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Waterford Speedbowl Sunday 10/5 Finale Weekend Results

Waterford, CT (October 5, 2014) – Waterford Speedbowl saw 210 racecars jam its pit area for Finale Weekend Sunday, hosting 13 race divisions for a huge day of motorsports. After rain forced the cancellation of Saturday’s scheduled events, track management crammed all racing into a full day of action Sunday. Scoring top honors was Keith Rocco of Berlin, who won the 100-lap Valenti Modified Racing Series feature. In NASCAR Whelen All-American Series races, Corey Barry of Plainfield and Garrett Denton of Hope Valley, RI each used a victory to cement track championships in the respective SK Light Modified and Mini Stock divisions. Ed Puleo of Branford won an entertaining SK Modified feature, Jason Palmer won the Valenti Auto Mall Late Model race, and Josh Galvin topped a thrilling Street Stock finish.

Northeastern Midget Association wins went to Ryan Bigelow of East Hampton, a first-time victor in the NEMA Midgets, and Dan Cugini of Marshfield, MA, won the companion NEMA Lite feature.

Joining them on the long list of winner’s for the day included Ray Reed of Norwich and Anthony Marvin of Colchester, each titlists in the Speedbowl’s Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday series, checkering the Super X-Car and INEX Bandolero races. Wayne Shifflett of Preston won the X-Car feature and Dana Dimatteo of Farmington took the top spot in the INEX Legend Cars. Preston native Jay Stuart won the Outlaw Stock race.

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Waterford Produces First Time Winner, First Time Champion for NEMA

WATERFORD, CT (October 5, 2014) — Some lines were added to the NEMA history book on Sunday when the midgets ran at the Waterford Speedbowl’s Fall Finale. Ryan Bigelow of E. Hampton, CT. became a first time winner in the NEMA Midgets and Ryan Krachun of Neshanic Station, NJ became a first time champion in the Lites.

After all events were rained out on Saturday, NEMA’s weekend schedule was whittled down to features only on Sunday. The midgets shared the day with a dozen other divisions of race cars.

As it has many times in the past, The Speedbowl produced a first time winner in the NEMA Midgets.

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Speedbowl Postpones Finale Weekend Saturday Activities; Revised Sunday Schedule Announced

Waterford, CT (October 4, 2014) – A persistent wet Saturday afternoon forced Waterford Speedbowl to postpone its racing schedule for the first of its two day Finale Weekend. A revised Sunday schedule now has thirteen divisions in action at the shoreline oval’s cap to the 2014 racing season, including the Valenti Modified Racing Series 100 and Northeastern Midget Association races along with the track’s NASCAR Whelen All-American Series and Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday divisions.

The seven feature races to be completed Saturday evening were added to Sunday’s card. Track management cancelled the Pit Party originally scheduled for Sunday morning, making way for a practice session which will precede racing.

Pit gates open at 7:30am on Sunday, with spectator grandstands opening at 9:00am. Practice begins at 10:00am with each division receiving one round of warm up, including a 30-minute block of track time for the Valenti Modified Racing Series.

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Lowinski-Loh to Make ARCA Debut Friday

Former Thompson Champion Plans Full ARCA Slate in 2015

John Lowinski-Loh, Jr. will make his ARCA Racing Series debut at Kansas Speedway  on Friday night. The Milford, MA competitor will be drive the No. 09  Auto Go Ford for Team BCR Racing of Mooresville, NC. Auto Go, Inc. is a automotive repair business in Milford. His teammate Charles Evans, Jr. of Friendswood, TX is entered in the No. 88 Elevator Transportation Services, ACCI Ford. The team is owned by Howard and Paula Bixman and has won five races this season with Grant Enfinger and Justin Allison.

Teddy, Steve, Clint and Brad are the crew members, while the team uses a Cup team for the pit stops. Treats Pools and Spas, Shines Car Care, Greenroom Billiards, Casite, Stanley Industries, Ford Racing, Roush Yates provide sponsorship.

Lowinski-Loh’s goal is to qualify and finish in the top 10. Lowinski-Loh will complete full-time in 2015 for Team BCR looking for Rookie of the Year.   Lowinski-Loh tested at Kansas on September 3. Although the test was cut short by rain, he was sixth quickest of 16 cars. Lowinski-Loh said the test “went great.” He said the recently repaved 1.5 mile tri-oval was “very fast and smooth.”

