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Hallstrom Captures Third Top-10 Finish of Season During Debut at Speedway 51

Inside Line Promotions – NORTHUMBERLAND, N.H. (July 12, 2017) – Evan Hallstrom captured another top-10 result last Saturday during his late model debut at Speedway 51.

Hallstrom competed at the track last year in the Dare Devil Division, but has since moved up a class to race in the Late Model division. That’s the class he competed in at the quarter-mile track.

“It was different to be back at Speedway 51,” he said. “We’ve been used to racing a half mile all season so going back to a quarter mile took a little bit to get comfortable with again.”

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New Hampshire’s Speedway 51 Next Stop for VMRS Saturday

Canaan, NH. – Winners of the first two races travel to northern New Hampshire this weekend when the Valenti Modified Racing Series returns to Speedway 51 in Groveton, NH. Saturday, June 17.

Anthony Nocella, of Woburn, MA, the series early point leader, headlines the list of expected drivers. Nocella won the season opener last month at Stafford, CT and finished third on Memorial Day weekend at Lee, NH.

Mike Douglas Jr, of Auburn, NH, winner of the Lee race, heads to the Groveton race facility for the first time. The second-generation driver was pleased to see Saturdays race on the schedule when announced. “We missed last years race. When we saw it listed on the schedule for this season we made it a point to make plans.”  Drivers who competed last year were impressed with the tight, high-banked quarter-mile speedway that has seen major upgrades by new owner Joey Laquerre,

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Hallstrom Motorsports Produces Strong 2016 Campaign in the Northeast

NORTHFIELD, Vt. (March 21, 2017) – Hallstrom Motorsports is looking to build on a stout 2016 season that featured success on many levels.

The team’s drivers, Evan Hallstrom and Devin O’Connell, combined for three wins, a dozen top fives and 15 top 10s in addition to several awards.

Hallstrom competed in the Dare Devil Division at Speedway 51, which is located in Groveton, N.H. During his rookie year in the class, Hallstrom proved to be successful behind the wheel as he scored three wins and five runner-up finishes along with four more top-five finishes.

“Speedway 51 was an awesome track to go to,” he said. “The facility, the management, the safety crews and the track all made it a better experience and a better place to race at overall.”

Hallstrom overcame mechanical woes at the beginning of the season to score his first career feature victory.

“That was definitely an experience with that being my first win of my career,” he said. “Hopefully there is many more of those to come.”

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

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

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

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

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

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NEMA Tentative 2017 Schedule of Events

April 2017
1st Thompson – Icebreaker – Lites only

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

June 2017
3rd Riverhead – Alan Cantor Memorial
14th Thompson – Lites
17th Star
28th Seekonk – Boston Louie Memorial
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Herriott Doubles Up at Home Track

2016 Texas Roadhouse North East Mini Stock Tour presented by Twisted Tea

The Texas Roadhouse North East Mini Stock Tour made its return to Speedway 51 (formerly Riverside Speedway) in Groveton, NH for the first time in 2 seasons on Saturday, August 6th. Twenty-one tour style minis invaded the tight quarter mile for a 51 lap feature event. Early on in practice, it was the 88 of Emerson Cayer pacing the field followed closely by Matt Sonnhalter and Nick Maniatis. 

In the heat races hometown driver, Cody Leblanc tried to hold off a hard-charging Jake Rheaume who used the outside lane to take over the lead and win his first NEMST heat race of all time. In the second round of heat, Nick Maniatis started on the pole and ran away from the field in the caution free 10 lap event.  Rheaume would draw a 6 car invert for the feature line up placing Darren Jacobs and Mike Viens on the front row for the main event.
Desmond Skillings would start in the third spot and fire to the lead off of turn 2 and began to pull away from the field. Haywood Herriott would make quick work of the field and move to the 2nd spot when the first caution flew on lap 12. The caution was caused by engine failure in the 88 of Emerson Cayer who is also second in points behind the aforementioned Herriott. The field would thunder away on the restart with the advantage going to Skillings at first and Herriott taking the lead exiting turn 2. Herriott would never look back. The early on fast cars of Sonnhalter and Maniatis fell out due to mechanical failures and the outside pole sitter of Viens and Leblanc got into an incident on lap 28 causing the 85 of Viens to return from competition with heavy driveline damage.

