LEE USALEE, NH- A new event that promises to bring New Hampshire’s Center of Speed, the Lee USA Speedway, its highest car count and biggest payday of the season, currently estimated at $44,000 is only three plus weeks away.

A field of close to 40 Tour-Type Modified teams will tow in from roughly ten different states for the 1st annual 100-lap, “Bullring Bash Powered by Sunoco” on Sunday, May 11. One of very few drivers competing in this event that has called Lee home is Mike Douglas Jr., from Auburn, N.H.

“That’s where I started and kind of where I grew up watching Supermodifieds,” began the 34-year-old, who races a Spafco Chassis Modified at the nearby Star Speedway. “I got my first ever race win at Lee in a Hobby Stock so this event definitely holds special meaning to me.”

Douglas will be among the ‘underdogs’ so to speak, because there will be a host of champion drivers vying for the $5,000-to-win prize plus lap money and contingencies. Verbal entries have come from names like Rocco, Christopher, Preece, Hinckley, McKennedy, Hirschman, Bonsignore, Barrett, Masse, Jankowiak and Seuss to name just a few.

“To just get into the show is going to be like getting into an all-star race,” Douglas adds. “I think it’s going to be good for local racing. Rather than splitting everybody up between the Race Of Champions, Whelen Modified, Valenti Modifieds and us weekly racers from places like Star and Riverhead, it brings everybody together.

“As long as drivers use their heads and don’t do anything too stupid, too early, I think it’s going to be a great show. It’s going to be a win, win, win with Star and Seekonk (Mass.) rounding out the shows.”

The three race ‘Open Show’ format put in place by avid race fan Jim Schaefer and returning race promoter Dick Williams, who has been away from the sport for some time, added this Lee event to the two existing open shows to form what is known as the Tri-Track Open Modified Series.

Williams is part of a group of racing enthusiasts who have been pooling their money together in recent years to help individual drivers financially, allowing them to keep racing. Now, they are helping create this Lee race with their donations. Williams, Steve Main, Fred and Butch Perry, and Charlie McGowan are all part of ‘The Racing Guys’, helping make this May 11th race a reality.

Schaefer orchestrated a grass roots sponsorship program with businesses like Sunoco also on board, making this Lee event a big player on the 2014 Modified schedule. Additionally, with the sponsorship of Alloy Wheel Repair Specialists of Quincy, Mass., a $10,000 point fund was established for the three race points total.

The Lee event will be unique in that not only is it the first Modified Open held at the three-eights mile oval in several years, but it will pay $1,000 just to qualify for the main event. Additionally, there will be a B-Main paying a purse for the teams who do not make the feature event.

Lap money paid to the race leaders could add as much as another $2,100 to the race winner payoff as well. An additional $250 will be paid to the driver who leads the most laps of this Mother’s Day afternoon event, so there are plenty of incentives to bring in talented drivers.

The Small Block Supermodifieds will also be on the schedule with a points race paying $1,000 to win, which is more than their typical weekly show payout. The always unpredictable Hobby Stocks and speedy Classic Lites round out the schedule.

Practice time will be available to teams on Saturday as well, with a brief warmup session on Sunday. Heat races begin at approximately 1:30 PM on Sunday, May 11th.

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rockford speedway logoBy: Eric Huenefeld

After a long and harsh winter, local auto racing fans came out in force to witness Opening Night of the 67th season at Rockford Speedway. The enthusiastic crowd was treated to some great mid-April weather and terrific racing all night long. When the final checkered flag flew on Mountain Dew Kickstart’s 67th NASCAR Season Opener, one driver had captured his first Saturday night feature win, one former champion started his season on top, one familiar face found himself in a familiar place and one driver passed almost one car per lap on his way to victory.

It wasn’t always in the plans for Casey Johnson to race Saturday night at Rockford Speedway. The 24 year old from Edgerton Wisconsin made the last minute trip to northern Illinois pay off, winning the 30 lap Stanley Steemer NASCAR Late Model feature event. Johnson started the race from the inside of the second row, following ‘Insane’ Wayne Freimund and Curt Tillman to the green flag. Freimund and Tillman dueled for the top spot early, with Freimund finally grinding ahead of the pack on lap two. Johnson worked past Tillman at the same time and immediately set his sights on Freimund. Johnson, the 2013 Big 8 Series champion, wasted little time working past Freimund, inheriting the lead on lap 4.
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Super Streets – NELCAR Legends – April 19, 2014

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1. #38 Mathew Bourgoine, Newport
2. #59 Reid Lanphier, Manchester
3. #70 Tylar Braunschweig, West Newfield
4. #19 Kevin Girard Jr., NA
5. #399 Bob Weymouth, Topsham

1. #28 Bill Penfold, Oxford
2. #01 Joes Decker, Chesterville
3. #32 Mike Orr, Wiscasset
4. #64 Matt Sanborn, Westbrook
5. #39 James Osmond, Wiscasset
1. #2 Josh Bailey, Wiscasset
2. #05 James Osmond, Wiscasset
3. #51 Bryan Robbins, Montville
4. #1 Adam Chadbourne, Woolwich
5. #48 Dan Nessmith, Wiscasset
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CASSIUS CLARK READY TO DEFEND PASS NORTH SLM TITLEFarmington, Maine’s, Cassius Clark is all set to start his 2014 PASS North Super Late Model title defense this coming Saturday, April 26th at Oxford Plains Speedway in Oxford Maine. The defending champion will once again be aboard the potent #77 Super Late Model owned by Corey Hight, and sponsored by Hight Chevrolet, Buick, GMC.

