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Blewett Refocuses on Home for 2017

Veteran to Compete Parttime on NASCAR WMT

Jimmy Blewett of Howell, NJ will make his first NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour start of the season this weekend. He will drive the No. 76 John Blewett Inc./TS Haulers/Starrett Tools Chevrolet for the Icebreaker at Thompson (CT) Speedway Motorsports Park. Blewett expects to run 4-6 events this season thatdo not conflict with his commitment at Wall (NJ) Stadium Speedway.

“I would love to support the Thompson, Stafford schedule,” Blewett said. “That’s always been my favorite because of the history of Thompson and Stafford and their dedication to the tour. Hopefully, we can maybe hit a Loudon race or two but it’s all kind of up in the air.”

Blewett’s focus is competing for the Wall Modified championship in his No. 19. There are benefits for Blewett’s return to Wall. The track five minutes from home is easier to find sponsors. Family and friends want to follow him at Wall when they cannot attend a NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race.

Blewett won back to back championships at Wall in 2001-02 before driving for Eddie Partridge on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour. He has been running the high banked 1/3 mile part time since then.

“We might have a good shot at running for the points. There’s a lot of good guys that run there locally. Andrew Krause his family leases the track. Steve Reed, he’s been the champion the past 2 years. Chas Okerson and a few others are really strong there week in and week out. That’s their bread and butter so it’s gonna be tough for us to just go in there and win a championship.”

Blewett is committed this year to helping his nephew’s career. John Blewett IV will compete at Wall this season. Blewett’s goals for his nephew are to get him comfortable behind the wheel and build his confidence. The purpose is to have a great time, learn, and build the team.

“He’s a great kid. My brother adopted him when he was just a baby and for him to take him from another country and then bring him over here and him to have nothing to come from nothing to having what my brother was offering him as a father and adopting him and then my brother passing away was kind of tough for everybody around here.

“But to know now that we’re able to get him behind the wheel of a car and give him something that my brother would definitely want him to be doing. If my brother was here he’d be doing it already. But to get him behind the wheel of a car and have him doing something that I know my brother loved to do and would definitely have him doing is good for all of us.”

Blewett is supported by Starrett, Extreme Wheel Repair, Jones Racing products, TS Haulers (Eddie and Connie Partridge), Waddell Communications, and North American Construction. He is thankful for his current backers as his Whelen Modified Tour program is seeking sponsorship.

The patriarch of the Blewett family, John Blewett, Sr. provides a shop for Jimmy’s team to work out of. Martino Race Engines of Farmingdale, NJ is helping the team this season. Rob Ormsbee serves as the crew chief.

“This is a giant group effort. .. We’re making a dollar out of 15 cents all day long every day, and that’s what we do. We work hard and we try to make the best of every opportunity we can and we’re just fortunate to be doing it for 17 years and still have the opportunities that I have today.”

Blewett wanted to proving the doubters wrong on himself and Bob Garbarino. The team has not recorded multiple wins in a season since 2010.

Blewett finished sixth in points last year driving the Starrett Tools/Mayhew Tools No. 4. He had 1 win, 7 top fives, and 12 top tens driving the Mystic Missile. It was his first full-time season since 2012.

“When Bob’s ride was open I saw a lot of history. … Bob’s been around a long time. He’s a great car owner, a great friend, gave me a great car week in and week out him and the team. It was a good deal all the way around.”

Blewett has recorded 125 wins since 2000 at Bridgeport, Chemung, Concord, Martinsville, New Egypt, New Smyrna, the New York State Fairgrounds, Riverhead, Stafford, Thompson, and Wall.

“I accomplished a lot of things I wanted to in my career and from here on out whatever I do is just gonna be gravy for myself. I’ve had my days of where I pressured myself to win every last thing and now it’s just have fun and I feel if I have fun I’ll go out and I’ll win as many I can before I decide to spend the rest of the time with my family.”

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NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour News & Notes: Thompson

Zachem Heads Home Looking for First Tour Win

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 28, 2017) — Last year, Timmy Solomito used his first career NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour win in the Icebreaker 150 at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park to launch a breakout season.

To find this year’s candidate to follow in Solomito’s tracks, you don’t have to look far.

