M&M Beverage Enduro Returns to Thunder Road

troadBarre, VT – This Sunday, August 3 will see the 30th running of the M&M Beverage Enduro 200 at Barre’s Thunder Road. The “People’s Race” as it has become known features 200 laps of thrashing and crashing with no cautions. Over 50 drivers have already signed up for the event, including several notable Thunder Road competitors.


At 68 years of age, Don “Dipstick” Tofani of Plainfield has become a staple of the “People’s Race” and even won back in 1987. He has competed in every one of the 29 previous events and finished second in last year’s race.

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OPS Oxford Plains Speedway


Denna Bisbee closed in on point leader Chris Burgess after claiming her third Oxford Acceleration Series victory of the season on Whited RV night at Oxford Plains Speedway this past Wednesday evening. Other winners included Jamie Heath, Shelby Lawrence, Brian Darling and Will Dunphy.

The Outlaw 25 lap main event was a tangled web as tight racing throughout the pack kept the finish in doubt until the checkers flew. Early leader Joe Morey launched and engine in front of the field with ten laps remaining, opening the door for Bisbee and Bryce Mains to battle to the finish. Mains got to the outside with three laps remaining, but was unable to complete the pass allowing Bisbee to take the popular win. Mains, Chris Burgess, John White Jr., and Brady Romano completed the top five. Heat wins went to Morey and Josh Toothaker. Burgess now leads Bisbee by a mere five points and he holds a nineteen point edge over Bryce Mains sitting in the third spot.
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It’s All About Parity As PASS South Prepares For South Boston Return

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It’s All About Parity As PASS South Prepares For South Boston Return

CHARLOTTE, NC (July 30) – Pro All Stars Series (PASS) South Super Late Model teams are currently enjoying a much needed summer break, but they are also busily preparing for the final third of the 2014 season. And one word more than any other can be used to describe the action seen so far this year…parity.

As the PASS South Super Late Models look towards their upcoming event on August 16 at South Boston Speedway in Virginia, fans and racers alike are excited to see what will happen next. Only Daniel Hemric has been able to win more than one PASS South Super Late Model race this year, and of those wins, Hemric took the lead with 12 or fewer laps to go in each of them. As a matter of fact, with the exception of Preston Peltier’s recent win at Southern National Motorsports Park and Hemric’s win in the season opener at Greenville-Pickens Speedway, there has been at least one lead change in the final five laps of every race so far this year.

Championship contenders Tyler Church and Cole Timm each have one win in 2014, with Church just 28 points ahead of Timm in the battle for the title. And, South Boston could play well into Timm’s championship hopes since he edged out Peltier there for his first career win back in June. Other winners this year include PASS North Super Late Model front runner DJ Shaw’s exciting win over Church in the Easter Bunny 150 at Hickory Motor Speedway and Concord, NC’s Roger Lee Newton taking the checkered flag at Orange County Speedway back in April.

But, when looking even harder at the numbers, you will realize that the parity in PASS South this year goes even deeper. Of the 75 drivers who have raced in at least one PASS South event in 2014, 14 have led laps. In three of those races, Garrett Campbell at Greenville-Pickens, Gus Dean at Dillon Motor Speedway, and Brandon Ward at Southern National, each led the most laps in their respective events, but failed to take home the victory.

Add to that, several other drivers have been knocking on the door to victory, but just have not quite gotten there. Championship contenders Jared Irvan, Tyler Dippel and Trevor Noles have all led laps this year and raced in the top five. Brandon Setzer has been one of the hottest drivers in the series as of late finishing in the top 5 in four of the last five events, while fellow rookie Harrison Burton has also shown strength during the summer, leading the most laps at South Boston in June and recording a career best second place finish at Greenville-Pickens in July. Add to the mix, third generation racer Tate Fogleman who has finished in the top 10 in two of the last three races, including a strong third place finish at Southern National.

When you put all of these factors together, it is very likely that we will see even more different winners this year and, possibly, several first time winners. And, you can’t ask for much more than that when you go to see a great short track race.

Action gets under way on Friday, August 15th at South Boston Speedway with rotating practice for all divisions. On Saturday, August 16th, practice goes from 2 to 4 PM, followed by qualifying at 4:45 PM. The PASS South Super Late Models will race for 150 laps, along with Twin 75’s for the NASCAR Late Model Stocks slated to start at 7 PM.

NEMST – The Who’s Who and What’s What Leading Into NHMS



Sunday August 3rd will set records for the young North East Mini Stock Tour. The highly publicized event will highlight a blockbuster year for the ever growing series on the New Hampshire Motor Speedway 1 mile NASCAR oval. This event will produce the highest car count to date for the series in its 6th season and also be held on the largest oval track in New England.

