Lee, Oxford, Thunder Road Openers Challenge ACT Teams

photo by Alan Ward

photo by Alan Ward

Waterbury, VT – The American-Canadian Tour (ACT) will compete in three 150-lap events on three completely different tracks in all three northern New England states to open the 2015 season. The New Hampshire Governor’s Cup 150, set for Sunday, April 12, is the traditional opening event for ACT teams held yearly at Lee USA Speedway in Lee, NH. Teams will then travel to Oxford Plains Speedway (OPS) in Oxford, ME a week later, followed by their annual visit to Thunder Road International Speedbowl in Barre, VT.

The fast Lee 3/8th-mile oval might statistically favor multi-time Lee champion and two-time ACT champion Wayne Helliwell, Jr., but he has tried eight times to date with a best finish of second in last year’s event, and is long overdue for a win. There is also favorite Eddie MacDonald, who is on a roll with five consecutive wins in recent outings, going back to the Thunder Road Milk Bowl last October. McDonald captured the NH Governor’s Cup last year in his ninth try at his home track. Defending 2014 ACT Champion Joey Polewarczk, Jr. (Pole) is also considered a favorite, but his only win at Lee USA came in a 100-lap opening race back in 2008. [Read more…]

Devil’s Bowl Speedway Season Begins at Diamond Run Mall Event

diamondrun2014RUTLAND, VT – The stock car racing season opens – at least unofficially – on March 28-29 at the Diamond Run Mall in Rutland, VT. Devil’s Bowl Speedway and some of its competitors will take part in the 14th annual Rutland Regional Racecar Show to bring the curtain up on the new year.

The Rutland Regional Racecar Show gives race fans an opportunity to see a variety of freshly prepared racecars and equipment up close, and to meet and speak with drivers from around the region. In addition to being one of the area’s leading shopping centers offering an array of national stores and brands, the Diamond Run Mall’s racing show is an annual fundraiser for the March of Dimes and March for Babies charities.

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O’Donnell, Sweet, Woodard, Smith Honored at Thunder Road Banquet of Champions

thunderO’Donnell, Sweet, Woodard, Smith Honored at Banquet of Champions

Barre, VT – Thunder Road International Speedbowl honored its 2014 Champions with the annual Banquet of Champions at the Barre Elks Club on Saturday, March 21. Derrick O’Donnell received the top honors for the second consecutive season in the Late Model division, while Nick Sweet also went back-to-back in claiming Vermont State Late Model Championship. Jason Woodard and Tommy Smith earned the Bond Auto Tiger Sportsmen and Allen Lumber Street Stock championships, respectively.

O’Donnell, of North Haverhill, NH, became the sixth driver in Thunder Road history to repeat as “King of the Road”, doing so in his first two years in the division. O’Donnell caught fire in the second half of the season, ending the year with seven straight podium finishes, including the third Late Model victory of his young career in mid-August. O’Donnell also finished runner-up in three of the biggest races on the 2014 calendar: the Vermont Governor’s Cup, the Labor Day Classic, and the Milk Bowl.
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Bear Ridge Speedway is Gearing Up for an Action Packed 2015 Season

gdfghfBRADFORD, VT – With the 2015 Racing Season rapidly approaching Bear Ridge Speedway is making its’ presence known throughout the region, appearing at numerous shows in preparation for the season opening event on Saturday May 2nd.

 

Come visit the Bear Ridge Speedway booth at the following shows. This weekend, March 20th -22nd, the track will be at the HomeLife Expo, held at the Leverone Field House in Hanover, NH. The following weekend, March 28th-29th, the Speedway will in attendance at the Annual car show held at The Diamond Run Mall in Rutland, VT. Stop by the booth at either of these shows to pickup a 2015 schedule and sign up to potentially win a grandstand ticket.
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“Young Guns” Youth Racing Division to Debut at Devil’s Bowl Speedway

IMG_5511WEST HAVEN, VT – Stock car racing’s youth movement has a new home in Rutland County, as Devil’s Bowl Speedway has announced the formation of the new Young Guns division. The new class, sponsored by NEK Trophy, will utilize the same rules used in the track’s Portland Glass Mini Stock division and will offer supervised safety and driving instructions and real on-track racing experience for drivers age 10-14.

