May 22, 2015

John Lowinski-Loh Looking for NASCAR XFINITY Debut

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Former Thompson (CT) Speedway Motorsports Park champion John Lowinski -Loh of Milford, MA said he has received approval for a NASCAR  XFINITY Series license and intends to run the Lakes Region 200 Saturday July 18 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.


May 6, 2015


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[Photo Gallery] by Nicholas Teto


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Loudon, NH — Practice is scheduled for today at New Hampshire Motor Speedway for the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) AIM Recycling Super Late Models presented by Kenny U-Pull.

The inaugural 60-lap $5,000 to win race is July 5. 40 cars through heats, consis, and a last chance race, with provisionals. The Texas Roadhouse Northeast Mini Stock Tour will go 30 laps and a $1,500 to win 30-lap Sportsman/Super Street/Outlaw will also be on the card.


May 2, 2015

Keith Rocco Replaces Tommy Barrett Jr. at Our Motorsports

HUNTERSVILLE, NC (May 2, 2015) – NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Series team Our Motorsports announced today that Modified veteran Keith Rocco will assume driving duties of the No. 22 Chevrolet for the remainder of the 2015 season. Rocco replaces Tommy Barrett Jr. who competed on the Tour in 2014 and in this season’s opener at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.

“Based on our goals and objectives for 2015, we felt it was in the best interest of the team to make a driver change early in the season,” said team owner Chris Our. “We appreciate the efforts put worth by Tommy and thank him for his service.”

April 20, 2015

North East Mini Stock Tour Season Preview

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

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

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


April 15, 2015

NBC Sports Adds Evernham, Sheheen for Whelen Modified Coverage

Legendary Crew Chief Teams with Veteran Motorsports Broadcaster for All 14 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour Events on NBCSN

STAMFORD, Conn. — April 15, 2015 — NBC Sports today welcomed three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion crew chief Ray Evernham and seasoned broadcaster Ralph Sheheen to its growing lineup of motorsports experts. Evernham and Sheheen will handle coverage of NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour Events on NBCSN. The announcement was made today by Jeff Behnke, Vice President of NASCAR Production for NBC Sports and NBCSN.

2015 marks the 30th Anniversary season for the northeast-based NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, which traces its roots back to the very first NASCAR-sanctioned race on the beach and road course at Daytona Beach, Fla. in 1948. Evernham, who began his remarkable career in motorsports working on short track race cars at age 15, will first team with Sheheen to cover the 41st running of the Icebreaker from Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park in Conn., airing on Saturday, April 18 at 12:30 a.m. ET (late Friday night). The complete NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour telecast schedule on NBCSN is listed below.

“We’re are thrilled to continue our 2015 NASCAR Touring Series with the knowledge and experience of Ray Evernham and Ralph Sheheen behind the microphone,” said Behnke. “This is a win for all race fans and the enthusiastic followers of the Whelen Modified Tours.”


March 23, 2015

Loudon, Oxford Part of KBM Schedule

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Kyle Busch Motorsports has a busy Late Model schedule this season. Norman, OK driver Christopher Bell is two-for-two at New Smyrna and South Alabama. Bell swept the POWRI Midget races at Port City Raceway in Tulsa, OK last weekend. He will be joined by the team’s newest driver Kaz Grala of Westborough, MA this weekend at Southern National.

Grala is in his sophomore season with the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, driving the No. 3 Toyota for Ben Kennedy Racing. 

Both drivers will enter the inaugural Pro All Stars Series (PASS) National/North Super Late Model race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon. Bell will also enter the storied 42nd Annual AIM Recycling Oxford 250 presented by Kenny U-Pull at Oxford Plains (ME) Speedway.


March 22, 2015

Babb Racing ACT for Laquerre

Pro Stock Events Also Scheduled

Brad Babb will make a return to the American Canadian Tour (ACT) full-time for Joey Laquerre. Laquerre bought an old ACT car from Glen Luce. The Windham, ME driver is planning to run some Pro All Stars Series (PASS) North Super Late Models and Granite State Pro Stock Series races. He kicked off the season at New Smyrna (FL) Speedway with three races. While he finished tenth in the initial ACT non-points race, he was eighth and fourth in the next two Governor’s Cup races.

