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Pasteryak and Twin 50’s Both Winners at Lee

Chris Pasteryak’s 21 points garnered in the first half of the Valenti Modified Racing Series sanctioned ‘Stratham Tire 100,’ and 23 more points in the second 50-lap segment, put the two-time series champion in victory lane Friday night at Lee USA Speedway, Lee, NH.

The Jewett City, Connecticut driver, the fourth different competitor to win this season in four races, ended a four-year drought with the VMRS. Friday’s race was his seventh series win and his second at the Lee track. Pasteryak’s last series win was in 2011.

Steven Masse, of Bellingham, MA, substituting for Rowan Pennink, amassed enough points to finish second followed by Jon McKennedy, of East Chelmsford, MA, Woody Pitkat, of Stafford Springs, CT, and Richard Savary, of Canton, MA.

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Szegedy and Pitkat Points Battle Continues In Lee Twin 50’s Friday

Canaan, NH — With the points battle heating up and only eight points separating them in the current standings, Todd Szegedy, of Ridgefield, CT and Woody Pitkat, of Stafford Springs, CT, lead the list of entries for Friday nights, Valenti Modified Racing Series ‘Stratham Tire 100’ at Lee USA Speedway, Lee. NH.

Szegedy, winner of the season opening event at Monadnock Speedway, Winchester, NH, is seeking his first Lee victory.

Pitkat won is first VMRS race last month at Stafford Springs Motor Speedway Stafford, CT. He too is looking for his first win at Lee.
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Lee USA Speedway 6/12/15 Race Report

Lee, NH – The vintage racers of the Senior Tour Auto Racers joined the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series weekly regulars at Lee USA Speedway on Friday night, with Skip Stearns of Londonderry (Sportsman) and Maine legend Bobby Turner (Modified) taking down the wins in the first of two 2015 visits by STAR to “New Hampshire‘s Center of Speed“.

The Northeast Classic Lites also joined the action, with C.J. McLaughlin scoring his first career win in their main event. Jim Ayotte grabbed a career-best runner-up finish behind McLaughlin, with Dave Helliwell, Jon Fultz, Kevin Merryfield, Ed Gilman, Duane Skofield, Eric Skofield, Joe Janeiro, and Dan Poliquin rounding out the top ten.

The EKeys4cars Supermodifieds saw another new face roll into victory lane, as second-generation racer Mike Ordway, Jr. of Fremont grabbed his first checkered flag of the 2015 campaign. It was just the second feature event since the 2005 Super champ took over the driving duties in the Witkum Brothers Racing entry.

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Lee USA Speedway 6/5/15 Race Report

Lee, NH – The Mr. Rooter Truck Series joined the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series divisions on the card at Lee USA Speedway Friday night, with rookie driver Tyler Chapman of Mystic, CT taking down the win after an action-packed 25-lap main event for the truckers.

Chapman bolted out to the lead at the drop of the green, and with a best finish of sixth in the first four events of 2014, was looking to improve on that mark at “New Hampshire’s Center of Speed”. With challenges coming his way virtually every lap, the youngster held them all off and stayed out front from flag-to-flag to score his first career win.

Riverhead, NY ace Roger Turbush came into the event with a perfect four-for-four record in 2015, having scored victories at Thompson Speedway, Stafford Speedway, New London Waterford Speedbowl, and Monadnock Speedway, and after a strong run from ninth on the starting grid, he settled for runner-up behind the freshman.

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Home-Track Drivers Welcome Tour Drivers to Seekonk Speedway

SEEKONK, MA – The drivers of the North East Street Stock Tour will begin the chase to become the inaugural champion, at Seekonk Speedway (MA), May 30.

Bristol, CT’s Joe Arena is prepared for a run at the championship, while adjusting to a new race car.  Arena is a former racer at New London-Waterford Speedbowl, but the rules package for the North East Street Stock Tour (NESST) is a bit different than what he’s used to driving.  Says Arena, “I’m not used to driving the NESST car.  There is more horsepower with these cars, and we need to cure our forward bite, which we were lacking at Lee [USA Speedway].”

