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Eddie MacDonald Doubles Up at New Smyrna

New Smyrna Beach, FL – Eddie MacDonald of Rowley, MA claimed his second win in two nights of ACT competition at New Smyrna Speedway in New Smyrna Beach, FL on Monday, August 16. MacDonald followed up his Sunday night win with another trip to victory lane in the first leg of the American Racer Challenge Cup. His second win, however, didn’t come so easy.

Unlike Sunday night, MacDonald didn’t earn the pole, lead every lap or even appear to have the fastest car of the race. He started in the third position and challenged pole sitter Patrick Laperle and outside pole Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. early in the event. Laperle led the way through the first 26 caution free laps, while Polewarczyk struggled and faded back with a tire going flat. Polewarczyk finally spun on lap 26 bringing out the first caution of the event.

That caution setup a six lap battle between Laperle and MacDonald in which they would swap the lead five times with MacDonald settling into the lead on lap 32. Aaron Fellows followed MacDonald by Laperle to take the second spot and quickly set his sights on MacDonald’s rear bumper. Fellows worked the inside lane until finally making the move he needed to take over the point.

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Eddie MacDonald Wins ACT 100 in Sunny Florida

While Eddie Mac’s hometown of Rowley, Mass. is battling blizzards and freezing temperatures, “The Outlaw” heated up the half mile oval at New Smyrna Speedway to win the ACT 100. Twenty six cars took the green flag to kick off three nights of American Canadian Tour races as part of the World Series of Asphalt Racing at the legendary track. Eddie Mac and the MacDonald Motorsports team led the caution free event from green flag to checker flag run in less than thirty four minutes.

“This is really exciting to come down here and get the win,” said Eddie Mac. “The car was fast from the first practice on and we knew we had something for the competition. Everyone worked hard on the car this winter to get it ready to be part of this and all the effort paid off. Rollie and I used a set-up from another track and it worked to perfection. I am so proud and thankful of all the people involved to make this happen. ”

The #17ma Hancock Electric Late Model posted the fastest times in both practices (19.773 sec. and 19.361 sec.). The Freddy Peterson owned Chevy started ninth in the first of three qualifying heats and scored a +7 rating after finishing the heat in second place, good enough to start on the pole for the race. The heats were run before the K&N Pro Series East race with the ACT 100 taking the green flag immediately afterward.

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Eddie MacDonald Goes Flag-to-Flag in Caution Free ACT Event

New Smyrna Beach, FL – “Outlaw” Eddie MacDonald of Rowley, MA led flag-to-flag in the caution free American Canadian Tour 100 at New Smyrna Speedway in New Smyrna Beach, FL on Sunday, February 15. MacDonald earned the pole position after racing from 9th to 2nd in his heat race to give him a +7 in ACT’s unique plus/minus handicap system.

MacDonald led the 26 car field to the green and held off defending Série ACT Champion Alex Labbe through the early stages of the event. He set a blistering pace, but couldn’t shake Labbe, Travis Stearns and Wayne Helliwell, Jr. during the first half of the race.

Another Quebecer in Patrick Laperle challenged MacDonald through the second half of the race. Laperle marched from his 14th starting position to take over the second spot just past the halfway mark. He made it to MacDonald’s back bumper, but couldn’t make a move for the lead. He chased MacDonald through heavy lapped traffic and appeared to be in position to make a challenge on several occasions, but couldn’t get it done.

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Hill Keeps On Rolling in New Year

Opener at New Smyrna is Third Straight K&N Pro East Victory

NEW SMYRNA, Fla. — Offseason did nothing to slow down Austin Hill.

The 20-year-old picked up right where he left off last year in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, leading every lap Saturday in winning the Hart To Heart 150 Breast Cancer Foundation 150 at New Smyrna Speedway.

Hill finished 2014 with back-to-back wins at Greenville (South Carolina) Pickens Speedway and Dover International Speedway. And he kicked off his pursuit of a NASCAR championship with a dominating performance on the .48-mile high-banked oval just south of the “World Center of Racing,” Daytona International Speedway.

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Devil’s Bowl Speedway Drivers Ready for World Series in Florida

Stone, Packard, Atkins headed to New Smyrna Speedway

NEW SMYRNA BEACH, FL – Devil’s Bowl Speedway may be buried under three feet of snow in chilly Vermont, but that won’t stop three of its regular stock car competitors from firing their engines. Todd Stone, Emily Packard, and Brandon Atkins are ready to compete in the 49th annual World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing at New Smyrna Speedway during Florida Speedweeks, February 13-21, with both the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series and the American-Canadian Tour.