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Dowling to Make VMRS Debut at Waterford

Chase Dowling of Roxbury, CT will make his Valenti Modified Racing Series debut at Waterford (CT) Speedbowl Sunday. Dowling will drive the Phoenix Soil/American Lamp Recycling No. 2X for Bobby Judkins in the headline Finale Weekend 100 lap event.

“Bobby Judkins and his son bought the car (from NEAR Hall of Famer Bob Judkins) recently, just so he could put it back on the track for his dad.”

Dowling said that Bobby attended races at Stafford Motor Speedway to watch his nephew Ryan Preece. Judkins asked him to drive the car and “he just kept following through and eventually he said let’s give it a try and we went testing.” Dowling said the tests two weeks ago “went really well.”

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Waterford Speedbowl 9/27 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Results

Waterford, CT (September 27, 2014) – The final Saturday night race event of the season was held at Waterford Speedbowl with a seven division race program on the card.  In NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing Keith Rocco of Berlin won the SK Modified® feature while Jason Palmer, also from Berlin, won the Valenti Auto Mall Late Model race.  Ed Gertsch Jr. of East Haven returned to Victory Lane after a long hiatus in the Street Stocks, Ken Cassidy Jr. of Lisbon took the night’s Mini Stock race and Paul Buzel of Trumbull continued a hot streak in the SK Light Modifieds.  Mike Christopher Jr. of Wolcott won another INEX Legend Cars feature and set a track record, while Taylor Bowser of Taunton, MA won in the visiting Mini Cup series event.  The final event of the year takes place next Saturday and Sunday when the track hosts Finale Weekend headlined by the Valenti Modified Racing Series.  A Friday practice session precedes the big event, which sees thirteen race divisions in action.

Rocco found the winner’s circle for the eleventh time of the year in SK Modified® racing.  He checkered a fast paced and non-stop 35-lap race that took under nine minutes to complete from start to finish.   Rob Janovic Jr. used the outside lane to grab the lead from pole position starter Jeff Gallup when the race began.  He was pulling out to a comfortable advantage while Ted Christopher applied pressure to Gallup for second.

Rocco started in ninth position and quickly moved into contention, already in sixth on lap-3.  He jumped to the outside lane to move into the top-five, and rocketed under Christopher out of turn two on lap-9.  The following lap, Rocco made the move on Gallup and took second as they raced to turn three.

Rocco ran down Janovic’s lead by lap-16 and immediately began to apply pressure with a determined drive to the front.  He darted outside Janovic in turn three on lap-20, attempting a crossover move out of turn four that Janovic held off.  The following lap, Rocco made the same move stick and was able to find room to Janovic’s inside down the front chute.  As they raced to turn one he completed the move and became the new leader for lap-22.

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Anders Completes Journey to National Title

South Carolina Driver Wins First Whelen All-American Crown

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Anthony Anders was sitting with friends in the grandstands off Turn 4 at historic Greenville Pickens Speedway when he got the itch to give this racing thing a try. Twenty years later, the Easley, South Carolina, driver has reached the pinnacle of short-track racing.

Anders is the 2014 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series championship.

The 43-year-old Anders accomplished the feat by leading the national points standings every week of the season and finishing with 30 wins, ninth most in a single season in the history of the series.

“I remember being at the banquet and seeing all those banners (of past national champions),” Anders said. “I said, ‘I want to be there one day.’

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Waterford Speedbowl 9/20 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Results

Waterford, CT (September 20, 2014) – Waterford Speedbowl returned to action after two weeks of wet weather halted its scheduled NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing programs. First time winners for the year were the order of the night as three of the six events saw new faces in the winner’s circle. Diego Monahan of Quaker Hill led the way, picking up the SK Modified® victory in dramatic fashion. Anthony Ryan Jr. of Danbury and Pete Zaikarite of Niantic won the Valenti Auto Mall Late Model and Mini Stock races respectively, joining Monahan as first time winners on the year. Other victories went to Al Stone III of Durham in the Street Stocks, Paul Buzel of Trumbull in the SK Light Modifieds, and Mike Christopher Jr. of Wolcott in an extra-distance INEX Legend Cars race.

Monahan came out on top of a wild SK Modified® race where no less than three competitors had a shot to win over two green-white-checkered flag attempts to complete the race. Monahan battled his brother Shawn and three-time track champion Keith Rocco over a thrilling, rough and tumble final nine laps. 

