REPEAT WINNERS GRAB SPOTLIGHT AT WISCASSET SPEEDWAY
by Ken Minott
WISCASSET SPEEDWAY PRESS RELEASE 7/24/17
First-time winners are always a welcome sight at any race track. But Saturday night at Wiscasset Speedway was a night for some drivers to add another win to their 2017 season resume and solidify their place in the championship chase. Wiscasset’s Nick Hinkley did just that with a convincing win over defending champ Chris Thorne in the 45 lap spotlight feature for the Wood Pellet Warehouse Late Model Sportsman. The victory highlighted a full card of Group 2 action at Wiscasset Speedway, plus double features for the Amsoil Nelcar Legends. Other winners included Nick Reno in the Modifieds, Jimmy Childs in the Outlaw Minis, and Glenn Reynolds in the Strictly Streets. Noah Korner & Austin Teras each tallied a victory in the Legends. (more…)
Lee, NH – The Valenti Modified Racing Series rolled into the Lee USA Speedway for a pair of 50-lap events on Friday night, the second appearance of the year for the tour at “New Hampshire’s Center of Speed“. It was a memorable night for the two VMRS feature winners as both Dan Meservey, Jr. of Brewster, MA and Troy Talman of Oxford, MA picked up their first-ever series victories in the doubleheader.
Polesitter Dylan Rock of Enfield led the opening 46 laps of the first 50-lap run, but a late-race restart gave Meservey the shot he needed, and he made the best of it. Meservey slipped past Rock to take the point on lap 47, and led the field to John Spence Jr.‘s checkered flag three laps later to collect the win.
Woodstock, NH – Todd Stone of Middlebury, VT. took the checkers at the White Mountain 100 on Saturday night. In practice and the scuff sessions, veteran to the track, DJ Shaw of Center Conway, NH posted the fastest times. Wayne Helliwell Jr. of Dover, NH who has run well in the ACT Series posted some of the fastest times as well.
The feature saw Helliwell Jr. on the poll, and Luke Hinkley of Claremont, NH started on the outside to start the race. The early part of the race saw Helliwell take an early lead for the first twenty laps of the race. Eventually Shaw would take the lead and hold it until lap 40 when the caution flew. Shaw and Hinkley made contact on the backstretch sending the 31NH car up the pit road in a wild ride with the car ending up on thp of the pit wall, ending his night early.
Defending track champion Tim Brackett wins for first time this season at Oxford Plains Speedway
Oxford, Maine – Timmy Brackett of Buckfield raced to his first Budweiser Championship Series Super Late Model victory of the season in Saturday’s Irving Forest Products 50 at Oxford Plains Speedway.
Brackett, the four-time and reigning track champion in the top class at Oxford Plains Speedway, had struggled in his role as defending champion until very recently. A good starting spot and winless 2017 campaign had earned him a pole starting position Saturday night, and he led every lap to post his first win of the season. (more…)
It’s almost hard to believe that Curtis Gerry’s first Pro Series win at Beech Ridge came just a few short weeks ago. The 2016 Pro Series champion is living proof that wins don’t necessarily win you championships, consistency does. Consistency on the track is something that Curtis Gerry and his team have nailed down, seeing that the #7 is a constant figure at the front of the pack week in & week out at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway. Gerry, a seasoned veteran that’s been racing since the late 80’s, isn’t slowing down anytime soon. He’s fresh off the 2016 championship season and is already looking for another one, hoping to see more checkered flags in his near future.
After accomplishing a victory on the biggest stage at Beech Ridge, Gerry would like to take his success one step further, on the PASS level. His main goal this season is to win back-to-back championships of course, but he wants to show that his #7 car can succeed in a class with touring drivers. “We got disqualified from our last PASS race…for redemption, that’s one of my next goals, to win a PASS race.” he says. The redemption song is something that Gerry seems to know well, seeing that his win earlier this year was redemption for the Pro Series 125 the week prior, where he dominated the race only to have his night end early due to a part failure. When he describes the feeling of winning a race, Gerry says that he feels more relieved than anything. “It’s just a relief, you know, finally it just came to us…we’ve been right there so many times…last week we would have had it hands-down, and something freakish like that happens; we’ve just been so close so many times.” he says, talking about how he’s come so close to victory in the past without securing it. The relief is in knowing that the hard work of he and his crew has finally paid off in a big way. Gerry may be a wheelman himself, but he still draws inspiration from other drivers.
24-year-old Evan Beaulieu of Durham, Maine is no stranger to the trials and triumphs that come with racing competitively. As many drivers do, Evan made his start in go-kart racing at a young age. From 2004-2007, he competitively raced go-karts. He then moved up to the Amsoil Nelcar Legends Tour in 2008, where he raced in the Legends division at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway, securing the Thursday Night Thunder Legends Championship in 2011. 2013 was Evan’s first year in the Pro Series at Beech Ridge, which is the division that he still competes in today. 2013 was also Evan’s most successful year in the series, where he scored his first career Pro Series victory. After a near 2-season hiatus from racing NASCAR Nite weekly at Beech Ridge, Evan is back this year with vengeance. With a growing career off-track and a wedding on the horizon to his fiance Lindsey, Evan has a lot on his plate. But, he handles all of the pressure with grace and dignity; showing more strength each and every week of competition. Luckily, Evan has an entire support system there with him weekly, cheering him on and helping him get the #56 machine back to a competitive state.
At the young age of 15, Zach Nicholson of Ossipee, New Hampshire is continuing to surprise everyone as he rises to the top of the Wildcat division at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in Scarborough, Maine. As a lot of drivers do, Zach made his start at Beech Ridge in the “Whiz Kids” division at the speedway, a division where kids between the ages of 8-15 race expedition races before the NASCAR Nite competition begins on Saturday nights. This non-points division allows kids to get a feel of the racetrack and their cars before stepping into a competitive division at the speedway. Although he’s new to the Wildcat division and fresh out of the Whiz Kids, Zach Nicholson is wise beyond his years.
