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2018 Schedule Announced for NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour

Season Opener Returns To Myrtle Beach; New Hampshire Extra-Distance Event On Tap

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will take the green flag on the 2018 season at South Carolina’s Myrtle Beach Speedway in March, and the schedule will feature 16 championship points races at nine different venues.

The champion will once again be crowned at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, as the .625-mile hosts the 56th Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing on Sunday, Oct. 14.

The calendar spotlight’s some of the northeast’s iconic short tracks, includes three fast southern venues and features the longest distance race in tour history as the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour takes center stage at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in September for a 250-lap showdown.

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Transforming the Steel Palace to the Clay Palace

CONCORD, NC – Sept. 11, 2017 – As soon as Oswego Speedway closed its doors on the 2017 season last week, DIRTcar Racing crews began the arduous task of once again taking the historic speedway back to its dirt-racing roots, transforming the Steel Palace to a Clay Palace for Racing’s Biggest Party. For the second straight year, Oswego Speedway will host NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week from October 1- 8, 2017.

This year, officials gained access to the facility two weeks earlier than last year in order to prepare a better racing surface and ensure the best NAPA Super DIRT Week ever.

Last week crews got busy skirting the asphalt with jersey barriers to increase the height of the famous inside steel wall. Then, during the weekend, multiple truckloads of mulch were laid down over the asphalt track to preserve the racing surface, help with necessary drainage, and simplify the impending clean-up process.
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The Great Outdoors RV Superstore Joins NAPA Super DIRT Week as Title Sponsor of the DIRTcar 358 Modified Championship

The Great Outdoors RV 150 to be run Saturday, Oct. 7 at Oswego Speedway

CONCORD, NC – Sept. 7, 2017 – DIRTcar Racing is pleased to welcome The Great Outdoors RV Superstore of Central NY as title sponsor of the 46th annual NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week 358 Modified championship feature at Oswego Speedway on Saturday, Oct. 7, now called The Great Outdoors RV 150.

The Great Outdoors has provided CNY with their recreational needs for 29years with locations in Fulton, Brewerton and in the Fingerlakes Mall next to Bass Pro. The Great Outdoors RV Superstore is CNY’s premier and most complete RV dealership, offering over 15 of America’s most popular brands of RVs from top manufacturers like Keystone, Forest River and Gulfstream.

“NAPA Super DIRT Week is synonymous with camping and great racing,” said Bill Clark, President of The Great Outdoors RV Superstore. “We’re excited to be a part of Racing’s Biggest Party, sponsoring the 358 Modified championship. We have the largest selection of RVs in the area, we take pride in our quality service and customer satisfaction, so I hope that DIRTcar Racing fans take advantage of our close proximity and come check out what we have to offer.”
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NBCSN to Broadcast Championship Stretch Runs

Showcase for NASCAR K&N Pro East and West and NASCAR Whelen Modified Titles

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 27, 2017) – NASCAR fans are watching Kyle Larson, Joey Logano and Chase Elliott battle in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series week in and week out, and NBCSN will again be the showcase of the next crop of drivers following in their path.

NBC and NASCAR announced today the remainder of the 2017 broadcast schedule, which will capture the championship races for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and West, as well as the newly unified NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.

The next NBCSN broadcast will be Thursday, April 27, and will showcase Harrison Burton’s first NASCAR K&N Pro Series East win at Bristol Motor Speedway from this past Saturday. Burton is the son of former NASCAR driver and current NBC Sports analyst Jeff Burton, and is a member of the current NASCAR Next class.

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Hirschman Looks to Continue Myrtle Beach Success

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

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

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

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

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Regionalized DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series Format on Tap for 2017

CONCORD, N.C. – Jan. 14, 2017 – On the heels of a strong season in 2016 that saw over 230 different DIRTcar Sportsman Modified drivers compete in 15 series points shows, DIRTcar Racing officials will unveil a new format for Sportsman Modified teams in 2017.

Currently,19 different tracks have signed up for DIRTcar Sportsman Modifieds Series with negotiations ongoing for additional dates. To accommodate the increased demand, tour events being scheduled from the last weekend in April through late-September will be run under a regional format, with the schedule divided into four regions – North, West, Central and the East, which was announced earlier today will be a part of the King Of Dirt tour. DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series teams will only be required to participate in a region of their choice in order to earn valuable series points. Point races run in other regions will become optional events for teams.