The 35-lap race began with Joe Gada and Monahan on the front row. It didn’t take long for sparks to fly, as Ed Puleo checked up on the back chute as the field worked lap-2 triggering a multi-car incident behind. The contact sent Rocco over Rob Janovic’s car before spinning in turn three, also collecting Bert Marvin, Brent Sweet, and Tommy Vigh Jr. to bring out the first caution flag of the race. Rocco returned after pitting for repairs.

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Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday Banquet Tonight

Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday Awards Banquet Tonight

Waterford Speedbowl will honors the Wild N Wacky Wednesday divisions with its annual banquet tonight. The Hospitality Tent opens at 5:15pm. Dinner is at 5:30pm with awards at 6:15pm. Music and entertainment will occur until 9:00pm.

Mike Christopher, Jr. (Legends Car),  Anthony Marvin (Bandoleros), Ray Reed ( Super X-Cars) and Zac Thomas (X-Cars) won the track championships.

Tickets at the door are available for $18 for adults, $12 for youth (ages 4-14) with ages three and under free. The advanced ticket price is $15 for adults, $10 for youth (ages 4-14) with ages three and under free. 

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Krachun Set for Busy Weekend at Ace, Hickory

NEMA Lites Rookie on Verge of Championship

Ryan Krachun of Neshanic Station, NJ, went NEMA Lites racing this season due to car count and a new challenge. The desire to race against 20-22 cars weekly compared to 8-12 at some USAC events brought the 16-year-old driver to race across New England this season for his father Mike Krachun.

“Our experience with NEMA has been great,” Krachun said. “They welcomed us with open arms. I was lucky enough to meet some great people. … The cars are a lot of fun and the racing is really good too. In NEMA we can go three, even four wide at some tracks where in other sanctions you really can’t do that and that’s what makes the NEMA Midget so much fun.

“And what’s also been great was how the full NEMA Midget drivers have mentored me like Randy Cabral. He’s taken me under his wing and he’s helped me a lot at some of the different tracks and he’s just been a great guy to me.”

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Waterford Speedbowl Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday 9/10 Results

Waterford, CT (September 10, 2014) – Waterford Speedbowl put the finishing touches on the 14th season of Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday, its popular mid-week motorsports program.   A pair of drivers used the final week of racing to claim their first wins of the year, as Ed Ryan of Preston took the Super X-Car win and Nickolas Hovey of Chaplin won the INEX Bandolero feature.  Mike Christopher Jr. of Wolcott had a record setting win in the INEX Legend Cars and Wayne Shifflett of Preston took the X-Car race win.  The night’s two Mechanic Races were won by Charles Beal of Ledyard and Eric Finkbein Sr. of Manchester, while John Kelly of New London took the victory in the Officials Race to round out the night’s winners.

Christopher won again in the INEX Legend Cars, taking the final Wednesday night race of the year to cement a record setting season in the division.  He made his way to the front in the early going of the 25-lap feature, trailing Joey Ternullo.  He found room to Ternullo’s inside on lap-15, spending three laps side-by-side before a caution flag on lap-18.  Ternullo held the advantage, putting Christopher in the outside lane for the restart.  Christopher used the top of the track to power ahead for good on lap-20, going on to the win.  Ternullo was second and David Johnson was third.  Christopher’s victory marked his 23rd overall on the year between the division’s Wednesday and Saturday events, giving him the division single season record for wins.  Christopher swept both series titles for the division, becoming the fourth driver to accomplish the feat. 

Shifflett won his third X-Car race of the season after coming on to weekly competition midway through the year.  He took the lead early but had to hold off two hard chargers over the second half of the 25-lap event.  Eric Finkbein caught Shifflett and ran to his outside for several laps trying to overtake the lead, but was unable to make the pass.  As the two battled, Jordan Hadley moved in to make it a three-car race for the win over the final eight laps.  Hadley was able to get past Finkbein’s inside on lap-19 and tried to pry Shifflett’s car from the bottom of the track as the laps counted down.  The top three cars ran nose to tail on the final lap and Hadley’s final corner rally came up short when Finkbein made contact with him, allowing Shifflett to get to the checkered flag first.  Hadley held on for second and Finkbein was third.   Zac Thomas finished sixth and won the division title.