Max Zachem made his debut on the tour at Thompson in 2013, and the now 24-year-old Preston, Connecticut, driver cut his teeth racing at his home state’s short tracks. And he heads back to New England for the 43rd annual Icebreaker weekend after a fifth-place run in the newly unified tour’s season opener at South Carolina’s Myrtle Beach Speedway last week.

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Veteran Racer Sundeen Seeking Record Fifth Championship

THOMPSON, CT – Scott Sundeen began his racing career in 1998 at Seekonk Speedway. The Sutton, MA driver began competing part-time at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park in 2002 while building his first home, and managing his furniture business. In his first start, Sundeen proved he would be a force to be reckoned with, registering his first win.

With his house complete and the furniture business thriving, Sundeen began entering his No. 36 Limited Sportsman regularly in 2005. Sundeen has proven that he has been a force to be reckoned with since then. The patient veteran has driven to a record four championships, including back-to-back titles in 2014 & 2015. In 2016, Sundeen fell victim to mechanical issues early in the season that set up back in the championship point standings. Midway through the season, Sundeen and his team identified a radiator issue.

The four-time Champion explained, “At the beginning of the year, we thought it was a motor issue we were facing, but around the 5th race we figured out the problem was the radiator, and after that, we were good the rest of the season.”
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Hall Seeks Icebreaker Repeat

Garrett Hall of Scarborough, ME is the defending PASS North winner at Thompson (CT) Speedway Motorsports Park. The series returned last year to the 5/8 mile oval after a four-year absence.

“It’s high speed compared to a lot of the tracks around here and you really need to focus to make sure you hit the right groove,” Hall said.

He will start his season running the PASS North events at Oxford Plains (ME) Speedway and Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in Scarborough, Maine. He may focus his efforts on the Pro Series championship at Beech Ridge.

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Hinckley Teams with Barry for MTS Races

Les Hinckley, III will be driving for Spearpoint Racing for the inaugural  Exit Realty Modified Touring Series (MTS) season. Hall of Famer car owner Art Barry called to ask about Hinckley’s plans. The opportunity came through a voicemail from Barry Thursday and the deal came together during the follow-up call.

“The guy’s absolutely a legend in racing,” Hinckley said. “The racing community and racing in general has been lucky to have a man like that to have him for as long as we have because he just lives and dies for racing.  … For him to call me and ask me to drive his racecar and to be excited about it the way he is is just its humbling. The list of names that have been in his car for me to be one of ’em it really puts me in check. This is bigger than me and I can’t thank Art enough for thinking highly enough about me to be worthy to drive his race car.”

Barry wants to win one more race before he retires. Barry competed last season on the Northeast Race Cars & Parts Tri-Track Open Modified Series (TTOMS) with Justin Bonsignore.

“I think he’s really good,” Barry said. “He’s a gentleman. He talks to you and he’s very, very good about reasoning things out, working together, and he’s really good on equipment that’s for sure. I’m kind of looking forward to it.”

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Nascar America Launches My Home Track: 50 States in 50 Shows

Series Celebrates Local Race Tracks in Every U.S. State

STAMFORD, Conn. – March 20, 2017 — NASCAR America, NBCSN’s daily motorsports show, is launching a new series My Home Track: 50 States in 50 Shows to highlight and celebrate local race tracks and racing associations in all 50 states across the country.

As part of My Home Track: 50 States in 50 Shows, NASCAR America will cross the country alphabetically from Alabama to Wyoming and showcase an individual track each day. Featuring speedways including Central Arizona Speedway(Casa Grande, AZ), Diamond Park Speedway (Nashville, AR), Ponderosa Speedway (Junction City, KY), Magic Valley Speedway (Twin Falls, ID), Dixie Speedway (Birch Run, MI) and Whynot Motorsports Park (Meridian, MS), My Home Track: 50 States in 50 Shows will shine a spotlight on the heart and soul of the racing community and what the nation’s fascination with speed and stock car racing is built upon.

My Home Track: 50 States in 50 Shows debuts tomorrow, Tuesday, Mar. 21, on NASCAR America at 5:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN, with South Alabama Speedway in Kinston, Ala. The series will be featured each day on NASCAR America during the next 50 episodes.

