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DiMaggio & Foster Collaboration Highlights 2018 VP Winter Party

Close to 100 people were at the Groton Elks Club on Saturday night for the inaugural 2018 Vault Productions Winter Party. The event was highlighted by the details announced for the collaboration this upcoming race season between Sid DiMaggio of and Sean Foster of – two of the more popular racing websites in the northeast.

DiMaggio opened up by confirming the two will co-host a weekly studio show entitled “Short Track View” which will be filmed at a newly designed Vault Productions headquarters studio and will contain elements from the racing scene throughout southern New England – most notably the four asphalt short tracks in the region: Stafford Motor Speedway, Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, The New London-Waterford Speedbowl and Seekonk Speedway.

The show will open each week with the two discussing the week’s hot topics. Each show will also feature a News Update segment by the third on-air personality, Kristen Pressel. DiMaggio, Foster & Pressel will be the creative force collectively behind the project.

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O’sullivan Becomes a Two-time GSPSS Champion

WATERFORD, Conn. — The 2017 Granite State Pro Stock Series season saw one driver capture his second championship. Mike O’Sullivan, a former champion at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, wasn’t able to visit Victory Lane in the 12-race schedule.

But that didn’t matter.

O’Sullivan was consistent enough to roll into the season-finale at New London-Waterford Speedbowl with a four-point lead over Scott MacMichael. While his challengers had trouble, O’Sullivan was calm, cool and collective and finished seventh in the 100 lap feature. He avoided a few crashes and settled in late, knowing he just needed to finish well to become a two-time Granite State Series champion.

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Fred Borden Passes Away

NEAR Hall of Famer was 90

Fred Borden passed away on September 17, 2017.

Borden of Waltham, Massachusetts began his racing career at West Peabody, with at least two wins in 1950. He drove Sal Pinetta’s Jalopy to at least seven wins in 1952 at Medford Bowl, including an AARA record of four in a row.

Borden has an estimated 81 wins at Brookline, Medford, Norwood, West Peabody, and Westboro from 1950 to 1967. He also raced at Beech Ridge, Bryar, Hudson, Lonsdale, Pinecrest, Pines, Thompson, and Thunder Road. He won driving for Rick Falconi, Sal Pinetta, John Harty/the Harty brothers (in a one race deal) and Andy Smith.

He also competed at New London-Waterford (CT) Speedbowl.

“It was quite a racing career,” Borden said. Borden is the winningest driver at his favorite track, Westboro. “It was close by and we won more races there than anywhere.”

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Emotional Evening at the New London Waterford Speedbowl

Point Battles Heating Up As Season Winds Down

WATERFORD, CT (September 16, 2017): The NLWS was hit with news that nobody wanted to hear before the racing was set to begin. It was learned earlier in the day, track regular Ted Christopher was killed in a plane crash heading to the Whelen Modified Tour event at the Riverhead Raceway. The night’s events were put on hold and a very special tribute was held for the late great driver. Christopher’s SK Modified was paraded around The Speedbowl by car owner Doug DiPisa as fellow drivers, officials, safety workers, and teams lined up the front stretch to honor Christopher. It was a very touching moment not only for the fans but everybody who was in attendance.

Once racing resumed it was the SK Lites taking to the shoreline oval for their 25-lap feature. It was Colchester, CT’s Brian Narducci taking his second win in a row in only four starts at The Bowl. Narducci used a lap-10 restart to put himself in position to grab the lead over Andrew Molleur with thirteen laps to go in the event. As the lap were winding down the #176 Manafort Brothers sponsored machine of Dana DiMatteo tried several times to get to the inside of Narducci but was unable to make it stick and fell to third as Alan Gombos snuck under DiMatteo and took the runner up spot. Rounding out the top-5 were Andrew Molleur in fourth and Plainville, CT’s Victoria Bergenty fifth, her best finish in the 2017 campaign. With DiMatteo’s third place finish he now leads Andrew Molleur by one point in the championship hunt. In victory lane, a very emotional Narducci dedicated the win in honor of Christopher.

In the 30-lap Limited Sportsman feature it was Al Stone III taking down the win. For the Durham, CT driver it was his 50th career win at the NLWS. What was supposed to be a major accomplishment for Stone was dampened by the news of Christopher. “I just want to dedicate the win to TC and to let the family know we are thinking of them,” commented Stone in victory lane. The point leader Chris Meyer was involved in two different mishaps during the event and battled back to finish eighth. Stone who started in the eighth-spot battled through the field and used a lap-23 restart to out battle the #19 of Adrien Paradis to take down the win. Paradis had one final shot at Stone as a late caution flew to set up a green-white-checkered finish. Paradis made several attempts but couldn’t get by Stone. Paradis after finishing second also commented on Christopher from the podium. “He’s going to be missed, he always had advice for me to make me a better driver, he was always there for me,” said Paradis. Rounding out the top-five were Jason Chicolas, Jordan Hadley and Brandon Plemons.

