Mainely Motorsports TV – November 25, 2015 Show
Manchester, NH – The annual Lee USA Speedway “Banquet of Champions”
closed out the 2015 season at the Executive Court Inn and Conference Center on Saturday night, with Tommy Tombarello, Jr., Jay Sands, Dennis Dumas, Troy Washburn, and Jesse Tellier celebrated as the best of the year at New Hampshire’s “Center of Speed”.
After Master of Ceremonies John Spence, Track Manager Bill Callen and owner Red MacDonald recognized the loyal staff and legion of sponsors, it was on to showcasing the accomplishments of the best drivers to circle the seacoast oval in the past season.
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Waterbury, VT – RPM Motorsports has announced that former American-Canadian Tour (ACT) standout Scott Payea will join the team for the 2016 ACT Tour season. Milton, VT’s Payea returns after two years off from racing to compete for the Tour championship behind the wheel of the RPM Racing Engines Ford with car owner and crew chief Rick Paya.
Payea previously competed on the ACT Tour for six seasons beginning in 2005. He was the ACT Rookie of the Year in 2005 and finished runner-up in points for three straight years from 2007-2009, losing the 2008 championship to Patrick Laperle by a single point. Payea also won five Tour events, including two victories in the Merchants Bank 150 at Barre, VT’s Thunder Road as well as wins at White Mountain Motorsports Park, Waterford Speedbowl, and Airborne Park Speedway.
Barre, VT – Thunder Road International Speedbowl honored its 2015 Champions with the annual Banquet of Champions at the Barre Elks Club on Saturday, November 14. Derrick O’Donnell received the top honors for the third consecutive season in the Thunder Road Late Model division, while Brendan Moodie and Jamie Davis earned their first Bond Auto Tiger Sportsmen and Allen Lumber Street Stock championships, respectively.
North Haverhill, NH’s O’Donnell became the second driver in Thunder Road history to win three straight “King of the Road” crowns, joining Chuck Beede’s run from 1992-1994. O’Donnell’s championships came in his first three years in the division. He earned a career-high four wins in 2015, giving him a total of seven for his career. Among the victories was his second Memorial Day Classic triumph as well as a win in the Times Argus Mid-Season Championships. O’Donnell also finished second in the Milk Bowl and third in the Vermont Governor’s Cup.
MANCHESTER, NH- The Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS) has announced the date to the year-ending 2015 Championship Awards Banquet. This year’s banquet will take place Saturday, January 9, at one of New Hampshire’s premier event destinations, the Executive Court Banquet Facility in Manchester, NH. The top-10 in the final point standings in the series’ fourth full season will be honored, as well as the 2015 champion, Derek Griffith.
Along with the top-10 being recognized at the Championship Awards Banquet, there will be multiple specialty awards handed out, including many prizes from the GSPSS Contingency Awards Program.
Barre, VT – Thunder Road legend Larry Demar died Thursday, November 12 overnight at his home after a battle with cancer. The Hardwick native made his name at Barre’s Thunder Road as well as its sister track Catamount Stadium in the formative years of both speedways, which included becoming the first driver ever to win all three segments of the Vermont Milk Bowl.
Demar rose to stardom in the early years of the famed Flying Tiger division. He earned the “King of the Road” titles in 1966 and 1967, capping the two-year run by winning the Milk Bowl in 1967. He remains one of only three drivers to sweep the three-segment event in its 53-year history. In addition, he won the Labor Day Classic both years and was the 1966 Memorial Day Classic Champion.
17-year old Reid Lanpher of Manchester , Maine recently wrapped up the 2015 NASCAR Whalen All American Series Championship.
Lanpher also won the Pro Series Championship at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway.
The championships were both decided on the same night as Lanpher entered the final event with only a 10-point lead over Garret Hall of Scarborough, Maine. Read Full Article →
By: Dick Casey
The annual Fall Brawl at Speedway 51 in Groveton, N.H. certainly lived up to its title in the 151 lap event on Saturday, October 24 yet Eddie MacDonald survived the wreck-fest to post an incredible second place finish to bring to a close his late model 2015 racing season. Fifteen caution flags and three red flags plagued the event with two of the red flags thrown before a single lap could be completed.
