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Lee, Oxford, Thunder Road Openers Challenge ACT Teams

Waterbury, VT – The American-Canadian Tour (ACT) will compete in three 150-lap events on three completely different tracks in all three northern New England states to open the 2015 season. The New Hampshire Governor’s Cup 150, set for Sunday, April 12, is the traditional opening event for ACT teams held yearly at Lee USA Speedway in Lee, NH. Teams will then travel to Oxford Plains Speedway (OPS) in Oxford, ME a week later, followed by their annual visit to Thunder Road International Speedbowl in Barre, VT.

The fast Lee 3/8th-mile oval might statistically favor multi-time Lee champion and two-time ACT champion Wayne Helliwell, Jr. , but he has tried eight times to date with a best finish of second in last year’s event, and is long overdue for a win. There is also favorite Eddie MacDonald, who is on a roll with five consecutive wins in recent outings, going back to the Thunder Road Milk Bowl last October. McDonald captured the NH Governor’s Cup last year in his ninth try at his home track. Defending 2014 ACT Champion Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. (Pole) is also considered a favorite, but his only win at Lee USA came in a 100-lap opening race back in 2008.

“Well, I have seen them all, and I think it is the most difficult race to make predictions on,” said Tom Curley, President of the American-Canadian Tour. “I think of the win by Jimmy Hebert two years ago, from starting last to the upset win, which established this young team as second-year title contenders. The constant opening event surprises every year. Last year Ben Ashline, after a two-year absence, came back with a solid top-ten effort. It’s what makes the NH Governor’s Cup so much fun for both teams and fans. It’s only one race, but it can give a huge boost to the start of the season for any of the top 20 or 25 teams. ”

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Caruso to Race Late Model at Seekonk

Keith Caruso will be driving a Late Model on Saturday nights at Seekonk (MA) Speedway and a V6 Modified at Hudson (NH) Speedway this season. He will also be racing part-time in the Granite State Pro Stock Series.

The Granite State schedule will include Hudson, Lee (NH) USA, Thompson (CT). Two potential races are Star in New Hampshire and the inaugural race and season finale at New London-Waterford (CT) Speedbowl on October 24.

“It’s a definitely a possibility,” Caruso said. “I think Granite State is going to put on a good show there and I would like to be a part of it.”

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New England Pro 4 Modified Schedule Announced

Hello Everyone!

It has been a long off season, and I’m sure you’re all ready to get back to the track. Hopefully the snow will be finished melting before the season opener at Monadnock.

Our annual March General Club meeting will be on Saturday March 28th at RF Logic in Hudson New Hampshire at 2pm. We will be discussing what is to come in the 2015 season as well as vote for your new Officers and Board members.

Thank you!

~Sarah

NEP4M Club Secretary

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Tri-Track Open Modified Series Returns

The Tri-Track Modified Series will make a return for the second season. Jim Schaefer known to many fans as the Long Island Mod Maniac and Dick Williams from The Racing Guys. Schaefer is a man who is passionate about the Modifieds and goes to Modified races all over the place. The Tri-Track Modified Series became an idea about three years ago during the summer. “A lot of the old racers that I used to race with or raced for me back a few years ago, I ran four different racetracks, so I had a lot of ties with these older fellas,” Williams said. “Now their sons and some of them are still racing. They said ‘Wouldn’t it be nice like we used to do.”

Dick Williams went around and talked to numerous teams and the teams told Dick Williams that wanted him to get Jim Schaefer. After these two guys met everything took off. They had a lot of the same ideas. They wanted to help the racers.

“The big key was when we sat down with some of these tracks, we told them you could pay 10 thousand,” Williams said. “You could pay 20 thousand. That is not the answer to this. The answer is you have a lot of little guys that stay home because they cannot afford to come and buy five tires. Don’t make the show and then go home with tires they can’t use anywhere else. We can create a B race. They all said ‘we can’t do that. We can’t afford it.’ Jim (Schaefer) and I looked at one another and said we’ll take care of that if you let us do certain things.”