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Thompson Test & Tune Update

Currently, there is still snow on the track and around the venue, but we are going to wait to make a decision until Friday at 12 PM. It is hard to give a definitive answer as to whether the track will be clear given the forecasted weather conditions. We sure hope to see it happen but aren’t certain at this time. 

If any changes to the schedule occur or if the weather does not cooperate and we have to cancel, we will let everyone know ASAP on our Facebook page as well as our website. If you have any questions, please call us at 860-923-2280

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LFR Northeast Becomes Part of LFR Enterprises

Rob Fuller Acquires Business from Bob Charland

SHREWSBURY, Mass. (March 22, 2017) – LFR Enterprises, owned by Rob Fuller, has acquired LFR Northeast which was previously operated by Bob Charland.

Fuller will take over the Northeast region for modified distribution and sales for LFR Enterprises.  Charland will no longer be selling parts to the racing industry.

“Rob and I had an agreement that if I ever wanted to change direction that he would step up and take over,” said Charland. “Rob has a very unique product line that really requires a vast knowledge of this industry which he has, so this really makes sense not only for me, but the customers as well.”

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It’s All in the Family for Brian Tagg

THOMPSON, CT – For nearly four decades the Tagg name has appeared on entry lists at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park. John Tagg piloted one of the earliest versions of his Modified. His son, Tom, competed in the Sunoco Modifieds, a division he earned a championship in 1990. Currently, third generation driver, Brian, keeps the family tradition alive, piloting the No. 9 entry in the Thompson Speedway Motorsport Park Late Model Division.

The 2015 Late Model Champion, Brian, started his career behind the wheel of a Thompson Modified. There he achieved reasonable success, missing a 2009 championship due to a self-admitted driver error. After the division was disbanded in 2012, Tagg decided along with his team – AKA his family – that they would take a year off.

In 2014, when Tagg got back behind the wheel, he traveled with the American Canadian Tour, competing with some of the toughest Late Model competitors in the northeast. 

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Thompson Test & Tune Postponed

Saturday’s Test & Tune Moved to March 25th

(March 16th, 2017) — Saturday’s Test & Tune will now be on Saturday, March 25th, not this Saturday March 18th. All safe cars are welcome! $25 will get your paddock/pit access. General admissions and children are free! Click here for more details.

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APEX Driving Events Brings 2017 Circuit Schools to New England’s Top Tracks with High Performance Driver Training from World-Class Motorsport Professionals

APEX Driving Events Opens Registration for 2017 Circuit Schools, Making Stops at Famed Road Courses in New England and Beyond

Boston, MA (March 14, 2017) – APEX Driving Events is proud to open registration for its 2017 Circuit Schools, providing motorsport enthusiasts access to New England’s best road courses with individualized instruction from APEX’s team of handpicked professional racing drivers.

APEX’s 2017 Circuit Schools make stops at famed tracks including Lime Rock Park (Lakeville, CT), Watkins Glen International (Watkins Glen, NY), Palmer Motorsports Park (Palmer, MA), Thompson Speedway (Thompson, CT) and is expanding to the Virginia International Raceway (VIR) which has been widely regarded as one of the top racing circuits in the U.S. Annually, VIR hosts events for the top tiers of sports car racing in the US including Pirelli World Challenge and International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) WeatherTech Championship.

“APEX is fueled by a true passion for motorsports and it’s very exciting to be back for another season,” said APEX Driving Events Founder, Daniel Bloom. “In 2017, we are introducing new tracks and events for driving enthusiasts to learn the limits of their high-performance machines and improve as drivers by learning from our highly-accomplished racing professionals.”

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Red Bull Global Rallycross to Debut at Thompson Speedway June 3-4

Los Angeles, CA (March 7, 2017) – For the first time since 2013, Red Bull Global Rallycross will stage an event in New England with a brand-new doubleheader at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park. Red Bull Global Rallycross New England will host two separate championship rounds on Saturday, June 3 and Sunday, June 4.

“New England is traditionally one of rally’s most prominent regions in the United States,” said Red Bull GRC CEO Colin Dyne. “We’re greatly looking forward to our debut event at Thompson Speedway, a track well-known for treating its fans well and producing exciting action. It was a top priority for us to bring our unique Red Bull GRC action back to New England this year, and we look forward to entertaining some of the most passionate race fans in America.”