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Waterford Speedbowl 8/30 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Results

Waterford, CT (August 30, 2014) – Waterford Speedbowl hosted Thunder on the Sound Saturday, a seven division motorsports program highlighted by the 18th annual Budweiser Modified Nationals SK Modified® 150. The biggest race of the year for the track’s headline NASCAR Whelen All-American Series division was won by Tyler Chadwick of Ledyard. Other winners on the night included Keith Rocco of Berlin in the Valenti Auto Mall Late Models, while a pair of drivers picked up their third victories of the year, Ryan Waterman of Danielson in the Street Stocks Ray Christian III of Groton in the Mini Stocks. Paul Buzel of Trumbull was a first time winner in SK Light Modified action, Mike Christopher Jr. of Wolcott won in the INEX Legend Cars and Paul LaPlante won the Vintage Outlaw Modified race.

Chadwick’s biggest ally in the 18th annual Budweiser Modified Nationals may have been his patience. The 2012 division champion started the race tenth and slowly moved into contention just before the halfway point of the 150-lap grind. Ted Christopher was out front, showing the way after he passed early leader Ed Puleo on lap-11. Minor incidents for single car spins dotted the opening half of the race. Chadwick was in second by lap-70 as Christopher comfortably led until a caution flag came on lap-96.

Following the restart, Chadwick tried to unseat Christopher using the outside lane on multiple occasions, finally tucking in behind Christopher in second position. The intensity was definitely on the rise among the lead pack as the race moved to its final stages. Keith Rocco, who spent the first one hundred laps pacing himself outside the top-five, asserted himself in the final fifty circuits. Rocco got to third and then pressed Chadwick until he gave up the outside lane, allowing Rocco to move to second on lap-117. Rocco then stalked Christopher for the lead until he made a diving maneuver to the inside on lap-130 down the back chute. The two cars came together between turns three and four, spinning both and bringing out a caution.

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Speedbowl Announces Change to 8/27 Wild ‘N Wacky Wednesday Results

Waterford, CT (August 28, 2014) – Thursday afternoon Waterford Speedbowl announced a disqualification following its 8/27 Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday race program.

Joey Ternullo of Middletown was awarded the 25-lap INEX Legend Cars victory following technical inspection. Ternullo finished second on the track to Wolcott’s Mike Christopher Jr. Christopher’s car was cited for having its brake system reservoir in an unapproved location, per INEX
specifications. INEX, the sanctioning body for the division, issues a common rulebook for the division, which races at tracks across the country.

After the disqualification, Christopher still retains the points lead in the division. Ternullo is second in the standings and now unofficially trails Christopher by 58 points with two scheduled events remaining for the season. Ternullo was last year’s Wednesday series champion.

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Waterford Speedbowl Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday 8/27 Results

Waterford, CT (August 27, 2014) – Waterford Speedbowl returned to motorsports action on Wednesday evening with another Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday racing program. Scoring wins included Mike Christopher Jr. of Wolcott in the INEX Legend Cars, Jim Boyle of East Windsor in the Super X-Cars, Wayne Shifflett of Preston in the X-Car division and Ken Morin Jr. of Old Saybrook in the INEX Bandoleros.

Christopher’s win in the 25-lap INEX Legend Cars feature was key for more than one reason. His twenty-first victory of the year moved him within one victory of the division’s single-season record for wins, and it also unofficially wrapped up the division title in the track’s Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday Series. The win was not official immediately following the race, pending review by the technical inspection staff and INEX officials. The record number of wins for the Legend Cars division is twenty two, held by Jason Palmer, who accomplished the feat in 2009. Christopher is in his second season in the division.

In Wednesday’s race, Christopher had to track down last year’s titlist, Joey Ternullo, doing so under a long green flag run. Ternullo held the top spot but appeared to be handling a tight handling car, enabling Christopher to dive underneath him on lap-11. Ternullo fought for two laps outside of Christopher before succumbing, tucking in behind. A final opportunity to unseat Christopher came with three laps remaining when a yellow flag came out. Christopher got a good restart to pull ahead but Ternullo stayed with him to the checkered flag, however was unable to stay alongside. Ternullo finished second and T.J. Thompson was third.

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Budweiser Modified Nationals Highlights Thunder on the Sound at Speedbowl

18th annual $5,000 to win SK-150 part of seven division program Saturday

Waterford, CT (August 25, 2014) – Waterford Speedbowl roars into Labor Day weekend with the biggest pay day of the year for its NASCAR All-American Series SK Modified® division on Saturday, August 30.  The 18th annual Budweiser Modified Nationals SK-150 takes center stage with a $5,000 winner’s prize and a total posted race purse of greater than $20,000.  A
banner field of competition is expected to turn out once again for the event.

