Dick Berggren to be Inducted Into Maine Motorsports Hall of Fame

Dick Berggren to be Inducted Into Maine Motorsports Hall of Fame

August, ME: The Maine Motorsports Hall of Fame has announced that on April 4, 2015 Dick Berggren, President of the Racing History Preservation Group (RHPG) that is the parent company of the North East Motor Sports Museum, will be inducted.

Dick will be one of six inductees who have influenced motorsports in Maine. He made his mark on the sport in his #80 Super Modified at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in the mid-1970s and raced Modifieds there in the early 1980s. As editor of Stock Car Racing Magazine and later his own Dick Berggren’s Speedway Illustrated, he put Maine motorsports on the national stage with his stories about Beech Ridge, the Oxford 250 and Maine racing personalities. In total, only 80 other significant Maine racing figures have been inductee into the Maine Motorsports Hall of Fame.
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Sportsmanship, Most Improved Nominees Announced for Devil’s Bowl Speedway Banquet of Champions at Holiday Inn in Rutland on January 31

devils bowl NG vertical PNGSportsmanship, Most Improved Nominees Announced for Devil’s Bowl Speedway Banquet of Champions at Holiday Inn in Rutland on January 31

WEST HAVEN, VT – Devil’s Bowl Speedway will officially wrap up its 2014 stock car racing season with the annual Banquet of Champions on Saturday, January 31. The event will again be held in the Ballroom at the Holiday Inn Rutland/Killington in Rutland, VT.

Champions and top drivers from the weekly NASCAR Whelen All-American Series asphalt half-mile, the inaugural “Battle at the Bowl” dirt track series, the Northern Modified Challenge Series, and the Enduro Series will be honored, along with several special award winners.

For the first time, winners of the annual Sportsmanship Awards and the all-new Most Improved Driver Awards in each of the four NASCAR divisions will be decided upon by a vote of competitors, track officials, and media. A total of 37 drivers have been nominated for the awards.
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Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park Releases New Ticket Price Structure for 2015 Season

thompson speedwayThompson Speedway Motorsports Park Releases New Ticket Price Structure for 2015 Season

Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park (TSMP) has released their ticket pricing for the 2015 season – featuring ticket discounts for seniors, active duty military and veterans; as well as reducing ticket prices all-around for the Second Annual Vintage Motorsports Festival in June.

We are now proud to offer discounted pricing for seniors, veterans, and active military members. It is very important to us to ensure our events affordable for those who have supported us for so long.” Josh Vanada, TSMP General Manager, remarked. “In addition, the discount and free admission dates for our veterans and active military members is a small gesture of appreciation and respect for their loyalty and incredible sacrifices to protect our freedom.”
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Parent Returns to New Smyrna World Series of Asphalt Racing

actParent Returns to New Smyrna World Series of Asphalt Racing

Waterbury, VT –In 2011, Ray Parent from Tiverton, Rhode Island, decided to start his full-time American Canadian Tour (ACT) career at the inaugural event to be held at the New Smyrna Speedway (NSS) during the World Series of Asphalt Racing in February of that year. Parent had raced primarily at the famous D.A. Vendetti “Cement Palace”, Seekonk Speedway, a typical ¼ mile bullring that New England racing is known for.

Parent had been successful racing in what was known as a Pro Stock (Super Late Model) race car for years in the southern New England market. The ACT Late Model program, with its innovative cost-conscience crate motors, sealed Koni shock absorbers, and 8” restricted tire usage program, had booked a winter race at New Smyrna Speedway in Florida during the February race activities in the Daytona Beach area. Parent decided it was time for a change with his Amtrol sponsored race team.
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Josh Wood Taking Over Driving Duties of #17 Late Model in 2015 at Stafford Motor Speedway

staffordJosh Wood Taking Over Driving Duties of #17 Late Model in 2015 at Stafford Motor Speedway

(Stafford Springs, CT)—When it comes to Late Model racing at Stafford Motor Speedway, perhaps no car has been more synonymous with the division than the number 17 entry with Jim Peterson behind the wheel. For over 20 years Peterson has piloted the #17 car, winning two track championships and 30 races, which ranks third on the all-time list for the Late Model division at Stafford. But the 2015 will see a new face behind the wheel of the #17 as Palmer, MA native Josh Wood takes the reigns of the #17.

Wood began his Stafford career in the DARE Stock division during the 2010 season. Wood won a total of 7 races in two seasons of DARE Stock competition before moving up to the Limited Late Model division in 2012. Wood won 6 races in 2012 and 4 races plus the track championship in 2013 before moving into the Late Model division this past season. Wood won a single race in 2014 and he hopes to extend his streak of winning at least one feature in each of his years at Stafford to six with the #17 car.
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$1,100 SPAFCO Rookie Bonus Up For Grabs For Stafford’s SK Modified® Division In 2015

stafford$1,100 SPAFCO Rookie Bonus Up For Grabs For Stafford’s SK Modified® Division In 2015

(Stafford Springs, CT)— The race for the 2015 SK Modified® Rookie of the Year award at Stafford Motor Speedway will be worth a record $1,100 bonus thanks to Preston, CT SPAFCO Race Chassis and Parts. As number registrations have been rolling into Stafford Speedway, the SK Modified® rookie class looks to be a promising crop of drivers.

Leading the way for the incoming rookie class are four drivers making the move from SK Lights to the premier SK Modified® division. Branden Dion, Rich Hammann, Mike Christopher, Jr., and Tyler Hines will all make the move up the modified ladder. Dion was a feature winner this past season as an SK Light rookie while Hines has two career wins in the SK Light ranks at Stafford. Christopher, Jr. won 2 Legend Cars features on the Stafford mini-mile this past season before he made a 5-race foray into the SK Light ranks at the end of the season with a best finish of 6th.
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Call Before You Dig 811 Challenge Returns to Stafford Speedway; Distributing $4,055 Contingency Bonus in 2015

staffordCall Before You Dig 811 Challenge Returns to Stafford Speedway; Distributing $4,055 Contingency Bonus in 2015

(Stafford Springs, CT)—For the third consecutive season, Call Before You Dig will partner with Stafford Motor Speedway to offer one of the most unique contingency awards in all of short track racing. The CBYD 811 Challenge will award a total of $4,055 that will be split evenly among 5 drivers this season. The CBYD 811 Challenge is open to drivers from each of Stafford’s five NASCAR Whelen All-American Series divisions and a special points system is used to determine the five drivers who will each receive an $811 bonus.

Drivers earn 100 points for a victory, and each subsequent position below first place is worth 5 points less. The CBYD 811 Challenge begins at the 44th Annual NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler on April 24-26 and culminates on August 7 with the Call Before You Dig 150. The five drivers who come the closest to accumulating 811 points without going over in that time period will each take home an $811 bonus from CBYD. Last year’s CBYD 811 Challenge winners were Ryan Preece from the SK Modified® division, David Arute and Austin Bessette from the Limited Late Model division, and David Comeau and Brandon Michael from the DARE Stock division. The 2013 CBYD 811 Challenge winners were Eric Berndt, Justin Bren, Ted Christopher, Todd Owen, and Cliff Saunders, making 10 different winners in the first two seasons of the CBYD 811 Challenge.
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