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Nasse Rolls On at New Smyrna

Cruises To Third Super Late Model Win In Four Nights

NEW SMYRNA, Fla. — Stephen Nasse continues to run away from the field.

The 18-year-old from Pinellas Park, Fla., coasted Wednesday to his third Super Late Model win in four starts during New Smyrna Speedway’s 48th Annual World Series of Asphalt Racing. In the process, he extended his points lead to six over Steve Wallace and 12 over Kyle Benjamin with three races remaining.

The World Series runs through Saturday night, culminating with the Bruce Gowland Memorial 100.

Nasse took the lead on Lap 6 and led the remainder of the 35-lap race, which went caution-free. Spencer Davis finished second, followed by Wallace, Benjamin and defending World Series champion Ryan Moore.

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New Smyrna to K&N Pro East: See You Again!

Track Signs Sanction For 2015 After Thrilling Inaugural Event

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Robert Hart had just one thought as he watched Daniel Suarez edge Cameron Hayley at the line for the win Sunday night:

“We’ve got to bring them back.”

Less than 48 hours after Hart’s New Smyrna Speedway hosted its inaugural NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race, the track owner signed the NASCAR sanction to host the series again in February of 2015.
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Cancer Survivor Joshua Bell, 24, Joins Rob Fuller Motorsports as Honorary Crew Member for UNOH Battle At The Beach & New Smyrna World Series of Asphalt Events

Team Sponsor, 15-40 Connection, Illustrating Cancer Symptoms Through Young Adult Cancer Survivor Stories

WESTBOROUGH, Mass. (February 17, 2014) — “I kept brushing off my fatigue and back pain…” At 22, Joshua Bell, a senior in college, had a busy schedule of student-teaching full time, working part time, keeping up with his academics, creating his portfolio and applying for post-graduate positions. When he experienced fatigue and back pain, he thought it was normal for how busy he was.

“It kept getting worse, until one morning when the pain began to radiate from my testicle,” Josh recalls. “I completed a self-check, and after realizing there was something there, panicked. Could that be cancer? I totally froze, until two days later when I realized I had to act.”

After a trip to the E.R. and a series of tests, Josh received the news that he didn’t have testicular cancer, it was Stage II leukemia, which had spread to his testicle. Through the next two years he went through several rounds of chemotherapy, several minor procedures, one surgery and many warming and caring thoughts from everyone in his life.

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Suarez Edges Hayley at New Smyrna

Second Career K&N East Win For D4D, NASCAR Next Driver

NEW SMYRNA, Fla. – Offseason did nothing to slow Daniel Suárez’s momentum.

The Monterrey, Mexico, driver held off Cameron Hayley in a door-to-door battle of NASCAR’s rising stars to win the New Smyrna 150 presented by JEGS Sunday night at New Smyrna Speedway. The race was the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East season opener and the inaugural visit to the banked half-mile.

Driving for Rev Racing and NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity, the 22-year-old Suárez picked up his second career victory and gave Rev Racing its 13th win since 2010.


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QUALIFYING: Hayley Nabs New Smyrna Pole

First K&N East Pole For NASCAR Next Driver

NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. – Cameron Hayley in just his second NASCAR K&N Pro Series East start won the 21 Means 21 presented by Coors Brewing Company Pole Award in qualifying on Sunday for the New Smyrna 150 presented by JEGS at New Smyrna Speedway.

It is the first pole position for Hayley, 17, in the K&N Pro Series East after winning six a year ago in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West. The Canadian driver out of Calgary, Alberta, moved from West to East this year and took over the car that Dylan Kwasniewski won the K&N East championship with last season.

Hayley, who is a member of the NASCAR Next program, posted a fast lap time of 18.477 seconds for an average speed of 93.522 mph on the .48-mile Florida oval. NASCAR Next is an industry initiative to spotlight young, talented drivers.
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PRACTICE: Hill Leads New Smyrna Field

Rookie Looks To Carry Momentum Into K&N East Qualifying

NEW SMYRNA, Fla. – Austin Hill led NASCAR K&N Pro Series East final practice on Sunday for the New Smyrna 150 presented by JEGS at New Smyrna Speedway.

Hill, out of Winston, Ga., got around the .48-mile banked oval in 18.358 seconds for an average speed of 94.128 mph.