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Champion Christopher Passes Away

Connecticut Driver Involved In Plane Crash

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — NASCAR champion Ted Christopher passed away Saturday after being involved in a plane crash in Connecticut. He was 59.

Christopher is one of two drivers to win the NASCAR Whelen All-Amercian Series national title and a touring series championship. The Plainville, Connecticut, driver won the short-track national title in 2001 and the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour crown in 2008. He was the winningest driver at a pair of Connecticut’s historic tracks: Stafford Motor Speedway and Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.

He was one of two people on board a plane that went down in Guilford, Connecticut, Saturday afternoon. The crash claimed the life of both.
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Kyle James Grabs First Win of 2017

Dimatteo sweeps qualifying and feature

WATERFORD, CT (7-30-17): It was Nostalgia Night at The New London – Waterford Speedbowl. The Near Group along with the Stars Club had their vehicles set up on the midway so the fans can check out the cars and stars of yester years. The two groups ran features during the evening as well.

The Late Models for the second week had group qualifying with the top six inverted for the 30-lap feature. It was Berlin, CT’s Keith Rocco leading the way with a time of 15.385. East Hampton, CT’s Anthony Flannery took down his second win of the 2017 season. Flannery started on the outside pole and wasn’t really threatened for the win. Rounding out the top five were Jason Palmer, Rocco, Chris Garside and Pole sitter Michael Benevides.

Branford, CT Johnathan Puleo who started deep in the pack (6th) paced himself and made the right moves to grab the 25-lap feature for the Legends Cars event. Puleo made a sweep by capturing the first heat while Scott Limkemann captured Heat #2, Following Puleo to the line were Kyle Rogers, Anthony Marvin (his best finish in 2017) Scott Limkemann and Devon Jencik.

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Mr. Rooter Merging with NLWS Trucks

Duel Points Will Be Awarded

WATERFORD, CT (July 28, 2017)- Competition Director of the Mr. Rooter Pro Trucks Series Marshall Hurley and the NLWS General Manager George Whitney confirmed Friday that the two will be merging for the remainder of the season. The two will run dual points and championships. “Anything under 20-trucks for an event is unacceptable,” Hurley stated.

With the two merging, they will be a very competitive field.

This opens the door for the NLWS Trucks as several Trucks run both series and with the possibility of winning dual Championships. According to Hurley, the two trucks from each are so close that they will leave that alone and have them compete with no rule changes.

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Wild and Wacky Wednesday Lives Up to the Name

3 First Time Winners In Victory Lane Tonight

WATERFORD, CT (July 26, 2017) — Tonight’s edition of Wild and Wacky Wednesday’s lived up to the billing. You had numerous red flags, a flip and a division that just couldn’t get going.

Up first on the night was the July 12th Bandoleros make up event. It was Kensington, CT’s Tyler Alkas grabbing the quick lead. A handful of laps passed and it was #71 of Ari Jencik grabbing the lead and held on for her first ever win in just four starts. The Canton, CT driver was just as nervous in Victory Lane as she did holding on the last four laps for the win. “My Dad got me here. The closing laps I was a little nervous but I just drove my line and we won,” finished up Jencik. Rounding out the top five in the 20-lap feature were Ethan Simmons, Zachary Martinez, Maddie Harkin and Brody Monahan.

The 25-lap Super X cars took to the grid. It was Old Lyme, CT driver Chris Taylor in the #21CT grabbing the early lead but within a handful of laps heavy smoke started blistering from the rear and Taylor had to call it a night. Up next taking the point was the #13 of Daniel Moon. Ad Moon was trying to hit his marks, it was last week’s winner Peter Martin pressuring for the lead. The Plainville, CT driver wasted no time and took the lead and held off a fast charging Raymond Reed, who just ran out of laps and finished in the runner up spot. Marc Shaffer, William Reiman, and Donald Berge rounded out the top five.

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MTS Champion to be Crowned at the Finale 2017 Event

WATERFORD, CT (July 24, 2017) Gary Knight (Exit Realty Modified Touring Series Owner) and The Speedbowl’s General Manager George Whitney both confirmed this afternoon that a second date has been added to the 2017 schedule. The event has been added to the Finale 2017 schedule on October 20th– 22nd. With the rain date scheduled for October 29, 2017. The Exit Realty Modified Touring Series will crown their 2017 Champion along with the $10,000 that comes along with “The Sunoco Quest for the Cup”. It was also announced that the purse structure will feature a $5,000 to win for the 125-lap event.