Babb loved the high banked half-mile. “Very fun track, I’d go back in a heartbeat,” Babb said. “It’s got some bumps in places. but I found one of the keys to know the track was knowing how to avoid the bumps.”

ACT and PASS will have their first doubleheader on Saturday April 18 at Oxford (ME) Plains Speedway. Tom Curley from ACT and Tom Mayberry from PASS reached an agreement during the offseason. “Everyone has been asking this for a long time and it’s great not only as a competitor, but as a fan. I might do one or two doubleheaders, but even when I only run one race. It’ll be awesome to get a chance to watch another great race after.”


March 10, 2015

NWMT: Nocella to Compete for Sunoco ROY

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

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

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

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


March 8, 2015

Alexander Seeking First Wiscasset Pro Stock Win

Ellsworth Teenager to Enter Touring Series Events

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

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

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


March 2, 2015

Comcast’s Two Premier Brands, Comcast Business and XFINITY, Sponsor Carl Edwards, Joe Gibbs Racing in 2015

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Comcast Business to be primary paint scheme during KOBALT 400 in Las Vegas and Food City 500 in Bristol; XFINITY to be primary during Sylvania 300 in New Hampshire and Goody’s Fast Pain Relief 500 in Martinsville

Comcast announced today it will join Carl Edwards and the No. 19 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series entry fielded by Joe Gibbs Racing as primary sponsor for four races in 2015.

The partnership will kick off at the KOBALT 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 8, with Comcast Business as the primary paint scheme for Edwards’ Toyota Camry, marking the first major sponsorship deal in NASCAR for Comcast’s business services unit that provides data, Internet, TV and other communication services to organizations of all sizes. Comcast Business will also be featured at the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway on April 19. The four-race partnership will round out with XFINITY, the company’s residential brand for Internet, TV and other communication services, taking over as primary paint scheme for the Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on September 27, and Goody’s Fast Pain Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway on November 1.


February 13, 2015

2nd Annual Magic Mile Event Scheduled For 2015!

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Texas Roadhouse North East Mini Stock Tour presented by Twisted Tea

LEWISTON, ME – (February 13, 2015) — On August 3, 2014, the North East Mini Stock Tour and its sponsors Texas Roadhouse, Twisted Tea, Froling Energy, and Weidner Services made history at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. For the first time in track history, an entry level stock car division ran on the 1 mile NASCAR circuit. During the previous season, the NEMST ran on a number of configurations along the NHMS Road Course and Mini-Oval within turns 1 and 2. The Magic Mile was a completely different animal. Speeds were estimated to reach an astonishing 130MPH, faster than most of these cars have ever gone before, and set one of New England’s fastest growing tours on the largest track in the region.

It was a recipe for renowned success or epic disaster. Small production based 4-cylinder stock cars on a track quadruple the size of many drivers’ home tracks within New England. The event went off without a hitch as one caution for a stalled car on the backstretch was the only problem during the 25 lap main event. A first time winner was crowned as Justin Larsen beat out Toby Wells earning a cool $100 bounty bonus and many teams attended their first ever NEMST event. 36 cars from 7 states came to test their machines in the first running of the Magic Mile 25.

On July 5, 2015 the Magic Mile event is back for the 2nd consecutive season and bigger than ever. The payout has been increased to $1,000 to win with over $6,800 being given to the 43 car starting field. In addition to the large purse increase, over $3,000 worth of prizes have been offered to drivers finishing in the top positions, including a set of Nitro Helmet Speakers from RH2Way.com for the winners.


PASS to Headline Historic Super Late Model Event at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in July

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NAPLES, ME (February 13) — Pro All Stars Series (PASS) President Tom Mayberry and officials from New Hampshire Motor Speedway, along with Bob Guptill of the New England Mini Stock Tour (NEMST), announced today the addition of a historic Super Late Model event at the famed New England oval. PASS Super Late Models will tackle the 1-mile superspeedway for the first time ever on July 4-5. New Hampshire Motor Speedway will supplant North Carolina’s .625 mile North Wilkesboro Speedway as the largest speedway the PASS Super Late Models have ever competed on. The PASS event at New Hampshire Motor Speedway becomes the fifth race announced of the 2015 PASS National Championship Series joining the Peach Blossom Special at Anderson (SC) Motor Speedway, the Easter Bunny 150 at Hickory (NC) Motor Speedway, a 200 lapper at Plattsburgh, NY’s Airborne Park Speedway, and the 42nd Annual Oxford 250 at Oxford Plains (ME) Speedway.