Scott Heckert was second on the charts in the final session at 18.366 seconds (94.087 mph) followed by Ben Rhodes at 18.385 seconds (93.990 mph). Brandon McReynolds at 18.417 seconds (93.826 mph) and Gray Gaulding with a time of 18.442 (93.699 mph) were fourth and fifth, respectively.
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Eddie Mac and Grimm Racing Prepares for K&N Pro Series East Season Openers

In 2007 Waymart, Pa. businessman Rob Grimm joined the NASCAR fraternity sponsoring driver Eddie MacDonald and crew chief Rollie LaChance for the final three races of the K&N season. Grimm liked whathe saw and a partnership evolved among the three to form Grimm Racing. With Rob’s Grimm Construction based in Waymart, Pa. the main sponsor, Grimm Racing has taken the green flag for every K&N PSE race since 2008. When the green flag flies again to open the
season in the New Smyrna 150 presented by Jegs in Florida on Sunday, February 16 and then again at UNOH’s The Battle at the Beach on the Surperstretch at Daytona International Speedway on Tuesday, February 18th, the Grimm Racing Team will be there for its seventh full season together.

The early start to the season put the crew in race mode very quickly with Eddie Mac saying, “We have been very busy since NASCAR announced the schedule trying toget both of our new cars ready but we are in good shape and look forward to racing at New Smyrna and Daytona. We raced a Late Model at New Smyrna a couple of years ago so we are familiar with the track but we hope to get a lot of knowledge out of the practice there on Saturday. Everyone here is anxious to get racing again and then two days later we race at Daytona. It was not a point’s race there last year so we didn’t go, so it will be a new learning experience for us. We hope to race the same car in both races so we have our fingers crossed.”

Rob Grimm has 77 starts to his credit as team owner with three huge wins at New Hampshire Motor Speedway along with 18 top fives. “We probably would not be racing if not for Rob,” said Eddie. “Karla, Rob, and their family have been great to us. We are not just part of the race team but we are also part of their family. “Grimm Nation” has been with us every step of the way and our crew appreciates all the support. Rob gives us everything to be competitive on the track even though the series has changed greatly since we joined together in 2007. We have been very lucky to have the Grimm family supporting us.”

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K&N East Statistical Advance: New Smyrna

Analyzing The New Smyrna 150 Presented By JEGS

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East opens its 2014 season on Sunday, Feb. 16 with the New Smyrna 150 presented by JEGS at New Smyrna (Fla.) Speedway. Below is a statistical look at the performance of the series and selected drivers:

New Smyrna Race Setup
• Rev Racing’s Daniel Suárez has six top-three finishes in his last eight series starts including a July 2013 win at Columbus (Ohio) Motor Speedway.
• Of the entered drivers as of Feb. 11, six have taken a K&N East car to Victory Lane. Veteran Eddie MacDonald tops the list with six followed by Sergio Peña with three. Brandon Gdovic, Ryan Gifford, Austin Hill and Daniel Suárez have one each.
• Sixteen drivers entered into the New Smyrna 150 presented by JEGS as of Feb. 11 are Sunoco Rookie of the Year contenders. Eight of that group will attempt to make their series debut.

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K&N Pro Series East News & Notes: Florida

Gaulding Ready For Next Steps

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Advancement is about tackling the next challenge followed by searching for another.

The next steps for Gray Gaulding, 16, are fairly cut and dried – battle for a NASCAR K&N Pro Series East championship in 2014 and begin the progression through NASCAR’s national series ranks.

The Colonial Heights, Va., driver begins the pursuit of the former on Sunday, Feb. 16 at New Smyrna (Fla.) Speedway as part of the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing. Coming off a somewhat controversial NASCAR K&N Pro Series West win last November at Phoenix International Raceway, Gaulding is ready to get down to business.

In that Phoenix event, the then 15-year-old Gaulding made contact with race leader Cole Custer on the final lap and went on to claim his first NASCAR touring series victory.
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David Garbo, Jr. Ready for the Next Step

David Garbo, Jr. of Stonington, CT will join Lee Pulliam at Hattori Racing Enterprises  in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. Nick Hutchins, former crew chief for Mackena Bell, will join Garbo for his rookie season.  Sponsorship information and the number for Garbo’s race car are not finalized yet, but the car will use either #01 or #1.