Stone, of Middlebury, VT, swept NASCAR Whelen All-American Series (NWAAS) championships last year in the open-wheel Florida Modified division at the World Series at New Smyrna and in the Bond Auto Parts Modifieds at Devil’s Bowl, but moves to full-fender cars in 2015. His World Series ride is a G. Stone Motors-sponsored Ford Fusion for the Pro Late Model class, which has pre-registered entries from 11 states and three Canadian provinces, coast-to-coast. Stone said that practice sessions helped him learn his car’s setup, and he posted top-10 lap times in final practice on Thursday.

“The Pro Late Model cars have bump-stop suspension, which is a lot different than the ACT Late Models my team raced years ago,” Stone said. “There’s a learning curve, but I think we’re going to be pretty good. It’s funny – there’s a lot of young talent here with more experience in these cars, and I’m the grey haired guy just starting out. We just want to have some fun and get away from the snow back home.” Continue reading ‘Devil’s Bowl Speedway Drivers Ready for World Series in Florida’

News & Notes: New Smyrna

“Next” Stars Chasing K&N Pro East Championship

hth_logoDAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Daniel Suarez and Cameron Hayley went door-to-door last year at New Smyrna Speedway, with Suarez taking the checkered flag by just .083 seconds.

Now Suarez is running NASCAR Xfinity Series for Joe Gibbs Racing, Hayley has a recently signed deal to run in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series for ThorSport Racing, and fans will get the opportunity to watch a field full of rising young stars battle to see who’s next on Sunday, Feb. 15 in the Hart To Heart Breast Cancer Foundation 150.

Gray Gaulding celebrated his 17th birthday Tuesday and is looking forward to getting racing.

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PIT BOX: New Smyrna Takes Center Stage

Hosts 49th Asphalt Stock Car World Series, K&N Pro East Opener

WHAT TO WATCH FOR

hth_logo• The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East will kick off season for the second straight year on the .48-mile high-banked oval just 15 minutes from Daytona International Speedway. Last year’s inaugural event featured a final lap battle with Daniel Suarez taking the win by inches over Cameron Hayley. Suarez is now with Joe Gibbs Racing in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, opening the door for a new winner.

HScott Motorsports With Justin Marks, which has fielded the past two champions with Dylan Kwasniewski (2013) and Ben Rhodes (2014), has five cars including youngester Dalton Sargeant and open-wheel standout Rico Abreu. Sargeant nearly won the Super Late Model race earlier in the month at New Smyrna, while Abreu is looking to follow in the footsteps of good friend Kyle Larson in making the transition to NASCAR.

Past K&N Pro Series race winners Gray Gaulding, Austin Hill and Scott Heckert are on the entry list, as is 2014 NASCAR Whelen Euro Series champion Anthony Kumpen. Hill won the final two NASCAR K&N Pro Series East season last year, and Nick Drake closed out the West season with a win at Phoenix. Other young names to watch include Jared Irvan, the son of former NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Ernie Irvan, who will be making his series debut; Kyle Benjamin, who claimed the World Series points title for the Super Late Model Division in 2012 at New Smyrna; and Kenzie Ruston, the holds the mark for highest finishing female in a K&N Pro race with her runner-up finish at Iowa Speedway last season.

• In addition to Sunday’s race, New Smyrna will be home to eight more nights of racing action, headlined by the Super Late Model and tour-type Modifieds of the track’s NASCAR Whelen All-American Series.

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Steve Wallace, the son of NASCAR Hall of Fame driver Rusty Wallace, will be back to defend his World Series title in the Super Late Model Division. Wallace claimed the crown with a win and a consistent week where he never finished worse than fourth. Former NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national champion David Rogers leads a field of challengers that include Stephen Nasse and Ryan Moore.

Moore won the week-long title in 2013, while Nasse has several extra-distance wins at New Smyrna to his credit.

Drive For Diversity driver Natalie Decker will be racing with her family team along with sister Claire Decker and cousin Paige Decker.

Ryan Preece, the 2013 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion, and Justin Bonsignore lead the field of Modified entrants, along with 2012 World Series champion Chuck Hossfeld.

Spencer Davis will once again be the busiest driver in the World Series. He is entered in the Super Late Model, Modified and Pro Late Model divisions. The 16-year-old Davis won the Pro Late Model championship at last year’s World Series.

