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NEAR Introduces “Class Of 2013” At 16th Annual Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony

South Windsor, CT — On Sunday November 10, the New England Antique Racers (NEAR), presented the 16th annual New England Auto Racers Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. Conducted at Manelley’s Banquet Hall in South Windsor, CT., the HOF celebrates literally hundreds of feature victories, championships, and untold contributions to the sport of auto racing within the New England region.

Instituted in 1998, the HOF now boasts membership of well-over 100 deserving individuals.

Opening comments by NEAR President Al Feeney along with a stirring rendition of the Star Spangled Banner & God Bless America performed by past NEAR President Bob Seller and his wife began the day. Award-winning sportswriter Matt Buckler served as Master of Ceremonies.

Inducted this year were drivers Ralph Nason, Stan Meserve, Drew Fornoro, Bill Eldridge, Bob Sharp, Brian Ross, the late Bob Stefanik, and longtime car owner Ron Berndt.

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Feature Finishes for Long John Weekend 2013 – Unity Raceway

Central Maine Disposal Late Model Sportsman Division

  1. 28 JR Robinson Steuben
  2. 99 AJ Picard Palmyra
  3. 15 Dave Folsom I Skowhegan

Pepsi-Cola Strictly Streets Division

  1. 29 Chris King Burnham
  2. 18x Bobby Seger, Jr. Frankfort
  3. 14 Andy Turbosky Winslow

Yankee Communications Monsta Mini Division

  1. 34 Justin Trombley Winter Harbor
  2. 13 Chris Blanchard Clinton
  3. 71 Donny Silva Hudson

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Impressive Cast Set for NEAR Fame Fete

An all-star cast will induct an equally impressive group of inductees at the New England Auto Racing Hall of Fame Banquet Sunday Nov. 10 at the Lodge at Manelleys in South Windsor, CT. It is the 16th NEAR Hall of Fame class.

Steve Pellerin and Bruce Elder will be inducting fellow Maine natives Ralph Nason and Stan Meserve respectively. Open cockpit racing is well represented by Chris Romano and Dick Monahan who will honor multi-time Northeastern Midget Association champions Drew Fornoro and Billy Eldridge respectively.

Lew Boyd will bring forth Bob Sharp, arguably New England’s greatest road racer.

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Unity Feature Finishes for September 20, 2013

Central Maine Disposal Late Model Sportsman Division

  1. 24 Deane Smart Bradly
  2. 33 Josh St. Clair Liberty
  3. 14 Ryan St. Clair Liberty

Pepsi-Cola Strictly Streets Division

  1. 51 Bryan Robbins Montville
  2. 31 David Gray Dixmont
  3. 18x Bobby Seger, Jr. Frankfort

Yankee Communications Monsta Mini Division

  1. 19 Zach Audet Skowhegan
  2. 81 Ed Archer Skowhegan
  3. 13 Chris Blanchard Clinton

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Intense Points Race Continues As Bourgoine & Hammar Sweep

The Amsoil Nelcar Legends Tour competed in a double header this past weekend. With just four races left in the season, the point’s battle was tight at the top of the standings. Ryan Hammar held just a slim seven point advantage over Matt Bourgoine going into the races. That wasn’t the only tight point’s battle though, as many spots are still undecided with four races remaining.

The first event was being held at Oxford Plains Speedway on Friday night in front of a great crowd at the famous 3/8th mile track. After a good finish in his heat race, Matt Bourgoine started from the pole with John Peters on his outside. Ryan Hammar was the only driver that was present from the top three at the last event at Star Speedway and had to start from the rear of the field. At the start, Bourgoine got away from Peters as he had to fend off the 70 of Tylar Braunschweig. Meanwhile making his way from the tenth spot was the 399 of Bob Weymouth as he got into the top five before the races halfway point. Meanwhile, Hammar was making a charge from the rear of the field when his motor dropped a cylinder, as he had to coast the rest of the race. Peters was starting to make a charge at Bourgoine before a caution flew with ten laps to go for a spin from the 96 of Wyatt Alexander after running hard with the 33 of Alan Smith. On the restart, Bourgoine was able to get away from the battle for second and score his second Nelcar win of the season! Peters made a last lap pass on Braunschweig to get the second spot while Weymouth and the 81 of Dan Winter rounded out the top five. Ryan Hammar and John Peters were credited with the heat wins.