The opportunity to drive for Hattori came after Garbo drove Late Models last season for Fat Head Racing at Hickory Motor Speedway. Garbo also raced in North Carolina and Virginia for the Dirty Dozen Series. He competed at Motor Mile and Southern National, where he finished second. He joined the  UARA Stars tour for events at Rockingham and Tri-County. Garbo also competed at  Martinsville and Richmond, where he finished sixth in the Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown.

“My dad is pretty good friends with Andy Santerre,” Garbo said. “Really just driving with Jamie Yelton and Fat Head Racing, we showed them the results that we had and put them together and put in a résumé to Hattori. Everything just worked out. It was a really good deal we’re doing with Shigeaki Hattori and he’s a really great guy. I’m really happy to be on his team. It’s a really big privilege for me.”

Hutchins and Pulliam’s crew chief Randy Goss bring years of experience to HRE. “He’s a younger guy but he’s been racing for a long time,” Garbo said. “… He’s definitely the right guy. …  I’m really comfortable with (Randy) Goss. … Between the two of them, like I said, sharing notes and working together in being one team, even though it’s with two teams. I think that we should be pretty dominant and I really have high expectations for the team this year. … The chemistry between my crew chief and I is already great and Lee Pulliam and I get along really well and it should be a great season.”

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Clouser Wins First New Smyrna NASCAR Title

Veteran Already Logging ’14 Whelen All-American Series Points

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Rich Clouser won the inaugural NASCAR Super Late Model track championship at New Smyrna (Fla.) Speedway in 2013 and he’s already two races into the track’s 2014 schedule and getting ready for more.

Clouser, 31, of Deland, Fla., posted top-10 finishes in the first two legs of the track’s Florida Triple Crown Series this month. He opened with a third-place finish in the Red Eye 100 on Jan. 4 and a 10th-place effort in the Pete Orr Memorial Orange Blossom 100 on Jan. 18. Travis Cope won both events. The Triple Crown Series concludes with the Bruce Gowland Memorial 100 Feb 22. That race is also the finale of the track’s 48th annual World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing Feb. 14-22.

The partnership between NASCAR and New Smyrna Speedway opened a new era in central Florida racing. Clouser, who was the defending division champion, wanted to be part of the historic 2013 season.
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PASS: Pre-order Now Available for Winter Meltdown at New Smyrna

PASS TV pay-per-view coverage of the Winter Meltdown at New Smyrna Speedway on February 8 is now available for pre-order at Coverage will be made available for the unbelievable price of just $29.95. And, if you pre-order and use the discount code PASSTV through February 5 you can save $5.

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Cope Makes It Two Straight at New Smyrna

Takes Second Leg Of Track’s Super Late Model Triple Crown

NEW SMYRNA, Fla. — Travis Cope insists he doesn’t have New Smyrna Speedway figured out.

The results indicate otherwise.

Cope led the final 92 laps in a dominating performance Saturday night en route to winning the 12th Annual Pete Orr Memorial/Orange Blossom 100. It’s his third straight NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Super Late Model win at the banked half-mile.

With the win, the 25-year from Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., adds his name to recent winners — and rising stars in the sport — of the Pete Orr 100: Kyle Larson (2012) and Kyle Benjamin (2013).

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Fogleman Headlines Latest Group of Entrants for PASS Winter Meltdown

Fogleman Champ Photo 2013CHARLOTTE, NC — Two-time defending Pro All Stars Series (PASS) Super Late Model national champion Jay Fogleman headlines another impressive group of drivers that have entered for the 3rd running of the Florida Winter Meltdown at New Smyrna Speedway on February 8. Fogleman’s entry comes as somewhat of a surprise after he announced last year that he would curtail racing to focus more on his 14-year-old son, Tate’s, budding career. And, while Fogleman has no plans to defend his PASS South Super Late Model championship of a year ago, he does plan on making a run at his third straight PASS National Series title. Fogleman, who finished 8th in the inaugural Winter Meltdown at New Smyrna back in 2010, will return to the seat of his famed #4 out of the family owned Bull City Race Cars shop.

“We’re definitely stepping back this year to focus on Tate and trying to help him win the PASS South championship,” said Fogleman. “I’m planning to run all the PASS National races this year. We came close to winning at Oxford last year and I sure would like to get that Oxford 250 trophy before my career’s all said and done.”