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49 Cars Enter Tri-Track Open Modified Series

The Tri-Track Open Series has continued its growth in 2015. The entry list hit 49 cars today, with the roster representing  drivers who will run every race for the point fund or “at least the check is in the mail,” according to Jim Schaefer.

The second annual open competition series has expanded to four races this year: May 17 at Lee (NH) USA Speedway, June 13 at Monadnock (NH) Speedway and July 1 at Seekonk (MA) Speedway. A fourth nonpoints race at New London-Waterford (CT) Speedbowl will run on September 13.

“It’s been an amazing show of support,” Schaefer said. “(The) big thing is for fans to come and throw down 25/35 for pits. (The races are) paying big money. The only way to not lose our shirts is for fans to come.”

The inaugural season held races at Lee USA (Matt Hirschman), Star (Jon McKennedy) and Seekonk (Tommy Barrett, Jr.). McKennedy claimed the overall championship.
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NWMT: Nocella to Compete for Sunoco ROY

Anthony Nocella of Woburn, MA will move to the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour full-time in the KLM Motorsports No. 64. 

“(I) want to thank Mike Murphy and Ron both for offering me the ride and having the confidence in me,” Nocella said. “So hopefully we’ll run good with them and it’s definitely a big opportunity for me. … It’s something that we can go out and have some good strong runs and get top tens and fives and hopefully better than that. Maybe get the Rookie of the Year, which would be a big deal.”

“I was pretty excited when I got the call to be able to go and try to run that. Pretty tough competition I’d say and I was excited that they thought that I’d be able to do it and giving me the opportunity. … Mike Murphy there and Ron both seem pretty excited and I thought it was a real great opportunity to be able to go out try to run.”

Mike Murphy’s car has been driven by Ron Yuhas, Jr. recently. He was injured last September at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Yuhas posted on Facebook that he is still recovering from his injuries and thankful for the support. The Groton, CT driver has raced for Murphy since 2011 in the Fast Track Electric/Hughes Motors car.

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Alexander Seeking First Wiscasset Pro Stock Win

Ellsworth Teenager to Enter Touring Series Events

Wyatt Alexander of Ellsworth, ME will begin his season at Wiscasset (ME) Speedway’s season opener on Saturday April 18.  Alexander’s goals are to compete for wins at Wiscasset and get a top ten and at least one top five in the Pro All Star Series (PASS) North Super Late Models or the Granite State Pro Stock Series.

“I think our best shot at something like that would be the PASS races at Speedway 95 (in Hermon, ME on June 14). It’s a track I am familiar with and there aren’t as many cars when we go there. But overall we are just learning to learn as much as possible and get some good experience moving forward.”

The No. 96 K&B Automotive team will enter additional races depending on how the season at Wiscasset is going. If Alexander feels ready and is comfortable, he will then run other races.  Granite State Pro Stock Series for Alexander may include Lee, Hudson, Star twice, and White Mountain. Alexander is looking at PASS races at Oxford, Spud Qualifier, the Oxford 250, and NHMS as well.

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Consistency Key for Dumas

Dennis Dumas of Nashua, NH will return to the Hobby Stocks at Lee (NH) USA Speedway. His goals for the year are to have fun, be consistent, and win races.  Dumas will keep the same paint scheme on his Malibu this year.

Dumas finished second in points last season with five wins. He also received the Most Improved Driver Award. Patrick Tanguay has won the last two championships at the 3/8-mile oval.

The inaugural North East Street Stock Tour (NESST) season will run twice at Lee. An exhibition race for the Tri-Track Open Modified Series is May 17 with a points race on July 31.

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MRNETS Releases 2015 Race Schedule

MRTS-LOGOThe Mr. Rooter New England Truck Series has finalized its 2015 Schedule with the addition of three race events at the New London – Waterford Speedbowl.   The series will be part of both opening and closing weekends at the Speedbowl, as well as a special 4th of July show.

“All of our competitors are very happy to be back at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl,” said Series Director Lorraine Pard.  “That is the home track for nearly all our teams, and I can’t express how excited everyone is for the opportunity to put on a great show.  Mr. Bemer and Mr. Monahan have done a great job putting a schedule together, and we’re honored to be part of this great speedway’s next chapter.”

