New England Short Track Showdown Set For July 1st
WALPOLE, N.H. – With just under one month remaining before the first annual New England Short Track Showdown at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Granite State Pro Stock Series drivers are starting to prepare themselves for action on the “Magic Mile.”
The one-mile, flat oval will require some different parts inside the cars and also will require a different setup under the hood in order to have a chance at winning. Although the inaugural Seekonk 100 is between now and the NHMS event on June 24, teams are already thinking ahead in order to try to get a slight advantage over the rest of the field.
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By: Dick Casey
The #17 Late Model “Flame” car driven by Eddie MacDonald to three ACT Invitational titles at NHMS, two Oxford 250 wins with countless victories throughout the northeast for over a decade took its place of honor in new North East Motor Sports Museum located a half-mile south of the entrance to New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, New Hampshire.
“Words cannot describe how honored I am to have our car in this special place,” said Eddie Mac when delivering his car to the museum. “Dick Berggren came to the shop a few months ago to ask us to display the car at this incredible facility. Rollie (LaChance) and I quickly agreed that this car should be part of this historic collection of New England racing. It is truly humbling. I know racings fans who love our sport as much as we do will be thrilled sharing all the memories. This facility offers something for everyone.”
Longtime Thunder Road Speedbowl co-owner Tom Curley, seen here addressing a driver’s meeting, passed away on Friday, May 5 after a lengthy illness. (Alan Ward photo)
Barre, VT – Longtime Thunder Road Speedbowl co-owner and promoter Thomas M. Curley passed away on Friday, May 5 due to complications from a lengthy illness. Curley was 73 years old.
Born May 10, 1943, Curley was involved in local and regional auto racing for most of his adult life. After spending considerable time at Thunder Road as a spectator and driver in the 1960s, he became the NASCAR Northeast regional director in 1978, and a year later created the NASCAR North Tour. He and Thunder Road founder Ken Squier then acquired the track in 1982 from former owner Tommy Kalomiris.
Eddie MacDonald, driver of the #71 Grimm Construction Chevy, opened his K&N Pro Series East season scoring a tenth place finish on Saturday, April 22, in the rain-shortened Zombie Auto 125 at Bristol Motor Speedway. Inclement weather plagued the annual April NASCAR Cup weekend forcing delays and postponements in the Xfinity and Cup race.
The K&N race began two hours late, then just ran out of time as another huge cell drenched the “World’s Fastest Half-Mile” after running 70 laps of the scheduled 125 laps. The Rowley, Mass. veteran felt the shortened event cost a top five finish saying, “The car was fast before the break and we thought with the small adjustments at the half-time break we would be able to gain a number of positions in the second stage. Unfortunately we never got the chance.” (more…)
Autism Families CONNECTicut Named Charity for this Year’s Royals Car Show
LAKEVILLE, Conn. (March 30) – The “Sunday Royals Garage Car Show,” the charity-driven event held each year on the Sunday of Memorial Day Weekend at Lime Rock Park, has named Autism Families CONNECTicut the beneficiary of this year’s show on Sunday, May 28.
The show is co-promoted by Glenn and J.R. Royals and their families, along with Skip Barber, president of Lime Rock.
The Royals car show – 2017 is the eighth annual – typically draws hundreds of wildly varied cars, trucks and motorcycles to Connecticut’s Northwest Corner. Everything from muscle cars, street rods and antiques to imports, pickups and state of the art supercars line up on the track’s famous Sam Posey Straight for the enjoyment of fans and entrants alike.