Lee USA Speedway in Lee, NH released its schedule for this season. Division special races are to be announced.
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Thompson, CT (December 5, 2016) – Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park today announced dates for the 2017 racing schedule, celebrating its 77th season on the high-banked oval. The 2017 seven event NASCAR Whelen All-American Series (NWAAS) schedule is highlighted by the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and the return of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East.
“This year’s schedule balances our commitment to tradition and innovation,” states Josh Vanada, General Manager of TSMP. “The 2017 schedule preserves fan favorites while introducing unique and creative events and promotions.”
The speedway will continue to showcase Sunoco Modifieds, which will compete in eight points-counting races supported by the Late Models, Limited Sportsman, and Mini Stocks, who will all have seven points-counting races. The Lite Modified Division will race in five of the seven events, but will not race under the NWAAS sanction.
Robin Berghman of Seekonk,Ma. was crowned the 2016 New England Pro 4 Modified series champion Saturday evening December 3rd at the 39th annual banquet at the Ramada Inn in Seekonk, Ma. This was her second championship, the first one was 2013.
Berghman received the champion’s jacket from series sponsors R.F.Logic and Bot-L-Gas then thanked her car owner Phil Lausier, her crew, sponsors, competitors, family and fans for their continued support. She then surprised some in attendance by announcing her retirement from motorsports, but wouldn’t mind trying out a Valenti modified at some point.
The top ten owners and drivers were recognized and received awards from series officials. Specialty awards were also presented.
WATERFORD – Joey Gada and Keith Rocco were the big winners on a seven feature card Saturday night at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl.
Gada won the first SK Modified feature of the night and Rocco topped the field in the second for the division.
Ray Christian III won the Late Model feature. Chris Meyer was the winner of the Limited Sportsman feature. Wayne Burroughs Jr. was victorious in the Mini Stock feature. Dana DiMatteo topped the field in the Legends feature. Robin Berghman won the New England Pro Four Modified feature.
THOMPSON, CT — Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park kicked off its 2016 season in style on April 9th with its first series of races as part of the 42nd Annual Icebreaker weekend. In addition to setting the field for Sunday’s events, including the season opener for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, day one of racing was highlighted by a 20-lap feature for the NEMA Lites which offered plenty of competitive racing action to kick off their 2016 season.
The event started smooth for front row starter Ryan Bigelow, who engaged in an intense battle with Jim Chambers through the first five laps of the event before their battle for the lead resulted in contact on turn four. The incident forced an early retirement for both drivers and Anthony Nocella who was also collected in the wreck and changed the complexion of an already competitive race by taking out the two strongest cars in the early going.
Their misfortune worked to the benefit of Dan Cugini who, after experiencing mechanical issues in the heat races worked his way to the front and took the lead on lap 12. Cugini would dominate the rest of the race and claim his first ever win at Thompson Speedway and what he considers one of the biggest trophies of his career so far.
Bellingham, MA, Sunday, February 14, 2016 – As a result of a continued support from a longtime backer of Derek Robbie’s racing, the team has created a new program where at many of the races the team participates in they will host a US veteran from the area. The idea is to say thanks to and give a service man or woman the experience of New England Short track racing. With Robbie and the team running at various tracks in New England this year, it allows for the team to say thanks in many areas around the region.
“We’re doing this program because I want to let them know what they did for our country I’m very thankful for, I really am”, says Robbie.
The team has enlisted the assistance of retired Lieutenant Colonel James Williams, a 30-year armed forces veteran to lead the program. Jim has been a supporter of Robbie’s racing for several years and the teams has great respect for his extended service to our country. Jim’s responsibilities will be focused on coordinating with a local veterans group near the tracks for a veteran whom would like to attend an event. The team cannot express how thankful they are for his willingness to join the team in this role.
Also joining in the program is the team’s marketing partner, New Hampshire Oil Undercoating. They will supply one free vehicle undercoating for the veteran as their way of saying thanks for their service. Derek Robbie and DDR Motorsports are very appreciative of their continued support as well.
