Canaan, NH. — Following post race inspections at Claremont Speedway, Claremont, NH, on July 10, 2015, the # 85 car, powered by an 18-degree engine, was found to have a non-compliant carburetor pursuant to the 2015 Modified Racing Series rulebook. As a result, the # 85 car has been disqualified from Friday’s event. Car # 5ct (Chris Pasteryak) is declared the winner.
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Canaan, NH. — It’s been four years since the Valenti Modified Racing Series last turned a wheel at Claremont Speedway, but the likes of Dwight Jarvis, Todd Patnode, Kirk Alexander, Russ Hersey, Mike Willis Jr., Matt Mead, and Donnie Lashua, are eager to ‘go home’ Friday night, July 10, when the Valenti Modified Racing Series returns to the famed New Hampshire speedway for the first time since 2011.
The Claremont track has been the site of much success for Jarvis with feature wins and championships. When the subject of Claremont comes up and it’s storied history over the last 42 years, the name Dwight Jarvis always pops up in conversation. He’ll be a fan favorite Friday night.
Patnode, Alexander, Hersey, and Lashua, are veteran racers also with success at Claremont in both modifieds and pro-stocks. All could be factors on their ‘home turf.’
Continue reading ‘Valenti Modified Racing Series Returns to Claremont Friday’
Town is carrying on the family tradition, as the driver of the Neat, Sweet, and Discrete Cleaning Service/ Route 12 Auto Sales/ Dairy Joy Ice Cream Chevy Monte Carlo follows in his father’s (Randy), uncle’s (Chet Utton), and cousins’ (Dale and Jason Utton) footsteps. Town will run the entire North East Street Stock Tour (NESST) schedule, as well as run part-time at Claremont Speedway.
Beginning his racing career in 2005, Town quickly showed he had talent in the driver’s seat. After winning the Street Stock championship in 2007, he moved to the Late Model division, running part-time, while attending Wyotech Automotive School. In 2012, the team travelled to Devil’s Bowl with the Late Model, and finished a respectable third place in the overall standings. Going back to his roots the following year, Town jumped back into the Street Stock division, running both Claremont Speedway and Monadnock Speedway (NH), and enjoyed success in 2014, winning nine (9) races between the two tracks.
Gray and Parks round out podium
Claremont, NH – Derek Griffith picked up his first career Granite State Pro Stock Series victory in dominating fashion as Claremont Speedway opened up a new chapter.
Griffith, of Hudson, NH became a quick study in his first visit to the tricky quarter-mile oval. His first laps around the speedway were some of the fastest he would turn all night, and the quickest of the 13 cars that arrived. He also led second round practice as well.
Two rounds of qualifying saw Jeremy Davis pick up the first round over Tom O’Sullivan and Cory Robert. Larry Gelinas and Bryon Baker rounded out the top five.
Claremont to Open Friday Night with Granite State Pro Stocks
Claremont (NH) Speedway will be back in action this season. Four people bought the former Twin State Speedway track during the offseason. New ownership did some remodeling to make it look more presentable for fans. The track’s 4 divisions will be returning: the ACT Late Models, Super Streets, Limited Sportsman, and Wildcats.
The Granite State Pro Stock Series will open the season on Friday night with a 125 lap race. Thrillin’ Dillon Moltz won the season opening Icebreaker at Thompson (CT) Speedway Motorsports Park. It will be the first race for the series since 2011, when Chris Wilk claimed the inaugural event. Several touring series will be visiting including the Valenti Modified Racing Series July 10, and the NEMA Midgets and NEMA Lites on August 21. The track will have the Sunday Karting Series and Mud Bog Series. The track will host four combination car shows and concerts. The acts will be announced.
It is all about nostalgia for the new owners. Phil Hayes, one of the new owners, has been going to the speedway for 35 years. “It was always in the back of my mind ever since I was a kid that I would run a racetrack,” Hayes said.
Walpole, NH — The Granite State Pro Stock Series returns to the place where it all began; Claremont Speedway, April 24.