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Debut at Vermont’s Magic Mountain next stop for East Coast Snocross, Presented by AMSOIL, Woody’s Traction and FXR

Seven Sleds in FlightCLARKSBURG, Mass. (Feb. 25, 2015) – For the first time in many years, the excitement of championship snowmobile racing returns to its roots in southern Vermont, as East Coast Snocross (ECS) will contest round eight of its nine-race 2015 schedule on Saturday and Sunday, March 7-8, at the beautiful Magic Mountain ski area in Londonderry.

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Inaugural Green Mountain Sprint Car Nationals Coming to The Dirt Track at Devil’s Bowl

IMG_9424WEST HAVEN, VT – Sprint Car racing history will be made in Vermont as The Dirt Track at Devil’s Bowl Speedway hosts a blockbuster open-competition event – the inaugural “Green Mountain Sprint Car Nationals” – on Saturday, September 26. The new 1/3-mile clay oval is set for a showdown featuring the region’s most fearless racecar drivers and their lightning-quick, winged, open-wheel machines.
The Green Mountain Sprint Car Nationals will be the richest Sprint Car race in Vermont history and is expected to draw the region’s top teams. The purse boasts a $3,000 winner’s prize and a minimum of $300 to start. The event is co-sanctioned by the Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints (ESS) and the Bond Auto Parts Sprint Cars of New England (SCoNE), but is open to any winged Sprint Car with a 360-cubic-inch engine limit.

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Packard Leaves Florida with a 16th Place Finish in the American Racer Challenge

Packard Leaves Florida with a 16th Place Finish in the American Racer Challenge

EAST MONTPELIER, Vt. – Excited to be back in the race car, Packard rolled the 9x Northstar Fireworks/Packard Fuels car out of the hauler for the first practice of the 2015 American Canadian Tour season. “We have never been racing down south with the ACT car and New Smyrna was a different track than what we have up north,” said Packard. “The track was really fast, but a lot of fun to drive and a great experience for me and the team.”

With the sun shining and warm temperatures, Packard began getting acclimated with New Smyrna Speedway. Since her fellow competitors already had an advantage of practicing and racing 100 laps the day before, Packard spent the first practice learning the track and dialing the car in. “We were a little behind by not racing on Sunday, and all the things that we fought in practice on Monday; the other teams had already been able to overcome,” Packard said, “but we spent the day gaining on the car and getting it ready for the race.”
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Devil’s Bowl Speedway Welcomes Divisional Sponsors in 2015

IMG_7405RUTLAND, VT – Devil’s Bowl Speedway is on the rise as one of Vermont’s top family entertainment hot spots, and businesses in and around Rutland County are taking notice. The region’s only dual-surface stock car racing facility welcomes several new and returning sponsorship partners in 2015 and is poised for continued growth with both its NASCAR-sanctioned 1/2-mile asphalt oval and its new 1/3-mile dirt track.

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Champions Honored at Devil’s Bowl Speedway Banquet

IMG_7748RUTLAND, VT – More than 300 guests celebrated the 2014 stock car racing season on Saturday, January 31, as Devil’s Bowl Speedway hosted the annual Banquet of Champions at the Holiday Inn Rutland-Killington in Rutland, VT. Top drivers and special award winners were honored for their achievements including Modified champions Todd Stone and Adam Pierson, and John Bruno Award co-winners Barbara Quenneville and Vince Quenneville, Jr.

Stone was recognized for his second straight Bond Auto Parts Modified division title in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series. The Middlebury, VT racer led the list of champions for the half-mile asphalt oval at Devil’s Bowl, and was joined on stage during the evening by Late Model champion Jamie Fisher, Renegade title winner Robert Gordon, and Central Vermont Motorcycles Mini Stock champion Chuck Bradford.

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