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Davis Dominates at Speedway 51

The Granite State Pro Stock Series made the long haul to Speedway 51 in Groveton, NH this Fourth of July weekend. Although DJ Shaw of Center Conway, NH looked like the driver to beat with lap times of 12.7 in practice and the heats, it was Jeremy Davis of Tamworth, NH who walked away with a first place trophy Saturday night.

Mike Parks of Walpole, NH started on the pole, and was fast all afternoon posting the second fastest lap time behind Shaw. Last week’s winner Jeremy Davis started on the outside pole. Davis secured the lead immediately. Lap four saw the one and only caution of the night when area racer Ben Belanger of Whitefield, NH spun in turn two.

After the restart, the race belonged to Davis. Shaw fought early on to capture the lead, however, Davis seemed to be in his own zip code all night. On lap 33 Parks came out of turn four loose and looked like he was going to spin but managed to save it on the front stretch, the other cars managing to get around him without incident.
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Eddie MacDonald Wins in ACT, Falters in K&N

In what can only be described as a dominant performance, Eddie MacDonald won the American Canadian Tour’s Central Asphalt Paving Generation Next 151 race on Saturday, June 18 at Speedway 51 in Groveton, N.H. to capture his second win of the season. On Friday night, the Grimm Construction Chevy struggled with a very loose racecar to post a 13th place finish in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race at Stafford Motor Speedway in Stafford Springs, Connecticut.

After a hard crashed at Waterford Speedbowl a few weeks ago that required a new front clip on the Freddie Peterson owned EXIT Realty/Hancock Electric Motor Service Chevy, Eddie Mac and the crew were unsure how the car would respond in its first outing after being essentially rebuilt. They were quite pleased with the result as the “The Outlaw” posted the fastest time in practice and started seventh in the 150 lap event on the quarter-mile oval.

“We hoped all the work would pay off and it did right from the start,” said Eddie Mac after the race. “The car was fast and handled fantastic in practice, in the heat, and especially the race. We had a very hectic few weeks getting this car put together as well as getting the K&N car ready for Stafford. The guys in the shop worked their tails off to get everything done and I can’t thank them enough for all the time and dedication. We have a small crew but they are big time when it comes to this race team. Both our K&N and ACT crews, and a number of guys do both, do so much for us at the track. I just have to mention track owner Joey Laquerre for the outstanding work he has done at this track. He bought it a couple of years ago (2014) and transformed it into a beautiful facility. It is a pleasure to race here.”

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MacDonald Dominates For Second Win of Season at Speedway 51

Groveton, NH – Eddie “The Outlaw” MacDonald took the lead from Nick Sweet just past the halfway mark and never looked back en route to his second American-Canadian Tour (ACT) win of the season in the Central Asphalt Paving Generation Next 151 at Groveton, NH’s Speedway 51 on Saturday, June 18.

The Rowley, MA driver started seventh and slowly worked his way through the field in the early stages of the caution-free event. After moving into second place on lap 66 following an extended battle with polesitter Brandon Atkins, MacDonald needed just eight laps to reel in Sweet. He moved to the outside groove a few laps later, assuming the top spot on lap 78 and cruising to his first ACT win at the ¼-mile oval.

Au Sable Forks, NY’s Atkins led the first 18 laps from the pole before ACT point leader Sweet moved to the point. Sweet then opened up a 10-car-length gap over a three-way battle for second between Atkins, MacDonald, and Scott Payea. Atkins was able keep MacDonald at bay for a number of laps with the help of lapped traffic, but MacDonald eventually found his way around him.

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Busy Weekend for Eddie MacDonald in K&N and ACT

Eddie MacDonald will face a stern test this weekend as he competes in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race at Stafford Motor Speedway in Connecticut on Friday night June 17, then will have to hustle to Speedway 51 in Groveton N.H. on Saturday morning to battle for the American Canadian Tour win that night. A few hundred miles separate the two venues but the preparation of two cars for the events has been demanding.

“We really have been working hard in the shop to get ready and I know everyone will breathe a little easier when this weekend is over,” said Eddie Mac. “We were in pretty good shape with our K&N car but when the ACT car got wrecked at Waterford, we had to essentially rebuild it once we got the car back from Dale (Shaw) so now the guys in the shop had to do double duty. Everyone really pitched in and I have to give huge thanks to everyone involved especially Joe St. Jacques for hanging the new body on Freddie’s (Peterson) car. The #17 EXIT Realty/Hancock Electric Chevy looks fantastic thanks to him. Sometimes good things happen unexpectedly and that is what happened with Joe. He just got laid off so he was at the shop early every day to get this done. Things have been hectic but we are ready for both races. This is our second K&N event this season and we are really looking forward to this race.”

