Drivers, Start Your Engines!

Drivers, Start Your Engines!
Laps for Charity returns to New Hampshire Motor Speedway May 14 to benefit the New Hampshire Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities. Fans can drive on the 1.6-mile road course for the very first time.

LOUDON, N.H. – Anyone who’s ever dreamed of being a race car driver can make it come true while helping children in need throughout New England on Friday, May 14. Laps for Charity offers anyone with a need for speed the opportunity to drive his or her own vehicle on one of New Hampshire Motor Speedway’s (NHMS) famed racing surfaces as well as ride in the official NHMS pace car with proceeds benefitting the New Hampshire Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities (SCCNH).

“Race fans are always asking us if they can drive on the racetrack,” said Danielle Cyr, director for SCCNH and marketing manager for NHMS. “This is the perfect opportunity to give them the chance to experience the thrill of being behind the wheel at their favorite speedway while helping local kids in need.”

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GRANITE STATE PRO STOCK SERIES RETURNS TO STAR SPEEDWAY THIS SATURDAY

GRANITE STATE PRO STOCK SERIES RETURNS TO STAR SPEEDWAY THIS SATURDAY

By Souza Media/Kyle Souza

WALPOLE, N.H. — Granite State Pro Stock Series race teams are heading to Star Speedway in Epping, New Hampshire, for the third race of the season on Saturday, May 8. Coming off successful events at Stafford Motor Speedway and Monadnock Speedway — won by Joey Pole and Angelo Belsito — the series hits the New Hampshire oval for the Hedges Excavating 100 for the first of two visits in 2021. The second visit will come on Friday, September 17, as part of the annual Star Classic. 

If the finish to the Star Classic 100 last year is any indication, the Pro Stock battle should be one to remember. Former series champions Pole and Derek Griffith battled side-by-side for the final 10 laps in the race last September, and Pole is heading back to Star looking to make it two-for-two. Pole didn’t compete at Monadnock, but picked up the win at Stafford on April 24.

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Stafford Speedway Kicks Off 21 Weeks of Friday Night Racing

Stafford Speedway Kicks Off 21 Weeks of Friday Night Racing


(Stafford Springs, CT)—This Friday night, May 7, will see Stafford Speedway host the first of 21 weeks of Friday night weekly racing.  Here we take a look at several storylines from each of Stafford’s five weekly divisions that have developed over the first 2 events of the 2021 season.

SK Modified® Division

  • Over the winter, Tyler Hines moved from his family owned #25 car to the #85 car owned by Petty Cash Motorsports.  Hines and the #85 TickMike.com crew have enjoyed a seamless transition as they won the first SK Modified® feature on April 24 and followed that up with a third place podium finish on April 30 to lead the points heading into this Friday night, May 7.
  • Defending SK Modified® champion Keith Rocco has had a tough start to his 2021 season in the #88 Wheelers Auto Service Chevrolet.  Rocco has been involved in accidents in both SK Modified® feature events run thus far and while he was able to recover and finish second in the April 24 feature event, his luck was not so fortunate in the April 30 race where he was towed off the track and finished in 18th place.  Rocco enters this Friday night in 8th place in the SK Modified® standings, 32 points behind Tyler Hines.
  • Stephen Kopcik continues a hot streak dating back to the end of the 2020 season.  Kopcik missed the last 2 races of the 2020 season but he finished 1st and 2nd in the last 2 races that he ran in 2020 and has followed that up with a victory in the April 30 feature after finishing a disappointing 15th in the April 24 feature.  Kopcik enters this Friday night 5th in the SK Mod standings, 24 points behind Tyler Hines.
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Lime Rock Park Back on Track in 2021 With Three Major Weekends

LIME ROCK, CT (May 5, 2021) – Lime Rock Park is back on track for 2021, set to continue its long tradition of major sports car racing with three major weekends to highlight its 65th season. After missing major spectator competition in 2020 due to COVID-19 restrictions, the historic 1.5-mile Lime Rock Park circuit fully re-opens its scenic hillsides for race fans in 2021, maintaining a tradition that began in 1957.  

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$46,000 in Prize Money Announced for June 12th TickMike.com SK Modified® All-Star Showdown; Remaining SRX Tickets Available May 10th

$46,000 in Prize Money Announced for June 12th TickMike.com SK Modified® All-Star Showdown; Remaining SRX Tickets Available May 10th


(Stafford Springs, CT)—The racing world is abuzz about the launch of Tony Stewart and Ray Evernham’s new SRX Racing Series, which will debut at Stafford Speedway on Saturday, June 12th. The series will headline the Saturday event and will be supported by the TickMike.com SK Modified® All-Star Showdown. Stafford Speedway officials have announced the format of the All-Star Showdown alongside $46,000 in prize money.

“June 12th will be a big night for Stafford Speedway,” explained Stafford Speedway CEO Mark Arute. “The debut of a new national series at the track to be televised live on CBS and the first ever SK Modified® All-Star race. The goal of this event is to put on a show for the fans and to reward our weekly competitors. We’re paying at least $2,000 to each top-15 finisher and $4,000 to the winner. Thank you to Mike and everyone at TickMike.com for supporting the event.” 

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PRACTICE NOTES: Massive Field Turns Out for Thunder Road Practice Day

PRACTICE NOTES: Massive Field Turns Out for Thunder Road Practice Day

Barre, VT — A huge field of cars filed through the pits for the Thunder Road Car Show and Practice Day on Saturday, May 1. When all was said and done, 119 drivers across 4 divisions took to the track in preparation for the Community Bank N.A. 150 on FloRacing this Sunday, May 2. The speeds were as big as the fields with racers storming out of the gates after a long, cold Vermont winter.

The American-Canadian Tour (ACT) and Maplewood/Irving Oil Late Models saw 32 drivers on-hand. For many, it was their first session on the new Hoosier Racing tire. Whether it was the tire, the track conditions, or the eagerness to go racing again, the Late Models set a blistering pace. Times were noticeably quicker than last year with several drivers setting marks in the sub-12.3 second bracket.

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