The fastest growing series in the northeast will expand to 16 events at 8 Speedways in 2015.  MRNETS will continue to begin and end the season at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.  New additions in 2015 include stops at Stafford Motor Speedway,  Bethel Motor Speedway, and the Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park Road Course.  The series will also make New Hampshire stops at Monadnock, Lee USA, Star, and Hudson Speedways.  

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Granite State Pro Stock Series Drivers Looking Ahead to New Season

O’Sullivan, Casagrande Looking to Rebound in 2015

TommyOSullivanMonadnockChipCormie2014Walpole, NH — With the 2015 schedule fast approaching; the Icebreaker at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park (TSMP) kicking off the 11-race series on April 10-12, drivers are preparing their rides in hopes of a strong season with the Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS).

Tommy “The Shadow” O’Sullivan’s 2014 season did not meet his standards, even though the Wilbraham, MA driver finished in the Top 10 in points (7th) and recorded six (6) Top 10 finishes.  “We made changes that didn’t work out last year, and ended up struggling the whole year, with both cars actually,” O’Sullivan said, speaking of his brother’s car, 2013 champ Mike O’Sullivan.  “This year we are going back to what we know to get back on track.”

With Claremont back on the schedule in 2015, O’Sullivan has that race circled on his list.  “I’ve never been to Claremont, so that will be interesting, but I’m also looking forward to Lee, for sure.  We went backwards, performance-wise, at Monadnock, so we are hoping to turn that around from last year.”

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‘Alexander the Great’ Returns

The Valenti Modified Racing Series announced last weekend that Kirk Alexander will return full-time. The winningest driver (31) in series history and three-time champion dominated the formative years of the Canaan, NH series.

Alexander raced regularly with the series from the inaugural season (2004) until 2008. The three seasons he raced full-time (2004-05, 2007) resulted in championships. Alexander considers missing the Waterford race pivotal to losing the 2008 crown. He launched his title defense with three wins.

“If I probably would have attended Waterford, I probably would have had another championship,” Alexander said. “So we’re going to go back and see how it goes. If things are going well, we’re going to keep going, so I imagine they will be. I missed racing with everybody, miss the comradery with everybody and I get along with a lot of the officials.”

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Jurcik in 51CT Late Model for Thompson, ACT

Travis Jurcik of Chaplin, CT will move to the Late Models this season. He will compete at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park regularly and a limited schedule on the American Canadian Tour in the No. 51CT car.

“If everything goes well I’ll head down south and run at Myrtle Beach Speedway, along with a few races in the Limited Sportsman,” Jurcik said. He plans to race the Limited Sportsman at Thompson, Waterford and possibly Lee USA for Oktoberfest.

Jurcik’s goals include the Thompson and NASCAR state Rookie of the Year honors. Sarazin General Contractors is his primary sponsor. The crew includes his seven-year-old brother, parents and uncle. “We are always looking for more crew, and especially for this year seeing that we’ll be traveling a lot more.”

Jurcik hopes to work with the Kyle Busch Foundation and setup a fundraising booth at each race. The NASCAR star’s foundation was established in 2006 “to empowering those in need to overcome hardship by providing essential tools (financial, material and experiential) to allow them to live their best lives possible,” according to the foundation’s website.

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Tapley’s ‘Work of Passion’

Sleep is a luxury for Scott Tapley of Poland Springs, Maine. Tapley works as the Race Director at Lee USA (NH) Speedway, Thompson (CT) Speedway Motorsports Park and the Mr. Rooter New England Truck Series (NETS).

MRTS-LOGO The New England Truck Series will carry a new identity with a title sponsor this year. The series announced sponsorship from local racing supporter Vin Beedle at their banquet. Beedle’s Mr. Rooter sponsorship has included Modifieds, SK Modifieds, and Street Stocks. He will have a team in the trucks this year for Ted Christopher, Josh Galvin, Keith Rocco and Ed Puleo.

