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Josh King Wins His First at the JBH 100

Winchester, NH- Josh King of Vernon, Vermont took his first Granite State Pro Stock Series win at the JBH 100 on Saturday night. Points leader Mike O’Sullivan of Springfield, MA looked like he would be a threat posting the fastest times in practice. He also ran well in his heat finishing second behind his brother Tommy O’Sullivan of Wilbraham, MA.

As dark skies and lightning loomed west of the track, King started on the pole in the Feature and Jeremy Harclerode of Newmarket, NH started on the outside. The early part of the race saw King take the lead early with Scott MacMichael of New London, NH and Nick Lascuola of Abington, MA close behind.

By half way, track veteran Barry Gray of Belchertown, MA had made his way up to fourth after starting tenth earning himself the Hard Charger award for the night. On lap 61 MacMichael took the lead from King and held it for eight laps. King was able to regain the lead, going low around lap traffic and held the lead until rain brought out the yellow, then the checkers to end the race after 72 laps were complete.
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Hinckley Teams with Barry for MTS Races

Les Hinckley, III will be driving for Spearpoint Racing for the inaugural  Exit Realty Modified Touring Series (MTS) season. Hall of Famer car owner Art Barry called to ask about Hinckley’s plans. The opportunity came through a voicemail from Barry Thursday and the deal came together during the follow-up call.

“The guy’s absolutely a legend in racing,” Hinckley said. “The racing community and racing in general has been lucky to have a man like that to have him for as long as we have because he just lives and dies for racing.  … For him to call me and ask me to drive his racecar and to be excited about it the way he is is just its humbling. The list of names that have been in his car for me to be one of ’em it really puts me in check. This is bigger than me and I can’t thank Art enough for thinking highly enough about me to be worthy to drive his race car.”

Barry wants to win one more race before he retires. Barry competed last season on the Northeast Race Cars & Parts Tri-Track Open Modified Series (TTOMS) with Justin Bonsignore.

“I think he’s really good,” Barry said. “He’s a gentleman. He talks to you and he’s very, very good about reasoning things out, working together, and he’s really good on equipment that’s for sure. I’m kind of looking forward to it.”

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Hirschman Looks to Continue Myrtle Beach Success

Matt Hirschman of Northampton, PA discounts his experience at Myrtle Beach (SC) Speedway ahead of Saturday’s NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour opener. He cited teams that privately tested or competed in a 50-lap Modified race last month, where he finished third. Hirschman has three consecutive podiums at Myrtle Beach.

“It’s not gonna be totally foreign to them,” Hirschman said. “But it’s a unique place and having raced there now a few times over the last year and a half certainly helps and we have won a race there which is always a boost of confidence.”

The tire wear at the half-mile oval is well known. Last month’s Modified race demonstrated conservation’s role with part of the field dropping back to preserve tires.

“There are abrasive tracks and then there’s Myrtle Beach. It’s hard to explain but it’s definitely the extreme on that end. It’s really unlike any other track I’ve run at.”

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Jonathan McKennedy Awarded “Premier Touring Series Driver of the Year” at Northeast Motorsports Expo

Augusta, Maine – At this past weekend’s 29th Annual Northeast Motorsports Expo, open wheel Modified standout Jonathan McKennedy was awarded the “Premier Touring Series Driver of the Year”.

Sponsored by Mainely Motorsports Television, ( and its popular Host Steve Perry, the honor is a tell-tale of top-Series driver results from the past season.

Host Steve Perry explained, “The Premier Touring Series Driver of the Year” is a comparison of best season to best season of all our top New England drivers from ACT, MRS, NASCAR, and PASS competition.

“During the 2016 season,” continued Perry, “this driver stood out above all the rest.

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First Annual New England Short Track Showdown at New Hampshire Motor Speedway Headlines 11-Race Schedule for Granite State Pro Stock Series in 2017

WALPOLE, N.H. — The Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS) announced an exciting 11-race schedule for the 2017 season on Saturday. The schedule includes events in four different states across a total of 10 different race tracks, giving plenty of variety for both drivers and fans.

Headlining the schedule will be the first annual New England Short Track Showdown at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in July.