The Stafford 150 will mark the K&N Pro Series East return to the half-mile oval since 2009. The series began racing at the Connecticut facility in 1987 and ran 29 features. Eddie Mac posted a win in 2008 to go along with seven top tens including a fifth place finish in 2008 with the Rowley, Mass. veteran saying, “Stafford is a lot of fun to drive and we are happy to be returning there. We have had success there in the past and that win in 2008 was a tremendous feeling. We had a solid eighth place run at Bristol in our first K&N race of this season in our #71 Grimm Construction Chevy and hope to build on that. This is a very tough series with all the great teams so hopefully, I can use my experience to my advantage. We will have a day of practice on Thursday since none of the other drivers have ever run at Stafford. It should be fun and I am looking forward to getting back together with our Grimm Racing crew.”

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McKennedy Grabs First Win At Speedway 51

Jon McKennedy, of East Chelmsford, MA, played his usual waiting game making tire maintenance a top priority, battled through a failed power steering pump on lap-30, then took the lead from race leader Russ Hersey on lap-79, to go on and win the 100-lap Valenti Modified Racing Series first ever race at Groveton, New Hampshire’s, Speedway 51 Saturday night.

17-cars took the green flag from Chief Starter Tim Bennett with Mike Willis Jr, of Grantham, NH, leading the opening lap with reigning series champion Woody Pitkat, of Sturbridge, MA, taking the lead on lap-2 and holding it until the 23rd circuit when a hard charging Hersey drew the interest of fans. Hersey looked to be heading home to Swanzey, NH, as he opened a sizeable lead over second place driver McKennedy and the rest of the field.

A lap-43 caution flag brought Hersey back to the rest of the field with McKennedy,  cruising in second place saving his tires and arm strength for the late stages of the event. McKennedy led laps 44- through 47.

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Jon McKennedy Claims Speedway 51 Victory

Sometimes you have to travel far to find success. For Jon McKennedy of Chelmsford, MA the three hour haul to Speedway 51 in Groveton,NH is just what the Exit Reality sponsored team needed as they came away with the victory in the first visit for the Valenti Modified Racing Series to the fast, tight quarter mile speedway.
“It turned out we had a really good car here, we rode in the third and fourth spot saving it and with thirty to go I decided to go but it was really tough. the track is narrow and was hard to pass,” McKennedy said.
Starting from the third row Mckennedy stayed within striking distance and eventually took the lead from hard charger Russ Hersey of Swanzey,NH on a lap 43 restart and five laps later gave up the number one position to Todd Patnode of Richmond,NH.

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Valenti Modified Racing Series Makes First Appearance at Speedway 51

Canaan, NH.  – Ever since the announcement the Valenti Modified Racing Series was heading to the Great North Woods of New Hampshire in 2016, many have embraced the thought of visiting a popular racetrack they had never seen, never raced on, or only heard or read about. This weekend the opportunity to race at Speedway 51 in Groveton, New Hampshire becomes a reality.

The ground-pounding modifieds, never before seen by many northern New Englanders, will be going the distance of 100-laps as part of the season-opening event Saturday, May 28,  presented by NAPA.

Reigning VMRS champion, Woody Pitkat, of Sturbridge, Mass, fresh off a strong runner-up finish at Stafford (CT) Speedway last Friday, recalls going to the then Riverside Speedway as a child.

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North East Street Stock Tour Adds Two Championship Events

Speedway 51 and Second New-London Waterford Date on Schedule

NO. STONINGTON, CT – Officials from the North East Street Stock Tour (NESST) announced the addition of two race events to the 2016 schedule. The start-up stock cars series, which races later model Chevrolet and Ford production cars, will now contest ten championship events, spanning from Connecticut to northern New Hampshire.

Speedway 51, located in Groveton, NH, will host NESST for a 51-lap event on Saturday, August 20. The event will also feature a complimentary barbeque for all NESST teams in the pit area. Inaugural Champion, Joe Arena (Bristol, CT), and Anthony Belfiore (Haverhill, MA) both won events at the ¼-mile bullring in 2015.