Beedle recommended Tapley to series owner Lorraine Pard. Beedle sponsored cars at Waterford when Tapley worked as an official. Tapley brought Beedle to the Valenti Modified Racing Series by sponsoring their Rookie of the Year award.

“Vinny believes in my abilities to maybe make a difference and that was very humbling,” Tapley said. “… When I talked with them about possibly joining this season, I wanted to make sure first and foremost that 2014 director Chris Austill would still be involved and be willing to expand his role to the competition side and we were able to make all that happen, which is going to be so great for the MRTS teams.”

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Preparations Underway for Lee USA

Lee, NH — Despite Mother Nature dumping some two feet of snow on the Lee USA Speedway to remind us that it’s still winter here in New England, preparations are well underway for the 2015 racing season at “New Hampshire‘s Center of Speed“.

Although football is getting a lot of New Englanders’ attention this weekend, Lee USA will be swinging open the gates just ten weeks after the big game for the traditional Northern New England season opener featuring the annual Governor’s Cup 150 for the American Canadian Tour Late Models on April 12.

Defending race winner Eddie MacDonald is expected to be among the dozens of entries for the event, which typically attracts a field of racers from all six New England states as well as several Canadian provinces.  MacDonald beat out former race winner Joey Pole of Hudson and multi-time Lee USA and ACT Tour champion Wayne Helliwell, Jr. for top honors in 2014.

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NEMA Releases Preliminary 2015 Schedule

BROCKTON, Mass. — Established haunts make up the 2015 Northeastern Midget Association schedule, including a return to White Mountain Motorsports Park for the Jim O’Brien Memorial race after an absence of many years and the season opener at Evans Mills Motorsports Park on May 23rd.

As NEMA President Russ Stoehr puts the finishing touches on the final schedule, there are 12 races currently on the NEMA agenda while the NEMA Lites will make 12 stops in what will be the club’s 63rd consecutive season, making it New England’s oldest sanctioning body. There is a possibility additional races will be added to one or both schedules at a later date.

Randy Cabral and owner Tim Bertrand will begin defense of their NEMA championships and the Lites will begin their eighth season at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, as they present The ICEBREAKER on April 11th and 12th. Scott Bigelow will begin defense of his Lites owner’s crown, and there will be a new Lites driver’s champion this year as Ryan Krachun will not be returning to the series in 2015.

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Tri-Track Open Modified Series Returns

It’s official. The Tri-Track Open Modified Series presented by The Long Island Modified Maniac and The Racing Guys is back for a second year.

The inaugural year for the Tri-Track Series saw fantastic racing action at Lee USA Speedway, Star Speedway and Seekonk Speedway that only Tour Modifieds can deliver. The expectation is that race fans in New England can expect more of the same this year, but with a different race track thrown into the mix.

The first race will once again be at Lee USA Speedway in Lee, New Hampshire, but this year it will be on May 17th. The second race will be at the high-banked bullring of Monadnock Speedway in Winchester, NH on June 13th, and the final race will once again be on “Open-Wheel Wednesday” at Seekonk Speedway in Seekonk, Massachusetts on July 1st. Each race will see a feature of 100 laps as well as a Last Chance Race.

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Zachem Files First Tri-Track Entry

It is about six weeks before the official entry deadline of March 1, but the first of many entries for the 2015 Tri-Track Modified series has been submitted. Preston, Connecticut’s Max Zachem has entered all three races and the point fund. Max has entered the Tri-Track races at Lee USA Speedway May 17, Monadnock Speedway June 13th and Open Wheel Wednesday at the Seekonk Speedway July 1.

Max will not be in his familiar #20 that he has driven on the VMRS tour, but rather the San Mertz #6 that he ran that the 2014 Turkey Derby at Wall Township Speedway. Sponsorship from Justgetdirty.comGrafitti Work Sign Company and Morningside Lawn and Landscape will help fund the Mertz #6 Tri-Track effort.

