Epping, NH – Derek Griffith, the young and talented pro-stock driver from Hudson, NH is looking to rebound after a pair of disappointing finishes as the GSPSS returns to the quarter-mile Star Speedway in Epping, NH.
Stafford Springs, CT. – 19-year old Tommy Barrett, of Millis, MA, used a daring three-wide pass on a lap-57 restart, to go on and win the Valenti Modified Racing Series sanctioned 80-lap race Friday night at Stafford Motor Speedway, Stafford, CT.
Waterford, CT (August 30, 2014) – Waterford Speedbowl hosted Thunder on the Sound Saturday, a seven division motorsports program highlighted by the 18th annual Budweiser Modified Nationals SK Modified® 150. The biggest race of the year for the track’s headline NASCAR Whelen All-American Series division was won by Tyler Chadwick of Ledyard. Other winners on the night included Keith Rocco of Berlin in the Valenti Auto Mall Late Models, while a pair of drivers picked up their third victories of the year, Ryan Waterman of Danielson in the Street Stocks Ray Christian III of Groton in the Mini Stocks. Paul Buzel of Trumbull was a first time winner in SK Light Modified action, Mike Christopher Jr. of Wolcott won in the INEX Legend Cars and Paul LaPlante won the Vintage Outlaw Modified race.
Hermon, Maine — Cassius Clark of Farmington survived a rough-and-tumble finish to wrestle victory away from DJ Shaw in Sunday’s Hight Chevrolet 150 Pro All Stars Series Super Late Model race at Speedway 95 in Hermon, Maine.
Winchester, NH. – It didn’t have the dramatic finish like last weeks race at Seekonk, but it had the same result, a large vocal crowd greeting the race winner, this time fan favorite 41-year veteran Dwight Jarvis, when he exited his race car. Jarvis had just won the annual Valenti Modified Racing Series sanctioned ‘Victor Johnson Memorial 100’ and the Monadnock Speedway crowd let him know they liked what they saw.
Hickory Motor Speedway is a special place for stock car racing fans. A place that has seen greats such as Gwen Staley, Junior Johnson, Ned Jarrett, Tommy Houston, Harry Gant, Dennis Setzer and countless others turn lap after lap around a layout that has changed very little since it first opened in 1951.
WEST HAVEN, VT – A two-day delay at Devil’s Bowl Speedway was worth the wait for a handful of NASCAR Whelen All-American Series drivers on Sunday, August 24. Eight different stock car racers carried the checkered flag after twin features at the annual “Double Stack Night” presented by Sugar & Spice Restaurant, which was postponed from Friday by rain.
Jason Durgan of Morrisonville, NY won a rough opening 25-lap main event for the Bond Auto Parts Modified division. After starting fourth, Durgan nosed past Jason Reome to take the lead at lap 14, then survived the third and final restart of the race four laps later to cruise to his second victory of the season. Vince Quenneville, Jr. finished second, and Joey Roberts made a nifty three-wide move in the final corner to take third place. Jessey Mueller was fourth with Jamie LaFountain fifth.
Durgan’s win came at the right time as the season begins to wind down; Durgan entered the race weekend ranked 21st in NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national standings and a tight second in the battle for the National Rookie of the Year presented by Jostens title.
In the nightcap, Devil’s Bowl point leader Todd Stone of Middlebury, VT rolled out a backup car after wrecking in the first race to dominate the event. Mueller snuck into second spot on a lap-17 restart but was unable to catch Stone. Roberts, Quenneville, and LaFountain rounded out the top five finishers.
Stone now leads Roberts by 35 points (846-811) entering twin 50-lap features at the Mekkelsen RV Vermont 200 Weekend season finale on September 13-14. Leon Gonyo (806) is third, five more points back.
East Montpelier, VT teenager Emily Packard fell inches shy of a perfect sweep in the Late Model division. Packard won the opening 25-lapper in convincing fashion as Rich Lowrey, Jr. and Josh Masterson fought hard for second place. Contact on multiple laps saw the pair trading the second spot before Lowrey ultimately took the position. Masterson was third, followed by Jamie Fisher and Robert Bryant, Jr.