The original big money SK Modified® race, the Modified Nationals debuted at the Speedbowl in 1997 and was the brainchild of track owner and promoter Terry Eames and his staff.  According to Eames, “It’s a celebration of our weekly competitors. They deserve the attention.  They deserve the pay day.  They are the back bone of what we do and it’s only fitting we honor them with a big event”.

Over the nearly two decade history of the event, there’s been no shortage of drama and memorable finishes.  Steve Chowansky won the inaugural edition and quickly set a tone that has prevailed for the better part of two decades – the home track stars taking on outside competition looking to swoon in for a big check.  It’s created a dynamic unique to the Modified Nationals event and helped stage much of the drama.

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Difilippo Campains for SK Lights at North South Shootout

Gino Difilippo, Jr. of Riverside, NJ has taken an active role in the SK Light Modifieds this season. The RH2Way President is spearheading the effort to get an SK Light Modified race at Caraway Speedway in Sophia, NC.

Josh Nichols won the 50-lap Modified Lite race last year, but the division was not included in this year’s schedule.

“It was my idea,” Difilippo said. “I’m a first year SK Light car owner and long time fan of the shootout. I wanted a showcase event for our division, a super bowl.”

Without any extensive promotion, six teams have expressed interest. Caraway Speedway has requested at least 12 cars.

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NASCAR Formalizes On-Track Incident Procedure for Competitors

Rule Enhances Sport’s Ongoing Safety Efforts

Daytona Beach, Fla. (Aug. 15, 2014) — In its continued efforts to evolve the safety of its sport, NASCAR announced Friday that it will add a rule that addresses on-track incidents as part of its race procedures. The rule, listed as Section 9-16, will be an addendum to the NASCAR rule book and will apply to all of its racing series, effective immediately.

Section 9-16 On-Track Incident Procedure

During an Event, if a racecar is involved in an on-track incident and/or is stopped on or near the racing surface and unable to continue to make forward progress, unless extenuating emergency conditions exist with the racecar (i.e. fire, smoke in cockpit, etc.) the driver should take the following steps:

  • Shut off electrical power and, if driver is uninjured, lower window net
  • Do not loosen , disconnect or remove any driver personal safety equipment until directed to do so by safety personnel or a NASCAR/Track Official
  • After being directed to exit the racecar, the driver should proceed to either the ambulance, other vehicle, or as otherwise directed by safety personnel or a NASCAR/Track Official
  • At no time should a driver or crew member(s) approach any portion of the racing surface or apron
  • At no time should a driver or crew member(s) approach another moving vehicle

All vehicles not involved in the incident or that are able to continue afterwards should slow down to a cautious speed as outlined in Section 10-4 (Yellow Flag), use extreme care as they approach an incident scene, and follow any directions given by safety personnel or NASCAR/Track Officials. Cars in line behind the safety car should not weave or otherwise stray from the line in the vicinity of the incident.

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Team BCR Racing Signs John Lowinski-Loh for Later this Year, 2015

MOORESVILLE, N.C. — Team BCR Racing announced today that new driver John Lowinski-Loh will join the team this year with plans on competing for the 2015 Rookie of the Year and championship in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards.
Lowinski-Loh was the Rookie of the Year in the 2013 ACT Late Model Series. He was also named the 2012 Rookie of the Year and track champion in the NASCAR Whelen Series at Thompson International Speedway, holding 10 victories.   
“We’re really excited to welcome John to the team,” said team manager Howard Bixman. “He has an incredible background and a tremendous amount of experience in a variety of series. That diverse experience will help John develop his skills in the ARCA Racing Series and his future into NASCAR. We look forward to working with him.”

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Kusheba Aims at Peak Stock Car Challenge

Paul Kusheba, IV of Monroe, CT is one of 18 candidates for the second annual Peak® Stock Car Dream Challenge 2, held June 9-11 in Charlotte, NC. The competition has a grand prize of racing a NASCAR K&N Series car with PEAK sponsorship. The modules at Charlotte Motor Speedway included the quarter mile track, iRacing, the dirt track, pit stops, and the 1.5 mile quad oval.

The 18-year-old SK Modified rookie at Waterford Speedbowl qualified for the event through a series of races on Kusheba won the 2014 PEAK Stock Car Dreams National Series championship with 21 wins in 28 starts. He and Tyler Hudson were added as finalists.