The series, now in the fourth year of existence, held the inaugural event at Claremont Speedway (formerly Twin State Speedway) in August of 2011, which saw Chris Wilk of Mendon, VT, fend off a late-race charge from Donnie Lashua to pick up the victory.
Former NH State Champion Barry Gray was a contender in the 2011 event, before a spin early in the race sent the Belchertown, MA resident to the rear. Gray battled his way through the field, and challenged Wilk for the lead on lap 64. The two made contact, sending Wilk sliding, and leaving Gray with right-front suspension damage, forcing him to retire from the race.
The postponed Bond Auto Parts Spring Dash 100 at Monadnock Speedway will host the Valenti Modified Racing Series season opener on May 2. It will be the first since 2006 that the series has opened their season at the New Hampshire quarter mile oval and where it started in April 2004. Kirk Alexander, the series winningest driver, will return to full-time competition. Reigning champion Justin Bonsignore and Art Barry will not defend their title, opting for weekly SK Modified racing at Stafford (CT) Motor Speedway.
The 16 race schedule will visit Airborne Park (NY) Speedway, Beech Ridge (ME) Motor Speedway, Claremont (NH) Speedway, Devil’s Bowl (VT) Speedway, Lee USA (NH) Speedway, Monadnock (NH) Speedway, New London-Waterford (CT) Speedbowl, Oxford (ME) Plains Speedway, Seekonk (MA) Speedway, Stafford (CT) Motor Speedway, and Thompson (CT) Speedway Motorsports Park.
Stafford will host three races. Beech Ridge (August 1) Claremont (July 10) and Oxford (August 29, AIM Recycling Oxford 250 weekend) return, while Devil’s Bowl will be hosting its inaugural race July 24. The season finale is the World Series of Speedway Racing at Thompson October 17.
It has been a long off season, and I’m sure you’re all ready to get back to the track. Hopefully the snow will be finished melting before the season opener at Monadnock.
Our annual March General Club meeting will be on Saturday March 28th at RF Logic in Hudson New Hampshire at 2pm. We will be discussing what is to come in the 2015 season as well as vote for your new Officers and Board members.
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O’Sullivan, Casagrande Looking to Rebound in 2015
Walpole, NH — With the 2015 schedule fast approaching; the Icebreaker at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park (TSMP) kicking off the 11-race series on April 10-12, drivers are preparing their rides in hopes of a strong season with the Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS).
Tommy “The Shadow” O’Sullivan’s 2014 season did not meet his standards, even though the Wilbraham, MA driver finished in the Top 10 in points (7th) and recorded six (6) Top 10 finishes. “We made changes that didn’t work out last year, and ended up struggling the whole year, with both cars actually,” O’Sullivan said, speaking of his brother’s car, 2013 champ Mike O’Sullivan. “This year we are going back to what we know to get back on track.”
With Claremont back on the schedule in 2015, O’Sullivan has that race circled on his list. “I’ve never been to Claremont, so that will be interesting, but I’m also looking forward to Lee, for sure. We went backwards, performance-wise, at Monadnock, so we are hoping to turn that around from last year.”
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.
Claremont Speedway will host the Valenti Modified Racing Series for a 100 lap race on Friday July 10.
“VMRS Making it’s long awaited return to Claremont Speedway on July 10th for 100 laps of ground pounding action you won’t want to miss this event!”
The series has visited the elliptical 1/3 mile oval five times. Matt Hirschman won the inaugural race on October 26, 2008. Jon McKennedy won two of the next three races. Jacob Dore won his first race in October 2009. Rowan Pennink won the most recent even on May 29, 2011.
Continue reading ‘VMRS Returns to Claremont July 10′
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.
CLAREMONT, NH — Twin State Speedway will continue racing in 2015. According to its official web site, the track is under new ownership and management and has a sale pending.
Continue reading ‘Twin State Back in 2015′
Briggs Cunningham II, Roy “Pappy” Forsyth and Fred Borden are the veterans committee picks for inclusion into the New England Auto Racing Hall of Fame.
The trio, along with drag racing great Bob Tasca, car builder Dave Tourigny, historian R.A. Silvia, and drivers Mike Rowe, Deke Astle, Jim Martel, Fred Schulz and Ron Wyckoff will be enshrined at the NEAR Hall of Fame Induction banquet Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014 at Maneeley’s in South Windsor, CT.