On Track

NASCAR K&N PRO SERIES EAST

HART TO HEART BREAST CANCER FOUNDATION 150 at New Smyrna (Florida) Speedway

RACE TIME: Sunday, Feb. 15, 7:30 p.m. (Air Date: NBCSN, Thursday, Feb. 19, 10:30 p.m.);

TWITTER: #Hart2Heart150, #KNEast, @newsmyrnaspdway

RACE CENTRAL LIVE | ENTRY LIST

DATE TIME EVENT
Sunday, February 15 8 a.m. Registration opens.
8:45 a.m. Mandatory Crew Chief Meeting.
9 a.m. Garage opens. Inspection begins.
10:15 a.m. Safety Communications Meeting.
10:30 a.m. Track Services Meeting.
11 a.m. Rookie Driver/Spotter Meeting. Draw for qualifying.
12:30-1:15 p.m. Practice.
1:20-1:50 p.m. Rookie Only Practice.
2-2:45 p.m. Final Practice.
3:30 p.m. Qualifying Inspection begins. Groups determined by qualifying draw.
4:30 p.m. Driver Meeting.
5 p.m. Qualifying. (2 Laps.) (Fastest 24 cars earn starting positions 1st thru 24th.)
6 p.m. Registration closes.
6:30 p.m. Driver Autograph Session. (On Track.)
7:15 p.m. Driver Introductions
7:30 p.m. Hart to Heart Breast Cancer Foundation 150

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NASCAR WHELEN ALL-AMERICAN SERIES

49th ANNUAL WORLD SERIES OF STOCK CAR AUTO RACING at New Smyrna (Florida) Speedway

RACE TIME: Friday, Feb. 13-Saturday, Feb. 21, 7 p.m. ET (daily);

TWITTER: #NewSmyrnaWS, #NWAAS, @newsmyrnaspdway

RACE CENTRAL LIVE: DAY 1 (FRIDAY) | DAY 2 (SATURDAY) | DAY 3 (SUNDAY) | DAY 4 (MONDAY) | DAY 5 (TUESDAY) | DAY 6 (WEDNESDAY) | DAY 7 (THURSDAY) | DAY 8 (FRIDAY) | DAY 9 (SATURDAY)

ENTRY LISTS | SCHEDULE | PAST CHAMPIONS

LIVE STREAMING

In a unique partnership between NASCAR, FansChoice.tv and Speed51.com will allow fans across the globe – and in the stands at the venerable  – to witness the action as never before. In a special presentation format, FansChoice.tv powered by Speed51.com will broadcast eight nights of racing and will include a mix of live and same-day coverage. The stream will be simulcast on NASCARHomeTracks.com and FansChoice.tv.

• The coverage will kick off at 7:30 p.m. ET, on Friday, Feb. 13 with a full slate of NASCAR Whelen All-American Series action. Live race coverage will be streamed on Monday, Feb. 16-Wednesday, Feb. 18, as well as the final night of racing, Saturday, Feb. 21. The finale will be highlighted by the Super Late Model 100.

• On three other nights – Saturday, Feb. 14; Thursday, Feb. 19; and Friday, Feb. 20 – the stream will begin immediately following the conclusion of television coverage of the NASCAR racing at Daytona International Speedway. In addition, all of each night’s races will be available as ‘video on demand’ at 8 a.m. the following morning.

Sources: Jason Christley/NASCAR PR

NKNPS East New Smyrna 2/9/14 Entry List
CAR DRIVER/HOMETOWN TEAM OWNER CREW CHIEF
1 TBA TBA Toyota Shigeaki Hattori TBA
2 Collin Cabre, Thonotosassa, Fla. * UTI/NTI Toyota Max Siegel Coleman Pressley
3 Kaz Grala, Westborough, Mass. Kiklos Olive Oil Toyota Benjamin Kennedy Mike Fritts
04 Ronnie Bassett, Jr., Winston-Salem, N.C. TBA Ford Ronnie Bassett Jerry Babb
4 Kenzie Ruston, El Reno, Okla. Rev Racing Toyota Max Siegel Mark Green
5 J.J. Haley, Winamac, Ind. * Braun Auto Chevrolet Harry Scott, Jr. Mark McFarland
6 Devon Amos, Rio Rancho, Tex. * Max Siegel, Inc. Toyota Max Siegel John Wolfe
7 Codie Rohrbaugh, Petersburg, W.Va. * Grant County Mulch Chevrolet Larry Berg Mark Tuff
9 William Byron, Charlotte, N.C. * Liberty University Chevrolet Justin Marks Kevin Bellicourt
15 Nick Drake, Mooresville, N.C. NAPA Toyota Bill McAnally Matt Goslant
19 Chuck Buchanan, Jr., Hildebrand, N.C. Spring Drug Chevrolet Chuck Buchanan TBA
20 Gray Gaulding, Colonial Heights, Va. Krispy Kreme Chevrolet Bob Newberry Doug Howe
22 Austin Hill, Winston, Ga. A&D Welding Ford Bryan Hill Ron Otto Sr
27 Kyle Benjamin, Easley, S.C. * Benjamin Motorsports Ford Steven Benjamin Kevin Reed
28 Jared Irvan, Midland, N.C. * BIAA/Race2Safety Toyota Ernie Irvan Mark Reno
31 David Garbo, Jr., Stonington, Conn. * Whelen Engineering Chevrolet Ted Marsh TBA
34 Scott Heckert, Ridgefield, Conn. Project Lifesaver Chevrolet Justin Marks Fuz Burgdoff
36 Dalton Zehr, Daytona Beach, Fla. * Whelen Engineering Chevrolet Linda Marsh Todd Fisette
40 Travis Miller, Chesapeake, Va. TBA Chevrolet Michael Hillman Doug Chouinard
42 Jay Beasley, Las Vegas, Nev. Special Smiles Pediatric Dentist Toyota Max Siegel Skip Eyler
44 Dillon Bassett, Winston-Salem, N.C. * TBA Ford Ronnie Bassett TBA
45 Christian Celaya, Caborca, Mexico * Farbe Technik Chevrolet John Stange Rick Crawford
47 Mike Senica, Newark, N.J. * Bell Plantation Chevrolet John Stange James Hueberger
49 John Holleman, IV, Winston-Salem, N.C. * Midway Mobile Storage Toyota Zeno Marshall Jr Greg Foley
51 Dalton Sargeant, Boca Raton, Fla. * Galt Chevrolet Harry Scott, Jr. Kris Bowen
57 Brandon Oakley, Beavercreek, Ohio * Daytona International Airport/Oakley Chevrolet Thomas Oakley TBA
98 Rico Abreu, St. Helena, Calif. * GoPro Motorplex/AccuDoc Solutions Chevrolet Mike Curb Mardy Lindley
99 Anthony Kumpen, Hasselt, Belgium NASCAR Whelen Euro Series Toyota Bill McAnally Roger Bracken
* Denotes Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender

NKNPS East New Smyrna 2/15/15 Schedule
DATE TIME EVENT
Sunday, February 15 8 a.m. Registration opens.
8:45 a.m. Mandatory Crew Chief Meeting.
9 a.m. Garage opens. Inspection begins.
10:15 a.m. Safety Communications Meeting.
10:30 a.m. Track Services Meeting.
11 a.m. Rookie Driver/Spotter Meeting. Draw for qualifying.
12:30-1:15 p.m. Practice.
1:20-1:50 p.m. Rookie Only Practice.
2-2:45 p.m. Final Practice.
3:30 p.m. Qualifying Inspection begins. Groups determined by qualifying draw.
4:30 p.m. Driver Meeting.
5 p.m. Qualifying. (2 Laps.) (Fastest 24 cars earn starting positions 1st thru 24th.) “Impound”
6 p.m. Registration closes.
6:30 p.m. Driver Autograph Session. (On Track.)
7:15 p.m. Driver Introductions.
7:30 p.m. Hart to Heart Breast Cancer Foundation 150

49th Annual World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing
Racing at 7:30pm Every Night

WORLD SERIES 2015

Thursday February 12, 2015
Parking and Practice
Pit Passes: $40

Friday February 13, 2015
Super Late Models
Pro Late Models
Pro Trucks
IMCA Modifieds
Tour Type Modifieds’

Grandstands: $30, Pits: $40

Saturday February 14, 2015
Joey Coulter Pro Truck Series 50
Super Late Models
Pro Late Models
IMCA Modifieds
Tour Type Modifieds’
Mini-Stocks 75

Grandstands: $30, Pits: $40

Sunday February 15, 2015
K&N Pro Series East
American Canadian Tour 100 (ACT)

Grandstands: $35, Pits: $40 (Members), $50 (Non-Members)

Monday February 16, 2015
TBA
American Canadian Tour 100 (ACT)
IMCA Modifieds
Tour Type Modifieds

Grandstands: $30, Pits: $40

Tuesday February 17, 2015
American Canadian Tour 100 (ACT)
Pro Late Models
Super Late Models

Grandstands: $30, Pits: $40

Wednesday February 18, 2015
John Blewett III Memorial Tour Type Modified 76
IMCA Modified 75
Super Late Models
Pro Late Models

Grandstands: $30, Pits: $40

Thursday February 19, 2015
Super Late Model 50
Pro Late Model 50
Tour Type Modifieds
IMCA Modifieds

Grandstands: $30, Pits: $40

Friday February 20, 2015
Richie Evans Memorial Tour Type Modified 100
Super Late Models
Pro Late Models
IMCA Modifieds

Grandstands: $35, Pits: $40

Saturday February 21, 2015
Super Late Model 100
Pro Late Models
IMCA Modifieds
Sportsman 50

Grandstands: $35, Pits: $40

ACT Teams Ready to Head to New Smyrna Speedway

Waterbury, VT – The bitter cold and snow during the winter of 2014-15 will be just a memory for the twenty-nine (29) ACT teams beginning this week as they caravan down the East Coast to the New Smyrna Speedway (NSS) at New Smyrna Beach in Florida.