Tate Fogleman Car #8While the elder Fogleman, does not plan another full season run at both the PASS National and PASS South titles, the same cannot be said for Tate Fogleman. Tate will once again pilot the Speedco Truck Lube & Tire Ford in 2014 with plans to compete for both championships. The Florida Winter Meltdown will be young Tate’s first visit to New Smyrna Speedway. Following a successful rookie campaign in 2013 that saw Tate finish fifth in the PASS National Series and PASS South Super Late Model championship, he will be looking for even more consistency and his first win. Last season was highlighted by a 7th place finish in the Winter Meltdown, held last year at Florida’s Auburndale Speedway, and by qualifying for his first Oxford 250.

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Tennessee Champ Finchum Set for Florida

Kingsport Driver Aims to be National Contender

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Tennessee’s teenage NASCAR Whelen All-American Series state champion is expanding his racing boundaries this year. His 2014 campaign begins in just a few weeks.

Chad Finchum, 19, of Knoxville, Tenn., won his 2013 state title and NASCAR Late Model track championship at Kingsport (Tenn.) Speedway.

He plans to compete in all seven NASCAR Super Late Model race nights scheduled during the 48th annual World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing at New Smyrna (Fla.) Speedway Feb. 14-22.

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PASS to Begin Airing Events on Pay-Per-View Online in 2014


NAPLES, ME — Pro All Stars Series (PASS) President Tom Mayberry announced today that the series will begin airing pay-per-view events online this season. PASS TV will allow race fans around the world to watch North America’s premier short track series from the comfort of their own homes. TM Racing Videos will partner with PASS and utilize a multi-camera format to provide a first-of-its kind experience online for short track asphalt racers and fans. Fans will be able to access PASS TV through a link on and can enjoy the racing action from qualifying through the checkered flag. Through PASS TV, racers will be able to get those ever important sponsors the increased exposure that they deserve.

The first event that will be available for purchase beginning later this week will be the 3
rd Running of the Florida Winter Meltdown from New Smyrna Speedway on February 8. Other early season races planned to be broadcast on PASS TV include PASS South events from Greenville-Pickens Speedway, Dillon Motor Speedway, and the Easter Bunny 150 from Hickory Motor Speedway. Events that will be available for purchase will be announced throughout the season on the PASS website as well as the PASS Facebook and Twitter pages.

“We’re really happy to announce the launch of PASS TV for the 2014 racing season and we believe that this will revolutionize short track racing coverage for the future,” said PASS President Tom Mayberry. “Sanctioning a variety of different series throughout the United States and Canada offers us a great platform of racing entertainment for our fans. Now, when the best from New England and Canada head down South or conversely when our Southern stars head North, their fans will be able to follow them without leaving their homes. We also believe that when fans see the great action being presented on PASS TV it will encourage them to get out and experience the excitement at the races in person.”

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Ownership of LFR Chassis Inc. Offer Numerous Details on the Newly Formed Organization

On Friday, company principals Rob Fuller and Steve Leavitt announced the formation of LFR Chassis Inc. Saturday, with the two company owners fielding questions from across the racing world on the objectives and goals of the new company, the decision was made to answer some of those questions.

Below, Fuller answers many of the questions that have been directed at company principals since the announcement of the new endeavor.

Q: The word is out now on the LFR Chassis. This is a huge undertaking. How did this come about and why?

A: It is a big undertaking for sure. I have a great relationship with Billy and all the guys at Troyer. I have really challenged those guys with creating custom parts and pieces for my cars so the thought of doing something like this has been there for years. It’s really no surprise to Billy. I offered to get involved with the asphalt side of Troyer back in May and was honest with Billy in telling him I planned on doing the Troyer asphalt side of things or doing this deal. I really want to design and build a chassis that is on the cutting edge of technology. I think the timing is right and the racers are ready for it. I worked closely with Steve on his late Model chassis and enjoyed every minute of it. The end result was a late model that was heads and shoulders above the rest and the performance was there. The partnership with Steve will be a win-win for both of us – Steve has tremendous talent but is not getting any younger! This provides him some security and me the opportunity to develop chassis so it’s a great opportunity for both of us.

Q: Back to Troyer. You and your family have been running under the Troyer banner for years. How do you think this will affect that relationship?

