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MRNETS Releases 2015 Race Schedule

MRTS-LOGOThe Mr. Rooter New England Truck Series has finalized its 2015 Schedule with the addition of three race events at the New London – Waterford Speedbowl.   The series will be part of both opening and closing weekends at the Speedbowl, as well as a special 4th of July show.

“All of our competitors are very happy to be back at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl,” said Series Director Lorraine Pard.  “That is the home track for nearly all our teams, and I can’t express how excited everyone is for the opportunity to put on a great show.  Mr. Bemer and Mr. Monahan have done a great job putting a schedule together, and we’re honored to be part of this great speedway’s next chapter.”

The fastest growing series in the northeast will expand to 16 events at 8 Speedways in 2015.  MRNETS will continue to begin and end the season at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.  New additions in 2015 include stops at Stafford Motor Speedway,  Bethel Motor Speedway, and the Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park Road Course.  The series will also make New Hampshire stops at Monadnock, Lee USA, Star, and Hudson Speedways.  

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New-London Waterford Speedbowl Schedule Announced

2015 Schedule

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Granite State Pro Stock Series to Make Debut at New London-Waterford Speedbowl

Event to Decide Championship for 2015 Season

Walpole, NH- In a joint announcement, the Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS) will conclude their 2015 season at New London-Waterford Speedbowl (NLWS) on October 24.

The newly-formed management team at NLWS, including General Manager Shawn Monahan and Racing Director Scott Tapley, with GSPSS President Mike Parks made the agreement to make NLWS the twelfth stop in the fourth full-season for the young touring series. The Waterford, CT raceway joins Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, Claremont Speedway, Star Speedway, Hudson International Speedway, Lee USA Speedway, Speedway 51, Monadnock Speedway, and White Mountain Motorsports Park on the schedule.

New London-Waterford Speedbowl was acquired by businessman Bruce Bemer this off-season, after Bemer submitted the winning bid in a foreclosure auction on October 18, 2014. The deal became final February 5.

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NEMA Adds Chemung, Waterford Races

According to President Russ Stoehr, the NorthEastern Midget Association (NEMA), has added three dates to their schedule

The NEMA Midgets and NEMA Lites will race at Chemung (NY) Speedrome May 22, and September 12 at New London-Waterford (CT) Speedbowl. The NEMA Lites will compete June 6 at New London-Waterford as well.

This will be the inaugural race for Chemung. The track is a 3/8 mile oval, which the Bodine family opened as a 1/4 mile dirt track in 1951. NEMA will also visit New York for its season opener on May 23 at Evans Mills Motorsports Park and Oswego Speedway on July 11 for King of Wings.

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Speedbowl Archive Returns

 Tom ‘Sid’ DiMaggio is back with the retrospective web site,

The site was once hosted by, which kept it online for several years after the team shut down its main site. Once the host was transferred, DiMaggio had a massive undertaking. The first site was built in 2005 and DiMaggio had to manually enter the data for the latest version.

DiMaggio had the opportunity to work on the project due a limited schedule last summer and the changes in track ownership at New London-Waterford Speedbowl.

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New London-Waterford Added To Tour Slate

Conn. Oval Also Set for Whelen All-American Series Season

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – NASCAR announced today that New London-Waterford Speedbowl’s 65th season of auto racing will now include a NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour event on Saturday, May 30.

The Whelen Modified Tour has visited the .375-mile oval 20 times since 1985, including each of the previous three seasons. Bobby Santos is the defending race winner at the Speedbowl.

The addition of the Mr. Rooter 161 on May 30 will give the tour 15 points events in 2015.

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Izzo Moving to Sunoco Modifieds at Thompson

Dylan Izzo of Monroe, CT will move the Sunoco Modifieds at Thompson (CT) Speedway Motorsports Park.

A former Legend Car champion at Waterford (CT) Speedbowl, Izzo has some sponsorship help from ” local people have given from a few thousand here and there.” The black and gold No. 04 car will use a Pettit engine. The team purchased the former No. 48 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour car that Keith Rocco drove for John Rufano last year.

“We’re going to run the full schedule there ’cause it’s perfect for our budget,” Izzo said.

The first test will be Icebreaker weekend, where the Sunoco Modifieds will have a 75 lap feature.