Arena, who ran at Seekonk Speedway twice in 2014, and the NESST drivers will battle head-to-head against the Seekonk Speedway regulars, including Ryan Lineham.  Lineham drives in the Pro Stock division for Rollie Lindblad, but cut his teeth in the Street Stock division.  Lineham states, “My career started in Street Stocks, and my passion for this division will never end.  It has long been said by racers from New England, that Seekonk Speedway is the toughest track to drive, and toughest track to get a good car setup, so I would think Seekonk being my home track may be a slight edge for our team in this race.  With that being said, this field of drivers in this tour are among the most talented of any tour in all of New England, so I hardly think I am a favorite, even with my Pro Stock experience.”

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Douton Makes History at Lee USA Speedway

Waterford, CT Driver Victorious at Inaugural Event

LEE, NH – Chris “Moose” Douton made history by winning the inaugural North East Street Stock Tour event at Lee USA Speedway, fending off Geoff Rollins at his home track.

Rollins and Douton started on the pole for the 35-lap feature event, and quickly flexed their muscles, pulling away from the pack, before a spin on lap 4 brought out the caution flag, when Anthony Belfiore lost grip off turn 2. Douton and Rollins flipped positions on the grid for the restart, and Douton put his Stebbins Discount Stump Grinding/A-1 Auto Center Ford Thunderbird to the front, opening up a gap between the first and second spots.

Mechanical problems brought the second caution out, as Robbie Bodwell’s ride began to overheat, creating an incident involving Bodwell, Bryan Town, and Matt Morrill on lap 14. Rollins would, once again, start on the outside of Douton, but Douton proved to be too strong, powering his way to victory.

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Lee USA NH Governor’s Cup Three Stars Awarded

Waterbury, VT – The American Racer Three Star program is designed to recognize three teams in no particular order of performance that had outstanding races at ACT U.S. Tour events. There are no specific criteria for deciding who might receive the award of a free American Racer Tire (value $125.00), but a special effort by a team, exceptional race, just plain old hard luck, or any other accepted reason to give the award is used to decide the award recipients. 

The three stars are chosen by ACT officials and will receive certificates for use of a free American Racer tire at a race of their choosing during 2015.

Lee USA Speedway – NH GOVERNOR’S CUP 150

The annual running of the New Hampshire Governor’s Cup 150 was described by veteran ACT fans as an old time “barn-burner” of a race – an old-fashioned tug of war with hard racing throughout the field. Leaders battled from start to finish; veterans beat each other up; and while some new teams were smooth as silk, other new teams also beat each other up! Finding three stars was not hard as the following all delivered outstanding performances. Because the criteria for the Three Star program does not allow the top three finishers to be chosen for the awards, it should be mentioned that all three were stars in their own right. ACT Champion Wayne Helliwell Jr. scored the victory, Brad Babb had the drive of the day in second, and Eddie MacDonald was brilliant as usual. However, their top-three finishes disqualified them from the Star Awards. 

*Matt Anderson, Franklin, NH – 49NH—Matt Anderson and his team are a small independent group in just their second year of touring. The team finished 17th after staring 26th. At first glance, perhaps those criteria might not seem to qualify for a Star of the Race Award. But after a year of following the tour, the 49NH team finished the full 150-lap battle at Lee. This was a genuine step in the right direction for their program. The positive attitude and desire to continue improving his program gives Matt and his team all the ingredients for a Star Award. Lee was a tough race, and the 49NH’s finish was a testament to a short track racer who understands where his team currently is and to a team who works on their program with dedication and a great attitude. Congratulations on the Three Star Award to the Watt-sponsored team; it will be interesting to see what their next step forward will be.