“I like that place,” recalled Arena. They’ve done a lot of work there, and the track is fun, too. I’m really glad that we are going back there in 2016,” the reigning NESST Champion went on to say.

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GSPSS Announces 2016 Race Schedule

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

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

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

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NEMST Releases 2016 Schedule

2016 NEMST Schedule
April 9 Lee USA Speedway Practice Lee, NH
April 10 Lee USA Speedway Lee, NH
May 1 TSMP Road Course Thompson, CT
May 15 Speedway 95 Hermon, ME
June 4 New London-Waterford Speedbowl Waterford, CT
June 18 Oxford Plains Speedway Homecoming Oxford, ME
July 3 TBA TBA
July 9 TSMP Oval Thompson, CT
July 29 Claremont Speedway Claremont, NH
August 6 Speedway 51 Groveton, NH
August 28 Oxford Plains Speedway 250 Oxford, ME
September 10 Speedway 51 Groveton, NH
October 14 TSMP Oval Heats Thompson, CT
October 15 TSMP Oval Feature Thompson, CT

This schedule is tentative. Additional dates WILL be added. Maximum number of dates will be twelve events.

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ACT Releases 13-Event 2016 Schedule

Waterbury, VT – The American-Canadian Tour (ACT) has announced the release of the 2016 ACT Late Model Tour schedule. The 13-event series will see the Tour visit 12 different tracks in six U.S. states and the province of Quebec as they pursue the $10,000-to-win ACT Championship.

The season will once again kick off with the New Hampshire Governor’s Cup 150 at Lee USA Speedway on Sunday, April 10 and crown the 2016 champion at Connecticut’s Thompson Speedway on Saturday, October 15. Other traditional early-season events which have returned include the 18th Merchants Bank 150 at Barre, VT’s Thunder Road on May 1, the Spring Green 116 at Plattsburgh, NY’s Airborne Park Speedway on May 14, and a 100-lap event at Fair Haven, VT’s Devil’s Bowl Speedway on June 4.

The 2016 schedule will again feature three ACT/Pro All Stars Series (PASS) doubleheaders. The two series open the Oxford Plains Speedway racing season on Sunday, April 17. ACT and PASS then travel to Quebec’s Autodrome Montmagny on Saturday, July 23. The 150-lap event is the ACT U.S. Tour’s first visit to the speedway since 1999 and is a combination event with Série ACT.
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Jeremy Davis Declares Victory at Speedway 51

Tamworth, NH Driver Strong in Return to Granite State Pro Stock Series

GROVETON, NH – Jeremy Davis used the outside groove to pass Wayne Helliwell, Jr. and power his way to Victory Lane in the Granite State Pro Stock Series at Speedway 51.

Helliwell, Jr. seemed to be the car to beat early, as the two-time American-Canadian Tour (ACT) champion shot out to a commanding lead.  Jeremy Davis jumped to the second spot, and began to run Helliwell, Jr. down, before the first of ten cautions brought the field back together on lap 37.  Helliwell, Jr. would fend Davis off on the first restart, but Davis would hold his own on the outside groove after a restart on lap 67.  Barry Gray would slow in turn one and two bringing out the caution, just before Helliwell, Jr. and Davis would tangle, leaving Davis sideways in the infield.  With Gray being the caution car, Davis and Helliwell, Jr. would get their spots back, setting up another battle.

Derek Griffith and Brad Babb were fighting for the third spot, while Davis and Helliwell, Jr. continued their battle for the top spot.  Helliwell, Jr. began to fade, and brought his Bruce Bernhardt-owned Ford down pit road under caution, retiring for the night.  

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Granite State Pro Stock Series at Speedway 51: A Closer Look at the Numbers

GROVETON, NH – The Granite State Pro Stock Series will travel to Speedway 51, July 4, for the Twisted Tea Firecracker 151. The Twisted Tea Firecracker 151 will be the sixth event of the 12-race season, and will be the second time the Granite State Pro Stock Series has visited the facility since 2012. The following is a closer look at the numbers of the Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS), and Speedway 51.

-Speedway 51 was built in 1964.
-Formerly known as “Riverside Speedway”. Nicknames for the track include “Grovetona”, and “Lil’ Darlington”.
-Formerly owned by Mike Beattie, who then sold the track to Curtis Robinson. In October of 2014, Joey Laquerre purchased the facility, and renamed it “Speedway 51”, in honor of his late-grandson, Joey M. Laquerre.