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Jurcik in 51CT Late Model for Thompson, ACT

Travis Jurcik of Chaplin, CT will move to the Late Models this season. He will compete at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park regularly and a limited schedule on the American Canadian Tour in the No. 51CT car.

“If everything goes well I’ll head down south and run at Myrtle Beach Speedway, along with a few races in the Limited Sportsman,” Jurcik said. He plans to race the Limited Sportsman at Thompson, Waterford and possibly Lee USA for Oktoberfest.

Jurcik’s goals include the Thompson and NASCAR state Rookie of the Year honors. Sarazin General Contractors is his primary sponsor. The crew includes his seven-year-old brother, parents and uncle. “We are always looking for more crew, and especially for this year seeing that we’ll be traveling a lot more.”

Jurcik hopes to work with the Kyle Busch Foundation and setup a fundraising booth at each race. The NASCAR star’s foundation was established in 2006 “to empowering those in need to overcome hardship by providing essential tools (financial, material and experiential) to allow them to live their best lives possible,” according to the foundation’s website.

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New Web Sites for Mr. Rooter Racing, NETS

MRTS-LOGOTapley Designs and Graphics has launched a pair of new web sites, and Vin Beedle sponsors a number of local teams through his business and is the new title sponsor of the New England Truck Series.

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Tapley’s ‘Work of Passion’

Sleep is a luxury for Scott Tapley of Poland Springs, Maine. Tapley works as the Race Director at Lee USA (NH) Speedway, Thompson (CT) Speedway Motorsports Park and the Mr. Rooter New England Truck Series (NETS).

MRTS-LOGO The New England Truck Series will carry a new identity with a title sponsor this year. The series announced sponsorship from local racing supporter Vin Beedle at their banquet. Beedle’s Mr. Rooter sponsorship has included Modifieds, SK Modifieds, and Street Stocks. He will have a team in the trucks this year for Ted Christopher, Josh Galvin, Keith Rocco and Ed Puleo.

Beedle recommended Tapley to series owner Lorraine Pard. Beedle sponsored cars at Waterford when Tapley worked as an official. Tapley brought Beedle to the Valenti Modified Racing Series by sponsoring their Rookie of the Year award.

“Vinny believes in my abilities to maybe make a difference and that was very humbling,” Tapley said. “… When I talked with them about possibly joining this season, I wanted to make sure first and foremost that 2014 director Chris Austill would still be involved and be willing to expand his role to the competition side and we were able to make all that happen, which is going to be so great for the MRTS teams.”

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New England Antique Racers (NEAR) Set Busy 2015 Agenda

The New England Antique Racers (NEAR) have secured several event dates as part of a busy 2015 agenda. First is the Frank Maratta Auto Show and Racearama to be held February 28th – March 1st at the Eastern States Exposition Center located at 1305 Memorial Avenue, West Springfield, MA. More details may be found at   

Next-up, New England Auto Racing Hall of Fame member Billy Greco hosts a NEAR Racing Party on Saturday evening March 28th at the Polish American Club located at 194 West Spring Street in West Haven, CT. The event starts at 5:00. With previous editions having been very-successful, it remains a must-attend affair for New England race fans.

NEAR running events are slated for Monadnock and White Mountain Speedways in New Hampshire, Massachusetts’ Seekonk Speedway, Bear Ridge, Devils Bowl, and Thunder Road in Vermont, Beech Ridge in Maine, and Connecticut’s Waterford Speedbowl.  

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Multi-time United Stock Car Racing Club Champion, Tommy Sutcliffe Passes

(January 31, 2015)– We received the unfortunate news today that multi-time United Stock Car Racing Club champion Tommy Sutcliffe has passed-away in Florida. Arrangements are incomplete at this time. Our sincere condolences are offered to Tommy’s family and many friends on this sad occasion.

The following short glimpse of Tommy’s career is from the Wednesday, July 18, 2012 edition of Dave Dykes’ Racing Through Time at “One of the real chargers when Harvey Tattersall’s once influential UNITED ruled the New England Modified roost rather than NASCAR, Tommy Sutcliffe enjoyed a long-reign at the front of the pack. Twice a champion at Connecticut’s late West Haven Speedway, he was a top competitor all over our region for decades winning a boatload of features. This one captures the guy affectionately nicknamed “Suitcase Sutcliffe” when he was a part of the weekly starting field at Connecticut’s “New London-Waterford” Speedbowl of the early 1960s.”

