with sponsorship from Cape Cod Copper, Riverview Industries, and NAPA Ayer Auto Parts.

“The plan is to run the whole season,” said Talman. “Last year I gave the Boehler’s a call because the car wasn’t running to see if we could work out a deal. I got along really well with the crew guys, especially Greg Fournier and Scott Richards. We didn’t really have any time to shake the car down beforehand and the first practice session was my first time driving a Modified Tour car. I think we were around 19th in practice, we qualified 23rd, and the race went pretty well. I got a lot of experience and I’m ready for the season. It’s really cool to be driving for the Boehler family in such a legendary car and I’m very thankful for the opportunity. The Boehler team has a really good system of how they do things at the shop and my dad and I have been helping them at the shop doing what they tell us we need to do.”

Although Talman is still new to the world of Whelen Modified Tour competition, his track experience at Stafford should be a big help. Talman came to Stafford for the first time in 2013 where he ran in the SK Light division. In only his second race at Stafford, Talman piloted his family owned car to victory lane and he ended the season third in the points standings. Talman’s ability to quickly adapt to new situations and surroundings will be an asset to him as he will see some of the tracks on the NWMT schedule for the very first time.

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Justin Bonsignore Ready to Kick Off Season of Double Duty Racing at Stafford with 44th Annual NAPA Spring Sizzler

Stafford Springs, CT — The 2014 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season was a breakthrough year for Justin Bonsignore. The West Islip, NY native doubled his career win total from 3 to 6 and was in the championship race with Doug Coby until several mechanical issues late in the season relegated him third in the final standings. Fast forward to the 2015 season and Bonsignore is ready to once again be a championship contender. To add to his busy schedule he will be pulling double duty at Stafford during Whelen Modified Tour events as he will pilot an Art Barry owned SK Modified® for the entire 2015 season.

“We definitely ran better at Stafford last year and I think the seat time in the SK this season will really help me,” said Bonsignore. “I always like coming to Stafford but don’t run as good as I like. I’m really optimistic for this season. We had a really good year last season and on paper we should be better this year, especially with the chemistry of me and my crew chief Bill Michael being together for a year.”

One area that might work out to Bonsignore’s advantage this season, and during the 200-lap NAPA Spring Sizzler at Stafford, is the increase in NWMT teams utilizing the NASCAR Spec Engine. Last year, Bonsignore and Woody Pitkat were the only 2 cars in the field using the spec engine and they both made 2 pit stops during the race while most other competitors only had to pit once. Bonsignore and Pitkat both finished in the top-5 last year, but with more teams using the spec engine, they won’t be the only cars having to make two pit-stops during the race.

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Defending Whelen Modified Tour Champion Doug Coby Ready to Chase NAPA Spring Sizzler Victory with New Chassis & Engine Combination

Stafford Springs, CT — Last season, Southington native Doug Coby captured his second career NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship with 1 win, 9 top-5, and 12 top-10 finishes in the 13-race season. As Coby and the #2 Dunleavy Truck and Trailer Repair / Hex Performance Mike Smeriglio owned team prepare to defend the championship this season, they made an almost unprecedented move of changing both their chassis and engine. The #2 team switched their chassis from Troyer to LFR and will utilize the NASCAR Spec Engine this season.

“It’s very rare to win a championship and then take everything you won with and push it to the side in favor of something else,” said Coby. “We have to keep up with everyone else and we felt like last year the spec engine guys had a bit of an advantage over us at some of the tracks so we decided to upgrade to that. When Rob Fuller came out with the chassis, it was kind of a no-brainer for us with how close our team is with Rob’s team so we jumped on board. The only way to find out if something works is to try it and if something doesn’t work for us then we won’t do try it again. I think the only thing I’m worried about is having something unexpected break on the car. The combination we had last year was tried, true, and reliable and reliability is a big part of winning championships. It’s awesome to start a season knowing that you ended last year on top, but it also makes the bull’s-eye on your back bigger.”

Coby and the #2 team took a trip last month down to Caraway Speedway for the Southern Whelen Modified Tour opener to shake down the new chassis and engine combination. That experience, plus a test session at Thompson have Coby and the #2 team feeling comfortable as they prepare for the NAPA Spring Sizzler.

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Michalski Organizing NEMA Events at Local Hospitals

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

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

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

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Our Motorsports Pre-Race News and Notes: Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park

Tommy Barrett, Jr. 

No. 22 Canto Paving/Ferguson Waterworks Chevrolet
Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park
Icebreaker 150| April 12, 2015

The 2015 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour kicks off this weekend at Thompson (CT) Speedway Motorsports Park and Our Motorsports return to the Tour with driver Tommy Barrett Jr. for a second season of competition.