The veterans committee deals with accomplishments prior to 1960. Still to be announced is the winner of the Ratta/Mitchell Award which goes to a member of the media.
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 (NEAR1.org) in the near future.
CLAREMONT, NH — P. J. Stergios of Candia, New Hampshire raced to his third win of the year in NEMA Lites action at the Twin State Speedway. This was the second win in a row for PJ after taking down the win at Monadnock Speedway a week earlier. Richie Morocco of Plainville, Mass., was the initial leader until lap three when Andy Barrows jetted into the lead.
It looked like it might be Barrows first win of the year, but Stergios, who started deep in the pack, patiently worked his way forward, finally catching Barrows at the halfway mark. Lapped traffic kept Barrows and Stergios in tight formation, while behind them Kevin Hutchens of E. Waterboro, Maine, Scott Bigelow of E. Hampton, Connecticut and Anthony Nocella of Woburn, Mass. used every trick they could to gain the advantage on each other.
With three laps to go, Stergios in his #11 finally made the move to overpower Barrows, taking the lead for the first time. A lap 23 yellow tightened the field, but on the restart Stergios raced away with the lead and the win. Barrows turned in a stellar performance to finish second, Scott Bigelow and Anthony Nocella cross the line side-by-side with Bigelow getting the nod for third. Paul Bigelow rounded out the top five.
CLAREMONT, NH — On a night honoring special guests Whelen Engineering, Todd Bertrand, (#39), claimed his first win of the 2014 season in commanding fashion as he took the lead in the early stages of the caution free feature. Following in second was teammate Randy Cabral, (#47), with Bethany Stoehr home third.
Under a perfect sky, the Twin State facility played host for an evening of food, souvenirs and racing action for the employees of Whelen Engineering, located in nearby Charlestown, N.H. At intermission, the NEMA and NEMA Lites drivers passed out 350 NEMA fan appreciation tee shirts, followed by an on track meet and greet where fans were able to collect autographs, handshakes and photos.
As the racing action began, Bethany Stoehr, (#5b), pulled out to an early lead from her outside pole starting spot, followed by Bertrand and Ryan Bigelow, (#13).
CLAREMONT, NH — In his home state of N.H., P.J. Stergios, (#11), takes his second win in a row, and three on the year in the family owned Beast chassis. Starting from the tenth spot, it wasn’t until the late stages of the race when he was able to take the point. Andy Barrows, (#46x), finished runner-up with Scott Bigelow, (#32), third.
Under a clear sky, and on a slick track from the day’s heat, Richie Morrocco, (#25), took the lead at the green, followed by Anthony Payne, (#21) second, Barrows third, Kevin Hutchens, (#27) forth, and Ryan Krachun, (#29), fifth.
On lap four, Barrows, along with Bigelow team member, Paul, was able to power to the front where they would dominate until lap eight when a three wide fight for third through fifth occurred. As a result, Stergios was able to blast all the way into second and P. Bigelow slid back to forth, while Hutchens went into third.
CLAREMONT, NH — (June 27, 2014) — Four-time NEMA Midget champion Randy Cabral of Plymouth, MA will be in pursuit of his third consecutive victory and a series record on Saturday night at Twin State Speedway. Cabral is looking to tie the series record for most consecutive wins at one track (5). Two drivers share the record: Johnny Mann at Thompson (1972-75) and NEAR Hall of Famer Drew Fornoro at Monadnock (1982-83). Fellow inductee Dave Humphrey had four in a row at Stafford (1969-70) and Star 70-71.
“It will be tough cause I’ll be starting out back,” Cabral said. “And three in a row hasn’t been done a lot or five in a row, so I got history against me right now.”
The flat, egg-shaped 1/3 mile opened in 1947. Six-time champion Dave Humphrey won the inaugural race in 1973. Kyle Carpenter won the second event in 2005, while Bobby Santos, III scored in 2008. Cabral has won the four events since.