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Helliwell Shows the Way at Lee USA Governor’s Cup

Lee, NH — Wayne Helliwell Jr. came out on top of a battle with fellow home track driver Eddie MacDonald to win the American-Canadian Tour (ACT) New Hampshire Governor’s Cup 150 at Lee USA Speedway in Lee, NH.

Helliwell took the lead from MacDonald for the final time on a lap 117 restart following a caution for defending champion Joey Polewarczyk Jr.’s spin entering turn 3. The Dover, NH driver then held off McDonald and Maine youngster Brad Babb on two ensuing restarts to win his first Tour race at the 3/8-mile oval and eighth overall.

 “We were able to cool our tires down and just crowd (MacDonald) down on that restart,” said Helliwell, who unofficially assumed the point lead following the event. “That helped us get the momentum and the drive up off the turn. Once we got to the lead, we were able to just keep the car on the bottom and roll around.

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North East Mini Stock Tour Season Preview

Lee (NH) USA Speedway will host the North East Mini Stock Tour season opener Sunday with the American-Canadian Tour (ACT) Late Models. The 10 race schedule will visit Beech Ridge (ME) Motor Speedway, New London-Waterford (CT) Speedbowl, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Oxford (ME) Plains Speedway, Seekonk (MA) Speedway, and Thompson (CT) Speedway Motorsports Park.

The NEMST will visit NHMS with the AIM Recycling PASS Super Late Models July 4-5. Saturday will be a practice day. Sunday will have both divisions practice, qualify, and race.

“Tom and I have been working together since about November to get the dates at Oxford, Maine and Tom have had a good conversation channel open since the end of the last year.” NEMST Promoter Bob Guptill said.

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Lee USA Speedway Season Preview

Lee (NH) USA Speedway will host the postponed Governor’s Cup 150 American-Canadian Tour (ACT) Late Model race on Sunday. It will also be the opening event for the North East Mini Stock Tour and Northeast Classic Lites. Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. won the season opener at Oxford (ME) Plains Speedway Sunday.

“We start off with the ACT Tour, do the Bullring Bash,” Promoter Joe Bassett said. “Go into our season opener with no specials that night and then the very next week we start off with the (Mr. Rooter) New England Truck Series and then every single week up until our championship night. We have a special every week.”

With all the touring divisions coming into town, they wanted to make it an event every week. Every week the fan would come into Lee and see something new.

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Valenti Modified Racing Series Season Preview

The postponed Bond Auto Parts Spring Dash 100 at Monadnock Speedway will host the Valenti Modified Racing Series season opener on May 2. It will be the first since 2006 that the series has opened their season at the New Hampshire quarter mile oval and where it started in April 2004. Kirk Alexander, the series winningest driver, will return to full-time competition. Reigning champion Justin Bonsignore and Art Barry will not defend their title, opting for weekly SK Modified racing at Stafford (CT) Motor Speedway.

The 16 race schedule will visit Airborne Park (NY) Speedway, Beech Ridge (ME) Motor Speedway, Claremont (NH) Speedway, Devil’s Bowl (VT) Speedway, Lee USA (NH) Speedway, Monadnock (NH) Speedway, New London-Waterford (CT) Speedbowl, Oxford (ME) Plains Speedway, Seekonk (MA) Speedway, Stafford (CT) Motor Speedway, and Thompson (CT) Speedway Motorsports Park.

Stafford will host three races. Beech Ridge (August 1) Claremont (July 10) and Oxford (August 29, AIM Recycling Oxford 250 weekend) return, while Devil’s Bowl will be hosting its inaugural race July 24. The season finale is the World Series of Speedway Racing at Thompson October 17.

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Schneider to Pursue VMRS, Riverhead Events

Dave Schneider is planning to compete on the Valenti Modified Racing Series (VMRS) full-time and the Tour-Type Modifieds at Riverhead (NY) Raceway as his schedule allows. Schneider acquired a brand new 2008 Troyer at the end of last year and will use it as his an VMRS car. His old car will be used at Riverhead.