TWISTED TEA FIRECRACKER 151: Race 6 of 12 on 2015 season
LENGTH: 1/4 mile oval
RACE LENGTH: 151 laps

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Former K&N Pro Series East Star Tracy Gordon to Race in Twisted Tea Firecracker 151

GROVETON, NH – Tracy Gordon will be back behind the wheel of a Pro Stock this weekend, as the Granite State Pro Stock Series travels to Speedway 51 (NH), on July 4.

The twelve-time K&N Pro Series East feature winner will pilot the Alphacon/WDW Machine ride, normally driven by Matt Frahm. 

Even though Gordon has not been behind the wheel in over a year, the Maine driver is confident to be back in the driver’s seat, saying “I think it will be just like taking a winter off.  The Frahm’s are a well-prepared team, and I am confident going into the event.”

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Arena Bests North East Street Stock Tour Field at Speedway 51

GROVETON, NH – Joe Arena held off a hard-charging Chris Douton to pick up the win in the North East Street Stock Tour’s second event in the championship series, the Caron Fabrication 51, presented by L & L Riverside Inn, at Speedway 51 (NH).

Steve Kenneway led the field to green at the newly renovated facility in northern New Hampshire, after earning a plus-2 from his qualifying heat. Kenneway led the first three laps, before Geoff Rollins and Jim Boyle made contact on the front stretch, resulting in Boyle slamming hard into the wall, and leaving both with heavy body damage. Both cars would return to the track, as Kenneway had a new dancing partner on the front row in the form of Arena. Arena took command on the restart, and cleared Kenneway on the back stretch. Soon after, Kenneway’s Greener Blast Technologies/ Welch Welding and Truck Equipment Chevrolet would lose power, and Kenneway would retire from the race with transmission issues.

Arena would log laps until the door of Rollins’ Clement Realty/JSK Chevrolet flew off, landing on the nose of Boyle, bringing out the second and final caution of the race. A battle ensued on the restart, with Arena, Douton, Patrick Tanguay, and Bryan Town nose to tail for numerous laps. Town dove to the inside of Tanguay, looking for the third position, but the two made contact, sending Town careening into the infield. Town saved the car from spinning, but a power steering hose broke, retiring the Charlestown, NH native from competition.

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From the Notebook: North East Street Stock Tour at Speedway 51

GROVETON, NH – The North East Street Stock Tour will travel to Speedway 51 (formerly Riverside Speedway) for the Caron Fabrication 51, presented by L & L Riverside Inn, June 13. The second event for the North East Street Stock Tour visits a track that is 51 years old, and is in the first year of new ownership. The following is a closer look at notes and numbers of the new North East Street Stock Tour (NESST) at Speedway 51.

Commonly known as “Grovetona”, or “Lil Darlington”, Speedway 51 was built in 1964. This ¼ mile, high-banked raceway has been a vital part of the town of Groveton, NH for 51 years, and often yields exciting, side-by-side racing. Mike and Sally Beattie sold the track to Curtis Robinson in the late 1980’s, and was purchased at a foreclosure auction by veteran racer Joey Laquerre, in October 2014. Laquerre has made extensive upgrades to the facility, and will run the second race of the year when the NESST comes to town. The track’s name is dedicated to Joey Laquerre’s grandson, Joey M. Laquerre, who passed away weeks before the purchase of the track. The younger Laquerre’s racing number was 51.

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New Digs for New Series: North East Street Stock Tour Travels to Speedway 51

GROVETON, NH – The upstart North East Street Stock Tour will head north, June 13, to the new-look Speedway 51 (NH) for the Caron Fabrication 51, presented by L & L Riverside Inn.

Speedway 51, formerly known as Riverside Speedway, is a unique ¼ mile, high-banked track, known for close finishes, and side-by-side action. The facility underwent a major overhaul during the offseason, after being purchased by Joey Laquerre. Laquerre, a long-time runner in the Late Model division at Thunder Road Speedbowl, purchased the race track in October of 2014, weeks after the passing of his grandson and racer, Joey M. Laquerre.

Following the inaugural championship event, the competitors of the North East Street Stock Tour (NESST) are chasing Chris “Moose” Douton, who picked up the victory at Seekonk Speedway, fending off Joe Arena in the final laps. Douton has proven to be a force in 2015, already picking up victories at Lee USA Speedway in the NESST exhibition event, as well as seeing Victory Lane at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park during the Icebreaker.