A: I have a ton of respect for Billy. Like I said it was my first choice to get involved with his product. That being said I really don’t expect much to change. Billy has a lot going on in other areas. He has a niche with the name and his huge customer base so I’m sure the effect on his business will be minimal. I don’t expect building 30 chassis a year for sure. My focus will be the guys who want something different and a more custom part. I want a smaller clientele with higher customer service.

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2014 K&N East Schedule Announced

Florida Swing Kicks Off 16-Race Slate

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The 2014 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East season kicks off with a Florida doubleheader and covers a combination of historic short tracks, NASCAR national series combination events and a pair of road courses.

The East portion of NASCAR’s top step on its developmental ladder will cover 16 events and culminate with the finale at the “Monster Mile” at Dover International Speedway.

New additions to the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East schedule include the season-opener at New Smyrna (Fla.) Speedway – followed by the return to Daytona International Speedway for the UNOH Battle At The Beach – as well as running the road course at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekend.

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Whelen All-American Changes Announced

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – NASCAR announced several new initiatives for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Thursday at the annual Track Operators Meeting.

The competition changes, which go into effect in 2014, are designed to spotlight the sport’s young stars and reward the achievements of drivers at every level of the series. They were announced at the meeting, which was held in conjunction with the touring and weekly series awards ceremonies in Charlotte, N.C.

Starting next season, a national champion will be crowned in all five divisions of the series. In recent seasons, the Finalist Program honored top competitors in Div. II-V.

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PASS Finalizes Dates for South Super Late Models and Pro Late Models

 CHARLOTTE, NC — Pro All Stars Series (PASS) officials announced today that 2014 dates have been finalized for the PASS South Super Late Models and PASS Pro Late Models. Both divisions will return to Ace Speedway in Altamahaw, NC on Friday night, May 9. It will mark the first time PASS has raced at Ace since 2011. Both divisions will also return for a second trip in 2014 to Orange County Speedway in Rougemont, NC on Saturday night, October 18.

Additionally, the November dates have been set as the PASS South Super Late Models will return to Caraway Speedway in Asheboro, NC for the 12th Annual North-South Shootout October 31-November 1. And, both the PASS South Super Late Models and PASS Pro Late Models will conclude their seasons at Southern National Motorsports Park in Kenly, NC on Saturday, November 15, one week earlier than previously announced.

With the finalization of these dates, the PASS South Super Late Models will race 17 times for the first time in series history. The PASS Pro Late Models will race a total of 13 times in 2014, all of which will be companion events to the PASS South Super Late Model division.

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UNOH Battle at the Beach Returns to DIS

Daytona, New Smyrna Highlight Week Of Short-Track Racing

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Bent sheet metal, hurt feelings, last-lap action and ecstatic winners.

That’s what the inaugural UNOH Battle At The Beach promised. And it delivered.

The event, held on the short track on the Superstretch of Daytona International Speedway, will return to the “World Center of Racing” during Budweiser Speedweeks 2014 on Tuesday, Feb. 18. It will highlight a week full of NASCAR racing at Daytona and neighboring New Smyrna Speedway, a NASCAR Whelen All-American Series track.

unoh-battle-at-the-beach-final-logo“Fans around the world look forward to Speedweeks to kick off the NASCAR season, and we are proud to be able to present a week of short-track action leading up to the 56th running of the Daytona 500,” said George Silbermann, NASCAR vice president of touring & weekly series. “The anticipation for last year’s first UNOH Battle At The Beach was surpassed only by the number of people talking about the electrifying finishes. From New Smyrna to Daytona, and from the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, this week provides a direct link between our short tracks and biggest stage, and further amplifies the spotlight on the rising talent throughout NASCAR’s touring and weekly series.”

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Silk Set For Week Of Racing In Florida

 2011 Modified Champ To Compete At Daytona, New Smyrna

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The winters in Connecticut can be long, and the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour offseason even longer, which is why Ron Silk and TS Haulers Racing eagerly anticipate the opportunity to hit the race track in Florida during 2013 Speedweeks.

The 2011 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champions, Silk and the No. 6 crew will participate in the inaugural UNOH Battle At The Beach on the short track Daytona International Speedway, Feb. 18-19. They’ll follow that up with by participating three nights at the World Series of Stock Car Racing at recently-NASCAR-sanctioned New Smyrna Speedway. 

