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This past weekend the MOAT Mountain Legends returned to NHMS to race on the 1.6 mile road course. Alex Vorrilas was last season’s rookie of the year qualified 3rd for the feature with a lap time of 1:24.034. “I’m not sure how the racing was because we didn’t do any wheel to wheel racing. Last weekend at NHMS was a pretty typical weekend for us. It seems like we either break or get on the podium, and we started off the season right back on that path for 2014. It’s discouraging to say the least. Our goal for the first race weekend was just to finish, because with no drops this season is all about consistency. Unfortunately the axle broke on the formation lap, and we were unable to even start the race. Things break, and unfortunately in motorsports it happens a lot. The car is already fixed and back together, but this is an opportunity to take a break from the roller coaster ride we have had the past season into this season and see where we want to go from here.”

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This weekend the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) kicks off the 2014 race season at Oxford Plains Speedway. Then PASS will head to BRMS where former NELCAR Legends Champion Evan Beaulieu, will try and qualify for the PASS SLM feature. “We plan on starting the season at BRMS for the PASS race, and from there it all depends on sponsorship. We do plan on running the Oxford 250, if I can find a ride for that race it will make it a lot easier for us to be competitive. It just makes more sense to do it with another car since we race at BRMS the night before. From there maybe we will run a few others towards the end of the season.”

 

The one thing all drivers do in the off season is to get ready for the next race season, “It’s been a very busy off season for us, we’ve been working hard getting our new car ready for the start of our season at BRMS in a few weeks. Between that and working at Hancock Lumber and building my Nitro Designs Company, I haven’t had much time for anything else. It was a rough winter up here in Maine, I’m more than ready to get back behind the wheel.”

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Waterbury, VT –Thunder Road International Speedbowl will open this weekend for the 55th season of championship stock car racing. Billed as the “Nation’s Site of Excitement”, Thunder Road is known for its close door-banging, “take no prisoners” style of racing action.

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The Merchants Bank 150 for the ACT Championship Late Model teams is the featured event this Sunday, but there will be plenty of racing action from the Bond Auto Tigers and Allen Lumber Street Stocks. They will also open their 2014 championship charge.

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lee    LEE, NH- A new event that promises to bring New Hampshire’s Center of Speed, the Lee USA Speedway, its highest car count and biggest payday of the season, currently estimated at $44,000 is only three plus weeks away.

 

A field of close to 40 Tour-Type Modified teams will tow in from roughly ten different states for the 1st annual 100-lap, “Bullring Bash Powered by Sunoco” on Sunday, May 11. One of very few drivers competing in this event that has called Lee home is Mike Douglas Jr., from Auburn, N.H.

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Hickory, NC – After being delayed a day due to rain, DJ Shaw and the #60 Precision JLM Racing team started their 2014 campaign in Victory Lane as they celebrated a big win in the “Easter Bunny 150” at Hickory Motor Speedway. After pacing for the first two thirds of the event, Shaw made some daring moves in the closing laps and was relentless as he got by Tyler Church in the final turn of the final lap to score the victory.

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“I was certainly more aggressive than usual there,” Shaw said of the closing laps, “We just rode for the first part of that race then with about 25 laps to go it was go time, the 7 (Church) and I raced hard there at the end, it was a little too close for comfort but I wasn’t going to let this one get away again.”

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1000-DSC_8275Center Conway, NH – DJ Shaw and the #60 Precision JLM team will get their season started this weekend at the Hickory Motor Speedway for the annual “Easter Bunny 150” in the Pro All Stars Series South.  After what has been a long and cold winter for everyone in the Northeast, Shaw is looking forward to getting back behind the wheel this weekend, especially at a track he’s ran well at before.

“It’s been a good winter for us as far as the company goes,” Shaw explains, “We’ve been very busy here building racecars with the company and getting ours ready as well, I think we’ve put together a good piece for this season and hopefully we can add a few more wins.”
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Doiron_photo1Berwick, ME – Headed into his second start of the season, Joey Doiron and the #73 Wild Willy’s Burgers/JBJ Machine team are hoping to improve from their last trip to historic Hickory Motor Speedway.  This weekend’s annual “Easter Bunny 150” is one of the most prestigious races in all of short track racing and certainly on the Pro All Stars Series South schedule, and Doiron wants to be added to its superior list of winners.

“The guys that have won this race are some of the best we race against and every driver would like to be added to that list,” Doiron said of the race this weekend, “We’ve been preparing our car for this race all winter and I think we can make a huge improvement over our result there last year.”
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Waterbury, VT – Bond Auto Parts has announced a new program for the American Canadian Tour competitors who win qualifying events and attend the prestigious Bond ACT Invitational at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Sunday, September 20. Bond has put up a total of $10,000 spread across nine qualifying events for drivers and fans.

Bond has announced that they will award ACT competitors $1,000 for their first win in the nine qualifying events. Repeat winners will receive $500 for each additional win, while the other $500 will be awarded to the highest finishing driver who has not yet won or received a bonus in a qualifying event. The nine events include the first seven American Canadian Tour point counting events, as well as the Vermont Governor’s Cup at Thunder Road and the International race at Airborne. Along with the $1,000 bonus, Bond Auto will also award the 15th place finisher in each of the nine events with a $100 Bond Auto gift card.

