Emily Packard

EAST MONTPELIER, Vt – First time out at the Riverside Speedway in Ste-Croix Quebec with the American Canadian Tour, and things did not go how the 17 year old East Montpelier, VT driver had hoped.  Emily Packard and the 9x Northstar Fireworks/Packard Fuels team spent the three practices working on the handling of the car to make Packard more comfortable getting around the track.  “It was definitely a track that took some getting used to,” said Packard, “and it took me some time adapt to it, but we eventually go the car to my liking.”


When the heat races rolled off, Packard started ninth in the third heat, and struggled to gain any ground on her competitors.  When the heat race ended, Packard had moved up to seventh place which meant that she would need to run one of the two consolation races to try to get in the feature.  Starting in fourth in the second consolation race Packard continued to fight her race car and the track, and finished the race in fifth place.

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Matt Frahm 3rd, Brad Babb 1st, Barry Gray 3rd


Hudson, NH-      Brad Babb fended off threats from Barry Gray and Matt Frahm to claim the victory in the Hudson Hugger at Hudson International Speedway, recording his first victory with the Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS).


Adam Norton led the field to green in his second race for the series in 2014, with Babb starting to his outside.  Babb would nudge ahead to lead the first lap, eventually clear Norton, and begin to pull away from the field.  Bobby Baillargeon, who was looking to grab his third straight Hudson Hugger win, bounced off the front stretch wall on lap 9, bringing out the first of six cautions of the day.  Babb jumped to the lead once more, as a good battle between Frahm, Gray, Dillon Moltz, and Derek Griffith brewed behind him.  Griffith’s day would begin to turn sour as his LCM/FEP Insurance Toyota brought out the caution on lap 37.  Multiple tries to complete the lap ensued, but the caution flew two more times, including a chain-reaction incident which sent Moltz down pit road, before the field settled in for another green flag run.

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photo by Rich Hayes

Lee, NH – With the 2014 championship season rapidly winding down, the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series weekly divisions put another night of racing in the record books at Lee USA Speedway on Friday, with the Prime Storage and Warehouse Late Model Sportsmen taking center stage with the running of the 50-lap Lance Davis Memorial.


Running in memory of the longtime Lee racer, the LMS turned out in full force for the night‘s racing action. When flagman Don Horvath let them loose, it was Alfred, ME’s Ray Dinsmore leading the way, but he quickly gave up the point to Jesse Bousquet of Pittsfield, who led the way thought lap eight.

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NEMST1Another legendary event for the 2014 season of the North East Mini Stock Tour was held Saturday August 23 for the only Maine event of the Pine Tree State based series. With help from Tire King and Belly Busters Concessions the NEMST was able to increase the purse for the top 5 finishers of the event and offer a $750 to win payday!
Under cloudy skies twenty-seven tour style mini stocks entered the pit area to begin pre-inspection and registration for the nights 50 lap Main Event. The cars were split into 3 heats races and set off for their qualifying races shortly after 6:00 PM. Shawn Kimball, Justin Trombley, and Toby Wells all took home their respective heat race wins. By fortune of winning the first heat race Justin Trombley got to draw the invert for the starting lineup. Justin selected the chip marked for a 7 row invert.

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photo by Norm Marx

photo by Norm Marx

Hermon, Maine – Cassius Clark of Farmington survived a rough-and-tumble finish to wrestle victory away from DJ Shaw in Sunday’s Hight Chevrolet 150 Pro All Stars Series Super Late Model race at Speedway 95 in Hermon, Maine.


Clark and Shaw, rubbing doors and fenders while trading paint in the closing laps, suffered mostly minor cosmetic damage until after the checkered flag, when contact from behind left the winner with a wrecked #77 Hight Chevrolet that never made a victory lane appearance with its’ triumphant driver.


Clark, looking as unhappy as any winner could in victory lane, expressed his displeasure at Shaw’s drive, even predicting “I don’t know who will be getting the big trophy in November, but I know it won’t be (Shaw).”