“We could not be more thrilled than to announce this historic partnership with the folks at New Hampshire Motor Speedway,” said PASS President Tom Mayberry. “This event really came together in a short period of time, but we wanted to make sure our fans and competitors knew as soon as possible. We will have much more information about the race coming out within the next couple of weeks”

The race will likely be 50-75 laps long, with a final determination slated to come following a scheduled Hoosier Tire test for PASS at the speedway in May. In addition to being part of the PASS National Championship Series, the New Hampshire event will also be a PASS North Super Late Model points race as well. However, PASS North teams will now have the option to drop their lowest finish during the 2015 season.

January 28, 2015

NWMT: Szegedy Returning to RFM

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2003 Champion Back Part-Time

Former champion Todd Szegedy of Ridgefield, CT will return to the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour. Szegedy said his ideal schedule would be a full-time NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour ride.

“I’ve talked to Rob once,” Szegedy said. “The plan is just to run a few races with the car still. He just can’t dedicate the time to running a full schedule, so as of right now we’re just going to run a partial schedule. … That’s all I have. I don’t really anything else lined up.”

Szegedy is open to additional rides in the SK Modifieds or the Valenti Modified Racing Series, but is fine with his current plans.

“If you talked to me ten years ago and I’m sitting here not on a full-time ride, I would be stressing about it and I’m really not. I think if it’s meant to be, I’ll be racing. If not, then there’s a lot to life other than racing too. There’s a lot of other things I like to do.”


January 26, 2015

Woodruff Motorsports Graduates to NASCAR & ARCA; WMS to Field #88 Entry in K&N Series

Columbia, SC — With the 2015 racing season fast approaching, teams are in the process of finalizing their plans and solidifying sponsorship deals to make the season opening races in Florida. Owner Darryl Woodruff and his Woodruff Motorsports team are no exception, but they are taking a slightly different approach.

“It has been a long off-season for the entire WMS team, but we have accomplished a number of goals on our checklist as we continue to work towards 2015 and beyond,” said Woodruff.

In December 2014, Darryl and his team participated in the ARCA Racing Series test at Daytona International Speedway in hopes of gaining approval to compete in the series for 2015. WMS Driver Kyle Lockrow was behind the wheel of the #7 Ford, and at the conclusion of the two-day test was 18th on the speed charts, earning the team’s approval from ARCA series officials.

January 15, 2015

Sport Clips Haircuts Expands Partnership with Joe Gibbs Racing for 2015 Season

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Carl Edwards joins Denny Hamlin to Share Driving Duties of the Sport Clips Toyota Camry’s

Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) and Sport Clips Haircuts announced the race and driver lineup for the 2015 season today after signing a multi-year contract extension. Sport Clips will increase their sponsorship in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and continue to have a presence in the newly named XFINITY Series.

Denny Hamlin will remain a key driver for Sport Clips, piloting the No. 11 Sport Clips Toyota Camry for two Sprint Cup Series races during the 2015 season at Auto Club Speedway on March 22 and under the lights at Darlington Raceway on September 6. In addition, Hamlin will return to the No. 20 Sport Clips Toyota Camry in the NASCAR XFINITY Series for the Sport Clips-sponsored Help A Hero 200 night race at Darlington Raceway on September 5. In its fourth year to partner with Darlington, the national haircut franchise will use the race to increase awareness and support for the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) “Sport Clips Help A Hero Scholarship” program which provides scholarships to active-duty military and veterans who are pursuing a college degree or vocational certification. To date, Sport Clips and the VFW have granted more than $866,000 in scholarships since beginning the program in 2013.

New to the Sport Clips program for the 2015 season will be veteran driver Carl Edwards. Entering his first season with Joe Gibbs Racing, Edwards will carry the Sport Clips banner for two Sprint Cup Series races this season starting with the July 19 race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and again for the November 8 race at Texas Motor Speedway.


December 19, 2014

Berggren Named to Maine Motorsports HOF

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The Maine Motorsports Hall of Fame has announced that on April 4, 2015, Dick Berggren, President of the Racing History Preservation Group (RHPG) that is the parent company of the North East Motor Sports Museum, will be inducted.