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Wiscasset2013logo     Maine’s fast oval track is ready to embark on its 45th season on Saturday afternoon April 19th at 2:00pm. It also marks the second full season under the ownership and guidance of Richard and Vanessa Jordan on Kingfield. The 2014 season will once again feature a split schedule where the track’s 8 regular divisions are divided into 2 groups which alternate week to week. Group 1 consists of Pro Stocks, Napa Super Streets, Outlaw Mini’s and N.E.4-cylinder Pro’s. Group 2 will include Late Model Sportsman, Strictly Streets, Thunder 4 Minis, and Trucks. Each week a “Flex” race will be added to give fans a 5 division show. Flex races include various regional touring series, or other events such as Enduros or Flagpole races. Track announcer / promoter Ken Minott says they are excited to get the season underway. “Last year we were just getting the operation off the ground. We brought a new team together and tried a few new & creative things to bring Wiscasset Speedway back to life after being dormant for a couple years. Now we’re excited to take the next steps toward making this facility everything we know it can be. Once again it will all be about giving fans a fun, affordable and timely show. We’ve got some bigger races and other neat things planned for the fans this season too.”

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This weekend the North East Mini Stock Tour (NEMST), will start the 2014 race season at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS). In the off season NEMST founder and promoter Bob Guptill has been working hard getting ready for the upcoming race season, “We have been busy signing on even more new tracks for the 2014 schedule as well as numerous new sponsors big and small for all events.”

 

This will be the 6th year of racing for the NEMST, “The previous 5 seasons have flown by. I can’t wait to kick off 2014, by far our most exciting year yet. Every race this season is a special event either by the facility it is held, the increased purse, or “Triple Crown” involvement. It is for sure going to be an epic year.”

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troadBarre, VT – Thunder Road International Speedbowl in Barre, VT will enter their 55th season of stock car racing with the 16th annual Merchants Bank 150 on Saturday and Sunday, April 26 and 27. The stars and cars from the American Canadian Tour Championship Series (ACT) will tackle both the high banks of the famous Thunder Road Int’l Speedbowl, and one of the largest fields of regular Thunder Road Late Model racers in recent memory. The Merchants Bank event has been the season opener at the ¼-mile speedbowl since 1999.

Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. (Pole) from Hudson, NH is looking for his first win in a Merchants Bank opener. When asked why Thunder Road is so tough, the 2014 ACT title contender said, “I love racing at Thunder Road and I hate racing at Thunder Road. It‘s been good to me and frustrating for me. Man, you earn everything you get every lap at that place. First, you have to race the track, which is high-banked, narrow, two grooves and pretty wild. Then you have to take on what is probably the largest and best group of weekly racers in the country, along with the Tour regulars. I have won some big shows (Governor’s Cup 150 in 2009 and the People’s United Bank Milk Bowl in 2010), but I’ve always wanted to win the Merchants Bank opening race. It would give our team tremendous momentum toward our goal of winning the ACT title this year,” concluded Pole.

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After a long winter, the Amsoil NELCAR Series kicked off the 2014 race season at Lee Speedway this past weekend. Matt Chagnot is once again behind of the wheel of the #8 Hooligan Legend Car, as the cars got ready to take to the track, “The 1st week is always an adventure with remembering how to drive and figuring out what needs to be in the trailer, but I think we were as prepared as we ever, have been. The new motor is running great, I have new tires on the car, and the weather held off for the race. We spent the Saturday practice day breaking in the new motor, so I didn’t have any laps on the track at full speed when we got there Sunday. Unfortunately, our practice times showed it, as we were pretty slow. I picked up the track quickly though, and managed to shave off over 6 tenths of a second on my lap times from the practice to the feature by making some minor adjustments and driving a better line. We ended up finishing 5th in our heat race, and ran in the top 10 all day in the feature. We finished 10th at the end of the race, even though we got stuck on the outside for the initial start and every restart which cost me a couple positions. I was pretty happy at the end of the race, since we were very competitive and were getting faster all day. We are making some tweaks to the carb on the new motor that should give us a bit more horsepower for the next race, so hopefully we see even better results at Wiscasset next weekend.”

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Emily trackThe American Canadian Tour kicked off its 23rd season at Lee USA Speedway again this year with the Governor’s Cup 150 on Sunday April 13th.  Hitting the track for her first race of the season, Emily Packard, the 17 year old East Montpelier native, brought home her 9X Northstar Fireworks/Packard Fuels sponsored car in 12th place.

Rain early in the day changed the track and the schedule, shortening day and allowing little to no practice to feel the car out prior to the heat races.  Starting 5th in the heat race, Packard dropped back a position early on fighting a pushing race car, but battled her way up to 4th by Lap 4.  The closing laps found her in a battle of side by side racing for the last three laps holding off the 5VT car to cross the line in 4th place to secure her place in the show.   “I hope it was an exciting race for the fans to watch, because it was definitely exciting from the driver’s seat,” said Packard of her tight racing with the 5vt car, “it was a good (heat) race and a good start to the season.” 

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