Home Track Bonus Points awarded for participating at one of the many DIRTcar Racing sanction tracks is again the foundation for the 2017 schedule. Bonus points from the regional DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series will be added to a driver’s home track total on September 25. In addition to 1,000 Series bonus points, each regional points champion will earn a guaranteed starting spot at the Super DIRT Week Sportsman Championship at Oswego Speedway as well as a preferred starting spot in the World Short Track Championship at the Dirt Track at Charlotte.

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NASCAR Announces 2017 Schedule for Unified Whelen Modified Tour

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Dec. 6, 2016) – From South Carolina to Connecticut, the 2017 schedule announced today for the unified NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will test the best Modified drivers over 17 points races and two special events at some of East Coast’s most historic venues.

The new era will kick off on Saturday, March 18, with the season opener at Myrtle Beach Speedway. South Carolina’s semi-banked half-mile oval held its first NASCAR event in 1958. The champion will be crowned at Connecticut’s Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, as the .625-mile hosts the 55th Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing on Sunday, Oct. 15.

The schedule includes 17 championship points races across seven states, including companion events with NASCAR’s national series at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in July and September, and Bristol Motor Speedway in August. The summer weekend at New Hampshire will also be highlighted by the invitational, non-points All-Star Shootout, and the fall will feature a non-points special event on the quarter-mile at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

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NAPA Super DIRT Week Returns to Oswego Speedway in 2017

46th Running of Racing’s Biggest Party Will Continue at Oswego Speedway
OSWEGO, N.Y. – Oct. 6, 2016 – DIRTcar Racing announced today that NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week will remain at Oswego Speedway in 2017.

After 44 years of running NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week at the Moody Mile, Racing’s Biggest Party found a new home at Oswego Speedway in 2016. Over the last three months, the historic Oswego Speedway has undergone a major renovation to set the stage for the first NAPA Super DIRT Week away from the fairgrounds. For the first time since 1952, the “Steel Palace” is now covered in over 500 truckloads of clay for this event.

“With support from Governor Cuomo, the State of New York, and incredible fans and sponsors, we are excited to announce that the State of New York has committed the resources that will allow Super DIRT Week to return to Oswego Speedway in 2017,” said DIRTcar Racing CEO Brian Carter. “Over the last several months we’ve developed a great relationship with John and Eric Torrese and their team as we took on an extensive overhaul project to ready the historic Oswego Speedway for Racing’s Biggest Party. The infrastructure is now here, the support from the fans and sponsors has been tremendous, and we look forward to improving on 2016 and making 2017 at Oswego Speedway the best Super DIRT Week yet.”

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Watch Super DIRT Week on DIRTVision MAX

Super DIRT Week is LIVE on DIRTVision MAX, October 6th – 9th at Oswego Speedway! See the Super DIRTcar Series, DIRTcar 358-Modifieds, DIRTcar Sportsman Modifieds, and DIRTcar Pro Stocks battle it out in Racing’s Biggest Party!

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Lichty Among Top Indoor Drivers

Mike Lichty of Innerkip, ON, Canada has been one of the top performers in indoor racing. His seven top fives in 10 Gambler’s Classic starts leads all drivers.

“That’s some interesting history,” Lichty said. “I wasn’t aware of that. … I think the biggest thing is just obviously being there at the end and having a real good car under you and we’ve taken time over the years and everything on this car compared to a lot of the cars out there is built. It’s specifically built for indoors, you know, so heavier heims. It can actually take a hit compared to most cars out there and we’ve always had success, don’t matter really if it’s just Atlantic City or where the tour has taken us. Indoors we’ve ran well with this car.”

Since his 2006 debut, Lichty has 9 top fives and 14 top 10s in 16 starts at Boardwalk Hall. In 30 indoor TQ Midget starts, he has a 7.1 average finish. He has two wins (Baltimore and Providence), 18 top fives, and 24 top tens.