Located west of Providence and south of Worcester, Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park combines easy access with a pristine New England setting. The Red Bull GRC New England track will use portions of both TSMP’s oval and road course, with the start, finish, key passing zones, and signature 70-foot jump all in front of fans. Starting from the center of the oval and working clockwise, drivers will charge off of the line into the oval and a wide right-hand first corner, before returning to the infield and facing the dirt and jump. Cars will then enter the road course portion, which includes a Joker Lap expected to significantly shorten lap times.

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Steve Kenneway and David Banta Reunite for 2017 Season at TSMP

Steve Kenneway and David Banta are no strangers when it comes to finding success in a Limited Sportsman at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park (TSMP). Kenneway, who previously raced the No. 55 Limited Sportsman for Banta Racing, is switching gears to the No. 26 and is building a brand new car in conjunction with Banta Racing for the 2017 season. 

Kenneway has brought good fortune to the Banta team in years past. In 2012 he came in 4th in points after becoming the backup driver. In 2013 he celebrated his first large career milestone after winning the Limited Sportsman Division Championship at TSMP. In 2014 he finished 2nd in the division then shortly after parted ways with Banta Racing with Diego Monahan taking over the driving duties for the 2015 and 2016 seasons. 

Banta stated on the reconnection of Kenneway “After he (Kenneway) left, Diego took over. After the 2015 season, Diego was taking on the work load of the Modified Tour and NASCAR Whelen All American Series which he didn’t have time for the team after that….We tried to get Steve back during the summer of 2016, but he was also running his own races in his car.”

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Phil Jacques Keeping Dream Alive at Thompson Speedway

The Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park (TSMP) Limited Sportsman Division has a reputation for being one of the most competitive in New England. This makes the achievement of Phil Jacques, driver of the No. 77 entry, even more impressive.  Heading into Icebreaker 2016 he was focused on consistency; finishing every race and keeping the car in one piece.

It appeared at the beginning of the season this would be a tall task. Some minor set backs, including mechanical gremlins and a self-admitted rookie mistake relegated his No. 77 entry to a 17th place finish. Soon, though, through the determination of the driver and crew, success was had.

Jacques won his first race at TSMP on Wednesday June 1, following up with consistent finishes throughout the summer months. Describing this stretch, Jacques explained, “During summer months, we stayed in contention regularly, but a few mistakes on my part cost us better finishes than we probably could have had. Still we ended up with a 5th, 6th 6th and 5th in the next 4 races to follow.”

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Red Bull GRC to Open 2017 Season in Memphis

Memphis International Raceway to Host Season Opener April 28-29

Los Angeles, CA — The 2017 Red Bull Global Rallycross season will kick off with a brand new event at Memphis International Raceway. Taking place on Friday, April 28 and Saturday, April 29, the new event will represent the first of 12 rounds on this year’s championship schedule.

“We’re looking forward to bringing wheel-to-wheel Red Bull GRC action back to Tennessee with our new partners at Memphis International Raceway,” said Red Bull GRC CEO Colin Dyne. “Memphis is a perfect host city for our 2017 kickoff round, as our teams get back to action after an exciting offseason and start the chase for our next title.”

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Northwest Qualifiers for Oxford and Hickory, Entry Forms, and Lap Boards Keep PASS Busy

CHARLOTTE, NC (February 15) – Although the 2017 Pro All Stars Series (PASS) season is barely under way, North America’s most prominent Super Late Model tour is already looking towards two of the biggest events of the year, the 44th Annual Oxford 250 in August and the recently announced Mason-Dixon MegaMeltdown 300 in November.  Today officials from PASS, the Northwest Super Late Model Series, and Wenatchee Valley’s Super Oval (WVSO) announced that two events at the Washington State speedway will serve as qualifiers for each of the premier events in PASS.

“I met Tom [Mayberry] at North Wilkesboro about five years ago and since then we have become good friends and shared a lot of late night talks while on the road traveling,” said Garrett Evans, a multi-time Super Late Model champion in the Northwest.  “It was a great honor to have the PASS Northwest Triple Crown at WVSO, my hometown track, a few years ago.  The timing wasn’t right for a series in our area then, but I feel things are getting closer for PASS to possibly return next year.”