The “World Series of Asphalt Short Track Racing” at New Smyrna Speedway, as it has been billed for decades, has served as a mid-winter break for many northern US and Canadian teams over the years. Just about every division of racing has competed at NSS over the week between the opening of activities at the Daytona International Speedway and the conclusion at week’s end, the Daytona 500.

“I remember being in a banquet hall, I believe at the Whitehall Hotel on the beach, when Richie Evans won one of his many NASCAR titles. During those years (1979) all divisions of NASCAR, from what is now Cup to the Modified Division, were at one banquet in February in Daytona. As soon as Evans received his Championship trophy and ring, he was out of the room heading for New Smyrna! Over the years, the best have all raced the World Series at New Smyrna. From the great Jr. Hanley from Ontario, to the best of the Modified and Late Model racers around both the US and Canada, they have all raced at NSS. If you were a top asphalt team, you probably tried New Smyrna Speedway during your career. I am really happy ACT teams and their fans can have this experience,” said Tom Curley, President of the American Canadian Tour.

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Brad Babb Confidence Grows with New Smyrna – American Racer Challenge

St. Petersburg, Florida – When Brad Babb begins the 1,415 mile journey from his Windham, Maine home to New Smyrna Beach, Florida, it’s going to tick a lot of first-time boxes for the young driver.

The third generation racer is coming south to compete in the American Racer Challenge; a three night (February15th-17th) Series of one-hundred lap events that will see the top twenty-nine racers from across the Northeastern Unites States and Canada racing for the checkered flag.

“There’s going to be a lot of new happening during this trip,” explained Brad Babb. “Getting as much track and seat time will be critical.”

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EuroNASCAR Champion to Debut in K&N Pro Series East at New Smyrna Speedway

Anthony Kumpen will Race for Bill McAnally Racing in Season Opener

On Sunday, February 15th Anthony Kumpen will cash his prize for winning the 2014 NASCAR Whelen Euro Series title by entering the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East season opener at New Smyrna Speedway, located few miles south of Daytona, at the wheel of the number 99 NWES Toyota Camry fielded by 5-time Champion team Bill McAnally Racing.

The Belgian driver – 1 Win, 10 top-5s and 12 top-10s in his first season at the wheel of a stock-cars – will contest his first career NASCAR race in the USA as part of a program that will obviously include a quest for the second consecutive European NASCAR Title, but also some other NASCAR events in the USA during the NWES summer break.

“It’s really exciting, I can’t wait for it! My first NASCAR race in the US will not be easy, for sure, because I need to gain some experience on ovals, but I want to be prepared. That’s why we are trying to log as many miles as we can and learn as much as possible before the race. We are taking it step by step,” said Kumpen. “I want to do it in the best possible way and with Jerome Galpin we are working to see what other races I could do later in the year. The focus will definitely be on being again the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series Champion, but when we’re not racing in Europe, I want to do as much as possible in the US”.

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World Series Of Asphalt Stock Car Racing to Stream Online

NASCAR, FansChoice.tv and Speed51 Partner To Broadcast New Smyrna

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 2, 2015) – New Smyrna Speedway has long been on the “must see” list for short-track race aficionados.

This year, a unique partnership between NASCAR, FansChoice.tv and Speed51.com will allow fans across the globe – and in the stands at the venerable .48-mile high-banked oval – to witness the action as never before.

In a special presentation format, FansChoice.tv powered by Speed51.com will broadcast eight nights of racing from the 49th Annual World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing at New Smyrna (hashtag: #NewSmyrnaWS) from Feb. 13-21. The race action is highlighted by the track’s NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Div. I Super Late Models and will include a mix of live and same-day coverage.

“Racing in the Daytona Beach area, culminating with the DAYTONA 500, is a perfect kick off to the entire NASCAR season, and the opportunity to be able to bring fans everywhere the racing action from New Smyrna is a fantastic way to showcase the full breadth of NASCAR racing,” said George Silbermann, vice president of NASCAR regional and touring series. “Between Speedweeks at ‘The World Center of Racing’ and all the short-track action at New Smyrna, race fans will have the ability to watch over 110 hours of NASCAR racing – whether they’re sitting in the grandstands following along on their smart phones and tablets, or half a world away.”

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Eddie MacDonald Readies for Florida

The American Canadian Tour opener at New Smyrna Speedway in Florida will feature three nights of racing as part of the World Series of Asphalt Racing with Eddie MacDonald ready to participate in the inaugural American Racer Challenge Cup. The Cup Challenge is slated to take the green flag for two 100 lap events on Monday, February 16 and Tuesday, February 17. The ACT cars will also be in action on Sunday, February 15 as a stand-alone 100 lap event made possible when a racing series cancelled their participation.