[Jan. 29 Photo Gallery] by Nicholas Teto
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NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Set to Return to Oswego’s International Classic Weekend

OSWEGO, NY (December 11, 2015) – After a near thirty year absence from the steel confines of Oswego Speedway, the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will make its long-awaited return to the ‘Steel Palace’ on Saturday, September 3 joining the 60th annual Budweiser International Classic Weekend lineup at the Port City oval.

Since 1957, Oswego’s International Classic has featured the best of the best in Supermodified racing, and over the years the Labor Day weekend spectacular has grown to include a plethora of open-wheel stars and divisions to join the weekend leading up to the International Classic 200 finale on Sunday afternoon.

However, it has been since September 2, 1989 that the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour has graced the fast 5/8 mile.

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Joey Bailey Snags Oswego Bud Classic Win Hoosier Tire Mid Atlantic ATQMRA

(September 5, 2015) Oswego, NY — Young Joey Bailey of Helmetta, NJ inherited the lead in the ATQMRA Bud Classic at Oswego Speedway on the white flag lap and held off a hard charging Jon Gambutti to cement the Victory. Bailey followed a heated battle between Matt Janisch and Ryan Tidman before both were sidelined after the white flag was shown. Heat races were won by Janisch and Tidman. Gambutti finished second with Geoffrey Sutton on the podium in third. $175 was paid to each car that competed at Oswego with Bailey pocketing $350 for the win. Next up for the ATQMRA is a trip to Wall Stadium for wingless racing on the facility’s inner oval on Saturday, September 19th with the season points finale at Mahoning Valley Speedway in Lehighton onSaturday October 24th.
Following their dominant victories in the heat races the ATQMRA Bud Classic shaped up to be a showdown between Reigning ATQMRA Champion Matt Janisch in his own 48 TQ midget and the multiple Championship winning Flying Ryan Tidman in the Boyd Racing 1B. The pair of racing Engineers did not disappoint. Pole Sitter Mark Yoder and Joey Bailey led the field into the first turn with Bailey leading the initial circuit only to relinquish the lead to Matt Janisch who charged from his sixth starting position to take the lead on lap four. Bailey maintained second until lap seven when Tidman took over the runner-up position.
Tidman worked to put himself into a position to overtake Janisch until a lap 12 caution flew for a tangle between Mike Glaser of Jackson, NJ and The Flying Chiropractor Greg Richardson from Nearby Rochester, NY. Both would have their Classic races cut short by the incident.

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NEAR Hall of Fame Class of 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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NHMS 25: Doug Heveron’s Early Success

Saturday’s Andy Blacksmith 100 pres. by Donate Life New England at New Hampshire Motor Speedway is the 62nd NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race at the 1.058-mile oval. With 25 years of history, names like Ted Christopher, Tony Hirschman, Jr. and Mike Stefanik may jump out as candidates for the best average finish. The answer is Doug Heveron, who drove in the first eight races with a 6.5 average finish. Heveron won in the famed Ole Blue No. 3 in 1991 in his third start, and also had five top fives and five top 10s.

“I’m good on flat tracks,” Heveron said. “I was raised on flat tracks and I really seemed to shine on ’em and I think I had maybe a little more advantage with the drafting part of it than other people ’cause I’d been down south racing in the Winston Cup. So maybe that helped me a little bit more and then when everybody figured out the draft it was evened it up some … I had a good cars obviously and when you like a racetrack you just seem to run good there all the time and that happened to be one of the tracks that I really enjoyed racing at.”

A NEAR Hall of Famer, Boehler fielded cars since the 1950s, winning three consecutive NASCAR National Modified championships with Bugs Stevens. Boehler continued to be successful with Fred DeSarro, Leo Cleary, Ron Bouchard, Mike McLaughlin, and Kenny Bouchard among his drivers.

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Zych, S. Bigelow Conquer King of Wings Night at Oswego Speedway

The Northeastern Midget Association made its highly anticipated return to Oswego Speedway this past Saturday evening, for the King of Wings VII race along with the ISMA Super Modifieds.  A packed house was in order by the time the features rolled off, and the action was as hot as the midsummer day’s weather.   When the checkered flags flew, it was John Zych Jr. taking down the NEMA portion of the show and Scott Bigelow taking down the Lites portion of the show.