The Exit Realty Modifieds Touring Series has three events left on their 2017 schedule, with the first two events left to determine the five drivers to race for the (Sunoco Quest for the Cup) scheduled for The New London – Waterford Speedbowl. More information will follow.

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New London-Waterford Rained Out

Due to the rain, the remainder of Wild and Wacky Wednesday has been canceled. 10% off Texas Roadhouse!

Johnny O’Sullivan returned to victory lane in the Legends Cars. The Super X Cars were rained out after 11 laps.

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Durocher Joins SK Lites Field

Ethan Durocher of Plainfield, CT will make his SK Light debut Saturday night at New London-Waterford (CT) Speedbowl.

“This season we’re just gonna take the SK Lite out to the New London-Waterford Speedbowl, get some seat time, run for Rookie of the Year and hopefully get some top five finishes.”

Durocher hopes to progress in Modified racing and chose the SK Light over a Legend Car.

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New London Waterford Speedbowl Makes Official Statement on 2017 Season

The New London Waterford Speedbowl is making an official announcement on the proposed Lease of the Speedbowl for the 2017 season. The management team is happy to announce that an agreement has been reached with George Whitney of Whitney Farm Racing, LLC to lease the track for the 2017 season.

With over twenty years in racing, George has raced Enduro Cars, Street Stock’s and Late Model’s where he earned Rookie of the Year. Taking several years off, George then returned to begin his career in the Legends Division taking home a Championship at The New London Waterford Speedbowl and four State Championships during his Legends career.  His latest accolades are bringing numerous drivers to National Championships as their Crew Chief. He now gets his racing fix doing chassis set ups for many drivers as well as Legends car repairs.

 “The Speedbowl is my home track and I am proud to be given the opportunity to give back to a track that not only has supported family racing for generations, including mine, but has the best short track racing in New England” say Whitney.

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Tri-Track Series will Head to Star Speedway in August

Seekonk, Mass. (May 19, 2017): Officials from the Tri-Track Open Modified Series (TTOMS) have announced that Star Speedway in Epping, NH, will be the site of the series event already on the schedule for Wednesday, August 23.  This will mark the second date in 2017 for Star Speedway. 

“We are grateful to the Webber Family for hosting a second race this year,” said Wayne Darling, managing partner of TTOMS. “Star Speedway has always been a great race track for the modifieds. It’s a racer’s track which means the fans get a great show.” 

The event was originally slated for the New London-Waterford Speedbowl.

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Kyle Hamilton to Do Double Duty for Bertrand Motorsports at Star Speedway NEMA Openernema

On the heels of the Northeastern Midget Association announcing that it had inked a deal with Star Speedway for the opening race for the NEMA division, Bertrand Motorsports has announced that 24-year-old Kyle Hamilton of Plainfield, Indiana will do double duty for the team on Saturday May 6th.  He will run the Bertrand Motorsports #45 in the Lite division and the famed #47 in the NEMA division.  Hamilton made two appearances for Frank Manafort & Bobby Seymour in 2016, finishing 2nd and 4th, respectively, in the NEMA Lite series.

Hamilton is no stranger to the cockpit of powerful open wheel cars.  The 2009 USAC Ford Focus National Champion and USAC National midget feature winner, also has experience racing Silver Crown cars and non-wing Sprint cars.  Hamilton has driven for famed car owners such as Bob East, Don & Mel Kenyon and Steve Lewis/9 Racing.

“I’m excited to team up with Bertrand Motorsports.  They have a top notch program that demands respect from the competition and I’m looking forward to joining forces at Star Speedway,” Hamilton said. 

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NEMA Announces New Opening Date, Saturday, May 6 at Star Speedway

Epping, NH — With the cancellation of the New London-Waterford Speedbowl opening event, the Northeastern Midget Association will head to the famed Star Speedway in Epping, NH on Saturday night, May 6th. It has been a favorite stop for the midgets since the 60’s, in fact, Star has hosted more NEMA events than any other facility.

“NEMA is extremely excited to return to Star Speedway and especially as part of their PASS weekend, and further, to expand our 2017 schedule with the Webber family,” said NEMA President, Tim Bertrand.  “Some of the best races in the history of the club have gone down at Star, and we look forward to making some more memories together.  Our car counts are looking strong for 2017, and the club is on the upswing,” said Bertrand.

“We learned of the issues with Waterford, and extended the opportunity to our friends at NEMA to participate in our opening weekend,” said Bob Webber Jr.  “This show should be an unbelievable bargain for the fans, with both the PASS, NEMA and NEMA Lite cars on hand,” he went on to say.