On Sunday the Tour headed north to Maine’s Toughest Track at Unity Raceway. The track has been reopened by Jere Humphrey with improvements to one of the oldest tracks in the state of Maine and certainly the roughest and toughest, always handing a challenge to the Legends Car drivers. The race started with Ryan Hammar on the pole with Evan Beaulieu, who had scored his first win in a Super Late Model the night before at Beech Ridge, on the outside of the front row after they both won their heat races. Hammar got the jump on the bottom groove and got in front of Beaulieu, the two raced away from the pack and put on a good race for the lead as they muscled their cars around the tough track. Coming from the rear was Matt Bourgoine and John Peters, using the bottom groove to pick off cars one at a time. The race ran caution free, as Ryan Hammar went to Victory Lane! Beaulieu finished second while Bob Weymouth finished third. Bourgoine and Alan Smith rounded out the top five.

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Results for Unity Raceway 09/01/13

Feature Finishes for September 1, 2013

Central Maine Disposal Late Model Sportsman Division

  1. 12 Brian Whitney Burnham
  2. 33 Josh St. Clair Liberty
  3. 99 Ajay Picard Palmyra

Pepsi-Cola Strictly Streets Division

  1. 29 Chris King Burnham
  2. 18 Carl McAlpine Burnham
  3. 31 David Gray Dixmont

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Unity: Feature Finishes for August 23, 2013

Central Maine Disposal Late Model Sportsman Division

  1. 15 Mike Hopkins Hermon
  2. 30 Ryan St. Clair Liberty
  3. 24 Deane Smart Bradley

Pepsi-Cola Strictly Streets Division

  1. 18 Carl McAlpine Burnham
  2. 29 Chris King Burnham
  3. 31 David Gray Dixmont

Yankee Communications Monsta Mini Division

  1. 62 Kyle Robinson Clinton
  2. 61 Cole Robinson Clinton
  3. 21 Brad Dolan Glenburn

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Unity Results: 08/16/13

Feature Finishes for August 16, 2013
Central Maine Disposal Late Model Sportsman Division

  1. 33 Josh. St.Clair Liberty
  2. 30 Ryan St. Clair Liberty
  3. 64 Lance Chapman Bentom

Pepsi-Cola Strictly Streets Division

  1. 29 Chris King Burnham
  2. 92 Mike Wilson Chealsea
  3. 3 Shawn Racilla Dover Foxcroft

Yankee Communications Monsta Mini Division

  1. 62 Kyle Robinson Clinton
  2. 13 Chris Blanchard Clnton
  3. 99 Bradley Norris Ellsworth

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Last Change 150 Sept. 1st at Unity

UNITY, ME — As most motorsports enthusiasts are awaiting to hear,the largest planned one day race event for Late Model Sportsman division in Maine:the 2nd Annual Last Chance 150 Late Model Sportsman race is scheduled for September 1st, with races starting at 1pm held @ Unity Raceway in 2013! Want ALL race teams to feel welcomed and invited for this great event.There will be extended lap features in the support divisions and hopefully added purse monies.The Last Chance 44 race will also be offered as well for the Monsta Mini, Sport 4 & Fast 4 type cars,the NELCAR Legends will make their single debut at Unity Raceway, as well.

For any/all accurate information relating to this event, the following contact information is available for inquiries:( to avoid rumors & false statements)

PM: neutralzone on Maineracer.com

telephone #: 207 768-1667 or 207 694-2715

email: mainewhitelightnin@yahoo.com

Facebook: Last Chance Motorsports Racing Supplies & Race Fuel

Facebook: Unity Raceway

website: unityraceway.info

mail: 1621 Parsons Road PO Box 223 Washburn, Maine 04786

Sources: Jere Humphrey/Unity Raceway PR

Unity Results – August 2

Feature Finishes for August 2, 2013

Central Maine Disposal Late Model Sportsman Division
24 Deane Smart Bradley
30 Ryan St. Clair Liberty
25 Will Collins Waldoboro

Pepsi-Cola Strictly Streets Division
29 Chris King Burnham
18 Carl McAlpine Burnham
19 Zach Audet Skowhegan

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Unity: Feature Finishes for July 20, 2013

Feature Finishes for July 20, 2013

Central Maine Disposal Late Model Sportsman Division

  1. 24 Deane Smart Bradley
  2. 31 Brent Chase Burnham
  3. 27 Frank Moulton Burnham

Pepsi-Cola Strictly Streets Division

  1. 18 Carl McAlpine Burnham
  2. 20 Chris King Burhnam
  3. 34 Matt Shaw Burnham

Yankee Communications Monsta Mini Division
Segment #1 Segment #2

  1. 62 Kyle Robinson Clinton 62 Kyle Robinson
  2. 56 Paul Jackson Fairfield 61 Cole Robinson
  3. 61 Cole Robinson Clinton 56 Paul Jackon

New England Race Fuel Flyin’ Fours Division

  1. 53 Richard Jackson Fairfield
  2. X Zach Audet Skowhegan
  3. 14 Robert McDonald Oakland

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Unity July 5th Results

The results of the racing on July 5th at Unity Raceway are as follows:

