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…)
Ed Flemke, Jr. and Paula Bouchard Named NAPA Spring Sizzler® Grand Marshals
(Stafford Springs, CT)—Stafford Motor Speedway has announced that Ed Flemke, Jr. and his sister Paula Bouchard will serve as Grand Marshals of the 46th Annual NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler®, April 29-30. Flemke and his sister will give the command to send the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour field of cars on their way to the green flag in “The Greatest Race in the History of Spring.”
“This will be the first time for me being a grand marshal and it will be quite an honor,” said Flemke. “I remember going back to the very first Sizzler, my father was really excited about the race because he thought it was a good combination of being a great spectator race as well as being a great drivers race. That race has always had momentum behind it and it’s always cool to have a big race at the start of the season. The Spring Sizzler is just like the Daytona 500.” (more…)
(Stafford Springs, CT)—In just two seasons, Monson, MA native Dan Wesson has quickly established himself as one of the drivers to watch in Stafford Speedway’s SK Light division. Wesson graduated from the Wild Thing Karts in 2015 where he scored over 40 total feature wins and a championship in the Junior Outlaw division. He quickly showed that he could carry his winning ways over to the SK Light division with 3 feature wins during his rookie season. The 2016 season saw him score 5 SK Light feature wins behind the wheel of his #92 Competitive Edge Coatings machine, second only to Tony Membrino, Jr.’s 7 wins. Despite missing 4 races last season, Wesson finished 7th in the points standings and is ready to be a championship contender in his third season of SK Light competition. (more…)
Curtis Repeats, Gonyaw is on a roll, and Preece finds Victory Lane at the Spring Dash
By Ryan Lawliss
Winchester, NH: Monadnock Speedway opened their season with the Spring Dash presented by O’Reilly Auto Parts to a packed house despite cold weather and occasional drizzles. The season opener featured the EXIT Realty Modified Touring Series 125 and the speedway’s weekly NASCAR Whelen All-American Series divisions.
The first division on the track for their feature event was the Young Gun division, which is designed for drivers age 12-15 to get their start in racing. Due to a wreck in qualifying only 3 cars took the green for the 15 lap feature. Many teams are still putting the finishing touches on their cars as 13 teams have registered to date to run this division. The 10 of Mariah Stebbins started on the pole with Chloe Wright in the 17 on the outside. Christopher Phelps driving the 21 in his first start rounded out the field starting third. At the drop of the green Mariah darted to the lead and never looked back as she led green to checker taking down her first win of the season as she was home from school in order to race this weekend. Chloe Wright in the 17 finished 2nd and Christopher Phelps finished 3rd. (more…)
Tonelli, Tise, O’Brien, Reed, and Galuardi Nab Thompson Victories
Four First Time Winners and One Repeat Victorious at Icebreaker, Road Race Style
THOMPSON, CT – Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park opened the competitive sports car racing season on Saturday, April 22, with the third running of the Icebreaker, Road Race Style. Over 65 drivers entered the event, across the five different classes in competition. The event produced four first time Icebreaker, Road Race Style Champions, while Nicholas Galuardi was able to defend his Open Wheel title. (more…)
Payson & Galuardi to Defend Icebreaker, Road Race Style Championships
2015 & 2016 Champions Returning to Season-Opening Sports Car Race
THOMPSON, CT – Going into its third season, the Third Annual Icebreaker, Road Race Style (IBRRS) will be coming to Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park (TSMP) tomorrow, April 22. As part of this event, two defending champions are entered, who will be putting their past success to the test against some familiar faces and some new competition.
Payson was the 2015 Icebreaker, Road Race Style STL Class Champion, picking up the win in his No. 95 Hoosier Racing Tire/MAZDA/Rigoli.com-sponsored Miata during the inaugural event in 2015. When asked about his vicotory, Payson said, “It was a good race – a lot of fun. I was surprised because I was out there having a good time and then all of a sudden I got a huge trophy. Nobody said anything, so it was unexpected but enjoyable.” (more…)
Oxford, Maine – Reid Lanpher of Manchester earned a first-ever Pro All Stars Series Super Late Model win Sunday afternoon in the Speedway Homes 150 at Oxford Plains Speedway.
Lanpher won the first heat race to earn the first starting position in the lid lifter at the historic oval track on State Route 26, but it was no easy romp to the winner’s circle for the young racer, who swapped the lead with both Turner’s Glen Luce and Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. of Hudson, New Hampshire after a couple of restarts.
Polewarczyk, a multi-race PASS winner in part-time competition the previous season, looked trong once in front of the field, but about ten laps past the event’s halfway point, Polewarczyk’s race came to a smoky end with severe mechanical difficulties. Lanpher reclaimed the lead and battled most of the rest of the distance with Luce, the 2015 Oxford 250 champion.
With Lanpher in command through the closing laps, 2016 Maritimes Pro Stock Champion Cole Butcher of Porters Lake, Nova Scotia finished off an impressive change from 26th starting position to claim runner-up honors. Butcher looked strong running inside of outside of the competition in the stout, 40-car starting field.
BUMPER TO BUMPER® BACK AT RIVERSIDE WITH MULTI-YEAR CONTRACT
JAMES RIVER, NS (April 19, 2017) – A multi-year partnership between Bumper to Bumper and Riverside International Speedway will see the continuation of the Bumper to Bumper 300 branding for the annual NASCAR Pinty’s Series race at Riverside, this year set for August 19.
“Bumper to Bumper was a fantastic partner last year,” said Paul McLean, general manager for Riverside International Speedway. “We are eager to continue developing the brand of the event for and with Bumper to Bumper as we move forward into 2017 and beyond.” (more…)
Teddy Hodgdon Ready for MSD Legends Series Opener
Semi-Pro Legend Drier Ready for Third Annual Icebreaker, Road Race Style
THOMPSON, CT –Two years ago, the US Legends Cars made their debut on the 1.7-mile road course at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park. The wheel-to-wheel competition stunned onlookers, and soon the scaled 1930’s coupes and sedans had a new home. The Third Annual Icebreaker, Road Race Style, scheduled for Saturday, April 22, will serve as the season-opening event for the Midstate Site Development (MSD) Legends Series. INEX Semi-Pro driver, Teddy Hodgdon, looks forward to beginning his championship chase at the event. (more…)