“Being offered the opportunity to race on the oval at NHMS is legendary. It shows that hard work does pay off and fulfills the dreams of many NEMST competitors. I owe a ton of thanks to everyone from the staff at NHMS to all of the drivers, teams, and fans.” Said NEMST Founder and Promoter Bob Guptill.

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Nick Sweet Earns 13th Career Thunder Road Win


Photo by Alan Ward

Barre, VT – Barre’s own Nick Sweet pocketed his 13th career Thunder Road Late Model feature win during WDEV/Calkins night on Thursday, July 31. Sweet flew through the field from his 12th starting position and moved around Shawn Fleury with just under ten laps to go to take his second win of the 2014 season and help solidify his spot at the top of the standings.


Fleury settled for second while Derrick O’Donnell scored his second straight podium finish in third. Eric Chase earned fourth while Boomer Morris claimed fifth after leading early in the 50 lap event, which saw just one caution. Trampas Demers, Phil Scott, Jason Allen, Scott Dragon and Cody Blake completed the top ten.

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Preece Wins Sunoco Modified 20/20 Sprint after Competitor Mishaps

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Preece Wins Sunoco Modified 20/20 Sprint after Competitor Mishaps

Thompson, Conn.: Ryan Preece took advantage of missteps from his competition to claim victory in a special 20/20 Sprint event of the Sunoco Modified Series at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park on Wednesday, July 30th. The night included Thompson’s four NASCAR Whelen All-American Series divisions, along with the Vintage Outlaws, taking to the track for a night that would include its share of drama and exciting racing resulting in hard fought victories for some of the track’s most prominent contenders.

Jeff Smith took the first win of the night and his first at the “Big-T” as the Late Models took center stage. Smith’s victory came in the wake of a very dramatic and eventful opening race after the early laps were dominated by a three way battle between Nick Ladyga, John Lowinski-Loh and Glenn Boss battling it out for the lead before drama ensued following a lap two caution. Ladyga held off his rivals on the lap three restart before a battle for second between Lowinski-Loh and Boss resulted in Boss going around in turns one and two. The drama continued when Boss and Lowinski-Loh were once again involved in an incident in the first two turns on lap eleven where it appeared that Rick Gentes got into the back of Ladyga, pushing him into Lowinski-Loh who had taken the lead going into turn one. The contact send Lowinski-Loh spinning and collected several cars in the process including Boss’ vehicle.
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Speedway 95


Travis Beale of Hampden started ninth in the 12 car Modified 4/6/8 cylinder Enduro division feature Wednesday night at Speedway 95 and by lap 10 was in a fierce battle for the lead with Milo’s Dustin Lancaster, who had led from the pole to that point. Beale and Lancaster raced side by side, swapping the lead almost every lap until Beale took the lead for good with 3 to go. Beale was first under the checkers, followed by Lancaster in second. Third went to Rhonda Cain of Hermon, a former champion in the Ladies division, with Dixmont’s Rick Gomm in fourth. Fifth place went to Hermon’s Andrew Crosby.
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Polewarczyk, Jr. Favorite to Win ACT 150 at Beech Ridge


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Waterbury, VT – The American Canadian Tour (ACT) will next appear at the Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in Scarborough, ME on Saturday, August 9. The Hudson, New Hampshire native, Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. (Pole) has to be considered a favorite to win the race. In the 2014 ACT Championship standings Pole has a comfortable 56 point lead over second place racer Jimmy Hebert, from Williamstown, VT. He is also winless so far during the 2014 campaign.


Pole has compiled an impressive record during the first half of the 2014 season. In the ACT races to date, the 97NH team has three second place finishes, two third place finishes and two fourth place finishes. He also led the Pro All Star Super Late Model event at Beech Ridge and contended for wins in the Star and White Mountain events he entered this year, and also recently won the Lee USA Granite State Pro Stock race. Pole won the 150 lap Beech Ridge ACT event in 2010; he was runner up to Eddie MacDonald from Rowley, MA in 2013.

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NEAR Announces 2014 Hall of Fame Class

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 Antique Racers’ website (www.NEAR1.org) in the near future.
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By Lou Modestino

Barre’s Jason Corliss claimed his second career Thunder Road Late Model win and became the first repeat winner in the division for 2014 during Safelite Auto Glass night on Thursday, July 24. Corliss came from the ninth starting spot and got under Lt. Governor Phil Scott late in the 50 lap event to gain the lead and eventually the win.

Young Kyle Pembroke led early in the race until relinquishing the lead to Brett Gervais on a restart just past halfway. Gervais then held the lead until losing control on a lap 32 restart handing the lead to Scott. Corliss ran down Scott and took over the lead with under 15 to go. He cruised to the win over the final laps. Derrick O’Donnell also got by Scott to claim second. Kyle Pembroke took fourth and Eric Badore completed the top five.

Nick Sweet, Scott Dragon, Dave Pembroke, Josh Demers and Joey Laquerre rounded out the top ten. The event saw just four cautions.

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