Zach continues to impress fans and fellow competitors each and every week, continuously being a top-5 contender every Saturday night of competition. Earlier this season, he even received his first checkered flag on NASCAR Nite; his prize for winning a qualifying heat race. Although he’s the youngest contender in his series, he continues to compete with Beech Ridge greats like Lewis Anderson; of who he personally idolizes and looks to for advice. Zach jokes that it’s a family atmosphere in the pits, but “All bets are off when we put on our helmets.” In terms of NASCAR drivers that he looks up to, Zach likes watching Ryan Blaney, another young gun, continuously prove himself among veterans of the sport. He also says that’s part of the reason why his number is 21 on his car, but it’s “…more or less because I couldn’t get my number.” His previous car number is 22, so 21 is the closest that he could get. In addition to looking up to other drivers from all levels of the sport, Zach draws influence from his family and friends.
Ryan Villacci of Falmouth, Maine may only be in his second Sport Series season at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway, but he’s continuously impressing everyone at the track as he runs up front every week. Before trying his hand in a Sport Series car, Villacci was a weekly contender in the #10 Wildcat on Saturday nights. Last year, he made the big step up into the #08 car, and he hasn’t looked back since. After struggling with a string of bad luck all season, Villacci got his first Sport Series win of the ’17 season just two weeks ago. This was his second career win in the Sport Series, and a follow-up to his fifth place finish in the points standings last season. This win, to Villacci, felt like a weight had been lifted off of his shoulders. “It felt amazing, not just to get the win, but to finally be running better. It was getting to a point where I felt like just giving up. We had tried everything we could think of and nothing seemed to make us any faster. I had started to think that maybe I forgot how to drive a race car. But, over the past few weeks, we had some people lending a helping hand and it made all the difference.” he says, expressing gratitude toward all those that have helped him achieve his goals. Villacci has a very small team, but never falls short of expressing how extremely thankful he is for them.
Eddie MacDonald returned to Seekonk Speedway on Wednesday, July 19 after a one week rain delay to score a fourth place finish in the $10,000 to win U.S. Pro Stock/SLM National Championship. The Rowley, Mass. driver had the taste of a win only to be denied when the right front tire began to lose pressure with 25 laps to go in the 200 lap feature.
“We were so close to winning the race and I could really feel we had a great chance,” said the frustrated driver after the race. “We battled for the top spot in the first half of the race and through the second 100 laps. The car was really fast and it handled great. It was exciting and knew we had a shot at the win but with about 25 laps the handling started to go away. I thought I had a flat and it got worse as the laps ran down and I was really loose. I was running second but there was no way I could get to the front. I almost got spun out from behind with 20 to go and all I could do was to just hang on and hope the tire stayed up until the checkers.”
WALPOLE, N.H. – With six races down and six races to go, the Granite State Pro Stock Series will get the second half of the season underway on Saturday night as the championship chase heats up. The White Mt. Motorsports Park, located in North Woodstock, N.H., will play host to the seventh race of the season, a 100 lap main event.
PLACE: White Mt. Motorsports Park, North Woodstock, N.H.
Lee, NH – Lee USA Speedway is proud to announce the latest addition to the annual “Ollie Silva Memorial Classic” program for the International Supermodified Association on Friday night August 11, the 40-lap Rodfather Small Block Super Shootout, and paying $4,000 to the winner.
Les “The Rodfather” Sanborn has been a big supporter of the Supermodified action at the storied seacoast oval for the past several years, and the running of the first annual Small Block Super Shootout brings that support up a notch, with the biggest Small Block Super winner’s purse ever offered at “New Hampshire’s Center of Speed”.
Barre’s Jason Corliss celebrates his second Thunder Road Late Model win of the season on FairPoint Communications Night. (Alan Ward photo)
Barre, Vt. – Hometown driver Jason Corliss captured his second Thunder Road Late Model win of the season on Thursday, July 20, taking the lead just past the halfway point and holding on for the win on FairPoint Communications Night.
Corliss threaded his way through the field from his 11th starting position before a lap-27 caution brought him alongside polesitter Boomer Morris. After grabbing the lead on the restart, Corliss outgunned point leader Bobby Therrien in the closing circuits for his sixth career win.
LEE, N.H. — The mighty 800-horsepower modifieds of the Valenti Modified Racing Series highlight this Friday night’s 15-race program with two 50-lap feature events at Lee USA Speedway.
Drivers from nine states are in the Modified field with better than 20 of the popular high-speed cars expected.
Troy Talman, of Oxford MA, Todd Annarummo, of Swansea MA, Mike Douglas Jr, of Auburn NH, Russ Hersey, of Swanzey NH, Josh Cantara, of Sanford ME, and Anthony Nocella, of Woburn Ma, are among the Modified drivers in this latest appearance of the open-wheel cars.
The Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel Flying Tigers are set for round two of the Myers Container Service Triple Crown Series this Thursday, July 20 as part of FairPoint Communications Night. (Alan Ward photo)
Barre, Vt. – Thunder Road enters the heart of its midsummer schedule this Thursday, July 20 with FairPoint Communications Night. As the season nears its halfway point, many teams will be jockeying for championship position in what is shaping up to be an action-packed evening of racing.
Round two of the Myers Container Service Triple Crown Series for the Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel Flying Tigers will highlight the full card of racing. The extended distance feature will award both Triple Crown and Thunder Road weekly points, putting a premium on a good performance for all contenders.