In the second race, it was Packard and point leader Fisher running hard in the final frames as they battled for the win. Packard led laps 21-24 in a door-slamming duel, but Shelburne, VT veteran Fisher held the bottom lane and won a drag race to the finish line by a margin of victory estimated at less than three inches. Bucko Branham finished third with Jamie Aube and Walt Hammond, Jr. in tow.
Fisher’s performance was enough to extend his championship lead, though his advantage remains a narrow 13 points over Masterson (660-647) and just 15 on Packard (645) entering the 100-lap season finale.
Fifteen year-old Champlain Valley Union High School football star Richard Lowrey, III, of Charlotte, VT – whose father Rich finished second in the opening Late Model feature – won the first of two 15-lap Renegade races. Lowrey won a squeaker over point leader Robert Gordon, with rookie Scott FitzGerald third. Milton, VT driver Gordon stole the show in the second event after Lowrey was eliminated in an early crash. Jim McKiernan finished second, while another 15 year-old, Dylan Rabtoy, took third place.
John McCarron of Rensselaer, NY took his second Central Vermont Motorcycles Mini Stock win of the season after passing Harold LaVair with one lap remaining in the first 15-lap feature. Mike Whalen, Jr. and LaVair’s son, Bobby LaVair, followed McCarron through to complete the podium finishers. Bobby LaVair, a resident of Saranac Lake, NY, continued his good day with a victory in the second feature, followed by Jake Noble in second and Whalen in third.
Devil’s Bowl Speedway will close its NASCAR Whelen All-American Series season when action returns for the Mekkelsen RV Vermont 200 Weekend on September 13-14. The two-day show features special events for the Vermont State Late Model Championship Series, the Northern Modified Challenge Series, and the North East Mini Stock Tour, and much more, along with a Saturday-night barbecue and bonfire.
Hudson, NH- Brad Babb fended off threats from Barry Gray and Matt Frahm to claim the victory in the Hudson Hugger at Hudson International Speedway, recording his first victory with the Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS).
Joey Polewarczyk Jr. Claims First ACT Win of Season in Can-Am
St-Croix, QC – Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. of Hudson, NH solidified his American Canadian Tour point lead with his first win of the season in the ACT Can-Am 200 at Circuit Riverside Speedway in St-Croix, QC on Saturday, August 23. Polewarczyk became the eighth different ACT winner in the first eight point counting events and pocketed over $5,000 for the victory. Serie ACT point leader Alex Labbe claimed second in the race, which was the seventh event on the Quebec-based series.
Polewarczyk started in the fourth position on the 33 car field and ran in the top five throughout the 200 lap event. He started outside Wayne Helliwell, Jr. on the 12th and final restart of the race with 25 laps remaining. Helliwell had led the majority of the event and still seemed to have the race in hand as Polewarczyk slipped back to second on the restart. Just a few laps later, however, Helliwell’s steering column broke ending his day and handing the lead to Polewarczyk.
POLEWARCZYK, MACDONALD, WELCH FIRST TO ENTER INVITATIONAL
Waterbury, VT – Two former winners and a new young gun were the first to accept invitations to the 6th Annual Bond Auto ACT Invitational to be held at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS) on Saturday, September 20, 2014. Invitations were first sent to those who qualified throughout the season by winning either an ACT US event or Série ACT event in Quebec.
In 2010, Joey Polewarczyk, Jr (Pole), Hudson, New Hampshire, charged from the 27th starting position on the grid and ran away with an impressive win on the “Magic Mile”. “We had a great finish to the 2010 season. This Invitational win was the icing on the cake. I think we won five races that year and finished second to Brian (8-time ACT Champion Brian Hoar from Williston, VT) in the ACT title battle for the American Canadian Tour Championship (ACT). Winning in front of the huge crowd, in my home state, was about as good as it gets,” said Pole. Pole is currently leading the ACT Championship hunt with just two races remaining on the schedule.