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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 (NEAR1.org) in the near future.

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P. J. Stergios & Todd Bertrand Claim Twin State Victories

IMG_4332 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.

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Todd Bertrand Pulls down NEMA Midget Win at Twin State  

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).

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P.J. Stergios Wins “Back to Back” at Twin State for NEMA Lites Midgets

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.

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Cabral Chasing History at Twin State

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.

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Historic Night in Store on Victory Lane Radio

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.

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2014 NEMA & NEMA Lites Schedules Released

NEMA Schedule
# 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!

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New England Truck Series Announces 2014 Schedule

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 lorraine@newenglandtruckseries.com.

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2014 Twin State Schedule Announced

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

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Debbie and Archie Archambault to Operate Weekly Karting Series at Twin State Speedway

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.

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Twin State Adds Mike Richardson as Late Model Operation Manager in 2014

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.

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Twin State: Great News for 2014 Weekly Asphalt Series

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.

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Wayne McCutcheon Honors Claremont’s Past

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.

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Twin State Announces Arena Series Promoter

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

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Twin State Speedway Working on 2014 Season

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.

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Jacob Dore to Make NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Debut in Town Fair Tire 100 at NHMS

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.”

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NEAR Heats Up For Month of July

This July the New England Antique Racers will have one of its’ busiest months on the 2013 schedule. On Saturday the 6th, NEAR will invade the Canaan Fairgrounds Speedway in West Lebanon, NH for a fun packed day of warm ups, qualifying and feature races. Reminisce of the good old days, the cars and stars of yesterday will pack up and travel to a new addition to the schedule; Twin State Speedway in Claremont, NH on the 7th. NEAR will have exclusive use of the speedway in the afternoon and will follow that up with 2 heat races and 2 features.

After a week off, the teams will head to Baystate Auto Show in Dedham MA on July 17th. All types of racing equipment will be on display for this one. To end the month of July, the Waterford Speedbowl will welcome NEAR on the 27th, again warm ups, heats and features will highlight the action. If you have not seen these beautiful coupes, coaches, Pintos, and Vegas at speed, take a step back in time and take in a July show or two. You’ll be glad you did.

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Twin State Speedway Cancels 2013 Asphalt Racing Series Events

After much consideration, I have decided it is best to cancel racing on the asphalt racing series at Twin State Speedway for 2013. The track is for sale and I will be devoting my time to finding a buyer in time for them to open for the 2013 season. I want to thank all the loyal racers & fans that have supported this great facility throughout the years.

The karting series for 2013 will go on as scheduled. Being leased out to Archie Archambault, 603-428-8584.

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Noll’s Third Win at Twin State

New England Truck Series made an appearance at Twin State Speedway this past Saturday night along with the regular Saturday night divisions including a few fireworks added into the night.

Jason Lafayette (21x) takes an early lead in the 25 lap feature event with (2) Duane Noll hot on his tail and the (151) of Bert Ouellette in third. On lap eight Vinny Esposito (11) and Nate Bubello (19) get together an spin for the first caution of the race. On the restart, the Lafayette gets the advantage after a two lap side by side battle with Noll .

Meanwhile Bubello, Tom Metcalf (8), and Esposito go three wide as they battle for the fifth position. As Noll pulls to the inside of the leader, a lapped vehicle caused Lafayette to go high and lose his lead to Noll and was unable to recover. On lap 21, debris brought out a second caution causing the trucks to bunch up and fight it out to the finish. Noll takes the checkered followed by Lafayette in second and Esposito makes up the top three. The Dodge of Tom Metcalf finished in fourth followed by the 151 Ford of Bert Ouellette rounding out the top 5.

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NEAR Presents “Class of 2012” At 15th Annual New England Auto Racing Hall of Fame Inductions

East Windsor, CT — On Sunday January 29, The New England Antique Racers (NEAR), presented the 15th annual New England Auto Racers Hall of Fame Inductions. Award-winning sportswriter Matt Buckler served as Master of Ceremonies for the well-attended event held at LaRenaissance Banquet Hall in East Windsor, CT.

Receiving induction honors this year were drivers Reggie Ruggiero, Joey Kourafas, Moe Gherzi, Jerry Humiston, and Roland Lapierre Sr., owner/mechanics Mario Fiore and Jim Jorgensen and track operator Irene Venditti.

Though not present due to prior commitments, longtime Northern media personality Dave Moody was the recipient of the prestigious “Jack Ratta Memorial Media Award.” Veteran auto racing journalist and Hall of Fame Member Pete Zanardi received the Danny Pardi Memorial Award for his many contributions to NEAR over the years.