The three race series is shaping up to be bigger and better than the 2014 version. $5,000.00 to win at Lee and Monadnock plus a hefty $10,000 to win at the Seekonk Open Wheel Wednesday race have once again got the entire modified racing community buzzing. Each race will have a $5,000.00 non-qualifiers race paying $800.00 to win. Laps are being sold at $50.00 per lap per race will pay the purse for the non qualifiers races. Contact Jim (James Schaefer) on Facebook to reserve your lap or email him at JS8x@aol.com.

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Moltz, Granite State Pro Stock Series Celebrate 2014 Season

Manchester, NH — The Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS) held the 2014 Championship Awards Banquet on Saturday night, January 10, at the Best Western Executive Court in Manchester, NH, where drivers received nearly $17,000 in contingency prizes and point fund moneys.

“Thrillin’” Dillon Moltz was the star of the night, as he celebrated his championship season in style, collecting his Championship trophy and point fund, as well as the Rookie of the Year for the 2014 season.  Moltz secured his first GSPSS championship by finishing 6th at the World Series at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.  The Waterford, Connecticut, driver picked up a win at Star Speedway in the NH Classic, to go along with his 8-top five and 10-top ten finishes out of eleven races. 

Owner of the RB Performance/ Brackett Mechanical Chevrolet, Mark Brackett, received recognition for his Owner’s Championship, as well.  The Jay, Maine, native gave praise to his young driver, stating the drive and determination of Moltz led to such quick success.

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Town Set for NESST Tour

Bryan Town of Charlestown, NH will be racing the North East Street Stock Tour full-time. Town will race off weeks in a backup car at Claremont (NH) Speedway. He also has offers for Late Model and Modified rides, but has not committed to either.

“I think it’s a great idea as there are many of these cars around and every track has their version of a Street Stock,” Town said. “Hopefully it will create a uniform set of rules for a Street Stock throughout New England much like ACT  has with the Late Model. There seems to be great interest in the series and looks promising.”

The area’s first touring series for the popular class will run eight races during its first campaign, with one race to be annonuced Seekonk will run the inaugural race on May 30. Speedway 51 (AKA: Riverside) will host two races,  along with Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park’s oval and road course configurations. Lee USA will host a race, along with Speedway 95 in Bangor for the longest race of the season, the 100-lap, $3,000 to win Ickey Door Memorial.

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Swanson Moving to SK Lights at Stafford

Star Modified Champion in SPAFCO No. 89

Matt Swanson of Acton, MA will havae a new home this year at Stafford Motor Speedway. The reigning Modified champion at Star Speedway will drive the SPAFCO Chassis/FMR Racing No. 89 in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series SK Light Modifieds.

“I’m really excited about the opportunity I get to run with Kenny and to run at Stafford,” Swanson said. “We’ve always liked Stafford. They have a really good fan base and they get a lot of good cars every week, and we wanted to race there for awhile. So we put a deal together with Kenny and just formed together from there.”

“My goal is just to really have fun, see what I can do, but mostly it’s just to have fun. I like to have fun driving the car and Kenny and his staff are also going to be around, so we’re just going to try and have fun.”

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Stergios Achieves Lifelong Dream

Earns Track Title with Fourteen Top-5 Finishes

DAYTONA BEACH, FLA. – Jake Stergios has been going to Lee USA Speedway since he was a little boy. Now he’s the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Division I champion there.

Stergios captured the Supermodified Division title at the .375-mile New Hampshire oval.

“It was a great feeling,” said Stergios. “The win was a dream come true.”

Stergios finished with a win, 14 top fives and 14 top 10s in 14 starts.

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Lee USA Banquet Report

Manchester, NH – A full house of racers, crews, officials, and fans from the Lee USA Speedway gathered at the Executive Court to wine, dine, and celebrate the annual Banquet of Champions honoring their achievements for the 2014 season at New Hampshire’s Center of Speed.

A year after being awarded Rookie of the Year in the Supermodified division, Jake Stergios of Candia spent the evening at the head table and took home the hardware commemorating his first career championship title in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series, EKeys 4cars-sponsored division.

Defending and three-time champ Tommy Tombarello, Jr. of Haverhill, MA took home second place honors for his 2014 campaign aboard the Witkum Brothers Racing entry, with Sparky MacIver of Sandown and rookies Lance Barthelemy of Fremont and Kyle Sawyer of Kingston rounding out the top five.

