No 12 derek griffith had his hands full with no 4 brad babb as they battled for the 3rd spot. griffith would come away in 3rd as babb crashed

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Young driver continues to impress in 2014

Lee, NH – Consistency is the key to competing for championships and that’s the motto for Hudson, NH native, Derek Griffith. The young driver of the No. 12 MOM’s of Manchester/LCM Racing Toyota Camry is right in the middle of his first championship points battle with the Granite State Pro Stock Series.

 

Griffith, who is sitting in fourth place, is just 44 points from the top-spot and knew he needed a good run on July 25th at Lee Speedway to maintain his point’s position.

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photo by Alan Ward

Barre, VT – Barre’s Jason Corliss claimed his second career Thunder Road Late Model win and became the first repeat winner in the division for 2014 during Safelite Auto Glass night on Thursday, July 24. Corliss came from the ninth starting spot and got under Lt. Governor Phil Scott late in the 50 lap event to gain the lead and eventually the win.

 

Young Kyle Pembroke led early in the race until relinquishing the lead to Brett Gervais on a restart just past halfway. Gervais then held the lead until losing control on a lap 32 restart handing the lead to Scott. Corliss ran down Scott and took over the lead with under 15 to go. He cruised to the win over the final laps. Derrick O’Donnell also got by Scott to claim second. Kyle Pembroke took fourth and Eric Badore completed the top five.

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photo by Leif Tillotson

There are race car drivers who make a lot of “noise” on the racetrack. The phrase “checkers or wreckers” comes to mind. Some are content with being a headline story after the race, even if it is because they wrecked in spectacular fashion while fighting for the lead.

Shawn Fleury is not that kind of driver.

 

Throughout his career, Fleury has made a name for himself by being a driver who uses his head as much as his hands and feet. With handicapping putting the good drivers at the back of the pack each week, it takes the right mix of patience and impatience to make it to the front by the end of the race. A driver who also works on the cars is more likely to pay attention to not wrecking the car while going through the field, as the driver knows full-well how much time and money are required to repair damaged racecars.

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EMMA LIBBY CAPTURES CAREER FIRST SPORTSMAN WIN AT 95

Sixteen year old Emma Libby of Glenburn led the first 13 laps of the 25 lap Darling’s Ford Sportsman feature at Speedway 95 Saturday night, but lost it to points leader Kris Matchett of Skowhegan on a lap 14 restart. As Matchett pulled away from the teen driver, Libby held on to the second spot until Matchett unexpectedly slowed on the 23rd lap. Libby was able to overtake him and cruise to her first win as a rookie in the division. Dean Clements of Brooks, making his first appearance since an early season wreck sidelined his activity, took second with Jay Robichaud of Eddington, also returning after several weeks away following an accident that seriously damaged his car, finished third. Fourth went to pole sitter Karl Stanhope of Hampden with Matchett limping home in fifth with a sick engine. Matchett won the division’s single qualifying race.
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SAM BETTS TOPS WACKY WEDNESDAY MODIFIED ENDUROS

Sam Betts of Brewer won his first feature race of the season in the Modified 4/6/8 cylinder class at Speedway 95 on Friday night when the make-up race from a July 2 rain out was run. Betts started on the outside pole for the 20 lap event and took the lead from Bangor’s Scott Bonny on the second lap. Betts led the way to the checkers, finishing ahead of Hermon’s Andrew Crosby, who finished second and last week’s winner, Travis Beale of Hampden, who came from an eleventh place start to finish third. Fourth went to Hermon’s Rhonda Crain, a past champion in the former Ladies Division, and Brownville’s Dustin Lancaster was fifth. The race went the full 20 laps without a caution.
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WISCASSSET SPEEDWAY PRESS RELEASE JULY 26, 2014
FANS PACK THE STANDS FOR WISCASSET SPEEDWAY’S 45TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION

By Lisa Maguire

Wiscasset Speedway celebrated its forty-fifth birthday on Saturday. A ceremony during half time introduced some of Wiscasset’s great drivers from the past including Teddy Palino, Dick Giles, Dick Williams, Bill Bailey, JC Marsh, Dale Chadbourne, and Pete Silva. The weather was beautiful and sunny, and when the day cooled and evening came around the bright lights of Wiscasset lit the track. The grandstands were jammed with fans, and they enjoyed giveaways, fireworks, celebration cake, and some great racing action. On the schedule for the evening were Group One racing divisions, including Outlaw Mini’s, Prostocks, New England Four Cylinder Prostocks, and Napa Super Streets.