Fast Facts for the Icebreaker 150 and Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park:

The Race: The 2015 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season will open with the Icebreaker 150, the 127th all-time race at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, and the first of four events this year at the famed northeastern Connecticut oval.

The Track: A .625-mile high-banked oval that opened in 1940, Thompson was the first entirely asphalt track in the nation, and was the largest in New England for five decades. Thompson has played host to 126 Whelen Modified Tour races all-time, more than any other track, and is one of two facilities to welcome the tour in each of its now 31 years of competition.

Barrett says: “We’ve got a new NorthEast race car ready to go for the Icebreaker 150 at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park this weekend, Brad (Lafontaine, crew chief) and the guys have made a lot of changes over the winter and now it is time to show what we have.”

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Rob Fuller Motorsports and 15-40 Connection Make Two Car Debut in NWMT Season Opener

Corey LaJoie and Ron Silk to Compete at Thompson Speedway Piloting the No. 15 and No. 40 LFR Chassis Modifieds

SHREWSBURY, Mass. (April 8, 2015) – Rob Fuller Motorsports and 15-40 Connection are ready to kick-off the 2015 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour (NWMT) season with two entries in the Icebreaker at Thompson Speedway on April 12. This is the first of seven races the team will compete in this year.

The Icebreaker race marks the first time RFM and 15-40 Connection will have two entries in the field, as Corey LaJoie and Ron Silk are set to pilot the two cars. The two drivers will race the No. 15 and No. 40 to align with 15-40 Connection’s goal of educating those between the ages of 15 and 40 about the lifesaving advantage of early cancer detection.

“I’m looking forward to having Corey and Ron competing for the team on Sunday,” said Rob Fuller, team owner. “They are two championship-caliber drivers and are sure to put on a great show. They also provide two opportunities to share the early cancer detection message for 15-40 Connection with race fans this season.”

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Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park to Introduce Budweiser Fan Zone at Season Opener

Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park (TSMP) is excited to announce that Budweiser will return, as one of the longest-established partners of the racetrack. In addition, TSMP and Budweiser will expand the relationship to include the new Budweiser Fan Zone, to be held at select events throughout the 75th season of the track.

The Budweiser Fan Zone will be introduced at TSMP’s season opener, the Icebreaker on April 11-12. The Fan Zone will offer a variety of games and entertainment, and will be open to all fans. It will run from 2PM – 5PM on Saturday, and 1PM – 3PM on Sunday.

Budweiser will also once again sponsor the Bud 150 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour (NWMT) race on August 12, the third NWMT race at Thompson of the season.

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New Look for Our Motorsports

TB222015Tommy Barrett, Jr. of Millis, MA will be sporting new colors this season on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour. The No. 22 car is black with red numbers and a silver stripe. The car will also have chrome bars and wheels. Barrett said Saturday that his car may be switching to yellow numerals for the Icebreaker.

The team selected the TA2 chassis from Troyer Race Cars of Rochester, NY. The new chassis was assembled at Northeast Race Cars and Parts in Pascoag, RI. It has performed well thus far in competition. Ryan Preece won four times in six races to claim the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing championship at New Smyrna (FL) Speedway. Eric Goodale won at New Smyrna and his first NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour race at Caraway (NC) Speedway.

“He (Crew Chief Brad Lafontaine) thinks this is the way to go and it’s probably going to be,” Barrett said. He’s usually right.”

“I can’t say enough about the talent that there,” Our said. “I’m very fortunate to be teamed up with Brad and be a house car out of there and then have Troyer with the new car. When we called to try a new car, Troyer made sure we had one right away.”

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Bobby Santos, III Looking for Third Consecutive NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler Victory at Stafford Motor Speedway

Stafford Springs, CT — In the long and storied history of the NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler at Stafford Motor Speedway, there have been several drivers whose performance has shined high above the rest of their competitors. The Spring Sizzler presents the opportunity for Franklin, MA native Bobby Santos, III, to enter into a very elite group.

Santos will try this year to join Maynard Troyer and Ted Christopher as the only drivers to win the Sizzler three consecutive times and also to join Christopher and Mike Stefanik as the only drivers with 4 or more career Sizzler victories. Santos’ Sizzler career got off to a very slow start, with accidents in his first two Sizzlers relegating him to 32ndplace finishes in 2004 and 2007. But when he hooked up with Bob Garbarino for the 2010 season, Santos has quickly carved out his own space in Sizzler lore. Santos won the pole for the 2010 Sizzler and led the first 54 laps of the race before contact with a lapped car dropped him back to 22nd in the running order. Santos recovered to finish second in that race and he then won each of his next three Sizzler starts in 2011, 2013, and 2014.