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NEMA Releases Preliminary 2015 Schedule

BROCKTON, Mass. — Established haunts make up the 2015 Northeastern Midget Association schedule, including a return to White Mountain Motorsports Park for the Jim O’Brien Memorial race after an absence of many years and the season opener at Evans Mills Motorsports Park on May 23rd.

As NEMA President Russ Stoehr puts the finishing touches on the final schedule, there are 12 races currently on the NEMA agenda while the NEMA Lites will make 12 stops in what will be the club’s 63rd consecutive season, making it New England’s oldest sanctioning body. There is a possibility additional races will be added to one or both schedules at a later date.

Randy Cabral and owner Tim Bertrand will begin defense of their NEMA championships and the Lites will begin their eighth season at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, as they present The ICEBREAKER on April 11th and 12th. Scott Bigelow will begin defense of his Lites owner’s crown, and there will be a new Lites driver’s champion this year as Ryan Krachun will not be returning to the series in 2015.

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Fresh Start for Fraulino

Joe Fraulino, Jr. of East Hampton, CT will bring his No. 27 to the upstart Wicked Cool Midget Series later this season. The team is sponsored by Pizzeria Da Vinci, Four Seasons Hearth and Home, Gateway Real Estate, The Tavern on 66, American Powder Coating, John Boyce Construction, and American Outsource Waste Recycling.

“We purchased the Bigelow machine, Bill Stergios is the founder of this new series and his sons were great people that we met in Quarter Midgets. It’s gonna be fun to go to many different tracks around New England.  The reason for the switch to the Midgets isn’t only because the uncertainty of the Speedbowl, but also take a step back because I feel myself I jumped into a Modified too quick.”

Series founder “He seems like a guy that is driven to make this series not just fun for the drivers, but the fans, and his target to young kids to get them to want their parents to bring them to see the Wicked Cool Midgets… This series seems driven in the right direction with Bill and for many years to come.”

Fraulino wants to have a consistent year at a new host of tracks. The Wicked Cool Midgets will run 12 races at Beech Ridge, Hudson, Star and Oxford Plains.

“It will be a learning curve, but I’m ready to learn and get these tracks down and just improve week by week. Just go to each track and learn and be better there the next time we show up. The goal is to be consistent and finish races because you don’t have to be the fastest car to win. You have to be consistent to win and be there when it counts. You can look at all forms of racing and it’s possible to win a championship without winning a race.”

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Ed Flemke Web Site Debuts, a web site documenting the career of Ed Flemke launched this weekend. A project by the Williams brothers, the longtime racing fans have built a digital home for the legendary New Britain, CT driver. The web site features a collection of photos, race results, reports, and the cars he drove.

“The three Williams brothers were and still are big fans of our father and also followed my career too,” Ed Flemke, Jr. said. “They ran his fan club back in the day and they wanted to gather everything about him in one place and keep his memory alive. They are great people!”

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Bilton Sprint Car Driver Among Champion Contest Entries

TJ Thompson of Lisbon, CT hopes for a strong showing in the Search for a Champion Contest to help with travel expenses this year.

The 18-year-old driver has been in contact with Shelby Bilton for the past month and picked up a new ride in his 360 Sprint Car for Limaland Motorsports Park in Lima, OH and Butler Motor Speedway in Quincy, MI. Thompson’s only dirt experience is five USAC Midget races at Bear Ridge Speedway in Vermont.

“It’s definitely going to be fun and something new,” Thompson said. Thompson was searching for a new ride as his former Legend Car will have a new driver, his younger brother Adam.

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Goodale to Make NWMT Debut at Icebreaker

Jeff Goodale of Riverhead, NY will make his NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour debut at the Icebreaker April 10-12 at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park. A 21-year-old first cousin of Eric and Kevin Goodale, he plans to enter both Riverhead races and the World Series at Thompson. He is open to adding races, but “it depends on how we do during those races.”

A full-time Riverhead Raceway effort will be his focus once again. The team fields a two car effort with Kyle Ellwood of Riverhead. Ellwood will also race the same NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and Riverhead weekly events in the No. 17x. He believes his experience at Riverhead will help him find success at “a tough track, an aggressive track.”

“Our goal is to just finish and get the experience. My crew chief seems to think that we’re going to do pretty well. He’s given me a whole bunch of confidence, but the main goal is just to finish.… As far as Riverhead is concerned, we want to get a few wins and hopefully at the end of the season we’re on top. But take it weekend by weekend and finish and try to be up front is really the goal.”