As part of the agreement, the top two finishers in the Leonard Evans Memorial 150 at WVSO on April 29 will be on “The Road To The Oxford 250” and will have guaranteed starting spots in the prestigious race.  Additionally, the top two finishers of the Neal Newberry 125 at WVSO on September 23 will have guaranteed starting spots in the Mason-Dixon MegaMeltdown 300 at Hickory Motor Speedway in November, which will pay $15,000 to win, plus additional lap leader money.
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Red Bull Global Rallycross Announces 2017 Event Schedule

Los Angeles, CA (February 2, 2017) – Red Bull Global Rallycross proudly unveiled today its action-packed event schedule for the 2017 season. Kicking off in April with a brand new race in Memphis, and concluding in October with the series’ signature Los Angeles finale, this
year’s slate retains some of the most popular events of 2016 while also introducing the series to a host of new markets.

“This should be a banner year for Red Bull GRC as we continue our ascent in the world of motorsport,” said Red Bull GRC CEO, Colin Dyne. “We listened to the feedback from our fans, and the 2017 schedule reflects the demand to bring our unique brand of racing to new locations, as well as to return to a number of fan-favorite venues from previous seasons.”

The 2016 Red Bull GRC season was the series’ most exciting yet, with the Supercar and GRC Lites Championships both coming down to the Los Angeles finale. The series will take its high-flying, wheel-to-wheel action to a number of new locations, including its first visit to Louisville, and an inaugural trip to Canada. Popular events in Seattle and Atlantic City will return from 2016, while the series will also make its return to Tennessee and New England. 

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New England Auto Racing Hall of Famer Leo Cleary Passes

Word arrived from Florida today that 1999 New England Auto Racing Hall of Fame inductee Leo Cleary has passed away at age-88.

Upon hearing of the news, award-winning Hall of Fame auto racing journalist Pete Zanardi stated the following; “Leo, from Massachusetts, was truly one of New England’s short track pioneers with a career stretching all the way back to the days of early tracks such as Dracut, Groveland, Topsfield, West Peabody, Medford Bowl, Norwood Arena, and Westboro. He raced and won all over the region, and was always in high-demand with the best teams. His era included some of the greatest names in the history of modified racing.”

Arrangements are incomplete at this time. The entire NEAR family extends its sincere condolences to Leo’s family & many friends.

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Seekonk Mourns the Loss of Legendary Driver Leo Cleary

SEEKONK, Mass. — The entire New England racing community lost another icon on Tuesday morning. Leo “The Lion” Cleary, who is a New England Auto Racing Hall of Fame member and a Seekonk Speedway Wall of Fame member, passed away at the age of 88.

In his over 40 years time in racing, Cleary won multiple races and championships at various different tracks in New England. He started his career at Seekonk in 1955 and it continued all the way through the late 1980s, when he won his final championships at the third-mile oval.

Cleary scored the Pro Stock championship in 1986, then was able to capture the title in the Mini Modifieds division a year later in 1987. Not only was Cleary was a four-time champion (also won a title in 1972 & 1979) at Seekonk, but he won a total of 14 championships in his racing career in New England, according to the New England Auto Racers Hall of Fame website.

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Thompson Speedway exhibiting at The Racer’s Expo

THOMPSON, CT — The Racer’s Expo, an annual motor sports trade show, returns on February 3rd and 4th at the Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel in Marlborough, MA. This year, under the management of OTB Promotions, the show features some new seminars and world-class exhibitors. Over 45 vendors are registered for the expo for 2017. TSMP will once again be showcasing the facility and experiences offered at the expo. Exotic Driving Events, American Muscle Experience and Fiat 500 Rally will be highlighted.

The TSMP booth will boast a great giveaways such as a 2 lap experience driving a Corvette Z06 on the 1.7 mile road course through the American Muscle Experience. It will also include a give away for a 3 lap experience driving one of the Exotic Driving Experience’s cars through an autocross set up. Choose from a Ferrari 458 Italia, Nissan GT-R and a Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570.

A pair of tickets to the 2017 Icebreaker are also up for grabs in the giveaway. Show hours on February 3 are 4pm-9pm and on February 4 are 9am-4:30pm.

Tickets are $5 per person with kids 12 and under free. For more information on The Racer’s Expo please visit www.theracersexpo.com. For more information on TSMP please visit www.thompsonspeedway.com.