The spotlighted feature of the week was a thirty-five lap Napa Super Street race. Starting on the pole was the #1 of Adam Chadbourne. Last time out on the track, Chadbourne flipped his car coming out of turn four, landing upside down against the front wall, due to a broken tie rod end. Chadbourne said prior to race time it had taken two weeks to repair the damage with crews working around the clock. The whole front end was rebuilt, and a new engine was installed.
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Polewarczyk, JR. Steals Seacoast 100 Win at Lee USA Speedway

Lee USA Joey Ploe in Victory Lane

Durham, NH- Joey Polewarczyk, JR. used a two-lap shootout to best point leader Larry Gelinas en route to grabbing his second career victory in the Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS).

Newcomer to the GSPSS Bobby Nadeau led the field to green with Marston Mills, MA native Billy Brady to his outside. Nadeau proved he had a fast car, jumping out to a quick lead. The advantage would be wiped away as the first of 6 cautions flew for Russ Hersey’s spin in turn 3 on lap 14. On the restart, Nadeau would drift wide and collect Brady on the backstretch, ending both driver’s nights early. Larry Gelinas would inherit the lead, and be faced with American-Canadian Tour point leader Joey Polewarczyk, JR. to his outside. Gelinas would show his strength, as the pilot of the Watt’s Race Cars Cadillac would pull away from Polewarczyk, JR. until a caution for Steve “Danger” Dickey would negate the lead on lap 49. Gelinas would fend off Polewarczyk, JR. once more, and set a blistering pace as the duo would put multiple cars a lap down.
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ECS LogoJohn Decato returns as Technical Director at East Coast Snocross,
Presented by AMSOIL and Woody’s Traction

CLARKSBURG, Mass. (July 24, 2014) – Veteran race official John Decato will rejoin New England’s premier snowmobile race sanctioning body for 2014-2015, as East Coast Snocross (ECS) is pleased to announce he has accepted the position of Technical Director.

Decato has been involved with snowmobile racing as an official for 15 years. He served as Tech Director for four seasons with the former Rock Maple Racing circuit, and for the first season ECS was in operation. Prior to his time in snocross, Decato put in a decade of service on the snowmobile grass drag circuit, serving as technical director for the popular Woody’s Northeast Grass Drag Series.
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The young New Hampshire racer to compete with the Granite State Pro Stock Series at Lee Speedway

Lee, N.H. – Teenage race car driver, Derek Griffith will strap in on Friday, July 25, 2014 and compete in the Granite State Pro Stock Series’ first ever race at Lee Speedway in Lee, N.H.
Griffith, who currently sits fourth in the season long point standings is familiar with the 3/8-mile oval in Lee, N.H.

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Oxford, ME – Joey Doiron and the #73 Wild Willy’s Burgers/JBJ Machine team were fresh of a win in the last Pro All Stars Series event at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway going into their biggest race of the season. The team had another strong outing in the biggest short track race in the country, the Oxford 250. Doiron lead over 70 laps early on, and was in contention for the win late in the race when with ten laps to go, he suffered an engine issue that he was forced to ride out with, finishing the 250 lap race in 11th place.

 

“It’s really disappointing to have it finish that way for us,” Doiron said after the race, “We got caught behind a little bit under the long green flag run, but we played the right strategy and I think we would have been on the podium again this year, but it just wasn’t meant to be. I’m still really proud of my team, they did a great job all weekend.”

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Oxford, ME – DJ Shaw and the #60 Precision JLM Racing team have had a very successful 2014 season, one of Shaw’s best to date. One race missing from his resume however, is the prestigious Oxford 250 at Oxford Plains Speedway is. This year, Shaw’s team went into the race hoping to bounce back from a disappointing night at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway two weeks ago when they had a shock go bad. In the end, Shaw played his pit strategy to be in position for the win late, but couldn’t hold off the teams with fresher tires at the end and ended up with a 12th place effort in the 44 car field.

 

“We just fought the handle on the car all day for some reason,” Shaw said of the day, “We made our pit stop early to get on a different strategy as the front runners and it almost worked for us, we were there at the end and that’s all we can really ask for, my team did a great job all day and I’m proud of the effort.”

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Emily Packard

Emily Packard

EAST MONTPELIER, Vt – Instead of spending valuable time at Airborne Park Speedway dialing the car in for the American Canadian Tour International 300 race, Emily Packard and her team spent all of Saturday in the race shop repairing the car from the previous night at Devil’s Bowl.  The time paid off, as Packard was able to drive her 9x Northstar Fireworks/Packard Fuels car to an overall tenth place finish in a race that saw late model drivers from both ACT and SÉRIE ACT compete for the $25,000 purse.

In practice, Packard and the team focused on getting the car race ready and ensuring that the damages from Friday night were repaired.  Taking to the track for the heat, Packard started in the 6th position, and in the 10 laps drove her way to the 4th spot and securing her starting position in the race.  This gave her a +2 and earned her a 9th place start in the first segment.

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