Feature Finishes for July 5th, 2013
Central Maine Disposal Late Model Sportsman Division
24 Deane Smart – Bradley, Maine
54 Ryan Deane – Winterport, Maine
33 Josh St. Clair – Liberty, Maine
Pepsi-Cola Strictly Streets Division
29 Chris King – Burnham, Maine
18 Carl McAlpine – Burnham, Maine
94 Steve Rackliff – Starks, Maine

Yankee Communications Monsta Mini Division
46 John Fortin – Vassalboro, Maine
61 Cole Robinson – Clinton, Maine
84 Micheal Bolduc – Palermo, Maine
New England Race Fuel Flyin’ Fours Division
3 Garret Hayman – Milford, Maine
53 Richard Jackson -
70 Robert Dyer – Canaan, Maine

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Harold ‘Pappy’ Wilcox Passes at 85

Maine Motorsports Hall of Fame member Class of 2005, Harold ‘Pappy’ Wilcox has passed away.

Harold began racing at Belfast Raceway in 1950 before calling Unity his “home track” the following year. Pappy also raced at Bass Park, Exeter Speedway and Brewer Speedway. In addition to racing cars, Pappy was a stunt driver – jumping ramps, going through the “wall of fire” and driving into a 5-ton block of ice. He was the first driver from Maine to race the NASCAR Grand National circuit, now Sprint Cup Series. In 1961, Harold drove the circuit from Norwood (Massachusetts) Arena to Ashville (North Carolina) Speedway. Pappy returned to Maine the following year. He retired as a driver in 1972, after twenty-two years of thrilling race fans, to support his son’s racing career as a car builder and advisor.

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Brian Whitney Scores in Maine Stock Car Season Opener at Unity Raceway

Unity, Maine – Brian Whitney of Burnham added another extra-distance main event first-place trophy to his collection, outgunning reigning track champion Jeff Burgess of Fairfield in the 52-lap Late Model division main event on Opening Day at Unity Raceway on Saturday.

Whitney and Burgess swapped the race lead, and a little bit of paint, a couple of times during the closing laps in a competitive feature race highlighting the first stock car racing card in Maine this season. Whitney, who has been most successful in extra-distance event in recent seasons at Unity Raceway, led the vast majority of the race, first battling Palmyra racer Ajay Picard for supremacy.

Late in the event Whitney had not only the reigning track kingpin challenging, but the returning prodigy breathing down his tailpipes as well. Three-time Unity Raceway champion Frank Moulton of Burnham, who took a year off from competition at Maine’s Toughest Racing Oval, was in the mix as the laps wound down, eventually settling for a third-place finish behind Whitney and Burgess.

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Granite State Pro Stock Series 112 at Unity Raceway Cancelled

No makeup date announced; Gate City Classic up next

Canaan, NH — The Granite State Pro Stock Series 112 lap event scheduled for this Saturday, June 23 at Unity Raceway in Unity, ME has been cancelled due to circumstances beyond control. No makeup date has been announced at this time.

The Granite State Pro Stock Series will mark the return of pro stock racing to Hudson International Speedway in Hudson, NH on Sunday, July 8, with the return of the “Gate City Classic”. The 100-lap main event will now be the second event on the 2012 Granite State Pro Stock Series season. Mike O’Sullivan of Springfield, MA scored the win in the season opening event at Monadnock Speedway.

The tight quarter-mile Hudson Speedway is located just off New Hampshire Route 102 on Old Derry Road in Hudson, NH, a short drive from US Route 3 and Interstate 93 and New Hampshire’s second largest city, Nashua, NH.

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Granite State Pro Stock Series Heads to Maine’s Unity Raceway

UNITY, ME — The Granite State Pro Stock Series will head to the Pine Tree State on Saturday, June 23 to visit the tricky one-third mile Unity Raceway in Unity, ME for race number two of the season. Over 20 cars are expected for the 112-lap main event and the series only appearance in the state of Maine in 2012.

Drivers from all across New England are expected to travel to Maine’s toughest oval, including 15-year old Derek Griffith of Hudson, NH. Griffith scored a second place finish in his first Pro Stock race in the season opening David’s House 106 at Monadnock Speedway.

Rich Eaton of Seabrook, NH, Mike Parks of Walpole, NH, Fran Colson of Gardner, MA, Carl Eriksson of Deep River, CT, Jay Sands of Seabrook, NH, Zig Geno of Canterbury, NH, and Barry Gray of Belchertown, MA, are all expected to attend.

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All-time Pro All Stars Series kingping Johnny Clark tops Big John Phippen Memorial Race entry list this weekend at Unity Raceway

Unity, Maine – The second annual Big John Phippen Memorial Race, presented by Clark’s Car Crushing, highlights a Father’s Day Weekend doubleheader Sunday afternoon at Unity Raceway. Twin 59-lap main events for Maine’s Fastest Late Model class, offering $1500 to the winner, make up the Phippen Memorial main event.