The second night of the Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing weekend, presented by XtraMart at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park saw eight champions crowned over the span of nine feature events throughout the evening with the centerpiece of the night’s racing action being the long awaited return of the American Canadian Late Model Tour (ACT) for the first time since 1992.
The 100-lap feature saw some of the best Late Model drivers in both the United States and over the border in Canada take to the track as the series crowned it’s latest champion, Wayne Helliwell, Jr., and saw the possible end of a storied career for one of the series most successful stars. While Helliwell took home the big trophy at the end of the night the race itself saw a victory for Brian Hoar who scored his 42nd career victory in the series and capped off the night with a major announcement.
“I’m just really excited,” said Hoar who expanded on his record setting series-high win total. “It’s been a really emotional road for me the past couple of weeks because I made the decision to hang the helmet up for a while. This is it for a little while.”
Waterford, CT — Saturday marked the return of Wings and Wheels to the New London-Waterford Speedbowl for the 8th consecutive season. The Valenti Modified Racing Series, along with 6 other divisions were on the card for the annual event.
Starting the night off, the SK Modified division took to the track for 35 laps of open wheeled action. Leading the field to the first green flag of the night was Jeff Gallup. Gallup led the first 5 laps until Rob Janovic used a move to the inside to take the lead, with Tyler Chadwick and Joey Gada following. The yellow flag came out on lap 7, when Tim Jordan made contact with Craig Lutz, sending Lutz into the Turn 3 wall. On the ensuing restart, Chadwick used the high side to power by Janovic, and never looked back. Chadwick came into the night trailing Diego Monahan by 7 points. Monahan, who started the race in 10th, had to pit early for a loose fuel cap and had to battle back through the field, where he finished 6th. Lutz came into the night tied for fifth in points with Keith Rocco, a points race that was separated by just 15 points from 5th to 1st. Gada, Rocco, Janovic, and Paul Kusheba rounded out the top 5. Monahan still holds a slim 1 point lead over Chadwick heading into next week.
In the SK Light feature, Christopher Gombos led the first 2 laps, but could not hold off Paul French. French took the lap on lap 3 and dominated the race, surviving 3 restarts to do so. Josh Galvin, Corey Barry, David Arute, and Randy Churchill capped off the top 5. After post-race inspection, French’s transmission was found to be illegal and he was disqualified from the event. The DQ gave Josh Galvin the win, his 1st win of the season and 1st win in the SK Light division. Galvin is the defending Limited Sportsman champion, who moved up to the SK Light ranks this year. Barry continues his string of top 3 finishes and remains the points leader.
Rob Richardi will enter his sophomore Valenti Modified Racing Series (VMRS) season with a new Spafco Modified. He is working with former NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion crew chief John McKenna, who is preparing Les Hinckley’s car at Wayne Darling’s shop in Seekonk, MA. “I could never turn down help from one of the best crew chiefs around,” Richardi said.
Richardi was a crew member on Darling’s NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour team as a rear tire carrier in 2013 and a front tire carrier last year. Richardi will miss going over the wall during pit stops.
His goal is to make as many races as possible, including the season opener at Monadnock on May 2. He is also planning to race the Northeast Auto Car and Parts Tri-Track Open Modified Series. Richardi and his brother Dave will run some New England Pro 4 Modified races.
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.
Bellingham, MA, March 15, 2015 – Derek Robbie, driver of the #27 Pro4 Modified, is pleased to announce a new marketing partner for the 2015 racing season. An internationally known company specializing sporting gear, adidas Motorsport has come on to assist Derek with his safety gear for 2015 and beyond. “I am really excited about working with adidas Motorsport” said Robbie. “Adidas is such a recognizable name, and is known by nearly everyone. I am pleased they chose me to help promote their new adventure in short track racing. I hope to help them grow their presence in America’s grass roots racing community”
Adidas Motorsport is well known in Europe with relationships with a variety of European road course series. Now, they have started to make their move into America’s motorsports scene. The company sells all types of high quality safety products. They produce various styles safety gear such as ClimaCool Nomex® Race Suits; ClimaCool® underwear; racing gloves, shoes, and bags, crew member shoes and shirts, team jackets and hats. For more information about adidas Motorsport and the products they offer, visit website at http://www. adidasmotorsport. com
“It is a pleasure for adidas Motorsport to be associated with a great driver like Derek Robbie, who has a bright future career and will help adidas Motorsport to grow and develop a brand name into the grass roots racing community. We want to bring adidas to every single racing community in the USA and our products are great and definitely what drivers are expecting from such a popular brand,” stated Danilo Oliveira, adidas Motorsport’s manager for the Americas.