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photo by Alan Ward

Billado, Bousquet, Martin Take Tiger Triple 50 Wins

Barre, VT – Shawn Fleury of Middlesex battled by John Donahue on the final restart with three laps to go in the 50 lap Thunder Road Late Model feature during the Jet Service event on Sunday, August 24. Following the second and final caution of the event on lap 47, Fleury started to the outside of Donahue and the duo swapped paint all the way around the highbanked quarter-mile during a wild finish over the final three laps. On the final lap, Fleury got the advantage in the high lane and claimed his second win of the season.


Donahue settled for second ahead of current point leader Derrick O’Donnell completing the podium. Jason Corliss and Trampas Demers earned top five finishes. Nick Sweet, Joey Laquerre, rookie Eric Badore, Brooks Clark and rookie Josh Demers completed the top ten.

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Bodyshop1TAMWORTH NH (8/23) In a joint announcement today Aluminum Racing Products President Jerry Criswell, The Body Shop proprietor Norm Desjardins and Northeast Legend Car Auto Racing President Brett Alexander introduced a new program to aid NELCAR Legend racers that plan to make the move to late model racing.

Effective immediately, any registered NELCAR driver or car owner that is currently building or intends to build an ABC bodied race car for a weekly or touring racing series qualifies for the ARBodies “Next Step” program. Through a joint agreement with ARBodies’ parent company Aluminum Racing Products and The Body Shop, NELCAR will award a product certificate valid for a $500.00 discount on any one of ARBodies popular “M” body packages, a comprehensive kit that is ideal for racers either constructing or refurbishing a late model race car.

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ACT American Canadian Tour

Joey Polewarczyk Jr. Claims First ACT Win of Season in Can-Am

St-Croix, QC – Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. of Hudson, NH solidified his American Canadian Tour point lead with his first win of the season in the ACT Can-Am 200 at Circuit Riverside Speedway in St-Croix, QC on Saturday, August 23. Polewarczyk became the eighth different ACT winner in the first eight point counting events and pocketed over $5,000 for the victory. Serie ACT point leader Alex Labbe claimed second in the race, which was the seventh event on the Quebec-based series.

Polewarczyk started in the fourth position on the 33 car field and ran in the top five throughout the 200 lap event. He started outside Wayne Helliwell, Jr. on the 12th and final restart of the race with 25 laps remaining. Helliwell had led the majority of the event and still seemed to have the race in hand as Polewarczyk slipped back to second on the restart. Just a few laps later, however, Helliwell’s steering column broke ending his day and handing the lead to Polewarczyk.
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By Lisa Maguire

The Texas Roadhouse North East Mini Stock Tour, which was presented by Twisted Tea, made its one and only appearance in Maine at the Wiscasset Speedway on Saturday. Last year driver Toby Wells brought home the win. Wells was point leader coming into the race. However, there was only a twelve point difference between Wells and two-time champ, Emerson Cayer. Maine native, Justin Larsen, was third in points coming into the race, trailing the leader by 138 points, but still in the chase. Prior to race time Wells said, “It is a pretty tight battle. It ain’t decided yet between the three of us.”

Also at Wiscasset this weekend were the group one division of racing presented by NAPA Auto Parts, including: NAPA Super Street, Outlaw Mini, Prostock, and New England Four Cylinder Prostock. The fans packed the bleachers to see the show, and also were able to visit the NAPA tent, enjoy BBQ, and get information from the “Napa Know-How Man.”
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OPS Oxford Plains Speedway

Tim Brackett best in 50-lap finale on Saturday night at Oxford Plains Speedway

Oxford, Maine — Tim Brackett of Buckfield topped the card of winners in Oxford Championship Series competition Saturday night at Oxford Plains Speedway. Brackett scored his victory in the 50-lap main event for Budweiser Pro Late Models, wheeling his NAPA Auto Parts-sponsored car into victory lane on Dave’s Small Engines / Walker Mowers Night.

Brackett’s win snapped a two-race win streak posted by his son, TJ Brackett. The elder Brackett, a former champion in the top class at OPS, worked his way into contention and took the lead away from Quinny Welch of Lancaster, New Hampshire late in the headline event on the card. Welch managed to outrun the balance of the field to the checkered flag to post a well-earned second-place finish.
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