He is also looking at the Northeast Auto Car and Parts Tri-Track Open Modified Series depending on how the season is going. “It’s a great series (Tri Track),” Schneider said. “They have a great selection of tracks and the promoters are awesome people.”

Schneider will also have a new paint scheme. The car will still be red, but have other colors added.

Schneider had a tough season last year. He blew a motor at Stafford (CT) Motor Speedway. He crashed in his first race back at New London-Waterford (CT) Speedbowl and clipped the car. Schneider came down with mono. He had his ups though at the end of year. A fifth at Seekonk (MA) Speedway, seventh at Lee (NH) USA Speedway and Thompson (CT) Speedway Motorsports Park were among his best finishes. “I’m looking to improve exponentially on that.”

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American Canadian Tour at Lee USA Speedway April 26, 2015

Lee, NH – Although the season-opening American Canadian Tour (ACT) Late Model event had to pushed back two weeks due to the heavy snows Mother Nature piled on the Lee USA Speedway this winter, all systems are go to open the 2015 season on the rescheduled date of April 25 at “New Hampshire‘s Center of Speed“.

The Northeast Classic Lites and North East Mini Stock Tour will also be taking to the fast 3/8th’s mile as part of the opener, and the pre-season touring series action continues with the second annual Bullring Bash for the Tri-Track Open Modified Series along with the NEMST and the North East Street Stock Tour on May 17.

Two weeks later, the 2015 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series season will take to the track for the Friday night opener on May 29, and entries are pouring into the speedway office at a record pace. Weekly events will once again feature the Supermodifieds, Hobby Stocks, Ironmen, and 4-cylinder Pure Stocks, but the Late Model Sportsmen are clearly leading the way when it comes to pre-season entries.

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MRNETS Part of Icebreaker Weekend

The Mr. Rooter New England Truck Series will have its season opener during Icebreaker weekend at Thompson (CT) Speedway Motorsports Park. The series will visit seven other venues in a 16 race season: Bethel, Hudson, Lee USA, Monadnock, New-London Waterford, Stafford, and Star.

The New England Truck Series announced during the banquet in January that Mr. Rooter would become the title sponsor for the series. Mr. Rooter owner Vin Beedle jumped at the opportunity when the series needed some help. He has a passion for the sport and feels it’s important to support it.“I’ve always been a fan of the truck series,” Beedle said. “I actually owned a truck out west. When I saw the opportunity, they needed some help. It’s all going to be nothing but good coming out of this. I think we’re going to have fun.”

“I’ve always been a fan of the truck series,” Beedle said. “I actually owned a truck out west. When I saw the opportunity, they needed some help. It’s all going to be nothing but good coming out of this. I think we’re going to have fun.”

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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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Winter of 2015 Forces Postponement of ACT Lee NH Governor’s Cup

Historic Oxford Plains ACT/Pass Twin 150’s To Open ACT Season

Waterbury, VT –The never-ending winter of 2015 has forced officials of the American-Canadian Tour (ACT) and the Lee USA Speedway to postpone the New Hampshire Governor’s Cup 150, originally scheduled for Saturday, April 11 and Sunday, April 12.

“We have waited in hopes that we would start to get some relief from the massive amount of snow we received this past winter in our region,” said Bill Callen, manager of the Lee USA Speedway. “We wanted to get things opened up in time for our ACT opening event, but that is going to be impossible with the amount of snow that still is at the Speedway. We know that fans and teams have always enjoyed coming to Lee for the first event of the season, but unfortunately we still have snow drifts from the frontstretch up over the grandstands! We just don’t believe we can get things prepared appropriately in the next two weeks. The best thing for all concerned was to give some early notice, as many teams and fans travel from Quebec, Maine and Vermont to our traditional ACT openers.”

More than 40 ACT Late Model teams were expected to try and qualify for 28 starting spots, including defending event Champion Eddie MacDonald of Rowley, MA and former Lee Governor’s Cup Champion, and defending ACT Tour Champion, Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. (Pole) from nearby Hudson, NH.

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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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