The season will begin with a stop at Lee USA Speedway on Sunday, April 30, a three-eighths mile flat track in Lee, N.H. In 2016, championship runner-up D.J. Shaw scored the victory at Lee, holding off Derek Griffith and Bryan Kruzcek in the final stages to take the checkered flag.

The GSPSS will attempt the inaugural event at the quarter-mile Riverhead Raceway for a second time in 2017, this time on Saturday night May 20. In 2016, drivers practiced for the event but rain forced the cancellation and there was no reschedule date.

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NEMA Tentative 2017 Schedule of Events

April 2017
1st Thompson – Icebreaker – Lites only

May 2017
6th Waterford – Lites only
7th Waterford – NEMA Midgets only
20th Wiscasset

June 2017
3rd Riverhead – Alan Cantor Memorial
14th Thompson – Lites
17th Star
28th Seekonk – Boston Louie Memorial
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GSPSS to Celebrate John Hoyt with Rescheduled JBH 100 at Monadnock Speedway

Even though it’s a month late, the Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS) is set to celebrate the life of John Hoyt this Saturday night at Monadnock Speedway in Winchester, New Hampshire.

The 100 lap main event will honor Hoyt, the co-founder of the series, who unexpectedly passed away in 2011. The race was originally scheduled for August 13, but rain forced the race to be rescheduled and it now it is the final event in September for the GSPSS.

Since the race was originally scheduled to run, the GSPSS has run a race at Wiscasset Speedway, won by DJ Shaw, and Star Speedway, won by Joey Squeglia. Shaw has been on a roll of late and currently leads the point standings by 20 points with just two races to go in the 2016 campaign.
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Patnode Scores On Home Turf Winning Victor Johnson Memorial 100

Winchester, NH. — Veteran New Hampshire racer Todd Patnode, of Swanzey, rolled to his first series win of the year, and his second Swanzey Oil sponsored ‘Victor Johnson Memorial 100’ victory in three years, as the Valenti Modified Racing Series closed out three race dates at Monadnock Speedway, Winchester, NH, before a large crowd Saturday night. August 20.

Speedway management held a ceremony remembering the late Hall of Fame car owner Mario Fiore prior to the race program. Fiore passed away in June.

Patnode chased early race leader Russ Hersey, also of Swanzey, before taking the lead on lap-71 taking and capturing his first VMRS victory since August 24,2013.
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Monadnock Hosting VMRS / Victor Johnson Memorial 100 Saturday

Canaan, NH. — The Valenti Modified Racing Series and Monadnock Speedway remembers one of its own Saturday night, August 20, with the running of the annual ‘Victor Johnson Memorial 100,’ in honor of the former modified racer who lost his life in a house fire five years ago.

The race, the third of three at Monadnock this season and sponsored by Swanzey Oil, of West Swanzey, NH, marks the final appearance of the year for the VMRS at the Winchester, NH, oval.

Top point men Jon McKennedy, Mike Willis Jr, Chris Pasteryak, Todd Patnode, and David Schneider, in that order, are expected entries.
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McKennedy Wins at Monadnock On Last Lap Pass

Winchester, NH. — It was a perfect lead-in to the tracks annual fireworks presentation. The final 9-laps were explosive as drivers made their last run at a strong finish. Chris Pasteryak dove under David Schneider to fifth, Todd Patnode, dove under Steve Masse for a podium finish, but it was the battle for the win that was the grand finale.

Russ Hersey, of Swanzey, NH, dominated the annual Valenti Modified Racing Series ‘Firecracker 100’ at his home track taking the lead on lap-21 and holding it until a last lap showdown with Jon McKennedy, of E.Chelmsford, MA, before a large crowd at Monadnock Speedway Saturday night July 2.

McKennedy, a former ‘Firecracker 100’ winner, used the closing laps to size up the task of passing for the win as he chased Hersey. On lap 99, McKennedy went high into turn one, exited turn two on the bottom, drag raced Hersey down the back stretch, dove under the leader in turn three, again drag raced Hersey off turn four to win by a half-car length his third VMRS race of the season and pad his point lead in the series point standings.
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VMRS to Celebrate Holiday Weekend at Monadnock Speedway

Canaan, NH. – A 13-year tradition continues Saturday, July 2, when the Valenti Modified Racing Series heads to Monadnock Speedway, Winchester, NH, for the running of the annual ‘Firecracker 100’, an annual presentation by the speedway to coincide with the tracks Independence Day celebration and fireworks display.