Dick will be one of six inductees who have influenced motorsports in Maine. He made his mark on the sport in his #80 Super Modified at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in the mid-1970s and raced Modifieds there in the early 1980s. As editor of Stock Car Racing Magazine and later his own Dick Berggren’s Speedway Illustrated, he put Maine motorsports on the national stage with his stories about Beech Ridge, the Oxford 250 and Maine racing personalities. In total, only 80 other significant Maine racing figures have been inductee into the Maine Motorsports Hall of Fame.

In addition to his time behind the wheel of a racecar and writing about motorsports, he became best known for reporting from pit road at NASCAR tracks all over the United States. In his long storied career, Dick could be found on some of the biggest TV networks including CBS, ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, TNT, Speed and Fox Sports just to name a few. Never to shy away from a story, he was ready with the microphone and the ever important questions that the TV audience wanted to know the answer to.

December 17, 2014

NHMS: Regional Series to Help Celebrate 25th Anniv.

An important and popular part of the racing menu during both NASCAR Sprint Cup weekends at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, the NASCAR Whelen Modified Series, NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and American-Canadian Tour late models will return in 2015 to help celebrate the Magic Mile’s 25th anniversary season with a total of five races.

With the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series serving as anchor events on July 19 and Sept. 27, and with the other two major national touring series – featuring the July 18 XFINITY Series (formerly Nationwide), and Sept. 26 Camping World Truck Series dates – already locked in place, NASCAR released the schedules for the immensely-popular Whelen Modified Tour and K&N Pro Series East. The “mighty mods” will first race at the Magic Mile on July 16 with the second annual running of the Whelen Modified All-Star Shootout, joining the K&N Pro Series East as part of that Friday’s doubleheader. It will also race on Saturday, July 16 and then again on Saturday, Sept. 26 with 100-lap national championship points races. The K&N Pro Series East race will be 70 laps as the grand finale of pole day in July.

Fixtures at the speedway since its opening in 1990, the Whelen Modified Tour and K&N Pro Series East have produced some of the most entertaining races in NASCAR history at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The two regional tours have combined for 48 different winners spanning 168 races, logging more than 16,000 miles (15,000-plus laps).

December 8, 2014

Moran Enjoying Second Title, Looking Forward to 2015

Phil Moran of Naugatuck, CT has spent his life in racing. For Moran, the second championship is “a little more special,” Moran said. “…This is our team as far as me concerned I’m the team manager, truck driver, the whole nine yards.”

11 years ago, Moran won his first championship with Todd Szegedy of Ridgefield, CT driving for Don Barker. The team had a lot of technical support from Chassis Dynamics.

Moran did not get to celebrate as much as he wanted at Thompson since he had to drive the transporter. Besides getting ready for the World Series, he has been busy building new cars for next season and NASCAR’s commitments as the championship team. He expects it to hit him during the celebration in Charlotte Saturday. The NASCAR Night of Champions honors the regional touring series. He especially wants to bring the championship trophy back to the shop.

It is first championship for Mike Smeriglio, III, owner of the Dunleavy’s Repair/HEX Performance No. 2 on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour. Driver Doug Coby of Milford, CT claimed his second title in the last three years.

“It was a well thought out move when we did it last year and it worked out for the good. It was a really good year.”


November 26, 2014

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.


November 11, 2014

Preece to Make Nationwide Start at Homestead

Ryan Preece of Berlin, CT will be absent from Thompson’s championship banquet Saturday, but he has a great reason. Preece will be driving the No. 36 Accell Construction Chevrolet at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The NASCAR Next driver will be in his third NASCAR Nationwide Series start for Tommy Baldwin Racing, Preece made his debut last year at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. His second start at New Hampshire last July was his career best finish (fourteenth).

Preece won his second Thompson Sunoco Modified title with a 2.625 average finish in eight races. Preece recorded three victories in the No. 31 Falmouth Ready Mix car.

“It felt good,” Preece said. “I’m happy for Albert and Cathy (Moniz, car owners) because of everything they do for me and it feels good to get them another win and another championship because they work so hard and they want it so bad, so I’m really happy for them.”

A transition year for the 74-year-old facility, Thompson added a 1.7 mile road course. A nine date oval schedule was the fewest races since 1965, where track records are incomplete. The season finale World Series held points races for the weekly divisions for the first time in recent memory.