Phippen, of Town Hill, passed away two years ago minutes after climbing from his racecar at Speedway 95 in Hermon. He racked up many victories at Unity Raceway, Speedway 95 and Wiscasset raceway, and was a champion at all three oval tracks during his long and storied stock car racing career.

Topping the entry list for the event is Johnny Clark of Farmingdale, the most successful driver ever in the Pro All Stars Series. With six series championships racing with the East Coast’s fastest full-bodied stock cars, Clark returns to the site of a $25,000 victory several years ago.

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Granite State Pro Stock Series Heads to Unity Raceway

Canaan NH — In a joint announcement made at the Racers Expo in Portland Maine on Sat. Feb 24th, Unity Raceway promoter, George Fernald and Granite State Pro Stock Series president, Mike Parks announced that on Sat June 23rd the GSPSS will make their first appearance in the state of Maine.

“Unity Raceway has a rich tradition of Pro Stock racing and I am thrilled that we will be able to be a part of Unity’s schedule for 2012” stated Parks.

"Unity Raceway hasn’t hosted a Pro Stock event since 2010 and the GSPSS fits our facility perfect, it will give the opportunity for some of our local Pro Stock teams to compete as well as the guys from southern New England," stated Fernald.

With the year being 2012 we’ve decided to make it a 112 lap event and if things continue to work out we would love to make this an annual event, so mark your calendars now as the Granite State Pro Stock Series comes to the Unity Raceway!

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Hall of Famer “Blackie” Hilliard Passes at 84

Leonard L. “Blackie” Hilliard Sr.

MANCHESTER — Leonard L. “Blackie” Hilliard Sr., 84, died Tuesday, July 6, 2010, at MaineGeneral Medical Center, Augusta.
He was born in Turner on Nov. 30, 1925, the son of Leroy and Lena (Gavin) Hilliard.

He attended Turner-area schools and served in the Army during the Korean War, stationed at the Artillery and Guided Missile Base in Fort Sill, Okla. He owned and operated Hilliard’s Garage in Manchester for more than 35 years, retiring in 1995. He enjoyed deer hunting and was a member of American Legion Post 207, Augusta.

Blackie raced motorcycles and cars in the midwest and south Florida in the early 1950s. Upon returning to Maine, he won several hundred races on tracks in Belfast, Oakland, Beech Ridge and his favorite, Unity Raceway, where he won 12 track championships and several Governor’s Cups during the 1950s and ’60s. Blackie was among the first inaugural inductees in the Maine Motor Sports Hall of Fame in 2004.

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Zachem Continues Dominace, Wins Sixth Tour Race

After being postponed weeks ago due to rain, the Nelcar tour was back at Unity Raceway for their 11th event of the season.  What has been named, “New England’s toughest oval,” holds true for some of the trickiest cars to handle.  The previous two races have been won by two of the series best, Bob Weymouth won the first round while Max Zachem held the checkered flag in the second round.

Terry Kirk in the 17 car lead the field to the green flag for the heat race, but Weymouth was able to get his 399 car to the lead early, and didn’t look back as the incident free 10 lap heat was completed with Weymouth taking the checkered flag.  Bobby Timmons was able to grab second, while Zachem made his way to third.

For the feature race, it was the 29 of Tyler Jordan on the pole, while Kirk was on the outside for the green.  When the flag flew, Jordan opened up quite a lead on the field, as he lead the first portion of the event until Zachem’s 20 car made his way through and challenged Jordan for the top spot.  Just as he took the top spot, the 83 of Brandon Ingalls, making his Legends car debut, spun in turn three, as rookie Tyler Braunschweig went into the sand bank to avoid the spin.  When the two were back on the track, the green flag flew again as Zachem took off from the lead, as Timmons’ grabbed second.  Zachem didn’t look back, and continued his dominance in the series, grabbing his sixth win.  Timmons’ finished second, while Weymouth was able to get around Jordan for third, and Alan Smith had a good run, rounding out the top five.
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PASS North at Unity Postponed

The PASS event at Unity Raceway on Sunday has been cancelled due to extremely wet grounds and predicted inclement weather for Sunday.  There are talks between PASS and Unity Raceway regarding a make up date and it will be announced as soon as possible.

PASS North Announces Schedule Changes, Additions

The Pro All Stars Series (PASS) has announced several changes to the 2009 PASS North super late model schedule.

On Saturday May 16 the super late models will tackle Maine’s toughest oval, Unity Raceway.  Sunday August 23 the traveling pros will return to Canaan Fair Speedway. Unity action gets the green at 3:00 PM and the first heat race at Canaan will take to the speedway at 2:00 PM.

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