The role has reversed with Jon McKennedy, of E. Chelmsford, MA, now leading reigning champion Woody Pitkat, of Sturbridge, MA, by 18-points after last week’s runner-up finish for the McKennedy team at Stafford.

McKennedy is a three-time series champion. Both are expected.
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U.S. Prostock/Super Late Model Guaranteed Starter Races Set

Seekonk, Mass. – Gary Sagar, promoter of the recently announced U.S. Prostock/Super Late Models National Championship Race, scheduled for July 13, at Seekonk Speedway, Seekonk, MA, has a four track guaranteed starter series in place for the 200-lap event paying a cool $10,000 to the winner.

This weekend when the Granite State Prostock Series competes Saturday night, May 28, at Monadnock Speedway, Winchester, NH, the race winner will become the first guaranteed starter.

The second guaranteed starter race will be contested Saturday, June 4, at Wiscasset, ME, Speedway, followed by an event at Seekonk Speedway, Saturday, June 18, and the fourth race at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway, Scarborough, ME, Saturday, June 25.
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U.S. Prostock/Super Late Model Guaranteed Starter Races Set

Seekonk, Mass. – Gary Sagar, promoter of the recently announced U.S. Prostock/Super Late Models National Championship Race, scheduled for July 13, at Seekonk Speedway, Seekonk, MA, has a four track guaranteed starter series in place for the 200-lap event paying a cool $10,000 to the winner.

This weekend when the Granite State Prostock Series competes Saturday night, May 28, at Monadnock Speedway, Winchester, NH, the race winner will become the first guaranteed starter.

The second guaranteed starter race will be contested Saturday, June 4, at Wiscasset, ME, Speedway, followed by an event at Seekonk Speedway, Saturday, June 18, and the fourth race at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway, Scarborough, ME, Saturday, June 25.

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Winchester 200 To Happen Saturday May 21st

One of the biggest events of the season will be coming to Monadnock Speedway on Saturday night May 21st. It will be the Winchester 200 featuring the Modified Touring Series. The race will be 200 green flag laps and the winner will go home with $15,000 and the trophy will be a 3855 Winchester rifle. Some of the modified teams came to practice their cars this past Wednesday at Monadnock in preparation for the event.

With many drivers entered, such as NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour regulars, Donny Lia, Eric Goodale, Ron Silk, Todd Szegedy, and Rowan Pennink have entered. NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Ryan Preece has entered event driving for Ed Partridge. Chris Pasteryak the winner in the season opener of the Valenti Modified Racing Series at the quarter mile oval has entered in the event along with Valenti Modified Racing Series drivers Kirk Alexander, Les Hinckley, and Todd Patnode.

The Monadnock Speedway NASCAR Whelen All-American Series weekly divisions will be apart of the program as the Sportsman Modifieds, Super Stocks, Mini Stocks, Young Guns, and Lightning Stocks will race.

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Pasteryak Claims Valenti Modified Racing Series Season Opener

If the opening event at the Monadnock Speedway on Saturday night, April 30, is any indication of how things will go this year, then this should be one of the best racing seasons to date.

Thirteen years ago Larry Cirillo, promoter of Monadnock, gave series founder Jack Bateman the opportunity to showcase the new Modified Racing Series. Bateman must have done something right because the MRS has opened all but two seasons at the high-banked 1/4-mile speedway.

In the end, a packed grandstand witnessed some hard fought side-by-side bumper-to-bumper action with Chris Pasteryak of Jewett City, Ct. besting a stellar field to take down his first victory of the MRS 2016 season. It was his 11th win overall with the MRS putting him 4th on the all-time win list.
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Valenti Modified Racing Series Goes Green at Monadnock

Canaan, NH. – 13 years ago Kirk Alexander was in prep mode ready to try something new. The Modified Racing Series was set to debut at Monadnock Speedway, Winchester, NH.

Right off the trailer Alexander was fast that night. Potent enough to win the series opener and lay the foundation to become the all-time Valenti Modified Racing Series winner.

Alexander hopes to add to that total this Saturday night when the VMRS kicks off a 16-race schedule at the popular ¼ mile facility with the running of the Bond Auto Parts ‘Spring Dash 100.’ Alexander has garnered 31-series victories.