The 2014 Pro 4 Modified season saw some of the best racing in its long illustrious history, and when the final tally came in, owner/driver Phil Lausier of Hudson, NH was crowned the 2014 champion. His Boston Bruins paint schemed number 07 visited victory lane 2 times, earning him the 2014 title.
Mechanic of the Year in the Pro 4 division was Kris “Skirt” Swain.
Tom Royer of Swanzey, NH was even more successful in the Pro 4 Mod Lites bringing home 6 first place trophies in the season long schedule, thus earning him the Pro 4 mod Lites championship.
Royer also collected the Lites division Mechanic of the Year hardware.
Other awards handed out were: Most Improved was Norm Wrenn III. Rookie of the Year was Derek Robbie in the Pro 4 division.
Pitkat Earns NWMT Pole; Masse Claims VMRS Win
Thompson, Conn.: Woody Pitkat won his second career pole for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour by setting fast time in a rain-delayed qualifying Saturday night at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park for the Sunoco World Series of Auto Racing. Steve Masse collected a convincing win in the Valenti Modified Racing Series while Toby Wells won the North East Mini Stock Tour feature. Phil Lausier won in the Pro Four Modified race while NASCAR Whelen All American Series victories went to Wayne Coury, Jr., Nick Anderson and George Rego.
Rain postponed qualifying procedures initially for two hours, but it got underway just after 5 p.m. with eleven cars taking time. A heavy rain cell delayed the conclusion until 7:30 p.m. when the rest of the field was able to complete qualifying laps. Pitkat put down a lap of 119.579 mph for the pole, which was his second this season and second at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.
Steve Masse started on the pole and led every lap of the 75-lap Valenti Modified Racing Series feature. Masse put the car together last minute, and all his efforts paid off with his second win of the 2014 season. Justin Bonsignore wrapped up the championship.
Thompson, CT — The historic Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park has announced that Spencer, MA based Victory Lane Radio will embark on a first-of-its-kind program which will allow fans to listen to live lap-by-lap coverage, from the drop of the first green flag to the waving of the last checker flag, free of charge.
Never before has a NASCAR sanctioned track provided live, free coverage, which is available world-wide. Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park General Manager, Josh Vanada had this to say, “We are excited about this partnership with Victory Lane Radio. Since we started discussing it, they have gone at it with a great deal of enthusiasm and professionalism. I am confident that this will be a high quality product, and a great opportunity for our fans to listen in on their smart phones while they are here, or from anywhere worldwide if they cannot make it to one of our events. All of us at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park look forward to offering this added coverage with Victory Lane Radio, beginning in a few weeks at the Icebreaker presented by Town Fair Tire.”
To listen to the live broadcast, simply go to www.victorylaneradio.com and click the ‘listen live’ button at the top of the page, or go to www.thompsonspeedway and click the link. All of these broadcasts will also be available, free of charge as a podcast, if you cannot listen live. The podcasts will be located on www.victorylaneradio.com and www.thompsonspeedway.com.
The March General Club meeting has been scheduled for Sunday March 23, 2014 at 1 PM at the Clarion Hotel in Seekonk, MA. All are welcome to come. Applications will be available at the meeting. See you there!
You heard right, the Pro 4′s will be returning to Lee USA Speedway this year for Oktober Fest weekend Friday thru Sun October 10-12th!