Tune-in Monday, March 24th at 7 pm for a night of stories, as over 20 of the best racers, past and present get together on the Victory Lane Radio Network.
Spencer, MA — Never has a night on the racing airwaves in New England meant so much for so many. Monday, March 24th at 7pm will bring some of the greatest racers the New England area has ever seen, together for the very first time.
This collection of racers have over 1000 feature wins and have amassed well over 100 track championships. Dirt or asphalt, it didn’t matter; winning was the only thing on the minds of these competitors.
# Date Track Site Winner
1 March 29-30 Sat-Sun Day Race Waterford Speedbowl – Waterford, CT
2 May 24 Sat Night Evans Mills Motorsports Park – Evans Mills, NY-50 “Long Haul” Bonus Points
3 June 7 Sat Night Wiscasset Speedway – Wiscasset, ME-50 “Long Haul” Bonus Points
4 June 21 Sat Night Monadnock Speedway – Winchester, NH Iron Mike Memorial
5 – June 28 Sat Night – Twin State Speedway – Claremont, NH-*
6 July 19 Sat Night Oxford Plains Speedway – Oxford, ME-50 “Long Haul” Bonus Points
7 July 23 Weds Night-Seekonk Speedway – Seekonk, MA (Rain Date: July 24)
8 July 26 Sat Night Waterford Speedbowl – Waterford, CT Shane Hammond Memorial
9 – Aug 2 Sat Night – Airborne Speedway – Plattsburgh, NY-50 “Long Haul” Bonus Points *
10 Aug 9 Sat Night Waterford Speedbowl – Waterford, CT Wings & Wheels
11 – Sept 13 Sat Night – Oswego Speedway – Oswego, NY-50 “Long Haul” Bonus Points *
12 Oct 4-5 Sat-Sun Day Race Waterford Speedbowl – Waterford, CT THE FINALE
13 Oct. 18-19 Sat-Sun Day Race Thompson Intl. Speedway – Thompson, CT
Nov. Sat. NEMA Banquet-White’s of Westport-Westport, MA-Save the Date!
The New England Truck Series has announced it’s 2014 schedule, expanding to three new tracks that were not part of the 2013 schedule. The series will start and end the season at Thompson International Speedway bookends for a 13 date tour which includes multiple visits to Waterford Speedbowl and Monadnock Speedway as well. Twin State Speedway has a June event on the NETS schedule after being absent from last year’s tour. Star Speedway and Hudson International Speedway will make up an exciting new doubleheader weekend for the series in July. The schedule also includes two race weekends reserved for events that have not yet been confirmed.
“We’re excited to be expanding our schedule this season,” said series director Lorrraine Pard. “We know racers love to race anywhere they can, and it’s very exciting for us to be able to offer our teams the opportunity to compete at different facilities around the northeast. Bringing the series to Star and Hudson, and back to Twin State is great for our series and I know they’re excited to have us.”
Before the 2014 season kicks off, The New England Truck Series will celebrate it’s 2013 season on Saturday Jan 18th at the NETS Awards Banquet at the Imperial Room in Danielson, CT. Duane Noll will accept his second consecutive series title. Banquet tickets are $40 and available by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
Twin State Speedway, Claremont, NH
2014 All Events Open Practice 2nd & 4th Wed. of the Month 5 to 8 Red; Asphalt Series 1/3 Mile Bank Track Green; Arena Series Sand Drags & Mud Boggs Don’t Cancel for Weather in 2014!!! Blue; Go-Kart Series 1/8 Mile Bank Asphalt Black; Special Events Series Concerts/Demo-Derby/Monsters Truck Shows/Shows Out Law Events
March 1-2-Eastern States Expo, Springfield Mass-Frank Maratta’s Auto Show
April 12-12PM-4PM-All Welcome-Open Practice #1
April 19-12PM-4PM-All Welcome-Open Practice #2
April 20-12PM-TBA-Out-Law Series #1-Same as 2013
April 26-7PM-TBA-Weekly Racing Series #1-Wild Cats, Sportsmen, Super Streets, Late Models, Classic Lites Tour
April 27-10AM-TBA-Go Karts Racing Series Open Practice
CLAREMONT, NH — Debbie & Archie Archambault will run & manage Twin State Speedway Weekly Karting Series in 2014. This will be the Archambault’s 6th year at Twin State Speedway’s Karting Series. In 2014, a very affordable class is in the works.