“I’m excited, the Sizzler is obviously one of my favorite races of the year, and it’s treated me very well the last handful of years,” said Santos. “It’s definitely one of those races that you look forward to and with all the history of the race and everything that goes with it, it makes the race even better. I’ve driven for good teams that give me good race cars and I like the longer distance races. That extra 50 or 75 laps definitely suits my style of racing and driving. Any time you can be in the same category as Ted Christopher and Mike Stefanik is an honor. They were my two favorite drivers growing up and in my opinion two of the best. If I can do anything halfway close to what they accomplished, it would be pretty neat. But the competition gets harder every year and it’s going to be a difficult race to win for sure.”

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Our Motorsports Enhances 2015 Racing Efforts with 140 BUZZ

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (March 27, 2015) – Northeast standouts Our Motorsports and driver Tommy Barrett Jr. have joined the 140 BUZZ stable of clients. Car owner Chris Our, hired open-wheel sensation Barrett at the conclusion of 2013. This past season the duo garnered one pole at Stafford (CT) Motor Speedway, 3 top 5s and 5 top 10s but the season was highlighted by a dramatic win at the famed Bristol (TN) Motor Speedway in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.

“We’re making an effort to enhance and expand our program with Modifieds and the ARCA Racing Series. To do so, we needed to engage with the company that performs at the NASCAR level,” said Our. “We knew that 140 BUZZ was the logical choice after speaking with several firms.”

“I’ve had the opportunity to work with Tommy Barrett for some time and know he’s on track to reach the NASCAR level. Having the opportunity to work with a forward-thinking businessman like Chris Our paired with Barrett gives us a great deal of pride.”

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Speedbowl Champion Dick Dunn Passes

Dick Dunn , one of the Modified stars at New London-Waterford (CT) Speedbowl, passed away. The Middletown, CT driver won four consecutive championships from 1972-75. Dunn was part of the 50 Favorite Drivers class on July 29, 2000.

The No. 3 car was synonymous with car owner Peg Gaudreau. The car was named ‘Buddah’s Bullet’ in deference to her husband Al Gaudreau. Dunn was the last member of the combination. Al passed away in 2013. Peg battled ALS before her passing last year.

Dunn won 47 races at New London-Waterford. His 40 in the Modifieds rank fourth in the division, tied with Hall of Famer Bill Slater. His best season came in 1973 with nine wins. He led the division with 15 consecutive winning seasons from 1964-78. He had early success in 1959-60 with seven Bomber division wins.

I  spoke with historian Tom ‘Sid’ DiMaggio of SpeedbowlHistory.com.

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Todd Szegedy Excited About Prospects for 2015 NAPA Spring Sizzler and NWMT Season Driving for Bob Garbarino’s Mystic Missile Team

Stafford Springs, CT — After a season of partial rides on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, the Valenti Modified Racing Series, and the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series, Ridgefield native and 2003 Whelen Modified Tour Champion Todd Szegedy will return to full-time WMT status behind the wheel of Bob Garbarino’s famed #4 Mystic Missile machine. Garbarino has won championships and Spring Sizzlers with Donny Lia and Bobby Santos, III as his drivers and Szegedy is relishing the opportunity to drive Garbarino’s car.

“It’s a great opportunity,” said Szegedy. “I’m glad I stayed in it because I could have easily said I’m taking the year off and separate from racing but I didn’t. I ran for Kevin Stuart on the MRS and had a great opportunity to drive for Rob Fuller on the Tour. I also drove a couple of races for Bill Park at Riverhead, so I ran almost 30 races total last year. I think that really helped me a lot and it was a big benefit to stay in it. An opportunity with Bob came along and who wouldn’t want to drive his car? The Mystic Missile has a lot of history and Bob has a lot of history on the Tour. It’s an amazing opportunity and I want to go out and have a good time, finish races, and leave the track knowing I did the best that I could. It’s definitely an honor that Bob chose me to drive his car and I want to make the best of the opportunity.”

Another feather in Szegedy’s cap will be reuniting with Don Barker, who he won a championship with back in 2003. Barker will serve as Szegedy’s crew chief and Szegedy thinks they can be successful right away.