A pivotal figure during the formative years of the sport and truly one of the regions earliest stars, Moe Gherzi came to stock cars following a brief fling with midget racing during the busy post-war era. Gherzi won for some of the best teams in the early days of the sport while displaying a flashy style which became his trademark. Nicknamed “Moneybags” owed to a knack of winning many big-dollar events, he tasted success at virtually all of the regions tracks. He later served as the longtime Racing Director at Connecticut’s Plainville Stadium. Accepting for her late father from presenter Dave Dykes was Ms. Alma Michaud.

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‘Rapid Roman’ Richie Evans Rode Orange Chariot Into History

New York Star Won Nine NASCAR Modified Series Titles In Hall Of Fame Career

Daytona Beach, FL — Richard Ernest “Richie” Evans certainly was the face of NASCAR – and modified racing – in the northeast, winning an estimated 475 times in approximately 1,300 starts. It equates to a win in every three starts (a 36.5% clip), something unheard of in modern racing at any level.

Evans will be inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame on Friday, one of five members of the Hall’s third class comprised of the New York native, legendary crew chief Dale Inman, team owner Glen Wood and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champions Darrell Waltrip and Cale Yarborough. He is the first of 15 inductees without a connection to NASCAR’s premier series.

The 2012 enshrinement ceremony kicks off NASCAR Acceleration 2012 weekend, which includes the NASCAR Preview 2012 Presented by Sprint, where fans can interact with the sport’s legends and current stars in person, get autographs and catch a sneak peek at the upcoming season. Fans can go to NASCARacceleration2012.com for more information.

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New England Auto Racing Hall of Famer “Sonny” Rabideau Dies at Age 82

Moran H. Rabideau 1929-2011

BRATTLEBORO Moran H., “Sonny” Rabideau, 82 of Walker Place died unexpectedly early Tuesday morning, August 9, 2011 at his home following a period of failing health. Mr. Rabideau was born in Brattleboro on May 16, 1929 the son of Henry and Lena (Burdo) Rabideau. He was raised and educated in town and had attended Saint Michael’s Parochial School. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War stationed in Austria. He returned home to Brattleboro following his honorable discharge from active service in 1951.

Mr. Rabideau had been employed as a machinist working at Tri-State Automotive where he retired from following 42 years of faithful service with the company. On a part-time basis he plowed snow during the winter months for Chester Majdak. In his earlier years while residing in the Fort Dummer section of Brattleboro, he worked at the former Berkshire Fine Spinning Associates on Cotton Mill Hill. Active civically, he was a life member of the American Legion, Brattleboro Post #5 and the V.F.W. Carl M. Dessaint Post #1034. Mr. Rabideau also held membership in the F.O.Eagles, Brattleboro Aerie #2445, the F&AM, Brattleboro Lodge #102, the Brattleboro Shrine Club and the Cairo Shrine Temple of Rutland where he served as captain of its skimobile unit.

An accomplished stock car driver known as the “Flying Frenchman”, he competed throughout the New England circuit winning 109 feature races in the 1950s, 60′s and 70s. To his credit, he won five New England Dirt Track championships, four Vermont Dirt Track championships and in 2005 was inducted into the New England Antique Racers Hall of Fame. Previously he was inducted into the Claremont (NH) Owners and Drivers Association Hall of Fame. Mr. Rabideau was highlighted in a January 2005 feature article published in the Reformer. In conjunction with his lifelong passion for auto racing he enjoyed hunting, travel and time shared with his family especially his grandchildren. With his wife he always looked forward to annual vacations in Florida.

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Wilk First in Granite State Pro Stock Series Record Book

Sixteen cars enter Gary’s Disposal 100 in series’ debut at Twin State Speedway

Claremont, NH — Chris Wilk etched his name in the record books as the first-ever winner on the new Granite State Pro Stock Series on Friday night, winning the Gary’s Disposal 100 at Twin State Speedway. Wilk survived a green-white-checker restart and a late charge from Donnie Lashua for the win.

The Granite State Pro Stock Series was founded by officials from the Valenti Modified Racing Series including series president Jack Bateman, Pro Stock/Super Late Model competitor Mike Parks, and late VMRS series director John Hoyt. Twin State Speedway’s Gary’s Disposal 100 was the prototype event for the budget-minded touring series.

Wilk, of Mendon, VT, led the first dozen laps of the Gary’s Disposal 100 after starting on the pole position in the 16-car field. Parks grabbed the lead after the first restart on lap 12, but triggered the next caution period when he suffered a flat tire and the field stacked up behind him, leaving Barry Gray spun in the middle of the track. Wilk moved back ahead on lap 22 and stayed out front through the end of the race, but had all he could handle from a rebounding Gray and later Lashua.

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Cabral and Carlson Winners at Twin State

Claremont, NH — Randy Cabral’s domination of Twin State Speedway continued Saturday night with a fourth-straight 25-lap Northeastern Midget Association victory on the tricky third mile. Cabral (Bertrand #47) took the lead on a lap 10 restart from teammate Todd Bertrand (Bertrand #39) and went on to his second victory of the year.