“We’re racers,” Silk said of the team’s motivation to head to Florida. “It’s been a long time since the [2012 season finale] World Series and we just want to get back on the race track. It’s nice to get away from the weather up here for a few days and get some racing in.”

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NASCAR Sanctions New Smyrna, Orlando

Marquee Florida Speedways Join Whelen All-American Series

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Florida is the birthplace of NASCAR and Friday afternoon, two marquee tracks in the state joined the NASCAR family.

NASCAR and track officials announced New Smyrna Speedway and Orlando Speedworld will be sanctioned tracks in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series in 2013.

New Smyrna is a half-mile banked paved oval near New Smyrna Beach, Fla. – 25 minutes south of Daytona – and Orlando is a .375-mile banked paved oval east of the city.

Super Late Models will be NASCAR Division I at both facilities. Speedworld operates on Friday nights and New Smyrna on Saturday nights.

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7-Time NASCAR Modified Champion Stefanik Enters World Series

Coventry, Rhode Island’s Mike Stefanik is one of the latest drivers to enter the NASCAR Tour-Type Modified portion of the 47th Annual World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing. Joining Stefanik are long time WS competitors Chuck Hossfeld in his familiar #22 driving for Jerry Gradl Motors, and J.R. Bertuccio will also be back in action this February.

PRE-ENTRIES: as of: 1/11/13, 10:30 am

Super Late Models:(10)

03 Dylan Kwasniewski 17 Las Vegas, Nevada Royal Purple | Curb Motorsports
3 Gary Terry 34 St. Joseph, Michigan Quickfuel Technology | GT Products
6 Austin Luedtke 19 Beachwood, Wisconsin Luedtke & Assoc. | Spring Valley
12 Derek Griffith 16 Hudson, New Hampshire LCM Racing | Black Water Firearms
13 Frank Alberson 61 Lakeland, Florida
36 Tim Russell 29 Longwood, Florida Barn Light Electric | Insurance Office of America
58 Michael Lira 15 Port Orange, Florida Gary Yeomans Ford
71 Kyle Benjamin 15 Easley, S. Carolina
74 Ryan Moore 29 Mooresville, N. Carolina
129 Spencer Davis Dawsonville, Georgia Port City Racecars

NASCAR Tour-Type Modifieds:(8)

2 J.R. Bertuccio 31 Statesville, New York Gershon Recycling
10 A.J. Russell 28 Clovis, California
13 Al Emmarino Brook Haven, New York
22 Mike Stefanik 54 Coventry, Rhode Island Robert Bar Co.| Canto & Sons Paving
22 Chuck Hossfeld Lockport, New York Jerry Gradl Motors, Inc.
58 Eric Goodale Wading River, New York Riverhead Building Supply
59 Matt Hirschman 29 Northhampton, Pennsylvania B.C Brennensthul | Long Island Mod Mania
79 Woody Pitkat 32 Stafford Springs, Connecticut Hill Enterprises | Coors Light

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6th Annual Modified Reunion at New Smyrna Speedway on February 22

Our 6th Annual Reunion for all former Modified racers, owners, crew and fans, from all over the Northeast. In previous years we've hosted well over 150 former racers, as well as the Vintage race cars that will be on display during the day, and on-track prior to that nights Richie Evans Memorial 100 for Tour-type Mods. 

There are also several people who bring old racing programs, scrap books, model cars and die-cast cars, all of which are centered on the Modified division.

The Reunion is always FREE to anyone who'd like to attend, then stick around for a great night at the races right there at New Smyrna Speedway.

Any info needed can be obtained by calling Geoff Yoder between 9:00 -5:00 at 904-531-9358, or myself Jerry Binner from 6:00 until Midnight at 407-790-9724.

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NEAR Presents “Class of 2012” At 15th Annual New England Auto Racing Hall of Fame Inductions

East Windsor, CT — On Sunday January 29, The New England Antique Racers (NEAR), presented the 15th annual New England Auto Racers Hall of Fame Inductions. Award-winning sportswriter Matt Buckler served as Master of Ceremonies for the well-attended event held at LaRenaissance Banquet Hall in East Windsor, CT.

Receiving induction honors this year were drivers Reggie Ruggiero, Joey Kourafas, Moe Gherzi, Jerry Humiston, and Roland Lapierre Sr., owner/mechanics Mario Fiore and Jim Jorgensen and track operator Irene Venditti.