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Woody Pitkat to Run Double Duty at TSMP in 2017

The 2017 season is shaping up to be a busy one for Woody Pitkat. Already committed to a new NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour ride with Goodie Motorsports, and returning to his Stan Mertz owned No. 6 Sunoco Modified at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, Pitkat will also be driving Jeff Hartwell’s No. 91 Late Model entry.  Returning to the Late Model Division is a homecoming for Pitkat, whose roots are in a full-fendered race car.

Pitkat raced against Hartwell at Stafford Motor Speedway previously, and the two developed a mutual respect for each other. One of Hartwell’s crew members had always pushed him to explore the option of having Pitkat drive one of his cars. Hartwell finally took his advice and made the call just recently. Pitkat was surprised as he originally thought he was joking. He talked details over and went to take a look at the car where an agreement was ultimately made. While Pitkat looks forward to being back behind the wheel of a full-fendered car he also looks to deepen his relationship with the Hartwell Motorsports team by being present at the team’s shop.

“It’s tough to do when there are other commitments and priorities. But with his shop being so close to Thompson and close to me I can make an effort to be there and get involved. The more time we spend together the better it will get. That’s how we’ll build this,” the 2015 Sunoco Modified Champion explained.

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Harrison Burton Announces Final 2017 Plans, Includes Competing for the K&N Pro Series East Championship

Young Driver Backed by Sponsorship from Several Companies

Charlotte, N.C. (Jan. 18, 2017) – Harrison Burton will be very busy in 2017. As announced earlier, Harrison has signed with Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) to compete in a partial NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule. He recently reached an agreement with MDM Motorsports to compete for a championship in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East as well as racing in select ARCA races. In addition, Harrison has earned one of the coveted seats at Fury Race Cars’ factory-supported Super Late Model team which will compete at numerous marquee events, including the Snowball Derby.

With a commitment toward the future of NASCAR, six sponsors have stepped up to support Burton next season, including DEX Imaging, Toyota, Morton Buildings, Hunt Brothers Pizza, Ollie’s Bargain Outlet and Rheem Manufacturing Company. Burton, a 16-year-old, second-generation driver, is set to begin his year at the K&N Pro Series East race in New Smyrna Speedway on February 19th.

“I’m truly fortunate to compete with three teams that will give me the best chance to have success at the highest levels. I’m incredibly grateful to have not one, but six, corporate partners so committed to my future and that of the sport,” Burton said. “DEX Imaging, Toyota, Morton Buildings, Hunt Brothers Pizza, Ollie’s Bargain Outlet, and Rheem Manufacturing could have put their resources toward a more veteran driver, so I am extremely appreciative they chose to support me, and I am thrilled to work with them this season.”

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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, (MainelymotorsportsTV.com) 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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Ronnie Williams Ready to Get Back to Victory Lane in Busy 2017 Season at Stafford Motor Speedway

Stafford Springs, CT — When the 2017 season kicks off at Stafford Speedway on April 28-30for the NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler, SK Modified® driver Ronnie Williams will begin what promises to be the busiest season of his racing career.  The Ellington native has plans to pilot his family owned #59 Advice One Chevrolet in the SK Modified® division along with the John Jensen owned #79 modified in the two Valenti Modified Series events at Stafford on May 19 and Sept. 1 and the two Modified Touring Series events at Stafford on June 2 and July 21.

“We’re coming back to my favorite track which is Stafford, we have a Thompson deal with the Jensen family and and we’re going to see how we do at Waterford,” said Williams.  “No matter what happens, Stafford is my favorite track and the track that I want to be racing at.  The Jensens are going to give me a good car for the MRS and MTS races at Stafford and my SK Modified® crew chief Stash Butova will be doing the setup.  For those races I’d be happy with a top-10 or top-5 finish and if we have a chance, we’ll go for the win.  I’d love to be able to get the Jensen family a win in their car.  That would be great for them and us.”

In addition to his Stafford duties, Williams will also pilot the Jensen owned #79 at Thompson for their 7-race schedule as well as driving his family owned car at Waterford.  With three tracks on his agenda for the 2017 season, Williams has his eyes set on getting into contention for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series National Championship.

