photo by Alan Ward

photo by Alan Ward

Barre, VT – The Allen Lumber Street Stock division at Thunder Road Speedbowl is guaranteed to have a different champion in 2015. Defending Champion Tommy Smith is moving up to the Bond Auto Tiger Sportsmen, which opens the door for a number of contenders to ascend to the Street Stock Championship.

 

2014 Street Stock runner-up Alan Maynard looks to lead the charge. The Fairfax, VT driver finished in the top-10 in all 18 races. His impressive run of consistency saw him fall 10 points short of Smith. The University of Vermont associate professor returns this year with the same car and a fresh determination to capture the title.

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Waterbury, VT – The American-Canadian Tour (ACT) Late Models will be at the Lee USA Speedway in Lee, NH this coming Sunday, April 26 for the 25th annual New Hampshire Governor’s Cup 150. Eddie “The Outlaw” MacDonald will look to defend his title in the event, but a host of veterans and newcomers alike figure to be up for the challenge.

 

MacDonald has been red hot in the ACT Late Models in recent months. The Rowley, MA driver swept all three 100-lap events at the New Smyrna Speedway in Florida as part of the annual February racing. Combined with his victories in the Vermont Milk Bowl at Barre, VT’s Thunder Road last October and the Fall Brawl 150 at Groveton, NH’s Speedway 51 in November, MacDonald has five straight wins in ACT-type Late Model events.

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Photo by Norm Marx

Photo by Norm Marx

Oxford, ME – After a few strong runs down south driving for Woodman Racing, Joey Doiron was back behind the wheel of his family owned Super Late Model this past weekend for the Pro All Stars Series North season opener at Oxford Plains Speedway.  After fighting the handling all morning on his #73 JBJ Machine Chevrolet, Doiron was able to win the consolation race, and after starting 25th of the 38 starters, Doiron ended the season opener in the eighth position.

“We found a few things with our car that helped during the consi race and I felt like we had a great car going into the feature,” Doiron said of his day, “We needed track position bad and we didn’t get as many yellows to catch back up after starting so deep in the field, but I’m still proud of all the hard work my team put in this weekend and we will get ready to make a run at a win at Beech Ridge in a few weeks.” Read Full Article →

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Eric LaFleche/VLFPhotos.com photo

Waterbury, VT – The American Racer Three Star program has returned for the2015 season. The program is designed to recognize three teams in no particular order of performance who had outstanding races at American Canadian Tour (ACT) U.S. Tour events. There are no specific criteria for deciding who might receive the award of a free American Racer tire (value $125.00), but special effort by a team, an exceptional race, just plain old hard luck, or other accepted reason to give the award is used to determine the recipients.

 

The Three Stars are chosen by officials and will receive certificates for use of a free American Racer tire at a race of their choosing during 2015. The winners for the ACT Oxford 150 at Oxford Plains Speedway are:

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Barre, VT – The Bond Auto Tiger Sportsmen will take to the high banks of Thunder Road for the 34th consecutive year in 2015. Defending Champion Jason Woodard leads a mix of veterans and rising stars alike will vie for the championship in the famed division.

 

Waterbury Ctr., VT’s Woodard is the first driver since 2010 to try and defend the Tiger Sportsmen title. He rode a remarkable run of consistency to the 2014 crown, finishing eighth or better in each of the 18 events. Woodard topped veteran Brendan Moodie, Jr. by 17 points in a battle that came down to the final laps of the season-ending Mini Milk Bowl.

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photo by Norm Marx

photo by Norm Marx

Oxford, ME – DJ Shaw and the #60 Precision JLM team returned to Oxford Plains Speedway this past weekend for the start of the new Pro All Stars Series North season. After driving what Shaw described early in the day as an ill handling car, he put on an epic show with the “Maine Racing Legend,” Mike Rowe for the win, and started the season with a strong second place effort.

“We weren’t good enough on the short runs there at the end,” Shaw recounted of his effort, “I feel like we had the better car, but getting to Mike and passing him are two different things. He earned this one and after the struggles we had in practice with this new car I’m really happy with the second place run.” Read Full Article →

Emily PackardEAST MONTPELIER, Vt. – After a disappointing run at New Smyrna, Emily Packard and the Northstar Fireworks/Packard Fuels team spent the last 6 weeks focusing on bettering the car for the American Canadian Tour opener, and it looks to have paid off.  In Packard’s first trip to Oxford Plains Speedway, a track that really suits her driving style, the sophomore driver in the ACT tour showed patience of a veteran, which paid off with a fourth place finish.  “When we returned from New Smyrna, we found a few little things that were wrong with the car, but we made those changes and just seeing how it ran this weekend makes me feel a lot better about going forward through the season,” said Packard.