Though not present due to prior commitments, longtime Northern media personality Dave Moody was the recipient of the prestigious “Jack Ratta Memorial Media Award.” Veteran auto racing journalist and Hall of Fame Member Pete Zanardi received the Danny Pardi Memorial Award for his many contributions to NEAR over the years.

A pivotal figure during the formative years of the sport and truly one of the regions earliest stars, Moe Gherzi came to stock cars following a brief fling with midget racing during the busy post-war era. Gherzi won for some of the best teams in the early days of the sport while displaying a flashy style which became his trademark. Nicknamed “Moneybags” owed to a knack of winning many big-dollar events, he tasted success at virtually all of the regions tracks. He later served as the longtime Racing Director at Connecticut’s Plainville Stadium. Accepting for her late father from presenter Dave Dykes was Ms. Alma Michaud.

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‘Rapid Roman’ Richie Evans Rode Orange Chariot Into History

New York Star Won Nine NASCAR Modified Series Titles In Hall Of Fame Career

Daytona Beach, FL — Richard Ernest “Richie” Evans certainly was the face of NASCAR – and modified racing – in the northeast, winning an estimated 475 times in approximately 1,300 starts. It equates to a win in every three starts (a 36.5% clip), something unheard of in modern racing at any level.

Evans will be inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame on Friday, one of five members of the Hall’s third class comprised of the New York native, legendary crew chief Dale Inman, team owner Glen Wood and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champions Darrell Waltrip and Cale Yarborough. He is the first of 15 inductees without a connection to NASCAR’s premier series.

The 2012 enshrinement ceremony kicks off NASCAR Acceleration 2012 weekend, which includes the NASCAR Preview 2012 Presented by Sprint, where fans can interact with the sport’s legends and current stars in person, get autographs and catch a sneak peek at the upcoming season. Fans can go to for more information.

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Measure of the Man

Equal parts talent, lifestyle and legend earn Evans his Hall call

Every Christmas Day, no matter how cold or how much snow was on the ground, Richie Evans would drive his race car over to The Rusty Nail, the Rome, N.Y., bar that also sponsored his famous orange and black No. 61, to celebrate the holiday. For Evans was never far from his roots.

This week, short-track fans up and down the East Coast were celebrating the announcement that Evans would be one of five people inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Evans made his name with eye-popping statistics from his career in a Modified.

But Evans cemented his legend a long time ago with the stories that surrounded his career.

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Evans Inducted To NASCAR Hall

2012 class includes Yarborough, Wood, Inman, Waltrip

1981 - Richie Evans at Stafford

1981 - Richie Evans at Stafford

Members of the 55-member NASCAR Hall of Fame Voting Panel met today in a closed session in Charlotte, N.C., to vote on the induction class of 2012. The announcement was made by NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France in the NASCAR Hall of Fame’s “Great Hall.”

The class was determined by votes cast by the Voting Panel, which included a nationwide fan vote conducted through NASCAR.COM. The accounting firm of Ernst & Young presided over the tabulation of the votes.

As was the case for the first two classes of the NASCAR Hall Of Fame, the results of this year’s voting were competitive. Yarborough led with 85 percent of the vote, followed by Waltrip (82%), Inman (78%), Evans (50%) and Wood (44%).

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Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. Takes Goodyear Speedweeks Cup Win on ACT’s First Night at New Smyrna Speedway

New Smyrna, FL — Hudson, New Hampshire’s Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. continued his hot streak on the American-Canadian Tour (ACT) with a win in Sunday’s Goodyear Speedweeks Cup feature at New Smyrna Speedway in New Smyrna, Florida. Polewarczyk had to hold off St-Denis, Quebec’s Patrick Laperle for the win.

After starting on the outside pole, Polewarczyk quickly jumped out to a large lead, while Laperle worked his way through the field from his ninth place starting position. A caution on lap 34 gave Laperle his first shot at Polewarczyk. The two battled for the lead before another caution came out on lap 41 for a hard hit into the front stretch wall by East Montpelier, Vermont’s Joey Laquerre.

Polewarczyk gained the advantage in the outside lane on the restart to claim the lead. The two would swap it again before Polewarczyk took over for good on lap 60. Laperle would get to the rear bumper of Polewarczyk several times as they worked their way through lap traffic in the final 40 laps.

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