“We are ready and excited to race at New Smyrna Speedway in February,” said Eddie Mac. “Last time we were there (2011), we didn’t finish too well (seventh overall) but we have the new car that won a couple of times last year so we are looking to greatly improve that finish. This car won the ACT opener at Lee in the Governor’s Cup and the Milk Bowl at Thunder Road plus a couple of other solid finishes last season.” 

Upwards of thirty cars have entered the event and will be racing for the $35,000 purse.  The overall winner will be crowned based on the two best combined finishes. Individual winners will be recognized each night. The special stand-alone race on Sunday will be run after the season opener for the K&N Pro Series East race with 26 cars entered.

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ACT Young Champions Lead 29 Teams to New Smyrna Speedway

Waterbury, VT – 2014 American Canadian Tour (ACT) Champions Alex Labbe, (21 years old), of St-Albert, Quebec and Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. (Pole), (25 years old), from Hudson, New Hampshire, have both been celebrated by their peers for their championship runs last season. They now lead twenty-nine (29) teams from eight (8) different states and the province of Quebec to the New Smyrna Speedway World Series of Asphalt Racing on Sunday-Tues, February 15-17, 2014.

Quebec leads the list with seven (7) teams, featuring, Labbe, former ACT Champions Patrick Laperle and Donald Theetge. Also making the trip will be Jean-Pierre Ouimet, Martin Latulippe, Daniel Descoste, and Brandon White.

New Hampshire and Massachusetts will each send five teams on the mid-winter southern trip. ACT US Champion Joey Pole is the defending champion of ACT’s first trip to New Smyrna in 2011 and will lead the New Hampshire contingent.

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Thunder Road Stars Ready to Head South

Waterbury, VT – The American Canadian Tour roster for the events at New Smyrna Speedway in New Smyrna Beach, Florida on Sunday through Tuesday, February 15-17 features several drivers from Barre’s Thunder Road International Speedbowl. East Montpelier’s Emily Packard, Montpelier’s Josh Demers and Milton’s Eric Chase will all make the journey south in just under a month.

Veteran Thunder Road Late Model competitor Chase is the only one of the three with experience at the fast half-mile. Back in 2008, Chase claimed a feature win at New Smyrna in the opening event of the “World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing.” He was also competed in the first time ACT visited New Smyrna Speedway in February of 2011.

Packard is coming off of her second full season of Late Model competition at Thunder Road and her first full season on the ACT Tour. Her success on the Tour, highlighted by her 4th place finish in the final standings shows her talent in the long distance events and her abundance of experience at the Devil’s Bowl and Airborne half-miles should help her with the learning curve at New Smyrna.

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Denver Foran Joins LFR Chassis Driver Development Program

17-year-old Canadian Driver Scheduled for World Series of Asphalt and Southern Super Series in 2015

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (January 20, 2015) – The LFR Driver Development Group has announced its first driver to join the 2015 team. Denver Foran from Edmonton, Alberta will pilot the #00 MMD Mineral Sizing Chevrolet at the World Series in New Smyrna and in the 2015 Southern Super Series for LFR.

“I have learned a lot about Denver in the past few months through Jeff (Fultz) and I believe he will be a perfect fit for our program,” said Rob Fuller. “With over 200 possible drivers we reviewed, Denver was a standout in many different aspects. I believe he will excel given the support group and resources here at LFR Driver Development Group. I’m looking forward to watching his and the other drivers progression throughout this season.”

Foran will return to the track where he made history in 2012 becoming the youngest Canadian to race in the World Series of Asphalt Racing and compete in the 49th Annual World Series event in conjunction with NASCAR Speedweeks at Daytona International Speedway.
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Laperle Brothers Enter ACT New Smyrna February Challenge Cup

The Laperle Brothers race team from Montreal, Quebec have entered the ACT American Racer Challenge Cup to be contested at the New Smyrna Speedway (NSS) in New Smyrna Beach, Florida on Monday and Tuesday, February 16-17, 2015. That brings the ACT field for the winter showdown at the World Series of Racing to a total of twenty-eight (28) entrants from throughout New England and Quebec.

“Well I guess you could think of this as somewhat of a ‘game-changer’. Eric Laperle has been an accomplished crew chief for his brother Patrick ever since they flipped the coin to see which twin would drive their first race at Airborne Speedway back in 1998. Patrick became the driver and Eric began learning his craft as crew chief. The Laperle team will certainly bring some energy to the event next month,” said ACT President Tom Curley.

The Laperle team has won eighteen (18) ACT major events. They sit third in all-time wins. Patrick Laperle is a three-time Série ACT (Quebec) Champion, he also won the ACT US title in 2008. He is a three-time winner of the Milk Bowl at Thunder Road.
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Bock Moving to NASCAR WMT

Legend Car Grad to Compete in Modifieds and Super LM

Brendon Bock of Franklin Square, NY will pursue a limited NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour schedule driving the No. 29 car. Bock will be trading the No. 33 that came with his Legend Car for the one his father used. He plans to enter five races at Riverhead Raceway (1), Stafford Motor Speedway and Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park (2 each).