Details to follow soon on the Karting Page.
Twin State Speedway now has a new promoter to manage the 5 Sunday Outlaw events in 2014. Name & details to be announced soon.
CLAREMONT, NH — Twin State Speedway has a new manager for the 2014 Weekly Racing Series to handle the complete operation of the Late Model Class. Jimmy Zullo, 2014 promoter of the Weekly Asphalt Series & staff members would like to welcome Mike Richardson to Twin State Speedway Team 2014.
Mike comes to TSS with knowledge & experience in the Late Model class to succeed in today’s market. Mike brings with him the Late Models own Flagman, Tech Personnel & Race Director that will Handle only the Late Models Calls.
Call Mike Richardson at 603-995-6560.
CLAREMONT, NH — Twin State Speedway has a new promoter to run & manage the 2014 weekly Saturday night racing series, Jimmy Zullo.
Jim will handle the complete operations of the Weekly Asphalt Series. Jim comes with the knowledge & experience in racing to do the job that is needed. The weekly series rules will be much like TSS had in 2012 season that will be handled by Jim’s team with head of tech for the 2014 season, Scott Miller. Scott comes to Twin State with experience that dates back to days of the Golden Jet – Donnie Miller. More recently Scott techs on Mike Brousseau’s Pro Stock and in the past years, on the Modified Racing Series tour. Welcome to Twin State – Scott Miller !!!
The staff of Twin State Speedway welcomes Jim to the team.
CLAREMONT, NH – Thank you Wayne McCutcheon for doing a great job in honoring past champions & racers at the speedway this weekend. Also a thank you to all that helped out this year… Thank you
We would like to thank the Rolling Thunder Motorcycle organization for the 2013 season. The staff of Twin State Speedway is very pleased & proud to have this community-minded organization at twin state speedway.
The 2014 season is being planned out now with a full schedule of events being booked with individual promoters for each series at Twin State Speedway. The door is always open to all interested parties with ideas to promote events in 2014.
Great News for 2014
CLAREMONT, NH — Twin State Speedway has a new promoter to run & promote the 2014 Arena Series / Mud Pit & Sand Drags.
Let’s welcome Jeepers Kreepers Offroad from Upstate New York. Brian comes with the love & experience to do the job. Brian will handle the complete operations of the Arena Series. His web site: jeeperskreepersonline.com. Tel: #315-868-5884
The Staff of Twin State Speedway welcomes Brian to our team. Thank You
Claremont, NH — We at Twin State are working on what’s going to take place in 2014.
To firm up a positive program for 2014, as of Monday, 9/9/2013, I’m taking the race track off the market to sell.
Today – we are actively working with very highly qualified promoters in running both the Asphalt Series on a weekly, Saturday basis.
Also, the Arena Series (Sand Drags & Mud Bogs) and the most important series at Twin State Speedway ~ our upcoming Future Racers ~ the Karting Series with Archie Archambault.
Jacob Dore of Sanford, ME will make his NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour debut at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Saturday, July 13th. Dore is the current points leader and defending EKeys4Cars Modified champion at Star Speedway in Epping, NH.
“The way the deal came together (last Fall) was that I would do all the work on the car, rebuild, and setup,” Dore said. Dore plans to practice the car on Friday at Star to ensure there are no leaks.
Dore will drive the #19 Harold Estey Lumber car for Tom Estey. Perkins Paving, Wire Pro, Spray Foam Solutions, Bentley’s Saloon, Cabana’s Auto Body, Galway Bay Transport, Arundel Machine, Murphy’s Transportation, A.C. Provo’s Auto, J Rankin Towing, Stoney Road Septic, Scott’s Cove Campground, Tapscot Fabrication, Adam’s Park Storage, Mainely Sand and Gravel, and Mainely Motorsports TV also sponsor the 2007 Troyer.
“It’s a major step in my career; it will be my first time driving for someone other than my family.”