In the NEMA event, Randy Cabral set quick time in the time trial portion of the event with a lap of 16.8 seconds.  By virtue of an invert draw, Cabral would start sixth in the feature, and Todd Bertrand, an impressive heat winner would start on the front row along with young gun Avery Stoehr.  At the drop of the green, Bertrand rocketed out into the lead.  He would open up a large lead in the early stages of the event, but before the caution flew on lap twelve, Stoehr had cut Bertrand’s lead to eight car lengths.

When the green flag flew on the next restart, Stoehr rocketed into the lead, with Bertrand beginning to fade, with what was later discovered to be a flat right rear tire.  Joey Payne Jr. in the Bertrand Motorsports #74 quickly moved into the runner up spot.  On the next restart, John Zych Jr. who was slicing his way through the field, had moved into the fourth spot, behind Cabral, Payne and Stoehr.  Within two laps, Zych made a power move into the lead on the outside, and Stoehr’s machine would come to a stop exiting turn four with a broken throttle arm.

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NEMA Returns to Oswego; Points & Speed on the Minds of Competitors

Bridgewater, MA — The NEMA Midgets and the NEMA Lites will be making one of their longest tows of the season to one of most challenging tracks on the circuit. NEMA returns to the Oswego Speedway in central New York State to be part of the track’s “King of Wings VII” night this Saturday evening.

The midgets share the card with the ISMA Super Modifieds, who will run a fifty lap feature, with the Lites going a 20 lap distance and NEMA a 25 lap card.

The five-eighths-mile oval provided for the fastest laps in the history of NEMA when the club visited last September.  John Zych passed Oswego Regular Michael Barnes with fourteen laps on the board last year, setting a blistering pace, running laps nearly a half second faster than the previous track record in the 16.4 range.  Randy Cabral was “lurking” behind Zych the whole race and pulled off a heroic pass on the last lap in lapped traffic to take down a surprising win.

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Tidman Wings his way to Oswego Glory

6/13/2015 Oswego NY: Ryan Tidman cruised to victory over teammate Joey Bailey and Jon Gambutti. Heat races were won by Tidman and Gambutti. Next up for the ATQMRA is its second consecutive race in New York State at Bethel Speedway. Force moved to the top of the Rookie standings with his eight place finish.

Ryan Tidman swept the days racing at Oswego Speedway by winning his heat race and following that up with a feature victory. It is Tidman’s first win of the young season but is his second consecutive win at Oswego after winning the TQ Classic last September at the Steel Palace.

A front row of Geoffrey Sutton and Matt Roselli brought the field to the green with Roselli taking the early lead with Tidman following into second. While Roselli looked strong early Tidman was able to take the top spot by lap five after Roselli spun in the fourth turn. It looked as if Tidman would be able to cruise to victory in the 25 lap event but a late race caution tightened up the field and gave Current Point leader and Teammate in the Boyd Racing camp Joey Bailey a shot at Victory. On the restart Bailey tried to muscle his way past Tidman but had to settle for second followed across the line by Hotrod Jon Gambutti in the Alan Mollot 51 Lindblad Badger.

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ATQMRA Winging it at Oswego

The ATQMRA will be invading the inner oval at Oswego Speedway this coming Saturday June 13thlead by Point leader Joey Bailey. The TQ midgets will be running a full program of heat races and a 25 lap feature. Also on the card is the headlining ISMA Supermodifieds that will run a full program headlined by their fifty lap feature under the lights. The day will begin with a “Racing for Ronald McDonald House Charities of CNY” walk at 9:30. The TQs can pit into the speedway at 1:30 Warm ups at 3:00 with racing to begin at 6:30. Haulers under 10 ½ feet tall will be permitted to stay in the infield.

Last year’s ATQMRA Classic was won by current Point runner up Ryan Tidman who is winless two races into the season. Always a contender Tidman will be on the march to the front. Bailey is fresh from his first victory of the season at Wall Stadium where he captured his second career TQ main a few weeks ago and is looking to carry the momentum of that win into the Steel Palace.