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Something New for Morgan

Ryan Morgan of Mystic, CT will join the Sunoco Modified ranks at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park in Danny Cates’ 2008 Troyer with a T/A engine. He expects to enter a couple of races at Stafford Motor Speedway  pending sponsorship and “how we do at Thompson.” John Morgan’s No. 0 is registered at Stafford with sponsorship from McGill Chevrolet in Pawcatuck, CT.

The Stafford races will be for understanding the car and the track.  Morgan’s only experience there came in a 2012 PASS Modified race, where he finished tenth.

“We decided to try something different this year,” Morgan said. … “We plan to rebuild it and make it us, but go through it all and make sure it’s ready for the Icebreaker, and shake it down the first couple of practices, so hopefully I’ll be able to adapt to the open wheels pretty quickly.”

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Kusheba Enters Champion Contest, Eyes Stafford Competition

Paul Kusheba, IV of Monroe, CT has entered the Search for a Champion Contest. Kusheba focused on answering what makes a champion in his video, which includes highlights at Waterford Speedbowl and the nationally televised Peak® Stock Car Dream Challenge 2.  Kusheba used the “care package” Champion provided last season including a hat, and product stickers. He also used their spark plugs in his SK Modified.

“I think this year’s a little bit better than last year’s,” Kusheba said. “It’s not like there’s a lot of crazy editing. It was just me talking next to my car and then a couple clips throughout my racing career. … I’m hoping that Champion takes a look at it and hopefully I can be one of the 15 contestants that they pick. … Hopefully getting their product name out there a little bit more than I did last year will benefit me in the end.”

He finished in the top three for the Peak Stock Car Dream Challenge 2 last year after qualifying through races on In the first challenge, Kusheba had to drift an “older style Cup car” on an 1/8 mile track after meeting with Michael Waltrip. While he was nervous, he compared it to practicing his SK Modified at Waterford alongside Timmy Jordan and Ryan Preece. “As a racer that’s kind of what I thrive on. I enjoy being under that type of pressure.”

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Bock Moving to NASCAR WMT

Legend Car Grad to Compete in Modifieds and Super LM

Brendon Bock of Franklin Square, NY will pursue a limited NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour schedule driving the No. 29 car. Bock will be trading the No. 33 that came with his Legend Car for the one his father used. He plans to enter five races at Riverhead Raceway (1), Stafford Motor Speedway and Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park (2 each).

“Modifieds have always been around me,” Bock said. “I’m very close to those, all my guys knows those well. It just makes sense to run a Modified for us.”

An expanded schedule is dependent on sponsorship. Bock wants to add Bristol after attending last year’s race. ” I really want to try Bristol, but I don’t know how that might shape out in the future. I went to watch it last year, I just loved it so much.”

Bock will enter selected NASCAR Whelen All-American Series races at Riverhead. He will use the events for additional seat time at the quarter mile oval. Bock enjoys the fact that he will be able to continue to race with some of his friends who are moving up to the Modifieds.

“The Modifieds are so special. They’re so sick, they’re so powerful and they look so badass. It’s just hard to find something that compares to them on the big asphalt tracks.”

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New Beginning for Lowinski-Loh

John Lowinski-Loh, Jr. of Milford, MA will make his first laps at Daytona International Speedway Friday during a two-day for the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards. Lowinski-Loh primary goal is to get a superspeedway license, to be able to race at tracks over two miles, including the season opener at Daytona in February.

There will be a dual-purpose for rookie drivers at the 2.5 mile tri-oval: learning the track and the draft. Drafting takes on additional importance as ARCA will use group qualifying similar to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. The team is already working on getting a pack of cars together at the test.

“It’s going to be crucial … we’re going to get comfortable with the car on the racetrack and then everyone is going to go into a group session and try the drafting for qualifying because we’re going to try to make our car really, really good, make sure it pulls up good to other cars. And make sure everything’s key for that because starting at the back of the field at Daytona never ends up usually good for anybody.”