Clark won his first PASS SLM championship in 2013, and he did it with consistent finishes all season long. In twelve starts last season, he carried the checkered flag twice, had nine top five finishes, and eleven top tens. His consistency allowed him to edge out runner-up Joey Doiron by a mere four points, and third place finisher, DJ Shaw, by just five points. Travis Benjamin finished fourth, just eight-eight points back, while Ben Rowe rounded out the top five. The top four racers in points collected nine of the twelve feature event wins.
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Monday, 4/21/14
Lexington(MA)-Patriots Day Military Vehicles Parade, noon.

Wednesday, 4/23/14
New England Dragway(Epping, NH)-Street Night, 5 p.m.

Thursday, 4/24/14
Raynham-Taunton Park(MA)-Wheels of Time Cruise Night. Hot Rod Cafe, 50/50 Raffle, DJ, Triva Give-a-Ways, 5 p.m.

Thursday, 4/24/14
Waterford Speedbowl(CT)-Open Track Practice, 1 p.m.

Friday, 4/25/14
New England Dragway(Epping, NH)-Street Night, 5 p.m.

Stafford Motor Speedway(CT)-Practice for Spring Sizzler, noon.

Fri. & Sat., 4/25-4/26/14
Amherst College(MA)-West Campus, Cr Show, 8 a.m. each day

Sat. & Sun., 4/26 & 4/27/14
Londonderry Raceway(NH)-Spring Fling & NECKSS Open, Mineature Motorsports, 9 a.m. each day.

Stafford Motor Speedway(CT)-Spring Sizzler, Sat. Heat Races for all divisions, Time Trials for NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, features for Dare, Ltd Late Models, Sk Lights, New England Mini Stock Tour. Sun. NAPA Pit Party, Late Models, Sk Modifieds, Whelen Modified Tour, noon each day.

Thunder Road International Speedbowl(Barre, VT)-16th Annual Merchants Bank 150 ACT Tour race plus support classes, noon, each day.

Sat.-Tue., 4/26-4/29/14
Nantucket Island(MA)-Daffodil Festival, Parades & Car Show Parade, 1 p.m. each day.

Saturday, 4/26/14
Brimfield, MA-NETRA Championship Enduro Motorcycle Series/Pee Wee Series, , Steerage Rock Twister, 9 a.m.

New England Dragway(Epping, NH)-VP Race Fuels ET Series #1, Super Pro, Motorcycles/Snowmobiles, Jr. Dragsters, 8 a.m.

Timexpo Museum(1750 Main St., Waterbury, CT)-Car Show, 9 a.m.

Francis Farm(Rehoboth, MA)-Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Car Show & Clambake, 9 a.m.

Twin State Speedway(Claremont, NH)-Race #1 Clasic Lites,Car Show 10 a.m. -3 p.m.

Parade To The Track. Upper Valley Mall(W. Lebanon, NH)-Bear Ridge Speedway Car Show, 10 a.m.

Waterford Speedbowl(CT)-NASCAR Weekly Racing Series, 6 p.m.

Sunday, 4/27/14
Berlin Fairgrounds(410 Beckley Rd, Berlin, CT)-23rd Annual Benefit Summer Knights Car Show & Swap Meet. Special guests Chasing Classic Cars Wayne Carini and NASCAR crew Chief Scott Zipadelli, 8 a.m.

Capeway Rovers(Middleboro, MA)-NESC MotoX events, 9 a.m.

E. Putnam, CT-NERA Motorcycle Turkey Run Bill Hallson Memorial, 9 a.m.

Fitchburg Airport(MA)-44th Annual Ford V8 Car Show & Flea Market, 9 a.m.

New England Dragway(Epping, NH)-VP Series #2, Super Pro, Street, Motorcycle/Snowmobiles, Jr. Dragster, 8 a.m.
Quoboag Riders(Monson, MA)-4 x 4 Hill Climb Opener, 1 p.m.

Singletary Rod & Gun Club(N.Oxford, MA)-Motorcycle Swap Meet, 9 a.m.
Seekonk Speedway(MA)-Dubs VW Car Show, 9 a.m.

Twin State Speedway(Claremont, NH)-Open Practice for all divisions, Noon.

Shaw Makes Last Lap Pass To Win 9th Annual Easter Bunny 150 At Hickory

500web-PASS-2006-MasterHICKORY, NC (April 20) – New Hampsire’s DJ Shaw parlayed an aggressive move on the final lap into the win in the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) Super Late Model 9th Annual Easter Bunny 150 Sunday afternoon at Hickory Motor Speedway. Shaw and PASS South points leader Tyler Church made contact entering turn three allowing Shaw to move by and claim his first PASS South Super Late Model win. The race was delayed for nearly 24 hours after torrential rains drenched the Southeast on Saturday.

“I got a little more aggressive there than usual, but I lost this race last year with Preston [Peltier] for letting him be aggressive with me,” said Shaw after his first career Easter Bunny 150 triumph. “It’s great to win at a historic place like Hickory and I just have to thank the fans and PASS for getting it in today and supporting us on Easter.”
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Pennink Repeats As Spring Dash Winner At Monadnock

vmrslogo1Winchester N.H. – With a large crowd braving bitter cold temperatures looking on, reigning Series Champion Rowan Pennink of Huntingdon Valley, PA., made it back to back wins when he won the “Spring Dash 100” Valenti Modified Racing Series event Saturday night, April 19, at Monadnock Speedway, Winchester, NH.

The victory was Pennink’s 10th career VMRS win and his third at the Monadnock oval.

Pennink started on the pole in a 25-car field driving a brand new mount for car owners Gary and Kim Casella, of Saugus, MA.
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