“It was fun but it was crazy out there,” said Eddie Mac while examining the damage to the once pristine Freddie Peterson owned Chevy. “This finish is so satisfying because of all the work the crew had to do on the car to get it race ready after it got whacked pretty good in the qualifying race. Then we got whacked again before we even ran a full lap to start the race. I really have to give credit to Rollie (LaChance), the crew, and Freddie (Peterson) for the tremendous effort. Everyone jumped in to help and I am thankful. We are lucky to have such a dedicated group of people.” Read Full Article →
EAST MONTPELIER, Vt. – Geared up for the last race of the season, Emily Packard and her Northstar Fireworks/Packard Fuels team set out to end the late model season on another positive note, but unfortunately, a flat tire late in the race ended her chances. Packard would find herself in twentieth place when the dust settled on a wild Fall Brawl.
As the Northstar Fireworks/Packard Fuels 9x rolled out of the trailer, the Emily and the team felt pretty good about how the car would handle. Crew chief, Neal Woodward, unable to make the weekend race, had set the car up earlier in the week from notes from the previous visits to the track, so the initial set up was ready to roll. As the sun came up, the 18 year old driver warmed up the car and headed out for practice. Showing in the top 20 on the time sheet for the first two practices, the team made some additional changes to the car and she hit the track for the final 30 minute practice. When practice wrapped up, Packard was happy with the handle on the car, and posted the sixth fastest time on the practice sheet. “We had a pretty decent practice car,” said Packard. “I think we would have been a little faster in that last practice, but I came upon some slower cars that held me up from getting a faster lap.”
Barre, VT – American-Canadian Tour (ACT) and Thunder Road officials have announced the disqualification of Mike Billado from the Bond Auto Tiger Sportsman Mini Milk Bowl held as part of the 53rd Milk Bowl on Saturday, October 10 and Sunday, October 11.
Billado finished third overall in the two-segment Tiger Sportsman event but was found to have illegally altered tires during post-race technical inspection. Tires from the top-five finishers were impounded following the event and sent to American Racer headquarters for evaluation.
Ramstrom Victorious in Bemer’s Super Bowl
WATERFORD, CT – Derek Griffith puts the exclamation point on his breakout season, becoming the fourth different champion of the Granite State Pro Stock Series, as Derek Ramstrom grabs the win in the Bemer’s Super Bowl 150 at New London-Waterford Speedbowl.
Barry Gray and Mike O’Sullivan led the field to the green, with Gray needing a win to have a shot at knocking off Derek Griffith for the 2015 season crown. Gray would lead until lap 4, when the first of twelve cautions came out for an incident between Billy Joerres and Roger Oxee. D.J. Shaw would eventually overtake the lead, and set a blistering pace, as Griffith and Ramstrom kept within striking distance.
EASLEY, SC (October 24) – Fireworks erupted Saturday night when Joey Doiron and Zane Smith made contact just past the finish line at Greenville Pickens Speedway as Doiron crashed taking the win in The Howler for the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) South Super Late Models. Despite a car that was destroyed in the incident, Doiron walked to victory lane with the win and his first PASS Super Late Model National Championship.
“I try to race everybody like they race me and now my car is destroyed,” said Doiron afterwards. “We held back and saved our tires and just had enough to get there to the leader [Smith] and race for the win. We’re really proud to win the PASS National Championship too. It’s a lot of hard work during the season to get to all these races in the North and South and I’m glad it paid off for us to get the title.”
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WATERFORD, CT – The Granite State Pro Stock Series will travel to New London-Waterford Speedbowl for the final event of the tour’s schedule, and crown the 2015 series champion, on October 24. The following is a closer look at the notes and numbers of the Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS) and the New London-Waterford Speedbowl (NLWS).
NEW LONDON-WATERFORD SPEEDBOWL NOTES:
The New London-Waterford Speedbowl opened on April 15, 1951. It began as a 1/3 mile crushed blue stone oval race track, but was quickly paved due to excessive dust. The initial owners were actually 6 local businessmen, and called themselves The New London-Waterford Speedbowl, Inc. The original headlining division were called Sportsmen Stocks, which are now considered Modifieds.
Waterbury, VT – The American Racer Three Star program is designed to recognize three non-podium teams in no particular order of performance that had outstanding races at American-Canadian Tour (ACT) U.S. Tour and select ACT-sanctioned events. There are no specific criteria for deciding who might receive the award of a free American Racer tire (value $125.00), but a special effort by a team, exceptional race, just plain old hard luck, or any other accepted reason is used to decide the award recipients.
The Three Stars are chosen by ACT officials and will receive certificates for use of a free American Racer tire at a future ACT event.
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