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Derek Robbie of Bellingham, Massachusetts received two awards during the 2013 Pro Four Modifieds Series of New England Banquet. The annual banquet and awards ceremony took place at -Clarion Hotel in Seekonk, Massachusetts on January 18, 2014.
During the evening’s events, Derek took home his first Pro4 Limited Sportsman Division championship trophy. Derek finished the season with 6 Limited Division Sportsman wins and 8 top ten finishes in twelve races.
The highlight of Robbie’s night was the receiving the 2013 Most Improved Driver award. “This is an awesome award to receive, because it is voted on by my peers, and the award shows that they see the improvement, and effort I put in over this year to become their champion” stated Robbie. His Car owner, Crew chief, and dad, Doug also received the Mechanic of the Year award.
The Pro 4′s returning to the DAV at Seekonk Speedway on October 4.
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Tickets for the Annual Awards Banquet are now available for $35 per person. Please contact Club Treasurer Deb Lauiser at DLausier@MyFairPoint.net to order yours today. They will be available for pick up at the November meeting scheduled for next Saturday December 7th at the Clarion Hotel in Seekonk. She will also be selling more there as well.
The Banquet is scheduled for: Saturday January 18, 2014
Clarion Hotel – 940 Fall River Avenue, Seekonk, MA
NASCAR WMT, VMRS, GSPSS & NEMA Highlight 2014 Season
WINCHESTER, NH — Monadnock Speedway announced its 2014 schedule. Spring Dash 2014 will open the season on April 19th featuring the Valenti Modified Racing Series and the Pro 4 Modifieds, the first of 7 races for the Pro 4 Mods. The Valenti Modified Racing Series will also compete on July 5 for Firecracker Night and August 23 for the Victor Johnson Memorial.
The Granite State Pro Stock Series will make two appearances on May 24 and August 9.
The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will return on July 27.
The Iron Mike Memorial for the NEMA Midgets and NEMA Lites will be on June 21.
Weekly Saturday night racing will have Sportsman Modifieds, Super Stocks, Mini Stocks, Lightning Stocks and Young Guns through September 27.
Due to scheduling conflicts for most, the November Voting meeting on Saturday the 30th has been rescheduled. We will still have the meeting at the Clarion Hotel in Seekonk, Mass, but it will be held on Saturday December 7th at 1 PM.
DuBois Motorsports has a Swap Meet scheduled on Sunday, Nov. 10th between 10-4. The Swap Meet is free of charge to buy or sell your Pro-4, Limited or V-6 Modified cars and/or parts. Call Dick @ 508-248-7018 with any questions.
Bellingham, MA — New England Pro4 Modified driver Derek Robbie won his last race of the season in the 27L at Thompson Speedway on Saturday, October 19th, putting him in the winner’s circle and crowning him the new limited division champion.
Robbie fought hard to reach his goal of winning his first championship. He began the season with a broken throttle and transmission trouble in the season opener. Similar problems plagued the second race. Robbie’s never-give-up spirit helped his team turn their luck around with a win at Waterford Speedway and a bonus, just for fun win at Seekonk Speedway the same weekend. Then just as Robbie was gaining speed, winning races at Stafford, Waterford and Monadnock, taking the points lead with a win at Monadnock on August 10, it looked as if another stroke of bad luck in the form of a blown engine at Canaan may force him to park the car for the rest of the season, with just two races left on the schedule. The many friends and supporters Robbie has gained couldn’t let that happen. Two of them, fellow Pro4 Mod racer Mark Giordano and engine builder Les Rose lent their support in the form a rapidly built engine so Robbie could finish out the season. Giordano lent Robbie’s team spare engine parts and Rose put them all together to build an engine for the #27L in less than three days.
“It’s racers helping racers and I’m so glad to be a part of that,” said Robbie. “I would not be where I am today without the support of everyone behind me. It means so much to me that people believe in what I do and want me succeed. I want to thank everyone from the bottom of my heart for all their support this season and for seasons to come. Thank you, thank you, thank you to all of my fans, my family, and my sponsors, RAD, Thredz Unlimited, Baddass Inc., Marshall’s Jewelers, Shibles Family Mattress, Red Rock Grill, Ugly Duck Communications, Amsoil, and Rod End Supply for sticking with me and encouraging me.”