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Dowling Set for Rookie Campaign

JT Motorsports announced today that they will field a second NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour car next season. Chase Dowling of Roxbury, CT will drive the No. 9 as a teammate to former champion Jamie Tomaino. The team will use a new 2014 Troyer with Billy the Kid power. Tomaino will be working on the car full-time in New Jersey. The combination will pair a rookie with one of the series most experienced drivers. The 17-year-old worked on Tomaino’s pit crew last year.

“Most of my 57 SK Modified® crew is going to come over and help work on the tour car,” Dowling said. “…My guys are going to be more track help.”

Dunleavy’s Truck & Trailer Repair and S&S Asphalt Paving are the primary sponsors. Spectro Performance Oils, All About You Home Care Services, John Carrigan Heating and Air Conditioning, Family Electric, Billy the Kid, Arbitell Convenience Stores, and Dough Broker will also be supporting the effort.

Doug Dunleavy will also sponsor defending champion Doug Coby, Jamie Tomaino, Tom Abele on the Whelen Southern Modified Tour, and SK and SK Light Modifieds at Stafford. S&S Asphalt Paving has been with Dowling since he was seven racing Go Karts. This is Dowling’s third year with Dunleavy. “It’s awesome to see that he’s given back to us and this guy that loves racing puts money into it and wants to see people do good. … He’s just good guy to be around, and I couldn’t be happier I met him three years ago at his shop.”

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NWAAS: Rocco Set for Charlotte

Keith Rocco of Wallingford, CT will be honored Friday during the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series banquet in Charlotte, NC. The 2010 national champion, Rocco finished on the podium for the sixth year in a row. He finished fourth in 2007-08.

“To finish in the top three consecutively as many times as we have, it’s a great feat in itself, and I’m very pleased to be able to be on the podium and represent NASCAR,” Rocco said.

Rocco is content with another strong effort. While drivers use the same points system, there are variables out of his control. NASCAR member tracks do not have a uniform Division I class or qualifying format. Some tracks use time trials, while others use heats and a driver’s starting position is handicapped based on recent finishes.

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Moran Enjoying Second Title, Looking Forward to 2015

Phil Moran of Naugatuck, CT has spent his life in racing. For Moran, the second championship is “a little more special,” Moran said. “…This is our team as far as me concerned I’m the team manager, truck driver, the whole nine yards.”

11 years ago, Moran won his first championship with Todd Szegedy of Ridgefield, CT driving for Don Barker. The team had a lot of technical support from Chassis Dynamics.

Moran did not get to celebrate as much as he wanted at Thompson since he had to drive the transporter. Besides getting ready for the World Series, he has been busy building new cars for next season and NASCAR’s commitments as the championship team. He expects it to hit him during the celebration in Charlotte Saturday. The NASCAR Night of Champions honors the regional touring series. He especially wants to bring the championship trophy back to the shop.

It is first championship for Mike Smeriglio, III, owner of the Dunleavy’s Repair/HEX Performance No. 2 on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour. Driver Doug Coby of Milford, CT claimed his second title in the last three years.

“It was a well thought out move when we did it last year and it worked out for the good. It was a really good year.”

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NEMA General Membership Meeting Cites Strong Progress for 2015

Thompson, CT — NEMA held its annual membership meeting this past Sunday at the Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park clubhouse, with a strong showing of general members present. At the top of the agenda was a preview into the 2015 schedule, which will feature 3 events at Thompson, as well as events at Oswego, Seekonk, Monadnock, Evans Mills, Wiscasset, Lee USA and White Mountain – with tentative dates held for Waterford Speedbowl, Twin State, and Chemung, NY.

The club also elected a new President for the first time in over ten years – with Russ Stoehr running unopposed to take over the top seat in NEMA. Mike McCarthy and Mike Chambers were elected to the Vice President spots, Joe Santa Maria as Secretary and Paul Scally returns as Treasurer. A new Board was also elected with Tim Bertrand, Shawn Torrey, Paul Bigelow, Randy Cabral, Mike Scrivani and Dennis O’Brien taking over those seats.

The club also made additional major strides to help increase its membership base including the development of a Rookie Development program. Under this program, the club will secure track time for new drivers joining the NEMA Lite ranks to practice with the club, particularly noted – 12 and 13 year old drivers will be able to participate in the program. In addition, any driver that turns 13 during the competition season who has prior experience, that has passed the Rookie Development Program and has approval by the Board may compete with the Lite series. The minimum age for NEMA was also lowered to 15 years old with prior experience and Board approval.

