INDIANAPOLIS (April 4, 2020) – Scott McLaughlin made the most of working the night shift, winning the Virtual Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama presented by AmFirst on Saturday at Barber Motorsports Park, the second round of the INDYCAR iRacing Challenge.
New Zealand native and two-time Virgin Australia Supercars champion McLaughlin held off Team Penske teammate Will Power by .4241 of a second to earn his first win in the virtual racing series while driving through the early-morning hours at his home in Brisbane, Australia. McLaughlin started practice at 2 a.m. in Australia and qualified eighth for the 45-lap race, taking the checkered flag around 5:40 a.m. local time.(more…)
With the talk of the town being COVID-19, people are beginning to wonder if we will be able to race opening night May 2nd, and if tracks across New England will be ready to open. Have no fear Bear Ridge Speedway “the fastest DIRTcar track in Vermont” is moving full throttle ahead, as we finally are able to get into the track and start preparations for 2020 our 53rd consecutive season of racing.
The “99ROCK wfrd” Weekly Racing Series is taking shape as well with registrations coming in daily. If the number of applications already received is any indication of what they year holds in store for us, we can expect a banner year of competitors in all divisions. With a lot of drivers suddenly realizing they are out of time to get their cars ready, they often forget until practice day to get in those applications, so we are expecting a bumper crop of applications over the next few weeks. Drivers if you haven’t gotten your application in yet, why not take a break from getting your car ready and get your paperwork in, to save time and waiting in line on practice and opening days!(more…)
Eastern Snocross Tour completes successful inaugural season in 2020
Regional circuit saves sport from extinction in New England
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. (April 4, 2020) — As recently as September and October of 2019, it looked as if the sport of sanctioned snocross racing was on the brink of extinction here in the northeast.
It began back in the winter of 1991-92, when a couple in southern Vermont started the old Rock Maple Racing (RMR) circuit based primarily at Haystack Mountain and a few venues in eastern New York. From those humble beginnings led by Don and Nancy Finck, the series grew into a sizable entity.
After being carried to new heights by dynamic southern New Hampshire businessman Chuck Minasalli, RMR faded into oblivion when New York businessman Eric Scott and his Connecticut-based partner Bob Roscoe formed East Coast Snocross for the winter of 2009-10.(more…)
Devil’s Bowl Speedway Remains Optimistic for Season Opener
May 17 date still targeted; opening event will be delayed if necessary
WEST HAVEN, Vt. – Devil’s Bowl Speedway remains optimistic for its 54th stock car racing season to open on time on Sunday, May 17. As the world combats the COVID-19 outbreak, management at the Vermont dirt track says that it will do whatever is necessary to ensure the safety of its spectators, competitors, and staff, but is currently working toward the planned May 17 start date.
Vermont Governor Phil Scott on Thursday released specific computer modeling that predicted the spread of the disease in the state to peak as soon as “late April or early May.” Devil’s Bowl promoter Mike Bruno said that he is encouraged by the recent news, though he understands that things may change at any instant.(more…)
Dover International Speedway’s coveted Monster Trophy ranks No. 2 in NASCAR.com list of top Cup Series awards
DOVER, Del. (April 3, 2020) – One of the few certainties in motorsports is that all drivers are eager to add Dover International Speedway’s Monster Trophy to their collections.
Just last year, when all of Dover’s Monster Trophies were made in a brilliant gold color in honor of the track’s 50th anniversary season, winning drivers including Cole Custer, Kyle Larson and Martin Truex Jr. made a point of mentioning how coveted the Monster Mile prize is for all competitors.
“I saw the trophy in the driver’s meeting yesterday and I said that’s pretty awesome,” Truex said in May. “That golden one is special. It’s pretty awesome to win on the 50th anniversary of Dover International Speedway.”(more…)
Waterbury, VT – The inaugural New England Late Model Challenge Cup (NELMCC) presented by American Racer is already shaping up to be one of the biggest stories of the Northeast stock car racing season. With several weeks still left to register, the entry list is already a who’s-who of Late Model racers in the region, with drivers such as Scott Dragon, Quinny Welch, and Wayne Helliwell Jr. signed up for the program’s first season.
The first season of the Challenge Cup is expected to be the start of a long-running program to reward the grassroots weekly racer. Five tracks in four different states are slated to participate with more than 60 qualifying Late Model events scheduled at these tracks. From this long list, registered drivers will take their 10 best results using a special point system based on finishing position, car count, and cars passed.
The season-long NELMCC presented by American Racer champion is guaranteed a minimum of $3,000 on top of their weekly winnings. With a total point fund that now exceeds $12,000 and season-ending contingency prizes posted by Crazy Horse Racing, Port City Race Cars, ARBodies, and Five Star Race Car Bodies, there are plenty of reasons for even more drivers to sign up before the April 24 deadline.(more…)
SEEKONK, Mass. — The COVID-19 pandemic may have delayed the start of the Tri Track Open Modified Series season, but the list of entered drivers and car owners for 2020 continues to grow just over a month before the drop of the first scheduled green flag.
For those who haven’t seen, the start of the season has been delayed until May 9th at Monadnock Speedway — but that date is fluid, depending on how the pandemic develops. As of this writing, the entire schedule remains in place, with Monadnock on May 9th and Claremont Speedway on May 24th opening the season.
“We’re still on target for May 9th as of now,” Wayne Darling, one of two Managing Partner’s for the Tri Track Open Modified Series, said. “Our registrations are growing daily – with some stout talent lined up to compete for a large purse. We also want to remind everyone about the Pepsi Challenge, which will pay heat race winners in 2020.”(more…)
LAKEVILLE, Conn. (April 3, 2020)—In lieu of the latest government and health official statements concerning the COVID-19 pandemic and after consultation with each circuit, SRO Motorsport America today announces the postponement of its races scheduled in May, including the Touring Car Festival at Lime Rock Park.
The TC America and Pirelli GT4 America races as part of the Touring Car Festival were originally scheduled for May 8-9 and will be rescheduled to a future date later in 2020. SRO Motorsports America officials plan on announcing the new date for the Touring Car Festival in the coming weeks.