Based on the expected entries for this Saturday’s race only two past race winners will be on hand. One being Tidman and the other Alison Cumens who is a TQ Classic winning driver. It could open the door for a first time Oswego Speedway winner.
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Santos Relegated to 15th Place finish at Oswego Following Heat Race Accident

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (May 16, 2015) – Bobby Santos took his first laps in an LFR Chassis at Oswego Speedway on Saturday May 9th in the Race of Champions Richie Evans Memorial.  While he was very happy with the handling of the new chassis, a heat race accident left the car damaged and Santos finished 15th in the 75-lap feature race.

Santos, driving for Ray Graham, said the LFR Chassis was running great until he was involved in an accident going for second place in the heat race.  He was second fastest in Practice #4 with a fast time of 18.413 seconds.

“The car was actually very good, had real good forward drive,” said Santos.  “It’s basically a one groove track and I was going to the inside to pass and got pinched down into the inside wall.  It tore the left front right off of the car and broke the rack. It’s a shame because I know we would have been right up front during the race. We tested all day and the car was very good. Hopefully we will get to try this again with better results.”

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Locke to Compete with ISMA, NEMA Lites

Jeff Locke of Raymond, NH will return to the ISMA Supermodifieds in pursuit of a championship. He finished fourth in points last year with five top fives and 11 top tens in 13 starts. One of his best performances came in the World Series of Speedway Racing at Thompson. He led 41 of the 50 laps before finishing fifth.

“(We) made a lot of progress on being more consistent, better at end of races,” Locke said. “(We) finished every race last year, which was cool. (There is) still room for improvement. We need to get better. The competition level and talent of drivers is huge in the ISMA tour.”

Locke plans to enter two NEMA Lite races, the Icebreaker at Thompson (CT) Speedway Motorsports Park and the King of Wings at Oswego (NY) Speedway. His 12-year-old son Ryan will practice the car this year ahead of his rookie season once he meets age requirements.

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Boardwalk Hall Wrap-up

Atlantic City, NJ — Erick Rudolph of Ransomville, NY took down the win in the 40 lap TQ Midget feature at Boardwalk Hall Saturday night. Ryan Flores of Davidson, NC came in second with Jimmy Blewett of Howell, NJ third, Andy Jankowiak of Tonawanda, NY fourth and Patrick Emerling of Orchard Park, NY rounding out the top five.

Emerling led the field to the green. Rudolph took the lead from Emerling on lap 27. Rudolph led the final 13 laps to take down the win. Rudolph won the TQ Midget championship for the overall indoor series. Rudolph and Flores were tied, but with Rudolph having a win at Trenton last month. “Three or four years ago, we were able to win this race and the championship all in one year,” Rudolph said. “Last couple of years we have been coming and we have been fast, but luck has not been on our side. This year things fell into place to get the championship and the win tonight. It’s real special.”

The cautions did not help Rudolph as he felt he was gaining on Emerling for the lead. “I was gaining on him (Emerling),”Rudolph said. “Then the yellow came out. I was stuck in second and third for a while. I was kind of getting a little impatient. I was able to set him (Emerling) up and make a move on him for the lead. I had to deal with him on the outside on restarts. He hung right in there. I don’t know what happened to him at the end. I thought we were going to finish 1-2.”

The TQ Midget that Rudolph won with on Saturday night has been sold.

[Jan. 30 Photo Gallery] by Matt Wiernasz
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NEMA Releases Preliminary 2015 Schedule

BROCKTON, Mass. — Established haunts make up the 2015 Northeastern Midget Association schedule, including a return to White Mountain Motorsports Park for the Jim O’Brien Memorial race after an absence of many years and the season opener at Evans Mills Motorsports Park on May 23rd.

As NEMA President Russ Stoehr puts the finishing touches on the final schedule, there are 12 races currently on the NEMA agenda while the NEMA Lites will make 12 stops in what will be the club’s 63rd consecutive season, making it New England’s oldest sanctioning body. There is a possibility additional races will be added to one or both schedules at a later date.

Randy Cabral and owner Tim Bertrand will begin defense of their NEMA championships and the Lites will begin their eighth season at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, as they present The ICEBREAKER on April 11th and 12th. Scott Bigelow will begin defense of his Lites owner’s crown, and there will be a new Lites driver’s champion this year as Ryan Krachun will not be returning to the series in 2015.