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Rocco Rolls to Seventh Straight Conn. Crown

Also Took Home Fourth NASCAR Track Title At Waterford

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Keith Rocco is in the business of collecting checkered flags and championships, and for the seventh year in a row, business was good.

The 29-year-old wheelman from Wallingford, Connecticut, first captured the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series championship in The Nutmeg State in 2008. He has yet to relinquish the title.

Rocco’s seventh state title was earned with 16 wins, 35 top fives and an additional five top 10s in 46 starts between the Connecticut short-track triangle of Waterford Speedbowl, Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park and Stafford Motor Speedway.

Those numbers were good enough to place him on the national championship podium for the sixth year in a row and the final margin of victory in the Connecticut standings was 65 points over Ryan Preece.

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New Ride for Timmy Solomito

‘The Natural’ in Flamingo Motorsports Car for 2015

Timmy Solomito of Islip, NY will drive the No. 16 Modified for Eric Sanderson on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour next season. The rumor mill has been churning since Ryan Preece announced his departure from Flamingo Motorsports on October 20, one day after winning the Sunoco World Series. One year removed from winning a championship, Preece is moving to Eddie Partridge’s No. 6 TS Haulers Motorsports car.

Solomito did not have anything set going into the season finale at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park. He expected to return to Anderson’s No. 75 car or at least run part time.

Flamingo Motorsports Crew Chief Sly Szaban asked Solomito’s car owner Wayne Anderson within days of the season finale about their plans for 2015. Szaban expressed interest in Solomito driving for Flamingo Motorsports. Anderson, the 1994 series champion, was supportive of the 22-year-old driver’s opportunity.

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Ramstrom Set for Doubleheader at Thompson

Derek Ramstrom has a big day ahead of him this afternoon at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park. He will make his Granite State Pro Stock Series debut and make his second NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour start.

“Wicked exciting, we’re starting fourth in the Granite State Pro Stock Series behind Dillon Moltz,” Ramstrom said. “Just going to ride for a while see what happens, 50 lap event. Hopefully we can seal the deal in that and starting 18th in the Whelen Mod Tour just going to be patient and see how it pans out. We’re a little down on horsepower (spec engine), so it kind of effects us here at Thompson, but we should be alright.”

Entering the Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing, Ramstrom has scored recent victories in Super Late Model competition. He won the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) 300-lap race at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in Scarborough, ME. Just two weeks ago at Seekonk (MA) Speedway, he recovered from a pair of spins to collect the $5,000 100-lap D. Anthony Venditti Memorial.

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NWMT: Solomito Named Rookie of the Year

Timmy Solomito of Islip, NY enters the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season finale this weekend with the Sunoco Rookie of the Year in hand. The 22-year-old Islip, NY driver started the year with plans for a partial schedule, but changed them to pursue a full season. Solomito clinched the award after the Fall Final at Stafford, with two top fives and three top 10s in 12 races. 

“It’s always a good feeling,” Solomito said. “You can kind of only win that one time, so really looking forward to the weekend. I think we’re going to have a pretty good piece here really excited see what practice brings to us and hopefully we can put together a good car for tomorrow.”

Solmotio is not driving the family car he used to record a pair of top 10s at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park this season. Solomito will use the car with the spec engine that debuted at New Hampshire Motor Speedway last month.

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Preece Follows Family Path to Top

NASCAR Next Driver Aims To Make Step Up To National Series

Ryan Preece has racing in his blood.

His family has been involved in auto racing his entire life. It started with his grandfather Bob Judkins, who owned modified cars in Connecticut, and was a crew chief for those cars racing throughout the Northeast.

“It’s always been a family thing,” Preece said. “My father started racing in his twenties, and I’ve been racing since I’ve been able to walk.” He has two older brothers Shaun and Matt, who are both very supportive of his racing prowess. “My Mom Jodi is also very supportive, and my family always goes to all my races.”

Preece, 23, who hails from Berlin, Conn., is one of NASCAR’s up-and-coming young drivers. Last year, Preece became the first modified driver to be select to the NASCAR Next program, an industry initiative designed to spotlight the rising stars in the sport. Since its inception in 2011, the NASCAR Next program has served to elevate the profiles of drivers such as Kyle Larson, Chase Elliott, Darrell Wallace Jr., Daniel Suarez and Ryan Blaney among the a wave of young talent making its way up the NASCAR ladder.

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