“Modifieds have always been around me,” Bock said. “I’m very close to those, all my guys knows those well. It just makes sense to run a Modified for us.”

An expanded schedule is dependent on sponsorship. Bock wants to add Bristol after attending last year’s race. ” I really want to try Bristol, but I don’t know how that might shape out in the future. I went to watch it last year, I just loved it so much.”

Bock will enter selected NASCAR Whelen All-American Series races at Riverhead. He will use the events for additional seat time at the quarter mile oval. Bock enjoys the fact that he will be able to continue to race with some of his friends who are moving up to the Modifieds.

“The Modifieds are so special. They’re so sick, they’re so powerful and they look so badass. It’s just hard to find something that compares to them on the big asphalt tracks.”

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Keith Rocco Enters ACT American Racer Challenge

Rocco’s First ACT Event Will Be at New Smyrna Speedway

Waterbury, VT – Keith Rocco from Meriden, CT is a 2010 NASCAR National Champion, has three (3) NASCAR SK Modified championships at the Waterford Speedbowl, two (2) ACT type Late Model Championships at the Speedbowl, and too numerous feature event wins in the heart of Modified country, Connecticut, to list. His next challenge is to head to the New Smyrna World Series of Asphalt Racing and enter the American Canadian Tour (ACT) American Racer Challenge Series on Monday and Tuesday, February 16-17, 2015.

“My Late Model car owner, Scott Fern (Wilbraham, MA) is a big fan of ACT Late Model racing. That is how I got started in the fender type cars a few years ago. We have had a pretty busy modified schedule chasing NASCAR points for the past few years, although we tried to get to a couple ACT shows, but weather and other issues kind of put that on the back burner. This mid-winter trip to Florida and the American Racer Challenge Cup is going to be a great break. We are looking forward to our first ACT event,” said Rocco.

Rocco has won some races in the Modified division at New Smyrna over the years, but he will face a new challenge with veteran tour drivers from both the ACT US and ACT Quebec organizations. Both 2014 defending champions, Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. (Pole), Hudson, NH and Alex Labbe, St-Albert, QC have experience at New Smyrna Speedway. There will be plenty of competition from the growing list of drivers who have entered. Former ACT Champions Wayne Helliwell, Jr., Dover, NH and Donald Theetge from Quebec City will join Pole and Labbe. Between them they have six (6) ACT Championships.

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Parent Returns to New Smyrna World Series of Asphalt Racing

Waterbury, VT –In 2011, Ray Parent from Tiverton, Rhode Island, decided to start his full-time American Canadian Tour (ACT) career at the inaugural event to be held at the New Smyrna Speedway (NSS) during the World Series of Asphalt Racing in February of that year. Parent had raced primarily at the famous D.A. Venditti “Cement Palace”, Seekonk Speedway, a typical ¼-mile bullring that New England racing is known for.

Parent had been successful racing in what was known as a Pro Stock (Super Late Model) racecar for years in the southern New England market. The ACT Late Model program, with its innovative cost-conscience crate motors, sealed Koni shock absorbers, and 8” restricted tire usage program, had booked a winter race at New Smyrna Speedway in Florida during the February race activities in the Daytona Beach area. Parent decided it was time for a change with his Amtrol sponsored race team.

“I knew this was a completely different racing move for me, but I had always had a goal to run somewhere during the traditional February Speedweeks in the Daytona Beach area. I had been to watch racing at the New Smyrna Speedway for many years and thought this might be my opportunity to take my race program in a different direction. I had a great time, but I also found out that there was a huge difference in driving a momentum type Late Model racecar versus a higher horsepower Pro Stock or Super Late Model. It was pretty humbling, but it turned out to be one of the best decisions I have made in my racing career,” said Parent.

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Defending Champions File Entry for American Racer Challenge

New Smyrna Speedway to Host Second ACT Race

Waterbury, VT –The entry list for the American Racer Challenge event to be held at the New Smyrna Speedway (NSS) during the 2015 World Series of Asphalt Racing in New Smyrna Beach, Florida, on Monday and Tuesday, February 16 and 17, is filled with ACT Champions from both the ACT US and Quebec tours.

Defending New Smyrna Challenge Champion, and 2014 American Canadian Tour (ACT) Champion, Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. (Pole) from Hudson, New Hampshire won the first event held at New Smyrna in 2011. “I can’t think of a better way to start the new season off than to win again at New Smyrna. I really like the race track, and we had a blast there a few years ago. Our goal is to use this as a springboard for defending our Championship on the Tour (ACT) this year,” said Pole.