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NEMA General Membership Meeting Cites Strong Progress for 2015

Thompson, CT — NEMA held its annual membership meeting this past Sunday at the Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park clubhouse, with a strong showing of general members present. At the top of the agenda was a preview into the 2015 schedule, which will feature 3 events at Thompson, as well as events at Oswego, Seekonk, Monadnock, Evans Mills, Wiscasset, Lee USA and White Mountain – with tentative dates held for Waterford Speedbowl, Twin State, and Chemung, NY.

The club also elected a new President for the first time in over ten years – with Russ Stoehr running unopposed to take over the top seat in NEMA. Mike McCarthy and Mike Chambers were elected to the Vice President spots, Joe Santa Maria as Secretary and Paul Scally returns as Treasurer. A new Board was also elected with Tim Bertrand, Shawn Torrey, Paul Bigelow, Randy Cabral, Mike Scrivani and Dennis O’Brien taking over those seats.

The club also made additional major strides to help increase its membership base including the development of a Rookie Development program. Under this program, the club will secure track time for new drivers joining the NEMA Lite ranks to practice with the club, particularly noted – 12 and 13 year old drivers will be able to participate in the program. In addition, any driver that turns 13 during the competition season who has prior experience, that has passed the Rookie Development Program and has approval by the Board may compete with the Lite series. The minimum age for NEMA was also lowered to 15 years old with prior experience and Board approval.

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ACT will Visit 11 Different Tracks in 2015

The American Canadian Tour Late Models will visit 11 different tracks throughout New England, New York and Quebec during the 13 event 2015 season. Officials have announced the schedule, which will kick off on Sunday, April 12 at Lee USA Speedway in Lee, NH and crown a champion on Saturday, October 17 at Thompson Speedway in Thompson, CT.

 The ACT Late Models visit two new tracks in 2015. ACT will run their first ever point counting events at Autodrome Chaudière in Vallee-Jct., QC as a doubleheader with PASS in September and the Late Models will visit Thompson for the first time ever to conclude the season in October.

ACT will also return to Oxford Plains Speedway in Oxford, ME for two events after a several year hiatus. The April Oxford event will be the inaugural ACT/PASS doubleheader event, while the June event will be a standalone ACT race. Airborne Speedway in Plattsburgh, NY will be the only other venue to host two events in 2015. The schedule is highlighted by trips to Thunder Road in Barre, VT, Speedway 51 (formerly Riverside Speedway in Groveton, NH), Devil’s Bowl Speedway in West Haven, VT, White Mountain Motorsports Park in North Woodstock, NH, Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in Scarborough, ME and Circuit Riverside Speedway in St-Croix, QC.

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Dowling to Make VMRS Debut at Waterford

Chase Dowling of Roxbury, CT will make his Valenti Modified Racing Series debut at Waterford (CT) Speedbowl Sunday. Dowling will drive the Phoenix Soil/American Lamp Recycling No. 2X for Bobby Judkins in the headline Finale Weekend 100 lap event.

“Bobby Judkins and his son bought the car (from NEAR Hall of Famer Bob Judkins) recently, just so he could put it back on the track for his dad.”

Dowling said that Bobby attended races at Stafford Motor Speedway to watch his nephew Ryan Preece. Judkins asked him to drive the car and “he just kept following through and eventually he said let’s give it a try and we went testing.” Dowling said the tests two weeks ago “went really well.”

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Lee USA Results 08/22/2014

Lee, NH – With the 2014 championship season rapidly winding down, the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series weekly divisions put another night of racing in the record books at Lee USA Speedway on Friday, with the Prime Storage and Warehouse Late Model Sportsmen taking center stage with the running of the 50-lap Lance Davis Memorial.

Running in memory of the longtime Lee racer, the LMS turned out in full force for the night‘s racing action.  When flagman Don Horvath let them loose, it was Alfred, ME’s Ray Dinsmore leading the way, but he quickly gave up the point to Jesse Bousquet of Pittsfield, who led the way thought lap eight.