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NEMA: Payne to Pilot Bertrand No. 74

Former champion Joey Payne of Fairlawn, NJ will return to NEMA competition at Oswego (NY) Speedway July 11. The NEMA Midgets and Lites will accompany the ISMA Supermodifieds’ King of Wings VII card.  Payne recorded his most recent victory in the 2013 Iron Mike Scrivani Memorial at Monadnock (NH) Speedway. Previous drivers of the third Bertrand Motorsports entry include Cole Carter, NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion Doug Coby, Jeff Horn, and Anthony Marvuglio.

Randy Lindblad photo“I’m really excited,”Payne said. “I’ve known them guys for a long time and I’ve never driven for the Bertrands. We always talked about it, I always hound them for a ride, and finally last summer we were at Oswego and he (Car Owner Tim Bertrand) said to me, ‘We’re coming back here next year and you’re going to drive the 74 car.’ … They have great equipment and all three of their cars are fast on any given day. It’s kind of a top quality ride for my home track is going to be a real good thing.”

Payne is open to additional races for Bertrand if the scheduling can be worked out. “We went into it as a one shot deal, but now Timmy’s talking about some more races, and once I get in that car maybe I won’t get out.”

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ROCMT: 2015 Schedule Announced

The 2015 Race of Champions Modified Tour schedule was announced today by the series.

Sunday, April 19th – Lancaster National Speedway
Sunday, May 3rd – Chemung Speedrome
Saturday, May 9th- Oswego Speedway
Sunday, May 24th- Shangri La II Motor Speedway
Friday, June 5th – Spencer Speedway
Thursday, June 25th- Lancaster National Speedway
Saturday, July 11th – Holland Speedway
Friday, July 24th – Spencer Speedway
Saturday, August 8th – Chemung Speedrome
Saturday, August 15th – Lancaster National Speedway
Friday, September 4th – Oswego Speedway
Saturday, September 19th – Oswego Speedway
Sunday, September 27th – Lancaster National Speedway
Sunday, October 4th – Shangri La II Motor Speedway

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NEMA General Membership Meeting Cites Strong Progress for 2015

Thompson, CT — NEMA held its annual membership meeting this past Sunday at the Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park clubhouse, with a strong showing of general members present. At the top of the agenda was a preview into the 2015 schedule, which will feature 3 events at Thompson, as well as events at Oswego, Seekonk, Monadnock, Evans Mills, Wiscasset, Lee USA and White Mountain – with tentative dates held for Waterford Speedbowl, Twin State, and Chemung, NY.

The club also elected a new President for the first time in over ten years – with Russ Stoehr running unopposed to take over the top seat in NEMA. Mike McCarthy and Mike Chambers were elected to the Vice President spots, Joe Santa Maria as Secretary and Paul Scally returns as Treasurer. A new Board was also elected with Tim Bertrand, Shawn Torrey, Paul Bigelow, Randy Cabral, Mike Scrivani and Dennis O’Brien taking over those seats.

The club also made additional major strides to help increase its membership base including the development of a Rookie Development program. Under this program, the club will secure track time for new drivers joining the NEMA Lite ranks to practice with the club, particularly noted – 12 and 13 year old drivers will be able to participate in the program. In addition, any driver that turns 13 during the competition season who has prior experience, that has passed the Rookie Development Program and has approval by the Board may compete with the Lite series. The minimum age for NEMA was also lowered to 15 years old with prior experience and Board approval.

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Lee Allard Passes Away at 76

August 6, 1938 – November 8, 2014

Lee Allard, 76, formerly of Hudson, New Hampshire took his last checkered flag when he lost his battle to cancer on November 8th 2014 surrounded by his wife and children at his home in Satellite Beach, Florida.

Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, what Lee accomplished in his lifetime would fill a book. He served in the United States Air Force, captained commercial charter and fishing boats, held an instrument-rated private pilot’s license, flew his own airplanes and maintained a lasting interest in all things aviation but it was auto racing, specifically Supermodifieds, that was his continuing passion. As a driver, Lee raced to many feature wins during the Class A, cut-down era and later was a successful car owner, campaigning NASCAR Modifieds and Supermodifieds across the northeast. Whether it was driving, owning, or managing, racing provided lifelong enjoyment and friendships that endured until his passing.