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Chase Dowling Ready to Make NAPA Spring Sizzler Debut

Stafford Springs, CT — For Roxbury native Chase Dowling, the past few years of his racing career have been a whirlwind. Dowling came to Stafford as a modified rookie in 2013 and he very nearly won the track championship with 7 wins. Dowling followed that up by moving up to the SK Modified® ranks last season where he again won a race as a rookie and he finished 5th in the points standings. Dowling was Rookie of the Year in both seasons and the 2015 season will see him move full-time to the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour ranks as a teammate to Jamie Tomaino.

“We’re going to run the full season,” said Dowling. “It’s crazy, a lot has been going on and I’ve been going through the ranks pretty quickly and it kind of hasn’t set in yet. But it’s a dream come true to have an opportunity to run on the Tour, especially for a guy like Jamie Tomaino with awesome sponsors like S+S Asphalt Paving, Dunleavy Truck and Trailer Repair, Family Electric, Carrigan Heating and Air Conditioning, Spectro Oils, and Billy the Kid helping to support us. The best way for me to learn is from the best and most experienced drivers and Jamie has a ton of experience and he’s won a championship, so I’m excited to work with him and I think we’ll have a good combination for this season. Rookie of the Year is the goal but we’ll see how it goes. We have good equipment and good people behind me, so it’s all down to me. There’s some other good rookie drivers who will be trying to win Rookie of the Year as well so it should be interesting.”

While Dowling was racing his #57 SK Modified® last season, he was also serving as a crew member on Tomaino’s #99 Whelen Modified Tour ride and that connection is what led to Dowling getting his ride for the 2015 season.

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Rob Fuller Motorsports Announces Second Whelen Modified Car

Ron Silk to Drive the No. 40 15-40 Connection Chevrolet

SHREWSBURY, Mass. (March 25, 2015) – Rob Fuller Motorsports will run a second car in select races during the 2015 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour (NWMT). Ron Silk will drive the No. 40 15-40 Connection Chevrolet for the team.

“I feel it is very important for us as a company to continue to develop our product line,” said Rob Fuller, owner of LFR Chassis and Rob Fuller Motorsports. “Ronnie has a great deal of experience in this division and will be a great pilot for our car as we try different set ups and test different packages and pass along the data to our LFR Chassis customers.”

“ This is an important year for LFR,” continued Fuller. “We will have customers running for wins and championships so it will be difficult for them to test many things. It will be up to us to keep them informed on updates and changes we make that will improve their performance. Our goal is to continue to test and prove theories without passing the expense on to the customer; this will be a definite advantage for us all. We will double-up on the exposure for the 15-40 Connection as well so it’s a win, win.”

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Sherwin-Williams Renews as the ‘Official Paint of NASCAR’

FORTUNE 500 Company Leverages Multi-Faceted Official Partnership to Continue Driving Business On and Off the Track

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 23, 2015) — NASCAR® and Sherwin-Williams, the nation’s largest specialty retailer of paint and paint supplies, announced a three-year extension to their Official Partnership. The newly signed extension will designate Sherwin-Williams as the “Official Paint of NASCAR” through 2017.

Sherwin-Williams, a FORTUNE 500 company, will continue to leverage its designation for architectural paint and the power of NASCAR’s intellectual property at its more than 4,000 stores nationwide and ignite the passion of its customers – many of whom are fiercely brand-loyal fans of the sport.

“Our continued partnership with Sherwin-Williams is another example of FORTUNE 500 brands successfully using NASCAR as an integral part of their marketing mix,” said Norris Scott, NASCAR vice president, Partnership Marketing. “Sherwin-Williams’ integrated approach using our intellectual property, both at track and at retail has proven highly effective. We look forward to expanding the Sherwin-Williams relationship across its multiple business divisions. ”

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Rob Fuller Motorsports Names Corey LaJoie as Driver

Corey LaJoie Will Pilot the No. 15 15-40 Connection Chevrolet in NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour

SHREWSBURY, Mass. (March 20, 2015) – Rob Fuller Motorsports is excited to announce Corey LaJoie as the driver of the No. 15 15-40 Connection modified Chevrolet. LaJoie and the team will run seven races in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour (NWMT) this season.

LaJoie has plenty of experience in multiple racing series, including previous runs in the NWMT and Sprint Cup. He has made additional starts in NASCAR’s XFINITY and Camping World Truck Series. LaJoie also competed in NASCAR’s K&N Pro Series East where he racked up five wins, 17 Top-5 and 20 Top-10 finishes.

“Corey is a talented race car driver that has been involved in other areas of our organization as well,” said team owner Rob Fuller.  “He took the time to attend the Race Season Kick Off Party and met some of the team at 15-40 Connection, before Todd made his announcement, and it means a lot to me personally when a driver really shows interest in what we have going on internally and takes the time to support our cause.”

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