Additionally, newly crowned Serie ACT Quebec Champion, Alex Labbe, from Ste. Albert, QC has entered the two-day racing event. Labbe will pull double duty as he will also compete in the Pro Late Model division throughout the week of racing at NSS. Two-time Serie ACT Champion, Donald Theetge, Quebec City, will join fellow Quebec racers, Jonathan Bouvrette and Jean-Pierre Ouimet, Montreal, and Martin Latullippe from Vallee-Jonction to fill out the entry list from Canada.

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ACT will Visit 11 Different Tracks in 2015

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

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

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

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UNOH Battle at the Beach Cancelled

NASCAR Statement from George Silbermann, NASCAR Vice President, Regional and Touring Series, Regarding UNOH Battle At The Beach

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Nov. 26, 2014) – “The UNOH Battle at the Beach provided NASCAR’s stars of tomorrow an excellent opportunity to participate at The World Center of Racing, but it isn’t feasible to continue the event given the progress with the DAYTONA Rising project. Fortunately, nearby New Smyrna Speedway is excited to bring the K&N Pro Series East back for the season opener again this year in addition to its week-long slate of NASCAR Whelen All-American Series action; NASCAR fans will still have plenty of opportunities to see exciting short-track action in the Daytona area again this February.”

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Cody Coughlin Strong at Florida’s Governor’s Cup

Mechanical Issue Stops a Great Run for the Joe Gibbs Racing Development Driver

NEW SMYRNA BEACH, FL – November 24, 2014 — Cody Coughlin has had a strong 2014 filled with triumphs and top finishes in a wide-array of stock car races. He made his debut in the ARCA Racing Series, captured his first Super Late Model victory at the famed Winchester Speedway (IN) and scored top-five finishes in ARCA as a first-year development driver for Joe Gibbs Racing.

This weekend Coughlin returned to the site of his first Late Model victory, New Smyrna Speedway (FL), in search of another trophy. A strong run, from 15th starting spot to fifth, was stopped by transmission issues at lap 134 of the 49th annual Governor’s Cup 200-lap contest.

“It’s disappointing to have the mechanical issue because we definitely had a top-three car,”Coughlin said after the race. “There is no doubt about it; we were fast and moving our way to the front. We just ran into some bad luck, but this team always perseveres and I’m looking forward to out next race.”

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New Smyrna Speedway Releases Early Dates of 2015 Schedule

January 3, 2015
Red Eye Super Late Model 100
Zack Donatti Memorial Pro late Model 50
Super Stocks
Strictly Stocks

January 17, 2015
2014 Points Banquet Spruce Creek Fly In Country Club

January 24, 2015
Pete Orr Memorial Super Late Model 100
Modifieds
Mini Stocks
Sportsman
Strictly Stocks

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Hispanic SCORE Buggy Winner to Compete in 2015 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Championship with Team Stange Racing

Chicago, Illinois U.S.A. — ARCA’s Team Stange Racing announced today that they will campaign the number 22 Ford Fusion NASCAR K&N Car for SCORE BAJA Buggy winner Christian Celaya for the 2015 NASCAR K&N Pro Series WEST Championship along with the K&N East’s NASCAR Speed weeks New Smyrna, Florida event. The pairing is sort of a homecoming for Celaya as he returns to Team Stange Racing where he participated in the team’s Driver Development program; “The Race to the Cup” (www.race2cup.com) and competed in the Herr’s Live Life With Flavor 200 ARCA race at Madison International Speedway in Wisconsin with Team Stange Racing where he started 24th due to heavy rains and no qualifying not to mention on a track that he has never driven on, practiced on or let alone seen; he drove the car home safely to a 16th place finish on one of the hottest days of summer with a heat index of 105 degrees and an in-car temp of well above 140 degrees and don’t forget Christian is a Type 1 diabetic.

“We chose the NASCAR K&N Pro Series WEST championship for a couple reasons, one reason was the series demographic made a lot of sense for my current sponsors being mainly on the West coast and secondly it will allow me to sharpen my skills racing on the short tracks with some of the world’s best drivers”, States: Christian Celaya Team Stange Racing and Christian Celaya are working on adding a handful of ARCA’s intermediate races such as: Chicago, Kansas, and Pocono to their program this season.

“I am delighted and very excited to have Christian Celaya back with us this season and I look forward to competing in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series Championship with Christian, I would also love to see Christian compete in some of ARCA’s intermediate races this season as well to prepare him for the big year we plan in 2016”. “I cannot say enough how proud I am of the progress Christian has made testing and working with us the past few months; he is very fast, safe, aggressive, smart and just has a great head on his shoulders.” Stated: John Stange, Jr. Co-Owner,

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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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