October 29, 2014

New Ride for Timmy Solomito

‘The Natural’ in Flamingo Motorsports Car for 2015

Timmy Solomito of Islip, NY will drive the No. 16 Modified for Eric Sanderson on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour next season. The rumor mill has been churning since Ryan Preece announced his departure from Flamingo Motorsports on October 20, one day after winning the Sunoco World Series. One year removed from winning a championship, Preece is moving to Eddie Partridge’s No. 6 TS Haulers Motorsports car.

Solomito did not have anything set going into the season finale at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park. He expected to return to Anderson’s No. 75 car or at least run part time.

Flamingo Motorsports Crew Chief Sly Szaban asked Solomito’s car owner Wayne Anderson within days of the season finale about their plans for 2015. Szaban expressed interest in Solomito driving for Flamingo Motorsports. Anderson, the 1994 series champion, was supportive of the 22-year-old driver’s opportunity.


October 27, 2014

Groundbreaking Announcement: North East Motor Sports Museum to be Built at NHMS

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nh_ne_motorsports_museum_11Speedway officials announced today plans to break ground there for the future home of the 20,000 square foot state-of-the-art North East Motor Sports Museum. Speedway officials announced today plans to break ground there for the future home of the 20,000 square foot state-of-the-art North East Motor Sports Museum.

The south entrance of New Hampshire Motor Speedway will begin to take on a new look once the snow melts. Speedway officials announced today plans to break ground there for the future home of the 20,000 square foot state-of-the-art North East Motor Sports Museum.

The museum will be built in two phases. The first 10,000 square feet will begin in the spring of 2015, while an additional 10,000 square feet will be added at a later date.

“I can’t think of a better way to kick off our 25th anniversary celebration at New Hampshire Motor Speedway than with a groundbreaking for the North East Motor Sports Museum,” said Jerry Gappens, vice president and general manager of the speedway. “I feel our facility is the anchor for multi-forms of motorsports and its history here in New England. I couldn’t envision the museum in any other location. I can’t wait for opening day and to share motorsports history with the race fans of New England.”

October 18, 2014

NWMT: Solomito Named Rookie of the Year

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Timmy Solomito of Islip, NY enters the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season finale this weekend with the Sunoco Rookie of the Year in hand. The 22-year-old Islip, NY driver started the year with plans for a partial schedule, but changed them to pursue a full season. Solomito clinched the award after the Fall Final at Stafford, with two top fives and three top 10s in 12 races. 

“It’s always a good feeling,” Solomito said. “You can kind of only win that one time, so really looking forward to the weekend. I think we’re going to have a pretty good piece here really excited see what practice brings to us and hopefully we can put together a good car for tomorrow.”

Solmotio is not driving the family car he used to record a pair of top 10s at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park this season. Solomito will use the car with the spec engine that debuted at New Hampshire Motor Speedway last month.


October 17, 2014

Preece Follows Family Path to Top

NASCAR Next Driver Aims To Make Step Up To National Series

Ryan Preece has racing in his blood.

His family has been involved in auto racing his entire life. It started with his grandfather Bob Judkins, who owned modified cars in Connecticut, and was a crew chief for those cars racing throughout the Northeast.

“It’s always been a family thing,” Preece said. “My father started racing in his twenties, and I’ve been racing since I’ve been able to walk.” He has two older brothers Shaun and Matt, who are both very supportive of his racing prowess. “My Mom Jodi is also very supportive, and my family always goes to all my races.”

Preece, 23, who hails from Berlin, Conn., is one of NASCAR’s up-and-coming young drivers. Last year, Preece became the first modified driver to be select to the NASCAR Next program, an industry initiative designed to spotlight the rising stars in the sport. Since its inception in 2011, the NASCAR Next program has served to elevate the profiles of drivers such as Kyle Larson, Chase Elliott, Darrell Wallace Jr., Daniel Suarez and Ryan Blaney among the a wave of young talent making its way up the NASCAR ladder.


September 24, 2014

“Hanging on”

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Ray Parent headed into the 6th Annual BOND Auto ACT Invitational looking for repeat success of his 2012 victory on American Canadian Tour’s biggest stage. Unfortunately Parent was left to literally hang on to an 18th place finish.