 

With limited practice on Friday, the team unloaded the car Sunday and readied it for first practice.  Packard took to the track for a few laps, posting the fourth fastest time in that first practice then brought the car back to the attention of crew chief, Neal Woodward, to see if they could make any changes to get it a little tighter through turns 3 and 4, but all in all the car was really good.  “After the first practice, we knew that we had a really good car at that point, and we just spent the remaining practices trying a couple things to see if we could make the car better or how the car changed after each adjustment,” Packard said.

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Photos- Eric LaFleche

Photos- Eric LaFleche

Claremont, NH – Derek Griffith, the young, talented Pro-Stock driver from New Hampshire will be making his Claremont Speedway debut this Friday, April 24th as the Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS) makes its return to the 1/3 mile facility for 125 green flag laps.

Formally known as Twin State Speedway, Claremont is under new ownership for 2015 and is ready to set the stage for what should be an exciting event.

Griffith will be entering Claremont not knowing anything about the race track, “I don’t think I’ve ever been there, maybe when I was a little kid but I can’t remember” remarked Derek.

“This will be exciting for our MOM’s of Manchester/LCM Racing crew as Louie [Crew Chief Louie Mechalides] doesn’t even have any set-up sheets for Claremont. I think it’ll be a learning experience, that’s for sure. “ Read Full Article →

photo by RPM

photo by RPM

Eddie MacDonald powered the Grimm Construction/Multiple Sclerosis Society Chevrolet to a hard earned sixth place finish in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Pittlite 125 at Bristol Motor Speedway as a companion race with the Sprint Cup Series. The Rowley, Mass. veteran started his 183rd race in the series and took the green flag as the defending champion of last year’s event. A flat tire on lap 49 appeared to quash any hopes of repeating the win but Eddie Mac and the crew never gave up and rallied from the flat and 24th restarting position to make his patented charge to the front.

“With everything that we had to overcome in the race, we are pleased with the sixth place finish,” said Eddie Mac after the race. “Obviously we would have liked to compete for the win but this finish showed how we can overcome adversity. We had a very similar set-up in the car as last year and the car handled pretty good. We didn’t have a great qualifying run (16th) but last year we started 13th and won so we knew the car would be good for the long run.” Read Full Article →

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151ST career main event win for Hall of Famer tops busy racing card

Oxford, ME – Mike Rowe of Turner, Maine raced to his 151st Oxford Plains Speedway main event win, earning a trip to victory lane in his maiden voyage aboard Peter Petit’s lucky number 7 in AIM Recycling Pro All Stars Series Super Late Model competition at Oxford Plains Speedway on Sunday afternoon, while Joey ‘Pole’ Polewarczyk prevailed in the co-headlining ACT Late Model Tour 150-lapper.

Rowe, a 64-year-old veteran, multi-time track champion and all-around legend at the speedway where he was a track titlist a full four decades ago, waged a race-long battle with reigning series champion DJ Shaw of Conway, New Hampshire for supremacy in a thrilling 150-lapper for the ultra-quick AIM Super Late Models. Read Full Article →

GSPS2Walpole, NH – The Granite State Pro Stock Series returns to the place where it all began; Claremont Speedway, April 24.

The series, now in the fourth year of existence, held the inaugural event at Claremont Speedway (formerly Twin State Speedway) in August of 2011, which saw Chris Wilk of Mendon, VT fend off a late-race charge from Donnie Lashua to pick up the victory.

Former NH State Champion Barry Gray was a contender in the 2011 event, before a spin early in the race sent the Bechertown, MA resident to the rear. Gray battled his way through the field, and challenged Wilk for the lead on lap 64. The two made contact, sending Wilk sliding, and leaving Gray with right-front suspension damage, forcing him to retire from the race. Read Full Article →

photo by Eric LaFleche/VLFPhotos.com

photo by Eric LaFleche/VLFPhotos.com

Oxford, ME – American-Canadian Tour (ACT) Late Model Champion Joey Polewarczyk Jr. began his title defense in the best way possible at the Oxford Plains Speedway in Oxford, ME on Sunday, April 19. The Hudson, NH driver led every step of the way en route to the victory in the Oxford 150 as part of the first ever ACT/PASS doubleheader.

 

“Joey Pole” lived up to his nickname by earning the pole after winning his qualifying heat and scoring a +3 in ACT’s plus/minus system. Pole led an early three-car breakaway with Barre, VT’s Nick Sweet and Auburn, ME’s Travis Stearns before stretching out his margin on the long green-flag runs.

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PACKED GRANDSTANDS PUT END TO WINTER AT WISCASSET SPEEDWAY

Opening day at Wiscasset Speedway. The reverberation of engines in the air, the scent of exhaust. The palpable excitement of both fans and drivers alike, as an end is finally put to winter and the cars hit the track once again.

Starting the racing action was a fifty lap Prostock feature. The #05 of James Osmond dominated the heat and started the feature at the pole. Osmond powered to the lead, and for over thirty laps led the pack. It looked like it was Osmond’s race to win. Behind him were the #01 of Andy Saunders and the #15 of Nick Hinkley.
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