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T.J Bleau Steps Up Program

When the 2016 Valenti Modified Racing Series season starts at the Monadnock Speedway on April 30 for the Bond Spring Dash 100. A new team will be on hand to do battle with the modified veterans.

15-year-old T.J. Bleau of Troy, NH has decided it’s time to take the next step in his racing career. “We now have the equipment to compete, so it’s time to step up our program,full time,” Bleau said.

The high school student started racing at the age of eight and since then has amassed an impressive record, including assorted victories and championships at a number of local tracks.
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Monadnock Gears Up for 2016

As the 2016 racing season quickly approaches, the work on race cars has intensified. The same can be said for the local speedways, and that’s certainly the case for the Monadnock Speedway in Winchester, NH.

Owner-promoter Larry Cirillo and his team have been busy with maintenance and pit expansion. Race fans are going to see a variety of classes coming to the fast, high banked 1/4 mile track, as each month Monadnock will offer a different touring series.

Cirillo commented “I hope it’s not too much on our package or too much of a burden on our customers, because each series coming in is a special event. We’ll not only host our weekly competitors which includes the Sportsmen-Modifieds, Super Stocks, Thunder Stocks, Mini Stocks and Young Guns, but we will add a touring series each month.”

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MTS Announces Inaugural Winchester 200

The Modified Touring is proud to announce our inaugural event- The Winchester 200.

Gary approached many speedways with his vision and Larry Cirillo of Monadnock Speedway was the one who could see the possibilities of making this a spectacular event. Therefore, The Winchester 200 will be held at Monadnock Speedway- “The fastest high-bank 1/4 mile in the northeast”.

This will be a 200 green flag laps race taking place on May 21, 2016 (with a rain date of May 22, 2016)
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Rowan Pennink Solidifies Busy 2016 Season

Rowan Pennink will be competing for as many as four different race teams in 2016, in his quest for several different modified championships this upcoming season.

The Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania driver will kick of the season in two new rides for 2016. Rowan will be taking over the driving duties for one the most legendary teams in modified racing, the Boehler Racing Enterprises-Ole’ Blue #3. Rowan will compete full-time in 2016 on NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour beginning at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park at the annual Icebreaker event in April. Also occurring at Thompson Speedway, Rowan will return to full-time Sunoco Modified competition in the seat of another car rich in tradition, the Dickie Ceravolo owned #16 machine for 2016.

In addition to his new NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and Thompson Sunoco Modified teams, Pennink will return to two of his most familiar rides in 2016 as well. Rowan and his #99 Hitchcock Pool Water team will look to defend their 2015 Stafford Speedway SK Modified championship by returning full-time to Stafford in 2016. Rowan will also return to Gary Casella’s, Roscoe Racing #25, for a full slate of Tri-Track Open Modified Series events, as well as a limited number of Valenti Modified Racing Series dates with the team that earned the 2013 series championship.

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GSPSS Announces 2016 Race Schedule

The Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS) has announced an 11-race schedule for the 2016 season. The schedule includes stops at Riverhead Raceway and Wiscasset Speedway for the first time in series history, along with eight races in the state of New Hampshire and one in Connecticut.

The season will start on Friday, May 13, when the Pro Stocks travel to Claremont Speedway in Claremont, New Hampshire. In August of 2011, Chris Wilk scored the victory at Claremont, while, in April of 2015, eventual series champion Derek Griffith took down the checkered flag.

After a two week break for driver’s to get their rides ready, the 1/4 mile Monadnock Speedway will play host to the series on Saturday, May 28, closing out the month of May with a battle on the high-banked oval. Matt Frahm and Barry Gray took victories when the Pro Stocks visited in 2014.

