Jon McKennedy Rejoins Art Barry Team for Stafford Open Modified 80’s
(Stafford Springs, CT)—When Stafford Speedway drops the green flag on its 4 Open Modified 80 races during the 2020 season, race fans will see a former partnership rekindled. Jon McKennedy and Art Barry, who won the Modified Racing Series championship together in 2012, will reunite to make a run at the checkered flag in Stafford’s Open 80 events scheduled for May 8, June 12, July 10, and August 21 with the #21 SPAFCO Chassis Chevrolet.
“I ran for Art [Barry] back in 2012, we won a handful of races and the MRS championship together,” said McKennedy. “The open shows at Stafford are something I’ve been looking at doing because I always enjoy coming to race at Stafford. Art and I have stayed in contact over the years and we touched base over the holidays and thought it would be good to get back together and do some races together. We had pretty good success back in the day and Art and all of his guys are great. He has good equipment so I’m hoping we can have some good runs.”
Sami Anderson Ready for Breakout Season in Stafford’s SK Light Modified Division
(Stafford Springs, CT)—As Sami Anderson prepares to enter her second full season of SK Light competition at Stafford Speedway, she is primed for a breakout year. Anderson, who got her start in racing in quarter midgets, made her Stafford debut in the Street Stock division in 2018 before moving into the SK Lights last season. Anderson finished 16th in points with 2 top-10 finishes and has her sights set on consistently placing her #21 Tick Mike’s Tick & Mosquito Hose Spray car in the top-5 in 2020.
“I’m looking for consistent top-5 finishes this season and if there comes an opportunity where we’re in second and have a chance to go for the lead, I’m going to do whatever it takes,” said Anderson. “That’s the way I’ve always raced since I was younger and anyone who remembers me from my quarter midget days will tell you the same thing. This year we don’t care about points at all.”
Patenaude brothers split Pro finals in Loudon for Eastern Snocross Tour Ashline sweeps Pro Lite on The Flat Track at NHMS
LOUDON, New Hampshire (Feb. 17, 2020) — Vermont snowmobile racing veterans Leo and Hunter Patenaude swept the Pro finals over the weekend, as the Eastern Snocross Tour (ESXT) completed Rounds 5 & 6 on the 2020 schedule on The Flat Track at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Point leader Leo Patenaude (Ingles Performance/Ski-doo), of Hartland, dominated Saturday’s 14-lap final. The finely-tuned athlete and proud papa crossed the stripe over five seconds ahead of runner-up Corin Todd (Team Southside/Polaris), while New York veteran Mike George finished third.
On Sunday, reigning national Pro Lite champion Hunter Patenaude (Ingles/Ski-doo) blasted his way to victory over Marco Travaglini (Ingles/Ski-doo) and the always-fast Corin Todd. Travaglini was never too far behind his teammate, crossing the line just two second behind one of the hottest riders on snow.
Chastain to pilot No. 6 Roush Fenway Racing Ford in Newman’s absence
Roush Fenway Racing has tabbed popular NASCAR competitor Ross Chastain to drive the team’s No. 6 Ford Mustang while their fulltime driver Ryan Newman recovers after an accident Monday on the last lap of the Daytona 500.
Newman was released from Daytona Beach’s Halifax Medical Center on Wednesday.
Chastain is contending for the NASCAR Xfinity Series championship this year driving the No. 10 Chevrolet for Kaulig Racing. He is a three-time winner in the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series and finished runner-up in the 2019 championship. He has a pair of Xfinity Series victories – his first coming at Las Vegas in the fall of 2018, driving for Chip Ganassi Racing. His second came last summer at Daytona in while driving a partial series schedule for Kaulig Racing.
Matt Clement Has Championship Aspirations for 2020 While Brother Jay Joins Limited Late Model Field at Stafford
(Stafford Springs, CT)—Fresh off a career best season, Matt Clement is looking forward to the 2020 Limited Late Model season at Stafford Speedway. Clement entered the 2019 winless after 4 full seasons at Stafford. Clement not only scored his first career win, he went on to win a division leading 7 times, putting him behind only Tom Fearn as the winningest driver of 2019. Clement missed out on winning the championship by 4 points to Jeremy Lavoie but as he prepares for the 2020 season there is only one goal for Clement and the #59 Clement Motorsports team.
Pennsylvania’s Matt Cameron sweeps Semi Pro in Vermont for Rock Maple Racing Bell, Lessard continue hot streak in Pro classes
WEST GLOVER, Vermont (Feb. 17, 2020) — Any time a snowmobile race team travels a great distance to compete, the end goal, along with having a little fun, is to bring home a trophy. For Semi Pro rider Matt Cameron, a long haul to northern Vermont last weekend paid off with a pair of victories.
Pennsylvania native Matt Cameron swept the Semi Pro finals on Saturday to lead a long list of winners, as Rock Maple Racing (RMR) completed Round 3 on the six-race 2020 cross country racing schedule at Young Farms in West Glover, Vermont.
Cameron, of Palmerton, held off Maine riders Dylan Thompson (Lincoln) and Derek Dawson (Readfield) to earn top honors in the Semi Pro Improved final. Thompson, who was hot off a clean sweep in Round 2 also finished second in the Stock final, while Toby Caron filled out the podium.
Denny Hamlin Defends DAYTONA 500 Championship in NASCAR Double-Overtime Finish · Becomes Fourth Driver to Win Consecutive DAYTONA 500s
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 17, 2020) – Denny Hamlin became the fourth driver to win back-to-back DAYTONA 500s on Monday night, winning the 62nd running of “The Great American Race” in a NASCAR Overtime finish at Daytona International Speedway.
The race resumed Monday afternoon after it was halted on Sunday night with 20 laps completed. It was only the second postponement in DAYTONA 500 history – 2012 was the other.
Bear Ridge Speedway is gearing up for their 53rd year of consecutive racing. The Ridge continues to be the best source of great inexpensive high-quality entertainment for families. What makes the entertainment? Some of the best drivers in New England, fierce competition, and the return of drivers who know “there’s no place like home”
The DIRTcar Sabil & Sons Sportsman Modifieds will see several returning faces in 2020 who have raced the Ridge. Can Kevin Chaffee reclaim the championship in 2020? The local hot shoe driving the 73 will have his hands full with a pack of wolves all vying for the coveted spot. Robert Tucker, Richie Simmons, and Ryan Christian all had great 2019 seasons, and hoping to be the lucky one to dethrone the 2019 king Jordan Fornwalt. With some stiff competition from these guys plus several others in the division claiming the gold will be no easy feat for any of the drivers and is sure to offer some edge of your seat entertainment for the fans.