Random draw started the Amtrol Ford Fusion from the 24th position; in the races early stages Parent had made his way inside the top-15 before trouble started. Heading into turn-3 around lap-12 Parent shot up the track and fell outside of the top-30. A battle with the transmission inside the car ensued as it had come out of gear and would not stay in.

“You use the gearing to slow you down so much in the corner, when it came out [of gear] I way over shot the turn and thought the engine blew up,” stated Parent. “It took me a bit to realize what happened… There was no warning or any type of problem beforehand.”


September 23, 2014

Barrett Consistent at NHMS

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First Driver Since 2006 to Post Top 10s in First 2 Starts

LOUDON, NH — NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour rookie Tommy Barrett, Jr. finished ninth at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Saturday’s F.W. Webb 100 was his first race since winning at Bristol Motor Speedway and his fourth top 10 in the last six races.

The Millis, MA driver is the first since 2006 (James Civali) and ninth driver to record top 10 finishes in his first two starts at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Barrett finished seventh in July in the No. 22 Canto Paving/Ferguson Waterworks Chevrolet for Christopher Our.

Four of the drivers participated in the first Modified race in 1990: Mike Stefanik, Mike McLaughlin, Reggie Ruggiero and Satch Worley. Jerry Marquis (1996), John Blewett, III (1997-98) and Todd Szegedy (2002) were the next three examples. The most recent driver was James Civali, who had the best average finish since Stefanik and McLaughlin in the first two races there.


September 22, 2014

Refocusing Brings Magic Mile Victory

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In what has been a season about refocusing their racing program Wayne Helliwell Jr. and Bruce Bernhardt led Team put an exclamation point on their 2014 season with arguably the biggest win of Helliwell’s career on Saturday.

Rocketing from his 16th starting spot in the 6th Annual Bond Auto ACT Invitational, Helliwell was 8th by lap-4, 3rd by lap-10 and the leader by lap-16. Fighting off multiple restarts from Canadian ace Patrick Laperle, it was darkness that ended the event 6-laps from its scheduled distance with an extended red flag on lap-44 and the lack of lights at New Hampshire Motor Speedway brought the Ekeys-4-Cars, Butler MacMaster Ford Fusion to victory lane.

The win was Helliwell’s second of the year in ACT competition; but more so a rebound after leading 111 of the 200 laps north of the border in August; sidelined with steering failure while leading with 20 laps remaining in the Cam-Am 200.

September 21, 2014

LaJoie to Make Sprint Cup Debut at NHMS

Grandson of NEAR Hall of Famer Seeking Additional Opportunities 

LOUDON, NH — Richard Petty Motorsports development driver Corey LaJoie of Concord, NC will make his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series today at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. He will drive the No. 77 Fochler Veterans Law/Valor4Vets.com Ford for Randy Humphrey Racing in the Sylvania 300.

“They were kind of looking to invest in a young driver and I guess I was at the top of their list,” LaJoie said. “I definitely have a lot to learn in this deal. This is kind of like jumping in the deep end with both feet here.”

He did not have the benefit of testing ahead of the race, just practice since Friday. LaJoie admitted that he is not used to the feel of the radial tires, including the lateral load (compared to bias ply run in other series). LaJoie called wrestling the 900 horsepower car “a task in itself.”


Burton Rallies to Finish 12th at the Magic Mile

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Jeb Burton
No. 13 Estes Express Toyota Tundra
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
New Hampshire Motor Speedway – UNOH 175 Recap
Race No. 16 of 22

Started: 15th
Finished: 12th
Laps: 175/175
Status: Running
Driver Points: 9th (-111)
Owner Points: 12th (-111)

Loudon, NH (September 20, 2014) – Making his track debut at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Jeb Burton, driver of the No. 13 Estes Toyota Tundra, rallied back from a lap down, in the 19th position, to finish 12th in Saturday afternoon’s UNOH 175.

Starting 15th, Burton complained of a “tight” Toyota Tundra in the early stages of the 175-lap event and fell as far back as 19th, one lap down to the race leader before coming to pit road for a scheduled stop under green at lap 71 for four tires and fuel, including a chassis adjustment to aid in the handling. Burton maintained a position inside the top-20 until the race’s first caution flag was displayed at lap 102 for an accident in Turn 4. Crew chief Jeriod Prince made a race changing call when he opted to keep the Estes driver out on the race track to take the wave around, ultimately getting Burton back on the lead lap for the lap 106 restart.


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