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New England Pro 4 Modifieds Release 2016 Schedule

The New England Pro 4 Modifieds will visit New London-Waterford (CT) Speedbowl for five races, including the Triple crown Series. The season will begin and end at Thompson (CT) Speedway Motorsports Park for the Icebreaker April 8-9. The series will visit Lee USA, Star, and Monadnock Speedways in New Hampshire twice as well. Monadnock will host the Paul Roch Memorial Race September 10. The series will be a part of Oktoberfest at Lee USA October 7-8. The season finale is the traditional Harry Kourafas, Jr. Memorial Race October 14-15 at Thompson. Seekonk Speedway returns to the schedule July 12 for the US Pro Stock / SLM Championship event.
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16-Race Schedule Announced for 2016 VMRS Season

Canaan, New Hampshire — A first time visit to a New Hampshire Speedway, an appearance with the Pass Pro All Stars Series in Maine, and the traditional stops at New England’s top bull-rings and historic ovals, highlight the 2016 season for New England’s Valenti Modified Racing Series. Jack Bateman, series founder and president, made the announcement Thursday night, December 2.

The 13th annual season opens Saturday night April 23, 2016, with Monadnock Speedway, Winchester, New Hampshire, once again rolling out the carpet for the new campaign.

The series next competes Friday night, May 20 at the famed Stafford Motor Speedway, Stafford, Connecticut. The event will be the first of three races at the half-mile oval. Friday, June 24, and Friday, September 2, is the dates to circle for return visits.

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Tentative 2016 Granite State Pro Stock Series Schedule

GSPSSThe Granite State Pro Stock Series provided a tentative 2016 schedule today at their meeting at Thompson.

The Granite State Pro Stock Series will race up to 14 events. The season opener is May 13 at Claremont (NH) Speedway. Charter member Monadnock Speedway has its first of two races on May 28. Lee (NH) USA Speedway has the third race on June 3. Two July events are TBA.

Monadnock will be the first venue to have double-digit series races on August 13 for the JBH 100. Claremont will run its second event on August 19. A tentative inaugural race at Wiscasset (ME) Speedway is September 4 with an optional practice day September 3.

Star Speedway in Epping, NH will host the ISMA Supermodifieds with Granite State for the Star Classic on September 10. The September 24 race at White Mountain Motorsports Park in N. Woodstock, NH will be the 50th series race. An October 22 race location is TBA.

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Former NEMA Champion Butch Walsh Passes Away

Frederick T. Walsh

HYANNIS – Frederick T. (Butch) Walsh died at Cape Cod Hospital on Aug 22, 2015.

Butch was born in Dover, MA, in 1941, to the late Thomas and Alice Walsh.

He was a skilled automotive technician, and champion motor racer in modifieds, super modifieds, midgets, sprints and motorcycles.
Butch was the 1966 NEMA rookie of the year, 1973 NEMA leading driver, and 1994 Grand National Champion N.E. Short Track. Three term president of NEMA and a member of NEMA Hall of Fame.

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Joey Payne Best in NEMA’s Iron Mike Memorial at Monadnock; Meg Cugini Tops Lites Field

Winchester, NH — This past Saturday evening, NEMA made its return to the Monadnock Speedway for the continuation of the Iron Mike Scrivani Memorial race for the NEMA cars, and a full program for the Lites cars.  Fierce racing throughout the pack in both divisions highlighted the evening, as NEMA continues one of its most competitive seasons ever on record.  On a track that is known as a “drivers track” due to the variable banking between the turns and high speeds, Joey Payne became the ninth different winner in 12 races for NEMA, and Meg Cugini became the second female driver to ever win in the Lites division. 

In the NEMA division, Joey Payne and Jim Santa Maria paced the field to the green.  Payne, consistently in the top three throughout the day on the time charts, blasted out into the lead.  Payne paced the field at a torrid pace, pulling out to over a half track lead at one point.  Behind him, there was close racing throughout the pack.  2014 Champion Randy Cabral, in a tight points battle with John Zych Jr. raced for the 4th position for much of the race, until Cabral got together with the #21 of Jim Chambers, sending Chambers spinning and bringing out the caution.  Cabral retired to the pits later in the race due to the incident with a broken steering arm.  

On the restart, Payne jumped into the lead, but Zych made a daring move, taking four spots away, and then set his sights on Payne.  Zych slipped by Payne into the lead, only to be negated by a Bethany Stoehr caution on that same lap.  On the next restart, Payne was ready for Zych, who is known to be very sharp on restarts.  Payne launched in the middle of turn three, and rocketed up the track, taking away Zych’s line.  The duo sliced and diced, with Zych trying both the high side and the low side of Payne to get by.  On the white flag lap, Zych made one more attempt in turn one, but Payne shut the door and went on to take down his first NEMA victory of the season, and first with Bertrand Motorsports.  Following Payne and Zych across the line were Avery Stoehr, Seth Carlson, Alan Chambers, Jim Chambers, Bethany Stoehr, Paul Scally, Randy Cabral and Andy Barrows.