Lee was a successful general contractor in New Hampshire and at its peak, Lee Allard Paving employed over one hundred people; many of those employees and others in the construction community became lifetime friends.

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Teenage Rookie Logan Rayvals Looks to Continue Canadian Supermodified Tradition at Oswego

OSWEGO, NY (October 6, 2014) – Oswego Speedway, the home of the Budweiser International Classic 200 and Supermodified racing, has also been a home away from home for some of Canada’s top short track open-wheel competitors.

Beginning in 2015, young Brockville, Ontario native Logan Rayvals will open his chapter in a long standing Canadian story at Oswego, coming in as a Supermodified rookie with a familiar name.

Champions Doug Didero, Ken Andrews, and Warren Coniam lead a long list of Canadian standouts including Randy Ritskes, Dave McKnight, and Norm Mackareth, each of which has made their mark on Oswego Speedway and Supermodified racing through the Speedway’s storied history.
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Krachun Set for Busy Weekend at Ace, Hickory

NEMA Lites Rookie on Verge of Championship

Ryan Krachun of Neshanic Station, NJ, went NEMA Lites racing this season due to car count and a new challenge. The desire to race against 20-22 cars weekly compared to 8-12 at some USAC events brought the 16-year-old driver to race across New England this season for his father Mike Krachun.

“Our experience with NEMA has been great,” Krachun said. “They welcomed us with open arms. I was lucky enough to meet some great people. … The cars are a lot of fun and the racing is really good too. In NEMA we can go three, even four wide at some tracks where in other sanctions you really can’t do that and that’s what makes the NEMA Midget so much fun.

“And what’s also been great was how the full NEMA Midget drivers have mentored me like Randy Cabral. He’s taken me under his wing and he’s helped me a lot at some of the different tracks and he’s just been a great guy to me.”

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Cabral Thrills In NEMA Fast Win at Oswego

OSWEGO, NY — Randy Cabral is a one man thrill show.  He didn’t disappoint the fans at Oswego Speedway on Sunday night with his demonstration of driving skills and speed on the way to his fifth win of the season.

Cabral of Kingston, MA tracked down Mendon, MA driver John Zych and passed him on the final turn to win the 25 lap NEMA midget feature, part of the Race Of Champions Weekend at Oswego.  The midgets had waited over 24 hours to run their event, after being rained out on Saturday.  They ran an abbreviated program without heats and only one round of practice.

Zych himself had reeled in early leader Michael Barnes of Mexico, NY and wrestled the lead away on lap 15. Barnes had been the leader since the drop of the green flag and had opened a sizeable lead on a track he is very familiar with.

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Matt Hirschman Looking to Do Something That has Never Happened in 63 Editions of the Sunoco Race of Champions – Three Peat.

BINGHAMTON, NY — The Sunoco Race of Champions Weekend is this Friday and Saturday at the Oswego Speedway. On Sunday six-time Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Tour Champion Matt Hirschman will try to accomplish a feat that has never been done in the RoC 200, win it three consecutive years. The Sunoco Race of Champions Modified 200 takes place on Sunday along with the 2014 Oswego Speedway Super Modified Championship title race and Super Stock 75 lap event. Qualifying begins at 12 noon on Sunday with the winner of the RoC 200 earning a minimum of $10,000.

Hirschman, a six-time Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Tour Champion is currently second in the overall tour standings entering the event. Chuck Hossfeld a two-time winner of the RoC 200 and two-time RoC Tour Champion stands in his way. Hossfeld has been on a tear this season and is fresh off a win at Oswego Speedway on Classic Weekend in the Modified 100.

For Hirschman a victory this Sunday would put him in his own status among Modified drivers. There is always great debate over who are the top Modified drivers of all time. If Hirschman won on Sunday no one could deny his accomplishment. Hirschman will have a long overnight tow from the Riverhead Speedway on Long Island as he will be competing in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour event on Saturday evening.

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