“It can really potentially bring your name out there a lot,” Kusheba said. “You could be a standout and definitely not win the competition. So being in the final 18 in this competition is already a huge step in potentially a much bigger future for my racing career already, which is really a true blessing.”

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Sept. 21 Fundraiser for Lowinski-Loh, Signs with Team BCR

Late Model driver John  Lowinski-Loh, Jr. of Milford, MA will be holding a fundraiser on September 21 to support his ARCA Racing Series efforts. Lowinski-Loh has signed with Team BCR for 2015. He will make his series debut October 3 at Kansas Speedway.

“I’m signed for the full season of next year and we are currently working on sponsors,” Lowinski-Loh said Monday night.

The fundraiser will be September 21, 1PM at the Green Room (535 Quaker Hwy,  Uxbridge, MA 01569). Tickets are $20.

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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 ( in the near future.

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Lascuola Sets Record in Seekonk Romp

Abington Teen Seeks LM Success, ACT Tour

Defending champion Nick Lascuola, of Abington, MA, has set a torrid pace in the Nick’s Pit Stop Legends Cars at Seekonk Speedway this season. He has won all seven Friday night races, and the last two races in 2013. That’s not enough for Lascuola. He wants to go undefeated this season and win the championship.

“It takes a lot of hard work each week,” Lascuola said. “We prepare the car all week long and make sure it’s perfect. Come race day you have to go through the field smooth, but also have to be fast without getting into trouble.

“So sometimes it can be difficult, especially when you have Robins get out front first cause each week I need to chase him down from about a half a straight to a full straight. So you need to (be) perfect every lap and consistent even with all the lapped traffic. But also you have to have a little luck fall your way and a couple times we’ve had cautions that have fell our way and helped us out. Then other haven’t helped us out but we work and push the through it each week.”

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Lowinski-Loh to Make ARCA Debut at Kansas

Kansas City here he comes.

John Lowinski-Loh, Jr. will make his ARCA Racing Series debut on Saturday, October 3 at Kansas Speedway for Team BCR. The Kansas ARCA 150 will be broadcast on Fox Sports 2.

The Milford, MA driver will be signing with the team and intends for the full 2015 season if sponsorship can be found. Fundraiser information will be released on Wednesday.

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Vault Productions Returns to Seekonk

Tom ‘Sid’ DiMaggio and the Vault Productions crew will film their first Sid’s View webisode since taking a hiatus from Waterford Speedbowl on July 5. “(I) never thought I’d be leaving the bowl, but we’re excited to visit new places,” DiMaggio said.

Sid’s View Executive Producer Sid DiMaggio and Co-Producer Jesse Gleason were in attendance at Seekonk Speedway on Saturday night, preparing for the Open Wheel Wednesday $10,000 to win Modified race. DiMaggio said, “We wanna come back with a bang.” Vault Productions filmed the $5,000 to win SK Modified race at Seekonk that Matt Hirschman won in 2013.

“When you have an event with names like (Doug) Coby, (Bobby) Santos, (Ryan) Preece and (Matt) Hirschman on it, I mean, that’s the best of the best in modified country,” DiMaggio said. “The opportunity to capture an event with such well-known names participating has the potential for large view counts, and view counts for us is like currency, so we’d be foolish not to jump at the opportunity to film it as part of our series.”

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Waterford Speedbowl 7/19 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Results

Waterford, CT (July 19, 2014) – Waterford Speedbowl hosted Whelen Engineering Night Saturday, featuring a six division racing program. Whelen sponsors NASCAR’s weekly racing series at tracks across the country. Picking up wins in Whelen All-American Series action included Kyle James of Ashaway, RI who dominated the SK Modified® feature, Keith Rocco of Berlin won for the seventh time of the year in the Valenti Auto Mall Late Models and Josh Galvin of Franklin picked up his eighth Street Stock victory. Other NASCAR wins went to Ken Cassidy Jr. of Lisbon, who returned to the winner’s circle in the Mini Stocks and Paul French of Andover checkered the SK Light Modified race. Mike Christopher Jr. of Wolcott won another INEX Legend Cars race rounding out the night’s victors.

James turned in a flawless performance to romp to victory in the 35-lap SK Modified® feature, his second of the season. The win was by nearly a five second margin, almost half the track, ahead of the competition. James took the lead on the outside of Jeff Gallup following the only caution flag of the race, which came on lap-8.