“The car was really good.  I had went into ‘cruise mode’ thinking that we had them covered, and then John surprised me after the restart when he got by.  I’ve been doing this a long time, and knew what I had to do in order to make sure that didn’t happen again.  After the restart, the car loosened up a little, but I dialed it back in and hooked it back up for the finish,” said Payne.  “It feels awesome to win for the Bertrand team and for the Scrivani family in the Iron Mike Memorial,” he said.

In the Lites race, young star, Meg Cugini jumped out into the lead from her second starting position.  She set a quick pace and pulled away from the field, until a caution at the halfway point tightened up the field.  Cugini would line up next to veteran, Andy Barrows.  Cugini got the advantage on the restart, despite Barrows making a run at her a few times over the next couple of laps on the bottom.  

“I was just thinking to myself that I needed to hit my marks over the final laps.  It feels great to take down a big win like this,” said Cugini.  “This win goes out to my brother, Danny, who for the first time was able to watch me race versus racing along side of me.  I’m glad I could make him proud.  It also goes out to my Dad who works so hard on the car each week and our sponsors – Bob’s Collision Center, World Wide Preowned, Bumper to Bumper Accessories and Avratin Law,” she said.  

Andy Barrows put in a strong run to finish second, and veteran Paul Scally had his second consecutive podium finish with an impressive run.  Following them across the line were Scott Bigelow, Paul Bigelow, Anthony Payne, Jim Cataldo, Dennis O’Brien, Jeremy Decourcey and Randy Cabral.

The NEMA schedule resumes this coming Saturday at the New London Waterford Speedbowl for the Jim O’Brien Memorial, with both the full NEMA cars and the Lites taking center stage at the Bowl.  All of NEMA’s standings and action can also be followed on the series website at 

Pos. # Driver Hometown Owner
1 74 Joey Payne Fairlawn, NJ Tim Bertrand
2 9 John Zych Jr. Mendon,MA John Zych Sr.
3 15a Avery Stoehr Lakeville, MA Russ Stoehr
4 71 Seth Carlson Brimfield, CT Gene Feigel
5 7 Alan Chambers Atkinson, NH Mike Chambers
6 21 Jim Chambers Atkinson, NH Mike Chambers
7 5b Bethany Stoehr Bridgewater,MA Greg Stoehr
8 30 Paul Scally Raynham, MA Paul Scally
9 DNF 47 Randy Cabral Plymouth, MA Tim Bertrand
10 DNF 46 Andy Barrows New Ipswich, NH Andy Barrows
11 DNF 99 Jim Santa Maria Burlington, CT Jim Santa Maria
12 DNF 87 Doug Cleveland Sudbury, MA Doug Cleveland

Pos. # Driver Hometown Owner
1 41 Megan CuginI Marshfield, MA D. Cugini
2 46 Andy Barrows New Ipswich, NH Andy Barrows
3 30b Paul Scally Raynham, MA Paul Scally
4 32 Scott Bigelow E. Hampton, CT Scott Bigelow
5 31 Paul Bigelow Kensington, CT Paul Bigelow
6 21 Anthony Payne Fairlawn, NJ Jennifer Scrivani
7 2 Jim Cataldo Sterling, MA Jim Cataldo
8 16 Dennis O’Brien Deerfield, NH Chris O’Brien
9 DNF 29d Jeremy Decourcey Rochester, NH Jeremy Decourcey
10 DNF 35 Randy Cabral Plymouth, MA Glen Cabral
11 DNS 36 Myles Devits – Myles Devits

Sources: Tim Bertrand/NEMA PR

NEAR Hall of Fame Class of 2015

Victories at LeMans and Daytona International Speedway are among the hundreds of checkered flags owned by the New England Auto Racing Hall of Fame’s class of 2015.

Sam Posey, one of America’s top road racers, and Greg Sacks, the winner of the 1985 Daytona Firecracker 400, are part of the class that will be honored at the NEAR Hall of Fame 18th induction banquet Sunday, Nov. 8 at Maneeley’s in South Windsor, CT.