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Town Set for NESST Tour

Bryan Town of Charlestown, NH will be racing the North East Street Stock Tour full-time. Town will race off weeks in a backup car at Claremont (NH) Speedway. He also has offers for Late Model and Modified rides, but has not committed to either.

“I think it’s a great idea as there are many of these cars around and every track has their version of a Street Stock,” Town said. “Hopefully it will create a uniform set of rules for a Street Stock throughout New England much like ACT  has with the Late Model. There seems to be great interest in the series and looks promising.”

The area’s first touring series for the popular class will run eight races during its first campaign, with one race to be annonuced Seekonk will run the inaugural race on May 30. Speedway 51 (AKA: Riverside) will host two races,  along with Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park’s oval and road course configurations. Lee USA will host a race, along with Speedway 95 in Bangor for the longest race of the season, the 100-lap, $3,000 to win Ickey Door Memorial.

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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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Fall Brawl Sunday at Riverside

GROVETON, NH – Despite a foreclosure auction scheduled for November 1, promoter Dan Fournier confirmed today that the Fall Brawl will be held Sunday November 2 at Riverside Speedway. The rain date is November 8.

A event schedule will be posted tomorrow.

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Riverside Speedway Auction Listing Posted

The auction listing for Riverside Speedway has been posted on AuctionZip. The auction is scheduled for November 1 at 11AM on site ( 78 Craggy Road, Groveton, NH). Lussier’s Auction Service of Lyndonville, VT will be on hand with Auctioneer Reginald P. Lussier. For more information, call 802-626-8892.

Photos of auction items are also available.

The complete listing is included below:

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NEAR Announces 2014 Hall of Fame Class

Drivers Deke Astle, Jim Martel, Mike Rowe, Fred Schulz, Ron Wyckoff, drag racing icon Bob Tasca, historian R.A. Silvia and car builder/mechanic Dave Tourigny make up the New England Auto Racing Hall of Fame’s class of 2014.

They, along with the still to be announced pioneer class, will be inducted at NEAR’s 16th Hall of Fame banquet  Sunday, Nov. 16th, at The Lodge at Maneeley’s  in South Windsor, CT.

Banquet ticket information will be announced shortly and will be posted on the New England’s Antique Racers’ website ( in the near future.

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Kyle Welch Scores First ACT Win at Riverside

Groveton, NH – Kyle Welch of Newport, NH earned his first career American Canadian Tour win at Riverside Speedway in Groveton, NH on Saturday, June 7. Welch inherited the win after apparent winner Eddie MacDonald was penalized for a post race tech infraction. MacDonald was penalized to the last car on the lead lap in 11th place.

Wayne Helliwell, Jr. took the early lead from the outside pole, but was quickly overtaken by Emily Packard on lap 20. Packard would lead the majority of the event, which saw no cautions during its 150 laps. Welch closed the gap on Packard’s lead and took the point with just 15 laps to go.

Welch didn’t hold the lead for long as apparent winner MacDonald got by him to lead the final eight laps of the event. MacDonald was later penalized in post race tech for too many spring rubbers in his right rear spring.
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Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. Looks for Repeat at Riverside

Groveton, NH – Veteran driver and perennial American Canadian Tour Championship Contender Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. of Hudson, NH is off to the best start of his ten (10) year ACT career and currently sits atop the standings. This Saturday, June 7, he will look to continue his run of three straight top fives as the tour heads to Riverside Speedway in Groveton, NH for the Central Asphalt Paving 150. He will have to fend off the likes of Jimmy Hebert, most recent ACT winner Ray Parent, and a host of others.

One year ago, Polewarczyk marched from his 12th place starting position to lead the final 39 laps of the ACT 150 at Riverside on his way to his second of three straight ACT wins. His three wins on the season helped him earn second in the 2013 final ACT standings. This season his hunger for a title is more apparent than ever. His intensity and focus guided him to second in the season opener at Lee, fourth at Thunder Road and third in the most recent ACT event at Airborne.

“We’re off to a really good start so far this season. We don’t have a win yet, but our worst finish is fourth,” said Polewarczyk. “Riverside is a tough little track, but you can make some moves in both the inside and outside lanes, which is what we had to do to win last year.”

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