[October 19] by Paul Fohlin
[October 20] by Paul Fohlin
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The October general club meeting will be held at RF Logic in Hudson, NH this Saturday October 26th at 2PM.
21 Park Ave., Hudson, NH
The November general club meeting will be at the Clarion Hotel in Seekonk, MA on Saturday November 30th at 2PM
940 Fall River Ave., Seekonk, MA
Thompson, Conn — Thompson Speedway’s World Series of Auto Racing kicked off with a full racing card of 10 feature events Saturday evening after Bobby Santos posted the fastest time in NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour qualifying. Keith Rocco picked up the win in the Valenti Modified Racing Series 75-lapper while NASCAR Whelen All American Series victories went to Adam Norton, Corey Hutchings, Rick Gentes, and Mike Viens. Duane Noll earned the New England Truck Series win while Dan Meservey picked up a win in the Pro 4 Modified Series. Outlaw wins went to George Rego, Mike Viens and Wayne Coury, Jr.
Keith Rocco ran a dominant race in the Valenti Modified Racing Series and was followed to victory lane by 2013 series champion Rowan Pennink. Many tried, but no one could knock Rocco from the point and he led wire-to-wire in the caution-filled race.
Rocco took the early lead with Richard Savary and Todd Owen in tow before caution flew at lap seven. Rocco held on to the lead through two restarts as Ted Christopher made his way up to the second spot for the third restart on lap eight. Christopher was all over Rocco when racing resumed, but Rocco held strong. Anthony Nocella, Richard Savary, and Dan Meservey rounded out the top-five as the field strung out single file around the 5/8th’s mile oval.
October 19, 2013
Thompson International Speedway Results
Pos. Car # Driver Points Earned
1 5 Dan Meservey Jr. 50
2 12 Rob Richardi Jr. 48
3 73z Randy Cabral 46
4 0y Woody Pitkat 44
5 07x Robin Berghman 42
Thompson, Conn — Nine divisions completed qualifying races Friday night to set the stage for the biggest weekend of racing in New England – Thompson Speedway’s World Series of Stock Car racing.
The New England Truck Series, Mini Stocks, Late Models, Limited Sportsman, Outlaw Street Stocks, Pro 4 Modifieds, Outlaw Mini Stocks, Lite Modifieds and Outlaw Sportsman all ran their heat races in front of a healthy crowd of enthusiastic race fans.
Highlighting the on-track action were victories by Rick Gentes and Tom Carey III in the Late Model division. The Lite Modifieds boasted a season record car count with Glenn Griswold and Scott MacMichael nailing down heat wins.
THOMPSON, CT — The weekend that every race fan in the northeast looks forward to is this weekend at the Thompson International Speedway. The Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing presented by Xtra Mart kicks off this coming Friday and runs through Sunday.
Fifteen different divisions of race cars and trucks will converge on the historic speedway to draw down the curtain on the 2013 racing season. The World Series of Speedway Racing is three days of non-stop activity on the race track and hours of fun and social activities for the fans. The entire weekend is a huge race and party gathering as fans say good bye to another year of auto racing.
The race track is the center of activity with hundreds of race cars and trucks and many race teams with hopes of capturing a championship in their respective divisions. The most talked about championship battle surrounds the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour. Two drivers are positioned to capture the 2013 title during the last race of the year for the most popular NASCAR touring division in the northeast. Ryan Preece and defending champ, Doug Coby are in a tight points battle for the crown. Preece holds a 26- point advantage over Coby. One of these drivers appears destined to end their weekend as the new NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion. Should Preece emerge with the title, he will be the youngest driver in the history of the Tour to capture the crown. Race fans will also be treated to an autograph session with the WMT drivers on Sunday afternoon.