The class also includes owner/driver Joey Laquerre, car owner the late Paul Dunigan and drivers the late Jim McCallum and Stan Gregor, a quartet that collectively has 27 track championships.

The multi-faceted Lew Boyd, presently a book seller and publisher, and Lee USA Speedway promoter Red MacDonald will also be inducted.

Ticket information for the banquet will soon be available on the New England Antique Racers website (

Still to be announced are the Veterans Committee picks, the Pardi Memorial Award and the Mitchell/Ratta (media) Award winners.

A long-time Sharon, CT resident, Posey was a top runner in road racing with strong finishes in Formula A, Can-Am, and Trans-AM. He had a fifth at Indianapolis in 1972, scored at LeMans and Sebring and drove some Formula I before moving to TV with ABC Sports. He is an award winning writer and artist.

In addition to Daytona, Long Island native Sacks has a number of New England victories, notably at Stafford and Thompson but also at Westboro. His 1982 season, which included the Stafford championship, ranks with the best performances in New England racing history.

Vermont’s Laquerre has been a winner over five decades as both an owner and driver. The top winner at the old Catamount Stadium, his resume includes several wins on the ACT Tour and championships at Thunder Road (6) and Catamount (2).

The colorful Dunigan, who passed away in 2004, burst on to the International Super Modified Association scene and won six titles in eight years, adding an Oswego crown as well. His drivers included Bentley Warren, Russ Wood, Mike Ordway, and Joe Gosek.

MacDonald, over six decades, was a successful car owner – drags, cutdowns, Supermodifieds, even an Indianapolis car – before taking over the Lee USA Speedway operation in 1986. He has brought the best in the business to his track often overcoming great obstacles.

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Victor Johnson Memorial 100 Next for VMRS

Canaan, NH — The Valenti Modified Racing Series gets back at it Saturday night, August 22, as the Monadnock Speedway, Winchester, NH, plays host to the ‘Victor Johnson Memorial 100’ honoring the late modified driver who lost his life in a 2011 house fire. Saturday’s race also carries additional purse money

Woody Pitkat, of Stafford Springs, CT, still has the point lead entering the series final 2015 appearance at Monadnock. 28 points separate Pitkat from (Todd) Patnode and Szegedy. Chris Pasteryak, of Jewett City, CT, is 29 points from the top, with Nashua, NH, veteran Norm Wrenn fifth.

Additionally, former Monadnock winners Kirk Alexander, Jon McKennedy, Rowan Pennink, and Les Hinckley III, are expected entries.

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Matt Frahm Adds Another Trophy to the Mantel

Hampstead, NH Driver Leads Series in Career Wins

WINCHESTER, NH – Matt Frahm took advantage of a tangle between the first and second place cars, inheriting the lead on lap 31, and powering to the victory in the JBH 100 at Monadnock Speedway.

Adam Norton took advantage of his pole position starting spot, as the Ludlow, MA driver would lead the first quarter of the race.  A chain reaction incident on lap 24 would send Derek Griffith careening into turn one, damaging the spoiler of his automobile.  Norton would hold off Frahm on two consecutive restarts, before Mike O’Sullivan joined the mix, getting under Norton and battling for the lead.  On lap 31, O’Sullivan and Norton spun in turn four, sending both cars to the back of the pack. 

Frahm would find himself on the point on the restart, with Josh King to his outside.  Frahm repeatedly fended off challengers, until a restart on lap 68, when Mike Parks gave Frahm a run for his money.  Parks would edge ahead on the outside and lead lap 70, with the two exchanging the lead for the next few laps.  Frahm would prevail, and would retain the lead.

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Coby Conquers Monadnock

Veteran Scores First Win At New Hampshire Track

MONADNOCK, N.H. – While the statistics sheet might make it look like it was an easy win it was anything but that for Doug Coby.

Although he led the final 166 laps of the O’Reilly Auto Parts 200, Coby had to hold off a hard-charging Woody Pitkat to score his third NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour win of the season at Monadnock Speedway.

Coby passed Ryan Preece on Lap 45 and was able to remain at the point in the caution-filled race.

[Photo Gallery] by Chip Cormie

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