Rookie contender and former Hobby Stock champion Mark Parenteau of Groveland, MA was next to take a shot at the lead, moving the Brian House, A Family Cab entry to the point on lap nine.  Parenteau stayed out front through lap 16, when Groton, MA racer Geoff Rollins took over.

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NEAR Announces 2014 Hall of Fame Class

Drivers Deke Astle, Jim Martel, Mike Rowe, Fred Schulz, Ron Wyckoff, drag racing icon Bob Tasca, historian R.A. Silvia and car builder/mechanic Dave Tourigny make up the New England Auto Racing Hall of Fame’s class of 2014.

They, along with the still to be announced pioneer class, will be inducted at NEAR’s 16th Hall of Fame banquet  Sunday, Nov. 16th, at The Lodge at Maneeley’s  in South Windsor, CT.

Banquet ticket information will be announced shortly and will be posted on the New England’s Antique Racers’ website (NEAR1.org) in the near future.

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Lee USA 07/18 Results

Lee, NH – Lee USA Speedway hosted the annual El Camino Night on Friday night, with some 40 local members of the National El Camino Owners Association (NECOA) cruising the oval after the completion of qualifying for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series divisions.

This year’s El Camino Night featured representatives of every decade of El Camino, with dozens of restored vehicles representing the various generations, ranging from one of the original 22,246 built in 1959, a few of ‘60’s vintage, a handful of ‘70’s models, and several from the 1980’s taking part in the exhibition. The crowd cheered in appreciation as the El Caminos toured the track and participated in a burnout competition.

During the night’s feature racing action, the parity among teams in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series, EKeys 4Cars Supermodifieds was displayed once again when rookie Kyle Saywer of nearby Kingston outran the competition to become the seventh winner in seven races this season.

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Granite State Pro Stock Series to Make Debut at Lee Speedway

Walpole, NH — The famed Lee USA Speedway will host the Granite State Pro Stock Series for the first time ever on Friday, July 25th.

The 3/8 mile, semi-banked oval has always been a favorite with racers, and now the Granite State Pro Stock Series will be a part of the track’s storied history.  The usual suspects have already entered the Seacoast 100, including Derek Griffith, Matt Frahm, Larry Gelinas, the O’Sullivan brothers, Barry Gray, Dillon Moltz, and Brad Babb, and are joined by drivers like George Helliwell, Bobby Cabral, Babe Branscombe, and Joey Squeglia.  Squeglia had set fast time in practice at the Star 100 at Star Speedway just a few weeks ago, but suffered bad luck in the feature, leaving the Derry, NH driver without the results he deserved. 

Buxton, ME’s Larry Gelinas is enjoying a strong lead at the top of the point standings, sitting 33 points ahead of second place point man Frahm after 4 events.  Gelinas has run Lee before, but doesn’t think it gives him any advantage.  Gelinas states “The same fast cars will still be at the front.  Frahm, Griffith, Babb, Moltz, they will all be there.”  Gelinas feels patience and tire management will be key to finishing strong.  “It can be hard to get traction and grip at Lee,” said Gelinas.  “A bad draw could hurt you, but there is enough room and banking that if you save your stuff, you will find yourself there at the end.”

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August Fundraiser Set for Lowinski-Loh

John Lowinski-Loh Jr. will be moving to North Carolina in November to further his racing career. Lowinski-Loh will be holding a fundraiser in August for a test with Team BCR Racing. Team BCR fields ARCA Racing Series cars for Grant Enfinger and Justin Allison. Enfinger is the points leader with victories at Daytona, Mobile, Salem and Elko.

“My crew and I were just talking,” Lowinski-Loh said. “One of my crew members was saying let’s make the leap, so I spent days researching what the next best move would be. I applied for a ARCA license and contacted BCR, who were looking for a driver in 2015.”

“That depends on how the test day goes and sponsor money,” Lowinski-Loh said. “If the test day goes well, they will help me find a sponsor and go from there. Depending on sponsors, would depend on either 10 races, more or less.”

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