Gallup used his pole starting position to lead rookie competitor Paul Kusheba from the start. Diego Monahan moved past Kusheba into second and James followed to third in the opening green flag run. That ended when Monahan lost control of his car in turn three, spinning from second position to bring out the lone yellow flag for the single car spin. James lined up outside Gallup for the restart, timed the green flag nearly perfectly, and powered into the lead out of turn two.

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August Fundraiser Set for Lowinski-Loh

John Lowinski-Loh Jr. will be moving to North Carolina in November to further his racing career. Lowinski-Loh will be holding a fundraiser in August for a test with Team BCR Racing. Team BCR fields ARCA Racing Series cars for Grant Enfinger and Justin Allison. Enfinger is the points leader with victories at Daytona, Mobile, Salem and Elko.

“My crew and I were just talking,” Lowinski-Loh said. “One of my crew members was saying let’s make the leap, so I spent days researching what the next best move would be. I applied for a ARCA license and contacted BCR, who were looking for a driver in 2015.”

“That depends on how the test day goes and sponsor money,” Lowinski-Loh said. “If the test day goes well, they will help me find a sponsor and go from there. Depending on sponsors, would depend on either 10 races, more or less.”

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UNOH Youth Achievement Award Spotlights Rising Stars Across Whelen All-American

First-Year Program Will Crown National & Track Champions

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — As the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series returns to Daytona for its annual July date, everywhere you look in the garage is another fresh face looking to make an impact at NASCAR’s top level.

This youth movement isn’t restricted to the top series – it is a tidal wave moving through the NASCAR system, starting at its foundation: The NASCAR Whelen All-American Series.

Not only are younger drivers racing, but they’re winning. And chasing championships.

This year, they have a new prize to pursue: The UNOH Youth Achievement Award.

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NWAAS Div. I Pts: Bassett Hits a Double

Wins at Motor Mile & Hickory; Pulliam Closes Gap On Anders

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Dillon Bassett’s season had already exceeded his own expectations.

And that was before this past weekend. Two wins and one totaled race car later, Bassett is still buzzing.

The 17-year-old from Winston-Salem, North Carolina, has placed himself squarely in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national championship conversation with five wins through his first 17 starts running his Late Model stock car on pavement tracks in the southeast.

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Saturday 6/28 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Results

Waterford, CT (June 28, 2014) – Seven racing events were on Saturday night’s card at Waterford Speedbowl, settting the stage for an action packed night of motorsports. Picking up NASCAR Whelen All-American Series wins included Keith Rocco of Berlin in the SK Modifieds®, Bruce Thomas Jr. of Groton in the Valenti Auto Mall Late Models and Corey Barry of Plainfield in the SK Light Modifieds.   Garrett Denton of Hope Valley, RI checkered the Mini Stocks and Ryan Waterman of Danielson picked up an exciting victory in the Street Stock race. Mike Christopher Jr. of Wolcott won another INEX Legend Cars feature and Ledyard’s Corey Coates won the visiting New England Truck Series race.

Rocco checkered his sixth SK Modified® race of the year in 12 events for the division after an impressive crossover move landed him the lead in the second half of the race. Rob Janovic Jr. of Waterford led the opening laps until Tim Jordan took command after a lap-8 restart. Jordan, from Plainfield, bolted out to a quick lead while Rocco moved through the top cars into second position on lap-10. Rocco closed in and trailed Jordan until caution on lap-22 slowed the field. Rocco’s crossover came following the restart, when Jordan fended off Rocco’s brief outside bid. Rocco traded the outside lane, dropping to the bottom of the track exiting turn four to make a run underneath Jordan as they completed lap-23. Rocco finished off the move out of turn two to get away from Jordan and survived four late restarts to close out the victory. Jordan wound up second and Tyler Chadwick of Ledyard ended up with a podium finish, in third.

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NWAAS Div. I Pts: Bruno Chasing Wins

Early Leader At Airborne; Rocco Moves To Second Overall

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Winning at Airborne Speedway is a Catch-22. The driver obviously gets the maximum number of points. But under track rules, it means they start the next feature in the last position.

For Travis Bruno and his fellow competitors at the track in Plattsburgh, New York, there is no debate: Go for the win and don’t worry about the next race.

“Even if you’re only racing for a dollar, you’re still going to push for the win,” said the 25-year-old Bruno.

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