“I just like it here,” understated Cabral who had a quarter-lap edge on Greg Stoehr (Stoehr #26b) at the checkered. Bertrand filled out the podium with Anthony Nocella (Santa Maria #99) and Jeremy Frankoski (Cantor #7ny) following.

Starting second, Bertrand grabbed the lead immediately. He was still in command when Jeremy Frankoski, running second, spun in turn four bringing out the only yellow. Cabral was now outside him.

“I asked myself what do I do now?” said Cabral. “Todd is like my little brother.” They battled side-by-side through one and two and down the back before Cabral moved ahead. “The car was really good on the outside,” continued Cabral. “It got better as the race went on. I was able to drive it nice and free.”

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Measure of the Man

Equal parts talent, lifestyle and legend earn Evans his Hall call

Every Christmas Day, no matter how cold or how much snow was on the ground, Richie Evans would drive his race car over to The Rusty Nail, the Rome, N.Y., bar that also sponsored his famous orange and black No. 61, to celebrate the holiday. For Evans was never far from his roots.

This week, short-track fans up and down the East Coast were celebrating the announcement that Evans would be one of five people inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Evans made his name with eye-popping statistics from his career in a Modified.

But Evans cemented his legend a long time ago with the stories that surrounded his career.

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Evans Inducted To NASCAR Hall

2012 class includes Yarborough, Wood, Inman, Waltrip

1981 - Richie Evans at Stafford

1981 - Richie Evans at Stafford

Members of the 55-member NASCAR Hall of Fame Voting Panel met today in a closed session in Charlotte, N.C., to vote on the induction class of 2012. The announcement was made by NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France in the NASCAR Hall of Fame’s “Great Hall.”

The class was determined by votes cast by the Voting Panel, which included a nationwide fan vote conducted through NASCAR.COM. The accounting firm of Ernst & Young presided over the tabulation of the votes.

As was the case for the first two classes of the NASCAR Hall Of Fame, the results of this year’s voting were competitive. Yarborough led with 85 percent of the vote, followed by Waltrip (82%), Inman (78%), Evans (50%) and Wood (44%).

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NEMA Claremont Doubleheader Rained Out

Today’s NEMA and NEMA Lites program at Twin State Speedway, Claremont, NH has been rained out. No rescheduled date has been announced.

Streaking Cabral Leads NEMA To Twin State

Saturday, June 11, 6 PM
Pit gates open at 4:30 PM & racing starts at 6:00 PM

Brockton, MA – Randy Cabral is spending more and more time in rarified Northeastern Midget Association company. A win at Twin State Speedway on Saturday night, June 11 will be his fourth in a row at the tricky Claremont, NH third-mile.

In NEMA’s 60-year history, only four drivers have been able to knock off four in a row at a specific venue. It hasn’t happened since Drew Fornoro won five straight at Monadnock in 1982 and ’83.

Numbers don’t concern Cabral. “[Car owner] Tim Bertrand and I have decided to just have fun this year,” he insists. “There are no set goals, nothing set in stone. We want to go racing and have some fun. That’s why I’m running the NEMA Lites too.”

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Twin State, Thunder Road Next Stops for NEMA

Brockton, MA —  The Northeastern Midget Association heads “North” in June. A visit to Twin State Speedway (Claremont, NH) on Saturday night, June 11, precedes a return to Thunder Road Speedbowl in Barre, VT on Sunday afternoon, June 19.

The NEMA LITES are on both dates as well. Ryan Bigelow, who scored his first-ever Lites win a few weeks back at Waterford Speedbowl, leads the club into two of Northern New England’s most historic ovals.

Randy Cabral and the Bertrand team aim to make it three straight at Twin State. “A demanding place,” offers Cabral who bested Adam Cantor in two of those wins. Now a car owner, Cantor, who was also second to Bobby Santos III back in ’08, will no doubt have some advice for driver Jeremy Frankoski.

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Pennink Wins Wild Twin State Race

Claremont, N.H. — Rowan Pennink of Huntingdon Valley, PA., survived six caution periods and three red flags to win the 100-lap Valenti Modified Racing Series event, Saturday night, at Twin State Speedway, Claremont, NH. The victory was Pennink’s third with the VMRS and his first of the 2011 season.

Chris Pasteryak, Lisbon, CT., and Jon McKennedy, E. Chelmsford, MA., brought the field to green with McKennedy jumping into the lead until Pasteryak took over the top spot on lap four. Pasteryak then set the pace before turning over the lead to Pennink on lap 39. Pennink led the remaining 60 laps to secure the win.

“Gary Casella and the 25 team did an awesome job, this car was strong all day,” Pennink said, “Got out front, got by Chris for the lead and just held them off from there.” The 25-year-old driver received challenges from Pasteryak, and Todd Patnode, of Richmond, NH., late in the race but was never headed.

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