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New London-Waterford Speedbowl to Postpone Blast Off Weekend

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Blast Off Weekend scheduled for May 6th and 7th has been postponed.

Although much progress has been done to open for our Blast Off Event the recent findings of additional work needed on the grandstands and the unforeseen weather conditions of most recent, has forced The New London-Waterford Speedbowl to postpone the 2017 Blast-Off event.

All efforts are being made to reschedule the event in its entirety as Management reaches out to those touring divisions originally scheduled to attend to possibly find a suitable weekend to run the Blast Off event.
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INEX Ends Waterford Sanction

INEX announced it has terminated the sanctioning agreement with New London-Waterford (CT) Speedbowl. INEX sanctioned two divisions at the 1/3-mile oval last season. The INEX Bandoleros have competed since 2009. Talon Prinze is the reigning champion.

The U.S. Legend Cars have been a staple at the track since 2001, featured in their regular Wednesday and occasional Saturday programs. Noah Korner and Kyle Rogers were the most recent champions.

INEX is still sanctioning U.S. Legend Cars races at Thompson (CT) Speedway Motorsports Park’s road course.

Waterford attempted the first U.S. Legends Cars Asphalt Nationals in New England. The October 6-8 event was rained out.

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NASCAR Ends New London-Waterford Speedbowl Sanction

NASCAR has dropped sanctioning agreements with New London-Waterford Speedbowl in Waterford, CT. The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race on July 22 has been canceled.

The series has made 22 visits to the 1/3-mile oval since its inaugural season in 1985. Ron Silk won the most recent race in 2016.

The track’s weekly Saturday program was sanctioned by the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series since 2000. Reigning champion Keith Rocco has found great success in the SK Modifieds with 6 championships. The track’s winningest driver has won the Connecticut championship 9 times and was the 2010 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national champion.

The decision comes after track owner Bruce Bemer was arrested March 28. He has been charged with patronizing a trafficked person. The Glastonbury, CT resident purchased the track in October 2014 at auction.

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Purse Announced for TTOMS Event at Seekonk

Preregistration Deadline Fast Approaching

Seekonk, Mass. (March 27, 2017): The Tri-Track Open Modified Series (TTOMS) and Seekonk Speedway announced jointly the purse for the 14th annual Open Wheel Wednesday scheduled for Wednesday, June 28. The event has become synonymous with the big names in racing as a direct result of the $10,000 payday for the winner.

“Seekonk Speedway is excited to continue its Open Wheel Wednesday $10,000 payday with the Tri-Track Series,” said Ed St. Germain, Director of Business Development for the Speedway. “Our fans love that the big payday brings in top-tier talent and that it has them racing full tilt every lap.”

While the event pays big to the winner, podium finishers collect $3,500 and $2,500 respectively.

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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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Hirschman Looks to Continue Myrtle Beach Success

Matt Hirschman of Northampton, PA discounts his experience at Myrtle Beach (SC) Speedway ahead of Saturday’s NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour opener. He cited teams that privately tested or competed in a 50-lap Modified race last month, where he finished third. Hirschman has three consecutive podiums at Myrtle Beach.

“It’s not gonna be totally foreign to them,” Hirschman said. “But it’s a unique place and having raced there now a few times over the last year and a half certainly helps and we have won a race there which is always a boost of confidence.”

The tire wear at the half-mile oval is well known. Last month’s Modified race demonstrated conservation’s role with part of the field dropping back to preserve tires.

“There are abrasive tracks and then there’s Myrtle Beach. It’s hard to explain but it’s definitely the extreme on that end. It’s really unlike any other track I’ve run at.”

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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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Tri-Track Modified Series Opens 2017 Preregistration for Point Fund & Bonus Eligibility

Seekonk, Ma. (January 27, 2017): The Northeast Race Cars & Parts Tri-Track Open Modified Series (TTOMS) has officially opened preregistration for the 2017 season. Race teams looking to compete in the four-race schedule with eligibility for the lucrative point fund and bonus plan must register by April 1, 2017.

TTOMS will host four races including events at Seekonk and Star Speedways and two events at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl with an excess of $30,000 in point fund money up for grabs. The cumulative point fund at the end of the year will be distributed among the top 25 in owners’ points.

“Jim (Schaefer) and Dick (Williams) have worked hard on this series since its inception to build a strong foundation and that includes the point fund,” said managing partner Wayne Darling. “This is a healthy payout for a four-race schedule. And, believe me, Jim is still working hard to build that up.”

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

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

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

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

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

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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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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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