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Chase Dowling Announced as Driver of #15 NWMT Car in 2017

15-40 Connection to Continue Partnership with Rob Fuller for Fourth Year

SHREWSBURY, Mass. (January 11, 2017) – Rob Fuller has announced that 2015 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour (NWMT) Rookie of the Year Chase Dowling has signed on to pilot the No. 15 Chevrolet in select races in 2017 for the team.

“I have been watching Chase out of the corner of my eye for the past couple seasons and I’ve been extremely impressed with what I’ve seen,” said Rob Fuller. “Having worked with the young drivers at the LFR driver development group I believe this would be a great match for us both. This is a high-profile ride and will be a great opportunity for him as well. I think he will also be a great advocate for 15-40 Connection, which is a huge part of this race team. I am highly confident we will continue to be a threat at every race we attend with Chase behind the wheel.”

“LFR will continue to develop and evolve in the NASCAR Modified division,” continued Fuller. “We will shift our focus to customer support and service while staying on top of the cars and accessories we design and distribute.”

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Ted Christopher to Drive for Keith Rocco Racing at Thompson

Two of the Connecticut’s most successful drivers will be joining forces for the upcoming season at Thompson (CT) Speedway Motorsports Park. Ted Christopher of Plainville, CT will drive for Keith Rocco Racing in the Sunoco Modifieds. Both drivers hold 5 track titles at the 77-year-old facility operated by the Hoenig family.

“I worked with Ted (Christopher) for a long time back before I started my racing career and he made a joke towards me at Waterford one week,” Rocco said. “He said ‘Before I retire, I’m gonna drive for you,’ so (Ronnie) Williams had other plans this year and I called Ted up and I said here’s your opportunity and we sat down and came up with a plan and that’s what it is.”

Rocco was a crew member on Christopher’s team from 2001 to c.2004-05. Christopher recorded 14 wins at Thompson in 2001 and claimed the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national championship.

“To jump on a team and be involved and to learn a little bit and win as much as we did, it was awesome. What else would anybody ask for that just joined a team other than winning races and contend for a national championship?”

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Williams Expanding Schedule in 2017

An impressive outing for Ronnie Williams in last year’s Sunoco World Series will bring a new opportunity. The reigning Sunoco Modified Rookie of the Year will be driving for John Jensen this season in the Sunoco Modifieds at Thompson (CT) Speedway Motorsports Park and Tour-Type Modifieds.

Williams will enter the 9 Connecticut races for the Valenti Modified Racing Series and the Modified Touring Series. The VMRS has 5 races at New London-Waterford, Stafford, and Thompson. The MTS visits New London-Waterford and Stafford 4 times.

“I think it’s easier on all of us and it will fit in our schedule easier,” Williams said.

Williams finished sixth in his first Valenti Modified Racing Series race driving for Jensen. Jensen’s No. 79 uses T/A Engines.

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Griffith has Busy PASS Slate

Derek Griffith of Hudson, NH will pursue a pair of Super Late Model championships in the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) this season.  Griffith will return for his sophomore PASS North season and the complete PASS National schedule.

“I’d love to win some races, redeem myself in the Oxford 250,” Griffith said.

Griffith will be making his first visit to Canadian and southern tracks Autodrome Montmagny, Dillon, Hickory, Orange County, and Speedway 660.

“We seem to excel at tracks we have not been too. I love running at new tracks! Super excited to run over the border and down south!”

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First Annual New England Short Track Showdown at New Hampshire Motor Speedway Headlines 11-Race Schedule for Granite State Pro Stock Series in 2017

WALPOLE, N.H. — The Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS) announced an exciting 11-race schedule for the 2017 season on Saturday. The schedule includes events in four different states across a total of 10 different race tracks, giving plenty of variety for both drivers and fans.

Headlining the schedule will be the first annual New England Short Track Showdown at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in July.

The season will begin with a stop at Lee USA Speedway on Sunday, April 30, a three-eighths mile flat track in Lee, N.H. In 2016, championship runner-up D.J. Shaw scored the victory at Lee, holding off Derek Griffith and Bryan Kruzcek in the final stages to take the checkered flag.

The GSPSS will attempt the inaugural event at the quarter-mile Riverhead Raceway for a second time in 2017, this time on Saturday night May 20. In 2016, drivers practiced for the event but rain forced the cancellation and there was no reschedule date.

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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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